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Lockport Regals Fall To Pelham Panthers

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Alex Stinis, had home opener goal

“Another slow start, We cannot keep spotting the opposition a and early goal or two and expect to win games. On the positive side the team battles to the end.” stated General Manager John Evoy on the Regals 4-1 loss at the hands of the Pelham Panthers.

Once again the Lockport Regals came out flat in the first period allowing two goals and being outscored 16-5. The team came on in the second period and registered the lone tally off the stick of Alex Stinis on the powerplay. Pelham added 2 more in the 3rd and skated away with a 4-1 victory. The Regals are now 0-3 in league play and Pelham remains undefeated at 2-0.

The same two teams meet again Wednesday night at the Cornerstone Arena in Lockport with a 7pm face-off. “It is a very competitive league” stated Head Coach Jamie Bird. “The boys continue to battle hard and once we overcome our slow start we will raise some eyebrows in this league” .

OJHL Showcase Returns To Harborcenter September 24-26; Jr. Sabres Featured In Two Games

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Ontario Junior Hockey League Governors’ Showcase returns to Harborcenter for the fourth straight year Monday, Sept. 24 through Wednesday, Sept. 26. All 22 OJHL teams will make their way to downtown Buffalo and compete in two games over the course of the event. Full-day general admission passes are available to fans for $20 for each of the days of the showcase. OJHL Showcase games take place on both KeyBank Rink 1 and New Wave Energy Rink 2.

2018 Ontario Junior Hockey League Governors’ Showcase at Harborcenter

Monday, September 24
11:30 AM – Lindsay Muskies vs. Brantford 99ers
12:15 PM – Whitby Fury vs. Georgetown Raiders
2:30 PM – Mississauga Chargers vs. Aurora Tigers
3:15 PM – St. Michaels Buzzers vs. Buffalo Jr. Sabres
5:30 PM – Wellington Dukes vs. Burlington Cougars
6:15 PM – Markham Royals vs. Kingston Voyageurs
8:30 PM – Newmarket Hurricanes vs. Toronto Jr. Canadians
For Day 1 General Admission Passes, CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, September 25
10:30 AM – Oakville Blades vs. Lindsay Muskies
11:30 AM – Stouffville Spirit vs. Whitby Fury
1:30 PM – Aurora Tigers vs. Wellington Dukes
2:30 PM – Pickering Panthers vs. Kingston Voyageurs
4:30 PM – Brantford 99ers vs. Toronto Patriots
5:30 PM – Georgetown Raiders vs. North York Rangers
7:30 PM – Brampton Admirals vs. Trenton Golden Hawks
8:30 PM – Buffalo Jr. Sabres vs. Cobourg Cougars
For Day 2 General Admission Passes, CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, September 26
9:30 AM – Burlington Cougars vs. Mississauga Chargers
12:00 PM – Toronto Patriots vs. Oakville Blades
12:30 PM – North York Rangers vs. Stouffville Spirit
3:00 PM – Trenton Golden Hawks vs. Newmarket Hurricanes
3:30 PM – Toronto Jr. Canadians vs. Brampton Admirals
6:00 PM – St. Michaels Buzzers vs. Markham Royals
6:30 PM – Cobourg Cougars vs. Pickering Panthers
For Day 3 General Admission Passes, CLICK HERE.

The Ontario Junior Hockey League is the largest Junior ‘A’ league operating under the auspices of the Canadian Junior Hockey League, with 22 member clubs. The OJHL had more than 135 commitments in 2017-18, including 65 NCAA Division I scholarships. Last year’s event in Buffalo attracted more than 200 scouts from various levels of the game, including the NHL, NCAA, CHL and U Sports.

Lockport Regals Drop 2nd Straight, Lose To Thorold Blackhawks

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AJ Marinelli, Tim Lopez

(Photo: Lopez on right) — For the second time in as many games, a slow start has cost the Lockport Regals as they fall to the Thorold Blackhawks 4-2 Thursday night in Thorold, Ontario.

