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Buffalo Beaut Goaltender Nicole Hensley discusses today's scrimmage and her new team!

Posted by NYHockeyOnline on Saturday, September 22, 2018

Buffalo Beauts Goaltender Nicole Hensley discusses her role and her new team in post-scrimmage interview from HarborCenter.

Buffalo Beauts Post Scrimmage Interview with Coach Seiling

NWHL Beauts Coach Seiling 9-22-18

Buffalo Beauts Head Coach Ric Seiling discusses today's (9/22/18) Black and Blue Scrimmage.

Posted by NYHockeyOnline on Saturday, September 22, 2018

Buffalo Beauts Coach Ric Seiling discusses today’s scrimmage and how they will be assessing the team as they move to the 2018-19 season start.

Beauts Post-Scrimmage-Emily Janiga Interview


NWHL Buffalo Beauts, post scrimmage interview with Emily Janiga Sept. 22, 2018

Posted by NYHockeyOnline on Saturday, September 22, 2018

East Aurora native Emily Janiga describes how today’s Black and Blue scrimmage went for the NWHL Buffalo Beauts.

Thunder Tabs Rookie Forward Shane Eiserman


Glens Falls, NY – The Adirondack Thunder, proud ECHL affiliate of the New Jersey Devils, announced that it has signed forward Shane Eiserman to an ECHL contract for the 2018-2019 season.

Eiserman, 22, joins the Thunder after completing his collegiate career at the University of New Hampshire. While at Durham, Eiserman skated in 125 games and registered 51 points (17g-34a). The 6-foot-2 forward tied a career-high with five goals his senior campaign, including three game-winning goals for the Wildcats.

Before playing collegiately, the Newburyport, MA native played a year in the USHL with the Dubuque Fighting Saints where he collected 40 points (16g-24a) in 53 regular season games. Eiserman also has national team experience having played for the U.S. National U17 and U18 teams and appearing in the U18 World Junior Championship in 2013.

Crunch and Dunkin’ Continue Partnership


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Crunch and Dunkin’ Donuts have announced a continued partnership for the Dunkin’ Donuts Munchkins Hosting Program and Goals for Charity during the 2018-19 season.

The Dunkin’ Donuts Munchkins Hosting Program is an initiative that benefits area youth groups and nonprofit organizations. As part of the program, Dunkin’ Donuts will underwrite the cost of 20 tickets to each Crunch home game for these youth groups and charitable organizations. Along with tickets, each member of the Dunkin’ Donuts Munchkins Hosting Program group will receive a special offer from Dunkin’ Donuts. During games, the Crunch will welcome each group with a scoreboard announcement, courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts.

Since the 2008-09 season, the Crunch and Dunkin’ Donuts have teamed up to offer the Dunkin’ Donuts Munchkins Hosting Program. Past recipients of the program include the Habitat for Humanity, The Salvation Army, P.E.A.C.E., Inc. Big Brothers Big Sisters and YWCA Syracuse & Onondaga County.

Area youth groups and nonprofit organizations may submit their request to be part of the Dunkin’ Donuts Munchkins Hosting Program by contacting the Crunch at 315-473-4444 or by visiting the office at 800 S. State St. in Syracuse.

To further serve the Syracuse community, Dunkin’ Donuts is also bringing back Goals for Charity for 2018-19. For every Crunch goal scored during the season, Dunkin’ Donuts will donate one pound of coffee to the Food Bank of Central New York. Last season, Dunkin’ Donuts donated 234 pounds of coffee.

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced regular/decaf/flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 12 years running. The company has more than 12,500 restaurants in 46 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies.

Crunch and Lightning Extend Affiliation


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Tampa Bay Lightning and Syracuse Crunch have jointly announced a five-year affiliation extension, with an option for two additional years, today. The extension ensures Tampa Bay’s top prospects will develop their talents in Syracuse through the 2022-23 season, with a mutual option for 2023-24 and 2024-25. This affiliation extension includes the restructuring of the agreement for the 2018-19 season.

