IS ALL WELL IN BLIND RIVER?

Is this the last season in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League for the Blind River Beavers?

The reason this question is being asked in the first place is because high-ranking members of the Beavers hockey department have not been shy in saying that they wouldn’t be surprised if Blind River was not part of the NOJHL come the 2012-13 season.

I have since been advised by sources with knowledge of the situation that while money is tight — as it usually is — within the small-market Blind River franchise, it is definitely the intention of the Beavers organization to continue to operate next season and beyond.

To be sure, attendance is down in Blind River this season, and in the NOJHL’s smallest market, every penny counts.

Personally, I am a fan of the Blind River Beavers. I have good friends and good contacts who live there and who have been supporters of the Beavers since the franchise came into existence. And back in 1975-76, I did some work as colour commentator for Beavers play-by-play broadcasts on erstwhile radio station CJNR.

To me, Blind River — and the NOJHL — just would not be the same without the Beavers.

Perhaps, though, what the Beavers have been lacking the past couple of seasons is the presence of franchise founder and erstwhile majority investor Don Lees Jr.

Don vacated his roles as Beavers general manager and member of the Board of Directors at the beginning of last season, citing that he needed to devote more time to the Milltown Motors General Motors car dealerships that his family operates in both Blind River and Elliot Lake.

Don is from Blind River, he and one of his sons, Brock Lees, are both former goalies with Beaver teams from the old International Jr. Hockey League as well as the NOJHL. Without question, Don is a well-respected hockey and businessman within the community.

Methinks — and I am far from alone — that the Beavers would be well-served by the return and the presence of Don Lees.

At present, the Beavers hockey department is made up of head coach Jim Capy, assistant coach Rusty Joncas and general manager Jim Yardanoff. Only Joncas resides in Blind River, with Capy and Yardanoff both living and working in Sault Ste. Marie, which is a three-hour round-trip away.

Which, to some, is cause for consternation in Beavertown.

66 thoughts on “IS ALL WELL IN BLIND RIVER?

  1. upfront

    Well the Birds finally lost.

    It certainly was not a great game both teams played terrible There were alot of fluky goals and a alot of penalties that were called and ones that should have been to much inconsistency.

    Congrats to the Eagles for the win and ending the streak.

    Now I would like to say how disappointed I am with the way a few of the Eagles players conducted themselves while watching the game I understand you want to chirp the ref but using foul language and gestures is unacceptable.

    Have a little more respect and manners, Eagle players!

  2. Leafsrock

    Re: dis-respecting referees:

    Coaches need to address this problem….for all teams…shut the players up and let the coach or captain speak to the ref!
    Coaches also need to be a MODEL for behaviour.
    Profanity by players on the bench should be an immediate two minute bench minor, which occurs enough times. Teams will get the message, there are enough recourses to address officiating without condoning juvenile delinquency! I am sure to ruffle feathers on this one!

  3. kurlydo2000

    Well Swassy oops I mean McCharles you did not stop the bleeding and if you keep playing No 77 he is going to cost NB lots of games that guy should be reviewed for his dirty hits he goes for the head all the time … way to go Eskies

  4. icedogs3

    Blind River is attempting to build their team as the season progresses, only to hit opposition from the Soo Eagles coach, at least that is what I am told.
    Could it be that Bruno thinks the 2nd to last place team will be able to compete with the second pace team in the league?
    I believe that Bruno has held on to players, turned down teams who wanted these players, only to release them as the season progressed.
    If Bruno does not want these boys he should do the right thing and let them go to a team that does. Be happy they are moving on, that is what a Coach-GM is suppose to do, right?

  5. stick

    Nice to see the Eskis back following coach Gagne’s system against NB. There is not much to give between the 2 teams so disipline really counts and this is were the NB boy’s lack. Congrat’s to #16 Jordan Delaurier getting pick for the prospects game in BC this coming weekend.

  6. no blood no foul

    Hey Commish Mazzuca,
    I see in the game recap sheet between Soo T-birds and Blind River that 2 T-Birds players got a major and game misconduct for blows to the head, are they going to get 3 games suspension like others? or special treatment!!??

