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.

OHL ANNOUNCES ACADEMIC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH FOR MARCH

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that rookies Sam Alfano of the Peterborough Petes, Owen Beck of the Mississauga Steelheads, Gavin Bryant of the Owen Sound Attack and Nicholas De Angelis of the Windsor Spitfires have been named OHL Academic Players of the Month for March.

East Division: The Peterborough Petes’ Sam Alfano has been named the East Division Academic Player of the Month for March. He holds a 90% in Grade 12 Advanced Functions and an 85% in Grade 11 English at Brantford Collegiate Institute. “Sam has worked hard all year to maintain a high academic standard while planning personal workouts and ice time with the uncertainty of when the season will begin,” wrote Petes academic advisor, Shannon Fife.

The 17-year-old Cayuga, Ont. native was a second round pick of the Petes in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection out of the Southern Tier Admirals, where he notched 63 points in 32 games and was recognized as the OMHA- SCTA Player of the Year.

Central Division: Mississauga’s Owen Beck is March’s Central Division Academic Player of the Month. He has maintained an overall average of 92% at Philip Pocock Catholic Secondary School.

“Owen is described by his teachers as being a lovely student. He is high achieving, asks questions to clarify his understanding, is very diligent and hardworking,” wrote Genevieve Wong, guidance councellor at Philip Pocock Catholic Secondary School. “In addition to his academic strengths, he is polite, respectful, and conscientious.  Overall, Owen is a pleasure to have in class and as part of the Pocock community.”

The 17-year-old product of Port Hope, Ont. was drafted 29th overall by the Steelheads in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection following a 39-point season with OMHA gold medalist Quinte Red Devils.

Midwest Division: Gavin Bryant of the Owen Sound Attack has been named the Midwest Division’s Academic Player of the Month for March. The centreman is on track to complete 12 credits this year at Owen Sound District Secondary School and Blyth Academy. He scored an 80% in Grade 12 University English this past summer, earned an 82% in Grade 12 University Sociology and 94% in Grade 11 University Math during Quadmester 1. Bryant also maintained a 95% in his Ontario Literacy Course as well as a 94% over three periods of Co-op. He is awaiting final scores for Grade 11 Biology and three more periods of Co-op.

“While some students have found online learning difficult and have had trouble motivating themselves, Gavin Bryant has seen this as an opportunity to focus on schooling while his hockey schedule is lighter,” wrote Attack academic advisor Sarah Rowe. “His maturity is off the charts. As a 16-year-old he is already taking the lead to assist other students in their studies. His teachers are also impressed with his maturity, commenting that his insights and attention to detail are well beyond those of his peers. We can’t wait to see this young man in an Owen Sound Attack uniform.”

The Ingersoll, Ont. native was a second round pick of the Attack at the 2020 OHL Priority Selection. He impressed with 40 points in 31 games with the Brantford 99ers during the 2019-20 season.

West Division: Windsor Spitfires defenceman Nicholas De Angelis is the West Division Academic Player of the Month for March. A Grade 11 student at St. Anne Catholic High School, he is currently enrolled in Grade 12 University Biology and Grade 12 University English and carries at least a 90% average in all of his courses.

The 16-year-old King City, Ont. native was chosen 36th overall at the 2020 OHL Priority Selection following an impressive 16-point season from the blue line with the Mississauga Senators.

2020-21 OHL Academic Players of the Month:

East Division:
March – Sam Alfano (Peterborough Petes)
February – Lawson Sherk (Hamilton Bulldogs)
January – Tye Austin (Peterborough Petes)
December – Cameron Tolnai (Ottawa 67’s)
November – Lleyton Moore (Oshawa Generals)
October – Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs)

Central Division:
March – Owen Beck (Mississauga Steelheads)
February – Ethan Cardwell (Barrie Colts)
January – Ethan Del Mastro (Mississauga Steelheads)
December – Giordano Biondi (Sudbury Wolves)
November – Jonah De Simone (Niagara IceDogs)
October – Pacey Schlueting (North Bay Battalion)

Midwest Division:
March – Gavin Bryant (Owen Sound Attack)
February – Aidan Campbell (Erie Otters)
January – Logan LaSage (Owen Sound Attack)
December – Stuart Rolofs (London Knights)
November – Michael Vukojevic (Kitchener Rangers)
October – Zack Terry (Guelph Storm)

West Division:
March – Nicholas De Angelis (Windsor Spitfires)
February – Braeden Kressler (Flint Firebirds)
January – Will Cuylle (Windsor Spitfires)
December – Jacob Holmes (Soo Greyhounds)
November – Ryan Mast (Sarnia Sting)
October – Cole Perfetti (Saginaw Spirit)

A total of 334 graduates utilized their OHL Scholarship at post-secondary institutions across North America during the 2019-20 academic year, with a total contribution by teams of over $3 million.  Over the past 10 seasons, OHL Scholarship payments have totalled more than $25 million.

Click here for more information about ‘OHL Players First’ programs.

13 OHL PLAYERS NAMED TO CANADA’S NATIONAL MEN’S UNDER-18 TEAM

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is proud to recognize 13 OHL players named to Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team that will compete in the 2021 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship set to take place from April 26 to May 6 in Frisco and Plano, Texas.

The 13 OHL players are part of a 25-man Canadian roster consisting of three goaltenders, eight defencemen and 14 forwards to be coached by former OHL Coach of the Year Dave Barr (Guelph Storm, 2003-08) along with assistant Mike Stothers (Owen Sound Attack, 2002-07).

The Canadian roster was assembled by Hockey Canada director of player personnel Alan Millar along with manager of national teams Benoit Roy.

OHL PLAYERS NAMED TO CANADA’S NATIONAL UNDER-18 TEAM:

Goaltender: Benjamin 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)

“We are excited to announce the 25 players that have been selected to wear the Maple Leaf at the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship. Despite a difficult year for our players and staff, we are confident this group will represent our country with pride while giving us a chance to compete for a gold medal in Texas,” said Millar. “We are also pleased to have Dave (Barr), Mike (Stothers) and Gordie (Dwyer) as a part of our coaching staff, and to welcome a number of excellent support staff who bring unique skills to our team. We know the extensive experience of our coaching staff and the dedication of our support staff will greatly benefit our team at the world championship.”

