Thursday, May 31, 2012

Renaud And Addesi Commit To Sting

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Sarnia, ON – Sarnia Sting Head Coach and General Manager Jacques Beaulieu announced today that the hockey club has signed forwards Alexandre Renaud and Jordan Addesi to an OHL Contract and Education Package.

The announcement comes just two days after the club announced the signing of first-round pick Brett Hargrave.

“We’re thrilled to have both Alexandre and Jordan signed. Both are big physical players who can be a pain to play against. I think its clear with our top three picks the direction we wanted to take. We look forward to helping both players develop both on and off the ice.” Beaulieu commented.

Beaulieu commented on locking up his top three picks. “We’re looking at the three of those players to step in right away and contribute. All three of them instantly become some of our bigger forwards and all add an element of size, skill and a lot of grit to our lineup.”

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Kalamazoo, MI-The Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings, proud member of the North American Hockey League, announces its selections in the NAHL Draft, which occurred earlier this afternoon.

While the Jr. K-Wings made its first pick in the fourth round, Draft Day proved to be a busy afternoon for Kalamazoo, who completed a trade with the Jamestown Ironmen for defenseman Mark Esshaki.

Esshaki earned six assists in 23 games with the Ironmen. The native of West Bloomfield, Michigan was a teammate of Jr. K-Wing Matt Wurst, where they were members of the HoneyBaked U18 AAA team that won the 2011 Michigan state Championship.

“Mark possesses a lot of poise and makes very good decisions with the puck,” said general manager/head coach Marc Fakler. “He has the ability to be an asset in all situations.”

In return, the Ironmen received forward Dan Cesarz and defenseman Matt Lanzillotti.

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NAHL announces 2012 Entry Draft results

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The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced the results of its 2012 Entry Draft, which was conducted online on Thursday, May 31.

View the results of the 2012 NAHL Entry Draft here.  A total of 172 players were selected.
Ten (10) North American Prospects Hockey League (PHL) players were selected in the NAHL Entry Draft. In all, 62 PHL players were drafted or tendered by NAHL teams during the 2011-12 season.

Three (3) North American 3 Hockey League (3HL) players were selected in the NAHL Entry Draft.  In all, 27 3HL players were drafted or tendered by NAHL teams during the 2011-12 season.

Players not drafted or tendered by NAHL teams are still able to participate in each team's respective open tryout camps. Click here for tryout information for all 24 NAHL teams.

Click here for more information on the NAHL Entry Draft.

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5 QMJHL Goaltenders Invited to Hockey Canada Camp

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CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, announced Thursday the 16 goaltenders that will attend the seventh-annual Program of Excellence goaltending camp at the WinSport Canada Athletic & Ice Complex in Calgary from June 7-10.

Sixteen goaltenders – 11 in the under-20 age category (candidates for Canada’s National Junior Team) and five in the under-18 category (candidates for Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team) – will get the opportunity to work with a number of instructors during the four-day camp.

All 16 goaltenders were selected by Hockey Canada based on evaluations done by head scout Kevin Prendergast and goaltending consultant Ron Tugnutt during the 2011-12 season and in consultation with coaches, general managers and team officials throughout the CHL.

Jordan Binnington, Owen Sound (OHL)
Corbin Boes, Brandon (WHL)
Laurent Brossoit,  Edmonton (WHL)
Maxime Lagacé, P.E.I. (QMJHL)
Étienne Marcoux, Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL)
Matt Murray, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
Jake Paterson, Saginaw (OHL)
Mackenzie Skapski, Kootenay (WHL)          
Malcolm Subban, Belleville (OHL)
Brandon Whitney, Victoriaville (QMJHL)

Eric Comrie, Tri-City (WHL)
Zachary Fucale, Halifax (QMJHL)
Tristan Jarry, Edmonton (WHL)
Spencer Martin, Mississauga (OHL)
Storm Phaneuf, Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL)


“We have had terrific success with this camp in its first six years, and we are excited to have Canada’s best young goaltenders work with some of the top instructors in the game,” said Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations/national teams. “We want to give these young goaltenders every opportunity to develop and prepare for international competition, and we feel this camp is a step in the right direction.”

The camp will include both on-ice and off-ice sessions. Hockey Canada goaltender consultant Ron Tugnutt will lead a group of seven instructors: Sebastien Farrese (Belleville, OHL), Scott Gouthro (Cape Breton, QMJHL), Mike Lawrence (Oshawa, OHL), Marco Marciano (Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL), J.F. Martel (Medicine Hat), Stan Matwijiw (Plymouth, OHL) and Darcy Wakaluk (Calgary, WHL).

The camp will be open to the public, free of charge.

For more information on Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, visit

Pair of NFL legends join Johnstown ownership group

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Johnstown Sports Partners LLC, a private investment group led by Esmark, Inc. Chairman and CEO James P. Bouchard, today announced that it expanded its ownership group in the Johnstown Tomahawks franchise in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) to include Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Famer and Johnstown native, Jack Ham and two-time Penn State All-American and former Buffalo Bills star, Shane Conlan; and business leaders from Pittsburgh and Chicago.

The football greats join other new investors from Pittsburgh and Chicago in the Tomahawks’ ownership group, including:

• Patrick A. Gallagher, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, PGT Trucking, Monaca, PA;
• Jonathan Metcalf, Owner and Chief Executive Officer, Randall Metals Corporation, Chicago;
• Joseph Peduzzi, Founder and President, TF Asset Management, Pittsburgh; and
• Alexander J. Simakas, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Tool Craft Manufacturing, Pittsburgh.

The new ownership group members will join Johnstown Sports Partners Chairman and Majority Owner James P. Bouchard; Mark Lee, former Alaska Avalanche principal owner and minority owner of the new team; and James Vasilko, President of Johnstown Construction Company and minority owner of the new team.

James P. Bouchard, Chairman and CEO of Esmark, Inc., and Majority Owner of the Johnstown Tomahawks, said, “We’re so proud to have Jack, Shane and our friends and business associates from Pittsburgh and Chicago on board with us. Jack is legendary in the Johnstown area, so it’s a real privilege to have his commitment and support as we build the Tomahawks franchise. Together, the ownership group will help us bring a winning hockey tradition back to Johnstown.”

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Steve Bienkowski OHL Executive of Year

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Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Kitchener Rangers’ Chief Operating Officer and Governor Steve Bienkowski is the recipient of the OHL Executive of the Year Award for the 2011-12 season.

Bienkowski championed the 2012 expansion of the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex creating a business plan that will see the Rangers Hockey Club fully fund the $10.6 million upgrade to the city owned facility.  The venture will see an additional 968 seats installed providing more opportunities for fans to enjoy Kitchener Rangers hockey.  The facility will also receive new media boxes and suite expansions, new concourse, washrooms and concessions, improved accessibility, along with a dressing room upgrade for the club, new medical and training facilities for players, and business offices for staff.  The renovations will also create a new Rangers “Hall of History” in time for the franchise’s 50th Anniversary celebrations next season.

"We are very fortunate to have Steve leading our business operations,” said Craig Campbell, President of the Kitchener Rangers Board of Directors.  “Steve complements the vision of our entire Board in recognizing the importance of our role in supporting community.  On behalf of our Board, I offer congratulations to Steve on this most deserving recognition." 

Under Bienkowski’s leadership the Rangers maintain a strong focus on their community supporting hundreds of charitable programs and non-profit organizations including: St. John Ambulance, Kitchener Sports Association, Children’s Wish Foundation, Kitchener Minor Hockey Association, House of Friendship, Kitchener Panthers Baseball Club, Food Bank of Waterloo Region , THEMUSEUM, Waterloo Regional Boxing Academy, and the Royal Highland Fusiliers.

Bienkowski, the Rangers’ COO since 2002, previously served six years on the club’s Board of Director’s Executive Committee.  He is also a graduate of the league playing two seasons with the Rangers from 1979-81 winning an OHL Championship in his final season.  His tireless efforts have also been recognized by the community as Bienkowski received the 2011 Citizen of the Year Award bestowed by the Lions Club of Kitchener, and also recently received the Order of St. John from the Governor General of Canada in recognition of his many years of volunteer service to St. John Ambulance.

The OHL Executive of the Year Award is presented annually to the executive whose team demonstrates success both on the ice and at the administration level through excellent organization and franchise success.  The winner is selected by the League’s Executive Council.  

This marks Bienkowski’s second OHL Executive of the Year Award having first received the honour following the Rangers’ Memorial Cup-winning season in 2002-03.  Other recipients of the award include Craig Goslin of the Saginaw Spirit who won the award back-to-back in 2005-06 and 2006-07, followed by Denise Burke of the Niagara IceDogs in 2007-08, Warren Rychel of the Windsor Spitfires in 2008-09, Rick Gaetz of the Guelph Storm in 2009-10, and Dale DeGray of the Owen Sound Attack who won the award last season. 

Bienkowski will be formally presented with the OHL’s Executive of the Year Award at the league’s annual award ceremony at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Tuesday June 5, 2012.

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USHL Awards All-USHL First and Second Teams

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The United States Hockey League today announced the players named to the 2011-12 All-USHL First Team and Second Team presented by CCM as determined by a vote of USHL coaches and general managers.

