Saturday, July 31, 2010

Salmon Arm releases logo for team's 10th anniversary season

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The British Columbia Hockey League's Salmon Arm SilverBacks are pleased to release their 10th Anniversary season logo. The logo was designed by Tom Marsh at Brushstrokes Signs and will be used throughout the 2010/11 campaign.

"It is hard to believe we are entering our 10th season" said Shawn Rogers, the team’s Director of Marketing. "The logo is contemporary, edgy and should hopefully appeal to our wide demographic. It will be used many ways including the club’s website, official game puck and team merchandise."

The anniversary logo maintains the SilverBacks black, silver and purple colors with the gorilla head in the center.

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Louis Leblanc jumps to Juniors

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Montreal, July 30th 2010 - The Montreal Juniors Hockey Club is proud to announce Louis Leblanc’s arrival to the line up for the upcoming 2010-2011 season.

As the 18th overall selection of the Montreal Canadiens at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Louis Leblanc is also the first Quebec-born player chosen by the Habs in the first round since Eric Chouinard of the Quebec Remparts in 1998.

The team has been in negotiations with Leblanc’s agent, Pat Brisson, since this past spring, in the goal of coming to an agreement before training camp.

The Pointe-Claire native is part of the group of players invited to Canada’s National Junior Team Development Camp. A world-class player, he will make sure to put forward his exemplary work ethic and talent in order to earn himself a spot on the roster for the IIIHF World Junior Championships of 2011.

"The QMJHL, in particular the Montreal Juniors, have demonstrated the growth opportunities available to Leblanc, where he can pursue his hockey development in order to achieve great honour and join the ranks of the National Hockey League as soon as possible," said Martin Routhier, President of the Montreal Juniors. "Moreover, we understand that the balance of sports and education is an important one for Louis, and our organization wishes to support his academic ambitions, within a flexible environment that will offer him all the tools necessary for him to succeed".

Leblanc, who played center with the Harvard Crimson, accumulated 23 points in only 31 games last season, including 11 goals, finishing as the leading scorer on his team.

"For this upcoming 2010-2011 season, our team presents a solid roster, one that is very capable of competing for the MasterCard Memorial Cup," explains Pascal Vincent, head coach and general manager of the Montreal Juniors. "We have six NHL affiliated players in our ranks, including Leblanc, who belong to a National Hockey League team and who bring depth on many levels: Louis-Marc Aubry and Trevor Parkes of the Detroit Red Wings, Jean-François Bérubé of the Los Angeles Kings, Philippe Lefebvre of the Montreal Canadiens as well as Charles-Olivier Roussel of the Nashville Predators, who will accompany Leblanc at Team Canada Development Camp."

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Keith Paulsen Named New Assistant Coach

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The Sioux City Musketeers announced today the hiring of Keith Paulsen as assistant coach. Keith Paulsen joins the Musketeer staff after most recently serving as a scout for the 2009-10 season.

"We are excited to have Keith Paulsen onboard to complete our
Musketeer coaching staff," Musketeer head coach Luke Strand said. "Keith is a tireless worker and a passionate hockey guy with head coaching experience that I have had a lifetime of experience with. He has been a teammate of mine, a scout for our organization and a man that shares the same dedication with Cam
Ellsworth and I to get the job done in our new era of Sioux City

Paulsen also served as head coach for Rice Lake High School in Rice Lake, Wisconsin for the past seven season. In 2008-09, he guided the Warriors to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association State Tournament for the first time in 29 years. He was awarded the 2009 Section 2 Coach of the Year award by his fellow peers.

Paulsen, 32, is an Eau Claire, Wisconsin native. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Clair, playing four years of collegiate hockey for the Blugolds. He was a WiAC Honorable Mention Defensemen in 1997-98 and on the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll in 1999-00. As a senior he was named Assistant Captain. He graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. He recently completed his Masters Degree in Collaborative Educational Leadership from Fielding Graduate University.

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Nanaimo tabs Colton Cyr as Clippers captain for 2010/11 season

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The British Columbia Hockey League's Nanaimo Clippers are pleased to introduce Colton Cyr as their Captain for the 2010/11 season. The Nanaimo Minor Hockey product enters his third full season in a Clippers uniform and will be counted on heavily to lead the team on and off the ice.

"Colton has matured a great deal in the past season and is definitely up for the challenge to lead the Clippers in his home town," says Clippers head coach Bill Bestwick. "There is a great deal of expectation and pressure for our Captains and Colton understands the demands that will be placed on him."

Cyr wears # 11 and patrols left wing for the Clippers and has been working hard on his strength this off season. The 18-year old built on a strong rookie season during his second year with the Clippers, scoring 17 goals and 12 assists in 60 games.

"This is a real honor and I am committed to providing my teammates and coaches with 100% determination every single day," says Cyr. "All the Coaches have expressed their confidence in me and I do not intend to let them down."

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Attack Hire New Assistant

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The Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League is pleased to announce that they have signed Terry Virtue as an Assistant Coach for the 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 seasons.

Virtue, who currently resides in Wheeling, West Virginia has most recently served as an Associate Coach of the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League handling the defensive operations and special teams. While there in 2008/2009, “Virch” oversaw three defenseman who collected 30+ points and finished 6th in the league in goals against. Under Virtue, the Tri-City Americans were an impressive +193 as a team and held a +86 goal differential.

“Terry’s qualifications as an Assistant/Associate coach in the Western Hockey League are very impressive,” stated Attack General Manager Dale DeGray. “His qualities not only as a coach, but as a former player will reflect very positively on our staff and the guys in the dressing room. Everybody I have spoke to has said the same thing about Terry, ‘he has a competitive side that doesn’t quit’ and that is what we are looking for him to instill in our players.”

The former player was apart of 19 different teams over an 18 year span, tallying over 2800 Penalty Minutes. Virtue will be re-locating his wife Lori and son Braeden to Tara, ON. where he currently has family ties. “This organization has many qualities that appeal to me,” said Virtue. The 40 year old former defenseman went on to say that, “the team has an impressive crop of returning players and there is no reason we should not be competing for an OHL Championship this season.”

The Attack wishes to welcome Terry and his family to the organization.

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CALGARY, Friday, July 30, 2010 – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, announced Friday final details and roster additions for the National Junior Team development camp from August 4-7 in St. John’s, N.L. at Mile One Centre.

The players attending camp, born in 1991 or 1992, were selected by Hockey Canada head scout Al Murray, in consultation with the coaching staff. Head coach Dave Cameron (Mississauga St. Michael’s, OHL) along with assistant coaches Ryan Huska (Kelowna, WHL) and André Tourigny (Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL) will lead the players through practices and two intersquad games at the development camp, in what is the first step towards naming Canada’s team for the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship. George Burnett (Belleville, OHL), recently named an assistant coach with the team, will not be at the camp due to his involvement as head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team.


Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, also announced the addition of three players to the camp roster. Defencemen Nathan Beaulieu (Quispamsis, N.B./Saint John, QMJHL) and Brock Beukeboom (Uxbridge, Ont./Sault Ste. Marie, OHL), along with forward Joey Hishon (Stratford, Ont./Owen Sound, OHL), have been added to the camp roster. The three players will replace defencemen Jared Cowen (Allan, Sask./Spokane, WHL) and Ryan Ellis (Freelton, Ont./Windsor, OHL) and forward Taylor Hall (Kingston, Ont./Windsor, OHL), who will not be taking part in camp for various reasons.

Cowen will be in attendance at the camp but not available for contact due to his recovery from mononucleosis. Ellis, as a two-time member of Canada’s National Junior Team, has opted to not attend the camp, which is allowed under program policy. Hall has informed Hockey Canada and the CHL that he will not be attending the development camp.


Canada’s National Junior Team development camp will run from August 4-7 at Mile One Centre in St. John’s, N.L.. The camp includes on-ice sessions, two Red-White intrasquad games and off-ice activities that will help Hockey Canada and the coaching staff assemble Canada’s roster for the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo and Niagara, N.Y.

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Warriors ready for camp, announce staff additions

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The Michigan Warriors, who will begin play in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) this fall, are getting set for their main tryout camp this weekend at the Flint Iceland Arena.

Players invited to the camp include the team’s draft picks and other prospects. Their performance in camp practice sessions and games will help determine who takes the ice for the team’s inaugural season at Perani Arena, which begins in September. The team expects to have its final 2010-11 roster in place in August.

“Not just any kid off the street is going to make this team,” said Warriors head coach and general manager Moe Mantha. “This is an extremely competitive league and the scouting staff and I are going to be watching these players very closely in live game situations.

“We want to be sure the young men who put on the Warriors sweater for Flint’s first NAHL game are highly skilled, have the hunger to win and are going to represent this community the way it deserves to represented.”

Camp activities will take place at Iceland Arena while the team’s home rink, Perani Arena, undergoes a series of continuing renovations in preparation for the upcoming season. Upgrades to the facility’s roof, food service and concessions areas are scheduled for completion by September.

The arena already has seen improved lighting installed since Firland Management began investing in the fan experience after taking over operations at the 4,000-seat facility earlier this year. Additional upgrades are planned.

The Warriors also announced additions to the team’s scouting and front office staff.

“Moe Mantha has hockey in his blood and the responsibility to develop these players into a winning team ultimately is his, but it’s the people behind the scenes who will really turn the Warriors into a source of community pride,” said Pat McEachern, a member of the team’s ownership group. “Our new scouting director and front office staff are among the best professionals in hockey.”

Joining the Warriors as scouting director is Tom Boileau, a longtime member of the Southeast Michigan hockey community. He is a certified Level 5 Master Coach and has been behind the bench at nearly every level.

