Thursday, August 14, 2008

Hockeyless summers suck

Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament

Canada's under 18 squad has been running away with this one. So far we have defeated the USA 6-4, the Czech's 4-2, the Swiss 5-3, and the Swedes 4-3. The D's have been shutting them down big time - for example, in the game against Switzerland we faced 19 shots on net and their poor little goalie had to face 47. In the game against Sweden we had 51 shots whereas they were limited to 23. Give this Lieuwen kid some work wills ya Simon baby.

My preternaturally large baby Simon has been racking up the penalties: charging the Americans, roughing the Czechs, high sticking and hooking the Swiss, and finishing it off by slashing the Swedes - boy doesn't make the same mistake twice. Today we take on the Slovaks. What new and creative penalty will Simon be thrown in the box for*?

Links: prospects reports for the Wild feature Val d'Or's Marco Scandella while Montreal's features some old school Q boys like Jaroslav Halak (Lewiston) and Mathieu Carle (Bathurst Titan).

The Times and Transcript has a write up about Wildcats netminder Nicola Riopel and his upcoming adventures at the Habs rookie camp.

Will Mooseheads winger Jakub Voracek get to be the real number 93 in Columbus next year? If they are giving him numbers it means that the possibility of spending the 2008-2009 season with the Blue Jackets is within reach. That guy who shows up at Mooseheads games with the Voracek #20 Blue Jackets jersey totally needs to get that thing modified. Thanks to Bethany for the link.

The Sea Dogs have traded goaltender Matt Dopud to the Gatineau Olympiques. Matt played part of the 2006-2007 season with the Dogs.


Moncton Wildcats are looking for a GM. Their advert for a new GM probably starts with the words "Dear Ted, please save us".

The PEI Rocket are seeing some staff changes as well.

The Volts have hired their new goalie coach to replace Marco Marciano, who will be moving on to more gigantic and wonderful goalie coaching things.

*edit - So how did Simon Despres mix it up today against the Slovakians? - 1 goal, no penalties. Canada wins 9-1 and now advances to the Gold medal finals.

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