The Kingston Frontenacs are Ethan Werek's silver medal -- the dented model, the consolation prize, the what's behind Door No. 3.
This is very specious, but it's good counter-weight to the party line that Werek opted to play for the Frontenacs because the calibre of the USHL is lacking. Apparently, as a source who's sent along word claimed, the real reason Werek reported to the Fronts is because that much-ballyhooed NCAA scholarship to Boston University might not have been such a sure thing.
A source says a scholarship to BU "was only in the works and apparently they were shaky on actually committing to him. If he had lost the scholarship he would've had to either go back to Indianapolis ... or play (Provincial Junior A) in Stouffville another year."
This might be ignorance on the part of those, present company included, who don't know (don't want to know) the ins and outs of NCAA recruiting ... teams are usually on the up-and-up, plus having read a few BU Terriers blogs, people were upset to learn Werek wasn't coming. The Terriers are also left without any incoming forwards for the 2009-10 season.
At the very least, though, this does fly in the face of how Werek's scholarship to Boston U was portrayed. The Frontenacs played it as some golden ticket which he gave up to come to the wonderful organization run by owner Doug Springer and GM-for-life Larry Mavety. In reality, it very well might have looked like a Lehman Brothers' employee's 401K, yet Werek and his family still made it more of a priority than guaranteed ice time with the Fronts.
It has to be stressed that this has been a bizarre story. No one will ever know for sure. The upshot is that Werek is going to be rocking the Count Frontenac this winter, which is awesome, and as a follower of the team I will make a point of seeing him play.
The truth, though, is that Larry Mavety lucked into getting him. The old saw is wrong: You just have to be mediocre to be lucky.