Randy is an award-winning sports journalist with 30 years of media experience including newspapers, magazines and radio.
Born in North Bay, Ont., Randy’s passion is hockey. From minor hockey player to minor hockey executive to men’s league player, he continues to be involved in the sport.
As a journalist, he has covered all levels of hockey, including a 10-year stint covering the OHL, both as a sports reporter and sports editor. He currently covers the junior circuits in and around his home in Orillia, Ont. for various publications and also co-hosts a weekly sports radio show in the region.
A die-hard Chicago Blackhawks and Barrie Colts fan, Randy still puts on the blades at least twice a week throughout the year.
A total of nine NCAA Division 1 men's hockey programs will feature new head coaches when the 2017-18 campaign kicks off in October.
The Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) continues to supply a good number of its graduating players to college programs south of the border, but more and more of those performers are choosing to stay home and become student-athletes.
Former University of Alberta Golden Bears men's head coach Clare Drake and current University of Calgary Dinos women's bench boss Danielle Goyette are among the 2017 induction class named to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
A total of eight hockey players, including four Canadians, are in the running for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The award, established in 1991, honours graduating female student-athletes who distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership during their college careers.
Canadians are expected to play pivotal roles for the University of Denver Pioneers if they hope to repeat as NCAA Division 1 champions in 2017-18.
After an exhaustive process which included numerous suitors, the top-ranked Canadian-born NCAA Division 1free agent has finally declared where he is headed next season.
A Canadian headed the list of 60 current or future NCAA Division 1 players selected during the 2017 NHL Entry Draft held over the weekend at the United Center in Chicago.
With no dominant player as a consensus No. 1 and a field which many consider weak on the back end, a Canadian defenceman headed to an NCAA Division 1 program this fall is rated as one of the top prospects in the final rankings of candidates released by the International Scouting Service (ISS).
When the Pittsburgh Penguins captured their second straight Stanley Cup on Sunday they also set a record for the most former NCAA Division 1 players appearing in the championship final with 15 getting to hoist the precious mug in Nashville.
A total of 29 players linked to NCAA Division 1 men's programs took part in the 2017 NHL Scouting Combine last week in Buffalo, N.Y. Three current student-athletes and 26 college hockey recruits, including five Canadians, went through interviews, medical testing and fitness testing under the watchful eyes of NHL team reps over the week-long event in preparation for this year's NHL Entry Draft.
The dogfight to hoist this year's Stanley Cup is down to two combatants whose rosters in 2016-17 featured a total of 22 players who honed their skills in NCAA Division 1 prior to turning pro. The Eastern Conference champion Pittsburgh Penguins, who are the defending Cup winners, had 16 former student-athletes perform during the past season while the challenger and Western Conference winning Nashville Predators had six.
As the curtain closed on the 2016-17 Canadian Hockey League season on Sunday in Cobourg, Ont., at least 35 players from the championship tournament now set their sights on becoming student-athletes in 2017-18.
After just four head coaching changes prior to the 2016-17 NCAA Division 1 men's hockey season, the bench boss carousel has almost doubled this off season.
Apair of U SPORTS (formerly CIS) men's hockey coaches have had the interim tag removed from their portfolios after successful campaigns in 2016-17.
While the NHL remains steadfast about not allowing its players to participate in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, Canada announced Thursday the 28 players who will be vying for spots on the national women's team over the next year.
The Canadian university sports calendar came to an end recently with U SPORTS naming its top male and female athletes for 2016-17. In a battle with four other worthy nominees, Philippe Maillet of the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds hockey club was tabbed as the nation's best athlete this past season.
Two hockey players from the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) conference are among the eight finalists for the U SPORTS (formerly CIS) male and female athlete of the year award.
A total of 17 hockey players were named as athletes-of-the-year at their respective schools as the U SPORTS university programs held awards banquets from coast-to-coast.
An amazing performance from an unlikely source and a rink silencing injury were just two of the many storylines involving Canadians at the 2017 NCAA Division 1 men's hockey championship finals which wrapped up April 8 at the United Centre in Chicago.
It's been quite a year for Terrebone, Que. native Philippe Maillet – and it's not over yet. After leading the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds to their second consecutive U SPORTS men's hockey championship title last month, Maillet signed an amateur tryout (ATO) deal with the American Hockey League's Ontario (California) Reign.
For the first time in 33 years, the storied men's hockey team at the University of Michigan will have a new bench boss to start the 2017-18 NCAA Division 1 season.
Canadians captured two of the three major individual awards handed out during the NCAA Division 1 men's hockey championship finals in Chicago over the weekend.
