Updated Nov. 12, 2014

2014 WBC Report    

 2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

Danny Lewis, DE

2014 Champion

Event History
1993    Andy Lewis     24
1994    Luke Kratz     39
1995    Peter Staab     74
1996    Leonard Omolecki     75
1997    Dan Metzger    106
1998    Dennis Nicholson    116
1999    Derek Landel    131
2000    Leonard Omolecki    133
2001    Kaarin Engelmann    108
2002    Richard Curtin    140
2003    Mark Guttag    141
2004    Devin Flawd    122
2005    Greg Berry    137
2006    Jeff Cornett    156
2007    Ted Simmons    180
2008    Ken Gutermuth    171
2009    Alexandra Henning    203
2010    Josh Githens    188
2011    Nicole Reiff    226
2012    Derek Landel    207
2013    Kristen LaDue    194
2014    Danny Lewis    234


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Derek Landel       NJ    12     81
  2.  Kaarin Engelmann   VA    08     66
  3.  Ken Gutermuth      NC    10     54
  4.  Josh Githens       SC    12     50
  5.  Yoel Weiss         NJ    14     48
  6.  Doug Galullo       FL    12     46
  7.  Danny Lewis        DE    14     40
  8.  Kristen LaDue      NY    13     40
  9.  Nicole Reiff       OH    11     40
 10.  Alexandra Henning  CT    09     40
 11.  Ted Simmons        NJ    07     40
 12.  Greg Berry         VA    06     39
 13.  Leonard Omolecki   PA    11     38
 14.  Luke Parauda       NJ    13     34
 15.  Jeff Cornett       FL    06     30
 16.  Devin Flawd        PA    04     30
 17.  Mark Guttag        VA    03     30
 18.  Richard Curtin     NY    02     30
 19.  Ben Collinson Jr   MD    14     24
 20.  Frank Cunliffe     PA    12     24
 21.  Mark Smith         KY    09     24
 22.  Jerry Cantrill     VA    07     24
 23.  Jerome Billones    VA    05     18
 24.  Rebecca Hebner     CO    04     18
 25.  Mike Stachowski    NY    02     18
 26.  Gordon Elgart      CA    01     18
 27.  Ken Keller         AZ    00     18
 28.  John Poniske Jr    PA    00     17
 29.  Natalie Beach      MD    11     16
 30.  Jessica Foster     NY    10     16
 31.  Shannon Keating    IN    09     16
 32.  Joe Yaure          PA    07     16
 33.  John Emery         SC    01     16
 34.  Steve Scott        CA    05     15
 35.  Nathan Druelinger  MD    14     12
 36.  Ray Freeman        CA    13     12
 37.  Paul Weintraub     MD    12     12
 38.  Drew Duboff        NJ    11     12
 39.  Hans Kirketerp     dk    10     12
 40.  Rachel Harley      VA    09     12
 41.  Sam Edelston       CT    08     12
 42.  Derik Galullo      FL    07     12
 43.  Legend Dan Hoffman MD    06     12
 44.  Tim Dolan          NJ    02     12
 45.  Andy Lewis         DE    00     12
 46.  Ben Goldstein      SC    99     12
 47.  Dan Dolan Jr       NJ    09     11
 48   Harald Henning     CT    05      9
 49.  Branden Bernard    PA    04      9
 50.  Ray Stakenas II    MI    03      9
 51.  Jason Levine       NY    02      9
 52.  Paul Saunders      VA    01      9
 53.  Andy Latto         MA    14      8
 54.  Kevin Cantwell     PA    13      8
 55.  David Metzger      NY    12      8
 56.  Tony Musella       VA    07      8
 57.  Brooks Beyma       MD    08      6
 58.  Adam Nolan         VA    06      6
 59.  Brian Mountford    CA    05      6
 60.  Mark Mitchell      GA    04      6
 61.  Dan Lawall         VA    02      6
 62.  John Ellsworth     IL    01      6
 63.  Harry Flawd        PA    00      6
 64.  Luke Koleszar      VA    99      6
 65.  Antony Saccenti    MD    14      4
 66.  Gus Collars        SC    13      4
 67.  Samantha Berk      PA    11      4
 68.  Charles Squibb     PA    10      4
 69.  Sean Druellinger   MD    09      4
 70.  Brittany Bernard   PA    07      4
 71.  Sam Brosius        CT    08      3
 72.  Andy Gardner       VA    06      3
 73.  John Kerr          VA    04      3
 74.  David Vereb        PA    03      3
 75.  Michael Zorrer     DE    02      3
 76.  Steve Crenshaw     VA    00      3
 77.  Brian Kirchner     KY    99      2

