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OHL Names Performers of the Month for December

Toronto-The Ontario Hockey League today announced the OHL Performers of the Month for December, 2006.

OHL Player of the Month - Evan Brophey, Plymouth Whalers Brophey was named the OHL's player of the month after leading the league in scoring during December with seven goals and 19 assists for 26 points in 11 games. The overage centre recorded at least a point in 10 out of the 11 games Plymouth played during the month, helping the team to a 9-0-0-2 record. Brophey had eight multi-point games, including a five-point game on December 17 in a 5-1 win over the Brampton Battalion. He also enjoyed back-to-back four-point performances, against Guelph on December 3 and London on December 7. Brophey, a third round draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, in 2005 also finished the month with a plus/minus rating of plus-10. The native of Kitchener is currently third in the OHL scoring race with 65 points in 37 games.

Defenceman of the Month - Patrick McNeill, Saginaw Spirit McNeill was named defenceman of the Month after leading all OHL defencemen with four goals and 10 assists for 14 points in nine games. McNeill a 19-year-old native of Strathroy recorded a point in eight out of the nine games in which he played during the month of December. He had four multi-point games including three-point performances on December 2 against London and on December 29 versus Windsor. McNeill, a 2005 draft pick of the Washington Capitals is currently fourth among OHL defencemen in scoring with 38 points in 34 games.

Goaltender of the Month - Andrew Perugini, Barrie Colts Perugini was named OHL goaltender of the month after posting a 7-2-0-0 record, along with a 2.19 goals against average and a .940 save percentage. Perugini's seven wins in December give him 25 on the season to lead all OHL goaltenders. He is also currently third in the league with an overall save percentage of .920. Perugini a native of King City was named as one of the three stars of the game in five contests last month. He has been solid between the pipes all season long for the Colts, leading them to first place overall in the OHL.

OHL Rookie of the Month - Steven Stamkos, Sarnia Sting Stamkos was named the OHL rookie of the month for November after scoring seven goals and adding eight assists for 15 points in nine games. The first overall pick in last summer's OHL Priority Selection, Stamkos had five multi-point games during December, including a four-point night against the Kitchener Rangers where he was in on all four of the Sting's goals scoring one himself and adding three assists. He also had a five-game goal scoring streak in December. The native of Unionville is currently third among all rookies in scoring with 52 points in 37 games.

OHL Performers of the Month

Player of the Month

October - Bryan Little, Barrie Colts

November - Steve Downie, Peterborough Petes

December - Evan Brophey, Plymouth Whalers

Defenceman of the Month

October - Ryan Wilson, Sarnia Sting

November - Michael Del Zotto, Oshawa Generals

December - Patrick McNeill, Saginaw Spirit

Goaltender of the Month

October - Ryan Daniels, Saginaw Spirit

November - Steve Mason, London Knights

December - Andrew Perugini, Barrie Colts

Rookie of the Month

October - Sam Gagner, London Knights

November - Patrick Kane, London Knights

December - Steven Stamkos, Sarnia Sting
 

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Colts Make a Deal with the Windsor Spitfires

Barrie, ON- The Barrie Colts today announced they have made a deal with the Windsor Spitfires involving three players plus draft-picks.

The Colts sent 17-year old defenseman Blake Parlett plus their own 2nd Round Picks in 2008 and 2010 in exchange for 19-year old defenseman Mike Weber, 17-year old forward Thomas Battani and Belleville's 5th Round Pick in 2007, currently owned by Windsor.

Weber, a 6.02, 205-pound native of Pittsburgh, PA and current draft-pick of the Buffalo Sabres joins the Colts after he recorded three goals to go along with 16 assists and 86 penalty minutes in 30 games this season as the captain of the Spitfires. Currently in his fourth season in the OHL, Weber has appeared in 231 career games and recorded ten goals to go along with 45 assists and 448 penalty minutes.

The Colts also acquire 17-year old forward Thomas Battani who was the Spitfires' 2nd Round Pick (27th overall) in the 2006 OHL Priority Selection. The 6.01, 188-pound native of Armada, MI has appeared in 30 games as a rookie this season with the Spitfires, and recorded three goals to go along with three assists and 21 penalty minutes.

Parlett, 17, was originally Barrie's 1st Round Pick (15th overall) in the 2005 OHL Priority Selection. After registering two assists in 38 games last season as a rookie, he has recorded one goal to go along with five assists in 36 games this season.
 

