Sunday, September 30, 2012

Eagles Part Ways with Orser, Add Grieve to Roster

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The Surrey Eagles Hockey Club announced on Friday that forward Kolten Grieve (94) has been added to the team's roster. Grieve had a strong training camp with the Eagles but has been sidelined due to injury for the past few weeks.
As a result, the Eagles and defenseman Beau Orser have decided to part ways. Orser put up 17 points over parts of three seasons in his time in Surrey.
"We made a decision for the team and for Beau as a player, what would be best for both sides," said Eagles assistant coach Peter Schaefer. "We came to an agreement where he's going to try to get an opportunity with another club."
The Eagles would like to thank Orser for his time spent in the organization and wish him all the best in the future.

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Dryden Ice Dogs acquire forward

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DRYDEN, Ont. – The Dryden Ice Dogs have announced they have acquired the Hockey Canada playing rights to 20-year-old Paul Thompson from the Truro Bearcats of the Maritime Hockey league.

The 5’11”, 190-pound right-handed forward is expected to add more depth to the Ice Dogs forward corps.
Last season the Woodstock, Ont., native saw action in 48 games where he scored nine goals and chipped in with 16 assists for 25 points. He also amassed 78 penalty minutes.

Thompson is expected to be in the line-up Saturday when Dryden hosts the Thunder Bay North Stars in a 7:30 p.m. start at Memorial Arena.

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The Maritime Junior Hockey League and Eastlink announce new partnership

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The MHL and Eastlink announced today a new and exciting partnership for the 2012-2013 hockey season. 

“We are passionate about local sports," says Jeff Brown, Regional Manager Eastlink Maritimes. "The opportunity to partner with the MHL as the league's Nova Scotia sponsor reinforces our commitment to this community."

Eastlink and the MHL say this new relationship will help elevate the League in Nova Scotia, now known as the Eastlink Division, and provide important support to its athletes and the teams.

Brown explains that Eastlink has a long history of investing in and showcasing local sports. "We are very involved with a number of local sports teams and leagues across the Maritimes including QMJHL, the Halifax Rainmen, the Eastlink Premiership Soccer League and Atlantic University Sport."

“On behalf of the Maritime Junior Hockey League, I wish to express how very proud and pleased we are to have Eastlink join us as a division sponsor”, said MHL Board of Governors Chairman John Lynn. “Eastlink has firmly established itself as one of the most successful telecommunications companies in Canada. This partnership is a very positive one for our league; being associated with Eastlink’s very strong brand bolsters the MHL’s presence within its member communities and all of the Maritimes”.

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Cranbrook, BC – Jeff Chynoweth, General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club, today announced the club has traded 20-year-old Forward Elgin Pearce to the Medicine Hat Tigers in exchange for a fifth round pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

“With us having four 20-year-old players we knew we had to get down to the League maximum of three prior to the 20-year-old deadline on October 11th.  With numerous 1992 born players eligible to return for their overage season  we wanted to ensure  Elgin had the opportunity to play his final season in the WHL.  We would like to thank Elgin for his three years with our Hockey Club and wish him all the best in Medicine Hat,” added Chynoweth

As a result of today's transaction, the ICE have 24 players on their roster, including two goalies, eight defensemen and 14 forwards.  Of those players, there are three 1992 born players, three 1993 born players, seven 1994 born players, nine 1995 born players and two 1996 born players.

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Team McClanahan cruised to a 5-2 victory in the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game

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BUFFALO, N.Y. – Team McClanahan bested Team Housley, 5-2, in the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game Saturday (Sept. 29) at the First Niagara Center. Ryan Fitzgerald (North Reading, Mass.) notched three assists for Team McClanahan and received MVP honors. Meanwhile, Evan Allen (Sterling Heights, Mich.) scored both of Team Housley's goals.
Team McClanahan opened the scoring at 15:54 of the first period by capitalizing on a three-on-one. Fitzgerald carried the puck down the left wing and fed the puck across the crease to Hudson Fasching (Burnsville, Minn.) for a tap-in tally.
Seth Jones (Plano, Texas) made it 2-0 in favor of Team McClanahan at 6:06 of the second period. From the right point, Jones one-timed a clean faceoff win by Fitzgerald into the lower left corner of the net.
Two minutes later, Team McClanahan stretched its lead to 3-0. Coasting through the slot, Jimmy Lodge (Downington, Pa.) slipped a pass behind both defensemen to Jacob Montgomery (Oakdale, Minn.), who flipped a backhand shot under the crossbar.
Team McClanahan's fourth straight goal came from Quentin Shore (Denver, Colo.) at 13:42. Mike McCarron (Macomb, Mich.) forced goaltender Hunter Miska (North Branch, Minn.) to make a difficult save and Shore knocked in the rebound. Taylor Cammarata (Plymouth, Minn.) also assisted on the play.
Allen put Team Housley on the scoreboard 6:08 into the third period. Frank Vatrano (East Longmeadow, Mass.) shot for a rebound as he crossed the blue line and the puck caromed perfectly to Allen who was driving to the net.
Dakota Mermis (Alton, Ill.) reestablished the four-goal lead, 5-1, for Team McClanahan with a wrist shot through traffic from the high slot at 10:50. Fitzgerald picked up his third assist of the game, while Matt Lane (Rochester, N.Y.) also drew a helper.
Allen scored a power-play goal for Team Housley to cap the scoring with 6:10 left in regulation. Steven Santini's (Mahopac, N.Y.) shot ricocheted off the end boards and Allen slipped the puck behind the goalie at the right post. Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) had the second assist.
Team McClanahan starting goaltender Cal Petersen (Waterloo, Iowa) was flawless in 30 minutes, stopping seven shots. Evan Cowley (Evergreen, Colo.) made 15 saves on 17 shots in relief.
Eamon McAdam (Perkasie, Pa.) started the game for Team Housley. He turned aside nine of 12 shots. Miska had 14 saves and two goals against.

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Phantoms Name Captains for 2012-13

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio– The Youngstown Phantoms have named their captains for 2012-13 season, head coach Anthony Noreen announced Friday ahead of the team’s season opener with the Omaha Lancers.

Centers Austin Cangelosi and Alexander Dahl will serve as co-captains while left wing JT Stenglein and right wing Sam Anas will act as assistant captains for the Phantoms. All four were named captains after a vote from their teammates and the team coaching staff.

“We make it extremely clear to our players just how important and how big of an honor it is to wear any letter for this team,” Noreen said. “We explained to them that they needed to pick guys who represent this program way they all want it represented and I think they did a tremendous job in picking Austin and Alexander, along with Sam and JT.”

Cangelosi, an Estero, Fla., native is entering his second season with the Phantoms. The Boston College commit finished second in scoring for Youngstown last season with 29 goals, 30 assists and 59 points in 53 games.

“Austin, a lot like [former captain] Mike Ambrosia last year, is a guy who leads by example,” Noreen said. “His work ethic is relentless in all areas, whether it’s school, practice, the weight room or games. He does everything the right way.

