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Lots of Hardware Handed Out at the Essex 73's Awards Banquet
Sinclair Joins 73's Coaching Staff
The Essex 73's are pleased to announce the addition of Cameron Sinclair to the coaching staff. Sinclair is from Windsor, ON and is 27 years of age.
A 5th round draft pick of the Windsor Spitfires in 2004 (87th overall), Sinclair opted to play NCAA hockey in Bowling Green where he enjoyed 4 seasons. He also enjoyed 2 years of Junior B hockey with the Tecumseh Chiefs and another year with the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL (British Columbia Hockey League).
Sinclair has spent the past 2 seasons coaching the 00’s Windsor AAA zone Bantam Majors/Midget Minor years. He joins assistant coach Craig Miller and newly named head coach, Cam Crowder.
The 73's 2015-16 year-end awards banquet is Tuesday night, April 26th, at the Royal Canadian Legion in Essex.
Crowder Selected as New 73's Bench Boss
The Essex 73’s Junior Hockey Club is thrilled to announce Cam Crowder as their new Head Coach.
Crowder played four years with the 73’s, winning the OHA Schmalz Cup in 2002 and 2005. As a player, he scored 34 goals, assisted on 38 others for 72 regular season points in 118 games.
The 30 year-old served the last two years as assistant coach with the 73’s, helping to win two Great Lakes Junior C championships and one OHA Schmalz Cup in 2015.
Prior to joining the 73’s coaching staff, Crowder was an assistant coach of the LaSalle Vipers of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. He has also coached at the minor hockey level with Windsor AAA.
Crowder, who is the 17th head coach in the 73’s 43-year history, takes over from Gil Langlois who served as the bench boss of the 73’s the past five years, and will remain on in an advisory capacity.
Spring Evaluation Camp May 16th and May 19th
Spring Evaluation camp dates set for 2000 birth date or earliar.
Monday, May 16th at 7:00PM until 10:00PM
Thursday, May 19th at 7:00PM until 10:00PM
Shaheen Community Rink in Essex. Cost $45.00 includes jersey to keep
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73's Clinch 5th Consecutive Great Lakes Junior C Championship
By: Kevin E. Neels
Captain Matthew Hebert and backup goaltender Matt Badour led the Essex 73's to a 5-4 win Sunday afternoon to claim their fifth consecutive GLJCHL title. Hebert scored a pair of goals, and Badour was solid in goal once again to earn the win.
It was a see -saw battle with both teams struggling to gain any momentum, but in the end it was the 73's who managed to get the job done, although there were some nail biting moments for sure for the 1540 in attendance.
Despite being outshot 14-3 in the opening period it was the Admirals who held a 1-0 lead compliments of an early power play goal.
The flood gates opened up in period two with the 73's finally finding some cracks in Amherstburg goaltender Connor Meyerink's armour . Essex outscored the visitors 4-2 in the period to hold a 4-3 edge heading into period three. Deadline acquisition Griffin McCarty started things off just a minute into the period as he pounced on a rebound and made no mistake.
Amherstburg would not lie down however as just a few minutes later they regained the lead on a James Brooks goal. Six minutes later the 73's were back on even terms as defenseman Matthew Rosati flipped a wrist shot towards the net and beat Meyerink who did not see the shot at all. Hebert gave Essex their first lead of the game a short time later as a huge giveaway by the Admirals ended up in the back of the net.
Once again the visitors came right back as a minute later a shot off the back boards ended up on the stick of a Admirals player, and there was no mistake in tying this game once again. In the final minute of play
Essex regained the lead as another screen shot eluded Meyerink with Hebert notching his second, this time on a power play.
Early third period the 73's gained a bit of breathing room as Eric Shaw ripped a wrist shot high short side for a two goal cushion, which as it turned out would be needed.
Amherstburg's James Brooks would get his team to within a goal at 6:46 of the period but that was as close as it would get as the 73's defense held off the Admirals attack the rest of the way to earn the league championship for the twentieth time in franchise history.
Tyler Boughner, who came over from Blenheim during the off season said, "There is no feeling like it at the moment. We knew that after they took the series lead from us that it was time to step up, and get down to business, and it has paid off. I know there have been some doubters out there about how deep this team was, well, with the quality of players we have sitting out this series, I think we proved just how deep this team is, " said Boughner. "Kudos to Matt Badour as well, he is playing the best hockey of his life right now, and it couldn't have come at a better time. We will cherish this day for a short while, but we still have more work to do, as
we are not done yet."
Essex 73's Junior C Hockey Club Raffle Winners
1st - Glen Dereniowski, Windsor #1971
2nd - Mary Jane Stebila, Windsor #1180
3rd - Kyle Miller, Essex #2229
4th - Tanya Antonelli, Windsor #1560
5th - William Stadder, Windsor #1141
6th - Tiina Kaldma, Windsor #2799
7th - Dave Sochaski, Amherstburg #2123
8th - Riley Meyerink, Lakeshore #0981
9th - Jane Zelko, Woodslee #1249
Frankie is a "Town of Essex LEGEND"
On October 25, 2015, Frank Matthys was presented a plaque for being “Town of Essex 2015 Citizen of the Year”. He is well-known throughout the tight-knit community and loved by everyone. He is a man who is always SINCERE, SUPPORTIVE, GENEROUS and without a doubt, extremely LOYAL. He is always there to lend support to everyone in this town, especially the youth.
His name goes hand-in-hand with the Essex 73's hockey organization. Only he can say that he has been involved with the Essex 73’s since its inception. That's 43 consecutive years and we are still counting on many more!! He is the only constant of a team that has won the All Ontario Junior C title & the Schmaltz Cup a record seven times!
He has dedicated his life to our town's young people and helped encourage players, coaches and staff to always be the best they can be.
CONGRATULATIONS! This award is well deserved for one of the finest men this League has ever known.
73's Home Opener Celebration Includes Honourary Members of all 7 Schmalz Cup Wins
Frank Matthys Named Essex Citizen of the Year 2015
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
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
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.”