The Lakehead Thunderwolves begin the 2004-05 season with the goal of being one of the six
teams competing for the CIS University Cup National Championships in Edmonton, Alberta in
March of 2005. However, the 'Wolves know that it is a long difficult road to make it to Edmonton.
This year the 'Wolves face tough opposition from OUA West Divisional opponents arch-rival
Western, the resurgent Waterloo Warriors who had a very strong recruiting year, and the young
and tough Windsor Lancers. Beyond their division lay strong OUA teams like UQTR, Ottawa,
York, and Toronto.
The Thunderwolves were 18-4-2 in OUA play last year and 29-8-3 overall. They won the OUA
Far West Division for the second year in a row but were defeated in the Queen's Cup Semi-Final
by the York Lions. In its three years as a program, Lakehead has improved its OUA regular
season point total each year, made the playoffs each year, won at least one playoff series each
year, made two appearances at the Queen's Cup Tournament, and made one appearance at the
CIS National Championships.
This year's squad features a strong corps of returning veterans as well as a big group of new
faces. The Thunderwolves have nine players from Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario, nine
players from Southern Ontario, four from Alberta, two each from B.C. and Quebec, and one from
Head Coach Pete Belliveau is very optimistic about this year's team but knows there is long
season ahead against some very tough opponents. "We are entering our fourth season with 18
veterans and 9 rookies; we will have lots of depth, grit, speed, and scoring. We have lost our
best defensemen, but our three rookies on the blue line have filled in more than adequately. We
will be competing in the OUA Far West Division, which has improved immensely this season; so
all our games will be hard-fought battles. It should be a great season!"
Players to watch this season are three-time OUA First Team All-Star and team captain Joel
Scherban, CIS All-Canadian Jeff Richards, and OUA All-Stars Grant McCune, Chris Shaffer, and
Returning Players: Joel Scherban, Grant McCune, Jeff Richards, Chris Shaffer, Erik Lodge,
Robert Hillier, Murray Magill, Jason Lange, Mike Wehrstedt, Kris Callaway, Steve Rawski, Hugo
Lehoux, Leon Cooper, Mike Self, Jounni Kuokkanen, Austin Wycisk, and Mark Robinson.
This year's strong group of newcomers are Chris Whitley, Andrew Brown, Drew Kivell, Sean
Stefanski, Francis Walker, Dene Poulin, Brad Priestlay, Tobias Whelan, Peter Cava, and Jessie
Lakehead Thunderwolves 2004-05 Roster:
No. NAME POS HT WT Elig D.O.B. COURSE YR HOMETOWN PROV
Coach Belliveau's Comments
2 Mike Self D 6'4" 210 2 03/18/83 General Arts 2 Peterborough ON
(Windsor Spitfires-OHL/Peterborough Petes-OHL)
Mike is a second year D-man with lots of physical attributes, he plays one-on-one very tough and
3 Kris Callaway D 6'2" 210 2 06/21/82 Business 2 North Delta BC
(Lethbridge Hurricanes-WHL/Portland Winter Hawks-WHL/ Spokane Chiefs-WHL)
Kris is another second year D-man who can play the total game offensively and defensively ; he
had four game winning goals last year and was an OUA All rookie team selection.
4 Jessie Baraniuk D 5'10" 195 1 01/19/83 Business Admin. 2 Thunder Bay, ON
(Northern Michigan - NCAA, Green Bay Gamblers - USHL)
This transferring D-man from Northern Michigan Wildcats is a very mobile
defensemen who plays much bigger than his size, a good all round D-man who has excellent foot
5 Erik Lodge D 6'0" 195 4 04/08/80 General Arts 4 Innisfail AB
(Camrose Kodiaks - AJHL, Lethbridge Hurricanes - WHL)
Erik is a fourth year D-man who is enjoying his best pre-season yet, has come to camp very fit.
He shows confidence and leadership and is a very offensive D-man with very accurate shot. Erik
quarterbacks the power play.
8 Andrew Brown F 6'3" 215 1 07/05/83 Geography 1 Bancroft ON
(Guelph/Belleville (Captain) - OHL)
This first year power forward is 6' 33 and plays his size with better than average foot speed; the
former Belleville Captain (OHL) will be a force in the dressing room.
9 Jeff Richards F 5'10" 187 3 09/17/81 General Arts 3 Kenora ON
(Soo Greyhounds - OHL)
The third year forward is coming off his best campaign where he lead the 'Wolves in scoring and
he was voted OUA MVP and a CIS All Canadian. The Kenora Komet is a very fast skater with
excellent hands and plays a very gritty game.
11 Hugo Lehoux D 6'2" 200 3 04/28/81 Business 3 St. Elzar PQ
(QMJHL with the Montreal Rockets and the Halifax Mooseheads)
This rugged third year D-man has improved every year and is the team's toughest player as a
defensive D-man who has an excellent work ethic.
12 Sean Stefanski F 5'10" 190 1 09/10/83 Business 1 Peterborough ON
(Oshawa/Owen Sound/Kingston/Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury - OHL)
Sean is a first year 5'9" forward who plays a 6'4" power forward game with great vision and good
touch around the net.
14 Jason Lange C/F 6'3" 203 3 02/19/80 General Arts 3 Bowmanville ON
(El Paso Buzzards -CHL, Antigonish Jr. A Bulldogs, Pickering Panthers Jr. A,
London Knights - OHL, Peterborough Bees Jr. A)
This third year forward is an offensive force with great hands around the net and good vision in
the offensive zone.
