The Best NCHC Teams? DU, UMD, UND, and SCSU

By Eric Burton

On Monday, @Biddco and @NickTrem_17 were having an interesting exchange on Twitter about how great Minnesota Duluth and Denver have been over the last 20 years. After reading the Twitter exchange from the Mutual Admiration Society; I had some spare time, so, I decided to take a look at the numbers.  In the process of crunching the numbers, I also looked into how UND and SCSU fit into the whole equation.

Here’s what I found. You can see that all four teams have been pretty good. Denver, Minnesota Duluth and North Dakota have won eight of the last 20 NCAA titles.


In the last 20 years, DU has a record of 484-256-84 (638). During those 20 seasons, Denver has won three NCAA titles (2004, 2005, and 2017). Moreover, they’ve been the WCHA playoff champion in (2002, 2005, and 2008). Denver has won the WCHA regular-season champion in (2002, 2005, and 2010).

In six seasons, DU has an NCHC conference record of 81-45-18 (.625). During those six seasons, DU has won two Frozen Faceoffs (2014, 2018) and a Penrose Cup (2017). Denver is the only NCHC team to make the Frozen Faceoff every year it’s been in the league.

Minnesota Duluth

In the last 20 years, UMD has a record of 384-333-87 (.531). During those 20 seasons, UMD has won three NCAA titles (2011, 2018, and 2019). UMD won a WCHA playoff champion (2009). In six seasons, UMD has an NCHC conference record of 76-55-13 (.570).

During those six seasons, UMD has won a pair of Frozen Faceoffs (2017, 2019). Note, during their fantastic run 2010-2019. UMD has never won a regular-season conference title (WCHA or NCHC). For those that were wondering, UMD last won a regular-season championship in 1993.

North Dakota

In the last 20 years, UND has a 512-249-86 (.655). During that time, they’ve won two NCAA titles (2000, 2016). WCHA has also won five playoff championships (2000, 2006, 2010, 2011, and 2012). In addition, UND has won four WCHA regular-season champion (2001, 2004, 2009, and 2011).

In their six seasons in the NCHC, UND has a conference record of 81-52-11 (.600). The Fighting Hawks have won two regular-season championships (2015, 2016). During their six seasons in the NCHC, UND has made the Frozen Faceoff five of the six seasons, they have yet to win a Frozen Faceoff. The semi-final game of the Frozen Faceoff has been UND’s Kryptonite. On Friday’s, UND owns a 1-4 record.  In 10 Frozen Faceoff games, UND has a 3-6-1 (.350) record.

St. Cloud State

For comparison sake, I decided to include St. Cloud. Over the past 20 years, SCSU has had a lot of success during the regular season. From 1999-2019, the Huskies have a 438-287-70 (.594) record. SCSU has won a WCHA regular-season championship in 2013, and they also won a WCHA playoff championship in 2001.

During their six years in the NCHC, the Huskies have an 88-43-13 (.652) record. They’ve won three regular-season championships (2014, 2018, and 2019). They’ve also won a Frozen Faceoff in 2016. SCSU’s Kryptonite is their record during the NCAA tourney. Since becoming a member of the NCHC, SCSU has a 2-5 record in the NCAA tourney and are 0-3 in their last three appearances.

What Does This Mean?

Looking at the numbers above, you can see that all four teams have been very successful. While St. Cloud has the best regular-season record in six NCHC seasons, Denver, 2017, Minnesota Duluth, 2018, and 2019, and North Dakota, 2016, have won the last four NCAA titles.  With that said, UND has the best overall record for the last 20 years. Denver, Minnesota Duluth, and St. Cloud have been better in the last three seasons.

SIJHL Red Lake Miners Name Geoff Walker As Next Coach/General Manager

Source: Junior Hockey Network

The Red Lake Miners Hockey Club of the SIJHL and the RLM Board of Directors are pleased to announce the hiring of Geoff Walker as the organization’s new Head Coach and GM.

