Just a handful of games into his OHL career Jeremy Bracco is adjusting nicely to junior hockey in Canada.
The Freeport, New York native played five games with Boston College before joining the Rangers this season. He was drafted in the second round (61st overall) by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Bracco says the Rangers were very supportive with his original decision to go to college, rather than the OHL route, and were obviously thrilled with his decision to come to Kitchener.
His transition to the OHL has been helped be Rangers Head Coach Mike Van Ryn, who played both OHL and NCAA prior to his NHL career.
One of the things that caught Bracco by surprise, was the amount of fan support in Kitchener. He admits to being a bit distracted from the large crowd already in attendance during his first couple warm ups at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.
Bracco is one of nine U.S. born players on Kitchener’s roster, something he says has helped him feel comfortable with his new hockey club.
Here’s the full interview with Bracco and AOHL’s Jake Jeffrey: