Monday, 11 January 2016

Promoter promises hot ice show at Meridian

By Tony Ricciuto, Niagara Falls Review

Nick Ricci is promising a spectacular figure skating show that fans will not soon forget.

He is confident the show will sell out once more people hear about the stars who will be performing.

“It’s a rare opportunity to see some of the top Canadian Olympians and international figure skating stars, up close and personal at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines,” said Ricci, owner of the Skate Niagara Ice Show that will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 26.

“It’s a great lineup with respect to the talent. It will rival some of the big shows in Toronto,” he added. “It’s an hour and 40 minutes of pure entertainment.”

Ricci put on his first skating show last January when Meridian Centre first opened its doors.

“Putting on a show like this is a lot of work,” said Ricci. “You need writers, directors, choreographers, audio and lighting technicians. It takes a lot of people who work behind the scenes. It’s a production and you also have to do what they call a conversion, you have to paint the ice white, they have to take the glass out and they have to drape the boards.”

Skaters who are scheduled to perform include Olympic and World gold medallists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, four-time world champion Kurt Browning, two-time Olympic champion Nancy Kerrigan, 2015 world champion Javier Fernandez, Olympic silver medallist Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro, Canadian senior and junior champion Nam Nguyen, two-time Canadian champion Kaetlyn Osmond, world champion Jeffery Buttle, three-time U.S. national champion and Olympic bronze medallist Ashley Wagner and international ice dance medallists Piper Gilles and Paul Poirer.


Saturday, 2 January 2016

12 GOJHL Games Scheduled this weekend

Sat, Jan 02 - 7:00 PM - Brampton @ Cambridge  (Galt Arena)
Sat, Jan 02 - 7:15 PM - Caledonia @ Fort Erie (LeisurePlex)
Sat, Jan 02 - 7:30 PM - Elmira @ Brantford  (Gretzky Main)
Sat, Jan 02 - 7:30 PM - Listowel @ Guelph (Sleeman Centre)
Sat, Jan 02 - 7:30 PM - Stratford @ Waterloo (Waterloo MRC)
Sat, Jan 02 - 7:30 PM - Welland @ Ancaster (MorganFirestone)
Sun, Jan 03 1:30 PM - Cambridge @ Waterloo (Waterloo)
Sun, Jan 03 2:00 PM - Guelph @ Elmira (Dan Snyder MC)
Sun, Jan 03 2:30 PM - St. Catharines @ Niagara Falls (Gale Centre)
Sun, Jan 03 3:30 PM - Listowel @ Brampton  (Victoria Park)
Sun, Jan 03 7:00 PM - Thorold @ Welland  (Welland Arena)
Sun, Jan 03 7:30 PM - Ancaster @ Caledonia (Haldimand)

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

All-star lineup of figure skating stars to perform at 2016 Skate Niagara Ice Show

For the second year in a row, Canadian Olympians and international figure skating stars will hit the ice for a spectacular event in St. Catharines, Ontario.

The Skate Niagara Ice Show will feature several of the biggest names in figure skating for an unforgettable night at The Meridian Centre on February 26th, 2016.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing this show to St. Catharines once again,” said Nick Ricci, Owner of Skate Niagara Ice Show. “Building on last year’s success, we’re once again introducing a lineup of top skating talents. For figure skating fans, this will be a must-see event.”

Friday, February 26, 2016 at 7:30pm 
Meridian Centre, St. Catharines, ON 

Tickets on sale at or at the Meridian Centre box office 

Click here to Purchase your tickets today for this spectacular event 

Olympic and World Gold Medalists – Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir
4-Time World Champion – Kurt Browning
2-Time Olympic Medalist – Nancy Kerrigan
2015 World Champion – Javier Fernandez
Olympic Silver Medalist – Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro
Canadian Senior and Junior Champion – Nam Nguyen
2-Time Canadian Champion – Kaetlyn Osmond
World Champion – Jeffery Buttle
3-time US National Champion & Olympic Bronze Medalist – Ashley Wagner
International Ice Dance Medalists – Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier

Sunday, 20 December 2015

National Basketball League of Canada kicks off 2015-16 season on Boxing Day

The National Basketball League of Canada kicks off the 2015-16 season on Boxing Day with all 8 teams playing.

New franchises in the Niagara River Lions and Halifax Hurricanes will promote their stylish new brands to the local community and across Canada while the Orangeville A's (formerly Brampton) will build the basketball community in Orangeville as they play out of their newly renovated facility.

Visit for all schedules, scores and info.

Saturday December 26, 2015 
2:00 pm - Saint John Mill Rats @ Island Storm
7:00 pm - Moncton Miracles @ Halifax Hurricanes
7:00 pm - Niagara River Lions @ London Lightning
7:30 pm - Orangeville A's @ Windsor Express

Sunday December 27, 2015 
2:00 pm - Island Storm @ Moncton Miracles
4:00 pm - Halifax Hurricanes @ Saint John Mill Rats
6:00 pm - London Lightning @ Niagara River Lions

Tuesday December 29, 2015 
7:00 pm - Windsor Express @ London Lightning
7:00 pm - Halifax Hurricanes @ Moncton Miracles

Wednesday December 30, 2015 
7:00 pm - Moncton Miracles @ Saint John Mill Rats

Thursday December 31, 2015 
7:00 pm - Halifax Hurricanes @ Island Storm

Friday January 01, 2016 
7:00 pm - Moncton Miracles @ Halifax Hurricanes
7:00 pm - Windsor Express @ Orangeville A's

Saturday, 19 December 2015

15 GOJHL Games on tap for the weekend

15 GOJHL Games are on tap for the weekend. Come out and support your local Jr. B teams in your community.

Sat, Dec 19 - 2:30 pm - LaSalle @ London (Western Fair)
Sat, Dec 19 - 7:00 pm - Waterloo @ Cambridge (Galt Arena)
Sat, Dec 19 - 7:10 pm - St. Thomas @ Sarnia (Sarnia Arena)
Sat, Dec 19 - 7:15 pm - Thorold @ Fort Erie (LeisurePlex)
Sat, Dec 19 - 7:30 pm - St. Marys @ Lambton Shores (The Shores)
Sat, Dec 19 - 7:30 pm - Chatham @ Strathroy (West Middlesex)
Sat, Dec 19 - 7:30 pm - Welland @ Ancaster (MorganFirestone)
Sat, Dec 19 - 7:30 pm - St. Catharines @ Caledonia (Haldimand)
Sun Dec 20 - 1:30 pm - Listowel @ Waterloo (Waterloo MRC)
Sun Dec 20 - 2:00 pm - Cambridge @ Elmira (Dan Snyder MC)
Sun Dec 20 - 2:00 pm - Brantford @ Guelph (Sleeman Centre)
Sun Dec 20 - 2:30 pm - St. Catharines @ Niagara Falls (Gale Centre)
Sun Dec 20 - 3:30 pm - Stratford @ Brampton (Victoria Park)
Sun Dec 20 - 7:00 pm - Ancaster @ Welland (Welland Arena)
Sun Dec 20 - 7:00 pm - St. Thomas @ Chatham (Chatham - Mem)

League1 Ontario announces eight new teams for upcoming season

Vaughan, Ontario - League1 Ontario is thrilled to announce the addition of eight new teams in 2016 – four to its Men’s and Women’s divisions.

Joining the League1 Ontario Men’s division will be: North Toronto Nitros (operated by North Toronto SC), Toronto Skillz FC, Aurora United FC (operated by Aurora Youth SC) and FC London. 

Joining the League1 Ontario Women’s division will be: Aurora United FC, FC London, Darby FC (operated by Whitby Iroquois SC and Darlington SC) and Kingston Clippers.

“It is a pleasure to welcome these new teams into League1 Ontario,” said League1 Ontario Commissioner, Dino Rossi. “This continued growth speaks to the strong reputation the league has built over the past two years, and its importance as a part of this province’s High Performance player pathway.”

These new teams will build on the high performance coverage League1 Ontario aims to deliver in Ontario.

Friday, 18 December 2015

SKATE Niagara Ice Show - February 26, 2016

Featuring skaters

Olympic and World Gold Medalists – Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir
4-Time World Champion – Kurt Browning
2-Time Olympic Medalist – Nancy Kerrigan
2015 World Champion – Javier Fernandez
Olympic Silver Medalist – Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro
Canadian Senior and Junior Champion – Nam Nguyen
2-Time Canadian Champion – Kaetlyn Osmond
World Champion – Jeffery Buttle
3-time US National Champion & Olympic Bronze Medalist – Ashley Wagner
International Ice Dance Medalists – Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier

Tickets on sale at

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Jennifer Jones to speak at 2016 OWL dinner

WATERLOO, Ont. - Jennifer Jones, the 2014 Olympic gold medalist in women’s curling, will deliver the keynote address at the Outstanding Women of Laurier (OWL) dinner on March 30, 2016.

Jones, who is Canada’s most decorated and recognizable female curling athlete, skipped Team Canada in Sochi where her team went undefeated en route to capturing a gold medal and setting a new standard for women’s curling.

