Monday, May 30, 2011

Djurgarden's Website and José Photos

As I've said numerous times, José played in Sweden for Djurgarden during the 2004/05 lockout season. A fellow José fan on tumblr today posted a photo from his time there that I'd never seen. Well, I'd seen the photo, but not the color version of it. I'd only seen the black and white version. So I'll post it here along with the others from the same time. I love this new one, because it shows his eyes so beautifully.

The black and white that we've seen before:

Then the very similar shot:

Here's the website these photos came from:

And we see that this is where the "Look at my braces" photo came from too.

Dan Boyle also played with him there:

And I didn't realize Marty Turco played with him also. José played 17 games for Djurgarden, and Marty only played 6.

You might check out the gallery at that site, because there are quite a few mighty fine-lookin' hockey players. ;o)

I think Mats Hogberg should be the official NHL photographer, because he can bring out the best in these players. We need these shots...not the normal NHL headshots we see. ;o)

Friday, May 27, 2011

04/03/10 Post-Game Interview

This interview is included in the list in my last post...but this one deserves a post all to itself. Just take a peek, and you'll see why. His part starts at about 1:30.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Interviews from 2009-10 Season in Washington

Continuing with the interviews from the Capitals' site from the 2009-10 season. Thanks to missenjeu for sending me links to the interviews that were shared with other players...they didn't come up in my search.

9/12/09 (Training camp, talking about the upcoming season. I hate to even post this one, because we all know what happened the summer before this, and it's brutal to see. But I want to be all inclusive.)

09/24/09 (Pre-season loss in New York.)

10/01/09 (Win over Boston)

10/10/09 (Loss to Detroit) (Shirtless! ;o)

10/24/09 (OT Win)

10/27/09 (4-2 win over Philadelphia)

Saves for Kids

11/30/09 (Win over Carolina)

12/15/2009 (Win over Colorado, José is at :34 mark.)

1/19/2010 (Win over Detroit. In the words of miseenjeu, José stole this game.)

02/02/10 (Win over Boston, José is first)
03/06/10 (2-0 shutout of NY Rangers, José is first)

03/24/10 (4-3 shootout win over Pittsburgh, José is last, about 4:40)

04/03/10 (3-2 win over Columbus, José is at about 1:30 and shirtless!)

04/08/10 (Video about Masterton nomination, José is about :30 in.)

04/13/10 (Talks about facing Montreal in the playoffs.)

04/15/10 (Game 1 loss to Montreal)

05/07/10 (Post-season meeting with the media.)

06/23/10 (2 interviews after being awarded Masterton...have Kleenex handy)

Interviews from 2008-09 Season in Washington

Here are links to his videos from the 2008-09 season on the Capitals' website.

07/10/08 (From his first visit with the media after signing with the Caps.)

07/30/08 (It says 7/30, but it sure looks like the same day as above) (Snapshots, Part 1)

Snapshots, Part 2

09/20/08 (Talking about Caps training camp.)

10/03/08 (Pre-season game against Detroit...I'm pretty sure he won from the comments.)

10/11/08 (After a win...score/opponent not specified.)

10/21/08 (2-1 loss to Calgary, and they put on the screen that he was Brent Johnson. :p)

10/28/08 (Shootout win over Nashville)

11/14/08 (Win over New Jersey)

11/23/08 (Talking about his new mask.)

11/28/08 (3-0 win over Montreal) (Snazzy hat)

12/26/08 (3-2 win over Buffalo)

12/28/08 (Win over Toronto)

01/06/09 (Shootout win over Philadelphia)

1/17/09 (Win over first-place Boston)

02/07/09 (Win over Florida)

2/10/09 (Q&A at ESPN Zone)

2/11/09 (Shootout loss to New York Rangers)

2/20/09 (Loss to Colorado)

03/06/09 (Ask a Cap, about his music)

3/12/09 (2-1 win over Philadelphia)

3/16/09 (Who I Am)

03/17/09 (3-0 win over Florida)

03/16/09 (5-1 loss to Atlanta)

03/24/09 (Shootout loss to Toronto)

04/09/09 (Win over Tampa Bay) (Shirtless! ;o)

04/13/09 (Talking about meeting Rangers in first round of playoffs.)

