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SIJHL announces 2014-15 schedule

08/07/2014, 8:00am CDT



Release Date: Thursday, August 7, 2014

SIJHL announces 2014-15 schedule

THUNDER BAY, Ont. –  Superior International Junior Hockey League commissioner Bryan Graham announced Thursday the regular season schedule for the 2014-15 SIJHL campaign.

Opening night in the 2014-15 season is Friday, Sept. 19 and will feature a pair of contests.

The English River Miners will take on the Dryden Ice Dogs at 7 p.m. at Ear Falls Arena while the defending SIJHL champion Fort Frances Lakers will take on the Thunder Bay North Stars in a 7:30 p.m. start at Ice for Kids Arena.

English River and the Ice Dogs will finish off a home-and-home set on Saturday, Sept. 20 on the second night of the schedule as Dryden Memorial Arena will be the venue in a 7:30 p.m. start.

Action in the opening week of the season concludes on Sunday, Sept. 22 as Fort Frances travels to Hoyt Lakes, Minn., to take on the Minnesota Iron Rangers at 3 p.m. in a rematch of last season’s Bill Salonen Cup final won by the Lakers.

The league’s annual Showcase will be staged on Jan. 27-29, 2015 with the host of the event to be announced in the coming days.

The SIJHL’s 2014-15 schedule can be viewed by clicking on the PDF file below:

Fort Frances to host SIJHL AGM this weekend

07/11/2014, 7:30am CDT



Release Date: Friday, July 11, 2014

Fort Frances to host SIJHL AGM this weekend

FORT FRANCES –  The Superior International Junior Hockey League will hold its annual general meeting in Fort
Frances this weekend.

The three-day event will commence Friday evening with a meeting of the SIJHL’s board of governors.

Day 2 Saturday will see the league AGM held in the conference rooms at Ice for Kids Arena starting at 9 a.m.

Among the topics on tap include details on the 2014-15 season, the number of teams that will participate, the league’s regular season schedule and playoff format, official recognition of the league award winners and CCM first and second all-star team recipients, Hockey Canada, Canadian Junior Hockey League, Hockey Northwestern Ontario rule changes and amendments, discussions on the SIJHL Showcase as well as the announcement of the host team for the 2015 Dudley-Hewitt Cup Central Canada Jr. A championship.

The SIJHL meetings will conclude Sunday as the member clubs work on finalizing the league’s schedule for the 2014-15 season.

For more information of the SIJHL contact league President/Commissioner Ron Whitehead at (807) 626-2316 or via email at


North Stars' Del Paggio finalist for CJHL player of the year

05/02/2014, 3:00pm CDT
By SIJHL Communications



Release Date: Friday, May 2, 2014

North Stars' Del Paggio finalist for CJHL player of the year

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – Two days after being named a finalist for the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s top forward award the CJHL announced Friday that Daniel Del Paggio of the Thunder Bay North Stars has been named a finalist for the player of the year award.

The 17-year-old Thunder Bay product is one of six players up for the accolades.

The six finalists for CJHL MVP accolades are spread across the country and represent players from the SIJHL, AJHL, OJHL, BCHL, CCHL and SJHL.

Daniel Del Paggio, Thunder Bay North Stars, SIJHL (51GP, 36G - 69A - 105PTS)

Daniel Del Paggio was the recipient of the Superior International Junior Hockey League's Pizza Hut player of the year award, which is presented annually to the SIJHL’s most valuable player.

The Thunder Bay native, who turned 17 past the midway point of the season, had a banner campaign for the North Stars leading all SIJHL skaters in point-per-game average at 2.06 and also earning CCM first team all-star laurels this season.  

As the second youngest player in the league he notched 36 goals while adding a SIJHL-high 69 assists in leading the North Stars in offensive production while finishing second overall in points with 105.

Del Paggio wrapped up the regular season on a tear by registering at least one point in each of the last 36 contests he participated in.

He was only held pointless four times in 2013-14 and just once in his last 46 games dating back to early October.

Other notable statistics saw him finish tied for second overall in power play goals with 13 and share third spot in the SIJHL in game-winning tallies with six.  

Del Paggio furthermore represented the SIJHL at the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s Prospects Games in Nova Scotia this past November.

He was also named the CJHL's third star of the month for January, the SIJHL’s Performer of the Month in both December and January and earned Player of the Week twice.

Off the ice Del Paggio was earlier recognized by being named the SIJHL’s RBC scholastic player of the year as well as a finalist for the CJHL top forward award.

Andy Sturtz, Carelton Place Canadians, CCHL (58GP, 51G - 53A - 104PTS)

In his first CCHL season, the Buffalo, NY native burst on to the scene with a 51 goal and 104 point season.  

This resulted in him earning the CCHL MVP Award for 2013 - 2014.  

He was first in the CCHL in game winning goals with 14, showing how important he was to the success of the Carelton Place Canadians.  

Sturtz was second in power play goals with 16 and seventh in power play assists with 19.  

His play has earned him considerable attention from NCAA Division I schools and he has committed to attend Penn State University.  

