OTTAWA – The Ottawa Junior Senators of the CCHL are pleased to announce the signing of 17 year old forward Grant Turner. The native of Toronto, Ontario, Turner skated with the Mississauga Rebels last season in the GTHL’s Midget AAA league..
Head coach and GM Martin Dagenais was very happy to add Turner to a depleted group of forwards, and thinks the young two-way player could end up surprising a few people.
“When Grant arrived at our Evaluation Camp, we didn’t know much about him. During the weekend, the coaches and scouts kept talking about him, and on the last day, he was one of the best players on the ice, and he simply forced us to offer him a contract. We think he has tremendous upside.”
The young forward was approached by several teams in the CCHL, but in the end, he decided to attend the Junior Senators Evaluation Camp in June and hasn’t looked back since.
“A big reason for wanting to play for Ottawa was the success of the team, especially with making it to the RBC Cup last season. Being a competitive player, winning is very important to me, and this organization, with the coaching staff, definitely knows the formula for success. Another reason was the respect that the CCHL has in the hockey world. Like any other player, my goal is to make it to the next level and being exposed to different scouts game in and game out makes that goal that much easier.”
Asked what he will bring the team, Turner talked about his two-way game, and the fact that he’s able to play any type of role for his team.
“The main attributes that I will bring to the team are my speed and skill with the puck. I believe that I am a player that can be put in all situations, whether its needing a goal or defending a lead. Most importantly I will bring my winning attitude and competitiveness to the team, as I am a player that will do whatever it takes to win.”
Grant Turner and the rest of the Ottawa Jr. Senators will report for training camp on Monday, August 20th at the CIH Academy in Rockland. The regular season is set to open on the first weekend of September with the annual league Showcase at the Bell Sensplex in Kanata.