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

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.

MILKMEN TAKE INAUGURAL GAME FROM GOLDEYES 06/14/19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 14th, 2019

KOKOMO, IN – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (16-11) lost 2-1 to the Milwaukee Milkmen at Kokomo Municipal Stadium on Friday night.
 
Box Score

Cesar Valera drove in the game’s first run with a two-out, RBI double in the bottom of the third.  Milwaukee (12-16) took a 2-0 lead in the fifth on a two-out, RBI double from Sam Dexter.
 
The Goldeyes cut the lead in half in the top of the seventh.  Kyle Martin walked with one out, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored when James Harris doubled off the top of the wall in centre.
 
Winnipeg pushed the tying run to third base in the top of the ninth before Milkmen closer Myles Smith recorded the final out to earn his seventh save of the year.
 
Milkmen starter Angel Ventura (2-4) picked up the win, allowing one earned run on three hits in eight innings.  Ventura walked four and struck out eight.
 
Goldeyes’ starting pitcher Ryan Johnson (1-2) took the loss, allowing two earned runs on eight hits in five and one-third innings.  Johnson walked none and struck out two.
 
Tyler Garkow and Marcus Crescentini combined for two and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief.
 
The Goldeyes and Milkmen complete their series with a double header on Saturday afternoon.  First pitch from Kokomo Municipal Stadium is at 12:05 p.m. Central Time.  All the action can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca  Coverage begins at 11:00 a.m. with Around the Association.
 
The Goldeyes return home Tuesday, July 18th when they host the Chicago Dogs at Shaw Park.  Advance tickets are on sale now by visiting www.goldeyes.com/tickets or by visiting the box office at Shaw Park.
 
For information on 2019 season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group tickets, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE, or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com
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NOJHL’s Vrbetic, Rothe, Jensen, Keller Commit to Next Level

Source: Junior Hockey Network

Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League players continue to make commitments to the next level.

Another four-pack of NOJHLers are set to make the move in both the major junior and NCAA ranks.

Powassan Voodoos rookie netminder Joe Vrbetic has signed with the North Bay Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League for the 2019-20 campaign while three more Soo Eagles, in defenceman/forward Lucas Rothe, along with forwards Riley Jensen and Kobe Keller have all announced commitments to compete at NCAA Division III schools Chatham University and the University of Wisconsin-Stout respectively.

In 30 appearances with the Voodoos this past season, Vrbetic had a 16-9-2-0 record with a 2.80 goals-against average along with a solid .928 save percentage.

The save mark for the 16-year-old Dunvegan, Ontario product led all rookie goaltenders and also topped all NOJHL stoppers in that category.

Vrbetic was drafted by North Bay in the second round, 31st overall, in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection.

For Rothe, who played both defense and up front for the Eagles, the 21-year-old from Ubly, Michigan suited up in 36 games for the Soo where he scored four times and assisted on six others for 10 points.

In heading to Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania he’ll be joining the Cougars men’s program, who compete out of the United Collegiate Hockey Conference.

Keller was a point-per-game producer for the Eagles during the season with 36 in 35 outings while notching a dozen tallies while chipping with 24 helpers.

In 72 career NOJHL contests, the now 21-year-old from Steven’s Point, Wisconsin recorded 86 points, including 32 goals.

As for Jensen, his 2018-19 season saw him finish third on the squad in offensive production with 40 points in 55 games on 15 markers and helping set-up 25 more.

This 20-year-old is from Beloit, Wisconsin.

The UW-Stout Blue Devils are members of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the school is based in Menomonie, Wisconsin.

The Eagles trio join goaltender Joseph Benedetto (Lawrence University) and defenceman Mikey Butcher (Wisconsin-Steven’s Point) as the five players on this past season’s squad that have already committed to NCAA D-III programs.

This extends the Michigan Soo’s college commitment list over the past 10 years to 110 in total.

GOLDEYES OPEN THE 26th SEASON WITH EXTRA-INNING WIN 05/17/19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, May 16th, 2019

GRAND PRAIRIE, TX – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (1-0) beat the Texas AirHogs 3-1 in 10 innings at AirHogs Stadium on Thursday night.
 
