Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Stanislav Galiev has been projected by TSN’s Bob McKenzie as a first round draft pick in the upcoming National Hockey League entry draft.

“Has good size and speed,” said International Scouting Services. “Very good puck control at full speed. See’s team mates. Has good wrist shot and is aware of his man in all zones. Has that extra gear to get away from peers. Very good hockey sense and quick stick.”

The rookie was picked to go 27th among the top 30 picks. Unfortunately, they spelt Saint John wrong.

The Sea Dogs have not yet released any information in regards to Christian Morin. The 19-year defenseman suffered an upper body injury in Friday night’s 5-4 shootout win in Quebec City.

Morin was hit hard well after the puck left his feet by Dominic Savoie of the Remparts. No interference was called on the play but Morin lay face down on the ice for several minutes before leaving under his power.

As we reported last week on our Twitter page, RDS and L’Express both reported that former Sea Dog superstar Chris DiDomenico is almost set to make his return to action.

The Toronto Maple Leafs prospect is practicing with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League while the Leafs continue to watch his rehabilitation. “Dido” is expected to return in mid-February with the Drummondville Voltigeurs.

DiDomenico has not played since the league finals in April last year where he broke his femur crashing feet first in to the end boards at Centre Bionest in Shawinigan.

I thought we’d be the only ones to mention Gatineau mascot “Hully” turning 12-years old on Sunday. Both Gatineau area newspapers mentioned the panda bear celebrating his birthday and the fact that he got an 8-0 blowout as a present.

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Our latest poll results are in. The question was: which currently drafted Sea Dog will play in the NHL first?

Here are the results:
Yann Sauve – 1
Marco Cousineau – 2
Mike Hoffman – 21
Nicholas Petersen – 0
Simon Despres – 12
Steven Anthony – 1

Nicholas Petersen is once again on top of TSN QMJHL Player Rankings listed weekly.

The overager comes in at number one with a rating of 94.43 while Michael Kirkpatrick is seventh with a score of 84.11. Also listed in the 10 spot is former Sea Dog goaltender Marc-Antoine Gelinas.

Click HERE to view the full rankings.

The Saint John Sea Dogs are asking fans to design the team’s new third jersey for the 2011-12 season. Please note that that is NOT next season but the year after.

“This will be our first-ever third jersey and we really want our fans to be a part of the creative process as we develop a unique and captivating design that our franchise and city can be proud of,” said team president Wayne Long in a release. “We’re looking forward to seeing what our fans come up with.”

Fans may use whatever artistic tools (crayons, paint, etc.) they see fit in designing their jerseys. All entries should be sent to: DESIGN-A-JERSEY CONTEST c/o Saint John Sea Dogs / 99 Station St., Suite 200 / Saint John, NB / E2L 4X4 or delivered in person to the team office at Harbour Station. Entries will also be accepted at Sea Dogs Central (Section S, Harbour Station concourse) at all upcoming home games.

All entries will be evaluated by Sea Dogs front office personnel, who may submit one of the designs to Reebok and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for approval. The deadline to submit an entry is Monday, March 1 at 4pm. The fan whose design is chosen as the winning entry will receive a Sea Dogs Prize Pack.

Deadlines for Reebok jersey designs are ridiculously early so that is likely the reason for the hold off. The New York Islanders have to wait until next season to show off their designs after missing the deadline.

If you are looking for an easy design, just rip off the Pittsburgh Penguins baby blue sweaters like the Florida Panthers did.

QMJHL commissioner Gilles Courteau was in Saint John on Tuesday to visit the Sea Dogs organization at 99 Station St.

Courteau met with Sea Dogs management and interviewed players and staff during his stop. He also had an interview with the Telegraph-Journal and sat down with CTV News at 6:30 live from Saint John to discuss the Patrice Cormier suspension.

The Telegraph-Journal reported that the commissioner is on a six team tour which includes a stop in Bathurst and Moncton. His stop with the Titan organization – who had fewer than 900 fans at a game last week - is sure to interesting.

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