Local lads of the Ontario Hockey League
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Several skaters who competed in Sault Ste. Marie is on the Ontario Hockey League team roster. And now that OHL is back from vacation, let’s look at some stats on the local boys.
• Jack Matier, Ottawa 67. The tall defenseman and member of Team Canada has developed into a points-a-game defenseman in the 67s. Matier, who was born in 2003 and is a Nashville Predators National Hockey League draft pick, has eight goals, 18 assists and 26 points in 26 games for the 67ers. The 67ers rank first in the 20-team OHL standings and are coached very well by former Soo Greyhounds bench boss Dave Cameron. Matier, an Ottawa first draft pick in the 2019 OHL priority selection draft, went for the one pick of the 67 after being bypassed by his hometown Hounds in favor of another defenseman who has since been traded.
• Calem Mangone, Saginaw Spirit. Bypassed in the 2020 OHL Priority Selections Draft but the first pick of the 2021 OHL Supplemental Draft, the forward, born in 2004, has shown his hockey spirit in a big way. In his second full season at Saginaw, the little Sizzler has recorded nine goals, 19 assists and 28 points in 31 games for the Spirit so far this 2022-2023 season.
• Cooper Foster, Ottawa 67. In his first full season with the 67ers after spending most of the 2021-2022 season with the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, Foster is with Ottawa 2022-2023 with 13 goals , seven assists and 20 on track points in 31 games. Foster, who has a birth date of 2005, was selected by Ottawa in the second round of the 2021 OHL draft priority selection.
• Tyson Doucette, Sarnia Sting. After stints of two NOJHL seasons with the Soo Thunderbirds, the 2004-born forward brought the team to Sarnia for training camp last fall. And the rookie forward has four goals in 29 games while continuing his development as a fourth-line skater at Sting.
• Connor Toms, Soo Greyhounds. As the Hounds’ third-round draft pick of 2020, Toms is pushing for the regular in his second full OHL season. The 2004-born defender has one goal, three assists and four points in 29 games so far this season.
• Lincoln Moore, Saginaw Spirit. Another Saginaw first-round draft pick, the 2005 big forward scored three goals in 20 games for Spirit in his OHL rookie season. Moore hails from the Garden River First Nation.
• Devin Mauro, Sudbury Wolves. An undersized forward, Mauro is in his first full season after being Sudbury’s 11th pound pick in the 2020 OHL priority draft. The 2004-born skater, a former member of the NOJHL’s Blind River Beavers, has two goals, one assist and three points in 20 games with the Wolves.
Mason Chitaroni, Acadie Bathurst Titan. Chitaroni, a London Knights fifth-round pick in 2020, has not been signed by the OHL powerhouse. And after some NOJHL developments with Blind River and Soo, Chitaroni ventured into the Quebec Major Jr. Hockey League to sign with Acadie-Bathhurst as a free agent before the start of this season. The 2004 defenseman has two assists in 20 games for the Titan.