Sunday, October 31, 2010

Marc Fortier joins the QMJHL

Press Release

BOUCHERVILLE, Thursday, October 28, 2010 – The Commissioner of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Gilles Courteau, announced today the hiring of Marc Fortier as Director of Recruitment.

Marc Fortier’s main role will be to inform parents and players about the QMJHL’s programs. His participation in minor league teams’ information workshops will allow the QMJHL to convey its messages and explain new initiatives developed by the League and its teams.

“Marc’s arrival is extremely positive for the QMJHL”, said the Commissioner. “He has the experience of playing at a number of levels including the QMJHL and the NHL and he also brings the required life experience which he can convey to both players and parents. He will definitely be an important asset to our team.”

Marc Fortier, who played for the Chicoutimi Saguenéens from 1983 to 1987, also played for 3 NHL franchises: the Quebec Nordiques, the Ottawa Senators and the Los Angeles Kings in his professional career. He completed his career in Europe.

Following Marc Fortier’s arrival, Patrick Charbonneau will hold the title of CSR Director.

Finally, the Commissioner promotes Marcel Patenaude to Executive Vice-President.

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Kings' DaSilva commits to Buckeyes

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The British Columbia Hockey League's Powell River Kings are pleased to announce that a second-year defenceman and assistant captain Justin DaSilva has committed to attend Ohio State University and suit up for the NCAA Division I Buckeyes for the 2011/12 season.

A native of Cambridge, Ontario, DaSilva joined the Kings during the 2009/10 campaign and immediately established himself as a towering presence on the Kings' back end. This year the six-foot-five blueliner is fourth in team scoring and has totalled 59 points in 68 career games in the BCHL.

"We’re ecstatic to have two Kings players heading into the Buckeyes program next year," says Powell River head coach Kent Lewis. "DaSilva has continued to elevate his game and is now one of the more dominant players in the league. Ohio State is going to have a real solid player for four years."

DaSilva chose Ohio State for its well-established hockey program that has produced National Hockey League players like Vancouver's Ryan Kesler and Columbus's RJ Umberger. Former BCHLers Zac Dalpe and Hunter Bishop, who each signed professional contracts at the end of the 2009/10 season, are also products of the Buckeyes program.

Justin looks forward to pursuing his passion for the game while studying towards a four-year degree in either Business Management or Sports Management.

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Gatorade Garden City Complex to Play Host to Swedish Training Camp

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The Niagara IceDogs are happy to announce that Team Sweden has chosen to hold their training camp at the Gatorade Garden City Complex, leading up to their pre-competition game vs. Team Switzerland in St. Catharines on December 23rd. Tickets for that exhibition game are currently available to season ticket holders during an exclusive pre-sale and will go on sale to the general public starting this coming Monday, November 1st at 10am.

Team Sweden will be arriving in St. Catharines on December 18th for their camp and will be based out of St. Catharines as they prepare for their pre-competition games and more specifically the World Junior Championships in Buffalo. They will remain based out of St. Catharines right up until departing for Buffalo on December 24th.

The Swedes are the defending World Junior bronze medalists, having been a perfect 4-0 in the round robin before losing in the semi-finals to the eventual champion American team. Team Sweden would then defeat Team Switzerland in the bronze medal game, with December 23rd marking the first rematch of the two teams since that matchup.

The matchup will also likely see a pair of CHL stars leading their respective teams, with Nino Niederreiter leading the Swiss and Gabriel Landeskog likely to be a key member for the Swedish.

Niederreiter was a key part of the suprise bronze medal game run by the Swiss in 2010, contributing 6 goals and 4 assists for 10 points in 7 games and was just sent back to the Portland Winterhawks yesterday, after having spent nine games with the New York Islanders to start the season. By being sent back to the CHL, Switzerland is assured of Niederreiter, the 5th overall selection in the 2010 NHL Draft, being made available to them.

Landeskog on the other hand is looking to make his first World Junior team, with the 17-year-old Kitchener Rangers Captain having served as an assistant captain for the Swedish Junior Team that came over to Lake Placid to take on the Americans at the Americans Summer Evaluation Camp early August. Many expect Landeskog to step into a similar role with Team Sweden once the final team is selected in December.

More details on the Swedish training camp will be made available closer to the arrival of Team Sweden, but fans are encouraged to pick up their tickets starting Monday for what is sure to be a great game on December 23rd. Don't miss your chance to catch some world class competition right in your own backyard, get your tickets early!

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Spirit Add OA Sniper Mathew Sisca to Lineup

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The Spirit added a top flight scorer in Mathew Sisca to their offensive corps this weekend, sending a third round pick in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection via trade to the Guelph Storm. The 1990-born Woodbridge, Ontario native put up 65 points, 35 goals and 30 assists, with the Guelph Storm last season. Sisca is scheduled to join the Spirit Saturday night when the team arrives in London for their game against the Knights, although his participation in the contest will be a game time decision. Additional terms of the trade were not disclosed.

Sisca is a four year veteran of the league, having a combined 62 goals and 72 assists for 134 points in 192 regular season games. He played two seasons with the Niagara IceDogs from 2007 to 2009 before putting up 35 goals and 30 assists for 65 points last season with the Guelph Storm.

Mathew Sisca
Number: 81
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Height: 5.09
Weight: 183
Birthdate: 10-30-1990
Birthplace: Woodbridge, ON

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Press Release

Calgary, AB. - The Western Hockey League (WHL) and FSN Northwest today announced the 10-game broadcast schedule that will bring LIVE WHL action into 3.4 million homes across five U.S. states during the 2010-11 WHL Regular Season. The WHL and FSN Northwest are in their second season of a multi-year broadcast agreement in which FSN Northwest will serve as the WHL’s exclusive Northwest cable home through the 2011-12 WHL season.

One of the premier development League’s in the World, the Western Hockey League will once again showcase the top rated NHL prospects throughout the season.

“The FSN Northwest broadcast schedule will once again allow the WHL to showcase out top NHL prospects to a broad U.S. television audience,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison, “This season’s schedule will feature a highly competitive WHL U.S. Division and the first ever outdoor game in WHL history.”

“The WHL has done a tremendous job of building a loyal and dedicated fan base and we look forward to having the opportunity to reward those fans while also building a new audience in showcasing the league’s talent to the viewers across FSN Northwest’s five-state region,” stated Mark Jorgensen, Senior Vice President/General Manager of FSN Northwest.

The 2010-11 WHL on FSN Broadcast schedule will feature all five WHL U.S. based Clubs: Everett Silvertips, Portland Winterhawks, Seattle Thunderbirds, Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans. The 2010-11 WHL on FSN television broadcast schedule begins Friday, January 14th as the Seattle Thunderbirds host WHL U.S. Division rivals the Everett Silvertips at the ShoWare Center in Kent, WA. The schedule also includes coverage of the Rockstar Outdoor Hockey Classic on Saturday, January 15th, 2011 at Avista Stadium as the Spokane Chiefs host the Kootenay Ice in the WHL’s first ever outdoor game.

2010-11 WHL on FSN Northwest Broadcast Schedule

Game Date Away Home Time
1 Friday, January 14, 2011 Everett Silvertips @ Seattle Thunderbirds 7:30pm
2 Saturday, January 15, 2011 Kootenay Ice @ Spokane Chiefs 10:00pm*
3 Friday, January 28, 2011 Portland Winterhawks @ Tri-City Americans 7:00pm
4 Wednesday, February 02, 2011 Everett Silvertips @ Kamloops Blazers 10:00pm*
5 Friday, February 04, 2011 Spokane Chiefs @ Tri-City Americans 7:00pm
6 Friday, February 18, 2011 Seattle Thunderbirds @ Vancouver Giants 7:30pm
7 Friday, February 25, 2011 Portland Winterhawks @ Everett Silvertips 7:30pm
8 Friday, March 04, 2011 Seattle Thunderbirds @ Portland Winterhawks 7:00pm
9 Tuesday, March 08, 2011 Tri-City Americans @ Kamloops Blazers 7:00pm
10 Friday, March 18, 2011 Everett Silvertips @ Portland Winterhawks 7:00pm
*indicates delayed broadcast

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Adam Todd is Recalled

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The Blades have recalled 16 year old goalie, Adam Todd, fourth-round draft pick in the 2009 Bantam Draft. Adam Todd is expected to be in the weekends' line-up as the team travels to Alberta. Blades take on the Red Deer Rebels tomorrow night and Calgary Hitmen on Sunday afternoon. Todd will be coming from his club team the Okanagan Rockets, where he is playing his first season in the B.C. Major Midget League, with a record of 3-2-0, 3.01, .894.

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Singleton commits to Merrimack

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The British Columbia Hockey League's Westside Warriors are pleased to announce that 20-year old forward Kyle Singleton, has accepted a scholarship to attend Merrimack College and suit up for the NCAA Division I Warriors for the 2011/12 season.

Singleton is a six-foot-two winger from Beaverton, Oregon who is now playing in his third season in the BCHL. He set a career high with 25 goals and 44 points as a second year player and has nine points through 14 games in the current campaign.

“This is an exciting day for Kyle and his family as he has worked hard to secure a future in the game and an NCAA scholarship," says Warriors head coach Darren Yopyk. "Merrimack has recruited a very good young man who will be a tremendous asset to their institution on the ice, in the classroom, and in their community."

"Coach Dennehy and his staff have done an excellent job at Merrimack and Kyle will help them to continue their rise to the upper echelon of the Hockey East Conference.”

“As an organization, we continue to demonstrate that we are meeting our mandate of developing players and moving them forward in their hockey and academic careers. We are proud that the majority of players that play for us secure scholarships in either the NCAA or in Canada, in the CIS or ACAC.”

The Westside Warriors congratulate Kyle and his family for achieving his goal of a securing an NCAA scholarship.

