Five players remain with RedHawks after move to Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE – As the Cambridge RedHawks get set to open their 2018-19 Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League season, they’ll do so with five players left from the Guelph Hurricanes’ roster at the completion of last season.

The Hurricanes relocated to Cambridge during the off season and will play their home games at the Galt Arena Gardens. That facility was left without a GOJHL franchise when the Cambridge Winter Hawks withdrew from the league at the completion of the 2016-17 season.

Returning to the franchise are forward Matthew Chard and defencemen Brett Hunter, Payton McLeish, Niki Molson and Mason Sinkeldam.

Chard started last season with the Thorold Blackhawks before being dealt to the Canes. He had two goals and seven assists in 20 games with the Canes.

Hunter is entering his third season with the franchise. He had four goals, 12 assists and 70 penalty minutes in 95 games with the Canes.

McLeish had three goals and 13 assists in 49 games with the Canes last season, his rookie season.

Molson split last season between the Elmira Sugar Kings and the Canes. He had two goals, six assists and 34 penalty minutes in 14 games with the Canes.

Sinkeldam is also entering his third full season in the league. He had a goal, eight assists and 145 penalty minutes in 44 games with the Canes last year and spent time in his rookie year the season with both Elmira and the Winter Hawks.

Of the other players on the RedHawks’ roster, four spent time with the Canes last season as call-ups from the Guelph Gryphons AAA midget team. They were forwards Dayten Lylyk (6 games), Zach Russell (5 games), Devyn Orpana (2 games) and goaltender Tanner Wickware (1 game).

Five other players were on junior rosters last season. Goaltender Reagan Gies played with Komoka last season after playing the 2016-17 campaign with Guelph’s AAA midget team. Defenceman Mark Cooper split last season between the Kitchener Dutchmen and Waterloo Siskins. Forward Samson Scholten played tier 2 junior with the Mississauga Chargers and fellow forwards John McDonald and Austin Forsyth played junior C, McDonald with the Ayr Centennials and Forsyth with the Delhi Travellers.

The others include defencemen Noah Arsenault and Kyle Sullivan and forwards Kyle Baker, Jacob Coulson, Eric Maltby (with Guelph Gryphons) and Owyn Palmer who played midget hockey last season and Ben McFarlane who played minor midget.

The RedHawks have a working relationship with the Guelph Storm and that has resulted in acquiring three players who were picked in OHL drafts this year – Wickware and Coulson in the U18 draft and McFarlane in the entry draft.

Staff back are head coach and director of hockey operations Adam Wallace, assistant coaches Brent Wallace and Jeff Reid, general manager Bill Wallace and equipment manager Shawn MacPherson. They’ll be joined by assistant coach Shayne Campbell and trainer Peter Skropolis.

The RedHawks are to host the Brampton Bombers Saturday at 7 p.m. and play the Kitchener Dutchmen at the Dom Cardillo Arena in the Memorial Auditorium complex Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

  • Guelph Sports Journal