NOJHL may benefit from NHL lockout

The latest National Hockey League lockout — the third under the watch of commissioner Gary Bettman — is what is no good about pro sports.

How can a league that has more than its share of shaky franchises and fragile fan bases actually be a part of yet-another lockout?

To me, the lockout is all about the agenda of a little man and his big ego and about having no regard for the fans who support the NHL.

Bettman, I believe, may be playing with fire this time.

These are only two examples from where I live but I asked my 71-year old neighbour — who lives and breathes the Toronto Maple Leafs — what he thought about the lockout. I expected him to say “I hope they get this settled soon” but instead he said “I don’t even care any more.”

It was a similar situation the other night when my wife and I dropped into the Service Grill Restaurant in Sault Ste. Marie to check out the surroundings for the Hockey North Show that I will be hosting there beginning on Tuesday, September 25 on ESPN 1400 Radio. I got to talking with one of the regulars about the NHL labour dispute and one of his remarks was very telling: “Who cares? I’ll just start watching the (Soo) Thunderbirds instead.”

Really, the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League just might benefit from the current NHL lockout.

I recall after the last NHL lockout — the one that wiped out an entire season — talking with Abitibi Eskimos president Scott Marshall and him telling me it was the best year ever for attendance at Jus Jordan Arena in Iroquois Falls.

To me, the NHL lockout isn’t about who is wrong or who is right. Rather, it just boggles my mind that a league that is declining in popularity in some area has once again taken a labour dispute this far.

To hell with the NHL.

To me, “real hockey” is played in the towns of North Bay, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, Blind River, Elliot Lake, Iroquois Falls and Kirkland Lake.

82 thoughts on “NOJHL may benefit from NHL lockout

  1. ABITBIAN

    re: Mike…well said Cassio

    With the NHL lockout maybe Mike can get a hold of TSN for coverage.

    Keep up the good work RR!

  2. eskisfan

    Some teams may benefit by have a kid who could play ohl but doesnt crack a roster since some would nhl or ahl rooks and back in major jr.

    I see fraser turner has been reassigned by the greyhounds. I really enjoyed watching him last year and thought hed be a lock for a spot with the hounds for this year. Ill be looking forward to seing him saturday night in the igloo if hes back with the birds this year. T birds just might of picked up a huge piece of the puzzle. Hed be my early pick for nojhl defenceman of the year

  3. Cassio

    Nickel Barons win again last nite and pretty good crowd once again. I always said “Old Man” Clancy is the best Coach for Sudbury’s NOJHL teams. That’s 5 Wins in a row for the Nickel Barons!

  4. Nickel Barons Rock

    Hi Mr. Russon: Just a note to say how much I enjoy your Blog & coverage of the NOJHL. Here is the game story from todays Sudbury Star from last nights game in which the Sudbury Nickel Barons defeated the Abitibi Eskimos.

    Nickel Barons still perfect

    KEITH DEMPSEY, FOR THE SUDBURY STAR

    Thursday, September 20, 2012 6:50:00 EDT AM

    Sudbury Nickel Barons head coach Dave Clancy isn’t one to showboat, but he wouldn’t mind seeing his team get a little more recognition around the NOJHL.

    Another win Wednesday night and a perfect 5-0-0 record definitely gives the league something to talk about.

    The Barons defeated the Abitibi Eskimos 4-1 at McClelland Arena. The Barons outshot the Eskimos 36- 15, with Eskimos goaltender Marc Audet keeping the game within reasonable reach for the Eskimos.

    “People might want to talk about us a little bit,” Clancy said after the game. “Our guys are hard-working and are playing good right now.”

    Martin Jolicoeur, who scored a goal in the game, agreed with his coach’s comments.

    “We’re a little tired of hearing about (North Bay Trappers and Sault Ste. Marie Thunderbirds),” Jolicoeur said. “It’s OK though, because it motivates us more for when we play those teams. We’re looking forward to those games on our calendar.”

    The Barons had goals scored by four different players in Wednesday’s tilt, again showing that they can put a variety of names in the goal column. Darcy Haines scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season, Jolicoeur, Scott Sirkka and August Jerecki also netted goals for the home squad.

