OHL This Week for May 17-28, 2017

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Toronto, ON – The 2016-17 Canadian Hockey League season is almost over as the Mastercard Memorial Cup Championship Final on Sunday officially brings the campaign to a close as a national champion will be crowned for the 99th time in Windsor.

 Here’s an extended look at what else is going on around the league the last two weeks:

SPITFIRES DEFEAT OTTERS TO ADVANCE TO MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP FINAL:

Jeremiah Addison recorded a hat-trick and Gabriel Vilardi chipped in with four assists as the Windsor Spitfires defeated the Erie Otters 4-2 to advance to the Mastercard Memorial Cup Final. Goaltender Michael DiPietro turned in a 33-save performance for Windsor as the Spits will face the winner of a Semi-Final matchup between Erie and the QMJHL champion Saint John Sea Dogs on Friday. Read more Highlights

 2017 MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP ARTICLES:

 WINDSOR:

Art of the Kill: Spitfires Record Setting Penalty Kill central to team’s success

Stanley’s return transformed Spits blue line

Repeat Reflections: Nemisz, Wellwood enjoyed the ride with Spitfires
Redemption Song: Spitfires aim to change last chapter

 ERIE:
Otters back to the drawing board ahead of Semi-Final

Perfect Fit: Cirelli and Foegele put Otters over the top
McDavid elated to see Otters conquer goals

Star Makers: Talented Otters keep record run alive

STROME’S SEVEN POINT GAME MAKES MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP HISTORY:

Arizona Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome of the Erie Otters posted the best single game performance in Mastercard Memorial Cup history this past week, recording seven points (4-3–7) in a 12-5 win over the Saint John Sea Dogs. Read more

MEMORIAL CUP ARRIVES IN WINDSOR:

The 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup festivities officially began following a day full of celebration highlighted by the Memorial Cup’s arrival to the City of Windsor. Watch

TWO OHL REFEREES, FOUR LINESMEN NAMED TO MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP OFFICIATING TEAM:

OHL referees in the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup include Darcy Burchell of Etobicoke, ON, and Mike Cairns of Scarborough, ON, who each received their second championship assignment. Linesmen selected to work the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup include Geoff Rutherford from nearby Lasalle, ON, along with Adam Harris (Hamilton), Andrew Jackson (Caledon), Justin Knaggs (Whitby), Dustin McCrank (Guelph), and Andrew Smith (Kitchener).  Read more

WOLVES INTRODUCE CORY STILLMAN AS NEW HEAD COACH:

The Sudbury Wolves have introduced former OHL champion and two-time Stanley Cup winner Cory Stillman as the club’s Head Coach. A native of Peterborough, Stillman has played more than 1000 games in the NHL and has been developing Junior and College players for the past six seasons, the last five with the Carolina Hurricanes organization. His experience playing for a range of coaches over the years such as Joel Quenneville, Peter Laviolette, and John Tortorella have allowed Cory to work with some of the best and most successful coaches in the NHL. Read more

STEELHEADS FINALIZE HOCKEY OPERATIONS STAFF FOR 2017-18 SEASON:

The Mississauga Steelheads made a number of moves this past week, adding the title of General Manager to James Richmond’s pre-existing role as Head Coach. Richmond finalized his staff for the 2017-18 season on Thursday, promoting both Assistant Coach Jeff Kyrzakos and Coordinator of Analytics Mike Doyle to the role of Assistant General Manager. Former Video Coach Brendan Taylor will step into an Assistant Coach position. The Steelheads have also named Rob Toffoli as the club’s new Head Scout. Read more

OHL PRIORITY SELECTION PROSPECTS COMMIT TO OHL:

A number of highly touted players chosen in the OHL Priority Selection have made commitments to the Ontario Hockey League. Robert Calisti (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds), Matt Gordon (Kitchener Rangers), Justin McCombs (Sarnia Sting), Nick Robertson (Peterborough Petes), Anthony Tabak (Sudbury Wolves) committed to their respective clubs this past week.

