Referred to by Kitchener Rangers General Manager Mike McKenzie as "one of the top goaltenders in the 2022 OHL Draft," the Kitchener Rangers have signed goaltender Luca DiFelice to an OHL Standard Player Agreement and education package.
The Brampton native is said to have spent most of his minor hockey tenure playing eight years with the Don Mills Flyers in the Greater Toronto Hockey League. It's noted that his work earned him the Flyers most valuable player / player of the game commendation during the OHL Cup this past spring - with a 2.34 goals against average and a .908 save percentage in three games.
"He is a competitor on the ice and will be a great addition to our club," said McKenzie. "We look forward to developing Luca moving forward."
The Kitchener Rangers have noted that DiFelice stands as the second-highest goaltender to be selected by the club in the past eight years, selected in the fourth round, 72nd overall of the 2022 OHL Priority Selection. That places DiFelice just after Jackson Parsons who was picked in the third round, 53rd overall of the 2022 OHL Draft.
In that same release, DiFelice expressed his excitement in signing with the Kitchener Rangers - highlighting the organization's impressive history in developing talent.
"With the amount of top NHL prospects that have come from the Rangers, I think it's the best path as a player to get to the next level," said DiFelice. "They are the best organization in the OHL, the way they treat all of their players and staff is top notch."
"It's hard to take it all in right now but I cannot wait to play a part of what's ahead." added DiFelice.
DiFelice will be on the bench for Tuesday night's Kitchener Rangers game against the Guelph Storm at the Aud, wearing number 34 for Kitchener.