Walker who is from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island brings an abundance of hockey experience to the organization. Starting his junior hockey for a year with the Summerside Western Capitals of the MHL. Walker then played 4 years of Major Junior hockey in the QMJHL finishing off junior hockey as the leading scorer and Assistant Captain of the Prince Edward Island Rocket. Walker had a ten year professional hockey career that included 3 NHL contracts and played in the AHL, ECHL, AlpsHL, and EIHL. Following his professional career, Walker began his coaching career last season with the Hinton Wildcats in the WSHL leading the Wildcats to a second place finish in the Provincial Division.

“I am really excited to join a strong organization like the Red Lake Miners, they have had some great success and I am looking forward to coming in and helping build on that,” stated Walker. “Bringing a championship to Red Lake is something I look forward to helping the organization achieve.”

Coming off the best regular season in franchise history and the team’s second appearance in the SIJHL finals. The Red Lake Miners organization is excited for the upcoming season with Geoff Walker behind the bench.

Minnesota Iron Rangers to Take One Year Leave of Absence from SIJHL

Source: Junior Hockey Network

The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Wednesday, June 12th that the Minnesota Iron Rangers have been granted a one-year leave of absence and will not compete during the upcoming 2019-20 season.

In that light, the franchise is expected to return, under new ownership, pending an arena lease in a community in Minnesota’s Iron Range for the 2020-21 season following the appropriate SIJHL, USA Hockey and CJHL approval.

All eligible Iron Rangers players from the 2018-19 Minnesota roster have been declared free agents and are free to sign with any Canadian Junior Hockey League team.

“The SIJHL would like to thank the community of Hoyt Lakes, the team’s board of directions, the many volunteers, head coach/general manager Todd Kreibich and arena manager Wayde West for all of their dedicated efforts on behalf of the Iron Rangers franchise,” stated SIJHL commissioner Bryan Graham.

“We’d also thank the fans, billet families and corporate sponsors for their considerable contributions as well,” added Graham.

“The SIJHL looks forward to returning Junior “A” hockey to the Iron Range for the 2020-21 season.”

Additional information on the franchise will be released following the league’s Annual General Meeting, which will be held on Saturday, June 22nd in Thunder Bay.

SIJHL Commitment List for 2018-19 Nearing 20 and Growing

Source: Junior Hockey Network

While the 2018-19 campaign in the Superior International Junior Hockey League has come to a close on the ice, players from across the SIJHL continue to make commitments to continue their careers at the college and university levels either in Canada or the United States.

As of June 5, there have been 18 SIJHL players who have committed to continue their hockey careers while also furthering their education in schools on both sides of the border.

That number is just four shy of the 22 league players that made college and university commitments during the 2017-18 campaign.

In the past eight seasons alone, well over 200 players, who have competed in the SIJHL have gone on to compete at a higher level, be it through college and university or the major junior ranks.

More league player commitments will be announced once they are finalized and confirmed.

SIJHL 2018-19 season commitment list (as of June 5)

Dryden GM Ice Dogs
Kyle Sargent, Casleton (NEHC)
Trey Palermo, SAIT (ACAC)
Braden Shea, Lindenwood (ACHA)

Fort Frances Lakers
Jaedin Ness, St. Scholastica (NCHA)
Nate Drobnick, St. Scholastica (NCHA)
Anthony Antonelli, Becker College (CCC)

Minnesota Iron Rangers
Garrett Wojcicki, Albertus Magnus (NCAA D-III)
Erik Engdahl, Lawrence Tech (ACHA)

Red Lake Miners
Stratton Pickett, University of Victoria (BCIHL)
Cole Bohnet, Marysville (ACHA)
Danti Tisi, Concordia (ACAC)
Michael Di Lullo, SAIT (ACAC)
Matt Krawiec, Simon Fraser (BCIHL)
Jackson Stephens, VIU (BCIJHL)

Thief River Falls Norskies
Blake Nelson, Bethel University (MIAC)
Boe Bjorge, St. Scholastica (NCHA)
Connor Bowey, Trine (NCHA)

Thunder Bay North Stars
Keighan Gerrie, Bowling Green (WCHA) (2020)

Goldeyes wrap up spring schedule with win over T-Bones 05/14/19


BIll Burfoot

KANSAS CITY, KS – The Winnipeg Goldeyes finished the exhibition portion of their schedule on Tuesday night with a 6-4 win over the Kansas City T-Bones. 

