Thursday, September 30, 2010

67's Announce Captain and Alternates

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Sept. 30, 2010 (Ottawa, ON.): The Ottawa 67’s today announced that veteran winger Thomas Nesbitt will be the team Captain this season, with Travis Gibbons, Marc Zanetti and Ryan Martindale serving as Alternates.

Nesbitt, a 20 year old who hails from the Ottawa suburb of Stittsville, is in his 5th season with the team. He’s coming off a season in which he set career highs in goals (33) and points (57), after establishing himself as dependable 2-way player in his previous seasons. “Thomas has worked hard and improved since the day that he arrived for his first training camp,” said Head Coach and Assistant General Manager Chris Byrne. “He serves as a great example to his teammates.”

Gibbons, a 20 year old defenceman, is also an OHL veteran entering his 5th season. He was acquired by Ottawa from Guelph during the 2008-09 season. Zanetti, a 20 year old defenceman, is entering his 4th full season in the OHL, all of them with Ottawa. Martindale, a 4 year veteran who turns 19 next month, is a centre, coming off a season where he set a career high in points (60) and was drafted in the 2nd round of the NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. “We’re fortunate to have such a strong leadership group with our guys wearing a letter, and we also have other strong leaders on the team who aren’t wearing a letter,” said Byrne. “It’s a great situation.”

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Tyler Carroll named Storm Captain

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The Guelph Storm has announced that overage forward Tyler Carroll will captain the team for their 20th anniversary season.

Carroll, in his last season in the OHL, has played four seasons with the Storm collecting 20 goals and 40 assists for a total 60 points. Last year the hard nosed forward recorded a career high 39 points. Storm GM and Head Coach jason Brooks described Carroll as someone 'who is respected by the coaches and players and has a great presence both on and off the ice."

Alongside Carroll in the leadership group will be assistants Taylor Beck, Peter Holland and Michael Latta. All three wore the "A" last year with the Storm.

Brooks expressed that "the team is very pleased with the leadership group in place and feels they represent and are an extension of both the coaching staff and the players in the dressing room."

Carroll will officially don the "C" on Friday night as the Storm hit the ice for a game against the Niagara IceDogs.

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"Pink in the Rink" raises $20,317.03

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The Soo Greyhounds Hockey Club, along with event sponsors Scotiabank and Pepsi are extremely proud to announce the total funds raised during this past Saturday’s “Pink in the Rink” fundraiser.

Through the combined events such as the “pass the bucket”, “Pink in the Rink” T-shirt and handbag sales, Pepsi Silent auction and pin and wristband sales along with corporate donations a total of $20, 317.03 was raised for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

On behalf of the Soo Greyhounds and event sponsors we would like to thank all of our fans for their tremendous support of this great initiative.

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Phantoms D-Man Chris Bradley Commits to RPI

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The Phantoms had a very productive USHL Fall Classic and just four days off of their return home, Chris Bradley commits to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

Chris Bradley becomes the eighth Phantom on the 2010-11 roster to secure a college commitment. Bradley is now able to remain fully focused on the season and is relieved that this process is over.

"It all started at the beginning of the year," said Bradley. "RPI saw me at the New York City Festival Camp, while I was trying out for the Team USA Selects squad. Two days after the camp, RPI contacted me and it grew from there. I had the opportunity to visit the school and I loved both the campus and the hockey program. I am very happy with my decision and I am very excited to attend RPI."

When Bradley was brought into Youngstown during the off-season, he was definitely a player that Head Coach Curtis Carr wanted in his locker room.

"When Chris left our camp over the summer," said Carr, "we knew we wanted him on our roster. He is a great hockey player, but an even better person. He makes are team better just because of his character alone."

According to Bradley, he fit the defensive mold that the RPI Engineers were looking for.

"RPI said that I fit the exact mold of their ideal defenseman," said Bradley. "They wanted a big, puck moving defenseman and I can do that well. I want to be an impact player and I want to be a leader in the locker room. I want to play my game and fulfill the expectations that they [RPI] have for me."

Coach Carr echoed those same qualities that RPI saw in Bradley.

"Chris is a very smart defenseman," said Carr. "He moves the puck well, he sees the ice well, he is solid in his own end, and he can be a threat on the power play. He is one of those rare defenseman that can do everything. He is a very good all around player. Again, even with all of his talent, he is a great person and that is what makes him an asset to any team."

While Bradley represents the eighth Phantom commitment, he is quick to recognize the outstanding job that is done not only on the USHL level, but by the coaching staff in Youngstown.

"Youngstown is a great place," said Bradley. "The coaching staff in Youngstown is great. I think that the role they play helps a lot. The number of commitments on our roster just shows the caliber of player that belongs in this league."

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

IceDogs Sign David Pacan

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The Niagara IceDogs have signed 2007 OHL Priority Selection David Pacan, who spent last season playing with for the University of Vermont.

Pacan is a 6'3", 187 lbs. centre who was a sixth round pick (177th overall) of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and had 7 goals and 7 assists in 39 games last season, as one of the University of Vermont's top players.

The Ottawa, ON native was originally selected by the IceDogs in the 14th round of the 2007 OHL Priority Selection and attended had attended IceDogs rookie camp in the past before ultimately deciding to go the NCAA route intially.

Prior to joining the University of Vermont, Pacan had played the previous two seasons playing Junior A hockey for the Cumberland Grads in the CJHL, where he accumulated 34 goals and 64 assists for 98 points in 122 career games.

The signing of Pacan gives the IceDogs a total of of seven players (Billingsley, Pacan, Visentin, Shipley, Hamilton, Wilson and Friesen) who have been selected in the NHL draft. In addition to those seven players, the IceDogs also have Captain Andrew Agozzino who has attended multiple NHL camps, most recently with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and 2011 NHL Entry Draft projected first round pick Dougie Hamilton.

Those players make up just a small part of the IceDogs very talented roster, as the IceDogs prepare to kick off the home portion of what is shaping up to be a very exciting 2010-2011 season.

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The Spokane Chiefs have named 20-year-old Tyler Johnson team captain. The Spokane native will wear the ‘C’ this weekend when the Chiefs travel to Kootenay on Friday and on Saturday night when Spokane hosts the Tri-City Americans in their home opener.

The Chiefs also named fellow 20-year-old Levko Koper as Alternate Captain. Koper is entering his fifth season as a Chief and leads all active players with 259 career games played. He has scored 66 goals in his career.

Both Johnson and Koper were members of the 2008 Memorial Cup Champions.

“Tyler is a logical choice because he’s a good leader. He’s got the leadership qualities that every coach is looking for; he leads by example, he’s a vocal guy, all the players look up to him and he’s a winner, he knows what it takes to win.

“Levko has a lot of the same characteristics and also has a wealth of experience,” Chiefs Head Coach Don Nachbaur said.

“All leaders need one thing, credibility. That comes from doing it yourself and that is why these players are so important for us, they do the right things. They have Memorial Cup rings and they know what it takes to win and that is part of carrying the new torch and passing that knowledge on to the young players, both off the ice and in the games.”

The other two Alternate Captains will be chosen on a nightly basis from a leadership core that includes key veterans.

“You can’t have enough leaders and we’re trying to get everyone involved and take the bull by the horns.”

Johnson takes over the captain duties from 19-year-old defenseman Jared Cowen who is currently playing for the Ottawa Senators.

“Jared Cowen’s goal is to play in the NHL this season with the Senators,” Nachbaur said. “The Spokane Chiefs wish him the best in trying to achieve that goal.”

At 19, Cowen can only play in the NHL with the Senators or be returned to the Chiefs.

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Doherty Named Frontenacs Captain

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The Kingston Frontenacs are proud to announce that fourth year defenseman Taylor Doherty has been named Captain of the 2010-11by the Franchise.

"This is a great opportunity for him," said Head Coach Doug Gilmour. "He's been a quality player and leader for us and this is his recognition. He's worked hard to achieve this and congratulations to him."

Doherty inherits the mantle of captain from the departed Brian Lashoff who wore the "C" for just over a season and a half with the Club.

Doherty, a second round selection of the San Jose Sharks in 2009, will be one the ice this Friday as the Frontenacs meet the Belleville Bulls at 7:30 p.m.

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Whalers’ Alex Aleardi Named OHL Player of the Week

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Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that forward Alex Aleardi of the Plymouth Whalers is the OHL Player of the Week following the first week of regular season action ending September 26. Aleardi led the league in scoring with eight points including seven goals and one assist with a plus-minus rating of plus-4 in three games.

Aleardi had two hat-trick performances and was twice named first star of the game including opening night against the Windsor Spitfires, and Saturday night against the Barrie Colts. He added an assist on Thursday to factor in on all four Whalers’ goals despite a 5-4 shootout loss to the Spitfires to open the regular season, however his three goals on Saturday helped the Whalers earn their first win of the season by a 6-2 score over the Colts. He also recorded a goal Friday night despite a 3-2 loss to the London Knights.

Aleardi, an 18-year-old from Farmington Hills, Michigan, is playing in his third OHL season and first with the Whalers after being acquired from the Belleville Bulls just prior to the start of the season. Last season he recorded 41 points in 64 games scoring 16 goals and 25 assists splitting time with the Bulls and Kitchener Rangers.

Windsor Spitfires’ forwards Zack MacQueen and Alexander Khokhlachev were also considered for the award after each recorded six points in three games. MacQueen’s two goals and four assists and Khokhlachev’s three goals and three assists led the defending champs to a pair of victories on the OHL’s opening weekend. In goal, Philipp Grubauer of the Kingston Frontenacs finished the week with a goals-against-average of 2.00 and save percentage of .954 highlighted by a shutout victory with 44 saves Saturday as first star in a 3-0 win over the Belleville Bulls.

