Bitten's parents were each Olympic badminton players (Plymouth Whalers photo)Moving up to a higher echelon of hockey hardly fazes William Bitten, thanks in part to the experience that's been passed down to the Plymouth Whalers top pick.
The centre's parents, Mike Bitten and Doris Piché, each represented in Canada at the Summer Olympics in badminton long before raising a family with two ambitious hockey players, William and his 14-year-old brother Samuel. That's given William Bitten, who set a league scoring record last winter while playing for the Ottawa 67's minor midgets, the comfort of knowing he has support to fall back on when the strain of elite hockey seems too stressful.
"They know how it is and they know what the pressure is like at the highest level," says Bitten, who Plymouth chose No. 7 overall in the OHL priority selection draft. "They always give my brother and I us good feedback, good tips on what to do in games. If I'm down or if there's a problem, they always have an idea of what to do. If they weren't there for my brother and I, I don't know where we would be.
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