    Alex Laino picked up his third win of the season between the pipes.

    The Barons’ 5-0-0 record isn’t surprising any of the players.

    “We believe in ourselves,” Jolicoeur said. “We’re working hard and playing good hockey.”

    The first 20-minutes of action was set at a relatively slow pace. Shots at only 8-4 for the Nickel Barons.

    Brandon Windsor put the Eskimos ahead 1-0 with a wrist shot from the hash marks that made its way past Laino at 17:54.

    The Nickel Barons, however, answered right back with a goal by Jolicoeur at 18:56. The goal was setup by a nice pass from David Lazarus from within the slot, the pass was received, then sniped past Eskimos’ goalie Audet.

    “We’re getting a lot of secondary scoring,” Jolicoeur said. “We’re playing a good all round game.”

    The Nickel Barons picked up their pace a bit in the second frame, putting 14 shots on net, while the Eskimos, on the other end, struggled to generate opportunities, only making Laino make six saves in the period.

  5. Peachy

    Abatibi team look like Pee Wee team ahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    all player in Iraqwa Falls like half pint ahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  6. Elliot Lake Bobcats

    Elliot Lake Bobcats have made some roster moves and have brought in 4 new players starting with a number 1 tender from the OJHL last year Cory Simic from Whitby,Ontario. Cory played for the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots last year in the OJHL. In his rookie season Corey in playoffs posted a 920 save percentage. Bobcats have then added 6’6 230lb defence John Follmer. John has spent the last year in the NAHL with Odessa and also Boston in the EJHL. John is a big physical player and uses his body and long reach well. John’s vision on the ice is going to help our back end. Bobcats have also brought in Myles Beason from the Duluth Clysdale of the SIJHL. Myles is a fast shifty center who hails from Edmonton and has spent two years in Duluth. The other player who cant be mention till paper is finish being signed and finalized is another veterian forward with 1 year in the NOJHL under his belt who will add some offence
    and some grit.

    We look forward to adding the 4 veterian tier 2 players and there will be one more NAHL veterian joining us next week after paper work is also finalized. We have now played 5 exhibition games and 3 league games and have identified some of the areas we need to improve and are happy with the direction we are heading. As in our eyes we are not to far behind just lacking maturity and veterian presence on the ice. We figure out how to play the 1st period the way we play the 2nd and 3rd we will gain confidence. Looking forward to exciting hockey this weekend with a Home and Home with the mighty Beavers! We are hoping we can get these guys all in for the weekend but paper work takes time to clear but we will keep our fingers cross.

  7. Barbie Blond

    Some of you obnoxius KL Gold Miner fans made it sound as if Marc Lafleur was the next comming of Scotty Bowman…

    GO NICKEL BARONS GO!

  8. Beavers1

    There was many times when RR was seen very often in Blind River at games and writing stories about the Beavers. Some one in the org must have pissed him off because RR has alweys said how much he likes Blind River and folks such as the Kennedys, Marshall Chow, Gramma Beaver and the Beaver ladies etc etc .

  9. john-kl

    Barbie- dont think you are accurate there, but, from all i read most believe Lafleur is a very good coach and absolutely nothing that has occured thus far with the Gold Miners would change that opinion. he has been doing an excellent job and i beleive that the players he has will develope under him and he will make this a competitive team.

  10. eskisfan

    Lafleur is all business and i for one wondered if there would be a clash between him and #11. Because there was certainly doesnt mean hes a bad coach!

  11. Diggers Fan

    barbie,

    Lafleur made a decision that you and a lot of others would of never have the guts to make…decisions that only real coaches make…probably a side of the game that you don’t understand.

  12. kazjar

    Very impressed with the Nickel Barons. Exciting hockey to watch.
    RR: Arena has been packed each time I have been so if you’re right about NHL lock out being boost for NOJHL attendance, things can only get better.
    Hope Blind River and all teams get good coverage. Have to say Barons coverage has been a little skimpy in local Sudbury media.

  13. stick

    Good for Lafleur it’s his team and if you don’t want to listen bye bye.
    Team is alway’s first some one’s ego second.

