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Dec.16 - Game
photos from Saturday night's game (Dec.15)
are online here!
Dec.15 - Game
photos from the amazing come-back win vs. Sudbury Nov.24
are online here!
Congratulations to Ryan Strome and Dougie Hamilton. Strome who was
Player of the Month, and Dougie named OHL
Defenceman of the Month.
Dec.6 - Congratulations to Strome, Hamilton, Ritchie for being named
to the IIHF World Jr selection camp - more IceDogs (again!) being
represented than any other team!
Dec.5 - Lots
of debate on whether or not the Dogs should make a run for it this year.
With all our scoring coming from a single line, does this team have what
it takes to win it all this year? Would the cost to the future be
too great? Should we sell our top producers and build for a
winning team in the new rink?
Nov.13 - Bus trip to London for Friday Dec. 7th: This is also a CHL Friday Night Hockey game broadcast on SportsNet. Get on the bus!
Oct.31 - Brock Beukeboom has has been traded to Guelph for picks.
Oct.4 - Dogs back on home turf: After a lengthy time away
from home the IceDogs have finally returned, and take on the newly-named
Mississauga Steelheads tonight at the Jack. Game time: 7PM !
Sep.20 - GAME ON !!! The
IceDogs start their 2012/2013 season tonight kicking things off against
the Erie Otters. Game time 7PM at the Jack Gatecliffe arena.
Listen on 610AM CKTB and watch on Cogeco ch.10 - GO DOGS GO
Sep.4 - New sports show "Game On" starts tonight from 6PM to 7PM
on CKTB 610AM and will be every weeknight. Listen in and call in
to talk about the IceDogs!
Sep.3 - Dogs win their first home pre-season game against Oshawa.
After being up 5-2 then allowing the Generals to tie it up 5-5, the Dogs
squeaked by with a 6-5 victory this afternoon. Game talk
Aug.30 - Pictures from the annual Black & White game are online here!
Aug.28 - Some pictures from today's Black vs. Red game are now
Aug.10 - Windsor Spitfires BUSTED: "violations of our Recruitment / Benefit Rules and Policies,", fined $400K, and "In addition to the fine, the Windsor Spitfires shall forfeit 1st round selections in the annual OHL Priority Selection in the years 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2nd round selections in the OHL Priority Selection Process for the years 2015 and 2017." Read more here! (thanks: Fishfan51)
Aug.8 - The Canada-Russia Challenge
will be broadcast on TSN starting Thursday, Aug.9, and will feature
Niagara IceDogs' own Dougie Hamilton and Ryan Strome. Tuen in to
watch our boys take on the Russians!
Jun.28 - IceDogs 2012/2013 season schedule
May.16 - Andrew Agozzino Awarded Mickey Renaud Captain’s
Trophy: Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that
Andrew Agozzino of the Niagara IceDogs is the 2011-12 recipient of the
Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy. A three-year captain with the IceDogs,
Agozzino was chosen for the award by a media selection committee as the OHL
team captain that best exemplifies leadership on and off the ice, with a
passion and dedication to the game of hockey and his community that Mickey
demonstrated. Nomination forms were submitted by OHL General Managers on
behalf of their individual team captains. The selection committee consisted
of a panel of four, representing media from each OHL division.
May.1 - Dougie Hamilton named
Defenceman of the Year !
Apr.28 - Good lineup insight for London by Phil Margonis
Apr.27 - ICEDOGS WIN EASTERN CONFERENCE! The IceDogs defeated
Ottawa tonight, taking the series 4-1 and winning the Eastern Conference,
and Bobby Orr Trophy. Lots of photos from this game
Apr.17 - SportsNet Friday Night Hockey will be showing our
Niagara/Ottawa game nationwide across their network! Be loud for
Canada IceDog fans !
Apr.17 - Barrie/Ottawa Game 7 is tonight! This game will decide
who the IceDogs meet in the conference final. If you're on Cogeco
digital, try ch.462 or 463 to watch it.
Apr.17 - Freddie Hamilton named OHL *and* CHL Player of the Week!
Apr.12 - Niagara knocks out Brampton in a 3-1 road win tonight,
sweeping the series in 4 straight.
Apr.11- Andrew Agozzino Named Overage Player of the Year!
Apr.4 - Don Cherry is
rooting for the Dogs.
Apr.2 - Bring on the Battalion! As was decided by tonight's
games, the IceDogs will face the Brampton Battalion in round 2 of the
Apr.1 - IceDogs put down Oshawa: Niagara defeated Oshawa 4-1
tonight and therefore have won the series (in 6 games).
Congratulations IceDogs! Most didn't think the Generals would put up
as much of a fight as they did, but they sure made things interesting.
Bring on round 2!