04/15/09 (Loss to Rangers in Game 1 of playoffs)

04/17/09 (Post-practice before Game 2 of playoffs)

05/15/09 (Reflecting on the season and playoffs...not a fun interview at all, poor guy.)

Post-Game Interviews from His Time in Colorado

Here is a list of the post-game interviews with José on the Avs' website.

11/01/07 (3-2 win over Pittsburgh)

12/07/07 (2-1 win over Philadelphia)

01/05/08 (2-1 OT win over NY Islanders)

01/09/08 (This one was on the Caps site, but the date would indicate Colorado, and his hair also.)

01/18/08 (2-1 shootout loss to Chicago)

01/20/08 (Win over Columbus)

02/14/08 (4-1 loss to St. Louis, he was pulled after 3)

02/18/08 (4-0 loss to Detroit: "It was a long 60 minutes")

03/06/08 (1-0 win over Anaheim...shutout!)

03/08/08 (3-1 win over Dallas)

03/24/08 (Shutout against Calgary)

04/15/08 (5-1 win over Minnesota in Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals)

04/19/08 (2-1 win over Minnesota in Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals)

This 'n' That

Just wanted to touch base with everyboday. I'm still here, and I'm still poring over the internet everday to make sure there's nothing new about our guy. There's just not much out there right now.

Hopefully he's chillaxin' up in Montreal, takin' it easy, spending time with his family and golfing a LOT! ;o)

I will be sure to bring you any new stuff that I run across. If I miss something, shoot me a message at

I would still like to post all those videos of him through the years from the NHL website (the post-game interviews.) But I got frustrated with how the videos took up so much space on the page, messing up my archive list. I might just post the links, but those aren't near as much fun. But I think I will...maybe tonight. I'll just make a single post with links of all the remaining ones. Just so the info is there for people to find easily. Or maybe later today when I should be working...

Friday, May 20, 2011

Video from José's time in Sweden

As we all know, José played 17 games for Djurgarden of the SEL during the NHL's lockout season of 2004-05. Thanks to Berni for reminding me of this gem of an interview (along with some game footage.) You'll note this is the time when he was wearing can tell by how he's holding his mouth. (Just an aside. ;o)

And here are a few photos from his time in Sweden.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Theo's Number is One of Those Retired by the Olympiques

Thanks to Berni for sending me a couple of fun photos today and reminding me of something I hadn't written about before.

José played in 1994-96 for the Hull Olympiques (now the Gatineau Olympiques) of the QMJHL. Here's what the NHLPA's site had to say about his time there:

"After one more campaign with St. Jean, Theodore went on to have a monster 1994 season. Not only was he drafted by the Montreal Canadiens (44th overall), but he also found himself on a new QMJHL team, the Hull Olympiques.

Theodore responded with a stellar 1994-95 campaign, winning 32 games and earning five shutouts, including one in his very first game with Hull.

During his time with Hull, Theodore won numerous awards, including the Ford Cup as the 1995 Defensive Player of the Year, the Guy Lafleur Trophy as the Defensive Player of the Playoffs. Four years later, he was named to the Olympiques All-Time All-Star team.

On February 28, 2003, Theodore’s No. 33 was retired by the team in an emotional ceremony at Hull’s home arena.

'It is something I will always remember,' said Theodore. 'It was a great feeling and a true honour for me. I had a great time in Hull and it was something I never expected to happen.'"

Sunday, May 15, 2011

2005 Ford Commercial Featuring José

Ran across this commercial on YouTube today. It's so awesome!! I love the length of his hair here. I guess I'll just supply the link, since embedding covers up stuff on the side.

Here are a few screen caps, for those that want a quick peek without playing the video. The lighting was very dark. I guess they were going for moody and artsy? And a fellow Theo fan on tumblr translated what he said as "When we change our attitude, it changes everything." Nice.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Some Recent Photo Finds

In this time of no new José news, I've been poring over the internets looking for photos I hadn't seen before. And I've found some. All on-ice photos, but those are just as nice as off-ice in my mind (each for different reasons. ;o)

I'll be posting a few here and there. I'm going to say that photographers in Colorado really loved José, and they gave us lots of really good shots.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Denver Post Article from October 2006

I honestly can't remember if I've blogged this old article before or not. And I'm too tired to check my archive, so I'm just going to post it. I happened upon it again today and there are a couple really neat parts to it, so I think it's worth reading again. This was back when he was with Colorado, obviously.

