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10-01-2012, 05:13 AM
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I have avoided this subject for a while but here you go FWIW.
We graduated, Bard Gallant and Jordan Scott up front. Matt Eagles is still on the books but will not play. We added Colin Martin from London and if he keeps his nose clean Alexander Leduc, who formerly played for Moncton.
On D we graduated Andrew Andrcopoulos and Bryan Main. Chris Van Laren decided to stay home in Kingston. The story told to me was Chris wanted to be home, that was it, no conspiracy, that easy.
So Troy has covered every spot he lost, Eagles doens't count because he still officially on the team. I would say we are probably better on D than before but tough to call until I see them play X this week. Van Laren is the "big" loss there but Levesque is the same size plus has a little more offense. Hobbs takes over easy for Crops, upgrade. Jordan Thomas has better size than Mainer but it might take him some time to adjust to the league. Stand Pat.
Upfront, Colin Martin could very well be a huge surprise offensively. In his first year he covers the points of Gallant and Scott combined. Leduc, provided Troy lets him on the team for sure, covers Eagles lost production and probably more. While we could very obviously use more offense, we actually got better.
Here is the rub. While Rantfather didn't come right out and say it, the men's program lost significant $$$$ from its budget. Troy has more to do with less. It has impacted what he is able to do and IMO a huge step back. The former Coach did not have this disadvantage, in comparison to other AUS teams, so it is amazing the current coach has kept things together as well as he has.
It is not coincidence that STU has a minimal exhibition schedule, it is a lack of funding. The part that scares me the most is I have been told that admin has imposed a roster limit on the team of 20 players. If that is the case (and I can't confirm that 100%) we have absolutely no room for error, injuries, and will need some really good luck in hopes of competing. Maybe something will change above but I certainly wish that our AD would stand the frig up and support the men's hockey team like he did when he was coach.
Thanks for the response well said and made me open my eyes a little. I would think budget cuts would have a lot to do with putting down a million $ on the new rink as well.
I actually meant to ask how come while other teams have played numerous exhibition games and even the Canada west has started their regular season STU has yet to play an exhibition game. But you made seance of that already.
For some reason I thought the Tommie's lost a lot more players than that Erik trembly comes to mind
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