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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Vaya con dios

Before Ron White travels to Tucson tomorrow to survey the wreckage and administer last rites to the Tilt, here's a picture we all thought was possible at the start of the season, and is now probably the last picture of the team (well, part of it) we will ever see.
Yes, that's the Thorne Cup...


Comments on "Vaya con dios"


Blogger ice it said ... (10:01 AM, December 06, 2006) : 

Players deserved a better end to the season than this.


Blogger ezstreet said ... (10:17 AM, December 06, 2006) : 

Ugh. What might have been in Tucson and Topeka. It's a shame for these kids.


Blogger yam18 said ... (10:56 AM, December 06, 2006) : 

these young men here are more mature and responsible than mr. mc williams... good luck guys you deserve the best always ... p.s. you know you would have won that cup haha no glory for phoenix in winning by default


Blogger assistant coach said ... (11:07 AM, December 06, 2006) : 

to all the boys:

i was able to see most of you yesterday to say good bye and good luck, for those i missed let me tell you what i told them. it was an absolute pleasure getting the chance to coach you boys my first year as a junior coach. i, like most of you were unaware that these problems were about to take over our national championship team. i found out the same day, infact the time as most of you did. as i walked into our lockeroom and found many of you packing up, my stomch dropped and has not returned yet. i have attempted to give the majority of you my contact info, i sincerely offer anything that may help you boys in the future, whether it be on or off the ice. on behalf of someone who had little to no control over anything that took place on this team, iam sorry for the raw hand you boys got dealt. thank you for all you gave day in and day out. i hope to see or hear from some of you again one day.


Blogger DONTQUIT said ... (12:33 PM, December 06, 2006) : 

The Great thing about hockey players is they are resilient, they always battle no matter how tough the situation or opponent is...Sure you can knock them down but they ALWAYS get back up. There is no athlete that is tougher than a hockey player!!! There were not too many times this group of kids were down this year but when they were it did not take them long to get back on TOP! Yes this is a terrible situation and there are no winners here...everyone has lost a lot!!!!! But lets not forget you Tilt boys are Hockey Players and damn good ones at that...the Top in the Nation!!!! So Don't you give up...Don't let someone elses actions stop you from grinding through this adversity and chasing your dreams. I completely understand that will be hard for some of you that are at that age and you have lost the most....BUT REMEMBER YOU MAY HAVE BEEN KNOCKED ON YOUR ASS HERE BY THIS SITUATION....YOU CAN AND WILL GET BACK ON TOP AGAIN!!!! That is why you are all such a great group of guys and a GREAT TEAM....Lets not forget that!!!!!


It truly was pleasure being a part of something so great and you players made it that way...I am sorry to see it end this way.

Thanks for being the warriors you are!!!

Best of luck to you!!!!!!



Blogger mctopeka said ... (1:23 PM, December 06, 2006) : 

As much as I hate to admit it, we are better off now than if we had found this out after he signed the contract. We do feel for the players, their families and the other coaches. We wish them all good luck and always the best. We also hope they will not harbor any ill feelings for Topeka.


Blogger justahockeydad said ... (3:26 PM, December 06, 2006) : 

As a parent of a player on the Phoenix team I am sad to see a good team go away like this. Our team loves competition and your team gave us an opportunity to play against one of the best in Jr B. I wish nothing but the best for all of the players and hope they get an opportunity to catch on with another team soon.


Blogger CaliforniaSkaters said ... (4:11 PM, December 06, 2006) : 

Interesting that the Tucson fans all as much consider themselves Nat'l Champs. They've lost 2 of 3 to Phoenix and another team in California took them to a shootout, which according to pointstreak, Phoenix ran over 3 straight.
We were looking forward to seeing them come to California to beat them on our home ice after a narrow loss in the desert.
National Champs, come one...they probably wouldn't win the division.


Blogger Marc Foster said ... (4:50 PM, December 06, 2006) : 

In Tucson and nationally, the expectation was that the Tilt were going to compete for the national title. That Phoenix and Tucson played three highly competitive games (both Phoenix wins needing 3rd period rallies) against each other was the BEST thing that could have happened to either of them as far as preparing for Nationals. There was still work to do. No one expected the title to be just handed over, and I've not seen anything written to that effect.


Blogger Tiltdad said ... (7:07 PM, December 06, 2006) : 

To those interested,

I just had a very interesting phone call with Mr. Ron White. For those of you that don't know, Ron is the commissionaire of the league. Ron confirmed that over $150,000 was in the Tilt's account early in the year but was recklessly spent. With that confirmed, I had to ask Mr.White what the other teams budgets are to successfully operate throughout the year? He confirmed and I quote, “An average annual budget for a Junior B team in the WSHL is $150,000”. With over $150,000 spent, you have to question why the Tilt is out of money only 4 months into the season.

Lets not kid ourselves. For the people that know Jon, we all know the truth on where he spent the money. All I can say right now is that my nose is sniffling and my groin is burning wondering where that money has gone!! Mr.Mcwilliams, are you going out tonight? Merry Christmas to all and to all a good appears to be a blizzard at Jon’s house in Tucson. (BOYS – PLUG YOUR EARS) To top it off, he has a 10 cute little asian Elves riding his sleigh.

All I can say is that despite the situation, I'm very happy my son is no longer associated in any way to this "boy" named Jon McWilliams.


Blogger Cy Clone said ... (10:46 AM, December 07, 2006) : 

If there are any D-men looking for a home there is a league in Saskatchewan, CANADA hurting for stud d-men. Most teams will waive the team fee, the teams pick up the costs for some room and board, all travel expenses (for road trips).


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