IceCaps Updates – October 27th

IceCaps news and updates compiled from Twitter, The Telegram, The AHL, and myself:

  • Patrice Cormier was recalled to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday, October 25th
  • Rookie Scott Kosmachuk was injured in Saturday’s game vs. the Bridgeport Sound Tigers
  • Eric O’Dell, Kyle MacKinnon and Nic Blanchard are all day-to-day. O’Dell has not played since last Wednesday, October 22nd, MacKinnnon last played Tuesday night vs. Binghamton, and Blanchard has not played since the second game of the season, on October 11th.
  • Team captain Jason Jaffray and Julien Brouillette are week-to-week
  • Via Brendan McCarthy of The Telegram: “To help bolster the depleted roster, the IceCaps are adding forward Brodie Reid from Elmira of the ECHL.” Reid, an undrafted 25 year-old, has played the past three seasons with the Worcester Sharks registering 71 points in 155 games.

Weekend Recap:

  1. Saturday: IceCaps 2-1 SOW vs Bridgeport
  2. Sunday: IceCaps 5-3 L vs Bridgeport

Rookie F Chase Balisy has seven points in his last four games and leads the team in scoring…Rookie F Ryan Olsen scored his first professional goal in Sunday’s 5-3 loss to Bridgeport…Rookie G Connor Hellebuyck made 37 saves in Saturday’s win and made 15 saves on 16 shots in relief of Peter Budaj in Sunday’s loss.


IceCaps Lines – October 21st

136th consecutive sellout at Mile One Centre tonight as the IceCaps face-off against the Binghamton Senators. G Connor Hellebuyck makes his home debut whilst F Ben Walker makes his pro-debut.

Forward Lines

Kosmachuk – O’Dell – Lipon

Balisy – Albert – Klingberg

Riley – MacKinnon – Cormier

Walker (First Pro Game) – Olsen – Brassard

Defensive Pairings

Chariot – Kichton

O’Neill – Fredheim

Melchiori – Ellerby


Connor Hellebuyck (start) – Peter Budaj (backup)


(D) Jordan Hill, (F) Patrick Holland, (F) Brandon MacLean, (G) Jussi Olkinuora


(F) Nicholas Blanchard, (D) Julien Brouillette, (F) Jason Jaffray

IceCaps Season Opening Lines

The St. John’s IceCaps fell 2-1 in OT in their season opener in Rhode Island as they played the Providence Bruins.

For a full recap of the game, check out The Telegram.

Game Notes

  • New G Peter Budaj was injured just eight minutes into the game. There was blood on the ice but there is no word to the official injury; first speculation pointed to an skate cut on the right arm, however later reports suggested he was cut on the face. He returned to the bench in the second period.
  • IceCaps captain Jason Jaffray was also injured in the first period after a collision with a Bruins player. He did not return.
  • Connor Hellebuyck was solid in his first professional game after taking over for the injured Budaj. Hellebuyck made 27 saves on 29 shots.
  • IceCaps goal: Will O’Neill (1) unassisted

Forward Lines

Klingberg – O’Dell – Lipon

*Jaffray – Albert – Kosmachuk

Blanchard – MacKinnon – Riley

Holland – Olsen – Brassard


Defencemen: Kris Fredheim, Jordan Hill

Forwards: Chase Balisy, Brandon MacLean, and Ben Walker

Goaltender: Jussi Olkinuora

*Lines will change with Jaffray’s injury. If Jaffray is unable to play look for Chase Balisy to possibly make his IceCaps debut.

IceCaps Season Opening Roster and Notes

Update, October 9th 2014, 3:54 p.m. NST

The IceCaps have announced the signing of three forwards:

  • Ben Walker and Brandon MacLean have been signed to PTO’s. They were previously on PTO’s as well.
  • Nicholas Blanchard has been signed to a PTO.

The IceCaps now have 26 players on their roster. The lineups and roster are updated and are below.

Opening Night Roster including lines (via Chris Ballard @cgballardsports):

Goaltenders (3)

Peter Budaj, Connor Hellebuyck, Jussi Olkinuora

Defence (8)

Ben Chiarot – Brenden Kichton

Julien Melchiori – Keaton Ellerby

Will O’Neill – Julien Brouillette

Jordan Hill – Kris Fredheim “A”

Forwards (15)

Carl Klingberg – John Albert “A” – JC Lipon

Jason Jaffray “C” – Kyle MacKinnon – Scott Kosmachuk

Patrick Holland – Ryan Olsen – Blair Riley

Ben Walker (PTO) / Brandon MacLean (PTO)- Chase Balisy – Austen Brassard

*Eric O’Dell, Nicholas Blanchard (PTO) – both were not in St. John’s for the IceCaps last practice. New lines to come, stay tuned.      IceCaps lines updated.

