WOLVES ANNOUNCE QUENTIN MUSTY AS FIRST OVERALL PICK IN 2021 OHL PRIORITY SELECTION

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League in association with the Sudbury Wolves Hockey Club today announced that 15-year-old forward Quentin Musty of the U.S. Youth Tier-1 U16 National champion North Jersey Avalanche 16U program will be the first overall pick in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection presented by Real Canadian Superstore.

The announcement was made at a news conference held via Zoom and broadcast as a live showcase on the team’s YouTube channel today, with Musty introduced to Sudbury media from his home in Hamburg, New York.

“To receive the Jack Ferguson Award as the first overall pick is very humbling and exciting,” said Musty. “To follow in the footsteps of some of the game’s greatest players like Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Connor McDavid and Quinton Byfield is a huge honour. I am grateful and so excited to join Dario Zulich and Rob Papineau in Sudbury with the ultimate goal of bringing the city an OHL and Memorial Cup championship. I am excited to play with and against some of the best competition in the world, and I can’t wait to get started!”

Musty joins a Wolves organization that won a Central Division title in 2020 and has seen four members of that team sign NHL contracts in the past year including Quinton Byfield (Los Angeles Kings), Jack Thompson (Tampa Bay Lightning), Isaak Phillips (Chicago Blackhawks) and Blake Murray (Carolina Hurricanes).

“It was an amazing night when the Sudbury Wolves won the Priority Selection Lottery but today is even more amazing to be able to add Quentin Musty to our team,” said Wolves VP & General Manager Rob Papineau. “He has been a dominant player for a number of years, and he was exceptional this season especially in the recent USA Hockey Youth Nationals where, as an underage player he led his team to the National Championship. Our fans are going to love Quentin as he is extremely talented, skilled and plays the game with such high compete that he will have our fans at the edge of their seats.”

A 6-foot-2, 190Ib. left-winger from Hamburg, New York, Musty starred for North Jersey at the USA Hockey Youth Tier-1 U16 National Championship in Maryland Heights, Missouri, racking up a tournament-leading 17 points (9-8–17) in six games as the Avalanche defeated the Colorado Thunderbirds to be crowned the top 16U team in the country. He also registered 23 goals, 33 assists and 56 points across 27 games during the season. Born July 6, 2005, Musty will be eligible for the 2023 NHL Draft.

Musty is the 2021 recipient of the Jack Ferguson Award presented annually to the player selected first overall in the OHL Priority Selection. The “Fergie” recognizes the dedication and contributions made by Jack Ferguson during his 25 year association with the OHL, first as a scout with the Ottawa 67’s and followed by his appointment as head of the OHL’s Central Scouting Bureau in 1981 as its Director of Central Scouting. First presented in 1981, Musty becomes the sixth member of the Wolves to receive the award following Dave Moylan in 1984, John Uniac in 1987, John McFarland in 2008, David Levin in 2015 and Quinton Byfield in 2018. He’s also the sixth American-born player to be selected first overall following Jakob Chychrun (Sarnia, 2014), Alex Galchenyuk (Sarnia, 2010), Rob Schremp (Mississauga, 2002), Patrick O’Sullivan (Mississauga, 2001) and Pat Peake (Detroit, 1990).

“Quentin Musty is a highly-skilled forward that brings an intriguing combination of skill, size, speed and exceptional offensive instincts,” said Director of OHL Central Scouting Darrell Woodley. “He has great composure with the puck and makes all the players around him better with his elite playmaking skills. He possesses a pro shot already with an extremely quick release. Quentin was a big reason why North Jersey came out on top at the U.S. Nationals.”

Join Quentin Musty as he hears his name called to kick-off the first round of the 2021 OHL Priority Selection Draft Stream presented by Real Canadian Superstore beginning at 7:00pm on Friday night. The will be streamed live in its entirety on the OHL’s YouTube channel with pick-by-pick results provided at ontariohockeyleague.com. For the first time since the Priority Selection moved online in 2001, the event will be held across two days, with Rounds 1-3 being held on Friday before Rounds 4-15 commence on Saturday morning at 9:00am.

Winners of the Jack Ferguson Award Include:
1981 Dan Quinn, Belleville Bulls
1982 Kirk Muller, Guelph Platers
1983 Trevor Stienburg, Guelph Platers
1984 Dave Moylan, Sudbury Wolves
1985 Bryan Fogarty, Kingston Canadians
1986 Troy Mallette, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
1987 John Uniac, Sudbury Wolves
1988 Drake Berehowsky, Kingston Raiders
1989 Eric Lindros, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
1990 Pat Peake, Detroit Ambassadors
1991 Todd Harvey, Detroit Ambassadors
1992 Jeff O’Neill, Guelph Storm
1993 Alyn McCauley, Ottawa 67’s
1994 Jeff Brown, Sarnia Sting
1995 Daniel Tkaczuk, Barrie Colts
1996 Rico Fata, London Knights
1997 Charlie Stephens, Toronto St. Michael’s Majors
1998 Jay Harrison, Brampton Battalion
1999 Jason Spezza, Mississauga IceDogs
2000 Patrick Jarrett, Mississauga IceDogs
2001 Patrick O’Sullivan,Mississauga IceDogs
2002 Robbie Schremp, Mississauga IceDogs
2003 Patrick McNeill, Saginaw Spirit
2004 John Hughes, Belleville Bulls
2005 John Tavares, Oshawa Generals
2006 Steven Stamkos, Sarnia Sting
2007 Ryan O’Reilly, Erie Otters
2008 John McFarland, Sudbury Wolves
2009 Daniel Catenacci, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
2010 Alex Galchenyuk, Sarnia Sting
2011 Aaron Ekblad, Barrie Colts
2012 Connor McDavid, Erie Otters
2013 Travis Konecny, Ottawa 67’s
2014 Jakob Chychrun, Sarnia Sting
2015 David Levin, Sudbury Wolves
2016 Ryan Merkley, Guelph Storm
2017 Ryan Suzuki, Barrie Colts
2018 Quinton Byfield, Sudbury Wolves
2019 Shane Wright, Kingston Frontenacs
2020 Ty Nelson, North Bay Battalion
2021 Quentin Musty, Sudbury Wolves

About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

67’s’ ADAM VARGA NAMED OHL’s TOP ACADEMIC POST-SECONDARY STUDENT

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is pleased to announce that Ottawa 67’s forward Adam Varga is the 2020-21 recipient of the Roger Neilson Memorial Award presented annually to the League’s Top Academic Post-Secondary Student.

Varga achieved an impressive 94% average over seven courses at the University of Maryland, excelling in Academic Writing II (100%), Marketing Principles (99%), Organizational Leadership (97%), Academic Writing I (95%), Principles of Macroeconomics (94%), Principles of Microeconomics (93%) and Principles of Accounting (84%).

“It is a huge honour to receive the Roger Neilson Memorial Award,” said Varga. “My family is at the core of my academic success as they have taught me the importance of continuing my education. The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, James Boyd, Jan Egert, and Eileen Duffin have helped me tremendously with all of the support they have given me to succeed. My coaches and teammates have also contributed to this accomplishment as they push me to become a better version of myself on the ice and in the classroom. I am truly grateful to be a part of the Ottawa 67’s organization and look forward to seeing everyone back at TD Place.”

A 19-year-old native of Bel Air, Maryland, Varga appeared in 56 games between the 67’s and Mississauga Steelheads during the 2019-20 season, recording seven goals and four assists for 11 points. A former seventh round (121st overall) pick of the Steelheads in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection, Varga has played in 165 career OHL regular season games, registering 33 points (14-19–33) along the way.

“This year was extremely challenging and is unlike anything that I have ever experienced,” Varga continued. “Not being able to play a season this year was extremely heart-breaking. It has been over a year since our last game played in March of 2020. All of this extra time gave me an opportunity to focus on my education. With the support of OSEG and the 67’s, I was able to take more courses than I normally would during a demanding OHL season. I took advantage of this opportunity and received high marks. Although this year has been difficult, it helped me grow as a person.”

2020 Jim Gregory OHL General Manager of the Year Award recipient James Boyd had high praise for Varga, who persevered through a year of uncertainty.

“Adam is a conscientious student who has fully dedicated himself to the continuation of his studies at the University of Maryland while playing in the OHL,” Boyd stated. “His proactive and diligent approach over the past year has been admirable. The 67’s are extremely proud of Adam being awarded this most prestigious League honour.”

The Roger Neilson Memorial Award is named in honour of the Hall of Fame Coach who served behind the Peterborough Petes bench in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.  Neilson, a former high school teacher, was a pioneer in stressing the importance of education to all of his players. Varga becomes the third 67’s player to receive the honour following back-to-back recipient Danny Battochio (2005, 2006) while joining Sasha Chmelevski (2019) as the second American-born player to have his name engraved on the trophy.

Finalists for the Roger Neilson Memorial Award include Brendan Kischnick of the Erie Otters and Eric Uba of the Guelph Storm.

