Hockey Noir: The Opera

A bunch of years ago, I was sitting at a LA Kings Hockey game, noticing the music the game made. The skates on the ice. The slap of the sticks. The puck being handled and passed around. The grunts. The whistles. The roar of the crowd. The bursts of music clips. The Zamboni. And in that moment, I knew that I had come up with the idea that for my new opera it would have something to do with Hockey.

Impressive animation projected onto a hockey rink

A hockey rink is the perfect surface for contemporary projection mapping imagery, which was not lost on Raduga Design. Their design for the Chicago Blackhawks' game-opening sequence gives an impressive 3D effect from the booth. Read the rest

Important man's sister wins Olympic medal

Hours after an important man's wife won an Olympic medal, the feat was repeated by another important man's sister—twice! "Sister of Stars defenseman wins Olympic medals," reports NHL.com, complete with a picture of him.

Penny won silver in the women's 100-meter butterfly on Sunday after helping Canada win a bronze medal in the 4x100 meter relay Saturday as the anchor leg. The Toronto, Ontario, native set a Canada and world junior record with a time of 56.46 seconds in the butterfly.

Jamie, 23, was selected by the Stars with the No. 14 pick in the 2011 NHL Draft. He had trouble finding the words to describe the feeling of watching his sister win medals at the Olympics.

"I don't even know what to say right now, that was one of the most intense and amazing things I've seen," he wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

Mr. Oleksiak has not won an Olympic medal, but he does play hockey now and again. [h/t Heather] Read the rest