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RILEY MATHIESON SIGNS WITH THE VICTORIA ROYALS OF THE WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals are pleased to announce that they have signed 1997-born goaltender Riley Mathieson to a WHL Standard Player Agreement.

“We are pleased to have Riley join our organization,” Royals’ General Manager Cameron Hope said. “Adding depth at the goaltending position with a local prospect is a fit for us, as well as a good opportunity for the player. Riley will remain with the Saanich Braves, but available to join us on an as-needed basis.”

So far this season, the native of Port Hardy, BC has taken part in 32 games for the Saanich Braves of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL). Mathieson has earned a 3.07 goals against average, along with a 0.907 save percentage and has helped his club to a 29-15-1 record good enough for 2nd place in the South Division. Mathieson and the Braves are currently in a playoff battle with the Kerry Park Islanders and with the series 3-2 in favor of the Islanders Mathieson will be looking to bounce back and even the series March 4th.

We here at Elite Hockey Prep Camp would like to Congratulate Riley on all of his hard work this year that is paying off! We look forward to having Riley back this summer to defend his "BEST GOALTENDER AWARD" and "MOST DEDICATED AWARD" from last summer in Niagara Falls!

   2016-17 Victoria Royals WHL 

RYLEY RISLING SIGNS WITH ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY NCAA

Ryley Risling a native of Medicine Hat, Alberta has recently signed with Robert Morris Colonials NCAA Division I Atlantic Hockey in Pennsylvania. The 6'2'' 190lb winger has played 54 games this season with the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League and has amassed 14 Goals, 13 Assists and 51 Penalty Minutes during that span.

Ryley in his 20 year old season has led the Vees to clinching first place in the Interior Division with a record of 41-13-3-1 for 86 points good enough for 3rd spot overall in the BCHL. Penticton will be playing host to the Fred Page Cup this year so things are looking really good for the Vees as playoffs are on the horizon. Ryley spent the better part of 3 seasons with the Canmore Eagles of the Alberta Junior Hockey League playing in 110 games during his stay scoring 70 Points including 36 Goals. In 2014-15 in 54 games with Canmore Risling scored 26 times along with 20 helpers and a modest 118 penalty minutes he was selected to play in the World Junior A Challenge for Canada West.

Ryley spent the first 2 weeks at Elite Hockey Prep Camp last summer in Niagara Falls getting ready for this season and we couldn't be more happy for Ryley and his family Congratulations from all the staff at Elite Hockey Prep Camp!

  Penticton Vees BCHL 2016-17

CAROLINA HURRICANES POWER SKATING COACH BACK FOR ANOTHER SUMMER

Mark Metzger is a former Major Junior and Junior A player. He has played at the Junior B level and was the youngest player to play in the Empire League. Mark then moved on to the Junior A Buffalo Sabres and as their youngest player ever at 15 years old, additionally playing for Hockey Prospects in Toronto and Pro Hockey in Toronto. Mark was invited to participate in the QMJHL Rouyn Noranda Huskies Main Camp. Mark suffered a major groin injury while at the QMJHL camp, which has given Mark the opportunity to grow as a player and an instructor. He participated in many skills clinics and quickly gained a passion to help players develop with skating and skills.

Mark has previously worked with Russian trainers and mentors that guided him in developing his own game. Through all his experiences, Mark has evolved his training methods to be creative and outside the box all while still maintaining the fundamental elements of the game of hockey.

Last summer Mark was a late addition to the staff and every since than he's been a huge success for our program. Mark has worked with several NHL, AHL, OHL, NCAA, and Junior Hockey Players on skating and skill development.

ELITE HOCKEY PREP CAMPS COACH JUSTIN CRAWFORD BACK AGAIN AFTER SUCCESSFUL SUMMER

Born on February 1st, 1984 in Medicine Hat, Alberta Canada Justin split his minor hockey days starting in Gravenhurst, Ontario and later moving to Medicine Hat. After a sucsessful Bantam and Midget AAA career that saw Justin win the Medicine Hat Major Bantam Hockey Hounds Tournament and capture the Alberta Chrysler Cup with the South Zone Senators he was listed by the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League during the WHL draft.

From there Justin chose to take the Junior A route when he signed in his rookie season with the Olds Grizzlys of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. After just 4 games he was traded to the Lloydminster Blazers where he scored his first Junior goal against the Fort Saskatchewan Traders. He would finish his rookie season out with the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League playing the last 34 games collecting 10 points.

