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6/08/2024 5:28 pm  #191

Re: Eastern Canada Hockey Organization

1956 ECHO Coaching Changes

After the Sound Cup Finals, Charlottetown Monarchs owner Arthur King was furious. Despite coach Frank Sullivan's three winning seasons and two finals appearances, the Monarchs' poor performance in the back half of the finals led King to demand immediate action. He instructed general manager Jonathan MacDonald to fire Sullivan. MacDonald faced a tough decision, weighing the coach's past successes against the recent disappointment. Ultimately, MacDonald had to comply with the owner's wishes and relieved Sullivan of his coaching duties for the good of the team's future performance. After a thorough search within the Maritimes, the Monarchs hired Lloyd Baker, a veteran coach from New Brunswick known for his defensive prowess and ability to motivate players. Baker had previously led the St. John's Whalers of the MJHL.

In Ottawa, the Knights and GM Alexander Phillips found themselves at a crossroads regarding coach Norman Evans. Despite the team making it to the conference finals, they ultimately fell short. The disappointing result left Phillips and the organization with a difficult decision. Evans had led the team to the finals in the past, but recent setbacks couldn't be ignored. Phillips carefully evaluated the situation and ultimately decided to part ways with Evans, replacing him with Gilles LaFleur, a highly respected coach from the Outaouais region. LaFleur, who had previously led the Gatineau team to two league championships, was known for his ability to develop young players and create a strong team culture. His extensive experience in the Quebec Junior Hockey League and his knowledge of the region made him an attractive candidate to Phillips and the Knights' organization.

After a disappointing three-year period, the Quebec Reds made the difficult decision to part ways with coach Thomas Lane due to his lacklustre performance during his tenure with the club. The team's ongoing struggles under Lane's leadership prompted GM Émile Lefebvre to hold a serious discussion with owner Jonah Roberts about the future of the coaching position. Following careful deliberation, it was ultimately determined that Lane would be replaced. The Reds opted for a more promising successor in Jean-Baptiste Dubois, an accomplished coach hailing from Quebec City. Notably, Dubois previously achieved great success by leading the Sherbrooke Saints of the QJHL to two league championships. This decision was not taken lightly, and the Reds are hopeful that it will lead to a turnaround in their performance.

What do you think about the coaching changes? Feel free to share any feedback, critiques, or questions about the ECHOverse. Also, I'm starting to scout the draft class for this year. Please send over prospects for any position, but I'm particularly interested in wingers and defensemen this year.

Last edited by Kingsfan11 (6/08/2024 5:30 pm)


6/14/2024 5:25 pm  #192

Re: Eastern Canada Hockey Organization

1956 ECHO Draft Preview
Bernard King, Montreal Gazette

The upcoming ECHO draft is shaping up to be one of the most exciting and talented in recent years. At the top of the list, winger Alain Turcotte has impressed scouts with his lightning-quick speed and agility on the ice. Meanwhile, winger Salamarice "Sal" Deslauriers brings a strong figure but also a deadly shot. He hopes to put his town back on the map after a devastating incident that tarnished it, a testament to his resilience and determination. On the blue line, defenseman Mario Brodeur has been touted as one of the top defensive prospects in the draft, with a solid physical presence and excellent passing skills. In the net, Omar Kinnard has been drawing rave reviews for his incredible athleticism and quick reflexes. Other notable players include winger Karl Dupree, who has been praised for his slick stickhandling and goal-scoring ability; defenseman Tom Kerouac, who has impressed with his very spectacular defensive play; and winger Jean-Phillipe Roy, who has shown incredible vision and accuracy on his shots. The draft is also expected to be deep with players like defenseman Jacob Kensington, who has shown impressive physicality and puck-moving skills, and defenseman Eugene Tracy, who has been praised for his strong shot and overall defensive game. With so many talented players to choose from, this year's ECHO draft is sure to be an exciting event.

Top Twenty
1. W Alain Turcotte - Sherbrooke, QC - Kingsfan11
2. W Salamarice “Sal” Deslauriers - Rivière-du-Loup, QC - Burmy87
3. D Mario Brodeur - Montreal, QC - idm
4. G Omar Kinnard - Trois-Pistoles, QC - Dan O’Mac
5. D Tom Kerouac - Gatineau, QC - DireBear
6. W Karl Dupree - Seeley’s Bay, ON - H-Town1141
7. D David Veilleux - Quebec City, QC - Kingsfan11
8. D Emile Roy - Quispamsis, NB - Dan O’Mac
9. W Jean-Phillipe Roy - Chicoutimi, QC - DireBear
10. C Frederic St. John - Moncton, NB - idm
11. D Jacob Kensington - Fredericton, NB - Kingsfan11
12. D Eugene Tracy - Kingston, ON - DireBear
13. W Ivan Snyder - Ottawa, ON - Dan O’Mac
14. D Dillon James - Cornwall, PEI - idm
15. W Gerard Cheng - Montreal, QC - Kingsfan11
16. D Mitch Norwood - Toronto, ON - Dan O’Mac
17. C Cyril Laviolette - Levis, QC - DireBear
18. W Timothy Baggett - St. John’s, NL - idm
19. W Guy Cloutier - Quebec City, QC - Kingsfan11
20. D Dan Marshall - Boucherville, QC - idm
22. G Charles Walters - Aurora, ON - Kingsfan11
29. G Steven Robertson - Kingston, ON - DireBear
53. G Edouard Gagnon - Saint Lunaire-Griquet, NL - Dan O’Mac

