He is the youngest owner in the nine-team, Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, operating a franchise that is based in the smallest town.
Not yet 30-years old, David Beauchamp is determined to make junior hockey work in Mattawa, a town of just over 2,000 residents.
It hasn’t been easy for Beauchamp, who moved the North Bay Trappers to nearby Mattawa this season.
There are bills to pay that include include ever-increasing league fees in an NOJHL that is top-heavy with executive and management personnel salaries.
Even Cochrane Crunch owner-general manager-coach Ryan Leonard — who some perceive as the personal mole to commissioner Rob Mazzuca — has communicated that the NOJHL has become a very-expensive undertaking for team operators.
Still, Beauchamp soldiers on in Mattawa as owner of the small-market Blackhawks, who take a record of 1-10 into a pair of home games against the 9-2 Soo Thunderbirds on Saturday (5 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) at Mike Rodden Arena.
The Blackhawks have played just two of their 11 games thus far this 2014-2015 season at home but have drawn well, with crowds of 391 and 387 making their way into frigid, albeit friendly, Rodden Arena.
Beauchamp says he has a good relationship with the Town of Mattawa and is thankful for the fan and sponsor support.
To be sure, the young owner who says he lost big money in North Bay in 2013-2014, is taking the 2014-2015 season a day at a time.
“Our immediate plans are to finish the season, re-set and work with people who value the success of our franchise and who want the Mattawa Blackhawks to survive,” is what Beauchamp told HockeyNewsNorth.com.