He would start the following year out in Ontario where Elite Hockey Prep Camps very own Dan Garneau was the General Manager of the Thornhill Major Junior Islanders of the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League. Dan and Justin would workout so well that Dan named Justin assistant captain of the team. Due to an under performing team Dan had to make some changes to the team and one of those changes was trading Justin further East to the Antigonish Bulldogs of the Maritime Junior Hockey League where Justin enjoyed a quick stint posting 14 points in 21 games as a defencemen. With Antigonish promising that if they were not in a playoff position by the trade deadline that they would move Justin to a team of his choice and that's exactly what happened when he chose to go play closer to home with the Yorkton Terriers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League who at the time was Top 5 in the country! After a grueling playoff run which saw Justin play in 24 playoff games they won the SJHL Provincial Championchip with Justin assisting on the game winning goal in game 7 against the North Battleford Stars to win 2-1 with less then a minute to go!

Since his playing days Justin attended Medicine Hat College's Police and Security program and later became an Emergency Medical Responder where he has been running his own medic truck business in the oil patch for the past 6 years. Justin joined Elite Hockey Prep Camp in the summer of 2015 as an instructor and found a passion in hockey again he has been donating time coaching with local teams in Medicine Hat and has even acquired his level 2 Referee. Justin will be back again this summer bringing skill development and new creative methods to coaching both on and off the ice.

 

2004-05 Yorkton Terriers SJHL Champions (Left) Justin Crawford (Right) Josh Garbutt

MADSEN OFF TO A GREAT SEASON WITH THE WILDERNESS

Tim Madsen is enjoying great success in his first year at the reigns as Head Coach with the Minnesota Wilderness of the North American Hockey League.  For the past 7 seasons Tim was an Assistant Coach at Niagara University NCAA Division 1 program.  Currently Tim`s Minnesota Wilderness team sits 3rd place in the Central Division with a 16-12-2 record.  As of right now Tim has been able to place 7 kids off to NCAA Division 1 so far this season. Madsen spent time with Elite Hockey Prep Camp last season and was very inspiring to the players.  We want to congratulate Tim for his early success with the Wilderness.  This summer Tim will be back to help out at Elite Hockey Prep Camp. 

2016-17 Minnesota Wilderness NAHL

LAMPORT TEARING IT UP

Cameron Lamport was a part of Elite Hockey Prep Camp for the last two weeks during this past summer and is really making a name for himself in the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League. The captain of the Lindsay Muskies is leading his team in scoring in 44 games Cam has lit the lamp 18 times adding 35 assists for 53 points while providing a hard nosed game amassing 88 penalty minutes to boot. In the past 8 games alone  Cam has registered 10 goals and 10 assists for a 20 point total.

  In the month of November Cam won player of the week two weeks in a row.  After getting the honours of player of the week Lamport was then announced to the Central Canada Cup All Star Team to represent one of the OPJHL All Star teams at the 5th annual Eastern Canada Cup Challenge being held in Cornwall November 16-18th. Cam started the month of December just as he did in November with his third player of the week honors and has really impressed the OPJHL League and scouts alike, congratulations Cam on your hard work paying off from all the staff at Elite Hockey Prep Camp!

 

Lindsay Muskies OPJHL 2016-17

SILVERTHORN INSTRUMENTAL TO GOALIES SUCCESS THIS PAST SUMMER

 Elite Hockey Prep Camp would like to welcome Steve Silverthorn back to the program again this summer.  Last summer Steve did an incredible job working with our goalies. Silverthorn is an Assistant Coach with Bentley University NCAA Division I who plays in the Atlantic Division.  Steve spent countless hours each day working with all the players and not just the goalies.  Steve is now entering his 2nd season with Bentley University.  Before Bentley Silverthorn was the goalie coach for 2 seasons with Brown University.  During Steve`s playing days he played 4 years at Colgate University.  After Colgate University Steve would than head on to play pro hockey where he would sign and play in the American Hockey League with the Iowa Stars.  Aside from the American Hockey League Steve won championships with the Allen Americans in the Central Hockey League and the Idaho Steelheads of the East Coast Hockey League.We are thrilled to have Steve back working at our camp once again!

2007-08 Idaho Steelheads ECHL

AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

After a very successful summer Elite Hockey Program is pleased to announce the first ever award winners from this past summer.  Although it was very difficult to come up with the awards winners as we had a lot of high end caliber players the staff has come up with the award winners.  Below is a list of the award winners.  Congratulations to all winners!

