Toronto, ON – Ontario Hockey League action heads into the eleventh week of the regular season schedule with 23 games beginning tonight through Sunday.
Here’s a look at what’s going on around the league:
AT THE RINKS:
Teddy Bear Toss Weekend: Teddy Bears take flight this weekend with a total of five Teddy Bear Toss games on the schedule. The Flint Firebirds hold their inaugural Teddy Bear Toss on Friday night before London and Saginaw hold theirs on Saturday. Mississauga and Sarnia will round out the weekend with Teddy Bear Toss games on Sunday.
Toys for Tots on Friday in Mississauga: In partnership with Peel Regional Police, The Salvation Army and Canadian Tire, the Steelheads are collecting new, unwrapped toys to be distributed to underprivileged children throughout the Region of Peel this month. Additionally, fans will receive a free ticket to a Steelheads January home game when they bring a canned food donation to the Hershey Centre during any home game this month.
Storm host Books for Kids Night on Friday: Friday night marks the annual Guelph Mercury Books for Kids Night at the Sleeman Centre. The Guelph Mercury and the Guelph Storm are asking fans to bring happiness into the home of an underprivileged child in the community by donating new, unwrapped books that are suitable for children ages newborn to 18 years at all arena entrances. At last year’s Guelph Mercury Books For Kids Night, Guelph Storm fans generously donated over 750 books.
Hockey jersey night in Sudbury on Friday: Get your hockey jersey out! All youngsters aged 17-and-under who wear a hockey jerseyon Friday can see the Wolves battle the visiting Barrie Colts for the discounted price of $10!
Alex DeBrincat Bobblehead Night in Erie: The Erie Otters are holding Alex DeBrincat Bobblehead Night on Friday when they host the Owen Sound Attack. The first 500 kids age 12 and under to enter Erie Insurance Arena will receive a DeBrincat bobblehead courtesy of APeC Integration Services.
Star Wars Night in Flint: The first 2,000 fans into the Dort Federal Event Center for Star Wars Night on Saturday will receive a free light saber! The Firebirds will wear special Star Wars warm-up jerseys for charity. Fans will have the opportunity to bid on these jerseys in a silent auction on the concourse throughout the game. Saturday will also feature an exclusive Star Wars movie trailer, Lucas Film approved characters in attendance, Star Wars themed music and movie clips played throughout the game.
Win free pizza with the Bulldogs on Sunday: Fans will have a chance to win pizza for a year courtesy of Pizza Pizza when the Bulldogs host the Kingston Frontenacs on Sunday. There will also be a Pizza Pizza inflatable game for fans to participate in for a chance to win prizing. 500 vouchers will also be handed out for a free slice of Pizza courtesy of Pizza Pizza.
Frontenacs begin Pink in the Rink jersey auction: Starting Thursday, fans can bid on a game worn Kingston Frontenacs Pink in the Rink jersey worn on October 30th against Peterborough. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. Bid Today!
Attack raise $34,500 in support of men’s health with Bears in Blue event: The Owen Sound Attack raised a grand total of $34,500 in their third annual Bears in Blue event last Saturday night at home to the London Knights. The post-game jersey auction brought in almost $16,000 while the sale of special toques and mittens, Celebrity Serve at Boston Pizza, silent auction and other donations accounted for the remaining funds. Full Story
Rangers visit Grand River Hospital: Kitchener Rangers forwards Jake Henderson, Nick Magyar and Mason Kohn paid a visit to Grand River Hospital in Kitchener on Monday, joining Santa Claus as they spread holiday cheer to children dealing with various health ailments.
IceDogs visit Wainfleet for community skate: The Niagara IceDogs travelled to Wainfleet Tuesday night for their second RBC Community Skate of the season. The open practice took place at Wainfleet Arena before players returned to the ice to meet fans and sign autographs afterward. Visit the IceDogs on Facebook to see photos from the event.
67’s hold Kids Club Holiday Party on Saturday: Join Big Joe and his friends, Sparky and Riley the Raccoon, at Midway Family Fun Parkon Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. for the 2nd Annual Kids Club Holiday Party. FREE for all Kids Club members. Santa Claus promised to pop by, along with players from the 67’s to meet the kids, sign autographs, and give away prizes! For more information please visitottawa67s.com.
Skate with the Wolves on Saturday: The Sudbury Wolves will host their annual Skate with the Wolves on Saturday from noon until1:00pm at the Sudbury Arena. The Wolves ask that the general public make a donation to the Telethon to attend the free skate. Kids 17 and under who attend the skate and make a donation will receive a free ticket to Sunday’s game against the Oshawa Generals.
KNIGHTS’ CHRISTIAN DVORAK RECEIVES WEEKLY HONOURS:
Arizona Coyotes prospect Christian Dvorak of the London Knights is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the week ending November 29 after scoring six goals and three assists for nine points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-3. Dvorak had a pair of four-point performances helping the Knights win all three of their games extending the club’s winning-streak to four games and improving their third-place record to 18-4-1-1.