Among the All-USHL Teams are four players that have been selected in the NHL Draft, several that are top prospects for the upcoming 2012 NHL Draft, and 13 players that have committed to NCAA Division I college hockey programs.  The Clark Cup champion Green Bay Gamblers led the way with five players selected, including three on the First Team, while the Indiana Ice had three players named to the All-USHL Teams for the second consecutive season.

All-USHL First Team selections include goaltender Zane Gothberg of the Fargo Force, defensemen Andy Welinski and Jordan Schmaltz of the Green Bay Gamblers, in addition to forwards Alex Broadhurst of the Green Bay Gamblers, Zemgus Girgensons of the Dubuque Fighting Saints, Kevin Roy of the Lincoln Stars, and Daniil Tarasov of the Indiana Ice.

Players selected to the All-USHL Second Team include goaltender Ryan McKay of the Green Bay Gamblers, defensemen Brian Cooper of the Fargo Force, Ralfs Freibergs of the Lincoln Stars, and Ryan Obuchowski of the Indiana Ice, along with forwards Taylor Cammarata of the Waterloo Black Hawks, Sean Kuraly of the Indiana Ice, and Nolan LaPorte of the Green Bay Gamblers.

All-USHL First Team
Zane Gothberg (G), Fargo Force
The goaltender from Thief River Falls, Minnesota posted a 26-16-4 record with USHL best .921 SV%.  His 2.22 GAA was the second best mark in the League.  Gothberg led the USHL with seven shutouts which shattered the Fargo Force season record held by Mike Lee (2008-09). The 19-year-old put together a nine-game winning streak from December 30th to January 21st, compiling a 1.43 GAA and .947 SV% with two shutouts over that stretch.  Gothberg was the co-winner of the USHL Goaltender of the Year.  He is a 2010 NHL Draft pick of the Boston Bruins and will play hockey next season at the University of North Dakota.
USHL stats - Zane Gothberg

Andy Welinski (D), Green Bay Gamblers
The Duluth, Minnesota native was recently named USHL Defenseman of the Year after putting up 37 points (15g, 22a) in 54 regular season games.  His 15 goals tied for the lead among USHL defensemen and his plus-35 rating was the third best mark in the entire League.  Welinski anchored the Gamblers defense which allowed 2.30 goals per game, the lowest mark in the USHL, and helped Green Bay achieve a plus-112 goal differential this season.  He was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2011 NHL Draft following his rookie USHL season.  The defenseman will play college hockey next season at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
USHL stats - Andy Welinski

Jordan Schmaltz (D), Green Bay Gamblers
The 18-year-old from Verona, Wisconsin tied for second in scoring among all USHL defensemen with 41 points (10g, 31a) in 55 regular season games.  After starting the season with the Sioux City Musketeers, he was acquired by the Gamblers and put up 35 points (7g, 28a) and a plus-15 rating in 46 games.  He added seven points (2g, 5a) and a plus-10 rating in 12 playoff games.  Schmaltz is the first player since the 1994-95 season (Scott Swanson, Omaha Lancers) to be named All-USHL First Team in consecutive seasons.  A top prospect for the 2012 NHL Draft, the defenseman is committed to the University of North Dakota.
USHL stats - Jordan Schmaltz

Alex Broadhurst (F), Green Bay Gamblers
The forward from New Lenox, Illinois was third in USHL scoring with 73 points (26g, 47a) in 53 regular season games.  He tied for sixth overall in the League with a plus-32 rating and his six game-winning goals were the fourth most in the USHL.  Broadhurst finished the regular season riding a six-game point streak in which he accumulated 15 points (3g, 12a).  He led the League in playoff scoring with 18 points (9g, 9a) in 12 games and was also tops with a plus-16 rating.  Broadhurst also recorded the first-ever shorthanded hat trick in USHL history.  The 19-year-old was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2011 NHL Draft following his rookie USHL season.
USHL stats - Alex Broadhurst
Zemgus Girgensons (F), Dubuque Fighting Saints
Dubuque’s captain led the team with 55 points (24g, 31a) despite appearing in just 49 of the team’s 60 regular season games.  With him in the lineup for the full game, Dubuque posted a 34-9-3 record but were just 2-11-1 without him for the full 60 minutes.  The Riga, Latvia native led the Saints with 24 goals and a plus-17 rating.  His six game-winning goals tied for fourth most in the USHL.  Girgensons scored eight goals over his last seven games of the season, including his first USHL career hat trick (3g) on March 24th in the 4-1 victory over Tri-City.  A projected first-round selection in the upcoming 2012 NHL Draft, he is committed to play college hockey at the University of Vermont.
USHL stats - Zemgus Girgensons

Kevin Roy (F), Lincoln Stars
The recently turned 19-year-old had a record-breaking season as he collected 104 points (54g, 50a) in 59 regular season games, the most points in the USHL Tier 1 era (2002-present).  He is the first USHL player to reach the 50-goal mark since the 1993-94 season and his total of 54 are the most by a USHL player since 1988-89.  The native of Lac Beauport, Quebec also led the USHL with a plus-44 rating and was tops in the League with 28 power play points (14g, 14a).  He ended the regular season riding a 15-game point streak, amassing 31 points (16g, 15a) over that span.  Roy will play college hockey next season at Brown University and is a top prospect for the upcoming 2012 NHL Draft.
USHL stats - Kevin Roy

Daniil Tarasov (F), Indiana Ice
The forward was second in USHL scoring with 88 points (47g, 41a) while appearing in all 60 regular season games.  His 47 goals were second most in the League and gave him 84 goals over his two-year USHL career, the most by a player over two seasons since 1991-92 (Chris Ferraro, 102 goals).  Tarasov was third in the League with 13 power play goals and led the USHL with eight game-winning goals for the second consecutive season.  He recorded 12 multi-goal games this season which included a hat trick (3g) on January 21st vs. Dubuque.  The native of Moscow, Russia finished the regular season riding a 13-game point streak, amassing 26 points (14g, 12a) over that stretch with four multi-goal games.
USHL stats - Daniil Tarasov

All-USHL Second Team
Ryan McKay (G), Green Bay Gamblers
The 19-year-old from Palatine, Illinois led all USHL goaltenders with a 2.18 GAA and was second overall with a .920 SV%.  He posted a 27-5-3 record during the regular season which included a 15-0-1 mark on the road to help the Gamblers win a USHL record 25 road contests.  McKay became the Gamblers all-time leader in wins as he collected 66 regular season wins during his three-year USHL career.  The goaltender also helped Green Bay capture the Clark Cup, posting a 9-3 record with a 2.07 GAA and .922 SV%.  He shared honors as USHL Goaltender of the Year and will now continue his hockey career at Miami University.
USHL stats - Ryan McKay

Brian Cooper (D), Fargo Force
The 18-year-old from Anchorage, Alaska recorded 24 points (6g, 18a) in 55 regular season games and totaled 92 penalty minutes.  He was second on the team with a plus-16 rating which also ranked tied for 12th among USHL defensemen.  On five occasions this season, he finished a game with a plus-three rating.  The Force posted a 5-1-0 record in games that Cooper scored a goal.  It is the second consecutive season that Cooper has been named to the All-USHL Second Team.  A top prospect for the upcoming 2012 NHL Draft, the three-year USHL veteran will continue his career next season at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
USHL stats - Brian Cooper

Ralfs Freibergs (D), Lincoln Stars
The Riga, Latvia native led all USHL defensemen in scoring with 43 points (8g, 35a) while appearing in all 60 regular season games.  His 35 assists were also tops among League blueliners and his plus-24 rating was fifth overall for USHL defensemen.  Freibergs recorded 17 points (3g, 14a) on the power play to help the Lincoln Stars boast the USHL’s third highest power play percentage (23.2%).  Over the final 14 games of the season, he registered 13 assists and a plus-10 rating to help the Stars earn an 11-3-0 record and finish first in the Western Conference.  He will play college hockey next season at Bowling Green State University.
USHL stats - Ralfs Freibergs
Ryan Obuchowski (D), Indiana Ice
The 19-year-old from Canton, Michigan finished tied for second in scoring among USHL defensemen with 41 points (7g, 34a) as he appeared in all 60 regular season games.  He also posted a plus-12 rating and finished third on the Ice with 134 shots on goal which was also third highest total by a USHL defenseman.  Obuchowski scored 20 of his points (5g, 15a) on the power play, second among USHL defensemen, to help the Ice lead the League with a 24.9% conversion rate on the man-advantage.  The two-year veteran also served as Ice team captain this season.  He will continue his hockey career at Yale University.
USHL stats - Ryan Obuchowski

Taylor Cammarata (F), Waterloo Black Hawks
The forward was recently named the 2011-12 USHL Rookie of the Year after finishing sixth overall in USHL scoring with 69 points (27g, 42a) while appearing in all 60 regular season games.  Cammarata, who just turned 17 earlier this month, was the youngest player in the USHL Tier 1 era (2002-present) to surpass 60 points in a season.  The Plymouth, Minnesota native was selected first overall by the Black Hawks in the 2011 USHL Futures Draft.  Cammarata helped Waterloo reach the Clark Cup Final series and led the team with 16 points (8g, 8a) in 15 postseason contests.  He is committed to play college hockey at the University of Minnesota following his USHL career.
USHL stats - Taylor Cammarata

