Essex Announces Main Camp Signings

The Essex 73’s have announced the following:

 

Aquired from Blenheim Blades forward Tyler Boughner from Windsor, ON . Boughner is 19 years old and is a two-year veteran of the league. Last season Boughner scored 10 goals and had 20 points in 33 games with the Blades. Previous to that, Boughner recorded 24 points in 35 regualr season games in 2013-14.

 

Signed forward Alixe Saliba, forward, from Windsor, ON. Saliba is 17 years old and played Windsor Spitfires AA midgets last year.

 

Signed Trevor Wheaton, goalie. Wheaton player the past two seasons with the Leamington Flyers where he helped guide them to back-to-back Western League championships.

 

2014-15: Selected as Western Conference First-Team All-Star; Co-Recipient of Roy Caley Award for Lowest Team G.A.A. in Western Conference; Selected to participate in GOJHL All-Star Game.

Record: 20-3-1 with a 2.57 G.A.A.

 

2013-14:  Co-Recipient of Roy Caley Award for Lowest Team G.A.A. in Western Conference.

Record: 16-6-0 with a 2.49 G.A.A.

 

Combined Playoff Record: 10-5-1 with a 1.72 G.A.A.

 

2012-13:  Essex 73`s (Jr.C)

Record: 24-3-2 with a 1.86 GAA and a .924 Save %

Hometown Goalie Trevor Wheaton Returns to 73’s

Courtesy of THE ESSEX FREE PRESS

 

by Sylene Argent

 

The defending Great Lakes Junior “C” Hockey League Schmalz Cup all Ontario champions, the Essex 73’s, is pleased to announce it has signed former goalie and Essex native Trevor Wheaton to the team roster. He will join the organization as a goalie, offering experience from the Junior “C” and “B” levels between the pipes.

 

“We are really excited to have Trevor back,” Coach Gil Langlois said. He noted there were a couple of key reasons the 73’s acquired Wheaton for the upcoming 2015-2016 hockey season.

 

Wheaton, Langlois said, brings with him a couple of years of Junior “B” experience to the 73’s franchise. The veteran hockey team members will also have experience playing with Wheaton on the orange, black, and white which will benefit the club on the ice.

 

Wheaton had been signed by the Junior “B” Leamington Flyers team in 2013.

 

Former goalie Noah Hedrick, Langlois noted, has moved on from the local hockey club as he continues his education. He added Hedrick was a good goalie to the team.

 

Wheaton will be relied upon heavily, Langlois said. “His experience will help the young defence core we expect to be heading into the season with.”

 

Getting a goalie on board with Wheaton’s experience, Langlois added, is confidence building for the team.

 

Returning to Essex “Is pretty exciting,” Wheaton said. “I started my junior career here. I know what the organization is all about. It is going to be a good year.”

 

Wheaton said there are guys on the 73’s that have a lot of experience. He also knows some of the players. That familiarity “Takes pressure off of me. It makes it easier to stay calm. They know what I can do and can bring to the ice. Hopefully I can do that for them.”

Spending the last two years in Leamington was a great experience, Wheaton commented, adding that organization had treated him well.

 

“It was fun to be a part of that,” he said.

 

Wheaton is “glad to be back in Essex.”

 

The 73’s coaching staff is great, he noted, adding he is looking forward to learning from the team’s coaches. One of the main reasons he decided to return home was because of 73’s goalie coach Brian Spearing.

 

“He’s a great coach and we click well,” the goalie said.

 

Spearing agreed he and Wheaton have a great working relationship.

 

“We’re excited Trevor Wheaton is coming back. Having him back is huge for us. He will bring a lot to the team,” the goalie coach commented. He noted Wheaton has won some championships with Leamington along with goaltending awards in his career.

 

Spearing was surprised at first to learn of Wheaton’s return. He is looking forward to begin training camp and working with Essex’s two goalies, Wheaton and Colin Lauzon. Spearing is hoping the 73’s will be Schmalz Cup champions again this year.

