Erie Otters general manager Sherry Bassin is slated to be in Sault Ste. Marie this weekend to watch two of his team’s selections from the 2013 Ontario Hockey League draft in action.
The smooth-talking, 74-year old Bassin, whose Otters are one of the top teams in the OHL this season, will be in the Soo to take a close-up look at centre Frankie Pucci of the Soo Indians major midgets and defenceman Owen Headrick of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League’s Soo Thunderbirds.
The pint-sized Pucci leads the major midget Indians in scoring while Headrick is having a standout season as a top defender with the Jr. A Thunderbirds.
Pucci was Erie’s 12th-round pick and Headrick was the Otters 14th-rounder in 2013.
Both players are 1997 birth-year skaters.
Bassin and the Otters have direct competition for Headrick’s services.
Headrick, a smooth-skating, skilled blueliner with a heavy right-hand shot, has a full-ride scholarship offer on the table from the Lake Superior State Lakers of the Division 1, Western Collegiate Hockey Association.