Atlantic Hockey Showcase: Ben Guite Named Guest Coach

Acadia Hockey Development adds U of Maine Coach to Showcase Camp

We are very happy to announce that the University of Maine Black Bears Associate Head Coach Ben Guite will be a guest coach at the Acadia Hockey Development Atlantic Hockey Showcase this summer.

“We are very excited to be bringing Ben to Wolfville ‎as one of our lead instructors for the Acadia Hockey Development Showcase. Ben’s resume speaks for itself. He is an extremely well respected NCAA coach and it is exciting to have him at our camp. Our main goal is to educate and promote kids in Atlantic Canada and there are many different streams in the game of hockey. It will be a great experience for our kids to learn from Ben and be exposed to NCAA hockey.” – Kris MacDonald, Acadia Axemen assistant coach.

Ben Guite – Associate Head Coach

University of Maine Black Bears

Promoted to Associate Head Coach on October 14, 2015.

Ben Guite, who helped lead Maine to the 1999 NCAA National Championship, begins his fourth season as assistant coach of the Black Bears. Following his graduation from the University of Maine, Guite spent 13 years in professional hockey.

While at Maine, Guite helped lead the Black Bears to their second national championship in 1999 before being named an assistant captain and guiding the Black Bears back to the Frozen Four in 2000. Guite totaled 47 goals, including nine game-winners, and added 49 assists for 96 points in 146 games at Maine. A Montreal, Quebec native, Guite scored the first goal in Maine’s national championship victory over New Hampshire and added an assist in the Frozen Four semifinal win over Boston College. During his senior year in 1999-00, Guite totaled a team-high 22 goals with 14 assists for 36 points in 40 games.  As a junior, the former Black Bear forward had 12 goals and 16 assists in 40 games after totaling six goals and 12 assists in 32 games as a sophomore. During his rookie season, Guite ranked second among Maine first-year players with 14 points on seven goals and seven assists in 34 games. Read more ›

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Jon Greenwood Added to Acadia Showcase Hockey Camp

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We are very happy to announce that Halifax Mooseheads assistant coach Jon Greenwood will be a guest coach at the showcase this summer. Jon was also recently named Head Coach for the Nova Scotia Canada Games team for 2019.

“We are extremely excited to be adding Jon to our camp staff. He is a very well respected young coach who works for one of  the most prestigious programs in the Canadian Hockey League. His work with many of the Quebec Leagues young stars has been very impressive to follow. It is extremely evident he knows what it takes for young players to get better in order for them to develop. He is committed to helping them along this path.” – Darren Burns

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Featuring Halifax Mooseheads assistant coach Jon Greenwood

Greenwood joined the Mooseheads prior to the start of the 2014-15 season after spending two years as the Head Coach of the Cole Harbour WolfPack Midget AAA team. He has also served as Director of Hockey Development at the Maritime Hockey Academy for seven years. The Cole Harbour native was named the 2013-14 coach of the year in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League. Greenwood and wife Lisa have two children, daughter Madeline and son Nolan.

Greenwood graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a B.A Degree followed by a Bachelor of Education at the University of Maine.

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Axemen alumnus Young named head coach of Jr A Wildcats

Coaching changes announced for Valley Wildcats hockey in Berwick

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BERWICK – There will be a new head coach calling the shots from the Valley Jr. A Wildcats’ bench next season.

The Valley Wildcats Hockey Club issued a press release April 14 to announce that Nick Greenough is walking away from the role of head coach, a position he’s held for four years, “to spend more quality time with his young family.”

Greenough will, however, continue to work as the general manager of the three Wildcats teams, with a focus on operations.

Travis Young, a former player and assistant coach with the Acadia Axemen, has been selected as the new head coach of the Jr. A club.

“While at Acadia he was named second team AUS all-star and CIS all-rookie team member after leading all AUS defencemen in scoring during his freshmen year. He also attended an Ottawa Senators training camp, but was forced to retire due to concussion issues,” a statement on the Valley Wildcats website reads.

Young is no stranger to the Wildcats, spending the last two seasons leading the bantam team and functioning as an assistant coach at the Jr. A level.

