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Alfredsson and Sedin named by The Hockey News on the all-time best list

October 28, 2017


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Two Swedish hockey players have been named on an “all-time best by franchise” list by The Hockey News.

The prestigious publication named the “Top 50 Players of All-Time by Franchise” in the National Hockey League (NHL).  Daniel Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators and Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks were listed as the No. 1 all-time player for their respective teams.

Daniel Alfredsson — Alfredsson played right wing for the Senators from 1995-2013.  The Hockey News said about Alfredsson:

“A huge reason why Ottawa became relevant and stayed that way ever since was the arrival of Alfredsson. He cracked the roster at 23 in 1995-96 as a sixth-round draft pick from the 1994 draft, sniped 26 goals and won the Calder Trophy. The following year, he led the Sens on their first playoff foray, which sparked years of dominance in the standings and deep playoff pushes.”

The article added:

“He laps the Ottawa field in every major offensive category, because he was so good for so long. He scored at least 20 goals in a Sens uniform 13 times. He had 70 or more points 10 times. He’s the most beloved Senator because he was a stalwart for them across three different decades.”

Alfredsson was born Dec. 11, 1972 at Gothenburg.  He is considered a Swedish-Canadian hockey player because he and his wife, Birgitta, reside in Ottawa and Saro, Sweden.  They are the parents of four sons: Hugo, Loui, Fenix and William Erik.  Alfredsson became a Canadian citizen in 2016.

Alfredsson was a member of Sweden’s 2006 hockey team, which won the gold medal, and Sweden’s 2014 hockey team, which won the silver medal.

Daniel Sedin — Sedin has played left wing for the Canucks since 2000.  He has a twin brother, Henrik Sedin, who also plays for the Canucks. The Hockey News said about Daniel and Henrik Sedin:

“Identical twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin have just 23 games and 34 points separating them after 16 illustrious seasons. . . . Daniel has always been the shooter in the tandem, so he gets the edge for No. 1 in these rankings. Daniel’s 370 goals beat Henrik’s 237 by a landslide. . . . Daniel and Henrik powered some mighty Canucks teams — including the 2010-11 group that lost in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final — because they worked so well as a two-man force.”

Henrik Sedin was named the No. 2 all-time player for the Canucks.

Daniel Hans Sedin was born on Sept 26, 1980 at Ornskoldsvik.  He and his wife, Marinette, were married in 2005.  They have two daughters (Ronja and Anna) and a son (Erik).

Sedin played with Alfredsson on Sweden’s 2006 gold medal Olympic team and Sweden’s 2014 silver medal Olympic team.


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People react to the disgraceful comments made by a comedian on a weekly television show

October 1, 2017


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Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria on Sept. 20, 2017.  The Category 4 hurricane blasted Puerto Rico with winds up to 150 mph.  Maria made direct landfall and drenched the island of 3.4 million people with feet of rain.

Ricardo Rossello, the Governor of Puerto Rico, has praised the relief work by the United States.

“The president and the administration, every time we’ve asked them to execute, they’ve executed quickly,” Governor Rossello told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo in an interview on Sept. 29.  He said that Puerto Rico was in an “emergency mode” and called on members of Congress to act quickly with a long-term rebuilding package.  He also said: “We need to treat Puerto Rico equally to Texas or Florida or any other state.”

Governor Rossello also said on Sept. 29:

“I have to say that the administration has responded to our petitions. FEMA, Brock Long, has been on the phone virtually all the time with me, checking on how things are going. . . . The different components of the national guard, military, FEMA and our government are working together on the priorities.”

President Trump tweeted on Sept. 29: “The fact is that Puerto has been destroyed by two hurricanes.  Big decisions will have to be made as to the cost of its rebuilding!”

On Sept. Sept. 28, President Trump’s administration temporarily waived a law known as the Jones Act, which made it more expensive to import goods from the United States to Puerto Rico.   The Jones Act required all good ferried between United States ports to be carried on ships built, owned and operated by Americans.

