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12-21-2012, 11:35 PM
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Laurier Adds Christmas Recruit

Laurier adds former OHL top six and physical forward in Derek Schoenmakers. Schoenmakers, a Kitchener native, played part of 3 seasons with the Mississauga Majors before being traded to Sudbury part way through his 19 year old season. Shortly before this season started, he was moved to Windsor in an effort by Sudbury to maximize value and reduce their overage roster down to 3 players. In an effort to shake up their team, Peterborough then dealt for him during November. As the below articles indicate, it appears Schoenmakers grew tired of the constant movement and trades, failing to report to the Petes and decided to weigh his options and education.

As a player, his best season came in 2011-2012 where he scored 26 goals and 50 points. He played on the 2010-2011 Majors team which hosted the Memorial Cup. He also earlier this year played with the Sudbury Wolves in Europe in the World Junior Club Cup where he added 3 goals in 6 games en route to Sudbury's win.

There was speculation involving Laurier roughly a month ago:
Press from Peterborough where he failed to report http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.c...r-schoenmakers

Press from Kitchener where he would have been a welcome addition, and the teams top overager

Both articles mentioned his training with Laurier where he was contemplating enrollment. The general consensus appeared he would either wait for a trade to his hometown Rangers, or enroll at Laurier to begin his CIS career. It appears he has chosen the latter as he now appears on Laurier's roster.

He is listed at LW, and will likely slot in as an offensive player with power play time. He is the first 50 point OHL player to play for Laurier since Craig Voakes, and his CHL goal and point totals are the highest of any current Laurier players.

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