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Digby Named Interim Head Coach of Oswego Women’s Ice Hockey

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Oswego State Interim Director of Athletics Eric Summers has announced that Mark Digby, Associate Head Coach for women’s ice hockey has been named Interim Head Coach of women’s ice hockey. 

Prior to Oswego, Digby was an assistant men’s ice hockey coach at his alma mater, SUNY Brockport (2006-10) where he earned his B.S. in physical education (2005) and M.S. in Recreation Management (2008).  

Digby was hired as the assistant men’s ice hockey coach at Oswego in August of 2010. During his time as the assistant men’s ice hockey coach, the team reached six NCAA tournaments, two frozen fours and competed for the national championship twice. 

Digby moved over to the women’s ice hockey team in the spring of 2019 as the Associate Head Coach. In the 2019-20 season the women’s ice hockey team showed huge improvements, including the most wins (16) the program had seen since 2016. Along with their win totals, the women’s ice hockey team competed for their second NEWHL Championship falling to nationally top ranked Plattsburgh in the title game.

Digby takes over the women’s ice hockey program from Diane Dillon, who coached the program for 14 seasons.

Beauts Sign 14th Overall NWHL Draft Pick Autumn MacDougall

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BUFFALO – Selected by Buffalo with the 14th overall pick in the 2020 NWHL Draft, Autumn MacDougall signed a contract to play the upcoming season with the Beauts. The Nova Scotia earlier this year completed an outstanding U Sports career at the University of Alberta, where the 5-1 forward had 57 goals and 67 assists for 125 points in 139 games.

MacDougall is a two-time Canada West Champion award winner in 2019 and 2020, and scored the game-winning goal for the Pandas in 2017 at the U Sports National Championship. She was often clutch in her collegiate career; MacDougall set the Pandas program records with 24 power play goals and 18 game-winning goals.

“I’m super excited that I have been given the opportunity to play in the NWHL, especially with such a great organization as the Buffalo Beauts,” said MacDougall. “I’m itching to get to Buffalo and to get the season started!”

MacDougall was the school’s leading scorer in the 2017-18 and 2019-20 seasons and was one of the top-three scorers in U Sports in each of her final three seasons.

“This will be an incredible opportunity for Autumn to continue her playing career, and raise the level of her game at the professional level,” said U of A head coach Howie Draper. “She is a talented offensive weapon who excels at creating chances for herself and her teammates in the offensive zone. She has quick feet and great puck handling skills that will translate well to the NWHL level.”

“Autumn is a winner,” said Buffalo head coach Pete Perram. “She comes from a winning program, and was coached by one of the best in Howie Draper. She knows where the net is and has an intense passion for the game.”

CHA’s All-Academic Team Named

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College Hockey America’s All-Academic Team Features 116 Student-Athletes in 2019-20

2019-20 was a banner year for academic success for College Hockey America student-athletes as the league has recognized a record 116 student-athletes on the 2019-20 All-Academic Team. Additionally, 13 players achieved 4.0 GPAs throughout the 2019-20 academic year, garnering Student-Athlete of the Year honors.

Each team had double-digit honorees on the All-Academic Team, with three teams placing 20 or more on the list. Robert Morris had 22 student-athletes qualify for the All-Academic Team, followed by 21 from Syracuse, and 20 from Mercyhurst. Not too far behind were the other three institutions of College Hockey America, with RIT having 19 honorees, Lindenwood with 18, and Penn State with 16.

Of the 13 Student-Athletes of the Year, there were seven repeat winners, led by four-time CHA Student-Athlete of the Year, Kirsten Martin of Lindenwood University. Kirsten wrapped-up her four-year career with another pair of 4.0 semesters. She is joined by teammates Sierra Burt, a three-time Student-Athlete of the Year, and Annika Asplundh, who earned her second Student-Athlete of the Year award.

Robert Morris paced all teams with four Student-Athletes of the Year, three-time winner Lexi Templeman, two-time winners Courtney Kollman and Emilie Harley, and freshman Joelle Fiala. Mercyhurst’s three Student-Athletes of the Year included a second award for Alexa Vasko, as well as Rachel Marmen and K.K. Thiessen. RIT had a pair of Student-Athletes of the Year in Stella Haberman and Taylor Liotta, and Syracuse’s Amanda Backebo wrapped up her career with a perfect 4.0 GPA in 2019-20.

2019-20 Student-Athletes of the Year
Annika Asplundh, Lindenwood*
Sierra Burt, Lindenwood#
Kirsten Martin, Lindenwood$
Rachel Marmen, Mercyhurst
K.K. Thiessen, Mercyhurst
Alexa Vasko, Mercyhurst*
Stella Haberman, RIT
Taylor Liotta, RIT
Joelle Fiala, Robert Morris
Emilie Harley, Robert Morris*
Courtney Kollman, Robert Morris*
Lexi Templeman, Robert Morris#
Amanda Backebo, Syracuse

* 2-time Student-Athlete of the Year
# 3-time Student-Athlete of the Year
$ 4-time Student-Athlete of the Year

To qualify for the All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must post a 3.0 GPA or better in the semesters in which she was competing.

Lindenwood (18): Casey Adimey, Hannah Alt, Lokelani Antonio, Annika Asplundh, Jada Burke, Sierra Burt, Lauren Dabrowski, Courtney Ganske, Madilynn Hickey, Jane Jacobs, Kirsten Martin, Kayla Martinez, Erin Near, Cierra Paisley, Gigi Pora, Meara Ryan, Megan Wagner, Sophie Wolf

Mercyhurst (20): Kennedy Blair, Aubrey Cole, Summer-Rae Dobson, Celine Frappier, Mary Katherie Gialames, Sam Isbell, Leah Klassen, Maggie Knott, Megan Korzack, Rachel Marmen, Sarah Nelles, Emma Nuutinen, Liliane Perreault, Alexane Rheaume, Michele Robillard, Abigail Schauer, Jenna Silvonen, K.K. Thiessen, Alexa Vasko, Alexandria Weiss

