Elie, Dawson, Trottier sign with Nationals
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.