Only seven players back from last year's St. Thomas GOJHL roster
Friday, September 6, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
ST. THOMAS - When fans attend the St. Thomas Stars' home opener in a week, they will need a new program. Team turnover was high over the summer, therefore it may take a few games to recognize all the new faces.
This weekend the players themselves will get an opportunity to know each other better, at the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL) Showcase, the kick-off event to the 2019/20 regular season, today through Sunday, in Pelham.
"We're excited," Stars' head coach Rob Coutts said at the team's practice Thursday. "We want to be consistent shift in and shift out. That's all we're looking for, consistency and effort. If we do that and compete hard every shift, we'll give our selves a chance.
"It doesn't necessarily mean a win but at least we give our selves an opportunity. That's what I'm looking for."
St. Thomas plays two non-conference teams, the Welland Jr. Canadians, today at 2 pm (Update: 5-2 win) and the Elmira Sugar Kings, Sunday, at 11 a.m.
All but seven players are new to the Galaxy.
Rejoining the team just this week is forward Jake Robinson, who led the Stars with 14 goals last season, forward Russell Oldham and defenceman Jackson Brown. Defenceman Jordan Hurtubise and forwards Brayden Smith, Brady Elder and Ryan Brown, are also back.
"This is day two of our full team. It's early, so small steps," said Coutts. "Guys are getting to know each other and our line combinations are new so it'll take some time to build chemistry for our players. Expectations are not expected to be high right now. We'll let the players play right now."
St. Thomas has a home and home set with the Leamington Flyers, starting Thursday, September 12th, on the road. The Stars host the Flyers September 13th, 7:30 p.m., at the Joe.
The Stars locked up four more players with signings.
Shedden native Jeff Carr joins the Stars, from the Huron Perth Lakers AAA major midget team. Carr, 17, made five appearances with the Stars last season.
Connor Federkow, a 16-year old defenceman from St. Catherines, was selected 53rd overall by the London Knights, in the 2019 U18 priority draft.
Seventeen year old defenceman Sean Aitken comes from the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs. The left winger had five goals and 15 assists in 35 games with the Chiefs last season.
Christian Froese, an 18-year old forward from London, played 24 games with the St. Marys Lincolns, before finishing last season with the Lambeth Lancers, of the Provincial Junior Hockey League.