Ontario Hockey League Announces Player Safety Initiatives and Rule Changes for 2016-17 Season

Toronto, ON – At its annual league meeting, the Ontario Hockey League Board of Governors took further steps in addressing player safety through the adoption of a “Blindside Hit Rule” whereby there will be a penalty assessed for those players who check an opponent from the blindside.  Based on the discretion of the referee, a minor, major and game misconduct or match penalty may be assessed. Such infraction would also be subject to review and possible supplementary discipline by the league.


In addition, the league took further steps to address fighting in the game by lowering the threshold prior to automatic disciplinary action being assessed from 10 fights per player per season to three fights per player per season. Players exceeding such threshold will be subject to an automatic two game suspension, for each fight exceeding the threshold.

Note: If a player is instigated upon, the fighting major is not included in the player’s total number of fights.

Since the adoption of the 10 fight threshold for the 2012-2013 season, the league has seen the number of fights in the league decrease by 49.5% and for the last two seasons have not had a single player with more than 10 fights based on the threshold criteria established.

“As the number one development league in the world for the NHL and CIS, the OHL continually challenges ourselves to improve the on-ice environment and evolve the game for the benefit of the most important people in our game, our players,” said David Branch, OHL Commissioner.

The league has also made an adjustment to its icing rule in adopting the current NHL hybrid icing.

Russia Announces Roster for 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

The battle for the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup is just one day away and today, Russia released it’s roster that will compete in the tournament.

Two of the players selected to represent their country were selected in the 2016 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft: Pavel Demin (Niagara Ice Dogs) and Alexei Lipanov (Barrie Colts).

Almost half of twenty two man roster, ten of them, are teammates with Dynamo Moscow. The tournament runs from August 8 to 13 in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Player Pos Club Draft
Artem Melnikov G Lokomotiv 2017
Rajko Dmitri G Dynamo Moscow 2017
Alexander Alekseev D Silver Lions
Veneamin Baranov D Dynamo SPB 2017
Mark Rubinchik D Dynamo Moscow 2017
Alexander Lyakhov D Harmony 2017
Yevgeni Kalabushkin D SKA 2018
Daniel Galenyuk D Ugra 2018
Dmitry Samorukov D CSKA 2017
Pavel Demin F Dynamo Moscow 2017
Mikhail Bitsadze F Dynamo Moscow 2018
Alexei Lipanov F Dynamo Moscow 2017
Yaroslav Alekseev F Dynamo Moscow 2017
Alexey Toropchenko F Dynamo Moscow 2017
Ivan Chekhovich F Dynamo Moscow 2017
Ivan Muranov F Dynamo Moscow 2018
Klim Kostin F Dynamo Moscow 2017
Maxim Marush F Ak Bars 2017
Andrei Svechnikov F Ak Bars 2018
Nikita Anohovsky F Lokomotiv 2017
Nikita Shashkov F Siberia 2017
Daniil Lobanov F CSKA Moscow 2017

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Finland Announces Roster for Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

Finland announced it`s roster for the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament set to run from August 8 thru August 13 in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Two Ontario Hockey League players made the cut for the Finns, defenceman Eemeli Rasanen and forward Linus Nyman, both of the Kingston Frontenacs. Three other Canadian Hockey League players also mad the final roster: From the Western Hockey League Sami Moilanen (Seattle) and Aleksi Heponiemi (Swift Current) along with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League defenceman Saku Vesterinen (Charlottetown).

All but one player, defenceman Toni Utunen, are eligible for the 2017 National Hockey League Draft.

Player Pos Club Draft
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen G HPK 2017
Lassi Lehtinen G Lukko 2017
Aleksi Anttalainen D TPS 2017
Eero Teräväinen D Lincoln Stars (USHL) 2017
Bernard Isiguzo D Blues 2017
Saku Vesterinen D Charlottetown (QMJHL) 2017
Toni Utunen D Tappara 2018
Nuutti Referring Salo D TPS 2017
Eemeli Räsänen D Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) 2017
Urho Vaakanainen D JYP 2017
Santeri Aalto F Tappara 2017
Teemu Engberg F HIFK 2017
Jesse Koskenkorva F Karpat 2017
Lauri Pajuniemi F TPS 2017
Joel Kerkkänen F HIFK 2017
Aarne Talvitie F Blues 2017
Santeri Virtanen F Dubuque (USHL) 2017
Linus Nyman F Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) 2017
Aleksi Heponiemi F Swift Current (WHL) 2017
Samuel Park Kari F Tappara 2017
Santeri Hartikanen F Groton School (USA) 2017
Sami Moilanen F Seattle (WHL) 2017

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Canada Announces Roster for the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

Hockey Canada announced the 22 man roster that will go for a ninth straight gold medal at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial set to begin August 8 and run thru to August 13, 2016.

