At the Ranger Game yesterday afternoon the Kitchener Rangers were playing the Flint Firebirds. Spoiler alert. Kitchener won 5-3. During the game they switched goalies 3 times and had 3 different goalies. One per period. At the end of the game there is always the 3 star selection. The 3 star selection is where the three best performance players get a little prize. Kitchener got both 1st and 3rd stars and then Flint got 2nd star. They scored 3 goals and played a great game but out of all people to get the stars it was Menna, the goalie that was in the net for the second period. All three goalies (in my opinion) played terrible for Flint. They did not position well, let out to many rebounds. This was a terrible star pick, Menna didn't even play the whole game, he played 20 minutes and he got 2nd star. Whoever is choosing these stars really needs to watch the game better. Don't get me wrong Menna is a pretty good goalie, he just didn't have a good game last night and did not deserve 2nd star.
After a lot more discussion with people and listening to the radio after ranger games I finally was able to understand why the rangers traded a draft pick for Fabbri. And honestly now that it was explained it does make a lot of sense. We have been having quite a bit of trouble playing against Guelph Storm. We have lost to them a few times, and in fact we got tossed from the playoffs last yeas against Guelph. Guelph owned Fabbri. With the small chance of Fabbri dropping back to the OHL, he would go straight to Guelph. The reason we wanted to get Fabbri is for a safety. The safety would be that Guelph doesn't end up with Fabbri (another powerhouse player). After hearing this it really did make sense and it was a good trade by the teams manager. Hats off to you, sorry for questioning your skills.
Softball has started. It is January 19 and softball training and tryouts have begun. Last Thursday was our first meeting and training session. It was interesting turnout. The variety of kids went from kids who have been in the league before. Kids who only have played hardball, and even kids who have only played baseball for like a year. As everyone was playing I was watching to see who could be part of the team and who was really good. From the people I have seen (including myself) we would have a really good team and have a great year together as a team. Not only have looked around at all the players and made an imaginary team but I have set myself some goals and challenges. I have a big challenge this year. I am competing against Ontario's best catcher this year
"It's just house league." "It's just for fun." "Winning isn't everything." It has been said over and over again. I play house league hockey and I am a 15 (almost 16) year old young man. People see little fights and all of this complaining over a house league game and just tell you to calm down because it is just a game. There is no such thing as having fun in a sport if you lose or don't do well. In my case I have only ever played house league hockey. It also isn't fun if it isn't competitive. The competitiveness in the game is part of the fun. Losing is never fun in the game of hockey. People need to understand that we are 15-16 year olds playing to win, we want to have fun in the process but nobody would have fun if they lost almost all of their games. Sure losing isn't everything but winning is defined as fun, yea I don't think so.
Is it appropriate for a house league team boys ages 15-16 to have a full out line brawl having the refs having to brake up 5 different fights? During my Monday night game there was 3 minutes left in the game. Our team was losing 3-2 (we scored 2 goals in less than a minute) and there was a lot of tension. One of their team mates after the whistle decided to run over top of our goalie which started a pushing match. During the next play when the puck dropped he intentionally tripped our one player and then our player bumped into him. He decided to slash him in the back of the leg, hurting him. Our defense men skated up and hit the kid who both tripped and slashed our team which then started a bigger pushing match and then turned into full out fighting.
This is house league. The game means nothing but there was a lot of tension. To be fully honest I think what our defense men did was the right thing to do because he stood up for his team mate. But the big fight at the end wasn't needed. What do you think is a house league fight right or is it not?
Even though you may not know much about him, we have all heard about him. Alex Ovechkin Scored his 500th career goal on January 10th 2016. Ovechkin is the 5th faster player in NHl hockey to reach this milestone. Alex has been in the league since 2005. Since 2005 he has played 801 games. Ovechkin is an unbelievable player and there is no denying that but he is not a team player nor a leader.
Alex loves to be a show off. Late in the season of 2008-9 when he scored his 50th goal of the season we skated up to Tampa Bays bench, set his stick down on the ice and put his hands over top of it implying his stick was on fire. After that game Don Cherry was talking about what he did on Hockey Night in Canada. Don looked directly into the camera and said "Kids, Ovechkin is not someone to look up to or use as a role model." There was much more than that, he has gotten in fights outside of the NHL games with other players in the NHL and even on his team. At a bar he got in a fight with Malkin from the Pistburg Penguins.
His actions and celebrations during and outside of the NHL are not acceptable. He is a great hockey player but he is nothing but a show off and a goon
Last nights talk on 570 News after the Rangers game was all about the OHL trade deadline and if people thought that the Kitchener Rangers would do anything before it ended. All the talk was that they wouldn't trade anyone because they have a decent team this year. Also another thing was that the "trading currency" was very expensive. For an average player in the league the aprox. cost was about 8 trade picks which is a lot. The was absolutely no talk on the Rangers trading to get a new player, but as we all know the media has been proven wrong plenty of times. This morning there was news that the Rangers had traded a 3rd round draft pick in 2020 as well as two conditional picks that are both 2nd round picks in 2018 and 2019. The Rangers ended up getting the rights to Robby Fabri from Guelph Storm.
Here is the downside and what I don't get about this trade. In the NHL Fabri plays for St.Louis Blues on their first line. The Rangers aren't going to get Fabri to play for their team this year nor next year. If they were to get him to play next year there is also another downside to the trade. Every OHL team can only have 3 overage players (Age of 20). If they were to take Fabri as one of their overage players that is one less Veteran Ranger the Rangers can choose, and they have 8 overagers as it is. What happens if the Blues call Fabri back up to the NHL? It was a wasted spot that another overager could have taken. Obviously Mike Van Ryn saw some type of benefit to this trade, I just can't figure out what it is.
The beginning of this hockey season has been a very exciting season both in the NHL and the OHL. As expected there has been great hockey within the past month. Some of that great hockey was due to a rule change in the leagues.
That rule is:
“3 on 3”:
1. Teams play an additional overtime period of not more than five (5) minutes with the team scoring first declared the winner and being awarded an additional point.
2. The overtime period will be played with each team at 3-on-3 manpower (plus goaltender) for the full five-minute period.”
-NHL Board Govners
Found in the “Official NHL Rulebook”
This rule has changed a lot on how the overtime works. There is so much more space on the ice for the players and it is way more fast paced. There is a lot less shoot outs and the three on three adds much more excitement to the game. Each and every year we see more and more variables added to the game we call hockey, in my opinion this is one of the best.
It has been a while since the Edmonton Oilers have had an amazing season. It is not like they don’t have the team to win the cup. I think the Oilers need a new head coach for the team to reach their full potential. Todd McLellan is a great coach, but just is not ready to be a full time coach in the NHL, he was a decent assistant coach but he just can’t handle being a head coach in the NHL. He should go back the the IHL and coach. In the past years the Oilers have had first pick in the draft three times. They got Connor McDavid, Darnell Nurse and Nail Yakupov. Todd does not know what to do to make the team better. He needs to create different lines with different people because the lines he had right now are bad. The team can not do the most important thing, and that is work as a team.