Union hockey recruit Pontarelli staying in juniors this season
Highly touted Union hockey 2014-15 recruit Michael Pontarelli announced on his Twitter account Sunday that he will remain with his junior team, the Cornwall Colts, this season.
"I've decided to play in Cornwall for one more year! Time to start getting ready for our season as defending champs," Pontarelli wrote in his Tweet.
That leads to some speculation that the Union coaching staff was trying to get him to come in this season. And why not, considering the outstanding season Pontarelli had for the Colts, who won the Central Canada Junior Hockey League title. The 19-year-old Pontarelli led the CCHL in scoring with 52 goals and 55 assists. He was a unanimous choice for CCHL MVP and the CCHL Sportsmanship and Ability Award. He was also named the Canadian Junior Hockey League's MVP.
The Dutchmen's top two point scorers, Wayne Simpson (16-20-36) and Kyle Bodie (9-24-33) graduated Sunday.
Union coach Rick Bennett was unavailable for comment.