Last night Brad Staubitz blocked a shot, and in the process it broke the blade of his skate.
The 67s’ trainer, Patafie, took his skate to the Knight’s training room because he had to rivet a new blade onto the skate boot, which required the use of a riveting machine.
Apparently there is a ‘code’ that traveling teams use the home teams’ equipment for these repairs when on the road, because they can’t travel with all the equipment that they might possibly need in the event of a repair.
Well, not last night!
Patafie was ordered out of the room by a team liaison – even though the equipment manager had let him in initially, and was helping him find the appropriate tools.
The team liaison radioed up to Mark Hunter when Patafie wouldn’t leave the room, and Mark Hunter said that Brad Staubitz is too valuable to them so get him out of there!
So they gave Brad a new pair of skates that didn’t fit, then he ended up with the one skate that wasn’t broken and another skate with different size of blade. That’s how he played the remainer of the game.
TEAM 1200 played an interview that Schreibs did with Patafie:
And here’s Staubitz’ take on it (interviewed by AJ and played on the TEAM 1200) (Added 5.27 1645h by Sid):
First of all the protocol in the OHL minor league is that if you have a problem like that and you need to use the riveter they let you in to use the tools. With the weight and bulk, you can’t carry it.
So I went to their room.
A directive came down from upstairs that said I had to leave the room.
A little argument ensued because I had to fix the skate. I was trying to fix the skate while all this was going on, but it was hard because I didn’t know where things were.
The team [London] liaison got involved.
I couldn’t get the skate fixed, so I handed the skate to their equipment manager to finish the job.
We had to get the other one changed at a local sports shop this morning.
[Schreibs asked him what the team was saying this morning]
I’m getting a different story every time.
The London trainer [Brankley] said Mark Hunter gave the order to kick me out.
The equipment manager said he was sorry.
The liaison told me that Mark Hunter said that Brad Staubitz is too important to our [67s] team and it’s a life or death situation and he’s [Patafie’s] not fixing it in our room.
So I asked him that if I gave him a roster of our team to give to Mark Hunter, would he please highlight the players that I will be allowed to fix in their rooms. The rest I’ll take to a local sports shop.
If you go to 3 or 4 writers throughout the league and ask who the trainer is for Ottawa, Windsor etc. they won’t know. I’m not part of the equation. I’m a roadie, part of the support crew. I want to win and my goodness I’m 50 years old and I’m not sure I have many more in me. But win like that, I’m not interested.
It would normally take me less than 5 minutes in my own room, with my equipment.
[Schreibs said Patafie should have been back long before the first period was over if you hadn’t encountered any problems.]
I pride myself on that. I’m organized.
And then there’s the other issue – I’m responsible for them if someone gets hurt.
And when I come off the ice to fix a piece of equipment and I’m not available to treat them it’s in the back of my mind.
I think, would the London trainer rush out to treat them if one of my guys went down? I’m not sure.
Schreibs on with TEAM 1200/Dean Brown and Bruce Garrioch:
Just the steel broke on my skate and we couldn’t get in the training room.
Patafie went in the Knights’ dressing room to use the riveter.
He was kicked out by security and I ended up missing a period of the game.
Kind of disbelief that that would happen especially in a tournament like this.
Not much you can do, just look past it.
Schreibs said he has tried to get a hold of Jim McKellar, who apparently sets up interview requests and what not. But he’s not answering today and has no answering service on his cell.
Schreibs wants to confront Mark Hunter, and so does Chris Stevenson.
They expect to get some “half-arsed” explanation. They’re expecting some run-around line, “you can bet your bottom dollar.”
Schreibs said he’s been around a long time and he’s never seen something like this.
He said that they want a Rimouski/London match so bad it’s ridiculous. Schreibs sounded disgusted, and he’s not the only one (see this post).
*Update 5.27 1745h by Sid – (via TEAM 1200/Lee Versage) The Kitchener Rangers are going to send their rivet machine to London for Ottawa’s use. They said that they were surprised that Ottawa hadn’t asked for assistance earlier, knowing London as they do. Love the Rangers!