Thoughts (from someone else) on Pro Ball in the Region

People other than myself have discussed the possibility of bringing minor league ball to the region.  The following is an excerpt from the Miramichi Twins page from July 27, 2016, entitled “Miramichi Twins see 20 percent increase in registration from last year”.  The Baba quoted in the article is Jim Baba who was (and as far as I can tell) still is the executive director of Baseball Canada.  Prior to this blurb he discusses how the Blue Jays postseason in 2015 helped increase both awareness & registration in baseball across Canada.  He cited how the back to back World Series in 1992 and 1993 lead to a huge increase in registration when he was working with Baseball Saskatchewan.

Consider this to be a sister post to the Alex J. Walling article I just posted minutes ago.


Baba said although the sport has been increasing across the country for the past few years, New Brunswick has always had among the highest increasing registration numbers.
With baseball reaching new levels of popularity in New Brunswick Baba said the possibility of an affiliated single A franchise or an independent Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball (Can-Am league) team expanding out east is a possibility.
“Baseball in Atlantic Canada has always really been a big sport,”Baba said
Miles Wolff, Can-Am League commissioner has recently expanded the league into Ottawa and Baba said he is still looking to grow.
“I know he likes to expand,” Baba said, of Wolff.
David Dion, executive director of Baseball New Brunswick said he would love for professional baseball to come out to New Brunswick but he thinks it would be a difficult process.
“You need the right people to come forward with the right pocket book,” Dion said. “It would be awesome for baseball in the province. . . But it’s not always easy to have all that stuff line up.”
Dion said professional baseball does increase interest in an area. He said Blue Jays have been an aid to the sport in New Brunswick but it has also been the focus on development.


Full article can be viewed here.

To summarize, both Baba and Dion say what I’ve been saying for years.  A pro team in the region will increase awareness of baseball across the Maritimes.  This is turn would lead to more kids playing the game.  This would be great for the sport in our region as we won’t have to rely on the Blue Jays winning to stimulate increase in baseball.  Especially with the Blue Jays rebuilding, this can only be seen as a good thing.  Miles Wolff is mentioned in the article saying he likes to expand the footprint of his league’s, including the geographically proximate Can-Am League.  I am not sure if there’s a Double A league that could expand here as per geography.  It will cost money to start up a team (or teams) here but with the right marketing & sponsorship there’s no reason to believe teams in at least Moncton and Halifax couldn’t be successful.

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Halifax is Dullsville in Summer

Here is another Alex J. Walling article.  This article is from the July 9. 2007 edition of the Daily News and discusses how Halifax has no big-time sports going on during the summer months.  Now 11 years later, not much has changed (of course next year with HFX Wanderers FC, things are about to change).  Walling discussed how Halifax lacks a stadium (common theme of the past 40 years) and how the city would be an ideal market for minor league baseball.  There are even a few quotes from Quebec Capitales owner & independent league czar Miles Wolff in this article.