  14. Bruin19

    Lafleur’s decision I know wasnt a easy one and one he made after all exhausting all attempts to get Jordan to do what ever other player on the team does, listen, learn and come to practice with a strong work ethic. There can only be 1 set of rules and the coach cannot spend 80% of his time with 5% of the team.

    That being said Jordan is not a bad young man. He has had alot of tough things thrown his way and IMO has done well in working through those challenges. Jordan has many qualities that do not relate to hockey that make him a special young man. Ask the kids at the daycare or any adult who’s child as had met Jordan, it is truly remarkable to see this young man take the time and to interact with these children.

    Jordan has taken the high road with this decision and supports his friends on the team. He has my respect and will continue to do so.

  15. john-kl

    must hockey wise observers know that the decision to remove Turbide from the Gold Miners was a move that, while not popular with all, was something that needed to be done if this organization was to move forward. Lafleur should be commended for doing something that all his previous local coaches did not have the guts to do, if one of them had then Turbide might have been a better player for it…as was mentioned above, Lafleur seems to be all business and in the long run will have the respect from his players, the fans and the hockey community as a whole. This may not turn into wins right away, but Lafleur’s style will go a long way in making the Gold Miners into a respectable franchise that players will want to play for.

  16. Diggers Fan

    Very well said John K, Bruin 19,stick, eskiefan, this move will probably help the young man in the future……

  17. League Fan

    One of the top Team in the League will be in Kirkland Fri and in Iroquois on Sat, lets get out and see some exiting Hockey at the same time supporting our two Northern teams…..

  18. eskisfan

    Good stuff Bruin and ive seen and heard exactly what your saying. it doesn’t mean he’s a bad kid.

    Must of been a very tough decision release someone who could be the most talented player not only on your team but also the entire league. Kid is not a just a fine hockey player but a natural at all sports from skateboarding to soccer to BMX. Seeing that potential and having to cut your ties couldn’t of been easy.But Lafleur has been in the major Jr circuit, seen this before and understands team dynamics. Not sure it makes it any easier but through experience he knows what had to be done. You need all your horses to pull in the same direction, sometimes you get one that wants to stray or isn’t pulling as hard as the others and unfortunately you got to cut it loose.

    Best of luck to both #11 and the G Miners

  19. Iceman

    My guess is that coach Lafleur will accept no primadonas on the team and that this will be a team-first mentality. Any soldiers not with the program will be free to leave the batallion & try to find one that is willing to take on their egos.

    I’ve seen 4 games so far and the Gold Miners are playing very good hockey. I gave up on them last year and swore off hockey. However, from what i’ve seen so far, they might have made me a believer (and fan) once again!

    The Miners are definitely on the right track and the new coach/GM deserves a lot of credit for this. The team will be one to watch for throughout this season.

  20. WittyFan

    John-KL I could not have said it better myself.

    Jordan’s a great young man with a very big heart. His past coaches have done him a complete dis-service. If someone had the balls to make this decision 3-4 years ago ( Ian Borden) instead of having 2 sets of rules than I guarantee you that Turbo would not even be in KL he would be pursuing his dream at a higher level than the NOJHL.
    Best of luck in the future Jordan.

  21. Bill enouy

    John Kl. If you had ” enough guts ” to sign your name, I would talk to you personally. That being said, there is a big difference in coaching Midget and Junior. Expectations change as we age. Jordan was a difficult but basically good kid with a great deal of talent. Personally I always thought it took more guts to try and work with him than quit on him. Cutting him would have been easy! Anyone could have done that. If you understand hockey and have studied its history, you would see many, many players at all levels who didn’t fit the “team” mode. Some of them were superstars like Bobby Hull or Carl Brewer. Even Alex O fits into this category. Some people in all walks of life are difficult. The KL coach has made his decision and I can understand it at this level. I know however that Jordan could have helped that team immensely if the challenge to harness his potential had been taken on as a coaching goal. In the meantime it is not going to be that entertaining watching a team of robots go through their motions on the ice.

