Monday, November 30, 2009

Short Shifts on Monday Junior Report

I find the 30 days prior to the World Junior Championships to be the most unsettling of times.

First off, you'd like to see the tournament start and get all the talk of who will make Team Canada and just who exactly is on Team USA to be over. I'm not a big fan of all the speculation over teenagers; I just want to see the games. For me, the whole nationalistic aspect of the tournament, which begins Dec. 26 in Saskatoon and Regina, leaves me cold.

Do I feel better if the United States beats Canada or Russia? Perhaps, but not enough to say that is the reason for tuning in to the games on the NHL Network. Give me the chance to see the future stars of the NHL, or for that matter, the stars who I will see again in the Olympics because they are going to the KHL or the other top leagues in Europe.

But as you will see in notebooks and roundups in the next 30 days, who will make Canada's junior team will sneak its way into any number of reports. Here is the always noteworthy report from Sportsnet.ca's Patrick King, who mentions that Philippe Cornet of Rouyn-Noranda is turning heads as Canada's selection process heats up.

He and Shawinigan defenseman Charles-Olivier Roussel were selected as the players of the week in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The report, with all of the results, statistics and notes, begins now.

QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
At Rimouski 5, Montreal 4 SO
Acadie-Bathurst 4, at Halifax 2
Baie-Comeau 5, at Val-d'Or 4
At Cape Breton 10, Drummondville 2
At Victoriaville 5, Moncton 4
At Saint John 6, Quebec 4
Shawinigan 3, at Gatineau 2 SO
The roundup is here and the standings are here.

In other league news, Cape Breton left wing Ashton Bernard and Acadie-Bathurst left wing Marshall Worden drew 10-game suspensions for their fight during warmups on Friday night, a 3-0 victory by Acadie-Bathurst. It's important to note that the pregame bout did not earn both players the night off. In fact, they went at each other, among others, again during the game. Both players finished with 11 minutes in penalties. Worden was also assessed a misconduct.

The full release is here.

ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE
Ottawa 4, at Brampton 0
At Mississauga 4, Guelph 2
At Windsor 9, Kingston 2
At Oshawa 4, Niagara 3
At Kitchener 3, Sudbury 1
The roundup is here and the standings are here.

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
No games scheduled.
The standings are here.

UNITED STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE
No games scheduled.
The standings are here.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Junior Report: Counting Down Toward the WJC

That's right. Fewer than 30 days until the World Junior Championships resume and the top juniors -- make that the top NHL hopefuls -- take the ice to see if Canada can win gold again.

But for now, take a close look at the roundups below to find some of the names that will help Canada try to defend its title.

QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
At Rouyn-Noranda 9, Baie-Comeau 2
At Shawinigan 4, Moncton 3
Prince Edward Island 3, at Lewiston 2
Quebec 4, at Halifax 2
The roundup is here and the standings are here.

ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE
At Erie 4, London 3
At Niagara 3, Ottawa 2
Brampton 2, at Oshawa 1 SO
Kingston 6, at Plymouth 2
Peterborough 5, at Saginaw 3
At Barrie 4, Sudbury 3 OT
At Guelph 7, Kitchener 4
At Owen Sound 5, Belleville 4
At Sault Ste. Marie 7, Sarnia 1
The roundup is here and the standings are here.

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
At Prince Albert 6, Lethbridge 1
Calgary 5, at Saskatoon 4
At Swift Current 5, Brandon 4
Moose Jaw 3, at Edmonton 2 OT
Medicine Hat 4, at Red Deer 1
At Chilliwack 3, Kamloops 0
Kootenay 4, at Kelowna 2
At Portland 5, Seattle 3
Vancouver 6, at Prince George 2
At Spokane 4, Regina 0
Everett 6, at Tri-City 1
The roundup is here and the standings are here.

