Neate Sager

  • Mark Hunter leaves London Knights, becomes Toronto Maple Leafs' director of player personnel

    Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net17 hrs ago

    Plan the parade? It's easy to forget the state the London Knights were once in but it bears revisiting on the occasion of Mark Hunter taking leave to become the director of player personnel of Toronto Maple Leafs.

    On an OHL scale, the Knights had a Leafs-like mien up until the early 2000s — a big-city team that had typically overpromised and underdelivered. Before the Hunters arrived, the Knights had never won a championship in more than 30 seasons' despite being smack-dab in the middle of a hockey hotbed in southwestern Ontario. That's all changed, obviously.

    The Knights' consistent — persistent? — success for more than a decade running owes substantially to Mark Hunter hitting the hockey hustings in search of capable players. It's not just about the profitability, although that helps a lot.

    Read More

    Wed, Oct 22
    4:00 PM PDT
    Toronto at Ottawa
    Preview Game
  • Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds' Jean Dupuy enjoys career night: Thursday's 3 Stars

    Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net5 days ago

    No. 1 star: Jean Dupuy, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)

    With overage and alternate captain status comes greater responsibilities, and Dupuy is delivering. The power winger had a career-high four points to help the 'Hounds stay unbeaten thanks to 5-4 decision over the North Bay Battalion, who also came in having yet to lose in regulation time.

    The 20-year-old from Orléans, Ont., assisted on both the tying and winning goals in the third period. North Bay took a third-period lead on a snapshot goal from Vancouver Canucks prospect Miles Liberati. Dupuy (1G-3A, +2) and the 'Hounds had a goal waved off due to having a player in the crease, but five minutes after Liberati's goal, Dupuy fed Canucks first-rounder Jared McCann, who drove to the net and tied the game 4-4. With just 4:26 left, Dupuy won a puck battle and got the puck to defenceman Médric Mercier, whose blast from the blueline was redirected by Gabe Guertler for the game-winner.

    Dupuy, who attended a NHL camp with the Winnipeg Jets before rejoining the 'Hounds, has eight points in his past three games. That's uncharted waters for someone who had only four multi-point games over his first three seasons.

    Read More