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December 2012 Vol. 2; Issue 3 Sandy’s Impact on Hockey!

“Skating Is Skating” A Young Figure Skater Gives to Hockey

Bud Bakewell Hockey Wants YOU! Applications are now being accepted for Teams and Coaches for the 2013-14 Season

The Bud Bakewell Bruins play out of Bud Bakewell/Riverside Ice Rink, 2607 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY. The location is convenient to the I-190 and I-290, as well as the NYS Thruway. With over 50 years of teaching life and hockey skills to young players, Bud Bakewell is looking to keep that tradition alive. The organization is always looking for new coaches and players to become part of these traditions and values. If you would like to join this organization please contact us.

Staffing Opportunities for Next Season Include: Novice/Learn to Skate Coordinator and Instructional Staff to run this program. Mite Minor Head Coach and Staff to work with current novice players, add additional players as needed to complete the roster. Squirt Mohl and/or Squirt Tier AA Head Coach and Staff capable of working with existing players at this age level and ability to add additional players to complete the roster. Head Coach and Staff capable of forming a new team for: Pee Wee Tier AA, Midget 15U Tier AA, Midget 16U Tier AA Non TB, Midget 18U Tier AA Tournament Bound and Midget 18U Tier AA Non TB. Please forward all inquiries, applications and/or resumes to: Bud Bakewell Hockey Association President Allen Shubbuck 716-913-1521 Email: 349 Ontario Street, Buffalo, NY 14207

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In This Issue: Boak.......................................... 26 Central Section.......................... 12 Coaching With Gridley............. 10 College, Men’s Central............. 15 College, Men’s East.................. 24 College, Men’s North................ 27 College, Men’s West................. 33 College, Women’s Central........ 17 College, Women’s East............. 25 College, Women’s, North.......... 29 College, Women’s West............ 35 Collegiate Club Hockey............ 36 East Section.............................. 19 High School Girls News............. 6 Hurricane Sandy & Hockey...... 20 Kid’s Page................................. 39 Legends of the Game................ 11 North Section............................ 26 Puck Hog II................................. 5 Skater Gives to Hockey............ 13 Sled Hockey & Hurricane........... 8 Teaching Hockey........................ 4 USA Hockey............................. 37 West Section............................. 30

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Season’s Greetings to all of our hockey family in New York State and beyond! It’s been a rough road for many hockey players in the East. Hurricane Sandy has impacted hockey in a variety of ways and in the next couple of issues of NY Hockey Online, we will share some of those stories with you. You may be surprised by the cover photo of a figure skater but when you learn of her dedication to her sport and how she has influenced the hockey community you will understand. People keep asking us if the NHL Lockout has affected our publication and we must admit we have been busier than ever with college, youth and junior hockey in New York. We’ve been encouraging hockey fans everywhere that if they are missing their NHL team they ought to drive to any rink in any city and see the great hockey being played by the Junior teams throughout the state, the College men’s and women’s D1, DIII and club teams and the youth teams that are on the ice almost every day of the week. I would also like to apologize for the problems we are experiencing with our website. The host company is working to fix the problem and hopefully, our site will be in full swing very shortly. We urge all the hockey teams to keep sending us their press releases, stories ideas and photographs. We will use them in the magazine and especially look forward to hearing from our youth organizations. NY Hockey Onine is committed to giving publicity to all our young hockey players. Wishing you all a Happy New Year and thanking you for your continuing support of NY Hockey Online. Randy Schultz Publisher/Managing Editor

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s a boy Bob Janosz dreamed of playing professional hockey. Instead, he has made career out of teaching hockey. “I realized very early that being a pro hockey player wasn’t going to be by Randy Schultz in my plans,” said Janosz. “That’s when I decided to head down the path of nics (now the Buffalo Jr. Sabres). teaching hockey instead of playing “From there it was on to it.” Canisius College. I think the big Today, Janosz is in his sixth thing I remember about Canisius season as goaltending coach for is our rivalry with Niagara Univerthe Rochester Americans of the sity. American Hockey League. The 35 “But I think the one thing I’ll year-old former netminder overalways remember is that we lost sees the on-ice training, developto Holy Cross in the final game ment and overall progress of the of my senior, and final, year with goaltending prospects within the Canisius. It was in the MAAC Buffalo Sabres organization. Championship game. Under Janosz’ coaching last “We lost by one goal. And that season, Amerks goaltender David really sticks with me. Not exactly Leggio was voted the team’s MVP the way I wanted to end my colby his teammates after leading lege career.” the AHL in saves and posting a From there he played two searecord of 28-24-2 to help Roches- sons of professional hockey. The ter to a playoff berth. During his first with the Muskegon Fury of time with the Amerks Janosz has the United Hockey League (1999also worked as a video coach and 2000) and then with the Arkansas strength and conditioning coach. RiverBlades of the East Coast He also runs the Janosz School Hockey League (2000-2001). of Goaltending, conducting camps “I played that second year throughout New York State. with a pulled groin,” commented Several of the goalies that have Janosz. “I really shouldn’t have attended his camps have gone done that. on to professional and collegiate “But I let immaturity get the careers. He also works with USA best of me. It was after that I went Hockey and the summer developback to graduate school to get my ment camps. masters degree. Not bad for a guy from Eden, “That following year I still had NY. plans of playing pro hockey. But I “I played youth hockey for was offered a teaching job and had West Seneca,” recalled Janosz. “I just finished my first year with my then moved up to the Niagara Sce-

hockey school. “It was a tough decision for me to make at the time. But when I look back on it now it was the best decision I could have made for myself.” So how did he get into his goalie school? “I had helped out former Sabres goaltending coach, Mitch Korn (now with the Nashville Predators). I really enjoyed it and I’ve always enjoyed teaching. “In my first year on my own, I just basically put up a few posters, rented some ice and had my brother help me. “And it grew from there.” What is the Janosz philosophy in goaltending? “I take a lot of pride with the students who have come through the school,” answered Janosz. “They come in all ages from around seven to over 60. “I will help place a kid out when it comes time to placing them. It doesn’t matter if it is with a junior team or a college team. “I simply try and build a goalies fundamentals up, especially with their footwork. And then I build from there. “I just want the student to have fun and get confidence in what they do as a goalie. “If it works out for them and they move up in the world, I’ve done my job. As long as they are happy with the camp, I’ve also done my job. “In the end it’s all about teaching. And I love to teach.”(

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A Mystery & Miracle in Lake Placid By Janet Schultz


iracles happen in Lake Placid, even after the 1980 Miracle on Ice. This time it’s happening to the Puck Hog and his teammates when it looks like victory is within reach and things falls apart for the team right before the big game. “The inspiration for this story comes from our trips to Lake Placid,” said Christie Casciano, author of “Haunted Hockey in Lake Placid, The Puck Hog Volume 2.” “Our family skated on the oval outside the arena, we’ve seen “Miracle on Ice” a number of times and when we walk inside the arena we were in awe to actually play on the ice where “the Miracle” took place,” said Casciano. “Lake Placid is the ideal spot for mystery and miracles,” she continued. “This story follows the theme of believing yourself, despite what others think.” It encourages parents to allow children to make their own decisions and support those decisions by staying positive. “Parents need to be good role models,” said Casciano. “But on the ice parents need to let coaches do their job.” There is a lot of mystery, action and surprises in this volume. “I want kids to be excited about reading,” said Casciano. “Sophia finds a spiritual advisor who at times gives inspirational messages to the teams through a player.” “It also talks about how to handle a victory while the losing team is on the ice,” she continues.

Once again Casciano has joined up with the Syracuse Crunch to go into schools, share the book and do readings that will show children how to achieve their own goals. “We also want to show them that it’s good to help others Casciano helps Daughter around you,” said Casciano. In addition to reading, goals Sophia with her stick. (Photo and achievement, the Syracuse courtesy Casciano) Crunchman has been delivering messages about bullying which includes advising hockey teams to celebrate their achievements, but not by putting others down. “The first book was reality, this one is mystery,” explains Casciano. “With the hockey it definitely has a local flare so the reader needs to read the entire book.” At the premiere of the book in a Syracuse area Barnes and Noble, over 200 people stopped in. Will Casciano have a third in the series? “We’re working on that,” said Casciano. My daughter is coming up with a storyline. This is a family affair with everyone collaborating on what and where the action should take place.” Casciano began writing by observing teams and spectators in the hockey rinks her children played in. With a media background she decided to write “The Puck Hog.” “It’s been fun and it’s for my kids,” she explains. “It’s not a job. It brings joy to me and I get such a great feeling doing it and sharing the stories and themes with others.” Casciano is a television news anchor in Syracuse. She and her husband, John Burns, have two hockey players in their family. Son Joe plays high school hockey and Sophia plays in the Syacuse organization. Casciano can be followed on her Syracuse Hockey Mom’s Network , and you can become a fan of hers on Facebook. Book illustrator is Casciano’s sister Rose Mary Casciano Moziak. Moziak is an advertising designer for Spirit and Sanzone Distributors and also freelances. She and her husband, Don, along with sons, Christopher and Daniel, reside in Fayetteville; where they are also involved with hockey. Books can be purchased at Barnes and Noble Booksellers or through

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High School Girls Hockey in Full Swing


irl’s High School Hockey is in full swing throughout the State. We will share previews of the season as they become available through our website and this column.

Season Previews Canton High School

this year include 7th grader Laura Wells, 8th graders Janet Beaudin, Kelli Cougler, Elizabeth Collins, and Elizabeth Burke, 9th grader Lizabeth Troiano and two seniors Morgan Eggleston and Lauren Orosz round out the roster.

Salmon River Shamrocks

The Sham Coach Anita Franrocks welcome new cis is looking forward Head Coach Samanto working with this tha Phillips and added group of players. Even Assistant Coach Mike though they are young, Trembly. Their first the team has a lot of game was Wednesday, potential. The new Nov. 28, against St. younger players are Lawrence. They are coming in with the currently running two WNY Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Federation Begins its Third Season. Here Monsignor basic skills and knowllines, due to the transMartin and Kenmore battle for the puck. (Photo by Janet Schultz) edge of the sport which fer of one player and whole team. gives them a great base suspension of another but Coach Phillips Four players were lost to graduato develop from and to play at the varsity sees them as still strong. tion including Alicia Jones, Maddison level. “We are a young team that is really VanBibber, Kara Locey and Isreal Tyler. “The team has been very enthusidetermined and willing to learn,” said Isreal is a member of the inaugural astic during pre-season and I have seen Phillips. “Our goalies have been looking SUNY Canton women’s ice hockey team. tremendous improvement. They are good and our defense is doing well.” The returning players have taken the working hard and are very coachable, two Coach will be looking to her captains opportunity to step up and become team traits that as a coach, I love to see as we Tewasherake Barnes, Molly Brockway, leaders by mentoring the new players. start the new season,” said Francis. Victoria Thompson and Mikayla Francis, “I believe that if the returning players Returning are Samantha Mace 9th, Mack- for leadership both on and off ice. enzie Comeau 12th , Molly Curtis 11th take the reins, and the newcomers con “I think our only struggle will be trytinue to be enthusiastic and keep working , Mirna Husinec 8th and newly returning to fight with only two lines, but we’ll ing Nicole Holmes 12th will anchor the hard, we will be able to succeed within get around it,” said Phillips. defense. the league. I am also excited to work This year’s roster includes: Breann At the forward position the leaderwith Head Coach Mindy Curtis again this Bigree, Abby grant, Tsieboo Herne, ship positions will be filled by Taylor year.” Valerie Jackson, Mallorie Johnson, Beca Marcellus 12th, Margaret Troiano 11th, Coach Curtis volunteers her time, Leroux, Destiny Skidders-Delormier, Blake Orosz 9th, McKaylee Boak 10th, insight, knowledge of the game and Carleen Soucia, Amber Thomas, Jenna Mary-Kait Mace 9th and Natalie Giglio dedication to the growth of our program Thompson, Emily Trembly and Taylor 9th. is greatly appreciated. Bero, in addition to the Captains. Other returning players showing As with any team sport, team chem They won their first regular season great potential are: Kiersten Morrow istry is very important. The success of game against St. Lawrence, 5-2. Eighth the team will be based on the girls’ ability 10th, Ellie Schonberg 8th, Angelina Vecgrader Amber Thomas started off the chio 9th and Serrena Cline 8th. to work together and to improve as a scoring at 13:41 in the first with as The new players joining the team

NY Hockey OnLine sists from Jenna Thompson and Breann Bigtree. Thomas got her second goal one minute later assisted by Bigtree. Victoria Thompson also scored in the first from a shot from Destiny Skidders-Delormier. The second period saw only one goal from the Shamrocks V. Thompson, scoring at 1:18 from Skidders-Delormier. St. Lawrence fought back in the second with goals at 7:49 from Lydia Cosgrove, unassisted. Katie Lamica also found the net at 3:01 in the second with assists going to Brooke Reville and Cosgrove. Salmon River came back with a goal in the third period on a breakaway from Tewasherake Barnes at 4:14. Becca Leroux had 31 shots for the Shamrocks while St. Lawrence’s Steph Peets saw 26.

