Friday, September 30, 2011

Stener Commits to University of Alaska Fairbanks

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The Drumheller Dragons would like to congratulate Davin Stener on his recent verbal commitment to the University of Alaska Fairbanks for the 2013-14 season.

Stener, a 1994-born, 5'10", 186 pound left defenseman from Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, is beginning his second season with the Dragons. Last season, as a 16-year old, he tallied 2 goals and 19 assists for 21 points, along with 89 penalty minutes, in 56 games played for Drumheller. Prior to joining the Dragons, Stener played as a 15-year old for the Fort Saskatchewan Midget AAA Rangers in the AMHL, and that same season competed in the 2009 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, where he was instrumental in Team Alberta's Gold Medal effort. Davin was also a member of Hockey Alberta's 31 Player Short List during the Team Pacific selection process for the 2010-11 World U17 Hockey Challenge.

With his commitment to UAF, Stener joins current and former Dragons Teammates, Sam Lawson (2012-13) and Justin Tateson (2011-12), as well as Dragons alumni Brandon and Dion Knelsen, as players who have moved from the Drumheller program to the NCAA Division I Nanooks.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity," comments Stener. "I was very impressed with Coach Ferguson and his philosophy on the game and personal growth. They value the same things at Fairbanks as we do in Drumheller. I think it will be a great fit and a tremendous experience in the future. I'm also grateful to my family, friends and Teammates for their constant help and support."

Dragons' Assistant Coach and Assistant Director of Player Development, David Ferrari, adds, "We're very proud of Davin and the hard work he's put in. He's very deserving of this opportunity. We feel that his personal and athletic growth will continue to be exponential throughout his career both in Drumheller and at UAF."

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Gamblers Announce Roster

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On Thursday the Green Bay Gamblers announced their roster for the upcoming 2011-12 United States Hockey League season. The Gamblers will open the regular season on Saturday, October 1st, as they face off against the defending Clark Cup Champions Dubuque Fighting Saints at the Mystique Ice Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Face off is set for 7:05 PM. Fans can catch the game on-line at

Last year the Gamblers led the USHL in goals against, allowing a miniscule 2.18 goals per game. The tandem that put up those impressive numbers, Ryan Mckay and Adam Wilcox, who was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2011 NHL Draft, are both back for another campaign in the USHL. The duo of McKay and Wilcox finished with a combined .923 save percentage. Highly touted newcomer Michael Rotolo will also be looking for playing time in between the pipes.

Along the blueline the Gamblers coaching staff has put together a talent group of defensemen. Leading the way is Anaheim Ducks draft choice Andy Welinski. Welinski will be joined by veterans Markus Lauridsen, and team captain Max Hartner. Joining the four veterans are U.S. National Program alums Andy Ryan and Dakota Mermis, Brandon Kirk, who played in the pre-season last year for the Gamblers, and Minnesota high school standout Dan Molenaar.

Up front the Gamblers will be led by the forward line of Chicago Blackhawks draft pick Alex Broadhurst, Nolan LaPorte and Sam Herr. Last year the Broadhust, LaPorte and Herr line combined for 32 goals and 44 assists. Also returning to Green Bay for another season is David Goodwin, who was second only to Broadhurst in rookie scoring last year (9 goals & 17 assists), assistant captain Grant Arnold and local talent C.J. Eick.

The veterans will be joined by a very talented core of forwards. The Gamblers pipeline from Michigan midget hockey to Green Bay continues, as Sheldon Dries, Nicholas Schilkey and Alex Kile look to make an impact in their rookie campaign. The Gamblers also tapped into the Canadian and European talent pools, as Connor Honey from Edmonton, Alberta, Ville Jarvelainen, who hails from Finland and Russian born Grigory Dikushin will adorn the Gamblers sweater.

This past week the Gamblers made a pair of trades. Forward Nikita Sirotkin was dealt to the Sioux City Musketeers for future considerations and defenseman Mitch Witek was traded to the Waterloo Black Hawks for an undisclosed draft pick.

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KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm have added free-agent defenseman Tyler Amburgey from the Clark Cup Champions – Dubuque Fighting Saints.

Storm General Manager and Head Coach Drew Schoneck made the announcement Friday morning before the season opener against the Sioux City Musketeers.

“We are excited to get Tyler back into a Storm jersey this season,” said Schoneck, about the native of Rowlett, Texas. “He just finished a successful season in Dubuque and has championship experience in the USHL.”

“It is always good when you can add a player like Tyler, who brings multiple assets to our defense right away, and can be a leader on the back end.”

Amburgey, 20, had eight points (3 G, 5 A) and 77 penalty minutes in 55 games last season for the Fighting Saints. He added three assists in 11 games in route to the expansion clubs championship in the playoffs.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound rearguard played for the Storm in 2009-10, where he posted 11 points (6g, 5a) in 44 games and assisted in leading the Storm into the playoffs in 2010.

Amburgey was drafted by the Waterloo Black Hawks in the first round (9th overall) of the 2009 USHL Entry Draft from the United States National Team Developmental Program – Team USA U18. He was traded three months later to the Storm following the 2009 USHL Fall Classic. In two seasons with Team USA, he posted 19 points (5g, 14a) and 159 penalty minutes in 114 games with the national team.

The regular season opens at home on Friday, September 30 for the Storm against the Sioux City Musketeers (The Breeze 94.5 FM) at the Viaero Event Center.

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CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - The Corpus Christi IceRays announced that the broadcast of Saturday's game vs. the Odessa Jackalopes will only be available online at and

The IceRays hockey game conflicts with the Texas Longhorns football game on ESPN Radio 1440AM.

The IceRays are in action this Friday and Saturday for a pair of games in Odessa at 7:05PM. Coverage on ESPN Radio 1440 starts at 6:50 with the pregame show!

Stay current with the latest team news by visiting In addition stay connected with the IceRays on Facebook (/corpuschristiicerays), Twitter (@goicerays), and the team’s Youtube channel ICERAYS TV (@goicerays)

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Jacks defenseman Pomarico commits to Army

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Muskegon, Mich. – Muskegon Lumberjacks defenseman Christian Pomarico committed to play hockey for the United States Military Academy on Wednesday.

In doing so, the blueliner from Simsbury, Conn., not only secured the next step of his hockey career, but also fulfilled his childhood dream.

“Ever since I was young, I’ve wanted to serve in the military,” Pomarico said. “Both of my grandfathers served, and I’m very proud. This is very important to my family.”

Pomarico will move to West Point in fall 2012. He got an opportunity to impress Army Assistant Coach Trevor Large with his performance at the United States Hockey League Fall Classic last week. On Tuesday morning, he received a call and an offer from Army Head Coach Brian Riley.

“I had a good weekend,” Pomarico said. “They liked the way I played and I couldn’t be more grateful that they offered me a spot.”

The Fall Classic is the most intensely scouted event in the world, and is taken in by hundreds of NCAA and NHL personnel.

Pomarico consulted his parents and Jacks Head Coach Kevin Patrick for advice before committing and admits that a weight has been lifted from his shoulders.

“It’s a big relief,” Pomarico said “I came into the season not entirely sure of what options I’d have. I had a lot of faith in Coach Patrick and the coaching staff here to get me where I wanted to be.”

The Jacks already have a connection to the academy, as former Jacks athletic trainer Jason Rule is in his first season in that same role at West Point.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

NHL Draft Prospect Trouba Commits to University of Michigan

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Team USA announced that defenseman Jacob Trouba has committed to play collegiate hockey at the University of Michigan next season.

The 6-2, 194-pound native of Rochester, Minnesota collected seven points (3g, 4a) while playing 31 USHL games for Team USA’s Under-17 squad in 2010-11.  Trouba participated in this summer’s NHL Research, Orientation and Development Camp alongside several other top NHL draft-eligible prospects.  He has been tabbed as one of the top USHL prospects for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

"I really liked the way he played in all three games I viewed; he's a very good size D man," Al Jensen of NHL Central Scouting told following the USHL Fall Classic.  "He skates exceptionally well and likes to rush up ice with the puck and with good speed.  He'll also join the rush himself, is very confident and has great agility.  He's strong physically, can handle the puck and is always alert.  He also did a good job with one-on-one rushes against ... he has great upside."

Trouba won’t have to go far to continue his hockey career as the Ann Arbor-based National Team Development Program is in close proximity to the University of Michigan campus.

Last season, the University of Michigan Wolverines advanced to the NCAA title game, losing to the champion University of Minnesota-Duluth.  The Wolverines roster included 11 USHL alumni.

