MacDonald part of Islanders’long-term plans, Clarke earns honourable mention
Defenceman Andrew MacDonald of Judique is officially part of the New York Islanders’ long-term plans. The 23-year-old blue-liner was signed to a four-year contract extension, Thursday. No financial details were released.
MacDonald was playing in the American Hockey League with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and was called up by the team in November to help fill in for an injured Brendan Witt, but has been with the team ever since. He has a goal and four assists in 38 games, while amassing 16 minutes in penalties. He’s also sixth on the team with a plus/minus ratio of +3.
• Alyssa Clarke of Donkin, who plays for the Yale Bulldogs women’s hockey team, earned an all-Ivy League honourable mention this week. The senior blue-liner was one of the team’s best defensive players ending, Feb. 21. Ryan Sparling, a forward with the X-Men hockey team, scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime as the X-Men defeated the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers 3-2 to sweep their best-of-three Atlantic University Sport quarter-final series, 2-0. Sparling also scored on the power play in Game 1 of the series in the X-Men’s 3-2 win. He led all XMen rookie forwards with 11 points this season.
He’s the second X-Men player from Cape Breton to win the accolade. Forward Bryce Swan of Alder Point was given the honour for the week ending, Nov. 26.
• A handful of Cape Breton players were recently named Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League all-stars. In the Sid Rowe Division, Strait Pirates netminder Chris Denney was named to the first all-star team, as were two defencemen: Sydney’s Ryan Oakley of the Cumberland County Blues and Cheticamp’s Scott Chiasson of the Antigonish Bulldogs. The second all-star team includes Sydney River’s Johnny Carabin of the Strait Pirates at centre and Glace Bay’s Jeff MacKinnon of the Glace Bay Junior Miners on defence.
• With the Olympics wrapping up Sunday, we have one more Cape Breton connection to share. Len Shaw sent us a note about his brother, Const. Allan Shaw of the Cape Breton Regional Police. He’s in Vancouver to help police the Games. Len said his brother has enjoyed the Olympic experience.