TORONTO, ON - MARCH 11: Zack Terry #9 of the Haliburton County Huskies skates with the puck during the second period at the Westwood Arena on March 11, 2023 in Ontario, Canada (Photo by Ray MacAloney / OJHL Images)

Zack Terry of the  Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Haliburton County Huskies (photo credit – Ray MacAloney | OJHL Images) has confirmed his commitment to join the OUA’s University of Toronto Varsity Blues beginning with the 2023-24 season.

A 6-foot-2, 190-pound defenceman from Oakville, Terry scored four goals and added 10 assists for 14 points in 32 games in Haliburton County last season. 

Prior to that, he appeared in 192 games with the Flint Firebirds and the Guelph Storm in the Ontario Hockey League.

“Adding Zack to our group was a priority since the start of last season,” said Varsity Blues head coach Ryan Medel. “He’s good on his edges and has excellent defensive awareness. He makes quick but effective decisions with the puck. Some of his key attributes may not end up on the scoresheet every night but they’re a critical component to having team success.”

“During his last two seasons, he’s been leaned on heavily and played a lot of minutes in key situations. In the classroom, he’s a top-end student which was evident during his time in the OHL.”

Terry earned the Ivan Tennant award as the OHL’s top academic player in 2018-19.

Terry was instrumental in helping the Flint Firebird to reach the Western conference finals in 2021-22. Prior to that, he won an OHL championship and participated in the 2018-19 Memorial Cup with Guelph, where the team lost in the semifinals.

“U of T was the perfect fit for me to not only strive for excellence in a world class education, but also contribute towards athletic success with the Varsity Blues,” Terry said on the Blues website. “The school has a rich history with incredible alumni that will provide me with the best opportunity to achieve my future goals on and off the ice. I am looking forward to getting on campus and working with the incredible staff and my teammates to build on the success of the hockey program.”

Terry will begin his studies in kinesiology this fall. 

Former Ontario Junior Hockey League players on the Toronto roster last season included: Mason Reeves, Quinn Hanna, Graham Dickerson, Ben Woodhouse (Wellington); Steven Elliott (Trenton); Kyle Potts, Emmett Serensits, Jacob King, Peyton Reeves, Hayden Davis (Oakville); Jett Alexander, Eric Jackson and Ross Krieger (North York); Ryan Barbosa (Orangeville); Nick Grima (St. Michael’s), Cole Purboo (Toronto Patriots) and Calvin Martin (Stouffville).

Congratulations to Zack and best of luck in the OUA and U SPORTS!

The OJHL had more than 75 commitments in 2022-23 including more than 36 NCAA Division I scholarships.

Check out all our 2022-23 commitments here: https://www.ojhl.ca/committments/