Ravens continue to add depth for 2012-13
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The Carleton Ravens continue to add depth to their roster, as two Ottawa natives have committed to the team for the 2012-13 season.
Forward Mitchell Porowski and goalie Francis Dupuis will both don the Raven next season.
An invitee to the St. Louis Blues training camp in 2010, Porowski won the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL) championship with the Pembroke Lumber Kings in 2008-09. The 6-4, 215-pound forward went on to appear in 149 games over three seasons for the Gatineau Olympiques in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, making it all the way to the league final in 2010-11.
Porowski joined the Ontario Hockey League’s Brampton Battalion last year, where he recorded 17 goals and 11 assists in 65 games.
“Mitch will bring size and versatility to our forward unit,” said Ravens head coach Marty Johnston. “He’s been a part of three winning programs and we hope that trend continues.”
Porowski said he is looking to bring some offence, size and hard work to the Ravens.
“I respect Marty and the organization and what he’s done in the past few years to bring a professional aspect to a school team,” he said. “It’s nice to be close to my family and friends and have the support from them. I’m lucky to have a good team like the Ravens so close to my front steps.”
Dupuis spent five seasons in the CCHL with four different teams, beginning and ending his Junior A career with the Pembroke Lumber Kings. In 2010-11, he backstopped Pembroke to a 2-0 win over the Vernon Vipers, helping his team capture the RBC Cup as Junior A national champions.
In his last season with the Lumber Kings, Dupuis finished with a 2.46 goals against average and tied for second in the league with an impressive 0.919 save percentage. He went on to be named CCHL goalie of the year.
“Francis has shown the ability to play at his best when it matters most,” said Johnston. “His composure and experience in big games are definite assets to our program.”
For Dupuis, the decision to come to Carleton was an easy one, especially with the opportunity to continue his hockey career in his hometown.
“I have heard nothing but great things about the hockey program and the positive direction it is heading towards, if not already there,” he said. “I believe I can bring a good, solid presence in the goaltending position. I can be somebody who will work hard and I’m hoping to be an elite goalie at this high level in the near future.”
Dupuis and Porowski join former Peterborough Pete, Joey West, as local players that have committed to the Ravens next season.