NOJHL roster for Central Canada Cup Challenge

SUDBURY – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League released Wednesday its roster for the upcoming Central Canada Cup Challenge Dec. 27-29 in Terrebonne, Que.

A total of 20 players, as well as four alternates, were named to the squad that will represent the NOJHL at the three-day event that will also feature teams from the Ontario Jr. A, Central Canada and Quebec AAA Jr. A Hockey Leagues competing.

In formulating the roster, each member club in the NOJHL was asked if there were any players on their respective teams interested in competing should they be selected.

From there the interested teams then forwarded letters of intent to the NOJHL coaching staff and management committee from which the roster was selected over a multi-week period.

Serving as director of operations for Team NOJHL will be Oscar Clouthier (Sudbury) while Marc Lafleur (Kirkland Lake) is the head coach. Assistant coaches will be Jordan Smith (Sault Ste. Marie), Trevor Blanchard (Sudbury) and Zane Neily. (North Bay)

Carla Vine (Kirkland Lake) and Lisa Parise (Sudbury) will serve as athletic trainers for the squad.

Each of the six participating teams in Central Canada Challenge Cup will play a five-game round robin with the length of games being two 20-minute periods.

After round robin competition the top two squads in the standings will compete in the tournament championship contest on Dec. 29.

The NOJHL will open up competition Friday, Dec. 27 at 1 p.m. against one of the two LHJAAAQ squads that will be taking part.

Their second game of the day goes at 5 p.m. as they square off vs. the CCHL.

Saturday, Dec. 28 sees two more tilts on tap for the NOJHL as they’ll meet the second LHJAAAQ side at 1 p.m., which will be followed by a 5 p.m. face-off with the OJHL North East.

Round robin play for the NOJHL then concludes Sunday, Dec. 29 at 11 a.m. when they square off with OJHL South West.

The top two teams will then met in the championship game later that same day at 5:30 p.m.

Of the teams taking part there will be one apiece from both the NOJHL and CCHL along with two from Quebec and the OJHL.

NOJHL Central Canada Cup Challenge roster, list of alternates and members of the coaching staff:

Evan Cormier  North Bay Trappers  L   6’2″  183 lbs  11/06/1997  Bowmanville, Ont.
Joel Horodziejczyk  Soo Thunderbirds  L  5’10”  160 lbs  01/15/1995  Sudbury, Ont.

Khadyn Butterfly  Sudbury Nickel Barons  L  6’2″  185 lbs  08/03/1995  Moosenee, Ont.
Max Glashauser  Elliot Lake Bobcats  R   6’0″  185 lbs  02/20/1994  Flower Mound, Tex.
Bryan McFarlane  Elliot Lake Bobcats  L  6’3″  190 lbs  09/25/1993  Scottsdale, Ariz.
Jeremy Picard-Fiset  Kirkland Lake Gold Miners  L  5’8″  185 lbs  02/10/1994  Barraute, Que.
Dylan Rosen  Kirkland Lake Gold Miners  L  6’5″  210 lbs  04/09/1994  Clarkston, Mich.
Ethan Strong  Kirkland Lake Gold Miners  L  6’2″  207 lbs  03/24/1994  Kinmount, Ont.
Shawn Tessier  North Bay Trappers  R  6’0″  180 lbs  05/10/1996  Scarborough, Ont.

Steven Babin  Kirkland Lake Gold Miners  R  5’10”  165 lbs  06/16/1994  Val-d’Or, Que.
Gavin Burbach  Soo Thunderbirds  L  5’10″   190 lbs  09/27/1993  Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
Eric Champagne  North Bay Trappers  L  6’1″  180 lbs  03/02/1995  North Bay, Ont.
Brady Clouthier  Abitibi Eskimos  L  5’10”  170 lbs  01/10/1994  Arnprior, Ont.
Anthony Miller  Soo Thunderbirds  L  6’0″  170 lbs  01/19/1994  Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
Blake Peavey  North Bay Trappers  L  5’11”  175 lbs  07/07/1994  Tampa, Fla.
Ryan Punkari  Sudbury Nickel Barons  L  5’10”  185 lbs  03/11/1996  Lively, Ont.
Austin Rust  Kirkland Lake Gold Miners  R  5’10”  175 lbs  02/12/1993  Algonac, Mich.
Grant Syrette  Soo Thunderbirds  L  6’1″  215 lbs  08/07/1994  Garden River, Ont.
Brett Wagner  Elliot Lake Bobcats  R  5’8″  170 lbs  01/15/1993  Centennial, Colo.
Samuel Wilbur  Kirkland Lake Gold Miners  R  6’2″  200 lbs  04/06/1993  Saginaw, Mich.

August Jarecki – F  Sudbury Nickel Barons  L  5’10”  180 lbs  08/29/1994  Sudbury, Ont.
Owen Headrick – D  Soo Thunderbirds  R  5’11”  190 lbs  08/23/1997  Garden River, Ont.
Brenden Locke – F  Abitibi Eskimos  L  5’8″  160 lbs  10/09/1997  Iroquois Falls, Ont.
Mathieu Lecompte – F  Kirkland Lake Gold Miners  L  5’10”  185 lbs  06/01/1994  Ville-Marie, Que.

Oscar Clouthier  Director of Operations (Sudbury Nickel Barons)  
Marc Lafleur  Head Coach (Kirkland Lake Gold Miners)  
Jordan Smith  Assistant Coach (Soo Thunderbirds)  
Trevor Blanchard  Assistant Coach (Sudbury Nickel Barons)  
Zane Neily  Assistant Coach (North Bay Trappers)  
Carla Vine  Athletic Trainer (Kirkland Lake Gold Miners)  
Lisa Parise  Athletic Trainer (Sudbury Nickel Barons)