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Voltigeurs atop BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 rankings

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TORONTO, Wednesday, September 29, 2010 – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings for week two of the 2010-11 season. The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings – Week 2

1 - Drummondville Voltigeurs (6-0-0-0)

2 - Mississauga St. Michael's Majors (1-0-0-0)

3 - Tri-City Americans (2-0-0-0)

4 - Quebec Remparts (5-0-0-1)

5 - Kitchener Rangers (2-0-0-0)

6 - London Knights (2-0-0-0)

7 - Saskatoon Blades (2-0-0-0)

8 - Saint John Sea Dogs (4-1-0-1)

9 - Red Deer Rebels (2-0-0-0)

10 - Acadie-Bathurst Titan (5-2-0-0)

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Portland, OR - Luke Walker has signed an entry level contract with the Colorado Avalanche, who selected him in the fifth round of the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft. He has been assigned to the Lake Erie Monsters’ training camp, the Avalanche’s American Hockey League affiliate.

“Luke worked extremely hard for this opportunity and the entire time he kept his eye on becoming a professional player. He improved every year in the WHL and last season he was a key player in our turnaround,” said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Mike Johnston. “Although he was never drafted by a WHL team, and passed through the NHL Draft twice without being selected before Colorado took him this year, he continued to improve his game and now it’s now paid off. I am confident he will become a solid contributor for the Colorado Avalanche.”

Walker joined the Winterhawks in 2007, and played 202 games over three seasons. He registered 65 goals and 65 assists for 130 points in his career, with his scoring output going up each season, from 21 points as a rookie, to 52 in 2008-09, to 57 last season. Walker then had 10 points in 13 playoff games, helping Portland reach the second round. Following the season he was taken in the fifth round, 139th overall, by the Avalanche in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Walker played for the United States team that won the gold medal at the 2010 World Junior Championship. The U.S.’s victory snapped Canada’s five-year gold medal streak.

Walker was never drafted by a WHL team, and made the Winterhawks as a training camp invitee in 2007.

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Brandon, Manitoba – With the start of another Western Hockey League season upon us, the Local Host Organizing Committee for the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup is now in a position to release financial figures from one of, if not the most successful Championship to ever be hosted in Brandon.

While the 11-day Championship had a significant economic impact on western Manitoba, Host Committee Chairman Jeff Cristall is pleased to report that the event was also a financial success for the Canadian Hockey League.

From the beginning, the Province of Manitoba and the City of Brandon put in place an $800,000 guarantee to the Western Hockey League as part of the bid process in the fall of 2008. After weeks of review, Cristall is happy to announce that the event was able to cover the guarantee, without having to call on help from either the City or the Province.

“We are also pleased to announce that as a result of this tremendous event, the CHL, WHL and the Local Host Committee have donated well over $40,000 to charity,” says Cristall. “$30,000 was raised from the sale of the Memorial Cup jerseys (worn by the Wheat Kings) and will be donated to the Canadian Legion Dominion Poppy Fund…and close to $15,000 will be donated to the Shilo Military Family Resource Centre.”

Presentations to both recipients were made by Cristall and WHL Commissioner Ron Robison prior to the Wheat Kings’ Home Opener Friday night at Westman Place against the visiting Regina Pats.

In addition to the economic impact to the community and the donations to local charities, the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup enabled the City and Province to make significant improvements to the Keystone Centre. As a result, Westman Place now has private suites, a fantastic video scoreboard and significant improvements to the arena’s dressing rooms.

In making the announcement, Cristall went on to thank the WHL and CHL Board of Governors for their support and vision, the 900 volunteers that stepped up and made sure that no stone was left unturned in ensuring it was the best MasterCard Memorial Cup ever, Dan Robertson and the team at the Keystone Centre as well as the Wheat Kings who helped to provide some lasting memories by upsetting the Calgary Hitmen and earning a berth into the Championship Final.

“Hosting the MasterCard Memorial Cup has been a fantastic experience for all of us,” says Cristall, “and the fact that it was also a financial success makes it that much better.”

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Stampede announce 23-man roster

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The Sioux Falls Stampede announced their 23-man roster for the start of the 2010-2011 season today. The roster includes eight players from last year’s squad which won 33 games. All USHL teams were required to trim their rosters to 23 players following the preseason.

Nine players on the roster have already committed to a Division I program. Click here to view the entire roster.

Returning players include forwards Sam Coatta, Brent Darnell, Anthony Day, Matt Tabrum and Dominic Zombo. Clark Cristofoli, Zack Kamrass and Marcus Perrier return on defense.

Day is the Stampede’s top returning scorer after posting 31 points (11g, 20a) in 54 games last season. The Buffalo, NY native has already committed to Yale University. Zombo and Coatta both tallied 21 points last year for the Herd. Kamrass is the top returning defenseman for the club after tallying 13 points (3g, 10a) in 52 games. A native of Atlanta, GA finished second on the team with a plus-15 rating. Perrier returns for his third year with the Herd. He posted nine points last season and team high 135 penalty minutes.

Some of the newcomers on the roster include first round draft pick (11th overall) Daniel Doremus, who spent last season playing for the Colorado Thunderbirds of the Tier I Elite League. The forward finished second on the team in scoring with 41 points (23g, 18a) in 38 games. He has already committed to Denver University. Christian Isackson was recently drafted by the Buffalo Sabres and spent last season at St. Thomas Academy where he was second on the team in scoring with 57 points (25g, 32a).

The Reilly twins, Connor and Ryan are also expected to contribute offensively. Both are committed to the University of Minnesota and are coming off successful senior seasons at the Academy of Holy Angels where Connor led the Stars in scoring with 63 points and Ryan finished fourth with 56 points in 25 games.

Defensively, second round draft choice Jordan Oesterle is on the roster. He spent last season playing with Belle Tire where he recorded 30 points (5g, 25a) in 47 games. Tomas Pastor will also help anchor the blue line. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound defenseman spent last season playing for the Czech Republic U-18 national team.

The Stampede also announced today that Ryan Misiak has been traded to the expansion Muskegon Lumberjacks for a undisclosed draft pick in the 2011 USHL Draft.

The Stampede kick off the 2010-11 season this Saturday when they travel to Sioux City to face the arch rival Musketeers at 7:05 PM. The Stampede’s home opener is set for Friday, October 15th against the U.S. Development Team.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010


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Brandon, Manitoba – The Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings have announced that 20-year old goalkeeper Andrew Hayes has been designated for assignment.

A Sherwood Park, Alberta product, Hayes has spent the past three seasons with the Wheat Kings and leaves Brandon having compiled a franchise best 2.79 goals against average in 111 career games.

His eleven career shutouts is second best in club history, behind only Tyler Plante (12).

Tuesday’s move leaves the Wheat Kings with 31 players on its pre-season roster, including four goalkeepers – overager Jacob DeSerres, 18-year old Ty Rimmer and two 17-year olds Liam Liston and Corbin Boes. Liston and Rimmer split the duties this past weekend as the Wheat Kings swept a home and home series with the Regina Pats.

In 42 games with the Wheat Kings last winter, Hayes compiled a 2.68 goals against average and five shutouts.

"Andrew was an important player on some good hockey teams during his three years in Brandon," said Brandon coach and general manager Kelly McCrimmon, in making Tuesday's announcement. "We thank him for his contributions and wish him well in the future."

On the ice, the Wheat Kings will welcome back 19-year old Scott Glennie at practice later today. The former first round NHL draft pick was returned to Brandon on Monday by the Dallas Stars. Glennie expects to be in the lineup Wednesday when the Wheat Kings travel to Moose Jaw to meet the Warriors.

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Pysyk Named Oil Kings Captain

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Edmonton, AB - The Edmonton Oil Kings are proud to announce 18-year-old defenceman Mark Pysyk will be the team captain for the 2010-11 Western Hockey League season, as the team made the official appointment on Tuesday.

"It's such an honour to be picked to be the captain of this team," said Pysyk, who was an assistant captain last season. "The Oil Kings mean so much to me and have been so good to me over the past few years. I'm going to take so much pride and passion into my new role. I look forward to leading this team to some great things this season."

"We're so proud to be naming Mark as our captain," Oil Kings General Manager Bob Green said. "He has proven himself as a fantastic leader and role model for this team, on and off the ice. We have a lot of faith in his ability to lead this team and be a mentor to our younger players."

The Sherwood Park native was the Oil Kings' first-ever bantam draft pick, selected third overall in 2007. Pysyk was the team's top defenceman and rookie of the year in 2008-09, as well as top defenceman and most valuable player in 2009-10. He scored seven goals and 17 assists in 48 games last season.

Pysyk also became the first-ever Oil Kings player to be selected in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft when he was picked 23rd overall by the Buffalo Sabres earlier this year. He spent two weeks at Sabres training camp earlier this month and returned to the Oil Kings on Monday.

Five Oil Kings players will serve as assistant captains this season. Rhett Rachinski has the honour for home and away games, while Adrian Van de Mosselaer and Jordan Hickmott will wear A's exclusively at home, and Mike Piluso and Travis Ewanyk will wear A's on the road.

Pysyk will make his debut as Oil Kings captain when the team visits the Prince Albert Raiders on Wednesday. The Oil Kings also play the Pats in Regina on Friday. Their next home game is Sunday, Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. against the Moose Jaw Warriors at Rexall Place. The first 5,000 fans will receive an Oil Kings magnetic schedule, and it's also an Autograph Sunday where there will be a full-team autograph session after the game.

