Some of the Best Brant Has to Offer

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Current Brantford hometown NHL players and those who have gone on to play at hockey’s highest levels will be asked to play an integral role along with national and local sponsors in the community’s annual Hockey Night in Brantford

Jay Wells

Jay played three years of OHL hockey in Kingston before embarking on an 18 year professional career that saw him play 1,100 NHL games. Jay spent the majority of his career in Los Angeles and New York, and also had stops in Philadelphia, Buffalo, St. Louis and Tampa. Jay is active in the coaching world having worked locally with the Blast, as well as spending time in the AHL and more recently the OHL.

Adam Henrique

Adam is a graduate of Burford and Brantford minor hockey organizations. He had an outstanding OHL career with the Windsor Spitfires winning two Memorial Cups and competed for Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship. He has spent his NHL career playing with the New Jersey Devils as an assistant captain and currently plays for the Anaheim Ducks.

Sarah Nurse

Sarah has a impressive list of accomplishment in her hockey career.

She  played in the 2010 Ontario Winter Games.  She lead the Stoney Creek JR Sabres and was  named to the PWHL Allstat Team in 2010-11 and attend in IIHF High Performance Women’s Hockey Camp in Slovakia with Team Canada.

She was a member of Team Ontario Red that competed at the 2011 and 2012 National Women’s Under-18 Championship, winning gold in 2011 and a bronze in 2012.

2012-13 she broke the PWHL scoring record while playing for the  Stoney Creek JR Sabres.

In 2013 she was  a member of the  National Women’s Under 18 Team and secured a Gold Medal IIHF World Under 18 Hockey Championships.

Sarah received a scholarship to Wisconsin Badgers NCAA

2013-14 and was named to the All-WCHA Rookie Team.

2016-17 second team all American 

2015 WCHA Frozen Face-Off Most Outstanding Player

2014-2017 National Women’s Development Team 

2015 Nations Cup, Nurse was a member of Canada’s U22/Development Team, winning a gold medal.

2018 Member of Team Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.  She helped Team Canada take home a silver medal 

2018 Drafted 2nd Overall in CWHL Draft by the Toronto Furies 

2019 Member of Team Canada IIHFWorld Hockey Championships in Finland 

Bronze Medal

Zac Dalpe

Zac played his minor hockey years in Paris and Brantford before Junior hockey stops in Stratford and Pentiction.  He was drafted in the second round by the Carolina Hurricanes and spent two years at the Ohio State University before joining them.  Zac played in the American Hockey league for the  Cleveland Monsters and was recently recalled back to the NHL to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Zac and his brothers are very active in the local community and host the Dalpe Brothers Hockey School in memory of their late mother Lisa.

Brandon Montour

A former BMHA player, Brandon also had a  stellar junior lacrosse career. He played junior hockey, NCAA and AHL all in the same season. After spending some time in the AHL Brandon solidified a fulltime career as an NHLer. His professional career began in 2015 with the Anaheim Ducks and in 2019 he was traded to the Buffalo Sabres.

Jake Dotchin

Jake grew up locally in Glen Morris and spent 3 years in the OHL with Owen Sound and Barrie. Jake has NHL experience with both the Tampa Bay Lightning and Anaheim Ducks.  Jake has signed with the Stanley Cup Champion St.Louis Blues for this upcoming season.

Nathan Bastian

Nate was an original day one 99er with the local Jr. B team as a 16 year old.  He led the way that season as the youngest player on the team.  Nate just finished his second year of professional hockey in the New Jersey Devils.  He played his first NHL games this year and ended up scoring 3 goals in 7 NHL games.

Loren Gabel

Loren Gabel is a native of Kitchener, ON. She started playing hockey when she was four years old. She attended Clarkson University as a student-athlete playing on the women’s hockey team. In May 2019 she graduated with a major in communications & media design and a minor in business and psychology. She is currently Clarkson Women’s Hockey all-time leading scorer with 213 points on 116 goals and 97 assists through 160 games. She is also a member of Team Canada’s Senior National Women’s Hockey Team and most recently represented her country at the World Championship held in Espoo, Finland in April. 