UNITED STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE
Lincoln 3, at Youngstown 2
At Des Moines 7, Team USA 4
At Fargo 5, Tri-City 0
At Waterloo 5, Indiana 2
Omaha 5, at Cedar Rapids 3
Green Bay 3, at Chicago 2
The standings are here.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Saturday's Junior Report

There was hockey everywhere you turned on Friday. I listened to four NHL games while at work, managed to listen to a few junior games while flipping the TV channels between NHL games (Rangers/Lightning and Flames/Red Wings) and the college games (Minnesota/Michigan, St. Cloud State/Denver, Ohio State/North Dakota).

In short, my Friday was spent around hockey, and what a treat it was. My eyes are still spinning, but my hearing is still working. And with the sound of that, here is the night in junior hockey.

QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Acadie-Bathurst 3, at Cape Breton 0
Prince Edward Island 6, at Lewiston 4
At Rouyn-Noranda 9, Baie-Comeau 4
At Rimouski 7, Chicoutimi 4
At Saint John 4, Drummondville 2
At Montreal 5, Gatineau 2
The roundup is here and the standings are here.

ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE
At Windsor 3, Peterborough 2 SO
At Saginaw 6, Kingston 2
Erie 5, at Guelph 4 OT
At Kitchener 3, Brampton 1
At London 2, Sarnia 1
Barrie 5, at Mississauga 2
Belleville 3, at Niagara 2
At Ottawa 6, Oshawa 3
Plymouth 5, at Sault Ste. Marie 4
Owen Sound 4, at Sudbury 2
The roundup is here and the standings are here.

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
At Prince Albert 3, Calgary 2 OT
At Saskatoon 3, Lethbridge 2 SO
At Brandon 4, Swift Current 2
At Red Deer 4, Moose Jaw 1
Kelowna 2, at Chilliwack 1
Kootenay 6, at Kamloops 5 SO
Vancouver 5, at Prince George 4
Spokane 4, at Tri-City 1
Regina 4, at Everett 2
Portland 6, at Seattle 4
The roundup is here and the standings are here.

UNITED STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE
Lincoln 5, at Youngstown 4 SO
Indiana 3, at Cedar Rapids 2
At Chicago 4, Team USA 2
At Fargo 5, Tri-City 4 OT
The standings are here.

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Junior Report: Double Stuffing

We're back on the watch after taking time off to enjoy Thanksgiving in the United States. Now that the food has been put away, it's time to catch up with the action over the last two days.

RUSSIAN SELECTS/CHL SUPER SERIES
Wednesday
At Western Hockey League 2, Russia 1
The recap from the game in Victoria, B.C., is here.

Thursday
At WHL 4, Russia 2
The recap from the game in Kelowna, B.C., is here.

QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Wednesday
At Shawinigan 9, Lewiston 4
Prince Edward Island 4, at Victoriaville 1
The roundup is here.

Thursday
At Moncton 5, Drummondville 1
Quebec 2, at Cape Breton 1
The roundup is here and the standings are here.

ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE
Wednesday
Windsor 2, at Plymouth 1
The roundup is here.

Thursday
At Erie 5, Belleville 3
At Barrie 5, Owen Sound 1
Peterborough 6, at Sarnia 3
The roundup is here and the standings are here.

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Wednesday
At Everett 4, Spokane 3 OT
At Seattle 5, Regina 2
At Tri-City 6, Portland 2
The roundup is here and the standings are here.

Thursday
No games scheduled.

UNITED STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE
Wednesday
At Green Bay 2, Chicago 1 OT
Indiana 3, at Lincoln 2
Waterloo 5, at Omaha 2
Sioux City 5, at Tri-City 4 SO

Thursday
Omaha 5, at Des Moines 4
Sioux City 3, at Sioux Falls 2 SO
At Waterloo 6, Cedar Rapids 3
The standings are here.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Wednesday's Junior Report

Two leagues were dark, while the leagues that were active offered a limited number of games. We start with the Ontario Hockey League.

ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE
London 5, at Kitchener 2
Sault Ste. Marie 3, at Sudbury 2 OT

The roundup is here and the standings are here.