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Labrecque commits to Michigan Tech

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The British Columbia Hockey League's Nanaimo Clippers are pleased to announce that rookie defenceman Sam Labrecque has committed to attend Michigan Tech University and suit up for the NCAA Division I Huskies for the 2011/12 season.

Labrecque joined the Clippers from Stanstead High School in Quebec and has made an immediate impression in his first BCHL season. The 18-year old has enjoyed strong success in the offensive zone, where he has scored seven goals and totalled 11 points in just 13 games.

"Sam has distinguished himself as an all-purpose player with an exceptional ability to read the play and shoot the puck," says Clippers general manager and head coach Bill Bestwick. "He has a very bright future (at the NCAA level)."

Labrecque has been recruited heavily by several NCAA institutions and selected Michigan Tech following a recruiting visit last week. he will join a number of fellow BCHL alumni when he begins his freshman season in two years, including recent league graduates Kevin Genoe, Milos Gordic and Evan Witth.

The Granby, PQ product is the third Clippers player with an NCAA commitment, as forward Brayden Jaw (Harvard) and blueliner Victor Newell (Yale) secured commitments during the 2009/10 season.

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Brown joins Otters staff

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The Erie Otters, celebrating their 15th season of play in the Ontario Hockey League, have announced the hiring of Dave Brown as Assistant Manager of Hockey Operations. The announcement was made by Otters General Manager Sherwood Bassin.

As Assistant Manager of Hockey Operations, Brown will be responsible for scouting the Ontario Hockey League, coordinating player development and evaluation.

Brown joins the Otters staff after serving with the Mississauga/Niagara IceDogs organization from 2003 to 2010, the last five seasons as General Manager. With Brown at the helm, the IceDogs reached the playoffs for four consecutive seasons, including a second-place finish in the Eastern Conference in 2006-07.

Before becoming an OHL executive, Brown ran the Tier II Junior A Milton Merchants during the 2002-03 season and the Brampton Capitals from 1999 to 2002. The Capitals won the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League West championship in 2000 and 2002 under Brown's watch.

"I am honored that Mr. Bassin has given me this opportunity," Brown said. "I am proud to be part of an organization that has great core values and treats their players, parents, staff and fans well. I am happy to join the Erie Otters and their classy operation."

Additionally, Assistant General Manager Shawn Waskiewicz has agreed to a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the Otters until 2013. Waskiewicz has served as Assistant General Manager since September 2008, and has been with the club for nine seasons.

"I'm proud to be a member of the Otters family," Waskiewicz said. "There's significant potential with the core group of young players and future renovations of Tullio Arena."

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Goaltender Ian Curtis Clears Waivers

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Goaltender Ian Curtis has cleared waivers, and the team is currently discussing options with Curtis. The move leaves the Winterhawks with two goaltenders, 18-year-olds Mac Carruth and Keith Hamilton. Carruth is a seventh round draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Curtis played two games this season, going 2-0 with a goals against average of 3.50 and save percentage of 90.9%. He joined the team during the 2008-09 season, and in 57 games with the Winterhawks over three seasons posted a record of 27-21-2-1, with a goals against average of 3.39 and 90.6% save percentage.

He also appeared in four playoff games last season, going 1-3 with a goals against average of 3.72 and 88.5% save percentage.

“Ian has done a great job since coming to Portland, and we are working hard to ensure that he continues his career playing hockey at an elite level, as there are currently several teams interested in his services,” said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Mike Johnston. “In addition to being a very good goaltender, Ian has been a terrific leader in the locker room. However, we felt it was in our best interests to move forward with our younger goaltenders.”

In 80 career games over four seasons with the Winterhawks, Swift Current Broncos and Prince George Cougars, Curtis was 32-27-2-2 with a goals against average of 3.57 and 89.7% save percentage.

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Blazers Re-Assign Jesse Sinatynski

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Kamloops, BC - Kamloops Blazers General Manager Craig Bonner announced that 18-year-old forward Jesse Sinatynski has been reassigned to a team in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL).

Sinatynski played in 3 games with the Blazers and scored 1 goal after being acquired from the Brandon Wheat Kings earlier this month.

The Blazers roster now sits at 24 players including 14 forwards, 8 defensemen and 2 goaltenders.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

MAINEiacs Acquire Kabanov from Wildcats

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Press Release

The Lewiston MAINEiacs have announced a major trade, acquiring highly touted NHL top prospect forward Kirill Kabanov from the Moncton Wildcats, in exchange for a second round draft pick in 2011, a fourth round draft pick in 2011, a first round pick in the 2011 CHL Import Draft, and a fourth round draft pick in 2012.

"Kirill Kabanov has the ability and the opportunity to become a franchise player with the MAINEiacs. While it was a pleasure for me to get to know Kirill on a personal level during our time together in Moncton, the decision to make our move for Kirill was taken to improve our organization on and off the ice for today, tomorrow, and beyond," said MAINEiacs' Managing Consultant and Governor Bill Schurman.

"Kirill is an engaging personality, whose talents will add to the character of the Lewiston MAINEiacs. We feel strongly that his ability and passion to one day play in the NHL as a New York Islander will motivate Kirill to continue to work towards his dream as a MAINEiac," Schurman noted.

Kabanov was born on July 16, 1992 in Moscow, Russia. The 6'2", 175 lbs. forward was originally selected by the Wildcats with the seventh overall pick in the 2009 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft.

"Right now, I really believe that it is time to invest in a player that can make a huge difference on the score sheet, joining our already talented group of forwards," stated MAINEiacs' General Manager Roger Shannon.

In his rookie season with the Wildcats, injuries limited Kabanov to just 22 regular season games. However, he made the most of his time on the ice, picking up 10 goals, 13 assists, 23 points, and 34 penalty minutes. For Team Russia in the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championships Under - 18 Tournament, Kabanov tallied 11 points in 7 games enroute to a silver medal.

"I think it's an exciting time for the Lewiston MAINEiacs to get a player of Kabanov's stature," said MAINEiacs' Head Coach Jean-Francois Houle.

"He is very gifted offensively, and is a threat every time he touches the ice. Adding him to this team adds speed and skill to an already dynamic offense. With open arms, we welcome Kirill to our organization," Houle added.

As a 16 year-old, Kabanov was the youngest player in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), the highest level of play in Russia. He played in 6 regular season games and 4 playoff games for HC Spartak Moscow. After his playing rights were sold to Salavat Yulaev Ufa, a dispute between Ufa and Kabanov on an NHL escape clause caused Kabanov to enter the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Kabanov petitioned IIHF to allow him to play in the QMJHL, which was granted after the begining of the 2009-10 season.

Following the 2009-10 campaign with Moncton, the dynamic skilled Russian entered the NHL Entry Draft, where he was selected 65th overall (3rd round) by the New York Islanders this past June in Los Angeles.

The connection between the Islanders and the MAINEiacs is a natural fit, as Lewiston Assistant General Manager Tim Schurman was also the Long Island, NY NHL club's talent scout for three years, and very familiar to the 18 year-old star.

"This is a tall, lanky kid with a very dynamic skill set," Schurman pointed out of his stature.

"He likes to skate with the puck and handles it very well. When he has the puck he is a dual threat, he can thread seams with his vision or he can put the puck in the net himself. He is shifty with the puck and although he has some room to grow, strength wise, he protects the puck well. He also does not shy away from going to the net and does have a bit of an edge to his game," Schurman noted of the newly added forward.

Kabanov's will join the MAINEiacs upon United States immigration approval, which may happen in time for next weeks home games with the Quebec Remparts on Wednesday November 3rd, or by the weekend doubleheader with the Val-d'Or Foreurs on Friday November 5th & Saturday November 6th.

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Francis Commits to Western Michigan University

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The Green Bay Gamblers announced that forward Robert Francis has committed to play collegiate hockey at Western Michigan University following his USHL career.

Francis, 19, has recorded two points (1g, 1a) through seven games this season. It is the second USHL season for the San Diego, California native after scoring 37 points (18g, 19a) and posting a plus-11 rating in 58 games as a rookie in 2009-10. He also added 10 points (4g, 6a) in 11 playoff games to help the Gamblers capture the Clark Cup. Francis scored two goals in the decisive fifth game of the Clark Cup Finals.

The forward was also recently named as one of 22 USHL players for the U.S. Junior Select Team that will compete in the 2010 World Junior A Challenge in November.

Francis will be joined by Gamblers teammate William Kessel who is also committed to play college hockey at Western Michigan. Three other USHL players will attend the school following their USHL careers; Alex Carpenter (Chicago Steel), Austin Hervey (Lincoln Stars), and Joe Fiala (Team USA).

Western Michigan University is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan and is a member of the CCHA. 18 USHL alumni are part of the Broncos roster for the 2010-11 season; Chase Balisy (Team USA), Brett Beebe (Chicago Steel), Shane Berschbach (Indiana Ice), Dennis Brown (Omaha Lancers), J.J. Crew (Lincoln Stars), Dan DeKeyser (Sioux City Musketeers), Dave Donnellan (Youngstown Phantoms), Henry Ross (Lincoln Stars), Jerry Kuhn (Sioux City Musketeers), Ben Miller (Waterloo Black Hawks), Travis Paeth (Des Moines Buccaneers), Nick Pisellini (Chicago Steel) Derek Roehl (Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets), Ian Slater (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Greg Squires (Indiana Ice), Matt Tennyson (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Dane Walters (Sioux Falls Stampede), and Luke Witkowski (Fargo Force).

In addition, the Broncos are led by first-year head coach Jeff Blashill who spent the last two seasons in the USHL as the head coach of the Indiana Ice, guiding them to their first Clark Cup during the 2008-09 season.

