May 9, 2007

Connor Stokes Update

Connor Stokes (6', 170), a 1991-born forward with the Syracuse Junior (B) Stars (Empire JHL) was selected in the 3rd-round of the Ontario Hockey League's annual draft by the Guelph Storm. Connor is from Lansing, NY, just outside of Ithaca, and is the son of former Big Red player, Wayne Stokes ('76). Connor was considered a prospect for the class of 2009. According to the Ithaca Journal, however, Connor will be heading to Guelph this fall and forgoing his college eligibility. Good luck to Connor in the OHL; hopefully things will work out for him as well as they did for Dustin Brown, who travelled the same road to Guelph not too long ago.

Another player of interest to Cornell fans was also drafted by the OHL: Jeremy Morin (6', 175), a 1991-born forward with the Syracuse Junior (A) Stars (Eastern JHL) was selected by Kitchener in the 4th-round. Jeremy, from nearby Auburn, NY, appears to continue leaning toward the NCAA or he probably would have gone much higher -- Red Line Report ranks Jeremy the number one player in his class. Jeremy ostensibly dropped Cornell from his list after his brother Chad selected Harvard over Cornell (and others). It is expected that Jeremy will be committing to a school fairly soon (Boston College?).

Another player who will be fun to watch is Jerry D'Amigo from Binghamton, NY. Jerry (5' 11", 185), another 1991-born forward, played this past season with the Binghamton Junior Senators (Atlantic JHL), where he was named the league's Rookie of the Year. Jerry recently accepted an invitation to join the U17 NTDP in Ann Arbor. Jerry, who's ranked the 16th best player in his class by Red Line, was selected in the 12th-round, also by Kitchener.

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