Barr most recently served as an assistant coach with the San Jose Sharks (2017-19). Prior to joining the Sharks, he was an associate coach with the Florida Panthers (2016-17), as well as an assistant coach with the Buffalo Sabres (2015-16), New Jersey Devils (2011-15), Minnesota Wild (2009-11) and Colorado Avalanche (2008-09). Barr spent five seasons (2003-08) as the general manager and head coach of the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), leading the Storm to an OHL championship in 2004. He also held various positions with the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL) and International Hockey League (IHL) from 1997-2003, including assistant coach, head coach, director of hockey operations, vice-president, general manager and president. He has represented Canada once as a head coach, leading Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team to a gold medal at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

Dwyerwas the head coach of the Shawinigan Cataractes of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) last season. Prior to joining the Cataractes, he spent two seasons as head coach of Dinamo Minsk (2017-19) and two seasons as head coach of Medvescak Zagreb (2015-17) of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), as well as part of one season as head coach of HC Ambrì-Piotta (2016-17) of National League A (NLA). Dwyer also served two seasons as head coach of the Charlottetown Islanders (2013-15) and two seasons as head coach of the Prince Edward Island Rocket (2011-13) of the QMJHL, as well as two seasons as head coach and director of player personnel with the Summerside Western Capitals of the Maritime Junior Hockey League (MHL). He won bronze medals as the head coach of Team Canada at the 2020 Youth Olympic Games and as an assistant coach at the 2012 IIHF U18 World Championship and was an assistant coach at two Spengler Cups (2016, 2018).

Stothersmost recently served as head coach of the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League (AHL) for five seasons (2015-20). He has held various coaching positions in the NHL, AHL, OHL and Western Hockey League (WHL), including one season as an assistant coach with the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers (2010-11) and two seasons as an assistant with the Philadelphia Flyers (2000-02). Stothers was also the head coach of the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs (2014-15), winning a Calder Cup and Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as AHL coach of the year, as well as the Grand Rapids Griffins (2007-08). He also served as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Phantoms (1996-2000) and Hershey Bears (1991-96). His Canadian Hockey League (CHL) experience includes three seasons as head coach of the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors (2011-14) and five seasons as head coach of the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack (2002-07). Stothers had a 10-year professional playing career in the NHL and AHL, winning the Calder Cup with the Maine Mariners in 1984.

The support staff that will work with Team Canada at the IIHF U18 World Championship includes:

  • Senior vice-president of national teams Scott Salmond
  • Video coach Travis Crickard
  • Goaltending coach Matt Weninger (Moose Jaw Warriors)
  • Athletic therapists Kevin Elliott (Charlottetown Islanders) and Doug Stacey
  • Equipment manager A.J. Murley
  • Mental performance consultant Ashwin Patel (Guelph Storm)
  • Team physician Dr. Ben Cameron (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
  • Education consultant Dave Tennant (Kitchener Rangers)
  • Coordinator of national teams Kurt Keats

Prior to travelling to Frisco on April 17, players and staff will self-isolate at home starting April 12 and will be tested for COVID-19 three times. Upon arrival in Texas, all team personnel will enter a four-day quarantine at the hotel before starting a pre-tournament camp on April 21. The team will take on Finland in its lone pre-tournament game on April 24 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Canada will open the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship against Sweden on April 26 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, and will also take on Latvia, Switzerland and Belarus in preliminary-round action. TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will broadcast select games throughout the tournament and will announce details at a later date.

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

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter.

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 ACADEMIC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH FOR FEBRUARY

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Thomas Sirman of the Ottawa 67’s, Liam Ross of the Sudbury Wolves, Bryce Montgomery of the London Knights and Drew Wawrow of the Soo Greyhounds have been named OHL Academic Players of the Month for February.

Though the puck has yet to drop on the 2020-21 OHL Regular Season, players are striving for excellence in the classroom through their studies. The League continues to work with government and public health agencies to prepare a safe return to play. Academic players of the month are listed in correspondence with their 2019-20 divisions. Details concerning the structure of 2020-21 team alignment will be made available upon release of the OHL Regular Season schedule.

Here’s a look at the OHL’s Academic Players of the Month for February:

East Division: Rookie defenceman Thomas Sirman of the Ottawa 67’s is being recognized as February’s East Division Academic Player of the Month. The 16-year-old native of Aurora, Ont. has completed five university level high school credits at Blyth Academy Ottawa in Advanced Functions, Society Challenge and Change, Biology, English and French and holds an overall average of 85%. He is currently taking Grade 12 Economics and Food and Nutrition with plans to graduate a semester early.

Sirman’s work ethic, study habits and participation in his virtual classes have continued to impress the teaching staff at Blyth. “Thomas is a very mature and organized student who will do very well balancing full time academics and hockey when that time comes,” said 67’s academic advisor Eileen Duffin.

Sirman was drafted in the third round of the 2020 OHL Priority Selection out of the GTHL’s Toronto Jr. Canadiens U16 program where he put up 16 points (1-15—16) over the regular season and added nine points (2-7—9) in the playoffs.

Central Division: Sudbury’s Liam Ross has been named the Central Division’s Academic Player of the Month for February. The 19-year-old defenceman has completed three university courses at Laurentian University and has achieved a B in Computer Science I, an A+ in Computer Science II and an A in Linear Algebra. He is currently taking Calculus I, Psychology and Intro to Macroeconomics, the latter of which he is taking in French.

Ross is described as an “excellent leader and defenceman.”

The Markham, Ont. native recorded 15 points (2-13—15) in 63 games with the Wolves over the 2019-20 campaign. The fourth year Wolves defenceman won an OHL Cup title with the Mississauga Reps U16 program in 2017.

Midwest Division: Bryce Montgomery of the London Knights is the Midwest Division’s Academic Player of the Month for February. Over his first term at Blyth Academy, the 18-year-old defenceman achieved a 79% in English and 85% in Communication Technology. He achieved a 92% in his Interdisciplinary Studies course last summer and currently maintains an 82% in Business Leadership as well as a 78% in Equity and Social Justice.

“Bryce is a very dedicated and hardworking student both in the classroom and on the ice. He is a leader in the classroom, completing his work and being respectful to both his classmates and teachers,” wrote Knights academic advisor Trish Hurley. “Bryce has adapted well to virtual learning, arriving to his Zoom classes promptly and using the virtual environment to the best of his ability. This is an exceptional year, and Bryce should be commended for his flexibility and willingness to learn in a new environment.”

Montgomery recorded two assists in 33 games with London during the 2019-20 season. The Bowie, Maryland native joined the Knights as a free agent in 2019 after playing for Cushing Academy in the USHS-Prep circuit.

West Division: Drew Wawrow of the Soo Greyhounds is the West Division’s Academic Player of the Month for February. The 20-year-old defenceman has excelled in his studies at Algoma University with marks of 97% in Business and 94% in Introductory Psychology.

Wawrow’s academic efforts have been praised by Greyhounds academic advisor Mary-Lynne Lukenda. “During this difficult time for the players, Drew has been very positive in all aspects of his academics. He is in contact with his professors when needed and in touch with his academic advisors when necessary,” said Lukenda. “Drew has become a real leader in his University courses by keeping on top of assignments and being diligent in his homework. We are proud of his attentiveness to school and his commitment to academics.”

