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    2017-18 Sarnia Sting Hockey SARNIA Brought to you by:y THE OBSERVER

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    2017-18 SARNIA STING HOCKEY 3 To our Valued Fans, As the 2016-17 season ended we have now had the off-season to reflect on the campaign. It goes without saying that we are not satisfied with last season’s result, but at the same time, we are able to draw a lot of positives out of our second full season as owners of the Sarnia Sting and members of the Sarnia-Lambton Community. We want to thank you for your outstanding support last season. With last year in the rear-view, we are now setting our sights on what is sure to be an exciting 2017-18 campaign. We enter the new season with tremendous optimism both on and off the ice, as we look to ice an entertaining, high energy competitive team, coupled with providing our base with an entertaining, fan friendly experience at Progressive Auto Sales Arena. The Sting return many of the key pieces that saw last year’s edition of the club post the fifth most goals in the OHL in the competitive Western Conference, and we are hopeful that those skaters can duplicate that success. This year’s NHL Draft in Chicago saw three more members of the Sting taken in the selection process. Adam Ruzicka was selected in the 4th round by the Calgary Flames, Drake Rymsha went to the L.A. Kings in round 5, while Ryan McGregror was chosen by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 6th. Ruzicka, Rymsha & McGregor have now joined Jordan Kyrou and Antony Salinitri as National Hockey League draft picks, and all will be core pieces heading into the new season. In closing, we again want to take the time to thank all those who support the Sarnia Sting Organization We’ve enjoyed some electric crowds last season and want to make note that your dedication and loyalty does not go un-noticed. As a hockey club, we promise to continue to strive for excellence because this fan-base deserves an OHL Championship. Looking forward to seeing you at the rink! Derian Hatcher & David Legwand Thank You to the Sarnia Sting Booster Club for 20+ years of generosity: • Mary Allison • Susan Bayne • Malcolm Boczek • Becky Coyne • Tammy Ferguson • Pete & Dorothy Harris • Kerri Hill • John & Annie Kuipers • Gary & Lynn LeFaive • Don Macdonald • Dianne McLean • Jon Neely • Judy Parks • Jean Pattison • Mary Power • Dwight Sterling • Fred & Pat Sterling • Doris Williams • Bonita Willock • Sharron Willock • Stacy Worsley • Sue Wright • Bonnie Young

