Champagne expected to sparkle

July 22, 2015

Powassan Voodoos have acquired North Bay native Eric Champagne in a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League exchange with the Rayside-Balfour Canadians.

A good-sized, 1995 birth-year forward, Champagne poured in 30 goals in 2014-2015 while splitting the season between the English River Miners of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League and the NOJHL’s Sudbury Nickel Barons, who have since moved to Rayside-Balfour and become the Canadians.

“Eric wanted to play closer to home and as a 20-year-old, we expect him to be a top 6 forward and give a big boost to our offense this coming season,” said Powassan general manager Chris Dawson.

Champagne was an NOJHL all-star in his 2013-2014 rookie season in the NOJHL when he played for the erstwhile North Bay Trappers.

PHOTO: New Powassan forward Eric Champagne with Voodoos head coach Scott Wray (left) and part-owner Dan Rivet (right.)

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