Dahl, an Eau Claire, Wis., native is also entering his second season with the team. He played in all but one game in his rookie season, putting up three goals and six assists and nine points. His brother, Jefferson, was a leader for the Phantoms during their inaugural 2009-10 season as well.

“Alexander is also a guy who leads by example, but he’s definitely a more vocal and outgoing guy,” Noreen said. “He plays our system to a tee, helps out our young guys. Obviously his brother was a leader when he was here and Alex is no different. You can see that he was raised the right way – you can really say that about all of our captains.”

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Keith Sullivan Named Lumberjacks Vice President

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 MUSKEGON, Michigan (September 28th) – The Lumberjacks are proud to announce that they have hired former NHL scout Keith Sullivan as the Vice President. Sullivan will oversee all aspects of player acquisition and roster management, as well as assisting in the overall management of the hockey department of the Lumberjacks organization.

“Coming to the Muskegon Lumberjacks is a great opportunity for me,” said Sullivan. “I will do my best to help compliment the things that are already in place, as well as help provide insight to give Muskegon an even better product on and off the ice.”
Sullivan has served as a scout for over 20 years and is making his second appearance in the USHL. Sullivan first started his scouting career for the Sherbrooke Castors of the QMJHL (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) and then moved on to the USHL where he scouted for the Lincoln Stars and Omaha Lancers. During his time with the Lancers, he took on the role of being the head scout for the organization. Sullivan then moved on to the NHL where he spent time with both the Phoenix Coyotes and Winnipeg Jets.
“I am thrilled that Keith was able to join our club. Keith’s depth of experience in the NHL and his past success in the USHL will enable him to make an immediate impact for the Lumberjacks,” Lumberjacks Owner and CEO Josh Mervis said. “Keith joining our team as Vice President adds another NHL veteran who can help develop and shepherd our players to the next level successfully.”

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Brenden Walker Named Blades Captain

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The Saskatoon Blades are very pleased to announce that forward Brenden Walker has been named as their team captain for the 2012-13 season.

Walker is one of the Blades three 20 year olds this season after being acquired from the Brandon Wheat Kings last May.  The native of St. Anne, Manitoba is coming off his 200th career game on Wednesday night and has one goal and one assist in three games so far this season.

"Since arriving in Saskatoon from Brandon he's possessed a tremendous amount of great qualities, including a great work ethic," said Saskatoon Blades Head Coach and General Manager Lorne Molleken.

"We feel that as a 20 year old, Brenden is ready to take on this role as the captain of our team.  He's new to the organization, but he's really worked hard to get the players on the same page and to work as one.  Brenden is a fun guy to be around, he's earned the respect of the players in our room and we are very excited to make this announcement."

Walker will wear the 'C' on his jersey for the first time tomorrow night as the Blades travel to Swift Current.  No alternate captains have been announced at this time.

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Sportsnet Drops the Puck on Friday Night Hockey, Oct. 12

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TORONTO (September 28, 2012) Friday Night Hockey is back!Sportsnet and the Canadian Hockey League today announced the first two weeks of its Friday Night Hockey 2012-13 broadcast schedule, beginning on Friday, Oct. 12 at 9:45 p.m. ET / 6:45 p.m. PT as the reigning Western Hockey League champion Edmonton Oil Kings host the Calgary Hitmen on Sportsnet ONE.   

Sportsnet will televise a Canadian Hockey League game every Friday night during the 2012-13 regular season and playoffs.  As Canada’s premiere destination for all things CHL, Sportsnet is home to the 2012 SUBWAY Super Series this November, the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Halifax and the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Saskatoon.

Friday Night Hockey returns to Sportsnet ONE on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT when the reigning Ontario Hockey League champion London Knights host the Erie Otters.

Sportsnet will announce the remaining Friday Night Hockey games for its 2012-13 broadcast schedule on a week by week basis.

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Press Release

The Burlington Cougars would like to inform all fans and visiting teams that they have changed the start time for Saturday Home Games to 8:00 p.m. Warm-up for each game will move to 7:30 p.m.

Sunday Home Games remain at 3:00 p.m. game start time.

All games remain at Wave Twin Rinks, 1179 Northside Road in Burlington.

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Cougars Team Up With Factory Hockey

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The Prince George Cougars are pleased to announce a two-year partnership with Factory Hockey Training. Factory Hockey Training will work closely with the Prince George Cougars to ensure that they receive high quality off-ice strength and conditioning along with on-ice skill development. 

“We’re excited to be working alongside Factory Hockey Training for the next two seasons,” said Prince George Cougars Vice President Brandi Brodsky. “Factory Hockey Training provides our players with a unique training experience that will help them both on and off the ice.” 

Per the Factory Hockey Training website, The Factory’s goal is to have their players leave the program not only confident athletes; but better hockey players. To achieve this they have designed unique off-ice stick handling regimes that are integrated into the daily weight complexes. Hand eye, peripheral vision, and quick hands drills are practiced relentlessly. A real hockey environment is created: encouragement, loud music, sweat, and the desire to get better every day. 

“Factory Hockey Training would like to thank the Prince George Cougars for the opportunity to provide our unique approach to in-season strength & conditioning for their players,” said Troy Dalton, Factory Hockey Training Founder. “Having worked with dozens of WHL players in the past, we have an understanding of the exceptional calibre of the league and the demands it places on the players.” 

 The Prince George Cougars  training will be headed by Kris Russell, a Factory Hockey strength Coach.

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Calgary, AB – 5050 Central Limited (5050 Central) and the Western Hockey League (WHL) are pleased to announce they have reached a three year agreement that will see 5050 Central named as the “Official Real-time Raffle Company of the WHL”. In cooperation with the WHL, 5050 Central will work with member clubs to implement the 5050 technology.  This real-time raffle offering will see member clubs have the ability to sell raffle tickets through automated devices.  The in game fan experience includes the instantaneous display of the raffle totals on the facility scoreboard, televisions and in-house monitors.

Ken Cook, Pointstreak’s Chief Operating Officer stated, "We are very excited about our partnership with the Western Hockey League.  The vision and leadership demonstrated by Ron Robison and his team illustrate the progressive nature of the league membership.  Based upon our successes with other leagues and teams we are confident that 5050 Central platform will be a huge success, embraced by the teams and more importantly by the fans. This development is an advancement that will allow member clubs the opportunity to continue to provide a strong connection with the various causes in their communities.”

Ron Robison, Commissioner of the Western Hockey League commented, “The Western Hockey League member clubs have always been known for funding our education and scholarship program as well as local charities and minor hockey.  We understand the importance and the role that we collectively play in the development of our communities and the student athletes that we are responsible for. Other leagues and teams have taken advantage of this technology to be able to continue to give back to various charities and worthwhile initiatives in their local communities. The ability of our member clubs to have access to revolutionary ways to generate funds to continue having a positive impact in their communities and with their players was attractive to us. We are excited about the possibilities that this initiative will provide.”

