OHL West Division Preview

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An early look at the wild, wild OHL West Division. All data in
parenthesis indicate last year’s totals:

SARNIA (32-21-13; third place, OHL West; eliminated in first round of
playoffs by Plymouth in five games). THEY’VE MOVED ON: RW/C Jon Sim (44-50-
90); D Shane Kenny (11-21-32); D Marek Posmyk (8-16-24); Tim Verbeek (17-17-
34). THEY MIGHT BE BACK: G Greg Hewitt (3.10 in 18 games) and G Patrick
DesRochers (3.35 in 56 games). SUMMER DEALS: Acquired C Peter Sarno (33-88-
121) from Windsor for two draft choices; acquired C Peter Cava (30-60-90) and
two conditional 1999 draft choices from Sault Ste. Marie for C Chad Cavanaugh
(17-23-40) and four draft choices. KEY RETURNING PLAYERS: RW Jeff Heerema
(32-40-72), LW/C Robb Palahnuk (7-12), C Darryl Knight (17-34), RW Ivan
Novoseltsev (26-22), D Greg Willers (13-21), D Abe Herbst (1-24-25), D Ryan
VanBuskirk (8-17-25), D Dan Watson (6-15-21).
Proskurnicki (20-33-53, 229 PIM), Michael Hanson (13-22-35, 231 PIM). TOP
FIVE DRAFTS: 1st (14) LC Ryan Hare, Sarnia Jr.B; 2nd (34) RW Tyler Coleman,
Petrolia Jets Jr.B; 4th (74) LW Travis Albers, Nepean Jr.A; 5th (95) RD
Julius Halkenny, North York Jr.A; 5th (100) LD Cory Brekelmans, Strathroy

TWO QUESTIONS PER TEAM: Will Hewitt and DesRochers both return? Will
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OHL All-Star Game

by pbadmin
North Bay Memorial Gardens will be jam packed the night of January 13th.
No, the lowly North Bay Centennials haven’t started scoring, but it is the
night of the OHL All-Star game. The game is just what North Bay needs to
get Cents fans back into the game. The rosters for the game:

Team East
(x-chosen by fans)

Goal: x-Bjuar Amidovski, Toronto; Brian Finley, Barrie.

Defence: Bryan Allen, Oshawa; Sean Blanchard, Ottawa;Nicky Boynton, Ottawa;
Brian Campbell, Ottawa; Peter Hogan, Oshawa; Martin Skoula, Barrie.

Forwards: Jeremy Adduono, Sudbury; x-Sean Avery, Owen Sound; x-Scott
Barney, Peterborough; x-Mark Bell, Ottawa; Matt Bradley, Kingston; x-Kevin
Colley, Oshawa; Mike Henrich, Barrie; x-Robert Mailloux, Kingston; x-Norm
Milley, Sudbury; Justin Papineau, Bellville; x-Daniel Tkaczuk, Barrie;
x-Joel Trottier, Belleville.

Team West

Goal: Robert Esche, Plymouth; x-Mike Gorman, Kitchener.

Defence: Jeff Brown, London; Chris Hajt, Guelph; Richard Jackman, Sault
Ste. Marie; Greg Labenski, North Bay; Mark Mcmahon, Kitchener; Marek
Posmyk, Sarnia.

Forwards: x-Pete Cava, Sault Ste. Marie; Matt Cooke, Windsor; x-Jay
Legault, London: x-David Legwand, Plymouth; x-Andrew Long, Guelph; Manny
Malhotra, Guelph; x-Colin Pepperall, Erie; x-Rodney Richard, North Bay;
x-Peter Sarno, Windsor; x-Jonathan Sim, Sarnia; Jason Ward, Windsor; Brian
Willsie, Guelph.

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St. Mike’s Majors are back!

by pbadmin
Major Junior Hockey is back in Toronto. With this season’s return of the St. Mike’s Majors to the OHL, St. Michael’s College restores the heritage and the history that goes along with junior hockey in Toronto. The club has done well so far with a 6-10-5 record. They are currenlty 5th in their division.

St. Micheal’s College was founded by the Basilian Fathers in 1852. It has since been a institution with a repuations for academic as well as athletic excellence. At the beginnning of this century Father Henry Carr began to make many changes to the Catholic school. His goal was to get the school to be more like the high schools around it and to become more involved with sports. Father Carr believed that athletics halped boys develop into men. He also saw sports as a way to attract publicity.

He formed a league with other private catholic schools and success came quickly. St. Michael’s College, won the league title in 1907. The Majors continued it’s success through the decade winning title after title. This success was noticed by the NHL. Conn Smyth, the man who brought the Toronto Maple Leafs (then known as the Toronto St. Patricks), through the 1920′s began the association with St. Mike’s. In 1928 Joe Primeau was the first St. Michael’s aluminus to go onto the big leagues.
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