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06-18-2012, 04:40 PM
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Have played with/against a handful of ex-OHL, QMJHL, Junior A, NCAA and CIS players, all DAMN good. Once played shinny against an ex-Leaf, he was quite a bit older at the time though (50s, maybe even 60s), and I think he was working as a broadcaster (for city tv I think?), but I honestly can't remember his name. I remember him being fairly good though, obviously not in his prime or going particularly hard, but he was certainly better than me and was keeping up fine with a buddy of mine who was a pretty good player (midget AA player).

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06-18-2012, 07:57 PM
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Have played with/against a handful of ex-OHL, QMJHL, Junior A, NCAA and CIS players, all DAMN good. Once played shinny against an ex-Leaf, he was quite a bit older at the time though (50s, maybe even 60s), and I think he was working as a broadcaster (for city tv I think?), but I honestly can't remember his name. I remember him being fairly good though, obviously not in his prime or going particularly hard, but he was certainly better than me and was keeping up fine with a buddy of mine who was a pretty good player (midget AA player).
Jim McKenny most likely.

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06-18-2012, 08:26 PM
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Jim McKenny most likely.
Good call, looked it up and I'm reasonably sure it was him. It was about 9 years ago, in Toronto, playing shinny at lunch at the outdoor rink across from my highschool, I didn't recognize him but my gym teacher did and let us know that he was a sports reporter for (I think) City TV and an ex-Leaf. We all skated extra hard when we learned he'd played in the NHL, but even in his 50s he still schooled me fairly easily

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Not the best player, but I played a pickup in Boston one time where some random guy showed up who was the spitting image of Ron Jeremy. No one knew the guy and we were all wondering if it was actually him.

No one had the guts to ask, though.
Well, he does have an excuse to not be very good on ice. His balance is probably off.

I've not been playing long enough to have played with anyone great. They tend not to show up for D-league games. But I did get to skate on NHL ice before, in my speedskates. It was really nice ice - but not the best I've ever been on.

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06-18-2012, 09:37 PM
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I played against the Hanson Brothers from Slapshot and Bruins alumni a couple of times in a charity event but they obviously weren't trying. They had guys like Johnny Bucyk, Ken Hodge, Andy Brickley, Pie McKenzie, Lyndon Byers, etc, etc.

As for actually playing against where it wasn't a charity event, one of these two:

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/p....php?pid=35571

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/p....php?pid=21594

I don't really remember who was better because I played with/against both of them when I first started playing hockey in a pick up hour. I do have to say though that even the worst minor leaguers can make the best beer leaguers look terrible.

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Played against Pat Kane in squirts when I was a kid. He looked like a #1 overall pick back then, absolutely amazing to watch as a 9 year old, let alone when he played in London or now w/the Hawks

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Kade Pilton. Guy is a machine.

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Played against Michael Del Zotto when I was younger in a couple of tournaments. Played shinny with this guy (http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/p....php?pid=55344) and also a bunch of CHL and CIS players.

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06-20-2012, 06:58 AM
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Niklas Bäckström is the best but and also Linus Omark,Niklas Hjalmarsson and a bunch who nowadays plays i SEL.

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06-20-2012, 07:05 AM
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I've played against, and with some great players in for an example TV-Pucken. Some of them play for the Swedish U-17 and U-18 national teams. Also played against some good older guys in SM and div.1.

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Any idea why he's going to Kazakhstan? For the money?

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06-20-2012, 07:49 AM
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Any idea why he's going to Kazakhstan? For the money?
Yes, they get paid more than double what they get playing in the British league, even though the British league is better standard. The Kazakh teams have been actively poaching our players, there are already 3 British guys playing in Kazakhstan next year, one of them will be in the Russian VHL.

