BELLEVILLE, ON - It's
been a busy past week full of additions to the Belleville Bulls depth
chart as they announce another commitment on Tuesday. Bulls Head Coach
& General Manager George Burnett announced that 2013 fifth round
draft pick Maurizio Colella has committed to the club and will begin his season with the Tier II affiliate Wellington Dukes Jr. A club.
Colella had an impressive Training
Camp after spending last season with the York-Simcoe Express Minor
Midgets. The left-winger had 15 goals and 14 assists in 33 games to
become the Bulls' fifth round (86th) overall selection this spring. The 5
foot 11, 179Ibs. native of Tottenham is excited to get going, "This is a
great opportunity for me to go to Wellington and show what I can do.
It's a big season for them with the Dudley Hewitt Cup tournament coming
this way and I'd like to make a contribution," said the smiling Colella.
Colella is the eighth new player to
commit the the Bulls' program this summer and Head Coach Burnett is
looking forward to seeing him play this season, "Maurizio has had a
terrific few months of development and has grown since we selected him
this spring. He was one of our big surprises at Training Camp and
performed very well in the opportunities he was given."
Colella skated in the OHL Gold Cup
this spring at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, scoring 2 goals and an
assist in 5 games for Team OMHA Black. He also attended the final
Ontario Under 17 Evaluation Camp in Oshawa last month. "Maurizio had a
very good Under 17 camp," Burnett continued. "His hard work has earned
him an opportunity and he will begin his season with our Tier II
affiliate in Wellington. We anticipate things will be positive there and
we expect to see him contribute in a Bulls uniform as early as this
Colella will wear #27 with the Dukes
this season and joins the club on Thursday, September 12th when they
open their season in Kingston against the Voyageurs. The Dukes' home
opener is set for Friday, September 20th against Georgetown at the
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