LISTEN to Jacob Trouba’s recent interview on The Pipeline Show as he discusses his development and decision to play college hockey at Michigan.

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The Anthony Verret case: Commissioner upholds the prefect of discipline's decision

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The Commissioner of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Gilles Courteau, announced today the results of the investigation which followed the bodycheck given by Gatineau Olympiques defenseman Guillaume Rousseau to Rouyn-Noranda Huskies forward Anthony Verret on September 10th.

After taking into account the health of Anthony Verret and full medical report, the Commissioner concluded that an investigation was warranted in order to analyze the possibility of reopening a hearing by the Disciplinary Prefect.

Within the framework of his analysis, the Commissioner considered new elements not having been part of the initial enquiry: a representative of the Ontario Hockey League and the National Hockey League were consulted after viewing the video of the event and the opinions of a medical specialist and a general practitioner were also sought after they read the medical report.

Following the investigation, the Commissioner determined that:

The decision taken by the Disciplinary Prefect, Raymond Bolduc, had been in accordance with the policies and procedures of the League after he took into account all available evidence in the analysis of the incident and evaluation of the case.
Evidence resulting from all the testimonies, particularly those of the League’s officials and supervisors showed that Guillaume Rousseau, bodychecked Anthony Verret by striking him with his shoulder in the stomach and not the head.
The video of the event, studied with the help of experts in the field, produces no visible picture or angle leading to the conclusion that the impact resulting from Guillaume Rousseau’s shoulder hit was ever at Anthony Verret’s head.
The doctors’ opinion is that the facial fracture was more the result of the player hitting the ice, than a possible impact of a shoulder hit to the face, without excluding the fact that if a shoulder hit had been brought to the face it could have equally caused a fracture of this type. Both doctors had the chance to analyze the video of the event.

Although the state and nature of the facial injury suffered by Anthony Verret was a new element that required serious analysis, it does not suggest that the League’s Disciplinary Prefect ought to review the decision made on September 12th in this matter.

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Back-to-back roster moves

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For the second time in as many days, the Soo Greyhounds have reduced their roster.

GM Kyle Dubas announced earlier tonight that the team has released forward PETER ANGELOPOULOS. The Toronto, ON product has returned home following clearing OHL waivers earlier today.

Fans are reminded that tickets are still available for both of the team’s home games this weekend.

The Hounds open the home portion of their schedule tomorrow - Friday, September 30th, 7:35 p.m. versus the Windsor Spitfires before entertaining the Kitchener Rangers on Saturday.

To purchase tickets stop by the Essar Centre Box Office during regular business hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday or 10 a.m. to 2p.m. Saturday, online at or by phone at 1.866.775.9422

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Kent, WA - Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Russ Farwell today announced the team has acquired defenseman Braeden Laroque from the Edmonton Oil Kings for a 4th round pick in the 2012 WHL Draft.

Laroque, a 19-year-old, from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is entering his third season in the WHL. Last year he appeared in 54 games with the Oil Kings and had two goals and four assists for six points with 32 penalty minutes.

Laroque is a left-handed defenseman who is 6'1 and 198 pounds. He was drafted by the Oil Kings in the 5th round, 90th overall, of the 2007 Bantam Draft.

The T-Birds face the Portland Winterhawks Saturday, October 1, at the Rose Garden at 7 p.m. They return to the ShoWare Center, on Friday, October 7, to face the Prince Albert Raiders at 7:35 p.m.

T-Birds single game tickets for the 2011-12 season are available online at the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday game days at 10 a.m. and Sunday game days at noon.Kent, WA - Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Russ Farwell today announced the team has acquired defenseman Braeden Laroque from the Edmonton Oil Kings for a 4th round pick in the 2012 WHL Draft.

Laroque, a 19-year-old, from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is entering his third season in the WHL. Last year he appeared in 54 games with the Oil Kings and had two goals and four assists for six points with 32 penalty minutes.

Laroque is a left-handed defenseman who is 6'1 and 198 pounds. He was drafted by the Oil Kings in the 5th round, 90th overall, of the 2007 Bantam Draft.

The T-Birds face the Portland Winterhawks Saturday, October 1, at the Rose Garden at 7 p.m. They return to the ShoWare Center, on Friday, October 7, to face the Prince Albert Raiders at 7:35 p.m.

T-Birds single game tickets for the 2011-12 season are available online at the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday game days at 10 a.m. and Sunday game days at noon.

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Lethbridge, AB – Lethbridge Hurricanes General Manager and Head Coach Rich Preston announced today that the Canes have acquired forward Matt Marantz from the Spokane Chiefs in exchange for a 4th round pick in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.

Marantz, a 91-born, 6’0” 190 pound forward and is a Calgary native who joins the Hurricanes from the Chiefs with 109 WHL games under his belt. Last season he had a breakout season, posting 42 points (20G, 22A) in 68 games with 62 PIMs and a +21 plus/minus rating.

Marantz is expected to be in the lineup as early as tomorrow night for the Hurricanes Home Opener. The Hurricanes Dairy Queen Home Opener is set for Friday, September 30th when the Canes open the doors of the newly renovated ENMAX Centre for the first time with a matchup against the Calgary Hitmen. Game time is set for 7:00 PM in Lethbridge, with doors opening at 6:00 PM - The Hurricanes would like to encourage all fans to arrive and be in their seats early for the all the pregame videoboard festivities! Visit the Hurricanes office or contact the Ticket Centre at 329 SEAT for ticket details. As a special offer purchase two basket meals at participating Dairy Queen locations you will get two free tickets to the Dairy Queen Home Opener while supplies last!

The Hockey club would like to remind all Season Ticket Holders who have not already picked up their tickets to do so by dropping by the newly renovated ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre located on the North East side of the ENMAX Centre. It is highly recommended that all Season Ticket Holders pick up their tickets prior to the September 30th Home Opener to avoid the rush!

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Third-year veteran MacDonald dons the 'C' for Caps

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The Cowichan Valley Capitals recently named their captain for the 2011-12 season.

Filling the leadership role this year is third-year veteran Brendon MacDonald. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound, Charlottetown, P.E.I. native was a natural choice for the coaching staff.

"Mac took on a lot of responsibilities last season and did a great job representing the team both on and off the ice during a trying season," said associate coach Dale Purinton. "He's a fan favourite and we knew he was the right player to wear the 'C'."

Caps general manager Jim Ingram was impressed with the right winger as soon as camp started.

"Brendon is a natural born leader. He takes his involvement in the community very seriously and has a lot of pride in being a role model for the younger fans."

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Corpus Christi IceRays home game changed

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CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - The Corpus Christi IceRays have announced that the October 21, 2011 game against the Texas Tornado has been moved to Wednesday October 19th at 7:05PM due to a scheduling conflict.

Fans that have tickets for the October 21st game can use them for admission into the October 19th game.

The IceRays are in action this Friday and Saturday for a pair of games in Odessa at 7:05PM. Coverage on ESPN Radio 1440 starts at 6:50 with the pregame show!

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Golightly Returning From USHL

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PRINCE GEORGE, BC – The Prince George Spruce Kings of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) are very happy to announce that Chase Golightly will be returning to the team from the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL.

Chase Golightly is a '92 born defenceman from Temecula, California, 5' 10" and 180lbs. He is a very mobile and effective defenceman that made a seamless transition from Junior 'B' to Junior 'A' and became a fan favourite in his 26 games with the club last season. Golightly finished second among defencemen with 13 points (2 goals, 11 assists) and 28 PIMs.

"The return of Chase Golightly to our defense really helps solidify an already strong group," said Spruce Kings General Manager, Mike Hawes. "Chase proved last season that he is capable of being a top defenseman at this level and will be looked upon to play some big minutes for us in all situations."

Chase Golightly will meet up with the Prince George Spruce Kings and is expected to be in the lineup for their first road games of the season. The Spruce Kings are in Penticton on Friday night for the Vees home opener and on Saturday night will play the League’s defending champions, the Vernon Vipers.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hounds announce roster moves

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Soo Greyhounds GM Kyle Dubas announced this afternoon that the club has made a pair or roster moves in preparation for the team’s home opener.

Second year forward RUDY SULMONTE, who cleared OHL waivers earlier today, and free agent TYE CAMPBELL were both released by the club.

With the pair of roster changes, the Hounds now sit at twenty-five active players.

The 2011-12 edition of the Soo Greyhounds hit the ice at home this coming Friday, September 30th, 7:35 p.m. versus the Windsor Spitfires.

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Riley Clears Waivers

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The Owen Sound Attack has announced that goaltender Jacob Riley has cleared waivers and will now pursue other hockey related opportunities. Riley, 18, was acquired from the Sudbury Wolves earlier this season for a 6th Round Draft Pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection.

In 41 career Ontario Hockey League games, the London, ON. native has a 9-15-1-5 record to go along with a 3.31 GAA and an .887 save percentage. Riley backed up rookie J.P. Cesario the first game of the season for Attack, a 6-2 victory over the Plymouth Whalers.

The Attack is back in action at home on Saturday, October 1st when they host the Guelph Storm. Game time at the JD McArthur Arena is 7:30pm.

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CHL Announces BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings

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Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings for week 2 of the 2011-12 season.  The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings – Week 2

Team (Record)
Last Week Rank
Number of Weeks Ranked
Saint John Sea Dogs (3-3-0-0)
London Knights (2-0-0-0)
Red Deer Rebels (2-0-0-0)
Victoriaville Tigres (5-2-0-0)
Portland Winterhawks (2-1-0-0)
Baie-Comeau Drakkar (6-1-0-0)
Shawinigan Cataractes (5-2-0-0)
Ottawa 67's (2-0-0-0)
Kelowna Rockets (1-0-0-0)
Mississauga St. Michael's Majors (2-0-0-0)

Honourable Mention:

Regina Pats (2-0-0-0)

Sarnia Sting (1-1-0-0)

Quebec Remparts (3-2-1-0)

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Jr.Sabres name Opfer strength & conditioning coach

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The Buffalo Junior Sabres have added John Opfer to the staff as the team's new strength and conditioning coach. In this role, Opfer will handle the team's off-ice conditioning and pregame warmups this season.

Opfer was already lending his expertise and experience to the team during the summer months.

"The Junior Sabres would like to thank and acknowledge John Opfer from Proformance sports on a fantastic summer of off ice work outs," said head coach Grant Ledyard. "We are excited to work closely with John and take advantage of his wealth of knowledge and

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McMurphy Committs to Alaska Fairbanks

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The Calgary Mustangs are pleased to announce that 17 year old forward Chase McMurphy has verbally committed to University of Alaska Fairbanks of the CCHA .

McMurphy, a 6'2" 180 pound right shot winger, joined the Mustangs as a 16-year old in the 2010-2011 season, playing in 57 games and earning 10 goals and 22 assists.

McMurphy also posted 3 goals and 2 assists in 7 playoff games . Last season McMurphy was also named to the AJHL All Rookie Team.

Based in Fairbanks, Alaska, the Alaska Nanooks play Division 1 in the NCAA's CCHA Conference.

The Mustangs would like to congratulate Chase and his family.

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Press Release sent to me courtesy of the Penticton Vees

PENTICTON, BC – The Penticton Vees Hockey Club have traded Mike Moran (91) to the Victoria Grizzlies for Nick Buchanan (91).

Moran is 20 year-old forward who came to the Vees after graduating from Taft Prep School in Connecticut.

“It became very apparent that when we lost Nick Amies for possibly the remainder of the season, we were left with a tremendous void to fill.” Stated Vees Head Coach and GM Fred Harbinson.

“We believe Nick Buchanan will add size and experience to our D core.
Unfortunately we had to part ways with a quality player in Mike Moran to make this deal happen.”

Buchanan is a 20 year-old defenseman who is entering his third full season in the BCHL.

The 6’3 205lb, Victoria, BC native played in all sixty regular season games last season, scoring three goals and collecting 20 points. The rearguard has also has played in 16 playoff games in the past two years.

The entire Vees organization would like to thank Mike for contributions to the hockey club & community and wish him all the best in his future with the Victoria Grizzlies, and at the same time would like to welcome Nick to the organization.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Broncos Re-Assign Mackay

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Swift Current Bronco General Manager and Head Coach, Mark Lamb has announced that the club has re-assigned forward Zac Mackay.

Mackay tallied an assist and four penalty minutes in five games played during the 2011 WHL pre-season. The 5’9”, 155 pound Swift Current, SK product will re-join the Swift Current Legionnaires of the SMAAAHL. Last season, he recorded 15 goals and 15 assists in 37 games played with the Legionnaires. He also played nine games with the Broncos.

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Brandon, MB. – The Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings trimmed their roster to 24 players Tuesday morning when they reassigned three 16-year old prospects.

The three players are defencemen Colton Waltz and forwards Tim McGauley and Taylor Cooper.

While Waltz was Brandon’s first selection (3rd round) of the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, McGauley was one of two prospects obtained from the Blades in last January’s blockbuster trade that saw all star center Brayden Schenn go to Saskatoon.

Cooper meanwhile was chosen in the 6th round of last year’s bantam draft.

Of the three, only McGauley saw action during the team’s season opening home and home series with the Moose Jaw Warriors. The Wilcox, Saskatchewan product was a -1 in two games. In pre-season play, Waltz had two assists in three games and Cooper was 0-1-1 in four.

Cooper and McGauley will report to their AAA Midget teams in Sherwood Park and Notre Dame respectively, while Waltz is expected to play for Bonneyville of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

Tuesday’s move leaves the Wheat Kings with two goalkeepers, 9 defencemen and thirteen forwards.

Brandon returns to action Wednesday night in Swift Current when the Broncos host the Wheat Kings in the first of a home and home series. The two teams will close out the 2-game series Friday night at Westman Place.

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NAHL announces Combat Hockey 3 Stars of the Week

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The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today announced the Three Stars of the Week presented by Combat Hockey for the week ending September 25, 2011. The Three Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2011-12 regular season that honors the top performing players each week of the regular season as nominated by their respective teams.

1st Star: Shane Omdahl, forward, Bismarck Bobcats
Omdahl, 18, had a seven-point weekend as the Bismarck Bobcats won both their home games this past weekend. On Friday, the forward from Roseau, Minnesota, assisted on all three goals in the Bobcats 3-1 win over rival Aberdeen. The next night, Omdahl had a goal and three more assists in a convincing 9-3 win over the Alexandria Blizzard. Omdahl, who measures in at 5’11, 190 lbs. also was a +5 on the weekend, registering seven shots on goal. “Shane has been a bright spot for us since Day 1 and has played great for a rookie,” said Bismarck head coach Layne Sedevie. “He has excelled in all game situations and was a big reason behind our success last weekend.” For the season, Omdahl leads the Bobcats and the Central Division in scoring with 10 points (3g, 7a) in six games, guiding the Bobcats to a 4-2-0 record. He celebrates his 19th birthday on Tuesday, September 27th.

2nd Star: Spencer Viele, goaltender, St. Louis Bandits
Viele, 19, posted two wins in the Bandits weekend home sweep of the Topeka RoadRunners. On Friday, the 5’10, 175 lbs. goaltender stopped 23 of 26 Roadrunner shots in a 5-3 win. The next night, Viele put out his best performance of the year with a 39-save shutout of the RoadRunners. For the weekend, the Wildwood, Missouri native posted a 1.51 goals against average and a 95.4% save percentage, as he helped keep the Bandits atop of the Midwest Division standings. “He single-handedly won Saturdays’ game for us,” said St. Louis head coach Jeff Brown. “We were outplayed and had no business winning the game, but Spencer was unbelievable and really played well and played with confidence.” Viele has won all five of his starts this season, posting a perfect 5-0-0 record with a 2.01 goals against average and a 93.1% save percentage.

3rd Star: Robert Nichols, goaltender, Wenatchee Wild
Although he only appeared in one game, Nichols, 19, stood tall in goal for the Wenatchee Wild as they shutout the Alaska Avalanche on Saturday night by a score of 3-0. As the game went on, Nichols got better including making 14 saves in the 2nd period and 11 saves in the 3rd period. “We really feel like Robert was one of the best goaltenders in Tier I midget hockey last season,” said head coach John Becanic. “We are confident Robert can translate that into being one of the top goaltenders in the league this season.” For his efforts on Saturday night, Nichols (5’11, 180 lbs.) was named the game’s first star. He currently leads the NAHL in goaltending, leading the league in both goals against average (0.33) and save percentage (98.8%).

Other players nominated were (alphabetical): Ben Bahe, forward, Topeka RoadRunners – Connor Hellebuyck, goaltender, Odessa Jackalopes – Tony Kujava, goaltender, Janesville Jets – Gabe Levin, forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Jacob McDowell, forward, Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings – Alex Okicki, goaltender, Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings – Shawn Pauly, forward, Wenatchee Wild – Eric Purcell, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays – Tyler Richter, forward, Bismarck Bobcats.

