OHL This Week for September 30 to October 2, 2016

Toronto, ON – Week two of the 2016-17 Ontario Hockey League season is underway!  Four more teams host home openers this weekend including Niagara, Oshawa, Erie, and Barrie among the 20 games being played tonight through Sunday.

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 Here’s a look at what’s been happening around the league.

 NHL TRAINING CAMP TRACKER:
164 OHL eligible players attended National Hockey League Training Camps, but many have returned back to their clubs. Follow along with the NHL Training Camp Tracker and see who is back in the lineup this weekend! FULL DETAILS

 STORM’S LIAM HERBST NAMED VAUGHN CHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK:

Liam Herbst of the Guelph Storm is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the first week of regular season action ending September 25 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .974. FULL STORY

BULLDOGS’ MATT LUFF NAMED OHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Los Angeles Kings prospect Matt Luff of the Hamilton Bulldogs is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for opening week action ending September 25 scoring six points in two games including four goals and two assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-7. FULL STORY

OHL NEWS – RADIO EDITION PRESENTED BY WARRIOR:

Host Terry Doyle caught up with OHL Player of the Week, Matt Luff, to discuss his entry-level contract with the Kings and the early season success of the Hamilton Bulldogs.  LISTEN.

ATTACK’S PETRUS PALMU TIES OHL RECORD:

Petrus Palmu was first star of the Attack’s 7-5 Wednesday night win over Hamilton with a goal and three assists, but found the back of the net in record tying fashion.  His goal came just four seconds into the middle frame, tying an OHL record for fastest goal to start a period, equaling London’s Doug Synyshin who set the mark in 1989. WATCH.

 MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP CHAMPION KNIGHTS HONOURED IN LONDON:

The London Knights celebrated an unforgettable 2015-16 season with their fans on Friday at Budweiser Gardens. Knights owner and former general manager Basil McRae was joined by champion Aaron Berisha at centre ice as a capacity crowd in London watched the 2016 Mastercard Memorial Cup championship banner ascend to the rafters. WATCH

FIREBIRDS HEADLINE 1ST EDITION OF THE OHL PLAYS OF THE WEEK:


A nifty passing play from the Flint Firebirds headlines the 1st edition of the OHL Plays of the Week. See the biggest saves and nicest goals around the OHL all season long with the OHL Plays of the Week. WATCH

RANGERS’ DAWSON CARTY LEADS JANES SAVES OF THE WEEK:
Check out the debut of #JanesSaves, including big stops from Leo Lazarev (Ottawa), Brent Moran (North Bay), David Ovsjannikov (Barrie), Liam Herbst (Guelph), Mario Peccia (Kingston) and Dawson Carty (Kitchener)! #JanesSaves features the top saves from around the OHL this week! WATCH

MILESTONES ABOUND DURING #OHLOPENINGWEEK:


18 players recorded their first OHL goal this past week while three goaltenders registered their first career shutout in the league.  These ‘Milestone Moments’ featured Ty Dellandrea, Matthew Menna, and Garrett Forrest of the Flint Firebirds, Kody Clark of the Ottawa 67’s, Richard Whittaker and Noah Bennett of the London Knights, Jordan Ernst and Brady Hinz of the Sarnia Sting, Brad Chenier of the North Bay Battalion, Matthew Philip of the Niagara IceDogs, Kyle Gentles of the Kitchener Rangers, Nathan Dunkley of the Kingston Frontenacs, Fedor Gordeev and Kaden Fulcher of the Hamilton Bulldogs, Michael Little and Aidan McFarland of the Mississauga Steelheads, Kyle Heitzner and Kirill Nizhnikov of the Barrie Colts, Cole Purboo of the Windsor Spitfires, Renars Krastenbergs of the Oshawa Generals, and Darian Pilon of the Sudbury Wolves. WATCH.

