Hockey Canada Selects Team East & West Coaches for 2019 World Jr A Challenge

Source: Junior Hockey Network

Nine coaches have been selected to lead Team Canada East and Team Canada West at the 2019 World Junior A Challenge, scheduled for December 7th – 15th at the Encana Events Centre in Dawson Creek, British Columbia.

Martin Dagenais (Embrun, Ont./Ottawa, CCHL) makes his return to Team Canada East as head coach, having previously served as an assistant coach at the 2016 and 2017 World Junior A Challenges, winning a silver medal in 2017. Dagenais will be joined by assistant coaches Corey Beer (Oshawa, Ont./Timmins, NOJHL), who assisted Team Canada East at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge, Greg Leland (Quispamsis, N.B./Campbellton, MHL), who has served as an assistant coach for Team Atlantic at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge four times (1998, 2002, 2008, 2011), and Dan Sauvé (Ottawa/Rockland, CCHL), who will make his international coaching debut.

For Team Canada West, Joe Martin (Kingston, Ont./Alberni Valley, BCHL) makes his return to the World Junior A Challenge for the third-consecutive year, taking over as head coach after serving as an assistant for the past two years, winning gold in 2017 and bronze in 2018. Martin will be joined by assistant coaches Mike Vandekamp (Fort St. John, B.C./Cowichan Valley, BCHL) and Scott Barney (Oshawa, Ont./Humboldt, SJHL), who will make their international coaching debuts. Clayton Jardine (Lacombe, Alta./Camrose, AJHL), who suited up for Team Pacific at the 2008 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, will support the team as video coach, while Allen York (Wetaskiwin, Alta./Camrose, AJHL), who won a gold medal with Team Canada West at the 2007 World Junior A Challenge and represented Canada at the 2013 Spengler Cup, will serve as goaltending coach.

“The coaches selected to lead Team Canada East and Team Canada West bring a combination of Junior A and international experience as players and coaches, and represent the level of talent in the coaching ranks in junior hockey in Canada,” said Brent Ladds, Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) president. “It’s exciting to see our coaches moving into new roles with the two Canadian teams at the World Junior A Challenge and to welcome coaches who are new to international competition. We believe this year’s coaching staffs for both teams will benefit the players selected to participate, and bring their international experience back to their club teams.”

The CJHL also announced that Mark Grady (Halifax, N.S.) has been named director of operations for Team Canada East. Grady, who won bronze in 2007 as an assistant coach and silver as head coach in 2008, will make his fourth appearance with Team Canada East. Jamie McCaig (Edmonton, Alta./Alberni Valley, BCHL) will move into the role of director of operations for Team Canada West after serving as a goaltending coach for the past two years, winning gold in 2017 and bronze in 2018.

Dawson Creek will host the World Junior A Challenge for the first time, and the local host committee will look to continue its historic success with Hockey Canada events. The city most recently hosted Canada’s National Women’s Team Fall Festival in September 2018, as well as the 2015 and 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenges, and 2012 National Women’s Under-18 Championship.

The 2019 World Junior A Challenge represents a partnership between Hockey Canada, the CJHL, B.C. Hockey, NHL Central Scouting, and the local host committee. The international showcase features two Canadian teams – Team Canada East and Team Canada West – along with the Czech Republic, Russia, and the United States.

Source: Hockey Canada

Sault Ste Marie’s Jack Matier Among 46 OHL Prospects Invited to U17 Development Camp

Source: Saultsports.com

Hockey Canada has invited 112 players including 46 OHL prospects to Calgary to participate in Canada’s national under-17 development camp, taking place July 19th – 26th at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park.

During the week-long camp, the players – 12 goaltenders, 36 defencemen and 64 forwards – will be split into six teams for on- and off-ice training, fitness testing, intrasquad games, and classroom studies.

Brad McEwen (Whitewood, Sask.), head scout for the Program of Excellence, and POE management group representative Martin Mondou (Grand-Mére, Que./Shawinigan, QMJHL) built the roster with assistance from regional scouts Carl Bouchard (Quebec), Rob Simpson (Ontario), Jason Smart (West), Darren Sutherland (Atlantic), Shaun Sutter (West) and Darrell Woodley (Ontario).

