The Toronto Aeros are pleased to announce coaches
for the 2013-14 hockey season
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Intermediate (Junior) Aeros
Head Coach: Dave Gwyn
We are pleased to announce that Dave Gwyn is returning as Head Coach for the Toronto Aeros Intermediate AA team for the 2012-2013 season. Dave started his coaching career with the boys, where he coached Bantam AAA and Midget AAA for 5 years. Jumping to the girls game, Dave coached the Scarborough Sharks Midget AA team for two years, culminating in an OWHA Provincial Gold medal in 2009. That year, Dave led his team to the first Esso Cup National Midget Championships, taking the silver medal as the Ontario representatives. Dave then jumped to the PWHL for two years behind the bench of the Etobicoke Junior Dolphins where, in his first season there he guided the team to a respectable playoff finish, winning the PWHL Coach of the Year Award in the process. In 2011 Dave was named as Assistant Coach to the Team Canada Women’s National U-22 program and was behind the bench when they won Gold at the MLP Cup in Switzerland, and in 2012 he coached Team Ontario Red to a bronze medal at the Canadian U18 National Championships. Dave joined the Aeros in 2011-12, leading our Midget team to both LLFHL regular-season and playoff championships, and this year is coaching our Junior Aeros, who medaled in both USA – Canada Cup Challenge tournaments they entered and as of this writing sit 2 points back of first place in the PWHL. Dave has NCCP 1 High Performance coaching certification, is working on his NCCP-2 certification, and has been a hockey instructor for the past 8 years. We are pleased to welcome Dave back to the Junior Aeros for the 2013-2014 season.
Dave’s e-mail: email@example.com
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Head Coach: Ken Dufton
We are pleased to announce that Ken Dufton will be returning behind the bench of the Head Coach of our Midget AA Aeros in 2013-2014. Ken has been a coach with the Aeros organization for about 30 years, much of it with our former senior women’s program, which won four National Championships and 15 Provincial Championships. Ken coached with the Canadian National Women’s Team as an Associate Coach when they won World Championships in both 1999 and 2004. He has been an Assistant Coach with the National U22 Team and in 1993 was the Head Coach of Team Ontario, National U-18 Champions. He has also been involved with the U22 National program as an Assistant Coach and U18 Provincial Team as a Head Coach. In 2005 and 2006 Ken coached the Intermediate Aeros in back to back League and Provincial Championships which included an undefeated season in 2005-06 league play. In 2009-10 and 2010-11 Ken guided the same team to two OWHA Provincial championships and PWHL Gold and Silver medals. Ken also coached our Midget team to a LLFHL Championship in 2008-09 and is the Head Coach of the Bishop Strachan School female hockey team.
This year, Ken is spending his 40th year of volunteer coaching as Head Coach of our Midget AA Team who at this writing sport a 29-8-3 record. We are pleased to have Ken back with the 2013-14 Midget AA team.
Ken’s e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
An announcement naming Associate Coaches and other staff will be made at a later date.
Aeros Players Medal at U-18 Nationals
Congratulaions to our NINE Aeros players on their spectacular showing at the U-18 National Championships in Dawson Creek BC this month.
Jordan McDonell, Mackenzie MacNeil, Brooke Webster and Victoria Andreakos brought home the Gold medal for Team Ontario Blue, while Breanne Grant, Emma Greco, Lauren Wildfang, Emma Korbs, Breanne Wilson-Bennett and Junior Head Coach Dave Gwyn won the Bronze medal for Team Ontario Red.
The Aeros organization is pleased and proud of all our players and staff that represented the Association so well and added another chapter to the rich legacy of Aeros history!
Aeros Alumnae Babstock and Ambrose named ECAC Players of the Month
Kelly Babstock, Quinnipiac University
Babstock finished the month of October as the ECAC Hockey's leader in points (20), goals (10), fourth in assists (10), and tied for first in plus/minus (+12). The two-time ECAC Hockey Player of the Week became the first player in Bobcats history to reach the 100-point milestone in the season opener against Mercyhurst on Oct. 5. Just a week later she became the first Quinnipiac player to score four goals in a 6-1 victory over Maine.
Erin Ambrose, Clarkson University
The top scoring defenseman in the country, Ambrose powers Top-10 Clarkson's offense from the blueline. She has tallied 15 points, including a team-high 13 assists, and is averaging 1.88 points per game in her collegiate debut. She quarterbacks the Green and Gold’s top-ranked power-play with 10 points (2g-8a) coming on the man advantage. Ambrose boasts the best plus/minus (+9) for the Knights, who were ranked 4th in the nation at the end of October. She has twice been named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week.
Full ECAC release - "click here"
Congratulations and good luck to our players at the U-18 Nationals
The Toronto Aeros are pleased and proud to offer our best wishes to our players and staff members taking part in the U-18 Nationals in Dawson's Creek, BC November 7 - 11, 2012. An unprecedented number of our players were selected to play for Team Ontario RED - Breanne Grant, Emma Greco, Lauren Wildfang, Emma Korbs and Breanne Wilson-Bennett, coached by our Junior Head Coach Dave Gwyn. Team Ontario BLUE - Jordan McDonell, Mackenzie MacNeil, Brooke Webster and Victoria Andreakos.
