POWASSAN VOODOOS 2022-2023
The Voodoos have been successful due to finding and developing quality young talent.
In 2021-22, the Voodoos were led by 17-year-old rookie Rodion Tatarenko. He led the team with 41 points and was also signed by the North Bay Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League. In the playoffs, the Voodoos leading scorer was 2005 forward Mike Levin.
A total of four players, Chase MacQueen-Spence (Battalion), Ryan O’Dell (Oshawa), Rodion Tatarenko (Battalion) and Alex Bradshaw (Flint) signed with their respective OHL clubs during the 2021-22 season and three of those four got into OHL regular season contests.
In 2019-20, first year goalie Owen Say was named goalie of the month twice and was named to Team Canada East's roster for the World Junior A Challenge in Dawson Creek, B.C. Say will be joining NCAA Division I Mercyhurst in the fall of 2022.
In 2018-19, rookie netminder Joe V0rbetic, headed to Team Canada's U18 camp, and played for Team Canada Black at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in the fall of 2018. He was the #1 netminder with the North Bay Battalion which was eliminated in the
2022 OHL Eastern Conference Finals by the Hamilton Bulldogs.
In the 2017-18 season, the Voodoos had three players finish in the top 25 in CJHL rookie scoring. Those three were Harrison Israels, Tomas Yachmenev, and Quintin Loon-Stewardson. Harrison Israels was named the NOJHL’s rookie of the year in 2017-18. He is a NCAA Division 1 commit with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.
At just 16 years old, Battalion prospect goaltender Christian Cicigoi led the entire league with 23 regular-season wins in 2017-18. He also became the winningest goaltender in Voodoos history before his 18th birthday. Cicigoi will be joining the USport Lakehead Thunderwolves this fall.
In 2016-17, our goaltender was the first Ontario goaltender to receive an NCAA D1 commit in local product Nate McDonald to Niagara University (he had Columbus Blue Jackets and the NY Rangers come and scout him in Powassan in Jan/Feb of 2017). McDonald was named the league MVP in the 2016-17 season and that's the second Voodoos player in our seven-year history to be named league MVP as Steve Harland, who finished his career with the Battalion was the League MVP in our inaugural season. McDonald de-committed to Niagara and got a commitment from Cornell for the fall of 2018.
In 2016-17, rookie Andy Baker tore up the NOJHL leading the league in goal scoring with 45 tallies before moving on to the North Bay Battalion in the fall of 2018.
Another rookie, Parker Bowman, was the NOJHL playoff MVP in 2017 and signed in the off-season with the QMJHL’s Rimouski Oceanic in the summer of 2017.
OUR HEAD COACH - Peter Goulet
The Voodoos are continuing to chase another NOJHL title with experienced and two-time CJHL champion head coach and VP of hockey operations Peter Goulet.
Goulet's impressive hockey resume also includes stints as an assistant coach with the ECHL's Brampton Beast, assistant coach with Team Canada East (2019), along with major junior scouting duties with the Mississauga Steelheads and Halifax Mooseheads.
Goulet has six players who have played in the National Hockey League including current Florida Panthers star defender MacKenzie Weegar, Ben Hutton, Ryan Johnson, Buddy Robinson, Scott Harrington and goaltender Dan Altshuler.
Goulet has placed players at NCAA D-1 schools including Cornell, North Eastern, Clarkson, Union, Providence, Uconn, Maine, Robert Morris, Colorado College, Colgate, Lake Superior State, West Point, and RPI.
Goulet has also placed many other players in D-3 and CIS schools along with many players on Major Junior teams within the OHL and QMJHL.
He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that he is excited to share with his new players in Powassan.
Practices take place in the mornings before school, usually 3 or 4 times per week depending on our game schedule.
The players will also have two mandatory dryland workouts per week with our fitness trainer. Most of our home games will be played on Friday, Saturday, and Monday and we travel to our away games on a 56-seat coach bus.
All of our games, both home and away, are broadcasted and archived on www.hockeytv.com. In Powassan, we pride ourselvesfor having one of the best broadcasts in the league. We even have our own post-game show called "The Afterburner" put together by our HockeyTV crew.
We are a pay-to-play league with player fees and a Sherwood Stick deal. The exact fee amount for the 2022-23 season is still being determined by ownership.
A good way to offset your player fee costs is through a jersey sponsorship opportunity. The business would receive an invoice + HST for the sponsorship. This is similar to purchasing a rinkboard or program ad except this helps the player directly.
The 2022-23 season will be the eighth season in the NOJHL for The Voodoos.
The team has achieved 40 wins four out of seven seasons and have been nationally ranked most of the past four seasons. This also including a stretch of three weeks as #1 in the nation and in 2017-18 finished 4th overall in the final rankings.
We finished our third year ranked 9th in the nation and in 2016-17 finished an amazing playoff run going 12-0 in three series' en route to our first ever NOJHL title. We finished that season #7 in the nation and first overall in the NOJHL in 2019-20 when the playoff season was cut short due to COVID-19.
In 2021-22, the Voodoos eclipsed the 250 regular season win mark and the Voodoos finished with a 30-11-6-1 regular season record.