  7. volcolmatic

    Icedogs3, You shouldn’t go opening your mouth about Coach Bruno unless you have facts.Here are a few, any player that coach Bruno releases, can go play for the Beavers or any other team if they want to. He has asked a couple of boys and they refused to show if a trade was made. Here are a few other facts Tomassi and the d-man from southern michigan were sent there by Coach Bruno. Quit making excuses for the Beavers lack of success this season. Coach Bruno lets players go where ever they want and even finds places for them to go if they do release them. Know your facts or keep quiet.

  8. Just a fan

    to volcomatic:
    I personally know the player icedog is referring to. The player in question started last year as an Eagle but was moved to a different NOJHL team early on in the 2010/2011 season. He completed the year with that team. This season he started the year on a team in a different Canada hockey league . He was released by that team and then choose to join the Beavers at their invitation. I’ve heard from both the player and his mother that the Eagles are trying to claim his playing rights. The kid has no desire to play for the Eagles, and hasn’t played for them in over a year. He has already missed playing in 2 games with the Beavers because of this. Those are just the facts.

  9. volcolmatic

    To just a fan:
    If you spoke with this player’s mother then she should have told you that this player was the Eagles property all along in which the trade agreements states (which was signed by this player himself ) that at the end of the season he will be returned to the Eagles.
    The Eagles had no problem dealing him to another team. The team he went to refused to acknowledge the trade agreement and so did the player. In short not only was the player literally stolen from the Eagles, but that same team is trying to make money off him by selling him to the Beavers.
    What’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong, and this is wrong. That’s why the Commish has been working on this to try and make everybody happy.
    The Eagles have no problem with this player going to the Beavers as long as they get just compensation for him that they should have had originally.
    These are just the facts.

  10. Randy Russon Post author

    icedogs3 and Just a fan,

    Volcolmatic is correct in what he says. The player in question is 1992 birth year defenceman Adam Newkirk. It was the Commissioner of the NOJHL, Robert Mazzuca, who at first did not sign off on the trade that sent Newkirk to Blind River from a team in the Central Jr. Hockey League because the player’s NOJHL rights still belonged to the Soo Eagles. I am advised that Blind River and the Eagles have since agreed to compensation and that the NOJHL Commissioner has okayed Newkirk to play for the Beavers.

  11. sigs2011

    Am a bit disappointed at the lack of data appearing on nojhl.com

    Transactions: none since October 13th; could this be accurate?
    Suspensions: there were a slew, then nothing since October 30th. Eskis’ Kealy Cummings was suspended for 2x games but that isn’t reflected.
    Plenty of Checking from Behind and Checking to the Head, both of which are on this and many other commish’s sh*t lists. Are there different categories of these transgressions?

  12. American Eagle

    Word is that the Eagles are looking at more players maybe another Goalie to go along with Puig I dont know what is up with the other 2 kids but the Eagles bottom line is they are chasing another championship and this rivelry with the Thunderbirds is all so good. As for Coach Bruno ever holding a player back you people who say so must be kidding – he trades Klinehans to the Zoo Birds the Eagles #1 nemisis.

    “eaglefan” where are you I miss your obzervations? and even Peachy is quiet hehehehehehe

    GO EAGLES GO BEAT THE DIRTY BIRDS AND THE BIG BAD BEAVERS!!!

  13. Brother99

    Congrats to the TBirds for staying on the top twenty list.

    RR still like to see you do an article on the Canadain East Team selection process. Just stinks that the NOJHL is not represented. Maybe we need to get one of those former NHLer’s players that has an interest in the NOJHL to get involved to promote the league in this process. An article on the subject couldn’t hurt.

