OHL Writers 2022 Final Draft Rankings

Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

Congratulations to the Saint John Sea Dogs on winning the 2022 Memorial Cup. Our own Hamilton Bulldogs should hold their heads up high on a fantastic season winning the J Ross Robertson Cup and putting up a great effort in Saint John.

The handing out of the Memorial Cup brings us to one item remaining for this season and that is our final ranking on Ontario Hockey League players eligible for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. It was great to get a full season in and to be in the rinks once again – except for a couple of short weeks where the Pandemic caused us to stay out of buildings.

It was a difficult season to assess players because we didn’t have a previous season to base a player’s development on. So instead, we looked at how a player developed throughout the season.

This season, we ranked the top 60 players and the top 9 goaltenders from the OHL. Obviously, they won’t all get drafted but I would expect 35 that will be including four goaltenders. So, why rank 60 players? Because there are bound to be players outside my top 35 that will get picked and there will be development camp invites and you can get an idea of where I would have them.

Lucas Edmonds (Kingston), Matthew Maggio (Windsor), Amadeus Lombardi (Flint), Samuel Mayer (Peterborough), James Hardie (Mississauga), Kyle Jackson (North Bay), Tucker Robertson (Peterborough), Braeden Bowman (Guelph), Gavin White (Hamilton) and Kirill Steklov (London) are draft re-entries that made our list. In net, re-entries include Patrick Leaver (Oshawa), Brett Brochu (London) and Marco Costantini (Hamilton).

Shane Wright (Kingston) and Pavel Mintyukov (Saginaw) have been one-two for almost the entire season. Luca Del Bel Belluz (Mississauga) had a slight dip in the top five for us as did Ty Nelson (North Bay). David Goyette (Sudbury) did plenty to put himself into the top five in our minds and Owen Beck (Mississauga) was a mainstay there all season.

Our biggest climber was the same as virtually everyone else’s: Christian Kyrou (Erie) while our biggest faller was Ruslan Gazizov (London).

Here are our final rankings along with NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking among North American Skaters:

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1Shane WrightKingston1
2Pavel MintyukovSaginaw6
3Owen BeckMississauga10
4David GoyetteSudbury13
5Luca Del Bel BelluzMississauga8
6Matyas SapovalivSaginaw23
7Ty NelsonNorth Bay32
8Danny ZhilkinGuelph35
9Paul LudwinskiKingston49
10Hunter HaightBarrie44
11Bryce McConnell-BarkerSoo34
12Isiah GeorgeLondon53
13Matthew PoitrasGuelph45
14Christian KyrouErie48
15Gavin HayesFlint51
16Vinzenz RohrerOttawa42
17Jake KarabelaGuelph62
18Michael BuchingerGuelph30
19Beau JelsmaBarrie88
20Servac PetrovskyOwen Sound58
21Cedrick GuindonOwen Sound59
22Lucas EdmondsKingston104
23Jorian DonovanHamilton81
24Spencer SovaErie80
25Pano FimisNiagara75
26Tnias MathurinNorth Bay126
27Kirill KudryavtsevSoo108
28Matthew MaggioWindsor103
29Jackson EdwardLondon123
30Kocha DelicSudbury122
31Evan KonyenSudbury85
32Amadeus LombardiFlint94
33Liam ArnsbyNorth Bay115
34Samuel MayerPeterborough139
35Tucker RobertsonPeterborough162
36Rodwin DionicioNiagara118
37Ruslan GazizovLondon149
38Brady StonehouseOttawa152
39Gavin WhiteHamiltonNR
40Colton SmithLondonNR
41Zakary LavoieMississauga134
42James HardieMississauga148
43Aidan CastleOwen Sound151
44Kyle JacksonNorth Bay158
45Nolan CollinsSudbury153
46Gavin BryantOwen Sound179
47Bryce CookNiagara183
48Braeden BowmanGuelph194
49Kai SchwindtMississauga196
50Sam AlfanoPeterborough207
51Max NamestnikovSarnia211
52Owen Van SteenselNorth BayNR
53Chas SharpeMississaugaNR
54Kirill SteklovLondon221
55Roberto ManciniSaginaw222
56Landon SimLondon215
57Kasper LarsenMississauga220
58Caeden CarlisleSoo223
59Angus BoothBarrieNR
60Simon SlavicekFlintNR
GOALTENDERSTEAMNHLCS
1Domenic DiVincentiisNorth Bay24
2Patrick LeaverOshawa16
3Andrew OkeSaginaw9
4Nolan LalondeErie14
5Brett BrochuLondon31
6Charlie SchenkelSoo17
7Jacob OsterGuelph18
8Josh RosenzweigNiagara22
9Marco CostantiniHamilton29

OHL CLUBS SELECT 24 PLAYERS IN 2022 CHL IMPORT DRAFT

Toronto, Ont. – Ontario Hockey League member teams selected a total of 24 players from across 10 different countries in the 2022 CHL Import Draft held on Friday, July 1. The OHL selections consisted of 15 forwards, seven defencemen and two goaltenders.

