“It’s pretty sweet,” said Horner. “Definitely a new atmosphere to get used to. The guys here are awesome and competitive. They push me to get better every day, on and off the ice.”
The six-foot-tall defenceman played his first game with the 67’s on January 6, his first game since November following a knee injury resulting from a torn ACL.
“It was definitely weird being on the ice after two months off,” said Horner. “The crowd is electric in the rink. It’s a great experience.”
Horner explains that when he was called up from the Hawks to the 67’s in the East Division of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), he did not need to think twice about the move.
“It was kind of a no-brainer because they are so good this year.” said Horner. “Even last year they made a run, but this year, they are a force to be reconned with. I think it was a good idea to come up and play with the best team in the OHL.”
Horner started off his hockey career in his hometown of Vankleek Hill when he was five years old, before stepping up to play AA hockey with the Eastern Ontario Cobras. In 2018, Bradley moved up to play AAA hockey with the Eastern Ontario Wild, before playing his U18 AAA with the Hawkesbury Hawks. Horner played 52 games with the Junior A Hawks during the 2021-2022 season, scoring four goals and six assists.
The Barber Poles, as the 67’s are known because of their distinctive jersey, made a point of drafting Horner. He was selected 131st overall by Ottawa in the 2021 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.
“Bradley is a strong skating, two-way defenceman, who has earned opportunities to play consistently and in important situations with Hawkesbury over the last 18 months,” said 67’s Assistant General Manager and Director of Scouting Jan Egert. “We are excited that he has decided to continue his development with the 67’s.”