Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds hockey club are pleased to announce that Daniel Catenacci will be the first overall selection in the 2009 OHL Priority Selection. The announcement was made this afternoon by Greyhounds General Manager Dave Torrie.
“As an organization we are very pleased to add a player of Daniel Catenacci’s calibre. He brings numerous qualities to the game including outstanding speed, puck sills, play making abilities and a true desire to compete and be a two-way player. As a young man he is extremely confident, well-spoken and he truly embraces the challenges that are associated with being the 1st overall pick. I feel his play on the ice will speak for itself but the way he carries himself off the ice will allow him to become a team leader and a great ambassador for the Soo Greyhounds and the Ontario Hockey League” stated Torrie.
The OHL Priority Selection is set for tomorrow, Saturday, May 2nd beginning at 9:00 am. A live draft show, featuring an interview with Daniel Catenacci, will be broadcast at www.ontariohockeyleague.com. A live results page following all 15 rounds of the draft will also be available.
Catenacci becomes the third player in Greyhounds franchise history to be the recipient of the Jack Ferguson Award as the first overall selection in the OHL Priority Selection following Eric Lindros in 1989 and Troy Mallette in 1986. John McFarland of the Sudbury Wolves was the Jack Ferguson Award recipient as the first overall selection in 2008.
Catenacci is coming off a injury-shortened season with the York Simcoe Express Minor Midgets where in 39 games played Daniel had 42 goals and 45 assists (for 87 points) to go along with 152 PIM.PLAYER BIO
Date of Birth
March 9, 1993
York Simcoe Express
39gp, 42g, 45a, 87 pts, 152 PIM
From the OHL Priority Selection Preview and Media Guide
“Catenacci has to be considered one of the most dynamic offensive players available this year. He possesses a lethal combination of speed, skill and grit. He is one of the best skaters at this age group, displaying speed quickness and unbelievable acceleration. He has the ability to go from a dead stop to full speed with his first few strides. Every time Catenacci is on the ice the potential for the puck going into the back of the oppositions net exists”