“The national under-17 development camp is the first step these athletes take in their Team Canada career,” said Shawn Bullock, director of men’s national teams. “Ultimately, these players will learn what it takes to wear the Maple Leaf in international competition. We are here to support their development by providing the on- and off-ice experiences they need to achieve the dream of representing their country.”

Following camp, players will be monitored through the early weeks of the 2019-20 season before 66 are named to one of three Canadian teams – Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red, and Team Canada White – competing at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, scheduled for Nov. 2-9 in Medicine Hat, Alta., and Swift Current, Sask.

For the second year in a row, all 112 players have been drafted by Canadian Hockey League teams, including 46 from the Ontario Hockey League, 38 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and 28 from the Western Hockey League.

Media accreditation for the Team Canada Summer Showcase, which includes Canada’s national under-17 development camp, can be requested online. The full camp schedule is available on HockeyCanada.ca.

CANADA’S NATIONAL UNDER-17 DEVELOPMENT CAMP

Goaltenders (5)
Matteo Drobac (Hamilton Bulldogs/Halton Hurricanes Minor Midget)
Carter Garvie (Saginaw Spirit/Grey-Bruce Highlanders Minor Midget)
Ben Gaudreau (Sarnia Sting/North Bay Trappers Midget)
Patrick Leaver (Oshawa Generals/Smiths Falls Bears Midget)
Josh Rosenzweig (Niagara IceDogs/Toronto Red Wings Minor Midget)

Defencemen (12)
Paul Christopoulos (North Bay Battalion/Don Mills Flyers Minor Midget)
Brandt Clarke (Barrie Colts/Don Mills Flyers Minor Midget)
Ethan Del Mastro (Mississauga Steelheads/Toronto Marlboros Minor Midget)
Isaac Enright (Niagara IceDogs/Pembroke Lumber Kings Midget)
Connor Federkow (London Knights/Niagara North Stars Minor Midget)
Ranvir Gill (Ottawa 67’s/Ottawa Jr. Senators Midget)
Braden Haché (Kingston Frontenacs/York-Simcoe Express Minor Midget)
Ty Hollett (North Bay Battalion/Navan Grads Midget)
Jacob Holmes (Soo Greyhounds/York-Simcoe Express Minor Midget)
Logan Mailloux (London Knights/Toronto Marlboros Minor Midget)
Jack Matier (Ottawa 67’s/Soo Thunderbirds Minor Midget)
Connor Punnett (Saginaw Spirit/North Central Predators Minor Midget)

Forwards (29)
Liam Arnsby (North Bay Battalion/Don Mills Flyers Minor Midget)
J.R. Avon (Peterborough Petes/Peterborough Petes Minor Midget)
Jack Beck (Ottawa 67’s/Toronto Marlboros Minor Midget)
Josh Bloom (Saginaw Spirit/Toronto Nationals Minor Midget)
Ethan Burroughs (Owen Sound Attack/Halton Hurricanes Minor Midget)
Ryan Del Monte (Barrie Colts/Toronto Nationals Minor Midget)
Deni Goure (Owen Sound Attack/Chatham-Kent Cyclones Minor Midget)
Brett Harrison (Oshawa Generals/London Jr. Knights Minor Midget)
Thomas Johnston (Ottawa 67’s/Whitby Wildcats Minor Midget)
Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires/Toronto Marlboros Minor Midget)
Braeden Kressler (Flint Firebirds/Mississauga Senators Minor Midget)
Ethan Larmand (Sudbury Wolves/North Central Predators Minor Midget)
Kaleb Lawrence (Owen Sound Attack/Ontario Hockey Academy)
Connor Lockhart (Erie Otters/Kanata Lasers Midget)
Jacob Maillet (Guelph Storm/Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Minor Midget)
Landon McCallum (Sudbury Wolves/Brantford 99ers Minor Midget)
Max McCue (London Knights/Sudbury Minor Midget Wolves)
Mason McTavish (Peterborough Petes/Pembroke Lumber Kings Midget)
Daniel Michaud (Oshawa Generals/Quinte Red Devils Minor Midget)
Justin O’Donnell (Sarnia Sting/Toronto Marlboros Minor Midget)
Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds/Don Mills Flyers Minor Midget)
Francesco Pinelli (Kitchener Rangers/Toronto Red Wings Minor Midget)
Stuart Rolofs (London Knights/Kanata Lasers Minor Midget)
Lawson Sherk (Hamilton Bulldogs/Halton Hurricanes Minor Midget)
Brendan Sirizzotti (Ottawa 67’s/Whitby Wildcats Minor Midget)
Chase Stillman (Sudbury Wolves/Sudbury Minor Midget Wolves)
Ryan Winterton (Hamilton Bulldogs/Whitby Wildcats Minor Midget)
Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs/Don Mills Flyers Minor Midget)
Danny Zhilkin (Guelph Storm/Toronto Marlboros Minor Midget)

