Like Father Like Son: Family connections abound in 2017 OHL Priority Selection
The hockey world is a small world.
Another generation of draft eligible talent is knocking on the door, many with fathers who made significant impacts in the Ontario Hockey League as players in ages past and some who are still a presence in the league today.
Bloodlines run deep in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection, with no shortage of family connections for players eligible for Saturday’s event.
Here’s a look at a few of those father-son connections:
CAMARYN BABER (C) – SOO GREYHOUNDS MIDGET (GNML)
32 GP, 32G, 30A, 62 PTS.
Saginaw’s 3rd round (57th overall) selection
FATHER: Brad Baber – Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (1991-95), 1992 OHL Champion, 1993 Memorial Cup Champion. Sault Ste. Marie’s 7th round (107th overall) pick in the 1991 OHL Priority Selection from the Soo Legion Midgets.
The 2017 GNML Rookie of the Year and NOHA Player of the Year, Camaryn Baber turned heads in the north as the captain of the Soo Greyhounds Midgets. A gifted goal-scorer who plays the game hard, Baber is a player that a lot of teams undoubtedly covet headed into Saturday’s Priority Selection.
DALTON BANCROFT (RW) – QUINTE RED DEVILS (OMHA)
31 GP, 22G, 24A, 46 PTS.
Saginaw’s 11th round (204th overall) selection
FATHER: Steve Bancroft – Belleville Bulls (1987-90). Belleville’s 2nd round (20th overall) pick in the 1987 OHL Priority Selection from the St. Catharines Falcons Jr. B.
Though father Steve was a rugged defenceman taken 21st overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1989, Dalton Bancroft plays a well-rounded offensive game on the wing for the 2017 OMHA Bronze Medalist Quinte Red Devils. The 6-foot, 170Ib. right-shot is on the radar of OHL clubs.
JACKSON BERNARD (G) – CHICAGO MISSION U15 (HPHL)
13 GP, 9-4, 2.08 GAA, .923 SV%, 1 SO
Erie’s 15th round (300th overall) selection
FATHER: Mark Bernard – Hamilton Steelhawks (1986-88), 13-year minor pro goaltending career between 1989-2006. Now serves as Senior Director of Minor League Affiliations with the Chicago Blackhawks. Hamilton’s 6th round (78th overall) pick in the 1986 OHL Priority Selection from the Hamilton Kilty B’s Jr. B.
Sound positionally and square to the shooter, Jackson Bernard had a strong campaign for the Chicago Mission this past season. The son of a former OHL goaltender, Bernard plays a very composed game and has shown a great deal of potential as his game has developed this past season. At 5-foot-9 he isn’t the biggest goaltender out there, but his sound technical game makes him one to keep an eye on in the years to come.
TAG BERTUZZI (C) – OAKLAND JR. GRIZZLIES 16U (T1EHL)
49 GP, 21G, 29A, 50 PTS.
Guelph’s 1st round (2nd overall) selection
FATHER: Todd Bertuzzi – Guelph Storm (1991-95), 18-year NHL career from 1995-2014. Guelph’s 1st round (5th overall) pick in the 1991 OHL Priority Selection from the Sudbury Midgets.
Todd Bertuzzi was the first ever draft pick by the Guelph Storm prior to their inaugural season in 1991. With Guelph set to pick second on Saturday, there’s a strong possibility that son Tag, a player with many similar traits to his father, could be the next one. A big, versatile power forward with soft hands and a physical dimension, Bertuzzi’s heavy shot could be coming to an OHL rink near you.
AUSTIN BRIMMER (RW) – MISSISSAUGA REBELS (GTHL)
72 GP, 25G, 26A, 51 PTS.
Windsor’s 6th round (113th overall) selection
FATHER: Kent Brimmer – Ottawa 67’s/Belleville Bulls (1982-85). Ottawa’s 13th round (194th overall) pick in 1982 from the Simcoe Midgets.
A big winger, Austin Brimmer was part of the GTHL Champion Mississauga Rebels this past season. At 6-foot-1 with a good stride, Brimmer should attract attention from OHL clubs after his 25-goal campaign.
