Tuesday, August 31, 2010

MJHL's preseason set to begin

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The Manitoba Junior Hockey League returns to the province’s sporting scene, with its exhibition schedule opening Tuesday. A full slate of games are scheduled from August to September 13. The MJHL regular season opens September 17.

On Tuesday, defending MJHL champion Dauphin Kings take on division rival Swan Valley Stampeders, while MJHL finalists Winnipeg Saints face Winnipeg Blues.

“Everyone is back to square one in terms of wins and losses,” Kim Davis, MJHL Commissioner said today. “The pre-season allows teams to evaluate existing talent and get a look at younger players who are in the system.”

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Joël Champagne traded to Remparts

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BOUCHERVILLE, Monday, August 30, 2010 – The Quebec Remparts and Victoriaville Tigres traded assets this afternoon.

The Tigres sent 20 year-old forward Joël Champagne (90-01-24) to the Remparts for a second round pick in the 2012 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft.

The four-year veteran registered 79 points, including 38 goals, with the P.E.I. Rocket and the Victoriaville Tigres last season.

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Windsor Acquires Nick Ebert from Mississauga

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(Windsor) Windsor Spitfires Vice-President and General Manager Warren Rychel today announced that the Spitfires have acquired U.S. defenceman Nick Ebert from the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors. Ebert was ranked number one by OHL Central Scouting heading into the 2010 OHL Priority Selection and was selected by the Majors with their first round pick, 17th overall.

The 6’1”, 195 pound rearguard played as a 15 year-old for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League (USHL) along with current Spitfire Brady Vail last season and Ebert scored six goals and 18 points in 53 games for the Black Hawks.

In exchange, the Spitfires have sent second round picks in the 2015 and 2016 OHL Priority Selections to the Majors.

“The Windsor Spitfires are really excited to acquire one of the best 1994 birthdate players in North America. Nick will be a key part of our team this year and will be one of our franchise’s cornerstones. He is a fluent skater who plays an excellent two-way game. He has tremendous pro upside and was one of only two 15 year olds along with Brady Vail to play in the USHL. Nick is eligible for the 2012 NHL Draft and will be attending our training camp starting tomorrow at the WFCU Centre,” said Warren Rychel.

Nick Ebert
Position: Defenceman
Birthdate: May 11, 1994
Shot: Right Height: 6’1”
Weight: 195 Hometown: Livingston, N.J.

Season Team GP G A PTS
2009-2010 Regular Season Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) 53 6 12 18

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Monday, August 30, 2010


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MISSISSAUGA, ON – The Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors have acquired forward Kerby Rychel from the Barrie Colts. Rychel was the Colts first round pick in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection. In return, the Majors will send Barrie 2nd round picks in the 2011 and 2012 OHL Priority Selections as well as a 3rd round pick in the 2014 draft.

Rychel, 15, is a native of Los Angeles, CA. He spent last season playing minor midget hockey for Detroit Belle Tire where he scored 30 goals and 19 assists for 49 points in 55 games. Rychel stands 6’0” tall and weighs in at 185 pounds. Kerby is the son of Windsor Spitfires General Manager Warren Rychel.

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The University of Connecticut hockey team announced its 2010 recruits on Tuesday. One of the seven is the team's first ever Saskatchewan born player. Estevan's Brant Harris played for both the Bruins and the Melfort Mustangs last season. Harris finished the season third on the team in scoring with 17 goals and 34 assists for 51 points in 51 games. He was traded at the deadline as Melfort was looking for a scoring threat heading into play-offs.

Head coach Bruce Marshall says "At 6'1 and 185 pounds Brant is a power forward with speed and play-making ability, something expected of him here at UConn."

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The Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League have made trades with both the Estevan Bruins and Melfort Mustangs.

The Bruins have sent 20 year old forward Devin Mitzner(Strathmore, AB) to the Bandits in exchange for 19 year old forward Richard Hubscher (Cranbrook, BC). With the Bandits last year, Hubscher had six goals and 11 assists in 49 games.

The Bandits also sent 18 year old forward Connor Bradshaw (Medicine Hat, AB) to the Melfort Mustangs for future considerations. Bradshaw had three goals and six assists last season for Brooks in 40 games.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)


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The Humboldt Broncos have traded 20 year old goaltender Kirk Croswell (Nanaimo, BC) to the Portage Terriers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. In return, the Broncos get 18 year old defenceman Kyle Krzyzaniak (Neepawa, Manitoba). Kryzyzniak had six goals and 14 assists in 50 games for the Terriers last season.

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Head Coach & General Manager Kevin White, together with Notre Dame College, is pleased to announce that Connor Cameron will be joining the club in the capacity as the Jr A Hounds full time assistant coach.

Connor is a Kinora, Prince Edward Island native and played 4 years in the OHL with St. Mike’s, Kingston & Belleville. Connor played his CIS hockey at UPEI and was recently awarded his Bachelor of Arts degree. His interests include baseball and golfing, and he aspires to become an RCMP officer. Connor lists his parents as his greatest athletic influences.

Connor has strong roots in hockey & coaching and the hockey world is very familiar with his mentor, and dad, Dave Cameron (NHL player, AHL, OHL & World Jr Head Coach).

The Hounds have also announced Andy Smith is moving on to play CIS hockey. The Rosetown native, who had 42 points last season, will play this year for the University of Waterloo.

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

An independent committee will choose the site of the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup

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ROUYN-NORANDA, Sunday, August 28, 2010 – During the General Annual Assembly of the Members and of the Board of Governors held this weekend in Rouyn-Noranda, the Board of Governors voted to mandate an independent committee to select the site of the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

"The Board of Governors was very clear in regards to the question of who should decide the site of the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup," said QMJHL Commissioner Gilles Courteau. "The Board of Governors voted unanimously to mandate an independent committee to choose the site of the next MasterCard Memorial Cup as was the case for the 2009 event in Rimouski. Over the course of the next few weeks, steps will be taken to select the members of the independent committee."

Timelines have already been set regarding the process. Teams interested in making a bid for the event must request the bid guidelines to the Canadian Hockey League prior to September 15th, 2010. A brief which underlines the ability of bidding franchises to host the event must then be forwarded to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s head office prior to November 30th, 2010. The independent committee will begin touring potential sites early in 2011. A decision is expected in April.

Furthermore, Me Claude Foisy and Jean-Guy Morency were named independent arbitrators should teams choose to appeal a decision from the QMJHL Disciplinary Prefect as stated in the League’s administrative rule book

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Spitfires Sign 2010 Second Round Pick Michael Clarke to an OHL Contract

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(Windsor) Windsor Spitfires Vice-President and General Manager Warren Rychel today announced the signing of Michael Clarke, Windsor’s second round pick, 38th overall in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection to an OHL contract and education package.

Clarke, a 16 year-old centre and native of London, Ont. is listed at 6’1” and 170 pounds. He played 32 games for the London Jr. Knights Minor Midgets of the Alliance Hockey League and scored 16 goals while registering 36 points for the Knights last season. Clarke also participated in Team Ontario’s U-17 Final Selection Camp this past July.

“Michael is an excellent two-way player who competes on both ends of the ice. He’ll be a big part of our youth movement and his invite to Team Ontario’s U-17 Camp is indicative of his talent and work ethic.
Michael will attend our training camp next week and we are pleased to have him join our organization,” said Warren Rychel.

For more information on Spitfires hockey, please visit windsorspitfires.com

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Windsor Acquires Draft Choices from Mississauga, Shugg and Cantin Traded to the Majors

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(Windsor) Windsor Spitfires Vice-President and General Manger Warren Rychel today announced that the Spitfires have acquired a second round pick in each of the 2013, 2015 and 2016 OHL Priority Selections as well as a conditional 15th round choice in 2014 from the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors.

In exchange, the Spitfires have sent forward Justin Shugg and defenceman Marc Cantin to the Majors.

“As an organization, we felt that it was important to look towards the future and these picks will secure the future of the team. I can’t thank Shuggie and Cants enough for what they’ve brought to this organization. They are first-class young men and we were fortunate to have them as part of the Windsor Spitfires. We wish them the best of luck in Mississauga as the Majors will host the MasterCard Memorial Cup in 2011,” said Warren Rychel.

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Terry joins coaching staff in Wentachee

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The Wenatchee Wild has announced that Tyson Terry has been named one of the team’s assistant coaches for the 2010-11 season. Terry will serve alongside Chris Clark, who is entering his third season as an assistant coach with the Wild.

A native of British Columbia, Terry comes to the Wild after serving as an assistant coach of the NCAA Division III Manhattanville College men’s hockey team the last two seasons. The Valiants went 36-10-6 during Terry’s tenure as assistant coach from 2008-10 and won the 2010 ECAC West championship.

The appointment of Terry completes third-year head coach Paul Baxter’s staff after associate head coach Ryan McKelvie left the team earlier this month to accept an assistant coaching position at the University of Alaska-Anchorage (WCHA).

“Despite only being in Wenatchee for a few days, it’s easy to see why this organization has had success on the ice, as well as in building a solid following in the community,” Terry said. “I’m extremely excited about working with Coach Baxter and the rest of the staff to try and bring a championship to the city of Wenatchee.”

Terry was primarily responsible for coaching Manhattanville’s defensemen. The Valiants owned the fourth-best team goals-against average (2.00) among all Division III teams in 2008-09 and ranked ninth nationally in the same category in 2009-10 with a goals-against average of 2.33. In addition to his on-ice duties, Terry was also responsible for recruiting in Canada and the United States, as well as extensive video and statistical work. He also supervised and managed the Valiants’ Academic Monitoring program.

“Tyson is a very confident and mature young man who will work well with Chris Clark,” said Baxter. “We’re excited about him and believe he’ll do a great job with the Wild. Much like Ryan McKelvie, Tyson was a leader and captain when he played, and he’s worked as a coach at the college level.”

Terry played four seasons of Division III hockey. He began his collegiate career with the University of Wisconsin-Superior before transferring to SUNY-Geneseo for his junior and senior campaigns. As a junior, Terry helped the SUNY-Geneseo Knights win the SUNYAC championship in 2005-06 and earn a berth into the NCAA Tournament. He served as senior captain for the Knights in 2006-07.

Terry earned his bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from SUNY-Geneseo in 2007 and his master’s degree in Sport Business Management earlier this year from Manhatanville College.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Tigers sign 2010 First Round Selection Spenser Jensen

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Medicine Hat, AB – Medicine Hat Tigers are pleased to announce they have signed Spenser Jensen, their first round pick in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft.

The 6’ 4”, 175 lbs defenseman from Airdrie, AB was selected 14th overall by the Tigers in this year’s bantam draft. Jensen played for Airdrie Xtreme of the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League, helping to lead the team to a first place finish in the Ram South division last season. Jensen played 32 games with the Xtreme, scoring 2 goals and adding 21 assists for 23 points while amassing 90 penalty minutes. Jensen was also selected to play in the 2010 Alberta Cup for the South Senators.

“As an organization, we are excited to have Spenser commit to our program,” said Tigers’ general manager Brad McEwen. “We look forward to Spenser being a real productive defenseman for us in the future.”

Jensen is among 80 Tigers prospects attending rookie-training camp which is underway until Sunday at the Medicine Hat Arena.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

General Annual Assembly in Rouyn-Noranda

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ROUYN-NORANDA, Thursday, August 26, 2010 – Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Owners and Governors will be in Rouyn-Noranda on Friday and Saturday to take part in the General Annual Assembly of League Members and Governors.

Several issues will be discussed, including the election of the officers to the Board of Governors, the presentation of the 2010-11 schedule of events as well as possible rule amendments.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Spruce Kings add Bohmer, Garneau to coaching staff for 2010/11

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The British Columbia Hockey League’s Prince George Spruce Kings are pleased to announce a pair of additions to the club's Hockey Operations staff.

Joining the Spruce Kings organization as an assistant coach is long time Prince George resident Jason Garneau. Garneau has coached in the Prince George hockey circles for many years, having been head coach of pee wee, bantam and midget rep teams. He also has had extensive experience with BC Hockey’s Best Ever Program. Garneau was also a WHL scout for the past several years.

Also joining the staff as an assistant coach is former BCHL general manager and head coach Tom Bohmer. This will be Bohmer’s second stint with the Spruce Kings as he was previously an assistant coach with the team during the 2004/2005 season. He was most recently the general manager and head coach with the Quesnel Millionaires during the 2007/2008 and 2008/2009 campaigns.

Prior to that, Bohmer was an assistant coach with the Penticton Vees during 2006/2007 season helping guide them to the BCHL Interior division championship. Bohmer now calls Prince George home and is looking forward to again working in the BCHL and for the Spruce Kings.

“We are very excited to be able to add two excellent hockey guys like Jason and Tom to our staff” commented Spruce Kings’ assistant general manager and director of player personnel Mike Hawes.

“It was important to us an organization to be able to hire local guys in the assistant coach position and we were very fortunate that Jason and Tom were both available. This will help solidify our hockey operations staff as we continue to move forward in the BCHL,” added Hawes.

Both Garneau and Bohmer will be at the Prince George Coliseum this Friday as the Spruce Kings training camp begins. Training camp runs Friday August 27th to Sunday August 29th culminating with the annual intra-squad game Sunday afternoon at 1:30pm. All training camp sessions are open to the public.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Friday, August 27, 2010

13 BCHL teams set to begin exhibition schedules with weekend action

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A full 144 days after the Vernon Vipers captured the 2010 Fred Page Cup, the British Columbia Hockey is once again ready for action.

This weekend serves as the first opportunity for hundreds of Junior A hopefuls to vie for spots with one of the league's 16 teams. For others, the beginning of the exhibition season serves as a chance to begin the climb towards the top of the depth chart or hold on to a position that was earned a season ago.

13 BCHL teams are in action on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, while three others -- Alberni Valley, Prince George and Quesnel -- have training camps in full swing and will face preseason opposition for the first time on Tuesday.

A pair of B.C. communities will play host to neutral site exhibition match-ups as the Powell River Kings and Coquitlam Express meet in Gibsons while the Vernon Vipers and Trail Smoke Eaters play a pair of contests in Chase.

Below is the full BCHL exhibition schedule for the coming weekend:

Friday, August 27th:

Langley @ Surrey -- 7:00 PM -- South Surrey Arena
Penticton @ Westside -- 7:00 PM -- Royal LePage Place
Vernon @ Trail -- 7:00 PM -- Art Holding Memorial Arena in Chase, B.C.
Nanaimo @ Cowichan Valley -- 7:30 PM -- Island Savings Centre

Saturday, August 28th:

Coquitlam @ Powell River -- 2:30 PM -- Gibsons Arena
Westside @ Penticton -- 7:00 PM -- South Okanagan Events Centre
Vernon @ Trail -- 7:00 PM -- Art Holding Memorial Arena in Chase, B.C.
Surrey @ Langley -- 7:00 PM -- Langley Events Centre
Victoria @ Cowichan Valley -- 7:30 PM -- Island Savings Centre

Sunday, August 29th:

Surrey @ Coquitlam-- 2:00 PM -- Coquitlam Sports Centre
Merritt @ Salmon Arm -- 7:00 PM -- Sunwave Centre

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Cats trade Metcalfe to Screaming Eagles

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The Moncton Wildcats have traded twenty year old defenseman Spencer Metcalfe to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles for a 5th round draft pick in the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft. Metcalfe had two assists in 24 games last season for the Cats while accumulating 53 penalty minutes. During the Wildcats run for the 2010 Presidents Cup Metcalfe recorded two assists in 19 playoff games. Wildcats Head coach and Director of Hockey Operations Danny Flynn had the following to say regarding Metcalfe and his contributions to the Wildcats organization. “Spencer is a terrific young man and was an important part of our 2010 championship team. We wish him nothing but the best”.

The Wildcats continue their pre-season schedule tonight against the PEI Rocket. Puck drop is at 7:30pm at the RedBall Internet Centre.

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LONDON, ONTARIO: London Knights General Manager Mark Hunter is pleased to announce that the team has signed 16 year old forward Andreas Athanasiou ( A Than na Soo ) to an Ontario Hockey League Contract. Athanasiou, 16 was selected by the London Knights in 4th Round ( 80th Overall ) at the 2010 Ontario Hockey League Draft from the Toronto Titans Midget AAA Program. He stands 6 feet and weighs 165 pounds.

Athanasiou is the son of Stan and Nadira Athanasiou of Woodbridge, Ontario.

Athanasiou will join the London Knights for Training Camp on August 31, 2010.

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Robert Visca Commits to the Sudbury Wolves

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The Sudbury Wolves are pleased to announce that 19 year old forward ROBERT VISCA has signed an OHL contract with the Sudbury Wolves. VISCA will join the Wolves next week for training camp.

Visca was recently acquired in a trade with the Saginaw Spirit. The 19-year old star forward was a fifth round selection of the Spirit in 2007. After two successful seasons with the Orangeville Crushers Jr. A team, Visca accepted a full hockey scholarship at the UNIVERSITY OF LOWELL-MASS.

Visca was the youngest player on the 30 man roster at UMASS LOWELL last season. This summer, Visca took some time to reconsider his options and opted to sign with the Wolves and continue his studies at Laurentian University.

"Robert is an exciting hockey player and Wolves fans are going to enjoy watching his offensive skill" notes Wolves' GM Blaine Smith. "Robert is a goal scorer and a leader. He enjoyed two great seasons in Orangeville and proved that he can score at the junior level. He will be a tremendous asset to our organization in his final year of junior."

"I am very excited to be part of the Sudbury Wolves organization" states Visca. "My decision to leave the NCAA was based on my belief that Sudbury has a outstanding program and provides a great opportunity for me to develop my skills as a hockey player while making an impact with this hockey team. I will be continuing my studies at Laurentian University and look forward to playing in a Wolves uniform"

VISCA will wear #96 for the Wolves this season.

Robert Visca, 19
5'11", 190 lbs
Shoots Left
Right Wing
Hometown: Everett, Ont.

2009-10 UNIVERSITY OF LOWELL-MASS (Development Roster)
2008-09 ORANGEVILLE JR. A 26 17 16 33
2007-08 ORANGEVILLE JR. A 49 28 16 44
2006-07 BARRIE MINOR MIDGETS 51 28 23 51

In addition to Visca, earlier this month the Sudbury Wolves signed their third player from the 2010 OHL Entry draft by announcing the signing of second-round selection – Sam Schutt.

SCHUTT, 16, was the Wolves’ second selection in the second round taken 40th overall. SCHUTT was an offensive leader for the OTTAWA VALLEY TITANS that captured the Ottawa District Minor Midget Championship this season.

Schutt scored 24 goals in 29 league games and added 28 assists for 52 points. In the play-offs, Schutt was outstanding with 10 goals in 10 play-off games. He also added 10 assists to earn 20 points in 10 play-off games. Sam shoots left but played mostly right-wing this season with Ottawa Valley.

“Sam is a gifted goal scorer with a great touch around the net” notes Wolves’ GM Blaine Smith. “He has excellent acceleration and speed. He had an outstanding U17 Final Camp in July and he proved that he is among the elite players in his age category in the province.”

Schutt has a number of relatives that reside in the Sudbury area including his uncle Rod Schutt, who was a stand-out for the Wolves back in the 70’s. Rod Schutt still holds a number of franchise records including the most goals scored in a season – 72 goals in 1975-76.

“I can hardly wait to get up to Sudbury and compete for a spot on the top lines” notes Schutt. “I know I have to be patient but being patient is not really part of my nature. I love scoring goals and I want to show what I can do up there in Sudbury. The fans are great and I have lots of family support in Sudbury. My uncle Rod was a star for the Wolves and I would like to continue our family tradition in Sudbury.”

