Windsor Star

Ex-Spitfire Wellwood misses tee time

Hall not only Oiler to sit

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LOCAL HOCKEY

Former Spitfire Eric Wellwood just missed a chance to tee off at one of the most prestigiou­s golf courses last week.

Wellwood, who was called up to the Philadelph­ia Flyers for three games, had planned to join the team on a bonding trip and golf outing at the Pinehurst Resport.

But before he could get on the plane, the Flyers sent him back to the AHL's Adirondack Phantoms in Glen Falls, N.Y., where he arrived to one inch of snow.

“One good thing about it is that I've got Tiger Woods 2011, so I got to play the course anyway,” Wellwood told poststar.com.

Wellwood, who recorded an assist with the Flyers, said he was a little surprised to receive a call to the NHL.

“It caught me completely off guard,” Wellwood said.

“For one, I didn't think I'd be the first call up. When I first walked in the room they had the lines up.

“I was going in there expecting maybe to play a couple minutes, a couple shifts, and they had me on the first line with (Flyers captain) Mike Richards. That didn't help my nerves at all.”

Oilers take seat

Ex-Spit Taylor Hall isn't the only Edmonton Oiler who has been benched this year.

Captain Shawn Horcoff and Alex Hemsky saw limited ice time in Wednesday's 5-0 loss against Chicago.

“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done in this league,” said Horcoff, who was minus two in 10:44 of ice time.

“He’s made it abundantly clear that he’s going to hold everyone responsibl­e for their play to turn this around.”

Hall is scoreless in his last two games and was minus one in 17:05 of ice time against the Blackhawks.

The six-foot-one, 194-pound winger has three goals, four assists and is minus eight in 17 games.

Watson chips in

Ex-Spit Austin Watson had an assist in Peterborou­gh's 4-1 loss to Erie Thursday in the OHL.

Watson has four goals, 10 assists and is minus 12 in 20 games with the Petes.

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