The cancellation of the Chatham Maroons’ spring camp hasn’t stopped them from restocking their roster.
The Maroons have committed to forwards Anthony Lucarelli and Ryan Gagner of Chatham and Daniel Fraleigh of Wallaceburg for next season.
“It’s pretty cool,” said Lucarelli, who’ll turn 17 in October. “I grew up a little kid going to the Maroons games, always wishing that I could play, and then now I’m committing to the team, so I’m really excited to get started.”
The six-foot-one, 176-pound Lucarelli was fourth in the Alliance midget scoring race this past season with 39 points in 35 games for the Elgin-Middlesex ‘AAA’ Chiefs. He had 17 goals and 22 assists.
“Anthony is a great mix of size and skill,” Maroons general manager and head coach Tyler Roeszler said. “He has also proven the ability to score and produce offensively at all levels. He uses his size and skill to get to the high traffic areas on the ice to create offensively.
“Anthony is very driven to reach the next level of his hockey career. He will be an excellent addition to our team.”
Lucarelli got into one playoff game with the Maroons and often practised with them. He’s counting on those workouts to help him next season.
“It gets me used to their pace and used to how they play, the systems they run, and used to all the guys, too,” he said.
Lucarelli was selected by the London Knights in the second round, 39th overall, in the Ontario Hockey League under-18 draft in April. He wants to make the jump to the OHL after one season with the Maroons.
“That’s the goal: have a good junior ‘B’ season and then hopefully crack the Knights,” said Lucarelli, who takes pride in his two-way game.
Fraleigh, 17, had six goals and 12 assists in 40 games this past season as a Mooretown Flags rookie.
“It was definitely rewarding,” he said about the Maroons’ early commitment. “Obviously you put so much work into a game that you love and it’s very rewarding to be able to continue to move up.
“I’m not saying that Mooretown is below me. I love Mooretown, I love the year that I had with them. It’s an amazing organization and an amazing team, but it’s always good to continue moving up.”
The five-foot-eight, 160-pound Fraleigh had six points in eight playoff games as the Flags reached the Provincial Junior Hockey League’s Stobbs Division final before the COVID-19 pandemic ended the campaign.
“It was amazing playing with such high-calibre players,” he said about the likes of division MVP Max Steeves and ex-OHLer Brock Perry. “It was a really good learning curve for me playing with guys like that and really just being in the dressing room where it feels like a family. It was a great experience.”
The Maroons’ coaches had an up-close look at Fraleigh when he practised with the team in late December and January.
“Daniel has great speed and competes extremely hard,” Roeszler said. “He uses that speed and high compete level to create turnovers and to create offensively.
“He also has great energy, high skill level, and is relentless on the puck. He will be a great addition to our group.”
Fraleigh said his strengths include “work ethic, dedication. I’m always going to be ready to play.”
Lucarelli and Fraleigh are former teammates on the Chatham-Kent ‘AAA’ Cyclones.
Gagner, 16, was picked in the sixth round, 115th overall, by the Peterborough Petes in the OHL draft in April.
The 5’10”, 140-pound Gagner had 11 goals, 18 assists and 62 penalty minutes in 33 games with the Cyclones in the Alliance minor midget season. He added eight points in eight playoff games.
“Ryan has great speed and is tenacious on the puck,” Roeszler said. “With Ryan’s great speed and energy, it allows him to contribute to his team in several ways. He uses his speed to be first on the puck and uses his high skill level to create offensively.”
Gagner practised with the Maroons late in the season as an affiliate player and got into one playoff game.
Maurovic commits to York
Maroons captain Dallas Maurovic has committed to the York Lions for next season.
The 21-year-old from Windsor is headed to the Toronto university after scoring a team-high 26 goals in 39 games this past season. He also had a career-best 51 points.
Maurovic was named the Maroons’ playoff MVP after scoring five goals, including three winners, and setting up five more in seven games.
The four-year junior veteran joined the Maroons early in the season.
He played four games with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Chicoutimi Sagueneens in 2017-18. He’s also played for the Leamington Flyers and for junior ‘A’ teams in Ontario (Carleton Place and Rockland) and New Brunswick (Edmundston).
Former Maroons defenceman Michael Douglas also plays for York.
Griffith top scorer on Moose
Veteran winger Seth Griffith of Wallaceburg won the Manitoba Moose’s scoring title for the second straight year Monday when the American Hockey League cancelled the rest of its season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Griffith, 27, led the Moose with 21 goals and 41 points in 58 games.
His seven pro seasons include NHL stints with the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers and Buffalo Sabres.
The AHL suspended its season March 12. The cancellation covers the regular season and the Calder Cup playoffs.