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'Dogs and Sting up next for Otters

The Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League return to action tomorrow (Friday) when they complete a five-game road trip in Mississauga against the IceDogs. The game can be heard live on 1330 Erie's ESPN Radio and on-line at Welcome | Erie Otters (presented by the James H. Cross Company) starting with the pre-game show at 7:15 p.m.

Saturday the Otters return home to take on the Sarnia Sting in a 7:30 p.m. start at the Tullio Arena presented by Cellular One. It's also JetRadio 1400 Coats for Kids Night.

Donate a reusable coat at the game and receive a pair of Platinum Tickets to the Otters game on January 24th against the Guelph Storm. Limit one pair of tickets per person.

Tickets for the game are on sale now at all Erie-area TicketMaster locations as well as the Civic Center Box Office.

Friday's game in Mississauga will mark the debut of Jordan Skellett, acquired by the Otters (9-27-0-2) earlier this week in a three-team trade involving the IceDogs and the Saginaw Spirit. Skellett, who was selected 17th overall by Mississauga in the 2005 OHL Priority Selection, will play his first game as a member of the Otters against his former team. In 29 games with the IceDogs this season the 17 year-old forward from London, Ontario collected five goals and six assists for 11 points. The game will also mark the return of rookie forward Stanislav Polodna, who missed the last four games while representing the Czech Republic at the 2006 Five Nations Cup held in Switzerland over the holiday. Mississauga enters the game with a record of 22-13-0-2 and winners of their last two.

Despite scoring a League-high 175 goals this season, the IceDogs do not have a player listed among the OHL's top-20 scorers. Michael Swift is the club's leading point-getter with 20 goals and 28 assists for 48 points in 36 games. Stefan Legein leads the team in goals with 23 in 37 games.

The game will mark the third of four meetings between the two teams this season. The IceDogs have won both, including a 4-2 decision at the Tullio Arena on December 2nd.

Sarnia arrives at the Tullio Arena on Saturday with a record of 21-11-2-3, good enough for fifth place in the Western Conference. Former Otters forward Vince Scott is scheduled to make his only return to the Tullio Arena as a member of the opposition. The overage forward, who was claimed on waivers by the Sting midway through November, has four goals and three assists for seven points in 14 games with Sarnia. Steven Stamkos, the first overall pick in the 2006 OHL Priority Selection, leads the Sting in scoring with 26 goals and 26 assists for 52 points in 37 games.

The game will be the second of a four-game season series. Sarnia captured the first by a 6-1 count at the Tullio Arena on October 21st.
 

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Palmieri and Torquato named Prospects

The Canadian Hockey League announced this afternoon that Nick Palmieri and Zack Torquato of the Erie Otters have been invited to play in the CHL Top Prospects Game being held January 17th in Quebec City.

The two Otters forwards were included among the list of the CHL's 40 top players eligible for the 2007 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

Torquato, acquired by the Otters from the Saginaw Spirit in November, leads the Otters in scoring with 17 goals and 22 assists for 39 points in 36 games. The 17 year-old forward from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario was rated 13th in the OHL in the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Rankings released in November.

Palmieri ranks third in Otters scoring with 15 goals and 14 assists for 29 points in 31 games. The 17 year-old from Clinton, New York was rated eighth in the OHL in the November NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Ranks.

The selection of Palmieri and Torquato to the Top Prospects game marks the fourth time in 11 seasons that the Otters have sent two representatives to the game. Ryan O'Marra and Mike Blunden played in 2005, Adam Munro and Carlo Colaiacovo in 2001 and Brad Boyes and Nikita Alexeev in 2000. Other members of the Otters to play in the Top Prospects game include Brian Lee (2002), Tim Connolly (1999), Mike Rupp (1998) and Jason Ward (1997).

The Otters (9-27-0-2) return to action tomorrow (Friday) when they complete a five-game road trip in Mississauga against the IceDogs (22-13-0-2). The game can be heard live on 1330 Erie's ESPN Radio and on-line at Welcome | Erie Otters (presented by the James H. Cross Company) starting with the pre-game show at 7:15 p.m.

Saturday the Otters return home to take on the Sarnia Sting (21-11-2-3) in a 7:30 p.m. start at the Tullio Arena presented by Cellular One. It's also JetRadio 1400 Coats for Kids Night. Donate a reusable coat at the game and receive a pair of Platinum Tickets to the Otters game on January 24th against the Guelph Storm. Limit one pair of tickets per person. Tickets for the game are on sale now at all Erie-area TicketMaster locations as well as the Civic Center Box Office.
 

