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THE GOAL--A background dossier

Salmon Kings Booster Club


Three players with experience with the China Sharks, Saint John Seadogs and the Lincoln Stars combined on a goal that has become an internet sensation. The dazzling skills have had fans buzzzing about what they saw. An alert camerman caught the goal on tape and somehow it was quickly forwarded to TSN who then made it as the TSN Sports Centre's Highlight of the Night. Left winger Scott Howes played Jr A with the OPJHL Wexford Raiders but was overlooked by the OHL. An oppurtunity to cross the provincial border led to him making the QMHJL Drummondville Voltiguers as "a walkon." He had 25 goals and a produced at close to a point per game pace. Early in his junior "overage" season, he was traded to the Saint John Sea Dogs. By sesaons end he helped with 76 points in 66 games, and an eye popping 26 points (15 goals) in 14 playoff goals. This earned him a spot at the AHL Manitoba Moose training camp. Five games into 2008-09 Howes was sent to Victoria. He got 22 points (10 goals) in 39 games. A skilled winger with speed, his dazzling skill set led to the pass that resulted in The Goal. Normally a centre, Dirk Southern was The Goal Line right winger. His route to professinal hockey was the Jr A/US College road. After a 95 point (34 goals) 200-01 season with this hometown Winnipeg MJHL team he went south to the USHL Lincoln Stars in Nebraska. From there he spent four seasons with Northern Michigan. There he had 122 points (43 goals) in 149 games. His play led to him being draftd 218th overall in 2003 by the Anaheim Ducks. His professional career began in the home of famous Masters Golf Tournament with the ECHL Augusta Lynx. He stayed in Georgia for two more seasons, both with the Gwinnett Gladiators. In 08-09 he was called up to play 17 games with the AHL Manitoba Moose. Salmon Kings GM Mark Morrison engineered a deal in the summer that brought Dirk Southern to Victoria in exchange for Aaron Brocklehurst. Dirk Southern's superb and quick lateral skating produces some amazing moves for his part of The Goal. That night the TSN commentators made the name Dirk Southern "a household name." Adam Taylor, centre on The Goal Line, left Vancouver Island in the fall of 2000 for what turned out to be a five year jr career witht he WHL Kooteany Ice in Cranbrook. His best WHL numbers came in his last two jr seasons, both with 52 points plus 19 goals in 03-04 and 20 in 04-04. After a breif term at UBC, he joined the 2005-06 Victoria Salmon Kings. Fifteen games into the following season he was sent to Pensacola, who then dished him off to the Florida Everblades. An overseas oppurtunity led him to the new Asian League's entry in Shanghai, the China Sharks. With that league's season being a short one, he returned to North America and signed once again with the Victoria Salmon Kings, where his tenacity in the faceoff circle is appreciated. He was the recipient of his wingers dazzling moves that allowed him to score "The Goal." What to date has not been commented upon is the fact that The Goal Line were playing their first game as a unit. With callups to the AHL, Coach Morrison had to do some line shuffling and struck gold. UPDATE--in the recently completed series in Stockton, Scott Howes and Dirk Southern were injured and are expected to be out of the lineup for some time. Perhaps The Goal Line will be reunited later in the season and produce some playoff magic.


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