Thorold stormed quickly out of the gate scoring twice in the first 6 minutes of play. A goal late in the period put the Blackhawks up by 3. The Regals were outshot 12-5 in the opening period. The Regals made a contest of it in the second with back and forth play. The only goal of the period came off the stick of Lockport forward Tim Lopez on a Penalty Shot. In the third, Thorold struck first at 8:08 to go up by 3 but Tim Lopez found the back of the net 5 minutes later with his second tally of the night. The game was even the rest of the way as Thorold skated off with a 4-2 win.

“We had a bit of a slow start, but weathered the storm in the second. All in all, a pretty good effort, but the push back was a little too late” stated Assistant Coach Geoff Peters. Head Coach Jamie Bird added “there were a lot of positives to build off; the team is going in the right direction it is just going to take a little time”.

Next up are the Pelham Panthers this Sunday in Pelham, Ontario. The Panthers come into the game having won their season opener against Hamilton 2-0. In the pre-season, the Panthers led the league with a 7-1 record, having outscored their opponents 22-9. Leading the way for Pelham were Noah Caperchione, Zach Thompson and Matt Ruigrok with 7 points each. Pelham will be hosting their inaugural game in their brand new arena. Puck drops at 2:30pm.

Following this game, both teams will meet again Wednesday, September 19 at the Cornerstone Arena in Lockport. Warm up is at 6:30 and the puck drops at 7pm.

Lockport Regals Inaugural Season Has Begun

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Lockport Regals Lose Home Opener

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Alex Stinis

The Lockport Regals of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League began a new era at their new home in Lockport, NY last evening as they hosted the first ever GOJHL game at the Cornerstone Arena. The visiting Hamilton Kilty B’s rode into town, still stinging from a home opening shutout loss at the hands of the Pelham Panthers and seeking redemption. When asked before the game how the Regals looks, Head Coach Jamie Peters stated “The boys are a bit nervous but they are anxious to play”.

Nerves may have gotten the best of the team however as Hamilton would snuff out plans for an opening night victory as the Regals went down in a 7-2 loss.

Hamilton came out strong in the first period and registered all 3 goals in the period. The Regals did mount a valiant comeback midway through the second period as Alex Stinis and Tim Lopez scored within a minute apart and just like that it was 3-2. Hamilton came back late with another goal and the period ended 4-2. It was all Hamilton in the 3rd period as they lit the lamp 3 more times and skated off with a 7-2 victory.

“We have to work smarter without the puck, especially in our zone” stated Coach Bird. “We played well at times but we have to work hard all 3 periods in this league; It’s a great league”. Assistant Coach Geoff Peters added “the boys worked hard but we have to play smarter in our zone. The give aways make a difference”.

The Regals get a chance for redemption of their own as they travel to Thorold, Ontario this evening with the thought of spoiling the Blackhawks season opener in a 7:07pm start. Thorold comes off the preseason at 1-5 having been outscored 20-14. Leading the way for the Blackhawks were Brendan Charlton and Cam Lightfoot with 7 points each.

It was a fine opening night crowd of 150 and the fans of Lockport seemed to enjoy this particular brand of Canadian Junior Hockey.

After this evenings game the Regals face league leading Pelham Panthers on Sunday in Pelham and then return home next Wednesday to face the Panthers once again in a 7pm start.

For more information about the Lockport Regals visit us on line at www.lockportregals.com

 

Photo credit: Janet Schultz

Large and Edmondson Named Captains For Canisius College Men’s Hockey

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Canisius hockey head coach Trevor Large has announced senior Ian Edmondson has been named captain for the 2018-19 season.

In addition, fellow seniors Cameron Heath, Dylan McLaughlin and Jimmy Mazza have been chosen to serve as assistant captains for the upcoming campaign.

