Boston Opens Trading with Pair of Moves

In Uncategorized on June 16, 2021 at 8:47 am

To the surprise of no one, it was the Boston Banshees – a team in constant flux – who were the first to strike once trading opened following the 2020-21 season.

The Banshees made a pair of moves, first acquiring veteran goaltender Jaroslav Halak and a third round pick from the expansion Clarington Coyotes in exchange for defenseman Oliver Kylington and two fourth rounders. Then, in a splashier move, the Banshees unloaded veterans Joe Pavelski and Zach Parise to the West Virginia River Rats. In return, the Banshees acquired promising forward Robert Thomas, Nicolas Roy, and a third.

The latter move signals a retooling year for the Banshees and a commitment to go all-in by the River Rats, who are fresh off a 6-game loss to El Dorado in the cup finals. The Rats lost three key veterans in the expansion draft (Jacob Markstrom, Mark Giordano, and David Savard) and seem intent on reloading quickly. Parise had 37 goals and 59 points in 82 games last season for Boston, while Pavelski added 20 goals and 52 points.

Season in Review: Records Toppled in 2020-21

In Uncategorized on June 15, 2021 at 2:52 pm

As the league enters the offseason and begins planning for 2021-22, it’s a good opportunity to look back at a few of the major milestones we saw during this past regular season.

Most notably, El Dorado‘s Alex Ovechkin has become the GWMHL’s all-time leading goal scorer with 699, just eclipsing Teemu Selanne’s previous mark of 697. He’s poised to become the league’s first 700-goal man early next season. His 74 goals last year were both a career best and good for 6th all-time. Quite a season for the sniper, who also hoisted the cup with the champion Lynx.

Salem‘s Patrick Marleau also etched his name in the books, becoming the league’s all-time leader in games played with 1626, breaking the record of 1,603 previously held by Jaromir Jagr. Denver winger Tom Wilson set a new single-season record for hits with 294, five ahead of Keith Tkachuk’s 289 from all the way back in 1997-98.

Great Lakes starter Andrei Vasilevskiy faced the third most shots of all time (2,575), behind only Henrik Lundqvist (2,675 in 10-11) and Miikka Kiprusoff (2,602 in 06-07). Great Lakes also set a new single-season high for total shots allowed (3,415), but, shockingly, were surpassed by another, even more porous defense: the Portland Winterhawks allowed 3,446 shots against, the most ever in a single season.

Not to be outdone, the Parry Sound Orrsmen posted the third worst goals against average (4.40) in league history, behind only the New Jersey Devils and Rochester Chenes Royale. If those names don’t ring a bell, it’s because those records were both set in the 1993-94 season, nearly 30 years ago.

Adirondack Keeps First Pick, Farmington Climbs in Draft Lottery

In Uncategorized on June 14, 2021 at 6:15 pm

The Adirondack Aces, who endured a nightmare 22-53-7 regular season, retained the first overall pick today, as the league held the lottery to determine the order of the first round of the 2021 Rookie Draft. Bigger news was that the Farmington Fighting Saints, who initially held the 11th spot in the lottery, climbed all the way to the number two spot. Hamilton claimed the third pick, leaving Parry Sound, Portland, South Side, and Great Lakes fans reeling at having dropped two spots. Still, in what projects to be a strong draft pool in the first round, all teams should be able to walk away with a blue-chip prospect.

The opening 12 picks in the first round will be:

1. Adirondack
2. Farmington
3. Hamilton
4. Parry Sound
5. Portland
6. South Side
7. Great Lakes
8. Denver
9. Ice Harbor (from Charleston)
10. San Jose
11. Salem
12. Ice Harbor