Athletes' Fuel Cup returns for fourth season

Many of Chatham-Kent's best hockey players will face off again this summer in the fourth annual Athletes' Fuel Cup.

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Many of Chatham-Kent’s best hockey players will face off again this summer in the fourth annual Athletes’ Fuel Cup.

The three-team series brings together pro, university, college, junior and midget players.

Trainer Colin Roeszler of Athletes’ Fuel Strength & Conditioning began the series in 2016 to help players start getting in game-shape before training camps begin.

Calgary Flames defenceman T.J. Brodie, Winnipeg Jets signee Seth Griffith and Kyle Hope of England’s Manchester Storm are the team captains.

The schedule begins Monday, July 29, at Thames Campus Arena with two games: Team Brodie vs. Team Griffith from 7:30-8:30 p.m., and Team Griffith vs. Team Hope from 8:45-9:45 p.m.

The public is welcome. Admission is free.

Each team will play six games before the series ends Wednesday, Aug. 14, with the semifinal at 6:30 p.m. and the final at 7:45 p.m.

The Team Brodie roster is: T.J. Brodie, Ross Krieger, Deni Goure, Grant Spence, Trent Fox, Thomas Michaud, Blake Butler, Kaleb Tiessen, Bailey Smith, Matt Cunningham, Ryan Gagner, Brody Fraleigh, Logan Smith, Seth Merritt, Cam Hazzard and goalie Chris Dewulf.

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The Team Griffith roster is: Seth Griffith, Brady Pataki, Dylan Schives, Lucas Vanroboys, Nolan Gardiner, Evan Wells, Brady Stonehouse, Brendan Ritchie, Darby Lemieux, Jaxon Boucher, Anthony Lucarelli, Alec Webster, Ayden Blain, Colin Holmes, Andrew Earley and goalie Nolan Hakr.

The Team Hope roster is: Kyle Hope, James McEwan, Brennan Feasey, Craig Spence, Sean O’Brien, Lucas Fancy, Cam Welch, Bryar Dittmer, Tate Bowden, Cam Symons, Kaitlyn Isaac, Alex Park, Jonny Vanek, Beau Depencier, Brayden DeGelas and goalie Nolan DeKoning.

Athletes’ Fuel Cup schedule

Monday, July 29 – Brodie vs. Griffith, 7:30 p.m.; Griffith vs. Hope, 8:45 p.m.

Wednesday, July 31 – Skills session, 7:30 p.m.; Griffith vs. Hope, 8:45 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 1 – Brodie vs. Hope, 6:30 p.m.; Brodie vs. Griffith, 7:45 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 5 – Skills session, 6:30 p.m.; Griffith vs. Hope, 7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 7 – All-star game, 7:30 p.m.; Brodie vs. Hope, 8:45 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 12 – Brodie vs. Griffith, 6:30 p.m.; Brodie vs. Hope, 7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 14 – Semifinal, 6:30 p.m.; Championship game, 7:45 p.m.

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