COLE CRAFT (RW) – NORTH BAY TRAPPERS (GNML)
36 GP, 13G, 19A, 32 PTS.
Sarnia’s 8th round (148th overall) selection
FATHER: Glenn Craft – Hamilton Dukes (1989-90). Hamilton’s 13th round (189th overall) pick in the 1988 OHL Priority Selection from the Hamilton Huskies Minor Midgets.
A 6-foot-1, 170Ib. winger with a scoring touch, Cole Craft is an intriguing prospect out of the Great North Midget League who helped his North Bay Trappers reach the league final this season before moving on to win Bronze at the OHF Midget Championships. Craft was impressive at the 2017 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour, guiding them to an undefeated finish with three goals, two assists and five points in four games.
MASON GOLDIE (C) – HURON-PERTH LAKERS (ALLIANCE)
33 GP, 3G, 4A, 7 PTS.
FATHER: Wes Goldie – London Knights/Owen Sound Platers (1995-2000). Owen Sound’s 1st round (6th overall) pick in the 1996 OHL Priority Selection from the St. Thomas Stars Jr. B.
The son of a prolific Owen Sound Platers scorer, Mason Goldie is a 6-foot centreman who played for a Huron-Perth team that struggled through parts of the 2016-17 season. Goldie has a projectable frame and plays the game physically. Wes Goldie remains the Owen Sound Attack franchise record holder for most goals in a single-game, a record set January 6, 1999 when he scored five times against the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors.
BRAYDEN GUY (LW) – BRAMPTON 45’s (OMHA)
34 GP, 12G, 20A, 32 PTS.
Sarnia’s 3rd round (45th overall) selection
FATHER: Mark Guy – London Knights (1988-91).
A committed two-way forward who served as captain of the Brampton 45’s this season, Brayden Guy plays a heavy game down low, controlling the puck off the cycle. Guy helped the 45’s reach the 2017 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour this season, putting up three points (2-1–3) over four contests.
AYDEN LETANG (LW) – LAMBTON JR. STING (ALLIANCE)
32 GP, 1G,3A, 3 PTS.
FATHER: Alan Letang – Cornwall Royals/Newmarket Royals/Sarnia Sting (1991-95). 14 NHL games from 1999-03. Assistant coach with the Owen Sound Attack. Cornwall’s 2nd round (20th overall) pick in the 1991 OHL Priority Selection from the Ottawa Valley Midgets.
A 6-foot 179Ib. left-shot, Ayden is the son of Owen Sound Attack assistant coach Alan Letang who played four OHL seasons before a lengthy pro career spent largely in Europe. Alan Letang was an eighth round pick of the Montreal Canadiens in 1993.
LUKE PEARSON (G) – WHITBY WILDCATS (OMHA)
21 GP, 0.61 GAA, 10 SO
Ottawa’s 9th round (166th overall) selection
FATHER: Rob Pearson – Belleville Bulls/Oshawa Generals (1988-91). Six year NHL career from 1991-97. Belleville’s 1st round (9th overall) pick in the 1988 OHL Priority Selection from the Oshawa Midgets.
Luke Pearson helped backstop the Whitby Wildcats to an OMHA Gold Medal and an appearance in the 2017 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Quarter-Final. The 6-foot netminder posted 10 shutouts and a 0.61 goals-against average on a Wildcats team that overpowered much of the competition in the OMHA’s ETA circuit this season.
ANDREW PERROTT (D) – DETROIT HONEYBAKED 16U (T1EHL)
46 GP, 6G, 19A, 25 PTS.
London’s 2nd round (34th overall) selection
FATHER: Nathan Perrott – Oshawa Generals/Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (1994-97). Three-year NHL career from parts of 2001-06. Oshawa’s 2nd round (31st overall) pick in the 1994 OHL Priority Selection from the St. Mary’s Lincolns Jr. B.
6-foot, 195Ib. defenceman Andrew Perrott of the Detroit Honeybaked 16U program follows in the footsteps of father Nathan Perrott, a rugged winger originally from Owen Sound, Ont. who put up 30 goals with Oshawa in 1996. Perrott plays a solid two-way game on the back end.
