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Monday, August 06, 2007

Monday News

The Joseph Goebbels Award for biggest line of B.S. spewed this summer is going to Ian Ellis, the OHL's Director of Marketing and Special Events, who now claims that while the USHL sits atop U.S. Junior hockey, most consider it equivalent to Junior B in Canada. Really? How many of those Canadian B leagues guided kids directly into an NCAA D1 slot or NHL draft selection? In his next life Ellis is slated to be a farmer, because he's certainly proven proficient at spreading manure.

The Bismarck Bobcats have hired former Quad City Express (CSHL) head coach/GM Byron Pool as their new assistant coach. Speaking of the Bobcats, someone might want to let them know they are celebrating their Tenth Anniversary in their eleventh season. Whoops, better late than never!

Windsor recreation complex features 6,500 seat arena for the Spitfires...

Former Saginaw Spirit GM Bob Mancini returns to the Edmonton Oilers as development coach...

The battle over who will own the Kamloops Blazers is starting to get messy...

Al Murray dives into job as Hockey Canada's head scout with under-18 team...

London Knights keep ticket prices competitive, but bump rates 50 cents across the board...

Ajax Attack has hired Trevor Nkiwane as assistant coach...

Alan Kerr takes over as Alberni Valley Bulldogs head coach and GM...

Portland Winter Hawks voice Dean Vrooman steps down after 25 years...

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Blogger Sam Hain said ... (9:01 PM, August 05, 2007) : 

I emailed the Bobcats a few weeks ago letting them know this is the eleventh season. Never got a response back and also seems they didn't take my words seriously as the logo is still up. No surprise.


Blogger Ryan Hodgson said ... (1:33 PM, August 06, 2007) : 

The BCHL is fairly complimentary to the USHL. The term "junior B" encompasses leagues like BCHL, tier 1 hockey in Ontario etc etc. Lots of 1st round NHL picks and NCAA Collage players played in those leagues. So really, that comment is fairly accurate.

Don't get the term "Junior B" confused with the US level of junior B. It's very good hockey. No need to get all upset.


Blogger Ryan said ... (3:52 PM, August 06, 2007) : 

correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the BCHL and OPJHL Junior A and not Junior B like the above poster?


Blogger extowerclimber said ... (9:02 PM, August 06, 2007) : 

Ryan is correct. Marc lists the links to both leagues on his page.
They both list on their web pages they are Junior A.


Blogger Ryan Hodgson said ... (12:53 PM, August 07, 2007) : 

regardless of what the leagues calls itself, they are all the same level of hockey - one step under major junior.

The Western Ontario Junior B league recently changed their name and dropped "junior B" from it - mostly because of the stigma from the name junior B. The league hasn't changed - same players - some of which are going NCAA.

Tier 2, Junior A, Junior B - all the same. Kinda confusing I guess. (I assume the only reason the Toronto leagues called themselves "junior A" "provincial junior A" was just to market themselves as a better league).


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