Monday, September 30, 2013

Defenseman Clark Seymour returns to Petes

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Peterborough Petes General Manager Michael Oke announced today that defenseman Clark Seymour was assigned to the Petes by the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier today. During the past month, Seymour, the Penguins 2012 fifth round draft pick, attended Penguins Main Camp as well as their AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins’ training camp this summer.

Seymour, originally drafted in the third round of the 2009 OHL priority selection by the Kingston Frontenacs, has played 227 career OHL games, scoring seven goals, 27 assists, and 274 PIMs. The over-ager will enter his fourth season wearing the maroon and white.

“We are excited about having Clark join our group,” said Oke. “He will bring a lot of leadership and experience back to our dressing room.”

“I am excited to get Clark back into the mix with our other defensemen,” said Petes Head Coach Jody Hull. “He brings a calming, veteran presence to the group. Clark will be relied upon heavily in penalty killing and defensive situations along with the rest of our strong defensive core.”

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Lazar returns; Reinhart stays with Iles

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Edmonton, AB — The Edmonton Oil Kings will get one of their two missing leaders back in the lineup Wednesday when they visit the Brandon Wheat Kings, while the other will continue following his NHL dreams.

Centre Curtis Lazar, who led the Oil Kings with 38 goals last season, was returned to the club Monday by the Ottawa Senators, but captain Griffin Reinhart was announced as one of 23 members of the New York Islanders opening night roster.

Lazar was drafted 17th overall in this June’s draft by the Senators. The 18-year-old from Vernon, B.C. participated in the Senators’ rookie camp, played in a rookie tournament in London, Ont. and saw action in a pair of preseason games with Ottawa. He will return to the Oil Kings lineup Wednesday in Brandon and wear the Captain’s “C.”

Reinhart, New York’s fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft, is one of eight defencemen the Islanders will carry into opening night. The 19-year-old blueliner registered one goal and one assist for the Isles and was plus-2 over four preseason games. Reinhart can play in up to nine regular season games before the Islanders can no longer send him back to Edmonton without using a year of his contract.

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Chicoutimi, Moncton and Quebec interested in hosting the 2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup

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The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League today announced that three of its teams expressed interest in hosting the 2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup. These teams are the Chicoutimi Saguenéens, Moncton Wildcats and Québec Remparts. Teams wanting to host this prestigious event had till today to declare their interest.

A brief, which underlines the ability of bidding franchises to host the event, must be forwarded to the Commissioner's office by December 15th, 2013.

"I am very pleased with the interest shown by Chicoutimi, Quebec and Moncton. The MasterCard Memorial Cup Tournament gives great visibility to the host city as well as the organization," said the League’s Commissioner, Gilles Courteau. Visits to each one of the cities will be schedule for the beginning of 2014 in order to proceed with the final announcement on April 3rd, following the Golden Puck Awards.

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Dalton Thrower Named Captain

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The Vancouver Giants named defenceman Dalton Thrower their new captain today, making him the 13th captain in franchise history.

Thrower, who was drafted 51st overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2012 National Hockey League Draft, was assigned to the Giants by the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday.

The North Vancouver native was acquired by the Giants in the off-season from the Saskatoon Blades and had 27 points (6 goals, 21 assists) in 54 games with the Blades last season.

"It's a huge honour," said the Giants' newest captain. "I grew up watching the Giants, and to come here and be named captain was something I never would have thought of. But I'm going to take it and roll with it and do what I can to help this team in every way."

Hear Thrower's reaction to being named captain HERE

Listen to what Thrower has to say about his experience in the NHL and AHL HERE and his thoughts on the Giants HERE

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NAHL announces Easton Divisional Stars of the Week

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The North American Hockey League (NAHL) today announced the Divisional Stars of the Week presented by Easton for the week ending September 29, 2013.  The Divisional Stars of the Week is a weekly feature during the 2013-14 regular season that honors the top performing players in each of the four NAHL divisions. Only players that are nominated by their respective teams are considered for the Divisional Players of the Week award.

Central Division Star of the Week: Stanislav Dzakhov, forward, Bismarck Bobcats

With their weekend home sweep of the Wenatchee Wild, the Bismarck Bobcats kept pace with Austin and Aberdeen in the Central Division race. Veteran forward Stanislav Dzakhov, 20, led the way for the Bobcats, as the native of Moscow, Russia, totaled five points (four goals, one assist) during the weekend series. Dzakhov (6’1/200) started the weekend with a goal and an assist in Friday’s 4-3 win.  On Saturday, Dzakhov recorded a hat-trick and was on the ice for all five Bismarck goals in a 5-2 win. Dzakhov was also a +6 during the two wins.  For the year, Dzakhov is averaging a point per game with eight points in eight games and his six goals ranks tied for 2nd in the NAHL. “Stan put up points this past weekend, but he really hasn’t missed a beat since last year’s Robertson Cup Playoffs,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie. “He has proven to be a consistent scorer in this league and he did a great job this past weekend of playing at both ends of the ice.”

2nd Star: Dillon Eichstadt, defenseman, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tim Donohue, forward, Minot Minotauros – Scott Dornbrock, defenseman, Minot Minotauros – Evan Giesler, forward, Bismarck Bobcats – Evan Hesse, forward, Brookings Blizzard – Bjorn Sigurdarson, forward, Aberdeen Wings.

Midwest Division Star of the Week: Alec Butcher, forward, Kenai River Brown Bears

The Brown Bears ended their two-week long roadtrip through Minnesota with a 5-1 record, which included a split this past weekend with the Minnesota Magicians.  Forward Alec Butcher, 19, is the NAHL’s scoring leader thanks to another impressive weekend. The native of Anchorage, Alaska, had three points this weekend (two goals, one assist). On Saturday, he had a goal in a 3-2 loss and on Sunday, Butcher (5’11/175) had a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win.  He also had 10 shots during the weekend. Butcher leads the NAHL in scoring this season with 11 points in eight games played. “Alec leads by example and played with a lot of confidence this weekend,” said Brown Bears head coach Geoff Beauparlant. “He has good vision and he is not afraid to take the shot when the pressure is on. He is the ultimate competitor and it shows in his consistency.”

2nd Star: Frank Oplinger, goaltender, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Conor Deal, forward, Kenai River Brown Bears – Billy Exell, forward, Minnesota Wilderness – Kyle Lee, forward, Fairbanks Ice Dogs.

North Division Star of the Week: Alex Okicki, goaltender, Johnstown Tomahawks

Returning from an injury that kept him out of the NAHL Showcase, Johnstown goaltender Alex Okicki, 20, played a role in all three games this past weekend as the Tomahawks traveled to Soo to take on the Eagles. In the two Tomahawks wins on Saturday and Sunday, Okicki started a won both games, which included his first shutout of the season on Sunday. Okicki made a relief appearance on Friday after Soo had taken a 3-0 lead. Okicki stopped 28 of 30 shots the rest of the game. The next night, the Concord, Ohio native made 26 saves in a 3-2 shootout win in which he stopped all seven Eagles shooters.  On Sunday, he made 28 saves in a 2-0 shutout. For the weekend, Okicki (6’1/175) stopped 82 of 86 shots (95.3%) and had a goals against average of 1.37. “Alex is such a great leader and it was important for him to play well coming off the injury,” said Tomahawks head coach Jason Spence. “I saw it first-hand last year playing against him. He never gives up on a play and he works very hard. Has been a good mentor to our other goalies.”

2nd Star: Bryce VanHorn, forward, Port Huron Fighting Falcons

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Sandro Aeschlimann, goaltender, Springfield Jr. Blues – Alex Archibald, defenseman, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Michael Caruso, defenseman, Soo Eagles – Pat Curry, forward, Springfield Jr. Blues – Brad Pung, forward, Soo Eagles – Jordan Watt, forward, Johnstown Tomahawks.

South Division Star of the Week: Jordan Jancze, forward, Wichita Falls Wildcats

It was quite the breakout weekend for 19-year-old Wildcats forward Jordan Jancze.  The native of Woodbury, Minnesota, helped the Wildcats sweep two close games on the road against the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees to move into 1st place alone atop the South Division. For the weekend, Jancze (5’8/165) scored three goals and added an assist for four points. More impressively, Jancze scored both game-winning goals over the weekend and was a +4. On Saturday, Jancze scored twice including the game-winning goal in the 2nd period in a 3-2 win. On Sunday, he had another game-winner with a short-handed goal in the 2nd period along with an assist in a 3-1 win. For the season, Jancze has six points in six games played. “Jordan plays with a lot of energy and has a lot of good leadership qualities to him,” said Wildcats head coach Paul Baxter. “Has really adapted nicely to the junior game and we believe he has the potential to be a Division I caliber player.”

