Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Meur Signed

Press Release

PLYMOUTH – Plymouth Whalers President, General Manager and Head Coach Mike Vellucci announced the signing of 16-year-old center Garrett Meurs, who was selected in the first round (13th overall) of the 2009 Ontario Hockey League Draft, held May 2.

Meurs - from Ripley, ON - is a skilled centerman who scored 52 goals with 43 assists for 95 points in 67 games last season for the Huron-Perth Lakers. Meurs showed his skill during the Whalers Rookie Orientation Camp held this past Saturday and Sunday.

“This is great,” Meurs said. “Plymouth seems like such a great place. I’ve met all the coaches, trainers and everyone else. I’m looking forward to having a good year.”

"I thought Garrett played well this weekend,” Vellucci said at the Orientation Camp. “He showed the skill and tenacity our scouts talked about when they watched him last year. He’s also a mature young man, and that’s a credit to his parents (Jack and Tracy). Garrett should fit in well with our program.”

“He’s the kind of kid who can take everything on his shoulders in a pressure situation,” Huron-Perth coach Kevin Meriam told the Lucknow (ON) Sentinel. “And it’s something he’ll bring to the OHL with him.”

Meurs is expected to join a Plymouth team on the rise next year after finishing 37-26-5-0 last season. Although the Whalers will miss graduates Chris Terry, Matt Caria, Scott Fletcher and Brett Bellemore, the bulk of last year’s team returns, including centers Tyler Seguin and AJ Jenks (Wolverine Lake), forward Jamie Devane, goaltender Matt Hackett and defensemen Michal Jordan and Beau Schmitz (Howell).

Meanwhile, Vellucci remains in conversation with other Plymouth draft picks and may be announcing more signings over the next couple of weeks.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've heard Vellucci is close to signing U18 NTDP's Kevin Lynch? Can anyone confirm this?