Draft Order
1. Bathurst Phantoms Picks: 1, 13, 25, 37, 42 (MTB)
2. Sherbrooke Blue Jays Picks: 2, 14, 26, 38
3. Cape Breton Islanders Picks: 3, 15, 27, 39
4. Quebec Reds Picks: 4, 16, 28, 40
5. Moncton Generals Picks: 5, 17, 29, 41
6. Montreal Beavers Picks: 6, 18, 30
7. Halifax Highlanders Picks: 7, 19, 31, 43
8. Montréal Métros Picks: 8, 20, 32, 44
9. Ottawa Knights Picks: 9, 21, 33, 45
10. Fredericton Stars Picks: 10, 22, 34, 46
11. Charlottetown Monarchs Picks: 11, 23, 35, 47
12. Trois-Rivières Tigres Picks: 12, 24, 36, 48

What are your thoughts on the draft class? Please share your mock drafts and any feedback, critiques, or questions about the ECHOverse.

Last edited by Kingsfan11 (6/19/2024 7:04 pm)

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6/19/2024 8:10 pm  #193

Re: Eastern Canada Hockey Organization

1956 ECHO Draft

Round 1

1. BAT | D Mario Brodeur | Montreal, QC - idm
The Phantoms carefully considered all available options and ultimately decided to select Brodeur as their number one pick. This strategic move is intended to strengthen the team's defensive unit, which was the weakest in the league last year. By adding the top defenseman in the draft, the Phantoms are aiming to significantly enhance their defensive unit and overall performance on the ice.

2. SHE | W Alain Turcotte | Sherbrooke, QC - Kingsfan11
Sherbrooke's decision at number 2 was pretty clear-cut, and they wasted no time selecting the highly-touted local talent winger Alain Turcotte. Widely regarded as the top prospect in the draft, Turcotte's exceptional skills and abilities are anticipated to make an immediate and significant impact on the Blue Jays roster.

3. CB | W Salamarice “Sal” Deslauriers | Rivière-du-Loup, QC - Burmy87
With the third pick, the Islanders selected Deslauriers, the highly touted winger known for his combination of size and speed. Despite his large stature, Deslauriers possesses exceptional speed and is expected to make an immediate impact on a Cape Breton team that has been in a continuous rebuilding phase.

4. QUE | G Omar Kinnard | Trois-Pistoles, QC - Dan O’Mac
With rumours swirling about goalie Patrick Bell's future in Quebec, the Reds made a strategic move by selecting Kinnard as a potential replacement with the fourth pick. Kinnard is known for his exceptional athleticism, which makes him a promising addition to the team. Once Kinnard joins the squad, he will partner with Hiram Paulsen, who was selected by the Reds in the third round in 1955, and Bell, should he stay in the provincial capital.

5. MON | D David Veilleux | Quebec City, QC - Kingsfan11
Moncton selected defenseman David Veilleux as their 5th overall pick, disregarding other promising defensive prospects still available. Veilleux is recognized for his all-around defensive abilities, such as superb positioning and game sense. His arrival is anticipated to bolster the Generals' defensive lineup by disrupting opposing plays and making offensive contributions.

6. MTB | D Tom Kerouac | Gatineau, QC - DireBear
After Moncton announced their choice, the Beavers decisively made their selection, opting for Tom Kerouac as the top available defenseman at number 6. Kerouac's formidable defensive skills make him an outstanding choice for the team.

7. HFX | W Jean-Philippe Roy | Chicoutimi, QC - DireBear
Halifax then made an interesting choice by selecting Jean-Philippe Roy, a skilled winger known for his exceptional shooting capabilities and his ability to take shots from a wide range of positions on the offensive end. While Roy has received praise for his offensive prowess, some scouts have noted that he may need to work on developing his defensive skills to become a more well-rounded player.

8. MTM | D Dillon James | Cornwall, PEI - idm
The Métros then surprised everyone by selecting defenseman Dillon James, who was initially projected to be drafted in the early second round. Despite the unexpected choice, James possesses unique skills that caught the Métros' attention. His exceptional skating abilities and strong offensive instincts have the potential to be a game-changer for the team's defence. If he can improve his defensive skills to match his offensive capabilities, this selection could turn out to be a brilliant move for Montréal in the future.

9. OTT | W Karl Dupree | Seeley’s Bay, ON - H-Town1141
The Knights then selected Karl Dupree, a talented winger from a town located about two hours south of Ottawa. Dupree plays in a fast and daring style. He excels at receiving passes near the goal and capitalizing on breakaway opportunities. He demonstrates excellent accuracy when shooting from beyond the blue line. While he is not overly physical, he consistently attempts to carry the puck from behind the net during offensive plays.

10. FRE | D Eugene Tracy | Kingston, ON - DireBear
Fredericton carefully considered their options and ultimately selected defenseman Eugene Tracy for his exceptional defensive skills. Known for his remarkable speed and precision in delivering powerful shots, Tracy was a standout choice. However, scouts have observed that he could improve in terms of physicality in his play style.