The win snapped a three-game skid for the Goldeyes after winning their first three games of spring training, and gave the club a glimpse of what their opening day roster could possibly look like come Thursday night.  
After a scoreless first, Dominic Ficociello led off with a double and it looked like it would go for naught, with T-Bones starting pitcher Eric Stout sitting down the next two Winnipeg hitters, but some patience at the plate would prove to be key, as Adrian Marin, Alex Perez, and Kevin Garcia would all be walked, forcing home Ficociello and giving the Goldeyes a 1-0 lead in the top of the second.
Willy Garcia doubled the Goldeyes lead, crushing a shot over the wall in right-center field with his first long ball of the spring, putting Winnipeg up 2-0 in the bottom of the third. 
The T-Bones clawed their way back in the bottom of the third when Christian Correa doubled to lead off the inning and was moved to third on a Darnell Sweeney pop up.  Next up, former big-leaguer Shawn O’Malley smashed a line drive down the right side to score Correa, cutting the lead to 2-1 after three innings. 
Goldeyes starting pitcher Parker French found himself in a bit of trouble in the bottom of the fourth inning when the T-Bones loaded the bases with nobody out, but was able to force Roy Morales to hit into a double-play.  A run would score, but French was able to minimize what could have been a multi-run inning.  Correa would hit into an inning-ending pop fly to end the threat and the score remained even at two.
The tie game was short-lived as Wes Darvill opened up the top of the fifth with a ground-rule double and eventually stole third.  Willy Garcia advanced to first after being hit by a pitch and Kevin Lachance had to pinch-run for Garcia who went to the dugout for some treatment.  Lachance stole second and with runners on second and third, Ficociello connected on a grounder down the third base line that was gloved down by Darnell Sweeney who tossed out Ficociello at first, but Darvill crossed home to once again put the Goldeyes ahead at 3-2. 
Before the inning was out Josh Romanski would drive home Lachance with an RBI single, putting Winnipeg up by two. 
The T-Bones would get one back in the bottom of the fifth when Ramsey Romano – who was granted an exemption as a non-roster player for the Kansas City just before game time because of the amount of injuries the T-Bones have been battling, ripped a shot to left field off of French that cleared the fence, and the T-Bones were once again within one run. 
After retiring the next two hitters, Rick Forney replaced French with newcomer Christian Torres, who was acquired on Monday from the Lincoln Saltdogs, and he looked solid, retiring all four hitters he faced on the night. 
In the top of the seventh Adrian Marin drove home Lachance with the eventual game-winning run, putting the Goldeyes up 5-3.  The run was the seventh time this spring that Lachance has crossed the plate, leading all Goldeyes in that category. 
In the top of the eighth, Louis Touron singled before Wes Darvill picked up his second multi-base hit with an RBI triple to score Touron, and the Goldeyes went up 6-4.  The T-Bones would add another run late, but it wasn’t enough as the Goldeyes finished their preseason with a 6-4 win.
The Goldeyes get the day off on Wednesday as they get set to open the 2019 season Thursday night in Grande Prairie against the Texas Airhogs. The four-game set can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at
The Goldeyes’ 2019 home opener is scheduled for Friday, May 24th versus the Kansas City T-Bones.  2019 season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group tickets are on sale now.  For more information, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE, or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at


Miners Take 1-0 SIJHL Bill Salonen Cup Series Lead with Win Over North Stars


The Red Lake Miners stormed out to an early three-goal lead and never looked back in skating to a well-deserved 6-1 victory over the Thunder Bay North Stars Saturday, April 13th in game one of the Superior International Junior Hockey League Bill Salonen Cup Final at the Fort William Gardens.

It was the visiting Miners would strike first in the series, breaking out of their own zone with a long stretch pass from Michael Di Lullo that found Stratton Pickett, who in turn waited for Morgan Venne to outrace a backchecking North Stars forward before feeding him for a quick release that beat Thunder Bay starter Brock Aiken seven minutes into the contest.

Red Lake used the long breakout feed to add another as Matt Krawiec sent one up to Kyle Uzelman who came in and used a North Stars defender as a screen and whipped a high-rising attempt that eluded Aiken.

It was more Miners on the quick transition as they extended their early lead with Pickett finishing off a two-on-one with Venne.

