Danton Ayotte, who plays for the AJHL’s Fort McMurray Murray Oil Barons, is going to be watching from the sidelines for quite some time after Hockey Alberta suspended the winger for 365 days.
The suspension comes in the wake of an incident involving a referee during the Oil Barons Dec. 6 game against the Brooks Bandits. The 19-year-old Ayotte was ejected in the first period, assessed a match penalty, and the ruling from Hockey Alberta came down yesterday. Read more
Seventeen-year-old Neil Doef is a small-town Canadian kid like so many other small-town kids across this country: chasing the hockey dream, day and night, evenings, weekends, and probably in his dreams as well. But like very few kids, he had talent to go along with that love of the game: he was the leading scorer on the Jr. A Smiths Falls Bears of the Central Canada Hockey League, and the rookie of the year in that league last season at age 16; he’d just agreed to a full hockey scholarship at Princeton University; and he was named to Team Canada East at the World Junior A Challenge in Kindersley, Sask.
Sadly, that’s where Doef’s life took a tragic turn on Sunday. Playing against the Swiss team, the left winger fell into the boards after colliding with a defenseman and suffered a terrible injury that not only threatens his hockey future, but his ability to live as he did before the game was played.
(At the request of Doef’s family, Hockey Canada president Tom Renney wouldn’t confirm Doef is dealing with major spinal trauma, but that was the suspicion. “(We) are not able to provide any further details and will when it is deemed most appropriate,” Renney said in a statement.)
Doef’s home of Smiths Falls (population 8,777) is admirably rallying around the injured youngster. An online fundraising campaign had raised more than $5,500 in two days, and the local Shopper’s Drug Mart has pledged $5,000 and will collect donations at its location. People interested in helping Doef can donate money at any Scotiabank branch under the account name “Doefstrong in trust”, or send an online money transfer to the address firstname.lastname@example.org.
The hockey world needs no more examples of how inherently dangerous the game can be. All we can do is do our best to help people who’ve been hurt. And although Doef faces a long and tough road, it’s heartening to see how quickly hockey’s family has stepped up to support him at such an awful time.
A carbon monoxide leak sent 81 people who attended a hockey game at the Poppy Waterman Ice Arena in Lake Delton, Wisc. to hospital, including nearly an entire Minnesota Junior Hockey League team.
Each member of the Rochester Ice Hawks that skated in Saturday’s contest was sent to hospital Saturday evening, including the coaching staff. The source of the carbon monoxide is said to be one of the rink’s two ice resurfacers, according to Minnesota’s Star Tribune. Read more
On Friday night, during the pregame skate of an Ontario League contest, a minor hockey player had been chosen to rip around the ice with the Oshawa Generals. All was going well until he found the arm of the Generals players.
The video, which we first saw on Yahoo!’s Buzzing The Net, shows that the poor kid didn’t even stand a chance. Read more
By Chris Kazarian
At the end of June, 17-year-old Mike Nichols was drafted by the FHL’s Danbury Whalers. He regularly texts Maple Leafs left winger James van Riemsdyk and talks often with former New York Rangers star Adam Graves. And he was a featured guest on WFAN’s Boomer & Carton Show in November before heading to Madison Square Garden later that evening, celebrating his favorite team’s 5-0 blanking of the Pittsburgh Penguins inside the Rangers’ dressing room.
These days Nichols is living every teenager’s dream. Only it took a nightmare for him to get there. Read more
Remember Aito Iguchi? Sure you do. He was the 11-year-old stickhandling sensation that made his competition looks like they were wearing shoes out on the ice. Well, he’s back by popular demand.
Iguchi shows off another handful of his spectacular moves, including an incredible, spinning breakaway goal that you just have to see: Read more
On Friday, Nov. 21, when the Southern Pro League’s Columbus Cottonmouths take on the Fayetteville FireAntz, referees Erin Blair and Katie Guay will be making the calls.
Both highly decorated and with a ton of international experience, the female duo was selected to work the game, in partnership with the Cottonmouths and USA Hockey, as part of Columbus’ Girl Scout Night. Former NCAA players, Blair and Guay have been part of some of the most notable international women’s tournaments, and this will further add to their list of achievements. Read more
Every time you think you’ve seen it all when it comes to minor professional hockey promotions, some bizarre event – such as the the one in 2011 when the ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors held a Charlie Sheen Night – comes along to change your mind. And every so often, a minor pro hockey promotion comes along that makes you wary about seeing it at all.
Such was the case Thursday night when the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals announced that, in an effort to raise awareness for men’s health, the team’s vice president of Business Development Mike Wojciechowski would undergo a live prostrate exam during their game this coming Saturday against the Rockford Icehogs.
I know, I should’ve asked you to prepare yourself to hear that type of news. Read more