  14. Randy Russon Post author

    A reminder that the Hockey North Show airs tonight at 6 p.m. on ESPN 1400 Radio. on line: stream.1400espn.net

  15. Eskisfan

    So it appears no NOJHLer’s made Team East for the World Jr A challenge but we had what RR calls the best D in the league in Corey Jackson along Greg Sartoretto, Jake Wright, Bryson Lipinkski all try out, unfortuantely no one made it. Not much you can say about that. not sure who decides what kids get to go to camp but the ones that were selceted to go, simply didn’t make it. Not sure what the fuss is about. Other northern boys who attended camp (but play in leagues outside the NOJHL) are Sudbury’s Ryan Johnston and Adam Richie along with Aidan Wright from Wawa, Aiden Wright being the only Northern boy to actually crack the roster. Do i think the best players from the league were sent there? maybe not but i don’t know details on eligibility. Need to remember, this group is one of two representing Canada on the World stage and i certainly don’t believe Hockey Canada should be sending kids from the NOJHL just so we have representation. I’m ok with limiting the politics, even if it’s not in our best interest.

    There is some consolation in that the Abitibi Eskimos Jordan Delaurier and the Soo Tbirds Fraser Turner are playing for Team East in the CJHL Propospect’s game.

    BTW, I thought Jordan Turbide was supposed to debut as Blue Devil in last week’s game. Also, do the Blue Devils have another website? they’ve had that camp details page for 4 months now. I mean how long does is take to build a site? arguably a team’s biggest recruiting tool and prospective players have zero to look at or gather information!

  16. Mike

    Strange trade for the Cubs last week. They now have 13 forwards (plus Zagardo who’s really a forward playing D) and five defensemen (Blacksmith is still on the roster but has quit). They have tons of firepower up front but are thin on D and have no defenseman coach at all. If the rumours are correct, they may only have 4 Ds soon. One would think that more trades or signings are just around the corner to bolster this defense.

  17. Randy Russon Post author

    Further to the Adam Newkirk “property” saga:

    I have in my possession all signed documents relating to his trade from the Soo Eagles to Temiscaming last season and further documents stating that his playing rights were to return to the Soo Eagles this season.

  18. North

    It’s true Mike, as in their last game the Cubs only had 3 d for the game. The trade for more forwards makes no sense when they refuse to acknowledge some of the talent on their own team. Coach still uses Leroux and D.Haines as last options even though they continue to score when they are given icetime.
    The teams real issue is on the blue line and if they ever shored up this issue they can contend—if they don’t, they won’t have a chance. That first pass out of your own end is the most important. Looks like Gagnon may have left the team which leaves huge gaps on d (they need 2 or 3 legit d).

    Also , still many rumors around re:$$ issues-the kids have received no bags, sweatsuits,hats,etc….and yet they paid their $$$$.

  19. just a fan

    Randy: If a team holds the playing rights to a player in the NOJHL do those rights not extend to any team under the Hockey Canada umbrella ? In the case of Mr.Newkirk wouldn’t the Eagles of had a claim to his rights when he was playing in Kanata? If so why did they not exercise those rights then?

  20. fanman

    So the Eagles received compensation from the trade made last year and now they receive another compensation for the trade this year? Not bad, two compensations for one player.

  21. AlaskanEagle

    Wait a second, so someone (icedogs3 and Just a fan) was spouting off at the mouth about something they have no factual knowledge of on the internet? Consider me shocked.

  22. eaglefan

    I stand to be corrected, but the Eagles traded the players rights for one year. At the end of the one year deal, no matter where the player ended up playing the prior year, the players rights reverted back to the Eagles. The player knew this when he signed the deal and the receiving team knew this as well. We don’t know whether the Eagles received compensation in the first place, but they do retain the right to negotiate with whomever may want the player now.

    This may bother some people, but get over it! It happens all the time and may I further suggest, before anyone smears another, for their apparent lack of compassion towards a player, that they get their story straight before talking out loud about that person’s character. Or, at the least, sign your name to the accusation!!

  23. Randy Russon Post author

    fanman,

    For the record, the Eagles received nothing from Temiscaming for Adam Newkirk last season. They were good enough to provide the kid with a place to play and help out a team that was in need of players.

