TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2023
The Stratford Hockey Club would like to thank Alumni Rick Kelly and Mark Maue for dropping the puck at Game 7 of the Sutherland Cup finals (vs Leamington Flyers) on Tuesday, May 9, 2023.
Rick Kelly is a Stratford Minor Hockey product who played for the Stratford Cullitons from 1980 to 1985 and winning 3 Cherrey Cups and appearing in 2 Sutherland Cup finals against the Burlington Cougars in 1981 and Henry Carr Crusaders in 1983. Rick jumped from Jr. B to professional hockey in 1985 with Mohawk Valley, and finished in Daytona Beach with a stop in Dallas. Rick has had success coaching in California winning multiple national championships and has enjoyed working in the agency business as well.
Mark Maue is a product of the Kitchener Minor Hockey system. The late Jack Nairn (Coach) brought Maue in at the deadline in 1980 for his heavy shot and overall toughness. Unfortunately Stratford would lose to Burlington in Game 6 of the Sutherland Cup that year. Maue would go on to play 2 more years and would wear the “C” in his final year (1982/83) and lead all scorers in the Sutherland Cup final against Henry Carr Crusaders. Mark is also an accomplished golfer having played on the Canadian Tour for several years and as a PGA teaching professional to this day. Fans from that time will never forget the Ed Olczyk face off win to Maue who roofed a slapshot over London’s Craig Billington with 7 seconds left. Mark and his wife Michelle now reside in Woodstock.
WELCOME BACK CORY SMITH
MONDAY, MAY 1, 2023
The Stratford Hockey Club would like welcome sportswriter Cory Smith back to the rink after some time off. Cory, a strong supporter of local sports, dropped the puck for Game 3 of the Sutherland Cup playoffs verses the Leamington Flyers. Welcome back Cory!
FORMER CULLITONS INDUCTED INTO STRATFORD’S SPORTS WALL OF FAME
TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 2023
The Stratford Hockey Club would like to recognize and congratulate former Stratford Culliton players Paul Barton, Ken Chisholm and Scott Skinner who will be inducted into Stratford’s Sports Wall of Fame during the annual Minor Sports Banquet on April 22, 2023. The “Kid Line” played as a trio for Stratford during the 1977-1978 (Click here for team photo), 1978-1979 (Click here for team photo) and 1979-1980 (Click here for team photo) seasons. Scott Skinner also played in 1976-1977 season (Click here for team photo). The trio dropped the puck for the start of Stratford’s third Sutherland Cup round robin game versus the Hamilton Kilty B’s.
Ceremonial puck drop, left to right, Hamilton Kilty B’s captain Justin Monteith, Ken Chisholm, Paul Barton, Scott Skinner and Stratford Warriors captain Zac McCann.
From left to right, The “Kid Line” Ken Chisholm, Paul Barton and Scott Skinner along with Stratford Hockey Club President, Jamie Nigro.
ST MIKE’S OFSAA CHAMPIONS
MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2023
The Stratford Hockey Club would like to recognize and congratulate the St Michael Catholic Secondary School’s A/AA boys hockey team for winning both the WOSSAA (March 7) and Provincial OFSAA (March 21-23, 2023) championship titles. Congratulations to all players and coaching staff!
CHERREY CUP HOME OPENER
FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2023
Stratford Mayor Martin Ritsma dropped the puck during Friday’s ceremonial faceoff between Kitchener-Waterloo captain Jacon McEachern and Stratford captain Zac McCann.
FIRST RESPONDERS NIGHT
FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2023
The Stratford Hockey Club would like to recognize Stratford and area’s first responders for their hard work and dedication. Special thanks to representatives Darren Fischer (Stratford Police Services), Kelsey Matheson (Stratford Fire Department) and Catherine Cole (Perth County Paramedic Services) who were on hand to drop the puck on Friday, March 3rd for the first game of our Quarter Finals series vs the Caledon Bombers.
ALUMNI GAME FEBRUARY 25, 2023
The Stratford Hunter Steel Warriors would like to thank all of the Stratford Jr B alumni who participated in Saturday’s alumni game. Reunions at the Allman are always fun and a great time to get caught up!
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WHAT A GROUP OF WONDERFUL FAMILIES! FEBRUARY 17, 2023
The Stratford Hunter Steel Warriors would like to take this opportunity to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to our billet families for opening up their homes to players, looking after them and treating them like family. On Friday, February 17, 2023 we took time to appreciate their contributions to the team. Thank you again for the important role you play in the Stratford Hockey Club!
Frank and Marianne Thalheimer – Owen Robertson and Jordan Moulton
Dave and Kim Parsons – Bo Doxtator and Rhyse Brown
Shawn and Lindsay Chandler – Owen Wilmore
Glenn and Leslie Kahle – Patrick Cole
Trevor and Pam Brame – Zack Burleigh
Darren and Melissa Akey – Keaton Mclaughlin
The Downhams – Luke Fritz
D&S DOWNHAM EQUIPMENT
PUCK DROP FEBRUARY 17, 2023
The Stratford Hockey Club would like to thank their Ice Sponsor D&D Downham Equipment who were on hand Friday, February 17, 2023 to drop the puck for the game vs the Caledon Bombers. Special thanks to D&D Downham Equipment representatives Mark, Colton and Lindy Downham who made a grand entrance on their Kubota all terrain vehicle and handed out free hats and shopping bags to the first 250 fans!
Congratulations to coach Dave Williams and player Jonas Schmidt — together, along with the GOJHL U18 team — won the 39th MacPherson Challenge Tournament. After a two-year hiatus, the MacPherson Challenge returned and featured some of the best under-18 talent from Ontario, Alberta, and the northeastern United States.
The tournament is a haven for scouts at all levels of hockey right from major junior up to professional hockey. Over the course of the weekend they anticipated scouts from all 32 National Hockey League teams to come through the building.
The tournament took place January 27-29, 2023 in Aurora, Ontario.
