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In This Issue... Beauts Open Camp..................... 4 Clendening.................................... 8 Around NWHL............................... 9 Marriott HarborCenter.............12 Coaching with Gridley.............14 USA Prospects.............................15 USA Hockey.................................18 Central Hockey...........................19 NAHL Scouting ..........................24 Statesmen to France.................25 Rome Youth Hockey.................26 Syracuse Stampede..................27 East Hockey.................................28 NWHL Riveters to Japan..........29 North Hockey..............................33 West Hockey................................37 PUCCS............................................38 Lockport Express.......................41 Buffalo Stars Hockey.................42 WNYGVIH......................................51 NWHL Latest Signings.............52 Photo Page..................................53
Dear Readers: Fall and October are upon us. The College and Pro Football seasons are in full swing. The Major League Baseball playoffs are going on with the winners playing in the World Series. And things wouldn’t be complete without hockey already going on at some levels. Junior teams like the Buffalo Jr. Sabres, Lockport Express, Roc City Royals, New York Aviators and Rochester Jr. Americans have a handful of games already under their belts. Janet, Koz and myself have already been on the road visiting arena’s where these games are going on. It is hard to believe, but it seemed just like yesterday that we were getting ready for summer and a little down time. In this issue Janet and Koz will be previewing the upcoming Division I college hockey season ready to begin for the men and women. There are also some updates on news regarding some of New York State’s Junior teams. For the October issue we also welcome our newest sponsor, Howell Motors Ford. The Ford F-150 is now the official truck of NY Hockey OnLine. So throughout the season be looking for our Ford F-150 to be pulling into your rink’s parking lot. We also thank Janosz Goaltending and Great Skate for their continued support as advertisers. As always, we continue to look for more sponsors/advertisers for our magazine and web page. If you know of anyone please let us know. We are also reminding you that as a Board Member, Sports Information person or Coach you need to forward this magazine to your players. It is on-line only and we only have email addresses for you. We don’t have any players emails and we want to get the magazine in their hands so they can see themselves in print/photos. Any parent or player wanting the magazine can send us their email address and we will put them on our “subscription” list. Remember this is Free to all hockey organizations in the State. Our readership has been around 1,500 a month and we’re looking to hit 3,000 this season. There’s over 55,000 hockey people in the Empire State! Enjoy the Fall season as the leaves begin to change color. Have a great hockey season and we will see you at the rinks. Best Wishes, Randy Schultz Publisher/Managing Editor NY Hockey OnLine
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Buffalo Beauts Open Training Camp By Janet Schultz Janet@nyhockeyonline.com
That’s the word that was used over and over when the Buffalo Beauts came together for their first day of training camp on September 16 at HarborCenter. The day began with the players coming in for an equipment fitting with Bauer and Great Skate. They followed with their first individual interviews with local media and then a press conference with Co-Coaches Shelley Looney and Ric Seiling and anoth-
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er with Players Erin Zach, Brianne O’Laughlin and Devon Skeats. All this pomp and circumstance before they had a chance to hit the ice, or even have lunch together. For many this was the first time they met each other; for others it was the chance to meet opponents as teammates. RIT’s Lindsay Grigg, Erin Zach and Kourtney Kunichika found their way from Rochester to Buffalo to continue their playing career. Each one saying how much they enjoyed Rochester and felt Buffalo was a good fit for them. “After finishing college I didn’t know what was next when it came to hockey,” said Grigg. “The league was created and this was an amazing opportunity to keep playing and Buffalo is a great place with this amazing facility, HarborCenter, being brand new. “There’s a lot of support from the Buffalo community,” she continued. They often dreamt of a professional league for women but never thought it would happen or happen this fast. “It’s a perfect time for us because we are only a couple of years out of college, not established in our careers yet and we aren’t putting anything on hold,” said Zach. All three are continuing their education and with their
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practices late at night, games on weekends; all the girls can pursue further education and/or part-time employment.
a special experience and I’m excited to get on the ice again,” said Sass.
Buffalo native Kimberly Sass agrees. She graduated from Colgate in 2012 and found coaching jobs with youth hockey near her home so she could stay a part of the game.
“I’ve always been involved in playing and when I was younger I would joke with my parents and teammate that there would be a NWHL some day.
“Having and being part of a team is
“They’d sort of laugh,” she continue. “But here we are.” “I want to make Buffalo proud and hope that everyone comes out to support the team and be part of this experience with us.”
Jessica Fickel, Fort Erie, Ontario, was hesitant because she is working on her Master’s degree. Commissioner Dani Rylan talked to her and with the cooperation of her employer and professor she is part of the Beauts. ““I’m not surprised that the National League was formed, but surprised that we will be paid,” said Fickel. “We just hope the league expands and more girls get involved.” The announcement of Shelley Looney and Ric Seiling has co-coaches came as a surprise but Seiling has no problem coaching by committee.
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“That’s what I did last year with the Sabres U18 team,” he explained. “We bring a lot to the team with Ric’s professional experience and my being a woman and player at the national level,” said Looney. As for what’s on the ice this season both see a hard working team with a lot of speed. They have a group of short, quick players they feel will catch other teams off guard. As of this press conference they had not seen the team on the ice together and were giving their thoughts based on what they saw in scouting and on paper. “We will build our system around the team not a team around a system,” said Seiling. “Once we are on the ice and can assess the talent as a group we will put a system together that is beneficial.” “Sitting with Shelley and Ric, going through everything with them, I see a hard working team which as a GM is what I want,” said General Manager Linda Mroz. “It’s time for the US and women’s hockey to be in the forefront in the US,” said Looney. “We neet to get it out to the public an show them what a great product we have.” (Continued on next page)
Around the State / Page 7 they need to also have fun.” For fans the fun begins when the puck drops Sunday, October 11 at 3:30 p.m. when the Buffalo Beauts face Buffalo’s biggest rival in sports--Boston! Tickets are now on sale by going to the NWHL.co site.
The Buffalo Beauts, along with the Boston Pride, New York Riveters and Connecticut Whale have the best of the collegiate players on their teams, which include numerous captains and national players.
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One thing the players noted was that Boston has a huge number of national players, New York has name players and they see Buffalo as the underdog; but they like it that way! “We want a team that will work together, work really, really hard and that makes it a team everyone like to watch,” said O’Laughlin. “I was working with a group of little girls when the NWHL was announced and one of them came running up to me and said ‘I’m going to play in the NWHL,” said O’Laughlin. For those girls out their now seeking the dream the players are telling them to work hard, never give up and follow your dream. For these players, on four teams in 2015-16, what they dreamt about and thought won’t happen because they had completed their college hockey is now a reality and one they will cherish! “Nothing is impossible,” said O’Laughlin. “But
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Penguins Acquire Bonino, Clendening
he Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Nick Bonino, defenseman Adam Clendening (pictured) and a 2016 second-round pick from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Brandon Sutter and a 2016 third-round pick. The second-round draft pick acquired by Pittsburgh is Anaheim’s 2016 secondround selection. The third-round choice that Pittsburgh is sending to Vancouver is the compensatory pick awarded from Buffalo for hiring Dan Bylsma as head coach earlier this summer. Bonino is signed through the 2016-17 season and carries an average annual value of $1.9 million. Clendening is signed through the ’15-16 campaign. Bonino, an NHL veteran of five-plus seasons, played his first season with Vancouver last year, totaling 39 points on 15 goals and 24 assists in 75 games played. All three totals represented the secondhighest offensive numbers of his career. He added three points (1G-2A) in six playoff games. Bonino, 27, helped Team USA win a bronze medal at the 2015 World Championship, contributing four points (2G-2A) in 10 games. The 6-foot-1, 196-pound Bonino played his first four-plus years with the Anaheim Ducks. During the 2013-14 campaign, Bonino had his best NHL season, establishing career highs across the board in games (77), goals (22), assists (27), points (49) and plus-minus (+14). A native of Hartford, Connecticut, Bonino helped Anaheim advance to the second
round of the 2014 playoffs, tallying four goals, four assists and eight points in 13 contests. Bonino has amassed 121 points (48G73A) and a plus-16 in 264 career NHL games with Vancouver and Anaheim. He’s produced at a higher rate during the postseason, averaging 0.50 points per game with 15 points (8G-7A) in 30 playoff contests. Before turning pro, Bonino played three years at Boston University from 2007-10. His best season came as a junior in ’08-09 when he had 50 points (18G-32A) in 44 contests and helped the Terriers capture the national championship. Bonino was originally drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the sixth round (173rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft. Clendening, 22, made his NHL debut with Chicago on Nov. 20, 2014 in Calgary and scored his first NHL goal on his first NHL shot against Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller. Clendening skated in four regular-season contests with the Blackhawks before being traded to Vancouver in exchange for Gustav Forsling on Jan. 29, 2015. Clendening appeared in 17 games with the Canucks, registering two assists. He also registered five points (1G-4A) in 11 regular-season games with the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League. Clendening then skated in 23 playoff games with Utica, ranking second among Comets defensemen in scoring with eight points (3G-5A). The 6-foot, 190-pound defenseman played parts of three seasons from 201114 with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.
2013-14, Clendening’s 47 assists led the IceHogs, while his 59 points ranked second among all AHL blueliners. That season, he was named a First-Team All-Star after being a Second-Team All-Star selection as a rookie in 2012-13 – becoming the first AHL defenseman to make a postseason All-Star Team in each of his first two pro seasons since Dan Boyle in 1999 and 2000. The Niagara Falls, N.Y. native played two seasons with Boston University of Hockey East from 2010-12 before turning pro. He represented Team USA at the 2012 World Junior Championship and helped the United States capture back-to-back gold medals at the World Under-18 Championships in 2009 and ’10. In 2010, he tied for the team lead in scoring with 10 points (3G-7A) – which tied for first among all defensemen – and was named to the All-Tournament Team. Clendening also played two years in the United States National Team Development Program (NTDP) from 2008-10. Clendening was originally drafted by Chicago in the second round (36th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.
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Around the NWHL
he Inaugural Season of the NWHL has begun with the players making their way to their new homes, meeting their new teammates and putting the blades to the ice at their first days of training camp. Four teams suited up women who thought their careers had come to an end after college. Many moved to the coaching, refereeing or management aspects of the game; others sought out Senior leagues and others made it to the CWHL.
with a scrimmage against the Fire Department that will give us an idea of what we have. “This team has a chemistry, even before they stepped on the ice,” DeSimone continued. “Everyone enjoys being together, its a good blue collar team and hard working. “Everyone will be pulling for each other. We don’t seem to have one player that is dominate and that’s good for it helps with that team chemistry.”
Then came the announcement in Spring 2015 that a National Women’s Hockey League was being formed with teams in Buffalo, Boston, New York and Connecticut. Born were the Buffalo Beauts, Boston Pride, New York Riveters and Connecticut Whale. The found homes at HarborCenter, Harvard Bright -Landry Center, Aviator Sports and Chelsea Piers.
The coaches and general managers have seen a common thread is all four teams--excitement and energy.
