|DUKES ANNOUNCE 4 SIGNINGS|
|June 1, 2016 « Back « Previous Next »|
PRESS RELEASE: The Wellington Dukes Junior A Hockey Club is pleased to announce today that they have signed
forwards Brent House, Brett Schaefer, Matthew Philip and defenseman Nathan MacDuff from the Greater Ontario
Hockey League for the 2016-2017 season. House and MacDuff were born in 1997, while Schaefer was born in 1998
and Philip in 1999. Three of the four players attended the Dukes Training Camp in May and were among the top
players through the two-day camp.
House, a 19 year old forward from London, Ontario exploded offensively in the 15-16 season with the St. Marys
Lincolns Jr. B Hockey Club. In 49 games, House led his team with 27 goals, 35 assists and 62 points. Coach/GM Marty
Abrams said "We are really excited to add a player of Brent's caliber to our team. He is a big body forward that can
put the puck in the net. We expect him to play a big role offensively for us this season."
Schaefer, an 18 year old native of Kitchener, Ontario joins the Dukes after a successful freshman campaign with the
Waterloo Siskins Jr. B Hockey Club. In 48 games, the speedy forward scored 11 goals, 15 assists and 26 points in the
15-16 season. Asst. Coach/Asst.GM Ryan Woodward said, "Brett is a tenacious forward that plays with a high
compete level in all three zones. We expect him to have
an immediate impact on our hockey club next season."
Philip, a 17 year old native of Ilderton, Ontario had an
impressive underage season in 15-16 with the Lambton
Shores Predators Jr. B Hockey Club. In 35 games, the
talented skilled forward posted 20 goals, 9 assists and 29
points last year. "Matt is planning on attending the camp
of the Niagara Ice Dogs camp in August and has a good
chance of cracking their lineup. If that does not pan out for him we expect he will step into our lineup and be among
the top rookies in the OJHL." Woodward said.
MacDuff, a 19 year old defenseman from Welland, Ontario was the team captain of the Welland Canadians Jr. B
Hockey Club and will provide additional leadership to the Dukes dressing room. The 6' 1", 190 lbs. offensive
defenseman posted 9 goals, 24 assists and 33 points in 50 games in the 15-16 season. "Nathan is a highly competitive
player that leads by example." Abrams said. "We are thrilled with the four players we have signed today and look
forward to adding more talent to our hockey club in the lead up to our Main Camp in August."