Sticks to the Lumberjacks

Randy Russon
July 31, 2020

Overachieving defenseman Keaston (Sticks) Blais has signed with the Hearst Lumberjacks of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

Keaston (Sticks) Blais

An ever-improving, hard-working, right-hand shooting defender with a late October, 2002 birth date, Blais has spent the past two seasons with the Timmins Majors of the Great North Midget Hockey League.

A character individual who hails from the northeastern Ontario town of Iroquois Falls, Blais greatly advanced his game over two seasons with the Timmins midgets under the watchful eye of no-nonsense Majors coach Brandon Perry.

After getting cut by Timmins three years ago, Blais made the Majors in 2018-2019 and contributed two assists in 34 games.

He then enhanced his overall game in Timmins in 2019-2020 and boosted his totals to three goals, 14 assists, 17 points in 37 games for the Majors.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Blais heads to Hearst to play for Lumberjacks rookie head coach Marc-Alain Begin come the 2020-2021 NOJHL season.

Begin and outgoing Lumberjacks coach-general manager Marc Lafleur — whose family has since relocated to the Ottawa area — monitored the progress of Blais during his past two seasons with the Timmins midgets.

Blais has already had a taste of the NOJHL, having suited up for three games with Hearst in 2019-2020 as an affiliate player.

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