OHL This Week for September 30 to October 2, 2016

Toronto, ON – Week two of the 2016-17 Ontario Hockey League season is underway!  Four more teams host home openers this weekend including Niagara, Oshawa, Erie, and Barrie among the 20 games being played tonight through Sunday.

OHLThisWeek

 Here’s a look at what’s been happening around the league.

 NHL TRAINING CAMP TRACKER:
164 OHL eligible players attended National Hockey League Training Camps, but many have returned back to their clubs. Follow along with the NHL Training Camp Tracker and see who is back in the lineup this weekend! FULL DETAILS

 STORM’S LIAM HERBST NAMED VAUGHN CHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK:

Liam Herbst of the Guelph Storm is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the first week of regular season action ending September 25 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .974. FULL STORY

BULLDOGS’ MATT LUFF NAMED OHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Los Angeles Kings prospect Matt Luff of the Hamilton Bulldogs is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for opening week action ending September 25 scoring six points in two games including four goals and two assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-7. FULL STORY

OHL NEWS – RADIO EDITION PRESENTED BY WARRIOR:

Host Terry Doyle caught up with OHL Player of the Week, Matt Luff, to discuss his entry-level contract with the Kings and the early season success of the Hamilton Bulldogs.  LISTEN.

ATTACK’S PETRUS PALMU TIES OHL RECORD:

Petrus Palmu was first star of the Attack’s 7-5 Wednesday night win over Hamilton with a goal and three assists, but found the back of the net in record tying fashion.  His goal came just four seconds into the middle frame, tying an OHL record for fastest goal to start a period, equaling London’s Doug Synyshin who set the mark in 1989. WATCH.

 MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP CHAMPION KNIGHTS HONOURED IN LONDON:

The London Knights celebrated an unforgettable 2015-16 season with their fans on Friday at Budweiser Gardens. Knights owner and former general manager Basil McRae was joined by champion Aaron Berisha at centre ice as a capacity crowd in London watched the 2016 Mastercard Memorial Cup championship banner ascend to the rafters. WATCH

FIREBIRDS HEADLINE 1ST EDITION OF THE OHL PLAYS OF THE WEEK:


A nifty passing play from the Flint Firebirds headlines the 1st edition of the OHL Plays of the Week. See the biggest saves and nicest goals around the OHL all season long with the OHL Plays of the Week. WATCH

RANGERS’ DAWSON CARTY LEADS JANES SAVES OF THE WEEK:
Check out the debut of #JanesSaves, including big stops from Leo Lazarev (Ottawa), Brent Moran (North Bay), David Ovsjannikov (Barrie), Liam Herbst (Guelph), Mario Peccia (Kingston) and Dawson Carty (Kitchener)! #JanesSaves features the top saves from around the OHL this week! WATCH

MILESTONES ABOUND DURING #OHLOPENINGWEEK:


18 players recorded their first OHL goal this past week while three goaltenders registered their first career shutout in the league.  These ‘Milestone Moments’ featured Ty Dellandrea, Matthew Menna, and Garrett Forrest of the Flint Firebirds, Kody Clark of the Ottawa 67’s, Richard Whittaker and Noah Bennett of the London Knights, Jordan Ernst and Brady Hinz of the Sarnia Sting, Brad Chenier of the North Bay Battalion, Matthew Philip of the Niagara IceDogs, Kyle Gentles of the Kitchener Rangers, Nathan Dunkley of the Kingston Frontenacs, Fedor Gordeev and Kaden Fulcher of the Hamilton Bulldogs, Michael Little and Aidan McFarland of the Mississauga Steelheads, Kyle Heitzner and Kirill Nizhnikov of the Barrie Colts, Cole Purboo of the Windsor Spitfires, Renars Krastenbergs of the Oshawa Generals, and Darian Pilon of the Sudbury Wolves. WATCH.

SPORTSNET PRE-SEASON COACHES POLL RESULTS:
Sportsnet asked coaches from all 20 OHL teams 16 different questions heading into the 2016-17 season and the results are in! FULL RESULTS

OHL LIVE EARLY BIRD PRICING STILL AVAILABLE:
The Ontario Hockey League, in association with its digital media partner NeuLion, are proud to offer Early Bird pricing for OHL Live up until October 2, 2016. Powered by NeuLion, OHL Live provides coverage of all 20 teams in the OHL and will deliver all 680 games throughout the regular season as well as coverage throughout the 2017 OHL Playoffs. FULL DETAILS

COMMUNITY CORNER:

Join the Mastercard Memorial Cup Community Activation Team: The 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup Host Organizing Committee (HOC) is looking for people interested in joining its Community Activation Team. The Community Activation Team will play a key role in raising awareness of the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup and educating people within the communities of Windsor-Essex and Kent County about the event’s historical significance – delivering those messages in the form of school visits and directly engaging with local businesses, among other means. Full details at mastercardmemorialcup.ca.

IceDogs raise banner Friday, honour St. Catharines Teepees SaturdayThe Niagara IceDogs will raise their Eastern Conference Championship banner on Friday night before saluting the heritage of OHL hockey in St. Catharines on Saturday. The Teepees won Mastercard Memorial Cup titles in 1954 and 1960 and several former players will be in attendance to perform the ceremonial puck-drop. Full details at niagaraicedogs.net.

Kids Weekend in Flint: After posting 4-0 and 2-0 victories on home ice last week, the Flint Firebirds host Kids Weekend at the Dort Federal Event Center. All children 12 and under receive a complimentary ticket with a purchased adult ticket. For full details, visit flintfirebirds.com.

Rangers begin school visits: The Kitchener Rangers are back out in the schools, visiting young fans across the region. Kyle Gentles and Jake Henderson paid a visit to Forest Glen Public School on Tuesday. Learn all about their visit at kitchenerrangers.com.

