Press release

Zach Fucale Earns IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year Award

Fucale Named IceCaps’ IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year

(Photo courtesy of St. John's IceCaps)
(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (March 31, 2016) – The St. John’s IceCaps are proud to announce that goaltender Zach Fucale has been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the St. John’s community during the 2015-16 season.

This past season, Fucale has been a community leader for the IceCaps organization.  He has given up countless hours of his personal time to attend team-related events and ensure fans have the opportunity to get an autograph, a picture or a few special moments with him.  Fucale has been a favourite at these events with his signature positive, upbeat attitude when interacting with young people and their parents.

Throughout the season, Fucale has been a team leader in community appearances – taking on this role as a rookie – making his accomplishments and dedication even more impressive.  While continuing to grow as a player and learning to be a professional, the 20-year-old has not lost sight of the importance of giving back.

Education is a pillar of the IceCaps’ community outreach. Fucale has visited schools assisting with reading programs, talking about the importance of respecting others and allowing the children to learn more about his life.  When Fucale walks into a school he shows a genuine interest in what the students are doing, their work and their interests.

The IceCaps provide fans with different game-night experiences throughout the season.  When a fan is close to the players, on the bench for warm-up or something similar, Fucale will always take a moment to say hello, provide a high five to a young child or give away a stick or puck.  These may be small gestures, but create life-long memories for young people and their families.  These moments cement relationships with fans and assist in building a connection between IceCaps players and our community.

Fucale embodies everything that the IceCaps organization is about.   He is an ambassador for the team, the city of St. John’s and the entire province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Zach Fucale is now one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s 2015-16 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, honoring the overall IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year. The league award is named after the former Hershey Bears forward and AHL All-Star who died in 1997 following a 16-month battle with leukemia. The winner of the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award will be announced by the American Hockey League at a later date.

Courtesy of the AHL, here is the complete list of the league’s IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year awards:

Dan Kelly, Albany Devils (3rd-time winner)
Matthew Ford, Bakersfield Condors (2nd)
Zack Stortini, Binghamton Senators (2nd)
Matt Carkner, Bridgeport Sound Tigers (6th)
Kyle Hagel, Charlotte Checkers (6th)
Pat Cannone, Chicago Wolves (1st)
Tom McCollum, Grand Rapids Griffins (3rd)
Chris Summers, Hartford Wolf Pack (1st)
Nathan Walker, Hershey Bears (1st)
Kurtis Gabriel, Iowa Wild (1st)
Ryan Craig, Lake Erie Monsters (2nd)
Davis Drewiske, Lehigh Valley Phantoms (3rd)
Josh Morrissey, Manitoba Moose (1st)
Jimmy Oligny, Milwaukee Admirals (1st)
Sean Backman, Ontario Reign (1st)
Shane Harper, Portland Pirates (2nd)
Brandon DeFazio, Providence Bruins (4th)
Patrick Kaleta, Rochester Americans (2nd)
Michael Leighton, Rockford IceHogs (1st)
Zach Fucale, St. John’s IceCaps (1st)
Ben Street, San Antonio Rampage (1st)
Joe Piskula, San Diego Gulls (1st)
Ryan Carpenter, San Jose Barracuda (1st)
Domenic Monardo, Springfield Falcons (1st)
Bryce Van Brabant, Stockton Heat (1st)
Mike Angelidis, Syracuse Crunch (1st)
Derek Hulak, Texas Stars (2nd)
Andrew Campbell, Toronto Marlies (4th)
Carter Bancks, Utica Comets (2nd)
Will O’Neill, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (2nd)

Press release

26 Player Roster for Canadiens Rookie Camp

Canadiens announce rookie camp details

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St. John’s IceCaps PRESS RELEASE

MONTREAL (September 1st, 2015) – The Montreal Canadiens announced today that 26 players will participate in the team’s rookie camp from September 11-16. The Club will participate in a rookie tournament which will take place from September 11-13, in London, Ontario (99 Dundas Street, London, Ontario).

The tournament features rookie players from four NHL clubs; the Canadiens, the Ottawa Senators, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Each team will play three games in three days.

You can find the full roster below.

Among the 26 players to participate in the rookie camp, there will be 15 forwards, nine defensemen and two goaltenders. Sixteen (16) players at camp are Canadiens draft selections, including three of the five players selected by Montreal at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Twenty-three (23) of the 26 players also took part in the Canadiens’ development camp last July.

St. John’s IceCaps coaching staff led by head coach Sylvain Lefebvre, along with Donald Dufresne, Vincent Riendeau and Nick Carrière will handle coaching responsibilities for games and practices.

Schedule – Canadiens 2015 Rookie Camp / Tournament
Friday, September 11: 9:30 a.m. Practice (London); 4 p.m. Game vs Pittsburgh (London)
Saturday, September 12: 11:30 a.m. Practice (London); 7:35 p.m. Game vs Toronto (London)
Sunday, September 13: 8:30 a.m. Practice (London); 4 p.m. Game vs Ottawa (London)
Monday, September 14: Day Off
Tuesday, September 15: 10:30 a.m. Practice (Bell Sports Complex – Brossard)
Wednesday, September 16: 10:30 a.m. Practice (Bell Sports Complex – Brossard)

Press release

Bulldogs Forward Daniel Carr Named AHL Rookie of the Month

‘Dogs forward scored league-leading 10 goals in February

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(Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)

Hamilton Bulldogs Media Release

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – The American Hockey League announced today Hamilton Bulldogs forward Daniel Carr has been selected as the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month for February.

Carr scored a league-leading 10 goals while totaling 12 points in 11 games and his plus-12 rating for the month was tied for the highest among all AHL skaters in February.

Carr began the month with back-to-back two-goal games, scoring twice on Feb. 6 versus the Iowa Wild and Feb. 7 at the Lake Erie Monsters. He opened the scoring in Hamilton’s 7-5 win over the Utica Comets on Feb. 16 and had two more goals as the Bulldogs blanked the Charlotte Checkers, 4-0, on Feb. 27. Carr, who had nine goals in 45 games entering February, finished the month with a goal and an assist against Charlotte on Feb. 28. All 10 of Carr’s goals during the month came at even strength and four times he netted the first goal of the game.

Signed as a free agent by the Montreal Canadiens last April, Carr has recorded 31 points (19 goals, 12 assists) in 57 games with Hamilton this season, leading the team in both goals and plus/minus rating (+16) and sharing the goal-scoring lead among all AHL rookies. The 23-year-old native of Sherwood Park, Alta. played four seasons with the Union College Dutchmen, winning a national championship as a senior in 2013-14 and graduating as the school’s all-time leading Division I scorer with 157 points.

In recognition of his achievement, Carr will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Bulldogs home game.

The Bulldogs will be back in action on Wednesday, March 4 when they’ll host the Adirondack Flames at FirstOntario Centre at 7:30 p.m.

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