2006 GTMBHA Bantam 'B' Division Champions
Back Row: Elias Attal, Dorayd Bulis, Calin Serbanescu, Justin Goncalves, Alessio Sblendorio, Jason Marshall, Massimo Vitale, Michael Campea, Brian Da Ponte
Middle Row: Daniel Rodaro, Andrew Ariganello, Matthew Parke, Jordan Delsole, Ben Peluso, Jesse Salerno
Front Row: Chris D'Ascanio
2008 GTMBHA (Junior): MOST VALUABLE PLAYER (Team)
Justin returned to the team after missing the 2007 season (one of the worst in team history). He made an immediate impact and continued to make his linemates better players.
2008 GTMBHA (Junior): TOP DEFENSEMAN (Team)
Eric was signed as a free agent from the Blue Devils after they graduated to men's league.
2008 GTMBHA (Junior): TOP SCORER (Team)
Michael led the team in points during the regular season in his rookie campaign.
2008 GTMBHA (Junior): MOST IMPROVED PLAYER (Team)
Alessio joined the team in 2005 and has continually improved his play every year.
2009 SPRING (Tier 4): BEST DEFENSEMAN (League)
In only his 2nd season with the Young Canadians, Marco was voted best defenseman by the league. Marco is the oldest player on the team and is revered by the younger players. Coach Da Ponte turns to his veteran, when he needs leadership on the floor.
2009 SPRING (Tier 4): MOST GENTLEMANLY (League)
In his 1st season with the Young Canadians, Michael was voted Most Gentlemanly player by the league. Michael was selected for this award because he played all 10 regular season games & 2 playoff games without receiving a penalty. Michael, along with older brother Anthony are new to the team and make up 2/3 of the YC's most productive line.
2009 SUMMER (Tier 4): MOST VALUABLE PLAYER (Team)
In just his 2nd season of professional ball hockey, Anthony Verardi was voted Team MVP by his team mates. Verardi led the team with 24 pts (9G, 15A) and finished 3rd in league scoring.
2009 SUMMER (Tier 4): BEST DEFENSEMAN (League)
Voted Top Defenseman by the league, Da Ponte had one of his most productive seasons offensively, providing 12 assists (2nd on the team). Da Ponte, who is also captain of the team, provided stability and experience on the back end, having played 6 seasons of men's league hockey, including 1 season of Tier 3. He continues to lead this young team as they grow into a cohesive unit, that will stay together for a long time.
2009 FALL (Tier 4) PLAYOFF CHAMPIONS
Back Row: Anthony D'Ascanio (Asst. Coach), Simon Khaouli, Mario Frassinelli, Adam Casinelli, Graciano Da Ponte (Coach)
Middle Row: Daniel Ascenzi, Angelo Verardi, Darren Gerrard, Michael Verardi, Peter Vicente, Joe Giannotti, Anthony DiMarco, Brian Da Ponte, Graciano Da Ponte Sr. (Asst. Coach)
Front Row: Anthony Verardi, Andrew Ariganello, Seymour Korman
Bottom: Chris D'Ascanio
Missing: Marco Ariganello
2009 FALL (Tier 4): PLAYOFF MVP (League)
D'Ascanio was voted Playoff MVP by the league for leading his team to the 2009 Fall Division Championships. After a mediocre regular season, that saw him win only 3 out of 8 games, D'Ascanio was unstoppable in the playoffs, going 4-0, with a 1.75 GAA & .881 SV%. It could be said that he played the four best men's league ball hockey games of his career.
2009 FALL (Tier 4): MOST GENTLEMANLY (League)
Michael was voted Most Gentlemanly player by the league for the 2nd time in his short career. Once again, Michael played all 10 regular season games & 4 playoff games without receiving a single penalty. Michael was 2nd on the team in points and goals.
2009 FALL (Tier 4): COACH OF THE YEAR (League)
If you ask any player on the Young Canadians, who made the biggest difference on their way to winning the 2009 Fall playoffs, most would say it was coach Da Ponte. After being absent for the team's final four regular season games (which they went 1-3), due to the birth of his daughter, Da Ponte stepped back on to the bench just in time to settle his troops down and get them focused for the playoffs. His evolving line combinations, reinforcement of old & new plays & general bench demeanor helped the team overcome both their rivals enroute to the Championship.