Feature Continues/ Page 7 Kyrsten Stoe. On Defense: Mackenzie Young, Shannon Casey, Ellen Greene, Colleen Besaw, Kelly Paduano, Bailey Thomas, Shaunnessy LaClair. At Forward: Jaclyn Spinnner, Chelsea Streeter, Carlie Leary, Bailey Dillabough, Emily Wilmshurst, Mia Jermano and Molly O’Connell.

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The WNY GVIH Federation opened its season on Thursday, Nov. 29 with three games. In the first, Orchard Park/Frontier took Lancaster 13-0. Once again this year OP/Frontier Coach Jim McCarthy has five Massena High sets of sisters participating. Massena opened their regular season This year’s roster includes Frangelica on the road on November 28 at Canton. Bautz, Karley Baker, Jordan Buziak, Head Coach Jennifer Gray feels it Naine Denijs, Alexa and Mikaela Diwill be an exciting season for Massena Tonto, Heather Fitzberlad, Sirena Fitzery with ten new players and two seniors. Oliva Jacobs, Laura Jankowski, Berna “We have a great group of girls. This dette O’Conell, Grace and Katie Page, year’s team does not lack in hard work Stephankie Pickard, Hannah and Megan and hustle,” said Gray. “We will strive to Roche, MacKenzie and Kathryn Scanlon, be competitive each and every game and Jessica and Megan Urbank and Tatum see where the season takes us.” Walber. Massena, coming off a 6-11-4 2011 Monsignor Martin took on Kenmore 12 season, opened at home on Friday, High School and ended the night with a Nov. 30 against Alex Bay. 2-0 victory over Kenmore. This year’s roster includes: This year’s Monsignor Martin roster Goaltenders Maddi Dillabough and includes: Courtney Wesolowski, Amelia Gajewski, Dana Pezzino, Emma Ruggerio, Shannon Moran, Sarah Richmond, Katherine Lauber, Marissa Higgins, Brigid Keane, Madeline Stoklosa, Erica Dombrowski, Julia Duquette, Maeve Christ, Rachel Lenard, Rachel Ziarnowski, Sophie Carroll, Megan Rooney, Kayle Madej, Brynn Wopperer, Catherine Radwan, Marielle Buffamonte, Morgan Haettich and Madeleine Utz. At Head Coach is Chris Malicki, assisted by Tom Morris and Linda Groff Mroz Girls Hockey News should and managed by Ann Marie be directed to Gajewski. According to Coach Malicki, this is a young team

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with nine new recruits. He looks to the returning players for leadership in helping the recruits come into the fold. It was Williamsville over Amherst/ Sweethome Katz 4-2. The first game of the season was scheduled to be West Seneca vs Kenmore but had to be postponed. It will be rescheduled. Standings after the first week Monsignor Martin 1-0-0 West Seneca 0-1-0 Williamsville 2-0-0 Kenmore 0-1-0 Amherst/Sweethome 0-1-0 OP/Frontier 1-0-0 Lancaster 0-1-0

Section X Salmon River 1-0-0 Potsdam 1-0-0 Canton 1-0-1 Massena 0-1-0 St. Lawrence Central 0-0-1 Game results: November 28 Canton 5, Massena 4 in Overtime Salmon River 5, St. Lawrence 2 November 30 Massena 4, Alexandria Bay 2 St. Lawrence 2, Salmon River 2 (OT) December 1 Potsdam 3, Canton 2

Section VII and Section III Standings were not listed.

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Hockey Tournament Provides Relief from Hurricane! By Randy Schultz Photos by Janet Schultz


he third annual USA Hockey Sled Classic, presented by the National Hockey League and hosted by the Buffalo Sabres, took place at the Northtown Center at Amherst in Williamsville, NY from November 9-11. The event was part of November’s Come Play Hockey Month, a joint effort of USA Hockey and the NHL. Each of the 14 competing teams were affiliated with NHL clubs including the Sabres, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals. For the Rangers, it was more than a weekend of hockey. It was a chance to get away from the devastation left behind by Hurricane Sandy. Michael Hudson, a forward on the team who has

Feature / Page 8 helped organize the Rangers squad for tournaments, explained the situation the New York team found itself in prior to travelling to Western New York. “We had four replacements that joined up from a team in Connecticut on our team for the tournament,” said Hudson. “The reason we had four is because two of our players still didn’t have power in their homes. “And two didn’t have their homes anymore. It has been tragic.” One player who joined the team was 60 year-old goalie, Karen Smith. Yes, 60 years of age. “I began playing for the Connecticut team about eight years ago,” said Smith. “The New York team is basically good friends of ours. “They ask some of us to join their team for this tournament. We felt very privileged to do that, considering everything that has been happening in the New York City area.” So how did Smith become a goalie? “It was a very strange way in which it happened,” responded Smith. “I remember when I joined the team and we had a practice one day. “The coach asked who wanted to go in goal that day

and nobody raised their hand. So I thought I could do it for that particular day. “That was nine years ago and I’ve been in the nets ever since.” Larry Minei explained his situation. “I played standup hockey before I had my injury,” remarked Minei, who resides on Long Island. “A friend kept bugging me about coming to play sled hockey. “So I finally did and here I am.”

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Feature / Page 9 What was Minei’s situation before arriving in Western New York for the tournament? “I had been without power for about two weeks,” he remarked. “We

had no power and there were long lines for gas. “But we’re going to turn this around. I look at it that there are many others who have it worse off than me. “We will rebuild. For this weekend, I’m concentrating on hockey.” Hudson joined the Rangers team about a year ago. He is part of the rebuilding process that this team has gone through several times. “This team was organized about 14 years ago,” explained Hudson, who is also a member of the ‘Wheelchair Sports Federation.’ “As time goes along, players come and go. “So just when you think you’ve got your team in place, a couple of players move on to other things and you’re rebuilding again. That’s what we’ve found ourselves doing this past year.” So how did Hudson get involved in hockey? “Being an amputee, I wasn’t getting a lot of exercise and this was back in 2009,” recalled Hudson. “I was getting a bit flabby and out of shape. “So I got a hand cycle. It is a three-wheeled devise that we use with our hands. “Then two doctors I had been working with turned me on to the Wheelchair Sports Federation. They were the ones that got me involved in sled hockey about a year ago. “I don’t know why I picked hockey. I think it was the

fact that hockey picked me. “It has been a lot of fun. A blast.” Hudson admits that he has never seen anything like Sandy before. “Nothing of that magnitude,” said Hudson. “I’ve never seen anything that has caused as much damage that Sandy did. “I think a lot of the players on our team came to this tournament simply to get away from their situations for a couple of days. Some of these players have been dealing with the storms after effects for almost two weeks. “It just seemed the right thing to do to get away for a couple of days.” While the Rangers team may be in a “rebuilding” mode, they have a very active schedule. “We are a part of the Northeast Sled Hockey League,” commented Hudson. “We train at the New York Rangers training center in Tarrytown, which is in Westchester County. “And we also participate in tournaments like this one in Buffalo.” Who are the players that make up the Rangers squad? “We’ve got players who have spinal cord injuries,” answered Hudson. “We have a few amputees and others who have spina bifida. “They all love hockey and have a great time during games and practices. “We’re all very proud to wear the Rangers jersey. They sponsor us and have contributed money to help us buy new equipment. “We’re going to represent them the best way we know how.”.(

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Coaching / Page 10 s the

2012-13 clinic season winds down, I want to take a minute to reflect on the Coaching Education Program in New York. It has been a busy autumn for us. By Dec. 31st, we will have held 47 clinics, including seventeen Level 1’s, fourteen Level 2’s, fourteen Level 3’s and two Level 4’s. We have been working with the new and improved clinic presentations, which have been very well received. Our instructors have done a great job sharing the USA Hockey curriculum along with their passion for the game with the attending coaches. In addition to our talented NY staff, participants heard from the likes of Ben Smith (former Olympic Coach), Jeff Sauer (Former Wisconsin Coach and current National Sled Team Coach), Ken Martel (USA Hockey ADM Manager), Ed Gosek (Oswego State Head Coach), Phil Grady (former Hamilton College Head Coach), Dave Smith (Canisius College Head Coach), Jeff Meredith (Fredonia State Head Coach) and many others. In addition to clinics, the coaching program rolled out the updated “Age Specific Modules”, which were reworked this summer to remove some redundancy and improve the content. The modules, along with the brand new “Mobile Coach” app for Iphones, Ipads, and Droids will help bring our CEP materials to coaches in new and exciting ways. ( aspx) I think in the past, some coaches thought of the CEP as a set of requirements that needed to be met in order to continue coaching. As time goes by, coaches are realizing that what USA Hockey is really trying to do with the Coaching Education Program is to help coaches realize their potential……the same thing that good coaches do with their players. We try to give coaches the tools they need to be successful so that they can give every one of their players a great hockey experience. Let’s face it…if coaches are successful in this endeavor, youth hockey in the US will grow and flourish. You cannot underestimate the importance of a well trained and motivated coaching staff to the overall success of youth hockey in this country. Our goal here in NY is to lead the way in educating our

coaches. We are lucky to have a CEP Staff that is among the best in the country. I want to thank all of them for their efforts, both this season, and for the many years that some of these people have been involved. You might ask yourself why this talented group of people would want to spend many of their fall and early winter weekends traveling around the state running coaching clinics. I think the short answer is this……. they believe in the product they’re selling. Our New York CEP Instructors are as follows; The North Section Associate Coach-in-Chief is Corey Rosoff. His staff includes Mike Trimboli, Jeff Wood, Keith Clark, Joe Eppolito, Dave Rider, Gavin Regan. The Central Section Associate Coach-in-Chief is Kevin Moore. His staff includes Herb Griffith, John Wood, Chuck Gridley, Sheridan Mish and Steve Cibelli. In the West, the Associate Coach-in-Chief is Mike Ackerman. His staff includes Dave Hayman, John Sage, Mark Hogan, Pat Rimar, Pete Tonsoline, and Pat Ruggiero. The East Section Associate Coach-in-Chief is Mike Bonelli. His staff includes Tom Palamara, Joe Trimarchi, Bill Alonge, Don White, Ed Galiani, Dave Starman and Mark Lamarr. Thanks again to all of our NY CEP Staff. And a special thanks to all of our coaches throughout the state who took the time to attend clinics and complete modules. We thank them for making the effort to improve their coaching abilities. Their success is important to all of us……… They are the backbone of USA Hockey.(

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t is 8 a.m. on a Monday morning in late July at the Northtown Center at Amherst. Todd Marchant relaxes with a cup of coffee at a table near the Olympic Rink where in less than an hour he will begin on-ice training with a group of young hockey players. It is the start of the 14th annual Todd Marchant Hockey School. The former Clarkson University and National Hockey League star can’t believe it has been 14 years. “I’ll never forget that first day we started,” recalled Marchant, who played in parts or all of 17 seasons in the NHL with the New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Anaheim Ducks. “You felt like you were organized and little things would pop up. “Now, after 14 years, things are running smoothly and everybody knows what to do. My mom and dad have been there from the start. “My dad tells me this year that there are a total of 12 Marchants working, including my kids as well as some of my nieces and nephews. It is truly a family affair. “This is how I grew up. In a hockey rink. “I could be spending a week of my time with my wife and kids. But this is where we feel the most comfortable.” Marchant remembered his days as a kid growing up and playing hockey. “One of the first things I always tell the kids is that they have got to have fun,” stated Marchant, a native of Buffalo who played high school hockey at Williamsville East High School. “I played in the NHL for 17 years and everyday I went to the rink

Rangers in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. “Then I began with the Regals before my parents moved to Amherst and I joined the Amherst Youth Hockey.” Following by Randy Schultz a season with the Niagara Scenics (now the Buffalo Jr. Sabres), I had fun. Marchant attended “I also get a Clarkson University, where he played lot of questions college hockey for two campaigns. from the parents. What does he tell people that ask They want to which way should their son go – colknow things like lege hockey or junior hockey? when did my “Every situation is different,” parents know stated Marchant., who scored 38 that I was going to be successful as a goals, 40 assists for 78 points in 65 hockey player. games for Clarkson.“I was a small “The answer to that was the day I kid so there wasn’t a choice for me. played in my first NHL game.” “Back in those days, most junior Marchant clarified that answer hockey players getting drafted were even more. at least six feet tall. That has changed “I had no clue if I was going to today and now the smaller players are ever make it to the NHL,” continued getting chosen by the juniors, as well the former lefthanded-shooting center. as the college ranks. “I always had fun playing the game “Remember, maybe a kid may be and fun going to the rink from the a great player when he is nine or 10. time I was a kid until I retired from But that doesn’t mean he will still be the Ducks. a great player when he is 12 or 13. “There was never a lot of pressure “Some kids mature faster than put on me. Things kind of fell into others. Those that may have been place for me. behind, may catch up and pass others. “You can’t plan for these things. “College may not be for everyThey have to happen. body. There is no right or wrong “I hate to say it, but I think a lot answer. of times parents get too involved. “The NHL is the toughest league Sometimes you just have to set back in the world to play in. There is and say, ‘I’m doing this because my no guarantee, zero, that your child kid loves it.’ will play junior, college or even pro “Let the kids be kids.” hockey.” Marchant began skating at an Today, at 39, Marchant is the Diearly age. rector of Player Development for the “I was about three when I went Anaheim Duck. out on the ice the first time,” said (Continued on Page 38) Marchant, the 164th draft pick by the

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Giving to Hockey In Her Own Way!

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Nine-Year-Old Loves Skating; Helping Hockey In Return! By Randy Schultz It is 10:30 a.m. on a Thursday morning late in November. Figure skater Hailey Blodgett walks through the front doors of the Riverside Ice Rink in Buffalo, NY. She is carrying a box filled with five pairs of ice skates. Behind her Ken Blodgett, Hailey’s father, is carrying a bigger box with hockey helmets in it. “We’ve got some more equipment for you,” Hailey says to Sean Green, Executive Director of Hasek’s Heroes, a program that provides low- to moderate-income children in the area with hockey instruction, equipment and ice time. All at no cost. Hailey has never played hockey. But the nine year-old figure skater has an ongoing hockey project that could have a lasting effect on kids for years to come. In reality young Hailey loves hockey. “I’ve never played it, but I really like watching it,” said Hailey, who resides in Morrisville, NY with her mom and dad, Ken and Stacy, and older brother, Austin. “My favorite hockey team is the Colgate (University) team. “I perform skating routines between periods of Colgate hockey games.” Hailey, who has been skating

since she was two and one-half years old, practices most of the time in Skaneateles YMCA. But one day a week she travels with her dad to Buffalo to skate at the Riverside Rink and be coached by Lisa Ervin, a 1993 silver medalist in the United States Nationals.

hockey arenas in the Central New York area including ones in Auburn, Camillus, New Hartford, Skaneateles, Syracuse, as well as Morrisville. “Right now she has collected 50 pairs of skates, as well as thousands of dollars worth of hockey equipment. “Her goal is to get at least 100 pairs of skates.” Ken also gave insight into Hailey’s background. “Hailey came into this prematurely and weighed only a pound and 12 ounces,” recalled Ken. “We are very thankful that she is healthy. “Up until she was two and a-half years old we had to make sure that we protected her from the outside environment as much as possible. There was a virus that premature children could get. “If she got sick it could be devastating to her because of her lungs. But when she reached two and a-half the doctor told us that we had done a great job of “protecting her. “But she had no immune system. We had to put her around other children to help build up her immune system. “This was in October. There were no outdoor activities going on outside so we took her up to our skating rink. “We put her into the learn to skate program. She got on the ice and took right off. “Within a couple of months she was skating backwards, doing spins and simply doing amazing things.

“I believe that everybody needs a chance to skate.”

It was during her early trips to Buffalo that she discovered Hasek’s Heroes. “This is a great program,” said Hailey. “Without it, these kids wouldn’t be on the ice. “I believe that everybody needs a chance to skate.” Because of that thought, Hailey came up with the idea of having people donate used skates, helmets, gloves and sticks so that Hasek Heroes kids would have the equipment needed to play hockey. “This has been on-going for the past six months,” commented Ken. “And she is constantly thinking of new ways to get equipment. “We set up bins in several of the

NY Hockey OnLine “And the rest, as they say, is history.” A history that has seen Hailey win over 150 medals and trophies at skating competitions that has seen her travel as far west as Minnesota and Nebraska and as far south as North Carolina. On top of that Hailey skates three hours a day, six days a week, except on Sundays. “We have quite a busy schedule,” remarked Ken, who is a prison guard at the State Prison in Rome, NY. “My wife is a fifth grade school teacher, who also home schools Hailey. “I work nights and get time off during the week. My wife takes her on weekends. “Hailey has a big heart and we want to do all we can to help her reach her goals.” What would one of those goals be for Hailey? “To make the Olympics,” was the answer. But for now it is to help Hasek’s Heroes. “I’ve even had the chance to work with the kids of Hasek’s Heroes,” stated Hailey. “It’s fun to do that. “I want to do anything I can to help out these kids. They just want a chance to skate. “I’ll do anything I can to help them.” Which really impresses Green. “I think when Hailey saw our kids and our organization, I think she realized, even at her young age, what she had already been given by her parents,” concluded Green. “She is a caring person who wanted to give some of that back to our kids. “Her parents have brought her up the right way and have taught her about giving back. She did it first by collecting skates and hockey equipment. “Now she is actually going on the ice with the kids. So in a way she has come full circle in her efforts. “Amazingly, she is continually thinking on what else she can do. She is truly a wonderful little girl and we are very lucky and blessed to have her working with Hasek’s Heroes.”( Hailey being interviewed by NYHOL Randy Schultz at Bud Bakewell Arena. (Photos by Janet Schultz)

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Central Section News and Notes ...The 2012 Syracuse Blazers Thanksgiving Tournament results: Squirt: Neapan Raiders; Pee Wee Minor: Ottawa Sting; Pee Wee Majors: Utica Coyotes; Bantam Minor: Ottawa Sting. ...Valley Hockey and and The City of Syracuse will be hosting the Hockey For Hearts Tournament on December 7 through 9. ...Whitetown Hockey announces the following tournaments for this season: Mark Mowers House on January 25-27, 2013; Robert Eshe Tournament, February 1-3 and Bob Mercurio Extreme Freeze Mite, March 8-10. ...Auburn will host a MLK Tournament on January 18-20; Pucks on the Pond, January 26-31. ...Camillus Hockey held a jewelry fundraiser to benefit the West Genesee Hockey Team. ...Center State Stampede has a website for teams to order their Stampede merchandise. The store will be open on line until December 10 at ...Cortland Youth Hockey will hold an Open House for anyone interested in trying hockey on December 15 with a 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on ice skate. To learn more about hockey and the event contact Shannon Dankert at Cortland will hold their Fire On Ice Tournament on Feb. 22 - 24, 2013. ...Elmira’s Bantam Major 2 team brought home a championsip from the Rochester Thanksgiving Classic. The Pee Wee B and Squirt A teams brought home the championship fro the Wishbone Classic. Other tournament results include: Rochester Thanksgiving Classic records: Bantam Travel went 4 wins 1 loss; Pee week Travel went 1-2-1 and the Squirt Travel went 2-2, losing in the semi-finals. At the Wishbone Classic the Pee Wee Red team went 4-0; Pee Wee Blue, 2-1; Squirt Red, 3-0-1; and Squirt Blue 1-2. ... The Elmira Jackals will hold their Fifth Annual Mite Mania Tournament January 18-20. Interested Teams can contact Christina Jackson 607-398-2028 or Continued on Page 16

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COLGATE Freshman goaltender Spencer Finney earned his first two collegiate wins November 16-17 with his first career shutout against ranked Harvard in the second game. He was the first Raiders rookie to record a shutout since assistant coach Jason Lefevre did it in 1999. Robbie Bourdon had his best game as a Raider against Dartmouth on November 16th and finished off his first hat trick with three seconds left and the gamewinner in a 5-4 win. Sophomore defenseman Spiro Goulakos had a stretch scoring four goals over five games after scoring three goals in 39 games all of last season. Brendan Corcoran scored his first collegiate goal October 27th against Quinnipiac on the team’s now annual Cape Cod trip. Tylor Spink was named the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Month after registering eight points in his first seven games on three goals and five assists. In October he scored in five of the seven games played and had three multi-point games. He had one game-winner and was a +4 during the month. Rookie Kyle Baun earned the first weekly honor of the season for the Colgate men’s hockey team as he was named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week for the period ending October 21.

Andy Iles (Ithaca) is the only goalie in Division I this season used exclusively by his team last season. By playing all of the Big Red’s games in 2011-12, Iles became the first goalie at Cornell to accomplish that feat since Darren Eliot in 1982-83 and the first Cornell sophomore to do so since Laing Kennedy in 196061 — when the season was just 19 games long. Junior Andy Iles was named the ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week for the last week of October after notching his seventh career shutout on Friday night in the Big Red’s debut. With seven career shutouts Illes is now tied for sixth on the program’s list of career totals with Errol

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Cornell head coach Mike Schafer is quickly moving up the ranks of the coaching fraternity in his win totals. Now in his 18th season, Schafer has 332 career victories, ranking him second in ECAC Hockey. Schafer trails only Quinnipiac’s Rand Pecknold by three games. Schafer is tops among Ivy League coaches ahead of Dartmouth’s Bob Gaudet, who entered this season with 314 career victories in 23 seasons.

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McKibbon (1963-66) and Brian Cropper (1968-71). Ben Scrivens leads the list with 19 career shutouts. This is the third time Iles has won the league’s goalie of the week award. 2013-14 commitment Matt Buckles, currently playing center with St. Michael’s in the OJHL, is ranked “C” in the National Hockey League Central Scouting ranking released November 20th. “C” ranking equates to a selection between rounds four and six in the NHL Entry Draft.


