Volume 93, Issue 45

Thursday, November 18, 1999


Ending the dumb jock myth

The official hockey pool update

Skating troops ready for season

Six rugby players shine bright in the OUA sky

The greatest Canadian team - ever

The official hockey pool update

By Wes Brown
Gazette Staff

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls – the first update for The Gazette's hockey pool is finally here.

The annual competition pits all Western students against one another in a battle of who knows what, about the National Hockey League and its players.

Injuries to stars like Peter Forsberg, Rod Brind'Amour and Dominik Hasek have taken their toll on the poolies almost as much as the contract holdouts of both Keith Primeau and Nikolai Khabibulin.

Despite all of these factors, two individuals have risen to the top of the hockey crop thus far while others have sunk to the contest's basement.

Third-year mechanical engineering student David Moreno is currently leading the way with 260 points and said he was excited about his standing, especially since he has never led a hockey pool before.

"I have a sixth sense about these things. The pool got off to a late start so it gave me a chance to take a look at how players were doing," he said about his choosing strategy. "I concentrated on individual players rather than the teams they play for and made sure that I didn't pick anyone from the Leafs or the Rangers."

Close behind is fourth-year bio-chemistry student John Giusti whose team has accumulated 259 points. Giusti said he is also second in the pool the engineers have organized.

"I read one of those Hockey News previews a while back on who they thought were going to be the hot scorers this year. I also had a little insight on who was doing well already because the contest started so late in the year," he said.

Giusti added his strategy was picking athletes who don't get injured often and said the key is players who consistently score game in and game out. "I'll be surprised if I'm there by the end of the year," he said.

Rounding out all of our entrants was second-year nursing student Ian Dashnay who is sitting in 527th place with 123 total points. "Pretty pathetic, eh?!?" he said when asked about his position in the pool.

Dashnay said he based a lot of his picks on last year's results and was hoping some of the more skilled players prone to injury would be knocked out by now.

"I think I picked Forsberg and Hasek and didn't know they were out. The same thing with Modano, I didn't know how long he was going to be gone either," Dashnay said. "I don't think my team can bounce back by the end of the season."

To find out where you stand in the pool, look for the list of standings in the glass case outside The Gazette office's, on the second floor of the University Community Centre.

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