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2019-20 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team Roster Unveiled
Team features 15 returnees from last season’s gold medal-winning roster
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced the 17-player roster for the 2019-20 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. The group includes 15 returnees from the 2018-19 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team that claimed Team USA’s fourth gold medal in world championship history at the 2019 Para Ice Hockey World Championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic.“We have selected a solid group of athletes to represent Team USA this year with many talented players returning from last season,” said Dan Brennan, director of sled hockey for USA Hockey and general manager of the 2019-20 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. “Our coaching staff was thoroughly impressed with the level of competition displayed at tryouts this year, which speaks volumes to the overall growth and development of the game.”Highlighting the returnees from last year’s gold medal-winning team are forwards Declan Farmer(Tampa, Fla.) and Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.); defensemen Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.) and Jack Wallace (Franklin Lakes, N.J.); and the goaltender duo of Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) and Jen Lee (San Francisco, Calif.). At the 2019 Para Ice Hockey World Championship, Farmer was deemed Best Forward after boasting a tournament-best 14 points (7g, 7a) in five games that included scoring the game-tying goal with 3:26 to play in regulation and registering the primary assist on Roybal’s game-winning goal in overtime. Returning defenseman Wallace, who tied Farmer with seven goals in five games at the world championship, scored five goals in Team USA’s 10-2 semifinal win over the Czech Republic to set a U.S. record for most goals in a single game in world championship play.A total of 12 players on this year’s roster have been a part of a gold medal-winning U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. Leading the way are Cash and Pauls, who have been a part of all three U.S. teams (2010, 2014, 2018) that have claimed an unprecedented three-straight Paralympic gold medals. Joining the pair are four two-time Paralympic gold medalists (2014, 2018) in Farmer, Kevin McKee (Chicago, Ill.), Rico Roman (Portland, Ore.) and Roybal. Five other players, including forwards Travis Dodson (Deming, N.M.), Noah Grove (Frederick, Md.) and Luke McDermott (Westerlo, N.Y.), as well as defensemen Ralph DeQuebec (San Pedro, Calif.) and Wallace, were part of the gold medal-winning U.S. entry at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.Additionally, Colin Gooley (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) and Josh Hargis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) are entering their second stints with the U.S. national team. Gooley and Hargis both joined the national team last season after serving as co-captains of the U.S. Development Sled Hockey Team in 2017-18 alongside Chris Douglas (St. Cloud, Fla.), who was a part of the 2014-15 U.S. roster that went undefeated during the season en route to winning the 2015 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship on home ice in Buffalo, New York.Newcomers to the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team include forward Joseph Woodke (Nashville, Tenn.) and defenseman David Eustace (Stoneham, Mass.), who both skated with the U.S. Men’s Development Sled Hockey Team in 2018-19.NOTES: David Hoff (Bottineau, N.D.) enters his second season as the head coach of the 2019-20 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team … Hoff will be joined by assistant coach Corey Gorder (Bottineau, N.D.), athletic trainer Mike Cortese (Boynton Beach, Fla.), equipment manager Joel Isaacson (Houghton, Mich.) and team physician Mike Uihlein (Grafton, Wis.), all four of which were part of Team USA’s 2018-19 staff … The 2019-20 U.S. Men’s Development Sled Hockey Team and the U.S. Women’s Development Sled Hockey Team rosters will be announced following the U.S. Women’s Development Training Camp that will run July 18-20 in Plymouth, Michigan … For more information on USA Hockey’s disabled hockey disciplines, click here.

Gionta Among 8 To Be Inducted Into BC Varsity Club Hall of Fame


CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Eight of the finest athletes in Boston College history have been selected for induction into the Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame for the fall of 2019.

The athletes being honored are: Ted Basset ’74 (tennis); Brian Gionta ’04 (hockey); Mathias Kiwanuka ’05 (football), Lou Papadellis ’81 (Men’s Soccer), Craig Smith ’06 (Men’s Basketball), Chris Snee ’04 (football), Kelli Stack ’11 (Women’s Ice Hockey) and veteran’s inductee Owen Murphy ’26 (deceased – baseball, football, track & basketball).

