There is certainly a connection between the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League. Currently, 5 Sting grads are on the roster of the Sound Tigers.
Justin DiBenedetto, Matt Martin, Mark Katic, Micheal Haley and Trevor Gillies all find themselves on the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s New York Islanders. DiBenedetto, Martin and Katic were originally drafted by the Islanders.
Justin DiBenedetto played in the OHL from 2004-05 to 2008-09. He played his first two full seasons with the St. Michael’s Majors and the last three with the Sting. In his final season, he finished 3rd in league scoring with 45 goals and 48 assists for 93 points. He also was honoured with two OHL awards: The Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy for the highest scoring right winger and the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy for the best overage player.
Matt Martin played his entire OHL career with the Sting from 2006-07 to 2008-09. He played 4 games with the Islanders this season before being sent down to the Sound Tigers.
Mark Katic played four seasons with the Sting from 2005-06 to 2008-09 and is in his first season with Bridgeport. In his final season with the Sting, he put up good numbers for a defenceman with 54 points in 63 games.
Micheal Haley spent 4 seasons with the Sting from 2002-03 to midway through 2005-06. He spent the rest of 2005-06 and all of 2006-07 with the St. Michael’s Majors. Haley is in his third season with the Sound Tigers.
Trevor Gillies played only 17 games with the Sting in 1997-98, a season where he started with the North Bay Centennials and ended with the Oshawa Generals. Trevor started his OHL career in 1996-97 with North Bay and played his final season in 1998-99 with the Generals. Trevor has played two games in the NHL, one with Anaheim and one with the Islanders. His minor league career reads like a travel guide to the United States having played for 13 different teams between the AHL and ECHL.
All the players profiles can be accessed from the roster page on the Sound Tigers official website.
In a related post, find out what Newmarket Royals Alumni are still active in professional hockey. The Royals, of course, moved to Sarnia and became the Sting.