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The Saugeen Shores Winterhawks are a senior hockey team in the WOAA Senior Hockey League based out of Saugeen Shores, Ontario, Canada.
The Saugeen Shores Winterhawks were founded in 2007, 11 years after the Lakeshore Winterhawks folded.
The Winterhawks and the Investors Group invite you - our loyal fans - to kick off the 2013/14 season in style.
This Friday evening (Oct. 18th), the 'Hawks will hold a tailgate party in the 'Hawks Nest (Rotary Hall) at The Plex from 5pm-8pm.
There's no cost for admission and there will be door prizes and free finger food, as well as a cash bar.
You can watch the Winterhawks practice from 5-6:30pm, which will be followed by a meet-and-greet with the team afterwards. (We promise they will shower after practice!)
This will be your first opportunity to purchase Fans With Benefits package (formerly Founders Club). For $100/person, you get:
- Admission to all 12 regular season home games.
- Admission to ALL playoff games
- Reserved seating for all games
- Free Winterhawks swag
- Other perks
If you purchase your Fans With Benefits pass during the Tailgate Party, you get first crack at reserving your seat for the entire season.
Come on out and meet the team as they get set for the home opener the following night, Saturday Oct. 19th, against the Durham Thundercats at 8:00pm.
See you there!
The Winterhawks team roster has dynamic and sklilled players from Port Elgin, Southampton, Owen Sound, Goderich, Paisley, and Hepworth.
HEAD COACH - Peter Roedger
Roedger, a Saugeen Shores resident and product of the Port Elgin Minor Hockey system, has an extensive hockey background including 16 seasons as a professional hockey player in Germany. Following his pro career, Roedger returned to anchor the blueline for the Lakeshore Winterhawks in the mid-'90s.
Roedger is the third head coach in Winterhawks history
ASSISTANT COACH - Doug Mitchell
ASSISTANT COACH - Mark Kazarian
A native of Owen Sound, Mark is well known in the lacrosse world. He starred for the Owen Sound North Stars for more than a decade and today serves as their assistant coach. He was inducted into the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2010. Mark also excelled on the ice, playing junior and intermediate hockey with the Owen Sound Greys, as well as senior hockey in Durham.
GOALTENDING COACH - Dave Rosner
Dave, or as he is known by the 'Hawks and locals as "Rosie", sits on the Winterhawks Executive as a Director-at-Large as well as spending four years as the Winterhawks Goalie Coach. Rosie tended goal for the Port Elgin Bears, Owen Sound Intermediate Greys and Port Elgin Sunocos. He was born in Saugeen Shores and played junior for four years while attending Saugeen District Secondary School and Georgian College. He is currently employed as a Senior Construction Technician, but still finds the time to play baseball and hockey. Dave has been with the team since it was formed in 2007, and has served as trainer, goalie coach and goalie development coordinator in the local minor hockey system.
EQUIPMENT MANAGER - Trevor Nieson
Originally from Saugeen Shores, Trevor attended Saugeen District Secondary School and started playing hockey when he was young, Trevor current earns a living at the Family Y, but for years his calling has been acting as a trainer for local hockey teams, including the Saugeen District Secondary School Senior Boys, Owen Sound Jr. B Greys and the Saugeen Shores Midget BB team. In the 2008-09 season, his deep commitment earned him the "Most Dedicated Winterhawk" award. Since Trevor's favorite part of being a Winterhawk is being stopped to talk about hockey, please find him around town to find out what's happening with the 'Hawks, even in the offseason!
The Saugeen Shores Winterhawks are announcing changes to the team management and coaching staff ahead of the 2013/14 WOAA Sr. Hockey League season.
Following our third-straight league championship, general manager Scott Jamieson and assistant coach Don MacLeod stepped down from their respective positions. The Winterhawks would like to thank both Scott and Don for their efforts during their time with the club and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.
