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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Barrie Colts select Andrei Svechnikov 1st overall at CHL Import Draft. #OHL #CHLImportDraft

11:05:00 AM
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(From USHL on Twitter page) 
With the 1st overall pick of the 2017 CHL Import Draft, the Barrie Colts have selected Andrei Svechnikov.

Svechnikov spent the 2016-17 season with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL where he would put up 29 goals for a total of 58 points in 48 games. The 16 year old (17 now) would rank 6th league wide for points and went on to win the Rookie of the Year.

This past week, the Colts signed their 2016 Import Draft pick Alexey Lipanov, who is no stranger to Andrei having played with him on Russia and winning bronze at the 2017 IIHF U-18 World Championship. In 7 games played, Svechnijkov would score 4 goals and add 5 assists.

Andrei is the younger brother of Yevgeni Svechnijkov who was drafted at the 2015 NHL Draft by the Detroit Red Wings. He went in the 1st round, 19th overall. Andrei is draft eligible at the 2018 NHL Draft where many expect him to go early in the 1st round, if not be selected as the 1st overall pick.

DOB: 2000-03-26
Birthplace: Barnaul, RUSSIA
Height: 6’2
Weight: 187 lbs
Shoots: L
Position: RW

Congratulations to Andrei and the Barrie Colts. Here is a look at some of Andrei's work!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Dale Hawerchuk to be inducted into Winnipeg Jets HOF. #NHL

10:06:00 AM

The Winnipeg Jets announced that they will be inducting Barrie Colts head coach Dale Hawerchuk into the Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame. His induction ceremony is set to take place November 14th, 2017 before the Winnipeg Jets host the Arizona Coyotes.

In the Q
Image result for Dale Hawerchuk qmjhlBefore his NHL draft year, Hawerchuk played his junior career with the Cornwall Royals in the 1979-80 and 1980-81 seasons in the QMJHL. He would help the team win back to back Memorial Cup Championships in 80 and 81 after winning the QMJHL Championship those years. Here is a look at his accomplishments over those seasons.

CHL Memorial Cup Most Sportsmanlike Player (80)RDS CupQMJHL Rookie of the Year (80)
Guy Lafleur TrophyQMJHL Playoff MVP (80)
Memorial Cup All Star First Team (80, 81)
Jean Beliveau TrophyQMJHL Scoring Champ (81)
Michel Briere Memorial TrophyQMJHL Player of the Year (81)
Stafford Smythe Memorial TrophyMemorial Cup MVP (81)
CHL Player of the Year (81)

Over 144 QMJHL regular season games, Dale scored a total of 118 goals, 168 assists totaling 286 points. He saw 37 QMJHL playoff games where he scored 35 goals for a total of 80 points. That isn’t including his 18 points at his two Memorial Cup wins in 10 games.

NHL Draft and Career/ International Hockey
At the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, Hawerchuk was selected 1st overall by the Winnipeg Jets. Other notable players in that draft were Chris Chelios, Ron Francis, Grant Fuhr and John Vanbiesbrouck.

He would play 9 seasons in Winnipeg putting up a total of 379 goals and 550 assists for a total of 929 points. His rookie season saw him score 45 goals and 58 assists. His 103 points helped earn him the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s rookie of the year. He was at the time the youngest player in NHL history to reach 100 points.

Dale Hawerchuk 198384 Dale Hawerchuk Jets Game Worn Jersey Photo MatchHis NHL career would last 17 seasons. He spent 5 seasons in Buffalo with the Sabres and his final 2 seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers. Over 1188 regular season games he scored 518 goals, 891 assists and totaled 1409 points. He had a playoff record of 30 goals and 69 assists in 99 games. He played in 1000 NHL games before turning 31, making him the first NHL player to do so.

Dale appeared in 5 all star games and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2011, he was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame.

On April 5th, 2007 the Phoenix Coyotes retired Hawerchuk's number 10.

Not only a successful NHL career, Dale also managed to have an incredible International career. He won a silver medal 1989 at the World Championship while winning bronze medals in 1982 and 1986. He also was a part of Canada Cup Championship teams in 1987 and 1986.

Here is a look at the full breakdown of his career statistics. 







Coaching
Image result for Dale Hawerchuk OHLOn June 4th, 2010 Dale Hawerchuk would be named the 5th coach of the Barrie Colts in franchise history. He was hired on 13 years after finishing his playing career. Over his 7 seasons here in Barrie, he has helped lead the team to the OHL playoffs 5 times, only missing out in his debut season in 2010-11, and this past 2016-17 season when the team finished in last place. 3 of those seasons, the team finished 1st place in the Central Division. In 2012-13 he helped take the team to the OHL Championship which they would lose to the London Knights. Since then, the farthest they have made it was the Conference Finals in 2015-16 season where they lost to the Niagara IceDogs.

His regular season coaching record with Barrie is 237-210-29.