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Tommy Tremblay Traded to Olympiques

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BOUCHERVILLE, Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - The Shawinigan Cataractes and the Gatineau Olympiques traded assets, late this afternoon.

The Olympiques traded Cédric Dubois (93-01-03) to the Cataractes for right-winger Tommy Tremblay (90-05-27). Tremblay registered two goals and one assist in four games for the Cataractes this season.

Due to rule 2.14.2, Cédric Dubois cannot integrate the Cataractes line-up until the start of the second trade period on December 19, 2010. He can only play as an affiliated player until that date.

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Nashville Predators Reassign Ryan Ellis to Windsor

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(Windsor) The NHL's Nashville Predators have returned defenceman Ryan Ellis to the Windsor Spitfires. Ellis will be in the lineup this Thursday as the Spits take on the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds at the WFCU Centre.

Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. Tickets for all Spitfire home games can be purchased from the Box Office (Gate 2 at the WFCU Centre), by calling (519) 254-5000 or online at

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Attack and Ice Dogs Swing Another Deal

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The Owen Sound Attack is pleased to announce that they have acquired sophomore forward Andrew Fritsch from the Niagara Ice Dogs in exchange for overage forward, Jason Wilson.

Fritsch, a 17 year old from Brantford, ON. was in his second year with the Ice Dogs, having tallied a goal in his first game of the season. In his rookie season, the 6'0, 180lb forward notched 11 goals to go along with 7 assists in 62 games.

"Andrew brings us the talent of the top six forward we've been looking for," stated Attack General Manager Dale DeGray. "We felt very confident moving forward with the three overage players we have and that allowed us to make this deal involving Jason."

Wilson, a 5th round selection of the New York Rangers was returned from Rangers camp late last week and did not dress in the Attack's first two regular season games.

The Attack welcomes Andrew to the organization and wishes Jason the best of luck in his future endeavors.

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67's Sign 2 New Players

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(Ottawa ON.): The Ottawa 67's today announced the acquisition of goaltender Shayne Campbell and the signing of free agent import defenceman Adam Sedlak. To make room for the newcomers, the team released import forward Robert Farmer and defenceman Evan Accettura.

Campbell's rights were picked-up from Sarnia in exchange for an 8th round pick in next May's OHL Priority Selection Draft. Sedlak, who cleared OHL waivers last week, was with the Peterborough Petes last season and recently attended the Ottawa Senators rookie camp. He'll be in action this weekend when the 67's open their home season against the Oshawa Generals this Friday night at 7:30

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Rangers and Wolves Complete Trade

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Rangers Head Coach and General Manager Steve Spott announced that the team has completed a trade with the Sudbury Wolves.

In the deal the Rangers send Charlie Dodero to Sudbury in exchange for Sudbury's 8th round pick in the 2012 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.

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Canucks' Mills Commits to Princeton

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The Calgary Canucks are pleased to announce that defenseman Kevin Mills has agreed to a commitment to Princeton University for the 2011 - 2012 season.

Kevin will be playing for coach Guy Gadowsky of the Princeton Tigers while attending school and working on an engineering degree.

The entire Canucks staff and Board of Directors congratulate Kevin and his mother and father, Rita and Brian, on this achievement and wish him well in his future scholastic and hockey endeavours.

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Sproul chooses Hounds and OHL over NCAA

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The Soo Greyhounds Hockey Club is extremely pleased to announce that defenceman RYAN SPROUL has decided to join the Greyhounds after considering various NCAA options.

“We’re thrilled to have Ryan join our program as he has enormous potential and had many options available to him. Since the end of last hockey season his development has sky rocketed and he has continued to grow and get stronger. Since participating in some summer prospect tournaments he has been highly recruited by numerous major Division 1 NCAA programs and we have spent a lot of time discussing the benefits of the Soo Greyhounds and the OHL with him and his family” started GM Dave Torrie.

Originally selected in the 6th round of the 2009 OHL Priority Selection, Sproul started the 2010-11 season with the Vaughan Vipers Junior A Hockey Club where he had 1 goal and 2 assists, good for 3 points in 3 games played.

The Mississauga, ON native who stands 6.04 while weighing in at 185 lbs arrived in Sault Ste. Marie on Sunday.

“After looking at options within the NCAA and USHL I realized that my heart was really with the Greyhounds. I like the team, coaches and also the atmosphere in the Soo. From the beginning this has been my goal to make the OHL and I am very proud and looking forward to being a part of such a great organization and I think we are going to have an excellent year together"

This past May Ryan was selected in the 4th Round of USHL (Tier 1 league) draft by the Tri-City Storm.

“We are excited to have Ryan choose our program with the confidence that he can pursue his dreams of becoming a professional hockey player while obtaining his education. Ryan will fit right in with our team as he has terrific size and skating ability. In my opinion Ryan has all the tools to be an NHL draft pick and with some coaching and development he will give himself an opportunity to pursue his NHL dreams” concluded Torrie.

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QMJHL suspends two players

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BOUCHERVILLE, Monday, September 27, 2010 - The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Disciplinary Prefect, Raymond Bolduc, today suspended two players.

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies forward Christophe Déry is suspended two games for an illegal hit which occurred on Saturday, September 25 versus the Quebec Remparts.

Halifax Mooseheads defenseman Sawyer Hannay was suspended a total of four games (one automatic one-game suspension and three additional games) for an aggressor penalty which occurred on Sunday, September 26 versus the Quebec Remparts.

The decisions were rendered after reviewing the videotapes of the incidents, gathering testimonies from the players and the organizations involved, reading the officials’ reports and consulting the independent committee in the matter of disciplinary sanctions.

The Disciplinary Prefect will not be available for further comment.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

New York Islanders Reassign Kirill Kabanov

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The New York Islanders have reassigned Kirill Kabanov back to his junior team the Moncton Wildcats. The Islanders third round pick (65th overall) in this past summer’s National Hockey League entry draft was held pointless in two rookie games for the Islanders last week. Wildcats Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Danny Flynn had the following to say regarding Kirill’s first training camp with the Islanders. "I spoke to Garth Snow this morning; he informed me that Kirill Kabanov was reassigned to the Wildcats. For the most part they were very happy with his on ice performance but feel reassignment to Moncton for a full season is the next step in his development."

Last season Kabanov registered 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points in just 22 games. He missed the majority of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a wrist injury.

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Coyotes Reassign Gormley to Wildcats

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The Moncton Wildcats announce that the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League have reassigned 18 year old Brandon Gormley back to his junior team the Moncton Wildcats. Brandon is expected to arrive within the next few days could be in the lineup Wednesday night as the Wildcats entertain the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Wildcats Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Danny Flynn had the following to say about Gormley’s time at Coyotes camp. “Phoenix was very happy with Brandon’s play at camp and regard him as an excellent prospect. However, they feel another year of major junior is best for his long term development. We are excited to have him back and hope to have him in the lineup on Wednesday.”

Last year for the Wildcats Gormley had 9 goals and 34 assists for 43 points in 58 games played. He added 2 goals and 15 assists for 17 points in 21 playoff games as the Wildcats captured their 2nd President Cup.

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Flyers' Leblond named Player of Week

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Chapen Leblond of Winkler Flyers has been named this week’s MJHL player of the week.

The second-year Flyer forward sits atop the MJHL points race with 12 points (3-9). Not a bad start for someone who lists his hockey hero as Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames. The Terrace, B.C., native came to the Flyers midway through last season and is dispelling any myth about a sophomore jinx.

Flyers sit second in the Sher-Wood Division with a 3-1 record, two points back of the undefeated Selkirk Steelers.

Runners-up for the MJHL player of the week honours were Brett Chartier of Winnipeg Saints and Brett Wold of Portage Terriers.

Chartier, 19, had a points bonanza last week reflected in 10 assists in six games. Wold, 17, proved deadly while on the powerplay, scoring two goals while the Terriers held the man advantage. Wold has five points (3-2) in four games.

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Trail's Smiley named BCHL POW

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Trail Smoke Eaters goaltender Kiefer Smiley has been named the British Columbia Hockey League's Player of the Week for the week ending September 26th, the league announced Monday.

Smiley led the Smoke Eaters to a pair of wins on their recent Coastal Conference road swing, beginning with 27 saves and a first star nod in a 3-1 victory over the Surrey Eagles. One night later, the 20-year old turned aside 31 shots and was the third star in a 4-2 win in Langley. Perhaps his best performance came in a loss, as Smiley allowed just one goal on the 44 shots he faced in a 1-0 defeat to the Powell River Kings.

Overall, the Duncan, B.C. product posted a 2-1 record with a 1.33 goals-against average and a .962 save-percentage in three games. Trail's 3-1 record on the four-game trip boosted the team's record to 6-3, good for second in the Interior Conference.

Honourable mentions for this week's award include Langley Chiefs forward Matt Ius, Powell River Kings goaltender Michael Garteig and Trail Smoke Eaters forward Sam Mellor.

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Source for Sports AJHL Player of the Week: Sept 20th - 26th

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Tyler Henry of the Bonnyville Pontiacs is the Source for Sports AJHL Player of the Week for the week ending September 26th, 2010. Henry added 3 goals, 2 assists and one shootout goal to guide the Pontiacs to three wins last week. Henry's three goals included a powerplay goal, a short-handed goal and an unassisted goal.

The 20 year-old forward from Balgonie, SK is in his third season with the Bonnyville Pontiacs. Henry leads the Pontiacs in scoring and is currently tied for second place in League Scoring with 11 points (6G, 5A), including a League leading two short-handed goals.

