Niagara Falls native Josh Astorino has been signed by the Georgetown Raiders of the OJHL. Astorino makes the jump after establishing himself an an elite goaltender in the GOJHL loop.
Astorino is no stranger to pressure situations, Josh won a championship for the Grimsby Peachkings during his rookie campaign. Astorino lead his team to a title in his first season of junior also being named Junior C goalie of the year.
Astorino’s stint with the Thorold Blackhawks earned him respect amongst his peers. With devotion and passion, Josh always leads by example. Astorino was runner up for player of the year twice, a league All-Star twice and a 5 time goalie of the month.
RLG reporter Mitch Vargus had a chance to catch up with Astorino VIA Skype. Vargus was abrupt when asking Astorino what his goals were for this season . “Well ya know I just want to take it game by game, I want to make an impact and give my team a chance to win every night. I know what I can do and I look forward to the challenge”. said the humble Astorino.
When asked about the change of league Astorino as usual was not phased “Of course there will be an adjustment but I have trained hard all summer, off and on the ice. I have gone over countless video sessions with Ludzy, made a few areas of my game stronger and I’m really excited to start this season”.
Astorino has been a long time student and instructor at the RLG camps. Everyone wishes him the best of luck in Georgetown!!!
Niagara Icedogs goaltender Stephen Dhillon has agreed to attend the Detroit Redwings camp. Dhillon will attend the clubs rookie camp, as well as the prospects camp held in Traverse City and the main camp. The Buffalo native appeared in 24 games for the dog during their 2015-16 campaign and was an instrumental part in the teams success. The rookie goaltender had a GAA of 2.69 and a SV% of .908.
RLG would like to congratulate Stephen
A lifetime dream came true for St Catharine’s native Dylan Wells on Saturday. The Edmonton Oilers selected Wells with the 123rd overall pick in the NHL draft.
RLG would like to congratulate Dylan!!
Niagara Falls native Joseph Murdaca finds himself in the middle of a great opportunity with highly potent and deep Mississauga Stealheads team. “The Doc” as he’s known as by his peers is no stranger to pressure situations having dealt with becoming the starting goaltender in only his second year of junior hockey with the Niagara Falls Canucks Junior B hockey Club. Murdacas first junior season as a rookie saw him earn play-off appearances with his club, where he earned runner up for league Rookie of the Year.
Murdacas strong first half of the season was enough for the Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) to make a trade with the Saginaw Spirit involving three goaltenders but finding Joe a new home. Although Murdaca made leaps in a short amount of time, the young man knows the dedication it is going to take from being able to experience it. ” Training has become more intense, but for the better. This summers going to be better with more training and more on ice sessions” when asked about the biggest difference between Junior B and the Ontario Hockey League Joe was fast to point out the speed, “The OHL is 10 times faster, plays happen faster than they ever did in front of me. Getting to the gym to work on my speed and strength will be key in order to earn success”
We had a chance to catch up with RLG owner Ryan Ludzik who was quick to point out the fast progress of Murdaca “well ya know, he’s a big kid, he can move, squares up well and he continues to work at his craft. Joe understands the game and what he needs to put into it, to be successful at the OHL level and I’m looking forward to being a part of the process” said Ludzik.
Although a great opportunity awaits Murdaca, he will take nothing for granted this summer. A long time student and instructor at RLG camps, we wish him good luck this summer
For the third consecutive year, Dylan Wells is heading to Calgary for the Team Canada Goaltending Evaluation Camp. Wells is one of 10 goalies selected to attend the camp. The development camp is the first step in selecting the goalies for the Canadian World Junior Team.
Last summer Wells back stopped Team Canada to a Gold Medal in the Under 18 Ivan Hilinka Tournament in the Czech Republic, posting a GAA of 1.33 and a SV% of .933.
RLG would like to wish Dylan safe travels and best of luck in Calgary.
Its time to eat
Niagara Ice Dogs goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic has been named to the OHL All-Star team. The native of Parma Ohio was an instrumental part of the Ice Dogs play-off run, earning an Eastern Conference Championship. Nedeljkovic and his Ice Dogs went on an impressive 10 game winning streak, sweeping both the #1 seeded Kingston Frontenac’s and the #2 seeded Barrie Colts.
RLG along with the Niagara Ice Dogs would like to wish Alex the best of luck with the Carolina Hurricanes.
“Make them see NED”
St Catherine’s native Dylan Wells is set for the upcoming NHL draft in Buffalo at the end of June. Wells is currently the #10 ranked North American goaltender coming into the draft.
Wells season was highlighted by appearances in the CHL Subway series where he represented team OHL in a 3-2 defeat over team Russia. Wells also had a strong performance in the CHL Top Prospects Game, where he earned one of the games 3 stars.