2nd Star: Eric Purcell, forward, Corpus Christi IceRays

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dylan Abood, defenseman, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Collin Delia, goaltender, Amarillo Bulls – Tyler Gernhofer, forward, Amarillo Bulls – Grant Hutton, defenseman, Corpus Christi IceRays – Andrew Kerr, defenseman, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Evan Schmidbauer, forward, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees – Cash Seraphim, forward, Topeka RoadRunners – Michal Uhrik, forward, Topeka RoadRunners.

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USHL Honors - Week Two

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 The United States Hockey League today announced the CCM and Reebok player awards for the second week of the 2013-14 USHL regular season.

Award winners include Zeb Knutson from the Sioux Falls Stampede, named CCM Forward of the Week, Zach Frye of the Lincoln Stars, selected as CCM Defenseman of the Week, and Cole Bruns of the Omaha Lancers, earning honors as Reebok Goaltender of the Week.

Zeb Knutson, F, Sioux Falls Stampede: After an opening night hat trick on September 21st, Knutson put together a six-point weekend (5g, 1a), including a four-goal performance in a 6-5 win over the Indiana Ice on Friday.  The Sioux Falls native scored the game’s first goal in the opening period, netted a pair in the second, and capped off the night with the game-winner late in the third period.  He also dished out an assist for a five-point night. The Minnesota State University, Mankato commit was not finished as he added another goal in Saturday’s 5-4 win over the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.  Knutson is currently the USHL scoring leader with nine points (8g, 1a) in his first three games.  It is the second consecutive week he has earned USHL honors after sharing the award with Ryan Hitchcock following the opening weekend.

Zach Frye, D, Lincoln Stars: The Spokane, Washington native was strong on the backend over the weekend, registering three assists and a plus-two on-ice rating in a pair of losses for the Stars. The fourth-year USHL defenseman, who is one of the team’s captains, recorded his first points of the season as he assisted on all three of Lincoln’s goals in the 6-3 loss to Cedar Rapids on Friday night.  He also posted a plus-two rating to tie for the team lead.  Frye was held off of the scoresheet on Saturday, but had an even on-ice rating and threw four shots on goal in the 2-1 overtime loss to the Tri-City Storm.  The 19-year-old is coming off of his most productive season, having recorded 11 points (3g, 8a) and a plus-23 on-ice rating in 57 games during the 2012-13 campaign.

Cole Bruns, G, Omaha Lancers: The goaltender kicked off the 2013-14 season for the Lancers with back-to-back shutouts over the weekend.  On Friday, the 19-year-old turned aside all 17 shots he faced to take down the Fargo Force, 5-0, in the team’s home opener.  He followed that up with a 19-save performance on Saturday, backstopping the Lancers to a 4-0 win on the road against the Des Moines Buccaneers. The Prairie Grove, Illinois had recorded one shutout in 21 previous USHL games and the first Lancers goaltender to post shutouts in consecutive starts since Alex Lyon did so in October 2011.  Bruns posted an 8-8-0 recorded last year with a 2.81 GAA and .904 SV%.

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NOJHL's “3 Stars" of the week announced

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SUDBURY – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Monday its fourth installment of the 3 Stars of the week for the 2013-14 season.

Being recognized for their on-ice performances in helping their respective clubs register a combined six victories against no defeats were Espanola Rivermen forward Brennen Dubchak, Elliot Lake Bobcats goaltender Etienne Roy and Kirkland Lake Gold Miners forward Steven Babin.

BRENNEN DUBCHAK, (F) ESPANOLA RIVERMEN – It was another impressive week for the 19-year-old Kenora, Ont., product as he found the back of the net in all three games his team played last week helping them skate to a trio of triumphs.

He began by notching his second hat-trick of the season in a 7-4 road victory vs. Sudbury on Wednesday and then followed that up by scoring the eventual game-winner while adding an earlier assist as the Rivermen won their home opener 5-4 against the same Nickel Barons in front of a jam-packed Espanola Regional Recreation Complex crowd Friday.

Dubchak then wrapped up his successful week supplying another tally and setting up one more as his side edged Abitibi 6-5 in overtime Sunday afternoon.

His efforts also helped him extend a consecutive game goal and point streak to five straight having amassed nine tallies and four helpers in that span while moving into second overall in NOJHL scoring with 14 total points.

ETIENNE ROY, (G) ELLIOT LAKE BOBCATS – The 19-year-old netminder was instrumental helping the Bobcats pick-up a pair of home ice victories this past week.

Roy, who hails from Levis, Que., began his efforts by being named the game’s first star following a 40-save performance in a 5-2 triumph over the Soo Thunderbirds on Friday.

He followed that up the next night making another 23 stops as Elliot Lake edged the North Bay Trappers 4-3 in overtime giving him a 2.46 goals-against average and a solid .926 save percentage for the week.

The Bobcats goalkeeper now sits second in the league in minutes played at 393:26, saves at 205 and wins with four.

STEVEN BABIN, (F) KIRKLAND LAKE GOLD MINERS – Babin’s lone contest last week was an impressive one as the 19-year-old forward dished out a NOJHL season-high five assists in an 8-1 victory over Blind River.

The big night for the Val d’Or, Que., native also saw him extend his league-best point streak to seven straight games having registered at least one point in each of his club’s outings so far this season.

Babin, who represented the NOJHL at this summer’s Ontario Summer Select Showcase event in Cornwall, leads all skaters in assists with 11 and is tied for third in overall offensive production with 13 points.

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North Stars' Brandon Wolframe named Pizza Hut player of the week

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THUNDER BAY – The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Monday that Thunder Bay North Stars forward Brandon Wolframe has been selected the Pizza Hut player of the week for the time frame ending Sept. 29.

In two games this past week the 19-year-old Thunder Bay native registered eight points in those outings helping the 3-0 North Stars remain unbeaten early on as they skated to a pair of road victories.

Wolframe began his offensive outburst this past Tuesday by scoring once and dishing out three assists in an 8-2 romp over the Minnesota Iron Rangers.

He then followed that up by tallying twice and adding two more helpers in a 6-4 triumph at Wisconsin Friday.

His efforts allowed him to move into a second place tie for the SIJHL scoring lead with those eight points. Wolframe is also knotted for second in league assists with five.

Also receiving consideration for the Pizza Hut player of the week award were Jason Reynolds, (F) Minnesota Iron Rangers; Rory Court; (F) Dryden Ice Dogs; Bryson Jasper; (F) Fort Frances Lakers; Darrick Howard, (F) Wisconsin Wilderness and P.D. Melgoza, (G) English River Miners.

At the conclusion of the regular season the SIJHL’s most valuable player will be presented the Pizza Hut player of the year award and will also go on to be the league’s representative for the national Canadian Junior Hockey League player of the year trophy.

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Spruce Kings D Toor makes most of road trip, takes POW nod

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Prince George Spruce Kings defenceman Karan Toor has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 29, the league announced Monday.

Toor helped the Spruce Kings to a perfect, three-game road swing to the Lower Mainland and picked up the first BCHL goals of his career in the process.

The Surrey, B.C. product began with the game-winning goal, his first ever in the BCHL, in a 3-2 comeback win in Coquitlam. He capped his weekend with a 2nd Star effort as he scored shorthanded and then set up teammate Bryant Christian's OT winner in another victory in Coquitlam.

Honorable mentions this week:

Vernon Vipers D Mark Hamilton - 2G, 1st Star, GWG

Penticton Vees D Brett Beauvais - 1G, 2A, 3rd Star

Alberni Valley Bulldogs F Mitch Makin - 2G, GWG, FortisBC Energy Player of the Game

Prince George Spruce Kings F Jake LeBrun - 1G, 3A, 2nd Star, 3rd Star

Prince George Spruce Kings G Alex Murray - 2W, 66 save/70 shots, .943 sv%, 1.92 GAA, 1st Star 

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Attack's Smith is OHL Player of the Week

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Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that top scoring forward Gemel Smith of the Owen Sound Attack is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending September 29 after scoring five goals and one assist for six points in two games with a plus-minus rating of plus-1.

Smith’s week was highlighted by a career-high five-point performance on Saturday in a 7-6 overtime win over the Sudbury Wolves.  In that contest Smith scored four goals, also a career-best, including the game-winner at 2:24 of the extra frame and added an assist as the game’s first star.  Smith also scored a goal on Thursday night despite a 7-5 loss to the Barrie Colts.

