Elie, Daw­son, Trot­tier sign with Na­tion­als

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens - – Sean Bray

The new Corn­wall Na­tion­als of the Fed­eral Hockey League have inked a trio of fa­mil­iar names to the county hockey scene.

Ja­cob Daw­son, from Mart­in­town, played the early part of his ju­nior ca­reer with the CharLan Rebels, where he was a stal­wart on the blue line. He went on to skate at the ju­nior ‘A’ level in La Tuque, Que­bec, where he com­pleted his ju­nior hockey el­i­gi­bil­ity.

Now 24 and work­ing full time in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try, Daw­son says he’s was con­tacted by the Nats’ gen­eral man­ager, Mitch Gagne, who said he “fig­ured I be a good fit for the team.”

Af­ter his ju­nior ca­reer, Daw­son skated with the team at the Corn­wall cam­pus of St. Lawrence Col­lege.

On the sign­ing with the Nats, he says “It’ll be nice to play gritty, hard-nosed hockey again.”

Green Val­ley’s Tris­ten Elie is the young­ster of the group, fresh out of ju­nior hockey.

The 20-year-old played ju­nior hockey with the CCHL Hawkesbury Hawks, the Lon­don Knights of the OHL, and last year split his time with the Corn­wall Colts and the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL, where the for­ward notched 7 goals and 18 as­sists.

Vet­eran jour­ney­man player Joel Trot­tier, of Alexan­dria, has seen stops in the OHL, AHL, ECHL, and in Europe, be­fore play­ing in the LNAH. The 39-year-old for­ward was drafted in 1997 by the Boston Bru­ins.

The Corn­wall Na­tion­als will play their home games out of the Corn­wall Civic Com­plex, be­gin­ning Oct. 30.

The FHL in­cludes teams from across the north­east­ern U.S.A., with the Nats the lone Cana­dian en­try.

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