The calendar is about to turn on the month of May, but we cannot change the channel until we make a point to review what has been goin' on of late. Here goes.
The Female U12 team had a very strong showing at the Can Lan Victoria Day Spectacular in Toronto this past weekend. The girls started slow, dropping their first two games to the Brampton Capitals and the Shark Attack. However, Kaitlyn Pike and Cassie Drover scored back-to-back shorthanded goals to help defeat the Ontario Hounds 3-2. With a 1-2 record in the round robin, the gals in gold had to face the 5th ranked team in the tournament (AA bracket semis). The game that followed with "The Crows Nest" was very, very exciting. The score was deadlocked at 0 until Pike (aka "KP") buried a rebound to put the good guys up 1. Dakota "Hulk" Hogan added an insurance marker late in the third to seal the deal for the X. The 2-0 win created a AA bracket finals match against the Gorgeous Goons, a team that proved to be too much for Xtreme on Sunday afternoon. The Goons scored twice in the first, once in the second and once with Xtreme's goalie pulled to take the gold medal 4-0. "We had a good run" said U12 head coach Callie Langmead. "We had a great showing on and off the ice. We had a ball at the Hockey Hall of Fame, Canada's Wonderland, the trampoline park, and around the hotel. Everything about this trip was a success".
The 2007 Atlantic Selects roster came out early this week, and 3 #xhockeyplayers have cracked the line up. Just in case the individuals have not been notified, I will leave the names out. However, having 3 players on the '07 AS team is great news for the X program. The selected players will be invited to travel to the Lobsterfest tournament in New Hampshire July 1-3, 2016.
Xtreme Hockey has partnered with Evolve Hockey out of Rochester, NY for a pilot project that will see 3, 2006 born #xhockeyplayers travelling to Toronto June 3-5 to compete in the CCHA Sports North American Spring Showcase tournament. This tournament will be a true test for Nolan Avery, Jack Chafe and Carter Hynes, as they will join forces with players from upstate New York, New York City, and the eastern seaboard to vie for a tournament championship. Xtreme Hockey hopes that this pilot project will be the start of a deep connection with Evolve in years to come. Personally, I am really looking forward to helping out with the coaching duties with this team!
The 2016 QMJHL Midget Draft kicks off in Charlottetown, PEI on June 4th, and the Halifax Mooseheads OWN the first round of the draft this year. The Moose had a very poor year on the ice, winning 21 games but losing 39. Moose GM Cam Russell is (definitely) determined to rebuild one of the most popular franchises in all of junior hockey next weekend, loading up with 3 first round picks (including the #1 overall pick). #xhockeyplayers Matt McKim and Nick Gosse are both ranked in the top 3 rounds of the draft, and I would not be surprised to see McKim slide up from his 31st overall ranking and go to the Mooseheads with either the 20th, 23rd, or 28th picks. If McKim does not find a home in "the city", I predict that the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles will be calling his name at the draft table somewhere in the first two rounds. For Gosse, I feel that his dynamic speed and size will be drafted somewhere in the fifth round, a slight drop in his ranking only because teams in the "Q" haven't seen him enough this season (Gosse played Midget in Ontario in 2015-16). A lot of familiar faces are ranked in the fifth round; Devan Newhook, Kyle Mcgrath, Tristan Gray, and Liam Leonard are all ranked in round 5. Newhook is a D man who has a lot of upside; he's got some height, he's mobile, and he logged a lot of minutes for the SJ Privateers in 2015-16. Mcgrath tore up the NL Midget AAA League in 2015-16 and could be a sleeper pick in the mid rounds, while Gray has excelled at all levels in his career and would be a value pick for anyone who drafts him, in my opinion. I have not seen enough of Liam Leonard in recent years to make an accurate evaluation of him, but would like to wish him good luck if he's reading this article. Other #xhockeyplayers who are ranked by QMJHL Central Scouting are; Drew Bennett (rounds 6-8), Chris Murphy (6-8), Tim Noble (6-8), Nick Abbott (9-12), and Lucas Osmond (9-12). Good luck to all of the above players, as well as players who are not currently ranked, in the QMJHL Draft!
Until Next Time,