ZEHRS PUCK DROP JANUARY 13, 2023
The Stratford Hockey Club (SHC) would like to thank their Gold Supporter Zehrs (Stratford) who were on hand Friday, January 27, 2023 to drop the puck for the game vs the Brantford Bandits. Zehrs also provided some amazing giveaways for our fans including a big screen TV — thank you Zehrs for your generosity! Special thanks to Brett Bell who dropped the puck on Friday. Pictured behind Brett is Lynda Sauve and Jamie Daymen and at the back, SHC President, Jamie Nigro.
RBC PUCK DROP JANUARY 13, 2023
The Stratford Hockey Club would like to thank their Gold Supporters RBC/RBC Dominion Securities who were on hand Friday, January 13, 2023 to drop the puck for the game vs the Cambridge Redhawks. Special thanks to RBC/RBC Dominion Securities representatives Danielle Walker and Robert Bryan.
Top right photo, left to right: Jamie Nigro (President, Stratford Hockey Club), Daniel Szoller (Connections Stratford), John Cossey (Vice-President, Stratford Hockey Club), and Ashley Berkel (General Manager, Stratford Motor Products). The Stratford Hockey Club would like to once again thank all our fans for supporting this important event to provide much-needed mitts and gloves for children in our community.
Below left, Stratford Warriors President Jamie Nigro presents a cheque to breast cancer survivors Jacklyn Casey, Mary Lynn Shaw and Ginny Nigro. The Warrior’s Pink Warm Up Jersey auction raised $2030 and with tips from the bar the Stratford Warriors donated $2,355 to the Cancer Society. Below right, ceremonial puck drop at the Allman on Friday, November 4, 2022.
WARRIOR ROAD TRIP TO BOWLING GREEN
OCTOBER 7-10, 2022
This Thanksgiving Weekend (Oct 7-10, 2022), the Warriors visited the Bowling Green Falcons in Bowling Green, Ohio. The Falcons, representing Bowling Green State University, compete in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. It was a great team-building weekend for the staff and players! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
HUNTER STEEL JOINS THE TEAM
SEPTEMBER 1, 2022
The Stratford Hockey Club Inc. has been a proud hockey tradition in City of Stratford since 1975. Throughout the years, we have benefited greatly from incredible generosity from the Stratford business community, both as sponsors and supporters of our team. Over the years we have won many Ontario and League Championships and consistently put a talented and entertaining team on the ice for loyal fans.
We are proud to announce that once again a generous business has stepped forward to financially support the Warriors hockey program.
Effective September 1, 2022, Mark Hunter, President and CEO of Hunter Steel, proudly signed on to support the Stratford Hunter Steel Warriors for a five-year period. Mark and his dedicated staff at their outlets across southwestern Ontario look forward to being associated with our first class hockey program and the Stratford Hockey Club is excited to have Mark join the winning Warrior tradition as our Major Team Sponsor.
As the Hunter Steel Warriors begin the 2022-2023 GOJHL season please join us in welcoming Hunter Steel to our proud Warrior community!
CARTER SCHOONDERWOERD MEMORIAL CLASSIC
AUGUST 7, 2022
Several members of the Stratford Hockey Club participated in the Carter Schoonderwoerd Memorial Classic held August 7th, 2022 at the Mitchell Golf and Country Club. Family and friends gathered in memory of Carter who played for the Stratford Warriors during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons. Funds raised were donated to United Way Huron Perth.
The Stratford Hockey Club would like to thank everyone who came out and participated in our 2022 Golf Classic. Special thanks also goes out to all our generous sponsors! It was a great reunion of current players, alumni, staff, directors and a few fans. A great day was had by all and we look forward to hosting again next year!
The Stratford Hockey Club appreciates the support of our golf tournament sponsors:
HOLE SPONSORS: Jake Stern Sales Representative Royal Lepage Hiller Reality, Grit Engineering INC, Red Seal Carpentry Additions, Renovations, General New Orleans Pizza, Don MacArthur Director, Orr Insurance, Sunbelt Rentals, Dunny ‘s Source for Sports, Smith- Peat Roofing, Dairy Queen, CCM All Out, Kenny and Robinson Lawyers, TCIS, Easy Building Products, NA Holding Corp., The best little Warehouse in Stratford, Whittemore Business Services, Phelans Place, Paul and Lorraine Smith, Greenville Plant Foods LTD, Rutherford Cremation and Funeral Services, Neumeiter Motor LDT, Hitch Depot, Hunter Steel, Paul Graham at Sutton Group, Mercer Hall, Tim Hortons: Mark, Cheryl and Megan Moore, Joe ‘s Diner, Bentleys, D&S Downham Equipment, D&S Downham Equipment, Eldon Ingram Auto Pro. CART SPONSORS: DJSS Transport, Turner Plumbing. FOOD SPONSOR: Black Rail Homes. PRIZE SPONSORS: Mercer Hall, Stratford Country Club, Stratford Warriors, Schaeffler, Hunter Steel. RAFFLE SPONSORS: Stratford Warriors Board Of Directors, Grit Engineering Inc, Stratford Warriors.
A few photos from the day….
1999 AND 2000 GRADUATES – Feb 2022
GOJHL PLAYER AWARD –
Presented Apr 2022
1999 AND 2000 GRADUATES – Feb 2022
The Stratford Warriors held a special pregame ceremony on Friday, February 25th at the Allman Arena to honour recent graduates. This long awaited presentation was welcomed by players, staff and fans after COVID-19 shortened the 2019-2020 season and greatly interrupted the 2021-2020 season. The Stratford Hockey Club recognizes the following graduates:
Clayton Lewis, Alex Grant, Mitch Casey, Jacob Uridil
Rhett Kimmel, Drew Welsch, Evan Dowd, Malcolm Mcleod, Tyler Parr
Special thanks to www.519sportsonline.ca who captured the presentations…
FOOD AND TOY DRIVE – Dec 2021
Thank you to all our generous fans who brought non-perishable food donations and toys to our collection on December 17th. All donations will be given to the House of Blessing and Salvation Army for distribution this ho
COCA-COLA CANADA HOLIDAY TRUCK TOUR – Dec 2021
Thank you to all our fans who came downtown to market square to visit the players and “Discover the Magic” at the Coca-Cola Canada Holiday Truck Tour. Happy holidays everyone!
