Omaha, Hockey and Power Tools

Posted by on January 20, 2006

So, lately, I’ve been enjoying some live hockey. Up until tonight it had been Omaha’s new AHL team, the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights. Now, thanks to one of our shipping partners, I also got to go see the University of Nebraska at Omaha Mavericks. Other than the suspicion that I am a bad luck charm for our hockey teams (Knights have two losses and one overtime shoot-out loss in the three games I have seen, and now the Mavericks have one overtime loss). Regardless, the games are fun and the teams are quite different to see. The Knights games are much more physical, fast paced hockey and the team is really defensively stacked… good thing too, because we spend a lot of time in the penalty box. They also fight a fair amount, although hockey fights always reminds me of the old Rock’em Sock’em Robots. Also a nice perk is the old Civic Auditorium, while too small for many things the Civic (as we like to call it) is a great hockey venue. Even the “nosebleed” seats are close to the ice, the place can get loud and it holds about the right amount of people for the Knights. I really hope Omaha gives the Knights a shot and will start supporting them. These guys are one step away from the Calgary Flames in the NHL and are definitely professional hockey players. The Maverick games seem to be a little different.

The Mavericks have been in Omaha long enough to develop some nice traditions, and they are playing down in the relatively new Qwest Center. The traditions include, among other things, the Red Army (a group of Maverick fans that bring drums and cowbells and make a point of working up the crowd) and the moment after the first Mav goal someone throws a big ol’ frozen fish on the ice and then they send out our mini-Zamboni complete with a fisherman’s catch net to scoop it up. During tonights game, there were numerous chants, the wave went around about 6 times and during one of the numerous sponsor giveaways, I was chosen as a local TV stations Fan of the Game so I get to go back in two weeks to see the Mavericks take on Lake Superior State. That’ll be fun, I’ll be right behind the oposing team’s bench, closest to the ice I’ve been yet, but not by too much. The Mavericks seemed to have stronger offense, but a little weaker defense than the Knights. College hockey also seems less physical so far.

So, beside the work connection for tonight’s tickets, what’s with the “Power Tools” in my title? Well, I’ve noticed both facilities use a DEWALT Cordless Compact Drill probably the DW926K-2. When they setup the goal, they use a spade bit (probably 1-1/2″) to clear out the hole for the goal guide posts. Just another use for a couple of products we sell of which I would have never thought. It’s also another good indication of the principle that more power isn’t always what you need. When you are sliding on ice with tennis shoes and you only have one job to do with your drill, do you really need 6 pound tool when a 3-1/2 pound tool will do?
Feel free to drop us a line if you use a power tool in a place or in a way we wouldn’t expect. I like to know what people are doing, maybe I can make a suggestion or two to help you find a better way of doing things, or maybe your way will help someone else think outside the “tool” box.

One Response to Omaha, Hockey and Power Tools

  1. Matt Griffith

    In case anyone was concerned, I no longer feel like I am bad luck for Omaha hockey. I had an opportunity to be a guest photographer for the Knights on Saturday March 11th, where they handily beat the Cleveland Barons (5 to 0, might be more than handily). If I can get the okay from the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights office, I might post a shot on this blog soon… or maybe I’ll start a separate blog all about the Knights. We’ll see.