OHL Alumni Kyle Heitzner tearing it up in Junior C

Kyle Heitzner of the Mississauga Steelheads. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Kyle Heitzner, 20 is off to the best start of his junior career with the Orillia Terriers. He is leading the 62 team Provincial Junior Hockey League in Goals (13) and Points (25) in just seven games.

Last season Heitzner began the season returning to the Barrie Colts but was traded during the Pre-Season he was traded to the Mississauga Steelheads. He spent the next five games playing with the Steelheads before deciding to come home.

Heitzner was drafted by the Barrie Colts in the 11th round of the 2015 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection. He attended the Colts camp that season but would play that season as a 16-year-old with the Cambridge Winterhawks Junior B Hockey Club.

In 2016 with a great training camp and Pre-Season it was time to move up to the OHL. Heitzner began his OHL Career when he played his first game on September 23rd, 2016.

On September 25th, 2016 while playing the Ottawa 67’s Heitzner picked up his first career Ontario Hockey League Goal.

Heitzner would go onto play in 110 Regular Season and 11 Playoff games with the Colts over two seasons and Five Games with the Mississauga Steelheads.

 

ORILLIA TERRIERS (ROOKIE SEASON)

Kyle Heitzner (Orillia Terriers) Photo by Sam Hossack

Last season Kyle Heitzner began his PJHL Career on October, 19th 2018 against the Midland Flyers where he picked up his first PJHL Goal and Assist.

During his second PJHL Game before picking up two assists Heitzner took a shot off of his foot from OHL Draft Pick Ayden Dooley and suffered a Broken Foot.

Heitzner would only suit up in four regular-season games after taking a suspension in December.

Heitzner would make his return back to the lineup in playoffs and was on fire in the six-game series against the Penetang Kings. He picked up 8 Goals and 2 Assists for 10 Points.

 

ORILLIA TERRIERS (CAPTAIN SEASON)

Kyle Heitzner (Orillia Terriers) photo by Sam Hossack

During the off-season, the Orillia Terriers named Kyle Heitzner as the newest captain in Orillia Terriers Franchise History.

In five Pre-Season games, Heitzner picked up Five Goals and Three Assists for Eight Points which included two multi-point games.

When the 2019 – 20 Regular Season began Heitzner began his absolute tear of the PJHL as in his first game against the Caledon Golden Hawks he had Two Goals and One Assist for Three Points.

Heitzner has followed that up with a Seven Point Performance Versus the Huntsville Otters, a Five Point Performance Versus the Penetang Kings and a Four-point performance Versus the Stayner Siskins.

For those who don’t know Kyle Heitzner just ask Orillia Terriers General Manager Andrew McDonald who said the following about his newest captain.

“It is amazing what an OHL player can give back to a lower level team if there willing to make the move. Kyles contribution on and off the ice is priceless. The OHL obviously teaches there players that there is more to Jr hockey then just showing up to play. He has become a staple in his own community”

Terriers Vice President Jason Hooper also went into detail about Heitzner.

“Kyles ability to make each player feel apart of the team to me is one of his strongest characteristics, you have to have character as a team to win that starts with our captain”

 

Fans who wish to see Kyle Heitzner in action can come to an Orillia Terriers game this season and they will be able to see the great leader that Kyle is. 

The Orillia Terriers play their home games on Saturday Nights at the West Orillia Sports Complex (Rotary Place) which is located at 100 University Avenue in Orillia Ontario.