Top picks Tolnai, Cranley and Belanger commit to 67’s
OTTAWA – The Ottawa 67’s are excited to announce that the club’s top three selections in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection Draft have committed to the organization.
Officially coming to Ottawa are centre Cameron Tolnai (first round, sixth overall), goalie Will Cranley (second round, 35th overall) and defenceman Alec Belanger (third round, 44th overall).
Tolnai turned heads in Minor Midget this past season, recording 80 points in just 35 games for the Oakville Jr. Rangers, earning him South Central AAA Player of the Year honours.
Tolnai said it was a “tremendous honour” to sign with the 67’s.
“I would like to thank my family, my past coaches, Gord Hynes and Jaan Luik, and my Rangers teammates in Oakville,” he said. “I am looking forward to the upcoming season and can’t wait to get started in Ottawa.”
Head Coach and VP Hockey Operations André Tourigny calls Tolnai a “smart hockey player with good size.”
“We are looking forward to working with him and getting to know him as a person even more”
67’s General Manager James Boyd echoed Tourigny’s comments about the young centre’s hockey IQ.
“Cam is a player with exceptional hockey sense, who has excelled in his own age group,” Boyd said. “We are excited to see him make the transition to OHL hockey beginning with his first 67’s training camp”
Cranley played in 18 games for the Peterborough Jr. Petes last season and posted a 2.15 goals-against average and three shutouts. The 35th pick used to select the netminder came in a trade for former 67 Erik Bradford back in 2015.
“I am really excited to sign with the Ottawa 67’s,” said Cranley. “I’ve got a pro-summer planned and I hope to arrive at camp strong and prepared to contribute to the team. I look forward to being part of the 67’s future”
Boyd said Cranley will have every opportunity to develop as a goaltender with the Barber Poles.
“Will is an athletic goalie with sound fundamentals who was a key member of a strong minor midget team in Peterborough last season,” said Boyd. “The entire 67’s staff is thrilled that Will has chosen Ottawa to continue his development”.
Belanger had a big year last season for the Barrie Jr. Colts, putting up 16 goals and 46 points in 34 games to lead all Eastern AAA defenceman in scoring. His eight points in four games at this year’s Gold Cup also led all defensemen.
“I am honored to have the privilege to sign with the Ottawa 67’s organization,” Belanger said. “I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to live the next chapter of my life in Ottawa and hope to help the team have success in the upcoming years.”
Tourigny believes the sky is the limit for the young blueliner.
“Alec is a passionate and driven individual and we are excited about his potential, especially his talent to make a strong breakout pass under pressure,” said the coach. “We know he has the passion and commitment to continue on his development path and become a significant piece in our goal to have a strong group of defenceman every year”.
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