Senior Chris Kaleta (Hamburg/Buffalo Jr. Sabres) recorded a hat trick, including the go-ahead goal toward the end of the second period, as Cortland earned its first victory of the season with a 5-3 win at Morrisville State November 10th. He was tied for ninth

nationally in goals per game and second in power play goals. Junior Adam Bevilacqua was tied for first in the nation with two shorthanded tallies. The Red Dragons were just one point out of a playoff position with two conference games remaining in the first half, including one against Potsdam who they are chasing.


Freshman Michael Collins entered Thanksgiving break leading the team in scoring, is tied for first in the nation with two shorthanded goals and tied for 16th among freshmen in points per game. Sophomore Josh Brunell was second and quartet of freshman were also making early offensive impacts in Jarry Vaanholt, Carter Shinkaruk, Liam Burtt and Greg Whittle. The team will compete in the Cardinal Classic in Plattsburgh after Christmas with nationally ranked Amherst and Wesleyan.


The Continentals were still looking for their first win of the season as of the Thanksgiving break, but had played nationally ranked Amherst well in a pair of 1-0 losses. It doesn’t get any easier with four road conference games before the mid-year break. Senior Anthony Ruberto accounted for the team’s only goal through the first three games in the late-starting NESCAC.


The Statesmen were undefeated through their first nine contests and were doing it with an abundance of offense; outscoring their opponents by over three goals-per-game. Seniors Frank Salituro and Bobby Hannah with freshman Mac Olson and Bo Webster were atop the team scoring chart through the nine game mark while

NY Hockey OnLine sophomore defenseman Ryan Michel was tied for sixth nationally among blueliners in points per game. Senior goaltender Nick Broadwater was among the top ten in every goaltending stat category. A December 8th tilt with top-ranked Oswego on home ice will provide a true test for how the seventh ranked Statesmen stack up.


Winless after their first eight contests, the Mustangs have over a month off following their home series with Neumann December 7-8, so they want to find the win column prior to the break. Juniors Mike Dolman, James Jarvis, Ryan Marcus and Jamie Nelson were providing the offense, which was held to just one goal in half of the games.


The Lakers defeated Geneseo 10-1 on November 3rd marking the 800th program win, which is now 800-435-51 over the course of 47 seasons. Senior forward Paul Rodrigues was named the SUNYAC Player of the Week for the week ending October 28th. He assisted the last two goals of the first period Friday and, against Elmira Saturday, he Central News and Notes Continued ...Results from the Lysander House Tournament Classic found Valley taking the Squirt Championship; Nepean the Pee Wee and Fulton the Bantam championship. At the Halloween Travel Tournament Utica Coyotes took the Squirt Division; Camillus the Pee Wees and Syracuse Blazers took the Bantam Championship. ...Onondaga Thunder is accepting applications for their Bantam Travel and Pee Wee Travel Tournament on December 28, 29 and 30. Go to their website or email ...Rome announces the Regional Silver Stick Qualifying Tournament will be held December 14-16 for squirt, bantam, pee wee travel teams. Contact John Hussey at

Central / Page 16 registered a hat trick in a 5 minute, 10 second span in the first period and later added another goal and an assist. Forward Luke Moodie was been named the SUNY Player of the Week for the week ending November 18, 2012. Moodie totaled seven points during the weekend, keeping him tied with linemate Rodrigues for the national lead in points per game with 2.71. With linemate Jon Whitelaw Rodrigues joined Moodie in the 100-point club becoming the 50th member of the group—one game after Moodie reached the milestone. Moodie and Rodrigues sat tied for first in the nation in scoring with 19 points each through just seven Luke Moodie games and senior defenseman Jesse McConney was second in points per game from defensemen. The team will host Plymouth State,

Castleton and Lawrence for a holiday tournament December 30-31.

Other upcoming tournaments include the John Corr Pee Wee House and Bobby Page Bantam House on Jan. 25-27; Roy Austin Mite House and Travel, Jan. 12 and 13 and Rick Leferve Squirt House on March 1-3. ...Oswego Minor Hockey’s 18th Annual Power Play Invitational will be held January 11-13 and their 24th Annual John “Maggie” Mulkein Invitational will be held December 7-9. They will also hold their 30th Annual Novelis Invitational on January 2527 and the 27th Annual Port of Oswego Authority Mites Invitational on February 15-17. See their website for futher information. ...The Veterans Day Tournament Champs from Salmon River include the Potsdam Sandstoners in the Bantam Div A and the Binghamton Junior Senators PWA in the Pee Wee A Division and the Bing-

hamton Junior Senators PWB in the Pee Wee B Division. ...The Clinton Pee Wee Travel team won the 2012 Frank Barber Tournament in New Hartford. ...Liverpool High School is currently 1-11 with a game coming vs West Genesee on December 5. Through three games Dalton Hortan leads the scoring with 3 goals and 2 assists. He is followed by Kody Gaulke, 4 goals; Conner Hurwitz, 2 assists and Nick Bittel with one goal and one assist. Alex Bittel, Nate Bittel and JT Muolo each have an assist. Goalie Steve Kozikoski has a 2.67 GAA and a .912 save percentage after three games played.


After four wins to begin the campaign, the Pioneers stumbled out of November with three losses in four games, including two conference contests. Sophomore Louis Educate is among the top scorers in the country with junior Jon Gaffney close behind. Junior Nick Therrien appears to have the top spot in goal locked up with four wins in his first five decisions. The team is in a stretch of eight nonconference games—returning the ECAC West play January 18th.(

(These notes were taken from various websites. Please submit your own notes for accuracy to Janet@nyhockeyonline. com.)

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into December with a 9-2 overall record. They suffered their first loss, 3-1, to Harvard. The game was tied in the second but Harvard answered with 2 goals in the third period. Forward Brianne Jenner and Freshman Taylor Wood took ECAC honors for November 19. Jenner was named Hockey Player of the week for her career high six-point weekend. The honor was the third in her career. Woods took Rookie of the week for 5 points in two games against Colgate. Seven of the Big Red were named to the Canada Meco Cup including Senior Captain Laurianne Rougeau, alternate captain Laura Fortino, Junior Hayleigh Cudmore and Freshman Cassandra Poudrier. Also Brianne Jenner, Jessica Campbell and Jillian Saulnier. The Meco Cup features U22 national teams from Germany, Russia, Finland, Switzerland, Sweden and Canada. They will play January 2 through 6 in four cities across Germany. Poudrier was named ECAC Rookie of the Week for November 5. She had her first collegiate career goal against Princeton and a 3 point opening weekend. Cornell resumes play January 12 at Northeastern.

January 8 followed by Neumann on January 11 and 12. Cortland has 10 players from NY including Maggie Giamo (Orchard Park/Buffalo Bisons), Chelsie Hausberger (Buffalo/Buffalo Bisons), Kaitlin Frier (Oswego/Oswego High),

Billadeau, Goaltender of the Week and Melissa Placentini, Rookie of the Week for November 26. The Orange are 8-5-1 coming into December and face Robert Morris, Clarkson, and Colgate before the holidays.

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The Red Dragons are 0-7 entering December. After the New Year they will play at home against Hamilton on

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Gabrielle Zaccour (Brockport/Niagara Junior Purple Eagles), Abbie Adams (Potsdam/Cornwall Typhoons), Captain Erika Osborn (Sharon Springs/ Harvey School), Gina Tomei (Bronx/ Sound Shore Warriors) Katie Gill (Brooklyn/NJ Bobcats), Caralie Fennessey (Rochester/Sodertalje Sportsclub), Beth Rogers (Massena/ Massena High School) and Kellie Micillo (Sayville/Suffolf PAL).


Nicle Ferrara and Allie LaComb were named to the ECAC Honor Roll for November 5. Ferrara had 3 pts. against the Union Dutchwomen. LaComb had the game-winner. Jacquie Greco, Buffalo, received the Syracuse Scholar Athlete Award for November 19. She has played in all 11 games for the Orange, serves as one of the three captains and had 2 goals and an assist that week including 14 shots on goal and six blocks. CHA Awards went to Margot Scharfe, Player of the Week; Kallie


Tanis LaMoureux was named Elmira’s Athlete of the Week for November 4. She had 3 goals and an assist in a 2-0 weekend against Cortland. The Soaring Eagles also brought home several honors including LaMoureux being named ECAC Player of the Week and Olivia Nystrom being named ECAC Rookie of the Week for November 9. LaMoureux was recognized for her weekend against Cortland and Nystorm for having a goal and assist vs Cortland. Elmira’s Athlete of the Week for November 11 was Ashton Hogan who helped with two wins over Utica. Hogan was also named to the ECAC Honor Roll that week and followed that with being named ECAC Player of the Week after 4 goals and 1 assists in two games against Potsdam. Lauren Sullivan was also named to the ECAC Honor Roll for her second shutout of the season against Utica. Joclynne Hudgins was named Elmira’s Athlete of the Week for two goals and two assists against Potsdam. Also receiving honors were Ashley Ryan, Elmira Athlete of the Week for November 26; Lamoureux and Lisa Marshall named to the ECAC Honor Roll following a victory over Middlebury. The Lakers Pinked the Rink on November 9 to raise awareness for

NY Hockey OnLine breast cancer. Elmira jumped from #6 to #1 the week of November 20 in the D3 Hockey Poll. Elmira is 8-1-1 overall going into December with three games prior to the holidays. They return January 4 against Manhattanville and Jan. 5 vs Hamilton.


The Lady Lakers brought home their first win a 5-3 victory over Utica on November 3. Among honors presented to Oswego players was two consecutive Goaltender of the Week Honors from the ECAC to Hamburg, NY’s Bridget Smith. The first honor came for the week ending November 12 after she allowed one goal in two games against Potsdam to secure a series split for Oswego Bridget Smith State. In game one she compiled 22 saves to earn her fourth career shutout in a 4-0 win.She allowed a lone power-play goal early in the first period of the second game, a 2-0 loss for the Lakers. However, she registered 16 saves to finish the weekend with a .974 save percentage. The following week she registered a .932 save percentage, allowoing three goals and improved to 4-1-1 on the season. She helped her team pick up a sweep over Neumann. In game one, a 4-2 victory, Smith gallied 19 saves. She backed that up in game two with 22 saves which ended in a 2-1 overtime victory for the Lakers. Smkith stopped 11 shots in the third period to allow the Lakers

Central / Page 18 to send the game into overtime. Smith is a sophomore who played for the Mississauga Chiefs Int. AA before heading to Oswego. In goal for the Chiefs she played in 21 games with a record of 18-2 and a .932 save percentage. Oswego is 4-4-1 heading into December. Following games against Chatham and Amherst, they break for the holidays and return to play on January 5 and 6 against St. Norbert. Following are ECAC games against Plattsburgh, Buffalo State and a game against the inaugural Stevenson College team on January 26 and 27, their Pink the Rink weekend.


Utica’s Morgan Reed picked up ECAC West Rookie of the Week honors for November 20. She had three points in two wins for Utica, assisting with a game winner in a 3-1 victory over Cortland and scored the Pioneeers second goal in a 3-2 victory over the Red Dragons in game two. Junior Goalie Jennifer Hamil (Ithaca/Northwood School) was named to the ECAC Honor Roll as an honorable mention. She totaled 37 saves to help Utica to a four-point weekend and their first sweep on the season. Utica is 3-3 overall. Following two games in December they return to the ice January 2 against Middlebury; January 5 vs Manhattanville followed by a two-game stance with Potsdam on January 12 nd 13.


Colgate is 3-10-2 with wins over Connecticut and RIT. The are facing Clarkson before an exhibi-

tion game againt Nepean Int. AA. Following the holidays they face the University of Vermont, Syracuse and RIT on the road. They return home on January 18 to Clarkson and January 19 to Hamilton.