Sean Kuraly (F), Indiana Ice
The second-year forward tied for fourth in USHL scoring with 70 points (32g, 38a) in 57 regular season games.  His 32 goals was the fourth highest total in the League and his six game-winning goals also tied for fourth.  Kuraly recorded his first USHL hat trick on December 10th, scoring all three goals in the 3-2 victory over Dubuque.  He put together a five-game goal streak from December 17th-31st which included two game-winners.  The 19-year-old from Dublin, Ohio was selected in the 2011 NHL Draft by the San Jose Sharks following his rookie USHL season.  He will play college hockey next season at Miami University.
USHL stats - Sean Kuraly

Nolan LaPorte (F), Green Bay Gamblers
The recently turned 20-year-old tied for fourth in USHL scoring with 70 points (36g, 34a).  His 36 goals were the third most in the League and his seven game-winning goals tied for second.  LaPorte led the entire USHL with 16 power play goals and his plus-35 rating tied for the third best mark.  The Mokena, Illinois native twice registered five-game goal streaks (October 7-21 and November 25-December 9) and recorded seven multi-goal games during the season.  He added 12 points (4g, 8a) in 12 postseason games to help the Gamblers win the Clark Cup.  He is committed to play college hockey at Western Michigan University.
USHL stats - Nolan LaPorte

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2012 AJHL Annual General Meeting

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The Alberta Junior Hockey League hosted its 2012 Annual General Meeting on May 25th & 26th in Red Deer, AB. The AJHL will officially open its 49th season on September 7th, 2012.

A summary of the decisions approved at the 2012 AJHL Annual General Meeting are listed below:

The 2012-2013 AJHL regular season will consist of 16 teams playing an unbalanced schedule of 60 games apiece, including two games at the 6th Annual AJHL Showcase. The 480 game season will begin on Friday, September 7, 2012 and conclude on Saturday, March 2nd, 2013. The AJHL League Schedule will be announced in late June.

The League has reduced the number of 20 year old players a team can have in the line-up for an AJHL game from a maximum of nine players down to a maximum of six players. The reduction will take effect immediately for the 2012-2013 season.

Hockey Canada has approved a two year extension of the Junior A Supplement Pilot Project. The AJHL along with four member leagues with the Canadian Junior Hockey League launched the pilot project at the start of the 2010-2011 season. The Junior A Supplement is a joint effort of the CJHL to eliminate violence and bullying from Junior A hockey.

The 6th Annual AJHL Showcase Weekend will return to the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre in Spruce Grove, Alberta from September 27th - 29th, 2012.

The Lloydminster Bobcats and Bonnyville Pontiacs will take part in a regular season game during the 2013 Hockey Day in Canada event in Lloydminster in February. The community of Lloydminster was awarded hosting rights for the event on Saturday, May 26th.

The Alberta Junior Hockey League will launch The AJHL Network, which will include all 16 team websites, at the start of the 2012-2013 season. The network will set a new precedent for Junior A hockey and is designed to meet the growing needs of our fans and stakeholders.

The AJHL will expand its digital media plan through new initiatives in Social Media and AJHL Pay Per View. Details and announcements regarding these projects will be released throughout the off-season.

The AJHL Board of Governors voted against a revised playoff format which would have potentially been implemented for the 2013 AJHL Playoffs.

The AJHL Development Committee will remain active for the 2012-2013 season. The committee has been tasked with a variety of categories to explore, including a new playoff format. The Development Committee, including a selection of team governors and coaches, was appointed at the 2011 AGM to evaluate hockey operations, rosters and playing rules.

The 2012-2013 AJHL Management Committee will include Al Doll (Canmore Eagles), Ken Morris (Calgary Mustangs) and Paul Seaton (Brooks Bandits) as the South Division representatives. The North Division will be represented by Darren Myshak (Spruce Grove Saints), Don Sydora (Bonnyville Pontiacs) and Dave Britt (Fort McMurray Oil Barons) for the 2011-2012 AJHL Season.

The Alberta Junior Hockey League will continue to operate under the direction of Chairman Greg Wood and League President Craig T. Cripps. The Alberta Junior Hockey League staff currently includes George McCorry (Vice President, Officiating), Ryan Bartoshyk (Vice-President, Marketing), Charla Flett (Communications / Statistics), Ken Dentzien (Referee Assignor), and Bob Clark (Special Advisor).

The 2012-2013 AJHL Semi-Annual Meeting will take place in Red Deer, Alberta on November 17th, 2012.

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Hockey Canada's 93rd Annual General Meeting (AGM), attended by more than 250 delegates from across the country, wrapped up Sunday at the Westin Nova Scotian after three days of discussion about what will benefit the growth and development of Canada's game.

Hockey Canada's 2012 AGM brought together the governing body's board of directors, officers, life members, partner organizations and representation from all 13 branches, as well as from councils that oversee female hockey, junior hockey, minor hockey, senior hockey and hockey development.

The board, as elected for the 2012-13 season, will be comprised of the 13 branch presidents, as well as:

Chairman: Michael J. Bruni, QC (Calgary, Alta.)
Executive vice-chair: Jim Hornell (Grand Falls, N.L.)

Claude Allain (Gatineau, Que.)
Michael Brind'Amour (St-Charles-Borromée, Que.)
Joe Drago (Sudbury, Ont.)
Terry Ledingham (Bon Accord, Alta.)
Ed Pupich (Schumacher, Ont.).

Past chair: Ken Corbett (Winnipeg, Man.)

Joanne Hughes, Female Council (Cole Harbour, N.S.)
Barry Reynard, Hockey Development Council (Dawson Creek, B.C.)
Karen Phibbs, Junior Council (London, Ont.)
John Clements, Minor Council (Burlington, Ont.)
Dean Filane-Figliomeni, Senior Council (Schreiber, Ont.)
Ron Robison, Canadian Hockey League (Calgary, Alta.)

Advisor: James Mays, referee-in-chief (Prince Albert, Sask.)

Caroline Ouellette, female athlete representative (Montreal, Que.)
Gord Sherven, male athlete representative (Weyburn, Sask.)
Jean Labonté, sledge hockey representative (Ottawa, Ont.)

The Hockey Canada AGM delegates also recognized and thanked departing branch presidents and board members Shannon Bell (BC Hockey), Tom Donovan (Hockey New Brunswick), Brian Franklin (Hockey Manitoba) and Gene Power (Hockey P.E.I.), as well as one member of the advisory council Murray Costello (international director/IIHF Council member),

Developments at this year's AGM included:
- the loyalty program/ Club Hockey Canada on schedule for a 2012-13 launch;
- continued progress and discussion on a renewed governance framework being developed for 2014;
- the Junior A pilot program for 2011-12 has been extended for two years for further research, with the immediate addition of stronger regulations to reduce fighting and on-ice violence;
- branch updates, constructive discussion and positive feedback on the implementation of the zero tolerance contact to the head rules in minor and female hockey across Canada in 2011-12;
- updates on Hockey Canada's priorities: recruitment and retention, technology and e-learning.

Host communities approved by Hockey Canada's board of directors at the 2012 Hockey Canada AGM, subject to final agreements with host communities, were:

- 2014 Esso Cup - Stoney Creek/Hamilton, Ont.
- 2014 RBC Cup - Vernon, B.C.

Hockey Canada's Annual General Meeting kicked off Thursday, May 24 and included a banquet on the evening of Friday, May 25 that honoured nine deserving award recipients who have all had a significant impact on the hockey community.

The 2013 Hockey Canada Annual General Meeting will be hosted in Charlottetown, P.E.I.

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Dave Gust Commits to Ohio State University

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Fargo Force forward Dave Gust has committed to play his collegiate hockey at Ohio State University beginning in the fall of 2014. Gust was the 8th overall pick for the hockey club in the 2011 USHL Entry Draft, 99th overall.

The Orland Park, IL native quickly earned a spot on one of Fargo’s top lines alongside teammates Alex Iafallo (University of Minnesota-Duluth) and Gabe Guertler (University of Minnesota). Gust finished his first season in the USHL fifth on the team in scoring with 30 points, netting 14 goals and adding 16 assists.

With Gust’s commitment, he became the 12th player from the 2011-12 roster to commit to play after his junior hockey career. Gust is the second Fargo Force player to commit to Ohio State University as former forward Alex Lippincott (2009-10) will be heading into his junior season next year.

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Canucks sign centre Alex Friesen

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Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have signed centre Alex Friesen.

Friesen, 21, recorded 71 points (26-45-71) and 106 penalty minutes in 62 games played with the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League during the 2011.12 season. Friesen, an alternate captain for the IceDogs, was named to the 2011.12 OHL Third All-Star Team.

The 5’10”, 189 lbs. native of Niagara-On-the-Lake, Ontario, was originally drafted by Vancouver in the sixth round, 172nd overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

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Bucs Bringing Back Hall of Fame

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The Des Moines Buccaneers are proud to announce the return of the team's Hall of Fame for the 2012-2013! Beginning this season and continuing forward, the team will induct new members on an annual basis while also creating a permanent display inside of Buccaneer Arena.

Help Wanted!!!
The Buccaneers are currently putting together a committee for the Hall of Fame including organizing the nomination and selection process of candidates.