With the addition of Schutt, the Wolves have now signed all three of their first three draft selections – Mathew Campagna (5th overall), Brody Silk (26th overall) and Schutt (40th overall). All three players are young skilled offensive forwards with excellent speed and are sure to make an impact in due time.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Tri-City Americans News Americans Announce 2010-11 Main Camp Roster

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KENNEWICK, WA - Tri-City Americans' Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today the team's roster for next week's main camp. Following the conclusion of main camp, the Americans will depart for Everett and participate in the Silvertips' Pre-Season Tournament, set for Sept. 3-5 at Comcast Arena.

This year's main camp will feature 16 returning players from last season's Western Conference Championship team, along with four prospects that appeared in at least one game for Tri-City last season. There will also be one local prospect at this year's camp, forward Shawn McElroy. McElroy, along with Cody Castro, both played for the Tri-City Titans last season. There will also be three sets of brothers at this year's camp, featuring Adam and Matt Hughesman, Jordan and Marcus Messier along with Drew and Mitch Owsley.

Arriving late to this year's camp will be goaltender Alexander Pechurskiy and defenseman Nikita Kardashev. Pechurskiy and Kardashev, one of two of the Americans' first round CHL Import draft picks this year, are tentatively scheduled to arrive on September 5th.

2010-11 Main Camp Roster
Player, DOB, Height, Weight, Hometown, 09-10 Club

Ross Baadsvik, Mar. 16-92, 6'3 185, Langley, BC, Richmond Jr. B
Eric Comrie, July 6-95, 6'0 175, Newport Beach, CA, LA Selects Bantam AAA
Chris Driedger, May 18-94, 6'2 170, Winnipeg, MB, Winnipeg Monarchs AA Midget
Jay Hudon, Mar. 1-92, 6'3 170, Zenon Park, SK, Melfort Mustangs Jr. A
Drew Owsley, Mar. 15-91, 5'8 160, Lethbridge, AB, TRI-CITY AMERICANS
Alexander Pechurskiy, June 4-90, 6'1 190, Magnitogorsk, RUS, TRI-CITY AMERICANS

Cody Castro, Jan. 8-92, 6'3 210, Aliso Viejo, CA, Tri-City Titans
Josh Cronan, Feb. 22-92, 6'4 225, Nanaimo, BC, North Island AAA Midget
Drydn Dow, Sept. 21-92, 5'9 165, Calgary, AB, TRI-CITY AMERICANS
Sam Grist, June 27-93, 6'4 200, Victoria, BC, Victoria Grizzlies Jr. A
Riley Guenther, Sept. 3-94, 6'0 175, Calgary, AB, Calgary Northstars AAA Midget
Justin Hamonic, Feb. 14-94, 6'1 180, Winnipeg, MB, Winnipeg Monarchs AA Midget
Spencer Humphries, Apr. 30-92, 6'2 213, S. Delta, BC, Westside Warriors Jr. A
Nikita Kardashev, Sept. 25-92, 6'1 185, Minsk, BEL, Yunost Minsk Jr.
Brett Pile, July 24-93, 6'1 195, Winnipeg, MB, Winnipeg Wild AAA Midget
Tyler Schmidt, Apr. 13-90, 6'1 210, Winnipeg, MB, TRI-CITY AMERICANS
Brock Sutherland, Jan. 14-91, 6'1 175, Brandon, MB, TRI-CITY AMERICANS
Zachary Yuen, Mar. 3-93, 6'1 190, Vancouver, BC, TRI-CITY AMERICANS

Mike Brown, June 8-90, 6'2 200, Calgary, AB, TRI-CITY AMERICANS
David Conrad, Jan. 7-91, 6'1 190, Winnipeg, MB, Winnipeg Saints Jr. A
Garrett Desmond, May 29-92, 6'2 185, Winnipeg, MB, Winnipeg Wild AAA Midget
Justin Feser, July 29-92, 5'9 175, Red Deer, AB, TRI-CITY AMERICANS
Dylan Fluter, Feb. 1-94, 5'9 160, Saskatoon, SK, North Battleford AAA Midget
Patrick Holland, Jan. 7-92, 6'0 170, Lethbridge, AB, TRI-CITY AMERICANS
Adam Hughesman, Feb. 28-91, 5'11 185, Winnipeg, MB, TRI-CITY AMERICANS
Matt Hughesman, Feb. 28-94, 5'11 183, Winnipeg, MB, Winnipeg Sharks AA Midget
Brooks Macek, May15-92, 5'11 170, Winnipeg, MB, TRI-CITY AMERICANS
Shawn McElroy, Feb. 12-93, 5'11 160, W. Richland, WA, Tri-City Titans
Zach McPhee, Mar. 5-93, 6'3 182, Vernon, BC, Okanagan AAA Midget
Jordan Messier, Feb. 4-92, 6'2 190, Canmore, AB, TRI-CITY AMERICANS
Marcus Messier, Jan. 17-94, 5'9 145, Canmore, AB, Notre Dame AAA Midget
Max Moline, Jan. 30-93, 6'3 195, Lethbridge, AB, Lethbridge AAA Midget
Nils Moser, Jan. 3-93, 6'2 185, Canmore, AB, TRI-CITY AMERICANS
Tanner Olstad, Jan. 15-92, 5'8 165, Calgary, AB, Okotoks Oilers Jr. A
Mitch Owsley, May 12-93, 5'7 145, Lethbridge, AB, Lethbridge AAA Midget
Connor Rankin, Nov. 30-94, 6'0 180, N. Vancouver, BC, Vancouver NW Giants Midget
Kruise Reddick, July 6-90, 5'9 170, Manor, SK, TRI-CITY AMERICANS
Brendan Shinnimin, Jan. 7-91, 5'9 170, Winnipeg, MB, TRI-CITY AMERICANS
Mason Wilgosh, May 16-91, 5'8 190, Winnipeg, MB, TRI-CITY AMERICANS

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Alex Gallant suspended four games

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BOUCHERVILLE, Thursday, August 26, 2010 - The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Disciplinary Prefect, Raymond Bolduc, today announced that Moncton Wildcats left-winger Alex Gallant has been suspended for a total of four games (an automatic one-game suspension and an additional three games) for receiving an aggressor penalty. The incident occurred during last Sunday’s game versus the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

The decision was rendered after reviewing the videotape of the incident, gathering the testimonies of the players and members of both organizations, reading the official’s report and consulting the disciplinary committee.

The Disciplinary Prefect will not be available for further comment.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

USHL 2010 Preseason Schedule Set

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In addition to the 24 games scheduled for the 2010 USHL Fall Classic, a total of 23 preseason games will be played by USHL teams in September in preparation for the 2010-11 season.

The exhibition portion of the USHL season begins on Friday, September 10th as two games are scheduled. The expansion Muskegon Lumberjacks will play their first game in the League when they host the Chicago Steel at Joe Louis Arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings. The game highlights the Motor City Cup Midget Festival hockey tournament, which takes place September 10-12 throughout the Detroit area. Also on Friday, September 10th, the Tri-City Storm play host to the Omaha Lancers at the Viaero Event Center in Kearney, Nebraska.

On Saturday, September 11th, the Dubuque Fighting Saints will make their preseason debut in the USHL when they host the Sioux City Musketeers. That same evening, the Youngstown Phantoms will host the Chicago Steel at the Ice Zone in Boardman, Ohio, which will be one of eight USHL preseason games played in non-USHL arenas.

Seven preseason games will be played on Saturday, September 18th and will feature several new coaches in the League. The defending Clark Cup champion Green Bay Gamblers, led by new head coach Eric Rud, wraps up a two-game set with the Chicago Steel. The Lincoln Stars and new head coach Chad Johnson will travel to Omaha to face the Lancers at the Tranquility Ice Plex.

A pair of new USHL coaches will meet that same evening when the Muskegon Lumberjacks with coach Kevin Patrick meet the Indiana Ice and coach Charlie Skjodt. Regg Simon leads the Des Moines Buccaneers to Laverne, Minnesota to face-off with the Sioux Falls Stampede and the Youngstown Phantoms travel to Ann Arbor to play Team USA's U-17 squad which is under the direction of new head coach Danton Cole. The Dubuque Fighting Saints and head coach Jim Montgomery make the trip to Cedar Rapids to meet the RoughRiders.

2010 USHL Preseason Schedule

Friday, September 10 – Chicago @ Muskegon, 8:05 PM (Joe Louis Arena - Detroit, MI)

Friday, September 10 – Omaha @ Tri-City, 7:05 PM

Saturday, September 11 – Sioux City @ Dubuque, 7:05 PM (Mystique Ice Center)

Saturday, September 11 – Chicago @ Youngstown, 7:05 PM (Ice Zone – Boardman, OH)

Tuesday, September 14 – Cedar Rapids @ Waterloo, 7:00 PM

Thursday, September 16 – Lincoln @ Tri-City, 7:05 PM

Thursday, September 16 – Dubuque @ Cedar Rapids, 7:00 PM

Friday, September 17 – Youngstown @ Team USA (U18), 7:00 PM

Friday, September 17 – Waterloo @ Des Moines, 7:05 PM

Friday, September 17 – Green Bay @ Chicago, 7:30 PM

Friday, September 17 – Sioux City @ Sioux Falls, 7:05 PM (Larson Ice Center – Brookings, SD)

Saturday, September 18 – Green Bay @ Chicago, 3:30 PM

Saturday, September 18 – Lincoln @ Omaha, 7:05 PM (Tranquility Ice Plex – Omaha, NE)

Saturday, September 18 – Sioux City @ Waterloo, 7:00 PM

Saturday, September 18 – Youngstown @ Team USA (U17), 2:30 PM

Saturday, September 18 – Muskegon @ Indiana, 7:05 PM (Carmel Ice Skadium – Carmel, IN)

Saturday, September 18 – Des Moines @ Sioux Falls, 7:05 PM (Blue Mound Ice Arena –Luverne, MN)

Saturday, September 18 – Cedar Rapids @ Dubuque, 7:05 PM (Mystique Ice Center)

Sunday, September 19 – Muskegon @ Indiana, 3:05 PM (Carmel Ice Skadium – Carmel, IN)

Tuesday, September 21 – Des Moines @ Waterloo, 7:05

Tuesday, September 21 – Janesville (NAHL) @ Green Bay, 7:05 PM (Cornerstone Ice Center – DePere, WI)

Friday, September 24 – Traverse City (NAHL) @ Team USA (U17), 7:00 PM

Saturday, September 25 – Traverse City (NAHL) @ Team USA (U17), 7:30 PM

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Giants' Sign Bonner and Hay to extended contracts

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Vancouver, B.C. – Majority Owner, President, and WHL Governor Ron Toigo, announced today that the Vancouver Giants have signed Executive Vice President and General Manager Scott Bonner to a new 5-year contract that will keep him with the team through the 2014-15 season. Bonner has been General Manager since the club’s inaugural season in 2001 and is responsible for building the team into a WHL powerhouse. Under his watch the organization has won 5 straight BC division titles, a WHL Championship in 2006, and a Memorial Cup Championship in 2007.