A week earlier, the commitment list was even longer and included: Connor McMichael (Hamilton Bulldogs), Grayson Ladd (Kitchener Rangers)Mason Primeau (Guelph Storm)Jack Quinn (Ottawa 67’s)Simon Rose and Kurtis Evans (North Bay Battalion), Aidan Prueter and Duncan Penman (Saginaw Spirit)Billy Constantinou (Niagara IceDogs), Nick Wong (Oshawa Generals).

OHL TEAM STAFF NEWS:

Sting GM Sinclair Signs Multi-Year Extension:
Read more

Petes GM Oke Signs Extension Through 2019-20: Read more

Storm Name Phil Golding Assistant GM: Read more

PETES HOSTED DEVELOPMENT CAMP:

The Peterborough Petes held their annual Spring Orientation Camp at the Peterborough Memorial Centre last weekend. They’re the latest in a long line of teams to host their OHL Priority Selection prospects for a weekend of getting familiarized with the organization. Read more

 OHL COACHES CONFERENCE SET FOR JUNE 3RD:

The 2017 OHL Coaches Conference is under a month away, taking place on Saturday June 3rd on the campus of UOIT in Oshawa. Many of the guest speakers for the 4th annual installment of the day-long conference have been confirmed and will provide minor hockey coaches the opportunity to learn from OHL, AHL, and NHL personnel in an interactive professional development day. Programs are open to any coach registered within the OHF, OHA, OWHA, HEO, or HNO, coaching Pee-Wee ‘AAA’, Minor Bantam and Major Bantam ‘AE to AAA’, Minor Midget and Midget ‘AE to AAA’. Read more

OHL ALUMNI GOLF TOURNAMENT FAST APPROACHING:

The 2017 OHL Alumni Association Golf Tournament is fast approaching! The 2nd annual event is set to take place on Monday June 5th at the Devil’s Pulpit, one of Canada’s most acclaimed private golf clubs located in Caledon, Ont. This event is one of several networking events focused on bringing together former players from all generations.  Proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the Gudbranson Stem Cell Research Grant, which helps fund research for Stem Cell Treatments. Space is limited! Be sure to sign up before Friday June 2ndRead more

CELEBRATE THE 2017 MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP WITH OHL SHOP:

Visit OHLSHOP.com and get 25% off your purchase during the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup! Use promo code ‘OHLMMC2017’ and take advantage of the savings! Visit OHLSHOP.com.

OTTERS’ TAYLOR RADDYSH SIGNS WITH LIGHTNING:

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Taylor Raddysh to a three-year, entry-level contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced on Monday. Raddysh played in 58 regular season games with the Otters this season, recording 42 goals and 109 points with a plus-67 rating. He led the OHL for assists with 67, ranked second for points and tied for sixth for goals. Read more

PETES’ WELLS SIGNS WITH OILERS:

The Edmonton Oilers have signed Peterborough Petes goaltender Dylan Wells to a three-year, entry-level NHL contract. Wells helped the Petes reach the Eastern Conference Final after posting a 3.07 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage over a career high 52 regular season contests. He tied for third in the OHL with 33 wins. Read more

FOUR OHL COACHES SELECTED FOR HOCKEY CANADA UNDER-18, UNDER-17 ASSIGNMENTS:

Kingston Frontenacs head coach Paul McFarland returns to lead Canada’s National Under-18 Team while three other coaches from across the OHL take on international assignments with Hockey Canada. Ryan Oulahen (Flint Firebirds), Spencer Carbery (Saginaw Spirit) and B.J. Adams (Erie Otters) will take on roles with Hockey Canada’s National Under-17 Teams. Read more

OHL COMMISSIONER DAVID BRANCH, STEELHEADS GM JAMES BOYD FEATURED ON MASTERCARD JUNIOR HOCKEY MAGAZINE:

The season finale of Junior Hockey Magazine features OHL Commissioner and CHL President David Branch previewing the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup and discussing the CHL Scholarship Program. Mississauga Steelheads GM James Boyd shares his story as an OHL graduate. Listen

ALUMNI NOTES:

8 OHL graduates earn IIHF World Championship Silver with Canada: 8 OHL graduates are IIHF World Championship silver medalists with Team Canada following a 2-1 shootout loss to Sweden on Sunday. Read more.