The Saginaw Spirit led the OHL portion of the proceedings by selecting 2023 NHL Draft prospect Martin Misiak out of Slovakia with the second overall pick, the highest in franchise history. The Erie Otters followed with another 2023 eligible Slovakian player in forward Ondrej Molnar at fifth overall before the Sudbury Wolves made it three straight, taking 2024 NHL Draft eligible defender Jakub Chromiak, the younger brother of Kingston Frontenacs 44-goal scorer Martin Chromiak.

A total of 12 players chosen are eligible for next week’s 2022 NHL Draft, led by Ottawa 67’s first round selection Marco Kasper, following Marco Rossi and Vinzenz Rohrer as another Austrian selection. Kasper finished as the fifth-ranked skater on NHL Central Scouting’s European Rankings. The Kitchener Rangers selected 21st-ranked Czech defender Tomas Hamara with their first round choice and 19th-ranked blueliner Mattias Havelid out of Sweden with their second. The Sarnia Sting scooped up 39th-ranked forward Sandis Vilmanis out of Latvia with the 14th pick of the first round while the OHL champion Hamilton Bulldogs picked Slovakian forward Alex Sotek, who came in as the 45th-ranked European skater. Other players ranked by NHL Central Scouting included Saginaw Spirit second round choice Petr Hauser (100th), Windsor Spitfires first selection Tomas Hebek (113th) and Kingston Frontenacs second choice Linus Hemstrom (119th)

An additional 11 players chosen by OHL teams will be eligible for the 2023 NHL Draft while one, Chromiak, isn’t eligible until 2024.

Other selections of note include Peterborough Petes first round choice Tommy Purdeller, who became the first Italian player chosen by an OHL club since the Niagara IceDogs took Marco Insam in the 2008 CHL Import Draft. Swiss product Alessio Belgieri was the first goaltender chosen when the Mississauga Steelheads took him 38th overall. The Kingston Frontenacs took the next netminder, selecting Ivan Zhigalov in the 47th slot. Zhigalov spent the 2021-22 season with the QMJHL’s Sherbrooke Phoenix, and played in the 2022 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Kitchener.

The Niagara IceDogs (Rodwin Dionicio, Vsevolod Gaidamak) and North Bay Battalion (Matvey Petrov, Alexander Lukin) were the only OHL clubs that did not make a selection. The Kingston Frontenacs, Kitchener Rangers, Mississauga Steelheads, Saginaw Spirit, Sarnia Sting and Sudbury Wolves each made two.

All non-overage import players that were previously drafted in the CHL Import Draft but were deleted by a CHL member team before the 2022 cut-down date were eligible to be re-drafted by another CHL club in the 2022 Import Draft.

Visit CHL.ca/draft for complete results from the 2022 CHL Import Draft.



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.

Brady Stonehouse – Ottawa 67’s – Player Profile

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If there is a player that raises more questions then answers about the type of player, he is it’s Brady Stonehouse of the Ottawa 67’s. It appears the scouting community is divided on the player.

Brady Stonehouse of the Ottawa 67’s. Photo by Robert Lefebvre/OHL Images.

Early in the OHL season it looked as though Stonehouse would project as a bottom six forward at the next level. Despite being 5’9” he is solidly built at 180-plus pounds and he’s not afraid to use that frame physically, especially on the forecheck. His willingness to go to and stand in front of the opposition net is impressive.

Stonehouse’s work ethic stands out. He’s a very good skater – and for the early part of the season he was straight line, dump and chase get on the forecheck and use his body type of player. He is pesky and tenacious and his play away from the puck is very good as his play in all three zones.

What was lacking when watching Stonehouse was any indication of vision, playmaking and skill to go with all the above. That is until he was moved to the 67’s top line. The transition to playing with the top skilled teammates was seamless and flawless.

Instead of going to battle in the attacking zone along the walls and playing the physical game, Stonehouse immediately began to come away with the puck no longer facing the walls and looking for and setting up teammates for scoring opportunities. And instead of heading straight for the net without the puck and planting himself there, he began to find open pockets and lanes to make himself an open target for his teammates. Though he lacks a high calibre shot, he would take it if it was there.

What Stonehouse showed is that he could play with talented players and they wouldn’t have to carry him. He held his own. But the question now is where do you draft him? Did you see enough in such a short window?

As one of the younger players in the draft class, it’s all about continuing to develop for Stonehouse. It won’t be enough to help him in the upcoming draft, but he could develop into more of a middle six role with the right development.

Tnias Mathurin – North Bay Battalion – Player Profile

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Tnias Mathurin of the North Bay Battalion. Photo by Terry Wilson/ OHL Images.

If there is one player the lost season due to the pandemic has hurt the most, I look at Tnias Mathurin of the North Bay Battalion. And that’s because not only did he lose an entire season a year ago, but he missed one-third of this season due to injuries. So, are 44 games enough to get a read on Mathurin?

Here’s what we do know. At 6’3” and pushing 200-pounds he has size. And for his size he moves extremely well. He doesn’t have after burners but his speed is more on the acceptable size. His mobility is very good laterally and in backwards skating.