Tied at 1-1 in the top of the 10th, Wes Darvill doubled off the left field wall leading off.  Willy Garcia followed with a line drive single to right on an 0-2 count that scored Darvill with the go-ahead run.  Garcia took second on a wild pitch and advanced to third when Dominic Ficociello singled through the left side.  Reggie Abercrombie drove in Garcia on a groundball to make it 3-1.  By appearing in Thursday’s game, Abercrombie became the first player in American Association history to play in a 10th different season.
 
Christian Torres took over for Marcus Crescentini in the bottom of the 10th and recorded two outs before giving way to Victor Capellan.  Capellan struck out pinch-hitter Luan Chenchen as the tying run at the plate to earn his first save of the year.
 
The Goldeyes took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth when Adrian Marin lifted a sacrifice fly that scored Alex Perez.
 
The AirHogs (0-1) tied the game in the bottom of the seventh.  With two outs and no one on base, Stewart Ijames walked and scored the tying run on a Josh Prince triple to centre field.  Prince attempted to stretch the hit into an inside-the-park home run, but was cut down at the plate on a relay from Marin that ended the inning and kept the game tied.
 
Jack Charleston worked a perfect bottom of the eighth, while Crescentini pitched around a leadoff walk in the ninth to strand the winning run in scoring position and send the game to extra innings.
 
Crescentini (1-0) earned the win, while AirHogs’ reliever Ryan Smith (0-1) took the loss.
 
Kevin McGovern started for the Goldeyes and took a no-decision, allowing one earned run on just two hits over seven innings.  McGovern walked two, struck out two, and recorded 17 of hits 21 outs on groundballs.
 
Zhang Tao started for the AirHogs and also took a no-decision, allowing one earned run on four hits in four innings.  Tao walked five and struck out three.
 
Josh Romanski and Kevin Garcia each had two hits for Winnipeg.
 
The Goldeyes and AirHogs play game two of their season-opening, four-game series Friday night at 7:05 p.m.  Mitchell Lambson takes on right-hander Zech Lemond.  All the action can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca
 
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 www.goldeyes.com
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GOLDEYES SET OPENING NIGHT ROSTER 05/14/19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

WINNIPEG, MB –
The Winnipeg Goldeyes announced several transactions Tuesday in accordance with the American Association’s roster deadline.

Printable Winnipeg Goldeyes Roster
 
American Association clubs had until 12:00 p.m. this afternoon to trim their spring training rosters down to the regular season maximum of 23 players.
 
First baseman Correlle Prime, right-handed pitcher Kevin McAvoy, and right-handed pitcher Landon Hughes have all cleared waivers and are now free agents.
 
Left-handed pitcher Josh Norwood, who was added Monday as a non-roster invitee, has been removed from the roster as well.
 
The Goldeyes’ active roster currently stands at 23 players.  Right-handed pitcher Eric Carter will being the season on the Inactive List, and is eligible to return on June 3rd.
 
2019 Winnipeg Goldeyes Opening Night Roster
CF Reggie Abercrombie
RHP Mitchell Aker
LHP Joel Bender
RHP Brandon Bingel
RHP Victor Capellan
RHP Eric Carter (Inactive List)
RHP Jack Charleston
RHP Harrison Cooney
RHP Marcus Crescentini
3B Wes Darvill
IF/OF Dominic Ficociello
RHP Parker French
C Kevin Garcia
OF Willy Garcia
RHP Tyler Garkow
OF James Harris
UTIL Kevin Lachance
LHP Mitchell Lambson
SS Adrian Marin
LHP Kevin McGovern
2B Alex Perez
OF Josh Romanski
LHP Christian Torres
C Luis Touron
 
The Goldeyes close out their exhibition schedule tonight against the Kansas City T-Bones.  First pitch from T-Bones Stadium is at 7:05 p.m.  All the action can be heard locally on 93.7 FM CJNU and worldwide at www.cjnu.ca
 
The Winnipeg Goldeyes open the 2019 season on May 16th against the Texas AirHogs on the road.  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 www.goldeyes.com
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