Sting Add Experience, Grit and Speed Ahead of Trade Deadline
The Sarnia Sting had a very active week ahead of the OHL trade deadline. In three separate deals, the Sting brought in three veteran skaters who bring an always valuable combination of experience, skill, and speed.
Over the last five days, the Sting acquired defenceman Cam Dineen from the North Bay Battalion; forward Jonathan Ang from the Peterborough Petes; and forward Michael Pezzetta from the Sudbury Wolves.
With the addition of these three players, the Sting have proven their commitment to a strong run into the postseason.
Dineen was brought in from the Battalion in exchange for blueliner Braden Henderson; second round picks in 2019 and 2021; fourth rounders in 2019 and 2020; a sixth round selection in 2022; and two conditional picks.
Dineen is a third-round 2016 NHL Draft selection of the Arizona Coyotes. The Toms River, New Jersey native has spent the last two-and-a-half seasons excelling as a leader of the Troops’ defensive core.
Recognized as a defenceman who creates a lot of offence from the back end, Dineen brings a new dynamic to the Sting blueline. A five-foot-11, 185 pound skater, Dineen is expected to add to an already lethal Sting powerplay unit. A responsible, experienced rearguard, Dineen is known as one of the best two-way defencemen in the league.
Check out this clip of Dineen going coast-to-coast for an overtime winner earlier this season.
— OntarioHockeyLeague (@OHLHockey) September 28, 2017
“Cam is one of the elite defencemen in our league,” said Sting general manager Nick Sinclair. “His skill-set and transition game will jell well with the style of game our team plays.”
Dineen was a fan favourite in North Bay during his time with the Battalion. On Sunday, the Battalion honored Dineen with a sendoff that brought a standing ovation from the Troops’ faithful. It was a perfect example of why Dineen will be an invaluable piece as the Sting prepare for the playoff push.
Ang was acquired from the Petes in return for forward Brady Hinz; a second round pick in 2020; and a third rounder in 2022.
A fourth round selection of the Florida Panthers in the 2016 NHL Draft, Ang is known as one of the premier skaters in the Ontario Hockey League. It’s what a made him a first round, top-ten pick of the Petes in the 2014 Priority Selection, and it continues to make him one of the most dynamic forwards in major junior hockey.
Ang recently attended Canada’s SportChek Selection Camp for the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship. Though he didn’t make the final team, he received the opportunity because the skating strength and offensive prowess he possesses is some of the best in the country.
Need an example of how much Ang meant to Peterborough? Consider this farewell video the Petes put together following the trade announcement.
— Peterborough Petes (@PetesOHLhockey) January 8, 2018
“Jonathan is a player that brings high-end speed and skill,” general manager Sinclair said. “His ability to play in all situations will be an added dimension to our team, and his overall game will fit nicely with our current style of play.”
Already known as a quick-paced group, Ang brings even more boost to our strong-skating club. Over the last three-and-a-half seasons with the Petes, Ang has 171 points in 233 games played. This year, Ang has 15 goals and 28 assists in 39 games.
Pezzetta and an eighth round pick in 2018 were brought in from the Wolves in exchange for the rights to prospect Ethan Lavallee; second round selections in 2019 and 2023; and a conditional 2019 fourth round pick.
Captain of the Wolves for the last two seasons, Pezzetta brings leadership, skill, and toughness to the Sting. A sixth-round selection of the Montreal Canadiens in the 2016 NHL Draft, Pezzetta shone during this past fall’s Canadiens rookie camp.
Playing his minor midget hockey with the AAA Mississauga Senators, Pezzetta was a teammate of current Sting captain Jordan Kyrou. In their OHL draft year, Pezzetta went in the first round, eleventh overall, to Sudbury; Kyrou was chosen by the Sting in the second round, thirty-eighth overall. The two are looking forward to being reunited as teammates once again.
To see exactly what we’re getting, take a look at this highlight collection of Pezzetta’s best plays from last season.
Following the trade being made official on Tuesday, Sinclair spoke of the strength Pezzetta brings to the team.
“The addition of Michael adds a significant element to our team from a leadership and experience stand point,” said Sinclair. “Michael is the ultimate competitor who plays with grit, tenacity, and has a unique presence on and off the ice that will be invaluable to our current group.”
All three of Dineen, Ang, and Pezzetta are expected to make their Sting debuts on Thursday when the Sting travel to Windsor to face the Spitfires. The trio make their home debuts right here in Sarnia on Friday night.
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NEXT HOME GAME: STING vs. SPITFIRES
STEVEN STAMKOS NIGHT
Friday, January 12 | 7:05 PM
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