Penn State (16): Jessica Adolfsson, Chantal Burke, Loli Fidler, Julie Gough, Cam Leonard, Brooke Madsen, Amanda McLeod, Katie McMillan, Shea Nelson, Anna Promersberger, Katie Rankin, Morgan Rolph, Kate Rydland, Sophie Slattery, Olivia Villani, Abby Welch

RIT (19): Stella Haberman, Taylor Liotta, Ellie Larson, Taylor Baker, Hunter Barnett, Abby Davies, Terra Lanteigne, Maddie Dunham, Christa Stefanopoulos, Taylor Sims, Jade Mancini, Justine Larkin, Kylie Lalonde, Madison Farrand, Jordan Marchese, Madison Itagaki, Hana Solinger, Rachel Goff, Logan Land

Robert Morris (22): Michaela Boyle, Maggy Burbidge, Emily Curlett, Ariele DeSmet, Anjelica Diffendal, Anna Fairman, Joelle Fiala, Jaycee Gebhard, Emilie Harley, Alyson Hebert, Raygan Kirk, Courtney Kollman, Mackenzie Krasowski, Sarah Lecavalier, Natalie Marcuzzi, Leah Marino, Wasyn Rice, Janey Sandoval, Molly Singelwad, Lexi Templeman, Gillian Thompson, Marah Wagner

Syracuse (21): Ady Cohen, Jessica DiGirolamo, Lindsay Eastwood, Logan Hicks, Anonda Hoppner, Victoria Klimek, Brynn Koocher, Anna Leschyshyn, Marielle McHale, Abby Moloughney, Allie Olnowich, Emma Polaski, Savannah Rennie, Kelli Rowswell, Kristen Siermachesky, Allison Small, Amanda Backebo, Mae Batherson, Madison Beishuizen, Lauren Bellefontaine, Shelby Calof

Bauer To Launch New Face Protection

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The BAUER Reversible Fabric Mask, which covers the nose and mouth, can be worn by itself or in combination with the BAUER Integrated Cap Shield. It is available now at authorized BAUER retail locations and at Bauer.com.

BAUER to Launch New Face Protection to Help Players, Coaches and Fans Return to Hockey

Taking learnings from BAUER medical-grade face shields, the company will launch a new product lineup to help hockey return safely and as a daily safeguard

EXETER, N.H.– Bauer Hockey, the world’s No. 1 hockey brand, announced a new line of products to help enable the safe return of hockey. Taking learnings from BAUER medical-grade face shields, this summer the company will launch facial protection specifically designed for players, coaches, administrators, on-ice officials, parents and fans.

“We are so proud to have supported nurses and doctors on the front lines with medical-grade face shields,” said Dan Bourgeois, VP of Product Innovation. “This new BAUER lineup is inspired by that work and our commitment to One Team. As communities begin to re-open, we will combine this experience with our hockey-specific expertise to provide protection for the hockey community and in people’s everyday lives.”

When the spread of COVID-19 increased in early March, Bauer Hockey halted sports equipment production at its facilities, including in Blainville, QC, and in Liverpool, NY, and pivoted quickly to design, produce and deliver more than 2 million medical-grade face shields to help address a shortage impacting front line medical professionals.

As local communities begin to re-open with a cautious approach that requires masks and other protections, this new lineup of BAUER products will help prepare players, coaches, trainers, administrators and sports fans when public health officials indicate it is safe to resume play.

Off-Ice Protection
The BAUER Integrated Cap Shield (patent pending) attaches to the brim of a baseball hat or can be worn separately. It is designed to provide protection that stretches from the forehead to chin, offering important eye, nose and mouth splash coverage. It includes adjustable straps to maximize comfort and fit. A built-in Anti-Fog treatment allows for usage throughout the day as a layer of separation from people in close proximity. The Integrated Cap Shield complies with ANSI Standards for protection against splash and splatter, and for droplet resistance. It will be available at authorized BAUER retail locations and Bauer.com in early August.

The BAUER Reversible Fabric Mask, which covers the nose and mouth, can be worn by itself or in combination with the BAUER Integrated Cap Shield or any other face shield. This is an effective and comfortable option to be worn around the rink or in communities where face coverings are recommended or required. The BAUER Reversible Fabric Mask is available now at authorized BAUER retail locations and Bauer.com.

While the Reversible Fabric Mask and Integrated Cap Shield provide protection off the ice for coaches, fans, equipment managers, administrators and arena staff, these can also be used far beyond the hockey rink. These two products offer a protective solution for everyday activities, such as grocery shopping, or for organizations, such as restaurants, looking for employee safeguards.

On-Ice Protection
The BAUER Concept 3 Splash Guard works exclusively with the BAUER Concept 3 player face mask to provide additional splash protection while allowing the player to focus on their game. This new product is designed to enhance coverage around the mouth and maintain a high level of vision and breathability. The BAUER Concept 3 Splash Guard is scheduled to be available at authorized BAUER retail locations and Bauer.com in August.

The Fabric Mask is machine washable and can be reused. The BAUER Integrated Cap Shield and Concept 3 Splash Guard can also be cleaned and disinfected for re-use.

“Bauer Hockey has a long history of developing innovative products that advance protection on the ice,” said Craig Desjardins, Vice President of Product, Bauer Hockey. “It was a natural pivot for our team to shift from protecting players to members of the medical community in a time of crisis, and now we’re looking to continue our mission of protection as communities re-open and sports return.”

As an example of the BAUER off-ice products providing employee safeguards, Bauer Hockey is proud to partner with Canlan, North America’s leader in the development, operations and ownership of ice hockey rinks. All of the products in this new BAUER lineup will be used by Canlan’s staff, including zone control attendants and health and safety ambassadors, as part of a comprehensive program to re-open the company’s 49 ice rinks in the United States and Canada.

“There has been an incredible amount of work, care and innovation put into developing our Exposure Control and Return to Play Plans,” said Joey St-Aubin, President & CEO, Canlan Ice Sports Corp. “Given our shared values on safety and innovation, we built Bauer’s newly developed protective equipment right into our protocols. As we bring hockey back, our customers and employees can rest assured we are doing so with the utmost of care and confidence.”

