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from Scott Taylor of the National Post,
The Coyotes called (Jamison) Orr in the summer and invited him to rookie camp, but then, when they signed all their free-agents and draft picks, called back and told him to wait until the big camp opens. Orr really had no other choice but to wait.
“I’m going to play someplace,” said Orr, the younger brother of New York Rangers tough guy Colton Orr.
“I might just play in the CIS. But I’m going to play. I’ll go anywhere anybody wants me to go.”
Fact is, there is no one who would travel farther—or more often—than this 6-foot-3, 220-pound scrapper. Since his first year of junior in 2002, he’s been with 17 different organizations. He hasn’t played for all of them, but he’s been there.
from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,
In 2003 and 2004, he was the goaltender for N.C. State’s club hockey team. From there, it was on to countless minor-league tryouts—the first with the Fayetteville FireAntz of the Southern Professional Hockey League.
“Just my luck,” he said, smiling. “It was the year of the [NHL] lockout, so 11 goalies were there. But one of the things the Marine Corps taught me was to keep going after my goals, to keep plugging away, plugging away.”
The last few years have been a blur of different locales, leagues and hockey sweaters—the FireAntz, Asheville Aces, Twin City Cyclones, Greenville Grrrowl, Charlotte Checkers, Pensacola Ice Pilots, Florida Everglades.
“They call me ‘The Suitcase,’ ” Alves joked.
from the CBC,
Minor hockey coaches in Calgary now have to wear helmets on the ice during practices after a coach slipped and suffered a brain hemorrhage.
Goalie coach Troy Williams fell while skating backwards last winter at his son’s hockey practice.
“He was clearing pucks from behind the net and he was skating backwards and just the way he shot the puck, he just went straight back,” recalled his wife Tracy on Tuesday.
Troy Williams fractured his skull and suffered a brain hemorrhage, a potentially fatal injury. He recovered, but still suffers headaches.
from Brian Biggane at Inside The Panthers,
Panthers General Manager Jacques Martin looked long and hard before settling on Benoit Groulx as head coach of the Panthers’ AHL affiliate in Rochester. And with good reason.
Nothing against returnees such as Drew Larman, Stefan Meyer and Anthony Stewart, but this year’s crop of first-year pros holds the promise of the future of the organization. And it will be Groulx’s job to ready them for the NHL, sooner rather than later.
Groulx passed up one of the most prestigious jobs in Canadian hockey - coach of the World Juniors entry in this year’s tournament, which will be staged in Ottawa - to take this job.
from the CP via Yahoo,
Young hockey players in Quebec are going to think twice about using their hockey gloves as boxing gloves in the wake of strict new penalties announced Wednesday to curb on-ice violence.
Hockey Quebec is targeting unsportsmanlike behaviour such as fighting, checking the back of the head and verbal abuse in the minor leagues.
Players who fight, instigate, or jump into an on-ice brawl as a third combattant will be suspended for two games on a first offence. A second offence puts the player out for four games and means a trip before a disciplinary committee.
from Don Campbell of the Ottawa Citizen via the National Post,
With the Ontario Hockey League set to address the import draft on Friday at annual meetings in Collingwood, Ont., the QMJHL won’t be far behind with its own annual meetings scheduled for Aug. 20-24 in Victoriaville, Que.
There’s a growing sentiment in the QMJHL that the practice of importing players may have run its course.
“It will be either to reduce or completely eliminate import players,” QMJHL president Gilles Courteau said Thursday. “But before we do something, we want to get a position and take it to our Canadian Hockey League partners.
from the Toronto Maple Leafs,
Cliff Fletcher, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Thursday that Doug Gilmour has been appointed assistant coach of the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.
“We are thrilled to have Doug join the coaching staff of the Marlies,” said Fletcher. “Doug has done so much for the Leafs organization and he brings a wealth of hockey knowledge and experience to Greg Gilbert’s staff.”
from Ryan Kennedy of the Hockey News,
A career minor leaguer, Baird recently signed on to play with the Muskegon Fury of the International League, but he will likely never suit up for them.
On July 17, Baird was working a summer job as a landscaper in Youngstown when the riding lawnmower he was steering exploded, engulfing the 27-year-old father of three in flames. Baird received third-degree burns to more than 70 percent of his body and the weeks since have seen the gritty winger in and out of surgery and fighting for his life.
Like a lot of kids in North America, Baird was keeping his dream of playing hockey for a living alive by doing what had to be done. If he could only earn about $500 a week, he would take a job in the summer and make up the income that way.
From Les Perreaux in the Globe & Mail,
The son of hockey legend Patrick Roy has been charged with assault for his part in an infamous hockey brawl last season.
Saguenay, Que., police confirmed a single charge of assault was laid against Jonathan Roy this morning in Quebec court.
The younger Roy, a goaltender for the Quebec Remparts, is the only player or coach charged in the incident March 22 when he stormed across the ice to pound on the opposing goaltender, Bobby Nadeau.
Well, at least he’s still got that music career…
From the Canadian Press,
The family of a budding hockey star who died mysteriously last winter near Windsor, Ont., says he died of an underlying heart condition.
Mickey Renaud, captain of the Ontario Hockey League Windsor Spitfires, died in February at his home in nearby Tecumseh.
In a statement, his family says an autopsy determined that the 19-year-old player died of a condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
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