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Woops! Joel Kwiatkowski "Forgot" About Some Fine Print!

It looks like Joel Kwiakowski will not be skating for either Chicago or Atlanta next season.  As he was negotiating with the Thrashers it seems he forgot about a preexisting Russian contract.Sorry Joel, it's back to Mother Russia for you!

Linkage below.


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Dancing at Blackhawk Prospect Camp

This week hopeful young men gathered in downtown Chicago answering the siren call of the Indian Head, the National Hockey Leagues Chief Black Hawk and all he represents.  The object of a prospect camp is for players aged 17 and up to strut their stuff and impress the coaches of  the host team. You can smell the hunger of these young men in the air, it makes for some pretty exciting hockey, for sure.

Just a few of these players will be offered a contract with either the  NHL Blackhawks or with the AHL IceHogs.  For most the camp...more

Standouts from hockey in July

With the Blackhawk Prospect Camp over, here is my review of the top five unsigned and undrafted prospects, as always in my own opinion. Cab Morris, the 17 year-old goalie from Wilmette, wowed everyone. Among the goalies and the prospects in general, he was the youngest and could have easily been pushed around. No dice. This guy, who still has a way to fill out, shoved people out of the way, defended the goal well. He has an unusual stance for a goalie.

John Morea of Brooklyn, NY showed spunk on the ice in one of...more

Chicago Force Women's Football: Road to Championship leads through Kansas City

In a semi-final match to be played at Center High School in Kansas City, MO on Saturday, the Chicago Force face the Kansas City Tribe, 7-1 in regular season play. The winner advances to the Independent Women's Football League Championship match to be held later this month near Austin, Tex.


“This is a huge deal,” Quarterback Sami Grisafe said. “There is a lot of rivalry (with Kansas City. It is) a good team with a few standouts such as Rusty Sowers and Megan Penrod.”


“We won one and lost...more

Atlanta Signs Two More, Kwiatkowski returns to the line up and Drew McIntyre comes aboard.

The goalie round up for Atlanta starts now, Ondrej Pavelec Chicago's Calder Cup winning goalie in 2008  just got some competition for his position as  primary Wolves goalie,that is, if he wants it.  This week Atlanta signed Drew McIntyre  one of the most well traveled goalies in the AHL.  McIntyre had his first professional start with the infamous Toledo Storm as part of the Redwings System.  He then received the call up to the Grand Rapids Griffins and was a crowd favorite  with the Manitoba Moose during his tenure there. Finally  moving on to  Milwaukee last season where...more

Johnny's Ice House

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Chad Denny, Lone Wolf

One of the advantages of  following minor leagues is that  players can be followed from age 17 until they make it to the big show, or the National Hockey league.  One such player that that has has been under the gaze of my camera lens has been 22 year old Chad Denny.  He first came to my attention at Traverse City at the Red Wing Rookie Tournament along with another big guy Boris Valabik.  Unlike Valibik who was of age and started immediately with the Wolves, Denny was 18 and returned to his Major Junior team the Lewiston Maineiacs for...more

Scotland Beckons the AHL in September for the Garindner Cup- Haggis anyone?

For those of us desperately needing a hockey fix by September, grab your passports and cross the pond for Scotland's Gardiner Cup. In those long months since the end of the 08' season the Gardiner Cup offers an early and distinctive treat. The Edinburgh Capitals and the Belfast Giants will meet the Hamilton Bulldogs and Toronto Marlies in a tournament in Edinburgh on September 24th, 26th and 27th. Hockey in beautiful Edinburgh, kilts, haggis, bagpipes and single malt whiskey, what is not to love about that package?

The tournament is named for Charles “Chuck” Gardiner the...more

Belfast Giant to Attend Black Hawk Prospect Camp

A couple of days ago this came across my desk courtesy of Craig Shillingday our contact in the British Elite League.  It appears we shall have Davey Philips, an upcoming British blueliner and a Belfast Giant walking amongst us at prospect camp next month.  The word from Ireland is that if he stays in Chicago it will be blow to Belfast's hopes to take the Elite League this season. However, they are looking forward to seeing how the local favorite stacks up to North American talent.

Linkage to the Belfast Giants site announcement below:


Manic Attackers 2009 Ivy King Cup Winners!

Last night while  the city enjoyed it's first night of summer the UIC Pavilion rocked with Ivy King Cup championship  featuring the Manic Attackers against the ladies in red and last years Ivy King  Cup winners the Hell's Bells.   It was a intense match as these old foes know each other well,however,  at the end of the bout  the Manic Attackers emerged the winners winning 137 to 115. 

Thus ends the regular season for Chicago roller derby. But derby addicts take heart for the travel season is about to begin,  The Windy City Rollers All Stars presently ranked...more

We are going to the playoffs, baby! Chicago Force Win Season final 26:6

"We are going to the playoffs, baby! " It was more of a primal scream than a acclimation , then she repeated the war cry and left the room. Yes, the Chicago Force are going to the Independent Womens Football League playoffs. Starting in two weeks after yesterdays commanding win over the Detroit Demolition 26:6. Chicago's ladies of the gridiron are, you could say very excited at the prospect of setting foot on the run to the big dance, the National Championship in Austin, Texas, July 25th.

Sometime tonight after weekend results are in  data will be analyzed, a...more

The EA Curse: Trade Kane Now (and then hang up the phone)

Patrick Kane on the cover of the EA Sports NHL 2010. Can he avoid the EA Sports curse? / By EA Sports













I had no idea about the EA curse until a friend who I will identify here as Al from Walford County, during a discussion simply said "TRADE HIM NOW (THEN HANG UP THE PHONE)."

Investigating, here is an excellent link discussing the EA Sports curse (originally the John Madden curse), along...more

Wings wear down 2nd period opponents

It happened again watching the Detroit Red Wings take the Pittsburgh Penguins apart. It was like it was during the series between the Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks, witness to the devouring of an innocent by a skilled predator.


It was a very unpleasant game to watch as the Wings used the second period to devastate the Pens. I had to recall the second period game in the Hawks v Wings series in which the same thing had happened.


Here is how I see it happening on the...more

Getting the Names Right!

In the previous blog entry several players have been misidentified in photo  captions.  Corrections as follows:

Skater breaking through the pack is Ruth Enasia, not Malice with Chains./ By Boudica

The player in white is Sonya Mouthshut not Sargentina. / By Boudica

Windy City Rollers; Roller Derby Returns to Chicago Roots

by Red Scribbler

I can't believe we spent Saturday afternoon watching roller derby, but there it is. The Jane (Boudy Cagh) and I headed down to the UIC Pavilion to see two matches in the Windy City Rollers League. Now the fact is that the most important decision is how to determine your roller derby name. NO ONE uses their street name inside the roller derby world. As Flash Hottie, a member of the Windy City Rollers Farm team, told me, your roller derby name is not just something you hide behind but that also...more