NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Release date: Monday, July 8, 2013
Photo credit: Denis Dubois
(North Bay Trappers first team NOJHL all-star netminder Greg Dodds is one of five players from the club's championship squad that has committed to play university or college hockey in 2013-14.)
NOJHL champion Trappers announce university/college commitments
NORTH BAY – The defending Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League champion North Bay Trappers have announced their first group of players that will be moving on to various higher levels of hockey while receiving an education in the process.
Five players from the NOJHL title-winning squad have committed to schools in Canada and the U.S., led by first team all-star Greg Dodds who will be off to the University of Western Ontario in London where he’ll play for the Mustangs.
Dodds, who topped nearly every goaltending statistical category this past season, felt joining one of the top teams in the OUA was his best choice.
“I decided on Western for many reasons,” offered Dodds.
“The Mustangs have boasted a very impressive winning record and always creates a competitive team and Western offers a great education as well, which is very important in making a decision on what school to go to,” added the Wingham, Ont., product.
Meantime second-year defenceman Andrew Martin has committed to the Finlandia University Lions in Hancock, Mich., who compete out of the newly revamped Northern Collegiate Hockey Association.
“My decision was pretty easy,” stated Martin on choosing Finlandia.
“I wanted a small school for academics and their program that is in the early stages of rebuilding,” stated the Trappers blueliner.
NOJHL playoff most valuable player, Trevor Hunt, has accepted a commitment from Williston State College Tetons of the National Junior College Athletic Association.
He’ll be joining a program that is the reigning NJCHA champions.
Heading west will be forward Justin Schneeberger as he’ll be attending Colorado State (ACHA) in 2013-14.
The 6’3” 206 pound native of Fort Collins, Colo., played in 119 games the past two seasons for the Trappers, notching 24 tallies while registering 38 assists.
Colorado State head coach Kelly Newton is excited to have Schneeberger join his program.
“He has great size and a desire to go hard to the net every shift,” said the Rams bench boss.
“His experience of playing Jr. ‘A’ in Canada for the past two seasons will be a huge benefit to us and we expect he’ll be an impact player for us right from the start.”
Rounding out North Bay’s initial commitment list is Stephen Langford who will attend Briercrest College in Caronport, Sask.
The Clippers play out of the strong eight-school Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference.
“One thing many college recruiters look for is skilled players from winning organizations and the North Bay Trappers certainly fall into that category,” indicated NOJHL Commissioner Robert Mazzuca.
“These commitments are a credit to the Trappers players, management and staff,” added Mazzuca.
Trappers’ director of operations and general manager Chris Dawson is also pleased with his club’s first wave of commitments.
“Kudos to the players and the job done by the former staff including Tim Clayden and Tom McCarthy, who have moved on to get the new Espanola franchise up and running, for their efforts,” says the newly minted North Bay GM.
“Coming off a successful season and also a highly competitive summer camp held over the weekend, we look to build off of the accomplishments achieved by the players and the former ownership group as we head into the 2013-14 campaign at West Ferris Arena,” stated Dawson.
For more information on the North Bay Trappers, visit their website at www.thetrappers.ca.
NORTH BAY TRAPPERS JR. A HOCKEY CLUB
2012-13 NOJHL Champions
Release date: Monday, July 8, 2013
Contact: Chris Dawson, Director of Operations/General Manager
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Trappers wrap-up successful camp
NORTH BAY – The North Bay Junior Trappers wrapped up their third and final camp at Pete Palangio Arena here in the city before they begin the real thing in late August.
A total of 32 players from North Bay, to the GTA, to Ohio, made the journey to North Bay for the Trappers three-day main July Training Camp which wrapped up Sunday afternoon.
The club continued to build their team with local talent as they committed to North Bay Midget AAA Trappers graduate Eric Champagne.
The big winger scored 14 goals along with 32 assists totaling 46 points in only 28 games with the Midget Trappers in 2012-13. He also scored a goal in his first game as an affiliate with the Jr. Trappers last season.