Wawrow recorded one goal and six points over 56 games with the Greyhounds in 2019-20. Originally a seventh round pick of the Sudbury Wolves out of the GTHL’s Toronto Titans U16 program, the third year blueliner was traded to Sault Ste. Marie during the 2018-19 season.

2020-21 OHL Academic Players of the Month:

East Division:
February – Thomas Sirman (Ottawa 67’s)
January – Cooper Way (Oshawa Generals)
December – Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs)
November – Lawson Sherk (Hamilton Bulldogs)

Central Division:
February – Liam Ross (Sudbury Wolves)
January – Pano Fimis (Niagara IceDogs)
December – Tnias Mathurin (North Bay Battalion)
November – Hunter Haight (Barrie Colts)

Midwest Division:
February – Bryce Montgomery (London Knights)
January – Trent Swick (Kitchener Rangers)
December – Eric Uba (Guelph Storm)
November – Connor Lockhart (Erie Otters)

West Division:
February – Drew Wawrow (Soo Greyhounds)
January – Ryan Mast (Sarnia Sting)
December – Davis “T-Bone” Codd (Saginaw Spirit)
November – Gavin Hayes (Flint Firebirds)

Last season, the OHL Centrally Administered Scholarship Program facilitated scholarships for 340 OHL Alumni at 69 different academic institutions across North America with a total scholarship payment in excess of $3.2 million. Since the 2007-08 season, OHL Scholarship payments have totalled more than $25 million.

Click here for more information about ‘OHL Players First’ programs

OHL ANNOUNCES ACADEMIC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH FOR JANUARY

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Cooper Way of the Oshawa Generals, Pano Fimis of the Niagara IceDogs, Trent Swick of the Kitchener Rangers and Ryan Mast of the Sarnia Sting have been named Academic Players of the Month for January.

Though the puck has yet to drop on the 2020-21 OHL Regular Season, players are striving for excellence in the classroom through their studies. The League continues to work with government and public health agencies to prepare a safe return to play. Academic players of the month are listed in correspondence with their 2019-20 divisions. Details concerning the structure of 2020-21 team alignment will be made available upon release of the OHL Regular Season schedule.

Here’s a look at the OHL’s Academic Players of the Month for January:

East Division: Cooper Way of the Oshawa Generals is being recognized as January’s East Division Academic Player of the Month. He holds a 92% grade in Biology, 98% in Chemistry, 99% in Calculus and an 86% in English for an overall average of 94% in Grade 12 studies at Maxwell Heights Secondary School and St. David Catholic Secondary School.

“Cooper has shown an incredible focus and work ethic,” noted team academic advisor Tom Buchanan. “Cooper has demonstrated his determination as he strives for goals in both academics and hockey.”

Way suited up for one game with the Generals last season. The 17-year-old Waterloo, Ont. native was a fourth round pick of the Generals in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection out of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Elmira Sugar Kings where he put up 25 points (8-17—25) over 46 games during the 2019-20 campaign.

Central Division: Niagara’s Pano Fimis is January’s Central Division Academic Player of the Month. He boasts a 91% in Chemistry, a 92% in Math and a 90% in Financial Accounting in Grade 11 studies at Governor Simcoe Secondary School.

Fimis is described as a leader among his peers with a commitment to his studies that will serve him well in the future. “Pano exemplifies all that we look for in a student-athlete. He has made the best of this difficult situation we find ourselves in and has worked extremely hard, according to his teachers,” wrote IceDogs academic advisor Tim Tope.

Fimis was chosen second overall in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection by the IceDogs following a 104-point season where he captained the Toronto Jr. Canadiens to a GTHL U16 Championship. The 16-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont. was named GTHL Minor Midget Player of the Year and represented Canada at the 2020 Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he captured bronze.

Midwest Division: Trent Swick of the Kitchener Rangers has been named Midwest Division Academic Player of the Month for January. At St. Francis Catholic Secondary School, he achieved an 87% grade in English, an 87% in Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology, and a 94% in Chemistry. He currently holds a 90% mark in Religion as well.

“Trent is to be commended for his consistent academic focus and attention to detail during this very unusual and challenging school year,” wrote academic advisor Dave Tennant. “It takes a great deal of dedication and perseverance to achieve the success he has, and I wish him all the best in continuing his studies.”

Rangers head coach and general manager Mike McKenzie added: “It is great to see Trent has used his time wisely and kept up with his studies over the course of the year. One of the reasons we were excited to draft Trent last year was his work ethic on and off the ice and this award recognizes that off-ice work ethic.”

The 16-year-old Thorold, Ont. native was drafted in the third round of the 2020 OHL Priority Selection after a 55-point season with the Southern Tier Admirals.

West Division: Sarnia Sting defenceman Ryan Mast is the West Division’s Academic Player of the Month for January. Mast carries an impressive 92% average across six Grade 12 courses at Bloomfield Hills High School. His report card includes high standing in Calculus (92%), Advanced Composition – English (90%), Physics (82%), Psychology (94%), Business Ethics (95%) and Accounting (97%).

Mast has been praised for his exemplary time management skills and self-motivation towards his studies as well as his ability to balance his off-ice training routine with his daily school expectations.

The 18-year-old defender put up 11 points (1-10—11) over his 58-game rookie season with the Sting. A native of Bloomfield, Mich., Mast was a ninth round pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection out of the Detroit Compuware AAA Program.

2020-21 OHL Academic Players of the Month:

East Division:
January – Cooper Way (Oshawa Generals)
December – Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs)
November – Lawson Sherk (Hamilton Bulldogs)

Central Division:
January – Pano Fimis (Niagara IceDogs)
December – Tnias Mathurin (North Bay Battalion)
November – Hunter Haight (Barrie Colts)

Midwest Division:
January – Trent Swick (Kitchener Rangers)
December – Eric Uba (Guelph Storm)
November – Connor Lockhart (Erie Otters)

West Division:
January – Ryan Mast (Sarnia Sting)
December – Davis “T-Bone” Codd (Saginaw Spirit)
November – Gavin Hayes (Flint Firebirds)

A total of 334 graduates utilized their OHL Scholarship at post-secondary institutions across North America during the 2019-20 academic year, with a total contribution by teams of over $3 million.  Over the past 10 seasons, OHL Scholarship payments have totalled more than $25 million.

Click here for more information about ‘OHL Players First’ programs.

52 OHL PLAYERS INCLUDED ON NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING PLAYERS TO WATCH LIST FOR JANUARY

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is proud to announce that 52 players with OHL ties have been included on NHL Central Scouting’s January ‘Players to Watch’ List for the 2021 NHL Draft.

A total of four skaters received ‘A’ ratings indicating a potential first round NHL Draft selection. Guelph Storm defenceman Daniil Chayka, Barrie Colts blueliner Brandt Clarke, Peterborough Petes forward Mason McTavish and Kitchener Rangers centreman Francesco Pinelli all maintained the ‘A’ rank assigned to them back on October’s Players to Watch List.