About 5050 Central Limited:
5050 Central Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pointstreak Sports Technologies Inc., is an electronic  50/50 raffle management system that drives consumer participation in raffle events while providing accountability to the raffle process.  The 5050 Central system electronically captures every transaction while providing updated real-time raffle information to display devices located throughout the venue. Tickets are sold to fans through fixed touch-screen terminals and mobile devices, creating an effortless data collection system providing faster sales transaction, longer selling periods, accountability and substantial increases in average raffle proceeds. 5050 Central boasts some of sports' best brands as clients, including the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Rays, Orlando Magic, Atlanta Braves, Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes and Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Friday, September 28, 2012


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NDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Ice announced today that forward Zach Aman has committed to playing college hockey for the Colorado College Tigers.  Colorado College is an NCAA Division I member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).

Aman joins the Indy roster after spending last season with Shattuck-St. Mary’s, the powerhouse prep program out of Faribault, MN.  He finished the season fourth on the squad in goals (25) and assists (41) for a combined 66 points as the Sabres won the 2012 USA Hockey U18 National Championships in Williamsville, NY.

The Johnstown, PA native will become the second Ice product to commit to the Tigers after former forward Cody Bradley committed to the Colorado Springs, CO institution last season.  Notable players to occupy the Colorado College bench include Jaden Schwartz (St. Louis), Joey Crabb (Toronto) and Jack Hillen (Nashville).  Several legendary coaches have also served as the Tiger’s bench boss including Don Lucia and “Badger Bob” Johnson.

Other additions to the Ice’s college commitment list include Austin Ortega (Nebraska-Omaha) and Alex Talcott (Michigan).  Ortega was acquired in a trade with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders while Indy picked up Talcott, who played last season with the Muskegon Lumberjacks.

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Ryan to Drop Puck Saturday

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The Owen Sound Attack is pleased to announce that Anaheim Ducks forward and former Attack Captain Bobby Ryan will be conducting the ceremonial faceoff on Saturday evening when the Attack play host to the Sarnia Sting.

Ryan, 25, suited up in 249 regular season games for the Attack between 2003 and 2007, serving as Captain from 2005-2007 and was the 2nd overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft to Anaheim.

The New Jersey native is the Owen Sound Franchise’s all-time leading scorer with 133 goals and 192 assists for 325 points. Since his graduation from the Attack, Ryan has spent four full seasons in the National Hockey League where he has amassed 136 goals and 123 assists for 259 points, including four straight 30 goal seasons from 2008-2012.

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Bulldogs to Honour Paul Cyr on Saturday

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The Bulldogs will be honouring local NHL legend, Paul Cyr, in Saturday's game against one of his former teams.

He began his career with the Nanaimo Clippers
,for whom he played the 1979–1980 season, and then the Victoria Cougars of the WHL from 1980 to 1982.

The Buffalo Sabres drafted Cyr ninth overall in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. He made his debut for the Sabres that year, and would play the next six seasons for the team, before being traded midway through the 1987–1988 season to the New York Rangers. After two seasons with the Rangers, Cyr signed as a free agent with the Hartford Whalers before the 1990–1991 season. He retired in 1993 after playing for the Springfield Indians in the AHL.

Cyr played in a total of 470 games in the NHL over nine seasons, scoring 101 goals and 140 assists. He was also a member of the first Canadian team to win a gold medal in the 1982 World Junior Hockey Championships.
Cyr died of heart failure in May 2012.  He was 48.

The Bulldogs will be joined by members of Cyr's family on Saturday.  Come out and join in the tribute of one of Port Alberni's greatest hockey legends.

Puck drop is at 7:00 PM

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 The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club announced today that their three overage players, Brooks Macek, Cody Sylvester and Spencer Humphries, will return as the team’s leadership core for the 2012-13 Western Hockey League season.  Sylvester, who enters his fifth campaign with Calgary, becomes the third player in franchise history to wear the ‘C’ in back-to-back seasons.  Macek and Humphries will each wear an ‘A’ for the second consecutive year.

Sylvester, a Vernon, British Columbia, native also proves to be a community leader by founding the Chance To Play program, a fundraising initiative in support of local minor hockey.  At each Hitmen home game throughout the season, Chance To Play t-shirts will be sold for $20 at the Booster Club table located on the Scotiabank Saddledome concourse.  Net proceeds will provide the opportunity for local youth to participate in sport.

“I’ve had the opportunity to play hockey all my life and now I am raising funds for kids who would not normally have the chance to play so they too can follow their dreams like I did,” said Sylvester.  “The money collected through the sale of these t-shirts will go towards Calgary Minor Hockey and young kids in the city who have supported me and the team by cheering every game.”  

The 5-11, 191-pound captain has played 247 WHL games with the Hitmen over the last four seasons accumulating 56 goals and 83 assists for 139 points.  Sylvester has found success early this year, tallying three goals and two assists over two games played.

“Calgary has been very good to me,” Sylvester added.  “Over the past five years I’ve had the chance to play with one of the best organizations in the WHL and now I want to do something to give back to the people and the city of Calgary who have treated me exceptionally well during my time as a Hitmen.”

Brooks Macek, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, recorded 14 goals and added 24 assists for 38 points along with 19 penalty minutes over 54 games with Calgary last season.  The Hitmen acquired the 6-foot, 194-pound right winger from the Tri-City Americans in January 2010 in a deal that also saw blueliner Spencer Humphries head to Calgary.  During the 2012 post-season, the Manitoba talent suited up for five playoff contests where he notched one goal and added two assists.  

Humphries, a Tsawwassen, British Columiba product set career highs in goals (8), assists (20), points (38) and penalty minutes (107) as a member of the Hitmen in 2011-12.  Over five 
WHL seasons, the 6-2, 208-pound defenceman has recorded 55 points, including 12 goals, while amassing 209 penalty minutes over 125 games played in Calgary (2010-2012) and for Tri-City (2008-2010).

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Smokies Add Veteran Pieces

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TRAIL -- The Trail Smoke Eaters are happy to announce the return of two players from tryout opportunities in the United States Hockey League.

Forward Austin Adduono (93) comes to Trail from the Fargo Force after spending the 2011-12 season with Wichita Falls and Dawson Creek of the North American Hockey League. In 58 appearances with the Wildcats and Rage last season, the Thunder Bay, Ontario native scored 13 goals and 22 points. As a 17 year-old, Adduono led the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) in scoring, posting 32 goals and 72 points with the Wisconsin Wilderness. He was named SIJHL Rookie of the Year, helping the Wilderness to the SIJHL championship in their inaugural season.

The Smoke Eaters are also excited to welcome back defenseman Marley Keca (93) after a tryout opportunity with the Indiana Ice. The Kelowna, BC product was acquired in a multi-player deal last October from the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. In 39 appearances with Trail during the 2011-12 season, Keca tallied 5 goals and 19 points. Keca has played 104 BCHL regular-season games with Trail, Alberni Valley and Quesnel.

