Friday, April 1, 2011

2011 V-Reds Best of All Time?

Bill Hunt makes a case for the 2011 version of the V-Reds being the best ever in his piece in today's Daily Gleaner.  A strong case can be made for any of the four championship teams, and whether or not you were around to see them all in person might influence your decision.

It makes for an interesting discussion.  Was the 2011 squad the best V-Reds team ever, or does that honour go to a team of the past?  Let us know in the comments section.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm really not able to compare teams but I do know that this team was able to achieve their goal that was really set at the end of last season.
To win at home under that pressure and with all the injuries that the team went through really makes them special!

I do have to ask after reading his article, what 2 Game winning goals did Luke Gallant have in the tournament? If I'm not mistaken Josh Kidd had the winner in Game 1, Chris Culligan had the shorthanded winner in Game 2 and Luke Gallant had the winner in Game 3.

Skippy said...

Pretty sure the first game winner went to Kidd, second game winner went to Tremblay, and third(finals game), went to Todd.

All the newspaper and sports news articles I've read said that gallant got the game winner in the championship game. They were all wrong, he only got the first goal of the game.

Anonymous said...

Game winning goals:

Game 1: Kidd
Game 2: Culligan
Game 3: Gallant

@Skippy, UNB won the championship game 4-0 remember :P

David Ritchie said...

skippy, have you been drinking? first goal of the game in a 4-0 constitutes the game winner...gallant did play a role in kidd's game winner in game 1...he fed him the perfect soft pass and kidd drifted it past butler in the calgary net...game 2 was chris culligan scoring the breakaway goal while shorthanded...gallant had three points including a goal in that game but remember, it was 4-0 over western.....first goal, game winner...so bill's contention that gallant had the game winner is correct in game 3.....really thought fullerton deserved player of the game status in the final game althou gallant was a bonafide mvp winner....really thought todd and clendenning were exceptional, too....

dc said...

Best of all time is always tough. However, this year's team was a grittier team than last year or years before and were totally determined. A treat to watch a team that went after it.

pk said...

best defensive team, yup. but i will take 1a, 1b, 1c offensively!

Bill Hunt said...

Stand corrected on the second game -- Culligan, of course, with the shortie, was the game winner. As Dave Ritchie noted, the first goal in a shutout is the game winner.

Anonymous said...

Difficult job for coach MacDougall with quite a few players like Bailey and Gallant able to come back for another year but still undecided.

There are probably others as well which could leave the team next year with great depth again or perhaps with a shorter bench, especially at the forward position.

Irregardless there are huge skates to fill (Hunter alone) but coach MacDougall can use possible top 6 forward openings as part of his pitch this off season along with hosting the CIS championships again next year. However, UNB still has lots of players with top 6 skills like Jordan Clendenning and Taylor Procyshen to name only two who weren't playing there at the end of this season.

This should be a very interesting off season to say the least!

David Ritchie said...

not really sure where you got the idea jordan clendenning wasn't playing at the end. He was an integral part of their successful playoff run and played a key role at the nationals.

Anonymous said...

Jordan Clendenning had a awesome run at nationals can't wait to see him play again next year