The Crusaders have brought in two more hometown players to the organization. Both Jesse Zaharichuk and Cameron Reagan have joined the Crusaders after the two of them both spent time in the WHL. Jesse Zaharichuk, the cousin of Crusaders forward Darcy Zaharichuk, and Reagan have been teammates before once for the Kamloops Blazers and the other back in their midget AAA games. It is hoped by bolstering their lineup with WHL talent that the Crusaders can be considered championship contenders.
Zaharichuk has been acquired from the Drumheller Dragons in exchange for future considerations. The new Crusaders forward only played one season in the AJHL for the Dragons where he produced 14 points in 48 games before leaving for the WHL. The 19-year-old forward split his time in the WHL between the Kamloops Blazers, Kootenay Ice, and the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Overall, he was a solid player for all three teams and finished with 73 points in 125 games. His best season actually as recently as this season where he was averaging a point per game before parting ways with the Hurricanes.
The Crusaders currently rank third in the Viterra North division with 114 goals, now with the acquisition of Zaharichuk we should expect to see the Cru rise in that category. Also, now that Darcy will be playing on the same roster as his cousin it may give him a spark and get his season back on track. The last time the Zaharichuk cousins played together was back in 2013 in midget AAA where they combined for 64 points.
Switching gears to the other end of the ice now with Cam Reagan. The 19-year-old defenseman was signed today to add some much-needed help on the back end. Although the Cru are ranked so high offensively, the team is currently third in goals against in their division with 108. Reagan will also bring some discipline to the roster having on registered only 29 penalty minutes over four years in the juniors.
Crusaders General Manager, Kyle Chase, is extremely excited to have Reagan on the team. “Cam’s the exact kind of defensemen we were looking for. He’s a big, shutdown defensemen, but he’s got a heavy shot from the point”. Chase continued on to say, “He’s good on the power play, tough to play 1-on-1 and he’s really the complete package that we want on our back end”.
Reagan played for the Kamloops Blazers for three seasons where he registered seven points before being moved to the Prince Albert Raiders last season. During his time with the Raiders, Reagan played 18 games collecting three more assists for his career.
Despite their tough start to the season, the Crusaders are now the hottest team in the AJHL North with a 7-2-1 record in their last 10 games. With this recent form, the Cru have been able to attract players such as Zaharichuk and Reagan which leads Kyle Chase, general manager, to believe that they have a shot this season.
“It’s going to be a tough road, but I think we’ve got the horses in the barn to make some noise and move up the division,” Chase told us.
After all that has happened with the Crusaders recently, with trades and excellent form, it is looking like they will have an interested second half of the season. Should be exciting for all Crusaders fans.