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Ullmark Agrees To 1-Year Deal With Sabres


BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres announced the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Linus Ullmark on a one-year contract with an average annual value of $1.325 million.

Ullmark (6’4”, 213 lbs., 7/31/1993) recorded a 15-14-5 record and his first two NHL shutouts in 37 appearances during his first full NHL season in 2018-19. In parts of four seasons with the Sabres, Ullmark has appeared in 63 games, posting a 24-27-7 record with a .910 save percentage and a 2.87 goals-against average.

The Lugnvik, Sweden native made his professional debut as an 18-year-old in 2011-12 with MODO of the Swedish Hockey League and was selected by the Sabres in the sixth round (163rd overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft. Before becoming an NHL regular, he was twice selected to appear in the AHL All-Star Classic as a member of the Rochester Americans (2016 and 2017). In the SHL, he was awarded the Honken Trophy as the league’s top goaltender in 2013-14 after leading all netminders with a .931 save percentage in his first full professional season.

(NHL.com photo)

Defenseman Signs With Sabres



BUFFALO, N.Y. (August 3, 2019) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Jake McCabe on a two-year contract with an average annual value of $2.85 million.

McCabe (6’1”, 206 lbs., 10/12/1993) recorded 14 points (4+10) in 59 games during the 2018-19 season. Since being selected by Buffalo in the second round (44th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft, the Eau Claire, Wisconsin native has appeared in 274 games for the Sabres, totaling 61 points (14+47) and 153 penalty minutes.

Prior to beginning his professional career, McCabe spent three seasons at the University of Wisconsin, where he earned All-Big Ten honors and was named a CCM Hockey First-Team West All-American in 2013-14. Internationally, the defenseman captained Team USA to a gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship and has also won gold medals at the 2010 IIHF U17 World Championship and the 2011 U18 World Championship.

Beauts Sign Bowering


University of Toronto Captain
Becki Bowering Signs with the Buffalo Beauts

After playing 112 games over five seasons with the University of Toronto, Becki Bowering is joining the professional ranks. The 23-year-old Ontario native signed an NWHL contract today to play the 2019-20 season for the Buffalo Beauts. Bowering was the captain of the Varsity Blues last season.

“Becki is coming from a very solid college program that has seen great success,” said Buffalo general manager Mandy Cronin. “She is a proven leader who will be a big asset to our Beauts lineup.” Added head coach Pete Perram, “Becki brings passion, skill and leadership – everything we want for our team.”

Prior to Toronto, Bowering played for the Burlington Barracudas and the Durham West Jr. Lightning.

“I’m extremely excited to sign with the Buffalo Beauts,” said Bowering. “I am getting an opportunity to play women’s hockey at the professional level and be surrounded by amazing players, coaches and staff in the NWHL. Playing in the NWHL is a dream come true. The Beauts’ staff has welcomed me with open arms, and I can’t wait to get this season started.”

Asked what Beauts fans can expect from her game, Bowering said, “I
believe I bring a lot of leadership, speed, forechecking and
playmaking. I take pride in my defensive abilities and in winning
crucial battles in the defensive zone. I had five great years with the
Varsity Blues and I hope to bring my own style of play and work ethic.
I feel I can adapt to the pro hockey culture and fit right into the Buffalo Beauts’ systems. I expect our team to be extremely competitive, and my goal is to help us contend for the Isobel Cup.”

“Grow The Game” Event Coming To Rochester




Street hockey format event open to kids ages 4 to 14 and all skill levels

(Rochester, NY) – The Rochester Americans have partnered with Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex to host “Grow the Game”, a Try Hockey for Free event designed to introduce children ages 4 to 14 to the game of ice hockey. This event is unique in that it will take place at Lattimore Arena inside Bill Gray’s Iceplex on a rink with no ice, allowing participants to learn in a street hockey format. 

