Joseph Gambardella

Joseph Gambardella

Height/Weight: 5' 10"/196 lbs
Born: Staten Island, New York
Draft: Undrafted
Shoots: L
  • Local Journalism Initiative

    Moosomin minor hockey players get to meet NHLer Ethan Bear

    Member of the Moosomin Pee Wee Rangers got to meet a local hockey hero as they recorded introductions to two NHL games for Hockey Day in Canada. The players taking part in the event got to meet Edmonton Oilers Defenseman Ethan Bear from Ochapowace and ask him any questions they might have. Bear has started his NHL career with the Edmonton Oilers under head coach Dave Tippett, originally from Moosomin “That was amazing,” said #4, Devin Venaas. “I asked him what stick he was using.” Other players asked about Bear's favourite jersey. “We asked him lots of questions and my question was ‘what was his favourite jersey?’” Dane Thorn said. “He said his was the new ‘Reverse Retro’.” Some players were just excited to be there to enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime experience. “It was really cool, we even got to meet Ethan Bear. We recorded the whole conversation with Ethan Bear and we were recording our lines which was ‘welcome to Hockey Day in Canada’,” explained Luke Holman. Even those who are not Oilers fans enjoyed meeting Bear during their recording session. “It felt pretty good. It’s going to be pretty cool because not many kids get to do it in their lifetime.” Commented Kendry Lewis.“I’m more of a Pittsburgh kind of guy but it was still pretty cool for me.” New normal Despite all the changes due to COVID-19 restrictions, Moosomin Minor Hockey has worked to adapt to the new normal and keep the players on the ice while many other communities have been unable to do so. “Its been a very frustrating time just with all the changes and everything. We’ve had to pump up our board meetings quite frequently so that we can get things going. But obviously with no tournaments or games anymore, there was no money coming in,” explained Thorn, who is treasurer for Moosomin Minor Hockey. She explained that pandemic restrictions have made things difficult for everyone from parents to players and staff, but despite all this they have been able to manage. “It’s been challenging but it’s been really rewarding at the same time. I know a lot of people have expressed their gratitude towards us to keep it going, while there’s towns and cities who haven’t even set foot on the ice. It’s nice to say we’ve been able to accomplish that, keeping the kids on the ice.” While there has been less income brought in due to the pandemic, both the Town of Moosomin and Moosomin Minor Hockey have worked together to stay afloat. “We did have a small reserve that we did set aside, not necessarily thinking for a pandemic, but for an emergency. A lot of those funds were used to keep the ice going,” Thorn added. In addition to the small fund that was set aside to help in the case of an emergency, Thorn expressed her gratitude towards the town and the efforts they made to help through the restrictions caused by the pandemic. Before the COVID-19 pandemic had struck, the ice rates had gone up for the teams by a small margin. When the pandemic hit, however, Moosomin Minor Hockey asked to have the rates reduced to what they were before the increase in order to help alleviate some financial burden. The town didn’t do that—but instead cut ice rates in half. “We were just asking for that little bit that it went up and they gave us way more than that,” said Thorn. This reduction in costs allowed Moosomin Minor Hockey to continue operating and keep the kids on the ice, something that Thorn says is important to her, as her own children play. “That was a huge thing for us, with the town of Moosomin reducing our ice rates by 50%, it has really enabled us to keep these kids on the ice” Thorn explained. “If we had to pay the full ice rate we probably would have shut it down at the beginning to January.” Thorn thanked the town for their efforts and explained that they would not be able to keep the 200-odd players on the ice if it weren’t for this additional funding. Spencer Kemp, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The World-Spectator

  • The Canadian Press

    Top scorers meet in Edmonton-Toronto matchup

    Toronto Maple Leafs (16-4-2, first in the North Division) vs. Edmonton Oilers (14-9-0, second in the North Division) Edmonton, Alberta; Monday, 10 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: A pair of the league's top scorers, Connor McDavid and Mitchell Marner, meet when Edmonton and Toronto face off. McDavid leads the NHL with 40 points and Marner is third in the league with 32 points. The Oilers have gone 14-9-0 against division opponents. Edmonton is fifth in the NHL averaging 3.4 goals per game, led by McDavid with 14. The Maple Leafs are 16-4-2 in division play. Toronto is second in the Nhl averaging 3.6 goals per game, led by Auston Matthews with 18. The teams square off for the second game in a row. TOP PERFORMERS: McDavid leads the Oilers with 14 goals, adding 26 assists and totalling 40 points. Leon Draisaitl has three goals and eight assists over the last 10 games for Edmonton. Matthews leads the Maple Leafs with 18 goals and has 31 points. Marner has eight assists over the last 10 games for Toronto. LAST 10 GAMES: Oilers: 8-2-0, averaging 3.3 goals, 5.8 assists, 3.3 penalties and 8.8 penalty minutes while giving up two goals per game with a .939 save percentage. Maple Leafs: 7-2-1, averaging 3.3 goals, 6.1 assists, 2.6 penalties and 5.7 penalty minutes while giving up 2.2 goals per game with a .928 save percentage. INJURIES: Oilers: Zack Kassian: out (upper body). Maple Leafs: Rasmus Sandin: out (foot), Frederik Andersen: day to day (lower body), Auston Matthews: day to day (hand/wrist). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press

  • No Matthews, no problem: Minus NHL goal leader, Maple Leafs blank Oilers 4-0
    The Canadian Press

