A mere eight days after rejecting another overture from the Erie Otters, 1997 birth-year defenseman Owen Headrick has decided to join the Ontario Hockey League team from the Lake Superior State Lakers of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
HockeyNewsNorth.com has confirmed that Headrick informed the Lake State coaching staff this morning of his decision to sign with Erie, which had maintained the OHL rights to the Garden River First Nation product after selecting him in the 14th round of the 2013 draft.
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 24 games with the Lakers this 2016-2017 season, the 6-foot, 185-pound sophomore was tied for 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.
Headrick joins an Erie team that, along with the Soo Greyhounds, London Knights, Windsor Spitfires and Owen Sound Attack, is one of five legitimate championship contenders from within the hotly-contested Western Conference.