11. CHA | C Frederic St. John | Moncton, NB - idm
Charlottetown then opted to take center Frederic St. John, a move that solidifies their middle line with a promising young talent. Known for his exceptional faceoff skills and defensive reliability, St. John also brings a solid offensive capability to the team. His hockey IQ is off the charts, enabling him to make smart plays and find the back of the net in crucial moments. St. John is expected to develop into a critical player for the team, contributing significantly as he gains experience and maturity.

12. TRV | D Emile Roy | Quispamsis, NB - Dan O’Mac
The defending champion Tigres then closed the opening round by taking defenseman Emile Roy, a strategic pick that highlights their commitment to maintaining a strong defensive core. Roy, known for his solid defensive play and ability to read the game, brings a blend of physicality and technical skill to the Tigres' roster. His calmness under pressure and capability to execute clean exits from the defensive zone make him a valuable asset for a Trois-Rivières team looking to defend its title.

Round 2
In the second round, the Phantoms first chose defenseman Jacob Kensington, known for his agility, excellent positional awareness, and ability to read the game—Sherbrooke then selected winger Ivan Snyder, who was praised for his speed. Cape Breton followed by choosing winger Guy Cloutier, who was recognized for his goal-scoring ability and gritty style of play. Quebec then picked defenseman Red Green, known for his strong play on both ends of the ice, despite being colorblind to the colours in his name. Moncton selected the towering winger Jules Charron, and the Beavers chose versatile winger Kurt Main, known for his ability to score while shorthanded. Halifax then selected defenseman Mitch Norwood, known for his shot-blocking solid ability and excellent hockey IQ; the Métros then chose winger Timothy Baggett, who is exceptionally fast. However, there are occasions when he is so quick that he forgets to focus on playing hockey. Next off the board was winger Charles Doucet, selected by Ottawa for his two-way skills, mainly on the defensive side. Fredericton then selected winger Gerard Cheng, who brings a high-energy offensive skill set to the team. Charlottetown would take center Cyril Laviolette, who's been described as a kind of jack-of-all-trades-but-master-of-none type of center. Then, the Tigres would reinforce their goalie depth by taking big goaltender Steven Robertson to end the round.

13. BAT | D Jacob Kensington | Fredericton, NB - Kingsfan11
14. SHE | W Ivan Snyder | Ottawa, ON - Dan O'Mac
15. CB | W Guy Cloutier | Quebec City, QC - Kingsfan11
16. QUE | D Red Green | Blackville, NB - idm
17. MON | W Jules Charron | Saint-Georges, QC - DireBear
18. MTB | W Kurt Main | Lévis, QC - idm
19. HFX | D Mitch Norwood | Toronto, ON - Dan O'Mac
20. MTM | W Timothy Baggett | St. John's, NL - idm
21. OTT | W Charles Doucet | Arichat, NS - DireBear
22. FRE | W Gerard Cheng | Montreal, QC - Kingsfan11
23. CHA | C Cyril Laviolette | Lévis, QC - DireBear
24. TRV | G Steven Robertson | Kingston, ON - DireBear

Round 3
In the third round, Bathurst chose center Raphaël Côté, praised for his exceptional vision on the ice. Sherbrooke then selected defenseman Dan Marshall, who was recognized for his sound defensive play. The Cape Breton islanders followed by picking goalie Charles Walters, known for his ability to make crucial saves under pressure. The Reds followed by choosing defenseman Marcel Coronel, a strong and physical defender. Moncton selected defenseman Lee McIntyre, known for his great hits. The Beavers then took center Claude Couture, a skilled playmaker with excellent passing skills. Halifax followed by choosing center Benny Lane, a speedy and agile player. The Métros picked winger Richard Miron, who was praised for his strong two-way play. Ottawa selected winger Marc Saint-Louis, a talented goal-scorer with a strong shot and the younger brother of Métros center Jacques Saint-Louis. Fredericton chose winger Jonathan Campeau, known for his quick release and accurate shot. Charlottetown took winger Geoffrey Edwards, who was a smooth-skating forward with a knack for creating scoring opportunities, and Trois-Rivières ended the round by selecting towering defenseman Victor Larson.

25. BAT | C Raphaël Côté | Quebec City, QC - Dan O’Mac
26. SHE | D Dan Marshall | Boucherville, QC - idm
27. CB | G Charles Walters | Aurora, ON - Kingsfan11
28. QUE | D Marcel Coronel | Halifax, NS - Kingsfan11
29. MON | D Lee McIntyre | Bay of Fundy - Dan O'Mac
30. MTB | C Claude Couture | Lachine, QC - Kingsfan11
31. HFX | C Benny Lane | Sudbury, ON - Dan O'Mac
32. MTM | W Richard Miron | Montreal, QC - Kingsfan11
33. OTT | W Marc Saint-Louis | Quebec City, QC - idm
34. FRE | W Jonathan Campeau | Moncton, NB - Kingsfan11
35. CHA | W Geoffrey Edwards | Halifax, NS - Kingsfan11
36. TRV | D Victor Larson | Charlottetown, PEI - Kingsfan11

