Why Be a Canuck?

Niagara Falls Jr Canucks

 

The Niagara Falls Jr Canucks are amongst the best Junior hockey organizations in Canada. Established in 1971, the Canucks play in the Golden Horseshoe Conference of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL).

The Canucks are two-time Sutherland Cup Champions, and boast many alumni who have moved on to higher levels of hockey; including the NHL, OHL, NCAA, USports, and Professionally in Europe and other minor hockey leagues in North America.

The GOJHL has an impressive list of NHL Alumni, including the likes of: Jeff Carter, Boone Jenner, Mark Scheifele, Matt Moulson, Rob Blake, Marty Turco, Steve Mason, Ed Jovanowski, Kyle Wellwood, Dan Paille, Nathan Horton, Cal Clutterbuck and Riley Sheahan amongst many, many more.
Former Niagara Falls Jr Canucks who have graduated to the NHL include Frank Pietrangelo, Kevin Dallman and Gilbert Dionne amongst others.

 

The Niagara Falls Jr Canucks were established in 1971, and over this time have had only 3 owners. This is unprecedented in Junior hockey, and this stability reflects in the treatment of our players. Canuck’s players receive the following benefits and opportunities-

  • All home games are played out of the Gale Centre; one of the finest facilities in Junior Hockey anywhere.
  • State of the art dressing room.
  • Professional coaching and management.
  • Certified Athletic Trainer and team doctor.
  • All games broadcast live on HockeyTV.
  • Exposure to Pro Scouts, and NCAA, OHL, USports coaches and staff.
  • Equipment provided, including pants, gloves, helmets/visors and sticks, free skate sharpening, tape, etc.
  • Full team laundry service.
  • Team Coach bus and meals for road trips.

The Canucks boast one of the finest Coaching Staffs in Junior Hockey. Frank Pietrangelo is the team Owner/ President and Head Coach. Frank, a former Canuck himself, was an OHL draftchoice and NCAA Scholarship winner at the University of Minnesota (1982-86). Drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1983, Frank went on to a very successful 15 year Pro Hockey career, highlighted by a Stanley Cup championship with the Penguins in 1991. Since his retirement in 2000, Frank has been a full time coach. Over his 20+ years as a coach, Frank has had the fortune to coach many great players and help them achieve their goals. Here is a list of some of the players coached by Frank Pietrangelo, where they graduated to, and and where they are today-

 

OHL DRAFT TEAM NHL STATUS

 

SCOTT LAUGHTON OHL OSHAWA GENERALS 1ST ROUND OHL PHILADELPHIA FLYERS 1ST ROUND

FORMER TEAM  CANADA JR TEAM CAPTAIN

CONNOR BROWN OHL ERIE OTTERS 13TH ROUND TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS 6TH ROUND

OTTAWA SENATORS

JARROD MAIDENS OHL OWEN SOUND ATTACK 1ST ROUND OHL OTTAWA SENATORS 3RD ROUND
MATIA MARCANTUONI OHL KITCHENER RANGERS 1ST ROUND OHL PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 4TH ROUND
GIANLUCA CURCURUTO OHL SOO GREYHOUNDS 1ST ROUND OHL COLUMBUS BLUEJACKETS 7TH ROUND
CHRIS MARCHESE OHL ERIE OTTERS 1ST ROUND OHL
MARCUS McIVOR OHL BRAMPTON BATTALION 1ST ROUND OHL
DYLAN BLUJUS OHL BRAMPTON BATTALION 2ND ROUND OHL DALLAS STARS 3RD ROUND
EVAN McENENY OHL KITCHENER RANGERS 2ND ROUND OHL VANCOUVER CANUCKS
RYAN LOMBERG NCAA UNIVERSITY OF MAINE 1ST ROUND USHL CALGARY FLAMES
DEVIN SHORE NCAA UNIVERSITY OF MAINE 5TH ROUND OHL DALLAS STARS 2ND ROUND