A total of four skaters climbed from ‘C’ ratings back in October to ‘B’ in January including Owen Sound Attack forward Deni Goure, Hamilton Bulldogs forward Ryan Winterton, first overall CHL Import Draft Selection Matvei Petrov of the North Bay Battalion as well as London Knights defenceman Logan Mailloux. Other ‘B’ rated skaters include Brett Harrison (Oshawa Generals), Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires), Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds), Chase Stillman (Sudbury Wolves), Nick DeGrazia (Sudbury Wolves) and 2020 CHL Import Draft Selections Artyom Grushnikov (Hamilton Bulldogs) and Daniil Sobolev (Windsor Spitfires). Goaltenders Benjamin Gaudreau (Sarnia Sting), Tristan Lennox (Saginaw Spirit), Joe Vrbetic (North Bay Battalion) and CHL Import Draft Selection Alexei Kolosov (Erie Otters) were assigned ‘B’ ratings.

An additional 30 skaters and three netminders received ‘C’ ratings indicating a potential fourth, fifth or sixth round candidate.

All 20 OHL member teams were represented on the list led by the London Knights and Ottawa 67’s with five each. The Erie Otters, Hamilton Bulldogs and Sarnia Sting each trailed with four players assigned rankings.

The list includes 26 OHL forwards, 19 defencemen and seven goaltenders. Eleven of the players listed (denoted by an asterisk) have yet to play a game in the Ontario Hockey League but have committed to their respective member team for the 2020-21 season.

2021 NHL Central Scouting January ‘Players to Watch List – OHL Skaters

RANKPLAYERTEAMPOSITION
ADaniil ChaykaGuelph StormD
ABrandt ClarkeBarrie ColtsD
AMason McTavishPeterborough PetesC
AFrancesco PinelliKitchener RangersC
BNick DeGraziaSudbury WolvesC
BDeni GoureOwen Sound AttackC
BArtyom Grushnikov*Hamilton BulldogsD
BBrett HarrisonOshawa GeneralsC
BWyatt JohnstonWindsor SpitfiresC
BLogan MaillouxLondon KnightsD
BBrennan OthmannFlint FirebirdsLW
BMatvei Petrov*North Bay BattalionRW
BDaniil Sobolev*Windsor SpitfiresD
BChase StillmanSudbury WolvesC
BRyan WintertonHamilton BulldogsRW
CFrancesco ArcuriKingston FrontenacsC
CJack BeckOttawa 67’sRW
CJosh BloomSaginaw SpiritLW
CEthan BurroughsOwen Sound AttackRW
CEthan CardwellBarrie ColtsRW
CNolan DannSarnia StingRW
CEthan Del MastroMississauga SteelheadsD
CIsaac EnrightNiagara IceDogsD
CVsevolod Gaidamak*Ottawa 67’sC
CRanvir Gill-ShaneOttawa 67’sD
CAvery HayesHamilton BulldogsRW
CJacob HolmesSoo GreyhoundsD
CBraeden KresslerFlint FirebirdsC
CArtyom Kulakov*Erie OttersD
CDmitry Kuzmin*Flint FirebirdsD
CKasper Larsen*Mississauga SteelheadsD
CConnor LockhartErie OttersC
CRyan MastSarnia StingD
CJack MatierOttawa 67’sD
CBryce MontgomeryLondon KnightsD
CConnor PunnettBarrie ColtsD
CBen RogerLondon KnightsD
CColby Saganiuk*Erie OttersRW
CLawson SherkHamilton BulldogsC
CBrenden SirizzottiOttawa 67’sRW
CMatthew SopKitchener RangersLW
CKirill SteklovLondon KnightsD
COliver SuniOshawa GeneralsLW
CTy VoitSarnia StingRW
CBrian Zanetti*Peterborough PetesD

2021 NHL Central Scouting January ‘Players to Watch List – OHL Goalies

RANKGOALTENDERTEAM
BBenjamin GaudreauSarnia Sting
BAlexei Kolosov*Erie Otters
BTristan LennoxSaginaw Spirit
BJoe VrbeticNorth Bay Battalion
CBrett BrochuLondon Knights
CPavel Cajan*Kitchener Rangers
CNick MalikSoo Greyhounds

*– indicates player committed to OHL for 2020-21

Players have been identified using the following criteria:

• A Rating – Indicates a first round candidate
• B Rating – Indicates a second or third round candidate
• C Rating – Indicates a fourth/fifth/sixth round candidate

For the complete list, visit NHL.com.

OHL ANNOUNCES ACADEMIC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH FOR DECEMBER

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs, Tnias Mathurin of the North Bay Battalion, Eric Uba of the Guelph Storm and Davis “T-Bone” Codd of the Saginaw Spirit have been named OHL Academic Players of the Month for December.

Though the puck has yet to drop on the 2020-21 OHL Regular Season, players are striving for excellence in the classroom through their studies. The League continues to work with government and public health agencies to prepare a safe return to play. Academic players of the month are listed in correspondence with their 2019-20 divisions. Details concerning the structure of 2020-21 team alignment will be made available upon release of the OHL Regular Season schedule.

Here’s a closer look at the OHL’s Academic Players of the Month for December:

East Division: Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs is being recognized as December’s East Division Academic Player of the Month. He completed two grade 11 courses heading into the school year and currently carries an 89% average.

“Shane continues to be an exceptional role model both on and off the ice. The staff at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School can always count on Shane’s commitment to his academic studies, his maturity, and his leadership as a student,” said Kim Hulton, Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School academic advisor for the Frontenacs.

The newly-turned 17-year-old exceptional talent led the Frontenacs with a record-breaking 39 goals and 66 points in 58 games as a rookie over the 2019-20 season. He was the recipient of the Emms Family Award, was named CHL Rookie of the Year and, at 16-years-old, was recently one of 18 OHL players invited to Canada’s National Junior Team Development Camp.

Central Division: North Bay’s Tnias Mathurin is December’s Central Division Academic Player of the Month. He boasts a 93% in English and as well as a 94% in Mathematics at Chippewa Secondary School and is described as a “very strong, diligent student with strong marks since grade 9.”

The 17-year-old defenceman was selected by the Battalion in the third round, 41st overall at the 2020 OHL Priority Selection. The Ajax, Ont. native scored seven goals and earned 12 assists for 19 points in 35 games with the Ajax-Pickering Raiders U16 squad in 2019-20.

Midwest Division: Eric Uba of the Guelph Storm has been named the Midwest Division’s Academic Player of the Month for December.

Uba is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Guelph where he has maintained an 88% grade in Business Math, an 86% in Life and Well-Being and a 76% in Macroeconomics. At the same time, he is also maintaining his on and off ice training regiments in preparation for the start of the 2021 season. He is described as a “very focused, determined and self-motivated student” and “an excellent role model for his teammates, exemplifying what it means to ‘embrace the best of both worlds.’’

