Quakes win 4-2 vs. Puckheads
It was late and we had just 9 skaters, but we were hungry for the
win and worked hard to get it, beating the Puckheads 4-2.
The game started
out slow and looked like we'd own the game, especially after Ike
scored on a rebound from Kiki's shot, but the Puckheads answered
that one and then scored another. It wasn't until late in the 2nd
period that Carl popped in a rebound from a shot from the point
to tie it up. At 2-2 we felt much more assured of a win, until the
penalties started piling up. We faced 2 sessions of 5 on 3 and a
few 5 on 4s. Proudly, we survived each PK without giving up a goal.
In period 3 we ruled. It wasn't easy, but we stayed tough and hungry,
shutting the Puckheads down and scoring 2 more goals. The first
was a sweet shot from the point by Blake that whizzed past the goalie,
the second was a super beauty by Kiki as he drove hard end to end,
right up to the goal, fighting Puckheads all the way, and then drawing
the goalie across the crease and taking aim and placing the shot.
It made a Captain proud. The whole team made me proud. It was a
well earned win.
out and cheer on your San Francisco Earthquakes at the Yerba
Buena Ice Rink. It's BYOB, but please be discreet.
- 4 IN THE BOX -
At the recent Silver Quakes game in Oakland, four players found
themselves in the penalty box vs the Sar Dogs.
AND QUAKES DEUX HAVE SASSY LOVE CHILD
21st, 2005 -Just
about nine months ago, an awkward office party turned into something
magical. Yes, the loving, if not drunken, union of the SFQuakes
and the Quakes Deux has created a bouncing bundle of joy. Sure,
the labor was tough, but man that hookup was so worth it. Damn.
What did they name this new addition to
the Earthquakes hockey family? SilverQuakes! Tom got voted down.
As did Phineas and Jane. Yeah, like they couldn't take a break from
thinking about themselves for a second and maybe reach out to a
fellow teammate and name their firstborn after my great-grandmother.
will debut in the Oakland Silver B league with their first game
being played on Oct. 16th, 2005. No doubt the stands will be packed.
Here's hoping the little nugget gets raised right and has the eyes
of his mother and the hairline of his father.
INTRODUCING OUR THREE
EARTHQUAKE HOCKEY TEAMS!
have been working hard this spring. Working hard to make hockey
in the Bay Area even better. How did we do that? Well, we added
yet ANOTHER hockey team to our hockey family. We've now got THREE
TEAMS playing in the Bay Area. That's quite an accomplishment. And
we're excited about it. So check out the new lineup...
in the Oakland Bronze Division at the Oakland Ice Center, this is
our team geared to those of ALL abilities. Having been around for
three seasons, this team is full of veterans but welcome everyone.
The Deux are a magical group of folks whose passion for hockey runs
deep. Want to have fun on the ice with a great group of hockey players
of all skill levels? Then this team is for you! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
He's the captain. He can tell you everything you need to know.
SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKES
team that started it all almost eight years ago. These folks play
in the "D" Division of the Adult Hockey League at the
Yerba Buena Ice Rink. Sure it's the "D" Division out of
A-D, but that doesn't mean it's not competitive. The pace is quicker,
it's a bit more physical (no checking as are all the teams), the
puck handling is more advance and there are some slap shots that
you want to get out of the way for! Email mike @ sfquakes.com. He's
our captain. Spots on this team open up infrequently, but let us
know if you're interested. We'll keep you on the list for sure!
OAKLAND SILVER QUAKES
new kid on the block. The Silver Quakes will be playing in, yup
you guessed it, the Silver "B" Division at the Oakland
Ice Center. These folks skate hard, shoot hard, and play fast. The
team is made up of skaters who played in college or have been playing
hockey for years and years. A few of these players hit the ice over
in San Fran with the Earthquakes too. It's for the intense hockey
player who can't get enough ice time and who knows the sport inside
and out. Email Marcus at cus @ sfquakes.com for the scoop.
