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
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
Through adversity and tragedy, the Newfoundland Growlers roar into the Kelly Cup playoffs with fire, determination, and above all, grit.
Grit. What separates the haves from the have nots in the world of sports. Sandpaper readies for the rigours of playoff hockey far more than feather pillows, and the Newfoundland
Cheering on the home team!
MVP – Zach O’Brien
Top Forward – Zach O’Brien
Top Scorer – Zach O’Brien
Top Goaltender – Keith Petruzzelli
Top Defenceman – Ben Finkelstein
Top Rookie – Orrin Centazzo
Community Player of the Year – Todd Skirving
Fans Choice Award – Todd Skirving
Affectionately called ‘Obie,” the Growlers winger is this year’s MVP and the team’s top scorer (78 points with three regular season games remaining as of press time). The affable St. John’s raised hometown hockey hero opened by offering that this has been “one unique season.”
“We’ve been through a
James Melindy is a mountain of a man and stands an imposing figure on a pair of skates. The Goulds native, however, is all charm as he talks about the support he and the team have received from local fans.
“It’s obviously super special to come home and
Newfoundland’s own Nathan Noel returns home to propel the Newfoundland Growlers on yet another run to the Kelly Cup Championship
Who says you can’t go home again?
Nathan Noel’s dream to play professional hockey has seen the 24-year-old St. John’s native hit the ice across North America in roles demanding
How Eric Wellwood has transitioned his tragically brief on-ice pro-hockey career to helming the Newfoundland Growlers on their road back to the Kelly Cup
The vacancy of the head coaching position left in the wake of the exit of Kelly Cup winner John Snowden loomed large for the Newfoundland Growlers ahead