Steady, dependable defenceman Shane Snow will line up for his fourth team in his third league in his fourth season of junior hockey in 2014-2015 as a member of the St. Charles Spirit of the new Canadian International Hockey League.
The 5-foot-11, 190 pound Snow, who first played junior as a 16-year old with the Blind River Beavers of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League in 2011-2012, then moved on to the Kemptville 73s of the Central Canada Hockey League in 2012-2013 only to suffer a serious knee injury that sidelined him for about 11 months.
Once recovered, Snow returned to the NOJHL as a member of the Soo Thunderbirds and played in 42 games — playoffs included — in 2013-2014.
Now 19-years old, Snow is back in his hometown of Sudbury where he is attending Cambrian College and preparing for the 2014-2015 CIHL season in the nearby town of St. Charles.
St. Charles is part of the four-team North Division of the eight-member CIHL. Other teams in the North Division are the Sudbury Royals, Espanola Rivermen and the Sault Ste. Marie-based Batchewana Attack.
Snow said he is happy to have settled into school at Cambrian and be able to combine college and junior hockey.
“For sure, I’m really happy being a member of the St. Charles Spirit and the CIHL,” Snow told HockeyNewsNorth.com. “It gives me a chance to focus on my studies while still playing high-end junior A hockey.”
Snow said the geographical set-up of the CIHL’s North Division will make for an easier school life.
“It’s nice that most of our road games will have us home the same night. The games in Espanola and Sudbury are all within an hour of St. Charles which means no late nights and early mornings that make it hard to concentrate at school,” noted Snow.
Snow is looking forward to the start of the inaugural CIHL regular season, which begins the first week of October.
“I’m really excited to get going. Coach Scott (Ginson) has put together a really good team and we have a lot of junior A experience so I think it should be a great year,” Snow added.
Ginson, who is the general manager as well as coach in St. Charles, said Snow has character and dedication to go with hockey ability.
“Shane is a huge addition to our D core and our dressing room,” Ginson began. “He’s a great teammate, that is something you notice right off the bat. Shane is also very dedicated to his studies and that makes him an ideal fit for the Spirit and the CIHL.”
ST. CHARLES V. BATCHEWANA
The Spirit and Attack will play a home-and-home exhibition series this weekend beginning tonight at 7:30 at Rankin Arena in the Soo. The two teams will face off again on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at St. Charles Arena.
COLBORNE AT ST. CHARLES
The Spirit will also play an exhibition tilt on Saturday night at 7:30 at St. Charles Arena with the visiting Colborne Hawks providing the opposition.
PHOTO: Defenceman Shane Snow of the CIHL’s St. Charles Spirit.