So there you
have it, our three hockey teams. It's an exciting time for us -
starting another team and all. It's also exciting that we get to
introduce hockey to even more people in the Bay Area. So no matter
what your skill level is or what your knowledge level
is, hopefully we'll have a team for you. To
either rplay on, sub in, or come watch. Feel free to contact us
at quakes @ sfquakes.com for general questions. We'd love to hear
from you. Hope to see you on the ice, in the stands, or in our inbox
BEER BUST THIS SATURDAY (AUG 6)
Saturday, August 6th, from 3pm-7pm there will be a little Earthquakes
Beer/Soda Bust at the famed Lone Star Saloon.
For a mere 8$, you can have all the
beer and soda you can drink. Talk about a deal.
But, more importantly, you'll be supporting
a great cause, your local friendly gay ice hockey teams. Help us
cover costs of practices, tournament travel, and such things. Can
you think of a better cause? I don't think so. Well, maybe famine
in Africa, but let's stick close to home this weekend.
So stop by the Lone Star, hang out
with the team, have a few drinks (or many many drinks), and just
enjoy the day.
the Lone Star is located on Harrison St. between 9th and 10th, right
down from The Stud. Look for the gold star on the black building.
And it has a great back patio too. Nothing like having a few drinks
FUN WITH ANAGRAMS!
Rearrange the letters in "The Earthquakes"
and you get....
"That Queer Shake"
"Hath Queer Skate?"
Are you kidding me? No. I'm serious.
QUAKES ROCK PRIDE MORE THAN EN VOGUE
26th, 2005 - The Earthquakes
Hockey Club rocked San Francisco's Pride celebration more than En
Vogue. Say it's not
so? Oh, it's so.
Sunday started out with the Quakes representing
in the Pride Parade down Market Street. It was filled with a little
street hockey, some staged fights for the crowd, some large pot
holes, and an interview with KiKi on KRON-TV. Yup, he made us proud
by, in a mere 15 seconds, mentioning on camera: 1. what/who we are,
2. our team name, 3. our website URL, and 4. that we are defending
gold medalists. Impressive. Way to go Kiki.
And the afternoon was filled with
a great time at City Hall Plaza. Our booth was bustling and everyone
was having a good time. A great crew from both teamscame out to
staff the booth, mix and mingle, preach the gospel of hockey, and
get the word out about us. It was a huge success.
Then it was Third Eye Blind
and En Vogue on the main stage. Never gonna get it never gonna get
it, never gonna get it never gonna get it, never gonna get it never
gonna get it, never get it. Wooo woooo wooo WOOOO.
looking forward to the fruits of our weekend "labor" coming
to fruition as we go into the coming months. With the starting of
a third team over in Oakland, we're hoping Pride will springboard
us into success in the days, weeks, and months ahead. We've already
had numerous people contact us after seeing us at Pride, and it's
BRETT DEBUTS HIS SCORING
AND PENALTY ABILITIES AND WE WANT MORE!
May 9th, 2005
- After a 15 year hiatus from the ice, Brett R. made his debut with
the Quakes Deux.during Wednesday's victory over the Blowholes. Rusty?
A little bit. Good? Definitely.
In fact, the referee made a scouting report to
Andre, the league manager, and said that the Earthquakes had 5 "ringers"
on the ice-- and Brett was the only one mentioned specifically,
Andre said, "The tall guy on defense?" Nice job Brett.
And congratulations on getting your first
points for the Deux also with an amazing goal in the first. And
rounding out the game with an amazing penalty in the third. Great
playing and welcome to the team. We'll psyched to have you with
SFQUAKES AND QUAKES DEUX AT TOP
OF RESPECTIVE STANDINGS!
May 2nd, 2005
- In a wonderful early season twist of fate, both the SFQuakes
and the Oakland Quakes Deux are at the top of their
league standings. This is a first in Quakes Hockey Club history
and we're all bathing in the joy that is this remarkable fun fact*.
*SFQuake are technically in a four-way tie
for first and the Quakes Deux are technically in a pre-season eight-way
tie with all teams having no points.
