As the Erie Otters added world-class forward Anthony Cirelli in an Ontario Hockey League trade with the Oshawa Generals earlier this week, they once again tried to talk 1997 birth-year defenseman Owen Headrick into leaving the Lake Superior State Lakers of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Headrick, though, turned down the Otters latest overture to leave Lake State for Erie, which for the third year in a row is chasing what has been an elusive OHL championship.
Erie has maintained the OHL rights to Headrick after selecting the Garden River First Nation product in the 14th round of the 2013 OHL draft.
But after starring with the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League for two seasons, Headrick opted to accept a scholarship offer from the Lakers as a freshman for the 2015-2016 campaign — and as the youngest player in the WCHA.
In 22 games with the Lakers this 2016-2017 season, the 6-foot, 185-pound sophomore is fourth on the Lake State scoring chart with 15 points from 2 goals and 13 assists.
A year ago at this time, Otters general manager Dave Brown first tried to convince Headrick to leave Lake State for Erie but the youngster chose to remain in school.
PHOTO: Lake State sophomore defenseman Owen Headrick.