OHL CUP POWERED BY UNDER ARMOUR U16 AAA TOP 10 RANKINGS – WEEK 1

Toronto, Ont. – The Gloria Rints Memorial International Silver Stick is in the books, and that means it’s time to unveil the premiere edition of the OHL Cup presented by Under Armour Top 10 Rankings. The annual showcase hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League makes its return starting Wednesday, March 30, 2022.

Back for the first time since 2019, the 2022 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour features 20 teams consisting of talent eligible for the 2022 OHL Priority Selection. All games will be played at the Scotiabank Pond in Toronto until the Championship Final moves to the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Monday, April 4.

Typically starting with a wild card play-in day on the Tuesday of opening week, this year’s wild card qualifying games will be played in advance of the 20 showcase-clinching teams arriving at Scotiabank Pond on Wednesday, March 30.

The weekly rankings are determined by a panel of OHL Central Scouting staff and represent the top teams that are competing to play in the annual year-end championship tournament.

U16 AAA Rankings for the 2022 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour – Week 1

Rank:Team:
1Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)
2Mississauga Senators (GTHL)
3Markham Majors (GTHL)
4North York Rangers (GTHL)
5Quinte Red Devils (OMHA)
6Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)
7London Jr. Knights (ALLIANCE)
8Niagara North Stars (OMHA)
9Vaughan Kings (GTHL)
10Ajax-Pickering Raiders (OMHA
 Honourable Mention:
 Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs (ALLIANCE)
 Markham Waxers (OMHA)
 Waterloo Wolves (ALLIANCE)

History:
The most recent edition of the OHL Cup in 2019 saw the Don Mills Flyers overcome a 4-1 deficit to defeat the Toronto Red Wings 6-5, with Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs) setting up Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds) for the overtime winning goal. The Flyers added both OHL Cup and GTHL Championships to their incredible season that saw them lose just once. An exceptional status player who was selected by the Kingston Frontenacs with the first overall pick of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, Wright was named Tournament MVP with 18 points over seven contests, one shy of Connor McDavid’s 2012 event record.

The 2019 OHL Priority Selection featured 15 players chosen in the first round who competed for the OHL Cup including Shane Wright (Don Mills Flyers – 1st overall Kingston Frontenacs), Brennan Othmann (Don Mills Flyers – 2nd overall Flint Firebirds), Brandt Clarke (Don Mills Flyers – 4th overall Barrie Colts), Wyatt Johnston (Toronto Marlboros – 6th overall Windsor Spitfires), Benjamin Gaudreau (Team NOHA – 7th overall Sarnia Sting), Ryan Winterton (Whitby Wildcats – 8th overall Hamilton Bulldogs), Liam Arnsby (Don Mills Flyers – 9th overall North Bay Battalion), Ethan Del Mastro (Toronto Marlboros – 12th overall Mississauga Steelheads), Francesco Pinelli (Toronto Red Wings – 13th overall Kitchener Rangers), Danny Zhilkin (Toronto Marlboros -14th overall Guelph Storm), Landon McCallum (Brantford 99’ers – 15th overall Sudbury Wolves), Brett Harrison (London Jr. Knights – 16th overall Oshawa Generals), Jacob Holmes (York-Simcoe Express – 18th overall Soo Greyhounds), Connor Punnett (North Central Predators – 19th overall Saginaw Spirit) and Jack Matier (Team NOHA – 21st overall Ottawa 67’s).

Notable OHL Cup graduates currently playing in the NHL include Connor McDavid (Toronto Marlboros/Edmonton Oilers), Steven Stamkos (Markham Waxers/Tampa Bay Lightning), John Tavares (Toronto Marlboros/Toronto Maple Leafs), Dylan Strome (Toronto Marlboros/Chicago Blackhawks), Travis Konecny (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs/Philadelphia Flyers), Mitch Marner (Vaughan Kings/Toronto Maple Leafs), Sean Monahan (Mississauga Rebels/Calgary Flames), Taylor Hall (Greater Kingston Frontenacs/Boston Bruins), Tyler Seguin (Toronto Nationals/Dallas Stars), P.K Subban (Markham Islanders/New Jersey Devils) and Max Domi (Don Mills Flyers/Columbus Blue Jackets) among others.

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.

AUSTIN AND OTHMANN NAMED OHL TOP PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced Top Performers of the Week for the week of regular season games ending Sunday, November 28, 2021.

Firebirds’ Brennan Othmann Named OHL Player of the Week

New York Rangers prospect Brennan Othmann of the Flint Firebirds is the OHL Player of the Week with seven points including a goal and six assists across three games.

Othmann helped the Firebirds win two of three last week, earning first star recognition twice. He chipped in with an assist in Wednesday’s 5-3 win over the visiting rival Saginaw Spirit before a three-assist effort on Friday as Flint skated to a 6-3 win in Sarnia. Othmann had a goal and two assists along with nine shots on goal on Saturday as the Firebirds dropped a 4-3 decision on the back-end of a home-and-home against the Sting.

An 18-year-old native of Pickering, Ont., Othmann leads the Firebirds with 27 points (14-13–27) in 17 games this season. His 92 shots on goal are the third-most in the OHL as he produces at a 1.59 point-per-game clip, the fifth-highest pace in the League. A member of Canada’s gold medal-winning National Under-18 Team this past May in Frisco, Texas, Othmann was selected by the New York Rangers with the 16th overall pick of the 2021 NHL Draft. The former OHL Cup champion was Flint’s first round (2nd overall) pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection and was named to the OHL’s First All-Rookie Team in 2019-20 with 33 points (17-16–33) in 55 games.