All games televised on FASTHockey.com and on the Hockey Canada Website. GO AEROS GO!
In Memoriam - Norm Maisonneuve
The Toronto Aeros are saddened by the passing of Norm Maisonneuve on June 23rd. Norm was an Aeros coach for some years and daughter Sheri both played for the Aeros and served as a trainer for our Midget team. Norm was a passionate coach and our hockey family will miss him. Our condolences go out to the Maisonneuve family.
The Toronto Aeros announce team staffs for 2012-2013
Toronto Intermediate AA (Junior) Aeros
Along with Head Coach Dave Gwyn, as previously announced, the Aeros are pleased to name the following staff to the 2012-2013 Toronto Junior Aeros:
Associate Coach: Frank Marson
Frank has been involved in womens hockey in different capacities for several years. In 1999 he created and coached the Midget AA program in Durham. He was Head Coach there for 4 years and includes a Provincial Championship in his successes. In 2004, Frank served as General Manager of the Durham West Junior Lightning in the PWHL and the Telus Lightning in the NWHL. He was an associate coach with the Junior Aeros in 2006-7 and 2007-8, an Associate coach with the Midget Aeros in 2008-9 and 2009-10, and head Coach of the Midget Aeros in 2010-11. Frank led the Midgets to a OWHA Provincial Championship win that year and took the team to the Esso National Midget Championships, representing Ontario, and won the bronze medal. Frank was an Associate Coach with the Midgets in 2011-12.
Over the past years, Frank has been heavily involved in the Ontario U-18 program and has served on the executive of the PWHL. The Aeros are pleased to welcome Frank back for this year; his dedication to womens hockey is a tremendous inspiration to all of us.
Associate Coach: Chris Kelly
Chris is new to the Aeros this year but comes to us with many years of coaching experience. Chris has coached almost every year since 1991, mostly on the boys side, including years with Leaside, Uxbridge, and Hillcrest. He has coached at every age level from Novice to Midget, and at all skill categories from A to AAA. His experience on the womens side includes coaching an adult team for the past nine years and a season with the Scarborough Sharks Midget A team in 2008-09. Chris has also been a senior hockey instructor since 1995. We welcome Chris to the Aeros.
Associate Coach: Rob Crummey
Robs previous coaching experiences with the LLFHL include Atom AA, Peewee A & AA, Bantam A and AA teams, Midget AA as well as a PWHL team. Rob has also been the Head Coach of the Pickering High School Girls Varsity hockey team for the past 5 years. Rob was an intricate part of the coaching staff that led that Midget AA Scarborough Sharks team to an OWHA Provincial Championship, as well as a Silver medal finish in the 2009 Esso Cup National Midget AA Championships in Calgary, Alberta. Rob was an Associate with the Midget Aeros in 2011-12, and we welcome him back for another year.
Athletic Therapist: Sarah Colangelo
Sarah completed her undergraduate degree at Queens University where she graduated with Honours and received a Bachelors of Science in Biology and a Bachelors of Physical and Health Education. She continued her education at the University of Toronto, where she completed a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy. Throughout her years of post-secondary education, Sarah was a member of the Varsity Track & Field Team and competed at a National level for Queens University and the University of Toronto. Since completion of her studies, she has continued to train with the Toronto Track Club. As an athlete herself, Sarah understands the value of being healthy and the frustration of not being able to function to full capacity in sport when an injury is sustained. She is currently working towards her certification in Manual Therapy through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and is an athletic therapist at Kick Physiotherapy in Maple. Sarah has been the Athletic Therapist for the Midget Aeros since 2010-11 and is now taking on the role for the Junior team. See www.kickphysio.ca. Welcome back Sarah!
Toronto Midget AA Aeros
Along with Head Coach Ken Dufton, as previously announced, the Aeros are pleased to name the following staff to the 2012-2013 Toronto Midget Aeros:
Associate Coach: Jeff Campbell
Jeff has been involved in coaching for almost twenty years, starting in the boys leagues, but since 2000 he has exclusively dedicated himself to the female game. For nine years he coached and trained players from the house league level to Midget AA. His main strength lies in the development of the athletes on the motivational and physical fronts and Jeff strives to have each player reach their peak. Jeff was with the Toronto Aeros organization in 2009 in a behind-the-scenes role, and was on the bench as an Associate coach with the Junior team in 2010-11 and again in 2011-12. This past March, as part of furthering his coaching development and credentials, Jeff was a member of the Ontario Winter Games Team Agosta staff that captured the Silver medal.
Associate Coach: Kathryn Traynor
Kathryn was a forward with the Midget Aeros for two years, starting with their inaugural year in 2001. She then played for Ken Dufton and the Junior Aeros in 2003-04 and 2004-05, moving from there to play Division 1 hockey at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh. She played in 115 games, scoring 21 goals and 15 assists while RMUs record during that time was 40-88-8. Kathryn graduated with a Degree in Business Management with a minor in Sports Management, and she was behind the bench as an Associate coach with the Aeros Junior team in 2010-11 and 2011-12.
