Month: January 2013

Top Talent on Show at CHL Prospects Game

Team Cherry practices Monday night.

Team Cherry practices Monday night.

While Seth Jones is ready to lock horns with Nathan MacKinnon, the two continue to duel for the number one spot overall, Jonathan Drouin has been increasingly talked about for the top spot and Wednesday’s CHL Top Prospects game will give fans a chance to see the top three in action.

With the puck ready to drop in Halifax, we take a look at the top five players – who aren’t Halifax Mooseheads – to keep your eye on at the Metro Centre.

Sean Monahan

Sean Monahan

5. Sean Monahan, C (Ottawa 67’s, OHL) Team Orr – Slated to go in the top 5 in the upcoming draft, despite a 10-game suspension in November for a hit, he has continued to build on early season hype even with his team sitting at the cellar of the OHL.

4. Jason Dickinson, LW (Guelph Storm, OHL) Team Cherry – A Top 20 prospect, Dickinson has already matched his stats from last year and the talented forward is looking to continue to impress. He has he creativity to compete at the next level and isn’t afraid to mix it up in the corners.

Darnell Nurse

3. Darnell Nurse, D (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL) Team Cherry – In a year with Seth Jones, Nurse would be the top defenceman drafted, the 6-foot-5 Hamilton, Ont. native uses his size to his advantage, playing a physical game but has already racked up 27 points this season.

2. Valentin Zykov, RW (Baie-Comeau Drakkar, QMJHL) Team Cherry – The young Russian forward continues to build on a strong start, being named the Q Star of the week this past week after 10 points in three games. He’s already picked up 17 points in January, helping his team to second in the QMJHL.

Jones

Seth Jones

1. Seth Jones, D (Portland Winterhawks, WHL) Team Orr – Currently the consensus top pick in the upcoming NHL draft, he’s got the whole package:  Big, Talented and strong both ways. Now that he’s also a World Junior winner, the Portland Winterhawks are hoping he can help lead them to a Memorial Cup before he jets off to the NHL.

Throw in the trio of Nathan Mackinnon, Jonathan Drouin and top draft goalie prospect Zachary Fucale and fans in Halifax are getting ready for some exciting hockey.

MacKinnon and Jones are Captains of their respective teams, while Drouin, Nurse, Monahan and Hunter Shinkaruk have been named Alternates.

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Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca  and Host 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 about sports far too much.

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[Updated] A look at the Tigers Hazing Scandal

Just a month ago, Tigers were settling into another 'home' at the Metro Centre

Just a month ago, Tigers were settling into another ‘home’ at the Metro Centre

[Update] In a Dalhousie Gazette exclusive, a player  spoke out against the sanctions amid hazing allegations and felt the time was right to set the story straight. (Dalhousie Gazette)

Thursday evening the news of that the Dalhousie Women’s Varsity Hockey team would forfeit the rest of the season, a result of suspending all senior players on the team amid allegations of hazing and an almost two month investigation.

We’re instantly reminded of former hazing scandals whether it’s the ‘Dr. Broom’ story at McGill or just a few years ago closer to home, where stories broke of hazing in residence’s at St. Francis Xavier University.

What first appeared to be a straight forward case and suspension, took a new twist as parents came to the defence of their daughters and claiming that the University had overblown the situation, including details that the team were made to sign a contract to keep quiet on the investigation and incident.

It has been quite the few seasons for the Tigers with Head Coach Leslie Jordan let go and then being left ‘homeless’ after their arena was demolished and left to be shuttled around from ‘home rink’ to ‘home rink’ and now the team, well, is no longer a team.

From TSN to the Huffington post, the story spread like wildfire and was a national headline across the late news cycle, here’s a look at the story so far:

First report of the suspensions came from local writer Frances Willick and went viral over night, the story of a University team suspended due to hazing spread instantly (Chronicle Herald)

Students reacting to the story of hazing, a mix of reactions as the story breaks on campus (CBC)

Parents of players say that the team is ready to fight back, calling the accusations of ‘severe hazing’ silly and untrue. (Chronicle Herald)

Throughout the ordeal players on the team have refused comment, but one former player posted a blog post late last night.

These stripes will never face shows you a very different perspective, reminding us that these are real people being affected on both sides of the story. (Kinesiologen)

So now as more details emerge and now it appears that the parents and players are not willing to sit back and watch their team be taken away, maybe this isn’t such an open and shut case as the University tried to make it.

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Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca  and Host 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 about sports far too much.