Owen Headrick is moving up the hockey ladder.
Following a successful rookie pro campaign, it was announced on July 18 that the 25-year-old member of Garden River First Nation in northern Ontario has inked a contract with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League (AHL).
The AHL is the top minor pro hockey circuit in North America.
Up until this past season, the Wolves were the top affiliate for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes. But that affiliation has ended and the Wolves are now an independent team with no NHL ties.
Headrick, a defenceman, had spent the 2022-23 season starring with the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads.
Headrick, who racked up 54 points (15 goals and 39 assists) in 61 regular season matches with the Steelheads, earned his share of accolades this past year.
He was chosen as the ECHL’s top defenceman. Plus, he was also named to the league’s first all-star team and to the all-rookie team.
Headrick added 19 points in 20 playoff contests. But his Steelheads were defeated by the Florida Everblades in the ECHL’s championship series.
Before commencing his pro career, Headrick had suited up for Michigan’s Lake Superior State University Lakers and later the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers.