The Lasalle Vipers are excited to announce 3 new signings. Dante Bertolin, Connor Chartrand and Jaksen Ward have all committed to the club.
Bertolin, is a 2006 born goalie from Windsor, Ontario. Dante backstopped the Windsor Jr Spitfires U18 team last season starting in 16 games and recording a 2.30 GAA.
Chartrand, is a 2006 born forward from Lasalle, Ontario. Connor also played for the Windsor Jr Spitfires U18 team last season and recorded 21 goals and 19 assists for 40 points in 40 games.
Ward, is a 2006 born forward from Windsor, Ontario. Jaksen played for the Windsor Jr Spitfires U18 team last season and recorded 11 goals and 27 assists for 38 points in 37 games.
General Manager John Nelson spoke on the three acquisitions.
“The Vipers are excited to commit to 3 players from the U18 AAA Windsor Spitfires Program.” Nelson said. “We feel the additions of these 3 players keeps the culture strong and adds great character.”
Jaksen Ward is a 3rd round pick of the Windsor Spitfires in the 2023 U18 Draft. “His hockey sense is very good and plays the game with a lot of discipline.” Nelson said. “He goes to the net hard with his stick on the ice and he can play a solid 200 foot game.”
Connor Chartrand is a Center and plays the game with a lot of discipline. “His first 3 steps are very quick, he is committed to both ends of the rink.” GM Nelson said. “He was the Captain of the 2006 AAA group for many years. Connor compete level is very high and he goes into the corners with an edge.”
Dante Bertolin had a solid season with the U18 Windsor AAA program. “His coming out party was the Ontario Regionals held in Windsor.” GM Nelson said. “He had an exceptional week as he impressed the Spitfires staff and they drafted him in the 2nd round of the U18 Draft. His upside is huge, he’s an exceptional multi sport athlete, we look forward to his continuous development within our organization.”
Welcome to the Vipers, Jaksen, Connor and Dante!