Thorold Blackhawks

What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

It’s a famous line from William Shakespeare’s most notorious play, Romeo & Juliet.  Of course, Juliet is referring to Romeo’s last name and basically saying, it doesn’t matter, I still love him anyways.  The Thorold Blackhawks are saying, whoa, hold up, we like our name and want to keep it.

It’s been a controversy since at least last season, and it’s coming to a head again.

Back in October, Jeff Blay wrote an article that was published in the St. Catharines Standard.  Mitch Baird, a resident in Thorold and of Mohawk descent, took to Facebook to raise awareness of why he wants the Blackhawks to change their name and their logo.

Thorold BlackhawskIn case you don’t know what it looks like, Thorold’s cartoon-looking logo.

 

http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2013/10/11/thorold-resident-takes-to-facebook-to-spark-debate-on-blackhawks-logo

Well I had this article from Yahoo Sports emailed to me on Tuesday.

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/is-this-hockey-logo-offensive-135504336.html

Now, I am not of Native descent, so of course my opinion is a little bias, but I don’t see anything wrong with the team name or logo.  Ok, maybe the logo is a little outdated and perhaps they could bring it up to 2014 standards.

Throughout sports, there is always a team with a name representing the Natives.  Chicago Blackhawks, Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, Washington Redskins, Edmonton Eskimos, you get the point.  Just Google sports teams with indian names and it takes you to a Wikipedia page listing them all.

Back when the Rockets first started, in the 1994-1995 season, Chatham was known as the MicMacs.  In 1995, they changed their name to Maroons.  Back in 1995, I was 11 and I didn’t understand why they changed their name.  It just didn’t make sense to me, but it was explained that MicMac was offensive to the Natives, so they changed it.  It’s now been further explained to me that they designed a new logo as well, with a Chief head with long feathers and a battle axe as a hockey stick, and the Natives in Kent County hated it and demanded it changed.

Chatham MicMacs   This is the only picture I could find of the MicMac’s logo.

Chatham Maroons I imagine the re-designed MicMac’s logo was supposed to look similar to this.

But then in 2001, Tecumseh went from the Bulldogs to the Chiefs.  Their logo, pictured below, was an arrowhead with long feathers hanging from the sides.  Their goal song was what I will refer to as the tomahawk song.  I understand that Atlanta Braves use the same song at their games.  Tecumseh was the Chiefs until they moved to LaSalle in 2008.  In our day and age, if this is so politically incorrect, why were they allowed to be the Chiefs for so long?  Were the Tecumseh residents just more accepting of it because the town of Tecumseh is named after the leader of the Shawnee Tribe and their town seal, pictured below, is of their interpretation of Chief Tecumseh?

Tecumseh Chiefs                                   Tecumseh

 

In the Mid-West, you have Stratford, who have been the Cullitons since 1975.  Their logo is below, a basic Chief head.  They also have the tomahawk song.  Every time I’m in Stratford, it reminds me of those long road trips to Tecumseh with my Partner-in-Crime, Hockey_Girl.  Stratford’s minor hockey system is the Warriors and they basically have the same logo.

Stratford Cullitons                                                 Stratford Warriors

 

Now, as far as I know, nobody has raised an issue about Stratford or Tecumseh.  I can almost bet that if Tecumseh hadn’t moved, they would still be the Chiefs today.

Locally, I believe that Thorold is the only team that is having issues about their name.  On a side note, Thorold has been the Blackhawks since 1982, I don’t know when they adopted their logo.

In one of those articles, Mr. Baird says that you shouldn’t name your team something that you can’t call a person, ie. you wouldn’t walk up to someone and call them a Blackhawk, so why would you name your team that?

So that begs the question, what is a Blackhawk?  This is taken from Wikipedia.

Black Hawk, born Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak, (1767 – October 3, 1838) was a war leader and warrior of the Sauk American Indian tribe in what is now the Midwest of the United States. Although he had inherited an important historic medicine bundle from his father, he was not a hereditary civil chief. Black Hawk earned his status as a war chief or captain by his actions: leading raiding and war parties as a young man, and a band of Sauk warriors during the Black Hawk War of 1832.

