Week 15 – T-Man Crushes It!

THE WEEK THAT WAS

  • Bizarre week; either your guys played 4 games or 1; much the same coming up.
  • T-Man had big week with 44 pts, 9.5 over 2nd place Derko
  • Also going 3-0: Derko & Fulty
  • T-Man’s coach, Glen G-something, went 4-0 this week for 5 points. Best week ever for a coach.
  • GoJo has 3rd worst week with 18 points – goes 2-1, half a point out of going 3-0
  • Haukster & Cordy move up one spot each
  • Orv picks up Brian Bellows Jr; drops the Foo Fighter
  • Pick-up this week goes to Ren & Stimp as a 2 was rolled

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Anybody want this guy?

POTW goes to T-Man’s duo of Flames as each garnered 8 points

Hey, Dougie! We just totaled more points that Ren & Stimpy’s whole team!

Saw a little of the 1990’s cult show MXC on YouTube the other day. Was reminded of the great game they played where you try to run across a pond of “septic sludge” and hope that the stones you step on are Floaters, not Sinkers.

What does that have to do with anything? Let’s look at the OFHL Sinkers & Floaters.

Based on last year’s numbers the “Floaters” are: (the greatest increase over last year)

  • Haukster – biggest increase; record is up 0.178 over same time last year
  • Derko up 0.156
  • Erty up 0.133
  • Vinny up 0.078
  • JBR & T-Man up 0.067
  • Stifler and Fulty up 0.044

The “Sinkers” are:

  • Rolphy down the most (0.289) over last year
  • Cordy down 0.267
  • EZ down 0.122
  • Orv down 0.100
  • GoJo down 0.055
  • R&S down 0.033

SHRAPNEL

Why the Hate for Winnipeg?

Several San Jose Sharks recently had some less than complimentary things to say about the city of Winnipeg as an NHL stop.

Winnipeg resident enjoying a brisk June morning on their way to the hog processing plant.

Tomas Hertl of the Sharks said Winnipeg was his least favorite NHL city because “it’s cold and dark there. I don’t like it there.” Justin Braun threw shade on the hotel the team stays at in Winnipeg, adding, “I don’t know if they have WiFi there yet.”

Meanwhile, in Edmonton…

It’s a love story full of sadness, tragedy, and mistakes. Enjoy the full 3 hours again and again right up until the playoffs begin.

AND AFTER THE NATIONAL COLLEGE FINAL…

EVEN TRUMP IS TAKING SHOTS AT WINNIPEG.

Trumps Presidential Briefing Sheets Leaked.

In a major breach of security, Trump’s highly classified briefing sheet was discovered at a Denny’s restaurant.

STANDINGS

TEAM G W L T PTS PWk TP AVG %
D 45 38 7 0 76 34.50 589.25 39.28 0.844
F 45 33 12 0 66 27.25 535.50 35.70 0.733
H 45 30 15 0 60 25.50 500.00 33.33 0.667
V 45 30 15 0 60 22.50 479.00 31.93 0.667
T 45 29 15 1 59 44.00 530.50 35.37 0.656
C 45 26 19 0 52 23.25 481.75 32.12 0.578
E 45 25 19 1 51 17.00 498.50 33.23 0.567
R 45 21 22 2 44 18.25 427.25 28.48 0.489
G 45 20 24 1 41 18.00 460.50 30.70 0.456
Z 45 16 27 2 34 25.25 426.25 28.42 0.378
S 45 14 30 1 29 18.50 378.50 25.23 0.322
J 45 13 32 0 26 20.25 397.00 26.47 0.289
O 45 9 36 0 18 18.25 355.75 23.72 0.200
& 45 7 38 0 14 11.25 329.00 21.93 0.156

WHAT ARE WE PLAYING FOR?

Just a reminder of the prize money for 2017-18:

  • 1st place $200
  • 2nd place $140
  • 3rd place $100
  • 4th place $60
  • 5th place $40

And you will be cutting down to 25 players at the end of the year, not 22 as in years past.

