Beavers make a nice splash

Randy Russon
June 13, 2020

Blind River Beavers have confirmed a foursome signing of incoming players with northern roots ahead of the 2020-2021 season.

The Beavers are coming off four straight winning seasons in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League including a 37-15-4 mark from the 2019-2020 campaign.

Beavers coach and general manager Kyle Brick has acknowledged the addition of four rookies from the midget ranks — goalie Gavin Disano, defensemen Mason Berthiaume and Teegan Dumont and right winger Blake McNally.

All four players have 2003 birth dates.

Disano (Soo Jr. Greyhounds), Berthiaume (Timmins Majors) and Dumont (Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves) all played in the Great North Midget Hockey League in 2019-2020.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound McNally, meanwhile, played midget hockey in Blind River in 2019-2020 and also got into eight NOJHL games with the hometown Beavers, scoring three goals, two assists, five points in impressive fashion.

As a goalie, Disano played in 19 games totaling 912 minutes for the Jr. Greyhounds in 2019-2020 and had a 2.56 goals against average.

Berthiaume, a 5-foot-10, 190 pound defender, showed an offensive side with Timmins in 2019-2020 with 12 goals, seven assists, 19 points.

And Dumont, who is a strapping 6-foot-2, 210-pound blue liner, he also showed his offensive capabilities with the Sudbury major midgets by netting 11 goals, nine assists, 20 points.

Of note, Dumont has been invited to the Ontario Hockey League training camp of the London Knights as an undrafted free agent.

Besides the newcomers, Brick, as the Beavers coach and GM, told Hockey News North that 13 players from the 2019-2020 team have signed up to return to Blind River for the 2020-2021 campaign.

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