Jr C Otters are ready for the upcoming season

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The Junior C Otters team has been adding to their roster in preparation for the 2019-20 season, and is heading into their main camp this weekend. About 65 per cent of the team is local so far.

The most recent signings included defenceman Cole Goode from the North Bay Trappers Midget AAA program. Coach Marc Gagnon describes Goode as a solid, two-way player with a very high hockey IQ. “The management and coaches are looking forward to seeing Cole in an Otter jersey this season,” he said.

Defenceman Tye Lindeman will be entering his second season with the Junior C Otters. With his hockey experience and his leadership skills, he has been asked to be an assistant captain. “I am very happy to have Tye as one of our leaders on and off the ice,” said Gagnon.

Leading the Junior C Otters this season as captain is returning player Cody Jones. Jones is entering his fourth season with the team and was promoted to from assistant captain to captain. Gagnon said, “Cody will be a great leader on and off the ice and will represent the team in a professional manner. We look forward to having Cody as our leader of the team.”

A new local player to be signed to the team was Chris Locke. He comes from the Otters Major Midget team. “He brings a unique side to the game and can get the puck in the net. I am proud to have added another local talent to the team. Looking forward to having him on the lineup,” said Gagnon.

Jr C Otters signed local player Chris Locke this season (centre with, from left) assistant coach Cole Gilligan, coach Marc Gagnon, assistant coach Tyler Gervais-Rolfe and GM Britten Coffin

Jr C Otters signed local player Chris Locke this season (centre with, from left) assistant coach Cole Gilligan, coach Marc Gagnon, assistant coach Tyler Gervais-Rolfe and GM Britten Coffin

The Otters main camp will start this Saturday, August 24 at 11:00 a.m. and continues on Sunday, August 25 at 10:00 a.m.  The Otters Annual Blue and White game will be held on Tuesday, August 27 at 7 p.m. on the Don Lough ice. The public is welcome and admission is free.

The team will then travel to North Kawartha to play its first exhibition game on Wednesday, August 28 and return home for their first exhibition game at home on Friday, August 30 with a 7:30 p.m. puck drop.

Players that are interested in trying out for the Junior C Otters team can still register on the Otters website here.

Correction: an earlier version of this story identified the player in the main photo as Tye Lindeman. It is, in fact, newly signed player Cole Goode.

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