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Mar. 30, 2016

DARTMOUTH – After a historic second place finish in 2015, Nova Scotia is looking to build upon its best ever result at the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s upcoming Gatorade Excellence Challenge.

Hockey Nova Scotia announced the roster that will represent the province at the QMJHL Gatorade Excellence Challenge in Boisbriand, Q.C. next month. The tournament runs from April 28 – May 1 at Boisbriand’s Centre d'Excellence Sports Rousseau.

Hockey Nova Scotia’s team is made up of two goaltenders, six defensemen and twelve forwards from across the province. Please find the entire team roster below.

“Whenever you go through a selection process like this, it is tough because there are only 20 spots and very good players are inevitably going to be left off the roster,” said Hockey Nova Scotia development director Darren Sutherland.

“This was a really difficult process for our staff, especially with the goalie selections,” Sutherland said. “There are so many good goalies in the province and that meant we had to make some hard decisions but we are happy with our final roster and we look forward to competing in Quebec.”

The team will be led by head coach Jon Greenwood (Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL) and assistant coaches Tom Lee (Saint Mary's University Huskies men's team, AUS) and Danny MacKinnon (Cole Harbour WolfPack, NSMMHL).

The Gatorade Excellence Challenge is an annual tournament that features six teams from Quebec (2), New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia. One hundred and twenty of the top prospects from the region will take part in the event which scouts will use as an evaluation tool ahead of the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft.

Last year, Nova Scotia lost 4-3 in a shootout to Quebec (Blue) in the championship game. It was the province’s best ever finish at the event.

“Our performances at the 2015 Canada Games (a fifth place finish) and at this event last year have certainly increased our standards and expectations,” Sutherland said. “But at the end of the day for us, this is about helping players and preparing them for the next level. In recent years, we have had several players invited to the national under-17 camp and we want to make sure our guys are completely prepared both on and off the ice.”

Hockey Nova Scotia will be holding a pre-tournament mini-camp at the East Hants Sportsplex in Lantz from April 23-24 before departing for Quebec.

Hockey nova Scotia would like to congratulate all of our players who made this year’s team and wish them the best of luck in Boisbriand.


2016 Hockey Nova Scotia Gatorade Excellence Challenge Roster:


30 Colten Ellis (Cape Breton West Islanders, NSMMHL)
31 Alec MacDonald (Newbridge Academy, Prep)


3 Peter Diliberatore (Dartmouth Steele Subaru Major Midgets, NSMMHL)
4 Leon Denny (Cape Breton Tradesmen, NSMMHL)
5 Jack McGovern (Dartmouth Steele Subaru Major Midgets, NSMMHL)
6 Ryan MacLellan (Cape Breton West Islanders, NSMMHL)
23 Jared McIsaac (Cole Harbour WolfPack, NSMMHL)
24 Jarrett Baker (Halifax McDonald’s Major Midgets, NSMMHL)


7 Luke Henman (Dartmouth Steele Subaru Major Midgets, NSMMHL)
9 Evan MacKinnon (Dartmouth Steele Subaru Major Midgets, NSMMHL)
10 Jake Martin (Weeks Major Midgets, NSMMHL)
11 Kevin Mason (Weeks Major Midgets, NSMMHL)
12 Jacob Hudson (Cape Breton West Islanders, NSMMHL)
13 Matt Ormon (Halifax McDonald’s Major Midgets, NSMMHL)
14 Logan Timmons (Cape Breton West Islanders, NSMMHL)
15 Jordan McKenna (Dartmouth Steele Subaru Major Midgets, NSMMHL)
17 Kyle Penney (Cole Harbour WolfPack, NSMMHL)
18 Logan Cash (Halifax McDonald’s Major Midgets, NSMMHL)
25 Ryan Breau (Halifax McDonald’s Major Midgets, NSMMHL)
26 Andrew Coxhead (Dartmouth Steele Subaru Major Midgets, NSMMHL)

Team Staff
Head coach: Jon Greenwood (Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL)
Assistant coach: Tom Lee (Saint Mary's Huskies, AUS)
Assistant coach: Danny MacKinnon (Cole Harbour WolfPack, NSMMHL)
Athletic therapist: Mitchell Squarey
Equipment manager: Aiden Rafuse (Dalhousie Tigers, AUS)
Director of Operations: Darren Sutherland

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