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Attack Re-Assigns Three Players

The Owen Sound Attack has re-assigned three players.

Defenseman Trevor Smith has returned to the Stouffville Spirit of the Provincial Junior A league.

Forward Josh Catto and defenseman Pat Campbell have been re-assigned as well.

All three players will remain as floating affiliates to the Owen Sound Attack.
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Petes' Ryder nets honours

Daniel Ryder was named the Canadian Hockey League's player of the week on Tuesday after recording 11 points in two games for the Peterborough Petes.

The brother of Montreal Canadiens forward Michael Ryder led the Petes to two victories and is currently tied for first place in OHL scoring with 13 points.

Ryder, who also earned the OHL's player of the week award, had two goals and four assists in Peterborough's 7-2 win over the Oshawa Generals before scoring four times and adding an assist in a 5-1 win over the Ottawa 67's.

Brett Robertson of the WHL's Prince George Cougars and Charles-Antoine Messier of the QMJHL's Baie-Comeau Drakkar were also considered.
Battalion shut out in shootout

Brampton Battalion rookie defencemen Brad Albert and Kevin Christmas got a baptism by fire last weekend, and both passed with flying colours.

Under normal circumstances, Battalion coaches Stan Butler and Kelly Harper would bring the young blueliners along slowly but they were thrust into full duty in Thursday's 8-1 win in St. Michael's and a 5-4 overtime shootout loss to the Barrie Colts at home on Friday.

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Bortuzzo lives father's dream

Twenty-nine years ago, the Kitchener Rangers broke Oscar Bortuzzo's puck-stopping hockey heart.

It was training camp 1977.

The young goalie from Thunder Bay, who turns 47 today, was sent home after a failed tryout at Don McLaren Arena.

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Petes' backup goalie hurt in Stars debut

Peterborough Petes rookie goalie Jason Missiaen played his first game this season last night but it wasn’t for his OHL club.

Missiaen’s debut for Peterborough Liftlock Stars was a short one as he injured his thumb early in the first period and didn’t come out to start the second.

The Stars were trailing 2-1 when he left and fell to a 6-2 deficit before reeling off seven goals in the final 18 minutes to dump Bancroft Hawks 9-7 in OHA Provincial Junior A action at the Evinrude Centre last night.

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Former Storm forward signs with Predators

Former Guelph Storm forward Kelsey Wilson has signed a three-year contract with the Nashville Predators.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"The Guelph Storm are thrilled that Kelsey was able to get an NHL contract," Storm head coach and general manager Dave Barr says. "Kelsey should be very proud of his accomplishments during his time in the OHL and with Guelph."

Last season with the Storm, Wilson set career highs for goals (3

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olbert offers cheer: 'Win one for the Steagle'

Stephen Colbert says he's not the only one on the Saginaw Spirit's side -- God is, too.

The host of the popular Comedy Central show "The Colbert Report" jeered and cheered the hockey team on national TV Tuesday, commending management for naming the newest mascot -- Steagle Colbeagle the Eagle -- in his honor and offering words of advice for players.

Colbert told the audience the squad pulled off its first win of the season Saturday against the Windsor Spitfires, only to land in fourth place in the Ontario Hockey League's five-team Western Division.

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Spirit are forced to move on without Maunu and Garlock

The Saginaw Spirit finally started their 2006-07 Ontario Hockey League season Friday in Sarnia.


Didn't the Spirit lose three in a row to begin the year, followed by a shootout loss Friday?

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Saginaw won't roll out red carpet for these stars

Visitors from the East arrive at TheDow Event Center's Wendler Arena Saturday and Sunday, but they aren't following a star.

Instead, they are bringing stars.

The Eastern Conference's Ottawa 67's and Sudbury Wolves meet the Saginaw Spirit at 7:11 p.m., Saturday, and 2 p.m., Sunday, respectively.