“It is with great pride and excitement that the Syracuse Crunch extend into a long-term affiliation agreement with the Tampa Bay Lightning,” Crunch owner Howard Dolgon said. “Time and again, the Lightning have proven – from ownership to business and hockey operations, to coaches and players – to be the finest organization in all of sports. We look forward to continuing a long and successful partnership.”

Since the start of the affiliation in 2012, 49 players have appeared with both the Crunch and the Bolts. The Crunch have a total of seven Calder Cup Playoff series wins, including two Calder Cup Finals berths. Syracuse has qualified for the postseason in four of their six previous seasons affiliated with the Lightning after making the playoffs 10 times in their first 18 seasons. Of the organization’s three division championships, two of them came while affiliated with the Lightning.

“We are very pleased to be extending our affiliation with the Syracuse Crunch today,” Lightning vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois said. “The Crunch and Howard Dolgon, along with the city of Syracuse, continue to offer our players an excellent development environment, which is of paramount importance to sustained success in today’s NHL. We look forward to continue this great partnership for years to come.”

The teams have recently completed their sixth year of the affiliation. In that time, the Crunch own a 231-154-41-30 record and have made four postseason appearances, including the team’s two most successful seasons to date with its first trip to the Calder Cup Finals in 2013 and again in 2017.

The Syracuse Crunch will begin their 25th year of operation in the 2018-19 season and boast the longest independent ownership group, led by Dolgon. The Crunch have the fourth-longest current tenure of any American Hockey League team. The Lightning are the fourth primary NHL affiliate of the Crunch, who previously partnered with Vancouver (1994-2000), Columbus (2000-2010) and Anaheim (2010-2012). Syracuse had a dual affiliation with Vancouver and Pittsburgh from 1997 to 1999. The Crunch have played their home games in the Onondaga County-owned War Memorial Arena since their inaugural season in 1994-95.

The Lightning joined the NHL as an expansion franchise in 1992 and were crowned Stanley Cup Champions in 2004. They advanced to the Eastern Conference Final in 2011, 2016 and 2018 and to the Stanley Cup Final in 2015. From the 2010 to 2018, the Lightning and their AHL affiliate had been run by vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman and assistant general manager Julien BriseBois. The Lightning recently named BriseBois as the seventh vice president, general manager and alternate governor in franchise history beginning with the 2018-19 season, with Yzerman stepping aside to serve as a senior advisor to the general manager.

Cornell’s Matthew Galajda Named To All-ECAC Hockey Preseason Team


ITHACA, N.Y. — Cornell men’s hockey sophomore Matthew Galajda has been named the lone goaltender on the All-ECAC Hockey Preseason Team, the league announced Tuesday.

After posting 25 wins a season ago and capturing ECAC Hockey’s Cleary Cup (regular season championship) en route to the program’s 21st NCAA tournament berth, the Big Red returns its entire defensive corps this season. At the heart of it is Galajda, who had a phenomenal collegiate debut last year.

Galajda led the nation with a 1.51 goals-against average, was a Mike Richter Award semifinalist and the first freshman goaltender to ever be named a Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist. His nine shutouts also led the nation, and it was just one shy of the Cornell program single-season record. Galajda was also named the Ivy League and ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year and the Ivy League Player of the Year.

Galajda becomes the Big Red’s first goaltender to be named to the preseason all-league team poll since another All-American, David McKee, was tabbed as such leading into the 2005-06 season.

ECAC Hockey is expected to announce its coaches and media preseason polls Wednesday.

F – Max Veronneau (Princeton)
F – Ryan Kuffner (Princeton)
F – Joe Snively (Yale)
D – Adam Fox (Harvard)
D – Josh Teves (Princeton)
G – Matthew Galajda (Cornell)

Syracuse Ranked Third In CHA Preseason Coaches Poll


Mercyhurst has been selected to finish as champions of College Hockey America according to the 2018-19 Preseason Coaches Poll released Wednesday. The Lakers received 5 of the 6 first place votes while Robert Morris garnered the other.

Robert Morris has won each of the last two CHA regular season championships while Mercyhurst outright won or tied for the regular season title every year prior.

