Riley Pitt, now a young man who is playing in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Oshawa Generals, started his hockey career with the Wasaga Beach Minor Hockey Association (WBHMA). Riley started skating at the age of one – the same age that he started to walk! His early childhood consisted of skating on the backyard rink that his dad (Greg) made every year and having his mom (Deb) bring him to “ Mom ‘n Tots” skating every Monday morning. Then, old enough to register for hockey, Riley signed up with the WBMHA becoming a Wasaga Star.
Riley was coached by his dad for the next six years until he reached U13 (Peewee). “My dad is a big part of my career and I’m thankful for that. He helped shape me into the player I am today”.
During the summers, Riley continued to work hard and better himself every chance he had. He would spend two weeks each summer with his grandparents in North Bay, Ontario. Here, he would go with his little brother (Tristan) and take power skating lessons every morning at 7 a.m.
Riley moved onto play AAA hockey for the North Central Predators, again continuing to better his skills as a player and growing into a respectful young man. Here, he developed with his teammates and became part of a tight family within the Predators hockey organization. ”We had a great team and coaching staff,” Riley said.
Riley explained a small segment of his commitment:
"5 a.m. wake up, work out with my trainer, breakfast and go to school. After school, I’d get picked up and go to practice with the Newmarket Hurricanes (AP). My mom would have my supper for me and I would eat in the truck and do homework as we drove to my Preds practice. She’d make great meals for me to eat. After practice, I’d head home and be in bed by 11 p.m."
Riley also added, ”my mom is my best friend - I could not have done it without her”.
With all of his hard work and dedication, Riley graduated and was drafted by the Oshawa Generals of the OHL. "I’m grateful for my time in Wasaga minor hockey. It helped shape me into the hockey player and person I am today.” Riley is now in his first full season with the Generals, playing well and continuing to grow and develop into a better player and respectful young gentleman.
Congrats Riley PITT (#8) 2007-2015, WBMHA
Most memorable moment: Playing in the OMHA Finals with his closest friends, getting that far, the excitement through the playoffs even though we didn’t win.