June 28, 2008

Ottawa 67s and National Teams

Tyler Cuma and Logan Couture have been invited to the National Junior Team Development Camp here in Ottawa. More here from Hockey Canada. The roster is here. The coach this year is Benoit Groulx of the Gatineau Olympiques. Read that announcement here.

And Michael Latta has been invited to the selection camp for the Men's Under-18 Team that will compete in the Ivan Hlinka tournament in . See the roster here. The press release is here.

Best of luck to all of you!! (and please stay healthy!!)

NHL Entry Draft

Sorry it’s taken so long to get around to this update.

As you know by now, our Tyler Cuma was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft (23rd overall) here in Ottawa last Friday. We were at the event but the spousal-unit was dead bored by 9:30 and we left so I don’t have any pictures of him. We certainly didn't go the second day so we missed Julien Demers getting drafted by the San Jose Sharks (or Ottawa West as we call it now).

We got in the door just as Cuma was picked and it was really great to see. The Minnesota Wild have a lot of articles on their draft picks; here are the links for your reading pleasure. And here is a link to the San Jose site and their draft coverage.

As for my experience at the draft, it was a slow moving affair but it was interesting to watch. The 200 and 300 bowls were pretty much full which was great to see. Lots of fans wearing jerseys from across the NHL and CHL. Some Sting fans were right behind us and were proudly cheering for Stamkos.

The crown jewels of the NHL were there but I only got a picture of (and with) Stanley.

Glad I went but not sure I would travel to one; I think the total entertainment package on TV would be better as there is lots of “dead air time” in the arena as teams take their time to announce their picks or negotiate trades. If you do go to one, but sure the person you go with is as big a fan as you or incredibly patient.

Here are some pictures from the draft:

The Stage

The TSN Crew

Two hockey icons: Yzerman and Bowman

If you ignore them maybe they will go away...

Burke and Sutter cooking up the deal.

The Great One reacting to his reception from the fans.

What it's all about!!

June 14, 2008

2008-2009 Schedule Announced

From the OHL Site:

Created: Jun 13, 2008
The Ontario Hockey League today announced the schedule of games for the 2008-09 season.

The 2008-09 season kicks off on Wednesday September 17 in Saginaw where the Spirit
will host the London Knights. The 680 game regular season concludes 179 days later
on March 15.

The Kitchener Rangers begin defence of their title at home against the Plymouth Whalers on September 19. They meet the Belleville Bulls at home on October 17 in a rematch of last May's Rogers OHL Championship Series, which the Rangers won in seven games.

The 2009 OHL Playoffs will open on March 19 and the 2009 OHL Champions, along with the champions from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League, will join the Rimouski Oceanic in the 2009 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Rimouski, PQ from May 15-24.

The Ontario Hockey League continues the tradition of being primarily a weekend league in order to accommodate the student athlete with 89% of games scheduled between Thursday and Sunday. Friday is the busiest night during the season with 216 games scheduled.

Day - No. of Games (Percentage)

Monday - 12 (1.8%)
Tuesday - 11 (1.6%)
Wednesday - 53 (7.8%)
Thursday - 93 (13.7%)
Friday - 216 (31.7%)
Saturday - 170 (25.0%)
Sunday - 125 (18.4%)

Total - 680

Here are the Ottawa 67s Games (I may have committed fat finger errors while formatting):

