Stonehouse “Excited And Honoured” By Selection
He was chosen 26th overall by the Ottawa 67s, who were the top team in the OHL last season.
“It feels good,” said Stonehouse moments after being drafted.
“Very excited and honoured to be a part of a great organization,” he said. “Can’t wait to be in an Ottawa 67s jersey.”
Stonehouse was one of the top players in the Alliance Hockey ‘AAA’ loop last season, scoring 54 points in 32 regular season games for the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs, and 29 points in 16 playoff contests, helping the Chiefs win an Alliance Championship, and qualify for the OHL Cup.
As excited as Stonehouse was, the 67s told Stonehouse they were equally excited the Blenheim product was still available in the second round, as many scouts pegged Stonehouse as a late first round pick.
“All I remember is them being excited, because they didn’t think I was going to be available,” Stonehouse said of his feedback from the 67s.
As for his goals entering camp and next season, it’s clear, he wants to be on the Ottawa 67s.
“Make the team as a 16-year-old,” said Stonehouse clearly about his intentions.
If he picks up where he left off, Stonehouse will undoubtedly be wearing an Ottawa 67s jersey in the OHL next year.