Voodoos Star Named to CJHL All-Star team

Powassan Voodoos forward and Battalion prospect Steven Harland continues to get recognized for his impressive season.  

The Canadian Junior Hockey League announced Thursday that a pair of Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League players have been named to the first-ever CJHL Central All-Star Team, which recognizes the regular season’s top players from the CJHL’s three Central Junior A leagues. 

Kirkland Lake Gold Miners defenceman Ethan Strong and Powassan Voodoos forward Steve Harland were two of six players selected to the CJHL Central all-star squad.

Also selected were goaltender Justin Kapelmaster (Trenton Golden Hawks, OJHL), defenceman Eric Williams (Aurora Tigers, OJHL) as well as forwards Steve Hladin (Georgetown Raiders, OJHL) and Cole Golka (Dryden GM Ice Dogs, SIJHL).

Strong, who was named the NOJHL’s top defenceman award recipient and a first team league all-star, guided the Gold Miners defensive corps for.

Harland, who was selected in the 6th round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection by the Battalion,  starred in his initial campaign in the NOJHL being named both the league’s most valuable player and rookie of the year.

A key contributor to the Voodoos offensive numbers, Harland played a part in 44% of the 213 goals Powassan scored during the course of the regular season with either a tally or assist and was also on the ice for countless others.

The 19-year-old from Scarborough, Ont., paced all skaters in the NOJHL in both assists and points with 95 and 53 respectively.

He also finished third in goals with 42 and had an impressive 31-game point streak during the course of the season.

Harland is expected to be in North Bay for the Battalion Orientation camp which takes place this weekend at Memorial Gardens.