- G.B.O. XVIII Champion, Steve Stickles with an adjusted net score of 73. CONGRATS!
- Stix squeaks out GBO win defeating TK Jr by 1/2 stroke.
- Next up: Wolf Pack game, Friday, Feb 22.
Blades board meeting (aka, beers at Wolf Pack game), Friday, Feb 22
The EH Blades gathered last night at the Hartford Wolfpack game and exchanged stories, memories, and plenty of jabs at each other. When speedy defenseman Jon Reid and "far-side" Tom Kelly were asked who was the all-time best defenseman for the Blades, they each answered the same, "you're looking at him". If they had gloves on, they were sure to be dropped. Jim Smith was agreed upon as the best all-time stick-handler, and Doug Bloomquist was voted the best girl opponent enforcer. Steve Stickles and Chris Doggett debated who was the better shot deflector (aka, stand in front of the net guy), and that debate may never be resolved. One of the best ball-player goalies Paul Freitas was present, and helped provide a few championships for the Blades. Dennis Connors was somehow identified as one who would shoot the puck at the referee the most. Maybe that happened once in 1993, but there's no concrete evidence or video of it. Connors was last seen checking with lawyer Michael Cohen on his availability to defend him in this matter. A case is pending, and might be for a long time to come...
GBO XVIII Cup goes to STIX!!!!
Associated Press: It was truly the "Cinderella story" as Steve Stickles won the 18th annual Greater Blades Open, defeating the rest of the Blade hackers with a net adjusted score of 73. TK Jr grossed an impressive 83 gross score, but with the ever impressive Callaway scoring system, he netted a score of 73.5. Congrats to the rest of the hackers for attending in what turned out to be a great fall weather day for golf. Final scores were as follows:
Hackers Net Score Gross Score
S Stickles 73 109
TK Jr 73.5 83
D Ezovski 74 85
T Kelly 75 90
D Bloomquist 77 102
C Doggett 78 106
P Freitas 79 107
D Connors 79 111
Yes, you read this correctly... Derek Ezovski takes home the cup yet again... Actually, he strategically "forgot" the cup at home (probably just in case he didn't win). It never matters to the Blades hackers who wins, just a PERFECT day for golf at Top Stone in South Windsor where 9 players and offspring gathered for some good times.
Congratulations Derek! Full results below. Next up: Everyone is already talking about a night out with an expected bigger turnout for either a Wolf Pack or UConn hockey game at XL. Stay tuned for date suggestions, and already looking forward to GBO 18 (yes, 18th year!).
GBO XVII FULL RESULTS:
PLACE NAME GROSS ADJUST'D
1 Ezovski 80 73
2 TK JR 92 74
3 Tom K 90 75
Connors 114 75
5 Steve S 109 76
6 Adam E 107 77
7 Doug B 97 78
Chris D 109 78
Paul F 109 78
G.B.O. XVI in the History Books
The Blades continue their quest for the cup, the GBO Cup, that is. Not surprisingly, Derek Ezovski gets the honors again by getting his name engraved for the 10th time. It's all good as everyone had a great time on a great day out on the links. In an interview after, Derek said "I played the best round of the year today. These guys bring out the best in me." The round didn't go without its controversy, as it's rumored that Derek hit the wrong ball on hole 18. TMZ has 2 pictures of his 2nd shot, where he hits a ball towards the green, then found his initial ball afterwards. KRAMER rules of golf (rule #41 about Steve Gennison) clearly state that you cannot pick up the ball and clean it unless it's on the green. But that rule has no impact with what happened here.
All in all, 6 past Blades plus 3 sons and 2 friends had a blast during the 3 tee time outing. This "band of brothers" attitude continues to show its strength even after the skates are hung up.
2016 Hackers: Dennis Connors, Tommy Kelly, Tom Kelly, Bailey Doggett, Chris Doggett, Derek Ezovski, Adam Ezovski, Steve Stickles, Paul Freitas
(missing: Corey and Steve, Doggett's entries... thanks for playing)
FINAL SCORES (Gross - Adjusted using the Calloway Scoring System):
Derek: 76 -73
Stix: 103 - 75
TK: 93 - 76
Chris: 102 – 77
Dennis: 109 – 77
Paul: 118 – 78
Scores for non-eligible:
Corey: 85 – 71
Tommy K: 91 – 74
Bailey: 95 – 74
Steve: 101 – 79
Adam: 109 – 79
TMZ Exclusive photos
The Cup Returns to Ezo
On this perfect crisp fall day, the Blades hackers tried everything in the books to keep the cup from Ezo. However, Derek played a great round ensuring his 9th engraving on the cup.
FINAL RESULTS: Adjusted (gross):
Derek: 75 (89)
Tom: 76 (90)
Dennis: 76 (105)
Paul: 76 (106)
Stix: 79 (103)
Blades hold Board of Directors' Meeting
The Blades were able to hold a very important board meeting to check on the status of the team, even if only in their minds.
