GAME DAY PLAYERS
(Final Roster)

Current Brantford hometown NHL players and those who have gone on to play at hockey's highest levels will be asked to play an integral role along with national and local sponsors in the community's annual Hockey Night in Brantford

 
 
Adam Henrique

A graduate of both Burford and Brantford Minor Hockey, now playing his third season as an assistant Captain  for the New Jersey Devils, Adam  was the first rookie in NHL history to score two series-clinching overtime goals in the same playoffs.

Zac Dalpe

Zac played his minor hockey in the Paris and Brantford systems before junior hockey stops in Stratford and Penticton.  He was drafted in the second round by the Carolina Hurricanes and spent two years at the Ohio State University before joining them.  Zac was picked up by the Columbus Blue Jackets at the trade deadline this past season and recently re-signed with them on a two-year contract.  He has also had stops in Carolina, Buffalo, Vancouver and started last year in the NHL with the Minnesota Wild and Coach Boudreau.  Zac and his brothers are very active in the local community and recently completed another year of the Dalpe Brothers Hockey School in memory of their mother, Lisa.

Brandon Montour

A former BMHA player, Brandon also had a stellar junior lacrosse career.  Three years ago he played Junior hockey, NCAA and AHL all in the same season.  After spending some time in the AHL this season Brandon solidified became a full-time NHLer and received rave reviews for his playoff performance.  His dynamic style of play made him a favourite on the TV experts.

Elaine Chuli

Waterford born and raised, Elaine Chuli spent four years as the starting goalie at the University of Connetticut. She was named team MVP three of those years and has spent time in the Canadian National Women’s Program as well. An honour student at U Conn, Elaine is now back in the area, helping out young athletes and is a valued member of the Millard’s team in town.

Patrick Brown, MP

Patrick Brown is the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. Prior to this role, Patrick served as the Member of Parliament for Barrie. As a marathon runner and an avid hockey and tennis player, Patrick has combined his passion for sports and public service to make Canada and Ontario a better place to live and work. For the last nine years Patrick has spearheaded the successful Hockey Night in Simcoe County raising more than 1.8 million in support of local charities.

MP Gord Brown

Gord Brown is a current member of the Canadian House of Commons, representing the Ontario riding of Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau lakes. Active in sports, Brown was Canadian Kayaking Champion with the Gananoque Canoe Club. Currently he plays hockey in the winter and plays golf and kayaks in the summer.

Hon. Peter MacKay

Peter MacKay is a lawyer and former politician from Nova Scotia, Canada. He was a Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2015 and has served as Minister of Justice and Attorney General (2013–2015), Minister of National Defence (2007–2013), and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2006–2007) in the Cabinet of Canada under Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Today, he works as a partner for a global law firm.

Hunter Jones

Brantford's Hunter Jones will play for the Peterborough Petes this season after winning the top prospect award in the OJHL last year while playing for the Stouffville Spirit. Hunter was a member of Team Ontario at last year's U17 challenge and also the first 16 year old goalie at the World Jr. A Challenge as a member of Canada East.

Austin Grech

Austin started his hockey career in Brantford (BMHA) and played all the way through until he joined the Burford Bulldogs in 2016-2017 Season. He will be attending the University of Guelph in the fall and hopes to join the Guelph Hockey Team.

Nicole Kelly

Nicole is a graduate of both BMHA and the BGHA. She was a member of the Midget Girls Canadian Championship team in 2016 and she was named MVP of that tournament. Nicole has committed to the University of New Hampshire in the NCAA ranks.

Nate Mitton

Just finished playing four years at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) where he was assistant captain and helped lead the team to a record season. Prior to his college hockey career, Nate played junior hockey in St. George, Caledonia, and Branford where he helped the Golden Eagles win the championship.

Jay Wells

Jay is making his return to HNIB as a coach after playing in the game previously. Born and raised in the Paris area, Jay played three years of OHL hockey in Kingston before embarking on an 18 year professional career that saw him play 1,100 NHL games. Jay spent the majority of his career in Los Angeles and New York, and also had stops in Philadelphia, Buffalo, St. Louis and Tampa. Jay is active in the coaching world having worked locally with the Blast, as well as spending time in the AHL and more recently the OHL.

Bruce Boudreau

Minnesota Wild coach, Bruce Boudreau, has been the head man on benches in Washington and Anaheim at the NHL level. He certainly paid his dues as a player and coach in the minor leagues and is rightfully known as one of the games good guys! Bruce is a former winner of the Jack Adams award as the Coach of the Year in the NHL. Known as one of the greatest characters in the game, as both a player and a coach, he is truly one of the game’s best ambassadors. Bruce is constantly giving back to the game at all levels and the fact that he is able to come here tonight is just one example of that…many thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Boudreau for helping us celebrate this night of hockey in Brantford.

Ben Cripps

Ben is representing the Paris Mounties in tonight’s game. Ben played his minor hockey in Brantford and has also been a key member of the successful Paris District High School team.

Christian Polillo

Christian is representing the Jr. B 99ers in tonight’s game. He is returning to the 99ers this coming season after spending last season with the Caledonia Corvairs. Christian played all of his minor hockey in the BMHA.

Jake Dotchin

Jake is a local resident of Glen Morris who spent 3 years in the OHL with Owen Sound and Barrie. Jake was drafted to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2012. After spending two years in the AHL with Syracuse, Jake made his NHL debut with Tampa this year. Jake got into 35 games with the Lightning this year and has recently re-signed with them. Jake attended Paris District HS.