 

Langlois said there could be a couple player changes moving forward into the hockey season.

 

“We’re always looking to improve,” he commented.

73's Main Camp Off and Running

Calling All Volunteers

The Essex 73's are looking for volunteers for the upcoming hockey season. Volunteers work on a rotational basis, and receive 1 free ticket to all 73's home hockey games, plus other small perks. If you are interested please let us know. Email johnvangent2015@gmail.com.

Frank Matthys Named Essex Citizen of the Year 2015

Frank Matthys (left) gives the thumbs up alongside Ron Campbell who nominated Frank as Citizen of the Year.

by Sylene Argent

THE ESSEX FREE PRESS

 

Frank Matthys, now 89-years old, is affectionately known to many as “Mr. Essex 73.” This volunteer has been involved with the Essex 73’s since the hockey team’s inception 42 years ago.

 

In recognition of the years of dedication Mathys has devoted to the local Junior “C” hockey team, he was named Essex’s 2015 Citizen of the Year. The announcement was made on the Unifor Local 444 main stage during the Essex Fun Fest’s Saturday evening festivities.

 

“What he does for our hockey club is irreplaceable,” 73’s General Manager Scott Miller said during the announcement.

 

Miller supported the nomination made in Mathys’s honour that Ron Campbell had put-forth. “He’s like a father to every player on this team.”

 

Miller commented that Matthys is always around the arena completing jobs and various tasks to aid the players and the club. Some mornings, before Miller heads to work, he’ll stop by the arena quickly and Matthys will be there already, doing the laundry or completing some other duty, like cleaning equipment.

 

Miller claimed Matthys is the only man in Ontario who can lay claim to having won seven all-Ontario Schmaltz Cup championships as he has been a volunteer with the team when it has earned each of these titles. Miller noted Mathys also helped lay bricks for the Memorial Arena when it was erected in the early 1960s.

 

“Today, he’s on the bench every game. He rarely misses a game,” Miller commented.

 

Campbell noted he approached Miller to support the nomination he made for Matthys nearing the deadline for the award nominations. He chose to put Mathys forward because of the years of dedication he has shown to the 73’s and community.

 

“I didn’t know about it, it was a big surprise,” Matthys commented after learning he was chosen to be Essex’s 2015 Citizen of the Year. “I feel good. I’m ready for another season.”

 

The Essex Rotary Club, Heritage Essex, the Essex-based Knights of Columbus, and the Town of Essex present the Citizen of the Year award each year. This program has been ongoing since 1978 to recognize the volunteer efforts of some of Essex’s community-minded residents.

 

A banquet will be held in the fall to honour Matthys for his years of contribution. This event will double as a fundraiser for Heritage Essex.

OHA Releases Championship Video On Essex 73's 7th Schmalz Cup

Annual Awards Banquet

The Essex 73's, fresh off their 7th Schmalz Cup championship, hosted their annual awards banquet Tuesday, May 26th at the Ciociaro Club in Windsor. It was a fantastic evening with 250 people in attendance. Guest speaker was Keith Crowder, former Essex 73's player and 10-year NHL player.

 

MVP Playoffs - Matthew Hebert

Leading Scorer - Jordan Ryan (53 points)

Best Defenceman - Scott Bromley

Coaches Award - Daniel McIntyre

Frank Matthy's Award - Dallas Periera and Tyler Scott

Most Consistant - Tyler Scott

Rookie of the Year - Nick Mainella, Noach Hedrick and William Stadder

Most Improved - Adam Gaiarin

Most Sportsmanlike - Matthew Hebert

MVP Regular Season - Scott Bromley

John Sadler Bursary Award - Anthony Cristofaro and William Stadder

 

 

Essex Wins Game Seven Battle to Claim Seventh Schmalz Cup

By: Kevin E. Neels

 

The Essex 73's had four chances to capture their seventh Schmalz Cup heading into game four with a 3-0 series lead over a tough Port Hope Panthers hockey club. The Panthers proved how tough they were as they went on to defeat the 73's in the next three games to even the series at 3-3 and force a seventh and deciding game in the friendly rink they call home.