The honorees will be inducted in a ceremony on Friday, October 18 at Silvio O. Conte Forum on the campus of Boston College. They will also be recognized at halftime of the Eagles’ football game against NC State on Saturday, Oct. 19.

Here is a short biography of the new Hall of Famer:

Brian Gionta ’01 (Men’s Ice Hockey) – One of the greatest goal scorers in Boston College history, Gionta was a three-time Hobey Baker finalist (1999, 2000 & ’01). A native of Rochester, New York, Gionta graduated as the program’s all-time leader in goals (123) and hat tricks (nine).

He ranks second all-time in points (232) behind David Emma and sits eighth in assists (109). The forward led the team in points in the ’98-99 season (60) and in 2000-01 with 54 points. Gionta paced the team in goals scored in ’99-00 & ’00-01 with 33 each season. He was the team captain of the national championship team in 2000-01 and the assistant captain in 99-00. Gionta was a three-time First Team All-American (’99, ’00 & ’01).

He was the Hockey East Player of the Year in 2001 and the Rookie of the Year in 1998. A Walter Brown Award winner in 2001, Gionta was named BC’s Eagle of the Year in 2001 as a senior. Selected in the third round of the 1998 NHL Draft by the New Jersey Devils, Gionta won the 2003 Stanley Cup with the Devils. He played from 2001-18 and became only the 43rd American to skate in 1,000 career NHL games.

He also was a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 2006 and 2018, serving as team captain in PyeongChang, South Korea. Gionta is currently working in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres.

Pittsford, NY Native Added To Colgate Women’s Hockey Staff


HAMILTON – Colgate women’s hockey head coach Greg Fargo has announced the addition of Chelsea Walkland to the staff as an assistant coach.

Walkland joins the Colgate program after spending five years at Robert Morris as an assistant coach. With her leadership at RMU, the Colonials are three-time defending College Hockey America Regular Season Champions and made an NCAA Final Eight appearance in the 2016-17 campaign. While coordinating recruits for the program, Walkland committed the 2017 Division I NCAA Rookie of the Year, multiple All-NCAA Team members, and Hockey Canada invitees. Walkland also had efforts off the ice, coordinating the team’s community service, alumni relations, fundraising, and was a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Faculty Representative.39538

“We are thrilled to welcome Chelsea Walkland as the newest member of our hockey family,” Coach Fargo said. “Chelsea arrives at Colgate with a championship pedigree, having won a national title at Division III with RIT and numerous championships during her time at Robert Morris. As a proven recruiter, experienced and very well respected coach in our game, she understands what it takes to win. I’m excited to work alongside both Stefan and Chelsea in this new chapter of our program and continue to grow in order to allow our student-athletes to thrive at Colgate and beyond.”

Prior to returning to her Alma Mater at Robert Morris, Walkland spent the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons as the top assistant coach at the State University of New York at Oswego. Under her leadership, Oswego State reached new heights as a program, breaking the school record for wins in a season with 12 in 2012-13 and 17 in 2013-14. The Lakers also finished third in the ECAC West in the 2013-14 season, which marked their highest finish ever in conference play.

“I am extremely honored and excited to join the Colgate University women’s hockey coaching staff,” Walkland said. “Colgate has grown into a premier program in the country while maintaining a tradition of academic and athletic excellence. I look forward to working with the outstanding student-athletes and helping the program continue to reach new heights.”

Walkland began her collegiate coaching career as an assistant with the Rochester Institute of Technology, spending one season with the Tigers before advancing to Oswego State. Walkland found success in her lone year at RIT, helping the Tigers to a 28-1-1 record and Division III national championship in 2011-12.

Prior to coaching, Walkland returned to Robert Morris as the hockey operations manager for the 2010-11 season. While playing with the Colonials from 2006-2010, Walkland served as an assistant captain during both her junior and senior seasons. A three-time College Hockey America (CHA) All-Academic Team honoree, Walkland finished her career with 41 points by 17 goals and 24 assists in a program record 140 games played. In a standout performance against Sacred Heart on Feb. 7, 2009, Walkland tallied a goal and five assists in a 12-0 win where her assist total still stands as the second-best in a single game at RMU.