Highlights of Boileau’s coaching career include time as the head coach and general manager of the Brownstown Bombers Junior A hockey club, an internship at the USA Hockey National Team Development Program and three years as the director of player personnel for the Marquette Rangers of the NAHL.

He also serves as the head coach and general manager of Michigan Elite High School Hockey. Many of Boileau’s players have graduated from junior hockey to play at the NCAA level.

Sales director Tory Thompson Newberry joins the Warriors after working as a senior account executive for the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, where she handled season tickets, group tickets, suites and corporate advertising.

Prior to her work with the Red Wings, Newberry spent four seasons as an account executive with the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). There, she handled season tickets, group tickets, corporate advertising and the team’s hockey school.

The Warriors’ director of marketing and promotions, Jacob Wesolek, most recently served as the director of operations for the Port Huron Icehawks of the International Hockey League (IHL).

A 2002 graduate of Central Michigan University, Wesolek got his start in hockey with the Spirit, coordinating sales initiatives and game-day promotions. He also spent time with the Omaha Knights of the American Hockey League (AHL) and the South Carolina Stingrays of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).

A Saginaw, Mich., native, Wesolek will be responsible for the team’s daily operations, including marketing efforts, promotions and public relations.

MONSTERS MAIN CAMP SET FOR NEXT WEEK: The Fresno Monsters, who will also begin their first season in the NAHL this fall, will hold their main camp - their last preseason tryout camp - next week at Selland Arena.

The Monsters are expecting over 150 players from around the world to be in attendance for a chance to earn a roster spot on one of the club's two teams: the NAHL club or the Tier III Junior A Western States Hockey League (WSHL) team.

The camp will conclude with an all-star game in which the best 50 players will compete for a spot on the team's NAHL squad.

"With our move to the North American Hockey League this off-season, we’ve drawn attention from hockey players worldwide," said Eric Ballard, head coach and general manager of the Monsters’ NAHL team. "We’re very excited to see some top caliber players at camp next week."

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USHL Releases 2010-11 Regular Season Schedule

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The United States Hockey League announced today the game schedule for the 2010-11 USHL regular season. A League high 16 USHL Member Clubs will be split into two conferences for the coming season. Beginning on Friday, October 1st, the League will open its 480-game schedule which represents the most games ever played in a single USHL season.

"As the League fan base, footprint and number of USHL teams continue to expand, creating a schedule becomes more of a challenge each year," said USHL Commissioner Skip Prince. "I congratulate the Member Clubs on their effort and cooperation in building a schedule that will feature new teams, old rivalries, and the best junior hockey in the world – and still insure that 90% of the games are played on weekend dates both to keep the stands full, and to make sure that the USHL players excel in the classroom as well as on the ice."

The Dubuque (Iowa) Fighting Saints and Muskegon (Michigan) Lumberjacks join the growing USHL for the 2010-11 season, marking the third consecutive season the League has welcomed expansion clubs. Dubuque will compete in the Western Conference while Muskegon becomes a member of the Eastern Conference.

2010-11 USHL Conference Alignment

Western Conference Eastern Conference

Des Moines Buccaneers Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

Dubuque Fighting Saints Chicago Steel

Fargo Force Green Bay Gamblers

Lincoln Stars Indiana Ice

Omaha Lancers Muskegon Lumberjacks

Sioux City Musketeers Team USA

Sioux Falls Stampede Waterloo Black Hawks

Tri-City Storm Youngstown Phantoms

While splitting the 16 teams into two conferences, the League generated a schedule with more games played among teams in close proximity to each other in order to nurture geographic rivalries and better manage the travel demands for each team.

A total of nine games will take place during the first weekend of the season, including a rematch of the 2010 USHL Clark Cup Finals as the Fargo Force visit the Green Bay Gamblers on Saturday, October 2nd. Muskegon begins their inaugural season the same night at the L.C. Walker Arena as they play host to the Indiana Ice. Dubuque plays their first game of the season on Friday, October 1st with a visit to the Omaha Lancers before welcoming the Lancers to open the brand new Mystique Ice Center in Dubuque on October 22nd.

Saturday, October 2nd features three key "rivalry games" as the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders make the 60-mile trek north to take on the Waterloo Black Hawks, the Sioux City Musketeers open the season by hosting the Sioux Falls Stampede, and the Tri-City Storm have their home opener against the Omaha Lancers.

2010-11 USHL Home Openers

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders – Saturday, October 9th vs. Fargo

Chicago Steel – Friday, October 1st vs. Fargo

Des Moines Buccaneers – Friday, October 1st vs. Youngstown

Dubuque Fighting Saints – Friday, October 22nd vs. Omaha

Fargo Force – Friday, October 15th vs. Chicago

Green Bay Gamblers – Saturday, October 2nd vs. Fargo

Indiana Ice – Saturday, October 9th vs. Sioux Falls

Lincoln Stars – Friday, October 8th vs. Youngstown

Muskegon Lumberjacks – Saturday, October 2nd vs. Indiana

Omaha Lancers – Friday, October 1st vs. Dubuque

Sioux City Musketeers – Saturday, October 2nd vs. Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls Stampede – Friday, October 15th vs. Team USA

Tri-City Storm – Friday, October 1st vs. Lincoln

Team USA – Friday, October 8th vs. Dubuque

Waterloo Black Hawks – Saturday, October 2nd vs. Cedar Rapids

Youngstown Phantoms – Saturday, October 16th vs. Green Bay

At the conclusion of the 480-game regular season schedule, the top six teams in each Conference will qualify for the Clark Cup Playoffs. The first and second place teams in both the Eastern and Western Conferences will earn a first-round playoff bye as the remaining four teams in each Conference will vie for the two remaining spots in the second round. The winner of each playoff race in the respective conferences will meet in a best-of-five final series for the Clark Cup.

A full USHL schedule will be posted here - 2010-11 USHL Schedule

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Virtue Resigns as Associate Coach of Americans

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KENNEWICK, WA - Tri-City Americans' Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that Terry Virtue has announced his resignation as associate coach due to personal reasons.

Virtue, a former Americans defenseman from 1989-91, wrapped up a 16-year professional playing career before joining Tri-City as an assistant coach in time for the 2007-08 season. Over the past three seasons with the Americans, Virtue's defensive units have finished in the top-6 in goals allowed while featuring three defensemen with 30+ points the past two years. The Spruce Grove, Alberta-native spent 13 seasons as a player in the American Hockey League prior to joining the Tri-City coaching staff, appearing in 888 games and totaling 88 goals, 387 points and 1,856 penalty minutes.

"We want to thank Terry for his contributions to the Americans organization over the last 3 seasons and wish him all the best as he turns his attention towards his family," Tory explained. "We have targeted our candidate to fill Terry's position and we expect to make an announcement early next week."

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Former University of Minnesota forward Josh Birkholz signs with the Everett Silvertips

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Everett, WA -- Everett Silvertips Vice President / General Manager Doug Soetaert announced Tuesday that the club has signed forward Josh Birkholz of Maple Grove, MN. Birkholz, 19, was selected in the third round (67th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers.

A 6'1, 185 pound forward, Birkholz appeared in 36 games for the University of Minnesota last season, tallying six points on five goals and one assist. He spent his 17-year old season with the USHL's Fargo Force, scoring 21 goals and adding 15 assists for 36 points in 55 games played.

Birkholz was a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. entry at the 2008 World Junior A Challenge in Camrose, Alberta, recording three goals and an assist in five games.

"We are very pleased to be able to have Josh join our organization," Soetaert said. "We feel strongly that we will be able to provide him the opportunity to develop and succeed at reaching his goal of playing in the National Hockey League while continuing his education. Our hockey staff, headed by Head Coach Craig Hartsburg, is excited to have another top-6 forward join the team for the upcoming year."

Birkholz becomes the third player signed by Everett in the last six weeks, joining Manraj Hayer and Cody Fowlie. On Monday, Everett acquired forward and former 37-goal scorer Landon Ferraro from the Red Deer Rebels.

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Regg Simon Named Buccaneers Head Coach/GM

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The Des Moines Buccaneers today announced that Regg Simon has been named head coach and general manager of the team. Simon is a familiar face to the organization, having previously both played and coached in the USHL for the Bucs. He has spent the past two seasons at his alma mater in the role of assistant coach at the University of Alaska-Anchorage.

"We're welcoming back to the USHL, and the Des Moines Buccaneers, both a truly class individual and a storied player and coach," said USHL Commissioner Skip Prince. "Regg Simon brings to Des Moines extraordinary coaching, mentoring, and leadership qualities. The players and fans of the Bucs, and all of us here, look forward to his return to the USHL."

The first stint for Simon behind the bench in Des Moines began in the role of assistant coach with the organization. He took over head coaching duties midway through the 2004-05 season. The following year, he served as both head coach and general manager of the team, leading the Bucs to a 33-21-6 record – a 16-win improvement over the prior year – and the Clark Cup title as playoff champions. His efforts earned him recognition as the USHL General Manager of the Year for the 2005-06 campaign. Following that season, two of the Bucs players were selected in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft; Kyle Okposo (7th overall) to the New York Islanders and Trevor Lewis (17th overall) to the Los Angeles Kings. Simon followed up with a second straight winning season (29-21-10) in 2006-07.

"I've had success in Des Moines as a player, and as a coach, and I'm excited about the opportunity to bring the Buccaneers organization back to a level that the fans expect and deserve," said Simon. "There's always been a special place in my heart for not only the Bucs, but for Des Moines and that community. The fans in Des Moines are some of the best and I'm looking forward to getting back there."