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Cartier Commits to Robert Morris

Press Release

The Canmore Eagles are very pleased to announce that Sylvan Lake native Cody Cartier has committed to join the Robert Morris Colonials, of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

"We are very pleased for Cody and his family, for the opportunity to play Division I Hockey, he has worked extremely hard to obtain this and the entire organization is very proud of Cody and his success," said Eagles' Coach and GM Andrew Milne.

Currently Cody sits 8th in AJHL scoring with 6 goals and 12 assists in just 13 games, last season Cody averaged a point a game while also playing for the Eagles.

"It has been a goal of mine to play Division I hockey for a long time; I am really excited about the opportunity at Robert Morris. I want to thank the entire Canmore Eagles organization; my teammates along with my family for helping me achieve this," said Cody when asked how he feels to be given this opportunity.

"Cody is a very hard working individual and very deserving of this opportunity, we are looking forward to working with Cody for the remainder of the season and making sure he is prepared to play in the NCAA next season," Milne states.

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Press Release

The New York Islanders announced today that Nino Niederreiter has return to the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League.

The Islanders selected Niederreiter with the fifth overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft in June. The Chur, Switzerland, native scored one goal and one assist in his first nine career NHL games. Last year Niederreiter played his rookie season in the Western Hockey League, leading the Portland Winterhawks in goals with 36 and registering 24 assists for 60 points in 65 games. The 18-year-old center also appeared in 13 playoff games with the Winterhawks, notching eight goals and eight assists for 16 points.

On the international stage, Niederreiter represented Switzerland at the 2010 World Junior Championships, where he lead the team with 10 points in seven games (6 goals, 4 assists) and was named to the tournament all-star team. He also played in four games with Team Switzerland at the World Championships.

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Two Team USA Forwards Commit to North Dakota

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Team USA forwards J.T. Miller and Stefan Matteau have committed to play collegiate hockey at the University of North Dakota following their USHL careers.

Miller is currently tied for second in Team USA scoring with four points (4a) through three USHL games played this season. The 17-year-old from East Palestine, Ohio is a member of Team USA's Under-18 squad this season after playing 29 USHL games in 2009-10 for the Under-17 squad and collecting 12 points (5g, 7a).

Matteau is in his first USHL season as a member of Team USA's Under-17 squad. The 16-year-old native of Chicago has one point through three USHL games this season, recording an assist in his USHL debut on October 9th. Stefan is the son of 13-year NHL veteran Stephane Matteau.

Miller and Matteau are joined by Team USA teammates Rocco Grimaldi and Miles Koules who are also committed to attend the University of North Dakota. Eight other USHL players are also committed to play hockey at the school; Michael Parks (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Danny Mattson (Chicago Steel), Zane Gothberg (Fargo Force), Colten St. Clair (Fargo Force), Nick Mattson (Indiana Ice), and Jordan Schmaltz (Sioux City Musketeers).

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QMJHL, teams to march alongside Veterans

Press Release

BOUCHERVILLE, Tuesday, October 26, 2010 – The Commissioner of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Gilles Courteau, today announced that the League and its teams are extremely proud to once again march alongside Veterans during Veterans’ Week (November 5 to 11). The celebrations kick off tomorrow night in Val-d’Or.

"The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is very proud to support Veterans during Veterans’ Week for a sixth consecutive year," said the Commissioner. "Our Veterans’ heritage is rich in pride and history and it is of the utmost importance that we recognize their devotion and the sacrifices they have made for our great Country. The Memorial Cup, which is awarded since 1919, pays tribute to our Veterans and it is our duty to share their stories with future generations."

Puck-drop ceremonies or special activities to honour our Veterans will be held during these QMJHL games.

October 27
Val-d’Or – air Creebec Center

October 29
Québec – Colisée Pepsi

October 30
Shawinigan – Bionest Center

October 31
Baie-Comeau – Henry-Léonard Center

November 4
Drummondville – Marcel-Dionne Center
Victoriaville – Colisée Desjardins

November 5
Rouyn-Noranda – Iamgold Arena
Acadie-Bathurst – K.C. Irving Regional Centre

November 6
Gatineau – Robert-Guertin Center
Halifax – Metro Centre
Saint John – Harbour Station

November 7
Cape Breton – Centre 200

November 11
Montréal – Verdun Auditorium

November 12
Rimouski – Colisée Rimouski

November 13
P.E.I. – Charlottetown Civic Centre

Novembre 14
Chicoutimi – Centre Georges-Vézina

Every year, Canadians celebrate Veterans’ Week to pay tribute to all those who have sacrificed themselves in order to make our world a safer place to live. With the help of young Canadians, we can ensure that the sacrifices and achievements of the men and women who have served our country will not fade from memory. This year, Canadians are invited to continue the traditions of Remembrance under the theme "How Will You Remember?" For more information, visit
* Moose announce DND Appreciation Night details
* Cordon Bleu Food Drive
* Celebrate Halloween with the Rocket
* QMJHL, teams to march alongside Veterans

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Two former officials to work World Junior Championship

Press Release

Former North American Hockey League (NAHL) officials Johnathan Morrison and Keith Kaval have been selected by USA Hockey and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) to work the upcoming World Junior Championships, which will be held from Dec. 26-Jan. 5, 2011 in Buffalo, N.Y.

Both Morrison, who resides in St. Paul, and Kaval, of Erie, Pa., worked several seasons in the NAHL as part of their participation in the USA Hockey Officiating Development Program (ODP).

The 20U World Junior Championships is the top-level junior tournament sponsored by the IIHF. Morrison and Kaval are two of three American officials selected to work the prestigious event.

“I congratulate Johnathan and Keith on this recognition,” said Scott Brand, who coordinates the ODP for USA Hockey. “The competitive nature of junior hockey in the USA and the opportunities provided by the league’s partnership with USA Hockey’s ODP are a big part of the success of these two officials.”

Morrison, a former NAHL linesman and referee, has an extensive officiating background in junior, collegiate and pro hockey, including officiating in the American Hockey League (AHL). He’s also no stranger to international competition having worked the last two Paralympics sledge hockey tournaments in Torino, Italy, and Vancouver. Morrison is also one of the current members of the ODP supervisory staff.

Kaval went from a full-time position in the ODP to working in the ECHL, AHL and at several international tournaments. Most recently, he worked the last year's 18U World Championships.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

CHL Announces BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings

Press Release

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings for week four of the 2010-11 season. The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings – Week 6
Rank Team (Record) Last Week Rank Number of Weeks Ranked
1 Quebec Remparts (13-1-0-1) 1 5
2 Saskatoon Blades (10-3-0-0) 3 6
3 Saginaw Spirit (10-2-1-0) 6 4
4 Mississauga St. Michael's Majors (8-2-0-0) 2 6
5 Owen Sound Attack (10-2-0-0) 4 4
6 Moncton Wildcats (12-4-0-2) 8 2
7 Portland Winterhawks (10-2-0-1) - 2
8 Drummondville Voltigeurs (12-4-1-1) 5 5
9 Red Deer Rebels (9-5-0-0) 7 5
10 Acadie-Bathurst Titan (12-5-0-0) - 3

Honourable Mention:
Kootenay Ice (9-3-0-1) - 0
Niagara IceDogs (8-4-1-0) - 0
Saint John Sea Dogs (11-3-0-1) 10

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Cataractes’ Girard Named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

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Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Gabriel Girard of the Shawinigan Cataractes is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending October 24. Girard posted two wins including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 0.50 and save percentage of .984.

Girard opened the week on Wednesday with his first shutout of the season making 31 saves as third star of a 6-0 win over the Lewiston MAINEiacs. Girard would make another 31 saves including 12 in the third period on Friday night to preserve an 8-1 win over the PEI Rocket where he was again named third star of the contest.

Girard, a 19-year-old from Varennes, is playing in his fourth QMJHL season with the Cataractes and has posted a 6-4-0-1 record with a goals-against-average of 2.53 and save percentage of .916 so far this season.

Mac Carruth of the Portland Winterhawks and JP Anderson of the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors were also considered for the award. Both earned a shutout victory with Carruth posting a goals-against-average of 0.480 and save percentage of .979, while Anderson had a 1.52 goals-against-average and .947 save percentage in two starts.

2010-11 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:
Oct. 18 – Oct. 24: Gabriel Girard, Shawinigan Cataractes
Oct. 11 – Oct. 17: Mark Friesen, Swift Current Broncos
Oct. 4 – Oct. 10: Darcy Kuemper, Red Deer Rebels
Sept. 27 – Oct. 3: Scott Stajcer, Owen Sound Attack
Sept. 23 – Sept. 26: Louis Domingue, Quebec Remparts

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Cataractes’ Bournival Named CHL Player of the Week

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Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that forward Michaël Bournival of the Shawinigan Cataractes is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 24. He scored five goals with four assists for nine points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-9.

Bournival was twice named first star of the game including Friday night when he scored four goals including the game-winner in an 8-1 win over the PEI Rocket. One night later he repeated as the game’s first star with a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. His week also included a three assist performance as second star Wednesday in a 6-0 win over the Lewiston MAINEiacs.

Bournival, an 18-year-old from Shawinigan-Sud, Quebec, is playing in his third QMJHL season. The Cataractes captain has 18 points in 13 games and was selected in the third round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche.

Craig Cunningham of the Vancouver Giants also recorded nine points to receive consideration for the award this week. He scored one goal with eight assists to help the Giants win three games. In the OHL, another Avalanche prospect Joey Hishon of the Owen Sound Attack picked up four goals and four assists for eight points in two games.