“We are proud to partner with Canlan in prioritizing a safe return to play for all members of our hockey community. We believe in all hockey has to offer kids in terms of learning valuable life lessons, building character and developing lifelong friendships. That is why we are extremely excited to offer a safe path to re-start our great game,” said Mary-Kay Messier, Vice President of Global Marketing, Bauer Hockey.

About Bauer Hockey
Bauer Hockey is the world’s most recognized designer, marketer and manufacturer of hockey equipment and is the No. 1 brand in hockey. Founded in Kitchener, Ontario, in 1927, Bauer Hockey developed the first skate with a blade attached to a boot, forever changing the game. Since then, Bauer Hockey has continued to develop the most sought-after products in the industry, including the widely successful SUPREME®, VAPOR® and NEXUS® lines of products.

About Canlan
Canlan Ice Sports Corp. is the North American leader in the development, operations and ownership of multi-purpose recreation and entertainment facilities. We are the largest private sector owner and operator of recreation facilities in North America and currently own, lease and/or manage 17 facilities in Canada and the United States with 49 ice surfaces, as well as five indoor soccer fields, and 15 sport, volleyball, and basketball courts.  To learn more about Canlan please visit www.icesports.com

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“Small Saves”

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Here is this week’s edition of “Small Saves.” Enjoy!

43 Players Named To Take Part in 2020 World Jr. Summer Showcase

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Evaluation camp returns to USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan, from July 24-Aug. 1
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Forty-three players have been invited to the 2020 World Junior Summer Showcase that will be held from July 24-Aug. 1 in Plymouth, Michigan, at USA Hockey Arena.

The Showcase serves as an evaluation camp to assist in selecting the U.S. National Junior Team that will compete in the 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2020, through Jan. 5, 2021, in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta.

“We’re excited to have our players and staff together,” said John Vanbiesbrouck (Detroit, Michigan), general manager of the U.S. National Junior Team and assistant executive director of hockey operations at USA Hockey. “While Finland, Sweden and Canada won’t be joining us as we’ve been used to in past years, this will provide a great opportunity to have our players back on the ice and begin the process in earnest of building our team for the World Junior Championship.

“With the current pandemic, we’ll be doing some things differently, and that’s okay. It’s exciting to see rinks opening back up throughout the country and we’re most appreciative of the efforts of Dr. Mike Stuart from the Mayo Clinic, our chief medical and safety officer, among others, for guiding us in best practices to ensure the safest possible environment for our players and everyone involved.”

Of the 43 players attending, nine are returnees from last year’s U.S. National Junior Team that competed in the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic. 

Spencer Knight (Darien, Connecticut) is the lone member from the 2019 National Junior Team that won a silver medal in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia. Additionally, 19 players have won medals at IIHF events while a total of 30 players have skated on at least one U.S. select team.

The United States enters the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship seeking its fifth medal in six years after earning a record four-consecutive medals: gold in 2017, silver in 2019, and bronze in both 2018 and 2016.

“We’re thankful to everyone involved in all the planning that has happened to date and continues to take place,” said Gavin Regan, vice president of USA Hockey and chair of the organization’s International Council. “As hockey returns, we look forward to hosting our camp and we’ll certainly do it safely.”

NOTES: In total, 38 of the 43 players have played or are committed to play college hockey, including 23 players who played in the NCAA last season … Fifteen players competed in the United States Hockey League last season, America’s only Tier 1 junior hockey league … Thirteen players participated in the 2020 BioSteel All-American Game, including the game’s most valuable player Jake Sanderson (Whitefish, Montana) … The 43 players invited to the Showcase come from 16 different states including New York (8), Massachusetts (7), California (5), Minnesota (4), Illinois (3), Texas (3), Michigan (2), Rhode Island (2), Wisconsin (2), Connecticut (1), Georgia (1), Indiana (1), Montana (1), North Dakota (1), New Jersey (1) and Washington (1) … A total of 25 players were selected in the 2019 NHL Draft, when for the first time in NHL Draft history, seven of the first 15 selections were American… The invited players include 27 who previously played for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program … Nate Leaman (Providence, Rhode Island) is the head coach of the 2021 U.S. National Junior Team with Ted Donato (Cambridge, Massachusetts), Kris Mayotte (Ann Arbor, Michigan), and Steve Miller (Columbus, Ohio) serving as assistant coaches, and Theresa Feaster (Providence, R.I.) serves as video coach … For more information about the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship click here.

Grace Harrington To Join LIU Women’s Hockey

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The Long Island University Women’s Hockey Team is excited to welcome Grace Harrington, goalie from the Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles, to the Sharks Family! 

2019-20 AHA All-Academic Team Named

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216 Student-Athletes Named to 2019-20 AHA All-Academic Team

Atlantic Hockey players once again proved that even amidst a pandemic, they can still put the student in student-athlete. The 2019-20 Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team features 216 names and one exemplary student-athlete with a 2019-20 grade point average of over 4.0, resulting in a single Student Athlete of the Year.

Army West Point sophomore, Blaine Madson, posted consecutive semesters with a GPA greater than 4.0, 4.02 in the first semester and 4.14 in the second semester, for a 4.08 grade point average, the highest of all players in Atlantic Hockey this season. For that, Blaine is the 2019-20 Student-Athlete of the Year.

Nine of the 11 member institutions placed at least 20 student-athletes on the All-Academic Team, with regular season champion AIC leading the way with 29. Canisius had 27 eligible names, followed by 26 from Niagara, 25 from RIT, 23 each from Holy Cross and Robert Morris, 21 from Mercyhurst and Sacred Heart, and 20 from Bentley. Rounding out the 11 schools were Air Force with 12 and Army West Point with 10.

2019-20 Student-Athlete of the Year
Blaine Madson, Army West Point

To qualify for the All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must post a 3.0 GPA or better in the semesters in which he was competing.