They then chased Aiken 4:30 into the second stanza as they outworked a couple of North Stars that resulted in Liam Stalwick knocking in the rebound off a Tucker Evans opportunity.

With Dougie Newhouse entering in relief, the North Stars did get one back later in the session as Maxime Fortin lifted one airborne towards the goal that saw Ryan Mignault eventually stuff one in from close range past Red Lake netminder Zach Willms.

However, the Miners put the game away in the third with two more tallies to finish off the one-sided result.

Ethan Stuckless found defenceman Dante Tisi coming in undetected via the back door as he buried a cross-crease pass at 5:12.

Liam Stalwick then scooped up a giveaway by a Thunder Bay defender and skated in untouched and put in a second attempt past Newhouse at 12:24 to round out the night’s scoring.

Red Lake captain Di Lullo dished out a pair of assists to aid the cause for his side.

Willms was solid when called upon in the Miners net finishing with 45 stops to record the win.

Aiken was saddled with the loss for the North Stars, allowing four against on 20 attempts, while Newhouse eight of 10 in nearly 34 minutes of work.

Game 2 in this best-of-seven affair goes Sunday back at the Gardens at 7:30 p.m.

SIJHL Playoffs Bill Salonen Cup Final
Thunder Bay North Stars vs. Red Lake Miners
Miners lead best-of-seven series 1-0
Game 1: Red Lake 6 Thunder Bay 1
Game 2: Sunday, April 14 @ Thunder Bay 7:30 p.m. (Fort William Gardens)
Game 3: Wednesday, April 17 @ Red Lake 7:30 p.m. (Cochenour Arena)
Game 4: Thursday, April 18 @ Red Lake 7:30 p.m. (Cochenour Arena)
Game 5*: Saturday, April 20 @ Thunder Bay 7:30 p.m. (Fort William Gardens)
Game 6*: Monday, April 22 @ Red Lake 6:30 p.m. (Cochenour Arena)
Game 7*: Wednesday, April 24 @ Thunder Bay 7:30 p.m. (To be determined)
(* if necessary)

SIJHL Announces 2018/19 AllStar Teams

from Junior Hockey Network

The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Thursday, April 11th its first and second all-star teams, for the 2018-19 season.

These annual awards recognize the individual accomplishments of six forwards, four defencemen and two goaltenders during the course of regular season play in the SIJHL.

The first and second all-stars were selected, in conjunction with voting done by each of the SIJHL’s member clubs.

“For the recipients of the respective all-star team awards, we congratulate each of them for their significant contributions and achievements during the 2018-19 regular season,” stated SIJHL Commissioner Bryan Graham.

“They are to be commended for their on-ice efforts and accomplishments,” added Graham.

The following are the first and second all-star team recipients for the 2018-19 SIJHL season:

FORWARD: BRYCE YOUNG, RED LAKE MINERS – The 19-year-old The Pas, Manitoba product, had a tremendous campaign in the SIJHL, while also leading Red Lake in offensive production. … His 60 goals during the regular season were the second-most markers in a single campaign by any skater in league history. … He also went on to add 41 assists for 101 total points. … Young topped all SIJHL skaters in both power play and shorthanded tallies with 15 and seven respectively while chipping in with five game-winning markers. … Among his other notable accomplishments in 2018-19 were registering a point on over 36% of his team’s tallies during the year; topping the league in shorthanded points with nine and being named to compete in the SIJHL All-Star Game where he dished out a pair of assists. … He was earlier named the SIJHL Rookie of the Year as well for his contributions on the ice with Red Lake.

FORWARD: KEIGHAN GERRIE, THUNDER BAY NORTH STARS – The 17-year-old Thunder Bay product was rated 140th (6th highest Canadian Junior Hockey League forward) by NHL Central Scouting in their mid-term draft rankings for the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver. … Gerrie captured the SIJHL scoring title with a league-best 102 points, in just 54 games, by notching 41 goals and adding 61 assists. … He also supplied seven game-winning goals, which were just two off the league-lead. … Gerrie is committed to attend Bowling Green State University (WCHA) on NCAA Division I scholarship in 2020. … Was named SIJHL Rookie of the Year in 2017-18. … Has 153 points in 107 career contests, including 65 tallies. … Skated for Team West at the 2019 CJHL Prospects Game in Okotoks, Alta. … Was named to participate in the SIJHL All-Star Game.