13 OHL PLAYERS INVITED TO CANADA’S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM SELECTION CAMP:
Returning Canadian World Junior gold medalist Lawson Crouse of the Kingston Frontenacs headlines a group of 13 OHL players that have been invited to Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp that begins on December 10th in Toronto. Other forwards invited include Michael Dal Colle (Oshawa Generals), Brendan Perlini (Niagara IceDogs), Mitchell Stephens (Saginaw Spirit), Travis Konecny (Ottawa 67’s), Mitch Marner (London Knights), Dylan Strome (Erie Otters) and Spencer Watson (Kingston Frontenacs). Defencemen invited include Vince Dunn (Niagara IceDogs), Roland McKeown (Kingston Frontenacs) and Jakob Chychrun (Sarnia Sting) while goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (Barrie Colts) was one of two netminders invited to the camp. Full Story
SPITFIRES AND KNIGHTS SQUARE OFF ON SPORTSNET FRIDAY NIGHT HOCKEY:
Two Western Conference rivals clash this week on Sportsnet Friday Night Hockey as the Windsor Spitfires visit the London Knights at7:30pm ET live on Sportsnet East, Ontario and Pacific.
SPORTSNET #WHATTOWIN RETURNS:
Mitch Marner toe drags to win. What do you do to win? Sportsnet #WhatToWin is back! See what the OHL’s best and brightest young stars do to fuel success!
WOLVES’ LEVIN FEATURED ON SPORTSNET’S ‘THE NEXT ONES’:
Sudbury Wolves rookie sensation David Levin’s eventful journey from Israel to Sudbury is documented in the first episode of Sportsnet’s brand new magazine show “The Next Ones” with host Jeff Marek. See this episode and top plays from around the CHL onSportsnet’s The Next Ones.
TIP TOP TAILORS OHL PLAYS OF THE WEEK – WEEK 11:
Oshawa Generals rookie Domenic Commisso comes out of the penalty box to steal the show in the 11th edition of the Tip Top Tailors OHL Plays of the Week!
GETTING ON THE BOARD: FIRST OHL GOALS IN 2015-16:
Check out the players who have scored their first OHL goal in the past week! 104 different players have accomplished the milestone this season! Click on a player’s name below to watch his first OHL goal!
Sparks earns shutout in NHL debut: Guelph Storm graduate Garret Sparks became the first goaltender in Toronto Maple Leafs franchise history to record a shutout in his NHL debut on Monday. The Elmhurst, Illinois native made 24 saves to lead the Leafs past the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 on home ice. Sparks, who is the AHL’s Goaltender of the Month for November, has had a great start to his season with the Toronto Marlies, recording an 8-2-1 record with a 1.90 goals-against average and a .938 save percentage in 11 games. Sparks played for the Storm from 2010-13, going 71-48-1-8 with a 2.97 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage in 138 career OHL games. His 36 wins and seven shutouts as a 19 year-old in 2012-13 remain a Storm franchise record. Sparks became the 16th OHL grad to debut in the NHL this season. FULL STORY.
Ritchie records first NHL point: Nick Ritchie’s first career NHL point helped the Anaheim Ducks defeat Vancouver 4-0 on Monday. Ritchie registered an assist on a third period marker by Jakob Silfverberg. The 6’2″, 232Ib. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds graduate was playing in his eighth career NHL game. Ritchie played four OHL seasons from 2011-15, appearing in 212 games between Peterborough and Sault Ste. Marie, scoring 102 goals while adding 108 assists for 210 regular season points. Ritchie had an additional 18 goals, 18 assists and 36 points in 25 career playoff games.
Kane, Duchene named NHL Stars for November: OHL graduates Patrick Kane and Matt Duchene have been named NHL Stars of the Month for November. A London Knights graduate, Patrick Kane is the NHL’s first star of the month and is currently in the midst of a 20-game pointstreak, recently setting the benchmark for the longest point streak by an American-born player in NHL history. Now Kane has his sights set on Bobby Hull’s Blackhawks franchise record of 21. The Buffalo, NY, native currently leads the NHL in scoring with 15 goals, 23 assists and 38 points in 25 games. A graduate of the Brampton Battalion, Duchene, the NHL’s third star of the month, had a tremendous month of November, recording 11 goals, nine assists and 20 points in 14 contests. Duchene is currently second in Avalanche team scoring with 13 goals 10 assists and 23 points on the season.