Associate Coach: Lou Vedovat
Lou played minor hockey at the AAA level in the MTHL. He graduated from St. Mikes College and received a hockey scholarship to play at New England College. In 2000 he was voted an All-American Scholar Athlete and his team won the ECAC East Championship in 2001. In 2002 he graduated with a BSC in Health and Sports Science. Lou has been with the Aeros as an Associate coach on either our Midget or Intermediate teams since 2006-07. He has also instructed at hockey schools throughout Ontario and New Hampshire for many years.
Along with the above staff, Goaltending Coach Sandy Sampson and Equipment Manager Jeff Potter will serve roles with both teams in the upcoming season.
Goaltending Coach: Sandy Sampson
Sandy returns to the Aeros fold once again as coach for both the Midget and Junior Aeros goaltending corps. Sandy, a goalie instructor for the past 15 years, recently established the Just Goalie training company and is now goaltending coach for many organizations including several OUA and PWHL teams. He has worked with individual goalies, from Novice to Junior and with various boys and girls hockey organizations. Many of his goalies have moved on to play at NCAA or CIS Universities or Major and Tier II Junior programs. See www.justgoalie.net
Equipment Manager: Jeff Potter
Jeff is in his second stint with the Aeros, having been with our Senior team in 2004-5 when they won the NWHL and National titles, and he is returning for his second year this time round having served both teams in 2011-12. Jeff was also equipment manager for several other NWHL and PWHL teams in the interim. He is well known in hockey circles, having many dedicated client players in the NHL, AHL, OHL and NCAA who come to him to achieve better performance with their equipment, and he is often seen packaging up specially sharpened blades or other special equipment to be shipped on a rush basis to the far ends of the hockey world. We welcome Jeff back this year.
We are pleased to announce a new affiliation between the Toronto Aeros and the Scarborough Sharks. More details to follow shortly.
February 25, 2012
Taylor Hough of the Toronto Aeros
Sets PWHL GAA Record
This past weekend, goaltender Taylor Hough logged her last game of the regular season with the Toronto Aeros and has become the All Time GAA leader with a GAA of 0.71 in 21 games played breaking the previous record held by Bridget Smith of 1.05 (Mississauga 2010/11).
Torontos win on February 25th against Kitchener Waterloo was Houghs 20th and also allowed her to tie the All Time record for most wins in a single season with Victoria Vigilanti (Mississauga 2008/09).
Earlier this season, Hough set a new All Time record for single season shutouts with 9 and has since broken her own record twice recording her 11th shutout February 4th against Burlington.
February 20, 2012
Erin Ambrose of the Toronto Aeros
Sets PWHL Record
In her 4th season with the Toronto Aeros Erin Ambrose has become the All-Time leading scorer among defencemen.
This past weekend Erin recorded a total of 5 points in games vs Etobicoke (Feb 18, 2012) and Mississauga (Feb 19, 2012) giving her 27 points for the season and 86 for her career. She surpassed the previous record of 83 points held by Laura Fortino (2006-2009 Stoney Creek Sabres).
Erin was a member of Canada's National U18 team for the past three seasons and has won the gold medal twice at the IIHF U18 World Championships.
The Toronto Aeros are pleased to announce coaches
for the 2012-13 hockey season
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Intermediate (Junior) Aeros
Head Coach: Dave Gwyn
We are pleased to announce Dave Gwyn as Head Coach for the Toronto Aeros Intermediate AA team for the 2012-2013 season. Dave started his coaching career with the boys, where he coached Bantam AAA and Midget AAA for 5 years. After a stint as an Atom AA girls coach, Dave coached the Scarborough Sharks Midget AA team for two years, culminating in an OWHA Provincial Gold medal in 2009. That year, Dave led his team to the first Esso National Midget Championships, taking the silver medal as the Ontario representatives. Dave then jumped to the PWHL for two years behind the bench of the Etobicoke Junior Dolphins where, in his first season there he guided the team to a respectable playoff finish, winning the PWHL Coach of the Year Award in the process. In 2011 Dave was named as Assistant Coach to the Team Canada Womens National U-22 program and was behind the bench when they won Gold at the MLP Cup in Switzerland last January. Dave is currently Head Coach of our Aeros Midget AA Aeros which as of this date sits in first place in their LLFHL division. Dave has NCCP 1 High Performance coaching certification and has been a hockey instructor for the past 8 years. We are pleased to welcome Dave back to our organization for the 2012-2013 season.
Junior Aeros e-mail: email@example.com
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Head Coach: Ken Dufton
We are pleased to announce that Ken Dufton will be leading our Midget AA Aeros in 2012-2013. Ken has been a coach with the Aeros organization for over 20 years, much of it with our successful senior womens program, which won four National Championships and 15 Provincial Championships prior to the team moving to Mississauga. Ken coached with the Canadian National Womens Team as an Associate Coach when they won World Championships in both 1999 and 2004. He has been an Assistant Coach with the National U- 22 Team and in 1993 was the Head Coach of Team Ontario National U-18 Champions. He has also been involved with the U22 National program as an Assistant Coach and U18 Provincial Team as a Head Coach. In 2005 and 2006 Ken coached the Intermediate Aeros in back to back League and Provincial Championships which included an undefeated season in 2005-06 league play. In 2009-10 and 2010-11 Ken guided the same team to two OWHA Provincial championships and PWHL Gold and Silver medals and is behind the bench of our Intermediate Team again this year.
