The Saugeen Shores Winterhawks announced their opening night roster for the 2019/20 WOAA Sr. “AA” Hockey League season.
The Winterhawks have 23 players returning players, including Captain Trevor Smith.
Returning forwards include Bryan Kazarian, Jay Thomson, Miles MacLean, James McHaig, Andy Mitchell, Andy Fracz, Michael Johnstone, Blake Underwood, Connor Patton, Jamie Shoemaker, Curtis Johnston, Lauchlin Elder, Matt Shields, Trent Hawke and Mike Rocca.
Smith, Josh Deyell, Mike Smailes, Nick Quaid and Josh Hopkin are back on the Winterhawks blueline.
Netminders Jeff Flagler, Eric Peicheff and Matt Tutin are also returning to guard the crease.
Newcomers include former NHL defenceman Theo Peckham, who returns to the Winterhawks after 2-year absence
Also returning is former captain Greg Thede. Thede is a seven-time WOAA Sr. “AA” champion, who captained the Winterhawks to four championships in 11-seasons and is the club’s all-time leader in games played (230).
This season also marks the return of the club’s all-time leading scorer, Brent MacDermid. A four-time WOAA champion, MacDermid holds the team record for goals (170) and points (331).
Forward Adam Kading joins the team after playing his first season in the WOAA for Shallow Lake.
Also coming over from Shallow Lake is long-time WOAA veteran defenceman Adam Blundell. The Owen Sound native played seven seasons for the Crushers and prior to that, parts of five seasons with the Durham Thundercats.
Guelph native Nic MacEachern rounds out the list of newcomers, The 28-year old forward played four seasons of Jr. B, split between the Guelph Dominators and Elmira Sugar Kings.
The Winterhawks open the 2019/20 regular season this Saturday on the road in Kincardine against the Ripley Wolves at 5:00 p.m.
The Home Opener is scheduled for Friday, October 11th when the Winterhawks host the rival Durham Thundercats.