Walkland has also worked with USA Hockey serving as the New York State District Evaluator in March of 2012 and as a U16/U17 Player Development Camp Intern Coach in July of the same year.

“I would like to thank Coach Fargo, Coach Decosse, and the rest of the search committee for this wonderful opportunity,” Walkland added. “My family and I can’t wait to become part of the Colgate community!”

A native of Pittsford, New York, Walkland graduated from Robert Morris in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. She later earned a Master of Science in instructional leadership at RMU in 2011.

RPI Men’s Hockey Adds To Class of 2023


Nine Added in Men’s Hockey Class of 2023

Four forwards, four defensemen and one goaltender make up incoming group

TROY, N.Y. – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) head men’s hockey head coach Dave Smith has announced the addition of nine student-athletes to the 2019-20 roster. Joining this year’s team will be four forwards, four defensemen and one goaltender. Seven are from the United States and two are from Canada.

“We are extremely excited about the depth of this year’s class and feel each one of these student-athletes will be a great addition to the RPI community, both on and off the ice,” said Smith. “We have increased our skill level and our overall team depth with these new additions.”

Below is an alphabetical list of Rensselaer’s recruits:

Tristan Ashbrook
Position: Forward
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 176 lbs
Shoots: Right
Hometown: Manistique, Michigan
Previous Team: Lincoln Stars (USHL)
2018-19 Statistics: 50 GP – 13 goals – 10 assists – 23 points
Major: Business Analytics
Why RPI: “After visiting campus and meeting the coaches, I knew that RPI would be a great fit for me. The combination of excellent academics, along with such a storied hockey program has me extremely excited for the next four years. I cannot wait to head back to campus and get things started this fall!”

Cory Babichuk
Position: Defense
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 174 lbs
Shoots: Left
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
Previous Team: Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL)
2018-19 Statistics: 26 GP – 6 goals – 13 assists – 19 points
Major: Business and Management
Why RPI: “I am very lucky to have the opportunity to play hockey and continue my education at RPI over the next four years. RPI is a school with a rich history and an excellent reputation and I could not be in better hands going forward. Since the first time visiting campus, it has been a dream of mine to call Troy home and to wear the Engineers jersey.”

Alec Calvaruso
Position: Goaltender
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 181 lbs
Catches: Left
Hometown: Livonia, Michigan
Previous Team: Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)
2018-19 Statistics: 31 GP – 2.63 goals against average – .890 save percentage
Major: Business and Management
Why RPI: “In making my decision on where I wanted to continue my athletic and academic career, picking RPI was not a hard choice. On my visit, I was impressed with the defined culture and attention to detail that was shown. I could not have asked for a better opportunity, both scholastically and athletically. I will always be very motivated to do whatever it takes in order to better the program.”

Zach Dubinsky
Position: Forward
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 181 lbs
Shoots: Left
Hometown: Highland Park, Illinois
Previous Team: Lincoln Stars (USHL)
2018-19 Statistics: 19 GP – 2 goals – 3 assists – 5 points
Major: Business and Management
Why RPI: “After visiting campus and meeting the coaches, I knew that RPI would be a great fit for me. The combination of excellent academics and a storied hockey program has me extremely excited for the next four years. I cannot wait to head back to campus and get things started this fall!”

Louie Helsen
Position: Defense
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 201 lb
Shoots: Left
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Previous Team: Amarillo Bulls (NAHL)
2018-19 Statistics: 60 GP – 3 goals – 17 assists – 20 points
Major: Business and Management
Why RPI: “It’s a dream come true to be able to wear the RPI jersey for the next four years. To be able to attend and play for such an amazing school is such a blessing. Going to RPI provides an opportunity to excel both on and off the ice with a historic hockey tradition and stellar academics. I can’t wait to get started this fall!” 