Ken is no stranger to the Midget age group, having coached our Midget team to a LLFHL Championship in 2008-09 and being the Head Coach of the Bishop Strachan School female hockey team. We are pleased to have Ken back with the Aeros as the Head Coach for our 2012-13 Midget AA team.
Midget Aeros e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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An announcement naming Associate Coaches and other staff will be made at a later date.
Aeros participate in U-18 World Championships
Erin Ambrose and Laura Stacey were named to the Canadian National U-18 Womens team that will compete at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Womens World Championship from Dec. 31, 2011 to Jan. 7, 2012 in the Czech Republic. For full story, click *here*
November 6, 2011
Aeros Ambrose, Forfar, McDonell and Stacey
win Gold with Ontario Red - McDonell wins MVP
Congratulations to Team Ontario Red, 3-0 victors over Quebec in the Gold Medal Final at the 2011 National Women's Under-18 Championship, held this year in Saguenay, Quebec. And congratulations in particular to Team Red players selected from the Toronto Junior Aeros; Erin Ambrose, Ailish Forfar, Jaimie McDonell and Laura Stacey; Jaimie McDonell was further accorded recognition as the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Junior Aeros Lindsey Allen and Emma Korbs also participated in the tournament, representing Team Ontario Blue which, incidentally, was coached by Toronto Aeros own Midget Head Coach, Dave Gwyn.
Well done, all!
For more on the Team Red win and the U-18 Championship, *click here* (Hockey Canada webpage opens in a new browser window).
August 21 2011
Aeros participate in U-18 series
Erin Ambrose and Laura Stacey participated in a 3-game series for the Canadian National U-18 Womens team against the United States this past weekend. Canada won the second two games of the series, taking the deciding game 6-4. Ambrose, who was named Team Captain, and Stacey both had a goal and three assists in the series. For full story, click *here*
Wilson-Bennett plays ball with Team Canada
Midget Aeros forward Breanne Wilson-Bennett is also a very talented baseball player. She recently was named to the 2011 roster for Baseball Canadas National Womens Team and participated in a 7-game exhibition series against the US Womens National Team. Wilson-Bennett hopes to be playing with the team when they host the 2012 Women's World Cup in Edmonton August 10-19, 2012.
Aeros named to National U-18 selection camp
Congratulations to Toronto Junior Aeros players Erin Ambrose, Emma Korbs, Lindsey Allen, Ailish Forfar and Laura Stacey for being selected to the Canadian National Womens U18 Team development camp taking place in Rockland, Ontario. Following the week-long camp, players will be chosen for a three-game series against the United States U-18 Team, scheduled for August 18, 19 and 21 in Rockland. Players will be further evaluated by Hockey Canada after they return to their club teams in order to finalize the roster for the 2012 IIHF World Womens Under-18 Championship next January in the Czech Republic. For full story click *here*
Congratulations to Jordan McDonell... who won gold playing for the Team Ontario midgets at the Canadian National Box Lacrosse championships in New Westminster BC. Jordan assisted on a goal in Ontario's 3-1 victory over B.C. to win the gold medal and she also led the tournament in assists with 11.
Jordan plays lacrosse not only for Team Ontario Midget Girls but also for The Beaches boys midget box team. Jordan recently stepped down from Team Canada U19 field team to focus on hockey where this season she'll be representing the Toronto Midget Aeros as a forward. Good luck to Jordan and her teammates this coming season!
(the following excerpted from the Introduction to the
2011-2012 edition of the Toronto Aeros Media Guide
THIS PAST MAY WE WERE SADDENED by the sudden passing of a great supporter and friend, Joan Fich Padmore. Joan began her long career as a hockey volunteer in Leaside where daughters Clare and Kathryn played and where, according to Leaside President Ron Baker, she was the Leaside Girls Hockey League to many people. Joan was involved in the creation of the Senior Recreation Division there, which now bears her name.
In 2006, when Clare began her 3 years as an Aero, the entire Padmore family joined with her, as both supportive fans and volunteers. Joan seemed to know everyone at the rink, and everyone seemed to know Joan. She became our Treasurer and joined our Board of Directors where her honest, practical, and thoughtful input was highly valued, along with the inevitable supply of food and treats that usually accompanied those discussions! We will very much miss Joans refreshing take on all things, especially her upbeat view of life.
The Toronto Aeros Girls Hockey Association is dedicated to helping our young women work towards their dreams and to become leaders of the future. This year, we will be dedicating our efforts in the memory of Joan Fich Padmore. I cannot think of a more appropriate role model for our staff or for our players.
Toronto Aeros Girls Hockey Association
Aeros Midgets take Esso Cup Bronze
The Toronto Midget Aeros convincingly won their final game of the Esso Cup 4-0 over Quebec entry Kodiaks du Lac Saint Louis to bring home the bronze medal for Ontario.
The Midget Aeros, the youngest team ever to participate in the 3-year contest, started off their week with a close 4-3 shoot-out loss to host Saint Albert Slash. Aeros coaches were expecting the week to present some very tough competition for their squad, but felt that the team played well in the loss as they adapted to the 60-minute games and the high altitude. A bright spot in the game was forward #20 Kristi Risely, scoring a goal in her first game back on the ice since suffering a major knee injury last summer and missing the entire season to surgery and rehabilitation.
