Growing up, former Ohio State men’s ice hockey senior goalie Cal Heeter often dreamed of playing in the National Hockey League. On Tuesday, that dream was closer to becoming a reality when Heeter agreed to terms of a contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. “I think that’s everyone’s dream who’s ever played hockey at a competitive level — to one day make it to the NHL,” Heeter told The Lantern Wednesday. Philadelphia had been eyeing Heeter as a prospect for the past few years. “They had scouts at some of our games this year,” Heeter said. “They’ve been following me in previous years as well. I had known that they had interest for a while now, it was just a matter of time before we figured it all out at the end.” OSU ended its season last weekend, getting swept in a best-of-three series by Notre Dame in the first round of the CCHA playoffs. It was just a matter of days until Heeter received the contract offer he accepted from the Flyers, which he confirmed to The Lantern in a Tuesday email. Chris Pryor, director of hockey operations for the Flyers, said given the lack of goaltending depth in the organization, Heeter will have a chance to make an impact in Philadelphia. “We think (Heeter’s) got a lot of potential … we’re extremely high on him,” Pryor said. “He’s got a great opportunity in our organization. We think he’s got a bright future.” A two-year starter in net for the Buckeyes, Heeter is third in program history in save percentage (.915) and goals-against average (2.58), eighth in saves (2428) and ninth in wins (39). Heeter said other NHL teams expressed interest in signing him following his career at OSU. The potential to succeed within the Flyers’ organization made them stand out from other suitors. “At the end it came down to which team I felt would blend me into having the greatest opportunity to be where I wanted to be next year — playing in the minor leagues in the NHL and having the opportunity to play well and move up from there,” Heeter said. Heeter said he had envisioned himself playing professional hockey early in his OSU career. “To be playing at such a great school and for such a great program, I realized that maybe one day it (was) possible for me to graduate from here and move on and make it to the next level,” he said. “It’s been a long process and I had to work a lot at every level to move on and get to the next one.” Heeter’s coach said the goaltender’s growth on and off the ice is the reason he will be playing professionally. “I think it comes down to one thing — maturity,” OSU coach Mark Osiecki said. “I think he has grown as both a person and a player and I think it comes right down to that.” He will have to continue to improve in order to play well within the Flyers’ organization. “Every day, I’m out there working as hard as I can, making sure that I am consistent and as good as I can be,” Heeter said. “At the next level, every player is that much better, so there is hardly any room for mistakes.” Osiecki accepted the coaching position at OSU before Heeter’s junior season, and with his staff, made a huge impact on the goalie’s career, Heeter said. “I can’t give enough credit to the new coaching staff,” Heeter said. “They’ve done so much for me personally. You can’t measure the amount of effort and energy they’re putting in to make this one of the best hockey programs in all of college hockey.” Heeter will attend class at OSU during Spring Quarter and graduate after. Following graduation, he said he will spend some time in Columbus before returning to his home in St. Louis, Mo. Then, he will be off to the Flyers’ training camp in September. The Flyers have two minor league teams, the Adirondack Phantoms of the American Hockey League and the Greenville Road Warriors of the East Coast Hockey League. Heeter said he expects to be playing for one of those teams next fall. While he has never been to Philadelphia, Heeter said he is looking forward to one day playing in the sports-centric city. “The fan base there is absolutely incredible and I know that they’re second to none as far as the fans go, so I think that is going to be great as well,” he said. Pryor said he expects Flyers fans to appreciate Heeter’s personality and dedication to the sport. “All those things come into play,” Pryor said. “He’s got a bright future ahead of him. Obviously, it’s going to come down to Cal, but we know he’s got a great work ethic and a great attitude. We think it’s a great fit.” The Flyers are 37-21-7 and in third-place in the Atlantic Division, as well as fifth-place in the Eastern Conference.
Malik Harrison (39) tackles Rutgers second string Quarterback Troy Anthony (19) during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorOne week following the announcement of freshman linebacker Baron Browning’s shoulder injury, another linebacker will miss the rest of spring practice.Ohio State sophomore linebacker Malik Harrison underwent shoulder surgery and won’t play in the spring game on April 15, but is expected to play in the fall, OSU coach Urban Meyer said on Tuesday.“Malik Harrison is going to play. He’s done for the spring. He had shoulder surgery. He’ll be a lot like Baron Browning,” he said. “They’re both standing out there next to each other. They’re both going to play. Very athletic guys. Malik was having a tremendous (spring). He’s going to compete for a starting spot.”Harrison, Columbus native from Walnut Ridge High School, had been impressing at linebacker during spring practice after playing in 11 games last season, registering 13 total tackles, one tackle for loss and one sack.
Itahar/Buniyadpur (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday asked the people to keep vigil about transportation of boxes of various colours, in an oblique reference to allegations of a black trunk having been offloaded from the prime minister’s helicopter in Karnataka. Speaking at two rallies in Balurghat constituency, Banerjee attacked the RSS saying that it has imbibed the “shopping mall culture”. “I urge the public to keep their eyes and ears open as during elections boxes of various colours – red, blue and other colours – are coming,” Banerjee said without naming anyone. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata The Congress had on Sunday demanded a probe into the alleged transportation of a “suspicious black trunk” in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s helicopter during his visit to Chitradurga in Karnataka for poll campaign. Modi had addressed an election rally in Chitradurga on April 9. The party also played a video clip purportedly showing that the trunk, after being unloaded from the PM’s helicopter, was carried to a private car that, it alleged, was not a part of the SPG carcade and was taken away. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Taking on the RSS, the Trinamool Congress supremo said, “Those who used to wear khaki shorts have now imbibed the shopping mall culture.” The RSS have shed its 90-year-old dress code and knee-length khaki shorts were replaced by brown trousers. She reiterated her allegation that the Congress is taking assistance of the RSS to help its Jangipur and Baharampur candidates win. While Abhijit Mukherjee, the son of former President Pranab Mukherjee, is the Congress candidate at Jangipur, former West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee president Adhir Chowdhury is the the party’s candidate from Baharampur. Claiming that the BJP was indulging in politics of dividing people on religious lines, Banerjee said she was ready to risk her life but would not allow politics of division. “It (BJP) claims to be champion of Hinduism. Are we not Hindus?” she asked, saying that her parents had taught her to respect all religions and to treat them equally. The firebrand TMC supremo, who is a Brahmin, said she chants Chandi mantra every morning. “The BJP is imposing on us a religion which has no relation to Hinduism or our country. We believe in togetherness of different faiths and languages,” she said. Claiming that the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre has worked against the interest of the general public of the country, she alleged that prices of petroleum products were increased everyday when crude oil rates were low in the international market. “The LPG price has touched Rs 800 per cylinder. If a poor person has to buy gas at such a high price, he will be left with no money to buy food,” she said. Claiming that the NRC in Assam has left lakhs of Hindu and Muslim Bengalis stateless, she asserted that she will not allow it in West Bengal. BJP president Amit Shah has said in various rallies in West Bengal that the saffron party would implement the NRC in the state if voted to power again.
JPMorgan et al can keep this up as long as they think they can get more leveraged longs to sell.As I mentioned in ‘The Wrap’ in yesterday’s column, the gold price didn’t do much of anything in Far East trading on Wednesday…and the London high came very shortly after the 8:00 a.m. GMT open. Then at precisely 9:00 a.m. the selling started, sell stops were tripped, and down went the price.That decline came to an end at the London a.m. gold fix at 10:30 local time…and from there it didn’t do much until around 8:40 a.m. in New York. Then, in the space of about fifty minutes, another twelve bucks was peeled off the price, with the low of the day [$1,627.00 spot] coming minutes before the open of the equity markets at 9:30 a.m. Eastern.Gold rallied in fits and starts from there…but the price action really quieted down once the Comex trading session ended at 1:30 p.m. From there it moved a few dollars higher going into the close of electronic trading at 5:15 p.m. in New York.Gold closed at $1,644.90 spot…down $5.20 on the day. Volume, net of all roll-overs, was in the 148,000 contract range…about 30% higher than Wednesday’s volume.Silver’s high of the day was in London at the same moment as gold’s…and from there, the selling pressure was relentless all day long, as the high-frequency traders did their thing.Silver’s low price tick [$31.01 spot] came about twenty minutes before the Comex close at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time…and then silver rallied a bit going into the Comex close, and a little more in the electronic trading session that followed.Silver’s intraday price move was $1.16…or 3.6%…about the same intraday price move as Tuesday. Silver closed at $31.59 spot…down 58 cents on the day. Net volume was very heavy…around 47,000 contracts.The dollar index, which had been down all through early Far East trading, caught a bid moments after the London open…and by the London a.m. gold fix was up 45 basis points. From there it traded sideways…with the high tick of the day coming around 9:45 a.m. Eastern.From there it traded lower until precisely noon in New York…and moved sideways into the close. It was another day where the dollar index closed virtually unchanged.It was also another day where the gold price and dollar index activity were chained together but, as always, the metal sold off far more than the dollar index decline warrantedThe gold stocks gapped down almost three percent at the open and, despite the fact that gold recovered almost all its losses on the day, the shares barely moved off the floor. The