Source: OHL

Junior Hockey Network Hockey Show with Wisconsin Lumberjack Coach/GM Doug Lein

Source: Junior Hockey Network

Junior Hockey Network Hockey Show host Jay Houslander talks with SIJHL Spooner Lumberjack Douglas E. Lein II (Head Coach & General Manager) about the junior ‘A’ franchises expansion into the Superior International Junior Hockey League.

13th Man Football Camps Offering Northern Showcase on June 15/16 in Sault Ste Marie

Source: Saultsports.com

The mission of the 13th Man Football Camp in Sault Ste Marie on June 15th and 16th  is to showcase the best players from grade 10 – returning grade 12, in Northern Ontario (Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury and North Bay) in a one day session for Canadian University (USport) coaches to evaluate and recruit. We are looking to have 80-100 athletes for the first showcase but eventually grow this event to 100+ kids annually.

Paul Orazietti told Saultsports that “I am very excited to be rolling out a new event in the local Sault Ste. Marie Football community, the Northern Ontario Football Showcase and Coaches Clinic.”

This year we will have the following Usport Coaches in Attendance:

Warren Craney – York University
Tom Denison – University of Toronto
Chris Bertoia – University of Waterloo
Jean-Paul Circelli – University of Windsor
Vince Flamia – University of Windsor
Stephan Ptaszek – McMaster University
Jason Riley – McMaster University
Ryan Bechmanis – Queen’s University

The showcase will consist of standard football combine tests and start promptly at 8:00 a.m.

1. 40 Yard Dash
2. T-test
3. Shuttle
4. Vertical Jump
5. Standing Broad Jump
6. HT / WT

Following the collection of these measurables, on-field drills will occur by position and conclude with on field 1 on 1’s. Offensive and defensive lineman will require helmets and shoulder pads for their one on ones (offensive and defensive lineman will be the only ones that will require helmets and shoulder pads).

At 11:00 a.m – Players will go inside for a recruitment session to meet the coaches and find out more about their programs. The entire camp should wrap up by 12:00 p.m.

For further information, please contact Paul Orazietti at phone 705-256-9333 and/or email: poraz38@gmail.com, www.13thmanfootballcamps.com.

“Having done a great many years of recruiting in Sault Ste. Marie for University football I was always struck by how few Usport coaches actually ventured to the Sault to recruit players. I would come because I grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, but very few others take the time to actually come up north. Thus, when I moved back to the Sault in January of 2019, I decided to see if I could help change this and create more visibility and opportunities for our high school players in Northern Ontario. Football is very strong in Sault Ste. Marie and I can say that having been a coach and national recruiting coordinator at the University of British Columbia for the last ten years. The coaching and the talent in the Sault are tremendous at all levels relative to other communities of our size and I still think it does not get the recognition it deserves.”

