A tip of the cap to Kingston's Taylor Hall for scoring in the gold-medal game of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Ontario won the tournament, shutting out Team USA 3-0 last night.
Whatever you think of using 16-year-old kids as a cashcow and a conduit for a shallow patriotism, London had great success with the event -- almost 9,000 people for the final. It's only. It's only reasonable to wonder if the right people in Kingston, which will finally have a decent arena, took any inspiration. K-Town has not hosted a major hockey event in forever. Unlike the World Juniors and Memorial Cup, which have gone upmarket, the Under-17 is still best suited to smallish cities.
Team Ontario, of course, also included the Frontenacs' Taylor Doherty and Ethan Werek. (You all remember Ethan. Papa Werek told the Frontenacs his son wouldn't report, they drafted Ethan anyway, GM-for-life Larry Mavety spent the summer trying to do a snowjob on everyone and then Ethan decided to play Junior A in his hometown.)
Trying to attract a mid-major hockey event is the least Frontenacs owner Doug Springer could do. People in Kingston need a reminder of what good hockey looks like.
Ontario golden (Ryan Pyette, Sun Media)