Halifax is Dullsville in the summertime
ALEX J. WALLING
page 19
We are sports-facility challenged in the summer, big-time.
Let’s be brutally honest, frank and even blunt.
When it comes to sports facilities, Halifax, the so-called bright, shining and guiding light of Atlantic Canada, is a backwater.
Yes, Halifax, the industrial, economic and educational leader of this geographical region is at the bottom of an abyss when it comes to this topic.
From fall through spring, with the Mooseheads, and university football and basketball, this is a happening town.
In those months we rock. But when the Mooseheads pack it in, we fall, as that Bob Seger song, Like A Rock, states.
Summer is Dullsville when it comes to big-time sports in the Halifax Regional Municipality.
Sorry, but I don’t consider senior soccer or senior baseball in the same category as the Canadian Football League or minor professional baseball.
We are homeless for either the CFL in the summer, or a minor pro league, be it basketball or baseball.
Yep, we have the condos, high rises, pollution, Tim Hortons, waterfront development, a long boardwalk, and a terrific cruise-ship business.
We are the cultural, educational, industrial kingpin of the region, and have more pubs per capita than most Canadian cities – but not a darn thing to entice major pro sports in the summertime.
Edmonton, Calgary, Quebec City, Moncton and St. John’s, N.L., have baseball parks that can accommodate roughly 5,000 fans, but not poor Halifax.
What’s wrong with us? How can we lead in so many areas, and be so devoid in recreation and sports facilities?
Where have the municipal and provincial governments been over the decades?
Forget the CFL for a moment, this area of nearly 400,000 strong could handle a semi- or minor-pro baseball team, just as Quebec City does.
Quebec, like Halifax, has a major-junior hockey team, and like Saint Mary’s, has a good football program in Laval, Que.
For the last nine years, the Quebec Capitales have been in the Can-Am baseball league. Miles Wolff is the man behind the team and says if Halifax only had a stadium, it would be an ideal candidate for a franchise.
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Ideal for the CFL, if we had a stadium. Now ideal for minor pro baseball – again, if we had a facility.
Quebec has a stadium built in 1938. The city pumped about $1 million into it a few years ago and it looks great.
Wolff, from North Carolina, was surprised to see Quebecers passionate about baseball.
“I didn’t realize this city had such a history of baseball,” he told me.
Halifax also has a great baseball history in the Halifax and Dartmouth league. Wolff says his team needs 3,000 fans per game to break even. His team averages around 3,800.
Is there any doubt Halifax could do better?
If the pro soccer Clippers could get crowds of 3,000 16 years ago, and the Windjammers up to 7,000, of course we could handle the demands of the Can-Am League.
The Can-Am League plays 94 games, so that’s a home schedule of 47, and they start on the Victoria Day weekend and go through September.
The team has a 22-man roster and there is a strong contingent of local players.
“We have six Quebecois on the team,” Wolff says.
Wouldn’t it have been nice to see the likes of Dartmouth Moosehead Dry standouts Darren Doucette and Joel Irvine on a Halifax professional team?
Irvine and Doucette will be playing at that refurbished Quebec City stadium as the national senior baseball title takes place in Quebec City in August.
So what does it take for Halifax to get out of its backwater mentality? A baseball stadium of 5,000 seats.
Why is that so hard?
This city has grown so much in the past 25 years. It is one of the most vibrant areas in North America – other than sports infrastructure.


Anyone who seen my recent post summarizing the results (including attendance) of the Nova Scotia Clippers in 1991, knows they never managed to reach 3000 in attendance even once.  But it is interesting to know that Miles Wolff did look into Halifax for the Can-Am League, even saying that it would be an ideal location for a team.  Of course the old “if only it had a stadium” is added on to the end of that thought.  There is also a Globe & Mail article from June 8, 1999 entitled “Wolff feels like he has a fighting chance to win over the Plains of Abraham”.  The article talks about how Wolff build the Capitales franchise from the ground up, preparing for opening day in 1999.  The article mentioned how he visited Quebec & other cities on a ballpark scouting trip (I assume in 1997 or 1998).  The other four cities mentioned are Bangor, Trois-Rivieres, Moncton & Halifax.  Wolff would choose Quebec City to start his team.  The Capitales franchise actually moved from Bangor, where it played in 1996 and 1997 as the Blue Ox.  Trois-Rivieres would receive a Can-Am team (les Aigles) in 2012, where they are still a league member.

Walling makes a good point that if Halifax had such a facility more sporting events could come our way.  Hopefully the new Wanderers Grounds could be the beginning of a sports renaissance in the region, or at least the city of Halifax.  It is too late to see Irvine or Doucette to play for a professional Halifax team.  But wouldn’t be great in the future to see locals suit up for a local professional club?

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1996 Dalhousie Tigers – CIBA Champions

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The Dalhousie Tigers won the 1996 Canadian Intercollegiate Baseball Association title.  I have archived all the game results from the 1996 season that I could find from various news archives.  I only included Tigers games for the regular season, but included all results for both the regional and national tournaments.  This was the second ever national championship for university baseball in Canada.  The sport was (and still is) only played at the club level in this country (no varsity programs).