Defensively, Mathurin continues and will continue to work on his game. He is very good at defending the rush, he holds his blueline and he closes and keeps his gaps close very quickly. He also boxes out the front of his net very well. He’s learning to be a more physical player and his size will certainly help there.

In transition, he collects the puck quickly and when given time and space Mathurin uses that to go on the offense with his skating or a very good first pass. But if you take that time and space away, he chooses to make the safe play and chip it out of his zone. But he can also be prone to a turnover here and there.

What is difficult to get a read on is Mathurin’s offensive game. He hasn’t played a full season of hockey since 2018-2019 – his Under-15 year.

Mathurin showed a lot of promise to start the year and through the first half of the season. But then on February 4, 2022 he suffered an injury that would keep him out of the lineup until March 24.

What Mathurin did display was an ability and confidence to pinch at the opposition blue line to keep plays alive but he also picked his spots carefully. He also displayed good vision and an ability to make good passes. And when there was no pass available, he would move his feet to get himself into position to take the shot himself.

It would be great to have a larger body of work to base an opinion on. One thing I believe is that he can find his place at the NHL level as a shut down defenceman. The offensive aspect of his game won’t be known until next season with the Battalion.

OHL ANNOUNCES 2021-22 ALL-STAR& ALL-ROOKIE TEAMS

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the first, second and third all-star team selections, in addition to the first and second all-rookie team designations for the 2021-22 season.

OHL all-star and all-rookie teams were selected by the OHL’s General Managers, with voting conducted in two stages beginning with a Conference ballot followed by a final ballot that integrated the top selections from both the Eastern and Western Conference results.

A total of 16 of the League’s 20 member teams are represented on this year’s all-star and all-rookie team selections, with the Hamilton Spectator Trophy recipient Hamilton Bulldogs leading the way with five, all named to all-star teams. The Flint Firebirds trail with four representatives while the North Bay Battalion and Soo Greyhounds each feature three.

Historical results of note include Flint’s Brennan Othmann becoming the first Firebirds player to ever receive a first all-star team designation as he joins second team members in goaltender Luke Cavallin and coach Ted Dent who are the franchise’s first at their positions. Hamilton Bulldogs blueliner and OHL Defenceman of the Year Nathan Staios is the first rearguard in Bulldogs history to earn first all-star team distinction. James Richmond becomes the first Mississauga Steelheads coach to ever be included on the League’s first all-star team while Hamilton’s Jay McKee and Marco Costantini are the first in Bulldogs history to be named to an all-star team at their respective positions.

On the all-rookie team front, Coulson Pitre gives the Flint Firebirds a third straight season with a member on the OHL’s first all-rookie team, following Othmann (2019-20) and Vladislav Kolyachonok (2018-19). Guelph Storm teammates Cam Allen and Michael Buchinger become the first teammates to make up the defence pairing on the League’s first all-rookie team since Rory Fitzpatrick and Mike Wilson of the 1992-93 Sudbury Wolves. In goal, Nolan Lalonde becomes the first netminder in Erie Otters history to be voted to the OHL’s first all-rookie team. First overall selections in the 2020 and 2021 OHL Priority Selection Ty Nelson of the North Bay Battalion and Quentin Musty of the Sudbury Wolves were both voted to the second all-rookie team.

2021-22 OHL All-Star & All-Rookie Teams:

Representatives with major positional awards in brackets are default first team members, all other designations are determined by votes cast by OHL General Managers

First All-Star Team:
Centre – Wyatt Johnston, Windsor Spitfires (OHL’s Most Outstanding Player)
Left Wing – Brennan Othmann, Flint Firebirds – voted 1st all-rookie team in 2019-20
Right Wing – Brandon Coe, North Bay Battalion
Defence – Nathan Staios, Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL’s Defenceman of the Year)
Defence – Ryan O’Rourke, Soo Greyhounds – voted 2nd all-rookie team in 2018-19
Goaltender – Brett Brochu, London Knights (OHL’s Goaltender of the Year) – voted 1st all-rookie team in 2019-20
Coach – James Richmond, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL’s Coach of the Year)

Second All-Star Team:
Centre – Mason McTavish, Hamilton Bulldogs – voted 2nd all-rookie team in 2019-20
Left Wing – Will Cuylle, Windsor Spitfires – voted 2nd all-rookie team in 2018-19
Right Wing – Luke Evangelista, London Knights
Defence – Jack Thompson, Soo Greyhounds
Defence – Brandt Clarke, Barrie Colts – voted 1st all-rookie team in 2019-20
Goaltender – Luke Cavallin, Flint Firebirds
Coach – Ted Dent, Flint Firebirds

Third All-Star Team:
Centre – Shane Wright, Kingston Frontenacs – voted 1st all-rookie team in 2019-20
Left Wing – Tye Kartye, Soo Greyhounds
Right Wing – Lucas Edmonds, Kingston Frontenacs
Defence – Arber Xhekaj, Hamilton Bulldogs
Defence – Pavel Mintyukov, Saginaw Spirit
Goaltender – Marco Costantini, Hamilton Bulldogs
Coach – Jay McKee, Hamilton Bulldogs

