Ramblers unload 20-year-olds

Jody Jewers
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Chipman, Smith traded to Crushers

AMHERST - The Ramblers are a ship without a captain and a first mate.
Amherst sent 20-year-olds Adam Chipman and Derek Smith to the Pictou County Weeks Crushers in a blockbuster Maritime Junior A Hockey League deal announced the morning of the league's trade deadline day.
Chipman, the Ramblers captain, and Smith, an alternate, were informed at about 10:30 a.m., Sunday. A little more than a half-hour later, they were hopping a bus with their new teammates to Summerside, P.E.I., where the Crushers lost 5-3 to the host Western Capitals.
"I kind of expected it," said Chipman, who spent three-and-a-half seasons in a purple-and-white uniform. "It's better for the Ramblers down the road and it's better for me, too.
"We have a chance to win and I'm pretty happy here, though it's still tough leaving Amherst."
The full scope of the trade won't be made public until the June draft. Chipman, Smith and the rights to junior B defenceman Kendall Costello were packaged to Pictou County in exchange for the rights to 16-year-old forward Greg Jansz, 19-year-old defenceman Christian Morin and future considerations.
The Crushers then flipped Costello's rights to Summerside for an eighth-round draft pick in 2010.
As part of the deal, at least one player from the Crushers roster will be sent to Amherst at the draft. Neither Ramblers head coach and general manager Corey Crocker nor Crushers head coach/GM Troy Dumville would confirm specifics.
Crocker said the trade was made with Chipman and Smith's blessing.
"It was never easy to do this deal, and one of the conditions was that Adam and Derek both agree to go," Crocker said. "They did, and their families did.
"We aren't in a position to win a championship this year, and this gives both of them a chance to do that and it will make us a better team in the future."
Jansz has 47 points in 27 games with the major midget Dartmouth Subways. Morin has nine points in 31 games in the Quebec major junior league this season, having been traded from Val-d'Or to Saint John in December. Costello was Amherst's sixth-round pick in 2009.
"Jansz is a future star and Morin will be a top-end D-man in this league as a 20-year-old," Dumville said.
Smith, who also spent three-and-a-half years as a Rambler, scored for his new team as the Crushers rallied from a 3-0 third-period deficit to tie the Caps, but gave up a power-play goal in the final minute of regulation.
"It wasn't an easy decision to make," Smith said. "But you want to win, especially in your last year, and the team is in last place and could use some players for the future, so that's what it came down to."
Smith, an Amherst resident, will continue to go to school in Springhill and commute to practices and games. Chipman, who hails from Tupperville, Annapolis Co., will likely relocate to Pictou County.
Crocker said the team's goals for this season remain unchanged.
"It's a business, and trades sometimes have to happen," he said.
"Our goal is still to make the playoffs and I firmly believe we will. We added a couple of players in Brandon Street and Jonathan Pardy over Christmas who will help us. Our players have to understand we are serious about winning, and sometimes you have to trade your 20-year-olds to put yourself in a position to win in the future.
"Our fans loved these two players, as did everyone in our dressing room, but they deserve a chance to win a championship after the hard work and sacrifices they've made for this organization."
Both wound up playing their last games for Amherst on Saturday, going out winners as the Ramblers beat the Halifax Lions 6-4.
Chipman had four assists and was named the game's second star. Justin Matthews netted a hat trick for the hosts, with singles to Kody Orr, Shane O'Byrne and Street. Jon Waye made 20 saves in goal. Amherst fired 44 shots at Ben Clarke.
The Ramblers began life without two of their leaders Sunday night, getting trounced 9-3 in Truro by the Bearcats to stretch their road losing streak to 13 games.
Matthews, Trevor Layton and Kodi Estey did the scoring for the visitors. Devon Cudmore got his first start since Dec. 2 in net, and made 30 saves before Waye came in with 14:14 left in the third period. The Ramblers managed just 20 shots at Kirk Rafuse in the Truro goal.
Crocker said a decision has yet to be made on who will take over as captain or if another player will be promoted to alternate in Smith's place. Forward Peter Baldwin is now the team's lone overager.
The trade deadline was 10 p.m., Sunday. Crocker said there were inquiries about several of the Ramblers' younger players following the Chipman-Smith deal, but nothing worth pursuing.
Amherst (13-21-1-1) visits the Dieppe Commandos on Tuesday.

jjewers@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Maritime Junior A Hockey League, Annapolis Co.

