- Created: Monday, 22 October 2018 16:38
GTHL Game Report:
Don Mills Flyers 7 vs. Toronto Marlboros 4
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Always a great gathering of talent, the Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament in London is one of the major stops in the minor midget AAA season and the 2018 event was no different
Coming out of the Toronto Titans tournament, all eyes were on the Don Mills Flyers, and while it may have been a difficult expectation for them to continue the phenomenal level of play we saw in Toronto, they managed to perform even better on route to once again blitzing everyone in their path. In what should be the first of many big games between the two, the Flyers took care of the Toronto Marlboros in the Final by a 6-1 score.
It was impossible for anyone in London not to be gravitated towards Don Mills every time they played because of how fun they are to watch. Led by the remarkable Shane Wright who is edging closer to being granted exceptional status, the tournament’s leading scorer Brennan Othmann, and two of the top defensemen in the age group in Roman Schmidt and Brandt Clarke, the Flyers have what seems to be a never-ending supply of elite players who are all capable of playing an incredibly high octane and creative style of hockey.
While Don Mills claiming the championship was expected, there were some pleasant surprises in the tournament. The likes of Halton and Ajax-Pickering made runs to the quarterfinals and were both within minutes of advancing to the semis. While no longer a surprise, the Sudbury Wolves advancing to their second straight semifinal was done in impressive fashion with the way they are able to win close games late.
Director of Scouting Andrew Sykes was joined by area scouts Ryan Ferizvoic and Matt Stewart to take in the action over the weekend and contributed to the following report which includes comments on 146 players, honourable mentions, and our selections for the Top 20 performers of the tournament. Media Producer Zach Scribner was also in attendance taking pictures and conducting interviews with top prospects.
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Chatham-Kent Cyclones #7
July 15, 2003
5’10”, 160 lbs
Grande Pointe, ON, CAN
An electric offensive talent, Goure dazzles in possession and is one of the most lethal goal-scorers in the 2003 age group. A dangerous threat every time on the ice, Goure is a player who maximizes his elite skill-set to the fullest, whether through his nifty edges and quick feet, quick hands, instinctive vision, or pro-level shot.
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Brantford 99ers #93
February 11, 2003
6’0”, 170 lbs
Langton, ON, CAN
After playing a starring role on the 2002 minor midget team which included scoring the Alliance championship winning goal in overtime, Callens was heavily courted by some of the top teams in the province, but in the end decided to stay with the Brantford 99ers. An all-around dynamic pivot, Callens has the gamebreaking attributes that immediately jump out of you and scream those of a first-round pick.
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The Alliance Minor Midget AAA Showcase changed location from Windsor in 2017 to Kitchener for the 2018 event. Alliance Hockey once again put forth a well-organized event and the Kitchener Jr. Rangers were great hosts, providing the 12 teams with on and off-ice activities along with each team playing three games over the three days.
Director of Scouting Andrew Sykes and area scout Ryan Stacey took in the action and compiled the following report which includes their selections for the Top 15 Performers of the weekend and comments on 80 total players.