First Overall Pick Ryan Merkley Commits to Storm

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Guelph, ON – The Guelph Storm Hockey Club announced today that Ryan Merkley has agreed to terms on a Standard Player Agreement with the team.

Merkley was named GTHL Player of the Year after leading the Jr. Canadiens in scoring with 44 points including seven goals and 37 assists in 33 regular season games. As team captain, Merkley produced more than a point -per-game from the blueline this season leading the Jr. Canadiens in scoring. The Mississauga native represented Canada at the Youth Olympic Games, helping take home silver recording 5 points in 6 games. He also led the Jr. Canadiens to a victory at the 2015 Toronto Marlboros Holiday Classic Tournament in Toronto and recorded 4 points in 6 games at the 2016 OHL Cup.


“It’s always exciting to sign your first round pick; however, to have the opportunity to sign the 1st overall pick in the OHL Priority Selection is an exceptional opportunity,” Storm GM Mike Kelly said. “Ryan is an incredibly talented, special player. We look forward to him being a great part of our future success and becoming a favourite among our fans. We’d like to welcome Ryan and his family to the Storm organization as he pursues his hockey and academic goals.”

The 16 year old most recently won the OHL Gold Cup in Kitchener with Team GTHL recording one assist in the gold medal game. Finishing the tournament with 8 points (1 goal and 7 assists), the 16 year old had the most assists of any player in the tournament, led all defensive scorers in points and finished tied for third in scoring among all participants.

“I’m extremely honoured to sign with the Guelph Storm”, Merkley said. “I’m so proud to be part of such a first class organization. It’s a dream come true. I can’t wait for the season to start.”

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