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Otters acquire Hasani

The Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League announced today that they have acquired Adam Hasani from the London Knights in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2008 OHL Priority Selection.

Hasani, a 17 year-old left winger from Freibourg, Switzerland, is in his first OHL season after being selected by the Knights 58th overall in the 2006 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft. The 6-foot, 175-pound forward, who has a goal and two assists in 25 games this season, is expected to make his Otters debut tomorrow (Friday) night in Mississauga.

The Otters (9-27-0-2) return to action tomorrow when they complete a five-game road trip in Mississauga against the IceDogs (22-13-0-2). The game can be heard live on 1330 Erie's ESPN Radio and on-line at Welcome | Erie Otters (presented by the James H. Cross Company) starting with the pre-game show at 7:15 p.m.

Saturday the Otters return home to take on the Sarnia Sting (21-11-2-3) in a 7:30 p.m. start at the Tullio Arena presented by Cellular One. It's also JetRadio 1400 Coats for Kids Night. Donate a reusable coat at the game and receive a pair of Platinum Tickets to the Otters game on January 24th against the Guelph Storm. Limit one pair of tickets per person. Tickets for the game are on sale now at all Erie-area TicketMaster locations as well as the Civic Center Box Office.
 

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Storm Set to Honour Remarkable Achievement by Voice of Team

(Guelph) The Guelph Storm will honour Larry Mellott, their long-time radio voice on Friday night prior to their home game. On Sunday night in Barrie, Larry Mellott called his 1,000th Guelph Storm game.

The voice of the Storm on 1460 CJOY, Larry has enjoyed a long and successful broadcasting career that includes every Guelph Storm regular season and post-season game since the beginning of the 1994-95 season. Mellott's Storm experience also includes Memorial Cups in 1996 (Peterborough), 1998 (Spokane), 2002 (Guelph) and 2004 (Kelowna).

On behalf of the Storm, 1460 CJOY and their fans, the hockey club will honour Larry before Friday night's home game versus the Toronto St. Michael's Majors.
 

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Storm this Week

The Storm picked up four of a possible six points this past weekend with a 3-1 loss to the Oshawa Generals on Thursday, a come from behind 3-2 shootout win on Saturday against the Plymouth Whalers and a 3-0 win over the OHL's top team, the Barrie Colts on Sunday. On Thursday night against the Oshawa Generals Jamie Arniel scored his 19th goal of the season and was named the second star of the game scoring the only Guelph goal of the night. Saturday night the Storm traveled to Plymouth to take on the Whalers recording their first shootout win of the season. Jamie Arniel and Drew Doughty each scored in the third period to tie the game, forcing it into overtime. Thomas McCollum was perfect in the shootout while Anthony Nigro and Tyler Melancon scored for the Storm giving them a 3-2 win over the Whalers. The Storm played a solid defensive game on Sunday holding the top OHL team's offense off the scoreboard as McCollum recorded his second shutout of the year making 38 saves. With four points, the Storm improved their record to 18-15-1-4 and now sit fourth in the Midwest Division still one point behind the third placed Owen Sound Attack.

Guelph Storm Grand & Toy Player of the Week (Week ending December 31st)

Thomas McCollum-The rookie netminder won two of three starts during the week with a goals against average of 1.30 and a save percentage of 0.957. McCollum also notched his second shutout of the season in a 3-0 white wash of the OHL's top team, the Barrie Colts on Sunday night. The Sanborn, New York native also collected an assist on the winning goal in Sunday's road win.

Friday January 5th: Toronto St. Michael's Majors at Guelph Storm, 7:30 pm

Friday night the Toronto St. Michael's Majors make their first and only visit to the GSEC this season. The only other match-up between these two clubs was back on December 10th when the Majors beat the Storm 5-3 on home ice. Friday's game marks the last time these two teams will face each other this season. The Majors currently have 30 points and sit in fifth place in the Central Division, two points behind the Brampton Battalion.

Storm Set to Honour Remarkable Achievement by Voice of Team

The Guelph Storm will honour Larry Mellott, their long-time radio voice on Friday night prior to their home game. On Sunday night in Barrie, Larry Mellott called his 1,000th Guelph Storm game.

The voice of the Storm on 1460 CJOY, Larry has enjoyed a long and successful broadcasting career that includes every Guelph Storm regular season and post-season game since the beginning of the 1994-95 season. Mellott's Storm experience also includes Memorial Cups in 1996 (Peterborough), 1998 (Spokane), 2002 (Guelph) and 2004 (Kelowna).