Geographic location: AMHERST, Pictou County, Summerside Quebec Val-d'Or Saint John Truro Springhill Brandon Street

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  • Katie
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    well said Rambler Fan from Amherst, NS.... i believe that with the team they have now that they can make the playoffs... You Just Gotta Believe :)

  • Robert
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    To set the record straight, Adam never wanted to be traded and will miss Amherst dearly. Also, Adam was never on his way to Yarmouth before the season started, just a rumour ! Thanks, the Chipman Family.

  • Done for the year
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    Yo vince......we are 1 point behind halifax with having played 6 more games than them and 6 points behind the jacks and played 4 more games than they. The Ramblers will need more than a couple of wins to move them up a few spots or am I missing something?
    I know your glass is half full but lets be realistic.

  • FYI
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    FYI: Crocker didn't coach last night's game in Truro. Trade dead line.

  • darryl
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    good for Robert saying what he did about his son because Adam bleed our colors night in and night out. I believe he didn't want to go but he knew that it would help us in the future if he did

  • jimmy
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    good luck chip and derek hope you have a good playoffs for your last season . if you people want to see playoff hockey come to spring hill.where there is no infighting and back stabbers.go blues go

  • Always a Fan
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    It is always sad to see team/ fan favourites leave our line up, but I wish both those boys the best of luck as they finish off their Junior A careers.

    To the remainder of the players, I for one will stand behind you cheering every step of the way, as you race toward the playoffs, and I am hopeful the rest of the fan base does as well. GO RAMS, show them what you're made of, true fans believe in each and every one of you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Vince
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Katie and Linda - your comments are some of the best I have read on this means since I began in September. Yes we will miss Chipman and Smith, however let's give them a chance to win a championship with the Crushers and cheer our Ramblers on to and through the Playoffs. A TRUE fan never jumps ship when the going gets a bit tough. To all you LOYAL fans think positive and DO come out to the games. Amherst is not that far behind Halifax and Bridgewater and a couple of wins will move them up a couple of spots in the standings.

    GO AMHERST RAMBLERS GO

  • Rambler Fan
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Hey done for the year: Keep in mind that Halifax and the Jacks may have more games in hand but they still need to win those games. The Ramblers have a good enough team to make it into the playoffs this year and with some fan support, encouragement and hard work, it can be done! Yes, this trade is sad as Smith and Chipman have been around for the last 3.5 years however that is how hockey works. Go Rams Go!

  • Always a Rambler
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    I have been a long time Rambler fan and am very disappointed and dishearted with the trade . To say that I don't agree with most of what DftyRf would be a lie. I work hard for my money and if this club is throwing in the towel ( which is exactly what they did) in my opinion then I will choose to spend the remainder of my hockey nights in springhill. Sorry if this offends anyone but I don't think myself or dftyRf are the two lone people who see it this way. Anyone who knows hockey realises five years to build a foundation to simply have a hockey club who cannot compete in regular season is ridiculous.

  • LOYAL RAM
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    yesterday was a sad day for Ramblers. good luck to Chipman and Smith, you will be missed here in Amherst. Smith, hopefully the papers there will see you for the great hockey player you are and not as a scapegoat. good luck boys!

    as for the fans who feel the same way as DFTYRF...don't come back next year! you are a poison, find somewhere else to spread your hate!

    as for the game last night, we left our goalie hanging out to dry (according to mjahl site 9 goals were scored before we switched goalies)...Mr.Crocker why would you do that? aren't you suppose to be building these boys confidence? not beating it into the ground!

    this team can make it to the playoffs...the real fans hav to come out and support these boys!!

    GO RAMS GO

  • THE CRANKY ONE
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    I AGREEEE!
    the season is a write offfff !!!!!!!, this will go down as the worse year in history for the rams!
    corey messed us over again SURPRISE !
    loserrrvillllle is upon us!