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    4 2017-18 SARNIA STING HOCKEY REES, HOGUE HEADLINE DRAFT CLASS Jon Maillet / Freelance Sports Writer The Sarnia Sting are hoping that this year’s draft will be as fruitful on the ice, as it appears on paper. “With the draft picks we were able to acquire in that deal with Peterborough last year, we were able to put a few of those picks to use in the priority selection and we are pretty excited about the young group of kids we just drafted.” said Sarnia GM Nick Sinclair. The Sting selected 16 players in the 15 round draft. Jamieson Rees was taken 9th overall in the first round. Rees, who led the Mississauga Reps with 24 goals and 40 points, was just 3 points off the OHL Cup lead, scoring 5 goals and adding 4 assists en route to an OHL Cup title. Sting GM Nick Sinclair feels that there is a lot to be excited about with Rees. “He’s got a number of different tools to his game that Sarnia Sting fans are going to be excited to come and watch, he’s a skilled guy that can create a lot of offence and he likes to finish hits, he’s a 2 way player that is exciting to watch in all 3 zones of the ice.” Rees is coming off a great season with the Reps, and received an invite to the Canadian Under 17 Development Camp where he had a goal and an assist, still, Sinclair’s expectations of Rees remain realistic. “For any 16 year old kid that comes into the OHL, it’s an adjustment period. Jamieson is a special player, he’s going to be a really good player for our program and our team.” Sarnia exchanged picks with Windsor in the 2nd round, and took Alexandre Hogue 37th overall of the Cumberland Grads Midget AAA. Hogue was named Defensemen of the year in the HEO U18 AAA league. The Embrun, ON native led all league defenders in Goals (14), Points (47), PP Points (20), and Shorthanded Goals (2) in 45 games. Sinclair is excited to have Hogue, and stressed they want to give him every opportunity to succeed. “We are going to do all we can to put him in the right situations this year to allow him to have success. He’s a crafty mobile defender back there, he’s going to be a big part of our offense as time goes on here” Some have drawn comparisons to Hogue’s play to former Sting defensemen Anthony DeAngelo. Sinclair feels it may be unfair to put a tag like that on the young defensemen, though he does see some similarities. Solutions for all your needs in one store • Interlocking Stone • Retaining Wall • Large Decorative Boulders • Brick and Stone • Thin Brick and Stone • Shingles and Flat Roofing • Insulation • Drywall • Stucco • Ceiling Tiles • Stone Siding • Air, Moisture Barriers • Industrial • Commercial • Residential “They are both smart players with great vision, they see the ice well. They can transition the puck whether they are skating it up the ice or moving it.” Hogue was another of the Sting selections to be invited to Calgary for the U17 Development Camp, where he chipped in with 3 assists and had a good showing alongside fellow Sting picks Jamieson Rees and goaltender Ethan Langevin. Langevin was selected in the 6th round from the Whitby Wildcats, where he appeared in 18 games, posting a 0.52 GAA along with 9 shutouts. “He’s a real competitive kid that moves pretty well in the net, he’s very efficient, and with his compete level and his athleticism it allowed him to have a lot of success in his minor midget year” added Sinclair. Sinclair noted that anytime you have one player selected to the U17 camp, it is exciting, but to have 3 going to Calgary speaks to the job his scouts do. Sarnia was busy in the third round. Brayden Guy of the Brampton 45’s was ironically enough, taken 45th overall and was the first of 3 picks in the 3rd round. Guy will add some size up front, the 6 foot left winger has a nose for the net, scoring 12 goals and adding 20 assists as the captain of the 45’s. Sarnia also took Justin McCombs, a center from the Kitchener Jr Rangers 48th overall, McCombs had 7 goals and 21 points in just 16 games, adding 17 points during the playoffs in 13 games. The Sting used their final third-round pick on Whitby Wildcats defenceman Colton Kammerer at 52nd overall. Krammerer was almost a point per game player, with 34 points in 36 games. They spent four of their next seven picks on American born players with college commitments. Defensemen Mitchell Miller of Detroit Honey Baked in the fouth round (Miami Univ.). Josh Nodler, a center also of Honey Baked was taken 6th round (Mich. State.). Chase McCarthy, a defensemen with Buffalo Jr Sabres was taken in 9th round (Boston U). In the 11th round, Matthew Cameron was selected from New Jersey 16U Avalanche (RPI). The Sarnia Sting also took Sarnia native Nolan DeGurse, a 5ft 6” center with the Lambton Jr Sting in the 13th round. DeGurse had 13 goals and 25 points with the Jr Sting. At the CHL Import draft, Sarnia used 1 pick, taking the big Swedish center Hugo Leufvenius. The 6’3”, 218 lb forward spent 2016-17 with Linköping HC J20 of the Swedish SuperElit league. Leufvenius posted 6 goals and 19 points. “He can play center and he can play left wing, he has a lot of versatility in his game” the Sarnia GM said of the Swedish center, “I think there’s going to be a number of different spots and roles where he’ll fit in nicely with our group” he continued. Sting fans will have to wait and see what happens on the ice at camp, and which of these rookies cracks that starting line up in Guelph on September 22nd. COMPLETE LIST OF SELECTIONS Round 1 – 9th Jamieson Rees (C) Round 2 – 37th Alexandre Hogue (D) Round 3 – 45th Brayden Guy (LW) Round 3 – 48th Justin McCombs (C) Round 3 – 52nd Colton Kammerer (D) Round 4 – 62nd Mitchell Miller (D) Round 5 – 88th Ashton Reesor (D) Round 6 – 108th Josh Nodler (C) Round 6 – 115th Ethan Langevin (G) Round 8 – 148th Cole Craft (RW) Round 9 – 168th Case McCarthy (D) Round 11 – 208th Matthew Cameron (RW) Round 12 – 228th Will Redick (C) Round 13 – 248th Nolan DeGurse (C) Round 14 – 268th Justin Nolet (D) Round 15 – 288th Joshua Booker (D) 1189 CONFEDERATION ST. (AT MURPHY ROAD) Mon.-Fri. 7:00-5:00, Sat. 8:00-12:00 SARNIA 519-337-2334

