Wednesday, August 31, 2011


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The Humboldt Broncos added an important cog to their RBC Cup hosting efforts on Monday by acquiring 1991 F Andrew Johnston from the Flin Flon Bombers for 1992 D Gabe Minville and future considerations.

Johnston was moved after it was determined he was likely to head to the USHL. By being sent to the Broncos, the Bombers receive tangible assets, Johnston stays home, and the Broncos get a first line forward.

Johnston built on a rookie season in which he contributed 43-points in 56-games by scoring 34-goals and 66-points in 57-games last season.

Minville has WHL experience with Everett and added 8-points in 38-games for the Broncos last year to go along with 66-penalty minutes.

“The Bomber organization has been great to me, helping me accomplish my goals and achieve a scholarship to Union,” said Johnston.

The deal wasn't easy for Flin Flon head coach Mike Reagan, who figures to ice a youthful squad this upcoming season. “I hope our fans understand the position we were in with his request and we did what we thought was best with our team moving forward. This was one of the hardest things we have had to do as an organization.“

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Kamloops, BC – The Kamloops Blazers have signed 16-year-old forward Devin Oakes and 17-year-old defenseman Tyler Bell to WHL education contracts following the conclusion of training camp.

Oakes, from Prince Rupert, BC played last season for the Pursuit of Excellence Midget AAA Prep team. The 6’1” 200lb forward finished last season with 24 points in 38 games. Bell, from Regina, SK, has played the past two seasons for the Regina Pat Canadians Midget AAA team. Last season, the 6’2” 195lb defenseman had 5 goals, 16 assists and 21 points in 41 games.

“We would like to welcome Devin and Tyler to the Kamloops Blazers organization,” said Director of Player Personnel, Matt Recchi. “Devin is a big body up front that is a physical presence and performed very well in training camp. We are looking forward to watching his progression through the exhibition season. Tyler adds size and depth to our defensive core. He is a welcomed addition to our hockey club.”

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Kamloops, BC – The Kamloops Blazers reassigned 17 players to get the roster down to 29 players (16 forwards, 10 defenseman, 3 goaltenders) following the Blue vs. White intra-squad game.

Eric Krienke, Tre Potskin, Brayden Gelsinger, Evan Tordiff, Braden Krogfoss, Kyler Nachtigall, Mitch Friesen, Matt McLeod, MacKenzie Ferner and Scott Lapp are all off the play Midget AAA hockey for their respective clubs. Defenseman Tyson Harvey and forward Diego Cuglietta will joing the Kamloops Storm and forward Jared Marchi will play in the KIJHL Junior B league this season for the Kimberly Dynamiters. Cam Rowat, Ryan Rehill, Braden Pears, and Troy Trombley will all be joining Junior A hockey clubs for the upcoming season.

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Press Release As training camp continues at the WFCU Centre, the Spitfires have called a news conference for 3PM to announce the acquisition of defenceman Adam Bateman. In exchange, GM Warren Rychel has sent a collection of draft picks to the Niagara Ice Dogs: Peterborough's 2nd in 2014, Sarnia's 2nd in 2015, Guelph's 6th in 2012, and Windsor's 3rd round picks in 2015 and 2016. Listed at 5'10 and 180 pounds, Bateman was selected in the first round, 19th overall by Niagara in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection. Bateman spent the 2010-2011 season with the Don Mills Flyers, putting up three goals and 23 assists for 26 points in 31 games. He also represented Team Ontario at the Canada Games in Halifax, Nova Scotia last year. SCOUTING REPORT Bateman possesses great feet and is a very smooth and efficient skater. He also displays excellent mobility and quickness, which allows him to compensate and recover quickly and efficiently. Bateman also has a very good stick, displaying the ability to carry and move the puck with a high level of poise and composure. He consistently shows the ability to skate away from forecheckers and pressure. (Nathan can be reached at

BCHL announces TEAM 1040 broadcast schedule

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The British Columbia Hockey League is pleased to announce it is continuing its partnership with TEAM 1040 radio for a third straight season and will again have 12 games aired live during the upcoming campaign.

“We are thrilled to be a part of another great BCHL season here at the TEAM 1040,” said TEAM radio assistant programming director Mike Whittingham. “The on-air crew of Blake Price, Jeff Paterson and Matt Baker will once again bring the excitement of Junior A hockey to TEAM 1040 listeners.”

Games will be broadcast from each BCHL rink in the Lower Mainland which includes Coquitlam, Surrey, Langley and Chilliwack. More teams from the Interior and Vancouver Island will be featured than ever before including Alberni Valley, Penticton, Powell River, Westside, Trail, Vernon and Victoria. Broadcasts will begin with the season opener on Sept. 23 between the Penticton Vees and Coquitlam Express.

“I’m excited for our teams to receive this type of exposure again this season,” said BCHL commissioner John Grisdale. “TEAM radio has been a great partner of ours these last three seasons and does an excellent job of calling the action from our rinks.”

The schedule of the games to be broadcast is as follows:

Teams Date Teams Date
Penticton @ Coquitlam Sept. 23 Alberni Valley @ Coquitlam Dec. 16
Powell River @ Langley Oct. 8 Powell River @ Surrey Jan. 6, 2012
Trail @ Chilliwack Oct. 28 Victoria @ Coquitlam Jan. 27
Victoria @ Langley Nov. 5, Westside @ Chilliwack Feb. 10
Vernon @ Surrey Nov. 18 Alberni Valley @ Surrey Feb. 25
Coquitlam @ Langley Dec. 2 Chilliwack @ Coquitlam Mar. 9
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Bulls Announce Training Camp Roster

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AMARILLO, TX – When the defending 2011 South Division Champions, The Amarillo Bulls, hit the ice for their two exhibition games in a couple of weeks there will be some familiarity for fans. Fourteen players from last year’s outstanding Bulls’ team are back including eight forwards, five defensemen and one goaltender. There are also several new faces lacing up the skates as first-year members of the Bulls.

"I am very excited about our team," said Head Coach Dennis Williams. " I feel our scouting staff has done a great job identifying not only good hockey players, but young men with great character and a desire to give back to the community."

The returning players leading the way up front are Matt Johnson, Mike Erickson, TJ Sarcona, Joe Kozlak, Brooks Behling, Mitch Rogge, Ryan Taylor and Taylor Ward. Newcomers Mike Davis, Alex Cary, Clint Carlisle, John Gustafsson, Omar Mullan and Jude Warner join the veterans. Gustafsson hails from Sweden, while Carlisle is a native Texan.

A solid core of defenseman are back including, John Rey, Karl Beckman, Brandon Lubin, Luke Jenkins and Zane Popilock. They will have new help from Mike Zajac, Geoff Fortman, and Bryan Drazner. In goal, the Bulls welcome back Greg Gruehl, who arrived in Amarillo during the second half of last season. Eric Lipon and Mike Taffe join Gruehl for goaltending duties.

"Time will tell where we will be," Williams added. "However, at this point I am very pleased with the commitment and attention to detail that I have seen. I look forward to a great year of hockey in Amarillo."

The squad hales from all over America as eleven different States are represented on the Bulls’ roster. There are five players each from Minnesota and Michigan followed by three from Ohio and Illinois. There are two players each from Pennsylvania, and New York. Georgia, Texas, Wisconsin, Delaware, and Sweden also make up part of the group.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Generals Acquire Goaltender Daniel Altshuller

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Generals Head Coach and General Manager Chris DePiero announced today that the Generals have acquired the rights of goaltender Daniel Altshuller along with a 5th round pick in 2015 from the Belleville Bulls.

In return the Generals have sent a 2nd and 4th round pick in 2012, a 2nd round pick in 2014 and a 5th round pick in 2013 which originally belonged to the Owen Sound Attack to the Bulls.

Altshuller, who turned 17 last month was originally Belleville’s 3rd round pick, 45th overall in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection.

The native of Nepean, Ontario already has international experience as he represented Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial U18 Tournament earlier this month. Altshuller posted a 4-1 record with a 1.29 GAA and led Canada to a Gold Medal. He was named the final game's player of the game for Canada.

He was also Team Ontario’s goalie at the 2011 Under-17 Hockey Challenge last December leading Ontario to a Gold Medal. During that tournament he won all 6 games for Ontario while posting a 1.66 GAA and a .924 save%.

Last season, the 6-foot-2 Altshuller played for the Nepean Raiders of the CCHL where he posted a 3.22 GAA and a .906 save% in 43 games.

Altshuller is already considered a top prospect for the 2012 NHL Draft and will be in attendance when the Generals get Training Camp underway tomorrow at the General Motors Centre.

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Two more big pieces of the future are officially members of the Windsor Spitfires.

