Toronto Patriots forward Brandon Willett has committed to Hamilton College for the 2014-15 NESCAC Conference (NCAA Division III) season, the club announced on April 17th.
Willett, 20, is in his third year with the Patriots and has featured in over 150 Ontario Junior Hockey League contests over five years in the league.
Willett has played for head coach Jason Fortier on two separate occasions as he began his junior career in earnest with Fortier’s Vaughan Vipers in the 2010-11 campaign.
“He actually started playing on my spring program when he was 15 years old,” said Fortier.
“I am happy for him, I just want him to find a place that he will be happy. He is a tireless worker; he has great speed and brings a lot on the forecheck. I think he can add more offence than we are getting from him this year but he is just starting to find his stride and I really expect big things from him in the future.”
He has 86 points in 118 regular season contests and 22 points in 43 post-season games over his OJHL career.
A 5-foot-8, 175-pound speedster, Willett is able to play up and down the lineup and has provided leadership to the Toronto locker room this season.
“The one thing he does better than a lot of guys is just be a great teammate,” Fortier said.
“Maybe this hasn’t been an ideal season for him, but he has been a good kid in the room and when you have a 20 year old that pushes through hard times and comes with a good attitude, it makes the life of a coach so much easier. I think he’ll be great at the next level, especially because he is so versatile.”
Written by Jamie Neugebauer of the Toronto Lake Patriots (OJHL)