West Teams Make Moves – by C. Scott Holland
It’s that time of year when GOJHL teams look to improve their rosters, often by trading players or adding them from another league.
Several recent moves have changed the complexion of some West Conference teams.
The Lambton Shores Predators traded David Norris to Exeter Jr. C Hawks and have added C. J. Kusch a forward who had been playing in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. The 195 lbs., 6′ forward is a 19 year-old who had been with the Humboldt Broncos and played in 30 games. He had a pair of goals and an assist and had similar numbers wit the Oakland Grizzlies U-18 team the season prior. The Preds sent David Norris to the Exeter Jr. C Hawks to make room for Kusch on the roster.
The London Nationals solidified their lineup on Wednesday, November 18 by adding John Adams a 20 year-old power forward from the Georgetown Raiders (OJHL). The 5′ 10″ Adams had posted some good stats while in the OJHL, having played in 146 games and collecting 56 goals along with 62 assists for 118 pts. He has scored 47 goals in the past 2 years.
The fifth-place Chatham Maroons have bolstered their defensive corps by acquiring Aaron Jacobs from the Stratford Cullitons. Jacobs had only played in 17 games with Stratford and had 20 pim and two assists. He made his Chatham debut Sunday, November 15 in a home game against London.
All three teams hope these recent acquisitions help them better their 2015/16 teams and gives them an extra lift to improve their playoff chances.
C. Scott Holland is an accomplished author, a former Western Jr. B Hockey League statistician and is recognized as the West Conference’s and GOJHL’s historian. A lifelong resident of Leamington Scott was a journalist for the now defunct Leamington Post for 26 years and currently writes for the Southpoint Sun. Among the books he has authored are: 75 Years: A History of the Leamington and Erie Shores Golf Course; A Century In The Making – History of Heinz Canada 1909-2009; Leamington Flyers 1992/93-2011/12 Platinum Anniversary Special Program; the Western Jr. B Record Book 2003/04 and 2005/05 editions; as well as updates of both the West Conference and GOJHL Record Books. He was been a member of he Leamington Jr. Flyers hockey club for the last 27 years and served many years as a board member, statistician, press box announcer, and scorekeeper among other duties. He has been named the West Conference Volunteer of Year and a Windsor-Essex Sportsperson of Year award. He resides in Leamington with his wife Susan.
He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org