ANAHEIM DUCKS

DANIEL RENOUF NCAA UNIVERSITY OF MAINE 3RD ROUND USHL DETROIT RED WINGS
ZACK PRYZBEK NCAA BROWN UNVIVERSITY 6TH ROUND OHL
DEVIN RYMARCHUK OHL OWEN SOUND ATTACK 5TH ROUND OHL
MATT McLEOD OHL BRAMPTON BATTALION 3RD ROUND OHL
BRETT FOY OHL ST MIKES MAJORS 6TH ROUND OHL
ERIC DIODATI OHL ST MIKES MAJORS 7TH ROUND OHL
DARRYL SNELLING OHL BELLEVILLE BULLS 2ND ROUND OHL
CODY PAYNE OHL OSHAWA GENERALS 3RD ROUND OHL BOSTON BRUINS 5TH ROUND
TERRY TRAFFORD OHL SAGINAW SPIRIT 3RD ROUND OHL
KYLE ROWE OHL SOO GREYHOUNDS 5TH ROUND OHL
MATTHEW LANE NCAA BOSTON UNIVERSITY 5TH ROUND OHL
LUKE NOGARD NCAA UNIV OF NEBRASKA/OMAHA 12TH ROUND OHL
CAL HOFFORD NCAA U OF NORTHERN MICHIGAN 5TH ROUND USHL
ZACH AVOLIO OHL PETERBOROUGH PETES 12TH ROUND OHL
BRODIE TUTTON NCAA GENESSEO COLLEGE 7TH ROUND OHL
JEFFREY HEARD OHL NIAGARA ICEDOGS 5TH ROUND OHL
BRENDEN MILLER OHL BRAMPTON BATTALION 8TH ROUND OHL
PATRICK MURPHY OHL ERIE OTTERS 5TH ROUND OHL
GEMEL SMITH OHL OWEN SOUND ATTACK 6TH ROUND OHL DALLAS STARS  5TH ROUND
ALEX LEPORE OHL BRAMPTON BATTALION 10TH ROUND OHL
ANTHONY MARRA NCAA GENNESEO COLLEGE
JOE SULLIVAN OHL PETERBOROUGH PETES 3RD ROUND OHL
ANDREW POTURALSKI NCAA UNIV  OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
JESSE GRAHAM OHL NIAGARA ICEDOGS 1ST ROUND OHL NEW YORK ISLANDERS 3RD ROUND
LUKE MERCER OHL NIAGARA ICEDOGS 1ST ROUND OHL
JAMIE LEWIS OHL NIAGARA ICEDOGS 3RD ROUND OHL
SLATER KOEKOEK OHL PETERBOROUGH PETES 1ST ROUND OHL TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING 1ST ROUND
CONNOR JARVIS OHL BRAMPTON BATTALION 7TH ROUND OHL
CONNOR CURRIE OHL ST MIKES MAJORS 12TH ROUND OHL
PETER ANGELOPOULOS OHL SOO GREYHOUNDS 3RD ROUND OHL
BLAKE RICHARD OHL KINGSTON FRONTENACS 10TH ROUND OHL
LUKE CAIRNS OHL ERIE OTTERS 4TH ROUND OHL
NICK LEPONE OHL KINGSTON FRONTENACS 14TH ROUND OHL
JOHNNY CURRAN NCAA NIAGARA UNIVERSITY
MARCUS MICHALSKI NCAA BUFFALO STATE UNIVERSITY
DYLAN PIETRANGELO NCAA UNIVERSITY OF  S MAINE
TREVOR SIMONICK NCAA BROCKPORT
NIGEL SLADE NCAA MANHATTANVILLE COLLEGE
JOSEPH MURDACA OHL MISSISSAUGA STEELHEADS 12TH ROUND OHL
MAC HOLLOWELL OHL SOO GREYHOUNDS 12TH ROUND OHL TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
AUSTIN WRIGHT NCAA RIT
PETER FALIVENA OHL KINGSTON FRONTENACS 5TH ROUND OHL
FRANKIE PUCCI OHL ERIE OTTERS 7TH ROUND OHL
CARSON EDWARDSON OHL ERIE OTTERS 10TH ROUND OHL
MATTHEW THORPE QMJHL ARMADA
JOSEPH BLANDISI OHL BARRIE COLTS 3RD ROUND OHL NEW JERSEY DEVILS
DRAKE CAGGIULA NCAA UNIV OF NORTH DAKOTA EDMONTON OILERS
KURTIS HENRY OHL ERIE OTTERS
HARRISON COTTAM OHL LONDON KNIGHTS

 

Frank’s experiences have seen him play with many of hockey’s all time greats, many of them members of the Hall of Fame. Having had the opportunity to be teammates and play with these players, he’s been able to share his experiences with his current players, which has helped tremendously with their development. Furthermore, most of these contacts are prominent figures in the hockey world today, and are very helpful in the recruitment and placement of current Canuck players. Some of Frank’s former teammates include:

 

PLAYED WITH IN CURRENT POSITION

 