The Trappers also committed to Burlington, Ont product C.J. Nicholson.
The speedy forward notched 16 goals along with 15 assists in 30 games with the GMHL’s Powassan Eagles in 2012-13.
Jr. Trappers general manager Chris Dawson expects to announce another handful of signings before the middle of July, while another handful of prospects from the camp were given invitations to the Trappers final camp in late August.
“It was another solid and competitive camp,” said Dawson after the camp.
“We were impressed with the quality of the players attending the camp and the amount of local players – and quality local players – that showed interest in wearing Trappers red white and blue.”
TRAPPERS ADD STAFF
The Trappers also have brought in former Canadore College Varsity Club Hockey assistant coach Justin Mathias on board as an assistant coach to help out new Trappers bench boss Zane Neily.
On the scouting side, Glen Huard will take on the new role of Director of Scouting; taking over from Wayne McClelland who joined the staff of the SJHL’s Humboldt Broncos this spring.
The well respected hockey Dad of the Guelph Gryphons forward Nick Huard, was recently the vice chair for the 2013 Dudley Hewitt Cup committee.
Longtime West Ferris Minor Hockey coach Heath Marson has also joined the organization officially as the Trappers Northern Ontario Scout.
The Trappers would also like to thank returning goaltender Dustin Hummel for his hard work helping out at the camp.
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Wednesday, May 15, 20103
Finalists announced for RBC - CJHL player of the year
This season, more than 3,000 players suited up for Junior A games across Canada, from Nanaimo, B.C., to Woodstock, N.B., but only 10 have been named as finalists for the RBC Canadian Junior Hockey League Player of the Year award.
The finalists were selected by their respective CJHL leagues, with the winner announced during the 2013 RBC Cup in Summerside, P.E.I., and presented with his award at the tournament awards banquet on May 17.
The winner will join a distinguished list of past honourees that includes current and former NHLers Joe Colborne (2008,), Kyle Turris (2007), Jeff Tambellini (2002), Dany Heatley (1999), Mike Comrie (1998), Paul Kariya (1992) and Greg Johnson (1989).
The 2013 nominees for RBC Canadian Junior Hockey League Player of the Year are (in alphabetical order):
MIKE DIETRICH – MINNESOTA WILDERNESS (SUPERIOR INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE)
The captain of one of the highest-ranked teams in the Canadian Junior Hockey League, Mike Dietrich has had a year to remember, leading the Wilderness to the greatest regular season in SIJHL history – 51 wins in 56 games, the last 41 without a loss in regulation time – and earning the league’s scoring title, with 28 goals and 77 points in 46 games, and player of the year award.
On and off the ice, Dietrich is a captain in the truest sense of the word. He lets his play do the talking on the ice, isn’t afraid to tackle a problem in the dressing room, and has earned fan favourite status in Cloquet, Minn., not only for his scoring prowess, but for his true compassion for the community, the young kids and fans of hockey.
As Dietrich completes his final season of junior eligibility, he recognizes the need for academic success, and has been taking part-time college courses in recent years in hopes of earning a scholarship that will allow him to get the education he wants while also continuing to play the game he loves.
CHARLIE FINN – KINGSTON VOYAGEURS (ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE)
Statistically speaking, there wasn’t a goaltender in his league that came close to Charlie Finn. Finn led the OJHL in goals-against average (2.15), save percentage (.941) and shutouts (eight), and finished fourth in wins (25) and saves (1,348). Not surprisingly, he took home the OJHL Top Goaltender award, to go along with the goaltender of the year honours he earned for posting the league’s lowest GAA, and was runner-up for OJHL MVP. Finn also made his international debut this season, wearing the red and white of Canada East at the 2012 World Junior A Challenge.
