Lincolns sign three more players
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Aug 02, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

Lincolns sign three more players

St. Marys Journal Argus

Pat Payton

Sports editor

General manager Bill Bourne announced last week that St. Marys Jr. ‘B’ Lincolns have signed three more skaters for the 2013-14 Western Conference season.

Defenceman Ben Kirwin was a member of the Thamesford Jr. ‘C’ Trojans last season. In 37 games, the Embro native had six goals, 18 points and 69 penalty minutes. Four of his goals came on powerplays.

Kirwin, who is 6 ft. and 170 lbs., turns 18 in September.

Also signed last Tuesday night was Ocean Check, a centre who played for the London Jr. Knights ‘AAA’ Midgets last winter. The 17-year-old Check attended Lincs’ training camp a year ago.

Check hails from Melrose, just west of London. He is listed at 5 ft., 10 inches and 175 lbs.

Centre Mike Siddall was signed earlier in the summer. The 18-year-old St. Marys native will be starting his second season with the Lincolns.

As a rookie a year ago, Siddall had 12 goals, 21 points and 41 penalty minutes in 24 games. He was arguably Lincs’ best player when he was seriously injured during a December game in London.

The St. Marys minor hockey product is listed at 5 ft., 10 inches and 175 lbs.

The addition of Kirwin, Check and Siddall brings the number of players signed for this coming season to 12--five defenceman, six forwards and a goaltender.

Lincolns also signed forward Dan Lawson earlier this summer. However, plans have changed for the 19-year-old Lawson who will now be attending post-secondary school in Windsor, and won’t be available to St. Marys, Bourne reports. He played last season for Exeter Jr. ‘C’ Hawks.

Jr. B notes:

--Lincs’ main training camp begins Sunday, Aug. 25 at the PRC. The team has a pre-season game the following night.

Lincolns’ season opener is Wed., Sept. 4 in LaSalle against the Vipers. Their home opener is Friday, Sept. 6 when Strathroy Rockets come to town.

--Forward David Sproat, who played the last two seasons with Lincs, will be attending the University of British Columbia this coming school year. The 19-year-old Sproat, a St. Marys native, finished as Lincolns’ third-leading point-getter last season.

--Defenceman Kurtis Lavis has a tryout with Kelowna, of the British Columbia Tier II Jr. ‘A’ Hockey League. Lavis played the last three seasons with St. Marys, and was Lincs’ leading scorer among defencemen.

At the team awards banquet last spring, the 20-year-old from Ingersoll was named Lincs’ top blue-liner and team MVP.

--Mike Siddall is attending a three-day hockey camp at Cornell University in New York State this week.

--The London Free Press reports that Dave Warren is the new head coach of Lambton Shores Predators. He is also a scout for the OHL’s London Knights.

Warren replaces Mark Davis, who returns to coach Chatham Maroons for a second time. Davis coached Maroons to the Western title in 2005-06.

Chatham’s former coach, Bill Bowler, is the new head coach of LaSalle Vipers.

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