Simon's first coaching experience in the USHL came as an assistant coach with the Tri-City Storm during the 2002-03 season. He took the reins of the team midway through the season and guided the club to a playoff berth. His career coaching record in the USHL stands at 105-112-24.

The native of Elk River, Minnesota also played two seasons (1994-96) in the USHL as a defenseman for the Bucs. He was a part of the Des Moines team during the 1994-95 season that won the USHL Anderson Cup and USHL Clark Cup before going on to win the Gold Cup as junior hockey's national champion. Simon went on to a four-year collegiate hockey career at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, competing in 133 games at the school, and served as team captain during both his junior and senior seasons.

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Lucas Lessio Commits to Generals

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Oshawa Generals Head Coach & General Manager Chris DePiero announced today that the team has signed highly-touted prospect, Lucas Lessio, to a standard OHL agreement with the Generals.

After going in the 1st round of the 2009 OHL Priority Selection to the Niagara Ice Dogs, Lessio played the 2009-2010 season with the St. Michael’s Buzzers. The 17 year old Maple, Ontario native scored 30 Goals, 72 Points and added 77 Penalty Minutes in 41 games. He also added 3 Points in 5 games with the Buzzers in the 2010 CCHL Playoffs this past post-season.

“We are very pleased to welcome Lucas to our family, we’re excited that he has chosen the Oshawa Generals and the Ontario Hockey League to further his hockey development,” said Generals Coach and General Manager Chris DePiero.

DePiero added “we all wish Lucas the best of luck as he joins teammate Boone Jenner at Canada’s Under-18 Team selection camp in Calgary this weekend.”

Fans can watch Lucas Lessio, and the rest of the stellar 2010-2011 Generals, play all year long by purchasing season tickets which are on sale now at the General Motors Centre Ticket Office.

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Spitfires Officially Welcome Jack Campbell to Windsor

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(Windsor) Earlier today, at a press conference conducted within the WFCU Centre, the Windsor Spitfires officially welcomed goaltender Jack Campbell to Windsor while unveiling their new look, vintage Reebok EDGE third jersey to be worn by the team for the upcoming 2010-2011 season.

Campbell, an 18 year-old native of Port Huron, Michigan, originally committed to the Windsor Spitfires on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 and was instrumental in leading Team USA to a gold medal performance at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships. He is also one of the most decorated players in his career with the United States Development Program (USDP), becoming the first American along with teammate Jason Zucker to have earned three gold medals at IIHF events.

This past summer, he was selected in the first round, (11th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars.

At today’s conference, Campbell also modeled the Spitfires’ new look, vintage Reebok EDGE third jersey. The third jersey design is similar to the model worn by the team from 2007-2009 and features a large navy blue coloured “W” with cream and red colours outlining the letter with the Spitfires name in a navy blue and cream namebar running through the centre of the “W”. The jersey itself is of a cream colour, with a navy blue collar and two navy blue stripes placed along each of the sleeves and the waist of the jersey. The new vintage Reebok EDGE jersey will also feature an OHL and Reebok patch on the front of the jersey along with a CHL patch located on the centre back hem. A newly created “WS” Windsor Spitfire team initial patch has been included on the jersey and is located on the left and right shoulders.

The current design of the “W” styled jersey was created by the Spitfires to honour the Windsor Spitfire teams who wore similar jerseys for three seasons, from 1944 to 1947 and will be worn by the 2010-2011 at most non-Thursday Spitfire home games.

“We are excited to welcome Jack to Windsor for the 2010-2011 season and to bringing back our vintage jerseys. Jack is a big part of our future and a world-class goaltender who has won at every level in junior international hockey with USA Hockey. The team prides itself in celebrating its storied past and, looking toward the future, we felt it was appropriate and necessary to have Jack model our vintage jersey. Today’s event was a great way to bring the team’s history as well as its future together and we can’t wait to get started in September,” said Windsor Spitfires Vice-President and General Manager Warren Rychel.

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Warriors name Alex Grieve as team captain for 2010/11 season

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The British Columbia Hockey League's Westside Warriors are pleased to announce that 20-year old forward Alex Grieve has been named the team's Captain for the 2010/11 season.

Grieve is entering his third season in Westside and in the BCHL. The Calgary, A.B. product is coming off a career year having scored 26 goals and tallying 50 points. Alex was also the Warriors second leading scorer in eleven playoff games with nine points.

“I am excited to announce Alex as our team captain for the upcoming season,” says Warriors Head Coach Darren Yopyk. “He is respected by all of his teammates because of his selflessness and strong work ethic. He puts the team goals ahead of his own in all situations.”

“He is an excellent role model for all of our players both on and off the ice. The 2010-2011 Warriors are under greater leadership with Alex at the helm.”

Grieve says he owes a lot to past Captains of Westside. Also, to his parents for making him strong willed and respectable on and off the ice.

“I’m going to lead by example and be the best person on and off the ice,” Grieve added. “I know when to be quiet and when to speak up. I know when to get physical, when to score big goals and I’ll do whatever it takes to win.”

The Warriors' assistant captains will officially be named at a later date.

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Tornado's Jones punches ticket to Denver

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The Texas Tornado has announced that forward Justin Jones has committed to the University of Denver (WCHA), where he has accepted a scholarship to play for the Pioneers beginning this fall.

“It’s tough to put into words how excited I am,” said Jones. “I’m very thankful to my family and the Texas Tornado for making this dream come true.”

In his first season with the Tornado in 2009-10, Jones played in 54 of the team’s 58 regular-season games, scoring seven goals and adding 13 assists.

“I really feel like this past season was my best, developmentally,” Jones said. “(Tornado) Coach (Tony) Curtale did a great job of recognizing what type of player I was, focused on those skill sets and really taught me a lot about the mental aspect of the game. We had such good chemistry in the locker room and that played a big part in my success as well.”

Jones elevated his game during the Robertson Cup Playoffs, as the 19-year-old finished second in team scoring with three points in five games.

“We’re very happy for Justin and his family, and it’s a testament to his work ethic and ability to be coached,” said Curtale. “Justin is an extremely good defensive forward and was one of the best skaters in the league. Both of those assets will come in handy at the Division I collegiate level.”

Jones spent 1999 and 2000 in Denver while his dad, Popeye Jones, played in the NBA for the Denver Nuggets. He will be the first ever player in the 11-year history of the Tornado to play for DU.

“I think Justin is going into a very nice situation at the University of Denver,” said Curtale. “He’s familiar with the city and, most importantly, he should be able to contribute from the start given his skill set.”

The University of Denver is one of the most storied programs in the history of college hockey. Its seven NCAA championships rank second all-time to the University of Michigan’s nine.

“Denver is a place I’m familiar with, so to be going back there to play college hockey for one of the most storied programs in the nation… I couldn’t be happier.”

Since the creation of the WCHA in 1959, the Pioneers have won nine regular-season championships 14 playoff championships.

Since 1999, the Tornado has moved over 110 players onto the NCAA and professional ranks, include Andy Wozniewski (Boston Bruins), Ben Bishop (St. Louis Blues), Al Montoya (Phoenix Coyotes) and Trevor Ludwig (Dallas Stars).

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Ducks Sign Top Pick Cam Fowler to Three-Year Deal

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The Ducks have signed defenseman Cam Fowler to a three-year entry-level contract. Per club policy, no terms of the deal were disclosed.

Fowler was selected by the Ducks in the first round (12th overall) of this year's NHL Entry Draft.

Fowler, 18 (12/6/91), collected 8-47=55 points with a +38 rating and 14 penalty minutes (PIM) in 55 games with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in 2009-10. Fowler ranked seventh among OHL defensemen in scoring to help Windsor finish first in its conference during the regular season. The 6-1, 190-pound blueliner also added 3-11=14 points with 10 PIM in 19 OHL Playoff games, helping the Spitfires to their second consecutive OHL championship and second straight Memorial Cup as junior hockey champions.

As a member of Team USA, Fowler won a gold medal at both the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship and 2009 IIHF U-18 World Championship, where he was named the tournament’s top defenseman. Fowler also played two seasons in Ann Arbor, Michigan with the U.S. National Training Development Program. In 2008-09, he was a member of the Under-18 team recording 8-32=40 points with 44 PIM in 55 games.

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Beukeboom added to WJHC Development Camp

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The Soo Greyhounds Hockey Club, in conjunction with Hockey Canada, is pleased to announce that defenseman BROCK BEUKEBOOM has been added to the roster for the upcoming National Junior Team development camp.

The camp is scheduled for August 4th to 7th in St. John’s N.L.

“This is a great opportunity for me to get a real taste of the best in Junior Hockey and to prove that I can play there” explained Beukeboom.

The third-year Hounds defenseman will join over 40 players vying for a roster position on Team Canada’s entry at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship set to be held in Buffalo and Niagara, NY.

The latest recognition for the Uxbridge, ONT native comes after he was selected this past June in the third 3rd Round (63rd overall) of the NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Internationally, the 2nd-generation Greyhound has previous time with Hockey Canada at both the Under 17 and Under 18 World Championships and Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament (U18).

“Attending the World Junior Camp will be a great experience for Brock. To spend time learning and competing with the best Junior players in Canada along with some of the top Junior coaches will certainly enhance Brock’s growth” commented Hounds GM Dave Torrie.

“The Soo Greyhounds organization is proud to have Brock represent us at the Canadian World Junior Camp while his teammate Brandon Archibald represents the organization at the USA World Junior camp” concluded Torrie.

Following his time with Hockey Canada, Beukeboom will join other Greyhound hopefuls for the opening of the team’s 2010 Training Camp at registration on Saturday, August 28th.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at

AJHL Mourns Loss of Team Founder Brian Nash

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AJHL President Craig T. Cripps, along with AJHL Chairman Greg Wood and the AJHL Board of Governors wishes to extend its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Brian Nash and the Grande Prairie Storm organization.

