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- Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net13 days ago
One can only imagine that Braden Pettinger and his support network are hoping for the best and bracing for the unimaginable, after the Junior A defenceman was paralyzed last week during his first game with the Portage Terriers.
- Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net15 days ago
It's nigh on impossible not get some chill bumps after seeing what happened during the North Bay Battalion's belated Remembrance Day game on Sunday.
At the end of the pregame ceremonies in the city with a proud military history, on a day where emotions were no doubt a little high in the wake of Friday's attacks in Paris, 90-year-old Second World War and Korean War veteran Lionel Murphy stepped up with a stirring interpretation of O Canada . Those who were present at the North Bay Memorial Gardens said many in the crowd of 3,393 were visibly touched by Murphy's performance.
Murphy, who served in the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII and in the Army during the Korean War, is the exemplar of making every day count. The great-grandfather had a heart attack while shooting pool less than two years ago . A quick response from other pool players and the fact the building had a newly installed automatic external defibrillator helped him survive.
- Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net21 days ago
The Saskatoon Blades are in a playoff spot after finishing last in their conference, so that constitutes being a force awakened.
Sorry, not sorry.
With the seventh, or is it 11th, or 17th Star Wars film set to be released next month, the Western Hockey League's Saskatoon Blades are getting in on the phenomenon. On Nov. 28, the Blades will wear an awesomely awful or awfully awesome novelty jersey that depicts the battle scenes on the ice planet Hoth from The Empire Strikes Back . The team says the jerseys will be sold by a silent auction during the game.
Here they are! We are wearing special Star Wars jerseys on Nov. 28th for Star Wars Night! More details tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/oFmcFWLuBt
- Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net21 days ago
With a David Branch Band-Aid affixed, the Flint Firebirds have resumed being an Ontario Hockey League team.
According to reports, coach John Gruden and assistant coach Dave Karpa are unfired. Twenty-four Firebirds players have unquit. All stakeholders in what is very much a fledgling franchise in its first year in Flint met with Branch, the OHL commissioner, following Sunday's walkout. The wildcat strike commenced after Gruden and Karpa were fired over the amount of ice time portioned out to owner Rolf Nilsen's son Håkon Nilsen, whom one agent that Sportsnet's Gare Joyce quoted called a "borderline OHL player... a seventh D." So some reasonable facsimile of an OHL team will take the ice Friday for a game against the Sarnia Sting.
- Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net22 days ago
Even those folks who were dubious about the Flint Firebirds succeeding never expected anything this catastrophic.
According to a report from OHL Insiders that was substantiated by ESPN's John Buccigross and news anchor Ryan Slocum of ABC 12 in Flint, the Firebirds fired coach John Gruden following Sunday's come-from-behind win over the Oshawa Generals. The firing evidently stemmed from Firebirds owner Rolf Nilsen's displeasure regarding the amount of ice time that his son, 17-year-old rookie defenceman Håkon Nilsen, has been receiving. Upon receiving word of the shakeup, players quit the team en masse.
Remparts bench boss Boucher puts league brass on blast; says attendance down due to lack of “robustness”Mike Sanderson at Buzzing The Net22 days ago
Quebec Remparts head coach and GM Philippe Boucher came out firing (NSFW – language warning) against the QMJHL establishment Saturday night after a game where he felt he was robbed by the officials.
Boucher had a bad night at the office Saturday, a 7-3 loss to the Saint John Sea Dogs where his team gave up three power play goals in the final frame, including two on a 5-on-3 from three Rempart penalties called on the same play, a slashing call on Massimo Carozza and two unsportsmanlike conduct calls, with one going to the man behind the bench.
Boucher fired back hard, saying that the call on Carozza was bogus, and that he can’t question referees anymore.
“I’ve coached 181 games in the league before the season started,” he started, building up steam. “I know if I want things to improve I have to improve too. I have spent time improving [myself]. In 181 games, I didn’t have a single warning.
- Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net24 days ago
Just as the typical teenage world-beater might want to be an architect one day and a marine biologist the next, so too can a hockey prospect oscillate between the college and major junior paths.
That often gets overlooked in the great CHL-NCAA debate, as most recently illustrated by Toronto Maple Leafs second-rounder Jeremy Bracco leaving Boston College to step on to the first line of the OHL's Kitchener Rangers. In Bracco's telling, his outlook, and the endgame, has simply changed from the time he was an early Harvard commit, to a BC recruit putting up big numbers for the U.S. national team development program, to deciding to push his chips in with the Rangers.
"At first I made my decision to go there to BC and I was pretty firm with that," the 18-year-old said Friday, when he contributed a primary assist to the Rangers' 3-1 road win against the Ottawa 67's. "I thought it was going to be the right move at first. As time went along, I thought I was going in a different direction. That was when I re-evaluated and decided to come here.
- Scott Sepich at Buzzing The Net26 days ago
It’s only early November, but the Vancouver Giants have already seen a season’s worth of roster turnover as they attempt to reverse a five-year downward slide on the ice and in the stands.
New coach Lorne Molleken was supposed to bring stability to the organization, but hasn’t yet been able to clean up a mess that was started when two coaches led the club to a last-place finish last season.
On one hand, the Giants seem to be angling for a playoff run this year, acquiring 20-year-old star Trevor Cox and 19-year-old NHL draftees Chase Lang and Ben Thomas in recent trades that sent three younger players and a second-round draft pick elsewhere.
On the other hand, five players have now bailed on the team this season, as Province writer Steve Ewen reported that defenceman Brennan Menell and forward Jesse Roach have departed the organization. That doesn’t bode well for a team that considers itself a playoff contender.
- Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net26 days ago
The homing instinct that allows good hockey players to see what's developing out of sight also helps them form social packs off the ice, so it's no surprise that Stephen Desrocher and Roland McKeown became friends before they even formally met.
The Kingston Frontenacs, who have an Eastern Conference-best .625 point percentage despite a three-game dry spell, cast the first stone in the OHL's trading period on Tuesday by dealing six priority selection packs (four guaranteed) to the Oshawa Generals for Desrocher, who was integral to the Gens' Memorial Cup triumph in May. The deal reunites the Toronto Maple Leafs prospect with his high school classmate McKeown, the Frontenacs' two-year captain. Kingston's also become a more seasoned team within the past two weeks, with 19-year-old left wing Warren Foegele coming aboard after a season-plus at the University of New Hampshire.
- Mike Sanderson at Buzzing The Net28 days ago
A new group is taking control of the Chicoutimi Saguenéens franchise after the previous owners called “No mas” on their agreement with the city of Saguenay, giving back the team to the city.
The former group, led by notables Alain Deschênes and former Sag and NHLer Pierre-Marc Bouchard, opted to end their seven-year contract with the city early and give up the team. A three-man group, businessmen Jean-François Abraham and Richard Létourneau and former Sag and NHL netminder Marc Denis, will take over the club for the rest of the season.
Létourneau will be the team’s president, while Abraham and Denis will be VPs, with Denis handling the hockey side and Abraham grabbing the business side.
Létourneau has admitted that the new ownership group doesn’t know the books and will have his work cut out for him.
All employees of the old ownership group have been let go, though some will surely be rehired and the firing solely symbolic.