A 20-year-old from North Vancouver, B.C., Finn has learned to lead by example, and is well-respected by his teammates as the ultimate team player, someone who would trade all of his individual accolades (and he has a lot of them) for a chance at a championship.
Finn had an 84 per cent average in high school in both British Columbia and Ontario, and has been accepted into Colgate University beginning this fall. He has aspirations of earning a law degree and one day working for the NHL or NHLPA.
MITCH GILLAM – CHILLIWACK CHIEFS (BRITISH COLUMBIA HOCKEY LEAGUE)
How important was Mitch Gillam to the success of the Chilliwack Chiefs this season? Named team MVP for the second year in a row, the goaltender was among the busiest in the BCHL, finishing second in minutes played and shots faced, and leading the way in saves, averaging 33 stops per game. Named the Coastal Conference MVP, Gillam had the league’s second-best goals-against average and save percentage, and even scored – he was credited with a goal during a Dec. 28 game against Surrey.
No matter how busy he was on the ice, Gillam always found time to make off-ice contributions in the community, participating in the team’s Read with the Chiefs program and Salvation Army Christmas Kettles initiative, and he was a regular at community events, representing the team.
The Peterborough, Ont., native will head south of the border to pursue a post-secondary education in the fall; he will attend Cornell University, play for the Big Red and enroll in the architecture program in urban and regional planning.
BENJAMIN LALIBERTE – PANTHÈRES DE SAINT-JÉRÔME (LIGUE DE HOCKEY JUNIOR AAA DU QUÉBEC)
You won’t find his name anywhere near the top of the Ligue de hockey junior AAA du Québec scoring list, but it’s arguable that few players had the impact on his team that Benjamin Laliberté had with the Panthères de Saint-Jérôme. A former first-round pick in the QMJHL Entry Draft (12th overall by Gatineau in 2009), Laliberté played provided veteran leadership, and 81 points, to a Panthères team that finished with the LHJAAAQ’s best regular season record.
But his impact was felt in more ways than just his on-ice play. A dedicated student with an 87% average at CEGEP Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Laliberté is quick to provide academic assistance to his teammates, often serving as a tutor after practice.
Although he no longer has NCAA eligibility due to his time in the QMJHL, Laliberté continues to pursue a post-secondary education in Canada, and hopes to combine hockey and academics for the foreseeable future.
CAM MACLISE – BROOKS BANDITS (ALBERTA JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE)
Cam Maclise had so much fun in 2011-12, winning Brooks’ MVP and Top Forward awards, finishing second in league scoring and helping the Bandits to an AJHL championship, that he decided to do it again this season. Maclise again won the two team awards, again finished top three in AJHL scoring and again won the league title, and this time added the AJHL MVP award to his trophy case, captaining Brooks to league records for wins and points in a season and the No. 1 ranking in Canada for most of the season.
The Bandits’ undisputed leader on the ice, Maclise has taken the same role in the community, participating in the team’s Reading with the Bandits program and skating with teams during local minor hockey association practices, all while holding down a part-time job from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday to Friday.
Maclise’s lost his NCAA eligibility after spending the 2009-10 season with the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings, but intends to pursue a post-secondary education in engineering or business while continuing his playing career in CIS.
MITCHELL MAYNARD – SUMMERSIDE WESTERN CAPITALS (MARITIME HOCKEY LEAGUE)
Picked up by the Summerside Western Capitals for his leadership and big-game experience, Mitchell Maynard provided unexpected offence for the RBC Cup host team, finishing second in Summerside scoring, and fifth in the MHL, with 80 points; prior to this year, his highest point in three previous junior seasons was 31. Maynard, who won a Memorial Cup as a member of the host Shawinigan Cataractes last year, was rewarded for his big season with the MHL Player of the Year award.
The Halifax, N.S., native is a fantastic ambassador for the Western Capitals program; this season alone, Maynard has raised money for breast cancer research and under-privileged families, given his time to Summerside minor hockey and schools, and attended birthday parties for young fans.
