Photo: Riley Nadeau of Espanola will be on the Blind River Beavers roster this upcoming season. Photo supplied
The New Tecumseth Civics are very proud to announce the advancement of last year’s Captain Riley Nadeau to the Blind River Beavers of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) for the upcoming 2018-2019 season.
The NOJHL is a Junior ‘A’ Hockey League that is a part of the bigger CJHL and the NOJHL has been responsible for sending numerous players to the NHL including current Florida Panthers Captain Derek Mackenzie and Vegas Golden Knights Defenseman Colin Miller.
Nadeau, the highest scoring captain in Civics history, was an offensive dynamo last year (producing at a clip much higher than a point per game) totaling 64 points (25G, 39A) in just 41 games throughout the season good for the 2nd best total points output in the franchises short history since rebranding from the Alliston Coyotes. Nadeau’s point total also put him 4th among U20 players in the league (1st U20 in North Division and 29th among all players) putting him in an elite group of players including South Division MVP Eisai Arai.
Nadeau paced the Civics offensively leading the team in both goals and assists while adding 4 game winning goals, 4 on the power play and 2 shorthanded all while limiting himself to just 18 PIM all year. At peak Nadeau was ranked the #11 player in the entire Northern Division in the GMHL power rankings
The 1998 born forward came to the Civics from the Espanola Express in the NOJHL where he was coming off a career year in which he had 22 points (8G, 14 A) in 56 games for his hometown team. The Civics choice for Offensive Player of the Year has a history of being able to facilitate the game on the ice with his hustle and leadership qualities that numbers don’t always show.
When asked about joining Blind River and his time in New Tecumseth, Nadeau had plenty to say: “I’m excited about joining the Beavers and playing my 20 year as a part of Hockey Canada. I’d like to thank New Tec for everything the organization has done for me and to better mature me. Last season was a great year and a stepping stone for me as an individual and as a teammate.”
Standing at 5’10” Nadeau is able to use his size and work his way in and out of the scoring offensive zone while maintaining a steady two way presence, a style of play he partially developed while playing for Espanola Secondary School where he put up 41 Points in 21 Games in the CAHS.