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Calgary, AB – The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club would like to congratulate defenceman Alex Roach on signing a three year entry level contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced both the signing and the return of Roach to the Hitmen today.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Roach, a 6’4” 220lbs. defenceman from Quesnel, BC was a free agent invite to Kings training camp.

He returns to the Hitmen to enter his second season in the Western Hockey League after collecting 16 points (4g 12a) and 77 penalty minutes in 61 regular season games last season.

Roach and the Hitmen will take to the practice ice tomorrow to prepare for Friday’s trip to Lethbridge to face the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

The Adrenalin Source for Sports home opener goes Sunday at 2pm when the Hitmen face the Kootenay Ice at Scotiabank Saddledome.

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Knights’ Houser Named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

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Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Michael Houser of the London Knights is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending September 25 after recording a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 0.48 and save percentage of .988.

Houser backstopped the Knights to two straight wins to open the 2011-12 regular season beginning with an 8-0 shutout victory on home ice last Friday night. He made 36 saves and was named second star of the game earning his second career shutout. On Sunday afternoon Houser claimed first star honours for his 45-save effort in a 2-1 shootout win over the Guelph Storm. Despite being outshot, Houser kept his club in the game making 17 saves in the third period and stopping all three Storm shooters to secure the win.

Houser, who recently turned 19-years-old, is from Wexford, Pennsylvania, and is playing in his third OHL season with the Knights. Prior to returning to the Knights this season he attended Philadelphia Flyers Training Camp as a Free Agent invite.

Also considered for the award this week was Drew Owsley of the Prince George Cougars and Simon Giroux of the Drummondville Voltigeurs who each recorded shutout wins on Saturday. Owsley made 32 saves as first star in a 1-0 win over the Kamloops Blazers, while Giroux stopped 30 shots as second star of a 6-0 win over the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.

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Colts’ Pearson Named CHL Player of the Week

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Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that forward Tanner Pearson of the Barrie Colts is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending September 25 after scoring five goals and three assists for eight points in two games with a plus-minus rating of plus-5.

The Colts opened the 2011-12 regular season with two straight wins with Pearson leading the charge scoring two goals and three assists for his first career five-point game last Thursday night in a 7-4 win over the Kingston Frontenacs where he was named second star of the game. One night later Pearson claimed first star honours scoring his first career hat-trick with all three goals in a 3-1 victory Friday night over the Brampton Battalion.

Pearson, a 19-year-old from Kitchener, ON, is playing in his second OHL season with the Colts after recording 42 points in 66 games last season.

Also considered for the award this week was QMJHL defenceman Mikael Tam of the Quebec Remparts who recorded five goals in two games, while forward Adam Hughesman of the Tri-City Americans picked up a goal and six assists for seven points in two games to lead the WHL.

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Foxboro, MA- South Shore Kings forward, Nick Cruice has committed to Union College for the 2013 season. The 6'0-195lbs '92 forward played for Mercer and Comcast growing up. Cruice also played at LaSalle HS in the Philadelphia area where he won two Pennsylvania state titles.

Cruice originally played in the EJHL for the Philadelphia Revolution in 2009-2010 season, then moved on to South Shore where he has put up very good numbers during his time with the Kings. With the Kings last season, Cruice posted 18 goals and 34 assists in 44 games during the regular season and 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) in 5 games in the playoffs.

Cruice uses his size and tenacity to combine to be an excellent 2 way power forward and contributes in all aspects of the Kings game; even-strength, power play and shorthanded units.

"Achieving a Division 1 commitment has been a goal of mine since I have been playing ice hockey," said Cruice. "I have had tremendous coaching throughout the development of my playing career to date. I owe a special thanks to my coaches along the way, both in club, as well as high school hockey- Coach Barcless, Coach Muehlbronner, Coach Beach - and especially Coach Harlow."

Coming to the South Shore Kings organization has proven to be the catalyst to this commitment.

"I have really enjoyed my time in Foxboro and playing for Coach Harlow. Learning from Coach Harlow and having the chance to play in this up tempo, fast paced system has taken my game to the next level. In addition, the off-ice program is unmatched in the league with strength and conditioning Coach Brian McDonough," he stated.

"I am excited about the opportunity to play for Coach Bennett and the Union College Dutchmen. Cruice also commented, "The support from my parents and my brother Derek has allowed me the opportunity to fulfill my dreams."

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Swan Valley’s Argue named Player of Week

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Swan Valley Stampeder’s goaltender Jayson Argue has been named MJHL Player of the Week, ending September 25.

The 18-year-old from Swan River has been all but unbeatable, reflected in three wins and a shoot-out loss. Over that span he’s given up only six goals on 133 shots, giving him a sparkling .954 save percentage.

Earlier this month Argue attended the World Junior A Challenge Team West evaluation camp at Canmore, Ab. A total of 60 players attended the camp. The World Junior A Challenge takes place November in Langley, B.C.

Runners-up for the MJHL Player of the Week are David Conrad, 20, of the Selkirk Steelers and goaltender Corey Koop, 19, of the Winkler Flyers.

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Trade With The Victoria Grizzlies

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PRINCE GEORGE, BC – The Prince George Spruce Kings of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) have completed a trade with the Victoria Grizzlies of the BCHL acquiring Michael Colantone and future considerations in exchange for Jesse Ursic.

Colantone is a 91 born forward from Arizona, 6' 00" and 190lbs. In two seasons with the Victoria Grizzlies, the right handed forward has played in 59 games with a record of 13 goals, 24 assists and 44 minutes in penalties. Colantone picked up an assist in each of the Victoria Grizzlies games played on the weekend.

"One need I wanted to address early on was for another top forward," explains Spruce Kings General Manager, Mike Hawes. "By acquiring Michael I have addressed that need. He's a fast offensively skilled player who will play in all situations for us. It's unfortunate that I had to give up a good player in Jesse to acquire Michael, but sometimes you need to trade from your strengths to fill a hole."

Michael Colantone is expected to be with the Prince George Spruce Kings for practices this week and the team’s first road games of the season. The Spruce Kings road schedule starts on Friday night in Penticton for the Vees home opener and continues on Saturday night in Vernon where they will play the League’s defending champions, the Vernon Vipers.

The Prince George Spruce Kings would like to thank Jesse for all his hard work and dedication and wish him well in his future hockey career.

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Fargo Force Release Official 2011-12 Team Roster

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The Fargo Force coaching staff had some tough decisions to make following the 2011 USHL Fall Classic this past weekend. The roster, which sat at 28 players, had to be cut down to just 23 to start the season. Fargo released defensemen Oliver Widding-Persson and Zach Urban and forwards Max McHugh and Zach Pochiro from the team Friday and sent them to other leagues to play for the 2011-12 season.

Defenseman Oliver Widding-Persson was sent to Aberdeen, SD where he will suit up for the Wings in the National American Hockey League (NAHL). In two Fall Classic games, Widding-Persson was charged with one minor penalty and credited with one shot on goal. The second defenseman released, Zach Urban, will head back to his previous team, the Penticton Vees, in the British Columbia Hockey League. He played in just one game in the Fall Classic and did not record a point.

Forward Max McHugh will also rejoin his previous team in the NAHL, the Wenatchee Wild, where he scored 18 points in 20 regular season games last season. Las Vegas native Zach Pochiro, forward, will play with the Wichita Falls Wildcats who drafted him 51st overall in the 2011 NAHL Entry Draft.
Forward Neal Goff was added to Fargo’s affiliate list. This means that he is still eligible to practice with the team and can play up to 10 games during the 2011-12 season and will not be counted against the 23-man roster.
The full 2011-12 roster can be viewed here.

The Fargo Force open up the regular season on the road this weekend versus the Des Moines Buccaneers at 7:05 PM. Fans can catch the game online through FASTHockey and can also listen to the game live on 740 AM The FAN.

Single game and season tickets are on sale and available at the Scheels Arena Box Office (Monday-Friday 11am-5:30pm), by calling 701.364.3672 and at all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800.745.3000 or online at

To keep up-to-date with the Fargo Force during the off-season, follow us on Twitter @fargoforce, like the Fargo Force fan page on Facebook or stay tuned to the official website.

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ODESSA, TX– Just four days prior to the 2011-12 home opener, the Odessa Jackalopes announced Monday that the team has acquired a pair of defensemen in Jared Docken and Tyller Robert. Docken comes to the Jacks from Dubuque of the USHL and is an original Jacks NAHL tender. Robert, who has appeared in one NAHL game this season with Wenatchee, was acquired via a trade with the Wild in exchange for one 2012 tender.

