Don Robertson, general manager of the Dundas Real McCoys hopes he has found the final pieces to this season’s Major League Hockey puzzle.
“We have filled our last three cards with players who won’t be able to play regularly right away, but will be there for us in the long run,” said Robertson. “They are all-time McCoys’ scoring leader Mark Jooris, former Olympian Ryan Kuwabara and former Washington Capital Scotty Walker.”
Jooris, five feet, 11 inches and 180 pounds, is back with the McCoys for an 11th time. Following a lengthy European hockey career, the 47-year-old centre and Burlington native returned to Canada, and signed with the Dundas Real McCoys in 2000-01. Since then, he has scored 132 goals and assisted on 327 others for 459 points during regular season play.
Jooris was a member of Team Canada on three occasions, and has been coaching the Oakville Blades of the Provincial Junior A Hockey League this season.
Following a 15-year career in Japan, Kuwabara signed on with the McCoys last season. The six-foot, 205-pound right-winger scored 10 times in 14 MLH games while adding 22 assists for 32 points in regular season play. The 38-year-old Hamilton native played in six World Championships and once in the Olympics with Japan. He has been coaching the OPJHL Hamilton Red Wings this season.
Walker, 37, played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League scoring 151 goals in 829 games while assisting on 246 scoring plays. During the 2004-05 NHL lockout season he played for both the Cambridge Hornets and the Real McCoys. Walker has played for the Vancouver Canucks, Nashville Predators, Carolina Hurricanes, as well as Washington.
The five-foot, 10-inch, 189-pound centre has played for Team Canada four times, and on three occasions, the Cambridge native appeared in the World Championships. Walker has been the volunteer coach of the Ontario Hockey League Guelph Storm.