Andre Lefebvre will step up as the new head coach of the Major Midget Wildcats, and Sam Foster will become the director of player personnel.

Lefebvre has spent the last 15-plus years coaching high-level hockey, including spending some time in the AUS league with the St. Mary’s Huskies.

“In addition to his coaching duties, Andre has also worked as an Atlantic Scout for Val D’Or and Shawinigan in the QMJHL, and is presently the Nova Scotia Scout with the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL,” a Valley Wildcats release reads.

Foster has been involved in Jr. A hockey for more than 20 years.

“Having Sam on our side makes us instantly better. Nobody puts more time in recruitment and scouting in Atlantic Canada than Sam. He has won championships at this level and knows what type of player it takes to win and what fans in the Valley will want to come and watch,” said Greenough in one of four press releases the Berwick-based hockey club released April 14.

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Axemen connection hoist Allan Cup

Coolen & Randell win 2017 Allan Cup with Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts

Congratulations to Acadia Axemen alumnus Travis Randell & former Axemen head coach Tom Coolen on winning the 2017 Allan Cup with the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts!

Travis played for the Axemen from 2012-16, while Coolen coached Acadia from 1987-95, including winning a National CIS Title in 1993.

The Allan Cup is the trophy awarded annually since 1909, to the national senior amateur men’s ice hockey champions of Canada.

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Acadia Hockey Development Atlantic Showcase

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Thursday July 27th – Saturday, July 29th

Registration begins on Thursday at 10:30am

Camp finishes on Saturday at 1:00pm

Ages: 2002-2004

COST: $410 (Camp includes Jersey)


  • 9 Hours on Ice
    • Skills
    • Execution
    • Skating
    • Scrimmages
  • Off-ice Training
    • Led by Acadia’s Elliott Richardson
  • Classroom Sessions & Presentations

Featuring Halifax Mooseheads assistant coach Jon Greenwood

Greenwood joined the Mooseheads prior to the start of the 2014-15 season after spending two years as the Head Coach of the Cole Harbour WolfPack Midget AAA team. He has also served as Director of Hockey Development at the Maritime Hockey Academy for seven years. The Cole Harbour native was named the 2013-14 coach of the year in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League. Greenwood and wife Lisa have two children, daughter Madeline and son Nolan.

Greenwood graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a B.A Degree followed by a Bachelor of Education at the University of Maine.

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Valley native Brette Pettet leads SSM to National Championship

Back to back: SSM girls prep repeats as 19U USA Hockey national champions


Call the Sabres locked in. Call them tough. Call them clutch.

Call them champions.

The Shattuck-St. Mary’s girls prep hockey team repeated as national champions, winning the USA Hockey Nationals Girls Tier I 19U title Monday with a 3-1 win over the Chicago Mission in Rochester, Michigan.

Senior Brette Pettet had the winning and insurance goals for the Sabres, who came back from a 1-0 deficit after one period of play.

The girls prep team was the lone SSM squad still in play for a title when it took the ice Monday afternoon. The boys U16 team lost a 2-1 game earlier in the day, while the boys prep and girls U16 teams fell in the semifinals Sunday.

“We knew this morning that the boys U16 had lost, so they knew we were the last team standing,” girls prep coach Gordie Stafford said. “Our program, it is a program, regardless of gender, the teams always support one another. They play for their school, and that was important for them.”

SSM was without leading goal scorer Maureen Murphy, who had to sit out the championship after taking a game misconduct penalty in Sunday’s 1-0 semifinal win over the Mid Fairfield CT Stars. As a result, SSM rotated defensemen into the third-line center spot, ensuring that line had a definite presence all game in what Stafford called a full-team win.

A group of Sabres that’s handled pretty much everything thrown at it over the last few years steeled itself a little more knowing Murphy was out for the championship.

“I think it’s not as if you need extra incentive in a national championship game,” Stafford said. “But they’re driven people anyway, and that gave them another reason. Just this whole team, but the senior group is just so cohesive and they just love playing in those games. They played in so many of those games and I think it’s almost like once you’ve played in those games and you’ve experienced the exhilaration of those games, you’re not nervous for them, you’re excited for them. That’s how they are. Just unflappable too.”

