New Kids on the Bulldogs (Pt.2)
There are 11 days until the season opener in Mississauga where the Bulldogs will face the Steelheads in the first of six games. Hamilton will need to put up a much better performance this season against their local rivals if they want to push for home ice advantage in the playoffs this year. Staying competitive against the opposition begins with competition within the roster, and GM Staios has added a few more names to the mix this season. If you missed it, you can check out New Kids on the Bulldogs (Pt.1) for details on the other 2016/17 rookies.
- Ancaster Avalanche (GOJHL) – GP 14 – G 4 – A 4 – Pts 8
- Upper Canada College (CAHS) – GP 19 – G 10 – A 8 – Pts 18
Jackson had a bit of a tumultuous season last year. He was assigned to the Ancaster Avalanche following Bulldogs training camp last September. He contracted mononucleosis around December, and opted to step back into some familiar group by skating for his previous high school. He seems to have overcome last year’s adversity after a successful season of work outs to jump to the next level. He’s going to bring some physicality and energy to the bottom six this season. Before entering the OHL Priority Selection, he was described as having:
“The size and skating ability to make an impact each time he steps on the ice. He has a great stride, allowing him to get in on the forecheck quickly or to beat defencemen wide when trying to attack the goal. He has a nose for the net and an ability to get to areas he needs in order to generate scoring chances. He has tons of tools to be a successful player at the next level.” (Source)
- Brantford Jr. B 99ers (GOJHL) – GP 49 – G 15 – A 16 – Pts 31
It’s not very often that one of the hometown kids drafted in the 11th round gets as far as Nurse has. Nurse had a strong year offensively with the Brantford 99ers, especially considering he was a 16 year old in a league filled with 19 and 20 year olds.
He’s going to have to take pointers from new teammate Matt Strome on how best to shrug off comparisons to his famous family members. Nurse’s older brother Elijah was also drafted to the Sault Ste. Marie. Their older sister Sarah is carving out her own impressive career between her play with the Wisconsin Badgers in the NCAA along with recent stints with Hockey Canada. Hockey is in his blood, and that should be able to fuel his compete level.
- Anacaster Avalanche (GOJHL) – GP 32 – GAA 2.57 – SVS% .921
Younger brother of NHL defender Cody Ceci, the legend of Cole Ceci will likely forever be remembered in Ancaster’s hockey history. Ceci made 85 saves in a quadruple overtime playoff victory this past spring against the St. Catherine’s Falcons. Another interesting piece of history that could potentially be tied to his name, Ceci could be the last goaltender to be drafted by the Belleville Bulls to make an appearance in the OHL. He’s currently in a dogfight for the backup role with Kaden Fulcher, and it seems as though team management wants to see a larger sample size of games to see who will emerge victorious. Ceci will remain with the team for now as Hicks is headed to Michigan to play for Detroit’s prospect team in the Traverse City tournament this weekend.
If Ceci is a late training camp cut, don’t be surprised if he doesn’t make a comeback appearance in Avalanche colours. His rights also belong to the Cumberland Grads of the CCHL, who play about an hour away from his hometown in Ottawa.
Feature Image: Tony Saxon / Guelph Today