February 15, 2005

Looks Like The Veteran 67s Aren’t The Only OHL Vets In Trouble

In the Mississauga News Online Gary McCarthy writes, IceDogs continue ugly skid. Apparently the IceDogs’ effort on Friday night was not acceptable to Coach Gilbert. I do not envy that man one bit, having to deal with a number of ‘handle with care’ players. A snippet:

OTTAWA--There are some veteran members of the Mississauga IceDogs who may soon find themselves on the outside looking in unless they start providing the leadership that is needed to make the team successful.

It is no secret that GM Mario Forgione and the coaching staff are more than disappointed with the club's recent efforts.

Coach Greg Gilbert had a message for some of the team members after yet another non-effort Friday night that resulted in a 5-2 loss to the Ottawa 67's.

"Right now our older players are our worst players," said Gilbert. "They better pick it up or they're going to find themselves sitting in the stands. And I don't care who they are either."

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"Outside of Cody Bass and (Anthony) Butera, we've got some older players who are just putting in time," continued Gilbert. "The older guys are the ones who have more on the line because they're the ones who want pro careers," he noted.

Without question, players like Patrick O'Sullivan, Kyle Quincey and Tom Zanoski are among the veterans who haven't been delivering the goods on a consistent basis lately, and it was clear Gilbert had them in mind when he spoke of "not caring who they are" if there is any benching to be done.

[. . .]

"Once we get healthy, there could well be some guys watching from the stands," said Gilbert.

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