Wednesday, May 04, 2005


Rockets to dine on Wheaties

The Brandon Wheat Kings will join the Kelowna Rockets in the WHL Finals after a 5-1 thumping in Game 7 over the Prince Albert Raiders.

With 2 goals in the game, Lance Monych now had 17 goals in 19 playoff games. For the Raiders, Jeremy Colliton was a real playoff disappointment with 7 points in 17 playoff games.

I'm going to take the Wheat Kings over the Rockets in 6 games, simply out of spite ;)

Meanwhile, the WHL gave out their year-end awards and Wheat Kings forward Eric Fehr was the big winner as he was presented with the Player of the Year Award.

Smashmouth Flames prospect Dion Phaneuf beat Shea Weber for the Best Defenseman Award, while Jeff "Broken" Glass took home the Best Goaltender Award.

For the Giants, Gilbert Brule came home with the Scholastic Player of the Year Award, and the Giants won the team award in the same category. Congrats on being smart!

The Ontario Hockey League has changed the rules to allow the next phenom to enter their league at the age of 15! TSN STORY

Tavares is currently 14 years of age right now, and I wonder if he's just the fortunately recipient of a very early growth spurt like other 'latin' OHLers like Rico Fata and Mike Ricci. He is 6'1" and 175 pounds, so he shouldn't get pushed around unless he wants to be.

Tavares, a 14-year-old who turns 15 on Sept. 27, is a 1990-born prospect who is considered as good, if not better, than all the 1989-born prospects who are eligible for the draft. The OHL board of governors voted in favour of the amendment to the draft rules in a conference call at 2pm et. The Oshawa Generals have scheduled a news conference for 6pm et on Thursday, where it is expected they will formally announce Tavares as the first overall pick in Saturday's draft, which is conducted via the internet.
Tavares had to go through quite a few steps to get this 'exceptional' tag, and I wonder where they will draw the line in the future.

Is he the next Sidney Crosby? When do we start hearing about the 10 year-old phenoms? In any event, we'll be hearing a lot more about Tavares in the future.

Really quiet morning (To us in the West) at the World Championships this morning. Slovakia currently leads Austria 4-0, as they should...meanwhile evil Sweden is surprising Finland by a 4-1 score and don't look too weak so far without their elite players.

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