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Coe set to go with Battalion

NORTH BAY, Ont. — Right winger Brandon Coe has signed a standard player agreement and education package with the North Bay Battalion, the Ontario Hockey League club announced Tuesday.

Coe was the Battalion’s first-round pick, third overall, in the OHL Priority Selection on April 8 from the Toronto Nationals minor midgets. The Ajax, Ont., resident scored 17 goals and earned 16 assists for 33 points in 31 Greater Toronto Hockey League games.

“I am so excited and extremely honoured to officially sign with the North Bay Battalion,” Coe messaged from home. “I’ve heard many great things about the team and the city of North Bay and I can’t wait to attend orientation camp in a couple of weeks.”

Coe, who stands six-foot-three and weighs 166 pounds, turns 16 on Dec. 1.

“He’s a big power forward,” said Matt Rabideau, an assistant general manager with the Troops. “He’s got a lot of high-end skill. He definitely plays physical, and he’s one of those guys who possesses a heavy shot. He’s got a great hockey IQ, and we think he’s going to be a huge asset to the Battalion going down the road.”

Errol Hook, the Battalion’s director of scouting, lauded Coe’s game after the selection was announced last month.

“He’s big, he’s strong and he’s arguably the best over-six-foot skater in the draft. We watched him a lot, as he was playing on a high-profile team. Picking at No. 3 we needed to get the best player, and we feel he has all the parts required to be a very good player in the OHL.”

Coe will be on the Memorial Gardens ice when the Battalion holds its orientation camp May 13-14.

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