General Managers took over and Coaches were hired. They took the best of the best from the collegiate ranks and the National Teams of the US and Canada. So on the ice this season will be four teams with the leaders in ice hockey providing a fast paced, skilled and passionate game.
“They have a love and an energy for the game and for each other,” he said.
For more on the Buffalo Beauts opening camp see page 4.
DeSimone knew Rylan and was not surprised that she took on and succeeded in forming the NWHL.
New York Riveters
“I knew she would do what she had to in order for it to happen. She had help, but did most of it herself,” DeSimone explained.
NWHL Founder and Commissioner Dani Rylan will be serving as General Manager and she has brought on board Chad Wiseman formerly with the San Jose Sharks and New York Rangers as Head Coach. His Associate Coach is familiar to many New York area girls as the East Section Women’s Hockey Director, Mark DeSimone. DeSimone has coached both boys and girls hockey and most recently women at the senior level. “This is exciting!” said DeSimone. “We’re working on getting everyone into game shape opening
In New York with girls coming from all over the world, some that don’t speak the language and then those coming out of the East there could be issues; but DeSimone says there is not.
“These girls have uprooted themselves and relocated to continue playing the sport they love. They are embracing their new experience very well,” he continued
The New York City area has embraced the team and as the word gets spread DeSimone can see them with a great fan base. The Riveters were part of the ceremony that opened the new hockey exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum recently and they will be taking part in activities with the relocated New York Islanders.
www.nyhockeyonline.com “There’s a whole younger group out there that now has something more to aspire to and a group of role models to look up to,” said DeSimone. “There is a positive energy out there in the youth hockey teams.” “We’re just looking forward to getting on the ice and playing,” he conconcluded. The Riveters roster includes: Forwards: Brooke Ammerman (US National Team/New Jersey); Ludmila Belyakova (Russian National Team/ Moscow, Russia); Celeste Brown (RIT/Great Falls, Montana); Meghan Fardelmann (US National Team, Boston College/Lansing, Kansas); Morgan Fritz-Ward (Quinnipiac/Mason City, Iowa); Beth Hanrahan (Providence/Polesville Md); Bray Ketchum (Yale/Greenwich, Ct.); Elena Orlando (Union/Chico, Ca); Madison Packer (University of Wisconsin/Birmingham, Mich.); Janine Weber (Boston Blades, Providence College, Austrian National Team/Innsbruck, Austria. Defense: Erin Barley-Maloney (Vermont/North Carolina); Kiira Dosdall (Colgate/Fairfield, Ct.); Gable Figueroa (US U18 Team/Princeton/ Branchburg, NJ); Ashley Johnston (Union/Burlington, Ont).
Around the State / Page 10 Chelsea Piers. Their first home game is set for Sunday, Oct. 18 against Boston at Aviator Sports Center.
Mt. Sinai native Sam Faber has found herself playing close to home as she suits up for the NWHL Connecticut Whale. “I thought my playing career was over,” said Faber, who currently is the Hockey Director at Chelsea Piers Ice Arena. “I wanted to stay in the game so I coached and became a hockey diretor,” she explained. Faber played hockey since she was 8 years old in the Long Island (NY) area. She was with the Suffolk PAL boys teams and then switchd to girls hockey going on to play for Northwood School in Lake Placid and at the University of New Hampshire. Faber was a top-ten finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award in 2007-08 and helped take the USA Women’s National Team to a gold medal at the 2008 IIHF World Championships.
nity came up,” said Faber. “I couldn’t pass it up.” The Whale have had three practices (as of this writing) and Faber explaines the players are getting their legs but all areas of the team look good and they are all enjoying the experience. “Honestly, I didn’t believe it when I heard (about the NWHL),” said Faber. “I thought it was a rumor but when I found out it was true you couldn’t wipe the smile off my face,” she said. “To be paid and respected as a professional athlete and be able to grow the game is great!,” she continued. She’s discussed the NWHL with her 14U girl’s team and found out that several of them have already bought her jersey. “I’m so excited that I’m playing in the area and so close that they will be able to come and watch,” said Faber. “Now there’s a chance for them to play beyond College and the national team,” she continued. The fans of the Whale will see players who love the sport, have a lot of experience and play smart hockey.
Goaltenders: Nan Fujimoto (Japanese National Team/Sapporo, Japan); Shenae Lundberg (Union/Peterborough, NH); Jenny Scrivens (Cornell/ Camarillo, Ca).
She has 189 career points with 77 goals and 112 assists. She comes to the Whale after playing with the Boston Blades of the CWHL.
“There’s more skill in a women’s game and fans won’t be disappointed,” said Faber, referring to the no checking.
The Riveters will take on Connecticut on Sunday, October 11 at 1:30 p.m. at
“I wanted to stay in the game and I’m extremely excited that this opportu-
Faber says the Whale look great, have quick puck movement and mesh well
www.nyhockeyonline.com with their great experience levels. In addition to Faber on the Forward line are Kelly Babstock (Quinnipiac/ Mississauga), Shiann Darkangelo (Quinnipiac/Brighton, MI); Brittany Dougherty (University of Maine/ Chesterfield, MI); Jessica Koizumi (Boston Blades, U of Minn/ Simi Valley, Ca); Micaela Long (Boston Blades, University of New Hampshire/South Boston, Ma); Yekaterina Smolentseva (Russian National Team/Yekater- i n b u r g , Russia) and Danielle Ward (University of Maine/Lansing, MI). On Defense: Shannon Doyle (Boston University/Baldwin, Ont); Molly Engstrom (Team USA, Boston Blades, University of Wisconsin/Siren, Wis); Kaleigh Fratkin (Boston University, Boston Blades/Burnaby, British Columbia); Tara Tomimoto (Yale, Calgary, Alberta). Goaltenders: Chelsea Laden (Quinnipiac/Lakeville, Minn); Jaimie Leonoff (Yale/Montreal, Que); Nicole Stock (Brown University/Buffalo Grove, Ill). The Whale open at home against the Riveters on Sunday, October 11 at 1:30 p.m. at Chelsea Piers.
Boston Pride Cornell’s Alyssa Gagliardi, Lauren Slebodonick and RPI’s Jordan Smelker are the New York connections to the Boston Pride.
Around the State / Page 11 Gagliardi played for the Big Red on defense from 2010 until 2014. She is coming from the Boston Blades who took the Clarkson Cup last season. Slebodonick, a goalie, comes from Manchester, New Hampshire. She is Cornell’s winningest goaltender with 68 career saves. Smelker is a forward from Anchorage, Alaska that played last season for the Clarkson Cup winning Boston Blades. She was also a member of the US U22 team in 2012. Boston’s roster includes: Blake Bolden, Defense from Boston College and the Boston Blades. She is a native of Stow, Ohio. Corinne Buie, Boston Blades and Providence College. Edina, Minnesota. Kelly Cooke, Boston Blades, Princeton University. Andover, Mass. Jilliam Dempsey, Forward, Boston Blades and Harvard University. Top10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award in 2012-13. Home town is Winthrop, Mass. Emily Field, Forward, Boston College and member of the US U18 team at the 2011 IIHF Worlds. Hometown is Littleton, Mass. Kelsie Fralick, Goaltender, Connecticut College from West Chester, Pa.
Marissa Gedman, Defenseman, Harvard University and Farmingham, Mass. Zoe Hickel, Forward from the University of Minnesota/Duluth and Anchorage, Alaska. She was also a member of the US Women’s National Team at last season’s IIHF Worlds, bringing home the Gold. Rachel Lianes, Forward from the Boston Blades and Northeastern University. She comes from San Jose, Ca. Brittany Ott, Boston Blades and the University of Maine. This Goaltender comes from St. Clair Shores, Michigan. Amanda Pelkey, Forward from Montpelier, Vermont comes from the Univeristy of Vermont and the US Women’s National Team that played in the 2014 Four Nations Cup, taking the silver. Boston opens at HarborCenter in Buffalo on October 11. They are on the road through November when the open at home on Sunday, November 22 at 3 p.m. against the Riveters. They will play out of Harvard BrightLandry Center. Tickets for all teams can be bought by going to NWHL.co. For the Latest Signings to Page 53.
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Buffalo Opens Harborcenter Marriott Hotel
he Buffalo Media were invited as the Buffalo Marriott Harborcenter opened its doors to their first visitors. The first new built Marriott in the United States, it is unique in that this hotel is not a stand alone. It is attached to the two-rink Harborcenter Ice Arena and the First Niagara Center, home to the NHL Buffalo Sabres. Also as part of the structure is 716, a restaurant which features locally grown produce, wines and beers; as well as several shops. “Three years ago, this spot was a parking lot,” said Stan Makowski of Pegula Enterprises. “It was hard to comprehend this then but it’s here.” “All this is a testament to the commitment of the Pegula’s to the City of Buffalo,” he continued. Each of the over 300 rooms has a view of either the City of Buffalo, Canalside or the unique grain elevators to the south.
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Huseyin Taran and Stan Makowski welcome the media to the Buffalo Marriott HarborCenter.
Marriott rooms feature LED TV’s with Bluetooth capability, iHome radio and an entertainment system that allows visitors to hook into their own NetFlix accounts. “There are no desks in the room, we want to give guests a home feel,” said Huseyin Taran, general manager of the hotel. “There is a Presidential Suite which on a clear day you can see the mist from Niagara Falls,” said Taran. The hotel also features an open concept lounge and restaurant; a Marriott Club lounge (one of eight in the US), banquet facilities, meeting rooms and a Grand Ballroom. Rates for the hotel start at $219 per night. “This is comparible to hotels around the area,” said Taran. Kim Pegula took an active role in the design and furnishing of the hotel. She chose several local artists and their pieces of art can be found throughout the hotel. (Continued on Page 52)
Do We Develop Players Or Teams?
recently had the opportunity to hear Roger Grillo, USA Hockey ADM Regional Manager, give a presentation in Hartford, CT on the topic of Long Term Athlete Development. He said something during that presentation that really made an impression on me. He was talking about the differences in player development between Finland and the US. He pointed out that in Finland (and other European countries) the focus is on developing individual players, where as we in the US; place a priority on developing teams. This hit me like a sledgehammer. It’s a simple, elegant explanation for a difficult and complicated question. How is it that a small country like Finland with a relatively small number of kids playing hockey produces so many elite players? There are probably many reasons for this, but the idea of individual vs. team development intrigues me. Much of the difference in our approach to development is probably cultural. There is no doubt that Fin’s and Swede’s have a different view of the world than we do. One of those differences is the emphasis we here in the states place on competition and winning at very young ages. It’s not unusual in our country to see 8, 9 and 10 year olds playing a 60 game season, or traveling 100 miles to play a game. In many countries in Europe, formal competition doesn’t start until a child reaches the age of 11 or 12. I know coaches who have taken teams to Europe to play. They come back excited and proud that they won a bunch of games. We might win a few international games at these younger ages, but my question is this…are we winning a race to the wrong finish line?
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Coaching With Gridley by Chuck Gridley
Exactly what is the difference between developing a team and developing an individual player? And don’t those two things go hand in hand? First I would say that it’s not an “either/or” situation. Most good coaches are going to divide their time between developing the players’ individual skills and developing the ability of the team to play effectively together. It’s more a matter of priorities. In the European model, coaches spend a huge percentage of their time working to develop their player’s skills and hockey sense. Very little time is spent discussing systems or larger “team tactics”. In our country, I’m afraid the opposite is true. We put the emphasis on team development, which forces coaches to spend a greater percentage of their practice time on team tactics and systems. This takes away from the time we could be spending on developing basic skills and hockey sense. During his presentation in Hartford, CT, Roger challenged us to change the way we think about Long Term Athlete Development. And now I challenge all of you. If we improve the skills and hockey sense of all of our players, good team play will follow.
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USA Top Prospects Hit The Ice In Buffalo
orty-two of the top American prospects eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft hit the ice in Buffalo at the Fourth Annual CCM/USA Hockey AllAmerican Prospects. Seven of them have roots in New York State.
On Defense were Charlie McAvoy, Long Beach; J.D. Greenway, Potsdam, Griffin Luce, Williamsville and Adam Fox, Jericho. Luke Kirwan, Dewitt and Tage Thompson, Oyster Bay made up the NY contingent of forwards. Stephen Dhillon was NYâ€™s lone goalie.
www.nyhockeyonline.com One common thread between all seven was they were there to do their best, be seen and most of all have fun. Playing for the Syracuse Stars for his entire career, Kirwan choose the sport because it was fun. “I like the way hockey is played,” said Kirwan. “I’ve wanted to play in the OHL ever since I was little.’ And to the OHL he went playing with the Windsor Spitfires this season. Last season he had 7 goals and 12 assists for the Spitfires. Kirwan was also a member of the U17 National Team and played for the Middlesex Islanders. For him the Prospects game is a place where he can find out where he stands and what he needs to work on. “It’s a once in a lifetime experience,” said McAvoy. “I work hard every shift, show what I can do and show confidence and skill. Having a strong performance in this game is important,” he continued. For at the Prospects Game these players played before more scouts in one place than they have seen in a lifetime. “First impressions are important,” continued McAvoy, who played for the NY Apple Core, Long Beach Apple Core,
Around the State / Page 16 Westchester Express and AAA Long Island Gulls. A freshman at Boston University McAvoy spent two seasons with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, helped the U18 Team claim gold medal at 2015 IIHF Under-18 World Championship and also won titles at 2014 U18 Four Nations Tournament, 2014 U17 Five Nations Tournament and 2014 World U17 Hockey Challenge. In 2014-15, he recorded 40 points (7g, 33a) in 63 games as team’s top-scoring defenseman. McAvoy for New Jersey Rockets of the Metro Junior Hockey League in 2012-13 and was named 2013 MJHL Offensive Defenseman of the Year and earned spot on All-MJHL First Team. Greenway is following in his brother Jordan’s path. Jordan played in the USA Prospects Game last season, then went to the Combine and was drafted 50th overall by the Minnesota Wild. “I come from a hockey family,” said Greenway, who donned skates when he was 3 years old. “I love it, my brother and I play together and now I look forward to playing against him,” he said smiling. Greenway played his youth hockey with the Canton Hockey Association and then moved to travel with the St. Lawrence Thunder. He also played one year with Potsdam High School and is with the U18 National Team. “If you have the dream, keep chasing it,” he advises players coming up. “Never give up!” Fox is another young man who looks foward to this as a great experience and once that he feels is an honor. “These are all great players and great people,” said Fox. “A few years ago I never thought this would happen to me, and here I am.” Fox played his entire youth career with the Long Island
www.nyhockeyonline.com Gulls organization after his Dad introduced him to hockey at two years old. “Dad put my skates on and took me to the rink and that was it,” said Fox. Fox plays for the US National U18 team and has committed Harvard University. He was also a member of the U17 USA National team. Thompson’s Dad, Brent (Jets, Coyotes, Kings) introduced him to hockey and has played a major role in his life. “It’s always been hockey,” said Thompson. “I tried baseball but it was too slow moving.” “Being here (Prospects Game) is amazing,” he continued. “All the hard work and things Dad taught me are paying off and I’m just glad to have the opportunity to do this.’ Thompson played for the Long Island Royals, PAL Junior Islanders and Mid Fairfield Blues. He will be playing this season with the University of Connecticut. Another NHL connected player is Griffin Luce, whose grandfather Don played in Buffalo and his father is a scout. Luce has committed to the University of Michigan and plays for the U18 USA National Team. “I’m having a great time and really when you hit the ice you don’t think about the scouts in the stands,” said Luce. He does admit that his Grandfather has been an influence in his life and both he and his father have given him advice. “My Grandfather told me to just play my game, don’t worry about the draft, just play like always,” said Luce about the Prospects Game. “My only plan is to play as long as I can.” Goalie Stephen Dhillon comes to the Prospects Game from the Niagara Ice Dogs.
Around the State / Page 17 “I don’t think about the pressure of it being a Draft Year or this the Prospects Game; we’re all friends whether we play with each other or against each other,” said Dhillon. Dhillon played youth hockey with the Ft.Erie Meteors, Buffalo Bisons, Buffalo Regals, Amherst Knights and the Depew Saints. “I love every level of hockey and every bit of it,” said Dhillon, whose role models include ex-Buffalo Goalie Ryan Miller and New Jersey Retired Goalie Marty Biron. Coaching the Prospects were Jeremy Roenick and Derek Plante. Both see this as a once in a lifetime opportunity for the players to show what they an do in a game situation, with players they may or may not have played with or against. They both said the talent level in hockey in the United States has grown and is continuing to grow. Both feel that is because of the National Team Development Program. “I’ve always wanted to coach with USA Hockey,” said Roenick. “It’s great being involved with youth and I’m at an age where I wanted to dive back in. “For them it’s about seizing the moment and opportunity,” he continued. (Continued on next Page)
USA Hockey Names Hansen and Osaer to Staff
ich Hansen (New York, N.Y.) and Phil Osaer (Livonia, Mich.) have been named to the staff of USA Hockey’s American Development Model, it was announced by USA Hockey. Hansen will serve as an ADM regional manager with responsibility for USA Hockey’s Atlantic (Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey) and New York Districts. He will work with local associations and programs in those areas as a leading resource for age-appropriate training, competition and long-term athlete development. Hansen has been a member of USA Hockey’s adult hockey staff since 2011 and assisted as an on-ice instructor at both the 2014 and 2015 USA Hockey Select 16 Player Development Camps. In addition, he has been part of the coaching staff for the Air Academy High School boys hockey team in Colorado Springs, Colorado, since 2011. Prior to joining the USA Hockey staff, Hansen played six seasons of professional hockey after completing a fouryear collegiate career (2001-05) that landed him among Mercyhurst College’s all-time NCAA Division I scoring leaders. He is a Level 4-certified USA Hockey coach. Osaer will serve as ADM manager of youth goaltending programs, a role in which he will help lead the development of netminders across the country, utilizing age-appropriate training and competition curriculum. Osaer comes to USA Hockey after spending the 2014-15 season as director of hockey operations for the Michigan State University men’s ice hockey program. He was assistant coach and goaltending coach for the United States Hockey League’s Cedar Rapids Roughriders during the 2013-14 campaign, and from 2003-2012, served as goaltending director and hockey school instructor for Suburban Hockey in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
Around NY State / Page 18 Since 2004, Osaer, a Level 4-certified USA Hockey coach, has volunteered his time as an evaluator and on-ice coach at USA Hockey select festivals and elite goaltending camps. He was also part of the coaching staff for the U.S. Select Teams that played in the 2014 U17 Five Nations Tournament and the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup. Osaer played goaltender for Ferris State University from 1998-2001 and earned All-CCHA and team most valuable player honors in 2001. The St. Louis Blues draftee went on to play 12 seasons of professional hockey, earning call-ups with both the New York Rangers and Florida Panthers. Osaer later played in Europe, winning a Norwegian championship in 2011. NOTES: Both Hansen and Osaer will officially began their duties on September 21 … Hansen replaces Matt Herr, while Osaer’s position, with a focus solely on youth goaltending, is an addition to the ADM staff. (Prospects Continued from Page 17)
“They need to make themselves stand out and be recognizable so the scouts can see how they handle the situation. “It’s a springboard for more teams to go watch them. They all have their own special talent and things they do well,” Roenick continued. “If they don’t find a way to shine, they miss out on a great opportunity.” Plante agrees but also wants them to have fun with it. “They are all good kids and good hockey players,” he said. The 2015 Prospects game ended 6-4 in favor of Team Plante. Next place to watch for these players is the 2016 NHL Draft. But before that check them out with their 201516 team commitments.
CENTRAL NEW YORK
2015 CCM/USA Top Prospect Luke Kirwan Dewitt, NY
Central Men’s College Ice Hockey Report by Warren Kozireski Wkozires@brockport.edu
COLGATE Injuries certainly hampered the Raiders during the regular season, but a last season run to the championship game and a solid returning core promises to be keep them competitive in the final year at Starr Rink. Seniors Tyson and Tyler Spink plus Darcy Murphy and Mike Borkowski will provide plenty of offense. Junior forward Tim Harrison “enjoyed a breakout season last year, finding ways to contribute offensively while also developing into a player that can thrive in all situations,” head coach Don Vaughan said. “He will be counted on to continue his development this season. “ Junior defenseman Jake Kulevich registered 15 points last season with senior Kevin Lough and junior Brett Corkey also stabilizing the back line. “Kevin has been a key part of blueline for the past three seasons, but with the graduating of Spiro Goulakos, he will be counted on to be even more of a leader of our defensemen this season. Brett is a solid defenseman that does whatever is asked of him. We’ll be looking for him to contribute key minutes on the backend while also helping develop our young defensemen this season. “
Central Hockey / Page 20 Junior Charlie Finn won 21 games last season and will be called on again for heavy duty in net. “I am pleased with the makeup of our team as we head into the upcoming season. Although we lost some key contributors from last season’s squad, we still have a good group of veterans that are ready to lead the program. As with any collegiate team, we will also benefit from the addition of a talented group of newcomers that will be expected to contribute right away.” The Raiders will welcome five newcomers for the 2015-16 campaign with two players from both the United States and Canada and an international player from Slovakia. The three defensemen and two forwards are defenseman Willie Brooks from the Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL), defenseman Ken Citron from the Vernon Vipers (BCHL), forward Adam Dauda via the Pembroke Lumber Kings (CCHL), defenseman Rory McGuire from the Kingston Voyageurs (OJHL) and forward Hunter Racine from the Hawkesbury Hawks (CCHL). Racine’s uncle—Bruce—was a two-time All-American goaltender at Northeastern and played professional hockey for 16 seasons. Dauda will defer his first season due to medical issues. “The ECAC is always one of the most balanced leagues from top to bottom and this season will be no exception. It will be important for us to be at the top of our game every night in order to be successful. It will be important for us to monitor minutes for some of our players this year to make sure that they are able to perform at their highest levels throughout the season.”
CORNELL The Big Red will be trying to find offense after finishing among the bottom three teams in the ECAC in goals and seeing six senior depart taking 18 goals
www.nyhockeyonline.com and 68 points with them including leading scorer and Fairport native Cole Bardreau. Senior Christian Hilbrich and juniors Jake Weidner and Matt Buckles will try to fill first line and major power play roles. Buckles finished last season tied for the team lead with four power play markers. Pittsford native Jon Knisley is coming off a career high five goals and will again play a major role with the penalty kill. Sophomore Ryan Bliss moves into a top role on a very young blueline corp. with senior Reece Willcox, juniors Patrick McCarron and Holden Anderson with sophomore Dan Wedman. Goaltenders Mitch Gillam and Hayden Stewart combined have played in 40 games with Stewart registering two shutouts in just 11 appearances in his first year. “(We are a) young team whom I think will develop during the season,” head coach Mike Schafer said. Two New York natives are among the nine additions to the program for the 2015-16 season as announced by the Big Red. Anthony Angello of Manlius was a fifth round selection by Pittsburgh in the 2014 draft. He is joined by defenseman and Marilla native Matthew Nuttle.
Central Hockey / Page 21 Angelo, a 6-foot-5, 205 pounds forward returned to the USHL’s Omaha Lancers last year and racked up 19 goals and 16 assists for 35 points in 56 games. He also had two goals and three assists while helping Team USA win the gold medal at the 2014 Junior A World Challenge. Before joining the Lancers, he played for two seasons with the Empire Junior Hockey League’s Syracuse Junior Stars, and he was an All-State First Team selection in 2013 after averaging four points per game with Fayetteville-Manlius High School. Nuttle, a 5-foot-11, 180 pounds blueliner, helped the Sioux Falls Stampede win the USHL’s Clark Cup last season, providing four assists and a plus-9 rating in 12 playoff games. He had 17 points in the regular season, joining the Stampede after 27 games with the Bloomington Thunder. He was named to the NAHL All-Rookie First Team in 2014 after scoring 31 points in 60 games with the Wenatchee Wild. He started his junior career with the Buffalo Junior Sabres. Other additions are forward Luc Lalor via the Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL), Defenseman Alec McCrea from the Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL), forward Chad Otterman from the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers (USPHL), defenseman Trent Shore via the Cumberland Grads (CCHL), defenseman Brendan Smith from the Omaha Lancers (USHL) forward and Chicago Blackhawks 2014 third rounder Beau Starrett from
the South Shore Kings (USPHL) and forward Mitch Vanderlaan from the Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL). Expect lots of tight, low-scoring hockey at Lynah this winter---just like usual.
CORTLAND Former SUNY Cortland men’s ice hockey goaltender Matt Meacham ‘08 got the chance to bring the Stanley Cup to his hometown of Massena, N.Y., as the second-year video coach for the 2015 NHL champion Chicago Blackhawks. Meacham played two seasons at Cortland from 2004-06. He registered a .890 save percentage in 25 games as a junior and a .881 save percentage in 22 games during his senior year.
HOBART The team announced that Mark Phalon has been hired as the Statesmen’s assistant coach for the 2015-16 season replacing Sean Flanagan, who accepted a position on the UMass-Lowell hockey staff. (Continued on Page 28)
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Central New York Women’s College Hockey Report By Janet Schultz Janet@nyhockeyonline.com
The Utica College Women’s Ice Hockey Team will open Halloween evening against Canton in Utica. The puck drops at 7 p.m. This is Coach Dave Clausen’s 15th season behind the Pioneer bench as the first and only Head Coach of the women’s team. Assisting him are Ashley Furia and Bil Owens. Hailing from New York State are MacKenzie Roy, a senior forward from Clinton; Amanda Lupo, a sophomore goalie out of Auburn and the Skaneatles High School team and Keira Goin from Dobbs Ferry is a Junior goaltender who played at Hotchkiss School.
The Orange open at 7 p.m. October 6 against Clarkson at home.
Paul Flanagan was named seven years ago to the Head Coaching position and has directed the team to four CHA championship game appearances. He is assisted by Alison Domenico and Brendon Knight. The lone NYS representative is Freshman Goalie Maddi Welch out of East Amherst. Maddi played for the Nichols School Girls and the Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles last season. Over the summer news was reeived that Syracuse alumnae Allie LaComb ‘15 was selected to play for the Vienna Sabres of the Elite Women’s Hockey League.
The Raiders open with a doubleheader October 2 and 3 against Robert Morris. The puck drops at 7 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m.
on Saturday. Coach Greg Fargo is in his fourth year with Colgate. He is assisted by Josh Sciba and Sophie LeClerc.
The Raiders went 11-21-3 last season and had seven players named to the All Academic Team in the ECAC. Niagara Falls native Olivia Zafuto has signed with the Raiders. She comes from the Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles and Nichols School. New Hartford native Annika Zalewski will wear the C this year with Katelyn Parker. Zalewski played for Nichols School and the Buffalo Bisons.
The Soaring Eagles open October 31 against Adrian College of Michigan and then travel to the Norwich East/ West Classic before opening at home against Cortland on Noember 13. Cortland will also face them the following afternoon at home. Coach Dean Jackson is in his fourth year behind the bench and is assisted by Kelsea Martalock. Elmira’s Lauren Sullivan ‘13 was the first Soaring Eagle drafted by the CWHL, going to the Toronto Fluries; Tanis Lamoureux ‘14 went the following year and this season Ashton Hogan and Katie Gashin went to the Furies, continuing their hockey career as professionals. Lamoureux has just accepted the assistant coach position with the Buffalo State College Women Bengals.
Oswego opens with a scrimmage against the NY Storm on October 24. Their season opener will be October 30 at home against New England College at 7 p.m. Coach Diane Dillon joined the Lakers in 2006. She is assisted by Greg Haney.
The Lakers have begun their Athletic Challenge where they must secure 625 alumni between September 1 and December 31 with Alums Rich and Beth Kagan Lashley donations $30,000 if they meet the challenge.
The Red Dragons open October 30 against Castleton at hom and the next day take on New England College at 2 p.m. Coach Earl Utter is in his ninth season with the Cortland womenâ€™s team and coached them to their first ECAC playoff spot last season.
The Big Red wll face the University of Western Ontario on October 16 and play the Red and White game on October 17. Their season begins October 23 when Boston College comes to Lynah Rink with a 3 p.m. puck drop. Coach Doug Derraugh isin his 11th season with the Big Red. Prior to his arrival they had won 4 games; he has taken them to one of the most elite womenâ€™s ice hockey teams in the nation with three Frozen Four appearances and a 189112-24 overall record over the 10 seasons. He is assisted by Danielle Bilodeau. Pippy Gerace of Jamestown has joined the Big Red this
Central Hockey / Page 23 season. She is a forward who played last season with the Etobicoke Jr. Dophins. Returning for her senior season is Anna Zorn of Churchville. The forward played for the Rochester Edge.
Hamilton opens with neighboring William Smith College on November 20 and 21. They then will face Oswego on November 24 at 2 p.m. Emily McNamara is in her third season with Hamilton and is assisted by Kayte
William Smith will open in The Cooler on October 30 at 7:30 p.m. against the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Their first ECAC opponent for 2015-16 will be on the road to Utica on November 7 and 8. Coach Jamie Totten is behind the bench with Kate Gallagher assisting.
The Herons battle Utica at their Inaugural Game last season.
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NAHL Announces Advanced Scouting Initiative
he North American Hockey League (NAHL) is pleased to announce the creation of a new and advanced scouting initiative by launching NAHL Central Scouting. NAHL Central Scouting was created and developed in large part due to the growth and popularity of the NAPHL, NA3HL, and NA3EHL, which have experienced record player movement in recent seasons, thanks in part to initiatives like the NAHL Event Scouting System, which had been in place the last two seasons. NAHL Central Scouting will continue to be a presence at all NAPHL, NA3HL, and NA3EHL events and showcases, as well as, the NAHL Future Prospect Tournaments and Combines. “Future players are very important to the NAHL,” said NAHL Commissioner Mark Frankenfeld. “Each year we are seeing more players play, develop and competitively advance from our family of leagues. The investment to create a first-class Central Scouting service is right in line with our mission by providing the best opportunities possible for our players.” As part of the upgrade and enhancement, NAHL Central Scouting is going to utilize RinkNet to capture all of its scouting data. RinkNet is the leading hockey player management and scouting technology system and has been providing hockey teams, leagues and related organizations, including those in the NHL and NCAA with access to daily updated rosters, schedules and player informa-
tion for virtually all leagues worldwide. NAHL Central Scouting will be under the guidance of Craig Barnett, Director to Player Personnel for the NAHL. For the past two seasons, Barnett has overseen the NAHL’s scouting initiatives, which were put in place as a way to assist NAPHL and NA3HL coaches in promoting their top players to the NAHL, NCAA and NHL programs and teams. Coupled with the evolution of new programming and events that Barnett will oversee, the NAHL will now further enhance its scouting efforts with NAHL Central Scouting. “NAHL Central Scouting is solely dedicated to finding hockey players, evaluating them in a true unbiased manner and then organizing and providing that information to all our NAHL teams,” stated Barnett. “It has proven to be an effective tool that supports our coaches’ hard work in promoting their top prospects to the next level and we expect to take things to a whole new level with our NAHL Central Scouting initiative.” NAHL Central Scouting was in full force at the 13th annual NAHL Showcase presented by Easton Hockey, which took place from September 23-27 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. NAHL Central Scouting representatives were easily identified by their red jackets with NAHL Central Scouting logo. (NAHL Continued from previous page)
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Two Former Statesmen Playing Pro Hockey In France
wo former members of the Hobart College hockey team are now playing professionally in France. Former Statesmen forward Tommy Fiorentino ’14 (New Hartford, N.Y.) begins his second year playing in France, recently signing with a new team, and former defenseman Ryan Michel ’15 (Camillus, N.Y.) signed with Cholet to begin his professional career. Michel’s team, HC Cholet, plays at the Division I level in France. Michel was a three-time All-ECAC West selection. He also earned the Boswell Award, as the team’s MVP, as a junior and as a senior. Michel played in 93 career games, notching eight goals and 60 assists for 68 points. He finished his college hockey career ranked ninth on Hobart’s all-time list for career assists.
In July, he signed with Corsaires de Nantes. Fiorentino made the move to his new team through the help of former Statesmen Assistant Coach Carl Michaelson ’04. “My experience in France has been life changing. I grew a lot as a person in my first year of professional hockey just from being on my own in another country and I can’t wait for new growth and experiences this season,” said Fiorentino. At Hobart, Fiorentino played in 102 career games. He was a three-time member of the ECAC West All-Academic squad and served as team captain as a senior. Fiorentino logged 27 goals and 25 assists for 52 career points. “Hobart really afforded me this opportunity and I am forever grateful for that. Coach Taylor runs a program that teaches valuable skills on and off the ice. I’ve been able to apply what I learned at Hobart to here successfully and it has made my time enjoyable,” added Fiorentino.
Fiorentino played last season with Les Phenix de Reims. (Continued from Page 24)
In addition, more than 300 NHL, NCAA and other junior scouts were in attendance which featured all 22 NAHL teams, as well as, 38 North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), 12 High Performance Hockey League (HPHL) and 8 Upper Midwest High School Elite League (UMHSEL) teams. How it works As part of the process, players in the NA3HL, NA3EHL and NAPHL will have to register for NAHL Central Scouting. NAPHL PLAYER REGISTRATION NA3HL PLAYER REGISTRATION NA3EHL PLAYER REGISTRATION With the additional assistance of NAPHL Director Lucas Trombetta and
NAHL Coordinator of Hockey Operations Blake MacNicol, NAHL Central Scouting will employ 10-12 independent scouts at each showcase event to evaluate and submit scouting reports on players in those three leagues.
Since the inception of the NAHL scouting initiative years ago, both the NAPHL and NA3HL have experienced a record amount of proven player movement not only to the NAHL, but to college programs in the NCAA and ACHA as well.
That information will then be collected, analyzed and a Mid-Season Report and End-of-Season Report will be created and dispersed to all NAHL, NCAA and NHL scouts. Players are rated using a standard rating scale utilized by scouts who do not have any connections to the teams, thus resulting in a true unbiased evaluation. By the time the Mid-Season Report comes out, a realistic picture of each players skills and abilities will be demonstrated and able to be utilized.
The success of the NAHL scouting initiative doesn’t stop with the player’s advancement, but also is inclusive of the scouts that have been part of the team have also moved up the ladder. This summer Frank Kollar and Dave Noel-Bernier, both members of the scouting team last season, were hired as scouts with the Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings respectively. This years NAHL Central Scouting team will include former NHL and Junior scouts and coaches as well as highly regarded High School and Midget Major coaches.
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RYH Grizzly Run Results
he Rome Youth Hockey Association launched the 1st Annual Grizzly in September.
Darcy Crofford served as Race Director, bringing the idea to the Board back in the Spring. She worked tirelessly recruiting runners and volunteers for a spectacular inaugural event. The Kids Run, for runners 10 and under kicked off at 9:00 AM. Young runners raced the perimeter of their hockey home two times or .75 miles. 15 kids participated in this fun event. The 5k started at 9:30 am from Strough Junior High School, where 30 racers finished the 5k course at the home of the Rome Grizzlies, JFK Arena.
Winners were as follows: 5k: Womenâ€™s: 1st Place Hayley Millington 2nd Place Juliane Huckabone 3rd Place Tari Lyn Orton Menâ€™s: 1st Place Brad Lewthwaite 2nd James DeAngelo 3rd Derek Millington Kids Run: Girls 1st Place Marlo Townsend 2nd Place Kelsey Fuller 3rd Place Elizabeth LaPointe Boys 1st Place Luke Haag 2nd Place Jimmy DeAngelo 3rd Place Evan Lewthwaite
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Chang Takes Position With Stampede
(Continued from Page 21 Mens College)
Phalon comes to Hobart after working for two years as the video coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs’ organization. After the 2013-14 Toronto Marlies captured the AHL’s North Division regular-season championship and a berth in the Western Conference finals in the Calder Cup playoffs, he was promoted to the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs.
Assistant coach Ed Olczyk Jr. left the staff to join Niagara’s staff as an assistant.
he Syracuse Stampede announce the addition of Tyson Chang to their staff for 2015-2016. “Ty has been training athletes for several years and we have heard nothing but great things about him and his company, Well Formed Fitness.” States Stampede GM Mike Beavis The Stampede will spend a week of training camp working with Tyson during their off ice sessions at Morrisville State College. “I have literally asked Ty to really see what the guys are made of during camp and see if they have what it will take to reach the next level.” added Beavis The Stampede are also hoping to keep Chang on board this season to do regular tune-up sessions with the team over the course of the year. “Off ice is so important to players and once they realize that... It tends to help them all a great deal especially when we are trying to increase their speed.” Beavis also added. The Stampede are hoping that Tyson can give the players a great base to start for their off ice workouts over the five day training camp. Tyson Chang is the owner of Well
Formed Fitness, Inc. based in Skaneateles, NY. He is also a class instructor at Mirbeau Inn and Spa. Over the years, he has successfully trained a variety of athletes for sports including track, lacrosse, hockey and motocross. Tyson currently resides with his family in Skaneateles, NY.
2015 CCM/USA All-American Prospects Charlie McAvoy Long Beach Tage Thompson Oyster Bay Adam Fox Jericho
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he New York Riveters will be the first NWHL team to play an international game when they travel to face off against Smile Japan in December. The three-game series will take place on Wednesday, December 16th, Thursday, December 17th and Saturday, December 19th at the Nikko Kirifuri Ice Arena in Nikko, Japan.
NWHL Riveters to Play Team Japan
“This is a historic opportunity to bring the NWHL to Japan and grow the game of women’s hockey,” said Riveters head coach Chad Wiseman. “It’s especially significant for me personally since I’ve been able to play in Japan during my professional career and now return as a coach of the Riveters.” For Riveters goaltender Nana Fujimoto, the trip to Japan will also be a significant one. Fujimoto is a member of the Japanese national team and competed for Smile Japan in both the 2014 Winter Olympics and
2015 IIHF Women’s World Championships, where she was named the tournament’s top goaltender. “This will be significant experience for both Team Japan and myself,” said Fujimoto. “I’m honored to be able to come back to Japan as a member of New York Riveters.” “I’ve seen the team from only their point of view, but this time I hope that I will be able to observe them with a broader perspective. I am really looking forward to competing with them.” The New York Riveters begin their regular season October 11, 2015 on the road against the Connecticut Whale. For more information about the New York Riveters and Nana Fujimoto, please visit NWHL.co.
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Manhattanville The Valiants open November 6 against Nichols College in Rhode Island. Their home opener is scheduled for November 14 against the University of Massachusetts at Boston with a 3 p.m. puck drop at Playland.
The Valiants are coached by David Turco, assisted by Amanda Wilks. Turco is in his fourth season as head coach and sixth overall. In his third season he coached them to a 8-144 record/6-7-3 in the ECAC. The Valiants have already begun their community service volunteering for the Toughman Triathalion at the Croton Point Race.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
RPI opens with an exhibition game on September 26 against Quebec University and then faces visiting North Dakota on October 2 and 3. They play their regular season home opener on October 16 against Robert Morris University.
Coach John Burke has named Christie Cicero assistant coach. Cicero comes from Canton where was involved in all aspects of their hockey program as well as supervising the activities of Canton’s Fitness Center.
East Hockey / Page 30 Burke has taken the Engineers to 157 wins, moved them to DI Hockey in 2004-05 and into the ECAC in 2006-07. They made playoff appearances in 2009 and 2011. Ana Orzechowski of Tonawanda and the Pittsburgh Pens Elite Women’s Hockey Team has joined the Engineers this season. She is a 5’6” defenseman.
Union opens September 25 in Mankato, Minnesota with several exhi bition games before returning to Storrs Rink on October 13 against the University of Connecticut. Coach Claudia Barcomb is in her ninth season and is assisted by Ali Boe and Chris Cobb. This is Cobb’s first season with Union. Barcomb is in her eighth season with a 36-208-26 overall record. The Dutchwomen were awarded the STRIDE Corporate/Community Sponsor of the Year Award for their sponsorship of the STRIDE Prom. STRIDE works with special needs individuals in life changing sports and recreation programs to sustain a healthy, active and fun life style.
Eastern New York Men’s College Hockey Report by Warren Kozireski
the Black Knights.
Their eight win-season marked their best in four campaigns and, since that was played with 16 underclassmen on the roster, there is optimism for a double-digit win season and a conference standings climb for
Freshman Tyler Pham and Conor Andrle combined for 46 points to sit atop the team scoring chart. Junior C.J. Reuschlein tied for the team lead with nine goals last season with senior Joe Kozlak, junior Clint Carlisle and sophomore Brendan McGuire also adding balance to the attack. Senior Christian Pomarico is the leader of a young blueline corp. with junior Ryan Nick and sophomores Mike Preston and Blake Box among the top four. Junior goaltender Parker Gahagen (Buffalo) was challenged last season by freshman Cole Burns, but emerged with six of the team’s eight wins. Among the nine freshmen are Tommy Besinger, who joins the squad from the South Shore Kings of the United States Premier Hockey League, where he was a two-time All Star, Trevor Fidler from the South Shore Kings of the USPHL and the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL, Tipper Higgins via the Chilliwack Chiefs of the BCHL, Dalton MacAfee from the South Shore
East Hockey / Page 31 Kings, and Boston University (2013-14), Ian Mansfield from NAHL champion Minnesota, Taylor Maruya via Salmon Arm of the BCHL, Ian Murdoch from Culver Military Academy, goaltender Matt Penta from the Kingston Voyageurs of the Ontario Junior Hockey League and Nash Worden from the Omaha Lancers.
R.P.I. The Engineers managed just three wins over the last two months, but two came in a first round playoff upset over Clarkson to hopefully give them some momentum heading into 2015-16. No one scored ten goals last season, but freshman Drew Melanson led the squad with 20 points. Seniors Milos Bubela and Mark Miller (Massena), junior Riley Bourbonnais (Greece, NY) and sophomore Viktor Liljegren are the top scoring returners up front. Senior defenseman Chris Bradley (Williamsville) will see plenty of icetime along with sophomores Jared Wilson and Mike Prapavessis as the core of the defensemen in front of senior goaltender Jason Kasdorf, who was a disappointing 11-19-2 last season with just a .902 save percentage. The Engineers will add five forwards, two defensemen and a goaltender to the roster for the 2015-16 season to a program that returns six defensemen, 11 forwards and two goalies. Forwards Lonnie Clary (Fairbanks-NAHL), Sweden’s Jesper Ohrvall (Fairbanks-NAHL), Alex Rodriguez (Sioux City-USHL), Evan Tironese (Alberni ValleyBCHL) and Brady Wiffen (Trenton-OJHL) will be joined by defensemen Tommy Grant (Baystate-USPHL) and Meirs Moore (Victoria-BCHL) plus goaltenders Alec Dillon (Tri City-USHL) and Cameron Hackett via the Lincoln Stars of the USHL.
UNION Long winning streaks at the beginning and end of last season were the highlights, but the middle portion of the schedule saw the Dutchmen win just nine times. Unlike previous seasons, they struggled in conference play. They will need to shore up their own end after finishing among the bottom four in goals allowed. Junior and Clifton Park native Jeff Taylor will anchor the defense along with classmate Noah Henry and senior Sebastien Gingras. Add a trio of sophomores in Nick DeSimone, JC Brassard and Connor Light in front of junior goaltender Alex Sakellaropoulos and there is some sorting out to do when deciding on minutes. Mike Vecchione and Matt Wilkins after combining for 32 goals and 46 assists last season. “I think Matt Wilkins is capable of stepping into a leadership role; he was really one of our best players at the end (of last season),” head coach Rick Bennett said. “Next is Mike Vecchione. He can be more than just a “points” guy for us; we see him as being a leader as well. Then we have Jeff Taylor, who was having an excellent season last year before getting hurt late in the year. From the back end, we need him to be in the same mode as that of a Mat Bodie and Shayne
East Hockey / Page 32 Gostisbehere.” Sophomores Spencer Foo and Ryan Scarfo will need to at least repeat their solid freshman campaigns and the Dutchmen will need to find some more scoring in order to reverse last season’s tenth place finish. Nine freshmen joining the team for the 2015-16 season with six forwards, two goaltenders and a defenseman. The newest Dutchmen are: defenseman Greg Campbell, forward Mark Dufour, goaltender Jake Kupsky, forward Cole Maier, forward Brett Supinski, forward Brendan Taylor, forward Sebastian Vidmar, forward Ryan Walker and goaltender Joe Young. Kupsky was chosen by the San Jose Sharks in the seventh round (193rd overall) in the June NHL Entry Draft. “We’re excited as a staff, we feel there is a lot of energy going into this year. Our summer was a little longer than in past years, and that wasn’t necessarily bad. With the guys we have coming in, we feel there is a new sense of energy, and I think youth brings that. “We’re going to have a different look at times, whether it’s noticeable or not, remains to be seen. We really spent a lot of time as a staff doing a team audit at the end of last season, and I appreciate the input that (Associate and Assistant coaches) Joe (Dumais) and Jason (Tapp) provided in the evaluation process. I think it will help us as we move forward.”
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Northern New York Men’s College Hockey Report by Warren Kozireski
CANTON Former Clarkson defenseman and Norwood native Alex Boak was named assistant coach for the Roos. A four-year standout defenseman for the Golden Knights, Boak appeared in 148 contests and finished his career with 31 points on seven goals and 24 assists. He was also named to the ECAC All-Academic Team three times.
CLARKSON With a large freshman class last season, the Golden Knights were 5-11-5 in one goal games in spite of leading the ECAC on the penalty kill and being a top-16 team nationally in goals against. After losing only two seniors, the ability to turn that one-goal-game record around is key to the 2015-16 campaign. “We have a good returning core group of guys who are getting into their important years as players,” head coach Casey Jones said. “Troy Josephs is ready. He did not get any power-play time last year and still finished in the top three on our team in scoring. He has had another good off-season of training and I have expectations for him to take a big step forward offensively for us. Janick Asselin and A.J. Fossen are young guys who come to mind that were really good down the stretch last year and I expect that to continue. Overall, I just think there is a good mix of guys now who are maturing into their years. I think our offensive production as a team will take a good step
North Hockey / Page 34 forward collectively. “When you have a big freshman class like we had last year, we were pretty simple. We did not have a ton of layers to our team. I would expect us to be able to push the envelope here offensively with our depth this season. We should be able to play with good pace and I expect us to have a little more activity from our blueline in all zones because of our depth.” In addition to Josephs, Asselin and Fossen up front, leading scorer Jeff DiNallo, Sam Vigneault, Pat Megannety and Jordan Boucher all scored ten or more points last season. Junior James de Haas, seniors Paul Geiger and Kevin Tansey plus sophomores Kelly Summers and Terrance Amorosa anchor the blueline in front of goaltenders Steve Perry and Greg Lewis, who virtually split time last year. Two forwards, one defenseman and one goaltender in Juho Jokiharju, Marly Quince, Mathew Robson and Aaron Thow are the incoming recruits.
ST. LAWRENCE The Saints surprised almost everyone with their second place regular season finish in the ECAC before an overtime loss in the semi-finals ended their hopes. The team largely relied on freshman goaltender Kyle Hayton, who won 20 games while playing in all but one game. But they also received balanced scoring with fully 15 players scoring in double-digits. Seniors Brian Ward and Tommy Thompson return after their career-best offensive years along with sophomore Mike Marnell and seniors Sean McGovern and juniors Christian Horn, Drew Smolcynski and Woody Hudson (Greece, NY). The team received quite a bit of offense from their defense led by juniors Eric Sweetman and Gavin Bayreuther and sophomores Nolan Gluchowski and Matt Purmal. (Continued on Page 36)
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The Bears open October 30 at St. Michaels and St. Michaels journeys down to Potsdam the next day for a 3 p.m. faceoff. Coach Jay Green began with the Bears when they were a Club Team in 2007-08 and then moved them to varsity status a year later. The Bears went 9-15-1 last season. Green is assisted by Kevin McFarland. Potsdam will hold their annual Hall of Fame celebration October 2 and 3.
Clarkson opens at home on October 2 against St. Lawrence University and then travels to St. Lawrence for a game in Canton the next day. Coach Matt Desrosiers went it alone last year as Head Coach after co-coaching with his wife for six years. The last two seasons the Desrosiers were named ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year and in 201314 they were in their first-ever NCAA Championship game. Clarkson is returning 15 to the ice with four of them being the top scorers. Clarkson is also boasting six players that were invited
North Hockey / Page 35 to the Canadian National Development Camp including Erica Howe ‘14; Jamie Lee Rattray ‘14 and current players Erin Ambrose, Renata Fast, Cayley Mercer and Shannon McAulay. Ambrose, Fast, McAulay and Mercer were named to Hockey Canada’s National Development Team.
Plattsburgh State University
Plattsburgh opens with an exhibition game at home on October 24 and then travels to the Norwich East/West Classic on October 31 through November 4. On November 7 their season will begin against Neumann University at 3 p.m. followed by a second game the following day at 2 p.m. Coach Kevin Houle is assisted by Danielle Blanchard.
St. Lawrence University
The Saints open at Clarkson on October 2 and then open at home the following day, against the same team. It’s a 3 p.m. puck drop. Coach Chris Wells joined the team in 2008-09 and in his first season took the team to the NCAA Tournament. In his seventh season he is 11286-24 overall. Two New York natives have joined the Saints this season, both goalies. First from Potsdam is Allison Compeau and from Webster and the Rochester Edge, Mikaela Thompson. (Continued on Page 36)
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Among the freshman newcomer are Lancaster native Michael Ederer, a 6-1, 177 forward, who played for Merritt in the BCHL and scored 21 goals with 28 assists in 58 games for the Centennials.
North Hockey / Page 36 who was the fifth leading scorer in the league last year with 39 goals and 37 assists.
Joining the Saint defensive corps will be 6-1, 185 blueliner R.J. Gicewicz from Orchard Park, who played for Green Bay in the USHL and had five assists in 49 games. Other newcomers are Arthur Brey, a 6-1, 180 goaltender from the Sioux Falls Stampede, forward Michael Laidley from Aurora in the OJHL forward and forward Jacob Pritchard from Powell River in the BCHL, (Continued from Page 35 Womens Hockey)
The Kangaroos open in Utica on October 30 and 31; travel to Daniel Webster College in New Hampshire on November 6 and 7, Potsdam on Noember 10 and then hold their home opener on November 13 against Morrisville. After serving as an assistant coach Dave LaBaff was moved to the Head Coaching position last season and is assisted by Taylor Wasyik.
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TRY HOCKEY FOR FREE NOVEMBER 7 USA Hockey announced that associations and rinks can begin registering now at USAHockeyProgramServices. com to host Try Hockey For Free Days, presented by Kraft, scheduled for the 2015-16 season. The first nationwide Try Hockey For Free Day will be Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, as part of Come Play Hockey Month. The second opportunity will occur Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, during Hockey Weekend Across America. USA Hockeyâ€™s Try Hockey For Free program, with the support of the National Hockey League and NHL member clubs, among others, is designed to provide youth hockey associations a national platform to introduce new kids to the sport. In addition to presenting sponsor Kraft, Total Hockey and Liberty Mutual Insurance are official sponsors of Try Hockey For Free Days.
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PUCCS Tournament Benefits Research By Randy Schultz Randy@nyhockeyonline. com Photos by Janet Schultz
PUCCS. Program for Understanding Childhood Concussion & Stroke. As PUCCS logo states: “It only takes one hit.” In what has become an annual event, the Fourth Annual PUCCS 2015 Charity Hockey Tournament was held June 13-14 at Harborcenter. Eight teams participated in this year’s tourney including: HPHD, AdPro Sports, The Majors, UBNS, GB 36, Local 210, Fromen Law Dutch Masters and Northtown Lexus.
“The tournament was created to raise funds that would help raise awareness in educating and help move forward the understanding of what a concussion really is for our young people involved in sports,” said Anne K. C. McCooey, Executive Director of PUCCS. “You hear about concussions at the high profile level like the NHL, NFL and NCAA. “But what people don’t understand is that our children that play sports are still at risk for concussions. What we are trying to do is educate the athletes themselves, as well as parents and coaches when it is not OK for that child to continue playing.
“We want to show them when it will be safe for them to come back and play again. “That’s why we decided to use hockey as a great way to get our message across to people. We’re saying to play contact sports but be aware of the risks and be able to minimize that risk. “If you do get a concussion, make
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sure that it is completely healed before you go back out on the field of competition again.” The United States Center for Disease Control estimates that in every hour of every day: 5 people will die; 24 people will be hospitalized; 117 people will be treated in the ER; and 275 people will receive no care from sports
and recreational related concussions. That adds up to over three million people impacted by sports related concussions a year. While not al concussions can be prevented, following appropriate return to play protocols for athletes with concussions is key to preventing more severe concussions in the future. A second concussion injury too soon after a prior one is the leading cause of long lasting effects and long term health issues. The mission of PUCCS Chari-
/ Page 40 table Fund is to provide the tools necessary to understand and prevent concussion as an injury in all sports. Established as a response to the increase in serious sports related concussions among youth in the Western New York community, PUCCS goal is to become the definitive resource for information relating to childhood concussions and their consequences. “It is great to have this tournament every year,” stated McCooey. “It’s a chance for these teams to play some hockey, have some fun and raise some money for a great cause.
“All the people participating in the event truly believe that PUCCS and its mission is truly important to the Western New York community. “And after four years, we believe that the word is getting out there into the community. We’re telling the kids that it is OK to say that you are not OK and to get off the ice or field of play when it comes to concussions. “We also want young people to understand that you can get a concussion in every sport you play. It can happen in hockey, football, baseball, field hockey, basketball, volleyball, soccer. (Continued on Page 52)
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Lockport Express Open Season
he Lockport Express opened their 2015-16 season at home against Roc City. Justin Nevinger had a standout game with 52 saves, and Roc City beat Lockport 3-1. Roc City was paced by Sam Cammilleri, who finished with one goal. Cammilleri scored on the power play 16:46 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Roc City. A unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Devin Kasperek had put Roc City on the power play. Anthony DePetres picked up the assist. Roc City put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Lockport to score on any of its three power plays. Roc City additionally got points from DePetres, who also tallied one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Roc City also got a goal from Patrick Manning as well. More assists for Roc City came via Cole Whitehead and Zach Bucholz, who contributed one each. Lockport’s offense rang up 53 shots on Roc City’s net. Lockport could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 37 minutes in penalties during the game. Lockport was led by Frank II Vecchio, who scored the team’s only goal. Vecchio scored 13:00 into the second period to make the score 1-1. Dylan Jenkins assisted on the tally. Roc City incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors. Lockport’s Sal Stalteri stopped 26 shots out of the 29 that he faced. Lockport ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Mark Friol was ejected from the game. (Photos courtesy Lockport Express)
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Buffalo Stars Hockey
Stars Girls Train In Lake Placid
or the past several years the Buffalo Stars hockey organization has annually planned a late summer trip to Lake Placid for a handful of their players. And each time a group would travel up the Northern New York State town they would spend a long weekend (usually three days) and would practice at the Herb Brooks Ice Arena, home to the legendary “Miracle On Ice” 1980 men’s U.S. Olympic Hockey Team. This summer was no different, except that the Stars sent a group of girls for the first time. They travelled from August 28-30. “We did it for several years with the Juniors and once with the Midgets,” stated Peter Preteroti, president and CEO of the Buffalo Stars. “It was a way to doing some team building and give the kids a chance to see what it is like training where the Olympians train. “Over the years we’ve had a chance to have breakfast and lunch with bobsledders, skiers and even hockey players. It was a great opportunity for our kids to mingle with these types of people.
“So this year I talked with Coach (Jerry) Wheeler (head coach of the girls U19 team) and said ‘let’s do it with the girls this year. And it happened.” But before the girls got to Lake Placid there was the usual stop at SUNY Oswego, home of the Lakers hockey teams. The 16 girls got to meet and talk with Coach Diane Dillon of the women’s hockey team. In addition there was a tour of the campus and the team locker room. Following a lunch on campus, it was back on the bus on onto Lake Placid. One of the big reasons the Stars are allowed to be a part of this three-day Olympic adventure is because of Preteroti’s heavy involvement in USA Hockey over the years. “I’m very proud that they let my teams come up there to be a part of this wonderful three-day experience,” added Preteroti. “This year the girls got to share the Olympic Training Center with some bobsledders. “They also got to share it with some freestyle aerialists. I think our kids got some great exposure as to what it’s like to commit your life to training for a particular sport. “We were there for just a weekend working with kids who are there for months at a time. It’s a whole different expe-
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rience. “And I think our girls are better for it.”
Buffalo Stars Players Participate in the Insane Inflatable 5K Six Stars players, along with members of their families, participated in a 5K run at Knox Farm last Saturday, August 22nd. This wasn’t a typical 5K, however, as it was filled with inflatable obstacles for the players to jump over, around, and through. The Insane Inflatable 5K travels across the country, and these players decided to take on the challenge for this years stop in East Aurora, NY. Pictured from right to left are players Joseph Weiglein, Matthew Klapp, Ryan Mathews, Noah Kuras, Riley Zack, and Ian Williams. Ryan Mathews is a member of the Bantam Minor
team, while all of the other players (and their family members pictured) are with the Pee Wee Major team.
Stars Open Season The Buffalo Stars opened their 201516 season on Saturday, Sept. 19 . Six games were on tap with the Bantam Major opening against Amherst, followed by the Pee Wee Major vs East Aurora, Minor Bantam vs West Seneca, Minor Pee Wee vs Webster, Midget U15 vs Wheatfield and closing out with the Girls U19 against Cazenovia. With a large show of sup-
port they raised over $1,500 for the Wounded Warrior Project. All Stars games are being broadcast on their UStream Internet TV Channel: http://www.ustream.tv/ channel/buffalo-stars-junior-hockey%20. Check the Stars out at www.buffalostars.com Buffalo Stars Hockey: Where all Kids Matter. Follow the Buffalo Stars monthly in NY Hockey OnLine Magazine.
Around the WNY Area: ...Three girls from NYS were selected to participate is the top USA Hockey development camp. Making the select camp are Natalie Buchbinder ‘99 from Fairport, and Abby Cleary ‘98 from Buffalo. In addition, Kristina Schuler ‘99 from Webster received an “at large” bid. 26 additional players from NYS were selected to attend the St Cloud camp. They include from ‘98 Emerson Jorda, Ava Simoncelli, Annie Berg, Rachel Deperio and Michele Robillard. ‘99: Madeline Fouts, Taylor Pietrowksi, Sarah Ince, Hayley Lunny, Maureen Murphy, Kristina Schuler. ‘00s: Rne Gangarosa, Chole Harvey, Ashley McDonald, Hanna Rose, Keeley Rose, Emma Seitz, Emily Abruzzese, Ciara Barone, Morgan Bronstein, Madison Brown, Rachael Delong, Audrey Lazar, Kaitlyn Rippon, Holly Schmelzer, Jada Brenon and Caroline McGee. ...The following are the dates and locations for the USA Coaching Clinics: The West Section Clinic schedule for 2015 is now posted to the USA Hockey web site. Each will feature a Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 clinic. Saturday, October 17th – UB North Campus (Natural Sciences Complex) Saturday, November 7th – Niagara University (Sign-in at Dunlevy Hall) Sunday, November 15th – Brockport (Edwards Hall)
/ Page 44 There is an early Level 4 Clinic, September 1213 in Lake Placid, NY, that has already been announced. A Level 4 will be held in the West Section in midDecember, tentatively planned for Niagara University.
Golfing with the Zaks at Regals Tournament.
...Register now for a Buffalo Stars Youth Hockey Tournament. All of these events are sanctioned by USA Hockey and conducted by the Buffalo Stars Youth Hockey Association (NYH3331). Labor Day Weekend: September 4-6 (no games on Monday): h t t p : / / b u f f a l o s t a r s . c o m / p a g e. php?page_id=72560 Columbus Day/Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend (October 9-12) Divisions may end Sunday h t t p : / / b u f f a l o s t a r s . c o m / p a g e. php?page_id=72575 Christmas Tournament: House Divisions: December 26-28 Travel Divisions: December 28-30 h t t p : / / b u f f a l o s t a r s . c o m / p a g e. php?page_id=72577 Contact: Pete Preteroti 716-491-0375 or firstname.lastname@example.org Jerry Wheeler 716-352-3246 or ice-
email@example.com Visit the Stars on facebook and twitter and our website: www.buffalostars.com ...On July 2, the Hamburg Hawks lost one of its own in a tragic accident. Josh Kuebler was a lifelong Hamburg Hawk. Josh started in house league and played on select teams to his most recent season on the Bantam Major team. Josh in recent seasons began giving back to the program by volunteering his time with our beginner program and pre-season clinics for our house league. In recent days, Josh and his teammates had just started practices for this coming season. The entire Midget 16 Tier 2 team is devastated by Josh’s tragic death. NY Hockey offers our condolences to Josh’s entire family. Around WNY Continues on Page 46
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Buffalo State College
Buffalo State College Head Coach Candice Moxley has named Tanis Lamoureux as her assistant; after Lucy Schoedel took a position in Lake Placid. Lamoureux is a DIII All-American out of Elmira College and served last season as an assistant coach at Utica College with their women’s program. Moxley is in her third season took the Bengals to a ECAC West playoff last year for the first time in six years. The Bengals will open October 30 at Nichols College and then play the following day in the Plymouth Exhibition. Their season opener is slated for November 6 against Potsdam at home and a second game on November 7. Puck drop is 7 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday. Season Preview Coach Moxley is excited to get started. With five incoming freshman that are able to go right away she is very confident in this squad’s abilities. “The freshmen will contribute right off the bat,” said Moxley. “The girls know it’s work and what’s involved in becoming highly competitive and we are
West Hockey / Page 45 making those steps forward.” A familiar face in Buffalo is Emma Ruggiero from the Buffalo Regals 19U team. Moxley sees her as a solid player who is small but very quick and skilled. Another Regals player, Maddie Kromer comes from Angola and is a defenseman who, according to Coach, is high energy, very competitive and very passionate. “She will develop as a solid defenseman for us,” said Moxley. The third local player is Megan Reukauf of Depew and also a member of the Regals. According to Moxley “she is a steady defenseman who can make plays happen.” Hannah Desjarlais comes from Cold Lake, Alberta and “is small, quick and gritty and not afraid to get into places and in front of the net and make things happen.” The final recruit is Kylie MClosely of Eastport, NY who played most recently at Shattuck St. Mary’s. Moxley is excited to have her on the roster. “She is bigger in terms of the size of our roster but she is still fast and a skilled forward. She will be able to make more plays and find the ice.” The newest member of the team is Assistant Coach Tanix Lamoureux. Lamoureux comes after serving as an assistant coach with the women’s team at Utica College after playing her collegiate career at Elmira. “I’ve played against Buffalo and coached against them and I’m excited to be here,” said Lamoureux. Buffalo will also keep her close to Toronto where she plays for the Toronto Fluries. “I think we’ve just scratched the surface here and the Bengals will be extremely competitive in the next few years,” said the Michigan native. The fans coming to Buffalo State will see a fast-paced, competitive and exciting hockey team, according to
www.nyhockeyonline.com Moxley. “our girls don’t give up, they jut keep going so those are the fun brands of hockey to watch.” The Bengals will be taking part in the Breast Cancer Walk in Buffalo, working with the Buffalo Bisons girls teams and hold their annual alumni game in memory of Maddy Loftus who was killed in Flight 3407 on her way to the alumni game.
West Hockey / Page 46 18 with former women’s ice hockey player Dodi Rabinovitz Perkins being honored. She is being recognized for several sports, hockey being one. She was captain of the team and led the scoring for three years. Maddie Grisko, Buffalo and the Buffalo Bisons, is in her second year with the team. She is a defenseman.
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Rochester Institute of Technology
Coach Scott McDonald will be in Rochester and behind the women’s ice hockey bench for five more years. The Bruce B. Bates Women’s Hockey Coach signed the extension to his contract in May. McDonald has become the all-time leader in wins transitioning the Tigers from DIII to DI in the CHA and making them one of the most successful and respected teams in all of college hockey. He is assisted by Matt Woodard and Lisa Marshall. The Tigers will hold their annual Hall of Fame Induction on October
The UB Lady Ice Bulls have already been on the ice and beat Brockport 7-2 on September 15.
Head Coach Melissa Jeckovich is assisted by Michelle Donlon.
This year’s team includes Stephanie Pickard, Jessie Schreiber, Courtney Miller, Gabby Caruso, Lynn Copeland, Mamie Talty, Cat McClule, Caitlin Mitchell, Kaitlyn Simmons, Courtney Thornton, Theresa Meosky, Justine Bottorff and Lexi Peters. The schedule for October finds the Ice Bulls facing Niagara on October 2; Liberty on October 10 and 11. Game time vs Liberty is 7 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Our Best Wishes to Josh and Melissa (Jechovich) Sciba! Coach Jeckovich is now the wife of Josh Sciba, assistant coach at Colgate University.
While Niagara no longer has their DI program, Coach Rachel Hauser, a former DI player, has been making sure the Purple Eagles still have a presence on the ice. She is now in the process of forming the 2015-16 club team.