The Ontario Hockey League is well represented, making up half the roster led by Windsor Spitfires goaltender Michael DiPietro. To no surprise from this writer, three players not eligible until the 2018 National Hockey League Draft made the final cut. They are: London Knights’ defenceman Evan Bouchard, Mississauga Steelheads’ forward Ryan McLeod and from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Joseph Veleno of the Saint John Sea Dogs

Player Pos Club Draft
Michael DiPietro G Windsor (OHL) 2017
Ian Scott G Prince Albert (WHL) 2017
Evan Bouchard D London (OHL) 2018
Antoine Crête-Belzile D Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) 2017
Ian Mitchell D Spruce Grove (AJHL) 2017
Jacob Paquette D Kingston (OHL) 2017
Markus Phillips D Owen Sound (OHL) 2017
Elijah Roberts D Kitchener (OHL) 2017
Jonathan Smart D Kelowna (WHL) 2017
Jordy Bellerive F Lethbridge (WHL) 2017
Shane Bowers F Waterloo (USHL) 2017
Maxime Comtois F Victoriaville (QMJHL) 2017
MacKenzie Entwistle F Hamilton (OHL) 2017
Stelio Mattheos F Brandon (WHL) 2017
Ryan McLeod F Mississauga (OHL) 2018
Greg Meireles F Ottawa (CCHL) 2017
Michael Rasmussen F Tri-City (WHL) 2017
Matthew Strome F Hamilton (OHL) 2017
Jack Studnicka F Oshawa (OHL) 2017
Nick Suzuki F Owen Sound (OHL) 2017
Owen Tippett F Mississauga (OHL) 2017
Joseph Veleno F Saint John (QMJHL) 2018

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Canada’s Selection Camp for the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Begins

While the Americans. along with Sweden, Switzerland and Slovakia have finalized their rosters for the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, Team Canada’s selection camp began today and will run until August 2nd in Calgary Alberta.

Hockey CanadaSeventeen of the forty four players taking part are from the Ontario Hockey League including Windsor Spitfires’ goaltender Michael DiPietro. Battling DiPeitro for one of the goaltending spots is Jacob McGrath of St Michaels of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. Ian Blacker (Oakville) and Jakob Brahaney (Kingston), two of sixteen defencemen battling for a spot, join McGrath from the OJHL.

Four players participating are not eligible for the National Hockey League Draft until 2018. They include  defencemen Evan Bouchard (London Knights) and Jeremy Groleau (Chicoutimi/QMJHL) along with forwards Ryan McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads) and Joseph Veleno (Saint John/QMJHL).

Canada will play a pre tournament game against the Czech Republic on August 6th. Cuts will happen before then but the roster may not be finalized until that meeting with the Czechs.

Here is a list of players participating in the camp:

