Monthly Archives: May 2011

“Fearsome Young Sharks” Prospect Profile – Freddie Hamilton

Photo courtesy of Alexander Mario Zimmerma {@Alex_Z_Sharkie}

On May 27, San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced that Freddie Hamilton, the Sharks’ fifth round pick {129th overall} in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, had been signed to an entry-level contract.

Hamilton recently completed his third season with the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League {OHL}, setting career highs in goals {38}, assists {45}, points {83) and penalty minutes {20} while playing in all 68 games and averaged a point per game in the 2011 OHL Playoffs with 14 points {4 goals, 10 assists} in 14 games.

One of the most popular players on the IceDogs, Hamilton led the IceDogs in community appearances as he frequently visited schools, events and fundraisers all season throughout the Niagara region and as a result of his involvement in the community, Hamilton was named the IceDogs 2011 Humanitarian of the Year at a team luncheon on April 27.

The first ever draft pick in Niagara IceDogs history at the 2008 OHL Priority Selection, Hamilton has missed only seven games in his three seasons with the IceDogs and has registered 73 goals, 93 assists and 166 points with 40 penalty minutes. 

“Freddie is one of our key contributors who is called upon to play in vital minutes in all situations,” said then Niagara IceDogs head coach Michael McCourt in an interview with nhl.com shortly before the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.  “He is a complete player who is very smart and is extremely responsible without the puck and has developed into one of the premier face-off men in the league.  He prides himself on being a perfectionist and is continually looking to improve his game.”

In addition to his high hockey IQ, Hamilton is just as smart away from the ice as he maintained an academic average of 99% during the 2008-09 season, making him the top Grade 11 student in the entire District School Board of Niagara and won the Ivan Tennant Memorial Award as the OHL’s Top Academic Player Attending High School.

Lastly, Hamilton comes from an athletic family as his father, Doug, was an Olympic rower for Canada and won a bronze medal in 1988 while also competing in 1984;  his mother, Lynn, competed on Canada’s basketball team at the 1984 Olympics and won both gold and bronze at the World Championships;  his brother and teammate, Dougie, plays defense and is a contender to be the first defenseman drafted at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

HIGHLIGHTS

Freddie Hamilton Highlight Goals vs. Brampton {Courtesy of YouTube user “IceDogsBelieve”}
In this clip, Hamilton scores a shorthanded goal, another goal and the game winner in the shoot-out against the Brampton Battalion but no game date is given.

Freddie Hamilton Snipe {Courtesy of YouTube user “IceDogsBelieve”}
In this clip, Hamilton scores a short-handed goal but no game date is given.

Freddie Hamilton Hat Trick {Courtesy of YouTube user “dogsfan99”}
In this clip, Hamilton records a Hat Trick against the Sudbury Wolves but no game date is given.

Freddie Hamilton First OHL Hat Trick {Courtesy of YouTube user “IceDogsBelieve} 
In this clip, Hamilton records his first career OHL Hat Trick in a 5-3 win over the Erie Otters on January 28, 2010.  Sorry but there is no sound in the clip.

Freddie Hamilton vs. Chris DeSousa {Courtesy of YouTube user “alphadog1x”}
In this clip, Hamilton drops the gloves with former teammate DeSousa on Febuary 4, 2010.

Freddie Hamilton Interview {Courtesy of YouTube user “alphadog1x”}
In this clip, Hamilton is interviewed post game about his fight with DeSousa.

*Information and videos were used from www.niagaraicedogs.net, sharks.nhl.com, www.nhl.com and www.youtube.com for this post entry.*

“Teal Town Tweet Talk” for week of 5/22/11 – 5/28/11

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Before I begin this week’s installment of “Teal Town Tweet Talk,” I would like to announce that Worcester Sharks forward, and team rookie of the year, Tommy Wingels has joined Twitter and can be followed @Tommy_Wingels.  Also, Worcester Sharks forward Dan DaSilva has changed his Twitter name to @DanDaSilva23.

