This is the day that I have been dreading my whole entire existence. I never thought that I would be able to come to terms with losing two of the greatest San Jose Sharks ever, but there is nothing more therapeutic than healing through blogging on a 100% dead serious hockey website, so here goes nothing.
Ryane Bryane Clowe was born a Newfie on September 30, 1982. He was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in 2001. He spent twelve beautiful years in San Jose. He was known as someone who had grit, heart, and plenty of tricks up his sleeve. Before he left us, he failed to score a goal for the better part of a year. He also significantly slowed and was a frequent liability on the ice and on the bench. These factors caused him to get dealt at the deadline in 2013 to the New York Rangers. The Rangers did not appreciate him and threw him away like he was yesterday's garbage. He now spends his time in New Jersey, battling frequent injuries and frequent overpayment from Lou Lamoriello.
Martin Dudek Havlat was born in Czechoslovakia on April 19, 1981. He was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in 1999. Before his journey in San Jose, he spent time in Ottawa, Chicago, and Minnesota. He received the reputation as being 'injury prone' while he was a Chicago Blackhawk. Two out of three seasons with Chicago, Martin was sidelined with injuries. When he was with Minnesota, he only missed 13 games. On a fateful July evening in 2011, he was traded to the Sharks from the Wild in exchange for Daniel Prescott Heatley.
Martin had redeemed himself for his time in Minnesota, where he gained value by playing and not being injured, so San Jose was more than thrilled to pay him five million dollars a year. With that being said, Martin spent most of his time as a Shark injured or getting pelvic mesh surgery. He left us on June 27, 2014, and was signed by the Devils on July 1st, 2014. He was on a three game point streak, and on his fourth game of this season, he unbelievably was injured. The Book of Job from the Old Testament will be renamed the Book of Martin Havlat, details TBA.
My heart is filled with sadness on this day, but I shall not forget these two. They have impacted me in more ways than any of my friends and family ever have or will. I will always remember the good times that were had. I love you, Ryane and Martin.
San Jose Sharks @ New Jersey Devils
The Prestigeous Landfill Arena
Sharks fell to the Isles on Thursday in a shootout, but still have no regulation losses. The Sharks will continue their point streak and win 2-1, with goals from Matt Nieto, Justin Braun, and Ryane Clowe from the bench.
Setting the Tone:
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[forever my favourite video, by BoC friend, Ian]
Tweet of the Day:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Yes.</p>— Is Havlat Injured? (@IsHavlatInjured) <a href="https://twitter.com/IsHavlatInjured/status/522911540731580416">October 17, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Awful Hockey Tattoo of the Day: