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David Frost Verdict Delivered Today

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

In what may have been the most poignant and dramatic moment in the sexual exploitation trial of David Frost, defence attorney Marie Henein aggressively and sarcastically attacked the credibility of key witness Kristy Boyer.

“We know there were threesomes with Mr. Frost in Deseronto,” Henein questioned in cross examination, “Because you say so?”

But a shaking and clearly upset Boyer maintained her composure, stared at Henein and whispered cryptically: “Because I know so.”

When everything else is stripped away, this is the essence of the case against Frost, the former hockey coach, who faces four charges of sexual exploitation involving teenaged hockey players.

The verdict in this case will be delivered today by Justice Geoffrey Griffin in a Napanee courtroom.

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update 12:49pm, Frost found not guilty on four counts.

added 12:53pm, from Sportsnet,

Notorious former agent and coach David Frost was found not guilty on four charges of sexual exploitation involving minors in a Napanee, ON, courtroom on Friday.

In his ruling, Judge Geoff Griffin stated that the Crown did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the alleged offences occurred.

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added 3:35pm, Watch a CBC video on the ruling below…

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Against the Odds

From Sunaya Sapurji at the Toronto Star:

[Gregg] Sutch, the Sarnia Sting’s rookie wrecking ball, was born with what doctors term “severe to profound” hearing loss. He uses a hearing aid in each ear to help amplify sound, but finds that once he’s on the ice his biggest asset is his finely honed hockey sense.

“I’ve learned to be a better hockey player,” says the affable 16-year-old. “To play this game you have to keep your head up and know what’s going on at all times. Because of my hearing impairment I’m not able to rely on the people who are around me. I’ve got to know myself where they are (on ice).”

Making an Ontario Hockey League roster in itself is difficult, but for Sutch to have accomplished his success with a hearing impairment is even rarer still.

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You Should Be Rooting For Claude Lemieux

from Eric McErlain at the Sporting News,

Then again, an organization can’t ever have enough good players, which is probably why Wilson and the Sharks might be willing to take a chance on perennial pest and post-season hero Claude Lemieux….

While we’re only about a quarter of the way through the regular season, it’s very probable that the Red Wings and Sharks stand in one another’s way on the path to the Stanley Cup Finals. Throwing Lemieux into that mix in a playoff series could only make a potentially titanic clash all the more epic.

I’m rooting for Lemieux and you should be too.

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Another Roy Suspension

via Sportsnet,

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League suspended another of Patrick Roy’s sons Monday, handing Quebec Remparts forward Frédérick Roy fifteen games for a high-sticking incident during Friday night’s game against the Juniors in Montreal.

Frederick, 17, who is coached by his father Patrick, hit Montreal defenceman Vincent Bourgeois in the face following a melee. Frederick received a five-minute major and a match penalty in the 8-2 Remparts loss and was also to be assessed an automatic one-game suspension.

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Claude Lemieux Ready For The AHL

from the Worcester Telegram,

The Worcester Sharks, currently in Texas for the weekend, will have an old face giving them a new look when they return to New England.

The Sharks are expected to be joined by 43-year-old Claude Lemieux, a Stanley Cup playoff legend who will play for Worcester on an AHL contract…

Lemieux’s first game for Worcester is probably going to be Wednesday night in Portland. His first home game is projected to be Saturday, Nov. 29, versus Bridgeport.

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added 1:44pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In the midst of a longer conversation over his team’s excellent performance in the first quarter of the NHL season, (Doug) Wilson confirmed that Lemieux will report to Worcester to play for the team’s AHL affiliate under coach Wayne Thomas. However, Wilson stressed that the Sharks had made no commitment to Lemieux beyond providing him with a place to play, so that he can determine for himself whether a possible comeback attempt was realistic or not.

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Billy Tibbetts Done With The EPHL

from the News-Times,

The Billy Tibbetts era is over in Danbury.

The Mad Hatters, Danbury’s newest professional hockey team, suspended the troubled forward for an unspecified violation of team rules, Danbury general manager Brendan Tedstone and Eastern Professional Hockey League commissioner Jim Riggs confirmed Thursday.

The team officially suspended Tibbetts on Monday and he subsequently left the team on his own accord, Tedstone said.

Tedstone said it is team policy to not discuss the nature of personnel matters….

“I don’t think you’ll see him back in the league,” Tedstone said. “It’s not the standard of living he is used to. I’ve heard he’s already been contacted by IHL and SPHL teams.”

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Central Scouting Report

From TSN:

The National Hockey League released its preliminary rankings for the 2009 Entry Draft on Tuesday, with Oshawa Generals forward John Tavares leading the Ontario Hockey League’s rankings and Swedish defenceman Victor Hedman ranked No. 1 among European skaters.

Tavares, in his fourth season with the Generals, has scored 174 goals and 191 assists in 214 OHL games. This season, he has 17 goals and 36 points in 23 games.

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Doug Gilmour Coaching OHL

From the Canadian Press via the Globe & Mail:

Doug Gilmour is headed back to his hometown, leaving the Toronto Maple Leafs organization to become head coach of the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs.

The former Leafs captain had been an assistant coach with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies since August, and was the Leafs’ professional development adviser for two seasons before that.

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A Different World

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

“I’m really happy here,” said (Andrei) Loktionov, a native of Voskresensk, Russia. “I miss my home, for sure, but I want to be here with the team and make the adjustment to the hockey here.”

Again, take a moment. Put yourself in Loktionov’s skates. Imagine abandoning your family and friends, leaving your comfort zone in the dust, all in order to pursue your dream. And by the way, you’ll be doing all this while still young enough to attend high school.

“I can’t imagine going the other way, how hard it would be,” said Nelson Emerson, player development coach of the Los Angeles Kings, the club which selected Loktionov 123rd overall in the 2008 National Hockey League entry draft. “A kid going to a city that he knows nothing about. Doesn’t know any of his teammates. Doesn’t know the language.

more on Loktionov who is playing for the Windsor Spitfires…

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Goaltending is the Great Equalizer

From Gare Joyce at Sportsnet:

Junior is like any other level of hockey.  Good goaltending gives a decent club a chance to beat anybody. Something less can undo a powerhouse.

I’m dating myself here but I recall a Toronto Marlies team in 1972 that was as good or better than the franchise’s other powerhouses of that era, including a couple that won Memorial Cups. The ‘72 Marlies were loaded with first-rounders and ran away with the regular-season championship. A mere infant, my world came undone when the Peterborough Petes knocked them off in the playoffs and I put it down to the cruelty of the fates. Years later I had a chance to ask a member of that team, Bob Gainey (this was Bob Gainey before he became that Bob Gainey), exactly how they pulled it off. “Goaltending,” he said expansively.

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