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Five More to be Added to 73's Wall of Honour










(L-R) Milan Dobric, Mike Venables, Daniel LaBrash, in honour of his late father, Ted LaBrash, Ron 'Peewee' Prpich and Ron 'Soupy' Campbell. 



Saturday, Nov. 18th, the Essex 73's hosted its Class of 2023 Wall of Honour Induction Ceremony, adding five more names to the already list of 36.

Last year, the Essex organization celebrated its 50th season and also established a Wall of Honour to pay tribute to those players, staff and others who have made a significant impact on the overall success of the club over the years.

Ted LaBrash, Milan (Mike) Dobric and Mike Venables will be entering in the Players Category, while long-time equipment managers, Ron ‘Soupy’ Campbell and Ron ‘Peewee” Prpich will enter in the Coach & Staff Category. 


“The selection committee deliberated throughout the summer months and reached a decision based solely on a voting system,” said former 73’s goaltender, and selection committee chair, Joe Garon. “We strongly feel these five members meet or exceed the meaning of The Wall, and are all most deserving of this honour.”

LaBrash played four years with the 73’s from 1982-1985, and is the last 73’s player to score 40 goals (44) and 80 points (87) in a season (1985) while leading the Great Lakes Junior Hockey League in scoring that same season. He will join The Wall posthumously as he passed away in 2021 at the age of 57 after a long and courageous battle with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Dobric played for the 73’s for three seasons (2008-2010) and was a high-scoring defenceman who also defended his own end as good as anyone. Dobric won one Schmalz Cup (2009). He is currently an assistant coach with the Lakeshore Canadiens.

Venables played five seasons in Essex and won two Schmalz Cups (2001 and 2005). He led his team in scoring on two occasions, including 2005 when he was crowned league scoring leader.

Campbell, referred to only as Soup, or Soupy, started his 73’s tenure in 1988-89 and was with the team in some capacity for over 20 years. His last season with Essex was 2013-14. He has been a part of 8 league championships and 2 Schmalz Cups.

Prpich, known simply as Peewee, started with the 73’s in 2002-03 and is in his 20th season with the club. He has been a part of 11 league championships and 3 Schmalz Cups.

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Piroski Wins 300th Game of Junior C Career


WHEATLEY - When Tony Piroski came back to coach the Essex 73's, he likely had no idea how close he was to the 300-win plateau at the Junior C level. After Saturday's 5-3 win over Wheatley Sharks, he now has reached that milestone.


Essex stormed back from an early 3-1 deficit to score four unanswered goals en route to their 34th win of the season.

Essex has one game remaining on the regular season schedule and need one more win to make it back-to-back 35-win seasons, which would be only the fourth 73's team to reach that number of wins all-time.

The story of the weekend has been good goaltending by the 73's tenders. Cavan McCabe was rock solid in net Friday night in the road win over the Lakeshore Canadiens, and Saturday afternoon, it was newcomer, Wyatt Sloetjes, turning aside 37-of-40 shots on him, including 21-of-22 in the second period alone.

Overall, the Sharks outshot the 73's, 40-27.

Gabe Barrette led the offense with two goals and a helper. Gabe Piccolo, Jack Bulmer and Marcus Levesque had the remaining 73's goals.


All three 73's goals came from former Essex players Kyle Bleau, Ethan Hamelin and Madden Drouillard.


McCabe Solid in Net for Essex Over Lakeshore


























LAKESHORE - Cavan McCabe stopped 40-of-43 shots and Gabe Piccolo scored the eventual game-winning goal at 10:35 of the third period as the Essex 73's regained the lead in the Stobbs Division with a 4-3 road win before a season-high 1,199 fans in Lakeshore.

Essex weathered a first-period frenzy by the home-town Canadians who outshot the 73's 17-7 in the frame and came out of it scoreless.

Lakeshore struck early in the second period as Kyle Walker scored his first of two on the night just 1:49 in.

Essex would respond with three unanswered goals off the sticks of Luca Pasciuta, Seth Martineau and Jayden Seguin to take a 3-1 lead into the lockeroom.

Shots were relatively closer in the middle frame, 14-11 in favour of Lakeshore.

The third period started out like the second, as Eric Bisson was found all alone in front of the Essex cage and deked McCabe at 2:21 to make it a one-goal Essex lead.

The period was back and forth when Essex got a powerplay opportunity at 10:23 and just :12 seconds in, Piccolo stepped out front from behind the Lakeshore net and beat goaltender Nicholas Bolton to put the 73's up 4-2.

Lakeshore pushed, and Essex pushed back, and with the goaltender pulled for the extra attacker, Walker tipped home his second of the night on a shot from the point to pull the Canadiens to within one, but Essex would stand their ground and walked away with a well-deserved win.

Essex now leads the Canadiens in the standings by one point but the situation will continue to play itself out today as the 73's travel to Wheatlry for a rnother rare matinee matchup, this time against the Wheatley Sharks. Game time is 4:30pm.

73's Win Last Regular Season Home Game

ESSEX - The Essex 73's celebrated their overagers before Tuesday nights game, and then played one of their most complete games of the season, shutting out the Mooretown Flags, 3-0.

Essex outshot the Flags, 45-28 and did a great job limiting the Flags to few quality scoring chances.

Liam Hall got things going at the 16:30 mark of the second period on a beauty cross-crease pass by Luke Sherk. The goal was Hall's 24th on the season.

In the third period, Jayden Seguin showed his speed and aggressiveness, and broke around a Flags' D-man, and cut in on goaltender John Chartrand, beating him through the pads to make it 2-0. 

Less than four mniutes later, big Seth Martineau, from the hashmarks, ripped a shot past Chartrand, short-side, that rattled the post, and took a fortuitous bounce off a Mooretown defender to make it 3-0 Essex.

Wyatt Sloetjes got his first start in goal for the 73's and looked calm and collective throughout the night. Essex now has three goaltenders on its roster, insurance should one falter, or get injured.

14th Road Win of the Season for 73's

WALPOLE ISLAND - The Essex 73's moved to within one point of the first place Lakeshore Canadiens with a 4-1 road win road win in Walpole island - a rare matinee game.


Essex fired 54 shots at Walpole Island netminder, Jackson Sterling, 30 in the first period alone.


Essex actually fell behind in this one on a goal by Aaron Highfield just 4:12 into the opening frame. 

Essex stayed the course and answered with two of their own in the second period on goals by Gabe Piccolo and Karson Beuglet.

The third period was once again all Essex as Kale Couvillon made it 3-1 with less than five minutes to play, and Beuglet put the icing on the cake with his second on the night at the 17:11 mark.

Beuglet now had seven points in his last three games, and 30 points on the year in just 31 games. He needs just one more point to hit the 100 career point list.

Adrian McBride picked up his 20th win of the season, and 55th of his career. He continues to come close to matching the 73's all-time career shutout record of 16 set be Branden Robitaille.

Next up for the 73's is the Mooretown Flags Tuesday night at the Essex Centre Sports Complex.

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