Rory Herrman
Position: Forward
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 190 lb
Shoots: Left
Hometown: Poway, California
Previous Team: Fargo Force (USHL)
2018-19 Statistics: 41 GP – 10 goals – 13 assists – 23 points
Major: Business and Management
Why RPI: “Walking around the campus and through the Houston Field House opened my eyes to the rich hockey tradition and prestigious education RPI provides. After visiting, I knew that this was the school I wanted to attend. I am looking forward to advancing my academic and athletic career at such an amazing institution.”

Simon Kjellberg
Position: Defense
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 190 lbs
Shoots: Left
Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
Previous Team: Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)
2018-19 Statistics: 58 GP – 2 goals – 3 assists – 5 points
NHL Draft: New York Rangers, 6th Round (163rd overall) in 2018
Major: Business and Management
Why RPI: “I am really excited to get going at RPI. Playing hockey at such a high level and getting a great education has always been a goal of mine. I think RPI is a great fit for me, where I can develop and help the team succeed.”

Mason Klee
Position: Defense
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 181 lbs
Shoots: Right
Hometown: Morrison, Colorado
Previous Team: Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)
2018-19 Statistics: 17 GP – 1 goals – 3 assists – 4 points
Major: Business & Management
Why RPI: “I’m honored to be joining a hockey program with such a rich history that has so much community support. I’m also looking forward to beginning the path towards my business major and know RPI is a first class institution. I can’t wait to get on campus and start this journey.”

Ryan Mahshie
Position: Forward
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 205 lbs
Shoots: Left
Hometown: Stoney Creek, Ontario
Previous Team: Brooks Bandits (AJHL)
2018-19 Statistics: 57 GP – 34 goals – 31 assists – 65 points
Major: Business and Management
Why RPI: “Choosing RPI was an easy decision for me. Having the opportunity to get a top notch education while developing as a hockey player is very important and I felt that RPI was the right fit to excel in both. I’m super excited for such an amazing opportunity and can’t wait to be an Engineer.”

Devils Sign Conner



Conner has 529 points in his American Hockey League career

BINGHAMTON – The Binghamton Devils announced that the club has signed forward Chris Conner to a one-year, American Hockey League contract. The announcement came today from Binghamton’s General Manager, Tom Fitzgerald. 

Conner, a native of Westland, MI, spent the last four seasons with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and served as the team’s alternate captain for three of his four years. In 265 regular-season games with the Phantoms, Conner has 71 goals and 128 assists for 199 points, including a plus/minus rating of +62. Overall, the left-handed forward has 197 goals and 332 assist for 529 points in 678 total regular-season AHL games.

Conner has also accumulated 22 goals and 28 assists for 50 points in 180 National Hockey League regular-season games with Dallas, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Phoenix, and Washington.

Prior to his professional career, Conner played four years at Michigan Tech and racked up 69 goals and 60 assists for 129 points in 151 games.

Isles Sign Holmstrom To 3-Year Entry Level Contract


The New York Islanders announced that Simon Holmstrom has agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract.

Holmstrom, 18, was selected by the Islanders in the first-round (23 overall) of the 2019 NHL Draft back in June. Last season, Holmstrom scored 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 21 games with HV71 J20 team of the SuperElit League (Sweden). He also appeared in games for HV71’s J18 team and their Swedish Hockey League team during his 2018-19 campaign. Holmstrom added three points (one goal, two assists) in three SuperElit playoff games.

A native of Tranas, Sweden has averaged over a point-per-game (50 points in 49 games) over two seasons in the SuperElit League.

On the international stage, Holmstrom won a gold medal with Team Sweden at the 2018 Under-18 World Junior Championships in his native country. He scored six points (three goals, three assists) in seven games, including a goal in the Gold Medal game vs. Russia.

Devils Re-Sign Duo



Baddock & Jacobs re-sign one-year, two-way deals with New Jersey

BINGHAMTON – The New Jersey Devils announced that the club has re-signed forward Brandon Baddock and defenseman Josh Jacobs to one-year, two-way contracts. The announcements were made by Devils’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.

