SUDBURY, ON (June 3rd, 2017)
The Rayside-Balfour Canadians announced the signing of four players (Forwards Cole Craft, Jacob Partridge, James White and Defencemen Brandon Atkins) at the Gerald McCrory Countryside Sports Complex in Sudbury, ON.
Cole Craft is from the East Nipissing community of Callander played last season with the North Bay Trappers Midget AAA team that won a bronze medal at the Central Telus Cup Regional Qualifier in Sudbury at the beginning of April. The 6’1 & 170 pound forward had 13 goals and 19 assists in 36 games in the GNML. Craft is also an 8th round pick of the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and represent the NOHA at the OHL Cup in March and OHL Gold Cup in May.
Jacob Partridge is from Barrie, Ontario and played last season with the Barrie Colts Minor Midget AAA team which played in the ETA-OMHA league. Last season with the Colts he had 16 goals and 28 assists in 34 regular season games. The 5’8 & 160 pound forward was an 11th round draft pick of the Peterborough Petes of the OHL
James White is a forward from Peterborough, Ontario and spent last season with the Central Ontario Wolves Major Midget AAA team who played in the ETA-OMHA Major Midget League. The 6’3 & 215 pound forward had 22 goals & 11 assists in 40 regular season games. White was a first round 9th overall pick of the Flint Firebirds in the U18 Midget Draft. White also was an affilate player with the Lindsay Muskies of the OJHL appearing in one regular season game.
Brandon Atkins is a local player from Sudbury and spent last season with the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves of the GNML where he had 8 goals and 21 assists in 36 regular season games. This led to the 5’11 and 181 pound defence getting selected in the fourth round of the OHL U18 Midget draft. Atkins has also won two NOHL championships with the Sudbury Wolves Bantam and Minor Bantam teams. He was teammate of current Canadians Jordan Spadafore, Chad Denault in Minor Midget and Goaltender Cameron Lamour in Minor Midget and Bantam.