Andrew Clark Called Up to AHL

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Forward Andrew Clark has been called up to the AHL for the first time in his career by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Stockton, Calif. – The Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Stockton Thunder’s AHL affiliate, have signed Thunder forward Andrew Clark to a Professional Try-Out contract (PTO) Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Rich Kromm announced Thursday. It’s Clark’s first career call-up to the AHL. AndrewClarkStocktonThunder

The move comes days after Clark, 25, was named the Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week for his performance registering 8 points in 2 games. Clark leads the Thunder in all three major scoring categories with 10 goals, 16 assists and 26 points. Clark also leads the team in multi-goal games with three as well as in shots on goal with 77.

“He definitely deserves a call-up and a chance to show what he can do,” said Kromm. “He’s played in every situation for us and has been a key guy for us. Obviously, he had a big weekend last weekend, so a well deserved opportunity for Andrew.”

Clark’s big weekend boosted him to seventh in the league for most points this season. The Brandon, Manitoba native also leads the league in points and assists by a rookie player. To top it off, Clark’s 5-point outing against the Bakersfield Condors on Sunday ties him for most points by a player in a single game this season with Alaska’s Peter Sivak.Read more »

Team Edition, SPHL’s The Pensacola Ice Flyers

Posted December 18, 2013 by Brooke Adams in Articles

This SBOTD Team Edition features, two of the Pensacola Ice Flyers, players, Justin Alonzo & Peter Di Salvo

Pensacola pretty much has it all — the beach, reigning champs of the SPHL Presidents Cup and a bunch of babes on ice. As with many professional hockey teams, there is much more to these guys than just the good looks. Pensacola Forward Justin Alonzo played for the Boston Jr. Bruins before attending college and playing for Castleton State College. Goaltender Peter Di Salvo is a Canadian native that has spent most of his time in the OHL playing for the Sarnia Sting, Barrie Colts and Oshawa Generals. He played 32 games with Acadia University before joining the Ice Flyers this season. These are only two of the guys that Pensacola is proud to have playing for them.

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Regina Pats head coach Malcolm Cameron has seen it all

Malcolm CameronRegina Pats head coach Malcolm Cameron at practice at the Co-operators Centre on Wednesday November 27 2013.
Photograph by: Bryan Schlosser , Regina Leader-Post

 On many a day, Malcolm Cameron has been a motor coach.

The Regina Pats’ head coach has grown accustomed to life on the buses, and not strictly because he is in his third season with the WHL team.

Most of his time on the iron lung has been spent as a player or coach in the minors – especially in the East Coast Hockey League.

Given that seasoning, the 44-year-old Cameron felt right at home during the Pats’ recent tour of the WHL’s U.S. Division. After all these years, and all these destinations, he is eminently qualified to discuss bus trips through the United States.

“When I coached in Texas and Florida, particularly, our closest road game was nine hours away, so we spent a lot of time on the road,” Cameron reflected before the Pats practised on Wednesday. “One time in Florida, I think we were gone 21 days on the road. It’s tough on families, for sure, but we came out of it pretty good.” Some things never change.Read more »

Living the dream: Randall force behind Kings sports teams for 30 years

By John DeCoste

As anyone who has ever played on one knows well, a sports team is made up of many parts, including the ones that aren’t always as noticeable.

For more than 30 years, Chris “Rocky” Randall of Kentville has been an important part of a number of local sports teams, filling a valuable role, usually as trainer or equipment manager. Many of the teams Randall has been a part of have enjoyed their share of regional and even national success.

Randall has two national championship rings earned as trainer and equipment manager of the Acadia hockey Axemen, in 1993 and 1996, and, he says, “probably should have won at least two more” over the years.

He also served as batboy for the national senior baseball champion 1985 Kentville Wildcats, who were inducted Nov. 2 into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame in the team category. It was Randall‘s second Sports Hall of Fame induction. He was already a member of the Acadia Sports Hall of Fame, along with the rest of the 1993 hockey Axemen. Someday soon, the 1996 Axemen championship team may be inducted as well.Read more »

Playoff standout Clark returns to Stockton Thunder of ECHL

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AndrewClark_STK1213Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League, have agreed to terms with forward Andrew Clark, Thunder Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Rich Kromm announced.

Clark, 25, graduated from Acadia University last spring and made his pro debut with the Thunder last season after turning pro. He skated in 22 playoff games finishing second, and tied for third in the Kelly Cup Playoffs, with 21 points (7g-14a).

The 5-foot-11, 178-pound forward finished his collegiate career in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) with the Acadia University Axemen, where he tallied 131 points (56g-75a) in 111 career games. Clark was named CIS First Team All-Canadian in 2011-12 and CIS Second Team All-Canadian in 2012-13 and was awarded the Senator Joseph A. Sullivan Trophy in 2011-12, which is given to the Player of the Year in the CIS.Read more »

Beast Sign Kristofer Westblom, Erik Spady, Mitchell Good and Andrew Darrigo

Friday, Sep. 13th, 2013
The Brampton Beast have announced the signing of four new players, goaltender Kris Westblom, defenseman Erik Spady, right-winger Mitchell Good and defenseman Andrew Darrigo for the upcoming 2013-2014 Central Hockey League season.