First All-Rookie Team:
Centre – Calum Ritchie, Oshawa Generals
Left Wing – Colby Barlow, Owen Sound Attack
Right Wing – Coulson Pitre, Flint Firebirds
Defence – Cam Allen, Guelph Storm (OHL’s Rookie of the Year)
Defence – Michael Buchinger, Guelph Storm
Goaltender – Nolan Lalonde, Erie Otters

Second All-Rookie Team:
Centre – Owen Beck, Mississauga Steelheads
Left Wing – Quentin Musty, Sudbury Wolves
Right Wing – Vinzenz Rohrer, Ottawa 67’s
Defence – Ty Nelson, North Bay Battalion
Defence – Beau Akey, Barrie Colts
Goaltender – Dom DiVincentiis, North Bay Battalion


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 PLAYERS AND STAFF TABBED FOR HOCKEY CANADA NATIONAL TEAMS INVOLVEMENT

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is pleased to announce that 30 players and 10 hockey operations staff members from across the OHL have been invited to upcoming Hockey Canada functions throughout the summer and into the fall months, including the National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team Selection Camp, the National Junior Team Summer Camp and the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

17 OHL PLAYERS INVITED TO CANADA’S NATIONAL MEN’S SUMMER UNDER-18 TEAM SELECTION CAMP

Hockey Canada has invited 44 players, including 17 from the Ontario Hockey League, to participate in Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp, set to take place this July at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

As part of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp, 44 players – four goaltenders, 14 defencemen and 26 forwards – will compete for an opportunity to wear the Maple Leaf at the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Red Deer, Alta. The selection camp, which takes place July 20-23, will include a variety of on- and off-ice sessions. Following the selection of the final roster on July 24, Team Canada will play a pair of games against Red and White teams from Canada’s National Junior Team summer camp.

Alan Millar (Tottenham, Ont.) , Hockey Canada’s director of player personnel, led the player selection process with assistance from Tyler Dietrich (Vancouver, B.C.), senior manager of hockey operations, and Byron Bonora (Brooks, Alta.), manager of hockey operations and U17 head scout.

The player selection process also included Peter Anholt (Prince Albert, Sask./Lethbridge, WHL) and James Boyd (Mississauga, Ont./Ottawa, OHL) of the Program of Excellence management group, and the Canadian Hockey League general managers committee, made up of Pierre Cloutier (Rouyn-Noranda, Que./Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL), Kirt Hill (Winnipeg, Man./Edmonton, WHL), Jim Hulton (Wolfe Island, Ont./Charlottetown, QMJHL), John Paddock (Oak River, Man./Regina, WHL), Barclay Parneta (Saskatoon, Sask./Vancouver, WHL), Cam Russell (Halifax, N.S./Halifax, QMJHL) and Steve Staios (Hamilton, Ont./Hamilton, OHL).

“We are excited to bring together a group of 44 athletes with a solid foundation of junior and international experience for selection camp,” said Millar. “As our players are preparing to compete in short-term competition, we know all 44 players will come to camp ready to compete for a spot on the team and the opportunity to wear the Maple Leaf in international competition.”

OHL Players Invited to Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team Selection Camp:

Goaltenders:
Mason Vaccari (Kingston Frontenacs)

Defencemen:
Beau Akey (Barrie Colts)
Cam Allen (Guelph Storm)
Oliver Bonk (London Knights)
Alexis Daviault (Sarnia Sting)

Forwards:
Denver Barkey (London Knights)
Colby Barlow (Owen Sound Attack)
Cole Brown (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Nick Lardis (Peterborough Petes)
Ethan Miedema (Windsor Spitfires)
Marco Mignosa (Soo Greyhounds)
Luke Misa (Mississauga Steelheads)
Luca Pinelli (Ottawa 67’s)
Carson Rehkopf (Kitchener Rangers)
Calum Ritchie (Oshawa Generals)
Matthew Soto (Kingston Frontenacs)
Angus MacDonell (Sarnia Sting)

Hockey Operations:
Assistant Coach – Alan Letang (Sarnia Sting)
Athletic Therapist – Andrew Sachkiw (North Bay Battalion)
Equipment Manager – Dan Buckland (Sudbury Wolves)

13 OHL PLAYERS INVITED TO CANADA’S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM SUMMER CAMP

44 players – 4 goaltenders, 14 defenseman and 26 forwards, including 13 OHL players, will also be on the ice in Calgary for Canada’s National Junior Team summer camp, set for July 23-27.

The camp roster features 26 players that have been selected in the NHL Draft, including eight first-round picks: Nolan Allan (CHI), Brandt Clarke (LAK), Corson Ceulemans (CBJ), Zach Dean (VGK), Wyatt Johnston (DAL), Zachary L’Heureux (NSH), Brennan Othmann (NYR) and Chase Stillman (NJD).

“This is an exciting first step as we begin preparations for the upcoming season and the opportunity to compete at the 2023 World Juniors on home ice in Halifax and Moncton this December,” Millar added“We are excited about this group of players, and we look forward to returning to the ice for a highly-competitive camp to kick off a new season.”