"I'm excited to continue working for the Giants as I take a lot of pride in what we've accomplished here, “ said Bonner. “ I’ve worked for Ron Toigo for 20 plus years now and this extension provides me and my family the stability to know where we will be for the next number of years which was extremely important for me, as was continuing the challenge of being part of a winning organization.”

Ron Toigo added, “Maintaining stability and continuity in a franchise is essential to success in the WHL and for us that starts with Scott. We have a long history together and signing him to this deal provides security not only for the franchise, but for Scott and his family”

The 2010-11 season will be Bonner’s 25th in the WHL. Prior to joining the Giants he worked for the New Westminster Bruins/Tri-City Americans organization as a scout.


Vancouver, B.C. – Majority Owner, President, and WHL Governor Ron Toigo, announced today that the Vancouver Giants have signed head coach Don Hay to a new 5-year contract that will keep him with the team through the 2014-2015 season. The fourth winningest coach in WHL history, Hay is entering his 12th season as a head coach in the Western Hockey League, his 6th with the Giants. Since joining the organization back in 2004, Hay has led the team to 5 straight BC division titles, a WHL Championship in 2006, and a Memorial Cup in 2007.

“The calibre of coaching in the WHL is at its peak right now and we feel as an organization that we have the very best in Don Hay,” said Ron Toigo. “Rewarding him with a new contract and to ensure that he will be here for another 5 years was an easy decision.”

A two time WHL Coach of the Year and a member of the BC Hockey Hall of Fame, Hay said, “I am happy to re-sign with Vancouver and look forward to being part of the Giants tradition of excellence for years to come.”

Hay is the only coach in CHL history to win 3 Memorial Cups as a head coach, 2 with Kamloops (1994 & 1995) and 1 with Vancouver (2007).

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Attack Deal for Overage Forward

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The Owen Sound Attack Hockey Club is pleased to announce they have acquired overage forward Liam Heelis from the Peterborough Petes in exchange for the Attack’s 4th round draft choice in 2012.

Heelis, a 6’0, 190 lb. Georgetown, ON. native played his third season with the Peterborough Petes last year, notching 18 goals and 13 assists to go along with 95 Penalty Minutes. “This puts us in a very strong position going into camp,” said Attack General Manager Dale DeGray. “We have four very quality overagers on our roster and that is a great position to be in heading into training camp. Liam will provide some scoring, toughness and leadership to our lineup.”

This leaves the Attack with four overagers on their current roster. Robby Mignardi, Matt Stanisz, Liam Heelis and Jason Wilson, who was drafted by the New York Rangers this past NHL Entry Draft are all potential overagers for the upcoming season. Wilson’s status for the 2010/2011 season will not be known until later September, which prompted Attack G.M. DeGray to make the move. “We certainly didn’t want to be in the same position as last season, leaving a hole open. If Jason doesn’t return, that is great for him and we will still have three quality overagers. If he does return then that is something we will have to deal with as an organization at that time.”

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

WHL Clubs Open Training Camp this week

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Calgary, AB -- The 2010-11 Western Hockey League season is quickly approaching as many WHL Clubs officially open training camps this week.

Beginning Wednesday, August 25th, many Clubs welcome players for registration, while on-ice sessions for 13 Clubs begin on Thursday, August 26th. By the weekend, almost all WHL Clubs will be putting players through paces on the ice in preparation for the 2010-11 WHL regular season, which begins on Friday, September 24th.

The 2010 WHL pre-season begins on Wednesday, September 1st, with two games on the schedule including the Moose Jaw Warriors welcoming the Swift Current Broncos and the Prince Albert Raiders playing host to the Saskatoon Blades.

The 2010 WHL exhibition schedule again features three pre-season tournaments. The Everett Silvertips host their annual pre-season tournament on the first weekend of September that will include U.S. Division rivals Seattle, Spokane, Portland and Tri-City along with the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. The Edmonton Oil Kings will also host a pre-season tournament on the first weekend of September that will include the Medicine Hat Tigers, Prince George Cougars and Swift Current Broncos. The following weekend, the Tri-City Americans will host their annual pre-season tournament that will include Division foes Spokane, Everett, Seattle and Portland along with the Kootenay Ice and the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

For the complete 2010 WHL pre-season schedule, click HERE

Here’s a list of WHL Club training camp schedules:

WHL Clubs

Rookie Camp

Main Camp




Westman Place



Don Hartman Sportsplex



Prospera Centre



Jubilee Rec Centre (Ft. Sask., AB)



Lynwood Ice Center



McArthur Island Park



Prospera Place/Capital News Centre



Cranbrook Rec Plex



Adams Ice Centre (Lethbridge, AB)
Medicine Hat



Medicine Hat Arena
Moose Jaw



Civic Centre



Memorial Coliseum
Prince Albert



Art Hauser Centre
Prince George



CN Centre
Red Deer



ENMAX Centrium



Coop Centre - Evraz Place (Regina)



Martensville, SK



ShoWare Centre



Spokane Arena
Swift Current



Credit Union i-plex



Toyota Centre



Ladner Leisure Centre

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Vincent Montalbano joins QMJHL Central Scouting staff

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BOUCHERVILLE, Wednesday, August 25, 2010 – Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Central Scouting (CSR) today announced the hiring of Vincent Montalbano who will be assigned to scout players in the New England region.

"Vincent Montalbano was referred to us by our former U.S. Coordinator, Peter Ward, who was recently hired by U.S.A. Hockey," said QMJHL Scouting Coordinator, Patrick Charbonneau. "Vincent will be a great addition to our scouting staff. He has the experience and a keen sense of the New England region having worked there under the tutelage of Bill Armstrong for the St. Louis Blues. He will assume his new duties this week."

The hiring completes the Central Scouting staff for the 2010-11 season.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Craig Sarner returns to Sioux Falls as Director of Player Personnel

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Sioux Falls, SD—The Sioux Falls Stampede are proud to announce the return of Craig Sarner as Director of Player Personnel. Sarner served in the same role with the club from 2005 to 2007 and helped build the Stampede’s Anderson Cup championship team in 2005-06 and Clark Cup championship team in 2006-07. He replaces John Rosso who recently accepted an assistant coaching position with Division I Mercyhurst College.

The St. Paul, MN native left the Stampede after the 2007 season to pursue other opportunities. He joined the Omaha Lancers organization in 2008 where he served as Director of Scouting for the past two seasons. This past year, the Lancers finished with the best record in the West Division at 42-12-6 and advanced to the West Division Finals before falling in five games to Fargo.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Craig back on our staff,” said Stampede head coach/GM Kevin Hartzell. “He is a good friend of mine and of the Stampede organization. There is no question Craig will have an immediate impact on our team. He has one of the best eyes for talent in hockey and we look forward to working with him again.”

Sarner has an impressive hockey resume which includes playing collegiate hockey at the University of Minnesota, professional hockey with the Boston Bruins organization and several years of pro hockey overseas. Prior to joining the Stampede in 2006, Sarner served as a scout with the Montreal Canadiens of the NHL. He also has over 20 years of coaching experience which includes 12 years as a head coach in both the German and Swiss professional leagues.

Stampede players report next weekend for training camp and open the regular season in Sioux City on October 2nd. The Stampede’s home opener is set for Friday, October 15th at 7:05 PM against the U.S. Under-18 Development Team. Season tickets are now available along with the all new “E-Z Game Tickets.” Visit the Stampede website at: www.sfstampede.com or contact the office at: 605-336-6060 for more information.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Broncos Exhibition Games to Benefit Charities

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The Swift Current Broncos will host 2 exhibition games, on Friday, September 10th against Medicine Hat and Saturday, September 18th against Prince Albert.
The exhibition games will both benefit charities, as the team will donate a portion of the money raised at the September 10th game to the Dr. Noble Irwin Foundation and a portion of
the money raised at the September 18th game will benefit the Children’s Wish Foundation.

The games will both be at 7:00PM at the Credit Union i-plex. Tickets for the games will be $8 for adults and free for students and children. The Broncos will donate $3 from each adult ticket to charity for the exhibition games.

The Broncos will also be donating $2 from each ticket sold to the Extreme Pita Black/White Intra Squad game to the Canadian Cancer Society. The Black/White game will be played Monday, August 30th at 7:00PM and will be the wrap-up to the Extreme Pita Training Camp with the winning team receiving the Extreme Pita Cup. Admission for the game is $5 for adults and free for students and children.

The Dr. Noble Irwin Foundation raises money for the Cypress Health Region. Their annual radiothon is September 17th from 5:00AM to 5:00PM at the Swift Current Mall.

The Children’s Wish Foundation raises money to help grant kids that have had many challenges to overcome, their dream wishes.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based charitable organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of those living with the disease.

