LATE FEBRUARY IN THE NOJHL

…North Bay Trappers will play host to the 2013 Dudley Hewitt Cup, Central Canada Jr. Hockey Championships. Sudbury Cubs were supposed to play host to the event but they pulled out at last weekend’s Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League monthly meeting. NOJHL governors then voted to give the DHC rights for 2013 to the Trappers.

…Sources say — but the parties involved will not confirm — that the Blind River Beavers could have a new look to their hockey department next season. Should Jim Capy not return as coach and Jim Yardanoff opt to step aside as general manager, it’s expected that Bryan Verreault will take over the dual role as coach and GM of the Beavers. Verreault has a strong and extensive background as former associate coach with the Ontario Hockey League’s Sudbury Wolves and erstwhile bench boss with Sudbury’s NOJHL squad.

…I am all for the efforts of commissioner Robert Mazzuca in his attempts to make the NOJHL a safer place for its players. Mazzuca introduced the Concussion Safety Program this season and has not hesitated to hand out league-imposed suspensions on top of the automatic bans for misconduct, game misconduct and match penalties. But I do not agree with Mazzuca’s recent decision to give Soo Eagles defenceman Derek Diaz an eight-game suspension for pushing a Soo Thunderbirds player from behind at the end of last Saturday’s game between the arch-rival teams. To me, Diaz was part of a post-game scrum that included players from both teams and I saw absolutely nothing that warranted an eight-game suspension. And I’m not alone. Even president Albert Giommi and general manager Kevin Cain of the rival Thunderbirds told me they didn’t think Diaz’s actions were cause for an eight-game suspension. I like Mazzuca and have been very supportive of his performance as first-year commish but I am at extreme odds with him over the eight-game sentence he handed Diaz. Every team in the NOJHL has at least one cheap-shot player. Some teams have more. Diaz, in my books, is not a dirty player. He’s a skilled, rugged defenceman and I don’t think he deserves anywhere near an eight-game suspension for what transpired at the end of the most-recent Eagles-Thunderbirds grudge match. In fact, he shouldn’t have been given a match penalty in the first place.

83 thoughts on “LATE FEBRUARY IN THE NOJHL

  1. American Eagle

    8 games for Diaz and it’s the Thunderbirds who are the dirtiest friggin team in the entire NOJHL.

  2. Beavers1

    Capy is a good Coach but he is not well liked as in Blind River and I don’t think that he will be missed. Vereault is a name of respect in the League and this would be a positive move for the Beavs imho.

  3. Cassio

    Brian Verrault would be an AWESOME addition for the Blind River program. He is an excallant Coach and very respected in Sudbury from his many yrs with the OHL Wolves and the Junior Wolves/Cubs. This is a good man we are talking about.
    RR: I know how much you like Blind River and I hope you know what a good man the Beavers would be getting in Brian & that is with all do respect to Jim Capi.

  4. eaglesrock

    It says a lot about Mazzuca messing up the Diaz suspension when even the Thunderbird GM & Owner think it is too harsh!
    Hey Mazzuca! How come no suspension on Delayer when he threw his stik at Maclaughlin at the end of the last game at the Pullar when the Eagles beat the Goon Birds!!!???
    Oh well when the Eagles leave for the N.A.H.L. after this season then Mazzuca will have 1 less team to worry about and the Thunderbirds can play Blind Rivver 25 times every season.

  5. Sec2RowP

    Good on the Traps for stepping up for the DHC but it surprises me because I clearly remember in Guy Blanchard’s time saying after the last time NB hosted it that he would never do it again.

  6. northernlites

    I think the Birds and the Cubs must be tied for having no class what so ever, two very good teams that really dont know what class is.

  7. BirdsFan1

    well I am a TBirds Fan & I was seated right where the scrum was and Diaz didn’t do anything dirty or illegal as far as I saw. I think the reffs over-reacted to even give the kid a match penalty and Commsioner Mazzucca messed this up big time.

    If they make changes in Blind River with Capy and Yardnoff leaving I hope that Verrault keeps a Soo presence and a good idea would be to hire Charlie Murray to be his Scout for this Area. Charlie is good at the Scouting thing and a good guy to boot. Good scoop RR.

