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  1. Alabama-Huntsville hockey was in trouble before this pandemic. I look for the D1 hockey programs at Alaska-Anchorage and Alaska-Fairbanks to possibly be on the chopping block as well. All 3 of these schools D1 hockey programs were left behind when 7 WCHA member schools broke away to form a new conference late last year leaving these 3 without a conference home. Not a good thing for geographically isolated hockey programs. In the meantime Alabama-Huntsville alumni are trying to save their program raising $350k thus far on GoFundMe. https://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/2020/05/28_Huntsville-Supporters-Trying.php Also, the University of Illinois put the launch of their new D1 hockey program on hold due to the pandemic. https://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/2020/04/20_Pandemic-Puts-Illinois-Hockey.php
  2. Yep, the NHL all started in 1974. Who is this twitter fool? Now this is how it's done..........
  3. https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-plans-to-return-with-24-team-stanley-cup-playoffs/c-317031010 The NHL announced its Return to Play Plan on Tuesday with 24 teams in competition for the Stanley Cup. The tournament will begin with a 16-team, eight-series Qualifying Round and a Seeding Round Robin among the top four teams in each conference to determine seeds for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
  4. If this happens we could enjoy the Stanley Cup playoffs and then roll right into college football season. It's not perfect but I'd hate for the 69 games each team averaged playing for the 2019-20 season to end without someone hoisting the cup. NHLPA board approves 24-team, return-to play-format https://nhl.nbcsports.com/2020/05/22/nhlpa-board-approves-24-team-return-to-play-format/ Based on points percentage at the time of the March 12 NHL pause, the top four teams in each conference (Boston, Tampa, Washington, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Colorado, Vegas, Dallas) will receive a first-round bye. Round 1 will feature eight play-in matchups in a best-of-five series. As the play-in round takes place, the eight conference leaders could potentially take part in a mini tournament that will determine the seeding for Round 2. Reseeding after the play-in round is another topic likely to be discussed. Here’s what it might end up looking like: EASTERN CONFERENCE ROUND 1 BYES • Bruins • Lightning • Capitals • Flyers PLAY-IN ROUND (5) Penguins vs. — Winner plays No. 4 seed (12) Canadiens (6) Hurricanes vs. — Winner plays No. 3 seed (11) Rangers (7) Islanders vs. — Winner plays No. 2 seed (10) Panthers (8) Maple Leafs vs. — Winner plays No. 1 seed (9) Blue Jackets WESTERN CONFERENCE ROUND 1 BYES • Blues • Avalanche • Golden Knights • Stars PLAY-IN ROUND (5) Oilers vs. — Winner plays No. 4 seed (12) Blackhawks (6) Predators vs. — Winner plays No. 3 seed (11) Coyotes (7) Canucks vs. — Winner plays No. 2 seed (10) Wild (8) Flames vs. — Winner plays No. 1 seed (9) Jets Games would be played without fans with teams based in hub cities potentially located in both the U.S. and Canada. Columbus, Las Vegas, and Edmonton are a few of the cities that have shown interested in playing host to playoff games.
  5. Hey, you forgot Independents! Everyone forgets Independents of which I am one. I have friends on both sides of the political aisle and to a person we trust and love voting by mail here in WA.
  6. I lived and voted by mail in OR from 2001 to 2005. That said, voting by mail and NOT paying state income tax is far more satisfying . Viva La Washington!
  7. I've yet to have anyone show me evidence that the mail in voting system used in WA is fradulent or even more vulnerable to fraud than in person voting. Seriously.......I'm waiting..........................
  8. I'm not sure how mail in voting works in other states but in WA it is very secure. Why should I trust a USPS mail carrier any less than a polling place worker? Also, in WA the staffer that checks my voter registration status and signature on my mailing envelope is NOT the same staffer that removes my ballot from the unmarked sealed security envelope and then scans my ballot. Therefore, the person scanning my ballot does not know my name, party affiliation or voter ID. I can register to vote at VoteWa.gov or in person as per usual. Prior to an election the state mails me a voter phamplet prior to mailing me my ballot. This voter phamphlet gives me information on candidates and issues as well as election timelines and when to expect receiveing my ballot in the mail. If I do not receive my ballot within the timeframe shown on my voter phamphlet I can log into VoteWa.gov or call my county to report my ballet as lost. Becasue each ballot has a distinct bar code the lost, damaged or stolen ballot is then nullified and cannot be counted. A replacement ballot is sent to me. Once I receive my ballot I mark my choices and place my ballot inside a security envelope that I seal. The only thing on that ballot that identifies me is a bar code. The bar code on the ballot inside the security envelope matches the bar code on a receipt that I tear off my ballot and retain for my records/verification prior to sealing the security envelope. I place the security envelope inside a mailing envelope and then mail or dropped off my ballot at a ballot drop box. I can go online to VoteWa.gov to see when my ballot was recieved and if it has been counted. If the security envelope containing my ballot has been broken, unsealed or if the signature on my mailing envelope does not match my signiture on file with my voter registration record I will be contacted. If my ballot is determined to have been compromised it will not be counted and I may be allowed to fil out a new ballot.
  9. I sure hope Idaho's govenor is right but saying "we can play the games, no problem" is a bit like tempting fate. A lot is going to happen in the next 3 months. Fingers crossed!
  10. The NHL is considering bringing teams together in a couple (one in the west and one in the east) centralized 'hub' city locations. Las Vegas seems like an obvious fit for the west given the availability of hotels to house up to 12 teams as well as all the officials necessary to conduct a centralized playoff. Since the season was cut short the NHL is considering to forgo the remaining regular season schedule, playing a handful of play in games and using an expanded playoff format of 24 teams. The NHL is targeting late June to early July to resume play. Fingers crossed this can happen! https://nhl.nbcsports.com/2020/05/18/bettman-nhl-considering-8-or-9-locations-to-resume-season/ The hub city idea continues to be discussed and it appears like the league will end up going with two locations. According Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, Las Vegas and Columbus have emerged as favorites as they represent the two conferences. Bettman said “probably eight of nine different places” that can handle “a dozen or so teams in one location” are being considered. https://nhl.nbcsports.com/2020/05/07/nhl-may-skip-rest-of-regular-season-jump-to-24-team-playoff-format/
  11. There is no starting over as long as we have the binary choice between the Dem's and the GOP. The problem isn't age, it's having only two parties completely at odds with each other fielding the only candidates having any chance to get elected to anything above dog catcher.
  12. I was in first grade and while I don't remember the eruption itself I do remember my teacher taking us outside to look at the thin layer of ash on the cars parked at my school. This was in southwestern South Dakota and I remember being very impressed at how far that ash cloud had traveled. Later, that summer while at a rock show with my grandparents I bought a little vial of Mt. Saint Helens ash supposedly collected in Idaho. It could have easily been ash from a fireplace for all I knew but this is one of the first major events I remember as a child.