2006-07 Avalanche preview
Excitement returns for goalie

By Adrian Dater
Denver Post Staff Writer

Imagine "The Ballad of Jose Theodore," including an interesting lyrical mix detailing the lofty highs and plunging lows of a troubadour goalie. Lead guitarist Jose Theodore would pick his chord and the point to insert his solo riff.

When the Avalanche goalie wants to get away from the media spotlight that has seen him make headlines in publications as diverse as Sports Illustrated and the National Enquirer, Theodore grabs a six-string guitar and plays his own tune to get away from the chorus surrounding him.

"Sometimes, I'll play some old, heavy stuff like old Metallica or Guns 'N' Roses," Theodore said after a recent morning practice. "And then sometimes, I pick up my acoustic and play more Led Zeppelin or U2. I just play whatever I feel like I want to play. It's something fun, something you can spend hours doing and pass the time."

Theodore had to pass more time than he cared to much of last season. He missed three months with a broken heel after slipping on ice outside his Montreal home. His name surfaced in embarrassing headlines after he tested positive for Propecia, a hair-loss medicine that also can be used to mask steroid use. He endured boos and catcalls from the formerly loving fans of the Montreal Canadiens for a goals-against average resembling that of a Rockies pitcher circa mid-1990s. He was traded by the Canadiens straight up for a goalie, David Aebischer, who was a healthy scratch at times for the Avalanche last season. He endured more headlines in gossip columns after he was seen holding hands with socialite Paris Hilton this summer, not long after his girlfriend had given birth to a baby daughter.

Theodore's reaction to it all was to keep strumming. Keep trying to find the harmonies in life.

"I actually had a very good summer," said Theodore, who turned 30 last month. "It was just a nice, quiet summer with my family. I came (to Denver) in early August to make sure I could skate with the guys, and my top focus was on hockey and nothing else."

Theodore prefers to keep the details of his private life private, but portrayed domestic bliss in his home these days. He said he is a doting father with daughter Romy, and he couldn't wait to get back from a preseason game in Las Vegas to see her.

"I'm finding that road trips are a lot tougher now, being a dad," he said.

Solid in the preseason
Where the Avalanche and its fans most care about Theodore's life - on the ice - has been so far so good through the preseason. He looked quick and strong in goal for Colorado's first few exhibitions, stopping 41-of-43 shots in victories over Dallas and Detroit. There was a noticeable gleam in the eyes of Avs players and coaches after seeing this Theodore compared to the one of last season.

"If he plays like that, and we think he will, we're going to be real strong in goal, and that's the most important position in the game," Avs captain Joe Sakic said. "He's a proven goalie who had a tough year in a lot of ways, but it was only one year. And in the playoffs for us, you saw that he was already turning things around. He looks that much better now."

Theodore said he started to feel like his old self again in the first round of the postseason, a five-game Avs triumph over favored Dallas. He still was bothered slightly by the heel, and he hadn't played regularly in three months. But when the series was over, he was on to the next round and Vezina Trophy candidate Marty Turco was headed to the golf course.

"I wasn't feeling as comfortable as I'm feeling now, but we still beat Dallas and that helped me right off the get-go with the guys here," said Theodore, making $5.5 million this season. "I was pretty happy the way my game was picking up. I was anxious for my season to start, and when you're anxious, a lot of the time you're happy to go into the gym, you're happy to do the little extras in the gym, and it shows. And that's why I came in early August. I just wanted to be back on the ice with the guys."

Theodore's entire profile changed when he was judged the league's most valuable player and awarded the Hart Trophy, along with the Vezina for being the top goalie, in 2002 with Montreal. Almost overnight, he went from serviceable goalie to superstar. There were great expectations and pressure that got to him at times in the hyper-intense Montreal hockey market.

