Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Vacation, shmaycation

A bunch of things decided they would take place the weekend I was off in Far Far Away (no donkeys included, but several cows and kittens. Also no reception).

First, when players become DJs:

Best remix for nightclub by DJ Jods (@OliJods10) feat DJ Narby (@Jonarby15) Official Pre-Game song of : Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL
I may or may not be playing it at work at times that are not my lunch break such as it is currently.

When DJs become scorers:
SHA Raphaël Maheux, (1) (Frédérick Gaudreau, Dylan Labbé)
DRU Bryce Milson, (1) (Jérôme Verrier, Jordan Murray)
DRU Jérémy Auger, (1) (Jérôme Verrier)
SHA Olivier Jodoin, (1) (Zachary Taylor, Lukas Pozgay)
SHA JC Campagna, (1) (Jonathan Narbonne, Jean-Christophe Houde)
SHA Jonathan Narbonne, (1) (Dylan Labbé, Frédérick Gaudreau)
DRU Olivier Archambault, (3) (Nikolas Brouillard, Jérémie Malouin)

Aaaand with the Volts no longer capable of keeping up the charge they had going in the first, #theshawi wins 4-3, Narbonne with the GWG. News dropped this morning that he has since joined the Moncton Wildcats as part of a trade that was originally thought to alleviate the 20-year old player count on the Memorial Cup champs' roster, at least until it was revealed that Patrick Downe is also 20. So why split up the DJs?

Hang on, this is a Drummondville blog. Moving on...

Scraping out a W in Victo: After that disappointing loss against #theshawi, the Volts decided to take it out on the Tigres. It took until 17:05 of the second period for someone to score, and that someone was Victo's Philippe Hudon. At the tail end of a power play (!) to open the 3rd, Marc-Olivier Brouillard tied the game with help from Olivier Archambault and Jordan Murray. The latter then enlisted the same guys to help him win the game in overtime, the end result of a major penalty on Hudon who had taken out his frustrations on the younger Brouillard behind Drummondville's net and thus permitted a 4 on 3 to begin the overtime period.

Drummondville is now 4-3-0-0 to start the season and take on the winless Sherbrooke Phoenix on Wednesday.

Hrabarenka, so long (for real, now): We knew this already, but it's official now. Raman Hrabarenka/Graborenko/That Guy has moved on to greener pastures in Albany, which officially also opens up a Euro spot...

And then there was Török: Speaking of Sherbrooke, they traded 6'2" right-winger Tomáš Török to the Volts for a sixth round pick in 2014, which alleviates said extra Euro spot and gives the Slovakian a chance to take on his former teammates as soon as tomorrow. The 17 year old recorded 20 points in 9 games with HVK Svolen's Under-18s and four points in 13 games with their Under-20s last season. He had only played in 5 of Sherbrooke's 7 games before being traded, picking up 1 assist.

Howes it going: Scott Howes made a brief appearance at Texas Stars' training camp, and then back to Allen to participate in the Americans' training camp, where it was discovered that not only have they invited his brother Andrew to take part, but also another Andrew...Randazzo. The Ontario bracket of Drummondville seems to be quite aptly represented in the Lone Star State!

Lefebvre with Wheeling: In Bulldogs' camp, the roster that began with 43 players is continuing to thin out, as Hamilton have released one-time Voltigeur Olivier Fortier and sent Philippe Lefebvre down to the ECHL. For their part, Frédéric St-Denis and Gabriel Dumont are expected to be part of the final Bulldogs' roster.

University roundup: The CIS season is already underway, and should you be looking for more local forms of hockey to replace the NHL and can't always get to Drummondville (like me in the last, oh, two years), you can still have an alumni-fix (and take part in some really cool, competitive hockey):

Jean-Philippe Mathieu, Ryan McKiernan, Marc-Olivier Vachon, Jonathan Brunelle, and Benoit Levesque are (at last check) McGill Redmen;
Corey Garland and Olivier Jannard are Concordia Stingers;
Guillaume Nadeau and Olivier Hotte are Patriotes (UQTR);

...and a bunch of teams have yet to play so I cannot appropriately peruse their rosters.

Look, this already happened:
Jonathan Brunelle (Jean-Philippe Mathieu & Marc-Olivier Vachon) !!!

Alumni to return to Drummondville: La Tournée des Joueurs is set to visit Drummondville next Thursday, the 18th of October at 7 p.m. Tickets are going on sale for Volts' season ticket holders this Thursday and Friday from 9-9 before being opened up to the public on Saturday at 10 a.m. The latter sale is also supposedly going to be made available online and by phone, and the tickets (that get snatched up rather quickly) cost $20.

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