Count HockeyNow 2016 Player of the Year for Alberta Bowen Byram as one of the elated Team Canada members celebrating gold at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup tournament in Edmonton earlier this month.
The Furies have named Courtney Kessel as the team’s new head coach, replacing the outgoing Jeff Flanagan. She takes the helm this fall. Joining the 29-year-old Kessel will be Ken Dufton in an advisory role for the upcoming 2018-19 Canadian Women’s Hockey League season.
Lumber Kings defenceman Jarrad Vroman is stepping up to NCAA Div. 3 play this season after committing to play for the Maryland-based Stevenson University Mustangs this autumn.
Jordan Kohlman will be mining gold in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) this fall. The Okanagan Hockey Academy (OHA) Edmonton defenceman has signed on with the NOJHL’s Kirkland Lake Gold Miners.
Toronto Patriots defenceman Graeme MacLean will be skating with the Laurier Golden Hawks beginning this fall. The Golden Hawks play in the U Sports OUA Division.
Okotoks Oilers goalie Riley Morris is suiting up for the Mount Royal University Cougars this fall, as the netminder has committed to play for the U Sports squad.
Forward Justin Michaelian is moving up to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Div. 1 hockey this coming season. Michaelian has committed to play at Ferris State University (FSU) in the fall in his native Michigan. His twin brother, Brendon, is playing at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh starting this autumn.
A who’s-who of hockey has been inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame. Grant Fuhr, coach Wally Kozak, Mike Vernon, broadcaster Ron MacLean and two Canada Winter Games gold-medal winning teams — 1991 Team Alberta Female and 1999 Team Alberta Male — were enshrined at the AHHF Awards Gala held July 22 at the Coast Hotel in Canmore.
Thirty-four Western Hockey League prospects have been selected to audition for Hockey Alberta’s Canada Games team. Of the 35 players invited, all but one are WHL prospects as Alberta loads up in an attempt to win gold at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.
The NHL’s Dallas Stars have signed Kitchener Rangers left-winger Adam Mascherin to a three-year, entry-level contract. Mascherin, 20, recorded 86 points (40g 46a) for the Rangers in 67 OHL regular-season games during the 2017-18 campaign.
The next level. A hockey player’s evolution, to a degree, takes place on a ladder. It involves a long, at times daunting, climb up the rungs to the player’s ultimate goal.
Something to talk about. Jake Chiasson and mom Rachael would talk about hockey and anything else that crossed their minds on the hour-long drives from Abbotsford to any of the countless road games they attended over his minor-hockey career.
1) Yale Hockey Academy forward Jake Chiasson named the 2018 HockeyNow Minor Hockey Player of Year in B.C. powered by HockeyShot
2) OHA Edmonton forward Sean Tschigerl named the 2018 HockeyNow Minor Hockey Player of Year in AB powered by HockeyShot
3) Former HockeyNow Player of the Year Bowen Byram making Giant strides in the WHL
4) The 2018 HockeyNow Minor Hockey Players of the Year ready for the next level
5) Toronto Marlboros defenceman Jamie Drysdale named the 2018 HockeyNow Minor Hockey Player of Year in ON powered by HockeyShot