Sudbury Cubs of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have stayed in their own back yard to sign the 2021-2022 Northern Ontario Hockey Association player of the year. He is 2006 birth year forward Nolan Newton, who was a fifth round pick of the Barrie Colts at the 2022 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft from the Sudbury Nickel Capitals of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League.
The 5-foot-10, 170 pound Newton netted 14 goals, 22 assists, 36 points in 27 games to lead the under 16 Nickel Capitals in scoring during the ’21-22 Great North season. He also appeared in nine NOJHL games with the Cubs and collected one goal, three assists, four points.
Incoming Cubs head coach Darryl Moxam, who opted to sign with the NOJHL team during this off season after several years as an associate coach with the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves, noted the high ceiling that Newton has.
“We are extremely proud to have Nolan join our team and develop his skills to help him achieve his goal of playing in the OHL for the Barrie Colts,” relayed Moxam. “Our staff is so high on this young player and we cannot wait to see him in our lineup. Nolan is a high energy, skilled player and plays with speed. He has excellent vision and hockey sense and loves to compete each and every night. Our fans are in for a real treat as they will soon get to enjoy watching this local top prospect perform on the big ice surface at Countryside Arena.”
Newton, on the flip side, is happy for the opportunity to develop in the NOJHL with Sudbury as a top OHL prospect of Barrie’s.
“I am very honoured and fortunate for the opportunity to play for my hometown junior team,” said. Newton. “When I heard what (Cubs) management had to say about their new hockey development program, I was completely convinced that they will make me a better hockey player and person. I am so excited to be able to work with Coach Moxam and his staff and try to help bring home an NOJHL championship for the hockey fans of Sudbury.”