Parting Shot…

This was Crazy!

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Week 14 – Hometown Hockey Hits Williams Lake

Rogers Hometown Hockey was in Williams Lake this weekend. It was a great event that showcased the community and the stories of those who work and play here. Events on Saturday were hosted by HTH host Tara Slone

Tara Slone drops the puck at WL Stampeders v. Kelowna on Saturday night. Stamps won 6-5.

Ron MacLean showed up on Sunday, and all seemed to be going well until one local man couldn’t control his enthusiasm for a little TV “face time” during the pre-game feed from Downtown Williams Lake.

Cameras catch adult who bullied his way to the front of the line past many local children.

And it didn’t end there. He was next seen tossing small children out of his way.

Security moved in to remove him, but quickly realized they were dealing with a special needs adult when they witnessed him clapping for a pigeon that flew overhead.

If you do see this person wandering around downtown Williams Lake, rolling up the rims of empty Tim’s cups, approach with kindness as he is delusional; he truly believes he can catch Derko.

Moving on…

FRIDAY NIGHT GOLD!

Hey Baby, OOH AHH, It’s GOLD for Canada. Ok. We can all breathe now.

Lias Andersson knew what he was doing when he tossed his medal in the stands…

TSN should have followed this guy a bit longer

Love watching the WJC (could do with 2 fewer teams to keep the blowouts in check) and having a chance to actually watch/scout the prospects and not just rely upon Dobber, Button, Marek, or Mackenzie to tell us about them.

And there have been some interesting mid-WJC pick-ups in the OFHL:

  • Cordy took Jarome Iginla DL in ’96
  • Orv grabbed Carey Price MT in ’07
  • Stifler picked up Ilya Sorokin NYI in ’15
  • T-Man took Kirill Kaprizov MN in ’17

PROSPECT CORNER

A question was raised as to why some WJC players (such as Swedish D-Man Rasmus Dahlin) wear full cages, while others do not. It was believed that for players under age of 17 it is mandatory, and not, as Fulty said, that “TSN made him wear one ‘cuz he’s so ugly.

Back to the NHL – Is Vegas for real?

  • VGK has had 3 win streaks of at least five games this season, which is the most in the NHL. Only one other team has more than one.
  • VGK had points in 13 straight games. In that streak, they had more points than the Arizona Coyotes during the entire season.
  • VGK have never lost more than three games in a row. Only one team (Tampa Bay) has lost fewer in a row (2).
  • They’ve beat the Pens, T-Bay, Caps, and shut-out the Preds.
  • and finally, Jay & Dan said that through 38 games, VGK already have a longer win streak than the Dallas Stars have had in 50 years as a franchise.

THE WEEK THAT WAS

  • Derko had the big week with 51.5 points
  • Also going 3-0 were Fulty and Ren&Stimpy….yep, you read that right.
  • 29.5 pts for R&S was good enough for a 3-0 week
  • T-Man had 10 more points during the week but went 1-2
  • Vinny jumped up into 3rd spot
  • Player of the week honors were shared by four players who had 8 point weeks: Marchand (JBR), Provorov (Vinny), Crosby (Derko), & Rantanen (Fulty)
  • Orv picked up Wm. Karlsson of the VGK. He gets to do it again this week as a 4 was rolled
  • Weird weeks coming up. Count your games.

