Trio gives Real McCoys potential scoring punch

Mark Jooris (Photo: Richard Zazulak)

DUNDAS – Dundas Real McCoy’s all-time scoring leader Mark Jooris has signed for the 2012-13 season, his first full campaign in Allan Cup Hockey in the past three years.

Jooris, is eager to get his 12th season underway. In 11 seasons, Jooris has scored 131 goals and set up 332 others for 463 points in 170 regular season games. In playoff action, he is 47-117 for 164 points in 92 games. He played one regular season game for the McCoys last season before joining them for the playoffs against the Whitby Dunlops on March 20. He picked up two points in the three games he played.

“Mark is clearly one of a kind. He is in the best shape that I have seen him in; he is ageless and is like a little kid…he just loves being on the ice,” said McCoys’ general manager, Don Robertson. “Last Friday at practice, he may well have been the best player on the ice.”

During the past three seasons, Jooris coached in the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League with the Burlington Cougars, Oakville Blades, and Markham Waxers. Last season he coached the Waxers to a 24-25 won-lost record and fourth place in the Northern Division. They eliminated Huntsville 3-0 in games before falling to Newmarket 4-2 in games. The Markham club is not operating this season.

Joining Jooris is former ACH allstar TJ Sakaluk, who will add depth to the club’s forward unit. In his two seasons with Dundas he has appeared in 44 games and has 34 goals and 46 assists. His totals include eight power play goals and four game-winning counters. Last season in 20 games, he had 16 goals, 21 assists for 37 points and 13 minutes in penalties.

“Sakaluk can do a lot of things up front, and he is definitely ready for another season,” said Robertson. “Spark plug Scott Mifsud is back and will start in October this year. The former East Coast Hockey League scoring star will give us a boost right from the start, and will increase our depth.”

In eight ACH games in his rookie season, he had eight goals, 14 assists for 22 points, four minutes in penalties and three power play goals. In playoff action, he proved his worth getting 12 goals and eight assists for 20 points and 12 penalty minutes. Those totals included six power play goals and one game winner.

“Mifsud is a real competitor, and will be fun to watch. We should have a balanced scoring attack that will give everyone more room to play and will be more difficult for teams to shut down.”

Robertson believes that with the proven scoring the team has signed there will be greater offence in Dundas this winter, and the Real McCoys “will be a lot of fun to watch this season, I can assure you.”

Dundas Real McCoys season tickets are on sale for $99 plus HST, and may be purchased through the Real McCoys hockey office at 179 King Street West in Dundas.