Maroons Add Veteran Firepower

Nolan Gardiner Caledonia Corvairs

Nolan Gardiner takes a shot for the Caledonia Corvairs – Photo by Spencer Smye Photography

The Chatham Maroons have added significant veteran experience and scoring to their lineup, acquiring four Junior veterans in Nolan Gardiner, Matthew Murray, Sean O’Brien, and Eddie Schulz.

Gardiner, a Tilbury product and former Chatham-Kent Cyclones and Wheatley Sharks forward comes to the Maroons with two seasons of Major Junior experience playing in both the OHL and QMJHL. Last season he split between the OHL’s Ottawa 67s, QMJHL’s Baia-Comeau Drakkar, and GOJHL’s Caledonia Corvairs.

With the Corvairs he had 19 points in 17 regular season games before adding 17 points in 20 playoff games.

Also coming from the Caledonia Corvairs in return for cash and future prospects, were forwards Sean O’Brien of London, and Eddie Schulz of Erin, Ontario.

Schulz spent two seasons in the OHL with the Peterborough Petes, while O’Brien has two seasons of QMJHL experience with the Quebec Remparts and Val-d’Or. O’Brien was one of Caledonia’s leaders last season with 72 points in 48 regular season games, followed by 26 points in 21 playoff games.

Finally, the Maroons have brought in defenseman Matthew Murray from Thessalon, Ontario.

Murray has split the past three seasons between the GOJHL’s Elmira Sugar Kings, and playing Junior A in the NOJHL for Blind River and the Soo Thunderbirds.

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