  22. WittyFan

    Are you for real Enouy? Do you honestly think the Miners coaching staff
    didn’t try working with him. Maybe you should talk to them before you get on your pedestal and rant away. I would think with your “hockey experience” you would understand that at this level it’s a TEAM game not pond hockey. If one of the five guys on the ice refuses to play within a system (no matter how offensively gifted he may be ) the puck ends up in the back of your net. So according to you they should have done everthing they could to harness his potential as a coaching goal. BS ! What at the expense of the rest of the team. I’m fairly certain Lafleur didn’t just wake up and decide to cut him loose. If the staff made such a bad decision in your eyes why hasn’t any other team put in a claim for him?
    And by the way it’s nice to see the mayor of KL be so supportive of the robots on the ice. Nuf said!

  23. Bill enouy

    Enough said. Please identify yourself if you want to take shots. Any one who knows me knows I bleed Kirkland Lake through and through. I support this team and have from the start. I also think the coach is awesome, however, I also support a native son like Jordan fully because I believe in all our youth. Taking a shot at me because I’m the mayor is
    your perogative but really has no place in this discussion. Good luck to all!

  24. Diggers Fan

    Yes B enouy you are right on somethings that you stated and I have respect for you, but don’t try to tell us that it took guts to turn around and look the other way. I’m sorry I can’t accept that.

  25. Bill enouy

    No one ever looked the other way. Countless hours of interaction from all his mentors over the years had some positive and some not so positive results. I think what spurred me to write on this blog more than anything was first of all the fact that people hide behind nicknames and secondly that a fine person like Ian Borden was singled out when all he ever did was drive hours to games and practices get on buses and live every hour for the kids. This he did for no pay. Jordan was MVP under Ian. Sure there were problems but they were never ignored. Not very method is successful but Jordan is better now than he was and like every other young person still not perfect.

  26. Iceman

    I agree with Digger & Witty. It actually took massive guts to let go & not the other way around. It’s harder to cut a local product & i’m certain the coach/GM expected some backlash. But he has to run the team according to his principles, so more power to him.

    Bill E is the mayor of K-L???

  27. Linda Lamorie

    Tonight the old rivalry will start between the EL Bobcats and the BR Beavers. The old Vikings and Beavers were the big rivalries in the Jr B league.
    It is going to be a crappy night weather wise so get off the couch and go down to EL Centennial Arena for 7: 30 and support your team.
    Tomorrow night the rivalry continues at the Br Arena at 7:30.
    There is no better entertainment going on this weekend.
    Beaver fans EL is only 40 minutes away, dig out your noise makers and head into the game and show your support for our new team and coach.
    McEwen will be pushing his players to the limit against his former home town ream.
    GO BEAVERS GO both tonight and tomorrow night.
    Look out Ryan here we come

  28. Ian Borden

    Thanks Mayor Enouy. Don’t lose any sleep by someone that would hide behind a nickname as they are always gutless cowards. Maybe lose the Witty name too. He and his family have too much honour for you to hide behind it.
    I have helped many players over the 2 years I coached with the 87’s and certainly enjoyed my time there. Jordan Turbide was one of 18 players on our team. We packed the arena during the playoffs during my last year there and I believe had the most successful 87’s team record since the 87’s went to the Air Canada Cup in 2002. Although a number of players went on to play junior hockey after that year, (Lamothe, Turbide, Cale, Vermette, my son Shayne and Sinclair) a couple went the year after. I am proud of all of them.
    While I was there Turbide lead the league in scoring recording (56 goals), was selected by the GNML, league MVP, top forward and to the first all star team. Not bad for selections I had nothing to do with.
    I encouraged Jordan to move up but he wanted to play in KL for one more year. He told me he had a lot to prove and boy did he ever do just that!! Ask Jordan himself I introduced him to many coaches including the Sudbury Wovles staff. Jordan was given a main camp tryout with the Wovles. Mr Turbide thanked me for working with Jordan.
    Wittyfan if you are upset because your son was cut from the 87’s I feel bad for you but get over it. It is just a game. You are just another person that hides behind a nickname and rants on about things they obviously know nothing about. I wish the Gold Miners and my second home, KL, nothing but success especially the 87’s!!!

