Local hockey: Hounds sign Hookey, Malyavin coming to Sting


The Soo Greyhounds officially announced the signing of Landen Hookey from Sarnia on Monday.

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The Soo Greyhounds officially announced the signing of Landen Hookey from Sarnia on Monday.

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The 17-year-old forward was a ninth-round pick in the 2020 Ontario Hockey League Draft.

“I am very honored and thrilled to be a part of the Sault Ste. Marie organization and community, ”Hookey said in a statement. “I can’t wait to get down to business this year with a great group of guys. “

The six-foot-four, 196-pound Hookey scored one goal in two preseason games.

“Landen has put a lot of time and focus into his game and has grown tremendously since we selected him for the 2020 Priority Selection,” said Greyhounds general manager Kyle Raftis. “With his skating, his skills and his sharpness on the ice, as well as his physical size, we think Landen scratches the surface showing how good he can be.

“He’s the type of player the puck always seems to find. He’s very smart with the puck and he’s a dangerous under-point player. We are delighted that Landen is joining our program.

Hookey had 13 goals and 17 assists in 33 games for the Lambton AAA U16 Jr. Sting in 2019-2020. He attended Ridley College in 2020-2021.

Another former Jr. Sting student, Josh Hoover, also signed this month with the Sudbury Wolves, who selected him in the 10th round of the 2020 Draft.

Malyavin closer to Sting’s debut

Sarnia Sting defenseman Andrei Malyavin of Russia is expected to arrive in Canada on Tuesday, general manager Dylan Seca said.

Malyavin, 17, was the Sting’s first-round pick in the 2021 Canadian Hockey League import draft.

He will train this week and hopefully play in Friday’s preseason final against the Peterborough Petes, Seca said.

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Three other players – goaltender Ben Gaudreau (San Jose), defenseman Ryan Mast (Boston) and defenseman Cameron Supryka (Los Angeles) are back from NHL training camps.

Goalkeeper Anson Thornton (Ariz.) Was the only Sting player left at an NHL camp Monday. There is no return date for him.

Sting to accommodate larger crowds

All fans, staff and volunteers who come to a Sting game at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena must now provide full proof of COVID-19 vaccination as well as government approved identification.

Anyone 12 years of age and over is required to show documents under Ontario Hockey League and provincial government policies.

Customers benefiting from a medical exemption must present a piece of identification and a written document attesting to the exemption.

The Stings have yet to announce how many spectators will be allowed at the games, but Ontario’s 17 OHL teams can now have 50 percent capacity at their rinks.

Teams were limited to 1,000 fans under the provincial government’s old COVID-19 rules.

Progressive Auto Sales Arena has a capacity of 5,500 spectators at hockey games, including club seats and luxury suites, according to its website.

The Sting will host the Petes in Friday’s show finale at 7:05 p.m. ET.

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