The Mission’s Hannah Alt scored 7 minutes, 17 seconds into the first, and it was 1-0 after one. Becca Foggia scored at the 9:50 mark of the second to tie the game 1-1.

Pettet scored on a wrist shot from the right circle on a rush at the 15:51 mark to give the Sabres the lead. She added a power-play goal at 15:12 in the third from the left circle to help seal the win.

Stafford called it fitting for Pettet, who as an eighth-grader in 2013, had the tying and game-winning goals for the U16 team in the championship — a win that started a four-year streak of championships for the SSM U16 girls.

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In Pursuit of Excellence – Robert Steeves

Steeves, ice Axemen cap successful season with USports bronze medal

By John DeCoste ’77

(WOLFVILLE, N.S. ) – For goalie Robert Steeves, the 2016-2017 university hockey season was the most satisfying – not to mention the most successful – of his three years at Acadia, culminating in a national bronze medal.

The Axemen were 2-1 at the USports University Cup in Fredericton, defeating Alberta 4-1, and after a 3-0 semifinal loss to eventual-champion UNB, claiming the bronze medal with a convincing 7-3 victory over St. F.X., a team Acadia had previously beaten just once all season.

“It felt really good, winning the bronze medal,” Steeves said in an interview March 30. “We were able to beat X when it counted.” He joked, “maybe we were saving ourselves for that game.”

Steeves, 24, who is in his third year of a business degree at Acadia, was born and grew up in Moncton, though his parents currently live about an hour north in Bouctouche, N.B.

After one year of Junior A in Dieppe, he played major junior for four seasons in the QMJHL, two with Acadie-Bathurst and two with Gatineau, before being recruited to Acadia in 2014.

“I knew I wanted to come back to the Maritimes for university, and I had talked to a few schools,” he says. “I didn’t know much about Acadia, but my dad is an Acadia grad. He was a big influence on my decision to come here.”

In his first year at Acadia, Steeves got into just four games. He “got off to a rocky start my first game,” and was replaced by Brandon Glover who ended up “having a great year that year,” helping lead the Axemen to a berth in the University Cup.

“It was a bit of a learning experience for me,” Steeves says of his rookie year. “I had been a starter for my last three years in junior,” and watching the action from the bench was an adjustment. Read more ›

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Cazzola named to ECHL All-Rookie Team

Axemen Alumnus stars in first ECHL season

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The ECHL announced on Wednesday that Fort Wayne forward Mike Cazzola has been named to the 2017 ECHL All-Rookie Team as determined by vote of the league coaches, broadcasters, media relations directors and media who were asked to select a goaltender, two defensemen and three forwards.

Cazzola leads Fort Wayne and is tied for first among rookies with 45 assists and 72 points and is tied for third with 27 goals among first year skaters.

In addition to Cazzola, rookies Landon Bow (G, Idaho), Kevin Shulze (D, Wheeling), Nolan Zajac (D, Toledo), Tyler Spink (F, Toledo) and Tyson Spink (F, Toledo) were also named ECHL All-Rookies for the year.

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Benedict & Moyer set to clash in EIHL playoffs

Axemen Alumni faceoff overseas

Two former Acadia Axemen teammates will square off in the EIHL playoffs beginning tonight April 1st, 2017. Russ Moyer and Brandon Benedict, both 34 years of age, were teammates for four years from 2003-04 to 2006-07 with Acadia and have both spent the past number of season’s playing overseas.

Moyer plays for the Fife Flyers, and was named the team’s top defenceman this year with 37 points in 52 games. A great honour considering their blue line also features former NHL veteran defenceman Richard Jackman.

An Annapolis Valley native, Benedict is in his second tour of duty with the Belfast Giants putting up 14 points in 51 games this season. He played with the team for 2 seasons from 2009-2011, before moving to rival Nottingham Panthers for 4 years and returning to Belfast last season. Benedict remains a force at both ends of the ice as well as on special teams.

The EIHL, Elite Ice Hockey League, is the top ice hockey league in the United Kingdom. Good luck to both Russ & Brandon as their teams battle for playoff supremacy!

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