Petes continue CCM Mentorship Program: The Peterborough Petes, Peterborough Minor Hockey Council and Peterborough Hockey Association are working together again this season to help grow minor hockey in Peterborough and provide amazing experiences for local youth athletes. The CCM Mentorship Program continues for the 2016-17 season. Full details at gopetesgo.com.

ALUMNI NOTES:

11 OHL graduates win World Cup with Canada: 11 OHL graduates are World Cup Champions as members of Team Canada following a thrilling 2-1 comeback victory on Thursday. Defencemen Brent Burns (Brampton Battalion), Drew Doughty (Guelph Storm), Jake Muzzin (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) and Alex Pietrangelo (Barrie Colts) join forwards Logan Couture (Ottawa 67’s), Matt Duchene (Brampton Battalion), Ryan O’Reilly (Erie Otters), Corey Perry (London Knights), Steven Stamkos (Sarnia Sting), John Tavares (London Knights) and Joe Thornton (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) as champs. FULL DETAILS

OHL Alumni Association takes up the fight against cancer: The OHL Alumni Association is joining forces with The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, striving to conquer cancer in our lifetime as they hit the street for a day of road hockey at the annual Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer event on October 1st. The OHL Alumni Association’s 16-man roster has surpassed its $10,000 fundraising goal, having raised over $15,000 to date. All money raised will go towards cancer research, therapies and treatments that will ultimately save lives and provide a fighting chance to all those living with this devastating disease. FULL DETAILS

SCHEDULE: 

Friday September 30:
Windsor at Mississauga – 7:00pm
Kingston at Niagara – 7:00pm
Kitchener at North Bay – 7:00pm
Barrie at Sudbury – 7:00pm
Ottawa at Sarnia – 7:05pm
Hamilton at Guelph – 7:30pm
Sault Ste. Marie at London – 7:30pm
Peterborough at Oshawa – 7:35pm

Saturday October 1:
Kingston at Erie – 7:00pm
Sarnia at Flint – 7:00pm
Hamilton at Niagara – 7:00pm
Ottawa at Saginaw – 7:05pm
London at Barrie – 7:30pm
Guelph at Owen Sound – 7:30pm

Sunday October 2:
North Bay at Mississauga – 2:00pm
Kitchener at Sudbury – 2:00pm
Niagara at Peterborough – 2:05pm
Sault Ste. Marie at Sarnia – 2:05pm
Ottawa at Flint – 4:00pm
Windsor at Oshawa – 6:05pm

CHL Announces Top 10 Rankings

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week two edition of the CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2016-17 season.  The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

 

CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 2

Rank: Team: Last Week Rank: Number of Weeks Ranked:
1 London Knights (1-1-0-0) 1 2
2 Brandon Wheat Kings (0-0-1-0) 3 2
3 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (1-0-0-1) 9 2
4 Windsor Spitfires (2-0-0-0) 6 2
5 Seattle Thunderbirds (0-1-0-0) 4 2
6 Shawinigan Cataractes (1-1-0-0) 5 2
7 Saint John Sea Dogs (0-2-0-0) 2 2
8 Prince George Cougars (3-0-0-0) 1
9 Hamilton Bulldogs (2-0-0-0) 1
10 Drummondville Voltigeurs (2-0-0-0) 1
Honourable Mention:
Regina Pats (1-0-1-0) 10 1
Sarnia Sting (2-0-0-0) 0
Charlottetown Islanders (2-0-0-0) 0

CHL Leagues

2017 OHL’s Draft Eligible Players by Team

Opening week of the Ontario Hockey League season has begun and here you’ll find all the players eligible for the first time for the 2017 National Hockey League Draft.

While there are some top notch players that will have their name’s called in June, It’s not a particularly strong or deep draft class from the O.

Michael DiPietro of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Michael DiPietro of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

On the high end, there is Gabriel Vilardi of the Windsor Spitfires, Owen Tippet and Nicolas Hague of the Mississauga Steelheads and Matthew Strome of the Hamilton Bulldogs to name a few. Standout goaltender Michael DiPietro of the Spitfires has the makeup to push for first round consideration as a goalie.

As for my season prediction, I like Hamilton versus Mississauga in the Eastern Final and London versus Windsor in the Western Final with London defeating Mississauga for the OHL Championship.

