Barrie, ON– Barrie Colts General Manager & Head Scout, Jason Ford announced today that the team has signed forwards Connor LePage, Tyson Foerster, Peter Fleming, Matej Pekar and goaltender Maksim Zhukov.
Connor LePage, 16 played last season with the Guelph Hurricanes of the GOJHL. He appeared in 38 games with the Hurricanes collecting 6 goals and 8 assists. The native of Georgetown, ON was selected in the 5thround (88thoverall) of the 2017 OHL draft by the Barrie Colts. In his Minor Midget year, LePage and his Toronto Titan team qualified for the OHL Cup where he showed well by scoring 2 goals and 1 assist in their 5 games.
Also signing is Alliston, ON native Tyson Foerster. The 16 year old was drafted in this past OHL Priority Selection Draft by the Colts in the 3rdRound (55thoverall). Last season Foerster put up big numbers with the Barrie Minor Midgets, collecting 20 goals and 41 assists in 34 regular season OMHA ETA games. Foerster also continued his play into the OHL Cup where he tallied 5 goals and 4 assists in 5 games.
Peter Fleming, the London, ON native played last season with the St. Thomas Stars of the GOJHL. In 49 games with the Stars he recorded 11 goals and 28 assists. The 17 year old was selected in the 6thround (101stoverall) of the 2017 OHL draft by Barrie. During the Stars playoff run, Fleming added 6 more goals and 7 assists in his 13 games postseason games. The former London Jr. Knight will be reunited this year as he joins former teammate and line mate Ryan Suzuki on the Colts this season.
The Barrie Colts have signed their 2ndround pick (108thoverall) from the 2018 CHL Import Draft, Matej Pekar. The 18 year old from Turnov, CZE is a Buffalo Sabres 4thround draft pick (94thoverall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. The Czech winger is coming off a stellar season with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL where he played 56 games and totaled 14 goals and 40 assists, which earned him Rookie of the year honors. The 2017 USHL rookie of the year was Andrei Svechnikov who also played for the Barrie Colts, who then went on to win the 2018 OHL Rookie of the year. Matej has also represented his country on the International stage a few times, including most recently the Hlinka Gretzky Cup and the U-18 World Junior Championship where he put up 5 points in 7 games.
19 year old, Maksim Zhukov inked a contract with the Colts as well. Barrie’s 1stround selection (43rdoverall) in this past CHL Import Draft played last season in the USHL with the Green Bay Gamblers where he posted a 2.45 GAA in 53 games with the club. Zhukov was a Las Vegas Golden Knights 4thround pick (96thoverall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
“We are extremely pleased to announce these signings and welcome these young players to the Barrie Colts family” said Barrie Colts General Manager and Head Scout, Jason Ford.
“Each of these players bring different attributes and skill-sets we feel will make the hockey club better immediately and into the future.”
Both Zhukov and Pekar are currently away attending NHL Camps but are expected to return before the beginning of the regular season. As for LePage, Foerster and Fleming, they will all be attending Innisdale Secondary School this year.
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