HUI closed down 1.96%.Most of the silver stocks in Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed down on the day as well…and that index closed lower by 2.25%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that 87 gold and 1 lonely silver contract were posted for delivery on Monday. The link to this action is here.The GLD ETF showed that an authorized participant withdrew 242,851 troy ounces of gold…and there were no reported changes in SLV.There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday, they reported receiving a chunky 1,315,174 troy ounces of silver…and shipped a very small 18,523 ounces out the door. The link to that activity is here.Here’s a chart about Turkish gold demand that Washington state reader S.A. sent my way yesterday. There’s a must read story about Turkish gold demand further down.Here’s another chart. This one was sent to me by reader Tim Hart. It shows Mark Hulbert’s data for Gold timing letters…and it’s at the lowest it’s been in the 23 months shown on this chart…down at 5%. And as Tim said…”From a contrarian point of view, this is quite bullish.” Yes, it is.Reader Scott Pluschau has another blog on silver for us today. It’s headlined “Update on Silver with a follow up from the CFTC“…and the link is here. What Scott found out from the CFTC was the cut-off for the Commitment of Traders Report comes at the close of Comex trading every Tuesday. I thank him for digging up this info…and laying the issue to rest once and for all.I have the usual number of stories…and the final edit, as always, is in your hands.It was another day of the same old stuff. Nothing changed in the physical market…and the action was in the Comex futures market, which is all paper. Using high-frequency trading tactics, ‘da boyz’ engineered the price lower…sell stops were hit…and down went the price in all four precious metals.As I’ve said all week, I have no idea when the bottom will be in. JPMorgan et al can keep this up as long as they think they can get more leveraged longs to sell out as they maneuver the precious metals prices lower. Once they think they’ve covered as many shorts as they can…or gone long themselves…then the bottom will be in.This is the same pattern that we saw during November and December…and the question I asked then, still applies now. When the bottom is finally in and the subsequent rally begins, who will be go short against the technical fund longs and the small traders that come flooding back into the market? If it’s the usual Commercial traders, then the outcome will be the same as we are experiencing now.It’s always possible that JPMorgan et al will instigate the next rally on their own…going into the market and purchasing long positions to cover their short positions. They did it in the past…and they may do it again.The way to tell, is to watch the open interest numbers. If open interest climbs as the prices rise, it’s the same old, same old pattern…as new long positions are met by new Commercial short positions. On the other hand, if prices rise while open interest drops, then that’s ‘da boyz’ are covering short positions by buying a long…and that extinguishes open interest and it will show a decline.So we just have to wait it out and see what happens. We’ve still got five business days left in March before we hit first notice day for the April delivery month in gold…and as I’ve also mentioned before, we’ll probably have to wait until after that date to see if the selling pressure subsides.Today we get the long-awaited Commitment of Traders Report. All of last week’s big take-down will be in it and, hopefully, everything that happened going into the close of Comex trading on Tuesday when we had that big HFT event. But, as I’ve also said before, ‘da boyz’ are great at withholding data when it suits them…and this may be one of those times. We’ll see.Not much happened in Far East trading during their Friday…and volume was pretty light going into the London open. The dollar index headed south just before that time… and, as of 5:13 a.m. Eastern time, is down about 45 basis points from its earlier high. But that has had only a minor positive impact on the prices of both metals. It seems that gold and silver only ‘react’ strongly if the dollar is in rally mode…and it’s my opinion that the Commercial traders use a dollar rally of any size…that they themselves probably instigate…as cover for their engineered sell-offs.Here’s the 5-day dollar index, to put this morning’s drop into perspective for the week that was.As of 5:18 a.m. Eastern time, gold is up about eight dollars…and silver is up the magnificent sum of 10 cents. One can only imagine how much they would have fallen if the dollar index had rallied that amount. Volume is up from the London open…but is not quite as high as it was this time on Thursday.Since today is Friday, I’ll be ready for pretty much any price scenario that shows up on my computer screen when I turn the beast on later this morning.With the precious metals and their shares still on sale…but for how much longer, nobody knows…there’s still the opportunity to either readjust your portfolio, or get fully invested in the continuing major up-leg of this bull market in both silver and gold…and I respectfully suggest that you take a trial subscription to either Casey Research’s International Speculator [junior gold and silver exploration companies], or BIG GOLD [large producers], with all our best (and current) recommendations…as well as the archives. Don’t forget that our 90-day guarantee of satisfaction is in effect for both publications.I hope you have a great weekend…and I’ll see you here sometime tomorrow. Uranium Energy Corp. 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