Both Docken and Robert hail from Minnesota, pushing the number of Minnesota natives on the Jackalopes’ roster to nine. The two defensemen join recent Jacks’ acquisition Zach Mertes as the newest players on the Odessa blue line. Mertes, a Forest Lake, MN native, made his Jackalopes debut in Friday’s 2-1 overtime loss to Corpus Christi. Mertes was acquired from the Alaska Avalanche for the rights to defenseman Jordan Krebsbach and a 2012 draft pick.

The Jackalopes open their home schedule on Friday, September 30th and October 1st at the Ector County Coliseum against the Corpus Christi IceRays.

The Odessa Jackalopes celebrate their 15th Anniversary in 2011-12 and drop the puck on their inaugural campaign as a member of the North American Hockey League. Season tickets, mini-plans, and single game tickets are available by calling (432) 552-7825 or by visiting the Jacks online at

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Angelo Miceli and Alexandre Beauregard suspended

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The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's prefect of discipline, Raymond Bolduc, suspended today two players: Victoriaville Tigres centre Angelo Miceli and Chicoutimi Saguenéens left-winger Alexandre Beauregard.

Angelo Miceli was suspended for one game following a check from behind which occurred versus the Gatineau Olympiques on September 25th.

Alexandre Beauregard was suspended for one game following a check from behind which occurred against the Quebec Remparts on September 25th.

The prefect of discipline took these decisions after reviewing the videos of the incidents, gathering the testimonies from the players and the organizations involved, reading the officials’ reports and consulting the independent committee in the matter of disciplinary sanctions.

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Matt Wilkins Commits to Union College

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The Brooks Bandits are proud to announce 20-year-old Forward Matt Wilkins has committed to play at Union College beginning in the fall of 2012. Located in Schenectady, New York the "Dutchmen" play in the ECAC and were the conference champions in 2011.

Matt is from Kimberley, BC where he grew up playing minor hockey and Junior B for the hometown "Dynamiters". Before joining the Bandits in the summer of 2010 Matt was with the Trail Smoke Eaters of the BCHL. Matt led the Bandits in scoring last season with 30 goals and 47 assists which put him second in AJHL scoring. He followed those numbers with 15 points in only 10 playoff games.

Head Coach/GM Ryan Papaioannou - "I've had the opportunity to coach Matt as early as 9 years old and to see his progress over the years is very special. We were fortunate to acquire Matt before last season and his play on the ice has led our club ever since. He brings leadership to our dressing room and as an Assistant Captain he is looked up to by our younger players. Matt comes from a tremendous family and they fully deserve to see him reach a goal with this commitment to Union. "

Matt is the first Bandit of the 2011 - 2012 season to commit to the NCAA.

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Colts’ Pearson Named OHL Player of the Week

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Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that forward Tanner Pearson of the Barrie Colts is the first OHL Player of the Week for the 2011-12 season. For the week ending September 25 Pearson led the OHL with eight points including five goals and three assists in two games with a plus-minus rating of plus-5.

Pearson led the Colts to two straight wins to open the regular season beginning with a 7-4 victory over the Kingston Frontenacs in the Colts’ home opener Thursday night at the Barrie Molson Centre. In that contest Pearson was named second star of the game picking up two goals, including the club’s first goal of the season, and adding three assists for his first career five-point game. On Friday night in Brampton, Pearson grabbed first star honours spoiling the Battalion season opener with his first career hat-trick tallying all three goals for the Colts in a 3-1 win.

Pearson, a 19-year-old from Kitchener, ON, is playing in his second OHL season with the Colts after recording 42 points in 66 games last season.

Also considered for the award this week was Pearson’s teammate Colin Behenna who finished second in league scoring with seven points in two games scoring a goal and six assists. Kerby Rychel of the Windsor Spitfires scored twice and added four assists for six points in three games. In goal, Michael Houser of the London Knights won two games including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 0.48 and save percentage of .988.

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Nowick stars on opening weekend, takes first POW nod of the season

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Vernon Vipers forward Darren Nowick has been named the British Columbia Hockey League Player of the Week award for the Week for the week ending Sept. 25 the league announced Monday.

The Long Beach, Calif. native was a major factor in the Vipers' 2-0 start to the season as he scored Vernon's first goal of the season just 31 seconds into Friday's game and later added an assist. He followed that up another goal and an assist again on Saturday. Nowick was named 1st Star in both games and was tied for the league lead in scoring after the weekend.

Honourable mentions this week go to Cowichan Valley Capitals forward Steven Iacobellis (two games, 2G, 2A, two 3rd Stars), Prince George Spruce Kings forward Leo Fitzgerald (two games, 3G, 1A, 2nd Star) and Langley forward Mario Puskarich (two games, 3G, two 2nd Stars).

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Canalta Hotels AJHL Player of the Week

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Brooks Bandits Forward Mark Reners is the Canalta Hotels AJHL Player of the Week for the week of September 19th-25th, 2011. Rener scored 4 goals and 3 assists in 3 games for the Bandits over the week long stretch. On September 21st, Reners recorded 4 goals and 6 points against the Calgary Canucks.

Reners, an 18 year-old from Pincher Creek, Alberta, is in his first season in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. The Bandits currently lead the South Division with 12 points and are undefeated at 6-0. Reners is tied for 8th spot in the AJHL Scoring Race with 8 points.

The Alberta Junior Hockey League is proud to partner with Canalta Hotels to recognize the AJHL Player of the Week for the 2011-2012 AJHL Season.

Canalta Hotels AJHL Player of the Week Recipients:

- September 9th - 18th: Peter Quenneville, Sherwood Park Crusaders
- September 19th - 25th: Mark Reners, Brooks Bandits

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CALGARY, AB. - The Western Hockey League announced today that Tri-City Americans’ forward Adam Hughesman is the WHL Player of the Week.

Hughesman picked up seven points, scoring one goal and six assists to go with a +4 rating, in two games over the WHL Opening Weekend, helping the American's to a 2-0-0-0 start on the season.

On Saturday, September 24th, the Tri-City Americans opened their regular season at home playing host to WHL U.S. Division rivals the Spokane Chiefs. Hughesman scored one goal and added two assists helping the Ams’ defeat the Chiefs 4-1. On Sunday, September 25th, last year’s WHL finalists the Portland Winterhawks were in Tri-City to face the Americans. Hughesman picked up four assists in the Ams’ 6-5 win over the Winterhawks.

Hughesman, a 20-year-old from Winnipeg, MB, is in his fifth full season with the Tri-City Americans. The Manitoban enjoyed career highs in goals and points last season, finding the net 39 times, while collecting 81 points. This is his first WHL Player of the Week Award.

The WHL has also nominated Drew Owsley of the Prince George Cougars for the CHL Goaltender of the Week Award. Owsley posted a 1-0-0-0 record this past week with the shut-out, stopping all 32 shots faced for a perfect 0.000 goals-against average and 1.000 save percentage. Owsley, a native of Lethbridge, AB, back-stopped the Cougars to a 1-0 road win over the Kamloops Blazers on Saturday, September 24th and was named the games 1st Star.

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Wolves' Frank Corrado Signs with Vancouver Canucks

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The Vancouver Canucks have announced that they have assigned 18 year old defenceman FRANK CORRADO to the Sudbury Wolves.

The Woodbridge, Ontario native is expected to arrive in time for the Wolves home game against the Brampton Battalion on Saturday night at 7:00 at the Sudbury Arena. CORRADO was selected in the 5th round of the 2011 NHL DRAFT after finishing second in team scoring among defencemen with 30 points in 67 games for the Wolves. CORRADO was so impressive during his first NHL training camp that the Canucks signed the 6`, 188 lb rearguard to a pro contract.

CORRADO was a 2nd round selection of the Wolves in the 2009 OHL Priority Selection and the 6`, 188 lb rearguard has developed into a solid offensive defenseman that also plays well in his own end.

"We are very pleased to have Frank return to our club and congratulate him on signing a NHL contract with the Canucks` notes Wolves` GM Blaine Smith. `Frank will help quarter-back our power play and is an excellent puck-moving defenceman. It is great to add a player of Frank`s calibre back into our line-up.`

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Tam, Kamaev and Casavant named TELUS three stars of the week

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BOUCHERVILLE, September 26th 2011 - Mikaël Tam, Denis Kamaev and Benjamin Casavant were named, today, the TELUS three stars of the week for the period spanning from September 19th to 25th.

