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They’re Back! The IceDogs Shoot Us a Home Opener

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After a successful 2011/2012 season the Niagara IceDogs returned to the ice at the Jack Gatecliffe Arena for the home opener with the new roster! Returning favourites include Ryan Strome, the superstar forward who made waves in the NHL with his impressive stick handling, as well as Dougie Hamilton, Steven Shipley, Brett Richie and more. (The full roster is listed below this article.)  But to kick off the season, four of the star players from last season’s team were brought out to celebrate the Bobby Orr Trophy won by the team with their Eastern Conference Championship and reveal the banners that celebrate the most successful year for the franchise since their move to Niagara.

Freddie Hamilton, Mark Visentin, Alex Friesen and the Captain, Andrew Aggozino were met with standing ovations and an overwhelmingly warm welcome. The torch was passed to Steven Shipley who is among the three players sporting an A on the jersey to indicate Assistant Captain.  The new Captain is yet to be determined by the coaching staff and faithful IceDogs fans are waiting with great anticipation.

The team took the first game with the new goalie in net, and Festarini did not disappoint, stopping an impressive 27 shots. The final tally was 4-2 for the IceDogs with goals from Shipley, Sysala, DiFruscia and Wigle. With the season kicking off on a high note, fans will surely be flocking to the Jack for what is anticipated to be a big season for the team.

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Niagara IceDogs 2012/2013 Roster:

Forwards Number
 Ondrei Kopta 7
 David Sysala 8
 Rio Anzolin 9
 Steven Shipley 10
 Anthony DiFruscia 12
 Joel Wigle 14
 Brook Hiddink 15
 Trevor Petersen 16
 Kyle Shaw 17
 Ryan Strome 18
 Mike Robinson 19
 Brett Ritchie 20
 Carter Verheaghe 21
 Mitchell Theoret 23
 Mitch Bennett 24
Defensemen Number
 Jesse Graham  2
 Brian Brosnan 3
 Broderick Kelly 4
 Luke Mercer 6
 Shayne Rover 11
 Brock Beukeboom 25
 Dougie Hamilton 27
 Aaron Haydon 28
Goalies Number
 Christopher Festarini 30
 Brent Moran 31


The Author

Allie Hughes is the wine and culinary contributor to Naturally in Niagara, feasting on the decadent experience that is life in this region. With a fine wine sensibility honed at the International Sommelier Guild, Allie is taking the journey of Niagara by the glass with you with each new taste. Allie is also the creative mind behind the marketing of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, and owner of Hughes & Co., a boutique social strategy firm.

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