Sean Day became the fourth player to receive special exemption to play in the Ontario Hockey League at the age of 15. But unlike John Tavares, Aaron Ekblad and Connor McDavid before him, Day did not go first in his draft class. That honour went to forward Travis Konecny, who will be a major part of the rebuild in Ottawa.
Day could have stayed much closer to home had it not been for the Windsor Spitfires forfeiting their first-round pick to sanctions resulting from violating player recruitment and benefits. The Spitfires would have otherwise held the fourth pick in Saturday’s priority selection. Instead, they spent the days leading up to the draft focusing on matters they could control.
Rockets make history, anything left?
The Kelowna Rockets became just the second team in Western Hockey League history to erase a 3-0 series deficit to win a series. Five of the seven games went into overtime, with Tyson Baillie capping the comeback with his third of the night in a 3-2 win in Game 7 on Wednesday.
It was a tough moment for the Seattle Thunderbirds, the underdog team that finished with 50 fewer points than the Rockets in the regular season. Captain Luke Lockhart earned the respect of his peers in this series, especially after tying Game 7 with just seven seconds left in regulation.
The downside of a long playoff series is being felt by the Rockets. The injury bug bit their defensive corps in particular, and they were down to just four defencemen for their series opener with Kamloops on Saturday.
Baillie, the overtime hero in Game 7, may have escaped punishment for a late hit on Kamloops Blazers forward Colin Smith in Game 1 on Saturday. No penalty was called on the play, and Smith didn’t return. Baillie was later suspended for Game 2 while Smith also sat out with an injury. The Blazers took a 2-0 series lead with a 5-1 win on Sunday.
Blazers win it 4-2. Chase Souto with some 3rd period insurance.Colin Smith did not return after questionable hit by Baille in 2nd period.
The relocation rumours surrounding the Erie Otters to Hamilton continued last week. Hamilton Bulldogs owner Michael Andlauer told the Hamilton Spectator he’d like to purchase an OHL team, while remaining owner of the American Hockey League’s Bulldogs.
Next on the agenda would be obtaining a new rink with a smaller, more appropriately-sized capacity for junior and the minor leagues.
Nick Cousins, Andrew Fritsch and Mark Petaccio were charged with sexual assault in late August. They entered counseling shortly thereafter and the storyline followed throughout the season.
Many wondered how the charges would affect the hockey-playing futures of each player, particularly Cousins, the Philadelphia Flyers’ third-rounder. Charges were dropped Thursday in a Sault Ste. Marie courtroom when the Crown cited “no reasonable prospect of conviction.”
Wow ! Tough 8 months for myself and my family.Glad to say that it is finally over ! Would like to thank my family, friends, billets and
-The Oshawa Generals locked up head coach D.J. Smith to a three-year contract extension. http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/article/dj-smith-commits-to-three-year-contract-extension-with-oshawa-generals
-Portland Winterhawks goaltender Mac Carruth set a WHL record for playoff wins with his 39th in Portland’s Game 2 win over Spokane Saturday. Carruth also set a franchise record for playoff shutouts with four in his career.
Thanks to all my teammates over all these playoff wins couldn’t have done it without you obviously #lucky#teammates