Pat Payton, Sports editor
General manager Warren Nye has added more experience to an already veteran St. Marys Lincolns’ roster.
Last week, Nye told the Journal Argus that he recently acquired defenceman Kyle Flemington and forward Dean Pawlaczyk, both 20-year-olds, in separate deals. Both spent three years in the Ontario Hockey League with three different teams.
Flemington, who would have been a potential overager with London Knights had he stayed with the OHL club, is 6 ft., 7 inches and about 220 lbs. The Parkhill native started his OHL career with Saginaw Spirit (2009-10), then spent two years with Sarnia Sting before being traded to London prior to last season.
Flemington played in 30 games for the OHL champion Knights, recording one assist and 72 penalty minutes. He cleared waivers in the OHL before being acquired by the Lincs.
“We’ve obtained his rights from the Knights, and the (cash) deal is done,” Nye told the Journal Argus last week.
The GM says Flemington is more of a defensive blue-liner than an offensive one, and will likely see time on the Lincolns’ special teams.
“He brings experience, for sure,” Nye said. “He’s pretty cool and calm back there. He will give us defensive-zone coverage, especially on the penalty-kill.
“The more experience you bring in, the better everybody is going to be. He’s obviously picked up a few things after playing Jr. ‘A’ for three and a half years.
“He’s not likely going to be an offensive threat, but he can put the puck in the net . . . he did when he was a kid. He’s got a good shot and he moves the puck well.”
Flemington will attend Fanshawe College in the fall.
Pawlaczyk from Michigan
The left-shooting Pawlaczyk, who is 5 ft., 11 inches and 165 lbs., hails from Madison Heights, Mich.
After one season with Traverse City, Mich., he started his OHL career with Barrie Colts in 2009-10. After two years in Barrie, Pawlaczyk played the 2010-11 season with Sarnia Sting, picking up six points and 122 penalty minutes.
He started last season with Saginaw, and finished it with Muskegon Lumberjacks of the U.S. Junior Hockey League (USHL). Pawlaczyk had two goals, eight points and 99 penalty minutes in 36 games with the Lumberjacks.
“He’s probably the same size as (team captain Sean) Consitt, but he moves as fast as him,” Nye said.
“And nobody is going to bother him. He’s had his fights in the OHL. He was actually a goal-scorer playing minor hockey, but once he got in the OHL, he got the reputation as a fighter.
“He’s also going to give us some good experience. He will put the puck in the net in our league.”
Pawlaczyk will begin studies at the University of Western Ontario in the fall.
•Training camp for the Western Conference Lincs is now less than a month away.
•The new head coach of the Exeter Hawks is Dale Timmermans, who guided Strathroy Rockets to the Western Jr. B final last spring. He was let go by the Rockets at the end of the season.
Timmermans is the younger brother of Doug Timmermans, who was recently hired by the Hawks to be their GM.
The Timmermans were once coach and GM of the North Middlesex Stars, leading the Parkhill-based team to a Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League title in 2009.