Kobe Barrette is changing Great North Midget Hockey League teams. The 2002 birth year forward has opted to join the Kapuskasing Flyers from the Timmins Majors.
The youngster’s father, Paul Barrette, Kapuskasing general manager Darren Potvin and Timmins head coach Brandon Perry all confirmed the decision in separate messages to Hockey News North.
“All I’ll say is Kobe expressed interest in the spring and attended our spring camp … we offered him a spot and he accepted after taking time to consider his options,” Potvin told Hockey News North.
Perry, who was coach-of-the-year in the Great North as a rookie bench boss last season, gave his thoughts on Barrette’s decision to leave Timmins for Kapuskasing.
“We are disappointed in Kobe’s decision to leave our program but we wish him all the best in his future endeavours,” Perry told Hockey News North. “The Timmins Majors will move on, work at developing the players we have and search to add forward depth.”
The 5-foot-9, 155-pound Barrette finished third on the Timmins scoring chart during the 2017-2018 regular season with 13 goals, 13 assists, 26 points in 36 games. Barrette, who hails from the northeastern Ontario town of Iroquois Falls, then added 3 goals, 1 assist, 4 points in 5 playoff games for Timmins.
Ironically, Barrette was cut by Kapuskasing last year before signing with Timmins and going on to have a good season with the Majors as a 15-year old rookie in the Great North loop.
Despite Barrette’s decision to move to Kapuskasing from Timmins, the Majors do have 12 players signed 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.
In all, Timmins has six forwards, five defensemen and a goalie signed.
Forwards signed are Brennen Martel, Joel Martin, Eric Daigle, Garrett Gelinas, Carson Cavalieri and Landon Deforge.
Defenseman signed are Cameron Dutkiewicz, Gavin Martel, Jeremy Jeffries, Reese Beagan and Nicholas Tremblay.
And goalie Dylan Dallaire has also signed with the Majors.
The aforementioned, 29-year old Perry will be returning for his second season behind the Timmins bench in 2018-2019.
And as an added bonus, 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.
PHOTOS: Timmins Majors head coach Brandon Perry (top) and assistant coach Derick Martin (bottom).