AIC (29): Patrik Demel, Martin Melberg, Jarett Fiske, Oskar Stromberg, Parker Revering, Nicolas Luka, Christopher Theodore, Calvon Boots, Nate Hooper, Hunter Johannes, Jared Pike, Zackarias Skog, Brett Callahan, Joel Kocur, Hugo Reinhardt, Blake Christensen, Christopher Dodero, Elijiah Barriga, Blake Bennett, Brennan Kapcheck, Jake Stella, Tobias Fladeby, Justin Cole, Stefano Durante, Jan Stefka, Matus Spodniak, Kyle Stephan, Luka Maver, Janis Jaks
 
Air Force (12): 
Pierce Pluemer, Matt Pulver, Trevor Stone, Joe Tyran, Erik Anderson, Marshall Bowery, Max Harper, Shawn Knowlton, Brandon Koch, Austin Park, Ty Pochipinski, Dalton Weigel

Army West Point (10): Matthew Berkovitz, John Keranen, Mason Krueger, Blaine Madson, Marshall Plunkett, John Zimmerman, Zach Evancho, Bryan Gerstenfeld, Matt Penta, Alex Wilkinson

Bentley (20): Connor Brassard, Carter Dwyer, Ryner Gorowsky, Brendan Hamblet, Jake Kauppila, Charlie Marchand, Brett Orr, Aidan Pelino, Matt Riggleman, Ethan Roswell, Luke Santerno, Hunter Toale, Lucas Vanroboys, Marcus Walter, Joe Winkelmann, Michael Zuffante, Fraser Kirk, Jakov Novak, Luke Orysiuk, Will Schlagenhauf

Canisius (27): Austin Alger, Jacob Barczewski, David Baskerville, Lincoln Erne, Logan Gestro, Simon Gravel, Derek Hamelin, Matt Hoover, Nick Hutchison, Casey Jerry, Matt Ladd, Hudson Lambert, Lee Lapid, Matt Long, Keaton Mastrodonato, David Melargni, Grant Meyer, Ryan Miotto, Kevin Obssuth, Jesse Pereira, J.D. Pogue, Will Scherer, MacGregor Sinclair, Matt Stief, Daniel Urbani, Blake Wareham, Tucker Weppner

Holy Cross (23): Charlie Barrow, Frank Boie, Will Brophy, Beau Collins, Grayson Constable, Kevin Darrar, Bryce Dolan, Andrew Dumaresque, Logan Ferguson, Erik Gordon, Nick Hale, Mike Higgins, Conner Jean, Pete Kessel, Ryan Leibold, Logan Milliken, Patrick O’Leary, Jake Pappalardo, Alex Peterson, Dalton Skelly, Matt Slick, Jack Surowiec, Anthony Vincent

Mercyhurst (21): Khristian Acosta, James Anderson, Jonathan Bendorf, Michael Bevilacqua, Stefano Cantali, Justin Cmunt, Devon Daniles, Colin DeAugustine, Gueorgui Feduolov, Dalton Hunter, Steven Ipri, Geoff Kitt, Jonny Lazarus, Paul Maust, Joseph Maziarz, Josh McDougall, Brendan Riley, Dante Spagnuolo, Ashton Stockie, Carver Watson, Quinn Wichers

Niagara (26): Jack Billings, Jared Brandt, Ryan Cook, Eric Cooley, Ryan Cox, Noah Delmas, Luke Edgerton, Croix Evingson, Chris Harpur, Tyler Hayes, Zac Herrmann, Jon Hill, Nic Mucci, Ryan Naumovski, Jason Pineo, Reed Robinson, Ben Sokay, Walker Sommer, Kris Spriggs, Brandon Stanley, Ludwig Stenlund, Alex Truscott, Chad Veltri, Brian Wilson, Jordan Wishman, Jack Zielinski

Robert Morris (23): Justin Addamo, Aiden Beck, Garrett Clegg, Redi Cooper, Sean Giles, Santeri Hartikainen, Cameron Hebert, Grant Hebert, Kip Hoffman, Nick Jenny, Justin Kapelmaster, Roman Kraemer, Nick Lalonde, Geoff Lawson, Dylan Lubesmeyer, Luke Lynch, Brendon Michaelian, Nick Prkusic, Nolan Schaeffer, Aiden Spellacy, Brad Stonnell, Darcy Walsh, Daniel Mantenuto

RIT (25): Andrew Rinaldi, Adam Brubacher, Kolby Matthews, Caleb Moretz, Nick Bruce, Alden Dupuis, Darren Brady, Regan Seiferling, Jake Hamacher, Jake Joffe, Kobe Walker, Andrew Petrucci, Ian Andriano, Ryan Kruper, Shawn Cameron, Brody Valette, Jordan Peacock, Logan Drackett, Colton Trumbla, Spencer Berry

Sacred Heart (21): Alex Bates, Vito Bavaro, Josh Benson, Tim Clifton, Jason Cotton, Patrick Dawson, Michael Gilroy, Nick Boyagian, Marcel Godbout, Marc Johnstone, Marcus Joseph, Kevin Lombardi, Luke Lush, Max Luukko, Austin McIlmurray, Jeppe Urup, Daniel Petrick, Ryan Steele, Braeden Tuck, Matt Tugnutt, Evan Wisocky

USA Hockey Annual Congress Focused On Moving Sport Forward

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Two-Week Virtual Event Included More Than 60 Sessions
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey’s two-week virtual Annual Congress concluded this past Saturday (June 13) and included more than 60 sessions discussing all areas of USA Hockey, with a focus on safety, returning to rinks, building a more inclusive and welcoming environment and retention of officials.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION
Among the many highlights was the approval to move forward with cultural competency training and education to further efforts around creating a more welcoming environment throughout the sport.

“We’re very excited to take the next steps in our on-going priorities around diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey. “Understanding our cultural differences is an important part of helping create a better and more inclusive way forward for our sport.”

Kelleher noted that over the next year, comprehensive training and education will take place with USA Hockey staff, board members and other volunteer leaders at the affiliate and district level. In addition, other resources will be provided to those part of USA Hockey, including virtual programming.

USA Hockey has partnered with both WMFDP (White Men as Full Diversity Partners) and RISE (Ross Initiative In Sports For Equality) to assist in these efforts.

The Annual Congress included two events around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, including an interactive workshop conducted by RISE and also a special conversation on Race & Equity and the Way Forward that featured Kelleher; players J.T. Brown (Iowa Wild), Blake Wheeler (Winnipeg Jets) and Jaccob Slavin (Carolina Hurricanes); Anson Carter, former NHL player and current NBC Sports analyst; Kim Davis, executive vice president of the NHL; Stephanie Jackson, director of diversity and inclusion for USA Hockey; and Bill Proudman, CEO of White Men as Full Diversity Partners.