Round 4
In the final round, Bathurst chose defenseman Phil Smiley, a strong skater with excellent positioning. Sherbrooke then selected center Philippe Fournier, a physical player with a solid two-way game. The Cape Breton Islanders followed by picking winger Jean Barrette, a speedy and agile player with a knack for creating scoring opportunities. The Reds selected defenseman Karl Simoneau, a stay-at-home defender, with great anticipation. Moncton chose defenseman Charles Nadeau, known for his solid defensive play and excellent stickhandling skills. The Phantoms then took center William Mathieu, a skilled playmaker with excellent passing skills, via trade from the Beavers. Halifax followed by choosing center Alexis Gauthier, a talented goal-scorer with a strong shot. The Métros picked winger Theodore Ward, a physical player with a strong work ethic.  Ottawa selected winger William Palmer, a speedy player with excellent speed and agility. Fredericton chose defenseman Jean Fournier, a strong and physical defender. Charlottetown took defenseman Kevin Bertrand, a stay-at-home defender with excellent positioning. And finally, Trois-Rivières ended the draft by selecting winger David Therrien, a skilled player with excellent puck-handling skills and vision on the ice.

37. BAT | D Phil Smiley | Oshawa, ON - Dan O’Mac
38. SHE | C Philippe Fournier | Ottawa, ON - Kingsfan11
39. CB | W Jean Barrette | Ottawa, ON - Kingsfan11
40. QUE | D Karl Simoneau | Saint John, NB - Kingsfan11
41. MON | D Charles Nadeau | Beauceville, QC - Kingsfan11
42. BAT (via MTB) | C William Mathieu | Gatineau, QC - Kingsfan11
43. HFX | C Alexis Gauthier | Montreal, QC - Dan O’Mac
44. MTM | W Theodore Ward | Sydney, NS - Kingsfan11 

45. OTT | W William Palmer | Fredericton, NB - Kingsfan11
46. FRE | D Jean Fournier | Victoriaville, QC - Kingsfan11
47. CHA | D Kevin Bertrand | Ottawa, ON - Kingsfan11
48. TRV | W David Therrien | Sept-Îles, QC - Kingsfan11


C Gabriel Harris | Montreal, QC - Kingsfan11
W Michael Matthews | Charlottetown, PEI - Kingsfan11
W Chris McLaughlin | Peterborough, ON - DireBear
W Alan Sullivan | Brampton, ON - DireBear
G Edouard Gagnon | Saint Lunaire-Griquet, NL - Dan O’Mac
C Richard Bilodeau | Chicoutimi, QC - Kingsfan11
W Richard Parsons | Montreal, QC - Kingsfan11
W Matthew Nguyen | Montreal, QC - Kingsfan11

What are your thoughts on the draft? I greatly appreciate your feedback, critiques, or any questions you might have about the ECHOverse.

Last edited by Kingsfan11 (7/05/2024 3:20 pm)

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6/21/2024 10:35 pm  #194

Re: Eastern Canada Hockey Organization

1956 ECHO Re-signing Phase

The Montreal Beavers made significant moves in contract negotiations, securing deals with several key players. Winger Earl Bremner was re-signed to a three-year contract worth $250,000 annually. Additionally, defenseman Samuel Hamel inked a new three-year deal at $40,000 per year, while defenseman Adam Proulx also committed to a three-year contract totalling $40,000 annually.

Switching over to the Métros, the team finalized a substantial five-year agreement with center Edouard Lefebvre, valuing his contributions at $1.16 million per year. Goaltender Louis-Philippe Tran rejoined the team with a three-year contract worth $140,000 annually, and center Bill Walker Jr. secured a new three-year deal at $60,000 per year.

Ottawa was also active in extending contracts, re-signing center Carson MacDonald for the next three seasons at $90,000 per year. They also secured identical two-year deals for center Skippy Mason and goalie Tom Mullings, each valued at $40,000 annually.

In Quebec, a wave of re-signings took place. Defenseman Edouard Lécuyer locked in a significant five-year deal worth $470,000 per year, while center James Stewart committed to a four-year contract at $170,000 annually. Goaltender Patrick Bell solidified his position with a four-year deal amounting to $200,000 per year, and winger Steve Lawton signed on for a new two-year deal at $40,000 annually.

Sherbrooke ensured the continuity of their roster by extending winger Maximillian Frank's contract for two more years, valued at $70,000 per season.

Trois-Rivières secured long-term commitments from key players, with winger Ted Gagne staying with the team for the next four years at a salary of $330,000 per year and winger Francis Kanuk signing on for a new three-year deal at $130,000 annually.

Bathurst made the single re-signing of winger Joseph Valentine to a two-year contract valued at $40,000 per year.

Center Charles Morin committed to a new three-year contract with Cape Breton, amounting to $120,000 per year.

Charlottetown solidified their lineup by re-signing winger Ken Chang to a significant five-year deal at $470,000 per season. They also secured winger Richard Bisson for a three-year deal worth $220,000 per year.

Fredericton made the decision to re-sign defenseman Hugh MacKenzie to a new three-year contract worth $510,000 per season.

Halifax made significant financial commitments, extending defenseman Stanley Blackwood's contract with a substantial five-year deal worth $1.16 million per year. Winger Paul Marchand secured a three-year contract valued at $120,000 annually, and winger Ron White committed to a new three-year deal at $40,000 per season.

Moncton's sole re-signing was winger Dustin Fraser, who signed a new three-year contract valued at $100,000 per year.

