Saturday, June 12, 2010

Canton native Hope commits to Sarnia

The Sarnia Sting announced this week that goaltender Brandon Hope has been signed to an OHL contract and education package.

A third round selection in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection, Hope, a Canton native, played for the Honeybaked Midget program last season. In 32 games with Honeybaked, Hope had a goals-against average of 3.25 and posted two shutouts.

Sarnia coach-GM Dave MacQueen is pleased with Hope’s decision to join the organization.

“Brandon was a guy we had rated as one of the top goaltenders in the draft," said MacQueen. "We are extremely excited to get him signed and believe he will be a strong part of our future as we continue to build this team through the draft. He now will come into training camp looking to compete with the other goaltenders in our organization for a spot on this year’s team.”

MacQueen gives a lot of credit to the Sting’s educational consultant Caroline White in helping sign Hope.

“Brandon is one of the top 1994-born goaltenders available in our draft and he is also an American-born player whose mother is an educator," MacQueen said. "He was very well aware that he had options available to him if he chose to go the NCAA route. Caroline White sat down with Brandon and his family and explained to them the importance of education in our league. That combined with the first-class education package that we are able to offer Brandon and he and his family realized the Ontario Hockey League and the Sarnia Sting would be the best option to them for Brandon’s development both on and off the ice.”

Photo courtesy Metcalfe Photography

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Booger! This is one quality kid and an excellent goaltender. Sarnia is in for a real treat the next few years. Just expect the unexpected and Booger is your man. Great choice kid!