Story by Jeff Gard/jgsportsmedia.com
Two trades were announced Monday as the Cobourg Cougars bolstered their roster in preparation for the 2020-2021 Ontario Junior Hockey League season.
Eighteen-year-old defenceman Aaron Chiarot was acquired from the Whitby Fury in exchange for a player development fee.
Last season, the 6-foot-2, 194 pound blueliner registered a goal and two assists in 13 games with the Brantford 99ers and a goal and two assists in 30 games with the Fury.
The Hamilton native was drafted 163rd overall by the Peterborough Petes in the 2018 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection and is the younger brother of Montreal Canadiens defenceman Ben Chiarot.
“Aaron is a mobile and physical defender who can separate players from the puck and create transition opportunities for his teammates,” Cougars head coach David DeMarinis stated in a release, adding that Chiarot “has taken significant strides in his development over each of the past two years and we think he’s capable of even more as he continues to develop.”
DeMarinis noted the addition of Chiarot’s skillset compliments the club’s group of young defencemen “and with veterans Justin Zuber and Derek Raposo, we believe we’ve got a formidable back-end as we prepare for the upcoming season.”
In the other transaction, the Cougars dealt 19-year-old forward Jacob Campbell to the Trenton Golden Hawks with forwards Stephane Crevier and Brad DiTillio as well as a player development fee coming back in return.
Crevier played the past two seasons for the LaSalle Vipers of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. The 19-year-old forward, listed as 5-foot-9, 174 pounds, of Tecumseh led the Vipers last season in goals (28) and points (66) as he also registered 38 assists in 49 games. He also represented the club in the league’s Top Prospects Game.
“Steph fits right in with what we’re trying to do offensively and build with our forward corps. His speed and skill really complements our team and gives us a boost up front,” DeMarinis stated. “He really broke out offensively last season with the Vipers in junior B and we’re going to rely on him to be able to contribute offensively for us this season.”
DiTillio, an 18-year-old forward from St. Catharines listed at 5’11, 154 pounds, played his rookie season of junior hockey last year for the Thorold Blackhawks of the GOJHL. In 45 games he scored 11 goals and added eight assists.
“Brad has a motor that stands out right away when he hits the ice,” DeMarinis stated. “He has a natural ability to control and distribute the puck, he sees the ice very well and is an above-average passer. What I really like about Brad is his compete-level. Every shift he plays heavy and with energy.”
Meanwhile, Campbell returns to Trenton where he played 41 games during the 2018-2019 OJHL season. Last year he played 15 games for the Collingwood Colt before being acquired by Cobourg. He registered 30 points (13 goals, 17 assists) in 36 games for the Cougars.