PINK IN THE RINK – Nov 2021
Pink in the Rink was held October 29 and November 12 — Players wore pink jerseys for warm up that were auctioned off with all proceeds donated to the Cancer Society. Thank you for supporting breast cancer awareness and research.
CANADIAN SNOWBIRDS AIRSHOW – Sept 2021
The Canadian Snowbirds put on a fantastic show for thousands of fans on September 17th above the skies of Stratford. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the club and enjoyed the show.
REMEMBERING CARTER – Sept 2021
The Stratford Hockey Club mourns the loss of long-time Board Member and Former Club President Bud Graper.
Bud was a tireless volunteer, a strategic leader and strong financial supporter of the Culliton/Warrior hockey program. Bud firmly supported the team mission of combining Athletics and Education.
On behalf of our Board, players and staff – past and present along with our fans, we offer our heartfelt condolences to Sandra and his sons Doug and Steve and their families.
Jamie Nigro, President, Stratford Hockey Club
REMEMBERING CARTER – June 2021
On behalf of the Stratford Hockey Club I am saddened with the news that one of our Warrior team members, Carter Schoonderwoerd, has passed away. Carter always wore a smile on his face and was a pleasure to be around. He will be greatly missed by his teammates, our staff, board members and our fans. We offer our heartfelt condolences to Carter’s family, friends and his many fans on and off the ice.
With deepest sympathies,
Jamie Nigro, President, Stratford Hockey Club
Thank you 519SportsOnline for the video tribute:
From the Desk of Jason Clarke
DIRECTOR OF HOCKEY OPERATIONS
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every single person in different ways since March of 2020. Families, work, business and sports have all suffered greatly with the restrictions and rolling lockdowns we’ve seen. It is my hope that with vaccines our current lockdown hopefully expiring in June we can get back to the life we all are craving.
The Stratford Warriors have quietly had to say goodbye to our graduating players like many other teams without official recognition. Our plan is to do this when restrictions allow. For now we will be saying thanks the best way we can through our social media accounts.
When the pandemic hit and cancelled the 2019/2020 season we had graduates Mitchell Casey, Clayton Lewis, Alex Grant and Jacob Uridil have their final run cut short.
This past season 2020/2021 which never got going saw Malcolm McLeod, Tyler Parr, Evan Dowd, Rhett Kimmel and Drew Welsh unable to play their final season.
Nine players who had the final buzzer sounded unfortunately to a pandemic and not by competition. We will feature these members of our hockey club in the coming days. We wish each and every one of you the very best and we will strive to keep the history & traditions going.
We would like to thank our “1999” players Jacob, Clayton, Alex and Mitchell who graduated at the end of the 2019-2020 season as well as our “2000” players Tyler, Rhett, Malcolm, Drew and Evan who graduated at the end of the 2020-2021 season.
On Feb 5/21, the Stratford Warriors/ Cullitons lost a dedicated and respected Board Member, George Van Slyck. George was a valued member who was there to help and work on any projects to support the Stratford Hockey Club. George was well respected within the community and always had time to talk with you whether it was family, hockey or education. George would share all kinds of hockey stories about his beloved Warrior/Culliton teams. He was also dedicated to his family as a husband, father and grandfather and would always chat about his family. When I joined the Board, George was always there to direct and give advice to support you. You would find George in his regular seat supporting his favorite team. Before games, you would find George by the dressing room and in the front lobby sharing his thoughts and stories. When I took over as the Billeting Chair, George was in charge of education and had everything down to a tee. We all learned a lot from George. When George was in the hospital, he would call to make sure that all players that needed educational support were look after. That was the kind of person George was. To Dianne, Katie and Gillian and families, we send our sincere condolences on behalf of the Stratford Warrior Hockey Club. George will be missed by all. Rest in Peace George. — Jamie Nigro, President, Stratford Hockey Club
WINTER FUNDRAISERS – Jan-Feb 2021
The Stratford Hockey Club would like to thank New Orleans Pizza (Stratford), Mercer and York Street Bistro for their fundriasing efforts and generous donations to the Stratford Hockey Club. They would also like to thank all the generous fans and club supporters who made purchases during the fundraisers. Thank you everyone for your support!
2019-2020 AWARDS – Dec 2020
COVID-19 brought a sudden end to the 2019-2020 season and has delayed the start of the 2020-2021 season — and along with it delayed our award presentations for last season. Awards were finally presented on Monday night (December 7, 2020) and the Stratford Hockey Club would like to congratulate
its recipients for the 2019-2020 season:
For a video recap of the presentations and player highlights, please enjoy this video from our friends at 519SportsOnline:
The Stratford Hockey Club is deeply saddened by the news of Jack Nairn passing away Monday, November 30th, 2020. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the Nairn family. Jack was the first head coach of the Stratford Cullitons and was involved with local hockey circles for years.
Please click the following link to visit an article about Jack in the Stratford Beacon Hearld
(article written by Cory Smith)… CLICK HERE
FAMILY DAY – Feb 2020
Following our game vs Listowel on Family Day (Feb 17, 2020) the Stratford Warriors hosted a free ‘Skate with the Warriors’ at the Allman Arena from 4-5pm. Left, #6 Blake Wideman and right, #28 Aaron Davidson, skate and chat with young fans. (Photo credit to Cory Smith, Stratford Beacon Herald)
FAMILY DAY – Feb 2020
Nick Parr, Vice President of the Huron Perth Lakers (HPL) and Chris Traynor, representing Stratford Minor Hockey (SMHA), drop the puck on Family Day (Feb 17, 2020). The following players were recognized as having played for HPL and/or SMHA… From STRATFORD: #1 Tyler Parr, #6 Blake Wideman, #7 Luke deVries, 8 Carter Schoonderwoerd, #9 Zac McCann, #12 Evan Dowd, #14 Mitchell Casey, #16 Malcolm McLeod, #17 Cole Melady, #18 Camden Daigle, #24 Clayton Lewis, #27 Sheldon Pryce, #40 Rhett Kimmel. From LISTOWEL: #7 Josiah Kraayenbrink, #8 Thomas Gangl, #11 Craig McKague, #16 Carter McLlwain, #28 Tyler Hotson.