2010 SPRING (Tier 4): MOLSON CUP (League)
Once again, Anthony finished in the top 5 in league scoring but he beat out several players to win the Molson Cup 3 Star award. He led the team with 7G & 7A for a total of 14 pts.
2010 YCBHL Summer (Tier 4) Regular Season Champions
Back Row: Graciano Da Ponte (Coach), Mario Frassinelli, Simon Khaouli, Joe Giannotti, Peter Vicente, Adam Casinelli, Anthony DiMarco, Marco Ariganello, Seymour Korman, Darren Gerrard, Anthony D'Ascanio (Asst. Coach), Brian Da Ponte
Middle Row: Michael Verardi, Angelo Verardi, Daniel Ascenzi, Anthony Verardi, Michael Petruccelli
Front Row: Chris D'Ascanio
2010 SUMMER (Tier 4): MOST VALUABLE PLAYER (Team)
After being named an Assistant Captain earlier in the year, Angelo has proved his worth as a leader in the dressing room and on the floor. His teammates have voted him as Summer season MVP. He finished tied for 2nd in points with brother Mike and did it without taking one single penalty. Angelo's attitude towards his teammates & the game is exactly what coach Da Ponte expected when he named him an assistant.
2010 SUMMER (Tier 4): BEST DEFENSEMAN (Team)
Anthony DiMarco was voted Top Defenseman by his teammates. As one of the youngest players on the team, DiMarco has shown poise beyond his years & has stood out as the team's top defensive defenseman. He has also blossomed on the team's power play unit, scoring most of his goals this season, with the man advantage. DiMarco has proven himself over & over again to coach Da Ponte that he can be used in any situation.
2010 SUMMER (Tier 4): TOP GOAL SCORER (Team)
Michael won the Young Canadians version of the Rocket Richard trophy by leading the team with 10 goals & finishing 4th in the league. In his first full-time season since 2008, Petruccelli gave the team another legitimate scoring threat beyond the Verardi brothers.
2010 SUMMER (Tier 4): Regular Season MVP (League)
Summer 2010 was the year of the "Schuuuub". It takes a speacial season for a goalie to be recognized as the regular season MVP by the league. D'Ascanio did exactly that as he gave his team a chance to win every game. This is D'Ascanio's 2nd MVP award (2009 Fall Playoff MVP was the other). He doesn't get rewarded often, but when he does, it's been as an MVP.
2010 SUMMER (Tier 4): TOP SCORER (League)
To the surprise of no one, Anthony has once again led his team in scoring. He also found himself in a 3 way tie for the league's top scorer with 24 points. AV has consistently been one of the top 5 league scorers, season after season. This was his 1st time finishing at the top.
2010 SUMMER (Tier 4): BEST DEFENSEMAN (League)
For the 2nd straight summer, the Young Canadians have been awarded the Top Defenseman award. This year it goes to the wily veteran, Marco. It is his 2nd best defenseman award as a Young Canadian.
2010 SUMMER (Tier 4): BEST GOALIE (League)
Chris dominated all the goalie categories this summer. He was the only goalie with: double-digit wins, less than 2.00 G.A.A., Save% over .900 & the only full-time goalie to allow less than 20 goals. He also had 2 shutouts.
2010 SUMMER (Tier 4): MOLSON CUP (League)
Mike was rewarded for his consistently good play with his 1st Molson Cup award after finishing with 16 Cup points. He was named 1st star in 4 games & 2nd star in another two.
2010/11 WINTER (Tier 4): COACH OF THE YEAR (League)
Graciano was a surprise winner of this award, as he was in net for the whole season. Regular goalie, Chris D'Ascanio, fractured his hand before the season started, so Da Ponte made the biggest coaching decision; to take over the goalie duties himself.
But even though he was the goalie, it did not diminish his preparation for every game. And during the game, he could still be heard yelling out instructions to the players on the floor & on the bench. He often called time outs when he felt it was necessary to discuss the upcoming play. Needless to say, no matter what Da Ponte is doing, part of him is always coaching.
2011 SPRING (Tier 4): MOST GENTLEMANLY (League)
Michael has won this award for the 3rd time in 2 years. He was 2nd on the team with 10 pts and received no penalties during the regular season or playoffs.