The Alberta Junior Hockey League is proud to partner with Source for Sports to recognize the AJHL Player of the Week for the 2010-2011 AJHL Season. The recipients of the award will also receive a Source for Sports Gift Certificate.

Source for Sports AJHL Player of the Week Recipients:

- September 20th -September 26th: Tyler Henry, Bonnyville Pontiacs

- September 10th - September 19th: Patrick Terriss, Sherwood Park Crusaders

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Whalers Aleardi Named OHL Player of the Week

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Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that forward Alex Aleardi of the Plymouth Whalers is the OHL Player of the Week following the first week of regular season action ending September 26. Aleardi led the league in scoring with eight points including seven goals and one assist with a plus-minus rating of plus-4 in three games.

Aleardi had two hat-trick performances and was twice named first star of the game including opening night against the Windsor Spitfires, and Saturday night against the Barrie Colts. He added an assist on Thursday to factor in on all four Whalers’ goals despite a 5-4 shootout loss to the Spitfires to open the regular season, however his three goals on Saturday helped the Whalers earn their first win of the season by a 6-2 score over the Colts. He also recorded a goal Friday night despite a 3-2 loss to the London Knights.

Aleardi, an 18-year-old from Farmington Hills, Michigan, is playing in his third OHL season and first with the Whalers after being acquired from the Belleville Bulls just prior to the start of the season. Last season he recorded 41 points in 64 games scoring 16 goals and 25 assists splitting time with the Bulls and Kitchener Rangers.

Windsor Spitfires’ forwards Zack MacQueen and Alexander Khokhlachev were also considered for the award after each recorded six points in three games. MacQueen’s two goals and four assists and Khokhlachev’s three goals and three assists led the defending champs to a pair of victories on the OHL’s opening weekend. In goal, Philipp Grubauer of the Kingston Frontenacs finished the week with a goals-against-average of 2.00 and save percentage of .954 highlighted by a shutout victory with 44 saves Saturday as first star in a 3-0 win over the Belleville Bulls.

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NAHL announces Players of the Week

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The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced its Players of the Week, sponsored by SBK Hockey, for the week ending Sept. 26.

Cody Damon - Chicago Hitmen

Chicago forward Cody Damon, a 19-year-old from Flint, Mich., unleashed for four goals, including the game-winner, to help lead the Hitmen to its first-ever victory on Saturday - an 8-5 triumph over the Motor City Metal Jackets.

“Cody has a real touch around the net, and he’s really learning to play the NAHL game,” said Hitmen head coach Steve Pronger.

HONORABLE MENTION: Janesville forward Connor McBride

Jimmy Peplinski - New Mexico Mustangs

New Mexico forward Jimmy Peplinski registered two goals and two assists as the Mustangs celebrated a two-game sweep over Corpus Christi. On Friday, the Howell, Mich., native picked up a goal in a 3-1 victory. The next night, the 17-year-old struck for another goal and a pair of assists as the Mustangs outlasted the IceRays in overtime, 7-6. He was also a plus-2 on the weekend.

“Jimmy is progressing very nicely and adapting well to the high level of play in the NAHL,” said Mustangs head coach Bill Muckalt. “With his continued development, I see a very bright future ahead.”

HONORABLE MENTION: Texas defenseman Ralfs Freibergs; Topeka forward Michael Hill; Wichita Falls forward Drew Allen

Connor Gaarder - Coulee Region Chill

Coulee Region forward Connor Gaarder connected for a pair of goals and an assist as the Chill skated to a two-game sweep over Janesville. On Friday, the Edina, Minn., native assisted on Micky Knox’s game-winning marker in a 2-1 victory. The next night, the 19-year-old put away two goals in the Chill’s 4-3 shootout win over the Jets. He was also a plus-2 for the weekend.

“Connor worked hard over the offseason and it’s paying off for him,” said Chill head coach Garrett Strot. “He’s proving why he’s one of the top centers in the league.”

JT Osborn - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Fairbanks forward JT Osborn rang up five goals and an assist as the Ice Dogs picked up five of six points. On Friday, the Alpine, Calif., native potted a goal in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Wichita Falls Wildcats. The next night, the 19-year-old came through with two goals and assisted on Charlie Thauwald’s game-winning marker as the Ice Dogs downed Texas, 5-3. Osborn wrapped up his weekend with another two-goal performance in a 6-5 overtime triumph over the Tornado on Sunday. He was also a plus-4 on the weekend.

“JT is a dynamic goal-scorer,” said Ice Dogs head coach Josh Hauge. “I’ve never coached a player who finds the back of the net the way he does.”

Paul Moberg - Coulee Region Chill

Coulee Region goaltender Paul Moberg backstopped the Chill to a two-game sweep over Janesville, turning aside 65 of 69 shots. On Friday, the Forest Lake, Minn., native made 38 saves in the 2-1 victory. The next night, the 19-year-old stopped 27 shots in regulation and overtime and eight of nine in the shootout as the Chill bested the Jets, 4-3.

“Paul is proving he’s one of the top goalies in the league,” said Chill head coach Garrett Strot. “He’s getting a lot of Division I attention.”

HONORABLE MENTION: Texas’ Jake Stafford; Toepka’s Rasmus Tirronen

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Mackenzie Sent Home Pending Reassignment

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Prince Albert, Saskatchewan – The Prince Albert Raiders have made a roster move, sending

17 year-old forward Marc Mackenzie to his home in Kelowna, BC, pending reassignment.

Mackenzie appeared in the regular season opening game Friday in Saskatoon but did not pick up any points or penalty minutes. The move leaves the Raiders with 24 players: 2
goaltenders, 9 defensemen and 13 forwards.

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CALGARY, AB. - The WHL Player of the Week is forward Tyler Maxwell of the Everett Silvertips.

Maxwell picked up five points, scoring four goals and one assist to go with a +3 rating, in two games over the WHL Opening Weekend.

On Friday, September 24th, the Silvertips opened their regular season at home hosting their U.S. Division rivals the Seattle Thunderbirds. Maxwell scored twice including the game winner to lift the ‘Tips to a 4-3 win over the Thunderbirds and earn 2nd Star accolades. The following evening, Saturday, September 25th, the Vancouver Giants rolled into Comcast Arena to face the Silvertips. Maxwell had another two goal performance and added an assist in the ‘Tips 5-2 win over the Giants. He was also named the games 1st Star.

Maxwell, a 19-year-old from Manhattan Beach, CA, is in his third full season with the Everett Silvertips. The California stand-out has appeared in 131 career WHL regular season games collecting 120 points (59 goals, 61 assists).

The WHL has also nominated Nathan Lieuwen of the Kootenay Ice for the CHL Goaltender of the Week Award. Lieuwen posted a 1-0-0-0 record this past week with the shut-out, stopping all 25 shots faced for a perfect 0.000 goals-against average and 1.000 save percentage. Lieuwen, a native of Abbotsford, BC, back-stopped the Ice to a 4-0 win over the visiting Calgary Hitmen on Saturday, September 25th and was named the games 3rd Star.

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Allain Saulnier, Alex Saulnier and Sean Couturier named TELUS three stars of the week

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BOUCHERVILLE, Monday, September 27, 2010 - Forwards Allain Saulnier, Alex Saulnier and Sean Couturier today were named the TELUS three stars of the week for the period extending from September 20 to 26.

Moncton Wildcats winger Allain Saulnier is the first star of the week after tallying two goals, including a game-winner, and seven assists in three Moncton victories. Moreover, he posted a +6 rating. Allain enjoyed his best outing of the week on Friday, collecting four points in a 7-5 win over the Drakkar in Baie-Comeau. He was named the game’s first star while also receiving the same honour the next day following a win over the Saguenéens.

Moncton Wildcats center Alex Saulnier receives the second star after recording three goals and three assists in three games. He also posted a +6 rating. He played his best game of the week on Friday, registering four points in a win over the Drakkar. He was also named the first star in a 5-3 victory over the Rimouski Océanic.

Drummondville Voltigeurs center Sea Couturier is the third star. The forward scored three goals and added three helpers in two games while posting a +7 rating. Furthermore, he won 73% (11/15) of his face-offs. Trailing by four goals early in the second period versus the Sea Dogs on Saturday, Couturier played an integral part in the Voltigeurs’ amazing 7-6 comeback shootout win, collecting three points.

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SilverBacks climb CJHL Top 20

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The Canadian Junior Hockey League announced today its Weekly Top 20 rankings in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting. Last week’s rankings and the leagues in which the teams belong to are in parenthesis.

The CJHL Weekly Top 20 as of Monday, September 27, 2010:

1. (2) Markham Waxers (OJHL)
2. (3) Brockville Braves (CJHL)
3. (9) Lloydminster Bobcats (AJHL)
4. (5) Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL)
5. (1) Pembroke Lumber Kings (CJHL)
6. (11) Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL)
7 (7) Metro Marauders (MHL)
8. (17) Humboldt Broncos (SJHL)
9. (HM) Selkirk Steelers (MJHL)
10. (8) Langley Chiefs (BCHL)
11. (4) Flin Flon Bombers (SJHL)
12. (14) Upper Canada Patriots (OJHL)
13. (NR) Wellington Dukes (OJHL)
14. (15) Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL)
15. (19) Georgetown Raiders (OJHL)
16. (16) Fort William North Stars (SIJHL)
17. (NR) St. Albert Steel (AJHL)
18. (NR) Cornwall Colts (CJHL)
19. (NR) Vaughan Vipers (OJHL)
20. (20) Le College Francais de Longueuil (LHJAAAQ)

Honorable mention goes to the Powell River Kings (BCHL), Estevan Bruins (SJHL), OCN Blizzard (MJHL), Temiscaming Royals (NOJHL), and the Oakville Blades (OJHL).

