2016 Confederation Cup

2016 Confederation Cup

ST. JOHN’S, NL – 24 high school hockey teams from Newfoundland and Nova Scotia will take to the ice from February 4th – 7th for the 2016 Confederation Cup, hosted by Gonzaga High School in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Now in it’s 18th installment, the two-tier tournament has featured several of Newfoundland’s top players, most recently Joel Bishop (Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL), Tyler Boland (Rimouski Océanic, QMJHL), and Carolina Hurricanes draft-pick Clark Bishop (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, QMJHL).

The St. Andrew’s College Saints of Aurora, Ontario, a prep hockey school, were victorious in the first two years of the tournament. The 2000 Confederation Cup Final can be viewed below, featuring St. Andrew’s and the Laval Cavaliers of Placentia, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Held at the old Memorial Stadium, the former home of the now defunct St. John’s Maple Leafs AHL club, the tournament was a very popular event that saw a peak of 56 teams play in the 2003 tournament.

The inaugural year featured 28 teams, and after the 2003 tournament it was decided that the number of invited teams would be limited to 48 (32 male teams & 16 female teams).

The last female teams competed in 2007, and, in 2014, there were no teams competing from New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island for the first time since the tournament commenced.

Last year’s tournament featured 20 teams, with just one team coming from outside Newfoundland.

The 2016 teams are listed below.

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Local Senior Hockey Player suits up for AHL Team

Local Senior Hockey Player suits up for AHL Team

ST. JOHN’S, NL – It was not a regular weekend of hockey for local senior hockey goaltender Doug Pippy.

The 22 year-old St. John’s native was prepping for a Saturday night game with the Southern Shore Puglisevich Breakers of the Avalon East Senior Hockey League (AESHL) when his phone rang.

On the phone was the Director of Hockey Operations for the St. John’s IceCaps, Brad Andrews.

I got a call a few hours before my own senior game saying they [Lehigh Valley Phantoms] might need someone for the following evening but it wasn’t 100 percent [known] yet. Later that evening I got a call back saying that they were going to use me.

The Phantoms had run into a goaltending situation and were in need of a goaltender to dress versus the IceCaps Sunday afternoon. Starting goaltender Rob Zepp was recalled to the Philadelphia Flyers after Saturday night’s win versus St. John’s which had left back-up rookie net minder Anthony Stolarz as the sole goaltender. The Phantoms needed a back-up.

Pippy, a Police Studies and Psychology student at Memorial University, is no stranger to the IceCaps and was a quick call away.

Over the past couple of summers he had skated with local pro players such as Ryane Clowe (New Jersey Devils) and Zach O’Brien (Manchester Monarchs). It was at these skating opportunities that he met IceCaps captain Jason Jaffray. Jaffray, who has has been playing professional hockey since the 2002 – 2003 season, comes back to Newfoundland earlier than most of the IceCaps after the off-season and was looking for a skate this past summer.

After getting to know Jason I mentioned to him if the IceCaps were ever in need of someone for practice I would certainly come up. Sure enough he got me up a few times to skate with them, which was awesome for him to do.

When Pippy received the call about the opportunity to suit up for an AHL game, he was ecstatic.

[I was] thrilled! I couldn’t believe I had this opportunity! I was kind of in disbelief it was happening until I showed up at the rink.

It was one of the coolest things I have ever done. As we all know Newfoundland has some amazing hockey fans and Mile One gets pretty loud during the IceCaps games so being on the other side of it this time was pretty surreal.

Warm up was really fun. For this to happen in St. John’s made it even more special as I could have a few friends and family in the stands. I just really tried to soak it all in. It will be something I will never forget for the rest of my life.

Although he was not dressed for his local professional hockey team, like every kid’s dream, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms made Pippy’s short experience with their organization very professional and welcoming.

Both the coaching staff and players were very friendly and professional. They made me feel welcome immediately. Everyone introduced themselves to me and told me how much they appreciated me coming out. Which was weird, because I felt like they were doing me a favour and giving me a special experience. I even got to participate in their player meetings.

The room with the players was like any other team I’ve been on. Just a bunch of close-knit guys who love the game and love being with the boys. They had a pretty loose atmosphere in the room, which seemed to pay off for them this weekend with two wins.

After the game Pippy was once again surprised by the Phantoms players.

The players actually invited me out for a meal after the game, which was awesome. You would think a lot of guys wouldn’t really care that I was there because I was only filling in but they welcomed me into their room.

They were a great bunch of people and I really appreciated what they did for me.

