Chatham Maroons Sign Dede Cato

This has been rumoured for the last couple weeks and here’s a couple stories on the Maroons latest acquisition, Dede Cato.


Cato can play two positions for Maroons

By Mark Malone, Chatham Daily News

Thursday, September 25, 2014


It took longer than expected, but the Chatham Maroons have finally added Dede Cato to their roster.

They officially signed the 17-year-old from Chatham on Wednesday, a few months later than they’d originally planned.

The Maroons wanted to commit to Cato in the summer, but he opted to sign with the Toronto Patriots of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.

However, he parted ways with the Patriots recently after playing three games. He began practising with the Maroons last week.

Cato brings versatility to the Maroons’ lineup. He was a defenceman last season with the Dresden Kings, but the Maroons plan to start him at forward.

“He’s very talented,” head coach Mark Davis said. “He can play either position. He’s a good skater and he can handle the puck well.”

The Maroons were already at the 23-player limit, so they made room for Cato by releasing rookie forward Teddy McGeen of Windsor.

McGeen, who turns 17 in December, had played one game.

“He’s a great kid,” assistant general manager Bill Cumming said. “It’s a tough thing that we have to do, cutting a kid from your hockey club. He did everything we asked him to do.”

Cumming didn’t know Wednesday night where McGeen would play, but he said the Maroons’ junior ‘C’ affiliate – the Blenheim Blades – was one option.

Cato is scheduled to debut with the Maroons on Saturday at Lambton Shores.

The Maroons already have seven defencemen, but Davis didn’t rule out using him on the blue-line this season. He may be needed back there next season, too, after four defencemen graduate.

“It’s a great asset for your hockey club,” Davis said. “It just brings another dimension if we do get injuries or we do get (a player) thrown out. It’s an easy plug-in.”

The five-foot-10, 165-pound Cato was second in scoring among defencemen last season in the Great Lakes Junior ‘C’ Hockey League with 29 points in 40 games. He scored 10 goals.


Dede Cato Signs With The Chatham Maroons


Chatham’s Dede Cato has signed with the Chatham Maroons, after much speculation this week of where the highly sought after 1997 born prospect would land.

“The Maroons are very pleased to have Dede on the team and he will play this Saturday in Lambton Shores,” said Maroons assistant general manager Bill Cumming.

Cato, who was the Dresden Jr. Kings rookie of the year last season, signed with the OJHL’s Toronto Patriots in the offseason, but left the Junior A club early in the season for personal reasons.

“I’m excited to play for such an amazing organization from its staff to all the players,” said Cato about signing with the Maroons. “I’m happy they were able to take me in and can’t wait to help contribute to our overall goal and that is to win the Sutherland Cup.”

With the Kings last season, Cato, a smooth skating defenseman, who also plays forward, scored 10 goals and 19 assists in 40 games as a rookie. This season, Cato played 3 games with the Toronto Patriots, registering an assist before leaving the team.

In the offseason, Cato attended the mini-camps for both the North Bay Battalion and Kitchener Rangers, being invited to main camp for both OHL teams. He attended the Rangers’ camp, but was subsequently released.

To get down to their 23-man roster with the signing of Cato, the Maroons were forced to release Teddy McGeen.

“Teddy McGeen was released by the Chatham Maroons,” said Cumming. “We have to maintain a 23 man roster and when Dede returned to Chatham from the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots we needed to make room on our roster. Teddy McGeen is a very classy young man. He handled himself with confidence and did everything we asked of him. We wish him the best.”

Chatham takes on the Lambton Shores Predators Saturday.

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1 Comment

  1. Welland fan

    September 25, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Great signing.

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