Friday, August 22, 2014

Notebook: Pre-Season Resumes Tonight

The Saint John Sea Dogs return to pre-season action this weekend.

Tonight, the Sea Dogs host the Halifax Mooseheads at Harbour Station. Game time is the usual 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for season ticket holders.

The Sea Dogs and Mooseheads also meet on Saturday at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro. Game time for that match is 7:00 p.m. Tickets for that contest are still available at the arena box office and online at

Saint John, 1-1 in exhibition in play, also host the Charlottetown Islanders on September 5 and visit the Island on September 6 for pre-season matches.

Forward Ryan Migliaccio, released from Saint John’s training camp roster this week, tweeted that he will be returning to the GOJHL’s Guelph Hurricanes.
In 26 games with the Hurricanes last season, the 18-year old registered 10 goals and 16 assists.

The Woodstock Slammers released their training camp roster this morning. Some notable names on the roster include Antoine Landry, Jeff Krichew, Mackenzie Brown, Riley Craft, and Johnny Erbs.

The Slammers are scheduled to play a pre-season game in St. Stephen against the County Aces on September 5.

A new coaching staff in Pittsburgh could be good news for former Sea Dogs defenseman Simon Despres, writes Joe Yerdon of Pro Hockey Talk. Despres was the latest to be featured on the site’s “looking to make the leap” feature.

Perhaps fortunately for Despres, Bylsma is gone and Mike Johnston is in. With Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik now in Washington, the Penguins are going to have one hole to fill on the blue line. Christian Ehrhoffshould take over where Niskanen left off, but with puck possession becoming a more vital part to playing defense, the opportunity for Despres to make a good impression is there for the taking.

Despres played in 34 games with the Penguins last season, recording five assists. In 36 AHL games he registered six goals and 17 assists.

In his Friday column, Willy Palov looks at the moves the Quebec Remparts made this week as they prepare to host the 2015 Memorial Cup. One of their moves included acquiring Alexander McQuaid from the Sea Dogs.

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