No Stranger to Local Hockey

Pippy led the Avalon Capitals of the St. John’s Junior Hockey League (SJJHL) to first place in the SJJHL 2013-2014 season and capped the season off by winning the league championship. He was named the Jungle Jim’s Player of the Game for the Championship in which the Capitals won 3-2 with nine seconds remaining in overtime.

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Stats via the St. John’s Junior Hockey League website http://sjjhl.ca/

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Stats via the St. John’s Junior Hockey League website http://sjjhl.ca/

Emergency Situations

There have been several instances where emergency back-up goaltenders have been called to fill in for a hockey club. Here are a few of the most interesting:

  • Paul Deutsch, a 51 year-old recreational hockey player, was an emergency back-up for the Minnesota Wild on November 23rd, 2013.
  • In 2008, Brett Leonhardt, the producer of the Washington Capitals website, suited up for the ‘Caps after goalie Jose Theodore was hurt during the morning skate.
  • In March of 2010 a University of Calgary drama student by the name of Nathan Deobald was named the second-string goaltender for the Edmonton Oilers for a match versus the Vancouver Canucks after Oilers G Devan Dubynk was diagnosed with infectious gastrointestinal disorder. Debold had little more professional experience than Deutsch and Leonhardt; he was a goaltender with the U of C Dinos in the CIS.


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IceCaps Updates: Bienvenue, des Canadiens de Montréal

A Stanley Cup Final, a Calder Cup Final, affiliation changes; travelling in Central and Eastern Europe I was not able to see much hockey (besides of course the 2015 IIHF World Championship in Prague – perhaps a story to come later), and therefore I have not been able to provide IceCaps updates.

Here is a quick recap of all your Need-To-Know St. John’s IceCaps & AHL information (as of June 17th, 2015)


  • The Manchester Monarchs won the 2015 Calder Cup after defeating the Utica Comets in five games
2015 Confederation Cup

2015 Confederation Cup

ST. JOHN’S, NL – Some of the top high school hockey teams from Atlantic Canada are back in St. John’s this February for the 17th-Annual Confederation Cup.

The two-tier tournament hosted by the Gonzaga High School Vikings in St. John’s has been running since 1999, when the province of Newfoundland and Labrador celebrated its 50th year as a Canadian province.

Currently on a downward trend in number of teams participating, the tournament started off its first year with 28 teams and grew to 56 teams by 2003. After 2003, the organizing committee limited the number of invited teams to 48 (32 male teams & 16 female teams), however the last female teams competed in 2007, and, in 2014 there were no teams competing from New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island for the first time since the tournament commenced.

This year’s tournament features just 19 teams, with only one of them being from outside Newfoundland.

This high-pace tournament has featured several of Newfoundland’s top players including Carolina Hurricanes draft-pick Clark Bishop (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, QMJHL), Marcus Cuomo (Québec Remparts, QMJHL), and Tyler Boland (Rimouski Océanic, QMJHL).

2015 Teams Map:

Red = Tier 1       Blue = Tier 2

2015 Confederation Cup Teams Map

Tier One

Division A   Division B  
Ascension Collegiate (Astros) Bay Roberts, NL Queen Elizabeth High School (Pioneers) Foxtrap, NL
Holy Heart High School (Highlanders) St. John’s, NL Halifax West High School (Warriors) Halifax, NS
Gonzaga High School (Vikings) St. John’s, NL Exploits Valley High (Eagles) Grand Falls-Windsor, NL
Holy Spirit High School (Falcons) Conception Bay South, NL O’Donel High School (Patriots) Mount Pearl, NL

Tier Two

Division A   Division B  
Carbonear Collegiate (Sentinels) Carbonear, NL Stephenville High School (Spartans) Stephenville, NL
Crescent Collegiate (Coyotes) South Dildo, NL Prince of Wales Collegiate (Cavaliers) St. John’s, NL
Holy Trinity High (Tigers) Torbay, NL Gander Collegiate (Concordes) Gander, NL
Mount Pearl Senior High (Huskies) Mount Pearl, NL St. Kevin’s High (Mavericks) Goulds, NL
Division C
Mobile Central High School (Monarchs) Mobile, NL
Bishop’s College / Booth Memorial High [Combined Team] (Barons / Braves) St. John’s, NL
Clarenville High School (Cougars) Clarenville, NL
Laval High School (Cavaliers) Placentia, NL


