Steel Belted Radials
Based out of the Tire Dome in Barrie, ON
Past yearbooks described GM Dunlop as: “One of the most boring GM’s in the league.” This comment may have been accurate at the time, but rings hollow today. Other past comments such as: “A reputation for drafting and growing his players… …for drafting youth. …build[ing] a solid young team that GM Josh envies” still hold true today. GM Dunlop drafted intelligently from the get-go and worked from a position of strength the first decade of the BBY. He’s been tinkering much more the past 4 years, and clearly invested towards a youth movement by the end of the 2012-2013 season –motivated in part, no doubt, by the betrayal of long-time franchise star Ilya Kovalchuk. So while his teams have not done as well statistically the past few seasons, he is a much more intriguing study as a GM. The desire to win again is clearly building…
GM Dunlop is the founding commissioner of the BBY. His franchise has been in play since the original 1999-2000 season. The team name comes from his last name of Dunlop and the “Steel-belted” tire ads that were popular when he was growing up (tire companies don’t really advertise that feature anymore since it isn’t so special). This team name has most often been shown as “SB Radials” for the duration of the BBY, and rumours of GM Dunlop officially shortening the name to just “Radials” have been around for some time.
GM Dunlop was challenged at first to find the right logo. Ironically, GM Bobby of the Flyin’ Pepperalls recalled that there used to be Canadian Tire money with a running tire character on it. A little research discovered that the “Running Tire” version of Canadian Tire money was printed in 1961… and only 1961 (way before both of their times so how GM Bobby remembered this is beyond all reason). The fact that the tire is clearly running away with the money only further cemented this as the logo to be. This remains one of the best logos in the entire BBY. It is unique, not used by other hockey organizations and matches up with the franchise name and philosophy. The only knock against this logo over the years has been the poor resolution. The rendition pictured here is actually one of the best quality images ever found of it.
|2013 (lockout)||Henrik Zetterberg||48|
|2005 (lockout)||Brendan Morrison|
|2013 (lockout)||Ilya Kovalchuk||27|
|Paul Newman (Reg Dunlop)||Coach||2003-2008|
|Elizabeth Hurley||Euro Scout||2003-2009|
|Benicio Del Toro||Head Scout||2003-2009|
|Miley Cyrus||Assistant Coach||2009-present|
|Carrie Underwood||Background duties||2008-present|
|Evanka Osmak||Assistant GM (and brains)||2013-present|
Tracking GM Dunlop’s staff is tricky. The official record is shown above, and GM Dunlop himself had this to say:
“We are a family run organization. Hillary Duff was brought in because I had Mike Comrie when they started dating.
Miley Cyrus was signed by mistake when GM Dunlop trash talked as Duff referring to her playing the character Hannah Montana…later realized Duff and Montana were not the same person. Reluctant to admit this embarrassing blunder instead he announced the signing of Cyrus.
Underwood was brought in when Mike Fisher started dating her in 2008…she is a present member although more in the background.”
The Arch Enemy
The Steel Belted Radials were so far above the rest of the pool in firepower for a run of seasons that a hate/ignore relationship sort of developed. Don’t get us wrong, every GM in the BBY likes to beat GM Dunlop, just some of them have never done it so they seem to have lost hope of ever doing so (even when the SB Radials are at their most vulnerable shape ever).
The one team that always seems to be close to SB Radials is the Sens. It is well known that GM Dunlop loves beating GM Scott. Now that the Sens are closing in on the all-time titles record (3 for the Sens, 4 for the Radials) look for the competition between these two to intensify.
|Draft Year||1st selection and position taken (if known)|
|1999||Teemu Selanne (6th)|
|2000||Scott Gomez (1st)|
|2001||Ilya Kovalchuk (1st)|
|2003||PM Bouchard (10th)|
|2004||Marek Svatos (14th)|
|2005||Andrei Kostitsyn (11th)|
|2006||Bryan Little (25th)|
|2007||Ryan Callahan (52nd)|
|2008||Pascal Dupuis (32nd)|
|2009||Teddy Purcell (35th)|
|2010||Tyler Ennis (13th)|
|2011||PM Bouchard (36th)|
|2012||Chris Kreider (13th)|
|2013||Nathan MacKinnon (1st)|
|2014||Sam Bennett (3rd)|