You can read about it here.
Did your link get hijacked?? It goes someplace strange.
Thanks, Ron. Try it now.
I'm sorry, I just can't resist this. Quoting from Blake's article, " This one cost $1,600 and includes the Boucher family coat of arms on the chin and Gaby's ( that is Nicks wife) favorite saying, "Get in the way" on the pad that goes against the back of Boucher's head." "Get in the way"? Really? I mean how ironic is that? Here is our goaltender who got in a fight with his own defenseman and continually yelled at others for "getting in the way". Now he wears it on his helmet. Sometimes life is just too funny.
Pics are now up with the story.
Alan, it's clear you don't like the best goalie league, but I really don't think you know what you are talking about. I think your comments are pretty stupid.........as always. It's a goalie's job to be in the way, not the defensemans to play goal 2 feet infront of him........guess you've never played hockey.
Geez, why does an article about a new mask have to turn into a place for sarcastic comments to be made about things that obviously hold enough personal significance for the guy to be painted on his mask. Don't see the need to turn things around........Alan, are you even a Komet fan?
BLAKE- No pics with the story. Try the link again.
Fixed for the 87643th time today!
Alan - I thought what you wrote was good. It's a true story. I don't know what is wrong with Mandy 12670, and her post to you. But keep it up. Your post are logical, and insightful, no matter what others state. Also, don't worry about what Jerrery MacDonald asked regarding if you are a Komet fan. Everyone who knows you, and those on the blog who don't even know you, know that you are a loyal fan. I'm sure you're not worried about what these two people have said. Oh, and Mandy12670 if you really don't think he knows what he is talking about, ask Kevin Bertram, he was there and exchanged punches - happened in Muskegon - you might be able to see it on youtube.
I think that was his point -- that the defensemen who were getting in the way weren't doing their jobs. That being said, it's all in the past now. If he was yelling at teammates last season, I didn't hear about it. The guy was taking too much flack from fans for a few months there over soft goals for me to hear much else.
Mandy 12670 and Jeffery MacDonald: I'm not even sure where to begin with you two. First, I'm glad your both Komet hockey fans and you have every right in the world to post your opinions. Your loyalty is very commendable. However when one calls my comments "stupid" and the other questions whether I am a Komets fan, I guess I have the right and duty to respond. Lets start with my comments being "stupid" as Mandy 12670 charged. Every time I put a post in I try to make sure I have used facts, common sense, and logic. The reason the "get in the way" saying was so comical and ironic to me was from the incident that occured in Muskegon Michigan between Nick Boucher and his own defenseman, Kevin Bertram. On October 17, 2008 the Journal-Gazette published a story called "Boucher's top goal: Checking emotions". In it and I quote, "We saw the good, the bad, and the ugly with Nick last year," Fort Wayne coach Al Sims said. " The ugly being the fight with Kevin Bertram, the good winning the last three games of the finals." Later in the article Al Sims said, "I want him to keep his intensity, but maybe get mad at the other team instead." The next paragraph explained what happened. "In game 2 of the semifinals, a 4-2 loss at Muskegon, Mich., Boucher was screened before a shot got past him. Boucher skated out of the net to yell at Bertram, who slugged him a couple of times." Unfortunately that wasn't the only time Boucher got mad at his defensemen for trying to block shots in front of him. It was, at the time, enough that Bertram could take no more. Wendy, the defenseman ARE doing their jobs to stop pucks before they reach the goaltender. Some times, though, they get by them and have the unfortunate effect of screening the goaltender also. The incident was very popular on YouTube for a time. Go look it up. Jeffery, to your question "Alan.....are you even a Komets fan?" I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt. So I will just answer "yes." My best advice for Mandy 12670 and Jeffery is this, continue being fans and support the Fort Wayne Komets but if you see my name at the top of a post, then skip it and read the next one. Lord knows I don't want to spread my "stupidity" and lack of "fan support" to you two. One final note to RunningKomet. Yes I did write a "book" on this one but, except from ignoring them, I felt I had to back up everything and explain myself. Gee, after all of this I still think its totally ironic.
Alan, you're really going to try to pull me in on this one? I was just sitting back and watching the show. I was going to step in and defend you, and this is the thanks I get?? Sheesh. I'll just go back to enjoying another Penguins win and keeping my mouth shut :X
RK, Are you even a Penguins fan? LOL
Yeah, I know about the importance of blocked shots. They wouldn't keep track of who has how many if they weren't important. But yes, I've also seen attempted blocked shots go horribly wrong. A player needs to know when to "get in the way" and when to let the goaltender do his job. If you're trying to block a shot, you shouldn't be doing it at the expense of putting your own goalie at a disadvantage.
Hit: Ya, grew up watching Mario and have liked them ever since. Haven't had a ton to cheer about until Crosby and Malkin came in to the picture. Fleury looked great tonight until that first one slid past him, then I got nervous. Shootouts are always fun to watch though. Am I not allowed to like the Pens or am I not enough of a "SuperFan" for you?
RK....that might have flown over your head.....I was just joking as people were questioning Alan being a Komet Fan....I thought I might question if you were really a Pens fan.....Just was trying to take the pressure of our friend Alan and maybe inject some laughter.....it didn't work as I can see you took it the wrong way. Oh well. Smile.
Hi RunningKomet. I wasn't trying to pull you in. This was between me and the other two. I was just letting you know that I was aware of the length of my post, nothing more..... Wendy, your absolutely right. Sometimes knowing when and when not to is easier said than done though....there was a little "history" that lead up to this incident between Boucher and the K's defensemen. It just came to a head when Bertram was on the ice.
boucher went after bertram, must of been scared of HENLEY.
Boucher has a history that is for sure! It is not only with Birdy. He has worked on in proving it. I will give him credit for that.
Hit and Alan - I'm sorry for taking it wrong. LOOOOONNNNNNGGGGGGG week at work. My fault all the way for not catching the joke. It's funny now that I look back on it and re-read the posts. I could really use a hockey game. Driving to Dayton is becoming more of an option with every passing day.
Dschebig, you are absolutely correct. Actually I think that the incident had a positive affect on the team. After the incident everyone got together and "cleared the air". From then on they were all terrific. Here is something interesting that you all might not remember. Nick Boucher hurt either his arm or shoulder (I can't remember which) during the playoffs against Port Huron. After the Cup clinching game, when it was Bouchers' turn to carry the Turner Cup and skate with it, he couldn't because of the injury and the weight of the Turner Cup. Do you remember who helped him carry the Cup? It was Kevin Bertram. kind of a neat ending, huh?.......RunningKomet, no need to be sorry, I included you in the end of my explanation because I thought you might tease me for the length of my post. That part of my post was all in fun.
Bertram helped Boucher skate with the cup in 2008? I must have been really out of it that night because I don't remember that at all. I do have a picture of Boucher holding the cup up by himself and he doesn't look to be having any problems with it. And I do remember Bertram helping Drouin to carry it last spring.
But speaking of 2008, what I thought was a nice touch was when Bertram was the one to give Boucher the puck after his 1st shutout with Fort Wayne, which came in game 5 of the playoffs (1st round) against Muskegon.