Update, October 9th 2014, 3 p.m. NST

  • F Eric O’Dell, G Peter Budaj, D Ben Chiarot, and D Keaton Ellerby have all cleared waivers and have joined the IceCaps.
  • CAPTAINCY: Jason Jaffray was named team captain whilst John Albert and Kris Fredheim were named assistant captains.
  • Defenceman Ralfs Freibergs was assigned to the Ontario Reign of the new-look ECHL.
  • Forwards Robert Czarnik and Zach Bell, as well as defenceman Mike Cornell, were all released from their PTO’s.

Here is the lineup from the IceCaps final pre-season game vs. Hamilton yesterday, heading into the regular season:


Connor Hellebuyck, Jussi Olkinuora


Julien Melchiori – Kris Fredheim

Brenden Kichton – Jordan Hill

Will O’Neill – Julien Brouillette


JC Lipon – John Albert – Carl Klingberg

Chase Balisy -Jason Jaffray -Scott Kosmachuk

Ben Walker (PTO) – Ryan Olsen – Patrick Holland

Blair Riley – Kyle MacKinnon – Austen Brassard

Scratched…Forwards Zach Bell (PTO), Robert Czarnik (PTO), and Brandon MacLean (PTO)…Defencemen Mike Cornell (PTO) and Ralfs Freibergs.


  • St. John’s native (D) Chris Owens was released from his PTO
  • (F) Jean Dupuy was also released from his PTO
  • Peter Budaj is pending waivers  and may be assigned to the IceCaps
  • Defencemen Ben Chiarot and Keaton Ellerby were assigned to St. John’s today

Clark Bishop Named Captain

18 year-old St. John’s native Clark Bishop has been named captain of his Québec Junior Major Hockey League team, the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

Bishop,  a 5th round draft pick (127th overall) of the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, was an assistant captain last year and recorded 14 goals and 19 assists with the club.

He has three goals and three assists in six games thus far in the 2014-2015 QMJHL season.

The NHL is back in Town

Game 1 Final: 3-2 W New York Islanders

Game 2 Final: 3-2 SOW New York Islanders

Game 1 Scoring Summary:

First Period:

NYI Brock Nelson Goal. 1-0 NYI

OTT Alex Chiasson Goal. 1-1 Tie

Second Period:

NYI Sebastian Collberg Goal. 2-1 NYI

OTT Cole Schneider Goal. 2-2 Tie

Third Period:

NYI Jack Skille Goal. 3-2 NYI

Shots: 26-24 NYI

Game 2 Scoring Summary:

First Period:

OTT Clarke MacArthur Goal. 1-0 OTT

OTT Curtis Lazar Goal. 2-0 OTT

Second Period:

NYI Mikhail Grabovski Goal. 2-1 OTT

NYI Josh Bailey Goal. 2-2 Tie

Third Period + Overtime No Scoring


Round 1: NYI – Nielsen                           OTT – Turris

Round 2: NYI – Grabovski                     OTT – Karlsson

Round 3: NYI – Conacher                       OTT – Stone

Round 4: NYI – Bailey (Goal)                OTT – Greening (Goal)

Round 5: NYI – Clutterbuck (Goal) OTT – Puempel

ST. JOHN’S, NL – The Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders have kicked-off the 2014-2015 NHL pre-season with a matinee match at Mile One Centre in historic downtown St. John’s, Newfoundland.

NHL Stars in town

John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, and  Mikhail Grabovski will play in the Game 2 lineup (main event) for the Islanders whilst Erik Karlsson, Kyle Turris, and Craig Anderson are in for the Sens among others.

“I’ve heard so many great things [about St. John’s]. I’ve always really enjoyed the preseason and going to the smaller towns and smaller cities, especially across Canada. We played in Regina last year and Saskatoon the year before. I’ve been to Halifax a few times and I’ve been to P.E.I. but never Newfoundland. I’m really looking forward to going out there. I’ve heard tremendous things about the people and their passion for the game. I’m looking forward to visiting.”

– John Tavares to St. John’s IceCaps insider Chris Ballard

Familiar faces

Home of the American Hockey League’s St. John’s IceCaps (Winnipeg), St. John’s has hosted a number of major hockey events and NHL pre-season games including the 2011 KRAFT Hockeyville Event, the Women’s Four Nations Cup (2010), and the TELUS Cup (2010).

This will be the Islanders second visit to The Rock – they played the Boston Bruins in a pre-season matchup in 2007.

The Senators are also playing their second match in St. John’s – they played the Winnipeg Jets in the 2011 KRAFT Hockeyville Event.