BELLEVILLE, ON - With the hardware handed out and the Awards Banquet in the books, the Bulls have shifted their attention to a fresh season that takes shape when Training Camp opens in late August.
Head Coach and General Manager George Burnett has announced that the team has signed 2013 first and second round draft picks Justin Lemcke and Jake Bricknell to OHL contracts.
"Both of these young men are ready to make an impact this coming September and are each working very hard this summer in preparation for their first OHL Training Camp," said Burnett. "We believe these players are ready to step in and make a contribution."
The Bulls selected Justin Lemcke with the 18th overall pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection on April 6th. The Whitby native stands in at 6 foot 2, and 190Ibs. with a right handed shot.
"Justin is a rugged defenceman who moves the puck well and has the potential to be a big minute player here," described Bulls Assistant General Manager Barclay Branch of the selection. Lemcke had 6 goals and 17 assists in 36 games with the OMHA Finalist Whitby Wildcats this past season.
Jake Bricknell was the 38th overall pick in April's Priority Selection from the Central Ontario Wolves Minor Midgets. The competitive forward compiled 25 goals and 32 assists in 56 games this past season to go with 143 penalty minutes. The Port Perry native is 5 foot 11 and 194 pounds.
"Jake has good size and plays with a real edge," describes Burnett. "For a hard-nosed guy he has very good skills."
Both players will report to Training Camp on August 28th when the Bulls charge into their 33rd season in the Friendly City.
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