Also considered for the award this week, Hamilton Bulldogs forward Logan Morrison recorded seven points (1-6–7) as his club picked up five of a possible six points. Nashville Predators prospect Luke Evangelista of the London Knights led the League with five goals along with an assist over three games, and Buffalo Sabres prospect Josh Bloom of the Saginaw Spirit had six points (3-3–6), headlined by two shorthanded goals and a game winner.

2021-22 OHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:
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)


Petes’ Tye Austin Named OHL Goaltender of the Week

Tye Austin of the Peterborough Petes is the OHL Goaltender of the Week after winning a pair of games while posting a 2.50 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.

Austin recently returned from injury and turned aside 60 of the 65 shots that came his way last week. He made 19 saves in Thursday’s 5-3 win over the visiting North Bay Battalion, snapping the Troops’ four-game winning streak in Mason McTavish’s return to the Petes lineup. Austin provided a season-high 41 saves in Sunday’s 3-2 win over the Ottawa 67’s, earning first star recognition as the Petes were outshot 43-29, earning their third straight win.

A 19-year-old from Pembroke, Ont., Austin missed a month of action with a shoulder injury, returning to the Petes’ lineup on November 18th. The 6-foot-6, 200Ib. netminder is 3-2-0-0 with a 3.83 goals-against average and .888 save percentage in six games this season. Selected by the Petes in the third round (43rd overall) of the 2018 OHL Priority Selection, Austin owns a career mark of 14-16-0-1 with a 4.16 goals-against average and .877 save percentage through 42 career regular season games in maroon and white.

Also considered for this week’s award, last week’s recipient Ben Gaudreau of the Sarnia Sting was strong once again, going 1-1-0-0 with a 2.03 goals-against average and .937 save percentage in two games. London Knights goaltender Brett Brochu was kept busy, making 113 saves over three outings. He posted a 2.95 goals-against average and .926 save percentage as the Knights went 2-1-0-0.

2021-22 OHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:
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.

Patrick Leaver – Oshawa Generals – Player Profile

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2020-2021 DID NOT PLAY    
Patrick Leaver of the Oshawa Generals. Photo courtesy of Robert Lefebvre – OHL Images.

Oshawa Generals netminder Patrick Leaver wasn’t listed on NHL Central Scouting’s preseason Players to Watch list not their November list. There really wasn’t much of a body of work to pass judgement on Leaver, especially with the lost season od 2020-2021.

It wasn’t until incumbent and undisputed number one netminder Zachary Paputsakis went down with an injury that still has him out of the lineup after just his third game of the season. Leaver has taken the crease and has appeared in all but one game for the Generals since then.

Leaver has done just enough to at least have a conversation about as we approach the end of November. He currently has a 9-4-2 record while sporting a 2.99 goals-against-average (sixth in the league) and a nice .914 save-percentage (second in the league) while playing the fourth most minutes.

The stats speak for themselves as Leaver enters his second go around in the NHL Entry Draft. But what about Patrick Leaver the goaltender intrigues me?

At 6’0”, Leaver doesn’t possess the typical size of the ‘new era’ goaltender. One area that needs to be improved on is that he plays small in the blue paint. While set for a shot, he is crouched over to far exposing a lot of the top of the cage and for a ‘smaller goaltender’ he will need to learn to play bigger. It’s those high shots he has the most trouble with but it is an area that can be improved with continued coaching.

On the plus side, Leaver is very athletic. His lateral movement from post to post is exceptional. He reads the play extremely well and his puck tracking is also exceptional. Size hinders him a bit in seeing long distance shots but he does an adequate job looking around players to find where the shot is coming from. In tight, he gets low and is able to take away the bottom portion of the net. He has a good glove hand and his rebound control is just okay, but not an area of concern as it’s something that can be improved.

Leaver has done nothing but give the Generals a chance to win almost every night he has taken the net. It will be interesting to see what the Generals decide to do once Paputsakis returns, but Leaver is definitely worth keeping track of as the season progresses.

OHL THIS WEEK: NOVEMBER 25 TO 28, 2021

Toronto, Ont. – Just like that, we enter the last weekend of November approximately a quarter of the way through the season. The inaugural Under-17 Capital City Challenge sees many of the OHL’s top 16-year-old talents out of the lineup this weekend, and we’re getting geared up for lots of community-driven activity in OHL arenas as the holiday season draws nearer. Here’s a look at what’s happening across the League.

2021-22 OHL Online Media Information Guide available for download:
The 2021-22 online edition of the Ontario Hockey League Media and Information Guide is now available for download. The Guide includes OHL team directories, statistics and standings from last season as well as historical seasons along with award winners. This year’s instalment includes a new layout featuring expanded franchise records as well as an additional section documenting historical 100-point and 50-goal seasons. Read more

Knights, Steelheads and Battalion included in Week 8 edition of Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings:
The London Knights remain on the Kia CHL Top 10 while the Mississauga Steelheads and North Bay Battalion make their first appearance of the season. Read more

Petes’ McTavish returns from Anaheim Ducks:
Third overall 2021 NHL Draft pick Mason McTavish will make his OHL season debut on Thursday when the Peterborough Petes play host to the North Bay Battalion. McTavish played in nine NHL contests with the Anaheim Ducks this season, scoring a pair of goals. Read more

63 OHL players included on NHL Central Scouting ‘Players to Watch’ List for November:
63 OHL players have been included on NHL Central Scouting’s November ‘Players to Watch’ List for the 2022 NHL Draft scheduled to take place July 7-8 in Montreal, Quebec. Read more

