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Ottawa, ON – The Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL) announced its 20 man roster for their upcoming matchup against the NCAA Division 1 University of Massachusetts – Lowell on December 29th in Lowell, MA.
Jr. Senators Defenceman Bailey Brant and Forward Ethan Mulhearn have both been selected to the roster from appointed Head Coach for the exhibition game, Martin Dagenais.
Brant, 20, is in his third season with the Jr. Senators, tallying four goals, 25 assists for 29 points in 139 career games since being acquired from the Nepean Raiders, on route to capturing back-to-back Bogart and Fred Page Cups.
“I’m honoured and very thankful to be selected,” said Brant on being named to the roster. “We have a great roster of players and the game will be a great opportunity to showcase the CCHL and its players. It will also be an excellent opportunity for players to experience NCAA competition, which is where most of the tram aspires to play in the near future.”
In 36 games this season, the Greely native has a goal and six assists for seven points in his final junior season, where he was named a league All-Star in November.
Mulhearn, 19, acquired in a trade with the Cornwall Colts this past offseason is in his fourth season of junior hockey, and first with the Jr. Senators. Over 212 career games, Mulhearn has 41 goals, 74 assists for 115 career points.
“It’s a great feeling to be chosen to play in a game like this and represent the CCHL,” said Mulhearn, who was also named a league All-Star back in November. ” The pace of play for this game will be faster then what I’m used to, guys are bigger, guys are stronger, and its a good team we’re going to play and I can’t imagine their going to let up. It’ll be a fun experience and I’m looking forward to it.
The Williamstown native has a career-high 12 goals so far this season to go along with 18 assists for 30 points in 37 games.
Martin Dagenais has been named the Head Coach for the CCHL, after recently claiming silver at the 2019 World Junior A Challenge in Dawson Creek, BC with Team Canada East.
“The game against UMass-Lowell will be a great experience for both Bailey and Ethan,” said Dagenais. “These two players show up every night and play the right way. They never cheat. Obviously, playing an NCAA Div. 1 hockey team will be tough for all the CCHL players, but this will show them what it takes to play at this level.
The CCHL team will make a quick pitstop in Burlington, Vermont on December 28th to watch the NCAA Catamount Cup tournament game between #13 ranked Providence College and former Jr. Senator Pierre-Luc Veillette with Lake Superior State University. They will then head to Lowell, Massachusetts on the 29th, for a 5:00 faceoff against #14 ranked UMass Lowell before returning home.