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(Posted 6 a.m., Feb..2)
Rangers prodigy returns home to play for 67’s
By Mike Beasley
OrleansOnline,ca

Gloucester Rangers Minor Hockey alum Matt Foget is enjoying life as an Ottawa 67 after spending a year and a half playing NCAA Division 1 hockey at Merrimack College near Boston. Valerie Wutti/Blitzen Photography

In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy summed it up best when she said, “there’s no place like home”. It appears that Matt Foget couldn’t agree more.

The 19-year-old Orléans native moved back home over the Christmas holidays to suit up for the Ottawa 67’s after leaving Merrimack College midway through his sophmore year. With 13 games under his belt, Foget has a pair of goals and eight assists.

“It feels great playing at TD Place in front of family and friends,” Foget said before a recent 67’s home game.

The diminutive forward played his entire minor and junior hockey in Ottawa before being courted by Merrimack College during the 2014-2015 season with the Gloucester Rangers of the Central Junior Hockey League.

As a youngster, Foget came up through the Gloucester Rangers AA program before graduating to the Ottawa 67’s AAA bantam team.

The 5, 9”, 174 lb skater played three seasons with the organization, starting in Minor Bantam and finishing in Minor Midget. From there he made the transition into junior hockey.

In two very productive seasons with the Rangers Jr. A team, Foget collected 128 points in 123 games and was instantly on the radar of several NCAA schools while attending the sport d’etude program at École secondaire publique Louis-Riel in Blackburn Hamlet.

After discussions with the coaches at Merrimack, Foget committed to the program and was originally set to the join the Warriors in the fall of 2016. But after talking the situation over with his family, he decided to start college in September 2015, becoming the youngest player on the roster, courtesy of his status as a true freshman.

Foget appeared in 34 games in his first year with the Warriors and enjoyed a solid rookie campaign, registering 12 points on five goals and seven assists which ranked second among freshmen in scoring.

Foget returned to Merrimack in the fall and skated in 12 games, scoring a goal and adding three assists. But at the Christmas break, Matt left the program and made the move back home.

“It was a tough decision to leave Merrimack, but I felt it had to be done,” Foget explained. “I began looking at the transfer options in the CHL and eventually couldn’t turn down my home team.”

A player of Foget’s pedigree does not become available very often, so there were several other suitors after his services.

“I had about nine teams in the OHL and QMJHL interested in signing me, but in the end Ottawa was the logical choice.”

Foget scored his first OHL goal during a 5-4 shootout win over the Kingston Frontenacs on Jan. 25.

He was named the game’s first star and showed glimpses of his offensive and leadership skills that he plans on bringing to the 67’s for the rest of his junior career.

He is eligible to return to the 67’s again next season as an overage player. In the meantime, Foget plans on being at his best to help the 67’s in any way he can.

“This is a younger team and I saw an opportunity to come in as a leader. I definitely have a future with this team.”

Foget is glad to be home and the Ottawa 67’s are fine with that.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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