STANDINGS

TEAM G W L T PTS PWk TP AVG %
D 42 35 7 0 70 51.50 554.75 39.63 0.833
F 42 30 12 0 60 46.75 508.25 36.30 0.714
V 42 29 13 0 58 38.25 456.50 32.61 0.690
H 42 28 14 0 56 34.50 474.50 33.89 0.667
T 42 26 15 1 53 39.50 486.50 34.75 0.631
E 42 25 16 1 51 34.50 481.50 34.39 0.607
C 42 25 17 0 50 46.50 458.50 32.75 0.595
R 42 20 20 2 42 29.25 409.00 29.21 0.500
G 42 18 23 1 37 41.50 442.50 31.61 0.440
Z 42 14 26 2 30 36.25 401.00 28.64 0.357
S 42 12 29 1 25 21.50 360.00 25.71 0.298
J 42 12 30 0 24 23.75 376.75 26.91 0.286
O 42 9 33 0 18 23.00 337.50 24.11 0.214
& 42 7 35 0 14 29.50 317.75 22.70 0.167

UNTIL NEXT WEEK…

Last week’s headline asked: “Is Derko for Real?” Apparently, too many of us believe it as the talk around the OFHL lately is that there is no stopping Derko.

Sure, as of Jan 1, ’18 he’s up 10 points on Fulty, Haukster, & Vinny, but 10 points over the next 36 games is not that significant of an undertaking if you are up to it…

  • Case in point; 2016. Cordy was 10 points up on Fulty on Jan 1. Fulty won the league by 4 points.
  • Even greater case in point; 2012. Dinky was 12 points up on Jan 1, but Cordy ended up winning by 3 points. Dinky was even passed by Fulty & GoJo.

So never say “it’s too late.” Unless you want to forever sit at a certain “table.”

Week 13 – Will 2018 be the Year of the Derko?

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Let’s take a short pause for reflection…

Half-way through this season and Derko is on top. The Napkin picked him 2nd and Fulty 1st. In fact, the Napkin has F, D, V, C, & H finishing 1st to 5th. Fairly accurate with T-Man replacing Cordy in the current top 5. It’s also got 4 of 5 correct in the mid-tier, and nailed the bottom-tier thus far. Who knows what Orv actually does when he goes to the bathroom, but there is no disputing his powers of prognostication. Side note: he did pick himself to finish last. #FallingforDahlin2018

RIP Johnny Bower #1 who passed away on Monday. If you saw any of that old footage of him in the Maple Leafs net in the ’60s, you have to wonder why anyone would want to play goal back in the day of no masks & poor equipment. Amazing how a 5’9″ guy could post a 0.921 career save % playing back in the day.

The Spengler Cup – the best tournament you never watch just concluded with Team Canada beating Team Swiss in the final. Get used to these household names, Zach Boychuk, Maxim Noreau, David McIntyre & Kevin Poulin as these guys are our Olympic Team.

Get ready for a steady dose of PA Parenteau & some guys who have played in Europe for the past 13 years

THE WEEK THAT WAS

  • Fulty has the big week with 42.25 pts
  • Now does Fulty do it? Back-loaded his roster to have 11 guys playing on Sunday. No one else had more than 8.
  • Also going 3-0 were T-Man, Erty, & GoJo
  • Big mover: Fulty jumped up 2 spots to 2nd
  • Fulty, Vinny, & T-Man are all tied with 54 points
  • GoJo & Fulty were the hottest teams in December as both went 9-3
  • Orv went 0-for December
  • R&S picked up Danton Heinen from BOS; Orv gets the next pick-up as a 4 was rolled

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

POTW should go to 2005 Team Canada WJC standout Jeff Glass. Glass, now 32, got his first start this past week for the Blackhawks and beat the Oilers 4-3. Who was on Team Canada 2005? Sidney Crosby, Ryan Getzlaf, Patrice Bergeron, Corey Perry, Brent Seabrook, Shea Weber. Thank you NHL lockout.

In a “Johnny Bower” moment, Glass became just the fifth goaltender over the last 30 years to make their debut at the age of 32 or older. Now that’s perseverance.

The Sens 2004 3rd round pick finally made it. Glass fine-tuned his craft in the ECHL, AHL, and KHL for over 13 years, playing for six different KHL clubs over a seven-year span.

Or this guy…

Finland’s goalie and a trainer had to take the escalator at Buffalo’s Key Bank Center.  It appears both of them are going for the gold.

But it goes to T-Man’s Connor Hellebuyck WPG who notched 8 points.