On behalf of the Storm, 1460 CJOY and their fans, the hockey club will honour Larry before Friday night's home game versus the Toronto St. Michael's Majors.

Larry Mellott Broadcast Career

1975 - 1982 -Play by play and colour commentary on Guelph Platers Junior A hockey, sharing the duties with Norm Jary and Hugh Bowman 1982 - 1984-PA announcer for the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League 1984 - 1988-Cable TV play by play for the Red Deer Rustlers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League 1988 - 1989-Cable tv play by play for the Platers last year in Guelph

1994 - January 1, 2007 - 1,000 broadcasts of Guelph Storm hockey.

Storm Trackers Education Award

Storm Trackers President Bill Scott and Storm Education Consultant Donna Rawbone will present a $100.00 cheque to a deserving Guelph Storm player on Friday night during the first intermission of the match-up versus the Toronto St. Michael's Majors. Storm players are graded in seven categories to compete for the awards. The awards are presented each month alternating between secondary school players and players attending post -secondary institutions.

2006-07 Storm Trackers Student Achievement Award Winners Segment 1: Thomas McCollum Segment 2: Joe Underwood

2006-07 RBC Academic Award Winners: Segment 1: Tim Priamo

Recovery Force Three Star Player of the Month

Thomas McCollum is the Recovery Force Three Star Player of the Month for December.

The Sanborn, New York native wrapped up the honour with a first star effort in Sunday night's 3-0 shutout win over the Barrie Colts. In ten December appearances, McCollum had a 5-3-1 record with a 2.34 goals against average and 0.916 save percentage. Signed by the Storm this summer as an undrafted free agent, the 17 year old netminder finished the month with eight Recovery Force Three Star points.

Recovery Force will present McCollum with a $50 cheque during the first intermission of the Storm's next home game on Friday, January 5th versus the Toronto St. Michael's Majors.

Past Recovery Force Three Star Player of the Month winners:

September / October - Tyler Doig (13 points) November - Drew Doughty (11 points)

Sunday January 7th: Kingston Frontenacs at Guelph Storm, 3:00 pm

On Sunday afternoon the Kingston Frontenacs visit the GSEC for the first and last time this season. The only other match-up between these two teams took place on October 13th when the Storm defeated the Frontenacs in front of their home crowd 6-3. Jamie Arniel had two goals and Tyler Melancon recorded two helpers in the contest. Sunday's game marks the last time these two teams will face each other this season. The Frontenacs currently have 35 points and sit fourth in the East Division, one point behind the Ottawa 67's.

Goalie Mask Contest Winners are Recognized

On Sunday afternoon, fourteen year old Alora Griffiths of Rockwood and ten year old Elijah Ridder of Guelph will be recognized as the co-winners of the Guelph Tribune "Design a Storm Goalie Mask Contest". These two Grand Prize winners will be introduced in an on-ice presentation prior to the game.

During the on-ice presentation, the winners will receive:

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A custom painted goalie mask featuring their winning design signed by the Guelph Storm Hockey Club.

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A second version of the winning design will be created and presented to a Guelph Storm

goaltender. The masks will be worn by the Storm goaltenders for the remainder of the 2006/07 season

Biltmore 'Hat Trick' Presentation

Mike McLean scored three goals in the Storm's 6-3 road win over the London Knights on Saturday December 16th. Guelph's Biltmore Hat Company will present Mike with a Biltmore Hat during the first intermission of Sunday's game in an on-ice presentation to honour the achievement.

Family 4 Pack

For all Sunday games, including this Sunday, the Guelph Storm have introduced the $48 Family 4 Pack - over $20 worth of savings. Bring the family to any Sunday afternoon game during the 2006/07 regular season and receive four Storm family day tickets (2 adult/2child), two large soft drinks and two large popcorn as well as two Gametime Magazines. Family packs must be purchased 48 hours in advance of the selected game. For more information call 519-837-9690.

Ryan Parent and Team Canada Advance to the Finals

Guelph Storm defenceman Ryan Parent and Team Canada wrapped up the semi-finals of the 2007 World Junior Hockey Championship with a 2-1 shootout win over the United States on Wednesday. Parent is trying to become the second Storm player to capture a pair of gold medals at the Junior Championship, joining Fedor Tyutin who won gold in 2002 and 2003. Canada, winner of the last two titles, will meet Team Russia in Friday's championship game.

