The Powassan Voodoos stayed close to home with their first forward signing of the off-season as the club inked Ben White, the Voodoos announced on Friday.
The North Bay product had a big year with the New Liskeard Cubs of the Great North Midget League where he netted 19 goals along with 31 assists for 50 points in 38 regular season games this past season. He also got into five games as an affiliate player with the Voodoos last season.
White feels it is a huge honour to join the Voodoos for this upcoming season.
"It’s pretty cool to end up playing for the Voodoos as I have been watching them since I was in Atom, so 11 or 12 years old," White reflected.
"I remember always thinking how awesome it would be to play for this team, and now that the moment is here it is pretty exciting and I am thankful for it. I really like how fast and intense the hockey is and how the little things really matter."
Chris Dawson, Voodoos GM, says hockey operations was impressed with White when he was a call-up this season.
"We like the energy and enthusiasm that Ben brings to the rink every day," said Dawson.
"He had a great season with the Cubs and we are hoping that transitions to the Voodoos in 2020-21."
White says playing affiliate games helped him find out what it was like to play for the Voodoos.
"As an affiliate, it was a totally different atmosphere than Midget AAA hockey," admitted White.
"Playing some games with the Voodoos was a real eye-opener for me in terms of intensity and focus. As an affiliate, I got a sneak peek on the team program and what matters to the team and it is certainly something I would want to be a part of."
The Voodoos are still waiting for more direction from Hockey Canada, the OHF and the NOJHL as to when the 2020-21 season is set to begin.