GOJHL Player Movement – by C. Scott Holland
As December 1st draws nearer, several teams have made some roster moves. While a couple of those moves had been rumoured, a couple weren’t.
The Sarnia Legionnaires sent defenseman Ben Derrough to the Waterloo Wolves AAA major midgets and added Mike Kindrachuck (defenseman) and Nolan Riley (forward) as APJs from the Mooretown Flags (Great Lakes Jr. C). Derrough had appeared in 15 games for the Legionnaires and had only one assist and two penalty minutes.
The London Nationals have added Alex Cox to their roster as an APJ from the Mount Brydges Bulldogs (Jr. C).
The Niagara Falls Canucks released forward Jeffery Venzon who appeared in 14 games and had a single goal along with four helpers. The Canucks added Andrew Barbeau who earlier in the season had played one contest with the Chatham Maroons before heading back home.
Defenseman Brarbeau has already played a pair of games for the Canucks.
The Guelph Hurricanes picked up Jake Wyse from Cambridge and Wyse has notched three helpers in the nine contests since the trade. With Cambridge he had been in 17 contests and had a goal and four assists.
The Elmira Sugar Kings sent Ty Jackson to the Mount Forest Patriots (Jr. C); Jackson has been juggling school with hockey and had not seen much action with Elmira.
But the biggest news of the week came on Fri. Nov. 26 when Strathroy Rockets goaltender Mat Ouellet and forward Riley O’Connell were both traded to the Mount Forest Patriots (Jr. C) squad. It seems like the Patriots are out to build a championship Jr. C club with O’Connell, Ouelet and Jackson and have certainly increased their prospects with the recent acquisitions.
Ouellet, had a 2.97 gaa this season and a 3.24 lifetime mark. In two seasons he played in 58 games winning 24, losing 27 and tying two along with two shutouts. This season he had a 3-10-2 record.
At the time of the trade, O’Connell had been Strathroy’s top scorer with 18 points in 20 games. Of his 11 goals, six came on the powerplay. Last season with Pelham he had scored 23 times and assisted on 30.
Many of these trades and moves have had an effect on the teams involved. To all the players in these recent deals, the GOJHL wishes them a prosperous continuation of their hockey journeys.