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Jean-Claude Sawyer



Since leaving Cape Breton after a four and a half year career as a Screaming Eagle, Jean-Claude Sawyer played for five different teams in the East Coast Hockey League along with three stints with the American Hockey League’s Rockford Ice Hogs. During the 2009-2010 season with the Toledo Walleye, Sawyer was named as an ECHL First Team All Star and the ECHL Defenseman of the year. The highest scoring defenseman to ever wear the Screaming Eagles jersey made a tough decision to hang up his skates after the 2011 season. Sawyer now lives in Buford, Georgia where he met his wife Jessica while playing for the Gwinnett Gladiators. They have a 2 and a half year old daughter, Taylor. He has since developed a passion for building things and currently works as a contractor with Waycaster Drywall and Ceilings.

*Article written September 2012



Dean Ouellet


    

The man with perhaps the most famous playoff beard in Screaming Eagles franchise history, Dean Ouellet chose an educational route upon finishing his twenty year-old season in 2008. The former Screaming Eagles Captain played four years with the University of Moncton Blue Eagles, captaining the squad to an AUS Final and CIS Nationals appearance last season. Ouellet received a number of honors in his final year with the team, being named to the AUS First All Star team and the CIS Second All Star team along with being named the AUS Most Sportsmanlike Player. Ouellet had his best season in the AUS last year recording 6 goals and 28 assists for a total of 34 points in 32 games. The Edmunston, New Brunswick native started the 2012-2013 season in the East Coast Hockey League with the newest franchise, the San Francisco Bulls. In March 2013, he signed a Professional Tryout Contract with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.

*Article written March 2013

 

 

Spencer Corcoran


    

The outgoing, rambunctious defenseman from Summerside, Prince Edward Island spent two seasons with the Screaming Eagles before continuing on to play in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League with the Summerside Western Capitals and in the Atlantic University Sport hockey league for the University of New Brunswick V-Reds.  As a 20 year old, Corcoran played for the Western Capitals team that claimed the 2009 Kent Cup and that made an appearance at the Rogers Cup.  In his three year stint with the V-Reds, Corcoran and his teammates claimed the AUS Championship title in his final two consecutive seasons (2010-2011 and 2011-2012) and were crowned the CIS Men’s Hockey National Champions for the 2010-2011 Season.  Following the 2011-2012 season, Corcoran made the decision return home to run his family business.  He is currently the Sales Manager for Corcoran Farm Supply.  

*Article written September 2012


Sam Finn




 

Sam Finn’s time with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles was only the beginning of the adventure for the young 22 year old.  In his QMJHL career, which lasted from 2007 to 2012, Finn has played for 3 different teams: he started in Cape Breton, was then traded to the Lewiston Maineiacs, and finished his career with the Victoriaville Tigres.  In that time, the defenseman played 362 games adding 7 goals and 53 assists.   

Finn, who is currently taking a few months off due to an injury he incurred while playing, had decided to try a few different things.  He began last summer by going to Japan and coaching two hockey schools:  one in Nagano and one in Tokyo.  He has also been coaching defensemen clinics in Quebec with his father.  

But the real story for Sam Finn begins off the ice. Finn has started modeling and after meeting with two agencies in Los Angeles, he is very optimistic about his future there.  He has also written an eBook (The Balanced Living) and has started his own website (www.thebalancedliving.com) on health and fitness.  “I’ve done a ton of research and experimenting over the last few years and I have discovered very simple tricks to lose fat, gain muscle mass, and simply have more energy”, say Finn.  “My 5 years in the QMJHL really helped me acquire this knowledge as I was on a bus and sleeping in a lot of hotels.  I used that free time to study how to get best results with the minimum effort”.  After seeing his own incredible results, Finn decided that he wanted to help people take control of their health and fitness without complicating their lives to the point that they will give up.  It was that thinking that brought him to write his eBook and start his website.  Now that his book and website have been launched, Finn is working on a speech about health and education that he hopes to present at hockey camps and schools for children of all ages.

Not only is Sam Finn a hockey player, coach, model, writer and future public speaker, he has also added another title to his impressive collection: student.  In January, Finn started university part time taking classes in private investment, stock options, and forex trading.  

 *Article written January 2013

 

Pascal Morency

 

For those who question the roughness in hockey, former Screaming Eagle Pascal Morency can attest that every game is a battle.  Since finishing his major junior career and moving into the pro ranks, Morency has incurred a lengthy list of injuries including 2 broken ankles, a shattered knuckle in his left hand (which he is still missing), a torn MCL in his right knee, multiple concussions, multiple broken noses, and missing teeth.  He has also had 3 right hand surgeries, 2 right knee surgeries, and shoulder surgery.  That being said, this former fan favorite still has his passion and drive for the game he loves.  

After spending three memorable seasons in Cape Breton (1999-2002), the Montreal, Quebec native finished his junior career with the Rouyn Noranda Huskies.  He then moved onto to Flint, Michigan to play for the Flint Generals of the UHL for his first year of professional hockey.  The following season, 2004-2005, Morency was invited to the Wilkes-Barre Scranton training camp (American Hockey League affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins) and since it was a lock out season, he played with former Screaming Eagles teammate Marc Andre Fleury.  He played a few games with Wilkes-Barre before being sent down to the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL.  He played the remainder of the season with Wheeling and started the 2005-2006 season there, but his time there ended after only 17 games when he lost a knuckle during a fight and incurred a knee injury.  Since that season, Morency has played for teams in the IHL, AHL, Austrian League, ECHL, and CHL. This season, Morency was playing with the Arizona Sundogs of the CHL but incurred a season ending shoulder injury and is currently awaiting surgery.   

Morency credits his 3 year old son, Joseph Richard Morency, and his growing spirituality as giving him the strength to make it through the tough times and helping him to appreciate his many blessings.  

*Article written December 2012


Morgan Ellis







Morgan Ellis’s career with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles began in Centre 200 before defenseman ever hit the ice.  On Saturday, June 7th, 2008, the QMJHL Draft was held at Centre 200 and it was on that day that Cape Breton fans first heard Ellis’s name.  Ellis was drafted by the Screaming Eagles in the 3 round, 49th overall.  He cracked the line up the following season and the Ellerslie, PEI native quickly became a fan favorite.  In 211 regular season games with the Screaming Eagles, Ellis accumulated 19 goals and 77 assists and was named captain prior to the 2010-2011 Season.  Ellis was traded to the Shawinigan Cataractes during the 2011 mid season trade period.  It was with Shawinigan that he won the 2012 Mastercard Memorial Cup.  

Ellis is currently playing with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.  He scored his first professional goal and registered his first professional assist on November 16th, 2012 against the Rochester Americans.  In 58 games so far this season with the Bulldogs, Ellis has 3 goals and 4 assists.  When asked about his time in Cape Breton, the 20 year old said “I had a lot of fun playing in Cape Breton and had the opportunity to meet a lot of great people.  I lived with two great families and was treated very well by the Screaming Eagles Organization.   



*Article written December 2012