MIDWESTERN GOALTENDERS OF THE MONTH – Jan 2020
Midwestern Conference Goaltenders of the Month for January 2020 were our very own #1 Tyler Parr and #40 Rhett Kimmel. Above, Doug Black, GOJHL Convenor for the Midwestern Conference, presents Tyler and Rhett with their plaques.
PLAYER RECOGNITION – Jan 2020
Mayor Dan Mathieson presents a plaque from the City of Stratford to Stratford’s Aly McLeod recognizing her participation in the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championships — the Canadian team came home from Slovakia with Silver medals after winning four games and advancing to the final before losing 2-1 in overtime to the United States. Photo on left, left to right Dan Mathieson (Stratford Mayor), Aly McLeod, Mike McLeod (Stratford Warriors Assistant Coach and Aly’s proud father).
BILLET APPRECIATION NIGHT – Jan 2020
On February 7, 2020 the Stratford Hockey Club took a moment to appreciate the generous families who have hosted player(s) this season in their homes — special thanks goes out to all our families! Parents left to right: Jamie Antonio, Melissa and Darren Akey, Marianne and Frank Thalheimer, Brenda and Bruce Holst. Absent: Andy Vivian, Dave and Kim Parsons. Players left to right: Drew Ferris, Blake Wideman, Alex Grant, Zac Hatch, Drew Welsch.
RBC PUCK DROP – Jan 2020
RBC Mascot Leo watches over the puck drop on Friday, January 31st. Left to Right: Listowel Cyclones Captain Brenden Clayton, Rob Bryan, VP RBC Dominion Securities, Brian De Groote, Senior Account Manager Commercial Banking RBC Royal Bank, and Stratford Warriors Captain Malcolm McLeod. The SHC appreciates the support of the Royal Bank and RBC Dominion Securities.
FAMILY LITERACY DAY – Jan 2020
St. Ambrose Catholic School in Stratford had some guest readers Monday, January 27, 2020 during Family Literacy Day. From left: Stratford Warriors Drew Ferris and Carter Schoonderwoerd, national women’s hockey U18 world silver-medallist Aly McLeod, and Warriors Blake Wideman and Drew Welsch.
ALUMNI GAME – Jan 2020
On January 25th, four Stratford Culliton/Warrior alumni teams took to the ice at the Allman arena. 60 players entertained fans on the ice with games at 4:00pm and 5:30pm and in the upstairs lobby, a display provided fans with a history of the club its players. Admission was by donation with all proceeds going to the Heart & Stroke. A big thank you goes out to all fans who attended and all players who came out to skate.
Special thanks to all our sponsors: Craig Lizun & Desjardins Financial Security, James Rutherford Trucking, New Orleans Pizza, Tim Hortons, Youngs Funeral Home and Iron Horse Express.
2019 JOE MAVITY AWARDS – Nov 2019
Left to right, winners of the 2019 Joe Mavity Award are Mitchell Casey, Malcolm McLeod and Evan Dowd along with SHC Director Paul Smith, SHC President Jamie Nigro. THE JOE MAVITY AWARD: Keeping with the Warrior’s tradition of “combining education with athletics” the Stratford Hockey Club developed an educational aid award in the name of a former director; Joe Mavity. Stratford remembers Joe Mavity fondly for his sports involvement within the city as a player, but mostly vividly as a coach and manager who worked to instill a commitment to excellence and sportsmanship within all of his players. After serving on the Warrior’s Board of Directors for more than a decade, the Stratford Hockey Club set up a scholarship fund in his memory. These awards are available to past and present Warriors players who demonstrate excellence within their academics by attending a Canadian post-secondary institution, and who have providing outstanding service to the Stratford Hockey Club program over the years.
UNITED WAY “PASS THE BUCKET” – Nov 2019
On November 29th, the Stratford Hockey Club and Warrior Fans supported the United Way by “Passing the Bucket”. $795.65 was raised — thank you to everyone who donated! Top Photo: United Way chairman, Martin Ritsma drops the puck. Middle Photo: “Pass the Bucket” volunteers. Bottom Photos: The Stratford Aces (puck collectors for the night) high five the Warriors after warm up.
PINK IN THE RINK – Oct 2019
Friday October 18th puck drop! From left to right, Kitchener Captain Sean Kawalec, Andrea Murray, Jaclynn Casey, Jean Stiles, Barb Mitchell, Lory Casey and Stratford Assistant Captain Mitchell Casey. Andrea, Jaclynn, Jean, Barb and Lory are all Breast Cancer Survivors!
THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE – Oct 2019
Stratford Warriors Camden Daigle, Zac Hatch, Jacob Murray and Zac McCann lend a helping hand at Foodland with the Salvation Army Thanksgiving Food Drive. Thank you to everyone who made donations!
UNITED WAY 2019 KICK OFF – Sept 2019
United Way Perth-Huron Kicks Off 2019 Campaign in Downtown Stratford
Stratford, ON (September 13, 2019) – United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) kicked off the 2019 campaign in style with a harvest lunch in Stratford’s Market Square as UWPH Campaign Co-chairs Kathryn and Martin Ritsma announced the campaign goal of $1,633,566. Several Stratford Warrior players were on hand to help support and promote the campaign. “$1.633 million is a significant goal,” UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb explained. “But that money is needed to address #UNIGNORABLE issues like poverty, homelessness and mental health across Perth and Huron.” To show your #LocalLove by donating or volunteering, call 519-271-7730 or or visit perthhuron.unitedway.ca
STRATFORD WARRIORS 2018-2019 AWARDS BANQUET – Apr 2019
Pictured from left: Addison Macey, Tyson Kielt, Drew Welsch, Malcolm McLeod, Sean Ross, Evan Dowd.
