Sonny Milano, the Columbus Blue Jackets' first pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, has opted to play with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League.
Milano is backing out of a commitment to Boston College and released a statement to the Columbus Dispatch on Sunday through his agent.
"After a great deal of thought and discussion with my family, I have spoken with (Boston College) Coach (Jerry) York and informed him that I will be playing for the Ontario Hockey League's Plymouth Whalers this season," Milano said in the statement. "I think that BC is the best choice for those players who wish to go to school and play hockey. Every player's path to achieving his goal of playing in the NHL is different, and the best route for some is not necessarily the best route for others. For me, the opportunity to play in the OHL is the right decision."
Milano also is expected to sign his entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets.
In 58 games with the U.S. National Team Development Program Under-18 team, Milano was second on the team with 85 points and tied for third with 29 goals.