To that end, the Winterhawks are pleased to announce Don Matheson has accepted the position of general manager. Matheson is a familiar face to the organization, having served as the first head coach in franchise history, coaching the team to two championship seasons during his four years behind the Winterhawks bench from 2007-2011. The Southampton native also played for the original Lakeshore Winterhawks during the 1990s.
"We're thrilled to have Don back with the organization. He brings a tremendous hockey eye and a reputation that is second-to-none in the area. We have no doubt he will continue the successful recruiting of top players to the Winterhawks for years to come," said team president Gord Lamont.
It's going to be a different team than the one Matheson helped put together when the team first stepped back on the ice in 2007.
"It's always challenging filling in the spots of the quality guys that are leaving," said Matheson, pointing out that defencemen Derek Skinner and Jeff Young are among those who won't be returning to the Winterhawks.
"It's hard to replace those guys, but we've got some good local players who have said they want to come out when tryouts begin (on Sept. 17th)."
Joining head coach Peter Roedger's staff as an assistant coach is Mark Kazarian.
Kazarian is well known in the Owen Sound area for his lacrosse exploits, and is a member of the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He also has an impressive hockey resume, playing junior and intermediate hockey with the Owen Sound Greys, followed by senior hockey with Durham. He also coached his sons at the minor hockey level in Owen Sound.
"I'm excited to join an organization that strives to win every year. I like to coach with a true team concept in mind and that's how the Winterhawks play. Teams win championships, not players, and I'm looking forward to helping this club win again," said Kazarian.
Mark is the father of Winterhawks scoring champ, Bryan Kazarian. Father coaching son won't be anything new for either Kazarian.
"Bryan's good to coach, I've been coaching him for his whole career, both hockey and lacrosse. I don't know what it will be like coaching him year-round, we may have some clashes. But we get along just fine," said the senior Kazarian.
Doug Mitchell and Dave Rosner will be returning to the club for the 2013/14 season as assistant coach and goaltending coach, respectively.
With the construction of the Saugeen Shores Community Complex in 2000, there was considerable pressure to lure a senior or junior league team to the municipality, which had been without a permanent team since the Lakeshore Winterhawks folded in 1996.
Following a short-lived attempt to share the Junior-B Owen Sound Greys in the first half of the decade, the Winterhawks entered the WOAA Senior Hockey League in 2007/08. The team took the name Winterhawks as a tribute to their predecessor, who played from 1989 until 1996, including their final three seasons in the WOAA senior loop. Former Lakeshore Winterhawk Don Matheson was named the first coach of the team, while defenseman Greg Thede was named captain.
The team has become one of the most successful senior hockey franchises, both on and off the ice. They have won four league championships and attendance for home playoff games routinely exceeds one thousand.
Port Elgin native and Lakeshore Winterhawks alum Peter Roedger was named head coach in July 2012.
The Winterhawks opened their quest for a third-consecutive championship with three new faces, as Andy Mitchell, Marc Roedger and Adam Shular joined the team, while Matt Turcotte, Jordan Lang and Greg Virgo did not return. Forward Tyler Kennedy joined the club midway through the season, while James McHaig & Ryan Dudgeon left the club.
They would open the season with a 5-2 win over the Shallow Lake Crushers, but would drop their home opener to the Mapleton-Minto 81's less than a week later. The Winterhawks would lose consecutive games for the first time since 2009 with a loss to the Ripley Wolves the following night.
Forward Bryan Kazarian co-captured the league scoring title with 54 points (17 goals, 33 assists), sharing the honour with Ryan Stephenson of the Komoka Classics. It marked the first time in franchise history that a Winterhawks player had won the scoring title.
The Winterhawks finished the regular season with a record of 16-7-1, good enough for 2nd place in the North Division.
The Winterhawks faced off against the Mapleton-Minto 81's in a best-of-7 North Division quarterfinal to start the playoffs. Mapleton-Minto would put a scare into the Winterhawks, forcing overtime in Game 2, but Saugeen Shores ended up prevailing, 5-4. In the remaining three games, Saugeen Shores outscored the 81's by a margin of 26-2, sweeping the series in four games.