  8. Beavers1

    Interesting to hear the name of Charley Murray mentioned. Charley was with the Beavers during the Stencil days and he remains a true gentleman in the hearts and minds of many many fans here in Blind River. It was not just about the Game it-self to Charley as he would go out of his way to mingle with the fan’s and to share a laugh and a good storey or 2. Charley is very well thought of in Blind River by folks such as Gramma Beaver, the Kennedys, Reg Clarke, the Nymans etc. etc. many Beavers fans think very highly of Charley. I hope that Charley is well and I hope to see him back where he belongs in Beavertown. I enjoyed many a Saturday night sitting with Charley and his wife at the Riverside following a Beavers game. Like RR himself Charley fit in very well in Blind River just as though they were from here.

  9. Beavers1

    P.S. RR, we miss you in Blind River and at the Beavers Games! If Capy and his sidekick leave will you come back? LOL LOL. Frances and Kenny say to say “hi”!

  10. Cubs Fan

    I’m disappointed in the Cubs organization for giving up on the DHC for next year, I was so looking forward to this event right here in my backyard for a change but once again this phenomenal ownership group here in town has done a bang up job in dropping the ball when it comes to there hockey club and there fans — unbelievable man. Congrats to the Bay on our loss its now your City’s gain enjoy the Dudley next season guys !

  11. NBT#10

    Thats great News about the Dudley coming back to North Bay! Thank You Sudbury! I am sure that Chris, Tom, Randy, Brent and the Trapper Organization will do a bang-up job !

  12. Barbie Blond

    Lucky Blind River if they get Brian Vereault. Brian is a dedicated individual who has tons of respect in Sudbury’s Hockey Community. He will be a great asset to the Blind River Beavers Hockey Club.
    Now as for our Cubs…What the F— is going on???????????? Is Peachy running the show there ahahahahahahaha!?

  13. stick

    Diaz suspension is as bad as Branch’s on Brody Silk. The way the Dudley is set up now you can only lose money. Why is Jordan Turbide not playing in the Bay tonight.

  14. soo indians fan

    Huge mistake if the Eagles leave for the NAHL, and I hear they are. The team will be gone in two years in my opinion.

  15. Trapperfan

    Hosting the DHC is without a doubt full of challanges and there is always the risk of losing money with an event of this size and importance. Hats off to the Trappers organization for stepping up and letting the good folks of North Bay and area know that Jr. Hockey is here to stay for the forseeable future.

  16. North bay hockey

    I was looking at the standings in the east and it pops out with the cubs on a bit of a skid and the junior trappers on a winning streak, if the trappers pull out two wins against abitibi and the soo Sunday 1st could come down to the final game of the season vs the cubs, that is if the cubs loose to the eagles. the east is very close this year!

  17. SovEaglefan

    The Eagles are as good as gone for the NAHL from what I hear from the Eagles brass and people inside the team. I agree with Randy Russon when he says the NOJHL is as good as the NAHL, probably better. The Eagles will be just fine and they will have lots of new teams coming in, rivalries to start, and great coverage from RR, Heisler and the radio.

  18. Beavers1

    Things may be looking up for the NOJHL if Brian Verreault takes over the Beavers and if Ryan Leonard moves his Elliott Lake team from the Gong Show League to the NOJHL.

  19. Armand5

    Whether Eagles stay or go is up to them but I would think their travel budget is going to be a lot larger in the NA.

  20. Milltown Res

    RR – Can you please confirm as to wether Mr. Verrault met with Beavers Board of Directer’s last night. Than you Mr. RR

  21. North Shore

    Elliot Lake & Blind would be a great rivelry just like the old days but first lets get our new Coach-G.M. signed up!

  22. Randy Russon Post author

    Milltown Res,

    A trusted Blind River source tells me that Bryan Verreault did indeed meet with members of the Beavers Board of Directors on Thursday evening and that “the talks went well.”

  23. soo indians fan

    If the Eagles think that moving is a good idea they should look at the NAHL teams that have filed paperwork for next season. I know for a fact that at least 10 teams have missed the deadline including one Wisconsin team and two of the three Michigan teams. I hope their bus is comfortable because there are going to be some long road trips.

