By Grant Trayner
(Photo: Brady Maltais (White) battles with Dylan Bond of the North Bay Trappers (Red) in GNML action) Photo Source: North Bay Nugget
The Rayside-Balfour Canadians last week added three more players Brady Maltais (Dowling, ON), Matty Mayhew (Wahnapitae, ON) and Dawson Garcia (Oakville, ON) to the roster for the upcoming 2017-18 NOJHL hockey season.
Last season the 6’0 174 lbs Maltais played for the GNML & Big Nickel Tournament champion Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves Midget AAA team. During the regular season Maltais had 16 goals and 25 assists in 33 regular season games and two goals and six assists in 18 playoff games. Maltais will also add some grit to the Canadians lineup in addition to his offensive flair as he showed in the TEP showcase in Toronto playing with the Canadians. Maltias is a former teammate of Jordan Spadafore with their time together with the Nickel City Sons and last season with Brandon Atkins and Matty Mayhew.
Mayhew played last season with the Nickel Capital Wolves but unfortunately his season was cut short due to injury. But in 16 GNML games Mayhew still posted a 2.54 Goals Against Average. Mayhew stands at 5’11 and weighs 172 lbs. In his minor midget season he helped backstop the Don Mills Flyers to a birth in the OHL Cup and in his bantam season he was named top goaltender of the Big Nickel Tournament in the Bantam division. He was also a former teammate of Jordan Spadafore, Brandon Atkins and Brady Maltais.
Dawson Garcia come to the Canadians after spending last season with the Ancaster Avalanche in the GOJHL. In 42 regular season games had eight goals and 15 assists and added two assists in eight playoff games. Garcia will add offence to the Canadians blue line and will be an addition being a right handed shot. In his minor midget season Garcia was captain of the Burlington Eagles of the SCTA-OMHA. The 1999 birth-year Garcia stands at 5’8 and weighs 185 lbs.
Stay tuned as the Canadians will continue to announce signings, player advancements and returning players over the summer.