“I'm just really excited and honoured to be picked by Sudbury and now to sign with Sudbury,” Pezzetta told media after he signed his contract.
The young forward, six feet tall and weighs in at 200 lbs., was all smiles when he put on his brand new Sudbury Wolves jersey for the first time.
“I'm finally part of the team,” he exclaimed.
Pezzetta was the Wolves' first draft pick and the 11th overall at the 2014 OHL priority draft.
When asked if being the team's number one pick added more pressure, he said he wasn't too phased. “Anybody coming into a new situation is going to feel pressure,” he said. “I don't think it's going to be any more pressure being a first-round draft pick.”
Blaine Smith, the Sudbury Wolves' president and general manager, said he was proud to have Pezzetta in the roster.
“I just want to emphasize the fact that Michael is a player that we've identified as a prototypical Sudbury Wolves player,” Smith said. “He plays the game extremely hard, is very skilled and is a natural leader because he leads by example.”
Pezzetta will skate with 15 other newly drafted Wolves prospects at the Countryside Arena Sunday morning.
His addition to the Wolves roster also comes with a full scholarship to the Canadian university of his choice.