 

 MVP- Ryley Risling  Penticton Vees BCHL ( Committed to Robert Morris NCAA Div 1 2017-18 season)

Top Goalie – Riley Mathieson Saanich Braves Jr B VIJHL

 Best Defenseman – Jirka Hajda Watertown Wolves Federal Hockey League

Top Forward- Ryley Risling Penticton Vees BCHL

Most Improved- Alex Johnson Kamloops Blazers Midget AAA

Most Dedicated- Riley Mathieson Saanich Braves Jr B VIJHL

SCOTT CRAWFORD JOINS ELITE HOCKEY PREP CAMP

Elite Hockey Prep Camp is pleased to announce that former Michigan Wolverine D man Scott Crawford will be joining Elite Hockey Prep Camp this summer.  Crawford is a native of Toronto and he played his junior days in the OJHL before heading to Michigan on a scholarship.  After his College hockey days with Michigan and Niagara University Scott would go on to play professional hockey in both the East Coast Hockey League and Europe.  

HAJDA FIRST ALUMNI TO MAKE IT TO PRO

Elite Hockey Prep Camp would like to congratulate Czech born Defenseman Jirka Hajda on his latest accomplishment.  Hajda managed to play 3 pre season games with the Wheeling Nailers of the East Coast Hockey League.  Last season Jirka was a solid Dman for the Oklahoma City Blazers of the WSHL.  This is a huge jump for anyone to go from Juniors to pro, let a lone the East Coast Hockey League.  After his pre season debut Jirka was than assigned down to Watertown Wolves of the Federal Hockey League. Congratulations Hajda and all the best with your pro career.

  2015-16 OKC Blazers WSHL

DENNIS MAKES THE JUMP TO AAA

2000 born forward Jack Dennis of Milton,Ontario is enjoying success in his first year of AAA hockey.  Elite Hockey Prep Camp would like to congratulate Jack for making the jump.  This season Jack is playing with the Halton Hurricanes Major Midget AAA program that plays in the OMHA.  This is his first year making AAA.  Dennis had a second to none work ethic this past summer and continued to get better and better each day.  Before this season Jack was with the Milton Winterhawks AA program.  Jack was only one of 4 players at the camp that did not play AAA or higher.  Jack’s midget team has managed to go 9-1-1 in the last 11 regular season games and Dennis has brought a lot to the table contributing in a key role.  Jack has only been skating for 5 years as 2010 was his first year on skates.

Former Royal Bank Cup Champions Brooks Bandits Headed to Elite Hockey Prep Camp

Welcome Ryan Papaioannou  to the Elite Hockey Prep Camp team!  Ryan won the Royal Bank Cup Championship back in 2013, naming the Brooks Bandits the best Junior A Tier 2 team in Canada that season. The Brooks Bandits are part of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, one of the best performing Junior A Tier leagues in Canada. Ryan started coaching with the Bandits back in 2011 and has had a very successful run.  Before his coaching days in Brooks, Ryan was a goalie playing in the Western Hockey League for Calgary Hitmen, Lethbridge Hurricanes, Seattle Thunderbirds and Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL. We are pleased to have Ryan join the team where he will be scouting andworking with the players on ice.
 

Sanchez Joins Elite Hockey Prep Camp

Elite Hockey Prep Camp would like to welcome ACHA Division 1 College Coach Jim Sanchez to our program.  Jim is a  well respected college Hockey Coach that has spent 14 years building the Robert Morris ACHA Hockey Program.  Now, Jim is in a new venture coaching at Illinois State University ACHA.  Jim has had over 200 wins in his coaching career.  Before coaching college hockey,  Jim was a coach in the Chicago Young Americans program where he would go on to win two state championships.

Steve Silverthorn Now a Member of Elite Hockey Prep Camp

Bentley University’s assistant coach Steve Silverthorn will be present at Elite Hockey Prep Camp this summer.  Silverthorn is in his first season with Bentley University.  Before joining Bentley, Steve was a goalie that played his junior career for Owen Sound Greys Junior B before moving on to play NCAA Division 1 for Colgate University.  After his NCAA career Steve moved on to play professional in the East Coast Hockey League as well as over in Germany.  With Steve added to our list of coaches and scouts,  this brings Elite Hockey Prep Camp to 2 NCAA division 1 schools that will be present this summer at Niagara University. 

Mike Young Commits to Elite Hockey Prep Camp

Elite Hockey Prep Camp would like to announce that Mike Young will be attending Elite Hockey Prep Camp this summer.  Young is an associate head coach for Westfield State Owls that plays in the MASCAC division. Coach Young is in his 6th season with Westfield State. Before coaching at Westfield State,  Mike played his college hockey at UMass Boston. Young spent his junior career playing for Wheatfield Blades in the GOJHL.  Elite Hockey Prep Camp is excited to have Mike join our program.
 

