Rangers receive commitment from first-round pick Luca Romano

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Kitchener, Ont. – The Kitchener Rangers announced today that forward Luca Romano, the Rangers’ first-round (11th overall) draft pick in the 2023 OHL Priority Selection, has committed to an Ontario Hockey League standard player agreement and education package with the club.

“We are excited to sign Luca and welcome him and his family to the Rangers,” said Kitchener Rangers General Manager Mike McKenzie. “Luca has an abundance of on ice tools that are going to make him a very dangerous player in our league. He will make up a big part of our core group moving forward and we can’t wait to see him in a Ranger uniform.”

Romano, a native of Toronto, Ont., spent the past two seasons with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens AAA Hockey Club in the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL). This past year, Romano racked up 46 points (15G, 31A) in 36 games with the Jr. Canadiens before being selected 11th overall by the Rangers. A proven winner, Romano was a key member of the Jr. Canadiens when they captured the 2023 OHL Cup Championship this year and also played an integral role the season prior, leading the Jr. Canadiens as GTHL U15 champions.

“It’s very special to officially sign with Kitchener,” said Romano “I’ve dreamed of this my whole life. I’m ready to get started and meet more of the Rangers staff and teammates at camp this weekend.”

A 5-foot-11, 168-pound right-shot forward, Romano played in seven games at the 2023 OHL Cup and tallied eight points (5G, 3A), including a plus-nine rating. Additionally, he played in one Tier II Junior A game with the Stouffville Spirit in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL).

Romano will wear number 86 for Kitchener and will be at the Rangers Development Camp this weekend, held this Friday through Sunday at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex. For more information on the Rangers Development Camp, click here.


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Dominic Hennig
Senior Director, Broadcasting, Communications & Hockey Operations
Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club

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