OTTAWA – The Ottawa Jr. Senators are proud to announce the signing of versatile forward Vincent Velocci from Etobicoke, Ontario. The 17 year-old centreman, who played for the Don Mills Flyers Midget AAA team last season, is thrilled for the chance to play in the Central Canada Hockey League and join the Senators’ organization.
“The CCHL is one of the best leagues in the country and the Ottawa Jr. Senators are a top notch organization. I was impressed by the organization as a whole and I believe that the coaching staff will help me improve, grow, develop and get to the next level. The organization’s success is evident by its history. When the opportunity presented itself, I jumped at the chance.”
Head Coach and General Manager Martin Dagenais thinks that Velocci will bring forward depth, and most importantly, accountability.
“He’s a two-way forward who plays the right way. He doesn’t shy away from physical play. He also skates very well, and goes to the dirty areas. He fills a need on our hockey team. He’ll likely start at the bottom of our forward depth chart, but he’ll be pushing the veterans in no time.”
Velocci agrees with his new head coach, and he plans to make his presence felt as soon as the season starts.
“I’m a two-hundred foot hockey player that is responsible and effective in all three zones. I don’t cheat. I work hard for what I get. My speed and tenacity allow me to create opportunities not only for myself but also for my teammates..”
The young forward has high hopes for his team, but also for himself when it comes to the upcoming hockey season.
“My long-term goal is to play NCAA Division 1 hockey. This will allow me to continue playing the game I love and further my education. But for now, I really want to do what I can to help the team win hockey games. It would be cool to win another championship.”