With their first season in Mattawa starting to take shape, the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League Mattawa Jr. A Blackhawks have their first three rookies committed to the 2014 – 2015 program. The Blackhawks have added one goalie, one defenseman and one forward as their first three rookies to the 2014 – 2015 roster.
Two players are 1998 birth year with Alec St. Georges as the goalie, Damon Lemmon as the first forward and 5’8” defenseman Nick Albanis who is a 1996 birth year signed to the Blackhawks inaugural season in Mattawa for the fall of 2014.
Nick Albanis hails from Laval, Quebec. Albanis played for the Édouard-Montpetit High School Bulldogs. Albanis finished the 2013 – 2014 of the Bulldogs blueline with two assists in 10 games with Édouard-Montpetit. “I think i will be a good experience for me. Living away form home for the time will be a little bit different but I will get use to it. Mattawa is the best place for me to start my junior career. Everyday I will bring hard work and commitment to the rink along with some good skill as a defenseman”, said Albanis.
Sudbury native Alec St. George will be one of three netminders for the Blackhawks in September 2014 in Mattawa. St. Georges comes to Mattawa from the Cooper Cliff Redmen Midgets of the Nickel District Minor Hockey League. The Sudbury native saw action in 665 minutes between the pipes for the Redmen in the 2013 – 2014 season. Alec had 38 goals against and one shutout this past season for Cooper Cliff. St. George’s 2.91 goals against average put him in sixth out of the top twelve in the Nickel District Minor Hockey League amongst goaltenders for the 2013 – 2014 season.
Forward Damon Lemmon comes to Mattawa from Simcoe, Ontario where he dressed for the Simcoe Storm during the 2013 – 2014 season where he accumulated 33 points in 28 games. Damon will patrol the offense end for the Blackhawks with his 5’10 frame for Mattawa. General manager Dave Beauchamp told Junior Hockey Network that “Lemmon has fast feet and good hands for a forward as a 1998 birth year.
“All the players coming are good team guys, we are exited about our season next year in Mattawa and fully intend on being in contention and playing competitive, we have had a few other irons in the fire that should be announced in the coming weeks and days. The core of our team is back and with some new additions we should have a good hockey team on and off the ice in Mattawa for the 2014 – 2015 season in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League”, said Dave Beauchamp.