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The 2001 Slapshot tournament room was practically empty
this year as only 108 of the usual crowd showed up to play.
Was it the new time slot? Was it the new dates of the convention?
Was it the competition from Gene Billingsley and the Meet GMT
seminar (which GMT Vice-President Andy Lewis blew off to play
Slapshot!)? Was it the fact Mark Yoshikawa wasn't there
in his referee outfit to harass the crowd?
I don't know, but we had a great time nonetheless. Keith
belted out the rules with the usual flair and the gaming got
underway with scarcely a second thought to the finally broken
eight-year string of increased attendance. This was the year
of Tiny Tim as he caused havoc with both goalies and bruisers
At assistant GM Keith Hunsinger's table, Tiny Tim score six
goals (four against pucked winner John my Blackhawks got
beat by the Blue Jackets Coussis). However, neither of
those two losers advanced John Ellsworth did.
At Kevin Wojtaszczyk's table, Kevin used Tiny Tim to score
twice in the playoffs and advance. In fact, Tiny Tim outscored
the Superstar 5-4 overall.
Leonard Omolecki, defending and two-time champ, managed to
get pucked and advance.
At the Andy Lewis wussy open hand table, Tiny Tim scored five
goals and knocked out five bruisers including Le Goon in the
playoffs. Tom Parauda advanced.
At Kaarin Engleman's table, Tiny Tim managed to score twice
on Crease Lightening!!! Kaarin moved on anyway.
At yours truly's table, Don Greenwood was pucked just because
he was forced to play with me, Ken Gutermuth and Stuart Tucker!
John Emery, however, escaped and moved on.
The most pathetic thing I saw all weekend, however, was Kris
Weinschenker's team consisting of Slap Happy (1), Ian Jury (1),
Pea Shooter (1), Hip Checker (1), Boney Maloney (2) and the star
of the team, goalie Trapper John (4). Phew!!! That stinks!!
Su Hung advanced, primarily by kicking the crap out of Kris!
The other semi-finalists were: Dan Henry, Dan Hoffman, Gordon
Elgart, Paul Saunders, Harry Flawd, Doug Galullo and Steve Scott.
The costume contest was held again this year and the winners
1st Mike Dwyer in an Albany River Rats jersey
2nd Paul Bolduc in an oldtime Montreal Canadians jersey
3rd Rob Winslow Buffalo Sabers jersey
4th Kris Weinschenker in a classic Penguins jersey
5th Rob Kircher in a free agent Jeff #18 Charlestown
6th Debbie Garver in an Atlanta Thrasher Jersey
The finals were a hard fought affair. When the playoff came
it was Kaarin Engleman vs John Emery and Gordon Elgart vs Paul
Saunders. Kaarin beat John and Gordon beat Paul setting up the
battle for the wood. It really wasn't a battle as Gordon's team
had been decimated in the first round by Paul's bruisers and
Kaarin swept to victory. John took third place. Fifth through
eighth were John Ellsworth, Steve Scott, Kevin W. and Tom Parauda.
Thanks to all for another great year! See you in 2002 when
we start another string of increasing attendance!