Prior to last Friday night’s game at the Pyramid Rec. Centre, the Jr. ‘B’ Lincolns honoured the two St. Marys minor hockey A-E teams that won Regional Silver Stick titles in Collingwood on the Nov. 21-23 weekend.
Both the Home Building Centre Peewees and the Legion Midgets players and coaches were introduced on the red carpet.
The HBC Peewees, coached by Chris Boyd, won four of their five games by shutouts and allowed only four goals against in the entire tournament. They defeated Saugeen Shores 2-0 in the final.
The Legion Midgets, coached by Andrew St. Jean, defeated Thorold 3-1 in the final.
The Rock also went undefeated, chalking up three wins and two ties. One of their victories was a 3-0 shutout win over the South Muskoka Bears.
Both the A-E Peewees and Midgets will now head to the International Silver Stick A-E championships Jan. 8-11, 2015, in Pelham, Ont.
•It was a shocker in Chatham last week as the Jr. ‘B’ Maroons announced the sudden resignation of head coach Mark Davis.
In a Chatham Daily News article, Davis, 54, cited work demands as the reason for stepping down Nov. 25 as coach and acting general manager.
Assistant coach Shawn Tiffin also resigned. He was offered another job in the Maroons’ organization, but chose not to accept it, the newspaper reported.
When he resigned, Davis had the Maroons (16-6-1) in third place—one point out of second.
Former Chatham player Tyler Roeszler, 26, has been named the new bench boss. Roeszler won two Western Jr. ‘B’ championships, and one scoring title in his three seasons as a Maroon (2004-07). The speedy centre then played four seasons at Cornell University in New York State.
It’s Roeszler’s second season on the Maroons’ bench. He had been an assistant coach in charge of the forwards.
For Davis, it was his second stint as the Maroons’ head coach. He guided them to the Western title in 2006, defeating St. Marys Lincolns in seven games in the conference final.
Davis told the Daily News that he wants to coach again, possibly even this current season.
Roeszler, meanwhile, is the Maroons’ fifth head coach in four years.
•Last week, the Daily News also reported that the Maroons have acquired former London Knights’ goalie Jake Patterson.
Maroons now have two 20-year-old goaltenders in Patterson and Bo Bossette.
Patterson hasn’t played this season since parting ways with the Knights on the eve of training camp.
•Coach Merlin Malinowski says Lincs don’t expect to get any “roster players” from another Western Conference team as compensation for centre Rai DiLoreto and defenceman Cal Ruddock.
The two 19-year-old Londoners officially left the Lincolns on Nov. 7, requesting a trade.
“We’re not going to get any roster players,” Malinowski told the Journal Argus last Thursday.
“It’s going to be prospects. London is not offering any players off their roster.”
•In other league news, John Warren and St. Thomas Stars have apparently parted ways.
Warren, a 17-year-old centre from London, was leading Stars in scoring with 12 goals and 26 points in 19 games.
•The Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL) 2014 All-Star and Top Prospects games will be held on Saturday, Dec. 27 at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex.
The puck drops for the All-Star game at 1:30 p.m. and for the Top Prospects at 5 p.m.
Tickets are available from your local GOJHL team or at the door for $10. Children free, with proceeds going to the Frank Santarossa Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to GOJHL players furthering their education.
•Lincolns are holding their Early Bird draw, for a $1,500 cash prize, on Friday, Dec. 21.
Lincs’ Elimination draw tickets are now available, and can be purchased from any team executive member, $100 per ticket or two for $150.
•Coach Todd Dittmer told the Journal Argus that he was thrilled with Lincolns’ Frasier Lewis, Nathan Smith and Matt McGall for helping out at a St. Marys Tykes’ practice recently.
•St. Marys native Doug Kennedy was honoured last Friday night in Kincardine.
Kennedy received a Crystal Puck Award from the Ontario Hockey Association. It’s a prestigious “life-time commitment” award which recognizes an individual’s outstanding achievements and contributions with the OHA.
Kennedy, a former Jr. ‘B’ Lincoln, has been involved with the Kincardine Jr. ‘C’ Bulldogs for over two decades. He is currently the team’s director of hockey operations.
•St. Marys residents Chad Petrie and Ryan Van Heeswyk were the two referees for the Cullitons-Dutchmen Midwestern Jr. ‘B’ game last Friday night in Stratford.
Cullitons won 7-3.