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Vincent Dunn Attempts To Bring Old Time Hockey Back

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If only Vincent Dunn was around the game 20-30 years ago he'd likely be a shoo-in heading for the NHL while doing what he knows best, getting under the skin of his opponents. Unfortunately things change, but despite that, there's still a chance.

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This is the final article of a four part series introducing new players to the organization: the first featuring Tobias Lindberg, the next with Nick Paul, the third with defenseman Ben Harpur, and now the final one focusing on forward Vincent Dunn.

While gathering some notes concerning Vincent, I realized that in researching a player I've only witnessed playing one game for Binghamton late in the spring of 2013, I've become brainwashed to the modern day hockey era. Not so sure if it's a favorable stance to be associated with, but we all as fans have seemed to adapt to changes and I have too somewhat.

In those notes, I stumbled upon this gem when he was part of the Gatineau Olympiques provided by a press release by the QMJHL following his five game suspension on Jan 1st, 2014 against a player for the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada;

The Armada player was battling an opponent for the puck along the boards at the face-off level in his zone.
He was stooped over, his head at the height of the boards.
The player at fault was near the goal.
He took three to four strides, glided for several feet and hit his opponent who was in a vulnerable position and wasn’t able to see him.
He headed towards his opponent at an angle and hit his upper body and head simultaneously and with force.
The player at fault made no effort to minimize the contact or play the puck.
His opponent was injured.
This was not the first offense of the player at fault.

I'm not at all in favor of condoning his actions here, and an intent to injure will not draw any favorable reviews in today's game. He's at least twenty years late to the party.

However, a lot has been said about Dunn, as he was drafted by Ottawa in the fifth round (138th overall) in 2013, including in an excellent piece concerning his playing time by a former colleague of mine Alex Quevillon (@A_Quevillon) at SenShot, in an article here. Like Alex mentioned in his article, "Dunn’s antics weren’t enough to stop the Senators from drafting the local product in the fifth round of the 2013 draft". Not only that, Bryan Murray signed him soon after.

Then, Rimouski Oceanic head coach Serge Beausoleil pushed his team to winning the President's Cup last season in five games over the Quebec Remparts. Dunn didn't see any post season action and his coach had this to share before the start of the playoffs;

"Dunn is no longer part of the team's plan," Oceanic GM Serge Beausoleil told L'Avantage.qc.ca in French Saturday. "We solved this Friday morning. He was very sick last week after his two-game suspension. This week, he has struggled to return to the standards that the guys can play and you could see that the passion was gone. That's all I'll say about it and he was relieved of his duties Friday morning." ...

~ March 22, 2015 Bruce Garrioch Ottawa Sun

Issues eh? Perhaps, but not always the case as he could quickly win over Binghamton fans with some maturity. While the 5' 11", 186lbs. centerman from Hull, PQ may have gotten away with certain antics in the past, it just won't fly if Luke Richardson has anything to say about it.

Entering his second year of a three year entry level deal signed last Oct, Dunn might find himself breaking into the pros for the Evansville IceMen of the ECHL level depending on roster moves before making the jump to the AHL.

He had ten fights last season, highlighted by this particular one in showing some support for his teammates after a big hit by Elie Berube on one of his teammates midway through last season.  You can see Dunn unleash a barrage of lefts to Berube.


And then only two days later:



Old time hockey fans like myself gotta love it (both videos courtesy of hockeyfights.com.)

Regardless though, Darren Kramer's days as a Senator appear to be over, as there is no room for two agitators on one minor league club. I'm guessing this is the perfect role for Vincent to fill, replacing the often soft-hitting Kramer, and will see most of his action on the team's checking line at some point.

But as a centerman, Binghamton is pretty well set with the bottom six with Ryan Dzingel and Max McCormick leading the way heading towards opening faceoff next season. Perhaps pushing him to the left side would be a favorable move to fit him in.

Let's wipe the slate clean and begin that maturity process for Dunn while adapting to the present rules and locker room etiquette. Let's give this hard-nosed player his chance to shine for the Binghamton Senators at some point in 2015-'16.