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Off-Season 2004

WAY TO GO TIGERS!
The Markham Waxers Jr A Hockey Club wish to congratulate the Aurora Tigers, the 2004 Royal Bank Cup Canadian Junior A Champions!  Their dominant performance this year, capped by a 7-1 victory in the RBC Final, shows all of the country that Junior hockey is still alive and well in Ontario.  Special congratulations to Head Coach Marty Williamson, Waxer Alumni from the 1983-84 season and Joel Kitchen, a Waxer between 1998-2000.

ALUMNI HAVE BUSY SUMMER OF COMMITMENTS
The Markham Waxers Alumni have been busy this summer with all kinds of contract signings, both hockey and matrimonial related.  Lawne Snyder ('00), who recently finished his senior year as an All-American at Elmira College, has signed on with the Augusta Lynx of ECHL for the upcoming season.  Fellow Alumni Mike Clarke ('99), recently finished his first season of Professional Hockey in Britain as is firming up details to return for another season.  Alumni Daniel Sisca ('99) and Greg Chambers ('00) are going to be teammates and roommates next season in Italy as they have both signed with Mastini Varese in the Italian Elite League.  And finally, in off-ice events, Alumni Randy Fitzgerald ('96) and Tom Lawson ('99) recently tied the knot and are looking forward to married life.  Any one with other Alumni information, please e-mail us at mwaxers@rogers.com.

WAXERS CONFIRM DETAILS FOR PRESEASON
The Markham Waxers have now scheduled 5 preseason games featuring some not so familiar destinations in their preparations for the 2004-05 season. Beginning August 20 and endeing September 3, the Waxers have home-and-home series with Hamilton and St Thomas with a visit to Aurora thrown in. [details 

REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULED TENTATIVELY SET
Many interested fans have inquired as to the Regular Season schedule for 2004-05 and at this time there has only been a preliminary draft produced.  The regular season is scheduled to start with Markham's Home Opener on Friday September 10.  We will post the schedule as soon as it becomes official.

ERDMANN TO JOIN GRAY ATEvan Erdmann will attend New England College this fall. NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE
The Markham Waxers are pleased to announce that centreman Evan Erdmann has committed to attend New England College beginning in September 2004.  Erdmann will play for the Pilgrims in the ECAC East league of NCAA Division III competition.  Erdmann joins Waxers Alumnus Scott Gray (2003) who just finished his freshman year at NEC.  Best of luck Evan!

WAXER HEARTS HEAVY AS ALUMNUS STEVE THOMAS' FATHER PASSES AWAY
The Markham Waxers extend their condolences to Alumnus Steve Thomas and his family as Steve's father Warren Thomas passed away this past week.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Thomas family.

COTTREAU CONFIRMS DESTINATION
The waiting game is finally over as star centreman Ben Cottreau has confirmed his decision to attend Mercyhurst College starting in September 2004.  Cottreau will become a Laker and play in the Atlantic Hockey Conference.  Mercyhurst finished second last season after earning their first ever NCAA Playdown berth the previous year.  Cottreau becomes the second Herrington Alumnus to attend Mercyhurst after Jody Robinson, who now plays in the AHL with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

COTTREAU EARNS TOP PROSPECT AWARD AT 2004Ben Cottreau honoured at 2004 OHA Award Banquet. OHA AWARD BANQUET
Ben Cottreau became the first Markham Waxer and the second Coach Herrington Alumnus to be selected as part of the OHA Top Prospect All-Star Team at the 2004 OHA Award Banquet, held June 19, 2004. [details]

ASSISTANT COACH HEANEY WELCOMES NEW ADDITION
For the second summer in a row, the Markham Waxers are pleased to announce the birth of a first child, this time to the family of Assistant Coach Mike Heaney and his wife Jennifer.  On May 31st at approximately 4:00 pm, Jennifer gave birth to a son, Logan Michael, weighing 8 lbs 2 oz. Mother and son are doing fine and the Waxers extend our congratulations to the Heaney family!

COTTREAU CLIMBS UP NHL DRAFT LIST
Ben Cottreau moved up more than 27 spots in the recent NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings list, now ranked 167th, projecting as a sixth round pick on the North American skaters list.

WAXERS EVERYWHERE WINNING CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Markham Waxers would like to congratulate a wide variety of their Alumni and their most direct affiliate team for winning League Championships over the past two weekends. First, on the weekend of March 13 and 14, Waxers Alumni played major roles in the Championship squads in both the OUA and OCAA leagues.  York University, coached by Waxers Alumnus Graham Wise (1968-69) beat Ottawa as they secured the OUA Championship in London.  The next day, Alumni Matt Neely (1997-98, 2001-02) and Steve Nobili (2000-02) helped led the Humber College team to the OCAA Championship in Windsor.  This past weekend, March 21st, Alumnus Jerome Dupont (1978-80) coached his Richmond Hill Minor Midgets (featuring David Lyall's cousin Matthew) to the OMHA Championship with a win over Whitby.  Finally, the Markham Waxers Midgets won their OMHA Championship and now advance to the Air Canada Cup Regional Playdowns with a 3-2 last minute victory over Brampton.

TWO MORE SELECT DESTINATIONS IN NCAA
The Markham Waxers are pleased to announce that Joe Rothwell and Greg van't Hof have made their decision son where to spend next year and both will be playing in the NCAA.  Rothwell will become a Mule as he will attend Colby College, located in Waterville, Maine. Goaltender van't Hof will be a little closer to home as he will suit up for the Brockport State Golden Eagles, one of the State Universities of New York.

BROOKS FIRST WAXER TO COMMIT TO NCAA
The Markham Waxers are pleased to announce that Nathaniel Brooks has committed to attend University of Massachusetts-Amherst on a scholarship and play for the Minutemen in the Hockey East of NCAA.  Brooks has committed for September 2005 at this time but any changes in the Minutemen roster would accelerate the process to this coming September.

COTTREAU NAMED PLAYER OF THE MONTH BY TWO SOURCES
To finish off an outstanding individual year, Ben Cottreau has been named the January Player of the Month by the OPJAHL and by the hockey magazine Ontario Hockey Now.  For Ben this was his first ever South Division Player of the Month and came as a result of scoring 32 points in the month, which vaulted him to first place overall in the OPJAHL scoring race.

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