Quebec Remparts defenseman Mikaël Tam is the first star after having scored five goals. During Friday’s game against the Victoriaville Tigres, Tam scored two goals in a 5-3 victory. Two days later against the Chicoutimi Saguenéens he recorded his first hat trick, scoring his seventh, eighth and ninth goals of the season in a 9-1 win. It is worth noting that he has scored at least one goal in each of the last five games. Tam has accumulated a total of 12 points.

The second star of the week is awarded to Kamaev Denis, right-winger of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. He scored a total of 2 goals and added 6 assists in three games, helping his team win two of its three road games with scores of 5-4 against the PEI Rocket and of 6-4 against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Kamaev also gathered assists during each one of his games: three Thursday, two Friday and one on Sunday. He has a total of 2 goals, 7 assists and 9 points this season.

Finally, it is left-winger Benjamin Casavant of the Val-d'Or Foreurs who grabs the third star. He played four games, scoring five goals and adding two assists. Tuesday, he made a nifty pass in the third period to Matthew Theriault, allowing his team to win the game 3-2 against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. During Thursday’s game against the Moncton Wildcats, he scored a hat trick ensuring a 7-3 victory for the Foreurs. Finally, on Friday he scored two goals and added an assist against Saint John. In eight games, he scored six goals and added two assists for a total of 8 points.

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Vees Trade Rush For Yeo

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The Kingston KIMCO Voyageurs have announced a trade with the Huntsville Otters, acquiring 6-1 Centreman Graham Yeo in exchange for towering defenseman Cooper Rush.

the 19 year old Yeo, is a 1992 birth year player and has spent the last two seasons in Hunstville, compiling 19 goals and 54 points in 96 games. 14 goals and 25 assists last season in 50 games and 5 goals and 15 points in his rookie season two years ago.

Yeo had a goal and assist in four games for the Otters, the host team at this past year's Dudley Hewitt Cup.

"Graham is being brought in here to compliment some of our skilled forwards. He was an important piece in Huntsville's Dudley Hewitt Cup team last year and someone we identified a long time ago as a player we wanted," said Head Coach Colin Birkas.

"This is a deal our GM Denis Duchesne worked on extremely hard to get done," said Birkas.

The Bracebridge, Ontario native is trying to be in Kingston and in the lineup for tonight's contest against the Wellington Dukes.

Rush, is a a six foot seven inch defenseman who had been getting tons of interest from NCAA programs and has recently returned from the Canada East evaluation camp in Ottawa.

"We want to thank Cooper Rush for his service here the last year and wish him all the best in his hockey career," said General Manager Denis Duchesne.

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SAINT JOHN – The Saint John Sea Dogs announced three roster moves Sunday as the team welcomes back several veterans returning from NHL camps.

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team has re-assigned forwards Brock Morrison and Colin Campbell to their junior A teams. Meanwhile, defenceman Rory Craddock has returned home indefinitely in order to rehabilitate an injury.

Morrison and Campbell were called on to play key roles up front with the team missing as many as 13 veterans to NHL camps at one point. Morrison, an 18-year-old from Howie Centre, N.S., led the team with four pre-season goals, and followed up with two goals and an assist in four regular-season games. Campbell, also 18, from Sydney, N.S., chipped in two assists in four games.

Craddock was signed as a free agent to bolster the blueline ranks and appeared in two games before being injured. There is no timetable for the 19-year-old Oshawa, Ont., native’s return.

All three players remain on Saint John’s protected list.

The active roster is getting closer to full strength, as just two players – Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida Panthers) and Nathan Beaulieu (Montreal Canadiens) remain in NHL camps. Forwards Stanislav Galiev (Washington Capitals) and Zack Phillips (Minnesota Wild), defenceman Pierre Durepos (Los Angeles Kings) and goalie Mathieu Corbeil (Columbus Blue Jackets) returned to the lineup on the weekend. Forwards Tomas Jurco (Detroit Red Wings), Stephen MacAulay and Ryan Tesink (St. Louis Blues) are also back in Saint John and expected to join the team for its upcoming road trip.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011


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The Barrie Colts have announced that they have traded defenceman Kyler Nixon to the Kingston Frontenacs.

Nixon joined the Colts last season as a free agent and played 45 games in his rookie season in the Ontario Hockey League, putting up seven assists.

In return Barrie gets Kingston’s 6th round pick in 2012 and a conditional 6th round pick in 2014.

Nixon did not play in either of the Colts first two regular season games.

In the off-season Barrie bolstered their defence by acquiring Reid McNeill and Derek Hartwick and drafting Aaron Ekblad and Alex Yuill.

Nixon joins former Colts David Mazurek and Petr Beranek in Kingston.

Barrie’s next home game is on Thursday, September 29th against Owen Sound.

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Boston, MA– The New Hampshire Monarchs spent Sunday morning walking from Boston College to Copley Square in the 5-mile Jimmy Fund Walk. In a team effort, they collectively raised over $2000 as a member of Team “Cure AT/RT Now” in support of Avalanna Routh, a beautiful 5-year old who warmed the hearts of the entire team and staff.

“I am very proud of our guys for taking part in the fight to conquer cancer,” stated GM/Head Coach Sean Tremblay. “Honestly, I don’t know if we touched Avalanna’s life, or she touched ours more on Sunday. All of our guys were moved by her tremendous spirit and it is a day they will never forget.”

On August 18th, 2006, Avalanna Routh, was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor called atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor (ATRT), when she was nine months old. These tumors, which are extremely rare strike the brain/central nervous system and they are very difficult to treat. Statistics of children with this type of cancer have less than 5 per cent chance of survival. At that age, Avalanna underwent a 12-hour brain surgery. This surgery has been followed by 5 years of other surgeries, chemotherapy, stem cell transplant and continuous radiation therapy. Her treatment today consists of weekly trips to Dana Farber for transfusions and IV chemotherapy. Every third week, she undergoes a heavier round of chemotherapy and every six to eight weeks Avalanna has an MRI scan to show whether these treatments have been effective or the tumors have grown.

Despite all of this Avalanna is now a 5 and 3/4 year old, spirited, sweet funny little girl who loves butterflies, princess stickers and cupcakes. She loves her parents Cameron and Aileen and her dog Charlotte. She fights this disease with grace and humor and touches the hearts of everyone she meets.

Contributions can still be made by visiting the following link:

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Slammers Hockey Sweater Celebration

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The Woodstock Slammers will be unveiling their new third sweater when they host the Campbellton Tigers Wednesday September 28th.

The colour scheme is green, white and black and the sweater features a new logo that recognizes when the Slammers first entered the Maritime Junior "A" Hockey League. "The sweater has a traditional look to it" commented Head Coach Jason Tatarnic. Every fans who wears a hockey sweater to the September 28th game will be entered into a draw with the prize being a game worn Slammer sweater. "We wanted to celebrate the unveiling and the design definitely has a heritage look to it. The hockey sweater has been part of our history as a country for over 100 years" commented Head Coach Jason Tatarnic. Exactly how far back and why was it called a sweater?

The National Hockey league has its beginnings in the 1910's. The league opened up with just four teams at the start: The Montreal Canadiens, the Montreal Wanderers, the Ottawa Senators, and the Toronto Arenas. Each of these teams adorned themselves with what they called hockey sweaters which helped not only to distinguish the players on the ice but also to provide insight into the communities the teams were coming from.

Sweaters originally had to be warm. Before large grand stand arenas and incredibly advanced ice technology, hockey was mostly played outdoors on ponds or other frozen water areas. The term hockey sweater comes from the material the original sweaters were made out of. Just like your run of the mill cozy sweater, hockey sweaters were knitted out of a wool cloth and dyed different colors and in different patterns. Patches were occasionally sewn on to the fronts of the sweater but that technique didn't fully take hold until later.

Today most people call them jerseys. Head Coach Jason Tatarnic shared his view on the term jersey or sweater. "The term hockey sweater has been used for over 100 years and as a Canadian its a part of history and I think we should honour our history. I still call it a hockey sweater, so I'm looking forward to seeing a number of hockey sweaters in the Civic Centre on September 28th".

Fans can get a glimpse of the sweater in this Friday's or Tuesday's edition of the Bugle Observer.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Kozlak Commits To Army

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AMARILLO, TX – The 2011 South Division Champions Amarillo Bulls announced today (Friday) that forward Joe Kozlak has committed to Army (Atlantic Hockey) for next season.