Regular Season (partial)

  1. September 12 – Acadia Axemen 8, Dalhousie Tigers 7 (Memorial Park, Kentville)
  2. September 29 – Dalhousie Tigers 13, Saint Mary’s Huskies 7 (Hantsport)
  3. September 29 – Dalhousie Tigers 2, Saint Mary’s Huskies 1 (Hantsport)
  4. October 4 – Dalhousie Tigers 6, Acadia Axemen 4 (Beazley Field, Dartmouth) – Dal was 6-4 after this game (1/2 game up on the Huskies)
  5. October 7 – Dalhousie Tigers 8, Saint Mary’s Huskies 4 (Beazley Field, Dartmouth) – the teams were tied for first after this game
  6. October 8 – Dalhousie Tigers 6, Saint Mary’s Huskies 5 (Beazley Field, Dartmouth) – Tigers clinch the Atlantic pennant

Final Standings: Dalhousie (8-4), Saint Mary’s (7-5), Acadia (3-9)

Atlantic Championships (Memorial Park, Kentville)

  1. October 11 – Saint Mary’s Huskies 5, Acadia Axemen 4 (14 innings)
  2. October 12 – Dalhousie Tigers 8, Acadia Axemen 7
  3. October 12 – Dalhousie Tigers 14, Saint Mary’s Huskies 8
  4. October 12 – Acadia Axemen 14, Saint Mary’s Huskies 7
  5. October 12 – Dalhousie Tigers 4, Saint Mary’s Huskies 1
  6. October 13 – Dalhousie Tigers 3, Acadia Axemen 2

Final Standings: Dalhousie (4-0), Acadia (1-3), Saint Mary’s (1-3)
MVP: Craig Higgins (shortstop), Dalhousie (batted .600)

Nationals (St. Catherines, Ontario)

  1. October 25 – Dalhousie Tigers 4, Laval Rouge et Or 3
  2. October 25 – Toronto Varsity Blues vs. Brock Badgers
  3. October 26 – Dalhousie Tigers 11, Toronto Varsity Blues 0
  4. October 26 – Brock Badgers 7, Dalhousie Tigers 0
  5. October 26 – Toronto Varsity Blues 3, Laval Rouge et Or 1
  6. October 26 – Brock Badgers 2, Laval Rouge et Or1
  7. October 27 – Dalhousie 8, Brock 3 (Championship Game)

Tigers go 3-1 at nationals to claim the Canadian Intercollegiate Baseball Association championship.  Tournament MVP went to Craig Higgins (went 6 for 14) and Trevor Wamback was named top pitcher.  The team was coached by Cecil Wright.  Other team members included long-time senior standout Jason Irvine and catcher Craig Cooper.  Wamback would go on to be drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 22nd round of the 1998 MLB draft.

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Let’s Play Three!

Tripleheaders are rare at the Major League level.  In fact the last one in MLB was played 98 years ago on October 2, 1920 when the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates two games to one.  They are not completely unheard of in local baseball circles due to our short baseball seasons leading to little time to play makeup games, especially when teams from Yarmouth and Sydney are involved.  Looking through the archives of local papers, I have found 11 such tripleheaders between the senior and university levels since 1992.  Here is a short summary of them.

  1. August 2, 1992: Sydney Sooners at Yarmouth Gateway Blues (Veteran’s Field).  The visiting Sooners started the day how winning the first two games by 12-7 & 7-0 scores.  The hometown Gateways salvaged the tripleheader with a 4-2 win in the nightcap.
  2. June 4, 1995: Sackville Chiefs at Yarmouth Red Knights (Veteran’s Field).  After a doubleheader rainout, the Chiefs played Yarmouth three times in one day.  Yarmouth took the opener, 6-4 while Sackville won game two 5-1.  The Red Knights won the nightcap 9-1 to win the tripleheader. [The Daily News]
  3. July 12, 1998: Sydney Sooners @ Halifax Pelham Electric Blues (Wanderers Grounds).  After having a doubleheader rained out the previous day, the Blues defeated the Sooners two games to one in a tripleheader.  The opening pitch was thrown at 11:30 am, with the last out recorded at 8:50 pm.  The Blues took game one 9-2.  The Sooners got revenge in game two with a 10-3 victory.  But the Blues took the rubber match 9-2.  Jim McEachern, the long time Sooners coach pitched in game one an inning to give his pitchers some rest. [The Daily News]
  4. August 20, 2000: Halifax Pelham Electric Blues @ Sydney Sooners (Susan McEachern Memorial Ball Park).  The hometown team beat the visitors from Halifax two times in this tripleheader (doubleheader the previous day was rained out).  The Blues took game one 13-2 but lost the last two 9-2 & 8-4.  Richie Walcott hit two home runs for the Sooners this day.  [Cape Breton Post]
  5. May 20, 2001: Sydney Sooners @ Yarmouth Gateways (Veteran’s Field).  The Gateways took two out of three from the homestanding Sooners after the previous day’s doubleheader was postponed due to rain.  All games were decided by one run with Sydney winning the opener 2-1 but Yarmouth followed up with 1-0 & 2-1 victories in games two & three. [Cape Breton Post]
  6. September 19, 2004: Dalhousie Tigers @ UNB Cougars (Royals Field).  The clubs were to play two doubleheaders this weekend but wet weather forced them to play only three games, a tripleheader on Sunday afternoon.  The hometown Cougars swept the Tigers by scores of 6-4, 5-2 & 11-10. [The Daily Gleaner]
  7. July 24, 2005: Dartmouth Moosehead Dry @ Sydney Sooners (Susan McEachern Memorial Ball Park).  The Sooners took two out of three against the defending national champions.  This tripleheader was played after the previous day’s doubleheader was rained out.  The Sooners took the first game 6-5.  Dartmouth came back in game two with a 7-6 win.  Then Sydney took the nightcap 9-8 in eight innings (all games were scheduled for seven).  Brad MacLean hit a sac fly in the bottom of the eight in game three to win it for Sydney.  Not surprisingly, Darren Douccette, Jamie Vallis & Joel Irvine all hit home runs for the Dry. [The Chronicle Herald]
  8. August 19, 2007: Sydney Sooners @ Halifax Canadians (Mainland Common).  The hometown Canadians swept the visitors from Cape Breton by scores of 9-0, 9-2 & 5-2.  Ryan MacInnis pitched the first 12 innings for Halifax & picked up two wins.  Ryan Veinot had a total of five hits on the day.  The tripleheader was made necessary after the previous days doubleheader was rained out. [Halifax Daily News]
  9. September 23, 2007: UNB Cougars @ St. FX X-Men (Albion Field).  The third game was actually a UNB “home” game to makeup a rain out from the previous weekend in Fredericton. Results not available. [The Evening News, New Glasgow]
  10. September 14, 2008: St. FX X-Men @ Cape Breton Capers (Susan McEachern Memorial Ball Park.  Results not available. [Cape Breton Post]
  11. October 16, 2011: Dalhousie Tigers @ Cape Breton Capers (Susan McEachern Memorial Ball Park).  The Tigers and Capers played their entire best of three CIBA Atlantic Conference championship series in one day.  The Capers took the first game 7-0 with Justin Brewer pitching the complete game shutout.  Game two went to the Tigers 10-8.  Cape Breton won the nightcap 10-2 with Josh Spooney hitting two singles and a two run home run.  The wins advanced the Capers to the 2011 nationals that were held in Moncton.  [Cape Breton Post]
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Nova Scotia Clippers Results

Here are the game results of the Nova Scotia Clippers (Canadian Soccer League, 1991).  The franchise was rewarded in April 1989, played their first game two years later.  The Clippers’ training camp opened April 22 at Cole Harbour Place.  The club spent some of early to mid-May at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Bible Hill before returning to Halifax/Dartmouth.  All regular season home games were played at Beazley Field in Dartmouth.

The team’s main sponsors were Ultramar Canada, Simpson-Hurst Limited and Alexander Keith’s Breweries.  Included information is the date, opponent, result, Clipper goals & attendance (when available).  All information is via the Halifax Daily News.

