GUELPH — Kerby Rychel and Brendan Gaunce were the most coveted players available for trade in the Ontario Hockey League this season. They are veterans of the post-season, first-round NHL picks with international experience and all the intangibles that accompany that kind of pedigree.
Their respective new teams paid a hefty price – a mélange of players and picks – to bring them into the fold, the two missing pieces of a puzzle their fans hope reveals a picture of a league title and Memorial Cup berth.
But only one team can win. At the end of this series one general manager will be left to reassess this season and restock picks.
At present, Erie’s Gaunce and Guelph’s Rychel are opponents in the Western Conference final, just two steps away from that end goal. Game 1 of the series was Thursday night and both made significant contributions, though it was Guelph that skated away with the 5-4 victory at home.
Back with their former teams – Gaunce in Belleville and Rychel in Windsor – theyRead More »from Guelph, Erie benefit from blockbusters but only one can win Western final