The Saskatoon Smash NHL ’94 Tourney

Well folks I’m a little behind on the blog so I’ll go back to January 10th.

Picture this if you will…

It’s 1:45am in the morning and Kaetyn and I are sitting at the Calgary airport waiting for a plane from San Francisco to land. On the plane is a guy that started off his journey in Sacramento California. I have not met this mystery guy that goes by the Internet name Angryjay93. I have been told by some respected NHL ’94 players that this guy is one of the best in the world and one of the only actively online playing from California. Why is he coming to Calgary? Well really he is not. I offered Angryjay93 a ride from YYC to Saskatoon Sask. You see Aj93 is on his way to a Super Nintendo NHL ’94 tournament hosted by another mysterious guy that goes by the name Halifax.

What once stated as a basement gathering has now ballooned into a full international NHL ’94 tournament. People are coming from Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon and now California. This was all set up in less then 2 weeks by Halifax.

NHL ’94 Lesson Break
There are basically 4 versions of NHL ’94
1) Sega Genesis
2) Super Nintendo
3) Sega CD
4) DOS (PC computer)

The CD and DOS versions in lots of respects are possibly “better” versions of the game, the reason they are not widely used is they where not as popular as the normal console versions. So when people talk about the Game NHL ’94 today is 75% Sega Genesis (Gens) and 25% Super Nintendo (SNES). The Genesis version came 1st and the Super Nintendo was ported (basically means copied or transferred) from the Gens version. The main stream NHL ’94 guys prefer the Gens version over the SNES… BUT the SNES has a cult following of its own and that’s why I’m on my way to Saskatoon.

 

Back to the story…

Aj93 is a Gens player but because Live NHL ’94 Tournaments are rare he decided to switch teams for one night in Saskatchewan. His plane lands and only a few people get off. Aj93 introduces him self…

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Next we head back to my house in Calgary. We stay up till 3am drinking beer and playing NHL ’94. Got a few hours sleep and where on the road at 7am heading for Saskatoon. It’s about a 5 hour drive, along the way Kaetyn and I introduce Aj93 to Canadian Culture which is made up of Ketchup chips, Kinder Surprise and Smarties! Also he was introduced to RIDER NATION once we crossed the Alberta border into Saskatchewan.

We all met up in a bar called Sports on Tap and I started meeting all the players. CJ who owns GIBSON films came in from Regina to play and also to help me film the event.

The night went awesome!

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I don’t want to reveal to much about the tournament outcome because you will have to watch the Documentary when it comes out. All I can tell you is it was a story book ending and we all had a great time! We ended up shooting interviews till 5:30am in the morning. Once again we where up to drive back to Calgary. Aj93 had his flight back to California leaving at 7pm so we had to booker back.

But no rest for the wicked because the very next day Kaetyn and I were off to Arizona to start our 2nd phase of filming. My next Blog post will tell what happened in AZ. We are done the trip now and ‘m writing this post on my phone on the flight home… But wait something changed during my time in the states and I’m not flying “home”. I’m now on my way to Vancouver. Because we landed a huge interview… Who is it? Check this outIMG_6026

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