Mic’d Up with Shane Wright:
Take a few laps through warmups with Kingston Frontenacs star and top 2022 NHL Draft prospect Shane Wright. Watch

Battalion’s Brandon Coe named OHL Player of the Week:
San Jose Sharks prospect Brandon Coe of the North Bay Battalion is the OHL Player of the Week, recording three goals, five assists and eight points over three consecutive Battalion victories. Read more

Sting’s Ben Gaudreau named OHL Goaltender of the Week:
San Jose Sharks prospect Ben Gaudreau of the Sarnia Sting is the OHL Goaltender of the Week with a record of 2-0-1-0, a 1.97 goals-against average, .942 save percentage and one shutout. Read more

Coe, McDonald and Robertson named to CHL Team of the Week for Nov. 15-21:
North Bay’s Brandon Coe, Windsor’s Kyle McDonald and Peterborough’s Tucker Robertson have been named to the CHL Team of the Week. Read more

Battalion’s Coe leads OHL Plays of the Week:
Reviewing the best plays in the OHL this week, featuring Guelph’s Sasha Pastujov, Flint’s Zacharie Giroux, Saginaw’s Calem Mangone, Peterborough’s Joe Carroll and North Bay’s Brandon Coe. Watch

Big-time banditry in OHL Saves of the Week:
Check out highlight reel saves from Sault Ste. Marie’s Samuel Ivanov, Erie’s Nolan Lalonde, Sarnia’s Ben Gaudreau, Mississauga’s Roman Basran, Ottawa’s Will Cranley, Guelph’s Owen Bennett, Barrie’s Mack Guzda, Windsor’s Matt Tovell, and the London duo of Brett Brochu and Owen Flores. Watch

OHL Milestone Moments:
Check out 14 more first career OHL markers along with first shutouts from Matt Tovell and Ben Gaudreau in the latest edition of OHL Milestone Moments. Watch

OHL Weekend Notebook:
The OHL Weekend Notebook recaps the weekend that was with news, information and interesting facts from both on and off the ice. Read more

67’s’ Robinson suspended for eight games:
Following review of a checking to the head infraction assessed on the 19th of November in Sudbury, the OHL has suspended Ottawa 67’s forward Dylan Robinson for eight games. Watch

Frontenacs’ Burns added to Team Red roster for Under-17 Capital City Challenge:
Hockey Canada has added Kingston Frontenacs rookie blueliner Quinton Burns to its roster for the upcoming Under-17 Capital City Challenge set to begin Friday, November 26th in Ottawa. Read more

Slovakian forward Dominik Jendek joins Wolves:
The Sudbury Wolves have added overage Slovakian forward Dominik Jendek to their lineup. The club’s second round (91st overall) selection in the 2020 CHL Import Draft joins Liam Ross, Mitchell Weeks and injured forward Kosta Manikis as an overager in Sudbury. Read more

Gavin Grundner commits to Storm:
The Guelph Storm have received a commitment from ninth round 2020 OHL Priority Selection choice Gavin Grundner. Grundner has had a great start to his first season of Junior hockey for the GOJHL’s Leamington Flyers, recording nine goals and eight assists for 17 points in 17 games to start the 2021-22 season. Read more

Noah Roberts commits to Bulldogs:
The Hamilton Bulldogs have received a commitment from third round 2021 OHL Priority Selection choice Noah Roberts, the son of former Ottawa 67’s forward and long-time NHL winger Gary Roberts. Read more

Jordyn Ertel commits to Generals:
The Oshawa Generals have received a commitment from 10th round 2021 OHL Priority Selection choice Jordyn Ertel, a graduate of the Waterloo Wolves U16 program. Read more

Wolves add Gary Ricciardi to scouting staff:
The Sudbury Wolves have added to their scouting staff, adding Gary Ricciardi whose focus will be in identify talent south of the border. Read more
 

COMMUNITY CORNER:

Special Olympics Month continues this weekend: Special Olympics Month wraps up across the OHL this weekend with awareness nights on Thursday in Peterborough, Saturday in Barrie and Ottawa and Sunday in Sarnia. Read more

Bulldogs team up with Hamilton Police for RIDE Program: The Hamilton Bulldogs and Hamilton Police Service have combined forces once again this holiday season to combat Drinking & Driving. From now through January, the Bulldogs are giving sober drivers stopped at a RIDE stop the chance to be rewarded with tickets to a Bulldogs home game. Watch at hamiltonbulldogs.com.

Frontenacs enjoy team outing at CFB Kingston: On Saturday, November 20, the Kingston Frontenacs visited CFB Kingston for a team building exercise. Players set up tents, did a spider web team obstacle, and conducted an observation exercise along with other activities. Watch at kingstonfrontenacs.com.

Colts salute Canadian Armed Forces on Thursday: The Barrie Colts salute the Canadian Armed Forces on Thursday when they play host to the Owen Sound Attack at Sadlon Arena.

Bears take flight on Saturday in Erie: The Erie Otters host their annual Thanksgiving Game on Thursday at home to the Soo Greyhounds before Teddy Bear Toss Night at Erie Insurance Arena on Saturday. All bears will be donated to the Salvation Army.

Spirit support Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on Saturday: The Saginaw Spirit have partnered with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for Light the Night on Saturday at home to the Windsor Spitfires.

Storm collecting books for kids on Sunday: Guelph Storm fans generously donated over 1,000 books for kids at last year’s Books for Kids Night, and this year they’re raising the bar! Fans are asked to donate new, unwrapped books at Sunday’s game against the Erie Otters to put a smile on a kid’s face.

