Haeden Ellis of the  Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Buffalo Jr. Sabres (photo credit – Dan Hickling |Elite Prospects) has confirmed his commitment to join the NCAA Division I Northeastern University Huskies in Boston, Mass beginning with the 2026-27 season.

The 16-year-old committed to the Jr. A Sabres from the Jr. Sabres youth hockey organization this summer. The Buffalo native grew up in the organization. He had nine goals and eight assists in 16 games with the U15 team last season.

“​​Everyone at the Jr Sabres couldn’t be happier for Haeden on his commitment to Northeastern University,” said Sean Wallace, General Manager and Head Coach of the OJHL Sabres. “His commitment to getting better every day is evident in everything he does. We couldn’t be happier that our OJHL team is back this year and Haeden can take his next step in development with us.” 

Haeden was an eighth round pick of the Kitchener Rangers in this year’s Ontario Hockey League U16 draft.

 “It’s been a honor to grow up playing, and developing my game since the age of 9 as a Buffalo Jr Sabre,” Ellis told the OJHL. “The teammates and coaches that I have had, pushed me and challenged me every day to be the best player I could be. I’m fortunate to have had great role models to look up to that played for the 20U OJHL team through the years. There have been numerous players that have set a great example for young players like myself to aspire to.”

“And now to be on this team and be able to do the same for the younger players in this organization means a lot. I’m beyond excited for this step in my journey and can’t wait to get the season started.”

Congratulations to Haeden and best of luck in the OJHL and NCAA!

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: