Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Preston is the Hurricanes new Head Coach and GM

Press Release

Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes are pleased to announce the hiring of Rich Preston as the team’s new General Manager and a Head Coach. Preston was introduced to the Lethbridge media by Hurricanes President Brian McNaughton at a press conference this afternoon.

Preston is a former WHA and NHL player with 388 regular season NHL games and 285 points (133G, 152A) with the Chicago Blackhawks and New Jersey Devils. Preston began coaching in 1991 as an assistant coach with the Blackhawks under Mike Keenan and was part of the Blackhawks 1992 Campbell Conference Championship. In the ‘95-‘96 season, Preston signed on as the Head Coach of the WHL’s Regina Pats. While there he helped the team from a 26-43-3 record the year before his hiring; to a 37-33-2 record in his first season as Head Coach. He then followed this up in ‘96-’97 with a record of 42-27-3, at the time, the franchise’s first 40 win season in over a decade. While there he also helped in the development of future NHL players Kyle Calder, Brad Stuart and Derek Morris to name a few.

Preston has spent the last 11 seasons in the NHL as an assistant coach with the San Jose Sharks and Calgary Flames. He was an assistant coach with the Flames in 2004 and helped to guide that team to the Stanley Cup Finals. In 15 seasons and 1198 games, his overall record in the NHL as an assistant coach is 564-461-134-39. Preston brings with him a wife; Laura of 28 years and three boys; Troy, Lucas and Thomas.

“The candidates who applied for the GM and Head Coaching job left us in the enviable position of choosing from several qualified individuals. This also meant that we were forced to go through a very thorough and extensive interview process.” said McNaughton “Myself and the Board of Directors are pleased with our final decision and have the utmost confidence and respect for Rich Preston as a leader, coach and individual.”

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Boucher heads to Hamilton

Press Release

BOUCHERVILLE, Monday, June 29, 2009 – The Montreal Canadiens today announced the hiring of Guy Boucher as head coach of their American Hockey League affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. It is his first opportunity at the professional level.

The Drummondville Voltigeurs enjoyed an outstanding season in which they captured the regular season championship as well as the first President Cup title in franchise history. Boucher also played a key role as an assistant coach on Canada’s gold medal-winning National Junior squad.

Over the course of his three seasons with the Voltigeurs, Boucher posted a 98-100-1 record in the regular season and a .742% winning percentage in the playoffs.

"I am always happy to see our coaches graduate to the next level," commented the Commissioner of the QMJHL, Gilles Courteau. "The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League offers both players and coaches the opportunity to learn and develop their skill sets for the professional ranks. Guy did a sensational job with the Voltigeurs. He definitely deserves this opportunity."

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Hitmen acquires Fisenko

Press Release

Calgary, AB – Calgary Hitmen General Manager Kelly Kisio announced today the acquisition of 19-year-old centre Mikhail Fisenko from the Vancouver Giants in exchange for a seventh round pick in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.

“Mikhail is a skilled centre with good size who will help us down the middle this season,” said Kisio.

HOMETOWN: Magnitogorsk, Russia BIRTHDATE: June 1, 1990
HEIGHT: 6’1” WEIGHT: 191 lbs.
DID YOU KNOW? Fisenko played for Russia at the 2008 World Under-18 Hockey Championship….Was drafted 51st overall by the Vancouver Giants in the 2008 CHL Import Draft….Played for the Russia Selects in the 2008 ADT Canada Russia Challenge.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Monday, June 29, 2009

The Program

My Draft Thoughts

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Sting announce Front Office Changes

Press Release

Sarnia, ON – The Sarnia Sting are very pleased to announce several organizational changes that will solidify the team’s commitment to positive improvement and future success.

Effective immediately Dave MacQueen is confirmed as General Manager and Head Coach of the Sarnia Sting. MacQueen has been working under an interim title since the end of the 08/09 season but a new three year deal underscores the confidence of the ownership in Dave as he accepts a dual role with the organization.

A native of Woodstock, ON, Dave has just completed his 13th year in the OHL as a Head Coach and his first Priority Selection in the role of General Manager of a team. He began his Ontario Hockey League coaching career as Head Coach of the Peterborough Petes in 1993 where he spent 3 years. The Petes won the 1996 OHL Championship under MacQueen.

Following his championship run with the Petes, MacQueen spent two years (96-98) as the Assistant Coach with the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning working with Stanley Cup Champion (Calgary Flames) Head Coach Terry Crisp.

MacQueen would then come back to the OHL and spent the next 7 years with the Erie Otters. He enjoyed success with the Otters winning an OHL Championship, a regular season title, as well as three consecutive Midwest Division Championships. Also during his tenure with the Otters he would be named the OHL Coach of the Year in 2000-2001.

In 2006 MacQueen was named the Head Coach of the Sarnia Sting. In his 3 seasons with the Sting he has won 106 games, winning 30-plus games in each of his 3 seasons.

Earlier this season MacQueen recorded a career highlight when he joined the elusive 400-win club. He currently sits with 411 career coaching victories.

A new addition to the Sting front office staff is Bill Abercrombie in the role of VP, Operations.

Abercrombie has most recently been tied to the WOHL’s Sarnia Legionnaire’s at the Junior B level. As Head Coach in the 08/09 season he led the Legionnaires on a glorious run winning 37 of 52 games and eventually the Bill Weir Cup and the WOHL Championship.

Along the way the Legionnaires made a very large impact on the Sarnia-Lambton community and brought local and national focus to bear on the team and the region. The efforts and success elevated the Legionnaire’s attendance to among the best of the Greater Ontario Hockey League teams.

Bill’s new role with the Sting will see him cover and address several key aspects of the team’s operation including: recruitment, scouting, league business, player education and off-ice development. As well, Abercrombie will bring his business experience to bear in overseeing such aspects as: ticket marketing, sponsorship, media and community relations and organizational development.

Further bolstering the Sting front office will be newly appointed Head Scout, Jim Debenham. Jim brings several years of scouting experience to the team, not the least of which is his most recent experience as Head Scout with division rival Plymouth Whalers.

During Jim’s 7-year tenure with Plymouth the Whalers won the West Division title four times, went to the conference finals twice, and won an OHL Championship and an appearance in the 2007 Memorial Cup.

Co-owner Larry Ciccarelli will assume the title and role of team President taking over from his brother and co-owner Robert Ciccarelli who will remain as Governor of the organization.

This change will ensure more direct involvement by the owners as they split the responsibility of setting the direction for the team operationally and in accordance with the ongoing growth of the OHL.

Returning to the Sting under new contracts are Assistant Coaches Greg Walters and Tim Bascik. Walters has signed on for a three year extension while Bacik has agreed to a one year deal.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Import Draft Tomorrow

Press Release

TORONTO, Sunday, June 28, 2009 – The Canadian Hockey League is pleased to announce that the 2009 CHL Import Draft will take place online Tuesday June 30, 2009, beginning at 9:00 am Eastern Time.

Each team in the CHL is permitted to carry two European Import players each season. These players are selected annually at the Import Draft, with the order of selection rotating through each of the three leagues in the CHL using an inverse order of their final regular season standings from the 2008-09 season.

The QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs currently have the first selection of the 2009 CHL Import Draft after a trade with the Halifax Mooseheads.

The 2008 CHL Import Draft featured players such as Dmitry Kulikov of the Drummondville Voltigeurs, picked second overall, who captured prestigious honours in the QMJHL this season including Rookie of the Year and Defenceman of the Year awards. He was also selected by the Florida Panthers with the 14th overall pick at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Other players such as Andrei Loktionov of the OHL and Memorial Cup Champion Windsor Spitfires as well as the OHL Rookie of the Year Evgeny Grachev of the Brampton Battalion were selected last season. The 2007 Import Draft featured players such as Mikael Backlund of the WHL Champion Kelowna Rockets.

The 2009 CHL Import Draft order of selection as well as up to date picks on Tuesday June 30 can be followed online at http://chl.ca/importDraft.php.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Steel name 09-10 Roster

Press Release

Bensenville (June 18th, 2009) -- After a weeklong selection camp The Chicago Steel has finalized its roster for the upcoming year; combining 14 new and 8 returning players to make the official team count stand at 22.

Over 100 players came out to the invitation-only selection camp June 8th-14th in hopes of securing a spot on the 2009-2010 Chicago Steel team. Although all attending players possessed talent and a clear love of the game, cuts were made throughout the weeklong camp on the basis of individual performance in drills, workouts and games.

Assistant Coach, Jon Waibel, found camp to be a success and is �looking forward to a new season, and working with a new team of guys.� This new team, listed below, mixes diversity, youth and experience as the roster includes players from parts of the Midwest, East Coast and Canada, ranging between the ages of 17-20.

2009-2010 Chicago Steel Hockey Team Roster:

Last Team
Birth Date

Mark Adams
Malden Catholic HS
Bosford, MA

Mark Anthoine
Chicago Steel
Lewiston, ME

Jay Camper
Alpena Ice Diggers
Rocky River, OH

Alex Carpenter
S2 U-18
Portage, MI

Jake Chelios
Little Caesars U-18
Bloomfield Hills, MI

Theo Di Pauli
Chicago Mission U-16
Woodridge, IL

Sahir Gill
Vernon Vipers - BCHL
Penticton, BC

Dan Kolomatis
NJ Rockets - AJHL
Basking Ridge, NJ

Alex Krushelnyski
Chicago Steel
Bloomfield Hills, MI

Kevin Lind
Chicago Steel
Homer Glen, IL

Jamie Oleksik
Chicago Steel
Toronto, ON

Mac Olson
U. of Detroit Jesuit
Grosse Pointe, MI

Nick Pisellini
Chicago Steel
Itasca, IL

Patrick Raley
Trail Smoke Eaters
Inverness, IL

Zach Rall
South Central Wolves
Anchorage, AK

Andrew Schmit
Culver Prep
Grafton, WI

Alex Simonson
Chicago Steel
Grand Forks, ND

Charlie Thauwald
Chicago Steel
Rochester, MN

Mitch Witek
Chicago Mission U-18
Downers Grove, IL

Connor Wilson
Berkshire School
Cary, NC

Greg Wolfe
Chicago Steel
Canton, MI

Brendan Woods
Williston Prep
Palmyra, PA

The Steel begins its 2009-2010 season on Friday October 3, 2009 against Team USA, with home games held at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, Illinois. For ticket and additional information please call, 630-594-1165.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Arena Improvements for Erie

Press Release

The Erie County Convention Center Authority announced at a press conference this afternoon that they have secured $32 million in state funding for improvements to the Tullio Arena.

ECCCA is scheduled to appear before County Council on Tuesday in hopes of adding an additional $10 million in funding to the renovation project. Project representatives do not anticipate County Council turning down the additional funding.

If approved, the $42 million renovation project could begin by late August with actual on-site renovations beginning as early as December.

It's not expected that renovation work will not interfere with any scheduled events in the arena.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Comrie to Guelph

Press Release

(GUELPH) The Guelph Storm announced that they have acquired defenceman Adam Comrie, the rights to goaltender Matt Hoyle and a 2nd round selection in the 2009 Import Draft from the Saginaw Spirit. In return the Spirit receive forward Josh Shalla, Guelph's 2nd round pick in 2010, Sarnia's 3rd round selection in 2010, Guelph's 4th round pick in 2010, a conditional 8th round pick in 2011 and the Storm's first round pick at the upcoming 2009 Import Draft.

Comrie was selected by the Florida Panthers in the third round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft (80th overall). The 6'4" defenceman will attend the 2009 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp held at Lake Placid this upcoming August. A two year veteran on the Spirit blueline, the Ashburn, VA native finished third on the Spirit in defensive scoring, put up a respectable +13 rating last season and was third in voting for the Hardest Shot in the 2008-09 Coaches Poll.

Hockey's Future described the Storm's newest defenceman as having "great raw talent...a tough player along the boards and in front of his own net. Has a hard, accurate shot and shows excellent determination."

Hoyle was selected by the Kingston Frontenacs in the fifth round of the 2006 OHL Priority Selection. In September of 2007, the 19 year old's rights were traded to the Saginaw Spirit. Having verbally committed to play for Harvard during the 2008-09 season, Hoyle did not report to Saginaw suiting up for the Crimson instead. As a freshman, he played 20 games in the NCAA recording a goals against average of 3.25 and a .897 save percentage. Last season Hoyle was named the ECAC goaltender of the week in November and was also named Rookie of the week on two occasions.

Hockey's Future described Hoyle as "a very strong, focused, goaltender with a lot of potential and all the tools to be successful. Easily would have been a starter for any other team in the league. He reads the game really well, picks up the puck well and his anticipation is just as good. Very dedicated and noted for working just as hard off ice with conditioning as he does on the ice."

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Panik to Windsor

Press Release

(Windsor) At yesterday’s NHL Draft, Spitfires Vice-President and General Manager Warren Rychel signed centre Richard Panik to an OHL contract that will bring Panik to Windsor for the 2009-10 season. Panik, a Slovakian forward from Trinec in the Czech leagues was selected in the second round, 52nd overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in today’s NHL Entry Draft.

Panik, listed as 6’2” and 203 pounds, played 20 games with the Czech Under-20 squad, registering 19 points and also represented his country at the Under-20 World Junior Hockey Championships in Ottawa, helping his country advance to the medal round as he scored two goals and added three assists for five points in seven games.

The Windsor Spitfires moved up in last year’s CHL Import Draft, selecting Panik with the 10th pick overall. He remained in Slovakia for the past season but will provide the Spitfire front line with a boost for the 2009-10 campaign.

“He’s a high-end player. There will be an adjustment period but he’s a pure sniper. He gives us a scoring threat and skill level.” said Rychel.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Notre Dame Hounds News

Press Release

The Notre Dame Hounds will have a new face behind the bench this season and it appears as though they'll have plenty of new players as well.

Darren Evjen was hired this past spring to succeed Mike Vandenberghe and he's busy putting his own stamp on the franchise with the announcement that a large chunk of the recruiting class has been determined for the club for 2009-10.

1990 F Trevor Milner (North Vancouver BC) put up decent numbers with the Grandview Steelers of the PIJHL last season, potting 20-goals and 27-assists in 45-games. Milner is said to be a good skater who looks after some of the finer details of the game in addition to being a scorer at the Junior ‘B’ level.

1991 F Riley Pikor (Saskatoon SK) has a sandpaper style to him. He scored 5-goals and 6-points in 41-games with his hometown Saskatoon Contacts this past season. He also spent 98-minutes in the penalty box. “He has a real good work ethic,” says Evjen.

1991 D James Howden (Edgeley SK) suited up for the Regina Pat Canadians in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League and scored 7-goals and 11-assists in 40-games. Evjen says Howden plays the defensive part of the game well and looks forward to seeing him develop into a type of player that can jump into the play.

1991 F Brennan Dishko (Saskatoon SK) was a teammate of Pikor's with the Contacts and scored 4-goals and 2-assists in 28-games. “He projects to be somewhat of a power forward and I really like his leadership qualities,” said Evjen.

1991 D/F Tristan Houde (Swift Current SK) will try to make the jump from the Midget AA Swift Current Hurricanes, where he collected 5-goals and 5-assists in 23-games. Houde is a skilled player with a great deal of versatility.

1991 G Russell Abbot (Millbay BC) toiled for the Notre Dame Argos of the SMAAAHL last year and had a 2-15-1, 4.72, .866 record playing behind a young, struggling club. “He had a breakout season and is committed to being a starter at this level,” said Evjen.

1991 F Todd Christian (Norwalk CT) brings size, a good shot, and a nice set of wheels. He had 19-goals and 18-assists in 40-games with his club team and was also selected to Team USA Under-17 and Team New England.

1991 D Dylan Babe (Lethbridge AB) is a first-pass type defenseman, who played in his hometown with the Y’s Men of the Alberta Midget AAA Hockey League last season. Offensively, he had 2-points in 32-games.

1992 F Trevor Cameron (Mission BC) comes from the Telus Cup champion Notre Dame Hounds in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA League. “He is an excellent two way player and capable of putting up numbers as a 17 year old,” said Evjen. Cameron had 13-goals and 15-assists in 42-games. He averaged a point per game in the playoffs.

1992 D Carson Grolla (Prince George BC) is another player from the Telus Cup champion Hounds. Evjen describes him as a strong defenseman who moves the puck. Grolla had 6-goals and 13-assists in 44-games.

1991 G Matt Smidt (Saskatoon SK) played for the ND Argos, with Abbot. Evjen says, “Matt is a smaller goaltender with great athletic ability. He is a true competitor.” He went 8-16-2, 4.09, .882.

Evjen, himself, spent almost a dozen seasons coaching in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League, mostly with the Saskatoon Contacts before catching on in a Director of Player Personnel capacity with the SJHL Hounds. Evjen has also filled in on the bench with Notre Dame as an interim coach in the last two and a half seasons.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Motor City changes name

First here's the story on Andrews

Press Release

The North American Hockey League’s Motor City membership has announced that it has changed its nickname from the Machine to the Metal Jackets.

The team, which was sold last month to a group headed by Japanese businessman Kenji Yamada, played with the Machine moniker last season, its first in Michigan since relocating from Southern Minnesota after the 2007-08 season.

“We’re excited with our name change and our new look,” said Metal Jackets head coach and general manager David Cole. “We’re looking forward to a fresh start for the entire organization, and this is an important step for us as we develop relationships in the community and with prospective players.”

Motor City, which finished last in the NAHL’s North Division last season, has also altered its logo, ridding of the black and red triangle and text behind the robot.

The Metal Jackets, who play out of the Yack Ice Arena in Wyandotte, Mich., will hold their next open tryout camp from July 31-August 2 at Niagara University’s Dwyer Arena in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

1st Round Results

1 (1) John Tavares C New York Islanders London
2 (2) Victor Hedman D Tampa Bay Lightning Modo
3 (3) Matt Duchene C Colorado Avalanche Brampton
4 (4) Evander Kane C Atlanta Thrashers Vancouver
5 (5) Brayden Schenn C Los Angeles Kings Brandon
6 (6) Oliver Ekman Larsson D Phoenix Coyotes Leksand
7 (7) Nazem Kadri C Toronto Maple Leafs London
8 (8) Scott Glennie RW Dallas Stars Brandon
9 (9) Jared Cowen D Ottawa Senators Spokane
10 (10) Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson LW Edmonton Oilers Timra
11 (11) Ryan Ellis D Nashville Predators Windsor
12 (12) Calvin De Haan D New York Islanders Oshawa
13 (13) Zack Kassian RW Buffalo Sabres Peterborough
14 (14) Dmitry Kulikov D Florida Panthers Drummondville
15 (15) Peter Holland C Anaheim Ducks Guelph
16 (16) Nick Leddy D Minnesota Wild Eden Prairie
17 (17) David Rundblad D St. Louis Blues Skelleftea
18 (18) Louis Leblanc C Montreal Canadiens Omaha
19 (19) Chris Kreider C New York Rangers Andover
20 (20) Jacob Josefson C New Jersey Devils Djurgarden
21 (21) John Moore D Columbus Blue Jackets Chicago
22 (22) Jordan Schroeder C Vancouver Canucks U Of Minnesota
23 (23) Tim Erixon D Calgary Flames Skelleftea
24 (24) Marcus Johansson C Washington Capitals Farjestad
25 (25) Jordan Caron RW Boston Bruins Rimouski
26 (26) Kyle Palmieri RW/C Anaheim Ducks USA U-18
27 (27) Philippe Paradis C Carolina Hurricanes Shawinigan
28 (28) Dylan Olsen D Chicago Blackhawks Camrose
29 (29) Carter Ashton RW Tampa Bay Lightning Lethbridge
30 (30) Simon Despres D Pittsburgh Penguins Saint John

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Friday, June 26, 2009

Andrews to Halifax

Press Release

The Mooseheads announced today that Brent Andrews has committed to play for the Halifax Mooseheads next season. The Hunter River, PEI native was the Mooseheads 1st pick, 15th overall at the 2009 QMJHL Entry Draft held earlier this month in Moncton. The Mooseheads acquired the 15th overall pick from the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in exchange for 19 yr old defenceman Gabriel O’Connor.

Andrews, 6'1, 183lbs, was ranked #11 overall by Central Scouting but slipped #15 due to his interest in pursuing his career in US College. He collected 12 goals and 20 assists in 30 games last season with the Cornwall Thunder of NB-PEI Major Midget Hockey League.

“We are excited to have Brent coming to camp” stated Cam Russell, Mooseheads Head Coach and General Manager. “Brent will be a big part of a talented group of young players we have assembled moving forward.”

“I was impressed with the educational opportunities provided by the Mooseheads and the QMJHL” stated Andrews. “The Mooseheads offered a great mix of both hockey and education, and I’m very excited to be coming to Halifax”.

The Mooseheads open training camp on August 19th at Cole Harbour Place.

I should have comments from Andrews later today or tomorrow.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Rebels name a new VP of Hockey Operations

Press Release

RED DEER, AB – Brent Sutter, President/Owner of the Red Deer Rebels Hockey Club, announced today he has named Jesse Wallin Vice-President of Hockey Operations. Wallin will also remain as the team’s Head Coach; he is entering his second season in that position. He was the Rebels Associate Coach in 2007-08 and was the team’s Assistant Coach from 2005 to 2007.

Wallin is a former Rebels player, playing in 215 regular season games with the team as well as another 30 playoff games. He went on to a six-year professional career after being selected in the first round of the 1996 National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings and was part of their 2002 Stanley Cup Championship. Wallin also was part of Team Canada’s 1997 World Junior Championship gold medal team.

Randy Peterson, the former Vice-President of Hockey Operations, is now the Rebels’ Director of Scouting and Player Development. He will remain as the team’s Alternate Governor.

Brent Sutter, President/Owner Red Deer Rebels Hockey Club - “This move was made because Jesse is hands on with the team on a day-by-day basis. He is in the best position to make decisions that affect the hockey operations. The move allows Randy to concentrate strictly on scouting and player development.”

Jesse Wallin, Vice-President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach – “I’m honored for this opportunity. I look forward to working with Randy Peterson, our scouts, and coaching staff. We are committed to a very competitive team for this season and into the future.”

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Canucks Add Assistant Coach

Press Release

Don Phelps and the Calgary Canucks organization are pleased to announce that Mr. Doug Hodge has joined the team as an Assistant Coach and will be an asset to our club.

Doug has worked with the University of Western Ontario Men’s Hockey Program for the past seven seasons as part of their player evaluation and recruitment program. He has also spent time with Team Canada’s National Under 18 Development Program.

Doug’s passion and energy for the game of hockey as well as his previous experience will make him a valued member of the Calgary Canucks Hockey Club.

Tony Sharples
Vice President/Team Manager

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

BCHL Schedule Released

Press Release

The 2009/10 British Columbia Hockey League season will kick off on September 11th and wrap nearly six months later on February 21st. Sandwiched between those dates are 510 games involving 17 teams and competition for 14 postseason berths.

Schedule highlights include two meetings between the Powell River Kings and Vernon Vipers, who met in last season's Fred Page Cup Final. The Kings host the defending National Champions on Wednesday, November 18th before making the trip north on Friday, January 29th.

The Williams Lake Timberwolves' return to action officially begins on the season's opening weekend with visits from the Penticton Vees and Westside Warriors to the Cariboo Memorial Copmplex. Other opening night fixtures include rivalry games between Langley and Surrey, Nanaimo and Victoria, and Salmon Arm and Vernon.

The BCHL All-Star Game is set for the Frank Crane Arena in Nanaimo on Wednesday, January 13th while the 2010 Fred Page Cup Playoffs begin on Friday, February 26th.

For full schedule details, click on the League Schedule link under the BCHL Scoreboard at www.bchl.bc.ca.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Colts sign 2008 4th Rounder

Press Release

Barrie, ON- The Barrie Colts have officially announced today that they have signed their 2008 fourth round draft pick (66th overall) Dean Pawlaczyk.

The Michigan native spent last season with the Traverse City North Stars of the North American Hockey league. He was previously with Belle Tire AAA minor midget in the Midwest Elite Hockey League.

“Well with Dean we feel we are getting a future piece that should be an important part of our club,” said Colts head coach Marty Williamson. “He is a very hard-working forward who gives 100% every shift. He is a nasty player to play against, he’s a team-first kind of guy and he definitely brings a lot of grit to the table.”

Dean chose to report to Barrie despite being heavily recruited from several NCAA schools, such as Michigan State. The 5’11” forward will be attending Innisdale Secondary School while he is a member of the Colts.

Dean Pawlaczyk F 5’11” 175 lbs
Hometown: Madison Heights, MI
Date of Birth: 2/4/1992

Regular Season GP G A P +/- PIM
2008-09 Traverse City North Stars 45 3 2 5 -8 85

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Boughner heads the U-18 Team

Press Release

CALGARY, Alta. – Following Tuesday’s appointment of Dave Lowry as an assistant coach with the National Hockey League’s Calgary Flames, Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League have announced a change in the coaching staff of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team. Bob Boughner, the head coach of the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires, will replace Lowry as the team’s head coach.

“Dave Lowry is an outstanding young coach, and we congratulate him on his new position with the Calgary Flames,” said Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada’s senior director of men’s national teams. “The National Men’s Under-18 Team is a key opportunity for Hockey Canada to develop coaches and players for possible future Program of Excellence opportunities such as the IIHF World Under-18 Championship or the IIHF World Junior Championship. It was therefore important to make this change for the benefit of our program. We are very excited to name Bob Boughner as our new head coach.”

Bob Boughner, who spent 10 years as a player in the National Hockey League with Buffalo, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Calgary, Carolina and Colorado, is a two-time OHL and CHL coach of the year and led Windsor to its first Memorial Cup championship in franchise history in May.

Chris Depiero and Mark Holick, who were named assistant coaches on May 20, will remain on the coaching staff of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team and will work with Boughner and Hockey Canada head scout Al Murray in selecting the team.

Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp will run from August 1-4 at the Father David Bauer Olympic Arena in Calgary. Details, including red and white rosters, will be announced at a later date.

Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team is one of two under-18 teams that Hockey Canada assembles during each season. A second men’s under-18 team will take part in the 2010 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Belarus in April 2010, and will be comprised of available players not involved in the playoffs with their respective teams. The under-18 program, along with the regional under-17 program and the national under-20 program make up Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, which identifies, evaluates and develops players for international competition.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Press Release

CALGARY, Tuesday, June 23, 2009 – Five Canadians – three players, a coach and an official – have been chosen to take part in the 2009 IIHF Hockey Development Camp, July 4-12 in Vierumäki, Finland. The players will be among 160 players from the IIHF’s 56 member nations.

The camp brings together players with a wide variety of skill levels to promote the development of emerging hockey nations with the help of the top hockey nations within the IIHF membership. The goal is to focus attention on the grassroots development programming for the sport of hockey.

Hockey Canada is pleased to announce the following players chosen by their respective branches:

Steven Hodges (BC Hockey – Delta, B.C.) – Steven is a forward and played for the South Delta Storm in the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association.

Landon Peel (Hockey Manitoba – Virden, Man.) – Landon is a defenseman and played for the Virden Oil Kings in the South West Manitoba Bantam Hockey League.

Troy Trombley (Hockey Alberta – Sherwood Park, Alta.) – Troy is a goaltender and played for the Camrose Kodiaks in the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League.

The IIHF Hockey Development Camp also includes officiating and coaching streams. Canada’s representatives for officiating and coaching at the IIHF Hockey Development Camp include:

Frédéric Leblanc (Gatineau, Que.) – A Level 5 certified Hockey Canada official, Frederic is a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League official. He is currently attending university to go along with his busy officiating schedule. During the IIHF Hockey Development Camp, Frederic will join a group of young officials from around the world to learn more about the four-man system.

Matthew Desmeules (Kitchener, Ont.) – During the 2008-09 season Matthew served as the head coach of the Kitchener Jr. Rangers (Midget AAA). Matthew is a fully-certified NCCP High Performance 1 coach.

"We’re excited that these five individuals will represent Canada in Finland," said Paul Carson, Hockey Canada’s director of development. "This camp is a terrific opportunity to share ideas, and we’re looking forward to seeing those involved grow as players, coaches and officials."

The camp will mark the sixth time the IIHF has brought together young players from around the world since the first camp was held in Nymburg, Czech Republic in August 1999.

For more information on Canada’s development programs, visit www.hockeycanada.ca.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Lowry joins the Flames

Press Release

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club is pleased to announce Head Coach Dave Lowry has accepted an assistant coaching position with the Calgary Flames.

“Dave did a tremendous job with the Calgary Hitmen and it comes as no surprise an NHL job has come his way,” said Hitmen General Manager Kelly Kisio. “He’s a great teacher and one of the top up and coming coaches in the game. I have no doubt he’ll continue to succeed at the NHL level.”

As a rookie head coach last season Lowry guided the Hitmen to the Western Hockey League’s best regular season record (59-9-3-1) setting 22 franchise records in the process. The team also captured the Eastern Conference Championship.

Lowry joined the Hitmen prior to the 2005/06 season spending a total of four years with the organization. His first two seasons as an assistant coach, one year as the associate coach and last season as the head coach.

Lowry returns to the NHL where he played 19 seasons with five different teams (Vancouver, St. Louis, Florida, San Jose, Calgary). He appeared in 1084 career regular season games along with 111 playoff games.

The search for a new Calgary Hitmen head coach will begin immediately.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Rockets extend Huska's and Frey's contract

Press Release

Kelowna, BC: The Kelowna Rockets are pleased to announce that Head Coach Ryan Huska has signed a two year contract extension and will remain with the hockey club through the 2011-2012 season.

Huska has spent two years as the Rockets head coach and has helped the team to a Western Hockey League Championship and a berth in the Memorial Cup. The Rockets record with Huska as the head coach is 85-47-3-9.

Huska stated, “I am very thankful for the opportunity to stay in Kelowna for the next few years. My family and I are excited to be staying here and helping this team and organization grow on and off the ice. I would like to thank Bruce (Hamilton) and the entire Hamilton family for this opportunity.”

Rockets President/General Manager Bruce Hamilton stated, “He has proven himself in the last few years as an outstanding coach. I’m sure he’ll get the opportunity to move up in coaching in the next few years, but we are excited to have him stay here and continue to grow as a coach. We know he’ll continue to develop our players and bring more success to our team.”

Huska has been with the team since 2002 when he was a part time assistant coach. After the 2004 Championship season Huska was promoted to a full time assistant and took his place beside Jeff Truitt on the Rockets bench. He became the head coach just prior to the 2007-2008 season when Truitt left for the American Hockey League.

The Rockets have started the processes of interviewing potential candidates to fill the vacated position after Jeff Finley stepped down.
Huska and the hockey club fully expect coaches Kim Dillabaugh, Ryan Cuthbert and Kim Gellert to continue in the current roles.


Kelowna, BC: The Kelowna Rockets are pleased to announce that Director of Player Personnel and Head Scout Lorne Frey has signed a three year contract extension and will remain with the hockey club through the
2011-2012 season.

Frey has been with the hockey club since their inception in 1991 in Tacoma/ Lorne is very well respected throughout the league as a passionate and skilled talent evaluator. He is a tireless worker who spends over 250 days a year on the road searching for players in every corner of Western Canada and the US.

Frey stated, “It’s very nice to be accepted by Bruce (Hamilton) and the organization. I’ve been here since the start and have been treated very, very well. We’ve had some success here in Kelowna and I have no plans of going anywhere else. It’s comforting to know that he
(Bruce) has the confidence in me to continue even at my age.”

Rockets President/General Manager Bruce Hamilton says, “We have a tremendous working relationship and he is a great friend and we are very excited to have him stay. It’s never a big deal with Lorne in talking about his contract; it’s just tough tracking him down sometimes.”

“He is one of the main reasons for our success. He does an outstanding job of finding us players to play for our organization.”

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Warsofsky Update

I was told by one source David Warsofsky is being persued heavily by the Quebec Remparts two weeks ago.

Another source has told me, the St. Louis Blues haven't heard anything of this rumor. They expect him to be at Boston University next season.

That's My Take

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Knott to Minnesota State

Press Release

The Sioux City Musketeers announced that General Manager and Head Coach Todd Knott has accepted a position as an assistant coach with the Minnesota State University, Mankato Mavericks hockey team. The Mavericks are members of the prestigious Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). Knott, served one season with the Musketeers and just completed his second tryout camp.

"I am leaving the organization a very talented team and am extremely happy with our recent tryout camp, said Knott. I can't say enough about how much I appreciated the opportunity to work with Jim (President, Jim Kronschnabel) and the entire Musketeers organization and family. It is first class all the way. I appreciate all they have done for me and my staff and wish them the very best in the future."

"I am happy for Todd and his family", said team President Jim Kronschnabel. "This league is all about development and moving people on whether it be players, coaches, or officials. Todd is a great find for Mankato and we wish him all the best".

The Musketeers will begin an immediate search for a new Head Coach and General Manager. "There are a great number of talented coaches out there that would love to be a part of the USHL and the Musketeers" said team President Jim Kronschnabel. "We will hire a first class coach and person very soon. Todd and his staff did a great job with the drafts and tryout camps. Our new coach will walk into a very good situation here in Sioux City."

A total of nine players who played in the USHL during the 2008-09 season are committed to play collegiately at Minnesota State University; Zach Lehrke (Cedar Rapids), Matt Leitner (Fargo), Cory Lievermann (Fargo), Kevin Murdock (Lincoln), Josh Berge (Tri-City), Danny Heath (Tri-City), Eli Zuck (Tri-City), Eriah Hayes (Waterloo), and Zach Palmquist (Waterloo).

In addition, 17 players who suited up for the Mavericks this past season are USHL alumni; Cameron Cooper (Tri-City), Andrew Sackrison (Tri-City), Baylor Dieter (Green Bay), Tyler Thompson (Cedar Rapids), Kurt Davis (Green Bay), Trevor Bruess (Lincoln), Joe Schiller (Green Bay), Brett Peterson (Indiana), Channing Boe (Green Bay), Mick Berge (Lincoln), Rylan Galiardi (Sioux City), Jason Wiley (Indiana), Jerad Stewart (Waterloo), Brian Kilburg (Tri-City), Blake Friesen (Sioux City), Mike Zacharias (Tri-City/Green Bay), and Dan Tormey (Cedar Rapids).

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

All Signs Point to Hartsburg

Press Release

Everett, WA - The Everett Silvertips have scheduled a press conference for 12:30 pm Pacific Time Tuesday afternoon in Conference Room #2 at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at Comcast Arena. The event, which will introduce the club's new head coach, is open to the public and the media.