Moncton Wildcats defenceman Luc Bourdon scored a power-play goal at 12:19 of the third period to deadlock the game 1-1 and force it into overtime. Canadian goaltender Corey Price, of the Tri-City Americans, was outstanding in overtime as he stopped all 12 shots he faced. He turned away 34 of 35 shots in regulation and overtime, while U.S. counterpart Jeff Frazee made 26 saves on 27 shots before the shootout. In the shootout, Jonathan Toews of the University of North Dakota scored three times, including the winning goal. Canadian goaltender Carey Price stopped U.S. forward Peter Mueller after Toews' final goal to end the shootout 5-4 in fav our of the defending champions.
 

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Rangers Sign Matthew Martello

Kitchener, ON: The Kitchener Rangers Head Coach/General Manager Peter DeBoer announced this morning that the team has signed 2006 6th round selection Matthew Martello.

Martello joins the Rangers after playing the first half of the season with Lake Superior State (NCAA). In 18 games with the Lakers this year Martello scored a pair of goals and added 7 assists.

During his draft year of 2005-06 he led the Vaughan Vipers (OPJHL) in scoring with 28 goals and 66 points in just 48 games.

"We are excited to have a player of Matthew's character joining the Rangers organization", said DeBoer. "Matthew looks forward to the opportunity to continue combining his athletic and academic goals in our community".
 

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Knights Trade Adam Hasani to Erie

London, ON: London Knights General Manager Mark Hunter announced today that the team has traded Adam Hasani to the Erie Otters for a Conditional 15th Round Pick in the 2008 OHL Draft. Hasani, 17 was the London Knights 1st Pick in the 2006 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft and was in his 1st season in the Ontario Hockey League. Hasani had 1 Goal and 2 Assists in 25 games for the Knights this season. Hasani is a native of Freibourg, Switzerland.

The London Knights travel to Peterborough tonight to face off with the Petes at 7:00 PM . The Knights return home on Friday, January 5th when the Plymouth Whalers make their 2nd appearance at the John Labatt Centre this season at 7:30 PM. For ticket information please go to London Knights Hockey Club. Ontario Hockey League. London, Ontario or call 519-681-0800.
 

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McNeill Named OHL Defenseman of the Month

(Saginaw, MI) The Ontario Hockey League announced today that Spirit d-man Patrick McNeill has been named the OHL Defenseman of the Month for December 2006. McNeill notched 4 goals and 10 assists in 9 games. He was plus-2 and had 6 PIM during the month.

"Patrick is one of the best, if not the best, defensemen in the league," stated Spirit General Manager and Head Coach Bob Mancini, "It's a well deserved honor."

McNeill has scored 15 goals and 23 assists in 34 games this season. He is plus-2 on the season with 24 PIM. The Strathroy, ON native was selected by the Washington Capitals in the fourth round (118th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. McNeill was selected to the 2006 OHL All Star game and the 2006 ADT Canada-Russia Challenge. He was invited to Team Canada's 2007 World Juniors Selection Camp. McNeill was also awarded the OHL Defenseman of the Month honor last season for February 2006.

The honor marks the second time a Spirit player has been recognized by the league this season; netminder Ryan Daniels was named OHL Goaltender of the Month in October.
 

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St. Mike's Coaches Clinic February 4th

Happy New Year! On behalf of St. Michael's College School, here's an invitation to their upcoming minor hockey coaches clinic:

"As part of St. Michael's College School's 100th Anniversary of Hockey, you are cordially invited to attend a minor hockey coaches clinic on Sunday, February 4th, from 8am-1pm at historic St. Mike's Arena.

In 1906, St. Michael's founded a competitive hockey program as a way to offer its student-athletes a well rounded education. Since that time, the school's hockey program has been second to none, graduating 175 players to the NHL including 13 Hall of Fame Members.

The clinic will feature high tempo on-ice and dryland drill sessions, player evaluation strategies, and tips for the "new standard of officiating". A Hot Stove Style Luncheon and Gift Bag will be included for all in attendance.

Special guests include former NHL greats Steve Thomas, Gerry Meehan, Dave Gardner, and representatives from Hockey Canada. The clinic is proudly supported by The Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Development Program.

To register, please visit: www.stmichaelscollegeschool.com As part of your registration fee, you will receive a yearly pass to Hockey Canada's "Coaches' Club" - an online coaching resource and drills database. In addition, a $5 donation from each registration fee will go to support Toronto Maple Leafs Charity - "Hockey in the Neighbourhood"."
 
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