Dukes Hockey

Winning ways

Posted: January 18, 2018 at 9:42 am   /   Dukes Hockey

But team discipline continues to elude the East Division leaders With the Dukes’ win over Newmarket on Saturday, the team assured itself entry to the playoffs in March. Perhaps this is not utterly surprising as the Dukes are in first place in their division—where they’ve been all season long. The truly astonishing bit is that […]

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Upside down

Posted: January 11, 2018 at 9:07 am   /   Dukes Hockey

East Division leaders clear house over the holidays That was some kind of Christmas break. The number one team in the East Division returned to find their entire coaching staff had been jettisoned. Ryan Woodward, just months into an odd role as general manager and associate coach, was gone. So was Kyle Hawkins- Schulz as […]

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Posted: January 4, 2018 at 9:10 am   /   Dukes Hockey

Together again, the Dukes aim to start the new year with all guns blazing The Wellington Dukes get back into action with two games at home this weekend—Trenton on Friday night and Lindsay on Sunday afternoon. With just 17 games left in the regular season, the Dukes have a solid grip on the number one […]

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Tireless badgers

Posted: December 20, 2017 at 9:58 am   /   Dukes Hockey

Short-handed Dukes send a message to the league’s best It is hard to discern this from the scoreboard, but this may have been the Wellington Dukes’ most important couple of weeks in its march toward an OJHL championship in the spring. There are many conditions that must be applied to this statement, but in these […]

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Digging deep

Posted: December 14, 2017 at 9:39 am   /   Dukes Hockey

Skeleton crew beat Markham, and send a message to Oakville It was a brilliant game. Hard-fought, smash-mouth hockey that left the visiting Oakville Blades wondering what they had done to deserve this punishment. Not mean. Nor vicious. Just clean, bruising forechecking, relentless back checking— attacking until the whistle blew. Then just a bit more. The […]

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Powering through

Posted: December 8, 2017 at 9:08 am   /   Dukes Hockey

Short-handed Dukes tally sixth straight win The Dukes just keep rolling along—tallying their sixth win in as many games. It’s an achievement made more remarkable as they did so on Sunday without the services of their captain Colin Doyle, power forward Ben Evans and swiftfooted defenceman Mason Snell. All were in Toronto competing for roster […]

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Turning it up

Posted: November 30, 2017 at 9:09 am   /   Dukes Hockey

Dukes demonstrate character and depth in two dominating wins on the road There was sweet redemption served for the Dukes on Friday in Trenton as they skated through, around and over the Golden Hawks, from nearly the opening whistle to the final buzzer. Better yet, the Dukes overwhelmed Marty Abrams’ team in their own rink, […]

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Where to next?

Posted: November 23, 2017 at 9:38 am   /   Dukes Hockey

First half of the regular season is in the books and the Dukes are on top So far so good. At the halfway mark in the season, the Wellington Dukes are secure in first place in the East Division and tied with the most points in the OJHL with the Oakville Blades (though both Georgetown […]

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Ragged individuals

Posted: November 16, 2017 at 8:56 am   /   Dukes Hockey

Dukes abandon discipline, give away three points Most are still teenagers. Young. Excitable. Driven. It is why the concept of discipline is so much more than a slogan in junior hockey. Discipline must be an essential part of the culture— from the moment they arrive in Wellington, through every interaction in the community to their […]

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Building character

Posted: November 9, 2017 at 9:06 am   /   Dukes Hockey

Bit by bit There were some prettier goals in Wellington’s drubbing of Lindsay on Sunday. Eric Uba finishing a brilliant passing play from Geoff Lawson and Graeme McCrory was one. Or Andrew Rinaldi, literally throwing himself into position to lift the puck short side before crashing painfully into the boards, knocking both the wind and […]

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