So by reading this, I interpret it that being a Blackhawk means being a leader and being a warrior.  These are qualities that you want in a hockey player.  You want them to go out every night and battle for you like they’re in a war.

I realize that this debate, about the name Blackhawk, isn’t new.  This has been around for ages and it recently stems from the demands that the Washington Redskins of the NFL change their name and logo.  Whether it’s right or wrong is a debate that will last a lifetime.

In the end, Mr. Baird is going to get what he wants and Thorold will change their name and logo, whether it’s willingly or by force.  But some day, someone will come along and decide that being called a Canuck and having a beaver for a logo is offensive, and Niagara Falls will have to change their name too.

Niagara Falls

I’m sure if you tried hard enough, you could find something wrong with every name and their logo, but at the end of the day, a name is just a name and it doesn’t matter what you call them.

Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs

Corvairs Rebuilding for Upcoming Season

Corvairs acquire three Red Wings, rebuild for upcoming season

It’s never easy to win back-to-back championships, but that’s what the Caledonia Corvairs hope to do with their new-look Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League team in the 2014-2015 season.

They knew they would be losing goalie Colin Furlong, captain Matt Quilty and defensive force Kyler Nixon. It’s now been made official that Connor Murphy, the Junior B player of the year, will be heading south to play in the USHL.

The Ancaster native scored 96 points in 49 games this past season. He put up almost equally impressive numbers in the post-season, counting 19 points in 14 games during the GOJHL playoffs and 14 points in 12 games during the Sutherland Cup championship.

Other players who will be leaving include Jayme Forslund, who has an OHL tryout, and backup goaltender Ian Sylves, who will play for Buffalo State University.

So with the Corvairs’ first pre-season game just over five weeks away, general manager Brian Rizzetto is hard at work trying to put together another Junior B hockey Sutherland Cup provincial championship-winning squad.

Three key pieces of the puzzle will come in the form of Junior A Hamilton Red Wings players Connor Bramwell, Nathan Gomes and Brandon Kolaski. Rizzetto has a deal in principle with Red Wings owner Stuart Hyman to bring all three to Caledonia for the start of the campaign.

Born in 1997, Bramwell had an impressive debut season with the Red Wings, scoring 12 goals and 13 assists in 53 games. From Hamilton, Bramwell played with the Hamilton Huskies Minor Midget AAA before joining the Red Wings.

Gomes, born in 1996, it the prototypical Corvairs player. With good hands, he netted 10 goals and nine assists in 53 games, while amassing 62 penalty minutes. He’s not afraid of the dirty areas and could add the grit this team will be looking for.

Kolaski, a Binbrook native, will add size to the Corvairs’ defensive core, standing 6-foot-2 and weighing in at 195 pounds. His physical style is exactly what the team is looking for.

“He’s a big boy,” said Rizzetto. “He’s got a mean streak in him. There’s lots of upside to him.”

At the team’s practice last week, there were many outstanding performances. Anaheim Ducks second-round draft pick Brandon Montour skated with the squad. His fluidity and IQ stood out, and there’s little doubt he could make the Ducks roster in short order.

Standout performances included tryout goalie Jake Trentadue, who made fantastic save after fantastic save, including one on Caledonia native Owen Burnell during a penalty.

Another standout signee is Justin Graham of Shelbourne. With 21 goals and 17 assists last season in 35 games for the Mount Forest Patriots of the Western Ontario Junior C league, Graham will add scoring touch and could be on one of the top two lines.

With Furlong’s departure after last season, it’s anyone’s guess who could start in net for the Corvairs this time around. Caledonia native Curtis D’Ortenzio will be given every opportunity to play throughout the season, but impressive performances from Trentadue and others could challenge him for a No. 1 spot.

Other goalies expected to try out for the squad include John Jeffries, formerly of the Hamilton Huskies, and Tyler Lewis, who played games with the Junior A Burlington Cougars last season. Rizzetto is keeping all options open at this time, and could trade for a starting goalie if he doesn’t feel the others are up to the task.