Smith, a 19-year-old from Toronto, ON, is playing in his fourth OHL season with the Attack.  A fourth round pick of the Dallas Stars in the 2012 NHL Draft, Smith currently leads the OHL in scoring with 10 points including nine goals and one assist after collecting 52 points with a career-high 23 goals in 61 games last season.

Click here to see highlights of Smith and the Attack against the Wolves.
Click here to see highlights of Smith and the Attack against the Colts.

Also considered for the award this week was Mathew Campagna of the Sudbury Wolves who scored once with six assists for seven points in three games, and Connor Brown of the Erie Otters who scored two goals and four assists for six points in three games.  In goal, Alex Nedeljkovic of the Plymouth Whalers went 2-0-0-0 with a goals-against-average of 1.92 and save percentage of .938.

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Welcome Back Ryan Pulock

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Brandon, MB. -- Some great news for western Manitoba hockey fans Monday as Wheat Kings captain Ryan Pulock is on his way home to Brandon.

A first round draft choice (15th overall) of the Islanders in last June's National Hockey League Draft, the 19-year old Grandview product is on his way back to the Wheat Kings after being reassigned by New York Monday afternoon.

A former WHL Eastern Conference All Star, Pulock is expected to be in the Brandon lineup Wednesday night when the Wheat Kings kick off a 5-game home stand against the defending Eastern Conference Champion Edmonton Oil Kings.

Pulock celebrated signing an Entry Level contract with the Islanders on Saturday, by scoring his first ever NHL goal in Sunday night's 4-1 victory over the Senators in Ottawa.

A 3-year WHL veteran, Pulock scored eight goals and 42 points in 63 games for the Wheat Kings in 2012-13 to share the team scoring lead with Tim McGauley. In 195 career games, the 6'1" 213 lb. blueliner has scored 41 goals and 147 points and has led Brandon defencemen in scoring for three consecutive seasons.

His 42 points as a rookie in 2010-11 established a new club record for 16-year old defencemen, breaking the previous standard set by Wade Redden (39) in 1993-94.

When he was chosen by the Islanders in June, Pulock became the third Wheat King defenceman to be chosen by the Isles in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft, joining Redden (1995) and current Winnipeg Jets' general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff ( 1988).

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Dalton Thrower assigned to the Giants

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The Hamilton Bulldogs announced today that they have assigned defenceman Dalton Thrower to the Vancouver Giants.

Thrower, who was drafted 51st overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2012 National Hockey League Draft, was acquired by the Giants in the off-season from the Saskatoon Blades.

The North Vancouver native played 54 games for the Blades last season where he tallied 27 points (6 goals, 21 assists) and 89 penalty minutes.

"We are extremely excited to add a player of Dalton's calibre to our group. He’s got a wealth of experience playing in events like the Memorial Cup and Top Prospects," said Giants' Executive Vice President and General Manager Scott Bonner. "Being a high NHL draft choice who’s coming back from professional hockey will really boost our team both on and off the ice. His leadership will help change our culture back to where it needs to be."

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Taylor Leier named Team Captain

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Portland Winterhawks General Manager/Head Coach Mike Johnston has announced that forward Taylor Leier has been named team captain.

Leier, 19, is in his third season with the team. He has six points through the first four games of the season, after posting a career-high 62 points in 64 games last season. In 140 career games with the Winterhawks, Leier has 42 goals and 63 assists for 105 points.

He was a fourth round pick, 117th overall, of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2011 NHL Draft, and was signed by the Flyers earlier this month. The Winterhawks selected Leier in the second round, 24th overall, of the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft.

“Taylor is one of our hardest working players both on and off the ice, and is a very good role model for our younger players,” said Johnston. “I believe it is key that the captain has the respect of the team and Taylor definitely has that.”

“It’s a great honor to be named captain of the Winterhawks,” said Leier. “I’m eager to embrace the responsibility and do whatever I can to lead the team as we try to repeat as champions.”

He becomes the 39th captain in team history, joining such players as Braydon Coburn, Adam Deadmarsh, Paul Gaustad, Brenden Morrow and Brent Peterson. He takes over the captain’s position from Troy Rutkowski, who has graduated from the league.

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Blades Re-Assign Ross Hnidy

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The Saskatoon Blades have re-assigned defenceman Ross Hnidy to the Nipawin Hawks of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

The 17 year old blueliner from Saskatoon appeared in one of the Blades first three games in 2013-14, the team's 5-2 loss in Moose Jaw on Saturday night.  Hnidy never registered a point or any penalty minutes in the game, and had an even plus-minus rating.

Hnidy was selected by Saskatoon in the 6th round, 115th overall, in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.  He spent the last two seasons as a member of the Midget-AAA Saskatoon Contacts, winning the provincial title both years.  Last year in 43 games with the Contacts, Hnidy posted 3 goals and 11 points to go along with 146 PIMs.

The move leaves the Blades roster at 23 players, including two goalies, 7 defencemen and 14 forwards.

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Josh Brown named Generals Captain

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The Generals were thrilled to announce Josh Brown as the team’s new captain as he took to centre ice for the ceremonial puck drop last night at the Oshawa Generals 2013-2014 Home Opener.

Brown, a native of London, Ontario was selected by the Generals 44th overall in the third round of the 2010 OHL Priority Selection. Known for his size and physicality, the 6 foot 5 inch defenseman is a quiet leader that brings a steady presence to the Generals blue line.

Brown was selected 152nd overall in the sixth round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers but continues in Oshawa for his third year with the Generals with hopes to provide some veteran leadership to the young Oshawa Generals team.

We are extremely proud of Josh and the development that he has shown in the past season, both on and off the ice. Josh has the quiet presence of a natural leader and embraced the leadership role prior to being given the “C” on his jersey. He is an extremely mature and focused young man that has a bright future. Leadership is a key component of all successful teams and we have a very solid leadership group here. We look forward to working with this leadership group and with Josh as our captain” – Jeff Twohey

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Holmberg Denny’s WHL Player of the Week

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The Western Hockey League announced today that Spokane Chiefs’ forward Mitch Holmberg is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending September 29, 2013.   

Holmberg recorded 10 points on five goals and five assists to go with a +6 rating over three games in the last week, helping lead the Chiefs to three wins in that span.

On Tuesday, September 24th, Holmberg scored two goals and two assists for a four-point outing while earning 1st Star honors in a 6-2 victory over the Victoria Royals in Victoria, B.C.  On Wednesday, September, 25th, Holmberg enjoyed his second four-point outing in as many nights, netting a goal and three assists as the Chiefs defeated the Royals 6-1 in Victoria.  On Saturday, September 28th, Holmberg scored both goals and was named the game’s 1st Star in a 2-1 win over the visiting Tri-City Americans.

Holmberg, a product of Sherwood Park, AB, currently leads all WHL players in scoring with eight goals and 14 points through the Chiefs’ first four games of the season.  The 20-year-old, five-year WHL veteran was the Chiefs’ first-round pick, 21st overall, in the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft.  Holmberg has played 246 career regular-season games for Spokane, amassing 93 goals and 192 points.

The WHL has also nominated Daniel Wapple of the Medicine Hat Tigers for the CHL Goaltender of the Week award.  Wapple, an 18-year-old from Saskatoon, SK, posted a victory in his only start on the weekend, allowing one goal on 35 shots for a 1.00 goals-against average and a .971 save percentage in the Tigers’ 3-1 win over the visiting Swift Current Broncos on Saturday, September 28th.  Wapple is in his second season in the WHL, and first season with the Medicine Hat Tigers.

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Mantha, Clapperton and Power named the TELUS three stars of the week

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Anthony Mantha, Christopher Clapperton and Marcus Power were named today the TELUS three stars of the week for September 23 to 29, 2013.

The first star of the week is awarded to Val-d’Or Foreurs forward Anthony Mantha. The first round pick of the Detroit Red Wings recorded 3 assists last Wednesday for a +/- of +2 in a 7-4 win  against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. On Friday, in a road game in Blainville-Boisbriand, he was named the third star of the game with an assist. Saturday, in an 11-2 win against the Quebec Remparts, he scored 4 goals, on only 8 shots, for a total of 5 points, which tied his career high in the QMJHL in terms of points and goals. For his exceptional performance he was named the first star of the game. Moreover, he is the 5th player in the history of the club to score 4 goals or more  in a road game (the record is still held by Jerome Bergeron with 5 in 2000-01). So far in the 2013-14 season, he has a total of 8 goals and 6 assists for a total of 14 points in 5 games, which places him in first place in the League scoring,  tied with Christopher Clapperton of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and Cameron Darcy of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

Christopher Clapperton, the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada forward, with 2 goals and 6 assists in only two games is the second star of the week. Friday, in a 5-1 win against the Val-d’Or Foreurs, he scored his first goal of the week. Sunday, he scored another goal and added 4 assists for a total of 5 points and an 8-4 win against the Moncton Wildcats. The Armada (6-0) is still the only undefeated team in the QMJHL this season; to date, Clapperton has participated in more than half of the goals scored by his team (14 out of 27).