He is also a finalist in the voting for the CJHL Top Forward Award for 2013-14.

Landon Smith, Salmon-Arm SilverBacks, BCHL (58GP, 43G - 40A - 83PTS)

Smith’s MVP season can be summed up in one word: consistency.

The 20-year-old forward failed to record a point in just six out of 58 regular season games for the Salmon Arm SilverBacks this year.

After recording one assist in his first two games, he went on a 23-game point streak, piling up 39 points (20 goals and 19 assists) in those outings.

Midway through the season he also had a 10-game streak where he scored 17 points, including 12 goals.  

In his first season in the BCHL, Smith led the league with 43 goals and tied for the lead with 83 points.

He also finished third in the league in power play goals with 11 and tenth in assists with 40.

The offensive highlight of the season for the six-foot, 186-pound Smith came in a Dec. 10 game on the road against the Trail Smoke Eaters when he scored a hat trick and added an assist in a 5-2 Silverbacks win.  

Smith recorded three points in five separate games and had 24 multi-point games in total, including eight games with at least two goals. He had 25 more points than the next closest player on the SilverBacks.  Landon Smith has committed to attend Quinnipiac.
Michael Gudmandson, Battlefield North Stars, SJHL (24GP, 20W – 3L – 1T - .944S% - 1.74GAA – 4SO)

Goaie Michael Gudmandson (Sherwood Park AB) may epitomize the word ‘valuable’ better than any dictionary description.  

Gudmandson helped the Stars turn around a 4-and-12 start by coming over from Neepawa of the MJHL and going 20-3-and-1 with a miniscule 1.74-GAA and .944-SPCT.  He also posted 4 shutouts.  

The Stars rallied from the Kramer Division cellar to capture the pennant on the last night of the regular season, all on the back of Gudmandson. Michael was also nominated for the CJHL Top Goaltender Award for 2013 – 2014.
Trey Phillips, Canmore Eagles, AJHL (58GP, 25G - 40A - 65PTS)

Defenceman Trey Phillips of the Canmore Eagles is the 2013-2014 AJHL MVP and outstanding defenceman.  

The 20-year-old averaged 1.12 points per game to lead the Eagles in scoring, including 12 power play goals and 4 game winning goals.  

This is his fourth and final season with the Canmore Eagles, during which time he has scored 119 points in 200 regular season games.

Trey Phillips was the AJHL Player of the Month and the Canadian Junior Hockey League 1st Star of the Month for January 2014.   

He was also selected as the Player of the Game 12 times in the regular season.  

The Okotoks, Alta., product is committed to the University of Vermont for the 2014-15 season and is also a finalist in the voting for the CJHL Top Defenceman Award for 2013– 14.
Taylor Best, Whitby Fury, OJHL (48GP, 37G - 53A - 90PTS)

Taylor Best led all scorers in the OJHL with 90 points in 48 regular season games to take home the Top Scorer Award, while also leading the entire league with 53 assists.

The 19-year old Whitby, Ontario native who stands at 5'10" and is 168 lbs, quarterbacked the Fury power play that led the OJHL with 71 man advantage goals.  

Best would lead the OJHL with 29 power play assists and 40 power play points.  

The performance also saw him voted as the league's Most Improved Player.  

The playmaker would record one goal and one assist as a member of Team Canada East at the 2013 World Junior 'A' Challenge, while also participating for the second consecutive year in the Central Canada Cup All-Star Challenge.  

Best was named an OJHL 1st Team All-Star and he is committed to join the Mercyhurst University Lakers beginning with the 2015-16 Atlantic Hockey season.  

He is also a finalist in the voting for the CJHL Top Forward Award for 2013-14.
Congratulations to the following honourable mentions for the CJHL MVP Award:  

Parker Thomas, Selkirk Steelers – MJHL
Nicholas Dionne, St. Jerome Panthers – LHJAAAQ
Joel Horodziejczyk, Soo Thunderbirds – NOJHL
Rankyn Campbell, Miramichi Timberwolves – MHL
Each year, the Canadian Junior Hockey League recognizes the best Junior A talent from across all 10 Junior A leagues with a suite of national awards.  

The CJHL awards include Most Valuable Player, Top Forward, Top Defenceman, Top Goaltender and Rookie of the Year.  Every Junior A league in the CJHL has submitted a nominee for each award and the winner will be chosen from among those 10 national nominees.  

The selection panel consists of representatives from each of the CJHL's 10 Junior A leagues and the award winners will be chosen based on a weighted-voting system.  
The announcements of the CJHL Award Winners will be made over the week of May 5-9.  
For more information contact:

Kirk Lamb
Canadian Junior Hockey League
(403) 650-9027
Rick Morocco
Executive Director
Canadian Junior Hockey League

The Canadian Junior Hockey League is a national organization comprised of all 10 Junior A hockey leagues in Canada.  

The CJHL represents more than 120 teams and 2,500 players and has over 2,800 alumni furthering their hockey careers at the professional, major junior and college level across North America.  

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