SAINT JOHN – The Saint John Sea Dogs have invited a pair of free-agent forwards to training camp, which begins next month.
General Manager Darrell Young announced today Shawn Hubley and Isaac Ceh are the latest additions to the camp roster.
Hubley is a native of Sackville, Nova Scotia, and is listed at 6’1″, 190 lbs. The 17-year-old posted seven goals and 17 points in 30 games with the Halifax McDonalds Major Midgets of the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League (NSMMHL). He added another eight goals and 16 points in 17 playoff games, helping his club win the Nova Scotia Major Midget Championship and the Atlantic Major Midget Hockey Championship. He was named most valuable player of the Atlantic tournament with four goals and six points in five games.
“Shawn is a hard-nosed, in-your-face-type of competitor who scored some big goals in the playoffs for the (Halifax) Macs,” Young said. “He played in the Atlantic championships with a broken hand and won the MVP award for the tournament. That tells you what type of competitor he is. I saw him play in high school two years ago and recommended him to a few major junior teams. When he was not drafted nor signed, he was one of the first players we invited to camp.
“I love the way he gets under the opposition’s skin, and in order to be effective in the QMJHL, he will have to play the same, abrasive style while minimizing the amount of penalties he takes.”
Ceh is from Chicago, Illinois, and is listed at 5’11”, 185 lbs. The 18-year-old started last season with the Chicago Mission Under-18 team and registered five goals and ten points in 17 games. He then moved on to the nationally-recognized Detroit Belle Tire Major Midgets of the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League (T1EHL) where he tallied 14 goals and 22 points in 18 games, including 11 goals in a 12-game stretch. His shorthanded game-winner and assist led Belle Tire over Cleveland and into to the USA Under-18 Championships in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
He was also a late cut of the Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67’s during last year’s training camp.
“Isaac comes highly recommended from a family adviser I know in the mid-west, who is related to a former NHL coach I know well,” said Young. “I had the opportunity to watch him at the USA National Championships and came away impressed with his skill and speed.
“We are not bringing Isaac here to compete for a bottom-six spot, but rather a spot in the top six forwards. If Isaac produces the offense we believe he can, then he will earn a spot with the Sea Dogs.”
Training camp begins Monday, August 11th.
The team’s first preseason game is Friday, August 15th, against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles at 7 p.m. at Harbour Station. Tickets for the game are FREE, and are available now to season ticket holders through the Harbour Station Box Office. The general public can get tickets beginning Tuesday, August 5th.
Season tickets are on sale now at the Harbour Station Box Office and the Sea Dogs’ office on the pedway level of Harbour Station. Season ticket holders can SAVE up to $170 on their seats when compared with single-game box office prices.