When the Ontario Hockey League Memorial Cup selection committee made their announcement that Guelph would be the OHL city chosen to hold the tournament for junior hockey’s holy grail, the Memorial Cup, it breathed a billow of fresh air into what’s almost surely become just another trademark of the big business of hockey, junior or otherwise. In today’s hockey, money talks. With this announcement however, perhaps not all things are just about the greenbacks.
The OHL, unlike its CHL counterparts, the QMJHL and WHL, select their host city only four and a half months before the tournament, giving the top four teams in each conference the chance to submit a bid. This season only four of those top eight, Ottawa, Erie, P.A., Barrie and Guelph made the decision to apply. Now from all reports, all four cities presented stellar bids and would no doubt be great hosts with all icing competitive clubs vying for the championship. The actual cities making the bids and their adequacies in holding such an event were never questioned. Truth is, the system the OHL has to determine their host is superior if only for the fact that the host club is almost guaranteed to be as good as, or better than, the three champions from the respective leagues. There’s no selling the farm to bulk up on talent for the championship run and the decision is made after the trading deadline so it is a truer reflection of the team’s talent. The flip side may present some nightmarish challenges for the volunteers organizing the tournament but it is a fairer system nonetheless.
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Maxime Ouellet, Goaltender, Philadelphia(AHL)
Pavel Brendl, Right Wing, Philadelphia(AHL)
Bruno St. Jacques, Defenseman, Philadelphia(AHL)
Tomas Divisek, Center, Philadelphia(AHL)
Vaclav Pletka, Left Wing, Philadelphia(AHL)
Francis Lessard, Defenseman, Philadelphia(AHL)
Jim Vandermeer, Defenseman, Philadelphia(AHL)
Joe DiPenta, Defenseman, Philadelphia(AHL)
Jesse Boulerice, Left Wing, Philadelphia(AHL)
Guillaume Lefebvre, Left Wing, Philadelphia(AHL)
Dan Peters, Defenseman, Philadelphia(AHL)
Mike Lephart, Right Wing, Philadelphia(AHL)
James Chalmers, Center, Philadelphia(AHL)
Craig Brunel, Right Wing, Philadelphia(AHL)
Kirby Law, Right Wing, Philadelphia(AHL)
There is some news to report on a few prospects and young players on the Flyers. Bob Clarke traded defenseman Jason Beckett and center Peter Hubachek to Nashville for veteran forward Yves Sarault.
This move was done in part to add more veteran leadership to a team that is a serious threat to make a run at the Calder Cup. The Flyer’s were very high on Beckett last season and he split time between the Phantoms and Trenton of the ECHL. This season however he has struggled to take the next step to become a fulltime AHL defenseman. Phantom’s center Peter Hubachek never caught on to the Phantoms and was mostly a healthy scratch after a torrid start with the Flyers in the 2001 preseason.
Neither player was thought to be a challenger for a roster spot with the Flyers anytime soon. With the trading of Beckett, this opens up space for Bruno St. Jacques and Francis Lessard. Bruno St. Jacques continues to draw rave reviews for his all around steady play.
The Flyers also have a great assembly of impressive defensemen that were drafted last year. Last year’s first round pick Jeff Woywitka has scouts impressed with his all around play. Woywitka has worked on being more of a physical presence behind the blue line.
The Flyers are in a great position to evaluate their farm system. Bob Clarke has made the first steps to prepare the organization for this summer‘s entry draft. Maxime Ouellet remains one of the hottest young netminders in the AHL. His workload has lightened since the return of veteran Neil little to the Phantom’s roster.
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I had the opportunity and privilege of talking with Jeff Crouse and Adam Smallman, two goons of the Bay County Blizzard, the most penalized team in the Continental Elite Hockey League.
The two players are good friends who met when Crouse was traded to the Blizzard after he’d requested a trade from the Downriver Bombers.
“How’d we become friends? Just through the hockey and just hit it off right away” Crouse said.
“But we get along with everyone on the team,” Smallman quickly added.
“Yep, the whole team gets along pretty good,” Crouse agreed.
“Your styles are similar,” I say.
“Oh, yeah!” Smallman replies.
Their style isn’t the finesse play of a Steve Yzerman or Sergei Fedorov, but would come closer to the crashing and banging of a Derian Hatcher or Tie Domi.
It’s the Goon Syndrome.
A goon in this case fits under the description of someone who’s been hired to intimidate the opponents. A player, who isn’t afraid to get his nose dirty, often accused of dirty plays. If they’re on your team you love them, if they’re your opponent you love to hate them.
Smallman, who is not a small man at 6-foot-3, 225 lbs., a native of Elmsdale, Prince Edward Island, has been nicknamed “Moose.”
Crouse hails from Oshawa, Ontario, and stands 6-foot-2 and weighs in at 205 lbs. Crouse’s main nickname is Crouser but is also know as the “Bounty Hunter.”
Crouse and Smallman rank 2nd and 3rd respectively on their team for most penalty minutes. Crouse has a total of 185 penalty min Read more»