MARIO LEMIEUX PITTSBURGH OWNER PITTSBURGH PENGUINS HALL OF FAME
PAUL COFFEY PITTSBURGH EDMONTON OILERS STAFF HALL OF FAME
JAROMIR JAGR PITTSBURGH OWNER CZECH PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE TEAM
BRIAN TROTTIER PITTSBURGH PITTSBURGH PENGUINS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME
LARRY MURPHY PITTSBURGH TV COLOUR HALL OF FAME
RON FRANCIS PITTSBURGH SEATTLE NHL GM HALL OF FAME
TOM BARRASSO PITTSBURGH CAROLINA HURRICANES GOALIE COACH
JOE MULLEN PITTSBURGH PHILADELPHIA FLYERS ASS’T COACH HALL OF FAME
CHRIS PRONGER HARTFORD NHL STAFF
MARK RECCHI PITTSBURGH PITTSBURGH PENGUINS ASSISTANT COACH HALL OF FAME
DAVE MORRISON MANCHESTER TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS HEAD OF SCOUTING
DAVE HAKSTOL MINNESOTA MOOSE ASSISTANT COACH TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
JEFF THOMLINSON MANCHESTER HEAD COACH KREFIELD (DEL)
KEVIN STEVENS PITTSBURGH PITTSBURGH PENGUINS SCOUT
SCOTT YOUNG PITTSBURGH COACH ST MARKS BOSTON PREP
WENDELL YOUNG PITTSBURGH GM CHICAGO WOLVES (AHL)
JAY CAUFIELD PITTSBURGH TV PITTSBURGH FOX
MARK HUNTER HARTFORD OWNER/GM LONDON KNIGHTS (OHL)
PHIL BOURQUE PITTSBURGH RADIO PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
BOB ERREY PITTSBURGH TV PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
BARRY PEDERSEN PITTSBURGH TV BOSTON BRUINS AND NESN
JIM PAEK PITTSBURGH HEAD COACH SOUTH KOREA NATIONAL TEAM
ULF SAMUELSON PITTSBURGH ASSISTANT COACH NEW YORK RANGERS
NICK KYPREOS HARTFORD HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA- TV
PAT VERBEEK HARTFORD TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING ASSISTANT GM
JOHN STEVENS HARTFORD ASSISTANT COACH LOS ANGELES KINGS
TROY LONEY PITTSBURGH OWNER YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS (USHL)

 

Finally, Frank has played under some of the finest Coaches and General Managers in the game of hockey. This tutelage has been a tremendous help, and Frank can draw from resources that are not possibilities for others. Here is a list of prominent hockey figures that have mentored Frank in some way:

 

TEAM ROLE CURRENT POSITION
BRIAN BURKE HARTFORD GM HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA/TSN TV
PAUL HOLMGREN HARTFORD HEAD COACH PHILADELPHIA FLYERS ASS’T GM
PIERRE McGUIRE PITT/HART ASS’T COACH/GM TV NBC
DARCY REGIER HARTFORD ASS’T COACH FORMER BUFFALO SABRES GM
SCOTTY BOWMAN PITTSBURGH HEAD COACH HALL OF FAME
CRAIG PATRICK PITTSBURGH GM ASS’T GM BUFFALO SABRES
GILLES MELOCHE PITTSBURGH GOALIE COACH FORMER PITTSBURGH PENGUINS GOALIE COACH
RICK PATTERSON PITTSBURGH ASS’T COACH DIRECTOR PLAYER PERSONEL ANAHEIM DUCKS
JOEL QUENNEVILLE SPRINGFIELD HEAD COACH FLORIDA PANTHERS HEAD COACH
ED JOHNSTON PITT/HART GM ADVISOR TO PITTSBURGH PENGUINS GM
RICK LEY MUSKEGON HEAD COACH FORMER HEAD COACH OF THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
WILLIE DESJARDENS KAUFBEUREN HEAD COACH HEAD COACH EUROPE
FRANK SERRATORE MINN MOOSE HEAD COACH AIR FORCE HEAD COACH (NCAA)
BOB JOHNSTON PITTSBURGH HEAD COACH
RICK KEHOE PITTSBURGH ASS’T COACH NEW YORK RANGERS SCOUT
GREG MALONE PITTSBURGH HEAD SCOUT TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING HEAD SCOUT
TONY ESPOSITO PITTSBURGH GM RETIRED
STEVE WEEKES HARTFORD GOALIE COACH NHL GOALIE COACH

 

Assistant coaches Todd Simon (skills coach) and Steve Hollett also are former pros. Todd Simon had a standout OHL Junior career with the Niagara Falls Thunder, leading the entire CHL in scoring. He was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres and played 16 years of Pro Hockey in his career. Steve Hollett also had a very successful OHL Junior career with the Soo Greyhounds, was a Washington Capitals draftchoice, and played 4 years of pro hockey.

Overall, the Canuck’s coaching staff boasts over 35 years of Pro experience, unprecedented in the Junior ranks!

As for the City of Niagara Falls, what more needs to be said about one of the 7 wonders of the world! Millions of people come to visit this beautiful city every year, and we are proud to call it Home.

Niagara is also home to some of the finest Post-Secondary Educational Institutions in Ontario. Brock University and Niagara College are both local. We encourage all of our players to continue with their education while playing for our team.

The Niagara Falls Jr Canucks continue to thrive for excellence. If you believe you have a future in the Hockey World, there is no better place to be than with the Canucks!!