Defenseman Jack Matier, who starred for the Soo Minor Thunderbirds of the Great North Midget Hockey League in 2018-2019, has become an Ontario Hockey League draft pick of the Ottawa 67s.
Matier was selected by Ottawa in the first round, 21st overall, of today’s OHL priority selections draft, which is being conducted live via the Internet.
Matier, a 6-foot-2, 185-pounder who shoots right, finished tied for second on the Great North regular season scoring chart for the Minor Thunderbirds with 10 goals, 12 assists, 22 points in 21 games.
He is the son of Mark Matier, who was a defenseman on the 1993 Memorial Cup champion Soo Greyhounds.
The younger Matier is ecstatic to have been picked by Ottawa in the first round.
“To be selected by a great organization like the Ottawa 67s is a true honour,” Matier told Hockey News North. “I want to thank all of the people who have supported me … my parents and family and friends and my coaches, Marc Disano and Jamie Henderson. I am so excited to have this opportunity.”
Ottawa’s assistant GM and head scout Jan Egert had much good to say about Matier as the 67s first-round selection.
“Jack is a player who has a high hockey sense and he’s got the ability to see beyond option number one,” Egert began. “The plays he makes have purpose. He’s got a big frame … and he’ll be a mainstay on the 67s blue line for his OHL career. There’s a lot of potential in Jack and we’re thrilled to have been able to draft him in the first round.”
Meantime, picking 18th in the first round, the hometown Soo Greyhounds had the opportunity to take Matier but instead opted for another defender, Jacob Holmes from the York-Simcoe Express.
PHOTO: Jack Matier, with his Soo Minor Thunderbirds coach, Jamie Henderson (Photo by Allana Plaunt.)