Through 63 games over the 2019-20 campaign, the 20-year-old winger recorded a career-high 29 goals and 29 assists for 58 points.

West Division: The Saginaw Spirit’s Davis “T-Bone” Codd is the West Division’s Academic Player of the Month for December. Codd earned an 87% in his International Baccalaurette Math Studies, a 92% in International Baccalaurette Language and Literature, 91% in his U.S. Government course and 88% in Economics for a 90% overall average at Heritage High School.

Saginaw Spirit academic advisor Pamela K. Moretuzzo described Codd as an “outstanding, conscientious individual with an excellent work ethic.”

“T-Bone’s personality and attitude are infectious, and he truly leads through example while focusing on his many scholastic, athletic and community service commitments. He volunteers at numerous events in his hometown of Brighton, Michigan as well as Saginaw, Michigan. He is well liked and respected by his peers and adults alike,” Moretuzzo continued. “T-Bone is an exceptional young man. He is polite, responsible, honest, hard-working, and a role model for others. T-Bone’s work ethic and perseverance are second to none and he will undoubtedly achieve any goals he sets.”

Codd put up five goals and nine assists for 14 points through 53 games as a rookie in 2019-20. A fourth round pick of the Spirit at the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, the 17-year-old forward scored 16 goals and added 33 assists for 49 points with the Little Caesars 16U team during the 2018-19 season.

2020-21 OHL Academic Players of the Month:

Players listed in correspondence with 2019-20 divisions. Details concerning the structure of 2020-21 team alignment will be made available upon release of the OHL Regular Season schedule.

East Division:
December – Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs)
November – Lawson Sherk (Hamilton Bulldogs)

Central Division:
December – Tnias Mathurin (North Bay Battalion)
November – Hunter Haight (Barrie Colts)

Midwest Division:
December – Eric Uba (Guelph Storm)
November – Connor Lockhart (Erie Otters)

West Division:
December – Davis “T-Bone” Codd (Saginaw Spirit)
November – Gavin Hayes (Flint Firebirds)

A total of 334 graduates utilized their OHL Scholarship at post-secondary institutions across North America during the 2019-20 academic year, with a total contribution by teams of over $3 million.  Over the past 10 seasons, OHL Scholarship payments have totalled more than $25 million.

Click here for more information about ‘OHL Players First’ programs.

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.

2021 World Junior Championship Rosters

The 2021 World Junior Championship is set to begin in Edmonton and Red Deer Alberta on December 25, 2020 and conclude on January 5, 2021.

While most of the 10 nations taking part in the tournament have finalized their rosters, Switzerland, Slovakia and Austria still have cuts remaining to be made. It’s expected Slovakia will not make their final cuts until they arrive in Canada.

Here are the final rosters submitted and who remains on the radar for the three countries needing to make cuts.