2011 Summer (Tier 4) Playoff Champions
Back Row: Marco Ariganello, Angelo Verardi, Peter Vicente, Anthony DiMarco, Graciano Da Ponte (Coach), Joe Guido, Simon Khaouli, Brian Da Ponte
Middle Row: Hern Azeredo, Daniel Ascenzi, Adam Casinelli, Michael Petruccelli, Anthony Verardi, Joe Giannotti, Michael Verardi
Front Row: Chris Defina, Chris D'Ascanio
2011 SUMMER (Tier 4): PLAYOFF MVP (League)
Chris followed up a record-setting regular season with an exceptional playoff performance. He was the only goalie to play 6 games, had the best GAA (1.67) & the best save% (.884). His crowning achievement was winning the championship in a shootout, allowing only 1 goal in the process.
This is also his 2nd Playoff MVP award (3rd total).
2011 SUMMER (Tier 4): MOST VALUABLE PLAYER (Team)
For the 3rd year in a row, a Verardi brother has won the team's MVP award. Mike Verardi won by an overwhelming majority. The most common thing said about Mike this year was that he "matured" and became a complete hockey player. When teamed up with his brothers, the trio regularly finishes in the top 5 in league scoring. This year was no different. Mike finished 2nd, 1 point behind brother Anthony. But it was his dedication to the other aspects of the game that won him the MVP trophy.
Mike is one of the fastest players on the team and put that skill to use this year. He is the team's most dangerous penalty killer, routinely getting breakaways when the team is short-handed. He also uses his speed to be the first forward on the backcheck. Together with his brothers, they were the most prolific forwards on the power play. He scored 4 PP goals, to go along with his 3 game-winning goals.
Mike, who has won the League's Most Gentlemanly award 3 times, also showed a feisty side this season, racking up 18 PIM's, the most he's ever had in one season.
2011 SUMMER (Tier 4): BEST DEFENSEMAN (Team)
In his 1st summer with the team, Azeredo managed to win the team's Top Defenseman award after playing only half the season in the position. Back in May, Coach Da Ponte put Azeredo on a line with Michael Petruccelli & Simon Khaouli. He made an immediate impact scoring 1 goal & adding 2 assists in his 1st game. But he never felt comfortable playing forward & during the Niagara tournament, was moved back to his natural position.
From that moment onward, Azeredo excelled and even improved the play of defensive partner, Brian Da Ponte. His blistering shot from the point led to a more dangerous power play and his deft ball handling decreased turnovers when starting the play from behind the net. The team's defense visibly improved once he went back, leading to his Top Defenseman award
2011 SUMMER (Tier 4): TOP GOAL SCORER (Team)
Michael finished the regular season with 9 goals, leading his team and winning the YC's version of the Rocket Richard trophy. He ended up with 11 goals for the entire summer (including playoffs & tournaments).
2011 SUMMER (Tier 4): TOP SCORER (League)
Once again, Anthony has finished atop the leading scorers. In fact, you can find his name at the top of leader board almost every season. He continues to be the main cog in the YC engine. His 7G-16A-23pts put him ahead of brother Michael by 4 points.
2011 SUMMER (Tier 4): BEST GOALIE (League)
Statistically, Chris had the best season of his young career. Earning 7 shutouts in the regular season, he eclipsed coach Da Ponte's once untouchable record of 6 and added one more in the playoffs. He played every game and finished with a 9-3-2 record, 1.29 GAA and .917 save%.
2011 FALL (Tier 4): BEST DEFENSEMAN (League)
This is Hern's 2nd Best Defenseman award in only 2 seasons played with the team. The 1st was voted on by his teammates, but this time, he has been recognized by the league.
In the fall, Hern played the full season on defense. He finished tied for 4th in team scoring with 7 pts in 10 regular season games. He added another 3 pts in 6 playoff games. The Young Canadians power play surged in the fall playoffs with Hern at the point, operating at a 33% efficiency. His point shot caused all kinds of problems for opposing goalies.
Hern's patience & ability to move the ball has been essential to the Young Canadians' progress. Eventhough Hern is the oldest player on the team, YC management hopes he doesn't retire any time soon.
2012 Summer (Tier 4) Regular Season Champions
Back Row: Brian Da Ponte, Simon Khaouli, Mike Lorenzon, Marco Ariganello, Angelo Verardi, Adam Casinelli, Peter Vicente, Joe Giannotti, Anthony DiMarco, Joe Guido
Front Row: Hern Azeredo, Michael Petruccelli, Daniel Ascenzi, Anthony Verardi, Michael Verardi, Chris D'Ascanio
Missing: Chris Defina
2012 SUMMER (Tier 4): MOST VALUABLE PLAYER (Team)
For the first time since the introduction of the Team MVP award, it has gone to somebody who's last name isn't Verardi. Michael "Petro" Petruccelli led the team in goals & points. Traditionally, he was always a set-up man, always getting more assists than goals. But this summer, he reversed that trend.