Stephanie Lang posted a goal and an assist and Gigi Fraser had three assists to defeat Oswego 3-1 in a non-conference game. Hamilton, 3-1 overall, has won three straight games since losing by one goal to Amherst in the 2012-12 opener. Hamilton faces Connecticut College, Potsdam and Utica before the holidays and then plays on-theroad for the first four games of 2013. They return home on January 18 for a double-header against Trinity. Hamilton is home to New Yorkers Abby Runyon (Fairport/ Buffalo Bisons) and Jillian Tokarczyk (North Tonawanda/Buffalo Bisons). This is the first season for Head Coach Emily McNamara.(

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ike thousands of other “Some had problem New Yorkers living in with water and others did and around the New not. York City and Long Island “Chelsea Piers in Manareas of the State, Ralph hattan compressors were Scannapieco was bracing on the pier. The rink is for the Monster Storm, beton the third floor. ter known as Sandy, to hit. “The Hudson River For those hit by the storm, came up on the pier and those final couple of days ruined the motors of of October and first couple the compressors. They of days in November must are now up and running have seemed like weeks or again after being out for by Randy Schultz months. a period of time. “Where I live, I’ve been “In the greater New hit by a couple of storms York area, which is the over the years, but nothing Abe Stark Arena, the of this magnitude,” stated ocean was in the buildScannapieco, President of the East Section of the ing. We’re talking about three or four feet of water New York State Amateur Hockey Association. “All standing with sand ending up being pushed up against we could do was hope for the best and see what hapthe back of the building. pens.” “Believe it or not, they are up and running again. What happened was is that Sandy slammed into The community came together with the City and they the East Coast, hurling a record-breaking 13-foot worked to get things going again. surge of seawater at New York City and knocking out “And believe me, they had to carry a lot of sand power to more than 7.5 million people across the East out of that arena. But they did it. Coast. “Then in Long Beach, where the Long Beach “Once the storm passed, I began to organize,” Arena is, that got flooded. They are still not up and continued Scannapieco. “First I checked to see how running. family and friends were doing. “But they are working with other organizations “Then I checked to see how my home was. Fiand ice arenas and trying to put together makeshift nally I began the task of finding out how much effect schedules. They’re doing the best they can. Sandy had on our hockey organizations in our area.” “There was Rye Playland, which is on Long Which wasn’t an easy task for the East Section Island Sound, that got flooded. Unfortunately, they’re President. With communication systems down and now saying that may not get fixed until next June or power out, phones, emails, texts, etc. were almost July. impossible to do. “The Mariners organization plays out of that rink. But slowly things began to come back to life. They’re struggling to try to get ice and put a schedule That’s when the realization of how powerful Sandy together. But they’re holding together. had been began to hit Scannapieco. “Freeport is up and running and has been used as “There were four rinks that were effected,” cona refuge for people in the community who needed a tinued Scannapieco. “For almost two week there was place to go. no amateur hockey being played in the New York “The Aviators organization in Brooklyn really City region, which included the Hudson Valley area didn’t sustain water damage. Their facility was also as well as Long Island. used as a refuge for area residents who needed shel “A lot of the rinks lost power. Some lost ice, othter. ers did not. “They have also offered their facility to other

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organizations to use if needed. “And you have to remember that the gas situation came into play as well. People were having a problem getting gas.” But the East Section President didn’t stop there and began reaching out for help. He found it. “I brought all of this to New York State (Amateur Hockey Association) and the board is using grant money to help the hockey associations that were hurt by the storm. “We’re using the money to replace hockey equipment with some of the organizations.” The Association also looked at the situation with the kids and their families. “Many of these hockey families lost their homes,” remarked Scannapieco. “And there were those families who may not have lost their homes, but they had a lot of water damage done to them.


he Mariners are homeless no longer. The New York Rangers have come to the aid of the Westchester Mariners and offered them the use of their practice facility for the remainder of their season. Hurricane Sandy destroyed Rye Playland and closed it for the season. The Mariners who have called Playland their home for the last 14 years lost their practice and home game ice. Many local rinks helped out and ensured that the Mariners could play their home games for the season. The problem remained that the Mariners could not find enough

“The Association has agreed to help those kids replace their equipment, if it was lost in the storm. We’re still waiting for those numbers to come in. “Plus there was help coming from some of the hockey organizations in the greater New York area. “We’ve also had a couple of organizations from the North Section donate clothing. So we’ve been getting inquiries from all over New York State and that is deeply appreciated. “A lot of people have been pulling together to help each other. And along with that hockey organizations have been working together to help each other out. “In the end, we will come back from this. It’s just going to take some time.” (Ed. Note – If you are interested in donating anything to help out the East Sections cause, contact Ralph at:

local ice for weekly practices. Enter the NY Rangers who offered their Greenburgh Practice Facility to the Mariners. The facilty has been the site of many clinics and camps but never hosted a travel teams weekly prac-

teams. The offer will not be affected once the strike is resolved because the Rangers practice during the day. Hopefully skating in a NHL facilty will rub off on the kids. Everyone associated with the Mariners is forever grateful for the Rangers generosity. We can only hope the strike ends soon and we can repay the favor by rooting the team to victory for years to come.( (Press release courtesy Mariners)

New York Rangers Offer Training Facility for Mariners Practices tices until now. The storm and destruction of Playland created a truly unique situation and the Rangers offered the only solution. The Mariners will use the rink at night for their squirt and peewee

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he New York Islanders announced that they raised $28,071 for area residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. These funds go directly to the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund to assist Long Islanders in need. 
 People from around the world came together online to bid in the special “Hockey with a Heart” auction featuring one-of-a-kind sports and entertainment experiences. Local sports teams, organizations and individuals all donated to this unique auction, hosted by the Islanders, in an effort to help those who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Fifteen donors contributed a total of 33 items, which were bid on more than 300 times. This auction raised $22,317 that will all go towards the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief fund. On Monday, Nov. 12, the Islanders held the “Hockey with a Heart” open skate fundraiser. The team invited all area residents to join them for a day away from dealing with the Hurricane damage and over 2,000 people attended. The Islanders and SMG opened Nassau Coliseum’s ice free of charge for anyone who participated. Those who visited the arena were encouraged to

bring monetary and non-perishable donations, while all concession proceeds also went directly to those in need. Altogether, along with employees from the New York Islanders, arena management company SMG and Coliseum concessionaire SAVOR, the team collected over 5,200 pounds of food, $5,754 in cash and count-

More than 2,000 fans came together to support their neighbors in need

less amounts of clothing that filled two 24-foot box trucks amounting to 13,000 pounds.
The Islanders donated all bedding, blankets and clothing to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island, all food and baby supplies to Island Harvest and all money to the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund to assist Long Islanders in need.
Founded in 1972, the New York Islanders Hockey Club is the proud winner of four Stanley Cup Championships. The Islanders are also extremely active in the community working with organizations such as Smile Train, National

Center for Missing and Exploited Children and raise money under the team’s charitable foundation, the New York Islanders Children’s Foundation. The team also has the Islanders Community Events Tour, which is an interactive NHL theme park geared towards the younger fan. The Islanders Community Events Tour visits local schools, community festivals, hockey rinks, local charity events and other similar functions throughout the course of the year. For more team information, log on to Contacts:
Kimber Auerbach (516) 501-6841 –kimber. auerbach@newyorkislanders. com
David Hochman (516) 5016776 –
Jesse Eisenberg (516) 501-6761 –jesse.eisenberg@

NY Hockey Online has a link on our website home page to the Red Cross for anyone wishing to help in the relief effort for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

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East Section News/Notes... ...Brewster Ice Arena will host a New Year’s Eve Party from 8 pm to 1 am. See for information. ...Brewster High School held their annual tournament November 2325. ...Congratulations to the Arrows Mite Red Team on a first place finish in the Hershey Jr. Bears “A” Division 2012 Thanksgiving Tournament. They were undefeated as they finished off the Valley Force Colonials in two shootouts in the final game. The Arrows Midget 18U team took First Place in the North American Fall Championship beating Ontario Hockey Academy 3-2. The Squirt AA took second in the Warwich Junior Hockey Thanksgiving Tournament. Connor Harrison and Steve Farsky took second place in the Skills Speed Skating Relay. ...The Arrows are celebrating their 50th anniversary this season. We wish them many more happy hockey seasons. ...The Bedford Bears have been busy taking donations which they presented to Long Beach Hockey for victims of Hurricane Sandy. ...The Fox Lane High School held at “Skate with the Foxes” night to support their hockey program. ...The Bronxville Bantams played in the Silver Sticks Tournament beating Central CT 3-1; Webster CT 4-3 and tied Millbrook in the preliminary round 4-4. They

East / Page 23 moved to the medal round which saw them play Wonderland in double overtime to a 3-3 tie and then eight rounds of shoot-outs before losing to Wonderland. ...Greater NYC Hockey reports that Stark Arena has reopened after damages were repaired following the Hurricane. ...Aviator will hold “Breakfast With Santa” on December 16 from 9 am. to 1 p.m. ...The Green Machine Ice Cats Pee Wee Minor team won the Pond Ice Thanksgiving Day Classic for the second time. ...The Long Island Gulls brought attention to breast cancer by wearing pink in October to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. ...The Long Island Royals Squirt Majors won the Springfield PICS Tournament 2-1 over the Boston Advantage. They were 4-1 on the weekend with wins over Worcester Jr., Central CT and the Philadelphia Little Flyers. The Mite A team will play in Central Park on December 23 at 9 a.m. as part of a fundraiser for victims of Sandy. ...In AJHL Bobcat news Luke Zocco was named Defensive Player of the Week for November 11. He had the only goal in a 9-1 loss to the Northern Cyclones and a pair of assists in a 7-2 victory over Laconia. Patrick Schule and Chris Wallace received honorable mentions. ...The NY Cyclones Pee Wee A Team won the Aston Ice Works Thanksgiving Tournament beating Valley Force 51. The Bantam AA team made the finals of that same tournament, losing to Hartford 4-1 in the finals.

...The Mites of Scarsdale won the Mamaroneck 2012 Turkey Shoot-Out Tournament. They were undefeated. ...The Westchester Dragons have had schedule changes due to the Hurricane. They have received ice time from Ebersole Rink, Dorothy Hamill Rink in Greenwich and The Ice Hutch in Mt. Vernon. They will hold their Winter Classic Dec. 14-15 at FHL Outlaws Baseball Stadium, Airmans Pond, in Williamsport, PA.

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Army head coach Brian Riley recorded his 100th career victory as the Black Knights posted a 7-2 win over Holy Cross October 27th. Senior forward Andy Starczewski (Whitesboro) was named the Atlantic Hockey Association Player of the Month in October. He collected his second career hat trick and led the nation in scoring through the first month of the season. He has registered multiplepoints in half of his games. In addition to his hat trick, he handed out three assists in a rare road win at Holy Cross. With one game remaining in November, he was tied for second in the conference in assists and tied for third in points. Forward Joe Kozlak earned AHA Rookie of the Month honors in October after finishing second on the team in scoring with six points and netting the game-winning goal at Holy Cross. He has recorded points in four of six games with two multiple-point games and had two goals and three assists in his first three conference games. Rookie Thane Heller stood third in the conference among freshman scoring and was 22nd nationally.


The Vikings began the season winning their first conference tilt before dropping three straight to defending national champion Monroe CC. Freshman William Huber (Hopewell) led the team in scoring, goals and assists and, with James Murphy (Long Island), had combined for 27 points through November. Huber, Murphy and Matt Wagner (Clifton Park) had accounted for 20 goals combined.

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After dropping their first contest, the Valiants rattled off a five-game unbeaten streak heading into Thanksgiving weekend under first year head coach Arlen Marshall. Freshman Matt Coleman (Brentwood) was tied for the team lead in goals and was tied for 18th in the nation in points per game among rookies. Sophomore Mark Rivera and senior Scott Hudson were also among the early team leaders.


