CDS Students and faculty were abuzz yesterday when Victor Mete ’16 stopped by with his sister Julia Mete ’13, Courtney Petrachek ’16, and mother Mary Mete to visit the School he attended for nine years.
Victor just finished successfully representing Canada in the World Junior Hockey Championships in Buffalo from December 26-January 5, and was encouraged by his former CDS hockey coach, Mark Burleigh, to bring along his Team Canada jersey and shiny piece of hardware to share with the CDS community.
Having attended CDS from Grades 2-10, Victor played school hockey from Grades 5-8, until his outside hockey schedule no longer allowed. He went on to play three seasons for the OHL’s London Knights, and this year, the 19-year-old Woodbridge native got his first taste of the NHL as a Montreal Canadien. He had been selected 100th overall by the Canadiens in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Playing for Montreal, the rookie defenceman has lent a much-needed burst of speed and energy to the roster with 4 assists and a plus-5 differential in 27 games played during the first part of the season.
Because of his age, the Canadiens made the decision to loan Victor to Team Canada’s World Junior Team starting December 11. He was more than happy to fulfill a childhood dream he narrowly missed out on a year ago when he was cut in the final round.
As one of three assistant captains, Victor represented Team Canada against the world’s best in Buffalo. He returns to the Canadiens tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 12) rested and renewed with a gold medal to his name and his country.