January 24, 2012 - Federal Hockey League (FHL)
With the recent announcement of the closure of the Bonnie Castle Rec Center facility in Alexandria Bay this week, the north country could have faced a certain setback in winter activity and entertainment. However, the 1000 Islands Privateers have stepped in and virtually saved the season, not only for the team, but for many community groups as well.
Now, a lease agreement with the pro hockey team the 1000 Islands Privateers means the arena's doors will stay open at least until March. The ice surface, those who use it, the restaurant and concessions will all benefit from the move.
"Our first order of business is just to figure to what is cost effective as far as the restaurant. We definitely want to be open on game nights, we definitely want to have the concession stand open," said Privateers owner Nicole Kirnan.
That means that youth hockey teams, the girl's ACS high school team, the Fort Drum Mountaineers hockey team, men's groups along with the Privateers will have ice for the rest of the season. Such a move by the Privateers ensures that along with the Federal Hockey League schedule, scholastic contests, equally difficult to readjust, remain in tact.
As for the Privateers, the ever increasing fan base was threatened with losing an opportunity to witness the level of play the FHL brought to the area. They now are assured of watching their team finish the season, a season they are contending for 1st place in the league, and to continue to enjoy the family friendly entertainment the organization has presented since its inception. Also with the lease agreement comes the prospect of all concessions to remain open from a food and beverage perspective.
It also means public skating will continue and plans are for the restaurant to stay open until the end of the lease agreement. The pro shop will also remain in operation, providing equipment sales and skate sharpening to its patrons.
With the limited options for northcountry residents in the winter months, such a course of action by Kirnan and the Privateers organization should truly be heralded as a reiteration of the commitment to the community made over a year ago when the inaugural announcement was made.
The new lease agreement will most certainly show its benefit this coming weekend as the Privateers host the league leading New Jersey Outlaws in what should be billed as a fight for first place in the FHL.
An original member of the Federal Hockey League, the 1000 Islands Privateers are an 'A' level professional hockey team competing at the Bonnie Castle Recreation Center in Alexandria Bay, NY. For tickets, fundraising and group sales, and corporate partnership opportunities, contact the Privateers' box office at (315) 382-5656.
When the VT Wild ceased operations in November, Mike was faced with the possibility of not playing Pro Hockey this season barring a miracle. In December when the league decided to put together a travel team to preserve all the home games of the remaining teams, Dilo was the first to volunteer to play goal.Despite his size (5-10 and 185#) and his current stats, Mike has come up big for the Feds. He is always a positive influence on his teammates and is a pleasure to coach said Dan Farrell the Feds coach. Dilo is a veteran of Pro Hockey since 2004 with his best year in 05-06 with the Memphis RiverKings. In 7 games so far, he has seen 284 pucks head his way with a GAA of 8.58 and a Save % of .878 .
T revisani was recruited to play collegiate hockey for Ohio State University of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association for the 2000-01 season. After only ten games into his freshman year, Carter left Ohio State to play more regularly at the at the major junior level for the Ottawa 67's of the OHL from 2000-2003. During his tenure with the 67's Trevisani was drafted 244th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. In his three season in the OHL Carter amassed 83 points in 169 games.
Carter immediately jumped to Italy and the Lega Italiana Hockey Ghiaccio (LIHG). Trevisani has played in the league since, except for 2006-07 when he played in Sweden's Allsvenskan. His dual citizenship allowed him to appear at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games for Italy, scoring one goal in five games. He has appeared for Italy at the IIHF World Hockey Championships on three different occasions.
Josselin St. Pierre
St. Pierre, 25, returns to the FHL after finishing last season with the Mississippi RiverKings (CHL) and the Louisiana IceGators (SPHL). The Embrun, ONT product started the 10-11 year with the 1000 Islands Privateers (FHL), where he posted a 15-4-2 record and held a 2.78 GAA and 91.1 save percentage, along with one shutout.Played for Richmond Renegades (SPHL) 2008-09. He is currently rnked 7th in the FHL among all goaltenders with a 3.51 GAA and a .902 Save % in 16 games. St. Pierre is a native of Embrun ON tipping the scales at 165# and is 6-0 in stature. Josselin has been playing Pro Hockey since 2008.
1000 Islands Privateers
Brad is an 8th Year Pro and playing in his1st Season in North America. He played from 2004 until 2011 in Holland and in 2009/2010 h e led his team to the Dutch Championship with Nijmegen Devils . Played on Dutch National Team in 6 World Championships and led the 2007 World Championships Division 1 in Goals, Assists and Points. He is currently ranked 4th in scoring in the FHL with 22 goals and 37 assists for 59 points in 34 games and a +35. His pro career shows him with 289 games, 158 goals, 247 assists for 40 5 points.