Two new re­cruits join­ing Brace­bridge Pi­o­neers

Lo­cal play­ers in­vited to Cana­dian Pre­mier Ju­nior Hockey League

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - News - BY SA­MAN­THA GAR­DINER

Two young men from Grand Falls-Wind­sor have been re­cruited to play for the Brace­bridge Pi­o­neers in Brace­bridge, Ont.

Michael Hur­dle, 18, and Dar­rell Pen­ton, 16, were asked to play on the team by as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager Brad Lewis. Lewis is also from Grand Fall­sWind­sor and is well known in the hockey com­mu­nity.

Hur­dle and Pen­ton have played hockey to­gether for most of their lives through mi­nor hockey and the Ex­ploits Val­ley High Ea­gles high school team.

Know­ing they would be play­ing to­gether made the move a lit­tle less nerve-wrack­ing for them, Hur­dle said.

The two were asked to play for the Pi­o­neers with­out hav­ing to try out.

“I have watched both Dar­rell and Michael play mi­nor hockey over the years and I know what kind of a skill set they pos­sess,” said Lewis.

“But I also know what kind of peo­ple they are, which con­trib­uted to me re­cruit­ing them for our club.

“Both young men are great on and of the ice, which is very im­por­tant for a new team in a small com­mu­nity. “

Hur­dle and Pen­ton are cur­rently the only play­ers from New­found­land and Labrador on the team.

The Pi­o­neers, part of the Cana­dian Pre­mier Ju­nior Hockey League, is both a ju­nior team and an ex­pan­sion team, Lewis ex­plained.

The league is made up of 12 teams from On­tario and the State of Penn­syl­va­nia.

Both young men told the Ad­ver­tiser they are look­ing for­ward to play­ing hockey in this league and the chance of be­ing scouted.

Scouts at­tend var­i­ous games through­out the sea­son and the league holds two show­case camps where scouts at­tend in large num­bers to view the teams and their play­ers.

The league also pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for play­ers to at­tend col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to Lewis, “43 play­ers from our league re­ceived US col­lege schol­ar­ships last sea­son, and a num­ber of play­ers ad­vanced to play in the OHL.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Dar­rell Pen­ton, Brad Lewis and Michael Hur­dle rep­re­sent­ing the Brace­bridge Pi­o­neers ju­nior hockey team.

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