  • Done for the
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    It's one thing to be a fan it's another to be a fool and part with his money. Watching the drastic drop in attendance over the last few years shows that I am not the only true fan calling it quits. If you wish to call me not a true fan because I refuse to listen any more to the next year theory that is your choice. We have been listening to next year for too many years now, if you are a true fan you would know that. This is the worst year in many for the Ramblers..... Next year never comes.
    Now we have traded our most valuable assets away for what? Two players that will probably never show up, like history has shown.
    Those True Fans should give yourself a pat on the back , l hope the 200 or so of you are not to upset when for the first time in many years you will not be watching playoff hockey. There is always next year.......

  • Katie
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Good Luck with Everything Chippy and Smitty :) .... You guys gave so much to the ramblers and you deserve a championship boys! Good Luck to your futures....and for the rest of the ramblers i'll be there cheering you on because i'm a true fan and thats what true fans do...Win or Lose I'll be there.

  • fan from n.s
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    I hope Derek and Adam make it all the way with the Crushers,no one deserves it more then them,with all their hard work and dedication they gave the Rams the last 3.5 years.The sad thing is we just wish it was with the Rams,not the crushers.Good luck boys,the crushers are lucky to have you.

  • darryl
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Wow alot of comments today. I wish chipman and smith alot of luck for the rest of the season they might make it to the finals with Pictou but I don't think anyone is going to beat Woodstock. I will still come to the rest of the games this year and I will be back next year because I love hockey. Good luck for the rest of the season Rams.

  • Katie
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    call me stupid if you wish... but i do believe that this rambler team can make the playoffs this year... and if fans came out and showed the support that these boys deserve to be shown maybe their hopes would be higher.... but i do believe that we can make the playoffs...and im getting sick and tired of hearing stuff from people about next year and if we make the playoffs this year..
    GO RAMS GO.

  • vince
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Billet mom, your statement about the executive hurting the team, just what do you mean. The executive worked their butts off to raise funds to help keep this team financially stable and are still trying to raise funds to this effect.

    THANK YOU

  • Rambler Fan
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Done for the year: If you want the Ramblers to have a shot next year, then you need to rally behind them THIS YEAR and get people through the gates. When you have a community based team, who receive the majority of their money through fan support it's necessary to support this team through thick and thin. Where do you suppose the money will come from next year to compete with the other teams who have high roller bank accounts if we don't get fans through the door now? The Rams don't have unlimited funds to go out there and buy anyone they wish like some other teams do. I hope you are the only Fan who has this poor attitude. It's a shame really since the Rams have 21 classy and deserving players showing up every night and playing their hearts out...the least we could do is show support to our own team! It must be pretty disheartening when you have members of your own community negatively bashing your team! Come on! FYI: The last time the Ramblers won the MJAHL Championship was in 1990, 20 years ago. Since then there have been a lot of positive and negatives, but this hockey program has to be built properly as funds are not randomly available to buy players or a hockey team like Woodstock can do. You can't put up the walls of a house before you put down the foundation. The foundation has been layed. Being a former Rambler, I feel this program is headed in the right direction in all avenues. Please don't forget that 5 years ago Amherst was in the finals, last year in the Bent final..so the success of this team is not all that bad. We have a team that can make the playoffs this year...the season isn't over so don't throw in your towel yet!

  • billet
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    knowing so many of these boys personally, it hurts me to read such negativity! These boys work so hard every game, and win or lose as a team. The lack of fan support this season is mostly due to off-ice issues, and its a shame that people can't see that. fans who come to the games to yell negative comments at our boys should save their money and stay home. As for the trades, we can't pretend to know how to do Corey's job any more than he should pretend to know how to do ours! Best of luck to Adam and Derek, hope you win the championship you deserve.. and I, for one will continue to cheer on our Rams for the great effort they put forth, win or lose ! Go Rams!!!

  • Shawanoswe
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    DftyRF

    Hopefully, you are the only that is thinking this way. If their are lots of people thinking this, than may be their will be no team for you to watch next year!

    nafoJ

    I think Jewers does not realize their are other team members out on the ice and if they are not in position it is pretty hard to be 2 places at once. One person can not continually cover other peoples mistakes. Also, being an offensive D-man comes with its pros and cons!