Former Storm President and team founder Brian Nash died this morning in an Edmonton hospital. He was 62.

“Brian was one of the Storm founders and was very instrumental in ensuring a strong organization,” said Storm president Lionel Jones. “He was a character that brought a lot of new ideas as well as new business to Grande Prairie.”

Nash was a two-time president of the Storm – 1998-2000 and 2007-2009. He was one of the original founders who each contributed to pay off a debt left over from the previous junior team and help get Junior A hockey back on track in Grande Prairie.

“When you wanted good input on different ideas he was there with solid advice as well as financial support if required,” said Jones. “I will also remember Brian for his many suits and dress shirts and colourful ties. Brian will be missed at the Storm family and board, but will not be forgotten how much he gave to the hockey team he loved and believed in.”

Nash grew up in the Peace Country in Hines Creek and worked in Fort Nelson, B.C. before moving to Grande Prairie in the mid-1970s to work with CP Air.

His community involvement began shortly after he arrived in the city.

“I have known Brian for 35 years and have lived in Grande Prairie all of my life and there are few people in Grande Prairie who contributed to such a wide cross-section of the community as much as Brian did,” said Storm business manager Don Moon, whose son Liam is Nash’s godson.

His foray into the local sports scene included being manager of the Grande Prairie North Stars of the Peace Cariboo Junior Hockey League in the late-1970s and early-1980s. He also backed Grande Prairie’s first summer hockey and figure skating school at the same time.

“He even had to act as coach of the North Stars for a game when the coach was suspended and as if his presence behind the bench in this huge fur coat wasn’t enough to attract some attention the fact he fell off the bench certainly was,” said Moon. “We had lots of laughs about his first and only coaching experience.”

In the early-1980s Nash was behind a bid to get the North Stars into the Alberta Junior Hockey League. The bid failed and the team eventually folded.

“When the team folded they left behind a huge debt and Brian reached into his own pocket to pay it off,” said Moon. “He did a lot of financial giving in the community and never asked for, or wanted, any recognition for it.”

And when the junior team of the time, the Chiefs, were in huge debt in 1995 and about to fold Nash was one of the first to get in line to help bail the Swan City Hockey Association out. The result was the formation of the Storm and Nash was one of the founders.

He served as president of the Storm from 1998-2000 and again from 2007-2009. At the time of his death he was on the Storm executive as past president.

He also served on the first Grande Prairie Stompede executive, was on the Grande Prairie Airport board and the Crystal Centre Advisory Committee. He and business partner Ken Truhn started Grande Prairie’s annual country music festival, Bud Country.

He left CP Air to get into the travel agency business purchasing Reilly McFarlane Travel and re-naming it Marlin Travel. He also started Nash Tours and over the years escorted hundreds of area people to Las Vegas to enjoy the National Finals Rodeo and NASCAR racing.

“Brian’s life may have ended sooner than it should have, but he had a very full life and enjoyed every minute of it,” said Moon. “He was an outstanding marketer and businessman. He has been a great mentor over the years. We are all going to miss him.”

Nash is survived by his son Shawn Schell; grand-daughter Taylor Schell; brother Dennis Nash; sister Ardith Hodson; and numerous other relatives and friends.

There is a Memorial Service for Brian at the Crystal Centre in Grande Prairie on Saturday, Aug. 7 at 2 p.m.

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MJHL's MVP Dickin signs on with UND

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The Selkirk Steelers are proud to announce that forward Taylor Dickin has accepted a scholarship to play Division 1 hockey at the University of North Dakota.

The University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux play in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Dickin will join the Sioux this fall.

The 21 year old Winnipeg product has played the last three seasons with the Steelers. He capped off his junior career with a tremendous 2009-10 campaign. Playing in all 62 league games, Dickin recorded 40 goals and 52 assists totalling 92 points. This was good for 3rd in the MJHL scoring race. For his efforts Dickin was named the MVP of the league.

Dickin recently returned from the Toronto Maple Leafs prospects camp where he was able to showcase his skills to the Leafs brass.

The Selkirk Steelers would like to congratulate Taylor on his scholarship and wish him all the best at UND.

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Paliotta Commits to University of Vermont

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Team USA defenseman Michael Paliotta has committed to play collegiate hockey at the University of Vermont following his USHL career.

The 6-4 defenseman from Westport, Connecticut posted seven points (1g, 6a) in 32 USHL games in 2009-10 while playing for Team USA's Under-17 squad. Paliotta, who also served as alternate captain, scored his first goal in the League and dished out an assist for a two-point game in the 6-3 loss to Fargo on November 21st.

Five other USHL players from the 2009-10 season are committed to attend the University of Vermont; Connor Brickley (Des Moines Buccaneers), Blake Doerring (Des Moines Buccaneers), H.T. Lenz (Des Moines Buccaneers), Colin Markison (Omaha Lancers), and Anthony DeCenzo (Tri-City Storm).

The University of Vermont is a member of Hockey East and had 10 USHL alumni on the roster in 2009-10; Drew MacKenzie (Waterloo Black Hawks), Kyle Medvec (Sioux City Musketeers), Colin Vock (Des Moines Buccaneers), Brian Roloff (Green Bay Gamblers), Ben Albertson (Indiana Ice), Jack Downing (Omaha Lancers), Tobias Nilsson-Roos (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Dan Lawson (Lincoln Stars), Rob Madore (Chicago Steel), and Mike Spillane (Omaha Lancers).

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Carpenter Commits to Western Michigan University

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Chicago Steel forward Alex Carpenter has committed to play collegiate hockey at the Western Michigan University and will enroll at the school in the fall of 2011.

The Portage, Michigan native, who turned 19 last week, posted 24 points (14g, 10a) while appearing in all but one of the 60 regular season games for the Steel in 2009-10. He ranked second on the team with 138 shots on goal. In just his second game of the season, Carpenter tallied a season high four points (2g, 2a) and a plus-four rating in the 10-5 win over Team USA on October 3rd. It was his first of three multi-goal games for the year. Carpenter also appeared in nine games for the Steel during the 2008-09 USHL season and scored two points (1g, 1a).

Six other USHL players from the 2009-10 season are also committed to attend Western Michigan University; Nick Pisellini (Chicago Steel), Shane Berschbach (Indiana Ice), Dennis Brown (Omaha Lancers), Dan DeKeyser (Sioux City Musketeers), Chase Balisy (Team USA), David Donnellan (Youngstown Phantoms).

Western Michigan University is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan and is a member of the CCHA. A total of 13 USHL alumni competed for the Broncos during the 2009-10 season; Brett Beebe (Chicago Steel), Chris Clackson (Chicago Steel), J.J. Crew (Lincoln Stars), Ross Henry (Lincoln Stars), Jerry Kuhn (Sioux City Musketeers), Ben Miller (Waterloo Black Hawks), Travis Paeth (Des Moines Buccaneers), Derek Roehl (Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets), Ian Slater (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Greg Squires (Indiana Ice), Matt Tennyson (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Dane Walters (Sioux Falls Stampede), and Luke Witkowski (Fargo Force).

The Broncos are coached by Jeff Blashill who begins his first season with the program this fall after spending the previous two seasons in the USHL with the Indiana Ice.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at

Tigers Acquire Ryan Harrison from Raiders

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The Medicine Hat Tigers announced today the acquisition of 18-year-old forward Ryan Harrison from the Prince Albert Raiders.

The Raiders will receive prospects defenseman Austin Bourhis, who will turn 18 on July 31st, 17-year-old forward Todd Fiddler and future considerations.

Harrison, a 5’ 10”, 185 lbs center from Kelowna, BC, placed fifth in team scoring for Prince Albert as a 17-year-old last season. He scored 14 goals and added 40 assists for 54 points while collecting 136 penalty minutes.

“We like what Ryan will add to our 1992 born group of players,” said Tigers’ general manager Brad McEwen. “He will fit in very nicely with the likes of Emerson Etem, Linden Vey and Kale Kessy on our forward lines.”

Fiddler, from Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, led the Saskatchewan Major Midget Hockey League in scoring this past season with 44 goals and 49 assists for 93 points in 40 games for the Beardy’s Blackhawks, winning the league scoring title by 19 points and was named league MVP. He also had 2 goals and 6 assists in 6 playoff games, picking up at least one point in all but 4 of the Blackhawks 46 games he played in during the 2009-10 season. Fiddler also competed for Team West at the World Under 17 Challenge in Timmins, Ontario picking up 3 goals and 2 assists in 5 games during the 2010 tournament. Fiddler was the Tigers 3rd round selection, 65th overall in the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft and appeared in 1 regular season game for the Tigers.

Bourhis, from Kipling, Saskatchewan, played for the Yorkton Terriers in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League this past season collecting 7 goals, 14 assists and 139 minutes in penalties for the Terriers. Bourhis was 6th in the SJHL in penalty minutes. He was acquired by the Tigers from the Edmonton Oil Kings last season, also appearing in 1 WHL game in 2009-10.

“Todd Fiddler’s skill set is of exceptional quality,” says Bruno Campese, Raider Head Coach and General Manager. “His skating ability, hockey sense, playmaking skills and scoring ability will make him an offensive threat.”

“Austin Bourhis is a hard-nosed competitor that is tough to play against and will add some toughness to our lineup,” according to Campese. “The Raiders would like to thank Ryan for his contributions over the past two seasons and wish him well in the future.”

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Josh Birkholz leaves Minnesota

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University of Minnesota men's hockey coach Don Lucia announced today that sophomore forward Josh Birkholz, who was facing suspension for a violation of team rules, has decided to leave the program.

