Statement from the Ontario Hockey League

ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE COMMENDS GOVERNMENT FOR TAKING STEPS TO PROTECT AMATEUR ATHLETES

 

Press Release

Toronto – The Ontario Hockey League (OHL) commends the Ford Government for their decision to confirm the status of League players in Ontario. This follows seven provinces and two states that have passed similar clarifications to confirm that players are not covered by employment legislation.

“On behalf of the Ontario Hockey League, I want to thank the government for its leadership in ensuring that our 17 Ontario teams can continue to be leaders in the community and contribute to the economic development of the communities in which we play,” said David Branch, OHL Commissioner. “This also allows our teams to continue to focus on our most important role and that is providing our 425 players with the best on and off-ice experience, the hallmark of which is our Scholarship Program.”

In the 2017-18 academic year there were 321 OHL graduates using their scholarship at a cost to our teams of $3.125M. Of these 321 graduates 206 are playing on U SPORTS hockey teams. In addition, this academic year our teams spent $475,000 on the Scholarship Program for current players.

OHL teams are proud members of the communities in which they play. During the 2017-18 season, through the generosity of OHL fans and with the support and cooperation of our teams, charitable groups and community organizations have raised over $4M to help support hundreds of different programs and bring awareness to critical issues.

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NHL Releases Players to Watch List

National Hockey League Central Scouting releases it’s updated players to watch list today and as we peruse the list, we find 46 players from the Ontario Hockey League and 4 from the Ontario Junior Hockey League making the grade as either an A, B, or C prospect.

An A prospect is considered a first round talent, while a B prospect is considered a second or third rounder, while a C prospect is considered a fourth, fifth or sixth rounder.

Ryan Suzuki of the Barrie Colts. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Ryan Suzuki of the Barrie Colts. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Just three players, all from the OHL, are given consideration as first rounders by Central Scouting. Ryan Suzuki of Barrie, Arthur Kaliyev of Hamilton and Vladislav Kolyachonok of Flint will find their names under the A heading.

It doesn’t get much better for B prospects as only sixteen, again all from the OHL, find their names on the list to potentially go in the next two rounds. Two goaltenders will find themselves among the sixteen, Hunter Jones of Peterborough and Kari Piiroinen of Windsor.

Three other goaltenders from the OHL will also find themselves making the grade, but as C prospects.

Six players from the OHL are re-entering the draft and make the list. They include: Nathan Dunkley and Billy Moskal (London), Nando Eggenberger (Oshawa), David Maier and Matthew Struthers (North Bay) and Merrick Rippon (Ottawa).

Here are the OHL and OJHL players on Central’s list:

