Tag Archives: London Knights

Galchenyuk Racks ‘Em Up

Our Habs might have the odd overpaid two-goal scorer and a semi-comatose forward, and maybe a defenceman who doesn’t get closer than three feet of the opposition, and of course the injury-prone team with no power play did end up slightly down in the standings last season. Slightly.

But there could be an excellent silver lining.

I’ll borrow a well-used quote from music critic Jon Landau after his witnessing a young Bruce Springsteen in action in 1974, move things around a little, and say, “I have seen the future of the Montreal Canadiens, and its name is Alex Galchenyuk.

I’m craving a true superstar on the team, and I’ll take a chance and speak for several million other fans by saying they want one too. Patrick Roy was the last one. Guy Lafleur was before Patrick. It’s been a long, harsh drought. Not to put much pressure on the young fellow, but that’s the deal. All he has to do is become a big-time superstar like Guy Lafleur. Is it too much to ask?

Fans of every other team might say they want one too. But who cares what fans of other teams want. They’re lucky we let them co-exist with us in everyday life.

Galchenyuk scored three times on Saturday night in leading his Sarnia Sting to a big 5-2 win over the Peterborough Petes, giving our new future star 19 goals and 29 assists for 48 points in 27 games, putting him third in scoring in the Ontario Hockey League behind Niagara IceDogs Ryan Strome (59 points) and Seth Griffith of the London Knights (49 points).

Strome has played three more games than Galchenyuk, and Griffith two more, so be careful guys, he’s breathing down your neck. Maybe by Christmas these two will be chasing him.

Maybe he’ll leave all concerned in the dust.

Maybe he’ll be a great one.

 

Way To Go, Bournival And Shawinigan!

Habs prospect Michael Bournival set up Anton Zlobin in overtime as the Shawinigan Cataractes beat the London Knights 2-1 to win the 2012 Memorial Cup.

Good for Shawinigan, and for Bournival, who came to the Canadiens via the Colorado system, with Ryan O’Byrne going the other way. We want our young guys to come through in the clutch, and to me it’s just more good news on the Habs newly-paved road to respectibility.

I don’t see enough junior hockey, although I’ve always loved and appreciated the talent and enthusiasm these young guys bring. Powell River has an elite BCHL team and I rarely go. I don’t know why. I can’t explain it. Is not having enough time a good enough excuse? At least I follow the World juniors closely every year.

Way to go, Shawinigan. They were only there because they were the host city, and they won it all. Hip, hip, hooray!!!

 

Gerry Bradbury And Those Leamington #*%@&

We were up three goals after just six minutes of the first period. And then we let it all slip away as the Leamington Bantams, led by Gerry Bradbury, stormed back and it ended in a 4-4 tie in the opening game for the All-Ontario championship.

I had two goals and an assist in this game and was voted third star. The reporter wrote that “Dennis Kane, no great heavyweight on skates either, scored twice.”

He also wrote, “A crowd of only 500 was on hand for the game. For an Ontario-finalist team, Orillia fans could have shown a bit more respect.”

Leamington won the next game and claimed the title, and I’m saying here and now that if they didn’t have Gerry Bradbury, we would’ve won. Although I can’t remember how he did in game two.

Gerry Bradbury was one of those chosen few, one of those ringers who come along once in a while. We’d heard about him prior to the series, and he didn’t disappoint as he scored three of their four goals and assisted on the other in this first game. He seemed a shoo-in to go far, maybe even all the way to the NHL, and I’m sure scouts drooled.

I know he made us nervous, and he lived up to his billing in a big way.

Gerry Bradbury went on to play three seasons of Junior A in London, looked to have a fine but brief stay with Bowling Green, and was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings. He was a great young player, and although he never played a game in the bigs, at least he can now tell friends and family about those days when he was one of the best young players in Ontario, almost made it to the NHL, and how he and his bantam team beat Orillia to win the All-Ontario.

1970 NHL DRAFT PICK
Gerry Bradbury

Selected in sixth round
No. 73 overall by Los Angeles Kings

Born June 15, 1950

Position: Center
Height: 5-11   Weight: 180
BEFORE THE DRAFT
Last Team: London (OHA)                                 
Birthplace: Leamington, Ontario (Canada)
Hometown: Leamington, Ontario
PRE-DRAFT STATISTICS
Year Team League GP G A TP PIM
1967-68 London OHA 51 4 10 14 8
1968-69 London OHA 53 15 19 34 17
1969-70 London OHA 54 16 21 37 25
NHL CAREER
Never played in NHL.
NON-NHL CAREER
Post-Draft Teams: Bowling Green (MCHA/CCHA)

NON-NHL AWARDS AND HONORS
Bowling Green Cooper Trophy (Top Scorer):
1970-71
Bowling Green Outstanding Forward: 1970-71
Cleveland Cup Outstanding Forward: 1971 (Bowling Green)
Cleveland Cup All-Tournament Team: 1971 (Bowling Green

Sergei Kostitsyn Needs A Fresh Start Elsewhere

Seems like the dream is over for Sergei Kostitsysn. If it was a dream. Maybe he doesn’t want to be a Montreal Canadien anyway.

Sergei was in the lineup for game two and Benoit Pouliot sat, and there had to be some method to Jacques Martin’s madness. Did Martin think that after being in the doghouse for so long, Sergei would come out and set the world on fire?

Did Martin use Sergei as a pawn, to give Pouliot a night off as a wake up call, to tell Pouliot by this action that he’d better pick it up a notch or he’d be back in civvies?

Did Martin hope that Andrei Kostitsyn would play better with kid brother suiting up again?

Whatever the reason, Sergei didn’t do a thing in game two, although he sat on the bench for most of it. Hell, Pouliot could have sat on the bench too. That’s why I believe it was all a ploy of some sort.

Maybe this kid brother was rusty after not playing in a week or two, Or has he just lost all desire to play for this team and it shows in spades on the ice? He’s got a ton of talent. It was there for all to see when he was a junior with the London Knights (40 goals, 91 assists in his final year there), and he was a more-than-promising young buck in his first couple of seasons with the big club.

But something has happened. Does his life away from the rink leaves something to be desired? Does he have too many undesirable friends, too many ladies who want to check for tattoos all over his body, too much money for an immature kid? And I know some fans have complained that Jacques Martin has used him wrong, kept him on a short leash, which may have completely ruined his spirit. Maybe he’s an overly-sensitive guy.

The fact remains, Sergei Kostitsyn no longer helps this team and most certainly will be dealt as soon as possible. And for me, as sad as it is for the young fellow, it’s even sadder for the team. If he had played better in the regular season, the Canadiens would have ended with more points than Philadelphia and gained home-ice advantage in the playoffs. They only needed one more point. And maybe if he was firing on all cylinders, the Habs might have scored a goal or two by now in this series.

He could have been an important young star of the Montreal Canadiens. Now he’s barely a Montreal Canadien.