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The Death Pool – 2016 Wrap Up And Donkey Of The Year Award

Ahhhhhh yes, the end of another glorious year.  2016 sure was special wasn’t it?  Seriously, we had literally dozens of teams fold, drug arrests, assault arrests, people getting sued, and of course more announced expansion!

The GMHL.  What more can I say about these freakin idiots?  With more franchises being sold already for 2017 expansion, we are expecting great things from these guys once again.

Then we had the RMJHL making noise of their own as perhaps the worst run league in USA Hockey history.  Signing all those players cut from Midget AAA teams certainly spelled success for franchises.

The WSHL also had their share of absolute morons pretending to be junior hockey team owners.  Refer back to the Vail Powderhounds donkification before folding.  Yes, I just made up a word, and feel free to use donkification in your vocabulary.

The USPHL had their share of shit shows too at their lower levels.  But hey, when you adopt children, not all of them can grow up to be doctors and lawyers, your bound to end up with a couple of kids that wash cars for a living.

The NA3HL once again showed how having a check book can allow you to become part of that successful development ladder.  Yep, just threw up in my mouth a little on that statement.  Go ahead and count all the players who moved up the ladder, it wont take you long.

Yep, just like the Chicago Bulldogs the 3HL is proving to be the premier development platform for ummmmmmm yeah, no one.  But hey even the Bulldogs weren’t able to win the Donkey Of The Year.

Then we got the most recent shit show actions of the USA Hockey Junior Council.  I mean WTF is wrong with these guys?  Just brilliant.  The brain trust blocking 275 free to play roster spots should have just slapped every USA Hockey paying member being in the face personally.  At least then they would know who is out to disrespect them.

The Orangeville Ice Crushers of the GMHL.  The massive pot bust and the owners going to jail.  This was just a great story from start to finish.

But, our Donkey Of The Year Award goes to………………………….

The GOJHL’s Buffalo Regals.

Perhaps what is the most pitiful team in junior hockey history.  The Regals folded, were brought back to life, and are now on pace for a perfect season.  For all the wrong reasons this team exists.

With a perfect 0-32 record, the Regals continue to stink up Ontario and Western New York.  With more inactive players than active players.  Playing 15 year olds against 20 year olds.  Playing house level players in a very good junior league.

This organization should be taken out.  Period.  Shot in the head and killed off never to be heard from again.  But hey, there’s always next year.  Right boys?

Stay tuned kids, we got teams on the brink of folding after we get back from New Years.  2017 is shaping up to be even bigger than 2016.  Seriously, some of the rumors we are already hearing are going to really be big stories.  Teams switching leagues, more expansion, more teams folding, teams being sold, teams moving, and all the finger pointing you could ask for.  Because of course, its never the league or teams fault.  Ha Ha Ha

Enjoy your New Years Eve everyone.  I will be sipping my mojito while some wonder if anyone else will be in the dressing room when they return to their teams.  Its like Christmas morning all over again.  You just don’t know what surprise is waiting for you.

David Wagner – The Angel Of Death – For Those Who Live Stupidly I salute You

*The Death Pool is a mix of comedy, and satire in connection with recent events.  It is not an official report of current events although it may look as though the news is so accurate that it could one day happen or may be happening.

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