A Sunderland hockey player will be battling for a spot on the Windsor Spitfires this summer.
Owen Shier, 16, was drafted in the eighth round (159th overall) during Saturday’s (April 7) OHL draft.
At six-feet in height and 179 pounds, Shier is described as a “solid two-defenceman” in a pre-draft scouting release on the Ontario Minor Hockey Association website.
“Possessing size and mobility, he’s a smart player and makes few mistakes. He is strong on the puck and employs a sound physical game. The backbone of his team, Shier was called on to log a lot quality minutes down the stretch,” it reads.
Windsor finished sixth in the Western Conference during the regular season, posting a 32-30-4-2 record and losing in the opening round of the playoffs to the Sarnia Sting.
Shier started playing hockey in his hometown, winning a Tyke Three-County title with the Sunderland Red Wings in 2008/09 before moving up to the village’s rep team.
“Brock Minor Hockey wishes Owen the best of luck this summer as he prepares to crack the Spitfires lineup,” reads a post from the Brock Minor Hockey Association.
Hitting the ice with Central Ontario Wolves, Shier served as team captain during the 2017/18 campaign, scoring six goals and tallying 15 assists in 36 regular season games. He added four points in a six-game playoff series.
“Congratulations to all 300 players chosen in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection and for the hard work that got you to this point,” said Darrell Woodley, director of OHL Central Scouting.
“Being selected by an OHL team is an accomplishment to celebrate and share with family, friends, coaches, and teammates that helped provide support and encouragement along the way. It’s also just the beginning of your next challenge where it doesn’t matter what number you were picked it’s what you do on the ice that really counts. This motivation also applies to players not selected today who can still find opportunities for success in hockey with the right attitude and work ethic. Best of luck to all players in your hockey and academic goals.”