Sam from Mathematics
If you’re a younger sibling in a hockey family, chances are that you’ve had to strap on goalie pads and hop between the pipes at some point in your life. That experience came in handy for Sam Norris and the rest of Math this Sunday as they survived by a score of 6-5.
Top scorer, winning goalie, ref manager and ref, league event planner and socialite, is there anything this guy can’t do? Sam Norris continues to embody the true spirit of BTSH, always having fun and never taking this league too seriously. I think we all can learn something from this future BTSH Hall of Famer
RJ from Poutine Machine
Through the thick air and oppressive humidity RJ of Poutine withstood the barrage of shots from the juggernaut that Fresh Kills are. Lasting regulation, overtime and then the shootout, he took FK to the brink of their first regular season loss by stopping 2 out of 3 shooters. (Guess who scored to shootout winner, Ariel, who else?) He’s new to the league, so perhaps no one told him a Division 4 team isn’t supposed to that to a Division 1 undefeated team.
Afterwards, with only 15 seconds to hydrate and mentally shake off that game, he hoped in net for the desperate Butchers. (I say desperate, because their goalie has been out with an injury and finding an available goalie each week has been a daunting task. Get off their back!) Standing tall and playing just as solid for 50+ minutes against the Gremlins the heat and humidity finally won the real battle (health) and he refunded some of the delicious goalie union approved water.
Suvin from Filthier / Filthy Gorgeous / BTSH
by Adam R. ‘I hated playing against Suvin because he always made me look slow and bad at hockey. More than usual I mean…’
by Rich G. ‘The award for Best Duo was never based on hockey. If it was, Suvin and James would win it every year. They knew where each other were, better than a husband who paid a private investigator to follow his cheating wife around. Classy guy and please come back to knock off FK, the Rehabs, and Gut Rot in the Playoffs.’
by Dana K. ‘Here are my 4 favorite Suvin memories:’
- I will miss him yelling, “James, James, James!” through a mouthguard anytime James has the ball and Suvin DOES NOT HAVE THE BALL. James, he needs the ball RIGHT THE FUCK NOW.
- I once went to Suvin’s Halloween party and he was dressed up as Maverick from Top Gun and James was Goose and I asked Monica, “Whose idea do you think it was for them to dress as Goose and Maverick?” and she said, “Suvin’s. Because no one has ever said, “Let’s dress as Goose and Maverick for Halloween and I’ll be Goose.”
- When Suvin was on the Squirrels Monica Liza and I all used to call him Suvin the Magic Squirrel. Not because he was so good at hockey, but because he once ordered tatter tots at Iggy’s and they came to the table within 5 seconds. It was truly magic.
- Suvin once showed up to the first game of the season years ago with neon green shoe laces and pants with neon green piping to match our shirts, only to find that we had changed the color of the shirts. He looked sad and dejected, like a little kid who was told there was no more cake.
by Sunny ‘I’m losing my brown brother in crime (and shots on goal!). Will definitely miss his patented backhand shot from the slot. The San Fran league will be in for a nice surprise when he shows up!’
by Ann M. ‘Suvin, sad to see you go but I’m happy the day has finally come when I’m #1 in James’ eyes…oh wait, Sunny is still around right? All jokes aside, thank you for being an awesome friend and teammate these past few years. No one could ever fill your shoes.’
by James P. ’10 years ago I lost my brother Joseph (ex-Filthy Gorgeous) to the west coast. Today I’m losing another. Suv has been the greatest wingman of all time, as well as the best captain, teammate, and brother. When he shows up to games, everyone on the team gets better. I have always fed off his determination, relentlessness to better himself, and his sense of the game. While he goes on to represent BTSH/Mofo on the west coast and continues burying it top shelf, he will always be on the rink with us in spirit. Toast to shots at Seacrets.’
from Suvin: ‘After 13 amazing seasons and one hard-earned (ok bought) championship my days as a regular BTSH’er have come to an end. Hands down playing in this league has been the best experience of my time in NYC. Growing up as a kid in Toronto, playing street hockey was a great equalizer – it didn’t matter where you were from, if you played hard and clean you could always join a game, have some fun and make new friends. BTSH has been no different (well except the beers) where thanks to all of you for a couple of hours every Sunday I’ve gotten to be that same kid meeting some truly amazing people along the way, including of course my wingman (on and off the court) James the “Gentleman” Pereira. Hopefully I’ll be back once in a while to join in for a (playoff) game – until then I’ll sorely miss the competition and camaraderie on Sundays at Tompkins but thanks for the great memories (and a capped front tooth) I’ll be fondly taking with me.’
Alex aka AFD aka Tarzan from Butchers
by Rachel G
Sometimes your little sister does awesome things, like introduce you to this amazing ball hockey league to help you waste your Sundays. Sometimes she does less awesome things, like let her pup eat the family Butchers pinny. Result: You look like Tarzan playing ball hockey on slick pavement. BTSH thanks MDF for her hand in creating this spectacle, and the butchers thank you both for bringing Danberg-Ficarelli-Ficarelli Danberg magic to the courts. Let’s not forget the toothless mouthguard, it adds an extra-special touch. Also…RIP righty.