GOJHL BOOSTS WINDSOR LANCERS

By Jim Parker (The Windsor Star), edited by David Honsberger

After back-to-back trips to the national championship, University of Windsor Lancers head coach and former Leamington Flyer and Sarnia Steeplejack Bees coach Kevin Hamlin boasts a diverse nine-member recruiting class for the 2015-16 season.  Included among them are four former GOJHL players, Chris Scott (photo credit Jason Kryk, The Windsor Star, video credit David Honsberger, playoff goal vs Strathroy Rockets, March 2012), Brennan Feasey, Eric Palazzolo and Tyler Morrison.

Forward Steve Anthony, who won a Memorial Cup with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Saint John Sea Dogs, is a former seventh-round pick of the Vancouver Canucks and is now set to suit up for the Lancers. Anthony, who sat out last season in order to meet CIS eligibility requirements, was part of the trade that sent goalie Roberto Luongo back to the Florida Panthers for Shawn Mathias and Jacob Markstrom.

Former Windsor Spitfires and Brampton Battalion forward Brennan Feasey will join the Lancers after leading the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League in scoring with 41 goals and 90 points for the Chatham Maroons last season.  Feasey also spent a season with the St. Catharines Falcons as well as 26 games in the OHL with Windsor and Brampton.

Defenceman Kyle Haas, who spent three seasons in the Western Hockey League and the QMJHL with Saskatoon and Moncton, has ties to the Spitfires. He is the son of David Haas, who scored 59 goals for the Spitfires when the club won its first Ontario Hockey League title in 1988.

Defenceman Dane Phaneuf, who also played 39 games four years ago in the QMJHL with the PEI Rocket, also has an interesting family tie. He is the brother of Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf.

Six-foot-five Max McCutcheon, who is a Colorado native, is Hamlin’s third new addition on defence.  McCutcheon spent last season with the OJHL Buffalo Jr. Sabres.

Up front, the Lancers have also added Chris Scott, who helped the Leamington Flyers to back-to-back Western Conference titles in the GOJHL.  This past season, he was named the conference’s top player and best defensive forward.

Windsor native Eric Palazzolo also returns home after playing this past season with the Elmira Sugar Kings, who reached the GOJHL Sutherland Cup semifinals.  Palazzolo also starred with the Chatham Maroons.

Tyler Morrison, who played 7 games in the QMJHL with Gatineau, led the GOJHL Golden Horseshoe Conference in scoring this past season with 81 points in 48 games.

Rounding out the class is goaltender Blake Richard, who played 21 games in the OHL with Kingston and Niagara.

David Honsberger

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