6 a.m., Feb..2)
prodigy returns home to play for 67s
By Mike Beasley
Rangers Minor Hockey alum Matt Foget is enjoying
life as an Ottawa 67 after spending a year
and a half playing NCAA Division 1 hockey
at Merrimack College near Boston. Valerie
the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy summed it up best when she said,
theres no place like home. It appears
that Matt Foget couldnt agree more.
19-year-old Orléans native moved back home over
the Christmas holidays to suit up for the Ottawa 67s
after leaving Merrimack College midway through his sophmore
year. With 13 games under his belt, Foget has a pair of
goals and eight assists.
feels great playing at TD Place in front of family and
friends, Foget said before a recent 67s home
diminutive forward played his entire minor and junior
hockey in Ottawa before being courted by Merrimack College
during the 2014-2015 season with the Gloucester Rangers
of the Central Junior Hockey League.
a youngster, Foget came up through the Gloucester Rangers
AA program before graduating to the Ottawa 67s AAA
5, 9, 174 lb skater played three seasons with the
organization, starting in Minor Bantam and finishing in
Minor Midget. From there he made the transition into junior
two very productive seasons with the Rangers Jr. A team,
Foget collected 128 points in 123 games and was instantly
on the radar of several NCAA schools while attending the
sport detude program at École secondaire
publique Louis-Riel in Blackburn Hamlet.
discussions with the coaches at Merrimack, Foget committed
to the program and was originally set to the join the
Warriors in the fall of 2016. But after talking the situation
over with his family, he decided to start college in September
2015, becoming the youngest player on the roster, courtesy
of his status as a true freshman.
appeared in 34 games in his first year with the Warriors
and enjoyed a solid rookie campaign, registering 12 points
on five goals and seven assists which ranked second among
freshmen in scoring.
returned to Merrimack in the fall and skated in 12 games,
scoring a goal and adding three assists. But at the Christmas
break, Matt left the program and made the move back home.
was a tough decision to leave Merrimack, but I felt it
had to be done, Foget explained. I began looking
at the transfer options in the CHL and eventually couldnt
turn down my home team.
player of Fogets pedigree does not become available
very often, so there were several other suitors after
had about nine teams in the OHL and QMJHL interested in
signing me, but in the end Ottawa was the logical choice.
scored his first OHL goal during a 5-4 shootout win over
the Kingston Frontenacs on Jan. 25.
was named the games first star and showed glimpses
of his offensive and leadership skills that he plans on
bringing to the 67s for the rest of his junior career.
is eligible to return to the 67s again next season
as an overage player. In the meantime, Foget plans on
being at his best to help the 67s in any way he
is a younger team and I saw an opportunity to come in
as a leader. I definitely have a future with this team.
is glad to be home and the Ottawa 67s are fine with
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