10 OHL PLAYERS MOVE FORWARD WITH CANADA’S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM

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Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is pleased to announce that 10 OHL players will be heading to Europe as part of Canada’s National Junior Team following cuts announced on Thursday as Selection Camp came to a close in Oakville, Ont.

OHL players on the 24-man roster include forwards Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves), Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds), Aidan Dudas (Owen Sound Attack), Liam Foudy (London Knights), Barrett Hayton (Arizona Coyotes/Soo Greyhounds), Connor McMichael (London Knights) and Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs), defencemen Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s) and Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters) as well as goaltender Nico Daws (Guelph Storm).

Of the 10 OHL players, Hayton, who has appeared in 14 games with the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes this season, is the lone returning name from last year’s World Junior Championship in Vancouver, BC. Top 2020 NHL Draft prospects Byfield and Drysdale won silver together at this past summer’s Hlinka Gretzky Cup Tournament.

London Knights head coach Dale Hunter will lead Team Canada behind the bench joined by Ottawa 67’s bench boss Andre Tourigny who will serve as an assistant. Owen Sound Attack head coach Alan Letang will serve as a pre-scout coach.

“As with every year, there are difficult decisions to trim down our roster, but ultimately we believe this group will give us our best shot at a gold medal,” said Shawn Bullock, director of men’s national teams with Hockey Canada. “We will continue the process of building our team, and we look forward to an exciting World Juniors.”

Canada’s final 22-player roster does not need to be officially submitted to the International Ice Hockey Federation until Dec. 25.

OHL PLAYERS MOVING FORWARD WITH CANADA’S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM:

Goaltenders:
Nico Daws (Guelph Storm)

Defencemen:
Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s)
Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters)

Forwards:
Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves)
Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds)
Aidan Dudas (Owen Sound Attack)
Liam Foudy (London Knights)
Barrett Hayton (Arizona Coyotes/Soo Greyhounds)
Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)

The puck will officially drop on Boxing Day when Canada takes on the United States at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT, followed by games against Russia, Germany and the Czech Republic to round out preliminary action.

TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, will once again provide wall-to-wall game coverage and analysis throughout the tournament, including Canada’s two pre-tournament games on Dec. 19 against Switzerland and Dec. 23 against Finland; check local listings for details.

For more information on Canada’s National Junior Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow through social media on Facebook Twitter and #WorldJuniors.

Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings

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Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week thirteen edition of the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2019-20 season.  The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 13

Rank: Team: Last Week Ranked: Total Weeks Ranked:
1 Sherbrooke Phoenix (25-4-2-0) 1 13
2 Ottawa 67’s (22-6-0-0) 3 11
3 Moncton Wildcats (22-8-0-0) 2 7
4 Everett Silvertips (21-6-1-0) 6 7
5 Chicoutimi Sagueneens (22-6-3-0) 5 13
6 Prince Albert Raiders (19-6-3-1) 4 10
7 Peterborough Petes (21-7-1-1) 10 5
8 Portland Winterhawks (20-6-1-2) 3
9 Medicine Hat Tigers (21-8-1-0) 9 3
10 Guelph Storm (18-6-1-3) 2
Honourable Mention:
Windsor Spitfires (16-6-3-0) 8 5
Edmonton Oil Kings (19-6-5-2) 10
Rimouski Oceanic (19-7-3-3) 1

Vaughn CHL Team of the Week

The Canadian Hockey League today announced the 12th edition of the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week for the 2019-20 season based on individual performances from Dec. 2-8.

Leading the way is Flint Firebirds captain and Dallas Stars first-round pick Ty Dellandrea who collected six goals and five assists for 11 points across three appearances. That stretch counted a pair of four-point efforts including a three-goal, one-assist showing against the Barrie Colts on Thursday in which Dellandrea notched his second hat-trick of the season to power his club to a 5-2 road victory and earn first-star recognition. For his efforts, Dellandrea was named the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week.

Also up front is Rimouski Oceanic captain and 2020 NHL Draft favourite Alexis Lafreniere who capped the week with seven goals and four assists for 11 points in four outings. Against the Val-d’Or Foreurs on Friday, Lafreniere recorded his second five-point night of the season as he finished with his fifth career hat-trick plus two assists en route to a 10-8 road win in addition to first star honours. Lafreniere, who stands atop the CHL with 70 points on the season, wrapped up the week with Ultramar QMJHL Player of the Week recognition.

Rounding out the forward ranks is Sherbrooke Phoenix centre Felix Robert who collected nine points counting two goals and seven assists over a trio of appearances. Currently riding a three-game point streak, that stretch included Friday’s four-point effort against the Moncton Wildcats in which Robert finished with two goals and two assists to help guide his team to a 6-3 victory in addition to earning second-star recognition.

