NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Release Date: Friday, Aug. 31, 2012
NOJHL Team-By-Team Previews: Blind River Beavers
SUDBURY –- In a prelude to the upcoming Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s regular season, team-by-team previews are being presented for the 2012-13 campaign, which gets underway Sept. 5. The latest team preview features the Blind River Beavers.
BLIND RIVER BEAVERS
PO Box 489
Blind River, Ont.
President/Director: Stuart Campbell
General Manager: Rusty Joncas
Head Coach: Doug McEwen (1st season)
Last season’s record: 8-40-2 (3rd Western Division – 6th overall)
Playoff record: 0-4
OUTLOOK: Optimism reigns in Blind River this season as the club enters the 2012-13 campaign with Doug McEwen coming on board as their new head coach. He will look to instill into his players the same hardworking competitive style that he earned during his playing days, which included a 22-year professional stint in England.
With well over a dozen players from last year’s squad eligible to return, the Beavers will look to the experience those skaters picked up last season as they look for a turnaround year while making a jump up the NOJHL standings.
TYLER BROWN: Entering his second season in the league Brown is coming off a rookie campaign that saw him register 29 points on 10 goals and 19 assists. His efforts also saw him named the league’s most improved player.
TEAM QUOTE: “After being voted most improved in the NOJHL last season we know Tyler will be a big part of our offense this season.”
ADAM NEWKIRK: The 20-year-old defenceman will be looked upon to anchor the club’s blueline.
TEAM QUOTE: “In his last year of junior hockey Adam will be a solid D-man and be in the running for tops in the league.”
BRANDON CURRIE: Will be looked upon to solidify the Beavers’ goaltending as he returns for a second year with the club.
TEAM QUOTE: “With his rookie season under his belt Brandon will be expected to be a consistent goaltender this season.”
SAMUEL WILBUR: The Saginaw, Mich. product makes the jump to the NOJHL after playing junior last year with Tri City in Michigan.
AARON CORMIER: The 19-year-old Bowmanville, Ont., native looks to team up with Brandon Currie to form a solid combination in net.
BRANDON BAZINET: This left winger joins the Beavers after averaging over a point per game with Nickel City of the Great North Midget League last season. There he picked up 40 points, including 11 goals, in 33 games finishing fourth in team scoring.