  29. Bayer

    Former sudbury cub Nick Esposto was out trying out for the nipissing lakers hockey team in 2 games had 2 goals and 2 assists was playing pretty good up on the top line, then quit, apparently wanted alot of stuff paid for but the only thing the university was supplying was sticks but even that budget was cut down, looks like he will wait for laurentian to start up and go ask them instead, its to bad i think he could have been a real big player with the lakers this year.

    On an NOJHL note, Trappers Home opener sunday at 2pm, if you cant be there catch it on fast hockey it will be a dandy, Trappers also have announcers great announcers for fast hockey so your not just watching the games you get great commentary.

  30. League Fan

    To all you good Hockey people in Kirkland Lake……It shows that you are a Hot Hockey town , but at the same time you are not doing any good to your hockey team….. Good luck against the Soo

  31. eskisfan

    Wow this got a whole lot more interesting! good for enouy for coming to the defence of both. Borden is a good man did alot for the 87s and is did #11. Borden had no choise but to keep running the kid back then, he kept them competive.

    Thing is jr not midget and missed assignments result in pucks in the net. The likes of Ovechkin or yakupov may put butts in the seats at their respective levels but no can argue their invidualism has won anything for their north american teams. Im not sure #11 can bring in the same amount of butts as wins will. tier 2 teams make money and stay viable by winning games.

    Only respect for mr enouy but im not sure this is the place to debate or defend anyone. the nameless will only remain nameless and drag you along. Keep up the good work tho, you do in fact bleed KL and once again have come to defence its people or thove whove served KL well!

  32. MarcD

    I am sure the decision of Mr. Lafleur in KL wasn’t that easy, but it’s not the first time that a coach with a vision for his team, has to make tough decisions., they will come and they will go, Mr. Lafleur is an awesome coach, with a vision, and he knows what it take to make a winning team., Now he can offer great support and great ideas, but only the players can learn to what they are expected to learn…. With Marc Lafleur success is how a team plays together, and not as individuals……. Keep up the good work, and KL will be one of the top team this year if not the Top one……

  33. Iceman

    K-L Gold Miners played a heck of a game tonight against the powerful Soo Thunderbirds, losing by a score of 1-0. This is a team that is learning to play together & learning a new system. So far, i’m impressed with the results & it looks like our town has a team to be proud of.

    Of course, it’s disappointing to see Turb’s getting cut by the team, but he only has himself to blame for this & i admire a coach/GM who isn’t afraid to make the tough decisions, which this one was, i am certain.

    I was also impressed by the goaltending tonight. The team played solid defence and they should be proud of themselves on a job well done. I consider this a moral victory for the Miners.

  34. stick

    At this stage of the season to hold the usual powerful t-birds to a 1-0 game does great things for a team building up confidence in their coach and system. Congrats to KL, now we can only hope the Eskimos can be as fortunate to keep it a close game tonight.

  35. justafan

    Anyone catch the bobcats game last night? Not impressed with no NOJHL website at all, can never view score sheet of games, really sucks. Beavers add any new players?

  36. League Fan

    Justafan you must be doing something wrong as I can get the website at all times and follow the game all night..I view the scoresheet all through the game…..keep trying something different because its there. good luck

  37. League Fan

    Yes stick and Iceman……all their loses were by one goal except the Sud one when they scored in an empty net…

  38. Iceman

    As i previously stated, i pretty much gave up on the Gold Miners after last season. However, this year’s team has somehow managed to make me a believer. I’m still pinching myself at how good they played last night. The goaltending was sound & the players all played their roles well. Once they start getting used to playing together, look out!

  39. stick

    Good hockey game at the Igloo tonight, Eskis finally got some bounces and their captain had a career game scoring 4 goals including the OT winner. Young goalie Audet stood on his head again. Soo has a very fast team and will be a tough team to play all season. Nice to see all the teams now have a win.

