BELLEVILLE, ON - Belleville Bulls Head Coach & General Manager George Burnett announced Sunday that the club has signed defencemen Brody Morris and Justin Bean to OHL Standard Players Agreements coming out of Training Camp.
The Bulls build to their defensive
group by signing a pair of rearguards coming off great seasons with
their respective junior clubs.
A hometown boy, Brody Morris
hails from nearby Corbyville and attends St. Theresa Catholic Secondary
School in Belleville, a facility located just east of the Yardmen
Arena. Morris spent last season with the Wellington Dukes Jr. A club and
was the Bulls' ninth round pick in 2012 out of the Quinte Red Devils
The 6 foot 1, 187Ibs. Morris had 2
goals and 10 assists in 47 games with Wellington to go with 53 penalty
minutes. Bulls Assistant General Manager Barclay Branch
is thrilled about the addition. "Brody has the reputation of being a
tough customer to deal with in his own zone. He plays with the edge we
like to see out of a defensively responsible guy and he's a real
The Bulls also agreed to terms with last year's Central Ontario Jr. C Rookie of the Year Justin Bean,
who despite being a 1996 born player, was selected by the Bulls in the
ninth round this past spring. Bean comes from the Uxbridge Bruins Jr. C
program after a standout season where he had 8 goals and 24 assists in
40 games from the backend. The smooth skating Pickering native stands 6
foot 1, 176Ibs and features a range of quality aspects to his game.
"Justin's development path has been different than a lot of other
players his age," said Branch. "We saw him playing in Uxbridge this
season where he accomplished a lot of great things. He is intelligent, a
strong skater and can move the puck well. We're excited to see Justin's
progression here in a Bulls uniform."
Branch was generally pleased with the
opportunity to sign a pair of ninth round picks out of Training Camp.
"It's a proud day for our scouting staff," he said. "Finding two quality
players in the ninth round of the OHL Priority Selection is always a
boost for a team."
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