Friday, June 16, 2017

The Volga - Europe’s Longest Flowing River

David F. Baucom is a retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral (RADM) who leads supply chain operations at Vintun. Having traveled extensively in Europe, David Baucom particularly enjoys taking riverboat cruises. 

The Volga stretches nearly 2,300 miles through western Russia and encompasses Europe's most extensive river system. Frozen across the majority of its length throughout the winter, the Volga is responsible for draining western Russia and has been turned into numerous reservoirs that offer hydroelectric power and irrigation.

The Volga is also the center of a fertile river valley that combines minerals and natural resources that fuel the petroleum industry. The area has large-scale wheat farms, and the Volga Delta is home to Astrakhan, the epicenter of the traditional caviar industry.

Volga holds interest for history buffs, as the river basin was central to early migration of people from Asia to Europe. In addition, the city of Volgograd was the site of the Battle of Stalingrad, which marked a major victory by the Soviets over Germany in World War II.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Goal Scoring Statistics of Capitals' Alexander Ovechkin

David F. Baucom is a retired United States Navy rear admiral and recipient of masters degrees in national resource strategy, and acquisition and contract management. Currently residing in the Washington, D.C., metro area (where he has spent most of his 35-year career) David Baucom has become a passionate fan of the National Hockey League's (NHL) Washington Capitals.

The Capitals have made the playoffs in nine of the past ten seasons. A major reason why is the performance of Alexander Ovechkin, the franchise's all-time leader in goals and points. The first overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Ovechkin won the Calder Trophy as the league's rookie of the year in 2005-06 after scoring 52 goals and adding 54 assists in 81 games. Two seasons later, Ovechkin scored a career-high 65 goals and led the league with 112 points. He won his first of six Rocket Richard Trophies as the league's top goal scorer that season and first of three Hart Trophies as the league's most valuable player.

An eleven-time All-Star, Ovechkin has 558 goals and 447 assists in 921 career games. The thirty-one-year-old is already third among active players in goals scored, behind only Jaromir Jagr and Jarome Iginla and is twenty-sixth in league history, just two goals behind Guy Lafleur. He ranks sixth of all time in goals per game, ahead of Wayne Gretzky, and has played more games than all five players above him.