Attendees: Top Row: S. Stickles, Freitas. Middle Row: Kelly, Bloomquist, Stolfi, Connors, Doggett. Front Row: Massori, Reid, Ezovski. Joining us after for reception dinner were Smith and R. Stickles.
Kelly Takes Home His First Cup!
Congratulations goes out to Tom Kelly, for winning his first GBO in 14 years, defeating out the 2013 defending champion, Chris Doggett, GBO's 5-peat winner the previous 5 years, and 5 other hackers. The weather held up long enough to allow the GBO hackers to have a great time, enjoying some good laughs, and some spectacular shots (as well as "not so spectacular" shots).
See more photos posted in PHOTO ALBUMS, then select BLADES 2014 GBO.
2014 HACKERS: S Stickles, D Connors, D Bloomquist, P Freitas, T Kelly, T Kelly JR, D Ezovksi (missing: C Doggett)
GBO 14 FINAL STANDINGS:
|Tom Kelly JR||76|
Board Meeting Unsuccessful in Bringing Back the Blades
EH Bladss board of directors met Friday night and debated in to the wee-hours to try and come up with a contract to bring back the Blades franchise. But after many debates on to play ball or not, that Stix's knees could hold up, and for which beer to buy next, the Blades called it a night with little settled, except to have some good times...
So anyways, that's how it ends... for now. More to come.
At 11:54, on Thursday, November 15, 2012, the EH Blades heard the horn sound ending their final game on Zrink, as they lost 4-2 to the Mother Puckers in the first round playoff game in this fall 2012 season. The Blades skated off the rink and to their locker room not with their heads down low, but rather held high, knowing they just completed an era of roller hockey that no one else ever did, as this could could be the longest running roller hockey team ever to skate not only on the state, but the country. I challenge anyone to find a team that lasted longer than the EH Blades.
Special thanks to ALL past and current EH Blades roster, including all of the Stickles brothers (Rob, Jeff and Steve) who were part of the original team in 1991 along with Mike Stuka in nets. Through the years, die hard teammates have come and gone like Doug Bloomquist, Paul Freitas, Matt Ing, Jay Creel, Brian McGuire and Ken Spencer... along with Bill Dechesne, Patrick Doyle, Tony Dalaura, Todd Disque, Gyslain Bordeau, Will Harrison, Bob Taylor, Bob Burbank, the late Steve Lambert (R.I.P.), and especially Jon Reid, who was a pivital player for the Blades throughout many years. The EH Blades recently welcomed players from the "other Blades" team like Pat Massari and Dave Stolfi, and especially players from our brother team, the RipTides like Jon Graney, Troy Hazen, Chris Larue, Tom Accomazzo, and Dave and Mike Balamucki. Chris Doggett and Derek Ezovski are the longest running non-original teammates that were picked up 10+ years ago in East Hartford have created the team that we are today. The core of the team that have been there for the full 21 years are Tom Kelly, Jim Smith and Dennis Connors. It's hard to believe that so many years have been played together to bring home 14 championships after 21 years, but it's even harder and sadder to imagine that this could be the end of this era... or is it? With the hope of a new rink to be constructed in the near future and local to all, this team may once again skate together as the "band of brothers" they have grown to be. If not, it has been with great pleasure to play with such a variety of guys, that have grown into such great sportsmanship and friendships.
If not on the rink, hopefully everyone looks forward to hitting the links next year for the 13th annual GBO, when Ezo willl have to fight off a 5 stroke disadvantage after winning 5 years in a row.
Stay tuned to this website, and may everyone have a happy and safe holiday season. The Blades would like to gather where they can enjoy some brews at a CT Whale game, tentatively looking at Saturday, January 26, 2013 vs Springfield. Or better yet, we hope to see you all again in a few months back on the rink to continue this era of the longest running roller hockey team in the country, maybe the world. Honestly, I challenge someone to find a longer running team containing some of the original players.
Greater Blades Open 12 not a total rain out
Hacker: Adjusted Callaway Score (Gross Score)
Ezovski: 70 (73)
Kelly: 72 (82)
Connors: 74 (94)
S. Stickles: 74 (99)
Freitas: 75 (97)
Bloomquist: 75 (99)
Smith: 75 (102)
Doggett: 76 (102)
BLADES WIN 14th CHAMPIONSHIP
More news to come......
Next up: The 12th annual Greater Blades Open to be announced soon. Stay tuned...
Stouts Meets Stoughton
Ezovski 5-petes in 2011 GBO
Hackers shown in picture below are Paul Freitas, Steve Stickles, Rick Boggio (last minute fill-in, who also tied Derek & Paul with adjusted score of 72), Dennis Connors, Tom Kelly, Derek Ezovski, and Chris Doggett.
Below are the final standings for the the GBO 11.
D Ezovski - 72 (83 gross)
P Freitas - 72 (92)
T Kelly - 73 (88)
S Stickles -74 (108)
C Doggett - 75 (101)
D Connors - 76 (109)