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30 Teams in 30 Days: New Jersey Devils

New Jersey Devils
Team: New Jersey Devils
Division: Metropolitan Division
Link: /devils
Relevant links:
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Editors:
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Year in Review
The New Jersey Devils were supposed to be bad. After losing Zach Parise 2 years ago to free agency and Ilya Kovalchuk to homesickness the year after, the Devils were suddenly without 2 of their best scorers/forecheckeleaders...oh, and David Clarkson too. How did they fill the void? With a 42 year old Czech, a streaky scorer, an injury magnet, and a young Swiss. It does help that the 42 year old Czech was Jaromir Jagr, but unfortunately that wasn’t enough to fill the holes that were left from the Parise/Kovalchuk departures. So the team that had reached the Stanley Cup Finals just 2 years ago entered the season predicted to finish near the bottom of the league, and with no 1st round pick all hope seemed lost.
Then the Devils started 0-4-3.
It was the start that was expected, but hope appeared in the eighth game of the season in the form of a 4-0 victory over the New York Rangers. Notable facepuncher Cam Janssen scored a few - he had more goals than Claude Giroux for a good while. Hopes were raised - maybe this season wouldn’t be so bad. And then...well, it kinda just stayed meh. The Devils never seemed to get rolling and after winning a game like the team they put on the ice in 2012, they would play terribly and look like they had a mountain to climb back to where they were. It was a lot of “3 steps forward, 4 steps back.” The best example I can give is when they played the St. Louis Blues twice in 9 days. The first game was in New Jersey during a big snowstorm and the Devils laid the smack down in the form of a 7-1 victory. 9 days later, they lost to them 3-0 in St. Louis. How does the team that scores 7 goals against a team in one game get completely blanked by them 9 days later? I don’t know, but the Devils found a way. Some people may think the Stadium Series game would be a shining example of the Devils season because they started out playing really well, controlling possession, and then just collapsed, but to that, I would reply that to my recollection, the Devils did not play in an outdoor game this season...nope…..never happened.
In all seriousness, the Devils were a lost, thrown together team and it showed. Injuries with our forwards and defensemen, starting 7 defensemen, and not winning a shootout (setting NHL records in the process) just created even more problems for the Devils...and yet they still were in the hunt for the playoffs in the last few weeks. I think the best way to summarize the 2014 Devils were was a team of transitions: transitions on offense, defense, and the biggest - in goal.
The Shootout
Yep - we sucked at the shootout this season. 0-13 and until a rookie forward scored we struggled to even get the puck in the net. When all was said and done, the Devils scored on just four of 45 shootout attempts for a shooting percentage of just under 9%. Their shootout woes even spawned the creation of a website - Have the New Jersey Devils Won a Shootout Yet?. It’s funny because 3 years ago we were #1 in the shootout, but we also had Parise and Kovalchuk as a 1-2 punch which almost created no need for a 3rd shooter. Unfortunately, they are gone and this year we just couldn’t get it done even once. Hopefully puck luck will swing the other way next season and the Devils will win a shootout in their first 5 attempts. At least I hope so, otherwise I’m losing a bet.
New Management, a new sponsor, and a first round pick
Another big change for the Devils was new owners as Josh Harris and David Blitzer purchased the Devils for 380 million and knowning we have owners who have just a bit of cash, which is a nice thing when it comes to looking to field a quality product.
The Devils also went all in and got a new sponsor. Did you know you can legally gamble online in New Jersey? Well, thanks to our new sponsor partypoker.com and their ubiquitous ads and sponsoring of the power play, we sure as hell did. Last year, when the Devils went on the powerplay it was sponsored by PSE&G, which is a power company, which just makes sense. When they came back from commercial break, where an ad would play, it was partypoker.com. When Chico got nachos it was sponsored by partypoker.com. In fact the original title of this post was going to include “sponsored by partypoker.com,” but they wouldn’t compensate us, the cheap bastards.
Finally, the ruling that took away the Devils first round pick as a result of the first Kovalchuk deal was reversed and subsequently the Devils received the 30th pick of the 1st round (un-tradeable) in this years draft. Many believe this ruling was overturned because of Kovalchuk’s retirement and because the new owners of the team were not involved with the previous dealings. Doesn’t seem fair to punish a team for a deal from an owner that is no longer there to a player who retired. Or, it could be that multiple teams around the league were signing players to deals nearly as bad as Kovalchuk’s with exactly zero penalty applied (i.e. Minnesota and Nashville),. Anyway - with the 30th pick the Devils selected John Quenneville, who is related to a famous coach and is projected to be a solid two-way center in the mold of Adam Henrique.
Stats
  • Record: 35-29-18
  • Top Scorer: Adam Henrique 25
  • Most Assists: Jaromir Jagr 43
  • Points Leader: Jaromir Jagr 67
  • Most Wins: Martin Brodeur 19
  • Best shot percentage: Cam Janssen 27.30%.
We should focus on that last stat as it’s quite impressive. Cam had 3 goals with 11 shots, and if DeBoer wasn’t so utterly stupid and kept him in the AHL, he would have likely scored 60 goals last season. Hopefully next year Pete gets his head out of his ass, and Cam is moved back to his rightful place on the top line, where he will continue lighting the scoreboard up.
Stats-wise there really isn’t much to say. The Devils only had two 20+ goal scorers in Henrique and Jagr. Elias had the same number of goals as Ryder (18) and he played in 17 less games.
How did our new pieces do? Jagr excelled, as the system was made for his style of play. A third-line forward on Boston, the Devils’ system favoring a strong puck possession game minimizes Jagr’s lack of top-end speed and allows him to play effectively on the Devils’ first line. Brunner and Ryder struggled to adapt to DeBoer’s system of forechecking and cycling but saw some success at times. Clowe got injured, and took a while to get going, but unfortunately barely left a mark in terms of production. The only trade of note was when the Devils traded Andrei Loktionov to the Carolina Hurricanes for Tuomo Ruutu. Unfortunately, that didn’t really jump start the lackluster offense so late in the season.
Top 5 Players of the Year
Jaromir Jagr - Right Wing - Jaromir Fucking Jagr
Stat This Season Previous Season Career High
Points 67 9 149
Goals 24 2 62
Assists 43 7 87
+/- +16 +3 +34
PIM 46 2 96
ATOI 19:10 18:27 25:51
Oh Jagr, you were a big positive for us this season. When he was signed one year ago, there was a lot of skepticism about him. Exactly how much would he contribute? Could he last a full season? Seriously, he’s 42 - what can he honestly do? Well he did what he has always done, be Jagr.
Jagr is far from his 149 point seasons, but so is everyone else in the damn league. The reason why Jagr was successful this year was because NJ wasn’t expecting him to be the man. The Devils have never expected that from any of their players. They wanted him to play his role, and he played it and excelled. Jagr led the Devils in almost every major offensive category and was a leader to the team. He also provided some amazing post game interviews and made me question how much I work out. Jagr is an absolute machine where in order to get tired after a game, he has to either ride an exercise bike or go for a run. If you haven’t yet seen it, watch his off season training. If Jagr can do repeat his performance again next year it will be a perfect kickstart to the team’s lackluster offense.
Adam Henrique - Center - Rico Suave
Stat This Season Previous Season Career High
Points 43 16 51
Goals 25 11 25
Assists 18 5 35
+/- +3 -3 +18
PIM 20 16 20
ATOI 18:03 18:19 18:19
Adam has been making a name for himself. In the 2012 playoffs he became a clutch player, scoring 2 OT series clinchers and earning the nickname “King Slayer”. (Which he got for this play.) Not bad for a rookie season. Sadly, Adam’s sophomore season wasn’t so bright due to a wrist injury he suffered while playing in the AHL during the lockout (thanks Bettman!), but after a full season plus an offseason to heal, Adam was ready to pick up right where he left off from his rookie year.
Overall, he did pretty good. His assists were lower this year (probably because he went from playing with Parise and Kovalchuk to Clowe and Ryder) but Henrique made it work. After the Olympic break, a vacation to Mexico, and a lucky horseshoe he got for christmas, Adam’s poor puck luck turned around. He went on a tear, scoring 7 goals in 9 games, almost earning his first career hat trick twice in that span. It helped that Patrik Elias was his linemate during this time, but Adam showed he is the real deal and is only going to get better as time goes. He led the team in scoring and it’s expected he will only get better next year. When the Devils make the playoffs, he will be ready. (Lucky for us, playoff games don’t go to shootouts.)