Hunter Dubecki

Hunter is one of the Jr. B 99ers representatives. He is a graduate of the BMHA and completed his first season for the 99ers in the GOJHL. Hunter attends Assumption College HS.

Eric DeDobbelaer

Eric is one of the Jr. B 99ers representatives. He is a graduate of the BMHA and Blyth Academy and completed his first season for the 99ers in the GOJHL. Eric is a student at North Park Collegiate.

Kevin Beech

Kevin Beech is a former draft choice of the Tampa Bay Lightning who played his minor hockey here in Brantford before appearing with Sudbury and Erie over a four-year OHL career. Kevin has AHL experience and was named Most Outstanding Goaltender in the Central Hockey League in 2009. Kevin has spent the last six years playing professionally in Europe.

Nathan Bastian

Nate was an original day one 99er with the Jr. B team as a 16 year old.  He led the way that season as the youngest player on the team.  Nate just finished his third year with the Mississauga Steelheads in the OHL.  He was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the 2nd round, 42nd overall last June and signed a contract with them last fall

Evan Bidenti

Evan is another graduate of the BMHA…He is his fourth season of Junior Hockey after stops in Brantford, Kirkland Lake and Caledonia. 

Matt Hoover

Matt played all of his minor hockey in the BMHA and after a successful junior career he played Division 1 NCAA hockey for Canisius College.  Matt had a very strong freshman season for the Golden Griffins and will be relied upon even more this year.

Andrew Fritsch

Another BMHA grad, Andrew had a very strong OHL career suiting up for Niagara, Owen Sound and the Soo.  Andrew was a draft choice of the Phoenix Coyotes and is a fourth year CIS student athlete.  He is a member of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks  and average a point per game for them last season.

Ben Dalpe

Ben is a Paris and Brantford minor hockey grad who played junior B here in town before climbing the junior ladder in Pembroke and Penticton.  Ben is now a student athlete at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York.

Scott Rex - Coach

Scott played his minor hockey in the BMHA and after junior hockey went on to become a four-year member of the Ohio State University hockey team.  Scott was a co-captain his last two years there before heading to Europe to play and eventually coach and manage.  Locally he has coached at the Junior level with both the Golden Eagles and Jr B. 99ers.  This coming season he will coach the BMHA’s Minor Midget AAA entry

Tyler Pelton

Tyler is a Paris native who is deservedly in the Brant County Sports Hall of Fame for his hockey and fastball achievements. Tyler has led previous teams to Provincial and National titles and his name is synonymous with the Brantford Blast where he lead them to the prestigious Allan Cup Championship. Tyler gives back a lot of his time now coaching and working with young athletes and teams in the area.

Derek Medeiros

A Cayuga native, Derek has been a prolific scorer on every team he has played on.  He is currently a key member of the Brantford Blast.

Mike DiPaolo

Michael is a BMHA grad who went on the play major junior hockey with the Sarnia Sting and Charlottetown in the QMJHL.  He has attended training camps with Columbus and San Jose in the NHL and is now a scholar athlete with the UWO Mustangs.

Bryan Worosz

Brantford born and raised, Bryan Worosz went on to a strong four-year NCAA hockey career in the nets at Canisius College. Bryan enjoyed a couple of years of professional hockey before embarking on his teaching career in the Niagara

Michael Crocock

Mike is a BMHA grad that played Junior B hockey in town before embarking on a journey that took him all over Eastern Canada and back.  He is entering his third season as a student athlete at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut and will be one of the team’s captains in the upcoming year.

Justin Stevens

The eldest of the Stevens brothers, Justin recently graduated from  Carleton University.  He has also attended and played at NCAA Division 1 Mercyhurst.  After completing his CIS season at Carleton he made his professional debut for the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs of the SPHL.

Mathieu Henderson

Matt is a BMHA grad who just finished his OHL career.  He was a standout defenseman for the Plymouth/Flint franchise and his offensive numbers went to an career best last year when he tallied 54 points from the blue line.  He made his professional debut with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL at the end of the season and will play hockey at the University of Guelph next year.

Marc Stevens

The youngest of the Stevens boys, Marc also spent his time in the BMHA.  He has spent the last four seasons with the Guelph Storm of the OHL where he was an assistant captain last year.

Cameron Sault

An Ohsweken native, Cam has extensive minor-pro experience and has been a key member of the Brantford Blast Senior A hockey team for the last four seasons.

Ron Hoover

Ron is a Brantford resident who spent time in the NHL with the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues.  He was a two-year captain at Western Michigan University in the NCAA ranks before embarking on his pro career.  He finished his career here in town with the Brantford Smoke.

Michael Stevens

Michael is currently playing university hockey for the Guelph Gryphons, winning the OUA championship this season and placing third at Nationals across Canada.He grew up playing minor hockey in Brantford for the 99ers, then for the Ridley College Tigers Prep School. He played his junior hockey for the Georgetown Raiders, Stouffville Spirit, and the Kingston Voyageurs, all from the OJHL.

Matt Cummings

Representing the Anderson Family and Grandson of Arnold and Jean Anderson.

Anthony Marshall

Anthony is here representing the Brantford Blast.  He is a veteran of the Major League Hockey loop winning various championships and awards including the Allan Cup in 2008.

Dave Mazurek

A graduate of the BMHA, Davey was selected by the Barrie Colts in the 2nd round of the OHL draft.  He spent time with Barrie and Kingston in the OHL and is now a student athlete at the University of Prince Edward Island.