Archive for March 29, 2015

Pool Rooms, There and Back Again

1095 for publication March 27, 2015

Pool Rooms, There and Back Again

Ross Brewitt

Tuesday night I was standing alongside a billiard table In Kingston, ON, and for the first time in many years, I didn’t experience any tug from my over-active memory to select a cue and play. Two major back surgeries have taught me to cease and desist.

One half of the surface was covered by my host’s orderly collection of hockey magazines, and I’ll get back to them in a minute.

It was the pool table that brought back memories of younger days in Thunder Bay when I was a regular teenage attendee of the “Top Hat” at the corner of May and Cummings. The pool-room “marker” of the day was one Charlie Halonen. Read more

Feel That Draft?

1094 for publication March 20, 2015

Ross Brewitt

While the people who bring you the NHL go through their annual “tinkering and teasing” exercise held in the remote Florida area known as Boca Raton, other people bringing the season to a close are concerned about the standings. In reverse.

Frankly, the cellar dweller fourteen teams are getting a lot more attention with their percentage of “chances” for getting the number one pick in the Entry Draft, sometimes more than those fighting for the overall lead or a spot in the playoffs.

In case you’ve been away on an archeological dig in the Negev desert and missed it, Connor McDavid of the OHL’s Erie Otters is the reason for the excitement. According to popular belief and speculation, the team winning that first pick, and McDavid, is in line for a Stanley Cup. It just doesn’t say when. Read more