Camp, Day 4: But first, we pause

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We gathered this morning to pray for the soul of Bill Gonillo — which, as one of his cousins alluded to in one of three inspiring eulogies, seems like redundant effort. If Billy’s not up there already… A beautiful service, and a beautiful turnout: A cross-section of the state’s media, schools, teams. I hope his […] [Read More]
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First of all…

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Fight night? In a Sound Tigers game? This is preseason, so it’s not that unusual. Except in Bridgeport. Heck, they even played a fight-free preseason two years ago. Could find only one exhibition game with more than four fights. That was in 2003-04 at Philadelphia, with seven fights, one more than tonight. Things have been […] [Read More]
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Camp, Day 3: Game Day

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“I love hockey. Lots of aggression. Tons of blood. Wanna guess who my favorite team is?” –The Devil, Reaper (Wow, hockey in a production directed by Kevin Smith?) If you’re blowing off Stamford to go to Lowell, you’ll see Tim Jackman, Ben Walter, Gordie Dwyer, Frans Nielsen and Joey MacDonald. They’re on their way up […] [Read More]
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Camp, Day 2: Colliton in town

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Jeremy Colliton joined Group I today, making it 43 in camp. An OK practice today; some hard-working five-on-five drills, and lots and lots more skating. Had I to bet, sounds like the Group 2 listed here is tomorrow’s lineup; Jack Capuano said there would be lots of kids and tryouts. I’m looking forward to seeing […] [Read More]
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Camp, Day 1: Distracted

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Still trying to focus through the stunning news from last night. It’s not easy. Anyway, while I watch my alma mater sink: –It began. Lots and lots of skating drills; lots of pure skating. In fact, no one-on-ones at all. Good pace, pretty good flow. Looked like everyone made it through OK. They’ll swap off […] [Read More]
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RIP, Bill Gonillo

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Big Bill. I’m racking my brain for a favorite Bill Gonillo story, and I can’t come up with one. I can’t remember running into him when I didn’t smile, didn’t laugh, didn’t leave feeling better than I had. Sean Patrick passes on the heartbreaking news that Bill was found dead Sunday at home. Miss him […] [Read More]
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CAMP, Day 0: Getting started

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They had a team meeting tonight to get organized. Skulking around outside produced this list: Group I G–Morrison, Bucchino, J. MacDonald. D–Fata, Fraser, Kohn, Frechette, Offers, Ford. F–Bentivoglio, Haskins, K. Johnson, Regier, G. Johnson, Labelle, Cavosie, Gaudet, Haley, Morency, Nielsen, Sirianni. Group II G–Mole, Ouellet, Jaeger. D–Spiller, Hart, Wotton, A. MacDonald, J. Dwyer, Sertich. F–G. […] [Read More]
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CFA, Day 9: So Near It’s Stirring the Blood in Their Veins

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