Name Club Team Draft
Michael DiPietro Windsor (OHL) 2017
Jacob McGrath St. Michael’s (OJHL) 2017
Ian Scott Prince Albert (WHL) 2017
Matt Welsh Charlottetown (QMJHL) 2017
Ian Blacker Oakville (OJHL) 2017
Evan Bouchard London (OHL) 2018
Jakob Brahaney Kingston (OJHL) 2017
Josh Brook Moose Jaw (WHL) 2017
Antoine Crête-Belzile Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) 2017
Hayden Davis Niagara (OHL) 2017
Walter Flower Halifax (QMJHL) 2017
Brayden Gorda Edmonton (WHL) 2017
Jérémy Groleau Chicoutimi (QMJHL) 2018
Brady Lyle North Bay (OHL) 2017
Ian Mitchell Spruce Grove (AJHL) 2017
Jacob Paquette Kingston (OHL) 2017
Markus Phillips Owen Sound (OHL) 2017
Elijah Roberts Kitchener (OHL) 2017
Jonathan Smart Kelowna (WHL) 2017
Scott Walford Victoria (WHL) 2017
Jaret Anderson-Dolan Spokane (WHL) 2017
Jordy Bellerive Lethbridge (WHL) 2017
Shawn Boudrias Charlottetown (QMJHL) 2017
Shane Bowers Waterloo (USHL) 2017
Maxime Comtois Victoriaville (QMJHL) 2017
Brett Davis Lethbridge (WHL) 2017
MacKenzie Entwistle Hamilton (OHL) 2017
Brady Gilmour Saginaw (OHL) 2017
Cody Glass Portland (WHL) 2017
Austen Keating Ottawa (OHL) 2017
Jake Leschyshyn Regina (WHL) 2017
Stelio Mattheos Brandon (WHL) 2017
Ryan McLeod Mississauga (OHL) 2018
Greg Meireles Ottawa (CCHL) 2017
Antoine Morand Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL) 2017
Michael Rasmussen Tri-City (WHL) 2017
Isaac Ratcliffe Guelph (OHL) 2017
Matthew Strome Hamilton (OHL) 2017
Jack Studnicka Oshawa (OHL) 2017
Nick Suzuki Owen Sound (OHL) 2017
Joël Teasdale Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) 2017
Owen Tippett Mississauga (OHL) 2017
Joseph Veleno Saint John (QMJHL) 2018
Gabe Vilardi Windsor (OHL) 2017

Sudbury Wolves Franchise Announcement

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League in association with the Sudbury Wolves Hockey Club today announced that the Burgess and Edwards families have entered into an agreement to transfer 100% ownership of the hockey club to Sudbury businessman Dario Zulich.

Official Transfer of Ownership is pending League approval and will be addressed at the next scheduled meeting of the Ontario Hockey League Board of Governors taking place August 17-18, 2016.‎  The League and the Sudbury Wolves will not be making any further comment on this matter until completion of the Board of Governors meeting in August.

The Burgess and Edwards Family have owned and operated the Wolves franchise for the past 30 years making them the longest serving owners in the  OHL.  The storied Sudbury Wolves franchise will be entering into its 45th anniversary season in 2016-17.


Switzerland Names Roster for 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

Switzerland finalized it’s roster for the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and it is made up of 2 goaltenders, 9 defencemen and 14 forwards. Its a young team with five defencemen and two forwards not eligible for the National Hockey League Draft until 2018.

Three Canadian Hockey League players have made the roster: Simon Le Coultre of the Moncton Wilcats, Nico Hischier of the Halifax Moosheads. and Alex Simic of the Blainville-Bosbriand Armada, all of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Tim Kobler, who has been in the Ontario Hockey Association since the 2014-2015 season has also made the squad.

Here is the Swiss roster:

Player Pos Club Draft
Nils Johnson G GCK Lions 2017
Joel Messerti G EHC Kloten 2017
Yannick Brunner D EHC Kloten 2018
Tobias Geisser D EV Zug 2017
Nico Gross D EV Zug 2018
Simon Le Coultre D Moncton Wildcats/QMJHL 2017
Lucas Matewa D Fribourg-Gotteron 2018
Mick Schupbach D SC Bern 2017
Gabriel Widmer D GCK Lions 2018
Dario Wuthrich D EV Zug 2018
David Zeiter D Geneve-Servette 2017
Andreas Dopfner F EV Zug 2017
Nando Eggenberger F HC Davos 2018
Nico Hischier F Halifax Mooseheads/QMJHL 2017
Tim Kobler F OHA 2017
Philipp Kurashev F GCK Lions 2018
Marco Lehmann F EHC Kloten 2017
Sven Leuenberger F EV Zug 2017
Nicolas Muller F Modo / Sweden 2017
Robin Nyffeler F SCL Tigers 2017
Gil Reymondin F SC Bern 2017
Justin Sigrist F ZSC Lions 2017
Axel Simic F Blainville-Boisbriand/QMJHL 2017
Ramon Tanner F HC Davos 2017
Marlon Zbinden F SC Bern 2017

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Czech Republic Names Roster for 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

Today, the Czech Republic named its roster for the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. The roster is mad up of three goaltenders, eight defencemen and thirteen forwards. Forward Jachym Kondeleik is a prospect of the Ontario Hockey League’s Sudbury Wolves. Kondeleik, along with four of his soon to be teammates are not eligible until the 2018 National Hockey League Draft.

