April 1, 2009

Big Red Adds 'Tender Depth

According to Chris Heisenberg, Cornell has added a goalie for 2009 with the commitment of Omar Kanji (5'10", 165), a 1991-born prep player out of Thornhill, Ontario. Omar attends Upper Canada College, where he was the team's MVP last year after posting a 1.65 GAA, with a 93.5 save percentage and 4 shutouts in 20 games. Omar was also an affiliate player with UCC's OJHL team and played four games in the OJ last fall, including a 58-save shutout against Orangeville in his first game in juniors (some highlights below).

The Toronto Star named Omar its athlete of the week in February.

Omar will join former UCC players Colin Greening and Erik Axell on this fall's roster. Welcome to the Big Red, Omar.

Photo: OJHL
Video: YouTube


Unknown said...

So what's your take on this? Just adding a third goalie? Significance of playing for UCC? If he was really good, he'd be in the OJHL?

BRP said...

Normally, Cornell (as well as many other programs) would be looking at goalies 19 or 20. Under normal circumstances, Omar would probably head off to juniors for a year or two. This sounds like a good opportunity for each party: Cornell gets a third goalie who's a talented, though inexperienced, prospect; Omar gets started on his education, which isn't a small matter if he's serious about ultimately heading to Law School.