The Sudbury Cubs have announced the acquisition of NOJHL League Champion and NOJHL Play-off MVP – Noah Metivier. The 18-year-old from Sault Ste Marie claimed top honours as the best goaltender in the NOJHL last season with a 1.88 goals against average and a .922 save percentage including six shut-out victories as a member of the NOJHL’s Soo Thunderbirds.
After competing in the CJHL national championship Centennial Cup, Metivier, a 6-foot-tall, 190lb goaltender was traded to Lindsay of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. The OJHL franchise has struggled early this season and Metivier sees his return to the NOJHL and his new team - the Sudbury Cubs – as an opportunity for a fresh start to a young season with a top-ranked young team, similar to the team that he played for last season.
“I am eager to get up to Sudbury and help lead the team to a berth in the national championships” notes the 2022 NOJHL Play-off MVP. “Coming back from a 3-0 deficit in the NOJHL Finals with Hearst, and winning four straight play-off games has been the highlight of my junior hockey career so far and I am looking at taking that experience and energy with me to Sudbury.”
Metivier was named the NOJHL Top Goaltender during the regular season with a record of 20 wins, three losses, and four overtime losses.
After recording the lowest goals against average in the NOJHL last season, Metivier recorded eight play-off victories, one loss in regulation and one overtime loss, and recorded an outstanding goals against average of .924.
Last season was Metivier’s rookie season in the NOJHL and he looks forward to more success this season.
“When you land a quality goaltender like Noah Metivier, our team can only become even more excited than they already are” notes Cubs head coach Darryl Moxam. “Given the fact that Noah still has two and a half years of junior eligibility remaining is especially attractive for us because we are one of the youngest teams in the NOJHL and we would like to keep the Cubs movement alive and well for seasons to come. Hockey fans of Sudbury deserve a championship to celebrate and our goal is to deliver on that experience for Sudbury hockey fans.”
With Metivier’s arrival, the Cubs now have three 18-year-old goaltenders on their roster including Nathaniel Boyes and Noah Beaulne. “Despite the crowded crease, we are in no hurry to make a decision on our goaltending situation” notes Cubs GM Dave Clancy. “We are in a very enviable position with three quality 18-year-old goaltenders and outstanding young men. We will make a decision when the time comes.”
The 16-game ticket packages for the Cubs remaining home games are now available at 25 per cent savings. All Cubs games are played at the Countryside Sports Complex and with free parking and family-friendly ticket pricing.
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