Powassan Voodoos have inked an area defenceman as the first signing in the history of the new Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League team.
Powassan, which will serve as an affiliate team for the North Bay Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League, has signed defenceman Josh Ibbitson from the North Bay Trappers of the Great North Midget Hockey League.
Ibbitson, who hails from nearby Callander, had 6 goals, 20 assists, 26 points in 29 games en route to being named the GNMHL’s top defenceman in 2013-2014.
“I want to continue to improve and grow as a hockey player and there is no better way to do so,” said Ibbitson. “It’s close to home and I get to play with a new, well organized franchise.”
Voodoos president Jim Bruce believes Ibbitson is a perfect fit as the team’s first signing.
“Not only is he a local player but Josh also has family from Powassan so it’s a great start for us,” said Bruce.
Voodoos general manager Chris Dawson said his team had to compete with others for the services of the young defender.
“Josh was recruited by some top end junior A teams from across the country,” noted Dawson. “We are glad Josh believes in this new program. Every team needs a good puck-moving defenceman like Josh.”
PHOTO: Powassan GM Chris Dawson with defenceman Josh Ibbitson, Powassan Mayor Peter McIsaac, Voodoos co-owner Ray Seguin and president Jim Bruce. (Photo by Steve Hardy.)