Dayton, Ohio – The Dayton Gems professional hockey team is excited to announce the return of Tim Hartung and the addition of goaltender Kristofer Westblom for the upcoming 2011-2012 Central Hockey League season.

Rejoining the Gems for his third season in a Dayton uniform, Hartung, a 27 year old native of St. Paul, Minnesota, adds utility to the club, spending parts of last season at both defensive and offensive positions. Notching 28 points in his 35 regular season appearances last season; he was also instrumental in the team’s first playoff appearance, earning a point in three postseason games against Rapid City. Gems head coach Brian Gratz offered praise on his comprehensive abilities on the ice, noting “playing both forward and defense for us last season, along with his exceptional play on the blueline, will allow Tim to pose a true duel threat on both ends of the ice this season.”Read more »

Midgley joins Mooseheads’ coaching staff

By WILLY PALOV Sports Reporter
Fri, Jun 24, 2011 – 4:55 AM

Jim Midgley is the latest addition to the Halifax Mooseheads’ bench.

The former Saint John Sea Dogs assistant coach will fill a similar role with the Mooseheads, joining Steve Hartley as an assistant to recently named head coach Dominique Ducharme.

“Jim brings tremendous communication and team development skills to our club,” Ducharme said in a news release. “He has a great reputation for growing players at this level and we look forward to him joining us behind the bench in Halifax next season.”Read more »

Troy Ryan’s hockey career has come full circle.

By GLENN MacDONALD Sports Reporter

The former player with the Saint Mary’s Huskies and UNB Varsity Reds and assistant coach at Acadia is coming back to the Atlantic university ranks, this time as a head coach. Ryan, who had spent the past eight seasons coaching in the Maritime Junior Hockey League, will take over the reins of the St. Thomas Tommies.

“Ultimately it’s always been my goal to be a head coach (in the AUS) but it wasn’t something I really pursued,” the 39-year-old Ryan said in an interview Wednesday. “It came to me and I jumped at the opportunity when it came my
way.”Read more »

Former Local Hockey Standout Named Penguins Head Coach


The Penguins Organization is excited to announce that one of the most successful players to come out of the community has been named Head Coach for the Jr. Penguins. Joel Isenor was named to the position this past weekend.

The East Hants Jr Penguins are proud to announce Joel Isenor as the team’s Head Coach. Isenor will be joining the Penguins after spending the previous 2 years coaching the East Hants Midgett AAA Minor Hockey Team. Joel is a local guy with a long resume of hockey acheivements throughout his junior and university career. He graduated Acadia University in May of 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.Read more »

Russ Moyer’s incredible hockey journey

By Joey Butkevich
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
russ_moyer07This week, Baytoday sat down to talk with North Bay’s Russ Moyer, and his journey throughout the hockey ranks. Since 2003-04, Moyer has been travelling the world, and making a living from a game he loves and has played since he can remember. The former North Bay Athletic (Blades) graduate, has had a successful professional career as a mobile defenceman, both in North America and overseas.

Moyer has recently returned from Denmark, where he played for Aalborg Hockey team in the Denmark’s top league. The smooth skating defenceman had a terrific year – his first overseas; finishing with 4 goals, 20 assists for 24 points in 32 games. Russ notes that the calibre of hockey in Denmark was really good, and was able to help his team make a run to the league finals. There was one difference Moyer recalls from his recent stay in Denmark, stating that the Danish culture was definitely a surprise for both him and his girlfriend Patti.Read more »

Chiefs select Top 25 Players of all time with Bruton named
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 – Spokane Chiefs Sports Information (Spokane, WA) The Spokane Chiefs named the Top 25 Chiefs in 25 Years at a press conference on Friday, February 26th in the Spokane Arena.  Sixteen of the 25 were in attendance at the event and were involved in special pre-game ceremonies on Friday night when the Chiefs hosted the Prince George Cougars at 7:30.  The ceremonies will began shortly before 7:00. 

The Top 25 Chiefs in 25 Years include 13 Memorial Cup Champions, five from 1991 and eight from 2008. Three players went on to win the Stanley Cup as pros, two were NHL All-Stars and the top six scorers in Chiefs history are represented. Fifteen of the 25 players have played in the NHL, including five this season. Four players from the 2009-10 Chiefs are also represented on the team; Jared Cowen, Tyler Johnson, Jared Spurgeon and Mitch Wahl. 
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Former Mustangs’ goaltender and current Melfort resident Trevor Amundrud recently received an honour as part of his former team.

The 1995-1996 Acadia Axemen hockey team was named to the Acadia Sports Hall of Fame on October 17,2009 in Wolfville, NS as part of the University’s homecoming week.

Amundrud played with the Melfort Mustangs in 1992-1993 and 1993-1994 under head coach Kevin Dickie. The team finished first in the North and lost in the SJHL in his last season.

“After my junior career was done I went down there,” he said.

He enjoyed the entire experience while attending the ceremony.

“A lot of them I hadn’t seen in about 13 years, so it was pretty good,” he said.Read more »

Current X-Men hockey assistant coach Norm Batherson was recently named to the Acadia Hockey Honour Roll for his accomplishments as a player while with the Axemen hockey program.

(Wolfville, NS)  The Acadia Axemen hockey program celebrated the annual Axemen Hockey Honour Roll Induction with three former players, Norm Batherson, Gregory Hubbert and David Hastings and a past assistant coach Muck Reading, this past Saturday night

From Windsor, NS, Muck Reading was inducted as an Assistant Coach.  Reading joined the Axemen coaching staff in 1979 and coached along side Don Wells and later, Tommy Coolen.  Reading retired from coaching and the Canadian Forces in 1987.Read more »

Later this month, Connie MacNeil will mark the 60th anniversary of his improbable goal-scoring feat

By MONTY MOSHER Sports Reporter
Tue. Feb 2, 2009 – 4:53 AM

-This story was originally posted in February 2009, Mr. Connie MacNeil passed away in May, 2013.

IN MORE THAN 80 years, Connie MacNeil has raised a family and served his country in the military and his province as an educator, academic administrator and coach. He can shoot his age on the golf course.

But it’s six seconds on the ice at the old Acadia Arena 60 years ago this month — six seconds of improbable hockey tucked away in the dusty attic of time — that can still bring the occasional curiosity seeker to his doorstep in Wolfville.

The grandfatherly MacNeil, who turns 81 on Feb. 16, 2009, should be a household name in a land where pucks are religious objects.Read more »