Here are the first time draft eligible players

# Rookie Player Pos Team
5 * Chris Cameron D Barrie Colts
7 * Kade Landry D Barrie Colts
8 Lucas Chiodo LW Barrie Colts
12 * Joey Keane D Barrie Colts
15 * Jaden Peca RW Barrie Colts
19 * Jason Willms C Barrie Colts
25 * Kyle Heitzner C Barrie Colts
26 * Tom Hedberg D Barrie Colts
17 Kyle Auger D Barrie Colts
31 Ruan Badenhorst G Barrie Colts
33 * Christian Propp G Barrie Colts
3 * Ryan Martin D Erie Otters
8 * Carson Edwardson C Erie Otters
13 Brett Neumann C Erie Otters
22 Josh Wainman D Erie Otters
27 Ivan Lodnia C Erie Otters
39 * Gera Puddbnyi C Erie Otters
40 * Anand Oberoi G Erie Otters
6 * Samuel Duchesne D Flint Firebirds
9 * Jack Phibbs LW Flint Firebirds
12 * Jake Durham RW Flint Firebirds
5 * Dmitri Samorukov D Guelph Storm
13 * Hanna Quinn D Guelph Storm
14 * Cedric Ralph C Guelph Storm
16 * Nate Schnarr C Guelph Storm
19 Isaac Ratcliffe LW Guelph Storm
20 Albert Michnac C Guelph Storm
22 Liam Stevens LW Guelph Storm
26 Nick Deakin-Poot C Guelph Storm
32 * Anthony Popovich G Guelph Storm
9 * Reilly Webb D Hamilton Bulldogs
11 * Isaac Nurse RW Hamilton Bulldogs
12 * Zachary Johnson LW Hamilton Bulldogs
15 * Fedor Gordeev D Hamilton Bulldogs
18 Matthew Strome LW Hamilton Bulldogs
28 Marian Studenic C Hamilton Bulldogs
44 MacKenzie Entwistle RW Hamilton Bulldogs
33 Kaden Fulcher G Hamilton Bulldogs
6 Jacob Paquette D Kingston Frontenacs
13 * Colin Van Den Hurk D Kingston Frontenacs
19 Jason Robertson LW Kingston Frontenacs
22 * Jakub Brahaney D Kingston Frontenacs
23 * Tyler Burnie RW Kingston Frontenacs
75 * Linus Nyman RW Kingston Frontenacs
77 * Eemeli Rosonen D Kingston Frontenacs
4 Joseph Garreffa C Kitchener Rangers
21 Nick McHugh LW Kitchener Rangers
25 * Alex Peterson D Kitchener Rangers
48 * Cedric Scheimenz C Kitchener Rangers
81 * Dylan Seitz C Kitchener Rangers
88 Greg Meireles RW Kitchener Rangers
98 Elijah Roberts D Kitchener Rangers
34 Luke Richardson G Kitchener Rangers
6 * Ryley Coome D London Knights
15 * Cole Tymkin RW London Knights
24 * Ian Blacker D London Knights
26 * Josh Nelson C London Knights
27 Robert Thomas C London Knights
42 * Jacob Golden D London Knights
80 * Alex Forementon LW London Knights
15 Shaw Boomhower C Mississauga Steelheads
17 * Scoley Dow LW Mississauga Steelheads
18 * Aidan McFarland LW Mississauga Steelheads
28 * Matthew Titus RW Mississauga Steelheads
41 Nicolas Hague D Mississauga Steelheads
74 Owen Tippet RW Mississauga Steelheads
94 * Jeremy Goodwin LW Mississauga Steelheads
3 Ben Jones C Niagara Ice Dogs
5 * Drew Hunter D Niagara Ice Dogs
6 Hayden Davis D Niagara Ice Dogs
16 * Danial Singer C Niagara Ice Dogs
18 * Matthew Philip C Niagara Ice Dogs
19 * Pavel Demin C Niagara Ice Dogs
20 * Ondrej Machala C Niagara Ice Dogs
27 * Cal Davis RW Niagara Ice Dogs
29 * Liam Ham D Niagara Ice Dogs
1 * Colton Incze G Niagara Ice Dogs
2 * Eric Allair D North Bay Battalion
3 Adam Thilander D North Bay Battalion
11 * Daniel Walker LW North Bay Battalion
20 Jacob Ball LW North Bay Battalion
22 Lyle Brady D North Bay Battalion
23 Daniil Vertiy LW North Bay Battalion
24 * Brad Chenier LW North Bay Battalion
27 * Adam McMaster C North Bay Battalion
35 * Mat Woroniuk G North Bay Battalion
3 * Jaimen Allison D Oshawa Generals
4 * Matt Stoia D Oshawa Generals
7 Sullivan Sparkes C Oshawa Generals
15 Kyle MacLean LW Oshawa Generals
17 Renars Krastenbergs LW Oshawa Generals
18 Robbie Burt RW Oshawa Generals
23 Jack Studnicka C Oshawa Generals
38 Kyle Keyser G Oshawa Generals
35 * Barrett Mundell G Oshawa Generals
2 Noel Hoefenmayer D Ottawa 67’s
5 * Andrei Golikov D Ottawa 67’s
9 Austen Keating LW Ottawa 67’s
16 * Ben Evans C Ottawa 67’s
18 Hudson Wilson D Ottawa 67’s
89 Sasha Chmelevski C Ottawa 67’s
5 Sean Durzi D Owen Sound Attack
7 * Zachary Roberts LW Owen Sound Attack
12 * Nick Pryce LW Owen Sound Attack
18 Markus Phillips D Owen Sound Attack
21 Jonah Gadjovich LW Owen Sound Attack
24 * Maksim Sushko RW Owen Sound Attack
37 Nick Suzuki C Owen Sound Attack
2 Cole Fraser D Peterborough Petes
7 Nick Grima D Peterborough Petes
11 Zach Gallant C Peterborough Petes
12 C. J. Clarke RW Peterborough Petes
15 * Nick Isaacson LW Peterborough Petes
23 * Matyas Svoboda LW Peterborough Petes
25 Igor Martynov LW Peterborough Petes
6 * Robert Proner D Saginaw Spirit
7 * Kyle Bollers LW Saginaw Spirit
9 Brady Gilmour C Saginaw Spirit
24 * Brock Hill D Saginaw Spirit
25 Kirill Maksimov RW Saginaw Spirit
49 Cole Coskey RW Saginaw Spirit
91 * Gianluca Fuoco LW Saginaw Spirit
20 * Brendan Bonello G Saginaw Spirit
19 Ryan McGregor LW Sarnia Sting
21 * Adam Ruzicka C Sarnia Sting
23 * Egert Curtis LW Sarnia Sting
27 * Sean Josling RW Sarnia Sting
28 * Kelton Hatcher D Sarnia Sting
30 * Aidan Hughes G Sarnia Sting
7 Anthony DeMeo D Soo Greyhounds
11 Mac Hollowell D Soo Greyhounds
15 Calvin Martin LW Soo Greyhounds
16 Morgan Frost C Soo Greyhounds
21 Connor Timmins D Soo Greyhounds
22 Liam Hawel C Soo Greyhounds
29 * Dougie Newhouse G Soo Greyhounds
31 * Matthew Villalta G Soo Greyhounds
7 Reagan O’Grady D Sudbury Wolves
8 * Conor Ali D Sudbury Wolves
12 Brady Pataki RW Sudbury Wolves
14 * Owen Lane LW Sudbury Wolves
18 Macauley Carson LW Sudbury Wolves
20 * Shane Bulitka LW Sudbury Wolves
22 Ben Garagan C Sudbury Wolves
28 Drake Pilon RW Sudbury Wolves
29 Darian Pilon LW Sudbury Wolves
30 * Drake McGrath G Sudbury Wolves
13 Gabriel Vilardi C Windsor Spitfires
26 * Cole Purboo RW Windsor Spitfires
29 * Jasper Forgrave RW Windsor Spitfires
61 Luke Boka RW Windsor Spitfires
31 * Lucas Patton G Windsor Spitfires
64 Michael DiPietro G Windsor Spitfires