Canada’s National Junior Team summer camp staff will feature six experienced coaches from across the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), including Shaun Clouston (Viking, Alta./Kamloops, WHL), Steve Hartley (Hawkesbury, Ont./Drummondville, QMJHL) , Jim Hulton (Kingston, Ont./Charlottetown, QMJHL), Brent Kisio (Calgary, Alta./Lethbridge, WHL), Brad Lauer (Humboldt, Sask./Edmonton, WHL) and Ryan Oulahen (Newmarket, Ont./North Bay, OHL).

13 OHL Players Invited to Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Camp:

Goaltenders:
Ben Gaudreau (Sarnia Sting)

Defencemen:
Brandt Clarke (Barrie Colts)
Ethan Del Mastro (Mississauga Steelheads)
Christian Kyrou (Erie Otters)
Jack Matier (Ottawa 67’s)

Forwards:
Jack Beck (Ottawa 67’s)
Josh Bloom (Saginaw Spirit)
Luca Del Bel Belluz (Mississauga Steelheads)
Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires)
Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds)
Tucker Robertson (Peterborough Petes)
Chase Stillman (Peterborough Petes)
Ryan Winterton (Hamilton Bulldogs)

Hockey Operations:
Camp Coach – Ryan Oulahen (North Bay Battalion)

Hockey Canada announced in May that the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship will be held in Halifax, N.S., and Moncton, N.B., Dec. 26, 2022 to Jan. 5, 2023.

OHL HOCKEY OPERATIONS STAFF TO LEAD NATIONAL UNDER-17 TEAMS

Hockey Canada announced Wednesday that 15 hockey operations staff members, including seven from the OHL, will guide their three National Under-17 Teams at the 2022 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Langley and Delta, BC from November 5-12.

“The under-17 program is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, and we are excited to welcome 15 coaches from across the CHL to help introduce the country’s top young players to our program,” said Millar, director of player personnel with Hockey Canada. “All 15 coaches bring a unique skill set, combining international and junior hockey experience, and we look forward to the coaching staff helping deliver a world-class camp for all participants.”

Six OHL Hockey Operations Staff Members to lead National Under-17 Teams:

Coaching staffs to be finalized in coming months

Head Coach – Greg Walters (Owen Sound Attack)
Assistant Coach – Jordan Smith (Soo Greyhounds)
Assistant Coach – Rick Steadman (London Knights)
Assistant Coach – Chad Wiseman (Guelph Storm)
Goaltending Coach – Franky Palazzese (Sarnia Sting)
Video Coach – Nick Biamonte (Guelph Storm)

The coaching staff will oversee and lead 100 players at Canada’s national under-17 development camp, set for July 10-16 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. The staffs will also lead Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red and Team Canada White at the 2022 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Langley and Delta, B.C., Nov. 5-12.

For more information on Hockey Canada and the Program of Excellence, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow through social media on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


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 2022-23 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

Toronto, Ont. – On the heels of the Hamilton Bulldogs being crowned 2022 OHL Champions, the Ontario Hockey League today announced the regular season schedule of games for the 2022-23 season.

Following a season predominately consisting of intra-conference play, the Ontario Hockey League will return to its conventional crossover interlock schedule for 2022-23, with the puck dropping on a 680-game regular season on Thursday, September 29th in Barrie, Niagara and Peterborough. Opening Week continues on Friday, September 30th as the reigning OHL champion Hamilton Bulldogs visit the 2019 champion Guelph Storm, headlining a seven-game schedule.

The OHL continues the tradition of being primarily a weekend League in order to accommodate families and the student athlete with over 86% (587 games) of the schedule played between Thursday and Sunday. Friday night remains an OHL fixture with 204 games scheduled, followed by 167 games on Saturdays and 131 on Sundays.

Key dates on the schedule include the lone 10-game night with all 20 member teams in action on Friday, November 18th. There are a total of eight other nine-game Friday nights throughout the regular season, plus nine games on Family Day – Monday, February 20th. There are a total of six School Day games on the schedule including two hosted by the Hamilton Bulldogs and one each by the Erie Otters, Kingston Frontenacs, Mississauga Steelheads and Ottawa 67’s. Additionally, the Ottawa 67’s and QMJHL’s Gatineau Olympiques will face each other twice during the regular season including once on February 9th in Ottawa an again on February 11th in Gatineau. The final date of the regular season schedule is Sunday, March 26th.

The 2023 Memorial Cup presented by Kia will take place in May/June, 2023 at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops, BC, home of the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers.

Divisional alignment remains the same for 2022-23 with a 68-game unbalanced schedule. Teams will play out of conference opponents a minimum of two times (one home, one away) while the majority of teams play intra-conference teams a minimum of four times including two games at home and two on the road. Intra-divisional teams will play each other up to six times and in a number of cases, closest rivals will play each other up to eight times.

Milestones in 2022-23 include the 60th year for the Kitchener Rangers along with the 55th for the Ottawa 67’s and the 50th for the Kingston Frontenacs franchise. The Sudbury Wolves will celebrate their 50th season of play while the Niagara IceDogs prepare for their 15th and the Mississauga Steelheads are set to play their 10th.

