Titans spring tournament. The Centre was holding one last event before the ice is removed for the summer. The 10th annual
If it’s Thursday, its Titans talk time. First we want to apologize for skipping last week’s edition. With the end of the year games and preparing for the holiday season, we felt it was better to wait until a few days before Christmas to deliver some great news to our fans.
As rumours have been circulating for several weeks about the return of a couple of former Titans around town, it’s now the time to confirm that 2 impact players will in fact be returning to our line up in the New Year. First is Swedish defenseman Hugo Noller (#27). Hugo played in 34 games last season and had 18 goals and 21 assists and chipped in with 5 points in 7 playoff games. He adds another dimension to our blue line, an excellent two way player. Able to clear the slot area and handle the tough corner work. He will certainly add another option on the power play also.
Next is Marc-Antoine Arseneau (#11) a very skilled forward who can control the play by himself. An excellent stick handler who knows what to do with the puck. He will most certainly add scoring punch to whatever line he’s on. He played for the Titans in our Russell Cup season when he was the Titans leading scorer with 36 goals and 29 assists in 37 games. During the playoffs he had 17 goals and 8 assists in 18 games. He brings more balance to the Titans scoring punch. Last season he played in the NOJHL’s Kirkland Lake Gold Miners and had 23 goals and 29 assists in 52 regular season games and added 4 goals and 6 assists in 15 playoff games.
And the Titans recently acquired a Russian forward from the New Tecumseth Civics, 19 year old Nikita Sidenko (#9). Playing in 20 games this season he had 9 goals and 1 assist. Last season he played in Kazakhstan. Played in 8 games, no goals or assists. Nikita will add more balance to our lineup by being a utility type player. All three of these players will be in our lineup for our first game of 2017 on January 6th against the Spartans.
The Titans sit presently in 6th position in the North division with 34 points from 17 wins and 14 losses. We have only 11 games left, 6 home and 5 away before the start of the playoffs.
On the injury front, only Antoine Desrochers is nursing a lower body injury and should be able to suit up when we start up in 2017.
We have three players serving suspensions: Guillaume Taupier (1 game remaining), Hampus Fagrell (1 game) and Anthony Bedard (3 games).
Most of the players have now returned home to their families for the holiday season and recharge their batteries for the final push before the playoffs.