Sena Acolatse

“I think I hate the radio more than I hate those bandwagon jumpin canuck fans… Nahh nuck fans are still worse, but the radio does lick”  {May 27}

Jamie Baker

“war-ri-or – noun 1) a person who shows or has shown great vigor, courage or aggressiveness. 2) hockey players playing despite injuries”  {May 26}

Brodie Brazil

“Okay ladies, now that it’s over: what did you really think of the beard?”  {May 25}

Logan Couture

“Man, the season ends too quickly. Just comes to a stop out of nowhere. Feels weird not going to the rink today. Thanks for an amazing year Sharks fans. Truly blessed to play in a city where fans are so proud of their team. Thank you for the support through the highs and the lows. It was quite a journey this year. We will come back stronger and hungrier next year. #stayloud fans, we can still hear you.”  {May 25}

Dan DaSilva

“Just chuckin a tweet out there to let everyone know that im still alive and kickin”  {May 26}

Randy Hahn

“Thanks for all the passion, joy, heartache, humor and support for the team expressed here this past season. The best hopefully still to come”  {May 25}

Bret Hedican

“Thank you to all the Shark fans who supported our crew all season, & Congrats to the Canucks for advancing! Go get the Cup!”  {May 24}

Carter Hutton

“First Friday night in months and no @seansullivan37 my life is picking up #anchor  {May 27}

James Marcou

@tommy_wingels just tweet #showtime”  {May 24}

Jamal Mayers

“Just wanna say thanks to Sharks fans for all the great support this year! What a great place to play and live! We will be back!”  {May 25}

Jamie McGinn

“Finally took down the christmas tree! Some weird looks dragging that down the hall.. #neverseenachristmastreebefore?” {May 26}

Frazer McLaren

“Check out www.parktek.ca for all you who love to long board!!”  {May 24}

Sean Sullivan

@Tommy_Wingels cut the cord bud. Get a new photo. I’m sure @CarterHutton has some of you sleeping since you guys shared a room for a year.”  {May 23}

SJ Sharkie

“I’m going nuts today! Hwy 17 is closed and sjsu has graduation! Tried to get to scotts valley – now trying to get to sharks ice! #noLuck #fb  {May 28}

Tommy Wingels

“Don’t know how to use this. Getting chirped already. Feel like @andy_miele in class”  {May 24}

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BONUS TWEET TALK

Sean Sullivan

“Hotel TV is so dead to me its not even funny. If I see another episode of Law and Order I’m going through the window. #PencilDive  {May 24}

Frazer McLaren

@SeanSullivan37 learn how to read then!”  {May 24}

Logan Couture

“Goodbye Mr. @JamieMcGinn64. Goodbye.  {May 26}

{Photo courtesy of @logancouture}

Jamie McGinn

“I miss him already ha 6 years as teammates and counting @Logancouture: Goodbye Mr. @JamieMcGinn64. Goodbye.”  {May 26}

“Hits and Misses” for Sharks at Canucks Game 5 WCF 5/24/11

Result:  SHARKS 2, Canucks 3 {Double Overtime}    {Sharks lose series 4-1}

The San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks shake hands during the tradtional post series handshake as the Canucks won the series 4-1. Photo courtesy of Yahoo Sports.

HITS

Patrick Marleau – Marleau scored his eighth goal of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, 53rd of his career, at 9:57 of the second period with the Sharks on the Power Play to tie the game at 1-1.  With Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa in the penalty box for “high sticking,” Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle fired a shot on net from the blue line that deflected off the glove of Canucks defenseman Keith Ballard in the slot, ricocheted off the stick of Marleau, who was cutting into the slot from the side, and passed Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo for the goal.

Devin Setoguchi – Setoguchi scored his seventh goal of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, 14th of his career, at 0:24 of the third period to give the Sharks a 2-1 lead.  With the puck inside their own zone, Sharks defenseman Kent Huskins chipped the puck out to center ice, where the puck bounced off the stick of Sharks forward Joe Pavelski and passed Canucks forward Henrik Sedin, who was positioned at the blue line of his own zone.  Pavelski quickly got passed Sedin and pursued the puck into the Canucks zone as Luongo came out of his crease to poke the puck away but Pavelski beat Luongo to the puck with a diving effort and got the puck over to his right side, where Setoguchi fired the puck into the open net for the go ahead goal.  Setoguchi also had a game high nine hits!

Joe Thornton – Even without the use of one of his hands, the Sharks captain gave an awesome individual effort as he had a game-high seven shots on net and logged the most ice time for the Sharks, playing 32:15.  Any critic or naysayer that continues to label Thornton a choker by bringing up his past playoff failures is misinformed because Thornton not only finished with 17 points this post season {3 goals, 14 assists} but he totally revamped his game by becoming a complete three-zone player as the result of spending time on the Sharks Penalty Kill unit and developing a relentless back check.

Antti Niemi – After allowing four goals on 13 shots in a lemon of a game on Sunday afternoon, Niemi once again showed his mental toughness and resiliency by having an outstanding bounce back game in stopping 31-of-34 shots on net.

Joe Pavelski – Pavelski was the only Sharks player to have a multiple point night, registering two assists, and had a five blocked shots.