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Around WNY continued... ...NY Hockey was pleased to take part in the Regals Girls Golf Fundraiser. We met some great people and played golf with the Zaks. Thanks for the invite! Great day, great people, great food and Golf was good too! ...The Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles, Buffalo Regals and Buffalo Bisons took part in a Futures AAA Tournament in Boston this summer. The NJPE U19 girls went 1-2 in round robin play. They started off with a loss to a strong Montreal Express team 3-1. Montreal was a finalist last year. Niagara then lost to the East Coast Selects, 7-1 and won their 3rd game 3-1 against the Northern Cyclones. After the round robin teams were seeded in either the A playoff bracket or B bracket, Niagara played i the B Bracket and lost their first playoff game to the Warriors, 2-0 The Buffalo Regals 19U team went 0-3 in round robin play losting to Culver Acaemcy 3-2; Can Am 3-0 and St. Louis 7-2. In the consolation game they finished with a strong win over the All-American Prospects with a score of 8-2. In the U16 division the Buffalo Bisons U16 were among 34 teams participating. They went 2-1 in round robin play losing to the Bay State Breakers 3-2 and beating the Regional Express 3-1 and the Ct. Summer Lights 3-1. The finished 11th in ranking out of 34 teams and played in the A Bracket. In the playoffs they lost to Mid Fairfield Stars 2-0. The Stars were the eventual winners.
Regals 12U girls playing Hamburg Hawks 12U on September 19.
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Western New York Men’s College Hockey Report by Warren Kozireski
BROCKPORT Former defenseman Michael Gershon has joined the Robert Morris men’s hockey staff as a volunteer assistant coach. Gershon comes to the Colonials from the North American Hockey League’s Keystone Ice Miners, where he served as head coach, president and general manager during the 2014-15 season. He previously was head coach and general manager of the NAHL’s Port Huron Fighting Falcons for two seasons. Gershon graduated from Brockport with a degree in communications in 2009. He also played professionally in the ECHL with the Wheeling Nailers and in the IHL with the Port Huron Icehawks.
BUFFALO STATE Former Utica College goaltender Nick Therrien has been named assistant coach for the 2015-16 season after spending last season as an assistant coach at Plymouth State and helping the Panthers win a MASCAC Championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament.
The Golden Griffins finished the regular season in second place—their best in Division I history—and advanced to the semi-finals before falling to eventual champion RIT in the semi-
Leading scorers Ralph Cuddemi and Shane Conacher return for the senior and junior year respectively, but an early question will be a defense that lost four starters and starting goaltender. Head coach Dave Smith is counting on sophomore Reilly Turner to move into the top spot in the crease after he won five games over 13 appearances last year. “Reilly earned some valuable experience last year and will use that to capitalize on a tremendous opportunity this year,” Smith said. Junior Geoff Fortman, senior Matthew Backhouse plus sophomores Jack Stander and David Bennet form the nucleus of an inexperienced blueline. “David (Bennet) has excellent offensive instincts and will have more of a chance this year to show his skills off on the power play.” In addition to Cuddemi and Conacher, returning sophomores and Buffalo Jr. Sabres products Ryan Schmelzer (Buffalo) and Nolan Sheeran (East Amherst) are the other forwards back with ten or more points last season. The 12-member recruiting class includes New York State products Dylan McLaughlin (Lancaster) and early commits Josh Gabriel (Lancaster), Daniel LaFontaine (Lloyd Harbor) and Jimmy Mazza (Kings Park). Goaltender Simon Hofley was a late addition. “We return a number of players that were in key positions all of last season. Other returners received valuable experience and a taste of what it takes to be successful and now must apply that in their role. We are a young team with some very good potential.
www.nyhockeyonline.com “Players that we have added should bring speed and competitiveness.”
GENESEO Former player and head coach Jason Lammers accepted the job of head coach and General Manager of the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League. Lammers leaves Massachusetts-Lowell, where he served as associate coach the past three seasons after arriving as an assistant in 2011. Prior to his time at Lowell, Lammers worked at Colorado College as an assistant coach from 2009 to 2011. He also spent three seasons as an assistant at Ohio State from 2006 to 2009. Lammers graduated from Geneseo in 1998 and played four years for the Knights.
NIAGARA After the worst regular season in program history, the Purple Eagles could have gained some momentum for this season with their first round upset at Holy Cross in the playoffs. Top seven scorers Hugo Turcotte, Isaac Kohls and Chris Lochner have left leaving plenty of opportunity for others to move onto the first line and the top power play unit. Forward TJ Sarcona is coming off of a broken wrist injury from last season and Robert Angiolella was on pace for a 30-point campaign before getting injured. He is a potential all-league player. He plays in all situations for us and is our best two-way player.” “He (Sarcona) is a potential all-league player,” head coach Dave Burkholder, who recently signed a contract extension that carries through the 2018-19 season, said. “He plays in all situations for us and is our
West Hockey / Page 49 best two-way player. Sophomores Stanislav Dzakhov and Derian Plouffe had solid freshman seasons with more expected offensively this year along with junior Stephen Pietrobon. Junior goaltender Jackson Teichroeb is the top returner in net after the transfer to Oswego of classmate Adrian Ignagni. In front of him is a solid defense led offensively by Vince Muto, who missed half of last season due to wrist surgery, sophomore Keegan Harper and junior Kevin Patterson. Senior Nick Cecere, sophomore Lawrence Smith and senior Nick Chiarantano provide stability. “We are definitely bigger and faster with this year’s recruiting class and feel we should be able to contend for a league title. We have a great leadership core and if we stay healthy and guys make the expected jumps offensively (Stanislav Dzakhov, Derian Plouffe, TJ Sarcona, Stephen Pietrobon, Dan Kolenda, Albin Karlsson), we will be dangerous. We have a real competition in net. Jackson Teichroeb is our returning number one and he will be pushed by a deep group of three behind him. Guillaume Therien (is the) most decorated goalie coming into Niagara with his tremendous junior career in Ottawa.” In addition to Therien, Niagara welcomes eight other recruits to the program in forwards Tanner Lomsnes, Ryan Kuhn (Wheatfield / Jr. Sabres), Nick Farmer, Sean King and Sam Rennaker, defensemen Niko Kovachis and Devin Campbell plus goaltender Joe O’Brien. Assistant coach Ed Olczyk Jr. arrives from Utica College replacing former assistant coach and Greece, NY native Pat Oliveto, who accepted a position with HarbourCenter in Buffalo.
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R.I.T. The Tigers won their second Atlantic Hockey Association championship taking care of Air Force, Canisius and Mercyhurst before becoming the first 16 seed in NCAA hockey history to defeat the top seed with a win over Minnesota in the NCAA regionals.
Forward Gabe Valenzuela and goaltender Nick Amato were late additions to a recruiting class that also includes forwards Erik Brown, Abbott Girduckis, Liam Kerins (who sat out all of last season), and Mark Logan to go along with goaltender Christian Short. The 1984-85 Division III National Champion RIT men’s hockey team was inducted into the 2015 Frontier Field Walk of Fame in conjunction with the Greater Rochester Sports Authority on Sunday, August 16.
The championship rings have been distributed, so now the Post Matt Garbovsky-Brad MacGowan-Jordan Ruby-Brandon Thompson Tigers need to regroup. “Every year you lose guys and the chemistry of the team changes; that’s the nature of our business,” head coach Wayne Wilson said. “We can’t recapture the same feel but the parts are replaceable. It’s just the intangibles like the way Matt dominated in faceoffs and the penalty kill. We need to fill those roles as well.”
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“We’re excited about that. We fell we have eight really good “D”, but only six can play so we’ll sort through that as the year goes on.” Greece, NY native Mike Rotolo inherits the top job again in net after his nine-win season. Up front the Tigers have Josh Mitchell on the top line after his 52 point campaign. Several will have to emerge from juniors Caleb Cameron, Todd Skirving and Danny Smith, senior Andrew Miller and sophomores Myles Powell, Mark Golberg and WNY natives Max Mikowski and Garrett McMullen to pick up the scoring slack.
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he WNY Girlâ€™s Varsity Ice Hockey League will take to the ice on Tuesday, December 1 at 4 p.m. when the Amherst/Sweet Home Kats take on Williamsville at the North Towns Ice Center. A second game will faceoff at 7:30 p.m. when Orchard Park/Frontier faces Kenmore at Lincoln Arena. Awaiting State approval are for Hamburg High School to merge a team with West Seneca and Grand Island High School to merge with Kenmore. Monsignor Martin will be defending their fourth straight League Championship; while Kenmore will be defending
West Hockey / Page 51 the Section VI title, their fourth in as many years. Sectionals will be held Thursday, Jan. 28 through Wednesday, Feb. 3. The winner of the Sections will present WNY at the NYS Tournament on Friday, Feb. 5 and Saturday, Feb. 6 at Albany Academies. Buffalo hosted the NYS Tournament last season with Kenmore facing Alexandria Bay in the Semi-finals. Kenmore won and took on the eventual NYS Champion Massena. Kenmore also represented Section VI in 2013-14 when they went to Canton to play in WNYâ€™s first appearance in the State Tournament. While they lost, the game ended with Co-Winners, since there is no shoot out in the game. The League Championship playoffs will begin Monday, Feb. 8 with the Championship Game scheduled for Friday, Feb. 12 at 4:30 p.m. at the Northtown Center.
NWHL Latest Signings Getzville native Emily Pfalzer has signed with the Buffalo Beauts. She played at Boston College and earned a gold medal with Team USA in the 2015 IIHF World Championships. Two-time Olympic silver medalist Kelli Stack has signed with the Connecticut Whale. Stack dominated the college game at Boston College, breaking program scoring records with 209 points and 111 assists in 140 games played.
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“Kim loves this hotel and is proud of how it turned out,” said Makowski. “This is certainly not the end of development down here,” Makowski continued. “There’s been a definite increase in traffic down here and we hope development continues.” The entire project came in at just over $200 million.
“It can even happen in cheerleading. Cheerleading can be a very dangerous part of sports with some of the things they do. We’ve had cheerleaders come in with serious concussions.
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Two-time Olympian Hilary Knight has signed with the Boston Pride. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Knight went on to play for hte Boston Blades. Brianne Decker has also signed with the Boston Pride. The Olympic silver medalist and Wisconsin standout was also amember ofthe Boton Blades of the CWHL. Decorated defenseman Gisele “Gigi” Marvin has signed with the Boston Pride. Marvin played with Team USA at two winter Olympics. She led Minnesota to the Frozen Four as a Senior and was most recenty a member of the Boston Blades of the CWHL. Right on NYHOL deadline Meghan Duggan and Megan Bozek signed with Buffalo and Kacey Bellamy signed with Boston. All were members of Team USA.
Photos from Lockport Express vs NY Aviators game on September 25. Janet Schultz Photography Janet@ nyhockeyonine. com
“So don’t take anything for granted. Take preventative measures to prevent concussions. “Remember, our children’s safety when playing sports is a community responsibility. PUCCS is just trying to increase awareness of this issue.”
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Published on Sep 30, 2015
Published on Sep 30, 2015
Our first issue of the 2015-16 season featuring the Top USA Prospects, NWHL news, movement in the NAHL and lots of photos, including a Photo...