Congratulations to all our Stratford Warriors award recipients for the 2018-2019 season!
This year’s winners (presented April 7, 2019) include:
Erik Anderson Award (Most points in regular season): Sean Ross
Pavestone Plus Award (Top plus-minus): Sean Ross
Jack Wright Memorial Award (Regular season MVP): Sean Ross
Jack Dent Memorial Award (Outstanding Defenceman): Addison Macey
Ron Schulthies Memorial Award (Rookie of the Year): Drew Welsch
Cherrey Buslines Award (Best Defensive Forward): Evan Dowd
Herbert G. Parker Award (Outstanding SMHA Graduate): Malcolm McLeod
James Elder Memorial Award (On- and off-ice leadership): Malcolm McLeod
Mike Lebreux Memorial Award (Fan’s Player of the Year): Sean Ross
The MacArthur Trophy (Playoff MVP): Tyson Kielt
John Mavity Memorial Award (Most Improved Player): Malcolm McLeod
TRIBUTE NIGHT (PAST CHAMPIONS) – Feb 2019
Kendrick Nicholson (left) (2002-2003 team Captain) and Travis Hofstetter (right) (2003-2004 team captain) drop the puck to start Friday night’s game at the Allman Arena.
Thank you to the players of the Stratford Culliton 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 teams who were honoured in a pre-game ceremony on Friday, February 22nd — back-to-back Sutherland Cup Champions!
VISIT TO COMMUNITY LIVING STRATFORD – Feb 2019
Dylan Lebold and Corson Searles accompany team Chaplain, Dan Bowyer, on a visit to Community Living Stratford on Friday, February 22nd.
BILLET APPRECIATION NIGHT (2018-2019 Season) – Jan 2019
The Stratford Hockey Club would like to recognize and send a heartfelt thank you out to all our billet homes for their time and support given to the player(s) that billet with them. Welcoming players and making them feel at home is greatly appreciated!
Thank you to this year’s billet parents (pictured above)…
Melissa and Darren Akey, Marianne and Frank Thalheimer,
Barb and Gerhard Serf, Courtney and Mark Downham,
Janis and Jamie Antonio, Brenda and Bruce Holst,
Andy Vivian, Kim and Dave Parson,
Kristen and Brian Riddel, Kris and Jamie Thomas
If you are interested in hosting a player in your home for the 2019-20 season, please contact Jamie Nigro at 519-301-0644 or email@example.com.
ALUMNI GAME – Dec 2018
42 former Culliton and Warrior alumni faced off at the Allman Arena on Saturday, December 1, 2018.
Click above to watch game highlights by 519 Sports Online.
REMEMBERING DENIS FLANAGAN – Nov 2018
The Stratford Jr. B. Hockey Club join the City of Stratford and the entire hockey community in mourning the passing of local hockey legend, Denis ( Dinny) Flanagan on November 25, 2018. Dinny became Manager of The Stratford Cullitons in their inaugural season in 1975 and he spent the next 21 seasons helping create one of the finest Junior Hockey organizations in the province before retiring in 1996.
His teams never finished lower than third place. In twenty-one seasons, the Cullitons finished first fifteen times, won ten league titles and five O.H.A. Championships. The . overall record of the Cullitons under Dinny’s guidance is an amazing 735 wins, 159 losses and 36 ties. Recently, Dinny became the recipient of the highest award … O.H.A. Gold Stick Award.
The Warriors Family, and our fans, are deeply indebted to Dinny for all that he gave to us over the years. We will miss him dearly, but we know that his presence will forever be felt by our club and our city.
Dinny’s contribution to the Stratford Jr. B. Hockey Club will never be forgotten.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, our Hockey Team and our Fans I would like to express my condolences to Dinny’s Family.
TEAM CHAPLAIN VISIT – Nov 2018
Team Chaplain, Father Daniel Bower, poses with the team during his November visit. The chaplain visits the rink each month and offers up topics for discussion. November’s topic was ‘trust’. Thanks Father Dan!
TEDDY BEAR NIGHT – Nov 2018
It was only 7:28 in the first period when Kameron Shearer scored (with Nathan Smilsky and Drew Welsch assisting) to bring the fans to their feet and toss their stuffed animals onto the ice on November 23, 2018 for the Warrior’s Annual Teddy Bear Night! Thank you to all who participated by donating teddy bears and to the Stratford Warriors Major Atom MD team and Stratford Motor Products assistance in collecting this year’s stuffed animals from the ice. Donations will be given to local organizations who provide support to children in need.
STILL A FAN: JUSTIN BEIBER – Nov 2018
Justin Beiber was in Stratford and caught Friday night’s Warriors game November 23. In between periods he greeted fans. Above, he poses with the Stratford Warriors Major Atom MD Minor Hockey team who was on hand to collect pucks after warm up and chuck-a-puck.
PINK IN THE RINK – Nov 2018
TOP PHOTOS: October 26th was the launch of our Pink in the Rink campaign. Players wore pink jerseys in warm up that were subsequently auctioned off with all proceeds being donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. Top left, Brantford 99ers captain Shaun General faces off with Stratford’s Mitchell Casey in a ceremonial puck drop. Dropping the puck is Mitchell’s mother, Lory Casey (left) and Jacqueline Casey (right). Top right, Mitchell Casey gives his mother Lory – a breast cancer survivor – a hug. BOTTOM PHOTO: November 16, SHC Director Lorraine Smith presents a cheque for $1900 to Carol Hertel from the Canadian Cancer Society’s Stratford branch.
STRATFORD CHRISTMAS PARADE – Nov 2018
Stratford Warriors players work together with Perth County Paramedics in the Stratford Santa Claus parade held November 25, 2018.
UNITED WAY KICK OFF – Sept 2018
A few of the Stratford Warriors were on hand in Market Square (Stratford) for the 2018 United Way Campaign kick off on Friday, September 14. Please support the United Way Huron Perth and its fundraising efforts this season!