Petro has been with the team since 2007, joining full time in the summer of 2010. If there was a trophy for "best hands", Petro would win that one too. He routinely stick handles his way around 2, sometimes 3 players. He also has one of the most accurate shots on the team. The Young Canadians definitely missed his presence in London at the 'D' Provincials.
2012 SUMMER (Tier 4): BEST DEFENSEMAN (Team)
For the 2nd year in a row, the veteran has been named Top Defensemen by his peers. He also won the league's Best Defenseman award, making it a clean sweep this season.
At 40 years old, Hern showed he still has the skills to play with the young boys. His shot is still the hardest & most accurate on the team. Unfortunately, Hern has been hampered by a nagging knee injury, which will require surgery. Here's hoping a speedy recovery is on tap for the "Old Man".
2012 SUMMER (Tier 4): TOP GOAL SCORER (Team)
Petro scored 22% of the team's goals this summer. His 13 tallies led the team, during the regular season, by a wide margin. This is the 2nd time he has won the Goal Scoring trophy.
2012 SUMMER (Tier 4): Regular Season MVP (League)
No one knows for sure what criteria the league uses to determine it's regular season MVP, but they obviously have D'Ascanio's name on standby every year. For the 2nd time in the last 3 summers, D'Ascanio has come away with the league's MVP award.
This award will usually go to the top scorer, but it takes a special season by a goalie to steal it away. In June, five consecutive shutouts in the crossover games versus the Special Dry #2 division & another against the Panthers, sealed the deal.
2012 SUMMER (Tier 4): BEST GOALIE (League)
With a miniscule 1.31 GAA % .911 SV%, D'Ascanio was the top goalie by a wide margin. His 6 shutouts in June, must be some kind of record. He followed a great regular season, going 3-1 in the playoffs, allowing only 6 goals.
2012 SUMMER (Tier 4): BEST DEFENSEMAN (League)
Once the league looked at all the teams, it became obvious who the Best Defenseman was. Hern was 4th in team scoring & led all defensemen in scoring with 11 pts.
2013 SUMMER (Tier 4): MOST VALUABLE PLAYER (Team)
For the 2nd year in a row, Michael has been named team MVP. "Petro" once again led the team in most offensive categories & also finished tied for 3rd in league scoring. With newest addition, Mario Loponte on his line, Petro finally has a winger he gelled with, leading Lopo to finish right behind him in MVP voting.
2013 SUMMER (Tier 4): BEST DEFENSEMAN (Team)
For the first time, the Top Defenseman award will be shared by 2 players. In what became the closest vote in the history of YC awards, Brian & Kevin tied for 1st, narrowly beating former winner Anthony Dimarco.
This is the 1st time either player has won the award. For team Captain, Brian, this validates years of hard work, coming back from a serious knee injury that almost ended his young ball hockey career. Brian led all defensemen in regular season scoring with 7 pts.
This was Kevin's 1st season with the team, but not his 1st season as a Young Canadian. He is one of Coach Da Ponte's teammates from the original YC team. Although he is 32 years old, he looks & plays like the 22 year olds the team is mostly made up of. Kevin made his mark at this year's provincials, leading the team with 4 points in 4 games & playing well defensively, with a short bench.
2013 SUMMER (Tier 4): TOP GOAL SCORER (Team)
For the 2nd year in a row, Michael has won the YC's version of the Rocket Richard trophy. With 11 goals in all competitions, he topped linemates Mario Loponte & Mike Verardi by 2 goals. In fact, that line was the YC's most productive, accounting for 42% of the team's total.
2013 SUMMER (Tier 4): COACH OF THE YEAR (League)
Graciano Da Ponte
2014 SUMMER (Tier 4): MOST VALUABLE PLAYER (Team)
For an unprecedented 3rd year in a row, "Petro" has been voted the team's MVP. Once again, he led the team in points during the regular season & playoffs by a large margin.
