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Milwaukee Admirals Sign WNY Native Tom McCollum To AHL Contract


Milwaukee, WI—The Admirals announced today that the team has signed goaltender Tom McCollum to an AHL Contract for the 2018-19 season.
McCollum has spent the majority of his career with the Grand Rapids Griffins, winning the Calder Cup with the club in 2013, and totaling a 123-105-9 record with a 2.76 goals against average, a .906 save percentage, and eight shutouts in eight seasons in Grand Rapids. Last season the Sanborn, NY native netted a 20-14-3 mark with a 2.64 GAA and a .912 save % in 37 games with the Griffs.
McCollum has been a proverbial thorn in the Admirals side since entering the AHL in 2009, going 13-5-2 with a miniscule 2.14 GAA in 22 games against Milwaukee. Last season alone he was 4-0-1, allowing just eight goals in five contests and stopping 94.5% of the shots he faced.
A first-round pick of Detroit (#30 overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft, McCollum has three games of NHL experience all with the Red Wings, earning his first NHL win on January 18, 2015 in a 6-4 victory over Buffalo. Prior to turning pro he played three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League and was named to the 3rd OHL All-Star Team in 2007 and 2008 and the 2nd OHL All-Star Team in 2009 when he helped the Brampton Battalion make it to the Finals where they fell to a Windsor club that included Admiral Alums Ryan Ellis and Austin Watson.
McCollum gained notoriety last season in Milwaukee after he loaned his truck to then-Admirals forward PC Labrie in order for Labrie to make the four-hour trip back to Milwaukee through a snow storm to witness the birth of his first child. That story was chronicled here by Dave Kallman of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
McCollum and the Admirals will kick off the season in Austin against the Stars on October 6, with the home opener set for October 13 at 6 pm at Panther Arena.

USA Hockey Names Terry Fator Presenting Sponsor of the USA Hockey Warrior Classic


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Comedian, singer and celebrity impressionist Terry Fator, a longtime supporter of various military charities, has been named presenting sponsor of the USA Hockey Warrior Classic it was announced by USA Hockey.

The multi-year agreement, which includes the creation of a logo to showcase the event, annually brings together teams from across the country comprised of U.S. military veterans to compete in sled hockey.

“We are excited to have Terry engaged with USA Hockey,” said Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey. “He has an enormously successful show in Las Vegas and to have his name attached to our Warrior Classic will certainly help advance the visibility of the event and the sport overall.”

“I’m a big supporter of our military and also love what USA Hockey is doing, particularly through sled hockey and the Warrior Classic,” said Fator. “I’m thrilled to lend my support and look forward to this first event!”

The 2018 USA Hockey Warrior Classic, presented by Terry Fator, is set for Oct. 4-7 at City National Arena in Las Vegas.

The sponsorship also gives Fator, whose show at The Mirage has been one of the top, award-winning headlining shows on the Las Vegas strip since 2009, the designation of an official sponsor of USA Hockey.

The Warrior discipline is one of the newest in USA Hockey’s offering for disabled athletes and is dedicated to U.S. military veterans with a disability. To be eligible to participate, all players must be or have been a veteran and member of the armed forces and meet a minimum disability rating. The USA Hockey Warrior Classic was first played in the 2016-17 season.

USA Hockey, founded on October 29, 1937, and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, provides the foundation for the sport of ice hockey in America; helps young people become leaders, sometimes Olympic heroes; and connects the game at every level while promoting a lifelong love of the sport. USA Hockey is more than a million strong, including players, coaches, officials and volunteers that span all 50 states. The National Governing Body for the sport in the United States, USA Hockey has important partnerships with the NHL, United States Olympic Committee and International Ice Hockey Federation. For more information, visit usahockey.com.

Terry Fator became a household name in 2007 when he won Season 2 of “America’s Got Talent” with his unique brand of entertainment that combines singing, comedy, and unparalleled celebrity impressions. After 25 years of honing his skills at county fairs and venues across the country, the Dallas-bred entertainer’s big “AGT” win at age 42 catapulted him into the upper echelon of entertainers, landing him at No. 3 on Forbes’ list of the top-earning comics behind Jerry Seinfeld and Kevin Hart in 2015. The feat is due largely to his multi-million dollar deal with the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas where his award-winning show, “Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment,” has been running since 2009. With a cast of characters including Winston, the Impersonating Turtle; Emma Taylor, the little girl with the big voice; Maynard Thompkins, the Elvis Impersonator; Duggie Scott Walker, the annoying neighbor and many others, Fator has been raking in awards, accolades, and industry admiration ever since. Within the last year, Fator has released a DVD “Terry Fator: Live In Concert,” a country music CD “It Starts Tonight,” as well as a series of children’s books including Lamu, The Christmas Kitten, and most recently Winston, an educational book that tells the story of how Winston became the Impersonating Turtle. In 2017, Fator marked his 10th year since his “AGT” win by launching the Terry Fator Foundation which supports various military charities throughout the year.