The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 17 and will offer two separate sessions from 10:30 a.m. to noon and again from noon to 1:30 p.m. Participants will be divided up into aged-based groups and will learn the game of hockey by rotating through a series of stations that will emphasize stick handling, shooting, passing, real-game concepts and overall skill development in a fun and relaxed environment. Personalized instruction will be provided by a mix of high-level coaches and players from the Rochester area, including members of the Rochester Americans organization. Previous hockey experience is not required.

The event is completely free and open to kids of all skill levels. Each participant will also receive a complimentary ticket to the Amerks’ 2019-20 Home Opener on Friday, October 4. Registration is now open by visiting https://www.billgraysiceplex.com/growthegame.html or www.amerks.com.

Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex is located at 2700 Brighton Henrietta Townline Road.

Rochester begins its 64th American Hockey League season at home on Friday, Oct. 4 against the Syracuse Crunch at The Blue Cross Arena. Amerks 2019-20 Season Ticket Memberships, which start as low as just $14 per game, are on-sale now. Full-season ticket member benefits include, but are not limited to, Riverside Club VIP Room access with Amerks Alumni, family meet and greet and annual Skate with the Players event, an exclusive preseason Ice Breaker Party and much more. For more information, visit www.amerks.com or call 1-855-GO-AMERKS.

Ben May Memorial Classic


Here is the information on the 1st Annual Ben May Golf Classic.

9 Members of RIT Men’s Hockey Honored


ROCHESTER, NY — Nine members of the RIT men’s hockey team were named 2018-19 American Hockey Coaches Association (ACHA) “Krampade All-American Scholars.” Nearly 500 Division I men’s and womens’ hockey players were honored for maintaining at least a 3.6 grade-point average in each semester during the 2018-19 academic year.

Juniors Adam Brubacher (Elmira, Ontario/Powell River Kings), Shawn Cameron (Sherbrooke, Quebec/Cumberland Grads), Ryan Kruper (Sherwood Park, Alberta/Sherwood Park Crusaders) and Brody Valette (Calgary, Alberta/Whitecourt Wolverines), along with sophomores Nick Bruce (Fall River, Nova Scotia/Johnstown Tomahawks), Alden Dupuis (Edmonton, Alberta/Bonnyville Pontiacs), Jake Hamacher (Corona, CA/Dubuque Fighting Saints) and freshmen Spencer Berry (White Rock, British Columbia/Langley Rivermen) and Jake Joffe (Toronto, Ontario/Toronto Jr. Canadiens) earned this prestigious honor for RIT. Brubacher is a three-time selection, while Cameron, Dupuis and Hamacher were honored for the second straight year.

“We are extremely proud of this group of student-athletes who have competed at the highest levels of the game on the ice and matched that performance in the classroom,” said AHCA executive director Joe Bertagna. “The sport demands a great deal from these athletes so it is a great statement they make, individually and collectively, with their ability to attain this level of academic achievement.”

Last month, a program-record 23 Tigers earned Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team honors for maintaining a 3.0 or better GPA in each semester during 2018-19.

RIT finished with 17 wins and advanced to the Atlantic Hockey Semifinals in 2018-19. The Tigers kick off the 2019-20 season on Oct. 5 at Colgate. RIT hosts Merrimack University at Blue Cross Arena in downtown Rochester on Oct. 19 as part of Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend. Visit www.rittickets.com to purchase season tickets for the upcoming season.

5 RIT Women’s Hockey Players Honored


ROCHESTER, NY — Five members of the RIT women’s hockey team were named 2018-19 American Hockey Coaches Association (ACHA) “Krampade All-American Scholars.” Nearly 500 Division I men’s and womens’ hockey players were honored for maintaining at least a 3.6 grade-point average in each semester during the 2018-19 academic year.

Seniors Jenna de Jonge (Abbotsford, British Columbia/George Elliot) and Kathryn Kennedy (Hamilton, Ontario/), junior Taylor Baker (Toronto, Ontario/North Toronto Collegiate Institute) and sophomores Stella Haberman (Golden Valley, MN/Minnesota Whitecaps) and Ellie Larson (Hutchinson, MN/Hutchinson Tigers) earned this tremendous honor for RIT. de Jonge is a three-time selection, while Baker and Larson were both honored for the second time.