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    2017-18 SARNIA STING HOCKEY 5 20 QUESTIONS WITH STING GENERAL MANAGER NICK SINCLAIR A message to the fans from Nick: “Thank you to the fans for their continuous support. You are the lifeblood of Sting Hockey. We are working hard to create a winning culture and a program this community can be proud of. We are dedicated to bringing a championship to Sarnia, it is what the fans and this town deserves.” 1. Hometown? Fenelon Falls, ON 2. University? University of Waterloo 3. Minor Hockey Team? Central Ontario Wolves 4. Most memorable minor hockey moment? Winning an All Ontario Championship. 5. Favourite NHL team growing up? Detroit Red Wings 6. Favourite hockey player growing up? Steve Yzerman 7. Favourite NHL rink? Bell Centre 8. Most memorable OHL moment: Clinching the West Division Title in 2015-16 9. Favourite OHL prospect during your time as a scout: Travis Konecny 10. Favourite Band: Tool 11. Favourite meal: Cedar Planked Salmon 12. Favourite ice cream: Moosetracks 13. What profession would you work in if you weren’t in hockey: Something in law or forensics 14. Sporting event on your bucket list: The Kentucky Derby 15. Best hitting golf club: Gap wedge 16. Who would you want to have dinner with, dead or alive: Winston Churchill 17. Favourite TV show: Curb Your Enthusiasm 18. Favourite non-hockey team: Toronto Blue Jays 19. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Bora Bora 20. Favourite thing about Sarnia? There are many, but ultimately the passion that lies in Sting fans and the continuous support they provide this team. 235 Indian Rd. S., SARNIA 519-337-4550 • 1-800-561-LOAN www.paylessautomart.com Cheer on the Sarnia Sting! Good Luck in the 2017/2018 Season! FINANCIAL SERVICES: Redco Auto Credit OPEN MON. - FRI. • 8AM - 6PM SAT. 9AM - 3PM

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    6 2017-18 SARNIA STING HOCKEY STING LOOK FOR ANOTHER DIVISION TITLE Jon Maillet / Freelance Sports Writer The Sarnia Sting start a new season, and as is the case, there is a certain optimism in the air. A buzz if you will. After a bit of an up and down ride for the Sting in the last two seasons, a West Division title and then bad news from the NHL the following year, Co-Owner and Head Coach Derian Hatcher believes they are back on track. “Our goal is going to be to win our division again” said Hatcher over the phone, “we were able to do it two years ago, this year we feel comfortable with the guys we have returning, we should definitely be able to compete” Offensively the Sting shouldn’t need to worry, their core group will remain intact. Last season saw guys like Anthony Salinitri and Adam Ruzicka help fill the void left by the departure of Pavel Zacha and Travis Konecny. Salinitri who had a career high 58 points last season along with Ruzicka, who had 25 goals and 46 points last season will be expected to provide another boost for this offense. “I don’t know how many goals we scored last year, but we scored a lot. We expect to be able to offensively put up the same numbers” Hatcher said of his offense, that will feature five NHL drafted forwards. Jordan Kyrou will lead the way again, Kyrou was in midseason form at the World Junior Showcase in Plymouth, Michigan, where he had four goals and five points in three games and was among the tournament’s top scorers. It is hoped that The Sting will only be without Kyrou over Christmas, and not lost to the NHL. “That is one guy we are a little bit worried about you know, but I think being a second round pick there’s not as much pressure on St Louis, or anyone for that matter, we want the best for Jordan, but we want him back in our lineup as well,” said Hatcher of the Blues 2nd round choice in 2016. Los Angeles Kings, 2017 sixth round pick Drake Rymsha will be returning, Rymsha was acquired from the 67’s in exchange for picks near last season’s trade deadline. He had 62 points last season. In just 28 WISHING THE SARNIA STING A SUCCESSFUL 2017 - 2018 SEASON! Supporting junior hockey and amateur hockey. Check out the great fan food before or after each game. www.realcanadiansuperstore.ca 600 Murphy Road, Sarnia 519-383-8300 Open 7 am to 11:00 pm

