North York Rangers defenceman Matthew Ferrari (photo credit – Andy Corneau/OJHL Images) has officially signed with the QMJHL Acadie-Bathurst Titan and will join the club for the remainder of the 2016-17 season.
The 17-year old Toronto, Ontario native made his OJHL debut in 2013-14 as a 16-year old affiliate from the Toronto Marlboros Midget ‘AAA’ program, playing five regular season and three post-season contests. He made the full-time jump to junior hoceky in 2014-15 with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens and the rookie impressed many, finishing second on the club’s d-corps with 17 points in 44 games played, while initially earning a commitment to join the NCAA Division I Bowling Green State University Falcons. Ferrari took his game to another level during his first post-season run, notching 15 points in 16 games to finish third among all players on the Jr. Canadiens as they marched all the way to the South-West Conference Championship Series before falling to the eventual league champion Toronto Patriots.
Last season saw Ferrari miss some games, but he still managed to pull off a 22 point season in just 35 regular season contests to once again finish second among defenceman on the club, before ultimately bowing out early in the playoffs. Following his off-season acquisition by the North York Rangers, the veteran blueliner was once again off to a great start with 7 points in 15 games prior to joing the Titan.
Congratulations to Matt on his advancement and best of luck in the QMJHL!
Below is the official press release from the Acadie-Bathurst Titan website (www.en.letitan.com):
The Acadie-Bathurst Titan announced today the signing of 19-year-old defenceman Matthew Ferrari.
The six-foot-one, 185-pound blue liner was previously in his third full season of play in the Ontario Junior Hockey League having joined the North York Rangers following parts of the previous three years with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens, where at one-time he was the teammate of current Titan forward Daniil Miromanov.
In 99 career OJHL regular season games, Ferrari has scored six goals while adding 40 assists and incurring 57 penalty minutes. In 23 OJHL playoff games, he has three goals and an additional 12 assists.
Matthew will wear jersey number 12 for the Titan and will make his debut for the team on the current road trip.