Acadia Hockey Development Showcase Camp

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Thursday July 27th – Saturday, July 29th

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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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Bronze 2017 U SPORTS Cavendish University Cup: Acadia lays the lumber to win bronze, 7-3 over StFX

Seniors Pettersson with 4 points, Clarke with 3 in Axemen win

FREDERICTON (U SPORTS) – Acadia forward Michael Clarke (Halifax, N.S.) had two goals in the first period, and Daniel Pettersson (Toronto, Ont.) added two in the second to lead the Axemen to a 7-3 win over StFX, in the bronze medal game at the 2017 U SPORTS Cavendish Farms University Cup.

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Acadia led 2-0 after 20 minutes, but Sam Studnicka (Windsor, Ont.) scored for the X-Men just 14 seconds into the second period tocut the deficit in half . Acadia would forge ahead though for good, scoring four more in the frame to put the game away. Boston Leier (Saskatoon, Sask.)  found the back of the net at 12:03, followed just 31 seconds later by Liam Maaskant (Clinton, Ont). Pettersson  then tallied his first of two at 13:30, before Eric Locke’s (Toronto, Ont.) power play marker with 1:34 to go. Pettersson, would add his second with 22 seconds to play in the frame.

Nathan Pancel (Ottawa, Ont.) StFX within three just under three and a half minutes into the third before Taylor Makin (Lethbridge, Alta.) rounded out the scoring for Acadia with a power play goal at 19:44

Acadia outshot StFX 34-29 in the contest.  

The game was the ninth meeting of the season between the two teams, with StFX winning both the season series 4-1 and the best-of-five AUS semifinal 3-0.

Acadia head coach Darren Burns said the bronze medal was a nice way to finish the season, after coming into the tournament seeded eighth.

“This shows the passion of our players,” he said. “Guys played with integrity and character. It was tough to turn around after yesterday’s loss, but we had to pick up and battle on, and we did.”

On the other side, StFX head coach Brad Peddle said the turn-around was not an easy one for his players, after falling to Saskatchewan 8-0 in Saturday’s semifinal  Read more ›

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SEMI-FINAL #1 2017 U SPORTS Cavendish University Cup: UNB shuts out Axemen to advance to U Cup final

Axemen to face StFX for bronze medal on Sunday

FREDERICTON (U SPORTS) – The UNB Varsity Reds scored in the first and second periods, added an empty-net goal late in the third, and Etienne Marcoux (Terrebonne, Que.) stopped all 20 shots fired at him, en route to a 3-0 victory over the Acadia Axemen in the first semifinal of the 2017 U SPORTS Cavendish Farms University Cup.  UNB will now play the winner of the second semifinal between StFX and Saskatchewan.

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UNB opened the scoring on their very first shot on goal, at 4:28 of the first, when Chris Caissy (Campbellton, N.B.) drew defenders to his side of the net and slipped the puck to Stephen Anderson (Morell, P.E.I) who put it past Acadia goaltender Robert Steeves (Moncton, N.B.).

Despite trailing, the Axemen defense kept UNB’s snipers to outside shots and had a 6-5 edge in shots in the opening frame.

In the second period, Jordan Murray (Riverview, N.B.) added another for UNB on the power play off a point shot that found its way past Steeves. Up by two in the third, Chris Clapperton (Cap Espoir, Que.) got behind  a defender and rolled a nice pass to Phillipe Maillet (Terrebonne, Que.), who put it into an empty net with 1:13 left. UNB outshot Acadia 30–20.

It was a feisty and spirited game between the two Atlantic University Sport rivals with plenty of hitting.

It will be the third year in a row that UNB has appeared in the gold medal game and MacDougall acknowledged it will  be a momentous occasion.

“It is really special to get to the final four in the national competition,” MacDougall said. “It is a testament to the quality of the hockey in the AUS that these teams are there.” 

Acadia coach Darren Burns was pleased with his team’s effort, despite the loss.

“In a tournament like this, you can never be flat, and we were the furthest thing from flat,” he said. “We played hard. It is a game of bounces-maybe (if)  one or two  go our way, and things are different. We competed every shift. UNB is a great team. We need to regroup and be ready for the bronze game tomorrow.”