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    games with the Sting, he scored 20 goals and had 33 points. “Drake Rymsha has been a pretty important piece to our group and we expect him to have a really big year for us this year,” said Sting GM Nick Sinclair, “Last year we kind of started to turn the car in a different direction and focus on making a few moves that still allowed us to be competitive, but at the end of the day would help us even more so down the road.” Some of those moves helped them in the past Priority Selection, though bad luck has once again struck this club. First round pick Jamieson Rees, a highly touted forward suffered an injury while competing at the Under 17 Development camp. “It’s unfortunate for Rees because he got hurt so he will be out, he will more than likely miss the start of the season which will set him back a little bit” said coach Hatcher, “but this is a kid who everyone I’ve talked to said he could have gone second or third overall in the draft, and I have been told I will love him.” Hatcher is also eager to see Hugo Leufvenius join the lineup. Leufvenius is a big capable center who can also play on the wing. It is likely that he will start on the wing for training camp. When asked how he will use Leufvenius, Hatcher responded, “Obviously it’s a situational thing, probably have to wait and see, you see him play a little here and there but until you have him on a daily basis you’re not sure.” Leufvenius will add some size up front, as he looks to prove he can play the North American style game and get to the NHL. Of course the departure of Kevin Spinozzi and Jeff King have left two holes that need filling on this Sarnia Sting blueline. “I think the biggest question will be on defence, who’s going to be able to step up in fill that role, there’s going to definitely be some competition on the back end, we have some young guys we think are really going to make a case to make this team,” Hatcher said, adding that he believes there will be some tough decisions before camp ends. One of those young guys expected to help shore up the defense is Alexandre Hogue. Hogue was selected in the second round of the OHL draft, and Hatcher is looking forward to his play. “Hogue is obviously a guy with tremendous offensive prowess, he’s going to come in and he’s going to be a good player for us, and I think early on we will have to live with his mistakes and give him that chance to develop.” GM Nick Sinclair is also expecting Nick Grima to step up and have a big year, Grima was acquired last season in the deal that saw Nikita Korostelev go to Peterborough. There will certainly be opportunity for a number of defensemen this season. Conor Schlicting and Jordan Ernst will also return for their final year of OHL hockey, both defensemen are entering their over age season and will look to make an impact. The Sting will likely look to make a trade to help out the defence, as they will need to get down to the 3 OA limit. Troy Lajuenese and Justin Fazio are also entering their OA seasons. Fazio will no doubt want to come out strong and put an exclamation point on his OHL career. Fazio appeared in 52 games last season, picking up 23 wins and posting a 0.896 save percentage. If the Sting are to hoist another divisional banner, Fazio will need to play a big role. Aiden Hughes will most likely get a few more starts as well, with Fazio unable to return 2017-18 SARNIA STING HOCKEY 7 next season, the Sting will want Hughes to be ready to take the reigns. Hughes had a 4.23 GAA last season and posted a 7-8-3-0 record, something he will want to improve upon this year. Whether the Sting capture another West Division title remains to be seen, but it is clear that they seem to have the tools to make it possible and should make the playoffs again. PORTABLE TOILETS WASHROOM TRAILERS SEPTIC SERVICES

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    90 2017-18 SARNIA STING HOCKEY 9 LAMBTON YEARS SINCE 1927 SERVING SARNIA/LAMBTON We have collected over 55,000 gifts for our community through this program. Salvation Army Local 663 (hampers) Inn of the Good Shepard Women’s Interval Home Sarnia Kinsmen Pregnancy Crisis Center Pathways Children’s Center Operation Christmas Tree Neighbour Link Bluewater Children’s Foundation *extra are distributed to Sarnia Hospital, Fire Department THANKS TO YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO REACH OUT TO MANY LOCAL CHARITIES AND WE’RE LOOKING TO MAKE THIS OUR BEST YEAR EVER!!! SUNDAY, DEC. 3RD VS. THE OSHAWA GENERALS GAMETIME: 2:05 “Bring your bears and we’ll see you at the game!” If you’re unable to make it to the game feel free to drop off your toy in the Lambton Ford Showroom Monday through Saturday Lambton Ford first opened in 1927 and over the past 90 years we have grown to become Lambton’s most complete Ford/Lincoln dealership. We offer the area’s only Quick Lane Tire & Repair center and Lambton Ford is an authorized Ford Performance Parts dealer. Our dealership is well experienced to look after your paint and collision needs with our complete Car-Star collision repair center which also includes aluminum repairs. “It has been an honor to support our community for the past 90 years and we are very excited to continue.”- Rob Ravensberg - President Introducing 2018 Mustang 101 Indian Rd., Sarnia • 519-464-400 • www.lambtonford.com

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    10 2017-18 SARNIA STING HOCKEY HEAR BETTER. LIVE BETTER. Why Choose Lambton Audiology Associates? At Lambton Audiology Associates, we believe that providing exceptional audiological care should be the rule, not the exception. That’s why we work extra hard to provide the highest level of patient care and customer support in our community. After all, We’re here to help YOU hear better! ® OUR SERVICES • Hearing assessments for all ages • Hearing aid batteries and accessories • Assistive listening devices • Tinnitus treatment program • Hearing help classes • Home visits • Convenient Saturday appointments • Helping residents of Sarnia-Lambton since 1988 CALL US TODAY TO BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT! SARNIA 519-542-0569 102-1433 London Rd., Sarnia, ON PETROLIA 226-738-0401 4-4119 Petrolia Line, Petrolia, ON

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