Friday, September 14, 2007

Rogers to Notre Dame

The Port Huron Times Herald is reporting that Notre Dame has received a verbal commitment from Marysville, Michigan goalie Joe Rogers.

Rogers has to be one of the most interesting stories in junior hockey. He was born with a birth defect in his glove hand, which makes it nearly impossible to catch pucks in his glove, but he has worked to become one of the best goalies in his age group. He'll be playing Junior B hockey for the Petrolia Jets in the Western Ontario Hockey League.

UPDATE: The Times Herald ran a full article on Rogers. He'll join the Irish in 2009.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Welcome Joe to N.D. from the Michigan N.D. hockey families. Great to have you join us.

blah blah blah said...

Careful, there, anon.

There is actually a town called Michigan, North Dakota. :)

Anonymous said...

If he is good enough to play at Notre Dame why play junior b hockey this year?

Chris said...

My guess would be so that he can live at home and finish high school at the same school.

Anonymous said...

I guess that is an alright idea but what does that do for his hockey development. Junior b is worse than high school in most states.

Is junior b better than AAA in michigan since most good high school players play AAA instead of high school there.

Anonymous said...

"My guess would be so that he can live at home and finish high school at the same school."

Problem is Petrolia is in Ontario, he is from Michigan. The school theory is debunked.

Chris said...

Petrolia is only about 30 miles from where he lives, so it's actually a tiny bit less driving than he did when he played for Belle Tire last season.

The WOHL is a decent junior league. Not as many college prospects come from the league anymore, but it serves as a nice minor league for the OHL, for the most part.

Anonymous said...

Junior B in Canada is not quite what the typical American is used to when thinking of Jr. B.

Canadian B is for the most part a decent grade of hockey, honestly I feel its no worse than the NAHL.

Anonymous said...

Wes O'Neil (N.D) Chatham
Ryan Jones (Mami) Chatham
Brad Robbins (Miami) Sarnia
Joe Thornton (sharks)
Scott Foster Petrolia
Kenny Bernard OSU Sarnia
Cam Abbote (Cornel) Sarnia
Chris Abbote (Cornel) Sarnia
Sean Collins (osu) Sarnia..just off the top of my head... Competitive League ... will be a good experience. Close to home. Wild Barns

Anonymous said...

This is the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League (Western Ontario Division) check out college commitments and players out of this league on Chris Heisenbergs college recruiting sight for players out of this league over the years.. Quite a few

Anonymous said...

blah blah blah....who the hell cares about north dakota.....

Anonymous said...

only people who care about national titles