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“Hits and Misses” for Sharks at Canucks in 2011 Young Stars Tournament

Result: SHARKS 3, Canucks 5      {Sharks finish Young Stars Tournament with a 1-2 record}

Sharks forward Nathan Moon, seen here against Winnipeg on Monday night, scored two goals in the second period against the Vancouver Cancuks Wednesday evening. Photo courtesy of Winnipeg Sun

HITS

Ben ThomsonThomson scored his first goal of the 2011 Young Stars Tournament at 6:30 of the first period to give the Sharks an early 1-0 lead.  With the puck in the Canucks zone, Sharks defenseman Zach Bell fired a shot on net from the top of the blueline that was deflected in front of the goalie crease Sharks forward Freddie Hamilton, who was battling for position in front of Canucks goalie David Honzik.  First to the loose puck, Thomson corralled the puck onto his stick and buried home a goal with a shot from in-between the two face-off circles in the slot.

Nathan MoonMoon scored his first two goals of the 2011 Young Stars Tournament at 1:03 and 7:11 of the second period respectively.  With the Sharks on a power play, Sharks defenseman Antoine Corbin dumped the puck into the Canucks zone from center ice.  Honzik came out of his goalie crease to play the puck behind his net but had a miscommunication with his teammate and gave the puck right to Moon, who quickly put the puck into the open net to give the Sharks a 2-1 lead……..Moon’s second goal also came on the power play and gave the Sharks a 3-2 lead.  With the puck inside the Canucks zone, Sharks defenseman Sena Acolatse sent a pass across the blueline to Corbin, who created space with a quick move before passing the puck down to Moon, who was positioned on the high side of the goal line near the goalie crease.  With his head on a swivel, Moon attempted a quick pass down to linemate Mike Connolly, who was open on the opposite side of the goalie crease, but the puck deflected off the stick of Canucks defenseman Anthony Zanetti, who was positioned between Moon and Connolly, and into the Canucks net for the goal.

Michael Sgarbossa – While Sgarbossa didn’t registered a point, he did use his speed to draw a hooking penalty that resulted in Moon’s second power play goal of the game.  In addition, Sgarbossa did something after the game that shocked many viewers {and the Canucks broadcasters} when he dropped gloves and fought Canucks forward Alex Friesen.  Giving up 16 pounds to Friesen, Sgarbossa landed several hard shots that rocked and stunned Friesen before taking each other down to the ice.

Sena Acolatse – In addition to his excellent two-way play, Acolatse logged the most ice minutes for the Sharks tonight, registering an assist and gave Worcester Sharks fans another glimpse of what they can expect from his this upcoming season by demonstrating how hard his shot is.  Acolatse’s shot is so hard that he broke two hockey sticks tonight when going for his cannonading shot.

Zach Bell – Bell came up a goal short of registering a “Gordie Howe Hat Trick” as he registered an assist on the Thomson goal and dropped the gloves with Canucks forward Antoine Roussel in the second period.  The fight was Bell’s second of the tournament.

Invitees – Of all the invitees that played for the Sharks in this year’s Young Stars Tournament, there were four players that I was truly impressed and those four were Bell, Moon, Charles Inglis and Scooter Vaughan.  I would love to see Bell offered a contract just so Sharks fans can say, “Ring the Bell” everytime he drops the gloves.  On a serious note, he showed good awareness when on the ice and contributed with solid play.  Moon, Inglis and Vaughan are all reliable, solid two-way forwards who can play both special teams {power play and penalty kill}.  In addition, Inglis and Vaughan demonstrated they can use their speed to make something out of nothing and can generate scoring chances by using their speed.  All of these players would be welcomed additions to the Sharks organization and I truly hope they are signed.

MISSES

Sharks Team – After outscoring the Calgary Flames 6-1 Sunday evening in the first game of the 2011 Young Stars Tournament, the Sharks were outscored in their final two games by a combined score of 9-3.  Even worse is the fact that the Sharks had the lead three different times tonight against the Canucks {1-0, 2-1, 3-2} and still came out on the short end.

