I know, it’s New Year’s Eve and all you really want to do is get that party on for tonight. Relax a bit and enjoy the last Mash of 2018.
NORTH AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
The Aberdeen Wings’ nine-game win streak has opened a five-point lead in the Central Division. Only six-points separate second place Austin from the fifth-place Wilderness.
The East Division’s Jamestown Rebels are pulling every trick in the book to try and gain some ground on the first-place Tomahawks. As for the rest of the division, the pack goes into 2019 with every team still in serious contention for a playoff berth.
Have you been watching the drama of the league’s Midwest Division? The Magicians keep getting a little help from their friends while holding off Janesville and Fairbanks. Kenai River and Springfield continue to fight it out for fourth place.
That leads us to the South Division. Yes, there’s a whole lot of magic happening in Texas. Red-hot Amarillo (13-0-2-1) has a nine-point lead on the IceRays (9-1 in last ten games) and Mudbugs. Topeka and the Brahmas are three-points behind those two with at least one of these four teams destined for play-off time disappointment. Odessa is now seven-games under .500 and will soon have to make some serious decisions regarding the remainder of the season. Do the Jacks elect to keep fighting or does it make more sense to trade off the 1998s (eleven of them, including two goalies) for players that will be able to contribute for next season?
BILLY D’s USA CENTRAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Is it true, are folks in Texas afraid to go after Billy D? Season ticket holders, sponsors, and vendors need to step up and do something. Here’s the case folks, it’s really fraud. Billy D led his staff (and I) to believe that he had the necessary liquid capital to fund the league. That lie was instrumental in gaining our confidence. The lie was the first step to defrauding all of you. Go to your local police department and file charges against him. Use my name as a material witness. This guy is a criminal that needs to go down for the scam.
CHEERS AND JEERS
-Cheers to the Brookings Blizzard player that was behind the wheel of the Jeep on Saturday. The young man made a split-second decision that likely saved the life of three buddies and himself.
-Jeers to that Little Caesar’s 18U coaches that refuse to throw in the towel on the season. The team is handcuffed by Michigan’s ridicules import rules, that limit the team’s ability to fill the vacated roster spots with out of state players. As a result, one of the games’ most powerful midget programs is having to resort to blocking the remaining players’ opportunities with other clubs. Just let it go already.
Author: Stephen Heisler
Stephen Heisler has spent a lifetime in the game of hockey. Stephen is also working with individual teams, coaches, and players as a director with the Heisler Group. Stephen, his wife Deysi, and four children reside in Orlando, Florida.
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