Niagara, ON – The Niagara IceDogs have announced that Dakota Betts has committed to the team, signing a Standard Player Agreement. Betts was a former first-round pick in the 2018 Ontario Hockey League U18 Priority Selection to the Kitchener Rangers. “He is a smart, well rounded defender who is going to help out what is shaping up to be an elite young defence core.” said General Manager Joey Burke.
He impressed scouts and fans alike at the IceDogs’ 2019 Training Camp as an invitee, before having his rights acquired Friday afternoon. “He really proved to us over the past week that he deserves to be in this league and I’m thrilled we were able to make it work.” Burke continued. “This is a guy who impressed last year in Whitby and even more so at camp.”
Betts, an 18 year old defenceman, played the 2018-19 season with the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Whitby Fury. In 52 games last season, he collected 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists). He was named the Fury’s Rookie of the Year in the 2018-19 season. He was also named to the CJHL’s East Top Prospects Team in January.
Earlier this month, he participated in Hockey Canada’s World Junior A Championship camp, representing Canada East, in Cornwall, ON.
Fans can expect him to make his debut tonight in Fort Erie.