RK LAST NAME FIRST NAME DOB TEAM LEAGUE HT WT POS S
A KALIYEV ARTHUR 26-Jun-01 HAMILTON OHL 6′ 1.25″ 190 RW L
A KOLYACHONOK VLADISLAV 26-May-01 FLINT OHL 6′ 0.25″ 176 D L
A SUZUKI RYAN 28-May-01 BARRIE OHL 6′ 0.25″ 178 C L
B ANTROPOV DANIL 20-Dec-00 OSHAWA OHL 6′ 1.0″ 185 LW L
B CARROLL JOSEPH 01-Feb-01 SAULT STE. MARIE OHL 6′ 2.0″ 197 C L
B CLARKE GRAEME 24-Apr-01 OTTAWA OHL 5′ 11.5″ 175 RW R
B CONSTANTINOU WILLIAM 25-Mar-01 NIAGARA OHL 5′ 11.75″ 185 D R
B GUSKOV MATVEY 30-Jan-01 LONDON OHL 6′ 1.25″ 177 C L
B HARLEY THOMAS 19-Aug-01 MISSISSAUGA OHL 6′ 3.0″ 188 D L
B JONES HUNTER 21-Sep-00 PETERBOROUGH OHL 6′ 4.0″ 196 G L
B LEGUERRIER JACOB 22-Nov-00 SAULT STE. MARIE OHL 6′ 1.0″ 200 D L
B MCMICHAEL CONNOR 15-Jan-01 LONDON OHL 5′ 10.75″ 172 C L
B OKHOTYUK NIKITA 04-Dec-00 OTTAWA OHL 6′ 0.75″ 191 D L
B PIIROINEN KARI 01-Jul-01 WINDSOR OHL 6′ 1.0″ 171 G L
B REES JAMIESON 26-Feb-01 SARNIA OHL 5′ 10.0″ 173 C L
B ROBERTSON NICHOLAS 11-Sep-01 PETERBOROUGH OHL 5′ 8.75″ 162 LW L
B STARIKOV LEV 17-Sep-00 WINDSOR OHL 6′ 6.75″ 200 D L
B TOMASINO PHILIP 28-Jul-01 NIAGARA OHL 5′ 11.75″ 178 C R
B WASHKURAK KEEAN 16-Aug-01 MISSISSAUGA OHL 5′ 10.0″ 184 C L
C ALLENSEN NATHAN 03-May-01 BARRIE OHL 5′ 11.5″ 180 D L
C BERTUZZI TAG 18-Feb-01 GUELPH OHL 5′ 11.75″ 203 LW L
C BIGNELL LUKE 03-Nov-00 BARRIE OHL 6′ 0.25″ 168 C L
C BREWER MITCHELL 20-Mar-01 OSHAWA OHL 6′ 0.25″ 205 D L
C CAJKA PETR 11-Dec-00 ERIE OHL 5′ 11.75″ 169 C L
C CAVALLIN LUKE 29-Apr-01 FLINT OHL 6′ 0.75″ 188 G R
C CERMAK ERIK 02-Mar-01 PETERBOROUGH OHL 5′ 11.25″ 159 C L
C CICCOLINI ERIC 14-Jan-01 TORONTO JC OJHL 5′ 10.5″ 160 RW R
C DAWS NICOLAS 22-Dec-00 GUELPH OHL 6′ 3.5″ 216 G L
C DUNKLEY NATHAN 05-Mar-00 LONDON OHL 5′ 10.75″ 183 C L
C EGGENBERGER NANDO 07-Oct-99 OSHAWA OHL 6′ 2.5″ 205 LW L
C GLOVER TY 01-Oct-00 BUFFALO JR. SABRES OJHL 6′ 2.0″ 190 C L
C GUZDA MACK 11-Jan-01 OWEN SOUND OHL 6′ 4.5″ 217 G L
C KEPPEN ETHAN 20-Mar-01 FLINT OHL 6′ 1.75″ 220 LW L
C MACKAY COLE 13-Jun-01 SAULT STE. MARIE OHL 5′ 10.0″ 188 RW R
C MAIER DAVID 12-Jan-00 NORTH BAY OHL 6′ 0.0″ 175 D R
C MANIKIS KOSTA 15-Aug-01 STOUFFVILLE OJHL 6′ 0.25″ 182 C R
C MCLEAN CULLEN 10-Feb-01 SAULT STE. MARIE OHL 6′ 1.25″ 170 C L
C MOSKAL BILLY 22-Mar-00 LONDON OHL 6′ 0.0″ 189 C L
C MURRAY BLAKE 05-Jul-01 SUDBURY OHL 6′ 1.75″ 187 C L
C PERIC LUCAS 08-Jan-01 OTTAWA OHL 5′ 11.25″ 179 D L
C PRIMEAU MASON 28-Jul-01 GUELPH OHL 6′ 5.0″ 205 C L
C RIPPON MERRICK 27-Apr-00 OTTAWA OHL 6′ 0.5″ 191 D L
C ROSS LIAM 13-May-01 SUDBURY OHL 6′ 1.75″ 197 D L
C SCHWINDT COLE 25-Apr-01 MISSISSAUGA OHL 6′ 2.25″ 182 RW R
C SPROULE EMMETT 19-Mar-01 ERIE OHL 5′ 10.5″ 168 LW L
C STEVENSON KEEGAN 31-Dec-00 GUELPH OHL 6′ 0.75″ 183 LW L
C STRUTHERS MATTHEW 26-Dec-99 NORTH BAY OHL 6′ 2.0″ 210 C L
C UENS ZACHARY 13-May-01 WELLINGTON OJHL 6′ 0.5″ 178 D L
C VUKOJEVIC MICHAEL 08-Jun-01 KITCHENER OHL 6′ 3.0″ 205 D L
C YORK JACK 17-Sep-00 KITCHENER OHL 5′ 11.75″ 190 D R

Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week nine edition of the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2018-19 season.  The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 9:

Rank: Team: Last Week Rank: Number of Weeks Ranked:
1 Prince Albert Raiders (17-1-0-0) 1 7
2 Ottawa 67’s (17-3-2-0) 2 6
3 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (17-4-0-0) 3 6
4 Halifax Mooseheads (16-4-1-0) 7 9
5 Moncton Wildcats (16-4-2-0) 5 4
6 Vancouver Giants (13-4-2-0) 4 7
7 Baie-Comeau Drakkar (16-5-0-1) 6 7
8 London Knights (12-4-2-0) 5
9 Red Deer Rebels (13-5-1-0) 9 3
10 Drummondville Voltigeurs (14-5-1-0) 10 5
Honourable Mention:
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (12-5-3-1) 8 3
Everett Silvertips (14-6-0-0) 0
Portland Winterhawks (12-6-0-1) 1

Kia CHL Top 10

CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Dallas Stars prospect Jason Robertson of the Kingston Frontenacs is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending November 11 scoring nine points in three games with six goals and three assists.

Robertson continued scoring at a goal-per-game rate last week with two hat-trick performances including last Wednesday morning in a School Day road game against the Ottawa 67’s and Saturday night at home against the Oshawa Generals.  Both contests turned into four-point efforts with an assist added in each to give him second star recognition in the 6-4 loss to Ottawa and first star honours in the 5-1 win over Oshawa.  Robertson also chipped in an assist in Friday’s 2-1 loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs.

A 19-year-old from Northville, Michigan, Robertson is playing in his fourth season with the Frontenacs who made him a fourth round choice in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.  This season he’s produced 22 goals and 11 assists for 33 points in 22 games which has him ranked seventh in OHL scoring contributing to almost 58% of the team’s total offense.  Robertson was a second round pick by the Stars in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Also considered for the award this week was Samuel Asselin of the Halifax Mooseheads who scored four goals and three assists for seven points in three games, and Riley Woods of the Spokane Chiefs who scored three goals and three assists for six points in two games.

2018-19 CHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:

Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joachim Blichfeld (Portland Winterhawks)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Dawson Davidson (Saskatoon Blades)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luka Burzan (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades)

Spitfires’ Michael DiPietro named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Vancouver Canucks prospect Michael DiPietro of the Windsor Spitfires is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending November 11 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record for a goals-against-average of 0.96 and save percentage of .969.

DiPietro began the week representing the CHL in the CIBC Canada Russia Series where he made 18 saves to backstop Team OHL to a 3-1 victory on Thursday night in Sarnia.  In league play he helped the Spitfires extend their winning-streak to four games stopping a total of 62 shots.  31 of those saves came on Saturday in a 2-1 shootout victory against the Guelph Storm where he also stopped six straight attempts to help secure the win.  His week wrapped up Sunday with 31 saves as part of a 7-1 win against the Saginaw Spirit.

A 19-year-old from Amherstburg, Ont., DiPietro is playing in his fourth OHL season after being chosen by his hometown club in the second round of the 2015 Priority Selection.  He helped the Spitfires capture the 2017 Memorial Cup on home ice and was named the 2018 OHL Goaltender of the Year.  This season he carries a 7-5-0-1 record and ranks second in OHL goals-against-average with a mark of 2.18 while his .926 save percentage is also among the league’s leaders.  DiPietro is the Spitfires all-time wins leader with 82 over his career and his 16 shutouts are tied for the OHL’s all-time mark.

Also considered for the award this week was Max Paddock of the Regina Pats who posted a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory stopping 59 shots in total for a goals-against-average of 0.50 and save percentage of .983.  In the QMJHL, Fabian Iacobo of the Victoriaville Tigres also went 2-0-0-0 making 59 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .967.

2018-19 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:

Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joseph Raaymakers (London Knights)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Émile Samson (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Alexis Gravel (Halifax Mooseheads)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Trent Miner (Vancouver Giants)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luke Richardson (Kitchener Rangers)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)

Frontenacs’ Jason Robertson named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Dallas Stars prospect Jason Robertson of the Kingston Frontenacs is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the regular season week ending November 11 after leading the league with nine points in three games scoring six goals and three assists.