Season tickets are on sale; get yours today to be entered for a chance to win an Edmonton Oilers VIP package. Call The Stable today at 773-1509. The Broncos home opener is Saturday, September 25th against the Moose Jaw Warriors at 7:30PM.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Spitfires Sign 2010 Fourth Round Pick Bryan Deeley to an OHL Contract

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(Windsor) Windsor Spitfires Vice-President and General Manager Warren Rychel today announced the signing of U.S. defenceman Bryan Deeley, Windsor’s fourth round pick, 73rd overall in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection to an OHL contract and education package.

Deeley, a 16 year-old right defenceman is listed at 5’11” and 170 pounds, and played 65 games for the Syracuse Jr. Nationals U-16 Minor Midgets of the U.S. Eastern Junior Hockey League. He scored 14 goals while registering 31 points for the Nationals last season.

“We are excited to add Bryan to our organization and he will be a big part of our team’s future. I like his tenacity and hardnosed approach to the game. Bryan will attend our training camp next week and we look forward to having him in Windsor for the next four seasons,” said Warren Rychel.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Wildcats' Flanagan accepts coaching job in AHL

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The Wichita Falls Wildcats have announced that head coach Mike Flanagan has resigned from his position after accepting a job as an assistant coach with the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Flanagan served as the Wildcats’ interim head coach for the final 20 games of the 2009-10 season, posting an 8-10-2 record.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity,” Flanagan said. “The timing is not the greatest, but in this business you can’t control when opportunities come, and, when lightning strikes, you have to take it.”

Flanagan worked with Admirals head coach Jon Cooper as an assistant with the St. Louis Bandits during the 2006-07 season. Under their tutelage, the Bandits won the 2007 Robertson Cup championship.

“Jon and I have known each other a long time,” said Flanagan. “I worked under him as an assistant in St. Louis and we coached against each other in Michigan (where Flanagan was the head coach of the Grand Rapids Owls and Cooper coached the Metro Jets in the Central States Hockey League).

“Wichita Falls is a great hockey town,” Flanagan added. “We’ve had excellent fan support and two respectful (team) owners in Rick Brodsky and Roy Davoult. It’s never easy to uproot your family, but this is a great opportunity to continue to grow as a coach and I’m looking forward to joining an excellent staff in Norfolk.”

Flanagan thanked Brodsky and Davoult, Owls owner Jerry Barber, St. Louis owners Mike Brooks and Kelly Chase, his extended family and NAHL commissioner Mark Frankenfeld.

“They’ve given me some great opportunities and I’m truly thankful for their support,” he said. “They are men of class and integrity.

“It’s tough to leave,” he added. “(Wildcats assistant) Coach (Thomas) Billick and I had some personal goals we had set with this team. I feel they’re on the cusp of something great.”

Billick will remain in his position with the Wildcats and the team has a shortlist of candidates to take over the head coaching position. The team is expected to fill the post in the coming weeks.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Gamblers Name Eric Rud Head Coach

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Former USHL Player of the Year to lead the Gambers in 2010-11

The Green Bay Gamblers have named Eric Rud (pronounced rude) as Head Coach and General Manager, becoming the fifth head coach in team history. Rud has spent the last five seasons on the coaching staff at St. Cloud State University, helping the men's program to a 105-74-24 record over that span.

"I'm excited to be the head coach for an outstanding organization like the Green Bay Gamblers. The USHL is a great league and I am proud to be a part of it," said Rud. "Green Bay is a great family town and that was a big part of it for me," added Rud who has a wife and three children.

Rud has prior experience in the USHL as both a coach and player. He served as assistant coach for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders for two seasons (2002-04) and was responsible for recruiting several players who were part of the RoughRiders team that captured the Clark Cup during the 2004-05 season.

The native of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota played two seasons (1991-93) in the USHL for the Des Moines Buccaneers. The defenseman tallied 81 points (21g, 60a) in 96 regular season games. Rud was named both the USHL Player of the Year and USHL Defenseman of the Year following the 1992-93 season and was also a part of the Bucs team that won the Clark Cup during the 1991-92 campaign.

Rud went on to a four-year career at Colorado College. He earned honors as the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year and earned all-league honors in his final two seasons at CC. He helped lead the Tigers to the Frozen Four as a junior and senior - including an appearance in the NCAA championship game in 1996. Rud appeared in 168 consecutive games as the Tigers won WCHA regular season titles in 1994, 1995, and 1996 and posted a 111-43-14 record during his collegiate career.

Following his playing days at Colorado College where he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology, Rud played five seasons professionally, scoring 131 points (34g, 97a) over 319 games.

Rud served as an assistant coach for his alma mater during the 2004-05 season, helping the Tigers win a share of the WCHA title with a 19-7-2 league record (31-9-3 overall). CC also went on to win its NCAA regional and gained a berth in the 2005 NCAA Frozen Four.

Rud has also been actively involved with USA Hockey. In 2009, he served as head coach of the USA U18 Select Team at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Piestany, Slovakia. In 2008, he coached the USA U17 Select team at the Five Nations Tournament in Prievidza, Slovakia.

"The process was difficult because we had an unbelievable pool of candidates applying for this job, but the easy part was saying 'yes' to Eric Rud," said Gamblers President Brendan Bruss. "He exemplifies Gamblers Hockey with great character and we're confident he'll be an outstanding coach."

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Vancouver Giants name John Becanic Assistant Coach

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Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Giants Executive Vice President and General Manager Scott Bonner is pleased to name John Becanic as an assistant coach. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the job. This season will mark Becanic’s 8th year in the WHL. Last year he was an assistant coach with the Seattle Thunderbirds. Prior to that he spent 6 seasons with the Everett Silvertips; two years as the head coach, compiling a record of 69-66-7-5, and four as the associate head coach.

“We felt John’s experience as both a head coach and assistant would make him a perfect complement to Don Hay,” said General Manager Scott Bonner. “He’s worked with high end coaches and been a part of successful franchises in the past and those experiences should help us develop a stronger club.”

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to work with the most successful franchise in the WHL over the last 5 years,” said Becanic. “Having the chance to join Don Hay and his staff was very appealing.”

The Giants 10th Anniversary Season officially kicks off Friday August 27th when training camp opens at the Ladner Leisure Centre.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Salmon Arm adds former Jr. A All-Star Erickson as Assistant Coach

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The British Columbia Hockey League's Salmon Arm SilverBacks are pleased to announce the hiring of Dave Erickson as Assistant Coach .

Dave has been coaching in Findlay, Ohio since 2004 following a four-year career as a member of the NCAA Division I University of Findlay Men’s Hockey Team. In his most recent role, Dave led the Findlay Grrrowl of the United Junior Hockey League to a League Championship and was named Coach of the Year.

Prior to embarking on his College Career, Dave starred as a defenceman for the Olds Grizzlies of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, earning First Team All-Star selections in 2000 and 2001 as well as the League’s Outstanding Defenceman honours in 2001.

Dave, a Kamloops native, will be joined by his wife Lisa Wolfe, step sons Errol and AJ, and daughter Sadie in Salmon Arm.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Broeders resigns position as Head of Officiating after 5 years service

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The British Columbia Hockey League has announced that Director of Officiating Frank Broeders has resigned his position due to personal reasons and that a search will commence shortly to name his successor.

Broeders spent five seasons directing the league's officating program and managing a staff of over 60 referees and linesmen. His duties included recruitment, scouting, hiring and evaluation of officials.

“Over the past five years Frank put in a considerable amount of time developing, training and mentoring young officials in the BCHL," says league commissioner John Grisdale. "The program has grown considerably under his tutelage, and on behalf of the BCHL's Board of Governors I would like to wish Frank all the best in his future endeavors.”

Broeders is himself a longtime official who also serves as a video goal judge for the National Hockey League.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working for the league," says Broeders. "I'd like to thank the BCHL and all the team owners, governors, general managers and coaches for all their support over the past five years."

Grisdale announced that a search for Broeders' replacement will begin immediately.

"A search for Frank’s successor will go on in earnest over the next two to three weeks," he says. "In the meantime, the league office along with some of the BCHL’s top officials will be introducing the Junior A Supplement and the accompanying Official's Handbook to all the referees assigned to work the BCHL this season."

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Americans Add Bilodeau to Coaching Staff

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KENNEWICK, WA - Tri-City Americans' Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the club has hired Brent Bilodeau to serve as the team's new assistant coach for the upcoming 2010-11 season. This will round out the coaching staff with head coach Jim Hiller and associate coach Scott Beattie.

Bilodeau, a former first round NHL Draft pick by the Montreal Canadiens in 1991, wrapped up a 17-year playing career in 2005 before joining the coaching ranks as an assistant coach with the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL. In three seasons in Las Vegas, Bilodeau helped lead the Wranglers to two Pacific Division and National League regular season titles before getting his first head coaching job. In 2008, Bilodeau took the reigns as head coach of the Central Hockey League's Wichita Thunder before being replaced early into the 2009-10 season.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Slammers make a move

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The Woodstock Slammers have acquired the MHL rights of Alex Beaton from the Metro Marauders. Beaton has played the past three season in the QMJHL for the Lewiston Maineiacs and the Gatineau Olympiques. In return the Metro Marauders receive Woodstock's 1st round pick, 2nd round pick, the MHL rights to Kyle Morash plus future considersations.