Those expecting to attend should enter the convention center at the intersection of Lombard and Hewitt in downtown Everett, adjacent to the Silvertips' front office. Parking will be available on streets surrounding to the arena as well as city lots at the corner of Wall and Oakes.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Draft Stock Market

Draft Stock Market

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Jaeger passes away

Press Release

Prince Albert, SK – It is with sadness the Prince Albert Raiders announce that Morley Richard Jaeger, long time broadcaster of the team, passed away this afternoon at age 72.

Morley Jaeger did the play by play broadcast of 16 seasons of Prince Albert Raider hockey totaling 1,272 games on 900 CKBI. He began during the first season of the Raiders in 1972 and continued through 1988. Jaeger broadcast all four Centennial Cup Championship games when the team was in Junior A and did the play by play of the Raiders Memorial Cup Championship in 1985 when they defeated the Shawinigan Cataracts 6-1.

In voting by fans, Jaeger was selected Top Broadcaster of the Raiders during the 30th Anniversary season of 2001-02.

On November 15, 2008 the Raiders honoured Jaeger during their annual Wall of Honour Night when the broadcast booth on the north side of the Art Hauser Centre was renamed the “Morley Jaeger Broadcast Booth”.

Details of a Celebration of the Life of Morley Jaeger are pending and will be announced early this week.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

OHA Awards

Press Release

History was made Friday at the Hockey Hall of Fame as the Ontario Hockey Association presented their 2008-2009 annual awards. The winners and their families gathered for a great day where they were recognized by the Association and receive their prestigious awards at the hallowed building.

Joe Bowen, the famous Toronto Maple Leafs broadcaster was kind enough to MC the event, bringing his good humor to entertain the audience.

Award winners included:

Player of the Year
Jr. A - Jon Whitelaw Huntsville
Jr. B - Adam McKee London
Jr. C - Pete Sergeant Napanee
Jr. D - Jonathan Garbe Thamesford
SR - Darren Doherty Norwood

BJ Monro Brandon Pirri Georgetown

Top Prospect Awards
G Mathieu Cadieux Cobourg
D Nick D'Agostino St. Michaels
D Braden Birch Oakville
F Dustin Walsh Kingston
F Riley Smith St. Michaels
F Riley Sheahan St. Catharines

Coach of the Year
Ric Nattress Stoney Creek

Trainer of the Year
Sarah Norris Orillia

Officials Awards
Most Promising Korey Bannerman, Barrie
Most Improved Tim Cox, Chatham
Most Deserving Darcy Burchell, Hamilton
Most Dedicated Ray McManus, London

The OHA would like to thank Presenting Sponsor Bauer Hockey and the Hockey Hall of Fame and its staff for their hospitality.

The OHA also wishes to extend their sincere congratulations to all award winners and nominees.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

New Russian U-20 Coach

Press Release

MOSCOW – The Russian Ice Hockey Federation named Vladimir Plyushchev its new U20 national team coach. He replaces Sergei Nemchinov, who is the new coach of CSKA Moscow.

The 53-year-old was behind the bench of the Russian juniors in 2002 when he led the team to gold in U20 Championship.

Plyushchev played in the Soviet league in the ‘70s but ended his playing career at 24. He worked for the KGB for many years until returning to hockey in 1995 to coach several junior national teams.

He was successful with the U18 national team winning the 2001 World U18 Championship and silver last spring at the 2009 World U18 Championship.

Plyushchev also coached the men’s national team for one year when it finished in seventh place at the 2003 IIHF World Championship. From 2001 to 2006, he was coaching Ak Bars Kazan, Severstal Cherepovets and was vice-president of Spartak Moscow.

“At the upcoming 2010 World U20 Championship in Canada, our goal will be to return the title of the best junior team on the planet to Russia,” Plyushchev said.

The 2010 IIHF World U20 Championship will be played in Saskatoon and Regina, Canada, December 26 to January 5. The Canadians have won the event in five straight years. Click here for ticket packages.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

At-Large field announced

Press Release

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) announced today the at-large field for its Future Prospects Tournament, which will be held September 17-20, 2009 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minn.

Twenty-four teams at the Midget Major (eight teams), Midget Minor (eight) and Bantam Major (eight) levels will compete at the event, which will be held in conjunction with the seventh annual NAHL Showcase Tournament and the first tournament of the inaugural North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) season.

Midget Major
Alaska All Stars
Alaska Avalanche
Chicago Mission
Chicago Young Americans
Minnesota Blades
Minnesota Elite II North
Minnesota Elite II South
Motor City

Midget Minor
Alaska All Stars
Arctic Lions
Chicago Fury
Chicago Mission
Chicago Young Americans
Minnesota Blades
Minnesota Elite II
New Jersey Avalanche

Bantam Major
Affton Americans
Chicago Young Americans
Milwaukee Admirals
Minnesota Ice Men
Team Rocky Mountain
Motor City
North Dakota Starz

The Future Prospects Tournament, which utilizes the USA Hockey Officiating Development Program, is a four-game guarantee with all game scores and statistics provided by Pointstreak.

Teams not accepted into the tournament will have their application fee refunded.

The NAHL Showcase Tournament has evolved into one of hockey’s most prestigious and well-attended events of the entire season. For scouting purposes, the Showcase is a can't-miss for every NCAA program and NHL team as they get their first look at some of the best and brightest hockey talent North America has to offer.

More information on the Future Prospects Tournament, including tournament-approved hotels and the schedule, will be released in the coming weeks.

For more information on the NAHL Future Prospects Tournament, visit NAHLFutureProspects.com.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Chynoweth joins the Islanders

Press Release

Swift Current, SK --- The Board of Directors of the Swift Current Broncos Hockey Club is pleased to announce that Head Coach and General Manager Dean Chynoweth has accepted an assistant coaching position with the New York Islanders organization.

“Not unlike our players, we realize our staff is committed to trying to advance to the highest levels of hockey,” commented Chairman of the Board, Al Stewart. “We’re pleased that Dean has used his time in Swift Current to develop the skills and attributes necessary to be an assistant coach at the National Hockey League level.”

In five seasons with the Broncos, Chynoweth led the club to increased win totals each year. This past season, the club finished 4th in the Eastern Conference with their second straight 40 plus win season (42). In addition, the club’s season ticket base and overall attendance has improved each of the last 5 seasons. Prior to joining the Broncos, Chynoweth was the Head Coach of the Seattle Thunderbirds for 4 seasons.

“Dean is leaving after making dramatic changes to our organization in five years and he should be proud of his accomplishments,” says Stewart. “He leaves to his successor a strong and growing fan base, a deep and talented player list, a newly renovated arena, a brand new dressing room and training facility, a winning Hockey Club, and a solid organization who have all benefitted and developed in their own right through Dean’s involvement with the team.”

Chynoweth is thankful for his time in Swift Current. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Board who have supported me full heartedly from the time I arrived in Swift Current and never wavered. I would also like to thank the Board for a tremendous opportunity over the past five years to work towards rebuilding the Bronco program to a consistent level of success both on the ice and off.” Chynoweth adds: “I have enjoyed my time with the Broncos, the City of Swift Current and the many friends I have made here. It is a truly special place and I am extremely proud of the work the staff and I have accomplished during my tenure.”

Chynoweth returns to Long Island after being drafted 13th over-all by New York in 1987. He played 8 of his 10 NHL seasons with the Islanders.

The Board of Directors thank Dean, Rebecca, and Stella for their commitment to the organization and community, and wish them all of the best as they move on to the Islanders organization.

The Board of Directors will start the search for Dean’s replacement immediately.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Fargo names Steve Johnson as the new Head Coach

Press Release

The Fargo Force, member of the United States Hockey League (USHL), announced today that Steve Johnson has been named the club's head coach and general manager.

Johnson is no stranger to the USHL and the Fargo area. He was the coach of the Fargo-Moorhead Bears during the 1995-96 season leading the team to a 27-18-1 record and earned recognition as USHL Coach of the Year. The following year, the native of Grand Forks, North Dakota became the head coach of the Lincoln Stars during their inaugural season leading them to an impressive 40-13-1 record and a Clark Cup title. That season began a stretch of 11 seasons for Johnson behind the bench in Lincoln. He guided the Stars to two Clark Cup championships (2002-03, 1996-97) and three Anderson Cup titles (2002-03, 2000-01, 1999-00). Johnson's Lincoln clubs won 30-or-more games in nine seasons and reached 40 wins on four occasions.

"I am honored and excited to be the head coach and general manager of the Fargo Force," stated Steve Johnson. "I enjoyed my first twelve years in the league, beginning here in Fargo-Moorhead, but after two years out of coaching I am eager and ready dive back in. I am looking forward to the challenge of building on the foundation that Dean Blais laid here in the Fargo area. This is a great opportunity and I cannot wait to get started and begin the pursuit of bringing a Clark Cup Championship to the Fargo-Moorhead area."

