May 05, 2005

One More Sleep

*Some great pics of the 67s loading up for the drive to London via the 67s site here.

*It’s so great to be reading threads on NOOF discussing the OHL finals, debating London or Ottawa – Ottawa! It makes me so giddy. Not surprisingly, the majority say London will take the series; maybe Ottawa will take one game. You can’t really argue with this – London has steamrolled over any and all competition they’ve faced. But then this one thread by FX4 that stands out [link]:

i expected Ottawa to lose to barrrie. i expected ottawa to lose to sudbury. i expected ottawa to lose to peterborough. i expect ottawa to lose to london.....[Sic]

So true. So true.

*From the London Free Press (5.5.2005) Morris Dalla Costa writes, One 67 will have lots of fans. Talking about Mancari. He’ll get a ton of support from family and friends.

*From the Toronto Sun (5.5.2005) Ken Fidlin writes, Junior hockey as big as ever. Snippets:

"We've been able to take a few teams by surprise," Kilrea said. "We've managed to win three series so far as the underdog and in this one, we'll be the underdog of all time."

"This may have been Brian's best coaching job ever," OHL commissioner Dave Branch said yesterday. "Even as late as March, making the playoffs was in jeopardy, yet here he is. It will be an outstanding final."

*From the London Free Press (5.5.2005) Jim Cressman writes, Friendships go on shelf in OHL final. Talking about the friendship between Dick Hunter and Killer. And Cressman points out the refs for the series:

Zebras: Brad Beer of London, in his 11th season as a referee, is working his sixth OHL championship final. The others referees, both working their first final, are Mark Hicks, in his ninth season, and Terry Hobor, in his eighth. The linesmen are Joe Celestin of London, working his fifth final, and former Knights defenceman Brent Holdsworth, Mike Bolibruck, Ken Cox, Kevin Hastings, Chris Hodgins and Darren Price.

Cressman also reports on the injured and suspended London players:
_Brian Rodney will be a game-day decision for Game 1 (knee injury);
_Trevor Kell will be out until Memorial Cup (broken hand);
_Brandon Prust eligible to return from suspension for Game 2; and
_Josh Beaulieu eligible to return from suspension for Game 3.

*From the Ottawa Sun (5.5.2005) Barre Campbell writes, Kilrea, Hunter trade praises. Campbell also reports that Akeson is sick (pneumonia) but that he’s expected to play.

*From the Ottawa Sun (5.4.2005) Barre Campbell writes, Bonello has 67's attention. A quote:

"They ask me what it's going to be like, and through the last two rounds, I've been saying, 'You know what? If we get to the Memorial Cup, it's going to be the best experience of your life. You'll never forget it,'" Bonello said prior to practice yesterday at the Civic Centre.

*To acknowledge their remarkable season, Labatt Blue is releasing a beer label with the Knights logo [link].

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