"Well it was a big price to pay for Alex's rights but the return for us is even bigger. Alex is a quality hockey player and we would love to have him in Woodstock and the first step was to acquire his MHL rights" commented Head Coach Jason Tatarnic.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Juniors Pare Down Roster

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Montreal, August 22nd 2010 - The Montreal Juniors announced today the second group of players to be released from this season's training camp. These players were:

- Barnabé-Grisé, Jérémie (defense) 17 years old

- Lussier, Frederick (forward) 17 years old

- Nolet, Nicolas (forward) 17 years old

The Montreal Juniors officially begin their regular season Friday, September 10th, at the Verdun Auditorium, at 7:05pm against the Shawinigan Cataractes.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

U17s take first place at Five Nations

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HUTTWIL, Switzerland - Nicholas Schilkey (Smiths Creek, Mich.) scored four goals, and Joseph Cox (Chelsea, Mich./1-3) and Jordan Masters (Rochester, N.Y./2-2) each recorded four points, as the U.S. Under-17 Select Team defeated Germany, 14-2, here today at the 2010 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament. With the victory, Team USA clinched first place in the tournament, posting its best finish since 2005. The U.S. concluded the week with a 3-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) overall record.

"The story of the day was our outstanding power play and penalty kill," said Sean Tremblay, head coach of the U.S. Under-17 Select Team. "The team really came together this week and had a great deal of success as a result. As a staff, we could not be more proud of them."

Team USA jumped out to a 1-0 lead 7:46 into the first period, when Brian Morgan (Windham, N.H.) connected on a centering pass from Masters. Four minutes later, the U.S. scored its first of six power-play goals. After Teddy Doherty's (Hopkinton, Mass.) shot was turned aside, Masters poked the rebound into the back of the net.

Germany cut the U.S. lead to 2-1 at the 16:08 mark of the first, but Team USA responded one minute later on the man-advantage. Doherty slipped a pass to Cox, who stickhandled and slid a shot between the legs of goaltender Marvin Cupper. With less than two minutes remaining in the first period, Schilkey netted a power-play goal on a rebound to give the U.S. a 4-1 advantage.

Team USA scored three goals within the first five minutes of the second period to extend its lead to 7-1. After a scramble in front of the net, Schilkey found the loose puck and buried it for the score. Less than three minutes later, Doherty scored on a tip-in for yet another U.S. power-play goal. Just 29 seconds after that, Kyle Osterberg (Lakeville, Minn.) skated in alone and beat Cupper high to the blocker side.

Midway through the middle frame, Schilkey gave Team USA a seven-goal cushion with his third goal of the game. Zach Stepan (Fairbault, Minn.) won the faceoff in the offensive zone and dished the puck across the crease to Schilkey, who flipped it in behind Cupper. Tim Davison (De Pere, Wis.) scored in a similar fashion just three minutes later.

Riley Barber (Livonia, Mich.) and Masters extended the U.S. lead to 11-1 early in the third period. Germany scored for the second time halfway through the final frame, but Team USA notched three more goals for the decisive 14-2 victory. A.J. Michaelson (Lakeville, Minn.) and Troy Donnay (Fenton, Mich.) assisted Jack Rowe (Cary, Ill.) for two goals, and Schilkey netted his fourth in the last minute of the game to complete the scoring.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)


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Saint John Sea Dogs Director of Hockey Operations Mike Kelly has announced that the team has acquired veteran goaltender Frédéric Piché from the Drummondville Voltigeurs in exchange for a conditional tenth round entry draft pick.

In twenty-two appearances with Drummondville last season, Piché registered a 9-6 record in addition to a G.A.A. of 2.83 and a SV% of 0.857. The 6’1”, 188 lb. net minder also recorded one shutout for the Voltigeurs during the 2009-10 campaign. Originally selected by Acadie-Bathurst in the sixth round (83rd overall) of the 2008 QMJHL Entry Draft, Piché recorded a 4.03 G.A.A. and a 0.894 SV% with the Titan during his rookie season of 2008-09. A native of Val-des-Monts, QC, Piché was traded from Acadie-Bathurst to Drummondville on August 10, 2009 in exchange for a fifth round pick at the 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Storm Celebrate 15th Year In AJHL

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Fifteen years ago this month the Grande Prairie Storm logo was
unveiled and the team was about to start its first year of existence
in the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League.

Today, the team unveiled its 15th anniversary logo, created by Nine 10
Website & Brand Stylists.

“The logo represents the fact we just completed our 15th year as an
organization and will be celebrating our 15th anniversary in the
Alberta Junior Hockey League during the 2010-2011 season,” said Storm
business manager Don Moon. “Those first 15 years went by pretty fast.
In the summer of 1995 we were in a panic to get the logo created,
jerseys ordered and a team on the ice. It was exciting, but a lot of
people were working hard to make it happen and a lot of people have
been involved making it happen for 15 years.”

Since then the Storm has been one of the most successful Junior A
franchises in Canada.

The team led the RMJHL in attendance in 1995-96 and hasn’t looked back
topping the turnstiles in the AJHL every year since it joined the
league in 1996. Over the last 14 years the team has also been at or
near the top in attendance every year among all Junior A teams in

Success on the ice has also been a trademark of the team. The Storm
finished first in the RMJHL and have never missed the AJHL playoffs,
won two championships and over their first 14 years in the league and
has the second-best points total among all teams since 1996-1997. Only
the Spruce Grove (St. Albert) Saints have more points than the Storm
since 1996.

The team also hosted the most successful Royal Bank Cup tournament
ever in 2004 and holds the record for attendance and profit from that
event. Grande Prairie has also hosted two AJHL all-star games and
holds the record attendance for that event.

This coming season the team will be saluting fans, players, volunteers
and sponsors who have been instrumental in making the Storm a success.

“We have many people who have been season ticket holders since 1995
and we will be honoring many of those dedicated fans,” said Moon. “We
also put together a selection committee and 15 times during the season
we will be honoring a player who was a fan favorite from each of the
first 15 years.

“Some of the volunteers and sponsors have also been with us for 15
years so we are going to recognize them too.”

The team is also working on some special “deals” based around the
number 15 and the team’s first 15 years.

“Anyone who was born in Grande Prairie on the date of our very first
game (Sept. 15, 1995) will be eligible for a family pak of season
tickets and anyone who is celebrating their 15th birthday on any of
our home games this year will be treated to a birthday party,
including an introduction, at the game along with 15 game tickets.”

The team is also preparing a 15-puck on-ice shootout that will be held
several times during the year with the ultimate prize being a vehicle
at the end of the season.

There will also be other specials based around the number 15 as the
season continues.

“The Storm organization has been very fortunate to have such great
support in the community for the last 15 years,” said Moon. “It’s
important to recognize that and what we are doing during the 15th
anniversary celebrations is a way for the organization to show its

The team’s 16th season, and 15th in the AJHL, starts with fall
training camp. It opens next Thursday with fitness testing in the
morning and a team function at Saskatoon Lake in the afternoon. On
Friday, Aug. 27 players hit the ice for the first time at 8:30 a.m. in
the Canada Games Arena. The on-ice sessions continue Saturday while on
Sunday the annual Blue vs. White game goes at noon at the Games Arena.

The Storm host the Dawson Creek Rage in their only exhibition game on
Tuesday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. in the Canada Games Arena. Season opener is
Friday, Sept. 10 against the Sherwood Park Crusaders at 7:30 p.m.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Express add local product Riley MacIntosh to blueline

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The British Columbia Hockey League's Coquitlam Express are proud to announce the signing of 20-year old Coquitlam native Riley McIntosh.

McIntosh, who stands at 6’ 5” and weighs in at 205 pounds, is a 4-year veteran Western Hockey League defenseman who is returning to play for his hometown team after suiting up for the Kelowna Rockets and Tri-City Americans.

“When news spread of the team moving back to Coquitlam, I got real excited and right away wanted to come home and play for the team which I grew up watching,” McIntosh said. “I know (Head Coach) Jon Calvano real well as he coached me in spring hockey growing up and when I heard he was hired as the Express coach it made my decision to come home a real easy one.”

Express Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Jon Calvano see the complete package in McIntosh.

“Riley is a kid that we are extremely excited to have. He will provide leadership, character in the dressing room, and he is an exceptional hockey player.”

McIntosh joins his hometown team for his final season of Junior Hockey eligibility much like 2001-02 BCHL graduate Chad Grisdale (Coquitlam) and 2009-10 grad Chris Van Duynhoven (Burnaby) did in their respective seasons.

While in Kelowna, McIntosh played with Defenseman Tyler Myers who now plays for the Buffalo Sabres and was awarded the 2009-10 Calder Trophy as the Rookie of the Year in the National Hockey League. The two still train together in the off-season and are very close friends.

“Coming home to Coquitlam as a 20-year old, we are looking at Riley to be a role-model to our younger players while providing veteran leadership on and off the ice. He will also give the team a big boost on defense,” Express President & General Manager Darcy Rota said.

In four seasons in the WHL, McIntosh posted 1 goal and 16 assists while amassing 137 Penalty Minutes. McIntosh played in 11 playoff games with Tri-City in 2008-09 accumulating 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes.

“I’m really eager to get the season started and to get a fresh start in Coquitlam playing in front of friends and family,” McIntosh said.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Mike Vandenberghe joins Wheat Kings coaching staff

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Brandon, Manitoba – Brandon Wheat Kings’ coach and general manager Kelly McCrimmon has announced that former defenceman Mike Vandenberghe has been hired as the Western Hockey League club’s new Interim Assistant Coach.

A native of Reston, Vandenberghe’s appointment comes two weeks after assistant coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk suffered a broken back in a serious fall at the Keystone Centre.

A member of the Wheat Kings from 1988 to ’91,Vandenberghe spent the 2009-10 season as an assistant coach with the University of Regina Cougars. Before that, he spent five seasons as head coach of the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League after an 8-year professional hockey career.

Earler this year, he served as head coach of Team Western at this year’s World Under 17 Challenge in Timmons, Ontario.

In Brandon, Vandenberghe joins Darren Ritchie on McCrimmon’s coaching staff to start the 2010-11 campaign.

“Mike will help fill the void in Dwayne’s absense,” says McCrimmon. “As a former Wheat King, he will be a good fit with Darren and Dwayne...and as a former defenceman, he will fill an important role with our young defence.”

The 38-year old Vandenberghe played 218 games in the WHL, including 156 in Brandon, scoring seven goals and 64 points while accumulating 437 penalty minutes. In addition to the Wheat Kings, he played with the Tigers in Medicine Hat.

