Sting sign first-round pick Namestnikov

Max Namestnikov signing an Ontario Hockey League standard player agreement with the Sarnia Sting. April 2020. (Photo provided by Sarnia Sting Hockey Club)

The Sarnia Sting have signed forward Maxim Namestnikov to an OHL Standard Player Agreement.

The 15-year-old centre was selected with the third overall pick in this year’s Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.

“I am extremely proud and honoured to announce that I have officially signed with the Sarnia Sting,” said Namestnikov in a media release. “I can’t wait to meet all of my teammates and I am very excited to get started as a member of the Sting.”

Sting owner and Associate Coach David Legwand said the team is thrilled to welcome Matt to the organization.

“Max possesses elite-level offensive skill which is matched by his work ethic and compete level. He was one of the top players on an outstanding Detroit Honeybaked team this past season. Max is a proven winner that comes from strong hockey bloodlines, our fans are certainly going to enjoy watching him play for the Sarnia Sting.”

The Sarnia Sting picked Max Namestnikov third overall in the 2020 OHL Draft - April 4,2020. (TIM CORNETT/OHL Images)

The Sarnia Sting picked Max Namestnikov third overall in the 2020 OHL Draft – April 4,2020. (TIM CORNETT/OHL Images)

The Sting also announced Friday that Namestnikov will wear number 81 for the upcoming 2020-21 season.

The Wolverine Lake native played for Detroit Honeybaked U15 last season and had 53 goals and 75 assists for 128 points in 59 games played.