English River Miners would like to wish good luck to the following players who recently accepted offers to play college hockey:
Goaltender Michael Lenko backstopped the English River Miners for 2 seasons. Lenko holds the team record for regular season wins with 40. A 2 time runner up for SIJHL Goaltender of The Year, Lenko was also the team MVP for the 2016/17 season. Of the ice Lenko was a co-winner for the 2016/17 Lions Club Community Service Award. Michael has committed to Simon Fraser University and will play for The Clan in the BCIHL.
Terix Fischer-Kobes played two seasons for the English River Miners playing in 102 regular season games. Spending the majority of his time manning the blue line, Fischer-Kobes showed his versatility by also playing forward and was a force on the penalty kill while putting up 30 points in the 2017/18 season. Fischer-Kobes is a 2 time winner of the Onaway Lodge Most Sportsmanlike player. Terix will play hockey in 2018/19 for the Portage College Voyageurs in the ACAC.
Defenceman Brody Jennings Finished his Junior A hockey with the English River Miners. Jennings had previously patrolled the blue line for the Miners in the 2015/16 season totaling 89 regular season games for the Miners. For the 2017/18 season Jennings was the winner of the Red Lake Travel Defenceman of The Year award and was a runner up for the SIJHL Defenceman of the Year. In 2018/19 Brody will attend the University of Victoria and play for the Vikes in the BCIHL.
Mark Ziobro finished his Junior A career with the English River Miners. Joining the team in December Ziobro laced his skates up for 27 regular season games. His gritty two-way play was very noticeable on the ice in all situations putting up 11 points. Mark will continue his education at Portage College and will play hockey for the Voyageurs in the ACAC.
Captain Braedan Pearce led the English River Miners on and off the ice in the 2016/2017 season. Battling through injuries, Pearce had 26 points in the regular season and added another 6 points in the playoffs. Off the ice, he was a co-winner of the Lions Club Community Service Award. Braedan has committed to play ACHA-NAIA hockey at Waldorf University and will be a Warrior for the 2017/2018 season.
Assistant Captain Trevor Pereverzoff led the Miners defense in 2016/2017 with 19 goals and 32 assists. Pereverzoff set the franchise season and career scoring records for defensemen. Winning the 2016/2017 Miners Defenseman of the Year Award, Pereverzoff also became the first Miner to win a major SIJHL award. Trevor was also recognized on the SIJHL CCM 1 st All-Star Team and was also named SIJHL CCM Hockey Best Defenseman. Trevor will continue his hockey career playing ACHA Division I with the University of Jamestown in 2017/2018.
Assistant Captain Austin Kuhn was a leader both on the ice on and off. Kuhn appeared in all 56 regular season games scoring 20 goals and adding 30 assists. Austin was solid in his own end and on face offs regularly being matched up against the SIJHL top players. Off the ice, Kuhn was a co-winner of the Lions Club Community Service Award and was regularly seen at local public schools. Kuhn will continue his hockey and education at Adrian College playing ACHA Division I for the Bulldogs.
Zac Schlitt came to the Miners in a mid season trade bolstering the blue line. Schlitt played 36 regular season games and 8 playoff games to finish off his Junior ‘A’ hockey. In the fall of 2017 Schlitt will be attending the University of Nevada-Las Vegas playing ACHA Division I hockey for the Rebels.
Kaden Hintz finished his junior ‘A’ hockey career as a Miner; joining the team in a mid-season trade. While battling through injuries, Hintz was still able to put up 19 points in 32 regular season games. Kaden has committed to Waldorf University, where he will play ACHA-NAIA hockey for the Warriors.
Forward Dante Raposo joined the English River Miners for the second half of the 2016/17 season. Raposo showed his offensive skills putting up 32 points in 30 regular season games for the Miners. Dante will continue his education and hockey at Adrian College playing ACHA Division I hockey for the Bulldogs.
Defenceman DJ Auger patrolled the blue line for the English River Miners in the 2016/17 season. Auger put up 29 points in 52 regular season games for the Miners. Auger will play hockey for the Portage College Voyageurs in the ACAC.
Miners Captain Bryan Kromm led his team both on and off the ice. With his never quit attitude Kromm won the Tyler Mills Memorial – Unsung Hero Award. Bryan has committed to play ACHA- Division 1 for the University of Jamestown with fellow Miner Destin Robinson.
Assistant Captain Ryker Moreau was a Miner for his junior career. 2015/16 Moreau led the team in scoring winning the Onaway Lodge Leading Scorer award to go along with his second Goldcorp Most Dedicated Player award. With franchise records in games played, goals, assists, points and penalty minutes Ryker will continue playing hockey at Simon Fraser University in the BCIHL.
Assistant Captain Brandon Schaber had a great 2015/2016 season leading the Miners in hits and blocked shots. With 10 goals and 18 assists in the regular season Brandon led the defence in both ends on the way to winning the miners Defenceman Of The Year Award. Brandon has committed to play NCAA-D-III at St. Mary’s University.
Destin “Dez” Robinson led all Miners forwards with 134 blocked shots. Highly skilled, Dez showed his abilities in both ends of the rink being a strong two way player and killing penalties. Dez has committed to play ACHA- Division 1 for the University of Jameston along with fellow Miner Bryan Kromm.
