Articles by John Matisz

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Claude Lemieux; hockey connoisseur

After an on-ice career seemingly defined by a small stack of controversial moments, Claude Lemieux certainly feels content with the mark he made on the game of hockey. “I have no regrets about how I played the game,” he told The Good Point recently. “We always say rules are made to be broken.” And, it turns out, he’s back for more. Although the 46-year-old’s latest hockey-related endeavour will not break any rules per say, it…

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Drew Doughty and something to prove

Drew Doughty has been hammered by the media all summer long due to lingering contract negotiations with the Kings. But who cares, right? At 21, a contract hold-out would be relatively unprecedented, and certainly unruly, so it’s safe to say Doughty will wear the black, silver and purple of the Los Angeles Kings for the 2011-12 season. With training camp around the corner though, the game of chicken between both sides is becoming risky, testy…

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Logan Couture and the future ahead

Sometimes receiving a little less attention than your peers pays off in the end. In the case of Logan Couture, not having to shimmer the Calder Trophy every other day over the course of the summer could very well end up helping him in the long-run. A trusty young center for the new-look San Jose Sharks, the former ninth-overall pick is doing the usual professional athlete offseason routine. It’s just one of the many things he’ll be…

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Immediate judgments on the NHL Entry Draft

As the elite prospects of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft were wiped off the draft board one-by-one, scouting departments and management staff alike held hands in preparation for a jump into the proverbial deep end. Like in any sport, drafting decisions made after the first couple rounds can be considered on par with a drunken toss at the dart board by an amateur billiards player. This is the case simply because the talent that remains…

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Memorial Cup champ Jonathan Huberdeau and the NHL Draft

In late January, The Good Point discussed how the Saint John Sea Dogs and their 17-year-old stud, Jonathan Huberdeau, were in for a banner 2010-11 campaign in a pair of ways. The first accomplishment — winning the Memorial Cup — was realized quite handily, as they went 3-1 in the major junior showdown. The other — Huberdeau going in the top five at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft — has yet to come to fruition,…

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From YouTube to the Memorial Cup: The Tomas Jurco story

As his overjoyed teammates raced to hug family members after hoisting the Memorial Cup high above their heads, 2011 NHL Entry Draft top prospect Tomas Jurco picked up his iPhone and dialled home to Slovakia. “I already called my Mom — she was happy,” said Jurco moments after the championship win, amidst a circus of Saint John Sea Dogs celebratory hoots and hollers. “They were up,” he added. “They weren’t able to watch the game…

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Nathan Beaulieu: Drew Doughty 2.0?

Responsible puck-moving defencemen are a dime a dozen in the NHL these days. Not a week goes by during the regular season without the mention of how valuable they are to a team’s breakout, power-play and in-play subtleties. Nathan Beaulieu, a recent Memorial Cup champion and All-Star with the Saint John Sea Dogs, is knocking on the door and will be duly prepared for the NHL with some seasoning. Until that time, the use of…

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Theo Fleury’s atypical post-NHL journey

It was February 15, 2011, when Theoren Fleury glided off the ice for a short breather during intermission at a charity old-timers’ hockey game. In a dim hallway, the Stanley Cup andOlympic champion calmly addressed local media types about the impact Playing With Fire(2009) has had on his life. “I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into when I wrote the book, but after 18 months of some pretty extensive touring — lots of media and stuff — there’s…

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Ryan Ellis: Predators prospect on tour with AHL Admirals

With his name engraved on the Memorial Cup two times over the last four years, Ryan Ellis is certainly familiar with playing top-calibre hockey in the month of May. To date, the Nashville Predators prospect has tackled virtually every on-ice challenge thrown his way, whether it has been internationally with Team Canada or with his home squad, theWindsor Spitfires. Just recently, the 20-year-old defenceman was honoured with the Red Tilson Trophy, an annual award given to the Ontario Hockey League’s most…

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The enigma of Bob Cole

Robert Cecil Cole, or Bob Cole, is a walking mystery. His resume says he should have called his last hockey game a decade-and-a-half-ago when he was a member of the 1996 Hockey Hall of Fame induction class. Despite all odds though, the time-tested media industry veteran has yet to hang up the microphone for good – even as he approaches his 80th birthday in 2013. Cole’s legendary play-by-play voice that began to popularize on the airwaves in 1969…