OTTAWA – Mike Mercurio, a 19 year-old from New Hartford, New York, has committed to the Ottawa Junior Senators for the 2019-2020 CCHL season. The smooth-skating forward has spent time in Chicago, Syracuse, and New Jersey over his hockey career and turned heads at the recently completed Evaluation Camp where Head Coach Martin Dagenais made it a priority to sign the speedy left-shot.
“Our staff felt Mike’s combination of quickness, vision and offensive play-making ability would be a tremendous fit for our forward group. His ability to play all three forward positions makes him a valuable asset in our top nine,” said an excited Dagenais.
Mercurio has trained during the off-season with OJS alumni Robert Michel and Shawn Lynch who recommended the New York State native explore the possibility of playing Junior A in the nation’s capital with the Jr. Sens in order to bring his game to another level.
“I was told that the Ottawa Junior Senators are a first-class organization and its track record of winning and sending players to the NCAA speaks for itself. After a few conversations with Martin and the rest of the staff I felt it was the best fit for me.”
Playing last season with the Chicago Mission, Mercurio was near the top in team scoring and was given a significant role in all key situations and he hopes to utilize his offensive skills and positive attitude to bring the Senators another Bogart Cup Championship.
“I consider myself a team-first guy, that will do whatever role necessary to help the team win. Putting that together with my speed and scoring, I believe I will be a good addition to an already very deep, solid club.”
Mercurio hopes that landing with the two-time defending Bogart Cup and Fred Page Cup Champions can take his game to the next level when his junior career comes to an end.
“I’d like to be a big piece in helping the club continue their playoff success and hopefully another run to the National Junior A Championship. The long-term goal for me is to play NCAA hockey at the Division 1 level.”
The Junior Senators open defence of their latest Bogart Cup Championship when training camp begins August 21st. Their regular season opener finds OJS travelling to the Bears Den to take on Smiths Falls on Friday September 6th with the home opener scheduled for the following evening when the Rockland Nationals pay a visit to the Jim Durrell Recreation Complex.