The third star of the week goes  to Marcus Power, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies forward. The 20 year-old Newfoundlander helped his team win 2 of 3 road games this week. Wednesday, he scored a goal and added an assist against Val-d’Or. Friday, in a high-scoring 10-9 win for Rouyn-Noranda, he played his best offensive game in the QMJHL with 5 points of 2 goals and 3 assists in 9 shots and a +/- of +4. He ends the week with a total of 3 goals and 5 assists in 3 games played for a total of 8 points and a +/- of +5.

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Canalta Hotels AJHL Player of the Week

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 Whitecourt Wolverines forward, Evan Warmington, is the Canalta Hotels AJHL Player of the Week for the final week of September 2013.  Warmington collected 2 goals, 3 assists and 5 points over three games, including a game winning goal at the AJHL Showcase on September 26th.Warmington was also named the Pro Hockey Life Player of the Game in the Wolverines victory over Drayton Valley to wrap up the week on Sunday.  Whitecourt won two of three games last week and sit third in the North Division standings.

Evan Warmington (St Albert, AB) is in his second season with the Wolverines, and third year in the AJHL.  The 19 year old is on a four game point streak and is currently averaging a point per game.

The Alberta Junior Hockey League is proud to partner with Canalta Hotels to continue recognition of the AJHL Player of the Week for the 2013-2014 AJHL Season. 

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Oil Barons Atop of CJHL Weekly Rankings

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CALGARY, Alberta - Following another successful AJHL Showcase in Spruce Grove, the Fort McMurray Oil Barons remain undefeated as the CJHL enters October. Two other AJHL teams that are nipping at the MOB's heels include last year's RBC Cup Champion, the Brooks Bandits, and the Sherwood Park Crusaders who are steadfastly holding their own in the early going. In the BCHL, Powell River remains strong and West Kelowna have reeled off six wins in a row to move up in the Top 20.

The La Ronge Ice Wolves and Kindersley Klippers are pummeling their opposition in Saskatchewan. Meanwhile, in Manitoba, the Virden Oil Capitals are the early season surprise and the Steinbach Pistons are picking right up from their championship playoff run at the end of last season.

In the SIJHL, the Thunder Bay North Stars are unbeaten after three games, and are getting pushed by a great week from the Minnesota Iron Rangers. Over in the NOJHL, the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners and the Soo Thunderbirds remain at the top of the standings, while a strong week from the Espanola Rivermen garners an Honourable Mention in the Top 20 Rankings.

The East Division in the OJHL is quickly becoming a super-competitive division, and the Kingston Voyageurs and Wellington Dukes are regaining familiar spots at the top of the standings. The Ottawa Jr. Senators and Carleton Place Canadiens simply continue to roll in the CCHL.

In the LHJAAAQ, Les Cougars de Sherbrooke continues to surprise with a remarkable 9-0 record to start the season. In the MHL, Truro remains strong, but did not play this past week, while Yarmouth and Weeks are emerging as true threats.

Top 20 Rankings
1. Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL) (1)
2. Les Cougars de Sherbrooke (LHJAAAQ) (2)
3. La Ronge Ice Wolves (SJHL) (14)
4. Powell River Kings (BCHL) (6)
5. Kindersley Klippers (SJHL) (19)
6. Truro Bearcats (MHL) (4)
7. Brooks Bandits (AJHL) (18)
8. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) (20)
9. Thunder Bay North Stars (SIJHL) (NR)
10. West Kelowna Warriors (BCHL) (15)
11. Kirkland Lake Gold Miners (NOJHL) (8)
12. Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL) (9)
13. Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL) (7)
14. Ottawa Jr. Senators (CCHL) (12)
15. Carleton Place Canadiens (CCHL) (16)
16. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (17)
17. St. Michael's Buzzers (OJHL) (NR)
18. Kingston Voyageurs (OJHL) (NR)
19. Virden Oil Capitals (MJHL) (NR)
20. Wellington Dukes (OJHL) (NR)
Honourable Mention: Humboldt Broncos (SJHL), Minnesota Iron Rangers (SIJHL), Espanola Rivermen (NOJHL), Les Pantheres de Saint Jerome (LHJAAAQ), Yarmouth Jr. A Mariners (MHL)
About the Top 20 Rankings

The CJHL Top 20 weekly rankings are based upon a variety of factors, including the league in which the team plays, winning percentage, win-loss record, total points accumulated, goals-for versus goals-against ratio, etc.

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QMJHL proud to join the fight against bullying and violence at school

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The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) is proud to join forces with the Semaine contre l’intimidation et la violence à l’école, an initiative of the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS), announced today by Minister Marie Malavoy. The League will put forward its players and social media to promote the program’s values.

“The QMJHL is pleased to confirm that it will participate in this important initiative that promotes respect and mutual aid, key values we instill in our players,” said Gilles Courteau, the QMJHL commissioner. “It’s very important for us to promote this event and to continue to fight bullying.Our players visit schools and meet with students throughout the season. They’re excellent spokespeople for raising awareness among young people.”

The focus of this year’s Semaine contre l’intimidation et la violence à l’école is using cyberappreciation to help fight cyberbullying. The QMJHL’s players will be sharing positive messages on social media and will be able to take part in other activities as part of this week.

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

BCHL and Five Hole for Food launch province-wide food drive challenge

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The British Columbia Hockey League and Five Hole for Food are teaming up to score big for food banks around the province. The BCHL-Five Hole for Food Challenge encourages fans around the league to best their rival communities by donating the most food on their event nights, which will be held throughout the season.

First up are the Nanaimo Clippers, who will be collecting for their local food bank during their game Friday, Oct. 4 against the Cowichan Valley Capitals.

“Food banks and the families that rely on them are in need of donations at all times, not just the holidays,” said BCHL communications director Brent Mutis. “By capitalizing on the natural rivalries that exist between our teams, we hope to generate increasing donations as we proceed to make a real difference in each community.”

Five Hole for Food began its ongoing campaign in 2010 and has gone across Canada every summer since, holding street hockey tournaments and raising food donations.

“Five Hole for Food aims to bring a love for hockey together with action in the community at a grassroots level,” said CEO and founder Richard Loat. “Partnering with the BCHL on a league-wide campaign stays true to our goal of taking a national passion and making sure the impact is made on the local communities of those supporting the food banks through hockey.”

The dates for each team’s Food Drive Challenge night are as follows:

  • Nanaimo Clippers - Friday, Oct. 4
  • Langley Rivermen - Saturday, Oct. 19
  • Coquitlam Express - Friday, Nov. 1
  • West Kelowna Warriors - Friday, Nov. 15
  • Trail Smoke Eaters - Saturday, Nov. 16
  • Victoria Grizzlies - Saturday, Nov. 30
  • Powell River Kings - Friday, Dec. 6
  • Salmon Arm SilverBacks - Saturday, Dec. 7
  • Alberni Valley Bulldogs - Saturday, Dec. 14
  • Chilliwack Chiefs - Sunday, Dec. 29
  • Vernon Vipers - Friday, Jan. 10, 2014
  • Surrey Eagles - Friday, Jan. 31
  • Penticton Vees - Friday, Feb. 7
  • Cowichan Valley Capitals - Friday, Feb. 21

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Jason Dhooghe commits to Ohio State

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Jason Dhooghe’s commitment to Ohio State University is a compliment to his character.  His passion for the game is evident every shift he plays and his speed will be a great asset at the next levels. After fielding multiple college offers Jason’s decision comes as no surprise to his coaching staff or teammates. Jason, was an integral player in the teams Midget Minor U16 playoff run last year culminating in a National Championship. Jason was drafted into the USHL by Sioux City in 2013.

“Jason’s continued work and perseverance on and off the ice has set him up to have a great year and will prepare him for a very bright future as a NCAA student-athlete.  We are all extremely proud of Jason and congratulations to the Dhooghe family.”

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Michael Floodstrand commits to Harvard

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Michael Floodstrand’s consistent work ethic and commitment to the game has earned him many opportunities which he has taken full advantage of.  Coming off injuries as a Bantam Major Michael was able to return to elite level of play while helping the Midget Minor U16 team win a National Championship last season. Along the way he turned heads and proved himself to earn a spot with the NTDP this season alongside former Mission teammates Christian Fischer (Notre Dame) and Ryan Wagner (Wisconsin). Michael’s commitment to Harvard goes hand in hand with his elite level of play and more importantly his dedication to academics.

