2002 OFF SEASON NEWS
ALMOST SET AS PRESEASON LOOMS
The Markham Waxers are pleased to announce that we have now
committed to 22 players for the upcoming season. Included in that
number are 13 returning veterans, and 9 first year players. With
preseason games ahead and a few players attending OHL training camps this
week, there are still a few roster spots up for grabs. When the final
team is selected, we will post the players' profiles. (2002-03
roster as at August 24)
SEASON SCHEDULE ARRIVES
The Markham Waxers Regular
Season Schedule has just been released and is now posted on the website.
The Waxers start at home on September 13, and finish on the road February 3
some 49 games later. (schedule)
ACQUISITION AS TRAINING CAMP OPENS
The Waxers are excited to announce that they have acquired
winger Tony Rossi from the Wexford Raiders for the upcoming
season. Rossi, a two year veteran, is an explosive offensive talent
who last year collected 28 goals and 36 assists for 64 points in 44
games. A graduate of Brother Andre Catholic High School (where he
played with Kevin Cribari), Rossi also played with Mark Menonte on the
Richmond Hill Midget All-Ontario Champions in the 1999-2000 season.
The Waxers sent Mark Skeels to the Raiders in exchange for
PRESEASON BEGINS AUGUST 25
The Waxers have now confirmed four preseason exhibition
games for the 2002-2003 squad. Opening on the road against the
Newmarket Hurricanes, the Waxers follow up with a home-and-home with
Milton and then complete the preseason by hosting Newmarket:
Sunday, August 25 - 1:30 pm @ East Gwillimbury Arena vs
Wednesday, August 28 - 7:30 pm vs Milton
Friday, September 6 - 7:30 pm @ Milton
Sunday, September 8 - 7:30 pm vs Newmarket
CAPTAIN BECOMES A
Former Waxer Captain, fan favourite and South Division MVP
Kevin Tompkins became a father on July 15th when his fiancée Stacey gave
birth to a baby boy. Tanner Tompkins was born at 9:46 am and weighed
in at 4 lbs 13 oz and was 18 inches long. The Waxers staff and management
look forward to the day that Little Thumper will don the blue and
white like his dad.
ADD MORE STAFF
The Markham Waxers are excited to announce the addition of
three staff members for the upcoming 2002-2003 season.
Sean Basilio has been hired as the Goaltending Specialist. A
teammate of Head Coach Russ
Herrington at the University of Western Ontario, Basilio led the
Mustangs to back to back CIAU Final Four berths in the mid-90s. Prior
to UWO, Basilio played 3 seasons in the OHL with the London Knights and Owen
Sound Platers. After graduating from UWO, Sean pursued a Professional
career that included stops in Austria, Great Britain, Western Professional
Hockey Leaugue, East Coast Hockey League and Central Hockey League.
Rob Pagliaro has been added as the Strength and Conditioning
Coach. Pagliaro worked with the Waxers in the 1995-96 season (under
then Head Coach Stephen Spott) and with the Thornhill Islanders under Head
Coach Russ Herrington in the 1996-97 season. He currently runs a
personal training service and teaches at Mary Ward Catholic High School.
Richard Clayton has been hired as Assistant General Manager.
Richard has been a long time fixture with the Waxers and has been
responsible in the past for the statistics. A long time resident of
Markham, Richard will assist General Manager Larry Herrington with many of
Celebrations that will take place this year.
LOOK TO CELEBRATE TWO MILESTONES
The Markham Waxers are excited to announce that the upcoming
2002-2003 season will be one in which they celebrate two major milestones in
the rich history of the Hockey Club.
This season will mark one hundred years
of competition of Markham based hockey clubs in the Ontario Hockey
Association, the first being an Intermediate entry in the OHA back in
For the Waxers themselves, this marks the fortieth anniversary of
the sponsorship by The International Group,
Inc. Formerly named
International Waxes Inc., the company became the title sponsor in the
1962-63 season and the team has been known as the Waxers ever since that
Look for a number of announcements on this site concerning
special events and opportunities through out the upcoming season!
JUMPS 34 SPOTS IN NHL RANKING
The NHL Central Scouting Final Ranking list is out and Jesse
Boucher has jumped 34 spots from the Mid-Term Rankings. Boucher,
the Waxers and South Division leading goal scorer and points getter, jumped
from spot 181 to 147 on the Domestic Players list. The NHL Draft will
be held on June 22 and 23 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
WELCOME VOUTIER BACK HOME
The Markham Waxers are pleased to announce the return of
Athletic Therapist Phil Voutier for
the 2002-2003 season. Phil joined the Waxers last summer after 4 years
in the OPJAHL and subsequently was hired on by the Mississauga IceDogs of
the OHL. The Waxers are excited about the opportunity to welcome Phil back
with the team and look forward to the knowledge and experience he will
provide to the players in preventing and rehabilitating injuries.
ADD ASSISTANT COACH
The Markham Waxers are pleased to announce the addition of
Matt Gibson to the coaching staff for the upcoming 2002-2003 season.
Matt, who currently resides in Stouffville, is a Waxer Alum, having donned
the blue and white during the 1994-95 season. The past two seasons
Matt has coached against the Waxers as an assistant in Ajax (2000-2001) and
in Pickering (2001-2002). The Waxers are excited about Matt joining
forces with the returning coaching staff in an effort to capture the elusive
South Division and OHA Championships next season.
CENTRE JOINS KINGFISH
Waxer Joey Grasso's season
continues as he has signed with the Baton Rouge Kingfish of the ECHL.
After collecting 6 goals and 11 assists in 27 games for the Waxers, Grasso
signed with Baton Rouge on March 14 and played all three games over the
weekend collecting 2 assists as the Kingfish went 1-1-0-1.
GRADUATE MANS BLUELINE FOR NCAA CHAMPIONS
Waxer Alum Milan Tomaska (1996-98) and his University of
Wisconsin-Superior Yellow Jacket teammates are celebrating tonight
after winning the NCAA Division III Championship, 3-2 in overtime.
Tomaksa, a senior defenseman for the Yellow Jackets, played in four
consecutive Division III Final Fours, with this being the first time they
had won (after previously finishing second, third and fourth). The
Waxers congratulate Milan for a terrific career at UW-Superior, capped off in the
HAVE GREAT SUCCESS: FORMER WAXERS CLARKE AND SNYDER EARN ALL-STAR BERTHS,
EX-RATTLER EARNS GOALTENDER-OF-THE-YEAR
The long list of graduating players that have moved on to represent Markham
and the GTA as ambassadors of their roots continues to grow. This past week
former Waxers Mike Clarke and Lawne Snyder (both defensemen) earned recognition with their selection to the ECAC West All-Star Teams. Clarke, in
his junior year at
copped a first-team spot and Snyder in his sophomore year gained a spot on
the second team. Also noteworthy was the selection of Rob Ligas, a former
netminder with the Rattlers (played for current Waxer Head Coach Russ
Herrington after being picked-up in a mid-season trade by then Rattler GM
Larry Herrington), also with Elmira and in his senior year was named
First-Team All-Star and Goaltender-of-the-Year. The Waxers are extremely
proud of their accomplishments and are certain that the many hockey fans
will join with them in congratulating those three young men.
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