Gritz commits to Hounds


It’s been a busy month of June for our Soo Greyhounds as they continue to secure their prospects for the upcoming season, and after getting a commitment from 2016 first round pick (9th overall) Barrett Hayton last week, the Hounds have reached an agreement with their next pick on the list.

The Hounds have received a commitment from forward Alex Gritz.

Gritz, who was the Hounds second pick in this year’s draft, taken in the 3rd round (50th overall), spent the 2015-2016 season with the Waterloo Wolves Minor Midget hockey club, scoring 19 goals and 41 points through 33 games.

His 41 points were also tied for the most on the team this season with forward Mitchell Hoelscher, who went in the 3rd round (56th overall) to the Ottawa 67s in this year’s Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.

The 15 year old forward from Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, stands 5’10 and weighs 166 pounds.

Gritz, who finished second in AHMMPL playoff scoring with 27 points through 16 games, leading the Wolves to winning their third straight Alliance championship, also suited up for Team Grey at the 2015 USA Boys Select 15 Camp, where he tallied 3 goals and 1 assist through 5 games played.

At the OHL Gold Cup, he had 2 goals and 1 assist through 4 games played.

The Hounds 3rd rounder will be part of their 2016 training camp roster in late August.


The Hounds did not own a second round pick in this year’s Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection, as it was part of the David Miller trade that came in exchange for star forward Justin Bailey from the Kitchener Rangers back in January of 2015.

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Matt had graduated from Sault College in the General Arts and Sciences program in 2011 and has been working in the sports field ever since. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native has worked as an Athletics Assistant in the Sault College Athletics Department during his final year of school in 2011. After graduating, Stefano worked for two years at the George Leach Centre from 2011-2013 for the Algoma University Thunderbirds Varsity Basketball Games as an Athletics Assistant. From 2013 on, Stefano has been working as the Soo Thunderbirds communications person and has also been volunteering with Shaw TV Sault Ste. Marie since 2014, doing Soo Thunderbirds TV Segments.