Mar.27- Ryan Strome named
player of the week!
Mar.19 - Bus trip to Niagara @ Oshawa (game 2 of series) information
Mar.18 - CONGRATULATIONS ICEDOGS! for a tremendous finish to the
regular season. After having lost to Mississauga the last 2 times,
there was nothing better than to hand them a shutout loss in their own rink
to end the season. Lets keep the momentum going straight through the
Mar.15 - NIAGARA ICEDOGS: THE REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONS OF THE EASTERN
CONFERENCE! With tonight's crushing 8-1 win over visiting
Peterborough, Niagara clinched first place in the Eastern Conference.
Winning the Central Division, and now the Eastern Conference, are the first
two banner titles that the IceDogs have won since moving to Niagara.
Congratulations IceDogs !!!
Mar.4 - What a joke. Right when you thought this league
couldn't show any more lack of professionalism... not long after you
hear about the league suspending a player who was still injured for not
playing in an EXHIBITION GAME which was simply to give the league exposure.. a team shows up with
only one goalie. Yep - no backup. That goalie gets injured on a
play at the beginning of the game. What happens next? They're
forced to stick the goalie pads on a skater (forward) for the duration of
the game. Yes, this is the same league that suspended a player (who
was injured at the time) for not playing in a prospects game (exhibition!!).
This is the same league that repeatedly suspends players for throwing hard
(yet clean) bodychecks. And it's the same league that has a refereeing
system that isn't fit for Kiwanis hockey. Friesen accidentally
collides with a goalie? It's a 5min major penalty and game misconduct.
One of THEIR players goes flying at one of ours (Kuhnhackl) with his arm up
into his face knocking Kuhnny out of the game, only gets a 2min minor?
Can this league sink any lower into its depths of unprofessionalism?
Big respect to Connor Crisp who put on the goalie pads and got between the
pipes. Talk about taking one for the team.
Game talk here.
Feb.21 - Pictures from the skills competition on Family Day
now online - thanks Lois!
Feb.19 - Old timer's hockey game pictures are
If you weren't born yesterday there's a bunch of big names everyone will
Feb.18 - IT'S A NEW RECORD! Niagara goaltender Mark Visentin
notched his 10th shutout of the season in Sudbury tonight as the Dogs
blanked the Wolves 3-0. This sets a new all-time record for shutouts
in a season. Congratulations Mark!
Feb.17 - Rough as Silk: Tonight could be a somewhat excited
affair as the Dogs visit Sudbury, first game with Sudbury having Silk in the
lineup since Silk punched Strome, breaking bones in the latter's face.
Both players missed games following the fight: Strome with injury,
Silk with Suspension. Tonight they'll be facing each other for the
first time since it happened.
All talk about
the game here.
Feb.11 - IceDogs #1: The Dogs are now officially in 1st place
in the Eastern Conference after tonight's win in Barrie.
Congratulations to Vizzy for his 2nd straight shutout.
Feb.7 - Branch out on a limb: EXCELLENT
Sun article on how OHL commissioner Branch believes showcasing the
league is more important than player safety.
Feb.5 - Our condolences on behalf of the site and IceDog fans everyone
to Mrs. Burke on the passing of her father. We wish the entire family
strength through these tough times.
Jan.19 - Dougie gets 10 games
being taller than other players.
Jan.12 - Toronto Sun video clip on the OHL
Jan.11 - With the addition of Oleksiak, the IceDogs now have *5* Team
Canada players on their roster. Yes, HALF of the OHL players on the
World Junior Team Canada lineup were IceDogs.
Jan.11 - IceDogs locked in and loaded:
read article here.
Jan.11 - OHL: Championship or bust; IceDogs up ante by adding
Oleksiak: No team has ever suited up five members of Team Canada at
once, so that should provide some idea of what's on the line for the Niagara
IceDogs. Coach-GM Marty Williamson, whose team has not run away with the
Ontario Hockey League's Eastern Conference as much as everyone giddily
anticipated in the preseason, made an 8-for-1 deal Monday for hulking
6-foot-7 defenceman Jamie Oleksiak.
Read more here.
Jan.10 - IceDogs make big trade for defenseman in getting
Jan.5 - Congratulations Team Canada! Our 4 IceDogs on the team
helped Canada to a Bronze medal finish at the IIHF World Junior Hockey
Championship, defeating Finland 4-0 with Visentin grabbing the shutout and
being named player of the game!!
Dec.24 - Merry Christmas !!
Dec.15 - Huge win for the Dogs! The IceDogs defeated Erie 7-0,
with Agozzino racking up 5 points (2G/3A), Pacan 4 points (2G/2A), Broderic
Kelly netting his first OHL goal, and Festerini collecting his first career
shutout. Way to go IceDogs!!