General Manager Warren Rychel has signed goalie Jordan DeKort and winger Hunter Smith to hockey and scholarship packages.

Rychel made Dekort (6'4, 185) the 30th overall pick in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection after he starred with the Markham Majors, with a 1.92 goals against average and 8 shutouts in 42 games.

Smith (6'7, 210) went nine picks later, 39th overall. The hulking winger put up 31 goals and 21 assists in 49 games with the Windsor Junior Spitfires last season.

DeKort may be a longshot to make the team, but he says he's only concerned with getting into the swing of his first training camp.

"It's great to sign with the Spits," DeKort told "It's been a long summer of hard work. Now I'm just looking to come in here and make an impression."

With heavy turnover at the forward position, and specifically the loss of Zack Kassian's size on the wing, Smith projects to win a roster spot in camp.

"It's been a great experience," Smith said. "It's good to get it out of the way. It's all hard work from here."

Both players will begin competing at training camp on Wednesday morning at the WFCU Centre.

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The Kingston Frontenacs are please to announce that they signed Jacob Smith to a contract and a university school package. Smith, selected in the 7th round, 126th overall in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection is a native of Sudbury and played last season with the Sudbury Wolves Minor Midgets. In 61 games, he scored 38 goals and had 70 points along with 44 minutes in penalties.

The natural centreman is the fourth player signed by the Club from this May’s draft.

“Give credit to him,” said Doug Gilmour, General Manager for the Frontenacs. “He came in here, worked hard and really impressed our staff and our scouts. Good for him.”

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89 players of the QMJHL have been invited to NHL professional camps

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The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is proud to announce that 89 of its players will be heading to professional camps with the National Hockey League this September. Among them, 16 Saint John Sea Dogs players, champions of the 2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup.
Saint John Sea Dogs’ Simon Després, named defenseman of the year during the Golden Puck Awards will be headed to Pittsburgh, whilst Drummondville Voltigeurs player Sean Couturier, Best professional prospect will be staying in Philadelphia. Shawinigan Cataractes’ Louis Leblanc won’t have to cross the border staying close to home in Montreal.
Here’s the complete list of all invited or selected players to professional camps:

Acadie-Bathurst Blain Jérémie Edmonton
Acadie-Bathurst Clarke Garret Toronto
Acadie-Bathurst Gilbert David Chicago
Acadie-Bathurst Hoffin Mirkko Chicago

Baie-Comeau Carrier Samuel Washington
Baie-Comeau Lessard Jonathan Vancouver
Baie-Comeau Noreau Samuel New York Rangers
Baie-Comeau Roy Olivier Edmonton

Blainville-Boisbriand Aubry Pierre-Marc Detroit
Blainville-Boisbriand Bérubé Jean-Francois Los Angeles
Blainville-Boisbriand Kabanov Kirill New York Islanders
Blainville-Boisbriand Lefebvre Phillipe Montréal
Blainville-Boisbriand Narbonne Jonathan Philadelphie
Blainville-Boisbriand Ouellet Xavier Detroit
Blainville-Boisbriand Parkes Trevor Detroit
Blainville-Boisbriand Roussel Charles-Olivier Nashville

Cape-Breton Milmann Blake Phoenix
Cape-Breton Ellis Morgan Montréal
Cape-Breton Shaw Logan Floride

Chicoutimi Brodeur Étienne Montréal
Chicoutimi Gibson Christopher Los Angeles
Chicoutimi Landry Charles Tampa Bay

Drummondville Archambault Olivier Montréal
Drummondville Couturier Sean Philadelphie
Drummondville Palat Onderj Tampa Bay
Drummondville Villemaire Maxime St-Louis

Gatineau Clermont Maxime New Jersey
Gatineau Deslauriers Nicolas Los Angeles
Gatineau Hyka Tomas Philadelphie
Gatineau Janosik Adam Tampa Bay
Gatineau Labrie Hubert Dallas
Gatineau Pageau Jean-Gabriel Ottawa

Halifax Abeltshauser Konrad San Jose
Halifax Andrews Brent Nashville
Halifax Desjardins Gabriel Tampa Bay
Halifax Grenier Alexandre Vancouver
Halifax Hannay Sawyer Vancouver

Ile-du-Prince-Édouard Lagacé Maxime Pittsburgh
Ile-du-Prince-Édouard Oligny Jimmy Washington
Ile-du-Prince-Édouard Hobbs Mathew Ottawa
Ile-du-Prince-Édouard Nestrasil Andrez Détroit
Ile-du-Prince-Édouard Paradis Phillipe Chicago
Ile-du-Prince-Édouard Polasek Adam Vancouver

Moncton D'Aoust Olivier Dallas
Moncton Gormley Brandon Phoenix
Moncton Hrivik Marek Phoenix
Moncton Milan Daniel Tampa Bay

Québec Bourque Ryan New York Rangers
Québec Domingue Louis Phoenix
Québec Lefebvre Martin St-Louis

Rimouski Belzile Alex Minnesota
Rimouski Boutet Étienne Philadelphie
Rimouski Gauthier-Leduc Jérôme Buffalo
Rimouski Fournier Gleason Detroit
Rimouski Straka Peter Columbus
Rimouski Culek Jacob Ottawa

Rouyn-Noranda Gusse Robin Montréal

Saint-John Anthony Steven Vancouver
Saint-John Beaulieu Nathan Montréal
Saint-John Beauregard Alexandre Phoenix
Saint-John Corbeil-Thériault Mathieu Columbus
Saint-John Després Simon Pittsburgh
Saint-John Durepos Pierre Los Angeles
Saint-John Galiev Stanislav Washington
Saint-John Gauthier Danick Phoenix
Saint-John Gélinas Éric New Jersey
Saint-John Huberdeau Jonathan Floride
Saint-John Jurco Tomas Detroit
Saint-John MacCauley Stephen St-Louis
Saint-John Oke Scott Dallas
Saint-John Phillips  Zack Minnesota
Saint-John Saab Ian Vancouver
Saint-John Tesink Ryan St-Louis

Shawinigan Bournival Michael Montréal
Shawinigan Chaput  Michael Columbus
Shawinigan Donnelly Dilon Colorado
Shawinigan Leblanc Louis Montréal
Shawinigan Racine Jonathan Floride
Shawinigan Veilleux Yannick St-Louis

Val D'Or Beaupré Gabriel Colorado
Val D'Or Casavant Benjamin Washington
Val D'Or Henley Cedrik Buffalo
Val D'Or Henley Samuel Washington
Val D'Or Sergeev Artem Detroit

Victoriaville Danault Phillip Chicago
Victoriaville Finn Samuel Colorado
Victoriaville Fournier Stefan Pittsburgh
Victoriaville Honzik David Vancouver
Victoriaville Vance Troy Dallas  

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Americans Sign Prospect Gutierrez

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KENNEWICK, WA – Tri-City Americans’ General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the team has signed 16-year-old forward prospect Justin Gutierrez to a standard WHL Player’s Contract.

Gutierrez, a 6’3 170 lb. forward from Anchorage, Alaska, spent last season playing for the Alaska All-Stars U-16 team. In all, Gutierrez appeared in 39 games while compiling 17 goals, 35 points and 40 penalty minutes. Gutierrez, who was listed by Tri-City in May, just completed the Americans’ rookie camp and is now competing at main camp.

“Justin had a tremendous rookie camp,” explained Tory. “We look forward to him competing for a spot on our roster this season.”

Justin is the younger brother of former Kamloops Blazers and Everett Silvertips forward, Moises Gutierrez, who played in 326 games in five WHL seasons.

The Americans, who just kicked off their main camp this morning, are preparing for their first two exhibition games at the end of the week. On Friday, the Americans will make the trek across the mountains to compete in the Everett Silvertips Pre-Season Tournament at Comcast Arena in Everett. On Friday, Tri-City takes on the host Silvertips at 7:00 p.m. before facing off against the defending U.S. Division Champion Portland Winterhawks on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

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Regina, Saskatchewan – Regina Pats President, Brent Parker announced today that the Regina Pats and Evraz Place have come to terms on a new Lease Agreement that will keep the Pats as the main tenant and the sole hockey tenant in the Brandt Centre for at least the next five (5) years.

"We are pleased that we are able to announce a longer term lease agreement with Evraz Place. The process has been long and at times frustrating for both parties but with the help of our legal counsel Neil Tulloch and the cooperation of Neil Donnelly from Evraz we were able to find some common ground." Commented Pats President Brent Parker

Negotiations had started over 14 months ago and The Pats and Evraz have been without a lease since May 31, 2011 when the past three year agreement had expired.

