Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A few weeks ago, the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League came down on the coaching staff of the Soo Thunderbirds, just prior to the team leaving for the Royal Bank Cup. Among the things that the NOJHL investigated was the alleged drinking of alcholic beverages on the team bus.
Well, the NOJHL has completed its investigation and, as Randy Russon of juniorhockey.com reports, the team “will pay a heavy price . . .”
That story is right here.
And here’s another note from Russon, one with chilling concussion-related details:
Friends of Paul (Turk) Theriault are honouring the retired junior hockey coach with a tribute golf event, slated for July 16 at the Wooden Sticks Golf Club in Uxbridge, Ont., which is just east of Toronto.
The tournament has been slugged 'A Tribute to Turk'.
Details on the event are included on a special website.
A concussion that Theriault suffered about 40 years ago while playing hockey for the Lake Superior State Lakers has surfaced with irreversible effects that have severely limited his abilities.
Organizers of the tournament are hoping that as well as recognizing Theriault contributions as a coach, including 14 seasons in the OHL with Soo Greyhounds, Oshawa Generals and Erie Otters, the golf tournament will help to offset the financial cost of Paul's continuing and increasing need for therapy and care.
The planning for the event is progressing under the direction of Scott McCrory and Norm Schmidt, two of Theriault's former Oshawa players.
Theriault closed out his coaching career two years ago in the NOJHL with the Soo Eagles.
You may want to check this out right here. It’s a trailer for a movie titled Ogilthorpe. . . . Yes, it’s that kind of movie. But remember . . . it’s only a movie. . . . Oh, and did I mention that the film makers are looking for investors?
Jennifer Pagliaro of the Toronto Star has a story right here about a coach in Newfoundland — a volunteer coach — who has been suspended and fined , as the head line reads, “for letting players skip opening ceremony to study for exams.” . . . Seriously! . . . The appeal now has been dumped into the laps of the pooh-bahs at Hockey Canada.
The Swift Current Broncos have signed F Glenn Gawdin, the fifth overall selection in the 2012 bantam draft. From Richmond, B.C., Gawdin had 90 points, including 58 goals, in 43 games with the Seafair Islanders of the Pacific Coast bantam league. . . . Gawdin is the first of the Broncos’ 2012 draft picks to sign a contract.
The Seattle Thunderbirds have signed F Keegan Kolesar and D Ethan Bear, both of them 2012 bantam picks, to WHL contracts. . . . Kolesar, from Winnipeg, was the 20th overall selection. He had 33 points, including 22 goals, and 84 penalty minutes in 27 games with the bantam AAA Winnipeg Hawks. . . . Bear, a second-round pick from Ochapowace, Sask., had 44 points and 45 penalty minutes for the bantam Tier 1 team at POE in Penticton.
Tweet of the day:
From Tri-City Americans D Mitch Topping (@mitchtopping): “Great round of golf with Craig and Sr. Weebs today at Wolf Creek. Sorry to the beer cart lady who took one in the back, nice one Dad.”

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