Dec.14 - All 4 IceDogs make Team Canada! Congratulations to
Freddie and Dougie Hamilton, Ryan Strome, and Mark Visentin - all 4 have
solidified positions on Team Canada for the upcoming World Junior Hockey
Dec.8 - Dougie Hamilton signs contract with the Boston Bruins -
Dec.5 - City council approves $50M for new arena: An arena to be
used for hosting entertainment, sports, shows, etc, was approved with a 9-3
vote in favor of the new facility. One councilor did not vote due to
conflicts of interest, councilors Kushner, Washuta, and Williamson opposed
the new facility, the other councilors and the mayor voted in favor.
Councilor Burch suggested a u-shaped facility to cut down on construction
costs, and suggested it would hold between 4500-5300 seats. Lots of
talk in the
arena talk forum over this and everything leading up to it.
Dec.3 - Please bring a can of non-perishable food to tonight's game vs.
CYO will be
holding a food drive in support of their Coach4Food program so fans are
encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation to deposit in the bins on
their way in to the game. Thank you!!!
Nov.23 - No new arena for city, IceDogs leaving? There's a new
group of people who wish that this city remain stagnant and are opposed to
an entertainment facility being built. This anti-arena group is made
up of only a handful of (mostly seniors) people, yet they are being so vocal
with out city council, they alone could destroy all the work done to
building a modern entertainment facility in this city. If you would
like the IceDogs to stay, and want a new arena to watch them in (as well as
well watching a variety of other events) and haven't told your local
councilor we need a new arena, then shame on you. This is NOT one of
those things were 'other' people will do the speaking out for you. YOU
need to email your councilor and tell him/her that this city needs a new
arena. Not just for the IceDogs, but to attract all sorts of other
sporting and non-sporting events. If you visit this site and sit back
passively, and all the councilors here from is this anti-arena group, and
the Dogs leave town, then you get what you deserve. Yes these are
harsh words, but someone who doesn't let their politicians know what
they want, doesn't deserve what others are fighting for. Only a small
handful of people are actively writing their councilor on this subject.
If you are one of them, then kudos to you, and thank you. You have to
KEEP writing. On the other hand, if all you've done is read articles
and put in a lot of hope, and haven't spent the measly 5 mins it takes to
write an email, you can kiss this team goodbye after the end of this season.
Council NEEDS TO HERE FROM YOU NOW. They're voting on it very soon.
Email address of your local councilor (write to your own, or write them
all!) can be
found here. Sitting back passively *WILL* result in the arena plan
being squashed, and the Dogs leaving town.
Nov.6 - How a new arena could change the city?
first-hand words from a city that recently went through it!
Nov.8 - Kuhnhackle gets 20 game suspension for clean hit:
Nov.4 - Congratulations to Dougie Hamilton for being named defenceman
of the month!
Nov.2 - Dogs acquire Kuhnhackl from Windsor:
Oct.4 - Ryan Strome signs three year
with the NY Islanders.
Sep.24 - Alex Friesen has been sent to the AHL.
Read about it
here. Chances are much larger now, that his time in an IceDogs
uniform has come to an end.
Sep.18 - Dougie Hamilton playing with Zdeno Chara at the Boston
Read all about it.
Sep.9 - Dogs already ranked 2nd in
pre-season listing and
this blog has us ranked 1st in the East.
Sep.1 - Some photos of the Black & White game from training camp are
Sep.1 - Hockey Night iN St. Catharines photos
Jun.25 - Theoret drafted to Islanders: Mitchell Theoret joins
Ryan Strome in being drafted by the NY Islanders. Theoret was selected
by NY in the 7th round. Congrats! (thanks Bleechers for the
Jun.25 - Former IceDog Andrew Shaw drafted 139th overall by the Chicago
Blackhawks. (thanks 61jr)
Jun.25 - Former IceDog Andrew Fritsch selected in the 6th round by
Phoenix. (thanks ckg927)
Jun.24 - Strome to Islanders (4th pick) and D.Hamilton to Boston (9th pick):
Congratulations to Ryan Strome who was selected in the first round of the
NHL draft, going 5th overall to the NY Islanders, and to Dougie Hamilton who
was chosen 9th by the Boston Bruins.
Jun.17 - Goalie of the Year: Mark Visentin: Mark
Visentin of the Niagara IceDogs was presented with the OHL Goaltender of the
Year Award at the OHL Awards Ceremony at the Hockey Hall of Fame on
Wednesday June 8, 2011. Posted: June 09, 2011.