FORWARD: RYAN MIGNAULT, THUNDER BAY NORTH STARS – The Thunder Bay captain finished second in the league in goals scored with 49. … Was fourth in overall SIJHL offensive production with 90 points. … Also in the Top 10 in assists with 41. … Mignault led all skaters in game-winning goals with nine. … His 10 power play tallies tied him for second-best in league play. … Knotted for second in shorthanded markers with three. … In 99 career SIJHL games, he has scored 73 times, including 14 game-winners, and assisted on 71 others for 144 points.

DEFENCE: CONNOR BOWEY, THIEF RIVER FALLS NORSKIES – In just 48 contests, Bowey finished second in scoring among SIJHL defencemen with 62 points as he notched 16 goals and dished out 46 assists. … The 20-year-old from Winnipeg, Manitoba was third in power play assists among defensemen with 11 and was second in game-winning goals with three. … In his productive three-year career in the SIJHL, Bowey played at close to a point-per-game pace for the Norskies with 118 in 129 outings as he scored 30 times and doled out 88 helpers.

DEFENCE: KYLE AUGER, THUNDER BAY NORTH STARS – Auger was a unanimous selection in voting for SIJHL Top Defenceman honours. … The 20-year-old Thunder Bay product had a tremendous campaign leading all SIJHL defencemen in goals (33), assists (69), points (102), game-winning goals (8), power play tallies (8) and man advantage assists (19). His overall point total established a league record for the most in a single season by a blueliner. … His overall offensive totals saw him finish in a tie for top spot, but was credited as the runner-up due to less goals scored; eight less than teammate Keighan Gerrie. … Auger was selected to take part in the SIJHL All-Star Game and was named a league 1st Team All-Star on defence in 2018-19.

GOALTENDER: – BROCK AIKEN, THUNDER BAY NORTH STARS – The 20-year-old Thunder Bay native led all SIJHL netminders in goals-against average (2.12), save percentage (.931) and shutouts (8) during the course of the campaign, while posting an impressive 23-2-1-0 overall record. … With the honour, Aiken is the SIJHL’s nominee for the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s Top Goaltender honour. … Of note, Aiken’s league-best eight shutouts were just two off the SIJHL single-season record of 10 set by another Top Goaltender Award honouree, in current Buffalo Sabres netminder Carter Hutton, who back during the 2005-06 season helped lead the North Stars to a Bill Salonen Cup crown, a Dudley-Hewitt Cup title and a semifinal berth at the Canadian National Jr. A Championship.

FORWARD: ERIC STOUT, DRYDEN GM ICE DOGS – Earns second-team accolades for a second straight season. … The veteran forward led Dryden in offensive production and finished seventh in SIJHL scoring with 77 points. … Stout’s 40 goals were the fourth-most supplied in the league in 2018-19. The 21-year-old from Brainerd, Minnesota was tied for second overall in power play assists with 14. … Stout wraps up his SIJHL career with 199 points to his credit as he notched 99 markers in total and hit the century-mark in assists with 100.

FORWARD: BOE BJORGE, THIEF RIVER FALLS NORSKIES – In 56 outings during the course of the 2018-19 regular season, the 20-year-old Grand Forks, North Dakota product racked up 81 points on 29 goals and 52 assists to lead the Norskies in scoring and also finish sixth overall among all league skaters. … This marked an impressive 66-point improvement for Bjorge from the 2017-18 campaign with Thief River Falls. … Among his efforts was a 19-game point streak that ran from October 31 through to January 9 while also producing a SIJHL season-best 16-game point run in road match-ups for his club. … His efforts earned him league Most Improved Player laurels for 2018-19. … In 90 career SIJHL contests, Bjorge produced at over a point-per-game clip with 96 on 38 tallies and 58 helpers.

FORWARD: JOEL WILLAN, THUNDER BAY NORTH STARS – Willan had a solid regular season for the North Stars, amassing 87 points in just 55 outings while scoring 22 times and doling out 65 assists. … His assist total was the second-highest amount in the league. … The 19-year-old forward hails from Nipigon, Ont. … He sported point streak of seven games or more on three different occasions in 2018-19.