“This year, our leadership group is special,” Large said. “Each of them possesses a belief in what it means to be a Griff. I believe in who they are as people and I know they will drive our team success. Ian will lead the way as captain and he will lean on the rest of the team to lead when they are called upon. Protecting our culture is everything and I know our captains will be positive, competitive and team-first.”

A native of Toronto, Edmondson served as an assistant captain during the 2017-18 season, helping guide the Golden Griffins to a 19-17-2 overall mark and a 17-11-0 ledger in league play.
The veteran defenseman recorded one goal and nine assists in 36 games played while also contributing 38 blocked shots.

Heath garnered All-Atlantic Hockey First Team honors last season after pacing Canisius’ defensemen in goals (7), assists (14) and points (21). The Troy, Mich., product was one of five skaters to appear in all 38 games for the Griffs in 2017-18 and finished the season second on the squad in plus/minus rating (+11) and fourth in blocked shots (46).

The 2017-18 Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year and a Hobey Baker Top 10 Finalist, McLaughlin paced Canisius in goals (17), assists (31) and points (48) last season as he finished the 2017-18 campaign ranked in among the top 10 players nationally in total assists (31/T-8th), assists per game (0.84/8th) and points per game (1.30/7th).

The Lancaster, N.Y., native was also an All-AHC First Team selection as he claimed the league’s scoring trophy after pacing Atlantic Hockey in points (38) and assists (25) during the regular season.

Mazza finished the 2017-18 season tied for the team lead among defensemen in assists (14) and ranked second among Canisius’ blueliners in both goals (5) and points (19). A native of Kings Park, N.Y., Mazza was one of five skaters to take part in all 38 games last season and finished the season third on the squad with 48 blocked shots.

(Photo of Edmondson provided by Canisius College)

Former Niagara U Grad Kevin Patterson Re-Signs With Wichita Thunder

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WICHITA, Kan. – The Wichita Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, announced Tuesday the signing of Niagara University graduate Kevin Patterson (’17) for the 2018-19 season.

Patterson joined the Thunder late last season after starting the year with the Peoria Rivermen of the Southern Professional Hockey League. The blueliner played in 27 contests for the Rivermen, then tallied seven points (1 G, 6 A) in 19 games with the Thunder.

As a Purple Eagle, Patterson played in 124 career games in four seasons, registering 27 points (9 G, 18 A) in that time. Before coming to Monteagle Ridge, played junior hockey in Kansas for the North American Hockey League’s Topeka Roadrunners. In two seasons in Topeka, he racked up 31 points (8 G, 23 A) in 101 games.

In the 2017-18 season, the Thunder finished fourth in the ECHL’s Mountain Division with a record of 34-30-6-2 and clinched a spot in the postseason. They took the division-winning Colorado Eagles to six games before bowing out in the first round of the Kelly Cup playoffs.

Emily Janiga’s China Experience

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and Hayley Scumurra were also there.

BY RANDY SCHULTZ – (Photo: Emily Janiga center) – Emily Janiga thought she had accomplished everything she could do in ice hockey. The East Aurora, NY native had a successful hockey career in high school while attending Nichols School in Buffalo.

From there it was on to Erie, PA and Mercyhurst College where success seem to follow her with four outstanding seasons with the Lakers. She topped that by being drafted by the Buffalo Beauts of the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) and helping them win the Isobel Cup in 2017.

What more could there be for Janiga to prove? The answer came in the summer of 2017 when the 24 year-old forward accepted the opportunity to serve as a sport ambassador to Team China, a women’s development program for hockey aimed at the 2022 Winter Olympics to be held in Beijing, China.

While it may have looked like a relatively easy decision to make, Janiga had to think about it for a short period of time. And for a good reason.

“Growing up in the little community I did, I really hadn’t been to far from there my whole life,” said Janiga, the daughter of Leonard and Mabel Janiga. “Sure, I had gone to Mercyhurst which was just a couple of hours from my house.

