Recruit Update

Kevin Boyle – G – Westside Warriors (BCHL)
27 GP / 13-13-1 / 2.86 GAA / .907 sv%
Boyle played in two games after Christmas, he did quite well in one only giving up one goal and picking up the win but unfortunately gave up five goals in his next outing.

Kenny Gillespie – RW – Shattuck St Mary’s (MN)
22 GP / 7 G / 17 A / 24 Pts / 34 PIM
Shattuck will start post-holiday play again tomorrow night. 

Zack LaRue – C/F – Markham Waxers (OPJHL)
38 GP / 26 G / 29 A / 55 Pts / 18 PIM
LaRue had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss for the Waxers.

Shane Walsh -LW – Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)
20 GP / 2 G / 5 A / 7 Pts / 8 PIM
Walsh was held without any points in two games for Dubuque.


Dick Baker has an article about the UMass alumni playing in Amherst East, better known as Worcester.


Another hockey blogger, focusing on pond hockey, recently did a writeup on alum Scott Crowder and all the great work he has been doing in organizing large scale outdoor hockey tournaments around New England.  What did this blogger get for his time and energy put into his post for his blog?  He had it ripped off by the local paper, New Hampshire’s Union Leader.

I find this frankly, disgusting.  Luckily, as far as I know, nothing I’ve written has been stolen.  Probably because any newspaper wouldn’t want to put in all the time and effort it’d take to copy edit my writing to publishable standards.  But I hate to see this happen to another blogger, especially one who I can relate to writing about a subject which I’m also passionate about and spend so much of my own free time dedicated to.  The Union Leader should be ashamed of themselves.  I sincerely hope there is a quickly printed correction citing Backyard Hockey as the correct author, a published apology from the paper itself, and a boot into the world of unemployment for whoever did the plagiarizing.

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  1. Bullmoose

     /  January 5, 2011

    Really sucks about what happened to Joe Proulx. I hope he gets the Union Herald to issue a correction and an apology — that’s the least they can do. They probably can’t pay him anything, because in this day and age the newspapers are broke — hence hiring of these hacks to write freelance articles. Not that there is anything wrong with many (or even most) freelance writers — the great majority of them are honest, hard-working, and talented — it’s just that they are underpaid, overpressured, and undersupervised.

    Re: “any newspaper wouldn’t want to put in all the time and effort it’d take to copy edit my writing to publishable standards” — Mark, you’re being way too humble here. Your writing is great and your research is impeccable. You follow the 4 C’s of written communication (conciseness, credibility, clarity, and correctness) pretty much perfectly. Your high school English teachers and the University of Massachusetts writing course professors/instructors should be very proud.

    If I were you, with the amount of original research you do on here, I would put some kind of legal note in small print on the front page saying that one isn’t allowed to copy text from here without attribution and link to the original. Maybe there is a lawyer who reads this blog who can help you out. I am actually quite surprised that many blogs don’t contain such a note.


    • Thanks for the compliments, Bullmoose. I knew my undergrad liberal arts degree would come in handy eventually.

      Luckily anything ripped off from FTT I would probably come across it in my usual searches.


  2. Hatsoff

     /  January 5, 2011

    This blogger issue isn’t the first for sure, we should all remember that Sunderland based food magazine that was forced out of business over a very similar issue this past fall…

    Much smaller publication, but if I recall correctly, most of the advertisers pulled out when news of the rip off was released.


    • I think the food magazine ultimately went out of business. Which is good. As bad as the stealing was, their response was horrible.

      Oh, and it looks like the Union Leader is going down the same road. Check out my latest tweet on the side of the page.


  3. UMass02

     /  January 5, 2011

    With the UMass-UNH game approaching, the Union Leader might be looking for some filler. Be on the lookout for some pilfered material from FTT published in that rag.


    • I have a feeling it might slip my mind to link to any preview or recap they may produce from this weekend.


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