Landen Matechuk played parts of two seasons for the Miners compiling an impressive 52 points in 54 career games. His offensive abilities will be on display starting this fall as Landon will continue to play hockey for the University of Victoria.
Forward Konnar Dechaine skated for the English River Miners for the 2015/16 season. Dechaine scored 23 goals and had 43 points in 56 regular season games and added 10 points in 9 games in the playoffs. Dechaine will continue his hockey playing ACHA Division III hockey at the University of Wisconsin-Stout for the Blue Devils.
Defenseman Jake Gushue brought a physical game to the English River Miners. In 54 regular season games Gushue put up 12 points and 165 PIM. Off the ice Gushue was recognized for his community work winning the Lions Club Community Service Award. Jake will continue his education and hockey at Briercrest College playing in the ACAC for the Clippers.
Forward Hank Bouchard played 2 seasons for the English River Miners. In 83 regular season games Bouchard put up 21 points for the Miners.Bouchard will continue his education and hockey career at Williston State playing ACHA Division II for the Tetons.
Goaltender Korlan Vader played for the English River Miners for the 2015/16 season. The Sherwood Park, Alberta native appeared in 27 regular season games and 8 playoff games for the Miners. Korlan continues his education and hockey career at Briercrest College for the Clippers in the ACAC.
Former Miner Richard Dartnall has committed to play for the Keyano Huskies (Fort McMurray, AB) in the ACAC well going to school. Dartnall posted 53 points (Goals 15, Assists 38) in 95 games played over 2 seasons. Richard Dartnall was 1 of the fan favourites on and off the ice. We would like to wish Richard Darts the best in his future and with school.
Goaltender Greg Harney spent 2 seasons in black and gold playing in 77 games as a Miner. Harney was the Miners 2013/14 Rookie of the Year and 2014/15 Miners MVP. The East Haven CT native also was recognized by the SIJHL as being named a finalist for the 2014/15 SIJHL goaltender of the year. Harney is attending Framingham State University where he will be playing NCAA Division III hockey for the Rams.
Defenceman Mark Dryer finished his junior hockey career as an English River Miner. Dryer would patrol the blue line for the Miners in 39 regular season games tallying 11 points and 56 PIM. Following his junior hockey career Dryer would play ACHA Division II hockey at Minnesota State University for the Mavericks.
Defenceman Joel Warkentin finished his Junior Hockey career as the Captain of the English River Miners. A steady defenceman Warkentin put up 23 points and 69 PIM in 49 regular season contests. Warkentin was the winner of the Goldcorp Most Dedicated Player Award for the 2014/15 season. Warkentin continued his hockey career at Portage College playing for the Voyageurs in the ACAC.
Import Defenseman Will Wickersham from Richmond, Virginia became an instant fan favorite on and off the ice with his hard work ethic and his never ending service in the community. The Miners Assistant Captain was rewarded with the Miners best defenseman award this past season as well as the community service award. Next season Will will be manning the blueline in the ECAC for Nichols College. In the 44 games for the Miners he had 4 goals and 6 assists.
Assistant captain Brendan Wilde has accepted on offer to play for Williston State in the NJCAA. Wilde became a great leader on and off the ice and was one of the premier penalty killers this past season in the SIJHL. The Surrey BC native had 20 goals and 25 assists which also included 4 game winners. His passion for the game never went unnoticed. Brendan also was a weekly player of the week award recipient.
Center Paul Lamoureaux from Sherwood Park Alberta has accepted an offer to play D1 at Liberty University in the ACHA. The highly skilled forward battled through an injury filled season that saw him put up 16 goals and 13 assists in 40 games.
Forward Johnny Morales finished his junior hockey career with the English River Miners. Morales displayed skill and grit for the Miners scoring 31 goals in his 63 points along with 69 PIM in his 55 regular season games. Morales was the winner of the Onaway Lodge scoring award and the Anything Branded MVP. Morales will move on to play college hockey at Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota playing for the Cardinals in Division III MIAC conference.
Forward Vincent Currao played for the English River Miners for the 2013/14 season. An offensive threat Currao put up 56 points in 53 regular season games. After finishing his junior hockey career Currao went on to play NCAA Division III hockey for the Aurora University Spartans.
Forward Nathan Johnson skated for the English River Miners in the 2013/14 season. Scoring the first goal in franchise history Johnson would finish with 14 points in 52 regular season games. Following his junior hockey career Johnson would head overseas and play in Sweden D3 for Ockelbo HC.
Ben Smaha played both Forward and Defense while playing for the English River Miners. In 38 regular season games Smaha had 8 points and 92 PIM. Following his Junior career Smaha would head overseas and play in Sweden DII for Tibro IK.
Forward Eric Masters finished the 2013/14 season with the English River Miners. In 36 regular season games with the Miners, masters would tally 11 points. Following his junior hockey career Masters would continue playing hockey at Liberty University Division II ACHA hockey for the Flames.
Forward Jared Binguis skated for the English River Miners in parts of two seasons. In 17 regular season games Binguis would record 1 goal. Following his Junior career Binguis would play Division II ACHA at Sault College for the Cougars.