Paul LeBreux, Joe Jefferies and Jason York are very pleased to announce that Shawn Fensel (photographed on left) and Craig Whitten (photographed on right) have been added to the ownership group of the Kemptville 73’s.
Shawn was born on November 13, 1986 in Nepean, Ontario. Shawn played minor hockey in Nepean before playing three seasons of Jr. A hockey with the Nepean Raiders where his teams were quite successful winning the Bogart Cup twice and Fred Page Cup once. Shawn was named the CJHL’s best defenseman in 2005 before moving on to St. Lawrence University on a hockey scholarship. During his time at St. Lawrence he was a two year captain of the hockey team and graduated with a degree in Economics. After university Shawn continued playing hockey at the professional level but was forced out of the game due to injuries. For the past nine years, he has worked at Huntington Properties in Ottawa where he currently acts as the construction manager, taking care of commercial building retrofits and tenant fit up projects. In 2019/2020 Shawn got back into hockey as an assistant coach with the Nepean Raiders Jr. A club. He looks at this current opportunity with the Kemptville 73’s as a chance to give back to future generations of players in hopes that they have the same great junior hockey experience that he did. Shawn will be actively involved with hockey operations.
Craig has been focused on hockey since he was a young child. Being born in St. Albert, Alberta , near Edmonton, Wayne Gretzky was his hockey idol. He moved to Ottawa at a young age and grew up in the Kanata area, playing competitive going through the Kanata Minor Hockey Association. Before going to the University of Waterloo, he played 1 year of Jr B hockey with the Carleton Place Kings in 2003-2004. After graduating from Waterloo, he came back to Ottawa to work. He quickly joined Huntington Properties, a commercial real estate and development company where he became one of three partners of the company in 2013. Craig has helped the company expand exponentially over the last ten years as he currently oversees all business operations, leasing and is involved in investor relations for all projects. His passion for hockey remains strong to this day and he is very excited to be a part of the Kemptville 73’s organization.
The entire organization would like to welcome Shawn and Craig to the 73’s family!