  24. Pascal

    Cubs team with a well ran organization like eagles or eskis would be a shoe in for the rbc cup! Imagine if they had a coach and gm? Wow would they be deadly!

  25. LeJib

    Just checked the results of Trappers at Eskies tonight, a well-deserved 6-3 win for Abitibi. Looks as if a very undisciplined style of play cost the Traps big-time.
    (I’ve often thought, in theory, ‘if you beat Abitibi’s power play, you beat Abitibi’.) However, one detail stands out as warranting an investigation. Mr.Begin was not given an assist on the Eskies’ third goal! I was not at the game, but a very reliable source informed me that he was in the building, and indeed, was dressed and on the bench at the time! What gives, Referees and Mr.Scorekeeper?

  26. LeJib

    Dudley Hewitt Cup in N.Bay! Great! Will look forward to it.
    I have a question though. If the decision was made last weekend, as suggested in RR’s article, how come there has been no mention of it in our beloved Nugget? Did I miss something? Or is this just one more local media cheapshot at Jr. hockey? I seem to recall a big front page article when Nip. Lakers DID NOT get to play host to an OUA tournament. Correct me if I’m wrong on either count.

  27. eaglefan

    Hey Bombshelter, Put the Busch Lights on ice. I’m ready for a bunch tonight!

    I know it’s a stretch, but the Eagles could still pull one off. Too bad (for us Eagle fans anyway) they are depending on other teams to help them.

  28. Golden Bear

    Heres the qualifactions to be commish of the NOJHL.Must be approved by Kevin Cain, Must lie to league about all the new teams comming to the league, Must be on a power trip have given players 80-100 aditional game suspensionsYOU ARE A JOKE.

  29. stick

    Soo had a full line-up against Eskis and it sure showed. this team will be hard to beat. League winner will be either Birds or Eagles for sure.

  30. ABITIBIAN

    The Eskis are playoff bound but not playoff mode, they`ll need a different mindset to get past the first round.
    They had a very frustrated Begin last night, the team seems to feed off whatever he is generating and it wasn`t much last night.
    The T-birds were hot,dominated on all aspect of the game.

  31. upfront

    Congrats Thunderbird’s on clinching first place and becoming the League Champs
    Glad they did it in Abitibi after they beat us at home

    Stick Birds still without 2 players if they stay out of the box we will be the team to beat that’s for sure

  32. SovEaglefan

    Going to be an interesting playoff season with the last T-Birds/Eagles Border Battle, before the Eagles make the jump to the NAHL. It is happening people, don’t let these other posters and sites fool you. Randy and Heisler and the ones you want to trust to get the best scoop. Hope the NOJHL survives losing another team.

    Abitibi/North Bay should be a great series that goes the distance and who knows what Kirkland Lake will do against Sudbury. I can’t wait to see Randy’s preview of all the series and the coverage on the Eagles on the radio with Johnny Michael Bell, all the way to the Dudley and hopefully the RBC Cup, and next year in the NAHL. I love their broadcasts and he is one of the best in the business.

  33. Brad

    Congrats to the T-Birds on winning the regular season title.

    When will the playoff schedule come out and how will the round robin work for Eagles, Beavers, and T-Birds?

  34. stick

    Having a hard time understanding we the Eagles want to leave, they are getting fantastic fan support and great competition why leave??

  35. Eskisfan

    Tbirds were good but a lack luster effort from the Eskis made them look great. Eskis didn’t look committed to anything yes Begin was frustrated and for sure the team followed suit. Not the way to deal with adversity or bad bounces. Eskis had a few good chances in the first and second but didn’t cash in. Tbirds came in knowing they needed a win if they wanted 1st overall their best payers came to play, why the Eskis werent as prepared or hungry is up for debate. Worst effort of the year i saw and it was rather pathetic.

    The story of the game was about containing the top lines. All 6 goals came from the Birds top line and they managed to limit and basically shut down our best line. The depth of the Tbirds showed and if the Eskis hope to have success, they will need secondary scoring or least a commitment from the 2nd and 3rd lines to shut down the oppositions best players, just like the Birds had last night. Never mind the pretty stuff, just focus on the assignments.

