He is only 14 years of age and he is living about 400 miles from his Sault Ste. Marie home as he pursues his passion with the Vaughan Kings major bantams of the Greater Toronto Hockey League.
After playing all of his minor hockey in his hometown, including the 2016-2017 season with the Soo Greyhounds minor bantams, goalie Gavin Disano opted to head south for the 2017-2018 campaign to tend twine in Vaughan.
A Grade 9 student at reputable Hill Academy, the youngster is residing in Vaughan with his paternal grandfather, Anthony Disano. And as the 2003 birth year goalie is making a name for himself in the GTHL, he is also adapting well to having moved away from home.
Daniel Webster, who is the assistant coach with the Vaughan major bantams, can’t say enough about Disano as both a goalie and a mature individual.
“First of all, he is a very composed goalie,” Webster told HockeyNewsNorth.com. “He tracks the puck very well and is fairly aggressive in terms of cutting down angles, which doesn’t give shooters much to look at. Technically, he’s a very well rounded goaltender.”
Webster added that Disano’s “biggest assets are his competitiveness in games and his ability to make big saves. He has already established himself as one of the best goalies in the GTHL and is positioning himself to be a future (Ontario Hockey League) draft pick down the road (in 2019).”
There is also Disano’s maturity and good character that have Webster and the Vaughan organization impressed.
“We are very impressed with how a 14 year old kid has handled the move from home to a much bigger market,” Webster continued. “He is playing in the best minor hockey league in Ontario and he is handling the transition as a player and a young kid remarkably well. I can’t say enough about how impressed we are with Gavin.”
A reputable organization as part of the GTHL, the Vaughan Kings also served as a base for the previous two seasons for another Sault Ste. Marie product, 2001 birth year forward Nick Porco. Porco was taken in the first round, fourth overall, by the Saginaw Spirit at the 2017 OHL draft.
As for young Disano, he has taken the move from Sault Ste. Marie to Vaughan in stride.
“It’s good down here,” he told HockeyNewsNorth.com. “It was hard to move away but it makes it a lot easier that I am living with my grandfather.
“Playing here is getting me prepared for the next level,” Disano continued. “I am playing in the best league in our age group, where the shots are harder and I get tested a lot more than if I would have stayed at home.”
And when he is at home, the youngster is tutored at the goal-tending position by his dad, Jamie Disano, who owns and operates Elite Post to Post on Frontenac St. and whose many clients include overage goalie Mario Culina of the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL.
PHOTO: Gavin Disano, in action with the Vaughan Kings major bantams.