Steelheads collect toys for tots on Sunday: With the holiday season just around the corner, the Mississauga Steelheads will be hosting their annual Toys For Tots game on Sunday when they take on Shane Wright and the Kingston Frontenacs at 2:00pm. Last season, fans showed their generosity when over 375 toys were donated to the cause. Read more at mississaugasteelheads.com.

Petes host ‘Next Gen’ Game on Sunday: Attention fans! Do you have a kid in your life that has always wanted to coach the Peterborough Petes or has wanted to get on the mic at the Memorial Centre? Well, this and many more opportunities will also be possible during the club’s Next Gen game this Sunday against the Ottawa 67’s. Read more at gopetesgo.com.

Wolves collecting hats and mittens this weekend: The Sudbury Wolves have partnered with All Nations Church to keep Sudbury children warm this winter. Their 6th annual Mountain of Mittens campaign collects donations of warm winter wear to be distributed throughout the local community.

ALUMNI NOTES:

Durzi scores in NHL debut: Former Owen Sound Attack and Guelph Storm defenceman Sean Durzi had an NHL debut to remember on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, finding the back of the net against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Kings blueliner made his NHL debut at the age of 23 following a hot start to the season with the AHL’s Ontario Reign. A former 12th round OHL Priority Selection choice, Durzi put up 140 points over 180 regular season games between Owen Sound and Guelph, winning an OHL championship with the Storm in 2019.

Landeskog plays 700th NHL game: Kitchener Rangers graduate Gabriel Landeskog became the sixth player in Colorado Avalanche franchise history to appear in 700 games earlier this week. He joins Joe Sakic, Milan Hedjuk, Adam Foote, Michel Goulet and Peter Stastny in that category. The 29-year-old winger has 17 points (6-11–17) through 14 games this, his 11th season with the Avalanche who selected him second overall in the 2011 NHL Draft. The Swedish flank played two seasons in Kitchener from 2009-11.

Gaunce named AHL Player of the Week: Erie Otters graduate Brendan Gaunce of the Cleveland Monsters is the AHL Player of the Week after recording six points (3-3–6) in three games. Gaunce matched an AHL career high with three points on Friday as the Monsters defeated the Syracuse Crunch 5-1. He tacked on another three in a 6-5 overtime win over the Toronto Marlies on Sunday. The 27-year-old is in his eighth pro season, one that has included 118 career NHL contests after he was chosen by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. Gaunce played four OHL seasons between Belleville and Erie from 2010-14.

Frost getting his development back on track: Soo Greyhounds graduate Morgan Frost is getting back on track after losing a year to injury in 2020-21. The former Philadelphia Flyers first round draft pick was limited to just two games last season before undergoing shoulder surgery. The AHL’s Bob Rotruck documents his road back to full health and positive start to the season with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Frost was a Greyhound from 2015-19, helping the club win a Western Conference championship in 2018. Read more at theahl.com

Appleby named ECHL Goaltender of the Week: Oshawa Generals graduate and former Memorial Cup champion Ken Appleby of the Worcester Railers is the ECHL Goaltender of the Week, going 2-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average and .965 save percentage. Under an NHL contract with the New York Islanders, Appleby has appeared in seven games for the Railers going 3-3-1 with a 2.40 goals-against average and a save percentage of .927 this season. The 26-year-old from North Bay, Ont. has appeared in three career NHL games since graduating as a Memorial Cup champion in 2015. He played three seasons with the Generals from 2012-15 before signing an NHL contract with the New Jersey Devils.

Eight OHL grads to represent Canada at 2021 FISU Winter Universiade: Eight former OHL players have been selected from U SPORTS men’s hockey rosters across the country to represent Canada at the 2021 FISU Winter Universiade, held from December 11-21 in Lucerne, Switzerland. Read more

KEY MATCHUPS:

North Bay Battalion at Peterborough Petes
Thursday November 25th – 7:05pm

Mason McTavish makes his season debut with the Peterborough Petes, returning from an NHL stint with the Anaheim Ducks to start the season. The third overall pick of the 2021 NHL Draft recorded three points (2-1–3) in nine NHL games, tacking on two more (1-1–2) over three games with the AHL’s San Diego Gulls on an injury rehab assignment. McTavish joins one of the OHL’s hottest forwards in Tucker Robertson who racked up 10 points last week and leads the OHL with 34 points (15-19–34) in 17 games. The Petes will have a tall task in front of them on Thursday as the CHL’s ninth-ranked North Bay Battalion pay a visit to the PMC. OHL Player of the Week Brandon Coe is one of three Battalion players inside the top-10 OHL scoring leaders while 6-foot-6 Montreal Canadiens prospect Joe Vrbetic as been among the League’s best in goal.

Kingston Frontenacs at Mississauga Steelheads
Sunday November 28th – 2:00pm

Fresh off being bumped out of the Kia CHL Top 10, the Kingston Frontenacs embark on a three-in-three weekend against a trio of tough Eastern Conference opponents. The Fronts host North Bay on Friday before visits to Hamilton on Saturday and Mississauga on Sunday. Their Sunday date with the Trout pits them against the eighth-ranked team in the CHL this week. Fronts head coach Luca Caputi will have a new option on the back end with the addition of Ottawa Senators prosect Ben Roger from the London Knights on Thursday. Shane Wright and the Frontenacs will be tasked with reeling in a Steelheads club that has won eight of nine entering the weekend. Mississauga overage netminder Roman Basran leads the OHL with a 2.25 goals-against average.

