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with my parents in attendance, it was pretty special, said the 17 year old, who was taken by the Petes in the fifth round of the 2012 OHL Priority Selections draft. were really excited and I was excited, too. It was a weight lifted off of my shoulders. his next game, Stefano scored once and set up another to help his team beat Plymouth 8 5.
goal is to get drafted and get an opportunity to play professional hockey.
With the Petes up 5 3 late in the second period, Stefano gobbled up a rebound that came out to the hash marks.
A star growing up playing minor hockey here, Stefano found it difficult being a healthy scratch for last Thursday 7 1 home ice loss to Oshawa.
moment it hits your tape, you have to know what you going to do, said Stefano, who credited personal trainer Mike Cowan for helping him to get bigger and stronger over the summer.
Though the opportunity to play collegiate hockey in the United States was available, Stefano said he always dreamed about playing in the OHL.
order to take a step up to the next level.
be a process for him, Hull continued. works hard, is very coachable and is getting better. But it baby steps now for young players. what he projects for Stefano, Hull spoke of the future he sees ahead. has a nice skill level for sure. But it the same for all young players. When their opportunity comes, they have to take advantage of it. being his draft season, Stefano is determined to do whatever is necessary to open some eyes.
was definitely a pretty good game for me, he remembered.
He spoke of the need to continue doing what he has been doing while striving for improvement every day.
Petes head coach Jody Hull agreed with his young player assessment.
He fired and beat Whalers goalie Riley Corbin on the short side.
think I been doing really well and making the most of my chances, said Stefano, who led the Great North Midget League in scoring a season ago, posting totals of 36 goals and 63 assists in 33 games for the Sault North Stars.
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positionally. But at this stage, it all about getting your feet wet and developing. that end, Stefano spoke of his need to work hard and execute at both ends of the ice.
Stefano contributing to Petes
While his skating, hockey sense and skill have all been positives, Stefano said he knows he must gain patience in Saucony Type A
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was definitely something I not used to, said the five foot 10, 184 pounder. it makes you realize how hard you have to work when you get back in there. said he was told by head coach Jody Hull not to be concerned about sitting out.
Stefano returned a day later and, through six games, has produced two goals and two assists.
Both Lake Superior State University in the Michigan Sault, and a Div. I school from Hockey East Stefano prefers not to name publicly, showed serious interest.
of always rushing to make an easy pass, I got to make the best play possible, he said.
The biggest adjustment, he added, is to know what you want to do with the puck before you ever get possession of it.
However, not every moment of his rookie season has matched that kind of buzz.
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