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Rock deal McCarthy to Oakville, ship Farr to Cambridge

The Timmins Rock have traded goalie Gavin McCarthy, shown here making a save during Game 1 of the NOJHL East Division semifinal series against the French River Rapids, to the OJHL’s Oakville Blades in exchange for a player development fee. McCarthy led all NOJHL goalies in wins during this second campaign in a Rock uniform. THOMAS PERRY/THE DAILY PRESS

The Timmins Rock crease is a little less crowded but the NOJHL squad’s blue-line is a little murkier in the wake of a pair of trades.

Thomas Perry
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Many Rock fans were left scratching their heads after the team acquired 2003-birth-year goalie Patrick Boivin from Blind River Beavers in exchange for a player development fee on Monday.

After all, the Rock already had Gavin McCarthy (2,300:00, 23-8-5-2, 3, 2.53, .902) between the pipes.

McCarthy, who took over as the Rock’s starting netminder from Tyler Masternak at the start of the abbreviated 2020-21 campaign, played every second of the team’s 2022 11-game playoff run (667:00, 7-2-2, 1, 2.70, .905).

During the regular season, McCarthy led all NOJHL goalies in wins, was fourth in goals against average and eighth in save percentage.

And with two years of Junior ‘A’ eligibility remaining, most Rock fans fully expected the Athens, Ont., product to be back in the net in 2022-23.

That won’t be the case, however, as the Rock have traded McCarthy to the OJHL’s Oakville Blades in exchange for a player development fee.

As a result, newcomer Boivin will be looking to stake his claim on the No. 1 job, with Josh Briand (0:00, 0-0-0-0, 0, 0.00, 1.000), who was with the Rock for the entire 2021-22 season but did not see any game action, looking to serve as his primary backup.

The Timmins Rock have traded blue-liner Aiden Farr, shown here in action during an NOJHL game at the McIntyre Arena in September, to the GOJHL’s Cambridge Redhawks in exchange for a player development fee. THOMAS PERRY/THE DAILY PRESS

In a separate move, the Rock have traded 2005-birth-year left-shooting blue-liner Aiden Farr to the GOJHL’s Cambridge Redhawks in exchange for a player development fee.

Farr (6, 0-4-4, 4), an Oshawa product, started the 2021-22 campaign with the Rock but suffered an upper-body injury in early October and never returned to the lineup.

NOJHL NOTES — McCarthy and Boivin were not the only NOJHL goalies on the move this week, as the West Division’s Soo Thunderbirds dealt 2004-birth-year goalie Noah Metivier to the OJHL’s Lindsay Muskies … The Beavers, one of the league’s busiest teams to this point in the off season, have traded 2004-birth-year forward Kyle Caron to the GOJHL’s Niagara Falls Canucks. Caron, who was briefly a member of the Rock organization, is the cousin of former Timmins forward/defenceman Phil Caron … French River Rapids have shipped 2003-birth-year forward Leo Chambers to the MJHL’s Steinbach Pistons.