Baddock, 24, recorded ten points (three goals, seven assists) and 154 penalty minutes in 67 games this past season with the Binghamton Devils.  In the 2017-18 campaign, the Vermillion, AB native had seven points (three goals, four assists) and 109 penalty minutes in 53 games. Prior to his professional career, the 2014 sixth-round pick of the New Jersey Devils had 103 points (54 goals, 49 points) in 255 total games with the Western Hockey League’s Edmonton Oil Kings.

Jacobs, 23, is a 2014 second-round pick of the New Jersey Devils and made his National Hockey League debut this past season. In 69 games with Binghamton, the Shelby Township, MI native had 13 points (three goals, ten assists) and 42 penalty minutes. Overall, Jacobs has 38 points (four goals, 34 assists) in 174 American Hockey League games with Albany and Binghamton. Prior to his professional career, Jacobs played the 2014-15 season at Michigan State University and the 2015-16 season with the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia Sting.

USA National Deaf Ice Hockey Announces Team For 2019 Deaflympics


3 NYS-Born Players On The Team

EVANSTON, Ill. — The American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association (AHIHA) is pleased to release the 23-man roster that will represent the U.S. and compete in the 19th Winter Deaflympics. Hosted under the purview of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf, the Deaflympics will take place December 12 – 21, 2019, in Valtellina Valchiavenna, Italy.

“We’re excited about our team and their pride in representing the United States at the Deaflympics,” said head coach Joe Gotfryd. “The team is prepared for the high level of competition that we will face in this tournament. We will be competing in Italy with one goal, winning a gold medal.”

Of the 23 players rostered, 16 are returnees from previous international competitions, including the U.S. teams that won a bronze medal at the 2015 Deaflympics held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, and a gold medal at the 2017 World Championships in Amherst, New York. This year’s team ranges in age from 16 to 34 and hail from 14 states.

The team operates under the guidelines of USA Hockey and the USA Deaf Sports Federation. To qualify, athletes must have a hearing loss of at least 55 dB in their “better ear.” Hearing aids, cochlear implants and the like are not allowed during competition to ensure all athletes play on the same level.

AHIHA funds the team through private donations as well as support from the USA Hockey Foundation. Donations to help team expenses can be made at www.ahiha.org or mailed to the organization at 9345 Harding Ave., Evanston, IL 60203-1320.

About the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association (AHIHA):
AHIHA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is one of the leading sports organizations in the U.S. serving deaf and hard of hearing athletes. Founded in 1973 by National Hockey League Hall of Fame member Stan Mikita and businessman Irv Tiahnybik, AHIHA supports deaf and hard of hearing athletes to develop confidence and self-esteem while building life skills through the game of hockey. To learn more about AHIHA, please visit www.ahiha.org.

Team Roster available at:  http://bit.ly/AHIHA-Roster

For information about the 2019 Winter Deaflympics:  http://www.2019deaflympics.com/

For information on the USA Deaf Sports Federation:  www.usdeafsports.org 

Sabres Top Draft Pick Signs



BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres announced the team has signed forward Dylan Cozens to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Cozens (6’3”, 180 lbs., 2/9/2001) was selected by the Sabres in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver after finishing the 2018-19 season tied for 10th among all WHL skaters with 84 points (34+50) in 68 games for the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

In his second full season with Lethbridge, Cozens also ranked in the top 10 among WHL skaters in even-strength assists (10th, 34) and even-strength points (T-8th, 59). The Whitehorse, Yukon native added eight points (4+4) in seven playoff contests.

In addition to his WHL success in 2018-19, Cozens also represented Canada in international play twice last season. He recorded five points (2+3) in five games to help Canada to a gold medal at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup in August. He later served as an alternate captain for Team Canada at the 2019 IIHF World U18 Championship in Sweden, where tied for seventh in tournament scoring with nine points (4+5) in seven games.

As a WHL rookie in 2017-18, Cozens won the Jim Piggott Trophy as the WHL’s rookie of the year after he led all first-year skaters in goals (22) and finished second among rookies with 53 points. The forward has recorded 138 points (57+81) and a plus-26 rating in 128 career WHL games, adding 29 points (14+15) in 35 playoff games.

