RR I no stupid what you saying is Keni Yamada who own da team will be Coach of Jamestown ahahahaha I figure this out!
Randy you must of been a hell of hockey player in your day you stick-handled thru the Port Huron situation better than Gordie Howe could of! (You are right tho - the Owner as the Boss has the right to be the Boss!)
posted Jun. 4th, 2012 - 5:24pm
Mike Lee says:
When are we going to an article on the state of the South Division?
posted Jun. 4th, 2012 - 6:05pm
Jack Dodd says:
This does make sense and I had not thought of this before about the Owner of a Hockey Team (in this case M. Hayes) having the rite to make employmant decisions. Good points for sure Randy how-ever I will stand by stating that if this does not work out then Steve Shannon will have none to blame but his self as he woud have been better off to build the Falcons up as the G.M. and hire a Coach who has expereince in Junior Hockey. We shall see!
That would be Mr. Heisler's territory, the South Division.
Mister? That term just lost a lot of meaning.
My mother always reminded me to have manners, regardless of the person or situation.
I am willing to wagre a bet that Cody Milan either plays in the NA with the Soo Eagles or in the "O" with the Soo Greyhounds.I don't think he is that keen on Sioux City at least not right now. If he doesn't go "O" and goes for scholership then my bet is he plays in NA with the Soo Eagles.
posted Jun. 5th, 2012 - 7:42am
Jack Dodd says:
Jamestown Ironmen Pleased With Their Draft Picks
June 4, 2012
Jamestown Ironmen landed just about all of their targets in Friday's North American Hockey League draft.
For the better part of May, Ironmen head coach Dan Daikawa has been traveling the country to scout out potential draft picks.
"We take every opportunity we get to watch players," explained Daikawa.
All four of the Ironmen picks have been carefully scouted and communicated with during the months leading up to the draft.
"We have been constantly communicating with each of these young men to make sure they would be a good fit for our team and to more importantly insure that they want to play for us and make their home in Jamestown," said Daikawa.
The Ironmen landed Conrad Sampair with their first pick. Daikawa saw the forward from Hill Murray High School in Minnesota in action during a workout in Minneapolis.
With their second pick, Jamestown chose Colorado native, Noah Eckebrecht; who Daikawa scouted during a showcase game in Denver.
The Ironmen took another forward, Jared Dedenbach, with their third pick. Daikawa saw Dedenbach, a Michigan native, in action during a showcase in Chicago.
With their fourth and final pick, the Ironmen took Kenny Curtis, a defensemen from Rochester.
"With this draft, we were looking for skill players who can handle the puck," said Daikawa. "I think we got that skill we were looking for mixed with a little grit."
The Ironmen have also been busy wheeling and dealing with other teams. In the past two weeks, Jamestown has added seven new players through trade. All seven bring experience with them which Daikawa puts a lot of emphasis on.
"There is a definite learning curve for first year players,'' he said. ''The guys we traded for all have experience playing in this league and can offer a bit of leadership to our team."
Of the seven players Jamestown acquired, forward Nathan Ropelewski spent his last season in Fresno and is originally from Erie.
Another forward, Joe Mottiqua, will be heading into Jamestown from Aberdeen and is originally from just outside of Pittsburgh.
Some of the veterans, picks and acquired players will be in Jamestown from Friday through Sunday for the first of three tryout camps. There are currently 80 players signed up for the tryout with 120 total spots available.
The second and third Ironmen tryout camps will take place in Pittsburgh from June 29 through July 1 and in Rochester from July 20-22.
Trio of Soo Eagles off to SUNY Canton
Goalie Luis Puig, left winger George Curry and defenceman Taylor Pickering will still be teammates come the 2012-13 hockey season.
The three, who all played with the Soo Eagles during the 2011-12 Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League season, are headed to northern New York state to play for the SUNY Canton Kangeroos, an independent college team that is awaiting National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 3 certification.
The Eagles have since left the NOJHL and will debut in the North American Hockey League effective the 2012-13 campaign.
Puig posted a record of 11-4-2 with an .894 save percentage and 3.73 goals against average with the Eagles last season.
Curry, a shutdown-type forward, had 32 points, including nine goals, in 41 regular-season games.
Pickering played in 49 of the Eagles 50 regular-season games and produced 30 points, including eight goals, from his blueline position.
All three players have 1991 birth dates.
SUNY Canton is coached by Eric McCambly.
"We had good reports on all three of these players and we are really looking forward to having them as part of our program," said McCambly.
NAHL's Anthony Stolarz impresses at NHL combine
By Ryan Kennedy | The Hockey News – 2 hours 34 minutes ago
Another NHL Draft Combine is in the books and while the kids are exhausted, the GMs and their scouts are the ones with the sleepless nights coming up. Who will soar and who will flame out? This is where the real guesswork comes in. Chris Calnan of Noble and Greenough prep school was the big winner in the physical tests with multiple victories and several other notable names did well. Here’s a look at some of the players we’re excited to see in the big league some day.