Orazietti added that “my hope is that this event will become an annual sojourn for university coaches to Northern Ontario with players from Sudbury, North Bay and Thunder bay eventually attending this showcase. The other great piece is the coaching clinic occurring for the local coaches the night preceding the showcase combine. Some of the top football coaches in the country will be coming to the Sault and sharing their knowledge with the local high school and community coaches. I know this is how you get better and grow the sport. This year’s showcase will be about 50 players from Sault Ste. Marie participating in a variety of combine type drills and skills.”

19 Year Old Tyler Malpass Returns to SIJHL Lakers After Two Seasons in the NOJHL

Source: Junior Hockey Network

After starting his junior ‘A’ hockey career in Fort Frances, Ontario in 2016 with the Superior International Junior Hockey League’s Fort Frances Lakers, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario native Tyler Malpass will hit the ice in the fall of 2019 playing for the Lakers after spending the last two seasons in Sault Ste Marie playing for the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Soo Thunderbirds.

In his first season in junior, the 5’11” and 180 lbs forward had 15 goals and 14 assists in 47 regular season games with the SIJHL Lakers while adding another three contributors in six postseason matchups. Malpass tallied 66 minutes in penalties in Fort Frances in 2016 – 2017. The next two seasons with the Thunderbirds saw the 19 year old score 19 goals and 22 assists on a total of 73 regular season games. In 19 playoffs games from 2017 – 2019, Tyler added four goals and four helpers to help the Thunderbirds to a NOJHL final series appearance. In 92 games in Sault Ste Marie. Malpass accumulated 51 penalty minutes with the Thunderbirds.

Fort Frances bench boss Wayne Strachan told the Junior Hockey Network that “we are extremely happy to bring Tyler back into our program and family. He brings a lot of spirit to the game and has the ability to score big goals. He can be a solid leader and we believe he can have a big season in the SIJHL.”

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.

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

from Saultsports.com

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:

1ST ALL-STAR TEAM
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.

2ND ALL-STAR TEAM
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.

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

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

GOALTENDER
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 Names Miner Stratton Pickett 2018/19 Scholastic Player of the Year

from Junior Hockey Network

The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Tuesday, April 9th that Stratton Pickett of the Red Lake Miners has been named the SIJHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year for the 2018-19 season.

With the honour, Pickett also becomes the SIJHL’s nominee for the Hockey Canada/Canadian Junior Hockey League Scholastic Player of the Year Award, which will be announced at the Canadian National Jr. A Championship this May in Brooks, Alberta.

An Honour Roll student in high school, Pickett has been accepted to attend the University of Victoria where he will be enrolled in the Engineering Program at the school, in B.C.’s provincial capital.

The 20-year-old Gem, Alberta product also had a solid campaign on the ice for Red Lake registering a career single-season-high 49 points on 24 goals and 25 assists.

Pickett was earlier selected as the SIJHL’s Top Defensive Award recipient for the 2018-19 season.

The following is the list of all-time SIJHL Scholastic Player of the Year recipients

2018-19: Stratton Pickett, Red Lake Miners
2017-18: Joe Newhouse, Thunder Bay North Stars
2016-17: Jesse Talakoski, Thunder Bay North Stars
2015-16: Kyle Pouncy, Dryden GM Ice Dogs
2014-15: No recipient
2013-14: Daniel Del Paggio, Thunder Bay North Stars
2012-13: Joel Bogacki, Fort Frances Lakers
2011-12: Mason Prout, Thunder Bay North Stars
2010-11: Morgan McNeill, Fort Frances Lakers
2009-10: Andrew Childs, K&A Wolverines
2008-09: Michael Thibert, Thunder Bay Bearcats
2007-08: Graeme Harrington, Dryden Ice Dogs
2006-07: Jacob Cahoon, Thunder Bay Bulldogs
2005-06: Jeff Herringer, K&A Golden Hawks
2004-05: Andrew Fernandez, Fort William North Stars
2003-04: No recipient
2002-03: Rylan Vesa, Thunder Bay Bulldogs
2001-02: Tony Sikich, Northwest Wisconsin Knights

Photo: Patrick Boucha