Marek Zidlicky - Defenseman - Mareking Ball
Stat This Season Previous Season Career High
Points 42 19 53
Goals 12 4 14
Assists 30 15 39
+/- -3 -12 +8
PIM 60 38 82
ATOI 21:39 20:00 24:10
Zids is a high-risk, high-reward player. He is an offensive defenseman and when his offense is on, he is great, but when his offense is off, his weakness on defense shows. That pretty much sums him up. He did have one of the best goals of the season, but there will be more on that later.
Andy Greene - Defenseman - #GreeneForC
Stat This Season Previous Season Career High
Points 32 16 37
Goals 8 4 8
Assists 24 12 31
+/- +3 +12 +12
PIM 32 20 32
ATOI 24:35 23:02 24:35
We in /devils love Andy Greene. He is our #1 defenseman. He is a solid stay at home defenseman, but began to contribute in the goals department the past few seasons. He plays mistake free hockey and always seems to make the right play at the right time. Very glad he has been signed long term and if it all works out Salvador will retire after this season and Greene will be handed the C.
Cory Schneider - Goalie - Schneiderman
Stat This Season Previous Season Career High
Points 0 1 3
Goals 0 0 0
Assists 0 1 3
PIM 4 0 4
Cory’s offensive stats don’t exactly scream off the page, but Cory was a great goalie who’s 16-15-12 record doesn’t speak to his solid play. His .921% SV% and 1.97 GAA put him near the top of the league. Yes, he was sort of a back up, and yes, he shared the net with one of the greatest of all time, but Cory kept this team in games they shouldn’t have been in. With little to zero goal support, he pretty much had to. As the games really started to count the Devils turned to Cory in that stretch showing that the torch had been pass and this was Cory’s team. Everyone knew this day would come, but it was still unexpected. With Cory locked up and the clear cut #1, we are excited to see him be our new goalie. It’s nice looking like we won’t have to experience significant goalie problems - can’t ever imagine what that is like, it’s been too long.
Continued in comments.
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12/21/2015 - Nightly Thread (Anything Goes)

Even taking my own streaming advice, my keeper team is struggling without Price and a recently traded for Bobrovsky tending the net. Even though some formats don’t properly recognize goaltending, even in a league that favors offense 7 to 5 in categories, the importance of elite goaltending should never be underestimated. But all the struggles in the last few weeks haven’t knocked me from my perch atop The Liiga, so for now I’ll make do with the scrubs. Tonight I’m looking at one forward flying under the radar and a couple injured players nearing returns.
Tonight’s Nightly Nuggets:
On the clock here until 11 PM so get your questions in and I’ll do my best to answer them.
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[60 Teams, 60 Days] Ferris State University Bulldogs

Ferris State University

Western Collegiate Hockey Association (2013-Present)
Central Collegiate Hockey Association (1979-2013)
Founded: 1884
Location: Big Rapids, MI
Attendance: 14,707
Nickname: Bulldogs. The school newspaper named the team Ferrisites, and the Big Rapids Pioneer called them the Spartans. It wasn’t until 1931 that the name Bulldogs was used to describe the school’s basketball team. “…He asked what would happen if an irresistible force met an immovable object, then said that [basketball coach William T.] McElwain believed the question might be solved when the ‘irresistible Central State Teachers College Bearcats met Ferris immovable Bulldogs.’ He went on, ‘…it is discovered that the name (Bulldogs) has been applied to them because of their demonstrated ability to hang on to their men and never let go…’”
Mascot: Brutus. Our large bulldog spends the game wandering the arena entertaining the kids or messing with the students in the Dawg Pound. During the second intermission, he typically takes a sled on the ice, skates from the red line to the blue line and attempts to “score a goal”. BONUS! Pre Makeover Brutus! NSFL
Unofficial Mascot: Monkey Man. The Monkey Man has spent the past few seasons dressing up in a monkey suit to cheer on the Bulldogs and harass the opponents during warm ups and the games. The most fun is during pregame stretching. The building is so small, the only place to get the entire team together to stretch is on the concourse (usually a little after 2 hours to game time, so the only fans in the building are students waiting to get in the Dawg Pound), so Mr. Monkey Man likes to heckle everybody except Bowling Green, who has invited him to join on a few occasions.
Band: Ferris State Pep Band. The band is not well received by students, if I am honest. They play songs at wildly inappropriate times (i.e. playing Tequila immediately after a goal against or playing something as we are attempting to salute a player recovering from a serious injury), and have a habit of walking in front of everybody during play. It's nice to have a band at a college game. We just wish they would work with us a little better.
Fight Song:
Cheer those Bulldogs,
Watch them fight.
Boost those Bulldogs,
They’re alright.
We’ll stand by the Crimson and Gold,
Fight, Fight, Fight!
Bulldogs of Ferris,
Cheer that Bulldog Varsity,
Steer that team to Victory.
Fight you Ferris Bulldogs and gain another victory.
Fight! Fight! Fight!
Fight for the Ferris Crimson and the Gold.
Note Nobody sings the song, except the part where you say “WOO!”
Arena: Robert L. Ewigleben Ice Arena. Opened 1976. Capacity: 2,493. Named for the former school president who is responsible for getting the program to jump from ACHA to NCAA Division 1. The rink is part of the Ewigleben Sports Complex which includes the D1 rink, a small half sheet used for 3 on 3 games and youth practices, Wink Arena (basketball) and a volleyball court.
Student Section: Dawg Pound. Known for being one of the top student sections in college hockey, the Dawg Pound is both rowdy and ruthless, especially when it comes to the opponents goalie. There are typically 2 white boards floating around the section with witty, funny or downright obscene phrases or drawings, often drawing laughs from opposing players during warm ups. Because it is a general admission student section it's normal to see students lined up at the doors as early as an hour and a half before the doors open. The doors open at 6 and the first three rows are typically full by 6:05.
First Season: 1979-80 (CCHA) 26-11-1
All Time Record: 563-628-129
Championships: 0
Frozen Four Appearances: 1 (2012)
Tournament Appearances: 3- 2003 (Lost Midwest Regional Final to Minnesota), 2012 (Lost National Championship to Boston College DAMN YOU JONNY GAUDREAU!), 2014 (Lost Midwest Regional Final to North Dakota)
Rivals:
Western Michigan University. This is simply a geographic rivalry. Being just 2 hours north of Kalamazoo, Ferris and Western battled for supremacy of Western Michigan (or we did until the CCHA died). Our most memorable moment is a game from 2013 that involved a line brawl, a goalie challenging his counterpart to a fight (Frank Slubowski didn’t answer the call, if you were wondering), a last minute tying goal and a shootout win for the Bulldogs! Unfortunately, realignment in 2013 placed Ferris in the WCHA and Western in the new NCHC, so the teams have not played during the past two seasons.
Minnesota State University. This is a brand new and growing one starting in 2013-14 with the new WCHA, possibly replacing Western, since they got scared and ran off to the NCHC. So far, we have had a handful of very tight and physical games, one involving a full line brawl featuring goaltenders, and met twice in the Final Five. It might get a little more interesting if Ferris can finally win a damn game though.
Grand Valley State University. Oh right... They don't even have a hockey team! I suppose beating them in every other sport will have to suffice.
Uniform History Note Ferris State’s hockey is not well documented on the internet, so the dates are estimated based on my memory of the team photos hanging in the rink.
2014-15 Season: 18-20-2 (13-14-1)
Coach: Bob Daniels (1992- Present) 397-409-89
2013-14 Roster:
Captain: CJ Motte, G, Sr
Alternate Captains: Simon Denis, D, Sr and Kyle Schempp, C, So
Leading Scorer: Matt Robertson, RW, Jr: 6-17-23/ Gerald Mayhew, So, RW: 11-12-23
Leading Goal Scorer: Gerald Mayhew, So, RW
Big Moments:
Home Opener vs. Michigan. Ferris State opened up the season at home against Michigan. A combination of excitement for the season (as the season before was brilliant) and a well known team coming to town meant the Dawg Pound was rowdy and loud starting about 30 minutes before the puck was dropped. The Bulldogs scored early and often en route to a 4-3 win in a game that saw both teams play incredible hockey. The highlight of the night was goaltender CJ Motte slamming the door on his younger brother, Tyler Motte’s, breakaway drawing a “LITTLE BROTHER!” chant from the students.
WCHA Playoffs Round 1 @ Bemidji State 3OT. For the second straight year, Ferris faced off against the Beavers of Bemidji State in the first round of the WCHA playoffs, this time in Minnesota. For the second straight year, Ferris went into game 2 with a chance for a sweep and head back to the Final Five. For the second straight year, the game required multiple overtime periods to do it. Ryan Lowney eventually ended the triple overtime game with a great shot from the point.