Fri. Sep. 19 Ottawa at Brampton7:30
Sat Sep. 20 Ottawa atNiagara7:00
Fri. Sep. 26 Bellevilleat Ottawa7:30
Sat Sep. 27 Ottawa at Belleville 7:15
Sun. Sep. 28 Ottawaat Oshawa 6:05
Fri. Oct. 3 Peterborough atOttawa7:30
Sun. Oct. 5 Guelph atOttawa2:00
Wed. Oct. 8 Ottawaat Kingston 7:00
Fri. Oct. 10 Belleville atOttawa 7:30
Mon. Oct. 13 Ottawa at Belleville 2:00
Fri. Oct. 17 Windsor at Ottawa 7:30
Sun. Oct. 19 S.S.Marie at Ottawa 2:00
Fri. Oct. 24 Sarnia at Ottawa 7:30
Sat Oct. 25 Ottawa at Barrie 7:30
Sun. Oct. 26 Ottawa at Mississauga 2:00
Thu. Oct. 30 Ottawa at Peterborough 7:00
Fri. Oct. 31 Mississauga at Ottawa 7:30
Sun. Nov. 2 Owen Sound at Ottawa 2:00
Thu. Nov. 6 Ottawa at Windsor 7:05
Fri. Nov. 7 Ottawa at Saginaw 7:11
Sat Nov. 8 Ottawa at Plymouth 7:05
Fri. Nov. 14 Belleville at Ottawa 7:30
Sat Nov. 15 Ottawa at Belleville 7:15
Sun. Nov. 16 Ottawa at Brampton 2:00
Fri. Nov. 21 Brampton at Ottawa 7:30
Sun. Nov. 23 Ottawa at Oshawa 2:05
Fri. Nov. 28 Oshawa at Ottawa 7:30
Sat. Nov. 29 Kingston at Ottawa 2:00
Sun. Nov. 30 Ottawa at Kingston 2:00
Fri. Dec. 5 Barrie at Ottawa 7:30
Sun. Dec. 7 Kingston at Ottawa 2:00
Fri. Dec. 12 Oshawa at Ottawa 7:30
Sat. Dec. 13 Ottawa at Sudbury 7:00
Sun. Dec. 14 Ottawa at S.S.Marie 2:00
Fri. Dec. 19 Peterborough at Ottawa 7:30
Tue. Dec. 30 Ottawa at Kingston 7:00
Fri. Jan. 2 Ottawa at Kitchener 7:30
Sat. Jan. 3 Ottawa at Sarnia 7:30
Sun. Jan. 4 Ottawa at London 2:00
Fri. Jan. 9 Niagara at Ottawa 7:30
Sat Jan. 10 Mississauga at Ottawa 2:00
Sun. Jan. 11 Plymouth at Ottawa 2:00
Fri. Jan. 16 Saginaw at Ottawa 7:30
Sat Jan. 17 Ottawa at Peterborough 7:00
Sun. Jan. 18 Ottawa at Mississauga 2:00
Wed. Jan. 21 Ottawa at Belleville 7:15
Fri. Jan. 23 Oshawa at Ottawa 7:30
Sun. Jan. 25 Erie at Ottawa 2:00
Wed. Jan. 28 Ottawa at Kingston 7:00
Fri. Jan. 30 Belleville at Ottawa 7:30
Sun. Feb. 1 London at Ottawa 2:00
Fri. Feb. 6 Brampton at Ottawa 7:30
Sat Feb. 7 Ottawa at Oshawa 2:05
Sun. Feb. 8 Kingston at Ottawa 2:00
Fri. Feb. 13 Peterborough at Ottawa 7:30
Sat Feb. 14 Ottawa at Barrie 7:30
Sun. Feb. 15 Ottawa at Owen Sound 2:00
Thu. Feb. 19 Ottawa at Peterborough 7:00
Fri. Feb. 20 Kitchener at Ottawa 7:30
Sun. Feb. 22 Niagara at Ottawa 2:00
Fri. Feb. 27 Ottawa at Guelph 7:30
Sat Feb. 28 Ottawa at Erie 7:00
Sun. Mar. 1 Ottawa at Niagara 2:00
Thu. Mar. 5 Ottawa at Peterborough 7:00
Fri. Mar. 6 Barrie at Ottawa 7:30
Sun. Mar. 8 Sudbury at Ottawa 2:00
Fri. Mar. 13 Peterborough at Ottawa 7:30
Sun. Mar. 15 Kingston at Ottawa 2:00