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Two players with local ties go in the first round of the OHL Priority Selection
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North Bay’s Ben Gaudreau was selected 7th overall by the Sarnia Sting this morning in today’s OHL Priority Selection.
He is the second North Bay player taken by the Sting in the first round this decade.
The last one was forward Brett Hargrave back in 2012 when he was taken 13th overall by the Sting.
Ironically, 2012 was also the last year that an OHL team selected a goaltender in the first round of the OHL Priority Selection. Only one goaltender has been selected higher than Gaudreau in the past 20 years.
Mark Seidel, of North American Central Scouting Services, was also the Director of Hockey Operations with Team NOHA which Gaudreau was a part of this season. He told BayToday earlier this week that Ben was a very special goaltender and that early selection seems to indicate that.
“In this business, there are guys that are technically sound, guys that are athletic, there are guys that are big, there are guys with the right mindset but very rarely do you get all four of those in one goaltender,” said Seidel,
“They are like unicorns, people tell me they exist but I am not really sure that they do until I met Ben Gaudreau and watched Ben Gaudreau for the last year and a half.”
Gaudreau is also one of the rare OHL prospects who is still playing with his club team.
Gaudreau is a member of the Major Midget AAA Trappers team which is playing in the Central Region Major Midget AAA semi-finals this afternoon against the Clarington Toros.
Incredibly, Gaudreau is not the only player with North Bay ties to go in the first round.
Connor Punnett, who played this season with the North Central Predators, was selected 19th overall by the Saginaw Spirit. Both Punnett and Gaudreau were teammates on Team Ontario which competed in the Canada Winter Games this past February in Red Deer.
Punnett, who played minor and major Peewee AAA in North Bay with the Trappers, netted 6 goals and 26 points this season with Predators. He also got into four games as an affiliate player with the Powassan Voodoos this past season.
The North Bay & District Trappers have finished in the top spot of Round Robin play at the Midget AAA Regional Championships in Bowmanville.
Day One of play saw the Trappers tie the Toronto Young Nationals 1-1 with a goal by Jesse Kirby.
On Day Two, the Trappers played the Elgin Middlesex Chiefs, gaining a shut-out win with three goals by Cole Goode, Justin Dauphinaise, and Eric Lafontaine, with goaltender Benjamin Gaudreau stopping all 30 shots by the Chiefs.
Day Three’s game against the Host Clarington Toros began with an impressive lead, resulting in a final score of 4-2 for the Trappers, with goals by Ben Brunette, Justin Dauphinaise, Zach Lefebvre, and a short-hander by Noah Lagrandeur in the third period.
The Trappers’ final Round Robin game against the Kingston Frontenacs resulted in a 3-3 tie, which put the Trappers in first overall. Goals were scored by Gavin Brown, Nathaniel Lalonde, and Joseph Jordan.
The Semi-Final game begins at 3:00pm on Saturday, April 6th.
Source: Northern Ontario Hockey Association
A reminder that all players who played outside the AAA Trappers Association during the 2018-2019 hockey season must obtain a permission to skate form from their current Association to be allowed to try-out.
For those who played in the WFMHA in 2018 – 2019 you may request the form by clicking on the link following:
And also a reminder that all players wishing to try-out for the AAA Trappers, must register in advance by clicking here and completing the on-line registration if not already done so.
The Association has updated the player movement policy effective immediately.
Please refer to the attached document.
The document PLAYER_MOVEMENT_POLICY_April_3_2019.pdf was attached to this post.
The North Bay & District Trappers AAA Hockey Association has named the remainder of its coaches for the upcoming 2019-20 season.
Marc Long is moving up with his Minor Peewee team into Major Peewee while NOHA Minor Bantam champion coach Sheldon Masson will move up with his group to Major Bantam.
In Minor Peewee, former North Bay Skyhawks forward Justin Roy, who played NCAA hockey at Salem State and coached junior recently in Quebec, will take over the new 2008 birth year group.
Meantime, Guy Blanchard who is off to the Central Regional Major Midget AAA in Clarington with the Major Midget Trappers this week, will take over as the new coach of the Minor Bantam AAA Trappers.
Minor Midget coach Scott Huycke and Major Midget coach Billie McMillan were named to their new positions in mid-March.
2019-20 Trappers AAA coaches
Minor Peewee – Justin Roy
Major Peewee – Marc Long
Minor Bantam – Guy Blanchard
Major Bantam – Sheldon Masson
Minor Midget – Scott Huycke
Major Midget – Billie McMillan
Tryouts for all six AAA teams will be coming up at the end of the month.
Please check www.northbaytrappers.ca for more tryout information.