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In This Issue Boys High School................. 11 Central Section.................... 15 Central Men’s College........ 14 Central Women’s College... 21 Coaching With Gridley......... 4 Collegiate Club.................... 57 Duffett Award...................... 48 East Section.......................... 23 East Men’s College.............. 25 East Women’s College......... 27 Hockey to Heisman............... 9 Lady Islanders..................... 30 Nationals Recap....................... North Section....................... 39 North Men’s College........... 41 North Women’s College...... 41 NY Nationals.......................... 7 Pepsi Tournament............... 56 Photo Page........................... 60 USA Hockey......................... 58 West Section......................... 46 West Men’s College............. 55 West Women’s College........ 54
Dear Readers, We continue to roll along with NY Hockey OnLine Magazine. We’ve had a couple of great months as far as views on-line but continue to ask you to make sure you forward this magazine to your players. We do not have access to those email addresses, unless you wish to provide them. We will be updating our database over the summer and ask that you forward your Board and Coaches email addresses for the next season as soon as possible. We’ve received several returned emails due to changes and/or people leaving the organization. Keep as much news coming over the summer as possible. We are going with 12 issues and need whatever you have. To the North and East, thank you for your hospitality at the Section meetings earlier in April We had a wonderful time visiting with you and spending time in your area. Looking forward to see all of you in June at the State meetings in our hometown--Buffalo. Best Wishes, Randy Schultz Publisher/Managing Editor Note: Bob Sedia will be back next month with his column.
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Coaching With Chuck Gridley
ockey truly is for “every
body”. I have the honor of coaching a sled hockey team in Syracuse, NY. We recently participated in a tournament in Canton, NY that was put together by an old friend of mine, Mark McKenna. Mark is doing some great things with the Wounded Warriors Program at Ft. Drum. JoAnne Castagna, Ed.D. wrote a nice article about the Canton event that I thought I would share. Enjoy the article! Army Corps civilian builds up Wounded Warriors with sled hockey program Last year, Mark McKenna, a project engineer with the Fort Drum Field Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District was working out at the gym at Fort Drum in Watertown, N.Y. “I was working out in the gym and a Soldier in a wheelchair came in and then turned around and left the gym. I asked the manager what do they do for the disabled, because they cannot reach the pull up bar nor the dumbbells. She told me that they had nothing organized for them.” McKenna felt that more could be
A Special Article Submitted by Chuck Gridley, Written by Dr. JoAnne Castagna, Ed.D.
Army Corps civilian builds up Wounded Warriors with sled hockey program done for these Wounded Warriors. He began to research what he could do. Since he is a major hockey fan and has been a volunteer hockey coach for over 30 years, he came up with the idea of forming a sled hockey team at Fort Drum for these disabled Soldiers. He had learned through his research that sled hockey is an adaptive sport for the disabled to play ice hockey. He and a team of volunteers quickly went to work to form a team, find equipment and train them up. R e cently, the “Mountain Sled Wa r r i o r s (Wounded Warrior Unit - WTU)” held their first sled hockey tournament with great success. The donation-only fundraiser benefits Fort Drum’s Warrior in Transition Unit at Fort Drum, sled teams from Albany, Syracuse, Ottawa and the U.S. Army’s Wounded Warrior Project.
“These tournaments are a great way to help the Soldiers get back in touch with their community and for the community to thank them for their service for our country,” said McKenna. “During the tournament the Wounded Warriors forgot about their disability and learned a new sport or found out that they can still play hockey in a different way. Also they had fun doing some team building. They all had smiles on their faces; it was like they were kids again.” McKenna is supported by the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Fort Drum Chapter, Canton Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1231, the Knights of Columbus, as well as many businesses, universities and pro hockey stars that donated their money and equipment, such as sleds and specially designed hockey bags and jerseys. The tournament took place at the SUNY Canton’s Roos House rink. The WTU team was composed of 24 male and female Soldiers that played a round-robin tournament with other Wounded Warrior teams from Albany, N.Y. (“Capitol District Warriors”),
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Coaching with Gridley / Page 5 “It was exhilarating to be that combative in a sporting event from feeling as frail as I had been since being injured.” Grillett spent nine and half months at Walter Reed Army Medical Center after a leg injury in Afghanistan. Builds Confidence Wautash said, “It gives individuals the ability to be part of a full contact sport that builds their self confidence and provides them a sense of accomplishment in the game. It’s truly a no loser sport.”
Syracuse, N.Y. (“CNY Flyers”) and Ottawa (“Ottawa Valley Falcons”). The games began with the national anthems for Canada and the U.S. and color guard marches from the VFW-Post 1231 and Clarkson University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps. The games ended with a party and special dinner, raffle, silent auction and the awarding of medals and trophies. The Wounded Warriors benefit from the tournament in multiple ways: Strengthens Soldier bond WTU team player Staff Sergeant, Matthew Butler said, “The best part of playing for me was seeing all the Soldiers having fun together and working as a team.” Butler was injured while on an air assault mission in Iraq of 2007. “The camaraderie between hockey fans and players is unlike any other sport. Playing with Wounded Warriors takes this one step further, we are brothers in arms and brothers on the ice,” said Sergeant, Elijah Haslage, a WTU goalie. Strengthens body Haslage said, “I like this event because it gives those who love hockey but can’t play anymore the chance to get back on the ice, no matter the disability.” “Sled hockey also brings a whole new challenge to the game of hockey for someone like me that has played hockey,” said Butler. “Even though the rules and fundamentals are the same, being in a sled gives that feeling of learning and being challenged as though you have never played hockey before. In other words, I found myself learning a whole new skill set but still playing the game I love, hockey!” WTU team player Staff Sergeant, Wautash Grillett said,
Provides a distraction “I think it is a good distraction for a lot of Warriors that have a lot on their plates; they have the looming transition out of the Army, painful conditions, and numerous doctors’ appointments. It is good to forget for the few hours you are on the ice,” said Haslage. Butler said, “Soldiers who at one time were training to kick in doors and then deployed and had to face the reality behind those doors to protect and serve a country they love, are now returning with limitations. Anything that makes them forget about those limitations for a few moments and builds cohesion as a team once again with a common goal or interest (and love every minute of it) is what these Soldiers need!” Butler continued, “It truly is a blessing to know that the “North Country” of upstate, New York not only cares about our Soldiers, as we have always known, but really goes out of their way to make a difference in these Soldiers lives at such a crucial time for many.” McKenna said, “The event would not have been possible without the overwhelming support and generous donations from the entire community. Donations from this recent tournament will help us purchase new equipment including 30 sleds.” McKenna added, “These tournaments have shown me that Wounded Warriors can do anything they put their minds to. They just need an opportunity. These guys and gals put their lives on the line for us. The Army Corps builds buildings and facilities for them. This event brings us together.” Dr. JoAnne Castagna is a Public Affairs Specialist and Writer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District. She can be reached at joanne.castagna@usace. army.mil. Follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/writer4usacenyc
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NY’ers Bring Home Another National Title Day in action vs Quinnipiac (Yale Photo)
By Warren Kozireski
coach Wayne who won a hockey title with Bowling he only thing I can really think about right Green in 1984, and freshman defenseman Rob O’Gara now is watching the NHL playoffs on TV from Nesconset. and, when a media person asks them a “I have three more years, so I’m hoping to get a question after they win, they can’t think of anything couple more but we’ll see,” Wilson said. “We had all to say—and now I kind of get it; I have no idea what the confidence in the world even though everyone was to say.” betting against us. It didn’t faze us at all—if anything Buffalo native and it was motivation. Going Yale sophomore Anthony against Minnesota and North Day was almost speechDakota, we had beaten teams less in the postgame locker that defeated them and toroom following his teams night was the first time this Frozen Four shutout vicyear we were able to give tory over top seed QuinQuinnipiac a good game and nipiac to leave Pittsburgh we came out on top.” with their first hockey na Day, former captain tional championship. at St. Francis High School, Speechless because had two assists in the West his Bulldogs became the Regional final against North first number-four seed to Dakota while Wilson, son Wilson in action vs Quinnipiac (Yale Photo) win the title since the 16of RIT head coach Wayne, team format was adopted in assisted on two of the three 2003. They also became the first to beat three number- goals in the same game and helped hold UMass-Lowone seeds on their way to the title (Minnesota in the ell and Quinnipiac to a combined 0-for-5 on the power first round of the NCAA West Regional, UMass-Low- play during the Frozen Four. ell in the national semi-final and Quinnipiac). Day--“it was just such a surreal game and there And that his team scored more goals in the cham- was just never a doubt. The guys in this room are a pionship game against the Bobcats than they had in confident group and we got it done.” three previous losses to them during the season and Wilson—“tonight we had all the motivation in the ECAC playoffs. world and we found a way.” The other New Yorkers who will wear a new ring Yale head coach Keith Allain talked about his use this fall are Pittsford’s Stu Wilson, son of RIT head of Wilson and Day’s line during critical moments on
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their way to the title. “I’ve got a tremendous amount of confidence in the group defensively as well as offensively and with Stu as one of our primary penalty killers, I obviously trust him. “They have speed, they have tenacity, they have a very high hockey IQ and have really meshed well for us down the stretch as a line.” Wilson played high school at Pittsford before joining the Rochester Junior B Americans in the Empire League and then Cedar Rapids in the United States Hockey League. He has scored nine goals and added eight assists over the first 37 games of his collegiate career while centering the team’s third line and a member of the top penalty killing unit. “The biggest transition for me was from Junior B to juniors in the USHL and now coming here (the Frozen Four) after seeing my dad’s team do it a few years ago,” Wilson said. “It’s kind of surreal actually.” “I worked really hard and I wanted the kinds of opportunities I’m getting, but with older guys around they can get a leg up on you and there can be a bit of hierarchy. But the coaches have put me in situations which I am grateful for and I’m just trying to make the best of them.
As for Day, he played his freshman year with St. Francis, spent two years with Iroquois, played in the Buffalo Regals system and one year in Rochester in bantam minor before leaving home to play for Waterloo in the United States Hockey League. In 55 games over his two year collegiate career, the 5’9” has scored five goals and six assists. “I’ve been fortunate to get a couple breaks and I can’t say enough about St. Francis and their program. Two years in the USHL away from home; I got bigger and stronger and Yale has been a dream come true. “Stu and I try to use our speed and that’s the best part of my game. O’Gara arrived at Yale out of Milton Academy and played in all 37 games including the final two in the top defensive pairing with Colorado Avalanche draft pick Gus Young. O’Gara racked up seven assists this season. Now the names Day, Wilson and O’Gara can be added to Kennedy, Patch Alber, Ratchuk, Mueller, Brian Gionta, Brooks and Andrew Orpik, Nick Petrecki, Kevin Shattenkirk and Matt Gilroy among other New Yorkers over the past decade as NCAA hockey national champions.B
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Feature / Page 9 number of people that they can pull in from the qualified alternate pool. I got my letter in June of my senior year explaining that I had been accepted into West Point through this category. “Only later, once I got to West Point, that I found out that it was their hockey coach, Jack Riley, not Blaik, who had selected me out of the qualified alternate pool. I suspect to this day that it was my friend, Larry Asbury, who must have talked to Riley about by Randy Schultz me and my hockey Photos Provided by Pete Dawkins career back in Michigan.” Dawkins would go on to earn three letters on the hockey team during his time at West Point coming interested in West Point. “So at the end of my junior year and was a top-scoring defenseman, in high school, my football coach serving as the assistant captain his went with me to me to see legend- senior year. He went on to explain ary Army football coach Red Blaik. about his love of hockey. We waited and finally saw him.” Within a few minutes, the conversation was over with and the duo went back to Michigan. To get into West Point you have to be recommended and appointed. That comes from a Congressman or Senator. “By the time I applied, all of the Congressmen and Senators had given out their principle appointments,” said Dawkins. “I was able to get an alternate appointment. “It allowed me to take all of the entrance, medical and scholastic exams. Which I passed. “What I later found out is that the athletic coaches at West Point have a claim on a school. We had gone to high school together at Cranbrook. “Larry had stayed in contact with me and explained what a great time he was having at West Point. He had quite an influence on me be-
Hockey Leads to Heisman!
ete Dawkins is one of the most accomplished cadets to ever come out of West Point. He was a Heisman Trophy winner and captain of Army’s 1958 unbeaten football team. Dawkins is the first and only cadet to become Cadet Brigade Commander, class president, captain of the football team and a ‘star man,’ finishing in the top five percent of his class. Upon graduation from West Point he studied for three years at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and later received his doctorate from Princeton. He continued his Army career and was promoted to Brigadier General and served in the Pentagon as the Army’s Deputy Director of Strategy, Plans and Policy before retiring in 1983 after 24 years of dedicated service. But as hard as this may to believe, it was actually the sport of hockey that got him in the door of West Point. “I loved hockey,” recalled Dawkins. “You learned to love hockey if you grew up in Michigan. “A friend of mine, Larry Asbury, had gone to the Academy a year before I graduated from high
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“It was the sport I really enjoyed playing the most,” continued Dawkins, now 75. “If you could hit it with a stick, throw it or chase it I played it. “Jack Riley was a remarkable person (Riley coached the gold medal winning 1960 U.S. men’s hockey team). He was one of the greatest motivators I’ve ever been with as far as a coach goes. “We played on Smith Rink at West Point. I think it was the largest ice rink in North America at the time. “I think Army won every third period we played at home because the surface was so big. The opposition was so exhausted by the time they got to the third period. “We practiced on it every day so we were used to it.” Dawkins only had one problem to deal with as a hockey player. “The football season and hockey season overlapped,” explained Dawkins. “The hockey team had already played three or four games before we would get to the Army-Navy football game. “So the Army-Navy game would be on a Saturday. I would play the game, take off Sunday and be at hockey practice on Monday. “I didn’t have a lot of transition time from one sport to another. It was just something I had to put up with.” Interestingly one of Dawkins most memorable hockey experiences occurred following graduation from West Point.
“A friend invited me to practice with the Detroit Red Wings,” explained Dawkins. “I thought I had died and gone to heaven. “I jumped at the chance. It was a couple of weeks before the Red Wings opened their season. “So they allowed me to warm up with the team and then they had a scrimmage. I was put on a line with Gordie Howe. “I played against a team that had Red Kelly on defense and Terry Sawchuk in goal. So we began playing and before you knew it I had scored a goal. “Things got a little rougher after that because these guys are competitors. But I ended up scoring another goal. That’s when things really got rough. “I was simply trying to keep from getting hurt out there. And wouldn’t you know it, I scored again. “After that third goal, Sawchuk broke his stick over the crossbar and went in the locker room and wouldn’t come back out. “My brief NHL career and hockey career was over. “It was time for me to move on.” And move on he did.B
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Boy’s High School Hockey
Rob Ray presented Scholarships to Buffalo’s Randy Dinalte and Rochester’s Justin Alves. (Photos by Janet Schultz, NY Hockey On-Line)
Buffalo Takes Two in Bowman Cup
he Buffalo Seniors and Buffalo Junior/Prep took home the Bowman Cup and Rochester Juniors took home a championship following the 2013 Bowman
Cup. Each year the top ice hockey players from high schools, prep schools and the junior teams in Buffalo and Rochester are chosen to play in a showcase tournament that draws college and junior hockey scouts. The Buffalo Seniors took the Rochester Seniors 9-0 for the second time in two years. Buffalo’s Manny Mannis, Lancaster, had a hat trick in the game. Eric Paradowski, St. Joe’s scored the first goal, shorthanded. Other players dumping the puck in the net were Bob Piotrowicz with two goals, Frontier High High School; Ausitn Bianchi, Williamsville East; Dimitrios Gogos, St. Joes and Tyler McTigue, St. Francis. Getting assists were Randy Dinatale, Sweethome, 3; Bianchi had two assists, McTigue had two assists and Lockport High School’s Rick Eberhardt had two assists. Brian Ruff, son of former Buffalo Sabres Head Coach Lindy Ruff, also had two assists and Ty Gallagher, Grand Island, and Tom Ryan, Kenmore West, each had a single
assist. In goal for the Buffalo team were Nick George, St. Joe’s; Connor Naughton, Canisius High and Chris Reinhardt, Cheektowaga. In the first game of the day, the Buffalo Juniors vs the Rochester Juniors, it was Rochester winning 4-1. Rochester’s Brandon Henshaw, Brockport, put the puck past Buffalo Goaltender Adam Dentico, Williamsville East. The initial shot was saved by Dentico but Henshaw took his own rebound and scored just as he fell to the ground in front of the net. Anthony DePetres, Aquinas High School, and Connor Hoyng, Churchville-Chili, got the assists. Rochester scored twice in the second period with Andrew Scuncio, Pittsford, scoring on a rebound and then DePetres scored his first goal of the evening. Buffalo’s only goal was scored by Joe Piegay, Bishop Timon, with a little over one minute left in the game. DePetres then dumped in his second of the game to get the win. Ryan Romeo, Fairport, got the assist. At the Junior/Prep School game it was Buffalo over Rochester 3-2 to win the Rick Martin Memorial Cup. The teams scored four goals in the final six minutes of the game.