"In Montreal, hockey's the only sport," he said. "You had 10 or 11 reporters on the road for every game, radio and TV and everything. But having said that, I loved my time in Montreal. I love the city, it's my hometown, and I have great memories playing there. It's a great organization."

Big fan of Denver
Theodore said he loves Denver, too. He bought a house here and said: "I brag to all my friends about how great it is in Denver. Great city, great fans and a great sports town, which I like. The Avalanche is one of the best organizations in the league, and I want to be here for many years."

He also likes the French-speaking flavor of the Avs, including several teammates whom he usually hangs with on the road - Ian Laperriere and Patrice Brisebois among them.

"Jose is a good kid, a good teammate," Laperriere said. "He's not a goalie who's by himself on the team. He is one of the guys, and I think he's worked hard at fitting in with us right from the start."

Even though he grew up in the Montreal suburb of Saint Bruno, Theodore was an Edmonton Oilers fan, and especially liked goalie Grant Fuhr. In his first training camp with Montreal, he shared the locker room with Hall of Famer Patrick Roy.

Roy never talked much to rookies even with the Avalanche, so it wasn't a surprise he didn't say much to Theodore. But in Theodore's first preseason game as a pro, he started against Philadelphia - with Roy as the backup.

"That was the only game I ever played with him, and he was my backup," Theodore said, grinning. "I gave up three goals on something like 19 shots in the first period, we were down 3-0, and the only thing he said to me was something like, 'I gave up three goals my first game in the first period, too.' That was nice of him."

Now that he's 30, Theodore said he's starting to feel like an old sage in the locker room.

"I remember when I got in the league and guys turned 30, I'd say, 'Well, they've been in the league a while, huh?' But the clock keeps turning and turning," he said.

"But right now, I feel as good as I have in a long time. I feel that excitement for the game again."

That is music to Colorado's ears.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

José Named 50th Greatest Goalie in NHL History over at Bleacher Report

I hesitate to post this, and I might remove it after further consideration. Even though the author of the list (John Phen) picked José as #50, many of the commenters were not in agreement and didn't think he should be on the list at all. So as much as I liked seeing him mentioned, I didn't like to see the comments. But I thought I'd at least let you all know about it before I decide if I'll remove it or not.

As far as I'm concerned, he should be on the list. He's one of the few goalies to win the Hart, and that's what Mr. Phen keeps pointing out. Plus there are so many wonderful qualities to his game and his person. But I realize most people who read and comment on these type things are most concerned with stats and Stanley Cups. ~sigh~ That's not what I judge greatness on, but I'm in the minority there.

Also, his photo is not showing up for me, others are. :( I'm sure it's just an in-game photo, but I'd like to see which one.

Here's the article:

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Last Thing I'll Say about Pronunciation/Spelling of Theodore, I Promise

I promise I won't bring this up again, but Berni pointed out to me a part of an interview I'm sure most of us have seen from when he first went to Washington. When he's looking at his old scouting report from when he was 18 (at about 00:35 mark) he said, "I don't know why they say Thay-uh-dore, because it's actually an English name. My dad is English. So it's Thee-uh-dore." ~shrugs and shakes his head~

At first I thought that was just a comment about how people pronounce it, which we all know he says it's pronounced Thee-uh-dore. He's said that in more than one interview. But when he looks at the report and says "I don't know why they say Thay-uh-dore." He's reading what they wrote. He's not listening to what someone said. So he's looking at what's written and said that. So that leads me (and Berni) to believe that they spelled it Théodore (with the accent.) And he's saying it shouldn't be written that way, because it's an English name.

I know most people in the Montreal area write it Théodore, because that's the way they are used to writing and saying French names. But I take this as proof that it should be written Theodore, without the accent, and I've edited all my sites to reflect that. It's an English name, not French. As Berni says, just because she speaks Spanish doesn't mean she should call him Ho-say, because that's how it's pronounced in Spanish. He pronounces it Jo-say, not Ho-say, so whether she speaks Spanish or not, his name is Jo-say. Thanks for the insight, Berni!!

Here's the interview again:
Click here.