Timmins Majors of the Great North Midget Hockey League have signed 12 players ahead of their August 17-19 training camp preparatory to the 2018-2019 season.
The players signed include eight returnees from the 2017-2018 season and four newcomers.
Following is a list of players that have been signed by the Majors. (Birth year in brackets.)
FORWARDS: Brennen Martel (2001), Joel Martin (2001), Eric Daigle (2001), Garrett Gelinas (2001), Carson Cavalieri, (2001), Landon Deforge (2003).
DEFENSEMEN: Cameron Dutkiewicz (2001), Gavin Martel (2002), Jeremy Jeffries (2002), Reese Beagan (2002), Nicholas Tremblay (2003).
GOALIE: Dylan Dallaire (2001).
Martin, Daigle, Deforge and Tremblay are all first-year skaters.
Following the August 17-19 main camp, the Majors will then begin regular practice sessions before competing in the annual Polar Bear Invitational Classic, which will be be held in Cochrane on Labour Day weekend.
“We’ll have our roster finalized by then,” Majors head coach Brandon Perry told Hockey News North. “We want to use the (Cochrane tournament) for the last spot or two.”
The 29-year old Perry, who was named coach-of-the-year in the Great North loop in 2017-2018, will be returning for his second season behind the Timmins bench in 2018-2019. Perry confirmed that Derick Martin and Trevor McGee will be returning as assistant coaches and that the Majors are looking to add another assistant.
Ron Holmes will serve as the Majors general manager and Doug Cheechoo will be director of player recruitment.
Timmins is coming off a turnaround season in 2017-2018. Under the direction of Perry et al, the Majors finished in fifth place with a regular season record of 14-21-1 before upsetting the fourth place Soo Greyhounds in the first round of the playoffs.
The 2017-2018 season followed what was a disastrous 2016-2017 campaign in which Timmins finished in last place with a record of 2-32-2.
PHOTO: Timmins Majors defenseman Cameron Dutkiewicz.