Day – No. of Games (Percentage)
Monday: 11 games (1.6%)
Tuesday: 20 games (2.9%)
Wednesday: 61 games (9.0%)
Thursday: 85 games (12.52%)
Friday: 204 games (30.04%)
Saturday: 167 games (24.59%)
Sunday: 131 games (19.29%)

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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 2022-23 HOME OPENERS

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced 2022-23 regular season home openers for all 20 member teams.

The 680-game OHL regular season opens on Thursday, September 29 with action in Niagara (vs. Mississauga, 7:00pm), Peterborough (vs. Erie, 7:05pm) and Barrie (vs. Oshawa, 7:30pm). Opening Week action continues on Friday, September 30 with seven home openers followed by an additional four on Saturday, October 1 and two more on Sunday, October 2.

The entire 2022-23 Ontario Hockey League regular season schedule will be released on Thursday, June 16 at 3:00pm.

FULL LIST OF HOME OPENERS, 2022-23 SEASON:

Barrie Colts: Thursday Sept. 29 vs. Oshawa at 7:30pm

Erie Otters: Saturday Oct. 8 vs. London at 7:00pm

Flint Firebirds: Saturday Oct. 1 vs. Niagara at 7:00pm

Guelph Storm: Friday Sept. 30 vs. Hamilton at 7:30pm

Hamilton Bulldogs: Saturday Oct. 8 vs. Oshawa at 7:00pm

Kingston Frontenacs: Friday Sept. 30 vs. Erie at 7:00pm

Kitchener Rangers: Friday Sept. 30 vs. Sarnia at 7:30pm

London Knights: Friday Sept. 30 vs. Owen Sound at 7:00pm

Mississauga Steelheads: Sunday Oct. 2 vs. Sudbury at 2:00pm

Niagara IceDogs: Thursday Sept. 29 vs. Mississauga at 7:00pm

North Bay Battalion: Thursday Oct. 13 vs. Peterborough at 7:00pm

Oshawa Generals: Friday Sept. 30 vs. Ottawa at 7:35pm

Ottawa 67’s: Sunday Oct. 2 vs. Erie at 2:00pm

Owen Sound Attack: Saturday Oct. 1 vs. Kitchener at 7:30pm

Peterborough Petes: Thursday Sept. 29 vs. Erie at 7:05pm

Soo Greyhounds: Friday Sept. 30 vs. North Bay at 7:07pm

Saginaw Spirit: Saturday Oct. 1 vs. Guelph at 7:05pm

Sarnia Sting: Friday Oct. 7 vs. Saginaw at 7:05pm

Sudbury Wolves: Friday Sept. 30 vs. Barrie at 7:05pm

Windsor Spitfires: Saturday Oct. 1 vs. Sarnia at 7:05pm


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.

ATTACK’S MARK WOOLLEY NAMED MICKEY RENAUD CAPTAIN’S TROPHY RECIPIENT

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Mark Woolley of the Owen Sound Attack is the 2021-22 recipient of the Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy.

Woolley was chosen for the award by a media selection committee as the OHL team captain that best exemplifies leadership on and off the ice, with a passion and dedication to the game of hockey and community that Mickey demonstrated.

“As the proud parents of Mickey Renaud, we are pleased and honoured to congratulate Mark Woolley as this year’s recipient of the Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy,” said Mark and Jane Renaud. “Mark’s leadership with a young Owen Sound Attack team, and his tremendous work raising money for diabetes through Woolley’s Warriors, make him a very worthy recipient of this year’s award.”

Receiving the Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy as OHL Humanitarian of the Year, Woolley’s well-documented charitable work off the ice this past season resulted in $25,000 donated to Diabetes Canada. Diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic as a teenager, Woolley has raised upwards of $60,000 for Diabetes Canada throughout his time in the OHL, enabling children to attend camps facilitated through the organization.

“The Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy is an award that exemplifies the attributes that OHL Captains should always convey: the example of how hard work on the ice and good works in the community go hand-in-hand to inspire others to do the same,” the Renauds continued. “Mickey understood this responsibility. It’s what made him such a fine captain and it is what made him such a remarkable person.

“Mark is also a remarkable person. He leads his teammates each and every day with his hard work on the ice and his exemplary efforts off the ice. His work within his community inspires not only his teammates, but so many in the community as he gives of himself and his time to help children with diabetes enjoy a camp experience. He is the personification of leadership. The Renaud family congratulates Mark!”

On the ice, Woolley recorded 12 points (3-9–12) over 54 games while drawing high praise on the OHL Coaches Poll, being voted the top Body Checker and top Shot Blocker in the Western Conference. The 6-foot-3, 226Ib. native of St. Thomas, Ont. played four OHL seasons between Owen Sound and Guelph, recording 41 points (9-32–41) over 225 regular season games while adding four assists in 18 postseason matchups. Woolley was originally a third round (54th overall) pick by the Guelph Storm in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.

