Colts Coach Steps Aside
Former NHL star Dale Hawerchuk is taking a leave of absence as head coach of the Ontario Hockey League’s Barrie Colts
The Colts announced that Hawerchuk is stepping aside to deal with health issues. The Colts did not specify the nature of Hawerchuk’s issues.
“We are a tight and close family here and it’s difficult to have to make announcements like this,” team president Howie Campbell said in a statement. “Dale is facing some health issues and will be taking the time he needs to deal with that situation. Our best wishes and thoughts are with Dale and his family during this difficult time.”
“All of us want to see Dale back as soon as possible and we look forward to that day,” Campbell added.
Hawerchuk is the longest-serving coach in Colts history and was going into his 10th season as Barrie's head coach.
The 56-year-old led the Colts to the OHL playoffs in 6 of his 9 seasons, including an appearance in the OHL Final in 2012-13 where the Colts lost to London in 7 games.
A member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, Hawerchuk had 518 goals and 891 assists is his NHL career with Winnipeg, Buffalo, St. Louis and Philadelphia.
Knights Hire Elik
Former NHL forward Todd Elik is the new head coach of the Knights of Meaford.
Elik played more than 400 games in the NHL for 6 teams and scored 110 goals in his career.
Along with his NHL experience, Elik was a 20 year hockey professional which included international experience in Switzerland and Germany.
Last year's coach, Nathan Parrish will remain with the Knights as an Assistant Coach and continue in his capacity as Meaford's General Manager.
The Knights begin Greater Metro Junior Hockey League play on September 19th when they visit New Tecumseth.
The home opener for Meaford is October 17th when they host Ottawa
Goderich Flyers 4 Lucan Irish 3 ( OT )
Wellesley Applejacks 4 Hanover Barons 3 ( OT )
Lakeshore 6 Essex 2
Port Hope 2 Lakefield 1 ( OT )
Flyers 4 Irish 3 (OT)
Parker Gibbing scored twice for Goderich while Ethan Long had the game tying marker.
Jeff Fritzley scored at 3:42 of overtime to win it for the Flyers.
Lucan - Price Vafiades (Ethan Roche) 4:43
Goderich - Parker Gibbing (unassisted) 1:42
Lucan - Mark Cassidy (power play) (Zac Smith, Dave Gysbers) 6:05
Goderich - Parker Gibbing (Ethan Long, Griffin MacDonald) 10:51
Lucan - Brody Thomson (power play) (Mark Cassidy, Dave Gysbers) 14:30
Goderich - Ethan Long (power play) (Jeff Fritzley, Kyle Langlois) 7:55
Goderich - Jeff Fritzley (Mitch FIsher) 3:42
Applejacks 4 Barons 3 ( OT )
Warren Gorman scored twice including just under 2 minutes into overtime to win it for the Applejacks
Kyle Detweiler, Derek Cornfield & Noah Benjamin scored for the Barons.
Hanover - Kyle Detweiler (power play) (Ryan Marriage) 10:20
Hanover - Derek Cornfield (power play) (Zack Cameron) 6:44
Wellesley - Warren Gorman (Zack Ribezro, Nate Thibodeau) 8:07
Wellesley - Danny Ranson (Conner Bradley) 11:37
Wellesley - Noah Benjamin (Zack Ribezro) 11:46
Hanover - Zack Cameron (Brock Phillips) 16:05
Wellesley - Warren Gorman (Danny Ranson) 1:54