The Guelph Storm say the team’s top two draft picks from the 2021 Ontario Hockey League priority selection have signed standard player agreements.
Third overall pick Cameron Allen is a six-foot, 185-pound defenceman from Toronto while Charlie Paquette, six feet one inch and 185 pounds, is right winger from Essex, Ont.
Born in 2005, Allen had an impressive 2019-20 season with the Toronto Nationals of the Greater Toronto Hockey League, recording 30 goals and 42 assists in 43 games during the regular season and tournament play.
“Cameron brings a wealth of exceptional attributes which will allow him to make a significant impact in our lineup immediately, from both the offensive and defensive side,” said general manager and head coach George Burnett.
Allen said it’s a huge honour to join the team.
“I’m excited to get to Guelph and meet all the guys and I’m looking forward to next season,” he said.
The 2005-born Paquette is a product of the Windsor Jr. Spitfires AAA program where he recorded 32 goals and 19 assists in 40 games during the 2019-20 regular season and playdowns.
“I’m really excited to be drafted to such a great organization that has had so many players move on to the NHL,” Paquette said. “I can’t wait to get started in Guelph next season.”
Burnett said Paquette brings a unique combination of size, skating and scoring along with a high level of competition.
“We welcome Charlie and his family and look forward to seeing him progress within our program,” Burnett said.
Players will report to training camps on Sept. 4 before a conventional 68-game regular season, beginning Oct. 7 and ending on April 3, 2022.
Team schedules have not yet been released.
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