Lucia will have no further comment on the matter.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at

Kootenay Ice Name Knoblauch Head Coach

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Cranbrook, BC -- Jeff Chynoweth, General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club, today announced the Club has promoted Assistant Coach Kris Knoblauch (knob-lock) to be the fifth Head Coach in franchise history. Knoblauch, who has signed a two year contract with a club option for a third year replaces Mark Holick who was named Head Coach of the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League in May.

“After going through the numerous applicants for the Head Coaching position the decision to promote Kris was ultimately an easy one as he has been with the Hockey Club for three years and has worked in the Western Hockey League for the past four years. The philosophy of our organization is to hire and promote from within wherever possible. Kris is very familiar with our returning group of players which will make the transition from Assistant to Head Coach that much easier,” continued Chynoweth.

“When I came here three years ago it was one of my goals to someday be a Head Coach in the WHL. To be named as bench boss for an organization that gave me an opportunity and has moved on as many coaches as they have to professional hockey is definitely a huge honor. I look forward to the many challenges that lie ahead, but know the foundation is definitely in place to continue on with the winning tradition,” commented Kris Knoblauch.

Kris Knoblauch played three seasons in the WHL and was a member of both the Edmonton (1997-1998) and Kootenay ICE (1998-1999) organizations. He also played with the Red Deer Rebels (1996-1997) and Lethbridge Hurricanes (1998-1999). Upon graduating from the WHL he went on to play five years at the University of Alberta and was a member of the 1999-2000 Golden Bears team that won the CIS Championship. Kris achieved a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining the ICE he was an Assistant Coach with the Prince Albert Raiders for one season (2006-2007).

Kris Knoblauch is a 31-year-old native of Imperial, Saskatchewan. He and his wife Autumn are the parents of one son – Marek (2).

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at

Guentzel Joins UNO Coaching Staff

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The Des Moines Buccaneers announced that head coach Mike Guentzel has been named assistant coach for the men's hockey program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

"My experience in Des Moines was everything I thought it would be," said Guentzel. "Des Moines is a great organization with a great following, and I enjoyed my time here."

After joining the Bucs last summer following a season in which they won just 12 games, Guentzel led the team to a 20-34-6 record during the 2009-10 season.

It was the second stint in the USHL for the Minnesota native. He began his coaching career as an assistant with the St. Paul Vulcans (now Tri-City Storm) under current Sioux Falls head coach Kevin Hartzell during the 1988-89 season. Guentzel then became head coach of the club for three seasons, leading them to the Junior "A" national title in 1991. He was then named head coach of the Omaha Lancers and led them to a league-best 35-13-0 record and the Anderson Cup as regular season champions during the 1992-93 season. Under the guidance of Guentzel, the Lancers would also capture the Clark Cup and then repeat as playoff champions the following season (1993-94).

Guentzel was honored as USHL Coach of the Year following the 1991-92 season, sharing the honor with then Des Moines head coach Bob Ferguson. Guentzel was again named USHL Coach of the Year the following year, becoming the first USHL coach to win the award in consecutive seasons. He posted a winning record in his first five seasons as a head coach in the USHL earning a combined 151-80-8 record in the League.

The appointment to the staff at the University of Nebraska at Omaha marks the return of Guentzel to the collegiate ranks. He spent 14 seasons as assistant coach for the University of Minnesota men's hockey program, helping the Gophers capture back-to-back NCAA championships (in 2002 and 2003). He was also an assistant at Colorado College prior to his stint in Des Moines.

Guentzel joins two former USHL coaches on the staff at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The Mavericks are led by Dean Blais, who was the 2008-09 USHL Coach of the Year and led the expansion Fargo Force to the Clark Cup Finals that season. Mavericks assistant coach Mike Hastings is the all-time leader in USHL coaching victories after compiling 529 wins over 14 seasons with the Omaha Lancers. Hastings took over the Lancers immediately after Guentzel guided the team to back-to-back Clark Cup titles.

Guentzel will continue to assist the Bucs during the transition as a search for his replacement has begun.

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrated its eighth season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2009-10. With over 240 players already committed to NCAA Division I schools and 35 NHL Entry Draft picks on League rosters this past season, the USHL is the nation's foremost producer of junior hockey talent. For more information, visit us on the web at

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Chicago Hitmen Announce Final Camp Format

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WEST MEADOWS ICE ARENA – July 30 – Aug 1, 2010 / Rolling Meadows, Illinois

Check in will start at 4pm Friday July 30th. All players are required to check in at least 2 hours before their practice session.



4 teams / 1 practice and 2 scrimmage games each

1 All Star game Sunday morning

Names of players who will advance to play in final All Star game will be posted on Saturday after their final scrimmage game.

Friday, July 30, 2010

PRACTICE Team 1 6 – 7pm

PRACTICE Team 2 7:10 – 8:10pm

PRACTICE Team 3 8:20 - 9:20pm

PRACTICE Team 4 9:30 – 10:30pm

Saturday, July 31, 2010 TEAMS

Game 1 - 8:00am - 9:30am 1 vs 2

Game 2 - 9:40am - 11:10am 3 vs 4


Game 3 – 1:00pm – 2:30pm 1 vs 3

Game 4 - 2:40pm – 4:10pm 2 vs 4

Sunday , August 1, 2010

FINAL All Star Game – 9:30am – 11:00am By Selection / Team A vs B

Final Roster selection – player meetings to follow

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at

Graham and Mercer Commit to IceDogs, Van Ryn Hired as Assistant Coach

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St. Catharines, ON – The Niagara IceDogs are pleased to announce the signing of their two first round draft picks Jesse Graham and Luke Mercer.

Graham, chosen sixth overall in the OHL Priority Selection, is a 5'11" defenseman from Scarborough, ON who spent this past season with the Toronto Young Nationals of the GTHL. In 84 games, Graham picked up 14 goals and 74 assists for 88 points. He is described as a skilled defenseman who plays a very active high risk, high reward style of game.

Mercer, selected with the eighth overall pick, was a teammate with Graham on the Toronto Young Nationals and is a native of Brampton, ON. Last season, Mercer put up 9 goals and 51 assists in 72 games from the blue line and is described as an effective defender who contributes in both ends of the rink while playing with a ton of poise and composure.

Both players competed in the 2010 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament.

Head Coach Marty Williamson had this to say about Graham and Mercer, “These two young men will only strengthen our core of defensemen that continue to grow and improve together. Their ability to handle the puck in the offensive zone, while playing a shutdown defensive game will add depth to an already potent defense.”

The IceDogs are also pleased to announce the signing of former National Hockey League defenseman Mike Van Ryn as an Assistant Coach.

An NHL first round pick in 1998, Van Ryn spent seven seasons in the NHL, playing for the St. Louis Blues, Florida Panthers, and most recently the Toronto Maple Leafs. Over his career Van Ryn tallied 30 goals and 99 assists for 129 points, also adding 260 penalty minutes in 353 games. Van Ryn’s junior hockey career included one season with the Sarnia Sting in 1999-2000. In 61 games he collected 6 goals and 35 assists for 41 points.

With this addition, the Niagara IceDogs coaching staff is now complete. Van Ryn will join Head Coach Marty Williamson and fellow Assistant Coach Billy Burke behind the bench.

“As an organization, we are very happy to add Mike to our team. His experience as a player in the National Hockey League will be a valuable asset to our players” added IceDogs owner Bill Burke.

Also joining the Niagara IceDogs hockey operations team is John Neville, the new Director of Scouting for the club. Since 1988, Neville has been a scout with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and won a Memorial Cup with the team in 1993. Neville is also a close friend of Marty Williamson, having worked together in various capacities since 1990.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at


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The Corpus Christi IceRays began their NAHL Training Camp at the Dr. Pepper StarCenter in Valley Ranch in Irving, Texas on Friday morning. 80 players from throughout North America, and one European player are trying to make the inaugural IceRays NAHL squad. IceRays Head Coach Brent Hughes, Assistant Coach Justin Quenneville, General Manager Pat Dunn, and former IceRays player and NAHL alum Ryan Bennett are among those attending the camp. The three-day camp continued through Sunday, when the IceRays begin making cuts to trim their roster. For more information, please call the IceRays office at 361.814.PUCK, or visit their new website at

The IceRays training camp gives the team a look at talented 17-20 year olds from around the globe. In addition to international players from Canada and Latvia, players from places like Alaska, Florida, and several homegrown products from the Lone-Star State are competing. On Sunday morning the IceRays made their first cut, dropping their roster size to 40 players. That afternoon, the remaining players scrimmaged and the following week, the IceRays will make another cut to 30 players. NAHL rules stipulate the club’s roster size be no larger than 25 by the start of the season on September 15th, and then an additional cut to 23 players by October 1st. The players who make this weekend’s cuts will attend a second camp in Corpus Christi during the first week of September, and additional new players are still available to sign through free agency.

Dunn said, upon seeing the players on Friday morning, that he was extremely excited about the talent available. “I think people are going to be very happy with what they see,” he said. “I knew these players would be good, but their size is really impressive too. Several of the players in camp are 6’4” or bigger, and they’re hungry and tough. They all want to come to Corpus Christi so badly, and they’re leaving everything out there, competing nonstop. When the season starts, the IceRays are going to be a big, talented, hard-working team that people will have a lot of fun watching.”

IceRays hockey returns for a brand new season in September. The IceRays will make their home NAHL debut on Friday, October 1st at the American Bank Center. Don’t miss the action of IceRays hockey as they enter one of the top developmental leagues in the country. For more information on tickets, sponsorships, and scheduling, please call the IceRays at 361.814.PUCK or visit them online at

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at

QMJHL mourns loss of former player

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BOUCHERVILLE, Monday, July 26, 2010 - The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is in mourning following the loss of former Hull Festivals defenseman Michel Philion.