    No Matthews, no problem: Minus NHL goal leader, Maple Leafs blank Oilers 4-0

    EDMONTON — The Maple Leafs knew even with Auston Matthews they would need to be at their best against a surging opponent. Subtracting the NHL's leading goal scorer from Toronto's lineup due to injury further increased the degree of difficulty. Sitting in that tricky spot, Jack Campbell and his teammates rose to the occasion Saturday. The netminder stopped 30 shots for his third career shutout, Mitch Marner sparked the offence with a goal and an assist, and the Leafs blanked the Edmonton Oilers 4-0 in the opener of a three-game series. Toronto scored on the power play, three times at even strength, didn't take a penalty, and frustrated the powerhouse offensive duo of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl in one of the club's most complete performances of the season. "Everything really came up Leafs here tonight," head coach Sheldon Keefe said. Toronto was minus Matthews, who has 18 goals in 20 games, after he aggravated a wrist injury he's been dealing with most of the schedule in Wednesday's 2-1 overtime victory against the Calgary Flames. Keefe didn't spell it out to his players what was needed on this night with their best player absent, but the message was clear. "When you lose a guy like that, you're essentially taking a goal away from your lineup," Keefe said as Toronto improved to 22-11-2 all-time with Matthews sidelined. "If you score one less, you've got to make sure you give up one less. "Whether Auston was in or out, to beat an Edmonton team that's rolling the way that they are and playing as confidently as they are, we had to really play a sound team game." William Nylander, Jason Spezza and Zach Hyman also scored for Toronto (16-4-2). John Tavares added two assists as the Leafs stretched their lead atop the North Division to six points over the Oilers. Campbell played for the first time since injuring his leg Jan. 24 and picked up his first shutout since March 25, 2019, when he was with the Los Angeles Kings. "It was awesome," Toronto's backup said after getting mobbed in his crease at the final buzzer. "It's what you play for." Mike Smith stopped 25 shots as Edmonton (14-9-0) saw its five-game winning streak come to an end. "We just didn't deserve to win," said Draisaitl, whose Oilers will look to rebound Monday and Wednesday against the same opponent at Rogers Place. "They just outbattled us." Matthews hasn't just been a goal dynamo this season. He also sits tied for fourth in league scoring with 31 points behind McDavid (40), Draisaitl (34), and now Marner (32), and has honed a relentless 200-foot game. "Auston's a big part of our team offensively (and) defensively," Marner said. "Everyone steps up in that moment." Campbell was proud of the effort with the team's top talent looking on in street clothes. "Losing Auston is a huge blow," he said. "But it was a great opportunity for all of us to come together and just try and take two points from a really, really good team. "Auston was fired up in the room after." The Leafs also got winger Joe Thornton (lower body) and top-4 defenceman Jake Muzzin (facial fracture) back after both sat out Toronto's last two games. No. 1 goalie Frederik Andersen, meanwhile, remains day-to-day with a lower-body ailment that pressed third-stringer Michael Hutchison into action twice earlier this week with Campbell still working his way back. Keefe elected to put Tavares in Matthews' spot between Marner and Thornton, and that line combined for five points. The Leafs, who opened a road trip that will see them play five games in eight nights, also defeated Edmonton 4-2 in Toronto on Jan. 22 without Matthews. "We did a good job sticking to our game plan," Muzzin said. "Even when we're up a few, we stayed with it." After both teams had a couple of good chances to open the scoring early, the Leafs got on the board at 14:37 of the first period on the game's only power play. Marner showed great patience circling behind Smith's net before finding Nylander, who buried his eighth, and third in two games, as Toronto snapped an 0-for-12 stretch on the man advantage. Marner then turned finisher just 1:13 later when he took a pass from Tavares in transition and fired a shot through Smith for his 10th. Both goalies were busy before the Leafs broke through, with Campbell denying McDavid off the rush and Smith thwarting Alexander Barabanov. Tavares has been blown away by Campbell since he was acquired from the Kings last season. "He's been absolutely tremendous, not just with the results that he brings and the confidence that he gives the group, but the attitude, the energy he brings every day," said Toronto's captain. "The work ethic in practice is second to none. It's just infectious, what he brings to our team. There's a lot of things not seen behind the scenes that he brings to our group. "Thrilled for him, and not surprised." Spezza made it 3-0 at 11:15 of the second on a vintage sequence from a player nicknamed "Vintage" by teammates. The 37-year-old forward took a pass from Jimmy Vesey coming down the right side, faked a slapshot that had Smith swimming in his crease before firing his fifth shortside on the 38-year-old netminder, who entered a perfect 6-0-0 with a .944 save percentage. "What a treat it was to watch," Campbell said of Spezza's effort. "He does it in practice, so it's nice to see it on our end." Edmonton, which was on 11-2-0 run after starting the season 3-6-0, came close to getting that one back moments later, but Draisaitl's pass to Josh Archibald was redirected off Campbell's crossbar by Leafs centre Alexander Kerfoot before the netminder shut the door on the follow. Hyman, who missed two of the Leafs' last four games with a foot injury, then roofed his fifth upstairs on Smith at 13:34 as the visitors picked up their first shutout of the season. "Just proud of this group," Campbell said. "It was a heck of a game, and we needed it. "Let try to keep'er going." This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 27, 2021. The Canadian Press