Sudbury Royals of the new Canadian International Hockey League have committed to a hometown skater who played in the Great North Midget Hockey League in 2013-2014.
Royals general manager KB Beals has confirmed the addition of 1997 birth-year forward Dexter Lamarche to the roster of the CIHL team.
The 5-foot-9, 165 pound Lamarche had 7 goals, 11 assists, 18 points in 27 games with the Nickel City Sons of the GNMHL in 2013-2014.
“Dexter has been growing on the ice and as a young man and we are proud to add such a dynamic and passionate player to our roster,” said Beals.
Beals advises that the Royals have partnered with 15 local merchants to solicit a list for area hockey fans to show their support for Sudbury’s new junior A hockey team.
“Right now we have 18 pages full of signatures — names, addresses, etc. — from locals who have pledged their support to us,” said Beals.
“We look forward to giving junior A hockey fans what they want…and we have a good idea of what they want because we asked,” Beals added.
CIHL founder and president Tim Clayden is on record as saying the Royals will have “no issue” when it comes to scheduling home games for the inaugural 2014-2015 season.
Clayden said the Royals will play home games in various Sudbury area facilities in 2014-2015, including Capreol Community Arena.
Various reports from unsanctioned media have said the Royals do not have game ice scheduled for the 2014-2015 season “but that is simply not true,” said Clayden.
The Royals of the new CIHL will be holding a tryout camp on Friday, July 25.
Royals head coach Trevor Blanchard advises that the tryout camp will be held at Countryside Arena in Sudbury.
To register for the camp, call 705-919-3225 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org The Royals tryout camp is open to players born in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999.
The camp will include on-ice evaluation, skill drills, team education program presentation, medical evaluation and a camp t-shirt.
Players who wish to try out for the Royals do not need a release from their former team or a permission to skate.