Feel the Excitement, Take this Opportunity, This is Your Hockey Team!
A new team is born to the town of Temiscaming, Quebec, where residents have an enormous passion for hockey. The Temiscaming Royals owned and operated by North Bay natives Steve McCharles and Dennis Lathem, have become the first Quebec based franchise to join the Ontario based Greater Metro Junior Hockey League, and has already experienced a tremendous amount of player interest and community support.
The Temiscaming Royals will play out of the Le Centre in the town of Temiscaming within the GMHL based in Shelburne, Ontario. The new league came into existence last season. Players between the ages of 15 to 20 are eligible to play.
The Royals will be successful on and off the ice, as the program has in place great leadership at the business level in Dennis Lathem, and at the hockey level, general manager and head coach Steve McCharles formally of the Nipissing Alouettes and hockey consultant Randy Edmonds, Eurocamp Hockey School and past professional coach. The program benefits players with both a physical and educational program focused on the development of individuals, both as hockey players and as people.
Team owners expect the arena in which the team will be playing at 'Le Centre de Temiscaming' will be packed night in and night out. The season's ticket response has been incredible so far, in fact so great that the owners have decided to cap season ticket sales to allow people coming in from out of town to buy tickets at the door.
A request is being put to the community for billeting these young athletes within homes inside the Temiscaming community.
There are 10 draft picks so far, and several signed players. A Final Selection camp will be held at Le Centre in Temiscaming, Quebec during the weekend of August 17-19.
Draft Picks (as of May 27th, 2007)
Chris Hebert - forward - North Bay Trappers
Kevin Wierda - goalie - Hamilton Midget AAA
Joel Senecal - forward - North Bay Trappers
Andre Laperriere - goalie - Blind River Beavers (NOJHL)
Dustin Roy - forward - Kirkland Lake 87's
Tyler Hummel - forward - North Bay Trappers
Corey Marquardt - forward - Algonquin Barons
Nick Huard - forward - North Bay Trappers
Ryan Ellis - defence - Cambridge Minor Midget AAA
Pascale Seguin - defence - North Bay Bantam AAA Blades
"It is our mission to assist in the development of each individual, not only as a player but also as a person, helping him to reach his full potential, giving every opportunity to advance to a higher level in hockey or in the community."