Bringing fans into the heart of the action in St. Catharines, ON, Jeff Marek, host of Sportsnet’s CHL hockey broadcasts, provides pre-game and intermission analysis alongside panelists Damien Cox, John Shannon and former NHLer Todd Warriner. Sportsnet’s veteran CHL broadcast team of play-by-play announcer RJ Broadhead, analyst Sam Cosentino, and in-game host Rob Faulds, bring fans the action from the ice. On the radio side, Mel Raskin and Jason Nobili – Associate Coach and Assistant GM of the Mississauga Steelheads – call the game for Sportsnet 590 The FAN and Sportsnet 960 The FAN.
Don Mills Flyers Midget 'AAA' win
Bardown Classic Championship
December 15, 2014
Congratulations to Power Hockey Development
Coach, Steve Nobili and his Don Mills Flyers Midget 'AAA' Hockey Team for winning the 2014
Hill Bardown Classic Championship in a tough 4-1 victory over their Ontario rival London Jr.
Knights. Steve is in his 2nd year as an Assistant Coach and so far they are having a great season.
Congratulations also go out to our Power Hockey Development Alumni Mark Rozanov (#84 - 2014 Bardown Classic Tournament MVP), Oliver Benwell (#14), Nicholas Alvaro (#24) and Devon Oates (#21) who are all members of the 2014 Don Mills Flyers Midget AAA Hockey Team.
From December 11-14, 2014, this tournament, which was hosted at Toronto's Buckingham Arenas, saw 14 Midget aged teams from across Ontario, New Jersey, Michigan, and Upstate New York compete for the coveted Championship trophy.
A great Christmas present for the players, their parents, and the staff who have all worked so hard to make the 2014-15 Flyers one of the top teams in the highly competitive GTHL AAA Midget Division.
Congratulations again to Coach Steve, Mark, Oliver, Nicholas and Devon!!
Matt Carey signs with Chicago Blackhawks
By Scott Radley
March 21, 2014
Having whittled his choices down to three teams, he'd certainly made progress. But now he was stuck. All three were great options and all offered wonderful opportunities. That's when his adviser told him to lie in bed and imagine himself in each of the different NHL sweaters to see if that would help clarify what he was thinking and where his heart really lay. So on Wednesday night, he did.
"I just pictured myself in a Chicago jersey and it really sparked," Matt Carey says. Which helps explain why the 22-year-old from Hamilton signed a two-year deal with the Blackhawks on Thursday afternoon, putting a bow on one of the more remarkable weeks any sporting family has ever had in this city. His signing comes roughly 24 hours after his older brother, Greg — the second-leading scorer in the NCAA — signed with the Phoenix Coyotes, and just a few hours after the older Carey was announced as one of the finalists for the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in U.S. college hockey. "It was the experience of a lifetime," Matt says of the past few days. "You can't even describe it." Let's try.
As soon as the freshman announced last weekend that he was leaving St. Lawrence University early and would entertain professional offers, things went a little wild. A 6-foot, 195-pound, young, free agent forward with a scoring touch and strong skating is an attractive player. Essentially, he's a bonus top draft pick. "There was honestly like a free-for-all," Matt says. By Monday morning, he says the Minnesota Wild, Phoenix Coyotes, Blackhawks, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins were all in the mix. By Wednesday evening, the St. Thomas More grad says the list was down to the Senators, Flyers, Rangers, Blackhawks and Wild. And Phoenix, to a degree, when he found out Greg had signed with the Coyotes. It would've been great to play together in the pros as they had at university. "But you have to take your best opportunity," he says.
By this point, he wasn't sleeping much. He was on the phone constantly but couldn't tell anyone outside his tight inner circle almost anything. His stress level was through the roof as he paced circles around his room waiting for something to break. Only Chicago, New York and Minnesota remained when he went to bed. But he was still having a hard time making the final call. Which is when he was told to do the visualizing thing. It did the trick. Almost. By Thursday, the Rangers were still in the picture making it a two-horse race. Then the Blackhawks sweetened the pot by telling him he'd report straight to Chicago and might get into some NHL games this year. He says that, combined with the class the organization showed him, and the chance to play with and learn from guys like Jonathan Toews, pretty much sealed it.
Even so, actually signing the contract is nerve-wracking.
"I was sweating and hoping I made the right decision," he says. He's going to start finding out soon. On Friday morning, he flies to Illinois to watch his new team host the Carolina Hurricanes. The next morning, he'll get on the ice for his first practice. After that, who knows? But the Hawks have already assigned him a number. He's 25. That's got to mean something, right?
Mississauga, ON – The Mississauga Steelheads have announced that they have extended the contract of Assistant GM and Associate Coach, Jason Nobili through the 2014-2015 season. Nobili joined the Steelheads last season, helping guide the Steelheads to the first round of the playoffs in their inaugural season.
Prior to joining Mississauga, Nobili has had a long history of coaching, including the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), Ontario Hockey League (OHL), ECHL, and internationally with Hockey Canada. His second year with the Steelheads will mark his 6th season coaching in the OHL having spent 4 seasons as the Assistant Coach of the Owen Sound Attack from 2000-2004.
Steelheads’ owner Elliott Kerr is looking forward to having Nobili continue on with the franchise stating, “We are thrilled to have Jason back as we build our team both on and off the ice with our goal of contending for and ultimately winning the Memorial Cup. Jason is and will be a very important part of our team moving forward.”
Head Coach and GM, James Boyd speaks very highly of Nobili’s abilities as a coach, “Jason possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience. He is a valued member of our organization. I speak for our staff when I say that we are excited that Jason will be working with our players into the future."
“My family and I are extremely excited to return to the Steelheads. I would like to thank both James Boyd and Elliott Kerr, for extending me the opportunity to return to Mississauga. I look forward to the opportunity to once again coach in the Ontario Hockey League and to continue to work closely with James Boyd and the Steelheads' players over the next few years.”, said Nobili.