Here's some quick hits that happen while I was on Vacation.
NHLPA President Paul Kelly Fired.
This is another example of the NHLPA being in such disarray since the lockout. This is the 3rd president that's left the post since the lockout begin in the Fall of 2004, this sends a clear message that they is a lack of leadership in the Players Association that no one wants to help clean up. This is critical for fans to follow this because if you think the problems from the lockout were big during the 2004-2005 season, just think if this happens again when the NHL and the Players Association have their negations again in a few years.
This time, the league will have no room for error as the league has lost the benefit of the doubt from casual sports fans, the media and will set the league back a long time where the effects from even a short work stoppage would be painful. When the NHLPA get's together to find a new president, they need to make sure that the group looks hard about what's happen and repair what's going on within the players union.
Here's the story from the NHLPA Website: http://www.nhlpa.com/Content/Feature.asp?contentID=4029
Also the Podcast Show "The Puck podcast" goes into further detail and discussion. It's on the top of the show. www.puckpodcast.com/puck-podcast-september-5th-2009/#comments
Dallas Stars Training Camp
The team's annual Training Camp will start up on September 13 at the Frisco Starcenter to get ready for the 2009-2010 Season. Meanwhile on the Dallas Morning News, when they putting up the Training Camp Roster, they left off which teams from the American Hockey League (AHL), the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) plus the different junior leagues that different players played in last year. They just put the league they were in and didn't even care to look up which teams they played for.
If Ice Hockey is going to continue the success and growth, it would help to put which teams the players played for so hockey fans who don't know about the teams and leagues could find out more about the different players.
Countdown to the AT&T Metroplex High School Hockey League
We are just a few weeks away from the New High School Season starting up and all the teams in both the Varsity and JV will play in a Preseason showcase for the teams to prepare for the season coming up on September 12 and 13 at the Farmers Branch, Euless and Plano Star centers. Each team is going to play 3 games and for some teams it's a chance to find out which division the different teams to play in either the Gold or Silver Division.
The final division outlook will be out most likely on September 15 to get ready for the regular season to get underway on October 1 which is the first Thursday in October which is usually when the league gets underway.
Here's the Schedule for both Varsity and JV.
Here's some info on the AT&T Metroplex High School Hockey League for this season. www.drpepperstarcenter.com/Hockey.asp?strHockeyType=highschool&strNews=hshgn
How Scores will work.
With the Regular Season starting up in different leagues about to start. I'm going to show how I will do the different leagues.
First, I'm going to divide into different category's such as US Junior, Major Junior and the Professional leagues. I'm going to focus on leagues and teams that are in the Southwest USA such as the North American Hockey League (NAHL), the American Hockey League (AHL) and the Central Hockey League (CHL). I will also do some other leagues such as the Major Juniors and the USHL, as for the NHL, I'm going to do mostly focus on the Dallas Stars (especially early in the season), as we get near the end of the year I will provide more as the playoff races get more intense.
One of the biggest questions I have had as whatever to do Canadian Jr. A leagues or not, I'm not doing it because it has 10 different leagues and with all the teams, it's to wide spread and would take to much time to cover. I'm also not doing the NCAA because theirs very few websites that have college hockey stats and to find info from games, except for the most part on the team websites.
It will also be on separate post to make it easier to to organize. I'm going to start it this weekend and will do it on a weekly basis as junior leagues mostly are done on weekends and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the North American Hockey League will start up this weekend and I will not do any preseason games.
Here's an example from the QMJHL VS. OHL Games that were held recently.
Kitchener Rangers 5 Rouyn-Nornda Huskies 2 (3-1, 1-0, 1-1) www.lhjmq.qc.ca/lang_en/index.php?page=342374&id_partie=20884
Ottawa 67s 1 Gatineau Olympiques 2 (SO) (0-1, 0-0, 1-0, 0-1)
So I will provide the Scores and also the Scores by Period and a link to the Box score from the game so you can check the stats and how the game went.
Here's the Category for different Leagues.
U.S.A. Junior: North American Hockey League (NAHL) and the United States Hockey League (USHL)
Major Junior: Western Hockey League (WHL), Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)
Professional: National Hockey League (NHL), American Hockey League (AHL) and the Central Hockey League (CHL)
Here's the start dates for the different leagues mentioned above.
North American Hockey League (NAHL): September 11
United States Hockey League (USHL): October 2
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL): September 10
Western Hockey League (WHL): September 17
Ontario Hockey League (OHL): September 17
National Hockey League (NHL): October 1
American Hockey League (AHL): October 2
Central Hockey League (CHL): October 16
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