In a separate transaction, the Smoke Eaters have acquired defenseman Braden Pears (93) from the Coquitlam Express for future considerations. Pears, from Victoria, has played 132 games in the BCHL with Powell River, Victoria, Salmon Arm and Coquitlam, scoring 20 points. Pears made 4 appearances with the Express this season.

Adduono, Keca and Pears could all be in the lineup for the Smokies’ next home game, Saturday, September 29th against the Vernon Vipers. 

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'Backs Acquire Hunt from Vipers

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 The Salmon Arm SilverBacks are pleased to announce the acquisition of 17 year old forward Riley Hunt from the Vernon Vipers in exchange for future considerations.

The diminutive forward is listed at 5ft 5” tall and 155lbs but Hunt’s game certainly packs much more punch that his measurements. The Revelstoke native made his BCHL debut with the Vipers last season. As a 16 year old he recorded 1 goal and 5 assists in 49 games while earning a scholarship to Harvard University for the 2014-2015 season.

The addition of Hunt will provide a spark and some grit at the forward position for the SilverBacks, “Riley is a player that is going to bring energy and enthusiasm to the rink with him every day. He is hard to play against and is not afraid to go into the tough areas” said Mick.

While there have been several players to wear the Vipers and SilverBacks colours this appears to be the first direct trade between the two arch rivals. Mick on the historic acquisition, “Riley is a quality young man and a player we targeted for his work ethic and level of compete. He will be a leader in our dressing room before his time as a SilverBack is over. I was not aware that this was the first trade between the two teams but I guess it is fitting that I make the deal since I have been on both sides of the rivalry.”

Fans can look forward to seeing Hunt in the line-up next weekend as the ‘Backs hit the road for 3 games in 3 days on the island; making stops in Victoria, Cowichan and Nanaimo.

In order to make room for Hunt on the roster forward Alex Holland was suspended after requesting a trade.

The SilverBacks would like to welcome Riley to the organization and wish Alex the best of luck as he continues to pursue his hockey goals.

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Kalamazoo adds rookie defenseman

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Kalamazoo, MI- The Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings, proud members of the North American Hockey League’s North Division, are proud to announce the addition of defenseman, Cameron Heath.
Heath, is a 17-year-old defenseman that hails from Troy, Michigan. He was a 1st team all-state selection last season at Cranbrook-Kingswood High School in Bloomfield Hills.
Heath is a 6-1, 180 pound blue liner that was slated to start the season with the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL. However, he was traded to Kalamazoo for future considerations. Heath is joining Kalamazoo to help support a defense core that has been struck with some early season injuries.
In 26 games last season with Cranbrook-Kingswood at the high school level, Heath was able to tally nine goals and 17 assists to average a point per game as a defenseman. He was also quite productive on the power play unit, notching three power play goals and six man-up assists.
Heath should make his debut this weekend for Kalamazoo, as they take on the Port Huron Fighting Falcons in two straight contests, including the home opener on Sunday, September 30th at 2:00 pm at the Borgess Health Rink inside Wings West.
In another transaction, forward AJ Marcinek was traded to the Michigan Warriors for future considerations.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012


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PENTICTON, BC–The Penticton Vees Jr. Hockey Club is pleased to announce goaltender Chad Katunar (93) has committed to the University of Notre Dame for next season.

Katunar is in his second season with the Vees and is off to a terrific start. Through five games, Katunar has amassed a 5-0-0 record with 1.72 goals-against average and a .943 save-percentage, including one shutout. Katunar leads the BCHL in wins and sits in the top five in both goals-against average and save-percentage.

Last season, Katunar appeared in 20 games with the Vees, compiling at tidy 13-2 record with one shutout. Katunar made a name for himself in the BCHL post-season after Mike Garteig went down with injury. In 15 playoff games, Katunar compiled a 12-2-0-1 record, with goals-against average 1.73 and a .938 save-percentage, to go along with one shutout; backstopping the Vees to their second Fred Page Cup title in five years.

Vees Head Coach & GM Fred Harbinson, says Katunar’s scholarship was well earned, “Chad competes extremely hard day in and day out; he showed great patience throughout last season and excelled when called upon.  Chad has now solidified himself as one of the top goaltenders in Jr. ‘A’ hockey.”

The Irish are playing their final season in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association before they move to Hockey East in 2013-14. The Irish made their first NCAA Tournament Appearance in 2004 and have since made four more appearances, including making the Frozen Four Final in 2008. Notre Dame has won two CCHA Regular Season titles (2006-07, 2008-09) and two CCHA conference Championships (2006-07, 2008-09).

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Lumberjacks Defenseman Heads to AHL for Training Camp

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Muskegon Lumberjacks defenseman Rasmus Bengtsson is making a detour before beginning the USHL season as the Florida Panthers draft pick is heading to training camp in the American Hockey League.
“I am excited that I am going to San Antonio to show the Florida Panthers what I am all about,” said Bengtsson smiling.  “It will be a tough camp with a lot of great players there, but this camp will give me a great deal of experience so that I am more prepared mentally and physically for going to Panthers training camp next season.”

The 19-year-old from Landskrona, Sweden was selected by the Florida Panthers in the second round (59th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.  He joined the Lumberjacks in January and put up 11 points (3g, 8a) in 34 regular season games.  Bengtsson is one of 18 NHL Draft picks on USHL rosters this season and the highest drafted player currently in the League.

The 6-2, 195-pound defenseman will report to the San Antonio Rampage, AHL affiliate of the Florida Panthers, to begin training camp with the club which opens Monday.  Bengtsson is currently scheduled to spend the entire week with the professional team before returning to Muskegon.  He will compete at the training camp with top prospects for the Florida Panthers in addition to AHL veterans and could see action in preseason games later in the week for the Rampage.

“I am very pleased for Rasmus – it is awesome for him personally, and for our program,” said Josh Mervis, Lumberjacks Owner/CEO.  “I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank the Florida Panthers for entrusting his development to us, and also to his advisors at CAA, Peter Werner and J.P. Barry, for having the confidence in the Lumberjacks and in the USHL as the path to help him prepare for the NHL.”

Despite losing a top defenseman for the start of the season, the Jacks staff is happy to see Bengtsson participate in the AHL camp.  “I am very excited for Rasmus as it is a great step to starting his pro career,” said Lumberjacks Head Coach Jim McKenzie. “It is a great opportunity for him, and he will gain a great amount of experience in going to the camp.”

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Kravchenko commits to UMass

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Sioux Falls, SD—The Sioux Falls Stampede are proud to announce that forward Dennis Kravchenko (Krav-chink-oh) has committed to the University of Massachusetts for the 2013-14 season. He becomes the ninth player on the Stampede roster to commit to a Division I program.