“And I had been to Mexico once for my sister-in-laws bachelorette party. But it wasn’t for an extended period of time.  I had been back and forth to Canada for hockey games. But this trip to China was going to be for several months.

“I really felt I had to leave that comfort zone and always being near to home. So I accepted the opportunity.”

Janiga will be the first one to also tell you that a second thought about her decision went through her mind following her 14 hour flight to China.

“It was culture shock,” responded Janiga, the 2015 College Hockey America (CHA) Player of the Year. “That’s the only way I can describe it.

“I remember getting off that plane in Hong Cong and seeing nothing but people. Everywhere! It was just overwhelming.”

In addition to her role as a sport ambassador, Janiga also signed a contract to play pro hockey with the Vanke Rays, one of China’s two pro hockey expansion teams that began play in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League for the 2017-18 campaign.

“It was a great opportunity for me,” said the 2014 and 2015 All-CHA First Team member. “I could continue playing the sport I love while teaching it to players just being introduced to the game for the first time.”

But Janiga admitted that it wasn’t as easy as one would think when she first arrived in China.

“There was a big difference in food and language,” commented Janiga. “That was quite an adjustment to make. Going out to get groceries was an experience. And the city I lived in, Shenzhen, has something like 12 million people living in it.  For someone who grew up where I did in a town that has less than 7000 people that was a big adjustment to get used to.”

But there was always one thing that kept Janiga calm.

“Hockey,” stated Janiga, with a smile.

“Hockey is hockey, no matter where you play it,” she continued. “And being able to develop the sport and helping it grow in another country like China, is a great opportunity.

“Working with Chinese players that had good skills, was a good experience. It was a great feeling to watch these players grow as players every day. It was a lot of hard work, but I really didn’t mind that.”

Hard work is something Janiga is quite used to. Having grown up on a 1000-acre farm, with the main crop being sweet corn, the hockey forward knew what early hours were like both on the farm and playing hockey.

Janiga recently signed a contract with the Beauts to play for them again for the 2018-19 season. She admits that she is a bit of a different person coming back to her roots.

“I really think I grew as a person with the time I spent in China,” concluded Janiga. “It was a great experience to help grow the game in another country. It was also a chance to raise the awareness of women’s hockey.

“In the end it was an awesome experience for me. I know I will have a different feeling for the Chinese when it comes time for the 2022 Winter Olympics, especially with hockey. While I’ll still be pulling for Team USA, it will be interesting to see how China does. And I know I will have had a small part in their success. That’s a great feeling.

“I think I’ve also become a better person. I have a different outlook on life. I stepped outside my comfort zone.

“It was an awesome experience.”

(Photo by Janet Schultz Photography)

NJPE Begin 2018 with Camp

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Fitzery Caps Off HS Career Winning The Tyler Putnam Award

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BY RANDY SCHULTZ—(Photo, Emery on left and Sirena on right Fitzery) – One of the more prestigious hockey awards presented to high school-aged hockey players in the Western New York area is the Tyler Putnam Award. The award was originally presented to players from the Rochester, NY area.

But for the first time this year a player was chosen from the Buffalo, NY area. That player was Sirena Fitzery, who played for the New York State Girls High School Champion FLOP (Frontier/Lakeshore/Orchard Park) hockey team.

The award came as a total surprise to Fitzery.

“It was pretty amazing,” commented Fitzery, who is attending Utica College where she will be playing hockey. “To hear all about the hard work and what Tyler accomplished, it has a special place in my heart. I didn’t think I would be nominated for this award and to see that I have contributed to my team what Tyler did for his teams, that is special.”

What did Sirena think about being the first player from Buffalo to win the award?

“I think it was crazy,” responded Fitzery, who will be majoring in Child Psychology at Utica. “I had no idea what this award was all about. Now I do. So to be the first one from Buffalo is quite an honor.

“It’s a great way to finish off this season as well as my high school career. To win the championships we did and now this award, it’s just amazing.”