2010-11 CHL Players of the Week:
Oct. 18 – Oct. 24: Michaël Bournival, Shawinigan Cataractes
Oct. 11 – Oct. 17: Sena Acolatse, Prince George Cougars
Oct. 4 – Oct. 10: Nathan Moon, Kingston Frontenacs
Sept. 27 – Oct. 3: Brandon Hynes, Victoriaville Tigres
Sept. 23 – Sept. 26: Alex Aleardi, Plymouth Whalers

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Springfield, MA - The Springfield Pics are proud to announce that defenseman and assistant captain Ross McMullan has committed to St. Lawrence University for the fall of 2012. McMullan, a 1991 birth year and native of Las Vegas, NV, is in his second season with the Pics.

“College hockey is a privilege and I am grateful for the opportunity to play under such experienced and motivated coaches and to be part of such a great university. After visiting St. Lawrence and seeing firsthand how the student-athletes excel academically, I know that I will be pushed to grow not just as a hockey player, but as an individual. I am very excited to join the program and make an impact on and off the ice,” stated McMullan

“We are very happy for Ross and his family. He excels in the classroom, put in the work on and off the ice to earn a college scholarship, a special kid who continues to improve everyday. He has the combination of size and skill that make him a real presence on the blue line, Coach Daniels and I look forward to his continued development,” commented GM/Coach Patrick Tabb.

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NAHL to host exhibition game in Minot, North Dakota

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The North American Hockey League (NAHL) is pleased to announce that the Aberdeen Wings and Bismarck Bobcats will play an exhibition game at Maysa Arena in Minot, N.D., on Thursday, Dec. 2.

“As we explore Minot as a potential NAHL market, the chance to showcase our energizing, family-friendly brand of hockey to the entire community presents an exciting opportunity,” said NAHL commissioner Mark Frankenfeld.

Minot is no stranger to junior hockey. In 2000-01, the Minot Muskies played in the America West Hockey League, which merged with the NAHL in 2003. In its only season, the team fashioned a 38-18-4 record and averaged over 1,700 a game in attendance.

From 1994-97, the Minot Top Guns were members of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

“There’s such a rich hockey history in Minot, especially junior hockey,” said Frankenfeld. “With the right ownership group committed to both the players’ and the community’s success, that tradition can be resurrected and flourish.”

Frankenfeld recently met with a potential ownership group, which was enthused to hear the exhibition game will generate close to $10,000 for Minot’s youth hockey association. The group is currently meeting with local businesses, the parks and recreation department and the Minot community to gain support for the project.

Bismarck’s owner, Thom Brigl, a native of Mandan, N.D., is also excited about the prospects of icing an NAHL team in Minot.

“It’s a great opportunity for both Minot and the NAHL, but it’s vital the new ownership group receives the unwavering support from the community if the venture is going to sustain long-term success," he said.

“Not only would a team in Minot open more doors for aspiring players hoping to advance their athletic and academic careers, but it would create instant geographic rivalries within the Central Division,” Frankenfeld added. “We’re very excited about the possibilities.”

Tickets may be purchased at Maysa Arena at either its parks and recreation or youth hockey office.

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Motte Commits to Ferris State University

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The Waterloo Black Hawks announced that goaltender C.J. Motte has committed to play collegiate hockey at Ferris State University beginning in the fall of 2011.

The 18-year-old native of St. Clair, Michigan is in his second USHL season after appearing in 42 games for the Black Hawks in 2009-10 and earning 21 victories. It was the seventh 20-win season for a Waterloo goaltender in USHL history. Motte has appeared in three games this season, posting a 1.97 goals-against-average and .942 save percentage.

"The statistics don't show what C.J. is like off the ice," said Waterloo Black Hawks Head Coach P.K. O'Handley. "Since he came to Waterloo, C.J. has matured into a leadership role. He takes a very serious approach to his preparation, and he is a competitor."

One other USHL player is committed to Ferris State University as Tri-City Storm forward Dominic Panetta will play hockey there following his USHL career.

Ferris State University is located in Big Rapids, Michigan and is a member of the CCHA. Nine USHL alumni are currently on the Bulldogs roster for the 2010-11 season; Eric Alexander (Lincoln Stars), Chad Billins (Waterloo Black Hawks), Scott Czarnowczan (Green Bay Gamblers), Justin DeMartino (Waterloo Black Hawks), Mike Embach (Indiana Ice), Zach Redmond (Sioux Falls Stampede), Aaron Schmit (Chicago Steel), Scott Wietecha (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), and Brett Wysopal (Tri-City Storm). In addition, Bulldogs assistant coach Mark Kaufman is a former head coach in the USHL (Sioux Falls Stampede 2003-05, Rochester Mustangs 1988-92).

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tyler Paslawksi Assigned to Nipawin Hawks

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Prince Albert, Saskatchewan – The Prince Albert Raiders have assigned 18 year-old rightwinger Tyler Paslawski to the Nipawin Hawks of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

Paslawski, who is from Choiceland, SK appeared in 5 games with the Raiders this season with one assist and a +1 plus/minus rating.

The move reduces the Raiders roster to 24 players: 13 forwards, 9 defencemen and 2

Tomorrow night the Raiders entertain the Moose Jaw Warriors at 7 PM at the Art Hauser Centre.

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Hounds land Sulmonte

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Soo Greyhounds GM Dave Torrie is extremely pleased and excited to announce that RUDY SULMONTE has signed with the club.

“We are very happy that Rudy has made the decision to join our team and pursue his dream of pro hockey. It’s the first time in my 8 years as General Manager we have had a free agent player who was attending an NCAA institution on a full scholarship decide to leave and join our program” started the Hounds GM

The Levittown, NY native had previously made an early commitment and received a full ride scholarship to Mercyhurst College (D1, NCAA) in Erie, Pennsylvania. As a true freshman, the 18-year old chose to re-evaluate his options and join the Hounds.

“I'm excited to join the OHL and I'm ready to play against the elite junior players in the world. The OHL is a proven league and has produced the best hockey players in the National Hockey League today. I feel the Soo Greyhounds offer me the best situation possible and I'm extremely anxious to join the program. Talking to General Manager Torrie has really filled me with excitement and I can’t wait to play for the Greyhounds” stated Sulmonte.

Sulmonte is a graduate of the New Jersey Rockets Junior program where in the 2009/2010 season he had 32 goals and 70 points while being 4th in league scoring.

“The opportunity for Rudy to join the Greyhounds was all about finding the right fit for him in the OHL. His time with the Rockets the last two seasons allowed him to become a prolific goal scorer in the AJHL. He joins former Rockets junior standouts, John Carlson and David Kolomatis to go onto the OHL” said Bob Thornton, Director of the New Jersey Rockets Junior Program.

Additionally, Sulmonte will not only join the Hounds to continue his on-ice aspirations but will continue his education in Sault Ste. Marie while attending Algoma University.

“We were fortunate to get an early phone call indicating that Rudy was interested in leaving Mercyhurst and pursuing coming to the OHL. Over the past week or so I’ve had numerous conversations with Rudy and his family and was able to convince them that our program would give Rudy the best opportunity to continue his hockey dreams while continuing his education. As the process moved along Rudy was contacted by other OHL teams but decided that we had the right situation for him” explained Torrie.

The 5’9”, 180-lber entered the summer months rated for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Despite going undrafted, Sulmonte later attended the New York Islander’s Development Camp in July.

“I have not seen Rudy play personally but have been given very good reports by various sources that Rudy would be a good player and a good fit for our program. He comes highly recommended by numerous sources including his former coach with the Rockets, Bob Thornton, who played in the OHL during his Junior career. I expect that once Rudy gets into game shape and gets accustomed to the OHL he will make a significant contribution to our team” concluded Torrie.

Sulmonte will join his new Hounds teammates later this week when the team opens a three-game road trip on Thursday against the Windsor Spitfires. Game time is 7:05 p.m. and you can hear all the action live on Rock 101 (101.3FM) or

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Bruins Acquire Cratsenberg from Chiefs

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The Chilliwack Bruins announced today that they have acquired forward T.C. Cratsenberg from the Spokane Chiefs in exchange for a conditional bantam draft pick.

Cratsenberg, a sixth round selection by the Chiefs in the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft has appeared in 68 games with the Chiefs over the last three seasons and will join the Bruins in Edmonton tonight.

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Knights Trade Phil Varone

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LONDON, ONTARIO: London Knights General Manager Mark Hunter today announced that the London Knights have traded Overage Centre Phil Varone to the Erie Otters. In exchange for Varone the Knights will receive Windsor's 3rd Round Pick in 2011 and Erie's 2nd Round Pick in 2012. Varone, 20 will join the Otters tomorrow when they host Plymouth. Varone was one of 4 London Knights Overage Players on the London Knights roster. Varone was acquired along with Steve Tarasuk and draft picks from the Kitchener Rangers in January 2008 in exchange for Steve Mason.

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The Kingston Frontenacs today traded second year forward Steven Broek to the Belleville Bulls in exchange for Belleville's second round selection in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection along with Belleville's 5th round selection in 2013.

"Under the circumstances, we traded Steven so that he could be at home and continue his career in the OHL,"said Director of Hockey Operations and General Manager Larry Mavety. "We wish him all the best."

The Frontenacs take to the ice tonight against the Wolves in Sudbury at 7:30PM.

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The Barrie Colts have officially announced today that they have traded forward Dean Pawlaczyk to the Sarnia Sting in exchange for an eighth round draft pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection.

The Michigan born forward played all of last season with the Colts and racked up 117 minutes in penalties, fourth most on the team. He aso chipped in with a goal and two assists, and played in eight of Barrie's 17 playoff games.

Pawlaczyk played in just four games for Barrie this season and did not record a point. He has not dressed with the Colts since October 2nd.

The 18 year-old was originally drafted by Barrie in the fourth round, 66th overall in 2008.

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Kings' Chyzyk named Player of Week

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While he may be a rookie, Bryn Chyzyk is proving he can play like a veteran reflected in his selection as MJHL Player of the Week.

