NORTH BAY, Ont. — The North Bay Battalion completed its three-day orientation camp Sunday, with three prospects signed to standard player’s agreements, including education packages, with the Ontario Hockey League club.
Stan Butler, director of hockey operations and head coach, said centre Liam Arnsby, defenceman Paul Christopoulos and right winger Alex Christopoulos have committed to the club. Arsnby and the Christopoulos twins were the Battalion’s first three picks in the OHL Priority Selection on April 6, all from the Don Mills Flyers minor midgets.
“We had a really strong program and a great coaching staff, and everybody just bought in,” Arnsby said of the Don Mills team, which won the Greater Toronto Hockey League title and the OHL Cup tournament.
Arnsby, an Ajax, Ont., resident, has lived in the same neighborhood as Battalion right winger Brandon Coe, the club’s first-rounder, third overall, in 2017 from the Toronto Nationals minor midgets.
“He just told me after I was drafted how good North Bay is and that I’m lucky to be here.”
Arnsby, selected ninth overall, received a Battalion sweater bearing No. 19 to reflect the year of his selection from club owner Scott Abbott.
Defenceman Christopoulos, a resident of Richmond Hill, Ont., said he was somewhat unsettled before the OHL Priority Selection.
“I was anxious, a little bit nervous,” he noted. “In the second round when North Bay chose me, it was an honour.”
He said he knows the challenge that lies ahead.
“I’ll have to earn my spot on the team. Stan Butler’s a really good coach. He pumps out a lot of prospects.”
Winger Christopoulos said he was happy to be joining North Bay, regardless of where his brother was headed.
“It’s a great city. The fans love their hockey, and it’s a hockey city.”
As for his own game, he suggested he plays all-out.
“I’m a good passer. I shoot the puck really well. I just look for open people, and I skate.”
A total of 34 skaters and five goaltenders attended the camp, which opened Friday with evening fitness testing before two intrasquad games Saturday and one Sunday at Memorial Gardens.
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