Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Notebook: The free tickets are all gone

The next Saint John Sea Dogs pre-season home game will feature quite an atmosphere.

The team announced this afternoon that the Sept. 9 pre-season game against the Charlottetown Islanders has sold out. Tickets to the game were free of charge.

"We took a different approach to our free preseason game this year and we really have to thank our loyal fans for responding to it," said president and general manager Trevor Georgie in a news release. "We can't wait to experience the electricity a capacity crowd can bring to the game. Our fans and players are in for a fun night."

According to the release, “more than 5,500 tickets were scooped up in just over a week.”

Details on how the tickets will be sent and how to join the waiting list can be found on the Sea Dogs website.

The Sea Dogs website has an updated training camp roster. It features 18 forwards, nine defencemen and three goaltenders.

The Chronicle Journal has an article on Daniel Del Paggio and Zach Grzelewski being reunited with the Sea Dogs.

The two played together with the Superior International Junior Hockey League’s Thunder Bay North Stars in 2013-14. According to the newspaper, “Del Paggio was the league’s most valuable player and a CCM Hockey first team all-star” while Grzelewski was “the runner-up to rookie of the year laurels and was a second team CCM Hockey all-star selection.”

Grzelewski has made an impact at Sea Dogs camp, scoring three goals and adding an assist in two pre-season games.

The Senators blog Silver Seven has ranked Thomas Chabot the fifth best player in the Senators system under the age of 25.

“In October, Thomas Chabot has a chance to do something rarely heard of with defenseman his age,” writes Callum Fraser. “The 19-year-old will be given a solid opportunity to fill a roster spot on an NHL team once training camp rolls around.”

Chabot will be on the Senators roster when the team takes part the annual London rookie tournament Sept. 16-18.

The St. Stephen Aces announced Tuesday that their training camp roster has been trimmed to 25 players.

The roster features a number of players who attended Sea Dogs camp, including defenceman Matthew O’Leary – the first overall pick in this year’s MHL Draft.

“Our D-core has changed a lot since last season,” said Aces head coach Josh Hepditch on the team’s website. “We felt it was something we needed to upgrade and we feel with the last few additions it’s starting to shape into a very strong unit.”

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