Thursday, 25 November 2010

Some Things I Think I Think...

...lots of noice coming from the Ontario Hockey League about their 'new' fighting policy that goes into effect this weekend. One has to wonder, however, where the OHL was when the Western Hockey League adopted a similar policy prior to the 2008-2009 season (or, more than TWO YEARS AGO). More on the new OHL rule and the WHL's success with the same from Dave Pollard, QMI Agency here...

...if Jr. Hockey Leagues were really serious about curbing fighting, maybe one step they could take is eliminating major penalties (and, possibly, penalty minutes) as one of the statistics they use on their leaderboards.

...I was told by a source that Brayden Schenn was actually recalled and healthy scratched by the Los Angeles Kings for their game in Ottawa on Monday, and subseqently returned to Manchester to continue his conditioning stint. Isn't that interesting...'s worthwhile to note that Hockey Canada is scheduled to release the roster for the Canadian Junior Team's Selection Camp on Monday, while Schenn's 'conditioning stint' is scheduled to end on Wednesday. Will Schenn's name by on the list on Monday? Can/will he be added at a later date? BTW, the roster will be announced 'live' on TSN beginning at noon.

...Travis Hamonic is the fourth former Wheat King to make his NHL debut this season. The others are Keith Aulie (Toronto), Alexander Urbom (New Jersey) and Ryan Reaves (St. Louis).

...the WHL has to be more than a little concerned about it's attendance figures so far this season, particularly in a couple of markets. Edmonton is down 16% (743 per game) through 10 home games; Regina down 5.4% (221 per game) through 15 home games; Kootenay down 7% (176 per game) through 13 home games and Kamloops also down 7% (305 per game) through 13 home games. Overall, the WHL has seen a reduction of just 0.4% (17 per game) thanks to large increases in Seattle (+1,110), Tri-City (+396), Moose Jaw (+355) and Portland (+286).

...Brandon's attendance is down 204 per game (4.4%) through 12 home games, but I think that was to be expected after last year's Memorial Cup season. The Wheat Kings average is still 4,392 this season, or about 86 per cent capacity.

...former Wheat King Peter Schaefer will likely be released by the NHL's Vancouver Canucks on Friday, but there are no hard feelings. The Vancouver Sun has more... of the worst things to happen in the CHL so far this season is that the Russians won the Subway Super Series. Now, they'll want to continue with that overhyped event for another few years.

...I'm hearing at least four WHL teams are serious about bidding for the 2013 Memorial Cup - Lethbridge, Saskatoon, Red Deer and Kelowna. Prince George is also serious about bidding, but comments from WHL Commissioner Ron Robison last week indicated that the franchise needs to get back to more solid footing before they'd ever be considered. Will the sponsorship issues that prevent the event from being held in the United States we cleared up in time for Everett to submit a bid??

...Jacob De Serres is 6-1, 2.71 GAA, .898 SPCT in seven games with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL. Andrew Hayes is 4-4-1, 3.47 GAA, .882 SPCT in nine games with the QMJHL's Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

...suspensions are WAY UP in the WHL this seaeson. Through today (November 25), the WHL has handed out 32 suspensions for a total of 72 games. Additionally, there have been 20 fines totalling $10,500. Through this date a year ago, there had been 18 suspensions for 33 games and 13 fines for $4,750. Last season, there were 48 suspensions THE ENTIRE SEASON for 112 games and 33 fines for $16,000.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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