About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

BULLDOGS’ LAWSON SHERK NAMED OHL’s TOP ACADEMIC HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is pleased to announce that Hamilton Bulldogs forward Lawson Sherk is the 2020-21 recipient of the Ivan Tennant Memorial Award presented annually to the League’s Top Academic High School Student.

Sherk achieved a 95.2% average over six University-level Grade 12 courses at Ancaster High School. His grades included a 97% in Advanced Functions, a 97% in Healthy Active Living, 96% in Calculus and Vectors, 95% in Physics, 94% in Chemistry and 92% in English.

“I’m honoured to receive the Ivan Tennant Memorial Award,” said Sherk. “COVID has made this a tough year but I’ve had a lot of time to focus on my education. It’s very rewarding to be recognized for my academic achievements during a year that has been difficult for all.”

An 18-year-old native of Halton Hills, Ont., Sherk collected 15 points (5-10–15) in his rookie season with the Bulldogs. The 6-foot-1, 175Ib. centreman was a second round (40th overall) pick by the club in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection after earning OMHA (SCTA) Player of the Year honours with the Halton Hurricanes U16 program. He was recently ranked 153rd among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting for the 2021 NHL Draft in July.

“From the moment Lawson walked through the doors he has exemplified everything that being a Hamilton Bulldog should be,” said Bulldogs president and general manager Steve Staios. “Through his commitment, dedication and leadership it comes with great pride but no surprise to see Lawson awarded the 2021 Ivan Tennant Award. The Hamilton Bulldogs would like to congratulate and commend Lawson and his family, with a special thank you to academic advisor Sean Nicholson, for their commitment to education and his work to be a role model both on and off the ice for his teammates and future athletes in the Hamilton community. 

“The Hamilton Bulldogs share the same pride in Lawson as he does in representing our team and community and look forward to his continued development in Hamilton.”

The Ivan Tennant Memorial Award is given to the Top Academic High School Player and is named in honour of Ivan Tennant, who spent a lifetime combining hockey and education. He was the Kitchener Rangers’ Education Consultant for 20 years and a key figure on the OHL’s Education Consultant’s Committee. Sherk becomes the first Bulldogs player to win one of the League’s three major academic awards. Other past recipients include back-to-back winner Mack Guzda (Owen Sound, 2018 & 2019), Kyle Keyser (Flint, 2016), Stephen Dhillon (Niagara, 2015) and Adam Pelech (Erie, 2012).

Finalists for the award included rookies Matthew Poitras of the Guelph Storm, Owen Beck of the Mississauga Steelheads and Isaiah George of the London Knights.

About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

61 OHL PLAYERS INCLUDED ON FINAL 2021 NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING DRAFT RANKINGS

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is pleased to recognize 61 players included on NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings for the 2021 NHL Draft to be held on July 23-24.

A total of 55 players on Central Scouting’s North American rankings in addition to six from the International list combine to include 37 forwards, 19 defencemen and five goaltenders, all of whom have played at least one game in the Ontario Hockey League. An additional 13 players who had committed for the 2020-21 season, but who have yet to play in an OHL game were also listed.

Peterborough Petes centre and recent IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship gold medalist Mason McTavish comes in as the second-ranked North American skater on the list. The 18-year-old from Carp, Ont. scored 29 goals and added 13 assists, finishing with 42 points in 57 games as a rookie with the Petes in 2019-20. McTavish wore an ‘A’ for Canada at the U18 Worlds, finishing with 11 points (5-6–11) over seven games.

“McTavish is that coveted skilled power centre who is capable of making a difference in any situation,” said NHL Central Scouting Director Dan Marr. “He’s big and plays a smart, competitive game. McTavish has deceptive speed and quickness. He utilizes his size to effectively protect pucks while driving to the net and can still make plays while being checked.”

Barrie Colts defenceman Brandt Clarke and Flint Firebirds forward Brennan Othmann, both members of the 2019 OHL Cup champion Don Mills Flyers, gave the OHL three players in the top-10, coming in at seventh and eighth respectively.

In goal, Canadian National Under-18 Team netminder Benjamin Gaudreau is North America’s second-ranked goaltender. The Sarnia Sting product from Corbeil, Ont. is followed at third on the list by late 2002-born Saginaw Spirit goaltender Tristan Lennox.

Guelph Storm defenceman Daniil Chayka, who hoisted the J. Ross Robertson Cup in 2019, ranks fifth on Central Scouting’s list of International skaters. The Russian blueliner spent the 2020-21 season with Russia’s CSKA Moscow organization after two seasons in Guelph.

