As the ol' Newfie song goes... "I need home for a rest".... and after being on the road for 39 days since May 4th, I feel that no truer words have been spoken! Lets take a look at some of the most recent happenings in the wonderful world of ice hockey.
It was nice to get back on the ice today with some 1-on-1 training, and some small group training. Maggie Connors has been working with myself, Andrew Sweetland and Jeremy 'Kavvy' Kavanagh since the beginning of June, and is starting to look awfully sharp. Her feet don't look quick, but her quickness is deceiving and her stride is long and powerful. Maggie's shot has improved a great deal since day 1 - I would be shocked if she does not make Team Canada U18 this year. Check out our social media pages for video clips of the youngest Connors sibling in action.
When I see Ryan Greene on the ice, I see a carbon copy of Teddy Purcell. Greene is smooth as silk with and without the puck, and makes the game look so easy. Greene has nifty hands and is starting to grow, which is doing great things for his skating stride. Ted was a bit smaller than Greene, but just about everything else is the same - right down to the dark complexion.
The Evolve World '06 travel team competed well at the Canada Day Cup in Ottawa last weekend, finishing with a 1-3 record. Our squad lost to the eventual tournament champs 'Prospect' by a final score of 5-4 in the round robin, and lost a game vs the Acadian Selects that could have very well been a victory if it wasn't for some spectacular goaltending by the Acadian keeper. #xhockeyplayers Nolan Avery had a very strong tournament for our club, posting 9 points in 4 round robin games (6th in tournament scoring) and was very strong in all zones. #xhockeyplayers Carter Hynes moved the puck very well, Cole Cooper won a lot of battles, Kyle Greene performed admirably on the back end, Andy Knight worked his butt off, Luke-y Power potted a goal on Saturday and Sean Hogan made a couple highlight reel saves! Well done fellas! Also - thanks to Evolve Hockey (the Collins brothers Chris and Greg) for another successful joint venture. Mike and Alicia Callery, if you guys are reading this, thanks for managing our team this year. These types of things never go smoothly without a great management team.
My Tampa Bay Lightning have made some great decisions over the past couple of weeks! First, drafting Cal Foote and making a trade for Sergachev provides us with a future backbone on the blue line. Acquiring wiley veterans Dan Girardi to play with Hedman and Chris Kunitz as a depth forward at a reasonable price should pay dividends in 2017-18. Little known re-signings of Dumont (love him as a bottom six forward) and Gourde will give us a lot of depth up front, just in case Johnson and Palat do not sign on the dotted line by the start of the year (lets hope that they do).
Last but not least, congratulations to Andrew McKim and his new wife Ann on tying the knot this past week in Saint Andrews, NB. The wedding was a lot of fun, and it was nice to have most of my family there to join in the festivities.
Until Next Time,