Powassan Voodoos of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have acquired the rights to their first-ever hometown player.
Proving once again that there is no place like home, the Voodoos have obtained Powassan native Tyler Peters in a trade with the New York Bobcats of the Eastern Jr. Hockey League.
A 1996 birth-year forward and 2012 Ontario Hockey League draft pick of the Sudbury Wolves, Peters potted 15 goals, 12 assists, 27 points in 39 games with New York in 2014-2015.
Peters is pumped at the prospects of playing in Powassan.
“I’m really excited to be home for the year and play in front of family and friends and do Powassan proud,” said Peters.
Voodoos head coach Scott Wray got to see Peters play at the team’s prospects camp earlier this month.
“He has a pro shot, he’s got good speed and he looks like a prototypical power forward,” Wray said of Peters.
From a political point of view, Powassan mayor Peter McIsaac said he has been waiting for the Voodoos to make the deal for Peters, who is expected to be a top 6 forward for the hometown team.
“I’ve been waiting for this signing all summer long so it’s pretty great to see it happen. It’s going to be fantastic. I’m excited for the first home game on September 12th,” said McIsaac.
This will be a return of sorts to the NOJHL for Peters, who suited up as an affiliated player for the erstwhile North Bay Trappers when they won the 2012-2013 championship.
PHOTO: Voodoos part owner Ray Seguin, head coach Scott Wray, Powassan mayor Peter McIsaac, Tyler Peters, scout Marc Gagnon, and team president Jim Bruce.