The London Knights lead the League with seven players included on the rankings followed by the Barrie Colts, Kitchener Rangers, Ottawa 67’s, Peterborough Petes, Sarnia Sting, Soo Greyhounds and Windsor Spitfires all tied with four.

A total of 31 OHL players were taken in the 2020 NHL Draft including five chosen within the top-10 selections. Los Angeles Kings second overall choice Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves) and Anaheim Ducks sixth pick Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters) both made their NHL debuts this past season.

OHL Players Included on NHL Central Scouting’s Final Draft Rankings

*-player committed for 2020-21 season, not included in overall total

North American Skaters:

RANKPLAYERTEAMPOS.HTWT
2McTavish, MasonPeterborough PetesC6.01207
7Clarke, BrandtBarrie ColtsD6.02185
8Othmann, BrennanFlint FirebirdsLW6.00175
15Pinelli, FrancescoKitchener RangersC6.00185
16Johnston, WyattWindsor SpitfiresC6.01178
23Mailloux, LoganLondon KnightsD6.03212
33Winterton, RyanHamilton BulldogsC6.02175
35Stillman, ChaseSudbury WolvesRW6.01180
50Harrison, BrettOshawa GeneralsC6.02188
57Del Mastro, EthanMississauga SteelheadsD6.04210
70Holmes, JacobSoo GreyhoundsD6.01205
74Roger, BenLondon KnightsD6.04200
79Matier, JackOttawa 67’sD6.04200
82Beck, JackOttawa 67’sRW5.11162
83Goure, DeniOwen Sound AttackC5.10182
85DeGrazia, NickSudbury WolvesLW6.00180
89Mast, RyanSarnia StingD6.04210
99Guryev, ArtemPeterborough PetesD6.04225
103Kressler, BraedenFlint FirebirdsC5.09165
104Lockhart, ConnorErie OttersRW5.09165
107Voit, TySarnia StingLW5.09160
113Bloom, JoshSaginaw SpiritLW6.02182
114McCue, MaxLondon KnightsC6.01175
120Frasca, JacobBarrie ColtsC6.04215
122Arcuri, FrancescoKingston FrontenacsC6.02193
127Hayes, AveryHamilton BulldogsRW5.10175
129Motew, SimonKitchener RangersD6.00185
131Enright, IsaacNiagara IceDogsD6.00190
135Zito, PasqualeWindsor SpitfiresLW6.00175
138Burroughs, EthanOwen Sound AttackRW5.10183
143Sirizzotti, BrendanOttawa 67’sRW6.00180
146Montgomery, BryceLondon KnightsD6.04220
148Punnett, ConnorBarrie ColtsD6.01202
153Sherk, LawsonHamilton BulldogsC6.02200
154Hardie, JamesMississauga SteelheadsLW6.00180
156Calisti, RobertSoo GreyhoundsD5.10190
158Jackson, KyleNorth Bay BattalionLW6.02187
159Cardwell, EthanBarrie ColtsRW5.11193
163Gill-Shane, RanvirOttawa 67’sD6.02185
169Romeo, Chandler*Hamilton BulldogsD6.05205
171Michaud, DanielOshawa GeneralsC6.02190
172Rolofs, StuartLondon KnightsLW6.02200
174Sop, MatthewKitchener RangersLW6.00175
175Maggio, MatthewWindsor SpitfiresRW5.11180
181Haché, BradenKingston FrontenacsD6.04200
182McCallum, LandonSudbury WolvesC5.11175
183Robertson, TuckerPeterborough PetesC5.11186
193Saganiuk, Colby*Erie OttersC5.07160
200Avon, J.R.Peterborough PetesC6.00180
206Boudreau, MarcSoo GreyhoundsLW6.02180
213Dann, NolanSarnia StingRW5.10180
215Lawrence, KalebOwen Sound AttackRW6.06225
221Maillet, JacobGuelph StormC6.00173
222Robinson, Payton*Sudbury WolvesD6.02194

North American Goaltenders:

RANKPLAYERTEAMPOS.HTWT
2Gaudreau, BenjaminSarnia StingG6.02175
3Lennox, TristanSaginaw SpiritG6.04190
6Vrbetic, JoeNorth Bay BattalionG6.06190
11Brochu, BrettLondon KnightsG5.11177

International Skaters:

