Kick Off Breaktfast

The North Stars hosted their kick off breakfast this morning at the Civic Center.

The new staff members and the new look team were introduced to fans and sponsors. The Stars are carrying a few more players than I was expecting and assistant coach and GM Taurean White said that they have a very good group of players and look to have put together a very good team. They are going to be patient and make sure they have the right mix of players. So there are 27 players currently on the roaster.

There are a couple of interesting notes here. First of all this is a team with a real nice mix of size, speed and skill. The D is a very talented looking group with 8 guys who can really play. Spencer Trambley and Ryan Rewerts were both excellent in goal in the preseason. And up front the Stars have a lot of depth.

This year’s team is also very “local”. Robin and Regan Yew have been playing hockey in this community for a number of years. Connor Vermeulen has family in the area and his uncle played for the Stars. Rewerts, Keller, Weston and Delainey are from the surrounding areas. Sych, Fransoo, Nachtegaele are all from North Battleford.

There are only 10 returning players on the team but in total 16 who played Junior A last season. 18 have at least some Junior A experience. And there are 8 American players. The new import rules mean that all Canadian players are not imports and all out of country players are counted as imports. Even is they have played in the league before. I believe 6 imports are allowed in a team’s lineup. So there will be a battle to get on the ice with the depth this team has and because of those rules.

All in all based on what I saw in the preseason there are no real surprises here. This looks to me like a team that, at least on paper so far, can be very strong.

# Player Position Shoots Height Weight DOB Home town 2013-14 Regular Season
9 Matthew Saharchuk LW L 6’2″ 200 May 7, 1995 Fort St. James , BC Game by Game report
10 Rusty Axtman RW R 6’0″ 180 Maplewood , USA Game by Game report
11 Nick Fountain LW L 6’1 190 Jun 17, 1994 Wainwright, AB Battlefords North Stars Game by Game report
12 Logan Nachtegaele LW L 6’0″ 190 Nov 21, 1996 North Battleford, SK Game by Game report
14 Jackson Bond C R 5’6″ 145 Apr 13, 1996 Roseville, USA Game by Game report
15 Adam Smith RW R 6’2″ 220 Jul 15, 1994 Nanaimo, BC Game by Game report
17 Regan Yew LW L 6’1 195 Nov 8, 1995 Ile-a la-Crosse, SK Battlefords North Stars Game by Game report
18 Brenden Heinrich RW R 6’0 180 Dec 3, 1994 Kimberley, BC Battlefords North Stars Game by Game report
19 Ryne Keller C R 5’9 165 Oct 25, 1994 Wilkie , SK Battlefords North Stars Game by Game report
20 Reed Delainey C R 6’1 165 Jul 23, 1996 Edam, SK Battlefords North Stars Game by Game report
21 Kurtis Redding C R 5’10” 155 Mar 25, 1995 Spokane , USA Game by Game report
22 Jordan Townsend LW L 5’11” 175 Jan 27, 1995 Cedar Hills , USA Game by Game report
23 Brady O’Sullivan RW R 5’10 165 Oakdale , USA Game by Game report
24 Jake McMillen C L 6’0 150 Sep 19, 1995 Carievale, SK Battlefords North Stars Game by Game report
25 Igor Leonenko RW L 6’4 230 Feb 8, 1995 Santa Cruz , USA Battlefords North Stars Game by Game report
27 Baxter Kanter C L 6’2″ 195 Jul 20, 1995 Lincoln , USA Game by Game report
29 Matthew Havens LW L 5’7″ 155 St. Albert , AB Game by Game report
Defencemen
# Player Position Shoots Height Weight DOB Home town 2013-14 Regular Season
2 Curtis McKinlay D L 5’9″ 150 Apr 15, 1996 Provost , AB Game by Game report
3 Connor Sych D R 6’4 190 Jan 22, 1997 North Battleford , SK Game by Game report
4 Michael Statchuk D L 5’11 200 Apr 4, 1994 Wadena , SK Game by Game report
5 Brock Weston D R 6’0″ 195 Mar 19, 1995 Maidstone, SK Game by Game report
6 Kendall Fransoo D L 6’1 175 Jun 1, 1996 North Battleford, SK Battlefords North Stars Game by Game report
7 Robin Yew D L 6’0 175 Nov 8, 1995 Ile-a la-Crosse, SK Battlefords North Stars Game by Game report
8 Connor Vermeulen D R 6’2″ 195 Jun 15, 1996 Medicine Hat , AB Game by Game report
16 Jake Erickson D L 5’9 175 Nov 3, 1994 Grant , USA Battlefords North Stars Game by Game report
Goalies
# Player Position Catches Height Weight DOB Home town 2013-14 Regular Season
1 Spencer Tremblay G L 6’2 185 Sep 24, 1994 Winnipeg, MB Game by Game report
35 Ryan Rewerts G L 6’2 190 Jan 30, 1996 Cutknife, SK Battlefords North Stars
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