Hockey Hall of Fame legend Darryl Sittler will forever be synonymous with February 7, 1976. It was on that day when he amassed an astonishing 10 points (six goals, four assists) in an 11-4 steamrolling of the Boston Bruins. This NHL record has never been broken and will likely stand the test of time. Sittler’s big game helped him become the first Toronto Maple Leafs player to reach the 100-point mark in a season.
By the time he retired in 1985, Sittler was the Maple Leafs all-time leader in virtually every major offensive category, including goals, assists and points.
Up-and-coming netminder Chris Driedger made his NHL debut with the Ottawa Senators in 2015. Leading up to his NHL career, the highly-touted Driedger played in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, the U17 World Hockey Challenge and set junior hockey records with the Calgary Hitmen. Notably, he is only the sixth Western Hockey League goaltender to ever score a goal.
The flamboyant Commodore, who regularly set trends throughout the hockey world, including his pre-game bathrobe craze he started during the 2006 NHL playoffs, is one of the few individuals who has won both the illustrious Stanley Cup as a member of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes and a World Championship gold medal while representing his native Canada.
Towering at 6’6” and armed with a booming slapshot, Ben Harpur is a force from the blueline. He was a high draft pick of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators after leading the Guelph Storm to the 2014 Memorial Cup championship, the most acclaimed tournament for all Canadian junior hockey teams. Harpur needed little time to crack the Senators line-up as he suited up for the big team in his very first year as a pro.
Another rugged defenceman for Team Canada, Davis Vandane has excelled in many leagues throughout North America, including both the amateur and professional ranks. Vandane has starred in the Western Junior Hockey League, the Canadian University circuit and the East Coast Hockey League, most recently manning the blueline for the Elmira Jackals.
Nicknamed “Tree” due to his powerful stature and stabilizing presence on defence, Brett Ponich has put together a solid career split between the American Hockey League and East Coast Hockey League. He entered the pro ranks after being drafted in the second round by the NHL’s St. Louis Blues and set career highs in points and goals with the 2015-16 Kalamazoo Wings of the AHL.
Always determined with a marvelled work ethic contrasted with great size for his position, Adam Cracknell caught the attention of NHL’s Calgary Flames who drafted him in 2004. Cracknell flourished into a star player. Cracknell re-introduced himself in 2010/11 and this past season playing with the Dallas Stars, Cracknell set personal highs in games played, goals, and assists
Drafted in the first round of the 2009 NHL entry draft by the Anaheim Ducks it was evident Peter Holland had immense talent on the ice. With great size and vision, Holland also possesses a soft touch around the net. The skilled centerman became a mainstay playing for his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs and was recently dealt to the Arizona Coyotes.
The 5-11, 200 pound Chad Nehring was a team leader for the Lake Superior State University of the CCHA having played all four seasons. Nehring later latched on with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack where he led the Wolf Pack in goals (26), points (48), and plus/minus (+16). Nehring has continued his good fortunes by signing a contract with the Ottawa Senators of the NHL.
Adam Hughesman was a junior star who suited up for Canada West at the 2008 U17 World Hockey Classic and scored an incredible 50 goals in his final year with the WHL’s Tri-City Americans. He has continued his scoring ways since turning pro, including all-star campaigns in the East Coast Hockey League and the Italian Serie A.
Forward Steve McParland turned pro in 2016 following a fantastic collegiate career where he helped lead Providence College to an NCAA National Championship. This past season in the ECHL, the forward earned rookie-of-the-month honours and participated in the league’s All-Star Classic. McParland also competed for both Chicago and Binghampton of the American Hockey League in 2017.
Tyler Gron has earned the reputation as a master along the boards with uncanny puck possession skills. Highly touted as a collegian, earning first team all-star honours with Northern Michigan University, Gron has gained considerable success both in North America&Europe. He has competed in both the Danish and Italian Cup tournaments and was a Danish Champion in 2016 with the Esbjerg Energy.
Terry Yake was a prolific goal scorer, twice eclipsing 50 points and 20 goals in the NHL. Yake went on to experience tremendous success in the Deutsche Eishockey League (DEL) and the Switzerland National League B (NLB) where the centerman received multiple accolades being selected for annual All-Star games and breaking the playoff assist record in the NLB with 13
Kevin Noble has long established himself as a grinder who plays with an edge. Not only is he a competent pugilist, Kevin is also extremely deft in moving the puck. He has excelled at various levels, including the Central Hockey League and East Coast Hockey League in North America as well as the past two years with the Coventry Blaze of England’s Elite Ice Hockey League.
A former star of the Sydney Ice Dogs and draft pick of the NHL’s Calgary Flames, Kevin Harvey of the Dundas Real McCoys continues to leave his mark throughout the hockey world, both by scoring and hits. Harvey has won a championship with HC Slovan Bratislava of the Slovakian Extraliga and has participated in major tournaments including Canada’s RBC Cup and England’s EIHL Cup.
A legend in New York, Stephane Matteau was a key figure who brought the Stanley Cup to the “Big Apple” in 1994, ending the franchise’s 54-year Cup drought! Not only did he score the Game 3 overtime winner in the Stanley Cup Conference Final, but he also scored the double overtime winner in that series’ deciding Game 7 – with both heroic goals scored against legendary goaltender Martin Brodeur.