    Eskis blew a chance for 1st in the East and now need a win against KL along with help from the Cubs in order to secure home ice advantage in the first round.

    I don’t think the Birds are 5 goals better than the Eskimos. Just like i never thought the Eskimos were 6 goals better than the Birds after the November 6th game. Birds won the season series 4-2 and 3-2 with Begin in the line-up. Birds, like every team in the league are beatable.

    This year like no other well see that the team with the best understanding of team play along with a commttment to dsicipline and their respective systems will come out on top. In the final standings there is good chance only 15 points will seperate 5 teams from 1st overall and 2 points from 1 to 3rd in the tight East.

    Eskimos and their fans need to remember the 3-4 games in which they collapsed in the 5 final minutes only to lose,
    as well as the 1-10 run they had when they lost Begin the Q. Had they even went 500 in that stretch and won 2 of the games they blew in the last few minutes, we’re talking 14 points, 1st overall was a real possibility.

    Committment by the players will determine the rest of the season and the Igloomaniacs will need to stand behind the Black and Gold and give them some added confidece because the road to the Copeland cups has no short cuts and every single Eskimo will need to be pulling the same direction to win a round. Anything short in any round will result in elimination.

  36. Sec2RowP

    If Eagles switch to the NA next season, their closest opponent would be Port Huron – 5.5 hours away; Kalamazoo 6; Chicago 8 and Jamestown 10. In other words, ask potential recruits if they like bus rides.

  37. ABITIBIAN

    Thumbs up Eskisfan ,agreed.

    All the should of, could of, would of, don`t matter anymore. Starting from Tues. on, the Black & Gold gotta pull together and give the Igloomaniacs something to cheer for.

    The poor display of Sat. night is still too fresh in our minds and a thorn in my side . It is the start of the new season (playoffs) , anything can happen but they gotta make it happen.

  38. Trapperfan

    Trappers did a great job against the T-Birds last once they got the first period lack lustre effort out of the way. Funny thing happens when the shots on goal start to add up so does the scoring. What is impressive about the Trappers is how in shape they are and able to pressure down low. When they get a team on their heels they make it very difficult for ther other team to bounce back. If the Trappers can come out at the start of the game like they did to start the 2nd, they will be sure to record a few wins and get farther this year in the pklay offs

  39. soo indians fan

    Sec2RowP,
    Chances are Chicago won’t be around the NAHL next season as thay are being run by the league now after they were locked out of their rink about a month ago.

  40. LeJib

    Like the objective and constructive comments by Eskisfan and Abitibian. I’m for the Trappers (40-year subscriber to N.Bay Jr. hockey), and expect a real bang-up series in round one. I think the key to the Traps’ success will be a matter of discipline – stay out of the box! We look forward to some good keenly-competitive hockey. ‘May the best team win.’

  41. eaglefan

    Looking in, it’s hard to see the advantage of the Eagles joining the NAHL. With travel costs and questionable stability in the NA, I would think the Eagles should be happy to be right where they are. But Mr. Lavin must know something none of us is aware of.

    Congratulations to the Birds on their locking up the league championship. The fact that it took them right to the end of the schedule to accomplish this, points to the competitiveness of the league.

  42. eagles2210

    It amazes me how many people say they just can’t understand why the Eagles would want to leave the NOJHL. Take a look people. Diaz gets 8 games for pushing a player from behind after that player ripped the helmet off of one of Diaz’s teammates. Esposto from Sudbury only gets 8 games after deliberately attempting to injure one of the Eagle players with his skate blade. Beaudoin from Abitibi gets 15 games for pulling someones hair!!
    When you think about all that has gone on, the reffing, the additional suspensions, as Mazzuca deems fit, it leaves a sour taste in a lot of mouths. It has been said, not only by Eagle fans, that it is pretty obvious when you look at the suspensions that this is a don’t touch the Tbirds and don’t touch Sudbury league. The credibility of this league, the commisioner, the refs, and so on and so forth is being questioned. I for one am all in favor of the Eagles leaving a Canadian hockey league and rejoining the American ranks.
    Speaking of ranks, has anyone else noticed on the CJHL rankings that the Thunderbirds are still ranked 8th in all of Canada??? Even after losing, fair and square this time unless the Tbirds coaches can find something else to complain about and maybe Mazzuca will give them those two points too, to the last place team in this league and then losing to North Bay on Sunday. The Eagles finish 2 points behind them, could be the two points given to them, and yet not even an honorable mention. Credible rankings??? I think not.