2014 SUMMER (Tier 4): BEST DEFENSEMAN (Team)
Defina is a 1st time winner of the Best Defenseman award for the YC. It was a close vote between him & previous winner Kevin Hutter. Daff was the highest scoring defenseman, producing 3 goals & 11 assists in all competitions. Defina was fully committed this season, only missing 3 games all summer.
Coach Da Ponte's one gripe with Defina is his insistence on carrying only 4 defensemen.
2014 SUMMER (Tier 4): TOP GOAL SCORER (Team)
For the 3rd summer in a row, Petro has been the YC's top goal scorer, with 15 goals in all competitions. He beat perennial 2nd place finisher, Mike Verardi by 4 goals. Amazingly, he scored 7 of his 15 goals in 4 playoff games!For the 3rd summer in a row, Petro has been the YC's top goal scorer, with 15 goals in all competitions. He beat perennial 2nd place finisher, Mike Verardi by 4 goals. Amazingly, he scored 7 of his 15 goals in 4 playoff games!
2014 SUMMER (Tier 4): BEST GOALIE (League)
2014 SUMMER (Tier 4): MOST GENTLEMANLY (League)
2014/15 WINTER (Tier 4) Regular Season Champions
Forwards: Michael Lorenzon, Michael Verardi, Mario Loponte, Anthony Verardi, Adam Casinelli, Peter Vicente, Marco Ariganello
Defense: Anthony Dimarco, Brian Da Ponte, Chris Defina,
Goalie: Chris D'Ascanio
Part-Time: Gino Gallo, Eddy Scarpetta, Anthony Novielli, Daniel Ascenzi, Anthony Q, Graciano Da Ponte
2014/15 WINTER (Tier 4): Regular Season MVP (League)
2014/15 WINTER (Tier 4): BEST GOALIE (League)
2014/15 WINTER (Tier 4): MOLSON CUP (League)
2014/15 WINTER (Tier 4): MOST GENTLEMANLY (League)
2015 SPRING (Tier 4): BEST GOALIE (League)
Da Ponte took over the goaltending duties, after Chris D'Ascanio fractured his hand playing indoor soccer. Despite only having 1 regular season win, he had a 2.14 GAA & .891 SV%, which was, by far the best numbers in the division. He followed that up with a 1.60 GAA & .905 SV% in the playoffs, leading the YC to the finals.
2015 SPRING (Tier 4): BEST DEFENSEMAN (League)
2015 SUMMER (Tier 4): MOST VALUABLE PLAYER (Team)
2015 SUMMER (Tier 4): BEST DEFENSEMAN (Team)
2015 SUMMER (Tier 4): TOP GOAL SCORER (Team)
in 2015, Mike Lorenzon finally broke the 3 year stranglehold Petro has had on this award. With a total of 14 goals throughout the summer, Lorenz finished ahead of Mario Loponte by 2 goals. This is the first team award won by Mike.
2015 SUMMER (Tier 4): MOST GENTLEMANLY (League)
2015 SUMMER (Tier 4): COACH OF THE YEAR (League)
Graciano Da Ponte
2015/16 WINTER (Tier 4) Regular Season Champions
Forwards: Pedro Santos, Randy Correia, Chris Rodrigues, Anthony Verardi, Michael Verardi, Peter Vicente, Michael Lorenzon, Mario Loponte, Daniel Rosato
Defense: Anthony Dimarco, Brian Da Ponte, Jamie Parkes, Joe Giannotti, Rob Mastrangelo,
Goalie: Chris D'Ascanio
Part-Time: Graciano Da Ponte (G), Adam Casinelli, Michael Petruccelli
2016 Summer (Tier 4) Playoff Champions
Back Row: G. Da Ponte Sr. (Super Fan), Brian Da Ponte, Chris Rodrigues, Michael Petruccelli, Jamie Parkes, Rob Mastrangelo, Mike Lorenzon, Anthony DiMarco, Peter Vicente
Front Row: Randy Correia, Pedro Santos, Matthew Torres, Anthony Verardi, Michael Verardi
Bottom Row: Graciano Da Ponte, Adriana Da Ponte
Missing: Chris D'Ascanio
Part-Time: Matthew Castoro, JR Harris, Shayan Najafi, Gino Gallo
2016 SUMMER (Tier 4): MOST VALUABLE PLAYER (Team)
2016 SUMMER (Tier 4): BEST DEFENSEMAN (Team)
2016 SUMMER (Tier 4): TOP GOAL SCORER (Team)