Questions, questions, questions

February 20, 2014

A few questions that pertain to the Ontario Hockey League, Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, Western Collegiate Hockey Association and the proposed International Jr. Hockey League:

…Guelph Storm and Soo Greyhounds are two of the top teams in the Ontario Hockey League this 2013-2014 season. In fact, Guelph currently has the best record in the 20-team OHL. Ironically, Guelph’s starting goalie, Justin Nichols, was acquired from the Soo in a pre-season trade. And while Nichols has put up exceptional numbers for Guelph this season, so too has Soo starter Matt Murray. In fact, Nichols and Murray are having similarily-superb, statistical seasons. But as Nichols is a year younger than Murray, we ask the question: Did the Greyhounds trade the wrong goalie?

…Will he be an OHLer with the Erie Otters or a Western Collegiate Hockey Leaguer with the Lake Superior State Lakers? Plum defenceman Owen Headrick of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League’s Soo Thunderbirds will answer that question at some point. Headrick is developing into a standout prospect with the Thunderbirds and has a future choice of playing in the OHL with Erie or staying close to home and suiting up with Lake Superior State of the Division 1, WCHA. Meantime, good-player, good-kid, good-student Headrick is focused on the present with the first-place Thunderbirds of the NOJHL.

…Will the proposed International Jr. Hockey League be a go for the 2014-2015 season under the umbrella of the American-based, Amateur Athletic Union? And if so, will teams from the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and Ontario Jr. Hockey League be a part of it?

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  1. Guelph Storm season ticket holder here. Good question, Randy, about Nicholls and Murray. Murray might be the drafted prospect now but Nicholls has shown an ability to develop and mature into the number one goaltender. Earlier in the year, he was a little inconsistent but he has now matured to the point that he is very comfortable as the number one puckstopper on the Storm. Given that he is eligible to be back for up to two years, I would take him right now over Murray who is no slouch himself. Love the website.

    1. Good to hear from you, David. Thanks for the response from the eyes of a Guelph Storm fan. Glad you like the website, as well.



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