NHL: Logan Couture Almost Celebrated at D-List Celebrity Clogged Awards Show

source: sharkspage.com

Let’s hope a little bottle service last night in Vegas helped Logan Couture deal with being shafted for the Calder Trophy.  As Logan is too classy a player to grumble or gripe following his losing out as the 2011 NHL Rookie of the Year, it’s up to those of us less hampered by such petty constraints to vent for him.

First of all, nobody is arguing Jeff Skinner was undeserving of the accolade, and his name (along with Michael Grabner) was in the Calder mix from the get go.  Skinner is a fantastic young hockey player who had a stellar season for the Carolina Hurricanes, registering 63 points (31G, 32A).

He was deserving…just not the most deserving.

As I was suffering through Skinner’s touching and endless acceptance speech, I just couldn’t help but think of Logan Couture sitting out there in the audience and I felt for him…as much as one can feel for a multi-million dollar 20-something who plays hockey for a job.  To the defense of Skinner’s rambling speech, at 18 years-old, I scarcely think I could have done any better on the mic and would have probably mumbled incomprehensibly or speed talked my way through it, before inevitably locking into a word-for-word recitation of the Rocky IV speech to the Russian crowd.

…if I can change…and yooz can change…EVERYBODY CAN CHANGE!

Besides, Dierks Bentley was in the building, and I can only imagine how hard it would be to look out upon the visage of a living musical superstar like Dierks Bentley and not get a little overcome by the moment.

Yeah, no clue who he is either, but I did hear the apparent country singer knocked over and broke the Ted Lindsay award backstage which is a 100% fact—nice work.

On that, who put this awards show lineup together?  It was like somebody procrastinated this whole event planning for months, and then decided to buckle down on the planning with around two hours until go time.  Closer to home, it was as if my fiancée was dumb enough to give me full planning authority over our wedding, which she thankfully is way too smart to do.

The whole event was like a parade of Letterman fill-in guests after the scheduled superstar has locked himself naked in his hotel room and glued the furniture to the ceiling.  I haven’t seen a lineup put together of more C and D-list “luminaries” since the autograph booth section at San Francisco’s ComicCon a while back, where I saw both Jaws from 007 and Greg “The Hammer” Valentine.

Actually, seeing Jaws up close was actually pretty awesome, although he should have worn the grill.  On the other hand, trying to explain to my Star Wars crazed (then 4-year-old) son why there were 13 Darth Vaders walking around the convention center all at once was less enjoyable, and turned into a futile exercise of his father attempting to explain the concept of dramatic arts to a little boy, but instead just totally confusing him with half-baked points that drifted into existentialism.

There is only one Darth son.  Those other men are imposters.

Why do I get the feeling that even 15-minutes-of-fame ticking time bombs, The Situation and Snookie probably turned this gig down, which being in Las Vegas should have been a layup for the NHL?  Seriously, if you recognized any of the “celebrities” presenting, you have to be dialed into some Canada-centric TMZ feed that the rest of us don’t have access to, or Dierks Bentley is your next door neighbor and/or relative.

Everybody bags on the NHL as the weak sister to the NFL, MLB and NBA, and it looks like we are also able to throw parties to help those annoying critics further evidence their points…and I LIKE Jay Mohr, and have ever since I heard his first Christopher Walken impression.  I just felt like the greatest night of recognition for the NHL should have been rendered better than a Tuesday night performance on a Carnival Cruise line.

No, the postseason is not supposed to be taken into consideration for regular season awards, so out are Logan Couture’s 14 points in 18 games, but what should have been taken into account was the role that Couture played keeping the Sharks relevant while they searched for an identity during the season.  For many sputtering stretches early on, Sharks fans will remember that the only thing we had going was Logan Couture.

Couture wasn’t just an impact rookie, he was a key player who grew his role from a call-up to a team cornerstone and leader for a Division winning team that eventually advanced to the NHL’s Final Four.  I think that was relevant, achieving greatness on a great team versus almost making the playoffs on a team that has the good Staal.

Of course pure fan bias plays into this, and maybe I don’t know all of the intricacies that Jeff Skinner brought to Carolina, but I do know eight game winning goals.  That’s eight times Logan Couture, on his own pulled the San Jose Sharks collective rear ends out of the fire—most GWG by a rookie in NHL history if that matters.  I also know that he scored 22 of his 31 goals on the road which was good enough for 4th best in the entire league, and also logged the most shots amongst rookies during the season (247).

Couture’s play was highly instrumental in the success that the San Jose Sharks achieved, and I think that being great and distancing yourself on an already great team was more worthy of top rookie honors than kicking tail during the regular season on an irrelevant NHL team that missed the playoffs.