A native San Clemente, California, Kravchenko is in his first season with the Stampede. He was acquired in a trade with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders over the summer. Last year, Kravchenko recorded 21 points (8g, 13a) and 67 penalty minutes in 34 games last season. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound center was a 2010 USHL Futures Draft choice of the RoughRiders.

The University of Massachusetts is located in Amherst, Mass., has an enrollment of 24,000 and play in the Hockey East Conference. Former Stampede defenseman Conor Allen is a junior for the Minutemen and assistant coach Joey Gasparini is the younger brother of former Stampede head coach, Tony Gasparini.

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Blues’ Stoykewych commits to Western Michigan

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Winnipeg Blues Defenseman Paul Stoykewych has committed to the University of Western Michigan for next season.

The 6-foot,  200 pounder from Winnipeg tallied 24 points in 57 games as a rookie last season for the Blues. In three games this season, Stoykewych has tallied a goal and an assist.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for Paul,” says Blues’ GM/Head Coach Don McGillivray. “The organization is very proud of him. He’s demonstrated that he’s one of the top players in our league and Western Michigan has recognized that.”

Earlier this week, NHL Central Scouting ranked Stoykewych as a B-skater and a potential second or third round pick in the 2013 NHL draft in June.

Western Michigan is a Division 1 school in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) and were recently ranked 11th in a pre season poll done by USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine.

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AJHL announces Players of the Week

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HESTERFIELD, VA - The Atlantic Junior Hockey League (AJHL) has announced that Walpole Express forward Eric Salzillo, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights defenseman Tommy Dowell and New Jersey Rockets goaltender Phil Heinle have been named the Offensive, Defensive and Goaltender of the Week, respectively, for the week ending Sept. 23.
Salzillo, from Johnston, R.I., struck for a goal and six assists in three games at the first AJHL Showcase of the season, which was held in Aston, Pa. On Friday, the 1994-born assisted on both Walpole goals in a 4-2 loss to the Rockets. The next day, Salzillo rang up the game-winning marker and two assists in a 6-0 triumph over the New Jersey Titans. On Sunday, the 5-foot-10, 171-pounder added two more helpers as the Express blanked the New York Bobcats, 4-0.
Dowell, a Kansas City native, connected for a goal and three assists in three Showcase games. After being held scoreless on Friday - a 6-4 loss to the Bobcats - the 1992-born tallied the game-winning goal the next day in the Knights’ 4-2 victory over the Rockets. On Sunday, the 6-foot, 190-pound Dowell picked up three assists, including one on forward Erik Moberg’s game-winning marker, as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton downed the Titans, 6-1.
“Tommy brings a high level of veteran experience to our blue line,” said Knights head coach Justin Lyle. “He’s a very solid defender with great touch on the power play and will be a dynamic two-way defenseman at the college level.”
Heinle, from York, Pa., fashioned a 1-1 record in two Showcase appearances, stopping 50 of 53 shots. On Friday, the 1993-born made 29 saves in a 4-2 victory over the Express. Two days later, the 5-foot-8, 180-pound Heinle turned aside 21 of 22 shots in a 2-0 loss to the Connecticut Wolfpack.
“Phil provided a solid veteran presence in net for us over the weekend,” said Rockets head coach Bob Thornton. “He has a proven track record in the AJHL and is off to his typical solid start.”
OFFENSIVE: Boston forward Matt Swett; Connecticut forward Anthony Beaumont; Northern Cyclones forward Simon Leahy; Philadelphia Jr. Flyers forward Aaron Peterson; Philadelphia Little Flyers forward Trevor Gooch; Rockets forward Brandon Fusaro; Moberg
DEFENSIVE: Boston defenseman John Harty; Connecticut defenseman Nick Owen; Jr. Flyers defenseman Jim LeNoir; Little Flyers defenseman Donald Rudd
GOALTENDER: Boston’s Chris Paulin; Connecticut’s Gene Lane; Little Flyers’ Landon Trutt

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DUBUQUE, Iowa – The Dubuque Fighting Saints roster is set for Opening Night. Head Coach and General Manager Jim Montgomery finalized the Fighting Saints 23-man roster today, giving Dubuque the group they will hit the ice with in 2012-13, starting in their first regular season game on Friday, September 28 at home versus Tri-City.

“I’m extremely pleased with the team we have,” said Montgomery. “Our camp was the best camp we’ve ever had. We have an abundance of depth at every position. With this group, we have a lot of room to grow. The locker room seems to be very vibrant and full of energy.”

The Fighting Saints roster features five returning players who spent a large portion of the season with Dubuque last year. Captain Shane Sooth returns for a third season at forward, complemented upfront by returner Eric Freschi. On the blueline, Mike Downing, along with Kyle McKenzie are both back for a second full season of duty with Dubuque. Goaltender Connor Girard returns between the pipes after being acquired in a mid-season trade last year from the Springfield Jr. Blues of the NAHL.

Fresh faces that will look to make an immediate impact for Dubuque include forward Seamus Malone, who the Fighting Saints signed to a tender for this season. Malone, a University of Wisconsin commit, scored five points, including four goals in two games, last week at the USHL Fall Classic. Forward Frankie DiChiara made his name known in training camp and put up strong numbers in preseason action after playing with St. Louis of the NAHL last season. In a late move, the Fighting Saints elected to add forward Dylan Gambrell to the roster after a strong showing at the USHL Fall Classic. Gambrell was Dubuque’s top selection in the 2012 USHL Future’s Draft and was originally not on the Fighting Saints initial 31-man training camp roster.

On defense, the Fighting Saints chose to keep nine defenseman after trading blueliner Jake Downing to Sioux Falls on Sunday. Coming off a shoulder injury, Preston Hodge will start the season on Injured Reserve and will not count against the roster limit, leaving Dubuque with eight healthy blueliners. Veteran Brandon Carlson, who is playing with his fourth USHL team, can play both defense and forward, and will look to be a leader in the locker room as one of the veterans. Keegan Ford will factor in on defense as well. The Waunakee, WI native signed a tender with Dubuque and is committed to the University of Wisconsin.

USHL teams may carry four import players, and the Fighting Saints will begin the season with three. Defenseman Niklas Nevalainen from Finland has shown flashes of strong play both in his own zone and jumping up to join the rush in the offensive zone. The Fighting Saints also have two players from Alberta, Canada with forward Peter Quenneville and defenseman Matt Benning, both draft picks of the Fighting Saints this past summer. 

USHL teams may also carry four players born in the year 1992. Dubuque is at this limit with Sooth, Carlson, Hodge, and forward Mike Szmatula from Commerce Township, MI. Szmatula led the Maritime Junior Hockey League last year in scoring and took league MVP honors, notching 87 points in 52 games with Summerside.

Coming off an impressive training camp and an equally impressive preseason, goaltender Arthur Brey made the Fighting Saints roster, and along with Girard, provides Dubuque with strong goaltending.

