Nothing new on the impending trade for centre Rai DiLoreto and defenceman Cal Ruddock.
The two London residents, both 19, recently left the St. Marys Lincolns (on Nov. 7), requesting a trade to another Western Conference team.
Coach Merlin Malinowski said DiLoreto and Ruddock—who both had started their second seasons with the Lincs--indicated that they’d like to be dealt to the London Nationals.
The Nats have apparently made the best pitch to date, Malinowski said last Friday. They have offered one roster player and future considerations.
Strathroy Rockets offered only cash for the two veteran players, and St. Thomas Stars are apparently not interested.
--Coach Malinowski says Lincolns’ No. 1 goalie Andrew Masters could be back in the line-up this Friday against Lambton Shores Predators.
The 19-year-old Masters suffered a lower-body injury Nov. 9 against the Predators in Forest.
Back-up Tyler Beattie, 20, has played the majority of the last four Lincs’ games.
--Hayden Allison, a 14-year-old Kitchener lad, has 700 autographed NHL pucks adorning the walls of his room.
Hayden is coming to St. Marys on Friday, Nov. 28 to have Lincolns’ coach Merlin Malinowski sign a Colorado Rockies puck.
Malinowski, who played Major Jr. ‘A’ with Medicine Hat Tigers, played four seasons for the Rockies (1978-82) after being drafted by the team in the second round.
--After winning the Western League title last spring, coach Tony Piroski thought he would have a rebuilding job with his Leamington Flyers this season.
But Flyers (20-5) are cruising along nicely, and sit in first place after weekend action. They have won six in a row and 12 of their last 13 games.
“I’m very surprised to be where we’re at, I thought we would take some bumps,” Piroski admitted before last Friday’s game in St. Marys. “But our record speaks for itself, and things are going all right.
“But it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. We have a long way to go, but I see a lot of light at the end of the tunnel. I’m looking for a real good second half (to the season) because I see a lot of guys improving.
“We play good team defence, and we work hard in our end of the ice. I also like our leadership . . . they’ve learned from some of our leaders last year.”
--Former Lincolns’ goalie Greg Dodds (2009-12) was recently named one of Western Mustangs’ Athletes of the Week.
Dodds, a second-year Social Sciences student, made 38 saves in a 3-0 shutout victory over McGill Redmen recently.
The shutout was Dodds’ second of the season. The 22-year-old Wingham native currently has a 7-2 won-loss record, with a 1.89 goals-against average and a .942 save percentage in OUA stats.
--Former Lincs’ forward Darren Young (2008-11) was recently named Athlete of the Week in The State University of New York Athletic Confence (SUNYAC).
Young, 22, paced the Morrisville State Mustangs men’s hockey team (Division 3) to back-to-back wins over Cortland, collecting seven points (1-6) in two weekend victories.
The sophomore, from Woodstock, is majoring in business administration at Morrisville State (located in upstate New York).
--Former Lincolns’ forward Josh Gratton (1999-2000) is now with Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.
Gratton, 32, from Brantford, has one assist and 36 penalty minutes in 13 games. Monarchs, based in New Hampshire, are the Los Angeles Kings’ AHL farm team.
Gratton led the Lincs in scoring (as a 16-year-old) in his one season in St. Marys.
--St. Marys minor hockey product Mark Bell is in his second season with Berlin Polar Bears of the German Hockey League.
In nine games, the 34-year-old St. Pauls native has one goal and four points and 27 penalty minutes.
Last season with Berlin, Bell had 10 goals and 30 points in 32 games and 34 penalty minutes, finishing in a tie for fifth place in team scoring. He was also a plus 9.
The big forward is now in his third season in the German League, and fifth playing in Europe.