In league notes, Sault Ste. Marie goaltender Robin Lehner earned CHL goaltender of the week honors. The release is here. Ottawa forward Tyler Toffoli was selected as the CHL player of the week. The release is here.

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Regina 6, at Portland 3

The recap is here and the standings are here.

In league news, the Russian Selects will face a team of WHL selects tonight in Victoria. A preview of the game is here.

QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
No games scheduled.
The standings are here.

UNITED STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE
No games scheduled.
The standings are here.

The league's weekly notebook is here.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Junior Report: Russian Selects 0-for-4 Against CHL

Just a short Junior Report as the only action came in the Super Series involving the Russian Selects squad against player from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League.

The Russian Selects, looking for their first victory in this six-game series, came away with another defeat on Monday night, losing by 5-2 to the OHL Selects in Windsor.

Goals by Adam Henrique, Tyler Toffoli, Taylor Hall and Nazem Kadri gave the OHL squad a 4-0 lead in the third period. Goals by Kirill Petrov (14:02) and Maxim Kitsyn (17:21) cut the OHL's lead to 4-2. Zack Kassian closed out the scoring for the OHL with a power-play goal at 18:31. (A complete recap is here.)

Plymouth goaltender Matt Hackett made 30 saves in the victory.

The series moves west to British Columbia, where the Russian Selects will face the WHL selects at 10 pm Eastern in Victoria. Game 6 is Thursday in Kelowna.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Monday's Junior Hockey Report

Every elite junior league across North American got in a few games on Sunday before the Monday break. Tonight, the Ontario Hockey League selects and the Russian selects faceoff in Windsor. More on that under the OHL banner.

QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Cape Breton 3, at Moncton 2
At Prince Edward Island 6, Chicoutimi 5 OT
Gatineau 3, at Rouyn-Noranda 0
At Victoriaville 6, Halifax 1
At Quebec 5, Montreal 2
Saint John 7, at Lewiston 4

The roundup is here and the standings are here.

In league notes, Chicoutimi forward Nicolas Deschamps and Baie-Comeau goaltender Nathan Dunnett were selected as the players of the week. The release is here. Anaheim drafted Deschamps in the second round of the 2008 NHL draft. Patrick King of Sportsnet.ca says that Deschamps is steadily making his case to be among those being considered for a spot on Canada's entry in the World Junior Championships. You can read all of King's weekly notebook here.

In other league notes, Chicoutimi forward Rock R├ęgimbald was suspended four games for a kneeing incident a week earlier against Prince Edward Island. The release is here.

ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE
At Brampton 3, Belleville 0
Plymouth 4, at Kingston 1
At Ottawa 6, Kitchener 3
At Owen Sound 3, Erie 2 OT
At Windsor 11, Guelph 3
London 4, at Oshawa 1

The roundup is here and the standings are here.

In league notes, the final game between the Russian selects and the OHL selects is tonight at 7 in Windsor. The Russian squad is 0 for 3 in the series, having lost twice to the QMJHL selects and once to an OHL squad. After this game, the Russian squad moves on to British Columbia for two games against the WHL selects.

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Prince Albert 5, at Edmonton 4 OT
Spokane 3, at Calgary 2
At Medicine Hat 3, Red Deer 1

The roundup is here and the standings are here.

In league notes, Chilliwack forward Ryan Howse has been selected as the player of the week. The release is here. In other news, Portland traded goaltender Kurtis Mucha to Kamloops for a draft pick. The release is here.

UNITED STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE
Fargo 6, at Team USA 3

The standings are here.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Hockey Salvation? It's on the Radio

Ever found yourself in the darkest part of the world, where boredom was the only thing you could count on and hope was something that stopped somewhere down at the other end of the block?

Music can help entice that hope closer to your doorstep. But if you are a hockey fan in an area not otherwise known for it's abundance of hockey, it was a little more difficult.

No longer.