  40. ABITIBIAN

    We`ll take it…..take the 2 pts anyway we can . Soo was all over us for a good part of the game. Eskies hanging on by a 4-2 score with less than 2 mins. in the game…Soo manages to tie it at 1.6 sec. left on the clock. That kept the fans in their seats until Therrien sealed the win with his fourth of the game.
    Noticable improvement on the Eskies side every game. You`re right Stick , the `birds are very fast. Our D looked like they were standing still.
    More changes on the roster coming, Abitibi acquired Sudbury local Peter Poulin-Roy who played for the Capital Wolves in the GNML. Good D-man IMO.

  41. Sigs_2012

    Very pleasing game to watch last night. A nail biter to the end and then some. Had Eskis lost, it still would of been a remarkable improvement over previous engagements to date.
    But yes, we’ll take the two points.

    Eskis outshot approx 35-25 but shots don’t tell whole story. Yes birds were often all over in Eskis zone but often it was on perimeters, corners, an a lot of the shots on Audet came from those low percentage areas. When the young eski D would falter, 16 yr old and playing like a 20 yr old Audet was like a brick wall. Eski D does have to tighten up, to reduce those quality shots and breakaways on their goalie. Speaking of breakaways, Soo had one last night an looked like it was just the bird and Audet until Ryan Kerr came and stripped the surprised bird of the puck, eliciting a roar of approval from the Igloo crowd. Young Kerr , all of 15 yrs of age I believe, is a very pleasant surprise and a league star in the making.

    Eskis finally played consistent systematic hockey for most of 60 minutes, consistent with Gagne’s system. It’s a tough sell, convincing an almost completely new crew of the merits of adopting a style that may seem radically different from anything they’ve learned before, especially at midget level. This strong performance, and win, will do wonders to the team morale and their confidence level, not to mention convincing them of the merits of buying into the Eskimos style of play.

    Good job Eskis, a real crowd pleaser and this win will certainly bolster bolster fan support.

  42. eskisfan

    Sigs was that was Aaron kerr who raced back to steal it from battagin. Beauty play. And you couldnt be more correct about Audet. This kid is has a lot of potential, hes getting the opportunity to start and making the most of it. Hes going to face a lot of shots this season, just needs to remain focused and keep doing exactly what hes been doing even when a few get by him, which is bound to happen. kid is going to get hockey opportunities. Fans just love him, been a nice surprise. Keep up the hard work Marc!

  43. stick

    Looks like the Soo is going to run into the same problem as previous years running out of gas in NB on the third day of a tough road trip. I guess they can’t get ice on Friday night in the Bay?

  44. sigs_2012

    ABITIBIAN,
    various resources indicate that Peter Poulin-Roy is a forward, RW to be specific. Just FYI buddy

  45. BayBruiser

    Stick… Enough early-season whining! The Soo will do just fine this year! All teams have to do the 3-in-3.

    The Soo has 4 x 3-in-3s ending in North Bay and North Bay as 3 x 3-in-3s ending in the Soo.

    The Trappers actually have 9 of their home games on Friday nights. Remember that they also have to share the ice with the Lakers (who have 11 Friday night home games). For over 30-40 years the Trappers/Cents/Skyhawks/Trappers had their main game-day as a Sunday.

    Game today was not a good one (great result though). Soo likely a bit tired and NB with scrambly-give-away hockey for a good portion. Not exactly what you would expect from the 2 teams expected to finish at or near the top. Top players today I think were Dodds who made some good saves, Klippenstein who had 2 goals and also carried the puck out of the end well and I thought Fraser Turner from the Soo was their best player (steady on the blue line and also jumped into the rush).

  46. eskisfan

    Still can’t believe Turner is not with the Hounds . Maybe not heavy/powerful enough for the O? He as a differrent skating stride as well but he certainly gets around in a hurry.

    Regardless, he was good here and managed to have his stick pushing and poking everywhere within what appeared to be a ten foot radius of his body.

  47. ABITIBIAN

    On the subject of the Eskimos , Coach Gagné will have additional help on the bench, its all in the works and Im sure the organisation will have proper annoucment.
    Fans will be happy to see him with the team .