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Buffalo took control in the first half when Cory Swift, Loomis Chaffee, opened the scoring at 6:26 of the first. Eric Benshadle, Buffalo Jr. Sabres 16U, and Ben Sharf, Loomis Chaffee, picked up the assists. RochesScotty Bowman leaves the ice after dropping ter Goaltender the puck at the 2013 Bowman Cup, named Jake Bymiaski, in honor of the NHL’s winningest coach. Maksymum, kept the score to one by making a big save on Buffalo’s Mike Coyne of the Buffalo Jr. Sabres 18U team. Bymiaski snared the puck with his glove as Coyne came across the crease. Rochester’s Jordan Severo, Belle Tire 16U, came into the net in the second half and stopped Swift from putting in a second goal. With under six minutes left in the game, Rochester’s Joe Drabin, Buffalo Jr. Sabres 18U, tied the score at 1-1. With two minute left, Buffalo’s Eric Benshadle, Buffalo Jr.Sabres 16U team, scored putting Buffalo in the lead. Nichol’s Nick Smith added an empty net goal which proved to be the game-winner. Rochester answered back with just 8.5 seconds left when Bryan Carville, Maksyum scored, but no time was left for them to advance further. Buffalo took the Rick Martin Memorial Cup home. Buffalo Goaltenders Blaine Brock, Buffalo Jr. Sabres 18U, Bobby Bloomfield, Buffalo Jr. Sabres and Anthony Tirabassi, Nichols, were in net. Buffalo’s Randy DiNatale of Sweethome High School and Rochester’s Justin Alves, Churchville-Chili, received scholarships from the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Association. The scholarships were presented by Alumni President Rob Ray. Dropping the puck for the tournament named in his honor, was former Buffalo Sabres Head Coach and winningest coach in the NHL, Scotty Bowman.B
Juniors Austin Bull and Will Stryker faceoff.
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Buffalo Seniors took home the 2013 Bowman Cup
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Binghamton Adds Ceci to Roster
ttawa’s Cody Ceci has been reassigned to Binghamton from the Owen Sound Attack. The 6-3, 215-pound defenseman was Ottawa’s first-round pick (15th overall) in the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft. The Orleans, Ont. native recently finished his fourth full season in the OHL when his Owen Sound Attack were defeated four games to two by the Plymouth Whalers in a Western Conference Seminfinal playoff series that ended April 14 Ceci, 19, appeared in 69 total OHL games this season split between the Ottawa 67’s and Sound scoring a career-high 19 goals, 45 assists and 64 points. In 265 career games, he has recorded 49 goals, 121 assists and 170 points. He has also earned three goals and 27 assists in 46 playoff games. Fans are also encouraged to follow @ BSens_Hockey on Twitter for live game updates. B
Calder Cup Playoffs Thursday, May 2 Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton Penguins defeated Biughamton 3-2
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Central Section News and Notes Six Blazers Named To NYSAHA Player Development Camps
he Syracuse Blazers are proud to announce that six players have been named to NYSAHA Player Development teams this coming spring/summer: For the ‘98 team - Tommy Bianchi, Stanley Kubis and Nick Skidmore. For the ‘99 team - Tanner Coleman, Matt Frye and Jeffrey Gentile. Congratulations to these players and all the Blazers who attended the March 23 tryout and represented SYHA well. The selection of SYHA players is a testament to their hard work and the commitment from our organization to player development.
Blazers Announce Coaching Staff
he Syracuse Blazers announced their 2002 Team Coaching Staff.
Team Head Coach Squirt (‘04/’03) Duane Debejian PW Minor (’02) Rob Kidder/Jason Ellis PW Major (’01) Dan Cramer Bantam Minor (’00) John Wood Bantam Major (’99) Mike Matyasik Midget 16U TB Jerry Rose Midget 16U Non-TB Mike Zandri Midget (18U) Tony Bird Girls (14U) Jenee Kawejsza
Valley Youth Hockey
at Karins was named the recipient of the 2013 Kurt Kemp Friend of Youth Hockey. Karins has served as the Valley Registrar for the past four seasons. In addition, Pat has helped as the Kitchen Coordinator and goes above and beyond in her role as Registrar keeping things running smoothly for the Association. Through Pat’s efforts, the teams at Valley Hockey are able to play and compete, representing Valley across NYS.
Valley Hockey elected the following to positions for next season: Terry Walter, vice president; Heather DiBlasi, treasurer; Dan McDonald, director of coaches; Any Boland, Rlodney Kirkby, Ronna Louise, members-at-large and Scott Jesmore, scheduler. Their terms run through 2015.
Future Bright for First Arena and Elmira Jackals Elmira--New owners of the First Arena, Tom Freeman and Nathan Cook held a press conference to share their vision for the future. Local business owners, area representatives and regional officials were present during this press conference to share in the good news. Freeman and Cook will operate the facility, the team, and restaurant/catering as part of their ownership. The two have plans to revamp the events held at the facility, including new entertainment and performances. Arena sponsorship packages are also being reviewed as they look for continued local and regional involvement. “We are excited to move forward with a renewed vision for the First Arena, and see its revitalization as a premiere mainstay in downtown Elmira,” stated Freeman. “We intend to bring back the original vision of the facility within this community - adding to the revitalization of downtown Elmira and the growing regional tourism industry.” Opening in 2000, the First Arena has become an entertainment center for the Southern Tier and Twin Tiers regions as well as the home of the Elmira Jackals. The Elmira Jackals compete in the Eastern Conference of the ECHL, which serves as the primary development league for the American Hockey League (AHL) and the National Hockey League (NHL). After playing in the ECHL for the last six years, the Elmira Jackals have established themselves as one of the most competitive teams in the league. Thank you Elmira for posting the NY Hockey OnLine link on your website!
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Southern Tier Hockey
Liverpool High School Boys Hockey
goalie clinic will be hosted at the Chenango Ice Rink on July 16-19 with instruction provided by Assistant Coach of the Binghamton Senators, Matt Meacham. Vaughn Custom Sports will provide jerseys. For more information contact Tom Severance at 607222-1866. Thank you Southern Tier Hockey for posting the NY Hockey Online Link on your website.
Congratulations to the Liverpool Warriors who received all-league honors this season. Dalton Horton (Jr.) - First team all-league Kody Gaulke (Jr.) - Second team all-league Steven Kozikoski (8th) - All-league honorable mention JT Muolo (Jr.) - All-league honorable mention Alex Bittel (Sr.) - All-league honorable mention Coach Mathes - D1 West co-coach of the year
Snowbelt Hockey Association Snowbelt Hockey announces the following awards presented this season: Division Titles Awarded to teams who earned the most points within their division during regular season play Squirt Red Thousand Islands Squirt White Oswego 2 Squirt Blue Binghamton PeeWee Red Binghamton PeeWee White Camillus 2 PeeWee Blue Cortland Bantam Blue Salmon River Bantam Red Ithaca Midget Elmira Sportsmanship Award Awarded to teams who earned all 16 Fair Play Points Squirt White Oswego 2 Squirt White Ithaca 2 Squirt Blue Elmira Squirt Blue Center State Squirt Blue Midstate PeeWee White Fulton PeeWee Blue Cortland
Congratulations Valley Hockey on 40 Years of Hockey in New York!
Thank you Snowbelt for posting the link to NY Hockey Online on your website.
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Award. He finished his career with 134 games played with 65 career points. Spiro Goulakos was named captain for The team’s Best Offensive player went to Tylor the 2013-14 season at the team’s annual Spink, who led the team in points with 31. He was the awards banquet. Joe Wilson (North Syra- first rookie to lead Colgate in points since Tyler Burton cuse) was selected as the assistant cap- ‘08 had 34 points in 2004-05. He led the ECAC conference in points among rookies. tain. Goulakos was awarded with three of the eight awards as he took home CORNELL the Dan Coley “Barrel” Award, Rob Ries Award and Coaches Award. Cornell senior Greg Miller signed a Despite missing 10 games, Goulakos was the lead- professional contract with the Bridgeer on the blueline with port Sound Tigers of seven goals, including four power the American Hockey play goals and two game-winning League. Miller has goals. He ended up with 18 points, led the Big Red in scoring for three which was one away from a consecutive seasons, was a 2013 Allcareer-high. Ivy League First Team selection and The Dan Coley Award is given earned the 2013 ECAC Hockey Best to the best defensemen, while the Defensive Forward Award. Rob Ries Award is given to the play Miller once again led Cornell in er who provided the most inspiration scoring this season with 14 goals and by Warren Kozireski and leadership to the team. 19 assists for 33 points in 33 games Senior Jeremy Price won the Terthis season — making him the Big ry Slater Trophy, which is awarded Red’s first three-time leading scorer by the Silver Puck Club and goes to the senior whose since Matt Moulson ‘06. performance, leadership and dedication on and off the Miller took home the night’s top honor by winning ice during his career had the greatest impact on Col- the Nicky Bawlf Award as the team’s most valuable gate hockey. He was also named the Best Defensive player at the team’s annual awards banquet. Player. Senior forward Erik Axell, one of the team’s tri-cap Price finished his career with 149 games played, tains, was the only member of the squad to win two which is tied for 11th all time. He recorded 76 career awards. He was presented the Sam Woodside Award points and is eighth on the all-time list among defense- for overall career improvement by a senior and the men with 57 career assists. Iron Man Award, presented annually to the player who The Whit Williams Award is given to the player showed determination to overcome injuries. that is most improved over his four years with the pro- Braden Birch won the Joe DeLibero-Stan Tsapis gram and this year it went to Nathan Sinz. He played Award for skilled efficiency, unselfish dedication and over 100 games in his career and had 24 points on two hard-nosed competitive desire. He continued to be one goals and 22 assists. of the Big Red’s steadiest defensive defensemen, an Senior Kurtis Bartliff was voted the winner of the choring a unit that was a perfect 8-for-8 in killing off Steve Riggs Award, two-man disadvantages. Serving as one of the team’s which rewards a player who is most known for gentle- tri-captains, Birch also pitched in offensively, scoring manly play and both of his goals in March. possesses a high standard of ability. It was the sec- Nick D’Agostino was presented with the Mark Weiss ond time in his career that Bartliff has won the Riggs
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Memorial Award, which is awarded to a senior with a career-long dedication and passion for the sport of hockey. D’Agostino once again logged tons of minutes from the blue line, playing significant time in all situations. He continued to be a threat offensively with 17 points in 34 games. His six goals were tops among blueliners, including three power-play goals. John Esposito claimed the Crimson Cup, given to the player who was the standout performer in the season series against Harvard. The Big Red dropped the first game of the season against Harvard, 4-1, on Nov. 16 at Lynah Rink, but then rallied for a 2-2 tie in the rematch on Feb. 16 at Bright Center in Cambridge, Mass. Vince Mihalek was presented the Cornell Hockey Association Award, which is given annually to the player whose contributions to the team don’t show up in the box score, but rather are in the form of energy, heart and hustle. Iles was tabbed for the Bill Doran Sportsmanship Award after making 898 saves this season, tied for second most in a single season in program history. He started all 34 games, finishing all of those games — with the exception of the final 31 seconds of the Senior Night game, when he yielded the crease to make room for senior Omar Kanji’s collegiate debut. The Greg Ratushny Award for the most promising rookie went to Christian Hilbrich. After appearing intermittently for the first two-thirds of the season, Hilbrich scored five points while playing the final 10 games of the season.
HOBART Alum and former Statesmen Ryan Adler ‘09 served as the emcee for the Hockey Humanitarian Award presentation at the 2013 Frozen Four in Pittsburgh. Adler, a two-time finalist for the award during his Hobart hockey career, is now a member of the Humanitarian Award Foundation board of trustees. After partaking in voting and interviews with the 2013 candidates, Adler was asked to emcee the presentation at the Frozen Four this year. The award is given annually to a hockey player, male or female in Division I-III, to ac-
knowledge his or her accomplishments of personal character, scholarship and the giving of oneself off the ice to the larger community.
UTICA The men’s hockey team led the nation in home attendance for the seventh consecutive season this past year. In 17 home dates, 63,824 fans came through the turnstiles at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. Utica’s average home attendance of 3,754 fans per home game set a new single season record for home attendance in Division III, as the Pioneers shattered their own previous record of 3,253 set last season. UC’s average attendance ranked 19th nationally at all levels of NCAA hockey (DI-DIII). The Pioneers sold out 11-of-17 home games this past season, including the their NCAA Tournament quarterfinal victory against Bowdoin on March 9th. Rounding out the top five most attended programs this year were Oswego State (2nd, 2,418), Plattsburgh (3rd, 1,840), Norwich (4th, 1,618) and Bowdoin (5th, 1,345).
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vanced to the semifinals with easy victories of 13-0 and 8-0 over Switzerland and Finland. Hamilton Col In the semifinal on Monday, lege’s Katie ZimmerCanada defeated Russia 8-1 to man ’13 (Plymouth, move on to the gold medal game. Mich./Plymouth-SaThere, the United States got the lem HS) was selectbetter of Canada, winning 3-2 on a ed to the 2012-13 D3hockey.com third-period goal by University of East Region all-region team on Minnesota forward Amanda KesApril 8. 2012-13 D3hockey.com sel. All-East Region Team Zimmer In Canada’s five games of the man was one of six players voted tournament, Cornell skaters were to the second team. She was a by Janet Schultz Janet@nyhockeyonline.com a huge part of the offense and deNESCAC all-conference second fense. Johnston had three goals and team selection at forward for two assists for her home country the second year in a row back in and Jenner tallied four goals and two assists. Fortino February. Zimmerman finished first in the conference and sixth in Division III with 21 goals. Her 30 points, also had two assists and Rougeau had one. Rougeau seven power-play goals and five game-winning goals was an impressive +10 for the tournament, and Forall ranked second in the conference. Zimmerman also tino was +6. The Big Red skaters also combined for four ranked fourth in the NESCAC with 10 power-play point in two exhibition games before the tournament. points. Zimmerman is tied for third in program history with 57 career goals and is ranked seventh with 97 points. The Continentals finished 2012-13 with a ELMIRA 13-11-1 overall record, including 7-8-1 in the conference, and tied for fifth place in the NESCAC stand- Head EC Women’s Ice Hockey Coach Dean ings. The 13 wins matched the team record for most in Jackson ‘03 was named East Regional and National one season. Coach of the Year. In addition sophomore’s Brooke Wilgosh’15 and Ashley Ryan ‘15 were named to the All-East Region Second Team and Honorable MenCORNELL tion All-Americans, as announced by D3 Hockey.com. In just his first season behind the Elmira bench, Four members of the Cornell women’s hockey team, past and present, took home a silver medal at the Jackson guided the Soaring Eagles to a 24-5-1 mark 2013 IIHF Women’s World Championships in Ottawa, and the program’s third national title. He became the first Division III head coach, men or women, to Ontario. Senior defensemen Laura Fortino and Lauri- win a national title in his first season since Neumann ane Rougeau, junior forward Brianne Jenner and for- men’s coach Dominick Dawes accomplished the feat ward Rebecca Johnston ‘12 were part of the Canadian in 2009. Wilgosh finished third in assists for the naroster that recorded four consecutive victories in the earlier rounds of the tional-champion Soaring Eagles while manning the blueline. Her 0.78 points championship. Canada defeated the United per game was good for fifth best in the States in a shootout in the tourna- region, while her team’s defense was ment’s preliminary round and ad- tied for the fewest goals allowed in the
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region. Ryan was the top scorer for Elmira, tallying 17 goals and 14 assists for 31 points. While leading the team in short-handed goals, she finished near the top of every other category for the Soaring Eagles, be it goals, assists, power play goals or game-winning goals. In an overly balanced team, Ryan may have been the most balanced player of all, excelling in all facets of the game.
NY at the Nationals
Y was well-represented at the USA Nationals for Girls and Youth Hockey. With 14 teams participating, one came home with a first place finish-Chazy 19U Tier II. At the 19U Tier I level the Buffalo Bisons lost in the quarterfinals to Shattuck St. Mary’s, Madison Welch made 23 saves and the Bisons took third place. The 19U Tier II Chazy Ladies came home with a championship banner and gold medals. After a loss to Keweenaw in game one, they went on to defeat the Storm 3-2 in the finals. (See related story on Page 40). The Buffalo Bisons also had a team in the 16U Tier I Division.
Eight members of the Oswego State women’s ice hockey team were named to the 2012-13 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s West All-Academic Team as announced by ECAC Interim Commissioner Steve Bamford. Players Named To All-Academic Team Olivia Boersen, Jr. (Stratford, Ontario) Chelsea Hunt, Jr. (Brockport, N.Y.) Leslie Jarvis, Jr. (Newmarket, Ontario) Mady Paul, Jr. (Incline Village, Nev.) Melissa Seamont, Jr. (North Bay, Ontario) Emma Smetaniuk, Jr. (Frankford, Ontario) Bridget Smith, So. (Hamburg, N.Y.) Jocelyn St. Clair, Jr. (Cambridge, Ontario)
They beat Anaheim 4-2 in the quarters with Ashley Sorge scoring 3, Olivia Zafuto, a single and Lauren Pray making 23 saves. In the semi’s they faced Shattuck St. Mary’s and lost 7-0. Shattuck went on to win the Championship. The Potsdam Ice Storm played in the 16U Tier II Division and took second place after beating Arizona 6-2 in the quarterfinals. Goals were supplied by Kirsten Barkely (2), Kalie Grant, Lydia Cosgrove and Ally Miller (2). Moving into the semifinals they beat the East Cost Wizards 3-2. Grant and Miller scoring along with Natalie Giglio. Maddie Dielababough made 26 saves. Finally Potsdam would lose 4-1 to the Vermont Shamrocks with Grant scoring the single goal. Syracuse represented NY at the 14U Tier I level. They lost their preliminary rounds to Pittsburgh (5-1), New Jersey Colonials (3-2)
and Honeybaked (3-2). The St. Lawrence Thunder brought home a second place victory after two wins (NJ Colonials and Nassau Panthers) and one loss (East Coach Wizards) put them into the playoffs rounds. The beat Cape Cod 4-3 before losing 2-1 in the semi-final round to the Ct. Ice Cats. In the Women’s Division the Rochester Edge took the Senior C Championship with an unbeaten tournament record. They beat Rampage, Twin City Selects and Team ICES heading into the playoff rounds. In Round 1 it was the Blue Jackets taking them 3-0. Up next the Blue Stars and a 4-0 win followed by a 2-0 win over the Southern Thunder. On the scoreboard were Amanda Forbes, Alyssa Henkel, Brianne Minnick nd Kaley Ostanek. (Continued on Page 24)
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of the entire Arrows organizalen Yee is the tion.” 2013 recipient Yee has been president of of the Chris Kirthe Arrows organization for 12 gan Award. The award years and a volunteer in the orwas presented during the ganization for about 20 years. Spring 2013 East Section “ meeting. East Section President, It is presented to a perRalph Scannapieco, commentson selected by the East ed on Yee winning the award. Section President, follow “Glen has not only been ing consultation with the involved with the Arrows, but East Section First Vice he is on the board of the Long President. The person by Randy Schultz Island Hockey League,” said selected is one who has (Photo: Yee, left, receives the Chris Kirgan Award from East Section Vice President Charlie VenScannapieco. “The Arrows are made substantial and outone of the premier organizastanding contributions to ticinque) tions in our section. hockey under NYSAHA “Glen has a great deal of and USA Hockey in the have received the award. integrity, which is what the East Section. “And award such as this reaward is about. Glen does a tire “I was very surprised at winning the award,” said Yee. “There ally speaks to whole Arrows orga- less amount of work. are a lot of other people who have nization. From the players to the “He works hard and is very debeen involved as long or longer coaches to the administration, it is serving of the award.”B than I’ve been in hockey that could a reflection of all of us. “I accept this award on behalf
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The Buffalo Hornets traveled to San Jose with heavy hearts after the death of their coach Don Sheengold. They lost all three of their preliminary games in the Senior B. Division.
16U Tier II (Could find no scores)
In the Youth Divisions (Boys) the scoreboard for New York follows:
18U Tier I Buffalo Regals vs Honeybaked (5-3 L); Team Comcast (3-2 L); Cleveland Barons (4-3 L)
14U Tier I Buffalo Regals vs Honeybaked (6-0 L), Devils (5-2 L) and Indiana Jr. Ice (5-3 L)
18U Tier II Cheektowaga Warriors vs Port Huron (7-2 L); MidState Mustangs (7-3 L); Chicago Bruins (3-1 L).
14U Tier II St. Lawrence Thunder vs Denver Jr. Pioneers (3-2 L) and Montgomery Blue Devils (9-2 L ). 16U Tier I Rochester Stars vs Honeybaked (9-0 L); WGS Jr. Knights (6-2 L); Cleveland Barons (8-2 L).
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succeed on and off the ice.” An engineering management major, Rocha is a Army defenseman Cheyne three-time Atlantic Hockey Rocha was named the hockey Association Academic AllSenior Star. He posted the highest CLASS GPA among league defenAw a r d semen as a junior and was w i n by Warren Kozireski named Student-Athlete of ner. The the Year. Rocha spearheaded threeHouse of Blues, an awaret i m e ness campaign for prostate canAtlantic Hockey Association cer, now the preferred charity academic all-star was recogof Atlantic Hockey. He is acnized for his work on and off tive with the Special Olympics the ice by a nationwide vote and Neighborhood Knights, a of Division I men’s hockey team group that provides comcoaches, national ice hockey media and fans. munity service. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must Andy Starczewski (left) be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have (Whitesboro) was named the notable achievements in four areas of excellence – Henry “Hal” Beukema Award classroom, community, character and competition. winner as Most Valuable Rocha is the first hockey player to win the award Player after his team-high 11 goals and 15 assists for and just the second Army athlete joining 2010 lacrosse 26 points while John Clark won the first Major Tom winner Andrew Maisano. “I am humbled and honored to accept the Senior Kennedy Award after posting his first career goal and CLASS Award,” said Rocha who will commission as a handing out six assists. Second Lieutenant in the Engineer Branch of the U.S. Ryan Leets was presented with the Haggerty Army following graduation. “I have been blessed with Award. Leets won four games this season with a 3.80 great teammates, coaches, and instructors during my goals against average and .894 save percentage. The time at West Point and this award is a result of their Haggerty Award is named in honor of Paul Haggerty, mentorship and support. I want to thank my family a 1991 West Point graduate who worked his way up for their unwavering support and guidance. This was from junior varsity to the first line and then served as a great group of finalists and I would like to thank all an Army assistant coach. of the fans, media, and head coaches who voted for Rocha earned the Gunning Award for academic me during this process. I also want to thank the hard excellence. The award is named for Michael J. Gunworking people behind the Senior CLASS Award for ning, a cadet letterman who died following a hit-andtheir support of college athletics, especially those who run accident and is presented in recognition of the ca-
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det who displays the qualities of academic excellence, selfless dedication to his teammates, a trusted friend and a player who demonstrates true love for the game. Joe Kozlak was honored with the Heinmiller Award presented to the team’s outstanding freshman. The Atlantic Hockey Association All-Rookie Team selection was third on the team in scoring with 17 points. The team also announced that Brian Schultz would serve as captain for the 2013-14 season with Mac Lalor and Josh Richards serving as alternate captains. Zach McKelvie and Owen Meyer were among the 18 players selected when the Atlantic Hockey Association announced its 10th Anniversary Teams.
R.P.I. Senior defenseman Nick Bailen (Fredonia) was named First Team East All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association. It is the second consecutive honor for the senior—he was Second Team in 2011. He later signed a professional contract and was a regular in the Rochester Americans AHL lineup earning his first professional point—an assist—in his first contest April 5th versus Lake Erie. Bailen was named the Engineers Most Valuable Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Classmate CJ Lee (Staten Island) received the Ben Mayo Most Inspirational Player, while Marty O’Grady earned the Community Service Award. Sophomores Luke Curadi and Matt Neal and freshman Travis Fulton shared the Most Improved Player award while sophomore defenseman Curtis Leonard won Best Defensive Player and goaltender Jason Kasdorf garnered Freshman of the Year. Head coach Seth Appert had his contract extended and will now run through the 2020-21 season. “I am thrilled to be at RPI, where we continue to build our program the right way,” Appert said. “I am humbled by the support and belief that Dr. Jackson, Dr. Sams and Jim Knowlton, as well as the alumni and fans, have shown. I am proud of our young men and look forward to leading them in pursuit of championships at RPI.” Appert, who recently finished his seventh year in Troy, led the 2012-13 Engineers to a second place fin-
ish in the ECAC Hockey standings–the highest for an RPI team since 1992-93. RPI had a 12-7-3 league mark and an 18-14-5 overall record.
UNION The Dutchmen earned their second consecutive trip to the NCAA playoffs where they defeated Boston College 5-1 before seeing their season end by the reverse score to eventual Frozen Four finalist Qunnipiac. Sophomore defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere became the ninth Union player to earn All-America honors and the fifth in the Division I era, as he was named a 2013 Second Team CCM Hockey All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association. Gostisbehere is the third Union defenseman to earn All-American honors, joining Jack Rankin (Second Team, 1977) and Mat Bodie (Second Team, 2012). Gostisbehere’s selection marks the third straight season that a Union player has earned All-American recognition. Junior goaltender Troy Grosenick signed an entrylevel NHL contract with the San Jose Sharks in early April. Senior forward Wayne Simpson was named most valuable player at the annual year-end banquet. Simpson became the ninth member of the Union College Century Club this season, leading the team with 36 points (16 goals, 20 assists) in 39 games played, including a team-best seven game-winning goals. Simpson finished his career at Union with 115 points (56 goals, 59 assists), tied for third with Jason Walters ’10, on the school’s career points list in the Division I era. Sophomore defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere was voted by the fans as the Garnet Blades 7th PLAYER Award winner. The honor is co-sponsored by the Garnet Blades and Lee’s Trophies and is given to the student-athlete recognized by the fans who, with extra effort and skill, consistently creates excitement through aggressive play, resulting in a team advantage. The Coaches’ Award was given to each of the three captains—junior defenseman Mat Bodie, senior forward Kyle Bodie and senior defenseman Greg Coburn. Sophomore forward Daniel Ciampini earned the team’s Most Improved Player Award. Ciampini recorded 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in 36 games,
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improving on his freshman totals with 15 more points and 21 more games played. The Rookie of the Year Award went to freshman forward Matt Wilkins, who led all Union freshmen in scoring with 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) in 37 games played. Junior forward Cole Ikkala earned the Scott Richardson Unsung Hero Award. Ikkala has another solid season on the fourth line, recording a career high eight points (three goals, five assists) in 36 games played. Union College has extended the contract of men’s ice hockey coach Rick Bennett through the 2019-20 season. “The job that Rick Bennett has done for the Union College men’s ice hockey program has truly been remarkable,” stated Jim McLaughlin, Union College Director of Athletics. “As an assistant and later associate head coach, his recruiting and coaching efforts helped build us into an ECAC Hockey playoff contender, and laid a foundation for greater heights. In just two seasons with Rick, we have a Frozen Four appearance, two Whitelaw Cup Championships, a Cleary Cup Championship, two NCAA appearances, and Academic All-Americans. Under Bennett’s guidance, Union finished the 201213 season with a record of 22-13-5 (10-8-4 ECAC Hockey), clinching its fourth straight 20-win season. Bennett is the first coach in program history to record 20 wins in each of his first two seasons in Schenectady. B
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Assistant Coach Julie Chu will be resigning from Union College as Assistant Coach in order to focus her attention on training for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Chu won the gold medal for Team USA as they rallied to defeat Team Canada in the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship by a score of 3-2. Prior to the tournament, Chu was announced as the captain of the squad for the IIHF World Championships. Additionally, she is working to compete to particpate in the 2014 Winter Olympics on Sochi, Russia. Team USA finished the tournament with a 4-0-1 record to record their fourth gold medal in the last five championships. Chu registered a goal as part of a 5-0 win over Switzerland to help the red, white & blue reach the semifinal round. Her goal came from Northeastern standout Kendall Coyne as she converted on a crossice pass on a two-on-one at 1:23, and Chu redirected a shot from the point past the Swiss goaltender Florence Schelling at 3:03 in the final period of play. In the gold medal game against Canada, the United States outshot their opponent 30-16 en route to winning the tournament. Canada was able to strike first and take a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. However, Team USA responded with a pair of goals in the second period to take a 2-1 lead. Team Canada leveled the score entering the final period of play. A late third period goal by Patty Kazmaier award winner Amanda Kessel was enough to give Team USA the gold medal.
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The former Harvard Crimson standout has represented Team USA in the IIHF Women’s Championship nine times, winning the gold medal in 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013 and the silver in 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2012. In her three seasons with the Dutchwomen, Chu has aided the women’s hockey program to an increase in wins in her final two seasons with Union. Additionally, the Dutchwomen have set a new programhigh in ties with four in each of the last two seasons. Chu stated, “I will be leaving Union to focus solely on training for the 2014 Olympic Games. The women’s hockey team, coaching staff, athletic administration and the Union community have been a wonderful environment for me to work in for the past three years. I appreciate my time here and wish the best for Union Athletics in the future.” She leaves the Dutchwomen ice hockey program to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics. This will be her fourth time trying out for the Olympic team for the United States. In her latest stint with Team USA, Chu and her teammates were able to win the silver medal. She also has a bronze medal from the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and a silver medal from Salt Lake City. With the Women’s National Team, Chu has played 25 games since the 2010 Olympics, scoring five goals and 10 assists to combine for 15 points. Additionally, she has represented Team USA at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Women’s Championship eight times, winning the gold medal in 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2011 and the silver in 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2012. In her most recent stint in the IIHF Championships, she was selected as team captain, helping Team USA to a silver medal. Head Coach Claudia Asano Barcomb also commented, “Julie has been a tremendous asset to the women’s ice hockey program for the last three years as a recruiter and associating Team USA with Union women’s hockey. She has aided the development of our student-athletes with skills as well as the understanding of the game of ice hockey. Chu has implemented systems as well as giving the student-athletes individualized attention on and off the ice. Julie has fostered a family atmosphere amongst the student-athletes and
staff and has served as an excellent role model for our student-athletes. I am incredibly grateful for her work ethic and dedication to the Union Hockey program and wish her nothing but the best.”
RPI The Rensselaer women’s ice hockey team held a year-end banquet to celebrate the 2012-13 season, where six awards were presented to five different student-athletes. Earning the team’s highest honor, Most Valuable Player was sophomore goaltender Kelly O’Brien. She also earned the Bob Conway ScholarAthlete Award. Other award winners were captains Taylor Horton and Katie Daniels, who shared the Bill Cahill Memorial Coach’s Award; sophomore Mariana Walsh, who earned the Most Improved Player Award; and freshman Alexa Gruschow, who was named the team’s Rookie of the Year. Horton was also presented with the Willie Stanton Award, which is presented to the outstanding citizen of the team. It is awarded to a player who demonstrates leadership, sportsmanship, hard work and a genuine love of the game or a team member who excels themselves in their volunteer efforts. Also recognized were each of the five individual seniors: Horton (St. Thomas, ON / Bluewater Hawks), Daniels (Rockton, IL / Chicago Mission), Andie Le Donne (Toronto, ON / Durham Lightning), Clare Padmore (Toronto, ON / Toronto Jr. Aeros) and Kristen Jakubowski (Colorado Springs, CO / The Northwood School). O’Brien (Sussex, WI / Madison Capitals) played 34 games, including 31 starts. She had a 9-203 record with a 2.48 goals against average and a .905 save percentage. Of the 79 goals she allowed, 26 came while the Engineers were shorthanded. She allowed two-or-fewer goals in 15 games, including a 10-save, 3-0 shutout of Brown in December and an 11-save, 2-0 shutout of Union in late January. O’Brien stopped 30-or-more shots in seven games with a season-high of 41 at Quin
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nipiac in November. Academically, she is a biomedical engineering major with a 3.74 cumulative grade point average. A forward, Horton was second on the team in goals with 12 and third in points with 20. Three of her goals came on the power play, two were short-handed and two were game-winners. She also had 42 penalty minutes in 36 games. She had four multiple-point games, including three-point games against Vermont (2 goals, 1 assist) and Princeton (3 assists) in consecutive games. Daniels, a defenseman, also played all 36 games. She was second among the team’s blueliners in points, scoring twice, including a power play goal, with eight assists for 10 points. The Most Improved Player Award went to Walsh (Walpole, MA / Phillips Andover), a forward who had a goal and four assists for five points in 32 games. Her first career goal came in a win over Union this season. In 30 games as a freshman, she did not record any points. Gruschow (Mechanicburg, PA / Washington Pride) is a freshman forward who led the Engineers in goals (12) assists (19) and points (31) in 36 games. Five of her goals came on the power play, one was shorthanded and one was a game-winner. The ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week once, she was a finalist for the league’s Rookie of the Year Award and selected to the All-Rookie Team. Rensselaer, which is coached by John Burke, finished with an 8-12-2 ECAC Hockey record. The Engineers, who were 10-22-4 overall, were the seventh seed in the league playoffs, dropping two games to the second-seeded Golden Knights of Clarkson.
MANHATTANVILLE The Manhattanville women’s hockey team was honored for their proficiency in the classroom after another year of successes on the ice, as 11 Valiants were named to the ECAC Women’s East AllAcademic Teams. All-Academic honors went to 11 of the women. To be eligible for the Women’s East All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year at his or her current institution, have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, and must have dressed in at least 50 percent (33 percent for goaltenders) of her team’s games this year. The women’s hockey team finished second among 12 ECAC East Conference institutions with 11 honorees named to the All-Academic team, as no other school had more than eight players named to the team. The senior trio of Kelly Keane (Longmeadow, Mass./ New England Falcons (EJHL)), Katie Little (Victoria, British Columbia/Team British Columbia) and Lynsey Schill (Waterloo, Ontario/Kitchener Rangers (PWHL)) all led the team with her third straight AllAcademic honor, followed by classmate Sonia Occhionero (Montreal, Quebec/Kent School (Conn.)) earning a spot for the second straight year and seven more players selected for the first time. The Valiant Women’s All-Academic honorees are: Sydney Asselstine, So., 3.925 (Biology)
Aubrey Bachand, So., 3.310 (Undecided) Kelly Keane, Sr., 3.611 (Management) Katie Little, Sr., 3.529 (Business Management) Michelle Meggiolaro, So., 3.701 (Biology) Rachael Morrison, So., 3.750 (Undecided) Sonia Occhionero, Sr., 3.413 (Business Management) Lynsey Schill, Sr., 3.308 (Business Management) Kirsten Shaughnessy, So., 3.548 (Undecided) Trenah Stauffer, So., 3.741 (Biology) Alla Traun, So., 3.089 (Business Management)
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Lady Islanders Have Successful Season! (NY Hockey On-Line thanks the Lady Islanders for their newsletter, which provided much of this information, and apologizes for not printing it in the last issue.)
he Lady Islanders 12U team took first place at the Ponytail tournament in March. Many of the players were brand new to the sport of hockey and yet they have picked up the game quickly and skillfully. Season Wrap-up from the President “Like every season, teams had their ups and downs this year. As our season comes to a close we all look back on its many aspects. At times we forget to look at what is most important in youth sports. Often we look at scores and wins to decide the success of the season. The true success can be seen in our daughters. To me, seeing the score is not as important as seeing the friendships and bonds that develop between the girls, as well as their personal development on and off the ice. I have enjoyed observing their improvement in teamwork as the season continues, the smiles on the faces as they greet each other coming to the rink and leaving the locker room. There has been a lot of research done on the value of what participation in a youth sport teaches. I have a link to an article entitled “What Makes a Nightmare Sports Parent – and What Makes a Great One” discussing the topic below. I believe it is not what our children learn about the sport as what the sport teaches our children about life. As the Board and I look ahead in preparation for an even more successful 2013-14, I thank all of the girls and families for their participation and dedication during the 2012-13 Lady Islanders season. We look forward to celebrating their accomplishments together at the Awards Dinner and End of Year Party. Please keep a look out for our 2012-2013 survey. We encourage your candid responses from parents and players alike. It is through your feedback that we may concentrate our efforts as we continue to build the Lady Islanders as a first class program.” Charlie Marchiselli President, Lady Islanders Link: http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/more-family-fun/
Recap of the Lady Islanders Season 19U: The team took on the Westchester Wild in the playdowns heading for the NYS Tournament. The beat them and then moved on to play the Brewster Bulldogs. There they won one of the two games putting them in a 15 minute playdown mini-game against the Bulldogs. They lost, putting them in a second place position for the State Tournament. The 19U team took third in the MWHA tournament in
Philadelphia. They lost in the championship game to the NJ Colonials, 2-0. The 19U team took second in the GAL Championship. 12U: The 12U’s started the year with a short bench and two brand new hockey players. They ended by taking second place in the MLK Tournament and in the Presidential Power Play Tournament. Took a Silver at the Presidential Power Play Tournament.They displayed an impressive effort winning two and tying one, and outscoring their opponents 11 to 1 going into the championship game! The 14U Team is the 2013 GAL League Champions. 10U: Took first at the First Annual York MLK Tournament and a Gold at the Presidential Power Play Tournament. This team won the First Annual York MLK tournament. The ladies went 4 for 4, with noteworthy contributions by the whole team. Gabby came out with an impressive two shutouts in the tournament, Chloe had two play makers and a hat trick during tournament play. Samantha also had two hat tricks and a game where she scored six goals. Jenna scored her first Lady Islanders goal and Maeve contributed a beautiful assist. Every player on the team got at least one point and we played well together making this a collaborative tournament victory. At the Presidential Power Play 10U fought hard and came together to put out a unified effort, taking home the gold over NOVA, Brewster, and Quakers. The team’s record at the tournament was 4 and 0 rendering them undefeated and once again champions. They participated in the MAWHA Queen of the Hill Tournament in Brewster and played four one-period games with a record of three wins and one tie, moving them ahead of the Brewster Bulldogs by a point to go to the championship game against Darien White. The final game proved to be a nail biter with Darien playing most of the final period with their goalie pulled trying to get a goal to tie the score. The ladies in blue and orange proved to be unstoppable for the second weekend in a row with dominating defensive play that kept their eager opponents from scoring. B
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Brewster Bulldogs The 2013-14 12U Lady Bulldogs are in search of goaltenders, and have a few roster spots available. Please contact Lou Pedatella or Paul DeLeo for further information. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com The Brewster Bulldogs have named their Coaches for 2013-14.
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Westchester Express Mite 05 - Jeff Devenney & Alfredo Meola Squirt Minor 2004 - Walter Tumm Squirt Major 2003 - Dave Volfson & Bob Bongo Pee Wee Minor 2002 - John Tonelli Pee Wee Major 2001 - Steve Annunziata & Bob Posma Bantam Minor 2000 - Tom Nolan & Mark Krys Bantam Major 1999 - Jeff Devenney Midget Minor AAA - Mykul Haun
Brewster Hockey Mite Developmental - Tim Donaghy Mites - Dave Volfson & Clint Farrell Squirt AA - Tim Nullet Squirt Major 2003 - Phil Caraher & Bruce Quilliam Pee Wee AA - Brian Kowal Pee Wee Major 2001 - Joe Lunny Pee Wee A – Ed Jackson & TBA Bantam Minor AAA 2000 - Tim Henning Bantam AA – Kevin Osika Bantam A – Bobby Santini Midget Minor AA - Chris Lombardo Midget Minor Black Split - Pete McLean & JP Filannino Midget Minor White Split – Tim Donaghy Midget Major AA Split - Joe Posadas, Dino Battachio & Alex Smith Juniors NYAC EJHL – Frank Bretti & Henry Lazar Brewster Empire – Chris Lombardo Brewster ESHL – Howie Rubenstein & Charles Berger Lady Bulldogs 10U..... Lou Pedatella 12 C... Doug Perkins / Mike Pontillo 12 B.... Eric Ebehardt 12 A....Paul Deleo
14 B..... Paul Whelen / Jeff Horn 14 A .... Lou Pedatella / Frank Oakes 16 A..... Todd Bokina 19 A......Rosie DeRosa / Lauren Lubrano (Skills)
Kristine “Rosie” DeRosa is named Lady Bulldogs 19u Head Coach
The Brewster Lady Bulldogs have signed Coach DeRosa to head coach their U19 AAA (Split Season) National team. As an assistant coach of Manhattaville last year she the Valiants to a great year Rosie played at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). DeRosa finished her collegiate career with 20 goals and 13 assists in 86 career games with the Engineers. DeRosa has held numerous positions since her time in Troy including her current position as the Manager of Building Operations for Madison Square Garden in New York City. Before that she held a position in community relations and was also the fan development coordinator with the New York Rangers from 2005-06. During that same time period, DeRosa also held a position as an ice maintenance associate at the Palisades Center Ice Rink in West Nyack, N.Y. Prior to that she coached the Ramapo Saints 14U Girls Team in Ramapo, N.Y. where she led the team to several prominent ice hockey tournaments in the tri-state area. DeRosa graduated cum laude from RPI in 2003 with a dual degree in both management and philosophy.
BIA - Westchester Express Player Commits to USA National Development Team Congrats to former ‘97 Westchester Express player Charlie McAvoy on your commitment to next years U17 USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program Charlie will be the Fifth Player in 3 years from our program to wear Red, White and Blue for the USA. ‘96 players Joe Wegwerth & Sonny Milano are enjoying success this season with the U17’s while 95’s John Hayden & Steve Santini are finishing up their 2 years at The Program with the U18’s, heading to Sochi, Russia for the World U-18 Tournament. On a side note, Charlie hails from Long Beach, NY and started his hockey playing days at the Long Beach Arena, home of NY Apple Core !
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Arrows Youth Hockey The Arrows have named their 2013-14 Travel Team Coaches which include: SQUIRT AA Don Romano SQUIRT A John Astle PEEWEE_A Joe LaChase PEEWEE_AA Matt Gertler BANTAM AA John Cacciatore BANTAM A Mike Munzel MIDGET 16U Sal Sacco MIDGET 18U Chris Hogan MITE ADM CROSS ICE TRAVEL PROGRAM MITE “Red” John Cacciatore MITE “White” Lou Santorello
Bronxville Hockey Association Bronxville Youth Hockey Association has openings for goaltenders at the 2005-Mite level for the upcoming 2013- 2014 season. Any questions please contact Jon Gerardi at firstname.lastname@example.org
Greater New York City Ice Hockey League The GNYCIHL Annual Golf Outing will be held
on Friday June 21, 2013. Lunch will be held at 12:30 Noon followed by a 1:30 p.m. Shotgun Start at Dyker Heights Golf Club, 86th Street and 7th Avenue, Brooklyn. They are looking for sponsors to help promote youth hockey in New York City. All sponsorships are fully tax deductable. You can sponsor a full, half or quarter hole as well as the Long Drive and Closest to the Pin competitions. For further information go to: www.gnycihl.com/
Aviator Hockey Club Travel Coaches for 2013-14 include: Mite ‘A’ - Jun Okada Mite ‘AA’ - Greg Gonsowski Squirt ‘A’ - Greg Gonsowski Squirt ‘AA’ - Chris Kienzle PW ‘A’ ‘01-’02 - Sergei Siminov(Practice Coach) Dan Wicke(Game Coach) PW ‘A’ 2002 - Chris Werstine/Bill Faulkner PW ‘AA’ 2001 - Sergei Siminov
Bantam ‘A’ - James Iucci/Dan Wicke Bantam ‘AA’ - Chris Werstine Midget 16U - Jim Traynor Midget 18U - Andrew Scampoli
Aviator season tournament champions: MITE A: Jingle Bell Tournament Champions, Marlborough, MA MITE AA: Jingle Bell Tournament Champions, Marlborough, MA SQUIRT A: LIAHL & HV Playoff Participant SQUIRT AA: LIAHL Regular Season & Playoff Champions (undefeated season) PEEWEE A: LIAHL Playoff Champions PEEWEE AA: LIAHL Playoff Champions, NYSAHA (States) Participant NY Hockey Online thanks Aviator hockey for linking our website to yours.
Long Island Gulls
The Long Island Gulls are proud to announce that two former Gulls have been named to the USA Hockey NDTP for the 2013-2014 season. 1997 birth years Jeremy Bracco and Charlie McAvoy were invited to join the program after competing in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Jeremy and Charlie follow in the footsteps of previous Long Island Gulls Ryan Hitchcock, Sonny Milano and Brandon Fortunato who all played with the NDTP this season. Jeremy, a Harvard commit, is a dynamic forward in the offensive zone. His vision and ability to create offense from anywhere on the ice has established him as one of the top forwards in the country. Bracco played Gulls at each of the youth hockey levels including mite, squirt, pee wee and bantam. ”. Jeremy said “Growing up playing for the Gulls was a great experience. It was a very special place for me and helped me develop into the player I am today.” Charlie is one of the most sought after defensemen on the market right now. He continues to develop at both ends of the ice. McAvoy’s ability to create offense and join the rush has distinguished him as a valuable commodity on any blue line. McAvoy is a gifted offensive defenseman who also is a valued power play contributor. Charlie said “I really developed as a player as a Long Island Gull. I feel fortunate enough to be part of the ’97 team that made it to nationals. I’ve had so many good memories on and off the ice as a Gull.” Two years ago Jeremy and Charlie helped lead the
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Gulls bantam major team to USA Hockey Nationals where they advanced to the semi-finals before falling to a tough St. Louis team in overtime. Jeremy’s father Mike, who is the youth hockey director with the Gulls, and has coached both Jeremy and Charlie at multiple levels, said “From mites through their junior careers it all culminates with this opportunity. We want to thank the Gulls for being a first class organization and for providing a platform for each of these players to develop and showcase themselves. With the direction the organization is heading and all the new exciting features we think that there will be more and more players who get opportunities like this.” The entire Gulls program wishes Jeremy and Charlie nothing but the best as they embark on the next part of their promising hockey careers.
this season where he has been among the leading scorers on his team. The Gulls would like to congratulate Brandon and his family on his college choice. We would also like to wish him the best of luck the rest of this season and his future four years at West Point.5’7”, 135 lb. RWJeremy Bracco, who lit it up for the Portledge School and the Long Island Gulls Under-14 Team last winter.
Long Beach Apple Core
Long Beach native, Apple Core and Long Beach High School Alum and University of Maine standout, Joey Diamond signed a contract with the New York Islanders AHL affiliate, Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Long Island Sled Hockey Association
Bracco Selects Harvard
Harvard University has received a commitment for the fall of 2015 from 5’7”, 135 lb. RWJeremy Bracco, who lit it up for the Portledge School and the Long Island Gulls Under-14 Team last winter. A freshman, Bracco led Portledge in scoring with a 15-27-42 line in 20 games played. He also helped lead the U14 Gulls, coached by his father,Mike Bracco, a former Dartmouth goaltender (1990-94), to the Tier I Nationals in Buffalo. The younger Bracco, in four games there, had a 6-5-11 line, good for a tournament-leading 2.75 ppg. In addition, Bracco led the USA Hockey Select 14 Festival in scoring last summer. A 3/17/97 birthdate from Freeport, Long Island, Bracco will play for the New Jersey Rockets (Met League) this coming winter. (Joining him there will be his linemate from the Gulls,Nolan Aibel.) Bracco’s strong suit is his exceptional vision. He sees plays developing, and consistently puts pucks where guys are going to be. He’s a good skater, though not a burner. He’s small but, given that he only turned 15 in March, is likely to grow a bit more.
Fusaro Commits to West Point
Brandon Fusaro is the most recent former Gulls ‘96 to commit to college. Brandon has chosen to play his college hockey at West Point Military Academy. He joins former teammates Hitchcock and Willett as early commits to Division 1 colleges. Brandon is a high powered offensive threat who is going to be able to offer a lot to the Army lineup as soon as he arrives on campus. Brandon has moved on to Applecore
The Long Island Sled Hockey Association will host their Home Invitational Tournament June 28 through 30.
Millbrook Coaches take 2nd Place at HVCAC Tourney
Congratulations to the Millbrook “Coaches for the Cure” team on their fine showing at the Hudson Valley Coaches Against Cancer tournament held at Kiwanis Rink in Saugerties on Saturday, March 30. The MYHA Coaches team went 6-1 during the event, with their only loss coming in the Championship game shootout that followed a 3-3 tie through regulation and a 5-minute overtime period. The highlight of the event was the outstanding play of our youth participant Zack Cookinham, who chipped in with several goals and assists during the event while also providing the “old guys” on the roster with tons of inspiration and enthusiasm! Special thanks go out to all MYHA families and friends who supported the team’s participation & fundraising efforts for this very worthwhile cause.
Nassau County Hockey
Nassau County has named their coaches for next season: Mites Lions & Cubs Coach Rob Hoppe Coach Eric Peck Squirt Lions Coach Joe Trimarchi Squirt Cubs Coach James Vespoli Peewee Lions
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Coach Anthony Attanasio Peewee Cubs Coach Nick Gorgone Bantam Lions Coach Don White Midget Lions Coach Billy Anzelone
proud to be joining the team. I am looking forward to working with the great coaching staff already in place as we develop and promote young hockey players on to their full potential, both on and off the ice.”
Telesca Commits to SUNY Potsdam
New York Bobcats Kerr to join New York Bobcats
The New York Bobcats are proud to announce that Kevin Kerr has been hired as the new Head Coach. Kevin comes to the Bobcats by way of Atlanta where this past season Kevin guided the Knights to the Empire League playoffs after finishing the regular season with an impressive 33-5 record. Kevin’s coaching career began as the Head Coach of the North Bay Skyhawks of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League. His next stop was the International League where he guided the Flint Generals to the playoffs. Kevin then joined the Atlanta Knights in their inaugural season. Kevin guided the first year team to a Southeast Junior Hockey League championship. They finished as the runner up at the National Championships and were ranked in the top three nationally all season long. Kevin then took his team to the Junior B level with in Metropolitan Junior Hockey League. Once there he established the Knights as a perennial national contender. In his first season, Kevin guided the Knights to a 43-1-0-1 record. Kerr’s Knights were the MET league regular season champs, captured the Keegan Cup, and was named MJHL Coach of the year. The Knights finished the season ranked second in the country after losing the National Championship game 4-3 in overtime. Kevin remained in Atlanta until the 2011-2012, when he took a job with the Green Mountain Glades of the EJHL. In Green Mountain, he was put in charge of both the Eastern Junior Hockey League, and Empire Junior Hockey League. Kevin returned to Atlanta this past season after Green Mountain was moved to Portland, Maine. Kevin was selected in the 3rd round (56th overall) of the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. He played over 1000 career games throughout his professional career. He was named to 8 consecutive All Star teams. Kevin set the goal scoring record for minor professional hockey in 2005. Kevin had this to say about joining the Bobcats “I’m very excited about being a part of the NY Bobcats. They have a great reputation of being a first-class program and I’m
The NY Bobcats are very proud to announce that standout forward, Tommy Telesca, has committed to the Bears of SUNY Potsdam for the 2013/2014 season. Tommy will be joining his former teammate, Billy Pascalli, on the Bears’ roster next season. Potsdam is a member of the SUNYAC Conference, which is arguably the strongest Division III Conference in the United States. Tommy becomes the third player from this year’s New York Bobcats to receive a commitment to play collegiate hockey. After playing for Corpus Christi of the North American Hockey League for the first fifteen games of the season, Tommy joined the Bobcats in early November and immediately became a go-to player on the team. Known for his quickness, tenacity and vision on the ice, Tommy finished with a 9-19-28 line in 38 games, earning valuable time on both the powerplay and penalty killing units. Those numbers followed last year’s stellar breakout season when he finished third in scoring among all AJHL players. His overall season line of 28-50-78 placed him second in scoring for the Bobcats. An AJHL All-Star last season, Tommy accumulated a 49-101-150 line in 140 games over his threeyear career with the Bobcats. Those numbers place him among the top offensive players in the history of the organization. His 101 assists during that span are a reflection of his unselfishness and uncanny creativity on the ice. His career +56 was also evidence of his play at both ends of the ice. Tommy came to the Bobcats from the Suffolk PAL Junior B program, where he played during the 09/10 season and qualified for the Junior B National Championship. An MJHL All-Star and Offensive Defensive Player of the Year, Tommy was an integral part of that team’s success. Prior to joining Suffolk PAL, Tommy was a member of the Long Island Royals Bantam 07/08 team and PeeWee 05/06 teams, both of which earned a New York State Tier I Championship and an appearance in the National Championship tournament. In addition to participating in the New York Select 14, 15 and 16 Camps, Tommy was selected for the National 16 Festival in 2009 and earned a Silver Medal at the Empire State games with Team Long Island.