IN A MIX-UP YOU SHOULDN'T BELIEVE, BLAKE GETS WRONG LIGAMENT
30, 2004 - In
what was reported almost two weeks ago as a flawless ACL replacement
surgery for Earthquakes defenseman Blake H. is now being looked
at as a classic case of mistaken identity. And one that has unfortunate
Before being released from the surgical
hospital in Palo Alto on August 16th, Blake H. was assured by all
surgical team members that his ACL allograph replacement surgery
went "flawlessly". There
was no meniscus damage and the new ligament - harvested from what
Blake thought was a dead gay man - fit perfectly and no unnecessary
orthotropic incisions were needed. Recovery would be right on track
due to what was thought at the time to be a surgery free of complications.
Yet after almost two weeks after having
his surgery, Blake knew something was wrong with his knee. Although
the inflammation had gone down and his flexibility had increased,
something was not right.
"Everything was going great"
says Blake H., "I was icing my knee, making sure my range of
motion was increasing with every day, and hanging out a lot with
my good friend Vicky Vicodin. She's so nice." Yet Blake felt
something was amiss, "Although everything was going right,
I felt something as wrong. I guess it started when I was watching
the Olympic women's beach volleyball coverage. My knee would swell.
It was weird. Then the coverage would switch to men's gymnastics
and the swelling would subside. It was odd." Apparently this
happened repeatedly. "It got really bad when I was watching
MTV's Music video Awards and Paris Hilton and Carmen Electra kissed
on stage. I thought my knee was going to explode. The pain was unbearable.
I quickly changed the channel to Meet The Press on NBC and the swelling
was gone." After such incidents Blake decided to head back
to his Dr.
It was at this Dr. appointment that,
after a myriad of tests and questions, it was determined that Blake
had in fact received a ligament from a straight man, not a gay man
as he originally was told. The Drs. quickly put him on medications
to help prevent his body from rejecting the straight ligament. The
next few weeks will be crucial in Blake's recovery and his body's
ability to accept the new foreign ligament.
"I feel pretty good. I mean,
I'm an accepting type guy, and just because my knee is straight
doesn't mean I am going to turn my back on it. I mean, it's my own.
I've known it its entire life. I've watched it grow. No matter what,
I will always love my knee, even if it is straight. I know my knees
will get along with each other. It won't be a problem."
Although Blake knows he can't
change his knee, he looks forward to his knees educating each other
on their differences and celebrating their similarities. He knows
his performance on the ice will not suffer and he looks forward
to getting back on the ice - even with his straight knee.
BLAKE GETS NEW LIGAMENT
20, 2004 - Nearly five months after an "incident"
during a game with the SFQuakes, defensemen Blake H. found himself
going under the knife.
Blake had been diagnosed with a partially
torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament. For months Blake had to risk his
shin bone sliding under his thigh bone and any given moment. It
was unpleasent. But earlier this week he began his long journey
on the road to recovery and his journey back to playing with the
Having met with the top surgeons in
the bay area, Blake decided to have Dr. Colin Eakin of Palo Alto
perform the surgery. He had great confidence in Dr. Eakin and was
eager to get healthy. After having consulted with Dr. Eakin about
his surgical options, Blake decided to have an allograft (his ACL
replaced with a ligament harvested from a cadaver). Blake asked
his doctor if he could find a ligament from an athletic, attractive,
young, dead, gay man. He said he would do everything he could to
make that dream come true, but made no promises.
Blake's surgery went flawlessly. He
is currently resting comfortably at his brother's home in Palo Alto,
CA where he is being waited on hand and foot. He hopes to return
to playing with the Earthquakes in the spring and until then will
be cheering from the sidelines and doing a lot of physical therapy.
QUAKES GET THEIR PRIDE ON
June 27, 2004 - Another
Pride hit San Francisco which means that the Earthquakes hit the
From walking/blading in the parade to preaching
the gospel of the Quakes at our booth at the celebration at city
hall, the Quakes were out in full force and having a great time.
We met tons of folks, hung out in the sun,
and enjoyed the Pride shenanigans that ensue around us every year.
If you missed us at Pride, come on out and watch a game or contact
us about playing with us!
More photos to be posted soon.