Sharks Defensemen – Of the Sharks 26 blocked shots, the defensemen were responsible for 19 of them as both Niclas Wallin and Ian White had a game high six, Douglas Murray had four, Marc-Edouard Vlasic had two and Huskins had one.

Sharks Team – After a disappointing effort Sunday afternoon, the Sharks tonight played like a team you want to support and get behind as they manned up and gave a hell of an effort.  There’s no one on the Sharks team that anyone can point a finger at and say they didn’t empty out their tank.  Yes, it sucks that the Sharks are eliminated and their season is over but when one thinks back to that horrendous six-game losing streak in January, no one, not even Sharks fans, thought the Sharks were going to even going make the playoffs, let alone a second consecutive trip to the Western Conference Finals.  Yet the Sharks did just that and did so by taking accountability in their play and realizing that the only people who were going to end that losing streak were themselves.  If nothing else, look how much this team matured from the start of the season back in October to now, especially rookie forward Logan Couture, who entered this season as a boy and is entering the off-season as a man and the building block of the Sharks future.

MISSES

Referees – Just when it looked like the Sharks were going to kill the clock and head back to San Jose for Game 6, the referees put their “stamp mark” on the game by making a HORRENDOUS call that Sharks fans are not going to forget anytime soon.  With less than a minute to go and trailing 2-1, the Canucks pulled Luongo for the extra skater in the hopes of tying the game and forcing overtime.  With only 30 seconds remaining and the puck behind Niemi’s net, Boyle rimmed the puck around the boards and down the ice, which the referees INCORRECTLY ruled icing as the puck DEFLECTED off the shoulder of Daniel Sedin inside the Sharks zone before going down the length of the ice.  The Canucks won the ensuing face-off inside the Sharks zone and Canucks forward Ryan Kesler got himself to the front of the net, where he deflected Henrik Sedin’s slap shot from the blue line passed Niemi for the game tying goal with only 14 seconds remaining in regulation.  Speaking of referees, can someone explain how all four referees did not see Boyle’s clear attempt deflect off the shoulder of Daniel Sedin but all four knew exactly where the puck was when Canucks defenseman Alexander Elder fired a shot on net in the second overtime period that everyone, referees included, thought had deflected into the netting, only for the puck to be in the net behind Niemi four seconds later?  The replay did show that the puck deflected to Bieksa at the top of the point, who quickly fired a shot on net that squeaked past Niemi for the goal as everyone was looking up into the netting but I don’t think any of the referees knew where the puck was or they wouldn’t have huddled together after the goal to discuss whether the goal was good or not, which is why I’m still scratching my head because I thought the rule in hockey was a play was whistled dead if the referees lost sight of the puck? 

Power Play – While the Sharks did get a Power Play goal and finished 1-for-4 on the night with the man advantage, the Sharks squandered a golden opportunity in the first period with a 5-on-3 advantage that they should have scored on.

Coach McLellan – If what Brodie Brazil tweeted before the game was true that Sharks defenseman Jason Demers, who had not played since Game 7 of the Detroit Red Wings series, did not play tonight due to a “coaches decision,” then Coach McLellan deserves a miss because Demers, who said yesterday and today that he was ready to go, should have been in the line-up.  What would it have hurt to put Demers out on the ice and see what he could have contributed?  I said it a few posts ago and I’ll say it again in this one, Demers earned the right to be in the line-up after how played in the Red Wings series, where he made me a fan of his as the result of his solid play and high hockey sense. 

Results for Worcester Sharks game worn jersey eBay auctions

Photo courtesy of http://www.sharksahl.com

From May 15 to May 22, the Worcester Sharks held a week long auction on their official eBay page for selected home and away game worn jerseys from the 2010-11 season, the clubs fifth anniversary season.  In case you didn’t get a chance to place a bid on one of these gems, below are ending results for each jersey.  Some Sharks fans may kick themselves once they see that some of these jerseys sold for less than what a brand new authentic jersey would cost.  All pictures are courtesy of the Worcester Sharks official eBay auctions.

John McCarthy – 25 Bids, $401.00

Frazer McLaren – 11 Bids, $265.00

Jonathan Cheechoo – 20 Bids, $500

Tommy Wingels – 8 Bids, $267.00

Benn Ferriero – 10 Bids, $285.00

Andrew Desjardins – 12 Bids, $286.00

Dan DaSilva – 5 Bids, $276.04

Justin Braun – 15 Bids, $430.00

Justin Braun {autographed} – 8 Bids, $306.00

Harri Sateri – 9 Bids, $341.00

Jamie McGinn – 17 Bids, $350.00

Brandon Mashinter – 11 Bids, $455.00