Putnam’s dream was to play for his high school team, the Irondequoit Eagles, then junior hockey, Division I hockey and ultimately professional hockey. He was able to realize the first two parts of that dream.

In July 2011 Tyler’s hockey dreams ended tragically when died of an illness called “Meningococcemia,” an infection that affects the bloodstream. The Tyler Putnam Award, which is symbolized by a hard hat, a symbol of Tyler’s hard work and dedication to the game that he loved.

Sirena is just another great example of what the award stands for.

“It’s something that I will never forget,” concluded Sirena.

(Photo of Fitzery sisters by Janet Schultz Photography)

 

Buffalo Girls Powerplay 2018

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This Summer Around the NWHL

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by Janet Schultz

It’s been an active off-season for the National Womens Hockey League (NWHL) with coaching announcements, player signings and expansion.

The Minnesota Whitecaps have officially joined the NWHL, making them the first expansion team for the league. Founded in 2004, the Whitecaps are the fifth team in the NWHL and will play at TRIA Rink in their debut on October 6.

Among the Whitecap’s alumni are hockey legends Angela Ruggiero, Julie Chu and Natalie Darwitz. The Olympic gold medal-winning Team USA in 2018 included Whitecaps Hannah Brandt, Kendall Coyne, Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson, Monique Lomoureux-Morando and Alex Rigsby. Lisa Chesson, a member of the Buffalo Beauts, is a former member of the Whitecaps.

The entire coaching staff of the Whitecaps are people who took part in the club’s inaugural season in 2004. They include Co-Head Coaches Ronda Curtin Engelhardt and Jack Bodt. They will be joined by assistant coach Laura Slominski.

“I’m humbled to be part of the Whitecaps and I want to extend a big thanks to all the people involved in getting the NWHL off the ground and giving players a place to play after college,” said Engelhardt.

The Whitecaps will be in Buffalo December 29 and 30 and play the Riveters October 20 and 21 at Barnabas Health Center.

In other NWHL news Paul Mara has been named assistant coach for the Boston Pride. Mara played in the NHL with Tamp, Phoenix, Boston, New York and Anaheim.

NY native Dana Trivigno has re-signed with the Boston Pride. She was named to the NWHL All-Star game in 2017 and played on Team NWHL in the game against Team USA. She had 6 goals/11 assists for 17 points last season.

The Metropolitan Riveters are headed to play SDHL Lulea Hockey in Sweden September 24 through 30.

Cydney Roesler has been named assistant coach for the Connecticut Whale. She will also play defense for the team. Last season Roesler was a volunteer assistant coach at Quinnipiac.

Melissa Sheeran of Schaghticoke, NY has signed with the Whale. She is a graduate of Plattsburgh and a 2018 recipient of the Laura Hurd Award.

Buffalo Beauts

Buffalo has re-signed a number of players and added several to their roster including Julianna Iafallo of Eden and Annika Zalewski, New Hartford. Iafallo played for Nichols School and then Ohio State. Zalewski also comes from Nichols School and then played at Colgate University, where she served as captain. She was drafted 14th overall. The Beauts also added Savannah Harmon, drafted sixth overall in 2017, who comes from Downes Grove, Ill and played for Clarkson who took home two national championships. She served as the Golden Knights captain last season.

Dani Cameranesi joins the team after helping Team USA take the gold in PyeongChang in 2018. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. The Beauts also added Goaltender Nicole Hensley, another gold medal team member, from Lindenwood University. Goaltender Shannon Szabados comes to Buffalo after playing on Team Canada in 2018; she is from Edmonton, Alberta.

Among those re-signed are Hayley Scumurra (Williamsville/Nichols/Northeastern), Maddie Elia (Lewiston/Nichols/Boston U), Lisa Chesson (Plainfield, Ill/Ohio State), Jordon Juron (Latham NY/Boston U), Jacquie Greco (Buffalo/Syracuse University), Julia DiTondo (played one pre-season game last year Kenmore/Mercyhurst), Emily Janiga (East Aurora/Mercyhurst), Sarah Edney I(Mississagua/Harvard), Taylor Accursi (Ancaster, Ont/Mercyhurst), Sarah Casorso (Kelowna BC/University of BC), Jordyn Burns (Chanhassen, Minn/Syracuse University).