Top 10 Free Agents
1. G William Parker, MON
2. W Ephraim Gauthier, TRV
3. C William MacDougall, HFX
4. C Allan Wilson, MON
5. D Arthur MacDonald, MTM
6. D Leonard Lefèvre, OTT
7. D Glen Wallace, MON
8. D Sully Morrison, MTB
9. G Raphael Vannier, HFX
10. W Gideon Irving, FRE

What are your thoughts on the decisions made by the teams? I would greatly appreciate your feedback, critiques, or any questions you might have about the ECHOverse.

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6/28/2024 2:47 pm  #195

Re: Eastern Canada Hockey Organization

1956 ECHO Free Agency

The first move of Free Agency caught everyone by surprise as the Quebec Reds, fresh off extending goalie Patrick Bell's contract and drafting Omar Kinnard in the first round of the draft, made a deal to bring in former Moncton goalie William Parker. The 26-year-old Parker agreed to a 5-year contract worth 1.07 million per season with Quebec. Following this, winger Ephraim Gauthier signed with Sherbrooke for the next five seasons at an annual salary of 1.19 million. Gauthier's former team in Trois-Rivières also made a move, signing former Halifax center William MacDougall to a 5-year deal with a salary of 990k per year. Next, former Moncton center Allan Wilson signed a 5-year deal with Ottawa worth 690k per season. Former Knights defenseman Leonard Lefèvre then signed a 5-year deal with Bathurst, earning him 1.03 million annually. Moncton then replaced the departing William Parker by signing former Halifax netminder Raphael Vannier to a 3-year deal at 570k per year. Fredericton brought back Gideon Irving for the next five seasons in a deal worth 620k annually for the winger. The Islanders ended Day One of Free Agency by reaching an agreement with former Beavers defenseman Sully Morrison, bringing him to Cape Breton for the next five years on a salary of 670k per year.

On the second day, the Métros made a notable move by signing former Quebec defenseman Steve Lumberman for the next two years at a salary of 230k per year. The Reds, on the other hand, secured former Fredericton center Hank Rodriguez for a significant 4-year deal worth 390k annually. Halifax bolstered their lineup by signing goaltender William Richer to a 3-year contract worth 90k per year. Meanwhile, Sherbrooke made a substantial investment in former Métros defenseman Arthur MacDonald, offering him an impressive 5-year deal with an annual salary of 940k. Lastly, Cape Breton wrapped up the day by finalizing a lucrative 5-year contract with former Moncton defenseman Glen Wallace, which amounts to 770k per year.

On Day 3, Ottawa made a bold move by securing former Cape Breton winger Nicholas Marriott with a four-year contract worth 410k per year. Sherbrooke followed suit by recruiting former Fredericton winger Sebastian Wilson on a three-year, 410k-per-year deal. Bathurst also made a strong statement by signing former Halifax defenseman Albert Ferguson to a 4-year deal, compensating him with 350k annually. Cape Breton then welcomed former Halifax center Peter Lumley with a 3-year deal at 300k per season. Finally, Quebec wrapped up the day with the signing of former Fredericton defenseman Wilfred Gauthier to a 4-year deal worth 270k per year.

On Day 4, Charlottetown secured former Ottawa winger James Bailey on a 3-year deal for 170k per year. Then, Sherbrooke inked a 4-year contract with former Quebec winger Lachlan MacNeil for 350k annually, followed by Quebec signing former Cape Breton winger Roger Adams for 90k per season for the next three years. Finally, Moncton wrapped up the day's signings by reaching an agreement with former Fredericton winger Richard Lapointe, offering him a 3-year deal worth 340k a year.

On Day 5, Trois-Rivières made a move by signing former Quebec winger Chris Postl to a  3-year deal worth 140k per year. Following suit, Fredericton secured winger Éloi Saint-Amour for a 3-year, 80k-per-year deal after his release from Halifax. Not to be outdone, Halifax added former Sherbrooke center Luc Rousseau on a 3-year deal worth 210k per season. Moncton then locked in former Bathurst defenseman Chris King for a 3-year deal at 100k per season, while the Montreal Beavers brought in former Ottawa winger Glen Nash on an identical 3-year, 100k-per-year deal. Quebec then sealed the deal with a 3-year contract worth 130k annually for former Cape Breton defenseman Maxime LeBlanc, and the day concluded with Charlottetown securing former Beavers center Dan Dumont to a 3-year, 90k-per-year deal.

Halifax opened Day 6 by signing former Cape Breton center Guy Morrison to a 4-year deal worth 220k per season. Then, Sherbrooke brought in former Trois-Rivières center Alex Fortin on a 3-year deal, giving him 200k per year. Finally, Bathurst signed former Beavers winger Robert Smith to a 3-year, 40k per year deal.

Sherbrooke made the first signing of Day 7, inking a 2-year deal worth 160k per season with former Bathurst defenseman Levi Hastings, then Moncton signed former Charlottetown center Yves Drouin to a three-year deal worth 80k per year. Next, the Montreal Beavers signed former Charlottetown winger Gregg Moonberry on a 2-year deal worth 120k per season, and the day ended with Quebec giving 50k per season over the next three seasons to former Halifax center Sean Fontana.

