Timmins Majors of the Great North Midget Hockey League have signed nine players ahead of the 2019-2020 season including six returnees and three newcomers.
Majors head coach Brandon Perry confirmed to Hockey News North that veterans Landon Deforge, Jesse Dupuis, Pierre Racicot, Desmond Brazeau, Mason Berthiaume and Keaston (Sticks) Blais are all slated to return to the Timmins lineup next season.
Deforge, Dupuis, Racicot and Brazeau are all forwards while Berthiaume and Blais are defensemen.
Also signed were a trio of rookies — forwards Brad Moore and Harry Clark and goalie Julien Lefebvre.
The signings were all made official following the Majors spring tryout camp from the Easter weekend.
Perry said that a number of rookies from the recent tryout have been invited back to the Majors main camp that is scheduled for August.
“We talked to every single kid and told them what they need to work on and how they have four months to take what we tell them and get to work,” Perry told Hockey News North. “The ones who take that seriously have the best chance at making the team in August.”
Perry added that it is not uncommon for a young player to hit a growth spurt in a short time.
“A 14 or 15 year old can grow two to three inches and add 10 pounds in a summer so why would we not give them that time to better themselves and come back in August a totally transformed athlete,” Perry reasoned.