Former hockey players sign in ECHL

Two former members of the Ravens men’s hockey team are flying westward as they embark on professional careers after Carleton. Ravens faithful will have to have a new favourite ECHL team, as forward Damian Cross and defenceman Tim Billingsley joined the league’s Idaho Steelheads. The Steelheads are a minor league affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars. Cross spent two years with the Ravens after transferring from the NCAA’s Providence College in 2013. The 26-year-old Nepean native wore the captain’s ‘C’ on his jersey last season and finished third in team scoring in both years. Billingsley, a 6’2” rearguard, spent parts of four years with the Ravens, putting up 54 points. He was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes 189th overall in […]

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Former hockey captain takes his talents to Germany

The Ravensburg TowerStars of Germany announced the signing of former Carleton hockey player and captain Brandon MacLean last month. “Brandon is highly dangerous and uncompromising,” TowerStars head coach Daniel Naud told EIS Hockey News. The team also cited MacLean’s passion for the game and his professional attitude as advantages to signing the former Raven. MacLean said the jump to playing in Germany was a premeditated one. “My player agent threw my name out there to coaches and scouts in Europe and expressed my intent to move over there,” MacLean said in an email. “I had an offer the next day.” Now preparing to make the move overseas, MacLean said he is looking forward to the challenge. “I think ultimately I […]

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Ravens recruit local OHL player

With many of the team’s strongest players graduating this spring, an Orleans-raised Ontario Hockey League (OHL) player will don a Carleton Ravens jersey this fall after being recruited to help the men’s hockey team make up for losing many veterans. Joey West, formerly the captain of the OHL’s Peterborough Petes, was a notable recruit because of his leadership and work ethic, Ravens head coach Marty Johnston said. “He’s sort of a model student athlete that we’re looking for,” Johnston said. “His schooling background is very good and he’s obviously a very highly skilled player. That factor really adds to our lineup on the ice.” West spent five seasons with the Petes and finished his major junior career with 44 goals […]

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Former Ravens hockey captain experiences professional success

Former Carleton Ravens captain Brandon MacLean scored the overtime winner that catapulted the Florida Everblades to their first ever Kelly Cup championship in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) finals with a 3-2 overtime win against the Las Vegas Wranglers. “It’s a goal that you dream about scoring as a kid and you never think you’re going to get the opportunity . . It’s something I will never forget,” MacLean said of his overtime goal. The winning goal was MacLean’s fourth of the post-season, which contributed to his playoff-high total of 13 points in 18 games among rookies. “He’s someone who has a big heart and puts a stamp on everything he does,” said Ravens’ head coach Marty Johnston. “He’s […]

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