The Sarnia Sting added experience to their forward corps by acquiring Sam Bitten on Wednesday from the Ottawa 67's.
The Sarnia Sting added experience to their forward corps by acquiring Sam Bitten on Wednesday from the Ottawa 67’s.
The Sting picked up the six-foot-two, 200-pound Bitten for North Bay’s fifth-round draft pick in 2020 and Sudbury’s third-round draft pick in 2021.
“We are very excited to be able (to) add Sam to our current group today,” Sting general manager Nick Sinclair said in a statement. “He brings many intangibles both on and off the ice that will be a big benefit as we move forward into this season.
“His character, experience and the way he approaches the game on a day-to-day basis will be instrumental with our club, while his strong two-way game, versatility and ability to play in many key situations gives us an added element to our lineup.”
Bitten, 19, has played two full seasons in the Ontario Hockey League. He set career-highs last season with 13 goals, 22 assists and 39 penalty minutes in 68 games.
The native of Gloucester, Ont., has 22 goals and 37 assists in 150 career regular-season games, all with the 67’s.
He had a goal and two assists in 17 playoff games last season as the 67’s reached the OHL championship series.
Bitten could start this season as the Sting’s third-most experienced forward. They’re expected to say goodbye to at least two of their four potential overage forwards (Ryan McGregor, Sean Josling, Calvin Martin and Curtis Egert) and have no other 19-year-olds up front.
Black and White game
The Sting will play their 14th annual Black and White intrasquad game in support of the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 7:05 p.m. at Progressive Auto Sales Arena.
Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Proceeds from the 50/50 draw, jersey raffle and lineup sheet sales also go to the United Way.
The Sting have helped to raise an estimated $45,000 for United Way programs since the game’s inception.
The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton will announce its annual fundraising goal at the game.
“We are proud of our history with the Sarnia Sting organization; each person that has come out to a Black and White game in the past 13 years has made an impact on this community,” United Way of Sarnia-Lambton executive director Dave Brown said in a statement. “The donations that we receive will help fund over 30 programs and services in Sarnia-Lambton that have a direct impact on the lives of youth, families and seniors.”
The Sting will begin training camp Monday, Aug. 26, with fitness testing.
The public is welcome to watch the on-ice sessions Tuesday, Aug. 27, when players will be divided onto Black, White and Gold teams.
Black and White scrimmage at 10 a.m., Gold practises at noon, White practises at 3:30 p.m., and Black and Gold scrimmage at 6:30 p.m.
Gold and White scrimmage Aug. 28 at 10 a.m., and Black practises at noon. New rosters will be made for the Black and White intrasquad game that night.