RINKS RE-OPENING & MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
In addition, there was much discussion and planning focused around returning to rinks – including best practices around safety and programming – as facilities begin to open across the country.

“It’s great to see rinks opening,” said Kelleher. “For the past two months we’ve been preparing for that and have worked with a wide group of stakeholders to ensure best practices are in place to help our rink operators and local programs. We encourage everyone to register for the upcoming season now to help local programs in their planning process.”

RETENTION OF OFFICIALS
Significant conversation centered around retention of officials, including concerns surrounding abuse of officials from coaches and parents.

“The rate we’re losing officials is alarming,” said Kelleher, noting that each year some 30% of officials do not return, “and one of the biggest reasons is how officials are treated. The yelling and screaming at officials from parents, coaches, players and others has to stop and it’s imperative we work together to end this kind of behavior.”

REVISED COACHING EDUCATION PROGRAM APPROVED
A revised format for USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program was approved by the Board and will take effect with the start of the 2021-22 season.

“After feedback from the coaching community, we condensed and streamlined the requirements for our coaches,” said Mark Tabrum, director of USA Hockey’s coaching education program. “In addition, we’ve modernized our approach to teaching the material which will improve the experience for our coaches and enhance their retention of the material.”

DECLARATION OF SAFETY, FAIR PLAY & RESPECT
USA Hockey will continue its focus around the declaration of safety, fair play and respect that was introduced at the 2019 Annual Congress.

“The efforts of the Declaration coming out of our Annual Congress last year centered around eliminating hits to the head, hits from behind and late hits,” said Kelleher. “We’ve certainly made some progress, but it’s important we continue to focus on this as we head into the upcoming season. We have a great game that is an important part of the fabric of our country and together we can all work together to make it better and more welcoming.” 

ELECTIONS
At Saturday’s (June 13) Board of Directors meeting, the Board:
• Re-elected Donna Guariglia (Morristown, N.J.) as treasurer
• Re-elected Mike Trimboli (Massena, N.Y.) as vice president and chair of the marketing council
• Elected John Tobin (West Roxbury, Mass.) as vice president and chair of the legal council
• Re-elected Shawna Davidson (Duluth, Minn.) as director at-large; elected Chris Clark (South Windsor, Conn.) director at-large
• Elected Dwayne Dillinger (Gillette, Wyoming) as director representative to the executive committee
• Affirmed the following as athlete directors: Michael Blabac (Hamburg, N.Y.), Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.), Eric Nystrom (Syosset, N.Y.), Chris Butler (St. Louis, Mo.), Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.), and Alex Lyon (Baudette, Minn.)
• Affirmed the re-election of Julie Chu (Fairfield, Conn.) as athlete representative to the executive committee
• Affirmed Mike Snee (Duluth, Minn.) and Bob DeGregorio (Winthrop,Mass.) as NCAA directors
• Elected Joe Bertagna (Gloucester, Mass.) as director emeritus

NOTES: Charles Fuertsch (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), who retired as vice president of USA Hockey and chair of the legal council following Saturday’s Board meeting, was presented with a personalized jersey and thanked for his years of volunteer service … USA Hockey honored several deserving individuals with awards during the course of the Annual Congress, as well as highlighted its Service Award recipients. A full listing can be found here.

Sabres Announce Changes To Amerks Hockey Operations Department

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(Rochester, NY) – The Buffalo Sabres announced that Rochester Americans General Manager Randy Sexton, Head Coach Chris Taylor and Assistant Coaches Gord Dineen and Toby Petersen have all been relieved of their duties.

“We wish Randy, Chris, Gord and Toby well and thank them for their contributions in overseeing the development of the organization’s top prospects in Rochester over the last three years,” said Amerks owners Terry and Kim Pegula.

Abby Blair To Play For Saint Anselm Women’s Hockey

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Saint Anselm Women’s Ice Hockey
Team Welcome’s Forward Abby Blair. Abby is from Grand Island, NY. She played her high school hockey for Kenmore/Grand Island. She will be wearing #20

Unique Awards Ceremonies for Women’s Collegiate Hockey

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By Janet Schultz

With Covid 19 halting on-campus activities, the Colleges devised unique ways to honor their student/athletes. Several used virtual ceremonies, others just held an Awards Week and released the names daily. We have tried to compile all the awards and honor our student/athletes here. NYHOL has provided the iisting of awards per College press releases as of June 1.

Central New York

Cortland 

Honored for their accomplishments in 2019-2020 were:

Rookie of the Year finalists: Dany Donegan of Cicero and Jayden Kelley of East Berne.

Chelsea Allen had 8 career shutouts and took honors for the Most Wins This Season at 10.

Grace Schnorr had the Most Career Goals at 34; Most Points This Season with 32 and Most Goals This Season with 19.

Katelinn Cummings of Johnston City was selected to the Chi Alpha Sigma NCAHS.

Emily King, (Buffalo/Buffalo Regals) was the Red Letter Winner for outstanding athletics/scholarship/leadership/personal development.

Elmira

May 18-22 was Awards Week with the following honored:

Soaring Eagle Final Rookie of the Week: Jordan Holt with the third highest scorer of the season with 8 points. Was the country’s second best scoring defender limiting the opponent to 0.89 goals per game.

Women’s Ice Hockey Booster Club Player of the Week: Jess Adams with 28 points on 20 goals and 8 assist, a career high for her; 3 goals in the UCHC Championship and named the 2020 UCHC Tournament MVP.

Elmira’s Female Athlete of the Year: Emma Crocker. She had a breakout season for women’s ice hockey and collected numerous awards with a career high 44 points with 21 goals and 23 assists, 7 powerplay goals and 6 game-winners.

Syracuse

Amanda Backebo took the Syracuse University Student/Athlete Award, was a 3-time CHA All-Academic Team member and was named to the VPA Dean’s List every semester since Fall 2017.

