James Jodoin of the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Trenton Golden Hawks has confirmed his commitment to join the Toronto Metropolitan University Bold in the OUA and U SPORTS beginning with the 2024-25 season.

The 21-year-old Oakville product joined the Golden Hawks part way through this season after three-plus seasons with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League.

Injuries limited the defenceman to 13 regular season games with the OJHL club during 2023-24.

“I am very excited for the opportunity to further my hockey career and fulfill my education at TMU,” Jodoin said on the Golden Hawks website. “I wish to thank the staff, volunteers, fans and the community of Quinte West. I want to continue to play and develop with the best program in the country.”

TMU, which dropped the OUA championship game in overtime Saturday, is hosting the national championship tournament beginning Thursday.

“Jod’s (Jodin) is a great young man,” said Trenton Head Coach and General Manager Derek Smith. “He’s obviously been through a tough time this year with some injuries, but he’s a big part of this team.  

“He’s had a great junior career, a lot of success in the OHL (Windsor Spitfires).  A good player on the ice and a great leader for us.  We’re excited to see his future take him to TMU in hockey and we’re excited to see where it leads after.”

Former OJHL players on the Toronto Metropolitan roster include Kyle Bollers (Brantford, Aurora) Zach Roberts and Elijah Roberts (Stouffville), Jaden Condotta (North York, Georgetown), Dustin Hutton (Pickering), Jaden Raad (Trenton), Ryan Dugas (Milton, Burlington, Oakville), Evan Brand (Kingston), Joe Rupoli (Mississauga), Evan Tanos (St. Michael’s), Danil Antropov (Pickering),   Aleks Dimovski (Toronto Patriots), Jackson Doherty (Oakville), Carson Gallagher (Whitby, Cobourg), Dustin Hutton (Pickering, Toronto Jr. Canadiens, Georgetown), Ian Martin (Pickering) Cole Resnick (Mississauga) and William Sirman (Markham, Burlington).

The Golden Hawks lead the Stouffville Spirit three games to none in their opening-round playoff series. Game 4 in the best-of-seven is scheduled for Thursday night in Stouffville.

Congratulations to James and best of luck in the OUA!

The OJHL has had more than 45 NCAA Division I scholarship commitments already this season.

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