J.D. Rassett Commits to SUNY Geneseo
Captain and standout defenseman, J.D. Rassett, has
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committed to the Ice Knights of SUNY Geneseo for the 2013/2014 season. Geneseo plays in the highly competitive SUNYAC Conference, which is arguably the strongest Division III conference in the country. Located in the historic village of Geneseo in the upstate Finger Lakes region, SUNY Geneseo is a premier public liberal arts college with a rich tradition of academic excellence. The most selective of SUNY institutions, Geneseo is highly ranked in national publications for academic quality and value. As the team’s Captain this past season, J.D.’s leadership manifested itself both on and off the ice. With many new additions to the Bobcats this past season, head coach Mike Coppola looked to J.D. to help reinforce a team first attitude amongst the players. As a returning Bobcat with many years of junior hockey experience, J.D. filled his captaincy role with a much needed focus and commitment. On the ice, J.D.’s play also spoke volumes. Known as a smart, reliable and offensive-minded defenseman, he has been a constant presence and primary contributor on the power play and penalty killing units for the past two seasons. During the 2012/13 season, he accumulated a 4-22-26 line in 52 games. His overall plus/minus rating of + 17 and his 11 power play points were among the team leaders for defensemen. Those numbers followed up last year’s All-Star campaign where J.D. registered 24 points in 55 games for the League Championship Runner-up Bobcats and finished 6th overall among defensemen in league scoring. J.D. played his Junior B and youth hockey in the state of Florida where he played for the 2011 Junior B National Semi-Finalists Palm Beach Hawks. He was a U16 Florida State Champion with the Gulf Coast Flames and participated in a number of Florida and Southeastern regional Select Camps. A strong student who has always placed a priority on his academic work, Geneseo looks to be a terrific fit for J.D.
Bucci Goes to Mercyhurst
Forward, Tommaso Bucci, has committed to the Lakers of Mercyhurst College. Considered a strong academic school, Mercyhurst is a member of the Atlantic Hockey League. Tommaso will join former Bobcats Matthew Zay and Dan O’Donoghue on the Mercyhurst roster. Matt and Dan are currently 1st and 3rd , respectively, for the Lakers in scoring. After playing for Corpus Christi of the North American Hockey League for the first half of the 2012/13 season, Tommaso joined the Bobcats in mid-December and immediately made a significant impact. Playing mostly on
the first line with AJHL All-Stars Patrick Schule and Chris Wallace, Tommaso registered an 8-15-23 line and a very respectable +12 plus/minus rating in only 20 games for the Bobcats. Known for his soft and quick hands, excellent vision on the ice and his gritty and physical play, Bucci added a much needed two-way component at the center position. He also became a mainstay on the power play, earning 6 points with the man advantage. Tommaso played for the Metro Moose Junior B team last season, earning 53 points in only 29 games. In addition to being an MJHL All-Star, he finished in the top twenty in league scoring despite missing a significant number of games. Tommaso is also a Gulls alumnus, having played in the organization numerous years during his youth hockey career.
Scarsdale Youth Hockey
The SYH will hold a Mites, birth years 2005-2008, “Learn to Play Hockey Program for the beginning ice hockey player. Skaters are asked to have the ability to stand independently on skates. Full equipment is required. This team will have one to two practices/3v3 cross ice scrimmages per week. “Mite Cross Ice Team” - Experienced skaters will participate in a cross ice, 3 on 3 hockey program. Practices will follow the USAHockey ADM program. www.admkids.com. Teams will have two to three practices/cross ice games per week. This team will participate in local and travel jamborees and 3 on 3 cross ice games. There will also be a “Mite Full Ice and Advanced Cross Ice Team.” This team will play in both cross ice games and full ice games and travel tournaments. Will have 3 to 4 practices/games/tournaments per week. ADM instruction and Full Ice concepts will be covered. There will be no spring Player Evaluation Sessions for Mites. SYHA will place Mite-aged players in their appropriate program and team in the Fall, after the first several practices. SYHA expects to have Laura Pecchia and Erik Nates conducting extensive professional clinics throughout the year. If you have any questions about our Mite program please contact Larry Fehrenbaker at l.fehrenbaker@yahoo. com SYHA also plans to run their usual Hudson Valley Hockey League travel teams at the Squirt, Pee Wee, and Bantam levels. They are finalizing their coaching line up for next season and again expect to have Erik Nates running
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professional clinics throughout the season. For older players on school teams practices and games will be schedued to accommodate the school team schedules. If you would like more information about our plans at each level, please reach out to the contacts below or to Tim Bock (email@example.com): Mites - Larry Fehrenbaker: firstname.lastname@example.org Squirts - Jeff Reich: email@example.com Pee Wees - Laura Koch: firstname.lastname@example.org Bantams - Sang Han: SYHA.email@example.com For More Information on Scarsdale Youth Hockey Association (SYHA) Contact Larry Fehrenbaker: (914) 315-4232 or email ‘syha. firstname.lastname@example.org’
Suffolk County Hockey Association
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Mariners Have full Ice Schedule for 2013-2014 At this time the Mariners are happy to announce that they have secured ice at Dorothy Hamill Rink in Greenwich CT, and The Ice Hutch in Mt Vernon NY for the upcoming season. The Mariners were dislocated after Hurricane Sandy destroyed their Rink. They extend their thanks to these facilities for being so welcoming and commodating in their time of need. The Mite team will skate at least once during the week and twice on the weekends. The Squirt, PeeWee and Bantam teams will have two weekday practice sessions and one home game slot on the weekends. The ice time will begin right after Labor Day weekend and will run for 26 weeks. Sessions will include USA ADM clinics, power skating, goal tender clinics in addition to team practices. All Mariners teams will play in the Hudson Valley League.
2014 Mariners Hockey Coaching Staff Rich Guberti (Hockey Director): In his sixth year as Fordham Universities Head Coach,
Guberti historically ranks 4th in overall wins and 1st in winning percentage. Rich has a wealth of coaching experience. A USA Hockey Certified Level 4 Coach, he runs successful year round Pro Player Clinics and Summer Camps. His Westchester Select
tournament teams play in AAA tournaments during the summer on the East Coast. He has served as Hockey Director of Westchester Mariners since 2004 and is the General Manager of the Westchester Dragons Junior Hockey organization. Over the last 10 years he has won major championships at every youth hockey level. From Squirts to Midget Majors, his teams have won league titles, attended NYS championships and gone on to Silver Sticks Internationals in both Port Huron Michigan and Toronto Canada. Coach Guberti has placed a number of his players on NCAA college hockey teams and has also seen some continue into the Pro ranks.
Art DellaSalla, Mite Coach: Art DellaSalla is a Level 2 certified USA Hockey In-
structor and has been with the Mariners program for three years. He played youth hockey in a variety of Tier One programs at AA levels including for the NJ Devils Youth Hockey organization http://www.devilsyouth.com/ and the NJ Colonials http://www. njcolonials.net. In high school he played at Seton Hall Prep and went on to play at the collegiate level at Fairfield University. He still plays in local men’s leagues and his son, Drew, is in the Mariners program.
Craig Felenstein, Mite Coach: Craig Felenstein is a Level 1 certified USA Hockey In-
structor and has been with the Mariners program for one year. He played youth hockey in a variety of Tier One programs at the AA level, including for the Little Rangers and Little Devils Youth Hockey organizations in the Atlantic Youth Hockey League, and went on to play at the collegiate level at Binghamton University. He still plays in local men’s leagues and his son and daughter are in the Mariners program.
Michael Ottrando, Mite Coach: Michael Ottrando is a level 1 certified USA hockey in-
structor and has been with the Mariners program for three years. He played youth hockey for Tottenville High school and the College of Staten Island. He was previously an assistant coach for Tottenville’s junior varsity team. Michael is a New York City Fireman and has played in the highly competitive NYC Fire Dept. League for over fifteen years and is currently in his 32nd consecutive year of organized hockey. His son MJ is in his 3rd year with the Mariners.
Peter Thomas, Squirt Major Coach: Since 2003 Coach Thomas has coached the varsity team
at Rye High School. In that time the team has won 3 sectional titles and I NYS regional championship. As a player at Rye High School he won 4 Section 1 championships and one NYS Regional championship under NY State Hall of Fame Coach, John Zegras. Coach Thomas played his college hockey at Pace University, where he centered the Setters top line. He has excelled
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as both a player and a coach at every level and has demonstrated his ability to prepare his players to succeed on the ice and play at the next level.
Steve Tosi Squirt Minor Coach: Steve is a USA Hockey Level II Certified coach. This is
Steve’s third year with the Mariner program and fifth year coaching. Steve has been a player, coach and avid hockey fan for over four decades. He prides himself on educating both players and parents about the game of hockey while fostering a high level of sportsmanship and dedication. His youth hockey experience started in New York City while playing in the Greater New York City Ice Hockey League competing in both house leagues and for the organization’s travel teams in the 1970’s. In the late 70’s he joined the Westchester Wings, playing at the midget and junior levels where he traveled and competed in state championships. Steve, a two time MVP and top scorer, captained a Wing junior team to a LIAHL championship that also placed at the state championship. He no longer plays hockey but is very content coaching his son James and all his teammates in the Mariner program. Coach Steve previously served as Mite Director and Head Coach.
Jim Coppola, PeeWee Coach: Jim Coppola is a Level 2 certified USA Hockey Instruc-
tor and has been with the Mariners program for four years. He is a two-time All-Ivy athlete who preaches to his players to be “Students of the game” and to thrive on competition. Coach Coppola was a three sport HS Varsity letterman from Long Island who has shown the same versatility in his coaching – Hockey, Baseball, Football and Basketball at levels ranging from “Youth” right on up to the “College” level. He is a highly regimented and principled coach who stresses hard work, sportsmanship, team camaraderie, and an overall passion for the game of hockey. He still competes in local men’s hockey leagues and his son, AJ, is in his 5th year with the Mariners program.
Dave Smith, Bantam:
Dave Smith is currently starting his seventh season as a coach with the Mariners, having participated at the squirt, peewee and bantam levels. Coach Smith has a Level 4 certification with USA Hockey. In addition to his coaching duties Coach Smith also serves as the Mariners ACE Coordinator responsible for ensuring that the coaching staff is properly credentialed and trained according to USA Hockey and the New York State Amateur Hockey Association requirements.
Westchester Vipers Hockey Association
WVHA has announced their coaching staff for the coming season. Mite xice Jim Pellegrino Sr & Billy Branch Mite A xice Jim Pellegrino Jr Sq AAA Judson Selig
Sq AA Sq A Sq B Pw AAA Pw AA TB Pw A Pw B Ban 99 TB Ban 00 AA Ban A Mid U16 AA Mid U18 AA Mid A Wild U12 Wild U14 Wild U19
Anthony Pellegrino John Kurian Jerry Petras Brett Bilodeau Niklas Bernesson Walter Tchernigov Dave Dragone Kevin Hagen Frank Scalia Josh Isenberg Erik Kallio & Gus Katsuras Brian Delsavio Joe DiDomenico Chris LaRocca & Bart Lawrence Monique Rafferty & Erica Garcia Mark DeSimone & Josh Isenberg
The Dragons will have a Junior Full Season and a Junior Half Season team for the 2013-2014. The Dragons have added Peter Thomas to join Coaches James Fox, Victor Nordensen and Mike Ritaccio. Since 2003 Coach Thomas has coached the varsity team at Rye High School. In that time the team has won 3 sectional titles and I NYS regional championship. As a player at Rye High School he won 4 Section 1 championships and one NYS Regional championship under NY State Hall of Fame Coach, John Zegras. Coach Fox begins his second season with the Westchester Dragons. Last year, the second season for the Dragons, Coach Fox led the Junior Elite team to a first place finish in the IJHL. Coach Fox came to the Dragons after coaching four successful seasons with the U16 Tier II Westchester Mariners, most recently taking them to the league championship game in the 2011-2012 season. Coach Fox grew up in Austin, TX playing AA hockey for the Austin Jr. Ice Bats as well as the Austin Roadrunners. As captain of the majority of his teams, he led several teams to multiple national championships, winning 3 bronze medals and one gold. His career was ended short due to an MCL tear during a high school game in his senior year. He graduated with honors from Manhattanville College and is now working at Morgan Stanley, residing in Stamford, CT. Coach Nordenson begins his second season with the Westchester Dragons. Last season, Coach Nordenson led the Junior Elite team to a first place finish in the IJHL. Coach Nordenson joined the Dragons after one suc-
NY Hockey OnLine cessful season (2011-12) with the U16 Tier II Westchester Mariners, where he led the team to the league championship game. Coach Nordenson grew up in Sweden, playing for Djurgardens IF for both the U20 and U18 Super Elite teams. In his final year, as a captain, he led his team to the national semifinals. In 2006, his adventures led him to the NAHL, more specifically the Alaska Avalanche. He was the leading scorer for the Avalanche, which earned him an opportunity to play NCAA hockey for the Manhattanville Valiants. As a Valiant, he won two ECAC West championships, and he served as an assistant captain during his senior year. In 2011, he graduated from Manhattanville College as the top finance major, and was nominated for the StudentAthlete award. Currently, he works for MasterCard in Purchase, NY, while residing in Stamford, CT.
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Dragon IHPL Inaugural Season A Success!
The Westchester Dragons completed their season at the Prudential Center (home of the NJ Devils)with a lost in overtime to the Maine Moose 6-5. The loss eliminated the Dragons from making the IHPL finals and was only their 2nd overtime loss of the season. The team finished the season 22-16-4 with 2 OTL. Chris Ramondelli led the IHPL with over 84 points in 42 games. Other key players where Forwards Neil Jacobson, Nick Gross, Phil Variano, Defensemen Joe Ramondelli, Justin Dennis and Tanner Jergensen. Lukas Harb was solid in net all season, posting a 18-11-2-1 record. He allowed under 3 goal a game in 34 games played. His 1800 minutes 5 shutouts and 18 wins led the IHPL for the season. Highlights for the season included making the finals in 2 out of the 4 tournaments they attended. The Dragons have at least 5 players headed to play in college and look forward to announcing more in the coming months. Dragons GM/Coach Rich Guberti stated the following, “ I could not be more proud of the players we had this season. They showed up and competed every game. Hurricane Sandy closed our rink but the guys didn’t skip a beat and always worked hard. We make it to the finals in 2 tournaments and where 18 seconds away from making the finals this past weekend. The future looks bright!” The Dragons now prepare for the spring season by placing 2 tournament teams in Tournaments such as Pre Draft, Chowder Cup and others on the East Coast. Winter Tryouts will start April 8 with the Dragons looking forward to adding more players to their successful organization. The club is also working on a major announcement concerning their rink for next season. The IHPL is also adding teams for next season. The league will have a North Atlantic Junior A and Junior B
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North Section NYSAHA Recognizes Chazy!
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Celebrating a National Championship by Randy Schultz “I couldn’t think of a better place to bring a championship team than to Lake Placid, the home of the Miracle On Ice. “And it isn’t often that New York State has a team that wins a national championship. This year we had a team that won a national championship from New York State and not only that, but the team was from the North Country. “The fact that it came from o n e of our smalle r hockey associations made it even more special. “ Which is how Mario Pusateri, North Section President, talked about what would be occurring at the North Section Spring Meeting being held on a Sunday in mid-April. Moments later the Chazy Flyers, winners of the Tier II Girls 19U National Hockey Championships in San Jose, CA, arrived at the Herb Brooks Memorial Arena. They gathered outside the doors of the Hall of Fame Room inside the arena where representatives from the different hockey organizations were holding their meeting. As the first item on the agenda, the Flyers were introduced to the more than 50 people seated in the room. Proudly displaying their championship banner, as well as trophy, the players posed for photos and proudly accepted the applause as kind remarks regarding their team.
April was a wild month for the Flyers, especially at the National Championships. They lost to the Keweesaw Storm, 6-2. It turned out to be Chazy’s only loss. They made it to the Championship game, easily defeating the East Coast Wizards, 5-0. Facing the Storm again in the final contest, Chazy outlasted Keweenaw, 3-2, winning in double-overtime. For head coach Ray Guay, his coaching staff and the players, it was truly an amazing journey. “I started with a U14 team about 10 years ago,” remembered Guay. “I kept this certain group of girls together for as long as I could. “There were six of those girls that I managed to keep together. Along the way we picked up some girls from Saranac Lake and Lake Placid to give us 12 skaters and two goalies. “Unfortunately, one of our goalies got hurt. And another girls didn’t get her number of games. She had five and needed five more. “She had her vacation set up and didn’t think she was even going to play hockey. So we asked New York State if they would sanction her for the Nationals only as a backup goalie. “Only if our regular goalie got hurt would she be allowed to play. Kiely Reagan turned out to be that backup goalie.” (continued on page 45)
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Northern New York Men’s College Hockey Report by Warren Kozireski
North Women’s College Report by Janet Schultz
CLARKSON Two former Clarkson players recently were honored by their respective American Hockey League teams. Mark Borowiecki was named captain of the Binghamton Senators and Brandon DeFazio was selected Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL Man of the Year.
PLATTSBURGH The Cardinals were third in the nation among Division III programs in average attendance this past season behind only Utica College and Oswego. An average of 1,840 walked through the doors of Stafford Ice Arena.
ST. LAWRENCE Senior forward Kyle Flanagan (Canton) was named First Team East AllAmerican by the American Hockey Coaches Association. Teammates Greg Carey and George Hughes were Second Team selections.
