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MCNEILL SIGNS WITH PITTSBURGH

Barrie Colts defenceman Reid McNeill has signed an entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL. 

Pittsburgh drafted the London native in the sixth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft with the 170th overall pick. 

“It’s been a long journey and I’m so happy to be signed with the Penguins,” said McNeill. 

A long journey that includes not being drafted in to the Ontario Hockey League, but through hard work and perseverance McNeill found his way in to the league with his hometown team, the London Knights.

“It is such an honour considering the way everything worked out for me,” said McNeill.  “To go undrafted in to the OHL and then get drafted in to the NHL and now to be signed on with the Penguins, it feels pretty surreal right now.” 

The 6’4” defender just completed his third season in the OHL and first with the Barrie Colts.   

Barrie acquired McNeill, along with draft picks, last summer from the London Knights in exchange for the first overall pick in the Import Draft. 

This season McNeill played 51 games for the Colts and put up career-highs in goals, assists and points with three goals and 12 points.

McNeill attended the Penguins training camp at the start of last season but was sidelined with an injury.  This season McNeill says he’s poised to make a good impression at training camp. 

“I just want to make a great first impression and make sure they know that I am ready to play pro hockey,” said McNeill.  “I’ve got a lot of work to do over the summer to get bigger and stronger so I’m prepared for training camp.”

    

McNeill and Mathias Niederberger celebrate a victory. 

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