Radio on the Web, if not satellite radio, delivers games from all over the continent. Early on a Sunday evening, nothing short of a substantial bribe can bring me to watch another episode of the tragicomedy known as the New York Jets.

I need hockey, and at this moment, my fix is coming from Atlanta, where the Trashers are playing host to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Generally, I rely on the Center Ice package (found either on cable or satellite TV) to get me through a long season. But some games just aren't televised. I didn't make the rules, but I need a second outlet when I cannot watch the game.

This is where radio on the Web comes in. Every game is there. Let me spell that out again. EVERY game.

Not that I want to jinx it -- and I am a big believer in the jinx -- but these games remain free on the Web (after you've paid for the computer and the Web access and the electricity).

So not exactly free, but you know what I mean. So get to NHL.com and get yourself hooked up to the radio feed of every game, all season long. Later tonight, at 10 Eastern (7 Pacific), the Chicago Blackhawks visit the Vancouver Canucks.

If you don't get Center Ice and you live outside the Chicago and Vancouver markets, Web radio can take you there.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to get back to the game.

More later.

Sunday's Junior Report

Sunday's are a time for any number of commitments. Consider this a junior hockey weekend cheat sheet that you can refer back to from time to time. As we move from east to west across North America, the first stop is the QMJHL.

QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Shawinigan 3, at Montreal 1
At Acadie-Bathurst 4, Cape Breton 3 SO
At Prince Edward Island 3, Chicoutimi 2
At Drummondville 5, Halifax 3
At Baie-Comeau 4, Rimouski 1

The roundup is here and the standings are here.

ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE
Peterborough 3, at Niagara 2
At Belleville 3, Plymouth 1
Mississauga 5, at Sudbury 1
At Barrie 4, Saginaw 2
At Owen Sound 3, Erie 1
Sault Ste. Marie 2, at Sarnia 0

The roundup is here and the standings are here.

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Brandon 5, at Moose Jaw 4 SO
Swift Current 6, at Kootenay 2
At Red Deer 3, Spokane 2
Kamloops 4, at Chilliwack 3 SO
Kelowna 2, at Prince George 0
At Vancouver 7, Portland 3
Everett 4, at Seattle 1
Regina 7, at Tri-City 1

The roundup is here and the standings are here.

UNITED STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE
Fargo 6, at Team USA 3
At Omaha 6, Sioux Falls 1
At Team USA 3, Tri-City 2 OT
At Indiana 4, Chicago 0
At Sioux City 4, Youngstown 2
At Waterloo 3, Des Moines 0
Lincoln 1, at Green Bay 0

The standings are here.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Saturday's Junior Report

A full slate of games across the four elite junior hockey leagues in North America on Friday night.

With little time to waste, let's get right to the scoreboard.

QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
At Moncton 5, Prince Edward Island 4
At Acadie-Bathurst 5, Chicoutimi 4 SO
At Shawinigan 6, Quebec 1
At Baie-Comeau 2, Rimouski 0
Saint John 4, at Drummondville 3 SO
At Rouyn-Noranda 8, Val-d'Or 3
Victoriaville 3, at Gatineau 2 SO
At Montreal 4, Halifax 3 SO

The roundup is here and the standings are here.

ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE
Barrie 3, at Brampton 2 OT
Sault Ste. Marie 4, at Guelph 2
Kitchener 8, at Kingston 1
At London 5, Erie 4 OT
At Mississauga 3, Niagara 0
At Ottawa 4, Plymouth 3
Windsor 7, at Sarnia 1
Peterborough 4, at Oshawa 3 OT
At Sudbury 3, Saginaw 0
The roundup is here and the standings are here.

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Saskatoon 4, at Moose Jaw 1
At Brandon 5, Calgary 2
Spokane 3, at Edmonton 1
Regina 3, at Kootenay 2 SO
At Medicine Hat 6, Prince Albert 4
At Chilliwack 6, Portland 4
At Prince George 3, Kelowna 2
At Tri-City 6, Everett 0
At Seattle 3, Kamloops 1
The roundup is here and the standings are here.