Fredericton made the only signing of Day 8, bringing in former Sherbrooke winger James Wright for the next two years at a salary of 40k per year.

Top 10 Free Agents
1. G William Parker, MON » QUE
2. W Ephraim Gauthier, TRV » SHE
3. C William MacDougall, HFX » TRV
4. C Allan Wilson, MON » OTT
5. D Arthur MacDonald, MTM » SHE
6. D Leonard Lefèvre, OTT » BAT
7. D Glen Wallace, MON » CB
8. D Sully Morrison, MTB » CB
9. G Raphael Vannier, HFX » MON
10. W Gideon Irving, FRE » FRE

What do you think about the teams' acquisitions? How confident are you about your team's chances as we enter the 1956/57 ECHO season? I would really value your input, criticisms, or any inquiries you may have about the ECHOverse.

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7/02/2024 5:08 pm  #196

Re: Eastern Canada Hockey Organization

1956/57 ECHO Preseason Preview (Power Rankings)

1- Trois-Rivières Tigres
As the Trois-Rivières Tigres gear up to defend their Sound Cup title, expectations are soaring for the upcoming season. Led by stalwart goaltender Emmett O'Leary, whose exceptional reflexes and veteran presence in the crease continue to anchor the team, the Tigres boast a formidable roster. Center William MacDougall, the team's prized free agent signing this offseason, is poised to lead the charge with his unmatched scoring ability and playoff experience. Alongside him, the emergence of young forward David Olson provides a promising dynamic, as Olson's rapid development promises to add depth and firepower to the Tigres' forward lines. The team's depth at center is further strengthened by Timmy Overton and Henri Desroches, ensuring a versatile offensive attack capable of challenging any opponent. On the wings, Nathaniel Cardinal's steady improvement and Chris Postl's ability to contribute in multiple roles offer crucial support, while defensively, Darby Averill's steady play and Tony Mitchell's experience provide a solid foundation in their zone. The Tigres emphasize a blend of disciplined play and creative flair, aiming to maintain their status as one of the league's most well-rounded teams as they embark on another thrilling journey toward potential back-to-back championship glory.

Best Player: G Emmett O'Leary
Best Rookie: D Emile Roy (1-12)

2- Charlottetown Monarchs
As the Charlottetown Monarchs reflect on their journey to the finals last season, the anticipation for the upcoming campaign is palpable. Center Jacques Tremblay, a cornerstone of the team since they recruited him a decade ago, continues to provide veteran leadership and playmaking ability. Alongside him, Doug Fournier's consistency in both scoring and defensive roles has been instrumental ever since they acquired him in a trade with Ottawa a few seasons ago. The emergence of young center Justin Spring, drafted last season, has injected new energy into the Monarchs' offensive lines. On the wings, Ken Chang's seasoned presence and Arthur Laroche's versatility add depth and scoring potential, while defenseman Geoffrey Jeffries and Arlo Richotti bolster the defensive lines with their robust play. In goal, the Monarchs boast a strong tandem with Peter Chiasson and Glen Lloyd, both of whom provide solid goaltending depth. With a blend of experience and emerging talent, the Monarchs aim to build on last season's success and make another deep playoff run, driven by their collective determination to capture the championship that narrowly eluded them.

Best Players: G Peter Chiasson / C Jacques Tremblay
Best Rookie: C Frederic St. John (1-11)

3-Fredericton Stars
After finishing atop the Atlantic Division standings last year, the Fredericton Stars are gearing up for another competitive season, aiming to surpass last year's playoff performance. Center Cassius Robitaille has emerged as a critical player for the Stars, showcasing significant improvement in both skill and potential, supported by Charles Bruneau's steady presence and playmaking ability. The Stars' forward lines are bolstered by the likes of Egidus Provencher and Gérard Moisan, whose experience and scoring prowess provide depth and leadership. Defensively, Robert Leblanc anchors the blue line with his seasoned expertise. In goal, Stanley Fraser and Victor Carbonneau form a formidable tandem, capable of shutting down opponents with their agility and reflexes. With a blend of youth and veteran leadership, Fredericton is poised to challenge for the championship once again, fueled by their determination to capitalize on last season's successes and go all the way to hoist the trophy.

Best Player: D Robert Leblanc
Best Rookie: W Gerard Cheng (2-10)

4- Ottawa Knights
Heading into the new season with aspirations to go even further after their St. Lawrence Division Finals loss, the Ottawa Knights are gearing up with a blend of seasoned veterans and promising newcomers. Center Lee Harper, known for his playmaking abilities and leadership on and off the ice, will be a pivotal figure for the Knights. His presence is complemented by winger Karl Dupree, a rising star whose explosive speed and scoring touch have quickly made him a fan favourite. Free agent acquisition Allan Wilson brings veteran experience and depth to the center position, adding crucial depth to the lineup. On defence, the experienced Rick Murray anchors the blue line with his defensive prowess and veteran savvy. At the same time, young defenseman Robert Warner shows promise with his impressive growth and potential impact. In goal, David Moreau remains the starter and is poised to build on his strong performances, providing stability between the pipes alongside the reliable presence of backup Anthony Brown. With a roster boasting depth and talent across all lines, the Knights are determined to make a deep playoff run and contend for the championship this season.

