As the Powassan Voodoos have officially opted to take a leave of absence from the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, players on their roster are free to sign with other teams for the remainder of the 2020-2021 season.
One such player is Jackson Buffam, a highly regarded forward with a December, 2002 birth date who signed with Powassan prior to the start of the current ’20-21 campaign after three productive seasons with the New Liskeard Cubs of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League.
And Hockey News North has confirmed that Buffam has signed with the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners of the NOJHL.
Hailing from the venerable northeastern Ontario town of Cobalt, the 5-foot-10, 150 pound Buffam was a big player for New Liskeard in a three-year career that ended with him being captain of the Great North U-18 team.
In all, Buffam suited up in 102 regular season games for New Liskeard and produced 39 goals, 58 assists, 97 points for head coach Steve Polyblank’s Cubs.
Now, in heading to Kirkland Lake of the NOJHL via Powassan — the Voodoos had little choice but to vacate the 2020-2021 season as they could not access their home arena relative to COVID-19 — Buffam joins a Gold Miners team that has a record of 3-2-0 in five outings to date.
Kirkland Lake got a later start to the 2020-2021 season than the other eight NOJHL teams that are active because of its own arena restrictions.