2014 Laurelists
Repeating Laurelists:

Yoel Weiss, NJ

Ben Collinson Jr, MD

Nathan Druelinger, MD

Andy Latto, MA

Antony Saccenti, MD

Past Winners

Andy Lewis, DE

Luke Kratz, ID

Peter Staab, PA

Leonard Omolecki, PA
1996, 2000

Dan Metzger, PA

Dennis Nicholson, NY

Derek Landel, NJ
1999, 2012

Kaarin Engelmann, VA

Rich Curtin, NY

Mark Guttag, VA

Devin Flawd, PA

Greg Berry, VA

Jeff Cornett, FL

Ted Simmons, NJ

Ken Gutermuth, NC

Alexandra Henning, CT

Josh Githens, SC

Nicole Reiff, OH

Kristin LaDue, NY

Danny Lewis, DE

 To truly appreciate these knuckleheads you gotta realize how cold that ballroom was. The ice was cold.

Bruce Reiff awards the best costume winner ...

... to the obvious delight of the Jay's Basement contingent.

Sean and Nathan Druelinger - father & son - are in the mood.

The Mafia is sporting their spiffy new Green shirts for Slapshot.

From Father to Son ...

The 2014 Slapshot tournament got off to its traditional rousing start at 11 PM Saturday night - the perfect cap to a great week of gaming. It was a record crowd for the Saturday night gala - but no one noticed since the event was dwarfed by the 300+ field for Ticket to Ride. This year, we had the crowd from Jay's Basement dressed up in matching jerseys, and a player who dressed up as a goalie with a beer bottle permanently affixed inside his mask - to make room for the other bottle in his hand. That's getting ready for Slapshot! We also had a repeat performance of the chest-painted "RANGERS" group - this time with coach! I guess the coach was there to make sure they spelled their team name correctly - by Saturday night nobody's sure about anything anymore.

Since the normal rules-reader Keith Hunsinger couldn't make it this year, we enlisted Dan Dolan Sr. to read "Dan's Rules". I think we'll only be able to con him into doing it once, so next year we'll looking forward to Keith coming back.

Eventually, we all remembered we were here to actually play a game, and the puck was dropped at the center of 22 tables. Amongst the echos of "WHINING!" and sly maneuvering between the people who wanted to advance and the people who wanted to go to bed, we had some notable occurrences:

~ Chris Shabuin won the Pucked award at his table by being constantly defeated and having his best card bruised. He ended up with 1 win, with the catch phrase "Call me the Minnesota Timberwolves". Yeah, since they're a basketball team, that might be why you didn't do so well.

~ Criag Yope managed to get pucked by Tiny Tim three times in the playoffs at his table, including the series-clincher.

~ Doug Galullo managed to score with Tiny Tim five times at his table, but it was all for naught as Nate Druelinger advanced

~ Ben Collinson advanced at his table despite losing a five-overtime game to Zoe Rose

~ Mark Mitchell won his game at the referee's table, but got lost in the bar and never reappeared for the semifinal. We'll let the reader decide if that was a mistake or not.

~ Bryan Collars pulled the upset over Josh Githens at the Greenville Mafia table despite having "no idea what was going on". I think he's got innate skill.

Eventually, all the table winners who managed to make it back from the bar gathered around for our annual Massively Unfair Semifinal Round (we call it that because it's massively unfair!) and when the zamboni smoothed the ice we had our six finalists:

Andy "I'm trying to read a book" Latto, playing the train
Yoel "Last year's runner-up" Weiss, playing the Eiffel Tower, complete with lots of French... um... "speech"
Ben "Shut up and leave me alone" Collinson, playing the purple peg
Danny "My parents just texted to tell me I'm dumb for not losing in the semi" Lewis, playing the yellow peg.
Antony "What are all of these crazy people doing here?" Saccenti, playing the pirate
Nathan "I'm wearing my hockey uniform for this, losers!" Druelinger, playing the blue peg.

