Batchewana Attack of the new Canadian International Hockey League has committed to its second player in as many days.
Cade Nolan, a 6-foot-2, 170 pound, 1996 birth-year defenceman from Garden River First Nation, confirmed that he will play for the Batchewana entry in the new CIHL in 2014-2015.
Batchewana became the latest member of the CIHL on Saturday, bringing the number of teams in the new league to seven.
Nolan, who played for the cross-river Soo Indians major midgets of the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association in 2013-2014, said he is excited to be moving up to the junior ranks with the Batchewana entry — and to be playing out of Rankin Arena, which is located on First Nation land in Sault Ste. Marie.
As an eight-year old youngster, Nolan wore the Batchewana Attack uniform while playing in “Little NHL” First Nation tournaments.
“It’s really exciting and special at the same time,” Nolan told HockeyNewsNorth.com. “As a little kid I played for the Batchewana Attack and now I will be again.”
Nolan said he is ready to make the jump from major midget to junior hockey in 2014-2015 and credits his coach with the Indians in 2013-2014, Pat Carricato.
“He was tough on the players, he was really hard on me but I needed that push to help me improve and make me a better player,” Nolan said of Carricato.
David Maciuk, president and director of hockey operations for the Attack, likes what Nolan will bring to Batchewana’s CIHL team.
“Cade represents the type of player we are proud to have in our program,” said Maciuk. “His hard work on and off ice will provide opportunities for his future in the game.”
Nolan, who had two goals, 10 assists, 12 points in 50 games with the major midget Indians in 2013-2014, joins 1997 birth-year forward Jake Palmerio of Sault Ste. Marie as the first two players to commit to the Attack for 2014-2015.
Palmerio, a small-but-speedy forward known for his hustle and heart, has played two seasons of midget hockey — one with the minor midget Soo Thunder and another with the major midget Nickel City Sons.
PHOTO: Cade Nolan, now of the Batchewana Attack, in action with the Soo Indians during the 2013-2014 season. (photo by Mark Krupiarz.)