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Men’s Hockey Bolsters Forward Corps for 2015-16

Written by Carlos Verde

With the sting of a narrow second round playoff defeat against the rival UQTR Patriotes not far in the rearview mirror, Marty Johnston’s Carleton Ravens men’s hockey program has begun recruiting in the hope of replacing its six graduated seniors.

With the constant objective of an OUA championship and the consequent nationals berth still the goal in 2015-16, the Ravens men’s hockey program is proud to announce the commitments of four forwards for the upcoming season. Brett Gustavsen (LW), Curtis Meighan (C), Alex Boivin (C) and Brandon Belding (C/LW) will all join Marty Johnston’s program in the fall, as Carleton looks to better its second-place finish from last season.

Brett Gustavsen (LW)

Brett Gustavsen

Hometown: Scarborough, ON

Experience: Five-year OHL veteran (Ottawa, Belleville)

You’ll know him from: 189 games with the Ottawa 67’s

A feisty winger, Gustavsen can play the game any way you like. The 21 year-old posted 42 points in 2014-15 while wearing an “A” for the Belleville Bulls, and racked up 108 PIMs for good measure. One of the most well-respected players in the OHL, the move to Carleton represents a semi-homecoming for Gustavsen, who spent the first four seasons of his OHL career with the Ottawa 67’s.

Curtis Meighan (C)

Curtis Meighan

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Experience: Four-year OHL veteran (Kitchener, Ottawa)

You’ll know him from: 104 games wearing an “A” for the Kitchener Rangers

A local product from the east end, the 21 year-old Meighan makes the jump to CIS after a stellar 266-game OHL career. Meighan wore an “A” with the Kitchener Rangers in both 2013-14 and 2014-15 before being traded to the Ottawa 67’s, where he wrapped up his OHL career. The 5’11 centreman played his minor hockey in the region with Eastern Ontario Wild AAA organization, and brings a strong two-way game to Carleton.

Alex Boivin (C)

Alex Boivin

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Experience: 79 QMJHL games (Quebec), 130 CCHL games (Gloucester, Pembroke)

You’ll know him from: Leading the CCHL in points-per-game in 2015

Another local product, Boivin is a speedy offensive weapon who tore apart the Junior “A” CCHL in 2014-15, putting up 67 points in just 38 games with the Pembroke LumberKings. Notably, Boivin captained the Junior “A” Gloucester Rangers at age 18 in 2012-13. The 5’10 forward also played in sixteen QMJHL playoff games with the Quebec Remparts.

Brandon Belding (C/LW)

Brandon Belding

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Experience: 55 Major Junior games, captained CCHL team

You’ll know him from: His physical presence across three levels of junior hockey

A gritty player who brings a physical edge to the Ravens’ bottom six, Belding joins Carleton after an overage season in which he captained the Nepean Raiders of the CCHL and racked up 85 PIMS. A well-travelled forward, Belding dressed in four different leagues for four different teams across three levels during his junior career. Overall, Belding racked up 505 penalty minutes across four seasons, and will bring the same physical edge to the lineup that graduated senior Nick Duhn did last season.

All four players will join the team at training camp in August, and with the OUA recruiting season just getting underway, the four players above will likely be joined by other incoming freshmen in 2015-16.