By: Mark Dwyer
A look back at 30 years of professional hockey in St. John’s and celebrating the local stars who gave fans plenty of reason to cheer
It’s been three decades since professional hockey arrived in the province’s capital, a sports journey that has embraced several franchises, two
First published April, 2022
Glenn Stanford reflects on his 30 year involvement with professional hockey in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador
When Glenn Stanford stood on the ice at the Mary Brown’s Centre at the Growers Game against the Cincinnati Cyclones in early April, he drew a standing ovation.
Nathan Noel is proud to be playing professional hockey in his home province. He says he is “really feeling the love” from the fans.
“I think there’s a lot of support for our hometown guys on the team and for guys who have been here in
Matteo Pietroniro was born in Boise, Idaho, but the game of hockey has kept him well travelled. As for his stint with the Newfoundland Growlers? “So far so good,” he said with a laugh. “You got to go to the hockey so you travel around everywhere but I
Marcus Power doesn’t miss a beat. He’s excited for the playoffs and it shows. “It’s exciting this time of year and it’s really fun to be a part of it. And we’re just hoping we can bring the (Kelly) Cup home again this year.”
Power has been playing
Orrin Centazzo has ‘it,’ whatever that ‘it’ is. The player from Marwayne, Alberta has been a hit with young hockey fans since day one and can often be found interacting – like handing over a puck or playing rock, paper, scissors – with kids at the plexiglass divider
Todd Skirving: #15
Todd Skirving may have been born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, but after three seasons (one not played because of COVID) with the Growlers, he’s embraced Newfoundland as his home. “This is kind of a second home to me. My heart’s here, so I like to think I’m
While Andrew McKim retired from professional hockey in 2001, he never lost his passion for the sport, turning his NHL career with the Bruins and the Red Wings into an ‘Xtreme’ way to inspire the next generation
Former NHL centre Andrew McKim knows hockey, having played in the National Hockey
NHLer and former St. John’s Maple Leaf Kyle Wellwood shares his thoughts on hockey in NL, reflecting on the time he spent playing in this province
Kyle Wellwood and his brother Eric Wellwood have an interesting connection to both hockey and Newfoundland.
While Eric is the current coach of the
Dean MacDonald of Deacon Sports & Entertainment (DSE), the parent company of the
Newfoundland Growlers Hockey Club, talks provincial pride, local players, people who come to the games, and what a win feels like after ‘takin’ the lumber’
The Newfoundland Growlers become the 10th franchise of the Canadian Elite