(Photo by Koz/NY Hockey OnLine)

2019 US U17 Men’s Select Team Announced

Roster set for Under-17 Five Nations Tournament in August
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Twenty players who participated at the USA Hockey Boys Select 16 Player Development Camp have been chosen for the 2019 U.S. Under-17 Men’s Select Team that will compete Aug. 13-17 at the Five Nations Tournament in Füssen, Germany.The week-long Boys Select 16 Player Development Camp concluded today at the Northtown Center in Amherst, New York, with its annual All-Star Game and Five Nations Tournament roster selection.The 2019 U.S. Under-17 Men’s Select Team features 12 forwards, including Bennett Schimek (Mendota Heights, Minn.) who led the Boys Select 16 Player Development Camp with 14 points (8G, 6A), and Jack Silich (Long Grove, Ill.) who scored five goals in five games.
The six-player defensive corps includesSimon Motew (Highland Park, Ill.) who recorded five points (3G, 2A) during camp and Luke Mittelstadt(Eden Prairie, Minn.) who tallied a goal in the All-Star Game. Will Fox (Grosse Point, Mich.) and Hobie Hedquist (Heron Lake, Minn.) were selected as the U.S. Under-17 Men’s Select Team goaltenders.
Notable NHL and international players who have represented the U.S. Under-17 Men’s Select Team include Brock Boeser (2013), Dustin Brown (2000), Patrick Kane (2004), Ryan McDonagh (2005) and Troy Terry (2013).
Matt Curley (Madrid, N.Y.), current head coach of the University of Alaska Anchorage, will serve as head coach for the U.S. Under-17 Men’s Select Team.
His assistant coaches will be Mike Corbett (Green Bay, Wis./University of Alabama-Huntsville), Rich Hansen (New York, N.Y./USA Hockey) and Dave Caruso(Roswell, Ga./Ohio State University). Bill McClellan (St. Paul, Minn.) will serve as team leader and Kenny Rausch (Colorado Springs, Colo.) as team manager.
For a complete roster, click here.
Team USA skated to its 12th consecutive top-three finish at last year’s 2018 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament in Piestany, Slovakia, posting two wins and two losses to take third place. Since 2007, the United States has claimed tops honors in the tournament seven times, the most recent championship coming in 2017. The team also placed first in 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010.For Under-17 Five Nations Tournament coverage from USA Hockey, click here.
In addition to the U.S., the 2019 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament will also include teams from Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany …
The 20 players on the Team USA roster represent eight different states, including Arizona (1), Illinois (3), Massachusetts (1), Michigan (3), Minnesota (7), Missouri (1), New Jersey (1) and Pennsylvania (3) … The annual USA Hockey Select 16 Player Development Camp provides top young players with elite instruction, as well as the opportunity to compete at the national level against other players in their age group.

Broome County Announces a Development of Plans For Future Arena Upgrades


Multi-year project would upgrade facilities and fan experience

BINGHAMTON – Broome County Government announced its intentions to develop plans to upgrade the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena over the next several years. The multi-phase plan includes state-of-the-art facility upgrades and numerous fan-experience enhancements.

The County’s objective is to upgrade the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena to a best-in-class, sustainable arena that provides a versatile and usable sports and entertainment venue to tenants, patrons, and public. The plan shall be presented in phases to allow all current operations to continue during all construction phases with limited disruption to the tenants of the facility during the regular AHL hockey season.

“The Arena is 46 years old and it’s showing its age. We really need to make improvements to the Arena to bring it into the 21st century,” said Broome County Executive Jason Garnar. “Our team is looking to make investments into the future and this is going to provide a road map that will help us do just that.  We want to make sure that generation after generation continues to enjoy this venue offering everything from hockey games to musical performances.”

The project is expected to include a state-of-the-art upgrade that also address parking and modern amenities. The upgrade also will look to improve accessibility, security, concessions, and new merchandise facilities. In addition, improved modern team/event facilities and amenities, along with enhancements to fan experience.

