Goalie Anson Thornton comes to the Sarnia Sting with a winning reputation.
The 17-year-old Maple native signed Friday after being the third overall pick in the Ontario Hockey League under-18 draft in April.
“A real athletic goalie,” Sting general manager Dylan Seca said. “A kid who has been on winning teams all the way through his minor hockey career.
“(He) was always an undersized goalie, but he grew. He’s just under 6’4” right now. He’s just a kid who came into his own and matured.
“He was always really athletic and really quick but now has the size that goes along with the determination and the skill. It’s just a good package.”
Thornton won the Greater Toronto Hockey League and OHL Cup championships in 2019 with the Don Mills Minor Midget AAA Flyers.
He posted a 1.21 goals-against average, .909 save percentage and two shutouts in four games at the OHL Cup. His teammates included phenom Shane Wright, the No. 1 pick in the 2019 OHL draft.