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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Lessio spurns Michigan, chooses OHL

Oshawa Generals Press Release

The Oshawa Generals announced this week that the team has signed highly-touted prospect Lucas Lessio to a standard Ontario Hockey League agreement with the Generals.

After going in the first round of the 2009 OHL Priority Selection to the Niagara Ice Dogs, Lessio played the 2009-2010 season with the St. Michael’s Buzzers. The 17-year-old Maple, Ont., native scored 30 goals, 72 points and added 77 penalty minutes in 41 games. He also added three points in five games with the Buzzers in the 2010 CCHL playoffs.

“We are very pleased to welcome Lucas to our family and we’re excited that he has chosen the Oshawa Generals and the Ontario Hockey League to further his hockey development,” said Generals coach-GM Chris DePiero. "We all wish Lucas the best of luck as he joins teammate Boone Jenner at Canada’s Under-18 Team selection camp in Calgary this weekend.”

Lessio was a member of Team Ontario capturing a silver medal at the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge last season in Timmins, Ont., after winning an OHL Cup title as tournament MVP in 2009 as a member of the Toronto Marlboros.

Lessio had verbally committed to the University of Michigan after the 2009 OHL draft, but had a change of heart over the past couple weeks.

Photo courtesy Oshawa Generals

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