Friday, June 15, 2018

McEwan Is Newest V-Red

UPDATE - Mark Malone of the Chatham Daily News has a great article on McEwan here.

Forward James McEwan of the Ontario Hockey League's Guelph Storm is the latest addition to the AUS Champion University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds, the team announced today. Although the V-Reds have typically waited until late in the summer to announce their recruits, McEwan already becomes the 5th player they have announced for next year, joining forwards Patrick Watling, Mark Rassell, and Matthew Boucher and defenceman Joe Gatenby. 

The 5'11", 194 pound McEwan spent his entire five year junior career with Guelph, the majority of which came as the Storm were rebuilding after a 2014 Memorial Cup run came up one game short.

Unlike UNB's other recruits, McEwan actually saw his numbers dip throughout his junior career. After posting a career high 52 points (25 goals, 27 assists) in 68 games in 2015-2016 and earning team MVP honours in the process, the native of Chatham, Ontario proceeded to put up seasons of 39 points (19 goals, 20 assists) in 58 games in 2016-2017 and 35 points (13 goals, 22 assists) in 64 games this past season. For his career he collected 136 points in 236 games.

However, it appears the numbers don't tell the whole story with McEwan, who has participated in a pair of NHL training camps, first with the Pittsburgh Penguins and then last year with the Montreal Canadiens. He is known for his leadership, popularity, compete level, and for possessing a good shot and high hockey IQ. Furthermore, according to head coach Gardiner MacDougall, McEwan has "excellent speed and is a strong two-way player who can play multiple positions and roles" and has attributes that indicate "an excellent upside and growth to his game."

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Boucher Joins V-Reds

What has already been a strong recruiting summer has gotten even better for the Varsity Reds as they have announced Quebec Remparts captain Matthew Boucher has signed a U Sports Letter of Intent with the team.

The 5'9", 174 pound Boucher just completed an exceptional junior hockey career in which he amassed 192 points (96 goals, 96 assists) in 241 regular season games. He had a career high 31 goals and 38 assists in 66 games this past season and averaged exactly a point per game (176 points in 176 games) during the three years he spent with the Remparts, the last two of which he served as team captain.

Boucher, who was born in Los Angeles, should provide some versatility to the forward ranks as he is able to play all three forward positions and can contribute at both ends of the ice. Despite his size, he is also not afraid to get involved physically as evident by his 307 career PIM.

He is the son of former NHL defenceman Philippe Boucher, a veteran of 16 NHL seasons.