In game #2, the Aeros headed into the third period tied 2-2 with the Edmonton Thunder, but the Thunder scored an early power play goal and then an insurance marker with 3 minutes left to play to hand the Ontario squad their second loss. Game #3, a 5-1 win over Quebec, gave the girls some confidence back and they carried that through a 9-2 win over Team Atlantic in game 4.
Heading into the final day of the round robin, the Toronto squad was hoping to beat favourites Notre Dame Hounds and also hoping for Saint Albert Slash to overcome Quebec, which would put Toronto in 2nd and likely pitted against Saint Albert in the semi-final. However, the Hounds out-muscled the Ontario team and their tournament-best power play came through for two goals to defeat Toronto 3-1.
The Aeros would face the Hounds again the very next day in semi-final action and the second game proved even tougher, with Notre Dame going up 4-1 by the end of the first period. The Aeros were eventually outshot 42-20 and outscored 5-1, but they took some solace in limiting the Hounds power play to 1 goal in 10 chances.
After taking a day off on Saturday to do some Alberta sight-seeing, the Aeros girls came together and rallied to defeat Quebec 4-0 in the bronze medal game to take home some hard-earned metal from their first Esso Cup appearance. Congratulations and well done ladies!
For full stats and stories, click *here*
Midget team heads to Esso Cup in Saint Albert, Alberta
The OWHA Provincial Gold medalist Toronto Midget Aeros head to the Esso Cup National Midget Championships on Saturday April 16. The girls and staff are excited to be participating in this event and are ready to face tough competition from the representative teams from the other provinces and regions. The team will be accompanied by OWHA representative Betty Soloman and a contingent of about 60 boisterous parents and fans. The Toronto Aeros Girls Hockey Association wishes the team the best of luck throughout the tournament, and thanks the OWHA for their encouragement and support of the team.
To see the teams Road to the Esso Cup, click *here*...
And click *here* to visit the Esso Cup website.
Sam Reid named head coach of Barrie Junior Sharks;
Hayley McMeekin to assist
Sam Reid, a former Midget and Junior Aero and current Midget Aero Associate coach, has been named the first head coach of the Barrie Junior Sharks team that will play its inaugural season in the PWHL in 2011-12. Hayley McMeekin will act as Assistant coach. We welcomed Sam and Hayley back into our fold in 2010, and they have been an integral part of the coaching staff that led the Midgets to an OWHA Provincial Championship, a birth at the Esso Cup Midget National Championship, and a Bronze medal finish in the LLFHL finals. Although we very much regret to see Sam and Hayley leaving us, we are proud that they are furthering their coaching careers, and are especially proud to see Sam as a head coach in the PWHL. We look forward to meeting (and competing against!) both girls at the rinks next season. Good luck Sam and Hayley!
4 April 2011
Toronto Aeros Bantam AA team UPDATE
I am disappointed to report that the OWHA has denied the Toronto Aeros application to operate a Bantam AA team in the 2011-2012 season. We were not given any specific reasons for this denial, and have been informed that the decision is not eligible for appeal. We hope to work further with the OWHA on a mutually agreeable solution to this situation and will continue to press forward with our vision for our organization.
However, it is unlikely that a workable solution will be determined within the next two weeks, so we are announcing that the Toronto Aeros will not hold April try-outs for a 2011-2012 Bantam AA team.
Late last year I asked our current Midget AA coach Frank Marson to head up a proposed Aeros Bantam program because he has coached young girls before, and because he understands our Aeros philosophy well. Unfortunately, the denial of our Bantam team application leaves Frank, a coach we value and respect, without a 2011-12 Aeros head coaching position as he leads his team to the Esso Cup National Midget Championships in Alberta in two weeks time. I thank Frank for his willingness to take on the Bantam assignment and I regret that it has not come to fruition this year as we had envisioned.
The Toronto Aeros thank all of you who have inquired about our plans and for your interest in our organization. We wish all players, parents and coaches the best of luck during your try-outs for the upcoming season. The dates of our Midget AA and Junior (Intermediate AA) tryouts have now been posted.
Toronto Aeros Girls Hockey Association
Junior Aeros playing in the Canada Winter Games
Junior Aeros Erin Ambrose, Laura Stacey and Carolyn Luczak were members of Team Ontario and Junior Aero Kara Power was with Team Nova Scotia in the Canada Winter Games which concluded on February 26.
Team Ontario advanced to the final with an exciting 3-2 overtime win over Quebec, and faced Alberta who had overwhelmed Saskatchewan 6-2 in the other semi-final. Alberta went up 3-0 in the second period, and Ontario fought back in the third period but didnt have enough in the tank to take the game, settling for the Silver medal.
Powers Nova Scotia team finished a respectable 3rd in Pool B with a record of 2 wins and 2 losses. All four Aeros girls said that the experience of competing for their province was unforgettable.
3 December 2010
Congratulations to Junior Aeros Erin Ambrose, Carolyn Luczak and Laura Stacey for being selected to two high-level teams in the past several weeks.
