Surrey, B.C. – The Surrey Eagles are proud to announce forward Connor Gatto has committed to the team for the upcoming B.C Hockey League season. The ’01’ forward from Jacksonville, Florida would take up the 6th and final import slot on the team, joining fellow Americans Owen Nolan, Wyatt Schlaht, Brett Bliss, Kenny Riddett, and Matt Connor.
Gatto is another skilled, two-way centreman who battles hard up and down the rink. Gatto played in the National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) last season with the Islanders Hockey Club, and put up 14 goals and 40 points in 49 games. The 19 year old stands 5’7, and weighs 155 pounds.
It’s an exciting leap for Gatto in his young junior hockey career, and the intrigue of moving up north played a role in his decision. “I’m very excited! I’ve never played in Canada before, so that’ll be pretty interesting. I’m ready to start playing in a new league with a great reputation.”
Gatto also explained his rational for joining Surrey as his BCHL destination. “For starters, coach [Cam] Keith. He really likes me and I really enjoyed talking to him. I know the [BCHL] is great, and I knew I could play in a better league so I said why not, let’s give it a shot.”
For Eagles fans who haven’t gotten the chance to see Connor play, he gave a little scouting report on himself as well. “I’m a smaller forward, and I proud myself on my skill and defense. I believe I can do everything for the team but understand I’ll need to prove it at the next level.”
Welcome to the flock Connor!