NOTEBOOK: NOJHL alumnus Cormier cracks NHL Central Scouting Futures list



Release Date: Saturday, July 25, 2015

NOTEBOOK: NOJHL alumnus Cormier cracks NHL Central Scouting Futures list

SUDBURY – Earlier this month NHL Central Scouting released its Futures List, which identifies potential prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft and a former Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League goaltender in Evan Cormier was among those identified.

Cormier, a 17-year-old Bowmanville, Ont., product spent the 2013-14 campaign manning the nets for the then North Bay Trappers where he was the youngest player in the NOJHL.

That season the nearly six-foot-two-inch, 199-pound stopper faced more shots than any goaltender in the league at 1,310.

Cormier finished fifth overall in save percentage at .910.

He played the second most minutes of any stopper in the NOJHL at just over 1,915 and represented the league at both the Summer Select Showcase and the Central Canada Cup Challenge.

For his on-ice efforts Cormier was named a second team NOJHL all-star in goal.

He spent the 2014-15 campaign in the Ontario Hockey League with both the North Bay Battalion and the Saginaw Spirit accumulating a dozen victories to his credit along with three shutouts in his initial year of major junior action.

PRESEASON ACTION: We are less than a month away from the first preseason games in the NOJHL as a prelude to the 2015-16 season.

Currently there are nine exhibition tilts on the preseason slate starting with the 2016 Dudley-Hewitt Cup host Kirkland Lake Gold Miners hosting the newly minted Timmins Rock at the Joe Mavrinac Community Complex. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

REGULAR SEASON: A total of 324 games will comprise the NOJHL’s 2015-16 regular season.

Play will get underway Friday, Sept. 11, with all 12 NOJHL clubs in action.

That evening will feature the home openers for the Espanola Express, Cochrane Crunch, Elliot Lake Wildcats, French River Rapids, Kirkland Lake Gold Miners and the Soo Thunderbirds.

The next night the Rayside-Balfour Canadians, Soo Eagles, Blind River Beavers, Iroquois Falls Eskis and Timmins Rock make the home debuts.

Monday, Sept. 14 will feature the Powassan Voodoos skating in their initial home contest of the season.

Each NOJHL member team will take to the ice in 54 games, 27 as the home side and 27 as the visitors.

The regular season is slated to conclude on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.