Kozlak becomes the 7th member of the Bulls to announce his commitment to an NCAA program. The gritty forward has had a quick start to the 2011-2012 season by posting five points in four games at the NAHL Showcase.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to play Division I hockey and getting a chance to play at a Military Academy is amazing,” Kozlak said. “If everything works out with my application, I will be playing hockey at West Point next year and see my dream come true.”

"I am extremely excited for Joey and his decision to pursue his education and hockey career at Army,” said Bulls Head Coach Dennis Williams. “Joe is a great example of a player who has the grit and determination to succeed. Joe is a very goal oriented and determined individual. He is a workaholic when it comes to getting better.”

The Duluth, Mn native had 17 goals and 20 assists for 37 points in 57 games for the Bulls during the 2010-2011 season. He led the team with 183 shots on goal. In the post season, Kozlak continued his great play with five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in 12 games, and had 34 shots on goal.

Kozlak said he owes much of his success to the Amarillo Bulls coaches Dennis Williams and Rocky Russo for providing a strong structured program.

“The push us hard and teach us the game, and not just go out there and play,” Kozlak said. “They are hands on all of the time. The extra workouts at Elite MMA have been great for our conditioning. Everything we do is dedicated to hockey.”

“Army is very fortunate to getting such a high character person,” added Williams. “Joe has proven time and time again that hard work pays off."
“I am very happy for Joe and his accomplishment. We are fortunate to have Joe back another season, and we will be looking upon him to continue to be a leader both on and off the ice.”

After a 3-0-1 start at the NAHL Showcase, the Amarillo Bulls jump into South Division play next weekend with a trio of games against the New Mexico Mustangs. The two teams will first play next Friday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 pm Mtn, 8:30 pm central, at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho New Mexico. The following night, is the Bulls home opener on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. There will be a large tailgate party and two banners will be raised during a pre-game ceremony. The two teams will close out a big weekend on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 1 pm Mtn, 2 pm central in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

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Rivermen name first captain since adopting new team name

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The first captain of the BCHL's Langley franchise since they've become known as the Rivermen is veteran defenceman Ryan Bakken.

Bakken, 20, was announce this week as the wearer of the 'C' and the club’s alternate captains will be veteran forward Mike Tebbutt, Derek Sutliffe and defenceman Danny Vlanich.

“The group we have identified is a solid group of experienced veterans,” said cach and general manager Steve O’Rourke, noting all four worked extremely hard during camp to set the example. “It is never an easy decision especially with a room full of qualified players and leaders.”

Bakken is expected to be a steady influence both on and off the ice for a young Rivermen team. In his final season of junior hockey, the Langley Minor Hockey product has grown into a solid force on the back end.

Tebbutt, a 6-4 power forward, is going to be counted on to put up some points and lead the way for the forwards with solid two-way play. Sutliffe and Vlanich are new to the BCHL and Langley but have impressed with their play and presence in camp and during off season work outs.

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USHL Fall Classic Recap - Day 3

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Waterloo Black Hawks 4 vs. Indiana Ice 6
by Indiana Ice
The Indiana Ice battled through a third-period surge to defeat the Waterloo Black Hawks 6-4 in day two of the USHL Fall Classic in Sioux City, Iowa.
Jon Gillies saved 40 of 44 bullets, facing 21 shots in the third period alone. Four Icemen each tallied two points (G,A) in the contest.
Jacob Fallon fired the puck past Waterloo goaltender Eamon McAdams in the eighth minute to give Indy an early 1-0 lead. Joe Fiala was credited with the assist. Dan Sherer followed up eight minutes later off a Fallon pass to give the Ice a 2-0 lead going into the second period.
Sean Kuraly maneuvered around McAdams to score the lone goal of the second period off a pass from Ryan Obuchowski to give the Ice a 3-0 lead heading into the third marker.
The Black Hawks tried to melt the Ice in the third, scoring four goals and outshooting Indy 21-6 in the final frame. Michael Hunterbrinker struck first on a penalty shot in the first two minutes of play. A.J Michaelson brought Waterloo within a goal. Minutes later, Cody Bradley chipped in a shot from Robert Polesello to increase Indy’s lead, 4-2.
Two unanswered goals by the Black Hawks’ Taylor Cammarata and Jamie Hill tied the game with just two minutes left in the contest. Polesello put Indy back on top off a pass from Bradley with under a minute to play. Obuchowski sealed the win with an empty-net goal from the Ice’s defensive zone in the closing seconds of the game.

Chicago Steel 5 vs. Des Moines Buccaneers 4 (SO)
by Scott Montesano, Des Moines Buccaneers
The Des Moines Buccaneers concluded their preseason slate by losing 5-4 in a shootout to the Chicago Steel at the USHL Fall Classic on Friday morning. Des Moines finishes the preseason going 1-4-2, including a 0-1-1 mark at the Fall Classic.

Anthony Greco scored two goals for the Buccaneers in the loss.  Former Buccaneer Chris Joyaux also scored two goals for a relentless Chicago team that spent all game in comeback mode.

Des Moines didn’t trail in the game until the third and final round of the shootout when Theo DiPauli put Chicago up 2-1 and Gasper Kopitar’s attempt was stopped by Mathias Dahlstrom to end the game.  Until that point, the Buccaneers had four separate leads but were never able to shake a pesky Chicago team that rallied each time.

Drake Caggiula put the Bucs in front just 16 seconds into the game. However, Chicago scored a power play goal from Joyaux to tie the game 1-1. An Ethan Prow power play goal put the Buccaneers in front late in the first period.

Chicago once again rallied, this time less than a minute into the second period when Philip Marinaccio scored.  The Buccaneers reclaimed the lead at 3-2 later in the second period while on the power play when they caught Chicago in a long line change and Greco finished a two-on-one breakout with Kopitar.  Nonetheless, Chicago again tied the score before the second period came to an end.

The teams traded goals in the third period, sending the game passed regulation.  The game went directly into a shootout, a difference from the regular season when a five-minute overtime will precede it. Also new this season is a three-round shootout as opposed to the five-round shootouts used for the last decade in junior hockey.

Both teams featured a cross-pollination led by Chicago which featured former Bucs Joyaux and Andrew Miller and whose head coach is Scott McConnell who was a Bucs' assistant in 2008-2009. The Buccaneers' Zack Rall and Mac Olson have skated for the Steel in the past.

Tri-City Storm 3 vs. Green Bay Gamblers 8
by Skip Berry, Tri-City Storm
The Tri-City Storm couldn’t slow down the Green Bay Gamblers offense in the second and third periods, in route to an 8-3 loss in the final preseason game for the Storm.
Green Bay (2-0-0 in preseason) led off the scoring at the 3:31 mark in the first period, as C Sheldon Dries scored from the left circle on the second Gamblers shot of the game on Storm goalie Pheonix Copley.
Tri-City (2-3-0 in preseason) would respond at the 6:07 mark on a D Bryan Sinz left-point shot that was redirected by LW Thomas Nykopp for his only goal of the preseason.
Defenseman Dakota Mermis’ goal at the 7:26 mark would regain the lead for the Gamblers in the first period. Green Bay outshot the Storm 11-5 in the first period.
Center Soren Jonzzon would score his team-leading third goal of the preseason from RW Michael Vecchione 7:36 into the second period following two more Gambler goals by D Markus Lauridsen and RW Ryan Rosenthal. Right-wing Grant Arnold scored his first of three goals following Jonzzon’s tally at the 14:05 mark in the period.
Left-wing Heikki Liedes scored with 1:08 left in the second period to pull the Storm within two goals at 5-3, but that was the closest Tri-City got to the Gamblers through the rest of the game.
Arnold would score a pair of opening goals that were assisted by C.J. Eick in the third period to complete his hat trick. Right-wing Nolan LaPorte would tip in D Dan Molenaar’s right-point shot to cap the scoring with 7:50 left in regulation.
Copley made 23 saves on 31 shots in the loss, while Adam Wilcox made 31 saves on 34 shots in the win for the Gamblers.
Tri-City went 0-for-4 on the power play, while going 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.

Fargo Force 3 vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 6
Six different skaters netted a goal for the RoughRiders as they picked up a victory over Fargo.  It was the Fall Classic finale for both clubs as each finished with a 1-2 record.
Thomas Forgione put Cedar Rapids on the board midway through the first period and less than two minutes later, Stu Wilson made it a 2-0 lead when he scored shorthanded.
Midway through the second frame, Riley Bourbonnais put the RoughRiders up by three goals with his first tally of the Fall Classic.  Fargo would come alive as Taylor Richart lit the lamp twice in a span of 31 seconds to put his club within one goal.
Cedar Rapids got an early goal in the third period from Nick Saracino, but Gabe Guertler would respond just 26 seconds later with a shorthanded goal.  However, it was all the closer the Force would get has Ryan McGrath and Brent Norris netted goals for the RoughRiders.
Goaltender Matt McNeely made 21 saves to record the win for Cedar Rapids.

