Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sea Dogs Notebook


Jonathan Huberdeau is back in town and last week he tweeted a photo of a Memorial Cup ring (EDIT: This is apparently the ring he got for being MVP).

The Sea Dogs announced on Friday that their goal this season is to have 2,700 season-ticket holders which would be the highest amount in team history. Saint John had 2,528 season-pass holders in their historic campaign last year.

“By becoming the first Maritime team to win a Memorial Cup championship, this team has connected with fans in the Saint John area like never before,” said team president Wayne Long in a release. “We are seeing this enthusiasm translate into new season-ticket sales and we hope the community continues to rally behind the Sea Dogs to help us reach our goal of 2,700 season tickets.”

Information on Sea Dogs full season, flex pack, and flex pack combo tickets can be obtained by calling the team office at (506) 657-DOGS (3647) or at

In addition to saving nearly three dollars per ticket off of walk-up prices, season-ticket holders receive several exciting benefits, including exclusive invitations to a meet-and-greet barbecue and a winter skate, priority access to playoff seats, a limited-edition merchandise item, and a significant discount at the team store. Benefits also include a game-day draw valued at $50 per game, five complimentary tickets valued at $85, and use of the season-ticket holder entrance. Packages range from $301 for youth upper bowl tickets to $493 for adult lower bowl.

After two pre-season games, forward Brock Morrison and defenseman Patrick Levesque lead the Sea Dogs in scoring with three points each. Morrison, an 8th round pick in 2010, has two goals and an assist while Levesque, a training camp invitee from Edmundston, has three helpers.

Morrison and training camp invitee Danny Wicks lead the team in goals with two markers each.

MacKenzie Brown and Sean Killaire are a Sea Dogs best plus-one. On the other end, defensemen Spencer MacDonald and David Mosher are both a minus-three.

In last night’s game at Harbour Station, Oliver Cooper of the Sea Dogs and Craig Langille of the Wildcats dropped the gloves for a short tilt. Both are Fredericton natives and were teammates with the ‘AAA’ Canadiens last season.

Cooper had 11 goals and 13 assists in 33 games last year while Langille, a defenseman, had no goals and nine assists in 24 contests.

According to the website Even Strength, the Sea Dogs will be signing right winger Kraig Pasher as an affiliate player.

Pasher, a training camp invitee, played with the Cape Breton Tradesmen of the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League last year where he had 31 points - 12 goals, 19 assists - along with 41 penalty minutes in 33 games.

Pasher played in Friday’s game in Moncton where he fought Ludlow Jr Harris. He would later leave the game with a reported knee injury.

Former Sea Dogs tough guy Will Johnston has a brother who is currently taking part in Moncton Wildcats training camp.

"I went to a few games in that series and I remember it was a wild atmosphere in both buildings," said Ross Johnston to the Moncton Times & Transcript on Friday. "I've heard lots from Will about the Moncton-Saint John rivalry. I was cheering for Saint John back then because my brother was there. I've always looked up to him.

"There's four years age difference between us so we were never on the same team, but we played a lot of street hockey against each other. The games got pretty intense and out of control sometimes, but it was fun. We got into some fights. I always came out on the losing end of that."

Ross kept the family tradition going on Friday when he and Ryan Collicutt dropped the gloves in Friday’s exhibition game at the Red Ball Internet Centre.

His older brother recently signed with the East Coast Hockey League’s Cincinnati Cyclones. But the T&T reports that he will also earned a free agent tryout to the American Hockey League’s St. John’s Ice Caps training camp.

SN photographer Marc Henwood is back for another season. You can check out his pictures from last night’s game over at the Isurus Photography Facebook page.

The Sea Dogs will not play again until next Saturday when they open up a home-and-home series with the PEI Rocket at the Quispamsis qplex. Game time is 7pm.

Saint John will then head to the Island to face the Rocket at 7pm the following day.

Cheap plug: for those unable to attend either match, be sure to check out our live blog or follow us on Twitter.

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