  48. LeJib

    I have no idea who Mr. Enouy and Mr. Borden are, and I’m sure that these two fine gentlemen have their various merits and claims to fame. But someone should point out to them (a little education never hurt anyone) that the use of nicknames in blogs and posts is a universally-accepted practice. It is not, and has never been, an indicator of ‘gutless cowardice’. What a horrible suggestion to make! It will be interesting to see if either of them has the ‘nads’ to apologize to all the fans who offer comments on this informative and often amusing NOJHL blog.

    Now in our 40th year as Jr. hockey subscribers, we look forward to one of the best and most competitive seasons ever in the NOJHL.

  49. foober40

    Well LeJib ,

    It may be a universally accepted practice but it has come under criticism lately on many blogs and in fact some more reputable national blogs are starting to make the use of nicknames against the rules . I was one who used my name here but through a glitch of some sort I lost that account and couldn’t use it again . While nicknames do not always indicate that a person is gutless or a coward they in some cases it allow certain people the protection to put forward hurtful and slanderous comments without the accountability There is always a certain lack of civility and increased courage when anonymity is is involved .. Those members of the blog who engage in harmless chat and constructive banter should not be offended in my humble opinion . Those that simply attack other posters should be held accountable by the other members . There is a code of etiquette for the blog and sometimes it is not really followed . Maybe it’s time it was . As for Jordan being released from the Gold Miners , from what I see he has handled it better than many who post here . He is a 19 year old young man who is going through life trying to find his place after some very trying circumstances . None here have the right to judge him . He is a fine young man who is holding down a full time job and like all young people is doing his best . Encourage him and support him as you would any 19 year old . He doesn’t owe anybody out there anything but to try his best to be the person he will become . As for the team , they did what they felt was right in the short term to ice a team that the coach feels is the best to compete this year . Agree or not , players don’t always fit certain styles and they move on . If Jordan can go to the game and watch his buddies play this past Friday then I think the rest of us should relax and just move on as well . People feel that because it’s hockey they have the right to criticize people by name on here . Maybe we should all think before we follow actions such as this and wonder how we would feel if we were called out by name in public . Have a good week and enjoy the hockey this weekend . It’s just a game folks , one we follow with passion but we all still have to go to work on Monday regardless of who wins .

  50. eskisfan

    well said Foober, i actually figured you would have chimed in sooner but I knew at one time or another this particular post would pull you out. As always, nice to here from you and read your thoughtful and genuine comments. Welcome back and dont wait so long next time.

  51. Minersfan

    Good Luck to Jordan Turbide i loved to watch Turbo that being said Jordan has a lot of turmoil in his life right now.I heard he was offered a trade,but declined but wanted to stay in KL and if that meant giving up hockey then so be it.as for our illustious major Calling ther rest of the team Robots is just plain Ignorance
    some of these boys also come from KL not just Jordan and It was great to see jordan supporting his teammates by attending Sundays game way to go Jordan
    Hey Jordan if you read this why not clear the air

  52. LeJib

    Hey foober – wish you had separated your comments re my opinion, and those pertaining to the player in question.

    As to the former, I agree with you to a large extent, but common practice being what it is, I will hold to my opinion.
    I do not judge people I do not know, and don’t wish to be judged in that manner.

    As to the latter, I know nothing of the situation and therefore will offer no opinion.

    (I like your literate style.) Cheers!

  53. Trapper Fan

    Should be a good game Friday night at the Gardens with the Nickle Barons coming in to try and steal 2 points from the Trappers

  54. stick

    Looking forward to the Traps travelling to the IGLOO Sat night.Heard the Eskimos have a few new players in camp this week.

  55. ABITIBIAN

    If I may offer my insight on the latest saga on this blog .Take it for what it`s worth….and that`s just what we all need to do , take it for what it`s worth.
    It`s a blog not a letter to the editor and there is ways to find out the person behind the alias . It`s all part of social media and we all know of it`s credibility.
    I like this blog , you get to know the different characters, the passionate for his team , the oblivious ,the strait shooter.You take some, you leave some.
    I remember when I first started to follow this blog, there was a blogger by the name of motleyrules from North-bay area. He said it the way it was , he earned my respect and the respect of many others on this site. The likes of Armand, NBH, cassio,sigs(who changed different pen names),Bayer just to name a few, are all vets on this blog. They see the bloggers come and go , that`s why we have Peachy to keep us smiling.
    So come on people let`s keep it respectfull and remember..an opinion is just an opinion , it`s neither right nor wrong ,it`s just an opinion

  56. LeJib

    Hey Abitibian – Words of wisdom. Thanks for your thoughts.
    We may yet see the day (as suggested last season) when I get myself up to I.F. and share a cold one with you at a game. Cheers.

