CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – It was a big week for Island natives when it comes to hockey. A lot took place and many were respectively recognized for their success on and off the ice. We’ve recapped it all, take a look:
HOCKEY CANADA – BFL FEMALE COACH OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS:
Two very deserving hockey coaches were selected as Hockey Canada’s BFL Female Coach of the Year recipients for the PEI region – One High Performance winner and one Community.
- High Performance – Nicole Derry (Stratford)
Derry has been an advocate for helping develop players to the next level and has worked within the “AAA” minor hockey season ranks for the past couple of years. Furthermore, she has also been on staff for Hockey PEI’s High Performance Program being a great mentor for the female players at that level.
- Community – Stacy Montgomery (Summerside)
If there is a grassroots or development session happening in the Summerside area, it’s highly likely that you’ll see Montgomery there lending a hand and working to grow the female game from the grassroots up. Montgomery is a strong asset for the Summerside Area Minor Hockey Association and provides a level of respect and teaching that players appreciate.
Read more on the BFL Female Coach of the Year Program: https://hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/corporate/partnerships/programs/bfl-female-coach-of-the-year
HOCKEY CANADA – FROM PEI TO LATVIA:
PEI’s Gerard Gallant and Mike Kelly steered the young and inexperienced Team Canada squad to their first win at the World Hockey Championships in Latvia this past week.
Gallant on Team Canada’s 4-2 Win versus Norway:
“Darcy is an experienced goaltender; he’s played really well, he’s a solid guy. He’s had a great year in Arizona the last couple of years so definitely experienced and he’s one of our leaders on our hockey club. The players feel good with him and he’s been solid for us.”
- On the play of Goalie Kuemper
Team Canada’s next game is May 28 – Canada vs. Kazakhstan – 9:15 a.m. ET
QMJHL / MHL ROUND-UP:
- President’s Cup Final: Cornwall’s Jordan Spence and the Val-D’or Foreurs begin game one of the presidents cup final tonight against the Victoriaville Tigres in Quebec. Spence was named to the QMJHL’s Team of the Week for the second straight week.
- Charlottetown’s Thomas Casey and alumni to Hockey PEI’s High Performance Program finished up his Q career after 4-seasons with the Islanders as the hometown boy. Casey finished his QMJHL career with 241 games played recording 177 total career points. Covehead’s Keiran Gallant was also on the Isles squad this season who fell just short of a finals berth.
- Summerside’s Bennett MacArthur was named Most Improved Player and Top Offensive Player of the Year by the Acadie Bathurst Titan this week while Portage’s Zach Biggar was named Rookie of the Year and Fan Favourite for the Titan. Finally, Mermaid’s Cole Larkin received Scholastic Player of the Year honours from the club.
- Charlottetown’s Brad MacKenzie who was named Co-Coach of the Year this season by the Maritime Hockey League and most recently took a job with the Halifax Mooseheads as an assistant coach for next season has been named a finalist for CJHL Coach of the Year!
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE:
On this day in NHL History – May 27, 2004:
- Murray Harbour’s Brad Richards tied an #NHL record with his 6th game winning goal of the 2004 playoffs, as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Flames 4-1, in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. He would break the record with his 7th GWG later in the series.
- The #NHL has released its final rankings ahead of the #2021NHLDraft.Two Islanders were listed in the North American Skater projections. Portage’s Zach Biggar and Summerside’s Bennett MacArthur. More: https://media.nhl.com/public/news/14983
- Summerside’s Noah Dobson and Suffolk’s Ross Johnston advanced to Round-two of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs after the New York Islanders eliminated the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nova Scotians Sidney Crosby and Brad Marchand.
- High Performance Program alumni and Charlottetown’s Connor McGregor has committed to Portage College!
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