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Da Costa to skate with Anaheim prospects camp

Stephane Da Costa will skate with the Anaheim Ducks’ prospects next week at their prospects camp in California.

NHL draft picks Joe Cannata (Vancouver) and Kyle Bigos (Edmonton), I would assume, will skate with their organization’s prospects camps as well, although no rosters have been released by those clubs.

Incoming freshman defense Brendan Ellis will also suit up for the Canucks’ camp.

It’s possible that other Warriors will participate in camps as well. I’ll update as the info becomes available.

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Stollery heads to Atlanta’s prospect camp

Junior to be Karl Stollery will take part in the Atlanta Thrashers’ prospect camp, which starts on July 8th.

Stollery will join Kyle Bigos (Edmonton), Joe Cannata (Vancouver), Brendan Ellis (Vancouver) and Stephane Da Costa (Anaheim) as Warriors who will be at NHL development camps this summer.

Other names could be released soon, as teams make their rosters public.

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Wilson signs with Nottingham

Former Merrimack defenseman Brock Wilson has inked a deal with the Nottingham Panthers of the Elite Ice Hockey League (Great Britain).

He has spent the last three years of professional hockey with the Stockton Thunder in the East Coast Hockey League, Flint Generals in the IHL, Albany River Rats in the AHL, then Augusta Lynx and Dayton Bombers in the ECHL. He split lastyear between Toledo and Utah (ECHL).

“I have known Brock for a long time, his father is former NHL player Rik Wilson, and Brock has lived and breathed hockey all his life,” said Nottingham head coach Corey Neilson. “The way our team is set up we needed a solid, stay-at-home defenceman to complete the roster and that’s just what he is. He plays mean and he ticks all the right boxes for me.”

Wilson is likely to take some classes at the University of Derby while in Nottingham.

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Marco Rosa (’04) re-signs with Manitoba

Marco Rosa has re-signed with the Manitoba Moose (AHL) after leading the team in scoring this past season.

Rosa, 28, appeared in all 80 games with the Moose during the 2009-10 season. In his debut campaign with the club, Rosa collected 55 points to sit atop the team leaderboard. He also led the club in assists (33), powerplay goals (8), shots (198), and was tied for first in goals (22). The left-handed centre skated in six Calder Cup playoff games with Manitoba where he scored three points (1g, 2a) while racking up 12 penalty minutes.

Over the span of his career, the Scarborough, ON native has played in 271 career games in the AHL with Houston, Providence, Milwaukee and Manitoba where he has accumulated 143 points (58g, 85a) and 129 penalty minutes.

Rosa was originally drafted by Dallas in the eighth round, 255th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

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Five HE schools contacted Ferriero, York investigated tampering

USHR reported details from Cody Ferriero‘s father, Peter, about his son’s decision to decommit to Boston College and commit to Northeastern on Thursday.

USHR reports that NU head coach Greg Cronin contacted BC head coach Jerry York on Monday to ask for permission to have Ferriero on campus. That visit took place on Tuesday.

According to Peter, there were five Hockey East schools and one Ivy League school that contacted his son. He also told USHR that in the immediate aftermath, York called Jerry Buckley, the agent of former BC foward, and Cody’s brother, Benn Ferriero. Buckley is also Cody’s advisor (Buckley is also a former BC player under York). York inquired as to see if any tampering took place – in other words, had any schools contacted Ferriero before he decommited – but according to Peter, Buckley assured York none took place.

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BU coach Jack Parker undergoes bypass surgery

The Boston Globe is reporting that BU head coach Jack Parker underwent successful heart bypass surgery on July 23.

Mike Lynch, BU’s assistant vice president and athletics director, confirmed the surgery to the Globe’s Chad Finn.

Parker, who is 65 years old, is expected to be fully healthy and behind the bench when BU opens the 2010 season 0n Oct. 8 in St. Louis against Wisconsin at the Icebreaker Tournament. It will be his 38th season behind the Terrier bench.

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Lowell loses top recruit Julian Melchiori to OHL

Julian Melchiori, scheduled to arrive at UMass Lowell for classes in just a matter of weeks, has told head coach Blaise MacDonald that he will pass on a full scholarship in favor of the Kitchner Rangers of the OHL.

The 6-foot-3 defense was drafted in the third round of this year’s NHL Entry Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers.

“In the end, I just came to realize that I want to play in the National Hockey League and Kitchener is the premier program that will allow me to do that,” Melchiori told The Record.

“It was a difficult decision but I’ve been thinking about it ever since I was traded there from Oshawa.”

Melchiori gave his verbal commitment in 2008. He was slated to be one of the River Hawks’ best recruits in this class.

Melchiori described the phone call to MacDonald as a “tough” one to make.

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Gough joins Yopyk on Westside’s staff

Former Warrior Brent Gough has been named an assistant coach on Darren Yopyk‘s staff with the Westside Warriors (BCHL). Yopyk, a former Merrimack associate head coach under Mark Dennehy, took the Westside job last season.

“We are pleased to have Brent Gough join our organization,” says Yopyk.

“Having played at the junior, collegiate and professional levels he will be an excellent mentor for our student-athletes. He possesses a great hockey mind, and will be a valuable asset for our whole organization.”

Gough has spent the last four seasons playing for the Peterborough Phantoms in Great Britain and is the all-time points leader. He also led a program introducing young kids to skating.

“I want to thank Darren and Mark Cheyne for this opportunity to further develop my coaching career,” says Gough.

“I look forward to bringing my experience to the Westside Warriors organization. My wife, Carly, and I are looking forward to becoming involved with the Westside community. I am very excited to get the 2010-2011 season underway and help in the development of players as they strive for the next level.”

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Cammarata hired as Jr. Stars top assistant

Former Merrimack captain Nick Cammarata has signed on as the top assistant for the Jr. Stars (EJHL).

A 2003 graduate, Cammarata will oversee the entire program’s strength and conditioning.

“We are very excited to have Nick become apart of our program,” said Stars GM/Head Coach Dan Fontas.  “He brings a wealth of experience to the table as he is a former professional and Division 1 athlete.  He also has a pretty good coaching resume as he has served as an assistant coach for Franklin Pierce College and Head Coach for the Walpole Express Jr B team.  We as an organization are very confident that Nick will be an integral part of our team success this season, as well as having the ability to help our players get to the next level.”

Cammarata appeared in 128 games for the Warriors over four years. He followed that with a five-year professional career that spanned the ECHL, SPHL, CHL, WHA2 and Italy. He finished his playing career in 2007.

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About Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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