When asked his thoughts of tomorrow’s bronze medal game and whether the team is interested in the 9:30 am game prior to the gold medal game, Axemen captain Geoff Schemitsch pointed out that the game has great importance.

“We are not going into it with the mindset that we are not playing for anything. It’s important to our team and our program. So we are going to do our best and refocus and try to have a short memory and forget what happened today, learn from what we did and come out hard tomorrow and win a bronze”, noted Schemitsch. Read more ›

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QF 1 2017 U SPORTS Cavendish University Cup: Acadia cuts down top-seeded Golden Bears

Steeves with 33 saves in Acadia win

by Mike Gange, for U Sports

FREDERICTON (U SPORTS) – The No. 8-seeded Acadia University Axemen eliminated the top-ranked University of Alberta Golden Bears by a 4-1 score in the opening game of the  2017 U SPORTS Cavendish Farms University Cup at the Aitken University Centre in Fredericton. The tournament is being hosted by the University of New Brunswick.

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The Axemen now advance to the first semifinal game, to be held at noon local time on Saturday. They will face the winner of the second quarter-final, between the host UNB Varsity Reds and Queen’s Gaels.

The Golden Bears scored the only goal of the first period. Taylor Cooper (Sherwood Park, Alta.) scored at 10:07 on an Axemen turn over, beating Acadia goaltender Robert Steeves (Moncton, N.B.) for the even-strength marker.

But the Axemen rallied with two in the second and another pair in the third, including an empty-net marker with only seconds to go in the game, to clinch the win and the upset. Kyle Farrell (Howie Center, N.S.) beat Golden Bears goalie Brendan Burke (Scottsdale, Ariz.) at 1:04 of the second, and Boston Leier (Saskatoon, Sask.) scored the eventual game winner at 14:19 of the frame. Read more ›

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U Sports announces major awards for hockey

Schemitsch named All-Canadian

FREDERICTON (U SPORTS) – Philippe Maillet, a fourth-year forward from the UNB Varsity Reds, was named the U SPORTS Player of the Year in men’s hockey, Wednesday night. Acadia’s Geoff Schemitsch was honoured as a second team All-Canadian. Schemitsch was named a first team AUS All-Star and the AUS Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year.


Maillet, a Business Administration student from Terrebonne, Québec, becomes the first UNB player to be named Player of the Year since Hunter Tremblay in the 2009-2010 season, and the fourth in the program’s history.

Other U SPORTS award winners announced during the All-Canadian Gala were UNB’s Jordan Murray, Defenceman of the Year; Saskatchewan’s Jordon Cooke, Goaltender of the Year; Concordia forward Anthony De Luca, Clare Drake Award (Rookie of the Year); Calgary forward Elgin Pearce, R.W. Pugh Award (Most Sportsmanlike Player); Saskatchewan’s Dave Adolph, Father George Kehoe Memorial Award (Coach of the Year); and Ryerson forward Aaron Armstrong, Dr. Randy Gregg Award (Student-Athlete Community Service).

The 2017 U SPORTS Cavendish Farms University Cup, hosted by UNB, gets underway Thursday, March 16th at the Aitken University Centre. The action closes on Sunday, March 12 with the gold medal final, live on Sportsnet 360 (1 p.m. AT). Saturday’s semifinals are also live on Sportsnet 360 (12 p.m. AT & 4 p.m. AT), while the quarter-finals and the bronze medal match are set to air on USPORTS.LIVE.

SENATOR JOSEPH A. SULLIVAN TROPHY (Player of the Year): Philippe Maillet, UNB

A fourth-year forward from Terrebonne, Que., Maillet led the nation in points with 55 on the season. His 32 assists and 23 goals were the second and third-most, respectively, notched by any U SPORTS player.

He led the country in power play goals with 14 and his plus-minus rating of plus-34 was the best in U SPORTS.

Maillet is a two-time MVP of Atlantic University Sport (2014-15 and 2016-17). In 2013-14, he was named AUS Rookie of the Year.

He’s been an AUS First Team All-Star three consecutive seasons, and was a First Team U SPORTS All-Star in 2014-15. In 2013-14, Maillet was a member of the AUS All-Rookie Team and an AUS Second Team All-Star. Read more ›

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