The Fighting Saints open the season this Friday at Mystique Community Ice Center. It is Opening Night presented by American Trust as the Fighting Saints host the Tri-City Storm at 7:35 p.m. The first 3,000 fans receive a magnetic schedule. Tickets are available by calling 563.583.6880 or by visiting

The 23-man roster is available HERE.

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Brandon, MB. – The Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings have reassigned 16-year old rookie Ryley Lindgren to the Winnipeg Thrashers of the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League.

A 5’10” 165 lb native of East St. Paul, Manitoba, Lindgren was Brandon’s fifth round selection (96th overall) in the 2011 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

Lindgren, who scored fourteen goals and 27 points in 43 games for the AAA Sharks in Winnipeg last season, appeared in Brandon’s 3-2 season opening victory over the Regina Pats on Friday night. In three pre-season games, he had one assist and one minor penalty.

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Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals today announced that the team has traded forward Dakota Conroy (1994) to the Prince Albert Raiders in exchange for their 7th round selection in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.

Victoria sends Conroy to Prince Albert after the Edmonton, AB native appeared in 30 games for the Royals during the 2011-12 WHL regular season, collecting 10 points (7g-3a) and 15 penalty minutes. Conroy was acquired by the Royals in January of 2012 in a trade with the Brandon Wheat Kings.

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VANCOUVER, BC – The Vancouver Giants have added some punch to their forward group today with the acquisition of 20 year-old Left Winger Trevor Cheek from the Calgary Hitmen. In exchange, the Giants send a 4th-round pick in 2013 and a 5th round pick in 2014 to Calgary.

Cheek, who hails from the other Vancouver in Washington, is a 3rd-year WHL veteran who spent the last 2 years in Calgary. Standing at 6’2, 198 lbs, he most recently came off a season where he picked up 23 goals and 49 points in 67 games. This season, he’s only played 1 regular season game so far, in which he picked up an assist, and he also had 5 points in just 3 games with Calgary in the pre-season.

"We are excited to add Trevor to our group as it gives us a big power forward for our top 6 group,” stated Giants Executive VP and General Manager Scott Bonner.   
"Players in the mold of Trevor are the type that prosper in our system and our team’s style is suited to them"
Trevor Cheek is expected to be in the line-up this Friday night when the Vancouver Giants host the Everett Silvertips at 7:30pm. He will switch from the #29 he wore in Calgary to wearing #14 in Vancouve

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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 second edition of the BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings for the 2012-13 regular 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
Quebec Remparts (2-0-0-0)
Edmonton Oil Kings (2-0-0-0)
London Knights (2-0-0-0)
Kitchener Rangers (2-0-0-0)
Halifax Mooseheads (2-0-0-0)
Portland Winterhawks (2-1-0-0)
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (2-0-0-0)
Kamloops Blazers (2-0-0-0)
Belleville Bulls (2-0-0-0)
Calgary Hitmen (2-0-0-0)
  Honourable Mention:
  Rimouski Oceanic (2-0-0-0)
  Oshawa Generals (1-1-0-0)
  Saskatoon Blades (1-1-0-0)

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BCHL partners with lifestyle hockey apparel company Gongshow Gear Inc.

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The British Columbia Hockey League is pleased to announce a partnership with Gongshow Gear Inc. as the official supplier of lifestyle hockey apparel to the league.

Gongshow has forged a strong presence in the hockey community and are partners with leagues at the junior and collegiate level. Gongshow will also be the official hat of the Fred Page Cup championship, the BCHL’s playoff tournament.

“We are thrilled to have Gongshow on board this year,” said BCHL commissioner John Grisdale. “Their apparel is of the highest quality and is very popular with players. We look forward to a successful season with Gongshow.”

Recently, Gongshow provided hats for all BCHL teams during the Showcase event in Chilliwack and will be putting their name behind the BCHL Player of the Week all season.

"We are extremely excited to be the Official Lifestyle Hockey Apparel partner of the BCHL for the 2012-13 season," said Gongshow Gear Inc. President Ger McNamee. "Gongshow takes pride in finding partners who align with our core values of growing not just the sport of hockey, but also developing great people off the ice. We think this will be a great start to a bright future working with the BCHL."

About Gongshow
Gongshow was founded in 2002 by three teammates in the Central Junior "A" Hockey League after identifying the need for a hockey apparel brand that would accurately represent the exciting and exclusive lifestyle that hockey players live. Gongshow was the first Lifestyle Hockey Apparel brand in the world to hit the market in 2002, and this game changing company has since grown into the largest hockey lifestyle clothing brand in the world - selling in over 500 retail locations, in 15 countries internationally, and has hailed comparisons to such pioneering lifestyle brands as Billabong (Surfing Lifestyle), and Burton (Snowboarding Lifestyle). Gongshow is dedicated to a core set of philosophies and strengths: design superiority, highest level of material quality and workmanship, edgy and trend setting hockey expression, a focus on consumer to brand connection, and strong partnerships with retailers and suppliers

About the BCHL
The mission of the British Columbia Hockey League is to be recognized as the top Junior A league in North America. The league has averaged 126 college commitments to colleges in Canada and the United States and strives to provide opportunities for all players to advance within and beyond the league. Last year, more than 300 alumni played Canadian or American college hockey and 31 played in the NHL.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Broncos Release Statements from Annual Shareholders Meeting

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The Swift Current Broncos Hockey Club released their financial statements from their 2011/2012 season.
The Broncos announced a small financial profit of $4,238.  This represents an increase of $201,464 over the prior year’s loss of $197,226.  The loss on the Hockey Operations side was $964,064, but additional revenues from drafted NHL players, the World Junior Hockey Championship and increases in Corporate Sponsorship, Corporate Suites and Fundraising provided enough monetary support.  The Broncos noted that the best method of reducing this loss is to put more fans in the seats stating their continuous efforts to work towards increasing ticket gate revenue.

Income from ticket sales and per game attendance was slightly greater than the previous year with average attendance at 2,204 (up from 2,136 the previous year). Fundraising events continued to grow this past season as revenue from these events increased from $42,865 to $77,063 this past year.  Concession and souvenir sales stayed relatively the same from the previous year.  The club also announced that they recorded 797 hours of community service last year (up from recent years).

While the organization continues to work towards increasing revenue in all areas, they also have been implementing and updating several initiatives that will be put into place this season, including:
  • Profit and Position Team:  A group of 17 people (ranging from interested fans, corporate sponsors and experts) that will provide ideas on various aspects of the business side from season ticket holder initiatives, game day experience and marketing. 
  • Revamping all fundraising projects including the volunteers involved, idea generation and execution of events.
  • Additional Season Ticket  Holder benefits and incentives (for exclusive season ticket holder jacket)
  • Adopt-a-Player Program:  a newly created program that allows companies the opportunity to sponsor players.
The Broncos would like to thank all of the loyal fans, members and businesses for their continued support.

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Pair of Rockets Commit to ECAC

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Newark, NJ - The New Jersey Rockets are pleased to announce that Junior B forwards Jeremy Bracco (’97 birth year/Freeport, NY) and Nolan Aibel (’97 birth year/Brookville, NY) have both announced a commitment to play Division I hockey in the ECAC.