Robertson has been the league’s most prolific goal scorer to start the 2018-19 campaign and continued his torrid pace with a pair of hat-tricks last week.  He scored three and added an assist on Wednesday morning in School Day action against the Ottawa 67’s earning second star honours despite the 6-4 loss.  He also lit the lamp for three on Saturday night while adding an assist as first star of a 5-1 win over the Oshawa Generals.  In between he contributed an assist on the Frontenacs’ lone goal against the Hamilton Bulldogs in a 2-1 loss on Friday.  Robertson has averaged exactly a goal-per-game in 22 contests and has four hat-tricks this season bringing his career total to eight.

A 19-year-old from Northville, Michigan, Robertson is playing in his fourth season with the Frontenacs who made him a fourth round choice in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.  He’s currently sixth in league scoring with 33 points and has accounted for nearly 40% of his team’s goals while contributing to almost 58% of their total offense.  In 212 career games he’s scored 123 times with 110 assists collecting 233 points.  Robertson was selected by the Stars in the second round of the 2017 NHL Draft.

Watch video highlights of Robertson and the Frontenacs against the 67’s, Bulldogs, and Generals.

Also considered for the award this week was Jake Durham of the Flint Firebirds who scored six goals and two assists for eight points in three games including a School Day hat-trick of his own to lead the Firebirds to their first win of the season on Wednesday morning against the Sarnia Sting.  Montreal Canadiens prospect Nick Suzuki also had a strong week for the Owen Sound Attack chipping in three goals and two assists for five points in a pair of wins against the Erie Otters after captaining Team OHL to a 3-1 victory in Sarnia at the CIBC Canada Russia Series.  In goal, Vancouver Canucks prospect Michael DiPietro of the Windsor Spitfires stopped 62 shots in a pair of victories posting a goals-against-average of 0.96 and save percentage of .969 after also representing the league in victory between-the-pipes for Team OHL with an 18-save performance Thursday night.

2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:

Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Kevin Hancock (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Lucas Chiodo (Barrie Colts)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)

Strome and Kooy added to Team OHL for the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League, in collaboration with the Canadian Hockey League and Hockey Canada, announced today that Hamilton Bulldogs forward Matthew Strome and London Knights goaltender Jordan Kooy have been added to Team OHL’s roster for the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series.

Strome will compete for Team OHL in Game 3 of the series in Sarnia set for Thursday November 8 dressing in place of Niagara IceDogs forward Akil Thomas who is unable to participate due to injury.  Kooy is slated for Game 4 in Oshawa on Monday November 12 in place of Matthew Villalta of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds who is also unable to play due to injury.

So far this season Strome is third in team scoring with six goals and 13 assists for 19 points in 17 games.  The 19-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., helped the Bulldogs win their first OHL championship three years after becoming the club’s first ever pick in the OHL Priority Selection going eighth overall in 2015.  During that time he’s amassed 187 points over 209 regular season games including 93 goals and 94 assists.  Strome is a Philadelphia Flyers prospect chosen in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL Draft.

Kooy currently ranks second in the league in both goals-against-average and save percentage with marks of 2.27 and .926 respectively.  The 18-year-old from Bradford, Ont., carries a 6-1-0-0 record playing in his third season with the Knights since joining the club as an eighth round pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection.  Kooy is a Vegas Golden Knights prospect after hearing his name called in the seventh round of the 2018 NHL Draft.

Both players will have teammates in the games as Strome joins fellow Bulldog MacKenzie Entwistle in Sarnia and Kooy joins fellow Knights Alex Formenton and Liam Foudy in Oshawa.

2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series Schedule and Results:
Game 1 – Monday November 5 at Kamloops, BC – WHL (2) vs RUS (1) – Stats | Highlights
Game 2 – Tuesday November 6 at Vancouver, BC – RUS (3) vs WHL (1) – Stats | Highlights
Game 3 – Thursday November 8 at Sarnia, ON (Sportsnet East & Ontario, Sportsnet 360, TVA Sports)
Game 4 – Monday November 12 at Oshawa, ON (Sportsnet East, Ontario, West, TVA Sports)

Game 5 – Tuesday November 13 at Sherbrooke, QC (Sportsnet East & Ontario, Sportsnet ONE, TVA Sports)
Game 6 – Thursday November 15 at Drummondville, QC (Sportsnet East & Ontario, Sportsnet 360, TVA Sports)

All games of the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series will be available online through NeuLion’s CHL streaming platform at http://chl.neulion.com/chl/.