All three women were named to the Ontario Provincial U-18 team that will compete against other provinces in the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in February 2011. Click *here* for link to story:
Additionally, the same three Aeros were named to the Canadian National U-18 selection camp roster that will be held December 17-19. Twenty players from that camp will be selected to travel to Stockholm, Sweden on January 1-8 2011, to defend the international gold medal won by Canada last April in Chicago. Click *here* for link to full story:
2 December 2010
Congratulations to Aeros Alumna Courtney Birchard and current Junior Aero Jillian Saulnier for being selected to the 21-player Canadian National U-22 roster for the 2011 MLP cup.
The players will travel to Kreutzlingen, Switzerland, to represent their country in international MLP Cup play on January 4-8, 2011. Click *here* for link to full story:
Aeros further boost Midget coaching staff
The Toronto Aeros are pleased to announce the addition of Hayley McMeekin as Associate Coach with the Midget Aeros.
Hayley played as a forward with the Midget and Junior Aeros between 2002-03 and 2004-05, winning the OWHA Provincials with the Juniors in her last season. In 2004-05 she was called up regularly to the NWHLs Senior Aeros team which also won the Esso National Championship that year. After her Aeros playing career, Hayley was offered a full scholarship to attend and play for Quinnipiac University, where she became the teams leading scorer and point-getter in her sophomore year. She then transferred to Mercyhurst College for two seasons, playing for the Lakers for two years, culminating in the team being a finalist in the Frozen Four US College Hockey National Championships in 2009. Hayley graduated from Mercyhurst in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
In 2006-07 and 2007-08 Hayley was also a member of the Team Canada National U-22 team that swept a 3-game series with the Team USA U22s and won two U-22 World Championships. She has instructed in various hockey camps and schools across Canada and is looking forward to working with Frank Marson and Sam Reid behind the Midget Aeros bench.
Welcome back to the Aeros, Hayley!
Aeros named to National U-18 and U-22 teams
Current Junior Aero Jillian Saulnier and former Junior Aeros Courtney Birchard were chosen to represent their country on Canadas National Womens Under-22 Team in a three-game series against the United States Womens Under-22 Select Team the week of August 22 in Toronto. The roster we have put together includes two 2010 Olympic gold medalists and many other rising womens hockey stars, head coach Jim Fetter (Waterloo, ON) said. The players who have been named to this team represent the future of the womens game and were excited to see how they perform on the ice. For full story *click here*
In further news, Junior Aeros Erin Ambrose and Laura Stacey were chosen to join Canadas National U-18 Womens team for a similar 3-game series against the United States on August 18-21. Following the three-game series, Hockey Canada's regional scouts, along with the under-18 coaching staff, will evaluate players with their club teams, with the goal of selecting a team for the 2011 IIHF World Women's Under-18 Championship, next spring in Sweden.
The Toronto Aeros Girls Hockey Association would like to recognize the following coaches for their dedicated volunteer service to our teams over the past year. We, and the girls you coached, appreciate your efforts!
Lorne headed the bench for the Midget Aeros in 2009-2010, guiding the team to a first-place finish in the LLFHL regular season, and taking the silver in the LLFHL championship after a shoot-out loss in the final game. The team also placed in the top two in all 5 tournaments they entered. The Aeros would like to thank Lorne for his dedicated and successful efforts, particularly in player skill development. He readied the Midget players for the CIS and PWHL, as evidenced in the largest group of Midget players ever to be selected to the Junior Aeros in 2010-11. Thanks Lorne!
Jen was an Associate coach with the Midget Aeros in 2010-11. Jen came to the Aeros having played competitive hockey for almost 20 years, including 4 years with Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota. The girls appreciated her knowledge of the game and her tips from a players point of view on both game situations and on the university hockey experience. Thanks for your time with the Aeros!
Aeros invited to National U-18 and U-22 selection camps
Congratulations to Junior Aeros Erin Ambrose, Brianna Piper, Laura Stacey and Shannon Stoneburgh for being selected to the Canadian National U18 Womens Team selection camp, and to Junior Aeros Jillian Saulnier and former Junior Aero Courtney Birchard for being selected to the Canadian National U22 Womens Team selection camp, both being held August 6-15, 2010. Invitations to the May strength and conditioning camp were based on evaluations done by Hockey Canada regional scouts during the 2009-10 season.
Hockey Canada will use the August selection camp to select 22 players for a three-game series against the United States' Women's Under-18 Select Team in Lake Placid, N.Y., August 18, 19 and 21. Following the three-game series, Hockey Canada's regional scouts, along with the under-18 coaching staff, will evaluate players with their club teams, with the goal of selecting a team for the 2011 IIHF World Women's Under-18 Championship, next spring in Sweden.
The players attending the U-22 camp are eligible to represent Canada at the 2011 MLP Cup in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland in early January.
For the full story, click *here* and *here*
Debates of the Senate:
Statement by The Honourable Wilfred P. Moore
Thursday, April 15, 2010
2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Under-18 Championship
Congratulations to Canadian Women's Hockey Team
Hon. Wilfred P. Moore: Honourable senators, I rise today to recognize and celebrate Canada's under-18 women's hockey team, which won the gold medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation's World Championship held in Chicago last weekend, with a 5-4 overtime win against the United States of America. This game was the third straight time that Canada and the United States squared off in a gold medal game, with the U.S. winning the first two.
