Avalanche secure goalie
The Ontario Avalanche Hockey Organization is proud to announce the signing of rookie goalie Brandon MacDonald for the upcoming 2019-20 Western States Hockey League season.
MacDonald, who played last season in the Omaha High School Club League for the Pappillion Monarchs, posted a respectable 3.92 GAA while tending the net 26 times!
"The expectation for Brandon is to come in to camp in great physical shape and compete for the #1 starter position.", remarked Director of Player Personnel, Rick Roberts, "and right now we don't have any returning goalies, so he has a little head start."
Top goal scorer to return for Ontario
The Ontario Avalanche Organization is proud to announce the return of high scoring winger, Nic Abernathy!!! The second year veteran returns to a much more experienced group for Coach Rob O'Rourke and his leadership on and off the ice will be counted on heavily.
Last season, Abernathy, the Avs leading goal scorer, piled up 19 goals to go with 16 assists in 49 games. This season, the expectations are even higher for the Etiwanda native, who played his youth hockey in the ADHSHL for Upland Christian.
"From Nic's first camp with us, he has had a knack for finding the back of the net", mentioned Avs Director of Player Personnel/GM, Rick Roberts, "and it continued into his rookie year in the WSHL, I believe he can double that output this season and really attract some college scouts at the Showcase."
Ontario's curtis signs for calvin college
The Ontario Avalanche Organization is proud to announce Declan Curtis' decision to attend Calvin College next season as a student/athlete!!! Calvin, a top ranked, Christ-centered liberal arts college located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, targeted him as their top recruit at the Las Vegas Showcase.
Curtis, a fast-skating, power forward, will be joining Coach Mike Petrusma's ACHA D1 program, after posting a career high 16 points(7g,9a) and 40 PIMS in 34 games. Curtis is a two year veteran in Ontario after playing his youth hockey for the Anaheim Jr Ducks AAA program and for the ADHSHL's Upland Christian Academy.
"I believe that Declan has the best potential on the team to make an impact at the next level," remarked Director of Player Personnel, Rick Roberts,"I believe the combination of his size, skating ability and toughness will have him in the lineup immediately!"
Deshler inks for another season
The Ontario Avalanche Organization is proud to announce the return of three year veteran & standout blueliner, Quinn Deshler.
Last season, Deshler piled up a career high 16 points(6g, 10a) in forty two games while also setting a new personal best with 42 PIMs. The alternate captain also hopes to improve on all of those numbers as a "top-pair" defenseman this season and earn a spot on a college team at the Showcase in December.
"Quinn has been a fantastic performer and teammate in his three years here and he's also one of our hardest workers", quipped Avs GM, Rick Roberts, "and that work ethic rubs off on others, He's a great kid in the room and off the ice and will have plenty of college offers this season."
Pair of Avalanchemen commit to Calvin
The Ontario Avalanche Hockey Organization is proud to announce Captain Justin Davis' commitment as a student/athlete to Calvin College.
Calvin is a liberal arts, Christ-centered College located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, not far from where Davis grew up in Livonia. Davis, who played his youth hockey for powerhouse Little Caears, joined the Avs in the 2017-18 season putting up 37 points(8g, 29a). He then followed that up with 37 more points(6g, 31a) in 2018-19, while serving as the Ontario Captain.
"Justin did a great job for us this season, helping to manage Coach Rob O'Rourke's locker room as a leader by example", bragged Avs Director of Player Personnel, Rick Roberts, "and the fact that he didn't miss a game in two years talks a lot about his mental approach and physical toughness."
Now it's on to bigger and better things as a student/athlete at Calvin, playing for Coach Mike Petrusma.
GO AVS and best of luck to you Justin!!!
The Ontario Avalanche Organization is proud to announce Ethan Bock's decision to attend Calvin College next season as a student/athlete!!! Calvin, a top ranked, Christ-centered liberal arts college located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, recruited him hard after the Las Vegas Showcase.
Bock, a hard-nosed and gritty defender will be joining Coach Mike Petrusma's ACHA D1 program, after posting 14 points(3g,11a) and 55 PIMS in 35 games. Bock missed close to two months of the season due to a broken hand but finished the season strong in helping Ontario through two rounds of the playoffs before being eliminated.
"Ethan and his family have been close to the organization going back to 2015-16, playing for Coach Rob O'Rourke under the California Wave flag," quipped Director of Player Personnel, Rick Roberts,"and although he's always been a tough kid, his greatest attribute has always been his work ethic. He will be missed but we wish him the best at his new home!"
Ruiz and hernandez Head to Grand Canyon
The Ontario Avalanche Hockey Organization is proud to announce the commitment of talented centerman, Brett Ruiz, to Grand Canyon University!!!
Ruiz finishes his two year run in Ontario with 22 goals and 43 assists in 90 games. The offensively talented Ruiz will join Coach Roy's upstart ACHA DII program on the cusp of going ACHA DI.
"Brett has not only been a leader of men on the ice but also off the ice and in the locker room, "remarked GM/Director of Player Personnel, Rick Roberts, "he's got great hands, sees the ice well and will be a good man in the pivot at the next level, he will be missed here for sure."
The Ontario Avalanche Organization is proud to announce Sam Hernandez' commitment as a student/athlete to Grand Canyon University!!!
The versatile Hernandez will be looking forward to the next chapter of his playing days for Coach Daniel Roy at GCU. "Coach Roy and I have been talking for a while about Sam", remarked Avs GM Rick Roberts, "and he felt very comfortable about the culture and environment at a Christ-centered university, so it was an easy choice for Sam."
Hernandez racked up 53 games over two season with the Avs, tallying 12 points(2g,10a), mostly while filling in on Coach Rob O'Rourke's blueline. Congratulations to Sam and the Hernandez family on his college commitment!