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In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it.

01. Go and vote for Marie-Philip Poulin for Captain for the 2017 Canadian Women's Hockey League All Star Game: HERE. Tell me about it, maybe?

Marie-Philip Poulin is sometimes called the Sydney Crosby of women's hockey, because she's a two time Olympic gold medal game-winning-goal-scorer for Canada, and she's good. I feel like game winning goals are kind of her thing, along with being just a fantastic person in general?

Like, she just seems like she has a good sense of humour and is kind of a French Canadian dork and also this fucking amazing role model of a human being:

Here is:
a gifset in which Poulin is doing that role model thing
a gifset of some of her on ice encouragement
a a photo of her tackling an ex teammate (I think) into a foam pit at the winter classic a year ago
a gifset of Pou on ice fails, basically

Marie-Philip Poulin is great, and I want to watch her make terrible jokes as she picks out her all star game team roster or try to steal all the goalies or be super casual and relaxed about the whole thing, because that seems like a her thing to do. And I want to watch her take the ceremonial puck drop at centre ice in the ACC and skate around there with a "C" on her chest.

You can vote every 24 hours until Thursday February 2, and anything helps and is amazing.

02. Meta on Reccing. Especially before 2003 and after 2013, and especially on non-journal platforms, though anything is good.

I have a project in my back pocket that involves compiling a lot of meta on reccing. Those "especially"s are where I have fewer links and where help would be really useful.

03. Tell me about a femslashy thing you love.

I love to hear what people are interested in and excited about, and femslash is love. ♥
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Les Canadiennes are a team in the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) and they are my favourite. Here's some of the why:

My team is better than your team; the Stars have had the most Clarkson Cup wins and have finished the regular season at the top of the league standings, ahead of Calgary by 8 points. They have the second fewest penalty minutes in the league (earlier in the season they had the fewest and were second in the standings) with only Boston having fewer this season.

Kind of amusingly it's Montreal's Karell Emard who is tied with Rebecca Vint of the Brampton Thunder for having the most penalty minutes in the league, though. Emard picked up 14 of those 42 minutes against the Brampton Thunder on January 7th; I actually haven't seen that game but kind of have the impression that this was maybe in reaction to the more penalty-rich game that the Thunder plays.

4/5 of the league's point leaders are Canadiennes, with Marie-Philip Poulin at the top. That might be a name you recognise. She's kind of a big deal. She's a two time Olympian and was responsible for the gold medal goal in both games - actually she scored 4/5 of the Canadian goals in those games, so some people call her the Sidney Crosby of women's hockey, but, I feel she is so much more awesome than he is that this comparison is somewhat sad.

People in the CWHL are pretty awesome in general, especially Les Canadiennes. I mean, they have Julie Chu. Everyone loves Julie Chu - we made her our all-star captain this year and that's a title open to every all-star player so that's some stiff competition. ...and that was a fantastic choice, I feel, for so many reasons, including the weekend itself. The draft was great - you can watch it here (you'll likely want to start 38 minutes in) or [tumblr.com profile] icing-on-the-rink has put together some twitter highlights. [personal profile] sobsister commented at the game that Chu does so much interaction with everyone on the ice, which is great to watch, and she does. She does that.

Julie Chu has jokes and cheers people on, which is so great. She cheers on her teammates and young players and she's great. I sort of think that she might be living in Montréal now, but there was this year where she was commuting from the States for practice and it was an impressive commute, especially for someone who's not getting paid for this; she's very dedicated. She just seems really lovely all-around. Did you know Julie Chu knows how to crotchet and has been learning French with Anastasia Bucsis?

Anastasia Bucsis is Charline Labonté's girlfriend. Goalie! (Labonté came out after the 2014 Olympics.) There's also a video of Labonté cooking and goofing around and she has a cat who is tiny in it. Labonté was an all-star captain last season, actually, which was great; the ceremonial puck drop in particular was good. There's a nice gif set featuring her and Poulin and Ouellette doing a Hockey Canada event and they're all doing such a great job as role models, I feel; it's lovely. There's a quote from Poulin in there where she talks a bit about the importance of being a good human being off the ice, and, I just, yes. Yes, this is why I love them.

They are dorks, mostly Quebecois dorks. It's awesome. Look at these hats. They wore them to the Winter Classic. There were more hats on the bus to the winter classic. Dorks, dorks with matching hats. They do the crossword. I admit that I am getting progressively lazier with this post, so I present Caroline Ouellette singing.