All fans are encouraged to participate in the committee. If you're interested please contact Scott Montesano at 278-2827 x 7027 or e-mail

Current Hall of Fame Members
Jamie Adams
Reggie Berg
Beau Bilek
John Blue
Scott Clemmensen
Dave Cooper
Paul Erickson
Bob Ferguson
Brad Frattaroli
Don Geiger
Curt Hammer
Nick Kruegar
Scott Kruegar
Marc Magliarditi
Bob Nardella
Ivan Prediger
Mike Real
Eric Rud
Kelly Sanner
Daryl Seltenrich

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Canadiens sign defenseman Nathan Beaulieu to a three-year contract

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MONTREAL (May 30, 2012) – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the signing of defenseman Nathan Beaulieu to a three-year contract (2012-13 to 2014-15). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

In 53 games with the Saint John Sea Dogs, Beaulieu finished tied for fifth in scoring among QMJHL defensemen with 52 points (11 goals, 41 assists). He was tied for third among rearguards in the league with 41 assists. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound defenseman scored four of his goals on the powerplay and one while shorthanded. He recorded 150 shots on goal, maintained a plus-41 plus/minus differential and served 100 penalty minutes. This season, Beaulieu helped the Sea Dogs to their third consecutive Jean-Rougeau Trophy (awarded to the QMJHL regular season champions), as well as their second straight President Cup (awarded to the QMJHL playoff champions).

Beaulieu ranked tied for third among league defensemen with 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in 17 playoff contests. He tallied one of his goals on the powerplay. He displayed a plus-27 plus/minus differential and served 32 penalty minutes. Beaulieu added four assists in as many games at the Memorial Cup tournament in Shawinigan. He suited up for Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championship in Alberta, posting one assist, 13 shots on goal and 16 penalty minutes in six games.

“It’s really exciting to sign that contract. That’s something you work your entire life for and it’s really special when it happens,” shared the 19-year-old blue-liner. “I look at it as something that will motivate me that much more in the gym to work even harder. My ultimate goal is to make the jump to Montreal next year. This will help me in the offseason and hopefully I can come in to camp and make a good impression.”

A native of Strathroy, Ontario, Beaulieu, 19, recorded 152 points (37 goals and 115 assists) in 233 games since his junior debut with Saint John. He was part of the Saint John squad that won the Memorial Cup in 2011.

He was drafted in the first round, 17th overall by the Canadiens at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Last September Beaulieu took part in his first training camp with the Canadiens, appearing in three preseason games, recording one assist (0-1-1) and three shots on goal. He was returned to the QMJHL’s Sea Dogs on September 26.

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ODESSA, TX– The Odessa Jackalopes have finalized thirteen NAHL tenders for the 2012-13 season, the team announced Wednesday. Players from five different states were signed, including 2011-12 Jackalopes tender Ryan Webber of the NAPHL’s San Jose Jr. Sharks and Austin Ho, a defenseman from the Los Angeles Jr. Kings, who participated in Odessa’s 2011 main tryout camp in Prior Lake, Minnesota.

Among the players selected by the Odessa coaching and scouting staff are eight forwards, four defensemen and goaltender Blake Wojtala, a Trenton, Michigan native. With the departure of future UMass-Lowell River Hawk and NAHL Goaltender and Rookie of the Year Connor Hellebuyck, Jacks Assistant Coach and President of Hockey Operations Matt Cressman says, filling the void in net will be one of the team’s biggest challenges in 2012-13. “Obviously we’ve got a big hole to fill with [Hellebuyck] gone,” said Cressman Wednesday, “but it’s not just that, we’re looking for lots more goal-scoring and scoring touch and we’ve got complete faith in [Jackalopes Director of Scouting] Craig Sarner…we know he’s got lots of great players lined up for us.”

Odessa’s 2012-13 crop of tenders also includes NA3HL veteran Corey Sikich of the Quad City Jr. Flames and Johan Sjoden of the NAPHL’s San Jose Jr. Sharks. A pair of Minnesota High School standouts also caught the Jacks’ eye in the leadup to the team’s second NAHL season as Mahtomedi High School forward Tanner Jordan and Burnsville High School captain Mason Wyman notched a combined 42 goals and 103 points in just 53 total games played in 2011-12.

Other 2012-13 Jackalopes tenders include Colorado Rampage U18 defenseman Charlie Donlin, Michigan-native Steven Hayden of Detroit Catholic Central High School, Dallas Ice Jets forward and Wenatchee, Washington native Austin Azurdia, a pair of Chicago Young Americans U18 forwards Shaunak Pal and John Power and former D-man for the LA Jr. Kings, Cody Slocum.

All thirteen 2012-13 Odessa tenders will compete alongside returning Jacks players and NAHL draftees at the Jackalopes’ Main Tryout Camp, held July 26-29 at the Polar Ice House in Grapevine, TX. Registration is still open for the 2012 Jacks Tryout Camp and required forms and more information are available online at The 2012 NAHL Draft takes place Thursday, May 31st at 1:00 pm central.

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CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Corpus Christi IceRays goaltender Matt LaPrade will follow the footsteps of his father by attending the University of Minnesota in the 2012-2013 season.

Dr. Robert LaPrade, Matt’s father, was the team physician and orthopedist for the Gophers hockey team when they captured a National Championship.

The 6-4, 195-pound goalie, first played high school hockey for Holy Family Catholic before moving to the Colorado Rampage of the Tier-I Elite League during the 2010-11 season.

To start the 2011-2012 season, LaPrade was with the Bay State Breakers of the Eastern Junior Hockey League and then was traded to the IceRays.

The Golden Gophers play in the WCHA (Western Collegiate Hockey Association) and have captured five National Championships (1974, 1976, 1979, 2002, 2003).

Many current NHL players once took the ice as a Golden Gopher including Phil Kessel (Toronto), Kyle Okposo (NY. Islanders), Erik Johnson (Colorado), and Keith Ballard (Vancouver).

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Hulit joins Hounds Business Operations

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The Soo Greyhounds Hockey Club is pleased to announce the hiring of CHRIS HULIT to the position of Corporate Partnerships.

Chris joins the Hounds with valuable experience in both the Ontario Hockey League and Corporate Sales.

"It's sincerely an honour for me to return home and get the opportunity to help the organization grow and be a part of the momentum that Kyle and his staff are generating by helping this club move in the right direction. The future of this club looks very bright and I'm tremendously excited to join the staff and contribute in any way I can to the process. I look forward to working with the businesses and community of Sault Ste. Marie and generate new partnership ideas in an effort to further highlight the bond that the Greyhounds and the community share" began Hulit.

The Sault Ste. Marie, ON product most recently was employed at a Dealfind (Toronto), the largest Canadian-owned group-buying website in North America featuring daily deals for consumers.

As a player, Hulit was a product of the Sault Minor Hockey Association before playing 5 years in the OHL (2001-02 through 2005-06) with the Oshawa Generals and Ottawa 67s. In 2004/05, Chris and the 67's made a Memorial Cup appearance.

Following his Major Junior career, Hulit spent 5 years at St. Francis Xavier University where combined his athletics and academics.

"I passed up opportunities to play professional hockey in order to utilize the OHL Education Package and attend the highly regarded Gerald Schwartz School of Business at St. Francis Xavier University. I've always had my sites set on establishing a career within hockey and I felt that the education package offered through the OHL and St.F.X. afforded me the best opportunity to achieve that goal on a longer-term scale. Some questioned why I would pursue school in favour of pro hockey but I feel that I am a genuine example of how the OHL can help their players reach their hockey career goals whether it's by continuing to play or by helping to educate them in an effort to develop off-ice professionals" stated Hulit.

Chris will replace outgoing Director of Sales & Marketing Nick Still in mid-June.
Nick will be returning to Toronto, ON for employment and where his Fiance is employed for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.

The Soo Greyhounds would like to welcome Chris to the organization and thank Nick for his year of service & friendship.

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KEARNEY, Neb. – General Manager/Head Coach Josh Hauge announced that the Tri-City Storm have added Fairbanks Ice Dog C Tayler Munson to the 30-man roster.

The addition was complete following the Storm dropping D Griffin Foulk off the protected roster, as the former Storm defenseman recently signed a contract with Everett in the Western Hockey League.

Munson, who is 6-foot-1 and 195-pounds, has played for the Ice Dogs for the past three seasons. He scored 96 points (33g, 63a) and has a plus-29 rating in 122 career games in the North American Hockey League. In the last two seasons, Munson scored 19 points (11g, 8a) and was a plus-19 in 21 playoff games, and was part of Fairbanks’ Robertson Cup Championship (NAHL Champion) in 2011.

The Fairbanks, Alaska native is committed to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks following his junior career and will attend the Storm’s Main Camp (June 13-16) in Las Vegas, Nev.

Hauge and the hockey operations staff are currently preparing for the main camp, where they will cut the roster down to 25 players on July 1, 2012. The 25-man list will be comprised of players reporting to training camp in Sept. 1, 2012 in Kearney.

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The Westside Warriors have traded the rights of forward Travis Blanleil (94) to the Penticton Vees for future considerations.

Blanleil just completed his second season with the Warriors registering 15 goals and 32 points in 57 games. The Kelowna native is a veteran forward with two years experience in the BCHL.

“Travis was a good player on and off the ice for 2 years with us. We wish him nothing but success in all his future endeavours,” says Warriors Head Coach/GM Rylan Ferster.

In 113 career games, Blanleil tallied 24 goals and 57 points, and 92 penalty-minutes.

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Cents Forward Evan Stack Commits to University of Massachusetts Amherst Bookmark and Share

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The Merritt Centennials are pleased to announce forward and captain Evan Stack has accepted an offer to play for University of Massachusetts Amherst starting with the 2012-13 season.

Stack played all 60 regular season games this past season for the Cents and established new personal bests with 32 goals and 61 points. He finishes his BCHL career with 45 goals and 48 assists in 112 games.

"We are thrilled that Evan has been rewarded with this opportunity to further his hockey career, he was everything we could have asked for in a leader here," said Cents Head Coach & GM Luke Pierce. "He is a big game player and was a major reason for the success of our team this past season."

"His dedication and commitment is unmatched, Evan was one of the kindest and most well-liked individuals I have ever worked with," continued Pierce. "We fully expect Evan to thrive at the NCAA level and know he'll become an integral part of the team at UMass (Amherst).

"I am extremely excited about this opportunity and want to thank many people for helping me get to this point," Stack said. "I truly enjoyed my time in Merritt and am ready for the next challenge in my hockey and academic career."

For further information, please contact Luke Pierce at 250-378-3607 or

The Merritt Centennials, proudly celebrating 40 seasons as the BCHL's longest continuously run franchise, are a non-profit, community owned Junior 'A' Hockey Club run by a dedicated team of investors, directors, and volunteers.

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Oakville Blades defenceman Phil Hampton (photo credit - Brian Watts/OJHL Images) has confirmed his commitment to join the Rennsselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Engineers beginning with the 2012-13 ECAC season.

One of the most respected blueliners in the OJHL, the 1992-born Hampton joined the Blades in 2010 from the Minor Oaks Hockey Association in Oakville, after playing six games as an affiliate member of the Burlington Cougars the previous season. The 6', 195 lbs. rearguard quickly established his credentials as a promising junior player.

“Our entire organization is thrilled that Phil has earned this opportunity through his work on the ice and in the classroom,” said Blades president Carlo Coccimiglio. “He has been a leader on the ice and a great teammate to all the Blades. His future is very bright.”

Hampton has twice been selected as a member of Team Canada East for the World Junior 'A' Challenge, winning back-to-back silver medals at the event, while captaining the squad at this past year's tourney.

In 84 regular-season games over two years with the Blades, Hampton notched nine goals and thirty-seven points. His smooth skating and natural hockey IQ made him a valuable asset in virtually any situation on the ice.

Hampton is also an excellent student and had started his engineering studies on a part-time basis at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Congratulations to Phil and best of luck with both his athletic and scholastic futures!

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Vernon Gets 2014 RBC National Championship

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Hockey Canada has awarded the 2014 RBC Cup to Vernon. Dean McIntosh, Hockey Canada’s Director of Marketing Services and Special Events, chaired the selection committee that settled on Vernon as the host for the May 2014 tournament. He called Vernon Bid Committee Chair Mike Lane early Saturday morning from Hockey Canada’s Annual General Meeting in Halifax.

Lane says, “I was so excited that I wanted to run up and down the street shouting that we won the bid, but we needed to keep it under our hats until Hockey Canada included the announcement in its AGM Notes on Sunday.” Lane advises that the bid is contingent upon signing a contract with Hockey Canada. He adds, “As soon as possible, we also plan to sign agreements with the Wesbild Centre and other local participants.”

A June 16 Kickoff Rally will feature a Hockey Canada representative, appearances by former Vernon Vipers and Vernon Lakers, and short speeches by Mayor Sawatzky and RDNO Chair Patrick Nicol. At the Rally, fans will learn details about ticket sales, volunteer opportunities, and sponsorship opportunities. Further details about that Rally will be provided by May 30.

Vernon last hosted a National Junior A championship back in 1990 at the Vernon Civic Arena. That was an amazing year when the Vernon Lakes shocked the New Westminster Royals 6-5 in overtime to win the Centennial Cup.

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Stouffville Spirit Assistant Coach Jeff Perrin (photo credit - Brian Watts/OJHL Images) has been named as the new Head Coach of the club, replacing Craig Donovan, who guided the Spirit to its first OJHL title.

The 41-year old native of Whitechurch-Stouffville takes over the head coaching role after spending the previous 10 years, split between Stouffville and the Markham Waxers, as an assistant.

Below is an article written by Michael Hayakawa of the York Region Media Group (

As an assistant coach in tier two junior A hockey for 10 seasons, Jeff Perrin was hoping to be considered for a head coaching position.

For the 41-year-old Whitchurch-Stouffville resident, that time has finally arrived.

With Craig Donovan stepping down as head coach of the Stouffville Spirit after the Dudley Hewitt Championships in Thunder Bay, Perrin, who served as an assistant coach with the Ontario Junior Hockey League championship club, was recently named as the new coach for the 2012-13 campaign.
Donovan and his family have moved to London, Ont., where he works in the insurance industry.

Launching his assistant coaching career with the Spirit for three seasons before joining the Markham Waxers for six and then returning to Stouffville part way through this past campaign, Perrin is excited with the prospects of taking over the head position.

“It feels pretty good, it’s an exciting time in my coaching career,” Perrin said. “I wanted a chance to prove that I could be a head coach and it will be a challenge for sure. You always hope it will happen sooner or later.

“Part of the reason why I came back to Stouffville when the opportunity came up (last year) was that there would be a chance the head coaching position would open.”

Among the challenges facing Perrin will be the bar set by the Spirit last season after winning the Buckland Cup and falling just short of advancing to the RBC Cup championships in Humboldt, Sask.

“There’s definitely some pressure after what we accomplished last year. It’ll be tough to top that,” he said. “But that’s why coaching is a challenge.”

Perrin said he doesn’t intend to make any dramatic changes.

However, he hopes the club will be able to carry over some of the little things they had developed during the postseason into the upcoming season.

“Maybe we have to be a little more aggressive with our forecheck and that was something we did at the end of the year and that’s why we had a great amount of success,” he said. “And we also learned how to block shots more and in getting to the net and creating more traffic there.”

Perrin wasted little time in naming his assistant coaches. Brad Barton will work with the defence and Steve Sedore, who was with the Newmarket Hurricanes as an assistant coach under Perrin’s brother, Brian, and was head coach of the Spirit during its formative years, will work with the offence. Barton was an assistant coach with the Lindsay Muskies and now defunct Pickering Panthers and also coached with the Uxbridge Bruins Junior C club.

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Whalers Second Round Pick Alex Peters Commits to Plymouth

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PLYMOUTH – Plymouth Whalers general manager and head coach Mike Vellucci announced the signing 15-year-old defenseman Alex Peters, who was taken by the Whalers in the second round (31st overall) of the 2012 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.

Peters will attend high school at the Plymouth-Canton Education Park.

“I’m overwhelmed,” Peters said. “It a great privilege to be part of the Plymouth Whalers organization. It’s a happy day. I can’t wait to get started.”

Peters – 6-foot-4 and 188 pounds, from Blyth, ON – scored 11 goals with 7 assists for 18 points and 20 PIM’s in 45 games for the Huron Perth Lakers midgets last season.

Peters is a member of the Whalers Extended Family. His older brother, Justin (now with the Carolina Hurricanes) played in the OHL from 2002-06 and finished his career with the Whalers in 2006. Another brother, Anthony, was a goaltender in the OHL from 2006-11.

“Justin spoke a lot about what a great place Plymouth is,” Peters said. “I’m a big body, have an active stick and make a good first pass. I consider myself a two-way defenseman. I’m good on the defensive end, but can also take the puck up ice and contribute some points.”

Peters seemed to improve as last season wore on – a fact that prompted the Whalers to select him in the second round.

“I got more confident throughout the year,” Peters said about last season. “I felt more comfortable with my stick and started to jump up in the rush.”

The Plymouth coaching staff received their first look at Peters during the team’s Rookie Orientation May 19-20 and Peters – who played in the camp as one of the youngest players on the ice - didn’t look out of place. He scored a goal and skated well.

“We were really impressed with how he played,” said Plymouth associate coach Joe Stefan. “He’s a big kid who skates well for his size. He’s got a pretty good head for the game and makes good decisions. He seems like a good kid and I’ve heard nothing but good things about the family. We know Alex will come here with a great work ethic and hopefully he’ll be a good player for us for three or four years.”

Peters is expected to report to Plymouth’s training camp at the end of August.

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67's 2nd Round Pick Jonathan Duchesne Commits to Ottawa

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The Ottawa 67’s today announced the signing of their 2nd round pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection Draft (39th overall), left defenceman Jonathan Duchesne of the Minor Midget AAA Vaughan Kings. 15-year-old Duchesne, a native of Brampton, ON., stands 6’ tall and weighs 200 lbs. He scored 3 goals and added 17 assists with the Kings last season in 36 games.

“Jonathan played a well-rounded game in Minor Midget…on the power play, the penalty kill and at even strength,” said 67’s Head Coach and General Manager Chris Byrne. “He also made good use of his size and I’m looking forward to seeing him on the ice at Ottawa U this weekend for our initiation camp.”

Duchesne and other 67’s rookies and prospects will take to the ice this weekend at the University of Ottawa Sports Complex for two days of scrimmages and evaluation, hoping to earn an invitation to the team’s main training camp at the end of August.

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INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Ice announced today that Ron Gay has been promoted to general manager and head coach of the Indiana Ice. He replaces Charlie Skjodt, who will resume his role as president of the club.

Gay joined the Indy staff in September 2011 as the team’s skills development coach and also became head coach for the Indiana Jr. Ice U18 squad. He was added full time to the USHL coaching staff in January where he was part of Skjodt’s staff that swept Dubuque in the first round, before losing to the eventual Clark Cup champion Green Bay Gamblers in the Eastern Conference finals.

“Ron came in this year with no agreements in place after working with Indy standouts Daniil Tarasov and Sean Kuraly last summer and just wanted a chance to get involved with my franchise,” said Ice CEO Paul Skjodt. “We certainly saw the development of our players this year and that made a huge difference in our on-ice product. We feel very confident in his ability to fulfill the responsibilities of what we have built here in Indiana over the last eight years. The success that Omaha and Youngstown had this year is also a testament to what can happen when promoting from within your own organization.”

Gay arrived in Indy after a stint with the Capital Centre Pride hockey club in Lansing, MI where he spent time as the organization’s hockey director and as head coach of their AAA U18 team. In the summer months, he has helped train many NHL players including LA Kings defenseman Matt Greene and players Jeff Petry (Edmonton), Corey Potter (Edmonton), Jim Slater (Winnipeg) and Jason Zucker (Minnesota). He also works with former Indiana Ice stalwarts Torey Krug and David Johnstone.

“I am excited about the opportunity and the trust that the Ice organization gave me this year and now as our new General Manager and Head Coach moving forward,” said Gay. “We hope to continue to build on the success and standards that have always been in place here in Indiana. We have an excellent group of returning players and elite prospects coming in this year and it is now my job to instill the high standard of team play that encompasses the competitive level and spirit in the USHL.”

Taking over the reins for the Ice’s ninth season in the USHL, Gay’s immediate plans for the club include filling the remaining hockey staff and overseeing the Indiana Ice Main Camp in June. The camp is by invitation only and runs from June 14-17 at the Indiana/World Skating Academy (PanAmPlaza) in downtownIndianapolis.

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The Canadian Junior Hockey League recognized Joe Drago and Frank McKinnon (Joe Drago-left & Frank McKinnon pictured with the current CJHL Commissioners & Presidents - photo courtesy of the CJHL) as Life Members at the 2012 CJHL Annual General Meeting in Halifax, NS on Thursday. The Canadian Junior Hockey League is humbled by the outstanding contributions these men have made to Junior A hockey and their ongoing commitment to the sport.
Joe Drago

Joe Drago is the Vice-Chair at Large of Hockey Canada, past president of the Ontario Hockey Federation, a member of the National Royal Bank Scholarship Committee, and a life member of the Canadian Junior Hockey League.

For over 40 years, Drago has been involved with hockey at every level of the game. He has been associated with the Sudbury Wolves organization for 17 years, serving as director of operations, coach, general manager, president, part owner and governor. Drago served as the Commissioner of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League for 12 years and later as the Ontario Hockey Federation Junior Council Chair.

In April 2012, Drago was appointed by Hockey Canada's Order of Hockey in Canada Executive Committee to serve on a Selection Committee that will choose the exclusive individuals who will be identified as Distinguished Honourees of the Order of Hockey in Canada.

Drago was inducted into the Sudbury Sports Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Hall's Coach of the Year Award is named in his honour. He is also a recipient of the Community Builder's Award for Sports and Recreation. The Joe Drago Trophy is presented annually to the Top Executive in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.

In 2003, Drago was honoured with the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which recognizes Canadians who have made significant contributions to their fellow citizens, their community and to Canada.
Frank McKinnon

Frank McKinnon was inducted into the Brandon University Hall of Fame and Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame as a builder in sport. The highlights of his outstanding building career include his appointment as Chairman of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, Vice President and Director of the Sports Federation of Canada, Vice President of the Canadian Olympic Association, and as a Trustee of the Centennial Cup.

In 1974, he was a member of the committee that organized the first World Junior Hockey Championship, and at the same time was a member of the Congress of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).

McKinnon, with a 32 year career in education, was also a founding member of the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association (MHSAA).

McKinnon served as a member of the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association Executive for over 20 years, including one term as President. McKinnon was Commissioner of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for a decade long tenure. The MJHL now offers a Scholarship Award named in honour of former Commissioner Frank McKinnon.

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Steelers' Friesen accepts NCAA Divison I Scholarship

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Selkirk, Mb - The Selkirk Steelers announce that 19-year-old forward Hudson Friesen has accepted an NCAA Division I Hockey Scholarship to the University of Alaska-Anchorage of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) for the 2013-2014 season.

Friesen, from Oakbank, Mb recently completed his second season with the Steelers where he finished 1st in team scorind and 2nd in league scoring with 36 goals, 45 assists and 81 points in 61 regular season games. Friesen was also named a Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) 2nd team All-Star.

"On behalf of the entire Selkirk Steelers Junior Hockey Club I would like to congratulate Hudson Friesen on accepting a full scholarship to the University of Alaska-Anchorage. Hudson had an outstanding 2011-12 season and has worked extremely hard towards this goal and will be joining the Seawolves for the 2013-14 season. Hudson made the switch from defence to left wing early in the season and never looked back" says Ryan Smith, Selkirk Steelers Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel.

"Finishing 2nd in the MJHL scoring race and being named a 2nd team All-Star, he showed he was one of the elite players in our league. The Steelers are very proud of Hudson's achievements so far and know he will continue to have success in his college career", says Smith.

"I’m very excited to accept this scholarship to Anchorage Alaska. A big thanks to all my teammates, coaches and family for helping me achieve this goal. I couldn't have done it without them. It was a great year of hockey, one I surely will never forget. Had a lot of fun and we had a great group a guys to go along with it", says Hudson Friesen, Selkirk Steelers Forward

Friesen is the second Steelers player this off season to accept an NCAA Division 1 Scholarship. In April, Steelers Goaltender Adam Harris accepted a Scholarship to Canisius College (Buffalo, New York) of the Atlantic Hockey Association for the upcoming 2012-2013 season.

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Smith commits to the University of Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves

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The Sherwood Park Crusaders are proud to announce Danny Smith has committed to the University of Alaska-Anchorage for the 2013 season.

"Crusaders organization is extremely excited for Danny and his family about his commitment to the University of Alaska-Anchorage" says Crusaders GM/Coach Tim Fragle. Smith has played the past 2 seasons with the Crusaders and recorded 59 points in 60 games this past season. "Danny possess a mixture of high skill level and speed. We look forward to helping him develop again this upcoming season" says Fragle

Smith becomes the 5th Crusader to commit to a post secondary institution this past season. Matt Tomkins-Ohio State (NCAA), Jesse Koch-Nait Ooks (ACAC), Jessi Hilton-UBC (CIS) and Peter Quenneville-Quinnipiac (NCAA).

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012


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KENNEWICK, WA – Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the club has signed 2012 first round bantam draft pick Parker Wotherspoon (pron. Wa-ther-spoon) to a standard WHL Players Contract. Wotherspoon was the club’s first selection (21st overall) in this year’s WHL Bantam Draft on May 3rd.

Wotherspoon, a native of Surrey, British Columbia, became the first defenseman taken by Tri-City in the first round of the WHL Bantam Draft since Zachary Yuen (2008), and just the eighth defenseman overall selected by the club in the opening round.

Last season, the 5’11, 160-pound blueliner combined for 16 goals and 54 points with the Cloverdale Colts, which went 42-10-3 and set a British Columbia provincial bantam AAA record with 32 consecutive wins before losing in the provincial finals to the Burnaby Winter Club. Wotherspoon, the younger brother of current Portland Winterhawks defenseman, Tyler Wotherspoon, was also chosen as an All-Star while competing at the John Reid Memorial Tournament in St. Albert in January.

In addition to trying out for the Valley West Hawks of the BC Major Midget League next season, Parker was also nominated to serve as one of the top-42 bantam-aged Canadian players to participate in the NHLPA’s National Mentorship Camp, being held in Toronto from July 17 to 21 at the Hershey Centre.

“Parker is a skilled defenseman who, one day, will anchor the power play,” explained Tory. “He is an intense player who plays with an edge and exhibits tremendous leadership qualities. We are excited that Parker and his family have chosen our team and the WHL for his pursuit of his hockey aspirations.”

Tory continued by saying that “…we look forward to seeing Parker participate in both our Rookie and Main Camps this fall. He will also compete in an Americans’ uniform at both the Everett and our own pre-season tournaments.”

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EVERETT – The Chicago Blackhawks today announced the signing of Everett Silvertips goaltender Kent Simpson to a three-year, entry-level NHL contract. Simpson was selected by Chicago in the second round (58th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Simpson, 20, has spent the past four seasons manning the Everett goal crease. Since making the team as a 16-year-old in 2008-09, the Edmonton, Alberta native has become the most tenured player on the current roster. Along the way, he has moved into the second place in the Silvertips’ all-time record book in career wins (71) and minutes played (10,031) while tying for third in career shutouts (6).

The 6-3, 200-pound netminder was a big reason the Silvertips qualified for the playoffs in 2011-12, posting a .909 saves percentage and making the second-most saves of any WHL goaltender last year. He earned 14 of his 20 wins in the last two months of the regular season on his way to being named to Vaughn WHL Goaltender of the Month for March. During a January 6 game in Portland, Simpson set a new Everett franchise record with 55 saves on 57 shots in a narrow defeat.

