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Commissioner Lures Former GM Keith Cancilla Out of Retirement;

Winston Bambrick and Justin Walter to Co-Manage Westbury Franchise
 
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October 26th, 2016
 
“Never in a million years.”
 
That was Keith Cancilla’s recent response about what he thought the likelihood was of him returning to the AFHL after resigning two years ago.
 
But circumstances change.
 
After the GMs of Westbury and Williams Lake (formerly Victoria) stepped down last week, it was announced today that Keith Cancilla will return to the AFHL as the new GM of the Williams Lake Timberwolves. The team will be re-named to the Port Hope Panthers.
 
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Cancilla, who took over the worst team in the league several years ago, was the mastermind who rebuilt the Montreal Xtreme franchise and led them to their first playoff berth in franchise history a couple seasons ago.
 
When the Timberwolves’ position opened following the resignation of Justin Walter, it caught his attention.
 
“There’s probably less than a handful of really enticing coaching jobs in the AFHL that I would’ve come back to, and Williams Lake was one of those,” Cancilla said.
 
Cancilla discussed the situation with his family.
 
“I said, ‘There’s still something I need to cross off my bucket list'” Cancilla said. “I worked hard for many many years to capture the AFHL Stanley Cup and I believe I have a good chance of finally doing that with this franchise.”
 
The decision was straightforward for AFHL Commissioner Anthony Furino, who quickly thought of Cancilla when GM Walter stepped down. The franchise had 15 applicants and many more expressed interest.
 
“Keith just checked all the boxes,” Furino said. “His reputation, his experience and success — he’s one of the best GMs in AFHL history. If he wins a Cup he will cement his entry into the AFHL Hall-of-Fame. He’s also a great model for the younger coaches we have in the league for the future. He is such a fine GM I have no doubt he’ll be able to come in here and hit the ground running.”
 
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In a bizarre turn of events – just days after stepping down – GM Winston Bambrick and GM Justin Walter formally requested to return to the AFHL on Wednesday morning shortly after the hire of Keith Cancilla. 
 
“Winston and Justin will team up to co-manage the Westbury Royals franchise,” said the AFHL Commissioner. “The Westbury franchise is a very young franchise that needs extra special care to become a contender in this league. Two minds can work better than one. Both Winston and Justin are very smart and have a lot of knowledge for prospects in this league so I look forward to seeing what these guys can do together.”
 
“This is a great move for our organization,” said GM Bambrick. “With the high level of competition in this league, you can never have too much information. If we put our two minds together and combine the best information we can find we should be able to make the most informed and best decisions in the AFHL. My brother Justin will be integral to this team’s success.”
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2016 AFHL Awards

 

Norris Trophy

Awarded to the top defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-around ability in the position (consider offensive stats, plus/minus, and contribution to team success).

 

The nominees are…

 

 
Erik Karlsson, Toronto Red Devils

Brent Burns, Toronto Red Devils

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, San Diego Gulls

 

And the winner is…

 

Erik Karlsson, Toronto Red Devils

 

 

Calder Trophy

Awarded to the best rookie

 

The nominees are…

Shayne Gotisbehere, D, Westbury Royals

Connor McDavid, F, Pittsburgh Heroes

Matt Murray, G, Westbury Royals

Artemi Panarin, F, Pittsburgh Heroes

 

And the winner is…

 

Artemi Panarin, F, Pittsburgh Heroes

 

 

Trash Talker Trophy

Awarded to the best trash talking GM

 

The nominees are…

Toronto GM Jordan Carbone

Westbury GM Winston Bambrick

Deer Park GM Mike Nellany

Pittsburgh GM Jason Henley

Atlantic City GM Mike Toporek

 

And the winner is…

 

Atlantic City GM Mike Toporek

 

 

Vezina Trophy

Awarded to the best goaltender

 

The nominees are…

Braden Holtby, Pittsburgh Heroes

Jonathan Quick, Deer Park Chiefs

Ben Bishop, Atlantic City Sharks

 

And the winner is…

 

Jonathan Quick, Deer Park Chiefs

 

 

Laugh Out Loud Trophy

Awarded to the GM judged to be the best at making fun of anyone and/or anything. The funny GM says things that are completely unexpected and different from the norm to surprise people. Basic categories of humor include absurdity, exaggeration, mockery/ridicule, verbal humor. A funny GM is at his best when he forgets himself. He says the first thing that comes into his head and doesn’t even try to be funny. He throws himself into an unknown future and doesn’t even think about limits or boundaries. He’s relaxed and loose and bold. He’ll just go for it. He’ll go off on some crazy tangent. A funny GM lives in the moment and sometimes he just doesn’t give a fuck.

 

The nominees are…

Westbury GM Winston Bambrick

Comox Valley GM Pat McKenna 

Toronto GM Jordan Carbone

Deer Park GM Mike Nellany

Pittsburgh GM Jason Henley

 

And the winner is…

 

Comox Valley GM Pat McKenna

 

 

Hart Trophy (MVP)

Awarded to the player judged most valuable to his team in the regular season.

 

The nominees are…

Sidney Crosby, F, Buffalo Phantoms

Patrick Kane, Atlantic City Shark

Braden Holtby, G, Pittsburgh Heroes

Jonathan Quick, G, Deer Park Chiefs

 

 

And the winner is…

 

Jonathan Quick, Deer Park Chiefs

 

 

 

Jack Adams Award

Awarded to the “Best” Coach / GM of the Year.

Important skills to be considered: winning, trading, brewing rivalries, posting on message boards, being active on a regular basis, and having fun.

 

The nominees are…

Toronto GM Jordan Carbone

Victoria GM Chris Hartley

Westbury GM Winston Bambrick

Deer Park GM Mike Nellany

 

And the winner is…

 

Deer Park GM Mike Nellany

 

 

 

Stanley Cup

League Championship / Winner of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Winner: Deer Park Chiefs

 

TONIGHT’S TROPHY TOTALS PER TEAM:

Deer Park – 4

Comox Valley – 1

Atlantic City – 1

Pittsburgh – 1

Toronto – 1

 

ALL-TIME TROPHY TOTALS PER TEAM:

Toronto Red Devils – 13

Deer Park Chiefs – 13

Pittsburgh Heroes – 11

Victoria Vipers – 9

Buffalo Phantoms – 8

Atlantic City Sharks – 7

Washington Wolfpack – 6

Lakehead Ice Holes – 6

Hamilton Firestorm – 5

San Diego Gulls – 4

London Mustangs – 2

Boston Giants – 2

Manhattan Supermen – 2

Philadelphia Crunch – 2

Montreal Xtreme -1

Oshawa City Leafs – 1

Twin City Vikings – 1

Comox Valley X-Men – 1

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Comox Valley GM Pat McKenna
October 12th, 2016 at 10:49 pm

A guy shows up late for work. The boss yells, ‘You should’ve been here at 8.30!’ He replies. ‘Why? What happened at 8.30?’

Great job Anthony. Nice to be recognized

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