UPCOMING GAMES:

Thursday November 25th:
Sault Ste. Marie at Erie – 7:00pm
Hamilton at Niagara – 7:00pm
North Bay at Peterborough – 7:05pm
Mississauga at Sudbury – 7:05pm
Owen Sound at Barrie – 7:30pm

Friday November 26th:
North Bay at Kingston – 7:00pm
Flint at Sarnia – 7:05pm
Mississauga at Sudbury – 7:05pm
London at Guelph – 7:30pm
Sault Ste. Marie at Kitchener – 7:30pm
Saginaw at Windsor – 7:30pm
Ottawa at Oshawa – 7:35pm

Saturday November 27th:
North Bay at Ottawa – 2:00pm
Kingston at Hamilton – 4:00pm
Guelph at Erie – 7:00pm
Sarnia at Flint – 7:00pm
Windsor at Saginaw – 7:05pm
Niagara at Barrie – 7:30pm
London at Owen Sound – 7:30pm

Sunday November 28th:
Erie at Guelph – 2:00pm
Kingston at Mississauga – 2:00pm
Ottawa at Peterborough – 2:05pm
Sault Ste. Marie at Sarnia – 2:05pm
Barrie at Sudbury – 2:05pm
Hamilton at Oshawa – 6:05pm

KNIGHTS, STEELHEADS AND BATTALION INCLUDED IN WEEK 8 EDITION OF KIA CHL TOP 10 RANKINGS

Toronto, Ont. – The Canadian Hockey League announced today the Week 8 edition of the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings for the 2021-22 season.

It was a big week for the Western Hockey League as WHL clubs occupy the top four spots on the list including the Winnipeg ICE, Everett Silvertips, Kamloops Blazers and Edmonton Oil Kings.

The London Knights are down two spots to fifth on this week’s list after a four-game week that yielded a pair of victories. The Knights suffered consecutive losses to the Sarnia Sting on Tuesday and Friday before rebounding to claim four points in a home-and-home with the Kitchener Rangers. Captain Luke Evangelista strung together back-to-back four-point performances on Saturday and Sunday, giving him the League’s third-highest point-per-game clip of 1.80. The Nashville Predators prospect has 27 points (15-12–27) over 15 games this season and sits second in OHL shots on goal with 87. The Knights also saw the debut of rookie netminder Owen Flores on Sunday in Kitchener as he gave Brett Brochu a rest, making 27 saves for his first OHL win.

The Mississauga Steelheads have forced their way into the Top 10 for the first time this season after another perfect week. The eighth-ranked Trout went 3-0 with wins over Niagara, Barrie and Sudbury, continuing a stretch of eight wins in their last nine games. Draft eligible centre Luca Del Bel Belluz recorded his first OHL hat-trick on Sunday against Sudbury, Chicago Blackhawks prospect and captain Ethan Del Mastro leads the OHL with a plus-20 rating and overage netminder Roman Basran leads the League with a 2.25 goals-against average. The Trout lead the OHL with an average of 38.6 shots-per-game while surrendering a League-low 24.3.

Another hot Central Division squad, the North Bay Battalion also make their season debut in the Top 10, coming in at ninth. Reigning OHL Player of the Week Brandon Coe and the Battalion scored victories over Ottawa, Oshawa and Niagara last week to improve to 12-6-0-1, three points up on second place Mississauga in the Central Division. Coe sits second in OHL scoring with 33 points (9-24–33) and is joined by teammates Kyle Jackson (11-18–29) and Matvey Petrov (15-12–27) among the OHL’s top 10 scorers. Montreal Canadiens prospect Joe Vrbetic recently came off a shutout streak of 203 minutes and four seconds in the North Bay crease. He’s one of two OHL goaltenders with a double-digit win total, owning a record of 10-2-0-1. The Troops defeated the eighth-ranked Steelheads 7-1 in their only meeting so far this season back on Oct. 15th.

The Kingston Frontenacs fell out of the Top 10 for just the second time this season despite grabbing three of a possible four points last week. The honourable mention Fronts defeated the Peterborough Petes 5-3 on Friday before falling 4-3 in a shootout to the Oshawa Generals on Sunday. Overage winger Lucas Edmonds remains hot with 10 points in his last three games.

For further analysis on the Week 8 edition of the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings, visit CHL.ca.


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. For more information visit http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/.

COE AND GAUDREAU NAMED OHL TOP PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced Top Performers of the Week for the week of regular season games ending Sunday, November 21, 2021.

Battalion’s Brandon Coe Named OHL Player of the Week

San Jose Sharks prospect Brandon Coe of the North Bay Battalion is the OHL Player of the Week, recording three goals, five assists and eight points over three consecutive Battalion victories.

Coe strung together three multi-point efforts, continuing an eight game point streak as the Battalion sit atop the Eastern Conference standings. The big 6-foot-5, 203Ib. winger put together a second star performance on Thursday at home to the Ottawa 67’s, registering a goal and two assists in a 3-0 win. Coe picked up an assist on Kyle Jackson’s game winning goal in Oshawa on Friday night, finishing with a pair of helpers as the Battalion defeated the Generals 4-2. He rounded out the weekend with two goals and an assist in Sunday’s 7-3 win over visiting Niagara, earning first star honours while collecting his 150th career OHL point.

A 20-year-old native of Ajax, Ont. and an alternate captain with the Battalion this season, Coe leads the OHL with 24 assists and sits one point back of the League scoring lead with 33 points (9-24–33) through 19 contests. His plus-14 plus/minus rating has him tied for fifth in the OHL. Coe made his professional debut last season, recording five points (1-4–5) in 17 games with the San Jose Barracuda, AHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks who selected him in the fourth round (98th overall) of the 2020 NHL Draft. Coe was originally North Bay’s first round (3rd overall) pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection from the OHL Cup finalist Toronto Nationals U16 program.