As far as I can tell they are all lovely and I have mentioned barely any of them, which I feel a bit bad about, but I did mention the laziness. They are great. This weekend they are facing off against Toronto in the playoffs. Toronto has 14 points to Les Canadiennes' 42. Les Canadiennes are undefeated on home ice. (I am pretty sure your team is going down, [personal profile] sobsister.)

If you're around Montréal the 26th-28th you can buy tickets for those games here. The games will stream on the CWHL website and will cost $10 to watch, which is less than a single game ticket and I think will work out to about $2/game. (You can read about scheduling here.) Saturday's Furies vs. Canadiennes game is on Sportsnet 360 at 5pm EST / 2pm PST.

If all goes well Les Canadiennes will face off against either the Calgary Inferno or the Brampton Thunder in Ottawa on the Senators' ice on Sunday March 13th. (Tickets are available here for $20.) That's the first weekend of March Break for a lot of elementary school kids here and it sounds like a pretty good way to start it off.

I am so excited about the playoffs, and also anxious. Go Les Canadiennes Go!
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If you were planning on sending a card to Denna Laing you should do it.

Today is the last day that I'm reminding people to:

SEND A POSTCARD TO:

Denna Laing
c/o National Women's Hockey League
67 West Street Suite 401-C11
Brooklyn, NY 11222
United States of America


WRITE:

You are awesome.


Cheer her on.

The postcard flashmob thing ends today, but I am pretty sure that a card for Denna is welcome at any time. All the cards for Denna, I say.
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...and then I made a reblog if you sent Denna mail-type tumblr post to spread this thing some more. I hope she gets so much mail.

The goal is for everything to be sent by the 30th, like a flashmob with postcards. Details are on the tumblr post and also here.

If you're not on tumblr and want to leave a comment here that you did it that would be cool. --If you do it but don't want to leave a comment that is also cool, but you should tell your friends to do it, too, so she gets more mail. ALL OF THE MAIL.
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Right. So, a few times fandom has done a thing where it has sent people postcards. So many postcards. From everywhere. Fandom did this to David Hewlett in 2006 and Martin Freeman in 2012.* An amazing number of postcards were sent. [So, stealing that idea from [livejournal.com profile] slodwick:]

Let's do it to Denna Laing in 2016.

Denna Laing is a hockey player for the NWHL's** Boston Pride. On New Year's Eve at the first ever Outdoor Women's Classic she suffered a serious spinal injury.

Two of her teammates have started a thing they're calling #Cards4Denna, where they have been collecting cards for Denna. She is a fan of the cards thing, it seems.

"So we thought, what better way to show support than to gather cards from all of our fans? That way, Denna knows just how far her support system reaches and how much she means to us and all of her fans. We hope to collect as many cards as possible for Denna to keep her smiling during her road to recovery." - Kelly Cooke


I want her fucking flooded with cards, from everywhere. She's rehabbing now and I want everyone to tell her how awesome she is.

So, yeah, let's do this thing:

SEND A POSTCARD TO:

Denna Laing
c/o National Women's Hockey League
67 West Street Suite 401-C11
Brooklyn, NY 11222
United States of America


WRITE:

You are awesome.


Those words. If you want, you can also tell her why she's awesome. Yo can doodle hearts, or a tiger, or whatever. Maybe a dog. Wish her well.

DO IT:

The week of the 24th***. January 24 - 30.

MAKE SURE:

You get the postage right and the address is correct and legible.

If you're making a postcard yourself, make sure that it's the right size and you've put the address and stamp in the right place and left places that need to be blank, blank.

I'm sending this from Canada, so it's gonna cost me $1.20 CDN, which is less than a coffee around these parts. Postage varies in different countries to different countries, so check it before you send it.

If you want to help more:

There's a website and they're taking donations. (American healthcare system, what even are you?) You can also sign up for a newsletter there.


But yeah, let's cheer her the fuck on. DO IT. SEND DENNA LAING A THING. TELL HER SHE IS AWESOME. SHOW HER YOUR SUPPORT.

*David Hewlett proved to be more awesome than Martin Freeman, but that is a side tangent.
**National Women's Hockey League. This is their first season of hockey and they pay their players, which is very exciting.
***It's her Pride jersey number, and also next week.


ETA: I made a tumblr post.
ETA2: If you're linking to this post off of DW/LJ please link to the tumblr post.

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