1st Pick Connor McDavid Commits to Otters
(pictured from left to right: Otters General Manager Sherry Bassin, Connor McDavid and Brian McDavid)
The Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League are proud to announce that center Connor McDavid has signed an Ontario Hockey League contract. The announcement was made by Otters General Manager Sherry Bassin.
“This is a proud moment in the history of the Erie Otters to sign Connor McDavid,” Bassin said. “This is a special player and a special person. The whole hockey world knows him as a player. We are fortunate to know him as a person. When you put his ability together with his character, you get a special player. We welcome the McDavid family into the Erie Otters family.”
Born January 13, 1997, McDavid is the third player to receive “exceptional player” status for entry into the OHL, joining 2005 first overall pick John Tavares and last year’s first overall selection Aaron Ekblad. He was selected first overall in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection by the Otters in April.
As a 15-year-old with the minor midget Toronto Marlboros, McDavid dominated the opposition as he averaged over two points a game. McDavid collected 209 points (79g, 130a) in 88 games. He was Most Valuable Player in three tournaments: Silver Stick North American Championships, Peterborough Minor Midget Tournament, OHL Cup and was the GTHL Player of the Year.
Connor also shared the Buck Houle Award with 2012 OHL second overall pick Roland McKeown. The Houle Award is awarded by the Toronto Marlboros Hockey Club in recognition for outstanding on ice performance, leadership and loyalty to the hockey club in the minor bantam through midget years.
“It is a tremendous honor to sign a contract to play in the OHL,” McDavid said. “I couldn’t be happier and am very proud to be part of the Erie Otters organization. It is a dream come true for me.
OHL Central Scouting described McDavid as having “all the skill and tools to be very exciting and dominate at the next level. He controls the puck as if it were on a string and has the ability to make everyone around him a better player. He is also a fierce competitor and does whatever it takes to win a game.”
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