Eight members of the SUNY Potsdam women’s hockey team have been named to the ECAC Women’s West All-Academic team for the 2012-2013 season. Seniors Nadine Cunningham, Jen Conophy and Katie Komsa, juniors Brittany Lucky and Dawna Salvarinas (Mississauga, Ontario/Brampton Thunder), and sophomores Izzy Fayerman, Emilee Hazelden and Alexandra Holowka each represent the Bears on the team. Cunningham and Komsa have made the list for the third year in a row, while Lucky and Salvarinas receive the honors for the second consecutive year. Cunningham played a key role in the Bears’ defense in 22 games this season. Over her career she has played in 86 games, totaling three goals and six assists for nine career points. Conophy had a strong season in between the pipes for Potsdam. Starting in 13 games she posted a 3-9-2 record, a .886 save percentage and a 3.65 goals-against-average. She notched her second career shut out against Buffalo State on Feb. 17 to help the Bears’ clinch their second straight playoff spot. In her career, Conophy has played in 60 games with a 20-22-7 record. Her 20 wins are the most in the program’s NCAA history. Komsa finished her career as a Bear having played in 96 games, scoring 10 goals and adding 21 assists for a total of 31 points. This season she served as a team captain and saw time in 25 games. She tied her single season best for assists with six. Lucky also served as a captain in 2012-13. She anchored the defense again this season, while provid-
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ing some clutch offense, finishing with three goals and three assists for six points. Salvarinas had a career year for Potsdam, splitting time in goal. She finished the season with a 7-4-0 record, a .917 save percentage and a 2.47 goals-againstaverage. Salvarinas also recorded a program record three shutouts this year. Fayerman had another impressive year for the Bears, seeing time in all 26 games. She recorded seven goals and five assists for a total of 12 points. During her career she has played in all 51 games and she has totaled 33 points on 14 goals and 19 assists. Hazelden provided the Potsdam offense with much needed energy this season. During her second tour as a Bear she scored one goal and added a career-best eight assists, quadrupling her total from the previous season. This season she saw time in all 26 games and has played in 40 games in her career. Holowka continued to contribute to the Bears’ offense this year. She played in all 26 games, netted seven goals and added four assists for 11 points. In her two seasons in a Bears uniform, Holowka has played in all 51 games, scoring 12 goals and recording six assists for 18 points. The 2012-2013 season proved to be another solid one for the Bears (10-14-2, 6-5-1 ECAC West). Potsdam was able to reach the postseason for the second year in a row and the third time in program history.
CLARKSON The Clarkson University Women’s Hockey team will play in its first ever outdoor game when the Golden Knights face off against RIT at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY on Saturday, December 14, 2013. The Clarkson vs. RIT women’s game will be a major part of a 10-day festival that will take place from December 13 to December 22, 2013, serving as a celebration of hockey spent outdoors in downtown Rochester. Games times will be announced at a later date. “We are really looking forward to playing in this event,” stated Clarkson co-head coach Shannon Desrosiers. “It is going to be a great experience for our
players and something we are fortunate to be a part of.” The festival begins with a regular season American Hockey League game at Frontier Field between the Rochester Americans and an opponent that will be announced at a later date on December 13. As part of the event at Frontier Field, which is home to Triple-A baseball’s Rochester Red Wings of the International League, the downtown ballpark will also host several Section V High School hockey games, an Alumni Game featuring former players from the Amerks and Buffalo Sabres, and community events. Blocks of ice time will be made available to the public for corporate events, private parties and youth/adult hockey practices and games. “Monroe County is delighted to host this week filled with winter fun and great hockey at a truly unique location, Frontier Field,” said County Executive Maggie Brooks. “I applaud the Rochester Americans and Rochester Red Wings for coordinating what will be a memorable week not just for hockey fans.” Two standouts on the Clarkson University Women’s Hockey team, junior Erica Howe (Ottawa, ONT) and freshman Erin Ambrose (Keswick, ONT) were named to the All-USCHO.com All-Star teams. Howe, the Golden Knights’ starting goaltender and Ambrose, the Green and Gold’s top defenseman, helped to lead Clarkson to its best season ever with a 28-10 overall record and an eighth-place ranking in the final USCHO.com national poll. The Knights were tied for second in the ECAC Hockey standings, one point shy of first, with an 18-4 league mark. Honored as ECAC Goaltender of the Year for the second consecutive season, Howe was a mainstay for the Golden Knights. She backboned the Knights’ stingy defensive effort and played the second most minutes in the country (2217:21). Also named a FirstTeam ECAC All-Star, she played more minutes than any other ECAC goaltender (1315:38) and posted the most wins in the conference (18). Howe ranked among the best netminders in Division I with a .931 save percentage and a 1.73 goals against average. She posted the second most wins in Division I with a 2710 overall record, including six shutouts.
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Named ECAC Hockey standings with Rookie of the Year, Aman 18-4 league record, brose was the leading its most wins ever in scoring freshman from conference play. Ranked the blueline nationally among the top teams in (36 points) and one of the country throughout only three defensemen the season, the Knights in the country who averadvanced to the ECAC aged over a point per Hockey Championship game (1.06). She Set Tournament and made Clarkson single-season their second appearance assist record with 30 ever in NCAA postseaoverall. Ambrose tallied son play. Clarkson’s 2013 Honorees Vanessa Gagnon, Erica Howe, Erin at least one point in 24 Honored as ClarkAmbrose, Shelby Nisbet, Jamie Lee Rattray (Clarkson photo) of 34 games. son’s MVP for the sec Celebrating the best ond consecutive season, season ever in Clarkson Women’s Hockey 10-year Howe backboned the Knights’ stingy defensive effort history, the accomplishments of the 2012-13 Golden and played the second most minutes in the country Knights were recognized on Saturday, April 6 as the (2217:21). Named ECAC Hockey Goaltender of Green and Gold held their annual Awards Banquet. the Year for the second consecutive season and also Highlighting the ceremony was the naming of junior selected a First-Team ECAC All-Star, the Ottawa, Erica Howe (Ottawa, ONT) as Clarkson’s Most Valu- Ontario native played more minutes than any other able Player. ECAC goaltender (1315:38) and posted the most Clarkson also paid tribute to the Class of 2013. wins in the conference (18). Howe ranked among the Danielle Skirrow (Trenton, ONT) and Hailey Wood best netminders in Division I with a .931 save per(Lethbridge, ALB) enjoyed the most success of any centage and a 1.73 goals against average. She posted class in the 10-year history of Clarkson Women’s the second most wins in Division I with a 27-10 overHockey. The seniors helped the Green and Gold com- all record, including six shutouts. Howe was honored pile 87 victories during their four-year careers (2009- as ECAC Goaltender of the Month for both October 13), including three 20+ win campaigns (2009-10, and November and selected ECAC Goaltender of the 2011-12, 2012-13), two second-place finishes in the Week six times. ECAC Hockey standings, a conference tournament Shelby Nisbet was presented the Coaches Award. championship game appearance (2010) and a pair of The Coaches Award is selected by the coaching staff NCAA Tournament showings (2010, 2013). and presented to a hockey player who displays unself Guided by fifth-year co-head coaches Matt and ish play, hustle, sacrifice, dedication and commitShannon Desrosiers, assistant coach Matt Kelly, ment to the team. One of the Golden Knights’ hardest Clarkson skated to a school-record 28-10 overall workers, Nisbet played through numerous injuries mark in 2012-13 and tied for second in the ECAC throughout the season to skate in all 38 games. A Te-
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nacious forward and strong penalty-killer, the junior from Wiseton, Saskatchewan scored five goals and 10 assists in 37 games. Junior forward Jamie Lee Rattray was the recipient of the Ron Frazer Award for the second year in a row. Named in tribute to Clarkson Women’s Hockey’s first coach, the honor is presented to a player who has proven to elevate her game in key situations and who has made significant contributions to the team’s success. Rattray was a clutch goal scorer who tied for the national lead in game-winning goals with nine. The Kanata, Ontario native set a Clarkson record for points in a season overall, averaging 1.44 points per game with 52 on 22 goals and 30 assists through 36 games. Selected as a second-team ECAC All-Star, Rattray tallied at least one point in each of the last seven games and scored a team-high eight power-play goals and three shorthanded markers. She finished with a +24 plus/minus rating. Freshman standout Erin Ambrose was selected Clarkson’s Rookie of the Year. One of the most dominant defensemen in the country, Ambrose was also chosen as ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year and a second-team league all-star. The Keswick, Ontario native was the leading rookie scorer from the blueline nationally with 36 points and one of only three defensemen in the country who averaged over a ppg (1.06). Ambrose, along with Rattray, set a Clarkson single-season assist record with 30 overall and posted a team-high +25 plus/minus rating. She was the top scoring freshman in ECAC Hockey with 19 points (316) in 20 league games. Ambrose was selected three times as ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Month (October, December, February). Junior forward Vanessa Gagnon was the recipient of the Booster Club’s Unsung Hero Award. The award is presented to the player(s) who always puts the team first and serves as an excellent role model to her teammates and the community. Gagnon was a productive offensive force for the Green and Gold, recording 21 points on 10 goals and 11 assists skating in all 38 games. A native of St. Constant, Quebec, she tallied two power-play goals and three game-winners, and recorded four goals and two assists over the final five games. Gagnon, Clarkson’s ECAC Hockey
Student-Athlete of the Year, has been actively involved in the Knights’ community events through her first three years in Potsdam and has been named to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic teams. Clarkson Women’s Hockey award winners (l-r): Vanessa Gagnon, Erica Howe, Erin Ambrose, Shelby Nisbet, Jamie Lee Rattray
North News and Notes ...Chazy Youth Hockey will hold their Annual Golf Tournament June 2 at North Country Golf Course, Rouses Point. ...Clifton Park has elected Amy Moffee president for next season. Vice President: Joe DeLong; Secreatry: Tom Rourke; Tournament Director: Kevin Stevens; Director of Player Development: Steve West; Equipment Director: Matt Alheim and Mite Director, Brian Bliss. ...Clifton Park Hockey Girls Program looks to build on the success of the program which currently has two State bound teams that are expected to be highly competitive at the State’s top tournament, as well as a 14U A/B team that had significant success over the course of the 2012-13 Hockey season including winning the 2013 Adirondack Northstars Winter Classic. The Girls program will field the following teams next season: 12UA Team , 14UA State bound team, 14U A/B team, 16UA State bound team. ...Clifton Park has named the following coaches Girls 14UA - Bobby Holmes; Shawn MacKinnon- 12UA Girls; Amanda Castignetti- 16UA Girls; Steve Sprague- Squirt Minor; Rocky Discanio- Squirt Major; Bob FlansburgPeeWee Minor; Paul Serafin- PeeWee Major. ...Saratoga’s coaches for next season include: Jeff Smith, Bantam A; Jeff Oskin, PeeWee A; Mike Wormley, Squirt A. ...Saratoga Youth Hockey welcomes to the Board of Directors: Doug Rose, VP-Operations; Shane Waters, Treasurer; Mike Fish, Ref Scheduler; Amy Clarke, Asst. Ice Scheduler; Russ Galloway, Squirt Director; Jeff Yule, Bantam/ Midget Director & TVHL Representative.
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Guay had a good feeling about this team and for good reason. “Last year the 19U team won their first State title,” continued Guay. “We were off to Texas and got a good feel of what a National Tournament was all about. “That’s why I felt that we really had a chance to win this year. This team was jelling. “It was huge winning the State title again.
And it was huge to go back to the Nationals again for the second time in two years. “I’m very proud of these girls. They followed directions and did what I told them to do. “These girls grew up on the ADM system. Small games. “I was brought up on pond hockey. I turned these girls into pond hockey players that turned into good, heads-up hockey players.” Guay knew going into that championship game that his team had a chance. “That Michigan team had really taken it to us the first time (6-2 Chazy loss),” added Guay. “I knew we would have to step up our game in that championship game. “Things just fell into place for us. I did what I had to do to win. “They did what they had to do to win. They had been winning over the past couple of years.
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West News and Notes Buffalo Bison’s Girls 19’s Lose in Quarter Finals in National Championships
he Buffalo Bison’s Girl’s 19U Team lost in the Quarter Finals of the National Championships held in San Jose, California. The Bison’s opened with a win over Team Pittsburgh by a score of 9-4. The two teams combined for a total of 89 shots in the contest. On Day Two of the National Championships, the Bison’s started out slow, but came from behind to win by a score of 5-3 over New Jersey. To close out the preliminary round, game #3 would be against Honey Baked the Michigan representative. The game was scoreless until late in the first period until the Bison’s got into penalty trouble. Honey Baked scored 5 consecutive Power Play goals as the Bison’s lost by a score of 6-0. By the Buffalo Bison’s winning 2 games out of 3 in the preliminary round, it would allow the Bison’s to advance to the Quarter Finals against perennial power Shattuck St. Mary’s. The quarter final game was outstanding fast paced game as both teams traded scoring opportunities. There was no score with a little over 2 minutes left in the game, as Shattuck scored on a scramble in front of the Bison’s net. Although the Bison’s fell short of a National Cham-
Buffalo Stars Apprentice?
he Buffalo Stars will conduct a contest to find the next Apprentice Junior Coach within the Buffalo Stars Organization. A search will begin later this month to find interested candidates who wish to compete to win the Head Empire Coaching Job for the 2014-15 season. The Stars hope to select 8 finalists from a group of 250300 candidates. The 8 finalists will be broken into 2 teams that will compete in a variety of hockey related tasks such as creating a hockey school. The Candidates will need to display a level of hockey knowledge, creativity and marketing. The final 2 will face off in a major competition sometime in early January 2014 after which time the winner will be announced.
pionship, they represented New York State well as the competed against the best teams in the United States. The team finished with an overall record of 35Wins, 12Loses, and 1Tie for the season. Besides playing for the National Title, the real focus is to provide an opportunity for the players to go on to play in College. This year’s team had the following Seniors Committed to play at the following Colleges: Kelly Seward-Penn State, Maddie Elia- Boston University, Julie Duquette-Plattsburgh State, Jessica Brownschidle-Middlebury, Kendall Appelbaum and Ashley Lyman-Oswego State. The team also has the following Juniors and Sophomore’s Committed to the following Colleges: Allison Gasuik and Julianna Iafallo-Ohio State University, Madison Sansone-Providence College, Annika Zalewski-Colgate, and Madison Welch-Syracuse.B
Girls Camp in Buffalo
ummer at Nichols, a week-long hockey camp for girls, will be held August 12-16, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Camp, hosted by Nichols School and coordinated by Scott Welch, is in its third year. The General Program focuses on skating, stick handling, Hockey concepts, shooting, passing, and team play. Players must have at least two years of travel hockey to qualify. An Elite Program is offered to girls who have at least four years of travel or high school hockey. This is an intense and advanced program of high speed skill development, advanced hockey concepts and team strategy. Everyone is on the ice for three hours and goaltenders receive one hour of dedicated goalie instruction.
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Rosen Receives Duffett Award by Randy Schultz
ob Rosen was named as the 28th recipient of the J. Michael Duffett Award. It is presented annually to a coach whose contributions to amateur hockey in Western New York “best exemplifies the knowledge, teaching, love of the game and gentle humanity of Mike.” “This means a lot to me to win this, especially knowing the Duffett family,” commented Rosen, a native of Buffalo. “It is truly a great honor for me.” Rosen has been a member of the Amherst Youth Hockey Organization for 30 years, leading his teams to four national championships during that time. Rosen’s 1987-88 Junior “B” squad went 40-0-0, posting USA Hockey’s first undefeated season at that level. For the past 23 years, Rosen has also served as the head coach of the Williamsville North varsity boys team. Throughout that time the Spartans captured four state titles, including an undefeated season in 2011. A two-time New York State Coach of the Year, Rosen is the active leader for most wins by a high school coach in New York State. “There is a group of players that just
graduated in 2012 that I coached from the time they were Mites,” remarked Rosen, a graduate of Williamsville North High School. “To see them grow up from little kids to winning a State Championship in 2011 was pretty special to me. “Certainly winning that first State championship was also special. And winning with that Junior ‘B’ team was special too.” The 2013 Duffett Award winner also served as an assistant coach at Canisius College for five years and coached the New York State team at the 1988 Hockey USA Select-17 National Tournament. Rosen has also been involved in the annual Bowman Cup Showcase event for seven of the past nine years. “I love coaching the game,” said Rosen. “Hockey to me is also friendships. “There are kids I grew up playing hockey with that I’m still friends with today. To me that’s the biggest thing you can get out of hockey.
“I’ve also had great assistant coaches working with me over the years. I just want to make things fun for the kids. “I think that as long as the kids walk away with something positive, had a good time and gained friendships out of it I’ve been successful. “To get the kids to work as one and have the attitude of it’s us against everyone else, that’s a big thing. I think that’s what has worked for me.” The Sabres established the award in 1984 in memory of Duffett. Duffett was a student of the game and a coach with the Buffalo Bisons and Amherst Hockey Association. He was a standout player at Nichols School and Clarkson College. Duffett was working in the Sabres hockey department under Scotty Bowman and Roger Neilson at the time of his death following a long battle with cancer.B
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Rochester Area Hockey News
Bill Gray’s Gets Naming Rights to Rochester Arena
ill Gray’s, a hometown favorite restaurant since 1928,has signed an agreement for 30 years for the naming rights to the former Sports Centre at Monroe Community College. The new name will be Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex and includes an extension of the existing lease for Bill Gray’s Restaurant and Tap Room, Snack Bar and Abbott’s Frozen Custard to operate at the facility for 30 years.