Johnson was also named USHL Coach of the Year in back-to-back seasons in Lincoln (1999-00 and 2000-01), becoming only the second coach in league history to capture the award in consecutive seasons. In 12 years coaching USHL clubs, he has compiled a 433-206-48 record and ranks fourth all-time in career wins.

"I would like to congratulate Steve and the Fargo Force which appears to be a perfect match for both parties, what a great selection as the next head coach and general manager of the Fargo Force" said Skip Prince, USHL Commissioner. "Steve brings a ton of talent to the bench in addition to what resides on the ice, definitely placing the Force in a position to pick up where they left off after the extremely successful inaugural season."

As a player, Johnson enjoyed a stellar collegiate career at the University of North Dakota. He recorded 191 points (70g, 121a) over 153 games during his four seasons and was a part of the team that won the 1997 NCAA Championship under then head coach Gino Gasparini. Johnson was a Hobey Baker Finalist in his senior season (1987-88) after scoring 85 points (34g, 51a) in 42 games.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Tips sign Walters

Press Release

Everett, WA -- Everett Silvertips Vice President / General Manager Doug Soetaert announced Friday that defenseman Nicholas Walters has solidified his future with the club by signing a WHL Educational Contract. The 1994-born St. Albert, Alberta native was one of Everett's two first round selections, selected ninth overall in the 2009 WHL Draft following a successful career at the bantam level.

“The Everett Silvertips are very pleased to have Nicholas as a part of our organization,” Soetaert said. “He has a bright future in the game of hockey and we look forward to his continued progress.”

The 6’2, 170 pound defenseman was recently named the Alberta Bantam League Defenseman of the year after a season in which he posted four goals and 24 assists for 28 points and 68 penalty minutes in 32 games while playing for the St. Albert Sabres of the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League. Described by Silvertips Director of Player Personnel Scott Scoville as a large, rangy defenseman adept at playing in his own zone, Walters also gained valuable experience with the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy in Kelowna, BC, in which he was immersed in a rigorous training program that combined comprehensive hockey development with high academic and community standards.

“Signing this contract means a lot to me,” Walters explained Friday morning at Comcast Arena. “I can’t wait to make it back to training camp to play in this building. Everett is my second home, and I look forward to representing the Silvertips.”

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Austin Mattson signs with Plymouth

Press Release

PLYMOUTH – Plymouth Whalers President, General Manager and Head Coach Mike Vellucci announced the signing of 18-year-old right wing Austin Mattson. Mattson – from Livonia – comes to the Whalers as a free agent after playing last season with the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League, where he scored 12 goals with 16 assists for 28 points and 11 PIM’s in 53 games.

“We’re excited to get a player of Austin’s caliber,” said Vellucci. “He had a great second half last year (26 points over his last 29 games) in the USHL. I feel he’ll give us some offensive punch next year.”

“I’m a fast-skating player,” Mattson said. “I like to create plays and make things happen on the ice. I love the way Darren Helm plays.”

Helm skated for the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League and played against the Whalers in the 2007 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Vancouver, BC before graduating to the Detroit Red Wings.

Before playing in Sioux City, Mattson skated in 2007-08 for the Marquette Rangers of the North American Hockey League, where he scored five goals with 14 assists for 19 points and 23 PIM’s. In 2006-07, Mattson played for the Motor City Chiefs of the Central States Hockey League, where – as one of the youngest players in the league – he scored 15 goals with 23 assists for 38 points and 22 PIM’s in 44 games.

“I actually grew up playing in the Compuware system, so I’m excited to play here,” Mattson said. “I grew up playing with (current Whalers) Beau Schmitz, RJ Mahalak and Tyler J. Brown.”

Mattson’s path to Plymouth mirrors former Whaler and current Carolina Hurricanes forward Chad LaRose, who played in the Compuware Youth system before moving on to Sioux Falls of the USHL from 1999-00. LaRose signed with Plymouth as a free-agent in 2000 and holds the Whalers current record for goals in a season (61), set in 2002-03. LaRose is 13th on the Whalers all-time career scoring list with 111 goals and 90 assists for 201 points over 152 games.

Mattson will join the Whalers for training camp, which starts during the last week in August. Plymouth’s first preseason game is Saturday, August 29 in Brighton against the Saginaw Spirit. Plymouth opens the 2009-10 season on September 17 in Windsor. The Whalers home opener is Saturday, September 19 at Compuware Arena at 7:05pm against the Oshawa Generals. Tickets for all Whalers games can be purchased by calling the Compuware Arena at (734) 453-8400.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Harrington and four others sign with London

Press Release

London Knights General Manager Mark Hunter is pleased to announce that the team has signed 16-year-old defencemen Scott Harrington and Jake Worrad, 15-year-old forward Dane Fox, 16-year-old forward Seth Griffith, and free agent goaltender Michael Houser to Ontario Hockey League Contracts.

Harrington, 16 joins the Knights after spending last season with the Greater Kingston Minor Midget Team. Harrington was the Knights 1st Round Selection (19th Overall) at the 2009 Ontario Hockey League Draft. Harrington also appeared in 20 games for the Kingston Voyageurs of the OJHL and participated in the 2009 Royal Bank Cup. Harrington stands 6.00 and 200 lbs and resides in Kingston , Ontario.

Worrad, 16 joins the Knights after spending last season with the Elgin Middlesex Chiefs Minor Midgets. Worrad was the Knights 2nd Round Selection at the 2009 Ontario Hockey League Draft. Worrad stands 5.10 and weighs 180 lbs and resides in Birr, Ontario.

Fox, 15 joins the Knights after spending last season with the Chatham Kent Cyclones Minor Midgets. Fox was the Knights 3 rd Round Selection at the 2009 Ontario Hockey League Draft. Fox stands 5.11 and weighs 170 lbs and resides in Thamesville, Ontario.

Griffith , 16 joins the Knights after spending last season with the Chatham Kent Cyclones Minor Midgets. Griffith was the Knights 4th Round Selection at the 2009 Ontario Hockey League Draft. Griffith stands 5.10 and weighs 180 lbs and resides in Wallaceburg, Ontario.

Houser, 16 joins the Knights after spending last season with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League. He is a graduate of the Detroit Little Caesars Minor Hockey Program.

All five players participated in the London Knights Mini Camp held on May 30th , 2009 and will attend the London Knights Training Camp in August, 2009.

LD 6.00 200 LBS
March 10, 1993
ACQUIRED: 1st Round Selecion at the 2009 OHL Draft
NHL STATUS : Eligible in 2011

Regular Season
Year Team GP G A PTS PIM
08-09 Greater Kingston Midget 66 19 48 67 46

LD 5.10 180 LBS
JANUARY 10, 1993
ACQUIRED: 2nd Round Selection at the 2009 OHL Draft
NHL STATUS : Eligible in 2011

Regular Season
Year Team GP G A PTS PIM
08-09 Elgin Middlesex Chiefs 54 13 19 32 40

LW/C 5.10 180 LBS
ACQUIRED: 3rd Round Selection at the 2009 OHL Draft
NHL STATUS : Eligible in 2012

Regular Season
Year Team GP G A PTS PIM
08-09 Chatham Kent Cyclones 50 40 47 87 125

C 5.10 180 LBS
JANUARY 4, 1993
ACQUIRED: 4th Round Selection at the 2009 OHL Draft
NHL STATUS : Eligible in 2011

Regular Season
Year Team GP G A PTS PIM
08-09 Chatham Kent Cyclones 52 42 45 87 112

G 6.02 188 LBS
SEPTEMBER 13, 1992
ACQUIRED: Signed as a Free Agent on June 19th, 2009
NHL STATUS : Eligible in 2010

Regular Season
Year Team GP MIN W L GAA SV%
08-09 Des Moines USHL 32 1523 5 18 4.02 .902

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Officiating Camp

Press Release

USA Hockey and the National Hockey League has announced the officials selected to attend the 2009 North American Officiating Program of Merit, which will be held in Rochester, N.Y., from July 7-14.

The camp is used to evaluate officiating talent from North America and gives the NHL a chance to look at possible officials to join the highest ranks.

The NAHL and USA Hockey will again have the most representation at the camp, with six of the 12 officials coming from the USA Hockey Officiating Development Program.

Referees Justin Brown (Roseville, Minn.), Boone Bruggman (Wenatchee, Wash.) and Nick Krebsbach (Minot, N.D.) will join linesmen Dana Penkivech (Apple Valley, Minn.), Justin Prusak (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Judson Ritter (Des Moines, Iowa) at the event.

