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Canadians re-sign Bowen & add veteran defenseman

The Rayside Balfour Canadians Jr. A team is pleased to announce to acquisition of two veteran players to their roster for 2020.

The Canadians are proud to welcome-back veteran goaltender DAVID BOWEN to the roster.  BOWEN’s rights were previously acquired by Drummondville of the Quebec Major Junior League.   With only 3 games played, BOWEN, 19, elected to return to Rayside and the NOJHL and continue where he left-off with a sparkling 2.94 goals against average and a solid save percentage of .915.  BOWEN has also played in five OHL games and has recorded a 2.89 goals against average and a .915 save percentage.

“It is absolutely terrific to have David rejoin our team” notes Canadians’ GM Jeff Forsyth.  “David was instrumental in leading our team to first place in the Western Conference before he was acquired by Drummondville back in November.   With the Sarnia Sting trading Cameron Lamour to the North Bay Battalion in December, it was critical for us to find a OHL-calibre goaltender and we were ecstatic to learn that David was willing to return to Sudbury and finish the season with us.”

In addition to Bowen, the Canadians acquired 20-year-old veteran defenceman GREG ARNBURG.  ARNBURG, 6”1”, 190 lb, is a right-shot defenceman and a native of Oshawa.  ARNBURG began the 2019-20 season with the Navan Grads of the CCHL.   Last season, ARNBURG played 25 games for the TIMMINS ROCK.  ARNBURG has also played in 92 games in the OJHL where he recorded 5 goals, 18 assists and 23 points and 104 penalty minutes collectively with the Lindsay Muskies and the Pickering Panthers Jr. A teams.

“Greg is a competitor and a welcomed-addition to our line-up” adds Forsyth.   “With over 100 junior ‘A’ games under his belt, Greg provides us with veteran leadership and a commitment to help lead our young team in the second-half of our season. Greg informed me that he wanted to play in Rayside and pursue his goal of winning a championship before he graduates from junior ‘A’ hockey.  I informed Greg that we look forward to supporting him and our entire team with their collective goal in 2020.”

ARNBURG was acquired after local defenceman ETHAN LAVALLEE was recently moved by the Canadians to the GOJHL’s KITCHENER DUTCHMEN Jr. B team.   LAVALLEE, 19, recorded 1 goal and 11 points in 25 games with the Canadians this season.

The Canadians will begin play in 2020 this Sunday when they travel to Blind River for a key division match-up with the Western Division leading Beavers.  The Canadians will return home on Thursday, January 16th when they host the same Blind River Beavers at 7 pm at the Chelmsford Community Arena.    Game Tickets to welcome David Bowen and Greg Arnburg to the Canadians’ line-up are available at the door of the Chelmsford Arena for only $12 per adult and $10 per senior and $8 for students.  Kids 7 and under are free.   Over 400 fans attended the Canadians’ last home game prior to the holiday break.