“We are extremely pleased to enter the season with a new long-term agreement in place” said Neil Donnelly, Vice President Events and Entertainment for Evraz Place. “Although the process took longer that both parties had hoped, some very good dialogue took place that we believe will be beneficial in our joint effort to provide a great fan experience”

Added Pats President Brent Parker “It is important to put the negotiations behind us and focus on working together to put people in the seats. We need to improve the fan experience at the Brandt Centre and make it an enjoyable place for our fans. The only way we achieve this is with a strong partnership between us and our building.”

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Stampede name Dallas Steward assistant coach

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Sioux Falls, SD—The Sioux Falls Stampede are excited to announce the hiring of Dallas Steward as assistant coach. He replaces Andy Jones who recently resigned to accept an assistant coaching position at Division I Clarkson University.

Steward is no stranger to the USHL. The Chippewa Falls, WI native played from 1998 to 2000 with the Green Bay Gamblers and won a Clark Cup with the club in 2000. That year he finished fourth on the team in scoring with 45 points. He went on to play four years of Division I college hockey at the University of Alaska-Anchorage where he served as captain during his senior season and helped the Seawolves advance to WCHA Final Five. He went on to play five years of professional hockey with stints in the CHL and ECHL.

“We are thrilled to have Dallas join our staff,” said Stampede head coach Kevin Hartzell. “Just meeting and talking to Dallas I could tell he was very special talent. He was known as a hard working, competitive player and I know he will bring that passion to the Stampede. He is following a line of good coaches and I see him doing great things for our team,” added Hartzell.

Steward also served as a captain while playing for the Pensacola Ice Pilots and Augusta Lynx of the ECHL. The speedy forward battled injuries, but had his best season as a pro in 2009-10 when he tallied 31 points (11g, 20a) in 43 games.

“I am very excited for the opportunity to be in Sioux Falls,” said Steward. “I am looking forward to being a part of the great community and family of Sioux Falls. Personally, I want to have an impact on these young men both on and off the ice and use my experience at various levels to help them get to that next level. I can’t wait to get started,” added Steward.

Steward’s coaching experience includes 12 years as a hockey instructor. He most recently worked as a coach for the USA Select 14 and 17 Festival in Rochester, NY. He was also a coach for the Bantam AA East Coast Eagles in Raleigh, NC. He helped guide the Eagles to a third place finish at the U.S. Nationals in Buffalo, NY.

Steward will arrive in Sioux Falls this week in time for the start of training camp. All players will be reporting to Sioux Falls on September 4th with the first day of practice slated for September 6th. The Herd open exhibition play on September 17th in Brookings against Des Moines.

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Bulls Extend Head Coach's Contract

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AMARILLO, TX – The man who guided the Amarillo Bulls to the most successful season in the history of hockey in the Texas Panhandle is being rewarded for his hard work.

The Amarillo Bulls, defending 2011 South Division Champions, are proud to announce (today) Tuesday that they have extended the contract of Head Coach Dennis Williams for three more years to remain as bench boss for the team.

“This was an easy decision based on the results from Dennis. He has shown his ability to develop players and move them on to college, as well as his commitment to the organization, players and community,” stated Gary Gelinas, President of Consolidated Sports (ownership group) and the Bulls. “He has shown that he is able to help players move on to college hockey, which is a core element to our program, and help these young men become better citizens.”

“Dennis has embraced our belief on how to build a successful program and his values align with our corporate values. Dennis has become an integral part of the Bulls family and it was very important to have him with us for the long term.”

In his inaugural season, Williams guided the Bulls to a 36-16-6 mark, the South Division Championship, and a trip to the Robertson Cup National Championship Tournament in Topeka, Kansas. The Bulls battled hard at the tournament and finished in third place.

Williams, who hails from Stratford, Ontario Canada, said he is thrilled with the new contract extension and is looking forward to another four years in Amarillo.

“I'm thankful to Owner Bill Yuill, and President Gary Gelinas for the resources and support that have made to our program,” Williams said. “I am very fortunate to be working for two great individuals.

“The city of Amarillo and our fans have been tremendous. I believe our success last year was just the beginning of good things for hockey in Amarillo. I look forward to the upcoming season and the future of hockey in Amarillo.”

Williams added, “I have always been told to surround yourself with good, hard-working people, and I have been fortunate to have Assistant Coach Rocky Russo beside me for year one, as well as the upcoming season. We will do our best to repeat and make our way back to the National Tournament.”

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Rangers Welcome New Board of Directors

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The Kitchener Rangers hosted their Annual General Meeting at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate on Monday, August 29th at 7:00pm.

13 Directors were elected by the 178 voting members in attendance to complete the 39 member Board of Directors for the 2011-12 season.

The following people were elected:

1. Steve Brockwell
2. Kelly Gray-Gutoskie
3. Ziggy Hackl
4. Don Herner
5. Norm Leblond
6. Donna Lloyd
7. Kerry Lloyd
8. Ross MacLean
9. Dave MacRae
10. David Mintz
11. Ron Ross
12. Kirk Scott
13. Marlene Weber

Your 2011-12 Kitchener Rangers Board of Directors are:

1. Doug Bergman
2. Steve Brockwell
3. Craig Campbell
4. Jason Cook
5. Michael Deane
6. Pete Delorme
7. Marcus Drury
8. Jeff Emrich
9. Helen Fennel
10. Kateri Galloway
11. Keith Gingrich
12. Kelly Gray-Gutoskie
13. Kerri Gress
14. Brian Griffin
15. Ziggy Hackl
16. Don Herner
17. Fred Lange
18. Michael Lannan
19. Norm Leblond
20. Chris Lesperance
21. Donna Lloyd
22. Kerry Lloyd
23. Ellis MacDonald
24. Ross MacLean
25. Dave MacRae
26. Les McAuslan
27. Gary McCall
28. Shawn McKelvie
29. David Mintz
30. Ron Ross
31. Ted Scharf
32. Brian Schnarr
33. David Schneider
34. Mark Schneider
35. Kirk Scott
36. Dianne Stoeser
37. Barry Taylor
38. John Watkins
39. Marlene Weber

The following directors were elected to the executive committee:

Craig Campbell, President
Michael Lannan, Past President
Donna Lloyd, 1st Vice President
Norm Leblond, 2nd Vice President
David Mintz, Secretary
Les McAuslan, Treasurer
Kateri Galloway
Barry Taylor

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NTDP tabs Fohr as assistant

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Nick Fohr has been named assistant coach at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., it was announced today. Fohr will help guide the U.S. National Under-17 Team in the 2011-12 season.

“Nick is highly regarded and will be a terrific addition to our coaching staff,” said Scott Monaghan, senior director of operations at the NTDP. "He brings the energy, commitment and experience needed to help our players reach their full potential."

Fohr most recently completed his second stint at the University of Nebraska at Omaha as director of hockey operations. He previously served in the same position from 2004-07 before working behind the bench as assistant coach for the Mavericks (2007-2010). Fohr also spent time at UNO as an undergraduate assistant coach in 2002-03.

Prior to his time with the Mavericks, Fohr was an undergraduate assistant coach at Miami University.

"Very few people get the opportunity to represent their country on such a large stage," said Fohr. "I'm extremely excited and look forward to getting started right away."

Fohr was a four-year letterwinner with UNO (1998-2002) and also played for two seasons with the United States Hockey League's Lincoln Stars (1996-98), where he earned a spot on the USHL All-Star Team in 1997-98.

Fohr replaces Chadd Cassidy, who left to become an assistant coach with the American Hockey League's Rochester Americans after five seasons at the NTDP.

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Maaskant agrees to terms with Otters

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The Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League have announced that defenseman Liam Maaskant has signed a contract with the team. The announcement was made by Otters general manager Sherry Bassin.

Maaskant, a native of Clinton, Ontario, was selected by the Otters in the eighth round (150th overall) of the 2010 OHL Priority Selection out of the Huron-Perth Lakers program.

“Liam is a good team player,” Bassin said. “He understands the game. He’s a big strong kid who plays for his teammates. He is going to be a leader.”

Last season with the Jr. B-level Stratford Cullitons of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, Maaskant tied for first among his team’s defensemen with 25 points (three goals and 22 assists). He also collected 79 penalty minutes in 42 games.

Born on March 10, 1994, the six-foot-two Maaskant will be eligible for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

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The Kingston Frontenacs announce today that they have traded their first round selection in this past May’s 2011 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection Max Domi to the London Knights in exchange for Erie’s 2nd Round Pick in 2012, Guelph’s 2nd Round Pick in 2012, (both previously acquired by the Knights) and London’s own 2nd Round Pick in the 2015 Ontario Hockey League Drafts to Kingston.

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MJHLers inducted into MB Hall of Fame

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A number of former MJHLers will be inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame on Oct. 1 at Canad Inns, Polo Park, Winnipeg.