Congratulations, coach! Here is his NHL HOF induction video. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

New Colt, Alexey Lipanov drafted by Tampa Bay. #OHL #NHL

1:28:00 PM

Yesterday, Alexey Lipanov was signed by the Barrie Colts who drafted him last year at the CHL Import Selection Draft. Today, he was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The newly signed Colt was picked with Tampa’s 76th pick of this year’s NHL Draft being held in Chicago. 

Congrats to Alexey on a great last 48 hours!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Barrie Colts sign Import Pick Alexey Lipanov to OHL contract. #OHL

10:18:00 AM
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Image by: Getty Images
Today the Barrie Colts announced that they have signed Russian forward Alexey Lipanov.

The 18 year old centre was selected by the Barrie Colts in the 1st round (44th overall) at the 2016 CHL Import Draft. He spent the 2016-17 season playing in the MHL and the VHL where he would put up 3 goals and 5 assists in 21 games played.

Lipanov is a prospect in this weekends NHL Draft in Chicago where many have him projected to go within the first couple of rounds. Bob McKenzie of TSN has him projected to go 49th overall. Here is a look at some other projections per eliteprospects.com

Ranked #35 by Hockeyprospect.com
Ranked #35 by ISS Hockey
Ranked #43 by Future Considerations
Ranked #85 by McKeen's Hockey
Ranked #13 by NHL Central Scouting (EU Skaters)

He has also represented Russia where he has won a Silver medal at the U17 WHC in 2015-16 and a Bronze medal with the U18 team this past year at the WJC.

DOB: 1999-08-197
Birthplace: Moskva, RUSSIA
Height: 6’0
Weight: 177 lbs
Shoots: L



Congrats to Alexei on the deal and we look forward to seeing you in a Colts uniform!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Rhodes and Edmonds commit to Barrie Colts. #OHL

11:31:00 AM
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The Barrie Colts announced this morning that they have signed F Sam Rhodes and G Kai Edmonds to OHL standard player agreements.

Rhodes (6th round/115th overall) and Edmonds (11th round/216th overall) where drafted by the Colts at the 2016 Priority Selection Draft.

Sam Rhodes played last season with the Skipjacks Hockey Club 18U team where he put up 5 goals and 10 assists in 19 games played. He was drafted in the 3rd round (33rd overall) by the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders at the USHL entry draft.

DOB: 2000-02-19
Birthplace: Powhatan, VA, USA
Height: 5'7
Weight: 154 lbs
Shoots: L


Kai Edmonds played last season with Westminster Prep. of the USHS. Over 25 games played he posted a 2.57 GAA with a SAV% of .903.
DOB: 2000-07-27
Birthplace: Ottawa, ON, Canada
Height: 5'7
Weight: 126 lbs
Glove: L

Congrats o both players!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A Quick look at the Barrie Colts 2017-18 regular season schedule.

7:27:00 AM
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The Barrie Colts are set to kick off their 2017-18 regular season at home against the Ottawa 67’s on Thursday September 21st, 2017. Here is a quick look at how this year’s schedule looks, and how it compares to last season. If you have yet to see the schedule, click here.

3 in 3's
The most stand out thing to me was that Barrie has 9 3 in 3’s this season. So basically, there will be 9 times this year where Barrie will have to play 3 games in 3 consecutive nights. Last season, a popular complaint among Colts fans was the amount of times the team played 3 nights straight.

How does this compare to last season? How many 3 in 3’s did they have last year?

11. 11 times last season, the Colts played 3 games straight. From January 19th to February 11th, the team played 6 consecutive 3 in 3s. In that time, they won 4 games and lost 14. They were swept 3 times over those matchups. Over those games total they had an 8 W – 25L record over those 33 games. 

11 3 in 3’s totals 33 games. That is almost half of the 68-game regular season. Here is a complete breakdown of these games broke down last year.

Oct 13-15 1W-2L
Oct 27-29 1W-2L
Nov24-26 1W-2L
Jan 5-7 2W-1L
Jan 13-15 0W-3L
Jan 19-21 1W-2L
Jan 27-28 0W-3L
Feb2-4 0W-3L
Feb 9-11 1W-2L (6th 3 in 3 straight)
Feb23-25 0W-3L
Mar 9-11 1W-2L
Total:8 wins 25 losses.

Now, was this the reason the Colts had such a bad season? No. The team was a young team that had lost most of its top producers. It isn't unrealistic to think that it didn't help their chances of finding success and playing with energy, but to place the blame on it would be overlooking all the areas the Colts need to improve as a team.

Home vs Road games
One not so terrible area on their schedule is the fact that the team has 4 times where they will have 3 straight home games. Their longest road stretch is 4 games, but that only happens one time on the schedule. Last season, 10 of their 17 wins were on home ice.

Afternoon games
The schedule this year has Barrie playing in 6 afternoon games, not including a 10:30am start in Hamilton in February.

These are just a couple takeaways from the schedule. It is nice that the team will have less 3 in 3's this year and hopefully, with a stronger team Barrie can find a way to have a more successful season. 

What do you think of the Colts schedule this season? Do you think they have too many back to back games or is that just part of the OHL grind? Let us know in the comments, or on social media! 

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