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Nanaimo Clippers Acquire Thomas Maia

The Nanaimo Clippers have acquired Thomas Maia from the Victoria Grizzlies for future considerations. Maia is a 20-year-old forward that put up 10 points in 14 games for the Grizzlies in the Extended Training Camp. He played in the NCAA Div 1 for RIT during the 2019-2020 season but decided to return to Junior A for his last year of eligibility.

Previously, he played three years in the OJHL participating in 156 games while adding 141 points, including 51 goals. During the 2018-2019 season, he was a big part of the OJHL championship team, Oakville Blades.

Darren Naylor, Head Coach and GM of the Clippers commented; “Thomas is a skillful player with high offensive capabilities. He is a quick pivoting player who will play both ends of the rink. He will help fill the gap with the loss of Tim Washe to the NCAA.”

Colin Birkas, Associate Coach, added; “I really liked Thomas over the Island Cup tournament. He plays a high skill game and is patient with the puck finding the open guys. He played on the Grizzlies top line this year and created a lot of havoc for the Clippers’ D core. He is a top 6 forward that is a welcome addition to the team.”