31 OHL graduates competing in AHL Conference Finals: A total of 31 OHL graduates have reached the Conference Finals of the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs. The Providence Bruins (BOS) and Syracuse Crunch (TB) square off in the East Final while the San Jose Barracuda (SJ) and Grand Rapids Griffins (DET) meet in the West. Read more

Cord, Schemitsch, Mahon, Bovair featured in OHL Alumni of the Month spotlight: The May edition of the OHL Alumni of the Month spotlight features Alex Cord, Geoffrey Schemitsch, Craig Mahon, and Terry Bovair who used their time in the OHL as a stepping stone to post-secondary and business success. Read more

14 OHL graduates competing in Stanley Cup Finals: A total of 14 OHL graduates, eight from the Pittsburgh Penguins and six from the Nashville Predators, will battle in the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals of the NHL Playoffs. The Predators advanced to the final round following a series win over the Anaheim Ducks while Pittsburgh got by the Ottawa Senators in seven games to be crowned Eastern Conference champions. OHL grads on Pittsburgh include Tom Kuhnhackl (Niagara IceD0gs), Tom Sestito (Plymouth Whalers), Garrett Wilson (Owen Sound Attack), Frank Corrado (Kitchener Rangers), Trevor Daley (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds), Cameron Gaunce (Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors), Olli Maatta (London Knights) and Matt Murray (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds). OHL grads on Nashville include Mike Fisher (Sudbury Wolves), James Neal (Plymouth Whalers), Austin Watson (London Knights), Ryan Ellis (Windsor Spitfires), P.K. Subban (Belleville Bulls) and Yannick Weber (Kitchener Rangers). 94 OHL grads began the journey to the Stanley Cup Final back in mid-April. Read more

CHL graduates descend on Windsor for alumni game: Prominent Canadian Hockey League graduates, predominantly from the Windsor Spitfires organization are set to compete in a special CHL Alumni Game at the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup in Windsor on Saturday at 2:00pm. Current NHL players such as Taylor Hall, Jeff Skinner, Josh Bailey, Matt Martin and Zack Kassian will participate alongside former pro names such as Ed Jovanovski, Steve Staios, Bob Boughner and Todd Warriner. Coaching staff will include NHL head coaches in Peter DeBoer (San Jose Sharks) and Joel Quenneville (Chicago Blackhawks). For full details visit mastercardmemorialcup.ca.

Blues hire Ott as Assistant Coach: One month removed from his final NHL contest, Windsor Spitfires graduate Steve Ott has accepted an assistant coaching position with the St. Louis Blues. An 848-game NHL veteran, Ott played 14 NHL seasons from 2002-17, recording 109 goals, 179 assists and 288 regular season points. He played three OHL seasons with the Windsor Spitfires from 1999-2002, recording 116 goals, 121 assists and 237 points over 174 regular season games. His number 14 is retired by the Spitfires. He was originally Dallas’ first round pick in the 2000 NHL Draft. Ott played parts of three seasons with St. Louis from 2013-16 before playing his final games as a member of the Montreal Canadiens this past season.

MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP SCHEDULE:


Friday May 19th:
Saint John Sea Dogs 2 at Windsor Spitfires 3 (Game 1) – Highlights

Saturday May 20th:
Erie Otters 4 at Seattle Thunderbirds 2 (Game 2) – Highlights

Sunday May 21st:
Windsor Spitfires 7 at Seattle Thunderbirds 1 (Game 3) – Highlights

Monday May 22nd:
Erie Otters 12 at Saint John Sea Dogs 5 (Game 4) – Highlights

Tuesday May 23rd:
Seattle Thunderbirds 0 at Saint John Sea Dogs 7 (Game 5) – Highlights

Wednesday May 24th:
Windsor Spitfires 4 vs. Erie Otters 2 (Game 6) – Highlights

Friday May 26th:
Saint John Sea Dogs vs. Erie Otters (Semi-Final) – 7:00pm (Sportsnet, TVA Sports, NHL Network, CHLLive.com)

Sunday May 28th:
Saint John Sea Dogs/Erie Otters vs. Windsor Spitfires (Championship Final) – 7:00pm (Sportsnet, TVA Sports, NHL Network, CHLLive.com)

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