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Four OHL Grads Play Part in Admirals' Calder Cup Season - Junior Hockey News
Published: Sunday, 10 Jun 2012
The Norfolk Admirals cruised past the host Toronto Marlies 6-1 to win the AHL's Calder Cup at the Ricoh Center in Toronto on Saturday afternoon. This is the first championship in the 12-year history of the Tampa Bay Lightning's minor league affiliate.
The Admirals steamrolled their way past the opposition during the regular season, finishing with a 55-18-1-2 record and then went on a remarkable 15-3 playoff run, including a sweep of the Marlies. In their final 46 games, the Admirals lost only three.
With 19 players coming out of the CHL, Four OHL Graduates were on the Admirals and played part in the Admirals' championship season.
Mike Angelidis played his entire OHL career with the Owen Sound Attack (2002-06) and went on to sign a free agent contract with the Lightning organization in the summer of 2010. During his time with the Attack, Angelidis scored 78 goals (54 in 2005-06) and added 54 assists with a whopping 573 penalty minutes in 240 games in the "O". In the playoffs, Angelidis scored one goal and five assists in 18 games with 35 penalty minutes, which ranked second on the team. He serves as an Admirals' alternate captain.
Alex Hutchings had a nose for the net during his time with the Barrie Colts (2006-10). The Lightning's fourth round pick in 2009 scored 111 goals with 97 assists in 229 career games in the OHL. During his two years in the minors, Hutchings has split time between Norfolk and the ECHL's Florida Everblades. Even though he didn't see action in the playoffs, Hutchings played in 12 games for the Admirals during the regular season, scoring two goals and adding three assists.
During his two-year career in the "O", Richard Panik was the Crash Davis of the OHL as he played on three teams, including stints in Windsor, Belleville and Guelph (2009-11). Panik was selected in the second round (52nd overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft. Even though he scored five goals in the AHL playoffs, Panik finished his first full season in the minors with 19 goals and 22 assists in 64 regular season games and five goals and an assist in 18 games in the playoffs,
Goaltender Jaroslav Janus had a decent career in the "O" by protecting the cage with the Erie Otters (2007-10). Janus was another member of the Lightning's draft class of 2009 as he was taken in the 6th round (162nd overall). Janus split goaltending duties with Dustin Tokarski and had a stellar individual season doing so by posting a 23-8-2 record with a 2.36 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. Even though Tokarski played the bulk of the games in the playoffs, Janus was there when the team needed by registering a 3-1 record, with one of his wins being a shutout.
Also, another ex-OHLer works in the Norfolk front office. He is Dennis "Q" McEwen, who scored 50 goals for the London Knights during the 1988-89 season. "Q" hails from the small northern Ontario town of Elliot Lake.
Golf tournament a tribute to Paul Theriault
Friends of Paul 'Turk' Theriault are honouring the retired junior hockey coach with a tribute golf event, slated for July 16 at the Wooden Sticks Golf Club in Uxbridge, just east of Toronto.
The tournament has been slugged 'A Tribute to Turk'.
Details on the event are included on a special website: http://turkgolf.pointstreaksites.com/view/turkgolf
A concussion that Theriault suffered about 40 years ago while playing hockey for the Lake Superior State Lakers has surfaced with irreversible effects that have severely limited his abilities.
Organizers of the tournament are hoping that as well as recognizing Theriault contributions as a coach, including 14 seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with Soo Greyhounds, Oshawa Generals and Erie Otters, the golf tournament will help to offset the financial cost of Paul’s continuing and increasing need for therapy and care.
The planning for the event is progressing under the direction of Scott McCrory and Norm Schmidt, two of Theriault's former Oshawa players.
Theriault closed out his coaching career two years ago in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League with the Soo Eagles.
I just read the bio. He's not only the Corporate Sales Manager, but he's known as the franchise's "Original Admiral". Thanks for the lookout, Randy!
You are welcome, man.
SOO GREYHOUNDS PRESS RELEASE
GUDBRANSON ACQUIRED FROM FRONTS
The Soo Greyhounds Hockey Club announced Monday that the team has acquired 17-year old defenseman ALEX GUDBRANSON from the Kingston Frontenacs.
In exchange the Hounds transfer Oshawa’s 2nd Round pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection, Sudbury’s 4th Round pick in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection and Sault Ste. Marie’s 9th Round pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection to the Fronts.
"The addition of Alex is another key step towards us continuing to execute our plan which will see our program achieve sustained success” began GM Kyle Dubas.
"When looking at our group of defenseman, our staff felt the one thing we lacked heading into this season was a big defender with experience who can match up against the oppositions best players and bring a physical edge. Alex has shown over his two seasons that he is capable of playing against top opponents and also shows adept puck movement and some offensive upside” continued Dubas.
The 6.02, 206-lb rearguard is coming off his 2nd season with Kingston. In 50 games played the Orleans, ON product had 2 goals and 7 assists in 50 games played.
Alex was originally drafted by Kingston with their 1st pick (10th overall) in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection. It was during his rookie campaign that he would go on to win a gold medal with Team Ontario at the World Under-17 hockey challenge.
"Our program is thrilled to add a player of Alex's character and work ethic. We look forward to welcoming the Gudbranson family to Sault Ste. Marie this August" concluded the Hounds GM.
Hometown: Orleans, ON
DOB: September 3, 1994
Weight: 206 lbs
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