Penn State was picked to finish everywhere from second in the conference to last by the coaches, finishing 4th in the voting behind 3rd place Syracuse. Lindenwood and RIT were picked 5th and 6th respectively.

The final results are:

1. Mercyhurst – 25 points (5 first place votes)
2. Robert Morris – 19 points (1 first place vote)
3. Syracuse – 17 points
4. Penn State – 14 points
5. Lindenwood – 10 points
6. RIT – 5 points

The 2018-19 CHA season begins Saturday, September 22 with preseason home games for Penn State, Mercyhurst, and Robert Morris, as well as for RIT on Sunday.

Cornell Men’s Hockey Placed Atop ECAC Hockey Preseason Polls


ITHACA, N.Y. — ECAC Hockey announced that the Cornell men’s hockey team has been predicted to finish first in both the coaches’ and media poll for the 2018-19 season. The Big Red is coming off a season in which it went 17-3-2 in league play to capture ECAC Hockey’s Cleary Cup, awarded annually to the circuit’s best regular season.

After leading the nation in team defense last season – and the entirety of its blue line and All-American goaltender Matthew Galajda – Cornell has been tabbed first in the preseason polls for the first time since the 2005-06 season. Mike Schafer, the Jay R. Bloom ’77 Head Coach of Men’s Hockey, returns to the helm for a 23rd season after winning ECAC Hockey Tim Taylor Coach of the Year honors for the fourth time in his storied career.

In the coaches poll, Cornell garnered eight of the 12 first-place votes and 117 voting points. Princeton was second with 106 points and the other four first-place votes. Union (97), Clarkson (92) and Harvard (89) rounded out the top five. Yale (64) edged Quinnipiac (63) for sixth.

The top two spots were the same in the media poll, with Cornell receiving 16 of 21 first-place votes for 246 points. Four of the remaining first-place votes went to second-place Princeton (217), and Clarkson (200) is tabbed third. Union (193) is fourth and Harvard (180), with the help of one first-place vote, sits in fifth. Dartmouth (126) rounds out the top half of the table.

The Big Red gets its season rolling with eight of its first 10 games at historic Lynah Rink, starting with a pair of exhibitions against Canadian universities Laurentian (Oct. 13) and Guelph (Oct. 21). The regular season commences with Michigan State’s visit for two games Oct. 26-27, then Cornell hosts Ivy League rival Yale on Nov. 2 to kick off the ECAC Hockey schedule. Season tickets are available now at CornellBigRedTickets.com https://cornellbigredtickets.universitytickets.com/w/packages/Packages.aspx.

Coaches (First-place votes) Points
1. Cornell (8) 117
2. Princeton (4) 106
3. Union 97
4. Clarkson 92
5. Harvard 89
6. Yale 64
7. Quinnipiac 63
8. Dartmouth 54
9. Colgate 36
T-10. Rensselaer 28
T-10. St. Lawrence 28
12. Brown 18

Media (First-place votes) Points
1. Cornell (16) 246
2. Princeton (4) 217
3. Clarkson 200
4. Union 193
5. Harvard (1) 180
6. Dartmouth 126
7. Yale 124
8. Quinnipiac 119
9. Colgate 92
10. Rensselaer 56
11. Brown 47
12. St. Lawrence 40

Binghamton Devils Sign Forward Brian Ward To AHL Contract


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

Ward, 26, racked up 102 points (57 goals, 45 assists) and a plus/minus rating of +22 in 108 games played with the Adirondack Thunder. The Haverhill, MA native has lead the team in regular season goals for the past two years. During the 2017-18 playoffs, Ward helped the Thunder reach the Eastern Conference Final with 9 points (five goals, four assists) in 17 games.

The 6-foot-1, 202-pound forward appeared in two AHL games last season with the Providence Bruins, where he picked up an assist. Ward has collected two assists in 12 games throughout his professional career with Providence, Utica, Albany and Charlotte.

