Rayside-Balfour Canadians have added a seasoned skater to their roster as they take aim at a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League championship.
The Canadians, who are a solid third in the NOJHL’s West Division, five points behind first place Blind River but with seven games in hand on the Beavers, have acquired 1997 birth year forward Gabriel Rheault from the French River Rapids.
Rheault, who began the 2017-2018 season with the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners before being recently acquired by French River, has 16 points in 19 games thus far.
He heads to Rayside-Balfour from French River in a cash exchange.
Rayside-Balfour owner and president Adrian Gedye told HockeyNewsNorth.com that the Canadians continue to have “championship aspirations” for this season.
Powassan Voodoos are the reigning NOJHL champions and are in first place overall this season with a 23-3-2 record. But Gedye thinks Powassan can be beaten.
“I think Powassan is ripe for the picking,” Gedye told HockeyNewsNorth.com. “Our goal this season is to win the league championship and if we have to go through Powassan to do so, then so be it.”