Chatham Maroons add Amherstburg player to their lineup



By Ron Giofu


The Chatham Maroons will have at least one Amherstburg name in their lineup next season.

The Jr. B hockey team signed Josh DiCarlo with DiCarlo having played last year with both the Windsor AAA program and the General Amherst Bulldogs high school team.

“I’m excited to be given the chance to prove myself,” said DiCarlo. “As a smaller guy, people have always tried to put a ceiling on my hockey career. I’m grateful that the Maroons looked past my size, and focused more on my work ethic and my ability to see the ice and make things happen.”

DiCarlo said the Maroons were keeping an eye on him during his last season with Windsor AAA. After the season, he had the opportunity to be invited to a pre-camp and it was at that point where he stated that they showed real interest.

General Amherst’s Josh DiCarlo scores a second period goal against Kingsville Dec. 21. The Amherstburg athlete just signed with the Chatham Maroons.

“It’s too soon to say what my role with the team will be, but I’m happy to be a part of the organization, and seeing what is in store for me,” he said. “I think the adjustment to junior hockey will be a big one. Heading into my Grade 12 year, I will have to continue to make school a priority while travelling to and from Chatham throughout the week, being on the road for games, etc. I’ll have to make sure I get all my homework done on the bus!

DiCarlo added that he just started playing in a league once per week with other junior players and he is also going to the gym on a regular basis to build up his strength. He added that he is thankful for everyone who helped him along the way.

“I have to say how grateful I am for all of the coaches I have had throughout the years. Without them, I wouldn’t be the player I am today,” said DiCarlo. “I should also say how appreciative I am for my parents, who have always supported me and been my biggest fans.”



Amherstburg South County Predators win pee wee championship


The Amherstburg South County Predators won the Pee Wee Championship earlier this spring.

It was a hard fought game against the Kingsville South County Predators  but the Amherstburg team was able to pull off an overtime victory. The championship game  reflected the season that the Amherstburg South County Predators had in that they always worked together as a team to bring out the best in each other and they never gave up on a game. This team was comprised of a wonderful group of girls that always supported each other and displayed a genuine love of the game.

Team Roster: Mia Mitchell, Hanna Coulson, Carly Palumbo, Mackenzie Benoit, Sofia Kulik, Allison Gailitis, Justine Gorham, Julia Rufo, Kira McCurdy, Morgan Tweedell, Claire Shipper, Santi Dewan, Bianca Goncalves, Emma Burke, Alexis Robson. Coaches: Head Coach, Jamie McCurdy, Assistant Coaches: Kevin Mitchell and Shaun Tweedell. Trainer: Tara Penny. Team Manager: Nancy Gorham.

The players and parents would like to thank the coaches for their dedication and commitment to the team. A special thanks to our team manager Nancy Gorham for the countless hours spent organizing our lives! Also, to a great group of parents that always were positive and cheered on our girls! Looking forward to next year.

—Submitted by Crystal Palumbo

Amherstburg Stars juvenile team captures OMHA title



By Ron Giofu


Sunday was “Red Hat Day” at the Libro Centre for the Amherstburg Stars juvenile team.

The Stars defeated King Rebellion 3-2 for the second straight day to win the six-point OMHA final series six points to two. By winning the OMHA championship, the Stars got to wear the symbolic red baseball caps that go along with it.

The Stars won 3-2 Saturday night after building a 3-0 lead after two periods on goals by Garret Blunt, Jack Hubbell and Joe Goulawski. In Sunday’s game, they led 2-0 in the second period and 3-1 midway through the third only to have King Rebellion shave the lead to one goal each time but the Stars hung on to win that game and the OMHA title.

Brandon Fahringer scored twice for Amherstburg in Sunday’s game with Jake Topliffe adding the other goal.

The Amherstburg Stars juvenile team celebrate after winning the OMHA title Sunday afternoon at the Libro Centre. The Stars defeated King Rebellion 3-2 Sunday and also won by that same score Saturday night. Amherstburg won the series six points to two.

“It feels awesome,” said head coach Dennis Emerson. “We hope to build on this next year.”
Emerson said it was only the second year for the relaunched juvenile program, with the Stars having made it to the OMHA semi-final last year. He said many players joined this year with the goal being an OMHA title.

“This was our goal right from the beginning,” said Emerson.

Emerson credited a strong midget program for the quick success of the juvenile team. He said they weren’t phased by losing the first game of the series to King Rebellion last weekend, saying they had “road legs” and had a couple of bounces go against them. Noting they lost the first game in other series, Emerson said he knew they could battle back.

Blunt, the team’s captain, agreed as he pointed out they came back to win series against Erie North Shore and Belle River after losing the first game.

“It was a familiar spot, having to win three straight,” he said.

