Monthly Archives: March 2016

The Trailer for this internet beer league series.

Another good one for Beer League Boys – enjoy!

Great video on a great hockey coach – enjoy!

Week 2 Playoff recap

Monday night we played 2 more games in our playoff round robin and just when you think you know everything something else happens.  Early match almost bankrupted Las Vegas.  The rested #1 seed Islanders opened their playoff round robin against the #5 seed Habs who lost their opening tilt with the Flyers 6-1 the first week.  Habs open the scoring at 9:57 then the Islanders score twice to take the lead but Habs tie it up late in the first.  2-2 after one.  Habs with a lot of jump in their step score twice in the early part of the 2nd but the top seeded Islanders get 2 late to tie it up at 4’s after 2 periods.  The final frame was a battle as Habs Barry Ervin and Islanders Bobby Ide looked very sharp.  With under 4 minutes to go in this tied match a mistake in the Islander zone found the puck right on rookie Rinaldo’s stick and he buries his first goal of the season and his Oldtimer career giving his Habs a 5-4 lead.  One more late goal for the Habs and les habitant end their 8 game losing streak with a major upset win, whattttt?????  Yes it is true.  Many heroes in this one for the Habs, Barry played awesome, Dupal was relentless on the forecheck and rookie Rinaldo scored the biggest goal of his career.  But their player of the Game went to Eddie Kuzniewski.  Pre game we took Eddies head and put it on Peacocks body and viola the new and improved Eddie the Pollock!  That was the secret.

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The Islanders go 1-1 on the PP and Habs go 1-3.  Habs get 2 goals from Rukavina and singles from Dupal, Robin Chantaj, Rinaldo and Peacock.  Islanders get 2 goals from McKean and singles from Tygesen and Kidd.  Islanders player of the game goes to Paul Harty.  An exciting game.

Late game between the #2 Flyers and the #4 Bruins.  This one was a barn burner.  No goals in the opening frame as Gordie and Scottie shut out all shooters.  Flyers score twice in the 2nd and Bruins get 1 for a 2-1 Flyer lead after 2 periods.  Flyers make it 3-1 early in the 3rd.  Bruins get their 2nd goal at 3:50 and press hard after pulling their goalie.  With the sound of the final buzzer this one ends with the Flyers winning their 2nd in a row and Bruins losing their 2nd.  Flyers go 1-1 on the PP and Bruins go 0-0.  Flyers Marcelo Diluzio with 2 goals and his 2nd game winner in the playoffs gets the Player of the Game.  The Doctor Joel May gets the other Flyer goal.  Bruins have Cummings, a beauty apparently, and Annan score.  Gordie Ide was a clear cut unanimous choice as their Player of the Game.

Little bit of good old Canadian playoff hockey ooffing and poofing at the end of this one.  Lets all remember it is never just one way, it always takes 2 to tango.  Sometimes it is a lot of one guy and a bit of another but it is never all one guy or one thing.  So don’t be that one guy and remind yourself we are a D level old-timers league just looking for a bit of friendly competition but more importantly a little bit of male bonding pre and post game where we can park all of our daily strains on the shelf for a few hours, not take them out on each other.  We all have enough of that outside the arena to deal with day in day out.  Accidents will happen but if you are intentionallly trying to hurt someone we do not want you in our league.

OK enough ranting  we are back on the ice this Friday, April 1 (I’m not fooling) at Port Credit arena.  Early game starts at 8:15 pm as the Islanders look to bounce back against the Bruins.  Late game is scheduled for 9:30 pm with the 2 and 0 Flyers and the 1 and 0 Oilers, big games this week.

Habs are back at the Ballet for some poutine and a bit of white board strategy meetings.

See you all on the ice!!

PCOHL Stanley Cup is needed!!!

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The NHL has one for over 100 years and PCOHL is in need of their very own Stanley Cup.  We are challenging all of our members, family or friends to make us our very own Cup that can be honoured alongside our playoff Champion every year and most likely displayed in the arena glass showcase as well.  Below are some samples of rec league stanley cups to get the juices going and really there is no limitations on what we are looking for.  The winning design will get a discount next season for their dues.  So get into your man caves and build us a cup we all can be proud of.

