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CHL cancels playoffs and Memorial Cup

The Canadian Hockey League, the major-tier level of junior hockey in Canada, has announced the forthcoming league playoffs and the Memorial Cup have been cancelled for remainder of the year.

This announcement comes in response to the ongoing situation of CONVID-19, commonly known as Novel-Coronavirus.

The official league statement can be found under this link…. https://ontariohockeyleague.com/article/statement-chl-cancels-2020-playoffs-and-memorial-cup

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Bulldogs Axe Vince Laise

The Hamilton Bulldogs have fired Vince Laise as their Head Coach late Tuesday afternoon. Team President and General Manager Steve Staios will take over as the bench boss for the reminder of the season and playoffs.

Laise came to Hamilton as part of the Jon Gruden’s coaching staff in the 2018 OHL Championship team. Laise was appointed Head Coach before the current season, the fourth man to held the position in the team’s short history.

Laise finished the record of 24-28-7-1 as the Head Coach. Before joining the Bulldogs in the 2018 OHL Championship coaching staff under John Gruden, Laise was previously an assistant coach with the Erie Otters, helping the team to an OHL Championship appearance in 2017.

Steve Staios makes his Head Coach debut on Thursday when Hamilton visits Peterborough to take on the Petes.

CORRECTION – Steve Staios is overseeing the coaching staff, not taking over the bench boss role as previously mentioned.

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My Latest Bulldogs Arena Situation Perspective

The report from the Hamilton Spectator this evening is grim, yet comes with no surprise.

The intention now pales in comparison to a typical rush hour drive on the Skyway Bridge.

Hamilton Bulldogs Owner Michael Andlauer is considering moving the hockey franchise out of Hamilton after the Hamilton City Council is expected to agree with the city staff recommendation to reject the Limeridge Mall arena plan.

https://twitter.com/radleyatthespec/status/1215039426230919168?s=21

Let’s be certain with this story, it was going to be a new arena for the Bulldogs to play in, or they depart.

Copps Coliseum is in a rigid shape of its old self. The arena lease expires in June. Last year’s report suggests it’ll cost multi-million dollars to build up to modernity.

Andlauer has invested his own money to upgrade the attractions of the arena. He acted in good faith with the city despite the regressive attitude the latter implemented to the former.

The two sides kept in dialogue about the arena situation since the current team moved from Belleville in March 2015.

Yet, the city doesn’t cooperate and now it seems that the coveted 25-Year-Old hockey brand (from American Hockey League days in 1996) is in its last legs. This time, there’s more then certain there won’t be a miracle to pull off.

Reports suggest Bulldogs could go to Burlington. I don’t think it’s feasible, but with the regional credibility on the line, it could be the saving grace for the team to keep locally.

The city made their intentions clear tonight. Let’s enjoy this team while it lasts until the next course of action commences.

Update — Owner Michael Andlauer said on his letter to the Bulldogs Season Ticket Holders the team will play at the Copps next season.

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Hamilton 4 Sarnia 3

The Hamilton Bulldogs picked up their first win of the 2019-2020 season as they escaped the confines of Sarnia with a 4-3 victory in the season opener.

Pros

    Goaltender Zachary Roy was outstanding in this first start of the year. Had a productive 28 save performance, including a stellar third period in net.
    Arthur Kaliyev picked up where he left off with a three point performance. His playmaking ability was greatly needed with the young core.
    Penalty Kill was very good tonight. 80% effective.

Cons

    Need to capitalize with the power play. 1-for-7 with the man advantage.
    Need to be better on the face off.
    Injuries.

Hamilton returns home on Saturday evening against the Erie Otters (formerly known as Hamilton Steelhawks and Niagara Thunder) for the home opener at FirstOntario Centre.

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Hamilton Bulldogs 2019-2020 Season Preview

The Hamilton Bulldogs enter the 2019-2020 season with a level of confidence and level-minded optimism.

Mixed in with a promising blend of youth and veteran talent, the Bulldogs would like to make strides following a season that experienced growing pains both on and off the ice.

Here are the positional breakdowns of the roster set to take to the ice on Friday in Sarnia…

Goaltending

From November onward, Zackary Roy showed glimpses of strong play and noticeable retractions on other games as a starter. Roy ultimately led the Bulldogs to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference and started all four games against Ottawa in the playoffs – an impeccable feat for a rookie netminder which led to him being awarded the part of the OHL Second All-Rookie Team.

