Voodoos add big OHL experienced defender


The Powassan Voodoos have added some size to their blueline just prior to the CJHL January 10 trade deadline, the club announced on Tuesday.

The Voodoos acquired 6’5” defenceman Michael MacLean from the Cobourg Cougars along with a development fee in exchange for the CJHL rights to Acadie-Bathurst defender Riley Pitt, who played for the Voodoos previously in 2019-20.

MacLean, 18, had 3 assists in 20 games for the Cougars of the OJHL, and in 2021-22 the Manotick, Ontario product played 23 games with the Flint Firebirds of the OHL.

“I’m excited about joining the team and excited to get close with the team,” said MacLean.

“I look to bring a shut down defensive game to the team as well as joining the rush and making offensive plays.”

Peter Goulet, head coach and VP of hockey operations with the Voodoos, feels MacLean brings a different element to the Voodoos roster.

“We are all very excited to add 2004 Left Shot Dman 6’5” 210 lbs Michael MacLean to our line up, Michael brings size to our line, for a big man he is and excellent skater with great puck skill, Michael was drafted in the U-18 draft and made the Flint Firebirds last season, in October of 2022 Michael was moved to the Cobourg Cougars, one of the top teams in the OJHL,” said Goulet.

“The Powassan Voodoos are very fortunate to acquire Michael MacLean.”

The Canadian Junior Hockey League trade deadline is 7 p.m. eastern time on January 10.