Travel Team USA Named As Marketing Provider
ravel Team USA, a well-known Rochester firm that specializes in working with teams, leagues and tournaments with logistics, marketing, travel and development, has agreed to a partnership to be the exclusive tournament marketing, registration and logistics service provider for Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex. The agreement represents both companies desire to bring more out-of-town visitors to the Greater Rochester Area by expanding the number of hockey, and other tournaments at the Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex. As part of the agreement, Travel Team USA will have a dedicated Tournament Sales Manager with offices at the facility. “Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex is one of the most desirable hockey and other tournament destinations in North America,” said Chris Woodworth, director of programming and marketing at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex. “The size of our facility, close proximity to numerous hotels and shopping, and the fact that it is the geographical center of hockey in the northeast make it the most appealing location to host a tournament in the Country. The professional expertise from Travel Team USA, in conjunction with the Monroe County Sports Commission and many of the user groups that call our facility home, is certain to drive more events and out of town
visitors to Rochester which will have a tremendous impact on our local economy.” “I am personally excited at the opportunity to have Travel Team USA be the exclusive tournament marketing, registration and logistics service provider for Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex” said Shannon Barrows, owner of Travel Team USA. “Having a full time Travel Team USA Staff Member at the Iceplex will allow Travel Team to help grow the already existing organizations events as well as help them to create even more. “It will also allow the opportunity through our established relationships with USA Hockey and other National and Regional Events and in coordination with the Monroe County Sports Commission, the beautiful hotels, amazing restaurants, multiple shopping venues and incredible cultural opportunities to make Rochester the venue of choice for everyone regionally, nationally and internationally thus providing tremendous economic impact for the local economy”. Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex is a 170,000 square foot, multi-sport facility located on the campus of Monroe Community College. It is home to four NHL sized ice rinks, a Bill Grays Restaurant, Tap Room and Snack Bar, Abbotts Frozen Custard, Locker Room Sports hockey store, Maksymum Hockey, Northern educate Hockey Academy, City Brew Coffee and Xtreme Sight Performance Center. It is also the training facility for the Rochester Americans and home to MCC Ice Hockey, Nazareth Ice Hockey, Rochester Youth Hockey and numerous other organizations. For more information, visit www.billgraysiceplex. com. (Provided by Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex)
Northern Educate Coming to Iceplex
orthern Educate Hockey Academy has signed an agreement for five years of ice time, classroom space and office space at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex in Rochester. “This academy creates the best environment suited for teaching and developing hockey players,” said Craig Woodcroft, president of hockey for Northern Educate. Northern Educate provides a developmental program for student/athletes that incorporate the four principle characteristics of education, hockey skill development, athletic development and leadership training. Go to www.northerneducate.com for more information.
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...The Buffalo Regals will have Junior B Team in the Canadian golden horseshoe league for 2013-14. ... Canandaigua Knights Hockey announce the Strong Hockey Summer Hockey Camps. Go to www.StrongHockey.com for more information. Camps will be held at Thomas Creek July 28-August 2 and Webster, August 11-16. There are Special Canandaigua Youth Hockey Rate. Improve your game, skate faster, shoot harder and pass precise. The day camp features 16 hours of total ice time, 10 hours of instructional power skating, instructors who love to work with kids, a special Goalie instructor, off-ice fun and accountability and evaluations for each camper. For a brochure go to: www.StrongHockey.com, or at front of Civic Center. Questions? E-mail Jim at: jtarm@ frontiernet.net ...The CPDC is pleased to announce the Steve Chesler and Brian Groff have been selected to head coach the CKH Girls teams next year. Steve Chelser will be the head coach of the older CKH team (U16/19) and Brian Groff will head coach the younger CKH team (U12/U14). ... The Girls 10U Team at Cazenovia donated a portion of team funds to the Janis Foligno Foundation. ... Chautauqua Youth Hockey Association The Jamestown Lakers claimed the 18-And-Under State Hockey Championship behind the tremendous goaltending of Evan Jordan. Jordan had two shutouts and gave up just one goal in three other games for a goals-against average of 0.8 as the Lakers defeated the Louisville Lightning, 4-1, to take the crown. Andrew Farnham began the scoring at 13:04 of the first period from Alex Carlson and Billy Krywy. The Lightning tied the game at 1-1 and that was only time in the tourney that the Lakers were even tied. The Chautauqua Youth Hockey Association will hold their Third Annual Golf Tournament at Jackson Valley Golf Course in Warren, Pa. on Sunday, August 19. For questions email firstname.lastname@example.org or call: John Sirianno 716-499-0518; Joe Hirliman 716-6401083; Missie Moyer 716-338-8280; Russ Bell 716 969-7192; or Greg Noon 716 450-5164 Proceeds to benefit the Chautauqua County Youth Hockey Association, home of the Jamestown Lakers. ... Elected to positions on the Board of the Chautauqua Hockey Association were Ted Farnham, vice-president, travel; Bud Tomassi, coaching coordinator and Danielle Bergman, secretary. The following were named to coaching positions: AAU Mite - Carl Olson
Squirt - Mike Brown Pee Wee - Travis Sanders Bantam - Bryan Meucke ...The Depew Saints have named their coaching staff for 2013-14: Girls 10U David Dee Squirt Minor AAA (2004) John McCusker Squirt Major AAA (2003) Ken Franasiak Peewee Minor (2002) Michael Suda Peewee Major AAA TB (2001) Ken Czechowski 901-2001 Bantam Minor AAA (2000) Tim Setteducati Bantam Major AAA TB (1999) Dave Lally 15U AAA Mike Sheu 15U AA Jerry Ruszala 16U AAA TB Shomit Detta 18U AAA TB Jamie Printz ... Niagara Frontier Junior Varsity Hockey Association offers congratulations to the Canisius Crusaders on their thrilling 3-2 OT victory over Lancaster in the 201213 NFJV Championship Game. Most Valuable Player was Canisiusâ€™ Matt Santora. ...Niagara Junior Purple Eagles NU D1 player Jason Beattie, who recently signed with the Rochester Americans, worked closely with NJPE Mite 7U Select Team and NJPE PeeWee Minor AA this past season. The Sport International Hockey Academy will hold summer camps at Dwyer Arena July 15-19 and August 2630. This week-long 40-hour hockey camp. Please call for a brochure at 1-800-724-6658 or register online at: SIHA. com Local Contact is Shaun Ryan, Phone: (716) 812-3352 Email: email@example.com Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center (NFMMC) and UB Orthopedics & Sports Medicine of Niagara have teamed up to provide a comprehensive sports medicine/ concussion management program for the Niagara Junior Purple Eagles in 2012. ...Northern Chautauqua Hockey Association--Thanks for the link to NY Hockey On-Line website/magazine. ...Olean Youth Hockey has annoounced their coaching staff for next season. They are Bantams: Joe Lashway Pee Wees: Mike Rakoska Squirts: Charlie Rohrs Girls: Ron Rothleder Also elected to President, Mike Rakoska and Treasurer, Corby Croce. ... Southtown Stars announce next season coaching ap-
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pointments; House/MOHL teams: Red, White & Blue (Mites) - Jim Unger & Joe Cione (Other assistants to be determined after registration). Squirt#1 - Brian Suszinski Squirt#2 - Martin Augustiniak Squirt#3 - John Duncan Squirt#4 - Dependant on registration and qualified coach application PeeWee#1 - Mike Ingelfinger PeeWee#2 - Mike Gallanti PeeWee#3 - Dave Berkoudt PeeWee#4 - Pete Clouden Bantam#1 - Jeremy Maloney Bantam#2 - Kevin Comny Bantam#3 - John Leach Bantam#4 - Jeff Davis Midget 16u - John Marrone Midget 18u - Open for Applications The Southtowns Stars travel teams will be a part of the WNYAHL and participate in the “AA” Major and Minor divisions. Our Major teams will be Tournament Bound should the division allow and the team selected be able to compete at such level. Our Minor teams will be placed in a division comencerate to their ability as decided by WNYAHL (Since there was enough interest, we were able to create a third travel team in each non-Midget division). We also created 3 Midget travel teams. The division the teams play in will be determined by the ability of the team selected at tryouts. Below are the coaches selected for our 2013-14 Travel Teams: Squirt Minor - Jeff Roberts Squirt Major - TJ Welsh Squirt Mixed - John Clark PeeWee Minor - Ed Schmatz PeeWee Major - Brian Cox PeeWee Mixed - Jim Unger Bantam Minor - Kevin Gould Bantam Major - Pat Corbet Bantam Mixed - Jeff Leemer Midget 15u - Adam Zurowski Midget 16u - Mike Weimer Midget 18u - Jay MacCarrick NY Hockey On-Line thanks the Southtown Stars for the link to our publication and website. ...Tonawanda Lightning announce coaches for upcoming season: Squirt Minor: Brian Busch
Squirt Major: Sean McPhee PeeWee Minor: PJ Monahan PeeWee Major TB: Joe Aronica Bantam Minor: Sam DeFranks Bantam Major TB: Don Pray Midget 15U: DarrylMcLaughlin Midget 16U TB: Ray Tortorice Midget 18U TB: Tom Diehl Girls 12U Tier II: Jim Derrigan Girls 16U Tier II: Pete Gallivan ...Tri-Town County Youth Hockey held elections for the Board and include John Pilon, president; Tammy McGrath, vice president; Kristin Bovee, secretary; Spencer Begemann, treasurer; Bill McGrath, house commissioner and Ted Benjovsky, travel commissioner.
Perinton Youth Hockey Midget HS Development Team
YH will be fielding a Midget High School Development team. If you are interested in this team and had already registered and paid for a Midget Travel Tryout, you may tryout for this team at no cost. Please email Frank Golisano at firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest in playing on this team. If you did not previously register for a PYH Midget Travel team, please click on the Register Now button below to register for the team. The cost will be $15. Please check back here for more information. Congratulations to Perinton’s Squirt 1 team, led by Coach Steve Sydorowicz, for a big win at the David Bigelow Memorial Tournament in Brockport in March. They went 4-0 for the weekend to end the season in style.
Hamburg Hawks Year Wrap-Up
he Hamburg Hawks Squirt Canadiens competed in the Cazenovia Hockey Founders Tournament. The Hawks had a record of 3-0 with round-robin victories over the Depew Saints, Buffalo Regals and Cazenovia Chiefs. The Hawks went on to defeat the Regals 4-3 in the semi-finals. In the championship game re-match vs the Depew Saints, the Hawks came back from behind to score 3 unanswered goals in the third period to take the championship trophy while playing in their third game in one day! Pictured L-R bottom row: Addam Brunner, Jason Golembiewski, Joe Blackwell. Row 2: Mason Sutter, Jacob Torgerson, Aidan Johnson, Jacob Monaco, Hayden Rager. Row 3: Walt Rybczynski, Matt Murphy, Aidan Bonner, Max Haak, Ryan
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Monile, Nick Thompson, Sean Creech, Coach Dave McDermott, Maddy Ferro, Coach Heather Bauer, Coach Tom Nelson. Missing: Coach Anthony Baginski The Hamburg Hawks PeeWee Select Team won the Fredonia Select/Travel Team defeating the Fredonia Steelers, Jamestown Lakers, and the West Seneca Wings travel teams. From Left to Right: Asst Coach Tom Ferro, Asst Coach Brian Cousins, Nathan Sylvester, Jordin Rusin, Ryan Coffman, Colton Randon, Nick Hornquist, Elliott Szabala, Jacob Schintzel, Mitchell Harman, Joe Argy, Dave Lauria, Ben Cousins, Brian Beck, Head Coach Ben Hornquist, Andrew Lazarus, Anthony Ferro, Brian Pienta, Head Coach Dave Lauria, Camera Shy Coach Mark Pienta.
Monroe County Youth Hockey News
onroe County Youth Hockey is very excited to announce a New Enhanced House Program for the 2013-2014 Season. The structure of our House Program is designed to allow a player to grow at his or her own pace while still achieving the USA Hockey goals: to play, love and excel in the game. The Traditional House program will remain in place for players to continue their development, gain knowledge and enjoy the game of hockey. Emphasis will be on continued skill development, team play, sportsmanship, fun and preparing the players to progress to the next level. This year MCYH is offering a new opportunity within their house hockey program: The Enhanced House program has been created to support the more advanced house players who are ready to progress to the next level of competition. This program will provide players an additional 30% more ice time to work on skill development and more advanced team play while still maintaining the emphasis on sportsmanship and fun. With the expected higher level of play, selection for these teams will be based on a player meeting particular evaluation criteria. These teams will continue to participate in the Empire Amateur Hockey Conference just as the Traditional House program does. The idea behind the change is to help drive the skill level with extra ice similar to our travel program yet allow the selected players to compete in the Empire Conference league play (House A). Please contact Don Castronovo with any questions: email@example.com MCYH Head Coach Announcements Monroe County Youth Hockey is pleased to announce the following coaches for the 2013-2014 Travel Hockey Season;
Squirt Minor – Bob Marsala Squirt Major – Terry Fisher Peewee Minor - Chad Hess / Peewee Major - Scott Root / Jason Weston / Tom Callen Bantam Minor – Rob Sedia Bantam Major - Lou DiMartino Bantam 14U South - Scott Leonard Midget Minor TB – Nick Nucci 16U NTB - AJ Maio Midget Major TB – Tony Hettinger / Rob Liberatore 18U - Adam Prescott
Bantam 14U South MCYH is pleased to announce the intent to field a mixed travel team comprising of players with 1999 and 2000 birth years. For those that attend Bantam Minor Travel tryouts or Bantam Major Travel tryouts and are not offered a roster position, you may attend the Bantam 14U tryouts based out of MCYH South. Players that attend a travel tryout, are offered a roster position and decline the offer will need to submit a letter of request to the MCYH Board of Directors should they wish to try out for another MCYH travel team. Tryout dates and location for the for the Bantam 14u Team with be announced shortly, please continue to check our website for updates.
Rochester Youth Hockey
he Rochester Edge Girls’ Hockey is proud to announce a FREE all Girls’ Beginner Program. In conjunction with local businesses, the Edge will be offering two 8-week beginner programs at The Bill Gray Sports Arena. Instructors will be area college players, experienced coaches and Edge alumnae. Assistance will be provided if equipment is needed. Summer Session Mondays in June and July (off July 1) 5:10pm - 6:10pm Fall Session September and October Time TBD To Register Online, please click here. For more info, contact Sue Olsen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Webster Youth Hockey
ebster Youth Hockey is excited to announce their Squirt Development Program. This program will offer all Squirt house players the opportunity for an additional skill based practice every week during the 2013-2014 season. This may be an attractive option for those looking for more ice-time without the commitment and expense of a travel program. These additional skill based practices will include Level IV USA Hockey certified coaches as well as WYHA’s most
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experienced staff. Practice plans outlined by USA Hockey and WYH’s ACE Coordinator will be used. This program will consist of fun, high paced and progressive practices that will focus on age appropriate skill development as well as offer an additional ice touch every week for all 2003 and 2004 birth year house players.