Islanders’ Kameron Kielly named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Kameron Kielly of the Charlottetown Islanders is the CHL Player of the Week for the first week of regular season action ending September 25 after scoring three goals and six assists for nine points in two games with a plus-minus rating of plus-8.

Kielly helped the Islanders open the 2016-17 regular season with a pair of victories over Maritimes Division competition participating in 75% of his team’s 12 goals.  On Friday night he scored a goal with three assists as part of a 6-2 victory over the Saint John Sea Dogs, then recorded a career-high five points on Sunday with two goals and three assists as first star of a 6-2 win over the Moncton Wildcats.

The 19-year-old Charlottetown native is playing in his fifth QMJHL season and fourth with his hometown club after being selected in the first round of the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft by Gatineau and playing one season with the Olympiques.  In 48 games last season he scored 15 goals with 27 assists for 42 points and recently attended Los Angeles Kings rookie camp on a tryout basis.

Also considered for the award this week was Kings prospect Matt Luff of the Hamilton Bulldogs who scored four goals and two assists for six points in two games, and Chad Butcher of the Medicine Hat Tigers who scored once with six assists for seven points in two games.

2016-17 CHL Players of the Week:

Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Kameron Kielly (Charlottetown Islanders)

CHL Leagues

Storm’s Liam Herbst named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Liam Herbst of the Guelph Storm is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the first week of regular season action ending September 25 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .974.

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Herbst stopped 75 of the 77 shots he faced in an opening week home-and-home series with the Saginaw Spirit backstopping the Storm to a pair of victories.  He made 35 saves on Friday night as second star of a 5-1 victory, then turned aside 40 shots and earned first star honours in a 2-1 Storm win on Saturday.

A 20-year-old from Etobicoke, ON, Herbst is playing in his fourth career OHL season and first with the Storm after being acquired in the off-season from the Ottawa 67’s.  Herbst was a first round pick of the London Knights in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection after capturing an OHL Cup Minor Midget title with the Mississauga Rebels.

Also considered for the award this week was Gabriel Morency of the Rimouski Oceanic who made 36 saves in two appearances against the Baie-Comeau Drakkar finishing the week with one win along with a goals-against-average of 0.57 and save percentage of .973.  In the WHL, Travis Child of the Swift Current Broncos was the lone WHL netminder to produce a shutout in opening week stopping all 28 shots faced in a 6-0 victory over the Saskatoon Blades on Sunday.

2016-17 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:

Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Liam Herbst (Guelph Storm)

CHL Leagues

Bulldogs’ Matt Luff named Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Los Angeles Kings prospect Matt Luff of the Hamilton Bulldogs is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for opening week action ending September 25 scoring six points in two games including four goals and two assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-7.

Matt Luff of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Matt Luff of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Luff was the offensive catalyst for the Bulldogs who opened the 2016-17 regular season with a pair of victories over Eastern Conference competition.  On Friday night he matched a career-high with four points including a hat-trick in a 7-0 road win over the Mississauga Steelheads, then Saturday contributed a goal and an assist in the 7-2 victory over the Kingston Frontenacs.  Luff earned first star honours and was credited with game-winning goals in both contests.

A 19-year-old from Oakville, ON, Luff is playing in his third OHL season and was recently signed to an entry-level contract by the Kings after attending training camp as a Free Agent invite.  Last season he set career-highs in all offensive categories with 27 goals and 30 assists for 57 points in 61 games which led the Bulldogs in scoring.

Watch video highlights of Luff and the Bulldogs against the Steelheads and Frontenacs.

Also considered for the award this week were Ryan Moore and Nicholas Caamano of the Flint Firebirds who each recorded seven points in three games.  Moore scored three goals with four assists, while Caamano netted two goals with five helpers as the Firebirds picked up two wins in OHL Opening Week.  In goal, Liam Herbst backstopped the Guelph Storm to a pair of wins against the Saginaw Spirit making 75 saves for a save percentage of .974 along with a goals-against-average of 1.00.

OHL This Week for September 21-25, 2016

Toronto, ON – Another season of Ontario Hockey League action is underway with #OHLOpeningWeek in full swing.  4 games have been played with another 15 tonight through Sunday.

OHLThisWeek

 Here’s a look at what’s been happening around the league.

 164 OHL PLAYERS INVITED TO NHL TRAINING CAMPS:

The Ontario Hockey League is proud to announce that 164 OHL players were invited to attend National Hockey League Training Camps this season.

 All 164 players listed are eligible to compete in the OHL for the 2016-17 season including 108 players born in either 1997 or 1998, while 56 of the players are 1996-born and would return as overage players.  159 of the players listed competed in the OHL last season, while five of the players are committed to their OHL clubs for 2016-17. Full details

 THREE OHL TEAMS INCLUDED IN PRE-SEASON EDITION OF CHL TOP 10 RANKINGS:


The defending Mastercard Memorial Cup champion London Knights top the first edition of the weekly CHL Top 10 Rankings releasedon Wednesday. The 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup host Windsor Spitfires come in at sixth, followed close behind by the Mississauga Steelheads at seventh. The Sarnia Sting received an honourable mention.  Full Rankings

 OHL 20 IN 20 SERIES PREVIEWS EACH OHL TEAM:

Over the span of the past 20 days, ontariohockeyleague.com has taken a team-by-team look at the 2016-17 OHL season. Get the inside scoop on your favourite teams as general managers provide their insights heading into Opening Week.

