Celebrity dinner a hit with local residents

Published on July 1, 2011

Lyle Carter
http://www.trurodaily.com

Local residents who attended Thursday’s annual Acadia Axemen Celebrity Hockey Dinner in Wolfville didn’t come away disappointed.

“What young hockey player wouldn’t enjoy being in the company of and getting to talk to former NHL greats,” said Ben Lynds, 15. “Marcel Dionne, who played with Detroit Red Wings and Los Angeles Kings, is fifth among all-time NHL scorers and Dennis Hull had some great years with Chicago Black Hawks.” (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.” (more…)

Athletic Director Kevin Dickie summarizes the fall of 2011 season

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Submitted by Fred SgambatiWOLFVILLE, NS – The first half of Acadia University’s 2011-12 Athletics program wrapped up Friday, Dec. 2 at Acadia Arena when the varsity hockey Axemen hosted the St. Mary’s Huskies at 7 p.m. But a quick look at the fall term suggests there has been plenty to celebrate already.

Four of Acadia’s 10 varsity teams were ranked in the CIS top 10 during the fall term: football; rugby; hockey; and women’s basketball. That’s 40 per cent and pretty solid, according to Director of Athletics Kevin Dickie. (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.” (more…)

Kevin Dickie was named athletic director of Acadia University on Tuesday.

Dickie was the Acadia hockey coach from 1997 to 2000 before leaving to coach the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades. He was with the Blades for four years.

Most recently, Dickie was the athletic director at the University of New Brunswick.

“I’ll always appreciate the opportunity UNB gave me six years ago, but I’m really looking forward to taking my skills and experience to Acadia,” Dickie said in a news release. “The commitment Acadia’s senior leadership team has shown to make me a part of the Acadia family is a wonderful opportunity for me as well as Cindy and our two boys. We’re looking forward to coming to Acadia and back to the Valley. Acadia is headed in a very positive direction and it’s going to be exciting to be part of it.”

courtesy of thechronicleherald.ca

BY JOHN DECOSTE

Kings County Advertiser/Register

Although the 2010/ 2011 season had a less than satisfactory ending for the Acadia hockey Axemen, head coach Darren Burns has “lots of positives.”

After a fourth-place finish in the regular season, the Axemen swept UPEI in the first round of the playoffs, then lost their semifinal series to UNB three games to one, including a loss in quadruple overtime.

“We felt we had a legitimate shot at making it to nationals. We fell short of that, and that’s disappointing,” Burns says.

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Hockey Axemen head coach Darren Burns: “Am I happy? Not totally. Am I proud of the guys for what they were able to accomplish? Absolutely.” File

“There are things you can control, and lots of things you can’t. I felt a lot of the things we could control, we did.”

The Axemen “had an up-and-down first half due to having so many new faces,” but “got on a good run” in the second half until “we ran into some injury problems that didn’t help.”

Other than the second period in game one against UNB, “I felt our six playoff games were our six best games of the year.” (more…)

Everyone loves Ekelman

****This is an article written last year about 2010 Axemen Recruit Dustin Ekelman, then of the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors of the OHL.

By Sunaya Sapurji Apr 17, 6:50 pm EDT

Dustin Ekelman stands in the hallway outside the dressing room fully decked out in a suit and tie. He is barefoot.

“I can’t find my socks,” the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors forward says sheepishly, rummaging though his pockets.

It’s understandable, for on this night, the overage forward is the star of the game having scored the game-winning goal—shorthanded no less—to help the Majors defeat the top ranked Barrie Colts, 5-2, and tie their best-of-seven Eastern Conference final at one game apiece. (more…)

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WOLFVILLE, NS – The Acadia University Axemen hockey team completed last season with not only a second place Atlantic University Hockey Conference finish but also academically out-performed their hockey conference opponents for the second year in a row, adding 10 CIS Academic All-Canadians to Acadia’s overall 74 Academic All-Canadians for 2009-10.

Ranked fourth in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Top Ten at #4 for ten consecutive weeks this past season, the Axemen had 10 Academic All-Canadians on a 25 man roster. In 2008-2009, the Acadia hockey squad claimed an all-time high of 14 Academic All-Canadians on a 25 man roster. (more…)

Darren Burns “ecstatic” about 2010 Axemen

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BY JOHN DECOSTE

Kings County Advertiser/Register

The  Acadia hockey Axemen finished a strong second in the 2009-10 AUHC regular season, but suffered a disappointing 3-1 loss to Saint Mary’s in the playoff semifinals. Head coach Darren Burns says the fact that the Huskies went on to capture its first-ever CIS title is scant consolation.

Burns used the off-season to search out players to both fill the holes on his roster left by graduating players and address some of his team’s main on-ice concerns – most notably a lack of scoring from the defense. (more…)

Former Local Hockey Standout Named Penguins Head Coach

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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. (more…)