“I think it goes without saying how much of a rollercoaster ride this season was,” said Woolley. “From the cancelled games, playing in empty buildings for an extended period of time and back to playing in front of a sold out Bayshore. I don’t know the numbers exactly but I’m pretty sure we were one of the youngest teams in the league this year so for more than half of our team to come into the league this year with so much adversity right in their face, was really special to see. The young guys really made my job as one of the leaders in the room easier than you would think. To see their growth and development throughout the year was really special and I’m glad I was able to be a part of such a special group and do my part to help show them the ropes in the OHL. I’m very honoured to receive such a prestigious award, but that locker room is full of leaders and I had tons of help paving the way for our young squad this past season.”

Attack General Manager Dale DeGray commended Woolley for his work as a leader throughout his time in Owen Sound.

“Mark Woolley has been a tremendous leader from the first moments he arrived from Guelph. His dedication to the game both on and off the ice was evident especially coming out of Covid with such a young team this year. Being acknowledged with the Mickey Renaud Award is certainly fitting to the person and player that Mark has become.”

Woolley becomes the first Attack player win the Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy. He follows past recipients that include Ty Dellandrea (Flint 2020), Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph 2019), Justin Lemcke (Hamilton 2018), Michael Webster (Barrie 2016), Max Domi (London 2015), Matt Finn (Guelph 2014), Colin Miller (Sault Ste. Marie 2013), Andrew Agozzino (Niagara 2012), Ryan Ellis (Windsor 2011), John Kurtz (Sudbury 2010) and Chris Terry (Plymouth 2009).

Nomination forms are submitted annually by OHL General Managers on behalf of their individual team captains. The selection committee consists of a panel of four, representing media from each OHL division.


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.

ONUSKA AND MORRISON NAMED OHLTOP PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced Top Performers of the Week for the week of playoff games ending Sunday, June 12, 2022.

Bulldogs’ Logan Morrison Named OHL Player of the Week

Logan Morrison of the Hamilton Bulldogs is the OHL Player of the Week, scoring twice while adding three assists for five points in three contests.

Morrison continued his 17-game playoff point streak, the longest in League history since London’s Corey Perry (18) in 2005, helping Hamilton take a 3-2 lead in the OHL Championship Series. He found the back of the net in a 6-3 loss in Game 3 on Monday, returning for Friday’s Game 4 in Windsor with a goal and an assist as the Bulldogs won 3-2 in overtime. Morrison’s two points in the win gave him 33 points in the postseason, a new franchise record that surpasses Robert Thomas (32) in 2018. Morrison tacked on two assists as the Bulldogs won Game 5 by a score of 3-2. This marks the third time this season that Morrison has earned OHL Player of the Week honours.

A 19-year-old from Guelph, Ont., Morrison sits second in OHL playoff scoring with 35 points (15-20–35) in 17 contests. His 2.06 points-per-game are the second-most in the League. He recorded a club-leading 100 points (34-66–100) in 60 regular season games, becoming the second player in Bulldogs history to reach the century mark while setting a new club record for assists with 66. Morrison has amassed 179 points (71-108–179) in 166 career regular season games since he was Hamilton’s first round (18th overall) pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection. He attended training camp with the Los Angeles Kings last fall.

Also considered for the award this week, Windsor Spitfires winger Will Cuylle also had two goals, three assists and five points in three games while Morrison’s Bulldogs teammate Mason McTavish scored three times and added an assist for four points in three outings.

2021-22 OHL Players of the Week – Playoffs:
June 6 – June 12: Logan Morrison (Hamilton Bulldogs)
May 30 – June 5: Daniel D’Amico (Windsor Spitfires)
May 23 – May 29: Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds)
May 16 – May 22: Avery Hayes (Hamilton Bulldogs) 
May 9 – May 15: Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires)
May 2 – May 8: Joseph Serpa (Kitchener Rangers)
Apr. 25 – May 1: Zayde Wisdom (Kingston Frontenacs)
Apr. 19 – Apr. 24: Antonio Stranges (London Knights)

2021-22 OHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Apr. 11 – Apr. 18: Robert Calisti (Soo Greyhounds)
Apr. 4 – Apr. 10: Martin Chromiak (Kingston Frontenacs)
Mar. 28 – Apr. 3: Mason McTavish (Hamilton Bulldogs) 
Mar. 21 – Mar. 27: Dalton Duhart (Saginaw Spirit)
Mar. 14 – Mar. 20: Matthew Maggio (Windsor Spitfires)
Mar. 7 – Mar. 13: Lucas Edmonds (Kingston Frontenacs)
Feb. 28 – Mar. 6: Theo Hill (Sarnia Sting)
Feb. 21 – Feb. 27: Logan Morrison (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Feb. 14 – Feb. 20: Antonio Stranges (London Knights)
Feb. 7 – Feb. 13: Logan Morrison (Hamilton Bulldogs).
Jan. 31 – Feb. 6: Luke Evangelista (London Knights)
Jan. 24 – Jan. 30: Brandt Clarke (Barrie Colts)
Jan. 17 – Jan. 23: Riley Piercey (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 10 – Jan. 16: David Goyette (Sudbury Wolves)
Jan. 3 – Jan 9: Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires)
Dec. 27 – Jan. 2: James Hardie (Mississauga Steelheads)
Dec. 13 – Dec. 19: Ty Tullio (Oshawa Generals)
Dec. 6 – Dec. 12: Lucas Edmonds (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 29 – Dec. 5: Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 22 – Nov. 28: Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds)
Nov. 15 – Nov. 21: Brandon Coe (North Bay Battalion)
Nov. 8 – Nov. 14: Antonio Stranges (London Knights)
Nov. 1 – Nov. 7: Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 25 – Oct. 31: Tucker Robertson (Peterborough Petes)
Oct. 18 – Oct. 24: Rory Kerins (Soo Greyhounds)
Oct. 11 – Oct. 17: Calum Ritchie (Oshawa Generals)
Oct. 4 – Oct. 10: Jack Thompson (Sudbury Wolves)



