Chatham-Kent October Athlete of the Month Voting
Voting will continue until Saturday, November 8, with the winner being named Monday, November 10. Poll votes, comments below, as well as Facebook comments (www.facebook.com/cksportsnetwork) and Twitter Retweets (www.twitter.com/cksportsnetwork) will be counted as votes. See below the poll for monthly accolades for each athlete.
Nominees in Alphabetical Order and Monthly Highlights:
TJ Brodie (Dresden) – A member of the NHL’s Calgary Flames, Brodie opened the NHL season on a hot streak. Signing a new 5-year contract with over $23-million, Brodie earned his money collecting 8-points in 11 October games, while playing more minutes than any other Calgary player to open the year. Brodie’s October also included 3 goals.
Bridget Carleton (Chatham) – Carleton remains a fixture on CKSN’s athlete of the month voting, after dominating the LKSSAA high school circuit in October. In 7 October games, Carleton helped the John McGregor Panthers go a perfect 7-0, as she averaged well over 20-points per game, including an incredible 39-point performance October 9 over CKSS. Carleton was also named the tournament MVP for the Panthers at the Fanshawe College basketball tournament, helping JMSS win gold. Carleton also helped JMSS win the Small School Showcase tournament earlier in the month.
Seth Griffith (Wallaceburg) – Griffith made his NHL career debut in October for the Boston Bruins. After being recalled by Boston, Griffith played on the Bruins’ top line, competing in 8 games during October. During that span, Griffith collected 3 goals and 2 assists for 5 points, including being named First Star of an October 28 win over Minnesota, when he scored 2 goals and an assist.
Delainey Johnson (Chatham) – Johnson had an incredible month in two sports. Competing with the CKSS Golden Hawks cross country team, Johnson won both the LKSSAA and SWOSSAA titles in the midget girls division, qualifying for OFSAA. At the OFSAA pre-meet earlier in October, Johnson finished 3rd, racing against more than 400 over the provinces top runners. At a season opening S.E.A.L. swim meet in Alymer, competing for the Blenheim Blast, Johnson gold in three events, the 50m fly, 100m back, and 100m free. She added more swimming gold later in October at the Fall Invitational in Windsor, winning the 50m fly, and taking silver in the 50m back.
Chad Laprise (Chatham) – Making his UFC debut October 4, Chatham’s Chad Laprise made 55 strikes against Yosdenis Cedeno at UFC Fight Night Halifax, to win his first UFC bout by a unanimous 30-27, 30-27, 30-27, judges decision.
Blayne Oliver (Blenheim) – Playing Junior A hockey for the OJHL’s Trenton Golden Hawks, Oliver has established himself as one of the better defenseman in the league. Named an assistant captain for the Golden Hawks, Oliver had 2 goals and 4 assists in 10 games this month with Trenton.
Joseph Raaymakers (Chatham) – Making his OHL debut with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Raaymakers picked up a 3-1 record through his first 4 games in October, collecting a 1.87 GAA, and 0.941, both statistics that put him in the top 5 in the OHL. In his season debut, Raaymakers had a 31-save shutout performance, and was named the games first star in a win over the London Knights.
Josh Woodman (Chatham) – Playing four games in October for the Western University Mustangs football team, Woodman collected 3 interceptions in his first two games of the month, to climb atop the CIS’ leaderboard in the statistic. Woodman also collected 10 tackles, 2 broken up passes, and 10 yards of offense.