Last month, the Cornwall Prowlers of the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League convinced Chris Cloutier to sign with the senior ‘A’ club.
Coach and general manager Mitch Gagne says on the addition of the 37-year-old defenceman, the Prowlers “lacked some grit and physical play last season and needed to fill that gap.”
The veteran blueliner has been playing in Quebec’s semi-professional league, the LNAH, with the Pétroliers du Nord. Last winter, he suited up for 23 games, amassing 144 penalty minutes and zero points.
“After a long chat with Chris about needing him to play hockey more than the shenanigans as he can play the game not just the tough guy role, he committed [to Cornwall’s senior ‘A’ team] due to the uncertainty of the LNAH this season,” explains Gagne.
As a semi-pro league, the LNAH relies on strong spectator attendance numbers for revenue to play salaries.
Meanwhile, the EOSHL, an amateur league, does, of course, have expenses too, and will need some fans in the stands in order to operate this winter. As of now, it is a waiting game on that, with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing.