Wilfrid Laurier University
HAWKEY ALUMNI CLUB NEWSLETTER
From the home of Golden Hawk Hockey
Volume 4, Issue 1 Message from Dr. Bob Rosehart Welcome to another great season of Golden Hawks hockey. The Hawks under Coach Nobes are off to a great start and have provided a fast paced and entertaining style of hockey. It is a very competitive league this year and I encourage all of you to come out when you can to cheer on the Hawks. Dr. Bob Rosehart President Message from Peter Baxter This past offseason we made some significant changes to the hockey program. Making the head coaching job full time was one of these changes which will ensure the long term stability of the program. Kelly Nobes is a seasoned Head Coach within the OUA and has proven in a short time that our Golden Hawks will be competitive at the national level. Furthering our investment in people, our Athletic program will be offering athletic financial awards to those student-athletes who qualify academically and athletically. I wish to thank all those alumni and friends who have supported the program and urge you to continue to support the hockey team. Go Hawks! Peter Baxter Director of Athletics & Recreation
Golden Hawks Off to Great Start; Ranked 7th in CIS After a tough exhibition schedule and a loss in the first regular season game the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks went on a 10-game unbeaten streak finishing the first 16 games of the 2006-07 campaign with a 12-3-1 (win-loss-tie) record. The team is currently ranked 7th in the CIS top ten and has been in the rankings for five consecutive weeks. The team has received great leadership from newly appointed captain Matt Grennier, a native of Dryden, ON and former Kitchener Ranger (OHL). The fourth year business student has 14 points in 16 games played and has played an instrumental part on the teams special teams. Assistant captains include fourth year defenseman and former Barrie Colt (OHL) Riley Moher, and third year centreman Nick Vergeer. The pivot from West Lorne, ON currently has five goals and 14 assists. Also wearing an ‘A’ this year is fourth year economics major Adam Wood who was injured the first half but is expected to play in the new year. Key fourth year players include: Blueliner Rob Dmytruk, a Scarborough native who has eight power play goals; gritty right winger James Edgar, a key component on the teams PK; and Winnipeg native and former Prince Albert Raider (WHL) Chris Di Ubaldo. Di Ubaldo who sat out last year, has not missed a beat scoring seven goals and assisting on six others in 13 games played. Leading the team in scoring is second year Mark Voakes from St Thomas, ON. The former St Thomas Star has eight goals and 15 assists in 16 games. Fellow second year Matt Maccarone is close behind with 21 points. Maccarone, the 6’7” Whitby native is playing
with his brother, D-man Adam Maccarone who joined the team this year after playing with the Oshawa Legionnaires (OPJHL). Other second years include: Ryan Courtney, the former Sabres draft pick found his stride early in the first half with a hat trick against Waterloo; Luke Girard, a 6’4” forward from Mississauga, ON; Chace Nusca, a Toronto native; and our goaltending trio of Jeff MacDougald, Sarnia (OHL); Mike Thomson, Collingwood (OPJHL), and Aaron Forer, Melfort Mustangs (MJHL). Blueliners include: Former Fort McMurray Oil Baron (AJHL) Tyler Grover from Consort, Alberta; Jordan Fair one of our two local players who partners with Grover on #27 Forward Matt Grennier, Kitchener the blueline; Sarnia native Randy Rangers (OHL), of Dryden, Ontario. Frew; and smooth skating first year Chad Kennedy, a recruit from the Aurora Tigers (OPJHL). Rookie forwards include: leading goal getter Nathan Peacock, the former (Western Jr B) scoring champ netted nine goals in 16 games, speedster Jeff Borrows from London, ON; 6’5” Westerner Mike Leclair a former Olds Grizzily of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, Jayme Helmer, (Trenton Sting, OPJHL); John Thiel who played locally for the Waterloo Siskins; and Luke Dubbin, (Sudbury Wolves, OHL) who becomes eligible to play in the second half.
#12 Defenseman Rob Dmytruk, Soo Greyhounds (OHL), of Scarborough, Ontario.
The team will prepare for the second half of the season by attending the TBayTel Varsity Cup in Thunder Bay, ON playing a round robin tournament against Toronto, Calgary, and host Lakehead. The regular season continues on the 4th of January with eight of the 12 remaining games against divisional opponents.
Hawkey Alumni Weekend 2007 Saturday February 3rd, 2007 is the date of the annual Alumni Weekend. Register online before New Years and be entered for a chance to win a signed NHL game jersey. Last year we gave away a signed Dallas Stars Mike Modano jersey just for registering early! All the pictures from last year’s event are also posted online in addition to the list of guys who have signed up so far for this year’s event. Register Online Today at: www.laurierathletics.com/HAC This year’s Alumni Weekend features THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO. The Warriors and
Hawks are ranked #6 & #7 in the country respectively after the first half and are tops in the OUA so far.
the next few weeks to leverage your business contacts to come up with this year’s auction items.
Highlights of the day include the always entertaining alumni games, family skate, access to the swimplex, and a buffet dinner reception. Additional activities for the kids will be provided during the dinner hour. As usual we have Morty’s Pub booked for the post game festivities.
Get your ticket online now at: www.laurierathletics.com/HAC. For more information or if you can donate a silent auction item, please contact Martin Kearns 416-730-4274 or kearns. firstname.lastname@example.org.
The silent auction and raffle is always a huge attraction with unique high quality items up for grabs. We invite all of our alumni over
Martin Kearns ’99 Mark Pederson ‘98 Alumni Weekend Co-Chairs
With two national championships and thirteen provincial crowns between them, Laurier Football and Men’s Hockey have long traditions of success. Laurier alumni from both sports are committed to keeping this “champions” mentality with our current teams as they compete at the highest level nationally. However, to stay competitive in the new era of athletic scholarships in Ontario, significant financial resources must be secured to recruit the top student-athletes to attend Laurier. As a result, the alumni bodies of both sports are jointly launching the Laurier Champions Golf Challenge. As an overnight event, the Laurier Champions Golf Challenge is unique to the charity golf scene. The event provides a first-class golfing getaway for guests in Muskoka at Delta Grandview, including:
• Lunch and dinner and auction on tournament day and breakfast the following day
• Top-notch resort rooms and suites with access to all resort amenities
exclusive area courses available at additional cost
• Additional golf at other exclusive area resorts on the following day
Proceeds: To be split equally between football and men’s hockey and to be used to provide student-athlete scholarships in both sports.
Date: Thursday June 28- Friday June 29, 2007 Location: The Mark O’Meara Course, Delta Grandview Resort, Muskoka, Ontario. Cost: $2,500/foursome; plus various corporate sponsorship opportunities and 2nd day golf at
For more information: Please contact Kent MacLennan, Associate Director of Development; Athletics & Recreation; 519-884-0710 ext. 3177 or email@example.com.
Coach’s Corner with Kelly Nobes Dear Golden Hawk Alumni and Friends, On behalf of the current team and coaching staff I’d like to thank you for your continued support. Many of you have been very welcoming to me personally and my first six months on the job have been very positive. There is clearly a very strong hockey tradition here at Laurier and we plan on continuing that tradition. The team has had a great start to the season in the win-loss column and has developed a strong team identity. We are striving to be a
hard-working, disciplined team that plays well defensively and is quick to transition the puck. We are looking forward to the second half of the season and expect success when the playoffs start in February. There are many ways you can support the current Hawks and help the program achieve excellence, Kelly Nobes including; donations, attending games, and volunteering time serving on the executive to name a few. All the best for the Holiday Season and hope to see you in the New Year.
Golden Hawk Men’s Hockey Schedule Oct 13 @ Toronto - L 2-4 Oct 14 @ Ryerson - W 4-2 Oct 21 vs RMC - W 6-3 Oct 22 vs Queen’s - W 5-4 Oct 27 @ Waterloo - W 8-6 Oct 28 @ Western - W 4-3 Nov 3 vs Windsor - W 3-2 Nov 4 vs Windsor - W 10-3 Nov 10 vs Concordia - W 3-2 Nov 11 vs UQTR - T 3-3
Nov 17 @ McGill - W 5-4 Nov 18 @ Ottawa - L 2-7
#33 Forward Mark Voakes, St.Thomas Stars (WOHL) of St. Thomas, Ontario.
Nov 23 @ Guelph - W 5-2 Nov 25 vs York - W 4-1 Nov 30 vs Brock - W 5-0 Dec 2 @ Brock - L 3-4 Jan 4 @ York
Adopt A Golden Hawk: Now Online! It takes more than determination and talent to build championship-winning teams. It takes the support of family, friends and hometown fans. This past October, Laurier Athletics and Annual Giving announced the launch of their new peer-to-peer electronic solicitation system for Laurier’s already successful Adopt-A-Hawk program. This system, only the second of its kind in Canada, makes it quicker and easier for student-athletes to get information about the program to their families and communities. For just $300 a year you can provide the team with the necessary enhancements to compete for the national championship. The tax-deductible gift supports increased coaching and recruiting resources, top quality equipment and exhibition road trip opportunities. “We believe that this new tool will have a dramatic impact on each team’s ability to help fund those things that are above and beyond their annual operating budget,” said Peter Baxter, Laurier’s director of athletics and recreation. “This is what separates the Laurier Golden Hawks from other universities’ athletics programs.” Funds raised through the Adopt-AHawk program support out-of-province exhibition play, additional training and coaching resources, and enhanced equipment and facilities. “In addition to helping the Golden Hawks stay competitive at the highest level in interuniversity sport, the program allows donors to support their favourite
team and honour a specific athlete or athletes,” said Baxter. The new peer-to-peer system takes the Adopt-AHawk program to new heights by enabling our athletes to send requests for support via email to their family, friends, community business leaders and other contacts. A personal message from a player gives his or her “fans” a link to the athlete’s personal Adopt-A-Hawk page. The page provides a player photo, a detailed sport biography and current performance statistics, as well as links to awards received and articles written about the athlete. And, with the push of a button, viewers can send a donation to support that athlete’s team. Chris Di Ubaldo is one player who’s taking full advantage of the new system to generate support for Laurier athletics. “In 25 minutes, I sent out 10 emails to my family, friends and neighbours back home in Winnipeg.” A forward on the men’s hockey team and a former member of the soccer team, Chris says the system is quick and easy to use ÿ and he doesn’t have to pay for long distance calls, an important consideration for a student. “I think you are going to see more athletes using it,” he said. The Adopt-A-Hawk program can also be accessed through the Laurier Athletics website or at www.wlu. ca/adoptahawk, where Laurier sports fans can search for an athlete by name or sport.
Jan 6 vs Guelph Jan 11 vs Brock Jan 13 @ Brock Jan 18 vs York Jan 20 vs Guelph Jan 26 @ Lakehead Jan 27 @ Lakehead Feb 1 vs Western Feb 3 vs Waterloo Feb 8 @ Guelph Feb 10 @ York
Regular Season Record: 12-3-1-0
Newsletter Produced By: golden hawk sport information office 75 University Avenue West Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3C5 phone: (519) 884-0710, ext. 3888 www.laurierathletics.com
2006 Golden Hawk Men’s Hockey Roster # Name Position Ht 1 Mike Thomson Goalie 5’ 9 3 Chad Kennedy Defence 5’ 11 4 Adam Wood Defence 6’ 2 5 Adam Maccarone Defence 6’ 2 6 Randy Frew Defence 5’ 11 7 Jordan Fair Defence 5’ 11 8 Jeff Borrows Forward 5’ 9 9 Jayme Helmer Forward 6’ 1 10 Chris Di Ubaldo Forward 6’ 2 11 Luke Dubbin Forward 6’ 1 12 Rob Dmytruk Defence 5’ 10 14 John Thiel Forward 6’ 0 17 Ryan Courtney Forward 6’ 3 18 Riley Moher Defence 6’ 1 19 Nick Vergeer Forward 5’ 6 22 James Edgar Forward 5’ 11 24 Nathan Peacock Forward 5’ 11 25 Matt Maccarone Forward 6’ 7 26 Luke Girard Forward 6’ 3 27 Matt Grennier Forward 6’ 1 30 Jeff MacDougald Goalie 6’ 0 32 Chace Nusca Forward 5’ 10 33 Mark Voakes Forward 6’ 0 35 Aaron Forer Goalie 5’ 11 44 Mike LeClair Forward 6’ 5 57 J Tyler Grover Defence 6’ 2 Coaching and Support Staff Head Coach: Kelly Nobes Scout: Keri Kettle Equipment Manager: Mike Dow Videographer: Chris Thom
Wt Elig 180 2 180 1 212 4 225 1 190 2 204 2 170 1 200 1 210 4 200 2 195 4 200 2 220 3 180 4 130 3 200 4 170 1 250 2 202 2 195 4 195 2 205 2 188 3 200 2 225 1 210 2
Program Year Business 2 Arts 1 Economics 4 Arts 1 Arts 2 Org. Leadership 2 Arts 1 Comm. Std. 1 Business 4 Arts 1 Geography 4 English 2 Arts 3 Sociology 4 Geography 3 Geography 4 Arts 1 Psychology 2 History 2 Economics 4 Geography 2 Business 2 Geography 3 Psychology 2 Arts 1 Psychology 2
Hometown Club Team Barrie, ON Collingwood Blues (OPJHL) Mississauga, ON Aurora Tigers (OPJHL) Toronto, ON Union College (NCAA) Whitby, ON Oshawa Legionaires (OPJHL) Sarnia, ON University of Manitoba (CIS) Guelph, ON Waterloo Siskins (MWJBHL) London, ON Strathroy Rockets (WOHL) Haley Station, ON Trenton Sting (OPJHL) Winnipeg, MB Kelowna Rockets (WHL) Midland, ON Milton Ice Hawks (OPJHL) Scarborough, ON Soo Greyhounds (OHL) Waterloo, ON Waterloo Siskins (MWJBHL) Ennismore, ON Adirondack IceHawks (UHL) Port Credit, ON Barrie Colts (OHL) West Lorne, ON Stratford Cullitons (MWJBHL) Brigden, ON Saginaw Spirit (OHL) Tillsonburg, ON St.Marys Lincolns (WOHL) Whitby, ON Sudbury Wolves (OHL) Mississauga, ON Vaughan Vipers (OPJHL) Dryden, ON Kitchener Rangers (OHL) Shallow Lake, ON Sarnia Sting (OHL) Burlington, ON Streetsville Derby’s (OPJHL) St.Thomas, ON St.Thomas Stars (WOHL) Melfort, SK Melfort Mustangs (SJHL) Calgary, AB Olds Grizzlys (AJHL) Consort, AB Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL)
Assistant Coaches: Dave Williams, Doug Carmichael Team Doctor: Dr. Richard Tiegs Statistician: Tom Pettigrew Student Trainer: Chris Grolla
Front Row (Left to Right): Aaron Forer, Dave Williams (Asst. Coach), Adam Wood, Matt Grennier, Jeff MacDougald, Nick Vergeer, Riley Moher, Kelly Nobes (Head Coach), Mike Thompson Second Row: Jamie Carleton (Therapist), Rob Dmytruk, John Thiel, James Helmer, Ryan Courtney, Luke Girard, Matt Maccarone, Mike LeClair, Chris Di Ubaldo, Tyler Grover, Nathan Peacock, James Edgar, Doug Carmichael (Asst. Coach) Back Row: Mike Dow (Equipment Mgr), Chace Nusca, Chad Kennedy, Randy Frew, Adam Maccarone, Luke Dubbin, Jordan Fair, Mark Voakes, Jeff Borrows, Chris Thom (Video)