Twenty-eight Canadian-born players will be competing for an NCAA Division 1 men's hockey crown during the Frozen Four at the United Centre in Chicago from April 6 to 8. The top three seeded teams in the nation (Denver Pioneers, Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs and Harvard Crimson), along with wild-card entry Notre Dame Fighting Irish, survived through the round of 16 and round of eight playoffs to advance to the final four.
Junior goaltender Tanner Jaillet is hoping to back-stop the top-ranked University of Denver Pioneers to the NCAA men's hockey Frozen Four national championship finals in Chicago (April 6 to 8) and also has the opportunity to pick up one of the top individual awards in the Windy City.
The second time was a charm for Canadian goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens of the Wisconsin Badgers. The La Malbaie, Que. native, who was a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award as the top player in NCAA Division 1 women's hockey last season, was named winner of the prestigious award on March 18 during the women's Frozen Four in St. Charles, Missouri.
Senior forward Cayley Mercer from Exeter, Ont. scored twice to power the Clarkson Golden Knights to a 3-0 victory over the top-ranked Wisconsin Badgers in the NCAA Division 1 women's championship final on March 19.
Victors were crowned for both men’s and women’s U SPORTS hockey this past weekend. On the female side, the sixth-seeded University of Alberta Pandas shocked the eight-team women's field, including a thrilling 2-1 double overtime victory over the No. 4 seed McGill Martlets in the championship final.
The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds defended their U SPORTS (formerly CIS) men's hockey championship crown on home ice by downing the University of Saskatchewan Huskies 5-3 in the title game in Fredericton, N.B.
A pair of Canadians remain in the hunt for the 2017 Hobey Baker Memorial Award as top player in NCAA Division 1 men's hockey. The initial field of more than 60 nominees was reduced to 10 hopefuls on March 16 and that grouping included Union College Dutchmen junior forward Spencer Foo from Edmonton, Alta. and Harvard Crimson senior forward Alexander Kerfoot from West Vancouver, B.C.
The fields have been set for the men's and women's U SPORTS (formerly CIS) national hockey championship tournaments taking place next weekend (March 16 to 19).
A pair of Canadians and a native of Lucerne, Switzerland are the three finalists for the 2017 Patty Kazmaier Award as the top player in NCAA Division 1 women's hockey.
From nothing to something is the only way to describe the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees men's hockey program. Shut down by the school following an off-ice incident in Thunder Bay, Ont. during a road trip in February of 2014 which resulted in sexual assault charges against a pair of players and the subsequent suspension and eventual firing its head coach, the Gee-Gees returned to the OUA fold for the 2016-17 season after a 15-month hiatus.
Five Canadian-born players are in the hunt for the 2017 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award as the top player in NCAA Division 1 women's hockey.
Harvard University Crimson men's hockey ended a 24-year drought recently by claiming the coveted Beanpot trophy and now set their sights on ending a 23-year dry spell in the upcoming NCAA national tournament.
What do you get when you combine a Canadian, an American and a Swede? If you're the Union Dutchmen, it's one of the highest scoring trios in NCAA Division 1 men's hockey.
The hockey teams representing U SPORTS collected medals at the 2017 Winter Universiade Games which wrapped up Feb. 8 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, but both failed to collect the much sought-after gold medallions.
The search for the top player in NCAA men's hockey has begun. The first phase of determining the 2017 Hobey Baker Award winner kicked off on Jan. 30 with the release of 66 nominees representing 40 schools for college hockey's top individual prize.
Over the course of four years, student-athletes in the NCAA strive to achieve success in both their chosen sport and in the classroom and for a select group, they also become model citizens in their adopted communities.
Ontario University Athletics officials are hoping a tough selection process will result in a return to glory for the U Sports men's hockey team at the upcoming Winter Universiade Games in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
The Wisconsin Badgers are hoping to end a five-year NCAA women's hockey championship drought this spring and are being led by four national team members, three from Team Canada and another from Team U.S.A.
NCAA men's hockey alumni will play a prominent role in the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic at the end of the month in Allentown, Pa. Taking place at the same time as the NHL stars face off in Los Angeles, nearly half of the stars selected for the AHL contest are former student-athletes, including eight who played in the college ranks last season.
The British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) has long been considered one of the major feeding systems for the NCAA Division 1 men's hockey programs and the team currently leading the way is the Penticton Vees.
Known more for its football program (both good news and bad), the men's hockey team at Penn State have stolen some of the headlines away – at least through the first half of the 2016-17 NCAA Division 1 season.
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