Sudbury Cubs of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have made a blue chip addition to their blue line by virtue of the development assignment of 2004 birth year defenseman Joshua Hoover via the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League.
Hoover played in six games for the Wolves to begin this season after being Sudbury’s 10th round pick at the 2020 OHL priority selections draft. He joins a Cubs team that has a record of 9-9-0 in the West Division of the NOJHL.
“I am looking forward to logging a lot of minutes and earning the trust of the (Cubs) coaching staff,” stated Hoover. “My goal is to continue to grow and develop as a player and work my way back to the Sudbury Wolves in the near future. I also want to do whatever I can to assist the Cubs in winning a championship as there is a great mix of young and veteran players.”
Meanwhile, Cubs general manager Jeff Forsyth is excited to add Hoover to the lineup.
“Joshua is going to make us a lot tougher to play against. He plays a very gritty and physical style and that is something that we can use every night but especially when we play against some of the more physical teams in the NOJHL,” Forsyth noted.
The Cubs GM saluted the strong affiliation between the NOJHL team and the OHL Wolves.
“This is what our affiliation with the Sudbury Wolves is all about. We have helped develop players like (forwards) Nick DeGrazia and Gio Biondi for the Wolves and now we have the opportunity to do the same for Joshua. It’s a winning formula and we are glad that the Wolves have placed their trust in our coaching staff and in our organization with one of their top defensive prospects,” said Forsyth.