The past week in junior hockey included an awakening (Blizzard), establishment of dominance (Tomahawks) and tremendous disappointment (deep south Texas) to go along with another personal threat (for sabotaging a league) of bodily harm. I’m just thankful for Sunday’s chance to reset it all for another round of fun planned for this week.
With that said, let’s get right to it.
NORTH AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
The big story from the Central Division must be Brookings’ colossal 7-2 win at Minot Friday night. The Minotauros edged the Blizzard 5-4 on Saturday to save a little face but the damage was definitely done the night before. I’m thinking that Moe Mantha’s team must have got that message about help being on the way. Bizzie split their series at Austin and the Wilderness climb up and over .500 with a pair of wins over Chippewa.
The East Division leading Tomahawks extended their win streak to a dozen games after the weekend sweep of the Titans. In an evil twist of fate, the sweep also expanded Johnstown’s lead over the Titans to a dozen point. Do you want to be let in on a little secret? The Rebels have wins in six of the last ten games after sweeping the Knights at home. That was not too difficult considering the WB has only one win in the last ten games.
The Midwest Division is starting to look like it’s going to belong to the Magicians after their sweep of Janesville has opened up a nine-point lead over the Jets. The idle Alaska teams are preparing for their civil war while the Blues picked up a win in their home series with Topeka.
That leaves us with the South Division. With the Bulls sitting in the pen, the Brahmas took what was supposed to be an easy business trip to Corpus only to get reminded that easy is not a word to be used in Texas. The IceRays stung Lone Star in overtime Friday before Long Star held on to edge the Rays 2-1 on Saturday. Like the ‘Rays, Odessa pulled a split out of thin air with their shootout win at Shreveport on Saturday.
BILLY D HOCKEY LEAGUE
The third carnation of the Central Hockey League was declared brain-dead, as a result of self-inflicted injuries, in South Texas on Sunday.
Before the weekend, the young league lost four coaches, the league president, financial officer, contracted social media director, and a large percentage of players due to lack of payments, bounced checks, unfulfilled promises, and a Warrior stick order that may or may not ever actually be delivered.
The sad reality is that the league could have been a tremendous success if founder Billy D had properly capitalized the venture, as promised. When asked if he had the seven figures needed to fund the league, his response was right out of a movie script. “I can operate this thing for three years without a dime of additional revenue from the teams.” It’s obvious to all that could be the biggest fish story ever told in the land of Texas whoopers.
Billy D was living large off the league’s revenue stream of season ticket sales and billet checks from parents. He bragged of his stays at the Four Seasons in Dallas and multiple flights between cities. Meanwhile, players were forced to buy their own road meals, drive to Dallas and back (from Wichita Falls) to sharpen their skates (the team’s skate sharpener never arrived) and get additional sticks.
It is rumored that Billy D could be subject to a criminal fraud investigation. Flowers and condolences may be sent to the Texas State Penitentiary Unit at Huntsville (815 12th Street, Huntsville, TX 77348).
Despite all the negativity, the coaches continue to try and get additional players to Texas while Billy spends his Saturday night texting threats of physical violence to a pair of guys with the biggest media reach. Smart play Billy, smart play. Just don’t drop the soap in Huntsville.
For the record, any players remaining can contact me directly for help securing well established and better opportunities.