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I played against the Hanson Brothers from Slapshot and Bruins alumni a couple of times in a charity event but they obviously weren't trying. They had guys like Johnny Bucyk, Ken Hodge, Andy Brickley, Pie McKenzie, Lyndon Byers, etc, etc.
The Carlson brothers and Jeff Hanson are pretty awesome players.
BTW, get Jeff Hanson's book if you get a chance; great read.

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06-20-2012, 08:16 AM
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Probably anybody who was decent in youth hockey that played for/in NY and Ontario and S Quebec that is 25-28 years old.

Played a lot against Dustin Brown.

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Brandon Saad in pickup hockey when he was like 15 and still ridiculous.

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06-20-2012, 11:56 AM
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I didn't start playing until I was 16 (about 11 years ago) so by the time I broke into midget house league, all the good players would have already been playing much better hockey, so I never played against any future superstars. I've played in a few charity tournaments with/against some Maple Leafs alumni (with I guess Gary Leeman being the most notable?) but I don't think that counts.

If we're talking actual "competitive" hockey, I'd say the best was probably Rane Carnegie who played five years of major junior then hopped around the minor pro leagues in North America before going over to Europe. Anyway, it was only last year, so I think he was maybe already done with high-level hockey, but he was a sub on one of the teams in my C-level beer league. I think he scored twice against us the one time we played him (we lost 3-1) and he popped like 15 goals in the five games he played overall.

He was by far the best player on the ice in that game, but he took it pretty easy, kind of playing to the level of the rest of the guys, which I thought was cool of him. He was tough as hell to defend and he actually gave me a hard time for slashing his stick a few times. I pleaded my case though and told him it was all I could do to stand a chance and he had a bit of a laugh which was fun.

I didn't realize who he was until afterwards and when I looked into it I learned that his grandfather was the late Herb Carnegie who passed away earlier this year (RIP). If you're not familiar with Mr. Carnegie's story, you should check it out here.

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06-20-2012, 12:01 PM
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Heh. Anytime you play against anyone with stats on hockeydb, you know they'll absolutely light your team up (unless you play pro).

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Heh. Anytime you play against anyone with stats on hockeydb, you know they'll absolutely light your team up (unless you play pro).
So my 3 teammates who are on hockey db would light your team up? Bearing in mind I play British 4th tier. It doesn't take a lot to get on hockeydb, heck I'm on Elite Prospects.

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=157845

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So my 3 teammates who are on hockey db would light your team up? Bearing in mind I play British 4th tier. It doesn't take a lot to get on hockeydb, heck I'm on Elite Prospects.

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=157845
That means you're probably better than what you credit yourself for

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06-20-2012, 12:37 PM
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Just saying you don't have to be that good to get on hockeydb, it depends where you play. In general yes people who are on there are good, I'm just being nitpicky

I find hockeydb to be a poor website compared to Elite Prospects anyway.


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06-21-2012, 01:42 AM
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48th overall pick of the 2012 WHL bantam draft Matthew Campese in a bantam hockey tourney

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My brother who is 10 years younger than me played with Rocco Grimaldi.

We went to his house and his bed room was full of baseball stuff and he said his parents made him play hockey, but he liked baseball a lot more.

I remember when they put him against 15+ year olds and he was still dangling them at 11.

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The year of the lockout one of the radio stations in Edmonton sponsored a team that played in my mens league. Charlie Huddy, Jason Chimera, Ray Whitney, Shawn Bell and Georges Laraque all played for that team. There were a number of others as well I just can't recall them all, Woywitka I think... Funny thing is they didn't win the league, Lost in the finals.

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Ryan Nugent Hopkins, tourny couple years ago

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I played against Nathan Gerbe when he was playing for Honey Baked, he was a really skilled player but was extremely mouthy. Was still really small back then, I heard a rumour that if his dad thought he played a bad game, he would make him run 5 Miles (maybe Km) but as far as i know, it's just a rumour. Also played with and against a few people that played OHL. Jordan Foreman was a very good player when I played against him and he was also really mouthy.

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