Coach Leonard is happy to announce the signing of goaltender Noah Zeppa to the club, adding to an already strong group of netminders.
With not being able to use affiliates this year, having a third goalie has become a necessity for many Junior A programs across the country. Though the Wolves’ staff is very happy with the performances of Will Craig and Andrew Barwinski, injuries do happen, so adding another capable goaltender has been a top priority for Coach Leonard.
Zeppa, a 2002 born native of Sault Ste. Marie, had a rough start to his junior career, being sidelined for the first half of last season with a concussion. After being acquired by the Hearst Lumberjacks of the NOJHL after Christmas, Noah actually got his first start against Coach Leonard’s Cochrane Crunch, earning a shutout against the highly offensive Cochrane side. He went on to finish the season strong with the Lumberjacks, before the league was shut down due to COVID-19.
Noah has earned a number of accolades as a goaltender already, being awarded the honour of MVP of the Great North Midget League, as well as a 2nd round selection by the Soo Greyhounds in the OHL U18 Priority Selection of 2019. Zeppa also backed up a game for the Erie Otters as a 16 year old.
This year he has been training 4 days a week with pro and OHL players, while exploring his opportunities for the season.
Leonard is happy to be able to bring in Zeppa, as he knows Noah and his family well, “Being from the Sault, I’ve known Noah’s family and have been following him for a while now. It’s always good to be able to add a good kid from a good family that is going to work hard for every opportunity he gets”.
This gives the Wolves a solid tandem for next season, as the 2000 born Barwinski will age out, leaving the 2002 duo of Craig and Zeppa between the pipes.
Please join us in welcoming Noah to Renfrew!