Holiday Greetings from Anaheim


With the holiday season upon us, the spirit of Christmas has made itself evident even in the world”s toughest and most unforgiving sport. Today, I got this from Susan Lee, the lead writer over at Ducks Daily, the Anaheim blog here at FanSided:

Happy Holidays, Leafers, from sunny Southern California where the palm trees get wrapped in fairy lights and you’ll still see some guys in shorts at the Honda Center.

I can tell you that it was a sad day when Jean-Sebastien Giguere waived his no-trade clause and was basically teleported to your barn where he recorded a thrilling shutout.

http://ducks.ocregister.com/2010/02/03/video-giguere-highlights-and-interview/29051/

I can also tell you that all of us long-time Ducks fans watched his first two bittersweet games with lumps in our throats.  We were thrilled by his success, saddened by the fact that those wins weren’t for the home team, and
amused and rather touched by the fact that he was still wearing all his Ducks gear over the blue and white of the Maple Leafs.

The Los Angeles Times (which barely covers the Kings and the Ducks) actually made room in and amongst all the football and basketball reportage for a few words about one of the most beloved waterfowl, which you can read a bit here and here.

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/feb/01/sports/la-sp-ducks-giguere1-2010feb01

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/feb/07/sports/la-sp-nhl-game7-2010feb07

We got a little giggle when the artist who designed his new mask referred to him as “Giggy” instead of “Jiggy”.

http://ingoalmag.com/masks/j-s-gigueres-new-toronto-maple-leafs-mask/

Yeah, I’m gettin’ all gooey, but he’s the guy who made me fall in love with hockey.  I cried when he won the Conn Smythe (which made that first win with you against NJ all the sweeter).  I lost it when the trade was announced (a
Canadian friend actually texted my boyfriend “you tell her, I’m not going to tell her”).  But I was glad to hear that our Jiggy was reunited with ex-Duck Francois Beauchamin (whose name no two announcers can decide how to
pronounce), his old goaltending coach Francois Allaire and GM Brian Burke.

In November, I was fortunate enough to attend not only my first Panthers game (thanks to NHL writer Frank), but it just so happened they were playing the Leafs and even though JSG was relegated to door minder, it was still nice to see him in the flesh for what will probably be my last time ever.  The best part about that game, though, was at first everyone was looking at me funny because I was wearing a Ducks sweater…until I showed them the name on the back.  All the Leafs fans I met though, it was cool.  Made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Finally, how could anyone not love a professional hockey player whose nickname was inspired by the world’s cleanest “rap” song?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4G1L8lV6LQ