Comets Sign Kyle Thomas And Ivan Kulbakov To AHL Deals


Utica, N.Y. – Utica Comets General Manager Ryan Johnson announced today that the team has signed forward Kyle Thomas and goaltender Ivan Kulbakov to one-year AHL contracts.

Kulbakov, 21, played in 22 games with the ECHL’s Quad City Mallards, finishing with an 11-11-0 record, a 3.63 goals-against average, and a .902 save percentage. The Gomel, Belarus native also appeared in eight games with the Cleveland Monsters, sporting a 0-5-0 record with a 3.99 goals-against average and a .861 save percentage.

The 6-0, 183-pound netminder arrived in North America at the start of the 2016-17 season, playing in 52 games with the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL and finishing with a 30-16-5 record, a 1.93 goals-against average, and a .919 save percentage.

Thomas, 28, played the majority of the 2017-18 season with the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL, skating in 50 games and collecting 44 points (14-30-44). The Waltham, Massachusetts native also dressed in seven games with the San Diego Gulls, netting a goal and an assist.

The 6-0, 191-pound forward has tallied 164 points (61-103-164) in 219 games between the AHL and ECHL.

RPI’s Dana McGuane Named To USA U17 Staff


TROY, N.Y. – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men’s hockey equipment manager, Dana McGuane has been named to the staff of the USA Under-17 Select team that will be traveling to Five Nations Tournament in Piestany, Slovakia, from August 15-19.

McGuane, who has been the equipment manager at RPI since the fall of 2003, will aide head coach Mark Dennehy. The squad was finalized on July 13, after the week-long Boys Select 16 Player Development Camp at the Northtown Center in Amherst, New York.

Before joining the Engineers, McGuane worked in the New Jersey Devils organization, including one year as the head equipment manager with the parent club and four years with the Albany River Rats (now Binghamton Devils) of the American Hockey League. During his one season with the Devils, he was a member of the 2000 Stanley Cup Champions.

While with Albany, McGuane, who is a certified member of the American Equipment Managers Association, was honored to serve as the equipment manager for the 1996 AHL All-Star Game.

Prior to joining New Jersey, McGuane was the equipment manager and athletic trainer for the Roanoke Express of the East Coast Hockey League from 1993-95. He also provided his expertise during the off-season to the Roller Hockey International’s Philadelphia Bulldogs from 1994-96.

A native of Binghamton, N.Y., McGuane attended Wagner College. He and his wife, Arlene, reside in Castleton with their two children, Patrick and Emma.

3 NYS Natives Named To 2018 US U17 Men’s Select Team


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Twenty players who participated at the USA Hockey Boys Select 16 Player Development Camp have been chosen for the 2018 U.S. Under-17 Men’s Select Team that will compete Aug. 15-19 at the Five Nations Tournament in Piestany, Slovakia.

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 2018 U.S. Under-17 Men’s Select Team features 12 forwards, including Cross Hanas (Dallas, Texas) who led the Boys Select 16 Player Development Camp with 10 points (2G, 8A), and Tanner Dickinson (Detroit, Mich.) who scored six goals in five games. The six-player defensive unit includes David Ma (Yonkers, N.Y.) who recorded six points (2G, 4A) during camp. Colin Purcell (Shaker Heights, Ohio) and Gavin Fitzpatrick (Norwood, Mass.) were selected as the U.S. Under-17 Men’s Select Team goaltenders.

Mark Dennehy (Andover, Mass.), who is the head coach of the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers, will serve as head coach for the U.S. Under-17 Men’s Select Team. His assistant coaches will be Roger Grillo (Providence, R.I.), Matthew Curley (Madrid, N.Y.) and Joseph Palmer (Syracuse, N.Y.). Flint Doungchak (Eugene, Ore.) will serve as team leader and Kenny Rausch (Colorado Springs, Colo.) as team manager.