In other Wheat King news, the club has announced that 19-year old Danish forward Mark Mieritz will be arriving in Brandon early next week, in preparation for Training Camp, scheduled to begin on September 1st.

The 5'11” 183 lb. Mieritz, the Wheat Kings' first round selection in this summer's CHL Import Draft, is cominb off back to back years with Frolunda of the Swedish Jr. League.

During the 2009-10 campaign, he scored six goals and 20 points in 34 games. At the World Junior Championship Division 1 Tournament this past winter, Mieritz had two goals and 7 points in leading Denmark to a Silver Medal.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Pats Add Experience to Scouting Staff

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Regina, Saskatchewan –Regina Pats General Manager, Chad Lang is proud to announce the creation and filling of a new position to Head Scout, Todd Ripplinger’s scouting staff. The new position of “Travelling Scout” will be filled by long time WHL insider, Russ Kutzak.

Russ has been involved in Western Hockey League scouting over the past 11 years with both the Moose Jaw Warriors and Saskatoon Blades.

With the Warriors, he helped build them into a WHL Eastern Conference Champion by identifying and helping draft the likes of: Dustin Boyd, Troy Brouwer, Tyler Johnson, Ashton Rome and Kyle Brodziak. Over the past 5 seasons with the Saskatoon Blades scouting staff, Russ helped bring in: Josh Nicholls, Duncan Siemens, Dalton Thrower and Charles Inglis.

“It was a very tough decision to leave the Blades organization, but I look forward to joining a good team, a team with great ownership, management, coaches and scouting staff,” says Pats Travelling Scout, Russ Kutzak, “I look forward to a new position and a new challenge.”

“I am extremely excited to have Russ join our organization. I had the great fortune to work with him in Moose Jaw. He as a great eye for identify and evaluation prospects and will be a welcome addition to our scouting staff. Russ is well respected in the hockey community,” says Regina Pats General Manager, Chad Lang, “His individual character, work ethic and experience, makes him a perfect fit for our organization and will play a big part in helping identify future prospects to ensure we build a strong foundation for year to come. On behalf of the entire organization I would like to welcome Russ along with his wife Donna to the Pats organization.”

Russ will join the club immediately and will be in Regina in time for the beginning of training camp next Saturday at the Co-Operators Centre.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Sting Formally Introduce Top Import Picks Yakupov And Latta

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Sarnia, On – The Sarnia Sting Hockey Club was thrilled to introduce two of its newest members to the organization Friday afternoon.

2010 CHL Import Selections Nail Yakupov and Nickolas Latta both arrived at Toronto’s Pearson Airport last night and will now remain with the club throughout the 2010-2011 season. Yakupov was the top OHL pick in the Import Draft selected second overall while Latta was chosen in the second round, 62nd overall.

Yakupov, a native of Russia, recently participated in the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament (U18) where he scored 3 goals and added 2 assists for 5 points.

This year's Hlinka Tournament was actually the second that Yakupov competed in. Last year as a 15-year old the talented Russian made the team comprised mostly of 17-year olds.

A late birth date Yakupov will not be eligible for the NHL draft until 2012.

The 16-year old Russian forward has caught the eye of the scouting world as evidenced by the following report compiled by the “Red Line Report”.

“Unbelievably advanced for a kid who's only 16. Exceptionally quick stick with great hands and moves. Magician with the puck, it just sticks to his blade. Hands and feet are equally fast, can really dangle with the puck and dance on skates. Very quick and agile skater who accelerates quickly. Sneaky and shifty, tough to contain or hit cleanly. Can turn and change direction in a phone booth. Can beat even good defenders off the rush with a variety of slick moves that he can make at top speed. See's the ice well and is creative. Willing to drive the net and go into the traffic zones, even instigating some after the whistle skirmishes – chippy and plays with an attitude. Sniper with good touch and release around net — excellent hands in close. Scores highlight reel goals.”

Latta, also eligible for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, is a native of Germany and comes to the Sting following an outstanding 2009-2010 season in the DNL (top German junior league).

This past season playing with SC Riessersee Latta produced at almost a 2-point per game clip and was easily his team’s leading scorer and was the 3rd leading scorer in the league.

Latta is very familiar with the Ontario Hockey League as both his father Ken (Greyhounds and Knights) and uncle David (Kitchener) had long OHL and professional playing careers.

Sarnia Sting Vice President of Operations Bill Abercrombie made the trip to Germany earlier in the season to see Latta in person.

“Nickolas is a very skilled player who competes hard. When he fills out he will be 6 feet plus to go with his natural ability. Like Yakupov he is a late 1993 birthdate so we feel he will help us both immediately and down the road as well as we continue to build this franchise back up.”

Latta is also fresh off a training camp with his National team in an Exhibition series with Switzerland in which he scored 4 goals in 3 games.

Abercrombie explains that Latta also has good blood lines as well as a local connection to Sarnia. “Both his dad and uncle played in the OHL and were both NHL draft picks who had long professional careers that would take both of them to Germany. Nick actually has family in Sarnia that he will be staying with this season.”

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)


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The Corpus Christi IceRays home-venue training camp opens at the American Bank Center in the first week of September, and 28 players have been invited to attend, IceRays General Manager, Pat Dunn announced on Friday. The IceRays can still add to their list of invitees, but NAHL rules mandate the IceRays roster be no larger than 25 players by opening day on September 15th, and no more than 23 players by October 1st. For more information on the IceRays roster or the upcoming season, please call the IceRays office at 361.814.PUCK.

The IceRays 28-player training camp list currently consists of 16 forwards, 9 defensemen, and 3 goaltenders. The group includes 27 American-born players, hailing from 12 different states, and one European-born goaltender, Marco Wieser, who is from Austria. Four of the invited players are from Texas. They are goaltender Taylor Heifetz (Coppell), defenseman Kyle Hughes (Round Rock), and forwards Alex Rosado (Cypress) and Derrek Schartz (Plano). The state which is represented by the most players is Michigan with five invitees. The oldest player is forward Ryan Gaffney, who will turn 21 on January 2nd. Gaffney edges out Josh Munford by two days for that honor. The youngest player is Las Vegas, NV native Cody Milligan, will turn 17 on September 7. Munford is one of three players who measures in at 6’4”, tying for the tallest on the team. He is also the heaviest at 228 lbs. 21 of the 28 players stand six feet or taller, exhibiting that size and toughness will not be lacking in the new-look IceRays.

Ten of the 28 players played in the NAHL last season, including six for the Alpena IceDiggers – the franchise that was moved to Corpus Christi. Three of the IceRays players drafted earlier this summer made it through the initial training camp to join the South Texas camp. They are Alex Rosado (4th round), Joey Parizek (7th round), and Daniel Swink (10th round). The additional 15 players were recruited as free agents by Head Coach, Brent Hughes, and Assistant Coach, Justin Quenneville. The current IceRays training camp list is provided below.

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 www.goicerays.com.

2010 IceRays Training Camp Roster (As of August 20th)
Phoenix Copley
Taylor Heifetz
Marco Weiser

Tommy Dowell
Ben Hughes
Kyle Hughes
Preston James
Brett Losey
Luc Neitenbach
Jason Souva
Alec Wilhelmi
Shane Gleason

Michael Benedict
Sam Cheraso
Navarone Copley
Jacob Diamond
Ryan Gaffney
Brandon Marshall
Cody Milligan
Josh Munford
Joey Parizek
Terry Portra
Alex Rosado
Jonathan Sdao
Derrek Sharts
Daniel Swink
Beau Walker
Joe White

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

David Toews to play with Brandon Wheat Kings

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Brandon, Manitoba – The Brandon Wheat Kings have announced that 20-year old right-winger David Toews will join the Western Hockey League club for the 2010-11 Western Hockey League season.

A sixth round selection of the Wheat Kings (117th overall) in the 2005 WHL Bantam Draft, the Winnipeg product spent the past two seasons with the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux in Grand Forks.

A third round pick (66th overall) of the New York Islanders in the 2008 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Toews scored four goals and 15 points in 32 games for the Sioux in 2009-10. In two years with UND, the former Shattuck-St. Mary’s standout scored nine goals and 26 points in 55 games.

Toews, who played his minor hockey with the Dakota Lancers, St. Vital Victorias and Winnipeg Warriors, scored 100 points, including 44 goals in 51 games at Shattuck-St. Marys in 2007-08.

“We are excited to have David join our organization and look forward to the skill and offence that he will provide our team,” says Brandon coach and general manager Kelly McCrimmon. “He is motivated and we expect him to have a good year.”

Toews will be one of several overage players competing for one of three spots on this year’s roster. Others include forward Shayne Wiebe, blueliners Mark Schneider and Darren Bestland as well as goalkeepers Andrew Hayes and Jacob DeSerres.

One 20-year old that won’t be back is left-winger Jordan Hale. The Lacombe, Alberta product had four goals, 11 points and 83 penalty minutes in 70 games last season. During his 3-years in Brandon, Hale scored nine goals and 25 points in 182 games, while accumulating 182 minutes in penalties.

In other player news announced Thursday, 19-year old defenceman Brodie Melnychuk has agreed to a Free Agent Training Camp tryout with the NHL's Anaheim Ducks.

The Balgonie, Saskatchewan product is coming off a solid season that saw him score seven goals add 17 assists in 72 games.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Friday, August 20, 2010

U.S. Under-17 Select Team Drops 3-2 Decision to Slovakia at 2010 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament

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HUTTWIL, Switzerland - Kyle Osterberg (Lakeville, Minn.) and Jordan Masters (Rochester, N.Y.) each scored to give the U.S. a two-goal lead, but the U.S. Under-17 Select Team fell to Slovakia, 3-2, here today at the 2010 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament.

"We generated a lot of offense, but we have to do a better job of driving to the net with and without the puck," said Sean Tremblay, head coach of the U.S. Under-17 Select Team. "If we do that, we will put ourselves in a position to win the tournament."