GROUP A
TEAM CANADA
Dylan Garand (G)1820026’1″176WHL
Taylor Gauthier (G)1920016’2″198AJHL
Devon Levi (G)1820016’0″185CCHL
Justin Barron (D)1920016’2″203QMJHL
Bowen Byram (D)1920016’1″194NHL
Jamie Drysdale (D)1820025’11”181OHL
Kaiden Guhle (D)1820026’3″209WHL
Thomas Harley (D)1920016’4″198OHL
Kaedan Korczak (D)1920016’4″192WHL
Braden Schneider (D)1920016’2″209WHL
Jordan Spence (D)1920015’10”179QMJHL
Quinton Byfield (C)1820026’4″220NHL
Dylan Cozens (C)1920016’3″198WHL
Kirby Dach (C)1920016’4″201NHL
Dylan Holloway (C/LW)1920016’1″203NCAA
Peyton Krebs (C/LW)1920015’11”190WHL
Connor McMichael (C)1920016’0″187OHL
Dawson Mercer (RW)1920016’0″179QMJHL
Alex Newhook (C)1920015’11”203NCAA
Jakob Pelletier (LW)1920015’10”170QMJHL
Cole Perfetti (C/LW)1820025’10”185OHL
Jack Quinn (RW)1920016’1″181OHL
Ryan Suzuki (C)1920016’1″190OHL
Philip Tomasino (C)1920016’0″187OHL
Connor Zary (C)1920016’0″181WHL
TEAM FINLAND
Joel Blomqvist (G)1820026.1″183Mestis
Kari Piiroinen (G)1920016’1″176Mestis
Roope Taponen (G)1920016’0″165Mestis
Santeri Hatakka (D)1920016’1″183Liiga
Ville Heinola (D)1920015’11”181Liiga
Mikko Kokkonen (D)1920015’11”198Liiga
Topi Niemelä (D)1820026’0″163Liiga
Kasper Puutio (D)1820026’0″185Liiga
Ruben Rafkin (D)1820026’0″190Liiga
Matias Rajaniemi (D)1820026’4″205Liiga
Eemil Viro (D)1820026’0″168Liiga
Samuel Helenius (C)1820026’6″183Liiga
Roni Hirvonen (C)1820025’9″170Liiga
Roby Järventie (LW)1820026’3″198Liiga
Benjamin Korhonen (F)1920016’1″170Liiga
Brad Lambert (C)1620035’11”172Liiga
Anton Lundell (C)1920016’1″187Liiga
Matias Mäntykivi (C)1920015’11”161Liiga
Henri Nikkanen (C)1920016’4″203Liiga
Mikko Petman (RW)1920016’0″196Liiga
Petteri Puhakka (F)1920015’9″157Mestis
Mikael Pyyhtiä (C)1820015’11”174U20 SM-sarja
Juuso Pärssinen (C)1920016’3″198Liiga
Aku Räty (RW)1920016’0″176Liiga
Kasper Simontaival (RW)1820025’9″172Liiga
TEAM GERMANY
Florian Bugl (G)1820026’0″187AlpsHL
Jonas Gähr (G)1920016’3″174Germany3
Arno Tiefensee (G)1820026’4″190DEL2
Lucas Flade (D)1920015’11”187DEL2
Maximilian Glötzl (D)1820026’2″198DEL2
Simon Gnyp (D)1920015’11”179DEL2
Niklas Länger (D)1920016’0″168Germany3
Luca Münzenberger (D)1820026’2″194DNL U20
Tommy Pasanen (D)1920016’4″218NCAA
Steven Raabe (D)1920015’9″154Germany3
Maksymilian Szuber (D)1820026’3″190AlpsHL
Mario Zimmermann (D)1920015’7″132DEL2
Manuel Alberg (RW)1920015’10”174AlpsHL
Jakub Borzecki (F)1820026’1″203AlpsHL
Julian Chrobot (F)1920016’0″181DEL2
Samuel Dubé (C)1820025’8″168AlpsHL
Florian Elias (F)1820025’8″170DEL2
Enrico Henriquez-Morales (F)1920015’8″165Germany3
Jan Nijenhuis (F)1920015’11”170Germany3
John-Jason Peterka (LW)1820025’11”192ICEHL
Filip Reisnecker (RW)1920016’2″192DEL
Joshua Samanski (F)1820026’3″179DEL2
Jan-Luca Schumacher (F)1920015’9″168DEL2
Markus Schweiger (F)1820025’6″154DNL U20
Tim Stützle (C/LW)  1820026’0″187DEL
Justin Volek (F)1820025’11”163DEL2
TEAM SLOVAKIA
Samuel Hlavaj (G)1920016’3″214QMJHL
Patrik Kozel (G)1920016’2″165Slovakia
Simon Latkoczy (G)1820025’11”165Slovakia U20
Eugen Rabcan (G)1920016’3″192Slovakia
Simon Becar (D)172003Slovakia2
Andrej Golian (D)1920016’4″181Slovakia
Simon Groch (D)1720036’2″194Czech U20
Matus Hlavac (D)1920015’10”179Czech U20
Samuel Knazko (D)1820026’1″190U20 SM-sarja
David Mudrak (D)1920016’1″187Slovakia
Simon Nemec (D)1620046’1″192Slovakia
Rayen Petrovicky (D)1820026’0″165U20 SM-sarja
Marko Stacha (D)1820026’1″190Slovakia
Oliver Turan (D)1920016’5″209Slovakia
Robert Baco (RW)1720036’3″201Czech U20
Martin Chromiak (RW)1820026’0″181Slovakia
Michael Drabek (RW)1920016’0″183Czech U20
Juraj Elias (C)1920016’4″209Slovakia
Roman Faith (LW)1820025’11”168ICEHL
Maros Jedlicka (C)1820026’1″181Slovakia
Simon Jellus (C/LW)1920016’2″194J20 Nationell
Dominik Jendek (RW)1920016’1″181Slovakia
Matej Kaslik (LW/C)1820026’0″181QMJHL
Jakub Kolenic (RW)1820025’11”165Slovakia
Samuel Krajc (RW/LW)1820026’2″201Slovakia
Filip Mesar (F)1620045’10”165Slovakia
Michal Mrázik (LW)1920016’4″209J20 Nationell
Oleksii Myklukha (C)1820025’10”157QMJHL
Juraj Slafkovsky (F)1620046’4″218U20 SM-sarja
Dominik Sojka (C)1920016’6″220Slovakia
Artur Turansky (LW)1920015’11”174NAHL
TEAM SWITZERLAND
Thibault Fatton (G)1920015’11”150U20-Elit
Andri Henauer (G)1820025’11”163U20-Elit
Noah Patenaude (G)1720026’0″194QMJHL
Lucas Rötheli (G)1820025’10”172U20-Elit
Inaki Baragano (D)1920015’10”165U20-Elit
Giancarlo Chanton (D)1820026’0″174SL
Noah Delémont (D)1820025’10”168U20-Elit
Cédric Fiedler (D)1920016’3″205NCAA
Bastian Guggenheim (D)1920016’1″185NL
Silvan Landolt (D)1920016’0″172SL
Noah Meier (D)1820025’11”172SL
Rocco Pezzullo (D)1920016’1″181NL
Dario Sidler (D)1720035’7″152U20-Elit
Alessandro Villa (D)1920016’1″174U20-Elit
Nathan Vouardoux (D)192001U20-Elit
Brian Zanetti (D)1720036’2″170U20-Elit
Dario Allenspach (F)1820025’11”148SL
Attilio Biasca (C/LW)1720035’11”190U20-Elit
Stefano Bottini (LW/RW)1820026’0″176BCHL
Mika Burkhalter (C)1920015’11”161SL
Jérémie Bärtschi (RW)1820025’10”161U20-Elit
Lorenzo Canonica (C/LW)1720035’11”163U20-Elit
Keanu Derungs (LW)1820026’0″176SL
Ronny Dähler (C/LW)1920015’10”165SL
Ray Fust (LW/RW)1820026’3″190BCHL
Valentin Hofer (RW)1820025’11”172U20-Elit
Gaétan Jobin (LW/RW)1920016’0″179U20-Elit
Simon Knak (RW)1820026’1″190NL
Lionel Marchand (LW/RW)1920016’2″205J20 Nationell
Joel Salzgeber (C)1920015’10”179U20-Elit
Elvis Schläpfer (C)1920015’11”181NL
GROUP B
