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Alumni in International Competition
Friday, 27 April 2012 10:32    PDF Print E-mail

Alumni in International Competition

The IIHF U18 World Championships and IIHF World Championships are two of the largest tournaments in international competition. Both tournaments are set to take place within the next couple months.  Rosters are slowly being released for each respected country and already four GMHL alumni have been named to international teams. These include Nikita Jevpalovs (Captain of U18 Team Latvia), Nemanja Jankovic (Serbia), Martijn Oosterwijk (Netherlands), and Greg Hyde (Austrilia).

South Muskoka Alumnus Nikita Jevpalovs has been named captain of Team Latvia in the upcoming IIHF U18 World Junior Championship. The heavily scouted tournament will be the last chance players to showcase their talents to NHL scouts for the upcoming 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Jevpalovs, who has a history of excelling in international competition, is expected to go in this year’s NHL draft. In the U20 World Junior Championship Nikita led Team Latvia in scoring with five points in six games, despite being the youngest player on the team.

Nemanja Jankovic played three seasons in the GMHL for the Bradford Rattlers, helping to lead the Rattlers to their two Russell Cup titles. The Rattlers helped Nemanja move to the NCAA’s Finlandia University, where he has spent the past four seasons as a front line forward for the university. In the 2009-10 season, he finished second in team scoring with 11 goals for Finlandia. Jankovic will be representing his country Serbia in the World Championships this year.

Martijn Oosterwijk is a goaltender from the Netherlands and will be representing his country in this year’s World Championship. In the GMHL, Oosterwijk started for the Powasson Dragons in 2009-2010. Powasson was able to get Oosterwijk a starting job in his home country’s top professional league, where he played last season. This is Martijn’s first World Championship selection.

Former Elliot Lake Bobcat and Nipissing Allouette Greg Hyde will be playing for Team Australia in the World Championships this year. Greg spent two years in the GMHL, scoring 60 points in 75 games for his junior career. Greg’s development in the GMHL allowed him to land a spot in Australia’s top professional league, where he is playing now.

Congratulations to all of our Alumni on their achievements. Being named as a top player in your country is a great accomplishment, and no small feat. The GMHL takes much pride in developing hockey players which are making a impact beyond their junior years.

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Powassan Eagles confirm for 2012/2013
Sunday, 29 January 2012 16:15    PDF Print E-mail

January 27, 2012

The GMHL is please to announce the Powassan Eagles will join the league in the 2012 - 2013 season.  The new owners of the team Michal Kolarik, Andy Palfrey, Jaromir Vampola and Giri Micka, would like to thank the GMHL and the town of Powassan for their tremendous support.  They look forward to the start of productive hockey season and being able to provide the town of Powassan with quality hockey entertainment.  The Eagles would also like to thank the MAK Sports Academy in Powassan for their support and assistance in providing their players with a quality training environment.

If you have any questions about the Powassan Eagles or are interested in playing for the Eagles next season, please contact:

Mike Kolarik
(705) 724-5125 
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Wave jump into 8th place
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 12:55    PDF Print E-mail

Two consecutive wins put the Lefroy team within striking distance of sixth overall
By Kevin Michie
From The Innisfil Scope

After back-to-back victories over the Shelburne Red Wings last week, the Lefroy Wave have jumped into eighth spot in the GMHL standings, and continue to roll.

The two victories, where the Wave outscored the Red Wings 13-2 in two games, erased some memories of a disappointing 10-5 loss to the Mattawa Voyageurs a week ago, which snapped a three game winning streak and hurt a chance of catching the team, who are sitting in front of Lefroy in the standings.

On Friday night, the Wave kicked off the back-to-back series at home, and treated the fans to a 7-2 victory.

The Wave scored five unanswered goals through the first two periods, courtesy of Will Brown, Brodie McDonald, Deven Bingly, Garrett Hieghington and Tyler Roache.

Three of the first five goals for the Wave came on the power play.

Early in the third period, Shelburne finally cracked Wave goaltender Logan Wall and cut the Lefroy lead to 5- 1.

Not long after, however, Lefroy leading goal scorer Josh LaFrance scored, followed by another McDonald marker, to but any comeback aspirations to bed.

Lefroy travelled to Shelburne the following night and put another outstanding effort, proving that they are a club that is capable of obtaining points when they have a good opportunity.

A very balanced attack helped the Wave to a 6-0 victory on Saturday. A strong offensive output, as demonstrated by the six goals scored, and stellar goaltending from starting goaltender Terry Hughes proved to be too much, again, for the Red Wings.

Christopher Pilon, Cole Pupek and LaFrance all generated goals in the first period and gave the Wave some breathing space. Through the second period, it was Hughes’ time to shine, as he turned away 12 Shelburne shots to keep the Wave lead at three goals.

The second period would be the only scoreless frame, as the Wave doubled up their own score in the final frame with goals from Cole Rowden, Cody Burtch and Pupek, en route to the victory.

The Wave will, once again, kick-off a home-andhome series this weekend, this time playing the Bobcaygeon Bucks. The games provide another opportunity for the Wave to catch-up to teams like Mattawa and Deseronto, both of whom sit in front of Lefroy in the standings.

With only eight games remaining, the chances of catching fifth place South Muskoka are slim, as the Shield are currently 13 points clear of Lefroy, but sixth place overall is attainable.