The Dauphin King forward held a hot stick last week, scoring three goals and recording six points in four games for his Kings who posted a 2-2 record last week. Chyzyk, 18, currently sits tied for first in the rookie scoring race with eight goals and 21 points.

Runners-up for the MJHL Player of the Week award were Evan Gravenor of the Winnipeg Blues and Cole Pruden, 20, of Winnipeg Saints.

Gravenor, 20, recorded five points (2-3) in two games for the Blues who play this Wednesday in Steinbach against the Pistons.

Pruden, who was recently named captain of the Saints, scored three goals and recorded five points last week in two games for the Saints who with 19 points are tied for second in the Addison Division with Winkler Flyers.

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NAHL announces Players of the Week

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FRISCO, TEXAS - The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced its Players of the Week, sponsored by SBK Hockey, for the week ending Oct. 24.

Cody Wydo - Motor City Metal Jackets

Motor City forward Cody Wydo rang up three goals and two assists as the Metal Jackets finished the weekend with a 1-2 record. On Friday, the Wyandotte, Mich., native tallied a goal in a 3-1 loss to Michigan. The next night, the 19-year-old came through with a goal and two assists as Motor City fell to the Warriors, 7-5. Wydo scored another goal in a 5-1 triumph over the Port Huron Fighting Falcons on Sunday. He was also a plus-4 for the weekend.

“Cody continues to play solid, two-way hockey,” said Metal Jackets head coach David Cole. “He’s worked very hard in all aspects of the game and has developed into a solid Division I prospect.”

HONORABLE MENTION: Chicago forward Louis Educate; Janesville defenseman Alex Brooks; Port Huron defenseman Sam Matthews; St. Louis forward Brad Smith and defenseman Blake Edwards

Mac Olson - Wichita Falls Wildcats

Wichita Falls forward Mac Olson connected for four goals and two assists as the Wildcats fashioned a 2-1 record. On Friday, the Grosse Pointe, Mich., native scored a goal in a 5-3 loss to the Amarillo Bulls. The next night, the 19-year-old recorded an assist as the Wildcats downed New Mexico, 5-1. On Sunday, Olson notched a hat trick, including the game-winning marker, and an assist in Wichita Falls’ 5-3 triumph over the Mustangs.

“Mac has been our most consistent forward this season,” said Wildcats head coach Mark LeRose. “He has good vision with the puck and competes every night. He’s one of the most dynamic forwards in our league.”

HONORABLE MENTION: Amarillo forward Zack Smoot; Texas forward Jackson Leef

Cory Ward - Aberdeen Wings

Aberdeen forward Cory Ward struck for two goals and four assists as the Wings celebrated a two-game sweep over Alexandria. On Friday, the Las Vegas native tallied a goal and three assists in a 5-2 victory. The next night, the 17-year-old put home a goal and another assist as the Wings downed the Blizzard, 6-2. He was also plus-3 on the weekend.

Zach Frye - Wenatchee Wild

Wenatchee defenseman Zach Frye picked up a goal and two assists as the Wild skated to a two-game sweep over Fresno. On Friday, the Spokane, Wash., native registered an assist in a 3-2 victory. The next night, the 16-year-old notched a goal and another assist as the Wild bested the Monsters in a shootout, 4-3.

"Physically, emotionally and skill-set wise, Zach is well beyond his actual age,” said Wild head coach Paul Baxter. “He’s already received considerable interest and offers from some very high-level Division I schools, and I believe he’ll be an exceptional college player and will have an excellent opportunity of playing at the highest level beyond college."

HONORABLE MENTION: Fresno forward Jordan Lovick

David Jacobson - Janesville Jets

Janesville goaltender David Jacobson backstopped the Jets to a two-game sweep over Traverse City, turning aside 42 of 44 shots. On Friday, the Janesville native stopped all 26 shots he faced in a 4-0 victory. The next night, the 19-year-old made 26 saves as the Jets bested the North Stars, 3-2.

“David had a great weekend for us, and he’s played well all year,” said Jets head coach Dane Litke. “A lot of our success this season has been because of his outstanding play and we hope it continues.”

HONORABLE MENTION: Amarillo’s Nikifor Szczerba; Chicago’s Nicholas Kohn; Fresno’s Louis Puig; St. Louis’ Tom Comunale; Texas’ Jimmy Kruger; Wenatchee’s Brandon Jaeger

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Attack’s Joey Hishon Named OHL Player of the Week

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Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Joey Hishon of the Owen Sound Attack is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 24. In two games Hishon scored four goals and four assists for eight points with a plus-minus rating of plus-4 and becomes the second straight member of the Attack to win this award following teammate Garrett Wilson.

Hishon returned to the Attack lineup on Friday night and scored two goals while adding an assist despite a 7-5 loss to the Sarnia Sting. On Saturday night, Hishon led the Attack offense with a five-point game in a rematch with the Sting scoring two goals and three assists as first star of the 9-4 win.

Hishon, a 19-year-old from Stratford, ON, is playing in his fourth OHL season with the Attack. Selected in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, 17th overall by the Colorado Avalanche, Hishon has 13 points in only four games so far this season and was recently named to the Team OHL roster for the 2010 SUBWAY® Super Series.

Sudbury Wolves’ forwards Mike Lomas and Marcus Foligno were each considered for the award after recording six points in three games. Lomas scored four goals and two assists while Foligno tallied three goals and three assists. In goal, JP Anderson of the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors earned a shutout victory while posting a goals-against-average of 1.52 and save percentage of .947 in two starts.

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Steel Add McConnell to Coaching Staff

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The Chicago Steel have added Scott McConnell in the role of assistant coach for the staff under first-year head coach Jon Waibel.

It marks the return of McConnell to the USHL where he has both previously spent time as a coach and as a player. He spent three seasons of the coaching staff of the Indiana Ice (2005-08) and helped lead them to a first-place finish in the East Division during the 2007-08 season. The native of Colorado Springs, Colorado then joined the staff for the Des Moines Buccaneers for the 2008-09 season.

Last season, McConnell was the video coach for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, AHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has also had coaching stints with Billings in the NAHL and Bay City in the Western States Hockey League.

McConnell played two seasons in the USHL (1998-2000), recording 26 points (12g, 14a) and 101 penalty minutes in 47 games for the Fargo-Moorhead Ice Sharks during the 1998-99 season. The forward then scored 13 points (7g, 6a) in 28 games the following season for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. He went on to a four-year collegiate career at the University of Denver (2000-04) and was part of the squad that captured the 2004 NCAA Championship.

The 31-year-old McConnell is the grandson of legendary coach "Badger Bob" Johnson who coached the University of Wisconsin to three national titles (1973, 1977, and 1981) and led the Pittsburgh Penguins to their first Stanley Cup in 1991.

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Sparrow Re-Assigned

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Regina, Saskatchewan - Regina Pats General Manager Chad Lang announced today that 19 year old defenceman Travis Sparrow has been re-assigned to the Battlefords North Stars of the SJHL.

Sparrow played in 10 games this season recording 13 minutes in penalties and was a +2. As a rookie with the Regina Pats in 2009-10 he played in 39 games with a point and 46 minutes in penalties.

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Peel Re-Assigned

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Regina, Saskatchewan - Regina Pats General Manager Chad Lang announced today that 16 year old defenceman Landon Peel has been re-assigned to the Swan Valley Stampeders of the MJHL.

Peel played in 4 games this season recording 2 minutes in penalties and was a +4. Along with the re-assignment of Travis Sparrow this morning, this leaves the Pats with 7 defencemen on the roster.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

USHL Honors - Week Four

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The United States Hockey League today announced the weekly award winners for the fourth week of the 2010-11 USHL regular season.

Congratulations to forward Caleb Herbert of the Sioux City Musketeers, named CCM Offensive Player of the Week; defenseman Joakim Ryan of the Dubuque Fighting Saints, selected as CCM Defensive Player of the Week; and Casey DeSmith of the Indiana Ice who earned honors as the Reebok USHL Goaltender of the Week.

Herbert tallied five points (3g, 2a) and a plus-two rating as the Musketeers won two games over the weekend and are in a tie for first place in the Western Conference. He scored two points (1g, 1a) plus had the deciding shootout goal in the 5-4 win over Des Moines on Friday. The recently turned 19-year-old then had a three-point game (2g, 1a) in the 6-1 win vs. Tri-City. It was the third straight multi-point game for the native of Bloomington, Minnesota. Herbert is playing in his first USHL season and currently leads the League with six goals this season.

Ryan dished out three assists and registered a plus-two rating to help the Saints win their first two home games of the season and extend their winning streak to five games. He assisted on two goals in the 4-1 win over Omaha on Friday as the Saints played their first game at the Mystique Ice Center. The Rumson, New Jersey native then added an assist in the 4-1 win against Youngstown on Saturday to extend his point streak to four games. It is the first USHL season for the 17-year-old defenseman.

DeSmith turned aside all 35 shots he faced in the 3-0 win over Omaha on Sunday. It was his second shutout of the season, which leads all USHL goaltenders. The 19-year-old from Rochester, New Hampshire is currently third overall in the League with a 1.67 goals-against-average. He has three wins this season, allowing just one goal total in those three contests, and has posted a .948 save percentage. DeSmith is playing in his second USHL season after winning 11 games for the Ice in 2009-10.

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CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL), announced Monday the 22 players that will represent Canada East at the 2010 World Junior A Challenge, November 8-14 in Penticton, B.C.

Canada East has medaled in three of four appearances at the World Junior A Challenge, winning silver in Yorkton, Sask. in 2006, and Trail, B.C. in 2007, before settling for bronze in Camrose, Alta. in 2008. It finished fourth last year in Summerside, P.E.I.

