No less than 13 players from the Rayside Balfour Canadians of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League will be headed to main camps of teams in the Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Jr. Hockey League.
To be sure, the baker’s dozen of players who have invitations to attend training camps in the OHL and QMJHL speaks rather highly of both RBC as a team and the NOJHL as a league.
The RBC players who have major junior training camp invitations are listed below. The birth year of the players and the team whose training camp they are headed to are listed in brackets.
Forward Eric Eschweiler (1998, Sudbury Wolves)
Defenseman Zach Snow (1999, Sudbury Wolves)
Defenseman Ryan O’Bonsawin (1999, Sudbury Wolves)
Defenseman Ethan Lavallee (2000, Sudbury Wolves)
Forward Bryce Lewis (2001, Sudbury Wolves)
Defenseman Zach Fortin (2001, Sudbury Wolves)
Forward Nick Davis (2000, North Bay Battalion)
Forward Brady Maltais (2000, Mississauga Steelheads)
Defenseman Chris Clark (2000, Soo Greyhounds).
Goalie Sebastien Plamondon (2001, Gatineau Olympique)
Defenseman Brandon Atkins (2000, Gatineau Olympique)
Forward Jett Leishman (2000, Gatineau Olympique)
Defenseman Jordan Spadafore (2000, Rimouski Oceanic).
Adrian Gedye, who is Rayside Balfour’s owner, president and general manager, noted that while the players who are headed to major junior camps is part of the development process, the departures will leave the Canadians shorthanded through the NOJHL exhibition season.
“We as an organization are very excited for and proud of these young men,” Gedye began. “With this many committed players away and possibly several making these teams, we don’t have enough players to participate in any exhibition games.
“We will be scrambling to sign several players at the last minute before the (NOJHL) season opens but we wouldn’t have it any other way. We have always strived to move as many players on to the next level as possible and that will not change. Fortunately, we have a great scouting staff and have some players lined up to fill roster spots,” Gedye added.