UNITED STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE
Team USA 3, Tri-City 1
At Green Bay 3, Lincoln 2
At Omaha 5, Des Moines 1
At Sioux Falls 3, Youngstown 0
Sioux City 3, at Cedar Rapids 1
At Chicago 7, Waterloo 3
The roundup is here and the standings are here.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday's Junior Report

The Russian selects squad of juniors touring Canada are 0 for 3 in the six-game series after a 5-2 loss to the Ontario Hockey League selects on Thursday night in Barrie. Jeff Skinner of the Kitchener Rangers scored twice on the power play.

Goals by Maxim Kitsyn and Maxim Karpov gave the Russian selects a 2-1 lead 5 minutes 44 seconds into the second period before Canada came back with goals by Taylor Beck (Guelph Storm) and Greg Nemisz (Windsor Spitfires) to lead the rest of the way. A full game story is here.

Game 4 of the series is Monday in Windsor. Games 5 and 6, featuring the Russian Selects and the Western Hockey League selects, will be next Wednesday and Thursday in British Columbia (Victoria and Kelowna). The box score is here.

And now, time for a little accounting work with standings from the four top junior leagues and the results of the one regular season game in the United States Hockey League.

UNITED STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE
At Des Moines 6, Fargo 4
The standings are here.

In USHL notes, a franchise in Dubuque will begin play in the the 2010-11 season. The release is here.

QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
No games scheduled.
The standings are here.

ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE
No games scheduled.
The standings are here.

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
No games scheduled.
The standings are here.

Testing the Jukebox. Requests?

In a bar, good jukeboxes and hockey on the TV screen go together like Jack and a clean glass. When served in equally large amounts, you've got the room ready for action.

Back in the '80s, my friend Curt and I would drive across the frozen buggy trails of northern Indiana to watch the Blackhawks at Nick's Sports Page in Dolton, Ill. SportsChannel, with Pat Foley's voice cutting through the crowd noise with his call of "BANNNNN-ERRRRR-MAAAN!' to signal a big save, provided the game action and the jukebox gave people a beat to follow as they fought for position around the bar or to clear a path to the restrooms.

Here at Vic's Stereo Lounge, we need to start stocking the jukebox with favorites, of which I have many.



This song by Ann Peebles floats on the haze of a smoky room and makes you tap your toes, even when you can't feel them anymore. It's "I Can't Stand the Rain" with that Memphis sound from Stax Records, and we hope the lounge patrons will pick a few more just like it.



A reminder from Tom Cochrane and Red Rider to enjoy our time here. I've had all too many reminders recently as to how quickly the game plan can go south with a few unfortunate turns. Life comes at you hard and fast ... and then it's gone. So enjoy it with a passion, please.



This song is "Sleeping Sickness" from Colour and City. The CBC used it to capture and the pleasure and pain that was and always is playoff hockey. Listen closely and you can hear them talking about the holes in our game plan that pull us up from the pillow by our ears.

The images? Well, we always like the journey we take en route to the Cup being awarded, whether it's our team flashing the silver or, more likely, the other squad.



We here at the lounge remember the time before cable, when the TV stations actually went dark around closing time. But they always gave you the national anthem before going to the Indian head color test pattern.

For my money, young Nikki Yanofsky delivers the goods on both the "Star Spangled Banner" and "O Canada." And can you imagine what the lounge will sound like after they hear this and see that the next round and some wings are headed to the table?

Bring on the treats and drop the puck.

What do you want to play on the jukebox?

Ed's request is right here.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thursday's Junior Report

Wednesday night had a little more action, with games in the Ontario and Western Hockey Leagues and a lone contest in the United States Hockey League.

Many people -- actually I'm not certain how many, but I read that there are many -- are anticipating the men's tournament at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, but that's not a pressing concern in this corner of the bar.