  43. Bruin19

    eagles2210

    I agree with you on the Tbirds national ranking. Losing 2 of 3 and still maintaining there 8 place ranking is puzzling. As for the Eagles leaving for the NOJHL for the NAHL I dont believe its has anything to do with Mazzuca or the refs but merely a business decision on the part of ownership. Time will tell if it was the right decision and the NOJHL will survive without the Eagles. There will be new teams in the league, when I am not quite certain.

    Yes the Eagles should have had at least an honorable mention in the rankings.

  44. ABITIBIAN

    Too bad the Eagles are leaving , it`s an ownership decision.

    I don`t care much about NAHL because I`m not from the States, I`m from Northern Ontario and I care about the NOJHL and for the betterment of it.

    If you want to compare both leagues go to juniorhockey.com there is a good article on that subject.

    I hope all talks become reality and see Elliot -Lake ,another team from Michigan and Huntsville join our loop.

  45. Milltown Res

    RR: Excallant coverage on the NOJHL on juniorhockey.com – really good site & this Hessler guy is quite the s-it disturbur!
    Anything to report on Elliot Lake coming over to the NOJHL? That would be great.

  46. chicken breast king

    eagles2210 – i agree with you about the cjhl rankings, but its always been questionable like that its nothing new..sounds like you’re maybe just a bit sour about the Birds winning the leagues regular season title

    also, nice gesture by the Eagles retiring Depp’s 91 but whats up with that?..i know he’s the franchise’s all time leading scoreer but did someone in the organization forget that a number is typically not retired while the player is still playing?..apparently someone also didn’t realize there is an “o” and a “j” between the letters “n” and “hl” in nojhl..this isnt the show here..if youre gonna retire his number three quarters of the league should have their number retired..this is a junior league where the hockey career of most players will go no further past this. IMHO.

  47. eagles2210

    Chicken Breast King–
    Not a bit sour at all about the Tbirds winning the regular season title. Afterall if you look at what happened last year, they finish first then get put out in the second round of playoffs by the Eagles. I am optimistic that it will happen again this year. As far as them retiring Depp’s jersey, he chose #91 because it is his birth year. Odds are no one after this year will want to wear that number anyways. Even should a kid want that number, it was Depp’s NOJHL jersey that was retired, not the NAHL.

  48. BirdsFan1

    To chicken breast king: You are like an unemployed teacher- NO CLASS. I’m a Thunderbirds fan who dislikes the Eagles but I think it was nice of them to honour an excellent player and top scorer like Depp.

    RR: Good for you to follow the story and get the scoop (as usual) on the Soo Eagles leaving for the NAHL. I look at it this way – it’s another league for Twin Soo Hockey Fans to watch.

  49. Fanofthegame

    Re: Brian Depp and the Soo Eagles:
    Why so critical of a team recognizing a franchize player? It’s a very nice honour to the player, his family, fand and community at large! He obviously made an impression and if he never goes further in his hocket pusuits he made an impression and was recognized for it!!

  50. Ryan Leonard

    Elliot Lake will be staying put right where we are in the GMHL. Have looked into the rumours of others moving in there is no truth and we have full support of the City and a agreement in place. There was talks and possibilities but we are better off where we are financially and also for the local businesses also as right now the Bobcats have 25 players living here with families and also teams staying here 1 to 2 nights weekly,eating here in our restraunts and spending money in the community it would hurt everyone if we decided to make that move. The estimate amount of spin off to the community through everything is in around 280.000 a year. Also with now only 6 teams its not something we could be interested in as the fans like to see 12 to 15 different teams come in and Out not see the same team play 10 times out of all our home games. I have always said I am big fan of the NO but bussiness stand point this is the best for us at this time both for our community and financially. Good Luck to all teams in the Playoffs should make for some good hockey!