Fans interested in attending are encouraged to order their tickets soon.

Entering from the MJHL are Neil Wilkinson, a former member of the Selkirk Steelers who went on to play in the NHL. Also entering the Hall will be Karl Friesen, who starred in goal for the West Kildonan North Stars. Ted Foreman, a long-time board member of the Winnipeg (South/Fort Garry) Blues will be inducted into the builders’ category.

Tickets will cost $110 with tables of 10 available for $1,000. A $65 charitable receipt is included with each ticket. On Oct.1, the reception is at 5 p.m. with the dinner following at 6 p.m. Tickets can be ordered from Ms. Lynne Sexton at 987 Milt Stegall Drive, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 2Z3 or phone 204-668-0900 or email jerry

Other playerss entering the Hall are forwards Mike Keane, who won three Stanley Cups and then captained the Manitoba Moose for five seasons; Theo Fleury, who scored 455 NHL goals; defensemen Terry Ball, a veteran of both the NHL and WHA; Flin Flon's George Konik who played for the US National team; and Jayson More and Wilkinson who both played in more than 400 NHL contests. Friesen, who would later play for Germany in three Olympics and six world championships.

Three builders are from Westman. They are former Brandon Wheat King owner Bob Cornell, Brandon's Glen Lawson who coached championship teams at the bantam, juvenile and intermediate levels and who also was behind the bench for the Wheat Kings on three different occasions, and Don Dietrich, a former player who has coached and been in Hockey Canada's mentorship program in Deloraine for many years. Also going in as a builder is Winnipegger Ted Foreman, a long-time board member of the Winnipeg South (Fort Garry) Blues and Winnipeg Jets director. Also joining the Hall are two officials, Laura (Vanderhorst) Loeppky and Bud Ulrich, and broadcasters Curt Keilback and Bob Picken.

Teams being honoured are the 1955-56 Winnipeg Warriors who won the Western Hockey League championship and then downed the Montreal Royals to take the Edinburgh Trophy as Canadian minor league champions; two Canadian intermediate champs and Hardy Cup winners, the 1974 Warroad Lakers and the 1983 North End Flyers, and the 1994, 1995 and 1996 Warroad Lakers, triple winners of the Allan Cup and the Canadian senior crown

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Vipers name third-year vet McGillis team captain

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The Vernon Vipers Hockey Club is pleased to announce that Patrick McGillis will serve as the team’s captain for the 2011-2012 hockey season.

McGillis has been a big part of the last two seasons championship runs. Before that he also led Notre Dame to a Telus Cup Championship. McGillis' background of hockey success proves he knows what it takes to win and carry on the winning tradition in Vernon.

McGillis is also one of the hardest working Vipers and leads by example both on and off the ice.

“Pat will be a great captain," said head coach Jason Williamson. "He knows what it takes to be a Vernon Viper and he will pass on the culture that has been created in Vernon. This is a great accomplishment for Pat and well deserved.”

Vipers camp is set to open on Thursday morning. The players will play an inter-squad game on Thursday and Friday evening at 6 PM.

The formal Blue and White game will be held on Saturday at 6 PM. Entry to the game will be by donation will proceeds going to the Somalia Relief Fund.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

The decision: Masters commits to New Hampshire for next fall

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Muskegon, Mich. – Jordan Masters is relieved to know where he’ll continue to hone his hockey skills after his time with the Muskegon Lumberjacks.

After thorough deliberation, the Jacks’ forward committed to the University of New Hampshire on Saturday.

“It was between New Hampshire and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,” Masters said. “A lot of deep thought went into the decision.”

Masters, who posted 12 points (five goals and seven assists) for the Jacks in 55 games during his rookie season in the United States Hockey League, leaned heavily on his family to help him make his decision. Perhaps more than anyone, however, he relied on Jacks Head Coach Kevin Patrick for insight.

“He was a very big help in the process and told me a lot about the differences between the two schools,” Masters said. “It’s great having a coach who knows the ins and outs of college hockey.”

Masters, along with fellow Jacks forward Joe Cox, was a member of the Team USA squad that recently competed in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, and the duo also was part of the Under-17 squad that won the gold medal at the Five-Nations Tournament in Switzerland last summer.

Next fall, he’ll join former Jacks forward Casey Thrush in New Hampshire. Also committed for next fall is Jacks forward Mike McNicholas.

A product of Little Caesar’s Youth Hockey, Masters feels “relieved” to know where he’ll play college hockey before realizing his dream of playing hockey for a living.

“It’s a good feeling to not have to worry about where I’m going to college,” Masters said. “After that? Of course, playing in the NHL is the dream.”

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Americans Announce Additions to 2011-12 Main Camp Roster

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KENNEWICK, WA – Tri-City Americans’ Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that 13 players from last week’s rookie camp have been invited back to attend this week’s main camp.

Goaltender, and Richland-native, Casey Kaiser was asked to stay, along with defensemen Jeremy Briscoe, Brandon Carlo, Kaleb Denham, Clint Filbrandt, Jordan Klimek and Kyle Mitsunaga.  Seven forwards also remained, including Parker Bowles, Duncan Edney, Taeron Lewis, Taylor Marr, Austin Mayton and Tyler Mrkonjic.

With the additions, there are now 47 players attending main camp, including 27 forwards, 16 defensemen and 4 goaltenders.  For a main camp schedule of events, visit the Americans’ website at

2011-12 Main Camp Roster w/ Additions
Player, DOB, Height, Weight, Hometown, 10-11 Club

Goaltenders (4)
Eric Comrie, July 6-95, 6'0 175, Newport Beach, CA, LA Selects U-16
Casey Kaiser, Jan. 28-96, 6’1 160, Richland, WA, Tri-City Jr. Americans Bantam
Emile Pyper, July 10-94, 6’5 200, Surrey, BC, Surrey Midget A-1
Ty Rimmer, Mar. 23-92, 6’0 175, Edmonton, AB, BRANDON / PRINCE GEORGE

Defense (15)
Jeremy Briscoe, July 27-96, 6’4 186, Phoenix, AZ, Phoenix Jr. Coyotes Bantam
Brandon Carlo, Nov. 26-96, 6’2 156, Colorado Springs, CO, Colorado Thunderbirds
Kaleb Denham, May 9-96, 6’1 155, Innisfail, AB, Red Deer Rebels White Bantam
Drydn Dow, Sept. 21-92, 5'8 165, Calgary, AB, TRI-CITY AMERICANS
Clint Filbrandt, Apr. 17-95, 5’11 165, Calgary, AB, CNHA Blazers
Sam Grist, June 27-93, 6'4 200, Victoria, BC, TRI-CITY AMERICANS
Riley Guenther, Sept. 3-94, 6'0 190, Calgary, AB, Calgary Northstars AAA Midget
Justin Hamonic, Feb. 14-94, 6'3 200, Winnipeg, MB, Winnipeg Wild AAA Midget
Jordan Klimek, Aug. 18-95, 5'10 145, Langley, BC, West Valley Hawks
Matt MacKenzie, Oct. 15-91, 6’2 200, Calgary, AB, CALGARY / TRI-CITY
Kyle Mitsunaga, May 8-95, 5’11 177, Boise, ID, Boise High School
Michal Plutnar, Feb. 21-94, 6’2 175, Chotebor, CZR, HC Liberac U-18 / U-20
Brock Sutherland, Jan. 14-91, 6'2 195, Brandon, MB, TRI-CITY AMERICANS
Mitch Topping, Feb. 19-93, 6’1 180, Red Deer, AB, CHILLIWACK BRUINS
Zachary Yuen, Mar. 3-93, 6'1 200, Vancouver, BC, TRI-CITY AMERICANS

