Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Ben Wright Leaves ECHL to Return To School In Canada...

The Elmira Jackets have announced that Ben Wright is leaving the ECHL to return to school in
Canada.  Wright of course had committed to UNB in the off-season and began the pre-season here before giving the pros a shot, but we've been unable to confirm exactly where he's heading since the announcement yesterday.  If there are any Ben Wright sightings at the malls, let us know.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

As much as I'd like to see Ben back at UNB, I'm kind of undecided as to whether or not I want to see him at this point in the season. Better here than STU, I guess. But his committment level wasn't there in the first place - will he just be here 'till next fall when he tries the pro's again? Yes - I know - winning IS everything at this level and Ben would certainly be an asset. Not like he'd be the first to leave without a degree.
On another note - any word on Harty?

Bill Hunt said...

Don't know anything on this, but perhaps the kid has tried pro, decided its not for him and will now commit to school. Perhaps he's scratched that pro itch, or played enough to realize there are holes in his game, will work on them while working toward a degree and then try the pro route, a la John Scott Dickson, for example.
If that's the case, he could certainly help UNB. He's another ace in the deck.

Anonymous said...

Where he has already played games for UNB this year, I think he will have to play at UNB if he is going to play this year.

Anonymous said...

Was at the mall today. Every man in the city except Ben Wright was there!!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Santa,

I know it's a bit late to be writing you but I've been waiting for that one extra special gift to help round out my Christmas list and I think that I've finally found it. If possible, I'd like you to bring me...

1. A toy car,
2. Some Lego,
3. A new hockey stick,
4. And a board game.

But most of all, more than anything else, I'd love for Ben Wright to come back and play for UNB. That would be great!

I think that I've been an extra special good boy so I know that you'll do the best you can to bring me the items I asked for.

Merry Christmas Santa and as well to all of you UNB (OK, CIS) hockey fans out there.

UNB Bruins Fan said...

Yeah I was wondering the same thing as anon @ 12:42. If he came back to play for another school would there be any restrictions in terms if sitting out any time? Does it matter that he only played exhibition games and not conference games? Or are there no restrictions at all?

A 'D' of Gallant/Harty/Stamler/Kidd/Shutron/Wright would be pretty nice...but where does that leave Aldred/Hepditch/Corcoran? Do they have enough room to accomodate everyone? I suppose innjuries usually take care of such things though....

Eric said...

I believe they still use 'Cards' to define who 'is' or 'is not' on a team. Once 'signed', you can only play for that team for the season. He can play for any school after Christmas if he has not signed his card. However, it is accepted practice to have all players, even during exhibition, signed, except for maybe some 'not so sure' players. The remaining cards, generally 1-2, are used by coaches to add players at Christmas or for a 3rd goalie if injuries occur (I like Gene, but I really hope we don't see him in nets this year)

Anonymous said...

As UNB Bruins Fan says, that 6-pack of D-men looks pretty good. Darn shame, though, that the other three won't see much ice time.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the previous post. You have to worry about the chemistry factor as well. It's great to win, but if you're a Josh Hepditch who's done everything he's been asked to do and with still and then Ben Wright comes in and takes his spot in the lineup, how does that affect Hepditch and the entire group? Same with Aldred and Corcoran who have contributed to making the team undefeated. There is such a thing as having too many players. With such a reduced schedule, players who want to play won't take to sitting in the press box.

Bill Hunt said...

I'm sure the V-Reds are cognizant of the chemistry factor and would weigh it heavily before inviting Wright back. I think MacDougall would probably sound out his captain and key veterans before making such a move.
But I remember talking to MacDougall very early about Ben Wright and he said at the time that Wright had the potential to be his best defenceman. That's high praise given the group he's assembled.
Harty has missed seven games already and his injury might be a nagging one. If injuries crop up -- as they certainly have the potential to do -- wouldn't it be nice to be able to wheel in a kid who was thought highly enough once upon a time to be a fourth round NHL draft choice?
If nothing else, he's a great insurance policy. Hepditch is a veteran hockey player who has scrapped for everything he's earned in hockey, right from the time he was a walk on with the Moncton Wildcats. He's used to playing the swing role, and he's the type of kid who will either carve himself out a spot somewhere or accept it and not bitch if he happens to not be in the lineup.
That's what makes him the great "team" player he is.
Bottom line, I'm sure MacDougall will consider it from every angle, but he'd be crazy to pass up a chance to make his team better, both down the stretch this year and for the next four.