After moving to Toronto after his Minor Bantam AAA hockey season, Sault Ste Marie native Nick Porco headed to Vaughan, Ontario to join the Vaughan Kings Minor Midget hockey program in hopes to take his hockey career to the next level. On April 7th his dream came true when he heard his name called fourth overall in the first round of the OHL Priority Draft when the Saginaw Spirit selected him.
In 33 regular season games with the Greater Toronto Hockey League’s minor midget Vaughan Kings, the 16 year old forward had 22 goals, 19 assists and tallied a total of 20 minutes in penalties. The 6’0” and 165 lbs Vaughan King was named the 2016 – 2017 GTHL Player of the Season. This award is selected coaches, managers, and organizations, the award honours the Minor Midget player who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship and leadership. In six games at the 2017 OHL Cup, Porco added two goals for the Kings.
Nick Porco told Saultsports.com that “I am very honoured and excited to be a part of the Saginaw Spirit organization. I would love to thank the ownership, management staff and the scouting staff for believing in my abilities. I am really looking forward to being part of a winning organization.”
”It’s a great feeling but now the real work begins. I will do whatever it takes to make the team in the upcoming season. I believe that I can bring my leadership abilities and offensive game to the spirit. I believe that I can make the players and people around me better” said Porco.