The Czech’s also named fourteen reserves should any of the players not be able to participate in the tournament which runs August 8 – 15.

Player Pos Club Draft
Jakub Škarek G HC DUKLA JIHLAVA 2018
Tomáš Vomáčka G MOUNTFIELD HK 2017
Radim Šalda D MOUNTFIELD HK 2017
Daniel Bukač D PIRÁTI CHOMUTOV 2017
Jakub Galvas D HC OLOMOUC 2017
Ludvik Rutar D HC OLOMOUC 2017
Dalimil Mikyska D HC KOMETA BRNO 2017
Filip Král D HC KOMETA BRNO 2018
David Kvasnička D HC PLZEŇ 2017
Jaroslav Dvořák F MOUNTFIELD HK 2017
Matyáš Svoboda F PIRÁTI CHOMUTOV 2017
Ondřej Machala F HC DYNAMO PARDUBICE 2017
Ostap Safin F HC SPARTA PRAHA 2017
Marek Škvrně F HC KOMETA BRNO 2017
Martin Nečas F HC KOMETA BRNO 2017
Matěj Novák F HC KOMETA BRNO 2017
Jan Hladoník F HC OCELÁŘI TŘINEC 2017
Jáchym Kondelík F HC MOTOR Č. BUDĚJOVICE 2018
Filip Chytil F HC PSG ZLÍN 2017

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Sweden Names Roster for 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

Sweden announced it’s roster for the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Team that includes two goaltenders, seven defencemen and thirteen forwards.

While most of the players named are eligible for the 2017 National Hockey League Draft, three of the players making the cut are not eligible until the 2018 draft. They are defenceman Rasmus Dahlin (April 13, 2000) and forwards Isac Lundestrom (November 6, 1999) and Lukas Wernblom (June 22, 2000).

Sweden will play in Group B along with Canada, Slovakia and Russia.

Team Sweden Roster

Player Pos Club Draft
OLLE ERIKSSON EK G Färjestads BK 2017
TOM HEDBERG D Leksands IF 2017
ANTON BJÖRKMAN D Linköping HC 2017
AUGUST BERG D Brynäs IF 2017
RASMUS DAHLIN D Frölunda HC 2018
ERIK ATERIUS F Leksands IF 2017
RICKARD HUGG F Leksands IF 2017
EMIL BEMSTRÖM F Leksands IF 2017
JAKOB RINGSBY F Färjestads BK 2017
MARCUS SYLVEGÅRD F IF Malmö Redhawks 2017

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USA Names Roster for the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

The Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament takes place from August 8 to August 15 in Breclav, Czech Republic and Bratislava Slovakia and is is the precursor to the start of the season for players eligible for the 2017 National Hockey League Draft.

The 2016 Tournament will be the 26th edition. It began in 1991 and has had a variety of different names over the years, but after the passing of Czech hockey great Ivan Hlinka, the Tournament was named after him in 2007.

Canada has won gold for 8 consecutive years now and for the 20th time in the 25 year history of the Tournament.

The United States has named it’s roster for the 2016 edition and it includes three players from the Ontario Hockey League: Sasha Chmelevski of the Ottawa 67’s, Ivan Lodnia of the Erie Otters and Dylan Seitz of the Kitchener Rangers.

All Team USA players are eligible for the 2017 NHL draft with Clayton Phillips and Matt Miller making the cut by 6 and 11 days respectively.

Here is the Team USA Roster

Player Pos League College
Keith Petruzzelli G USHL Quinnipiac
Cayden Primeau G USHL Northeastern
Mikey Anderson D USHL Minnesota-Duluth
Ronald Brickey D USHL Western Michigan
Tyler Inamoto D USHL Wisconsin
Joey Keane D USHL Miami
Tommy Miller D USHL Michigan State
Ben Mirageas D USHL Providence
Clayton Phillips D USHL Minnesota
Reilly Walsh D USHL Harvard
Sasha Chmelevski F OHL
Evan Dougherty F USHL Bowling Green
Charlie Dovorany F USHL Minnesota-Duluth
Mark Kastelic F WHL
Ivan Lodnia F OHL
Brannon McManus F USHL Minnesota
Mick Messner F USHL Wisconsin
Matt Miller F T1EHL Michigan State
Ryan Poehling F NCHC St Cloud State
Austin Pratt F WHL
Dylan Seitz F OHL