Accomplishments – Clarkson University

–       Clarkson Women’s Hockey All-Time Leading Scorer (213 points on 116 goals and 97 assists through 160 games)

–       2019 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Winner – presented annually to the top female player in NCAA Division I women’s hockey

–       2019 AHCA First Team All-American

–       Clarkson Women’s Hockey MVP 2018-19

–       Clarkson University Female Athlete of the Year 2018-19

–       2019 ECAC Hockey Championship All-Tournament Team

–       2019 ECAC Hockey Tournament MOP

–       ECAC Player of the Year 2018-19

–       ECAC Best Forward 2018-19

–       ECAC First Team All-League 2018-19

–       2018 National Champion

–       2018 Frozen Four All-Tournament Team

–       2018 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top 3 Finalist

–       2018 AHCA First Team All-American

–       Clarkson Women’s Hockey Ron Frazer Award Winner 2017-18

–       Clarkson University Female Athlete of the Year 2017-18

–       ECAC Player of the Year 2017-18

–       ECAC Best Forward 2017-18

–       ECAC First Team All-League 2017-18

–       2017 National Champion

–       2017 ECAC Hockey Championship All-Tournament Team

–       ECAC All-Rookie Team 2015-16 

–       Clarkson Women’s Hockey Rookie of the Year 2015-16

–       Clarkson University Female Rookie of the Year 2015-16

Hunter Jones, Goalie

Brantford’s Hunter Jones is a member of the OHL Peterborough Petes who was recently drafted in the 2nd round by the Minnesota Wild.  Hunter has been invited to Team Canada’s world junior tryout and played in the Canada/Russia series as well as the CHL Top Prospects Game..

Wray Brimmer

Wray is originally from Simcoe and played for the Brantford Alexanders OHL team back in the 1980’s.  A valuable member of our fire service here in town Wray also went on and played professional in the International Hockey League.

Nicole Kelly

Nicole is a graduate of both BMHA and the BGHA. She was a member of the Midget Girls Canadian Championship team in 2016 and was named MVP of that tournament.  Nicole played for Team Canada  at the 2019 IIHF under-18 Women’s World Championship in Japan. Nicole attends the University of New Hampshire in the NCAA ranks  on a scholarship.

Michael Crocock

Mike is a BMHA grad that played Junior B hockey in town before embarking on a journey that took him all over Eastern Canada and back.  He just finished his NCAA career at Sacred Heart University as a captain and played professionally at the end of that season.  Mike will enter the pro ranks full time this upcoming season.

Marko Jakovljevic

A BMHA grad that was drafted by the Sarnia Sting of the OHL.  Big, tough, stay at home defenceman that is going into his third OHL season with the Sting.  Marko is a valuable team member that is known for sticking up for his teammates.

Holden Wale

Holden Wale is a Brantford native that is also one of the best pure skaters that has come through the BMHA.  He just finished his second year with the Soo Greyhounds in the OHL.  Holden will be looking to build off the great season that he put together for the Greyhounds last year.

Andrew Fritsch

Another BMHA grad, Andrew had a very strong OHL career suiting up for Niagara, Owen Sound and the Soo.  Andrew was a draft choice of the Phoenix Coyotes and completed his hockey career playing for Wilfrid Laurier University.  Andrew is now a valuable coach in the BMHA spending his time on the minor-midget AAA bench and also assisting the association and its players with his high-level skills training sessions.

Theo Hill

Another BMHA grad that is also playing for the Sarnia Sting.  One of the best skaters to ever come through the BMHA, Theo played a huge role on the Alliance Playoff Champion Minor Midget 99ers two seasons ago.  Theo is going into his second season in the OHL will look to improve on a solid rookie season.

Nate Mitton

Nate just finished his second year of professional hockey with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL.
He is a former captain at UOIT and was a valued team member of the Brantford Golden Eagles back in his junior B days.
Nate is also a Coach at Athlete Farm Training in the summer months and works out a number of teams and players in the area.

Emily Rickwood

Emily is an NCAA Division I student athlete  going into her sophomore year at the University of New Hampshire in the Health and Physical Education Program. In 2018, she represented team Canada at the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championships in Dmitrov, Russia.  

Emily participated in the National Women’s Development Team selection camp. and was also a member of the 2018 PWHL Oakville Hornets Team that we’re provincial finalist. Emily competed in the 2017 National Women’s U-18 Championships with Ontario Blue and  was also a member of the PWHL Oakville Hornets team that won both the league and provincial championships that year as well.

In 2016 Emily was a member of the Brantford Ice Cats Midget AA team that won the Provincial Championships and went on to win the National Championship at the Esso Cup in Weyburn Saskatchewan.