Date Time Arena Division Home Away  
Thurs, Feb. 5th 3:00 pm Robert French Memorial Stadium 1B Queen Elizabeth O’Donel
  3:00 pm Goulds Sports Arena 2C Bishop’s / Booth Mobile
4:00 pm Paradise Arena 1A Holy Spirit Ascension
  4:30 pm Robert French Memorial Stadium 2A Carbonear Crescent
4:30 pm Goulds Sports Arena 1A Holy Heart Gonzaga
  5:30 pm Paradise Arena 2B Stephenville Prince of Wales Collegiate
6:00 pm Jack Byrne Arena 2A Mount Pearl Senior High Holy Trinity
  6:15 pm Robert French Memorial Stadium 2C Laval Clarenville
6:15 pm Goulds Sports Arena 2C Gander St. Kevin’s
7:15 pm Paradise Arena 1B O’Donel Exploits Valley High
7:45 pm Goulds Sports Arena 1A Ascension Holy Heart
  8:00 pm Robert French Memorial Stadium 1B Halifax West Queen Elizabeth
8:45 pm Paradise Arena 1A Gonzaga Holy Spirit
Friday, Feb. 6th 10:00 am Goulds Sports Arena 1B Halifax West Exploits Valley High
11:30 am Goulds Sports Arena 2B Stephenville Gander
  3:00 pm Mount Pearl Glacier II Arena 2A Mount Pearl Senior High Carbonear  
3:00 pm Robert French Memorial Stadium 2C Mobile Laval
3:00 pm Goulds Sports Arena 2B Prince of Wales Collegiate St. Kevin’s
4:00 pm Paradise Arena 2C Clarenville Bishop’s / Booth
4:00 pm Jack Byrne Arena 2A Holy Trinity Crescent
4:30 pm Robert French Memorial Stadium 1B O’Donel Halifax West
4:30 pm Goulds Sports Arena 1A Ascension Gonzaga
5:30 pm Paradise Arena 1A Holy Heart Holy Spirit
  6:00 pm Goulds Sports Arena 2B St. Kevin’s Stephenville
6:15 pm Robert French Memorial Stadium 1B Exploits Valley High Queen Elizabeth
  7:15 pm Paradise Arena 2A Crescent Mount Pearl Senior High
7:30 pm Goulds Sports Arena 2C Laval Bishop’s / Booth
  7:45 pm Robert French Memorial Stadium 2B Gander Prince of Wales Collegiate
8:00 pm Jack Byrne Arena 2A Carbonear Holy Trinity
  8:45 pm Paradise Arena 2C Clarenville Mobile

Previous Winners:

1999 – 2007: Listed on Trophy


Tier 1: Gonzaga Vikings (St. John’s, NL)

Tier 2: Corner Brook Regional High Titans (Corner Brook, NL)


Tier 1: Auburn High School Eagles (Cole Harbour, NS) and Holy Heart Highlanders (St. John’s, NL) (Co-Champions)

Tier 2: Holy Spirit High Falcons (Conception Bay South, NL)


Tier 1: Corner Brook Regional High Titans and O’Donel Patriots (St. John’s, NL) (Co-Champions)

Tier 2: Avon View High School Avalanche (Windsor, NS) and Eastern Shore District High Schooners (Musquodoboit Harbour, NS) (Co-Champions)

2011 (25 teams)

Tier 1: Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School Royals (Antigonish, NS)

Tier 2: Booth Memorial Braves (St. John’s, NL)

2012 (27 teams)

Tier 1: Holy Heart Highlanders

Tier 2: Northumberland Nighthawks (Westville, NS)

2013 (27 teams)

Tier 1: CP Allen High Cheetahs (Halifax, NS)

Tier 2: Northumberland Nighthawks

2014 (26 teams)

Tier 1: O’Donel High Patriots

Tier 2: Discovery Collegiate Destroyers (Bonavista, NL)

2015 (19 teams)

Tier 1: Gonzaga Vikings

Tier 2: Mount Pearl Senior High Huskies

California Dreaming: Changes to the AHL and ECHL Officially Announced

California Dreaming: Changes to the AHL and ECHL Officially Announced

It is probably a good thing hockey brass do not have security clearances.

The American Hockey League officially announced their long-expected, terribly-kept secret pertaining to the AHL West movement within their league for the upcoming 2015 – 2016 season.

The AHL has created of a new division within the league entitled the Pacific Division. The new division will include five new, California-based teams: Bakersfield (Edmonton), Ontario (Los Angeles), San Diego (Anaheim), San Jose (San Jose), and Stockton (Calgary).

With the announcement by the AHL on Thursday in San Jose, the East Coast Hockey League also announced amendments to their league on Friday.