The Beauts also came to terms with Goaltender Nicole Hensely. She won the gold with Team USA in 2018 and previously won gold with Team USA in the 2016 and 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship. Also returning is Corinne Buie who has won two Isobel Cups in her three seasons in the NWHL; she also served as the Beauts Captain last season.

Most recently they re-signed Olympic Gold medalist and Buffalo native Emily Pfalzer.

Some moves have also been made with Kelly Babstock coming from the Whale, Goaltender Amanda Leveille heading to Minnesota to play for the Whitecaps, Kristen Lewicki left Buffalo for the Riveters.

The Beauts will open their season at home on Saturday, October 13 against the Connecticut Whale.

Metropolitan (formerly New York) Riveters

Amanda Kessel is returning to the NWHL after playing in the 2018 Olympics. She was a Patty Kazmaier winner from Madison, Wisconsin and played for the University of Minnesota.

The Riveters have re-signed Sarah Bryant (Providence College), Katie Fitzgerald (St. Cloud), and Kimberly Sass (East Amherst/Colgate), Kelly Nash (University of Wisconsin), Rebecca Morse (Providence College), Audra Richards (Providence and University of Maine), Courtney Burke (Albany/University of Wisconsin), Michelle Pickard (Harvard), Jenny Ryan (Victor NY/University of Wisconsin), Miye D’Oench New York/Harvard), Chelsea Ziadie (Quebec/Harvard), Rebecca Russo Westport Ct/Boston U), Kelsey Koelzer (Horsham Pa/Princeton),

Pittsburgh will host the Riveters when they play the Whale on December 2 at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.

The Riveters open their season in Minnesota on October 6 and 7. They will hold their home opener Saturday, October 20 against the Whitecaps.

Tickets for NWHL game are now available. Go to NWHL.zone for more information.

Atlantic Hockey Tournament Moving To Buffalo’s HarborCenter

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Atlantic Hockey is pleased to announce, in conjunction with Pegula Sports and Entertainment, that Harborcenter in Buffalo, NY has been selected as the host for the 2019 Atlantic Hockey Championships. The move keeps the Atlantic Hockey Tournament championship round in Western New York after having been at Rochester’s Blue Cross Arena for the last 12 years.

“We are grateful to the City of Rochester for being such gracious hosts over the last 12 years,” said Commissioner Robert DeGregorio. “We want to thank the folks at the Blue Cross Arena for all they did to put on our championships each year, and we are excited to pursue this new opportunity in Buffalo.”

Moving to Buffalo presents an opportunity for the league to take advantage of yet another market familiar with the Atlantic Hockey product, with Canisius in Buffalo and Niagara nearby, and a community that is passionate about hockey.

“We are thrilled to partner with Pegula Sports and Entertainment to bring the Atlantic Hockey Championship to Buffalo,” state DeGregorio. “The people of Buffalo love the sport of hockey and support it wholeheartedly. We know Nik and his staff at Harborcenter well and we believe that moving to Buffalo and Harborcenter will enhance the experience for student-athletes, coaches, and fans.”

“Our facility is ideally suited to host an event like the Atlantic Hockey Championships,” said Nik Fattey, Harborcenter’s vice president and director of hockey. “We have a very convenient location for players and fans of the competing schools, and are able offer amenities that are unsurpassed, maximizing the tournament experience the way we do for all Harborcenter events.”