The rankings are based upon a variety of factors which includes the league in which the teams belong to, their winning percentage, their win-loss record, total points accumulated, their goals-for versus goals-against ratio, amongst other factors.

The CJHL is an amalgamation of eleven Junior A hockey leagues from across Canada. More information on the CJHL can be found by clicking on the league website at

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Hounds make a pair of roster moves Sunday

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Twenty-four hours after completing their opening weekend of the OHL regular season, the Soo Greyhounds made a pair of roster changes on Sunday morning.

General Manager Dave Torrie announced that forward RYAN MACLEAN and defenseman DAVID MEAD have been released by the club.

“Today was a tough day as our organization informed David and Ryan that we had decided that they no longer would be a part of our current team. They both are classy kids who have been great teammates over the past two seasons. We hope to be able to find each of them another opportunity to continue their OHL/hockey careers and we wish them well in their future endeavors” stated Torrie.

MacLean, was entering his 2nd full season with the club. Originally selected in the 5th Round of the 2008 OHL Priority Selection, the Burlington ON native appeared in 30 games one year ago where he had 2 goals.

Mead, who was selected in the 9th Round of 2009 was entering his third year with the team. The Conklin, NY native had played in 81 games over the past two years accumulating 6 assists.

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September 22, 2010, Burlington, Ontario– The OJHL Board of Governors, in conjunction with the Aurora Tigers Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club, are pleased to announce the details surrounding the 2010 OJHL Governor’s Showcase.

From October 7-11, the Showcase will attract scouts from across North America with a chance to see each OJHL team play two games over the course of a weekend – 31 games in total. This year will also mark the first time that teams from the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League will take part with two All-Star Teams making the trip south.

2010-11 OJHL Schedule

Hosted by the OJHL’s Aurora Tigers for the first time in franchise history, all games will be held at the Aurora Community Centre in Arena 1 & 2. “The Aurora Tigers Hockey Club is extremely proud to be this year’s host of the OJHL Governor’s Showcase. We anticipate an entire weekend of competitive and exciting hockey featuring many of the game’s upcoming young stars.” said Aurora Tigers’ Governor Barry Quinn. “We are excited to host an event where the great fans of the OJHL can come out and watch all 31 teams over the course of a weekend here in Aurora.” Ticket prices will be $15 for a day pass and $30 for a full weekend event pass.

Originally started in 1992 as a Christmas tournament by the Newmarket Hurricanes, the Showcase has evolved into a league-wide event with the central focus being the players of the 31 member clubs. “The OJHL is committed to providing opportunities for our players to showcase their abilities to scouts, assisting in the player’s pursuit to further their hockey careers. The Governors’ Showcase allows scouts the opportunity to see all our players over the course of a single weekend.” said OJHL Commissioner Marty Savoy. Also for the first time since taking on its current format in 2008, the weekend will feature teams from another league, as the NOJHL will send two All-Star Teams to take part. “The OJHL is dedicated to driving the improvement of Junior ‘A’ Hockey within Ontario and we hope that this event allows scouts to see players from the NOJHL that they may not see on a regular basis. “ Savoy stated. NOJHL Commissioner Hector Seguin states, “The NOJHL is extremely excited to join the 31 OJHL clubs in showcasing our best talent and giving many scouts the opportunity to see our best players that they may not otherwise of had. Both the NOJHL and the OJHL are continually looking at ways to grow Junior ‘A’ hockey in Ontario and this event is a great first step.”

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Old Dutch Showcase Weekend drawing near

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Junior A hockey fans in Manitoba and especially in Winnipeg will have an excellent opportunity to see exciting MJHL action when the League hosts its seventh MJHL Showcase. The 2010 Old Dutch Showcase takes place from October 7 - 9, 2010.

The Manitoba Junior Hockey League is thrilled to announce that this year's Showcase will be hosted at the brand new MTS Iceplex which will also be the new home arena of the Winnipeg Blues. The MTS Iceplex is located at 3969 Portage Ave and there is only one entrance to the facility.

“The MJHL is excited to present the 2010 MJHL Showcase once again which is an important event for the NHL as their teams assess talent across the country by looking at players eligible for the Draft in June 2011. This event is also well attended by university scouts throughout Canada and the United States,” said MJHL Commissioner Kim Davis.

“The feedback we receive after this event is very positive. I know the scouts like to see the event in one venue, while fans have the opportunity to watch all 11 MJHL teams during a single weekend. It’s really a hockey fan’s ultimate dream.

“The players in our league enjoy this event, which provides them an excellent opportunity to showcase their talents. As a result of their performance at the Showcase two players (Brendan O'Donnell and Peter Stoykewych) were ranked by NHL Central Scouting in the final rankings for the 2010 NHL Draft.”

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Evaluation Camp Roster Announced for Team Canada East

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Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL), announced on Friday the 40 players that will attend the Canada East evaluation camp in preparation for the 2010 World Junior A Challenge.

The evaluation camp, scheduled for October 4-5, will be held at the Iroquois Sports Centre in Whitby, Ont.


Julien Houle (Vaudreuil, LHJAAAQ), Steve Perfetto (Kingston, OJHL) and Robert Polesello (Vaughan, OJHL) have been invited to camp, but will be unable to take part due to injury. They remain under consideration for a place on the final Canada East roster, which will be named in late October.

Canada East has medaled three times at the World Junior A Challenge, winning silver in 2006 in Yorkton, Sask., and 2007 in Trail, B.C., before settling for bronze in 2009 in Camrose, Alta. It finished fourth last year in Summerside, P.E.I.

The Canada East roster is comprised of players from the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL), Central Hockey League (CHL), Ligue de hockey junior AAA du Québec (LHJAAAQ) and Maritime Hockey League (MHL).

For Canada East the evaluation camp in Whitby gives us a chance to evaluate a number of the top Junior A players in eastern Canada on the same stage," said Canada East general manager Troy Ryan. "It gives us a terrific opportunity to evaluate these players in a best-on-best situation."

Canada East's evaluation camp roster includes:
- Four (4) goaltenders, 12 defensemen and 24 forwards
- Three (3) players returning from the 2009 World Junior A Challenge (Huard, Roy, Ruby)
- One (1) player drafted in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (Hyman - Florida, 5th round, 123rd overall)
- Fourteen (14) players from the OJHL, 13 players from the CHL, five (5) players from the LHJAAAQ, five (5) players from the MHL and three (3) players from the NOJHL


Monday, October 4
9-10:15 a.m. Practice Red
10:30-11:45 a.m. Practice White
7:05 p.m. Game Red vs. White

Tuesday, October 5
9-10:15 a.m. Practice White
10:30-11:45 a.m. Practice Red
7:05 p.m. Game Red vs. White

All practices are free to attend. Tickets to the two Red-White games are available for adults at $11 per game or $15 for both games, and for students and seniors at $7 per game or $10 for both games. All minor hockey players wearing their jerseys will be admitted for only $2. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Iroquois Sports Centre.

Canada East will play in Group A at the 2010 World Junior A Challenge, joined by Sweden and the United States, while Canada West, Russia and Switzerland will comprise Group B. Round-robin play will run until Wednesday, November 10, with both semifinals taking place on Saturday, November 13. The gold medal game, which will be shown nationally on TSN/RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, is set for Sunday, November 14 (check your local listings). All preliminary round games, quarter-finals, semifinals and the bronze medal game can be seen live via webcast through FASTHockey at

For more information on the 2010 World Junior A Challenge, visit

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USHL Fall Classic Wrap Up – Day 4

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Sioux Falls Stampede 3 vs. Indiana Ice 2
Power play goals by Christian Isackson and Matt Tabrum in the second period led the Sioux Falls to a victory in their final game of the Fall Classic.  Dominic Zombo also scored for the Stampede who held the Ice to just 12 shots on goal.  Cody Bradley and Dan Cesarz netted goals for Indiana.
Team USA 5 vs. Waterloo Black Hawks 4
Rocco Grimaldi scored two goals in the second period to lead Team USA to a victory in their Fall Classic finale.  Adam Reid scored for the second straight game for Team USA and Travis Boyd finished with two points.  Waterloo evened the game early in the third period with a pair of goals, including a shorthanded tally by Andrew Prochno, but Blake Pietila scored the game-winner with just over eight minutes to play in the contest.

Green Bay Gamblers 5 vs. Youngstown Phantoms 4
Youngstown built a 2-1 lead but the Gamblers scored four goals in the second period, including three in a span of 2:14 to capture the victory.  Forward Grant Arnold led the way for Green Bay with a pair of goals and Jozek Pontasch had a two-point game (1g, 1a).  Adam Berkle, Dylan Margonari, and Jiri Sekac all scored a goal for the second straight game for Youngstown. 
Muskegon Lumberjacks 8 vs. Lincoln Stars 3
The Lumberjacks had an offensive outburst led by Matt Berry's four-point game (2g, 2a) and two goals by Lance Fredrickson.  Micki Mihailovich tallied three points (1g, 2a) and goaltender Paul Berrafato made 23 saves to earn the win for Muskegon.  Domink Shine and Matt Prapavessis each scored for Lincoln while Brent Tate had a two-point game (1g, 1a).  Brent Bain scored shorthanded for Muskegon.
Omaha Lancers 3 vs. Sioux City Musketeers 4 (SO)
Max McCormick scored in regulation and had the deciding goal in the shootout as the Musketeers won a thrilling final game of the 2010 Fall Classic.  Omaha took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Justin Crandall and Seth Ambroz.  It was until the third period theat the Musketeers found their offense, which included goals by Ryan Carpenter and Brandon Lubin.  The game was all even after 60 minutes and took seven rounds of a shootout to determine a winner.  Goaltender Matt Skoff made 14 saves in regulation and stopped six of seven in the shootout to earn the win.  Ambroz had the lone tally in the shootout for Omaha.  Caleb Herbert had two assists for Sioux City.

