Jr. A Crushers sign two players

Pictou Advocate sports

NEW GLASGOW — The Pictou County Weeks Crushers have added some offence and blue line strength to their lineup for the MHL season.

The Crushers announced the signing of forward Jon Vandermolen, 19, from Cochrane, Alta.

Vandermolen spent last season with the Revelstoke Grizzlies of the KIJHL. The 6’1, 190-pound power forward led the Grizzlies in scoring with 17 goals and 19 assists in 45 games. Prior to joining the Grizzlies, Vandermolen attended the Ontario Hockey Academy.

“Jon comes highly recommended as a character player, who can skate and play on both sides of the puck,” Crushers general manager Chad McDavid said in a press release. “He fits with the style of game we want to play and adds size up front.”

Vandermolen, who had offers to stay in B.C. and play this season, ultimately chose the MHL and Pictou County to continue his junior career.

“I’m excited to be heading to Pictou County,” he said. “I’m excited to become a Crusher and looking forward to a strong season with my new team.”

The Crushers also announced the signing of defenceman Marc-Antoine Gagnon for the 2017-18 season.

The 20-year-old defenceman is from St-Paul, Quebec and played last season with the Alma Jeannois of the QCHL. In 30 games Gagnon collected three goals and added 14 assists.

“Marc is a mobile defenceman who works extremely hard” McDavid said. “He had offers to play in the CCHL and in the U.S. this coming season but in the end he chose us, and we’re excited to get him to Pictou County.”

“I am very pleased to continue my junior hockey with the Crusher,” Gagnon said. “I feel it is the perfect fit for me, after the positive recommendation that I had about their program. They move a lot of players to the next level and I will work hard to achieve my goal in that direction.”

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Steve Goodwin
Steve Goodwin was born in Amherst, N.S. and has been a journalist for more than 40 years. He has been a resident of Pictou County for nearly 40 years.