Forwards (27)
Brennan Bosovich, Jan. 28-93, 5’8 165, Martensville, SK, Prince Albert Mintos AAA Midget
Parker Bowles, Jan. 25-95, 5’9 140, Calgary, AB, CBHA Rangers
Tyson Dallman, Oct. 12-93, 6’1 175, Prince Albert, SK, Prince Albert Mintos AAA Midget
Olli Dickson, Feb. 18-93, 6’1 185, Penticton, BC, Kimberley Dynamiters
Duncan Edney, Apr. 29-95, 5'9 165, Edmonton, AB, CAC Canadians
Justin Feser, July 29-92, 5'9 180, Red Deer, AB, TRI-CITY AMERICANS
Dylan Fluter, Feb. 1-94, 5'9 175, Saskatoon, SK, North Battlefords Stars AAA Midget
Justin Gutierrez, Dec. 22-95, 6’3 180, Anchorage, AK, Alaska All-Stars U-16
Patrick Holland, Jan. 7-92, 6'0 175, Lethbridge, AB, TRI-CITY AMERICANS
Adam Hughesman, Feb. 28-91, 5'11 185, Winnipeg, MB, TRI-CITY AMERICANS
Matt Hughesman, Feb. 28-94, 6’0 190, Winnipeg, MB, Winnipeg Sharks AAA Midget
Taeron Lewis, Feb. 10-95, 6’0 180, Winnipeg, MB, Winnipeg Monarchs
Taylor Marr, Jan. 18-95, 5'7 140, Twin Butte, AB, Lethbridge Hurricanes Midget
Bryden Marsh, Feb. 17-94, 6’3 190, Salmon Arm, BC, Golden Rockets
Austin Mayton, Jan. 22-96, 6’0 170, Richland, WA, Spokane Jr. Chiefs Bantam
Jordan Messier, Feb. 4-92, 6'2 195, Canmore, AB, TRI-CITY AMERICANS
Marcus Messier, Jan. 17-94, 5'9 155, Canmore, AB, TRI-CITY AMERICANS
Max Moline, Jan. 30-93, 6'3 195, Lethbridge, AB, TRI-CITY AMERICANS
Tyler Mrkonjic, Feb. 24-96, 6’1 162, St. Albert, AB, St. Albert Sabres Bantam
Lucas Nickles, Aug. 15-94, 6’0 175, Salmon Arm, BC, Golden Rockets
Connor Rankin, Nov. 30-94, 6'0    180, N. Vancouver, BC, TRI-CITY AMERICANS
Gage Rapitta, Mar. 1-94, 6’0 190, Regina, SK, Yorkton Harvest AAA Midget
Mackenzie Royer, Sept. 20-92, 6’0 185, Spruce Grove, AB, CALGARY / MOOSE JAW
Brendan Shinnimin, Jan. 7-91, 5'10 180, Winnipeg, MB, TRI-CITY AMERICANS
Malte Strömwall, Aug. 24-94, 5’11 175, Luleå, SWE, Linköping U-18
Mason Wilgosh, May 16-91, 5'8 190, Winnipeg, MB, TRI-CITY AMERICANS
Brian Williams, Jan. 10-95, 5’9 160, Claremont, CA, LA Selects U-16

* Bold indicates call-up from Rookie Camp

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Cougars Hire Goaltending Coach

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The Prince George Cougars are pleased to announce the hiring of Phil Guenter as Goaltending Coach for the 2011-2012 season.

Guenter, 31, is based in Lethbridge, Alberta and has been coaching goaltenders for the past 12 years. "It means alot. I've been trying to get into this league for a few years. I'm very optomisitc about the season," said Guenter who is already familiar with Cougars 20-year-old netminder Drew Owsley. Guenter has worked one-on-one with Owsley for the past 10 years. "He's a great leader on and off the ice. Everywhere he's gone, he's had to prove himself and he's done that at every level."

Cougars Head Coach Dean Clark said, "We want to make Drew's transition to Prince George as easy as possible and Phil has been his goalie coach for a long time, and this will help make things easier." Clark adds, "We look forward to also having Phil work with our younger guys."

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Tyngsboro, MA- The New England Huskies are pleased to announce goaltender Colby Drost has accepted an offer to play at Niagara University starting in the fall.

Drost recorded over 1700 minutes and 1000 saves for the Huskies this season. He was also third in the league in games played. Drost also posted an outstanding .93 SAA in the playoffs this season.

Colby is the son of Brain and Nadine Drost of Franklin Lakes NJ.

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Jacks forward Klecha commits to Ferris State University

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Muskegon, Mich. – Just in time for Muskegon Lumberjacks training camp, Dakota Klecha has committed to Ferris State University.

The Jacks’ second-round selection in the 2011 United States Hockey League Entry Draft has been in conversations with Ferris for years. On Friday, they made him a scholarship offer he couldn’t refuse.

“They put the offer on the table and I thought it was awesome,” Klecha said. “I had to take it. My parents are very happy for me.”

Klecha will attend Baker College full-time before transferring to Ferris in fall 2012. He plans to study business.

“I know between the Jacks staff and everyone at Baker, they will do everything they can to help me succeed,” Klecha said.

The Taylor, Mich., native leaned on the Jacks’ staff, as well as Belle Tire Head Coach Chris Coury, who’s been a mentor to Klecha for years and served as his contact person in discussions with Ferris.

Klecha amassed 50 points (28 goals, 22 assists) and 248 penalty minutes during 56 games with the Wichita Falls Wildcats of the North American Hockey League last season and prides himself on affecting every aspect of the game.

“My game elevates when I play my way,” Klecha said. “I can’t be timid out there. I have to be finishing every check, and that’s what jumps my spark. I can’t wait to play hockey again. It’s been awhile.”

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Attack Deal Schumacher to Hounds

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The Owen Sound Attack has dealt Swedish forward Michael Schumacher to the Sault. Ste. Marie Greyhounds in exchange for Russian forward Yegor Malenkikh. Schumacher, the Attack’s first pick in the 2011 CHL Import Draft (55th overall) had not yet reported to Owen Sound, while the Attack’s second pick, Artur Gavrus arrived Thursday evening.

Malenkikh, a 17 year old from Russia is not expected to report to Owen Sound or any team in the Canadian Hockey League this season. Malenkikh has elected to play in the KHL, which will allow him to be closer to his father who has been recently diagnosed with spinal cancer. Malenkikh’s KHL team, S.K.A. St. Petersburg has agreed to cover the medical bills associated with the father’s illness.

Schumacher being dealt to the Greyhounds comes fiver days after the Attack acquired Daniel Catenacci from the Greyhounds in exchange for Andrew Fritsch and a 2nd Round Draft Pick. This left the Attack with one open import spot this morning when Rookie Camp got under way.

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Popek to Play for AIC

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Jason Popek was preparing to start his post-secondary scholastic career at Brock University in a few weeks when he got the call from Springfield, Mass.

Now, after playing two years with the Burlington Jr. A Cougars in the Ontario Junior Hockey League, the 21-year-old power forward will head east to American International College with a full Division 1 hockey scholarship.

The Yellow Jackets were looking for a power forward; at six-foot-three and 200 lbs., Popek fit the bill.

The St. Jean de Brebeuf high school grad leaves Sept. 1.

Popek, a productive winger for the Cougars the past two years, will play the same position for coach Gary Wright in Springfield.

Popek visited the school last month and liked what he saw.

“They said they need a power forward for the first or second line,” said Popek.

“So that really interested me.”

Popek played under coach Dan Currie last year when he scored 65 points in 40 regular-season games and added 14 more in 10 playoff games.

Currie was also Popek’s coach four years ago with the Stoney Creek Warriors, who went on to reach the Sutherland Cup finals a year later. Popek was coached by another former NHLer that year, Ric Natress.

“I had a lot of fun the past two years (with the Cougars), the guys were good and the coaches were great (Currie last year and Mark Jooris the year before),” said Popek, a Hamilton native who played his rep hockey there.

Last season he was positioned mainly on the right side, centred by Chris Carr with Tyler Wiseman on the left wing, although he and Wiseman would switch at times.

“He’s such a coachable kid, he’ll play where ever you need him,” said Currie, the former NHLer who’s now an associate coach with the Georgetown Raiders.

“He’s got unbelievable hands, some of the best in the league, and he’s faster than a lot of people think. He’s got a long, smooth stride, one of the fastest on the team last year.”

Long term, Popek hopes to play a higher level of hockey following university, but the main goal is gaining a good education.

At AIC, he’ll take a variety of business courses.

AIC, which plays in the Atlantic Hockey Association, will open the 2011-12 season with an out-of-conference weekend series at Michigan Tech on Oct. 7-8. The team hasn’t had much success in the win column in recent years, but coach Wright has five additions, including Popek, which might turn things around in a hurry.

“We are excited about the recruits who will be joining our team,” said Wright on the Yellow Jackets website.

“Many of these individuals possess the ability to provide us with instant help. The fact that this class joins perhaps our strongest group of returnees in years gives us a keen sense of hope for the upcoming season.”

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Silvertips Extend Radio Partnership with KRKO

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EVERETT, WA – The Everett Silvertips today announced a three-year contract extension that will keep Fox Sports 1380 AM (KRKO) as the radio home of Silvertips hockey through the 2013-14 Western Hockey League season. Fox Sports 1380 will carry all regular season and playoff games as well as the weekly Silvertips Hockey Show.

“We’re very happy to renew our long-standing radio partnership with Fox Sports 1380 for another three years,” said Vice President/General Manager Doug Soetaert. “They’ve been great supporters of ours since day one, and since then we have maintained an outstanding working relationship. This agreement is a great way to continue bringing the excitement of Silvertips hockey to our fans.”

