All-Star Game and Signing Deadline
(Bradford, ON; January 11, 2012)
By: Sean Werth

The 2011-2012 GMHL All-Star game and signing deadline both took place on Tuesday night. Seven Rattlers represented Bradford at the All-star game, with a trade and three signings also taking place.

Prior to the All-Star game, each of the players participated in the skills competition. This consisted of fasted skater, puck slalom, hardest shot, goalie breakaway, and breakaway elimination. Of these events, two Rattlers proved to be top of the league. Nicolas Thommen and Anton Ygnwe, both of your Bradford Rattlers, tied for the hardest shot. Following a tie-breaker round, Nicolas Thommen’s 91 MPH shot proved to be the hardest in the GMHL. Bradford’s goaltender Rob Sutherland was victorious in the goalie breakaway challenge.

The GMHL All-star game is structured as Team World vs. Team North America. This year, Team N. America took the game, with a score of 9-7. Most Valuable Players for each of the teams were David Amnas (Lumberjacks) and Richard Abbott (Titans). Conor Smith, Travis White, Myles Nueneker, Nicolas Thommen and Anton Ygnwe suited up for Team World and Rob Sutherland was the sole Rattler on Team N. America. Bradford’s Johan Lundskog coached Team World.  Travis White notched a goal and three assists, while Connor Smith and Nicolas Thommen each tallied an assist.

Both the GMHL and the hosting South Muskoka Shield have publicly stated the success of the event. The night was filled with fast hockey, a great atmosphere, and electric energy. The Bradford Rattlers would like to thank the league, players, staff, and the city of Gravenhurst for hosting such a successful event.

Off the ice, January 10th marked the GMHL signing deadline for players. Bradford did not stay quite, making four moves on the day. Bradford has signed two forwards and one defenceman whom will remain anonymous for the next few days. During the All-Star game, Bradford traded Goaltender Pontis Ribbenstedt to the Algoma Avalanche. Pontus will undoubtedly secure the goaltending situation in Algoma and give him much more ice-time. Bradford would like to wish him good luck with his new team as well as thank him for his service this season.

In a final move, Jakub Kachman has been recalled from his loan to the Shelburne Red Wings. Jakub was loaned to the club last week, and has now rejoined the Rattlers.