FROM THE VAULT

End the year with the worst 3rd jersey in NHL history…

2009 MONTREAL CANADIENS 1912-13 THROWBACKS
Looking more like the uniform of a 1920s chain gang rock breaker than a legendary hockey team, this tribute to Montreal’s centennial season was so ugly that coach Bob Gainey refused to let his team wear it a second time after its Feb. 1, 2009 debut against the Bruins.

Boston’s Shawn Thornton stated,  “I was really concerned about it in warmup. When there were 23 guys skating around, I was dizzy.”

SHRAPNEL

Americans don’t understand hockey. That’s especially true of the Stats Dept. at NBC

Taylor Hall is #15? Brett Connolly is #44 and plays D? Apparently Donald Trump’s Fact Checker works for NBC.

STANDINGS

TEAM G W L T PTS PWk TP AVG %
D 39 32 7 0 64 36.50 503.25 38.71 0.821
F 39 27 12 0 54 42.25 461.50 35.50 0.692
H 39 27 12 0 54 28.50 440.00 33.85 0.692
V 39 27 12 0 54 27.00 418.25 32.17 0.692
T 39 25 13 1 51 32.50 447.00 34.38 0.654
E 39 24 14 1 49 35.25 447.00 34.38 0.628
C 39 23 16 0 46 33.75 412.00 31.69 0.590
R 39 19 18 2 40 22.50 379.75 29.21 0.513
G 39 16 22 1 33 37.25 401.00 30.85 0.423
Z 39 12 25 2 26 22.50 364.75 28.06 0.333
S 39 12 26 1 25 29.25 338.50 26.04 0.321
J 39 12 27 0 24 16.25 353.00 27.15 0.308
O 39 9 30 0 18 13.25 314.50 24.19 0.231
& 39 4 35 0 8 27.50 288.25 22.17 0.103

UNTIL NEXT WEEK…

Week 12 – 20th Anniversary of Festivus

December 1997. The show Seinfeld airs “The Strike” episode, and Festivus is born. Never saw it? Here’s the source.

My favourite part of Festivus is: “The Feats of Strength.” Here’s the rules: “Festivus is not considered over until the head of the family has been pinned. However, a participant may be allowed to decline to attempt to pin the head of the household only if they have something better to do instead.”

George’s gift cards to his fellow staff members – great way to give nothing at Christmas but look like you have

Anyways… on with more important matters….

THE WEEK THAT WAS

There were a few trades this week:

  • Rolphy traded Elliot PH to T-Man for a 4th in ’19
  • Derko traded Seabrook CH to Fulty for a 10th in ’18…and before you scoff at that one, just remember who has been drafted in the 10th round: Schneider ’07, Brodie ’10, Bobrovsky ’12, & Johnny Gaudreau ’13. (also Cordy took Robbie Schremp in ’04, ’08, ’10, ’12… but that’s a story for another blog)
  • The OFHL Christmas Banquet was held Saturday and the traditional “Player Exchange” again proved that the KMSH is making this stuff up as he goes.
  • From the Player Exchange:
    • Derko got Peters (Carolina’s coach) from Cordy
    • Vinny got Seabrook from Fulty
    • Haukster got Phaneuf from Stifler
    • T-Man got Housley (Buffalo’s coach) from Orv
    • Fulty got Rubtsov from Derko
    • Cordy got Luongo from JBR
    • Rolphy got Duclair from Haukster
    • Erty got Shinkaruk from Rolphy
    • GoJo got Vatrano from EZ
    • JBR got Shipaychov from T-Man
    • EZ got Miller from Derko
    • Orv got Boucher (Ottawa’s coach) from Erty
    • Stifler got Hutton from R&S
    • R&S got Vatanen from GoJo
  • Erty’s late week surge gave him the Big Week with 45.5 points
  • Fulty, Stifler, & Haukster also went 3-0
  • Stifler is the hottest team in the past 2 weeks going 6-0
  • Vinny, Cordy, & T-Man are the hottest teams in the past month at 9-3
  • Lots of movers this past week:
    • Moving up 2 spots: Erty up to 6th, Stifler up to 11th
    • Up 1 spot: Fulty to 4th, eZ to 10th,
  • As of press time, Orv had indicated he was going to pick-up the Devils’ coach John Hynes (who you might know from his previous gig as frontman for the Smashing Pumpkins.)