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Spirit to Welcome Red Wing Greats for Home Opening Celebration!

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The Saginaw Spirit are proud to start off their ninth season with a Home Opening Weekend Celebration like none other! The Spirit and your local Meijer Stores will host the celebration for the team’s first two home games – Thursday, September 30 and Saturday, October 2. Tickets remain for both games, which take place at The Dow Event Center of Saginaw at 7:11 PM.

The Spirit will be premiering their new Hall of Fame series during the Home Opening Weekend Celebration, which will feature appearances from hockey legends throughout the season. Stanley Cup Champions Ted Lindsay and Jim Devellano will be appearing Thursday night and Stanley Cup Champion Igor Larionov will be at Saturday’s game.

Thursday, September 30 – 7:11 PM

The Spirit welcome the Sudbury Wolves at their home opener on Thursday, September 30. Detroit Red Wings greats Ted Lindsay and Jim Devellano will be appearing at the game, participating in a ceremonial puck drop and signing autographs for fans in the Bud Light Blue Line Club.

Lindsay, a four time Stanley Cup Champion and an original member of the famed Detroit Red Wings Production Line, scored over 850 points in his storied Hockey Hall of Fame career with the Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks. He was introduced into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966 and on November 10, 1991 the Red Wings honored his contribution to the team by retiring his jersey, the number 7.

Devellano was recently elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame as a result of a storied career that currently sees him serving as the Senior Vice President of the Detroit Red Wings. He won two Stanley Cups as a scout with the New York Islanders in 1980 and 1981 and one as the Assistant General Manager and Director of Scouting in 1982. He was hired by the Red Wings as General Manager and eventually Senior Vice President, becoming one of the architects responsible for the Red Wings Stanley Cup champion teams of 1997, 1998, 2002, and 2008.

Fans can get autographs from the two hockey legends during the game in the Bud Light Blue Line Club, which is open to all ticket holders for the evening starting at 6:00 PM. There are two packages available for purchase, with a $34.00 package netting fans a signed copy of Jim Devellano’s new book, The Road to Hockeytown, an autographed photo of Devellano, an autographed photo of Ted Lindsay and an autographed Detroit Red Wings puck. There is also a $20.00 package available, which includes an autographed photo from both Devellano and Lindsay as well as an autographed Red Wings puck. Fans can get one additional personal item signed with each package purchased.

Thursday’s home game also features $1.00 domestic draft beers pre-game until 8:00 PM and a magnet schedule giveaway courtesy Four Points by Sheraton and Coors Light.

Saturday, October 2 – 7:11 PM

The Spirit square off against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Saturday, October 2 for their home opening encore! Red Wings great Igor Larionov will be signing autographs for fans pre-game and during intermissions and will participate in a ceremonial puck drop.

Three time Stanley Cup Champion Igor Larionov notched over 600 points in his eleven year NHL career, eight of which saw him play for the Detroit Red Wings. Larionov was instrumental in helping to break down the barrier that prevented Russian players from joining the National Hockey League during the 1980’s. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008.

Larionov will be signing autographs pre-game in the Bud Light Blue Line Club with the VIP room open to all Spirit ticket holders that night starting at 6:00 PM. Fans are able to purchase a special package that includes an autographed picture of Igor Larionov and an autographed Red Wings puck for only $15.00! Fans can get one additional personal item signed with each package purchased.

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KELOWNA, BC – The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Bruce Hamilton, Owner, President, General Manager and Governor of Kelowna Rockets Hockey Enterprises Ltd., is the recipient of the prestigious 2010 Business Leader of the Year award. This award is sponsored by Faculty of Management at the University of British Columbia and recognizes Bruce’s leadership and outstanding contribution to the Kelowna business community.

The 2010 Business Leader of the Year Award will be presented to Mr. Hamilton at the 23rd Annual Business Excellence Awards on October 20th at the Coast Capri Hotel. The 2010 Business Excellence Awards are presented by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce along with Platinum Sponsors the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Farris, Vaughn, Wills and Murphy LLP. Recipients of awards in six other categories will also be honoured at the awards dinner. Seventeen finalists in each of these six categories were previously announced September 14th.

Bruce Hamilton is a dedicated hockey professional who has experienced all facets of the hockey business, from Player to Coach to Scout to General Manager to Owner. In the 15 years since moving his Rockets to Kelowna, the franchise has had unparalleled success both on and off the ice.

Under Bruce’s leadership, the Rockets have been one of the CHL’s most successful teams over the last decade, making an amazing 4 Memorial Cup appearances in the last 7 years. The Rockets won the Memorial Cup on home ice in 2004, the middle of a run of three consecutive appearances.

Bruce has spent many years as Chairman of the Western Hockey League’s Board of Governors with his first run being from 1998-2004 and again from 2008 to present.

He has a strong belief that the Rockets be more than just a hockey team but that his players be role models for many of the young people in Kelowna and the surrounding area.

The Rockets are also very committed to many worthwhile causes in the City of Kelowna and the many charities the team commits time and financial resources to, like the Annual Alumni Golf Tournament which has been raising money for Kelowna General Hospital for the past 10 years and has committed to raise over $200,000 over the next four years.

Bruce and his wife Laureen have two children. Daughter Jill, who recently graduated from the Vancouver School of Arts and Curtis, who will enter his fourth year playing for the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League (WHL). This past summer Bruce celebrated a pair of unique milestones as he was inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame and also was able to watch as his son Curtis was drafted into the NHL by the Edmonton Oilers in the second round (48th overall).

The public is invited to come out to support Bruce and all of the 2010 award recipients and finalists on October 20th. Tickets for the Business Excellence Awards dinner are $85 plus HST per person and can be purchased at online at in the event section.

The popular event is part of the annual Small Business Week® activities (October 17-23, 2010). For the past 31 years, Small Business Week® has paid tribute to Canadian entrepreneurs and created opportunities for them to share success stories and innovative ideas. Unprecedented synergy has resulted from the active participation of members of the Chambers of Commerce, and various national and local partners/sponsors in organizing events with BDC branches across the country – all dedicated to the growth and development of small and medium sized business.

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Saturday, September 25, 2010


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Saskatoon, SK -- The Blades have traded another 20-year-old player. Randy McNaught was traded to the Vancouver Giants today after being re-assigned to the Blades from the New York Rangers. In exchange, the Saskatoon Blades will receive a 2011 5th Round Draft Pick. Right winger, Randy McNaught, from Nanaimo, BC was acquired from Chilliwack by the Blades in the 2009/10 season. He played 65 games with the Blades last season in which he collected a whopping 163 penalty minutes.

Head Coach and GM, Lorne Molleken, expresses his thoughts on letting the hard-hitting player go. "Randy was a major contributor to our success last year. Unfortunately, with our 20-year-old situation we are in a position where we have to make many difficult decisions. Luckily, Randy is going to a tremendous organization in Vancouver, where he will excel as a player. We would like to thank him for his commitment to the Blades Hockey Club and wish him great success in the future.”

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USHL Fall Classic Featured on Hockey Prospect Radio

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The United States Hockey League and XM Hockey Prospect Radio have teamed up to produce two shows during the 2010 USHL Fall Classic.

The two-hour show by XM Hockey Prospect Radio will air on Saturday, September 25th beginning at 11:00 AM (EST) and can be heard on XM Sirius Satellite Radio (Home Ice 204 and Sirius 208). A re-broadcast of the show will air on Sunday, September 26th at 10:00 AM (EST). The show will feature interviews from USHL players, coaches, scouts, and League personnel during the 2010 USHL Fall Classic.

The four-day USHL Fall Classic features all 16 Member Clubs playing three games apiece in front of more than 200 coaches and scouts representing NHL teams and NCAA collegiate hockey programs. The most highly scouted event in all of hockey takes place in Sioux City, Iowa for the fourth consecutive season.

Entering its fifth season, XM Hockey Prospect Radio is the first radio program to feature future NHL players and their development in the game of hockey. The program is an informative montage on the players that will be the future of the NHL and each show provides in-depth analysis of these rising stars. Co-hosting the show are Shane Malloy and Russ Cohen. Malloy has been called upon by many major sports networks and publications for his expertise and knowledge of hockey. He previously was a columnist for, FOX Sports, TSN, and Sportsnet. In addition to Hockey Prospect Radio, Malloy serves as a consultant to EA Sports for their NHL video game franchise.

Cohen is an accomplished writer and radio host for the Sportsology Radio Network, covering multiple sports including writing specifically about the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers. He has numerous articles published on in addition to regular columns in Center Ice Magazine and Beckett Hockey. His first book "100 Ranger Greats" was released in the fall of 2009 and "Strike Three" a baseball book was just released in April 2010.

