CPJHL announces addition of Muskoka Anglers for 2018-19 season

by Matt Mackinder

The Canadian Premier Junior Hockey League has announced today that it has approved the addition of the Muskoka Anglers franchise for the 2018-19 season.

The Anglers join the Niagara-on-the-Lake Nationals and Universel College Unik as new teams in the CPJHL for next season.

“Our league continues to grow in the right direction and the Muskoka Anglers are exactly what we look for with regards to location and ownership,” said CPJHL president Stephane Laveault. “With the success that we have had in our two years as a league, franchises want to join in our growth and with solid people like (team president, owner and GM) Philip Guilmette in Muskoka, we are getting just that.”

Guilmette said he can’t wait to get started in the CPJHL.

“The CPJHL is a new league that has developed a good reputation,” said Guilmette. “Constant growth through the last two years has provided incredible options for its players. Secondly, I think it important to mention that it is a democratically-run league, which appeals to us immensely.

“We have designed our entire program around player development – it is one of our absolute priorities. We have ice every day for two hours, off-ice every day for an hour and video review with our coaching staff both as a team and as a 1-on-1 basis. Our entire program has been developed to build players, both on and off the ice.”

The Anglers will play out of the Graeme Murray Arena in Gravenhurst, Ont., and former Ferris State University (NCAA Division I) player and minor pro player Tim Vokey will serve as the team’s head coach.

As to what type of team the Muskoka fans can expect, Guilmette said the Anglers will be a team that will be a solid representation to the area and local communities.

“Because we have teams in Essa, Bracebridge and Coldwater, I think our fans can expect some early local rivalries,” said Guilmette. “We are still working with our coaching staff to develop the mold of our team and how we want to play, but we expect a hard-working, quick-shift style of play. 

“What's next for us is to fill out our roster with the most talented players we can find. Our main focus will be getting the best team we can.”

For more information, visit the Anglers website www.muskogaanglershockey.com or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MuskokaAnglersJrA) and Twitter (@MuskokaAnglers).