 Read up on all 20 teams:

East Division: Hamilton Bulldogs, Oshawa GeneralsPeterborough PetesOttawa 67’sKingston Frontenacs.

 Central Division: Sudbury WolvesMississauga Steelheads, North Bay BattalionBarrie Colts,Niagara IceDogs.

 Midwest Division: Guelph StormOwen Sound AttackKitchener RangersErie OttersLondon Knights.

 West Division: Flint FirebirdsSaginaw SpiritSault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsWindsor Spitfires,Sarnia Sting

 OHL LIVE EARLY BIRD PRICING NOW AVAILABLE:
The Ontario Hockey League, in association with its digital media partner NeuLion, are proud to offer Early Bird pricing for OHL Live up until October 2, 2016. Powered by NeuLion, OHL Live provides coverage of all 20 teams in the OHL and will deliver all 680 games throughout the regular season which opens Wednesday, September 21, as well as coverage throughout the 2017 OHL Playoffs. Full details

 130 PROSPECTS COMMIT TO OHL THROUGHOUT THE OFFSEASON:
A total of 130 prospects made commitments to the Ontario Hockey League throughout the course of the offseason. Get familiarized with the new names and faces! Full list.

 OHL NEWS – RADIO EDITION:

 In the debut segment for the 2016-17 season, host Terry Doyle chats with first overall pick Ryan Merkley of the Guelph Storm ahead of his first regular season game.  Listen.

 TRIO SIGN NHL ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACTS:

 Among the 164 OHL players attending NHL Training Camps this season, three recently inked entry-level deals with their respective clubs including Free Agent Invite Matt Luff of the Hamilton Bulldogs (Los Angeles Kings), and the Soo Greyhounds duo of Blake Speers and Colton White both with the New Jersey Devils.

 COMMUNITY CORNER:

McFadden’s Movement launches in Guelph: Guelph Storm defenceman Garrett McFadden is looking to break down barriers and stereotypes when it comes to how athletes are expected to handle mental health issues. He’ll be connecting with minor hockey teams and athletes this season, helping them prepare and deal with some of the pressures and challenges they face. For more on the story, please visit guelphstorm.com.

Spitfires unveil new jumbotron: The 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup host Windsor Spitfires unveiled their brand new jumbotron at the WFCU Centre in Thursday’s home opener against the Erie Otters. Here’s a sneak peak at windsorspitfires.com!

Frontenacs unveil third jerseys: The Kingston Fronts will be decked out in gold this season after unveiling their brand new third jerseys last week. The new threads are available in the team store. Full details at kingstonfrontenacs.com.

 ALUMNI NOTES:

35 OHL graduates competing in World Cup of Hockey: All eight teams competing in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey feature at least one OHL graduate! There are a total of 75 former CHL players battling in the best-on-best international competition. Check out the full list.

 #OHLOPENINGWEEK SCHEDULE: 


Wednesday September 21:
Saginaw 0 at Flint 4 – Highlights
London 1 at Sarnia 4 – Highlights

Thursday September 22:
Ottawa 5 at Peterborough 3 – Highlights
Erie 1 at Windsor 4 – Highlights

Friday September 23:
Barrie at Kingston (7:00pm)
Oshawa at Sudbury (7:00pm)
Hamilton at Mississauga (7:00pm)
Niagara at North Bay (7:00pm)
Owen Sound at Sarnia (7:05pm)
Windsor at Sault Ste. Marie (7:07pm)
Saginaw at Guelph (7:30pm)
Flint at Kitchener (7:30pm)
Erie at London (7:30pm)

Saturday September 24:
Kingston at Hamilton (7:00pm)
Owen Sound at Flint (7:00pm)
Guelph at Saginaw (7:05pm)
Oshawa at Sault Ste. Marie (7:07pm)

Sunday September 25:
Barrie at Ottawa (2:00pm)
Sudbury at Mississauga (2:00pm)

 Follow the action at www.ontariohockeyleague.com or on social media @OHLHockey using #OHLOpeningWeek to join the conversation.

CIBC teams up with Canadian Hockey League in new multi-year partnership

Becomes Official Bank of the CHL

super-series

TORONTO, Sept. 22, 2016 /CNW/ – CIBC (TSX:CM) (NYSE: CM) and the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) are proud to announce an exciting new partnership, as CIBC becomes the Official Bank of the CHL, and its three regional leagues, Western Hockey League (WHL), Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).

This new five-year deal includes sponsorship of 23 CHL teams, title sponsorship of the Canada Russia Series, and associate sponsorship of the Mastercard Memorial Cup and the CHL Top Prospects Game. As part of its partnership with the world’s largest development league, CIBC is also providing financial management, advice and banking resources to the CHL  and will support the CHL’s scholarship program.

“The Canadian Hockey League is proud to welcome CIBC to the CHL family,” says CHL President David Branch. “It’s exciting to partner with an organization who shares our goals of supporting youth and being active in communities across Canada. CIBC’s commitment to our teams and to the CIBC Canada Russia Series will help us showcase some of the best Major Junior players in the world to hockey fans across the country.”

 Leveraging the CHL’s national scope and local in-market presence, CIBC will activate the sponsorship at various opening week games in 23 communities across Canada, beginning September 22-30 and continuing throughout the season. CIBC will also work with KidSport, a national non-profit that encourages kids to get active, as part of the sponsorship activation.