Paige Rynne

Paige received  a scholarship  and played  her first season of Division 1 Hockey with the University of New Hampshire

 In 2016 she was the Captain for the  Brantford Ice Cats  leading the team to the  Esso Cup National Championship.

She was also Captain of 2016 Provincial Championship team and was invited to the U18 Team Ontario High Performance Camp that same year. Paige is also a highly skilled lacrosse player and served as Captain and National Championship with Team Ontario Box Lacrosse 

Taylor Trussler

She grew up playing boys hockey in Ayr, Ontario for the first eight years of her career before making the switch to girls. In 2015 she joined the Brantford Ice Cats Midget AA team who went on to win the Esso Cup Canadian Champions. From 2016-2018 she was a member of the Cambridge Rivulettes of the Provincial Women’s Junior League before fulfilling her dream as a student athlete on a hockey scholarship at the University of Toronto. She has recently completed her first year of Kinesiology at Toronto and was named a member of the 2018-2019 OUA All-Rookie team. Her team participated in the USports National Championship in March which was held in PEI. She will be going into her second season with the Varsity Blues in the fall.

Peter MacKay

Peter MacKay is a lawyer and former politician from Nova Scotia. He was a Member of Parliament from 1997-2015 and has served as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General (2013-15), Minister of National Defence (2007-2013), and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2006-07). Today he is a partner in a global law firm.

Patrick Brown

Mayor for the city of  Brampton. Former councillor for the city of Barrie and served 2 terms as a Member of Parliament.

As a marathon runner, avid hockey player and tennis player, Patrick has combined his love of sports and public service. He organized Hockey Night in Barrie and since its inception 11 years ago, the game has raised more than $2 million for local charitable organizations. He has now started Hockey Night in Brampton to raise funds for the William Osler Health System Foundation.

Tyler Pelton

Tyler is a Paris native who is deservedly in the Brant County Sports Hall of Fame for his hockey and fastball achievements. Tyler has led previous teams to Provincial and National titles and his name is synonymous with the Brantford Blast where he lead them to the prestigious Allan Cup Championship. Tyler gives back a lot of his time now coaching and working with young athletes and teams in the area.  He will coach the Paris Mounties this upcoming season.

Luke VanMoerkerke

Luke is a former Brantford Golden Eagle captain and he played a huge role in Brantford’s first Sutherland Cup win in the modern era (09).

He went on to play for and captain UOIT in the CIS ranks. Luke and his wife are the owners of Athlete Farm Training here in town and are making a difference in local athlete’s lives across a number of sports. They are heavily involved in the local sporting community.

Maddox Callens

Langton native was a pivotal part of Minor Midget AAA Playoff Championships two years in a row.  Maddox is a powerful winger with a great shot that was a high draft choice of the Kingston Frontenacs.  He has already signed with the Frontenacs is entering his rookie season in the OHL.

Dylan Robinson

Simcoe native who also played a huge part in the BMHA Minor Midget championship from two years ago.  Dylan was the first Alliance player picked in the OHL draft two seasons ago and split this past year with Lasalle Jr. B and the Windsor Spitfires.  The big, lanky defenseman is looking to build on last season and will draw big interest going into next year’s NHL draft.

Landon McCallum

Delhi born and raised, Landon was a key player in last year’s Brantford Minor Midget Championship team.  Landon was a first round pick to the Sudbury Wolves.  He was named to the Hockey Canada U17 camp in Calgary for this summer as well.  Landon is in great company as the last OHL first round pick from the BMHA was Leafs defenseman, Jake Muzzin.

Cameron Sault

An Ohsweken native, Cam has extensive minor-pro experience and has been a key  and very popular member of the Brantford Blast Senior A hockey teams.

Eric Dedobbelaer

Eric is one of the Jr. A99ers representatives. He is a graduate of the BMHA and Blyth Academy and completed his first season for the 99ers in the OJHL after two season in the GOJHL.

Ryan de Melo

Ryan is a graduate of the North York Rangers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League(OJHL) where he won the OJHL MVP as well as the OHA Jr. A Player of the year in 2011. Ryan then played with Elmira College(NCAA) for four years, helping the Soaring Eagles win the ECAC West Championship while receiving the ECAC West Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player in the 2013-14 Season. After college Ryan played professional at the ECHL and SPHL level. Ryan recently played for the Stoney Creek General of the Allan Cup Hockey League where he won the Top Individual Goaltender.

Blake Friesen

Plays for the Burford Bulldogs of the Provincial Junior League.