Muskegon Lumberjacks 2 vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints 3 (SO)
by Patrick Murray, Dubuque Fighting Saints
It took a shootout in the final game to accomplish, but the Fighting Saints made it out of the Fall Classic with a three-game sweep, defeating Muskegon 3-2 in a shootout Friday afternoon.
Muskegon struck first in the opening period.  With the Fighting Saints shorthanded after a slashing call against Teddy Doherty, Alex Smith fired a puck from the right circle.  Gabe Antoni made a pad save, but the rebound remained loose in the crease.  Joshua Henke was there to knock it past Antoni, playing in his first game of the Fall Classic for Dubuque.
The Fighting Saints evened the scoring in the second period when Kenny Matheson, fresh out of the penalty box, created a rebound with a shot on Paul Berrafato.  The rebound kicked to the right side where Larry Cornellier was waiting to tie the game 2:16 into the frame.  Muskegon would answer back, as Joona Manninen scored for the Lumberjacks, with the assist from Smith, his second of the game.  Minutes later, with the Fighting Saints on the powerplay, Teddy Doherty corralled the puck at the point and fired it towards the net of Berrafato.  Max Gardiner tipped the puck on its way in, and it sneaked between the pads of Berrafato to give the Fighting Saints a tie game once again.
Neither team found the back of the net in the third frame.  Playing under Fall Classic rules, the teams proceeded directly to a shootout a the end of regulation.  Gerard Hanson extended the shootout with a goal in the fifth frame, and John Doherty won the game for Dubuque on a pretty dangle in the sixth.

Youngstown Phantoms 7 vs. Sioux Fall Stampede 2
The Youngstown Phantoms came out firing and scored seven goals to improve to 2-0 at the Fall Classic.
Mike Ambrosia collected two goals in a span of five minutes, including one shorthanded, while Stephen Collins scored late in the period to give the Phantoms 3-0 lead heading into the first intermission.  Youngstown outshot Sioux Falls 17-8 in the first period.
It was even more offense in the second period as J.T. Stenglein tallied a goal just over a minute into the frame and Austin Cangelosi scored just after three minutes had ticked off the clock.  Even Moore would get the Stampede on the board before Justin Stevens added to the Phantoms goal barrage late in the period.
Dylan Margonari tallied the seventh Phantoms goal and Todd Skirving added a goal for Sioux Falls.  Youngstown goaltender Sean Romeo picked up the victory making 30 saves and forward Austin Cangelosi ended with a three-point game (1g, 2a).

Team USA 6 vs. Sioux City Musketeers 4
Team USA scored four goals in the first period and held off the host Musketeers to capture the 6-4 win.
Nicolas Kerdiles scored two goals in a span of 46 seconds in the first period and Riley Barber added Team USA’s third goal over the first 5:38 of play.  Philip Lux put the Musketeers on the board midway through the period, but Barber added his second goal of the period to make the score 4-1 after the first 20 minutes of action.  It was the second straight two-goal game for Barber.
Maxim Gaudreault scored a power play goal for Sioux City to cut into the lead, but Team USA would respond on a goal by Quentin Shore.  The Musketeers wouldn’t go away however, as defenseman Jordan Schmaltz gathered a loose puck and buried it for his team’s third goal of the evening.
Frankie Vatrano tallied the sixth goal of the game for Team USA midway through the final period.  Josh Erickson got loose on a breakaway and buried a shorthanded goal for Sioux City, but that was all the closer the Musketeers would get as Team USA improved to 2-0 at the Fall Classic.

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Press Release

Moose Jaw, SK -- The four Western Provincial Hockey Associations – Hockey Alberta, BC Hockey, Hockey Manitoba and the Saskatchewan Hockey Association – in partnership with the Western Hockey League (WHL) and Moose Jaw Warriors are pleased to release the schedule and ticketing information for the 2011 Western Canada Under 16 Challenge Cup.

The Western Canada Under 16 Challenge Cup will be held at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw, SK, October 27 – 30, and will feature the highest rated players in the Under 16 age category representing the four Western Provinces of Alberta, BC, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The four team round robin tournament format will assist the four Western Provincial Hockey Associations in evaluating these top prospects for future Program of Excellence competitions.

*all games will take place at Mosaic Place (Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan)

Thursday, October 27
Game #1 – Alberta vs Manitoba @ 3:00pm
Game #2 – Saskatchewan vs British Columbia @ 7:00pm

Friday, October 28
Game #3 – Alberta vs British Columbia @ 3:00pm
Game #4 – Saskatchewan vs Manitoba @ 7:00pm

Saturday, October 29
Game #5 – Saskatchewan vs Alberta @ 11:00am
Game #6 – Manitoba vs British Columbia @ 3:00pm

Sunday, October 30
Game #7 – BRONZE MEDAL GAME (3rd Place vs 4th Place) @ 11:00am
Game #8 – GOLD MEDAL GAME (1st Place vs 2nd Place) @ 3:00pm

Tournament Passes: Day Pass:
Adult- $30 Adult- $10
Child- $15 Child- $5
Scout- $20
Parents- $20

Tickets available at:
Mosaic Place Box Office - (306) 624-2050

The rosters for the 2011 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup will be released as follows:
October 1 – Team Manitoba and Team Saskatchewan
October 12 – Team Alberta and Team British Columbia

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Lightning Sign D Daniel Milan

Press Release

The Tampa Bay Lightning signed defenseman Daniel Milan to a three-year, two-way contract today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced. Milan is currently attending the team’s training camp.

Milan, 6-foot-3, 194 pounds, skated in 68 games last season with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, recording 14 goals and 38 points. He led all Moncton defensemen in goals and also ranked first among all QMJHL rookie defensemen in points. His eight power-play goals were good for fifth among all Wildcats skaters. In addition, Milan appeared in five QMJHL postseason games, registering a goal and an assist. Following the 2010-11 season, Milan was honored as Moncton’s Rookie of the Year after breaking the club’s scoring record for first-year defensemen.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Milan enjoyed a successful career in his home state before making his junior debut with Moncton in 2010-11. Serving as team captain in his senior season at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep, he notched five goals and 18 points in 31 games and received High School All-State honors, as well as Catholic League All-Conference recognition. As a result, Milan became the first player from the Michigan high school hockey system to make the jump directly to a Major Junior hockey league team.

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Press Release

LONDON, ONTARIO: London Knights General Manager Mark Hunter is pleased to announce that Dylan Hunter has officially accepted the role of Assistant Coach with the organization. “We are extremely excited that Dylan will be joining our coaching staff this year,” Mark Hunter stated. “His previous playing experience at the pro level, career as a London Knight, and passion and commitment to our players, community and hockey club will be a perfect fit for our team moving forward.”

Prior to joining the Knights coaching staff, Dylan played five years of professional hockey in the AHL and ECHL. During his time as a professional, Dylan played over 300 games collecting 60 goals, 115 assists and 175 points to go along with 225 PIM’s. Prior to his career as a professional, Dylan was a member of the London Knights from 2001-2006 where he played in 315 games. During his time as a Knight, Dylan scored 106 goals, 263 assists and 369 points to go along with 240 PIM’s. Additionally, Dylan was instrumental in the team’s 2005 Memorial Cup Championship. Dylan was the captain of the London Knights during the 2005/2006 season. He was drafted 273rd overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres, in the 9th round. In his role as Assistant Coach, Dylan will be responsible for assisting Head Coach Dale Hunter and the London Knights coaching staff with all aspects of on and off-ice development of the London Knights players. This includes: working with the forwards, the development of the young draft picks and prospects within the system, skills/player development, video pre-scout and analysis, practice planning, and game strategy. Dylan and his wife Kristin reside in London, Ontario.

Dylan Hunter Career Highlights:

Member of Team Ontario in the World Under-17 Championships in Selkirk, Manitoba
Member of the Canada/Russia Challenge Series in November 2004.
Member of the Memorial Cup Champion London Knights (2005).
Became Knights franchise leader in games played on December 2, 2005 (275 GP).
Captain of the London Knights (2005/2006 season).
With Rob Schremp and David Bolland, Hunter was one-third of one of the most productive lines in the Canadian Hockey League during the 2005/2006 season.
Named American Hockey League Player of the Week for the week ending November 5, 2007

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