Another Jr. B Players To Join Jr. C Ranks – by C. Scott Holland
As so often is the case in recent years, older players who are 19 or 20 and nearing the end of their Junior B playing career bolt for the Junior C ranks where they can extend their junior eligibility by a year. Many of those players are often unhappy with the amount of playing time or their own performance and seek a way out of Junior B.
The latest news is that St. Thomas native Luc Knight of the Chatham Maroons is unhappy having only two goals and five assists in nineteen 2015/16 games.
He has elected to leave the Maroons to join the Port Stanley Jr. C Sailors.
As Knight said, “It was a tough decision. I love Chatham. All the fans are amazing. All the guys on the team are great. I love everyone.”
If Knight had remained with the Maroons his junior career would end at the season’s conclusion, but by signing with the Jr. C Port Stanley club prior to December 1st, he’ll be eligible to play junior ‘C’ next season as an overager.
He becomes the second Maroons’ 20-year-old player this month to leave for the junior ‘C’ ranks. Captain Brayden Hopkins left for the Blenheim Blades earlier this month.
Currently Knight is waiting for the paperwork to be completed on the deal.
He always told himself that if his hockey career wasn’t what he wanted it to be, then he’d return to junior ‘C’ and end his career with his buddies. His cousin, Tyler Beaulieu, is the Sailors’ leading scorer.
“I just had a slow start to the year,” Knight said. “Two suspensions. I just screwed up my hand blocking a shot on Sunday night. I had a little bit of a head injury one night, too. I’ve had a rough start.”
Knight had 10 points in 12 regular-season games in 2014-15 with the Maroons after being acquired in January from the Yarmouth Mariners of the Maritime Junior ‘A’ Hockey League.
He began his junior career with the Sailors when they were a junior ‘D’ franchise and won the 2011-12 rookie of the year award in their Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League conference. He played the next two seasons with the St. Thomas Stars.
“I’ll be one of the only guys that has scored in junior ‘D’, ‘C’, ‘B’ and ‘A’”, he said.
During his Junior B career he played in 126 games, collected 36 goals and 48 assist for 84 points along with six powerplay tallies and five game-winners plus 67 penalty minutes.