Bag of Pucks - Cornwall would be a good home for the Brampton Battalion
The lease for the Brampton Battalion at the Powerade Centre expires this year and it is rumoured that the team is looking to re-locate. It would be a great time to see the return of the Cornwall Royals. Cornwall could play in the East Division by shifting the Oshawa Generals to the Central Division.
Windsor - September 27, 2012 - As part of my regular contributions to OurHometown.ca, I will write the occasional column about my random thoughts from the world of hockey. For lack of a better name, I will refer to these columns as a "Bag of Pucks". You may agree, you may disagree and that's okay. Drop a line to OurHometown.ca by clicking the link below and provide your thoughts!
Are the Battalion’s days numbered in Brampton
A recent report in the Toronto Sun suggests that the Battalion may be looking for a new home at the end of this season. The team’s lease at the Powerade Centre expires this year and it is rumoured that the team is looking to re-locate. Each time an existing OHL team is believed to be on the move, the cities of North Bay, Cornwall and Chatham are listed as a possible destination. Brampton is already in the Eastern Conference and it would be a great time to see the return of the Cornwall Royals. Cornwall could play in the East Division by shifting the Oshawa Generals to the Central Division.
Petes practical joke not funny for local Police
Members of the Peterborough Petes cleared a practical joke with a teammate’s host family, but forgot to inform the neighbours or the local police department. A number of apparent “masked gunmen” entered a home on September 16th and that prompted the neighbours to call the police. Turns out it was Petes players pulling a gag on a fellow teammate. READ MORE
Yakupov may return to Sarnia
As a result of his recent suspension in the KHL, Edmonton Oilers’ first overall pick, may have to return to the OHL. The Sarnia Sting product was suspended by the Russian-based KHL on Tuesday because he didn't secure a transfer card to join Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik. Canadian Hockey League President Dave Branch was quoted as saying, "Some of us were a little surprised when Yakupov appeared in a couple of games on the weekend in the KHL without any prior knowledge of anybody with Hockey Canada, the CHL and/or the Sarnia Sting." Branch is not loved in many OHL cities, but he is on the right side of this one. If Yakupov isn’t playing in the NHL with the Oilers, he should be visiting OHL barns with the Sting.
BMO CHL Mastercard Top 10
The Canadian Hockey League announced the second edition of the BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings for the 2012-13 regular season. The list included four teams from the OHL with the London Knights third, Kitchener Rangers fourth, Belleville Bulls ninth and an honourable mention to the Oshawa Generals.
New Fighting Rule
The OHL recently announced that players who engage in more than 10 altercations during the regular season will receive a two-game suspension for each additional fight up to 15. For fights 16-20, the player will continue to receive two-game bans and his team will also be fined $1,000 and the league also has the latitude to institute further punishment. If one of the major goals of the OHL is to develop players for the NHL, wouldnt it make sense to have similiar rules? Seems like the Quebec and Western Leagues don’t see it as an issue, as they have not changed the fight rules.
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