The Corvairs are putting a clear focus on signing younger players who could stay with the team for multiple years, instead of focusing on 1994-born players who only have one season left in the league.

By signing players born in 1996 and ’97, they are acquiring people who could play three or ever four years with the team.

shawnsmith@thesachem.ca

Port Colborne Pirates

Port Colborne Pirates Moving

Junior B team leaves Port Colborne for Pelham

The owner of a junior B hockey team that wants to leave one of Niagara’s newest and biggest arenas for one of its oldest and smallest is banking on smaller being better.

Tim Toffolo, whose Pirates this week received approval from the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) on Tuesday to move to Pelham from Port Colborne, believes the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League team has a better chance of making a go of it as the lone team playing out of Pelham Arena, which can hold fewer than 500 fans, rather than one of two sharing the 1,700-capacity Vale Centre in Port Colborne.

The move still needs to be endorsed by Pelham town council, which is expected to debate the issue at its next meeting Monday night. The Pirates then would need to negotiate a lease agreement with the municipality.

Pelham Mayor Dave Augustyn, while “hopeful” and “optimistic” that the ice needs of both the Pirates and Pelham Minor Hockey Association can be accommodated, stopped short of calling the relocation a done deal. He said a lot needs to be worked out before a deal can be finalized.

“As is the case with everything, the devil’s in the details. There are a lot of details to be worked out,” the mayor said.

Ample ice team for both junior and minor hockey and large enough dressing rooms aren’t the only issues facing the 39-year-old arena. An inspection conducted last month by Kitchener-based AECOM determined the aging facility has serious problems and estimated repairs to keep the building operating and bringing it up to current fire does could a little more than $1 million.

Councillors also were told by the company the town hired to evaluate the arena that there are safety issues that need to be addressed immediately at the cost of about $2,000.

“There are some life-safety issues that should be addressed as an obligation for the muncipality,” John Stevenson, the president of LeisurePlan International, said in a report to Pelham council earlier this month.

Toffolo’s decision to move a team he has owned since 2002 was prompted by the City of Port Colborne reaching an agreement to allow the expansion Niagara Whalers of the tier 2 junior A Greater Metro Hockey League to use Vale Centre beginning with the 2014-15 season.

Toffolo said Port Colborne’s attendance base is “much too small” to support two junior teams, especially one that isn’t sanctioned by the OHA and isn’t restricted to the number of import players it can have on its roster.

“It would be a very difficult situation to have two teams. The Port Colborne organization just made it by,” Toffolo said in describing the Pirates as a non-profit entity dependent on support from the community.

The Pirates, he said, were already skating on thin ice financially before getting any competition for the hockey dollar at the box office. Attendance over the past four years averaged fewer than 125 fans, a far cry from the 200 that the team owner said is needed per game to break even.

“We were lucky enough we had long playoff runs from three of those years,” he said, adding the increased gate during the post-season was enough to make up for the losses during the regular season.

That wasn’t the case last season when the Pirates finished eighth in the nine-team Golden Horseshoe Conference and were swept by the eventual Sutherland Cup champion Caledonia Corvairs in the first round. As a result, they only hosted two playoff games.

He said attendance below 100 people was commonplace over the fast few seasons.

“Many nights it was a struggle. If just 40 people choose to follow the other team, that would be devastating for us,” he said.

Toffolo said the Pirates warned the City of Port Colborne “right off the bat” they would leave if another junior team received the green light to play home games at Vale Centre.

He also said the municipality never informed the Pirates about the possibility of getting co-tenants in the two-year-old arena.

“We were never consulted. They didn’t think it was any of our business. They wanted to maximize revenue potential.”

Harry Hakim, Port Colborne’s manager of community services, said the municipality was looking forward to having two junior teams playing out of an arena that opened in February with a full house of 1,700, including 500 standees.

“It actually fit in well with our overall plan,” he said, adding that lining up “additional hockey opportunities” was a “smart business move” on the city’s part.

Hakim also said there was “no enroachment” on the Pirates’ facilities, including a dressing room local high school students helped to build.

“We had room for both organizations. We could have facilitated another organization,” he said.

