4 New Brunswick players were selected in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft

July 11, 2022

The NHL Draft concluded last weekend where four New Brunswick players were selected in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. Congratulations!

Round/ Ronde

Choice/ Choix

Name/ Nom

NHL/ LNH

2021-2022

Hometown

3

81

Samuel Savoie

Chicago Blackhawks

Gatineau (QMJHL)

Dieppe, NB

5

152

Marc- Andre Gaudet     

St. Louis Blues

Bathurst/ Chicoutimi (QMJHL)     

Saint-Ignace, NB

7

195

Eli Barnett

San Jose Sharks

Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL)

Riverview, NB

7

223

Dyllan Gill

Tampa Bay Lightning     

Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL)

Riverview, NB

QMJHL Draft - 23 NB players were selected

2022 QMJHL Virtual Draft

July 7, 2022

The 2022 QMJHL Virtual Draft ended Tuesday where 23 players from New Brunswick were selected in this year’s draft. Congratulations!

 

Round/Ronde

Selection/sélection

Team/ équipe

Name/ Nom

2021-2022

Hometown

1

5

Rimouski

Spencer Gill

Moncton Flyers

Riverview

2

25

Moncton

Gabe Smith

RNS Prep School

St. Andrews

3

37

Saint John

Jeremie Richard

Moncton Flyers

Moncton

4

56

Rouyn- Noranda

Connor Arseneault     

Saint John Vito’s

Saint John

4

69

Sherbrooke

Kaden McNeil

RNS Prep School

Renous

5

77

Chicoutimi

Colby Train

Saint John Vito’s

Saint John

5

85

Acadie- Bathurst

Jonah Leard

Moncton Flyers

Riverview

6

98

Blainville-Boisbriand      

Anthony Savoie

Northern Moose

Campbellton

6

108

Rimouski

Anthony Gaudet

Northern Moose

Saint- Ignace

7

109

Cape Breton

Alexandre Pelletier

Saint John Vito’s

Edmundston

7

110

Saint John

Reid Calder

Saint John Vito’s

Saint John

7

117

Charlottetown

Simon Duguay

Northern Moose

Caraquet

7

125

Charlottetown

Niko Boudreau

Northern Moose

Shediac

8

130

Val-d’Or

Samuel Leblanc

Moncton Flyers

Memramcook

8

133

Moncton

Neka Jean

Mount Academy Saints        

Cap-Pelé

9

159

Rouyn-Noranda

Rylan Benner

Mount Academy Saints

Moncton

10

163

Cape Breton

Angelo Fullerton

Saint John Vito’s

Quispamsis

11

162

Victoriaville

Loic Nadeau

Moncton Thunderbirds

Dieppe

12

212

Gatineau

Jacob Kaine

Saint John Vito’s

Quispamsis

13

217

Cape Breton

Dawson Grandy

Mount Academy Saints

Hampton

14

235

Saint John

Reed Pettipas

Saint John Vito’s

Saint John

14

241

Moncton

Cooper Cormier

Moncton Flyers

Dieppe

14

247

Acadie-Bathurst

Izach Poirier

Northern Moose

Saint-Quentin

Hockey New Brunswick awards Jr. B franchise to Cap Pelé

Hockey New Brunswick, in partnership with the New Brunswick Junior Hockey League, are pleased to announce that an expansion Jr. B franchise has been awarded to Cap Pelé, for the 2022-2023 season.

The team will be branded as the Southeast Knights and will play home games out of the Cap Pelé Pele Arena.

The Southeast Knights will join the Moncton Vito’s, Kent Koyotes and Richibucto Rangers in the Jr. B circuit of the New Brunswick Junior Hockey League.

More information, including try-out dates and the league schedule will be announced in the coming months.

For further information, please contact:

New Brunswick Junior Hockey League

Sheldon Hay, President
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Hockey New Brunswick

Nic Jansen, Executive Director
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Southeast Knights

Paul Ouellette, General Manager
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Guy Pellerin inducted into NB Sports Hall of Fame

On Friday June 17th the NB Sports Hall of Fame welcomed six new members. One of those members was NBHOA's own Guy Pellerin.

Guy Pellerin wore referee stripes for over 30 years.  He first started officiating in the Shediac Minor Hockey Association, before joining the Greater Moncton Hockey Officials Association at the age of 18, where he began working High School and U18AAA games.  The Shediac Native rose quickly through the ranks, quickly working the Maritime Junior Hockey league, the Atlantic University Sports Men's Hockey, and was one of the first Maritime officials hired by the QMJHL in 1994 when the Halifax Mooseheads joined the league.  Guy went on to officiate over 500 games in the QMJHL, and now works for the league as an officiating coach in the Maritime Division.  Guy's most success was at the Amateur level where he was the only Amateur Official selected to work the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, working alongside many NHL Referees.  Guy's many IIHF assignments include the World Junior Championships in 2006 and 2009, the World Senior Championships in Hungary, Russia and Quebec City in 2005, 2007 and 2008, and the Spengler Cup in Switzerland in 2008.


Guy spent 3 years chasing the dream of Refereeing in the NHL moving to Texas to Referee in the Western Professional Hockey League, East Coast Hockey League and the American Hockey League.  When a spot in the NHL did not open up Guy returned to Moncton, to continue officiating in the QMJHL, CIS, AHL, MHL started his company Pellerin Sports, Married the love of his life Caroline Belliveau, and they welcomed a son Joshua into their lives.  Guy is still active in our association working as an officiating coach, most recently assisting officials at the HNB U13AAA and U15AAA Provincials held in Moncton in April.