“What attracted us to this organization is its community focus and ability to bring Canadians together in passion and spirit and we’re excited to be part of that energy in 23 markets from Kelowna to Cape Breton,” says Stephen Forbes, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, CIBC. “We are proud to welcome the CHL as a new CIBC client, and look forward to working with them to continue building strong Canadian communities.”

The 2016-17 CHL season began on Wednesday September 21 in the OHL, with the QMJHL and WHL opening action on Thursday and Friday nights respectively. The 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series takes place November 7-17 and features regional league teams of Canadian National Junior Team candidates competing against the Russian National Junior Team. The six game series includes stops in Prince George, BC, Edmonton, AB, North Bay, ON, Hamilton, ON, Chicoutimi, QC, and Baie-Comeau, QC.

 CIBC sponsored CHL teams:

 

WHL                    OHL                                    QMJHL

Kamloops           Windsor                            Rouyn-Noranda

Lethbridge         Peterborough                  Cape Breton

Red Deer            Mississauga                     Charlottetown

Regina                 Sault St. Marie                 Val-d’Or

Vancouver         Owen Sound                    Sherbrooke

Victoria               Oshawa                            Drummondville

Moose Jaw

Kelowna

Kootenay

Saskatoon

Prince George

CIBC has a long history of supporting its communities through sponsorship programs such as CIBC Run for the Cure which, in its 20th year on October, 2 will impact over 60 communities across Canada. CIBC’s partnership with the CHL will also complement other recently formed partnerships including Connor McDavid, who earned CHL Player of the Year honours in 2015, and Ottawa 2017, a yearlong celebration for Canada and CIBC’s shared 150th birthday in 2017.

About CIBC

CIBC is a leading Canadian-based global financial institution with 11 million personal banking and business clients. Through our three major business units – Retail and Business Banking, Wealth Management and Capital Markets – CIBC offers a full range of products and services through its comprehensive electronic banking network, branches and offices across Canada with offices in the United States and around the world. Ongoing news releases and more information about CIBC can be found at www.cibc.com/ca/media-centre/ or by following on Twitter @CIBC, Facebook (www.facebook.com/CIBC) and Instagram @CIBCNow.

 About the Canadian Hockey League

The Canadian Hockey League is the world’s largest development hockey league with 52 Canadian and eight American teams participating in the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Western Hockey League. CHL players graduate from high school at a rate higher than the Canadian national average.  More than nine million fans annually attend CHL games during the regular season, playoffs and at the Mastercard Memorial Cup. The CHL is the number one supplier of talent to the National Hockey League (NHL) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).

CHL Announces Pre-season Top 10 Rankings

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the pre-season edition of the CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2016-17 season.  The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

 CHL Top 10 Rankings – Pre-season

  1. London Knights
  2. Saint John Sea Dogs
  3. Brandon Wheat Kings
  4. Seattle Thunderbirds
  5. Shawinigan Cataractes
  6. Windsor Spitfires
  7. Mississauga Steelheads
  8. Victoria Royals
  9. Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
  10. Regina Pats

Honourable Mention:

Gatineau Olympiques

Sarnia Sting

Kelowna Rockets

CHL Leagues

164 OHL players invited to 2016 NHL Training Camps

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League is proud to announce that 164 OHL players have been invited to attend National Hockey League Training Camps this season.

All 164 players listed are eligible to compete in the OHL for the 2016-17 season including 108 players born in either 1997 or 1998, while 56 of the players are 1996-born and would return as overage players.  159 of the players listed competed in the OHL last season, while five of the players are committed to their OHL clubs for 2016-17.

OHL

Of the 164 players attending Training Camps, 111 are going to clubs that selected them in the NHL Draft, 46 are free agent invites, five are undrafted NHL signed prospects, and two players are undrafted AHL signed prospects.  In total, 55 of the players attending NHL Camps have signed entry-level contracts including 29 1996-born players who are overage eligible.

All 20 OHL clubs have at least four players attending NHL Training Camps with the London Knights leading the way by sending 16 players to various camps, followed by the Kitchener Rangers with 12 players, the Windsor Spitfires with 11 players, and both the Niagara IceDogs and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds with 10 players each.

29 of the NHL’s 30 clubs will have at least one OHL eligible player attending their Training Camp.  The Arizona Coyotes lead the way with 13 returning eligible OHL players, followed by the St. Louis Blues with 12, the Carolina Hurricanes with 10, followed by the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils, and Toronto Maple Leafs each with nine.

The OHL continues to be the leading supplier of talent to the NHL.

OHL Players at 2016-17 NHL Training Camps
Player/NHL Club/Draft Year or Free Agent
Players in italics indicate overage players (1996 birthdates)
*indicates players committed for the 2016-17 season

Barrie Colts (6):

Rasmus Andersson, Calgary Flames, 2nd round ’15 – Signed
Mackenzie Blackwood, New Jersey Devils, 2nd round ’15 – Signed
Cordell James, Dallas Stars, Free Agent Invite
Andrew Mangiapane, Calgary Flames, 6th round ’15 – Signed
Roy Radke, Chicago Blackhawks, 6th round ‘15
Dylan Sadowy, Detroit Red Wings, 3rd round ’14 (SJS) – Signed

Erie Otters (8):

Erik Cernak, Los Angeles Kings, 2nd round ’15 – Signed
Alex DeBrincat, Chicago Blackhawks, 2nd round ‘16
Travis Dermott, Toronto Maple Leafs, 2nd round ’15 – Signed
Kyle Maksimovich, Vancouver Canucks, Free Agent Invite
Darren Raddysh, San Jose Sharks, Free Agent Invite
Taylor Raddysh, Tampa Bay Lightning, 2nd round ‘16
Jordan Sambrook, Detroit Red Wings, 5th round ‘16
Dylan Strome, Arizona Coyotes, 1st round ’15 – Signed

Flint Firebirds (6):