Hockeyville/Clinton, NY Schedule of Events


NEW YORK – The following is the schedule of events for 2018 Kraft Hockeyville™ USA – Clinton, N.Y. All times are local (ET) and subject to change.

Saturday, September 22

7 – 10 a.m. — Pancake Breakfast
Food Pantry (Lutheran Care Church)
108 Utica St., Clinton, NY 13323

12 – 4 p.m. — Community Celebration
Village Green & Park Row
Park Row, Clinton, NY 13323

6:30 – 9 p.m. — Bon Fire – Movie Night Hosted by Clinton Fire Department
Clinton Central School Performing Arts Theater
75 Chenango Ave. S, Clinton, NY 13323

Sunday, September 23

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. — Community Skate with Clinton Youth Hockey
Clinton Arena
36 Kirkland Ave., Clinton, NY 13323

12 – 1 p.m. — Community Skate with Clinton Figure Skating Club
Clinton Arena
36 Kirkland Ave., Clinton, NY 13323

1 – 4 p.m. — Stanley Cup Visit
Clinton Arena
36 Kirkland Ave., Clinton, NY 13323

1 – 2 p.m. — Community Skate with Clinton High School & Hamilton College Players
Clinton Arena
36 Kirkland Ave., Clinton, NY 13323

2 – 4 p.m. — Clinton Central School Alumni game
Clinton Arena
36 Kirkland Ave., Clinton, NY 13323

Tuesday, September 25

8 – 11:30 a.m. — Media Credential Distribution and Media Check-In
Clinton Arena
36 Kirkland Ave., Clinton, NY 13323

9 – 9:30 a.m. — NHL Player Arrivals / Public Red Carpet: Columbus Blue Jackets
Clinton Arena
36 Kirkland Ave., Clinton, NY 13323

9:30 – 10 a.m. — NHL Player Arrivals / Public Red Carpet: Buffalo Sabres
Clinton Arena
36 Kirkland Ave., Clinton, NY 13323

10:30 a.m. — Columbus Blue Jackets Game-Day Skate followed by Media Availability
Clinton Arena
36 Kirkland Ave., Clinton, NY 13323
*Ticket or credential required for entry

11:30 a.m. — Buffalo Sabres Game-Day Skate followed by Media Availability
Clinton Arena
36 Kirkland Ave., Clinton, NY 13323
*Ticket or credential required for entry

5 – 6:15 p.m. — Pep Rally
Clinton Central School
75 Chenago Ave. S, Clinton, NY 13323

7 p.m. — 2018 Kraft Hockeyville™ USA
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Buffalo Sabres
Clinton Arena
36 Kirkland Ave., Clinton, NY 13323
*Ticket or credential required for entry

Buffalo Beauts Training Camp Day 1


The NWHL Buffalo Beauts took to the ice Wednesday to start their 2018-19 season. The roster that morning saw 10 New York State girls listed and all but Emily Pfalzer was on the ice.

The girls include many who played for Nichols School and one WNY Girls Varsity Ice Hockey player from the Lancaster/Eden team–Meghan Fonfara.

So this season for all you WNY fans watch for Emily Janiga (who didn’t stop smiling the whole session); Annika Zalewski (played for Nichols and then was an outstanding player for Colgate); Hayley Scamurra (returning to the Beauts and from Williamsville); Maddie Elia (Lewiston native and also a return player); Julianna Iafallo (Eden who played for Ohio State); Emily Pfalzer (she needs no introduction after playing with the Beauts since the beginning and bringing home the Olympic Gold); Jacquie Greco (Buffalo native returning to the Beauts) and Goaltender Julia DiTondo 9from Kenmore and with the Beauts last season).

So enjoy the gallery from the first days skate.

Buffalo Beauts 2018 Training Camp Day 1


Beauts Open Training Camp

Szabados Talks with Buffalo Media

Corinne Buie met with the Buffalo Media after the NWHL Buffalo Beauts came off the ice at the first session of the 2018 Training Camp.

Posted by NYHockeyOnline on Thursday, September 20, 2018

NWHL Buffalo Beaut Shannon Szabados meets with media after first session of 2018 Training Camp.