Brampton Battalion Report

By pbadmin

Troops host Barrie to open 1999-2000 campaign
The Battalion will kick off their second season on September 24 with a home game against the powerful Barrie Colts. The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds will come to the Bunker on September 30 and the next night will see Brampton’s first road game of the year, against Jason Spezza and the Mississauga IceDogs at the Hershey Centre.
Other notable dates on the schedule include:
October 1 – first inter-divisional game of the year, against the Erie Otters;
October 11 – Brampton will once again host the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors on Thanksgiving Monday (game time: 2:00 p.m.);
October 14 – Jason Spezza makes his first visit to the Bunker as a member of the Mississauga IceDogs;
October 22 and 24 – the team’s first road trip of the season, featuring games in Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie;
November 6 – the Battalion visit Maple Leaf Gardens to take on St. Mike’s;
November 26 – Brampton journeys to Ottawa for their first meeting of the season with the defending Memorial Cup champions;
December 5 – the team plays host to the Belleville Bulls, defending OHL Champions;
December 31 – Mississauga comes to the Bunker for their traditional New Year’s Eve clash (game time: 3:30 p.m.) with the Battalion. This will be the final OHL game of the century;
January 2 – Brampton plays its first game in the year 2000, at home against the Peterborough Petes;
January 6 – the Oshawa Generals visit the Bunker;
January 12 – the team makes its second visit of the year to the Hershey Centre in Mississauga;
February 12 – the Ottawa 67′s make their only visit of the season to the Bunker;
February 25 and 27 – a home and home series (Feb. 25 in Mississauga, Feb. 27 in Brampton) against the IceDogs;
March 19 – last regular season home game against the Erie Otters;
March 24 – final regular season game against the Kitchener Rangers;

Here is the complete 1999-2000 schedule:

SEPTEMBER
24 – vs. Barrie; 30 – vs. Sault Ste. Marie
OCTOBER
1 – @ Mississauga; 3 – vs. Erie; 7 – vs. Sarnia; 8 – @ Plymouth; 11 – vs. St. Michael’s; 14 – vs. Mississauga; 16 – @ Erie; 17 – vs. Owen Sound; 22 – @ Sault Ste. Marie; 24 – @ Sudbury; 28 – vs. Guelph; 30 – @ Owen Sound; 31 – @ North Bay
NOVEMBER
4 – @ Peterborough; 6 – @ St. Michael’s; 7 – vs. Windsor; 11 – vs. Kingston; 12 – @ Oshawa; 14 – vs. Kitchener; 19 – vs. Owen Sound; 21 – vs. London; 25 – vs. Plymouth; 26 – @ Ottawa; 27 – @ Kingston
DECEMBER
3 – @ Erie; 5 – vs. Belleville, 10 – @ Guelph; 12 – @ Barrie; 16 – vs. Sault Ste. Marie; 17 – @ Sarnia; 19 – vs. North Bay; 31 – vs. Mississauga
JANUARY
2 – vs. Peterborough; 4 – @ Owen Sound; 6 – vs. Oshawa; 7 – @ Erie; 9 – vs. Windsor; 12 – @ Mississauga; 14 – @ Guelph; 15 – @ Plymouth; 16 – vs. Sudbury; 19 – @ Belleville; 21 – @ London; 23 – vs. Kitchener; 28 – @ Kitchener; 30 – vs. Sarnia
FEBRUARY
3 – vs. Guelph; 4 – @ Kitchener; 5 – @ Windsor; 11 – @ Guelph; 12 – vs. Ottawa; 17 – vs. Erie; 18 – @ London; 20 – vs. Owen Sound; 24 – vs. Plymouth; 25 – @ Mississauga; 27 – vs. Mississauga
MARCH
2 – vs. London; 4 – @ Sarnia; 5 – vs. Kitchener; 9 – @ Windsor; 10 – @ Sault Ste. Marie; 16 – vs. Guelph; 18 – @ Owen Sound; 19 – vs. Erie; 24 – @ Kitchener

Bateman, Woods Join NHL Ranks

Centre Jeff Bateman made history as he became the first Battalion player chosen in the NHL Draft on June 26 in Boston.
The 17-year-old Belleville, Ontario native was chosen in the fourth round (126th overall) by the Dallas Stars. Bateman, who stands 6′ and weighs 162 pounds, scored 23 goals and added 35 assists last season and was one of only two Brampton players to appear in every game. He will be Brampton’s first line centre next season.
Defenceman Brad Woods was taken in the sixth round (169th overall) by the Florida Panthers. The 6′ 4″ 185 pound, 18-year-old native of Cambridge, Ontario scored one goal and five assists in 58 games for the Battalion last season.

TEAM SELECTS CZECH DEFENCEMAN IN CHL IMPORT DRAFT

The CHL held its annual Import Draft on July 8.
The Battalion used the fourth pick in the first round to select Rostislav Klesla, a 6′ 3″, 190 pound, 17 year old defenceman from the Czech Republic.
Klesla spent last season with the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League. In 54 regular season games he scored 4 goals and added 12 assists. He scored two goals in five playoff games with the Musketeers.
Brampton declined to pick in the second round of the draft, held July 9.

JONES REPLACES O’BRIEN AS ASSISTANT COACH

In June the team announced that former Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds assistant coach Bob Jones would be replacing Rob O’Brien.
Jones, a native of the Sault who spent four years as a Greyhounds assistant, got the job after O’Brien left the club to accept a job in Australia.
The 29 year old Jones played four seasons for the Greyhounds and was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 1988. He officially assumes his post on August 16.
Battalion head coach and Director of Hockey Operations Stan Butler is pleased to have Jones joining his staff.
“I’m very happy to acquire an assistant coach with four years coaching experience in the Ontario Hockey League,” said Butler. “I think he will be a great addition in the development of players and continue the fine job Rob O’Brien did last season.”
“I jumped at the opportunity to work with a coach of Stan’s magnitude,” said Jones. “I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

BATTALION NOTES: Draftee Matt Grenier, a centre from Kenora taken in the second round of June’s OHL Entry Draft, was invited to the selection camp for the Team Ontario under-17 squad. Grenier was one of 35 players chosen for further evalaution between September and November.