2014-15 Summary
The 2014-15 season was a big step backwards for the Bulldogs, after taking the MacNaughton Cup and advancing to the NCAA Regional Final in 2013-14. Ferris State’s struggles stemmed from a lack of offensive production from the blueline and from the senior class (Jason Binkley led the seniors in points, finishing 10th on the team). The season started with a strong win against a good Michigan team. The conference schedule started less favorably, however, when the Bulldogs were swept aside by Michigan Tech in Big Rapids. The series was the first 2 home losses since the home opener the previous year. The team appeared to get back on track after a dominant sweep of Alaska Anchorage by a combined score of 14-2, but that was immediately followed by a disappointing home split with Alabama Huntsville and a tie and loss to a very bad Wisconsin team. Ferris had a chance to redeem the season on a big stage when they headed to the Motor City for the school’s first appearance in the Great Lakes Invitational. Instead, they were shutout by Michigan State and dropped a 4-2 contest to Michigan Tech. The low point of the season was a 7 game losing streak at the hands of #1 Minnesota State and Bowling Green. The regular season ended with a sweep of Lake State in Sault Ste Marie. With those two wins, CJ Motte became the program’s all time wins leader. The one bright spot of the season was the great play of the sophomore class, most notably Schempp, Mayhew, forward Chad MacDonald and slick skating defenseman Ryan Lowney. The Bulldogs knocked off a surprisingly good Bemidji State team in the first round of the WCHA playoffs before being easily swept aside by a dominant Minnesota State in the Final Five Semifinal in St. Paul, MN.
2015-16 Season
Schedule
Draftees
Kyle Schempp, C, 2014 New York Islanders (Round 6, 155 Overall)
Key Games
Oct. 9-10 Home and Home against old rivals Western Michigan University
Oct. 16-17 Home vs. Michigan Tech
Nov. 6-7 At Minnesota State
Players To Watch
/#6 Kyle Schempp, Jr, C. The Islanders draft pick from Saginaw, MI showed that he was a star early on as a freshman, getting first line minutes for much of his first two seasons. He had a slow start to last season after a shoulder surgery in Summer 2014 but had a very strong finish to the season.
/#22 Matt Robertson, Sr, RW. The Rohnert Park, California native came into his own last season playing on a line with Schempp and Gerald Mayhew, tying Mayhew for the team lead in points.
/#10 Ryan Lowney, Jr, D. Lowney is downright fun to watch. I compare him to Martin St. Louis because he stands only 5’8, but isn’t afraid to get in to it with anybody bigger than him, which is everybody. As if that wasn’t enough, he has incredible stickhandling skills bordering “Datsyukian” (Ok, he’s not quite Datsyuk, but it’s still fun to watch). Lowney hails from Redford, MI.
Greatest Players:
Chris Kunitz (1999-2003): 152 GP 99 G 76 A 175 Pts, Hobey Baker Finalist (2003). NHL: Anaheim Ducks (2003-09), Pittsburgh Penguins (2009-Present) 733 GP 224 G 287 A 511 PTS, Stanley Cup Champion (2007, 2009) First Team All Star (2013). International: Team Canada- Olympic Gold Medalist (2014), World Championship Silver Medalist (2008)
Kunitz is undoubtedly the greatest player the school ever had both during his days at Ferris and in his professional career. He made an instant splash for the team when he scored 20 goals during his freshman year. After two more great seasons that saw him put up 29 and 38 points, Kunitz was ready to make a name for himself on the national stage. The 2002-03 season was historic for the Bulldogs, and much of that is due to Chris Kunitz's play. He smashed school records by scoring 35 goals, 44 assits and 79 points in 42 games. The team would end up winning 30 games and making its first trip to the NCAA tournament. The following season, he was signed by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, where he would split time between the NHL and AHL for a few seasons before scoring 25 goals for the Ducks en route to their first ever Stanley Cup. Two years later, he was traded to Pittsburgh where he would win his second Cup. 2013-14 proved to be his best NHL campaign as he tallied 35 goals and 33 assists and earned a spot on the Canadian Olympic team that would bring home Gold.
Zach Redmond (2007-11): 141 GP 22 G 68 A 90 PTS. NHL: Atlanta Thrashers Draft Pick (2008. Rd 7 184 Overall) Winnipeg Jets (2012-14) 18 GP 2 G 5 A 7 Pts, Colorado Avalanche (2014-Present) 59 GP 5 G 15 A 20 PTS. International: Team USA- World Championship Bronze Medalist (2015)
Atlanta Thrashers draft pick Zach Redmond led the Bulldogs from the blueline for four years. He put up career highs in assists and points during his junior year with 6 goals, 21 assists and 27 points. He was on pace to surpass those during his senior year, however, injuries limited him to just 26 games where he tallied 7 goals, 13 assists and 20 points. Redmond spent the 2011-12 season with the St. John's Ice Caps of the AHL. Due to the NHL lockout, he remained there to start the following season as well. When the NHL resumed, Redmond was called up the the Winnipeg Jets where his career was nearly ended. During a practice, Redmond took a teammates skate to the thigh, cutting his femoral artery leaving him with a nasty scar. Redmond would recover and return the next season where he played 10 more games in the NHL. In the Summer of 2014, he signed with the Colorado Avalanche. Redmond was selected to play for Team USA in the 2015 World Championships where he took home Bronze.
CJ Motte (2011-15): 127 GP 66-49, H. AHL: Bridgeport Sound Tigers (2015): 4 GP 1-2-1, Rochester Americans (2015-Present)
CJ Motte, nicknamed Dexter by a small group of fans, split time with senior Taylor Nelson during his freshman year, the brilliant 2011-12 season that saw Ferris State run all the way the the National Championship game. After Nelson graduated, CJ became the obvious choice to be the starting goaltender. Motte hit a bit of a sophomore slump in 2012-13, as he was good but nothing spactacular and finished with a .500 record and 5th in the CCHA. 2013-14, however was an entirely different story. The season started with Motte and sophomore Charles Williams alternating the first 4 games of the season. CJ won both of his starts and took over for the rest of the season, and what a season it was. Motte was 28-9-3 and was absolutely unbeatable at home. His play earned him a Hobey Baker nomination and he finished as a Top 10 finalist. Motte would shut out Colgate in the first round of the NCAA tournament before allowing only 2 goals in 5 periods to North Dakota in the regional final. His play as a junior earned him the Captain's 'C' for his senior year where he would continue his stellar play. This time, however, the team wasn't able to back him up, so he finished 18-20-2 despite posting career highs for GAA and SV%. Motte left college and immediately signed with the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers where he won his first start. This summer, CJ Motte signed another AHL deal with the Rochester Americans.
Best Coach:
Bob Daniels- 1992-Present- 377-387-87. 2x CCHA Coach of the Year (2003, 2012), 2012 Spencer Penrose Award (Top Coach in NCAA as voted by American Hockey Coaches Association), 2014 WCHA Coach of the Year
Greatest Games:
2012 Midwest Regional Final: Cornell vs Ferris State 2-1 Win- 5 minute penalty kill and a goal immediately at the end of the penalty propelled Ferris to a 2-1 win and a trip to Tampa for their first ever Frozen Four!
2012 Frozen Four: Union vs Ferris State 3-1 Win- A late goal by junior Kyle Bonis ended up being the game winner and Ferris State moved on to the National Championship Game vs. Boston College
2013 Western Michigan vs. Ferris State 3-2 Win SO- We fought, We won.
2014 WCHA Playoffs Round 1, Game 2: Bemidji State @ Ferris State 3-2 Win 2OT- Captain Scott Czarnowczan scored on a strange, fluttering shot to send Ferris to the WCHA Final Five
2014 Midwest Regional Semifinal: Colgate vs. Ferris State 1-0 Win- In the 4th matchup of the season against the Raiders (who had won 2 of the 3 games with shutouts), it took freshman Gerald Mayhew batting a puck out of the air to beat goaltender Charlie Finn and Colgate 1-0
2014 Midwest Regional Final: North Dakota vs. Ferris State 2-1 Loss 2OT- Despite being the #2 seed in the region, Ferris came into this game as slight underdogs against the powerful University of North Dakota. The Ferris State onslaught was repeatedly turned aside by goaltender Zane McIntyre (then Zane Gothberg), who stole the show by making 43 saves in the 2OT win.