Ancaster Avalanche Junior B Coach Ryan Kuwabara Joins the Elite Hockey Prep Camp Team

Ryan Kuwabara of the Ancaster Avalanche has committed to joining the Elite Hockey Prep Camp this summer.   Ryan is the Head Coach/General Manager of the Ancaster Avalanche in the GOJHL.  Kuwabara has been with Ancaster for the past 3 seasons.  Before his coaching days in Ancaster,  Ryan had a very successful career in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)  for the Ottawa 67’s.  During his career in Ottawa,  Ryan would go on to have a 100 point season with the 67’s in the '91/'92 season.  In 1992 Ryan would hear his name called by the Montreal Canadiens, being drafted in the second round 32nd overall.
After his career in the Ontario Hockey League, Ryan moved on to play for the Fredericton Canadians in the American Hockey League and other pro leagues throughout North America, Japan and Europe.  We are  thrilled to have Ryan join our program.  Kuwabara will be using this camp to recruit players for his Junior B club.
 

Hoffman Joins Elite Hockey Prep Camp

Green Bay Gamblers Director of Scouting Lenny Hoffman has agreed to come to Elite Hockey Prep Camp this summer.  Lenny has a great hockey background playing both USHL and NCAA division 3 hockey.  Hoffman is responsible for scouting prospects for the Green Bay Gamblers.  Lenny is in his second season with the Gamblers hockey club.  Before the Gamblers, Lenny was assistant coach for the Tri City Storm USHL and also served as an assistant coach for St Scholastica College.
Lenny started his coaching career for his former college team St Mary’s university after a 4 year playing career with St Mary’s.  Hoffman was recruited to St Mary’s from the USHL where he played for Dubuque Fighting Saints.  Welcome to Elite Hockey Prep Camp Lenny!

Reagan to Represent the Flin Flon Bombers at Elite Hockey Prep Camp

Mike Regan, the "bench boss" and General Manager of the Flin Flon Bombers in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, will be present this summer at Niagara University.  Regan has been the Head Coach/General Manager for the Flin Flon Bombers for the past 9 seasons.  Mike has a very impressive history in moving his players on to the college levels.  Before coaching in Flin Flon, Mike had a great NCAA career at Sacred Heart University.  After graduating from Sacred Heart, Mike moved on to play minor pro in the Southern Professional Hockey League and the United Hockey League.  Regan has also been named assistant coach on Team Canada's West All Star.  Team Canada West will be participating in the World Junior A Challenge that will host teams from Switzerland, Russia, Czech Republic and an All Star team from the USHL.

Former NHLer Mantha Coming this Summer

Elite Hockey Prep Camp is pleased to announce that former NHLer Moe Mantha will be joining Elite Hockey Prep Camp this summer.  Moe is presently the Head Coach/General Manager of the French River Rapids of the NOJHL.  Mantha is in his first season with the inaugural franchise.  Last season Moe was the Owner/Head Coach/General Manager of the Michigan Warriors in the North American Hockey League.  Michigan Warriors was a member of the NAHL for 5 seasons and made it to the finals in the 2010-11 season.  Prior to the NAHL, Moe served as a Head Coach for the Windsor Spitfires in the Ontario Hockey League.  Presently Moe is the Northern Ontario scout for the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL.
Moe also had Head Coach and Assistant Coach roles for the US National Development program and various American Hockey League and East Coast Hockey League teams.  Mantha played his OHL career with the Toronto Marlies where he would later be drafted in the 2nd round 23rd overall by the Winnipeg Jets.  After being drafted by the Jets,  Moe would go on to have a successful NHL career with the Winnipeg Jets, Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers.

Former NHLer Thornbury Joins Elite Hockey Prep Camp

Elite Hockey Prep camp is thrilled to announce that former NHLer Tom Thornbury has agreed to join our program.  Tom had a very impressive major junior and pro career.  Tom is a great teacher of the game and works well with the players on breaking every aspect of the game down.  Thornbury is one of the best teachers in the game.
Tom started his OHL career with the Niagara Falls Flyers and after a successful rookie season the defensemen was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 3rd round 49th overall.  After two more great seasons in the OHL with North Bay Centennials and Cornwall Royals,  Tom would move on to the American Hockey League where he would start his pro career with the Baltimore Skipjacks.  During his rookie season in the AHL,  Tom would get called up to the Pittsburgh Penguins where he would rally 9 points in 14 games.  Six seasons later of pro in North America,  Tom would make the move to Europe where he would enjoy another great 11 seasons of Pro Hockey in Europe.  In the 1986-87 season, Tom had the honor of wearing the Team Canada jersey to represent Team Canada in International play.