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Hoover scores first OHL goal

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It was a special night at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena last Friday for Josh Hoover, who scored his first OHL goal, on home ice against his former team.

“It’s definitely nice to get that first point, especially against my old team,” Hoover said in a Sting TV post game interview, pointing to the Sudbury Wolves who sent the 18-year-old to the Sarnia Sting in a trade in September. “It’s a little rubbing it in on them,” he added with a laugh. “So it’s definitely nice.”

The Sting won the game with a 6-2 final.

Hoover, a Sarnia native who grew up playing in the Lambton Jr. Sting AAA organization, was selected by the Wolves in the 10th round of the 2020 OHL Priority selection.

The 5’11 left-shooting defenceman spent last season split between the Wolves and the Greater Sudbury Cubs in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL). Through 11 games played with the Cubs Hoover tallied 6 assist.

Last month, the Sting announced they’d acquired Hoover from Sudbury in exchange for a 7th round pick in the 2023 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Priority Selection and a 5th round pick in the 2024 OHL Draft.

Josh Hoover scored his first OHL goal last weekend when the Sting defeated the Sudbury Wolves in a 6-2 final. (Metcalfe Photography)

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