Locally owned Fox Sports 1380 has been the flagship station of the Everett Silvertips since their inception in 2003, carrying each of the club’s eight previous WHL seasons. Fox Sports 1380 is also the North Sound’s home for Washington Huskies football and basketball, local high school football and basketball, Everett Aquasox baseball and NASCAR. This fall Fox Sports 1380 will add a new sister station, KKXA 1520 AM, providing a potential live radio outlet when the Tips’ schedule overlaps with other broadcasts.

“The Everett Silvertips are recognized regionally as a major entertainment and sports attraction,” Fox Sports 1380 General Manager Andy Skotdal said. “Families have fun at Silvertips games, and we see them as an important part of our lineup.”

Bringing all the action to the Silvertips faithful throughout the season will be new play-by-play broadcaster Travis Huntington, who makes his debut as the third “Voice of the Silvertips” in 2011-12. Huntington will be joined in the booth for home games by color commentator Al Kinisky, a former WHL forward and NHL draft pick who returns for his sixth season as a member of Everett’s broadcast team.

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Vees Add Tonge & Harrington

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The Kingston KIMCO Voyageurs continue to work towards finalizing their roster and have added two more players, signing 1995 born local Alex Tonge and defenseman Dillon Harrington who also has local ties to the Kingston area.

Tonge was a 10th round pick of the Kingston Frontenacs this summer and is classified as pure goal scorer and worked extremely hard to edge out the other local 1995 born forwards Jay Mackie and Adam Moodie.

"This was the toughest decision we had to make thus far. These are three kids that played extremely hard for me and who i really like a lot and it sucks that i can only take one of them," said Head Coach Colin Birkas, who coached the 1995's last season in AAA.

It was a wave of emotions for Tonge Monday at practice, as he found out earlier in the day that the Vees were going to commit to him as the 1995 born forward, but then went out and separated his shoulder in a freak accident during practice, which just happens to be the first injury of his career.

"He got caught on a puck under his skate and just fell awkwardly and landed on his shoulder. It was really a freak accident, but he went down and had it looked at and the early indication is that its not too bad and he should be back by late September," said General Manager Denis Duchesne.

Harrington comes to the Vees after a couple seasons of prep hockey in the United States, but has ties to the Kingston area and is considered a local player, living just up the 401 along the St. Lawrence.

"Dillon really carries himself like a pro off the ice and he's everything you could ask for as far as attitude goes in a hockey player," said Assistant General Manager and Director of Hockey Operations Casey Torres.

"He came into camp without any fan fare and not much of a shot to make the team and he flat out won a job on this hockey club. The way he competes and battles on the ice is fantastic. He truly is a team first player and the exact type of personality we want in our dressing room and boy oh boy does he ever like to hit," said Torres.

"We probably need to reign it in a little bit and make sure he doesn't take himself out of position, but Vees fans are going to love the way this kid hits," finished Torres.

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Message From the CJHL Chairman

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On behalf of the Canadian Junior Hockey League, and its member leagues, welcome to the 2011-2012 season. The CJHL's member leagues and teams work hard every day to deliver you exceptional entertainment and unquestioned value and we thank you for your continued support.

The CJHL judges success by its ability to enhance and expand development and exposure for our players in order to increase the number of opportunities to further their academic and hockey careers. Our continuing and growing ability to deliver these to our athletes is evidenced by the CJHL players and alumni selected in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and all of our players who have earned the opportunity to advance their academic and hockey careers at various levels, including the NHL, CHL, NCAA and Canadian universities and colleges.

In May, the CJHL was extremely pleased to announce the extension of its partnership with the NHL and Hockey Canada. This partnership provides financial and personnel support for the World Junior A Challenge (WJAC) and the CJHL Prospects Event, and speaks directly to our continuing ability to provide development, exposure and opportunity for our players.

As we look forward to the coming season, the CJHL is thrilled to continue working with Hockey Canada, the NHL and Canada's great hockey communities on our premier events - the WJAC, the CJHL Prospects Event the RBC Cup. These events are not possible without strong local community involvement and thank you to the sponsors and volunteers in Dauphin, MB, Penticton, BC, and Camrose, AB for their outstanding hosting and support of these events last season. The CJHL looks forward to working with the community of Langley, BC, host of the 2011 WJAC and CJHL Prospects Event, and the community of Humboldt, SK, host of the 2012 RBC Cup.

Finally, congratulations to the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL) for winning their first ever RBC Cup!

Thank you again to our fans and good luck to all of our teams, players and coaches. See you at the rink!


Kirk Lamb
Chairman / président
Canadian Junior Hockey League / Ligue de hockey junior canadienne

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

'Tips Move Elynuik To Regina

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Everett Silvertips Vice President / General Manager Doug Soetaert announced Saturday that the Silvertips have traded winger Campbell Elynuik to the Regina Pat’s in exchange for a 6th round draft pick in 2013.

Elynuik, 18, played in 71 games with the club over the past two seasons. During an injury-shortened 2010-11 season, the 6-4, 190-pound winger scored three goals, assisted on two more and registered 54 penalty minutes while skating in just 28 games. Elynuik, who hails from Calgary, Alberta, recorded a career high 67 penalty minutes in 43 games two seasons ago and also has skated in 13 career WHL playoff games.

He also has been invited to the Philadelphia Flyers's rookie camp.

“With the depth of our forwards we felt we needed to make room for our younger players,” Soetaert said. “We would like to thank Campbell for his contributions to the Everett Silvertips and wish him all the best in the future.”

The Silvertips finish training camp with the Green and Grey game at 1:00 pm on Sunday August 28th. Fans are reminded to bring a can of non perishable food for the food bank.

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Clippers Acquire Phillips

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The Nanaimo Clippers are pleased to announce the acquisition of 20 year old Defenseman Josh Philips from the Newmarket Hurricanes of the OJHL.

"I am very excited to be adding Josh to our hockey club." Added Coach Vandekamp "I am very familiar with Josh both as a player and a person. He previously played for me for a year and a half. He is a strong mobile defenseman who is very skilled. He will add offence and be very reliable in our own end. He will play quality minutes for us in all situations and be a solid guy in our dressing room."

We would like to welcome Josh and his Family to the Clipper Family.

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Broadcast Team Announced

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89.5 The Hawkis pleased to welcome Marcus Fitzgerald as Sports Director/News Reporter and Play-By-Play Host of the Chilliwack Chiefs. Marcus has spent the previous 4 years as Morning Co-Host, News & Sports Anchor, Hockey Color Analyst/fill in Play-By-Play Hostfor the Brooks Bandits Junior A Hockey team.

He has been extremely active in his community as an assistant coach to the St. Joseph's Collegiate Intermediate boys basketball team; involvement in the "Relay for Life" and the Southern Alberta Summer Games Opening Ceremonies.

Marcus has great natural talent and we look forward to what he will be bringing to the team.

Marcus was born and raised in Port Coquitlam, therefore he is very happy to be relocating to Chilliwack in early September.

The Chilliwack Chiefsare pleased to announce Cam Campbell as Colour Commentator on ALL Chilliwack Chiefs Broadcasts on 89.5 The Hawk.

Cam Campbellhas an extensive hockey background that includes playing in the Chilliwack Minor Hockeysystem and for the 1994-95 Chilliwack Chiefs, who won a BCJHL Championship.

Cam has coached Minor Hockey for 17 years and was a Head Coach of the Abbotsford Pilots Jr. B team. He is currently the Head Instructor at Goal Line Hockey Training Centre and is a proud dad of two boys aged 9 and 12.

Glen Ringdal, President of the Chilliwack Chiefs and Kevin Gemmell, Station Manager of 89.5 The Hawkare pleased to bring a Professional and knowledgeable team to Chiefs Fans as 89.5 The Hawk carries ALL HOME and AWAY Chiefs Games for the 2011-2012 season.

Games will be heard Live on 89.5 The Hawk and Online at

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Friday, August 26, 2011

CHL strikes deal with TVA Sports

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TVA Sports is delighted to announce the signing of a major new agreement that is sure to please Canada’s hockey fans: an exclusive three-year French-language broadcast deal starting this fall with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), which also includes the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).

A Strikingly Rich Offering

Viewers can expect an impressive programming roster, since TVA Sports has acquired the rights to all national CHL games played in Canada on Friday nights, including approximately 5 games featuring QMJHL teams.