  • The Week 12 pick-up goes back to the lottery. A “1” was rolled so Ren & Stimp get the pick-up.
  • And finally, thanks to the GMs who attended the Christmas Banquet. T-man couldn’t attend, but his place at the table was held by this photo:

There are no words….

FROM THE VAULT

The Leafs played the Hurricanes on Tuesday. The game was played at 2pm in Toronto, marking the exact start time of the very first NHL game 100 years ago on that same day. The Leafs won 8-1, since the Hurricanes didn’t understand what was expected of the centennial game.

They brought out the old timers, as they dressed former players Abraham Smith and Obediah Jones.

They also brought out the oldest equipment: ancient sticks made of a solid piece of hickory, pucks make from cow’s knee-caps, and skates from T-Man’s hockey bag.

Can’t you just imagine T-Elf running across the ice on these beauties?

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

In keeping with that game, the Anti-Player of the Week has to go to Morgan Rielly. Sure they beat the Hurcs 8-1, but Rielly finished with a -1. Four Carolina players had better +/-.

From last year’s playoffs:
Rielly forgot he was playing a playoff game. Smart kid.

But the hottest OFHL players were a couple of newbies to the honours: Stifler’s James Reimer & Fulty’s Seth Jones each registered 8 points.

SHRAPNEL

2nd WORST 3rd JERSEYS: 1995-96 ANAHEIM DUCKS WILD WING
This is the “Showgirls” of hockey sweaters, a debacle so gallingly bad that for some it comes all the way back around to great. Featured a cartoon version of the team’s mascot leaping forward in an apparent ‘roid-fueled rage along some of the worst name/number graphics ever. Then they were forced on two Hall-of-Famers. Hey, bad choice, marketing department.

The ‘nucks have had an unbelievably run of injuries lately. Down to their last “Canuck.”

STANDINGS

TEAM G W L T PTS PWk TP AVG %
D 36 30 6 0 60 33.25 466.75 38.90 0.833
V 36 27 9 0 54 33.50 391.25 32.60 0.750
H 36 26 10 0 52 39.25 411.50 34.29 0.722
F 36 24 12 0 48 41.50 419.25 34.94 0.667
T 36 22 13 1 45 31.50 414.50 34.54 0.625
E 36 21 14 1 43 45.50 411.75 34.31 0.597
C 36 21 15 0 42 38.25 378.25 31.52 0.583
R 36 19 16 1 39 31.50 357.25 29.77 0.542
G 36 13 22 1 27 35.25 363.75 30.31 0.375
Z 36 11 24 1 23 28.00 342.25 28.52 0.319
S 36 11 24 1 23 34.00 309.25 25.77 0.319
J 36 11 25 0 22 31.25 336.75 28.06 0.306
O 36 9 27 0 18 27.25 301.25 25.10 0.250
& 36 4 32 0 8 23.00 260.75 21.73 0.111

UNTIL NEXT WEEK…

Enjoy WJC Time, Baby! – We all have dogs in this fight:

  • JBR (4): Steel CAN, Raddysh CAN, Andersson SWE, Heskinen FIN
  • Fulty (4): Tolvanen FIN, Necas CZH, Fox USA, Hart CAN
  • Ren & Stimpy (4): Yamamoto USA, Kostin RUS, Maker CAN, Fabbro CAN
  • T-Man (3): Mittelstadt USA, Kyrou CAN, Mete CAN
  • Derko (3): Brown USA, Petterson SWE, Heponiemi FIN
  • Vinny (3): McLeod CAN, Rubtsov RUS, Timmins CAN
  • Haukster (2): Brannstrom SWE, Oettinger USA
  • eZ (2): Abramov RUS, Vesalienen FIN
  • Cordy (2): Terry USA, Bean CAN
  • Gojo (2): Nylander SWE, Chlapik CZH
  • Stifler (1): Chytil CZH
  • Erty (1): Formenton CAN
  • Orv (1): Liljegren SWE
  • Rolphy (1): Juolevi FIN

from the futyfiles

Here’s the Sked – no New Year’s Eve game this year.