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The Colbert Report Spotlights Spirit

(Saginaw, MI) The Spirit were highlighted on the Colbert Report last night! The Report showed footage from the unveiling ceremony of the newest Spirit mascot, Steagle Colbeagle the Eagle. The segment also showcased the Ontario Hockey League and the two upcoming Spirit home games against the Ottawa 67s and the Sudbury Wolves. At the end of the show the host, Stephen Colbert, retired his Spirit jersey and raised it to the rafters of his studio.

"We are proud of our accident prone new mini mascot, Steagle Colbeagle the Eagle, as he made his international television debut last night. As Stephen Colbert raised his Spirit Jersey to the rafters of his studio, he officially became the 1st Spirit to do so", stated Spirit Managing Partner Craig Goslin, " The community of mid Michigan is quickly being transformed into raving Stephen Colbert fans. Stay tuned for future updates on both the Colbert Report and the Saginaw Spirit hockey games played at the Dow Event Center. The staff from the Saginaw Spirit are working in unison with the staff from the Colbert Report to continue the fun regarding our new feathered friend STEAGLE COLBEAGLE THE EAGLE."

The Report is shown Monday through Thursday at 11:30 PM on Comedy Central. Stephen Colbert sent a personalized message to Saginaw for the unveiling ceremony that took place on September 30th prior to that night's home game.

The show will be replayed on Comedy Central Wednesday, October 4th at 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM and 8:30 PM.

A video clip of the segment will be available online on Comedy Central's web site within the next two days. Visit the link below for more information.
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Plymouth Whalers Trade Goaltender Justin Garay to Erie

PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP - Plymouth Whalers President, General Manager and Head Coach Mike Vellucci has announced the trade of goaltender Justin Garay to the Erie Otters in exchange for a conditional draft choice in 2007.

The trade reduces Plymouth's crowded goaltending situation. Michal Neuvirth (a second round pick of the National Hockey League's Washington Capitals) and Jeremy Smith (Brownstown) have split duty in goal so far this season with rookie Kyle Jendra as the third goaltender.

Garay, 19 and from Monaca, PA, was selected by Plymouth in the eighth round (159th overall) in the 2003 Ontario Hockey League Draft. Garay made his OHL debut on October 1, 2004 in London in a 5-4 overtime loss. Garay played in 22 games in his rookie season in 2004-05, posting a 3.64 goals against average and .880 save percentage.

Last year, Garay compiled excellent numbers through the first two months of the season with a 2.70 goals against average and .918 save percentage, including his first OHL shutout on Oct, 21, 2005 in a 3-0 victory in Kitchener. But Garay injured his ankle last November and appeared in five games the rest of the season. Overall, Garay had a 3.72 goals against average and .892 save percentage in 14 games in 2005-06.

WHALERS BUSY ON THE ROAD: Plymouth - first place in the OHL West with a 4-1-0-0 record - plays its next three games on the road, starting this Saturday in Owen Sound, Sunday in Mississauga and Fri. Oct. 13 in Erie, before returning home Sat. Oct. 14 to host the London Knights at 7:05 p.m. at the Compuware Sports Arena.

All Whaler games can be heard on the internet on

Tickets for all Whalers home games are available at the Compuware Sports Arena box office by calling (734) 453-8400. Tickets can also be purchased through Ticketmaster at, or by calling (248) 645-6666.
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Knights Send Traccitto To Cambridge

LONDON, ON: London Knights General Manager Mark Hunter today announced that the team has assigned Defenceman Reggie Traccitto to the Cambridge Winterhawks Jr. B Hockey Club. Traccitto, 17 appeared in 1 game for the Knights prior to his assignment to Cambridge. Traccitto was the Knights 11th Round Selection at the 2005 OHL Draft. He will rejoin the defending Sutherland Cup Champion Cambridge Winterhawks this weekend. Traccitto will be available to be called up by the Knights during the 2006-2007 season as a Floating Affiliate.
Tickets Still Available For Sunday vs. Ottawa

The London Knights Box Office today announced that there are over 300 seats available for purchase for the London Knights home game on Sunday, October 8, 2006 vs. Ottawa 67's. Game time is 2:00 PM and tickets may be purchased by calling 519-681-0800 or visiting . You can purchase tickets in person at the John Labatt Centre between 10:00 AM-6:00 PM and during all London Knights home games.
Otters get Garay

The Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League announced today that they have acquired goaltender Justin Garay from the Plymouth Whalers in exchange for a conditional sixth round pick in the 2007 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.