Lindsay Eastwood, SU Scholar Athlete of the Week was the CHA Best Defender, All CHA First Team and had 28 points (8g, 20A) in 36 games. She was also the recipient of the Doris R Soladay Award for possessing a history of campus and community involvement, along with a history of positively influencing their peers personally, academically and athletically. Eastwood has signed with the Toronto Six of the NWHL.

Savannah Rennie signed with the ECDC Memmingen Indians of the German Women’s Ice Hockey Bundesliga (DFEL) . She was drafted by the NWHL Connecticut Whale but wanted to expand her country and cultural experiences.

Colgate

Assistant Coach Chelsea Walkland has been named to the Team USA U18 Women’s Ice hockey Staff. She is from Pittsford NY and played for Robert Morris University. 

Colgate’s March Mania Fundraiser was a success despite the Covid pausing the campaign. They raised $577,329 plus $130,000 in a challenge support to support Colgate’s athletic programs.

Two players have been added for the upcoming season including:

Kristyna “Kalty” Kaltounkova comes to Colgate after wrapping up a stellar high school career at Vermont Academy. The Czech Republic native joined the Wildcats as a sophomore and leaves as the school record holder for career points with 235. In her senior season, Kaltounkova led the team with 56 goals and 33 assists to earn All-NEPSAC First-Team honors. She also played soccer and lacrosse during her time at Vermont Academy.

Kaltounkova brings plenty of experience on a national level. She’s played on senior Czech National Teams since she was 11 years old. Recently, she competed in the Euro Hockey Tour 5 Nations Tournament and helped her Czech squad take down Russia for the championship. Kalty has also consistently impressed as one of the premier scorers at the IIHF World Championships.

She’ll become the second player on the active roster from Czech Republic, joining Noemi Neubauerova.

Kayle Osborne looks to be next in a long line of successful Raider goalies. Her journey to Hamilton includes PWHL prominence and national success. Osborne was a three-year fixture in the net for the Ottawa Lady Senators. In perhaps her most dominant campaign, she won 11 of her 18 regular season starts and earned an impressive .950 save percentage along with five shutouts.

In 2019, Osborne helped Ontario Red win gold at the National Women’s Under-18 Championship. In the deciding game, the Munster native stopped 17 of 18 shots sent her way.

Osborne also represented her home country at the most recent U18 Women’s World Championship. Appearing in two games for Hockey Canada, she posted a sub-1.00 goals against average as the team won silver.

Oswego

Kate Randazzo was named Oswego College Woman Scholar/Athlete and to All Conference in the NEWHL.

Cornell

Jaime Bourbonnais was the recipient of the Charles H. Moore Outstanding Senior Varsity Athlete Award and Micah Zandee-Hart too the Ronald P. Lynch Senior Spirit Award.

Hamilton

Michaela Giuttari is the recipient of the 2020 Jack B. Riffle Award.

Alayna Trice was awarded an Student/Athlete Award.

Members of the athletic teams took part in producing a seven-minute work-out video for girls in conjunction with the Strong Girls United Foundation.

Hamilton College women’s hockey player Timary Malley ‘20 (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Academy) was one of nearly 400 NCAA student-athletes who had the opportunity to receive career guidance and network with athletics administrators and sports industry experts virtually at the 2020 NCAA Career in Sports Forum from May 27 to May 29.

Morrisville

Names to the Athletic Director Honor Roll from Women’s Ice Hockey

Women’s Ice Hockey:

Danielle Bunting (Thornville, Ohio)                      Human Performance & Health Promotion

Kylie Cameron (Burlington, Ont.)                        Human Performance & Health Promotion

Tessa Dobson (Moose Factory, Ont.)                 Human Performance & Health Promotion

Taylor Finnie (Kamloops, B.C.)                          Criminal Justice

*Sissy Harman (Eden, N.Y.)                              Criminal Justice

Emily Henderson (Coconut Creek, Fla.)              Engineering Science

Kendra Johnston (St. Alberta, Alta.)                    Humanities & Social Science

*Chyne Kennedy (Southwold, Ont.)                    Massage Therapy

Madison Lawson (Fort Worth, Tex.)                    Humanities & Social Science

Mackenzie Lombardi (Hamilton, Ont.)                 Criminal Justice

*Alana McDonald (Potsdam, N.Y.)                      Individual Studies

Alana Palameta (Windsor, Ont.)                          Humanities & Social Science

Cassandra Suran (Freeport, Pa.)                        Human Performance & Health Promotion

Sierra Voeller (Penticton, B.C.)                           Nursing

WESTERN NEW YORK

Buffalo State

Steinle

Natasha Steinle received the Female Scholar Athlete Award.

NORTHERN NEW YORK

Potsdam

Banas

Natalie Wasielewski was named 2020 Most Valuable Player for the Women’s Ice Hockey Team, Allie Banas (Buffalo/Buffalo Bisons) received the Coaches Award. Delphine Leonard received the Maxcy/Molnar Award for sportsmanship, leadership and athletic achievement. Kaylee Merrill took one of the Newcomer of the Year Award.

Plattsburgh

In a remote awards ceremony the following players from the Plattsburgh Women’s Ice Hockey Team were recognized.

Abby Brush, Annie Katonka, Erin McArdle and Madison Walker were inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma honor society. 

Sarah Wolf received the CAS award for the second year and Hannah Kiraly received the Senior Achievement Award. Katonka was named Female Athlete of the Year.

Receiving team honors were:

Katonka, MVP; Sara Krauseneck, Breakout Player; Brush, scholar/athlete; Ivy Boric, Rookie of the Year; Madison Walker, Unsung Hero

Katonka, Walker and McArdle have been named captains for the upcoming season.

In other news Plattsburgh has partnered with NIKE through BSN Sports for all the collegiate athletic equipment and apparel.

Clarkson

2020 Patty Kazmaier Awardee Elizabeth Giguere was named Team MVP. Gabrielle David took Rookie of the Year honors and Marie-Pier Coulombe received the Ron Frazier Award.

Taylor Turnquist received the Coaches Award, Lauren Bernard the inaugural Nails and Blue Award for having a mental and positive attitude all season.

This year’s Unsung Hero award went to Meaghan Hector.