Team USA won its third consecutive Under-17 Five Nations Tournament last year in Ostrava, Czech Republic, posting a perfect 4-0 record. It marked the eighth championship in 10 tries for the U.S., which also claimed top honors in 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2008.

For Under-17 Five Nations Tournament coverage from USA Hockey, click here.

NOTES: In addition to the U.S., the 2018 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 12 different states, including Connecticut (1), Maine (1), Massachusetts (1), Michigan (1), Minnesota (5), New Jersey (1), New York (3), North Dakota (1), Ohio (3), Pennsylvania (1), Texas (1) and Wisconsin (1) … The annual USA Hockey Boys 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.


Carson Bantle F 6-3 (190) 180 (82) 1/22/02 L Onalaska, Wis. Shattuck-St.Mary’s 16U (USHS)
Blake Biondi F 6-0 (183) 175 (79) 4/24/02 R Hermantown, Minn. Hermantown High School (USHS)
Michael Cameron F 5-9 (175) 160 (73) 7/24/02 L Berwyn, Pa. Philadelphia Jr. Flyers 16U (AYHL)
Jared Crespo D 5-11 (180) 187 (85) 4/30/02 R Eastampton, N.J. New Jersey Avalanche 16U (AYHL)
Tanner Dickinson F 5-11 (180) 140 (64) 3/5/02 L Perrysburg, Ohio Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 16U (HPHL)
Daniyal Dzhaniyev F 5-3 (160) 125 (57) 9/15/02 L Brooklyn, N.Y. New Jersey Jr. Titans 15U (AYHL)
Mark Estapa F 6-0 (183) 174 (79) 1/13/02 L St. Clair, Mich. Little Caesars 15U
Gavin Fitzpatrick G 6-0 (183) 160 (73) 1/9/02 L Norwood, Mass. Thayer Academy (USHS)
Cross Hanas F 6-0 (183) 162 (73) 1/5/02 L Highland Village, Texas Dallas Stars 16U (T1EHL)
Christian Jimenez D 5-10 (178) 187 (85) 3/15/02 L Yorktown Heights, N.Y. The Taft School (USHS)
Wyatt Kaiser D 5-10 (178) 152 (69) 7/31/02 L Ham Lake, Minn. Andover High (USHS)
David Ma D 5-10 (178) 165 (75) 6/22/02 L Yonkers, N.Y. Shattuck-St.Mary’s 16U (USHS)
Jonston Meiers F 5-9 (175) 165 (75) 7/15/02 L Eagan, Minn. Eagan High (USHS)
Dane Montgomery F 5-9 (175) 165 (75) 1/7/02 R Grand Forks, N.D. Team North Dakota 16U
Colin Purcell G 6-5 (196) 170 (77) 3/26/02 L Shaker Heights, Ohio Cleveland Barons 15U (T1EHL)
Jake Ratzlaff D 6-2 (188) 195 (88) 6/23/02 R Rosemount, Minn. Rosemount High (USHS)
Mackie Samoskevich F 5-10 (178) 170 (77) 11/15/02 R Sandy Hook, Conn. Shattuck-St.Mary’s 16U (USHS)
Ben Schoen F 5-8 (173) 135 (61) 5/18/02 R Maumee, Ohio Little Caesars 15U
Nathan Schweitzer D 5-11 (180) 175 (79) 2/21/02 R Champlin, Minn. Benilde-St.Margaret’s School (USHS)
Jack Williams F 5-11 (180) 165 (75) 3/2/02 R Biddeford, Maine Selects Hockey Academy 15U

Sabres Sign Smith To One-Year, Two-Way Contract


BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres announced the team has signed forward C.J. Smith to a one-year, two-way contract with an AAV of $874,125.

After making his NHL debut with one assist in two games for the Sabres in 2016-17, Smith (5’11”, 181 lbs., 12/1/1994) completed his first full professional season in 2017-18 by tallying 44 points (17+27) in 57 AHL games with the Rochester Americans. His totals ranked third among Amerks skaters in points, tied for second in goals and tied for third in assists. Smith’s fast start in 2017-18 earned him a spot in the 2018 AHL All-Star Challenge, where he recorded five points (3+2) to earn Most Valuable Player honors.

