The Powassan Voodoos have acquired goaltender Shayne Battler from the Fort Erie Meteors of the GOJHL, the club announced on Wednesday.
The 6’3”, 200-pound goaltender sported a 3.40 goals against average along with a .904 save percentage in 33 regular season games with the Junior ‘B’ club last year.
The 1998 birth year netminder is a former 6th round pick of the OHL’s Sarnia Sting.
“Shayne is a big bodied goaltender who moves very well and utilizes his size to his advantage. Shayne shows a maturity and poise between the pipes that allows him to thrive in a tough environment,” stated Voodoos Associate GM Mike Mackley.
“Shayne was a consistent force for a struggling Fort Erie squad last year and stood on his head night after night giving his team a chance to win and stealing victories.”
The big southpaw netminder believes he can fill the void left by the recent departure of last year’s starter and NOJHL MVP Nate McDonald, who left in a trade with Whitby of the OJHL earlier this week.
“I am looking forward to the challenge of stepping into my role as the starter and having a very successful season with the Voodoos,” stated Battler.
“My goals for the 2017-2018 season are to be a team leader and a role model. I am grateful for the opportunity to join the Voodoos organization and I am committed to proving myself as a top goaltender in the NOJHL.”
Battler also credited the Fort Erie staff for helping with his development last season.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Fort Erie organization for the opportunity they provided to me last season and for allowing me to develop in my role as the starter,” said Battler.
“It was an honour to earn the title of team MVP. Also big thanks to all my coaches this past season/summer.”
Battler is expected to meet his new teammates July 8th and 9th, when the team hosts a Prospects Camp in Barrie.