Month: November 2012

The Hannay Effect

By: Henry Whitfield

(Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)

A month or so ago, I would have laughed you out of the room you’d told me Sawyer Hannay would be in the Mooseheads lineup before Christmas.

I’ll apologize now, for now, as Hannay looks to be back into the Mooseheads lineup and we’re still a month away from the return of Santa Claus and mistletoe.

In a bit of a whirlwind, the Vancouver Canuck draft pick returned from Austria and looked to be on the trade block with Stefan Fournier, Konrad Abeltshauser and Steve Gillard locked into the three overage spots.

But a wrist injury to Abeltshauser opened the pathway for a return to the Mooseheads, with Hannay tweeting his return on Wednesday:

While it’s uncertain when Hannay will jump into the lineup, his return will add some toughness to a team that is heavy on talent and a little short on truculence.

With so much talent up front, the addition of Hannay fills a void that can help this team weather the World Junior Storm; when top talent Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin and Zachary Fucale could be across the world in Ufa, Russia.

In the end, what’s worst that could happen?

Added veteran leadership on a young, talented hockey team.

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Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca  and part of the The Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU  every Thursday Morning at 9am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game.

Two Games isn’t Enough

By: Henry Whitfield

(Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)

To say the hockey in Moose Country has been outstanding this season, well, that would be a massive understatement.

However, the hockey needs to take a backseat for a moment, instead lets discuss the  disciplinary case stemming from Sunday’s game against Val d’Or, where Trey Lewis was subject to offensive remarks from forward Vincent Dunn.

Dunn was tossed at the end of the first period, given a game misconduct for “Racial taunts, Gestures and slurs.”

The QMJHL took ‘action’, suspending Dunn for two games, releasing a statement from League Commissionare Gilles Courteau.

“The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League created an anti discrimination policy in December of 2006 in order to ban all forms of discrimination,” said Courteau. 

“Our policy is based on the principle of zero tolerance and it applies to all comments which are deemed inappropriate. All of our participants must be treated with respect and dignity.”

While I commend the league for taking action, it’s hard not to feel that they missed a chance to really make a point and a tough stance, or rather a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to a serious level.

Instead, they suspend the kid for two games. Two games? You get two games for a bad hit, two games for being an idiot. Two games, not really much of an impact

I’m not saying Dunn is a racist, he’s probably a great kid, but if you’re going to do something stupid then you need to be held accountable.

Two game suspensions are seen for  cross checking, charging the goaltender, slew footing, and hits to the head (I’d also argue this should be more too). But giving just two games for racially abusing someone, well, that doesn’t seem enough.

Oh and they  gave the team a $500 fine, a $500 fine? Tough right? Wrong.

Chicoutimi and PEI were fined earlier this year $2,000 for ‘multiple fights on the same stoppage’, while it routinely hands out $1,000 for the same infraction.

Seems to me that stamping out racism from a league that’s had it’s fair share of issues, should be taken a bit more seriously than a slap on the wrist of $500 and a two game suspension.

Heck, if you want to look at more high-profile cases then look no further than the current lockout, where NHL Player Wayne Simmonds was the target of racist taunting from fans.

If you want to have a zero tolerance policy, then have a zero tolerance policy.

Not a slap on the wrist policy.

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Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca  and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU  every Thursday Morning at 9am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game.

Moose Talk Tuesday

By: Henry Whitfield

(Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)

With their stars splitting time between their Country and the Herd, the Mooseheads finished their road trip through Quebec with two wins and two losses.

Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin represented the QMJHL against Team Russia in the Subway Super Series, picking up 8 points in game two as they helped power their team to a 5-2 win and a 1 – 1 series tie.

Back with the Herd, Drouin had a goal and two assists against Victoriaville but the Moose fell just short in a 5-4 loss, despite outshooting their opponents 36 – 22.

Jonathan Drouin is continuing his hot streak, three goals and three assists for the Herd with his four point outing for Canada has him turning heads.

While Marty Frk has continued his strong play since returning to the lineup, picking up five goals and four assists on the road trip.

The Mooseheads now how a four game home stand, welcoming Rouyn-Noranda, Val-d’Or, Baie-Comeau and Cape Breton to town.

 

Mooseheads Stars of the Week

3.Nathan MacKinnon (3 Assists) – Quiet by his standards, but MacKinnon continues to click with Drouin and took that game to the national stage against Russia.

2. Jonathan Drouin (3 Goals, 3 Assists) – He’s been wowing Mooseheads fans all season and his strong display against Russia in Game 2 continues that streak. He’s been lightning quick and shows no signs of slowing down.

1. Marty Frk (5 Goals, 4 Assists) – Frk missed a stretch of games much like Drouin, but looks twice the player since returning. He’s been skating hard and take the smart shots, the new found work ethic is paying early dividends

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Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca  and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU  every Thursday Morning at 9am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game.