Two Halton natives reach the NHL

Two Halton Region-born hockey players have gotten their first tastes of the big time.

Twenty-year-old Michael Sgarbossa of Campbellville made his debut Jan. 30 with the Colorado Avalanche in their game against Vancouver.

He didn’t hit the scoresheet, but then again neither did any of his new teammates as the Canucks won 3-0.

Sgarbossa is a former Halton Hurricane who won the Ontario Hockey League scoring championship last season as a member of the Sudbury Wolves, registering 47 goals and 102 points in 66 games.

He also played in the OHL for Saginaw and Barrie. He has spent much of this season with Lake Erie in the American Hockey League, compiling 16 goals and 36 points in 38 games.

Meanwhile, 18-year-old Oakville native Scott Laughton has been sent back to junior hockey following a five-game stint this month with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Laughton, who played minor hockey with the Toronto Marlboros, didn’t get any points with the Flyers, who made him their top selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

He’s in his third OHL season with the Oshawa Generals and has 33 points in 32 games this year.

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