Hockey briefs: Maroons, NHL Alumni, Jr. C, sledge

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Five Chatham Maroons have been chosen for the GOJHL Western Conference all-star game Monday, Jan. 28, in St. Thomas.

Forwards Sean Myers, Blake Blondeel and Michael Verboom, defenceman Steven Szekesy and goalie Darien Ekblad were selected for Team Harvey.

Team Harvey also includes players from LaSalle, Sarnia, Strathroy and St. Marys.

Team Weir has players from St. Thomas, Leamington, London, Lambton Shores and St. Marys.

Myers played last month in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League all-star game. Verboom and Szekesy played in the GOJHL top prospects game.

Ekblad was also picked for the top prospects game but didn't play.

Tickets cost $5 for the Western all-star game.


The NHL Alumni are coming back to Chatham – and they're bringing a Gretzky.

Former Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brent Gretzky, a brother of Wayne, is scheduled to play with the Alumni in their annual fundraising game against the Chatham-Kent Police Association Knightsticks on Friday, Jan. 25, at Memorial Arena.

Chatham's Ken Houston, two-time Stanley Cup champion Marty McSorley, former all-stars Mike Krushelnyski and Dennis Maruk, and Bill Derlago are also slated to play.

The scheduled lineup includes Pat Ribble, Kraig Nienhuis, Todd Harvey, Gilbert Dionne, Dan Daoust, Lou Franceschetti and goalie Mark Laforest. Jack Valiquette will be the referee.

Proceeds go to the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Ontario.

Go to for ticket information.

The NHL Alumni play approximately 30 games across Ontario each season.


LA BAIE, Que. – Canada began its three-game sledge hockey series against Norway with a 10-0 win Thursday.

Defenceman Derek Whitson of Chatham had one assist.

Billy Bridges of Summerside, P.E.I., led the attack with three goals and six assists. Marc Dorion of Bourget, Ont., also had a hat trick.

The series continues Friday and Saturday.

Brendan Blanchard of Chatham isn't on Canada's roster after playing last month at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge as an injury replacement.


The Blenheim Blades signed former Wallaceburg Lakers defenceman/forward Jordan Durston on Thursday.

He's scheduled to be in the lineup Sunday when the Blades host the Dresden Kings at 7:15 p.m.

The five-foot-10, 185-pound Durston had one goal and three assists in three games with the Lakers early this season. He turns 19 in May.

He had 10 goals, 26 assists and 92 penalty minutes in 33 games last season.

The Blades are fifth in the Great Lakes Junior 'C' Hockey League, one point ahead of the Kings.


WINDSOR – Ex-Chatham Maroons forward Sam Studnicka of the Windsor Spitfires scored his second goal and was the second star Thursday in a 2-1 win over the Mississauga Steelheads.

Studnicka has five points in 38 games in his first Ontario Hockey League season.




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