“We are extremely proud of this group of student-athletes who have competed at the highest levels of the game on the ice and matched that performance in the classroom,” said AHCA executive director Joe Bertagna. “The sport demands a great deal from these athletes so it is a great statement they make, individually and collectively, with their ability to attain this level of academic achievement.”

Last month, 17 Tigers earned Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team honors for maintaining a 3.0 or better GPA in each semester during 2018-19.

RIT finished with 12 wins and advanced to the College Hockey America Tournament in 2018-19. The Tigers kick off the 2019-20 season on Sept. 22 with an exhibition contest vs. Concordia University (Quebec) and open with four straight regular season contests, two against University of Vermont on Oct. 4-5 and a pair with St. Cloud State University on Oct. 11-12. Visit www.rittickets.com to purchase season tickets for the upcoming season.

Beauts Sign Delay


Megan Delay, 2018 Clarkson Cup Champion with Markham, Signs with the Buffalo Beauts

August 1, 2019 – Defender Megan Delay this morning signed an NWHL contract to play the upcoming season with the Buffalo Beauts. The native of Niagara Falls, Ontario was a member of the 2018 Clarkson Cup champion Markham Thunder of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.

“I’m looking forward to a great season as a Beaut,” said Delay, who turned 22 in April. “Playing in the NWHL and for Buffalo is an incredible situation for me – living across the pond at home and playing with and against great players. I can’t wait for the season to start.”

Before playing 21 games as a rookie with Markham in their CWHL title season in 2017-18, Delay was a standout on the 2016 NCAA national championship team at SUNY-Plattsburgh. Previously, she played at Brock University and for the Burlington Barracudas.

“Megan has demonstrated a steady development in her career, and I’m confident her time to shine is now with the Beauts,” said Buffalo head coach Pete Perram.

Buffalo GM Mandy Cronin offered Delay an NWHL contract after the defender impressed team staff at the Beauts’ Free Agent Camp last weekend.

“Megan’s experience and accomplishments at the pro level speak volumes to what she will bring to the Beauts this season,” said Cronin. “Couple that with her character and infectious spirit, and she will be an immediate fan favorite.”

NYSPHSAA News & Notes


NYSPHSAA Holds 96th Annual Central Committee Meeting 
Turning Stone Resort Hosting the Meeting

Latham, NY– The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) held its annual summer meeting of the Central Committee on July 30-31 in Verona, NY. The primary focus of the meeting was to vote on proposals, introduce discussion items pertaining to interscholastic athletics, and to afford superintendents, principals, athletic representatives, and section executive directors the opportunity to meet in small groups.

The proposal to follow NFHS rules in the sport of ice hockey and play 17-minute periods for the 2019-20 season was defeated by an 18-16 vote with 12 abstentions by three sections who do not have hockey. A proposal to increase the number of games/contests with restrictions on the number of scrimmages was defeated 26-20. By a 26-20 votes, the committee defeated a proposal to revise the prescribed penalty for exceeding the maximum number of games or contests.

Sabres and Elie Agree To 1-Year Deal


BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres announced the team has agreed to terms with forward Remi Elie on a one-year, two-way contract with an average annual value of $700,000.

Elie (6’1”, 215 lbs., 4/16/1995) appeared in 16 games with the Sabres in 2018-19 after the team claimed him off waivers from the Dallas Stars in October. He also played 25 regular-season AHL games and three playoff games with the Rochester Americans, totaling 14 points (8+6) in those contests.

Selected by Dallas in the second round (40th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Elie has recorded 22 points (7+15) in 106 games through three NHL seasons. The Cornwall, Ontario native has also recorded 60 points (24+36) in 146 regular-season AHL contests, adding nine points (2+7) in 26 AHL playoff games.

A Different View of Cancer



It is amazing what can happen in just 11 days.

When this year’s edition of “The 11-Day Power Play” began on July 5 I treated it as a great event, raising money to help with Cancer Research. But that all changed on the day I walked into HarborCenter in downtown Buffalo.

