Daily Archives: October 1, 2012

REDlines: Yes It’s October. No The Lockout Hasn’t Been Settled.

September has ended, and October has begun.  Remember back in late June and early July before all this lockout nonsense how we used to tweet “Is it October yet”?  Well, it’s here, and instead we are slowly approaching the point where regular season games are going to start getting cancelled.  Not how we envisioned the start of fall.  So while you sit around your televisions tonight watching the Bears and Dallas, or maybe the Orioles and Tampa, here’s some of today’s top stories:

* Former Florida Panther Ray Sheppard lands himself a gig with the Orlando Solar Bears as a special assistant.  Our
Sports Central.

* It was not a good weekend for Krys Barch.  Here’s two views on his Saturday night heart to heart talk with Twitter.  Globe and Mail and the National Post.

* Is Pat LaFontaine going to save the Islanders?  Isles Talk.

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Looking Forward to The New Season In San Antonio

Rampage Forwards Scott Timmins, David Marshall and Wacey Rabbit talk between plays in Rochester, NY last season (Photo by Amanda Land).

Training Camp kicked off this morning at the Northwoods Ice Center in San Antonio as 35 players took the ice to begin preparations for the upcoming season. 20 forwards, 11 defensemen and four goaltenders will be competing for a spot on the opening night roster over the next week. I figured for today’s post I’d write a bit about a few of the forwards I’m excited to watch this season, so here we go:

The New:
Jean-Francois JacquesMaybe it’s because of the extremely french name, but for some reason my attention has always gravitated to him whenever he’s on the ice in front of me. Originally selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2nd round (68th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, the native of Montreal has both NHL and AHL experience. Last season with the Syracuse Crunch (Anaheim’s AHL affiliate), Jacques racked up 21 goals and added 19 assists and 95 penalty minutes  in 65 regular season games. At 6’3″ and 231 lbs, he’s a big guy showed last year that he’s capable of scoring and dropping the gloves occasionally.

Jon Rheault- Signed on the first day of free agency this summer, I think Rheault will be a nice addition to the Rampage lineup. While with the Abbotsford Heat last year, Jon netted 16 goals and 17 assists in 47 games. In 2010 he finished second on Heat’s roster in the assists, points, and shots categories. Hopefully he’ll be able to continue to produce goals and assists down in San Antonio and help the silver and black on the score sheet after they lost a few key point gettters over the off-season.

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