MASON PRIMEAU (C) – TORONTO NATIONALS (GTHL)
71 GP, 30G, 36A, 66 PTS.
Guelph’s 2nd round (22nd overall) selection
FATHER: Wayne Primeau – Owen Sound Platers/Oshawa Generals (1992-96), 14-year NHL career from 1995-2010. Owen Sound’s 1st round (4th overall) pick in the 1992 OHL Priority Selection from the Whitby Midgets.
At 6-foot-4, big two-way centreman Mason Primeau brings an intriguing package of size and intelligence to this weekend’s proceedings. Blessed with his dad’s big frame, Primeau possesses a good stride to get him around the ice. Though he missed the 2017 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour to injury, Mason, who is also the nephew of former star Keith Primeau, looks to carry on the family tradition of producing big, strong power forwards for the NHL.
NATHAN STAIOS (D) – VAUGHAN KINGS (GTHL)
16 GP, 5G, 11A, 16 PTS.
Windsor’s 1st round (17th overall) selection
FATHER: Steve Staios – Niagara Falls Thunder/Sudbury Wolves (1990-93), 15-year NHL career from 1995-2012. Niagara Falls’ 1st round (5th overall) pick in the 1990 OHL Priority Selection from the Hamilton Kilty B’s Jr. B.
Though limited to an abbreviated season due to injury, Nathan Staios has earned the label of being a “gamer” with his intense, competitive approach to every shift. Not a big defenceman, Staios makes up for his modest size with a big heart and shows a willingness to get in front of shots and be a committed presence on both sides of the puck. There’s a lot of offensive upside to his game as well, something dad Steve, who is now the general manager of the Hamilton Bulldogs, displayed during his OHL days before becoming one of the NHL’s most respected two-way blueliners.
CAMERON SUPRYKA (D) – QUINTE RED DEVILS (OMHA)
42 GP, 5G, 26A, 31 PTS.
Peterborough’s 3rd round (60th overall) selection
FATHER: Jason Supryka – Guelph’s 6th round (82nd overall) pick in the 1987 OHL Priority Selection from the Belleville Midgets. Assistant coach of the Kingston Frontenacs.
A smooth-skating defenceman for Quinte, Cameron Supryka logged big minutes for the Red Devils in all situations this season. Father Jason Supryka was drafted to the OHL and has served as an assistant coach with both the Belleville Bulls and the Kingston Frontenacs, where he currently coaches alongside Paul McFarland.
PAYTON VESCIO (D) – NORTH BAY TRAPPERS (GNML)
36 GP, 6G, 19A, 25 PTS.
North Bay’s 4th round (72nd overall) selection
FATHER: Kevin Vescio – North Bay Centennials (1982-86). North Bay’s 2nd round (23rd overall) pick in the 1982 OHL Priority Selection from the Stratford Cullitons Jr. B.
A highly touted defenceman from the North Bay Trappers Midgets, Payton Vescio helped his club reach the GNML Championship this year before falling to the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves in seven games. Vescio was part of Team NOHA’s undefeated showing at the 2017 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour, recording a pair of assists in four games. With a smooth stride and a growing 6-foot-1 frame, Vescio follows in the footsteps of father Kevin who patrolled the blue line with the North Bay Centennials for four seasons.
KEEAN WASHKURAK (C) – WATERLOO WOLVES (ALLIANCE)
32 GP, 17G, 21A, 38 PTS.
Mississauga’s 2nd round (30th overall) selection
FATHER: Joel Washkurak – Kingston Frontenacs (1989-91). 17 seasons as an OHL Official (1995-2012) including 12 as a referee. Kingston’s 6th round (88th overall) pick in the 1989 OHL Priority Selection from the Oshawa Midgets.
The captain of the ALLIANCE Finalist Waterloo Wolves, Keean Washkurak has drawn praise for his complete game, one that includes hard work in all three zones. Not a big player at 5-foot-9.5, Washkurak sees the ice very well and makes responsible decisions with and without the puck. He’s a name to keep an eye on through the opening rounds on Saturday.
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