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: Venetian Lions 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 holiday season upon us we must announce more players for the 2014 All Star Day games. So many worthy candidates and the players mentioned below are and will forever be known as All Stars! The Masters final concluded this week and the Fall Champions are the Venetian Lions and they have the task of beating the Masters All Star team. Without further ado here are the next selections.
We have the foundation in place. It’s time for the Tier 3 team to fill out the roster. In what has been a difficult decision process with so many worthy candidates Convener Pino Panza has made the tough choices and the team has an identity and personality all of its own. The Vaughan Flames better be ready as their undefeated season from the Fall could have a blemish if they lose to this group of Stars. Defence will play a big part in the game on January 25th and the All Stars will have Patrick Battista from the Rage patrolling the blue line, his hockey sense and strength make him an asset to this group and will be pitted against the top players the Flames can throw at him. A pair of team mates who may line up together as All Star partners from the Toronto Phantoms will be Giordano Raimondi and Anthony Priolo. These two defenders were rock solid all year and played integral parts to the success of the Phantoms and will line up on the day of stars with glowing accomplishments. With a pair of Garage Guys leading the attack the forwards will have the ability to run and gun with the best of them. From the Toronto Blackhawks Mark Shannon will bring his intensity and passion to the All Star line up. His scoring touch and spirited play will be a big asset in the room and on the floor. From the Scarborough ML Warriors a team built on speed and finesse both Amir Talati and Imran Patel had outstanding seasons and will proudly represent the Warriors in this first edition of the Tier 3 All Star game. Mike Rose from the Toronto Rage will fill out the role of power forward as his bruising style of play and heavy shot will certainly give the Flames fits all over the floor. The speed element of the group will be supplied from Young Gunz forward Mike Bozzo who runs miles on the floor in every shift. His tenacity and determination will lift all his team mates when the going gets tough. Wow what a team GM Pino Panza has assembled and we still have eight members to be announced next week. Stay tuned next week as you may be the next All Star selected.
With the Players Invitational Tournament Championship under their belts the Metro Orangemen’s list of accomplishments is growing with every season and tournament they compete in. A Downsview Park Fall Championship, a PIC Championship, a Canada Cup Silver Medal and a Premier Summer Silver Medal it’s just a matter of time until those silver medals turn to Gold. Hoping to add another feather to their caps the 2013 All Star Game is next on the Orangemen’s to do list.
Angelo Gaetano has the difficult task of putting together the Premier All Star team from the five remaining Premier teams and after calculating and dissecting all possible options here are the first Premier selections. In goal from the North York Hitmen is Dave Clark who is having an outstanding Premier Fall season and will be the last line of defence against the offensively gifted Orangemen. They say a good defence beats a good offence and the men responsible to produce the good defence are Anthony Zeppieri from the Vaughan Pylons, who is as solid a defenceman you will find in the Premier division. Next is Kal Kakish from the Toronto Thunder, what a pair to start the formation of the squad. Without a doubt Gaetano adds two Premier stars in Brian Rodrigues of the Vaughan Red Wings and Carlos Arce also from the Hitmen. Can anyone imagine if these four ever lined up for the same club team? With the back end taking form it’s time for the explosive part of the team. The men that will be responsible for the front line of attack and the goals that will be needed to lead this squad to victory. Frankie Giustini of the Vaughan Pylons may be the best sniper in the game today and his numbers speak volumes. His inclusion on this All Star team was a must have. Everyone needs a supporting cast and Steve Ceccanese and Shawn McCalla from the Vaughan Red Wings will join Giustini to form a formidable top line. The next line will have an emerging superstar that has taken a huge step forward in the current season along with two savvy vets. From the North York Hitmen Jonathon Pulicicchio is having an outstanding season and at press time was second in the league in goals and points. Joining the group will be perennial All Stars Paul Duarte and Massimo Principe from the Toronto Thunder. The last selection for this segment was selected by Gaetano with a specific need to his line up being filled. Everybody will have a role on this team and Anthony Novia from the North York Hitmen will play pivotal parts in the strategic game plan that the head coach will install. Have the Orangemen ever played a group with the magnitude of talent that this squad will possess. This will be one tough task for both teams to try and conquer.
The Venetian Lions were just crowed the Fall Champions for the third time in four years. GM Dom Cannatelli will have the distinguished honour of trying to knock off the All-Stars. Their offence this season was lead by Paul Mauti who blasted eleven goals in the regular season. Helping with the offense was Gus Kourousis. This soon to be Hall of Famer still plays like a young twenty two year old. The Lions are anchored on their D by Steve "Bells" Campagna. This man can kill you in so many ways. So with this let’s announce more Masters All Stars.
The second goalie chosen is Turab Bokhari from the Flyers. This netminder has one goal and that is to seek revenge on the Lions. On defense Washington Loyola of the Weston Alumni will join this group. This intimidating Dman will be tough to handle. The Giant Shooters leading scorer this season was from the backend and supplied by Tony Lopreiato. Up front we will start with division Leading Scorer from the Toronto Jaguars David Silva. Dave racked up thirty two points this season in fourteen games. Joining him are two team mates, Bobby Mentis who is making his second All Star appearance and Miguel Pavao, they will form a very formidable top line. MVP Forward from the Flyers David Borsato will also be making his second All Star appearance after another great season. Rounding out the forwards for these selections is Paul Tamburro of the Toronto Penguins. So there you have it, with the announcement of these eight All Stars we are left to pick just eight more next week. Stay tuned.
With the first wave of Tier 2 All Stars released the team has started to take shape and the Barrie Flyers will have their hands full. The defence needs to be rounded out and joining the first two selections will be a pair of Falcons. The third and fourth defencemen to make the team will be Peter Angiolella and Johnny Nguyen of the Regular Season Champions. Both these two defenders add the full range of talents as they have strength, speed and offensive ability and are great a jumping into the rush. With the defence now at an even four it’s time to add a group of seven forwards to the mix. Let’s start with the leader and offensive sparkplug from the Mississauga Islanders Dillu Kalhar who led the Islanders to within one point of a post season spot with a bevy of timely goals. The prototypical power forward will be an asset to this collection of stars. Next from the Toronto Titans and their remarkable run to the Tier 2 finals, a pair of rookies in their first Tier 2 division wars, were integral parts to the success of their club. Mike Campea and Nick Lombardi both have had outstanding inaugural seasons and have earned the right to be called All Stars. Speed is fifty percent of the battle and the next pair of forwards from the North York Sharks are both offensively gifted and two of the brightest young stars in the game. Line mates Robbie Mentis and Matt Leal will make their All Star debuts on January 25. From TBB this next member may be the purest of snipers in the division today. The heart and soul of TBB Brandon Brown will certainly be an integral part of the team being assembled. This next forward had a breakout season and since the first time I saw him play I knew he would one day be part of the All Star team. Jay Fleet from the Toronto Hitmen is arguably the most well rounded player in the division this session. Relied on in a pressure situations Jay has certainly grabbed the bull by the horns and ran with it. So with the second wave announced the Tier 2 squad has fifteen of the twenty two players named. Next week the balance of the team will be announced.
Tune in next week as the final selections will be announced as we count down the days to "The Fantastic Four 2014 All Star Day!"
ASD Committee Chair