Sports in Brief

Former Gaels captain Billy Burke will play for the International Hockey League’s Port Huron Icehawks in the fall.
Former Gaels captain Billy Burke will play for the International Hockey League’s Port Huron Icehawks in the fall.
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OUA first-team allstar Joren Zeeman (left) has been named to the Canadian men’s junior national team along with teammate Michael Amoroso.
OUA first-team allstar Joren Zeeman (left) has been named to the Canadian men’s junior national team along with teammate Michael Amoroso.
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Billy Burke signs pro contract

Former Gaels’ football and hockey player Billy Burke has signed a professional contract with the Port Huron Icehawks of the International Hockey League (IHL).

Burke, who took over captaincy duties for the men’s hockey team last year after Jon Lawrance was injured, amassed 23 goals and 29 assists during his four-year Queen’s career.  Last year, Burke finished with 10 goals and 18 points.

—Amrit Ahluwalia

Two Gaels on Canadian junior team

Men’s volleyball standouts Joren Zeeman and Michael Amoroso have been named to the Canadian junior men’s national team that will compete at the FIVB Junior U-21 Men’s World Volleyball Championship which runs from July 31 to Aug. 9 in Pune, India.

Zeeman was one of the Journal’s Athletes of the Term in 2008-09. He helped the Gaels to an OUA silver medal and being selected as a CIS second-team All-Star and an OUA first-team All-Star.

—Amrit Ahluwalia

More Gaels don national red and white

Queen’s rowers Rares Crisan and Ryan Meyers will be representing Canada in the lightweight men’s fours category of the rowing events at the U23 World Rowing Championships in the Czech Republic.

Their boat finished third in the qualifying heat and second in their repechage, putting them in the semifinals where they placed fourth. The team placed fourth in the finals.

Crisan and Meyers helped the Gaels to a CIS silver medal in the lightweight fours race last year

—Amrit Ahluwalia

Another women’s volleyball player heading to Canada Summer Games

In addition to the four Gaels who will be representing Ontario in the women’s volleyball event in Prince Edward Island, Becky Billings has been selected as one of Ontario’s alternates in beach volleyball.

The Canada Games run from Aug. 22-30.

­—Amrit Ahluwalia

Football phenoms to begin professional push in CFL

Some of the most prolific Gaels in recent history have left Richardson Stadium in their dust, forging paths into the Canadian Football League over the past month.

Running back Mike Giffin made the Montreal Alouettes and dressed during their Canada Day victory over the Calgary Stampeders. Lineman Dee Sterling cracked the Edmonton Eskimos’ roster and Osie Ukwuoma is on the Stampeders’ practise roster. Though he tore his shoulder during training camp, linebacker Thaine Carter was signed to a professional contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Centre Dan Bederman and cornerback/kick-returner Jimmy Allin didn’t make their respective squads. They both may return for a fifth season at Queen’s.

—Amrit Ahluwalia

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