THANK YOU TO OUR 2018-2019 SPONSORS – 2018
The Stratford Warriors rely heavily on volunteers and financial supporters — special thanks go out to all our Supporters and Sponsors for the 2018 Season. Below, RBC Royal Bank & RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities present a Supporter Cheque. From left to right, Brian De Groote, John Cossey, Rob Bryan, Cam Shearer, Ryan Cullen, Sean Ross, Lincoln Simmons, Hugh Anderson, Darcy Krahn, Jamie Nigro.
PRE-SEASON BBQ – Aug 2018
Thank you to everyone who came out to support our Pre-Season BBQ fundraiser at Zehrs on Saturday August 25th — this includes all our fans and supporters, Linda and the staff at Zehrs, SHC Staff and Directors. Despite the rain, the players had a great afternoon running the BBQ, bagging groceries and helping customers carry bags to their cars.
STRATFORD WARRIORS 2017-2018 AWARDS BANQUET – Apr 2018
Chosen based on Performance….
Most Points – Regular Season (Erik Anderson Award): Jack Scanlan
Best Plus/Minus (Pavestone Plus Award): Ryan Nicholson (+44)
As voted by the Players, Team Staff, Game Staff & Directors…
Most Valuable (Regular Season) (Jack Wright Memorial Award): Jack Scanlan
Outstanding Defenceman (Jack Dent Memorial Award): Ryan Nicholson
Rookie of the Year (Ron Schulthies Memorial Award: Kaleb Pearson
Best Defensive Forward (Cherrey Buslines Award): Dylan Lebold
Outstanding SMHA Graduate (Herbert G. Parker Award): Mitchell Casey
As chosen by the Training Staff…
On/Office Leadership (James Elder Memorial Award): Corson Searles
As voted by the Fans…
Fan’s Player of the Year Award (Mike Lebreux Memorial Award): Kaleb Pearson
As chosen by the Coaching Staff…
Most Valuable Play-off Player (MacArthur Award): Ryan Cullen
Most Improved Player (John Mavity Memorial Award): Andrew Vigliatore
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY VISIT – Jan 2018
The weekend of January 6 & 7, 2018 saw the Warriors head to Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. During the father and son trip, the Warriors had an opportunity to tour the athletic and academic facilities. They attended a Michigan State University game on Saturday night — MSU vs Ohio State. They were also able to practice on Sunday morning. Players, fathers and staff all had an enjoyable weekend.
ALUMNI GAME – Dec 2017
On December 13, 2017, this year’s Stratford Warriors team took on a team of Stratford Jr B Alumni. Alumni included players with notable success in both the NHL and Europe including Tim Taylor (2 Stanley Cups), Greg deVries (1 Stanley Cup), Boyd Devereaux (1 Stanley Cup) and Mike Martin (1 Calder Cup). Two alumni still retain team records for the club — Erik Anderson (Most Points in a Season) and Jason Mervyn (Most Goals in a Season)! Prior to the game, fans had the opportunity to skate with the players and get autographs. The game was a joint fundraiser between the Stratford Hockey Club and the local Heart & Stroke chapter — we appreciate the support of the players, the alumni and all our fantastic Warrior fans!
SHC Director John Cossey (right) proudly presents a cheque to the SHC and Heart & Stroke for the funds raised at the Alumni Game in December 2017. Accepting on behalf of Heart & Stroke is Area Manager, Rachel Smith (left) and Shelley Berg (centre).
ALUMNI GAME HIGHLIGHTS
SALVATION ARMY KETTLE DRIVE – Dec 2017
The Stratford Warriors were out and about December the 7th volunteering at the local Zehrs seeking donations for the Salvation Army Kettle. They are, from left to right, Ryan Bell, Connor Gregga and Kaleb Pearson. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello and who donated to this important fundraising initiative.
TEDDY BEAR NIGHT – Nov 2017
It took until 4:44 in the third period when Kaleb Pearson scored (with Corson Searles and Jack Scanlan assisting) to bring the fans to their feet and toss their stuffed animals onto the ice on November 3, 2017 for the Warrior’s Annual Teddy Bear Night! Thank you to all who participated by donating teddy bears and to Brady Blain’s Minor Atom AAA Huron Perth Lakers for helping Stratford Motor Products collect this year’s stuffed animals. Donations will be given to local organizations who provide support to children in need.
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS – Nov 2017
Stratford Warriors embraced Friday November 3rd’s “Random Act of Kindness” day by dropping into Public Skates as the Allman and Milverton Arena’s handing out free game passes. Pictured right, Maxim Mulder, Corson Searles and Evan Dowd visit Milverton.
TRICK OR TREAT – Oct 2017
The Stratford Warriors inspired Aaron and Rowan Green this Halloween as they spent the evening dressed as Stratford Warriors!
Thank you Aaron and Rowan for the great tribute!
SEASON TICKET DRAW WINNERS – Oct 2017
Congratulations to long time Season Ticket holders, Bob and Jane Douglas — winners of the 42″ HD television in our 2017-2018 Season Ticket draw. Bob and Jane have been Warriors fans for many years and we appreciate their continuing support! Special thanks for Phelans Place (www.phelansplace.com) for the generous donation!
STRATFORD WARRIORS: NEW LOGO UNVEILED – June 2017
The Stratford Hockey Club and the Stratford Minor Hockey Association proudly unveiled their new logo on June 1, 2017.
The two hockey organizations offered a logo design contest during 2016 in their quest for a new, shared logo. Over 175 entries were received. The winning logo, designed by Mike Lee of Stratford, maintains the traditional red and blue colours of both organizations but incorporates several classic Stratford elements…
“With it, I’ve tried to create a design with layers of meaning for the City of Stratford. The focal point of the logo is the Warrior himself. An imagined knight of the Elizabethan era. This menacing knight would be the victor in any Shakespearean tragedy. In the lower part of the knight’s armoured crest, a powerful swan. Sentinel of the City of Stratford. Wings stretched wide in victory and a look of fearlessness. Subtler layers of subtext can be found in the twin “W’s” formed by the knight’s red cape. As well as a graphic representation of the Festival Theatre’s scalloped roof detail in the shadow of the knight’s armoured shoulder plates.”
