St. Charles College

2020 NHL draft history in the making for St. Charles College

Athletic Director and Hockey Canada Skills Academy Lead Darren Michelutti with Jack Thompson, Chase Stillman and Quinton Byfield.

The 2020 NHL draft has been a week of dreams coming true for three former St. Charles College students.

Three SCC students were drafted this week leading with Quinton Byfield who made history for the Sudbury Wolves franchise as the highest draft pick in Wolves history with a 2nd overall selection by the LA Kings.
Next came Jack Thompson who was drafted in the 3rd round by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

And the third draft made for a hat trick with Isaak Phillips being drafted in the 5th round to Chicago.

It’s history in the making for the players and the school says Athletic Director and Lead of the Hockey Skills Academy Darren Michelutti.
Michelutti says “With Sudbury Wolves students attending St. Charles College, the Hockey Canada Skills Academy has had the opportunity to learn and work with elite athletes like Quinton, Jack and Isaak. The students enrolled in the program get a firsthand experience to see that hard work pays off and dreams really to come true when you commit to your passions.”

Next year, another student/player Chase Stillman will be a 2021 NHL Prospect.

Michelutti has been building the Academy at the school for the past three years. Currently there are ninety-five students enrolled in the program.

St. Charles College students and staff excited for the return of World Junior Champion and fellow Card

Two boys stand together smiling

Students and staff at St. Charles College will have to wait a little longer to see fellow Cardinal Quinton Byfield and his gold medal from the World Junior Championships.

After accepting his gold medal, he left the Czech Republic and returned to his hometown of Newmarket. He will soon reunite with the Sudbury Wolves briefly before departing for the CHL Top Prospect game along with fellow St. Charles student Jack Thompson. This game showcases the top NHL Draft eligible talent from across the OHL, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League with hundreds of scouts in attendance.

Kristy Hebert, who teaches Byfield says: “It has been an unbelievable opportunity to have such a talented athlete in our school and community. Quinton has added so much to our programs, bringing a plethora of hockey knowledge and skill. As part of the Leadership class, he has mentored Mrs. Fowke’s Grade 1 students at Holy Trinity Elementary school as well as here at St. Charles College in our Life Skills program. He has made many connections to students and has been an outstanding role model; we couldn’t be more pleased for Quinton and his recent success at the World Juniors!”

The students at Holy Trinity are also eager for his return. It shared messages on social media wishing him luck at the World Junior Championships just before the holidays.

Byfield is not expected to return from the CHL Prospect game for at least another week.

SCC Teacher to be inducted in Greater Sudbury Sports Hall of Fame

Mike Fabiilli, math teacher and football coach at St. Chares College will have the honour of being inducted into the Greater Sudbury Sports Hall of Fame! Mike was chosen as one of the 10 individuals that will be inducted into the 2018 Class. While serving as football coach, he brought St. Charles College to victory in the City Championship in 2015. He was also presented with the Chairperson’s Award that same year.

Fabiilli was a student at St. Charles College from 1977-1982. He played five years of football for the school winning three City Championships.

In 1982 he went to the University of Ottawa to play for the Gee Gees. As a freshman linebacker, he won the Peter Gorman Trophy for outstanding CIS freshman football player in Canada. He was a conference all-star linebacker for two seasons.

“I’ve been very fortunate to have played with many great teammates and to have coached many talented football players,” said Mike Fabiilli, math teacher at St. Charles College.

Mike Fabiilli will be inducted to the Hall of Fame during the 50th annual Sports Celebrity Dinner on June 13.

St. Charles College Students learn to tape injuries as part of the CARDS Sports program

CARDS Sports Specialty Program puts the focus on taping injuries
Students who are part of the High Skills Major in Health and Wellness got to try their hand at taping injuries this past week.
They learned how to properly assess an ankle injury and studied recovery time. The students also learned how to apply basic support mechanics in order to return to sport.

Their teacher, Mrs. Poirier says “Students are not only presented with the information necessary for injury assessment but are given the time, material and guidance to feel comfortable performing basic skills. My goal as their teacher is to ensure they develop the knowledge and confidence to help others if a situation arises.”

The students in the Health and Wellness class will continue to learn about sports injuries, treatments and preventions with focus was on rehabilitative taping skills.

