Defending champion Stallions add O'Conor-Fenton, Knowlton to 2018-19 lineup

by Matt Mackinder

The defending CPJHL champion Essa Stallions have signed two more players for the 2018-19 season.

Today, the team announced the signing of returning defenseman Jacob O'Conor-Fenton and rookie forward Cameron Knowlton.

O'Conor-Fenton, from Barrie, Ont., suited up for the Stallions in 13 games, notching four assists and two PIM.

"Jacob is a part of our younger player movement," said Essa head coach and director of hockey operations Sylvain Cloutier. "We have a couple of youngsters that we are helping develop along the way, to get them ready to take there next step in their hockey career. He has made great strides since he began skating with the team in September, and we're very excited about his progress thus far. He's only going to get bigger, stronger, faster. This kid is what coaches look for, and we're very excited he is a part of our Stallion family." 

"He's going to be with us for a long time, and we're very happy we get to be a part of his career," added Essa assistant coach and GM David Lang. "He shows up, puts work in. Sometimes we're hard on him and ask for more. We do it because we know what he is capable of, and we want to help him get there."

Knowlton is a 6-foot, 170-pound 2001-born forward from Virginia Beach, Va.

He has played with the Hampton Roads Whalers out of Chesapeake, Va., for the last nine seasons. During his 2017-18 Midget Minor season, Knowlton played in 55 games and scored 48 pts (22 goals, 26 assists) including the game-winning goals in both the Chesapeake Bay Hockey League’s (CBHL) semi-finals and championship games. 

Knowlton ranked second on the team in points and added five GWGs.

“My time with the Whalers has been exceptional," said Knowlton. "Leaving the organization that I have played my entire hockey career for was the hardest decision so far in my life. I would like to thank Mr. Cavanagh and coach Brad Jones for the opportunity to play for such a great organization. The Whalers are a professional program and I will miss playing in the blue and green. I would also like to thank coach Grant Campbell and coach Ryan Anderson for developing me over the past four years, preparing me for this next step in my career. Although it is bitter sweet, I am very excited to start this new chapter in my life with the Essa Stallions and play for Coach Cloutier and Coach Lang.

"I cant wait to get to Canada and start the next season with my new team and teammates."