 

If the 73's were to claim the championship they would need to adjust their game and get back to solid defense, something that lacked in the three Panthers victories. Either way, this was predicted to be a great game from two teams that have been very evenly matched.

 

At the end of the night, it was indeed defense that turned the trick for the 73's, as Noah Hedrick shutout Port Hope for the second time in the series, this time by a slim 1-0 score.

 

Period one was scoreless as Hedrick, and his counterpart Devan Tremblay were unbeatable with the home team having an 11-8 shot advantage.

 

Essex held a slim 6-5 shot advantage in the middle frame but managed to score the game's only goal as Jordan Ryan beat Tremblay late in the period on a feed from Tyler Scott.

 

The Panthers held a 9-7 advantage in shots in period three but could not get the equalizer.

 

This was a classic game for a game seven. Shots were very close with both teams getting their chances, and the key, only one power play in the entire sixty minutes, a rarity at this level of hockey, but a rarity that we wish would could see more often.

 

Congratulations to the Port Hope Panthers on a great season, and a great series, and congratulations to the Essex 73's on capturing Schmalz Cup number seven

Port Hope Edged 1-0 In Game 7 Of Schmalz Cup Final

Courtesy of North Cumberland Today

Jordan Ryan scored the lone goal in game 7 of the Schmalz Cup championship game vs Port Hope capping off a great junior career

PORT HOPE - In the end, the Port Hope Panthers didn't have one more rally left in them.

 

They couldn't have come much closer to winning the Ontario Hockey Association junior C championship series, though, but it was just out of their grasp.

 

The Panthers had rallied from a 3-0 series deficit to force Game 7 on Friday night, but the visiting Essex 73's earned a 1-0 victory to capture the Schmalz Cup in front of 1,200 spectators at the Jack Burger Sports Complex in Port Hope.

 

Jordan Ryan scored the lone goal for Essex with 3:09 left in the second period. That put the Panthers in the position of trying to battle back the rest of the way.

 

“It's always tough to lose and it's tough to lose at this stage (of the season), but I'm proud of them,” Panthers head coach Mat Goody said of his players. “I'm proud of the way they fought back and they should be proud of themselves. It was a hard fought battle. Credit to (Essex), they played a tight game. It was a good hockey game and the community should be proud of these guys too for the way they conducted themselves all season.”

 

It was May of last year that the Panthers began this run to the Schmalz Cup final. That was when rookie camp was held with the return of Goody as head coach and the goal of reaching the OHA championship junior C championship .

 

It was perhaps a lofty goal considering the Panthers had been eliminated in the first round of the Empire Junior C Hockey League playoffs the previous season, but the club was setting its goals high.

 

They finished the 2014-2015 Empire regular campaign with a first-place record of 31-8-1, which was 18 points ahead of the second-place Napanee Raiders.

 

In the Empire playoffs, the Panthers defeated the defending champion Picton Pirates in five games and then swept Napanee in four games in the league final.

 

In the OHA Schmalz Cup playoffs, the Panthers knocked off the Clarington Eagles in six games in the quarterfinals and swept the Alliston Hornets four straight in the semifinals.

 

Trailing 3-0 in the championship series against Essex, the Panthers could have swept.

 

Goody believes the way his club rebounded made it a better experience, despite the Game 7 defeat.

 

“I think it would have hurt more going out four straight,” he remarked. “Now we know what those guys felt like for the last two years. They've battled through adversity themselves – they've got guys there that have been through (losing) twice. Congratulations to them and it's exciting how far we came in a year as a year. It's important that we take the good from this and move forward.”