Prior to signing with the Sabres as a free agent in March 2017, Smith finished his three-year college career at UMass Lowell with 125 points (56+69) in 120 games. Among his collegiate accolades were Hockey East All-Tournament Team selections in each of his final two seasons and a Hockey East Tournament MVP nod in 2017 following an eight-point (4+4) output in five games as a member of the champion River Hawks.

(NHL.com photo)

Doug Ticas Named Sr. Director of Information Technology For USA Hockey


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today that Doug Ticas (Rosenberg, Texas) has been named to the newly created position of senior director of information technology for USA Hockey. Ticas will lead all information technology initiatives including systems integration, training, process development, and software applications development, among other duties.

Ticas is a senior IT executive with over 20 years of experience and joins USA Hockey after serving as chief technology officer with CBS Rental and Supply in Houston where he helped drive growth for the company through implementing a consumer-facing e-commerce function and leading software development, infrastructure and application support for the southwestern regional construction equipment rental company.

Prior, Ticas spent three years as vice president of information technology for Distribution International (2012-15) and five years as divisional chief information officer at Vopak North America (2007-12). He has served a number of different corporations in information technology roles since 1987.

Ticas earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston (Victoria, Texas), Bachelor of Science degree in information technology from the University of Phoenix (Houston) and an Associate degree in electrical engineering from Union College (Cranford, N.J.).

He will begin his duties at USA Hockey on Monday (July 16).

WNY Native Emily Janiga Signs With Buffalo Beauts


BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Beauts announced the team has agreed to terms with forward Emily Janiga.

“I’d like to thank the Beauts for bringing me home and giving me another chance to play in front of our great fans at Harborcenter,” Janiga said. “I’m excited to be a part of such a great organization and I can’t wait for the season to begin.”

Janiga (5’8”, 3/4/1994) led the NWHL during the 2017 playoffs with three goals and tied for the Beauts’ team lead with four points to help Buffalo claim the 2017 Isobel Cup. Drafted by Buffalo with the 16th overall selection in the 2015 NWHL Draft, Janiga ranked third on the Beauts with 11 points (6+5) in 17 games during her only NWHL season in 2016-17.

A native of East Aurora, New York, Janiga played collegiately for Mercyhurst University (CHA) from 2012 to 2016, where she was named CHA Player of the Year in 2014-15 after leading the conference in goals (27) and points (45). She ranks among the top 10 at Mercyhurst in career goals (7th, 72), assists (T-10th, 78) and points (8th, 150).

Sabres Ink Buffalo, NY Native Justin Bailey


BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Justin Bailey to a one-year, two-way contract with an AAV of $715,000.

Bailey (6’4”, 214 lbs., 7/1/1995) recorded a career-high three goals and added one assist in 12 NHL games during his third professional season in 2017-18. He also appeared in 37 AHL games for the Rochester Americans, where he finished with 15 points (10+5) and a plus-3 rating before adding two goals in three AHL playoff contests.

A native of Buffalo, New York, Bailey was drafted by the Sabres in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft. During his three-year professional career, Bailey has recorded eight points (5+3) in 52 NHL games and 96 points (53+43) in 159 AHL games.

RPI Men’s Hockey Sees 23 Make ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team


TROY, N.Y. – The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men’s hockey team has placed 23 student-athletes on the 2017-18 ECAC Hockey All-Academic team, the league has announced. Among Rensselaer’s honorees was Mike Prapavessis (Oakville, ON/Toronto Patriots), who was selected to the Commissioner’s List, which is made up of the top scholars from each institution.

Sophomore defenseman TJ Samec (St. Paul, MN/Brookings Blizzard), freshman goaltender Linden Marshall (Victoria, BC/Trail Smoke Eaters) and sophomore forward Max Reisinger (Walding, Austria/Minor Minotauros) were the three engineering majors to make the list, while the other 20 are Business & Management, including four-time recipient Prapavessis and classmates Viktor Liljegren (Stockholm, Sweden/Fairbanks Ice Dogs) and Jered Wilson (Calgary, AB/Vernon Vipers). Two were recognized for the third time in their careers, including juniors Tommy Grant (Sparta, NJ/Bay State Breakers), Jesper Ohrvall (Halmstad, Sweden/Fairbanks Ice Dogs) and Evan Tironese (Qualicum Beach, BC/Alberni Valley Bulldogs).

