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Huge signing for Guelph Storm

Former second round draft pick decides not to go NCAA route and signs with Storm
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Guelph Storm second round pick Cam Hillis does chin-ups during rookie fitness and orientation May 14, 2016, at Shift fitness. Tony Saxon/GuelphToday

The Guelph Storm made a huge signing Wednesday with the signing of centre Cam Hillis.

Hillis, 17, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound centre from Enniskillen, was the team’s second round selection (28th overall) in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection.

He didn’t initially sign with the club and had committed to an NCAA scholarship at Providence College. He was initially expected to play tier II hockey with the Penticton Vees this season.

Last season he played for St. Andrew’s College, scoring 28 goals and adding 49 assists in 58 games.

In his draft year he scored 25 goals and had 47 assists in 33 games for the York Simcoe Express, being named the OMHA-ETA player of the year.

Storm coach/general manager George Burnett said he had kept in touch with the Hillis family earlier in the summer then received a call from his representative last week saying he wanted to come to Guelph.

"It's huge," said Burnett, who scouted Hillis extensively during his draft year.

"He was certainly amongst the elite players in minor midget hockey. One of the most talented players that year," Burnett said. "We're thrilled he made it known he wanted to be part of the Guelph Storm.

“Cam is an excellent skater, a very intelligent player and brings a high-end skill set to our group. We look forward to seeing him grow alongside our existing core group here in Guelph.”

Hillis will join his teammates when camp opens on Aug. 28.