“Michael is a highly skilled player with a great mind for the game; we are all looking forward to seeing him progress in the upcoming years and are proud of all his accomplishments thus far.  Harvard will be receiving a solid individual who can help carry their University’s tradition.” Greg Tam – Chicago Mission Midget Minor U16 Coach

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Tegtmeyer to Brown

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Ben Tegtmeyer is on his way to the Ivy League.

The Warriors defenceman committed to Brown University on Thursday, saying it’s been his “dream school for a few years.”

“I’ve had a lot of family members go there” the 19 year-old says, “and so it’s a school I’m familiar with.”

Tegtmeyer says he may steer towards law school, though he hasn’t made up his mind just yet.

Originally born in Minneapolis, Tegtmeyer has also lived in Portland, OR and Cincinnati, OH – though his journey to Providence is aimed more at the classrooms than the arenas.

That was my first thing, he insists, “Academics first, and hockey second.”

Tegtmeyer will head to Brown in the fall of 2014, after completing the current season with West Kelowna.

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Jeff Wight commits to University of Connecticut

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The Merritt Centennials are proud to announce forward Jeff Wight(1995) has committed to play for the Division 1 University of Connecticut Huskies of the NCAA.

Wight has scored 17 goals and added 12 assists in his 54 games as a Centennial, including 4 goals and 2 assists in 8 games this season.

Jeff is from Coquitlam, BC and is a product of the Vancouver Northeast Chiefs BCMML program. He was the Athlete-Scholar Award winner for the Cents in 2012/2013.

It is not yet decided whether Jeff will depart Merritt in the 2014/15 season or the 2015/16 season.

Congratulations Jeff and his family on this tremendous accomplishment! 

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Wings and Paterson agree to entry-level contract

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DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that they have agreed to terms with goaltender Jake Paterson on a three-year entry-level contract. In accordance with club policy, additional details will not be disclosed.

Originally selected by Detroit in the third round (80th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Paterson has spent his entire career with the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League. In 100 career games with the club since 2010, the 6-foot-1, 183-pound netminder has compiled a 47-38-10 record, a 3.45 goals against average, a 0.904 save percentage and two shutouts. He also sports a 6-10 postseason record alongside a 3.64 goals against average and a 0.890 save percentage.

A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Paterson also represented his country at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia, but he did not appear in game action. Prior to entering the OHL full-time, Paterson spent most of the 2010-11 season with the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, posting a 10-2-1 record in 13 appearances with a 2.95 goals against average and two shutouts.

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Islanders agree to terms with Pulock on Entry Level Deal

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The New York Islanders announced today that Ryan Pulock has agreed to terms on a three-year entry-level contract.

Pulock, a native of Dauphin, Manitoba, scored 45 points (14 goals, 31 assists) in 61 games last season with the Brandon Wheat Kings during his third Western Hockey League campaign. The 6’1, 213-pound defenseman served as team captain as an 18-year-old last season with the Wheat Kings.

In 2011-12, Pulock was named to the WHL East First All-Star Team after posting 60 points (19 goals, 41 assists) in 71 games with Brandon.

He represented Canada at the 2012 Under-18 World Junior Championships, scoring two points (one goal, one assist) in six games to help the club earn a bronze medal.

The Islanders selected Pulock with the 15th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

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OHL announces rescheduled game between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie

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Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that the Sudbury Wolves Hockey Club will host the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on Tuesday December 10, 2013, at 7:30 pm at the Sudbury Arena.

The rescheduled game is due to the postponed game between the Wolves and Greyhounds from Friday September 20, 2013, due to fog conditions in the arena.

For more information including any further changes to the schedule please visit or follow us on Twitter at @OHLHockey.

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MNP MVT returning for 2013-14

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Brandon, MB. – Twenty-five seats for every Brandon Wheat Kings home game will be awarded to young athletes and coaches as the Western Hockey League club has announced the return of the popular MNP “Most Valuable Team” (MVT) Program for the 2013-14 season.

The initiative, introduced by MNP last season, supports youth involved in amateur athletics and recognizes the volunteer efforts of their coaches.

"A lot of these kids look up to the Wheat Kings and we are excited to give them a chance to see their favourite team in action live at Westman Place," says Dan Trotter, a Partner in MNP’s Brandon office. “Our firm has always been committed to Brandon and the surrounding communities, and this program is a great opportunity for us to support these teams and promote the importance of physical activity. We know that being social and feeling like a part of a community is one of the great benefits of local team sports and we are happy to have a program in place that helps make that possible.”

The MNP MVT program is open to western Manitoba athletes ages eight to seventeen and their coaches or assistant coaches. Youth teams from any sport can apply, from minor hockey to swimming and high school sports.

Applications to attend Wheat Kings’ Saturday night home games this season, beginning with the October 5th game against the visiting Red Deer Rebels, are now being accepted. Coaches, managers or other team officials can enter their team online at or email or at any MNP locations.

In addition to the tickets, all winning teams will receive complimentary copies of the Wheat Kings 2013-14 Souvenir Program. As well, each week the winning team will be introduced during the game on the Video Scoreboard at Westman Communications Group Place.

MNP has a long history of supporting sport throughout western Canada and is committed to helping community organizations through programs like the MVT Program and this partnership with the Wheat Kings.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Viaero Wireless extends partnership with Storm

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KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm and Viaero Wireless are proud to announce they have agreed to an extension on the presenting sponsorship rights for Storm Hockey.

Viaero originally signed on in 2007 and six years later, they still believe in Storm Hockey.

“We are proud to announce the recent launch of our new 4G network in Kearney,” said Lisa Murray, Vice President of Marketing. The excitement and speed of Storm hockey provides us the perfect partnership to promote the speed and value of our new 4G network.”

The presenting sponsorship is separate from the Event Center naming rights, which Viaero has been in control of since 2009 and will continue to hold through the 2015-16 season.

“We’re excited to reach this extension with Viaero Wireless,” said Tri-City Storm President Greg Shea. “It’s been a great process to get to this point. This only happens when you have tremendous synergy with a corporate partner and you have a certain level of checks and balances or expectations that are constantly being met by both parties.

“This is the pinnacle of sponsorship in our industry and to have a partner like Viaero in a small market setting like Kearney and the Tri-Cities, says a lot about both products.”

The presenting sponsorship agreement includes exposure with in-arena signage, big screen content, radio broadcast elements and marketing content.

In addition, Viaero will introduce a new in-game contest called the 4G Slapshot Challenge, bringing fans on the ice and giving prizes to those who have the fastest shot each game.

Terms and conditions of the agreement will not be disclosed.

Viaero Wireless is headquartered in Fort Morgan, Colo. and has been in business since 1991 providing wireless service throughout the United States.

To celebrate a new season of Storm hockey, Viaero Wireless is presenting a free pregame barbeque to the first 2,000 fans in attendance and a fireworks show on Saturday night, the opening night of the 2013-14 season.

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Rivermen rookie forward Vela seals NCAA future with Wildcats

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The Langley Rivermen announced Thursday that Marcus Vela has committed to play college hockey in 2016 with the University of New Hampshire Wildcats. Vela is a native of Burnaby, British Columbia so he’ll be continuing his career far away from home but he’s excited about the opportunity,

“I feel it’s the best fit for me and I am really excited to be there,” said Vela. “I felt really comfortable with UNH, I went out to the Chowder Cup last year in Boston and I fell in love with the east coast.”

The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder is currently in his first season with the Rivermen after finishing off his Midget career with the Burnaby Bulldogs Midget A2 team last year. He scored 80 points (25 goals, 55 assists) in just 30 games.

With the future determined, Vela can now focus on his time with the Rivermen.

“That was my goal at the start of the season to get the commitment early,” said Vela. “It’s a big weight lifted off my shoulders and now I can set new goals for this season and stay on task with the Rivermen.”

The Rivermen are already off to a good start this season with a 3-1-0-1 record and Vela wants to continue making a difference in the team’s success.

“Hopefully I can get a few points and be an impact player each game and play little roles,” said Vela. 

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Neal Goff selected as Fargo's captain

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The Fargo Force have announced that defenseman Neal Goff has been selected as the team captain for the 2013-14 season, as voted on by his teammates.

Goff, a veteran from Stillwater, MN, is in his third year with the team. He has played in 90 games so far since joining the Force in 2011-12, scoring 7 goals and adding 8 assists. He has a plus/minus rating overall of +1 and has 118 total penalty minutes. Standing at 6’5 and weighing in at 215 pounds, he is the biggest player on the team this season.

