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There will be a Duffer Game at Canlan on March 6th while the traveling Duffers play in the Joe Louis Arena.

Detroit Road Trip

Pictures from Day 1 are posted in the March 13 Duffer News

Pictures from Day 2 are posted below.

click the link below to view 220 pictures in the cloud.  Thanks to Steve Wads' Mom Linda. 
Camera Roll

Congratulations to Duffer SODs Lil'Bill Conti and Lil' Tommy Ambrosia for leading Joliet Catholic to a win of the Cougar Cup. Sammy says, "Hi!"

2014-15 Duffer Schedule

Here is a link to all 40 past Duffer Road Trips. Duffer road trips

(Back Row Left to Right) Steve A, Doc, Barron, Drago, Thor, Cowboy Joe, Speed Racer Jeff, Joe Mazz 3, Beevis Tom Morgan, Ted Hack, Berserk, Beak, Buckshot Bob Morgan, Rob Brill, Greg Z, Monet Mike, The King, John Koss, Harvey, Butt Head Jim Coughenhaur.

(Front Row) Steve Wads, Mini Wheezer, T&A, Joe Ambrosia, Grandpa Ken, Tony Granato, Tommy Z, Coach Jim Hiller, Vidas Formica, Johnny B, Rob Z, Rough Rider Ryan and Klinger.

We had a great time in the Joe.  Tony played for the Reds and Redwing coach Andrew Brewer played for the Whites.  We met Tomas Holmstrom before the game and Power Play coach Jim Hiller got in the team picture.  When Tommy Z mentioned coach Reggie Dunlap from Slap Shot, Coach Hiller quickly quoted Paul Newman saying, "We're working on it."

On Saturday, we played an afternoon game then went to Ann Arbor to watch the USA U-17 team play Waterloo with Donny Granato.  Donny brought his U-18 team to the Edge in Bensenville for a game with the Steel on Saturday March 14th. He had 9 Duffers there cheering for him.

Drago's Hockey Lessons

Free Admission

Saturday, March 28th ant 8:00 Meet & Greet with the USA Warriors.

Watch them play the Mayhem All Stars at 8:45pm

Rocket Ice, Bolingbrook, IL www.usawarriorshockey.org More information & rink directions can be found at www.mayhemhockey.org or www.rocketice.com





Duffer News

Family Feud Goes to the Reds

Romeoville, IL March 13th, 2015  Attendance: 26
Thanks to T&A for the following report from his son:
Reds. = 7 and the Whites = 5
Reds - Jeff 2. Monet Mike 1 Maestro 1 Rob Z. 1 Dan M 1 and Thomas 1 plus 2 assists for lil' t&a.
Whites - Commander Ken 2, TZ 2 with 3 assists and Doc 1. If Tommy Z scored two and the whites scored 5. He can only get 3 assists.

Friday the 13th turned out to be good luck for Eddie The Anvil

Tweedy might have picked up the win, but his nephews did him in with 2 goals by Speed Racer Jeff and one by Monet Mike.  He avoided suicide watch when his 75 year old Dad one timed a beautiful saucer pass from Jeff and just missed the right post.

We had Fun at the Edge

Beak later redirected a blast from Jeff and nailed the right post. 
Bensenville, IL March 14th, 2015 
Four Morgans, 2 Gregs, Koss and the King watched Donny G's USA team drop a thrilling overtime loss, 5-4

Detroit, MI March 6th, 2015 
Thirty five Duffers and friends started the day with a great free breakfast at the Livonia Marriott then headed over to the Joe Louis Arena for the game of a lifetime that featured 2 goals by the 2 Joe Mazerallas and a Gordie Howe Hat trick.  After Rob Brill set up Beaks goal, Beak set up Coughenhaur's second goal he had to pick a fight with Mini Wheezer to complete the feat.  See the Friday 13 Duffer News for more on the game.  After the game, 30 guys lined up for a one person shower.  Tony gave us a tour of the Redwings locker room.  After the tour, we carried our bags a half mile back to the garage where we broke out a few beers and drank until we got too loud and were asked to leave on foot for Tommy's Bar and Grill that was just a quarter of a mile away, but you had to walk a mile and a half to get there.  We ate and drank there until we took the shuttle to the Wings/Flames game.  The Shuttle driver was crazy.  He left the bar and made a quick U-turn in front of oncoming traffic.  He floored it and up to a line of cars that were stopped in traffic. He swerved to the right and avoided a rear end accident.  He then pulled up to the "Joe " and dropped us off.  That was better than a thrill ride at Riverview.  (Google that)  The game was good for Flames fans, they came back from a 2 goal deficit to win.  I hope that Tony does not blame the Duffers.  He remembered that the Flames beat the Aves when we visited in Denver.  We visited the hot dog and beer stand that Julie (The lovely lady who got us the ice ) was serving.  She was very appreciative to have a drinking team  visit  her booth.  She said that her church got a cut of the cash. 

Congratulations to Lil' Bill and t&a

They Helped Joliet Catholic win the Cougar Cup!

We had 9 Duffers. .

Lil' Tom is now bigger than Big Tom.  (It's gota be the skates.)

We watched Tony work his players out before our game.

Tony introduced us to Tomas Holmstrom before the game.

Tony warned Mini Wheezer about the Gordie Howe Hat trick before the game .

He told Mike that is anyone got a goal and an assist, that he would have a target on his chest.

This was the high scoring BBB line. 4 goals from Beak, Brill, Beavis 

Jeff went down and scored after his grandpa needled him a little.

Father, son and grandson!

Beavis picks his nose as Rob Brill looks away.

We first took the team picture (Above) with Bill "Klinger" Giffune in the stands.  Tony noticed that and went up to get Bill in the picture. Below

After the game, we had 30 guys line up for a single shower stall.  After everyone was smelling better, Tony took us on a tour of the Redwing locker room.

Lopatka means shovel or blade.

Pavel is Rob's favorite player.

After the tour we had some beers in the parking lot.

When we got tossed from the parking lot, we went to Tommy's Bar.


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Duffers Hockey Canlan Ice Sports Romeoville 2014-2015 Schedule

wk      Date              Time

1 September 5, 2014 8:00 PM ***

2 September 12, 2014 8:40 PM

3 September 19, 2014 8:40 PM

4 September 26, 2014 8:40 PM

5 October 3, 2014 8:40 PM

6 October 10, 2014 8:40 PM

October 17, 2014 NO ICE

7 October 24, 2014 8:40 PM

8 October 31, 2014 8:40 PM

November 7, 2014 NO ICE

9 November 14, 2014 8:40 PM

10 November 21, 2014 8:40 PM

11 Thanksgiving 8:45 at Downers Grove IceArena

November 28, 2014 NO ICE

December 5, 2014 NO ICE

12 December 12, 2014 8:40 PM

13 December 19, 2014 8:40 PM

December 26, 2014 NO ICE

14 January 2, 2015 8:40 PM

15 January 9, 2015 8:40 PM

16 January 16, 2015 8:40 PM

January 23, 2015 NO ICE

17 January 30, 2015 8:40 PM

18 February 6, 2015 8:40 PM

19 February 13, 2015 8:40 PM

20 February 20, 2015 8:40 PM

21 February 27, 2015 8:40 PM

22 March 6, 2015 8:40 PM

23 March 13, 2015 8:40 PM

24 March 20, 2015 8:40 PM

25 March 27, 2015 8:40 PM

26 April 3, 2015 8:40 PM

27 April 10, 2015 8:40 PM

28 April 17, 2015 8:40 PM

29 April 24, 2015 8:40 PM

30 May 1, 2015 8:40 PM