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Voodoos add another local forward

'I am from Callander and I have played here my whole life and it is nice having the support around home playing in front of family and friends'
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Assistant Coach Josh Dale, Ryan Mills, and Head Coach Max Gavin. Photo by Chris Dawson/BayToday.ca
The Powassan Voodoos added another local North Bay Battalion prospect with the signing of forward Ryan Mills, the club announced on Wednesday.

The 5’8”, 160-pound centre netted 19 goals and 27 assists for 46 points in 32 regular season games with the North Bay Major Midget AAA Trappers in the 2017-18 season.

The Callander product who was a 10th round pick of the North Bay Battalion, says it’s awesome to sign so close to home.

“I am from Callander and I have played here my whole life and it is nice having the support around home playing in front of family and friends,” said Mills.  

“I think my playmaking skills are the top aspect of my game so just hope to put up some points and have a great season with them.”

Max Gavin, the Voodoos new head coach, likes the potential he sees in Mills.  

“I think he has got a good ceiling to him, I think sometimes the undersized guys get overlooked especially coming into junior hockey but I think with his vision, his smarts and the IQ that he has, I think he will find a good home here,” said Gavin.

Mills, who will be attending the North Bay Battalion main camp in September, will join the Voodoos if he does not make the Battalion regular season roster.  

The Voodoos also made their first trade of the off-season by sending forward Brett Hahkala to the Fort Frances Lakers of the Superior International Junior ‘A’ Hockey League.  Fort Frances is Hahkala’s hometown. 

In return for Hahkala, the Voodoos receive a development fee from the Lakers.  




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