Sophomores led the way early this season scoring 10 of the Engineers first 11 goals this season. Senior Nick Bailen (Fredonia) was second on the team in goals and third in points through the first ten games. Freshman forward Milos Bubela scored the first goal of his career on November 3rd at Union. Freshman goaltender Jason Kasdorf stopped 30 of the 31 shots to earn his first collegiate victory in his first start November 17th against Mercyhurst. Former Rensselaer standout Adam Oates ‘85 was enshrined into the Hockey Hall of Fame, becoming the first Engineers player to be so honored. In his three years in Troy (1982-85), Oates had 66

goals and 150 assists for 216 points in 98 games, helping the Engineers to an overall record of 85-19-1 and the 1985 NCAA Championship. 2013-14 commitment Parker Reno, currently playing defense with Edina High School in Minnesota, is ranked “BC” in the National Hockey League Central Scouting ranking released November 20th. “B” ranking equates to a selection between rounds two and three in the NHL Entry Draft.


At 6-2-1, Union matched the best second best start in program history, as the Dutchmen were 6-2-1 through eight games in 2003-04. Union’s best start came in 2000-01, when the Dutchmen went 6-1-2. Senior forward Kyle Bodie earned ECAC Hockey Player of the Week honors the last week in October after his five point weekend (two goals, three assists) in games against AIC and UConn. He stood seventh in Division I in points per game and second in assists per game and shorthanded goals. Bodie (66 points) is just 13 points shy of the Union career points record by a defenseman in the Division I era record held by Lane Caffaro ‘09 (79 points). Sophomore defenseman Shane Gotisbehere was tied for third nationally in points per game by defensemen. Senior forward Wayne Simpson notched his 10th career game-winning goal in the first period of Union’s 4-1 win over Bowling Green on Oct. 13, matching the school record held by Scott Seney ‘06. (

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Assistant Coach Julie Chu played in the Four Nations Cup and earned a gold for Team USA. Sophomore Goaltender Shenae Lundberg was named ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week 9, Nov. 13) after tallying 57 saves in two games against Princeton and Quinnipiac in two league contests. This is her second honor this season, as she was named for her 30-save performance over RPI in October. Lundberg compiled a .950 save percentage and a 1.39 goalsagainst-average in the weekend series. She also made three saves in overtime to help the Dutchwomen earn two points in conference play. Union is 3-6-2 overall and in December take on Quinnipiac, Yale, Brown and the University of Maine. On January 4 they return to face Harvard followed by Dartmouth, Penn State and the University of New Hampshire.


With the loss of their home arena following Hurricane Sandy, Manhattanville has a 4-2-1 record coming into December. They have had to make many changes to their playing times and have moved their home games to Stamford’s (Ct) Terry Conners Rink. The only game that remains consistent is the “Pink the Rink” game vs Plattsburgh set

East / Page 25 for Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at Terry Conners Rink. Leading Manhattanville’s scoring is Mary Rose Morrison with two goals and five assists for seven points and Katie Little with 6 points (3/3).


RPI has named Melanie Greene as an assistant women’s ice hockey coach. Greene joins Coach Brent Hill as an assistant coach

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on the staff of Head Coach John Burke. Greene comes to RPI from Hamilton College, where she spent the past year working on all aspects of the women’s ice hockey program. She was involved in on-ice teaching and player development, game-planning, off-ice workouts and activities and recruiting. She has also worked as an evaluator at the New York State Amateur Hockey Association clinic, where she aided 16- and 17-year-olds, as well as at a USA

Hockey U14 Select Camp. Greene also spent time as a coach with Canadian Hockey Enterprise in Lake Placid, where she taught 12 to 18 year olds. A graduate of Queensbury High School, she attended the University of Vermont, where she played defense for the Catamounts. Greene is a physical education major with concentration in exercise and movement science. She was a three-time Hockey East All-Academic honoree. Following college she played a year of professional hockey in Germany. The Engineers are 2-102 entering December. They will faceoff against Princeton, Brown and Yale before the holidays. Returning home in January to take on Dartmouth, Harvard and Providence. Alex Gruschow leads the scoring with 13 points on 8 goals and 5 assists. She is followed by Taylor Horton with 4 goals/5 assists; Jordan Smelker, 4 goals/5 assists; Eleeza Cox, 5 goals/3 assists and Ali Svoboda, 2 goals/4 assists. (

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hey don’t get noticed very often, but every team needs them. Winning usually depends on them even. Their names won’t appear on the scoresheet very often, except usually with a “+” followed by a number. Clarkson junior defenseman Alex Boak is just that type of player. Usually the last one skating out of the defensive zone, making the quick transition pass, killing penalties or playing the body to take a charging forward out of the play. A recent game at RIT proves the point. In the first period Boak laid a solid, clean check along the boards that knocked a top line winger out for

the rest of the contest. He repeated the check later in the same contest on yet another player. Not a single point, but three shots on net and a +1 on the scoresheet. “He set the tone for us physically and, when he moves his feet, he is really good defensively,” said Golden Knights head coach Casey Jones. “The one thing about him is that, at key times in the game, he elevates his game and is a warrior. When he stays within himself he is a really good player. He’s one of those kids who has a grin on his face and does a good job penalty killing for us. He’s an important cog.” After the first 12 games this season, Boak had just two assists—both coming on the road at Canisius November 3rd and at Brown November 10th—but was tied for the team lead in plus/minus at +6 and playing first unit minutes on the penalty kill. “I try to be as physical as possible out there and as clean as possible. I just try to have a good stick and control a guy getting him to the boards and chipping the puck out to the forwards as quickly as possible.” A native of Norwood just miles down the road played his junior hockey with the Brockville Braves after some high school hockey with NorwoodNorfolk and the Potsdam minor hockey association. Then he decided to return

and play back home with the Golden Knights. “I was always close to Clarkson and always watched them growing up, so it’s a great experience playing with these guys and play a significant role. “To have all my friends and all my family always there (at games and off the ice) and all the support we get from people around Potsdam is a great feeling knowing so many people in the building are there watching you. “And the history here—growing up watching guys like Craig Conroy and Eric Cole and guys like that who have won Stanley Cups and playing over one thousand games in the NHL; it’s just great to be a part of it.”(

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CANTON In year one of their

up-to-four year transition to Division III status, the Roo’s were faring well on home ice but struggling on the road in the opening month. With just three in-state players on the roster in Joe Casale (Niagara Falls), Dave Ferris (Saratoga Springs) and Greg Kmiutek (Binghamton), the team was being led offensively by John Payne’s five goals and Corey Frizell’s six assists through the first two handfuls of games. The team has just two home games in December and six overall remaining this season.

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CLARKSON Ian MacPherson scored

a career-high three assists and four points in the Golden Knights 7-2 win over Princeton November 17th. In the same game, freshman Todd Christian scored his first collegiate goal. One night earlier first year Paul Geiger, who leads team defensemen in scoring, netted his first collegiate goal against Quinnipiac. Jarrett Burton had five goals over his first two seasons, but already had a team-high six goals in the first 11 games this year. 2013-14 commitment Troy

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Josephs, currently playing center with St. Michael’s in the OJHL, is ranked “C” in the National Hockey League Central Scouting ranking released November 20th. “C” ranking equates to a selection between rounds four and six in the NHL Entry Draft. The team plays just four times in December with only one at home—December 15th in a non-conference tilt with Mercyhurst.

PLATTSBURGH Mathieu Cadieux and Kevin

Emmerling were the recipients of SUNYAC weekly honors for the week ending Nov. 11. Cadieux was selected as the SUNYAC goalie of the week after helping the Cardinals to a four-point weekend with 19 saves against Buffalo State and a 22-save shutout over Fredonia. Emmerling was tabbed SUNYAC rookie of the week after he notched his first collegiate hat

trick November 10th. With his four-goal weekend, Emmerling led the team with five goals through the first four games. Freshman forward Luke Baleshta was tied for first in the country among rookies in points per game through Thanksgiving.

POTSDAM Sophomore forward Trevor

Cope recorded a SUNYAC single game record six assists October 27th against Morrisville. Freshman goaltender Austin Keiser was named the SUNYAC Rookie of the Week for the period ending October 28th. In his first collegiate start, the Keiser made 29 saves to earn a 4-3 victory in an overtime thriller against St. Michael’s. Mike Arnold was named SUNYAC Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 11 after recording a hat trick on three powerplay goals in the Bears draMike Arnold matic comefrom-behind 5-4 victory over Buffalo State on November 10th. Two of the junior’s goals came in the third period, including the gamewinner with 1:32 left. Entering

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...Adirondack Youth Hockey held their Fire On Ice Tournament November 30 through December 2. We are waiting for results for next month’s issue. ...AYH is still accepting applications for their House League. ...The 2013 Article Foxes Tournament will be held in February in Clifton Park, NY. Email for information. ...Bethlehem Youth Hockey’s U18 Midget team advanced to the States after a victory over Adirondack. ...Capital District Hockey has announced its’ league leaders for November. Kyle Coletti from the Black Bears as 29 goals; Marc Quinlan, Black Bears has 23 assists; Tim Earl, Ale House Wings has 43 points and Goalie Adam Brown as a 3.00 GAA. ...Clifton Park’s Between the Pipes Tournament will be held January 4-6 for Bantam A, B/C and Midgets; January 18-21 for Pee Wee Major/Minor and Pee Wee C. ...The Clifton Park Dynamo and Junior Dynamo have been accepted into the Hockey Northeast League for 2012-13. ...The Lake Placid International Invitational Hockey Tournament will be held February 28-March 3. Infor-

mation at ...North Country Cougars Pee Wee Cougar Cup will be held January 8 and 9; Mite/Squirt Cougar Classic January 22-25 and Bantam Cougar Classic, January 29-30. ...Saranac Lake Storm will hold a Stick & Puck Open Hockey event on December 18 form 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. and on December 19, 10:20 am to 11:30 a.m. Family Hockey Night is Dec. 19, 5:25-6:25 p.m. and their NY Rock N Skate will be December 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. ...The Saranac Red Storm will host their “Ultimate Chili” Tournament for Squirt and Pee Wee, Jan. 4-6; Girls U12 & U14, Jan. 25-27; Bantam, Feb. 2-3; Mite, Feb. 23-24 and the Mite Jamboree on March 2. ...Schenectady Youth Hockey had a skate and dinner evening with members of the Union College men and women’s ice hockey teams on December 2. ...Schenectady’s Shatterpoint Tournament is March 8-10 for Squirts and March 15-17 for Pee Wee. ...Troy-Albany will hold their 2013 Rink Rat Tournament on February 15-18. ...Jefferson Jaguars Squirt Tournament is January 6-8. ...Watertown Rapids Squirt/Pee Wee Tourney is Feb. 10-12 and Midget Tournament is Feb. 24-26.

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December he was first in the country in goals per game and tied for fifth in points per game. Freshman forward Mike Riley scored his first collegiate goal for the Bears November 9th against Fredonia. ST. LAWRENCE The Saints had a huge road sweep at Maine and gave up just one goal over two games to beat Alabama-Huntsville twice, but then hit the skids upon entering conference

play and were searching for their first ECAC win entering November 30th. Kyle Flanagan (Canton), Greg Carey and George Hughes combined 47 of the team’s first 88 points. Flanagan and Carey sat 1-2 in pints per game nationally and were tied for fifth in goals per game. Hughes was tied for third among defensemen in points per game. The annual home-and-home rivalry with Clarkson is Decem-

ber 5-8 with the first at Appleton Arena and the second game at Lake Placid.(

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Potsdam comes into December with a 1-6 overall record, their only win over a 2-0 shutout over Oswego. They face Cortland, Hamilton, St. Michaels before the holiday break and then go to St. Michael’s for the Holiday Classic on January 4 and 5. Returning to Cheel Arena on January 8, they face-off against Castleton.

