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'(Posted 10:30 a.m., May 3)
67's make Orléans native Cody Ceci first round pick
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orléans native Cody Ceci was the captain of the Cumberland Barons Major Peewee team in the 2006-2007 season before enrolling at Lakefield College School near Peterboroughin September, 2007. File photo

Cumberland Barons product and Orléans native Cody Ceci may soon be plying his trade at the Ottawa Civic Centre after the Ottawa 67's selected the 15-year-old defenceman 16th overall at the OHL Priority Selection Draft on Saturday.

Ceci, who desn't turn 16 until next December, came up through the ranks with the Cumberland Barons before enrolling at a private school near Peterborough in 2007. After being accepted to attend Lakefield College School, the swift skating 6-foot-1, 185 lb. blueliner tried out for the Peterborough Petes AAA minor bantam hockey team.

The move stirred up a hornet's nest of controversy when the Ottawa District Minor Hockey Association refused to grant Ceci's branch-to-branch transfer request citing a Hockey Canada regulation that only allows minor hockey age kids to play within the branch they reside. Since Ceci's family lived in Orléans, his official place of residence was located within the ODMHA.

It took the intervention of Hockey Canada's executive before Ceci was allowed to play for the Petes' major bantam team. This past season with the controversy far behind him he scored 24 goals and racked up 72 points in 57 games playing minor midget.

As the draft began, Ceci was hoping to get selected by the Peterborough Petes so he could continue to go to Lakefield. When they chose someone else with their sixth pick, his heart sank.

After he was passed over by the next nine teams, the Ottawa 67's used their first round pick to snap up the east end prospect.

For Ceci it was the second best scenario he could have hoped for. Although playing for the 67's will mean that he will no longer be able to go to Lakefield, he will at least be able to play in his own backyard.

"I was really relieved because Ottawa's my home," Ceci told the Ottawa Citizen after the draft. "It was between Peterborough (picking sixth), Guelph (picking 11th) and Ottawa, so when I saw Peterborough pass, I was a little bit frustrated because I wanted to stay at Lakefield. I was happy then (when Ottawa picked him) because that's still a good atmosphere, so I didn't mind at all. That played out pretty well for me."

The 67's had Ceci rated 11th in the draft, so when they had a chance to pick him up with the 16th pick they felt extremely fortunate.

"He's going to be a good player here for a long time," says 67's coach Chris Byrne said. "We thought we were real lucky to get him at 16."

Ceci must now earn a spot on the 67's defensive corps which includes Minnesota Wild prospect Tyler Cuma and San Jose's Julien Demers. If one or both of the players make their respective NHL clubs next season, Ceci will be a shoo-in to make the team. If both players remain with the 67's, he will likely still make the team but he will be slotted in as a number four or five.

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