  24. just a fan

    I never “smeared” anyone or made any accusations of any wrong doings. I was the billet for Mr. Newkirk last season were I became his friend and continue to be. He is an exceptional young gentelman and I speak to him often. I was not privey to the transaction that brought Adam to Temiscaming. I do know that Adam wasn’t happy playing For the Eagles and had no intentions of returning there. If worse came to worse and things couldn’t be worked out he was prepared to return to Temiscaming to play. I take offence to Adam or any player being refered to as “Property”
    Volcolmatic I was told of an agreement and was informed that the copy in the players possession is unsigned by him. Adam started this season playing for Kanata where his playing rights were not an issue it was only on his return to the NOJHL that his rights came into question. If those rights belonged to the Eagles then they are justified in excersing them. It’s my belive that the Eagles had no intentions of having Adam as a part of their team. And were soley interested in their “property” rights. And you wonder why the GMHL is around.

  25. Mike

    North : read this article from the summer http://www.sudburysports.com/?content=articles.php&articleId=3873

    According to Ginson, the solution for a standout D is already on the team. All is well again in Cubs land.

    BTW, the team does really very heavily on its first line and those players have produced – but what team uses the same players for the whole 2 minutes of a PP? I also heard Gagnon is leaving. Is it because of the coaching staff as rumored? I know he surrendered his C not too long ago.

  26. North

    That article was prior to the season and has no bearing as it can be trashed…lol
    I believe that is why Gagnon left (rumored) as the coaching style is a negative one. Putting down kids doesn’t work like the old days and as I mentionned they refuse to acknowledge some of the talent on the team (ie.Leroux,D.Haines) and play the AP’d Wolves players way to much.
    The top line produces and I have no issue with the amount of ice they get but in the manner (shifts are to long).
    The issues around the team are not with the players as they all get along great. They do need to find 2 D and it may show tonight against the T-birds.
    On a side note-hard time digesting Esposto suspension as I was at that game and there was no call on the play (I thought there should have been a boarding call) but last time the t-birds were in Sudbury, M.Sartteretto slew footed #12 real bad behind the play and no review . In my mind it was a far more dangerous play for a players safety.

  27. Mike

    North – the player Ginson raves about in this article as capable of playing both F and D is still with the team I believe. You guys are down to 3 or 4 Ds. Isn’t it time for this player to finally play some D? So it still has bearing unless Ginson was out to lunch in his assessment or the player is not with the team anymore.

    Offensively, this team will dominate notwithstanding the negativity and the favouritism. There’s just too much talent there – from the first line to the third. But championship teams are built around goaltending and defence first and foremost. An experienced, knowledgeable coaching staff also helps. Coaching the Valley East Rebels A team does not qualify IMO

  28. kenadian

    So if Gagnon’s gone the Cubs attendance is also going to take a hit, he’s got at least a half-dozen people in his entourage at the games and they’re the ones who are doing most of the cheering…

    Maybe it’s time to get the owner up here to see how the organization’s being run and look at the problems 1st hand instead of (probably) relying on his kid’s assessment…

    Or is it a case of buying the team so his kids have a place to play? And when they’ve moved on he folds/sells?

    Remember the Cubs are supposed to host the Dudley next year, and if the rumors of a cash problem are true how’s it going to improve next year with the added costs of hosting?

  29. eaglefan

    just a fan,
    I must be the one you are referring to, as to the reference of ‘smearing’ someone, since I am the only writer who made reference to such.

    I was not referring to you. Icedogs3 has the courage to hide behind his keyboard and smear peoples’ good names, without having the whole story and without providing their own ‘good’ name. I understand your dilemma with the concept of players being ‘property’, but your beef is with the league or Hockey Canada. Each team has ‘x’ number of cards. Once those cards are used, they (the teams) live with their choices. The property concept protects the league from itself and other ‘vulture’ teams.

    In the meantime, your concern for the young man is to be commended, as is your volunteering to billet these players, making you a vital part of the success of the program!

  30. upfront

    Hey Commish Mazzuca, // No Blood No Foul

    I see in the game recap sheet between Soo T-birds and Blind River that 2 T-Birds players got a major and game misconduct for blows to the head, are they going to get 3 games suspension like others? or special treatment!!??