Best Player: D Rick Murray
Best Rookie: W Karl Dupree (1-9)

5- Montréal Métros
Heading into the new season, the Montréal Métros are focused on redemption following their unexpected early playoff exit. Led by center Edouard Lefebvre, who brings stability and skill to the forward lines, the Métros are eager to reclaim their contender status. Veteran winger Tristan Loubier adds experience and scoring ability while emerging talents like winger Tyler Bourne and forward Emmanuel Gatewood look to make significant contributions. On defence, the Métros rely on defenseman Arthur Tremblay for leadership and defensive prowess. His ability to control the game from the blue line is crucial. Supporting Tremblay is defenseman Steve Lumberman, known for his steady presence and defensive reliability. In goal, the Métros have experienced netminder Ray Young as their starter, providing a solid last line of defence. Louis-Philippe Tran serves as a capable backup, ready to step in when needed. With a roster balanced with veterans and promising young players, the Montréal Métros are determined to bounce back and make a deep playoff run in the upcoming season.

Best Player: C Edouard Lefebvre
Best Rookie: D Dillon James (1-8)

6- Halifax Highlanders
The Highlanders, champions just two seasons ago, are now navigating uncertain waters after a disappointing first-round playoff exit last year. Center Guy Morrison, recently acquired through free agency despite declining performance, brings a stalwart presence alongside Luc Rousseau, another newcomer signed during the offseason. Emerging talents like Karl Sarrazin and Robert Richelieu bring promise to the center. At the same time, Antony Sinclair continues to lead with scoring prowess on the wings, supported by Charlie Ellis's defensive acumen. Young winger Gabriel Roberts adds a burst of energy and potential. Defensively anchored by veteran d-man Stanley Blackwood and guarded by netminder Alex Davis, who is approaching retirement, the Highlanders are focused on rebuilding and reclaiming their championship pedigree, blending seasoned experience with youthful talent to aim for another shot at glory.

Best Player: D Stanley Blackwood
Best Rookie: W Jean-Philippe Roy (1-7)

7- Montreal Beavers
The Beavers, narrowly missing out on playoff contention last season, are determined to bounce back and secure a postseason spot this year. Center Thierry Rousseau leads the team, supported by Daniel Bernard, aiming to bolster their offensive capabilities. Young talents like Noah Cliffe and Denis Fontaine contribute depth, while wingers Jacob Cox and John Peters provide experience and scoring ability. Defensively, the Beavers rely on David Murray alongside rookie defenseman Tom Kerouac. In goal, Louis Giroux takes the starting position, poised to anchor the team's defence. With a blend of seasoned veterans and promising newcomers, the Beavers are focused on overcoming their recent setback and making a solid push toward playoff success in the upcoming season.

Best Player: C Thierry Rousseau
Best Rookie: D Tom Kerouac (1-6)

8- Moncton Generals
The Generals, who narrowly missed the playoffs last season, have made significant changes to their lineup in preparation for the upcoming campaign. Center Les Conner leads the charge with his commanding presence, complemented by Henry Potvin and emerging talent Yves Drouin, aiming to fortify their offensive prowess. On the wings, veterans like Dustin Fraser and Andrew Postl provide scoring depth, while Daniel Hebert and Jean Parmentier contribute their experience and skills. Defensively, Bartholomé Carpentier anchors the blue line alongside newcomers like veteran defenseman Chris King, adding strength and stability. In goal, free agent signing Raphael Vannier steps into the starting role following William Parker's departure, poised to uphold the team's defensive integrity. With these strategic additions, the Generals are determined to clinch a playoff berth and make a strong push for championship contention this season.

Best Players: C Les Conner / G Raphael Vannier
Best Rookie: D David Veilleux (1-5)

9- Quebec Reds
The Quebec Reds, who have been languishing in the league's basement, are hoping to turn their fortunes around this season after acquiring goaltender William Parker to bolster their defence. James Stewart, who has veteran experience, leads the team's center lineup, supported by Gabriel Caron and Hank Rodriguez. On the wings, the Reds boast firepower with talents like Bastian Nachtnebel, Darren Bennett, and Roy Davies. Defensively, Anthony Campbell and Edouard Lécuyer anchor the blue line, while newcomers Maxime LeBlanc and Wilfred Gauthier aim to fortify their defensive capabilities. In goal, Parker's arrival is expected to provide stability and leadership, which are critical for the Reds' resurgence. With these additions, Quebec aims to rise from its stagnation and challenge for a playoff spot this season.

Best Player: G William Parker
Best Rookie: G Omar Kinnard (1-4)

10- Cape Breton Islanders
The Cape Breton Islanders persist in their struggles at the bottom of the league standings despite their relocation. Their roster reflects a blend of seasoned veterans and promising young talent, yet cohesive performance still needs to be achieved. Players like Norman Campbell and Charles Morin offer stability in the center, while wingers such as Robert Jones and Matt Hood demonstrate flashes of skill amidst inconsistency. Defensive strength is anchored by Léonce Dupond and Glen Wallace, bolstered by emerging talents like Mathieu Sauriol and Doug Willoughby. In goal, David Buck shows promise, supported by experienced hands like David Taylor and Claude Murphy. Despite efforts to rebuild through free agency and the draft, the Islanders continue to grapple with finding the right chemistry to propel them out of the league's cellar.