Danny went first, immediately looked at his team, declared (in what would become a theme) "Man, my team is horrible!" and immediately traded. Later, we learned that he was dealt both Le Goon and Tiny Tim. Certainly a fun combination, but maybe not one that will help you win a lot of games. Antony used his turn to challenge Nathan. Antony won, but Nathan revealed his superstar. After Nathan challenged Andy and won, Andy (in what would become a theme) traded with Nathan, trying to get that superstar. In all, Andy made a total of six unsuccessful trades with Nathan. Many other players also tried unsuccessfully to trade with Nathan. On Yoel's turn, we learned that he was the player with the bruisers, making him a popular target to play the bad teams (in the hopes they would get better).

When it came around to Ben's turn, he turned to Danny and said "I hear you have a horrible team - me too!" and challenged Danny to a game. Danny won handily, proving that Ben was the true patsy. Danny was upset with this ("Hey, my team's bad too!"). As it turns out, Danny's "bad" team managed to beat at least half the table at one time or another, while Bengot his first win in the 14th victory of the season. And when that win happened, Ben was shocked ("What? I won?"). Ben's misery continued in other ways - after finally playing Yoel and getting a bad card replaced by a bruiser, he immediately lost it to Danny's Tiny Tim.

As the patsy-beating continued, Yoel and Andy were quietly gathering good teams and moving up in the rankings. Eventually Danny realized this, and traded with Andy's team. Since he was given a defenseman, Danny had to decide whether to give up his 7-rated defender or Tiny Tim. Despite having scored three goals, Danny gave his Tiny Tim away. Andy, not appreciating the gift, immediately drafted a new defenseman to replace him.

As the games continued, every player had a chance to shine, and at one point all of the players had between four and six wins, making it anyone's game. Everyone besides Yoel and Andy were trying to compete for the "worst team" prize, arguing over who was the doormat. Eventually it was decided that Ben was the doormat, Danny was the doorbell, and Nathan declared himself the "welcome mat". Which is better than being the doormat, I guess?

But in the midst of it all, the player who probably ended up with the actual worst team was Antony. He engaged in a series of trades with Andy, and continually got the same horrible players back on subsequent trades. After a while, it seemed like he got all of the bad cards, and when he picked one up, said "Welcome back to the team".

As the playoffs were about to start, Yoel, Nathan, and perennial doormat Nathan were one game away. Ben managed to win another game to start the playoffs. But first, we had the series for fifth place between frequent trading partners Andy and Antony. Andy's team had gotten decimated once the tabled realized how good it was, and Antony's team could never improve, so this was destined to be an epic matchup. In the three-game series, both the second and third games went to overtime using all six cards, but Andy prevailed in the end.

In the "real" playoffs, Danny played Ben in the first round, and showed who was really the doormat by rolling over Ben quickly. In the other series, Nathan had the better team on paper, but Yoel managed to bruise Nathan's superstar - who had survived the entire game up until that point - in the first playoff game, and then bruised Nathan's next best player in the second game. After that, Yoel advanced handily.

In the championship series, we had Danny and his "horrible" team against Yoel, who had been training for an entire year after coming in second last year. Yoel's bruiser was hungry for blood, but he couldn't factor in the contents of the player deck - Danny managed to gain two 7-rated players and Crease Lightning to replace his bruised players. After that, Danny's new and improved team couldn't be stopped, and he took the superstar plaque to taunt his parents, and Yoel was sent home with yet another second place coaster. But for a moment in time, the Slapshot standings had the perfect balance with father and son bookends.

Danny's final team: 7,5,2,7,7,10 (2 of the 7's and the 10 goalie were drawn in the championship series to replace bruised players).
Yoel's final team: 6,6,3,7,2*,9

 Jay's Basement certainly came equipped to play some hockey.

WBC's favorite referee drops the puck for future bruisers.

The munchkins go skating. The one in the striped shirt is the GM.

 Slapshot Junior

Four hours before dropping the puck for 234 crazed hockey fans Saturday night, Mark Yoshikawa warmed up with 28 little bruisers. Every WBC young 'un needs to get their skates wet in the traditional Saturday night party eventually so Mark has been running the Juniors league for years - many of whom have since grown up and are now sending their children to his academy.

~ 1st: Caiden Baralo, age 11

~ 2nd: Ella Landel, age 9

~ 3rd: David DeAcereto, age 10

~ 4th: Emma Weintraub, age 11

~ 5th: Holly Saccenti, age 11; 2013 defending champ

~ 6th: Seamus Parauda, age 11

 GM     Sean McCulloch [10th year]  NA  NA 

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