North / Page 29 Ambrose is averaging 1.42 points per game, recording 15 goals and 2 assists this season.

Clarkson Women Find Hockey After College

While there are numerous options to play professional hockey after college for men, the choices for women are limited. However, Clarkson graduate hockey players have found the time and energy to juggle Clarkson hockey and day jobs in order Much of Clarkson’s early to puruse their passion to by Janet Schultz season success has been at the prolong the days of competihands of Goaltender Erica tive action on the ice, accordHowe. Howe was named ing to Clarkson’s recent press release. ECAC Goaltender of the Five former Clarkson players have continued playWeek for November 21. ing by going to the Canadian Women’s Hockey League This is the third honor (CWHL). Among those who found careers in the league this season for the goalie who were Brooke Beazer ‘08; Kira Hurley ‘07; Emma Madigan matched a season-high for Erica Howe ‘07; Britney Selina ‘10 and Dominique Thibault ‘10. saves with 36 in the win over The CWHL was founded in 2007 and there are five Quinnipiac and 21 stops over Princeton. Through 13 games, Howe posts a .946 save per- teams playing a 23-game regular-season schedule from October through March. Players are not paid and the centage, fifth in the nation and a 1.31 goals against average, also fifth and three shutouts, third in the nation. Howe CWHL is a non-profit organization that depends upon support from private donations and corporate sponsors. The was named ECAC Goaltender of the Month for October. teams are located in Alberta, Boston, Brampton, Montreal Clarkson is having its best-ever season in the 10-year and Toronto. They end their season with the Clarkson Cup, history of the program. named after former Governor General of Canada, Adri Adding to a 12-2 enne Clarkson. overall record thus Clarkson College’s Dominique Thibault lifted the far, the accolades 2011 Clarkson Cup as a member of the Montreal Stars. go on with Hockey Canada naming Jamie She was also named Player of the Game. Lee Rattray and Erin Ambrose to the Plattsburg Canadian National The Cardinals are off to a great start entering DecemWomen’s U22/Devel- ber with a 7-0-1 overall record. They received 10 of 15 Erin Ambrose and Jamie Lee Rattray opment Team for the first-place votes to claim the top spot in November 19’s (Photos Courtesy Clarkson) 2013 Meco Cup. Division III Women’s Poll. This marked the Both players have Cardinals first return to the top spot extensive experience with the Canadian National Program of the poll since March 1, 2011 and both have played a leading role in Clarkson’s best start when they completd a five-week in history. reign as the top team in the country. Rattray is Clarkson’s leading scorer with 25 points on 13 goals and 12 assists in her first 14 games. She leads the (Continued on Page 38) country in game-winning goals with five.

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Buffalo Stars face the month of December with anticipation. (Submitted by Buffalo Stars Junior Hockey)


he Buffalo Stars Juniors are gearing up for a big month of December as they take on Rochester Maksymum, Philadelphia Revolution and Brewster Bulldogs in Empire Junior Hockey League action. The Stars are anxious to get back in playing mode having been off the past two weeks. “The boys have been working really hard in practice” said Head Coach Jerry Wheeler. “Everyone is back from injury and the boys are anxious to just start playing again”. The Stars kick off the month taking on rival Rochester Maksymum. “Buffalo has something to prove as the last time out the “Maksy” boys came into our building and owned us” continued

West / Page 31 Wheeler. “It was a bad night all around and Buffalo has something to prove.” Maksymum comes into the game at 11-10, good for 6th in the American Conference. They have slumped a bit lately dropping 5 of their last 6. Ironically their only win in the period was against the Stars. Maksymum is led by Kevin DiMagno and Michael Whitehair with 23 and 22 points respectively. The young Buffalo team which has been plagued with injuries this year comes into the game in last place with a 2-14 record. “The team is now healthy and ready for action” said Assistant Coach Mike Flatley. “They just want to play”. Buffalo has been outscored 92-23 but with the exception of a couple of games, has played hard. The Stars are led offensively by Patrick Schmelzinger with 11 points and John Colvin with 9 points. Captain Mike Harris has

been steady on the blue line and has contributed 4 points. “We really have a great bunch of kids” said GM Pete Preteroti. “They work really hard and have a really positive attitude. They never quit and I guarantee, these boys will be spoilers for a few teams by the end of the season” “I believe in them, their coaches believe in them, and most important, they believe in themselves”. The Stars then travel to Philadelphia to take on the 3rd place Philadelphia Revolution. At 12-4 the Rev are a solid team. They have outscored their opponents 8033 and have the 6th ranked goaltender in the league with Justin Kirk. Buffalo then plays host to Maksymum on December 12 at Holiday Rinks and wraps up the month December 22-23 as the Brewster Bulldogs come to town.(

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West News and Notes goals in the SO, West Seneca 1. The West Seneca Wings 14 U girls won the championship in the Chaos tournament.

Wings Do Well Rochester’s in Canada Fire On Ice The 12 U West Seneca Wings Results played in the St. Catherine’s Chaos Tourney winning the first 3 games. First game vs Mississauga Chiefs West Seneca won 4-1 Second game vs Flamborough Falcons; WS won 3-1 Third game against Georgina Golden Hawks, Wings won 5-0 In semi finals they met Ayr Rockets beating them and facing Woodstock for the Championship. The 12U team lost in a shoot-out with a 0-0 game. Woodstock scored 2

The Niagara Junior Purple Eagles, short of players, never trailed in the Ignite the Ice Tournament in October. With four seconds left in a match-up against the Ravens, the NJPE lost when the Ravens fired in a goal. (NJPE Photo)

12U A Nepean B Ottawa Ice Dogs 14U A Clarington 14U AA Ottawa Senators 16U A Clarington BB 17U AA Brantford MAA 19A Rochester Edge C Team (this division was made up of all WNY teams including the Buffalo Stars, West Seneca Wings and two Rochester Edge teams.)

Maksymum Christmas Clinics

Maksymum Hockey, one of the leading hockey development companies in the Rochester market, will be hosting multiple Christmas Clinics on December 26th and 27th at the Sports Centre at Monroe Community College. The clinics are one-hour long and will focus on developing various skills, including speed & agility, shooting & scoring, powerskating, puckskills and goaltending. These Maksymum Hockey Christmas Clinics offer a great opportunity for players off all ages and abilities to spend two days improving their skills and

confidence with coaching from Maksymum’s top instructors. The cost for each clinic is $49. You can attend four clinics for $160 or two clinics for $89. Groups of 6 or more players who register together will receive a 10% discount, while teams of 10 or more will receive a 15% discount. For more information and to register, visit or call 426-8488.

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ccording to College Hockey, Inc. there are 86 players on Division I college hockey rosters this season who hail from New York State. That marks the fourth most behind Minnesota (182), Michigan (131) and Massachusetts (103).


The Golden Eagles had just three wins with one game remaining in November, but they were all in-conference which put them middle of the pack in the tight early going. Their freshmen were among their best players in goaltender Jared Lockhurst, who missed four games with an ankle injury, but sat second and third in the conference in save percentage and goals against respectively. First year players Jesse Facchini and Shane Cavalieri were right behind defenseman and team scoring leader Mike Hayward. Cavalieri’s five goals had him tied for third among freshman nationally.


Losing four of their first six conference games had the Bengals looking for answers especially defensively after allowing an average of almost 3.5 goals per against SUNYAC opponents. Upperclassmen were pacing the offense Melligan below team leader and sophomore Nick Melligan (Sanborn). Mike Zanella’s (Ithaca)

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seven goals had him among the top 30 in the country in goals per game. Senior Kyle Whipple (Tonawanda) scored his first goal of the season November 17th against Cortland.

Robert DeGregorio, Atlantic Hockey Commissioner, announced Canisius sophomore, Matthew Grazen (East Amherst), received an additional 7-games suspension as part of the Atlantic Hockey Supplemental Discipline policy for his checking from behind major penalty on Air Force’s junior, George Michalke on Thursday, October 25. He will sit out games November 3-4 vs. Clarkson; November 9 vs. Robert Morris; November 10 vs. RIT; November 16 vs. Niagara and February 15-16 vs. Air Force.



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Kyle Gibbons scored just 12 seconds into the game against RIT November 10th, the fastest goal for Canisius to start a contest in school history. The previous standard was 17 seconds, set by Rob Martin against Holy Cross on Nov. 3, 2001. In the same contest, junior Patrick Sullivan (Derby) led the Griffs to their first victory at RIT since 2007 with a personal-best three point night, netting his first career multi-goal game–including the game-winning third-period tally–and adding an assist. Junior defenseman Dustin McKellar netted his first collegiate goal October 20th against Western Michigan in his 37th career game. Former Buffalo Sabres forward Adam Mair, a 12-year veteran of the NHL, has joined the Canisius coaching staff as Director of Player Development. Mair played with four NHL franchises–Toronto (1998-01), Los Angeles (2001-02), Buffalo (200210) and New Jersey (2010-11). He helped three teams advance to conference finals, while helping the Sabres win the Presidents’ Trophy in 2007.

Eric Mueller (Hamburg) netted a hat trick November 17th against Mohawk Valley and freshman Bradley Ferrell (East Amherst) had five points in the same game for the Kats, who were off to a 4-2 start. Matt Malley (North Tonawanda), Matt Shumate (Niagara Falls), Ryan Kaufman (Amherst), Alexander Stahl and Ryan Rogalski (Lancaster) had all eclipsed the point per game mark.


The Blue Devils came out of the shoot strong with three conference wins over four games, but were struggling through a three game skid and allowing over five goals per game over the trio of contests. Senior Mat Hehr picked up where he left off last season offensively with a team-high four goals through nine games with seven underclassmen right behind him on the team point chart led by freshmen Chad Bennett and Taylor Bourne. Head coach Jeff Merideth was one victory away from 360 career wins. The team has a rescheduled home

NY Hockey OnLine date with Division I transition Penn State on December 11th—a game postponed due to the east coast hurricane Halloween week. GENESEO Sophomore Justin Scharfe (Webster) netted his first goal of the year and fifth career tally November 17th against Potsdam. David Ripple and senior Adrian Rubeniuk were named SUNYAC Rookie and Goaltender of the Week respectively for the week ending November 18th. Ripple totaled five points, including a career-high four points in a win over Potsdam. Rubeniuk stopped 43 of 45 shots (93.3 percent) in Geneseo’s two wins. Freshman Devon Rice made his first collegiate goal count—a gamewinner in the final minute of regulation to beat nationally ranked and previously undefeated Plattsburgh November 16th.


The Tribunes were piling up offense with 27 goals over the first five games in defense of the national title. Dan Going (Wilton) had two goals in a November 15th win over Broome CC, Dan Turgeon a hat trick November 11th against Hudson CC while Mike Boyd and John Papas (Irondequoit) each had three point games November 10th versus Hudson Valley.


