NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Release Date: Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012
NOJHL Team-By-Team Previews: North Bay Trappers
SUDBURY –- In a prelude to the upcoming Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s regular season, which gets underway Wednesday, team-by-team previews are being presented. The latest team prospectus features the North Bay Trappers.
NORTH BAY TRAPPERS
100 Chippewa St. West
North Bay, Ont.
Chairman/Director of Operations: Tim Clayden
Head Coach: Tom McCarthy (2nd season)
Last season’s record: 29-21-0 (3rd Eastern Division – 5th overall)
Playoff record: 9-8 (Lost in NOJHL final)
OUTLOOK: Led by NOJHL coach of the year Tom McCarthy, the 2013 Dudley-Hewitt Cup host Trappers will look to improve on a solid 2011-12 season that saw them boast the biggest win margin of any team in the league while also advancing all the way to the final before falling to the eventual league and Dudley-Hewitt champion Soo Thunderbirds.
CHAIRMAN’S QUOTE: “Many want to talk about hosting the Central Canadian championship this spring in North Bay. We need to stop talking about the Dudley-Hewitt Cup and start preparations for a long, hard season. We expect the NOJHL to be very well balanced. We need to get to work and come prepared every night and take no team for granted in order to go through the tournament front doors then worry about the Dudley in the spring.”
BRAD EDWARDS: The Trappers team captain is a top end forward that leads by example with a focus on defensive play. Edwards registered 46 points in 50 games while scoring 21 times. Edwards was also named the league’s top defensive forward award recipient.
RYAN BRAIN: North Bay looks for a high scoring season from the 20-year-old, six-foot-four forward. He picked up 32 points last season with both North Bay and Kirkland Lake and went on to notch four tallies in the playoffs.
JUSTIN SNEEBERGER: This unsung hero who comes to play each and every night and is always there for his teammates, Scored 15 times in 2011-12 while chipping in with 19 helpers. The Fort Collins, Colo., product enters his final year of junior hockey.
TAIT SEGUIN: The North Bay native was a fifth round Ontario Hockey League draft selection. He skated last season for Hill Academy Prep School in Vaughn, Ont., and Notre Dame in Wilcox, Sask. in 2010-11. The left winger never takes s shift off.
BRENNEN DUBCHAK: The Trappers have a player with Dudley-Hewitt experience as he played for the 2012 DHC host Thunder Bay North Stars. Kenora native had 31 points in 40 games as a rookie in Thunder Bay last season. Tied for second among all players at the 2012 DHC in goals with three.
GREG DODDS: Expected to be the starter this season. The 20-year-old goaltender was a two-time Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League all-star with the St. Mary’s Lincolns. In 2010-11 was a GOJHL first team and rookie all-star selection. Posted a 32-20-5 record in 67 career appearances with St. Mary’s. Has the ability to stay square to the puck and also handles the puck like a third defenceman.