The Blenheim Blades made a big splash with the signing of Evan Wells, a 19-year-old forward who played with the Chatham Maroons the last two seasons.
Wells, a 5’8”, 155-pound Chatham native, will be eligible to play this season and 2021-22 as an overager.
He had 18 goals, eight assists and 166 penalty minutes in 47 games with the Maroons last season after getting three goals and six assists with 43 PIM in 39 games as a rookie in ’18-19.
Wells had two goals and three assists in 12 playoff games over his two seasons in Chatham.
Wells played with the Windsor Spitfires Major Midget ‘AAA’ club in ’17-18 (27 goals, 32 assists in 44 games) and the Chatham-Kent Cyclones Minor Midget ‘AAA’s in ’16-17 (nine goals, six assists in 36 games played.
“The Blades are excited to add Evan to our roster, he’s a game-changer with speed and skill,” Blades’ GM Bob Price said of Wells.
Wells is the 18th player to sign with the Blades – 17 skaters and returning goalie Caleb Pinsonneault.
The Blades still have to sign a second goalie and have room for six more skaters as teams will have 25-man rosters this season but no AP players.
The Blades have been on the ice since late August doing skill practices once a week and are expanding to ice-times at The Rec Centre as well as setting up an exhibition schedule with the Wheatley Sharks to prepare for the tentative Dec. 1 start of the 2020-21 PJHL Stobbs Division season.
The Maroons, meanwhile, have not been on the ice yet this fall, with their GOJHL season also proposed to start Dec. 1.
Several players have been getting ice on their own but the Maroons have not held a formal session.
Story Courtesy of the Blenheim News Tribune