“Obviously, it's a great honor for our officials to be recognized by USA Hockey and the NHL,” said USA Hockey Officiating Development Program coordinator Scott Brand. “We wish them the best of luck at camp.”

Officials from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League will also be in attendance.

A number of officials from USA Hockey who worked in the NAHL this past year will advance to professional hockey this coming season.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Thomson signs with Kitchener

Press Release

Head Coach and General Manager of the Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club Steve Spott has announced the signing of their eighth round pick in the 2009 Priority Selection, Ben Thomson to an Ontario Hockey League contract.
Thomson played for the Mississauga Reps minor midget AAA during the 2008-09 season.

"We are extremely pleased that despite Ben's ivy-league opportunity, he and his family have chosen to come to the Kitchener Rangers, where he can develop as an elite hockey player while achieving his academic goals" - Steve Spott.

"Ben is a big power forward with offensive upside while being responsible at both ends of the ice. We are thrilled to have Ben become a part of our program for the next few years" - Spott.

Thomson will participate in the Provincial Under-17 Selection Camp from June 25-28 in Ottawa, ON.

BEN THOMSON Hometown: Orangeville, ON Birthdate: 1/1/1989 Height: 6'3" Weight: 190 Position: Forward Shoots: Left

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Harrington to London

The London Free Press is reporting the Londdon Knights have called a press conference this afternoon. Speculation is Scott Harrington will be signed.

Details to come later.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Ripplinger's contract is extended

Press Release

Vancouver, B.C. -- The Vancouver Giants are proud to announce the re-signing of Director of Player Personnel Jason Ripplinger to a multi- year contract extension with the Club.

Jason has been with the Giants organization since their inaugural season in 2001. He has been an extremely valuable member of the Giants organization over the years and has played an important role in identifying players to become members of the Giants family.

“Jason and his staff have been key elements to the success and the growth of this franchise,” comments Giants General Manager Scott Bonner , “and we are extremely pleased that Jason agreed to continue to guide this group for many years to come!”

Not only has Jason identified players through the Bantam Draft (Gilbert Brule, Jonathon Blum, Tyson Sexsmith, Evander Kane), he has also done a great job in helping to bring in players through the Clubs protected list .(Milan Lucic, Cody Franson , Spencer Machacek)

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Trade in the WHL

Press Release

The Chilliwack Bruins announced today that they have acquired 17 year old defenceman Zach Habscheid from the Swift Current Broncos in exchange for their fourth round selection in the 2010 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

In 42 games with Swift Current of the Saskatchewan Midget Hockey League last season, the 6'4 195 lb blueliner scored five goals, 13 assists and added 166 minutes in penalties.

Habscheid was originally selected by Swift Current in the 9th round of the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft.

Bruins training camp begins August 20th.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

WHL Meetings End

Press Release

Calgary, AB -- The Western Hockey League concluded its Annual Meeting yesterday in Vancouver by announcing a decision has been made to maintain the current conference playoff format that has been in place for the past two seasons. The WHL Board of Governors agreed that the conference playoff format will remain in place for the next five years, through the 2013-14 season. Prior to adopting the conference format in 2007-08, the WHL first round of playoffs were based on divisional match-ups as opposed to conference seeding.

The WHL Board of Governors also agreed to adopt video replay during the regular season and playoffs commencing with the 2009-10 season. The WHL introduced video replay for the first time during the 2009 WHL Playoffs.

The WHL also announced it will be expanding its officiating development program to include video training centres for referees and additional linesmen training camps throughout Western Canada.

The WHL also adopted a new player recruitment strategy which will include the hiring of a Director of Player Recruitment who will focus on promoting the WHL Scholarship program and the overall benefits of playing in the WHL to top prospects in Western Canada and the United States.

The WHL has also adopted a new facility standard in which all WHL franchises will work toward installing in venue video display boards by the 2011-12 hockey season to further enhance the fan experience.

The WHL also announced that through the support of the WHL Alumni Association and its corporate sponsors the League will be introducing a series of new online post secondary education initiatives commencing with the 2009-10 season. These new initiatives will improve the access players will have to University courses while playing in the WHL.

“This year’s WHL Annual Meeting was very productive in that we have a clear consensus on the direction we are heading in many key areas within the League,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison, “The new initiatives we have adopted will allow us to enhance awareness of our education program and expand our commitment to development for the players and officials.”

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Price Albert hires Derkatch

Before I begin, I want to bring the Alex Rigsby interview back to the fore front because someone thinks it's a joke that she competed with the boys.

Prince Albert, Saskatchewan – The Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League are pleased to announce the hiring of Dale Derkatch as their Director of Player Personnel. Derkatch replaces Dave O’Brien whose Head Scout contract was not renewed at the end of May.

“We are extremely pleased to have Dale as our new Director of Player Personnel”, said Bruno Campese, Raider General Manager and Head Coach. “He brings a varied background of scouting, managing and coaching to the position. His communication and personality make him an ideal fit to lead the Raiders scouting department.”

During the 2008-09 season Derkatch was the Head Coach of the Regina Pats of the WHL.

In the four years prior to that he was the Director of Hockey Development at the prestigious Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. Among his many duties at Notre Dame, Derkatch oversaw all aspects of scouting and recruitment to the college including appointment of scouts and contacting potential players and their parents. As a coach at Notre Dame Derkatch was selected the SMAAAHL Coach of the Year in 2006-07 and was finalist for that award in two other seasons.

From 1998-2004 Derkatch was an Amateur Scout for the Washington Capitals of the NHL. He identified, evaluated and assessed draft eligible players for the NHL Entry Draft. While maintaining constant knowledge of all draft eligible players he also formulated a cost efficient schedule to scout across Canada, the United States and Europe for the Caps.

Derkatch started in the administration side of hockey in 1989 working for Hockey Europe in scouting and recruiting North American players for teams in Europe.

As a player Derkatch was one of the most prolific scorers in WHL history. Among his records are: career playoff points (103), career playoff assists (73) and most points in one playoff season (53 in 1984). He was the WHL Rookie of the Year in 1982 and won the league scoring title in 1983. The speedy centre played for Canada at the World Junior Championships in 1983 and 1984 and played on the Canadian Olympic team in 1984.

He was a 7th round draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers in 1983. Derkatch went on to a 14 year professional career in Europe playing in Elite Leagues in Finland, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Generals sign Jenner

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General Manager/Coach Chris DePiero announced on Wednesday that Boone Jenner, the club's first pick in the 2009 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection and fourth player selected overall, had officially agreed to terms with the club.

"We are just delighted to have a player of Boone's calibre officially with our hockey club," DePiero said. "Boone is a terrific young man with enormous potential and we believe he's going to be a big piece of the puzzle for us moving forward. "As we said after we drafted him last month, our scouts identified him early and determined he was an all-round, two-way centreman, a guy we're going to be proud to wear that Generals uniform," DePiero said.

Jenner was one of the top rated players available in this year's draft, as the 6-foot-1, 190-pound centre is considered a skilled, highly competitive player with great offensive ability. He had 49 goals and had 54 assists for 103 points with the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs last season.

After OHL teams select players they must officially sign with the club and with his parents looking on, Jenner committed to the club at his home on Tuesday evening after meeting with Generals staff.

"This is where I wanted to be," Jenner said after donning a Generals jersey with his name on the back for the first time after being drafted last month. "I've talked to the coaches here. I like the atmosphere here, I like the team and I think it's the kind of team where I can model my game and make a big impact."

DePiero feels that Jenner's upbringing and family influences make him the kind of player Generals fans will enjoy watching, and make him a perfect fit for what the club is trying to accomplish both off and on the ice.

"Our values here are based around Commitment, Belief, Trust and Excellence and we believe he exemplifies that better than any player we saw," DePiero said. "Our fans will enjoy watching Boone's playing abilities and especially enjoy the values he demonstrates night in and night out. "We feel he can bring it on the ice and encompass those four core values. He's the right guy for us and we're very happy he's committed to our hockey club."

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Crushers keep assistants

Press Release

The Weeks Crushers are proud to announce the return of two key ingredients from last season in coaches Jeff Green and Chad McDavid. Both assistant coaches from Pictou County confirmed their return for a second season behind the Crushers bench with new Head Coach Troy Dumville. " We are very fortunate to have two solid hockey people like Jeff and Chad" ackowledged Dumville. " Junior hockey is a big commitment and it can be challenging to find experienced people. The Crushers are lucky to have two quality individuals who have a passion for the game." added Dumville.

The Crushers were also busy yesterday on the hockey operations side, adding former Bridgewater GM/Head Coach Tim Boyce to the role of Head Scout. "Tim brings experience and knowledge to the organization and will be a big asset at the draft and at trade deadline" said Dumville.