2015 WCHA Playoffs Round 1, Game 2: Bemidji State vs. Ferris State 3-2 Win 3OT- Ryan Lowney ends the longest game in school history to send the Bulldogs back to the Final Five for the second straight year
Traditions:
Just before game time: “I! I believe! I believe that! I believe that we will win! I believe that we will win!...”
Before opening faceoff: “Drooooop It! Drooooop It! Drooooop It! Thank You Asshole!”
Ferris Powerplay:
Leader: Ice cold beer!
Students: Makes you wanna cheer!
L: Ice cold wine!
S: Makes you feel fine!
L: Ice cold whiskey!
S: Makes you feel frisky!
L: Ice cold puck!
S: MAKES YOU WANNA SCOOOOORE!
Goalie plays puck behind net: L: Know your role! S: Stay in your hole!
City: Big Rapids, MI
Population: 10,517 (2013)
History: Big Rapids Industrial School was founded in 1884 by Woodbridge N. Ferris. A year later, the name was changed to Ferris Industrial School and later Ferris Institute. 1893 was an incredibly significant year for the school. A young student asked Mr. Ferris to train him for a career as a pharmacist. He did, and state officials were so impressed with how well he did on the state board exam, Ferris was encouraged to establish a full time pharmacy program, which remains the most well known program at Ferris State. In 1898, the school made the change from private to a public school. In 1949, the State of Michigan purchased the school and it was again renamed Ferris State College. Before the state could take control, however, a fire broke out destroying all but three buildings (Alumni Building, Old Main and Prakken) which are all haunted. In 1963, the name was changed from Ferris Institute to Ferris State College. In 1987, the FSC became Ferris State University. The Bulldogs' magical run in the 2012 NCAA tournament proved to be quite huge for the school as well. The National Championship appearance was immediately followed by record enrollment over the next 3 years.
Local Dining
Crankers Brewery- Great food, and open into the wee hours of the morning, so pretty much all you can ask for in a college town
Schuberg’s- Old school bar in downtown Big Rapids with some fantastic burgers
Other Sports:
Hockey is the school’s only Division 1 sport and the most successful sport, however, the football, basketball and volleyball teams all had great 2014-15 years. Football went undefeated through the regular season and into the 2nd round of the playoffs. We also haven’t lost to Grand Valley State since 2011, which isn’t really relevant except it pisses them off something fierce since it’s the only sport they care about and they still can’t beat us. Basketball and volleyball also came home with GLIAC titles.
Other:
If you’re ever in Big Rapids, I highly suggest visiting the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia. It’s a small museum in the basement of the school library and, well you can probably figure out what you’ll find down there. It is definitely a powerful experience to walk through. If you want something a bit more fun and less serious, the Wildlife Center is also a fun time. If you’ve ever wanted to go nose to nose with a huge stuffed giraffe (we all know you do!), this is the place to do it. Most importantly, if you happen to be in town in January of February, grab your skates and a stick and get in on a pickup game at Hemlock Park! Nothing beats outdoor hockey under flood lights with the snow falling!
Academics
Ferris State University is has over 150 programs divided into 7 colleges.
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Business
College of Education and Human Services
College of Engineering Technology
College of Health Professions
Michigan College of Optometry
College of Pharmacy.
The Optometry and Pharmacy programs are very prestigious and considered by many to be the best in the nation. These are the programs that are typically brought up when discussing Ferris State, but they are not the only highly touted programs. The Plastics and Rubber Engineering majors are undeniably the best of the few in the country (Only 7 colleges in the United States has a plastics program. Only 1 has rubber) according to the very unbiased opinion I have come to over the past 2 years as a Plastic Engineering student at Ferris.
Notable Alumni:
If you wear glasses or have had eye surgery, I’d be willing to bet a Ferris State alum played a big role in correcting your eyesight.
Red Wings Head Coach Jeff Blashill. I chose to not include him in the great players list because, well, you have to be a great player to be mentioned that. Mr. Blashill was not, but we still love him.
Woodbridge N. Ferris. Ok, so he's not exactly an alum, but he founded the school so I think it fits. After founding the school in 1884, Mr. Ferris went on to serve as Governor of Michigan from 1913-1917. After that, he went on to Washington to serve as one of Michigan's senators from 1923 until his death in 1928. Plus, he has an awesome name.
Also Me.
What’s Next?
I think this will be a rebound season for the Bulldogs. This year’s junior class has been improving every game since they started and look ready to take the reins and lead us back into NCAA tournament contention. Our only major concern is in goal. CJ Motte, who anchored very good teams for 3 years after platooning as a freshman during the 2011-12 season, graduated leaving Bob Daniels with quite the decision to make. Does he choose senior Charles Williams? Williams was a very good goaltender in brief stints during his freshman and sophomore years, so he should be the favorite except he missed all of last season with an injury (Unfortunately, I don’t know what it was). How about junior Trace Pennock? Trace allowed 2 goals in 9 minutes during a blowout win against Alaska Anchorage, and that is his only in game experience over his 2 seasons. Or does he defy all of that and choose incoming freshman Darren Smith, who put up a .909 SV % and 2.81 GAA with Madison in the USHL. Final Thoughts: It’s a great time to be a Bulldog! We finally got Western back on the schedule and a big name team not named Michigan is coming to town! Also, the B1G still sucks and the CCHA was better.
LOOK OUT TAMPA! WE'RE COMIN BACK!
Let’s Go Dawgs!
Shoutout to JohnDoeMonopoly for setting all of this up
Relevant Subreddits
/collegehockey to talk about the game we all love but with facemasks.
/60teams60days for more info on this awesome series!
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30T/30D Ver 1

EDIT: speaklouderpls has gone through and proof read. Will post updated version tomorrow.
New Jersey Devils
Team: New Jersey Devils
Division: Metropolitan Division
Link: /devils
Relevant links:
NHL Team Site Fire and Ice In Lou We Trust
Year in Review
The New Jersey Devils were suppose to be bad. After losing Zach Parise 2 years ago to free agency and Ilya Kovalchuk to homesickness last year the Devils were suddenly without 2 of their best scorers/forecheckeleaders...and David Clarkson. How did they fill the void? With a 42 year old Czech, A streaker scorer, An injury magnet, and A young Swiss. It does help the 42 year old Czech was Jaromir Jagr, but that wasn’t enough to fill the hole that was left with Parise/Kovalchuk departures. So the team that had just reached the Stanley Cup Finals 2 years entered the season predicted to end near the bottom of the league, and with no 1st round pick all hope seem lost.
Then the Devils started 0-4-3. It was the start that was expected, but then hope appears in the form of a 4-0 victory over The New York Rangers. Cam Janssen scored, he had more goals than Claude Giroux for a good while, maybe this season wouldn’t be so bad. And then well it kinda just stay meh. Seriously The Devils never seem to get rolling and after winning games like they were the team they were in 2012 they would fall and then have to get back to where they were it was a lot of 3 steps forward 4 steps back. The best example I can give is when they played the St. Louis Blues twice in 9 days. The first game was in New Jersey and the Devils laid the smack down in the form of a 7-1 victory during a snowstorm. 9 days later they lose to them 3-0 in St. Louis. How does the team that score 7 goals against a team one game get shutout by them 9 days later? I don’t know, but the Devils found a way. I know people may think the Stadium Series game would be a better example of The Devils season because they started really good and then just collapsed, but I have no idea what you are talking about. The Devils never played in an outdoor game...nope…..never happen.
In all seriousness The Devils were a lost, thrown together team and it showed. Injuries all around, starting 7 defensemen, and not winning a shootout just created problems for the Devils and yet they still were in the hunt for the playoffs near the end. What the 2014 Devils were was a team of transitions. Transitions on offense, defense, and the biggest in goal.
The Shootout
Yep we sucked at the shootout this season. 0-13 and for a while our only goal came from a rookie forward. It’s funny because 3 years ago we were number 1 in the shootout, but we also had Parise and Kovalchuk as a 1-2 punch with no need for a 3rd shooter. They are gone and we just couldn’t get it done. Next season will be better and the Devils will win a shootout in their first 5 attempts at least I hope so otherwise I’m losing a bet
Stats
  • Record: 35-29-18
  • Top Scorer: Adam Henrique 25
  • Most Assists: Jaromir Jagr 43
  • Points Leader: Jaromir Jagr 67
  • Most Wins: Martin Brodeur 19
  • Best shot percentage: Cam Janssen 27.30%.
You can’t deny this. Cam had 3 goals with 11 shots and if Deboer hadn’t been so stupid and stuck him in the AHL he would have been on pace to score 60 goals last season. Hopefully next year Pete gets his head out of his ass and Cam is on the top line lighting the scoreboard up.
