Seventeen players now signed
By Stewart Grant
St. Marys Lincolns General Manager and Director of Hockey Operations Glen Childerley recently sat down with the Independent to provide a run-down on the sixteen players signed to the team thus far:
Kyle Morning: a 17 year old St Marys native and a graduate of the Huron-Perth AAA Lakers, Kyle is a solid goaltender who will be a key player moving forward with the Lincs.
Tyson Kielt: a 17 year old defenceman from Ingersoll who is a smart stay-at-home player who is great at making the first pass.
Dylan Nafzinger: a 20 year defenceman hailing from Pennsylvania, he brings experience and patience on the back end and has a great shot.
Colin Capstick: an 18 year old veteran, the returning defenceman gives all he has got on every shift and always plays gritty on the back end.
Garrett Nelson: a 16 year old defenceman from St. Marys who is already 6’2″ and 205 lbs, Nels plays tough and is not kind to the opposition.
Eric Gibb: another 16 year old defenceman from the St. Marys area, he is a hard-nosed player that works hard every shift. He was a 13th round pick to the OHL’s Oshawa Generals. Rich with history, his great-grandfather started the team 60 years ago and his grandfather Barry Hearn was the last coach to lead the Lincs to a Championship.
Caleb Adrian: a 17 year old gritty d-man who fiercely protects the front of the net and battles in the corners.
Chad Heffernan: 20 year old overage player with 4 seasons under his belt in the OHL (Belleville, Sudbury, and won Memorial Cup last year with London Knights). Big strong power forward will add huge leadership qualities to the team.
Brandon Glover: a 19 year old returning veteran to the Lincolns lineup, he provides skill, tenacity and is very good at finishing checks. Brandon is a true leader that will be fun to watch this season.
Justin Vandendool: a 17 year old power forward that played last year with the London AAA Major Midgets, his hard-nosed work ethic and great sense will contribute to this year’s success.
Alessio Luciani: an 18 year old forward from Vaughan, Alessio brings speed and a great scoring touch. He had 124 points last year for the Duffield Devils Midgets in the GTHL.
Daniel Cloutier: a steady 19 year old returning vet hailing from Dorchester, this Lincs forward gives you 110% effort every night.
Clayton Lewis: a 17 year old from Stratford, Clayton was an AP for the Lincolns last year. Lewy is a hard working forward that gives you a great work ethic day in and day out.
Philip Buque: an 18 year old returning vet originally from Whitby, he is a great, natural leader with the Lincs and just loves to play the game at the highest level.
Brody Smith: an 18 year old from London, Brody is a returning vet that works hard every shift and is a great two-way player
Tanner Hertel: a 17 year old from Stratford, Tanner will add skill and speed to our lineup.
Mitchell Bakker: a 17 year old from the Alymer area, Mitchell is a skilled forward and a good team player
Childerley reports that they are close to signing additional players in the next few days to round out the roster.
The Lincolns final home exhibition game will be played tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the PRC against Listowel. Next weekend, the GOJHL regular season kicks off in London at the Western Fairgrounds, with St. Marys playing Fort Erie at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 10th and Pelham at 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, September 11th. The Lincolns home opener is set for Friday, September 16th at 7:30 p.m. versus London.