Will Bitten, Montreal Canadiens, 3rd round ‘16
Nicholas Caamano, Dallas Stars, 5th round ‘16
Everett Clark, St. Louis Blues, Free Agent Invite
Luke Kirwan, Detroit Red Wings, Free Agent Invite
Alex Peters, Carolina Hurricanes, Free Agent Invite
Jalen Smereck, Arizona Coyotes, Free Agent Invite

Guelph Storm (4):

Noah Carroll, Carolina Hurricanes, 6th round ‘16
James McEwan, Pittsburgh Penguins, Free Agent Invite
Garrett McFadden, Philadelphia Flyers, Free Agent Invite
Givani Smith, Detroit Red Wings, 2nd round ‘16

Hamilton Bulldogs (6):

Cole Candella, Vancouver Canucks, 5th round ‘16
Ben Gleason, Carolina Hurricanes, Free Agent Invite
Connor Hicks, Detroit Red Wings, Free Agent Invite
Justin Lemcke, Chicago Blackhawks, Free Agent Invite
Matt Luff, Los Angeles Kings, Free Agent Invite
Niki Petti, Arizona Coyotes, Free Agent Invite

Kingston Frontenacs (8):

Lawson Crouse, Arizona Coyotes, 1st round ’15 (FLA) – Signed
Michael Dal Colle, New York Islanders, 1st round ’14 – Signed
Stephen Desrocher, Toronto Maple Leafs, 6th round ‘15
Warren Foegele, Carolina Hurricanes, 3rd round ‘14
Jeremy Helvig, Carolina Hurricanes, 5th round ‘16
Juho Lammikko, Florida Panthers, 3rd round ’14 – Signed
Roland McKeown, Carolina Hurricanes, 2nd round ’14 (LAK) – Signed
Spencer Watson, Los Angeles Kings, 7th round ’14 – Signed

Kitchener Rangers (12):

Jeremy Bracco, Toronto Maple Leafs, 2nd round ‘15
Connor Bunnaman, Philadelphia Flyers, 4th round ‘16
Dylan Di Perna, New York Rangers, Free Agent Invite
Connor Hall, Pittsburgh Penguins, 3rd round ‘16
Jake Henderson, St. Louis Blues, Free Agent Invite
Frank Hora, Columbus Blue Jackets, Free Agent Invite
Mason Kohn, Arizona Coyotes, Free Agent Invite
Darby Llewellyn, Columbus Blue Jackets, Free Agent Invite
Ryan MacInnis, Arizona Coyotes, 2nd round ’14 – Signed
Adam Mascherin, Florida Panthers, 2nd round ‘16
Luke Opilka, St. Louis Blues, 5th round ’15 – Signed (unable to attend due to injury)
Dmitrii Sergeev, St. Louis Blues, Free Agent – Signed

London Knights (16):

Brandon Crawley, Pittsburgh Penguins, Free Agent Invite
Christian Dvorak, Arizona Coyotes, 2nd round ’14 – Signed
Max Jones, Anaheim Ducks, 1st round ’16 – Signed
Olli Juolevi, Vancouver Canucks, 1st round ’16 – Signed
Janne Kuokkanen, Carolina Hurricanes, 2nd round ‘16*
Owen MacDonald, St. Louis Blues, Free Agent Invite
Mitch Marner, Toronto Maple Leafs, 1st round ’15 – Signed
Chris Martenet, Dallas Stars, 4th round ’15 – Signed
Nicolas Mattinen, Toronto Maple Leafs, 6th round ‘16
Victor Mete, Montreal Canadiens, 4th round ‘16
Tyler Parsons, Calgary Flames, 2nd round ‘16
JJ Piccinich, Toronto Maple Leafs, 4th round ‘14
Cliff Pu, Buffalo Sabres, 3rd round ‘16
Kole Sherwood, Columbus Blue Jackets, Free Agent – Signed
Matthew Tkachuk, Calgary Flames, 1st round ’16 – Signed
Chandler Yakimowicz, Pittsburgh Penguins, Free Agent Invite

Mississauga Steelheads (9):

Nathan Bastian, New Jersey Devils, 2nd round ‘16
Sean Day, New York Rangers, 3rd round ‘16
Stephen Gibson, Columbus Blue Jackets, Free Agent Invite
Michael McLeod, New Jersey Devils, 1st round ‘16
Jacob Moverare, Los Angeles Kings, 4th round ‘16*
Daniel Muzito-Bagenda, Buffalo Sabres, Signed (AHL)
Alex Nylander, Buffalo Sabres, 1st round ’16 – Signed
Austin Osmanski, Buffalo Sabres, 7th round ‘16
Vili Saarijärvi, Detroit Red Wings, 3rd round ’15 – Signed

Niagara IceDogs (10):

Stephen Dhillon, Detroit Red Wings, Free Agent Invite
Vince Dunn, St. Louis Blues, 2nd round ’15 – Signed
Josh Ho-Sang, New York Islanders, 1st round ’14 – Signed

Pavel Jenys, Minnesota Wild, 7th round ’14 – Signed
Graham Knott, Chicago Blackhawks, 2nd round ‘15
Alex Nedeljkovic, Carolina Hurricanes, 2nd round ’14 – Signed
Christopher Paquette, Tampa Bay Lightning, 5th round ‘16
Brendan Perlini, Arizona Coyotes, 1st round ’14 – Signed
Blake Siebenaler, Columbus Blue Jackets, 3rd round ’14 – Signed
Josh Wesley, Carolina Hurricanes, 4th round ’14 – Signed

North Bay Battalion (8):