  51. littlebird

    eagles – Diaz prob got 8 games because he is a repeat offender. didnt he get suspended twice before in this season?

  52. eaglesrock

    I am a proud fan of the Soo Eagles but I would rather they stay where they are than move to the NA which is think is big busine$$ priority. I do not see a reason for this. The Eagles biggest crowd’s are when the Thunderbirds are here.
    To Jerry Frasier: Be careful what you wish for big guy! I think you nevver did like the ‘NO’ did you? Oh well I will still follow the Eagles altho if a player has a choice to come to the Soo or Port Huron or KZoo or Flint we ain’t going to be there first choice imho.
    Note to RR: Thanks to you for covering this story via the Junior Hockey.com website and keeping us peons informed.

  53. eskisfan

    Eskis did their part by winning tonight but need help fom the Cubs tomorrow to secure home ice against the Trappers. With one more win the Eskis could of ended up in first in the East and had home in the first two rounds! Instead, the likely scenario is a win by the Trappers tomorrow sinking the Eskis to third and no home ice. Traps should have all kinds of motivation for tomorrow. Sudbury on the other hand will has nothign to play for so you can guess which Cubs team will show up, i hope i’m wrong.

  54. MarkP

    The Abitibi/North Bay series will definitely come down to discipline on the part of the Trappers.
    This season, the Eskis have scored 26 of their 43 goals against the Trappers on the power play, that’s 60% of their goals.
    The Trappers best players need to be their best players and not spend time in the penalty box (like Gehl, who took on an uncharacteristic 8 minutes in penalties in the game in Timmins).
    Most importantly, the Eskis do need that secondary scoring and can’t just rely on their big line to come through in the clinch, unlike the Trappers, who have excellent depth in their roster and as coach McCarthy has said numerous times, it’s a team effort and the Traps have great balance in their lineup, including Salituro, who after being sat for a couple games in mid October, emerged as the team’s leading scorer, as well as Desrochers, who spent time with the Sudbury Wolves this year. You also can’t forget the Lipinski Twin line (with Brad Edwards), who have had relatively consistent offense as of late.
    Jake Ryan will be the dark horse in this series for the Eskis, he has 3 goals and 2 assists in three games against the Traps this year since coming over at the deadline.
    You can continue to read into the stats but one thing is for sure, anything can and will happen in these playoffs. It’s going to be a great one and I look forward to seeing it unfold.

    Mark Pare
    Jr. Trappers Play-by-Play (fasthockey.com)

  55. eaglenews

    i hav been an eagle since the “Turk” and the fine Eagle family brought the team back to the Pullar. The Eagles are a piece of the twin Soo’s… it will be extremely sad to see them leave. CARHA WORLD CUP… this week, across the river… hmmmm

  56. upfront

    eagles2210

    I agree that Mazzuca has to much power I said that way back in October
    But to think he has played favorites with the Birds or Cubs and or even had anything to do with the Eagles decision to move is way off base have a look again at the suspensions here is an example lizotte from Sud got 7 games for a push from behind as you call it
    The GM’s in the league voted Mazzuca in and as a matter of fact at the Dec meeting unanimously vote him in a gain for 3 more years and[ Bruno did vote ] so if the teams were that upset why extend his position better yet have him removed .

  57. SovEaglefan

    I am looking forward to the new teams and rivalries the Eagles are going to have, in a league they are going to dominate. Like Randy and others have said the NOJHL is on par with the NAHL and look at where the Eagles are now.

    They do lose the Border Battle, Blind River and other rivals but gain new ones that will pack them into the Pullar like the Aberdeen Wings, Coulee Region Chili, Odessa Jackalopes and the Kenai River Brown Bears.

    Great scoop Randy and look forward to more on here and Heisler’s site on the NAHL bound Soo Eagles! http://www.juniorhockey.com

  58. kurlydo2000

    Mackenzie said They wont see much ice time<he said of his key players. so we all know what the outcome of that game will be.