“We’re not happy they’re leaving. That was a decision purely made by the Pirates organization.”

Beamsville and Niagara-on-the-Lake, other “grey areas” currently not within the territory of junior B teams in the regions, were also considered as a new home for the Pirates.

“But the more we looked at Pelham, the more we liked it. The people in Pelham are very supportive. This will give the town something new and give Pelham kids something to aspire to,” Toffolo said.

When contacted, Steve Quinn, the Whalers’ western New York-based owner, had “no comment” on the Pirates’ decision to move.

bernd.franke@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @TribSportsGuy

GREATER METRO HOCKEY LEAGUE

What: Canadian developmental junior A hockey league not affiliated with the Canadian Junior Hockey League or Hockey Canada
Established: 2006
Goals: “To increase the international flavour of junior hockey in central Canada” and establishing teams in centres “passionate about hosting this new brand of junior hockey.”
Teams: 24, including the Niagara Whalers, who are scheduled to play a 42-game regular season out of Port Colborne’s Vale Health and Wellness Centre beginning with the 2014-15 season

Alex Morgan

Alex Morgan Returns to Chatham

Alex Morgan Returns To Chatham Maroons

http://www.cksn.ca/2014/07/alex-morgan-returns-to-chatham-maroons/

Alex Morgan is returning to the spot his Junior hockey career began, as it was announced this week that the veteran GOJHL star would be returning to the Chatham Maroons.

Morgan, who captained the St. Thomas Stars last season says he’s excited to get back to where he started in 2010-2011.

“Finding out I was going to end my junior career where it all began was something special,” says Morgan, who had 18 goals and 24 assists with St. Thomas last season. “With all odds of winning put aside I have made a great amount of friends here and enjoyed playing in front of a wild fan base. From feeling the nerves of my first game with the team to feeling the sadness of it all coming to an end, whether it be with a championship or not, I will be pleased to have had so many memorable experiences with such a prestigious organization,” continued Morgan about returning to Chatham.

Morgan played two full seasons with the Chatham Maroons, and part of a third before he joined the OHL’s Soo Greyhounds for the 2011-2012 season.

The veteran of close to 200 GOJHL regular season and playoff games says the Chatham organization has a lot to offer, and he’s anticipating an excellent experience with the Maroons this season.

“Chatham is a very unique club,” says Morgan. “The history, fan support, atmosphere in the rink, everything just makes you really take in the full junior hockey experience. When it comes down to it I missed everything about the Maroons and I can’t wait to return to Chatham for the start of the season.”

Morgan will be counted upon heavily to replace the lost scoring of Kyle Brothers and Adam Arseneault along side captain Michael Verboom and the Maroons’ other veterans.

London Nationals

London Nationals For Sale

London Nationals owner putting franchise up for sale for ‘personal reasons’

http://www.lfpress.com/2014/07/10/london-nationals-owner-putting-franchise-up-for-sale-for-personal-reasons

By Ryan Pyette, The London Free Press

Six weeks before training camp, Ken Eansor has hung a For Sale sign on the London Nationals.

The nine-year owner of the local Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League franchise hopes to find a buyer before the 2014-15 season opens.

“I don’t have to sell the team, but for personal reasons, it’s time,” he said. “It’s been a difficult decision for my wife (co-owner Nicole) and I, but it’s time to move on and out of the hockey business.

“Everyone in the organization has done a remarkable job to make it what it is today and I really think we’re at the top of the heap.”

The Nationals captured their first Sutherland Cup provincial junior B title in 2013. Under Eansor’s watch, the club made five trips to the conference final, winning twice.

“It’s so gratifying and easier to walk away knowing we were the first in this organization to win a Sutherland Cup and that (first time) can never happen again,” Eansor said. “If I didn’t have it, I would still be making the decision today. But it’s been a great run and the history of the team speaks for itself the last nine years.”

Eansor said the Ontario Hockey Association’s recent rejection of the 27-team GOJHL’s bid to acquire junior A status has nothing to do with his decision to sell.

“Something like that would never deter me,” he said. “I don’t think very many people are happy about it, but that’s all part of the business world. Things like that come up and you deal with them.”

Ken and Bill Eansor, Courtesy’s car-selling brothers, bought the Nats in 2005. They altered nearly everything about the team, changing its look and boosting attendance while developing a winning culture.

Two years ago, Bill sold off his shares to Ken.

“When my brother and I bought it, it was our goal to improve the product,” Ken said, “and then he sold off to me because he had other interests. It wasn’t that he didn’t want to be part of it anymore.

“So I said, ‘I’ll buy it’ and it’s been me and my wife and that’s where we are now.

“We brought it to a real good point and if the successor has the passion and time, they can take it to the next level and maintain the winning tradition we built here.”

Ken Eansor said he doesn’t have enough time to oversee the sale of the club so he has hired the Davis Martindale accounting firm, with vice-president of corporate finance Kevin Switzer at the lead.

There have already been a couple of inquiries.

“I will have influence, of course,” Ken Eansor said, “but I’m not going to be fielding calls on it and so forth. I just don’t have the time at this particular moment. I’m hoping we can transition relatively easy. When you sell a house, you hope the family that moves in enjoys it like you did.”

The status of GM Mike Borrows, head coach and former Knight Kelly Thomson, and the hockey operations staff will eventually be in the hands of new ownership. Eansor has recommended they stay on board for the coming season.

“These people are good at what they do,” he said, “and I hope Kelly (gets a shake in the OHL, and beyond). The man is experienced beyond his years. He understands the game, is great with players, is really good with the media and he’s got the whole package.

“Anyone can call me and I’ll give him a glowing reference.”

Though he’s moving away from the game, Ken Eansor remains a hockey fan and always open to puck possibilities down the road, including a jump to the major junior level.

“I won’t say no to that,” he said. “If something came up that was a good fit, or a group, I’m not saying I’m done forever.”

He feels like he accomplished his group’s original goals – give back to the community and keep as many London boys in the organization as possible. Adam McKee won conference player of the year in 2009, Stephen Sanza went on to captain the Knights, Aaron Dartch set scoring records and Tommy Hughes (New York Rangers) and Jared McCann (Vancouver) are in the NHL pipeline.

“I consider myself very fortunate because of the number of years I owned it and the people I’ve met,” he said. “I’m very grateful to the players who came through the organization and the staff.”

Now, it’s someone else’s turn.

ryan.pyette@sunmedia.ca

Twitter.com/RyanatLFPress​

skating

Niagara Falls Canucks franchise sold to former NHL’er

Former NHL goalie and Niagara Falls resident Frank Pietrangelo has purchased the Niagara Falls Canucks from the Masterson family. The announcement was made Thursday afternoon at the Gale Centre in Niagara Falls.

According to an article in the Niagara Falls Review, Pietrangelo purchased the team for a rumoured $180,000.

Pietrangelo said that while he wants his team to win, it won’t be the top priority of the organization.

“The most important thing here is developing hockey players, helping them to get to the next level, helping them to become better people and athletes and helping them to get something out of the game,” Pietrangelo told the Review.

Pietrangelo, who in addition to owning the team will also be the head coach, also wants to improve relations with the Chippawa Riverhawks junior C hockey club.

Pietrangelo also announced that the Canucks rookie skate will be at the Gale Centre on Sunday, June 15 from 5:00 – 9:00 pm. Registration will take place on the Niagara Falls Canucks website at http://ohaniagara.pointstreaksites.com/view/ohaniagara. More information can be obtained by emailing canucksjrb@aol.com

GOJHL

Blog Changes

As most you probably know, I ran a GOJHL Western Conference blog for the majority of this past season.  

Initially when it was proposed to me, I was told that it was designed to be an on-line newspaper, as that’s what Local Sports Report is, but that it would have the abilities for users to post their own stories, would have a comment section on every article, featured writers and a forum.  I was asked to be the Blog Manager and was told it’s a volunteer position and expected to be about a 4-7 hour a week job.  I can’t honestly tell you how many hours I put into it because I just did the job I was given, but I do know it was a lot of time. 

