The Windsor Spitfires OHL season came to an end Sunday without a post season berth and the Canadiens, through their Hamilton Bulldogs affiliate immediately signed centre Brady Vail to an amateur tryout contract.
Vail was a 2012 fourth round draft pick. In junior hockey, Vail has a reputation as a two-way centre with 20 goals and 55 points in 68 games this season. Because of team injuries, Vail played on the Spitfires defence for ten games late in the season.
Vail has an interesting background. He grew up in Palm City, Florida. His father is a real estate developer and his mother is a golf pro. His early hockey was of the in-line variety until he was nine. He moved to Michigan with his mother and younger sister and spent three years in the Compuware midget organization. At 15 he played with WaterlooIowa in the US Development programme before joining Windsor three years ago.
The tryout contract gives the Canadiens an opportunity to determine whether they want to sign him to a professional contract.
From the Hamilton Communications Department
HAMILTON, ONT – Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today that the Bulldogs have signed forward Brady Vail to an Amateur Try-Out Contract. As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Vail, 19, played 68 games this season for the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League registering 55 points (20 goals, 35 assists) and 47 penalty minutes ranking second on the team in assists and points. The 6’1”, 194-pound forward spent a total of three seasons in the OHL recording 117 points (45 goals, 72 assists) and 129 penalty minutes in 197 regular season games. The native of Palm City, Florida played the 2009-2010 season for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League posting eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) and 40 penalty minutes in 48 regular season games. Vail was originally selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the fourth round, 94th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.