J.P. Anderson – Seeing his first action in net since taking over for Thomas Heemskerk halfway through the Flames game, Anderson allowed more goals tonight {five} than he did in both of his starts in the 2010 Young Stars Tournament {four}.  After making an unbelievable left pad save in the opening minutes of the game, Anderson, who finished with 19 saves, never got into his zone that {Mississauga} Majors and Sharks fans have come to expect.  To be fair though, Anderson couldn’t have done anything on a couple of the goals.  Prab Rai‘s goal at 3:51 of the second period that tied the game at 2-2 was one of the luckiest goals scored in the tournament as his shot from in-between the two face-off circles pinballed in front of traffic near the goalie crease before squeaking past Anderson for the goal.……Adam Polasek‘s power play goal at 14:25 of the second period, which gave the Canucks their first lead of the game at 4-3, was the result of traffic being in front of Anderson, who wasn’t able to track the puck once it left Polasek’s stick at the blueline.

Sharks Defense – Three of the Canucks’ five goals were scored due to miscues by the Sharks defenders.  The first Canucks goal, which was scored by Steven Janes at 11:33 of the first period to tie the game at 1-1, came as the result of a turnover inside the Sharks zone by Bell, who failed to clear the puck once near the blueline.  Bell’s partner, Corbin, committed a defensive sin by watching the puck instead of playing the body as he allowed Canucks forward Michael Curtis to skate into the slot before passing the puck over to James, who was positioned in the lower face-off circle, for the one timer goal.…..In the second period, Sharks defenseman Justin Sefton was beat to a loose puck by Canucks forward Darren Archibald, who played the puck off the lower side board inside the Sharks zone after a stretch pass from teammate Anton Rodin.  Skating in on Anderson, Archibald let loose a snap shot from inside the lower face-off circle that beat Anderson through the five-hole for the game tying {3-3} goal at 11:42.…..In the third period, Corbin was picked on again by the Canucks as Rodin scored in the game’s final minutes to seal a 5-3 win for the Canucks.  Playing the puck off the lower side board inside the Sharks zone after a stretch pass from Polasek, Roudin used his speed to beat Corbin, went wide, cut in on Anderson and scored a beauty of a goal.

LINE PAIRINGS

Line 1:  Brodie Reid / Nathan Moon / Mike Connolly{A}

Line 2:  Dylan Wruck / Michael Sgarbossa / Scooter Vaughan{A}

Line 3:  Trevor Cheek / Freddie Hamilton / Ben Thomson

Line 4:  Joe Antilla / Charles Inglis / Curt Gogol

D1:  Antoine Corbin / Zach Bell

D2:  Sena Acolatse{A} / Dylan DeMelo

D3:  William Wrenn / Justin Sefton

G:  J.P. Anderson / Thomas Heemskerk

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“Hits and Misses” for Sharks at Flames in 2011 Young Stars Tournament

Result: SHARKS 6, Flames 1                       Next Game: Sept. 12, Jets @ Sharks, 7:30 PM PT

San Jose Sharks forward Michael Sgarbossa had a two point night {goal, assist} to help lead the Sharks to a 6-1 victory over the Calgary Flames at the 2011 Young Stars Tournament. Photo courtesy of espn.go.com

HITS

Charles InglisInglis scored his first goal of the 2011 Young Stars Tournament on the Sharks’ first shot of the game at 3:13 of the first period to give the Sharks an early 1-0 lead.  After Flames goalie Joni Ortio misplayed the puck behind his own net and turned it over to Sharks forward Ben Thomson, Thomson quickly fired a pass down to linemate Joe Antilla, who fired a shot towards the open net from the lower face-off circle that was stopped by the stick of a Flames player in the goalie crease.  However, as the Flames began to breakout of their own zone, Flames defenseman Christopher Breen turned the puck over at the top of the slot to Inglis, who quickly fired a laser of a shot on net that beat Ortio for the goal.

