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Friday, March 11, 2011

Hamilton Sets Record, Strome On Verge Of......

One of the largest crowds of the season in St Catherines saw star defenseman Dougie Hamilton make history for the Niagara Ice Dogs last night. Hamilton assisted on older brother Freddie Hamilton's goal in the first period to register his 42 assist of the season.

Add that to his 12 goals and that gives Hamilton 54 points on the season, 1 more than the record previously held by Alex Pietroangelo set in the 2007 - 2008 season.

For Ryan Strome, who also assisted on Freddie Hamilton's goal, it was point number 99 on the season in the watch for 100 points. In the OHL, he trails only Jason Akeson of the Kitchener Rangers (104) and is tied with Tyler Toffoli of the Ottawa 67's at 99.

Throughout the Canadian Hockey League, Strome leads all draft eligible players. Players such as Jonathan Huberdeau of the St John Sea Dogs (98), Ryan Nugent Hopkins of the Red Deer Rebels (94) and Sean Couturier of the Drummondville Voltigeurs (92).

All in all in the  CHL, there are currently five 100 point players: Akeson (OHL), Linden Vey 112 (WHL), Tyler Johnson 106 (WHL),  Philip-Michaels Devos 107 (QMJHL) and Gabriel Levesque 100 (QMJHL).

Last season, the OHL produced two 100 point players in Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin, both with 106 points.

It's a virtual guarantee that both Hamilton and Strome will be top ten pick in this years NHL Entry Draft and more than likely, top 8 and maybe even top 7.

On another note, I want to send my prayers out to the people of Japan and my thoughts to the people who lost loved ones in the major earthquake and tsunami there early this morning. There are two regular readers of this blog in Japan and I am thinking of you both at this time. I know that you have more pressing things to deal with at the moment, but when you get a chance, drop me a message and let me know you are okay. I pray that you make it home to Canada safely - God Bless.

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