Goodbye Cumberland Grads. And hello Navan Grads.Following several years of contemplating renaming his Central Canada Hockey League franchise, owner Steve Barban has finally made the move. After a bit of buzz had been created on social media in recent weeks – forecasting a major announcement – the news became official this past week at a village fair.
Coming off the franchise’s best year since in more than a decade, the Calgary Canucks look poised to take the next step as a winning franchise.
Surprising off-season moves continue to take place in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL). No doubt one of the biggest shockers came when Marty Abrams resigned from his head coaching and GM duties with the Wellington Dukes.
Ian Henderson is back working in the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL). Henderson had stepped away from the Junior A circuit last year after having spent seven seasons with the Hawkesbury Hawks.
He’s back. After a three-year absence coach John Dean is returning to the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL). Dean had spent the past three seasons serving as the assistant coach of the North Bay Battalion in the higher calibre Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
A former National Hockey League player still owns the Kemptville 73’s. But it’s not Ron Tugnutt, the ex-goalie who appeared in 724 NHL matches and had owned the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL) franchise the past five seasons.
The Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) continues to supply a good number of its graduating players to college programs south of the border, but more and more of those performers are choosing to stay home and become student-athletes.
Peter Goulet will still be a double duty guy. But now it will be for just one hockey organization instead of two. During the past two seasons, Goulet had served as the general manager of the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Kingston Voyageurs and as the assistant coach for the Brampton Beast, members of the East Coast Hockey League, a pro loop considered two steps below the NHL.
It wasn't until a breakout game in the World Jr. A Challenge this past December that scouts had the chance to see what Calgary native and Brooks Bandits defenceman Cale Makar was all about.
Cale Makar has really started to turn heads with his offensive capability. Likes to skate the puck deep into the offensive zone and create offence. Possesses a real heavy, hard wrist and likes to shoot often from between the circles
It’s time for this year’s class to get ready for the spotlight. Players like Nolan Patrick and Nico Hischier have spent most of their lives honing their hockey skills in pursuit of their dream of making it to the NHL. Now they’re closing in on that reality as we get closer to the 2017 NHL Draft.
Like all their Central Canada Hockey League rivals, the Rockland Nationals will commence their regular season in September. But the Nationals’ brass is busier than all its league counterparts this off-season. That’s because officials from the Junior A franchise are preparing for the upcoming campaign in a new community.
Marty Abrams will continue to be the bench boss of a Junior A team in eastern Ontario. But it just won’t be with the Wellington Dukes, the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) squad that he coached during 16 of the past 18 seasons.
1) John Dean Returns to OJHL to Coach Toronto Patriots
2) Off-Season Brings About Massive Turnover for OHL Coaches
3) Justin Sourdif Named 2017 HockeyNow Player of the Year for B.C.
4) Where Are They Now: 2016 Player of the Year Owen Lalonde
5) Former NHLer Jason York Now Part of Kemptville 73’s Ownership Group