When the site and blog were eventually launched, the only feature it had was the ability to comment.  And some of you did, and I’m grateful for that.  It means that you actually took the time to read the stories I was putting out there and that it wasn’t a big waste of my time.  Although all the stories were posted by me, I wasn’t the only one writing them.  I’d say about 1/4 of the articles posted were written by C. Scott Holland.  Scott is a good friend of mine, he used to work for the weekly newspaper in Leamington, is a former Western league statistician, and he is the league historian.  Any time I need some history about something, I just go to Scott, or I consult the GOJHL record books that I have in my possession.  Other than Scott’s contributions, everything else was all written by me and it took a lot of time managing this blog.

I know how this is sounding, and I’m doing that on purpose, but it’s not what you think.  You can’t get rid of RG that easily.  The point of this is that the blog has now changed.  It now houses all of those features mentioned above.  Also, it is no longer just the Western Conference.  For those that were on the site, you may have noticed that there was a Golden Horseshoe blog.  The person that ran it didn’t have much time to put into it and managed to post 3 articles all season.  We did not have anyone running a Mid-Western blog.  I have found over the years that it’s hard to get the Mid-West fans engaged like that.  My goal is to get them on there next season and I have a few ideas floating around as to how to do that. 

Anyways, the blog is now GOJHL as a whole.  I will continue to just write about the West because that’s my Conference and what I know.  I may throw in the odd article about the other 2, but I can’t write about them like I can about the West. 

So to the features. 

It has user posts.  As a user, you can write an article about whatever you want and post it.  As the Manager, I have to approve it though.  Once it’s approved, it is posted for the blog world to see.  And the blog world and comment on it, just as you can on mine.  If it’s a good article, I will have the ability to make it a featured article, and it would appear at the top.  If you continue to write good articles, I will have the ability to make you a featured writer and from that point, any article you write would be automatically featured.  I’m not sure if I would still have to approve it, but we will find out, won’t we? 

The forum.  This is the biggest feature and the one I expect to get the most use.  The GOJHL blog now hosts the Golden Horseshoe forum.  At the top of the page, on the red bar, it says Forum.  Click on that and it takes you to the forum.  The previous links don’t work, so you’ll have to save this one.  All the active users of the old forum have been converted over, with their posts and topics.  I’ve been told that your login information is all the same.  I’m not going to reinvent the wheel, so I’ll try and put a link to the Western forum on that page as well.  If we get the Mid-West in here, I’ll try to set up a forum for them.  I realize there’s 1 over on the West, so we’ll see how this works out. 

Regarding the forum.  I’m not sure if it’s put through yet, but I’ve been told that I will basically be an Admin of it as well.  I’ve been a moderator of the Western forum for quite a few years now, I don’t know exactly how long, but if you’ve seen me over there, you know my style is that I pretty much let things go.  There are basic rules to the forum, which are the same as posting on the blog and can be found under Posting Rules.  As I said, my style is that I pretty much let things go.  I believe in the philosophy that we’re all adults and should know how to behave appropriately, but if you cross a line, I will let you know.  

During the course of the summer, I will be working on various aspects of the appearance of the blog.  On the side of the blog, under the advertisements, it has GOJHL Twitter Talk, which is displaying all tweets that have used the hashtag #GOJHL.  At the top of the page, you see the Twitter logo, that goes to my Twitter page.  I would like to have my Twitter Talk displayed on the side, but I don’t want it to look too busy, so we’ll see.  At some point, I will get my Facebook page on there too.

That’s all I have right now.  I’m very excited about this new chance to grow and show some people that I’m not just some girl.  I go to hockey because I enjoy it and I actually know what I’m talking about.  I’ve spent many years learning the rules of the game because I’ve never wanted to be known as just another puck bunny.  I’m also excited about the chance to meet new people and make new connections league wide.  I have some goals for myself and would love if this were to lead to other opportunities. 

If you have any questions or comments, would like to be a writer/contributor, or just want to tell me your opinion, leave it below or feel free to email me, s_rockets@hotmail.com.  After being RocketGirl for 10 years, I’ve got thick skin and can pretty much handle whatever you wanna throw at me.