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Playoffs Continue

Boys,

Hope your Easter holiday was a good one.  Our playoffs resume Monday, March 28 at Port Credit arena.  7:45 pm puck drop with the Islanders facing off against the Canadians and at 9:00 pm the Flyers will battle the Bruins.  Oilers are off.  Then on Friday, April 1 at 8:15 pm the Islanders will do battle with the Bruins and at 9:30 pm the Flyers will face off against the Oilers.  Montreal get the night off.

Good luck and see you all on the ice.

Sad news

Sad news, Habs Eddie Kuzniewski’s father passed away Friday.  All our thoughts and prayers are with Eddie and his family during this difficult time.  Below are the details of the visitation and funeral.

 

Obituary

Chester (Czeslaw) Kuzniewski

Chester passed peacefully at St. Joseph’s Health Centre on March 25,
2016 in his 87th year.
Beloved husband of Mary of 62 years. Loving father of Ed (Heidi) and
Christine (Randy). Missed by his grandchildren Cynthia and Denise.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 29th at 2:00-4:00 p.m. and
at 7:00-9:00 p.m. (prayers at 3:00 p.m.)
A Funeral mass will be held at 9:00 a.m. at St. Casimir’s Church 156
Roncesvalles Avenue,Toronto. Internment to follow at Sanctuary Park
Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in memory of Chester may be made to the
heart and Stroke Association.
Funeral Details
Visitation
Lynett Funeral Home
3299 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON, CANADA, M6P 2A5
Tuesday, 29 Mar 2016 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday, 29 Mar 2016 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Info: Donations to the Heart and Stroke Society would be appreciated by the family
Funeral
St. Casimir’s Church
156 Roncesvalles Avenue , Toronto, ON, CANADA, M6R 2L4
Wednesday, 30 Mar 2016 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Burial
Sanctuary Park Cemetery
1570 Royal York Road, Etobicoke, ON, CANADA, M9P 3C4
Wednesday, 30 Mar 2016 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Happy Easter!!

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Ok so I don’t think we will be watching any Canadian teams in the NHL playoffs this year but there is always next year.  On behalf of the Exec we want to wish all our members, their families, friends and teammates a happy easter holiday and all the new beginnings it brings us.

Cheers

2016 Individual Awards Announcements

We are proud to announce this seasons individual awards.

Art Ross Trophy - most points & Rocket Richard Trophy – most goals

Rob McKean from the NY Islanders is this seasons Art Ross winner with his 2nd and back to back Art Ross trophies.  Rob finished the season with 60 points breaking a 15 year record of 58 points.  Rob also wins his 3rd Rocket Richard trophy for most goals with 34 just missing the record of 36 goals in one season.  Rob scored almost 33% of the total Islander goals this season and basically lead the scoring race from the opening night right through the regular season.  Flyers Diluzio was 2nd with 41 points.  Awesome job Mr. McKean!

Vezina Trophy – best goals against average, best goalie

Bobby Ide of the Islanders wins this seasons Vezina with a league best 3.95 GA Average.  It looked like a lock for Flyers McCallum with just 2 weeks to go and a pretty good lead in this category but Bobby finished his last 2 games with only 3 goals against and the Flyers allowed 17 goals that also helped secure the Islanders as our top seed going into the playoffs.  Bobby, our oldest backstop, has now won 8 career Vezina trophies, his first in the 1992-1993 season.  How old is Bobby?????  Congratulations Bobby on a great season.

Hart Trophy – regular season most valuable player

This seasons MVP goes to Flyers defenseman Dan Barrett.  Dan finished the season with 18 points but not one who usually thrives on individual stats but more about just getting the team victory.  With out Dan the Flyers had their struggles and with him he at most times could control the game especially in his own end.  2nd year member in the league and a true gentlemen and class act and obviously a great hockey player.  Dan won the Calder trophy last year and is honoured this year as our leagues Most Valuable Player as he was a unanimous choice, well done vino man!!!!!

Calder Trophy – Best rookie

OK once the rookie initiation was completed this newest member truly stood out with his effortless skating and leadership on the blue line.  This years Calder goes to Edmonton Oilers Ian Chamberlain.  The year of the blue liners thats for sure.  Ian helped turn the Oilers slow start in the front half to one of our hottest teams in the league going into the playoffs.  Ian led all rookie scoring with 22 points and only one minor penalty.  The kid sure can skate and never looks like he is breaking  a sweat.  Great vision on the ice and most likely some future Norris trophies will be added to his closet.  Well done Ian!

