Cantin completes Blaze roster
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze are delighted to complete their 2016/17 Elite League roster with the signing of 26-year-old defenceman Marc Cantin.
A native of Omemee, Ontario, Canada, the 6’1” former Memorial Cup Champion joins Blaze with over 100 AHL games to his name.
High-level professional experience
Turning pro in 2011, although undrafted to the NHL, Cantin was signed to an entry-level-contract by the Boston Bruins. Splitting time between Boston’s AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins, and the Reading Royals (ECHL), he was later traded to the New York Islanders organisation where he would remain for a further three seasons. The majority of time spent with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL with brief stops in the ECHL with Las Vegas Wranglers and Stockton Thunder.
In November of 2014, after his contract with the Islanders ended, Cantin opted to sign in the ECHL with the Utah Grizzlies. His strong performances were quickly recognised as after just nine games he was again called-up to the AHL, this time with the Norfolk Admirals.
Sadly for the Cantin family, Marc’s Mother, Monique lost a four-year battle with cancer in February 2015, resulting in him taking leave away from the game. He returned in January 16, signing with the Grizzlies again, and going on to play 41 games with 10 points (3+7) with 74 penalty minutes.
Overall, the Canadian with a left-hand shot has played 103 AHL games, with 7 points (1+6) and 209 penalty minutes. His ECHL record reads, 88 games played with 26 points (8+18) and 158 penalty minutes.
Junior (OHL) Memorial Cup Champion
In a unique situation, Cantin played in three Memorial Cup tournaments with three separate teams over four years in the OHL. Starting out with Belleville Bulls in 2007/08, he was then part of a blockbuster mid-season trade in 2009/10 moving to the Windsor Spitfires who would go on to win the much coveted Memorial Cup, with Cantin scoring in the final. His last year of junior, 2010/11 was spent with Mississauga Majors where he was named an OHL Second Team All-Star defenseman and the Memorial Cup’s Most Sportsmanlike Player. On completion of his junior hockey career, Cantin had played 249 games and compiled 16 goals and 64 assists for 70 points.
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, "Getting a guy of Marc's quality and pedigree at still a young age is an exciting signing for us. He instantly makes us better defensively with his all-round game. He's another great skater at the back and will be another puck moving guy which we can never have enough of. He is an all situations type guy who is tough to play against with his physicality and skating ability. He's tough to beat and will play big minutes for us! We wanted to finish our roster with another competitor type guy and he was the perfect fit!"
See Marc Cantin and his teammates hit the ice for the first time at the Skydome Arena against the Nottingham Panthers on Wednesday 24th August.