St. Lawrence

Alumni make the news at St. Lawrence with Chelsea Grills, ‘07, named the head coach of the women’s ice hockey team at the University of Ottawa; Amanda Boulier’15 named head coach of the women’s ice hockey team at Marshall School in Duluth, Minn. and Jacquie Diffley’ 20 heading to the Groten School in Massachusetts as the assistant girl’s hockey coach.

Canton

Season Review from Sports Department at Canton:

The women’s hockey team played a 25-game schedule in its first season in the Northeast Women’s Hockey League (NEWHL) during the 2019-20 season.

After a slow start to the season the Roos rattled off three straight wins to start the 2020 portion of their schedule including winning the Castleton Invitational championship. The Roos earned a 2-1 win v. Buffalo State before defeating Northland College 2-0 for the title.

Jordan Emerson posted a goal and assist, Verity Lewis tallied two assists, and Alexa Parigi scored the game-winner v. the Bengals. Parigi and Lily Cullen scored in the championship game while Sirena Alvarez recorded a 20 save shutout. Alvarez was named the Tournament’s MVP, while Emerson & Parigi also earned All-Tournament honors.

2019-20 RESULTS | 2019-20 STATS

The Roos kept their momentum going the next Wednesday (1/8) as the team earned its first ever victory v. Utica College shutting out the Pioneers 3-0. Parigi scored two more goals, Meaghan Best finished with a pair of assists and Natasha Simioni also scored. Alvarez backstopped the team with another shutout this time recording 29 saves.

SUNY Canton earned a 2-1 victory at home v. Buffalo State on February 8th to take the season series 2-1 after falling to the Bengals 4-3 in overtime on February 1st. The Roos finished the season strong winning four of their final five games.

After falling 5-2 to SUNY Potsdam earlier in the season the Roos knocked the Bears out of the NEWHL playoffs by earning a pair of 4-3 (OT) and 3-1 victories v. Potsdam. Parigi continued her impressive play in the second half of the season scoring the game-tying goal with 3:45 left in regulation before putting home the game-winner 56 seconds into OT in February 12th’s victory. She also added an assist, while Best tallied a goal and assist, and Macintyre dished out two helpers. In February 19th’s 3-1 win at Potsdam Ashley Gillies, Breanna Bedborough and Cullen all scored.

The Roos also earned a pair of victories v. Anna Maria College by scores of 10-0 and 3-1. Jayde Dukette (3-2-5) led the Roos with a hat trick in the first win, while Bedborough (2-3-5), Hannah Desrochers (2-1-3), Micayla Macintyre (1-2-3), Gillies (1-1-2), Parigi (0-2-2) and Cullen (0-2-2) all had multi-point games. Canton’s other positive result on the season came back in the second game on November 2nd when they tied Morrisville State 2-2.

  Bedborough led the Roos with 17 points on seven goals and tied for a team-high with 10 assists. Sarah Kosnaskie tallied a team-best nine goals and tied a team-high with three power play goals for 13 points (9-4-13). Parigi totaled 12 points (7-5-12) with a team-high four game-winning goals and three power play tallies. Best (4-8-12), Desrochers (4-7-11) and Macintyre (1-10-11) all finished with double digit points.

Alvarez finished the season with a 5-5-1 record posting a .903 save percentage and a 3.00 goals against average. Brooke Susac earned a pair of victories during her senior season finishing with marks of .885 and 3.39. She finishes her remarkable Roo career with SUNY Canton’s single-season (14) and career (35) wins records. Kayla Lauzon also earned her first career win this season finishing with a 1-1-0 record with marks of .892 and 2.94.

  The Roos lose Susac to graduation as she joins the SUNY Canton Alumni family.

EASTERN NEW YORK

Union

Reid Nichols, manager of the women’s ice hockey team, was named to the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

Leah Heffort received the Terry Lynch-Jackie Havercamp Cuttita Memorial Award given to a first year female athlete that exhibits leadership and sportsmanship.

Grace Herting was awarded the  Female Sophomore Athletic prize for attitude, ability, participation and achievement.

The balanced of the awards are being presented at this time

RPI

RPI also held a virtual ceremony and noted that athletes contributed 1923 hours to community service from July 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020

Kirsten Iwanski “Wan” was awarded the Perseverance Award. She was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor before her sophomore year, fought back and played every game in her junior and senior year.

Sabrina Repaci was named to the Olympia, the athletic honor society

(College’s issuing Season Reviews are asked to forward them to Janet Schultz at Janet@nyhockeyonline.com for publication this summer

Around the NWHL in May

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By Janet Schultz, NYHOL

The pandemic continues to keep us from our daily routines and activities; including hockey. But the NWHL continues to move forward by preparing for the 2020-21 season.

First and foremost is the expansion to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The following is a statement from the NWHL issued earlier.

“Toronto is without question the sports capital of Canada,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory. “The addition of a Toronto team for the National Women’s Hockey League is most welcome by our city and one that I know many Torontonians will embrace as they have with all of our other sports teams. Our city has a rich history with professional women’s hockey and we are excited to begin this next chapter with the NWHL. I hope that this team achieves success and longevity in our city and that this team will serve as an inspiration for young girls to pursue careers in professional sports.”

The ownership team is led by Johanna Neilson Boynton, who played four years at Harvard, serving as captain for two seasons, and is the CEO and co-Founder of Boynton Brennan Builders. Sports team owner and executive Tyler Tumminia, who in recent years was named one of the Top 25 Female Executives by Bleacher Report and received the Game Changer award from Sports Business Journal, will serve as the club’s Chairman. Digit Murphy, who has more than three decades of experience leading teams at Brown University and in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, has been named President. Murphy will oversee the hiring of a general manager and head coach for Toronto’s team.

Embracing the opportunity to be pioneers on the NWHL’s first team in Canada, five players have signed contracts to join Toronto for the upcoming season:

Kristen Barbara: The 27-year-old defender from Mount Hope, Ontario won the Clarkson Cup with the Markham Thunder in the CWHL’s final season in 2019. Barbara played three seasons in the CWHL after an impressive collegiate career at York University in Toronto; Elaine Chuli: The 25-year-old goaltender from Waterford, Ontario played in the CWHL for the Toronto Furies and Vanke Rays. The No. 1 goaltender at the University of Connecticut for all of her four years at college, Chuli was a member of gold medal-winning Team Canada at the U-18 World Championships in 2012.