The 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series is supported by title sponsor CIBC, the Official Bank of the CHL, along with associate sponsors Kia Canada, Sherwin-Williams, Cooper Tires, and Kubota Canada.

For event information including how to purchase tickets please visit http://chlcanadarussia.ca.

Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week eight edition of the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2018-19 season.  The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 8:

Rank: Team: Last Week Rank: Number of Weeks Ranked:
1 Prince Albert Raiders (16-1-0-0) 1 6
2 Ottawa 67’s (16-3-1-0) 2 5
3 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (16-4-0-0) 4 5
4 Vancouver Giants (12-3-2-0) 6 6
5 Moncton Wildcats (14-3-2-0) 9 3
6 Baie-Comeau Drakkar (14-4-0-1) 3 6
7 Halifax Mooseheads (13-4-1-0) 5 8
8 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (12-3-3-1) 8 3
9 Red Deer Rebels (11-4-1-0) 10 2
10 Drummondville Voltigeurs (13-4-1-0) 4
Honourable Mention:
London Knights (10-4-2-0) 4
Tri-City Americans (10-4-0-0) 0
Niagara IceDogs (10-5-2-0) 3

 

Kia CHL Top 10

CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

Winterhawks’ Joachim Blichfeld named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that San Jose Sharks prospect Joachim Blichfeld of the Portland Winterhawks is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending November 4 after scoring four goals and five assists for nine points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-2.

Blichfeld produced a trio of multi-point performances over the weekend to move into third in WHL scoring helping the Winterhawks win all three games to move into second place in the WHL’s U.S Division where they hold a 10-6-0-1 record.  He recorded back-to-back two-point efforts earning third star honours in a pair of home wins against the Victoria Royals including Friday night with a goal and an assist in the 7-3 victory and Saturday scoring the game-winner plus an assist in the 2-1 triumph.  His week wrapped up Sunday with a five-point outing to match a season-high against the Spokane Chiefs scoring twice with three assists in the 8-6 win.

A 20-year-old from Frederikshavn, Denmark, Blichfeld is playing in his third WHL season since joining the Winterhawks in the second round of the 2016 CHL Import Draft.  So far this season he’s scored 14 goals and 21 assists for 35 points in 17 games.  He was selected by the Sharks in the seventh round of the 2016 NHL Draft.

Also considered for the award this week was Kevin Hancock of the Owen Sound Attack who scored four goals and five assists for nine points in three games, and Peter Abbandonato of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies who scored once with six assists for seven points in three games.

2018-19 CHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:

Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joachim Blichfeld (Portland Winterhawks)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Dawson Davidson (Saskatoon Blades)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luka Burzan (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades)

Knights’ Joseph Raaymakers named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Joseph Raaymakers of the London Knights is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending November 4 posting a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.02 and save percentage of .965.

Raaymakers turned aside 55 shots last week as the Knights stayed hot with wins in six of their last seven to move into a first place tie in the OHL’s Midwest Division standings with a 10-4-2-0 record.  The overage netminder made 25 saves on Friday as part of a 6-2 win over the Flint Firebirds, then earned his first shutout of the season on Sunday afternoon against the Kitchener Rangers with 30 saves as first star of the 3-0 victory.

A 20-year-old from Chatham, Ont., Raaymakers is playing in his fifth OHL season and second with the Knights after joining the league as a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds where he was the club’s second round pick in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.  This season he carries a 4-3-2-0 record with a goals-against-average of 2.67 and save percentage of .917.  His Sunday shutout brings his career total to seven.

Also considered for the award this week was Ethan Anders of the Red Deer Rebels who posted a 34-save shutout performance in his lone appearance of the week for a goals-against-average of 0.00 and save percentage of 1.000, and Mark Grametbauer of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan who went 1-1-0-0 stopping 87 shots for a goals-against-average of 2.03 and save percentage of .956.

