Hackers 1999A vs. Hackers 1999B - The Eternal Debate - 10/28/1999 12:37:19 PM

When reflecting on all of the ADCFHL's memorable seasons, many great teams come to mind. But the two teams that stand out more than any other teams are the 1999A Hackers and the 1999B. So, who's better -- the 1999A Hackers or the 1999B Hackers?

First let's look at the similarities between these two powerhouses. John Price, John Dulong, John Fenton, Wayne Abbey all returned this year from the Hackers' first championship team. Price, the cornerstone of the Hackers team, led the league in points in 1999A with 44 points. This year he's on pace for only 36. Has he lost a step? Some would argue that the goaltending in 1999B significantly outclasses that of 1999A - which would account in Price's diminishing production.

As for captain John Dulong, it would be hard to argue that the 1999A version is better than the 1999B variety. This year Dulong is leading the league in save percentage, goals against and posted the league's first ever shutout.

John Fenton's production is down this year by exactly half of his output last season - probably a product of the more defensive style he has adapted this year. And Wayne Abbey is having an almost identical season to last: outworking opponents and scoring goals when they count the most. The most significant loss to the Hackers' squad, was that of Don Abbott. Abbott averaged over 5 points a game last season for the Hackers. Also gone is backup goaltender Tim Sawlor, who earned the Hackers some key wins between the pipes. Fortunately for the Hackers, they haven't had to rely on a backup this season.

New additions to the Hackers this season appear to be the difference between the two Hackers teams. Rookie Bruce Walden has played a solid physical game on the blueline so far this season and rookie forwards Greg Foran and Randall Leard are both in contention for rookie of the year honors. In fact, Leard had recently taken sole possession of the scoring race lead midway through the season before being suspended for the rest of the regular season after reportedly failing a drug test.

So what would the final score be if these two teams ever played? Hackers 1999A 9, Hackers 1999B 11. John Price scores the winning goal after intercepting his own pass, and thus getting the assist on his own goal.


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