NORTH BAY, Ont. – The North Bay Battalion got a boost in leadership and offence Monday.
Captain Barclay Goodrow is to join the team Thursday, the eve of the Battalion’s Ontario Hockey League regular-season opener on the road against the Kingston Frontenacs.
Right winger Goodrow, who has been in camp with the National Hockey League’s Detroit Red Wings, informed Stan Butler, Battalion director of hockey operations and head coach, via telephone of the impending return.
“He was offered an American Hockey League contract but decided to play an overage year in North Bay instead,” said Butler.
In four OHL seasons, Goodrow has scored 94 goals and earned 68 assists for 162 points in 250 games. He led the Troops in scoring in 2012-13, their last of 15 years in Brampton, with 38 goals and 14 assists for 52 points in 62 games.
In four playoff campaigns, Goodrow, who enters his second season as captain, has four goals and seven assists for 11 points in 28 games.
The Battalion chose the Aurora, Ont., resident in the first round, 17th overall, of the 2009 OHL Priority Selection from the York-Simcoe Express minor midgets.
Goodrow gives the Battalion a possible full complement of three overagers, which would include right winger Matt MacLeod and defenceman Zach Bell.
MacLeod sat out all five preseason games with a sore groin, while Bell, who attended training camp with the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets, has been assigned to play AHL exhibition games with the affiliated St. John’s IceCaps, meaning he still could play professionally this season.
Goodrow will become the second five-year player in Battalion history, after defenceman Cameron Wind last season.
Goodrow’s return gives the Troops 26 players on the roster, made up of five centres, five left wingers, five right wingers, nine defencemen and two goaltenders.
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