Thursday, November 8, 2012

Sea Dogs Notebook

The Sea Dogs travel to Quebec this weekend for a three-in-three. The adventure begins tomorrow as the club travels to Sherbrooke to take on the expansion Phoenix for the first time. Game time is 8pm.

The Phoenix are currently in last place with a record of 3-14-1-1. But as we learned on Sunday, the Sea Dogs are not guaranteed wins this season.

From there, Saint John will travel to Drummondville to battle the Voltigeurs on Saturday at 8pm. The road trip ends on Sunday with a 5pm contest against the Armada in Blainville-Boisbriand.

Here’s Nathan MacKinnon setting up Jonathan Huberdeau in last night’s Subway Super Series game in Val-d’Or.

Huberdeau finished the game with two goals and an assist. The Team QMJHL captain had a combined two goals and three assists in this year’s two Super Series games.

JURCO had an article on Tomas Jurco on Tuesday. Jurco said playing on a stacked team over the past three years has helped him.

“It helped me because I was always fighting for ice time,” Jurco said about his time in Saint John. “There were a lot of good players and high draft picks. It taught me that you have to be really good every game to play first line or on the power play.”

Jurco has a goal and an assist in 11 games with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins this year.

Mike Kelly’s post-game skate following Sunday’s contest made Sam Cosentino’s column on

“Old school: After Saint John's 3-2 loss to Shawinigan Sunday, head coach Mike Kelly bag-skated his team with some fans still on their way out of the building,” wrote Cosentino.

Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon went on Hockey Night in Canada Radio recently. As The Hockey Writers notes, he spoke about Jonathan Huberdeau.

“I just want to see him getting stronger physically… so he can withstand playing against men,” Tallon said. “This kid’s the real deal. He’s not only a great kid on the ice, but off the ice too.”

“We’ve got a lot of great, young prospects we’re excited about, he’s [Huberdeau] one of the cornerstones,” Tallon added.

Got news for you: the NHL being locked out is good news for Canada’s world junior team. Hockey Canada head scout Kevin Prendergast spoke to the Canadian Press about the subject.

“This team would certainly give us a high-end chance for a gold medal with all the guys we’d have,” Prendergast said.

One of the players who would join the world junior team if the NHL is still not playing come December is, of course, Jonathan Huberdeau.

Dr. Erik Klein and “The Town Chiropractor” want you to know that they are the chiropractic consultant of the Sea Dogs.

“It is an honour to participate in the health of these elite hockey players, and co-ordinate with other fine professionals in Saint John,” they write in a blog post. “Numerous players have opportunities in the NHL and we look forward to seeing their dreams come true.”

Here’s a SeaDogsTV interview with Sea Dogs equipment manager David Kelly who worked his 500th regular season game last Sunday at Harbour Station.

Via, here’s former Sea Dogs defenseman Simon Despres dropping the gloves with Bridgeport Sound Tiger Travis Hamonic last Sunday in American Hockey League action.

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