Pitt, Higgins ready for fresh start in Bathurst

The Acadie-Bathurst Titan are excited to introduce two new players from Ontario. Riley Pitt and Ty Higgins will now wear the red and gold in their quest to hoist the President Cup and Memorial Cup when the second half of the 2021-22 season resumes.

The defencemen – who signed with the Titan during the Christmas trade period – are excited to be part of the Titan family. Pitt joins the team from the Ontario Hockey League. The six-foot-four, 190-pound blue-liner was drafted 138th overall in the seventh round of the 2019 OHL Draft by the Oshawa Generals. In the two seasons he played for the Generals, the 18-year-old from Wasaga Beach had two assists in 17 games at +2. Asked what he is looking forward to when it comes to competing in the QMJHL versus the OHL, Pitt’s list wasn’t short.

“I’m just looking forward to playing what I’ve heard is a different style of hockey. It’s a little faster. Maybe not as physical, but me coming from the OHL I was told to be physical quite a bit, so maybe I can bring my physical attributes over to the Q,” he said. “I’m also interested in just playing over in a different province. Being far from home, make new friends, learn new things, new coach. There’s a lot of things to be excited about coming over this way.”

Pitt is also bringing a personal, long-standing tradition to the team. He will wear the number 83 with Bathurst this season, which is in honour of his parents Deb and Greg Pitt. They are both born in 1983. “I’ve always wanted to carry a little bit of them along with me, with my hockey career. Because they have done everything for me to get to where I am and help me out,” he said. “So, I’ve always thought it’s kind of a been a little tribute to them.”

Pitt said he believes the overall team goal comes down to winning. “I would love to be able to leave the OHL and come to a winning team and hopefully win a Memorial Cup with these guys,” he said. “But, aside from that, make life-long friendships with all these guys and better myself as a hockey player and a person. And, hopefully get up to another level after this year.”

Higgins enters Titan territory by way of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. He said it’s a “dream come true” to now play in the Canadian Hockey League. “I’m just excited to be down here and ready to get playing,” said Higgins.

Standing six feet and weighing in at 182-pounds, Higgins was drafted 30th overall in the second round of the 2021 OHL U18 Draft by the Owen Sound Attack. In the two seasons with the GOJHL’s Stratford Warriors, he registered a total of 10 goals and 18 assists for 28 points in 29 games.

Higgins team goal this year is “to get into the line-up when I can and just play my game” and his personal goal is to eventually play professional hockey. He has played hockey ever since he was little, thanks to his parents who first registered him in the sport. “Started loving it more and more as I played every year.”

A self-described “talkative person” off the ice, Higgins said on the ice he’s a defenceman who has no problem helping his teammates on offense. Making the transition from playing Junior B to major junior isn’t “too bad” for the 17-year-old from Shakespeare. “It’s a little bit of a jump speed-wise, but I think I’m ready for it.”

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