RANKPLAYERTEAMPOS.HTWT
5Chayka, DaniilGuelph StormD6.03187
24Grushnikov, Artyom*Hamilton BulldogsD6.02198
32Sobolev, Daniil*Windsor SpitfiresD6.00210
35Petrov, Matvei*North Bay BattalionLW6.02178
64Kulakov, Artyom*Erie OttersD6.02202
70Rafkin, RubenWindsor SpitfiresD5.11190
72Kuzmin, Dmitry*Flint FirebirdsD5.09178
74Steklov, KirillLondon KnightsD6.04187
83Gaidamak, Vsevolod*Ottawa 67’sC5.11198
90Ottavainen, VilleKitchener RangersD6.05210
115Suni, OliverOshawa GeneralsLW6.02186
117Larsen, Kasper*Mississauga SteelheadsD6.06229
149Zanetti, Brian*Peterborough PetesD6.02181

International Goaltenders:

RANKPLAYERTEAMPOS.HTWT
2Kolosov, Alexei*Erie OttersG6.01185
10Malik, NickSoo GreyhoundsG6.01177
11Cajan, Pavel*Kitchener RangersG6.01177

For full 2021 NHL Central Scouting Final Draft Rankings, visit nhl.com.

OHL ANNOUNCES KEY DATESFOR 2021-22 SEASON

Toronto, Ont. – With the 2021 OHL Priority Selection presented by Real Canadian Superstore fast approaching on June 4-5, the League is excited to circle another date on the calendar as opening night for the 2021-22 regular season is set for Thursday, October 7.
 
“It’s an exciting time for everyone as we turn our attention to a new season,” said Commissioner David Branch. “We look forward to getting our players back into their OHL communities where they can continue to pursue their goals both on the ice and in the classroom.”
 
Players will report to training camps on Saturday, September 4 before the League embarks on a conventional 68-game regular season schedule commencing Thursday, October 7 and concluding Sunday, April 3, 2022. The 2022 OHL Playoffs will get underway on Thursday, April 7 and run through Monday, May 30 at the latest with the presentation of the prestigious J. Ross Robertson Cup. The OHL champion will advance to the 2022 Memorial Cup presented by Kia to be held June 2-12.
 
“The League is currently in the process of developing a regular season schedule,” added Commissioner Branch. “Our tremendous fans mean so much to the OHL and its communities and we’re looking forward to welcoming them back into our venues next season.”
 
A complete 680-game 2021-22 OHL regular season schedule of games will be announced in the coming weeks.
 
About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

The 2021 NHL Draft Raises a Question

It all began with simple tweet by yours truly.

In a following tweet, I tagged Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet who provided some insight on his 31-Thoughts.

In his column, Friedman said “I looked into it and was told these things still need to be sorted out.”

Why is this important? Well, for players drafted out of the Canadian Hockey League there are only two choices for them: 1) make the NHL roster or 2) Return back to their Junior club. In other words, the American Hockey League is not an option. Players drafted outside the CHL are eligible to play in the AHL.

The unanimous response I was getting on twitter was that the players are on loan and therefore are considered being drafted from the OHL.

Not so fast. I’ve done some checking.

Under the Transition Rules agreed to by the NHL and the NHLPA, Article 8 answers the question definitively.

For purposes of determining where a Player who is drafted in the 2021 NHL Draft was “drafted from” under the provisions of Article 8, a Player will be deemed to have been “drafted from” the league and team as follows:

 i) if the Player played during the 2020-21 season, the league and team for which he played during the 2020-21 season as per traditional practice, provided, however:

A) if the Player played in a league outside North America during the 2020-21 season but had never played in a league outside North America prior to the 2020-21 season, the league and team for which he played during the 2019-20 season as per the traditional practice,

B) if the Player played in North America during the 2020-21 season but had never played in North America prior to 2020-21, the league and team for which he played during the 2019-20 season as per the traditional practice,

ii) if the Player did not play during the 2020-21 season, then the league and team for which he played during the 2019-20 season as per the traditional practice.

i) A) is the important one for OHL players that played in Europe. If a player played in Europe this season and has played in Europe prior to the 2020-21 season, then that player will be considered “drafted from Europe” and therefore be eligible to play in the AHL.

If a player played in Europe this season but has never played in Europe prior to the 2020-21 season, then that player will be considered drafted from the OHL and not eligible to play in the AHL.

13 OHL PLAYERS CAPTURE U18 WORLDS GOLD AS CANADA DEFEATS RUSSIA 5-3

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is pleased to congratulate 13 OHL players who will return from the Lone Star State with gold medals after defeating Russia by a score of 5-3 in the IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship gold medal game on Thursday in Frisco, Texas.

Kingston Frontenacs star Shane Wright found the back of the net twice as Canada’s National Under-18 Team completed a perfect 7-0 tournament, outscoring opponents 51-12 in the process to claim their first U18 Worlds gold since 2013.

