Dukes Hockey

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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Winning record

Posted: November 2, 2017 at 8:58 am   /   Dukes Hockey

Dukes make moves to shore up defence The Wellington Dukes arrived home late on Sunday night, having won two of three games in three nights— each one on the road. A good road trip. It might have been otherwise. The Dukes might have come home with six points, or perhaps none. Such is the knife’s […]

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Posted: October 26, 2017 at 9:05 am   /   Dukes Hockey

Dukes must find an answer to the fast break The Wellington Dukes are putting an exciting brand of hockey on the ice this season. Employing a run-andgun style at breakneck speed, the Dukes are racking up wins—enough to put them at the top of the OJHL East Division standings. Like past Dukes teams, these young […]

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Wild and woolly

Posted: October 20, 2017 at 9:47 am   /   Dukes Hockey

Three wins, three adventures He has been in Wellington for a couple of weeks now, but as of Friday, Ben Evans’ name hadn’t yet been sewn onto his jersey. Wellington Dukes fans, however, already know the young man from Thorold who wears number 14. Specifically, they know the powerful impact he is already having on […]

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Bad boys

Posted: October 12, 2017 at 9:01 am   /   Dukes Hockey

Once a hallmark of the Dukes, discipline is slipping away. With it go games that should be won Dukes forward Mitchell Mendonca has amazing offensive skills. He is lightning quick and sees the ice better than most at the Junior A level. He knows where the opportunities are going to arise and knows when to […]

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The young and reckless

Posted: October 5, 2017 at 9:03 am   /   Dukes Hockey

Dukes battle through mistakes on way to five-game winning streak They’re young. Most Dukes players on the current roster were born in this millennium. They play young. Reckless. Easily confused. Still saddled by the bad habits learned in minor hockey. Yet here they are. Sitting atop the East Division with a widening chasm between them […]

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