The 14 first-time honorees included the team’s top scorer from 2017-18, sophomore Jacob Hayhurst (Missassauga, ON/Cedar Rapids RoughRiders) and Marhall, who started a team-best 28 games between the pipes.

Players are eligible for the All-Academic team if they earn a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or have a GPA over 3.00 over the past three semesters.

Name Year Major All-Academic Teams
Todd Burgess So. Business & Management 2017-18
Jaren Burke Fr. Business & Management 2017-18
Mike Gornall Jr. Business & Management 2017-18
Tommy Grant Jr. Business & Management 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18
Mat Harris Fr. Business & Management 2017-18
Jacob Hayhurst So. Business & Management 2017-18
Billy Jerry Fr. Business & Management 2017-18
Viktor Liljegren Sr. Business & Management 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18
Linden Marshall Fr. Mechanical Engineering 2017-18
Meirs Moore Jr. Business & Management 2017-18
Emil Ohrvall Fr. Business & Management 2017-18
Jesper Ohrvall Jr. Business & Management 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18
Donovan Ott Fr. Business & Management 2017-18
Patrick Polino Jr. Business & Management 2016-17, 2017-18
Mike Prapavessis Sr. Business & Management 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18
Max Reisinger So. Biomedical Engineering 2016-17, 2017-18
Jon Richards Fr. Business & Management 2017-18
TJ Samec So. Management Engineering 2017-18
Kyle St. Denis So. Business & Management 2016-17, 2017-18
Owen Stout Fr. Business & Management 2017-18
Evan Tironese Jr. Business & Management 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18
Brady Wiffen Jr. Business & Management 2017-18
Jared Wilson Sr. Business & Management 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18
Commissioner’s List in BOLD

13 Herons Earn UCHC All-Academic Honors

William Smith at the end of their Inaugural Home Ice game. (Photo by Janet Schultz)

Thirteen members of the William Smith College ice hockey team were named to the 2017-18 United Collegiate Hockey Conference All-Academic team.

To be eligible, a player must spend a minimum of one academic year at her present institution, while maintaining a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade point average based on their course load for the 2017-18 academic year. The following Herons earned a spot on the team.

Senior Rebecca Begley (Holderness School/Fremont, N.H.), biology major

Senior Krista Federow (Kent School/Niagara Falls, Ontario), media and society major

Senior Sarah Garrett (Holderness School/Derry, N.H.), sociology major

Junior Stephanie Hampton (New Hampton School/Quispamsis, New Brunswick), undecided

First-year Jules Kennedy (Buckingham Browne & Nichols/Wintrop, Mass.), undecided

Senior Catherine Linehan (Hingham/Hingham, Mass.), disability studies major

First-year Lexi Nottke (Kimball Union/Reading, Mass.), undecided

Junior Laura Rollins (Northfield Mount Hermon/Dummerston, Vt.), psychology and education major

Sophomore Gina Scibetta (Central Square/Brewerton, N.Y.), media and society major

Senior Emily Spencer (Milton Academy/East Longmeadow, Mass.), biology major

Senior Lizzy Weingast (Langley/Vienna, Va.), economics and math major

First-year Alison Weiss (Skaneateles/Skaneateles, N.Y.), biology major

First-year Olivia Williams (Branksome Hall/Toronto, Ontario), undecided

Begley, Federow, Garrett, Linehan, Rollins, Spencer and Weingast earned all-academic honors for the third time in their careers. Hampton and Rollins garnered recognition for the second year in a row.

William Smith finished the 2017-18 season with a 16-6-4 overall record and an 11-2-3 mark in the UCHC. The Herons finished second in the league, earning a bye to the UCHC semifinals, William Smith’s first postseason appearance.

Sabres Sign Buffalo, NY Native Malone To One-Year Contract


BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 12, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Sean Malone to a one-year, two-way contract worth $787,500 at the NHL level.

Malone (6’0”, 197 lbs., 4/30/1995) made his NHL debut in the last game of 2016-17 before completing his first full professional season in 2017-18. In 73 games for the Rochester Americans (AHL) last season, he recorded 22 points (12+10) and added two assists in three playoff contests. The Buffalo, New York native’s 12 goals ranked second among Amerks rookies.

Drafted by the Sabres in the sixth round (159th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Malone recorded 99 points (42+57) in 115 games for Harvard (ECAC) from 20123 to 2017 before turning pro. The forward ranked third on the team with 42 points (18+24) in 36 games during his senior campaign in 2016-17 and was named to the ECAC All-Tournament Team that season.