The world junior championships are the draw for me, and as we push past the midpoint of October, I and Pablo the hockey pug are getting ready for the tournament. As we get closer, we hope you will drop into the lounge for our thoughts on the WJC, and perhaps share a tip or two.

For now, we'll have to make do with the Canadian Hockey League's super series with the Russian Selects. The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League swept their portion of the series with an 8-3 victory Wednesday night in Shawinigan.

Luke Adam of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles had a four-point night (two goals, two assists) to lead the QMJHL squad in the second game between these two teams. (Game 2 video highlights are here.)

The QMJHL defeated the Russian Selects by 3-1 on Monday night in Drummondville. (Video highlights are here.)

The Russian squad will now move on to face the Ontario Hockey League selects, with the first game of that series tonight in Barrie.

Now, on with the report.

QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
No games scheduled.
The standings are here.

ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE
Brampton 5, at Guelph 2
Kingston 3, at Mississauga 2 OT
Saginaw 7, at Owen Sound 5
Barrie 6, at Peterborough 2
At Sault Ste. Marie 7, Sudbury 0
Ottawa 3, at Belleville 2 OT
The roundup is here and the standings are here.

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Calgary 2, at Moose Jaw 1 OT
Brandon 5, at Swift Current 4
Prince Albert 3, at Lethbridge 0
Portland 4, at Kelowna 2
Chilliwack 6, at Vancouver 1
At Everett 4, Kamloops 3 SO
The roundup is here and the standings are here.

UNITED STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE
At Indiana 3, Cedar Rapids 2

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wednesday's Junior Report

No games on the schedule in Eastern Canada, but the Western Hockey League had four games and the United States Hockey League had one game on the slate Tuesday.

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
At Regina 5, Edmonton 3
At Kootenay 4, Prince Albert 3 OT
At Medicine Hat 4, Brandon 3
At Tri-City 5, Seattle 3

The roundup is here and the standings are here.

QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
No games scheduled.
The standings are here.

ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE
No games scheduled.
The standings are here.

UNITED STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE
At Sioux City 4, Sioux Falls 3 SO
The standings are here.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Shanahan Calls It Quits

Brendan Shanahan has officially retired from hockey, according to a report on TSN.ca.

Shanahan began his National Hockey League career with the New Jersey Devils, whom he returned to this September before leaving the team prior to the start of the season.

Shanahan would move on to play for the St. Louis Blues, Hartford Whalers, Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers. He won three Stanley Cup championships with the Red Wings, and he will be remembered in this corner bar as much for his on-ice talent and determination as for his good humor during interviews.

Shopping for the 2010 NHL Draft

The National Hockey League's central scouting service has released the fall rankings for teenage prospects who will discussed, downgraded, talked up and eventually selected at the 2010 draft.

Tyler Seguin of the Plymouth Whalers is ranked No. 1 for skaters from the Ontario Hockey League. Brandon Gormley of the Moncton Wildcats is the top player from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Brett Connolly of the Prince George Cougars leads the contingent from the Western Hockey League.

The complete ratings list of players from the QMJHL, OHL and WHL, as well as the United States Hockey League, can be found here.

The European junior ratings are here, and what the NHL calls the NCAA watch list of players can be found here.

Yes, We're Open. Grab a Seat.

In a decade that now sits beyond the reach of my rear view mirror, there was a bar in San Francisco that advertised it was ready to serve drinks as soon as the first ball was served at Wimbledon.

The stench of urine was beginning to build along the blocks South of Market Street in the early morning light. There, a well dressed gentleman, a well-greased man of the streets and a young journalist fresh off the overnight shift could bend an elbow and discuss the news of the day and the sports being contested on the screen.

That was the life, and it is, we hope, the type of spirits we will serve here in the lounge. Getting here late is never a problem. We choose not to close, except for family matters, because our love for the selected sports/music/food on the menu never diminishes.

Besides, our dog, Pablo the hockey pug, likes guests. Just don't make him run you out. He's little and he's old, but the hockey pug still delivers a mean ankle check.

Thanks for dropping in.