At last, the wait and see game is over for Noah Zeppa.
A Sault Ste. Marie native, the 5-foot-11, 170 pound goalie with a December, 2002 birth date has signed with the Renfrew Wolves of the Central Canada Hockey League.
Zeppa will report to Renfrew in early January.
The most valuable player in the Great North Under 18 Hockey League in 2018-2019 while playing for a sub par Soo Jr. Greyhounds team, Zeppa went through trying times in 2019-2020.
A concussion injury limited Zeppa to just nine games of activity last season while suiting up for the Chatham Maroons of the Greater Ontario Jr. Hockey League and the Hearst Lumberjacks of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.
This season, he was poised to join the Michigan Soo Eagles of the NOJHL. But the closure of the Canada/United States border held Zeppa back from crossing into Michigan just as it has prevented the Eagles from playing any games within the NOJHL to date.
Now, it is soon to be off to Renfrew for Zeppa, thanks to his advisor, Kevin Cain, and Wolves first-year coach-general manager Ryan Leonard. Leonard, who formerly coached in the NOJHL with success as the hockey boss of the Cochrane Crunch is, like Zeppa, a Sault Ste. Marie product.
And Leonard is happy to be able to bring Zeppa in to Renfrew, as he knows the youngster and his family well.
“Being from the Sault, I have known Noah’s family and have been following him for a while now,” Leonard relayed. “It is always good to be able to add a good kid from a good family who is going to work hard for every opportunity he gets.”
Of note, Zeppa was picked by the Soo Greyhounds at the 2019 Ontario Hockey League under 18 draft.
Before that, the likeable youngster dressed as a backup goalie for the Hamilton Bulldogs during the 2018-2019 OHL season.