Enjoy, the time off, your family, and hockey (not in any particular order).

Merry Christmas, Kwanzaa, Krampusnacht, Las Posadas, Feast of the Circumcision, or whatever you celebrate, from the kmsh & his SammyMak. (yep, thems his real ears.)

 

Week 11 – Dec 11-17

THE WEEK THAT WAS

  • Cordy had the big week with 36.5
  • Also going 3-0 this week were Rolphy & Stifler
  • T-Man had 2nd best week but went 2-1
  • Vinny keeps pace with Derko on top; Haukster falls a game back
  • JBR, Cordy, and Rolphy all jump up one spot
  • Stifler grabs Rob Thomas, STL Blues 1st rounder from 2017, and former lead singer of Matchbox 20.
  • Pick up for this week goes to ORV as a “6” was rolled. Enjoy the Pre-WJC week as you start your scouting.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Johnny Tavares used his giant brain to help him register 9 points for T-Man

Has any team had more jerseys than the Isles?

FROM THE VAULT

So he actually played in the NHL….hmm. Ken Holland pictured here after his 1st NHL game in 1980. He allowed 7 goals on 6 shots for a -0.167 save %.

Holland’s first NHL game in 1980 was historic for many reasons. He was the last goalie to play without a mask, and the first to play with out a trapper.

SHRAPNEL

Third Worst 3rd Jerseys – 1995-2006 BRUINS WINNIE THE POOH 3rds

Objectively, this wasn’t even the worst third jersey introduced in 1995, but it stuck around so long—10 humiliating seasons—and was such a downgrade from their classic traditional sweaters that it earns the top spot. The dijon yellow body and jagged trim were bad enough, but that sleepy bear head logo?  It was no coincidence the team was so bad for so many of those years. Wearing these took two inches and 20 pounds off each player.

Ray Bourque defends his honey pot.

STANDINGS

TEAM G W L T PTS PWk TP AVG %
D 33 29 4 0 58 28.50 433.50 39.41 0.879
V 33 25 8 0 50 30.50 357.75 32.52 0.758
H 33 23 10 0 46 25.75 372.25 33.84 0.697
T 33 21 12 0 42 35.25 383.00 34.82 0.636
F 33 21 12 0 42 32.25 377.75 34.34 0.636
C 33 19 14 0 38 36.50 340.00 30.91 0.576
R 33 19 14 0 38 30.50 325.75 29.61 0.576
E 33 18 14 1 37 27.00 366.25 33.30 0.561
G 33 12 20 1 25 28.25 328.50 29.86 0.379
J 33 11 22 0 22 27.75 305.50 27.77 0.333
Z 33 10 22 1 21 26.75 314.25 28.57 0.318
O 33 9 24 0 18 22.25 274.00 24.91 0.273
S 33 8 24 1 17 34.75 275.25 25.02 0.258
& 33 4 29 0 8 25.25 237.75 21.61 0.121

UNTIL NEXT WEEK…

Remembering Zarley Zalapki

Farewell to Double Z who was a Canadian Olympian and a much-traded part of OFHL lore. Some of the original OFHL GMs may remember a trip to Vancouver late ’96 to watch Cordy’s D-man ZZ play for Calgary. T-Man lost a hat that night as Naslund turned the trick.

  • See you at Denny’s Sat Dec 23rd 10ish. Bring a player for the exchange, or post it on the board.