After a scoreless first period, Osterberg gave Team USA a 1-0 edge just 53 seconds into the second frame. Troy Donnay (Fenton, Mich.) led the rush out of the defensive zone and dropped the puck to Osterberg, who sent a one-timer over the glove of Slovakian goaltender Richard Sabol.

The U.S. extended its lead to 2-0 less than four minutes later. After applying pressure in front of Slovakia's net, Masters wrapped around the goal and poked the loose puck in behind Sabol for the score. Justin Wade (Aurora, Ill.) collected an assist on the play.

Slovakia cut its deficit in half with a four-on-four goal, and then tied the game, 2-2, with just over one minute remaining in the second period. Marko Dano scored the lone third-period goal to give Slovakia the win.

Goaltender Brandon Hope (Canton, Mich.) stopped 16 shots for Team USA in the loss, while Sabol made 44 saves for Slovakia.

The U.S. Under-17 Select Team will next face Switzerland tomorrow (Aug. 21) at 1:30 p.m. EDT.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

BCHL to participate in Junior A program to reduce violence and bullying

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A group of five Member Leagues within the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) are proud to announce an unprecedented joint effort to eliminate violence and bullying from Junior A hockey.

This initiative has developed from a partnership between the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL), and Maritime Junior Hockey League (MHL), who have formed together to create the Junior A Supplement, which will be launched as a pilot project in the 2010-2011 CJHL Season.

The Junior A Supplement has been created to protect junior-aged hockey players by addressing actions such as Blows to the Head, Dangerous Hits, Accumulated Major Penalties, Accumulated Misconducts, Instigating and Unnecessary Fighting. The supplement increases team, coach and player accountability through the tracking of repeat offenders, increased suspensions and significant financial penalties. It builds on the progressive regulations undertaken over the past decade by the participating Leagues and Branches to reduce bullying and violence from Junior A Hockey in Canada.

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The pilot project was developed as a response to the implementation of Hockey Canada Regulation 6.7, which calls for an automatic game misconduct whenever a major penalty for fighting is assessed. The participating Member Leagues have gone one step further by targeting the types of dangerous plays that often result in fights and other types of violence. The Leagues within the pilot project will not be subject to Hockey Canada Regulation 6.7, which will be implemented across the remainder of the Leagues in CJHL.

“The five Member Leagues involved in the creation of the Junior A Supplement have taken a tremendous step in the effort to reduce and eliminate violence and bullying in Junior A hockey,” says BCHL Commissioner John Grisdale. “Our League and its teams, coaches and players are committed to providing a safe environment for every player while also maintaining an exciting, physical brand of hockey on the ice.”

The Junior A Supplement has been developed in cooperation with the provincial branches of BC Hockey, Hockey Alberta, the Saskatchewan Hockey Association, Hockey Manitoba, Hockey North, Hockey Nova Scotia, Hockey P.E.I. and Hockey New Brunswick.

The two-year pilot project will compare data from the participating leagues using the Junior A Supplement and a control group using Hockey Canada Playing Rule 6.7. The data will determine whether fighting is reduced in the Junior A game by ejecting a player for his first fighting major and the effect on other aggressive and violent behavior.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Schneider Returns to USHL in Coaching Role

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The Lincoln Stars announced that former Stars defenseman Andy Schneider has been named to the team's coaching staff.

"Andy's playing career speaks for itself," said Lincoln Stars Head Coach Chad Johnson. "He's played at a very high level, and was a step away from the NHL. But the thing that was most intriguing and attractive to us was that he's been a leader everywhere he's been. Starting here in Lincoln, and continuing through his collegiate career at UND, he's been voted captain by his teammates, which says a lot about his character and team approach to the game. He's also played for several highly-respected coaches and we're counting on him to pass on his experiences and winning attitude to our players."

Schneider spent three seasons in the USHL (1998-2001) playing for the Stars and served as team captain during both Anderson Cup championship seasons in 1999-2000 and 2000-01. He was named All-USHL Second Team in 2000-01 after posting 36 points (12g, 24a) in 54 regular season games. A two-time USHL All-Star Game selection (2000 and 2001), Schneider amassed 57 points (19g, 38a) and 244 penalty minutes over 109 career games in the League. He also contributed 20 points (9g, 11a) and 46 penalty minutes in 24 USHL Clark Cup Playoff games.

"I'm really looking forward to getting back to Lincoln and to the Stars organization," said Schneider. "I have a lot of great memories from playing there, so when Chad called to discuss the coaching position, it was a pretty easy decision for me. I'm excited to be starting my coaching career in Lincoln, and can't wait to meet the guys and get things started."

Following his third season in the USHL, Schneider was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fifth round (156th overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. The Grand Forks, North Dakota native then returned to his hometown to play collegiately at the University of North Dakota. He scored 41 points (11g, 30a) in 43 games during his sophomore season which ranked fourth in scoring on the team and was sixth nationally among defensemen in points per game. Schneider was team captain in his junior season and one of the club's assistant captains in his senior season. Over 157 games in his collegiate career, he tallied 77 points (18g, 59a) and 227 penalty minutes.

Schneider played four seasons professionally, including 150 games in the American Hockey League. Last season, the defenseman played in Europe, competing in Germany's highest professional league.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

U17s top Czechs in opener, 5-3

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HUTTWIL, Switzerland - Ryan Fitzgerald (North Reading, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal and collected two assists, as the U.S. Under-17 Select Team defeated the Czech Republic, 5-3, here today in its opening game of the 2010 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament.

"It was a tremendous effort by our special teams today," said Sean Tremblay, head coach of the U.S. Under-17 Select Team. "I was very pleased with our penalty kill. This victory is a great first step towards winning this tournament."

The Czech Republic scored the game's lone first-period goal, but Team USA rallied to take a 2-1 lead early in the second. Troy Donnay (Fenton, Mich.) scored the equalizer just one minute into the middle frame on a rebound off of a shot by Zach Stepan (Fairbault, Minn.).

Less than four minutes later, Miles Koules (Los Angeles, Calif.) notched a breakaway goal to give Team USA its first lead. Fitzgerald sent a pass the length of the ice and connected with Koules, who shot the puck between the legs of Czech goaltender Marek Langhamer.

After the Czech Republic evened the score, 2-2, the U.S. regained its lead when Nicholas Schilkey (Smiths Creek, Mich.) picked up a rebound in front of the net and scored at the 14:10 mark of the second period.

The Czechs responded to tie the game, 3-3, early in the third. But Fitzgerald scored to put the U.S. ahead for good at the 6:21 mark of the final period. After Grant Webermin (Novi, Mich.) sent a transition pass up the ice to Stepan, Fitzgerald crashed the net and redirected a feed from Stepan for the eventual game-winning goal.

Sam Piazza (Darien, Ill.) closed out the scoring midway through the final frame when he skated in alone from the point to the high slot and fired a shot that beat Langhamer low to the stick side.

U.S. goaltender Brandon Hope (Canton, Mich.) made 15 saves in the victory, while Langhamer stopped 39 shots in the loss.

The U.S. Under-17 Select Team will next face Slovakia on Friday (Aug. 20) at 9:30 a.m. EDT.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Owen Sound Attack Introduce Terry Virtue and Third Jersey's

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The Owen Sound Attack held a press conference Wednesday in the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre to introduce Terry Virtue as their teams new Assistant Coach. Virtue, who has relocated to nearby Tara, ON. 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.

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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."

Attack Captain Garrett Wilson was also on hand to introduce the Attack's new Third Jersey for the upcoming season. The Mercury's jersey will be worn for every Wednesday night home game for the 2010-2011 season, along with other specified dates throughout the year, including the Home Opener on Saturday, September 25th vs. The Guelph Storm, sponsored by Peninsula Ford.

The Mercury's operated from 1947-1957, winning the Canadian Sr. Men's Hockey Championship (The Allan Cup) in 1950-51 and produced many players who either had strong local ties at that time or created those ties while playing here in Owen Sound. Many of the Attack's year end awards are named after past Mercury players and still presented by their family members.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

NAHL unveils 35th Anniversary logo

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FRISCO, TEXAS – The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced the unveiling of its 35th Anniversary logo.

“This is a milestone season for the North American Hockey League and, given its rich history and tradition, one we’re excited to celebrate,” said NAHL commissioner Mark Frankenfeld. “The league has come so far over the years, both on and off the ice, and there’s so many individuals who deserve credit for helping make the NAHL the best junior league in North America.”

The 35th Anniversary artwork will serve as the NAHL’s primary logo on all Web- and print-related materials for the 2010-11 season, as well as on player helmet stickers and on-ice official patches. It will also be displayed prominently at all NAHL events, including next month’s SBK Hockey Showcase Tournament, the season’s two SBK Hockey Top Prospects Tournaments and the Robertson Cup Championship Tournament.

To help celebrate the milestone, the NAHL will announce its 35th Anniversary All-Time Team at the Showcase Tournament.

The NAHL, which began as a five-team league in 1976-77, has evolved into a 26-team circuit with teams in 13 states and one Canadian province. It is one of North America’s premier developers of collegiate and professional players.

“Reflecting on how far our storied league has come over three-and-a-half decades, it’s amazing to think what began as a handful of teams has evolved into what is today the largest Junior A circuit in the United States and, more importantly, one of the most revered thanks to the efforts of all of those early pioneers," Frankenfeld added.

The league’s regular season commences on Friday, Sept. 10.

The Showcase Tournament will be held from Sept. 15-18 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minn. All 26 NAHL teams will play four regular-season games at the Showcase, which is one of hockey's most prestigious and well-attended events of the entire season.

Celebrating its 35th Anniversary in 2010-11, the NAHL, the only USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier II Junior A league boasting 26 teams from across North America, prides itself on the social maturity and skill development of student-athletes ages 16-20 with aspirations of advancing to collegiate and/or professional hockey.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)