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Fellinger ‘ecstatic’ to be drafted by Greyhounds

Story by Brad Coccimiglio (Sootoday.com) | Photo by Bob Davies Photography (Saultsports.com)

“It’s just a great feeling.”

Getting drafted by the Ontario Hockey League team he watched growing up was an exciting moment for Soo Jr. Greyhounds defenceman Austin Fellinger.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Fellinger said of the feeling when his name was called. “I was ecstatic.”

With limited game action this season due to COVID-19, the 2020-21 season was a learning experience for the 16-year-old.

“One thing (Jr. Greyhounds coach Jamie Henderson) was big on was keeping your head up and being a second ahead in what to expect,” Fellinger said, adding that he felt his skating and confidence improved through the year as well.

As a first-year player at the U18 level, Fellinger said the experience of playing against older players will come in handy.

“Playing with older guys definitely pushes you to your limits,” Fellinger said. “You have to keep up with them. It’s hard on defencemen to keep up with them getting back and they’re bigger bodies too.”

In selecting Fellinger with the Greyhounds 11th round pick, general manager Kyle Raftis said the young blueliner was a player that stood out when discussing potential players to take with the pick.

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