Best Players: D Léonce Dupond
Best Rookie: W Salamarice "Sal" Deslauriers (1-3)

11- Sherbrooke Blue Jays
The Sherbrooke Blue Jays, in just their second season, are looking to make a notable impact as the better of the two teams from last year. Headlining their roster is Derek Hauptmann, the first overall pick last year, who shows promising growth alongside veterans like Ed Herring and Alex Fortin. On the wings, Ephraim Gauthier and Alain Turcotte bring substantial scoring prowess, complemented by emerging talents such as Maxime Savard and Sebastian Wilson. Defensively, Arthur MacDonald and Elias MacNeil provide stability, supported by younger additions like Levi Hastings and Dan Marshall. In goal, Andy Fox remains a steady presence, while Vincent Carroll offers depth and potential. The Blue Jays' blend of youth and experience positions them as a team to watch, aiming to build on their early success and establish a strong foothold in the league.

Best Player: W Ephraim Gauthier
Best Rookie: W Alain Turcotte (1-2)

12- Bathurst Phantoms
The Bathurst Phantoms, coming off a challenging inaugural season, face an uphill battle to improve in their second year. Led by the experienced Louis Moreau and Hervé Clément on the wings, their offensive depth includes contributors like Robert Smith and Joseph Valentine. Defensively, Leonard Lefèvre stands out as a significant signing, bolstering a unit that also features emerging talents such as Albert Ferguson and Marc Mattler. In goal, Jean-Luc Giroux shows immense potential alongside Zach Soloway, while Loic Saint-Denis adds depth. With a blend of seasoned veterans and young prospects, the Phantoms aim to build cohesion and compete more effectively in the league. They hope to overcome their initial struggles and establish a more competitive presence on the ice.

Best Player: W Louis Moreau
Best Rookie: D Mario Brodeur (1-1)

What are your expectations for your team this season? Any predictions on who will make the Sound Cup Playoffs are welcome. As always, I appreciate any comments, criticisms, or questions about the ECHOverse.

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7/02/2024 5:10 pm  #197

Re: Eastern Canada Hockey Organization

Hoping Charlottetown can back a return to the finals and claim the crown!


7/09/2024 5:20 pm  #198

Re: Eastern Canada Hockey Organization

1956/57 ECHO Regular Season

St.Lawrence Division: The Métros celebrated a triumphant season as they clinched the division title. Center Edouard Lefebvre's stellar 78-point campaign and winger Tristan Loubier's impressive 74-point contribution were pivotal in their success, marking standout performances that defined their great season. Close behind, the Trois-Rivières Tigres showcased their formidable strength throughout the season. They were anchored by the impactful signing of free agent William MacDougall, who led the team with 62 points, solidifying their position as formidable contenders. Making headlines with their historic return to the playoffs after a drought spanning back to 1950, the Quebec Reds surged forward, fueled by the dynamic duo of center Hank Rodriguez and winger Nicolas Béland, who led a collective scoring effort that captivated fans and critics alike. Despite narrowly missing the playoffs despite a winning record, the Ottawa Knights displayed resilience and determination throughout the season. This was buoyed by the addition of standout newcomer Allan Wilson, whose contributions added depth and skill to their lineup. The Sherbrooke Blue Jays demonstrated improvement from their inaugural season, securing a 5th-place finish, a testament to their growth and development as a team. However, the season took a harsh turn for the Montreal Beavers, who endured a challenging stretch with 16 losses in their final 17 games, which culminated in a disappointing last-place finish that underscored their struggles to find momentum and consistency.

Atlantic Division: Fredericton celebrated their second consecutive division title, propelled by the outstanding performance of newcomer center William Evans, who amassed an impressive 70 points, and winger Egidus Provencher's solid 62-point contribution. Their dynamic play set the tone for a season marked by consistency and determination. In a surprising turn of events, the Cape Breton Islanders secured 2nd place, marking their first playoff appearance since 1946 when they were known as the Saint John Admirals. Winger Robert Jones led the charge with 58 points, steering the team through a memorable resurgence. Despite grappling with injuries to key players, Charlottetown showcased resilience to secure 3rd place and clinch the final playoff berth, highlighting their ability to overcome adversity when it mattered most. Halifax narrowly missed the playoffs for the second time in four seasons, facing uncertainties about their future trajectory, exacerbated by concerns over the aging of goaltender Alex Davis. Bathurst demonstrated significant improvement from their inaugural season, securing a commendable 5th place finish and laying a promising foundation for future campaigns. Conversely, Moncton endured a challenging season marred by injuries, culminating in a last-place finish despite the impressive 64-point performance from center Les Conner, underscoring their struggles to maintain momentum and cohesion throughout the campaign.

1957 Sound Cup Playoff Bracket

What are your thoughts on the season? Who do you think will make it to the Divisional Finals? Share your predictions, and feel free to voice any feedback, critiques, or inquiries about the ECHOverse.

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7/13/2024 2:37 pm  #199

Re: Eastern Canada Hockey Organization

I guess Father Time comes for us all. Hopefully Hali can give Alex Davis one more run at a title.

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7/13/2024 9:18 pm  #200

Re: Eastern Canada Hockey Organization

Dang, Ottawa was close. Next season I guess


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