Tyler Angle of Thorold, Ontario, has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League beginning the in the 2021-22 season. Angle has been playing for the AHL Cleveland Monsters while the OHL has been on pause. He has appeared in six games and recorded 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists).
The OHL and the Spitfires have had a significant impact on Angle’s career. “Entering the OHL as a 16-year-old is tough, but my teammates showed me the ropes, which helped me.” Angle used that experience to help him as a leader last season. “Being that older guy last year, my confidence was high; I was able to help show our new guys the ropes.” Once Angle got the call for camp and his start of the pro career in Cleveland, he reflects on his time in Windsor and how the city and team helped him get to where he is today.
Over the last few months of quarantine, Angle had been preparing for an OHL season when he got the call to go to the Blue Jackets NHL camp just prior to Christmas. To get ready for this moment, he had been working out at home with his trainer. “I was in my garage because everything was closed; we put some equipment together to train. Once things opened back up, I went to the gym.” Luckily enough, he was able to find some ice and did some local skates in his hometown.
After being drafted in the seventh round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, Angle says, “it is a relief to sign, and it feels great.” After four years with the Windsor Spitfires, Angle increased his scoring production each and every year. In the 2019-2020 season, Angle had a team-leading 67 points when the league was shut down. “I didn’t know what was going to happen with covid and the season. However, going to (NHL) camp built my confidence, and it is an honour to sign with the Blue Jackets.”
Angle has fond memories of Windsor, including a Memorial Cup in 2017, and has many people he would like to thank. “I would like to thank the coaches, ownership, Bill Bowler and Warren Rychel for drafting me to the OHL and believing in me. I would also like to thank my teammates, the fans of the Spitfires for an incredible four years, my billet (Julie Taylor) and parents (Todd and Michelle), family, and friends.”