As I sat in the stands watching two teams play each other on the ice below, my whole thought process had changed. Those two teams were actually skating to raise money for me.

Yes. I have cancer. Melanoma to be specific.

I initially found out on Monday, July 8 at 5:30 p.m. following a phone call to my home from my doctor. I officially found out on Monday, July 29 following a meeting with Dr. Joseph Skitzki at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo.

No, this isn’t a column/blog to promote the fact I have cancer. The prognosis is good thanks to early detection.

Instead, I want to promote three facts for both adults and children:

1 – Listen to your body. If you feel something might be wrong in your body, have it checked out.

2 – Watch your body. If you see something unusual on your body (a lump, change in skin color, etc.) have it checked out.

3 – Don’t take life for granted. Be thankful for what you have.

Life moves on for me. I’m handling this situation head-on. I will keep you updated as we move ahead.

I’m now putting my life into the hands of God and the people at Roswell Park. Team Schultz is ready.

See you at the hockey rink.

Brown Signs With Beauts


Toronto Native Kim Brown Signs with Buffalo

Forward Kim Brown has signed her first professional contract with the Buffalo Beauts.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be joining the Beauts and getting the chance to compete for the Isobel Cup,” said Brown. “I am really looking forward to getting to know the organization and finding my place. I am thankful for the opportunities hockey has given me and would like to help continue building the momentum the NWHL has gained since it was established.”

Earlier this year, the Toronto native completed her collegiate career with Brock University of the CIS, recording 16 points (10-6-16) for the Badgers. She caught the attention of the Beauts staff at Free Agent Camp last weekend.

“Kim radiates professionalism on and off the ice,” said Beauts general manager Mandy Cronin. “With her strong shot, quick feet, and natural lead-by- example presence, she will have a big impact on our Beauts team this season.”

Brown developed as a player with the Toronto Leaside Wildcats.

“Kim brings an advanced hockey IQ and a shot that will have opposition goalies on their toes,” said Beauts head coach Pete Perram.

11 William Smith College Hockey Players Named To All-Academic Team

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

Eleven members of the William Smith College ice hockey team were named to the 2018-19 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 2018-19 academic year. The following Herons earned a spot on the team:

Senior Stephanie Hampton, economics major
First-year Gaby Henry, undeclared
Sophomore Jules Kennedy, economics and sociology double major
First-year Abbey Luth, biology major
Sophomore Lexi Nottke, media and society major
Senior Laura Rollins, education and psychology double major
Senior Egan Sachs-Hecht, biology
Junior Gina Scibetta, media and society
First-year Addy Shannon, psychology major
Sophomore Alison Weiss, biology major
Sophomore Olivia Williams, undeclared

Hampton and Rollins earned all-academic honors for the third time in their careers. Kennedy, Nottke, Weiss and Williams garnered recognition for the second year in a row.

William Smith finished the 2018-19 season with an 18-8-2 overall record. The Herons were 12-4-2 in the UCHC, finishing third. William Smith won its first two playoff games in program history, advancing to the conference championship game.

36 Valients Selected To UCHC Men’s And Women’s All-Academic Teams


ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) released the 2018-19 All-Academic Teams today, Tuesday, July 30. A total of 316 male and female student-athletes were honored by the UCHC with the academic distinction.

The conference’s All-Academic selections recognize student-athletes that not only work hard on the ice, but in the classroom as well. In order to be considered, players must have completed at least one academic year at his or her current institution and hold a cumulative 2018-19 grade point average of at least 3.20.

At total of 174 male student-athletes were recognized, led by Wilkes University’s 23 selections. Manhattanville and Utica College both tied for second with 21 honorees apiece. Other programs that made the list were: Chatham University (19), Elmira College (17), King’s College (17), Neumann University (16), Stevenson University (14), Lebanon Valley College (13) and Nazareth College (13).