Coe is the first Battalion player to earn the weekly honour since Justin Brazeau last did so in October 2018.

Also considered for the award this week, Peterborough Petes forward Tucker Robertson led all players with 10 points (4-6–10) in three games to climb into the League scoring lead as the Petes went 1-2 on a high-scoring weekend. Windsor Spitfires winger Kyle McDonald was also highly productive, putting up eight points (5-3–8) and three consecutive multi-point efforts as the Spitfires won a pair.

2021-22 OHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:
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)

Sting’s Ben Gaudreau Named OHL Goaltender of the Week

San Jose Sharks prospect Ben Gaudreau of the Sarnia Sting is the OHL Goaltender of the Week with a record of 2-0-1-0, a 1.97 goals-against average, .942 save percentage and one shutout.

Gaudreau stopped 97 of the 103 shots he faced to help the Sting continue to reverse a slow start to the season. He earned first star honours with 36 saves on Tuesday as Sarnia defeated the CHL’s third-ranked London Knights 4-2 on home ice. Gaudreau was back in the crease on Saturday in Guelph, helping the Sting earn a point despite being outshot with 35 saves in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Storm. He logged another first star performance on Sunday, earning his first career OHL shutout with 26 saves as the Sting blanked the visiting Owen Sound Attack 4-0.

An 18-year-old native of Corbeil, Ont., Gaudreau owns a 5-2-3-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and one shutout through 10 games this season. The 6-foot-2, 172Ib. third round (81st overall) pick of the San Jose Sharks this past summer starred for Canada’s gold medal-winning National Under-18 Team this past May in Frisco, Texas. He was Sarnia’s first round (7th overall) pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, the highest-selected goaltender in Sting franchise history.

Also considered for the award this week were a pair of recent award recipients in Roman Basran of the Mississauga Steelheads and Montreal Canadiens prospect Joe Vrbetic of the North Bay Battalion. Basran went 2-0-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and .964 save percentage including a shutout as the Steelheads continued their hot streak. Last week’s Goaltender of the Week, Vrbetic was also 2-0-0-0, posting a 1.50 goals-against average and .939 save percentage with one shutout, carrying over a shutout streak that concluded at a length of 203 minutes and four seconds in a win on Sunday.

2021-22 OHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:
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.

Matthew Poitras – Guelph Storm – Player Profile

Matthew Poitras of the Guelph Storm. Photo courtesy of OHL Images.
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The missed season of 2020-2021 didn’t prevent NHL Central Scouting from ranking Guelph Storm’s Matthew Poitras as an A Prospect on their preliminary rankings. An A ranking is reserved for potential first round picks and Poitras was just one of two Ontario Hockey League players with an A ranking. Now, this is just my opinion, and it is early, but that will likely change mainly because there were no eyes on the OHL last season because of the pandemic. Well, there was no season.

Don’t be fooled by the lack of production so far in this OHL season. There is so much to like about Poitras’ game and sooner or later he is going to break out.

One of the first things you’ll notice about Poitras is his work ethic. He has an internal engine that just will not stop or pause. His ‘I will not be outworked’ mentality is hard to match. He goes into every battle with sheer determination and a will to win. That bodes well for Poitras, but he isn’t without talent.

Poitras is an excellent skater with very good speed, excellent mobility and superb edgework. With the puck on his stick, he has a ‘computer processor between the ears’ able to survey the ice with his excellent vision and make decisions in the blink of an eye. But he is also able to buy time and space for his teammates by maintaining possession be simply beating the opposition with his shiftiness to create space. To put it simply, he makes everyone around him better.

While Poitras is first and foremost a playmaker, he will not shy away from taking the shot if he deems it to be the best opportunity for his team. He puts a lot into his shot and he can get it off quickly and on target, but that’s not to say his accuracy isn’t a work in progress. While getting it on the 4 x 6-foot cage is a plus, too many times it’s in the goaltender’s chest and easily absorbed. Improving on his accuracy will allow him to pick holes in the goaltender. But it’s not just about picking corners. Shooting with a purpose, low and along the ice and into the pads for example, to create second chance opportunities via rebounds or dirty goals via goal mouth scrambles would be a benefit.

Known for being a two-way pivot, let’s start with the good. When Poitras gets the puck on his stick in his own zone, it’s one-and-done for the opposition. He transitions to offense as quick as anyone and he usually takes it right into the offensive zone.

Poitras has shown that he is also capable of breaking up plays with his stick and turning the other way. However, he doesn’t show consistency while defending. That is something to watch for as the becomes more accustomed to the OHL – seeing improvement as the season progresses. His positioning and play without the puck is kind of sporadic.

I think Poitras will top out as a second line center at the NHL level if he puts all the pieces together. He is definitely worth keeping an eye on as the season moves forward.

I wouldn’t bet against him.

63 OHL PLAYERS INCLUDED ON NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING ‘PLAYERS TO WATCH’ LIST FOR NOVEMBER

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is proud to announce that 63 OHL players have been included on NHL Central Scouting’s November ‘Players to Watch’ List for the 2022 NHL Draft scheduled to take place July 7-8 in Montreal, Quebec.

Forwards Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs and Matthew Poitras of the Guelph Storm remain ‘A’ rated prospects, and are joined this month by Storm centreman Danny Zhilkin and Saginaw Spirit blueliner Pavel Mintyukov in the top tier of draft eligible talent.