Michael SgarbossaSgarbossa had a two point night {goal, assist} and scored his first goal of the 2011 Young Stars Tournament on the Sharks’ second shot of the game at 5:45 of the first period to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead.  Cleanly carrying the puck out of his own zone, Sgarbossa got the puck over to linemate Brodie Reid on the lower side board.  Once at the Flames blueline, Reid passed the puck back to Sgarbossa, who found a seam and sniped the puck past Ortio top shelf on the stick side for the goal.

Trevor CheekCheek scored his first goal of the 2011 Young Stars Tournament at 7:46 of the second period to give the Sharks a 3-0 lead.  Battling for the puck near the Flames blueline, Sharks forward Nathan Moon, who had chased the loose puck down from the neutral zone, chipped the puck past Flames defenseman TJ Brodie and somehow, the puck landed on the stick of Cheek.  With the puck on his stick, Cheek made a strong move to the net and fired a backhand shot on net that squeezed/trickled through the legs of Ortio for the goal.

Curt GogolGogol scored his first goal of the 2011 Young Stars Tournament at 16:00 of the second period to give the Sharks a 4-0 lead.  Relentlessly pursuing the puck with a strong forecheck, Moon was able to cause a turnover inside the Flames zone after Breen softly chipped the puck off the lower side boards.  Gogol was able to intercept the clear attempt and displayed his sweet hands by going backhand-to-forehand while skating in on Ortio before scoring top shelf for the goal.

Brodie Reid – Reid had a two point night {goal, assist} and scored his first goal of the 2011 Young Stars Tournament at 0:53 of the third period to give the Sharks a 5-0 lead.  With the puck inside the Flames’ zone, Sgarbossa sent a beauty of a cross ice/zone pass to Reid, who was positioned near the high end board on the goal line.  With the puck on his stick, Reid fired an off-angle shot on net that banked in right off of Ortio.  Does anyone else think that Reid worked his tail off this game to prove that his former Northeastern head coach, Greg Cronin, was wrong with his comments this past spring after Reid announced he was leaving the university? {You can read those comments by clicking HERE}

Sena AcolatseAcolatse scored his first goal of the 2011 Young Stars Tournament at 7:53 of the third period to give the Sharks a 6-0 lead.  With the Sharks on a Power Play and himself positioned near the lower side board, Acolatse ripped a slapshot blast from just inside the blueline that ricocheted off the stick of two Flames players before beating Ortio high on the glove side for the goal.

Thomas Heemskerk – Only playing the first 30 minutes of the game, Heemskerk played outstanding and stood on top of his head by stopping all 26 shots he faced.  In the first period, Heemskerk made 16 saves, including a breakaway opportunity for Maxwell Reinhart, who had two point blank opportunities after beating Sharks defenseman Taylor Doherty to the loose puck in the neutral zone while the Sharks were on the Power Play.

J.P. Anderson – Reliving Heemskerk of goaltending duties midway through the second period, Anderson was outstanding as well in net for the Sharks, stopping12-of-13 shots he faced.  The lone shot that beat Anderson for a goal was Roman Horak‘s penalty shot that just barley trickled past Anderson’s pads on the right side after Horak went five hole with a backhand shot.  The goal came in the game’s final several minutes.

Nathan Moon – While Moon did not score a goal, he did register an assist and his strong forecheck play and relentless pursuit of loose pucks resulted in two Sharks goals {Cheek and Gogol}

Sharks Team – Despite being outshot by the Flames 39-26 for the game {16-4 after first period, 29-11 after second period}, the Sharks, who only returned eight players from last year’s Young Stars Tournament, were able to capitalize on their scoring chances by remaining poised and composed, which can be attributed to head coach Roy Sommer, who is also the head coach of the Worcester Sharks.  In addition, the Sharks were anchored by unbelievable goaltending from both Heemskerk and Anderson.

MISSES

First Period – Despite leading 2-0 after the first period, the score did not tell the whole story of the period as the Sharks were outshot 16-4 and could have found themselves trailing early had it not been for Heemskerk’s performance in net.  The Sharks spent way too much time skating around in their own zone as the result of turnovers and not being able to clear the puck out.  The team did get better as the game went along but the Sharks cannot have a repeat of that kind of start in their upcoming games against the Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks.  One can only play with fire so much before they are eventually burned.