The captain will be joined by two assistant captains who were also voted on by the team. Forward Gage Torrel and defenseman Chris Buchanan were selected as the assistants for the season. Both players are in their second season with the team this year.

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Phantoms Name Larsson Captain For 2013-14 Season

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Phantoms have named second-year center Alfred Larsson captain for the 2013-14 season, head coach Anthony Noreen announced today ahead of the team’s home opener Friday against the Green Bay Gamblers.

Larsson, 19, becomes the sixth captain in the franchise history, and first European-born player to wear the ‘C’ for the Phantoms. Additionally forwards Josh Nenadal, Tyler Spezia and Luke Stork and goaltender Sean Romeo will act as assistant captains. All five players were voted by their teammates and coaching staff.
Alfred Larsson

“We believe that captains are men who represent our program the way we want in ever facet – in the community, in the weight room, in the locker room and on the ice,” Noreen said. “The only way to truly do that is to have the guys choose them and I believe the team executed what we asked them to do by voting for these five.”

A native of Malmö, Sweden, Larsson recorded eight goals, 11 assists and 19 points along with 62 penalty minutes in 49 games while excelling in a two-way role for the Phantoms last season. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound center is committed to Merrimack College.

“I don’t think you could find a guy who approaches the game exactly the way we want it better than Alfred Larsson,” Noreen said. “He treats it like a pro. He shows up at the rink with a smile on his face, puts his hard hat on and gets to work every single day.

“There’s nobody that says blue collar more than Alfred Larsson and that’s what we are here.”

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Affiliate Ty Pelton-Byce Joins the Lumberjacks for the Weekend

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MUSKEGON, Michigan (September 25th) – The Muskegon Lumberjacks have announced that affiliate Forward Ty Pelton-Byce will being joining the team for the two games this weekend that begins on Friday in Ann Arbor against the USNTDP Under-17 Team and ends Saturday at home against the Indiana Ice.

Pelton-Byce, the Madison, Wisconsin product, was Muskegon’s 8th-round pick (113th overall) in the 2013 USHL Phase One Draft and is entering his junior year at James Madison Memorial (Wisconsin) High School.

In his first two years at James Madison Memorial, Pelton-Byce has totaled 88 points (43 goals and 45 assists) in 51 games played and was the leading scorer during both seasons while earning Team MVP, All-State, All-Conference, All-Area, and All-City honors.  Pelton-Byce also played for the Team Wisconsin Under-14 (2011-12) and Under-16 (2012-13) Tier One AAA Teams accumulating 76 points (28 goals and 48 assists) in 50 games played.

The Lumberjacks will hit the road again this Friday night to Ann Arbor for a 7:00 pm puck drop against the USNTDP Under-17 Team with their Home Opener slated for the following night on Saturday against the Indiana Ice at 7:15 pm.

The exclusive radio home for the Muskegon Lumberjacks all season long is 92.5 FM WLAW “The Outlaw” as Bryan Fongers delivers the call beginning ten minutes prior to puck drop.

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Jared Walsh commits to the Steelheads

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Mississauga, ON – The Mississauga Steelheads are pleased to announce that their 2nd round pick from the 2012 OHL Priority Selection, Jared Walsh, has committed to the team and has entered into an Ontario Hockey League agreement.

Walsh was selected by Mississauga in the 2nd round, 38th overall at the 2012 OHL Priority Selection. The 5’11”, 175 lb defenceman is a native of Toronto and played with the St. Michael’s Buzzers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. Last season with the Buzzers, Walsh posted 21 points (4 goals, 17 assists) in 29 games, adding 28 penalty minutes.

Steelheads General Manager and Head Coach, James Boyd, is excited to add Walsh’s skill set to the line up. “Jared Walsh is an extremely competitive player with a high level of skill. Our organization is pleased that Jared has decided to continue his development in the OHL with the Steelheads. We are certain that our fans will enjoy watching our team grow together over the course of this season and beyond.”

 Walsh shares this excitement, adding “I am excited to join the OHL and further my development with the Mississauga Steelheads organization.” Walsh will be in the lineup when the Steelheads host the Belleville Bulls at the Hershey Centre tonight at 7:30 pm.

 The Steelheads welcome Jared and his family to the Mississauga Steelheads organization.

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Rebels assign Boomgaarden to Melfort (SJHL)

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RED DEER, AB – Brent Sutter, General Manager/Head Coach of the Red Deer Rebels Hockey Club, announced today the reassignment of 19-year old defenceman Riley Boomgaarden to the Melfort Mustangs of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

Riley Boomgaarden
DOB: Nov. 1, 1994
Hometown: Grande Prairie, AB

With this move, the Rebels have 25 players on their roster including Mathew Dumba who is currently with the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League.

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Jody Hull and Petes to Put on Practice at ACC

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On Saturday, September 28th, Peterborough Petes Head Coach Jody Hull and the rest of the Petes squad will take the ice at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto as part of the Toronto Maple Leafs Tim Hortons Coaches Open House.

The Petes will hold a 50-minute practice led by Coach Hull between 12:10pm and 1:00pm on Saturday afternoon. The practice is open to registered coaches, and will be one of the highlights of the afternoon clinic.
The event is free to coaches who register prior to the event on Saturday. Below is the clinic agenda:

11:30am – 11:50am: Registration, Refreshments, Tradeshow
11:50am – 12:10pm: Randy Carlyle Q & A
12:10pm – 1:00pm: Jody Hull, Peterborough Petes Practice
1:10pm – 2:00pm: Adrian Lomonaco, Journey to Excel Instructional Skate
2:00pm – 2:20pm: Refreshments and Tradeshow
2:30pm – 3:00pm: Nate Ewell, Deputy Executive Director College Hockey Inc. – Recruitment and Education
3:05pm – 3:35pm: Chris Dennis, Winning with Technology
3:40pm – 4:10pm: Closing Address
4:10pm: Draw for Hockey Canada Session*

*Coaches in attendance will be entered to win a Hockey Canada meet-and-greet and tickets to the Leafs vs. Red Wings game that evening. 

“Holding a practice at the ACC will be an incredible experience for our players,” said Hull. “We would like to thank the Toronto Maple Leafs organization for allowing us the opportunity to participate in the annual Coaches Clinic.”

More details including a schedule and registration information can be found here.

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Team Johnson Beats Team Mullen, 5-2, in Second Annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game

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PITTSBURGH – Team Johnson bested Team Mullen, 5-2, in the second annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game Thursday (Sept. 26) at CONSOL Energy Center. Keegan Iverson (St. Louis Park, Minn.) notched a goal and an assist for Team Johnson to earn Gillette Player of the Game honors. Meanwhile, Ryan Donato (Scituate, Mass.) collected a pair of assists for Team Mullen.

Team Johnson opened the scoring just 37 seconds into the second period by capitalizing on a Team Mullen turnover. After intercepting a clearing attempt, Iverson found Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) in the left circle, where Larkin spun and fired a shot low past Ed Minney (Wind Gap, Pa.).

The score remained 1-0 until 4:27 of the third period when Team Mullen converted on a power play. Tony DeAngelo (Philadelphia, Pa.) made a no-look pass from the point into the right circle for Jack Dougherty (Cottage Grove, Minn.), who fired a quick shot through traffic past goaltender Blake Weyrick (Ojai, Calif.)

Two minutes later, Team Johnson regained the lead when Iverson and Larkin connected again. Larkin picked up a loose puck near the blue line and put a hard shot on net. The rebound bounced right to Iverson, who scored to give Team Johnson the 2-1 advantage.

Team Johnson stretched its lead to 3-1 at 10:54 of the final period when Sonny Milano (Massapequa, N.Y.) took a perfect pass from Alex Tuch (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) in front of the net, made a quick move and then slid a shot through the five-hole of goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic (Parma, Ohio).

Joe Wegwerth (Brewster, N.Y.) retaliated for Team Mullen at 16:18 of the third to cut the lead to 3-2. After Donato placed a centering pass right on his stick, Wegwerth made a backhand-forehand move and scored.

One-minute later, Chase De Leo (La Mirada, Calif.) reestablished a two-goal lead for Team Johnson. With the puck bouncing along the wall, Ryan Hitchcock (Manhasset, N.Y.) made a tape-to-tape cross-ice pass to De Leo at the edge of the crease. De Leo quickly gathered the puck and beat Nedeljkovic with a wrist shot just inside the near post.

Shane Eiserman (West Newbury, Mass.) finished the scoring with an empty-net tally at 19:32 of the third period.

Team Johnson starting goaltender Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif./Boston College) was flawless in 28:23 of action, stopping all six shots he faced. Weyrick made 19 stops on 21 shots in relief.

Minney started in goal for Team Mullen and recorded 16 saves on 17 shots. Nedeljkovic turned away 13 shots in just over 30 minutes of action.

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Chiefs forward suspended two games

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Spokane Chief forward Dominic Zwerger has received a two-game suspension from the WHL after being assessed a checking to the head penalty on Tuesday, September 24 vs. Victoria.

Zwerger's suspension will expire following Saturday's game vs. Tri-City as he has already served one game; Wednesday's 6-1 victory over the Royals.

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Rebels send Feser to Camrose Kodiaks

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RED DEER, AB – Brent Sutter, General Manager/Head Coach of the Red Deer Rebels Hockey Club, announced today the reassignment of 18-year old forward Scott Feser to the Camrose Kodiaks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. 

Feser played in 31 games last year for the Rebels, scoring 1 goal and 5 assists.  He has not appeared in a regular season game this season.

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Rebels acquire Dixon from Royals

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RED DEER, AB – Brent Sutter, General Manager/Head Coach of the Red Deer Rebels Hockey Club, announced today the acquisition of 18-year old defenceman Kolton Dixon from the Victoria Royals in exchange for a conditional draft pick in the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

Dixon is entering his second year in the WHL.  He played 39 games in Victoria last season, picking up 2 assists.  Dixon also played 13 games with Okotoks in the Alberta Junior Hockey League in 2012-13.  In 2011-12, Dixon was part of the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs Telus Cup National Championship.

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Hitmen send Calladine to Blades

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Saskatoon, SK -- The Saskatoon Blades are pleased to announce that they have acquired forward Austin Calladine from the Calgary Hitmen.

In exchange for Calladine, the Blades send a conditional 8th round selection in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft to the Hitmen.

Calladine is from Saskatoon, and the 5'10, 186 pound skater is currently in his second WHL season.  The left-winger was the 44th overall pick in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft by Calgary.  Last season, he appeared in 33 games with the Hitmen, posting a goal, two assists and 12 PIMs.

The Saskatoon Blades would like to welcome Austin and his family to his hometown organization.

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Royals acquire Kolhauser from Giants

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Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals are pleased to announce that the club has acquired 1996-born defenceman Jake Kohlhauser (coal-how-zer) from the Vancouver Giants in exchange for a conditional draft pick.

Kohlhauser joins the Royals after starting the 2013-14 season with the Giants. The 6-0, 185 rearguard suited up for the St. Albert Raiders Midget AAA squad last year where he registered five points (1g-4a) in 29 games of regular season play. In the post-season, Kohlhauser notched three points (1g-2a) in four games for the Raiders.

Drafted by Vancouver in the second round, 30th overall, of the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft, Kohlhauser spent the 2011-12 season with the St. Albert Flyers Minor Midget AAA team. The St. Albert,AB native recorded 18 points (4g-14a) through 35 games with the Flyers.

Kohlhauser dressed for the St. Albert Sabres in his 2010-11 bantam hockey season where he posted 11 points (4g-7a) in 33 games played. Kohlhauser was also named the captain of the Northwest Sharks at the 2011 Alberta Cup in which the defenceman put up a goal and an assist through five games of tournament play.
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Schedule revealed for 2014 Crescent Point Energy WCC

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The host committee of the 2014 Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup, in partnership with the CJHL, has announced the tournament schedule.  All games will be played at the Credit Union Place in Dauphin, MB.  The regional championship will open on Saturday, April 26th with a game between the MJHL champions and the rival SJHL champions.

"The countdown is on...213 days to the kick-off of the 2014 Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup in Dauphin,” said Randy Daley, Co-Chair 2014 WCC Host Committee. “The Host Executive Committee is working very hard to put on a first class event that fans will enjoy and remember for years to come. Come for the hockey stay, for the party...AGAIN!"    Dauphin was also the host of the successful 2010 RBC Cup National Junior A Championship.

“The Manitoba Junior Hockey League is thrilled to be the host league for the second installment of the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup,” stated MJHL Commissioner Kim Davis. “The community of Dauphin, MB and the host committee led by Randy Daley and Kirk Dawson will be tremendous ambassadors for Junior A hockey. The MJHL and its partner leagues are striving to enhance the brand of Junior A hockey in the country. We have confidence that this event will build the reputation of the Western Canada Cup and Crescent Point Energy, as well as its many supporters across the west.”

    Saturday April 26th, 2014

#1 2:00PM SJHL @ MJHL (Preliminary)
#2 7:00PM AJHL @ HOST (Preliminary)

    Sunday April 27th, 2014

#3 2:00PM BCHL @ AJHL (Preliminary)
#4 7:00PM HOST @ SJHL (Preliminary)

    Monday April 28th, 2014

#5 7:00PM MJHL @ BCHL (Preliminary)

    Tuesday April 29th, 2014

#6 2:00PM SJHL @ AJHL (Preliminary)
#7 7:00PM MJHL @ HOST (Preliminary)

    Wednesday April 30th, 2014

#8 7:00PM BCHL @ SJHL (Preliminary)

    Thursday May 1st, 2014

#9 2:00PM AJHL @ MJHL (Preliminary)
#10 7:00PM HOST @ BCHL (Preliminary)

    Saturday May 3rd, 2014

#11 2:00PM 4th Place @ 3rd Place (Winner Advances to Game 13)
#12 7:00PM 2nd Place @ 1st Place (WCC Title / RBC Berth #1)

    Sunday May 4th, 2014

#13 4:00PM Winner Game 11 @ Loser Game 12 (RBC Berth #2)

Tickets can be purchased from the Dauphin Kings Office or online.
The 2014 Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup is hosted by the Dauphin Kings and the MJHL. The champions of the British Columbia Hockey League, Alberta Junior Hockey League, Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, and Manitoba Junior Hockey League will participate in a five-team tournament with the host Dauphin Kings for the 2014 Western Canada Cup. The Western Canada Cup Champion and the runner-up will both represent western Canada at the 2014 RBC Cup National Junior A Championship.

The Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup will be hosted by the AJHL in 2015, followed by the SJHL in 2016. The Nanaimo Clippers and the BCHL were the hosts of the inaugural Western Canada Cup in 2013.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Lancers acquire defenseman Matt Nelson from Green Bay

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RALSTON, NE – On the eve of their 2013-14 United States Hockey League (USHL) regular season opener, the Omaha Lancers acquired defenseman Matt Nelson from the Green Bay Gamblers in exchange for a 2014 USHL Draft pick, the team announced Thursday. Nelson, an Edina, Minnesota native, will wear number 28 for the Lancers and is expected to make his Omaha debut Friday in the Lancers’ 2013-14 home opener vs. Fargo.

“Matt is a solid, two-way defenseman that we think will help our club this year,” said Lancers Head Coach and General Manager Brian Kaufman on Thursday. “We’re excited to bolster our defensive corps with [Matt’s] acquisition.”

In three appearances with the Gamblers last season, Nelson earned two penalty minutes and a minus-one rating, joining Green Bay after helping the Edina Hornets to the 2013 Minnesota State High School Tournament Championship. This season, Nelson appeared in the Gamblers’ season-opening 5-4 overtime loss vs. the Muskegon Lumberjacks on September 21st, earning a pair of penalty minutes in the Green Bay defeat.

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Owen Sound claims Jack Flinn

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The Owen Sound Attack is announcing that they have claimed goaltender Jack Flinn off of waivers from the QMJHL. Flinn, 17, spent the 2012/2013 season with the expansion Sherbrooke Phoenix.

Flinn was originally a 5th Round Selection of the Moncton Wildcats in 2011, but in the summer of 2012, Sherbrooke acquired the 6’7 goaltender and four draft picks from the Moncton Wildcats for the first overall pick in the Canadian Hockey League import draft.

The Halifax native will wear number “1” for the Attack and could potentially be in the Attack lineup as soon as tonight, when the Attack travel to Barrie to take on the Colts.

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OHA Sutherland Cup Semi Finals Adds Fourth Team

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CAMBRIDGE, ON – The Ontario Hockey Association and its Board of Directors, based on the recommendation of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL), announced yesterday that the OHA had approved the GOJHL proposal to include a fourth team into this year’s Sutherland Cup Semi Final.

The three conference league has historically run a round robin with the winners of the three conferences playing each other twice. The top two from the round robin would play a best of seven series to establish the winner of the Sutherland Cup.

