This is why you never start Ondrej Pavelec

Keep on rollin'.

Keep on rollin’.

The thinking behind giving Ondrej Pavelec the second consecutive start on a back-to-back against the Mighty United States was one that any human being with even a passing understanding of how water freezes into the ice on which a hockey game is played could have told you was questionable at the very best.

Then Pavelec proved every one of his doubters ever 100 percent correct. Four goals against, in just 29 minutes and change, each more hilarious than the last, and the game already belonged to the ages.

The U.S. advances to the semifinals, as predictably as can be. Thank you to all the goalscorers. There’s nothing left to say about this one. See you Friday for a big W against Canada.

The Great American Hockey Shirt Contest

Hello proud Americans.

If you follow us on Twitter (as is your patriotic duty) you might have noticed that over the past several weeks we’ve been asking people to contribute to something of an “art project,” while providing very little else in the way of details.

Well, now has come the time to reveal what we’ve been working on, with the help of six extraordinary American heroes:

Yes, we’re making t-shirts.

Now, before you think we’ve sold out, or are trying to monetize the obviously-great idea behind this site, please don’t misunderstand. A significant portion of every dollar we get (after our costs, etc.) will be donated to the USA Hockey Foundation.

The organization, just by way of introduction, works to improve USA Hockey in six very distinct ways: Through “participation, opportunity, safety, player development, education and commemoration.” So if you end up supporting American hockey with a Sleeping Giant shirt, you’re also supporting USA Hockey with a donation. That’s a good thing for you to do.

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IIHF predictably ruins joyous day

This probably wasn't considered a trip by corrupt and terrible IIHF referees.

This probably wasn’t considered a trip by corrupt and terrible IIHF referees.

Today was meant to have been the first full day of training camp for the future 2013 World Junior Championship gold medal-winning United States of America, a day that symbolically stands as the start of the happiest time of year for every good person on Earth (i.e. those born and living within American borders).

We wore our USA Hockey jerseys, t-shirts, hats, pants, and underwear in anticipation of this wonderful day, but awoke to news that Hockey Canada had already — and predictably — worked its evil and noxious tendrils in the international hockey community to preemptively try to ruin the occasion.

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