Stats wise there really isn’t much to say. The Devils only had 2 20+ goal scorers in Henrique and Jagr. Elias had the same number of goals as Ryder (18) and he played in 17 less games.
So how did our new pieces do? Well Jagr excelled as the system was made for his stlye of play. Brunner and Ryder struggled to adapt to forechecking and cycling, and saw some success, and Clowe got injured and took a while to get going and barely left the ground. The only trade to note was when the Devils traded Andrei Loktionov to the Carolina Hurricanes for Tuomo Ruutu. Didn’t really jump start the lackluster offense so there was that.
Top 5 Players of the Year
Jaromir Jagr - Right Wing - Jaromir Fucking Jagr
Stat This Season Previous Season Career High
Points 67 9 149
Goals 24 2 62
Assists 43 7 87
+/- +16 +3 +34
PIM 46 2 96
ATOI 19:10 18:27 25:51
Oh Jagr, you were a big positive for this season. When Jagr was signed one year ago there was a lot of skepticism about him. Exactly how much would he contribute? Could he last a full season? Seriously he’s 42 what can he honestly do? Well he can do what he has always done, be Jagr.
Jagr is far from his 62I87I149 seasons, but seriously these numbers are amazing. The reason why Jagr was successful because NJ wasn’t expecting him to be the man, the Devils have never expected that from any of their players. They wanted him to play his role and he played it and excelled. Jagr pretty much led the Devils in every category, except goals, and was a leader to the team. He also provided some amazing post game interviews and made me question how much I work out. Jagr is an absolute machine where in order to get tired after a game he has to either ride an exercise bike or go for a run. If you haven’t watch his off season training. If Jagr can do that again next year it be perfect.
Adam Henrique - Center - Rico Suave
Stat This Season Previous Season Career High
Points 43 16 51
Goals 25 11 25
Assists 18 5 35
+/- +3 -3 +18
PIM 20 16 20
ATOI 18:03 18:19 18:19
Adam has been making a name for himself. In the 2012 playoffs he became a clutch player scoring 2 OT series clinchers and earning the nickname “King Slayer”. (which he got for this play) Not bad for a rookie season. Sadly Adam’s sophomore season wasn’t so bright mainly due to a wrist injury he suffered playing in the AHL during the lockout, thanks Bettman, but after an offseason to heal Adam was ready to pick up right where he left off from his rookie year.
And he did pretty good. His assists were lower, probably because he went from playing with Parise and Kovalchuk to Clowe and Ryder, but damn it Henrique made it work. After the Olympic break, a vacation to Mexico, and a lucky horseshoe he got for christmas Adam’s luck turned around. He went on a tear of scoring 7 goals in 9 games almost earning his first career hat trick twice in that span. It helped Patrik Elias was his line mate during this time, but Adam showed he is the real deal and is only going to get better as time goes. He led the team in scoring and it’s expected he will only get better next year. And when the Devils make the playoffs he will be ready. Lucky for us playoff games don’t go to shootouts.
Marek Zidlicky - Defenseman - Mareking Ball
Stat This Season Previous Season Career High
Points 42 19 53
Goals 12 4 14
Assists 30 15 39
+/- -3 -12 +8
PIM 60 38 82
ATOI 21:39 20:00 24:10
Zids is a high risk high reward. He is an offensive defenseman and when his offense is on he is great, but when his offense is off his weakness on defense shows. That’s pretty much sums him up. He did have one of the best goals of the season, but there will be more on that later.
Andy Greene - Defenseman - #GreeneForC
Stat This Season Previous Season Career High
Points 32 16 37
Goals 8 4 8
Assists 24 12 31
+/- +3 +12 +12
PIM 32 20 32
ATOI 24:35 23:02 24:35
We in /devils love Andy Greene. He is our #1 defenseman. He is a solid stay at home defenseman, but only the past few seasons has been contributing in the goals department. One big stat was his 3 game winning goals from this past season. He plays mistake free hockey and always seems to make the right play at the right time. Very glad he has been signed long term, now its time to make him the captain.
Cory Schneider - Goalie - Schneiderman
Stat This Season Previous Season Career High
Points 0 1 3
Goals 0 0 0
Assists 0 1 3
PIM 4 0 4
Cory’s offense stats don’t exactly scream off the page, but Cory was a great goalie who’s 16-15-12 record doesn’t speak to his solid play. His SV% was a .921 % which is great and his GAA was 1.97 which put him near the top of the league. Yes he was a back up and yes he shared the net with of the greatest of all time, but Cory kept this team in games they shouldn’t have been in. With little to zero goal support he had to. With Cory locked up and the clear cut #1 we are excited to see him be our new goalie. It’s nice not having goalie problems, can’t ever imagine what the is like.
Fan Voted Player Awards
So we held our own Player Awards and here are the results:
Best Czech
Nominees:
Jaromir Jagr
Patrik Elias
Marek Zidlicky
Czech this one if all 3
I'm a Sharks fan lurking here. Havlat
Winner: Czech this one if all 3
We at New Jersey love our Czechs. For a while it was the Patrik Elias show, but after the addition of Zidlicky and Jagr it has only gotten better. Seriously I think Czech players have some sort of mind connection because they just seem to know what the other can do. (Case in point this play.) This makes me excited for Havlat because he’s:
A) Czech
B) Buddy buddy with Elias.
If he can have half the chemistry with Elias that Elias had with Sykora and perhaps a player with an A name cough ADAM HENRIQUE cough centering them we could have a potential A-line 2.0 which something the NHL,and probably a lot of Dallas fans, would not want to see.
MVP
Winner: Jaromir Jagr
Is there any suprised to this? He won the actually MVP for the team and for good reasons. Jagr saved this team from being in the bottom of the league and forced his will to win games for us. He wasn’t expected to be the guy and make the plays, but rather play his part and help make plays and that is what Jagr does best. Jagr = Savior of the 2014 Season
Mr. Devil The player who best represented Devils hockey, not necessarily the MVP of the team
Winner: Patrik Elias
I swear these are not the Czech awards, but can you see why we love them so much? Elias is now the longest tenured Devil, shit that was weird, and he has been a great example of Devils hockey, gritty, team focused play. Elias makes other players around him better and he still has the legs to get competing.
Best Nickname These are nicknames we have given the players,
Winner: Adam Henrique “Rico/Rico Suave”
See a Czech didn’t win this one! This nickname was actually given to him by the team and I think it’s a play off his last name. Adam is also very suave with his play and damn it he can rock a mustache.
Rookie/Prospect you are most excited for Basically if they were a rookie last season or a prospect they were eligible
Winner: Reid Boucher
We are all excited for Boucher, because he has a scoring touch. (link article to breaking Stamkos record) To read something like this would get anyone excited. While last year he did get time up here he didn’t make that much of an impact on the score sheet, but he gave a lot of effort. Debeor has stated he wants to see Boucher as a 1st line scorer with a 4th line work ethic. Very similar to a certain ex-Devil. (Insert Devils fan cheering Boucher video somewhere)
Most Improved
Winner: Adam Henrique
Looking at the stats Adam hasn’t improved, but those are are playing with Parise/Kovalchuck stats and not play with RydeClowe stats. So why was he most improved? Because he started to show he can be the guy and his rookie season wasn’t a one and done type deal. Adam is starting to become clutch during the regular season and that is a good thing.
Top Highlights of the Season
Marek Zidlicky Says No To The Shootout
  • This play. We are all familiar with the Devils shootout this past season, so at this point fans were nervous. With 3 seconds left the Devils attempt this play and it pays off. Personally I want to know what was going through Jovanovski’s head here.
“Oh Jagr is pointing to Zidlicky to get in position and isn’t lining up next to me. Oh well I’ll just leave him alone”
Such a beauty of a play and a great way to avoid the shootout
Andy Greene scores in OT and #GREENEFORC is born
This a is a great goal because it cap a great comeback win for the Devils. We have always knew Greene was great, but this year he really started to shine.
The #GREENEFORC comes from a a bold prediction I made in the GDT which you can read here
Gelinas drops a “Gelly Bomb” on Henrik
Why this play is awesome:
  • It’s an OT winner on the Rangers
  • It’s a rocket
  • It makes a lot of us excited for what is to come
Gelinas has an absolute bomb of a shot and it’s only going to get better, which is scary. Here are a few more.
A-Train pulls into the station
  • Bonus train noise from Chico
We are going to miss Volchenkov,we will not miss his contract, and these hits he brought with him.
Brunner overpowers, then scores
Just a great play, those who say it was a slash here is the other angle (need gif or video) so it’s debatable.