Spitfires’ Matt Onuska Named OHL Goaltender of the Week

Matt Onuska of the Windsor Spitfires is the OHL Goaltender of the Week, going 1-1-1 with a 2.92 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.

Onuska stopped 97 of the 106 shots that came his way in Games 3, 4 and 5 of the OHL Championship Series as the Spitfires trail 3-2 headed into Monday’s Game 6. He drew his first start of the series in Game 3 on Monday, stopping 35 of 38 as the Spitfires won 6-3 over Hamilton despite being outshot 38-32. Onuska did his part in Game 4 on Friday, making 41 saves the Windsor fell 3-2 in overtime on a game winner from defenceman Gavin White. He made 21 saves in Sunday’s 3-2 loss in Game 5 at FirstOntario Centre. Onuska follows Xavier Medina as the second straight Spitfires netminder to earn OHL Goaltender of the Week honours.

A 20-year-old from Waterloo, Ont., Onuska owns a playoff record of 11-5-2-0, posting a 2.75 goals-against average and .905 save percentage with one shutout in 20 games. He comes off a regular season that included a 19-5-1-1 record over 29 games between Windsor and London, registering a 3.31 goals-against average and .884 save percentage. Onsuka was originally Kingston’s seventh round (133rd overall) pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection.

2021-22 OHL Goaltenders of the Week – Playoffs:
June 6 – June 12: Matt Onuska (Windsor Spitfires)
May 30 – June 5: Xavier Medina (Windsor Spitfires)
May 23 – May 29: Marco Costantini (Hamilton Bulldogs)
May 16 – May 22: Marco Costantini (Hamilton Bulldogs)
May 9 – May 15: Marco Costantini (Hamilton Bulldogs)
May 2 – May 8: Luke Cavallin (Flint Firebirds)
Apr. 25 – May 1: Luke Cavallin (Flint Firebirds)
Apr. 18 – Apr. 24: Tucker Tynan (Soo Greyhounds)

2021-22 OHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:
Apr. 11 – Apr. 17: Max Donoso (Ottawa 67’s)
Apr. 4 – Apr. 10: Michael Simpson (Peterborough Petes)
Mar. 28 – Apr. 3: Patrick Leaver (Oshawa Generals)
Mar. 21 – Mar. 27: Joey Costanzo (Niagara IceDogs)
Mar. 14 – Mar. 20: Marco Costantini (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Mar. 7 – Mar. 13: Nick Chenard (Owen Sound Attack)
Feb. 28 – Mar. 6: Marco Costantini (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Feb. 21 – Feb. 27: Leevi Merilainen (Kingston Frontenacs)
Feb. 14 – Feb. 20: Mack Guzda (Barrie Colts)
Feb. 7 – Feb. 13: Pavel Cajan (Kitchener Rangers)
Jan. 31 – Feb. 6: Patrick Leaver (Oshawa Generals)
Jan. 24 – Jan. 30: Max Donoso (Ottawa 67’s)
Jan. 17 – Jan. 23: Mack Guzda (Barrie Colts)
Jan. 10 – Jan. 16: Mitchell Weeks (Sudbury Wolves)
Jan. 3 – Jan. 9: Nolan Lalonde (Erie Otters)
Dec. 27 – Jan. 2: Joe Ranger (Mississauga Steelheads)
Dec. 13 – Dec. 19: Owen Bennett (Guelph Storm)
Dec. 6 – Dec. 12: Mack Guzda (Barrie Colts)
Nov. 29 – Dec. 5: Leevi Merilainen (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 22 – Nov. 28: Tye Austin (Peterborough Petes)
Nov. 15 – Nov. 21: Ben Gaudreau (Sarnia Sting)
Nov. 8 – Nov. 14: Joe Vrbetic (North Bay Battalion
Nov. 1 – Nov. 7: Roman Basran (Mississauga Steelheads)
Oct. 25 – Oct. 31: Patrick Leaver (Oshawa Generals)
Oct. 18 – Oct. 24: Jacob Oster (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 11 – Oct. 17: Brett Brochu (London Knights)
Oct. 4 – Oct. 10: Tucker Tynan (Niagara IceDogs)


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.