TEAM USA
Spencer Knight (G)1920016’3″192NCAA
Logan Stein (G)1920016’2″209NCAA
Dustin Wolf (G)1920016’0″161WHL
Brock Faber (D)1820026’0″194NCAA
Drew Helleson (D)1920016’2″192NCAA
Ryan Johnson (D)1920016’1″174NCAA
Tyler Kleven (D)1820026’4″201NCAA
Jackson LaCombe (D)1920016’1″172NCAA
Jake Sanderson (D)1820026’1″185NCAA
Hunter Skinner (D)1920016’3″190 
Henry Thrun (D)1920016’2″190USHL
Cameron York (D)1920015’11”174NCAA
Matthew Beniers (C)1820026’1″174NCAA
Brett Berard (LW)1820025’9″163NCAA
Matthew Boldy (LW)1920016’2″194NCAA
Bobby Brink (RW)1920015’8″163NCAA
Brendan Brisson (C)1920016’0″185NCAA
Cole Caufield (RW)1920015’7″165NCAA
Sam Colangelo (RW/C)1820016’2″205NCAA
John Farinacci (C)1920015’11”185USHL
Arthur Kaliyev (LW)1920016’2″190OHL
Patrick Moynihan (C)1920015’11”185NCAA
Landon Slaggert (C)1820026’0″183NCAA
Alex Turcotte (C)1920015’11”185 
Trevor Zegras (C)1920016’0″170AHL
TEAM AUSTRIA
Felix Beck (G)1920015’9″157AlpsHL
Jakob Brandner (G)1920016’3″192Suomi-sarja
Alois Schultes (G)1920015’9″150AlpsHL
Leonhard Sommer (G)1820025’11”165AlpsHL
Sebastian Wraneschitz (G)1820025’11”161ICEHL
Jonas Kutzer (D)1920015’8″154AlpsHL
Luis Lindner (D/F)1920015’11”172 
Moritz Mölls (D)1720035’10”152Austria U20
Lukas Necesany (D)1720035’11”179Czech U20
Timo Pallierer (D)1920015’10”157ICEHL
Jacob Pfeffer (D)1920016’0″194ICEHL
Bernhard Posch (D)1920016’0″172AlpsHL
Christoph Tialler (D)1720035’10”154AlpsHL
Niklas Wetzl (D)1920016’2″205U20 SM-sarja
Philipp Wimmer (D)1820016’2″201AlpsHL
Kilian Zündel (D)1920015’10”165AlpsHL
Mathias Böhm (F)1720035’11”172ICEJL
Kilian Frühwirt (F)1920015’9″170AlpsHL
Tim Harnisch (C)1920015’9″172AlpsHL
Maximilian Hengelmüller (F)1820026’2″190AlpsHL
Fabian Hochegger (C)1920015’9″168AlpsHL
Adem Kandemir (C)1920015’8″159AlpsHL
Marco Kasper (C)1620046’0″176J18 Region
Clemens Krainz (F)1920016’2″181ICEHL
Oskar Maier (F)1820025’9″148AlpsHL
Julian Pauschenwein (F)1920015’11”176ICEHL
Senna Peeters (C)1820026’1″198J20 Nationell
Lukas Pohl (F)1920016’0″168AlpsHL
Marco Rossi (C)1920015’9″185NL
Lucas Thaler (LW/C)1820025’11”174J20 Nationell
Maximilian Theirich (F)1720035’8″143AlpsHL
Marlon Tschofen (F)1820026’0″179U20-Elit
Dominik Unterweger (D/F)1920016’0″209AlpsHL
Finn van Ee (F)1720035’11”179AlpsHL
Leon Wallner (LW)1820025’11”161J20 Nationell
TEAM RUSSIA
Artur Akhtyamov (G)1920016’1″157VHL
Yaroslav Askarov (G)1820026’4″176KHL
Vsevolod Skotnikov (G)1920016’0″194VHL
Roman Bychkov (D)1920015’11”183VHL
Daniil Chayka (D)1820026’3″185KHL
Semyon Chistyakov (D)1920015’11”179KHL
Kirill Kirsanov (D)1820026’1″198KHL
Artemi Knyazev (D)1920015’11”183VHL
Yan Kuznetsov (D)1820026’4″214NCAA
Shakir Mukhamadullin (D)1820026’2″170KHL
Yegor Shekhovtsov (D)1920016’0″183VHL
Mikhail Abramov (C/RW)1920016’0″185QMJHL
Yegor Afanasyev (W/C)1920016’3″203KHL
Rodion Amirov (LW/RW)1920016’0″168KHL
Zakhar Bardakov (F)1920016’2″198KHL
Danil Bashkirov (F)1920016’2″163KHL
Yegor Chinakhov (RW)1920016’0″179KHL
Vladislav Firstov (LW)1920016’1″185NCAA
Arseni Gritsyuk (LW)1920015’10”174VHL
Maxim Groshev (RW/LW)1820016’1″192VHL
Marat Khusnutdinov (C)1820025’9″165KHL
Vasili Podkolzin (RW)   “C”1920016’4″203KHL
Vasili Ponomaryov (C)1820025’11”176QMJHL
Ilya Safonov (C)1920016’4″205KHL
Yegor Spiridonov (C/LW)1920016’2″187MHL
TEAM CZECHIA
Jan Bednar (G)1820026’4″196Czech
Nick Malík (G)1820026’1″176Czech2
Lukas Parik (G)1920016’4″185Czech2
Martin Has (D)1920016’4″187Czech2
David Jiricek (D)1720036’3″176Czech
Karel Klikorka (D)1920016’1″194Czech
Michael Krutil (D)1820026’3″203Czech2
Simon Kubicek (D)1820016’2″205Czech2
Radek Kucerik (D)1820016’3″209Czech2
Daniel Poizl (D)1920015’10”185Czech2
Jiri Suhrada (D)1920016’2″181Czech
Stanislav Svozil (D)1720036’1″172Czech
Martin Beránek (RW/LW)1920016’1″170Czech
Michal Gut (C)1820026’0″187Czech2
Filip Koffer (RW)1920015’11”176Czech2
Martin Lang (RW/LW)1920015’11”172Czech3
Radek Muzik (RW/LW)1920016’4″187SHL
Jan Mysak (C/LW)1820026’0″181Czech
Adam Najman (C)1920016’0″185Czech
Pavel Novák (RW/LW)1820025’9″170Czech2
Filip Prikryl (C)1920016’1″170Czech
Ondrej Psenicka (RW)1920016’6″205Czech2
Jaromir Pytlik (C)1920016’3″201Czech2
Adam Raska (LW/RW)1920015’10”168Czech2
Jakub Rychlovský (LW)1920016’0″179Czech
Michal Teplý (RW/LW)1920016’3″192Czech2
Matej Toman (LW/RW)1920015’11”179Czech2
David Vitouch (C/LW)1920015’9″154Czech
TEAM SWEDEN
Hugo Alnefelt (G)1920016’3″183SHL
Calle Clang (G)1820026’2″176Allsvenskan
Jesper Wallstedt (G)1820026’3″214SHL
Emil Andrae (D)1820025’9″181SHL
Gustav Berglund (D)1920016’2″194Allsvenskan
Tobias Björnfot (D)1920016’0″203SHL
Philip Broberg (D)1920016’3″203SHL
Alex Brännstam (D)1920015’11”170J20 Nationell
Helge Grans (D)1820026’3″192SHL
Ludvig Hedström (D)1920015’11”174J20 Nationell
Albert Johansson (D)1920016’0″168SHL
Victor Söderström (D)1920016’0″196SHL
Oscar Bjerselius (C)1920016’0″183SHL
Arvid Costmar (C)1920015’11”181SHL
Noel Gunler (RW/LW)1920016’2″174SHL
Emil Heineman (LW)1920016’1″185SHL
Simon Holmström (RW)1920016’1″185AHL
Alexander Holtz (RW)1820026’0″183SHL
Oskar Kvist (LW/RW)1920016’4″187SHL
Theodor Niederbach (C/RW)1820025’11”172J20 Nationell
Zion Nybeck (LW/RW)1820025’8″176SHL
Oskar Olausson (LW/RW)1820026’2″181J20 Nationell
Lucas Raymond (RW)1820025’10”183SHL
Albin Sundsvik (C)1920016’2″187SHL
Elmer Söderblom (RW/LW)  1920016’7″227SHL
Jonathan Wikström (LW)1920015’9″168J20 Nationell