Thanks and see you all in August.

Stacy Brooks

RocketGirl

GOJHL

End of the Season

With the Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs winning the Sutherland Cup last night, the end of the 2013-2014 season has finally come. It has been a very long season and I just want to take a moment to properly close it out.

First, congratulations to Caledonia on the season they had. They shot out of the gate to the top of the Golden Horseshoe Conference and really didn’t look back.

I also want to congratulate the S Catharines Falcons. They fought hard all season to catch Caledonia and battled with them every step of the way. I know the Sutherland Cup is every team’s dream, but you have no reason to hang your heads after the season you’ve had.

In my opinion, all 27 teams in the GOJHL need to be congratulated on the seasons they’ve had. We had teams that struggled next to teams that thrived, but the ones that struggled, it makes you better for next year. You need to go through times of adversity to appreciate your achievements.

I want to mention Chris Lazary and the Waterloo Siskins. You took a very young team and captured the Siskins first Cherrey Cup in 20 years. That is no small feat and it’s unfortunate how things turned out after your season ended. I don’t personally know Chris, but from the things I’ve heard and read, I’m sure you’ll land somewhere in the GOJHL for next year.

Leamington Flyers, they captured their first Western Jr. B title ever. Your play-off run this season, it was exactly what your community needed. You pulled everybody together and gave them hope.

You’re going to be surprised at this, but I also want to mention Chatham Maroons. No season is complete without some controversy and you were it this year. But it should not reflect upon the players. They went out and did their job as they were instructed. In my opinion, the issues surrounding Chatham are the fault of their coach and owner/GM. It was their decisions that got them in the hot water to begin with.

Now each team is looking forward to the 2014-2015 season and I wish them all good luck.

Now that the season is over, the blog will be dormant for the summer.

There are also some exciting changes coming with the blog. I expect them to take place over the next couple weeks. Once it happens, if you have any questions, about it or anything else, please feel free to email me at s_rockets@hotmail.com

Thanks everyone and have a great summer!

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2014 Sutherland Cup Champions Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs

These are some videos I took tonight of the Corvairs winning the Sutherland Cup.  The first is of the final seconds of the game.  The second video is when they received the Sutherland Cup.

 

 

 

Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs vs. St. Catharines Falcons

The finals for the Sutherland Cup are set.  It is Golden Horseshoe Champion Caledonia Corvairs vs. Wildcard St. Catharines Falcons.

Date Away Home Time Arena
Wed. April 23 St. Catharines Caledonia 7-2 HCCC
Fri. April 25 Caledonia St. Catharines 4-1 Jack Gatecliff
Sat. April 26 St. Catharines Caledonia 0-3 HCCC
Tues. April 29 Caledonia St. Catharines 2-3 DOT Jack Gatecliff
Wed. April 30 St. Catharines Caledonia 1-3 HCCC
Fri. May 2 Caledonia St. Catharines 2-3 TOT Jack Gatecliff
Sat. May 3 St. Catharines Caledonia 1-3 HCCC

Caledonia wins series 4-3

Game 7 summary from St. Catharines Standard.

http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2014/05/03/corvairs-edge-falcons-for-title

Game 6 summary from St. Catharines Stardard.

http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2014/05/03/falcons-prevail-in-triple-ot

Game 5 summary from St. Catharines Standard.

http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2014/04/30/loss-puts-falcons-one-game-from-cup-loss

Game 4 summary from St. Catharines Standard.

http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2014/04/29/kellys-ot-goal-pulls-falcons-even-with-corvairs

Game 3 summary from St. Catharines Standard.

http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2014/04/26/corvairs-take-2-1-series-lead

Game 2 summary from St. Catharines Standard.

http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2014/04/25/corvairs-even-series-at-1-1

Game 1 summary from St. Catharines Standard.

http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2014/04/23/falcons-dump-corvairs-in-sutherland-cup-opener

I’m not specifically writing a preview for this round because Western teams aren’t involved, but I am making a prediction.  I’m going with Caledonia in 5 because well, they already beat them in 5 games, I’m sure they can do it again.