SFQUAKES LOSE JIM N. IN FAHL DRAFT
1, 2004 - In an upsetting turn of events for the Earthquakes
Hockey Club, Jim N. has been drafted by the Palm Springs
Unified School District.
at the news. I mean, Jim has been a part of this team for years.
I don't know what we are going to do without him", said SFQuakes
team captain Mike K. "I mean, who is going to fill that guy's
The rest of Jim's team had similar sentiments,
"Who will be our ringer?" said John H., one of the two
Earthquakes founders. "We'll have to use our draft picks very
wisely but no one can replace him."
Jim has promised to make tournament appearances
with the Earthquakes and join the team in San Francisco whenever
possible. He will truly be missed by his team but they hope that
he will be on the ice in Palm Springs. We wish him the best of luck.
AND THEN I FELL IN LOVE ALL OVER AGAIN
do, cherish you, from the depths of my soul, it's
beyond my control, I've
waited so long, to say this
to you, if you're asking
do I love you this much, I do."
- 98 Degrees
featuring Nick Lachay
10, 2004 - They say you only find true love once. Well, tonight
I fell in love all over again. It happened so fast, so unexpected.
Yet, as I look back, I should have seen it coming.
It was a warm spring night as the
SFQuakes took on the Panteras. It was a battle
of wits, a battle of inner strength, a battle....for my heart.
We had grown apart recently. It was
me, not my love. I had grown...changed...drifted. Sure, we talked
on the phone every-so-often, but it wasn't the same. But that all
My love was down, but came back to
win...not only the game, but my heart too. The team had fallen behind
in the first, but was quick to even the score. The second saw the
team down again, but in a fit of love-filled passion, they scored
two quick goals - roughly a minute apart. The lead was short lived
as the Panteras tied things up and took the game to overtime.
A three minute overtime.
And here is where my heart was filled
again. Only a minute and nine second into overtime love was sparked
anew as the SFQuakes scored again and took the win.
I openly wept.
I encourage you to find love again. Maybe
next Thursday would be a good day to do that. Maybe the Thursday
Full stats on the game will be posted soon.
Until next Thursday, I will miss you my
love, but think of you often. I hope you think of me.
MOVE OF SOLIDARITY DAVID B. DONS NEW PLATES
16, 2004 - In a desire to show his true passion for
his hockey team, SFQuakes defenseman David B. took
a huge step this week and went to the San Francisco Department of
"I thought to myself, there is no better way for a gay man
to show his support for his hockey team than through vanity plates".
David B. reportedly waited in line at the Fell St. DMV for over
three hours. When it was finally his turn David blanked on what
he wanted his vanity plate to say. "I was like a deer in headlights.
I gathered my thoughts and asked for QUAKES1 but it was
taken. Then I asked for QUACES1 but that was taken too.
So was KWAKES1 and HMOHOKE". David finally
ended up on QAKSRUL.
"I couldn't be more happy with my choice. These plates are
going to look totally hockey bad-ass on my red Honda Del Sol".
CLIP OF THE WEEK
as our own Kieran has a bit of a run-in with a
rather large man out on the ice.
SFQUAKES ROCK VANCOUVER
(off the ice)
12, 2004 - The
Quakes' recent trip to Vancouver was filled with
good times, good friends, good weather, good food - and hockey.
The team took Vancouver by force hitting the local watering holes,
the local restaurants, the local "social clubs" - and
also playing hockey.
John bought a CCM warmup, Jerry, Mike, and S.R. Bob ate Caribou,
Kieran gave the team Easter Eggs, Carl got loopy - and there was
Needless to say the memories from the trip will be long lasting.
Vancouver truly put its best foot forward this weekend and welcomed
the team with open arms. The Quakes looks forward to their next
tournament travels and the shenanigans that ensue around it - and
For full results you can click here.
JERRY GETS TOP GOALIE HONORS AT TOURNEY
addition to the bronze
medals the Quakes team proudly received in Vancouver, one of
their own teammates was individually honored for his level of play.
Goalie Jerry M. was voted Best Goalie in the Rec
division by a panel of his peers. His incredible style of play,
his ability to stop over 2,354 shots in one game (estimated), and
his forever positive spirit on the ice made him the clear choice
to receive the award. A shocked and surprised Jerry said he was
honored but "want to dedicate this award to my team - they
are the true winners of this award".