EIGHT OHL PLAYERS TO REPRESENT CANADA AT 2021 WORLD JUNIORS

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is pleased to congratulate eight OHL players on being named to Canada’s National Junior Team that will compete in the 2021 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship from December 25, 2020 to January 5, 2021 in Edmonton, Alta.

Following a 26-day selection camp that was interrupted by a mandatory two-week quarantine, 25 players have been named to the final roster including three goaltenders, eight defencemen and 14 forwards.

Three returning OHL players won gold at the 2020 World Juniors including Quinton Byfield (Newmarket, Ont./Sudbury Wolves), Jamie Drysdale (Toronto, Ont./Erie Otters) and Connor McMichael (Ajax, Ont./London Knights).

Joining the three OHL returnees on the roster are defenceman Thomas Harley (Jamesville, N.Y., Mississauga Steelheads) and forwards Cole Perfetti (Pickering, Ont./Saginaw Spirit), Jack Quinn (Cobden, Ont./Ottawa 67’s), Ryan Suzuki (London, Ont./Saginaw Spirit) and Philip Tomasino (Mississauga, Ont./Oshawa Generals).

Back-to-back OHL Coach of the Year Andre Tourigny (Nicolet, Que./Ottawa 67’s) will serve as head coach of Team Canada. He’s joined on staff by 67’s equipment manager Chris Hamilton (Ottawa, Ont./Ottawa 67’s).

The final roster was selected by Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), senior vice-president of national teams for Hockey Canada, with assistance from Alan Millar (Tottenham, Ont./Moose Jaw, WHL), the U20 lead for the Program of Excellence management group, and Ben Shutron (Orleans, Ont.), manager of national teams for Hockey Canada. Tourigny and assistant coaches Tyler Dietrich (West Vancouver, B.C./Saskatoon, WHL), Michael Dyck (Lethbridge, Alta./Vancouver, WHL) and Mitch Love (Quesnel, B.C./Saskatoon, WHL) also provided input into the final roster selections.

“This camp has been unconventional from the outset with the number of players invited and the length of camp, along with the schedule adjustment due to our two-week shutdown, but we feel we have selected a group that will give us the best chance to defend our gold medal on home ice,” said Millar. “It is never easy making decisions to trim down a roster, especially when every player handled adversity, faced challenges head on and remained committed to the process through our off-ice workouts and Zoom sessions. We have a lot of people to thank, including the people of Red Deer, the Red Deer Rebels (WHL) and Alberta Health Services, who worked with us to always ensure the health and safety of our athletes, staff and the community at large, and we look forward to representing Canada in Edmonton.”

The 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship begins on Christmas Day with three games before Canada kicks off its tournament schedule on Dec. 26 against Germany at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will broadcast all 28 tournament games and the 10 pre-tournament games that begin Dec. 20. TSN Radio will also provide comprehensive tournament coverage, including all Team Canada pre-tournament and tournament games through to the gold medal game.

Canada has captured 18 gold medals at the IIHF World Junior Championship (1982, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2015, 2018, 2020), in addition to 11 silver (1975, 1976, 1977, 1986, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2017) and six bronze (1974, 1978, 1983, 2000, 2001, 2012).

For more information from the International Ice Hockey Federation, please visit the official tournament website at 2021.worldjuniors.hockey.

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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 ACADEMIC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Lawson Sherk of the Hamilton Bulldogs, Hunter Haight of the Barrie Colts, Connor Lockhart of the Erie Otters and Gavin Hayes of the Flint Firebirds have been named the OHL Academic Players of the Month for November.

Though the puck has yet to drop on the 2020-21 OHL Regular Season, players are striving for excellence in the classroom through their studies. The League continues to work with government and public health agencies to prepare a safe return to play with a targeted Regular Season start date of Thursday, February 4, 2021. Academic players of the month are listed in correspondence with their 2019-20 divisions. Details concerning the structure of 2020-21 team alignment will be made available upon release of the OHL Regular Season schedule.

Here’s a closer look at the OHL’s Academic Players of the Month for November:

East Division: Lawson Sherk of the Hamilton Bulldogs is being recognized as November’s East Division Academic Player of the Month. He achieved 100% in Grade 12 University Level Advanced Functions; one of few Ancaster High School students to have ever achieved the perfect grade. Sherk also scored the top mark in Grade 12 University Level Physics with 94% and earned a 93% in his Personal Life Management course.

Sherk’s teachers and coaches regularly compliment his work ethic, positive attitude and kindness and point out his perseverance and teamwork both in the classroom and on the ice. He is known around school as a mentor and a leader.

The 17-year-old Halton Hills, Ont. native put up 15 points (5-10—15) over 62 games in his rookie season with the Bulldogs. He was selected 40th overall by Hamilton in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection after a 50-point season (15-35—50) with the OMHA’s Halton Hurricanes.

Central Division: Barrie’s Hunter Haight is November’s Central Division Academic Player of the Month. Over his first term at Blyth Academy, he put up an impressive 98% in Grade 11 University Level Physics and 95% in Grade 12 Community Technology. Out of the 19 courses Haight has completed so far, he has yet to receive a grade lower than 90%.

Haight is described by his teachers as extremely focused and as someone who “continuously puts forth his best efforts both on and off the ice.” He was also recently recognized with the Emerging Leaders Award on account of his outstanding personal leadership, positive impact and contributions within the community.

The 9th overall 2020 OHL Priority Selection pick led the ALLIANCE U16 ranks with 32 goals last season and led his Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs to a league championship. Haight finished the 2019-20 season with 58 points (32-26—58) in 33 appearances and put up 26 points (11-15—26) in the playoffs.

Midwest Division: Connor Lockhart of the Erie Otters has been named the Midwest Division’s Academic Player of the Month for November after undertaking a full courseload that included Grade 11 Academic Math, Grade 12 Athletic Leadership, Grade 11 English, Grade 12 Nutrition and Grade 12 Personal Life Management.

Lockhart has been praised for fulfilling his course responsibilities at John McRae Secondary School and Blyth Academy before the start of the season so that he will have more time in his schedule for increased demands during his draft year. His ability to adapt to new ways of learning, time management, self-motivation and prioritization during this difficult time have also been praised, as well as his decision to front load his schedule to maximize his free time while maintaining his workouts and pre-season preparation.

The 17-year-old forward amassed 27 points (9-18—27) over 57 contests in his rookie campaign with the Otters following a 79-point (30-49—79) production with the Kanata Lasers U18 in 2018-19.

West Division: Flint Firebirds rookie Gavin Hayes is the West Division’s Academic Player of the Month for November. Hayes earned an 88% in U.S. History, 84% in Grade 11 English and 83% in Algebra II at SOAR Academic Institute.

Drafted 16th overall by the Firebirds in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection, Hayes led the High-Performance Hockey League in goals (16) and points (33) over 21 appearances with the Detroit Compuware U15 AAA squad.

2020-21 OHL Academic Players of the Month:

Players listed in correspondence with 2019-20 divisions. Details concerning the structure of 2020-21 team alignment will be made available upon release of the OHL Regular Season schedule.

East Division:
November – Lawson Sherk (Hamilton Bulldogs)

Central Division:
November – Hunter Haight (Barrie Colts)

Midwest Division:
November – Connor Lockhart (Erie Otters)

West Division:
November – Gavin Hayes (Flint Firebirds)

A total of 334 graduates utilized their OHL Scholarship at post-secondary institutions across North America during the 2019-20 academic year, with a total contribution by teams of over $3 million.  Over the past 10 seasons, OHL Scholarship payments have totalled more than $25 million.

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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.