Written by Kassia Skorzewska
Photo by Marc Lafleur
OTTAWA, Ontario – As the summer months dwindle, the Carleton Ravens men’s hockey team is recruiting more rookies for their upcoming 2019-2020 season. So far, the committed recruits are Matt Barberis, Mark Grametbauer, Jaeger White, Cole Carter, and Kody McDonald.
Matt Barberis (21 years old)
Position: Defenseman, shoots right
Former Team: Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League (WHL)
This past year, Barberis split his time with the Vancouver Giants and the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL. With Vancouver, he played in nine games, recording one goal and two assists, for three points. He then saw time in 11 games with Kelowna, as he recorded one assist.
“We’re kind of looking for a right handed defenceman, and Matt definitely fit that,” Ravens head coach Shaun Van Allen said.
“We flew him down, met him, great kid. He’s definitely going to help our defence, really good puck mover, very strong on the powerplay,” he added.
Mark Grametbauer (20 years old)
Position: Goalie, shoots left
Former Team: Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)
During the 2018-19 season, Grametbauer played in 51 games for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, as he posted a 4.23 goals against average and a .890 save percentage.
“We needed a goalie, and with Justin being likely his last year, it’s a lot easier to get one goalie then trying to get two,” Van Allen said.
“So, we looked at Mark earlier, and we identified him as one of the guys we’d like to try and get, and lucky enough we were,” he added.
Grametbauer’s attendance of the Tampa Bay Lightning development camp back in July of 2016 will also be a valuable asset to the Ravens, as he has learned skills that he has applied to his game.
Jaeger White (21 years old)
Position: Centre Forward, shoots right
Former Team: Kootenay Ice of the WHL
Following in his brother’s footsteps, White will be the second in his family to play for a team in the USports. White’s older brother Torrin currently plays for the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns men’s hockey team.
This past year, while on the Kootenay Ice, White played in 67 games, recording 28 goals and 24 assists for a total of 52 points.
“He’s a very skilled player. Very good offensively. He’s going to be outstanding on the power play, shoots the puck very well, good vision, we’ll be looking for him to put up good numbers for us,” Van Allen said.
Cole Carter (20 years old)
Position: Right Wing Forward, shoots right
Former Team: Mississauga Steelheads of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)
This past year, Carter captained the Mississauga Steelheads to the OHL playoffs, where they set themselves up with a series against the Sudbury Wolves.
While on the Steelheads, Carter played in 61 games, recording 35 goals and 34 assists for a total of 69 points.
“We’re looking to get him to come in and help our offence go to another level,” Van Allen said.
“Definitely a good offensive player. He’s a local guy from the area, and we’re really excited to have him.”
Kody McDonald (21 years old)
Position: Right Wing, Centre, Forward, shoots right
Former Team: Victoria Royals of the WHL
Similar to Barberis, McDonald also split his time between two teams this past year. McDonald started off the year with the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL, where he played in 30 games, recording six goals and 12 assists for a total of 18 points.
He then played in 32 games for the Victoria Royals, as he recorded 17 goals and 10 assists for a total of 27 points.
“He’s buddies with a few of the guys on our team, they identified him early, we asked around, we watched him, and we like his grit level too, so it makes us a tougher team to play against,” Van Allen said.
So far, the Ravens have added depth to their team for their upcoming season, as they have added a goaltender, some defence, and guys who can come in and score.
“In my mind right now, they should all be big contributors to this team. We’re really happy with the five guys that we have coming in right now,” Van Allen said.