Monday, July 27, 2015

Beaulieu Added To Alumni Game

Nathan Beaulieu is the latest player to be added to the roster for the Saint John Sea Dogs alumni game on Aug. 8.

Beaulieu, who recorded one goal and eight assists in 64 games with the Montreal Canadiens this past season, played with Saint John from 2008-2012.

Beaulieu recorded 37 goals and 115 assists in 233 regular season games with the Sea Dogs. His 152 points leads all Sea Dogs defensemen in franchise history.

The 22-year-old also registered 12 goals and 36 assists in 61 playoff games, helping the team win three regular season championships, two President Cups and a Memorial Cup.

Beaulieu was a first round pick of the Habs in the 2011 NHL Draft.

The d-man joins Simon Despres, Eric Gelinas, Mike Thomas, Michael Kirkpatrick, Jason Cameron, Zack Phillips, Stephen MacAulay and Kevin Gagne as confirmed players for the game. All nine were part of the 2011 Memorial Cup championship Sea Dogs squad.

The alumni game, which takes place on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 2 p.m. at Harbour Station, is part of the 2015 Wallace McCain Memorial Alumni Reunion. Tickets are on sale now.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

NHL D-Men Coming To Alumni Game

Two NHL defensemen will be playing on Harbour Station ice next month.

Simon Despres of the Anaheim Ducks and Eric Gelinas of the New Jersey Devils have both confirmed that they will attend the Sea Dogs’ Aug. 8 alumni game. The game is part of the 2015 Wallace McCain Memorial Alumni Reunion.

Despres, the first overall pick in the 2007 QMJHL Entry Draft, played four seasons with Saint John from 2007-2011. In 240 regular season games, the “Big Horse” registered 25 goals and 109 assists. He helped the Dogs win back-to-back regular season championships in 2010 and 2011 and President Cup and Memorial Cup titles in 2011.

The Pittsburgh Penguins traded Despres to the Ducks this past season where he had one goal and five assists in 16 regular season matches. He added a goal and six helpers in 16 playoff games.

Gelinas only played half a season with Saint John in 2011, helping the club clinch a regular season championship along with a President Cup and Memorial Cup title. In 27 games with the Dogs he had three goals and 17 assists. In 19 playoff games, Gelinas added five goals and seven assists.

This past season, the 24-year-old recorded six goals and 13 assists in 61 games with the Devils.

Despres and Gelinas join Mike Thomas, Michael Kirkpatrick, Jason Cameron, Zack Phillips, Stephen MacAulay and Kevin Gagne as confirmed players for the game. All eight were part of the 2011 Memorial Cup championship Sea Dogs squad.

Tickets to the alumni game, happening Saturday, Aug. 8 at 2 p.m., are on sale now.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Gagne Coming To Alumni Game

Kevin Gagne will be present at the Saint John Sea Dogs alumni game on Aug. 8 at Harbour Station.

The Sea Dogs announced today via social media that Gagne will be part of the 2015 Wallace McCain Memorial Alumni Reunion. Tickets to the alumni game, happening Saturday, Aug. 8 at 2 p.m., are on sale now.

Gagne joins Mike Thomas, Michael Kirkpatrick, Jason Cameron, Zack Phillips and Stephen MacAulay as confirmed players for the game. All six were part of the 2011 Memorial Cup championship Sea Dogs squad.

Gagne, an Edmundston native, played with Saint John for four-and-a-half seasons. He was traded to the Rimouski Oceanic during the 2012-13 season.

The speedy defenseman helped Saint John win three straight regular season championships, two President Cups and a Memorial Cup. He finished his QMJHL career with 39 goals and 134 assists in 300 regular season games.

Gagne has spent the past two seasons with the American Hockey League’s Norfolk Admirals. In 57 games last year, Gagne posted two goals and six assists.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Two More Confirmed For Alumni Game

Two more players have been confirmed for the Aug. 8 Sea Dogs alumni game at Harbour Station.

The team announced today via social media that forwards Zack Phillips and Stephen MacAulay have both confirmed that they will attend the event.

The Aug. 8 game, which will take place at 2 p.m., is the marque event of the 2015 Wallace McCain Memorial Alumni Reunion. Tickets are now on sale.

Phillips, a Fredericton native, was a first round pick of the Minnesota Wild in the 2011 NHL Draft. His was traded by the Wild to the Boston Bruins this past season. In 16 games with the AHL’s Providence Bruins, Phillips recorded three goals and eight assists.

Phillips spent three seasons with the Sea Dogs from 2009-2011, helping the team win a President Cup and Memorial Cup championship in 2011. According to Elite Prospects, he is third all time in team scoring with 219 points in 192 games.

MacAulay is one of the winningest players in league history, appearing in four straight President Cup finals and three straight Memorial Cups. He won four regular season titles, three President Cups and two Memorial Cups.

MacAulay is fourth all time in games played as a Sea Dog, appearing in 255 games over parts of five seasons. He played with the Saint Mary’s Huskies last season.

Phillips and MacAulay join Mike Thomas, Michael Kirkpatrick and Jason Cameron as players confirmed for the alumni game.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

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Hello. We are looking for an Assistant Editor/Writer for this blog. Full details:

We are looking for a dedicated, hard working and innovative individual that will assist the Editor-in-Chief (EIC) in daily operations of the blog. The primary roles of the Assistant Editor/Writer will be to assist the EIC in writing/editing a variety of content, edit/post content written by other contributors and generate/plan future story ideas.

Duties will include - but are not limited to - the following:
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  • Any kind of experience in journalism is considered a strong asset
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This is an unpaid volunteer position (a QMJHL webcast account will be provided). This position is ideal for a student looking to gain journalism/writing experience and/or someone who is very passionate about sports writing.

Those interested in this position can email stationnation@yahoo.ca with “Assistant Editor/Writer” in the subject line. Please include a strong pitch as to why you are the ideal person for this position and what qualifications/experience you have. 

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We thank all those who are interested. Only the individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Chabot Added To Summer Showcase

Sea Dogs defenseman Thomas Chabot has been added to the Hockey Canada's National Teams’ Summer Showcase event.

Chabot, a first round pick of the Ottawa Senators in this year’s NHL Draft, replaces Mitchell Vande Sompel of the Oshawa Generals who is injured.

Chabot will take part in the national junior team portion of the Summer Showcase, which takes place August 1-6 in Calgary. 40 players were invited to the development camp. 


In addition to the Summer Showcase hosted in Calgary at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park, Chabot and camp invitees will monitored during the first few months of the 2015-16 season and at the CHL Super Series to determine who will be invited to Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp in December. In total, 22 players will be selected to represent Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2015 to Jan. 5, 2016 in Helsinki, Finland.

Along with the usual development camp stuff, Team Canada will play two exhibition games against the Czech Republic and Russia. 

Former Sea Dogs defenseman Olivier LeBlanc, a Columbus Blue Jackets prospect who was traded to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles this past season, was also invited.

Sea Dogs prospects Alex D’Orio and Joseph Veleno will take part in the under-17 team portion of the showcase. Meanwhile, Luke Green was invited to the under-18 camp.

More details on the showcase can be found on the Hockey Canada website.

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