  59. Scott Kell

    Word around KL right now is Jordan Turbide suffered a broken arm while out at Kanasuta today. This is going to be devastating to KL’s chances of pulling of an upset in the first round. They’re going to have to play a great team game and guys like Gordie Sinclair, Ryleigh Cox and Colen Nowry are going to have to step up. Hopefully Appleby can still a couple games. If anyone is capable doing so, it would be him.

  60. bruin19

    Just spoke with Turbide no broken arm. Laughed when he heard that and he is ready for the Cubs. But your right Scott the 3 guys you mentioned need to step up and bring there game to a higher level. Gordie is recovering from a chest infection and he must pound Sudburys forwards, Cox is getting use to the speed and adjusting fine. Nowry must keep it simple and be physical with the cubs big line. All 3 will have a good series. New coach will have the entire team ready. Appleby will be the X factor and should be the difference in this series.

  61. Chuck

    Scott Kell-I was at the Franklin when my son told me terrible news about Turbide and the injury he had at Kanasuta today. I am an avid Gold Miners fan and hope the boys can come out of this ontop and get an upset in the first round, they have the spirit. I think the young, untested managing staff is feeling regret for not signing hometown hero, Doug Bolger. The fast moving forward has the capabilities of separating opponents from the puck.

  62. Scott Kell

    my apologies for the false alarm.some not so good friends playing a not so funny joke on me.id like to see the miners pull off the upset but appleby is going to have to stand on his head, hes going to have to shutdown that top line and the miners are will need to jump on the poor defence that the cubs will probably be playing.i also think the crowd at the joe will have an impact, they should be fired up and give the boys some extra legs late in the games, compared to the non existant fan base in sudbury it could definitely be a bosst for the big bad miners

  63. kurlydo2000

    i guess coach Mckenzie was joking when he said that the key players were not
    going to see much ice time .Way the go cuds hope we meet in the playoff

  64. stick

    I would like to thank the CUBS for bringing their A game tonight and beating the Trappers. Eskis get home ice which I hope will be a advantage for our boy’s. Play-offs should start Saturday. Go Eskis Go

  65. sigs_2012

    So the Cubs, who locked up the east on the weekend, and. In spite of nothinmg to gain or prove, chocked whatever hopes the Trappers had of securing home ice advantage vs the Eskis.
    Thanks, SUD, good job.
    Now let the 2nd season begin; Traps vs Eskis this SAT @ the Igloo, 7:30pm

  66. littlebird

    sorry scott, cubs in 4.reason being the Cubs are so much better. The 1 line they are gonna ride to the end. Too much talent

  67. Trapperfan

    The Eskis and the Trappers!! Wow here we go again, this series will be a good one. The Trappers need to be mindful of the very successful power play the Eskis have and stay stay out of the sin bin. I predict the Trappers will out play the Eskis in the long run and take the series this time around!!
    GO TRAPPERS GO!!!

  68. Cat Phat

    The Diaz suspension was so detrimental to the young defenseman.
    He is the most rugged, skilled defense player in the league.
    There is a reason that he made it to the All Stars.
    The commissioner was totally wrong when he suspended Diaz.
    It’s the end of the season, and that is what it’s about
    To have one man ruin the hopes, aspirations, and morale of Diaz is despicable.
    Besides the Easton Hockey sticks, how many other Mexican Americans play hockey in Canada? People don’t realize how far this kid has come.
    A lot of us don’t realize the prejudice, and marginalization that goes on in American Hockey when it comes to minorities. Young Derek has overcome a lot of adversity, and has done so with grace, skill, and intelligence.
    No matter what team he was in during his younger years in Chicago, he always brought the teams to the top. All of the teams I’m mentioning would have had a tougher season without Derek Diaz.
    The Chicago Blues, The Chicago Mission, The Chicago Young Americans, and last year…the Soo Eagles.
    Commissioner Mazzuca: …your shortsightedness is not an excuse for your lack of good judgement.
    The way you conducted yourself, Mr. Mazzuca upset a lot of people.

  69. American Eagle

    It would be nice to see a team from the NOJHL win the Dudley . . . even if it is the Thunderbirds!

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