Sudbury Cubs have made a move to solidify their veteran goal-keeping presence following the graduation of prime time puck-stopper Joel Rainville.
Swinging a deal with their Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League West Division rival Blind River Beavers, Sudbury has acquired 2002 birth year goalie Jeremi Delaquis for cash considerations.
Hailing from the Maritime town of Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Delaquis had some injury issues in his 2021-2022 debut season in the NOJHL with Blind River. Still, the 6-foot-3, 205 pound Delaquis posted a regular season record of 7-4-0 with a 2.91 goals against average and .909 save percentage. He then had an 0-1 record in one playoff appearance with a 4.00 goals against average and .902 save percentage.
The departure of Delaquis from Blind River leaves 2003 birth year goalie Gavin Disano as the projected returning starter for the Beavers in 2022-2023.
Disano had a regular season record of 10-8-4 with a 3.43 goals against average and .898 save percentage in helping to lead the Beavers to a solid fourth place finish in the West Division in 2021-2022. He then had a 1-2-0 record with a 2.34 goals against average and .923 save percentage in the playoffs as Blind River edged the Elliot Lake Red Wings in the preliminary round before being swept by the eventual champion Soo Thunderbirds in the West Division semi-finals.
As for Delaquis, in heading to Sudbury with the opportunity to become the Cubs no. 1 goalie, he in effect replaces aforementioned graduate Joel Rainville. Rainville was a mainstay for Sudbury in 2021-2022 with a regular season record of 18-12-4 with a 2.36 goals against average, .921 save percentage and six shutouts. He then had a 2-4 playoff record with a 3.39 goals against average and .899 save percentage as the Cubs were ousted by the Soo Eagles in six games in the West Division semi-finals.