Chico says what we are all thinking and in such a Chico way
I included this because Chico retired from being the Devils play by play and this is a prime example of his play by play calling. Also that zoom on Debeor, classic. Chico was passionate and he let it out here. We are going to miss Chico next season. Speaking of people we are going to miss lets go to the last highlight
We say goodbye to Marty
It doesn’t matter what happens, this was the end of the Brodeur era for New Jersey. As the sign stats. The Man. The Myth. Our Legend. It will be weird to not see Marty on the ice for us, but it was time.
Continued below.
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Expected Starters: Sporting Kansas City

Updated!!
Sporting returns 10 of 11 starters from the MLS Cup winning 2013 season. Very little movement has been made during the offseason with the biggest moves being the resigning of players such as Chance Meyers and Eric Kronberg and the signings of new keeper Andy Gruenebaum and winger Sal Zizzo. No more moves are expected this offseason, but things could still happen.
Starters
Position Battles
Players to Watch
UPDATE: Zizzo has been moved
Players to Avoid (for now)
The rest of the roster, especially Peterson Joseph (M, $5.5) who has been picked by 0.7% of players who are going to be very sorry they picked him and wasted that much cap space. He has an unknown illness and has been held out of training and games (since last summer when he collapsed at training) until it can be diagnosed. Unless something seriously changes, none of the other players on the roster are going to compete for enough playing time to be worth picking up. Things might change, but for now stay away.
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[Table] IAmA Irish person who has lived in china for the past seven years, does reddit have any questions?

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Date: 2012-08-08
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Questions Answers
How's the government? The laws for exemple, any wierd ones? And last, how are the people you meet? Kind? Cold? Assholes? etc... Well, Government wise they check on us foreigners like every three months to see if we're here legally, apart from hundreds of blocked sites nth else is much to notice, umm...well two laws I've learned first hand is if someone instigates a fight and the instigator gets the shit beat out of him the victims have to pay all his hospital bills plus compensation. another is if you're driving and an asshole in front of you decides to slam on the breaks for the fun of it and you hit him/her you have to pay all there repairment costs and compensation, same would be if some asshole slaps on the breaks causing a 17 car collision then the last car to bump pays for all 17 cars... Well, apart from being hospitalised with a fractured skull last year after being beaten with a brick and a few beer bottles for the sole reason that I'm a foreigner life has been pretty ok, Have a bunch of bros who would do anything for me and me for them and well yup,hope you get the point haha, I tend to stay away from assholes==
Tell me more about the getting hospitalized just for being a foreigner, I was considering going to China to teach. This disturbs me. Ok, so heres what happened, I was working at a bar as a foreign correspondant and a chinese mate comes in at the end of my shift, offers to bring me for a few drinks and sheep kebab, he said i can crash at his place so I agreed. (Note:He lives pretty far from city centre,anyone interesting in google map can search 北京东坝) so we were there just me and him chattin and having a beer and a sheeps leg each,and there as another table to our right backside, well as the time went on they offered us cigarettes and came over to cheer with us and strike up a chat,things goin well anyway and after bout a half an hour they say they're leaving so we say goodbye and that was that,until...five minutes later(note: this is when things start getting hazy) I got a brick(yes a building brick,red one) busted in half over my head, my face slammed off the table and bounced back up just to be greeted with a bottle smashing into pieces on what i can presume was the same spot i previously got hit, anyway animal instinct kicks in and I stand up turn around and think holy fuck its them,all bottles and bricks(Not too hot on what happened next, I had a concussion and would later find out i had a fractured skull) well things blurred, and i looked to my friend who was also standing up unharmed,next thing i know the owner of the kebab stall grabs me and throws me inside his shack,locks the door and tells me stay there, two-three minutes later hes like they're gone, I walk over and ask where my friendd is and he's like,over there and then I started crying, man was my friend fucked, to this day he's still in emergency care in a vegetablised state,,,his head was the size of a basketball,his shoes ten metres away from him on the ground etc...I visit him twice a week and have helped him pay all his medical bills so far,doctors said theres a chance of recovery. note this happened last august. Sorry if my storys a bit long and confusing...but In the fight and when i was being hit and later according to witnesses the reason of this savage beating was because I'm a foreigner,'nuff said, and my friend got it cos he was hanging out with a foreigner.
That's horrible, I'm so sorry for you. It's ok~
No offense intended... but couldn't this be more related to you hooking up with 26 random chicks behind the bars than you being a foreigner? No mate, as stated in the further.posts this place was terribly far from city centre and also, im not a manwhore, i didnt plow thru 26 in a month or sth if you knw what i mean, it was 26 throughoit seven years amd some of which I regret, drunken mistakes..
Are you a juicy contradiction? Not sure what you're getting at-_-
Link to www.youtube.com. Chinese... Japanese... Korean... What's the difference? Link to www.youtube.com. Umm...youtubes blocked here mate...but umm...If you're questioning my credibility I can prove it one way or another.
It's a funny Starburst candy commercial about a Korean who lives in Scotland and acts stereotypically Scottish, which is viewed as a strange clash of cultures (a juicy contradiction). MrDreamBlind was wondering if you are an Irishman that acts stereotypically Chinese. Ahahaha alright it sounds funny when explained like that,sorry for not understanding @ mrdreamblind and thx for explaining @novadaemon, umm, well to behonest my thinking has been changed slightly, like if i see a foreigner i dont think oh a dude, i think ohhh a foreigner yet i look at chn ppl completely normal...i knw rite==
You must provide proof of your identity in the body of your post when you submit your IAmA. And how do I provide proof of my identity?-_-
Wanna know how I know you're white? Cos I uploaded pics?←_←
Give some proof you are a) an Irish person b)Lived in China and c) did it for 7 years or something similar. Otherwise you could be some sweaty neck beard sitting in his mothers basement making up bullshit stories while jacking off to ZGB. Wish I had facebook== So you're absically asking me for my passport photocopy, pics of me for the last 2555 days?(yes i used a calculator) and all the copies of my visa extensions even tho during mid way i have had to update my passport...?if thats not what youre saying man then pm me,and also tell me where i should place this stuff.
Do you eat asian/chinese food every day now? Or do you miss any food in particular from Ireland? Well, Depends what I'm in the mood for haha I ofcourse eat the food of the gods(Nutella) but I usually have chinese every second day, well...I miss a good fish and chip and sausage rolls:S.
I bet you miss the milk. Every irish person i know who goes abroad suffers on account of the shitty milk everywhere else. Jesus u got that spot on, also another "what i wouldnt give for a" factor.
Taytos? To tell the truth I'd kill for a pack of monster munch (They still have em?)
Yes we still have em. Ah yes`~
But they're called mighty munch now. Well as long as insides the same i dun care,thx for the heads up~
Is it true that men and women, boys and girls, will just drop trau and take a shit on the side of the road? I hear that it's an issue with mainlanders visiting HK, etc. Oh yes,very true...they say it is ultimately unhygienic to wear diapers...wtf.... so theyd rather have there childrens wee-wees and hoo-has out in the dirt etc....boggles the mind man, china is like.. aight its too fucked up, if anyone can make a suitable reference of words they got my upvote.
I've never seen a fellow Irishman type 'aight' and 'bros' etc. What county are you from ? New York? Sorry man, just writing it like that cos i presumed reddit was mostly americans←_← Im from meelick county clare if youre wondering.
But it's still children? You don't see teenagers or adults just saying "dang, I gotta pinch one off right now" and just go at it? Babies I can almost understand. They shit everywhere anyways. But when you can make a conscious decision to drop a loaf somewhere, and you do, then it's different. Well...if thats the case then u usually just see guys pissing on a wall and whatnot, u never rly see a grownup woman pissin in the middle of the street.
The Americans would make up a large percentage alright but you don't need to pander to them in that kind of way. They're generally a smart bunch and it's not like anyone is expecting you to labhairt as Gaeilge ;) Cheers for the AMA by the way, it's food for thought. Any info or experiences with teaching in South Korea? Haha alright then sound,nah sorry man i haven't.
Why did you grow tired of teaching English? What are Chinese women like compared to western women? Has anyone accidentally spat on you? Have you lived in any other Oriental countries? And if so, then what are the differences you've noticed? Because their level of english is too low, it gets highly frustrating.. In what way are you referring to? I ggot snotted on by an old woman... lived in hk for a month, People are alot more civilised, thats basically it~
I meant what are Chinese women like in a dating/relationship sense, compared to western women. Very..well...braindead IMO...and in multiple foreign friends opinion... I think it's cos of the one child policy, all of them are princesses, spoiled rotten, there are 30 year olds who love hello kitty== They throw hissy fits in public,stomp there feet if they don't get what they want, well...to sum it up...they are mentally immature, basically the same as children. I'd pick a westerner for a relationship anyday but...damn some asians are hot:S.