“Some players who are true first-year draft eligible players or did not have the opportunity to play in 2020-21 have been able to establish their game and others have displayed continued improvements and developments,” director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr said. “This update provides the opportunity to highlight some players whose game is trending in the right direction.”

NHL Central Scouting’s Joey Tenute had positive things to say about Zhilkin and Mintyukov, the OHL’s two newest additions to the ‘A’ category.

“It’s very evident just by watching him that Zhilkin is ahead of the curve at this point from a lot of prospects; he really plays a mature game,” said Tenute, who played four OHL seasons between Barrie and Sarnia from 2000-04. “He’s a top line player that plays in all situations for Guelph, so he’s a big part of his team and he’s a very strong skater.

“He had a good U-18 Worlds and showed his ability to play up and down the lineup while filling multiple roles in that tournament.”

Mintyukov has played big minutes for the Spirit this season, joining the franchise as the 52nd overall pick of the 2020 CHL Import Draft.

“I think [Mintykov’s] a very polished player,” Tenute said. “Coming over from Russia, and playing in a new league with new teammates, you don’t always know how quick a player is going to adapt but he’s a guy who’s come in and has had an immediate impact. He’s a top pairing defenceman who plays in every situation, crunches minutes, and excels on the power play.”

An additional 19 OHL players were assigned ‘B’ ratings indicating a potential second or third round selection while 40, including five goaltenders, received ‘C’ designations indicating a potential fourth, fifth or sixth round candidate.

Nineteen of 20 OHL teams were represented on the list led by the London Knights with seven players ranked, the Guelph Storm with six including two ‘A’ rated skaters as well as the Niagara IceDogs and North Bay Battalion with five each.

The list includes 45 OHL forwards, 13 defencemen and five goaltenders.

2021 NHL Central Scouting November Players to Watch List – OHL

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

RATINGPLAYERPOS.TEAM
APavel MintyukovLDSaginaw Spirit
AMatthew PoitrasRCGuelph Storm
AShane WrightRCKingston Frontenacs
ADanny ZhilkinLCGuelph Storm
BLiam ArnsbyRCNorth Bay Battalion
BOwen BeckRCMississauga Steelheads
BMichael BuchingerLDGuelph Storm
BAidan CastleRWNiagara IceDogs
BJorian DonovanLDHamilton Bulldogs
BJackson EdwardLDLondon Knights
BPano FimisRCNiagara IceDogs
BRuslan GazizovRWLondon Knights
BIsaiah GeorgeLDLondon Knights
BDavid GoyetteLCSudbury Wolves
BHunter HaightRCBarrie Colts
BJake KarabelaLCGuelph Storm
BPaul LudwinskiLCKingston Frontenacs
BBryce McConnell-BarkerLCSoo Greyhounds
BTy NelsonRDNorth Bay Battalion
BServac PetrovskyLCOwen Sound Attack
BVinzenz RohrerRWOttawa 67’s
BMatyas SapovalivLCSaginaw Spirit
BSpencer SovaLDErie Otters
CRyan AbrahamLCWindsor Spitfires
CSam AlfanoRWPeterborough Petes
CBraeden BowmanRWGuelph Storm
CBrett BrochuGLondon Knights
CGavin BryantLCOwen Sound Attack
CBrice CookeLWNiagara IceDogs
CBrody CraneLWLondon Knights
CLuca Del Bel BelluzLCMississauga Steelheads
CKocha DelicLCSudbury Wolves
CJustin DeZoeteLCPeterborough Petes
CRodwin DionicioLDNiagara IceDogs
CDom DiVincentiisGNorth Bay Battalion
CLucas EdmondsRWKingston Frontenacs
CJacob FrascaRCBarrie Colts
CVsevolod GaidamakLCOttawa 67’s
CCedrick GuindonLCOwen Sound Attack
CGavin HayesRWFlint Firebirds
CBeau JelsmaLCBarrie Colts
CEvan KonyenRWSudbury Wolves
CKirill KudryavtsevLDSoo Greyhounds
CArtem KulakovLDErie Otters
CNolan LalondeGErie Otters
CEthan LarmandLCSudbury Wolves
CZakary LavoieRWMississauga Steelheads
CAndrew LeBlancLCKitchener Rangers
CJacob LeBlancRDKitchener Rangers
CTnias MathurinLDNorth Bay Battalion
CJonathan MeleeLCHamilton Bulldogs
CMax NamestnikovLCSarnia Sting
CJacob OsterGGuelph Storm
CTucker RobertsonRCPeterborough Petes
CDylan RoobroeckLCNiagara IceDogs
CTeddy SawyerLDOttawa 67’s
CCharlie SchenkelGSoo Greyhounds
CLawson SherkLCHamilton Bulldogs
CLandon SimRWLondon Knights
CColton SmithLWLondon Knights
CBrady StonehouseRWOttawa 67’s
CZander VecciaRWMississauga Steelheads
CDalyn WakelyRCNorth Bay Battalion

For the complete list along with additional scouting reports, visit NHL.com.


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

KNIGHTS, 67’s AND FRONTENACS INCLUDED IN WEEK 7 EDITION OF KIA CHL TOP 10 RANKINGS

Toronto, Ont. – The Canadian Hockey League announced today the Week 7 edition of the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings for the 2021-22 season.

The London Knights are down one spot to number three this week, trailing the WHL’s Winnipeg ICE and Everett Silvertips in the weekly rankings. London scored consecutive 7-4 wins over the Soo Greyhounds and Erie Otters last Friday and Saturday before dropping a 4-2 decision on the road in Sarnia on Tuesday night. Dallas Stars prospect Antonio Stranges was recognized with OHL Player of the Week honours for his seven points (3-4–7) last week. Captain Luke Evangelista is on a 12-game point streak dating back to October 8th, one that has yielded 19 points (12-7–19). London returns to action on Friday night at home to Sarnia.

