Jewish Journal

Mike ‘N Ice

by Jeremy Fine

May 3, 2010 | 1:49 am

Enough is enough. Its time TGR take what Mike Cammalleri is doing in the playoffs seriously. The guy has been a machine. In the first round Cammalleri had 5 goals and 5 assists in 7 games. His Canadiens upset the heavily favored Washington Capitals. He made Ovechkin look average.

Cammalleri continued his hot streak in the first game of the second round putting in another goal. But last night he was insane scoring twice and helping his team take game two from (once again) heavily favored and defending champion the Pittsburgh Penguins. The series is now even 1-1 going to Montreal.

Obviously, Cammalleri was been good before the playoffs. He had a solid year scoring 50 points (26 goals and 24 assists). But he did not necessarily live up to the expectations that the Canadiens had for him when they inked him to a 5 year $30 million deal.  Coming off an 82 point season for Calgary, Cammalleri was supposed to be a huge part of the Canadiens plans. And while his regular season numbers were down, I am sure they are liking what they are seeing in the playoffs. His performance is a good indication to why the Kings drafted him in the second round in 2001. He has potential written all over him.

Clearly, he is the best Jewish hockey player (even with the ongoing debate whether or not Marty Turco is Jewish). With football being in the off-season, baseball just beginning, Casspi resting for next season and Farmar barely playing Cammalleri gives the Jews someone to root for (Yes, I know Ryan Braun is having a ridiculous start).

Game 3 is set for Tuesday and Jewish hockey/sports fans everywhere should be excited to see what Cammalleri does next. So get on the bandwagon. Go Habs! (And Hawks, of course).

And Let Us Say…Amen.
-Jeremy Fine
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Rabbi Jeremy Fine is the Assistant Rabbi at Temple of Aaron in St. Paul MN. He was ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary where he also received a Masters in Jewish...

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