In 175 WHL games, Simpson holds a 71-71-11-10 career record with a 3.02 goals-against average and a .911 saves percentage. He has three 20-win seasons and six shutouts in his Silvertips career. He was originally selected by Everett in the first round (#22 overall) of the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft.

Check back here at throughout the offseason for all the latest Silvertips news and events, including the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and CHL Import Draft. The Silvertips tenth anniversary 2012-13 WHL season begins in September. For more information, call 425-252-5100.

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Top Pick Brett Hargrave Commits To Sting

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Sarnia, ON – Sarnia Sting Head Coach and General Manager Jacques Beaulieu announced today that the hockey club has signed forward Brett Hargrave to an OHL Contract and Education Package.

“It is an exciting day for both the Sarnia Sting organization and the Hargrave family. Our entire scouting staff was extremely high on Brett heading into the draft. His combination of size and his skill set are rare for a player his age. Brett moved to play in the GTHL and excelled playing with the top Minor Midget team in the Province. Again we are thrilled to have Brett and his family commit to both the Sarnia Sting and the Ontario Hockey League” commented Jacques Beaulieu.

Ontario Hockey League Central Scouting offers the following scouting report of Brett.

“Brett has a very heavy shot and he likes to shoot the puck in the offensive zone. He is not afraid to use his size to his advantage, especially in front of the net on the PP. He has such good hand eye coordination and he is not afraid of the abuse in front of the net. Brett has a very good understanding of the game this allows him to find open ice and be in good shooting position to score goals.”

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

Last season with the Mississauga Rebels Hargrave was a key component to the Rebels capturing the OHL Cup Championship. In 7 OHL Cup games Hargrave scored 6 goals en route to the title.

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Blues Sign Jordan Binnington

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ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced Tuesday the club has signed goaltender Jordan Binnington.

Binnington, 18, was drafted by the Blues in the third round, 88th overall in the 2011 Entry Draft.

The 6’2”, 167-pound goaltender completed his third season with the Ontario Hockey League’s (OHL) Owen Sound Attack, posting a 21-17-0-1 record in 39 games which includes a 2.99 goals against average and .906 save percentage.

In three seasons with the Attack, Binnington is 54-39-2-6 in 107 games.

Last season, Binnington was named the Most Outstanding Goaltender of the 2011 Memorial Cup, posting a 1-2 record with a tournament-best goals-against-average of 1.42 and save percentage of .951.

The Richmond Hill, Ontario native had a 27-12-1-4 record in 46 games with one shutout in 2010-11, posting a 3.05 goals-against-average and a .899 save percentage.

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CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The IceRays have completed the list of tenders for the upcoming season by signing goaltender Jett Salinas of the Helena Bighorns, along with forward Ian McGilvrey to the final two tender deals of the year.

“Words can't describe how great the feeling is to sign with a such an amazing organization that’s known for moving players on to the next level,” said Salinas. “I see the move to Corpus as a great opportunity to improve my game and get valuable exposure. I'm excited to kick-start next season off with the IceRays.”

The Los Angeles born goalie captured a national championship with the Helena Bighorns after posting a .936 save percentage, a 1.63 goals against average, and four shutouts during the regular season. In the playoffs, Salinas recorded a .929 save percentage, and a 1.95 goals against average.

IceRays head coach Justin Quenneville described Salinas as “quick” and “athletic” goalie who was highly recruited. “We were very high on Jett all the way back in 2010-11 when we saw him in California. As a quick and athletic goalie with size, he was a highly recruited player who ultimately made his decision to sign here. He won a championship this year with Helena and bringing a winner like him in will be a great asset.”

Ian McGilvrey played across the country in the EJHL for the New England Huskies. He finished 16th in the league with 54 points (31g, 23a) in 44 games played.

“It feels great to sign with such a great organization,” said McGilvrey. “I'm looking forward to meeting the team, being on the ice, and just getting the season started. I've heard nothing but great things about Corpus, and I'm excited to continue my career down there.”

He also played six games for the Janesville Jets and 45 games for the New Mexico Mustangs in the NAHL during the 2010-2011 season. In the 51 total games played in the NAHL, he notched 18 total points (9g, 9a).

“Ian is a competitor who will be a top tier player for this organization and will be relied on for not only his offensive ability, but his experience and leadership,” Quenneville said when asked about McGilvrey. “We are excited about all the tenders we signed and are looking forward to seeing them at camp.”

The signings are the final two tenders the IceRays are allowed to add this year. The total list of IceRays tenders are…















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Shreddies Is Now The Official Cereal Of The CHL

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Shawinigan, QC - What better occasion than the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup for Post Foods Canada Inc. to announce that it is proud to sponsor the Canadian Hockey League, creating new partnerships with the Western Hockey League (WHL), the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), and making Shreddies the Official cereal of the CHL.

"Shreddies, as an iconic Canadian brand, is the perfect match to be the official cereal of the CHL”, said Margaret Hastings, Post Foods. “Teaming up with the WHL, OHL and QMJHL is an important part of Shreddies commitment to our communities. Shreddies families are passionate about their CHL hockey teams and so are we. We are looking forward to an exciting season next year.”

“On behalf of the Canadian Hockey League we are proud to team up with a brand like Shreddies who has such a longstanding history in Canadian households,” said CHL President David Branch. “Shreddies’ commitment to communities is a value shared by the CHL and our member teams and we look forward to launching exciting new programs through this partnership next season.”

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The Battlefords North Stars are pleased to announce that graduating defenseman Woody Klassen (Watrous, SK) has signed a professional contract to play in the East Coast Hockey League with the Greenville Road Warriors. The Road Warriors are the affiliate team of the Connecticut Whale (AHL) and the New York Rangers. (NHL)

Klassen has been a member of the North Stars for the past 4 seasons. During this time, he has earned recognition as the North Stars Top Defenseman in back to back to seasons, Most Dedicated Player, and Play-off MVP. In 4 seasons and 191 games, Woody has contributed 34 goals and 92 assists for 116 points. His best season with the North Stars came in his last season where he was able to earn 34 points in 36 games played.

“Woody is one of the most dedicated and hardest working players I have had the opportunity to work with as a Coach,” comments Assistant Coach Blair Atcheynum. “There is no ceiling on how far Woody can develop in this profession. His positive attitude, commitment, and will to succeed, will win over the support of his coaches and peers at the next level.”

On behalf of the entire North Stars Organization, we would like to congratulate Woody and the Klassen family as he embarks on his professional career with the Road Warriors. Klassen will continue to train with the North Stars until Camp opens in Greenville, late in September.

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Wings sign Pulkkinen to entry-level deal

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DETROIT – The Red Wings have signed Teemu Pulkkinen, an offensive, playmaking forward, to a three-year entry-level contract on Tuesday.

A fourth-round draft pick in 2010, Pulkkinen belongs to the Wings draft class that includes Riley Sheahan and Louis-Marc Aubry, who played in Grand Rapids last season.

Pulkkinen who turned 20 in January, is a solid offensive and creative winger with good hands and is a natural goal scorer. He spent parts of four seasons, including the past two full campaigns, with the Helsinki Jokers in the SM-liiga, which is considered the top league in Finland. There, Pulkkinen, a 5-foot-10, 198-pound right wing, collected 35 goals and 59 assists in 126 games.

Last season, Pulkkinen was second in team scoring for the Jokers, netting 16 goals and 21 assists in 56 games. He also represented Finland at several international tournaments, finishing in the top 10 in scoring at both the 2011 and 2012 World Junior Championships. And at the 2010 World U-18 Championships in Belarus, Pulkkinen led the tourney in scoring with 15 points in six games as the Finns repeated as bronze medalists.

He is only the second Finnish-born player drafted by the Wings since Valtteri Filppula was selected in the third-round of the 2002 draft. Detroit drafted defenseman Juho Mielonen, who continues to play in Finland.

Pulkkinen will join the Griffins in the American Hockey League next season.

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Coyotes Sign Lane to Entry-Level Contract

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed forward Phil Lane to a three-year entry-level contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The 6-foot-3, 203 pound Lane recorded 15-26-41 and 94 penalty minutes (PIM) in 53 games with Brampton (OHL) this season. He finished the regular season third in team scoring, and his 41 points set a new career high. Lane was named the OHL Player of the Week on Dec. 11, after leading the Battalion with 1-6-7 en route to three consecutive wins.

The 20-year-old native of Rochester, N.Y. registered 50-57-107 and 259 PIM in 171 career regular season games with Brampton. He also appeared in 23 career postseason games with the Battalion, recording 7-2-9 and 23 PIM.

Lane was selected by the Coyotes in the second round (52nd overall) in the 2010 Entry Draft.

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General Manager Warren Rychel has signed defenceman Patrick Sieloff to an OHL contract and education package.

A graduate of the United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP), Sieloff's rights were acquired in the deal that sent Jack Campbell to the Soo Greyhounds back on November 2nd, 2011.

“I’m excited to join the Windsor Spitfires,” said Sieloff. “For me it’s the fastest route to a pro career. I’m looking forward to working with the coaches and playing with my new teammates.”

Rychel says the addition of Sieloff bolsters an already strong core of blueliners.

