Saturday, September 29, 2007

Dedication to a Special Saint

It is that time of year again where I dedicate a special blog post to some of the more obscure hockey teams that I cover due to the special connection I make to the teams' names.

The Ontario Hockey League has already gotten through their "first puck drop" of the new season and one of my favorite teams has a new look with a new home to go with it. Formerly based in Toronto, the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors lost to the IceDogs, the former franchise occupying Mississauga, and a heart breaking OT loss to Kingston. The Majors are rebounding from a disastrous sub-par year last season finishing well below expectations (5th place in Central Div. and no playoffs) after graduation several players to the NHL ranks in recent years. Hershey Arena will provide bigger and better crowds, certainly that will increase the Boosters programs and develop even more NHL caliber talent.

Based in Vermont near the Canadian border, ECAC's St. Michael's College Purple Knights have begun shaping more student athletes in their men's and women's club hockey programs. They won't begin their next season until November, but they will certainly want to prove their last season was a fluke. The mens' team finished last season 6-20 overall while the women were 4-22 overall. Ouch. The good news is that most of the mens games will be broadcast over their local radio 1390AM on Friday nights.
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