The newest team in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League held its first press conference on Monday as the ownership group of Marc Rivet, Sylvain Rivet, Dan Rivet, Ray Seguin, Graeme Bruce and Jim Bruce unveiled the Powassan Voodoos.
The Voodoos are named after the RCAF fighter that used to fly out of CFB North Bay.
The team will sport the olive green jersey very similar to the one worn by their Ontario Hockey League parent club, the North Bay Battalion.
Battalion coach-general manager Stan Butler and assistant GM Matt Rabideau were in attendance in a show of support for the new NOJHL team.
“We’re excited about this, we think it is necessary,” said Butler.
“We believe that if we’re going to be a Northern Ontario team in the Ontario Hockey League, then we want a Northern Ontario affiliate. As an organization, we feel a strong obligation to help re-develop hockey in the North Bay and district area. The last little while, they haven’t produced as many elite players as they have in the past.
“We want to provide an opportunity for players from the area to get better. When (the late) Bert Templeton coached the North Bay Centennials (now the Saginaw Spirit), probably 20 per cent of their roster were North Bay and area kids, so that’s something we would hope to happen again,” Butler added.
As was first reported on HockeyNewsNorth.com on Monday, former North Bay Trappers general manager Chris Dawson has been hired as GM of the new Voodoos.