Niagara IceDogs Notes – First round pick Brown not signing with IceDogs?

Logan Brown

Rumour: Logan Brown will not be an IceDog

Rumours have surfaced this week that Niagara IceDogs first round pick Logan Brown and the IceDogs were unable to come to an agreement that would see Brown play for the IceDogs this season. According to the rumours, Brown will be declared defected after training camp opens and his rights will be traded to another team shortly afterwards.

The scenario may remind fans of Adam Bateman, who was the IceDogs’ first round pick in 2011 but was declared defected after training camp. Bateman would only report to Niagara if he was given a guarantee of sufficient ice time which the IceDogs were unable to do. Bateman was subsequently traded to the Windsor Spitfires before the start of the 2011-12 season for two second-round picks, two third-round picks and a sixth-round pick. Bateman was released by the Spitfires this past July and has now signed with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

New OHL rules increase on-ice player safety

The OHL has taken steps to further improve player safety by increasing penalties for dangerous hits and fighting.

In an effort to eliminate staged fighting, players will receive an automatic game misconduct when a fight occurs immediately following any faceoff during the game. Last season, players received an automatic game misconduct for fighting immediately following the drop of the puck at the beginning of a period.

In addition, the OHL is implementing a two fight rule. Players who receive two fighting majors during the same game will be handed a game misconduct. As well, if a player receives a third minor penalty for instigating during the season, he will receive an automatic one game suspension. For each subsequent instigating minor penalty, the suspension shall be increased accordingly.

OHL teams will also be fined whenever more than three major penalties for fighting are assessed to a team in a single game.

The OHL is also increasing suspensions for players that are penalized multiple times for dangerous hits.

Players who receive a third game misconduct during the season for a combination of any five minute major and game misconduct penalties for checking to the head, checking from behind, boarding, kneeing and clipping, for which suspensions have not previously been applied, will receive an automatic one game suspension. For each subsequent game misconduct, the suspension will be increased accordingly.

Players who receive four minor penalties during the regular season for a combination of checking-to-the-head, checking-from-behind, boarding, kneeing or clipping will receive a one game suspension. For each subsequent minor penalty in any of those categories, the suspension will be increased accordingly.

However, not everyone is a fan of the new rules. A story in GoErie.com stated that Erie Otters defenceman Cory Genovese recently tweeted:

“(OHL commissioner and CHL president) Dave Branch is ruining junior hockey. If you’re scared to get hurt or scared your son will get hurt, sign up for a different sport #OHL”

Knott wins gold with Canada

Canada’s National Men’s U18 Team has won gold at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup after beating Czech Republic 6-2 on Saturday in Breclav.

Team Canada featured eight players from the OHL, including IceDogs forward Graham Knott, who finished 10th on the team in scoring with four points in five games. He played most of the tournament on the top line with fellow OHLers Mitchell Marner and Dylan Strome.

This year marked the seventh consecutive gold medal for Team Canada in this tournament. They finished the tournament 5-0 and outscored the opposition 32-10 over those five games.

IceDogs begin training camp on Tuesday

The IceDogs will begin the 2014-15 season on Tuesday when they take to the ice for training camp at the Seymour-Hannah Sports & Entertainment Center. The following is the training camp schedule and the IceDogs’ home preseason games.

Tuesday August 26

1pm – Team Black Practice
Team White Off-Ice Workout
Team Red Dynamic Warm-Up

2pm – Team Red Practice
Team Black Off-Ice Workout
Team White Dynamic Warm-Up

3pm – Team White Practice
Team Red Off-Ice Workout
Team Black Dynamic Cool Down

Wednesday August 27

9:30am – Team Red vs Team Black
10:15am – Team Black vs Team White
11am – Team White vs Team Red
11:45am – Team Red vs Team Black
12:30pm – Team Black vs Team White
1:15pm – Team White vs Team Red
*Each ‘game’ will be a 25 minute period followed by a flood

Thursday August 28

9:30am – Team Red vs Team Black
10:15am – Team Black vs Team White
11am – Team White vs Team Red
11:45am – Team Red vs Team Black
12:30pm – Team Black vs Team White
1:15pm – Team White vs Team Red
*Each ‘game’ will be a 25 minute period followed by a flood

7:30pm – Black vs White Inter-Squad Game

Friday August 29
10:00am – 11:30am – Practice
2:00pm – 3:30pm – Practice

Saturday August 30
10:00am – 11:30am – Practice
2:00pm – 3:30pm – Practice

Sunday August 31
7pm – Preseason Game vs Oshawa Generals at The Niagara Falls Gale Center

Friday September 12
7pm – Preseason Game vs Kitchener Rangers at the new Town of Lincoln Community Complex

Tuesday September 16
7pm – Preseason Game vs Windsor Spitfires at the Thorold Community Arena

Kevin Legros
Kevin Legros is the Executive Editor of LocalSportsReport.com and the Managing Editor of the OHL Blog. He follows all local sports in the Niagara Region including the Niagara IceDogs, where he has been a season ticket holder since the first season. Kevin was involved in the process of planning for the IceDogs new home arena, the Meridian Centre, which included sitting as a member of the Mayor's Task Force Committee, the St. Catharines Entertainment and Sports Complex Advocacy Committee and the Meridian Centre Fundraising Task Force Committee.

5 Comments

  1. London Knight

    August 21, 2014 at 8:21 am

    If anything Logan would want to come to London as all players do. This would be a slam dunk

  2. shawn

    August 21, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I have heard that he is not interested in London at all and will not be traded there. Contrary to your belief, not every player wants to play for the Knights.

    • London Knight

      August 23, 2014 at 1:27 am

      They also don’t want to play for a team ashamed of their own city to not name their team after it. Want some crack? Then a player will come there

  3. Bobby Boucher

    August 29, 2014 at 1:21 am

    London knight, you seem to be very in touch with the crackhead community. There are people out there who can help you.

  4. London Knight

    September 1, 2014 at 11:08 am

    You make a lot of sense. Thanks for that. Enjoy your dirty city.