Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Got News?

We are supposed to do our part in the "Life Goes On" one day after the passing of Windsor Spitfire Captain Mickey Renaud and so we shall as we have plenty of news to report on.

We will of course start with the latest on the Mickey Renaud story starting with the first preliminary autopsy results were given to the Renaud family only. More detailed tests are being preformed in an attempt to determine the actual cause of the death but those results are not expected to be made public for at least several months.

Details on services for Mickey Renaud were also made public as there will be visitation services on Wednesday and Thursday in Windsor while the funeral itself will be on Friday in Tecumseh.

The OHL announced that Thursday's game between Windsor and Plymouth was postponed to allow the Spitfire players a chance to grieve. No make up date has been announced as of yet.

The OHL also announced that stickers with Renaud's number 18 will be worn by all OHL players on their helmets for the rest of the season. Special patches will also be worn by Spitfire players. Finally a video tribute is being prepared to be shown at OHL and NHL arenas and if we can get a copy of it we will post it here as well.

Back to Ranger Prospect News

Only the Ohio Junior Bluejackets were in action on Tuesday evening but without 2007 7th round pick Danny Hobbs. Hobbs has been out with an undisclosed illness for the last 4 games and given what just has happened with Mickey Renaud will most likely not be allowed to return to action until he is given a clean bill of health.

We applaud the decision by the Junior Bluejackets to put Hobb's health first especially when the franchise is currently trying to reach the 500 mark for the season. That says a lot about the quality of people running the second year franchise so we will root for Danny to get well as soon as possible.

The Junior Bluejackets took on the first place Indiana Ice and came away a 3-2 winner despite missing Hobbs. The Junior Bluejackets are now 6-4 in their last 10 games but continue to play some of the franchise's best hockey in their short history.

The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll came out yesterday and Carl Hagelin's Michigan Wolverines remain the number one team in NCAA Division 1 Men's hockey. The Wolverines received all 34 first place votes and now are headed for a huge matchup with in-state rival Michigan State.

Matt Trevor the Michigan contact for the hockey team sent us word that with 4 regular season games remaining, Michigan needs just 4 points to clinch their 10th CCHA regular season title.

Carl Hagelin since returning from the World Juniors is 2-3-5, +4 in 12 games played. Overall on the season, Hagelin the freshmen from Sodertalje, Sweden is 7-10-17.

The Week Ahead

On Wednesday we have a big matchup in the QMJHL as Ryan Hillier and his Halifax Mooseheads will be hosting Antoine Lafleur and his Prince Edward Island Rocket as the Mooseheads are trying to break out of their slump while the Rocket are fighting for their playoff lives.

Thursday in the OHL, Bobby Sanguinetti and his Brampton Battalion will travel to face Tomas Zaborsky's Saginaw Spirit. The Battalion are looking to put sew up a division title while the Spirit are just trying to make the OHL playoffs.

Our Apologies

When we switched back to this blogger template we messed up the controls for posting here and tried to fix that today which led to some people unable to post, others having posts deleted and one very confused blogger trying to figure out what he did wrong.

Comments are moderated here because it is a lot easier to deal with in all honesty. We want to spend our time reporting on the prospects instead of having to deal with some of the stuff we see elsewhere.

As for today we have since discovered where we messed up and now have set the controls to our desired setting. Thanks to Matty and Andrea to alerting me to the problem and again apologies to those who comments were deleted.

However a note to Vince, the first post that was deleted was done by accident, the second one though was done on purpose for foul language. I am sorry about the first but not the second.

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