“We are excited that Jennifer will be joining us for this year’s Outstanding Women of Laurier dinner,” said Peter Baxter, director of athletics and recreation at Laurier. “She epitomizes the student-athlete ideal thanks to her outstanding level of performance in the sport of curling while also maintaining a high-profile position as a Senior Legal Advisor. Her story of balancing success in sport and the profession al world will be well received by those in attendance at this year’s event.”

Jones is a five time Canadian Women’s Curling Champion, the 2008 World Women’s Curling Champion, 2015 World Silver Medalist and the 2010 World Women’s bronze medalist. She also joined the media bench as a reporter for Yahoo! Sports at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.

Jones is a graduate of the University of Manitoba where she completed her Bachelor of Laws Degree in 1999 and has been a member of the Manitoba Bar since 2000.

A natural leader, Jones and her aggressive strategy has changed the face of women’s curling. She is known for being one of the best pressure players to ever compete in curling and best known for making “The Shot” – an extremely difficult “in-off” shot to win her first national championship. “The Shot” is labelled by many sports commentators to be the greatest final shot to ever win a cur ling championship.

Jones has always and continues to be heavily involved in her community serving on numerous boards over the years. She is currently serving on the HSC Foundation Board. She also prides herself on doing all that she can for local and national charities as opportunities arise.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are now available for purchase. To reserve your space at the 2016 Outstanding Women of Laurier Dinner, or for more information about the event, please visit

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Lords swept by Sting, lose second straight match

NORTH YORK, Ont. - After losing 3-0 to Trent University on Saturday, the Durham College men's volleyball team's first conference loss since Feb. 7, 2014, the Lords were swept by the Seneca Sting on Wednesday night.

The last time Durham lost back-to-back matches was in 2009 to the same two teams they have lost to so far in conference play this year. They opened the 2009-10 season by losing 3-0 to Seneca on Oct. 15 and to 3-2 to Trent on Oct. 29.

Durham had a slow start against the Sting to open Wednesday's match at the Seneca College Sports Centre, but bounced back in the first set to press Seneca late. The Sting came away with a 25-22 victory, but it appeared as though the Lords had taken momentum late in the set.

Although that was the case, Seneca didn't allow Durham to carry their late first-set momentum into the second as the Sting dominated the Lords 25-11.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Purple Eagles Farmer was named Rookie of the Week by Atlantic Hockey

On Tuesday, Niagara ice hockey freshmen forward Nick Farmer was named the Travel Team USA Rookie of the Week for the week ending on Nov. 22 by Atlantic Hockey.

This is the second time in three weeks a Niagara player has been named a Rookie of the Week, after Joe O'Brien earned the weekly honor back on Nov. 10.

In Niagara's two-game series with the AIC Yellow Jackets this weekend, Farmer contributed four assists, all coming in the Purple Eagles' 5-4 overtime win on Friday, Nov. 20. The biggest assist of the evening for Farmer was his final one. In the closing seconds of overtime, Farmer won a crucial faceoff back to Ryan Kuhn on the left wing. Kuhn worked his way into a passing lane and found Matt Chiarantano all alone on the far side of the slot for the game-winning goal. Farmer helped a widespread Niagara scoring effort, as the team received goals from five different scorers in a game for the first time since Nov. 16, 2013, an 8-3 home win over Army. With four points in the game, Farmer also recorded the first four-point night for a Niagara skater since Hugo Turcotte scored three goals and an assist in that same win over Army in 2013.

Through 10 games played in the 2015-16 season, Farmer leads the team in scoring with two goals and six assists for eight points. He is followed by fellow freshman and linemate Kuhn, whose six points are good for second on the team. The two rookies will look to continue their successful campaigns this weekend.

The Purple Eagles travel to Holy Cross for a two-game series with the Crusaders, with 7:05 p.m. faceoffs on Nov. 27 and 28.

Stay connected with the Purple Eagles through social media. Follow Niagara Athletics on Twitter @NUPurpleEagles and follow Purple Eagles hockey on Twitter @NiagaraUHockey. Check in with the Purple Eagles on and on Instagram @NUPurpleEagles.

UB Elevates Greene To Director Of Athletics Post

BUFFALO, NY – Allen Greene, a senior athletics administrator who has played a key role in elevating the University at Buffalo’s athletics profile nationally, has been promoted to director of athletics, UB President Satish K. Tripathi announced today.

Greene, 38, becomes one of the youngest athletics directors in the NCAA Division I ranks. He joined UB from the University of Mississippi in 2012 and previously served as UB’s senior associate athletic director for administration and, most recently, deputy director of athletics. He takes over for Danny White, who accepted the AD position at the University of Central Florida on Nov. 18.

Greene’s appointment is effective Dec. 12.

