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Voodoos finalize first trade; add another local forward

POWASSAN VOODOOS JR. A HOCKEY CLUB
Media Update

Release date: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014

Contact: Chris Dawson, General Manager & Vice-President of Hockey Operations
(705) 497-4371 (Cell); chris@baytoday.ca (Email)

Voodoos finalize first trade; add another local forward

POWASSAN — The Powassan Voodoos made their first trade in franchise history when they acquired 18-year-old right winger Brandon Major from the Blind River Beavers for a development fee.   

Last season the Timmins, Ont., product recorded 12 points in 50 games split between the Espanola Rivermen and the Beavers in his rookie campaign in the NOJHL.  

In 2012-13, Major recorded 15 goals and 14 assists in 31 games with the Timmins Majors of the Great North Midget League    

Voodoos GM Chris Dawson was intrigued when he found out Major was looking for a change of scenery in the off-season.

“I like his size and his skating ability. He is a very well conditioned and goal orientated young man.  We think his experience will be a benefit to our young hockey team,” said Dawson.  

Major requested for an off-season trade and he says Powassan was his first choice.  

“I’m happy that I got traded to the Voodoos because that’s what I asked for and what I wanted,” said the 6’1″, 190 pound right winger.   

“A big part of the reason why I wanted to get trade to Powassan is because the North Bay Battalion in the Ontario Hockey League work very closely with the Powassan Voodoos, and to get a shot in the OHL is a dream I’ve had since the time I put my skates on. After all, I think playing for Powassan will boost my level of play, get me exposure, and help me reach my next level. I am excited to meet all you Voodoo fans!”

Voodoos target Dart  

The Voodoos also announced the signing of another top-5 scorer from the Great North Midget League last year.  

The Voodoos added North Bay Midget AAA Trappers forward Aaron Dart.

Dart scored 22 goals and added 18 assists totalling  40 points in only 24 regular season games with the Trappers last year.  

Dart along with other Voodoos signings Nathaniel McLeod and Michael Silveri, made up the most productive offensive line in the Great North Midget League last year.  

“I thought it would be a great opportunity to play at home and I thought it would be a great opportunity to play with the team after hearing all the players that were being signed,” said Dart.   

Voodoos head coach Scott Wray was pleased with the signing.  

“Aaron is well known in these parts as he was part of one of the best lines in midget hockey last season for the North Bay Trappers,” said Voodoos head coach Scott Wray.   

“Aaron is one of those players that every team looks for. He works hard at both ends of the ice, plays with an edge and has a knack around the net to score big goals.”  

“I thought it would be a great opportunity to play at home and I thought it would be a great opportunity to play with the team after hearing all the players that were being signed,” said Dart.   

Dart and Major will unite in Powassan on August 22nd for the start of the NOJHL club’s main camp.