DEFENCE: KEILAN TOEWS, RED LAKE MINERS – A solid presence on both ends of the ice for the Miners, Toews was a rock for Red Lake this season. … Not only was he a distinct contributor for his squad in the defensive zone, he also finished up third in scoring among all SIJHL blueliners. … In all, the 19-year-old Langley, British Columbia product notched three goals and helped set-up 37 others for 40 points. … Toews was also pivotal on special teams for the Miners during the campaign as he dished out 14 power play assists and had six more while his club was shorthanded.

DEFENCE: RYAN BRANDT, DRYDEN GM ICE DOGS – After being recruited by Dryden in late November, Brandt helped the GM Ice Dogs turn their fortunes around in the second half of the season. … In the 23 games in which he registered at least one point, Dryden went sported a solid 15-5-3 record. … In all, the 18-year-old from Maple Grove, Minnesota produced 33 points in 37 contests and was a strong contributor in bolstering the GM Ice Dogs back-end.

GOALTENDER: ZACH WILLMS, RED LAKE MINERS – Willms was second in the SIJHL in wins with 25 helping Red Lake finish in second spot in the league standings. … Despite missing a number of games due to injury, the 19-year-old from Camrose, Alberta topped all SIJHL netminders in minutes played at 2,086. … Willms was also third overall in saves with 1,160 as well as in save percentage at .921 while being knotted for fourth in shutouts with two.

Michael Di Lullo, Red Lake Miners
Blake Nelson, Thief River Falls Norskies
Jacob Brown, Thunder Bay North Stars

Dante Tisi, Red Lake Miners
Alec Severson, Thief River Falls Norskies

Dougie Newhouse, Thunder Bay North Stars

SIJHL Laker Forward to Join NCHA College of St. Scholastica Saints for Fall of 2019

from Junior Hockey Network

21-year-old veteran Fort Frances Laker forward Jaedin Ness has committed to the College of St. Scholastica hockey program for the fall of 2019. The Wayzata, Minnesota native will join the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) Saints after playing the last two seasons in the Superior International Junior Hockey League with the Lakers in Fort Frances, Ontario.

In 97 regular season games from 2017 – 2019, the 5’10” and 170 lbs forward scored 52 goals and 28 assists along with accumulating a total of 47 minutes penalties. In 97 games with the Lakers, Ness registered seven powerplay regular-season goals in Fort Frances. In 12 postseason games with the Fort Frances junior ‘A’ franchise, Jaedin added three goals and three more assists for the Lakers.

Jaedin Ness told the Junior Hockey Network that “I hope that my hard work and dedication both on and off the ice will be seen as an asset to the Saints Hockey program. Graduating from a Catholic college prep school and spending the last two years playing junior hockey in Canada I feel both physically and mentally ready for the challenge. I am looking forward to spending the next four years at The College of St. Scholastica.”

Laker coach Wayne Strachan said that “we are extremely proud for Jaedin. He came to us last season with a goal he wanted to further his career and education and he set out to do that. This season he was hindered by injury and I don’t think we saw his true level of play come to the for the front. He was huge for us down the stretch, can shoot the puck and plays at a high-intensity level.”

“The Saints program is getting a hard worker, a player that has passion, respects the game and someone who wants to succeed to help the team,” said Strachan.

SIJHL Ice Dog Trey Palermo Takes Home Multiple 2018/19 Team Awards

from Junior Hockey Network

The 2018/19 Dryden GM Ice Dogs hockey season came to an official end after Monday, April 8th Awards Banquet. A total of twelve awards were handed out to the team’s top performers. As well, outgoing 20-year-old players had the opportunity to share their parting comments about this past season what it meant to be a Dryden GM Ice Dog.