“This is the start of something big, not only for Devils fans, but all of Broome County,” said Binghamton Devils Executive Vice President of Business Operations, Tom Mitchell. “The goal is to provide a state-of-the-art atmosphere for teams, fans, and all other events that come to Binghamton.”

The anticipated work includes:

•           Concession and food service.

•           Merchandising.

•           Sound system.

•           Scoreboard, ribbon boards, exterior marquee.

•           Additional seating options that includes premium seating and party decks.

•           Fan-experience enhancements

•           Parking demand and solutions in adjacent property.

•           Enhancements to the Veterans Memorial purpose of the facility.

In addition, the Binghamton Devils released the Summer Six-Pack ticket offer that includes tickets to six fan-favorite promotional games during the 2019-20 season. When purchased, fans are automatically entered to win a FREE Binghamton Devils custom Cornhole Board set!

The Summer Six-Pack will include the following games:

•           Opening Night – Saturday, October 5, 2019

•           Star Wars Night – Saturday, October 26, 2019

•           Black Friday – Friday, November 29, 2019

•           Teddy Bear Toss – Saturday, December 14, 2019

•           New Year’s Eve – Tuesday, December 31, 2019

•           Fan Appreciation Night – Saturday, April 11, 2020

The package is priced at $105 for Black and Silver sections and $114 for White and Red sections. Packages must be purchased in person at the Devils executive offices in the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, over the phone by calling 607-722-7367, or online!

Laurel Hollow, NY Native Added To Team

Warren Added to U.S. Roster for 2019 World Junior Summer Showcase
2019 Minnesota Wild draft pick, NTDP alum will skate for Team Blue
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today that defenseman Marshall Warren (Laurel Hollow, N.Y./U.S. National Under-18 Team) has been added to the U.S. roster that will compete in the 2019 World Junior Summer Showcase.

Warren will skate for Team Blue in place of defenseman Alec Regula (West Bloomfield, Mich./London Knights), who is unable to attend camp. A bronze medalist with the 2019 U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team that competed in the 2019 IIHF Under-18 Men’s Worlds Championship, Warren skated two seasons with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. Drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the sixth round, 166th overall, in the 2019 NHL Draft, Warren will play collegiate hockey next season as a member of the Boston College men’s ice hockey team.The 44-player U.S. roster is divided into two teams — Team Blue and Team White — for the first portion of camp. Beginning July 30, the U.S. will trim to one roster for the remaining portion of camp.The week-long event will include 11 international competitions between Canada, Finland, Sweden and the United States. The event features the best Under-20 players from four nations – the U.S., Canada, Finland and Sweden – auditioning for a spot to represent their country in the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Sabres Ink Larsson To One-Year Deal


BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres announced the team has signed forward Johan Larsson to a one-year contract with an AAV of $1.55 million.

Larsson (5’11”, 202 lbs., 7/25/1992) recently completed his seventh NHL season and recorded 14 points (6+8) in 73 games. Larsson, who played one game for the Minnesota Wild before being traded to the Sabres in April 2013, has recorded 79 points (32+47) in 331 career NHL games. Seven of his 32 career goals have been game-winners and the Sabres are 20-7-4 all-time when Larsson scores.

Before coming to the NHL, Larsson was named Rookie of the Year in the Swedish Hockey League and was a member of the Brynäs IF team that captured the 2011-12 SHL championship. The Lau, Sweden native appeared in two IIHF World Junior Championships, including as team captain in 2012 when his team won the gold medal. Larsson also won a gold medal with Team Sweden at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

(NHL.com/Sabres.com photo)

Eden, NY Native Signs New Deal With Kings


The LA Kings have signed forward Alex Iafallo to a two-year contract extension, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced. His contract carries an AAV of $2,425,000.

The 25-year-old Iafallo (born Dec. 21, 1993) appeared in all 82 games for the Kings last season, posting 33 points (15-18=33) and 22 penalty minutes. He was named the player of the year as voted by the fans.

Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Kings in April of 2017, the Eden, New York native has appeared in 157 NHL games, all with Los Angeles, posting 58 points (24-34=58) and 34 penalty minutes.

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