TVA Sports has also secured exclusive broadcast rights for the MasterCard Memorial Cup Tournament, as well as the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. The station will air several MasterCard Memorial Cup games, including the semi-finals and final. The MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament will be held in Shawinigan May 18 to 27, 2012, while the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game will be played in Kelowna, British Columbia, on February 1, 2012.
TVA Sports will also present two games from the SUBWAY® Super Series, pitting the QMJHL all-star team against an all-star roster from Russia. This will be the 9th edition of the series, which will take place Monday, November 7 at Colisée Desjardins in Victoriaville, and Wednesday, November 9 at Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City.
As announced earlier this week, TVA Sports is teaming up with Rogers Sportsnet for national coverage in both official languages of key sports properties, making more games available to audiences in both French and English. Today’s TVA Sports announcement complements Sportsnet’s long-standing partnership with the CHL, which has been in existence since the network launched in 1998. Sportsnet has the English-language broadcast rights to CHL regular-season games from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The network also televises the MasterCard Memorial Cup, the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, and the Subway® Super Series between Canada and Russia.

TVA Sports and VOX: At Least 36 Games on TV

At the present time, TVA Sports expects to broadcast at least 15 Canadian Hockey League games (the vast majority of which will be QMJHL games), in addition to 21 QMJHL games airing on the VOX channel as per the renewed agreement between VOX and the league. These games will alternate with the TVA Sports match-ups on Friday nights.
The broadcast team will be announced in the next few days, but we can already confirm that journalist Mikaël Lalancette will be covering the QMJHL both on TVA Sports and on VOX.

Two New Sports-Related Shows

In other news, hockey fanatics will be happy to learn that TVA Sports will present the junior-hockey magazine show Junior et majeur starting in September. The show will be hosted by none other than comedian and major hockey fan Maxime Martin.
The station will also air the reality series Les Recrues, which is sure to captivate any hockey enthusiast. The show will feature three rookies trying to win a spot on the Shawinigan Cataractes roster. Expect lots of suspense and emotional moments!
“We’re excited about this new partnership with TVA Sports, as well as our involvement with Sportsnet,” declared Gilles Courteau, CHL Vice-President and Commissioner of the QMJHL. “Sportsnet is a major broadcaster in Canada, and we are thrilled to team up with TVA Sports from its inception. This agreement is excellent news for both our players and viewers.”

“When we announced the launch of TVA Sports last May, we specifically stated that we wanted to help provide more public exposure for Quebec athletes and players,” commented Pierre Dion, President and CEO of TVA Group. “Today’s announcement is further evidence that we are taking this commitment seriously.”

About TVA Sports

The all-new TVA Sports station will offer a wide range of programming, with sports newscasts worthy of the TVA Group’s news reputation, along with bold coverage and opinions, and a broadcast team that stays close to sports fans. The station has already signed long-term agreements with several highly prestigious sports properties that enjoy a tremendous fan following, including the Ottawa Senators, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Interbox Group, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the Montreal Impact, the Champions League, the Quebec City Volleyball Open and the Quebec City Velirium.

About the Canadian Hockey League:

The Canadian Hockey League is the world’s largest development hockey league with 51 Canadian and eight American teams participating in the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Western Hockey League. CHL players graduate from high school at a rate higher than the Canadian national average. Last season, more than nine million fans attended CHL games in the regular season, playoffs and at the MasterCard Memorial Cup. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League than any other league. Last season 636 graduates attended North American post-secondary institution on scholarships from CHL teams.

About the QMJHL

The mission of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is to develop future professional hockey players while guiding them in their scholastic path in order to help them become responsible and educated citizens. It is also committed to offering quality entertainment within a cost-effective financial framework in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of its activities.

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QMJHL takes proactive stance regarding hits to the head

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During the Board of Governors meeting held just prior to the start of the 2011 Molson Export Quebec Hockey Summit in Montreal, the Governors took a proactive stance regarding hits to the head, mandating the League to come up with new protocols to educate teams and players in order to eliminate hits to the head.

“The Board of Govenors made it very clear that player safety must be at the forefront of the discussions,” said QMJHL Commissioner, Gilles Courteau. “I am extremely pleased with the proactive stance adopted by our clubs regarding player safety in our great game. Player safety will be one of the key topics discussed at the Summit and I certainly look forward sharing ideas with our partners.”

Moreover, the Board of Governors today voted in favour of the implementation of having four officials on the ice for 100% of regular season and playoff games starting this season.

“This is a great initiative, especially in regards to player safety,” said the Director of Officiating, Richard Trottier. “The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is the best development league in the world and with the speed of today’s game we needed to adapt. This is excellent news for our teams, our players and our fans.”

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Press Release

Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals are pleased to announce that 1993 born forward Logan Nelson has signed a standard player’s contract with the club.

The Rogers, MN native arrives in Victoria after spending last year in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Des Moines Buccaneers, where he registered 9 points (6g-3a) and 69 PIM in 41 games.

“Logan is a skilled forward who skates well,” General Manager and Head Coach Marc Habscheid said. “His work ethic and character will be of great benefit to our organization and we’re ecstatic he’s chosen to come and play for us and in the WHL.”

The 6’2, 187 lb centre was drafted 228th overall in the 2010 USHL Entry Draft by Des Moines. Prior to that, he played midget hockey in Kansas City, MO after coming up through the ranks of the Rogers Youth Hockey Association.

Nelson Logan and Marc Habscheid will be available for media today at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre at 11:30 a.m. beside the home bench.

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IceRays part ways with Hughes, Quenneville named head coach

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The Corpus Christi IceRays, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), and general manager Pat Dunn announced today that the team has decided not to retain head coach Brent Hughes for the 2011-12 NAHL season. In addition, current assistant coach Justin Quenneville has been named as the team’s interim head coach.

Hughes had coached the IceRays for the past two-plus seasons, since being hired in February of 2009, including the team’s inaugural 2010-11 NAHL campaign. Previously, he had coached the Central Hockey League’s Austin Ice Bats for six seasons.

Prior to coaching, Hughes enjoyed a 12-year professional playing career which included 357 games at the NHL level spent with the Boston Bruins, Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabres, and New York Islanders.

“We’d like to thank Brent for his service and commitment to hockey here in Corpus Christi,” said Dunn. “This was not an easy decision for us and we wish Brent all the best.”

The team’s new interim head coach Justin Quenneville spent the 2010-11 season as the assistant coach and director of hockey operations. He spent four years as a player in Corpus Christi and is the franchise’s all-time leader in points and assists.

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Jean Marcotte and Joe Richard voted to Executive Committee

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The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Board of Governors today voted unanimously to renew the mandate of QMJHL Treasurer Jean Marcotte, the Governor of the Victoriaville Tigres, for two years.

Moreover, Joe Richard, the Governor of the Saint John Sea Dogs, is entering his first mandate as First Vice-President. The vote was also unanimous.

The QMJHL Executive Committee for the 2011-12 is comprised of the following Governors:

Jean Brousseau – President
Joe Richard – First Vice-President
Louis Brousseau – Second Vice-President
Julien Gagnon – Secretary
Jean Marcotte – Treasurer

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Wisconsin's Aldoff invited to attend Canada West WJAC evaluation camp

Press Release

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – The Superior International Junior Hockey League has announced that Rod Aldoff, head coach and general manager of the Wisconsin Wilderness, has been invited by Hockey Canada and the Canadian Jr. Hockey League to take part in the upcoming Team Canada West evaluation camp Sept. 11-15 in Canmore, Alta.

Aldoff will participate as well as help evaluate talent during the course of the camp that will see as many as 60 prospects from the SIJHL, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia Jr. Hockey Leagues showcasing their talents as part of the process for hopefuls to earn a spot on the Canada West roster that will compete in the World Jr. A Challenge, Nov. 7-13, in Langley, B.C.

“This is a well deserved opportunity for Rod and a very positive endorsement of the entire SIJHL,” stated Ron Whitehead, president and commissioner of the SIJHL.

“Knowing that our league continues to be recognized for our efforts across the entire Canadian Jr. Hockey League shows that we are headed in the right direction,” added Whitehead.

Aldoff guided the Wilderness to the best record in the SIJHL last season at 45-6-5 before going on to capture the Bill Salonen Cup league playoff championship. He would also be named the recipient of the Gary Cook Memorial Award, which goes annually the league’s top executive.

The list of invitees to the evaluation camp will be announced by the CJHL in the coming days.

Following the evaluation camp players will continue to be monitored with their club teams during the early weeks of the 2011-12 season. Among those on the advisory committee to designate SIJHL prospects is Wayne Strachan, head coach/GM of the Fort Frances Lakers.

A selection camp the week prior to the 2011 World Junior A Challenge will be held to get down to the final 22-player Canada West roster.

Of note, the CJHL will also be hosting their annual Prospects Event in conjunction with the WJAC where 40 of the top NHL draft eligible players in the CJHL will compete in a two-game, total-goal series in an East vs. West format.

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Jr. Trappers face RBC Cup champs in pre-season action

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The North Bay Jr. Trappers will have 3 tough pre-season games against competition from the CJHL as the club prepares for the 2011-2012 season.

