Archives for: June 2007
Here are some news and notes for your Saturday reading. Among them, a potential Brampton OA is heading east, while Guelph signs its 2007 first round pick.
Time for a quick rant away from hockey. What's the big deal about the iPhone? I don't understand it.
The Owen Sound Attack have scheduled a press conference for Wednesday at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre.
While it was not part of the team announcement, you have to presume it will be to announce a new General Manager. We'll keep you posted on any information we hear on this throughout the weekend.
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NOTE: This press conference was originally scheduled for Tuesday, and reported here as such, but was later re-scheduled by the team.
The Niagara IceDogs have worked out their lease with the City of St. Catharines for Jack Gatecliff Arena. As part of the deal, the team will be paying very little for ice rental.
There were plenty of moves made on this, the day of the 2007 CHL European Draft.
Bad news for OHL fans in Kingston - you can start scratching off 2007-08 games that will be played at the new Downtown Arena.
On the eve of the CHL Import Draft, the Ottawa 67's have made a roster move.
It did not take long for Patrick Kane to make an appearance in the Windy City. Just three days after being Chicago's first overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft, the London Knights forward was at Wrigley Field to take part in a local tradition.
COLUMBUS - The 2007 National Hockey League Entry Draft is in the books with 35 OHL players being selects, including one who "stole the show".
COLUMBUS - Here is loosepucks.com video from the 2007 NHL Entry Draft from here in Columbus.
COLUMBUS - Well, the time has come, the 2007 NHL Entry Draft is upon us. Here are some first-hand thoughts and observations from Nationwide Arena.
For those of you who follow the NHL Draft, do you sometimes ask "How did they end up with that pick?" Here is a list of the transactions involving draft choices for the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
COLUMBUS - Here is a chance to hear from some of the OHL's top draft-eligible players as they prepare for Friday night's NHL Entry Draft.
COLUMBUS - For a short period of time, all of Canada was safe as both Sunaya and I were south of the border. Here in Columbus, it's the eve of the NHL Draft, with the normal NHL Draft "stuff" happening.
The Canadian roster has been named for the upcoming Super Series.
Some news and notes for your Tuesday enjoyment, well I guess it's up to you to decide if it's enjoyable or not.
Last week there were reports Peterborough Petes GM Jeff Twohey was considering an offer to take a similar position with the Saginaw Spirit. The matter has now been put to rest as Twohey has signed a new three-year deal with the Petes.
In a move we first reported last week, the Saginaw Spirit have lost one of their assistant coaches as he's officially been named a head coach in the minors. Meanwhile, the Guelph Storm have announced the hiring of two assistant coaches.
On this Father's Day I figured I'd bring you this. I stumbled across a nice little story about three men from the Buffalo area who played together or against each other growing up. All three now have sons who could soon be headed to the NHL - including London Knights sniper Patrick Kane.
Loosepucks.com is pleased to announced that we will have coverage of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft from Columbus, Ohio. The festivities begin Friday night at 7pm EDT with Round One. Rounds Two through Seven will take place the following day, Saturday, June 23rd.
We will bring you reaction from an OHL perspective with interviews, audio and video from OHL players upon their selection. Be sure to spread the word and check back here next weekend as we'll be coming to you from Columbus.
While the Saginaw Spirit are currently looking to lock up their new general manager after Coach/GM Bob Mancini did not have his contract renewed, Mancini's associate coach could be headed elsewhere.
Ryan Barnes holds the OHL single season record for most penalty minutes in a season with 399 in 1998-99, split between Sudbury, Toronto and Barrie. Now, the 27-year-old has hung up his skates and become a member of the coaching ranks.
Get your pens out, starting circling those dates on the calendar - it's time to figure out road trips as the 2007-08 Ontario Hockey League Schedule has been released.
The roster for Canada's Under-18 Summer Team's Selection Camp has been announced. 40 players will compete for a spot on Team Canada, which will play at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament (formerly Junior World Cup).
The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds can add their name to the list of OHL teams that now have a waiting list for season tickets.