  57. ABITIBIAN

    LeJib -

    The Blue Line club is always open… as a matter of fact ,I`ll have one for you this Sat. @ the game vs the Traps.

    Thanks.

  58. League Fan

    All Three (3) games went into overtime tonight… what a league this will be this year…..Most games are decided by one goal.. no one will be walking away with the league….. Can’t wait for Tomorow’s games

  59. Iceman

    I agree with League Fan. There’s a lot of parity in this league this season. The only really weak team is Elliot Lake, but the rest of the league is fairly even. The Eskis are definitely close to contending, Blind River should have a better record, but indeed, that Kirkland Lake team appears very poised & playing very good hockey these days.

    I expected the Eskis to start playing better, but i must admit that the Gold Miners have been surprising. They’re getting good goaltending & the players are adapting quite well to the system. They got 5 out of 6 points this weekend & easily could have got all six if it hadn’t been to some bad luck on a couple of goals scored against them.

    I’m very impressed by the Eskis’ goaltender, Audette. He’s kept his team in many games this season & he’s currently doing for his team what Carey Price has been doing for the habs over the past couple of seasons: kept them in games they should have lost easily.

    Sudbury is the class of the league by a slim margin, however, there’s starting to be a lot of traffic in its rear-view mirror!

  60. Minersfan

    why did Lafleur play Daoust against the soo instead of the other 2 teams he hasn’t played in a while and throw him in against one of the best teams in the league then pull him after the second goal kinda like throwing the kid to the wolves there was 3 games in 3 days

  61. Iceman

    I wasn’t able to attend last night’s game in KL, but just heard that they beat Sudbury 4-2. Is this so?

    If it is, that is great news!

    This team is focused & improving each game. The stronger teams are taking notice & do not take them lightly this season.

    Iroquois Falls hasn’t played as good as i expected them to, but they’ll bounce back & be better as long as their top players remain healthy. I was very surprised that they got beat by Elliot Lake the other night, but they should use this as a wake-up call.

  62. Iceman

    North Bay seems unstoppable right now. Sudbury & the Soo playing good hockey, but beatable.

    Kirkland Lake has been the surprise of the season. Iroquois Falls the disappointment.

    KL beat IF 4-2 last night. Good game from both sides, with KL the slightly better team. Rematch tonight in IF. The Eskis will once again need a big game from their goaltender, who’s been their lone bright light all season long. I predict a 3-2 win by the Miners.

  63. ABITIBIAN

    Iceman-Thanks for your predictions

    N-bay isn`t running with the league just yet..3-3 tie last night…

    For me the big surprise is Sudbury, I like this team compared to the Sudb. of last

    As for K-L & Abitibi ….I`ll leave it at last night`s game….

    Do I smell the rivalry brewing …lol

  64. Iceman

    I think the Miners took the Eskis lightly, but it was a nice hard-fought victory by the hometown team. Therrien looked good & Audette made big saves. The Eskis needed this win badly, since losing isn’t good on team morale.

    Sudbury indeed has a good team, but i had expected them to be this way. Same with the Soo. North Bay, i wasn’t sure how good they’d be, but so far, i must admit that they’ve done better than i thought they would. Good for them, since they’re a fun team to watch.

    The Beavers are consistently improving & may be a middle-of-the-pack team in no time. Well coached team!

  65. Iceman

    Just heard that Kirkland Lake beat Sudbury last IN Sudbury!! Fourth loss in a row by the Barons!! I must admit that i’m very surprised, but at the same time, maybe i shouldn’t be. The Miners are playing great hockey these days! Now is it the Eskis’ time tonight to go on their first winning streak?

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