Center Cole Perfetti has opted for the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League over the University of Michigan Wolverines, a prestigious Division 1, National Collegiate Athletic Association school, Hockey News North has confirmed.
Perfetti, who had earlier committed to play for U of M, has officially signed with Saginaw, which selected the 5-foot-10 pivot in the first round, fifth overall, at the 2018 OHL priority selections draft.
“It wasn’t an easy choice but I know that in the OHL I will play with and compete with future National Hockey League players every game,” said Perfetti. “I felt (signing with Saginaw) is the best choice for me to become a pro hockey player.”
Given that Perfetti had committed to U of M, Saginaw general manager Dave Drinkill nonetheless took a gamble and selected the Vaughan Kings, Greater Toronto Hockey League grad with the OHL team’s first pick of this year’s draft.
And the gamble paid off with today’s signing in Saginaw.