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Two young defencemen commit to Storm

Guelph, ON – Storm General Manager & Head Coach George Burnett announced today that the team has received commitments from defencemen Jakob MacRae and Zackary Sandhu. Both are 2005-born defencemen who were drafted in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection.

“Jakob, a member of the Guelph Minor Midgets last season, combines good size, physicality, strong skating and the ability to move the puck effectively. Zackary, one of the youngest players from the most recent OHL Priority Selection, comes from the Toronto Marlies program and made a very strong statement at training camp. His game combines excellent size and skating with the ability to move the puck and looks to play with a physical edge at every opportunity,” said GM and Head Coach George Burnett.

“Zackary will play with our affiliate team in Ayr and will have the opportunity to play and practice with the Storm throughout the season. Both young defencemen will join an already young core of new Storm defencemen that includes Cam Allen (‘05), Michael Buchinger (‘04) and Leo Harenrichter (‘04).”

MacRae, the 6’0, 193 lbs left-handed defenceman from Ottawa, was selected by the Storm in the 4th round, 77th overall in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection. In 2019-20, the defenceman put up 2 goals and 10 assists for 12 points in 28 games for the U15 Ottawa Jr. 67’s. In 2020-21, MacRae was part of the Guelph Jr. Gryphons AAA program.

“From a young age, I dreamt of playing in the OHL,” said MacRae. “I’m honoured to commit to the Storm and I look forward to making lasting friendships, developing as a player, and contributing on and off the ice to the team and the city of Guelph.”

Sandhu, the 6’1, 189 lbs left-handed defenceman from Toronto, was selected by the Storm in the 7th round, 122nd overall in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection. In 2019-20, the defenceman registered 2 goals and 12 assists for 14 points in 28 games with the GTHL’s U15 Toronto Marlboros.

“I had extremely surreal feelings throughout camp,” said Sandhu. “I’m really excited to be joining the Storm family.”

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