The name Dave “Tiger” Williams brings memories of fear for both players and goalies alike. While most images of the Tiger likely show him earning a trip to or sitting in the penalty box, he possessed an offensive scoring talent which often went overlooked due to his penchant for pugilism. In fact, Williams averaged over 22 goals a season in the NHL over a seven-year period.
When all was said and done in a 14-year NHL career, Williams was the NHL’s all-time leader in penalty minutes with 3,966 – the equivalent to just under 200 periods.
Joseph Fallon is an American collegiate hockey legend after starring for the University of Vermont and graduating as the second-all-time leader in shutouts in NCAA college history. Drafted by the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks in 2005, Fallon has gone on to achieve success in various leagues throughout North America and Europe, most recently with the Dundee Stars of the British Elite Ice Hockey League.
One of Canada’s top defencemen of his generation, Scott Hannan was a first round draft pick of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks. The shutdown blueliner would go on to play in over 1,000 NHL games, highlighted by an NHL All-Star game appearance, a silver medal at the World Championship, and most notable, helping Canada claim the 2004 World Cup – hockey’s ultimate best-on-best tournament.
An offensively gifted defensemen, T.J. Brennan has played for a number of NHL teams including the Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers and Buffalo Sabres. His scoring prowess has earned him numerous awards at both the junior and professional levels, and he is a regular participant in the annual American Hockey League All-Star Classic.
Following a collegiate career where he won the 2015 NCAA championship with Providence College and was named both the team’s captain and Best Defensive Player, Tom Parisi advanced to the pro ranks by the tender age of 22 after signing with the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens. This past year, Parisi, known for his superior tactical play, suited up for the Canadiens’ top minor league affiliate, the St. John’s IceCaps.
Forward Michael Budd has been torching the goal lights over the past two seasons in the German Leagues, scoring an incredible 90 goals over 85 games. Budd has also skated for Wichita and Pensacola in North America and China Dragon in the Asia League. As a junior, he represented Canada East at the U19 World Junior A Challenge.
Brandon Bollig can do it all. He has a tremendous shot, skilled hands, and is a punishing physical force on the ice. Bollig is the ultimate competitor and an NHL champion. The forward entered the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks and in the 2012/13 NHL season Bollig won the NHL’s highest honour, winning the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Justin Maylan is a scoring machine. He has averaged over a point-a-game throughout his professional career, whether it is in North America or Europe. He has appeared in a number of International tournaments, including representing Canada Pacific at the U17 World Championships and leading the Herning Blue Fox to the Danish Cup championship.
Stefan Matteau has won a fair share of silverware over his career, including a gold medal at the 2010 Four Nations Cup, the 2010 Telus Cup with the Notre Dame Hounds, and a silver medal at the 2011 U17 World Hockey Challenge. The rugged left winger was drafted in the first round by the NHL’s New Jersey Devils and played parts of two seasons with the big club before his recent trade to the Montreal Canadiens.
Texas-born Nick Lazorko has been a perennial all-star throughout his career, earning honours in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, East College Athletic Conference and the Southern Professional Hockey League. The left winger set his professional career high of 32 goals as a member of SPHL’s Huntsville Havoc.
A highly-decorated collegian, Austin Smith was a First Team All-American and Hobey Baker finalist, awarded to the top U.S. collegiate player, in 2012 and would eventually sign with the NHL’s Dallas Stars that same year. Since then, Smith has often led his team in scoring, including this past season as a member of the Innsbruck HC squad in the Austrian National League.
Noted as an elite stick-handler and playmaker, Michael Fourney was drafted in the third round by the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers. After successful years in the USHL and ECHL, the left winger chose to pursue a hockey career in Australia and Europe. Since 2014, Fourney has starred in England’s Elite Ice Hockey League, including the past two seasons as a member of the Belfast Giants.
A small, quick and robust forward who excels as a penalty kill specialist, Colin Blackwill currently plays for the San Jose Barracudas of the American Hockey League. He was drafted by the NHL’s San Jose Sharks following a stellar collegiate career with Harvard University, where he won the NCAA (ECAC) Championship in 2015.
A two-time winner of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference Player of the Year, John Dunbar has consistently scored at an alarmingly high rate. He has averaged over 20 goals a season over the past four years, and has rocked in the playoffs. In his 2016-17 campaign with the ECHL’s Norfolk Admirals, he led the team in assists and ranked second in goals.
A big-bodied defenceman who signed with the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning as a 19-year old, Dan Milan has been a pillar of strength on the blueline for the past five seasons in the East Coast Hockey League. Never one to shy away from the game’s physicality, Milan has often led his team in penalty minutes.
Yet another hockey talent from the successful Brennan clan, Shane joins his brother T.J. on the American squad for the Australian Ice Hockey Classic. The forward is a former star of the Philadelphia Little Flyers of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League and served as captain of Rowan University during his collegiate career.