Sting sign key draft picks, announce lower ticket prices

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Journal Staff

The Sarnia Sting have signed three top draft picks and are offering lower ticket prices for the upcoming OHL season.

Fans will be able to attend regular season home games for $15 plus tax in a newly created “energy zone,” and $22 plus tax for regular seating, the team said last week.

The hockey club has also signed Ben Laikin, Andrei Malyavin, and Alexis Daviault taken from the OHL Priority Selection and Canadian Hockey League Import Draft, GM Dyan Seca said.

Laikin, a power forward taken 30th overall, recorded 49 points in 18 games with his hometown club Mississauga U15 reps in the 2019-20 season.

“I am excited to get to Sarnia, meet my teammates, and help pursue a Memorial Cup Championship for the city,” Laikin said.

Malyavin, a Russian import defenceman, had three goals and 18 assists in 24 games with the Lokomotive-2004 Yaroslavl U16 team.

The Sting also signed Daviault, another defenceman, taken 52nd overall in the third round of the OHL Priority Selection.

They will play for new head coach Alan Letang. Letang, a Sting alumni and former pro, will work alongside associate head coach Brad Staubitz and assistant coach Mark Mancari for the new season, which is set to kick off Oct. 7.