The Braehead Clan and the Dundee Stars are the newest additions to Great Britain’s Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL), starting play for the 2010-11 season. Added to the Edinburgh Capitals, the two teams bring the Scottish total to three, which will surely create great rivalries and great interest.
The Clan have signed an Ontario Hockey League alumnus that they hope will put some pucks in the net. Bobby Chaumont played four years in the OHL from 2001-02 to 2004-05, all with the Sudbury Wolves. A steady goal-scorer, Chaumont added 24, 23, 31 and 31 goals in his four seasons with the Wolves.
Chaumont has his name written in the Ontario Hockey League history books as the only player to not miss a regular season game over his four year OHL career. He played in each of Sudbury’s 68 games over his four seasons for a total of 272 consecutive games. This is a pretty amazing feat considering OHLers are also full-time students and often play 2 to 3 games over a weekend.
Bobby spent one season in the Canadian university system, 2005-06, with Dalhousie. He spent 2007-08 in the ECHL with the Dayton Bombers, but has spent the rest of his time in the world of professional hockey in the Central Hockey League. His last two seasons have been spent with the Mississippis RiverKings. He’s netted more than 20 goals in each of his three seasons in the CHL.
The Sudbury native lead the RiverKings in goals scored over the 2008-09 season, netting 28 in just 49 games. He was named to the CHL’s all-rookie team in 2006-07 as a member of the Laredo Bucks.
Above photo courtesy of Les Stockton @ Flickr.