The Rayside Balfour Jr. A Canadians of the NOJHL continued to add to their base of skilled junior ‘A’ hockey players by announcing the acquisition of 6’1”, 185 lb defenceman COLE QUEVILLON from the Brockville Braves of the Central Canada Jr. A Hockey League. In return, the Canadians sent a Player development fee to the Braves. The Oro-Medonte, Ontario native brings a ton of speed, skill and toughness to the Canadians’ back-end. During the 2019-20 season, as a member of the powerful North Central Predators U18 team, Quevillon recorded 3 goals, 9 assists for 12 points in 35 games. The Preds played in 8 play-off games where Quevillon notched a pair of assists and 12 penalty minutes.
“Cole is a player that I really liked in his U16 season, and again with the U18 team with the North Central Predators AAA program” notes Canadians GM Jeff Forsyth. “Having multiple conversations with his coach John Kerr over the years, and then speaking with his family last week, I knew right away that Cole will fit into the current and future success of our organization.
Forsyth adds, “Cole is a big, strong kid who will make everyone around him better. He comes to practice to play everyday and is focused on pursuing academic excellence along with his hockey career. Cole is extremely hard to play against and will let you know that he is on the ice. His skating, physicality and solid defensive game is something we value and something that he takes a lot of pride in. Cole also served as an Alternate Captain of his team which is further testament to his leadership qualities.”
“I am very excited to be joining a high-end Jr. A organization like Rayside-Balfour” notes the 18-year-old defenceman – who is fluent in French and English. “Their management staff has been very welcoming during my transition and I’m excited to get up there and meet the coaching staff, my new teammates and get the season started in a couple of weeks.”
Quevillon added, “My family is from the Greater Sudbury area and it will be a huge bonus for me to be able to have family attend games and have that support around me. I’m really looking forward to this season and making a push to the NOJHL finals and hopefully winning a championship with this team.”
Forsyth adds, “It is sometimes difficult to find and recruit young players of Cole’s ability to Greater Sudbury. I would like to sincerely thank the ownership of Mark Burgess and Blaine Smith for providing me with the support that is necessary to address our team needs. Acquiring Cole Quevillon is another example of ownership’s commitment to our team’s success here in Greater Sudbury.”