Out of the eight remaining games, only two are against a team above the Wave in the standings, giving the club a realistic shot at securing sixth spot.


Leclair nets 50th
Friday, 27 January 2012 09:31    PDF Print E-mail

Titans edge Rattlers, Leclair nets 50th.

January 27 2012.

The Titans were heading into 2 games this weekend against 2 of the top five teams in the GMHL.  Starting with the Bradford Rattlers (24-4-3) on Thursday night then taking a short bus ride to Gravenhurst to face off against the South Muskoka Shield (23-7-4) on Friday evening.

Thursday night, the Titans welcomed back goalie Aaron Boyce, who had suffered an injury and hadn’t played since October 27, and got the start against the Rattlers.  It wasn’t the kind of start he would have liked as Joseph Gatti opened the scoring 11 seconds after the opening faceoff.  The first half of the period, the Rattlers held the advantage of the play and the shot clock.  Their strategy was a dump and chase style. Both teams were throwing their weight around as the fans witnessed some good body checks.  The Titans got things going as soon as the Rattlers got into penalty problems.  At 12:26 while on a power play, Robin Mendelsohn scored his 32nd goal with assists from Chris Levesque & Andre Leclair.  On the next shift, the Rattlers found themselves down 2 men and Mendelsohn (33) scored his second from Leclair & Richard Abbott.  The first period ended 2-1 Titans.  Shots were 25-13 Titans.

Chris Saganash made the score 3-1 when his original shot was mishandled by Rob Sutherland and the puck bounced off of Saganash into the net. About 6 minutes later Andreas Norrby scored on a scramble in front of Boyce to make the score 3-2.  Shortly after the goal a fight broke out between Saganash and Ugo Jaffeux.  From the crowd reaction, Saganash was given the title.  Both players were sent to the showers.

The scored remained the same until, with only 2.4 seconds left and a faceoff in the Titans zone, Norrby put a wrist shot under the crossbar right at the buzzer to tie the score.  Shots in the second were 17-13 Titans.

In the final period, the Titans regained the lead at 4:08 on nice 3 way passing play between Leclair, Mendelsohn and Tahbazian who was left alone in front of Sutherland and made no mistake.  But Bradford wasn’t giving up just yet.  At 9:07 Joseph Gatti scored his second to tie the game once more.  This set the stage for Andre Leclair, who scored his 50th goal of the season on a picture perfect set-up from Mendelsohn and Tahbazian. He accomplished this feat in just 34 games.  The lead was back again in the Titans favour.  The Rattlers had several chances in the last minutes but Boyce kept the puck out and the Titans players played a very good defensive style to prevent any damages towards the end.  The score ended 5-4 Titans.  This was the Titans 31st victory of the season.  They now lead Sturgeon Falls by 2 points and have 3 games on hand.

Final shot count was 58-41 Titans, 16-15 in the third.
The games 3 stars were Mendelsohn, Leclair and Rob Sutherland.

Photo taken by Tim Turner

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 January 2012 09:39 )
New players for Mattawa paying off dividens
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 12:49    PDF Print E-mail

New players paying off dividens

With the second part of the season on it's way and a few player changes before the January 10th cut off day, coach Dean Harvey and staff have been busy.

DJ Champagne is pleased to be joining the Mattawa Voyageurs for the second half of the 2011/2012 GMHL season coming from the rival Sturgeon Falls Lumberjacks in a Christmas break trade that saw the Lumberjacks receive future considerations from the Voyageurs.
Champagne had skated with the Voyageurs during training camp but the teams could not come to terms on a agreement on a trade.  DJ is a five year GMHL veteran that has played for coach Harvey 2 years ago while he was an assistant with the Powassan Dragons in 2009/2010 season.

"DJ brings a ton of veteran experience and toughness to the Voyageurs and can play both forward or defence which makes him a valuable asset to the coaching staff during games.  He is a player who will only flourish with this group and increased ice time and become a key player in the stretch run and playoffs this season" said coach Harvey.  "When DJ played for me in Powassan, he was a player who would go through a wall for me and he is only older and stronger now at 20 years old and his 6'1" 205lbs frame" added Harvey.

Champagne had the same praise for his new bench boss.  "Coach Dean has always been straight forward with me and has always given me respect as a player and demands the same.  I am leaving a good team in the Lumberjacks but I know I am coming to a well coached and hard working Mattawa team and am excited to start the new year with them and contribute to the continued success going into the second half and playoffs" said Champagne.

The Voyageurs added a new goalie in Maxime Rousseau. Rousseau will be another top goalie in the GMHL with experience playing in the QMJHL and the OJHL.  Having two 21 year old goalies, bringing in Maxine will give the Voyageurs a seasoned veteran for next year also. Mattawa's third goalie Jake McTaggart has been sent to Algoma for the remainder of the season to get some ice time but he will return next year as he is only on loan.

Coach Dean then struck a deal with Elliot Lake for two players, Garrett Nystedt and Nelson Morningstar both 21 year olds that will give leadership to the team.  Nystedt played for the Bobcats in their first season and went on to play NCAA hockey in the States.  He is a fast, hard hitting leader that will help control a young Mattawa team.

From www.mattawavoyageursjrahockey.com

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