 

Essex was playing in their third straight Schmalz Cup final after losing to Picton in 2013 and the Lakefield Chiefs in 2014.

 

Scott Bromley, the 73s captain, played on both those teams and noted it was the fourth straight year for his club in the Schmalz Cup playoffs that he's been a part of.

 

While Bromley said it was “amazing” to finally be victorious, he acknowledged it wasn't easy.

 

“Port Hope was a heck of a team, making that three-game comeback, so we had to really rally back together,” Bromley said. “They gave us our best run yet and that was a fun series to play in. Kudos to them, they did an awesome job.”

 

Bromley said the73s were able to overcome the Port Hope rally in the series because of the camaraderie amongst the players.

 

“A lot of us are best friends and hang out outside the arena so it was pretty easy for our leaders to rally the guys because say one thing and all these guys jump on board because we're such good friends,” he remarked. “I'm super happy for all the guys on our team. I'm super proud of all the young guys who came in and bought into the systems and everything.”

 

This was expected to be a rebuilding season for the 73s.

 

“We lost our two main goal scorers and a couple really key defencemen, so it was supposed to be a rebuilding year,” Bromley said. “We got a lot of good guys who came out to our camp. We're not the most skilled team ever, but we have a whole group of 20 guys who buy into the systems. All the guys here did an amazing year.”

 

Friday's Game 7 was the final junior contest for Bromley, Ryan – who scored the decisive goal in his swan song – Daniel McIntyre and Daniel Slipchuk.

 

“I'm just so proud of our boys,” said Essex head coach Gil Langlois. “You look at the two teams and they probably had more skill than we did, but we just found a way to get it done here today. A 1-0 victory is so sweet, especially for the four overagers. A couple of them have been with me for the four years.

 

“We exceeded our expectations coming into the season because we had so many new guys and two rookie goalies.”

 

Like Bromley, Langlois gave kudos to the Panthers.

 

“You have to tip your hat to Port Hope 100%,” he said. “They work so hard and it's been said before, the first three games a bounce here or a bounce there it would have been a totally different outcome (in those games) probably. They're well-coached and they played hard. What I enjoyed about today's game, there was no goofiness, the kids stuck to hockey and really had a commitment to playing the game and winning.

 

“I applaud Port Hope's tenacity,” Langlois added. “They're a very good team.”

 

The 73s made the long trek home to Essex, near Windsor, after the game Friday.

 

“It's going to be a nice ride home,” Langlois said. “A long one, but a nice one.”

 

Panthers coach Goody, meanwhile, gave praise to his overagers who played their final junior game. They were captain Jacob Spicer, Tyler Davey, Connor Turland, Dylan Baxter and goaltender Devan Tremblay.

 

“Those guys have a special place in my heart and they're good people and they have bright future ahead of them,” he said.

 

Spicer remained positive even when the Panthers fell behind 3-0 in the series. He said in an interview with Northumberland Today at the time that his club had an opportunity facing elimination. He wasn't pleased for the Panthers to be down three games to none, but he suggested how it great of a win it would be to rally and win in such dramatic fashion.

 

After that, the Panthers won three straight and were just short of the championship victory.

 

“Anytime you're down 3-0, especially in the final, and you have enough character in the room to even come back and force it to Game 7, it's a privilege,” Spicer said. It sucks to fall short, but at the same time I'm proud to fall short with that team. I wouldn't want to go through it with any other guys. That was my best year of hockey.”

 

Spicer played five seasons for the Panthers and it was his first time in front of a sell-out crowd at the Jack Burger Sports Complex.

 

“It's great, win or lose, to know we have that much support,” Spicer said. “I've never in my life played in front of an electric crowd like that. To end my career like that, even though we lost, it's nice to know I and the team had all that support.”

 

jeff.gard@sunmedia.ca

73's Win 6-3 to Claim 4th Straight Great Lakes Junior C Title

Photo courtesy of LAURIE BEATEN