As the 2023-2024 Ontario Hockey League season swings into full gear, there is a remarkable NCP presence in the leadership ranks of the OHL. Vice president Rich Foshay commented, "To know that we have 5 former Preds wearing letters - 3 Captains - in the OHL is off the charts. We knew these kids were special when they played in our organization. It is great to see them being recognized at the next level for their leadership abilities and for being great young men. It would be safe to say that no other AAA zone in the province can boast having such a leadership presence in the OHL. We are exceptionally proud of all our NCP alumni....and these 5 young men in particular."
Orillia native, Chas Sharpe, was appointed "C"aptain of his Mississauga Steelheads club to begin this season. The rangy 6'3" right handed shot defenseman is into his 5th season with the GTA based club. Chas is off to a terrific start to the season with 7 goals and 5 assists in 12 games.
Connor Punnett, a tough 6'2", 200lb defenseman with the OHL Barrie Colts, has also been named "C"aptain of his club. The Powassan native is also off to an incredible start to his campaign with a goal and 9 helpers in 10 games. This is the second season Connor has been part of the leadership group with the Colts.
First round NHL pick in the 2023 priority draft and Orillia native Colby Barlow has worn the "C" for Owen Sound for two years now. He is the youngest player ever to wear the "C" for Owen Sound in the history of the franchise. Colby continues to do what Colby does....scores big goals while playing a 200 foot game and leading his club. The Winnipeg Jets' prospect now has 6 goals and 10 points in his first 9 games this season.
Midlander, Brett Bressette, was named an alternate captain for his Erie Otters club this season. The 5'9" winger is now playing in his 5th campaign with the Otters. Brett has always been a leader displaying an uncanny ability to play his best hockey in high pressure situations when it matters the most.
Ethan Larmand, also from Midland, is in his 5th season with the Sudbury Wolves. Ethan is considered one of the hardest working players in the league. His leadership is expressed through his actions. Ethan won the "Most Sportsmanlike Player Award" at the 2018 U-15 OHF Championship weekend and he has continued to display this leadership ability in the OHL.
We are exceptionally proud of these 5 NCP players....we wish them all the best for a successful OHL campaign! They are doing us proud in each and every game they play.