Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Jr. Senators are pleased to announce the signing of 17-year-old forward Massimo Gentile, who spent last season with The Governor’s Academy (Newbury, Massachusetts) of the United States High School-Prep League.
The 5’9″, 181 lbs Pointe-Claire, Québec native notched 12 goals and nine assists for 21 points in 28 games.
“I chose to play for OJS as it is a well-established organization that has won several championships in recent years,” said Gentile. Part of the reason for their success has been the coaching staff who I’ve heard only good things about and I’m really looking forward to working with. Last year at camp, I got a great feeling for the coaches and the team and it feels like a place where I can contribute and benefit from as well. I’m very excited about this new opportunity and can’t wait to get started!”
The Charlottetown Islanders 12th round pick in the 2019 QMJHL draft joined The Governor’s Academy prior to the 2019-20 season following 17 games with the Lac St-Louis Lions of the Québec Midget AAA League in 2018-2019.
With six or seven spots opened at the forward position for next season, Gentile is looking to fill the void both energy-wise and on the scoresheet.
“I’m super competitive and extremely hard-working,” added Gentile who turns 18 in July. “I’m a quick two-way forward that loves to make smart plays and find good options on the ice. My strongest skills are my hockey sense, paired with a great shot and great skating and scoring abilities. I love to create plays and have an impact on the game every time I step on the ice.”
With half of the Jr. Senators forward group expected back for the 2021-2022 season, Gentile is looking both at the task at hand as he gets back into the game north of the border but is also opening up the door to a potential NCAA commitment.