Curt Gogol – While Gogol did get a “hit” for his beauty of a goal, Gogol gets a “miss” because of the undisciplined penalty he took in the second period shortly after Cheek’s goal.  Yes, Gogol’s game is that of a physical presence but he has to be smart about when he retaliates against an opposing player.  The knock on Gogol his entire WHL career has been his discipline, something he has committed himself to improving upon ever since being traded to the Chilliwack Bruins this past WHL season.  I would love to see more of the scoring skills Gogol displayed tonight while harnessing that edge he plays with into a controlled frenzy that allows him to be smart with his physical play.

LINE PAIRINGS

Line 1:  James Livingston / Freddie Hamilton / Mike Connolly{A}

Line 2:  Brodie Reid / Michael Sgarbossa / Dylan Wruck

Line 3:  Trevor Cheek / Nathan Moon / Curt Gogol

Line 4:  Ben Thomson / Charles Inglis / Joe Antilla

D1:  Konrad Abeltshauser / Taylor Doherty{A}

D2:  Sena Acolatse{A} / Antoine Corbin

D3:  Dylan DeMelo / Justin Sefton

G:  Thomas Heemskerk / J.P. Anderson

San Jose Sharks 2011 Young Stars Tournament Roster

Photo courtesy of Sharks.nhl.com

On Sept. 6, the San Jose Sharks revealed their roster that will participate in the organization’s second consecutive Young Stars Tournament.

Featuring prospect teams from the Sharks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets, the tournament will be held in Penticton, B.C. from Sept. 11 -15. 

At last year’s tournament, the Sharks finished with a 2-1 record in three games.  Forward Michael Sgarbossa finished as the tournament’s second leading scorer with four points {hat trick against the Oilers and one assist} in two games and forward Benn Ferriero finish tied for third among all scorers by registering three assists in two games.

The Sharks will be in action on Sept. 11 against the Flames at 7:30 p.m.;  Sept. 12 against the Jets at 4:00 p.m.;  Sept. 14 against the Canucks at 4:00 p.m.

{** Denotes prospect played for the Sharks in last year’s tournament}

FORWARDS

#90  Joe Antilla
{6-1, 220, L, 1/17/91}

2010-11 season:  Registered 40 points on 21 goals and 19 assists in 72 games played with the Kootenay Ice of the WHL to go along with 59 penalty minutes

#89  Trevor Cheek
{6-2, 210, L, 12/29/92}

2010-11 season:  Registered 25 points on 10 goals and 15 assists in 57 games played with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL to go along with 37 penalty minutes.

#48  Mike Connolly
{5-9, 180, L, 7/3/89}

2010-11 season:  Registered 54 points on 28 goals and 26 assists in 42 games played with the Minnesota-Deluth Bulldogs of the WCHA to go along with 59 penalty minutes.

#85  Curt Gogol** 
{6-0, 185, L, 9/21/91}

2010-11 season:  Registered 12 points on 4 goals and 8 assists in 47 games played with the Chilliwack Bruins of the WHL to go along with 142 penalty minutes.  Registered 2 points on one goal and one assist in 15 games played with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL to go along with 59 penalty minutes.

#75  Freddie Hamilton** 
{6-1, 190, R, 1/1/92}

2010-11 season:  Registered 83 points on 38 goals and 45 assists in 68 games played with the Niagara IceDogs of the OHL to go along with 20 penalty minutes.

#87  Charles Inglis
{5-11, 180, L, 5/7/92}

2010-11 season:  Registered 60 points on 32 goals and 28 assists in 69 games played with the Prince George Cougars of the WHL to go along with 141 penalty minutes.

#63  James Livingston
{6-1, 210, R, 3/8/90}

2010-11 season:  Registered 50 points on 22 goals and 28 assists in 62 games played with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL to go along with 52 penalty minutes.

#38  Tony Lucia** 
{6-0, 190, L, 8/23/87}

2010-11 season:  Registered zero points in two games played with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.  Missed final 78 games of the season with concussion symptoms.

#45 – James Marcou** 
{5-8, 165, R, 2/19/88}

2010-11 season:  Registered 19 points on 4 goals and 15 assists in 41 games played with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL to go along with 18 penalty minutes.

#84  Nathan Moon
{5-11, 200, R, 1/4/90}

2010-11 season:  Registered 74 points on 32 goals and 42 assists in 65 games played with the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL to go along with 89 penalty minutes.

#56  Brodie Reid
{6-1, 195, R, 9/25/89}

2010-11 season:  Registered 28 points on 11 goals and 17 assists in 37 games played with the Northeastern Huskies of the Hockey East College Conference to go along with 18 penalty minutes.

#76  Michael Sgarbossa** 
{5-11, 170, L, 7/25/92}

2010-11 season:  Registered 62 points on 29 goals and 33 assists in 37 games played with the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL to go along with 53 penalty minutes.  Registered 20 points on 7 goals and 13 assists in 26 games played with the Saginaw Spirit to go along with 24 penalty minutes.

#82  Ben Thomson
{6-4, 205, L, 1/16/93}

2010-11 season:  Registered 19 points on 6 goals and 13 assists in 68 games played with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL to go along with 107 penalty minutes.

#70  Scooter Vaughan
{6-0, 195, R, 4/8/89}

2010-11 season:  Registered 24 points on 14 goals and 10 assists in 44 games played with the Michigan Wolverines of the CCHA to go along with 45 penalty minutes.

#58  Marek Viedensky** 
{6-4, 210, R, 8/18/90}

2010-11 season:  Registered 88 points on 36 goals and 52 assists in 63 games played with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL to go along with 52 penalty minutes.

#50  Dylan Wruck
{5-8, 165, L, 9/23/92}

2010-11 season:  Registered 78 points on 38 goals and 40 assists in 71 games played with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL to go along with 44 penalty minutes.

DEFENSE

#51  Konrad Abeltshauser** 
{6-5, 215, L, 9/2/92}


2010-11 season:  Registered 27 points on 8 goals and 19 assists in 58 games played with the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL to go along with 47 penalty minutes.

#62  Sena Acolatse
{5-11, 205, R, 11/28/90}


2010-11 season:  Registered 63 points on 15 goals and 48 assists in 66 games played with the Prince George Cougars of the WHL to go along with 128 penalty minutes.  Appeared in one game for the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.

#46  Zach Bell
{6-1, 215, R, 2/13/93}


2010-11 season:  Registered 12 points on 3 goals and 9 assists in 63 games played with the Brampton Battalion of the OHL to go along with 86 penalty minutes.

#79  Antoine Corbin
{6-2, 195, R, 6/18/92}


2010-11 season:  Registered 25 points on 6 goals and 19 assists in 45 games played with the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL to go along with 81 penalty minutes.  Registered 4 points on 2 goals and 2 assists in 11 games played with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL to go along with 23 penalty minutes.

#74  Dylan DeMelo
{6-0, 195, R, 5/1/93}


2010-11 season:  Registered 27 points on 3 goals and 24 assists in 67 games played with the Mississauga St. Michael’s  Majors of the OHL to go along with 70 penalty minutes.

#77  Taylor Doherty** 
{6-7, 230, R, 3/2/91}


2010-11 season:  Registered 53 points on 14 goals and 39 assists in 68 games played with the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL to go along with 86 penalty minutes.  Appeared in three games for the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.

#59  Justin Sefton
{6-3, 215, R, 4/14/93}


2010-11 season:  Registered 11 points on 5 goals and 6 assists in 66 games played with the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL to go along with 124 penalty minutes.

#49  William Wrenn
{6-1, 205, R, 3/16/91}


2010-11 seasonRegistered 13 points on 2 goals and 11 assists in 29 games played with the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL to go along with 17 penalty minutes.  Registered 1 assist in 18 games played at the University of Denver to go along with 2 penalty minutes.