Expect another season of growing pains for Roy, but needs to minimize mistakes to avoid a sophomore jinx.

Marco Constantini is projected to be the backup to Roy. The 17-year-old netminder played well as the main man between the pipes for the Hamilton Kilty B’s last season, leading to a playoff berth in the OJHL. Don’t expect Constantini to challenge Roy for the starting job this year, but should get considerable playing time at times during this season barring injury.

Defense

This core last season was largely scrutinized by fans and observers alike and battle-tested based on their level of play. This shouldn’t be the case this year.

The effective core consists the likes of Kade Landry, Josh Wainman, Michael Renwick, Jake Gravelle, Cameron Supryka, the newly acquired Nathan Staios, Frank Jenkins, Peyton Vescio, and Gavin White rounds out the core that will look to better protect the second year Roy with stability on the blue line.

Forwards

Longtime fan favourite Matthew Strome has left Hamilton for professional endeavours with the Philadelphia Flyers organization, leaving an invaluable mark on the five-year-old franchise. Despite Strome’s departure, the leadership and talent level hasn’t been regressed as initially expected for a revamped, competitive team.

Franchise player Arthur Kaliyev return from NHL training camp with the LA Kings to jumpstart a promising flux of youth and veteran talent on the frontline. Tag Bertuzzi looks to stay healthy and produce.

Liam Van Loon, Logan Morrison, Narvin Mutter, Avery Hayes and local fan favourite Issac Nurse return to stabilize the unit that the team will rely on for production every game. Rookies George Diaco, Ryan Winterton, Mark Duarte, Lawson Sherk and Davis Young rounds out the core that look to accumulate more scoring from last year.

Prediction – Hamilton finishes in sixth in the Eastern Conference. The team has many building blocks to grow and prosper for another championship run in the foreseeable future.

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Hamilton Bulldogs Arena Situation

Last month, Hamilton Bulldogs Owner Michael Andlauer, along with Mall owner Cadillac Fairview, announced their intentions to have the city build a new arena at Limeridge Mall.

In addition, the Hamilton City Council made a recommendation to explore and potentially build an arena and convention centre near the current FirstOntario Centre.

Since the news first broke, social media reaction has been mixed, citing parking space and transit as main factors of both sides – folks wanting Limeridge and others wanting the team to remain in the downtown core.

In order to both maintain and preserve impartiality and unbiased, I have made the pros and cons of both cases. This is based on my own observations in both past years and current.

Limeridge Mall

Pros

– Huge outdoor parking space.

– Accessibly compatible.

– Arena across the public transit terminal.

– Commutable via Lincoln Alexander Parkway.

– Lots of places to dine and shop in the area before game time.

Cons

– Depending on time of game, the mall could close its doors for game attendees to shop.

– City Councillors doesn’t see the mall as an asset for the hockey team to play.

Downtown/FirstOntario Centre

Pros

– Entertainment and shopping district situated around the area within minutes by foot.

– Local transit terminal within a five minute walk via Jackson Square or on King Street off Bay.

– Inter-Regional transit buses stops five minutes walk across the arena on Bay/Main and at City Hall.

Cons

– A hub for gridlock traffic during rush hour.

– very noticeable drug activity around the arena’s vicinity and in Jackson Square.

– Parking not affordable on-site.

– Ice surface past its lifespan.

– FirstOntario Centre too costly to renovate/retrofit for junior hockey and accessibility standards.

According to the latest development from the Hamilton Spectator Monday, it is revealed the potential Limeridge Mall arena capacity is around 6,000, to be built at the old Sears location. Furthermore, it also comes with a multi-level parking garage.

Here are the links for the latest articles regarding the arena situation.

https://www.thespec.com/news-story/9588389-confidential-proposal-asks-hamilton-to-build-hockey-arena-and-parking-garage-at-lime-ridge-mall/

https://www.thespec.com/news-story/9581133-city-council-poised-to-explore-next-steps-on-downtown-arena-plan/?utm_source=thespec&utm_medium=articleinline&utm_campaign=engagement&utm_content=textlink&utm_term=9581133

https://www.thespec.com/news-story/9584945-the-new-stadium-debate-do-we-need-a-new-downtown-hamilton-arena-/?utm_source=thespec&utm_medium=articleinline&utm_campaign=engagement&utm_content=textlink&utm_term=9584945