It all comes together in a unique and creative design — both organizations look forward to the fresh new look and are excited to bring their new logo to the ice for the 2017-2018 season!
Pictured above from LEFT. The new Stratford Warriors Logo / A crowd gathers at the Allman Arena for the unveilling / Logo designer Mike Lee describes some of the highlights of the new logo / Team Captain Jack Scanlan proudly wears the new jersey.
JUSTIN BIEBER IS A FAN – April 2017
In January 2013, Justin Bieber unveiled his new inking to fans on his Instagram page and explained the meaning behind the choice of design — the logo of the Stratford Warriors (formerly the Stratford Cullitons).
He said: “My grandfather always took me to the stratford culliton every friday night this is for u Grampa.”
In January 2015, Calvin Klein released a series of ads featuring Justin Bieber (pictured to the left in black and white) — and his Stratford Warrior logo!
The indian head was the focal crest of the Cullitons/Warriors jerseys for many years and symbolic of hockey in Statford for many years; it was last worn on the Warrior jerseys in the 2016-2017 season as shoulder crests.
YEAR END BANQUET – March 2017
The Stratford Warriors recently enjoyed their end of season banquet. The club would like to thank everyone who made the season possible — the great players and staff, the hard working Board of Directors, dedicated and valuable volunteers, wonderful billet homes and fabulous fans!
Players taking home awards this years included (pictured Left to Right):
Ryan Nicholson – Best Defenceman & Rookie of the Year
Cam Garrow – Best Plus/Minus Record
Jack Scanlan – Regular Season MVP, Scoring Leader, Fan Favorite and On & Off Ice Leadership
Kameron Shearer – Most Improved
Jack Wieringa – Play Off MVP
Dylan Lebold – Best Defensive Forward
Josh Higgins – Outstanding SMHA Graduate (absent from photo)
MINISTRY ON A HOCKEY RINK
Pictured right is team chaplain, Dan Bowyer, with Zander Pryor celebrating the Cherrey Cup win at the end of the 2015-2016 season.
Dan has been the team’s chaplain since January 2015.
FAMILY DAY AUTOGRAPH SESSION – Feb 2017
Our Family Day game concluded with an autograph session with the Warriors — thank you to all who came out! Stratford Warrior fans are simply the best!
HEARTBURN DAY – Feb 2017
On February 4th, 2017 Jack Scanlan and Kam Shearer served as guest judges at Stratford’s annual “Heartburn Day” Chili cook-off!
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN CAMPAIGN – Feb 2017
CBC News Posted Feb 17, 2017: Stratford Hockey Players Tackle Violence Against Women on Social Media
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COMMUNITY LIVING STRATFORD AND AREA – Feb 2017
On February 10th, 2017 players Jack Scanlan, Dylan Lebold and Team Chaplain, Dan Bowyer visited Community Living Stratford and Area to play ball hockey. They enjoyed a great lunch and visit after the games.
TO STRATFORD WITH LOVE – Dec 2016
On December 17th, 2016 Nathan Smith, Rock Boynton, Hugh Anderson, Josh Higgins, Jack Scanlan, Kam Shearer and team Chaplain Dan Bowyer assisted at the city-wide outreach meal ‘To Stratford With Love’. The players worked hard at the pop stations preparing drinks for the 1,000 guests. Following the meal, players signed autographs.
SALVATION ARMY KETTLE BELL DRIVE – Dec 2016
Stratford Warriors Kam Shearer, Ryan Nicholson, Curtis Abbott and Jack Scanlan (Left to Right) along with Team Chaplain, Dan Bowyer volunteer with the Salvation Army’s Annual Kettle Bell Drive December 8, 2016.
CHERREY CUP WINNERS AND A NEW NAME! – April 2015
The team celebrated winning the Midwestern Confernce Finals (The Cherrey Cup) in April 2016. In June, the Stratford Hockey Club was excited to announce the team’s rebranding to the “Stratford Warriors”.
WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES – April 2015
On April 16, 2016, Stratford Culliton Players Josh Higgins, Jared Nash and Rob Grant “Walked a Mile in Her Shoes” to fundraise and support Optimism Place.
FAMILY DAY AUTOGRAPH SESSION – Feb 2016
STRATFORD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES LUNCHEON – Feb 2016
On February 17th, Cullitons’ Team Chaplain Dan Boyer was invited to speak at the Stratford Council of Churches luncheon — this year’s theme was “Chaplains in the Community”. Above, left to right, Hayden Broomhead (Stratford Cullition #19), Zander Pryor (Stratford Culliton #17), Suzi Higgins (mom of Stratford Culliton Josh Higgins #14) and Will Kraemer from the Stratford Council of Churches.
A VISIT TO SPRUCE LODGE – Feb 2016
Players Drew Gross, Jack Scanlan and Justin Graham along with Team Chaplain Dan Bowyer visited staff, residents and their families at Spruce Lodge Long-Term Care Centre on Saturday, February 6th.
HEARTBURN DAY – Feb 2016
Tyson Baker and Zach Van Louwe represented the Stratford Cullitons as judges at “Heartburn Day at the Oscars” on Saturday, February 28th at the Stratford Rotary Complex. Proceeds from the event supported the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
ROMEO SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAM – Jan 2016
Culliton players Hayden Broomhead, Josh Higgins and Jack Scanlan visited the Romeo School Breakfast Program January 14th to sign autographs. Both the players and the students enjoyed the morning event. Shown on the left are Scanlan, Higgins and Broomhead (left to right) with a group of Romeo students. On the right, the players are shown with Henri Molenhuis, the Breakfast Program Co-ordinator, and Principal Kate Lusk.
SKATE WITH THE CULLITONS – Dec 2015
Thank you to everyone who came out and participated in our Annual Skate with the Cullitons held December 19th! The players had a great time and we hoped everyone enjoyed themselves. Thank you for all the non-perishable food donations; they have been sent on to our local Salvation Army and House of Blessing.