SCC student to be the face of the North American Indigenous Games

Grade 10 student Hannah Morningstar is about to be the “face of Naig”. NAIG is the North American Indigenous Games and she will be featured on posters and banners to promote the event in Toronto this summer.

Hannah will be in Toronto tomorrow to see the pictures taken last year as part of a news conference for the games. She has participated in the games in 2014 as a track and field athlete. This time, she is hoping to qualify for track or volleyball. The tryouts are taking place right now.

This semester, Hannah is taking Indigenous Studies. She beams with pride when talking about representing her country and culture. “This is such an honour” she says.

The games being held in July will bring more than four thousand athletes to Toronto.

St. Charles College Alumni returns to share message of hope and inclusivity

Former graduate from St. Charles College Brock McGillis recently wrote an article for Yahoo Sports Canada about being secretly gay in a highly hyper masculine culture of hockey. The article went viral and this week he was invited to St. Charles College to share his message of hope and inclusivity.

Brock McGillis graduated from St. Charles College roughly fifteen years ago. He spoke about playing hockey in the OHL, CIS and dealing with comments that were homophobic all the while he was questioning his own sexuality.

Brock also spoke about keeping his sexuality a secret from family and friends and only recently revealed his sexual orientation to the hockey community.

Brock says the reason he has come out is to educate people. He believes that it important for people to not be bystanders but instead break the habit of using homophobic language in the halls, as a joke or in the locker room.

Brock now works mentoring minor hockey and junior aged players.

The students were very receptive to his message. They were active participants in the presentation.

Principal Patty Mardero says “the conversation solidifies what we are teaching our students about respecting diversity.”

Best of boys’ high school volleyball at St. Charles College this weekend

Today marks the start of the Cardinal Classic in the St. Charles College gymnasium.

More than fifteen school teams are registered for the yearly fall tournament.

Junior and senior teams are in action all Friday and Saturday.

Cards Athletic Director Darren Michelutti is overseeing the tournament.

Junior Cardinals take Gold at Basketball Tournament

The St. Charles College grade 7/8 Cards are quickly filling up an elementary wall with all their athletic accomplishments. The St. Charles College elementary boys’ basketball team took gold at a tournament over the weekend. The 7/8 Cards Classic was open to twelve boys’ teams from all four school boards in the city.

St. Charles College entered two boys’ teams with head coach Sarah Sauve.

There were several close matches but the Cards took the top spot.

Captains Noah Carpino, Andrew Middleton and Chris Valcin showed leadership and dedication as the newest members of the Cards family.

SCC Teacher Mike Fabiilli to be inducted into the University of Ottawa Football Hall of Fame

St. Charles College teacher Mike Fabiilli has one more reason to celebrate this year. In addition to winning a Senior Boys’ City Football Championship this past fall, he is also going to be inducted into the University of Ottawa Football Hall of Fame April 30th in Ottawa.

Fabiilli was a student at St. Charles College from 1977-1982. He played five years of football for the school winning three City Championships.

In 1982 he went to the University of Ottawa to play for the Gee Gees. As a freshman linebacker he won the Peter Gorman Trophy for outstanding CIS freshman football player in Canada. He was a conference all-star linebacker for two seasons.

After graduation, Fabiilli returned to Sudbury to start his teaching career at St. Charles College. He has been a math teacher and football coach at SCC for the past twenty-nine years. He has helped guide the Cards to ten City Championships in football.

Fabiilli has also served as a Defensive Co-ordinator for the Sudbury Spartans for eight seasons and the Sudbury Gladiators for five. He also co-founded the Joe MacDonald Youth Football League in Sudbury.

Mike continues to coach with passion and conviction and imparts in his players a love for the game and all of life’s lessons that can be gained from playing it.

Spotlight Dance Company Shines a light on Dancers at St. Charles College

The St. Charles College Dance Class paired up with local dance company, Spotlight Dance Company to work on toning and conditioning with the dancers this semester. The students had monthly excursions to Spotlight Dance Companyto work on different genres of dance studied in class, teaming up with their talented instructors. S.C.C Dance teacher, Patricia Demore says “the dancers developed leadership, dedication and time management skills through their monthly visits. The dancers had another successful semester and are looking forward to the new year. The dance focus class is offered yearly at St. Charles College.  Students can take the class to earn their mandatory physical education credit.

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