The North Division semi-final opponent for the Winterhawks was the rival Shelburne Muskies. The Winterhawks swept the Muskies after a nail-biter of a Game 3 with the final score being 4-3 and the 'Hawks scoring 4 unanswered goals in the last 10 minutes of the 3rd.
The Winterhawks faced off against the Elora Rocks in the North Division final once again and prevailed in six games.
The theme of familiar foes continued in the league final, as the Winterhawks took on the Tavistock Royals for the second straight year and third time overall. Tavistock jumped out to an early lead, thumping the Winterhawks 5-2 in the opener. The Winterhawks roared back with back-to-back overtime victories to put themselves ahead, but dropped Game 4 to the Royals, 5-1. The Winterhawks once again used overtime to secure victory, taking a 4-3 decision on the road in Game 5. Using a home crowd of more than 1,000 to their advantage, the Winterhawks defeated Tavistock in Game 6 to secure their third-straight league championship.
General Manager Scott Jamieson and Assistant Coach Don MacLeod stepped down shortly after the win.
The Winterhawks finished the regular season with a record of 23-1-0, with their only loss at the hands of the Shelburne Muskies. In the first round of the playoffs, they downed the Lucknow Lancers in four straight games. In the North Division semi-final, the 'Hawks beat the Durham Thundercats in another four game sweep. The Winterhawks met the rival Elora Rocks for the North championship and once again prevailed in the minimum four games.
The Winterhawks met the Tavistock Royals in the league championship series, and completed a clean sweep of the playoffs, winning in four games and securing their second league championship in a row.
Following the season, head coach Jim Grieve stepped down.
The Winterhawks finished 22-4-0 at the end of the regular season. They finished at the top of the North Division and went on to sweep the Shallow Lake Crushers 4 - 0 in the first round of the playoffs. The second playoffs round was just as impressive as they finished 4-0 against the Lucknow Lancers and then moved on to the battle for the North Division. The Winterhawks moved on, impressively defeating the winners from last season, Elora Rocks 4-1. Saugeen Shores went on to win against the Southern winner Monkton Wildcats in only 5 games, thus winning the WOAA Sr. "AA" championship.
After four seasons and two championships, head coach Don Matheson announced he was stepping down. He was replaced for the 2011/12 season by assistant coach Jim Grieve, who had also previously played for the Lakeshore Winterhawks.
Saugeen Shores had a good season, finishing 3rd in the North Division with a record of 12-5-3. They would defeat the Lucknow Lancers and Shelburne Muskies in the first two rounds of the playoffs, but lost to the eventual league champion Elora Rocks in the North Final.
Saugeen Shores would once again have a very impressive regular season, as they would have the best record in the North Division for the second consecutive season, as they finished the season with a 16-3-1 record, earning 33 points.
The Winterhawks opened the post-season against the Drayton Icemen, in a best of seven series with the winner advancing to the "AA" playoffs. Saugeen Shores opened the series with a blowout victory, defeating Drayton 9-3, and then kept their foot on the gas petal in the second game, winning 7-3 to take a 2-0 series lead. The Winterhawks would have their best game in the third game, defeating the Icemen 10-3, followed by a 7-3 win in the fourth game to sweep Drayton. Saugeen Shores opponent in the "AA" quarter-finals was the Palmerston 81's. Saugeen Shores won the series, 4 games-to-1.
The Winterhawks then faced the Shelburne Muskies in the "AA" Semi-Finals. After racing out to a 3-0 series lead, the Winterhawks allowed the Muskies back into the series with three straight losses, which forced a seventh and deciding game in the series. The Winterhawks won the final game by a score of 3-2 with the overtime winner scored by Ryan Dudgeon.
Saugeen Shores then defeated the Tavistock Royals in 5 games to win the WOAA Sr. "AA" championship, winning the title in just their second year of existence.