The Jr. Trappers will play their first pre-season game on the road as they take on the defending RBC Cup champion Pembroke Lumber Kings on Friday, August 26th at the Pembroke Community Centre. On Saturday the Jr. Trappers will return home for a rare 6 pm start against the visiting Nepean Raiders; with the Jr. Trappers playing their final pre-season game at home on Friday, September 2nd against the Lumber Kings.

“We are setting the bar high early by having our club play the defending National Jr. ‘A’ Champs twice in pre-season, and our players are excited about the opportunity,” stated Jr. Trappers President/GM Chris Dawson.

The Jr. ‘A’ Trappers open their main camp Monday evening with their first skate 7 pm to 9 pm at Memorial Gardens. The Jr. Trappers will continue with ice times at 7 to 9 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night at Memorial Gardens.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011


Press Release

LONDON, ONTARIO: London Knights General Manager Mark Hunter is pleased to announce that the team has signed 17 year old defenseman Olli Maatta and 17 year old forward Chase Hatcher to Ontario Hockey League contracts.

Finnish defenceman Olli Maatta was the 1st Overall Selection in the 2011 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft. Maatta played with Jyvaskayla during the 2010-2011 hockey season. He was a member of Team Finland U18 Team at the 2011 World U18 Championships. Additionally, he was also a member of Team Finland at the 2011 World Junior Championships in Buffalo, New York. Maatta stands 6.02 and weighs 198 lbs.

Chase Hatcher was selected by the London Knights in the 8th round (145th Overall) in the 2010 Ontario Hockey League Draft. Chase stands 6.02 and weighs 185 lbs. Chase recorded 10 goals and 12 assists last season with Team Comcast.

Both Chase and Olli will join the London Knights for training camp on August 30, 2011.

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NAHL's Bobcats to Host Top Russian Junior All-Star Team

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The Bismarck Bobcats proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are very pleased to announce the addition of a premier event to their 2011-12 schedule. In a recently consummated arrangement the Bobcats will host the Russian Red Stars at the VFW Sports Center. The Red Stars are an All-Star team composed of the top players from the MHL, Russia’s top junior league. The “Bobcat Hockey-Russian Red Star Challenge” will take place December 21st and will showcase two teams with future Collegiate and perhaps professional prospects.

The VFW Sports Center will one of several stops on the Red Stars’ 2011 North American tour that will include, among others, a visit to Ralph Engelstad Arena against the Fighting Sioux. They will also be playing against other Division I programs, Vermont, Northern Michigan, Yale, Notre Dame and UMASS as well as Bobcat rival, the NAHL's Alexandria Blizzard. More details about the event as well as ticket information will be announced shortly.

“The Bobcat organization is incredibly excited to be able to bring to Bismarck-Mandan and Western North Dakota a rare chance to watch this very high-level of junior competition,” said Bobcats team owner Thom Brigl. “This is the first Russian international hockey event in recent memory in Bismarck, and it will really be a treat for our boys and all sports fans in this area."

The game was arranged through the NAHL commissioner’s office and Commissioner Mark Frankenfeld. Frankenfeld commented, “It is great for the NAHL to host this high level competition between two International Junior League teams. For the Bobcats to battle a Russian All-Star team should be a great experience for their players. We are also pleased that the Bobcats, who have been one of the premier organizations in the NAHL, will have the chance to battle the Red Stars in front of their home town fans.”

“It’s going to be an incredible challenge for us, facing the top junior players from a place with such a rich hockey tradition like Russia,” noted Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie. “We’re excited, though, to see where our guys stack up against an international All-Star team of this caliber. I am also really proud of our guys who would normally be on Christmas break for four days already at that point. The decided they wanted to compete with the Russian Club and bring the fans a great hockey event. Both Mike Peluso and I have played for USA teams against international competition and it is a great experience that we now look forward to as coaches.

For the Red Stars, it will be another chance to showcase the eastern European version of junior hockey, as 2011-12 marks just the third year of existence for the MHL—a junior league that spans Russia, Belarus and Latvia. “This journey is not for tourism. We are eager to win. Anyway, it will be very interesting to face great competition from the US and Canada,” said 2010 Red Star Egor Yakovlev. “We are very excited about our tour and from what we hear about Bobcat Hockey fans and their hockey club it sounds like a it will be an exciting experience for our club.” Says Dmitri Efimov, Commissoner of the MHL.

In their first trip to North America in 2010, the Red Stars went 4-1 including two games against NCAA D-I competition: a victory over Army and a loss to then #1 ranked Yale.

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Press Release

MONTREAL, Thursday, August 25, 2011 – The 2011 Molson Export Quebec Hockey Summit steering committee today announced the six panellists who will be divided into three groups to discuss the challenges facing hockey in Quebec today, the players in today’s game and leadership, including the key elements for success in sport and life.

Each session will feature one moderator and two panellists.

The Molson Export Quebec Hockey Summit’s theme is to address the challenges facing hockey in the Province of Quebec today. Discussions will revolve around four main topics:

Challenges facing hockey in Quebec today

Donald Audette (panellist) played 15 seasons in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres, L.A. Kings, Atlanta Thrashers, Dallas Stars, Montreal Canadiens and Florida Panthers. In 735 games, he recorded 509 points. As a member of the Atlanta Thrashers, he reached career highs in goals with 32 and assists with 39 in 64 games and played in the NHL All-Star Game during the 2000-01 season.

Jacques Martin (panellist) has spent 16 seasons as a head coach in the NHL. He is currently entering his third season at the helm of the Montreal Canadiens. Martin has been on Canada's coaching staff on three separate occasions: the 2002 and 2006 Olympics and the 2004 IIHF World Championship. He captured gold at the 2002 Olympics and 2004 IIHF World Championship. On April 9, 2011, in a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, Martin became the ninth NHL coach to reach the 600-win milestone.

The players in today’s game

Joël Bouchard (panellist) played four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with Longueuil and Verdun. He won the President’s Cup in 1992 with the Collège Français and two gold medals with Canada’s National Junior Team in 1993 and 1994. The defenseman also played 364 games in the National Hockey League with Calgary, Nashville, Dallas, Phoenix, New Jersey, the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh and the New York Islanders. He recently founded his own hockey academy at Centre d’Excellence Sport-Rousseau where he teaches the game to young people. He is part-owner, president and general manager of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the QMJHL.

Maxime Talbot (panellist) played four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He won two President Cup titles with the Gatineau Olympiques (2003, 2004) and was named QMJHL Playoff MVP both times. In 2004, he helped Canada capture a silver medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship. The forward was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the eighth round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft and helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup in 2009.

Leadership: Key elements for success in sport and life

Pierre Boivin (panellist) was president of the Montreal Canadiens, Evenko and l'Aréna des Canadiens from August 1999 to June 2011. He is now president and CEO of Claridge Inc. Pierre Boivin is also very involved in the community as chairman of the Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation. In 2001, he founded the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated $12.5 million to support 425 Quebec-based organizations dedicated to improving the well-being of sick and underprivileged children. In 2008, the Bleu Blanc Bouge program was introduced with the objective of building five refrigerated outdoor multipurpose rinks in less privileged neighbourhoods in the Montreal area.

On May 29, 2009, in recognition of his dedication and commitment to the community, Pierre Boivin received an honorary doctorate from the University of Montreal, and on September 3, 2010 was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Barry F. Lorenzetti (panellist) is an entrepreneur who is no stranger to success. He adopted a business model that enabled him to attract the best talent to his firm from across Canada. He is an active member of several governing boards including those of non-profit organizations and invests considerable time to help grow Hockey Canada’s Foundation and the sport. Barry is a renowned guest speaker, regularly giving conferences throughout North America, and is a passionate hockey fan.

The Molson Export Quebec Hockey Summit’s theme is to address the challenges facing hockey in the province today. Discussions will revolve around four main topics:

Long-term player development: Exploring opportunities for development based on age; analyzing the development arc; actions currently being taken in Quebec; challenges facing development in Quebec.
Player development through the Program of Excellence: Development opportunities for 16-year-old players and older; options following their internship; actions currently being taken in Quebec.
Creating a safe environment through positive behaviour and attitude: Issues facing player health, including concussions; studies on hockey injuries; impact of rules; importance of adequately utilizing body checks and how players can better protect themselves on the ice.
Recruitment and retention of players: Presentation of the demographic statistics from the Province of Quebec; Hockey Quebec membership; new activities and initiatives; women’s hockey.

The 2011 Molson Export Quebec Hockey Summit will be held at the Bell Centre in Montreal on August 26 and 27. The public is invited to participate. A very limited number of tickets are still available for the event.

To ensure your participation in this historic event on player development in Quebec or for more details on the registration process and a complete schedule, visit

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