Ottawa – The Ottawa Jr. Senators have signed Orléans native Zakary Lavoie to a Standard Player Agreement.
The former Ottawa Jr. 67`s standout played for the Toronto Nats of the GTHL last season where he scored 51 goals and registered 35 assists for a total of 86 points in 68 games. The 16-year-old was drafted 7th overall by the Mississauga Steelheads in this year’s OHL draft and was also given an invite to Team Canada’s u17 virtual development camp this past summer.
Junior Senators head coach Martin Dagenais does not know where the 5’10, 170 lbs first-year forward will fit in his lineup, but he’s not a concern at all about Lavoie adjusting to the pace of junior hockey.
“There will be an adjustment period just like any player making his debut in junior hockey, but with Zakary, I think it’s going to take a few games and he’ll be fine. We’re still not sure what type of role he’ll have with our hockey team, but we know he can score goals, so he’ll definitely get a shot at playing with guys that can make plays.”
The Junior Senators will finally be able to access their home rink next week after the city of Ottawa lifted restrictions that were in place due to the current pandemic. These restrictions made it impossible for the team to practice at the Jim Durrell Complex. The CCHL is expected to start its regular season sometime in November.