COORS SIGNS WITH COLORADO AND LOS ANGELES HOCKEY
CLUBS TO CREATE FIRST GLBT CHARITABLE TOURNAMENT IN NORTH AMERICA
CO April 8, 2004 - The Colorado Gay Ice Hockey Association
(CGIHA) and the Los Angeles Blades Hockey Club today announced a
joint four-year sponsorship agreement with Coors Brewing Company
that establishes the Coors
Cup, a new charitable gay ice hockey tournament. The Coors Cup
becomes the first gay ice hockey tournament in North America with
a major corporate title sponsor and the first such tournament to
offer prize money that will be donated to each divisional champs
charity of choice.
Full press release
can be found here.
EARTHQUAKES HOCKEY CLUB WANTS TO THANK YOU
With the conclusion of the 2003 San
Francisco fall season and the impending playoffs in Oakland, the
Earthquakes want to take a moment to thank all those of you who
have supported us this season and especially those who have been
with us since our founding over seven years ago. It has been an
incredible journey for gay hockey in the bay area and there is no
way that the Bay Area Earthquakes Hockey Club would be where it
is today if it weren't for the support of all the team members past
and present, their friends, family, husbands/wives, girlfriends/boyfriends,
and all the bay area gay hockey fans out there.
The SFQuakes just finished their best season ever going 13-2 during
the regular season and seeded number one in the playoffs. They made
it to the finals this season (that has only happened once before)
and are proud of how well they have done. The Oakland Quakes Deux
have just finished regular season play of their second season since
their founding and are heading into the playoffs as we speak. They
continue to improve, win more games, have a great time, make amazing
friendships, and play great hockey.
The Bay Area Earthquakes Hockey Club has spread the word about gay
athletes and gay hockey throughout the Bay Area over the years and
is excited to continue to introduce hockey to more and more Northern
Californians. We thank you all for your support and look forward
to seeing you on the ice, in the stands, or at the Lone Star soon.
HUTCH AND BLAKE GET FEELINGS HURT
Feb 19th - With so much
positivity flowing during - and after - the SFQuakes' huge first
round playoff victory over the Chieftains, it came to great surprise
that some were not so pleased with the way the evening unfolded.
"They played a great game", said Hutch H. of Thursday
nights game, "but I would be lying if I said I didn't want
to see them struggle a bit more without me - you know - to make
me feel needed. Couldn't they have won like 4-2 or something?".
Hutch, who is out with an ankle injury, is joined in his sentiments
by fellow injured player Blake H, "It really hurts my feelings
that they would go and dominate so much out there tonight without
me. I mean, they could have at least made it look like a little
more of a struggle for them. It's like they don't need me or Hutch
out there. It hurts that they would make me feel this way by utterly
thrashing the Chieftains".
Capt. Mike K. was quick to come to the defense of both Hutch and
Blake, "We couldn't have gotten to tonight's game without them.
It was in their honor that we kicked so much Chieftain butt. They
were incredibly missed on the ice tonight, as were Kieran and LD
who were both out of town. We hope to have them all back soon. We
need them". After hearing their Capt's comments, Hutch and
Blake both seemed pacified and at ease. They both are expected to
be unable to play in the second round playoff game next week but
said they again would be in the stands and continuing to "be
a factor" in the game whether on or off the ice.
JOIN US FOR A MOVIE AND A PRACTICE
is nothing quite like a good hockey movie and a little time on the
ice. So join us this Sunday Feb 15th for an outing to go see Miracle
(critics give it a B-, but I give stand-out newcomer Patrick O'Brien
Demsey an A+). It's the story of the US Olympic Hockey Team's amazing
run for a medal at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid. After the flick,
in our heightened hockey state, we'll head over to the Oakland Ice
Center for a little ice time as we get everyone together (both teams
and anyone who wants to come out and skate with us) for some drills
and practice on the ice. It'll be a fun way to spend your Sunday
afternoon, so come join us! Contact us and we'll give you the full