Anthony Stolarz, G – Corpus Christi IceRays (NAHL)
Only one player from the North American League was invited to the draft combine and it should be no surprise that it was a goalie. After all, the NAHL’s big contributions to the game have come in net lately, from Ryan Miller to Chicago prospect Mac Carruth. Stolarz is a prototypical modern goalie, with a long frame and an affection for Nashville’s Pekka Rinne. In fact, Stolarz’s 81-inch wing span was tops among combine competitors and he showed off his fitness by placing top-10 in the gruelling VO2 Max bike test. Not bad for a kid who was snubbed by the United States League over the summer. In his 19 interviews at the combine, Stolarz was frequently asked about how he wound up in Texas.
“A lot of them were surprised that I went to an open NAHL camp in New York, that I wasn’t invited to the main camp until then,” he said. “I wanted to go to the USHL, but it didn’t work out.”
Their loss. Stolarz put up a .920 save percentage on a bad Corpus Christi team, where his 1,602 saves ranked second in the league. That’s an average of 32 shots a game (nearly 10 more than some of the other NAHL stats leaders), but the New Jersey native wasn’t complaining.
“I thrive when I face a lot of shots – it keeps me mentally focused and it’s fun,” Stolarz said. “The more pucks you stop, the better you look.”
The 6-foot-5 200-pound keeper is committed to Nebraska-Omaha for next season, so much so that he went straight from Toronto to Omaha to begin training. As for the reasoning behind his destination, it’s all about the leadership behind the bench.
“Dean Blais’ track record speaks for itself,” Stolarz said. “He’s a legendary coach. And Brian Renfrew is the assistant and the goalie coach. I’m looking forward to meeting him and actually having a goalie coach.”
Stolarz prides himself on his athleticism and ability to use his stick, but still wants to work on his foot speed. Considering the Texas two-step he navigated this summer, he’ll be just fine in that regard. Draft eligible in 2012.
Alex Galchenyuk, C – Sarnia Sting (OHL)
No one produced more peak power at the combine’s Wingate bike test than Galchenyuk, who is cementing himself high in the draft after a lost injury season had him all over the map. His hands and head were never in question, so the Russian kid born in Milwaukee is looking more dangerous than ever. Draft eligible in 2012.
Ryan Murray, D – Everett Silvertips (WHL)
While Murray had an excellent combine, particularly in the tough V02 Max bike test, his juice is coming more from buzz than actions right now. That is to say, it’s more likely the all-around ace will be selected within the top two picks, perhaps even going to Edmonton where they sorely need his presence. Draft eligible in 2012.
Taylor Cammarata, C – Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
The playmaking Hawks rookie earned second-team All-USHL honors and did so as a 16-year-old. Imagine what the University of Minnesota commit has in store for the future. As it is, Cammarata came away from his first USHL season with 69 points in 60 games, placing him sixth overall. Draft eligible in 2013.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW – SKA St. Petersburg (KHL)
Evgeny Kuznetsov is staying behind, but the other top Russian prospect is on his way to the NHL. Tarasenko signed his deal with the Blues, giving St. Louis a powerfully built scorer who has proven to be clutch. Definitely a pre-season Calder pick. Drafted 16th overall by St. Louis in 2010.
Matt DeBlouw, C – Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)
Scouts love the upside that DeBlouw brings to his two-way game and they’ll be pleased with his combine results. The Michigan State commit was second to Galchenyuk in peak power output and was top-10 in mean output as well. Draft eligible in 2012.
James Melindy, D – Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)
Interesting result for Melindy at the combine. The Cats D-man had the best fatigue index of any competitor, which hopefully translates into those crucial shifts at the ends of close games. Big, skilled and mobile, Melindy was even trusted with taking shootouts for Moncton. Draft eligible in 2012.
Malcolm Subban, G – Belleville Bulls (OHL)
When one brother is in the NHL and another is your teammate in Belleville, it’s fair to say there’s something in the genes for Subban. At the combine, he showed great athleticism, particularly in leg-based events. The Bulls netminder was also invited to participate in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence goalie camp next week, so don’t be surprised to see him internationally in the near future. Draft eligible in 2012.
Olli Maatta, D – London Knights (OHL)
Already one of the best defensive defensemen in the draft, Maatta’s offensive outburst through the playoffs put another feather in the big Finn’s cap. He had a great showing at the combine, so now the question is, how high will he go in Pittsburgh? Draft eligible in 2012.
Kenton Helgesen D – Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
A late riser in the rankings, Helgesen is a shutdown defender who’s not afraid to drop the gloves when duty calls. At the combine, the 6-foot-3, 185-pounder also proved to be one of the most physically fit of the lot, too, tying goalie Matt Tomkins in several physique-based categories. Draft eligible in 2012.
The Jamestown team in the NAHL should reach to out to former Buffalo Sabres great MIKE FOLIGNO about being a part of the Organization. Mike is usually out that way anyway with his sons playing in the NHL with Buffalo and Ottawa.
posted Jun. 5th, 2012 - 4:07pm
Jack Dodd says:
Talk on the street in Port Huron about the new Asst Coach who was a real fan favorite during his IHL days in PH.
posted Jun. 5th, 2012 - 4:11pm
Jack Dodd says:
Fighting Falcons trying to trade for Van Wormer who was with TC last season now propperty of the Soo.
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