LONDON - London coach Kelly Thomson quickly used just one word to describe how Sean Consitt has played since joining the Nationals: “unbelievable.”
Thomson had nothing but praise for the 20-year-old Hensall native, who spent the first three and a half years of his Junior career with St. Marys Lincolns. The quick-skating forward was dealt to the Nats for cash and prospects just before the Jan. 10 OHA trading deadline.
“We went after Sean really hard at the trade deadline and there was a reason we did that,” Thomson said following his team’s 2-1 victory over St. Catharines Falcons last Wednesday night at the Western Fair sports complex.
“We played against him last year in the playoffs when he was with St. Marys. When you’re on the other side of a player like that, you find out what a competitor and character player he really is. We couldn’t be happier with the way he’s played for us.”
Consitt spent a season and a half as Lincs’ captain. After last Wednesday’s home-ice win, he said he was enjoying the playoff run with the Western Conference champion Nats.
“This is what I dreamed of,” Consitt said.
“I wanted to make something out of my last year. It’s my fourth year in Junior and we hadn’t won anything in St. Marys. I felt a change was needed. We’re getting it done here in London, and hopefully we can keep it up.”
Consitt says Nationals are “very focused” on the task at hand, and that’s hoisting the Sutherland Cup.
“This is an older team and they’ve been here before and they know what it takes,” he added.
“There’s a lot of experience on this team. I think there’s eight or nine guys that were here last year that lost to that (Falcons) team over there. Tonight, I think we wanted to send a message going into Friday’s game (in St. Catharines).”
In Friday night’s game in St. Catharines, Consitt scored 61 seconds into overtime--lifting London to a 5-4 victory. The win gave Nats a 3-0 record in the Sutherland Cup round-robin format, and gives London a berth in the OHA final for the first time in franchise history.
Consitt, meanwhile, finished second in team scoring with eight goals and 19 points in Nats’ 15-game run to the Western playoff title.
--Former Lincolns’ team scoring champ Seth Griffith (2009-10) recently signed a three-year entry-level contract with the NHL’s Boston Bruins, the London Free Press reported recently.
The 20-year-old Wallaceburg native is now in his third season with the OHL’s London Knights.
As a 16-year-old, Griffith was sent to St. Marys from the Knights so he could get a taste of Junior hockey. The right winger responded with 43 goals and 78 points to lead the Lincs in scoring.
Griffith is Knights’ nominee of the OHL’s most outstanding player this year. Despite missing six weeks with a broken bone in his hand, he had 33 goals and 81 points.
--New head coach of the Midwestern Conference’s Elmira Sugar Kings is Jeff Flanagan.
A Guelph resident, Flanagan spent this past season as bench boss of division rival Listowel Cyclones, but stepped down immediately following the season to become the team’s head of hockey operations.
When Dean DeSilva resigned after Kings were eliminated in six games in the quarter-finals by Cambridge Winter Hawks, it left Elmira’s head coaching position open.
Mitchell’s Mark Uniac, meanwhile, is Listowel’s new head coach. He served as an assistant under Flanagan this past season.
Daryl O’Connell, of Mitchell, joins the team as an assistant coach after four years behind the bench with Monkton Wildcats of the WOAA Sr. ‘AA’ League.
--It’s been a revolving door in Waterloo as the Siskins have brought in their third head coach in less than a year.
Siskins announced the hiring of Chris Lazary last week. The former York University men’s hockey assistant coach is replacing Brian O’Leary, who joined Siskins midway through the 2012-13 season after Randy Harbach was let go by the club 25 games into the Midwestern Conference schedule.