Maroons Commit To Three Local Players
According to Kevin Fisher, the Maroons’ Assistant General Manager and Director of Player Development, the trio bring a lot of energy and skill to Chatham’s forward corps.
“Cameron Welch AP’d for us last year. He showed last year that he can play in any situation at the Junior B level,” raved Fisher. ” With us last year he was out sometimes against top lines, penalty kill, and even some powerplay. His experience last season was hugely beneficial, and it showed at camp this weekend.”
Welch, a Charing Cross product, played 8 games with the Chatham Maroons, scoring a goal and 3-points. He played for the Windsor Jr. Spitfires Major Midget ‘AAA’ team, and is a Chatham-Kent Cyclones alumni.
A fellow Cyclones alumni, and Windsor Jr. Spitfires teammate Evan Wells was another important player in Chatham’s plan.
“Evan Wells will be playing in his own back yard, a local boy from the Windsor ‘AAA’ program, where he was a top scorer in all of ‘AAA’ this season,” said Fisher of Wells, who notched 24 goals and 44 points in 33 games for Windsor this year.
“Wells has great hands, and a knack for the net and will be a potent scorer in time. The best is yet to come for him.”
The final early commitment from Chatham was Blenheim Blades forward Lucas Fancy, who was the PJHL Stobbs Division runner up for rookie of the year.
“Fancy already has a season of Junior experience. He was a top scorer in Blenheim, and fits our bill. He works, never takes a shift off and will be an energy player for us. Fancy has some speed and tenacity and doesn’t quit.”
Fancy had 33 points in 34 games for the Junior C Blenheim Blades this season.
All three are products of the Chatham-Kent Cyclones system, and are local products, another feature Fisher said he, and new head coach Kyle Makaric value, while building their roster.
“They fit what we’re looking for; young, local, and talented. These guys were easy choices,” said Fisher.
Fisher expects the Maroons to continue making offseason signings over the coming months in preparation for the team’s first skates in early August, followed by Chatham Maroons main camp Saturday, August 18 and Sunday August 19.