SAGINAW, Mich – Saginaw Spirit General Manager Dave Drinkill announced Wednesday the team has signed 2019 second round pick, 30th overall, Josh Bloom to an OHL Standard Player Agreement and Education Package.
“We are pleased to welcome Josh Bloom to the Saginaw Spirit family,” said Drinkill. “Josh is a player that we targeted all season long. He brings many of the things we look for in a player to our organization. On the ice, his mix of speed, skating ability, and scoring touch will fit well in our system and allow him to flourish. Off of the ice, Josh is a quality person that is very passionate about the game of hockey and will do whatever it takes to help grow his own game and help the Spirit organization. We are excited to see what the future has in store for Josh in a Saginaw uniform.”
Bloom, 15, spent the 2018-19 season with the Toronto Young Nationals, scoring 85 points (44 goals and 41 assists) in 67 games. The 6’1, 165-pound left-wing also represented Team Ontario in the 2019 Canada Winter Games, winning a silver medal while scoring six assists in six games.
“I am so happy to officially call myself a part of the Spirit family,” said Bloom. “I would like to thank my family, coaches, advisers, and friends for all their help in taking this next step in my career. I am looking forward to stepping out on to the ice in September and doing what I can to help bring a championship to Saginaw.”
According to the OHL Draft Guide, “Bloom is a big, skilled winger that consistently produces and gives his team a chance to win. Josh is very dangerous off the rush. He can beat you wide or stop up and use his tremendous snap shot to create quality scoring chances. He plays a complete 200-foot game and does not take any shortcuts in his own end.”
Bloom will wear No. 17 with the Spirit and will join his teammates at training camp in August.