Fenty signs with Essex 73’s

By Joel Charron

Former Amherstburg Midget Major goaltender Mark Fenty be will able to continue his hockey career close to home.

Fenty, who help backstop the Midget Majors two back-to-back OMHA titles and an OHF championship sign a contract with the Junior C club the Essex 73’s as their back-up goalie.

“I have a chance to continue my hockey career. I’m excited and eager to join Essex and help them win a championship,” said Fenty in a phone interview.

After Port Colborne failed to sign the 18-year-old goalie after training camp Fenty returned to Amherstburg.  Upon his return, Fenty spoke to 73’s officials to inquire if their goaltending situation has been finalized.

“They told me that they were still looking for their two goalies and asked if I would start skating with them,” said

Mark Fenty is the newst member of the Essex 73’s after signing a contract Sunday night.

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The 73’s must have liked what they seen over the past two week because this past Sunday, they signed him.

Fenty’s former Midget coach, Matt Fox said he isn’t surprise that the young goalie signed with the Essex 73’s but thinks the young goaltender is more than capable of playing the Junior B game.

“I’m also surprised because I think he can play at the Junior B level but I’m not surprised he caught on somewhere else,” said Fox.

Having won, two OMHA titles and an OHF title, Fenty brings a championship attitude but understands that as the back-up goalie, he is going to have to prove his worth.

“I’m walking in with a lot of confidence but this is Junior hockey and it is a whole new ball game,” said Fenty. “There will be a learning curve and I just have to stick through it and hopefully come out strong.”

However, Fenty said he’s being sending all summer at junior camps and feels that it won’t be too long until he his accustom to the junior hockey.

“I’m right in the thick of things and getting used to everything,” said Fenty.

Fox said adding Fenty to the lineup strengthen the 73’s between the pipes.

“He brings solid technique, a tremendous work ethic, incredible heart and a championship pedigree. Essex has a rich history, I hope he can add to it,” Fox stated.

With Fenty signing with Essex that makes four players that were signed to play hockey at the next level this year. Daniel Slipchuk signed with the LaSalle Vipers (Junior C) and Zoran Popel and Jordan Ryan both signed with the Port Colborne Pirates (Junior B.)

Fox said it shows the Amherstburg is turning a corner in producing quality hockey players.

“It says we have a wealth of talent and we are finally starting to get the exposure that these kids deserve,” said Fox. “They put a lot of hard work in but haven’t always got the invites to camps. Once they do though, they don’t disappoint.”

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