The Crushers are busy preparing for next weekend's MJAHL Draft being held in Amherst. While the Crushers do not have a pick in the first round, they will be active with 6 picks before the end of the 3rd round.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

NAHL releases Schedule

Press Release

The North American Hockey League announced today the release of its regular-season schedule for the 2009-10 season.

View the complete schedule.

The NAHL's 34rd season will commence on Friday, September 11, 2009 and end on Sunday, March 28, 2010.

Each of the 19 teams in the league's four divisions - ­ the Central, North, South and West - will play 58 games.

The seventh annual NAHL Showcase Tournament will be held from September 16-19, 2009 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minn., where all 19 teams will play four regular-season games. The Showcase schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

Other highlights on the schedule include the expansion Janesville Jets’ inaugural game on Friday, September 12, 2009 at the Janesville Ice Arena against the Traverse City North Stars and the Texas Tornado’s first home game at the newly renovated Dr Pepper Arena on Friday, September 25, 2009 against the Topeka RoadRunners.

Game times will be released in the coming weeks.

The North American Hockey League, the only USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier II Junior A league boasting 19 teams from across the country, prides itself on the social maturity and skill development of student-athletes ages 16-20 with aspirations of advancing to collegiate and/or professional hockey.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

My 2009 Mock Draft

Here's my 2009 Mock Draft

1. New York Islanders: John Tavares

One NHL Scout told me last season if he wanted to put butts into the seat, he would select Tavares. That's what the New York Islanders need.

2. Tampa Bay Lighting: Victor Hedman

No surprise here. They have their future superstar forward Steven Stamkos and now need their franchise defenseman.

3. Colorado Avalanche: Matt Duchene

At the beginning of the year, everyone thought this where the draft would open up. By the last quarter of the season, Duchene made it the big three.

4. Atlanta Thrashers: Brayden Schenn

I think the Thrashers take Schenn because they need a centerman for Ilya Kovalchuk. I think it would help keep Kovalchuk in Atlanta.

5. Los Angeles Kings: Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson

A flashy winger is what the Kings need.

6. Phoenix Coyotes: Jared Cowen

They go off the board a bit. They like to draft projects with tons of potential. Cowen isn't a project but coming off a ACL injury.

7. Toronto Maple Leafs: Evander Kane

I highly doubt Toronto stays at seven but with Schenn off the board, they pick up the falling Kane.

8. Dallas Stars: Jordan Schroeder

With Mike Modano at the end of his career, the Stars pick up a potential American star.

9. Ottawa Senators: Nazem Kadri

The Senators need to start to get a new crop of forwards into the mix.

10. Edmonton Oilers: Dmitry Kulikov

I think everyone believes the Oilers will take a defenseman.

11. Nashville Predators: Zack Kassian

I think the Predators want to get a guy who has grit but can score.

12. Minnesota Wild: Jacob Josefson

Minnesota doesn't go after the flashy players except for Gaborik. It doesn't change here. Josefson plays a ywo way game.

13. Buffalo Sabres: Scott Glennie

Buffalo gets a centerman who should be ready for the big club in three years.

14. Florida Panthers John Moore

The Panthers look to replace Jay Bouwmeester.

15. Anaheim Ducks: Ryan Ellis

2006-2007 Cambridge Hawks AAA Minor Midget 75 37 56 93 151
2007-2008 Windsor Spitfires OHL 63 15 48 63 51
Canada U18 WJC-18 7 2 4 6 0
2008-2009 Windsor Spitfires OHL 57 22 67 89 57
Canada U20 WJC-20 6 1 6 7 0

The Ducks also look to re-stock the defense.

16. Columbus Blue Jackets: Drew Shore

2006-2007 Detroit Honeybaked MEHL 65 26 48 78 -
2007-2008 U.S. National U17 Team USDP 54 13 25 38 18
2008-2009 U.S. National U18 Team USDP 62 17 32 49 46
USA U18 WJC-18 7 2 7 9 6

Blue Jackets get a safe pick who has potential.

17. St. Louis Blues: Chris Kreider

2007-2008 Phillips Andover USHS 24 26 15 41 -
2008-2009 Phillips Andover USHS 26 33 23 56 10

St. Louis doesn't need an impact player right away in this draft. They jump on Chris Kreider and watch him develop at Boston College.

18. Montreal Canadiens: Jordan Caron

The Candiens play it safe and grab a two-way centerman.

19. New York Rangers: Richard Panik

2007-2008 HC Trinec U20 Czech U20 39 35 27 62 70
HC Trinec Czech 6 0 0 0 0
Slovakia U18 WJC-18 6 4 6 10 0

2008-2009 HC Trinec U20 Czech U20 16 10 9 19 36
HC Trinec Czech 15 1 1 2 4
HC Havirov Czech2 3 2 1 3 0
Slovakia U20 WJC-20 7 2 3 5 4

The Rangers take a gamble.

20. Calgary Flames: David Rundblad

Flames take a stay at home defenseman.

21. Philadelphia Flyers: Olivier Roy

Flyers need a goaltender in their system.

22. Vancouver Canucks Anton Lander

Canucks go to their Swedish pipeline.

23. New Jersey Devils: Kyle Palmieri

2006-2007 New Jersey Devils Midget AAA Midget Major 18 18 19 37 -
2007-2008 U.S. National U17 Team USDP 39 20 10 30 51
U.S. National U18 Team USDP 27 9 9 18 20
USA U18 WJC-18 7 2 2 4 4
2008-2009 U.S. National U18 Team USDP 33 15 15 30 51

New Jersey takes a kid from their own backyard.

24. Washington Capitals Jeremy Morin

2006-2007 Syracuse Stars EJHL 45 26 28 54 80
2007-2008 U.S. National U17 Team USDP 37 28 18 46 30
U.S. National U18 Team USDP 28 20 14 34 36
USA U18 WJC-18 7 6 2 8 6
2008-2009 U.S. National U18 Team USDP 55 33 26 59 107
USA U18 WJC-18 7 6 4 10 8

Capitals take best available in my opinion. The kid will fit great in the Nation's Capital.

25. Boston Bruins: Calvin de Haan

Bruins need a puck moving defenseman in their system.

26. New York Islanders Dylan Olsen

They go get a defenseman with raw ablities.

27. Carolina Huuricanes Simon Despres

Carolina grabs a stay at home defenseman. He still needs to work on his offensive game.

28. Chicago Blackhawks: Louis LeBlanc


LeBlanc has a lot of potential. He could be a second line centerman.

29. Detroit Red Wings: Tim Erixon

Detroit going after a Swedish player is liking asking if the Pope is Catholic. See you in five years Erixon.

30. Pittsburgh Penguins Nick Leddy

2007-2008 Eden Prairie USHS - 5 22 27 0
2008-2009 Eden Prairie USHS 25 8 29 37 22

Penguins take a small defenseman that will mature at Minnesota.

That's My Take

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Ritchie signs with Sarnia

Press Release

Sarnia, ON – Sarnia Sting Head Coach and General Manager Dave MacQueen announced today that the Sarnia Sting have agreed to terms with first round selection Brett Ritchie.

“We are extremely pleased to have a commitment from Brett and his family to the Sarnia Sting and the Ontario Hockey League. We feel Brett is a pro-caliber player with a bright future in hockey. As well in signing this agreement should he chose an alternate route he now has his educational needs looked after. We look forward to developing Brett both as a hockey player and as an individual during his time with the Sarnia Sting.”

Ritchie is a Right-Winger who played with the Toronto Marlboros Minor Midgets this season.

The native of Orangeville, who won’t turn 16 until July 1st stands 6 feet 3 inches and weighs 190 pounds.

Last season with the Marlboros Ritchie scored 36 goals and 33 assists for 69 points.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

Regina hires Sutter

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Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats are proud to announce the addition of Shaun Sutter to their coaching staff. He will join head coach Curtis Hunt this season on the Pats bench as his assistant.

Sutter, a native of Red Deer, spent 4 seasons in the WHL as a player with Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Calgary before getting drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 4th round of the 1998 NHL entry draft. Sutter then enjoyed a lengthy professional hockey career in both North America and Europe. He is the son of former Blues, Bruins, Flames and Blackhawks head coach Brian Sutter.

“My wife and I are excited to call Regina home, even though this is a big change in our lives, we can’t wait embrace the community.” Shaun Sutter continues, “This is an amazing opportunity to join the oldest franchise in junior hockey and be a part of such a rich history. To work with and learn from Curtis (Hunt) and Brent (Parker) as well as surrounding myself with such good people is something I just couldn’t pass up.”

Regina Pats Head Coach, Curtis Hunt, “We’re pleased to have Shaun join our coaching staff, and feel he is a strong addition to what is already in place. Although he has no coaching experience, I feel his maturity, character and work ethic, combined with his recent playing experience, gives us a great asset in our room. I look forward to having Shaun here and getting him acclimated to our program.”

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)