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USHL Fall Classic Wrap Up – Day 3

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Daniil Tarasov again led the way for the Ice scoring a pair of goals while Dan Cesarz collected three assists.  Goaltender Jon Gilles stopped all 26 shots he faced to record the shutout win.  Adam Erne and Brian Ferlin recorded power play goals while Peter Schneider also chipped in a goal for the Ice.
Tri-City Storm 5 vs. Des Moines Buccaneers 0
A flurry of offense and stingy defense resulted in a win for the Storm in their final contest of the Fall Classic.  Cody Murphy and Tucker Brockett scored goals in the second and Soren Jonzzon finished with two points (1g, 1a).  The Storm allowed just 13 shots on goal and goaltender Scott Diebold turned them all away to register the shutout. 
Chicago Steel 2 vs. Green Bay Gamblers 4
It was a battle of special teams as all six of the goals scored were on the power play.  Despite just 15 shots on goal, Green Bay went 4-of-8 on the man advantage to gain the victory.  After Jay Camper scored for the Steel in the first period, Green Bay answered with goals by Mitch Witek and Andrew Welinski.  Gamblers forward Nolan LaPorte led all players with three points (1g, 2a) while Austin Czarnik also tallied a goal for Green Bay.  Michael Holland added a goal for Chicago.  Adam Wilcox made 26 saves for the Gamblers, earning the win. 
Fargo Force 1 vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 3
Cedar Rapids again took advantage of their chances scoring two power play goals in the first period on their way to 3-0-0 record at the Fall Classic.  Ryan McGrath and Stephen Collins tallied the special teams goals and Cason Hohmann added a goal in the third.  Brady Hjelle made 27 saves in net for the victory.  Tanner Kero scored the lone goal for Fargo with just five seconds remaining to spoil the shutout bid by the RoughRiders.
Youngstown Phantoms 4 vs. Sioux Falls Stampede 2
The Phantoms jumped out with two goals within the first five minutes of the contests and held on to win their first game of the Fall Classic.  J.T. Stenglein led Youngstown with three points (1g, 2a) and teammate Adam Berkle added two points (1g, 1a).  Dylan Margonari and Jiri Sekac converted on the power play for the Phantoms and goaltender Matt Green claimed the victory making 33 saves.  Connor Reilly and Bryan Moore each scored for the Stampede.
Muskegon Lumberjacks 4 vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints 1
Charlie Taft scored two goals for the Lumberjacks in the matchup of the USHL's two newest teams.  Mike Conderman also scored for Muskegon and goaltender Joel Vienneau made 26 saves to record the victory.  Matt DeBlouw added an empty net goal to seal the win.  Scott Wamsganz scored the lone goal for Dubuque.
Team USA 4 vs. Sioux City Musketeers 3
In the nightcap, Team USA jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead on goals by Adam Reid (shorthanded) and Rocco Grimaldi (power play).  Max Gaede brought the Musketeers within one before a goal by Cole Bardreau again gave Team USA a two-goal lead.  Caleb Herbert added a goal for Sioux City.  Robbie Russo appeared to seal the game with an empty goal for Team USA, but the Musketeers never gave and Jordan Schmaltz scored with just 16 seconds left to give his club a chance.  Team USA held on to get their first win of the Fall Classic thanks to 39 saves by goaltender John Gibson.

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Connolly Returns To Cougars And Named Captain

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The Prince George Cougars are pleased to announce 18 year-old forward Brett Connolly is returning to the Cougars. Connolly is returning from the Tampa Bay Lightning’s main training camp.

The Cougars are also pleased to announce that the team has named Connolly as the captain for the 2010-11 season. Connolly was an assistant Captain for the club during the 2009-10 season.

The Cougars full-time assistant captains this year will be 20 year-old forward James Dobrowolski and 18 year-old forward Charles Inglis. The Cougars have also named 18 year-old forward Brock Hirsche as an assistant captain for home games and 17 year-old defensemen Jesse Forsberg as an assistant captain for Cougars road games.

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McKegg named captain of the Otters

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The Erie Otters have announced that center Greg McKegg has been named as the 11th team captain in Otters history. Joining McKegg as alternate captains are center Mike Cazzola, defenseman Derek Holden and right wing Shawn Szydlowski.

McKegg will assume his new role once he returns from Toronto Maple Leafs training camp. The third-year forward picked up a goal in his preseason debut in a 3-2 shootout win over the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday.

Cazzola returns to the Otters after a terrific season in which he posted 36 goals. The Guelph, Ont. native skated on a line with McKegg and departed captain Zack Torquato to form one of the most formidable trios in the OHL.

Holden enters his first year wearing the “A” on his jersey after joining the Otters in a mid-season trade from Peterborough last October. The steady blueliner led Otters defensemen with 11 goals last season.

Szydlowski will wear the “A” for the second straight season. The Michigan native recently returned from Ottawa Senators rookie camp and enters his overage season with the Otters.

The Otters open their 15th season of competition in the Ontario Hockey League tonight when they travel to Brampton to meet the Battalion in a 7:30 p.m. game at the Powerade Centre. The game can be heard live on FOX Sports Radio AM 1330 The FAN and on-line at (presented by the James H. Cross Company) beginning with the pre-game show at 7:15 p.m.

The Otters return to Erie to host the Saginaw Spirit at 7:00 p.m. with their 15th home opener at Tullio Arena. The event begins with a free pre-game party at Jerry Uht Park at 5:00 p.m. featuring entertainment by Thirst N Howl and food and drink for a reduced price. The first 2,500 fans into the game receive a free magnetic schedule courtesy of Springhill Suites. Before the game, the Otters will retire the No. 18 of the late Vinny Scott.

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Brandon, MB – When the curtain goes up on the 2010-11 Western Hockey League season Friday night at Westman Place, 20-year old Shayne Wiebe will be wearing the “C” on his Brandon Wheat Kings’ jersey.

The Wheat Kings have announced that the Brandon born left-winger has been named the 54th Captain in franchise history.

A former member of the Kamloops Blazers, Wiebe was obtained by the Wheat Kings in December 2009 and helped lead Brandon to the 2010 Eastern Division pennant and a berth in the Memorial Cup Championship Final in May.

Wiebe replaces Brayden Schenn and Matt Calvert as Captain of the WHL club. While Calvert is entering his first season of professional hockey in the Columbus Blue Jackets’ organization, Schenn continues to skate with the Kings in Los Angeles.

Serving as Alternate (or is it Assistant) Captains this season will be veteran blueliner Brodie Melnychuk, right-winger Mark Stone and Dallas Stars’ first round draft choice Scott Glennie.

In 65 games last season, the 6’ 190 lb. Wiebe scored 23 goals and 50 points while accumulating 76 minutes in penalties. During his three year Western League career, the former AAA Midget Wheat King has 132 points, including 64 goals in 204 games.

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Friday, September 24, 2010


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Regina, Sk – The Regina Pat are proud to announce the acquisition of 20 year old centre, Thomas Frazee, as well as a 4th round Bantam pick in 2011 and a 6th round pick in 2012 from the Moose Jaw Warriors in exchange for a 2nd round Bantam pick in 2012 and a 5th in 2013.

Frazee had a solid regular season with the Warriors in 2009-10 scoring 20 goals and accumulating 55 points in 17 games. He broke out in the Warriors playoff series with the Hitmen last season with 10 points in 7 games.

The 6’4” centre began his career with the Portland Winter Hawks as a 16 year old in 2006-07 and was a 1st round pick of the ‘Hawks in 2005. Tomas was a free agent invitee to Dallas Stars camp this past month where he played in 3 games, picking up an assist.

C – Thomas Frazee
Born: Mar. 31/90
North Vancouver, B.C.
6’04” 205lbs. Shoots: Right
2009-10 (Moose Jaw Warriors)
GP-70 G-20 A-35 PTS-55 PIM-18

Regina Pats General Manager Chad Lang, “We are excited to welcome Thomas to our lineup. We feel he brings a lot of offensive punch, size and experience to our hockey club. His leadership and winning attitude will be a welcomed addition to our locker room.”

Frazee joins forward Colin Reddin as the only two 20 year olds currently on the Pats roster, one less than the league maximum of 3.
General Manager, Chad Lang is available for comment at 11:30 in front of the Pats dressing room.


Chilliwack, BC -- The Chilliwack Bruins have acquired 18 year old forward Mike Forsyth from the Moose Jaw Warriors in exchange for a conditional draft pick.

Forsyth, who was an 8th round pick by the Warriors in the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft, spent the 2009-10 season with the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Camrose Kodiaks where he scored seven goals and added 14 assists in 57 games.

Forsyth is expected to be in the lineup tonight when the Bruins open the season vs the Vancouver Giants.

Mike Forsyth Bio

Height: 6’1
Weight: 185
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Date of Birth: June 20, 1992
2009-10 Team: Camrose Kodiaks, AJHL

Thomas will be heading to Regina in time to travel to Brandon tonight for the Pat’s first road game.

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Rangers Head Coach and General Manager Steve Spott announced that the team has acquired defensemen Jamie Doornbosch from the Peterborough Petes.

In acquiring Doornbosch the Rangers also receive the Petes 15th round pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection. Kitchener sends a 13th round pick in 2012 and 4th round pick in the 2014 Draft.

Doornbosch accumulated 12 goals and 38 assists in 68 regular season games with the Petes last year.

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Hurricanes Name Reddington Captain

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Lethbridge, AB – Rich Preston, General Manager and Head Coach of the Lethbridge Hurricanes was proud to announce the Hurricanes 2010-11 Captain. Hard nosed defenseman Mike Reddington has been named the 19th Captain in Lethbridge Hurricanes history, following in the footsteps of 2009-10 Captain and graduating player Carter Bancks. Reddington joins the likes of Jamie Pushor, Brent Seabrook and Ben Wright as Canes D-men who have been given the honor of wearing the Captain’s “C”.

“There are three attributes that you look for in every Captain; first you want an individual who will compete to win every night, second you want a player who leads by example both on and off the ice and third you want a leader who is always willing to stand up for his teammates.” said Preston “Mike is a player who exudes all three of these qualities and that is why he is our Captain - He will set the tone for our team.”

