Score one for the Ontario Hockey League.
Sonny Milano, who was the Columbus Blue Jackets first-round pick at the 2014 National Hockey League entry draft, has opted to sign with the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers instead of going the National Collegiate Athletic Association route.
Milano — a 6-foot-1, 180 pound, 1996 birth-year forward — is backing out of a commitment to Boston College and released a statement to the Columbus Dispatch through his agent.
“After a great deal of thought and discussion with my family, I have spoken with (Boston College) Coach (Jerry) York and informed him that I will be playing for the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers this season,” said Milano.
“I think that BC is the best choice for those players who wish to go to school and play hockey. Every player’s path to achieving his goal of playing in the NHL is different, and the best route for some is not necessarily the best route for others. For me, the opportunity to play in the OHL is the right decision.”
In 58 games with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program in 20123-2014, Milano was second in scoring with 29 goals, 57 assists, 86 points.
PHOTO: Sonny Milano, after being selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2014 NHL draft. (Photo by Bruce Bennett.)