The Canada East roster is comprised of players from the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL), Central Hockey League (CHL), Ligue de hockey junior AAA du Québec (LHJAAAQ) and the Maritime Hockey League (MHL).

“We are very pleased with the players we have chosen to represent Canada East in Penticton,” said Canada East head coach Todd Gill (Brockville, CHL). “This tournament always brings strong competition and our goal remains the same, to win the gold medal.”

The selection process for Canada East involved extensive scouting by Gill, general manager Troy Ryan (Metro, MHL) and assistant coaches Pat Bosch (Kahnawake, LHJAAAQ), Paul Gagne (Abitibi, NOJHL) and Curtis Hodgins (Whitby, OJHL). It also included an evaluation camp featuring 40 hopefuls in Whitby, Ont. in late September.

Canada East’s roster for the 2010 World Junior A Challenge includes:

* Two (2) goaltenders, seven (7) defencemen and 13 forwards
* Three (3) players currently leading or co-leading their teams in scoring (Scott Wilson – Georgetown, Zach Hyman – Hamilton, Kyle Rankin – Kanata)
* One (1) player returning from the 2009 World Junior A Challenge (Nick Huard)
* One (1) player named to Canada East in 2009, but was unable to play due to injury (Tyson Wilson)
* One (1) player selected in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (Zach Hyman – Florida, 5th round, 123rd overall)
* Eleven (11) players from the OJHL, eight (8) players from the CHL, one (1) player from the NOJHL, one (1) player from the LHJAAAQ and one (1) player from the MHL

Canada East will play in Group A at the 2010 World Junior A Challenge, joined by Sweden and the United States, while Canada West, Russia and Switzerland will comprise Group B. Round-robin play will run until Wednesday, November 10, with both semifinals taking place on Saturday, November 13. The gold medal game, which will be shown nationally on TSN/RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, is set for Sunday, November 14 (check your local listings for broadcast times).

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CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL), announced Monday the 22 players that will represent Canada West at the 2010 World Junior A Challenge, November 8-14 in Penticton, B.C.

Canada West has appeared in the gold medal game at all four previous World Junior A Challenges, winning gold in Yorkton, Sask. in 2006, and Trail, B.C. in 2007, before settling for silver at the last two events, in Camrose, Alta. in 2008 and Summerside, P.E.I. in 2009.

The Canada West roster is comprised of players from the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) and Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL).

“Our staff has worked tirelessly to watch players from the five western leagues over the first few months of the season, and we are confident we have a good mix of players to help us regain the gold medal,” said Larry Wintoneak (Kindersley, SJHL), head coach of Canada West. “We’re looking forward to getting on the ice in Penticton next week as we prepare as a team to get back to the gold medal game.”

The selection process for Canada West involved extensive scouting by Wintoneak, head scout Leonard Strandberg, general manager Rylan Ferster and assistant coaches Jomar Cruz (OCN, MJHL), Andrew Milne (Canmore, AJHL) and Barry Wolff (Langley, BCHL). It also included an evaluation camp featuring 40 hopefuls in Penticton in mid-September.

Canada West’s roster for the 2010 World Junior A Challenge includes:
Two (2) goaltenders, seven (7) defencemen and 13 forwards
Five (5) players currently leading or co-leading their teams in scoring (Clarke Breitkreuz – Yorkton, Drew George – Weyburn, Joey Laleggia – Penticton, Sam Mellor – Trail, Dylan Walchuk – Vernon)
Seven (7) players returning from the 2009 World Junior A Challenge (Clarke Breitkreuz, Madison Dias, Grayson Downing, Ben Gallacher, Joey Laleggia, Ryan Marshall, Brendan O’Donnell)
Three (3) players selected in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (Ben Gallacher – Florida, 4th round, 93rd overall; Mark MacMillan – Montreal, 4th round, 113th overall; Brendan O’Donnell – Tampa Bay, 6th round, 156th overall)
Eight (8) players from the BCHL, seven (7) players from the AJHL, three (3) players from the SJHL, three (3) players from the MJHL and one (1) player from the SIJHL
Two (2) players from Penticton, B.C. (Madison Dias, Mark MacMillan)
Three (3) players that play for the Penticton Vees (Joey Laleggia, Mark MacMillan, Brendan O’Donnell)

Canada West will play in Group B at the 2010 World Junior A Challenge, joined by Russia and Switzerland, while Canada East, Sweden and the United States will comprise Group A. Round-robin play will run until Thursday, November 10, with both semifinals taking place on Saturday, November 13. The gold medal game, which will be shown nationally on TSN/RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, is set for Sunday, November 14 (check your local listings for broadcast times).

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Source for Sports AJHL Player of the Week: Oct 18th - 24th

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Forward Cole Wilson of the Camrose Kodiaks is the Source for Sports AJHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 24th, 2010. Wilson recorded 7 points in 3 games over the week, including the game winning goal on October 24th vs. Canmore, and received Player of The Game honours on October 19th versus Olds. Wilson is enjoying a 10 game point streak totalling 16 points and leads the Kodiaks in scoring with 22 points (9G / 13A), tied for 5th overall in the AJHL Scoring Race. The Camrose Kodiaks are riding a six-game winning streak.Cole Wilson is a 20 year-old forward from Surrey, BC in his first season with the Kodiaks.

The Alberta Junior Hockey League is proud to partner with Source for Sports to recognize the AJHL Player of the Week for the 2010-2011 AJHL Season. The recipients of the award will also receive a Source for Sports Gift Certificate.

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Powell River cracks CJHL's Top 20

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The Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) announced today its Weekly Top 20 rankings in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting. Last week’s rankings and the leagues in which the teams belong to are in parenthesis.

The CJHL Weekly Top 20 as of Monday, October 25th, 2010:

1. (1) Humboldt Broncos (SJHL)
2. (2) Wellington Dukes (OJHL)
3. (4) Pembroke Lumber Kings (CJHL)
4. (12) Bonnyville Pontiacs (AJHL)
5. (7) Brockville Braves (CJHL)
6. (6) Woodstock Slammers (MHL)
7. (10) Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL)
8. (9) Markham Waxers (OJHL)
9. (11) Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL)
10. (HM) Powell River Kings (BCHL)
11. (3) Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL)
12. (13) Newmarket Hurricanes (OJHL)
13. (5) Penticton Vees (BCHL)
14. (8) Langley Chiefs (BCHL)
15. (14) Swan Valley Stampeders (MJHL)
16. (17) Selkirk Steelers (MJHL)
17. (NR) Fort Frances Lakers (SIJHL)
18. (19) Cornwall Colts (CJHL)
19. (18) Georgetown Raiders (OJHL)
20. (20) Les Cobras de Terrebonne (LHJAAAQ)

Honorable mention goes to the Okotoks Oilers (AJHL), Melfort Mustangs (SJHL), Portage Terriers (MJHL), Wisconsin Wilderness (SIJHL), and the Soo Eagles (NOJHL).

The rankings are based upon a variety of factors which includes the league in which the teams belong to, their winning percentage, their win-loss record, total points accumulated, their goals-for versus goals-against ratio, amongst other factors.

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Surrey's McGowan named BCHL POW

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Surrey Eagles forward Brad McGowan has been named the British Columbia Hockey League's Player of the Week for the week ending October 24th, the league announced Monday.

McGowan helped lead the Eagles to a 3-0 record last week, beginning with two assists in a 5-1 triumph over the Coquitlam Express. The 20-year old was then a key contributor in back-to-back wins over the Langley Chiefs, as he scored once and collected three assists in a 5-3 road victory on Saturday before netting two goals and an assist on home ice a day later.

Overall, McGowan paced all BCHL scorers with nine points last week and grew his lead atop the league scoring charts to five points on 18 goals and 22 assists. The Langley, B.C. product also secured a scholarship mid-week, choosing to commit to the Rochester Institute of Technology for the 2011/12 season.

Honourable mentions for this week's award include Trail Smoke Eaters forward Scott Jacklin, Cowichan Valley Capitals forward Mike Hammond and Powell River Kings forward Chad Niddery.

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22 USHL Players Named to U.S. Select Team

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USA Hockey announced today the roster for the U.S. Junior Select Team that will compete at the World Junior A Challenge in Penticton, British Columbia from November 8-14. All 22 players currently play in the USHL.

Players on the U.S. Select Team represent nine different USHL clubs, including five players from the Fargo Force and four each from the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and Sioux City Musketeers.

Three of the players named to the roster, Colten St. Clair (Fargo Force) Nick Mattson (Indiana Ice), and Michael Parks (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders) were part of the U.S. squad that won the World Junior A Challenge in 2009. Three other players gained international experience this past summer competing for the U.S. Under-18 Select Team that participated in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament – Seth Ambroz (Omaha Lancers), Cason Hohmann (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), and Brian Cooper (Fargo Force).

The roster includes some championship experience as Robert Francis and Aaron Harstad were part of the Green Bay Gamblers team that won the USHL Clark Cup in 2010.

Nineteen players on the roster have college commitments following their USHL careers and six of those players were selected in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft; Max Gaede (third round, 88th overall, San Jose Sharks), Jimmy Mullin (fourth round, 118th overall, Tampa Bay Lightning), Caleb Herbert (fifth round, 142nd overall, Washington Capitals), Michael Parks (fifth round, 149th overall, Philadelphia Flyers), Zane Gothberg (sixth round, 165th overall, Boston Bruins), and Nick Mattson (sixth round, 180th overall, Chicago Blackhawks).

The U.S. Junior Select Team will be lead by a trio of USHL coaches as P.K. O'Handley (Waterloo Black Hawks) was named head coach of the squad and is joined on the staff by Luke Strand (Sioux City Musketeers) and Justin Lyle (Indiana Ice). Included in the support staff is equipment manager Darren Flinchem (Indiana Ice) and athletic trainer Todd Klein (Waterloo Black Hawks). The U.S. has won the championship at the World Junior A Challenge the past two years (2008, 2009) and garnered a third-place finish in 2007 with rosters made up almost entirely of USHL players. The 2010 event will also include teams from Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, and two teams from Canada (East and West).