Governor Rossello’s comments contradicted a comments by Carmen Yulin Cruz Soto, the Mayor of San  Juan, Puerto Rico.  Cruz demanded more from the federal government.  She criticized the work of federal government relief workers.  During a press conference on Sept. 29, Cruz accused President Trump and his administration of “killing us with inefficiency.”  Cruz said:

“We are dying here.  And I cannot fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world cannot figure out logistics for a small island of 100 miles by 35 miles long. . . . People are drinking off a creek.  So I am done being politically polite. I am done being politically correct. . . . So I am asking the members of the press, to send a mayday call all over the world. We are dying here. . . . And if it doesn’t stop, and if we don’t get the food and the water into people’s hands, what we are going to see is something close to genocide.”

Cruz made her anti-Trump statements while standing in front of huge pallets of United States aid.

President Trump tweeted: “Because of Fake News my people are not getting the credit they deserve for doing a great job [in Puerto Rico].  As seen here, they are ALL doing a GREAT JOB!”  President Trump posted a 9:44 video showing the extraordinary work that is being done by relief workers in Puerto Rico.

President Trump tweeted on Sept. 30: “Such poor leadership by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help.”

President Trump also tweeted on Sept. 30: “The Governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello, is a great guy and leader who is really working hard.  Thank you, Ricky!”

President Trump had praise for Rep. Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon.  He tweeted on Sept. 30: “Congresswoman Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon or Puerto Rico has been wonderful to deal with and a great representative of the people.  Thank you!”

On Sept. 30, during a segment called the “Weekend Update” on Saturday Night Live (SNL), co-anchor Michael Che called President Trump a “bitch” and a “cheap cracker” in connection with President Trump’s response to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico.

Che read one of President Trump’s tweets saying that the Mayor of San Juan was “told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump.”   Che then said:

“Oh, really, Donald, you bitch?  Was she nasty to you? . . . This isn’t complicated, man. It’s hurricane relief. These people need your help. You just did this for white people, twice. Do the same thing.  Go tell Melania to put on her flood heels, get some bottled water, some food, pack up some extra Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl T-shirts and write them a check with our money, you cheap cracker.”

Members of the SNL audience applauded Che’s comments.

Yashar Ali, a contributor to New York Magazine and the Huffington Post said: “If you told me 5 years ago that SNL would be calling the President of the United States a ‘bitch’ and a ‘cracker’ I wouldn’t have believed you.”

Other reactions to Che’s disgraceful comments were posted on-line:

“The stupid mayor of San Juan had her picture taken in front of pallets of aid when she complained about Trump not helping.”

“Don’t tell me, let me guess: from the slave driver ‘cracking’ his whip?”

“Che reveals himself to be either an ignorant clown or a propaganda prop.”

“What if someone would have referred to Zero using the N word when he was president?”

“Cracker is a Racial Slur.  NBC should terminate this black bigot.”

“This is the first time most of these libtards have ever given a thought to Puerto Rico about anything.”

“Are leftists REALLY trying to pretend that there were no minorities in Texas and Florida when the hurricane hit? . . . The left is so obsessed with dividing us by race, they make a statement like that you literally have to have brain damage to think is clever or truthful.”

“‘Cracker’ comes from whip CRACKER. A ‘cracker’ is what a slave calls his master’s slave handler.”

“Bannon is dead on about these ‘celebrity’ idiots. They live in a bubble with zero sense of reality.”

“FIRE this POS.  Double standard.”

“He is clearly Racist, that offends me and belongs nowhere on TV.”

“SNL used to be a regular show for me until obamo, and all the humor stopped. Now it’s pathetic nonstop slamming of anything conservative and nonstop butt licking of anything leftist. And their collective tongues are way in there. As they say in LA, sooo not funny.”

“This is why I continue not watching. And it hasn’t been funny in 20 years.”


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