Bulldogs are big on Rossetto

May 28, 2024

As Hockey News North was first to report, this looms as a potential steal of a third round draft pick. As in, Sault Ste. Marie product Nik Rossetto has officially signed with the Brantford Bulldogs of the Ontario Hockey League.

Nik Rossetto

Brantford general manager Matt Turek went to great lengths in praising the ability, character and potential of Rossetto.

“Nik is a tremendously skilled player that we feel can be a real difference maker for the Bulldogs going forward. Nik possesses an elite release and shot combination that immediately makes him a player that opposing defenses have to keep tabs on,” Turek began.

“Nik also brings a strong desire to continue to develop his all around game and a commitment to making his team better that shows the high character level that we covet with the Bulldogs,” summed up Turek.

As for Rossetto himself, he relayed to Hockey News North that he is “excited to get started with the Bulldogs. I have got a lot of work ahead of me but I’m going to do my best to not let them down.”

An electrifying forward, Rossetto became a gamble of a pick by Brantford in the third round of the 2024 OHL priority selections draft. With so much interest from major Division 1, National Collegiate Athletic Association schools and indications that he might be headed that way, Rossetto dropped from being a projected first rounder to the third round, where Brantford took a chance on him.

And that gamble or chance or whatever it may termed has paid off with the signing of Rossetto.

After playing all of his minor hockey at home, Rossetto left Sault Ste. Marie for Pittsburgh last fall to play in the Jr. Penguins Under 16 AAA elite program.  A small but skilled, speedy and smart forward, Rossetto sparked all Jr. Penguins in scoring during the 2023-2024 regular season with 47 goals, 27 assists, 74 points in 53 games. 

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