St. Charles Spirit coach-general manager Scott Ginson is just happy to have been able to sign brothers Alexander and Trevor Hester, who hail from Cree First Nation in northern Quebec.
“Both brothers were heavily recruited to play by teams in three other junior leagues,” Ginson told HockeyNewsNorth.com. “We are thrilled that they chose to come to St. Charles and be a part of the new Canadian International Hockey League.”
Alexander, who is a 1995 birth-year forward, recently joined St. Charles from the Quebec Major Jr. Hockey League training camp of the Val-d’or Foreurs. He finished the 2013-2014 season with the Dryden Ice Dogs of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League and scored 7 goals in 6 playoff games.
Trevor, a 1997 birth-year forward, played in the Greater Metro Hockey League in 2013-2014 and spent the off-season under the tutelage of former National Hockey League player John Chabot.
Charles Hester, father of Alexander and Trevor and veteran coach-general manager with the Cree Nation Bears minor hockey program, told HockeyNewsNorth.com that St. Charles presented a good fit for his sons to play this season.
“St. Charles is a first-class organization with good facilities and good people involved. I want my boys to have the opportunity to focus on their studies while continuing to play junior A hockey,” said the elder Hester.
St. Charles will play a home-and-home exhibition series with the Batchewana Attack this weekend. The two teams will face off on Friday night in Sault Ste. Marie and on Sunday afternoon in St. Charles.
PHOTO: Alexander Hester, in exhibition action with the major junior Val-d’or Foreurs.