GOALIES

#36  J.P. Anderson** 
{5-11, 190, R, 4/27/92}


2010-11 season:  Posted a 38-10-1 record with a 2.36 goals-against-average in 51 games played for the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors of the OHL to go along with 6 shutouts.

#33  Thomas Heemskerk** 
{6-0, 195, R, 4/11/90}


2010-11 season:  Posted a 36-21-6 record with a 2.94 goals-against-average in 65 games played for the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL to go along with 2 shutouts.

#35  Harri Sateri
{6-1, 210, L, 12/29/89}


2010-11 season:  Posted a 9-19-8 record with a 2.96 goals-against-average in 37 games played for Taparra Jr in Finland to go along with 2 shutouts.  Posted a 1-3-1 record with a 2.56 goals-against average in 7 games played played for the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.

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“Fearsome Young Sharks” Prospect Profile – Curt Gogol

Photo courtesy of Alexander Zimmermann {@Alex_Z_Sharkie}

On Sept. 21, 2010, San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced the team had signed unrestricted free agent forward Curt Gogol {@CurtG17} to an entry-level contract.

“Curt has made great progress as a player over the last two seasons,” said Wilson in a press release on the Sharks website.  “We are pleased to add him to our organization and look forward to working with him to further his development, which has excelled under Saskatoon General Manager and Head Coach Lorne Molleken.”

Described by hockeysfuture.com as “an aggressive agitator and tenacious competitor who backs down from no one,” Gogol was selected by the Kelowna Rockets in the eighth round {165th overall} of the 2006 Western Hockey League {WHL} Bantam Draft.  Two years later, Gogol earned a spot on the Rockets roster for the 2008-09 season as a 17-year-old rookie and registered five points on one goal and four assists to go along with 144 penalty minutes in 63 regular season games played.

In addition, Gogol helped lead the Rockets to the WHL title that season in an energy role on a line with Mitchell Callahan and Evan Bloodoff.  In the Rockets 22 playoff games, Gogol registered one point on one goal to go along with 30 penalty minutes.

“That was the most fun I’ve had playing junior hockey, for sure,” said Gogol in an interview with Larry Fisher for a Sept. 2010 Kelowna Daily Courier article.  “I actually had a role on that team that I liked.  It was fun contributing in playoffs with that team.  That’s an experience I’ll never forget.”

The following season, 2009-10, Gogol registered six points on six assists to go along with 120 penalty minutes in 35 games played before being traded in Jan. 2010 to the Saskatoon Blades for the rights to forward Colton Sissons and a third-round pick in 2011.  The trade came at the request of Gogol, who was butting heads with Rockets head coach Ryan Huska and the coaching staff due to their request for Gogol to be more of an enforcer on the team to replace Ryley Grantham.

“We had two different roles in mind,” said Gogol in the Fisher article.  “I’m a two-way forward that just likes to go out there and cause havoc, and help out with the odd goal.  If a fight is needed, I will go out there and fight.  But it’s not after every goal I’m going to go out there and fight the heavyweight of the league; I can’t do that.  That’s what I found my role was being in Kelowna.”

In eight regular season games with the Blades, Gogol registered one point on one goal to go along with 29 penalty minutes.  In the Blades’ 10 playoff games, Gogol registered four points on a goal and three assists to go along with 23 penalty minutes.

Despite winning a WHL title and scrapping with all challengers of all sizes, it wasn’t enough for Gogol to be selected at the 2010 National Hockey League {NHL} Entry Draft.

“Any time it’s your draft day, it’s something big,” said Gogol in the Fisher article.  “For a couple of days there, I was out of commission.  I had a couple of teams call me right after the draft and I was pretty mad.”

After discussing his post-draft options with his agent, both agreed that the best place for Gogol to earn a contract and possibly play for one day was San Jose.  Showing up to the Sharks 2010 training camp as an undrafted, unrestricted free agent camp invite, Gogol played in all three games for the Sharks at the 2010 Young Stars tournament, which was held in Penticton, B.C., from Sept. 12-16, and registered 18 penalty minutes.

