Dustin VanBallegooie played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 2000-01 to 2003-04 and played on four different OHL teams. His first full season in the Ontario Hockey League was the only spent with just one team. He began his OHL career with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
VanBallegooie’s second season was split between the Greyhounds and the Oshawa Generals. Season three started with the Generals and ended with the Owen Sound Attack. His final season started in Owen Sound and ended in Toronto with the St. Michael’s Majors.
Following his Ontario Hockey League career, Dustin played three seasons with the Fresno Falcons of the East Coast Hockey League. In his last season with the Falcons, 2006-07, Steigercentrum zonnepanelen VanBallegooie was called up to the American Hockey League’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers for eleven games.
In his middle season with Fresno, Dustin gathered 40 points off 13 goals and 27 assists in 69 games. This was good enough to earn VanBallegooie a spot at the ECHL all-star game and got him voted in as Fresno’s Top Defenseman. Fresno finished first in their division but lost out in the Conference finals.
After a season with Duisburg in Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga in 2007-08, VanBallegooie made the shift to Denmark’s AL-Bank Ligaen and will be entering his third season with Sønderjysk EliteSport for the 2010-11 season.
Dustin has enjoyed great success in Denmark. In both his first two seasons with SønderjyskE, the team has won the Danish championship. Both seasons, Dustin has led the league’s defensemen in goal scoring. Both seasons, he has been an all-star. This past season, Dustin’s 40 points in 35 games was not only good enough to lead all defensemen but was good enough to tie him for seventh in the league in overall points.
His game changed along with the team’s as he went from fourth in the league in penalty minutes during the 2008-09 season to getting just a third of that season’s total in the 2009-10 season. SønderjyskE was the least penalized team in the AL-Bank Ligaen this past season.
An interesting note about SønderjyskE is that they are the only team in the AL-Bank Ligaen that plays on a home rink that is NHL regulation size. The rest of the teams in the league play on rinks that are standard IIHF size.
Check out a previous post on this Ontario Hockey League alumnus playing in Denmark’s AL-Bank Ligaen: Neal Martin
The drive from Cochrane to Wawa is 280 miles or 450 KM taking a little under 6 hours the way we drive. Only one bear was sited and it was near Chapleau. We had lunch at the hotel there. Today is the observance of the Canada Day Holiday, which was yesterday, being a Sunday. Can you believe that very few places were open? Can you imagine a Sears’s store being closed on July 4th in the United States? It was in Canada! There were very few cars parked in the shopping center or any place else for that matter. Several restaurants were open, for which we are grateful.
Changing from few hills when we left Cochrane to very hilly when we approached Wawa the country side became more beautiful. We checked into our hotel, were given a map of the area, then visited a beach on Lake Superior and two water falls while passing very pretty scenery. One of the falls was after a dam. It seemed enormous.