FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Jr. Senators are proud to announce the commitment of goaltender William Desmarais to USports Ontario Tech University (Oshawa, ON) for the 2022-2023 season.
Desmarais, 20, joined OJS prior to the season in a trade with the MJHL’s Selkirk Steelers.
The Sherbrooke native starred in the crease this season in the Nation’s Capital, going 27-5-0, with a 2.05 GAA, a .927 save percentage, and three shutouts in 35 games. Desmarais ranked tied for first in shutouts, second in wins, and GAA, while third in save percentage.
“I cannot thank the people within the Ottawa Jr. Senators organization enough for the tremendous season,” explained Desmarais. “To all my coaches and teammates, it was a fantastic season and one I will not forget! It’s an honour to continue my dream and pursue my education at Ontario Tech.”
Prior to OJS, Desmarais backstopped the Sherbrooke Phoenix for one game in 2019-2020. The former Gatineau Intrépide netminder later joined the Collège Champlain-Lennoxville Cougars of the QCHL. The 5’9, 176 lb goaltender earned CCHL Playoff MVP with OJS this past spring, going 11-1 with a 1.55 GAA and .933 save percentage, clinching the team’s third straight Bogart Cup.
Desmarais becomes the seventh member of the 2021-22 Junior Senators to commit to either a post-junior program, joining Sam Edwards (Maryville), David Mabey (York), Thomas Freel (Maine), Philippe Jacques (RIT), Bodie Nobes (Maine), and Simon Isabelle (RIT).
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Photos and Graphic credit: Davide Disipio & Nathan Pavao