Congratulations Guy, Caroline and Josh, we at the NBHOA could not be more proud of your accomplishments.

AN OPPORTUNITY TO REPRESENT

Through the Aboriginal Apprentice Coach Program, Creighton Sanipass has a chance to coach at the 2023 Canada Games and serve as a role model for young Indigenous athletes.

Kelsey Pye via Hockey New Brunswick June 16, 2022

As a hockey player, Creighton Sanipass often noticed a lack of Indigenous representation in the game. As a coach, he hopes to do something about it.

Through the Aboriginal Apprentice Coach Program, Sanipass is part of the New Brunswick coaching staff for the 2023 Canada Winter Games.

He wants to serve as a role model for young Indigenous athletes who may have had similar experiences with underrepresentation.

“I hope that Indigenous athletes see that there are opportunities to get involved and help the future generation of athletes get the chances that they rightfully deserve,” says Sanipass. “I am proud to be Mi’kmaq. Our culture has a history with the sport and it’s not just by chance that Indigenous hockey players feel so comfortable on the ice – it’s in our blood.”

Sanipass learned to skate at the age of two and began playing minor hockey at four. His father, Everett, played 164 NHL games during a six-year pro career and represented Canada at the 1987 IIHF World Junior Championship, so hockey was always a part of his life. The 6-foot-2 forward played in the Maritime Hockey League (MHL) with the Valley Wildcats and St. Stephen County Aces and in the New Brunswick Junior Hockey League (NBJHL) for the Tri-County River Cats, finishing with 21 points in 21 games in his final season.

Now, learning a different side of the game as a coach, he’s honoured to be participating in the program and wants others to do the same.

“I hope that more Indigenous coaches become involved and become a face for Indigenous hockey players to look up to and strive to be,” he says.

In addition to his role on New Brunswick’s U16 team, Sanipass was also part of the coaching staff with Team Atlantic at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Nova Scotia in May.

Off the ice, Sanipass is a university student majoring in criminology and works for Aboriginal Sport and Recreation New Brunswick.

“I’ve always wanted to have a job where I could help give opportunities to Indigenous youth that weren’t around when we were young,” he says. “Seeing Indigenous youth thrive makes it all worthwhile.”

It will be his first time attending the Canada Games, and he is excited to experience all the event has to offer, including the mentorship he’s receiving from more established coaches.

The Aboriginal Apprentice Coach Program provides up to two coaches per Canada Games from each province and territory the opportunity to develop their coaching skills. The program’s objectives include building coaching capacity within Aboriginal communities and providing coaches with professional development and learning opportunities for high-level coaching.

Sanipass will continue to absorb all he can on the road to Games, which are scheduled for Feb. 18 to March 5 across P.E.I., and beyond. He credits the sport with teaching him invaluable life skills and hopes he can pass that wisdom on to future players.

“I want to be an example. You can take everything that you have learned through your experiences and give back to the next generation. Up-and-coming athletes deserve the opportunities that might not have been around when we were younger, and we can be the reason that they are able to fulfill their potential.”

Katie Peddle, Abby Clarke & Sarah Hilworth selected as BFL Female Coach of the Year

There is arguably no more important role in hockey than that of the coach, who is tasked with guiding young players not only on the ice, but off it as well. They are leaders in hockey, and leaders in life.

Hockey Canada and BFL Canada recognized the country’s best women’s hockey coaches with the BFL Female Coach of the Year awards, in three categories (Community, Competitive and High Performance).

Nominated by parents and players from coast to coast to coast, three national and 19 provincial and territorial award winners were chosen by the selection committee, which included Olympic gold medallists Cassie Campbell-Pascall, Gina Kingsbury and Caroline Ouellette, Teal Gove of Hockey Canada and Sacha Vaillancourt, vice-president and national practice leader of sports and leisure with BFL CANADA.

HNB Provincial recipients:

Community Coach: Katie Peddle, Central Female U13 AA Storm

In her first season as a Head Coach, Katie left a lasting impression with the players. Katie was an outstanding role model, who always demonstrated fair play and sportsmanship, while focusing on the overall development of all players that she coached. In Central Female Hockey Association’s first year of having a competitive team, Katie led the U13 AA Storm to the Provincial Finals.

Competitive Coach: Abby Clarke, EDZA West U18 AAA Reds

Abby has continuously given equal playing time to deserving players by building and establishing a baseline of expectations which she has for all players. Her actions instill solid work ethic within her players to achieve more on and off the ice through consistent hard work and effort. For the second year in a row, Abby received the NB U18 AAA Female Coach of the Year Award. This season, Abby led the U18 Reds to a Provincial Championship, as well as a Silver Medal at the U18 Female Atlantic Championship.

National recipient:

High Performance Coach: Sarah Hilworth, UNB Reds

This season, Sarah coached the Reds to the AUS regular season title and the league championship, the first in UNB women's hockey history. She was named the AUS Coach of the Year, becoming the first UNB coach to earn the honour. In addition to her accomplishments at the University level, Sarah has been a tremendous asset to the Central Female Hockey Association, serving on the Board, as the Director of Player Development in the U7, U9 and U11 divisions. She also led on-ice sessions for the NHL / NHLPA First Shift program that was hosted by Central Female Hockey Association.

Hockey New Brunswick would like to congratulate Katie, Abby, and Sarah on their awards. All three recipients had successful playing careers at the University level (Katie Peddle – Saint Mary’s University, Abby Clarke – St. Thomas University and Sarah Hilworth – University of Alberta) and have transitioned into becoming outstanding coaches and role models.

 

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