This, of course, is simply more misdirection before Werek gives in to his destiny and reports to the Kingston Frontenacs' training camp in September. You betcha. Frontenacs GM-for-life Larry Mavety has maintained all along that Werek would come around and come to Kingston. He'll probably try to keep up the ruse right up until Werek's parents move him into his dorm room at Boston University in 2009. Pfffffff. The only way Werek is ever going to wear black and gold is if the Bruins give him a warmup suit. A timeline of the Werek debacle, after the jump.
May 5, 2007: On the day of the OHL draft, when many hockey hopefuls are following the selections over the Internet, Werek attends the rookie camp of the Stouffville Spirit, the Provincial Junior A team then owned by his father, Zeev Werek. Kingston takes the centre with the No. 9 pick, nevertheless. Werek Sr. tells Yorkregion.com, "We told them (OHL teams) all the same thing; that Ethan was going to the NCAA. We're 100-per-cent committed to Boston University." A BU fan blog reports that he's committed to the school.
May 8, 2007: Mavety tells the Kingston paper, "They (the Werek family) never let the team know they were going to Boston," adding he "wasn't aware that he was committed to Boston." The Whig-Standard's Erin Flegg kindly notes that an e-newsletter popular among hockey scouts said precisely the opposite of what Mavety said. That must mean they're all in cahoots!
Aug. 16, 2007: Mavety assures fans Werek will report to the Frontenacs.
Aug. 29, 2007: Mavety assures fans Werek will report to the Frontenacs.
Sept. 14 2007: Werek tells McKeen's Hockey that he's committed to playing for the Stouffville team owned by his dad. So now McKeen's Hockey has been dragged into the conspiracy.
Sept. 29, 2007: Mavety assures fans Werek will report to the Frontenacs. Fans are told he will come in 6-8 weeks time, once he recovers from a knee injury,.
6-8 weeks later: Werek joins the Stouffville Spirit, which is what he said he would do all along. Maybe he has an evil twin -- since he's probably too young to grow the evil-twin goatee, it would have been hard to tell.
Jan. 1-10, 2008: While Werek was helping Team Ontario win the gold medal at the annual World Under-17 challenge (he was one of just two players on the team not playing major junior), Mavety declines to trade his rights during the annual 10-day window when OHL teams can trade their first-round pick. The GM also declines to trade for Kingston native Jordan Mayer (who also had not reported to the Soo Greyhounds). Instead, the Mississauga-St. Michael's Majors swing a trade for the centre.
March 15: Werek's Stouffville season ends with a playoff loss to Aurora, but it was a successful season for him nonetheless. Despite a move from centre to left wing, he led his team in regular-season scoring, no mean feat considering that Stouffville had another player, Corey Trivino, selected 36th overall in the NHL draft by the New York Islanders. Guess where Trivino's going for college hockey? Boston University.
March 16: The Frontenacs, long out of the playoff hunt, finish their season with a meaningless loss to Brampton.
April-May: Mavety declines the option to relinquish Werek's rights and gain an extra pick in the 2008 OHL draft, insisting that there's a strong possibility he'll show up in Kingston in September, right after Mavety:
A) Solves Tupac Shakur's murderJuly 25: Werek announces he'll head to the USHL for a season before enrolling at Boston. The conspiracy deepens!
B) Finds the Fountain of Youth
C) Finds a coach
D) All of the above
August 1 (likely): Mavety calls Kingston's CKWS-TV to see if they'll film the Frontenacs trainer sewing Werek's name on a Frontenacs sweater. When he gets home, Mav finds he can turn on the TV with his nose from four feet away.