The Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts are very excited to announce the return of import forward Collin Circelli to the team's lineup for the upcoming season. Cataracts fans are familiar with Circelli who played an integral role in the team's Herder victory in 2015. Circelli is a talented player with an extremely high hockey IQ. After sitting out last season Collin returned to the Cataracts lineup for their Allan Cup competition where he was extremely effective in a Cats uniform. Welcome back Collin !! [2016-09-30 17:48:27]
CATARACTS ROSTER ANNOUNCEMENT
The Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts Executive has been working hard over the past few months preparing to put a roster together for the coming season and a run at another Herder Memorial Championship. As with every year there will be a number of returning players while some for various reasons have decided not to play this season. Cataracts President Stan Coffin says he is very pleased to let fans know that the core of the team will be returning for the 2016-2017 campaign.
The team will once again be very deep on defence with the return of import defenceman Luke Gallant, Captain Michael Brent, Rodi Short, Sam Hounsell and Nicklas Lindstrom. Veterans Brad Lewis and Gregg Hoffe are also expected to suit up for the Cats again this year.
New to the team this year will be defenceman Stephen Simms, picked up in the Corner Brook Royals dispersal draft. This gives us exceptional depth and experience at the back end which will make us a contender again this year. The only defenceman not returning is Nick Croft who indicated to the team at the end of last year that a combination of work and family commitments would mean he would not be available this season.
Cataracts fans will also see a lot of familiar faces up front. Returning forwards include Danny Wicks who had a breakout sophomore year last season will be back along with local sniper Andre Gill, speedy veteran Andrew Brennan, Alex Daley, Brandon Bussey, Michael Cole and Kyle McGuirk. According to Assistant Coach Paul, Glavine Steve Yetman is not likely to be in the lineup at the start of the season but is expected to be part of the team at some point again this season.
There are two new forwards joining the team for the coming year. Veteran Michael Hynes was acquired in the dispersal daft and territorial pick Travis Randell of Twillingate will join the Cats after having spent the last four seasons with the Acadia University. Prior to attending Acadia Randell spent four seasons with the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL. We are very excited to finally have Travis in a Cataracts uniform says Glavine. There are a couple of forwards who will not be returning this season.
Long time senior hockey veteran Michael Sibley has announced that he is retiring after a very illustrious career that included five Herder Championships, four of them with the Cataracts. Also not returning will be league MVP Cam Fergus. Fergus recently informed the team that changes in both his work and personal situation mean he is unable to commit to travelling to Newfoundland every weekend. Cam Fergus has been a major part of the Cataracts success since coming to the team three years ago and we are certainly sorry to see him go but we understand his situation and wish him nothing but the best.
Coffin says the departure of Fergus has opened up an import spot on the team and an announcement will be made very shortly on who will fill that spot. Coffin added that he thinks fans will be every excited at the announcement.
Another player who has chosen not to return this year is goaltender A.J. Whiffen who announced this week that he has decided to accept an offer from a team in the AESHL. The team was in talks with Whiffen right up to early this week in hopes of reaching an agreement for his return and is disappointed at not being able to make a deal. The Cataracts would like to thank A.J. for his contribution to the team over the years and wish him nothing but the best in his new situation. Meanwhile, the team is expected to announce a new goaltender signing by the end of this week.
Behind the bench Assistant Coaches Paul Glavine and Brian Tremblett will return for another season with an announcement on a Head Coach coming shortly.
The CWSHL draft earlier this week saw only one player selected by the Cataracts. Goaltender Jason Stone who was recently deemed a non-import by the league and therefore had to enter the draft was selected 3rd overall by the team.
Coffin says he is very encouraged by the level of commitment from so many returning players and says fans will once again be treated to a high level of competitive hockey from the team... Things are really shaping up for the Cataracts to compete for another Herder this year and we are excited to have a chance at another Allan Cup run in the spring. This should be another great year for our fans.
CATARACTS ANNOUNCE HOLDING SEAT SALE DATES
Holding Seats for Cataracts games will be available for purchase on Monday and Tuesday October 3 & 4 and 10 & 11. Tickets will be on sale from the Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium Box Office from 7 to 9 each evening. Holding Seats are $75 tax included. If current owners do not pick up their seats during these times then they will be offered to fans on the waiting list for purchase. There's no doubt you'll want to be a part of this historic Opening Weekend as the 3 time Herder Memorial Trophy defending Champions, the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts, will be featured on Hockey Night in Canada's Hometown Hockey with Ron McLean and Tara Sloan who will be hosting HNIC live from Grand Falls-Windsor. Get your Holding Seats and be guaranteed to be part of a once in a life time event, October 29th and 30th as the Cataracts host the rival Gander Flyers. [2016-09-15 15:58:42]
League Dispersal Draft
The CWSHL held its dispersal draft tonight in light of the Corner Brook Royals taking a one year leave of absence. The Cataracts were able to select defencemen Steven Simms and Adam Guy, forward Michael Hynes and goalie Bradley Dyke. [2016-09-14 00:29:44]
CATARACTS SUPER CASH DRAW IS BACK!!
The Cataracts are now selling tickets on their SUPER CASH DRAW "4". Top Prize once again is $50,000!!! 2nd Prize is $15,000 and there will be 15 additional draws for $1,000 each. Tickets are $100 each or 3 for $200. Only 1750 tickets printed. The last Super Cash Draw was completely sold out early so be sure to get your tickets for this one and don't be disappointed. Tickets can be purchased from any member of the Cataracts organization or at the Cataracts ticket table in the Exploits Valley Mall. Draw date is set for January 13th but could be earlier once all tickets are sold. GET YOURS NOW!! [2016-09-03 09:55:02]