Canada was behind 3-1 after the first period and 4-3 after the second. With only eight minutes left in regulation time, Jenna McParland scored to tie the game for Canada. At the 3:10 mark in overtime, Jessica Campbell, captain of Canada's team, tipped in Brigitte Lacquette's point shot to win the game and the gold medal for Canada.
Ms. Campbell's overtime goal gave her seven goals and 15 points in five games, and earned her the Most Valuable Player award for the tournament. Ms. Lacquette finished second in points, with 13. She had a plus-minus of plus 15, and was named the top defenceman.
Jillian Saulnier of Halifax, Nova Scotia, was our team's assistant captain, and finished fourth in scoring with four goals and 10 points in five games.
Team Canada was back-stopped by Carmen MacDonald, a 17-year-old goalie from Pictou, Nova Scotia. She made 37 stops in the championship game. MacDonald's .947 save average was tops in the tournament, and she posted a minuscule 1.12 goals against average in three and a half games.
Assistant coach Lisa Jordan, who is also head coach of the Saint Mary's University women's hockey team, said of Ms. MacDonald:
"She made two of these "Wow!" saves during a 5-on-3 penalty kill in the third period. It was just amazing and it allowed us back in the game and sent it to overtime. She was a major positive influence in how the game turned out."
Following the game, Dan Church, coach of Canada's team said:
"It's historic for us. It's our first win at this age group and we really worked hard to improve the skill level. As most Canada-U.S. games are, it was a true test of the rivalry again and I thought both teams performed really, really well."
It is with much pride that I say to this team of talented, athletic young women, congratulations and well done.
Très bien! Go, Canada, go!
April 3, 2010
Ambrose, Doyle, McParland, Saulnier help Team Canada U18 win Gold
The Team Canada U18 women claimed its first womens U18 gold medal in Chicago with a win over Team USA, as Team Captain and young hockey phenomenon Jessica Campbell tipped in a shot in overtime. The Canadians fought back from 1-0, 3-1 and 4-2 deficits to take home the top prize. The win followed a 10-0 drubbing of Germany in the semi-final and round robin wins of 8-0 over Sweden, 15-0 over Germany and 6-3 over Russia. Junior Aeros Erin Ambrose, Jillian Saulnier, Shannon Doyle and Jenna McParland (L-R in photo) figured prominently in the Canadian team play, combining for 10 goals and 20 assists on the tournament. Congratulations girls! For full story click *here*: and for full tournament statistics click *here*:
Junior Aeros Ambrose, Doyle, McParland, Saulnier named
to Team Canada U18 for 2010 IIHF Championship
Toronto Junior Aeros players Erin Ambrose, Shannon Doyle, Jenna McParland and Jillian Saulnier have been named to the Canadian National U-18 team along with 7 other talented women from the PWHL. The 20 players named will represent Canada at the 2010 IIHF World Women‚s Under-18 Championship, which will take place from March 27 to April 3 in Chicago, Ill. The Canadian hockey team that will compete at the third IIHF World Womens Under-18 Championship features many of the female games brightest and youngest stars; Head Coach Dan Church says We believe this roster has the strength and skill to help Canada improve upon its performance at what is becoming an increasingly competitive international tournament.
Click *here* for full story.
Midget Aeros Masters, Stephens, Webster selected to play
in 2010 Ontario Winter Games
Congratulations to Midget Aeros players Hayley Masters, Sarah Stephens and Brooke Webster for being selected to play in the Ontario WInter Games held at Baysville Arena in Muskoka on March 4-7. The Ontario Women's Hockey Association selected 8 teams to compete in a tournament for the event, a change from past formats when Midget club teams played down for the honour to participate and in which the Midget Aeros won a bronze medal in 2008. The new format is being used to identify promising young hockey talent in the province. Master's Cathy Philips team captured the bronze medal while Webster's Angela James teammates and Stephen's Team Vicky Sunohara were ousted in close games in the quarter finals. Congratulations girls, we hope to see more to come in the future!
Click *here* for full rosters and results.
20 January 2010, Guatemala City
Canada beats Costa Rica 1-0 to open Women's U-20s
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Adriana Leon converted one of her several chances in the first half and defending champion Canada opened the CONCACAF Under-20 Women's Championship with a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on Wednesday.
The 17-year-old Leon, the third-youngest player on the Canadian roster, turned unmarked in the middle of the area in the 28th minute and easily beat goalkeeper Priscilla Tapia for the only goal the Canadians needed.
The match kicked off the 16-game, 11-day event that will crown the confederation champion and chose the region's three teams for the Under-20 Women's Soccer World Cup in July in Germany.
Costa Rica, which has finished fourth twice before and just missed out on qualifying for the World Cup, had an equal share of possession early but was limited to shots from distance that were blocked by Canada's picket fence of defenders.
Canada created the more quality chances early, including one by Leon in the eighth minute where her second touch got away from her and enabled Tapia to smother the ball.
Taylor Patterson put a header off a cross from Larua Chenard just wide from six meters in the 22nd minute, but six minutes later the Canadians finally prevailed.