Bracco will suit up to play for the Crimson of Harvard University and Head Coach Ted Donato, while his linemate, announced his commitment to Head Coach Keith Allain and the Yale Bulldogs. Bracco’s commitment to Harvard is the first Rocket to commit to Harvard since former Crimson team captain Michael Del Mauro (’87 birth year/Watchung, NJ).  Aibel becomes the second Rocket in as many years to commit to the Yale Bulldogs as forward Ryan Hitchcock (’96 birth year/Manhasset, NY/NTDP) announced his commitment to the program last season.

The commitments of Bracco and Aibel continued the trend of commitments for first year New Jersey Rockets.  Including these announcements, the Rockets have now announced commitments to the NTDP, Harvard, Yale, Penn State, Northeastern and Notre Dame for first year Rockets over the last three seasons.  “Division one programs are starting to turn to the Rockets for talent,” commented New Jersey Rockets Head Coach and Director of Player Development Bob Thornton.  “The Rockets are continuing to produce high end talent and not only are our players heading to great hockey programs, they are heading to top academic schools as well, that will prepare them well for the next phase of their life.”

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Final 2012-2013 Sioux City Roster Released

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The Musketeers coaching staff made the final cuts to the 2012-2013 roster after going 2-3-1 in the 2012 pre-season.
Head Coach and General Manager Brett Larson and Assistant Coaches Keith Paulsen and Mark Abalan released Austin Priebe, Nick Finn, and Cody Marooney from the team. 
David Goodwin was also named the team captain. Goodwin is a St. Louis, MO, native and has been playing for the Musketeers after being acquired through trade from the Green Bay Gamblers. In his time with the Musketeers last season, Goodwin played 47 games and scored 39 points (17g, 22a). He has committed to Penn State University.
Cliff Watson and Michael Holland were named the assistant captains. Michael Holland previously played with the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders. During his time with the Musketeers last season, Holland played 26 games and scored 5 points (1g, 4a). Watson played 58 games in the Musketeers jersey last season with 8 assists to his credit. 
The Musketeers will play their home opener against the Omaha Lancers on October 6 at 7:00 PM at the Tyson Events Center. Call 712-252-2116 to get your tickets today. 
2012-2013 Roster
3 Kapla, Michael - Defense
4 Mantha. Ryan - Defense
5 Andrle, Conor - Forward
6 Kolquist, Jared - Defense
7 Molenaar, Dan - Defense
8 Montgomery, Jake - Forward
9 Goodwin, David - Forward
10 Erickson, Josh - Forward
11 Olsson, Nik - Forward
12 Brown, Cam - Forward 
14 LaCroix, Cedric - Defense
15 Snively Joe - Forward
16 Henry, David - Forward
17 Ackerman, Charlie - Forward
19 Guentzel, Jake - Forward
20 Boucher-Gould, Jordan - Forward
21 Thomas, Jared - Forward
22 McGlynn, Conor - Forward
25 Watson, Cliff - Defense
26 Heinrich, Blake - Defense
27 Hayton, Kyle - Goalie
29 Ballmer, Joe - Goalie
37 Pond, Tanner - Forward
48 Holland, Michael - Defense

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Quesnele joins Kingston Voyageurs

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The Soo Greyhounds Hockey Club announced earlier today that DAVID QUESNELE has joined the Kingston Voyageurs of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.

“Seeing David move on to play for Kingston Jr. A means that a Quesnele will not be on the Greyhound roster for the first time in 8 seasons. And although that may be sad, the relationship built between the Greyhounds and the Quesnele's is truly something special that will last far beyond the test of time. That relationship is what major junior hockey is all about” began Hounds GM Kyle Dubas.

Quesnele, a Sault Ste. Marie, ON product joined the Hounds in September 2010.  In two seasons, David played in 126 games accumulating 20 goals and 20 assists.

"The Quesnele family has been a huge part of Soo Greyhounds Hockey since Michael first suited up for the club 8 years ago. Once Michael graduated and went on to use his OHL Education Package and begin attending Lakehead University, David joined the club and carried on the tradition of hard work, and character that defines the Quesnele Family” continued Dubas.

“Steve and Anna Quesnele are model hockey parents - very supportive of their boys while also extremely supportive of the process and practices of the entire team.”

In Kingston, Quesnele will play on a club featuring other Sooites Josh Hicks, Brian Nanne and Michael Schug.

“On behalf of the entire Greyhound organization, I would like to thank the entire Quesnele family for their service and contributions to our hockey program. They will be truly missed as teammates, but always remain great friends of our organization” concluded Dubas.

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Musketeers Defenseman Chooses University of Minnesota-Duluth

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Sioux City Musketeers defenseman Dan Molenaar has committed to play collegiate hockey at the University of Minnesota-Duluth following his USHL career.

Molenaar begins his second season with the Musketeers after being acquired from the Green Bay Gamblers early in the 2011-12 season.  He put up more points than any other defenseman wearing a Musketeers uniform last season as he collected 18 points (2g, 16a) in 49 regular season games.  The 19-year-old from Eden Prairie, Minnesota scored his first career USHL goal on December 11th in a 3-2 loss to Team USA.  The defenseman added one assist in five games for the Gamblers prior to coming to Sioux City.

Molenaar joins Musketeers rookie players Jared Thomas and Blake Heinrich who are also committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth when their USHL careers are complete.  It is also the alma mater of Head Coach Brett Larson and the school where he was on the coaching staff prior to beginning his tenure in Sioux City.

The University of Minnesota-Duluth is a member of the WCHA and has 20 USHL alumni on the Bulldogs roster for the upcoming season; Willie Corrin (Fargo Force), Chris Casto (Lincoln Stars), Andy Welinski (Green Bay Gamblers), Drew Olson (Omaha Lancers), Austin Farley (Fargo Force), Tony Cameranesi (Waterloo Black Hawks), Keegan Flaherty (Fargo Force), Jake Hendrickson (Sioux City Musketeers), Tim Smith (Indiana Ice), Mike Seidel (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Max Tardy (Tri-City Storm), Caleb Herbert (Sioux City Musketeers), Luke McManus (Tri-City Storm), Austyn Young (Sioux Falls Stampede), Justin Crandall (Omaha Lancers), Adam Krause (Sioux City Musketeers), Cal Decowski (Des Moines Buccaneers), Alex Fons (Sioux Falls Stampede), Aaron Crandall (Des Moines Buccaneers), and Matt McNeely (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders).

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Wingels Follows Family Footsteps With College Commitment

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The Chicago Steel announced that defenseman Johnny Wingels has committed to play collegiate hockey at Miami University beginning in the fall of 2013.

Wingels is in his first full season with the Steel after competing in two games in 2011-12, where he registered a plus-one rating.  The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Wingels, hails from Wilmette, Illinois and was selected by Chicago in the 2011 USHL Entry Draft with the 66th overall pick.