In the opening game against the Anaheim Ducks, Gogol squared off with Scott Ramsay despite giving up four inches in height.  Less than 24 hours later, Gogol dropped the gloves with Taylor Ellington of the Vancouver Canucks despite Ellington being four years the elder and having spent part of the 2009-10 season with the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League {AHL}.  Despite the age and experience difference, Gogol finished the fight with Ellington in decisive fashion with a TKO at center ice.

“I initiated both fights,” said Gogol in the Fisher article.  “Obviously, it’s a part of my game, but I don’t want it to be my whole game.  I don’t want to be a one-dimensional player.  But I do fight and I have to fight to make an impression.  And this is a great spot to make an impression with five teams watching you.  I’m here to impress, not just this team, but the other four, coming in undrafted.  Whatever it takes, I’m going to do whatever they want me to do, whatever they want my role to be.”

Impress is exactly what Gogol did as he was rewarded with an entry-level contract by the Sharks five days after the Young Stars tournament concluded. 

“Curt really deserves this opportunity, he has worked extremely hard and put forth a lot of effort to get to this point, reaching all of our expectations,” said Coach Molleken in a Sept. 2010 interview with the Blades website.

Returning to the Blades for the 2010-11 season, Gogol registered two points on one goal and one assist to go along with 59 penalty minutes in 15 games played before being traded along with an eighth round 2011 draft pick to the Chilliwack Bruins {renamed the Victoria Royals on April 2, 2011} on Nov. 2, 2010, for forward Chris Collins.

“This was a situation where we had an opportunity to bring in a younger forward that we feel has tremendous potential,” said Coach Molleken in an interview for a whl.ca press release.  “We would like to thank Curt for his contributions to the Saskatoon Blades over the past two seasons.”

Serving as an assistant with the Bruins for the 2010-11 season, newly named Regina Pats head coach Pat Conacher knew what a Gogol could bring to the Bruins in the tough B.C. division.  Conacher, a veteran of more than 500 National Hockey League {NHL} games, broke into the junior leagues with Curt’s father, Brent, in the 1977-78 season on the Billings Bighorns in the old Western Canada Hockey League {WCHL}.

That season, Brent Gogol set the WHL record for most penalty minutes in a season with 511, amassing 46 penalty minutes in six games with the Victoria Cougars and 465 with the Bighorns in 67 games played.  Brent also chipped in offensively that season, registering 27 points on 13 goals and 14 assists {one assist was with the Cougars}.  In the Bighorns 20 playoff games that season, Brent registered five points on one goal and four assists to go along with 95 penalty minutes.

“He knew what he needed to be, what he needed to bring every game,” said Conacher of Brent Gogol in an interview with Marc Weber for a Nov. 2010 Province article.  “He was a guy who went out and stood up for his teammates.  He was such a physical player and the fighting just came to him.”

Playing on his third team in as many seasons, the knock on Curt had been his discipline, something he was never aware of.

“I was never told ‘You’re hurting the team,'” said Gogol of his time in Saskatoon in the Weber article.  “But coming here and having Marc {Habscheid} as good a coach as he is, sat me down and told me I have a lot to change and this is a great place to change.”

Change is what Curt did as he served as an assistant captain for the Bruins while setting career highs in goals {four}, assists {eight} and points {12} in 47 games played to go along with 142 penalty minutes.  In the Bruins’ five playoff games, Curt registered one point on one assist to go along with six penalty minutes.

Taking pride in his two-way role, and getting under the opposition’s skin, Curt told Weber it was a “dream come true” to lean on and learn from Conacher.  In addition, Sharks development coach Mike Ricci took Curt under his wing at Sharks training camp and stressed the same message the Bruins echoed upon his arrival in Chilliwack:  Learn to play on the edge but don’t go over it.

“When you’re that type of player you walk that fine line,” said Habscheid in the Weber article.  “He’s all eyes and ears in terms of wanting to improve and he brings that element of sandpaper that I think our group needed.  We have some skilled guys that we thought some teams wanted to take liberties with and we want them to be able to play their game.  Curt is not a lot of fun to play against.”

