Good morning! We interrupt this site’s string of MLB scoops for some hockey news, namely that the Canucks wore new chrome blue headwear for yesterday’s practice session.
Here are some additional photos:
My first instinct upon seeing these photos was that I liked the chrome lid. Then I went and found some video:
Now I really like them — I think they look great!
According to this article, helmets are wrapped, not painted. No word yet when they’ll be worn, but the Canucks host the Blues tonight, and they were breaking in the helmets, complete with all the decals, at yesterday’s practice, so you can probably do the math.
Up until now, only two NHL teams have worn chrome helmets — the Kings (who debuted them in 2021) and Golden Knights (2022):
Based on the early returns, I think I like Vancouver’s version best of all! Definitely looking forward to seeing it on the ice tonight (or whenever they choose to debut it).
Meanwhile: I expect to have more MLB news items today, so stay tuned.
Update: The Canucks will indeed debut the blue helmets tonight. They’ll also wear them for a second date that they haven’t yet announced.
Too Good for the Ticker
After Ravens coach John Harbaugh did a hilarious victory dance following last weekend’s playoff victory, Baltimore salt box queen Juliet Ames quickly created a Harbaugh-themed box. Very cool!
(My thanks to Baltimore’s own Andrew Cosentino for this one.)
A Sad Update
Back in early November, I wrote a post about a brilliantly obsessive website devoted to tennis ball cans. At the time, I mentioned that I had attempted to contact the site’s editor, Brad McCall, but never heard back from him. Now I know why, thanks to an email I received yesterday from a guy named Mark Chandler:
I am a collector of tennis ball cans and came across your article about the website vintagetennisballs.com
. You mentioned that you tried to email Brad McCall and did not receive a response. Unfortunately, Brad passed away about a year and a half or two years ago. Not 100% sure, but I think it was due to Covid. I had been in contact with him a few times before he passed and provided a few tennis can photos to add to his site. He was very nice and always responsive to inquiries regarding his website. In speaking with a couple of collectors I know, I think there is some talk of his son eventually keeping the site going, but that has not happened yet.
That’s a shame. The site is a treasure, so I hope McCall’s son (or someone) keeps the site active.
Meanwhile, if you’re into this topic, here’s a link to Chandler’s tennis ball can collection.
Can of the Day
“Prevent Dust and Contagion — Sweep the Sanitary Way”!