SALVATION ARMY KETTLE CAMPAIGN – Dec 2015
Along with team chaplain Dan Bowyer, Stratford Culliton players recently volunteered to assist the Salvation Army with their Christmas Kettle Campaign. Left to right, Drew Gross and Joe Leahy take the morning shift while Zander Pryor and Cooper Stahl helped in the afternoon.
TO STRATFORD WITH LOVE – Dec 2015
The team came together to help out with the “To Stratford With Love” outreach meal December 19th at the Stratford Rotary Complex! Players had fun and were kept busy staffing the pop station. Special thanks to everyone who supported this year’s “To Stratford With Love” banquet now celebrating its 25th year!
HELPING OUT THE YOUNG ONES – Dec 2015
On December 8th, several Stratford Culliton players strapped on their skates to help the Henry’s Barbshop team practice (Stratford Rotary Hockey).
Left to right the Stratford Cullion players are Quinton Haddock, Zander Pryor and Drew Gross.
HOCKEY FOR HUNGER – Dec 2015
Stratford Cullitons Captain Tyson Baker presents the first “Hockey for Hunger” pledge form to Lisa Stanley of the House of Blessing along with Cullitons Chaplain Dan Bowyer. “Hockey for Hunger” will run from December 4th until December 18th. Individuals are challenged to donate $1 to the House of Blessing for every goal the Cullitons score in this time and businesses are challenged to donate $5 for every goal the Cullitons score in this time to the House of Blessing. To participate, please stop by the pledge table in the Allman Arena lobby on December 4th, 11th and 18th or by calling Cullitons Chaplain Dan Bowyer at 519-271-4527.
UPDATE ADDED JANUARY 2016 We are pleased to announce that the Stratford Cullitons Hockey for Hunger Challenge in December resulted in 86 donors pledging at total of $3180 to the Stratford House of Blessing! St. Paul’s Anglican Church started the fundraiser last season and its congregation raised $2000. This year, individuals were challenged to pledge $1 and businesses $5 for every Culliton’s goal bewteen December 4 and 18th. Thank you to everyone who supported the fundraiser!
CULLITONS HELP SHOOT PROMOTIONAL VIDEO – Jan 2015
SKATE WITH THE CULLITONS – Dec 2014
CURL FOR KIDS SAKE – Dec 2014
BOSTON PIZZA CELEBRITY SERVERS – Dec 2014
SUPPORTING THE CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY – Dec 2014
MEETING OUR FANS – Dec 2014
CRYSTAL PUCK AWARD – Nov 2014
TEDDY BEAR NIGHT – Nov 2014
STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN – Nov 2014
PINK IN THE RINK – Oct 2014
UNITED WAY FUNDRAISER – Oct 2014
SKATE WITH THE CULLITONS – Dec 2013
TEDDY BEAR NIGHT – Nov 2013
PINK IN THE RINK – Oct 2013
CULLITON’S CHRISTMAS BANQUET – Dec 2012
SKATE WITH THE CULLITONS – Dec 2012
BOSTON PIZZA CELEBRITY SERVERS – Nov 2012
RAFFLE TO SUPPORT THE SGH FOUNDATION – Dec 2011
In December 2011, “Blue Sky – White Snow”… a reproduction of a 6 x 12 foot oil canvas painting by award winning Canadian Artist, Gary McLaughlin… was raffled off to support the Stratford General Hospital Foundation and the Stratford Atom MD Warriors! Toronto Maple Leaf tickets and an autographed NHL jersey were the second the third prizes respectively. Thank you to everyone who supported these very worthy causes!
1st PRIZE — “Blue Sky – White Snow”: Wendy Dupuis, New Liskeard
2nd PRIZE — Two Toronto Maple Leaf Tickets: Dr. Sean Blaine, Stratford
3rd PRIZE — NHL Autographed Jersey: Mike Monaghan, Woodstock
CROSBY’S CHALLENGE – Dec 2011
Help save children’s lives! Crosby’s Challenge is a matching fundraising campaign in support of Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre and the Children’s Health Research Institute. Last year Crosby Culliton of Stratford finished his treatments for acute lymphoblastic leukemia and he’s doing great! His challenge: help Children’s Hospital raise money for 25 new monitors to help critically ill newborns.
HELPING OUT SMHA ATOM MD WARRIORS – Nov 20, 2011
On Sunday November 20, Cullitons Ray Huether, Jared Culliton, Shane O’Brien and Taylor Dupuis helped coordinate
a skills competition for the SMHA Atom MD team coached by Bill Boon.
Above, Ray Huether cheers on racing goalies, Taylor Dupuis and Patrick McIsaac.
TEDDY BEAR NIGHT – Oct 21, 2011
An all-time favourite in Stratford, Teddy Bear Night!
With the team trailing 2-0 against the Elmira Sugar Kings (14-1-0) at the Allman Arena — and the biggest regular season
crowd in years dying to toss stuffed animals onto the ice — Steve Dol set the arena buzzing!
The 20-year-old centre fired a rocket of a wrist shot over the shoulder of Elmira goalkeeper Nick Horrigan on a powerplay
at 13:34 of the opening frame, triggering a shower of teddy bears and a comeback by the Stratford Cullitons, who earned an
exciting 3-2 win over the defending Sutherland Cup champion Sugar Kings.
Stratford Motor Products, the official sponsor of the event, gathered up the large collection of stuffed animals with the help of the
Stratford Warriors Dunny’s Source for Sports Atom MD team. An annual event, the stuffed animals are donated to the
Huron Perth Children’s Aid Society.
SMHA SKILLS CLINICS – Oct 19, 2011
Above, Culliton Shane O’Brien works with some of Scotiabank’s Major Peewee Rep players as part of the Stratford Minor Hockey Association (SMHA) Skills Clinics. Clincs run November through December and all SMHA teams participate under the guidance of former Culliton, Mike McLeod. Below, Cullitons Jared Culliton and Steven Dol guide players through their drills and Mike McLeod describes the upcoming drills.