Exhibitions:

  1. April 29 – @ University of Maine, 4-0 victory [goals by George Kyreakakos (2), Peter MacIntosh & Stuart Galloway]
  2. May 14 – vs. Truro Selects, 6-0 victory [at NSAC in Bible Hill]
  3. May 15 – vs. Dartmouth United Moosehead, 3-0 [goals by Dino Lopez, George Kyreakakos & Dennis Larsen, attendance of 100 at NSAC in Bible Hill]
  4. May 16 – vs. Cole Harbour Soccer Pro, 1-0 defeat [attendance 100 at NSAC in Bible Hill]
  5. May 19 – vs. Nova Scotia Selects, 2-0 victory [goals by Tony Pigniatello & George Kyreakakos, attendance 800]
  6. August 28 – vs. Nova Scotia Selects, 3-0 victory [goals by Hunter Madelay, Kevin Wasden & Dana Peoples, played at Huskies Stadium, Saint Mary’s]
  7. September 2 – vs. Bermuda national team, 0-0 draw [attendance estimated at 500]
  8. September 6 – vs. Bermuda national team, result unknown [played in Saint John]

Regular Season:

  1. May 26 – vs. Vancouver 86ers, 0-0 draw [attendance 1891]
  2. May 28 – vs. Winnipeg Fury, 2-0 victory [both goals by Gordon Hill, attendance 901]
  3. June 7 – @ Kitchener Kickers, 3-3 draw [goals by Pat Sullivan, Jamie Pollock & Murray David]
  4. June 9 – vs. Montreal Supra, 1-1 draw [goal by Dennis Larsen, attendance 1231]
  5. June 16 – vs. North York Rockets, 1-1 draw [goal by George Kryeakakos, attendance 1723]
  6. June 19 – vs. Toronto Blizzard, 1-0 victory [goal by Lewis Page, attendance 1707]
  7. June 21 – vs. Hamilton Steelers, 2-1 victory [goals by George Kryeakakos & Dino Lopez, attendance 2002]
  8. June 23 – @ Winnipeg Fury, 2-2 draw [goals by Lee Sullivan & Micheal Lyons, attendance 1871]
  9. June 26 – @ Vancouver 86ers, 3-1 defeat [goal by Tom Kouzmanis]
  10. June 30 – vs. Kitchener Kickers, 1-0 defeat [attendance 1430]
  11. July 3 – @ Montreal Supra, 3-2 defeat [goals by Dennis Larsen & Lee Sullivan]
  12. July 5 – vs. Hamilton Steelers, 1-0 defeat [attendance 1279]
  13. July 12 – @ Kitchener Kickers, victory [goals by Gordon Hill & Hunter Madelay]
  14. July 14 – @ Hamilton Steelers, 3-0 defeat
  15. July 19 – vs. Toronto Blizzard, 2-1 victory [both goals by Dennis Larsen, attendance 2232]
  16. July 21 – vs. North York Rockets, 0-0 draw [game called after 57 minutes due to thunderstorm]
  17. July 24 – @ Winnipeg Fury, 1-1 draw [goal by Robbie Cleugh, attendance 8629]
  18. July 26 – @ Vancouver 86ers, defeat
  19. July 28 – @ North York Rockets, 3-0 defeat [attendance 2015]
  20. July 31 – @ Toronto Blizzard, 6-1 defeat [goal by Neil Sedgwick, attendance 1980]
  21. August 2 – @ North York, 5-1 defeat [goal by Gordon Hill]
  22. August 4 – vs. Kitchener Kickers, 1-0 defeat [attendance 1314]
  23. August 9 – @ Toronto Blizzard, 4-2 defeat [goals by Dino Lopez & Pat Sullivan]
  24. August 11 – @ Hamilton Steelers, 2-1 victory [goals by Robbie Cleugh & Dennis Larsen]
  25. August 14 – vs. Vancouver 86ers, 4-0 defeat [attendance 1489]
  26. August 25 – vs. Montreal Supra, 2-1 victory [goals by Hunter Madelay & Robbie Cleugh, attendance 1466]
  27. August 30 – vs. Winnipeg Fury, 2-1 defeat [goal by Dino Lopez, attendance 1131. George Lucas played goal for the Clippers as Shel Brodsgraad was with the Olympic team]
  28. September 4 – @ Montreal Supra, 1-0 defeat

Postseason:

  1. September 11 – vs. North York Rockets, 4-0 defeat [attendance 359]
  2. September 15 – @ North York Rockets, 5-1 defeat [goal by Dwight Hornibrook]
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Jerry Marsh Ballfield (New Waterford)

 

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The baseball field in New Waterford is now named after a former mayor as it was renamed in 1992.  This field is the second oldest ball field in Canada (after Labatt Park in London).  They have been playing baseball on this site since 1911 (Labatt Park is 140 years old, oldest ballfield not only in Canada but the entire world).  The discovery of Jerry Marsh Field being the second oldest in Canada was made by a nine-year old girl named Sophia Hillier who made the discovery while working on a heritage project.  The family is hoping the park will gain heritage status with the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.  The hope is the field will gain this status by next summer.  To put the field’s age in prospective, they have been playing baseball here one year longer than they have at Boston’s Fenway Park.

The field was home to the New Waterford Dodgers of the old Cape Breton Colliery League.  As discussed in previous posts, this is not the only Colliery League park that is still in use.  The only Major Leaguer to play as this park (as a Dodger) was Leo Merullo (who would play for the Cubs).  In preperation of the Colliery League (in 1937), the town of New Waterford moved the fences out ten feet and added more spectator seating.  The parks in both Glace Bay and Sydney Mines are also still used for ball (both are used for softball today).

The park was also home to the 1959 New Waterford Giants, the first Cape Breton club to win the Maritime championship.  In 2011 (the park’s centenary), it underwent renovations including new dugouts, drainage system and fencing which were for the 2011 national Big League championships.

The field is now used by New Waterford Minor Baseball.  More information on the field can be found in this article by Jeremy Fraser of the Cape Breton Post.  A shout out goes out to Sophia and her father for doing the research regarding this being the second oldest baseball field (still in use) in Canada.

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NHL Connections to Atlantic Canada

 

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Alright, I have done MLB, NBA, CFL & NFL connections to the region and I will continue the series by discussing Atlantic Canadian ties to the NHL.  This post will be a little different from the others and the reason for this is two-fold.  This is not a hockey blog and the sport is prevalent in the area so I will not list every single player from or has played in the region.  That would be to time consuming for this little corner of the internet.  I will instead list notable players by province.  By notables, I generally go with the first NHLer from the province and any other player with at least 500 career games played (with some exceptions, namely recent players).

Players From Atlantic Canada

New Brunswick (51 players total)

  1. Fred McLean, Lakeville Corner
  2. Forbes Kennedy, Dorchester
  3. Danny Grant, Fredericton
  4. Hilliard Graves, Saint John
  5. Greg Malone, Fredericton
  6. Mike Eagles, Sussex
  7. Don Sweeney, St. Stephen
  8. Scott Pellerin, Shediac
  9. Willie O’Ree, Fredericton (first Black player in NHL history)

Newfoundland & Labrador (28 players)

  1. Alex Faulkner, Bishop Falls
  2. Keith Brown, Corner Brook
  3. Chad Penney, Labrador City (first Labrador native in the NHL)
  4. Darren Langdon, Deer Lake
  5. Dan Cleary, Carbonear
  6. Micheal Ryder, Bonavista
  7. Ryan Clowne, St. John’s
  8. Teddy Purcell, St. John’s

Nova Scotia (73 players)

  1. Thomas Mccarthy, St. Peters
  2. Flash Hollett, North Sydney
  3. Parker MacDonald, Sydney
  4. Al MacNeil, Sydney
  5. Lowell MacDonald, New Glasgow
  6. Bobby Smith, North Sydney
  7. Doug Sulliman, Glace Bay
  8. Mike McPhee, Sydney
  9. Wendell Young, Halifax
  10. Glen Murray, Bridgewater
  11. Colin White, New Glasgow
  12. Eric Boulton, Halifax
  13. Sidney Crosby, Cole Harbour
  14. Brad Marchand, Halifax
  15. Nathan MacKinnon, Cole Harbour