Darkangelo in Buffalo (Janet Schultz Photo)

Shiann Darkangelo, who as a member of the U.S. National Team, Darkangelo won a gold medal in 2016 at the IIHF World Championship and competed in two Four Nations Cups. Before playing in the CWHL for Toronto and Kunlun, the 26-year-old forward from Michigan was a popular player in the NWHL with Buffalo and Connecticut. Darkangelo played collegiately at Syracuse and Quinnipiac and won gold with the U.S. National Team at the U-18 World Championships in 2011.

Emma Greco, the 25-year-old defender from Burlington, Ontario played for the Toronto Furies in the CWHL’s final season. After her college career at Quinnipiac, Greco played in the 2017-18 NWHL season with the Connecticut Whale. She is regarded as a very reliable stay-at- home defender capable of playing in all key situations.

Taylor Woods, after an outstanding four years at Cornell – serving as an alternate captain in her senior season – Woods was a mainstay in the lineup of the Markham/Brampton Thunder of the CWHL starting in 2016. The 25-year-old versatile forward from Morden, Manitoba won the Clarkson Cup with Markham in 2019. Woods was also a member of gold medal-winning Team Canada at the U-18 World Championships in 2012.

The team will be known as the Toronto 6.

The NWHL announced  that the 2020 Isobel Cup Final between the Boston Pride and Minnesota Whitecaps has been canceled due to the COVID-19 health crisis. The game, originally scheduled for March 13, was postponed the previous morning. The decision to cancel the game was reached collaboratively by the NWHL, the NWHLPA, and the players, coaches and leadership of the Pride and Whitecaps. 

Continuing to build for the 2020-2021 season the NWHL teams have worked on signing players during the past few weeks. Here’s an update on the May signings.

Buffalo Beauts:

Carly Jackson (Mats Bekkevold photo)

Carly Jackson of Nova Scotia was the third overall pick in the 2020 draft. She comes from the University of Maine.

Dominique Kremer (Foto: Andreas Sandström )

Dominique Kremer comes from Merrimack College but spent last season with the SDHL Djurgafdens IF as a defender.

Cassidy MacPherson, Buffalo (Janet Schultz Photo)

Cassidy MacPherson re-signed with the Beauts for her second season.
Lenka Curmova will also play her second NWHL season with the Beauts.

Whitney Dove (Providence Photo)

Whitney Dove of Port Moody, BC has signed with the Beauts. She comes from Providence College where she was named to the Hockey East Second Team All Star in 2020.

Metropolitan Riveters:

They have signed Saroya Tinker, fourth overall pick in the 2020 draft; Tera Hoffman, a third round selection for the Rivers; Sammy Kolowerat from the University of Vermont and the Czech Republic National Team; Kate Leary, the NWHL Newcomer of the Year for 2020 has re-signed with the Riveters.

Emily Janiga in Buffalo (Janet Schultz Photo)

Most recently the Riveters have signed Sonjia Shelly and Buffalo’s Emily Janiga. Janiga played for the Beauts in 2017 when they took the Isobel Cup.

Boston Pride:

Jillian Dempsey, captain, has re-signed as well as Lauren Kelly, Jenna Rheault and Mallory Souliotis. Terezza Vanisova, 12th overall pick in 2020 signed along with  Lovisa Selander; Tori Sullivan. Carlee Turner is the most recent signing for the Pride.

Connecticut Whale:

Tori Howran, a defender and seventh overall pick in the 2020 Draft; Hanna Beattie, Katelynn Russ, and Taylor Marchin have re-signed; Maggie LaGue from Robert Morris College and the 22nd pick overall in the 2018 NWHL draft; Abbie Ives, a goaltender from Quinnipiac and Amanda Conway, the 2020 Laura herd Award recipient from Norwich University.

Melissa Samoskevich signed with the Whale. The Quinnipiac alum played on the 2019 IIHF USA Team that took the gold medal.

Minnesota:

They have signed Amanda Boulier.

Toronto Six:

Kelly Babstock in Buffalo (Janet Schultz Photo)

Kelly Babstock, a former Buffalo Beaut, has made the decision to return to the league next season and has signed with the Toronto Six. 

In addition to Babstock and the first five players they have also signed Sara-Eve Coutu Godbout from Quinnipiac; Brooke Boquist from Thunder Bay; Mikyla Grant, who played four games with Buffalo last season; Samantha Ridgewell, Jenna McParland, Amy Curlew and Natalie Marcuzzi.

The most recent signing to the Toronto Six is Syracuse stand-out Lindsay Eastwood. She was the CHA Best Defender last season.

Former NHL Goaltender Caron Joins Junior Enforcers Coaching Staff

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The Elmira Junior Enforcers, proud member of the USPHL Premier Division, have announced Sebastien Caron has agreed to terms to become the team’s goaltending coach for their inaugural season.

Caron had a successful pro hockey career, including 3 complete seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins. His own junior career also reached the pinnacle of the sport, as he backstopped the Rimouski Oceanic to a Memorial Cup title in 2000.

Sebastien is looking forward to helping the Jr. Enforcers goaltenders develop as they work to climb the hockey development ladder, and plans to ready each goaltender on the roster to give the team a chance to win each and every game they are in net.

Jr. Enforcers Head Coach Cody Murphy is excited to work with Sebastien this season and described his role on the coaching staff as “a huge addition that will help the Jr. Enforcers in our quest for a division title”.

General Manager Ray Welsh remarked that his relationship with Caron dates back several years to their time in Wilkes-Barre, and considers Sebastien’s skill and technical goaltending knowledge invaluable.

The Junior Enforcers roster will be made up of players ages 20 and under from all across North America and the world. The Junior Enforcers look forward to an exciting and successful season, which will start in late August with training camp, and will see the puck drop for the season on September 25th. Tryout information will be communicated as soon as it is finalized due to the fluid situation resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic.