Archives for: January 2009
It's a good thing this isn't a podcast, because my voice is completely shot after a karaoke outing last night in downtown T.O.
A few days ago when I was writing a story about Mississauga St. Michael's Majors forward William Wallen, I had the chance to chat with the Swedish winger for a bit.
It wasn't really as miraculous as it sounds, but it's good news nonetheless for the Guelph Storm and Brandon Foote.
The Guelph Storm will be without the services of goaltender Brandon Foote for the next six to eight weeks.
Made the mistake of getting off the streetcar early to stop at my local Tim Hortons on my way to work. It's very icky outside and my hair is still frozen solid.
Here are a few OHL and hockey related stories for this very cold Saturday.
Since the OHL's new helmet rules have caused such a stir in the hockey community, I thought it would be interesting to have a few more voices join the discussion for a story in today's Toronto Star.
The OHL will announce new rules regarding helmets today at the Top Prospects Game in Oshawa.
Sorry it’s taken a while for me to get back here, but with the non-stop trade action the last few days I needed a little blogging break. I spent yesterday morning driving to Oshawa for the very emotional farewell for former Generals John Tavares and Michael Del Zotto.
The Oshawa Generals have called a press conference for tomorrow at 10 a.m. to presumably make their final tearful Tavares goodbyes in front of the assembled hoards of media.
Niagara has sent goalie John Cullen to Kingston for a 5th round pick in 2010.
In another Oshawa move today...
Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors have acquired defenceman David Corrente from the Oshawa Generals in exchange for the Majors third-round draft pick in 2009.
Just got off the phone with London GM Mark Hunter five minutes ago and he said, "We can not confirm (the John Tavares deal) yet because it is not finalized."
Just to clarify for some readers who have sent emails: OHL teams aren't able to consider a deal "finalized" until the league office approves it -- so this deal is likely done on paper, but still pending approval.
More to follow...
Back on the case this morning. A few readers have emailed me asking what Belleville Bulls head coach and GM George Burnett said -- exactly -- yesterday when I asked him about whether they are actively pursuing Oshawa's John Tavares.
Well today has been fun, though I'm sure this is only the beginning.
I've had the opportunity to catchup with a lot of people in the OHL over the past couple of days and intend to make more calls tomorrow.
Here's the latest from the Plymouth Whalers after an interview with Whalers head coach and GM, the always amiable Mike Vellucci.
Brampton lands defenceman Josh Day and winger Andrew Merrett from the IceDogs for Mike Hasson and a 3rd rounder in 2009.=
The Plymouth Whalers have traded goalie Jeremy Smith, 19, and OA winger Patrick Lee to the Niagara IceDogs in exchange for a 2nd and 8th round picks in 2010 and a 4th pick in 2011.
The Belleville Bulls have acquired fourth-year veteran Luke Pither from the Guelph Storm in exchange for a second round pick in 2010.
Please be patient, I am but one lowly OHL reporter with two phones and a maxed out inbox. email@example.com
Rangers GM and head coach Steve Spott has completed a deal sending Ben Shutron and Josh Unice to Windsor. Here are the full details and quotes from Spott...
As promised, here's an update on the John Tavares trade front.
It's about time...
The Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors have acquired forward Kale Kerbashian in a trade with the London Knights, in exchange for Zac Rinaldo. The team also swaps conditional third-round picks in 2012.
Just when I thought the hype surrounding the John Tavares trade speculation couldn't get any more ridiculous, I made the mistake of tuning in Sportsnet.
The Plymouth Whalers received a boost today from the AHL's Albany River Rats with the return of veteran defenceman Brett Bellemore.
Since my first post went up there has been some new info passed my way, so thanks OHL celebs.
The Oshawa Generals have sent out the following press release to various media outlets:
Since we're only a few days away from the Jan. 9th trade deadline, I thought I should start letting y'all know about what I'm hearing from various sources throughout the league.
The Sudbury Wolves have decided to go down a familiar path by reacquiring 19-year-old forward Akim Aliu.
I'm not sure if the Erie Otters are fans of Saturday Night Live but their promotion for Saturday night's game against the Kitchener Rangers is one that Will Ferrell would certainly approve of.
A big thank you to a reader from Kingston who uploaded the Jesse Messier goal I blogged about earlier in the week.