Soo Greyhounds General Manager Kyle Raftis is pleased to announce the commitment of 2020 draft pick, CONNOR TOMS.
The Sault Ste. Marie, ON native was the Greyhounds second pick, taken 44th overall, in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection, presented by Real Canadian Superstore.
“Connor can mobilize offense from anywhere on the ice due to his composure and elusiveness with the puck. This, coupled with his elite skating-ability allows him to be a proficient two-way defender. Connor’s going to be a huge addition to our blue-line for years to come,” Raftis said.
The 5-foot-11, 160-pound rear-guard suited up during the COVID-19 restricted 2020/21 season with the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL).
In 19 games with the Jr. A club, Toms tallied four goals and 14 assists.
“We’re very excited to announce this signing. He’s an extremely motivated athlete and we’re excited to watch him develop as a player and as a student here at home in the Soo” Raftis added.
The Thunderbirds Rookie of the Year led all NOJHL rookie defensemen in scoring, while also leading all NOJHL defensemen in assists, powerplay assists, and shorthanded goals.
The son of former Greyhound Jeff Toms, who won a Memorial Cup with the team in 1993, Connor also produced six multi-point games during his 2020/21 season with the Thunderbirds.
“Playing for the Greyhounds has been a dream of mine ever since I started playing minor hockey in the Soo. I am thankful for this opportunity and excited to get started, and I wish the season started tomorrow,” Toms said.