For the women, 142 student-athletes made the All-Academic squad, led by Stevenson’s 20, while the Valiants were sixth with 15 of their 17 players making the cut. Other teams to earn consideration were: Chatham (19), Neumann (17), Elmira (16), Nazareth (16), Utica (12), William Smith College (11), King’s (7), Lebanon Valley (7) and Wilkes (2).

2018-19 Manhattanville UCHC All-Academic Team Selections:

Men’s Hockey (21)
Cory Anderson (Bakersfield, Calif./Notre Dame Hounds (SJHL))
Oscar Arfelt (Stockholm, Sweden/Connecticut Oilers (EHL))
Jeff Beck (Broomall, Pa./Philadelphia Junior Flyers (EHL))
Eric Berglund (Sollentuna, Sweden/Islanders Hockey Club (USPHL))
Braedan Cross (Sechelt, B.C./Cochrane Crunch (CJHL))
Casper Dyrssen (Stockholm, Sweden/Northern Cyclones (EHL))
Tyler Feaver (Whitby, Ont./Whitby Fury (OJHL))
Marco Ferraro (Toronto, Ont./St. Michael’s Buzzers (OJHL))
Ryan Jackson (Montreal, Que./Hawkesbury Hawks (CCHL))
Jarod Lavallee (Cumberland, Maine/Seacoast Spartans (ECEL))
Matt Lippa (Richmond Hill, Ont./Oakville Blades (OJHL))
Jared Martin (Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask./Notre Dame Hounds (SJHL))
Kyle Miller (Bristol, Conn./Trinity-Pawling)
Scott Nicolich (Glen Cove, N.Y./Bradford Rattlers (GMHL))
Bryan Platt (Trumbull, Conn./Springfield Pics (USPHL))
Tristan Ramage (Pittsburgh, Pa./Philadelphia Flyers (USPHL))
Alex Rowella (Ridgefield, Conn./Connecticut Roughriders (EHL))
Jan Senkerik (Zlin, Czech Republic/Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings (USPHL))
Nigel Slade (St. Catherines, Ont./Niagara Falls Canucks (GOJHL))
Mac Vail (East Elmhurst, N.Y./Philadelphia Jr. Flyers (EHL))
Axel Walltott (Stockholm, Sweden/Varmdo HC J20 (SWE))

Women’s Hockey (15)
Adelle Clark (Lantzville, B.C./Ontario Hockey Academy)
Lexi Crites (Middleboro, Mass/Kents Hill School)
Ashley DeFusco (Cranston, R.I./La Salle Academy)
Ali Howard (Rye, N.Y./Rye)
Brayden James (Denton, Texas/Dallas Stars Elite (EHL))
Maisey Kettlewood (Nottingham, N.H./Dover)
Tianna Lopes (West Vancouver, British Columbia/Pacific Steelers (JWHL))
Tia Martignetti (Wilmington, Mass./Boston Junior Eagles (EHF))
Holly Meredith (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Vermont Academy)
Zoey Pellowitz (Arlington, Va./Washington Pride (JWHL))
Erica Sandilands (Winnipeg, Man./Balmoral Hall Blaze (JWHL))
Ellis Smith (Buffalo, N.Y./Niagara Junior Purple Eagles (WNYAHL))
Ana Tittmann (Salisbury, Conn./Housatonic Valley Regional)
Morgan Wilm (West Chester, Pa./Millbrook School)
Janet Xu (Edmonton, Alta./Ontario Hockey Academy)

About the UCHC
The United Collegiate Hockey Conference is a collaborative effort between institutions to provide a competitive environment and structure for NCAA Division III men’s and women’s ice hockey in the Eastern United States. Our membership encompasses a wide geographic area spanning from Central and Western New York, to the greater Pittsburgh and Baltimore areas. In its third season, the UCHC will incorporate the efforts of ice hockey student-athletes from Alvernia University, Chatham University, Elmira College, King’s College, Lebanon Valley College, Manhattanville College, Nazareth College, Neumann University, Stevenson University, Utica College, Wilkes University and William Smith College into their strong, but evolving membership that strives for on-ice excellence while also preparing student athletes for their off-ice futures.