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The Best of the West

Sunday June 6, 2010

The Gee-Gees men’s hockey program is pleased to announce that Luc Olivier Blain, Dylan Hole, Kyle Ireland, Austin Krahenbil, and Matt White have committed to play hockey and study at the University of Ottawa in the fall of 2010.

With these new additions, the team will be sporting a Western look, as four of the five are joining the Gee-Gees after playing out west.

Originally from Longueuil, Qué., Luc Olivier Blain travelled across the country this past season to play for the Nanaimo Clippers in the British Columbia Hockey League for his final year of Junior A hockey. In 58 games, he scored 29 goals and collected 35 assists. He also previously played with the Saguenéens de Chicoutimi in the QMJHL from 2006 to 2009 alongside Dominic Jalbert, who also joined the Gee-Gees earlier this spring. The 6’3” centre will be studying in Communications.

“Luc will bring size and skill down the middle and we are very fortunate to add a person of his character to our program,” says head coach Dave Leger.

At 6’5”, Edmonton, Alb., native Dylan Hole will look to provide a strong physical presence in the defensive end for Gee-Gees. Hole played two years for the Concordia Thunder in Alberta.

“Having been an Alberta boy all my life, I did not imagine that I would be moving out east to the nation’s capital, said Hole. This is the right fit for me not only athletically but also academically.”

Hole will be pursuing a Bachelor in Social Sciences with an emphasis in international economics and Development. He already has a business degree from the Concordia University College of Alberta.

From the Prairies, Kyle Ireland and Austin Krahenbil will be united as teammates on the Gee-Gees team after competing against each other in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL).

Ireland played with the Notre Dame Hounds for three years and finished the 2009-10 season having played 50 games, during which he amassed 25 goals and 35 assists. The Rosetown, Sask., winger was named to the 2009-10 SJHL second all-star team and was also an honourable mention for the SJHL Most Valuable Player award.

Leger describes Kyle as a “true leader and fierce competitor who will play in the nasty areas on the ice. Austin is a big defenseman at 6’3 and has a good shot and also well respected for his grit and leadership. Both players will bring a great work ethic and competitiveness to our program.”

Defenseman Austin Krahenbil will be coming to uOttawa after playing for his hometown Melville Millionaires. A finalist for the SJHL Top Defenseman Award, he has been accepted to the Bachelor of Science honours program with a Major in Geology.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge and excitement of the big city, said Krahenbil. I’ve always thought a team should be like a family and I’m looking forward to meeting 25 new teammates. I’m really glad I have the opportunity in the near future to throw on a Gee-Gees jersey.”

Rounding out this strong group of recruits is former Junior ‘A’ Ottawa Senator Matt White. White was captain of the Junior Sens team for the past two seasons and demonstrates strong leadership skills.

“I chose to attend the University of Ottawa because of its combination of strong academics and a great hockey program,” said the 21-year-old Ottawa native.

In his final season, he played 62 games and scored 29 goals while picking up 36 assists. He is enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Sciences honours program with a major in political science.

“Matt is a very smart and responsible two-way player and we are very fortunate to add his leadership to our program, says Leger. He is an Ottawa boy that has chosen to stay in his hometown for school and he will evolve into a very good player at our level and we are very fortunate that he has chosen our program.”

Leger adds that he is extremely pleased with this class of recruits. “Our goal was to add character, skill and size and we have been able to achieve that to date. Our responsibility now is to ensure that we integrate these players into our program and ensure that they are all prepared to make the transition to our league.”

The Gee-Gees kick off their season at home on October 8 against Queen’s.