Sunday, August 31, 2014

Notebook: Nice Pucks Are Nice

Via Sea Dogs equipment manager David Kelly, here’s a look at Saint John’s pucks for the upcoming 10th anniversary season.
In his Friday column, the Chronicle Herald’s Willy Palov listed Sea Dogs defensemen Jakub Zboril, Luke Green, and Adam Bateman as must-see players in the QMJHL this season.

On Zboril, Palov writes “the Czech blueliner is coming off an outstanding summer season with his national team and is another player pegged as a possible first-rounder for the 2015 NHL draft.”

The Sea Dogs return to pre-season action next Friday at Harbour Station when they host the Charlottetown Islanders at 7:30 p.m. The two teams also meet next Saturday at Eastlink Centre to wrap up exhibition play.

Saint John is 2-1-0-1 in pre-season play so far this year while Charlottetown is 2-2-0-0.

Friday’s game will be the first of three straight between the Dogs and Isles. They also meet on September 12 in Charlottetown to open the regular season.

The Islanders feature former Sea Dogs Oliver Cooper and Will Thompson.

The Sea Dogs are looking for volunteers to join their game night operations staff.

If interested, resumes can be sent to Cole Fowler, Game Day and Community Coordinator, at:
(506) 632-9269

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ward Reassigned; 26 Reamin At Camp

26 players remain at Saint John Sea Dogs training camp.

The team announced this morning that forward Kyle Ward has been reassigned from their training camp roster. Ward, 16, was a ninth-round pick of the Sea Dogs in this year’s QMJHL Entry Draft.

The Sackville native recorded 11 goals and 17 assists in 28 NB/PEI Major Midget AAA Hockey League games with the Moncton Flyers last season. He also had two goals in five games with Team Atlantic at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

There are now 26 players remaining on Saint John’s camp roster, consisting of three goaltenders, eight defensemen, and 15 forwards.

It appears the Dogs will cut at least one more forward, and it will presumably be between imports Juraj Siska and Nikita Li.

Saint John’s next pre-season game is on September 5 at Harbour Station against the Charlottetown Islanders.

Notebook: Mapping the QMJHL

Via the website Icethetics, here’s a map of the QMJHL. Rouyn-Noranda and Val-d’Or are pretty much on another planet.

The Sea Dogs have this weekend off from pre-season action but will return next weekend with a pair of games. Next Friday, Saint John hosts the Charlottetown Islanders at Harbour Station at 7:30 p.m. The two teams the meet at Eastlink Link the next night at 7:00 p.m.

Saint John is 2-1-0-1 in exhibition play and have outscored opponents 13-9.

The Sea Dogs begin the regular season on Friday, September 12 in Charlottetown.

Tessier was chosen by Saint John with the 15th overall pick in this year’s QMJHL Entry Draft. The 16-year old forward has looked good in pre-season action, recording a goal and five shots in three games.

According to reports, next year’s QMJHL Entry Draft will be held in Sherbrooke. The Phoenix also hosted last year’s draft and was, apparently, quite successful.

TSN’ Rick Westhead had a big time article on the possibility of a CHL players union becoming reality. He specifically mentioned former Sea Dog Nicholas Pard in his piece.

Dias confirmed that some players in Quebec have been asked to sign union cards by Nicholas Pard, who played three seasons with the Saint John Sea Dogs in Quebec's major junior league. It is unclear how many players signed union cards. Pard is now playing pro hockey in Europe, Dias said.

Pard has spent the past three seasons in France.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sea Dogs Reassign Nicholson

By Jamie Tozer and Lorne Webster

The Saint John Sea Dogs continue to trim down their training camp roster.

This afternoon the club announced that defenseman Gareth Nicholson has been reassigned from their camp roster. The Kentville, NS native was acquired in a trade from the Moncton Wildcats earlier this month.

Nicholson, 19, has spent the past two seasons in the QMJHL. He registered a goal and an assist in 39 games split between the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and Wildcats last season.

Nicholson was a second-round pick of the Dieppe Commandos in the 2012 MHL Draft.

Saint John’s training camp roster is now down to 27 players consisting of three goaltenders, eight defensemen, and 16 forwards. Many teams around the league have already finalized their rosters for opening night.

Station Nation’s Lorne Webster took a stab at predicting Saint John’s opening night roster. Here is his take:

Monday, August 25, 2014

Pezzetta, Gross Reassigned

Forwards Stefano Pezzetta and Drew Gross have been reassigned by the Sea Dogs, the team announced this morning.

Pezzetta, 19, leads the Sea Dogs in pre-season scoring with three goals and an assist in four games but was held pointless in both contests this past weekend. The Toronto native played in two games with the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack last season along with 25 OJHL games.

Gross, 18, was held pointless in three pre-season games. The Kitchener native recorded 13 goals and 24 points in 46 GOJHL games with the Stratford Cullitons last season.

There are now 28 players remaining at Sea Dogs training camp. The roster consists of three goaltenders, nine defensemen, and 16 forwards.

Saint John’s next pre-season game is on Friday, September 5 at Harbour Station against the Charlottetown Islanders.

Notebook: Truro Has A Nice Rink

What a beautiful building the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro is.

Outside, the building looks massive even from the highway. It seems just as big on the inside with a large arena, a large pool and slide, and other amenities most modern community centres feature these days. It was sort of a combination of the Dartmouth Sportsplex and Fredericton’s Grant*Harvey Centre.

The most unique part of the building is the amount of windows. There are windows everywhere. When sitting in the stands, you can actually see the pool through some glass doors behind one of the nets.

Stefano Pezzetta, who was reassigned by the team today, was held pointless this weekend but still leads the Sea Dogs in pre-season scoring with four points. His three goals are a team high as well.

Samuel Dove-McFalls (two goals and one assist), Mathieu Joseph (one goal and two assists) and Sheehan Kirkwood (three assists) all sit second in team scoring with three points each.

Also of note, Sebastien Auger, Blade Mann-Dixon, and Christopher Smith have yet to allow a goal this pre-season.

Former Sea Dogs forward Joey Richard returned to action this weekend with the Gatineau Olympiques. Prior to this weekend, the Dieppe native had not played January 4 due to a shoulder injury.

Richard scored and had two shots for the Olympiques on Saturday in Rouyn-Noranda. On Sunday against the Huskies, the right-winger was held pointless but did have two shots.

The Sea Dogs traded Richard to the Olympiques in May for a 2016 fourth-round pick.