July 27, 2008

Development Camp – Game 1: Red 4 – White 1

This will be the only development camp event I can see. Here’s a really quick summary of the game. First, the lineups:

Team Red:
Tyler Ennis, Eric O’Dell, Jamie Benn
Colten Gillies, Brandon Sutter, Chris Didomenico
Nazem Kadri, Cody Hodgson, Riley Nash
Maxime Suave, Chris Terry, Corey Trivino

Alex Grant, Luke Schenn
PK Subban, Travis Hamonic
Yann Sauve, Jared Spurgeon
Mark Katic, Tyler Myers

Jake Allen
Dustin Tokarski

Team White:
Louis Caporusso, Kyle Turris, John Tavares
Dana Tyrell, Josh Bailey, Jordan Eberle
Nicholas Deschamps, Logan Couture, Greg Nemisz
Paul Byron, Patrice Cormier, Kelsey Tessier

Tyler Cuma, Drew Doughty
Brendan Smith, Colten Teubert
Kevin Marshall, Nick Ross
Keith Aulie, Alex Pietrangelo

Chet Pickard
Tyson Sexsmith

Here’s the game summary from Hockey Canada.

It was pretty much as I had expected. Clearly these are skilled players but they haven’t played together so their timing was way off and their positioning a tad scrambled at times. The first period was pretty much all Team White as Team Red couldn’t get anything much going. But for all that Team White came out with only one goal – on a penalty shot. Instead of serving penalties, the “offended” player gets the puck at the blue line and everyone else lines up behind the red line. When the whistle blows, everyone can go for it. Team White had 4 chances in the first but only scored on the first one.

The play was pretty even in the second period. Logan had a terrible shift where he was on his butt at least twice and was then called for looking. The hooking call led to the game winning goal (although it isn’t noted as a penalty shot on the score sheet).

I would give the third period to Team Red. They found some rhythm as a team and popped in a couple of goals to make it 4 – 1. Logan prevented the 5th goal with a great backcheck.

The play was pretty speedy for the most part although it flagged now and again. There were some hits and some shoving – the guys showing some intensity but perhaps also mindful that no one wants to get hurt.

A reasonably sized crowd. I heard that the maximum tickets available were 814. I would guess that there were close to 500 people there.

I can’t tell who was playing well and who wasn’t; my knowledge of the game isn’t good enough. It all looked pretty disorganized to me. I concentrated on Team White as Logan and Tyler were on that team. Will they make the squad? It’s hard to say. There are many good players in camp.

Hope the rest of camp is good for them.

Some pictures (taken from my seat and through the glass - sorry for the quality):

The goal that Logan prevented.

Tyler pasted up against the glass.

July 26, 2008

Team1200 Host "Buzz" dead at 41

The Ottawa Citizen
Published: Saturday, July 26, 2008

Local sports-radio personality Tim "Buzz" Kilpatrick succumbed to complications from a lung infection yesterday.

He was 41.

Kilpatrick, who began working for the TEAM 1200 in 2002, was admitted to the General campus of the Ottawa Hospital last week, suffering from shortness of breath. Kilpatrick was diagnosed as having an infection in his lungs, and his condition quickly deteriorated. He died at about 10 a.m. yesterday.

Kilpatrick, raised in London, Ont., began working as a radio sports reporter in his home town before moving to Calgary in the early 1990s to work in radio there. He first worked at KICK-FM, again in sports, before moving to the station's morning show. He eventually joined another Calgary radio station, KISS-FM, where he also worked on the morning show.

Kilpatrick returned to London in the late 1990s to work at radio station CFPL. He came to Ottawa when he was hired by the TEAM 1200 six years ago. He was a co-host on the afternoon drive-home program with Don "The Dandyman" Romani before moving to the Three Guys on the Radio morning show.

Kilpatrick, who on the afternoon show played the straight shooter with the unpredictable Romani, was a bit of a fall guy on Three Guys on the Radio. The show's co-hosts, Steve Warne and "Stuntman Stu" Schwartz, and a former co-host, "Jungle" Jim Jerome, would often tease Kilpatrick about his taste in music, his penchant for younger girlfriends and his favourite hockey team -- the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Kilpatrick was also host of The Buzz on Junior Hockey.

Kilpatrick was on holidays when the illness struck. He had just returned to Ottawa from New York where he had gone to watch the Yankees play. Kilpatrick was a big fan of the baseball club.

TEAM 1200 program director Dave Mitchell said a tribute to Kilpatrick is planned on Monday's Three Guys on the Radio. As well, management will meet with staff following the program to talk about Kilpatrick's sudden passing.

Funeral arrangements were still being made yesterday.
© The Ottawa Citizen 2008


I am a regular listener to TGOR although I can only listen for about an hour each morning as I get ready for work and drive to the office. While I enjoyed his contribution to the program, I was a bigger fan of his work with the Ottawa 67s and his discussions on major junior hockey. Friday pre-games won't be the same without the Buzz on Junior Hockey nor will listening to 67s games on TEAM1200.

Rest in Peace Buzz - you will be missed.

July 15, 2008

Summer Camp

Here's some more news about Ottawa 67s at their NHL development camps:

San Jose's camp started today. Find today's news release here. They didn't post their camp roster but Couture is there as should be McGinn, Demers, and perhaps Kaspar and Joslin.

Boston's camp was last week. Get the news here. Adam Courchaine was in camp.

No word on the Ducks camp (Bailey).

Here's to some happy campers. Hope this is a good warm-up for Logan for the WJHC camp that will start in Ottawa next week.

July 12, 2008

Alumni News and Other Noteworthy Tidbits

Some movement of former Ottawa 67s around the NHL. As anyone who has been paying any attention should know by now, former Ottawa 67s Brian Campbell is now a Chicago Blackhawk.

Cory Locke, whose major junior hockey career hasn't yet translated into a steady NHL gig has been traded by the Montreal Canadians to the Minnesota Wild.

Speaking of the Wild, Tyler Cuma is (was?) at development camp. Here's a video clip. But it appears that he has suffered a bit of a set-back. Apparently he had to leave the ice early one day after getting a stick in the eye and then camp ended with a knee injury. Read the club's view on this here. With the World Junior Prospect Camp starting up here in Ottawa shortly, this has to be a major disappointment. It is highly probable that this will keep him off the ice - but you never know. Here's another article that appeared on NHL.com today.

Former Ottawa 67s Brendon Bell has been signed by the Ottawa Senators.

And finally, Zenon Konopka was signed by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.