Langton inks Manitoba natives Muminawatum, Ducharme ahead of 2020-21 CPJHL season

by Matt Mackinder

The Langton Royals have announced the signing of a pair of Manitoba natives in forwards Roman Muminawatum and Kashtin Ducharme for the 2020-21 CPJHL season.

A 19-year-old from Norway House, Manitoba, Muminawatum has junior experience playing in the KJHL for the Norway House North Stars and in the NA3HL for the Evansville Thunderbolts. 

Muminewatum had his best offensive season last year, compiling eight goals and 21 points in 22 games for the North Stars.

"Roman and I began speaking a year ago and he expressed how he wanted to play one more season in Norway House and then come out to Ontario to play for us," said Langton coach-GM Jason Do Paco. "Obviously, he took it seriously as he had his best production year to date. I'm looking to see the same results and more from him this season. I know he can deliver. He will certainly help us in the scoring department, hands down. 

"He understands that if he brings his best every day and works hard, he will be successful here and will get the opportunity to move forward."

Muminawatum said he's hoping the upcoming season with the Royals will help him fulfill several goals.

"I wanted to become a Royal because everything I've heard about this organization sounds great," said Muminawatum. "I think they can help me improve my skills on and off the ice and I can't wait to get started with this organization. I work hard and I like to play physical. It opens up ice for others and myself to be more offensive.

"My goals for this season are to develop my skills on the ice and become more efficient in my abilities. As well, I want to put my best effort forward to help our team win games this season. My goals for hockey are big ones. I would like to play collegiate hockey after junior and hopefully one day play professionally." 

Ducharme played his last three seasons with the KJHL's North Stars and will bring a physical presence to the Royals' offense.

Last season, he collected three goals and eight points over 20 games for Norway House.

"I'm really looking forward to having Kashtin here," said Do Paco. "He is hard on the forecheck and creates space for players. He's one of the unsung heroes. The guy who does the hard stuff, the take-a-hit-to-make-a-play type of stuff and he will go to the hard areas of the ice. We are looking to fill the areas we lacked in down the stretch last season as well as build on the areas we were successful in. We needed a few more experienced guys down the stretch and it showed in our results towards the end of the season. 

"Adding Kashtin and a few older guys will give us some more experience for later in the season when it's really needed."

Ducharme cannot wait to make the journey to Langton.

"I wanted to become a Royal because it seems like a great place to play and improve my skills," Ducharme said. "My goals for this season are to improve my skills on and off the ice and the Royals staff has proven to help me do that if I put in the work. My goals for hockey are to go as far as I can possibly go. I feel that if I play my game, which is physical and offensive, I'll have a shot at progressing to the next level."