Local player and team Captain, Trey Palermo, led the way earning three awards: Top Defensive Forward, Top Local Player, and Fan Favourite. Veteran player, Eric Stout, picked-up the Top Scorer and Most Valuable Player, while Rookie of the Year was awarded to Rayman Bassi. Jacob Siebenga was named the team’s Most Sportsmanlike player, and Evan Pakkala took home Most Improved Player. Maple Grove, Minnesota player, Ryan Brandt, secured the Defenseman of the Year title and the Coach’s Award was won by Curtis Magas. Goaltender Jacob Anthony was honoured with the Playoff MVP award. Co-winners of the Community Service Award were Dryden’s Graham Oliphant and Ear Falls player, Dylan Winsor.

Seven 20-year old players were thanked for their contributions to the team and wished the best of luck in their future plans. The following players completed their Junior A career in a Dryden GM Ice Dogs jersey: Cordell Boyko, Cameron Coutre, Trygve Many Guns, Trey Palermo, Kyle Sargent, Braden Shea, and Eric Stout.

Dr Adam Moir was on hand to present Trey Palermo with the Dryden GM Ice Dogs bursary.

The Awards Banquet capped off the 2018/19 season and the Dryden GM Ice Dogs are already making plans for 2019/20. The team’s annual general meeting is being held on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m, Holiday Inn Express. Election of officers will take place at the AGM and the meeting is open to the public.

Here’s a complete list of the winners:

Top Scorer – Eric Stout
Rookie of the Year – Rayman Bassi
Most Sportsmanlike – Jacob Siebenga
Playoff MVP – Jacob Anthony
Top Defensive Forward – Trey Palermo
Top Local – Trey Palermo
Most Improved – Evan Pakkala
Defenceman of Year – Ryan Brandt
Community Service Award – Graham Oliphant & Dylan Winsor
Most Valuable Player – Eric Stout
Coach’s Award – Curtis Magas
Fan Favourite – Trey Palermo

Source: Dryden Ice Dogs

SIJHL Announces Miners vs North Star 2019 Bill Salonen Cup Schedule 04/18/19

from Junior Hockey Network

The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Monday, April 8th the game schedule for the upcoming Bill Salonen Cup Final between the Thunder Bay North Stars and the Red Lake Miners.

All contests in this best-of-seven affair will feature 7:30 p.m. starts.

On-ice action will commence Saturday as the North Stars host game 1 at the Fort William Gardens.

Thunder Bay will also serve as the home side for game 2, which goes Sunday back at the Gardens.

From there, Red Lake will host games 3 and 4 at Cochenour Arena on Wednesday, April 17th and Thursday, April 18th respectively.

Should a game 5 be required, it will be held on Saturday, April 20th, back at the Gardens.

Cochenour Arena would be the site for game 6, if necessary, on Monday, April 22nd.

Then should the match-up go the distance, the North Stars would host in on Wednesday, April 24th.

However, due to the TELUS Cup Canadian National Midget Hockey Championship taking place at the Gardens that week, game 7 of the Bill Salonen Cup Final would be held at an arena to be determined.

The SIJHL winner will then advance to the Dudley-Hewitt Cup Central Canadian Jr. A Championship, April 30 – May, in Cochrane, Ontario.

There they will go up against the host Cochrane Crunch (NOJHL) as well as the title holders from the Ontario Junior Hockey League (Wellington Dukes or Oakville Blades) and the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (Hearst Lumberjacks or Soo Thunderbirds/Rayside-Balfour Canadians) with a berth to the Canadian National Jr. A Championship, May 11th – 19th, in Brooks, Alberta on the line.

SIJHL Playoffs – Bill Salonen Cup Final
Thunder Bay North Stars vs. Red Lake Miners
Best-of-seven series
Game 1: Saturday, April 13 @ Thunder Bay 7:30 p.m. (Fort William Gardens)
Game 2: Sunday, April 14 @ Thunder Bay 7:30 p.m. (Fort William Gardens)
Game 3: Wednesday, April 17 @ Red Lake 7:30 p.m. (Cochenour Arena)
Game 4: Thursday, April 18 @ Red Lake 7:30 p.m. (Cochenour Arena)
Game 5*: Saturday, April 20 @ Thunder Bay 7:30 p.m. (Fort William Gardens)
Game 6*: Monday, April 22 @ Red Lake 7:30 p.m. (Cochenour Arena)
Game 7*: Wednesday, April 24 @ Thunder Bay 7:30 p.m. (To be determined)
(* if necessary)

Photo: Patrick Boucha