2018-19 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:

Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joseph Raaymakers (London Knights)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Émile Samson (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Alexis Gravel (Halifax Mooseheads)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Trent Miner (Vancouver Giants)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luke Richardson (Kitchener Rangers)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)

Open Letter to Premier Ford and Minister Tibollo

Press Release

November 6, 2018

Honourable Doug Ford

Premier of Ontario

Legislative Building,

Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON

M7A 1A1

 

Honourable Michael Tibollo

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Hearst Block 9th Flr.,

900 Bay St, Toronto, ON

M7A 2E1

Dear Premier Ford and Minister Tibollo,

The Ontario Hockey League (OHL) is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) which is the world’s largest development hockey league and the number one development league for U SPORTS, Canada’s national amateur teams and the NHL. Our system of development is admired and imitated by foreign hockey organizations around the world. Almost all Canadian hockey legends are graduates of the CHL.  Founded in 1934, the OHL is comprised of 20 teams, 17 in Ontario, two in Michigan and one in Pennsylvania. There are currently 425 players in the OHL. The OHL’s role in the community is unquestionable, both in terms of economic development, and charitable and community involvement.

The OHL’s primary goals are player protection, providing competition and coaching to advance our players in hockey as far as their talent and commitment allow, teaching players leadership skills and supporting their education to ensure success in life. Our teams are proud to provide our players with the top player experience both on and off the ice.

The hallmark of the player experience in the OHL is our Scholarship Program, which provides those players who have completed their time in the OHL a minimum of one year’s tuition, books and compulsory fees at a recognized university, college, trade school or career-enhancing program, for each year played in the league. The Program further provides that teams will pay for post-secondary tuition, books and compulsory fees for those players who are still playing in the league.

In the 2017-18 academic year, there were 321 OHL graduates using their scholarship at a cost to our teams of $3.125M. Of these 321 graduates 206 are playing on U SPORTS hockey teams. In addition this academic year our teams spent $475,000 on the Scholarship Program for current players.

There is a critical issue facing not just major junior hockey but all amateur and collegiate sports leagues, teams and players in Ontario and that is the status of amateur athletes. The CHL has been working with provincial governments across Canada and state governments in the US to confirm that our players are amateur athletes and not employees regulated by employment standards legislation.

Our players, together with their parents and with the support of player agents, enter and continue to play in the OHL clearly understanding that they are participating in amateur athletics.  Virtually all other jurisdictions in which CHL teams play have reviewed this issue and have already passed exemptions/clarifications. These jurisdictions include; Québec, New Brunswick, BC, Saskatchewan, Washington, Nova Scotia, Michigan, Manitoba and PEI.

The Commissioner and the Board of Governors of the OHL is calling on the Ontario Government to, as soon as possible, provide a clarification similar to those in the nine other jurisdictions.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact David Branch, OHL Commissioner.

Sincerely,

David Branch, Commissioner

Board of Governors, Ontario Hockey League

Attack’s Kevin Hancock named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Owen Sound Attack overage forward Kevin Hancock is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the regular season week ending November 4 after leading the league with nine points in three games scoring four goals and five assists.

Hancock recorded a trio of multi-point performances over the weekend and is now tied for fourth in OHL scoring.  He matched a season high with four points on Friday scoring a pair plus two assists as part of a 6-4 road win against the Oshawa Generals, then earned first star honours on Saturday with two goals and an assist in a 6-5 shootout loss to the London Knights.  His week wrapped up Sunday registering assists on both Attack goals in a 5-2 loss to the defending champion Hamilton Bulldogs.  The Attack are now third in the Midwest Division standings with a 9-7-0-2 record.

A 20-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., Hancock is now a five-year veteran of the Attack after being selected by the club in the fifth round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.  This season the Attack alternate captain has produced 14 goals and 16 assists for 30 points in 18 games bringing his career totals to exactly a point-per-game rate with 82 goals and 132 assists for 214 points in exactly 214 games.

Watch video highlights of Hancock and the Attack against the Generals, Knights, and Bulldogs.

Also considered for the award this week was San Jose Sharks prospect Ryan Merkley of the Guelph Storm with eight assists in three games, and overage forward Tye Felhaber of the Ottawa 67’s who scored three goals and three assists for six points in three games of a weekend road sweep.  In goal, overager Joseph Raaymakers of the London Knights stopped 55 shots across two victories including one by shutout with a goals-against-average of 1.02 and save percentage of .965.

2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:

Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Kevin Hancock (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Lucas Chiodo (Barrie Colts)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)