Connected to the Buffalo Sabres’ KeyBank Center, Harborcenter features two NHL-sized hockey rinks, including 1,800-seat KeyBank Rink, along with IMPACT training facilities, a 205-room full-service Marriott hotel, four restaurants and parking facilities. The complex is home to Atlantic Hockey member Canisius College, as well as the Harborcenter Cup tournament series, Buffalo Jr. Sabres youth hockey program, and the NWHL’s Buffalo Beauts. Harborcenter has been the site of the NHL Scouting Combine since 2015 and has been home to the College Hockey America Tournament the past three seasons. Since opening in 2014, Harborcenter has hosted the 2014 IIHF Women’s Under-18 World Championships, 2014 IPC World Sledge Hockey Championship, and 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship.

Now, the Atlantic Hockey Championships will be added to the list come March.

The Atlantic Hockey Tournament begins with the first round on March 8-10. Two weeks later, four teams will advance to Harborcenter for the Championships, which will take place on March 22nd and 23rd, 2019. Ticket information will be made available at a later date.

Atlantic Hockey is an 11-team NCAA Division I men’s hockey conference founded in 2003. Its geographical footprint spans from Massachusetts (American International, Bentley, and Holy Cross) to Colorado (Air Force), with member institutions also in Connecticut (Sacred Heart), New York (Army West Point, Canisius, Niagara, and RIT), and Pennsylvania (Mercyhurst and Robert Morris). Atlantic Hockey boasts All-Americans on the ice and in the classroom, Hockey Humanitarians and Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award winners.

Assistant Coaches For US National University Teams Named

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Eric Ballard (Grand Rapids, Minn.) and Nick Fabbrini (Forest Park, Ill.) have been named assistant coaches of the 2019 U.S. Men’s National University Team, while Brett Berger (Springfield, N.J.) and Scott Hicks (Richmond, Ind.) have been tabbed to return as assistant coaches of the 2019 U.S. Women’s National University Team it was announced today by USA Hockey. The teams will compete in the 2019 Winter World University Games from March 2-12 in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

As previously announced, Shelley Looney (Brownstown, Mich.) and Roger Grillo (North Kingstown, R.I.) will serve as head coaches of the women’s and men’s teams.

Ballard is making his debut as a coach at the Winter World University Games in 2019. Head coach of the men’s ice hockey team at University of Colorado, Ballard has completed four seasons with the Buffaloes, compiling a 71-53-5 record with three straight American Collegiate Hockey Association national championship appearances. Prior to joining the Buffaloes, Ballard gained experience coaching in the North American Hockey League with the Fresno Monsters and also scouted the NAHL for 11 years.

Fabbrini is returning to the men’s coaching staff for the second consecutive tournament and is currently in his seventh season as head coach of the men’s hockey team at the University of Illinois after leading his time to an appearance in the 2018 ACHA national championship game. A two-time finalist for the ACHA Coach of the Year Award (2013, 2018) and winner of the 2018 Central States Collegiate Hockey League Coach of the Year Award, Fabbrini also won two national championships as a player with the Illini in 2005 and 2008.

Entering his second consecutive tournament with Team USA, Berger is in his fifth full season as head coach of the women’s hockey team at Adrian (Mich.) College after leading the Bulldogs to a regular season and playoff championship in the Central Collegiate Women’s Hockey Association in 2018 and winning the ACHA Women’s Division 1 Coach of the Year Award in 2017. Berger also guided Adrian to its first ACHA national tournament appearance in 2013-14 and led the Bulldogs to the national championship game last season.

Hicks, who is in his eighth season as head coach of the women’s hockey team at Miami University (Ohio), made his Team USA coaching debut alongside Looney as an assistant at the 2015 Winter World University Games. Hicks was named the ACHA Women’s Division 1 Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2018 and has led Miami to national championships in 2014, 2016 and 2017.

NOTES: The U.S. National University Teams are composed of players who compete collegiately in the American Collegiate Hockey Association… The U.S. Men’s National University Team has competed in the bi-annual tournament since 2001… The U.S. Women’s National University Team has participated in the tournament since 2011, finishing in the top three in two of the last three tournaments.