This is a major signing for the St. Charles Spirit of the new Canadian International Hockey League.
Spirit general manager Scott Ginson has confirmed that St. Charles has signed Niibin Nashkawa, a speedy, puck-moving, 1997 birth-year defenceman who was a 13th-round pick of the Sudbury Wolves at the 2013 Ontario Hockey League draft.
The 5-foot-10, 180 pound Nashkawa has played the past two seasons with the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves of the Great North Midget Hockey League.
Playoffs included, Nashkawa scored 17 goals in 47 games for the Nickel Capital Wolves from his blueline position.
Nashkawa hails from Sagamok First Nation just outside Massey, Ont.
Prior to moving to Sudbury to play at the major bantam level in 2010, Nashkawa played youth hockey in Blind River.
The well-connected Ginson, as GM of the St. Charles entry in the CIHL, is thrilled to have landed a player of Nashkawa’s ability.
“Niibin is an offensive defenceman who brings a lot of energy to the rink with him every night,” said Ginson. “Niibin had offers from several teams in the Ontario Jr. Hockey League and the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League but ultimately decided to join us in St. Charles and we could not be happier.”
In another move, St. Charles has added 1995 birth-year defenceman Gunther Fiddler, a Sioux Lookout product who has prior junior experience in the Greater Metro Hockey League.
“Gunther is another offensive defencemen and a young man with junior hockey experience who we will be looking to as a mentor for our younger defensemen,” said Ginson.
PHOTO: Niibin Nashkawa, an Ontario Hockey League draft pick of the Sudbury Wolves, has signed with the St. Charles Spirit of the Canadian International Hockey League.