Echo Bay product Brett Findlay is poised to move up the hockey ladder.
Findlay, a 1992 birth-year forward who was part of an East Coast Hockey League championship team with the Alaska Aces in 2013-2014, has signed an American Hockey League contract with the Toronto Marlies.
The Marlies are the top affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Toronto Maple Leafs.
Gord Dineen, a former Ontario Hockey League defenceman with the Soo Greyhounds who went on to play in 568 NHL games, is the new head coach of the AHL Marlies.
Prior to turning pro, Findlay played three OHL seasons as a high-end forward with the Greyhounds and Peterborough Petes.
He also spent a season in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League with the Blind River Beavers under coach Jim Capy.
Findlay is also a graduate of the Sault Major Hockey Association’s AA midget ranks where he played for coach Don Gagnon.