USA Hockey News Updates


PLYMOUTH, Mich. – Dan Hinote (Elk River, Minn.) has been named an associate coach for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program it was announced today by USA Hockey.

Hinote, who played 14 years of professional hockey in the NHL, AHL and SHL, will serve on the U.S. National Under-18 Team staff during the 2018-19 season.

Hinote played 503 games in the NHL and won a Stanley Cup championship with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001. He retired from professional hockey in 2010 and spent four seasons (2010-14) as an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Prior to joining the NTDP, Hinote was serving as a part-time scout for the Blue Jackets.

Hinote played two seasons of college hockey at the U.S. Military Academy and today remains the only player in program history to be drafted as he was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in 1996.

In addition to Hinote, USA Hockey also announced the hiring of three other staff members who will be based at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth.

Johnson Hired As Marketing Operations Manager
Bryan Johnson (Meredith, N.H.) has been named manager of marketing operations for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program and USA Hockey Arena.

Johnson, who has spent the past year as the game presentation and fan experience assistant for the University of Michigan athletic department, will oversee marketing operations related to sponsorship and fan experience, both on-site and in the community, for the NTDP and USA Hockey Arena.

With the University of Michigan, Johnson planned game promotions, theme nights and giveaways to drive revenue. Prior to his full-time position within the department, he spent three years as a game presentation and fan experience intern, where he managed a team of interns to distribute fan giveaways, select in-game contestants and serve as an on-site liaison to performers and entertainers.

Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and master’s degree in sport management at the University of Michigan.

Nightingale Tabbed As NTDP Intern Assistant Coach
Jared Nightingale (Jackson, Mich.) will serve as an intern assistant coach for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program in 2018-19.

Nightingale, who spent the 2017-18 season as an assistant coach with the Omaha Lancers after concluding a 13-year professional hockey career in the AHL and ECHL, will be part of the U.S. National Under-17 Team coaching staff.

A 2016 graduate of Michigan State University, Nightingale played 156 games over four seasons for the Spartans (2002-06).

Switaj Named Brendan Burke Intern
Gabriella Switaj (Kent, Ohio) has been named the ninth recipient of the Brendan Burke Internship and will be based at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan.

Her responsibilities will include interfacing with the NTDP, national teams, international events and player development camps. She will also gain exposure to USA Hockey’s acclaimed American Development Model and Coaching Education Program.

Switaj graduated in May from Boston College with a degree in management, marketing and operations where she played four seasons (2014-18) as a goaltender for the BC women’s ice hockey team that advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and was the Hockey East champion in 2016 and 2017.

While in college, she also spent time with the Columbus Blue Jackets as a fan development intern, the United States Olympic Committee as an operations intern, and as a clinic instructor and evaluator for USA Hockey.

Established in April 2010, the Brendan Burke Internship is awarded annually to a recent college graduate who is pursuing a career in hockey operations. The internship was founded in memory of the late Brendan Burke, who served as a student assistant for the Miami University men’s ice hockey team and was tragically killed in a car accident on snowy roads at the age of 21 on Feb. 5, 2010.

NOTES: Previous Brendan Burke Interns include Matt Williams (Rochester Hills, Mich./Western Michigan University) Colin Mayberry (Cranford, N.J./Bryant University), Lyle Gregory (Branford, Conn./Hendrix College), Phil Cohn (Westfield, N.J./Union College), Tom Minton (Pipersville, Pa./St. Joseph’s (Pa.) College), Ryan Breen (North Falmouth, Mass./Providence College), Stephen Greenberg (West Tisbury, Mass./Boston College) and Cole Burkhalter (Knoxville, Tenn./Canisius College).

Comets Sign Reid Gardiner To A One-Year Deal


Utica, N.Y. – Utica Comets General Manager Ryan Johnson announced today that the team has signed forward Reid Gardiner to a one-year AHL contract.

Gardiner, 22, appeared in 58 games last season with the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL collecting 57 points (30-27-57). In addition, the 5-11, 193-pound forward skated in 10 games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins tallying three points (1-2-3). The forward began the 2016-17 season with the Penguins, amassing six points (3-3-6) in 23 games.

Prior to turning pro, the Humboldt, Saskatchewan native suited up in 293 games between the Prince Albert Raiders and Kelowna Rockets of the WHL, registering 257 points (124-133-257).