“This is a huge addition to our hockey club,” said Rychel. “Pat is a leader, a warrior and an excellent defensive defenceman. This is a piece of the puzzle our team desperately needed to secure. He was a force for the USDP U-18 team and I’m looking forward to him donning the Spitfires logo.”

Sieloff (6’1”, 200lbs), a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, recently helped Team USA win gold at the World Under-18 Championship in the Czech Republic. He will be attending the NHL Combine in Toronto this weekend, with new teammates Ben Johnson and Brady Vail.

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Frontenacs Sign Top Four Picks

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General Manager Doug Gilmour, and the Kingston Frontenacs proudly announce that their first four selections in this past April’s 2012 OHL Priority Selection (first round selection, 2nd overall, Roland McKeown, first round selection, 9th overall Samuel Bennett, second round selection, 23rd overall Dylan Di Perna, and second round selection, 24th overall Spencer Watson) have all signed with the organisation this past Saturday morning.

McKeown, a 6’1, 185 pound right shooting defenceman was the captain of the Toronto Marlboros this past season had 10 goals and 35 points, while Bennett, 5’11, 170 pound left winger had 30 goals and 58 points with the same Club. Both were in Kingston on draft day and met the fans at the Frontenacs Draft Day Party held at Fanatics Sports Lounge on April 7th. Dylan Di Perna, 6’1, 175 pounds, played for the OHL Cup champion Mississauga Rebels, is another right shooting defenceman who had nine goals and 31 points in 60 games this past season, while Spencer Watson, 5’11, 160 pound left winger had an impressive 91 goals in 71 games for the London Jr. Knights minor midget squad. He was also called up and played for the London Jr.B Nationals in their play-off run scoring eight goals and 12 points in 12 games including five goals in five Sutherland Cup final contests.

With the signing of the above mentioned players, the Frontenacs now have 11 signed players who were drafted in the first three rounds of the OHL Priority Selection on their roster.

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USHL Names 2011-12 All-Rookie Team

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The United States Hockey League today announced the players named to the 2011-12 USHL All-Rookie Team as determined by a vote of USHL coaches and general managers.

The USHL All-Rookie Team recognizes first-year USHL players that were not classified as top-tier junior hockey veterans upon playing in the League this season.  The honorees include seven players; Omaha Lancers goaltender Alex Lyon, defensemen Mike Matheson of the Dubuque Fighting Saints, Nick Seeler of the Des Moines Buccaneers, Eddie Wittchow of the Waterloo Black Hawks, and forwards Taylor Cammarata of the Waterloo Black Hawks, Austin Cangelosi of the Youngstown Phantoms, and Kevin Roy of the Lincoln Stars.

“This was one of those great seasons where, looking around the USHL, you could say the future really is now,” said USHL President and Commissioner Skip Prince.  “These special first-year players, playing on six Member Clubs, all were impact players for their teams and teammates.  The USHL was a faster, tougher, more talented league because of their contribution, and they’re our rising stars.  Congratulations to this season’s All-Rookie Team.”

Alex Lyon (G), Omaha Lancers
The Baudette, Minnesota native posted a 28-15-3 record in helping the Lancers finish second in the Western Conference standings.  His 28 wins, 19 of which came on the road, tied for the second most among USHL goaltenders and he was third in the League with 2,761 minutes played.  The 19-year-old did not allow a goal in regulation during his first two starts of the season which were two of his four shutouts for the year, third most in the USHL.  Lyon recorded 49 saves in a 3-2 shootout loss on February 24th and was one save shy of the USHL season high by a goaltender.  He was selected to participate in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in January.  He is committed to play college hockey at Yale University.
USHL stats - Alex Lyon
Mike Matheson (D), Dubuque Fighting Saints
The 18-year-old led all Saints defensemen in scoring with 27 points (11g, 16a) in 53 regular season games.  His 11 goals tied for the third most among USHL defensemen and three of those were game-winners, including one in each of the final two regular season victories for Dubuque.  The native of Pointe-Claire, Quebec also contributed five points (4g, 1a) in five playoff games.  He was selected to compete in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game but was unable to participate due to injury.  Matheson is a top prospect for the upcoming 2012 NHL Draft and was listed as #30 among North American skaters in the NHL Central Scouting final rankings.  He is committed to play hockey at Boston College following his USHL career.
USHL stats - Mike Matheson
Nick Seeler (D), Des Moines Buccaneers
The 18-year-old collected 28 points (4g, 24a) in 58 regular season games, tying for 11th in scoring among all USHL defensemen.  He began the year with the Muskegon Lumberjacks before being acquired by the Des Moines Buccaneers midseason.  Seeler was a top performer on special teams this season as he scored 13 of his points (3g, 10a) on the power play.  He recorded a USHL career high three points (1g, 2a) and posted a plus-two rating on November 12th during a 5-4 win against Indiana.  The defenseman was selected by the Minnesota Wild in the fifth round (131st overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft before starting his career in the USHL.  He will play college hockey at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
USHL stats - Nick Seeler
Eddie Wittchow (D), Waterloo Black Hawks
The 19-year-old from Burnsville, Minnesota appeared in all 60 regular season games for the Black Hawks and recorded 18 points (5g, 13a) while leading the team with a plus-22 rating.  His plus/minus rating tied for the sixth best mark among all USHL defensemen.  The first USHL goal for Wittchow was the game-winner in the 6-3 victory over Dubuque on November 18th.  He added four assists in the playoffs as he helped the Black Hawks reach the Clark Cup Final series.  He was selected by the Florida Panthers in the sixth round (154th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft prior to beginning his USHL career in Waterloo.  The 6-4, 200-pound defenseman is committed to play college hockey at the University of Wisconsin.
USHL stats - Eddie Wittchow
Taylor Cammarata (F), Waterloo Black Hawks
The forward was recently named the 2011-12 USHL Rookie of the Year after finishing sixth overall in USHL scoring with 69 points (27g, 42a) while appearing in all 60 regular season games.  Cammarata, who just turned 17 earlier this month, was the youngest player in the USHL Tier 1 era (2002-present) to surpass 60 points in a season.  The Plymouth, Minnesota native was selected first overall by the Black Hawks in the 2011 USHL Futures Draft.  He equaled a USHL season high for points in a game when he recorded five (2g, 3a) in the 7-0 win against Sioux Falls on March 23rd.  Cammarata helped Waterloo reach the Clark Cup Final series and led the team with 16 points (8g, 8a) in 15 postseason contests.  He is committed to play college hockey at the University of Minnesota following his USHL career.
USHL stats - Taylor Cammarata
Austin Cangelosi (F), Youngstown Phantoms
The 17-year-old was second on the Phantoms in scoring with 59 points (29g, 30a) in 53 regular season games.  His 29 goals were the seventh highest total in the entire League.  He opened his USHL career scoring eight goals over his first six USHL games, including three multi-goal efforts.  The Estero, Florida native had three shorthanded goals over that stretch and finished the season with eight shorthanded tallies, one shy of equaling the USHL season record that has stood for nearly two decades.  Cangelosi helped the Youngstown Phantoms record a team record 32 wins and earn their first ever berth in the USHL Clark Cup Playoffs.  He scored five points (3g, 2a) in six postseason contests.  The forward is committed to play hockey at Boston College following his USHL career.
USHL stats - Austin Cangelosi
Kevin Roy (F), Lincoln Stars
The recently turned 19-year-old had a record-breaking season as he collected 104 points (54g, 50a) in 59 regular season games, the most points in the USHL Tier 1 era (2002-present).  He is the first USHL player to reach the 50-goal mark since the 1993-94 season and his total of 54 are the most by a USHL player since 1988-89.  Roy led the Lincoln Stars to the best record in the Western Conference as they recorded 38 wins, the most victories for the organization in the past decade.  The native of Lac Beauport, Quebec also led the USHL with a plus-44 rating and was tops in the League with 28 power play points (14g, 14a).  He ended the regular season riding a 15-game point streak, amassing 31 points (16g, 15a) over that span.  Roy will play college hockey next season at Brown University and is a top prospect for the upcoming 2012 NHL Draft.
USHL stats - Kevin Roy

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Mac Carruth Signs With Chicago

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Portland Winterhawks goaltender Mac Carruth has signed a three-year entry level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks. He was drafted by Chicago in the seventh round, 191st overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Carruth will be entering his 20-year-old season in 2012-13, meaning he could play for Chicago’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, or come back to Portland for his final season of junior eligibility.

Carruth has played 137 regular season games in three seasons in Portland, compiling a record of 87-39-3-1, with four shutouts, a goals against average of 3.08 and 90.5% save percentage. His 42 wins in 2011-12 set a new single-season franchise record, and his 87 career wins are second in franchise history.

He’s also backstopped the Winterhawks to two straight Western Conference championships, and in three seasons has posted a record of 33-19 in the playoffs, with three shutouts, a goals against average of 3.10 and 91.4% save percentage. He holds franchise records in playoff wins (33), games (54), saves (1744) and minutes (3193), while his three shutouts are tied with Lanny Ramage for the lead in that category.

“Mac has been one of our most valuable players since he joined us in 2009,” said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Mike Johnston. “We’d love to have Mac back with us for one more season, but if the Blackhawks assign him to the AHL, then we wish him the best as he pursues a pro career.”

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