No conspiracy or anything, and truthfully, I doubt that the East Coast media even knows which Carolina the Hurricanes actually play in.

Jeff Skinner was a fine, deserving rookie of the year…just not the most deserving.

Tags: Calder Trophy Carolina Hurricanes Jay Mohr Jeff Skinner Logan Couture Michael Grabner NHL Awards San Jose Sharks

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  • LG

    I have no idea who Jeff Skinner or Logan Couture are. Never heard of them. I do, however, know who Dierks Bentley is. And I ADORE him. Just like a LOT of others! Just because YOU dont know who Dierks is doesnt make him D-List. Just sayin…

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  • Jen

    Shame on you! You must not be a very happy person to just throw insults around like that. First of all, as a hockey fan, I thought the awards show was just fine. What more do you want? Just because your pick didn’t win doesn’t make the whole show bad.
    More importantly, Dierks Bentley is the best country artist out there. He has had hit songs for years, Grammy nominations and is an all-around great guy. Did you even watch the playoffs? His song was a feature song throughout?

  • http://www.beckysrosecottage.com Becky Wierzbicki

    Dierks Bentley is far from a D list celebrity. He was most likely invited because of his intense love for the game of hockey. Guess you could not find anyone who loves hockey to come to the event..you were damn lucky to have an honest to good lover of the game..who constantly posts about hockey on Facebook, Twitter or wherever Dierks can. As far as knocking over anything..who the heck put the trophy where it could be knocked over. Don’t pick on Dierks Bentley just because you have never heard of him. It is not Dierks’ fault your taste in music sucks. Dierks Bentley is not just a top notch country star, his chartable works are pretty incredible. He, also just happens to be a really huge hockey fan. So don’t complain about Dierks..you all were lucky to have him there and I am sure he was invited. Your ignorant remarks were not! BTW I really could care less about hockey but I am a fan of Dierks Bentley and if you had any real taste in music you would be, too. Have yourself a nice day!

  • rabacha

    I can understand you not knowing who Dierks Bentley is, BUT, a simple internet search would have filled you in on his career. A true journalist would have done some research before making the statements you did. Dierks is a respected Country Music Artist & songwriter with 7 number one singles & numerous other singles that have charted in the top 20 & top 5. He is a multiple-Grammy nominee and, as mentioned in another comment, his song “Am I The Only One” was featured this year during NHL broadcasts. He is a long time member of the much respected Grand Ol Opry & was a big part of the relief & fundraising efforts after the Nashville floods last May. Besides being an accredited country music star, Dierks is a big charity fundraiser with his “Miles & Music for Kids” which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for children’s hospitals around the country. His live shows are packed full of energy and displays his talent as not only a singer, but also a gifted guitar player. The fact that he broke an award…well, accidents happen, unfortunately. And, on top of of all of these credits, and maybe the biggest of all, DIERKS IS A HUGE HOCKEY FAN. He tweets about his love of hockey all the time and he plays in a recreational league. From his tweets you can read how excited he was about the NHL Awards show and he being a part of it. So, after a little bit of information, you can see that Dierks is NOT a “D-list” celebrity. Maybe you should do a little research before slamming such an accredited A-LIST STAR. I find it odd you did not mention the 2 Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast members that presented during the same show. Can it get anymore “D-List” than that? I mean, maybe if Perez Hilton was there it could. Come On Mr. Williams, try to show some journalistic integrity and do a little bit of research before slamming someone.

  • Dawn

    Hey buddy, You need to get a new life!! Dierks put on a great performance. You need to quit crying!

  • don’t care about hockey

    who the hell is Ted Lindsay? And if his award broke, it was a piece of crap. Dierks was the best thing in that show.

  • fangirl

    um, hockey is a D list sport…. you’re lucky to have an awards show at all.

  • hdw

    lets see, if dierks bentley is a d list celebrity, that would make s.m. williams fall somewhere around…nevermind, nothings’s lower than z list, is there?

  • LG

    lmao fangirl! right on!! =) Oh and BTW…Dierks didnt break that thing!

    From http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Mystery-Who-broke-Daniel-Sedin-s-Ted-Lindsay-Aw?urn=nhl-wp7792:

    “Media members were first told that country music star Dierks Bentley may have accidentally bumped into the trophy backstage but an event rep later said the award was damaged in transit to Las Vegas, or while being transported after it arrived here.”

  • tara

    Lol none of these comments have anything to do with Couture.


  • S.M. Williams

    My sincere apologies to the Bentley family.