Defending a championship is not new to the Dundas Real McCoys, however, the McCoys have proven themselves equal to the task.
In preparation for that task this season in Major League Hockey, the return of former league first team allstar and the league’s leading defenceman, Chris Wismer, is an important step for the club on the blueline. At six-feet, two inches and 200 pounds, Wismer will command attention and respect on the blueline.
”Wiz has been a dominant defenceman in the MLH, and we look forward to everything he brings to the game as we find our way back to the Allan Cup Tournament again next April,” general manager Don Robertson said of the 33-year-old Cambridge native.
McCoys have also added Omar Ennaffati, 30, a Toronto native and a former pro in Hungary. Last season he played for the Budapest Stars, a club that plays in both the Hungarian league OB I bajnokság and the Hungarian-Romanian league MOL Liga.
Ennaffati played university hockey for St. Francis Xavier University for three-and-a-half seasons, where he was part of a Canadian Interuniversity Championship team in 2004 and a First Team CIS All-Canadian in 2005. Ennaffati split the 2004-05 season between the university and three East Coast Hockey League appearances with the Idaho Steelheads. The following season, Ennaffati played for Alba Volan Szekesfehervar in Hungarian. During that time, he acquired Hungarian citizenship, even though he was born in Canada.
After two seasons in Hungary, he signed with the Manchester Phoenix of the European Ice Hockey League.
Ennaffati was named to the Hungarian National team in the 2008 World Championships and helped his club gain entry into Pool A. In 2009, he played in the IIHF World Championships against Canada.
“Omar’s history suggests he’ll be big a huge addition for us. He has played in World championships and pro hockey here and in Europe,” said Robertson.
“We are confident he’ll be big addition, and bolster our defence and being six-two, and 210 pounds doesn’t hurt either,” added Robertson. “If we play well defensively only good things will happen throughout the year and in the playoffs.”