D’Agostini named CIS Male Athlete of the Week: Peterborough Petes graduate Andrew D’Agostini of the University of Guelph Gryphons has been named the CIS Male Athlete of the Week. D’Agostini was unbeatable this past weekend, turning aside all 76 shots he faced to help the Gryphons (9-6) defeat nationally eighth-ranked Carleton 2-0 and RMC 3-0. The Scarborough, ON, native opened the two-game set with a 33-save performance against the Ravens last Friday night in Ottawa, and followed up with a 43-save effort versus RMC Saturday in Kingston. D’Agostini currently ranks second in the country in save percentage (.936) and third in goals against average (2.07). A former five-year veteran of the Peterborough Petes, D’Agostini recorded a career OHL record of 71-85-2-9 with a 3.75 goals-against average and an .895 save percentage in 190 regular season games.
Altshuller named ECHL Goaltender of the Month: Oshawa Generals graduate Daniel Altshuller has been named the ECHL’s Goaltender of the Month for November. The 21 year-old went 5-0-0 with three shutouts, a 0.80 goals-against average and a .968 save percentage with the Florida Everblades, the ECHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes. Altshuller allowed two goals or less in all five of his November starts and is coming off shutouts in each of his last two games. The Nepean, ON, native spent three seasons with Oshawa from 2011-14, going 78-47-3-5 with a 2.80 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage and five shutouts in 140 regular season games.
6 OHL graduates to represent CIS against National Junior Team: Six OHL grads will represent the CIS against Canadian National Junior Team hopefuls in Toronto on December 12th and 13th. Kevin Bailie (Queen’s/London Knights), Spencer Abraham (Queen’s/Erie Otters), Tim Campbell (Lethbridge/Guelph Storm), Colin Behenna (Waterloo/Barrie Colts), Liam Heelis (McGill/Owen Sound Attack) and Eric Locke (StFX/Saginaw Spirit) will all represent the CIS squad coached by former Guelph Storm and Sarnia Sting head coach Shawn Camp. Full CIS Roster
KEY WEEKEND MATCHUPS:
Kingston Frontenacs (16-8-1-1) vs. Peterborough Petes (14-9-2-2)
Thursday December 3 at Peterborough, Friday December 4 at Kingston
The Kingston Frontenacs and Peterborough Petes have emerged as a pair of competitive East Division clubs, ones who will clash for the fourth time this season on Thursday in Peterborough. The Petes enter action on a six game winning streak, trailing first place Kingston by just two points in the standings. They’ll try and narrow the gap, looking to goaltenders Matt Mancina and Dylan Wells for continued strong play in the crease while Eric Cornel, Greg Betzold and Hunter Garlent lead the attack. The Frontenacs have won their last two contests and feature Canadian World Junior Selection Camp invitees Lawson Crouse, Spencer Watson and Roland McKeown all contributing of late.
Windsor Spitfires (16-8-3-0) vs. London Knights (18-4-1-1)
Friday December 4 at London (Sportsnet Friday Night Hockey)
The Spitfires and Knights will battle on a big stage Friday night, taking their feud to Sportsnet’s Friday Night Hockey for a fifth meeting this season. The Knights come off a 5-3 win over Windsor on Sunday as reigning Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week Christian Dvorak had two goals and two assists. The Knights enter the weekend as the sixth ranked team in the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings having won their past four games. Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Mitch Marner enters play on a 16-game point streak. The Spitfires lead the West Division with a 16-8-3-0 record. Leading scorer Christian Fischer comes off a solid month of November that included 12 points (8-4–12) in 11 games while 18 year-old Aaron Luchuk registered points in 10 of his 11 contests. Both the Knights and Spitfires have acquired former overaged WHL goaltenders in past weeks, with the London bringing in Brendan Burke from the Calgary Hitmen while the Spitfires obtained Garret Hughson, formerly of the Spokane Chiefs.
Thursday, December 3
Mississauga at Niagara – 7:00pm
Kingston at Peterborough – 7:05pm
Flint at Windsor – 7:05pm
Friday, December 4
Owen Sound at Erie – 7:00pm
Peterborough at Kingston – 7:00pm
Barrie at Sudbury – 7:00pm
North Bay at Sarnia – 7:05pm
Saginaw at Flint – 7:30pm
Hamilton at Guelph – 7:30pm
Ottawa at Kitchener – 7:30pm
Windsor at London – 7:30pm (Sportsnet Friday Night Hockey)
Niagara at Mississauga – 7:30pm
Saturday, December 5
Owen Sound at Erie – 7:00pm
Ottawa at London – 7:00pm
North Bay at Saginaw – 7:05pm
Oshawa at Sault Ste. Marie – 7:07pm
Sarnia at Flint – 7:30pm
Sunday, December 6
London at Guelph – 2:00pm
Barrie at Mississauga – 2:00pm
Oshawa at Sudbury – 2:00pm
Ottawa at Sarnia – 2:05pm
North Bay at Sault Ste. Marie – 2:07pm
Kingston at Hamilton – 3:00pm
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