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Alumni Spotlight: USports Ontario University Athletics

PHOTO courtesy Marc Lafleur/Graphic by Mark Kelly

 

During the 2018-19 season, Over 60 Central Canada Hockey League alumni skated in the USports Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Conference, the highest level of collegiate hockey in the province and country. 

Some major highlights saw veteran forward Alexandre Boivin (Carleton University) have a career year finishing 12th overall in the national scoring race. Teammates Alex Row and Luke Edwards helped Queens University capture the Queens Cup and a berth in the National Championships.

Xavier Couture (Laurentian University), Deric Boudreau (Royal Military College), Jordan Larson (Lakehead University), Spenser Cobbold (Western University) and Lucas Batt (Wilfrid Laurier University) all had tremendous years with their respective programs as well.

Rookie skaters Andrew Jarvis and Chiwetin Blacksmith were big parts of the success at Carleton University while Liam Stagg showed flashes of brilliance as a Freshman at the Royal Military College. 

All in all, the players coming out of the CCHL have many opportunities after their junior careers come to an end, and the USports level is an incredibly competitive destination for them. Heading into the 2019-20 season, 11 graduating CCHL’ers are heading into the U Sports Ontario system as of now. Matthew Titus and Jacob Collins (Nipissing University), Noah Rowe, Benjamin Pruneau, and Keenan Reynolds (Royal Military College), Taylor Egan and Geoff Dempster (Lakehead University), Scott Gervais (Laurentian University), and Connor Matton (University of Windsor) will all begin the next chapter of their careers.

 

 

Top Performers

Ottawa, ON – Ontario University Athletics Men’s Hockey game between the McGill Redmen and the Carleton Ravens held on Feb 26, 2018 at the Ice House at Carleton University.
Photo: Marc Lafleur / Carleton Ravens

F – Alexandre Boivin (4th Yr) – Carleton University

The former Gloucester Rangers and Pembroke Lumber Kings star wrapped up his fourth season with the Ravens where his steady progression continued, finishing second in team scoring with 34 points (15G, 19A) in 27 games. The Ottawa, ON native is known for having good hockey sense and the ability to control the pace of the game. He goes to the net hard, with purpose and works for positioning in front of the net where he picks up points due to his ability to get his stick on pucks.

 

 

PHOTO courtesy Jason Scourse Queens University

F – Luke Edwards (2nd Yr) – Queens University

The Carleton Place Canadians alumnus finished 6th overall in team scoring with 14 points (5G, 9A), helping the Golden Gaels to a Queens Cup title and University Cup appearance in the process. The Kingston, ON native is expected to continue his progression heading into his third year where his experience should garner him a major leadership role with the team. 

 

 

Ottawa, ON – Ontario University Athletics Men’s Hockey game between the Queen’s Gaels and the Carleton Ravens held on Nov 02, 2018 at the Ice House at Carleton University.
Photo: Marc Lafleur / Carleton Ravens

D – Andrew Jarvis – (1st Yr) – Carleton University

The Brockville Braves alum had an impressive first season with Carleton where he finished third among team defensemen with 10 points (1G, 9A) in 26 games of action. He picked up another 5 points (1G, 4A) in 8 playoff games. The Morrisburg, ON native plays a high energy two-way game, isn’t afraid to take hits to make plays or engage physically with bigger opponents. A future captain. 

 

 

PHOTO courtesy Jason Scourse Queens University

F – Alex Row – (2nd Yr) – Queens University

The Kemptville 73’s alumni finished 8th in Queens scoring with 12 points (5G, 7A) in 25 games of action, doubling his output from a year earlier. He chipped in with 3 points in 7 playoff games, helping the Gaels capture the Queens Cup. A good skater with a high compete level, the Elizabethtown, ON native is praised for his leadership and willingness to do whatever it takes to win.

 

PHOTO courtesy Laurentian University Athletics

F – Xavier Couture – (2nd Yr) – Laurentian University

The Cumberland Grads alum wrapped up his second season of collegiate hockey where he finished 4th in team scoring with 17 points (4G, 13A) in 28 games. Known as a hard-working player who is committed to whatever task he is given, The Rouyn-Noranda, QC native has a well-rounded two-way game and a high compete level perfect for the college game. Known as a goal-scorer in junior, Couture has evolved his game to become a more complete talent. He is expected to continue to progress and take on a larger role heading into his third season with the Voyageurs. 

