Tomas Jurco and the Grand Rapids Griffins are up 2-0 in the best-of-seven Calder Cup Final over the Syracuse Crunch.
The Griffins won Game 1, 3-1, and Game 2, 6-4, this past weekend. Both games were played in Syracuse while the next three will be played in Grand Rapids.
Jurco was held pointless in the first game but scored in the second match and recorded five shots. The former Sea Dogs forward now has eight goals and six assists in 20 playoff games.
Only 2 more !!! Being a champ feels great i can tell u that much, lets do it this year too! #ahlfinals #griffs
— Tomas Jurco (@Jurky13) June 10, 2013
The games are being streamed for free on the AHL website.
It was announced last week that the Mooseheads coaching staff had resigned with the club.
According to the Moose website, “(General Manager) Cam Russell and Head Coach Dominique Ducharme have agreed to new three year contracts. Smith also announced that Assistant Coaches Jim Midgley and Steve Hartley, along with Goaltending Coach Eric Raymond, have all signed new 2 year contracts with the Club.”
Midgley is a former Sea Dogs assistant coach from the Jacques Beaulieu days.
The Universite de Moncton is having a really good recruiting year. Last week, it was announced former Sea Dog Danny Chiasson would be joining the men’s hockey team for the 2013-14 season.
Danny Chiasson ( @chiassondanny ) had committed to Université de Moncton's Men's Hockey program. #CapsCommit @aiglesbleus
— Summerside Capitals (@SsideCapitals) June 7, 2013
Chiasson helped the Summerside Western Capitals win a MHL Championship this past season. He played six games with Saint John in 2011-12.
UdeM has also added Pierre Durepos and the Saulnier twins for next season.
The league website has a video interview with Nathan Noel after being selected third overall by Saint John on Saturday. Watch that HERE. UPDATE: Will Thompson video is also up.
The Sea Dogs selected Cornwall Thunder defenseman Bailey Webster in the seventh round of Saturday’s draft.
“I was real excited and am really looking forward to it,” Webster told the Journal Pioneer. “They (Sea Dogs) contacted me the most, so I was hoping to go there.”
Webster had two goals and eight assists in 35 regular season games in the NB/PEI Major Midget Hockey League last season. He added one goal in seven playoff games.
The Journal Pioneer also reports that only three players from PEI were drafted on Saturday. Sea Dogs fourth rounder Alexander McQuaid was among them.
The Sea Dogs drafted their two required Americans on Saturday in the late rounds. They picked forward Jack Eichel in the 10th round and goaltender Joel Daccord in the 11th.
The Western College Hockey Blog broke down which Americans went where. They had this to say about Eichel and Daccord:
Jack Eichel - Drafted by St. John, Boston University recruit, US National Development forward, Chelmsford, Mass. native
Joel Daccord - Drafted by St. John, Cushing Academy goaltender, father played at Merrimack, and now runs a goaltending school and briefly was a goaltending coach for Boston Bruins
At this time, it’s very unlikely Eichel reports - especially for this upcoming season. Not sure what Daccord’s deal is. The Dogs also picked an American goaltender last season, Drew Michals, who reported to training camp but understandably left early to keep his NCAA eligible.
Perhaps @seadogshockey most underrated pick today was Joel Daccord. The son of former NHL goalie coach Brian Daccord head of @stopitgoalies
— Kyle MacDonald (@kylelmacdonald) June 9, 2013
If you are looking for statistical info on all the players the Sea Dogs drafted on Saturday, Rink Net has a list of team-by-team results. Click on a name and all their stats and info will show up.