Homegrown forward Landon Hubbard heads an early list of players who have committed to the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League for the 2015-2016 season, HockeyNewsNorth.com has confirmed.
A 5-foot-9, 165 pound puck whiz with skill and speed, Hubbard has spent the past two seasons playing with both the AAA midget Soo Indians and the Soo High Blue Devils.
He finished up the 2014-2015 season with the Indians and scored 15 goals in 27 games.
Indians head coach Pat Carricato had all good things to say about Hubbard when asked by HockeyNewsNorth.com.
“He was a key part of our success,” Carricato began. “He’s great teammate and a pleasure to coach. I think he will be a good player for the Eagles this season.”
Eagles general manager Bruno Bragagnolo has been watching Hubbard develop over the past few seasons and said the 1998 birth-year forward “is definitely ready to move up to the NOJHL. He has really good skills and he’s a smart player.”
Hubbard said he looked at opportunities to play in the North American Hockey League but opted to stay home and skate in the NOJHL for the Eagles.
“This will be my last year in high school so I thought it would be best to stay here and play in the NOJ,” Hubbard told HockeyNewsNorth.com. “It has a reputation as a good league and this is a good step up for me.”
Hubbard is one of six players who have committed to play in the NOJHL for the Michigan-based Eagles in 2015-2016.
The others are 1996 birth-year goalie Jack Deines, 1996 birth-year defencemen Alex DiBacco and Levi Rowan, 1996 birth-year forward Kendall Huckins and 1997 birth-year forward Korey Muzzy.
Deines played for Detroit U-D Jesuit in 2014-2015 while DiBacco is from the Chicago Young Americans, Rowan is from Cadillac high school, Huckins is from the erstwhile Batchewana Attack and Muzzy is from the Minnesota Revolution.
“All of these players are well-known to me and our scouting staff and we are happy to get commitments from them to play for the Soo Eagles this coming season,” Bragagnolo told HockeyNewsNorth.com.
“Deines had an excellent pre-NAHL camp and caught the eyes of many observers and was the best goalie there. DiBacco is a tough, hard-nosed defenceman with good offensive skills. Rowan has really impressed us with his skill and smarts. Huckins is a kid who can put up points and is hard to play against. Muzzy is a player with size, skill and a lot of potential,” assessed Bragagnolo.