Stallions bring back James to patrol crease, help defend President's Cup championship

by Matt Mackinder

The Essa Stallions have announced the re-signing of goaltender Ethan James for the upcoming 2018-19 CPJHL season.

The 5-foot-7, 170-pound native of London, U.K., will look to own the crease in the CPJHL again for the upcoming season, as he looks to backstop the Stallions to back-to-back President's Cup championships.

"Obviously, having Ethan back is a huge plus for us," said Essa head coach and director of hockey operations Sylvain Cloutier. "He is great to have around the room, brings a wealth of international experience, and is a key player for the club. Our team is going to be quite competitive again this season. Our core group of players are back, and our new additions are going to compliment them quite nicely. 

"Camp is going to be a test for the boys, and will help us determine a lot of things moving forward."

"(James has) shown what he can do in this league, and we expect him to only be better," added Stallions GM and assistant coach David Lang. "We have a good group of goaltenders this year, and they're going to push one another, which in turn will make each other better. This season is going to be much different for us. We have a huge target on our backs, and we're going to be getting every team's best effort the entire season. Lucky for us, we know the boys are going to be prepared to handle it as 'Clouts' will have the boys ready." 

Last season, James led the league in GAA (1.37), save percentage (.949), and shutouts (4). He held a record of 23-2 during regular season and playoffs.