Rachel Lamarre broke free down the right side of the penalty area, drawing three defenders before she laid the ball back to the top of the area. Gina Pacheco one-timed the ball into Leon, who with nobody close and standing 10 meters from goal, turned and blasted a right-footed shot as Costa Rican captain Katherine Alvarado arrived late in an attempt to close her down.
Costa Rica had its chances, including its best when Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno worked her way in from the right side, dribbled just inside the area before unleashing a left-footed effort that Canadian keeper Cynthia LeBlanc had to dive to push wide onto her left post.
LeBlanc also had to push wide a free kick by Alvarado from 30 meters in the 38th minute.
Canada, a two-time champion eventually took control in the second half, maintaining more possession and limiting Costa Rica's opportunities.
Las Ticas managed a late push in the final 15 minutes, nearly scoring an equalizer in the 85th minute when Fabiola Sanchez looped a header off Marianne Ugalde's free kick that ticked the outside of the right post.
Intermediate AAs play 2nd exhibition versus Team China
The Intermediate AA team plays the second exhibition game against the Chinese National Team on Thursday, February 4th, 8:00 pm at Elgin Barrow Arena (43 Church Street, Richmond Hill), having defeated the visitors 4-2 back in September. This is the last game for Team China players before they head off to Vancouver and the 2010 Olympic Games. Entrance fee in support of women's hockey is "pay-what-you-can".
Congratulations to Intermediate Aero Adriana Leon...
who was selected to participate in the Canadian National U-22 soccer team's preparatory camp in Florida in December. Leon will also be with the team at the 2010 CONCACAF Women's U-20 championship in Guatemala this month. Leon is a 17-year old forward from Maple, ON, who recently was the top scorer at the 2009 Canada Games Women's Soccer Tournament. Go Adriana!
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8 November 2009
National Under-18 Championships now concluded...
... with a 5-1 victory by Ontario Red over Ontario Blue in the Championship Final. Congratulations to the twelve Toronto Aeros Midget and Junior players selected to Team Ontario Red, Team Ontario Blue and Team Atlantic. Well done to our Aeros girls and to all participating teams!
For updated information on the tournament click *here*
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Postscript: Special congratulations to Shannon Doyle (see right), who was selected the top defence-man for the tournament. The hockey stick that Shannon used in the final game, and with which she scored Ontario Red's 4th goal, is being displayed in the Hockey Hall of Fame as part of a tribute to the U-18 women's program.
October 15, 2009
Congratulations to Midget Aero Jaime MacDonell...
who along with her sister Jordan has been named as one of 50 young and talented field lacrosse players selected to the Canadian Lacrosse Associations National U19 Womens National Team Program. The 2011 Canadian Team will eventually be chosen from members named to compete at the FIL U19 World Championship in Hannover, Germany in August of 2011. The Squad will now work together through the winter months at ACTS, the official indoor training facility of Team Canada in Orangeville, Ontario.
12 Aeros named to U-18 Team Ontario Red, Team Ontario Blue
and Team Atlantic
Congratulations to the twelve players from this seasons Toronto Aeros teams who have been selected to represent teams competing in the National Under-18 Championships in Surrey, B.C., November 4-9, 2009.
Ontario's Team Red roster includes Junior Aeros Erin Ambrose (D), Kelly Babstock (F), Sally Butler (F), Shannon Doyle (D), Jenna McParland (F), Shannon Stoneburgh (D) and Dayle Wilkinson (D).
Selected to Ontario Team Blue are Junior Aeros Aurora Kennedy (D), Nicole Pannicia (G) and Alexandra Winkel (F), and Midget Aero Adrienne Crampton (D).
And representing Team Atlantic is Junior Aero Jill Saulnier.
Congratulations to all the players selected and especially to our own Aeros girls.
Have a great tournament!
For competition details including the schedule and full team rosters, click *here* to open Hockey Canada's Under-18 Championship webpage in a new browser window.
National Womens Under-18 Team Roster Announced
Congratulations to Toronto Aeros Erin Ambrose, Shannon Doyle and Jillian Saulnier on being named to the roster of Canadas National Womens Under-18 Team. The girls were selected from 40 players participating in a July Selection Camp held in Calgary and will play in a 3-game series against the United States Womens U-18 team at the end of August. Further evaluations will be held of all selected players with the goal of naming the final team to participate in the 2010 IIHF World Womens U-18 Championship March 27-April 3, 2010, in the United States. Congratulations girls!
For more information click *here* to open the OWHA U-18 Nationals webpage in a new browser window.
9 Aeros named to National Womens U18
Selection Camp Roster
Veteran Aeros Erin Ambrose, Kelly Babstock, Shannon Doyle, Aurora Kennedy, Jenna McParland, Nicole Paniccia, and Dayle Wilkinson will be joined by Aero newcomers Jillian Saulnier and Shannon Stoneburgh at the National Womens Under-18 Team Selection camp to be held July 23-30 in Calgary. These players also attended the National Womens U-18 Strength and Conditioning camp in May, having been invited on the strength of player evaluations conducted by Team Canada regional scouts during the 2008-2009 hockey season. Good luck to the Aeros girls and congratulations on being selected to this prestigious group of girls.
For more information click *here* to view the Hockey Canada website in a new browser window.