Juniors News and Notes
Tavares continues to dazzle with new team
When phenomenal forward John Tavares was traded from the Oshawa Generals to the London Knights to help out with a Memorial Cup run last month along with defenseman Michael Del Zotto, results were anticipated—just not this fast. Tavares has put up 24 points in ten games with his new club, and Del Zotto has put up a point per game in his own right. Since the arrival of Tavares and Del Zotto, the Knights have charged to the highest point total in the OHL, and look nearly unbeatable. On the other side of the coin, the Generals have gotten limited contributions to this point from Christian Thomas, Scott Valentine, and Mike Zador, though Oshawa’s acquisitions were made primarily with future years in mind.
Former WHL bench boss gets his shot in the NHL
Cory Clouston has already spent a few seasons in the AHL since leaving the WHL’s Kootenay Ice after spending five years there, and now he’s getting his big shot. The Binghamton Senators coach was prepared to spend yesterday relaxing and “watching the [Steelers win their sixth] Super Bowl” when Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray called to notify him that he had relieved then current head coach Craig Hartsburg of his duties and that Clouston was next in line for the NHL job. Much like current NHL head coaches Michel Therrien and Bruce Boudreau, Clouston will be promoted to take over a struggling team mid-season and try and get it back on track.
Memorial Cup schedule released
The 2009 Mastercard Memorial Cup’s schedule has come out. Games will start on May 15th, all featuring the host Rimouski Oceanic along with the league champions from the OHL, QMJHL, and WHL. It can be found here.