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paxpinnae ([personal profile] paxpinnae) wrote2012-11-15 11:59 am

The Houston Aeros: apparently, you can do things with ice besides put it in tea

OKAY, SO. Tuesday, [personal profile] puckling asked me, in the name of opposition research, which players on the Houston Aeros she should watch out for when she goes to the Aeros-IceHogs game on Friday. Then, because I mentioned that some of the Aeros are pretty decent, facewise, she demanded proof, which I promised to provide as soon as I could get to a place with an internet connection. HERE YOU GO, PUCK.

Disclaimer: Last season, I didn't really get into the Aeros, because I already spend six months of the year weeping over the inadequacies of a Houston sports team and my dance card in that regard is FULL. But they play pretty good hockey, and they're right there, so I started listening to/attending games this season. My knowledge is recent and limited and has largely been acquired against my will, because the road to Aeros fandom dead-ends in the Minnesota Wild, and I cannot root for Zach Parise. I JUST CAN'T.



Mikael Granlund has been hailed as the coming messiah for the Wild and is without a doubt, the Aero with the most expectations riding on his shoulders. Unfortunately, he's broken right now and won't play this weekend. Also, [personal profile] kyyrandi wrote a whole primer about him and Mikko Koivu, so if you're interested, she's got you covered. MOVING ON.


Coyle's in his second year with the Aeros, after the Sharks swapped him and Devin Setoguchi for Brent Burns and a handful of magic beans that the trader promised would boost them to the Stanley Cup Finals. That didn't work out so well for the Sharks, but it's worked out pretty well for the Aeros, and not just because Coyle can hold his own in the “Hockey or Gay Porn?” game.


OH CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN. At 29, Bags is one of the elder statesmen of the Aeros, and his job this season has largely been prospect-wrangling and sitting on people until they remember that taking penalties is bad and working together is good.

He is not always the greatest facewise, but look! Here's Bags with a puppy from when the Aeros did a Humane Society photoshoot!


Genoway plays scoring defense and is listed on the roster as 5'9. This is a lie; he is maybe5'7, if he wears extra-thick socks that day.

He played at University of North Dakota with Tazer, and actually beat him out for Rookie of the Year during the one season they played together.

Also, Chay Genoway holds a special place in my heart because he's the first hockey player I ever talked to. Genoway was the first in line at the Aeros' post-game signing on Veteran's Day, and wearing a Remembrance Day poppy, and I decided that that would be my inoffensive talking point to minimize awkwardness.

Unfortunately, because I'm an American, and at that point in the evening I was a slightly inebriated American (drinking with soldiers on leave on Veteran's Day: bad plan), I somehow got it into my head that because the Commonwealth are all old stick-in-the-mud countries, they call Nov. 11th by America's old name for it, Armistice Day. This lead to some confusion:

Me: Hey, good assist tonight.
Genoway (not looking up): Yeah, wish we could win one. Here you go.
Me: Thanks. Happy Armistice Day!
Genoway (paying attention now): What?
Me: Armistice Day. Your poppy?
Genoway: Oh, Remembrance Day. What did you call it?
Me: Oh, shoot, I got it wrong. Veteran's Day? I thought you guys called it Armistice Day.
Genoway: Armiwhat?
Me: Armistice. You know, peace? Ceasefire?
Genoway (clearly very, very confused): Arrr- miss- tiss?
Charlie Coyle (sitting next to him, laughing his ass off): Man you're dumb.
Genoway: Shut up, I'm the one with the college degree.

Ladies and gentlemen, Chay Genoway.


After Mikael Gralund (and Jonas Brodin, I guess), Matt Hackett is probably the Aeros prospect that people get most excited about. He's pretty good, and from what I've read, the Wild are tracking him to take over from Backstrom eventually.

At one point, this happened. No, I'm not sure why he's still the Goalie-In-Waiting after exhibiting such bad judgement in hairdos.

Also, he was the Flash for Halloween. SUCH GOOD TASTE IN SUPERHEROS, provided he's not going for Wally West in his “being a dick to Bart” period.


Kuemper is Hackett's slightly-less-talented backup. What he lacks in talent, though, he makes up in a super-hot goalie stare.

Also, slightly, in goalie craziness. While he's not quite Braden Holtby, he does have a very particular ritual where he skates over to his stick-side corner of the rink, taps twice with his stick, skates back to the net, and taps his glove-side post with his glove. I really want to yell at him that the rink's not going anywhere, but have so far restrained myself.

puckling: Smiling PK Subban, a side view (Love to See You Smile)

[personal profile] puckling 2012-11-16 04:35 am (UTC)(link)
Coyle can hold his own in the “Hockey or Gay Porn?” game.

He is in fact a worthy entrant in that game. Damn.

Also Bagnall looks like Andrew Ladd in profile, so I approve.

Plus Matt Hackett, good Halloween costume, good costume.

I anticipate Kuemper's crazy with great excite.

I WILL WATCH OUT FOR THESE ONES, EVEN IF I HOPE THEIR SPIRITS ARE CRUSHED BY THE ICEHOG'S AMAZING VICTORY. (although it might go to shootouts, because I am basically cursed. /o\)

puckling: Tyler Seguin on his knees. Not actually sucking cock. (Porn Star)

[personal profile] puckling 2012-11-19 02:35 am (UTC)(link)
Also I told the person I went to the game with that Coyle was a contestant on "gay porn or hockey" and he almost died, so I even used your information while at the game!
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[personal profile] puckling 2013-09-15 08:18 am (UTC)(link)
I recognized names in Puck Daddy's post about the Wild. I blame you for this, if for no other reason than the novelty of being on the other end of things.
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[personal profile] jedusaur 2012-11-19 12:23 am (UTC)(link)
Sorry it took me so long to get to this--thanks for sharing! Charlie Coyle is now my favorite Houston Aero, just for that conversation about the poppy. XD

(psst, it's Mikael Granlund, with another N. Also, the Koivu/Granlund primer link is broken.)
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[personal profile] bestliar 2012-11-19 06:50 am (UTC)(link)
yay aeroes! As a minnesotan I am kind of invested in their success, though I can totally understand why you wouldn't want to root for homewrecker Zach Parise.

Personally, my favorite Aeros is Marco Scandella, only I guess he played with the Wild for most of last year, so...
But he's pretty. and he said, "If I was a broad I would be a cheerleader because I know all the cheers," which is probably my favorite thing that any hockey player has ever said.
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[personal profile] shihadchick 2012-11-22 08:32 am (UTC)(link)
this post was excellently entertaining and informative, ty! :D