Sunday, July 24, 2016

Passingham, Sauve earn tryout contracts

More former Sea Dogs are on the move.

Ex-Dogs goaltender Troy Passingham has signed a professional tryout agreement with the Peoria Riverman of the Southern Professional Hockey League.

Passingham played in two games with Saint John during the 2007-08 season, posting a 3.02 goals against average and a .897 save percentage. He eventually moved on to the OHL where he spent time with the Windsor Spitfires and Sarnia Sting.

The “Monster from Mississauga” has spent the past five seasons with the Ryerson University Rams, posting some of the best numbers in school history. In 2015-16, the 25-year-old had a 2.47 GAA and .933 SV%.

In other alumni news, former Sea Dogs defenseman Yann Sauve has been signed to a tryout contract by Medvescak Zagrebof the KHL.

“We welcome Yann who’s also looking to come in and make a good impression that he can be a solid depth defenseman,” said Medvescak's Sports Director, Aaron Fox, in a news release. “He is a big strong skating two-way D whose game should translate to Europe.”

Medvescak is coached by former Charlottetown Islanders head coach Gordie Dwyer.

Sauve has been struggling to find a home, spending time with eight different minor league clubs over the past three seasons. He spent most of the 2015-16 campaign with the ECHL’s Manchester Monarchs where he posted two goals and 22 assists in 52 games.

The 26-year-old was a second-round pick of the Vancouver Canucks in the 2008 NHL Draft. He appeared in eight career NHL contests.

Sauve played in 251 games with Saint John over four seasons, registering 20 goals and 82 assists. He added six goals and 14 assists in 39 playoff games.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Sea Dogs prospects named to Futures List

Prospects Shane Bowers, Marc McLaughlin and Ben Mirageas all made the list, which features players available for the 2017 NHL Draft.

Bowers is the most notable of the three. The 16-year-old Halifax native registered 15 goals and 18 assists in 56 games with the USHL’s Waterloo Black Hawks last season. The centre was drafted by the Sea Dogs in the second round of this year’s QMJHL Entry Draft but is, at the moment, still committed to returning to Waterloo.

Future Considerations lists Bowers as the 27th best player available for the 2017 NHL Draft.

McLaughlin was drafted by Saint John in the 2015 draft. The 16-year-old forward had 24 goals and 19 assists in 33 games with Cushing Academy last year. The Massachusetts native is committed to St. Lawrence University for the 2018-19 season.

Mirageas was also picked by the Sea Dogs in the 2015 draft. The 17-year-old defenseman recorded six goals and 16 assists with Avon Old Farms last season. The Massachusetts native is committed to Providence College for 2018-19.

Charlottetown's Pierre-Olivier Joseph, the brother of Sea Dogs forward Mathieu Joseph, also made the list.

Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings is projected to go first overall in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Alumni Game cancelled

The 2016 Saint John Sea Dogs Alumni Game has been cancelled.

The game was originally scheduled to be held Aug. 12-13.

Alumni Games were held in 2015 and 2013.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Veleno merchandise already valuable

Joe Veleno signed items are already valuable, according to the website

The website has Veleno signed pucks priced at $39.99 and signed photos at $24.99 – and those prices don’t include shipping or the Canadian exchange rate.
On ebay, Veleno signed hockey cards and jersey cards are going for over $50.

Meanwhile, you can watch Veleno play at Harbour Station for $10 to $15.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Joyal joins Hockey Canada staff

Former Sea Dogs goaltender Maxime Joyal has been named the goaltending coach for Canada’s National Women’s Development Team.

Max Joyal is the goaltending coach with Limoilou, winning the provincial championship in 2016. He served as camp staff at Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team selection camp last summer, and was a consultant at Canada’s National Women’s Program goaltending camp in June. Joyal also won gold as the goaltending coach with Team Quebec at the 2015 Canada Winter Games.

Joyal played in 31 games with the Sea Dogs during the 2006-07 season, posting a 4.99 goals against average and a .862 save percentage.

After completing his junior career, Joyal played a couple games with the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals before joining the CIS' Concordia Stingers. The netminder spent four seasons at Concordia before heading to the LNAH.

According to the Hockey Canada website, “Canada’s National Women’s Development Team selection camp is scheduled for Aug. 5-14 in Calgary, followed by a three-game series against the United States’ Women’s Under-22 Select Team from Aug. 17-21. It will also participate at the Nations Cup in Germany in January 2017.” 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Fullerton finds new home in EIHL

Former Sea Dogs goaltender Travis Fullerton has found a new home.

After splitting last season between the LNAH and EIHL, Fullerton has signed with Edinburgh Capitals of the Elite Ice Hockey League.

“I’m delighted to have signed in Edinburgh for the upcoming season,” the 28-year-old said in a news release. “I’m excited by the group the club has put together and it was an easy choice to make.”

In 15 games with the EIHL’s Braehead Clan last season, Fullerton posted a 2.61 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. He joins a Capitals team that features former StFX defenseman Michael D’Orazio and ex-UNB forward Taylor MacDougall.

Fullerton has been playing professionally the past three seasons. Prior to turning pro, the Riverview native played five seasons with the UNB Varsity Reds, winning three national championships.

Fullerton spent parts of two seasons with the Sea Dogs in 2006-07 and 2007-08, helping the team reach its first ever QMJHL semifinal in 2008.

Photo via the EIHL website