“It means the world to this country, to the guys in our dressing room, all of the coaches and all of the staff,” said Wright after the win. “Just the effort we put in, how hard everyone has worked since day one. I couldn’t be prouder of the work everyone has put in and all the sacrifices that have been made.”

Russia presented a new challenge to Canada in the early going, with tournament scoring leader Matvei Michkov netting his 12th of the U18 Worlds 5:13 in, marking the first time Canada had surrendered the first goal in the event.

“We had scored first every single time, which is a great thing, but we knew it was going to happen,” said Canadian coach Dave Barr, who was OHL Coach of the Year with the Guelph Storm in 2006. “We talked about it in the first intermission about playing from behind and how we aren’t going to change the way we play the game. We just did what we needed to do to work our way back into the game.”

Just over a minute after a denied penalty shot, exceptional talent Connor Bedard (Regina Pats) beat Sergei Ivanov on the backhand with 4:01 remaining in the first to tie things up as Chase Stillman (Sudbury Wolves) picked up a secondary assist. Russia quickly responded with a goal from Dmitri Buchelnikov before Wright ripped home a wrist shot on the power play to make it 2-2 after one.

A shot from a tight angle off the stick of Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds) put Canada in the lead 3-2 off a feed from Ethan Del Mastro (Mississauga Steelheads) 4:42 into the second. Logan Stankoven (Kamloops Blazers) delivered a wrist shot to double the Canadian lead near the period’s end as Brandt Clarke (Barrie Colts) and Wright pitched in with assists.

Following a scoreless nine minutes to start the third, Vladimir Grudinin brought Russia back within one on the power play. Wright ultimately struck on the empty net with 40 seconds remaining off an impressive pass from Bedard to seal an undefeated tournament for Team Canada. With his ninth goal, Wright surpassed Connor McDavid‘s 2013 mark of eight to set a Canadian record at the U18 Worlds.

Ben Gaudreau (Sarnia Sting) amassed 31 saves in net to improve to 5-0 for Canada as the shots ended an even 34-34.

“It was really exciting, the last minute felt about as long as the entire game,” said Gaudreau after the buzzer. “Once Shaner (Wright) put the icing on the cake there with 40 seconds left it really set in. The feelings can’t really be described. I couldn’t have done this with a better group of guys.”

Wright finished the tournament tied for second in scoring with fellow exceptional status forward Bedard, racking up 14 points (9-5–14) in just five games, two back of tournament-leader Michkov of Russia who wound up with 16 points.

Brandt Clarke finished tied for second in tournament scoring by defencemen with seven points (2-5–7) in as many games, being named to the event’s media all-star team.

Between the pipes, Gaudreau paced all goaltenders with five wins, a 2.20 goals-against average and .919 save percentage over five games to be recognized as the tournament’s top goaltender by the IIHF directorate.

“I have had a great time coaching this team,” said Barr. “It was a lot of fun to be able to bring the gold medal back to Canada, and I was very fortunate to have two great assistant coaches in Mike Stothers and Gordie Dwyer. Ultimately you are trying to win the gold medal and you never know how a game like tonight’s is going to go, but we focused on what we were able to control and that gave us a great chance to win.”

Since 2002, Canada has won four gold medals at the IIHF U18 World Championship (2003, 2008, 2013, 2021), in addition to one silver (2005) and three bronze (2012, 2014, 2015).

13 OHL players winning gold with Canada at the U18 Worlds:

Goaltender:
Ben Gaudreau (Sarnia Sting)

Defence:
Brandt Clarke (Barrie Colts), Ethan Del Mastro (Mississauga Steelheads), Jack Matier (Ottawa 67’s)

Forwards:
Brett Harrison (Oshawa Generals), Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires), Mason McTavish (Peterborough Petes), Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds), Francesco Pinelli (Kitchener Rangers), Chase Stillman (Sudbury Wolves), Ryan Winterton (Hamilton Bulldogs), Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs), Danny Zhilkin (Guelph Storm)

About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

OHL ANNOUNCES ORDER OF SELECTION FOR 2021 UNDER-18 PRIORITY SELECTION AND CHL IMPORT DRAFT

Toronto, Ont. – On the heels of its first-ever OHL Priority Selection Draft Lottery held on Wednesday, the Ontario Hockey League has announced details surrounding both the 2021 OHL Under-18 Priority Selection set to take place Wednesday, June 9 at 12:00pm in addition to the 2021 CHL Import Draft slated for Wednesday, June 30.

The OHL facilitated a U18 Priority Selection Draft Lottery to determine the order of selection, with each of the League’s 20 member teams having an equal opportunity to draw the first overall pick. Results were determined by a computerized random number generator, with the lottery process overseen by Mr. Robert Bayne, partner with the law firm Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP.