Who’s Moving


  • Adirondack Flames (Calgary) will move to Stockton, CA. No name has been announced thus far.
  • Norfolk Admirals (Anaheim) will move to San Diego, CA. The official name and logo will be released on February 22nd.
  • Worcester Sharks (San Jose) will move to San Jose, CA and will not be named the Sharks. Both teams in San Jose will share the SAP Center.
  • Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles) will move to Ontario, CA and will be renamed the Ontario Reign. A new logo will be released on February 2nd.
  • Oklahoma City Barons (Edmonton) will move to Bakersfield, CA and the ‘Name-The-Team’ contest deadline is February 15th.


  • Ontario Reign personnel move to Manchester, NH and will be renamed the Manchester Monarchs.
  • Bakersfield Condors personnel move to Norfolk, VA and will be renamed the Norfolk Admirals, possibly the Hampton Roads Admirals.
  • Stockton Thunder personnel move to Glens Falls, NY and will most likely be renamed the Adirondack Flames, possibly the Adirondack Thunder. A three-year commitment has been signed with the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Shuffling Around

Both leagues will have to change around their divisions.

The AHL’s Monarchs and Sharks will be leaving the Atlantic Division, the Flames will be leaving the North Division, the Admirals will be leaving the East Division, and the Barons will be departing the West Division.

In the ECHL, it is more of a jumble. The Condors, Reign, and Thunder will all be leaving the Pacific Division of the Western Conference and Manchester, Norfolk, and Adirondack will all be headed across the continent  to join the Eastern Conference.

Here’s my stab at new-look divisions for both leagues next year:

New AHL Divisions Prediction:

Eastern Conference

Northeast: Toronto, Hamilton, Portland, Providence, St. John’s

Atlantic: Albany, Hartford, Springfield, Bridgeport, Utica

East: Lehigh, Hershey, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Binghamton, Syracuse

Western Conference

Midwest: Chicago, Grand Rapids, Lake Erie, Milwaukee, Rochester

*South: Charlotte, Iowa, Rockford, San Antonio, Texas

*Pacific: *Bakersfield, *Ontario, *San Diego, *San Jose, *Stockton

Possible New AHL Alignment

New ECHL Divisions Prediction:

Eastern Conference

North: *Adirondack, Brampton, Elmira, Kalamazoo, *Manchester, Toledo, Wheeling

East: Florida, Greenville, Gwinnett, *Norfolk, Orlando, Reading, South Carolina

Western Conference

*West (formerly Pacific): Alaska, Allen, Colorado, Idaho, Rapid City, Utah, Tulsa

Central: Cincinnati, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Indy, Missouri, Quad City, Wichita

New Possible ECHL Divisions

* = denotes new team or divisional name

Notes: Both Worcester, MA and Oklahoma City, OK will not receive an AHL or ECHL team for next year as it stands right now….unrelated news, the Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL) could not secure a facility for next season and will withdraw from the league after this season.

Norfolk Admirals Pending Sale

Norfolk Admirals Pending Sale

On The Move

It appears the Norfolk Admirals will be no more.

After 14 years a franchise, news broke yesterday, January 7th that the Admirals will be sold to their parent club, the Anaheim Ducks and moved west as part of a new-look AHL West.

The Admirals will relocate to San Diego next season, just 95 miles south of Anaheim. Reports indicate the ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors will move to Norfolk, whilst the Oklahoma City Barons will more than likely relocate to Bakersfield.

Darryl Reid Memorial Tournament

Darryl Reid Memorial Tournament

Update – November 11th, 2014 6:26 pm, NST

Evan White scored the shootout winner as the Holy Heart Highlanders secured a 3-2 shootout victory against the Gonzaga Vikings in the championship game of this year’s Darryl Reid Memorial Tournament.

The Highlanders opened the tournament with a 4-2 win versus the Ascension Astros before a merciless defeat to the hands of the O’Donel Patriots. Holy Heart secured a playoff spot with a victory against the Holy Trinity Tigers, and proceeded to the championship game with a victory against the Queen Elizabeth Pioneers in the semi-finals.

Gonzaga went 4-0 in the round robin and semi-final rounds, including a thrilling 4-3 shootout victory over O’Donel in the semi-final game to advance to the finals.

The Highlanders have now won both major tournaments (Oktoberfest & Darryl Reid) of the 2014-2015 Metro High School Hockey season.

ST. JOHN’S, NL – The 29th Annual Darryl Reid Memorial Tournament kicks off today in Conception Bay South at the Robert French Memorial Stadium.

The tournament is in memory of Darryl Reid, a former student and hockey player at Queen Elizabeth Regional High School in Foxtrap, NL who died in the Ocean Ranger tragedy. Two other former students and Pioneers hockey players, Robert and Stephen Windsor, also died in the tragedy and have separate hockey trophies in their names at Queen Elizabeth.

Full Schedule is as follows below in the document.