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New goalie joins the herd

The Cranbrook Bucks will pack a little extra “punch” in the crease for the upcoming BCHL season.

This as the East Kootenay club welcomes goaltender Jaden Cholette to the herd.

Cholette, a native of Gloucester, Ontario, joins the Bucks after spending last season playing U18 AAA hockey with the Mount. St. Charles Academy program in Providence, Rhode Island, where he posted a .909 save percentage and 2.87 GAA through 28 games.

The Bucks are not the only ones who have taken notice of the 2006-born netminder, as he was ranked 20th among North American goalies who are eligible for the 2024 NHL Entry Draft following Central Scouting’s year-end report in April.

Bucks coach Ryan Donald expects his new goalie to have an immediate impact upon arrival.

“Jaden is a goaltender that our staff is excited to bring to our organization,” Donald says. “We feel that goaltending has been a position of strength for us in the past, and with Jaden joining us we believe he can emerge into a top goaltender in this league over time.  He has a nice mixture of positional play, athleticism and poise that makes him effective, and is a nice foundation for us to build upon during his time here in Cranbrook.”

The Cranbrook Bucks wish to welcome Jaden to the club and to the City of Cranbrook.