Reddington, was acquired by Lethbridge from Spokane along with defenseman Landon Oslanski in exchange for Kyle Beach at the beginning of the 08-09 campaign. In 67 games last season he tallied 26 points (2G, 24A) and a team leading 168 PIMs, while being awarded the Hurricanes Hardest Working player award for 2009-10. In 07-08, his sophomore season, Reddington came into his own leading the Spokane Chiefs with 105 PIMs in 71 games and finishing the season with 10 points (2G, 8A) and an impressive plus 22 plus/minus rating. Ironically, that season was capped with Spokane’s 4-0 sweep of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the 2008 WHL Championship and the Chief’s capture of the 2008 Memorial Cup.

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Hounds announce Captain; Assistants for 2010-11

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With the Soo Greyhounds home opener less than 24 hours away, Head Coach Denny Lambert confirmed this afternoon the players that will hold the captain and Assistant captains positions for the upcoming 2010-11 season.

BROCK BEUKEBOOM was named team captain for the franchise’s 39th season in the Ontario Hockey League. The 2nd generation Greyhound is set to enter his third season for the Hounds after a very productive off-season. Back in April, the Uxbridge, ON native represented Canada at the IIHF World Under 18 Championship in Belarus and then was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 3rd Round of June’s NHL Entry Draft.

Joining Beukeboom will be a pair of full-time Assistants while two other players will hold the position while either at home, or on the road.

Being named full-time Assistant Captains were defenseman DYLAN KING AND BRANDON ARCHIBALD. King, who still remains at the tryout camp of the Los Angeles Kings, would be entering his 4th season for the team. The Thessalon, ON native had a steady 2009-10 season on the blueline that saw him put forth a +5 rating for the team to go along 10 pts and 172 PIM.

Archibald meanwhile remains at the camp of the Columbus Blue Jackets at the time of this release. The 18-year old native of Port Huron, Michigan was selected by the Blue Jackets in the 4th round of this past June’s NHL Entry Draft.

The third home Assistant Captain will be Sault Ste. Marie native BRETT THOMPSON. Entering his 4th season in the OHL, and 2nd full season with the Hounds, Thompson led the team with a career high 42 goals one year ago. Thompson’s 65 points was 2nd highest on the team.

Meanwhile the team’s third Assistant Captain on the road will be 2nd-year forward DANIEL CATENACCI. The Newmarket, Ontario native comes off a summer that saw him win a gold medal at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka U18 tournament and then he would later participate in the select NHL combine.

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Rangers Announce 2010-11 Assistant Captains

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Head Coach and General Manager Steve Spott announced that Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Tipoff and Jason Akeson will wear the ‘A’ for the Kitchener Rangers 2010-11 season.

A team captain will not be decided until it is determined what players will be back in Kitchener.

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Broncos Make a Pair of Roster Moves

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Swift Current Broncos’ Head Coach and General Manager Mark Lamb has announced the club has re-assigned defenseman Brody Luhning and forward Robbie Newton.

Luhning, 18 years old, spent last season with the Broncos seeing action in 30 games and notching 1 point. Luhning hails from Lumsden, SK and was picked by the Broncos in the 8th round of the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft. Prior to the Broncos, Luhning played for the Regina Pat Canadians in the Saskatchewan Midget League.

Newton, from Saskatoon, played midget for the Saskatoon Contacts last season as a 16 year old. He was originally selected by Seattle in the 4th round of the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft and acquired last season by the Broncos for Scott Ramsay.

Both players’ Junior A rights are held by the Battleford’s Stars of the SJHL.

With the moves, the Broncos have 26 players on the roster. Cody Eakin is still away at Washington Capitals camp and Dillon Wagner is on injured reserve after off season knee surgery.

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Josh Nicholls Returns from Toronto

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Nicholls has been reassigned to the Saskatoon Blades after participating in the NHL rookie camp for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 18-year-old right winger is entering into his third season with the Blades. In the 2009-10 season Josh Nicholls played 71 games, collecting 18 goals, 30 assists and 55 penalty minutes.

There are still four Blades players remaining at camps: Gaelan Patterson (Calgary Flames), Randy McNaught (New York Rangers), Stefan Elliott (Colorado Avalanche) and Adam Morrison (Philadelphia Flyers).

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Fronts Acquire Conor Stokes From Oshawa

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The Kingston Frontenacs picked up 19 year old forward Conor Stokes from the Oshawa Generals in exchange for a selection in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection.

“With the injuries we currently have, this was an opportunity to add some depth and grit to the forward position,” said Larry Mavety, Director of Hockey Operations & General Manager.

Stokes will join the Club in time for tomorrow night’s home opener contest against the Mississauga St.Michael’s Majors. The Lansing, NY native will be entering his fourth OHL season, splitting the first two between the Guelph Storm and the Generals. Last season he had a career best 14 goals and 28 points in 63 games.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

USHL Fall Classic Wrap Up – Day 2

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Fargo Force 2 vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks 4
John Parker and Matt DeBlouw both scored shorthanded goals just 57 seconds apart on the same penalty as the Muskegon Lumberjacks won their first game of the Fall Classic.  Charlie Taft gave the Lumberjacks a 3-0 lead in their period before Fargo closed the gap to one after goals by Colten St. Clair and Joe Rehkamp.  A late rush by the Force wasn't enough as Jordan Masters sealed the victory with an empty net goal for Muskegon.  Paul Berrafato made 20 saves in goal to earn the win for the Lumberjacks.
Youngstown Phantoms 1 vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 5
The RoughRiders stayed hot offensively with five goals after putting up seven in their opening game of the Fall Classic.  Cedar Rapids jumped out to a 4-0 lead, including three power play goals.  Ryan McGrath and Thomas Fallen each scored a goal for the second straight day and Stephen Collins netted a pair of goals for the RoughRiders.  Nick Lappin added a power play tally while goaltenders Cody Campbell and Brady Hjelle combined for 26 saves in the victory.  Cody Strang recorded the lone goal for the Phantoms.
Waterloo Black Hawks 3 vs. Chicago Steel 6
A wild second period was the story as the teams combined for six goals over a span of 4:35 in the frame.  Cole Gunner led the way for Chicago scoring a pair of goals and Danny Mattson collected three assists for the club.  Returning Black Hawks Jamie Hill and Tyler Zepeda scored just 14 seconds apart in the second period to pull their team within one, but it wasn't enough as the Steel closed out the victory.  Sam Windle and Theo DiPauli each netted a goal for Chicago and Adam Krause notched two points (1g, 1a).  Adam Miller made 35 saves to earn the victory for the Steel.
Des Moines Buccaneers 3 vs. Indiana Ice 8
The Ice came out firing on all cylinders as six different players tallied a goal in the first period to help the squad cruise to victory.  Daniil Tarasov had a huge day putting up five points (2g, 3a) for the Ice while teammate Adam Erne also netted two goals.  The Buccaneers scored three goals, all on special teams (two power plays, one shorthanded), including a shorthanded marker by Peter Stoykewych.  Indiana goaltender Casey DeSmith recorded the win making 21 saves.
Tri-City Storm 3 vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints 4 (SO)
Dubuque forward T.J. Schlueter scored a goal against his former club, but the Storm used two shorthanded goals, including one by Dan Kolomatis with 33 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game to the extra session.  In the shootout, the Storm converted three of four attempts to claim the victory.  Cody Murphy scored for the second straight game at the Fall Classic for Tri-City and Cass Mappin also tallied for the Storm.  Zemgus Girgensons and Joakim Ryan scored in regulation for Dubuque.  Storm goaltender Steven Bolton made 22 saves in regulation and stopped three attempts in the shootout to earn the win.
Lincoln Stars 4 vs. Green Bay Gamblers 5
Green Bay built a 3-1 lead including goals by returning players Max Hartner and Grant Arnold, but the Stars would battle back to take the lead in the third period.  Andrew Schmit and John McCarron scored for the Stars while Jared Hanson collected two points (1g, 1a).  The lead changed again, this time for good when the Gamblers got power play goals from David Goodwin and Austin Czarnik in the third period on the way to the victory.  Stars goaltender Lukas Hafner made 38 saves in the loss while Gamblers netminder made 26 saves to claim the win.
Team USA 2 vs. Omaha Lancers 3
Team USA jumped ahead early scoring two goals within the first five minutes of the first period.  Tyler Biggs and Rocco Grimaldi light the lamp for Team USA.  Omaha clamped down defensively after that and pulled within one goal after Thomas O'Regan found the back of the net.  In the third period, Seth Ambroz took over scoring two goals in a span of 2:28 to lead the Lancers to a come-from-behind victory.  The Lancers held Team USA to just 16 shots as goaltender John Keeney stopped 14 to earn the win.  Team USA goaltender Matt McNeely made 29 saves in the loss.

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The Minnesota Wild announced this morning they have signed Kamloops Blazers' Josh Caron and former Spokane Chiefs defenceman Jared Spurgeon to NHL entry-level contracts after both being a free agent invite by the Wild.

Caron, 19, totaled six points (1=5=6) and 190 penalty minutes in 60 games for Kamloops of the Western Hockey League last year. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder impressed in Traverse City by playing a physical game and sparking his team with two big fights.

Spurgeon, 20, has completed his junior career, finishing it last season with 51 points (8-43=51) for the Spokane Chiefs. In 2008, he along with Wild prospect Justin Falk, helped lead the Chiefs to the Memorial Cup. Spurgeon, who was originally taken by the New York Islanders in the sixth round of the 2008 NHL Draft, was a power play specialist for the Wild in Traverse City. He scored a goal and an assist, both coming with the man advantage.

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