Tuesday, July 30, 2013 | Men's Hockey
The Carleton Ravens men’s hockey team is pleased to announce that former Ontario Hockey League (OHL) defenceman Jake Cardwell will be joining the team next season. Cardwell is a Niagara Falls native, and is returning to the city where he became a fan favorite during his junior days with the Ottawa 67’s.
Cardwell’s skill and size will be a boost for the Ravens on the blue line. The 6’2, 206 pound defenseman can play in all situations and he’s expected to be a key contributor on the powerplay. In joining the Ravens, Cardwell brings a wealth of experience from playing in the OHL for five seasons.
He broke into the league as a 16 year-old with the Sudbury Wolves, playing just over two seasons with the organization. But it was Ottawa where he made a name for himself on the ice. In his 125 games with the 67’s, he registered 70 points (15G, 55A) and 118 penalty minutes. Fans enjoyed his work ethic and offensive rushes – something the Ravens are also excited for.
“We have watched Jake develop as a player for the last three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League. His offensive upside will help round out our defensive core,” Ravens head coach Marty Johnston said.
After two and a half seasons with the 67’s, Cardwell was dealt midway through last season to the Belleville Bulls who were making a run at the league finals. After a tough seven game series loss to the Barrie Colts in the Conference Finals, Cardwell had a big decision to make about his future.
“I know some guys on the team and know the city well. I played junior there for three years with the 67’s. The school is an established school and everyone I’ve talked to likes it,” he said.
The Ravens also welcome the experience and pressure situations Cardwell has played in during his last few seasons. He was up to task registering 21 points (8G, 13A) in his last 35 post-season games.
“Jake has been very impressive in the playoffs the past two seasons playing in back-to-back Conference Finals. We look forward to seeing him in a Ravens uniform,” Johnston said.
While Cardwell will be adjusting to the university lifestyle, he will be familiar with his surroundings which should make for a smooth transition.
“I’m looking forward to be back in Ottawa. It’s just a clean, big city. Everyone still knows everybody, yet it is still a big city – it’s a hockey oriented city,” Cardwell said.