Blunt was one of the happy Stars’ players taking a turn with the trophy on the ice.

“It feels good,” he said. “I knew we could do it. It was a little closer than we wanted but we did it.”

Captains with the Amherstburg Stars juvenile team accept the OMHA championship trophy March 25 at the Libro Centre following their 3-2 win over King Rebellion.

It was the team’s goal from the start of the year, Blunt agreed.

“We had the right group of guys,” he said.

Goalie Chris Mitre said winning the OMHA title was “unbelievable for sure” and noted they bounced back after a tough start to the season. Mitre said “the boys started rolling” and when they began to find their game, he knew they would be tough to beat.

“We battled through and we did it,” said Mitre.

The Stars will now advance to the OHF juvenile championship tournament, to be held in early April. The Quinte West Minor Hockey Association will be the hosts.

Amherstburg Stars juvenile team advance to OMHA finals


By Ron Giofu


The Amherstburg Stars juvenile hockey team is one step closer to a provincial title.

The Stars advanced to the OMHA finals thanks to a 2-1 victory over the Woolwich Wildcats Friday night at the Libro Centre. The win meant the Stars captured the OMHA semi-final series six points to none as Amherstburg won twice in Woolwich the previous weekend.

The Amherstburg Stars juvenile team celebrates after their 2-1 over the Woolwich Wildcats March 9 at the Libro Centre. Amherstburg wo the series six points to none and advanced to the OMHA finals.

After Mathieu Fife opened the scoring for Woolwich early in the first period, the Stars rallied to tie the game on a goal by Garret Blunt later in the period. The teams played a scoreless second period before Jack Hubbell’s powerplay goal midway through the third period put the Stars ahead to stay.

“We feel great about it,” said Stars head coach Dennis Emerson. “We’re excited.”

Emerson said the Stars have been playing well for a few months now.

“We’ve been on a roll since Christmas,” he said. “The kids are all buying in to what we’re trying to do. We’re playing as a team.”

Blunt said the team is happy to make the finals and have no preference as to who they play.

“We’ll take on anyone,” he said.

Amherstburg’s Jake Topliffe (5) tries a wraparound on Woolwich goalie Connor Duench during the third period of last Friday night’s OMHA semi-final game at the Libro Centre. Amherstburg won 2-1.

The juvenile Stars is still a relatively young program in Amherstburg and Blunt said they are putting it on the map quickly. Blunt noted juvenile-aged players no longer have to travel to Harrow to continue their hockey careers.

“It feels really good,” he said, about advancing to the OMHA finals. “It shows the juvenile team means business in Amherstburg.”

Blunt said they wanted to “exploit” the Woolwich goalie and get shots low, look for rebounds “and that’s what we did.”

“It’s good to be playing here,” he added. “It wasn’t like that a couple of years ago. It’s good to have a team.”

Amherstburg Oldtimers tournament draws team from this area and Michigan



By Ron Giofu


The Amherstburg Oldtimers Hockey Tournament returned again this year with over two dozen teams hitting the ice.

The tournament ran last Friday through Sunday at the Libro Centre with 26 teams participating on both ice pads over the three days. That number was down slightly from last year, when 28 teams participated, but tournament manager Jim Rousseau indicated that was due to some of the players being banged up.

“I’ve got five teams from Michigan and the rest are from Essex County and Windsor,” said Rousseau. “There are seven teams from Amherstburg alone.”

The Amherstburg Oldtimers Hockey Tournament was held last Friday through Sunday at the Libro Centre with action on both pads. A total of 26 teams came out for this year’s tournament. with teams coming from around Windsor-Essex County and Michigan.

Rousseau said three of the Amherstburg teams were in the open division with four coming from the Tri-Community Men’s Hockey League that play Sunday mornings. There were six divisions and various age groups with most divisions having four teams with the other having six.

The Amherstburg Oldtimers Hockey Tournament has been running for nearly four decades and continues to thrive because people locally want it to succeed.

“It’s the commitment,” said Rousseau. “It’s a tradition. We don’t let it die.”

The tournament also benefits the community. The Amherstburg Oldtimers purchase whatever they need locally and also make donations to Canadian Tire Jumpstart and the Miracle League of Amherstburg.

The Amherstburg Oldtimers Hockey Tournament was held last Friday through Sunday at the Libro Centre with action on both pads. A total of 26 teams came out for this year’s tournament. with teams coming from around Windsor-Essex County and Michigan.

“I took the approach that we are from the town and we should support the town,” said Rousseau.

The Amherstburg Oldtimers, who scrimmage Thursday nights at the Libro Centre, also travel to tournaments throughout the hockey season. They won a recent tournament in Tillsonburg and will be travelling to St. Catharines in a few weeks.