Top flight defenseman Brandon Rossetti has landed with the Timmins Rock of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League from the Fort Frances Lakers of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League. He had requested a trade out of Fort Frances.
The 6-foot-2, 180 pound defender was leading lowly Fort Frances in scoring through 10 games this season with three goals, seven assists, 10 points. Rossetti was in his second go-round with Fort Frances this season after being traded to the Red Lake Miners midway through the 2021-2022 campaign and helping them win the SIJHL playoff championship.
He becomes the latest member of Red Lake’s SIJHL title team of ’21-22 to end up in the NOJHL with Timmins this season. In earlier transactions with Red Lake before the start of this 2022-2023 season, Timmins obtained four other high end 20-year olds — defenseman Kenyon Nyman and forwards Brady Harroun, Ethan Pool and Lucas Piekarczyk.
Timmins coach and general manager Brandon Perry told Hockey News North that Rossetti adds another good dimension to the championship aspirations of the Rock.
“We have been trying to get him since the summer and now that we have him, we are looking forward to having Brandon being a big part of the mix here in Timmins,” Perry told Hockey News North. “His experience will be an asset for us as will his skill set. He has a big, long reach and plays well in all three zones.”
Timmins is part of a frantic three-team race for first place with the Hearst Lumberjacks and the Powassan Voodoos in the NOJHL’s East Division.