After winning two of their first three games in the program’s history, the Golden Flyers stumbled losing seven straight before righting themselves with a win and tie to bring home their first team trophy—the

West / Page 34 Skidmore Invitational. Sophomore Julius Tamasy and junior Mark Zavorin had surpassed the ten point mark with senior captain Ben Waldman (Pittsford) close behind. The team has just two December games before taking four weeks off before playing Cortland at home January 8th. NIAGARA After his 27-save effort against Army on Nov. 9, Carsen Chubak became the first Niagara goalie to register three consecutive shutouts. Chubak is also now tied for third in NCAA history with three consecutive shutouts, in the company of goalies such as Jimmy Howard and Ryan Miller. The following day, at the sixth minute mark of the second stanza against the Black Knights, Chubak found himself again making history, earning the record for most consecutive shutout minutes (258.32) by an NU goalie. Chubak took the top spot from Greg Gardner who held the record with 232.38 minutes. As a result, for the fourth time in five weeks this season junior Carsen Chubak was named Atlantic Hockey Association Goalie of the Week. He was also named Atlantic Hockey Association Goaltender of the Month for October. Senior Giancarlo Iuorio recorded his first career hat trick against UConn November 2nd and was named AHA Player of the Week for the period ending November 4th. He had six points total over the two-game set. Freshman forward Matt Chartrain netted his first collegiate goal against UConn November 3rd. Classmate Hugo Turcotte earned his first goal as a Purple Eagle November 17th versus

Robert Morris. Head coach Dave Burkholder entered the November 30-December 1 series with Sacred Heart one win away from 200 victories behind Niagara’s bench. On Nov. 30 he took the honor when Niagara beat Sacred Heart.


Dan Schuler (Webster) tallied the first goal of his collegiate career November 17th against Holy Cross. The two home loses November 9-10 to Mercyhurst and Canisius were historic for the program. RIT has now lost three straight home games overall for the first time since losing four straight during the 2005-06 season. The Tigers also failed to record a point during an Atlantic Hockey Association home weekend series for the first time and have lost three home games in league play for the first time since joining in 2006-07. Sophomore forward Brad Reid scored his first collegiate goal in RIT’s 2-2 tie at AIC November 2nd. Goaltender Josh Watson (pictured) made 19 saves to record his first collegiate shutout, 3-0 at American International on November 3rd. Senior defenseman Chris Saracino played in his 100th collegiate game November 17th at Holy Cross. Former RIT forward Steve Pinizzotto netted his first two goals of the season November 6th with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. (Continued on Page 38)

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The Bengals are off to a 3-4 record in their first month of play. Leading scorers are Courtney Carnes with 4 goals/5 assists; Kara Goodwin, 2 goals/5 assists; Lauren Mallo 1 goal/6 assists and Rio Flynn, 1 goal/5 assists. Carnes was named ECAC Player of the Week for November 13 after leading the team to a pair of conference wins over Chatham. She had a goal and an assist in the 4-1 vicotry and a goal and assist in a 5-0 shutout. The Bengals finish up 2012 with games against Plattsburgh and Cortland and then host Adrian College on January 5 and 6.

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Western New York Women’s College Hockey Report by Janet Schultz

University of Buffalo

The Lady Ice Bulls, who play in the American Collegiate Hockey Association D1, ACAH program are 4-8-1 as they move into December. The team is off until January 18 when they will take on Niagara University’s club team--featuring a number of their former D1 players. They will then be on-the-road to Vermont to play in the Vermont Catamont. Their next home appearance will be February 1 at 9 p.m. when the University of Massachusetts faces off at Northtowns Arena at 9 p.m.(

Goaltender Ali Binnington was named the CHA Co-Goaltender of the Week for November 19 after stopping all 18 shots she faced against Binnington Brown in a 2-0 victory. She made a great skate save early in the second, then stopped a partial breakaway late in the frame. She is 4-1-1 on the season with a 1.88 goals against average and a .914 save percentRIT age. This is her first weekly honor In their first year as a D1 program, the Tigers are 6-5-2 coming this season and in her career. Leading the score board for the into December. They have had many highlights Tigers are Ariane Yokoyama with two goals and six assists; Captain in this history-making season. Kim Schlattman, 6g/1a; Tenecia The team headed west to take Hiller, 4g/3a; Katie Hubert, 4g/3a; on North Dakota at Ralph EnCarly Payerl, 3 g/4a; and Erin gelstad Arena on November 30 Zach 3 g/4a. and December 1. North Dakota is Following their North Dakota ranked eighth in the trip, the Tigers play Ohio State at Division 1 poll and come to face Ohio and then are home to Linthe Tigers with a 5-game winning denwood on December 14 and 15. streak. They return to the ice January 4 The Tiand 5 against Robert Morris. These gers put forth a valiant effort but are CHA conference games. lost both contests with 3-2 scores. Sophomore

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NYS Collegiate Club Ice Hockey Niagara University Women’s Club The Lady Purple Eagles are on a winning streak with a 8-0-0 record. The game against Oswego was cancelled on November 2. Leading the scoring with 28 points is Lauren Fontaine with 23 goals and 5 assists. Following closely is Natasha Fryer with 19 goals and 4 assists. Then it’s 9 points each for CJ Angeles and Paige Sasser. Following a month-long holiday, the Purple Eagles will be back on the ice January 18 at 8 p.m. against cross-town rival, the University of Buffalo Lady Ice Bulls. The Bulls are 4-8-1 as they move into December.

Medaille Men’s Club Hockey Medaille Men’s Hockey team traveled to Philadelphia, PA Nov 16-18 to participate in the East Coast Showdown Tournament hosted by Widener College. Other teams participating were members of the DVCHL (Delaware Valley Collegiate Hockey League) from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Washington, DC. Medaille opened the tournament against American University (Washington, DC) ending in a 2-2 tie. Goals were scored by Simon Fedak and Josh Smith. Goalie Chris Koester was nothing but solid in net. The second game was

against Rowan University (NJ), starting out with a quick goal by Rowan. By the second period, the Mavs turned up the heat to beat Rowan 10-4. Goals Chris Koester were scored by Josh Smith (4), Tyler McLaughlin (2), Matt Territo (2), Gio Gullo, and Freshman Kevin Dietrich netted his first goal of his college career. Freshman Derrick Ford was strong in net for Medaille. Game three was against Rutgers University (NJ) and again the Mavs brought out the horse power by scoring first. Matt Cieslak opened the scoring in the 1st period, followed by Eric Grzechowiak, Josh Smith (2), Tyler McLaughlin, Matt Territo and Eric Schlegel. Final score 7-1 giving Medialle 2 wins. Medialle ended up in a 3 way tie with California University at Pennsylvania and Shippensburg University (PA). After all tie breakers were met, Medaille finished 4th out of 12 teams.

Niagara University The NU Men’s Club team has named some players to the record book already this season including Dane Wakefield being the win-

ningest goalie in the program’s history; Senior Marc DeGiulio placing third in the nation in points per game and Erik McKown tying the assist record for the program with 5 per game.

D’Youville College D’Youville is 5-8-1 overall and 2-4-2 in the UNYCHL, coming into December with Nate Nate Wiles Wiles leading the scoring with 9 goals and 7 assists.

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USA Hockey News Women’s Team Visits Children’s Hospital


point of view of patients and families as well as doctors and nurses. The hospital provides life-saving and lifechanging services to children from local communities and beyond. These advanced pediatric services include openheart surgery, burn and trauma care, oncology treatments, neurosurgery, organ transplants and neonatal care. The U.S. Women’s National Team trained at the MSG Training Center in Tarrytown, N.Y. prior to their trip to the 2012 Four Nations Cup held in Vantaa and Kerava, Finland, from Nov. 5-10.

he U.S. Women’s National Team spent a part of its Pre-Four Nations Cup Training Camp visiting children at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y. “To be able to come and boost the spirits of the kids, to see them smile, have a good day, and enjoy the little things with everything they are going through is really inspiring,” said 2010 Olympian Meghan Duggan. “We come to camp and think about being strong for testing and on-ice practice and these children are basically all strength all the time; it really puts things The Hockey North American adult hockey teams from Westchester into perspective. It was a great experi(NY) the Ice Breakers vs the Lightning will play a charity game with all ence and we hope to make more visits in money raised going to the New York Raptors. the future.” The Saturday, January 12 game will be played at Ebersole Rink in Team USA spent nearly two hours White Plains starting at 3:15 p.m. The second game will be the New York Raptors facing off against the engaging with children and their famiLong Island Blues. lies throughout the hospital, posing for The Raptors and the Blues are made up of players who have deseveral photographs and bringing small velopmental and other disabilities and are designed to bring the thrill of gifts for the kids. hockey to players of all abilities. This is a unique program open to children “Part of our team mantra is that and adults who are unable or ineligible to participate in other organized we are part of something bigger than hockey programs due to their disability. ourselves,” said Reagan Carey, director There will also be raffles, food and activities for children between the of women’s hockey for USA Hockey. games. “Today we had the privilege to connect The group is also selling a special program booklet and are looking with the community hosting our camp for advertisers. Ads range from $35 to $750. Anyone wishing to purchase an ad or attend should contact Chris and it certainly had a positive affect on Marcon at or Steve Grossman at gman1263@ both the children and our team.” Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center is the children’s hospital for New York’s HudNew York Raptors son Valley region and Fairfield County, Invitational Winter Classic Connecticut. The hospital provides Saturday, January 12 advanced pediatric care within a special Ebersole Rink, White Plains (NY) healing environment developed from the

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Legends of the Game/Marchant “I work with all of our draft picks, all of our players on the Ducks, as well as player s in our minor league system,” who resides in the Anaheim, CA area with his wife, Caroline and four children including Lillian, Ashley, Timothy and Bradley. “I travel around during the season and watch our kids play. “I give them feedback and they give me feedback. I really enjoy my role with the team. “I tell the kids that there’s nothing that I haven’t seen during my play-

Continued Stories / Page 38 ing career. There is no situation that I haven’t been in. “I want them to ask me questions.” Does Marchant have any thoughts about coaching? “Three of my four kids play hockey,” responded Marchant. “I’ll be coaching this year on all three of their teams. “I have a pretty flexible schedule with the Ducks. So I can work it around my kid’s hockey schedule. “I wouldn’t rule out coaching at the pro level in the future. But right now I’m happy with my schedule and how it works out.”

For Marchant, winning the Stanley Cup in 2007 was the highlight of his hockey career. “I think I appreciated it more because I had been in the League for 14 years at the time,” concluded Marchant. “I hadn’t won anything until then. “I had learned how tough it was to win in the NHL. Cups don’t come easy. “I was equally as proud to win it being from Western New York. And I had fun doing it. “And fun is what it is all about.”

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The ECAC honored three of the Cardinals for their play the week of November 20-27. Jenny Kistner was named Player of the Week, Sydney Aveson, Goalie of the Week and Breanne Bennett, Rookie of the Week. Kistner had a six-point weekend helping Plattsburgh wrap up a 2-0 weekend at the 2012 Panther/ Cardinal Classic. She scored two goals and assisted on two more in a 8-3 Plattsburgh Photo victory over Amherst and assisted on the second goal and the game-winning goal in a 3-2 victory over Middlebury. Kistner is the nations top scorer averaging 2.14 points per game. She was also named to the Panther/Cardinal Classic All-Tournament Team. Aveson was named MVP at the Classic. Her honors come after she made 39 combined saves on the weekend. Bennett contributed four assists in the weekend Classic. This is her first honor from the ECA. Off-ice they have worked with the athletic department and entire university to assist people affected by Hurricane Sandy. Collection tables staffed by student-athletes collected donations that were contributed to the American Red Cross.

The Saints move into December with a 7-6--1 record. They face-off against Cornell and Penn State before the holidays. Returning to home ice on January 3 they take on Northeastern and on January 4, Boston College. (

Men’s College West Continued... They mark his first tallies since missing all of last season with an injury. RIT is a combined minus-84 this season at the end of November (12 games). In comparison, RIT was a combined plus-378 over the last three years, including plus 187 in 2009-10.

West Collegiate Area Notes: • Robert Morris freshman goaltender Terry Shafer (Penfield) was named Atlantic Hockey Association Rookie of the Week for the period ending November 11th. He picked up his first career victory and shutout with the team’s 4-0 victory over Canisius with a 24-save performance to give the team their first victory in Buffalo since October 7, 2006. (

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