Chatham-Kent Sports Year in Review: July

Madison Broad - Photo from

Madison Broad – Photo from

The Chatham-Kent sports world started heating up in July, with rugby and lacrosse stealing the spotlight, but several major offseason hockey announcements were also highlights of July 2013.

Below are the top Chatham-Kent sports highlights from 2013:

  • Bo Horvat Drafted By Vancouver – Rodney resident Bo Horvat, whose family has roots in Bothwell, was drafted in the first round of the NHL draft, 9th overall, by the Vancouver Canucks.
  • Durston, Shepley League MVPs – After their Wallaceburg Red Devils were eliminated from playoff contention, Jordan Durston and Joel Shepley were named league offensive and defensive MVP’s respectively, before signing with the Six Nations Arrows.
  • Jones Back With Edmonton – Chatham NHLer Ryan Jones re-signed with the Edmonton Oilers after what many considered his worst NHL season. Jones signed a one year deal with $1.5 million.
  • Nicholas Wins Nations Cup With Canada – Blenheim’s Breanne Nicholas won the U20 Nations Cup as a member of Team Canada, defeating the USA in the final game.
  • Raaymakers Selected For NHLPA Camp – Chatham goalie Joseph Raaymakers was identified as one of Canada’s top prospects after being invited to the All-State All-Canadian NHLPA Mentorship camp. The camp is an invite only showcase of Canada’s top hockey talent.
  • Broad Win National Gold – Wallaceburg’s Madison Broad competed at the¬†Canadian Age Group Swimming Championships in Montreal, Quebec, winning four gold medals.

What was your favourite moment from sports in CK during July 2013? Tell us in the comment section below.

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