    In Response

    First of all get ALL the facts straight the T-Bird players received Minor Penalties in that game and if you had watched the replay you cannot make the call yes you can see there was some sort of hit but not clearly to warrant a 3 game suspension.
    Besides Commissioner some one writes it on the Blog and you review it ????? Start watching all the game tapes and reviewing hits
    Others players have been given 2 games for major hits to the head others have been given more and some less
    So where is the consistency
    I understand that hits to the head ,checks from behind etc need to be taken out of the game Shouldn’t these be reviewed by a panel .board or referee in chief this is way to much power for one guy .

  31. kenadian

    Cubs are a MESS. You have a coach obviously in over his head with the PLAYERS running the team.
    4 D dressed, Gagnon announced in the lineup but wasn’t dressed. Scott takes 2 STUPID penalties (but hey the owners kid can do whatever he wants eh coach….and still get a regular shift) 1st one was after a Soo player was called for a penalty nullifying a Cubs PP. 2nd was a interference call no where near the play. Read the article in the Sudbury Star where he addresses the penalty situation, but again coach talk is cheap.
    And Lizotte must be in the doghouse…had 2 shifts (by my count) YET they only had 10 F and 4 D DRESSED!
    Cubs has 2 shots 15 minutes into the game… think they got a few extra shots on their total…
    And they are hosting the Dudley next year!?!? Sad really sad run organization top to bottom, guess that’s why Verreault got out…!

  32. upfront

    Hey
    No Blood No Foul / Commissioner Mazzuca

    I see in the game recap sheet between Soo T-birds and Sudbury Cubs that a Cubs players got a Penalty for Checking to the head, is he going to get 3 games suspension like others? or special treatment!!??

  33. American Eagle

    Cant wait for the “Border Battle” on Saturday as it is always so entertaining to watch the Eagles and the Thunderbirds. I am hoping that the Eagles teach the dirtiest team in the NOJHL a lesson as really the Thunderbirds are a team full of “cheap-shot artists” especally Connelly, Delayer and a couple of little weesels who are always hacking Eagles players behind the play.
    GO EAGLES GO! GIVE THE DIRTY BIRDS A BATH!

  34. butch turcotte

    Was in attendance at the 6-5 OT Trappers-Eskis game last night. Trappers looked as if the had the game “in the bag” until a 5-minute major goaltender interference infraction by a Trapper player with about 7 minutes left in the game. Eskis went on the PP. They scored 3 times in the first two minutes to tie the score and the locals weathered the last 3 minutes to send the game into OT. Traps win on a goal in the first minute of OT. The Eskis scored all their goals on the PP. The key to their PP is #10 Begin. He is the QB and if you can shut him down you will be more successful on the PK. I would play man-to-man on him and let the PP become a 4 on 3. I think the results would be more favorable. Anyways, after 3 minutes and 31 seconds Begin decided it was time for a break and he headed to the bench. I can’t fathom a Coach allowing a player to remain in the play for that long. Good for team chemistry, I don’t know. Granted Begin is gifted but to remain on the ice for that period of time is unreal. Uncross your arms coach and give someone else a chance to display their skills. Bush league as far as I am concerned…..

  35. North

    Kenedian I agree with you re:the stupid penalties and the lack of discipline(#77). Also Lizotte played more that game then in most but hardly ever sees the ice. I do want to ask you one question-you keep mentionning that certain players are running the team-can you enlighten on who? I don’t see it and am curious. I do believe that the coach has his favorites that actually are starting to play more then the big line. Also placing your 2 of your top 3 scorers on d for the powerplay takes away some of the creativity down low in my opnion.
    Also the coach did not take advantage of line matchups as home team–never took advantage of matching the strength to the 3rd and 4th lines! On a positive note I don’t believe they are far off if they get 2 legit d.
    upfront-why do you feel it is an automatic 3 game suspension? Not all penalties for hits to the head are suspensions as the new rule is borderline calls at times. They are reviewed on the true intent I believe.

