Well it certainly didn’t take long for the first coaching change of the CCHL.
Just five games into their season the Kanata Lasers announced they were relieving Jeff Jordan of his head coaching duties and replacing him with Nathan Hewitt.
The move raised plenty of eyebrows since the Lasers were off to a rather respectable start, winning three out of their first five regular season matches.
Hewitt, 31, had spent last season working as an assistant coach with the University of Waterloo Warriors.
But Hewitt is no stranger to the CCHL. He started off as an assistant coach with the then Cumberland (now remaned Navan) Grads during the 2012-13 season before taking over head coaching duties that year. He was also the Grads’ head coach the following year.
Hewitt, a North Bay native, returned close to home after that spending two years as the head coach of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Elliot Lake Wildcats.
As for Jordan, he’ll remain with the Lasers’ organization, coaching its under-18 squad.
Last season Jordan guided the Kanata squad to a 22-34-3-3 record. The Lasers didn’t advance to the playoffs, placing in a tie for 10th in the standings of the 12-club circuit.
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Nationals Goalie Registers Shutout In Debut
Sean Storr made quite the first impression with the Rockland Nationals.
The 19-year-old Kingston native registered a shutout in his first CCHL regular season match.
Storr stopped all 36 shots he faced as the Nationals blanked the Kanata Lasers in their season opener on Sept. 2. The game was part of the league’s season-opening Labour Day Showcase, staged at the Bell Sensplex in Kanata.
Storr had spent last season with the Hartford Jr. Wolfpack, a Junior A Tier III squad that competes in the Eastern Hockey League. He appeared in 10 matches with the Hartford squad, posting a 4-6-0 record and a 2.98 goals-against average.
Besides the shutout he picked up in his first CCHL game, Storr has also been one of the league’s top puckstoppers early on this season. He won three of his first five starts (he also had an OT loss) and was sporting a 2.17 GAA.
Lalonde Off To Impressive Start
An off-season trade obviously has not affected Nick Lalonde’s scoring touch.
Lalonde, who spent his first three seasons in the CCHL with the Cornwall Colts, finished in a tie for third place in the league scoring race last season. He racked up 73 points, including 32 goals, in 55 games.
As for this season, Lalonde, who was traded to the Ottawa Jr. Senators during the summer, was leading all CCHL pointgetters early on. He collected 14 points, including eight goals, in his first six matches.
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