Kris WestblomKris Westblom, the 6’2″ goaltender from Meadow Lake, SK, joins the Beast for his third season in the Central Hockey League. Westblom is a third-round draft pick of the Minnesota Wild. Westblom had a ‘breakout season’ playing in Fort Worth of the Central Hockey League in 2012/2013. Westblom had a decorated junior career with Kelowna, winning the WHL title and participating in the Memorial Cup. Over the last three years, Westblom was named a CIS first team All-Star, won the Godfrey Award for Outstanding Student Athlete and played in the Allen Cup.
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Chiasson returns following youth hockey development position with Pittsburgh

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Michael ChaissonWOLFVILLE, N.S. – Former Hockey Axeman Michael Chiasson will replace the departing Travis Young as the new assistant head coach for the Acadia men’s hockey program. Acadia University and head coach Darren Burns announced the news of Chiasson joining the Axemen in the coming weeks prior to the start of the Acadia Summer Hockey Camps in early August.
Chiasson, a native of Cole Harbour, N.S., was a goaltender for the Axemen from 2007 to 2011 and became a manager of youth hockey programs with the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL in the fall of 2011. Chiasson spent the last year and a half developing and implementing programs to help youth hockey development throughout western Pennsylvania. In doing so, Michael worked with all age groups in camps and clinics for players and goalies in the greater Pittsburgh area.Read more »

Caribous shuffle the deck

Clarenville trades for Ryan and Keith Delaney

The Clarenville Caribous bolstered their roster ahead of hosting the 2015 Allan Cup in a big way last week, landing reigning Herder champions Keith and Ryan Delaney from the Eastlink CeeBees Stars via a trade. keithdelaney

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Keith Delaney hopes to be hoisting the Herder trophy again in 2013-2014, this time as a member of the Clarenville Caribous.

The Delaney brothers and the CeeBees’ second round pick (eighth overall) in this year’s draft are heading to Clarenville in exchange for Matt and Mitch Bragg, Brandon Street, Andrew Hill and the Caribous’ first round pick (fourth overall) in the upcoming draft.Read more »

Assistant Travis Young takes offer to coach professional Hungarian team

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travis_youngWOLFVILLE, N.S. – Acadia men’s hockey coach Darren Burns will be searching for a new assistant coach in the coming months prior to the 2013-14 season.

Assistant coach Travis Young will be heading to Hungary to head up the Miskolc Polar Bears. Young, who played for the Axemen for two seasons beginning in 2004 before retiring from hockey in his third year due to reoccurring concussions, was named as a CIS All-Rookie during the 2004-2005 season. Young became an assistant coach with the Axemen during the 2007-2008 season.

In his six years as an assistant coach, Young coordinated Acadia hockey’s summer camps along with working on Axemen’s special teams including the powerplay and penalty killing units.

Young will join the Polar Bears beginning August 1st. The Miskolc Polar Bears, centered in Miskolc, Hungary, play in the MOL league – an international ice hockey league organized for clubs based in Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia. The league, founded in 2008, is sponsored by the Hungarian petro-chemical company the MOL Group.

While Axemen head coach Darren Burns was sorry to hear about the news from Young earlier this week, he was thrilled to see him move on with his coaching endeavours. “I am extremely happy for Travis. Although you never want to lose such a quality individual who knows so much about hockey and I am very happy he is getting this opportunity” pointed out Burns.

Adding, “He was a huge part of our program as a player and as a coach. His hockey mind and loyalty as a person always made him a great fit with the Axemen program. Becoming a head coach is usually a goal of assistant coaches. He certainly deserves this opportunity. His efforts in helping develop young players at our camps, while his work with the Acadia Minor Hockey Association has allowed him to leave a positive mark in our community.  We wish him the best of luck and know he will achieve success in his new job”.

Young had mixed feelings of the decision to accept the job in Hungary. “It was a very difficult choice to leave Acadia as it has been home for the last nine years and Darren gave me a great opportunity to get involved in the coaching side of the game when I was forced to stop playing, but the chance to become a Head Coach in a professional league was tough to pass up”, noted Young. “It was also always a goal of mine to play professionally in Europe after my university career ended and I didn’t get that chance due to some injuries, so this seems like a great opportunity to see a different part of the world while also gaining some very valuable coaching experience”.

The opportunity to coach in Hungary has also opened the doors at the end of March 2014 for Young to work with the Hungarian Under 18 National team for the month of April and coach at the World Championships Division 1 Group B.

New York Islanders/Bridgeport Signing: Chris Bruton, fighter and Acadia alum

By @LHHockey on May 21 2013, 2:17p

The beloved ex-Peoria fighter gets his first NHL contract.

Chris BrutonThe New York Islanders announced another low-on-the-radar signing today that may have you asking yourself, “Who?” As is typical in these late-bloomer additions to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, his history and path to the pros is an adventurous one.

The signing is Chris Bruton, who is essentially an undersized AHL fighter with some modest hockey skill. (See his ample fight card at, going back to Spokane in the WHL.)

But he gets a two-way contract — i.e., an NHL deal — so he at least potentially could see time with the big club. This is part of the annual rotation of muscle guys we see in the AHL, with some of them receiving that added carrot of a two-way deal.Read more »