Men’s hockey coach Marty Johnston steps down

Carleton Ravens men’s hockey coach Marty Johnston has announced that he will be resigning his position, leaving Shaun Van Allen to take the team’s reins for next season. Johnson is taking a big step in his professional career as he has accepted an assistant coaching position with the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League (AHL). Van Allen, a Ravens assistant coach since 2010, will serve as the team’s head coach in the interim. Johnston, 38, has been with the Ravens program since the 2007-08 inaugural season, where he was brought on as an assistant coach. In 2010, he was promoted to the head coaching position and transformed the program into a perennial contender in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) […]

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Men’s hockey picks up four new recruits

The Carleton Ravens men’s hockey team has signed three new players as they continue their offseason retooling. The four recruits are Benji Curtis, Cody Caron, Matt Sozanski, and Michael Constantine. Although official signings have only been announced within the last couple of months, Ravens head coach Marty Johnston said the recruiting process started as early as last September. “We identify the 20-year-old players of the Major Junior and Junior A level, and we start compiling our lists and identifying who would be a potential fit at our school. If it’s a fit for both, we move forward,” Johnston said. Benji Curtis is a forward from Mactaquac, N.B. He played last on the Pictou County Weeks Crushers of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League (MHL). […]

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Editorial: Rivalry Series needs to grow

The annual Panda Game between the Carleton Ravens and University of Ottawa (U of O) Gee-Gees broke the attendance record once again, and it was the largest attendance for a regular season Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) football game in over twenty years, according to the CIS. But while the popularity of the Ravens-Gee-Gees rivalry is thriving on the football field, it is struggling elsewhere. Carleton is promoting a “Rivalry Series” of games between the two schools, but aside from Panda Game, the advertising has been minimal at best. The men’s hockey rivalry will reignite in the Colonel By Classic on Oct. 19, but promotion has been weak in comparison to the Panda Game. While it’s logical to mark the return of […]

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Brett Welychka named Male Athlete of the Year

The Carleton Ravens Men’s Hockey Team had a successful 2015-16 season, finishing third in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) during the regular season, winning the Bronze Medal game, and advancing to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s (CIS) National Championship in Halifax. Aside from team success, there were plenty of individual accomplishments that stood out. Patrick Killeen and Francis Dupuis were the best goaltending duo in the country, posting save percentages of .927 and .925 respectively. Forward Ryan Van Stralen set a modern-era program record with 22 goals in 28 games. However, no player stood out like first-year Brett Welychka. In a spectacular freshman season, in which he won the Clare Drake Award for CIS men’s hockey Rookie of the Year, Welychka […]

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West and Zion sign with ECHL Brampton Beast

The hockey season may have just wrapped up for the Carleton Ravens men’s hockey, but a pair of graduating Ravens are already taking the first strides of their pro career. Former captain Joey West and forward Mitch Zion both signed their first standard player contracts with the Brampton Beast of the ECHL March 25 and joined the team for the remainder of the season. The duo made their professional debuts the same day they signed their contracts, and about a week after their Ravens’ career wrapped up after a quadruple overtime loss to Saskatchewan at the University Cup in Halifax. “I think it definitely helped,” Zion said of getting back on the ice right away. “It was definitely a tough […]

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