Tony Curtale was a tough, talented defenceman during his Ontario Hockey League playing days with the erstwhile Brantford Alexanders. But it's as a junior hockey coach, deep in the heart of Texas, that Tony the Tornado has made a bigger ... Read More...
Stephen pretty much took the response I would have had out of my mouth. Personally, I would love for Stephen to bring out the mountains of dirt on Tony Curtale. However, I got my fill of Curtale when he brought The Jr. Blues and Tornado to play Danville and it is now, as Stephen said, history.
The taste of so much bile in your mouth must make it difficult to not to gag! Your apoplexy over the Texas Tornado, coached by Tony Curtale, achieving the NAHL’s highest honor – winning the Robertson Cup – must be awful for you. Oh boohoo! Take a Tums!
Regardless of your personal distaste for coach Curtale I wouldn’t have imagined you to let your bias to influence you’re not congratulating the Tornado. That’s really low, even for a “big time” publisher!
JH.COM started the Robertson Cup coverage fair and balanced with your predictions. But the further the tournament went on and your predictions proved to be not so good, the less coverage. Could it be it was really that the Tornado kept winning? I think so…
I think you couldn’t spit the words out to congratulate the Tornado and Coach Curtale yourself and under your masthead. So, Randy stepped in and wrote a nice piece on Tony instead.
You have come far in building Jr Hockey.com but not far as a journalist.
Randy is the real journalist, that is why we hired him. Please don't confuse what I have to say with his many years of experience.
My distaste for Curtale is well documented so pardon me for not wanting to pat the man on the back. If you want to sit there and believe that he should be singing in the choir, so be it... but I know better, as does anybody that has followed his career.
Coverage of the Robertson Cup was equal to coverage of the Royal Bank Cup. Nothing more and nothing less.
I am not here to please Frisco fans and I will never be a supporter of an organization that allows the Tony Show to go on. There is a really good reason he has been coaching in the NAHL so long, it is because the USHL was never going to let the gong show play there. College jobs? Forget about it.
Heck, I am hearing that the bosses are not too excited abut the man either. Gee, why am I not surprised?
I saw Tony play 3 seasons in the OHL with the Brantford Alexanders. His stats speak volumes. He averaged more than a point per game as a defenceman and he was a pretty tough customer. I can't speak for his days as a minor-pro player. I only saw him as an OHL player -- and he was a good one.
The failure is the fact that he can not control his own behavior. Is he the kind of example that a parent would like to expose their son to? Not my kid.
We can take that another step further, I don't recommend that any parent send their son to a Tony Curtale coached team. What he did in Corpus Christi sealed the deal as far as I am concerned. Classless, classless, classless, and every bit as stupid as what he did in Danville many years ago.
You know Stephen, there was already some bad blood between Corpus Christi and the Tornado that carried over from last season when the Icerays that it was the MMA not NAHL. Add to that the brawl started by Pietreniro and Taff on Oct 20.
Does that justify what Spiller did? No and I have never said that Spiller should not suffer the consequences for what he did. He did his time.
I have pointed out your Double Standard where Tony is concerned time and again. Someone whose vision is so colored by personal prejudice will always see anything done by the other in a negative light and often heap undue vitriol upon that person.
You are just such a person blinded by your prejudice.
I haven't denied Tony's success on the ice as a coach in the NAHL. However, after his success at Springfield, where his antics were tolerated, he moved up the ladder to the OHL. His antics were not tolerated there and his coaching career was over as far as moving up the ladder.
The rumor is he, after all these years, will get another chance in the ECHL. I hope they're ready for him. Pro players may take a different view of his style than kids do. Looks interesting. I stand by my statement.