Jun.17 - Bobby Smith Trophy: Dougie Hamilton: Dougie Hamilton
of the Niagara IceDogs was presented with the Bobby Smith Trophy as the
OHL's Scholastic Player of the Year at the OHL Awards Ceremony at the
Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Wednesday June 8. Posted: June
Jun.10 - ICEDOGS TRADE SCHWINDT + PICKS FOR BEUKEBOOM:
Soo Greyhounds GM Kyle Dubas completed a trade this afternoon with the
Eastern Conference’s Niagara IceDogs. In the deal the Hounds sent
19-year old defenseman BROCK BEUKEBOOM
to the IceDogs in exchange for 19-year old defenseman
MIKE SCHWINDT, Oshawa’s 2nd
Round pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection, Barrie’s 2nd Round pick in
the 2014 OHL Priority Selection (conditional) and Niagara’s 5th Round pick
in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection (conditional).
Article here discussion by Dogs fans
May.25 - NHL.com article on
May.9 - St. Catharines council votes in favor of going forth with
constructing a new arena (aka 'entertainment complex') "in principle".
What does that mean? Well if you don't know then you're like many of
the councilors, who needed it explained to them by a somewhat frustrated Len
Stack (and thank Gawd he did). What it means is that they are willing
to cover funds necessary to research the specific information required to
continue on with the project. What the next step is, is itself, a
confusion. Many councilors were having a hard time coming to a
decision because a lot what happens in the 'moving forward' process is
dependant on what site is chosen for the new building. Current
location (of the Garden City / Rex Stimers arenas) or the lower level
parking lot (aka. lower lot). Those in charge of granting P3 funds
(federal government money) will undoubtedly want to know something as basic
as "well where the heck are you planning on building the thing".
Building on the current site brings 2 major problems: right off the
bat, where are the IceDogs going to play during construction time? And
after it's built - what about parking? There's not enough right now
for 3,000 let alone 5,000. The city could 'acquire' adjacent land to
use as parking. The lower lot, while having TONS of positives, seems
to have one negative: the ground underneath is somewhat unstable.
Sure, it would be a bad idea to build a rink where at the end of the first
year, a player could tap the puck at one end of the rink, and without
assistance, GAIN SPEED as it continues towards the other end. Once
large structures are built level, it's nice for them to stay that way.
One would think this is all overcome simply by digging a bit deeper to find
more stable soil. Apparently it's such a task that it would
significantly raise the construction costs. The advantages of the
lower lot site though, are huge. It clears up our eyesore of a skyline
(as our downtown is seen by the 406), there's tons of open space already
there. It puts the arena right in the same area as the new arts
center, it's closer to the "nicer" area of St. Paul where restaurants are,
there's a multi-level parking garage close by, it's directly off the
highway. Heck, knock out the St. Paul St. buildings on that side up to
William St. and they could even put part of the arena RIGHT ON St. Paul St.!
Of course, that's easy for one person with no logistical background to say.
"Sure just start knocking down existing buildings...". Anway.
Most of the councilors agreed that this city does in fact need a new
entertainment facility, but once numbers (ie: money) was talked about, many
got cold feet. They could not foresee that it would be more harmful
for the city NOT to build this. Any councilors backing out of this
project are also showing they're not committed to making downtown work.
There's been a downtown 'revitalization' project going on for... heck,
forever. The simple fact is, there's nothing there that will put large
groups of people in the area at any one time. Well, that is if you
don't count large groups of drunks ever Friday/Saturday night. 5,000
people twice a week all winter long for hockey, and 6,000 or more for
concerts year-round; that's a nice group of people to be having on a regular
May.9 - St. Catharines council to vote on new arena today. This
is a VERY important event taking place tonight. They'll be voting on
whether or not to officially go forward with the project. It should be
kept in mind that this is NOT just a hockey arena. The entire region
needs such a facility to host a wide variety of entertainment, including
concerts, trade shows, home shows, sporting shows, figure skating, curling,
etc. The city has never had a mid-sized building to host such events.
Frankly, it's somewhat amazing this project wasn't deemed necessary DECADES
ago. But as the saying goes, better late then never.
Hamilton and Strome Invited to NHL Scouting
Combine: Niagara IceDogs forward Ryan Strome and defenceman Dougie
Hamilton have both been invited to the NHL Scouting Combine, taking place in
Toronto from May 30 until June 4.
APR.29 - Important News About New Arena - Vote Will
Take Place May 9 - City council will be voting on May 9th to
proceed with the hiring of an arena management company. The company would
act as a consultant while the next steps are being completed and then would
manage the new arena if it is approved. This vote is EXTREMELY important.
more here to see how you can help!!!
APR.28 - Visentin named OHL Goaltender of the Year !
APR.26 - Thanks for another great season IceDogs and our best wishes
to the overagers who have played their last games in the OHL: Wilson,
Archibald, and Billingsley.
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