As the Ontario Hockey League remains in limbo as to when or if the 2020-2021 season will begin, junior age players from the various teams are, in the meantime, getting opportunities to play pro.
One such prospect is Nick Porco, a 19-year old left winger from Sault Ste. Marie who is a member of the OHL’s Barrie Colts and a National Hockey League draft pick of the Dallas Stars.
The 6-foot-1, 180 pound Porco is on the training camp roster of the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League, who are the top farm club of the NHL Stars.
With a March 12, 2001 birth date, Porco is the second youngest player on the training camp roster of the Texas AHL team as it readies for the slated start of the minor pro league’s regular season on February 5.
Porco is one of 14 forwards on the Texas training camp roster. He is in Texas on an amateur tryout contract.
A fifth round pick by Dallas at the 2019 NHL draft, Porco has played three seasons in the OHL after being a first round choice of the Saginaw Spirit at the 2017 priority selections draft.
Porco was traded, at his request, by Saginaw to Barrie midway through the 2019-2020 season. While overcoming a major injury as well as an illness and a death in his family, Porco managed nine goals, 11 assists, 20 points in 50 OHL games last season.