Memorial Cup Opens Up
The Memorical Cup began with one game Friday night in Shawinigan.
The Edmonton Oil Kings edged the Shawinigan Cataractes 4-3 in the opening game of the Memorial Cup at the Bionest Centre in Shawinigan. Griffin Reinhart, Henrik Samuelsson, Kristians Pelss, and Martin Gernat scored for Edmonton; while Michael Chaput scored twice, and Anton Zloban added a single for the Cataractes.
The Saint John Sea Dogs opened defence of their Memorial Cup with a 5-3 loss to the OHL champions the London Knights on Saturday night. Vladislav Namestinikov scored twice; while Max Domi, Seth Griffin, and Austin Watson added singles for the Knights; while the Sea Dogs got goals from Jonathan Huberdeau, Ryan Tesink, and Charles-Oliver Roussel.
On Sunday Brandon Gormley scored twice; while Pierre-Olivier Morin, Chaput, Loik Poudrier, and Michael Bournival added singles as Shawinigan downed London 6-2. John Anderson and Andreas Athanasiou scored for the Knights.
On Monday the Sea Dogs will take on Edmonton who will face London on Tuesday; and Shawinigan takes on Saint John on Wednesday.
Galiev Is CHL Player of the Week
On Tuesday the Canadian Hockey League announced that Saint John forward Stanislev Galiev is the player of the week for the week ending May 13th.
Galiev had seven points (4G, 3A) during that time frame with seven of them coming in the President’s Cup clinching game with three goals, two assists, and the first star of the game award in the 8-0 win over the Rimouski Oceanic on Thursday. It was his second hat trick of the post season.
2012-13 Regular Season Schedule Unveiled
Also on Tuesday the League unveiled the 2012-2013 regular season schedule that will see 612 games being played.
Eighty-two percent of the games will be played from Thursday to Sunday in order to free up the players to concentrated on their school work during the rest of the week.
Saint John will host the Acadie-Bathurst Titan for the first game on Thursday, September 20th.
The expansion Sherbrook Phoenix (the former Lewiston MAINEiacs) will have their home opener on Friday when they welcome Rimouski.
Canada Names 2013 World Junior Staff
Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, announced Friday that Steve Spott (Waterloo, Ont.), head coach and general manager of the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers, will be head coach of Canada’s National Junior Team for the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship, scheduled for Dec. 26, 2012 to Jan. 6, 2013 in Ufa, Russia.
Spott will be joined on the coaching staff by assistant coaches Mario Duhamel (St-Bruno, QC/Drummondville, QMJHL), Don Nachbaur (Prince George, BC/Spokane, WHL) and André Tourigny (Nicolet, QC/Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL).
Steve Spott, 44, will be making his fifth appearance on a Team Canada coaching staff and second with Canada’s National Junior Team. Spott was an assistant coach with Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship, winning a silver medal. He won gold as head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2011 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament, served as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team at the 2009 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, finishing fourth, and with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka in 2008, winning a gold medal. Spott was Ontario’s head coach at the 2000 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, winning a silver medal, and at the 1999 Canada Winter Games, finishing fourth. The head coach and general manager of the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers since 2008, Spott has been with the organization since 2001, starting as an assistant coach. While with Kitchener, Spott won the Memorial Cup in 2003 as an assistant coach and finished as runner-up in 2008.
Mario Duhamel, 37, will make his first appearance with Canada’s National Junior Team. He won gold at the 2011 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team in his lone previous Team Canada experience. Duhamel has been head coach of the QMJHL’s Drummondville Voltigeurs for the past three seasons. Prior to joining the Voltigeurs, he was an assistant coach with the QMJHL’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies from 2005-09, and served as an assistant coach with Quebec at the 2009 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Port Alberni, BC finishing fifth.
Don Nachbaur, 53, will make his first appearance with Canada’s National Junior Team. He has twice won gold as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team, at the 1999 Four Nations Cup and 2011 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament. Nachbaur has been head coach of the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs since the start of the 2010-11 season, and has also been a head coach in the WHL with the Seattle Thunderbirds (1994-2000) and Tri-City Americans (2003-09), winning the WHL Coach of the Year award in 1994-95 and 2007-08. He was an assistant coach with the AHL’s Philadelphia Phantoms from 2000-02 and head coach of the AHL’s Binghamton Senators in 2009-10.
André Tourigny, 38, will be an assistant coach with Canada’s National Junior Team for the third time after earning silver medals at the 2010 and 2011 IIHF World Junior Championships. Tourigny was also an assistant coach with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2008 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament, winning a gold medal. He has been head coach of the QMJHL’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies since 2001, winning the QMJHL Coach of the Year award.
This year, the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge will replace Canada’s National Junior Team summer development camp. The four-game series will be played Aug. 9-10 in Yaroslavl, Russia, and Aug. 13-14 in Halifax, NS. More information on the series, including rosters and practice schedules, will be announced at a later date.
Courtesy Hockey Canada