Year in Review: October 2016
October 2016 was an incredibly busy month for Chatham-Kent Sports news. NHL and OHL news, high school accolades, and much more. Here are the top Chatham-Kent sports news stories from October 2016.
Savannah Emmott Breaks Barriers – A strong athlete before this season, Savannah Emmott made headlines this Fall stepping into UCC’s football roster and contributing. She was an inspiration to many, including her teammates.
Historic Season For Wallaceburg Sting – The Wallaceburg Sting earned a promotion to the WOSL Premier Division for next season, capping off a historic season for the organization with a First Division title, taking a 2-1 win over London America.
Brady Pataki Traded To Knights – Wallaceburg’s Brady Pataki found a new OHL home this season when the Sudbury Wolves sent the 6’2″ forward to the London Knights in exchange for overager Chandler (CJ) Yakimowicz.
Konecny Makes NHL’s Flyers – Clachan’s Travis Konecny ended his Junior career by making the Philadelphia Flyers NHL roster. The first round pick didn’t just crack the roster, he excelled with one of the NHL’s best teams as the season progressed.
Griffith Headed To Toronto – Wallaceburg’s Seth Griffith was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Maple Leafs, ending his time with the Boston Bruins. Griffith was named to the Toronto Maple Leafs opening day roster, but his time with the team would be short lived.
McGrail Gets The Call – Dresden’s Trenton McGrail got an unexpected call to action from the OHL’s London Knights. Playing for the London Nationals he was called up as an emergency backup, however he was thrust into duty, making his first OHL appearance with the Knights.
Wright Wins World Gold – Chatham’s Patricia Wright won a huge medal, gold to be exact, at the in the para-karate division at the World Karate Championships in Austria.
Career Over? – Chatham’s Andy Fantuz had a significant set back in October suffering a potentially career ending ACL tear. He made a career high 101 catches, and had the second most yards in his CFL career, but the injury put the Hamilton Tiger Cats players future in doubt.