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Norris Trophy – best defenseman

So many excellent choices this campaign but after all ballots were submitted by the media our winner goes to Islanders Moe Connell.  Moe had an outstanding season at both ends of the pond.  He led all defensemen in scoring with 28 points, 10th best in all the league.  Moe now a veteran has won the Conn Smythe award 3 times and really is known as a true leader come to the meaningful time in our schedule.  Only one minor penalty this season, maybe something happened between him and Brenda????   Moe has played both forward and defense during his illustrious career but has settled back on the blue line the last few years and has truly excelled in the role and is honoured as this seasons Norris winner, well done Moe.

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Selke Award – most improved player

This one was also very tough as we had many members show double digit improvements on the stats pages and general improvements on the ice.  This year the award will be shared by 2 players the media felt improved the most and helped their squads.  Boston Bruins Robin Flumerfelt and Montreal Canadians Patrick Sharp are honoured as this seasons Selke winners.  Bruins Flumerfelt finished the campaign as their leading scorer with a 30 point season, 7th best in the league and an +11 point improvement from the previous season.  18 goals is a career high for Robin and like the picture below I think most were scored right there like Phil Esposito.   Also would like to note only 8 minutes with Brenda this season, maybe playing with Tony Thomas last year helped Robin, mmmmmm.  Robin has quietly tried to be traded to the Habs all season long with out success.  I think the Habs could have used him but they also had a Selke winner in the young svelte Patrick Sharp.  Patty is a pleasure to play with and always has  a smile on his face before, during and after every PCOHL game regardless of the score.  Patty finished the season with 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points and 4th best on the Habs.  Last year, his rookie season, he had 10 points, that is more than double.  Now last year he played with Leo and this year he played with Peacock.  I think Joe’s pre game conversation made Patty skate much faster this season than last.  Well done Patty and well deserved my friend.

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So there it is.  We will announce our Conn Smythe winner after the finals.  On behalf of all of us at PCOHL lets raise a glass to our award winners this season, well deserved by each of you.

Cheers

Playoffs Week 1 Recap

Our Playoffs kicked off last Friday and no March Madness surprises or last minute mid court game winning shots either.

Early game between #2 Flyers and #5 Habs.  Opening period was scoreless as both Barry and Scottie stood tall rejecting all shooters.  A late Habs penalty set up Flyers first goal with 28 ticks left on the clock.  The 2nd period saw the Flyers flex their muscles and out score the Habs 5 to 1 for a 6-1 lead after 2.  The final frame went scoreless as the Flyers opened their playoffs with a impressive 6-1 victory.  Flyers got 2 hat tricks in this one, Diluzio and Mihalic who scored a natural hat trick in the 2nd period as his teammates all gave him a face wash at the bench.  Peacock got the lone Montreal goal, no face wash for Joe.  Flyers award Mihalic with Player of the Game and Habs honor Barry Ervin for his performance.  Barry celebrated his 59th birthday over the weekend and told his boys an interesting story about his dogs and the bathroom and I think peanut butter was involved.  Habs went 0-4 on the PP and Flyers went 1-3.

Late game featured the red hot #3 Oilers and the #4 Bruins team a bit short handed.  Both teams score once in the first period.  Oilers out score the Bruins 2-1 in the 2nd for a 3-2 lead after 2.  An early power play goal in the 3rd made it 4-2 and a final Oiler goal made this a 5-2 Oiler win to kick off their playoffs.  Oilers got goals from Freeman, Nelson, Ree with the game winner, Rundle and Kelly with a beauty.  Bruins got goals from Annan and Wright.  One of Boston goals was scored from center ice as it hit an Oiler defenseman and was lost in the lights and fell in behind Rispoli, the crowd went crazy!!.  Oilers went 1-2 on the PP and Bruins were 0-0.  Players of the Game went to Oilers Frank Rispoli and Bruins Joe Cosentino.

So off an running as the higher seeds beat the lower seeds as expected.  This week there is no games Friday night as it is Good Friday.  Next playoff games will take place Monday, March 28, 2016 at Port Credit arena.  The early game will be the #1 seed Islanders versus the #5 seed Montreal at 7:45 pm.  The late game will feature the #2 Flyers and the #4 Bruins with a puck drop of 9:00 pm.  Oilers get the night off.

Don’t forget to let your team mates know if you will be away as there is no subbing allowed in the playoffs.  Good luck and see you all on the ice.