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North Stars forward signs in Sarnia

Thursday, February 14, 2013   by: Brad Coccimiglio

This week saw Soo North Stars forward Ryan Vendramin officially sign with the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia Sting.

Vendramin was selected by the Sting in the 13th round of the 2012 OHL Priority Selection by the Sting after being bypassed in his first year of eligibility in 2011.

The Sting made the signing official when they arrived in town to face the Greyhounds earlier this week.

“He’s a very skilled kid and after this year we’re going to lack some skill,” said Sting GM/Coach Jacques Beaulieu. “He’s a pure goal-scorer and that’s what we were looking for. He’s got great numbers here in major midget so hopefully he can do it at our level. We know it’s going to take some time.”

Vendramin skated with the Sting during their morning skate prior to Wednesday night’s game and practiced with the team in Sarnia while the North Stars were on their Christmas break in December.

Vendramin was excited to sign with the team.

“It’s a great feeling (to sign),” Vendramin said. “It’s a great organization with some good players and a good coaching staff. I’m excited to join them.”

The 17-year-old forward scored 47 goals and 93 points for the North Stars in 34 games. His 93 points left him second in league scoring behind teammate Anthony Stefano.

Vendramin noted he hopes to improve some aspects of his game prior to training camp next fall.

“I’m planning on working hard this summer to get some good minutes there next year,” said Vendramin. “I’m going to work on my strength and my skating. It’s not a bad weakness but at (the OHL) level it could be a weakness if I don’t work on it.”
 

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players 2/15/2013 7:13:31 AM Report

What a great story!!!.It's about time people woke up and see that playing midget key word playing rather then sitting on the bench in junior b league payed off for this player.This is great for the kid and also the organization.There will be others off this team that will excel at the next level.play an extra year in midget and the put up numbers and teams will flock to you.Best of luck in the telus cup Soo northstars.
uh? 2/15/2013 9:38:07 AM Report

13th round pick. Why didn't the Hounds grab him in the late rounds? I guess that would be stupid to have one of the top point getters in the GNML and a local kid on the team. I guess it's better to draft some clown from down south who can barely skate and doesn't even want to be here on the roster. Good work Hounds!
tommy_boi07 2/15/2013 1:32:10 PM Report

Its quite possible that he was a very late bloomer, there are 20 teams in the league, if he was good enough back then to go higher somebody would have taken him. Look at the hounds current captain, 3 years ago he played high school hockey, just because somebody is good now doesn't mean that they've been excellent all their live. Anything to attack the greyhounds eh!
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