15 Leon Cooper C 5'10' 185 5 01/07/79 Kinesiology 4 Red Deer AB
(St. Norbert College, Nanaimo Clippers Jr. A)
This tenacious fourth year forward is hardest worker on and off the ice and plays a very gritty role
on the fourth line.
16 Robert Hillier C 6'1" 175 4 09/25/80 Geography 4 Antigonish NS
(Antigonish Jr. A Bulldogs)
This fourth year forward is very versatile player who can play the PK and PP role as well as a
17 Peter Cava C 5'11" 185 4 02/14/78 H.B. Commerce 3 Thunder Bay ON
(Fort Worth, Lubbock, Rockford, Arkansas, Thunder Bay, St. John's-Minor Pro/Sarnia, Sault Ste.
This first year player out of the professional ranks is a very good all-round player
who can score with flash and has excellent vision all over the ice. Complete package.
18 Tobias Whelan C 5'11" 180 1 10/28/83 General Arts 1 Orillia ON
(Oshawa (Captain) - OHL)
Tobias is a first year forward and former captain of the Oshawa Generals (OHL) who has earned
a spot as the team's third line centre, and power play low man. He is very strong on face-off,
moves the puck very well, and has good touch around the net. Tobias plays very tough in traffic.
19 Joel Scherban C 6'2" 220 4 04/22/80 H.B. Commerce 4 Thunder Bay ON
(London Knights (Captain) - OHL)
The fourth year three-time OUA First Team All-Star is the team captain, has improved every year,
and is the team's best all-around player. Joel can play a
pivotal role on the PK, PP, and take important face-offs. Joel shows great leadership game in
and game out.
20 Murray Magill F 6'2" 200 3 05/16/81 General Arts 3 Thunder Bay ON
(Ottawa Jr. A Senators)
Murray is a third year player who has very good touch around the net. He has improved his
overall game every year and shows great maturity and leadership.
21 Jounni Kuokkanen F 6'1" 190 5 03/01/78 Education 5 Thunder Bay ON
(Geleen Smoke Eaters/Univ. of Man.-CIS/Soo Greyhounds-OHL/Medicine Hat, Seattle-WHL)
The fifth year player will be a blueliner this year; he is an excellent skater with gifted hands, sees
plays very well and moves the puck quickly out of the zone.
22 Austin Wycisk F 6'2" 210 4 10/08/80 Mech. Eng. 4 Riverside ON
(St. Clair College)
The second year power forward plays a very important role on the team's fourth line and is one of
the team's hardest hitters.
23 Dene Poulin D 5'11" 200 1 12/13/83 General Arts 1 Thunder Bay ON
(Owen Sound Attack/Sudbury Wolves - OHL)
The first year D-man has made the transition from major junior to University very well; he is very
tough on one-on-one, has good mobility and is a great PK player.
24 Drew Kivell D 6'2" 224 1 02/04/83 General Arts 1 Lakeside ON
(Sudbury Wolves/Kingston Frontenacs - OHL)
Drew is a first year D-man with good vision. He has great size with good mobility, can play
equally well in offensive and defensive roles.
27 Chris Shaffer F 5'11" 190 4 03/07/80 General Arts 4 Dryden ON
(Thunder Bay Flyers - USHL)
This fourth year power forward is the team's best impact player on the physical front and has
consistently scored important goals in his career at Lakehead. He has improved his defensive
game tremendously and now plays the PP and PK with passion.
28 Mike Wehrstedt F 6'0" 195 2 05/28/82 General Arts 2 Thunder Bay
(Yarmouth Mariners-Nova Scotia Jr. A/Windsor Spitfires-OHL/Peterborough Petes -OHL)
This second year player is very versatile forward who can play center and the wing.
He is a high-energy player who plays a very good physical game and can score big goals.
31 Grant McCune G 5'10" 170 4 05/01/80 Business 4 Sherwwod Park AB
(St. Albert Raiders, Kamloops Blazers - WHL)
The fourth year goaltender has been the team's go-to player for the last three years. He plays
excellently in all big games and shows quickness and great agility with good technical skills.
39 Brad Priestlay F 5'9" 183 1 11/23/83 General Arts 1 Kamloops BC
(Portland Winter Hawks/Prince George WHL, Fresno ECHL)
This first year forward brings speed and grit to the line-up. He plays a very high
tempo game, is an excellent PK player, and finishes all his checks.
55 Steve Rawski D 6'2" 220 2 02/07/82 General Arts 2 Mississauga ON
(Toronto, Mississauga, Windsor, London - OHL)
Steve is a second year D-man who is big in the defensive zone with his physical play. He has
very heavy shot and is very efficient one-on-one.
77 Mark Robinson RW 5'10" 200 3 12/29/80 Bus. Admin. 1 High River AB
(Camrose Kodiaks - AJHL)
Mark is a third year forward who is coming in off a red shirt year. He has shown his gritty style in
training camp and will be good third line power forward who can deliver big hits and timely goals.
83 Chris Whitley G 6'2" 208 1 02/21/83 General Arts 1 Oshawa, Ont.
(Aurora Tigers 2004 RBC Cup Jr. A Champions)
This first year Goaltender is coming in with a Royal Bank Championship ring. He is a very good
technical goaltender who is very good in traffic and has excellent control of the puck.
91 Francis Walker F 5'11" 200 1 01/19/83 General Arts 1 Montreal PQ
(Aurora Tigers 2004 RBC Cup Jr. A Champions)
Francis is a first year forward who is also coming in with a Royal Bank Championship ring. He is
a sniper with great touch around net.
Pete Belliveau. Fourth Season (Only head coach of the program)
1) Darrin Nicholas
2) Dan Bissonette
3) Paul Mackett
4) Alan Mckenzie