Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:47 pm
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The sharp-eyed among you perhaps noticed that there are no award winners listed for men’s hockey. This is not a surprising development given that the University of Ottawa announced the suspension of that program after being notified of an alleged sexual assault incident in Thunder Bay.
The university is conducting an internal review of the alleged incident, and police are investigating.
As of April 7, Ontario University Athletics had not been notified that the U of O would be withdrawing from its men’s hockey league. The next deadline for doing so would be the OUA’s annual general meetings scheduled for May 5-9, but that’s only a deadline in the sense that pulling out of the league would allow U of O to restrict the amount of the fine it would pay to $500.
Withdrawing between the AGM and the release of the 2014-15 men’s hockey schedule would result in a fine of approximately $1,000. Pulling the plug on Gee-Gees men’s hockey for next season after the release of the schedule, which would normally occur around June 1, would result in a $3,000 fine.
The only way to avoid a fine would be to give a year’s notice of withdrawing from a particular OUA sports league. That wouldn’t be the case here.
If the university does decide to withdraw from men’s hockey for 2014-15, then what becomes of any Gee-Gees team members not found to have been part of the alleged incident. (I keep saying that because, as of this writing, no charges have been laid. Even if charges are laid, there’s no indication that they would involve all members of the team. Above all else, no finding of guilt has yet been made by a court of law.)
If U of O were to extend the suspension of the men’s hockey program through 2014-15 and beyond, those student-athletes not found to be responsible for this alleged incident might very well want to continue their post-university hockey careers at other CIS institutions.
To do so, they would have to transfer. CIS has in the past granted “humanitarian” transfers to athletes whose programs have been suspended by their schools, allowing them to participate on behalf of the new schools immediately, rather than having to sit out the usual one-year transfer period.
The most recent example of that involved the University of Waterloo football team. That program was suspended in 2010 following a performance-enhancing drug scandal that involved nine players.
Sat May 10, 2014 4:31 pm
Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:46 pm
A lot of overages will be mum about playing in university hockey, hoping that a pro job materializes. It might yet for Gazzola. He didn't waste any time lining up a CIS spot, committing to UNB and coach Gardiner MacDougall, who's had a number late bloomers sign pro contracts after finishing a degree.
Reinhart's dad, Paul, once said the development debate in hockey isn't major junior vs. NCAA inasmuch as it's Canada's higher education system vs. America's. Gazzola would appear to be a proof of that, but he's careful not to let himself be used that way.
"I'm Canadian, so the Canadian school system is fine for me," he says. "I’ve got a friend at Brown now who’s getting an excellent education. You can get a good education anywhere."
True to form, Gazzola didn't jump for the big shiny thing when deciding which team to join down east, where the Atlantic University Sport league gets prime-time billing. The next two CIS University Cup championships will both be in his old home rink, the Halifax Metro Centre. St. Francis Xavier get the host berth for next season and Saint Mary's will for 2016. To get another chance to win a national championship in your former home arena?
That would seem storybook, but Gazzola saw a bigger picture.
"Saint Mary’s and St. FX, they both pushed that — 'we’re going to be hosting,' " Gazzola said. "That was a big chip. But when I was talking with Gardiner it just felt right."
The AUHC post-season will consist of a best-of-three final playoff series during the years when the Atlantic conference has two guaranteed berths in the CIS championship.
During the years when the conference has more than two berths at the nationals, the AUS championship quarter-final series will be a best-of-three, semifinals a best-of-five and the final will be a best-of-three.
The Atlantic conference is guaranteed three berths in the next two CIS championships being held in Halifax. As a result, it is possible a best-of-three consolation final series will be required to determine the third AUS team. St. Francis Xavier will be the host team next season while Saint Mary’s hosts the following year.
If St. Francis Xavier, in 2015, or Saint Mary’s, in 2016, reach the AUS final, a consolation series will be held.
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This team, too, is in the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame. [LINK]Although their keeper Art Puttee has not conceded a goal in the tournament, the Manitoba Grads dropped a point against Sweden. They must win against the Americans to keep the world title in Canada. 2-0 is registered five seconds left by Frank Morris, but the decisive goal is scored after nine minutes before the game by the player featured Blake Watson, a medical student who won the Memorial Cup in 1923 (with University of Manitoba where he graduated, hence its presence in "Grads" - Graduates) with future NHL players and Art Chapman Murray Murdoch. For several years Dr. Watson, fast forward to the insured technique, plays its European opponents with his class because, after Vienna, he joined the LTC Prague, contributing more than anyone in hockey development on the Old Continent. He played briefly with yet Grasshoppers before crossing the Atlantic and become a famous gynecologist in Hollywood and consulted by Greta Garbo and Rita Hayworth.
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TEAM CANADA COACHING STAFF – EN
Team Leader: Todd Johnson, University of Regina
Head Coach: Dave Adolph, University of Saskatchewan
Associate Coach: Mark Howell, University of Calgary
Associate Coach: Mike Sirant, University of Manitoba
Video Coach: Spiros Anastas, University of Lethbridge
Equipment/Athletic Therapy: Chris Linder, University of Calgary
Equipment/Athletic Therapy: T.J. Mussbacher, University of Alberta
LINKMichael Woods in the Ottawa Sun wrote:Rock suspended the program on March 3 after the university learned about an incident of alleged sexual assault involving some members of the team in Thunder Bay, where the team had travelled for games at Lakehead University. The incident was alleged to have occurred Feb. 1 but was not reported to the university until Feb. 24, by a friend of the alleged victim.