RIT Tiger Hockey School The RIT Tiger Hockey School features one of the top
college coaching staffs in the country. Teaching hockey is their business. They pride ourselves on running a top notch hockey school where kids learn and have a lot of fun on and off the ice. RIT Tiger Hockey players assist the coaches so kids get to spend time with their local heroes. Wayne Wilson and Brian Hills have been running their successful hockey school at RIT for the past fourteen years. The RIT Coaches and Staff know what to teach, how to teach it and they have fun with the kids! The camp will be held August 12-15 and August 19-22. Please check us out at: https://www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/sportscamps/hockey We guarantee that kids will learn and have fun at the same time! Contact: Brian Hills - Cell: 469-6092 - email@example.com
Batavia Men’s League
ongratulations to the Genesee Orthopaedics Blues for earning the 2012/2013 Batavia Men’s Hockey League Championship by defeating the Max Pies Furniture Jets 4-3 on March 10, 2013. The Blues held off a late charge by the Jets in a well played game. Tim Schwab of the Blues was voted the game MVP while Jeff Reuter of the Blues was voted the second star and Chad Stevens of the Jets was voted the third star. 2012/2013 Year End Awards
• League MVP: Dave Holtz •Sportsmanship Award: Jeff Crane • Top Goalie Award: Gary Schum • Jamie Janiga Goalie Award: John Bermel • Championship MVP: Tim Schwab Young Buffalo Player on Ice with Sabretooth
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There will also be a General Skills Camp for girls ages 7 to 12 who have played at the house or travel level for less than two years. This program will be run August 5 - 9. This year’s coaching staff includes Delaney Collins, Mercyhurst College and member of Canada’s National Women’s Team since 1999; Greg Fargo, head coach, Colgate College; Chris MacKenzie, assistant coach, Ohio State University and former D1 Head Coach of Women’s Ice Hockey at Niagara University; Josh Brandwene, head coach Penn State women’s ice hockey; Lucy Schoedel, assistant coach Brown University; Paul Flanagan, head coach Sryacuse Women’s Ice Hockey; Ben Woods, owner/operator, STA Sports Performance, Buffalo and Welch, coordinator of Nichols Girls Varsity Ice Hockey. Collins has been a member of Canada’s Women’s National Team since 1999, playing in five IIHF World Women’s Championships and winning six Four Nations Cups. Fargo led Colgate to a victory over the second placed team in the country in his first season with the Raiders. Prior to Colgate, Fargo coached at Elmira, taking the Soaring Eagles to a 84-23-5 record while he was there. MacKenzie coached the Niagara University Women’s Ice Hockey to back-to-back second place finishes in the CHA. Prior to that he served as an assistant coach with the Purple Eagles men’s team and played his collegiate hockey as a Purple Eagle. He joined Ohio State in the 2012 season. Brandwene is the first-ever coach of the Penn State Women. He has over 20 years of coaching and administrative experience, including serving as assistant coach for Team USA’s men’s squad at the 2003 World University Games. Schoedel has served a goalie coach for USA hockey since 2011. Flanagan coached at St. Lawrence prior to Syracuse with his teams appearing in NCAA Frozen Four Championships five times. Register on-line at nicholsschool.org/summerprograms or call 716-332-6380 for information. B
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Brown, a forward, enjoyed a tremendous sophomore season with nine goals and 15 points, while playing at a plus11. Brown was named the RIT Seniors Jen SeFemale Athlete of the Week and guin (Hamilton, ON/St. Jean de College Hockey America Player Brebeuf), Rio Flynn (Winnnipeg, of the Week on Dec. 17. She reMB/Appleby College (ON)) and corded season-high totals of two by Janet Schultz Lauren Mallo (Maple Ridge, BC/ Janet@nyhockeyonline.com goals and three assists in a 5-1 Thomas Haney) are among the sevJDSchultz3663@gmail.com win over Lindenwood on Dec. en Buffalo State women’s hockey 15. As a freshman in 2011-12, players recognized by the EastBrown scored the game-winern College Athletic Conference ning, go-ahead goal in the Division III National Champion(ECAC) as West All-Academic Team honorees. Melissa Ash (Binghamton, NY/Chenanga Val- ship game against Norwich. Grigg, who has shuttled between forward and deley), Emily Cornett (Damascus, MD/Wyoming Seminary), Christina Zandri (Baldwinsville, NY/CW Baker) and Sarah fense in her first two seasons with RIT, finished the 2012-13 Quigley (Canton, MA/National Sports Academy) were also season with 14 points on two goals and 12 assists. She is a tremendous two-way player, who can be counted on in any honored for their academic achievement. To be named to the All-Academic team, the stu- situation, from the power-play, even strength, and penalty dent-athlete must have completed at least one academic killing units. Grigg recorded a season-high three points in year, have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 a win over Sacred Heart on Jan. 19 and scored the gameon a 4.00 scale, and have competed in at least on-half of winning goal in a 2-1 win over Robert Morris on Jan. 4. Bromley, a 5-foot-11 defenseman, recorded a plusher team’s contests during the current season (a goaltender 16 in 34 games to go along with six points during the 2012must have played at least 33 percent of her team’s games). 13 season. Bromley scored her lone goal of the season on Dec. 8 at Ohio State and added five assists. She used her size and speed to emerge as a strong stay at home defend Juniors Celeste Brown (Great er, and will be looked upon to play an even greater role in Falls, MT/National Sports Academy) 2013-14 and Lindsay Grigg (Oakville, Ontario/ Scoyne, a defenseman who stands 5-foot-8, tallied Oakville Hornets) will serve as captains 10 points in 37 games, while playing hard nosed defense. of the 2013-14 RIT Women’s Ice Hock- She scored two goals in 2012-13, including the game winey Team. ner in a 3-0 win over Yale at Blue Cross Arena. She is ex Senior Melissa Bromley (Auro- pected to step in on RIT’s top defensive unit in 2013-14. ra, Ontario/Aurora Panthers) and junior Morgan Scoyne All four have been able to step up and we believe (Drumbo, Ontario/Stoney Creek Sabres) will serve as as- they will excel with their new responsibility of leading this sistant captains. RIT enters its second season as a Division program,” said McDonald. “Their work ethic on the ice, in I program. the classroom and in the community will set the standard “During my time at RIT, we’ve been fortunate to for this team and all future RIT women’s hockey players.” have a long line of strong leadership for our team captains,” The Tigers enjoyed an excellent transition to Divisaid RIT Head Coach Scott McDonald, who recently com- sion I in 2012-13, finishing with a .500 record (16-16-1) and pleted his seventh season behind the bench in 2012-13. advancing to the semifinals of the College Hockey America “These next four student-athletes will be no excep- Postseason Tournament. RIT finished tied for third in the tion. All have shown that they have the character on and off CHA standings and won its first two postseason contests as the ice to lead our program in the right direction. With the a Division I program. graduation of three multi-year captains and a large senior (Continued on next page) class, the role of team captain has been a vital position to establish during spring training.”
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Western New York Men’s College Hockey Report
Captains have been selected for Senior defenseman Matt DeLuca the 2013was announced as the new team 14 Fredonia captain for the 1013-14 campaign. State men’s hockey season. by Warren Kozireski The Blue Devils selected Alex Perkins as team captain The Golden Griffins saw for the 2013-14 season. Andrew a two goal third period lead disappear in the first Christ and Ryan Edens were elected as assistant captains. NCAA playoff game—a 4-3 loss to eventual Frozen Four finalist Quinnipiac ending the most successful season in program history. Stephen Farrell, Patrick Sullivan (Derby) Senior forward Jason Beattie signed a professional contract with the and Kyle Gibbons netted the Griffs goals. Rochester Americans of the AHL, but had yet to appear in his first pro game as of April 20th
Sophomore forward Eric Mueller was named a secondteam selection to the NJCAA All-America team. The Hamburg native finished the season with 37 points (16 goals, 21 assists)—second most on the team. Also a second-team All-Region III pick, Mueller is the fourth Kat named to the NJCAA All-America team in the past three seasons.
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In league play, RIT went 3-0-1 against 2012 Tournament Champion Robert Morris, while going 5-0-1 vs. league rival Penn State. Out of conference, RIT defeated ECAC foes Yale and Brown, while taking NCAA Tourna-
ment Participant North Dakota to the final buzzer in a one-goal defeat. Overall, RIT was involved in 17 one-goal games during the season and recorded a fivegame unbeaten streak in the second half of the season.
UB Assistant Coach Ron Adimey was named interim Head Coach of the Lady Ice Bulls for next season.
Dan Ringwald, Shane Madolora and Jared DeMichiel were named to the Atlantic Hockey Association 10th Anniversary Team announced by the league. Ringwald was a first team selection, while Madolora garnered second team honors, and DeMichiel earned third team accolades.
Adimey has been with the program since 2011. He played his youth hockey in Amherst where they finished up National runner up three years in a row. He went on to play junior hockey with Niagara Scenic (Buffalo Jr. Sabres) and high school hockey for Canisius. He went on to play at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Upon graduation, he was sent to Germany and continued his hockey career playing for Viernheim and the Adler Mannheim. Ron also coaches with the Buffalo Bisons girls youth organization and has been active coaching since his return from Germany.
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he idea for the ‘Pepsi Hockey Invitational’ began back in 1976. My dad (Glenn Grundtisch) and John McFall were trying to come up with ideas of how to get the hockey (Holiday and Leisure) rinks going. “They had the idea of running a hockey tournament. They talked to Pepsi, specifically the Pastor family. “Working with Irwin Pastor, the trio came up with the idea of a house league tournament. Twelve teams participated and Pepsi paid for everything. “Here we are today hosting the 37th Annual Pepsi Hockey Invitational.” That is how Mark Grundtisch described how one of the largest youth hockey gatherings in the United States was born. “Originally back in 1976 the tourney was known as the ‘Pepsi Tournament of Champions,’” continued Grundtisch, part of the ownership group of the Holiday and Leisure Rinks that includes Glenn, Mark and his brother, Paul. “It has been growing ever since. “It began by inviting mostly local teams. Then things began to evolve. “We changed a couple of the formats. We started by offering a tournament party for the parents. “We then began to attract a lot of out of town teams and a lot of Canadian teams. Teams began to come in from Southern Ontario in Canada, as well as the Rochester and Syracuse areas.
weekends in-a-row. But now we’ve gone back to five. “Every weekend is basically the same. We begin on Friday morning and run through early Sunday evening.” Grundtisch continued to explain the type of teams that participate in the Tourney. “The oldest players we’ve had are midgets,” said Grundtisch “We’ve only had midgets for three or four of the years. “Usually it mites and mini-mites up to bantams. Those are our typical age groups. “And we usually run the tourney at the end of the kids hockey season. It’s end of the season fun hockey. “It was designed for house league hockey teams which is what we specialized in the beginning of our rinks existence.” The history of the two rinks is quite interesting. Leisure Rinks is the only “private” ice rink built in Western New York that has operated continuously, without closing for any reasons, since its inception. Leisure was built in 1973 at a time when 22 Ice Rinks were in the planning stages in the area. Leisure and the former Sabreland (now Hockey Outlet) were the only two built. Leisure was also the home of the NHL Buffalo Sabres for eight years, as well as the Sabres Hockey School. The West Seneca Cougars Jr. “B” team, which competed in the how defunct Thruway League, originated from Leisure.
Pepsi Tournament Continues To Grow! by Randy Schultz
“Over the years we’ve had teams from Alaska, California, Florida, Texas and even Sweden, who happened to be in the area when the tournament was held. It is quite a unique situation for a house league tournament. “And we have a rule that if a team comes from more than 600 miles away, we won’t even charge them to play. They get in for free. “Each year we continued to add a few more teams. By 1991 we hit our all-time high with 311 teams.
“That is when we were running the tournament for six weekends instead of five like we do today. So we had gone from a single weekend in 1976 to six weekends by 1991. “We ran it at six weekends for several years, which averaged out to about 60 teams every weekend for six
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When NHL hockey came on the Buffalo scene in 1970 hockey fever exploded. One result of that was the construction of Holiday Twin Rinks in 1971. It quickly became the original practice facility of the Sabres. F o l l o w i n g early struggles, Holiday Twin was taken over by Grundtisch in 1974. Throughout its history, Holiday Twin has been home to the University of Buffalo Div. I men’s hockey program, the Canisius College Golden Griffins, many top high school hockey programs and the Buffalo Jr. Sabres. Today, Holiday Twin is home to the Buffalo Regals Youth Hockey Association. Founded in 1955 by Bob Westphal, the Regals are one of the oldest surviving hockey organizations in the United States. Today, it is the Pepsi Hockey Invitational that the Arena’s are best known for. Grundtisch also explained what the Tourney means to the local economy. “It is worth millions of dollars to the local economy,”
he said. “It’s actually kind of a quiet success because it doesn’t have that premier hockey element built into it. “People come in and spend their money. A lot of them like to shop. “We would like to think that there is no end in sight to this tournament. We’re 37 years and still counting.”B
NYS Collegiate Club Ice Hockey
he Niagara University ACHA hockey team is pleased to announce their 2013 Recruiting Class. After finishing last season ranked #19 in the nation the Eagles have restocked. The Eagles are pleased to have these fantastic hockey players and young men join the team. Anthony Caroselli - Forward- Minocqua WI- Quad City Flames NA3HL Seth Gustin - Defense- Phoenix, AZ - Twin City Northern Lights MnJHL Alec Gerred- Forward- Mentor, OH- Toledo Cherokee NA3HL Jeff Monfils - Forward- Washington, MI- Cleveland Jr. Jacks NA3HL
Andrew Mitch- Forward- Cleveland, OH- Cleveland Jr. Jacks NA3HL Mike Parda- Goalie- Waukesha, WI- Peoria Mustangs NA3HL Zach Seither - Defense- Mentor, OH -Cleveland Jr. Jacks NA3HL Dallas Szustak- Forward- Cheektowaga, NY - Cleveland Jr. Jacks NA3HL The Eagles finished the season as the NECHL Regular Season Champions with an 18-0 record and took part in the ACHA National Championship Tournament.
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USA Hockey News NY’s Stephen Gionta Named to 2013 US Men’s National Team
ochester’s Stephen Gionta (New Jersey Devils/ Boston College), a forward, was among five more players added to the United State’s Men’s National Team. Gionta’s previous Team USA experience includes playing on the 2001 U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team and participating in the US National Team Development Program. Others named were Goaltender John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and forwards Ryan Carter (White Bear Lake, Minn./New Jersey Devils/Minnesota State Univ.), Drew LeBlanc (Duluth, Minn./Chicago Blackhawks/St. Cloud State Univ.) and David Moss (Livonia, Mich./Phoenix Coyotes/Univ. of Michigan). The 2013 U.S. Men’s National Team that will compete at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship being held in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden May 3 through 19. Team USA’s roster now includes 12 forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders on its roster. The maximum roster size is 25, which includes three goaltenders and 22 forwards and defensemen.
Three NY Women Head to National Camp
SA Hockey invited 41 players to its U.S. Women’s National Team Selection Camp being held at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., June 16-23.
Among them are three New York natives including Courtney Burke, Josephine Pucci and Kelley Steadman. Burke comes from Albany and plays for the University of Wisconsin. Pucci, Pearl River, plays at Harvard and Plattsuburgh native Steadman played for Mercyhurst College and is currently with the Boston Plates. Also named were Cornell’s Alyssa Gagliardi and RPI’s Jordan Smelker. The camp will be used to determine the U.S. Women’s National Team roster that will train together and participate in various competitions in the build-up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. USA Hockey will unveil the players selected to the U.S. Women’s National Team on June 24 and that group will continue to train in Lake Placid until June 27. The final 21-player U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team roster is expected to be announced in late December 2013.
NY’s Women’s National Camp Selections
ew York women’s ice hockey players selected to attend USA Hockey’s Women’s National Camp were announced following a try-out earlier in April. Over 400 players vied for an opportunity to participate in the 2013 camp. Named were: Select 17: Taylar Cianfarano, Allison Gasuik, Toni Ann Miano, Madison Sasone and Brandy Streeter. Select 16: Elizabeth Gerace, Kalie Grant, Cailey Hutchison, Nichole Mensi, Caroline Ross, Olivia Zafuto. Select 15: Abby Cleary, Rachel Deperio, Jordan Emerson, Bailey Lewczyk, Brittani Mingoia, Ava Simoncelli, Lila Toczek and Abigail Welch. Select 14: Natalie Buchbinder, Katelinn Cummings, Jennifer Gregg, Lillian Holmes, Georgia Keogh, Hayley Lunny, Marielle McHale, Maureen Murphy. Bailey Lewczyk is a goalie from Buffalo. This is Lewczyk’s second opportunity as she was chosen in 2012 to attend with the Select 13s. Lewczyk plays for the North American Hockey Academy Winterhaws 16U team in Stowe, Vt. and is a member of the East Coast Selects spring/summer team.
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General Photo Page / Page 59 Women’s Team USA brought home the Gold from the 2013 IIHF Women’s World Championships. It was a 3-2 victory over Canada in the Finals. The Tournament opened with Canada defeating the US 3-2 in a shootout. Team USA answered back by defeating the rest of their opponents--Finland, Switzerland. Kelley Steadman, Plattsburgh, was a member of the squad. Steadman plays for the Boston Blades of the CWHL.
Buffalo’s Bailey Lewczyk in Goal at the USA Nationals for NAHA. (Submitted Photo)
Lewczyk helped the NAHA Winterhawks bring home the Gold and was named MVP at the 2012 Manon Rheaume Invitational Tournament. She had 27 saves, including a penalty shot, in a 2-1 OT win vs Detroit Little Caesars. With the Buffalo Bisons 14U team she had 32 saves on 34 shots defending the Bison’s National Championship and took the bronze at the USA Hockey National Championships in 2012. The Bisons beat the defending Mid-Fairfield team in double overtime 3-2. (NY Hockey On-Line invites all selectees to forward a photo and their hockey history for publication in upcoming issues and/or on our website.)
Team USA Highlights Men’s The Men’s 18U team lost to Canada 3-2 and brought home the Silver Medal from the 2013 IIHF Men’s World U18 Championship. NY native Steve Santini received the Directorate Award as the best defenseman in the tournament. Team USA beat Canada in the opener 4-1 followed by a loss to Russia, 3-4 and wins over Czech Republic, Latvia, Sweden and Russia in the Semi-finals to meet up once again with Canada. They suffered one other loss and that was to Finland. This is the 10th consecutive year that Team USA 18U has medaled.
Sled Hockey The USA Sled Hockey Team took the Silver at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee World Championships. The Team beat all of their opponents including Sweden, Norway, Czech Republic and Russia before losing to Canada 1-0 in the finals. Buffalo’s Paul Schaus (Buffalo Sabres Sled Hockey Team) had a goal and an assist, his goal coming in the first game against Sweden. Lancaster’s Adam Page (Buffalo Sabres) and Buffalo’s Alexi Salamone (Buffalo Sabres) had an assist each during the tournament.
...Bob Corkum has been named Head Coach of the U18 Men’s National Team. Corkum played his professional hockey with the Buffalo Sabres and has been serving as interim head coach at the University of Maine. ...1994 Olympic Team Head Coach Tim Taylor has passed away. He also coached Yale. ...Olympians Karin Thatcher and Caitlin Chow of the Women’s National Team have retired after playing with the team for 10 and 7 years, respectively. ...Jeff Kampersal (right) has been named Head Coach of the Women’s U18 National Team. He comes from Princeton, where he serves as head coach of the women’s ice hockey team.
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Picture Page / Page 60 The Kenmore Girlâ€™s Varsity Ice Hockey Team were invited to hold a shoot-out between periods of the Buffalo Sabres game. And Coaches Miller and Orlowski experienced the feeling of coaching from the Sabresâ€™ bench.
The Buffalo Sabres broke ground on the new HarborCenter. Dignitaries and Sabres alumni were among the guests who took part in the ceremony. Putting in the first shovels were Mark Polancarz, Cliff Benson, Terry and Kim Pegula and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. Alumni taking part included Pat LaFontaine, Mike Robitaille, Rene Robert, Danny Gare, the Pegulas, Darcy Rieger, Larry Playfair, Rob Ray and Michael Peca.
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