Iroquois Falls product Chad Denault, a 2000 birth-year right winger, has signed with the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League.
Denault, who was selected by Peterborough in the third round of the 2016 OHL draft, has spent the first several weeks of the 2016-2017 season with the Rayside-Balfour Canadians of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.
In 15 NOJHL games with Rayside, Denault potted 6 goals, 6 assists, 12 points.
Petes general manager Michael Oke made mention of what Denault means to the future in Peterborough.
“Chad is a big, strong power forward who has excelled so far this season (in the NOJHL) and we expect that he will play a key role alongside other young Petes players for several seasons to come,” said Oke.
“Chad is another example of the type of talented, high-character player that our scouting staff has worked to identify over the past several seasons,” added Oke.
Of note, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Denault tallied 4 goals in 4 games while starring for Team Northern Ontario at the 2016 OHL Cup.
From his end, Denault said that he is “excited to be moving forward with the Petes. I believe it’s a great opportunity. There is a lot of history in Peterborough and I’m looking forward to joining the team.”