Mike Amadio, Los Angeles Kings, 3rd round ’14 – Signed
Justin Brazeau, Detroit Red Wings, Free Agent Invite
Riley Bruce, Calgary Flames, 7th round ‘15
Cam Dineen, Arizona Coyotes, 3rd round ‘16
Brett McKenzie, Vancouver Canucks, 7th round ‘16
Brent Moran, Chicago Blackhawks, Free Agent Invite
Mark Shoemaker, San Jose Sharks, 6th round ‘16
Kyle Wood, Arizona Coyotes, 3rd round ’14 (COL) – Signed

Oshawa Generals (7):

Sean Allen, St. Louis Blues, Free Agent Invite
Jeremy Brodeur, Columbus Blue Jackets, Free Agent Invite
Anthony Cirelli, Tampa Bay Lightning, 3rd round ’15 – Signed
Domenic Commisso, Boston Bruins, Free Agent Invite
Lukas Lofquist, New York Islanders, Signed (AHL)
Riley Stillman, Florida Panthers, 4th round ’16
Mitchell Vande Sompel, New York Islanders, 3rd round ‘15

Ottawa 67’s (5):

Travis Barron, Colorado Avalanche, 7th round ‘16
Stepan Falkovsky, Calgary Flames, 7th round ‘16
Jacob Middleton, Los Angeles Kings, Free Agent Invite
Drake Rymsha, Boston Bruins, Free Agent Invite
Dante Salituro, Columbus Blue Jackets, Free Agent – Signed

 Owen Sound Attack (8):

Santino Centorame, St. Louis Blues, Free Agent Invite
Jacob Friend, Los Angeles Kings, 7th round ‘16
Michael McNiven, Montreal Canadiens, Free Agent – Signed
Petrus Palmu, Montreal Canadiens, Free Agent Invite
Thomas Schemitsch, Florida Panthers, 3rd round ‘15

Matt Schmalz, Los Angeles Kings, 5th round ‘15
Damir Sharipzyanov, Los Angeles Kings, Free Agent – Signed

Ethan Szypula, Dallas Stars, Free Agent Invite

Peterborough Petes (8):

Jonathan Ang, Florida Panthers, 4th round ‘16
Eric Cornel, Buffalo Sabres, 2nd round ’14 – Signed
Kyle Jenkins, Edmonton Oilers, Free Agent Invite
Steven Lorentz, Carolina Hurricanes, 7th round ‘15
Dominik Masin, Tampa Bay Lightning, 2nd round ’14 – Signed
Matt Spencer, Tampa Bay Lightning, 2nd round ’15 – Signed
Jonne Tammela, Tampa Bay Lightning, 4th round ‘15*
Dylan Wells, Edmonton Oilers, 5th round ‘16

Saginaw Spirit (8):

Kris Bennett, Nashville Predators, Free Agent Invite

Evan Cormier, New Jersey Devils, 4th round ‘16
Marcus Crawford, New Jersey Devils, Free Agent Invite

Tye Felhaber, Toronto Maple Leafs, Free Agent Invite

Filip Hronek, Detroit Red Wings, 2nd round ’16 – Signed*

Keaton Middleton, Toronto Maple Leafs, 4th round ‘16

Markus Niemelainen, Edmonton Oilers, 3rd round ‘16
Mitchell Stephens, Tampa Bay Lightning, 2nd round ’15 – Signed

Sarnia Sting (9):

Jakob Chychrun, Arizona Coyotes, 1st round ’16 – Signed

Filip Helt, St. Louis Blues, 7th round ‘16*
Josh Jacobs, New Jersey Devils, 2nd round ’14 – Signed
Jeff King, Chicago Blackhawks, Free Agent Invite
Travis Konecny, Philadelphia Flyers, 1st round ’15 – Signed
Nikita Korostelev, Toronto Maple Leafs, 7th round ‘15
Jordan Kyrou, St. Louis Blues, 2nd round ’16 – Signed
Anthony Salinitri, Philadelphia Flyers, 6th round ‘16
Pavel Zacha, New Jersey Devils, 1st round ’15 – Signed

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (10):

Gustav Bouramman, Minnesota Wild, 7th round ’15 – Signed
Tim Gettinger, New York Rangers, 5th round ‘16
Brandon Halverson, New York Rangers, 2nd round ’14 – Signed
Boris Katchouk, Tampa Bay Lightning, 2nd round ‘16
Jack Kopacka, Anaheim Ducks, 4th round ‘16
Joseph Raaymakers, New York Rangers, Free Agent Invite
Zachary Senyshyn, Boston Bruins, 1st round ’15 – Signed
Blake Speers, New Jersey Devils, 3rd round ‘15
Hayden Verbeek, Chicago Blackhawks, Free Agent Invite
Colton White, New Jersey Devils, 4th round ‘15

Sudbury Wolves (5):

Kyle Capobianco, Arizona Coyotes, 3rd round ‘15
Liam Dunda, St. Louis Blues, 6th round ‘15
Aiden Jamieson, St. Louis Blues, Free Agent Invite
Michael Pezzetta, Montreal Canadiens, 6th round ‘16
Dmitry Sokolov, Minnesota Wild, 7th round ‘16

Windsor Spitfires (11):

Jeremiah Addison, Montreal Canadiens, 7th round ‘15
Logan Brown, Ottawa Senators, 1st round ’16 – Signed
Jalen Chatfield, San Jose Sharks, Free Agent Invite
Cristiano DiGiacinto, New York Islanders, Free Agent Invite
Christian Fischer, Arizona Coyotes, 2nd round ’15 – Signed
Brendan Lemieux, Winnipeg Jets, 2nd round ’14 (BUF) – Signed
Hayden McCool, Montreal Canadiens, Free Agent Invite
Julius Nattinen, Anaheim Ducks, 2nd round ’15 – Signed
Tyler Nother, San Jose Sharks, Free Agent Invite
Mikhail Sergachev, Montreal Canadiens, 1st round ’16 – Signed
Logan Stanley, Winnipeg Jets, 1st round ‘16

The 2016-17 OHL regular season begins on Wednesday September 21.