Wednesday Wheels: Justin Shugg

Shugg (Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images )

Wednesday Wheels is about getting you easy access to the news making the hockey world spin. However, the amount of thrilling reports has diminished to a few rolling dust bunnies. Yes, there was hearsay of Stamkos signing and Osgood retiring this week, but for love of Skinner, will someone get on the ice already!

{forehead bashes desk}

The distractions, NHL Awards and Draft for example, are becoming sparse as we travel deeper into the off-season.

{lift and reunite forehead with desk}

Without a full hit of hockey drugs, I have no games, plays, trips, tears or cheers to divert me from my daily stress. Developing ideas for creative content is getting difficult. Thank goodness for Twitter. The social media tool is packed with crazy characters that supply a good amount of amusement.

Enter Johnson Andrews of the Niagara IceDogs. Ah, IceDogs, that darn pooch sweater has been haunting me since my Real Hockey Men Wear Cartoons article. Anyway, Mr. Andrews taunted me with a tweet about a poolside paradise while I struggled to find my desk under piles of paperwork.  Of course, I was unable to just be happy for the guy, so I sent a testy tweet back. Andrews throws jabs quick like Floyd, so it was no surprise he tweeted a challenge back.

I would love to say the challenge was something fun-crazy like balancing books on my head, down a waterslide while peeling potatoes, but it was pretty straightforward…

Write an article on Justin Shugg.

Psst, done already. So I thought. I went back in the Cardiac Cane archives and failed to spot a J.S. post. Well alright, challenge accepted…

Justin Shugg, a 19 year old from Niagara Falls, was drafted by the Hurricanes in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (4th Round, 105th Overall). The winger boasts a decorative career despite his young age. In 262 OHL games, Shugg  finished last season with 215 points (101 goals, 114 assists). He undoubtedly aided Windsor in claiming the Memorial Cup in 2009 and 2010.

During this past season, the right winger competed in 66 contests with the Mississauga St. Michaels Majors where he continued to crank those stats with 41 goals, 45 assists, with a +48 and 43 PIM.

In 2009-10, he grossed 39 goals and 40 assists in 67 games with the Windsor Spitfires. Shugg scored 5 goals and 10 helpers in 18 playoff games with the Spitfires, 7 points were earned in the four games of the Memorial Cup. Again, no doubt efforts that contributed to the team’s second consecutive OHL Championship.

He is known for having an unwavering work ethic and working both ends of the ice. “He is a hard worker with phenomenal hair,” declares his pal Johnson Andrews.

Well, there is no where to go after phenomenal flow.

Be sure and follow Shugg’s pal on Twitter @j_andrews19 for more memorable quotes.

Wednesday Wheel Eye Candy…Justin’s Hat Trick against Erie.

*Information from www.ontariohockeyleague.com*

Topics: Carolina Hurricanes, Johnson Andrews, Justin Shugg, Niagara Icedogs, Steven Stamkos

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