Garay, a 19 year-old from Monaca, PA, played the last two seasons with the Whalers but had yet to appear in a game this season. In 14 games last year he posted a 5-5 record with 3.72 goals against average and a .892 save percentage. In 36 career OHL games Garay has an 11-12-2-1 record with a 3.67 goals against average.

Tickets for tonight's game are on sale now at all Erie-area TicketMaster locations as well as the Civic Center Box Office. The game can also be heard live on 1330 Erie's ESPN Radio and on-line at (presented by the James H. Cross Company) beginning with the pre-game show at 7:15 p.m.

Single game regular season ticket prices for the 2006-2007 season are $13.50 for platinum level seating and $11.50 for gold level seating. A child ticket is also available for $9.50 for children 12 and under in any seating section. All single season ticket prices include the City of Erie 3% Entertainment Tax.
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Owen Sound Attack Weekly Update

As week #3 of the OHL regular season begins, the Owen Sound Attack is 2nd in the Midwest Division, 3rd in the Western Conference, and tied for 3rd in the OHL with 7 points. Only the Guelph Storm (9 points) and the Plymouth Whalers (8 points) are ahead of the Attack.

The Attack has the third highest ranked power play in the OHL at 28.6% and the eleventh ranked penalty kill at 78.9%.

Several Attack players are among the top scorers in the league.

#22 Bobby Sanguinetti - Leads OHL Defenceman scoring with 10 points. - Tied for 4th in OHL Scoring with 10 points. - Tied for 8th in OHL Goals with 4. - Tied for lead in OHL Power Play Goals with 4. - Tied for 2nd in OHL Goals with 6.

#24 Theo Peckham - 2nd in OHL Defenceman scoring with 9 points. - Tied for 8th in OHL Scoring with 9 points. - Tied for 3rd in OHL Power Play Assists with 5. - Tied for 5th in OHL Assists with 6.

#27 Trevor Lewis - Tied for 14th in OHL Scoring with 8 points. - Tied for 7th in OHL Power Play Assists with 4. - Tied for 11th in OHL Assists with 5.

#12 Scott Tregunna - Tied for 12th in OHL Goals with 4.

#23 Marek Bartanus - Tied for 5th in OHL Assists with 6.

#18 Zach McCullough - tied for 15th in OHL Defenceman Scoring with 4 points.

#35 Russ Brownell - 12th in OHL Save Percentage at .891 - Tied for 11th in OHL Goals Against Average at 3.57.

#1 Neil Conway - 9th in OHL Goals against Average at 3.00.

Games Scheduled This Week

Thursday, October 5 at 7:30pm - Owen Sound Attack visits Toronto St. Michael's Majors. Broadcast live on Bear Radio on 560 CFOS or on the internet at This game will not be broadcast on Rogers Television as previously advertised.

Saturday, October 7 at 7:30pm - Owen Sound Attack hosts the Plymouth Whalers. It's Hockey Hall of Fame Night with Peninsula Ford. Tickets are on sale at the box office weekdays 8:30 - 5:00pm. Phone orders at (519) 371-7452 or toll free 1-866-5ATTACK. Internet orders at The game will be broadcast live on Rogers Cable Channel 53.

Monday, October 9 at 2pm - Owen Sound Attack hosts Erie Otters. The game is sponsored by Pepsi. Tickets are on sale at the box office weekdays 8:30 - 5:00pm. Phone orders at (519) 371-7452 or toll free 1-866-5ATTACK. Internet orders at The game will be broadcast live on Rogers Cable Channel 53.
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