The Norwich Merchants have accepted the resignation of Head Coach Brad Wilkins & his staff Justin Salt & Kevin Wilkins from our organization. The trio are stepping down due to family commitments which includes Brad about to become a father. The Merchants are sad to see these gentlemen leave and wish them nothing, but the best. Their dedication and passion towards our team this past season was a sight to see. Their work ethic rubbed off on the players throughout the season and did not go unnoticed by their peers as Brad was voted Doherty Division Coach of the Year. The Norwich Merchants thank Brad, Justin & Kevin for their efforts this past season.
With Brad’s departure, the Norwich Merchants are pleased to announce the hiring of a new head coach, who is very familiar with our organization. Dave Smith is returning behind the bench for the 2017-
The Norwich Merchants are thrilled to announce the hiring of Aaron Wirth as an assistant coach for the upcoming season. Aaron joins Dave Smith's staff alongside Dennis Jarrell. Aaron spent 4 years as a Merchants player that included a period where he was coached by Dave himself. Aaron represented the Merchants as team captain in his final season. The Merchants are thrilled to have Aaron on board. Welcome home Wirthy.
The Norwich Merchants are pleased to announce another hiring to their coaching staff for the upcoming season. Former Merchant Sean Mcleod has joined the team as an assistant coach. Sean spent part if his playing days in the Merchants red & white that included time under head coach Dave Smith. Sean joins Dennis Jarrell & Aaron Wirth on Dave's Staff. Welcome back Sean!
PHOTO COURTESY OF ROB TANNER
On Monday Night, Norwich ventured down to New Hamburg for Game 5 hoping to clinch a spot in the second round. The Merchants ensure there would be no shutout on this road tilt as Mason Cooper wired in the opener 5:43 into the game. Jordan Gillis dangled his way to the net and slipped in the second goal of the game and Riley Monture would bury a third marker for Norwich before the game was 20 minutes old. Norwich didn’t let up in the second period as Gillis poked in his second goal of the game 16:16 into the middle frame. Troy Lamoure buried his 4th of the playoffs 1:42 later giving Norwich a comfortable 5 goal lead after 40 minutes. The Firebirds who ruin Tyler Gubesch’s shutout hopes 6:28 into the final frame, but that would be the only puck to slide past Gubesch on this night as the Merchants eliminated New Hamburg with a 5-
Monday February 13, 2017 Picture By: Dave Jull
Merchants Put Firebirds on Brink of Elimination
By Colin Percy for the Norwich Gazette
The Norwich Merchants kicked off the playoffs with back to back wins and looked to take a commanding 3-
The Firebirds opened the scoring 12:13 into the game – the lone goal of the first period that saw back and forth action between the teams. The second period was a rough one for the Merchants. Two goals in a 19 second span made it 3-
Norwich headed into Sunday's Game 4 with a 2-
Norwich traveled to New Hamburg on Monday night, however game results were not available by press time.
Kiley Joe Masson will be appearing at the Norwich Community Centre on Saturday March 15th. The concert and dance takes place from 2pm-
Monday February 08, 2017
By Colin Percy for the Norwich Gazette
The Norwich Merchants rode into the playoffs riding high after ending the season by winning 9 of 11 games and their prize was a first round playoff date against a familiar foe the New Hamburg Firebirds. Norwich and New Hamburg have met in the playoffs six of the past seven years including last year's first round series that saw New Hamburg sweep away the Merchants in four straight games. Norwich entered this year with a chip on their shoulder and they got their first chance to exact revenge on Friday with the series opener in New Hamburg.
The Firebirds opened the scoring 1:39 into the game, but the Merchants responded quickly when Try Lamoure fired a wrist shot from the point 1:04 later. Blake Pow gave Norwich their first lead 7:23 into the second period when he dangled home a shorthanded marker. New Hamburg tied the game 2:10 later and regained their 1 goal advantage 19 seconds after that forcing Norwich to play comeback in the third period. That comeback started quickly when Lamoure wired home his second of the game 48 seconds into the third period. Matt Caskanette buried a powerplay tally with 14 minutes left to give Norwich a 1 goal lead. That was followed by goal number two for Pow on the night 4:25 seconds after that. New Hamburg would make it 5-
Norwich looked to maintain home ice advantage when they hosted Game Two of the series on Saturday night. Gillis opened the scoring roofing a wrist shot 3:13 into the game. Derek Slaght popped in his first off the playoffs with 33 seconds left in the period handing Norwich a 2-
Norwich will look to make it 3 in a row when they play Game 3 in New Hamburg on Friday night at 7:30pm. Game 4 will go on Sunday afternoon in Norwich at 2pm. Game 5 if necessary will be on Monday in New Hamburg at 7:30pm.
Tickets are now available for the Norwich Merchants' Spring Fish Fry. The event takes place on Saturday April 15