SPORTSNET PRE-SEASON COACHES POLL RESULTS:
Sportsnet asked coaches from all 20 OHL teams 16 different questions heading into the 2016-17 season and the results are in! FULL RESULTS

OHL LIVE EARLY BIRD PRICING STILL AVAILABLE:
The Ontario Hockey League, in association with its digital media partner NeuLion, are proud to offer Early Bird pricing for OHL Live up until October 2, 2016. Powered by NeuLion, OHL Live provides coverage of all 20 teams in the OHL and will deliver all 680 games throughout the regular season as well as coverage throughout the 2017 OHL Playoffs. FULL DETAILS

COMMUNITY CORNER:

Join the Mastercard Memorial Cup Community Activation Team: The 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup Host Organizing Committee (HOC) is looking for people interested in joining its Community Activation Team. The Community Activation Team will play a key role in raising awareness of the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup and educating people within the communities of Windsor-Essex and Kent County about the event’s historical significance – delivering those messages in the form of school visits and directly engaging with local businesses, among other means. Full details at mastercardmemorialcup.ca.

IceDogs raise banner Friday, honour St. Catharines Teepees SaturdayThe Niagara IceDogs will raise their Eastern Conference Championship banner on Friday night before saluting the heritage of OHL hockey in St. Catharines on Saturday. The Teepees won Mastercard Memorial Cup titles in 1954 and 1960 and several former players will be in attendance to perform the ceremonial puck-drop. Full details at niagaraicedogs.net.

Kids Weekend in Flint: After posting 4-0 and 2-0 victories on home ice last week, the Flint Firebirds host Kids Weekend at the Dort Federal Event Center. All children 12 and under receive a complimentary ticket with a purchased adult ticket. For full details, visit flintfirebirds.com.

Rangers begin school visits: The Kitchener Rangers are back out in the schools, visiting young fans across the region. Kyle Gentles and Jake Henderson paid a visit to Forest Glen Public School on Tuesday. Learn all about their visit at kitchenerrangers.com.

Petes continue CCM Mentorship Program: The Peterborough Petes, Peterborough Minor Hockey Council and Peterborough Hockey Association are working together again this season to help grow minor hockey in Peterborough and provide amazing experiences for local youth athletes. The CCM Mentorship Program continues for the 2016-17 season. Full details at gopetesgo.com.

ALUMNI NOTES:

11 OHL graduates win World Cup with Canada: 11 OHL graduates are World Cup Champions as members of Team Canada following a thrilling 2-1 comeback victory on Thursday. Defencemen Brent Burns (Brampton Battalion), Drew Doughty (Guelph Storm), Jake Muzzin (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) and Alex Pietrangelo (Barrie Colts) join forwards Logan Couture (Ottawa 67’s), Matt Duchene (Brampton Battalion), Ryan O’Reilly (Erie Otters), Corey Perry (London Knights), Steven Stamkos (Sarnia Sting), John Tavares (London Knights) and Joe Thornton (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) as champs. FULL DETAILS

OHL Alumni Association takes up the fight against cancer: The OHL Alumni Association is joining forces with The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, striving to conquer cancer in our lifetime as they hit the street for a day of road hockey at the annual Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer event on October 1st. The OHL Alumni Association’s 16-man roster has surpassed its $10,000 fundraising goal, having raised over $15,000 to date. All money raised will go towards cancer research, therapies and treatments that will ultimately save lives and provide a fighting chance to all those living with this devastating disease. FULL DETAILS

SCHEDULE: 

Friday September 30:
Windsor at Mississauga – 7:00pm
Kingston at Niagara – 7:00pm
Kitchener at North Bay – 7:00pm
Barrie at Sudbury – 7:00pm
Ottawa at Sarnia – 7:05pm
Hamilton at Guelph – 7:30pm
Sault Ste. Marie at London – 7:30pm
Peterborough at Oshawa – 7:35pm

Saturday October 1:
Kingston at Erie – 7:00pm
Sarnia at Flint – 7:00pm
Hamilton at Niagara – 7:00pm
Ottawa at Saginaw – 7:05pm
London at Barrie – 7:30pm
Guelph at Owen Sound – 7:30pm

Sunday October 2:
North Bay at Mississauga – 2:00pm
Kitchener at Sudbury – 2:00pm
Niagara at Peterborough – 2:05pm
Sault Ste. Marie at Sarnia – 2:05pm
Ottawa at Flint – 4:00pm
Windsor at Oshawa – 6:05pm

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