Windsor, ON – Kevin Hamlin, head coach of the University of Windsor Lancers men’s hockey team is pleased to announce his first set of standout recruits for the 2021-22 season.
Joining the Lancers in the fall are teammates John Parker-Jones and Matt McNamera from the OHL’s Peterborough Petes.
“We are really excited to have these tremendous young men wearing the Blue & Gold next season,” commented Hamlin. “I feel their incoming skill sets address the needs we have. They both compete hard and are blue collar individuals who plays better in bigger moments.”
A versatile athlete who plays both forward and defense, Parker-Jones played three season with the Petes. Standing at 6’7″, the Brantford, ON native accumulated 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists) and is a dominating presence on the ice.
“We are very pleased that John has committed to the University of Windsor,” said Hamlin. “He is a high end character player coming from a program that is known for its commitment to education and it’s players. John is a versatile player that will be used as a power forward. His size and strength will give him and others on our roster time and space. His work ethic, commitment and enthusiasm is infectious and he will be a great addition.”
Studying Criminology in the fall, Parker-Jones was blown away with everything the University of Windsor had to offer. “A top tier education with so many highly regarded programs to choose from and an exceptional hockey program with a great identity that fits how I view the game myself, it seems too good to be true,” he said. “Although the season is still months away, I am beyond excited for what Windsor will have in store for me as I move on from the OHL and into the next chapter in my life. I feel being in this position I will be making the strongest steps forward towards the goals I have for myself.”
McNamera, who will enroll in the Faculty of Human Kinetics and study Sport Management, is equally as excited to lace up his skates for the Blue & Gold. “Windsor offers amazing academic programs and top level athletic opportunities. After numerous talks with Coach Hamlin and some of the current players, I already feel at home. Because of this I am beyond excited to embark on this next stage of my life at the University of Windsor.”
A native of Peterborough, ON, McNamera spent his entire junior career with his hometown Petes, and set personal bests in goals, assists and points during the 2018-19 season. He finished his junior career with 31 total points (4 goals, 27 assists). In 2016, 6’0 defenseman participated in the OHL Gold Cup, recording 3 goals, and 3 assists in five games for Team OMHA White.
“We are pleased to welcome Matt to our Lancer family,” said Hamlin. “Matt comes to us from an excellent organization and we are confident he will transition into a top OUA defenseman. He skates well, defends with purpose, and can move the puck quickly up ice. Perhaps, the finest quality he offers his character and I know Matt will be a tremendous asset both on and off the ice.”
For more information on the Lancer men’s hockey team and the 2021-22 season, stay tuned to goLancers.ca as information becomes available. Be sure to follow them on social media @WindsorMHKY.