For home games during the 2017-18 season, the Carleton Place Canadians will be profiling one player from the team. This time, the profile is on Cade Townend.
Birthdate: June 17, 1999
Hometown: Carleton Place, Ont.
Weight: 180 lbs
Townend is currently in his second season with the Carleton Place Canadians, his hometown team.
Prior to entering the Canadians organization, he spent time with the Kanata Lasers on their Under-18 team. He was a Lasers first-round pick in the 2015 CCHL Draft and spent the 2015-16 season with Kanata before an off-season trade sent him to Carleton Place prior to last season.
“[My U-18 year] gave me the time and development to become the player I want to be, a two-way defenceman, physical play in my own end and throw up some points in the O-zone,” Townend said.
For Townend, he said playing in his hometown doesn’t come with any added pressure for him.
“It’s just cool everyone knows who you are and you just use that as your motivation to get better each day,” he added.
This season, Townend was named an assistant captain for Carleton Place following a first year with the team where he played 48 games and scored three goals and 12 points in the regular season. In the playoffs, he played in five games but went scoreless.
“First year, it couldn’t have gone any better. Won the Bogart Cup, got to experience some of the talent on the team and I’m pretty familiar with all the systems now. Looking forward to year two,” he said.
On the ice, Townend said he likes to be a two-way defender and enjoys the role of shutting down the opposition’s best forwards.
So far, Townend has seen his offensive production increase as he has one goal and seven assists in the Canadians first 16 games of the season.