  36. upfront

    I don’t believe that all hits to the head are 3 game suspensions but it seems when The Commish feels like it he gives suspensions for what ever resaon he comes up with or what he reads on the game sheet whether it be checks to the head or hits etc . I don’t think all the teams are calling him to say have a look at this penalty and that one etc etc etc. I do believe the Commish has to much power for one guy should there not be a review panel not a dictatorship. I watched the game tape and I was also at the game. The player did not get hurt in that case as he [commish] stated in fact he took the face off right after not to mention he chirped the T Bird player .There was another check to the head that game with no suspension to that player So what justified the decision ??? It makes no sense and there is no consistency

  37. upfront

    American Eagle
    The T birds are 4 in penalty min not #1 Eagles are right behind them Maybe if the Eagles didn’t have such Homer Refs it may be different.

    As for the players you mention at least they back up what they say or do but if all theses cheap shots are taking place behind the play I guess your blind refs miss it are there not 2 of them on the ice ??? lolol Try watching the whole game and seeing 2 colors .Watch the Eagle players who hide behind cages or skate away after they stick someone you may have a different out look but I think not.

  38. eskisfan

    Begin spends nearly the whole PP out there, but if you watch Begin skate, you can clearly see he doesnt use a whole lot of energy. it’s all about his on ice vision. if you can play smart hockey, you don’t need to run around like a maniac.

    Down by 3, you have 5 minute penalty it’s a great opportunity to get back in the game. Personally, i don’t think i’d want anyone out on the ice other than the most offensively gifted player in the league. Need to remember, when you score, you get a break, another break after the second goal, Gagne might of called a timeout like he does here if he figures M.A needs a break. Another thing I’ve noticed is that teams often use their best checkers to try and control him on the PP, he tuckers those guys out and once he’s off the ice, teams let their guard down, those checkers go off figuring they shut down the threat, only to have the Eskis burry one. Not saying that is what happened on the 5th goal last night, I wasn’t there but i have seen it happen here. (was M.A on the ice for the 5th goal? he didnt’pick up a point on it!)

    Every time i read the Nugget McCarthy is quoted on saying they need to avoid the Eskis PP & watch Begin cuz he’ll hurt you. Apparently easier said than done. playing man to man, you better make sure you don’t get called for another penalty cuz with Begin working the 5 on 3,you can just about concede a goal.

    All that ice can be an issue. I have no idea how the players feel about Begin being on the ice so much on the PP. I can tell you they all know he’s their marquee player and if the team winning or picking up point in the standings comes before an individual wanting more ice, then it’s not an issue. If that ain’t the case, well then the coach has another issue on his hands altogether. Pick your poison.

    In the end, did it all pay off and help the eskimos pick up a point? certainly appears so. Actually it helped them pick up 3 of a possible 4 points in the home & home and the Eskis remain 1st in the east.

    Congrats to the Trappers on the win, season series is much closer than the record indicates and stealing a win from the Eskis was only a matter of time.

    hopefully the Eskis can distance themselves a lil further with a win against the Cubs on Saturday night.

  39. stick

    Tried to watch the game on Fast Hockey last night what a disapointment between the reloading and loosing the single more than once (especially in the last few minutes) I was sorry I had spent the money. Is it this bad all the time?

  40. just a fan

    Allen Avery is playing in the OJHL for the North York Rangers. He’s played in 5 Games and has a 5-3-1-1 record with a 3.16 GGA and a 0.904 SV%

  41. stick

    should be the same in the Igloo, Eskis will want to get Suds back from the 9-3 thrashing last Wed. Go Eskis Go

  42. upfront

    Once again the T-Birds beat the refs and the Eagles…
    I have seen alot of bad reffing in my day but tonight definitely made the top 5 worst called games that I have ever seen.

  43. stick

    Entertaining game at the Igloo tonight, great goaltending at both ends. Both teams missed on a lot of good scoring chances. Eskimos will need to find a few more top end players to be able to compete with the 2 Soo and Sud teams. Gagne’s coaching can only take them so far.