“Adding a fourth team into the mix is something that I think really makes a lot of sense for the league,” said GOJHL Chairman Shawn McKelvie. “In past years we’ve found that during the round robin, attendance had diminished. A fourth team will help maintain the momentum from the Conference Finals.”

The fourth team changes the look of how the GOJHL playoffs run this year. A fourth or “wildcard” team will be determined based on playoff winning percentage only. The runner up from the Conference Final with the best playoff winning percentage will become the wild card team. They will automatically face off against the first placed team from a different conference, based on their winning percentage. However, if the fourth and the first place teams have already played each other in their conference final, then the fourth place team will automatically face the second ranked team.

For example if this process was in place last season the Welland Canadians would have been the final seed (see below).

Seed 1 – London – 16 games played / 12 wins / 4 losses = 75%
Seed 2 – St. Catharines – 17 games played / 12 wins / 5 losses = 70.59%
Seed 3 – Cambridge – 18 games played / 12 wins / 6 losses = 66.67%
Seed 4 – WILD CARD Welland – 19 games played / 11 wins / 8 losses = 52.94%

“The OHA Sutherland Cup Championship has rich history within the OHA and the format change will allow for great competition and fan excitement in communities of the Semi Final teams,” said OHA Chief Executive Officer Scott Farley. “It will further enhance the excitement that top quality playoff hockey can provide to fans across the entire OHA.”

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MWJHL releases 2013-14 regular-season schedule

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The Midwest Junior Hockey League has unveiled its 2013-14 regular-season schedule of games.

Opening night is next Wednesday, Oct. 2, as the Detroit Fighting Irish host the Michigan Ice Dogs at the Allen Park Civic Arena.

The defending league and Veteran's Memorial Cup playoff champion Traverse City Hounds open defense of their title on Friday, Oct. 4, on the road against the Berkley Bruins.

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Old Dutch-MJHL Showcase Weekend returns for 10th season

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One of the most popular events for MJHL fans is returning for its 10th season ─ the Old Dutch-MJHL Showcase Weekend.

“This event is well attended by university scouts throughout Canada and the United States,” said MJHL Commissioner Kim Davis. “The feedback we receive after this event is very positive. I know the scouts like to see the event in one venue, while fans have the opportunity to watch all 11 MJHL teams during a single weekend. It’s really a hockey fan’s ultimate dream.

“The players in our league enjoy this event, which provides them an excellent opportunity to showcase their talents.”

The Old Dutch-MJHL Showcase Weekend kicks off Thursday, Oct. 3 at the MTS IcePlex. Games continue Friday and Saturday.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

CHL Announces BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings

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Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the second edition of the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings for the 2013-14 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 Top 10 Rankings – Week 2

Last Week Rank:
Number of Weeks Ranked:
London Knights (1-0-0-0)
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (4-0-0-0)
Prince Albert Raiders (2-0-0-0)
Baie-Comeau Drakkar (2-1-0-1)
Guelph Storm (1-0-0-0)
Portland Winterhawks (1-1-0-1)
Kingston Frontenacs (2-0-0-0)
Edmonton Oil Kings (1-0-0-0)
Charlottetown Islanders (4-0-0-0)
Red Deer Rebels (2-0-0-0)
  Honourable Mention:
  Barrie Colts (1-0-0-0)
  Rimouski Oceanic (2-2-0-0)
  Kelowna Rockets (2-0-0-0)

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Sabres sign Zadorov to entry-level contract

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The Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday announced that the team has signed defenseman Nikita Zadorov to a three-year, entry-level contract.

The Sabres selected the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Russian defenseman with the 16th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

Zadorov, 18, has played in three exhibition games so far this season and recorded his first career goal in the game against Toronto on Sunday.

“I think it’s great. It’s a big experience for me to play here in NHL exhibition games,” Zadorov told “I’ve played three games and I think I did a pretty good job. I just want to try and make the team.”

Sabres general manager Darcy Regier has been impressed with the progress Zadorov has made so far. However, he also said that his recent play didn’t play a major role in getting a deal done. It was the team’s intention all along to sign him this year; it just took until late September to get the deal done.

“He is advanced and he’s continued to get better," Regier said. "He was good in [the NHL Prospects Tournament in] Traverse [City, Mich.] and he’s continued to get better here, so he’s on a nice path.”

The Sabres have made numerous cuts over the last week, but Zadorov has stuck around training camp so far. The team has nine defensemen still in camp and it’s a possibility that Zadorov could be on the Sabres roster come their season opener in Detroit on Oct. 2.

“Those are the things we’re talking about. The harder decision is on a more collective thing, really the roster size,” Regier said. “You can only carry 23 players so there’s some hard decisions to make.”

In 2012-13, Zadorov played for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, recording 25 points (6+19) and 54 penalty minutes in 63 games.

It’s still a possibility that he could end up back in London. The Knights host the Memorial Cup this year and that means he’d be playing big minutes on a team with a prolonged schedule.

“That means he’s playing deep into the season and deep into the spring, but he’s performed well here too,” Regier said. “So we’ll continue to have the conversations over the next few days.”

For now though, the Sabres see the time he’s spending around NHL players as invaluable.

“Combined with playing some games and being around, I think, are great experiences,” Regier said. “He’s in the main dressing room with the guys now. It’s good for him to see how the professionals conduct their business and he’s a sponge. He’s a pretty quick learner.”

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Americans trade Ryan Chynoweth to Kootenay

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Kennewick, WA – Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the team has traded 18-year-old forward Ryan Chynoweth (pron. Shin-ow-th) to the Kootenay Ice in exchange for a 5th round pick in the 2014 Bantam Draft.

Following today’s moves, Tri-City’s roster now sits at 26 players, including 16 forwards, 8 defenseman and 2 goaltenders.

Chynoweth, a 6’1 175-pound center from Cranbrook, British Columbia, was acquired by Tri-City in October of last season, coming over from the Everett Silvertips.  After appearing in 4 games for Everett in the 2012-13 season, Chynoweth went on to play in 33 games for Tri-City, totaling a goal, 4 points and 41 penalty minutes.  So far this season, Chynoweth has appeared in all 3 games for Tri-City, picking up an assist and 4 penalty minutes.  Between Everett and Tri-City, the third-year WHL forward has appeared in 107 WHL games, and has collected 3 goals, 13 points and 92 penalty minutes.

“With an abundance of forwards, we felt that a situation for Ryan in Kootenay was best for his development as a player,” explained Tory.  “We thank Ryan for his commitment, dedication, and work ethic to our team and we wish him all the best as he gets to play in his hometown.”

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Solverbacks trade Orr

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That wasn't the only move of the day for the SilverBacks, who sent 18 year old Forward Harlan Orr to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, in exchange for Future Considerations. 
GM Troy Mick says it will be tough to see him go "Harlan was a go-to player for us last season; and really helped propel our club into the post-season, but this is the hardest part of the job and the organization would like to wish him the best in his future with the Bulldogs and dreams of securing an NCAA Scholarship."
Becker will join the SilverBacks this week, with plans to play on the road-trip this weekend that will see Salmon Arm visit Nanaimo, Victoria, and Chilliwack, respectively.

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Dan Bylsma to Drop Ceremonial First Puck at CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Dan Bylsma will drop the ceremonial first puck at the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game Thursday (Sept. 26) at CONSOL Energy Center, home of the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins. The head coach of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team is in his sixth season as head coach of the Penguins.

Bill Guerin, who will be inducted in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame this fall, will present the Gillette Player of the Game Award in a postgame ceremony. Guerin is the Pittsburgh Penguins player development coach.
In five seasons behind the Pittsburgh Penguins bench, Bylsma has led the franchise to a Stanley Cup championship in 2009, received the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's Most Outstanding Coach in 2010-11 and delivered the best record in the Eastern Conference in 2012-13. His regular-season record of 201-93-25 marks the best regular-season winning percentage in team history (.669) and the second-best win total among Pittsburgh coaches. Bylsma became the fastest coach to post 200 victories when he reached the plateau in just 316 games on April 23, 2013.

Bill Guerin played the final 95 games of his 18-year NHL career for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Acquired late in the 2008-09 season, he helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup that spring. Upon his retirement in 2010, he had earned 429 goals and 427 assists over his 1,263-game career. He wore the Team USA jersey at seven major international events throughout his career, including three Olympic Winter Games (1998, 2002, 2006), two World Cups of Hockey (1996, 2004) and two IIHF World Junior Championships (1989, 1990). He collected an Olympic silver medal in 2002 and helped the U.S. win the gold medal at the 1996 World Cup.

Opening faceoff for the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game is set for 7:00 p.m. (EDT) and ticket information is available by visiting

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