“Allen has been at the heart of the successful vision that has guided our athletic programs over the past several years. And with a clear vision for its continued upward trajectory, he is ready to hit the ground running as our next athletics director,” said UB President Satish K. Tripathi.

“Allen is a consummate leader, and more than that, he is a wonderful colleague and a valued member of our UB family. We are truly fortunate to have in our midst a leader of his caliber and experience, and one who brings such a comprehensive and well-honed understanding of our UB athletics program as we seek to launch it to the next level of excellence.

CIS Basketball Rankings - November 24th

The University of  Saskatchewan Huskies women and the University of Ottawa GeeGees men remain the No. 1 ranked teams in the country.  Saint Mary's was the biggest move on the women's side as they moved  up from No. 5 to No. 2. On the men's side one through six stay the same with UPEI and UBC moving into the Top 10.

1. Saskatchewan (6-0) / 552 points (46) / (1)
2. Saint Marys (4-0) / 450 / (5)
3. McGill (3-1) / 444 / (2)
4. Ryerson (4-1) / 428 / (3)
5. Regina (4-0) / 401 / (6)
6. McMaster (4-2) / 325 / (4)
7. Brock (3-1) / 289 / (7)
8. Laval (2-1) / 210 / (8)
9. Windsor (4-1) / 180 / (10)
10. Alberta (6-0) / 169 / (9)

Other teams receiving votes: Queens (53), UQAM (41).

1. Ottawa (5-0) / 448 points (29) / (1)
2. Carleton (5-0) / 422 (8) / (2)
3. McGill (3-0) / 398 (10) / (3)
4. Brock (3-1) / 295 / (4)
5. Ryerson (4-1) / 280 / (5)
6. Western (3-2) / 207 / (6)
7. McMaster (4-2) / 157 / (9)
8. Calgary (4-2) / 156 / (7)
9. UPEI (5-0) / 57 / (NR)
10. UBC (5-1) / 55 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: Windsor (37), Victoria (33).

Monday, 23 November 2015

Upcoming GOJHL Golden Horseshoe Conference games

Fri, Nov 27 - 7:00 PM - Ancaster @ St. Catharines (Jack Gatecliff)
Fri, Nov 27 - 7:30 PM - Welland @ Niagara Falls (Gale Centre)
Fri, Nov 27 - 7:30 PM - Fort Erie @ Pelham (Pelham Rink)
Sat, Nov 28 - 7:15 PM - St. Catharines @ Fort Erie (LeisurePlex)
Sat, Nov 28 - 7:30 PM - Pelham @ Ancaster (MorganFirestone)
Sat, Nov 28 - 7:30 PM - Thorold @ Caledonia (Haldimand)
Sun, Nov 29 - 1:30 PM - Caledonia @ Welland (Welland Arena)

Evans and Horodziejczyk named GOJHL Golden Horseshoe Conference Players of the Week

The GOJHL Golden Horseshoe Conference Players of the Week for the week ending November 22nd are St. Catharines Falcons forward Jake Evans ( Thorold, Ont.) and goaltender Joel Horodziejczyk (Sudbury, Ont.).

Evans helped lead the Falcons to a 3-0 record this past week. In three games, he recorded nine points adding two goals and seven assists, including the game winning goal against the Ancaster Avalanche. In 17 games this season, Evans has added seven goals and 18 assists for 25 points.

Horodziejczyk posted a 2-0 record this past week for St. Catharines giving him 12 wins on the season. In two games he recorded 43 saves with a .956 save percentage and 1.00 GAA. This season he ranks among GOJHL leaders in wins (12), GAA (1.35) and save percentage (.948).

Forchielli and Petaccio named UOIT athletes of the week

OSHAWA, Ont. – Sam Forchielli and Mark Petaccio have been named the UOIT student-athletes of the week presented by Boston Pizza North Oshawa for the period ending Nov. 22.

Forchielli, a fourth-year criminology and justice studies major, had a career high four-point night in UOIT's 5-3 win over the Windsor Lancers. With three assists in the third period, the Hamilton native capped off her night with a breakaway goal to seal the Ridgeback victory.

On Friday night, Forchielli had an assist against the defending CIS champion Western Mustangs. She is currently on a three-game point streak.

Petaccio, a first-year criminology and justice studies major, had two goals and an assist in the Ridgebacks 3-2 victory over the No. 8 ranked Western Mustangs.

Less than 24 hours later against the defending OUA champion Guelph Gryphons, Petaccio recorded an assist on the game-winning goal. The Sicklerville, N.J. native has registered points in five of his past six games while the Ridgebacks have won seven of their last eight games.

Both teams will be on the road this weekend as the women's team heads to Toronto to take on the York Lions while the men's team goes up against the No. 1 ranked McGill Redmen in Montreal.