Chatham-Kent Sports Year In Review: January 2015

Travis Konecny - NHL Prospects Game

Travis Konecny scores one of his two goals at the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game last year – Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Chatham-Kent rang in a New Year, and with it a number of incredible stories floated into Chatham-Kent. Most notably, a bid for the OHL, and a bid to become Kraft’s Hockeyville.

Here are the top stories from Chatham-Kent’s sports community in January 2015.

  • Trent Fox Traded to Belleville¬†: After opening a strong OHL career with the Erie Otters, Thamesville’s Trent Fox was shipped to Belleville in a blockbuster trade. He immediately hit his stride in Belleville, becoming one of the Bulls’ best players.
  • Negative talks swirls around Dresden Raceway: Financial troubles, scheduling issue, no license, Dresden Raceway hit a laundry list of troubles in 2015, which they eventually resolved in time for a successful racing season.
  • OHL Considers Chatham: The Plymouth Whalers were in need of a home, and word hit the media that Chatham, Ontario was their initial primary target spurring weeks of discussion, excitement, and anticipation over the possibility of an OHL team in Chatham-Kent.
  • Joel Shepley makes pro lacrosse lineup: Wallaceburg’s Joel Shepley cracked the Canadian Lacrosse League’s Southwest Cyclops, making the jump to pro lacrosse after playing Junior A, and Junior B lacrosse.
  • Verboom Leaves Chatham Maroons: Chatham Maroons captain Michael Verboom made a difficult decision to leave his team, and begin his NCAA career early, joining Mercyhurt.
  • Plymouth Whalers Choose Flint Over Chatham: Just when it looked like Chatham-Kent would finally get an OHL franchise, the Plymouth Whalers chose, and were sold to an ownership group in Flint, Michigan. Lack of a suitable arena, and plans for an arena in Chatham were the deciding factor.
  • Konecny A Top NHL Prospect: Clachan’s Travis Konecny, who captains the OHL’s Ottawa 67s was the top prospect of the top prospects, being named game MVP of the NHL Top Prospects game.
  • Kraft Hockeyville Bid Ramps Up: The start of what would be an exciting run, Chatham began ramping up interest and support for a Kraft Hockeyville bid.
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