The university launched an internal review, which wrapped up earlier this month.
The review determined, Rock said, that head coach Réal Paiement learned of the alleged incident within hours and took his own disciplinary action, but he didn’t inform university authorities. That led “in great part” to his dismissal, Rock said.
Paiement did not respond to a request for comment.
Several University of Ottawa hockey players have retained a lawyer and are threatening to sue. Lawyer Lawrence Greenspon said the university and its president have defamed, punished and even ended the careers of some “innocent” players who have done absolutely nothing wrong.
“You’ve got a team of 24 players. My information is that, at the absolute most, there were three that are alleged to have been involved in misconduct,” Greenspon said.
“There have been no charges laid by the police, the university has carried out an investigation for almost six months now, and there are, by my math, some 21 players who have not done anything wrong but have had their careers ended in some cases and their reputations seriously damaged as a result of this university’s policy or practice of punishing the many for the alleged sins of the few.”
LINK Of course, somebody should point out the irony that Allan the Rock was part of a corrupt Liberal government which, despite their transgressions, was NOT suspended and allowed to contest elections.Neate Seager at Yahoo wrote:Rock, a former federal cabinet minister, employed some interesting semantics during a news conference, stating: "We're suspending the program, not the team." That should make it clear where the burden lies: on the authority figures who, in the milieu of a university, went rogue. It also arguably makes it harder for the players to seek redress since they haven't been suspended; their program has just ceased to be for a while.
No charges have been laid, but uOttawa is reacting to how this was handled and not what might/might not be established by a police investigation. Anyone who thinks there needs to be a conviction in order to justify the suspension is missing the point. It's about accountability; it's on coaches to show it doesn't put players being named in a sexual assault complaint on the same level with, say, missing practice. That is how it looks with Paiement, a former national junior team coach, trying to discipline players internally.
LINKKelly Egan at Ottawa Sun wrote:Still, was suspension fair to the uninvolved players? Is dumping the 2014-15 season fair to fresh, incoming players, who now lose a year of competition?
Of course not. Do some yet live under an unwanted shadow? Surely they do. Hopefully, time fixes this.
There were alternatives. The school could have suspended the players involved, fired or reprimanded the coach, let the police do their work, and start the fall season with a fresh page. But if the suspended players, named or not, are not charged, how does that serve the aims of justice, Rock wondered. In other words, would the school be adding to the wrong?
Tue Jul 22, 2014 7:42 pm
Hockey at the U of M dwindled after the World Championship season. True, the junior team continued for 6 more years in the MJHL. But without the Allan Cup varsity teams had no national title to chase. In any event, it appears that the era of university teams competing for junior or senior provincial or national honours had gone not only in Manitoba, but throughout Canada. I have seen no records of junior competition past 1937 nor senior competition past 1929 for any university team.
Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:47 pm
Oooops! They never played Manitoba in last year's playoffs. Of course, they beat UBC (who advanced with an upset win over Sask) and Bedrock (who beat the Bisons in OT of game 3). Somebody has been monkeying around with their computers!Alberta finished in first place in the Canada West standings in 2013-14, thanks to a 25-2-1 record, and then went undefeated in the conference playoffs, sweeping aside Manitoba and Calgary, to capture their second consecutive Canada West crown. At the University Cup tournament, held for the second year in Saskatoon, the Bears defeated Carleton, McGill and the host Huskies to win their CIS record 14th national championship trophy.
Sat Aug 09, 2014 10:50 pm
When he played with the Portage Terriers, Shaquille Merasty was one of the most feared players in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. The kid was an MJHL star.
He could fight if he had to, but at 6-foot-3, 200-pounds nobody really wanted to fight him. He could skate, score and was one of the best playmakers in the MJHL. He had all the tools.
He’d even finished high school before he finished his MJHL career. He’d have made a great NCAA Division 1 player.
However, because there aren’t many D-1 scouts around the MJHL, Merasty never really got noticed. Despite playing only 38 games because a couple of serious injuries, Merasty finished 21st in league scoring with 30 goals and 30 assists.
Still, he led the Terriers to the 2012 Turnbull Cup, emblematic of the MJHL championship and he did get a sniff from one U.S. College – a Division 3 school in Adrian, Mich.
For most, that might not be a big deal, but Shaq Merasty, with some financial help from his band, Berens River First Nation, made it a big deal. He chose to attend Adrian College and he’s made a gigantic impact on the Division III game.
His numbers were huge: He finished second in the nation in goals scored with 22 in 28 games, and was tied for 10th in the nation in overall scoring with 38 points for a 1.36 points per game average. He was tied for seventh in the country in power-play goals with eight, and tied for third in the nation in game-winning goals with five. He also finished second in the MCHA in scoring with 18 goals and 29 points, one point behind teammate Zach Graham, and averaged 1.45 points per game in the conference.
To top it off, he earned All-American honors [the 2012-13] season (selected to the West second team) and was named to the MCHA All-Conference team and All-Freshman teams.
The league also suffered a relatively last-minute departure from the Okanagan Coyotes a couple years back. With many players having already laid down money for the school year, this is not a happy scenario.Ken Olynyk, AD wrote:“ I would like to thank the past and current members of the Hockey Board of Directors for their hard work and tireless effort,” said Olynyk. “They established this program five years ago for student/athletes who wanted to continue to play competitive hockey while pursuing their education. They made every effort possible to maintain the program to this point, but due to economics and a lack of a sustainable model, we have no choice but to dissolve the program.”