  44. SooFan

    Hey Randy Birds may have battled back – but they battled the entire game – I’m not sure if you were at the game but 5 on 5 the TBirds definitely have the advantage – but 3-5 or even 4-5 not so much! I have to agree with Upfront the refs got frustrated (not sure how much was said on the ice from my seat) but they turned on the TBirds it was a terribly ref’d game they did not work together – a good example was the 4th or 5th Eagles goal was definitely a high-stick NO CALL – Jake was to use your words “vicious”ly hit from behind NO CALL – the Key to the TBirds victory was their Penalty Kill (Amadio, Micky, Campbell & Wright)! Goaltending (again) was much better then the Eagles… The Eagles did not deserve any better that’s a cliche (IMO) the TBirds just wanted the win and right now are a better team – the game last night and the standing clearly show that! So let’s not cheapen the TBirds victory the Eagles are a good team and took advantage of at least a half dozen questionable calls and still couldn’t beat the TBirds – enough said…

  45. Randy Russon Post author

    SooFan,

    Yes, I was at the game last night. Saw it with my own two eyes. As you did with yours. Enough said.

  46. Blueliner

    An excerp taken from the Timmins Daily Press. For the full story go to their website.

    The Eskimos spent a lot of time in their own zone during the first two periods.

    “We had miscues, we had turnovers, it was just non-stop,” Gagne said.

    “Then, the third period was much better. You didn’t see any turnovers in the neutral zone. You didn’t see any two-on-ones, three-on-ones against us.

    “So, where was that coming from, that we didn’t see it in the third period?

    I like this. Mr. Gagne is really good with words. I especially like the last line.

    Anybody who knows a little bit about hockey, knows exactly where that came from, Sudbury backed off, Mr. Gagne. Just as a reminder, Sudbury still outshot Abitibi in the third period.

    The only way Abitibi can beat the Cubs, is with the Cubs being one or two men short, although last night, that didn’t even work.

    Sorry for being so brutally honest…..IMHO

  47. North

    The Cubs are still in need of 2 d as a couple of the goals last night were soft. Both teams played short and I thought there was lots of turnovers in both ends. Still don’t like the stupid penalties that either Scott boys take each and every game…and they are soft and has nothing to do with initiating the play IMO. They are usually after a whistle or going into a pill-up.
    Not sure how, but when I left the game Begin had 2 a and today it’s 3—-maybe the rumors of the home phantom assists are true?
    If the Cubs improve the back end with the return of Esposto-they can challenge as they will spend more time in transition and moving up the ice.

  48. kurlydo2000

    Blueliner. Just relax a bit you you might be eating your words at the end.
    Paul is one of the best coach in this LEAGUE and im sure he knows what we need to have a little more power where needed.At least our Abitibi club is run by our coach not by the players like the Cubs do and we are still on top no 1 hahahahahahahah

  49. North

    kurlydo2000—what do you base your comments on re:players running the team. Can you tell me who you are referring to?
    And I’d play out the season before starting to boast—you are good as your last game and I believe the Cubs won the last 2 ;)
    I fully respect that coach Gagne will make adjustements and is the better coach between both teams-but the Cubs are weak on d but are creative on offense.
    I trully feel that both teams need to make moves to compete with the tbirds and eagles.

  50. kenadian

    My post about the players (CUBS) running the team is in reference to their lack of disipline (the shelfish penalties) and lackluster play in their own end.
    A few [can] seeminly take these penalties and aren’t benched/reduced icetime (like the rest of the team) and these same few don’t like to backcheck or help out in the defensive zone, or are slow coming back and hover near the blueline. Too bad some of the hustle when they have the puck/scoring chance isn’t used in the defensive aspect of their game.

    I don’t have any 1st hand knowledge of any players etc maybe i phrased it wrong but it’s still happening and sends mixed messages to teh other players….

  51. Chawboo

    Just read that Adam Marceau has left the Trappers to play with Sturgeon Falls. What happened in the Bay

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