Oshawa Generals General Manager, Jeff Twohey announced Sunday that the Generals have signed 2013 6th round pick, Stephen Templeton.
Templeton, a 6th round selection of the Generals in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection has spent this season with the Milton Icehawks of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. The 6 foot defenceman has 1 goal and 6 assists for 7 points to go along with his 57 penalty minutes in 34 games played this season.
Stephen will bring a lot of grit to the Generals blueline and Oshawa Generals General Manager Jeff Twohey had this to say about the signing of Templeton “This is a big signing for our hockey club, Stephen is a big stay at home defenceman that skates really well and plays our style to a T, we are very confident that Stephen will come into our team next season and be a big addition to our blueline”
Stephen was very excited about the opportunity to sign with the Oshawa Generals “This is a very exciting day for me and my family and I am very honored to be a part of this great organization”. Stephen plans on working hard throughout the duration of this season and the summer to be in top form for the start of the 2014/2015 Oshawa Generals season.
Stephen is the grandson of the late Bert Templeton. Bert was an icon in the hockey world, especially in the OHL and in junior hockey as a whole. Bert was the longest serving coach in North Bay Centennials history as he coached the Centennials for 12 seasons. Bert also went on to coach the Canadian World Junior team in Piestany, The Barrie Colts, The Sudbury Wolves, The Niagara Flyers and the Nova Scotia Voyageurs of the American Hockey League. Templeton has won the OHL’s Coach of the Year award twice, in 1975 and 1994 and has also won the OHL Executive of the Year in 1992 and 1996. Sadly, Bert passed away in 2003 from his battle with kidney cancer.
Stephen will play the remainder of the season with the Milton Icehawks before making the jump to the Ontario Hockey League for the 2014/2015 season.
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