Niagara IceDogs defenceman Matt Corrente was as surprised as anyone to be a first round pick of the New Jersey Devils. Now, he's signed an entry level contract with the NHL club.
Forward Jordan Owens, who played last year as an overager for Mississauga, has signed his first professional contract. He has inked a deal with the AHL's Hartford Wolfpack. The Wolfpack are owned by the parent company of the New York Rangers, and serve as the top affiliate for the Rangers.
Bill Huard was no stranger to the penalty box during his hockey career. Whether it was in the OHL in Peterborough, the AHL or the NHL with Boston, Edmonton, Quebec, Dallas or Los Angeles, he knew his role. Now, he is questioning the current state of the NHL, suggesting a rule change that could bring back tough hockey, while cutting down on cheap shots.
Recently, we told you that the Guelph Storm had announced that Rafael Rotter would be returning to the team for an overage season. It appears as though one of the main reasons for his return, rather than turning pro, is because of the ankle injury that has hampered him since training camp last season.
The oldest member of the Staal brothers, and former Peterborough Petes forward Eric Staal has been named the cover man for the EA Sports NHL 08 Game.
When the Niagara IceDogs hit the ice in September, there will be a familiar face behind the bench, but for the first time, he will be the man in-charge.
This will be the shortest off-season in a long time for the Sudbury Wolves. The OHL Eastern Conference Champions may also have to come to grips with the reality of a large number of players graduating.
In a move that was foreshadowed by Patrick Kane a few weeks ago here on loosepucks.com, the London Knights have inked Cornell forward Tony Romano.
B.J. Crombeen is hoping to work his way up the ranks of professional hockey a little bit differently than others. Rather than just going OHL, AHL/ECHL, NHL, he's made a detour he's hoping will pay off in the long run.
The Niagara IceDogs are officially open for business. While their website appears to be lagging behind, they have an office, equipment at their rink, and a season ticket drive underway.
The Peterborough Petes won the 1996 OHL Championship, and hosted the Memorial Cup where they lost in the final to the Granby Prédateurs. Now, the only member of that team who is currently playing in the NHL has hoisted the Stanley Cup.
As was expected way back in January, Bobby Sanguinetti is now a member of the Brampton Battalion. It was long discussed among OHL insiders that Sanguinetti would become part of the Battalion ranks in return for many of the picks that went to Brampton at the trade deadline.
Sitting around the office trying to get "over the hump" today? Here are some of OHL-related stories to help pass the time today.
After winning two gold medals with Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships, Brent Sutter is going to return to the Canadian bench. He'll be the bench boss for Canada for the upcoming Canada/Russia Super Series to be held later this summer. Sutter will be joined by Kitchener Rangers GM/Coach Peter DeBoer as an assistant coach. Gatineau's Benoit Groulx will also be an assistant.
It's officially the end of an era in Belleville - Dr. Robert Vaughan is selling his remaining interest in the Bulls to the group lead by current majority owner Gord Simmonds. Vaughan was the driving force behind bringing the Bulls to the Friendly City.
It has been an annual tradition for many years "(insert OHL team here) selects, from the Thunder Bay Kings...." The Kings minor midget (and major bantam before the age levels were changed) teams have turned out many who have gone on to star in the OHL. But that may soon change.
The Washington Capitals have inked Plymouth Whalers goaltender Michal Neuvirth to an entry level contract. The Toronto Maple Leafs have done the same with Phil Oreskovic, who split last season with Brampton and Owen Sound. The Atlanta Thrashers now have the name of Sarnia's Tomas Pospisil on a contract as well.
During the recent Memorial Cup in Vancouver I had a chance to chat with CHL Player of the Year, and the winner of the Red Tilson Award as the OHL's Most Outstanding Player, John Tavares. Below is the transcript of our discussion.
With this being June 1, it means the trade window in the Ontario Hockey League has re-opened, and there is expected to be a flurry of deals. Expect multiple moves to come out of Sudbury in the next little while, with at least three players heading elsewhere.