For Marty Williamson, it must be like playing poker at Hogwarts — those three aces in his hand could suddenly disappear thanks to unseen forces. The lockout windfall that the Niagara IceDogs received from getting defenceman Dougie Hamilton, right wing Brett Ritchie and centre Ryan Strome from the very start of the season until they departed for Team Canada has been a big twist in the OHL season.
Now the impasse is affecting how entire league approaches the Jan. 10 trade deadline. The IceDogs have three bona fide 19-year-old stars, which usually is a prompt to load up for a playoff run. But coach-GM Williamson, whose team struggled to score Thursday without its big guns, also has to restock with draft picks as the IceDogs look to be a contender when their new arena opens in St. Catharines, Ont., in a couple seasons. Ron Burgundy was never in such a pickle.Read More »from Niagara IceDogs’ Dougie Hamilton dilemma complicates OHL trade deadline