The 27th overall choice in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection presented Niagara IceDogs’ General Manager Joey Burke an opportunity to continue strengthening a talented young defence core.
Alec Leonard impressed Niagara management throughout the 2019-20 season skating with the Greater Toronto Hockey League’s Mississauga Reps Minor Midgets. In 32 games played, the 5-foot-10 defenceman tallied 15 points (5G,10A). Selected to the GTHL’s Top Prospects Game last December, alongside IceDogs’ first-round selection, Pano Fimis. The pair were also invited to attend Hockey Canada’s national under-17 virtual development camp this summer with Athletic Therapist Chris Trivieri.
The 16-year-old Toronto, Ontario native signed a Standard Player Agreement, committing to the organization on April 28.
Alec is an elite level skater that uses his speed to his advantage on every shift. He is explosive off the mark and has great edge control and excellent mobility. He always has his head up, looking to move the puck up ice. He likes the stretch pass but can also make the simple play as well. He is always looking to follow up his pass, get up ice and be that second wave of offense that is hard to defend against. He is very active all over the ice and is a constant threat when he is on. He is an elite offensive-minded defenseman with big upside. (Priority Selection Preview and Media Guide)
“Alec is a guy we targeted all year long and was in our draft board top 10 all season. Alec combines the speed and awareness you need to succeed at our level, with great defensive prowess and a mean physical side to his game. There is no doubt in my mind Alec will transition smoothly to the OHL. This is a great commitment for us. It further strengthens our extremely talented young defence core. You win from the back end out in this league and we truly feel with this addition our young core is the strongest in the league.” – Joey Burke