April 29, 2009

Ottawa 67s in the Post Season

Well, a few (former) 67s are still playing hockey. The San Jose Sharks didn't make it past the first round but their AHL affiliate, the Worcester Sharks did and Jamie McGinn is back with them (he was up with the big Sharks but I don't think he played).

The baby Sharks are now in round two playing the Providence Bruins. Adam Courchaine is with the Bruins but has not dressed for any of the playoff games as far as I can tell. He did take a practice with the big Bruins last week when they gave Tim Thomas the day off.

The P-Bruins won the first game of the playoff series in OT. McGinn was named the second star having scored both Worcester's goals.

Here is the game sheet.

A side note: Brad Marchand is on the P-Bruins team. I knew he returned to hockey - just didn't know where.


Brian said...

Paliafito and Patafie Hires a Huge Win for Spirit Hockey
(Saginaw, MI) The Saginaw Spirit Hockey Club are pleased to announce several key additions to its hockey operations staff, with the hiring of James Paliafito in the position of Director of Scouting and Brian Patafie as the team's Athletic Trainer and Equipment Manager. The hiring's represent a huge win for the organization as it continues to develop both its on-ice and off-ice product.

James Paliafito brings nearly thirty years of sports business experience to the Spirit. Most recently he served as the Vice President of Player Personnel for the USHL Indiana Ice. While with the Indiana Ice the Shelbyville, Kentucky resident ran the team's draft and conducted all player transactions. His efforts helped field the current Indiana Ice team that is currently competing in the USHL championships. Prior to working with Indiana Paliafito was a sports agent in the NFL for 20 years and represented several Heisman Trophy winners. His father was also a partner in a group that owned the Chicago Bulls in the late sixties.

"I am very excited about joining the Spirit family and a great league," stated Paliafito, "I look forward to the OHL Priority draft and the opportunity to help build a championship team with head coach Watson and the rest of the staff."

"Jim's reputation throughout the world of junior hockey precedes him here in Saginaw," stated Spirit President and Partner Craig Goslin, "He has been a consistent champion as a major ingredient to the Indiana Ice in the USHL. He also has been regarded by many in the NHL as one of the top scouts in the amateur ranks. Jim is very familar with the Ontario based draft eligible talent, making him a great fit for the model that Todd Watson is building here in Saginaw."

The Spirit are also pleased to welcome Certified Athletic Trainer and Licensed Physical Therapist Brian Patafie to the organization. Patafie is considered one of the premier and most respected trainers in the sport of hockey, having accumulated over 32 consecutive years of experience. He spent eight years with the OHL Ottawa 67's, including the last six seasons, and 15 years with the Calgary Flames Organization. Patafie is also the author of the recently released book 'ICE IT DOWN - A Look At Pro Hockey Through A Trainers Eyes!'.

Said Patafie, "My family and I are very excited about the opportunity that awaits us in Saginaw. Coming into the Dow Events Center over the last six years as part of the Ottawa 67's staff I have witnessed that it is an exciting and fun atmosphere for the fans, but it is a tough building for the visiting teams. (Head Coach) Brian Kilrea used to say to us before the games in Saginaw 'We are already down a man, their fans are their extra man!' We feel very blessed to be moving to Saginaw and joining such a fine Organization"

"Along with being a personal friend of mine for the past 8 years, Brian Patafie is regarded by many as the premier Athletic Trainer/Equipment Manager in the entire business," stated Goslin, "Brian's reputation of being a family man and a major support for the players that he works with, are just a few of the reasons that we selected him to be a part of the Spirit organization. He has written a book and has been the focus on many positive stories that have been written about his life in the business of hockey. Brian's positive attitude and championship pedigree are elements that we welcome to the Saginaw Spirit."

The Saginaw Spirit are pleased to welcome both to the organization. Stay tuned to SaginawSpirit.com for more information on the latest editions to its family!

The OHL Priority Selection is taking place this Saturday starting at 9:00 AM. Fans can check out the action on SaginawSpirit.com or tune into FM Talk and Sports 100.5 for the Spirit hockey show, from 11:00 AM to Noon. Leigh Cunningham and Brian Prout will be on air talking about the draft and about the newest hockey operations hires.

© 2008 Saginaw Spirit Hockey Club

Valerie said...

Have to admit that it's a bit of a shocker. I kinda thought he might go to the AHL. Well, his wife is an American, the travel may be less (this is a WAG - I didn't look into it) and the winters can't possibly be colder than Ottawa. It means we should be able to see him and say hi at least once a year. It will be interesting to see (hear) how the Asylum greets him.