January 25, 2014! Mark that date on your calendars as the "Fantastic Four 2014 All Star Day" group of games will take place inside The Hangar.
Here is the tentative schedule of games:
1:00pm: Fall Masters Champions vs. Masters All Stars
2:20pm: Metro Orangemen vs. Premier All Stars
3:40pm: Barrie Flyers vs. Tier 2 All-Stars
5:00pm: Vaughan Flames vs. Tier 3 All Stars
With the days dwindling down to this mega day of stars it’s time to commence the announcements and composition of this year’s All Star teams. With our Masters season heading into the final series for the fall season we are still a week away from determining who will face the Masters All Star team. But we’ve narrowed it down to two candidates. It will either be the Venetian Lions or the Toronto Jaguars, who will test their merits versus the best of the best.
In its inaugural appearance as a DPBHL All Star Day game the stakes will be high and the emotions raring. The Vaughan Flames are led by veteran forward’s Rob Azzola and the goal scoring machine Paul Mauti. The Vaughan Flames were crowned 2012 Tier 4 Fall, Winter and Spring Champions. Along with those Championships came the ‘C’ National Qualifier Championship. And to end the summer a ‘C’ National Championship was added to their resume. The 2013 Fall Tier 4 Championship was their sixth in one calendar year.
The Tier 3 All Star team will have their hands full. Here are the first players added to the Tier 3 All Stars selected by convener Pino Panza. The brain trust behind the team with the responsibility of pushing all the right buttons will be spearheaded by the coaching duo of Rob Marinelli from the Rage and Daniel Ciampa of the Young Gunz. These two bright minds will have a bench of superstars at their disposal. Can they mesh them together to find a winning combination on January 25? The most important piece to any team’s success may be goaltending and the protectors of the mesh cages for the Tier 3 All Star team will be Muhammad Hussain from the Shaolin Monks and Alessandro Lamanna from the Fall finalist Garage Guys. These two should make the going tough on the Flame snipers. With the goaltenders in place the defence is the next matter of business and selected as Captain and leader of this group is Yusuf Azmi from the Sholim Monks. This intimidating defencemen has all the skills needed as a number one defencemen. Matthew Vommaro, a young and athletic defender from the Young Gunz, has earned his way onto the squad with his fine all round play. You can’t win games without scoring goals and the goal scoring heroics will fall on a pair of snipers from the Garage Guys. Both Lee Druken and Jonathon Poirier will line up in their first All Star game looking to up end the Champion Vaughan Flames with their offensive prowess on full display.
In a decision from the top, Premier Commissioner Peter Lorusso has changed the dynamics of this year’s All Star game. The last couple of years we have done a fantasy draft to determine sides. This year the game as per the other three divisions will face the previous year’s champion. The 2012 Premier Fall Champions, the Metro Orangemen have taken the Premier division by storm. After winning the Fall they reached the final of both the League and Canada Cup. Led by their coach Marcel Vieira, the Orangemen who at press time are currently undefeated, will be put to the ultimate test as twenty two of the top players will converge to take their best shot at upending the defending Downsview Park Champions. They will face a collection of All Stars from the remaining teams in the current 2013 Downsview Park Premier Division.
The man Responsible for putting together this team of superstars will be the head coach of the North York Hitmen Angelo Gaetano. Known as the master technician Angelo will have a precise game plan in place that will counter the quick strike offence and stingy defence of the Orangemen. He will be assisted by two veterans and the current bench staff of the Toronto Thunder Nilton Soares and Jason Mallais. Can this team of superstars come together and beat the only undefeated team in Premier? We will find out on January 25!
With our Masters season still running its course the Champion won’t be decided for another week or so. After a thrilling semi final round that saw both series go to a final and deciding game three convener Abu Shaikh has selected his first wave of All Stars to represent the Masters side of the ledger. Making his first head coaching debut behind the Masters All Star bench will be Peter Guido of the Toronto Penguins. One thing’s for sure is that all the players will be required to punch their cards and bring their work boots when they line up for this veteran coach. In goal joining his head coach will be Massimo Cianfrano who will make his All Star debut between the pipes. On defence a third Penguin making the grade will be Stacy Carroll who has earned his way on to this squad through his outstanding play, respect and dedication to the sport. With many outstanding forwards the decision to select the forwards will be a difficult one but decisions must be made. Up front the Masters team will be led by Giant Shooter Sébastien Labbe who’s tireless work effort make’s him the envy of all opposing coaches. The Flyers who came within a whisker of ousting the Jaguars to reach the Masters final will be represented along the front line by Stan Iugilo and Jerry Tagliarino. This dynamic duo both have had outstanding seasons and will line up in hopes of earning an All Star day victory. From the Weston Alumni veteran Mike Caranci will bring his club leading eight goals to the table as he suits up along the best of the best to out duel the Masters Champions.
The Tier 2 All Star game will feature the Tier 2 Winter Champions and ‘B’ National Champions the Barrie Flyers. They are led by superstars Randy Kelly, Brian McNellan, Steve Huffman, Tyler Yurex and the dynamic duo in goal of Allan Henderson and Paul Talbot. The Flyers have not missed a beat with their recent promotion to the Premier Division.
With this being said the Tier 2 All Stars will have their hands full to try and earn a victory away from the Flyers. With many deserving candidates from our Tier 2 Division this wont be an easy decision to make but this team is going to be stacked like never before, as the All Stars try to stop a two game losing streak as the Toronto Titans and Vaughan Red Wings have won the last two installments. First the coaching duties will be handed off to Vito Lagani from the Falcons. Vito led his team to a regular season division Championship and he will be assisted behind the bench by Remo Settimo from the Titans and Mario Ventullo of the TBB. Now there’s three minds that could cause a lot of interesting line combinations and strategies. In goal representing both the Bastone and the Pit Demons will be the tandem of Ralph Pellicori and John Dinardo. Two goaltenders that have been through many wars and know what it takes to win the big game. On defence from the Titans, who led all defencemen in scoring, Chris Stavrou will make his second All Star appearance in hopes of leading this team to victory. The next member of the defence group will come from the Toronto Hitmen as Ago Curtosi will bring his grit and intensity to the All Star lineup. The forwards will feature the leading scorer of the Fall season, Daniel Ponce of the Falcons who was a no brainer to make his all star debut. Arguably the best young player in the sport today from the Reloaded Leafs Marcel Mallais will play in consecutive All Star games. This young superstar will take his spot along the best. With the rest of the team still to be announced the first six representatives are a solid foundation and the next wave will put the dynamics of this team in place.
Tune in every week as the teams are released and the teams take their form as we count down the days to "The Fantastic Four 2014 All Star Day!"
ASD Committee Chair