Prince Edward Island (31 players)

  1. Paddy Nolan, Charlottetown
  2. Errol Thompson, Summerside
  3. Bob Stewart, Charlottetown
  4. Al MacAdam, Charlottetown
  5. Bob MacMillan, Charlottetown
  6. John Chabot, Summerside
  7. Gerard Gallant, Summerside
  8. Brad Richards, Murray Harbour
  9. Steve Ott, Summerside

Information is from Hockey Reference’s player birthplace index.  This means players who were born in Atlantic Canada but raised elsewhere are included (Bobby Smith, Steve Ott).  Players born elsewhere but raised here (Paul MacLean) are not.

Players Who Played in Atlantic Canada

Notables as choosen by yours truly.

Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL): Patrice Bergeron, Roberto Luongo

Cape Breton Oilers (AHL): Grant Fuhr, Link Gaetz, Fabian Joseph, Bill McDougall, Shaun Van Allen

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL): Luke Adam, Marc-Andre Fleury

Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL): Maxime Lapierre, Daniel Sprong

Fredericton Canadiens (AHL): Donald Brashear, Patrice Brisebois, Valerie Bure, John LeClair, Jose Theodore

Fredericton Express (AHL): Richard Broudeur, Mike Eagles, Danny Grant, Ron Tugnutt

Halifax Citadels (AHL): Stephane Fiset, Adam Foote, Claude Julien, Jon Klemm, Owen Nolan, Anton Stastny

Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL): Jonathan Druoin, Nikolaj Elhers, J.S. Giguere, Pascal LeClaire, Nathan MacKinnon, Brad Marchand, Alex Tanguay

Moncton Alpines (AHL): Grant Fuhr, Steve Smith

Moncton Hawks (AHL): Andy Brickley, Kris Draper, Bob Essensa, Doug Smith

Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL): Luc Bourdon, Brad Marchand, Johnny Oduya, Keith Yandle

New Brunswick Hawks (AHL): Bruce Boudeau, Joel Quenneville, Darryl Sutter

Moncton Golden Flames (AHL): Brian Bradley, Brett Hull, Joel Otto

Nova Scotia Oilers (AHL): Jeff Beukeboom, Bruce Boudreau, Kelly Buchberger, Marty McSorley, Steve Smith, Esa Tikkanen

Nova Scotia Voyageurs (AHL): Keith Acton, Guy Charbonneau, Bob Gainey, Rod Langway, Claude Lemieux, Chris Nilan, Larry Robinson, Steve Shutt, Mario Tremblay

P.E.I. Senators (AHL): Radek Bonk, Pavol Demitra

Saint John Flames (AHL): J-S Giguere, Jordan Leopold, Martin St. Louis

Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL): Jonathan Huberdeau

St. John’s Fog Devils (QMJHL): Luke Adam, Jake Allen

St. John’s Ice Caps (AHL): David Aebischer

St. John’s Maple Leafs (AHL): Brent Gretzky, Yanic Perreault, Felix Potvin, Ryan Sittler

 

NHL Exhibition Games in Atlantic Canada

There have been too many to count, so I will not be listing them here.  There have been NHL preseason games played in Halifax, Sydney, Truro, St. John’s, Summerside, Moncton, Saint John and Bathurst.  There have also been postseason exhibitions played back in the Original Six era when many teams would barnstorm after the season.

NHL Regular Season Games in Atlantic Canada

From 1992-95 the NHL experimented by playing neutral site games (each team played two such games each season).  Halifax hosted three such games and had two cancelled as a result of the 1994-95 NHL lockout.

  1. Saturday, February 20, 1993: Quebec Nordiques 5, Tampa Bay Lightning 2 @ Halifax
  2. Sunday, October 31, 1993: New York Rangers 4, New Jersey Devils 1 @ Halifax
  3. Wednesday, March 9, 1994: New York Rangers 7, Washington Capitals 5 @ Halifax
  4. Friday, February 10, 1995: Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers @ Halifax
  5. Sunday, February 12, 1995: New Jersey Devils vs. Washington Capitals @ Halifax
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