- The Queen's Golden Gaels hockey team without Ryan Gibb is like Earth, Wind and no Fire. It's like the Gang, without Kool. Queen's press release about their star goaltender signing with the Laredo Bucks of the Central league refers to it being "bittersweet," since he was such a big part of their program and is leaving after just two seasons. Thing is, and it's easy to rationalize when you're not invested in the program's fortunes, but if the Gaels had been told they'd be getting a goalie who would post a .922 save percentage while handling 38 shots per game, but they'd only have him for two seasons, they'd probably take the deal.
Brady Morrison, the former Frontenac and 67, didn't see much of the net toward the end of last season, but he had some good games early last season. One personal opinion is that university hockey, with the players jugging commitments with their course loads (right?), lends itself to a goalie platoon.
- Having a Newfoundlander worked for the Detroit Red Wings, so the Gaels have added winger David Chubb, of Stevensville, N.L. He's the second newcomer from Atlantic Canada who played on a team that was in the RBC Cup national Junior A championship, although he missed much of his season with the Cornwall Colts due to injuries.
Our own Tyler King will be talking with Queen's coach Brett Gibson about Gibb going pro on Offsides, which airs Friday at 4 p.m. Eastern on CFRC 101.9 FM (cfrc.ca) in Kingston. The panel of Tyler, K-Rock 105.7's Tim Cunningham, Queen's SID Michael Grobe and some guy from a blog will have more to say.