The Ottawa 67’s are into the Top 10 for the first time this season, coming in at eighth as back-to-back wins have them seated first in the East Division with a 10-5-0-1 record. The 67’s managed to knock off both Hamilton and Oshawa on the road last weekend, doing so without Calgary Flames prospect Jack Beck in their lineup. Nineteen-year-old winger Dylan Robinson has been a steady producer for the Barber Poles with 10 points (6-4–10) through 11 games. Cameron Tolnai (5-14–19) and Vsevolod Gaidamak (11-7–18) lead Ottawa offensively headed into a Thursday night road date with the North Bay Battalion.

The Kingston Frontenacs are back into the Top 10 after missing the cut last week. Kingston shook-off a 6-4 loss to the Oshawa Generals on Friday, defeating the Mississauga Steelheads 5-4 in a shootout Saturday afternoon on CBC as Shane Wright emerged as the hero on Larry Mavety Night. Overage winger Lucas Edmonds continues to lead Kingston in scoring with 24 points (9-15–24) over 14 games while rookie Matthew Soto has been a nice addition to the club, recording 14 points (4-10–14) in as many contests.

The Soo Greyhounds dropped from 10th in last week’s rankings to an honourable mention in Week 7. The Greyhounds lost 7-4 to the London Knights on Friday before rebounding to defeat the Windsor Spitfires 4-3 on Saturday as Tye Kartye‘s league-leading 15th of the season was the difference maker. The Hounds finish off three straight on the road tonight in Saginaw before returning home for the weekend, taking on the Erie Otters on Sunday afternoon.

For further analysis on the Week 7 edition of the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings, visit CHL.ca.


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.

KITCHENER RANGERS TO HOST 2022 KUBOTA CHL/NHL TOP PROSPECTS GAME

Toronto, Ont. – The Canadian Hockey League announced today that the Kitchener Rangers will host the 2022 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on February 2, 2022.

“The Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is one of our most anticipated national events,” said Dan MacKenzie, President of the Canadian Hockey League. “Working in partnership with the National Hockey League, we look forward to showcasing the stars of tomorrow for our fans in Kitchener, who are among the most passionate fans in the CHL.”

The Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game showcases top NHL Draft eligible talent from across the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and Western Hockey League competing before hundreds of NHL scouts in attendance.

“Kubota Canada is proud to be the title sponsor of the Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game,” said Steve Sweetnam, Marketing Director for Kubota Canada. “We’re excited about the return of hockey and pleased to be able to support the development of these great future prospects.”

The 2022 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game marks the 14th time the OHL will serve as host and the first time the event has returned to Kitchener since 2003. In all, 24 Rangers players have competed in the showcase, most recently defenceman Donovan Sebrango in 2020 who was later selected 63rd overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2020 NHL Draft.

“We are honoured and grateful that the CHL has selected Kitchener as this year’s host location,” said Joe Birch, Rangers Chief Operating Officer and Governor. “Hockey is back in full swing in the Kitchener-Waterloo region and we look forward to providing fans the opportunity to see the CHL’s top draft eligible talent at The Aud here in its 70th anniversary season.”

Since its reintroduction as the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in 1996, the event has featured 15 players who were later selected first overall in the NHL Draft, including Alexis Lafreniere (2020), Nico Hischier (2017), Connor McDavid (2015), Aaron Ekblad (2014), Nathan MacKinnon (2013), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2011), Taylor Hall (2010), John Tavares (2009), Steven Stamkos (2008), Patrick Kane (2007), Marc-Andre Fleury (2003), Rick Nash (2002), Vincent Lecavalier (1998), Joe Thornton (1997), and Chris Phillips (1996).

Beginning December 1, tickets will be available to the general public online at kwtickets.ca, by phone at 1-800-265-8977 or 519-578-1570, and at the box offices at the Centre In The Square (101 Queen St. N., Kitchener, Mon. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium (400 East Ave., Kitchener, Mon., Wed., Fri., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Game Days, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.). The 2022 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game will also be broadcasted nationally on TSN and RDS.

The Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game was last held in Hamilton in January 2020 where Team White defeated Team Red 5-3. Tyson Foerster (Team White/Barrie Colts/Philadelphia Flyers) and Jack Quinn (Team Red/Ottawa 67’s/Buffalo Sabres) were named the Players of the Game. In all, 37 players who competed in the 2020 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game were later chosen in the 2020 NHL Draft headlined by Lafreniere’s first-overall selection by the New York Rangers.

More information about the 2022 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game including team rosters and coaches will be announced at a later date.

About the Canadian Hockey League
The Canadian Hockey League is the world’s largest development hockey league with 52 Canadian and eight American teams participating in the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

About Kubota Canada Ltd.
Kubota Canada Ltd. (KCL) is an affiliate of Kubota Corporation, a tractor and heavy equipment manufacturer based in Osaka, Japan. KCL markets and distributes Kubota engineered and manufactured equipment, including a complete line of tractors of up to 210HP, performance-matched implements, compact and utility tractors, compact construction, landscaping and public work equipment, residential lawn and garden equipment, commercial turf products and utility vehicles. For product literature or dealer locations, contact Kubota Canada Ltd. at 5900 14th Avenue, Markham, Ontario Canada L3S 4K4, by telephone, at 905-294-6535, by visiting KCL’s website kubota.ca