That was an interesting week. We were threatened with THREE different lawsuit threats, got to laugh at blatant posted falsehoods from the darkside and had to deal with an entire week of constant activities from both sides of the border. All that before the absolute full weekend of games.
Now let’s get to the fun stuff.
NORTH AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
The Austin Bruins and Minot Minotauros are sitting top the mighty Central Division with Aberdeen trailing by a point. The Wings are 4-0-1-0 in the last five games, the longest streak in the league. At the other end of that perspective; Brookings is winless in seven games.
The East Division leading Johnstown Tomahawks discovered that Maryland’s Piney Orchard Ice Arena is not going to be an easy place to pick up wins from. The Black Bears again proved themselves to be a very feisty bunch as Maryland split with the Tomahawks. The Titans picked up a big road sweep in their first ever trip to Jamestown. The Generals dropped two of three games at the WB.
Alaska’s Brown Bears are holding onto the top spot in the Midwest Division despite getting swept at home by the hard-charging Janesville Jets. Janesville and the Magicians have both won seven of their last ten games and are a single point behind Kenai River. Fairbanks climbs out of the cellar with the home sweep of Chippewa. The Ice Dogs have now won three straight.
The South Division remains led by Amarillo even though the Bulls were swept at Shreveport. Amarillo did pick up a point in Saturday night’s shootout loss. Idle Topeka is now sandwiched between the Bulls and ‘Bugs in the standings. The IceRays and Brahmas split their set in Corpus Christi.
United States Premier Hockey League
LAWSUIT THREAT #1- Richard Gallant (and the USPHL) was upset when we said that HE was picking up dollars from the New Jersey Court’s judgement against players. I need to clarify that the news came directly from the parents and it was a team (and not the USPHL nor Richard Gallant) that won the judgement against the family of an adult player. So, to be very clear; the team wins the judgement.
LAWSUIT THREAT #2- That Chicago based operator (with multiple clubs) tried to tell us that we were no longer allowed to print his name or mention his teams. Not-so-little Johnny simply jumped on Dickey G’s bandwagon with a me-too claim of his own.
Speaking of Not-so-little Johnny, the Chicago Showcase featured teams from every area, except Dickey G’s. The bosses don’t have to spend the money it takes to send their teams to Chicago; that’s for the rest of the suckers.
We are hearing that a few teams from the event might be done for the season by the middle of the week. Who would that be? How’s this for a hint, two teams from Michigan and yet another team from Florida.
That’s life in Dickey G’s world.
That other guy claimed last week that he “leads the junior hockey industry in traffic for its advertisers and daily readers on the internet.” The only question I have is this. According to who? Alexa? Nope, we are way ahead there. Google? Not even close. Revenue? Nope. How about credibility? Yea right.
Advertisers have plenty of tools to compare the value of any internet advertising options. Like buying a used car (show me the carfax...), advertisers should always request detailed information from Google Analytics. That's information that's all but impossible to fake.
The Mash brings the most interesting takes from the week of junior hockey. In general, the idea is to remain positive. With that said, please understand that it will, at times, open a few eyeballs to the underside of the level of play.