HIGHLIGHTS

Curt Gogol vs. Matt McCue  {Jan. 30, 2009}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “HordiBrusk29”}

Curt Gogol vs. Scott Ramsay  {Feb. 22, 2009}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “HordiBrusk29”}

Curt Gogol vs. Tyler Schmidt  {April 12, 2009}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “HordiBrusk29”}

Curt Gogol vs. Mike Berube {April 25, 2009}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “HordiBrusk29”}

Curt Gogol vs. Cole Grbavac  {Sept. 25, 2009}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “HordiBrusk29”}

Curt Gogol vs. Ryan McNaught  {Oct. 10, 2009}  (Courtesy of YouTube user “HordiBrusk29”}

Curt Gogol vs. Cameron Abney  {Oct. 17, 2009}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “HordiBrusk29”}

Curt Gogol vs. Ian Schultz  {Oct. 28, 2009}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “HordiBrusk29”}

Curt Gogol vs. Josh Caron {Nov. 7, 2009}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “HordiBrusk29”}

Curt Gogol vs. Radko Gudas  {Nov. 13, 2009}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “HordiBrusk29”}

Curt Gogol vs. Brett Ponich  {Nov. 14, 2009}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “HordiBrusk29”}

Curt Gogol vs. Tayler Jordan  {Nov. 18, 2009}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “HordiBrusk29”}

Curt Gogol vs. Greg Fraser  {Nov. 21, 2009}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “HordiBrusk29”}

Curt Gogol vs. Brayden McNabb {Nov. 28, 2009}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “HordiBrusk29”}

Curt Gogol vs. Cody Smuk  {Dec. 12, 2009}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “HordiBrusk29”}

Curt Gogol vs. Ian Schultz  {Jan. 13, 2010}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “HordiBrusk29”}

Curt Gogol vs. Zak Stebner  {March 7, 2010}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “HordiBrusk29”}

Curt Gogol vs. Andrew Herle  {March 13, 2010}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “HordiBrusk29”}

Curt Gogol vs. Justin Weller  {March 25, 2010}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “hockeyfightsplus”}

Curt Gogol vs. Scott Ramsay  {Sept. 12, 2010}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “Shorty25”}

Curt Gogol vs. Taylor Ellingston {Sept. 13, 2010}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “hockeyfightsdot.com”}

Curt Gogol vs. Jordan Rowley  {Sept. 24, 2010}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “hockeyfightsplus”}

Curt Gogol vs. Darren Bestland  {Oct. 1, 2010}  {Courtesy of YouTube use “hockeyfightsplus”}

Curt Gogol vs. Joel Edmundson {Oct. 19, 2010}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “hockeyfightsplus”}

Curt Gogol vs. Mitchell Callahan  {Nov. 6, 2010}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “hockeyfightsplus”}

Curt Gogol s. Klarc Wilson  {Nov. 9, 2010}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “hockeyfightsplus”}

Curt Gogol vs. Brett Lyon  {Dec. 4, 2010}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “hockeyfightsplus”}

Curt Gogol vs. Jesse Pearson {Dec. 17, 2010}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “hockeyfightplus”}

Curt Gogol vs. Dylan Willick  {Jan. 29, 2011}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “hockeyfightsplus”}

Curt Gogol vs. Mitchell Callahan {Feb. 2, 2011}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “hockeyfightsplus”}

Curt Gogol vs. Jessey Astles  {March 4, 2011}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “hockeyfightsplus”}

Curt Gogol vs. Matt Bellerive {March 9, 2011}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “hockeyfightplus”}

Curt Gogol vs. Wes Vannieuwenhuizen {March 12, 2011}  {Courtesy of YouTube user “hockeyfightsplus”}

*Videos and information were used from sharks.nhl.com, www.hockeysfuture.com, www.wikipedia.com, www.kelownadailycourier.ca, www2.canada.com, www.whl.ca, www.kelownarockets.com, www.chilliwacktimes.com, www.hockeydb.com and www.youtube.com for this post entry.*