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Coach Wood Finalizes Roster

Kirkland Lake GoldMiners Coach & GM Ryan Wood, has made his last roster addition, prior to the Jan 10th deadline, bringing back veteran centerman, Matthew Brassard. The 5’11’ 175 lb Brampton, Ontario native has spent this season and last, with the Mississauga
Chargers of the OJHL. This season, in 39 games, Matt scored 8 times and added 17 assists for 25 points.

Coach Wood says, “the best part of this is Brass wanted to come back and help us reach our goal this season”. Matt started his Junior hockey career with the GoldMiners in the 2016-17 season, when he scored 13 times and added 18 assists in 56 games, while adding
7 points in 7 playoff games, arguably becoming one of the NOJHL’s premier penalty killers and 2 way forwards.

Brassard, now 20, will be in the lineup Wednesday night when Da Boyz head to Cochrane to face the Crunch. Brass makes his home debut Friday night, when the league leading Soo Thunderbirds and their Dads visit the Joe.

Late last week Coach Wood  acquired 20 year old, 6’3 200, defenseman Dawson Zahorian. The left shooting Fort Myers, Florida resident, joined us from the Brantford 99ers of the OJHL, Dawson began the season with the Cobourg Cougars of the OJHL. Coach Wood says “Dawson will bring toghness, experience and composure to the backend, he has some offensive ability that he’ll have a chance to showcase here as well.”

Just after the Holidays, Wood  acquired 6’3 190 right shooting defenseman, Nicholas Richards, from the Blind River Beavers.
Coach Wood says the 20 year-old from Lapeer, Michigan is a good skating veteran who will contribute offensively. Richards appeared in 41 games with Blind River last season, started this season in the Maritime Jr A Hockey league, before being re-acquired by Blind River.

With these 3 moves, Coach Wood says, “that’s it, we are done!”  Wood adds,” I think we have the right pieces in place to make a playoff run, time will tell.”

This is a big week for Da Boyz, with a midweek roadie to Cochrane followed by home games Friday night against the Soo T-Birds & Sunday afternoon at 4, when the Hearst Lumberjacks come to town.