Harper & Leier named to U SPORTS All-Star squad

Axemen pair to face World Jr hopefuls

TORONTO (U SPORTS) – U SPORTS announced Monday the roster of the 2017 U SPORTS Men’s Hockey All-Star Team for the upcoming two-game series against Canada’s National Junior Team prospects.

The games are set for Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT and Thursday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, Ont., home of the OHL’s Niagara Ice Dogs.  The games will mark the culmination of a four-day camp for the U SPORTS Men’s Hockey All-Stars beginning Dec. 11, while also serving as part of Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship slated for Dec. 26 -Jan. 5 in Buffalo, N.Y.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Hockey Canada for what should be two very entertaining hockey games, and a continued partnership between our organizations,” said Graham Brown, President and CEO of U SPORTS. “We all know how excited Canadians get every December about Canada’s National Junior Team. These games will provide great exposure for U SPORTS men’s hockey, and I know our players and coaches are looking forward to shining on a national stage.”

It will mark the third straight year Canada’s National Junior Team Prospects have faced off against the U SPORTS Men’s Hockey All-Stars, all but one of whom have CHL major junior experience, including six returning players from last year’s squad.

Acadia Axemen forward Boston Leier and Stephen Harper are included on the All-Star team roster.

Harper, a second-year student-athlete with the Axemen, leads the AUS in scoring and points with 11 goals and 21 assists. Harper sits second in points in U SPORTS with 32 points and second in assists.

Axemen captain Boston Leier is second in points in the AUS with 11 goals and 19 assists and third in the U SPORTS.

“We are extremely happy for both of our players, they have had exceptional first halves for our team. They have been extremely focussed on our team success and it is great to see them recognized by the U SPORTS coaches. We know they will play significant roles in the two-game series,” said Acadia head coach Darren Burns.

Brad Peddle, head coach of the StFX X-Men will serve as the team’s bench boss alongside assistant coaches Mark Howell of the Calgary Dinos, Trevor Stienburg from the Saint Mary’s Huskies and Patrick Grandmaître of the Ottawa Gee-Gees.

“This is a tremendous event with very high-level competition, and I look forward to coaching the team representing U SPORTS top hockey players across the nation,” said Peddle, who along with Howell was behind the bench as an assistant coach at the 2016 event in Boisbriand, Que.  “We have a great assistant coaching staff in place that I am very much looking forward to working with in an effort to provide our student-athletes with an outstanding experience.”

Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team has faced U SPORTS competition on a regular basis since 1988.

2017 U SPORTS Men’s Hockey All-Stars RosterCOACHING STAFF

Head Coach: Brad Peddle, StFX (13th season)*

Assistant Coach: Mark Howell, Calgary (9th season)*

Assistant Coach: Trevor Stienburg, Saint Mary’s (21st season)

Assistant Coach: Patrick Grandmaître, Ottawa (2nd season)


*Returning player/coach from 2016

**Returning player from 2015 and 2016

Name University Hometown Elig. HT WT Previous Team / Junior Team
Sébastien Auger UQTR St-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Que. 4 5-11 160 Saint John (QMJHL)
Jordon Cooke** Saskatchewan Leduc, Alta. 4 5-10 185 Kelowna (WHL)
Spencer Abraham** Queen’s Campbellville, Ont. 4 5-10 178 Erie (OHL)
Dylan Busenius Calgary Sherwood Park, Alta. 4 6-0 202 Saskatoon (WHL)
Nathan Chiarlitti* McGill Maple, Ont. 5 5-11 195 StFX (AUS) / Owen Sound (OHL)
Jagger Dirk StFX Penticton, B.C. 4 6-0 197 Kootenay (WHL)
Jason Fram Alberta Delta, B.C. 2 6-0 200 Allen (ECHL) / Spokane (WHL)
Randy Gazzola UNB Thorold, Ont. 4 6-3 210 Val-d’Or (QMJHL)
Kendall McFaull* Saskatchewan Rosetown, Sask. 5 6-3 210 Moose Jaw (WHL)


Stephen Anderson UNB Morell, P.E.I. 3 5-11 195 Cape Breton (QMJHL)
Michael Clarke StFX London, Ont. 3 6-0 185 Peterborough (OHL)
Holden Cook* StFX Oshawa, Ont. 3 6-0 190 Owen Sound (OHL)
Cain Franson Calgary Sicamous, B.C. 4 6-2 185 Allen (CHL) / Vancouver (WHL)
Hunter Garlent Saint Mary’s Thorold, Ont. 2 5-9 183 Peterborough (OHL)
Stephen Harper Acadia Burlington, Ont. 2 6-3 215 Niagara (OHL)
Boston Leier Acadia Saskatoon, Sask. 4 5-10 195 Regina (WHL)
Logan McVeigh Saskatchewan Kenaston, Sask. 3 6-0 185 Kamloops (WHL)
Luke Philp Alberta Canmore, Alta. 2 5-10 175 Red Deer (WHL)
Josh Roach Saskatchewan Saskatoon, Sask. 5 6-0 190 Flin Flon (SJHL)
Cole Sanford Alberta Coldstream, B.C. 2 5-9 170 Colorado (ECHL) / Regina (WHL)
Brett Welychka* Carleton London, Ont. 3 5-10 188 Belleville (OHL)