Sting select two forwards, goaltender in U-18 draft

(From left to right) Cole Cooksey, Marcus Ouellet and Aiden Long. (Photos provided by the Sarnia Sting)

The Sarnia Sting welcomed aboard three new players in Thursday night’s Under-18 Priority Selection.

With the fifth overall pick, the hockey club selected forward Cole Cooksey of the Mississauga Reps U18 AAA.  The Toronto native scored 42 goals and 36 assists through 58 games this season.

In a media release, Sting General Manager Dylan Seca said Cooksey obviously has high-end talent.

“We’ve seen lots of competitiveness in his game as well and are excited to see how his game translates to the OHL level.”

In the second round, Sarnia picked up goaltender and fellow Toronto native Marcus Ouellet of the Don Mills Flyers U18 AAA team.

“Despite missing a significant time due to injury over the last year and a half, Marcus has a great skill set and we like his strong upside,” said Seca.

Ouellet, standing 6’1″ and weighing around 206 lbs., also spent time with St. Michael’s College this season.

The Sting capped off the draft by selecting Aiden Long from the Hill Academy U18 Prep team.  The winger from Mono, Ontario recorded 42 goals and 32 assists in 47 games this season.

“Aiden is a big kid who can skate, loves the puck and has a lacrosse background,” said Seca.  “He put up huge numbers in prep school this winter and is a player our U18 scout was very high on.”

For the full results of the 2022 OHL U18 Priority Selection, click here.