Erie, Pennsylvania – The 2022-23 Ontario Hockey League season officially kicks off in less than three weeks, as the 20-member teams prepare for Training Camp. Ahead of the 26th season of Erie Otters hockey, the team has made its first trade of the new season.
In exchange for Barrie’s 15th Round Pick in the 2025 OHL Priority Selection Draft, Erie sends Goaltender Benjamin West. West, taken 190th overall in the 10th Round of the 2019 Priority Selection, spent last season in the Central Canada Hockey League playing in 45 games with an .899 SV%. The goaltending prospect from Toronto was part of one Training Camp with the Otters, and did not appear in any regular season games.
The Erie Otters send best wishes to Ben West on his continued hockey journey with the Barrie Colts.
With the acquisition of the 15th Round Pick from Barrie, the Otters currently hold two picks in the last round of the 2025 OHL Priority Selection Draft. Three players drafted by Erie in the 15th went on to suit up in the regular season for the Otters:
- Derrell Upton (1996, #245 F), the team’s first 15th Round pick
- Jon Hull (2005, #290 G)
- Daniel Murphy (2016, #301 G)
Training Camp for the 2022-23 Erie Otters season opens on August 22, and the Preseason begins for the team on Friday, September 2 at the Erie Insurance Arena.
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