August 06, 2009
G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
The movie I have been waiting forever for finally is released on Friday. Usually late summer release dates are not a good thing for movie franchises, as the production studios see them as popcorn filler more than a block buster. I hope that is not the case with G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
In honour of the movie release (and in order to return to the usual hockey theme here) I have two special features I want to share with you today.
The Rise of Cobra
Don Simmons. He was goalie back in the 1970s. He is undoubtedly remembered in history's eyes more for his mask than his play. It featured a menacing Cobra on it, as you can see to the right, as his nickname was Cobra.
Simmons is also a reader of Greatest Hockey Legends.com, there for making him an automatic favorite of mine.
To honour the Joe Team, I thought I'd make a very special top ten list: the top ten Joe's in hockey history:
Joe Kocur: Was there a tougher fighter in hockey history than Joey Kocur? His fists must have been made of concrete. He could even pound in Destro's metal head. Code Name: Mutt
Joey Juneau: How can you not like Joey Juneau? He's literally a rocket scientist who builds his own aircraft. He was an Olympian who started his NHL career fantastically. He slowed down pretty quick and reinvented himself as a defensive forward. Now he's helping kids Inuit kids up in Nunavut. Code Name: Airborne
Joe Klukay: One of the best defensive forwards ever. Code Name: Stalker
Joe Thornton: Regular readers of mine know that I am not so "gung ho" about Jumbo Joe Thornton. But you can not deny his regular season resume. Code Name: Lady Jaye (oh that's just mean!)
Joe Hall: Bad Joe Hall, one of the meanest, toughest SOBs ever to play hockey. The flu epidimec got him in 1919, forcing the cancellation of the Stanley Cup series. Code Name: Short Fuze
Joey Mullen: This guy grew up in Hell's Kitchen, New York, learning to play the game in roller skates. He went on to become one of hockey's great snipers. Code Name: Flame Torch
Joe Nieuwendyk: Mullen's one time teammate is the epitome of class and clutch. He could play on my team any time. Code Name: Breaker
Joe Malone: Phantom Joe Malone was the NHL's first great goal scorer. He scored 44 goals in just 20 games back in the NHL's first season, 1917-18. In 1920 he scored 7 goals in one game, still a NHL record. Code Name: Bazooka
Joe Primeau: Gentleman Joe Primeau was English Canada's precursor to Jean Beliveau. Had he played during the television era he'd truly be remembered as one of the all time greats. Code Name: Ace
Joe Sakic: Was there any doubt? Code Name: Clutch
Now you know. And knowing is half the battle!