 

PHOTO courtesy James Mirabelli Lakehead University

F – Jordan Larson – (3rd Yr) – Lakehead University

The Pembroke Lumber Kings and Carleton Place Canadians alumni had a successful first season with the Thunderwolves after transferring from NCAA Alabama-Huntsville. The Fort Frances, ON native and two-time CCHL Champion finished 7th in team scoring despite missing time with injury as he totaled 11 points (3G, 8A) in 22 games of action. Known as a smooth skating play-making two-way forward, Larson will be a big part of Lakehead’s success over his next two seasons of college hockey eligibility.  

 

PHOTO courtesy Brandon VandeCaveye/Western Mustangs

F – Spenser Cobbold – (4th Yr) – Western University

The Kanata Stallions alumnus wrapped up another strong season of collegiate play where he finished 5th on the Mustangs with 19 points (9G, 10A) in 37 combined regular season and postseason games. The Stittsville, ON native has totaled 74 points (29G, 45A) in 116 games at Western thus far. Known for his high-level of offensive play based off of speed, skill, and hard work, Cobbold heads into his 5th year looking to cap off a very successful collegiate career.

 

PHOTO courtesy Charity Matheson

F – Lucas Batt – (3rd Yr) – Wilfrid Laurier University

The Carleton Place Canadians alum is coming off his most successful season of college hockey where he finished 7th overall on the Golden Hawks with 11 points (4G, 7A) in 20 games of action. The Lewisporte, NL native plays a strong simple game, is heavy on the forecheck and can win physical battles. He plays a 200 foot game, and can adapt to various roles he is asked to play in order to help his team win. 

 

 

 

YEAR NAME SCHOOL POS GP G A P CCHL TEAM(S)
4 ALEXANDRE BOIVIN CARLETON F 27 15 19 34 GLOUCESTER/PEMBROKE
5 RICHARD THERRIEN LAURENTIAN F 26 9 15 24 NEPEAN
5 DERIC BOUDREAU RMC F 26 5 13 18 HAWKESBURY/OTTAWA
4 JACOB SMITH LAURENTIAN F 25 9 9 18 KEMPTVILLE
1 LIAM STAGG RMC F 27 9 8 17 NEPEAN
2 XAVIER COUTURE LAURENTIAN F 28 4 13 17 CUMBERLAND
3 NEVIN GUY QUEENS D 26 4 11 15 KEMPTVILLE
3 MARC BECKSTEAD OTTAWA  F 27 5 10 15 CUMBERLAND
2 MEDRIC MERCIER OTTAWA D 22 6 9 15 HAWKESBURY
2 LUKE EDWARDS QUEENS F 28 5 9 14 CARLETON PLACE
4 SPENCER COBBOLD WESTERN F 28 7 7 14 KANATA
2 JARED STEEGE CARLETON F 28 9 4 13 PEMBROKE
1 LIAM MURRAY RMC D 26 3 10 13 GLOUCESTER
4 SAM SCHUTT LAKEHEAD F 26 5 8 13 PEMBROKE
2 ALEX ROW QUEENS F 25 5 7 12 KEMPTVILLE
2 DYLAN GIBERSON RMC F 28 3 8 11 KEMPTVILLE/OTTAWA/GLOUCESTER
2 LUCAS BATT WILFRID LAURIER F 20 4 7 11 CARLETON PLACE
3 JORDAN LARSON LAKEHEAD F 22 3 8 11 PEMBROKE/CARLETON PLACE
1 ANDREW JARVIS CARLETON D 25 1 9 10 BROCKVILLE
1 CHIWETIN BLACKSMITH CARLETON F 20 3 6 9 OTTAWA
3 JACK PATTERSON UOIT F 28 4 5 9 PEMBROKE/BROCKVILLE
2 MATT KENNEY GUELPH F 16 4 5 9 SMITHS FALLS
3 EVAN DE HAAN CARLETON D 25 1 7 8 PEMBROKE
1 HADYN HOPKINS LAURENTIAN F 24 4 4 8 CARLETON PLACE
2 LUKE MCCAW LAURENTIAN F 16 4 4 8 NEPEAN/OTTAWA
5 DYLAN STAPLES NIPISSING F 24 4 4 8 PEMBROKE
3 DEREK VARRIN LAURENTIAN F 20 4 3 7 KEMPTVILLE/OTTAWA/NEPEAN/PEMBROKE
2 NICHOLAS BISSONNETTE RMC D 27 2 4 6 KEMPTVILLE
4 ANTHONY LATINA UOIT F 25 1 5 6 CARLETON PLACE
1 ZACHARY SHANKAR RYERSON D 21 1 5 6 BROCKVILLE
1 COLE PECK LAURENTIAN D 15 1 4 5 NEPEAN
4 ADAM LLOYD BROCK F 12 2 3 5 GLOUCESTER/CARLETON PLACE
2 DAVID ECCLES WESTERN D 22 0 5 5 CARLETON PLACE
4 OWEN GILL RMC F 14 3 1 4 BROCKVILLE
4 DALEN HEDGES CARLETON F 9 3 1 4 OTTAWA/NEPEAN
2 ALEX RENAUD MCGILL F 18 3 1 4 CUMBERLAND
2 JONATHAN MASTERS LAKEHEAD D 27 1 3 4 KEMPTVILLE
1 KARI BELEC UOIT F 20 1 2 3 NEPEAN/HAWKESBURY
2 BEN FANJOY QUEENS F 14 1 2 3 KANATA
3 ADAM BEVERIDGE OTTAWA D 14 2 1 3 PEMBROKE/GLOUCESTER
3 CURTIS HARVEY TORONTO F 28 1 2 3 BROCKVILLE
2 PARKER KROL RMC D 17 0 2 2 CORNWALL
2 WILLIAM BROWN QUEENS D 16 0 2 2 NEPEAN
2 TYLER COOPER LAURENTIAN D 24 0 2 2 HAWKESBURY
4 TRAVIS DOUGLAS CARLETON F 7 1 1 2 CUMBERLAND
2 DYLAN MCCRORY CONCORDIA F 7 2 0 2 BROCKVILLE
3 MATHIEU DESAUTELS CONCORDIA D 8 0 2 2 OTTAWA/GLOUCESTER
1 RILEY BRUCE TORONTO D 28 0 2 2 GLOUCESTER
1 JAMES THOMSON WILFRID LAURIER D 21 1 1 2 KANATA
4 ALEX STOTHART WATERLOO F 12 1 1 2 KANATA/HAWKESBURY
2 DEAN KIRIACOU RMC F 11 0 1 1 KEMPTVILLE/BROCKVILLE
1 GABRIEL MORIN CONCORDIA F 10 0 1 1 OTTAWA
1 CHRIS SMITH CONCORDIA F 8 1 0 1 HAWKESBURY
1 NIC VLAHOS NIPISSING F 7 0 1 1 NEPEAN/PEMBROKE
2 JARED LESLIE TORONTO F 27 0 1 1 GLOUCESTER/OTTAWA/CUMBERLAND
3 CONNOR BEBB TORONTO F 16 0 1 1 BROCKVILLE/OTTAWA
2 NICHOLAS TURENKO TORONTO D 14 0 1 1 KANATA
2 BRAYDEN STORTZ BROCK (WEST) F 5 0 1 1 CARLETON PLACE
1 ADAM PILOTTE MCGILL D 2 0 0 0 CARLETON PLACE
1 NASH MCLEAN RMC F 2 0 0 0 HAWKESBURY
1 JACOB KAMPS RYERSON F 4 0 0 0 PEMBROKE
1 JAKE BRIEN TORONTO D 5 0 0 0 PEMBROKE
2 PATRICK WHITE OTTAWA  F GLOUCESTER RANGERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YEAR NAME SCHOOL GP W GAA SV% SO CCHL TEAM(S)
5 BRENDAN O’NEILL UOIT 15 4 3.24 .889 0 CARLETON PLACE
2 NICK HODGINS OTTAWA 1 0 1.00 .950 0 KEMPTVILLE