Kukla's Korner Hockey
Entries with the tag: soo greyhounds
The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons spends a significant portion of his Sunday notebook fighting the anti-advanced stats fight (again). In doing so, however, he does make one astute point about new Maple Leafs assistant GM Kyle Dubas, and it's a point that the "Boy Genius, Master of Advanced Stats" narrative has ignored.
Dubas made some very "gusty" calls in terms of both coaching and player personnel while turning the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds from a bottom-feeder into a perennial contender, including making a very risky coaching pick:
Against almost everyone’s advice, Dubas hired Sheldon Keefe to coach in Sault Ste. Marie when Keefe was persona non grata in the OHL because of his personal behaviour and his longtime involvement with the pariah David Frost. People knew Keefe could coach. But no one would touch him. Dubas found a way to finesse that and now he’s on the rise and so is Keefe. And lingering there are many people in the OHL who have no use for either of them.
Simmons also believes that Leafs president Brendan Shanahan's decision to fire Dave Poulin and Claude Loiselle might have a positive effect upon the NHL's Department of Player Safety:
from Randy Miller of the Courier-Post,
An Ontario, Canada police officer working a Sunday night desk shift in a small town just across the United States border boasted that a lot of future NHL players spent time in Sault Ste. Marie playing juniors hockey.
The local pride took a hit over the weekend with Nick Cousins, one of the Flyers' top prospects, and Mark Petaccio, a Sicklerville native, among three Sault Ste. Marie Greyhound teammates arrested and charged with sexual assault on an adult woman.
"Never mind these guys, you never want to see anybody go through it," Sault Ste. Marie Police Service sergeant Marty Rowe told the Courier-Post. "Unfortunately, they're in the process now."
According to a police report that was released early Sunday morning, the three players - Cousins, Petaccio and Andrew Fritsch - were involved in an alleged incident Friday night at an undisclosed home. The police department stated the woman claimed to know the charged players and made an accusation that each had sexual intercourse with her.