EVIL, Inc Issue #7
October 26th 1998
KNAPP STRIKES BACK
Press Release by Renegade Captain Says It All
After last weeks controversial issue of EVIL, Inc., in
which Renegade captain Peter Knapp was portrayed as a heartless
authoritarian, Knapp fired off this press realease. (This is the full
text of Peter Knapp's press release)
"I would just like to say that I was disappointed by what was
written by Jimmy Garoufalis last week, but I expected that
from Jimmy. What upset me most was Real Paquette and Paul
Iacurto's attitudes towards me".
"Let's start with Real. He's not happy about being taken off
the Renegades after last season. Real wasn't happy that his
firing, so to speak took place in front of his teammates at
a meeting. Real wasn't happy because he felt like he was a
scapegoat for the Renegades failure to win the championship
Too bad. Hockey is business . Business is about winning.
Winning is about elite players. Not winning means replacing
players who are not elite. Real fell into that category. One
day we may be on speaking terms. After reading last weeks
EVIl, Inc, however, I don't care if that day ever comes"
"On to Paul Iacurto. Insubordination is the only word that can
describe his behaviour. At least with Real Paquette he isn't
on the Renegades anymore so he can say whatever he wants,
even if it's the skewered truth. But Paul is still playing
for my team and for him to continue asking for a trade is
simply unacceptable. He was never promised a release or trade
and I reiterate will never play for any team but the Renegades.
What Paul did was use a popular article site on the league web
page to air his frustrations against me via Jimmy's writing.
But I'm not fooled. It was Paul's idea. He will pay."
"Finally some words on Jimmy Garoufalis. I am considering some
civil action for defamation of character for what he wrote
last week. Journalistic freedom be damned, I was made to
look like a dictator who didn't care. My reputation took a
beating and I heard players on Friday night say that they
would never play for the Renegades if asked because they are
afraid the same thing that happened to Paul and Real might
happen to them. Bullshit. Business is business. Real and Paul
have to learn that. So does Jimmy."
MURPHY TO STAY ON BLUEDOGS
"I Like Mike" Captain Kim Nethersole Makes It Official
After weeks of intense speculation, it was finally announced
that Mike Murphy would remain a Bluedog for the remainder of the
1998-99 season. This put an end to rumors, both published and
whispered, that the "Legend" would be given his unconditional
release. This would have destroyed the legacy that Murphy had
worked so hard to build. Captain Kim Nethersole, pressured by
reporters for comment before the important game versus the Renegades,
said simply and succintly, "I like Mike". Asked to expand his
statement, Kim added, "Mike will remain a Bluedog for this season.
The whole season. No trade. No release."
Strangely enough, though, no other Bluedog member would answer
reporters questions concerning the Murphy situation. This despite
destroying the Renegades by a whopping margin of 11-2. The subject
of Mike Murphy naturally came up, but was pushed aside as the sight
of celebrating Dogs dominated the scene. Murphy had a subdued
reaction after the match. Murphy, normally an easy going guy who
responds to questions freely, just shrugged at questions and grunted
answers that were incomprehensible.
The saga began in training camp. In a late August interview,
Murphy told EVIL, Inc writer Jimmy Garoufalis that he was seriously
contemplating retirement because he had accomplished everything
possible in the world of ball hockey, what with winning the CASC
championship this past April. The Bluedog management was, of course,
horrified to hear that their star player might not be on the roster
when the official season started.
However, on opening night Murphy decided to insert himself back
on the Bluedogs. This pleased his teammates, but soon after they
became disenchanted with Mike's poor play. Among others, Rejean Proulx,
Fraser Baird, Mike Callaghan and Greg Phendler, were all quite vocal
in their displeasure. This discontent became public when the above
mentioned 'Dogs were quoted in Issue #4 of EVIL, Inc, as saying
Murph could be on the way out.
The situation has been resolved. For now, at least. Because even
though Kim Nethersole said Murph would remain with the team for the
remainder of the season, the Bluedogs reactions to the news was
indifferent, perhaps even unhappy. As the story develops, if indeed
there is a story, EVIL, Inc will be on top of it.
NEWS AND NOTES FROM AROUND THE LEAGUE
** Four Aces **
A 5-5 tie with the Blizzard has fueled the hopes of the Aces.
With an 0-4 start, players on the Aces were beginning to worry that
the season was turning into a disaster. But with a 12-8 win over the
Heat and the tie with the Blizzard, there is renewed hope.
New players Stephane Gavreau and Phillipe Boucher have added
speed and forechecking, John Wong has increased his performance to a
level higher than usual, Sean Marcellin is among the lead leaders in
points and Yannick Medou is moving up the statistical goaltending
ladder. With this amelioration, the Aces are bound to threaten
opponents in the future. The major problem the Aces have encountered
is the poor play of captain Jack Lotti. Too many giveaways in front
of his own net, lacklustre hustle and poor decision making threaten
to hurt the Aces in coming weeks.
** Blizzard **
The play of goaltender Leonard Leodu has been nothing short of
superb thus far this season. A G.A.A. of 6.00 and save % of .830 are
huge improvements over last seasons numbers when he was a member of
the Killer Dwarfs. Part of the reason is the new and improved Killer
Dwarfs (now called Blizzard) but Leodu's performance must also be
analyzed. Last year, Leonard struggled with balls in the crease,
failing to make the freeze quickly. He also was not coming out of
the net fast enough to cover the angles. Right now, however, Leodu
is playing on a par with the league's best. He blocks the angles
superbly, doesn't give long rebounds, and freezes everything in
** Heat **
The lack of sportsmanship on the part of the Heat has been
well-documented and known throughout the league. Opponents have been
accustomed to watching the Heat refuse to shake hands after very
loss. (and this season, unlike the last, the Heat have lost more
than they've won) It is always the fault of the referees or the
other team, but never ever do Heat players look in the mirror. One
hopes that captain Chris Campbell can find an answer to a question
most in the league no longer care to ask: When will the Heat start
** Dragons **
.907% and 3.00. G.A.A. These are the numbers that Dragons goalie
Ronen Nathan has posted in the last 2 games. Compare those with 8.75
G.A.A and .780% and you'll find a huge improvement in Ronen's
performance. He has stopped in close shots brilliantly the last 2
weeks and improved his side-to-side mobility as well. Ronen continues
to have difficulty with point shots but has started to step into the
shot instead of backing up. Having great defenseman like Real
Paquette, Kamlesh Patel and Nick Kohner helps, of course, but Ronen
deserves credit for putting in excellent performances two weeks in a
row. With the Dragons sitting at 3-3, with thitd place all theirs,
opponents need to start worrying when the Dragons are next on the