2010 U.S. Junior Select Team Roster

Goaltenders: Casey DeSmith (Indiana Ice), Zane Gothberg (Fargo Force)

Defensemen: Brian Cooper (Fargo Force), Tommy Fallen (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Aaron Harstad (Green Bay Gamblers), Nick Mattson (Indiana Ice), Scott Mayfield (Youngstown Phantoms), Jordan Schmaltz (Sioux City Musketeers), Sam Windle (Chicago Steel)

Forwards: Garrett Allen (Fargo Force), Seth Ambroz (Omaha Lancers), Austin Czarnik (Green Bay Gamblers), Ryan Dzingel (Lincoln Stars), Robert Francis (Green Bay Gamblers), Max Gaede (Sioux City Musketeers), Caleb Herbert (Sioux City Musketeers), Cason Hohmann (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Max McCormick (Sioux City Musketeers), Jimmy Mullin (Fargo Force), Michael Parks (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Colten St. Clair (Fargo Force), Sam Warning (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders)

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Réal Paiement hired in Bathurst

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ACADIE-BATHURST, Monday, October 25, 2010 – The Acadie-Bathurst Titan today hired veteran Réal Paiement as their new head coach. Paiement, a sixteen-year Quebec Major Junior Hockey League veteran, holds a 509-489-52 record in 1050 games with 5 franchises.

His last stop was in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where he coached the Fog Devils for three seasons (2005-06 to 2007-08).

His assistants will be Éric Dubois, Terry Rheindress and Leo Luongo.

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Michaël Bournival, Guillaume Goulet and Gabriel Girard named TELUS three stars of the week

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Forwards Michaël Bournival and Guillaume Goulet as well as goaltender Gabriel Girard today were named the TELUS three stars of the week for the period extending from October 18 to 24.

Shawinigan Cataractes winger Michaël Bournival is the first star of the week after scoring five goals and adding four assists in three Cataractes wins. Moreover, he registered an outstanding +9 rating. Bournival played his best game on Friday, collecting four goals in an 8-1 win over the P.E.I. Rocket.

Victoriaville Tigres winger Guillaume Goulet is the second star. The veteran recorded six goals in only three games while maintaining a +2 rating. Goulet registered his first hat-trick of the season yesterday in a 5-0 win over the Rimouski Océanic. Unsurprisingly, he was named the game’s first star.

Shawinigan Cataractes goaltender Gabriel Girard warrants third star honours. Girard stopped 62 of the 63 shots he faced in his two starts. Girard blanked the MAINEiacs 6-0 by pushing away 31 shots on Wednesday and then he stopped another 31 shots in an 8-1 win over the Rocket on Friday. The netminder finished the week with a 0.50 goals-against-average and .984 save percentage.

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CALGARY, AB. – The WHL Player of the Week is forward Craig Cunningham of the Vancouver Giants.

Cunningham picked up 9 points, scoring one goal and eight assists to go with a +6 rating, in three games over the past week, helping the Giants to a 3-0-0-0 record.

On Wednesday, October 20th, the Giants were in Kelowna to face the Rockets. Cunningham collected five assists to lead Vancouver to a come-from-behind victory over the Rockets 7-5. He was also named the games 1st Star. On Friday, October 22nd, the Giants played host to the Brandon Wheat Kings. Cunningham had a pair of assists in the Giants 5-2 victory over the Wheaties. The next night the Everett Silvertips were in Vancouver to face the Giants. Cunningham scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Giants 3-1 win over the ‘Tips.

Cunningham’s 9 points this past week helped maintain his top ranking among all WHL scorers with 31 points (7 goals, 24 assists) in 15 games played. The Vancouver Giants have won three straight and have also collected points in eight of their last 10 games, placing them in top spot of the WHL BC Division with an 8-5-1-1 record for 18 points.

Cunningham, from Trail, BC, is playing his 20 year old season and has spent his entire WHL career with the Vancouver Giants. The 2010 4th round pick of the Boston Bruins has appeared in 274 WHL games, scoring 208 points (83 goals, 125 assists). Cunningham has also skated in 58 WHL playoff games with the Giants acquiring 42 points.

The WHL has also nominated Mac Carruth of the Portland Winterhawks for the CHL Goaltender of the Week Award. Carruth posted a 2-0-0-0 record this past week with one shut-out, stopping 47 of 48 shots faced for a remarkable 0.480 goals-against average and 0.979 save percentage. Carruth, a native of Shorewood, MN, back-stopped the Winterhawks to 2-0 shut-out over the Everett Silvertips and a 2-1 shoot-out win over the Portland Winterhawks, earning a 2nd Star selection each night.

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Pink Out! Raises over $18,000 Karmanos Cancer Institute

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Although the Plymouth Whalers wore specially designed pink jerseys and dyed their hair pink for the team’s annual Pink Out! For Breast Cancer Awareness game on October 16, another color became prevalent as the evening unfolded.

That color was green, as in over $18,000 raised for the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

While pink dominated Compuware Arena, perhaps the fact that the Windsor Spitfires didn’t wear pink was a contributing factor towards the Whalers’ 4-1 win over their cross-river rivals. The season’s largest crowd – 3,127 – was also the season’s loudest crowd, even breaking out into The Pink Wave at one point, as the Whalers broke a scoreless tie after one period of play with two unanswered goals in the second period and then pulled away in the third frame for the victory.

Plymouth goaltender Scott Wedgewood – playing with a pink Mohawk – emerged as the game’s first star, stopping 34-of-35 shots. RJ Mahalak, Robbie Czarnik, Garrett Meurs, and Stefan Noesen scored for the Whalers.

The game had its own distinctive script, but several others stories emerged – even continuing after the whistle, when many of the Whalers literally gave their game-worn jerseys off their back to fans who had won silent auction bids for the jerseys.

Plymouth players were unfailingly cheerful throughout the whole week, getting their hair dyed pink at mid-week and keeping it that color for the days leading up to the Pink Out! to help raise awareness in the community.

“I’ve done this for the last two years and it’s great for the community,” said Wedgewood. “I love doing this. I thought I’d do something a little different with the Mohawk. Everyone in the room got different things (styles).

“It’s fun and we had some ladies come out tonight who were breast cancer survivors. It’s great to see everybody in pink to bring support and raise money. The guys love doing it – it’s no too often guys get to wear a pink jersey and play a sport.”

James Livingston is a five-year veteran Ontario Hockey League veteran who experienced his first Pink Out! with the Whalers.

“It’s for a great cause and the guys really got behind it,” Livingston said. “It’s great. We really embraced it and helped make it a great event.”

The Whalers went in shifts to the Lucky Hair Company in Canton on October 13 and were joined by a number of media members, including Neal Rubin of the Detroit News, Rashaun Rucker of the Detroit Free Press, and reporters from Fox-2.

Perhaps the most distinctive hair style went to defenseman Austin Levi, who wore the design of a breast cancer ribbon on the back of his head.

“Someone suggested I have a ribbon cut in the back of my head,” Levi said with a smile. “The stylist, Theresa, just ran with it and it looks really good. I’m really happy with the result. People have told me they really like it, that’s it’s really out there, but for a great cause.”

Maureen Bender of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute didn’t dye her hair at the Whalers pink out party at the Lucky Hair Company, but appreciated the support anyway.

“This is wonderful,” she said. “The guys are such good sports about this. There are smiles everywhere and it seems like everyone is having a good time with it. We appreciate everything the Whalers have done for breast cancer awareness.”

The Whalers’ pink jerseys added realism to the event.

“It’s amazing – you watch National Football League games and the guys are wearing pink tips on their shoes and pink wrist bands,” Bender said. “The pink Whalers jerseys are awesome. They’re going to pop out on television and it shows how dedicated the whole organization is towards the event.”

The next day, Whaler players – in pink hair and pink jerseys – worked as waiters at CJ’s Brewing Company at Compuware Arena. Katrina Hancock of WDIV covered the event in a live report, looking distinctive in one of the pink jerseys. When asked by long-time anchor Carman Harlan if she was going to dye her hair pink for the event, Hancock quickly declined, but with a smile on her face.

Plymouth head coach Mike Vellucci is a classic, careful dresser, but with associate coach Joe Stefan, dyed his hair pink after donations for the event reached $10,000. Whalers alumni now in the National Hockey League – David Legwand (Nashville), Chad LaRose (Carolina), James Neal (Dallas), Jared Boll (Columbus), and James Wisniewski (New York Islanders) – were among the alumni contributing towards the Pink Out!

The opening face-off of the game continued with the Pink Out! theme, as breast cancer survivors Mary Beth Bloom (billet mom of Alex Aleardi), Jody Kosman (billet mom of Tom Wilson), Leza Ivezaj (stylist at Lucky Hair Company), and Blanche Mack (Meijer) joined Nick Karmanos of the Karmanos Cancer Institute for the puck drop.

After the puck drop, photos and normal handshakes that accompany a ceremonial faceoff, Plymouth captain Beau Schmitz and Windsor captain Ryan Ellis hugged each of the women in a spontaneous, heart-warming gesture.

Hundreds of fans attending the game signed a huge banner donated by Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

The Whalers third-ever Pink Out! was the team’s best. Like all long-term projects, events seem to improve as time goes on. This season’s success lends to a bigger events in years to come.

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Roster Now Full with Zac Ashdown Added

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PRINCE GEORGE, BC – The Prince George Spruce Kings have acquired Zac Ashdown from the Coquitlam Express of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL).

