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Jaime Thompson and UHL..Worcester's Future ??

From: tjo668   tjo668 is a registered live IceCat
Date: 16-Oct-05

Öand there lies the difference between the ECHL and UHL- Veterans. Thereís a big misconception that the ECHL is head and shoulders above the AA hockey ranks while the UHL is ďhigh school hockey with fighting.Ē Having seen both leagues live, there is no difference in talent. The E may be a bit faster because the players are generally younger. The E gets a better rep because theyíre more of a development league and get more prospects. They have a 4 vet limit per team at about 260 games- itís move up or pack your bags. The U has a 7 vet limit per team at 300 games. Generally, if guys didnít make it in the A & E due to veteran restrictions, and have a few more good years in them, they can play in the U.

 

 That said- donít look for the U in Worcester. Itís not going to happen. Anyone who knows me knows Iíd have taken any league this year. I donít want to seem like Iím name-dropping or know it all, because I certainly donít, but I do know what happened with the UHL option last year. I was in occasional contact with the representative of an owner looking at the market. I also spoke to the UHL president at a playoff game in Danbury. I got the same story from both of them. The city chose to have the DCU Center dark this year rather than take the UHL- I donít see us getting a UHL team next year either.

 

With all that said, I do enjoy the U simply because itís hockey. I took in 5 games in Danbury last year, and will encourage you to head down to Danbury to see Jamie Thompson and the boys play. Donít think youíre going to see the AHL level hockey, because you wont. Also, donít panic when you realize youíre sitting in a town rink- itís the only one like that in the league. Just go down and give it a whirlÖ and get a seat in section 102.

From: Cape Cod Cat   Cape Cod Cat is a registered live IceCat
Date: 16-Oct-05
Danbury Trashers hoping to pick up where they left off
10/12/05 - United Hockey League (UHL) Danbury Trashers

Danbury Trashers

As one of the most successful expansion teams in pro sports history last year, the Danbury Trashers amassed 95 points in the regular season, finished second in its division and reached the UHL Semifinals.

It wasn't enough.

"It was all right," said 19 year old Trashers president A.J. Galante. "I wouldn't say it was a disappointment, but a little bit of a letdown. We're really going at it this year."

Danbury's heavy turnover reflects the Trashers' attempt to refine their team, starting with UHL veteran and former Quebec Nordiques tough guy Paul Gillis replacing Todd Stirling as head coach. Stirling was offered the general managers position, but declined.

Among those gone from last year's inaugural team are a few players who figured to be around for a while - forwards Brent Gretzky, Mike Bayrack, Bruce Richardson and goaltender Scott Stirling, who signed with Rochester of the AHL.

Leading the newcomers are a pair of Massachusetts forwards in David Hymovitz and Jaime Thompson.

Hymovitz, a Randolph native who starred at Boston College in the mid 90's, played for Richmond of the UHL last season and put up a 32 goal, 100 point season. Thompson, a Maine alumnus from Framingham, spent the better part of four years with the Worcester Ice Cats in the AHL before jumping to the UHL two years ago. He's scored at a point-per-game pace in the UHL.

Two things the Trashers plan to carry over from last season are their marketed "bad boys" image and home ice advantage. Danbury led the UHL with 2,776 penalty minutes, 302 more than the closest team.

The Trashers combined their muscle with a raucous atmosphere inside the league's smallest rink, the Danbury Ice Arena. The Trashers' average attendance of 2,428 played out to 80 percent capacity and, like their team, the fans are tough. The Trashers had the third best home record and the "Danbury Flu," where opposing players came up with so-called injuries and illnesses to duck out of a game at Danbury, became a malady around the league.

"We'd beat you on the scoreboard and beat you up and the fans are on you," Galante said. New England Hockey Journal


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