“I told Coach [Enrico] Blasi on Sunday evening that I would be playing college hockey for the RedHawks after my USHL career,” Wingels said.  “The coaching staff at Miami is excellent and I really enjoyed working with them throughout the recruiting process.”

Wingels will be the fourth member of his family to attend Miami University.  His brother, Tommy, and two sisters, Emily and Lizzy, also went to Miami.  Tommy Wingels, who played in the USHL for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (2006-07), was a member of the RedHawks hockey program for three seasons (2007-10) and tallied 137 points (43g, 56a) during his collegiate career.  Tommy was chosen 177th overall in the 2008 NHL Draft by San Jose and has played parts of the last two NHL seasons with the Sharks.
“Tommy was very happy for me and thought it was cool that I would be playing where he played collegiately,” Johnny Wingels said.  “He has great memories from Miami and had such good things to say about the program.”

“My parents are excited and happy with my decision.  I have been visiting Oxford, Ohio since I was 11 years old, so I am familiar with the campus and look forward to becoming a student-athlete at Miami.”
Steel Head Coach Scott McConnell and the rest of the coaching staff couldn’t have been more pleased about Wingels’ commitment and his continued development this season in the USHL.

“It is a special day in the Wingels household,” McConnell said.  “Johnny’s brother and two sisters have graduated from the university and we are thrilled that he gets to continue the tradition.  Johnny’s ability to adapt to the USHL style of play is very impressive and we are looking for big things from him this season.  Our goal as a coaching staff is for Johnny to continue to develop and go into Miami next season and contribute immediately.”

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Clark Commits to UNH

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The Salmon Arm SilverBacks are proud to announce that second year Goaltender Adam Clark is the newest committed player to the University of New Hampshire's Wildcats.

The 6ft 6” native of Sherwood Park, who is known for his athleticism and competitive nature, will follow the foot-steps of former SilverBack's Captain Damon Kipp and join UNH in 2014-2015 following his 20 year old season in the BCHL.

Adam says his soon-to-be home in New Hampshire has him excited, "It's a great program with great hockey. The school is gorgeous and really it's just a great fit for me. Everything came together with this great opportunity."

Clark shared the SilverBack's "Fan Favourite" award in 2011-2012 with Jeff Kennedy after posting five wins; finding his groove in the second half of the season. He says that even though he has a future home, his focus is on the here and now, "It's only a start, right now it's all about the SilverBacks and what we can do to get a winning record."

'Backs GM Troy Mick says Adam's strides towards the NCAA are obvious "His hard work over the summer has paid off and now he gets to continue to improve his skills as a SilverBack before making that big leap into the Wildcats Program."

The SilverBack's are thrilled for Adam, and his family, regarding this outstanding news. The organization is excited to continue to watch him grow as a student and athlete, as he prepares for his future away from Salmon Arm. Congratulations on becoming a Wildcat Adam, a "Fan Favourite" for sure! 


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Force Defenseman Commits to Air Force Academy

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Fargo Force defenseman Taylor Fleming has committed to play collegiate hockey at the United States Air Force Academy following his USHL career.

Fleming is entering his second season with the Force after putting up 10 points (3g, 7a) in 55 games as a rookie in 2011-12.  He scored his first USHL career goal on January 13th vs. Tri-City and tallied his second the following night against Tri-City – both victories for the Force.  The 19-year-old from Waconia, Minnesota was honored by his team last season with the Community Service Award for his outstanding efforts in the Fargo community.

“What I was looking for in a college was the full package”, said Fleming. “Air Force has great academics there and you are basically set for life when you graduate. That was one of the things that I liked about the school. The scholarship was also helpful so that it was affordable for me and my family and they have a really good hockey team there. They have become one of the top teams in the country over the last few years. It was just the full package for me.”

The Air Force Falcons are a member of the Atlantic Hockey Conference and have a total of nine USHL alumni on the roster for the upcoming season; Stephen Carew (Green Bay Gamblers), Kyle De Laurell (Lincoln Stars), Chad Demers (Fargo Force), Max Edson (Waterloo Black Hawks), Cole Gunner (Chicago/Fargo/Tri-City), Max Hartner (Green Bay Gamblers), George Michalke (Sioux Falls Stampede), Mike Walsh (Chicago Steel), and Dan Weissenhofer (Fargo/Lincoln).

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Americans Extend Contract for Barclay Parneta Through 2015

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KENNEWICK, WA – Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the team has extended the contract of Prospect Development Coach and Head Scout, Barclay Parneta, through the 2014-2015 season.

“Barclay has done a tremendous job for our organization,” explained Tory.  “I’m very proud to keep him as part of our team moving forward.”

Parneta, who joined Tri-City in August of 2010, is in the midst of his third season with the club.  Prior to joining the Americans, Parneta spent the previous seven seasons as an amateur scout in the National Hockey League, working five seasons with the St. Louis Blues before moving onto the Phoenix Coyotes.

“I’m excited that the ownership group has given me the opportunity to continue doing the job I’ve been asked to do,” expressed Parneta.  “It’s a credit to our strong scouting staff and the high standards set upon us by Bob (Tory) and the rest of the ownership group.  To date, this has been the best hockey experience of my life!”

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RED DEER, AB – Brent Sutter, Owner/President/General Manager of the Red Deer Rebels Hockey Club, announced today the team has acquired 20-year old defenceman Brandon Underwood from the Regina Pats in exchange for a 4th round selection in the 2013 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

Underwood is in his fifth year in the WHL, having played with the Pats and the Kamloops Blazers.  He has played in 205 WHL regular season games, putting up 30 points (5-25-30) and 349 penalty minutes.

Brandon Underwood
Hometown:  San Marcos, CA
DOB:  Feb. 3/92
HT:  6’3”
WT:  220lbs

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Rangers’ John Gibson Named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

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 Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Anaheim Ducks prospect John Gibson of the Kitchener Rangers is the first Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the 2012-13 season after posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a shutout victory along with a 0.96 goals-against-average and .964 save percentage for the week ending September 23.

Gibson opened the 2012-13 campaign on Friday night recording the first shutout across the CHL this season making, the second of his career, with 25-saves as first star of the Rangers’ 3-0 win over the Mississauga Steelheads.  He followed that performance with a 28-save effort on Sunday afternoon in a 3-2 shootout win over the Sarnia Sting.

Gibson, a 19-year-old from Pittsburgh, PA, is playing in his second OHL season with the Rangers following a 2011-12 season where he led the league with a .928 save percentage in 32 games.  Gibson was selected in the second round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Anaheim Ducks and was a member of last year’s U.S National Junior Team.

Also considered for the award this week was Luke Siemens of the Prince Albert Raiders who posted a 1-0-0-1 record for a 1.44 goals-against-average and a .957 save percentage.  In the QMJHL, Carl Hozjan of the Rimouski Oceanic posted a 2-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 0.61 and save percentage of .978.

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