SARNIA, ON- 34 Sarnia Sting prospects including 18 forwards, 12 defecemen and four goalies took to the ice this weekend at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena for the 2017 Sarnia Sting Orientation Camp. This camp is a great opportunity for young draft picks and free agent hopefuls to get acclimated to each other and the city, before potentially heading to main training camp in the fall.
The weekend began on Saturday morning with introductions from ownership and Sting hockey operations staff. Attendees then took to the gym for initial fitness testing, an opportunity to gauge their strengths and areas of improvement as they move into playing major junior hockey. Following fitness testing prospects were separated into two teams to run through on ice drills before a scrimmage later that evening.
Following Saturday’s scrimmage the Sarnia Sting draft class of 2017 and their families were invited to Legends Tap and Grill for the 2017 Sarnia Sting awards and draft pick ceremony. Each 2017 selection was introduced as well as some well-deserved hardware was given out for this past 2016-2017 Sting season.
CHOK Top Scorer of the Year- Jordan Kyrou
- Kyrou finished 6th in the Ontario Hockey League with 30 goals and 64 assists for 94 points on the season.
- The 2nd round draft pick of the St. Louis Blues was unable to attend the ceremony as he is currently playing with the Blues AHL affiliate, Chicago Wolves.
Dan Snyder Nominee | Humanitarian of the Year- Nick Grima
- Nick has become an advocate for raising awareness for first responders suffering from post traumatic stress disorder through his campaign – I’ve got you’re back.
Three Stars Cup- Justin Fazio
- This award is presented to the player who earned the most points through being named one of the three stars of the game throughout the regular season.
- Justin was tied for 4th in the OHL with 52 appearances, ranked 3rd in the OHL with 1540 saves, while having 23 wins and 1 shutout.
Roger Neilson Nominee | Top Post Secondary Student- Drake Rymsha
- Drake led the Sting in goals with 35, including 20 goals in 28 games after being acquired from Ottawa.
- Drake has an average of 75% taking online university courses through Athabasca University.
Ivan Tennant Nominee | Top Secondary Student- Franco Sproveiro
- Franco took six university level courses with a grade of 80% or higher in all six, including two courses above 90% and will graduate form Northern Collegiate this spring.
Bobby Smith Nominee – Ryan McGregor
- This award recognizes a player that combines a high level of play on the ice with academic success.
- Ryan was enrolled in six university level courses with three grades above 80% and one above 95%.
Orientation Camp came to a close on Sunday with a final black and white scrimmage. Team Black was able to skate away with their second victory of the weekend. Goal scorers for Team Black on Sunday included: Brayden Guy, Cameron Rombouts, Greg Hay, Nolan DeGurse and Jamieson Rees. Scoring for Team White included: Justin Paul, Eric Carter and Justin McCombs.
Both scrimmages saw a fast-paced, skilled game and shows a promising future of players to be coming through the Sarnia Sting. The organization would like to thank all attendees and their families for a great weekend and we look forward to seeing your continuous development into main training camp in the fall.