Are you doing this self.IAmA because you feel very tall and lonely? Hahahaha, man im 1.82 and lately yao mings seem to be popping up everywhere...scary shit.
How do you get a visa that allows you to stay for so long? Is prostitution quite common? Did you work/live with other western people or just chinese? Did you learn to speak mandarin? I work... Umm..yes it is, You can find them in most KTV's for around 200-300 rmb, do the math yourself.. umm,yes when i was teaching english, mostly american or canadians, but also alot of phillipine ppl. I'm fluent in reading writing and oral.
'YOU RANT RICE WIT DAT?' Dude...its china,you dont want rice they dont care,you get rice
How did you slip past the knight of new? What's new for?
It sounds like a place I would hate visiting honestly. The lack of manners sounds like something that would piss me off. Also the lack of cleanliness... yuck.... How do you eat food there? do people really just shit in the streets? the fuck? Children shit in the streets, dont get it too twisted in ur head lol, well...i usually make my own food or go to western restaraunts, if i got nth to make ill order and eat with my own utensils,as to at dinner with chinese mates ill just wing it~
What about a black guy? Black guys get all the ladies, sad rly:(
Was there a large Irish community out there? I remember seeing something on tg4 there a while ago where some guy in china was trying to set up a GAA club...I've always wondered was there genuinely an Irish community out there or just one guy trying to get a grant! Well man to be honest, I have only met like 5 irish people in my whole seven years, four of those 5 were at a bar on holidays and we drank an hour or two, the other one was a mate for about three months teaching gaelic football then he went off home and that was that~
What province did you work at? What did you like most about china? What did you like Least about china? Favorite dish? Beijing,liaoning,shanxi. Cheap beer and cigarettes. peoples manners. has always been.....(drum roll) egg fried rice fuck yea.
Aside from the language, what is the biggest adjustment you have made as a foreigner in china? Well, the customs here are alot different and people on the streets are very unhygienic/rude. they'll smoke right into your face, ask you alot of personal questions,constantly marvel at the fact that you're a foreigner(老外pronounced lau wy) spit all over the street and well...you'd have to be here to understand what I'm truly getting at. Apart from that would also be the food which was really hard getting used to at the start and also numerous other factors.
I think some of the rudeness/lack of hygiene depends on where you are as well. China is pretty large, not all of it is backwards. But you know that. Well man, in my vast adventures across china and living in the daily lifestyle theres only one place I haven't seen this stuff, hang zhou,杭州,otherwise known as chinas own heaven on earth, man...i did not wanna leave that place.
Are you teaching english? or working a job? I have a friend or two over there doing it. Was teaching for a bit, got extremely tedious, now I've decided damn I don't wanna be here any longer and am waiting for my visa to expire so i can nope the fuck outta here hehe (I should explain that in the 7 years I've been here I have yet to return home or visit other western countries)
Why do you need to wait for your visa to expire? Why can't you just up and leave now? Cos i don't want to:S... and also because well.....cheap booze and cigarettes man.
What's the plan so? Heading back to Ireland, not sure to do what yet,just miss home.
You couldn't pick a worse time to come back. Well I heard the economy is the worst it's ever been but well, I'll see how it goes~
You could teach chinese language to europeans! Have considered it actually~
It's terrible.. people are leaving.. 1000 a week or something.. could end up dole bound for a couple of years. I heard everyones going to canada, but well, either way I gotta head back for a while, people have passed away while I was gone including my grandad who passed last month so..yup.
Hey, just to add to that thought; my friend taught English in China for 4-5 years. Came back blagged his way onto a PGCE (teaching qualification) and is now teaching Mandarin to school kids. I think there's also a decent market in teaching business men and women. Thanks, to be honest if things don;t work out in Ireland I'm planning on hitting up canada to see how it goes and truth be told Teaching chinese in the future has been in my plan:) So thanks somuch and good luck to you too.
Sorry to hear dude.. whereabouts you from? Meelick co.clare.
Have you ever been to Tibet? How was your journey like? Never been, If i went there I wouldn't be allowed back in to china...umm...that word might get me blocked from reddit btw...so lets refrain frm using it and call it the smurfs or sth.
That sucks dude, if you ever get the chance to go Para, GO. It's fucking amazing, minus the tense atmposphere in the citys though. Well I'm thinking of visiting the land of smurfs after I get back to ireland~ always been a big fan,always was dissapointed bout the restrictions here tho.
Have you met any other Irish folks? Do people stare because you look different? Well it was previously mentioned(although at this point it's pretty hard to find in the mountain of comments)but yeah man, I've met 5 altogether, four at bars and they were on holidays and one who used to teach gaelic football here, were frds around 3 months when he went back home,so yeah, going by my experience they really are few and far apart which is pretty sad:S.
What do you miss most about Ireland? Chocolate, rain rain RAINNNNN, good ole meal, garlic chips and cheese, my relatives, my dad and sister umm...well...it's too much to type when theres so many more posts to reply too so I'll sum it up, damnit man I miss everything!!T_T.
Is table tennis really that popular in china? How popular is table tennis in comparison to football, tennis, rugby, etc? And how important is sport in china? China is about the best(or second best) cuntry in this years olympics how much is shown in tv? how patriotic are the people? Well from what I've seen it isn;t incredibly popular but it's usually people in school that play it the most. basketball takes the no.1 place in popularity here which is sad cos i dont play, but thankfully after that there's football(soccer) which is pretty popular and slowly increasing with chinas improvement in there football league, but sadly apart from a few fitness freaks I haven't had much of a challenge, they're not exactly...good at it...at all.. but on the other hand theres a small minority that can make your jaw drop so yeah.as for rugby etc i havent checked it out, oh umm, golf is pretty popular among the 30-40+
Ever been an average or decent looking white guy in Asia? All you have to do is stand in a baclub and you'll get some. Exactly.
What is the beer like in China? Well, they have there own brand "tsingtao/青岛" which you can get bottled or in draft at a pub, its pretty worth it for the price (15RMB a pint,umm...2-3 dollars?) and well,if you don't like it you can always get other foreign beers, corona, bud,guinness etc.
[Tried tsingtao whilst in Beijing. It wasn't for me, to say the least =](http://www.reddit.com/IAmA/comments/xvk7y/iama_irish_person_who_has_lived_in_china_for_the/c5q0bzi?context=5) Well thats too bad man considering it's so cheap n' all:(
Did you live in one of the giant well know cities or a smaller city? Is the pollution really bad? Did you drive or is public transport quite good? Well ive lived in the poorest parts of china and all over but am currently livin in beijing.WELL.....Alright,all jokes aside its disastrous.. used to ride motorbike,sold it, now use subway mostly.
Great AMA, first off! I was in Guangzhou for about 5 months for school last year, lots of great memories. After 7 years, why no VPN? Did you have one and decided it wasn't worth it, or just never got around to it? I bet you've done a fair bit of travelling. Where is your favorite place to go on holiday? Best vacation story? Thanks mate, well I used to use hotspot shield(free vpn) but since it stopped working for me like 2 or 3 years ago I just couldnt be bother my arse to get a new one so thats y i dun have one~ Best place I went was hainan, thunder and lightning on the beach, it rained the whole time I was there, Ppl may think it sounds stupid or lame or sth but damn i love rain haha, and it was pretty great,played xbox 360 four player Call of duty while having beers, then if we got bored wed walk around exploring,pretty much it~
Could you speak a little on visa types? I had a company offer me an F visa to teach this year, and I the offer is still open, how risky would you say it is? ( I realize the F is illegal to work on) If one was found, what would be the ramifications? If it was me I wouldn't take it unless the case was when you get there they'll switch you on to a Z visa man, chinese government are cranking down on alot of foreign related shit and if you get caught on an f visa you will either be deported or have to go to the detention centre, so you should get that clear with them mate, Z visa or nothing.
你有沒有操過中國的女孩? 喜歡愛爾蘭的女孩還是中國的女孩? 有干过几个吧, 我个人只对亚洲人来那种劲儿所以嗯。。。现在的女朋友是新加坡人,挺牛逼你的,国外的思想和亚洲人的身材呵呵呵, 你怎么打繁体的啊?香港人?台湾人?
哈哈, 非常好. 新加坡的女孩? 跟她說國語還是英語? 我是加拿大華人. 不是打出來的. 我寫的. 不知道怎樣打 lol . where did you stay in China? 英语汉语通说~他跟我一样两个都好呵呵, 啊好吧华人啊~ 几乎走遍中国了。。。~~
Why is it that, no matter where I go in the world, I can find an excellent Irish pub? Also, what is your favorite pub in China? Cos we're the best drinkers+advertisement purposes haha,well if you ever get to beijing hit up first floor in sanlitun bar street(三里屯酒吧街的一楼酒吧) I'm there almost daily, great drinks,solid draft, nice beef burger if i may add and great athmosphere.
Have you retained an Irish accent or have you developed a 'twang'? I've proudly retained my Irish accent:)
Would you mind posting an audio clip of you speaking Chinese? My brain can't decide what Chinese with an Irish accent sounds like. Well...where would i post this to? this can be solved alot easier provided ure an iphone or android user,if so download an app called WEchat. free whatsapp type messenger, fully awesome lol.
Wait so do all of your (former) students have Irish accents too ??? Unfortunately no, I do like what I've been trying to do with this thread, I jist kill my accent and thats that... only feels natural when in irelqnd or talking to my family, otherwise its just a dead bland accent that I use.
Do you eat mostly spicy food now instead of salty? No not really, I've liked spicy foods since I was born so I personally tend to edge towards spicy foods but you can find alot of salty/bittesweet foods etc here so your diet isn't extremely restricted,also if you feel really (insert yao ming ugh face) then you can always hit up a foreign restaraunt so yeah~
Sichuan would welcome you, first time I had "water boiled beef" i thought they really meant beef boiled in water...how wrong was I. :( I'm glad you are doing well, I"m full chinese and I don't speak mandarin...eesh :-/ How does it feel that you could outdrink most people in the country? Haha pretty good i guess but damn in the seven years ive been here ive spent four tracking down the best drinkers, now my best mates all chinese, damn weve all drank one another under the table one time or another~ was just out with em again last night,christ was i shitfaced.
Did any Chinese women try to marry you/ were you popular with the ladies? Thank god no for the first one. and to answer no.2, still am B-)
Irish I had lived in China! Sorry about the pun. Now questions. What did you think was the weirdest part of their culture? Also, where in Ireland are you from? Meelick co.clare. well....Mostly hygiene related things...I'm a real somewhat clean freak and don;t like when a bunch of ppl all have saliva on there chopsticks and keep eating off the ame plates together, also they have weird superstitions/traditions? like if you have a baby girl you have to squeeze/pinch her nipples till water comes ut,when this happens it will guarantee she has a huge rack when shes older, diapers are unhygienic etc etc.
How common is it to find a cheap rip off/fake of a real product? (iPhone, Laptop, Usb device, so on) and have you had problems like that? with scams? VERY common, knock off iphone can be anywhere from 200rmb to 1600rmb. laptops not much but u can get a sony/apple/toshiba (they all look the same as another and run xp mind you) for around 1600 rmb, usb device u can pick up a fake 16gb for around 60 rmb and so on. never been scammed,if i want fake ill intentionally buy fake lol.
The reason why I wanted to know is because my dad is actually in China for business and he said he'll bring some tech back and my paranoia said "no" Well if thats the case youd be better off going with hardware than anything else, phns and laptops are a no-go but a usb disk wouldnt hurt~also bags or wallets aint to be missed.
I'm taking guess that you speak Mandarin? That being said, what did you find most difficult learning? I've picked up bits of it from friends. Well..to this day I still find difficulties with the umm....pronunciation of some words, the way they have the four sounds(hard to explain==) but apart from seldom fuckups I read speal and write perfectly.
My wife's dad remarried a chinese woman. her son came to visit us here in the states, he lives in NZ. he hates china with a passion, says government is only there for presence, doesn't do anything to help the poor. unles you live in hong kong, you are most likely poor. Do you see any of this? how do you feel about it, not being a native? I get where he's coming from but I wouldn't say only hk ppl are rich, there are so many "new rich" here,like they sold there farm or cold mines or rent houses etc and they all drive lambos audis ferraris bmws the like, man sometimes it seemd like the most common car here is audi a6..
Well, he hasn't been back to china in at least 10 years, maybe its changed. i just know he will never go back. Well thats too bad,to each his own.
I know what you mean. It isn't just the Chinese either had a Polish buddy that would laugh his ass off at me when I tried to pronounce his last name. "Brezhinski", I think, sounded like a fucking dying blender. Hahahahaha, nice use of words~ you get my upvote:P But yeah, can really tick you off.
I'm pretty new too. You said earlier that " I must hav had an interesting life". Well, yeah, I've seen some shit for only being 32. I'm trying to get my licenses to work on commercial shipping vessels. In the engine room. It pays really good, and I'll get to travel a lot. Well man what Can I say? I hope all the best for you! And upvotes away~!
I'm sure you've experienced, when walking around, people bumping into you. What I mean with that is both of you have room to walk but they seem to walk into your path to bump into you. Has this happened often? Do you have any idea why some do this? Also, do they, in general, seem to talk louder than necessary to each other? Same as before; have any guesses as to why this is? It's happened to me a few times, some non-intentional example a dope staring at his phone, others intentional but for what reason I still don't know, and yea man, chinese people shouldnt even need phones,most've the time they're shouting into the phones like its completely normal(not arguing or cursing)
Ever get robbed? How safe did you feel? Thankfully never got robbed, altho I lost my phn a couple of times in taxis, to be honest all in all you feel very safe walking around here~
Is the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 acknowledged by society in general? Is it mentioned in the press every 4th of June? Are there any major news events that they do not cover or acknowledge? It's usually not acknowledged by the younger generations but find someone in there 60's or 70's and you get a nice good story, My former chinese teacher was a 68 year old man, caterpillar eyebrows rly cool guy, he lived in france for thirteen years or sth during or after the cultural revolution,he said on the tiananmen tank crushing day his son stood in front of the tank, he said if it wasnt for him saving his sons ass he wouldve been mush too. Well...alot of news here gets restricted, especially any news harmful to china a s a whole so yeah, that's basically the gist of it.
As a fellow Irishman I must ask. Does being in China make the Irish Curse seem fiction? Irish curse?! what irish curse?! blasphemy ;) if you know what i mean.
What are the average Chinese person's perceptions of the West like? Tall,big nose,rich. that about sums it up.
This might have been asked already, but here goes. Do they treat you any differently because your Irish as opposed to British or American? Or is there just one attitude towards Westerners? Just one attitude towards westerners, unless you're russian.... Mainly because a majority of the russian women here are prostitutes and the men well...I dunno what the men do== (No offence intended to any russian redditors)
Do you miss Tayto crisps? And Cadburys chocolate? What typical Irish things do you miss? Cadburys turkish, golden crunch,sausage rolls,supermacs,fish nd chip, crisps crisps crisps all of em, miss so much, you cant even get a garlic chip n cheese anywhere here...oh the humanity...
I don't think there's much difference... maybe shanghai people can be a bit more snobby/commanding? They're still both chinese people living in a big city.. Well it's just a thing of North and South, matters alot in China for some reason... They're always insulting each other yet when it comes to marriage in alot of situations the parents always encourage to marry someone far away(It's actually to prevent the idea of them somehow being related somewhere up the family tree)
Forget about immigrants, so many tourists wtf Haha well what can be done man? It gives the country money and that's all they care about as far as I'm concerned~
Did they have any good beers in China that you found? What were the alcohols of choice? Usually local beer and bai jiu, but god is bai jiu horrible.... its around the same percentage of vodka (42 percent thereabouts/ theres also a 52/56?) but after two or three small glasses im hammered(not shot glasses)
Isnt there another subreddit for this?? I'm not sure.... New to reddit, thought this was it, if I'm wrong well then I wouldn't mind if the mods moved it.
Did you face any discrimination at all? Well most foreigners do one way or another, be it for being white,black, other asian,hispanic etc. also we're always sterotyped as having huge noses and to be having fortunes just burning in our pockets, and contrary to our belief ive heard a few times that they think foreigners all look the same which was pretty sad.
I was in China for a month and one of the things that startled me the most was the driving. How do you deal with their crazy closeness, ignoring street markings sometimes, etc? Always find a human shield, if not well then...be extra careful.
This is a serious question, how easy is it to get cat/dog meat? Dog meat is pretty easy to get depending on where you live, you can find it in multiple places in beijing, but for dog and cat meat you'd either have to head up north or all the way down south(both have it), this was just in my experiences.
Why did you use freeimagehosting.net and not imgur ? Cos imgur doesnt load properly:S.
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