Lottery results determined that the London Knights will be selecting first overall in the 2021 OHL U18 Priority Selection, followed by the Saginaw Spirit with the second overall pick and the Soo Greyhounds with the third choice.

Established in 2017, the OHL U18 Priority Selection is a two-round process save and except for the allowance for an additional selection by a team in the third round if they’ve chosen a goaltender with one of their first two selections. Players eligible to be selected are those 2003 or 2004-born U18 AAA players not currently on a CHL member team protected list who were registered within the OHF, HNO or HEO during the 2020-21 playing season. This year’s selection will be structured in a serpentine arrangement, with the order of selection in the second round in inverse order from that of the first. If a third round is required, it will be in inverse order of the second round.

The 2021 OHL U18 Priority Selection will be streamed live on the OHL’s YouTube channel, with further coverage across the League’s social media platforms and website when proceedings get underway on Wednesday, June 9 at 12:00pm.

Additionally, the Ontario Hockey League is designated to select third among the Canadian Hockey League’s three regional leagues in the 2021 CHL Import Draft on Wednesday, June 30.

OHL member teams will select in inverse order from lottery results drawn to determine the order of selection for the 2021 OHL Priority Selection, with the Barrie Colts leading the way followed by the Soo Greyhounds and Kitchener Rangers.

As with the OHL Priority Selection and U18 Priority Selection, OHL member teams will make their selections in a serpentine arrangement for the 2021 CHL Import Draft, with the OHL order of selection in the first round being reversed to begin Round 2.

The Barrie Colts made the most of their last opportunity to lead the OHL at the CHL Import Draft, selecting eventual OHL Rookie of the Year Andrei Svechnikov with the first overall pick in 2017. The North Bay Battalion selected Russian forward Matvei Petrov with the top pick in last year’s CHL Import Draft.

Held annually since 1992, the CHL Import Draft sees Canadian Hockey League teams draw from talent across the globe in a two-round process held live online at CHL.ca.

2021 OHL U18 Priority Selection First Round Order of Selection:
1. London Knights
2. Saginaw Spirit
3. Soo Greyhounds
4. Guelph Storm
5. Flint Firebirds
6. Sudbury Wolves
7. Hamilton Bulldogs
8. Barrie Colts
9. Sarnia Sting
10. North Bay Battalion
11. Owen Sound Attack
12. Kitchener Rangers
13. Peterborough Petes
14. Kingston Frontenacs
15. Ottawa 67’s
16. Erie Otters
17. Windsor Spitfires
18. Oshawa Generals
19. Mississauga Steelheads
20. Niagara IceDogs

OHL Order of Selection for the 2021 CHL Import Draft:

Designated CHL Import Draft first round draft slot in brackets

1. Barrie Colts (3)
2. Soo Greyhounds (6)
3. Kitchener Rangers (9)
4. London Knights (12)
5. Saginaw Spirit (15)
6. Niagara IceDogs (18)
7. Hamilton Bulldogs (21)
8. Sarnia Sting (24)
9. Ottawa 67’s (27)
10. North Bay Battalion (30)
11. Erie Otters (33)
12. Mississauga Steelheads (36)
13. Owen Sound Attack (39)
14. Flint Firebirds (42)
15. Peterborough Petes (45)
16. Kingston Frontenacs (48)
17. Windsor Spitfires (51)
18. Guelph Storm (54)
19. Oshawa Generals (57)
20. Sudbury Wolves (60)

About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

SUDBURY WOLVES TO SELECT FIRST OVERALL IN 2021 OHL PRIORITY SELECTION PRESENTED BY REAL CANADIAN SUPERSTORE

Toronto, Ont. – The results from the first-ever OHL Priority Selection Draft Lottery are in, and the Sudbury Wolves will be selecting first on June 4-5 when OHL member teams build toward the future in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection Presented by Real Canadian Superstore.

Each team participating in the first round of the 2021 Priority Selection had an equal opportunity to draw the first overall pick in the lottery process, with the final results determined by a computerized random number generator. Results were overseen and certified by Mr. Robert Bayne, partner with the law firm Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP.  
 
The coveted top spot came down to a reveal between the Wolves and the Oshawa Generals, who will be selecting second overall for the first time since 2006.
 
With 2018 first overall selection Quinton Byfield having recently made his NHL debut with the Los Angeles Kings, the reigning Central Division champion Sudbury Wolves will add another Jack Ferguson Award recipient to the pack next month, doing so for the seventh time in franchise history. In addition to Byfield, David Levin (2015), John McFarland (2008), John Uniac (1987), Dave Moylan (1984) and Mike Allison (1978) were tabbed by the Wolves with the first overall pick in the OHL Priority Selection.
 
For the first time since the implementation of the Priority Selection online in 2001, the event will be held over the course of two days, with the opening three rounds taking place on Friday, June 4 beginning at 7:00pm. The proceedings resume on Saturday, June 5 starting at 9:00am with Rounds 4-15. The Priority Selection will be streamed live in its entirety on the OHL’s YouTube channel.
 
The Priority Selection remains its customary 15 rounds in length, but unlike past years, it will be held in a serpentine arrangement, with the order of selection in the first round being reversed to begin Round 2 and alternating each round thereafter.
 
2021 OHL Priority Selection First Round Order of Selection:
1. Sudbury Wolves
2. Oshawa Generals
3. Guelph Storm
4. Windsor Spitfires
5. Kingston Frontenacs
6. Peterborough Petes
7. Flint Firebirds
8. Owen Sound Attack
9. Mississauga Steelheads
10. Erie Otters
11. North Bay Battalion
12. Ottawa 67’s
13. Sarnia Sting
14. Hamilton Bulldogs
15. Saginaw Spirit
16. London Knights
17. Kitchener Rangers
18. Soo Greyhounds
19. Barrie Colts
 
The Niagara IceDogs were included in the lottery process in order to determine the order of selection for subsequent rounds and through the random generation of numbers were designated with the 15th position in the first round.
 
The 2021 OHL Priority Selection presented by Real Canadian Superstore will largely see the top players born in 2005 within OHL jurisdiction eligible to be selected on June 4-5, with proceedings streamed live on the OHL’s YouTube channel and covered extensively on TwitterInstagramFacebook and on the web at ontariohockeyleague.com.

About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

OHL ANNOUNCES END OF RETURN TO PLAY PLANS FOR 2020-21 SEASON

Toronto, Ont. – Earlier this month the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and the Government of Ontario reached an agreement on a Return to Play plan for the League. However, the recently extended stay at home order along with increasing cases of COVID-19 across the province make it impossible for the OHL to have a season.
 
“We have worked tirelessly with the Province and the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the past year on different scenarios and different windows of opportunity but the reality is the conditions in Ontario have never been right to start and complete an uninterrupted, safe opportunity for players to showcase their skills,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch. “We owe it to our players and their families to be definitive. We were committed to return and play this season, but our hopes and desires have been dashed by the cruel realities of COVID-19.”
 
Just a few short weeks ago, the League and Province had reached an agreement on the OHL Return to Play plan but on the eve of announcing any details, COVID-19 conditions worsened dramatically as new variants of concern took hold and posed a significant threat to overwhelm the health care system. The plan envisioned a shortened season to be played in hub cities following the most rigorous COVID-19 containment protocols possible. The goal was to showcase the League’s 450 players for scouts preparing for the 2021 NHL Draft, U SPORTS men’s hockey programs as well as Hockey Canada’s World Junior Summer Evaluation Camp.
 
“Ontario has the strongest health restrictions of any jurisdiction in North America and we understood that this would make a return to play scenario extremely difficult,” added Commissioner Branch. “The openness the Premier, Minister Lisa MacLeod, the Office of the Chief Medical Officer and key staff have afforded us has not gone unnoticed and is greatly appreciated. We all agree that providing certainty for our players and families, even if it is not the answer they would want to hear, is the right thing for everyone’s health and safety and for the mental health challenges faced by many of our young players.”
 
QUICK FACTS 

  • The OHL’s 17 Ontario-based teams support 327 full-time jobs across its member team and League offices, along with 831 part-time jobs. Additionally, 176 students work for teams on internships or co-op terms, along with 1,100 volunteers.
     
  • In 15 of 17 Ontario communities, the OHL team is the most popular and significant sports and entertainment property. The economic and community development of the OHL cannot be overstated. The League has a direct financial impact of over $126 million and an indirect impact of over $265 million on the Ontario economy. OHL member teams raised upwards of $4 million in support of charities across the province during the 2019-20 season.
     
  • A total of 343 OHL graduates have accessed their OHL Scholarship during the current academic year at a cost to OHL member teams of $3.15 million.
     
  • The OHL remains the number one provider of talent to the National Hockey League. In the 51-year history of the modern NHL Draft, the OHL has produced a remarkable 2,410 selections, representing approximately 20% of all players chosen. Since 2013, the OHL has produced more first and second round picks, more forwards and more defencemen than any other league in the world while producing the second-highest number of goaltenders.