Philion played three seasons in the QMJHL, all with the Festivals, registering six points in eighty-two contests. Following his major junior career, he became the team's trainer for several seasons.

He went on to become the Director of Arena Services for the City of Gatineau.

The entire Quebec Major Junior Hockey League family extends its deepest condolences to the Philion family.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Silvertips Acquire Ferraro from Rebels for Froese

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Everett, WA -- Everett Silvertips Vice President / General Manager Doug Soetaert announced Monday that the club has acquired center / right wing Landon Ferraro and a conditional fifth round draft pick in 2012 from the Red Deer Rebels in exchange for center Byron Froese and a third round draft pick in 2012.

Ferraro, 19, was selected in the second round, 32nd overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings. Standing 6’0 and weighing 171 pounds, the Trail, BC native has accumulated 125 points on 66 goals and 59 assists in 179 WHL games. He was a participant in the 2009 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game, earning the fastest skater award at the skills competition. In 53 games with Red Deer last season, Ferraro recorded 46 points on 16 goals and 30 assists, ultimately appearing in two games with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins at the conclusion of the season. His career high in goals is 37, set during the 2008-09 Rebels campaign.

“We’re happy to add Landon to our organization and lineup,” Soetaert said. “Obviously he has the potential and ability to score big goals while working hard at both ends of the ice. We believe that we have additional options with his ability to play center and right wing equally well, and we’re looking forward to him having a breakout season.”

Ferraro has also represented Hockey Canada on several occasions, posting four points on two goals and two assists while leading Canada to the Silver Medal at the 2009 World Under-18 Championships. He also appeared as a 16 year old for Team Pacific at the 2008 U-17 Hockey Challenge, recording four points on two goals and two assists.

Froese, 19, departs the Silvertips after having posted 118 points in 142 games. A listed player, Froese earned a spot on the club in 2008-09 and posted 57 points in 72 games, a season that culminated with his selection in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks.

"I want to thank Byron for his contributions over the last two years with the Everett Silvertips," Soetaert said. "We were pleased to be able to work with him. Byron has shown good commitment and dedication, and we were very happy that he was able to get drafted to the National Hockey League out of our organization. He's worked very hard to be where he's at, and we wish him the absolute best in his future."

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at

Arthur Murray Named Head Trainer

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Brooks, Alberta, July 26, 2010 – The Brooks Bandits are proud to announce the hiring of Arthur Murray as the team’s Head Trainer.

Arthur or maybe better known as “Kahuna” is very well known around the junior hockey ranks. The Brooks community is familiar with Arthur as he spent 5 seasons with the organization from 2003 – 2008 making him the longest serving Trainer in team history. He spent the last two seasons with the OCN Blizzard of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. During his first stint in Brooks Arthur became a fan favorite and was renowned in the community for his upbeat personality.

Head Trainer Arthur Murray – “I’m excited to be back in Brooks and to be part of the Bandits family again. I had a great 5 years with the team and would like to continue the success we had during that time.”

GM/Head Coach Ryan Papaioannou – “We couldn’t have found a better person for the position. Arthur has 15 years experience in Junior A hockey and is an asset anyone would like to have. His ability to interact with people will make him such a valuable part of our organization. With Arthur’s return to Brooks are players will now have a first class experience when it comes to their medical and equipment needs.”

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at

Selection Sunday: Stars Shape Roster

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TRAVERSE CITY - It was a bittersweet Sunday for Traverse City North Stars head coach/GM Anthony Palumbo.

The sweet: Palumbo and his staff hewed their 2010-11 roster from a weekend training camp at Centre ICE Arena that included veterans, tenders, draft picks, and the top performers from a summer of tryout camps.

The bitter: The least-favorite job of any coach.

"We had a very competitive camp, with a lot of energy and a lot of talented players," Palumbo explained. "We're pretty excited about the new roster, and think we have the potential to do very well. At the same time, we had to say good-bye to quite a few outstanding athletes to get down to roster size. It's hard to tell a kid that he isn't in your plans, and there were more than a few kids that are certainly going to go on to have great years in the sport ahead of them."

While the North American Hockey League's summer of expansion precipitated a roster size reduction, the Traverse City coaching staff tabbed 24 players from the field of hopefuls, which included 11 returning veterans, four tenders, five draft picks, and four players who played their way onto the roster during the camp season.

Four local players -Eric Rivard (Traverse City West HS), Jared Van Wormer (Traverse City Central HS), Mitchell Snider (TC West), and Matt Zaremba (Gaylord HS) - will don interlocking 'TC' sweaters this season. Rivard is a returning veteran, Van Wormer and Zaremba spent time with the North Stars last year, and Snider began last season with the now-defunct Alpena IceDiggers.

"We're looking to our veterans to really step up and take on bigger roles," Palumbo continued. "But some of these young kids are going to have to contribute as well. We're not going to be a team built on the superstar principal - we're going to need production from a lot of different guys every night."

Veteran winger Doug Clifford, who led the Stars last season with 53 points over 56 games and a +30 plus-minus rating, heads a group of returning forwards that includes Tim Opie (12G/19A), Kelin Ainsworth (30 pts.), Rivard (12 pts.), Taylor Burden 7 pts.) and late-season additions Alec Shields (10 pts. in 22 gms.) and Ryan Amin (8 pts. in 29 gms.). Snider, Van Wormer, Zaremba, Flint Generals product Nate Scurfield, Cody Loyer of Orchard Lake St. Mary's Prep, Detroit Catholic Central's Eric Fragoso, and Lansing Capitals midget major alum Michael Szmatula round out the front-liners.

Travis White enters his third season leading the Traverse City blue line corps, along with returning vets Curtis Heinz and Trevor Campbell, and newcomers Zack Dorer (Lansing Capitals MM), Chris Barile (Compuware MM), Robert Wiener (Lansing Capitals MM), Chris Leibinger (Saginaw Heritage HS), and Connor Schmidt (Little Caesars MM). Tyler Marble, who appeared in seven games with the Stars last season (3-3-1), and California netkeep Peter Emery are slated to handle goaltending duties.

"I think we're a team that skates well, that's pretty skilled, and hopefully is a balanced group," Palumbo said. "It's a roster with a ton of potential. Now, we begin to set about turning that potential in production."

The North Stars will open their practice schedule in late August in advance of their Sept. 11 season-opener at Chicago. Traverse City will host Springfield (Ill.) on Oct. 15.

North Stars 2010-11 roster # player pos HT WT DOB previous team hometown

1 Peter Emery G 6-1 215 3-16-90 Sioux Lookout SIJHL Goleta, CA

2 Christopher Barile D 5-11 175 4-25-92 Compuware MM Plymouth, MI

3 Travis White D 5-9 180 3-9-90 TC North Stars NAHL Sterling Heights, MI

4 Alec Shields F 5-8 168 6-19-91 TC North Stars NAHL Pittsburgh, PA

5 Curtis Heinz D 5-10 180 6-25-90 TC North Stars NAHL Grand Rapids, MI

6 Zack Dorer D 6-1 175 10-29-93 Lansing MM Holt, MI

7 Matt Zaremba F 5-9 180 8-22-90 Cleveland CSHL Gaylord, MI

8 Eric Fragoso F 5-11 200 4-19-92 Detroit Cath. Central HS Novi, MI

9 Tim Opie F 5-7 165 3-25-90 TC North Stars NAHL Troy, MI

10 Taylor Burden F 5-11 180 2-25-92 TC North Stars NAHL Carmel, IN

11 Nate Scurfield F 6-1 190 3-29-91 Flint CSHL Midland, MI

12 Ryan Amin F 5-11 185 6-9-90 TC North Stars NAHL Canton, MI

14 Mitchell Snider F 5-9 165 7-22-91 Traverse City West HS Traverse City, MI

16 Cody Loyer F 5-10 175 11-26-91 Orch. Lk. St. Mary's HS W. Bloomfield, MI

17 Jared Van Wormer F 5-11 195 9-7-92 Traverse City Central HS Traverse City, MI

18 Trevor Campbell D 5-10 190 5-24-90 TC North Stars NAHL Kansas City, MO

19 Michael Szmatula F 5-9 175 8-10-92 Lansing MM Commerce, MI

20 Eric Rivard F 6-1 200 3-3-92 TC North Stars NAHL Traverse City, MI

21 Doug Clifford F 5-11 175 8-28-90 TC North Stars NAHL Woodhaven, MI

22 Chris Leibinger D 5-9 170 6-16-94 Saginaw Heritage HS Saginaw, MI

23 Connor Schmidt D 5-10 170 10-21-93 Little Ceasars MM Flat Rock, MI

25 Robert Wiener D 5-10 180 3-13-91 Lansing MM Williamston, MI

27 Kelin Ainsworth F 5-10 180 12-24-91 TC North Stars NAHL Thunder Bay, ONT

31 Tyler Marble G 6-1 170 1-13-92 TC North Stars NAHL Howell, MI

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Senators sign forward Mike Hoffman to entry-level contract

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BOUCHERVILLE, Thursday, July 22, 2010 - The Ottawa Senators announced today the club has signed forward Mike Hoffman to an entry-level contract.

Hoffman, the Senators’ fifth-round pick (130th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, recently attended his second development camp with the club.

The 20-year-old left-winger completed his final year of Canadian Hockey League eligibility, winning the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Michel-Brière Trophy as the league’s most valuable player as a member of the Saint John Sea Dogs. Hoffman recorded 85 points (46 goals, 39 assists) in 56 games, ranking him first among Sea Dogs in goals and points. His point total also placed him third in the QMJHL in goals, tied for second in power-play goals (17) and seventh in overall scoring. Hoffman was also named a first team QMJHL all-star and was a finalist for the CHL player-of-the-year award.

The native of Kitchener, Ont., started his CHL career in his hometown with the Ontario Hockey League’s Kitchener Rangers in 2006-07. Hoffman then moved to the QMJHL, splitting the 2007-08 season with Gatineau and Drummondville. Helping Drummondville win the league title and then losing in the 2009 Memorial Cup semi-final to Windsor, he had his best junior season, scoring 52 goals and 42 assists for 94 points in 62 games in 2008-09. Through 19 playoff games, he had 21 goals and 13 assists.

Hoffman finished his CHL career with 122 goals, 105 assists and 217 penalty minutes over 182 games. He also added 32 goals and 26 assists in 40 post-season meetings.

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Sunday, July 25, 2010


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Montreal, July 22nd 2010 – The Montreal Juniors Hockey Club announced the contract extension of their head coach and general manager, Pascal Vincent, until 2012-2013.

Vincent will be in his third campaign with the Juniors. The previous nine seasons were spent with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, where among other honours he was awarded the Ron Lapointe trophy, given to the coach of the year. The 39 year old has more than 350 career victories in the QMJHL and has the 7th-highest ranking of QMJHL coaches in this category.

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WHL Chairman Bruce Hamilton and Alumnus Trevor Linden inducted into BC Hockey Hall of Fame

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In Penticton, BC on Friday night WHL Chairman of the Board and Governor/General Manger of the Kelowna Rockets Bruce Hamilton, along with former Medicine Hat Tiger and NHL great Trevor Linden, were inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame. Hamilton was inducted in the builder category while Linden in the player category.

Bruce Hamitlon
Category: Builder

Bruce Hamilton is a dedicated hockey professional who has experienced all facets of participation in the WHL league.

Three-year player (1973-1976) with his hometown Saskatoon Blades, Bruce was drafted 81st overall in the 1977 NHL Draft by the St. Louis Blues. He began his successful managerial career as Director of Player Personnel and Assistant Coach for the Blades in 1981 following a professional hockey career that culminated in an Allen Cup Championship with the Spokane Flyers of the Western International Hockey League.

He was later named Assistant Coach and Director of Scouting for the Blades before moving on to both the Hartford Whalers and Washington Capitals of the NHL as Chief Western Scout.

Bruce joined the Saskatoon Fire Department in 1985 and treasures the memories and his time in this endeavor.

In 1991-92 Bruce acquired ownership in the expansion Tacoma Rockets, the expansion Rockets blasted their way to one of the most memorable inaugural seasons in the 30 year history of the Western Hockey League chalking up the highest per game average for a first year expansion team under the Canadian Hockey League umbrella.

The 1995-96 season sees significant change to the entire Rockets organization, the decision to bring the Rockets to Kelowna, British Columbia, rich history in hockey and the prospect of a new arena made Kelowna the natural choice.

Kelowna Rockets went to three straight Memorial Cup tournaments in the years 2003, 2004 and 2005 and again in 2008-09 season. They won the Memorial Cup for the first time in franchise history in 2004, coincidentally the same year they were selected to host the event.

In the 19 years since acquiring ownership in the expansion Tacoma (now Kelowna) Rockets franchise in 1991, Bruce has served in his current role of President, General Manager and Governor of Kelowna Rockets Hockey Enterprises LTD. (WHL), also spent six years as Chairman of the Western Hockey League’s Board of Governors.

Under his direction, the Kelowna Rockets Organization is committed to the development of its personnel both as players and successful people. The building of a rich tradition and alumni atmosphere are guiding principles under Hamilton’s leadership.

The NHL Alumni continues to grow rapidly as with star players: Duncan Keith, Chuck Kobasew, Luke Schenn, Jamie Benn, Kyle Cumiskey, Josh Gorges, Tyler Myers, Sheldon Souray, Pat Conacher, Alexander Edler, Todd Fedoruk, Vern Fiddler, Scott Hannan, Travis Moen, Scott Parker and Shea Weber.

The Rockets have only missed the playoffs once in their history and continue to have very successful years.

Trevor Linden
Category: Player

He played centre and right wing with four different teams: the Vancouver Canucks (in two stints), New York Islanders, Montreal Canadians, and Washington Capitals. Before joining the NHL in 1988, Linden helped the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League (WHL) win consecutive Memorial Cup championships. In addition to appearing in two NHL all-star games, Linden was a member of the 1998 Canadian Olympic team and participated in the 1996 World Cup of hockey.

Throughout his career, Linden has been recognized as a respected leader on and off the ice. He was named captain of the Canucks at the age of 21, making him one of the youngest captains in league history. While captaining the Canucks, Linden led the team to within a game of winning the Stanley Cup in 1994. It was during this time that he began to be called Captain Canuck. In 1998 he was elected President of the Nation Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA), a position he held for eight years. As President, he played an instrumental role in the 2004-05 NHL lockout, including taking a direct role in negotiation with league owners. Off the ice, Linden has taken an active role in charities, and was awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for leadership on the ice and humanitarian contributions off the ice in 1997, as well as the NHL Foundation Player Award in 2008, after 19 seasons in the NHL, Linden retired on June 11, 2008, twenty years to the day after he was drafted into the NHL. Linden’s jersey number 16 was retired by the Canucks on December 17, 2008, the second number retired by the team.

Trevor Linden starred for his hometown Medicine Hat Tigers in the WHL where he won consecutive Memorial Cups in 1987 and 1988. In 1987-88, he scored 110 points, he helped Canada win the gold medal at the world junior championships, and was chosen second overall by the Vancouver Canucks at the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, also named to the WHL East Second All-Star team in his final season.

The 6’4” winger scored 30 goals as a rookie in 1988-89 and was runner-up to Brian Leetch in the Calder Trophy voting. Linden was also named to the leagues All-rookie team and seemed destined to be one of the top power forwards in the game. He went on to hit the 30-goal mark five more times and represented Canada at the 1991 World Championships. In 1994, he scored 25 points in 24 games while helping Vancouver come within a game of winning the Stanley Cup.

By the late 1990’s, the Canucks began retooling their roster and traded Linden to the NY Islanders in February 1998 and after the 1998-99 season was traded to the Montreal Canadians and prior to the March deadline as acquired by the Washington Capitals to add experience to their playoff drive Linden spend parts of three seasons in Washington before returning to the Vancouver Canucks early in the 2001-02 season.

Since his return to Vancouver, Linden went on to surpass the 1,100 games played and during the 2003-04 season became the Canucks All-Time leading scorer. Over the next three seasons in Vancouver, Linden would continue to establish new Canucks all-time records, in 2005-06 suited up for his 1,000 game as a Canuck, the first to do so, 2006-07 became the first Canuck to score 300 goals and returning the club back into the playoffs.

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2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup General Information

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The Host Organizing Committee, City of Mississauga and especially the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors organization would like to thank everyone who has and will offer to dedicate precious time and effort to the 2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

For the 2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup Tournament, volunteer information and requirements include:

* Reliable and enthusiastic individuals aged 16 and above, who can dedicate a minimum of thirty (30) hours throughout the event
* Volunteers will be required leading up to the event, and during the event. (May 16th to May 30)
* Shifts will average approximately 4-6 hours. Times will vary between 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 A.M. depending on department.
* Uniforms will be supplied by host organizing committee.
* There are a limited number of volunteer positions that will have access to the arena during games so do not expect to watch a game if you are on duty or not have a ticket.
* Specific volunteer positions will require skills and/or abilities that can only by performed by an adult (e.g. driver, licensed areas, security). In these instances, individuals over the age of 18 years will be placed in these positions

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

AJHL Strengthens Partnerships for 2010 Showcase

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The Alberta Junior Hockey League is pleased to announce the addition of Legacy Oil & Gas as the newest partner of the 2010 Crescent Point Energy Corp and Legacy Oil & Gas AJHL Showcase. The 4th annual event will take place in the AJHL community of Spruce Grove, Alberta from September 30th – October 2nd, 2010.

The Alberta Junior Hockey League is proud to continue its partnership with Crescent Point Energy Corp. as the title sponsor for the Annual AJHL Showcase. “Crescent Point Energy Corp along with Legacy Oil & Gas are remarkable partners for the AJHL”, stated AJHL Vice-President of Marketing Ryan Bartoshyk. ”The AJHL Showcase has developed into a premier event for the League and its student athletes, which has been validated by the support of the National Hockey League and the NCAA Scouting Community. We are excited to have both of these partners on our team and could not execute the AJHL Showcase without their support”

“Legacy Oil & Gas is pleased to partner with the AJHL during Showcase Weekend, where not only future stars highlight the product of their years of hard work and perseverance on the ice, but our leaders of tomorrow forge the skills that will carry them forward off the ice,” said Trent J. Yanko, President and CEO of Legacy Oil & Gas.

The partnership with the Alberta Junior Hockey League and the annual Showcase event has been fulfilling for Crescent Point. “Crescent Point is proud to support community initiatives that allow players to develop life-long skills of hard work, commitment and teamwork through playing in the AJHL,” says Scott Saxberg, President and CEO of Crescent Point.

The AJHL Showcase is a unique opportunity for the scouting community to evaluate AJHL players in one location as they compete against one another. The AJHL Showcase will include each of the League’s 16 teams playing two regular season games apiece. 400 players will participate in the three-day event at the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre.

Through the first three years of the event, nearly 300 Scouts from the NHL, NCAA, CIS, CHL and NHL Central Scouting have experienced the talent of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. In addition, hundreds of media representatives and over 10,000 fans have enjoyed this unique showcase of talent in Alberta.

A complete schedule for the 2010 AJHL Showcase is available at Each of the exciting 16 games will be broadcast LIVE on the AJHL Website

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Cougars Broadcasts Remain on 993 The Drive

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The Prince George Cougars are pleased to announce that a new three year broadcast agreement has been reached with The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group. The contract ensures all of the Cougars regular season and playoff games will be aired live on 993 The Drive.

The 2010-11 campaign marks the 17th season Cougars broadcasts will be aired on the radio network, which was originally 550 CKPG in the Cougars inaugural 1994-95 season in Prince George.
“We have always worked closely with The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group and we’re delighted to see that continue for the next three years,” said Cougars Vice President Brandi Brodsky. “It is a priority for the Cougars organization to provide our fans the ability to follow the team on the road and at home. Working with The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group allows us to do that at the highest level.”

Jim Pattison Broadcast Group General Manager General Manager, Ken Kilcullen says, “we are very excited about continuing our partnership with the Cougars organization. We are looking forward to providing our listeners and customers with live play by play coverage on 993 The Drive through the 2012-2013 season.”

Like the original partnership between the hockey club and broadcaster, the voice of the Cougars will once again be an employee of the team. Andy Neal, color commentator the past two seasons who handles Corporate Sales and Broadcasting, will take over the duties as play-by-play announcer. Prior to joining the Cougars in December, 2008, Neal had play-by-play experience in Junior A league’s in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. Neal’s most recent play-by-play work took place in 2009 during the Enbridge Northern Gateway World Baseball Challenge in Prince George.

“I’m extremely grateful and excited for the opportunity to continue my broadcast career as play-by-play voice of the Prince George Cougars,” said Neal. “This has been a long-time goal of mine to call games at the Western Hockey League level. I can’t wait to take on this new role and share my enthusiasm for the team and it’s every on ice move to dedicated Cougars fans this season.”

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Bruins Name Final Tenders

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Hudson, WI- On the morning of the start of the Austin Bruins main tryout camp the Austin Bruins have put together the final release of the 2010-11 tenders.

Brian Hickey is a defenseman coming from team Illinois. Hickey is a versatile defenseman who and controls the blue line. He's a gritty player and we will be looking for him to fill role during the upcoming season.

Devin Stuermer played from CYA he's a gritty forward looking to bring to scoring and toughness in front of the net. He will be versatile in our zone and we will be looking for him to win battles on the boards

Trevor Waldoch is a good size defenseman that needs to play a simple steady puck moving game. He has the potential to be a top defenseman in the NAHL. Trevor played last season Forest Lake High School in Minnesota.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Florida Panthers Announce Rookie Camp Games

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The Florida Panthers announced today that they will host two rookie games against the Nashville Predators on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. and on Thursday, Sept. 16 at noon at the Iceplex.

"We are very excited to host Nashville in a pair of rookie camp games," said Assistant GM Michael Santos. "These games present an excellent opportunity for both clubs to assess the development of their prospects in a live game situation. In addition, our fans will get the chance to see and interact with the young and talented players that we have in our system."

Florida opens rookie camp with medical and fitness testing on Saturday, Sept. 11. The first on-ice practice of rookie camp will take place on Sunday, Sept. 12 at 9 a.m. at the Iceplex (a complete rookie camp schedule can be found below).

All practices are free and open to the public and will take place at the Iceplex. Rookie game admission is free for children, while adults (18 and over) are encouraged to give a $5 donation that will support the Florida Panthers Foundation.

Panthers prospects expected to attend rookie camp include D Erik Gudbranson (first round-2010), C Quinton Howden (first round-2010), LW John McFarland (second round-2010), D Alexander Petrovic (second round-2010), G Jacob Markstrom (second round-2008), D Colby Robak (second round-2008) and LW Evgeny Dadonov (third round-2007). A complete rookie camp roster will be available closer to the start of camp.

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Stars Cap Selection Season

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TRAVERSE CITY - At this time last year, Traverse City North Stars head coach/GM Anthony Palumbo was looking forward to a North American Hockey League season stocked with a veteran-laden roster. The club remained at or near the top of the North Division throughout the year, rolled through a pair of playoff sweeps, and landed the franchise's first-ever berth to the Robertson Cup championships.

This weekend at the team's annual training camp, Palumbo will map a return trip to the Robertson Cup, selecting the 2010-11 roster from a group that includes returning vets, draft picks, tenders, and the top talent from a summer of tryout camps. The yearly personnel turnover may well have been a bigger exodus than in previous summers, but Palumbo and his staff are optimistic about the new crop of players.

"We'll be a younger team than last year," he explained. "But we're also looking for some of our current veterans to take on some added responsibility. We want to see guys work hard this weekend, we want to see them compete, because we do have some key roles to fill."

The players will report to Centre ICE on Friday, split into three teams, and go head-to-head. Following Saturday morning's game, Palumbo and his staff will trim the field to two teams, and a pair of all-star contests will ensue on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. The final roster will be announced following Sunday's 11 a.m. game.

"We're looking to see who has put in their work this summer, who is ready to earn a position," Palumbo added. "We have spots in net, on defense, and at forward."

Veterans attending this weekend's camp include captain Travis White, fellow defensemen Curtis Heinz and Trevor Campbell, and forwards Tim Opie, Ryan Amin, Alec Shields, Taylor Burden, Eric Rivard, and Kelin Ainsworth. Doug Clifford, the team's leading scorer in 2009-10, will not participate due to an off-season medical procedure. Six of the Stars' 10 tenders will be among the weekend hopefuls, as will six of seven draft choices.

With a re-tooled roster, Palumbo & Co. will have a stacked North Division to contend with this year. The group swelled to eight - including perennial power St. Louis - and only the top four clubs will advance to the playoffs.

"With a team of so many veteran players last year, I think we took a night off here and there, knowing we would probably be one of the four-out-of-five teams that made it (to the playoffs)," Palumbo said. "They were able to turn it on when needed, especially in the playoffs, but I don't think this year's team will be able to take any nights off and be able to score a 7-0 win in the playoffs like that group did. We'll have to bring it every night if we even want to qualify."


Friday, July 23

10:00 am - Player check-in

11:00 am - Noon: Team Blue Practice Noon - 1:30 pm: White vs Red Game 3:30 - 4:30 pm: Team White Practice 4:40 - 6:00 pm: Red vs Blue Game

Saturday, July 24 7:30 - 8:30 am: Team Red Practice 8:30 - 10:00 am: White vs Blue Game

-First Cuts - following 8:30 am game- 4:00 - 6:00 pm: White vs Red

Sunday, July 25 11:00 am - 1:00 pm: White vs Red FINAL ROSTER ANNOUNCED FOLLOWING GAME

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Top 2012 Hockey Prospect Commits to University of Maine

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Vaughan (July 15, 2010) - Highly regarded hockey prospect, Ryan Lomberg, has committed to joining the University of Maine Black Bears in 2012. Ryan Lomberg, the top scorer last season on the high recruited GTHL’s Mississauga Reps AAA Minor Midget team which saw 12 of its players drafted to the OHL has decided to play NCAA hockey. With 54 goals, 96 points, and +/- of plus 75 in 68 games Lomberg will be attending The Hill Academy to play for its inaugural U18 Prep Development Team coached by former CHL Lethbridge Hurricanes and London Knights Head Coach Lindsay Hoffard, former OHL player John Winstanley and former Pittsburgh Penguin Frank Pietrangelo. Lomberg is considered by some to be a top prospect for the NHL 2013 Entry Draft. Lomberg is training over the summer with former NHL players Jerome Dupont and Brad Tapper.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Rockets Honour Keith and Weber

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Amongst dozens of former members of the Kelowna Rockets, the Western Hockey League franchise honoured two of its highest profile alumni to kick off the Rockets Annual Alumni Weekend Wednesday night.

The Rockets announced the first honourees on a new President's Award are Olympic gold medalist Shea Weber and Stanley Cup champion Duncan Keith.

The President's Award, to be handed out to Kelowna Rockets players who have gained extraordinary recognition in the hockey world, was created this year.

"I felt it was time that we created something that acknowledged the guys that gain things for our country or our city that are very important," said Rockets president and general manager Bruce Hamilton, who talked of the importance of Team Canada's gold medal at the 2010 Olympics of which Weber and Keith played key roles.

"Probably the greatest accomplishment in hockey in Canada for a number of years and you guys stood in there and you never forgot where you came from: Your communities of Sicamous (Weber) and Penticton (Keith) were proud," said Hamilton.

Both players accepted their awards in front of dozens of former and current Rockets, coaches as well as spouses, girlfriends and children as former players gathered for dinner at Manhattan Point restaurant before a round of golf Thursday and a hockey game wrap up the festivities on Sunday.

"I just want to say that when I first came to Kelowna it was a tough decision," said Keith, who jumped from the NCAA to play a starring role for Kelowna. "But I think I knew within a couple days that it was the right decision. I want to say thanks for being such good friends."

Weber, just named captain of the Nashville Predators, praised the Rockets organization.

"I was a small town kid that got an opportunity to come to Kelowna and play hockey," said Weber. "I'd like to thank the Rockets organization. Without them I wouldn't have the chance to be where I am today."

An area near the Rockets dressing room, already home to paintings of former players, will also become home to the President's Award winners.

The Rockets Alumni Weekend features a sold out golf tournament as well as a hockey game on Sunday at the Capital News Centre. Tickets are available at all Scotiabank Kelowna branches for the hockey game.

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