  • Vince
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Great to see all the positive posts regarding the Rambler Hockey team. I for one do think that the Ramblers will be in the playoffs, regardless of how many games more Halifax and Bridgewater have in hand, then there is the Mariners in Yarmouth who are also struggling. Let's give the Ramblers full fan support and please dont write them off just yet.
    THANK YOU

  • Linda
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    I think the trade was the best thing for everyone involved. Anyone who knows and understands the game should get this. Yes it will be different without them but hockey will continue. If you feel that the rest of the year is a waste then good-bye. Just jump back on the wagon next year and if they don't do well next year I am sure you will jump off again. Not a real hockey fan are you? I read the article and I did not read it to mean that Derek gave up the power play goal, I read it to mean that Pictou gave it up, although Derek has been known to do that and so have other players but that is hockey. I will still be there every night cheering them on, win or lose, that is what a real hockey fan does. Look at Toronto.

  • hockey
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Billet mom, what issues are you talking about?

  • not a fan of jewers
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Iam a Derek Smith fan,and i was at the game in summerside on sun.Just wondering if you were there Jewers.Derek played a great game for the Crushers as he did every game for the Rams.He was on the ice for every goal for,and scored a nice goal.you wrote that he gave up a power play goal,where the hell did that come from,it is totally false,why is it that you always seem to try to cut him up in the paper.I think you owe him an apology,and learn how to write .This is not the first time you did it,but thank god it will be your last.

  • Vince
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Always a tough decision to make trades, however that is the norm in hockey.With the team nearing the end of regular season play, let's wish them all the best and let Cory mold them into a winning team once again. I wish Smith and Chipman all the best success with the Crushers.
    Now let's get the fans out to cheer on the Amherst Ramblers.

    GO AMHERST RAMBLERS GO

  • billet
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Point of note, for those of you who have chosen NOT to attend games this year because of issues with the current executive, consider this weekends trades proof that your lack of support at the gate has hurt the players more than the executive!!!!

  • Done for the year
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    If the moves of Smith and Chipman were to better the club next year then I guess it's safe to say the message is loud and clear to the fans . Save your money until next year, this year is just a waste.
    For a team that the coach claims will be in the playoffs they just lost their first game without Smith and Chipman a wooping 9-3.
    Good luck with the playoffs.....I'll see ya next year.

  • know it all
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Any trade is alway made for the good of the team , Chipman wanted to be traded derek didn't , Chipman was on his way to Yarmouth before the season started but George said no , We will miss them both but we actually had no change to make the playoff this year anyways so why not do something to improve your team for next year , both player would be overage to play here anyway

  • Sad day in Ramland
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Good Luck Derek and Adam,you sure will be missed,with a 9-3 loss to Truro last night,its safe to say we know who was carring the team.With the trades you are still helping the rams as they are probably on their way to the bank with a big fat check,i h0pe they use it wisely and get some prospects for the team for the sacrafice these 2 boys made for the rams.It will not be the same without you 2 there,thanks for the 3 great years you gave us,and good luck with the crushers .I hope they treat you well.To the Rams good luck with the rest of the season,it won't be easy with 2 major players gone.

  • Done for the
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Hey Loyal fan, who are you to tell me not to come back next year and say that I am poison? If you do not like reading my opinion and the TRUTH then choose not to read but don't try and scold me for my opinion. Anything that does not seem to be the opinion of the cheerleaders you class as hate. You or no one else have any say if I attend games or not. If you wish to follow blindly like a pack of lost sheep and continue to ignore the facts in front of your face and believe they will make the playoffs then that is your dream land not mine. The trade has sold the farm for this year....with probably nothing in return for next year.....like it or not those are the facts.
    Out of our 13 remaining games we have to meet the team that beat us 9-3 on sunday again 4 more times. oh, and that means Halifax and Bridgewater have to lose all those games in hand for us to have a chance. Enough with this. Best of luck to Derek and Adam.