The Owen Sound Attack is pleased to announce that they have signed a pair of 2015 3rd Round Draft Choices, forward Matthew Struthers and goaltender Daniels to Ontario Hockey League player agreements.
Struthers, the Attack’s first pick in the 3rd Round spent the 2014/2015 season as Captain of the Halton Hurricanes Minor Midget Team. In 36 games with the Hurricanes, the 6’1 Struthers tallied 20 goals and 20 assists to go along with 38 penalty minutes. At Canada’s U17 Camp this summer, Struthers topped all skaters, finishing the tournament with 4 goals and 3 assists.
Goaltender Riley Daniels, the Attack 2nd choice in the 3rd Round posted a 2.06 GAA in 34 games for the Niagara North Stars in 2014/2015.
The commitment from Struthers and Daniels means the Attack have signed their first four picks from the 2015 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection following the signing of first round picks Markus Phillips and Nick Suzuki this past off season.
“We’re thrilled to get Matthew and Riley into our program, help them develop and watch them become a part of our program for the years to come.”, said General Manager Dale DeGray. “This was a very important draft for our organization and moving forward we couldn’t be happier to have these talented young men be a part of it.”
On a darker note, the Attack is also saddened to announce that forward Jeffrey Gilligan is announcing his retirement from hockey due to a heart condition that will prohibit him from competing at a high level.
Jeffrey made the announcement official on his Twitter account Monday afternoon, stating: “Unfortunately I will no longer be able to play hockey. I have been diagnosed with a heart condition that will prevent me from playing. I will miss everything about the game especially the past two years spent in Owen Sound! I wish nothing but the best to the organization and my team mates and I am very thankful for being a part of the team.”
“Our players safety and well being is always first,” said DeGray. “This wasn’t a hockey decision, this was a life decision and Jeffrey has the full support of the Attack organization now and moving forward. He is a great kid and we know he will move on to achieve great things off the ice.”
Attack Rookie Camp will continue Tuesday at the Bayshore before veterans return on Wednesday for Training Camp.