The Iowa Chops played their first regular season game on Friday. After three years of Iowa Stars hockey and management, I was optimistic but trying not to get my hopes too high. I was very pleased with the game. Our new team is big, tough, physical, and talented. They didn't give up when they were down 3-0 and scored 5 unanswered goals to win. It was a great game. The crowd was wild and crazy. The Chops went on to win the next night but lost a close game on Sunday...three games in a row is a little much, I am sure our guys were tired. I would strongly suggest checking them out this season for an entertaining evening. Remember to check out number 6 - Bobby Ryan (or Ricky Bobby as we like to call him since he has two first names). Ryan was the number 2 draft pick in 2005 (second only to Sidney Crosby). Ryan is NHL quality and will be lighting the lamp in Anaheim soon enough - I figure he is only playing down here for the first part of the season so the Ducks don't have to pay him all the bonuses he would get as a full time NHLer...thereby staying within the salary cap and saving him for the playoff grind at the end of the season. He is one you must see while you have the chance but we have many other talented players as well. Your next chance to check out the chops is this Friday and Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena. I'll be there in section 103 (as usual) so stop bye and say hello.
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