Soo Eagles News - Hockey News October 16, 2014

Soo Eagles headed the right way

By Randy Russon

Now in their fifth year under current ownership and a hockey department led by veteran coach-general manager Bruno Bragagnolo, the Michigan-based Soo Eagles have established a firm and faithful following.

From two years in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey to this, their third season in the North American Hockey League, the Eagles have served notice that they are in Sault Ste. Marie to stay.

To be sure, the Eagles have increased their attendance at refurbished-but-still-venerable Pullar Stadium to the point where they now average about 700 fans per game, which is more than double the following there was before the present regime took over.


Soo Eagles News - Hockey News October 13, 2014

North Star of the Week: Nick Belger - Soo Eagles

Coming off an injury, Soo forward Nick Belger, 20, returned with a big statement this past weekend as the Yorktown Heights, New York native helped the Eagles sweep a home series from the Minnesota Wilderness. Belger (6’0/182) totaled eight goals in the two wins, which included a goal and seven assists. On Friday, Belger had four assists, including on the game-winning goal in a 7-2 win over the Wilderness. On Saturday, Belger scored a goals and assisted on the three other goals, including assisting again on the game-winner, in a 4-3 win over Minnesota. “Nick was coming off a small injury and their line really clicked. He just worked hard to put himself in the right spots and if he keeps his game in focus, he should be able to have a lot of success this year and beyond,” said Soo head coach Bruno Bragagnolo.

2nd Star: Keegan Miller, F, Soo Eagles

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nick Kossoff, G, Keystone Ice Miners – Lucas Little, D, Keystone Ice Miners – Joey Lupo, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Dryden McKay, G, Springfield Jr. Blues

Soo Eagles News - Hockey News October 13, 2014

Eagles over Wilderness

MN Wilderness 3 @ Soo 4 – Keegan Miller had another great night to help the Eagles to a weekend home sweep of the Wilderness thanks to a 4-3 win on Saturday. The Eagles jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st period on goals from Miller, Nick Belger and Mitch Vanderburg. After Ivan Chukarov answered for Minnesota to make it 3-1, but three minutes later Miller scored his second goals to make it 4-1 after one period. Niklas Lehtimaki and Tobias Bjorklund scored in the 2nd period for the Wilderness, but that would be as close as they would get. Boxscore

Soo Eagles News - Hockey News October 10, 2014

Cathy Tibbett keeps a spotlight on education

The Soo Eagles Billet and Education Coordinator, Cathy Tibbett, is back once again to make sure that the players make the grade.
Cathy has been with the Soo Eagles for 7 years.  She is a vital part of our organization, and her responsibilities include finding the right billet family, and matching players up with the family. She ensures there is a background check performed on all of the billet families.  Cathy also is in charge of the education for all of the players, which is one of the most critical areas that Cathy spends a lot of her time on.


Soo Eagles News - Hockey News October 10, 2014

North American Hockey League a valuable step towards college, pro hockey

By Joshua Boyd – USA Junior Hockey Magazine

J.C. MacLean was once a young tyke wandering the halls of Madison Square Garden, and New Jersey’s Continental Airlines Arena.  He was able to see, from a young age, the preparation and commitment to the game of players like Martin Brodeur, Brian Leetch, Zach Parise and Eric Staal. Now, with his name on the NHL Central Scouting List’s Preliminary Players to Watch list, released on Sept. 23, the North American Hockey League (NAHL) and Austin Bruins forward may be embarking on his own potential pro career path MacLean joined 12 others either currently or formerly in the NAHL – the United States’ only recognized Tier-2 junior league – to make the list. The NAHL features 24 non-pay-to-play teams from Texas up to Alaska and just about everywhere in between. It was already a hoping to land a college commitment, and now its profile “It’s a great honor, obviously, to be put on that list,” said MacLean. “I’m very excited about that. I have a lot of hard work in front of me, and a lot to accomplish this season.” MacLean is the son of John MacLean, a prototypical power forward playing in the NHL from the 1980s into the early 2000s, mostly for the New Jersey Devils. He was later an assistant and head coach for the Devils and a Carolina Hurricanes assistant.

Soo Eagles News - Hockey News October 10, 2014

Pat Gazillo back with the Soo Eagles

By Randy Russon – Hockey News North

Soo Eagles coach-general manager Bruno Bragagnolo says a good team can never have enough good defencemen. Ergo, Bragagnolo did not hesitate in bringing hard-boiled hombre Pat Gazzillo back to the Eagles when the opportunity presented itself. Gazzillo, a 5-foot-10, 180 pound, hot-blooded Italian from Crown Point, Indiana, recently returned to the Eagles after spending the 2013-2014 season with the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League. Gazzillo is expected to be in the lineup this weekend when the 5-5 Eagles play host to the Minnesota Wilderness in Friday (7:30) and Saturday (7:00) night games at Pullar Stadium. A tough customer with good skills who is hard to play against, Gazzillo played in 65 games — playoffs included — for the Eagles during the 2012-2013 North American Hockey League season. “We like who we have on the blueline but when Pat called us and told us it wasn’t working out where he was at and he wanted to know if we would take him back, it was an easy decision,” said Bragagnolo.  “Pat is a kid who plays with an edge. He is a tough kid who battles hard and who is not easy to play against,” Bragagnolo added.


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