Local goalie eyes future with Sting

Kaden Fulcher plans to make his mark on the Ontario Hockey League.

The Sarnia Sting nabbed the local player in the 13th round of the OHL Priority Selection last month off the roster of the Lambton Jr. Sting Minor Midget “AAA” team.

The 15-year-old from Brigden called it an honour to be taken by his hometown team.

“Unbelievable feeling to get drafted by such a great organization,” Fulcher said on Twitter, after receiving messages of congratulations from friends on social media.

“The draft was on the computer, but I tried not to pay too much attention to it – I tried to go about my daily life and not pay too much attention.”

The LCCVI student said he was “pretty excited” when the Sting called to congratulate him and put together an offseason workout schedule.

“It was pretty much the best phone call of my life,” he said.

The diminutive but agile goaltender says he has always dreamed of playing in the OHL, with an eye on possibly playing in the NHL if the chips fall his way.

Fulcher will work out with the Sting this summer and then head to the GTA to play for Hill Academy in Vaughn – a prep school where the curriculum is tough and hockey is king.

He hopes to play a few games for the Sting this year.

Fulcher says because he’s not a blue chip prospect, some people may underestimate him. But, he cautioned, that would be a mistake.

“I want to be the guy that proves everyone wrong.”

 Heather Wright, special to The Journal. Wright is the publisher and editor of The Independent in Petrolia