Despite all of his hockey and volunteer efforts, Maynard has also found time to focus on education. He enrolled this year in the engineering program at the University of P.E.I., and will look to continue in that field, as well as continue his career, at a CIS school in the fall.
GUILLAUME NAUD – DAUPHIN KINGS (MANITOBA JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE)
The winner of the MJHL MVP award, Guillaume Naud was a member of one of the highest scoring trios in Junior A hockey, combining with Dauphin Kings teammates Jesse Synatynski and Jon Gaudet for 271 points, helping the Kings to a 20-game winning streak to close out the regular season, clinching the MJHL’s best record. Playing his first season in Manitoba after one year with the OJHL’s Wellington Dukes, Naud was the league’s top set-up man, racking up an MJHL-high 56 assists.
A native Francophone, Naud hasn’t let the language barrier get in his way of being a part of the community. He regularly took part in French classes at Dauphin schools, as well as collecting food and clothing for various local drives and participating on Rotary Club floats during Pumpkinfest and Christmas parades.
Naud has been taking English classes in Dauphin, and has aspirations of attending an English university, studying civil engineering and continuing his playing career at the CIS level.
MICHAEL PONTARELLI – CORNWALL COLTS (CENTRAL CANADA HOCKEY LEAGUE)
All Michael Pontarelli did this season was score, score, and score some more. The Cornwall Colts forward led the CCHL in scoring with 107 points, and was not only the lone player in the league to score more than 40 goals, he was the only one to get to 50, finishing with 52. He ran away with the Colts’ scoring title, finishing 45 points ahead of Marly Quince, and was rewarded for his offensive exploits with the CCHL’s MVP and sportsmanship and ability awards, as well as the first-ever CJHL MVP and Top Forward honours.
In his first season of Junior A hockey, Pontarelli was selected to serve as an alternate captain, a testament to not only his on-ice performance, but his off-ice influence as well. The Laval, Que., native quickly became a fan favourite, with No. 9 jerseys a common sight at Colts games.
Argue, who has long had an NCAA scholarship in his sights, will enter Union College this fall with hopes of earning a degree in economics while continuing his playing career with the Bulldogs.
TAIT SEGUIN – NORTH BAY TRAPPERS (NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE)
The youngest of the 10 nominees, Tait Seguin burst onto the junior hockey scene in 2012-13, leading all NOJHL rookies in goals, assists and points and finishing fifth in scoring on a very strong North Bay team with 41 points in 46 games. His performance earned him a spot on the NOJHL First All-Star Team, and he was the runner-up for the league’s rookie of the year award.
Off the ice, Seguin has proved to be a role model for his teammates, despite not turning 18 until March 21. All season, he was consistently one of the first Trappers on the ice and one of the last off of it, and has never hesitated to get involved in community activities.
Seguin was honoured as the NOJHL Scholastic Player of the Year after graduating high school a year early and finishing all of his courses with at least a 90% mark. He hopes to use his hockey abilities to gain a college scholarship, and has his sights set on a strong engineering program.
ALEX WAKALUK – MELVILLE MILLIONAIRES (SASKATCHEWAN JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE)
Perhaps best known entering this season as the son of former NHL netminder Darcy Wakaluk, Alex Wakaluk made a name for himself in 2012-13. The Melville goaltender took home SJHL MVP honours after finishing in the top three in almost every major statistical category, including goals-against average (third, 2.32), save percentage (second, .930), wins (first, 28), shutouts (second, five) and saves (second, 1,385), all while playing the second-most minutes of any SJHL goaltender.
The Millionaires are revered in Melville, and Wakaluk has embraced being a role model in the community, making frequent visits to schools in the city and working with goaltenders in the local minor hockey association, sharing his knowledge to help develop the next generation of puck-stoppers.
Wakaluk will continue his career, both academic and athletic, next season south of the border, attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He will patrol the crease for the Minutemen while pursuing a degree in engineering.
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