Attention hockey players from northern Ontario: Cochrane Crunch owner-general manager-coach Ryan Leonard is extending an invitation to attend an upcoming main camp.
Leonard has confirmed that his Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League team will be hosting a ‘Northern Main Camp’ that is slated to be held in Cochrane from April 26-28.
“We do plan on having a few regional/local players on our roster next season as there is finally a good crop ready to start making their way to play Junior A,” Leonard told Hockey News North.
Leonard noted that the area teams from the Great North Midget Hockey League have a number of players who are capable of moving up to the NOJHL.
“For example, over the past couple of seasons, both Timmins Majors coach Brandon Perry and Kapuskasing Flyers coach Glen Denney have done a great job getting their group of players ready to move up to Junior A.
“Now, we have a few players to choose from if they decide to stay north and want to play for us in Cochrane,” Leonard added.
Meanwhile, ahead of the 2019-2020 season, Leonard has plans to put together a midget-aged, summer development team.
“From our Northern Main Camp we will be selecting 18 midget-aged players from up here to represent the Cochrane Crunch on our summer junior development team that will play in Toronto in June and in Boston in July in front of many junior teams and college teams,” Leonard pointed out.
Since entering the NOJHL in 2014, Cochrane has moved no less than 24 players on to college hockey in both Canada and the United States.
For further information and/or to register for the fast-approaching Northern Main Camp, players can call Leonard at 705-257-0132 or e-mail him via firstname.lastname@example.org.