Zac Ashdown is a three year vet in the BCHL with a record of 88 games, 17 goals and 37 assists to his credit while playing for the Nanaimo Clippers and Express. Ashdown is a 91 born left handed 6’ 1” 190 pound forward from Campbell River, BC.

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Sunday, October 24, 2010


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Kindersley Klippers coach Larry Wintoneak will soon be leaving his team to coach the Canada West squad at the World Junior A Challenge in Penticton. He has someone to help guide the Klipper ship while he is gone.

The team has added Rocky Zinger who will serve as an assistant coach. Zinger had been an assistant coach with the AJHL's Okotoks Oilers before leaving that position earlier this year. He also served as a head coach in the Kootenay Junior Hockey League.

Zinger is no stranger to Kindersley as he is from the area.

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Smutek secures a Scholarship to University of Connecticut

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The Quesnel Millionaires are pleased to announce that 20 year old Captain Skyler Smutek has secured a Scholarship to the University of Connecticut. Smutek is obviously very excited with the events during this last week and also a big relief, knowing the next four years, where he'll be playing. Smutek says, he's very thankful knowing so early in the season, and now can concentrate on leading the Quesnel Millionaires Hockey Club on the ice. Smutek will also join his best friend on the team next year, as well as a former opponent from the BCHL last year.

Coach Doug Hedley, says, Smutek is fully deserving of this Scholarship as he competes both in game situations and practice. His leadership qualities are outstanding. U-Conn is getting a quality player as well as a quality person.

The entire Quesnel Millionaires would like to congratulate Skyler Smutek on receiving his scholarship and look forward to watching him the rest of the season.

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Shoot For The Cure Raises Over $10,000

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The Grande Prairie Storm has gone over the $50,000 mark through its partnership with Brekkaas Vacuum & Tank's Shoot For The Cure.

The annual breast cancer fundraiser held on Oct. 15 during a game against the St. Albert Steel this year raised $10,200 to bring the five-year total to well over $50,000 for the five years Shoot For The Cure has been held at a Storm hockey game.

"We would like to thank the Grande Prairie Storm and Brekkaas Vacuum & Tank Ltd for their continuous support over the past five years." says Lisa Heck, Revenue Development Coordinator for the Canadian Cancer Society, "The money raised has been helping to make a significant impact in the fight against breast cancer and we couldn't do this without the support of events like Shoot For The Cure."

For the past four years Storm players have worn pink jerseys. The first year the Storm goalie wore a pink goalie mask and the players used pink sticks.

"To average of $10,000 per year is beyond the expectations we had when we started Shoot For The Cure in 2006," said Storm business manager Don Moon. "We thought if we could raise a few hundred dollars each year we'd be happy, but now this annual event has kinda exploded and has turned into a pretty neat fund-raiser in the community."

Each year a new pink jersey is designed by Nine 10 Brand Stylists and they are auctioned off during the Shoot For The Cure game. Fans at the game also purchased Frisbees and tossed them onto the ice for a chance to win a trip for two anywhere WestJet flies. The Cancer Society also sold game tickets at a discounted price of $10 with half the proceeds going towards the fund-raiser.

"We are already had discussions as to how we can make the 2011 Brekkaas Shoot For The Cure better," said Moon. "We have a few ideas and we'll be getting together with Lisa at the Cancer Society and Brekkaas so see how we can improve the event."

Next major fundraiser the Storm will be involved in is the Co-op Salute The Red - which raises funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and also a salute to the military and RCMP. Storm players are currently involved in a competition to design a red jersey for that event, which is being held on Jan. 21.

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

McCauley traded to Peterborough

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Soo Greyhounds GM Dave Torrie announced late this afternoon that the Club has completed a deal with Peterborough Petes for forward MYLES MCCAULEY.

McCauley, a native of Sterling Heights, MI, returned home on Wednesday to await a trade.

In exchange for the third-year forward the Hounds receive Windsor’s 4th Round Selection in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection and Peterborough’s 7th Round Selection in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection (conditional).

Originally acquired by the Hounds via trade back in January 2010, McCauley started the 2010/11 season with 1 assist in 10 games played to go with a 0 +/- rating. In 152 career games played he has 43 goals and 34 assists for 77 points.

This marks the 2nd trade between the Hounds and Petes in just over a week after a deal involving goaltender Bryce O’Hagan was completed on October 13th.

The Greyhounds and Petes will meet for the first time this OHL season on Thursday, November 11th when the Hounds travel to the Memorial Centre in Peterborough. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

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Stars' Head Coach Returns to Lincoln

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Head Coach and GM Chad Johnson has rejoined the Stars' coaching staff and is expected to be behind the bench for this weekend's games against the Tri-City Storm and the Chicago Steel. In late September, Johnson had requested a personal leave of absence at the advice of his physicians to allow him to deal with a medical condition. He briefly met with the players on Thursday afternoon after their practice, and will join them on the ice tomorrow during their pregame skate.

"I'm obviously excited to be back with the coaches and players, and appreciate the patience and support that the Stars fans have shown over the past few weeks," said Johnson. "I feel great, and I'm happy to be back in Lincoln and ready to get back to work."

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Not only will the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League be represented at the World Junior “A” challenge with players on the ice carrying the Canada West colours, but the league will also be represented by two men who will serve on the officiating crew.

Hockey Canada has selected Moose Jaw’s Lyle Wilhelm to serve as the referee-in-chief for the event that runs next month in Penticton, BC while Sean Dufour has been chosen to be one of the tournament’s referees.

Wilhelm has supervised many past national championships and was named Hockey Canada’s official of the year in 2005. He has been involved with the game of hockey as a player, coach, administrator and a level Vl official. As a former SHA Referee-in-Chief for nine years, Lyle was awarded a Life Membership with the SHA Referees Division.

Sean Dufour has been working as a referee for the last eight years. He participated as a linesman at the 2010 World Junior Hockey Championship, but this will be the first major event he has been a part of when wearing the orange armband.

The announcement of Wilhelm and Dufour to the World Junior “A” Challenge is something that leaves the SJHL’s director of officials smiling.

“The selection of both Lyle and Sean confirms Saskatchewan and the SJHL have some of the top referees in Canada,” Tracy Cook said. “To have two of our people involved in a major event like this is another feather in our cap. I’m very proud to be associated with both gentlemen.”

The World Junior “A” challenge will run from November 8-14. The players that will make up the Canada West roster will be released soon.

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2010 WJAC Kicks Off November 8

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Before the battle for gold begins on November 8, Canada's two World Junior A Challenge entries will get a chance to stretch their legs and the hometown Penticton Vees will see how they stack up against international competition when exhibition action comes to the Okanagan.

Canada West and Canada East will both hit the ice twice before the games count in the standings, including an all-Canadian match-up at the Wesbild Centre in Vernon, B.C. on Friday, November 5. The westerners then head to the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton the following night to face the United States in a rematch of the last two WJAC gold medal games, while Canada East rolls into West Kelowna, B.C. to take on Russia at Royal LePage Place.


Friday, November 5
Canada West vs. Canada East | 7 p.m. PT | Wesbild Centre Vernon, B.C.

Saturday, November 6
Canada East vs. Russia | 7 p.m. PT | Royal LePage Place West Kelowna, B.C.
Canada West vs. United States | 7:30 p.m. PT | South Okanagan Events Centre
Penticton, B.C.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Stecher commits to Nebraska-Omaha

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The British Columbia Hockey League's Penticton Vees are pleased to announce that defenceman Troy Stecher has committed to attend the University of Nebraska at Omaha and suit up for the NCAA Division I Mavericks for the 2012/13 hockey season.

As a sixteen-year-old rookie, Stecher has recorded five points and twelve penalty minutes in fifteen games. Troy is one of just four 16-year-olds that plays defense in the BCHL and has been a significant contributor to the Vees' 12-4 record to start to the season. At times Stecher has played on the team's top blueline pairing with team captain Derik Johnson.

“We are very excited for Troy being able to secure a scholarship to a great program in UNO," says Vees Head Coach and GM Fred Harbinson “Troy and his family believe that the NCAA route is the best for his long-term goals. Our organization is happy to provide a stepping stone for Troy to move on to the next stage of his hockey career at UNO”

The University of Nebraska at Omaha is in their first year of play in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), which has won more NCAA Championships than any other Conference in College Hockey.

The Mavericks have played the previous eleven seasons in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). Troy Stecher is the thirteenth player on the Vees 2010-2011 roster to secure an NCAA scholarship, more than any other BCHL team.

Stecher joins teammates Stefan Nicholishen, James Polk, and Steve Iacobellis as players committed to the University of Nebraska at Omaha Mavericks.

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Eagles' McGowan commits to RIT

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The British Columbia Hockey League's Surrey Eagles are proud to announce that forward Brad McGowan has committed to attend the Rochester Institute of Technology and suit up for the NCAA Division I Tigers for the 2011/12 hockey season.

Hailing from Langley, B.C., McGowan joined the Eagles for the 2009/10 campaign after winning a Western Canadian Championship with the Richmond Sockeyes of the PIJHL. This season McGowan leads the Eagles and is second in BCHL scoring with 31 points in 15 games.

“It is exciting to go to a school which supports their sports teams so passionately," says McGowan. "I went for a fly down last week and they had 10,000 fans for a RIT game at an AHL rink. The energy in the building was amazing and I’m looking forward to being a part of that.”

“We are very excited for Brad to attend RIT next fall," says Eagles head coach Matt Erhart. "Brad has worked extremely hard to prepare himself for this opportunity and will be an excellent addition to the RIT program."

RIT has established itself as one of the top teams in Division 1 hockey as the Tigers reached the Frozen Four last season for the first time in school history. RIT has a strong relationship with the Eagles organization as now three consecutive years an Eagle has committed to RIT. Scott Knowles and Adam Hartley will join McGowan as Surrey alumni in Rochester.

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