On the back end, Everett Silvertips blue-liner Jake Christiansen, who began the season with the AHL’s Stockton Heat, made a phenomenal return to the lineup in recording eight points counting five goals and three assists over three games. After making an immediate impact with a three-point debut, Christiansen then matched that total in his most recent outing in netting two goals including the eventual game winner plus one assist in a 6-3 road victory versus the Calgary Hitmen that earned him first-star honours and later helped him claim WHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week recognition.

Partnering on the blue line is Drummondville Voltigeurs rookie rearguard Jacob Dion who wrapped up the week with two goals and six assists for eight points in three games. Against the Wildcats on Saturday, Dion finished with a career-high four points – all coming as helpers – en route to a 6-3 victory that saw him recognized as the game’s first star.

Between the pipes, Ottawa 67’s netminder Cedrick Andree was nearly unbeatable across two appearances as he turned aside a combined 53 of 54 shots in the home-and-home Battle of the Ottawa River versus the Gatineau Olympiques to finish the week with a perfect 2-0-0-0 showing. Andree’s top performance came Friday in Gatineau as he stopped all 32 shots to record his sixth career shutout en route to a 4-0 victory and first-star recognition. In all, Andree wrapped up the week with an incredible 0.50 goals-against average and an equally impressive .981 save percentage.

OHL CUP POWERED BY UNDER ARMOUR MINOR MIDGET TOP-10 RANKINGS

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Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the third edition of the weekly minor midget rankings for the 2020 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament powered by Under Armour and hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League.

The 2020 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour and hosted by the GTHL is scheduled for March 17-23 and will feature 20 teams from across Ontario and the United States showcasing many of the top players eligible for the 2020 OHL Priority Selection.  All games will be played at Scotiabank Pond in Toronto until the Championship Final moves to the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Monday, March 23.

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.

Minor Midget Rankings for the 2020 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour – Week 3

RANK TEAM LEAGUE LAST WEEK WEEKS RANKED
1 Quinte Red Devils OMHA 1 3
2 Toronto Jr. Canadiens GTHL 2 3
3 Toronto Marlboros GTHL 3 3
4 Toronto Titans GTHL 4 3
5 Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs ALLIANCE 6 3
6 Southern Tier Admirals OMHA 5 3
7 Waterloo Wolves ALLIANCE 8 3
8 Toronto Nationals GTHL 7 3
9 Hamilton Huskies ALLIANCE 1
10 York-Simcoe Express OMHA 9 3
Honourable Mention:
Mississauga Senators GTHL
Mississauga Reps GTHL 1
Whitby Wildcats OMHA

 

The Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs, Waterloo Wolves and Hamilton Huskies are all on the rise in the third edition of the weekly OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Top 10 Rankings. The 16-0-6 Chiefs remain undefeated in ALLIANCE regular season play, defeating seventh-ranked Waterloo 5-1 on Friday. The Wolves are 17-3-3, sitting one point back of Elgin-Middlesex and holding down third in the ALLIANCE Minor Midget ranks. The ALLIANCE’s first place Hamilton Huskies make their season debut inside the Top 10, currently on a six-game winning streak with wins in nine of their last 10. The Quinte Red Devils hold down the top spot for a second straight week, currently riding a four-game winning streak to improve their regular season record to 19-2-2.

History:
Last season the Don Mills Flyers overcame a 4-1 deficit to defeat the Toronto Red Wings 6-5 as Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs) set 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 Dylan Strome (Toronto Marlboros/Chicago Blackhawks), Travis Konecny (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs/Philadelphia Flyers), Mitch Marner (Vaughan Kings/Toronto Maple Leafs), Connor McDavid (Toronto Marlboros/Edmonton Oilers), Max Domi (Don Mills Flyers/Montreal Canadiens), Sean Monahan (Mississauga Rebels/Calgary Flames), Taylor Hall (Greater Kingston Frontenacs/New Jersey Devils), Tyler Seguin (Toronto Nationals/Dallas Stars), John Tavares (Toronto Marlboros/Toronto Maple Leafs), P.K Subban (Markham Islanders/New Jersey Devils), and Steven Stamkos (Markham Waxers/Tampa Bay Lightning).

For more information, please visit ohlcup.ca.

Just How Impressive Has Jan Jenik and His Scoring Streak Been?

As is the case in real life, in hockey, all good things must come to an end.

Hamilton Bulldogs winger and Arizona Coyotes prospect (Round 3, 65th overall, 2018 NHL Entry Draft) Jan Jenik has been nothing short of impressive this season coming off an Ontario Hockey League high 26 game point streak in which he notched 22 goals and 34 helpers.

But just how impressive has the streak been?

Jan Jenik of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Jan Jenik of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

Well, since the turn of the century, few players have had longer point streaks. The Oshawa Generals’ Brett MacLean had a 32-game point streak during the 2007-2008 campaign while the Sarnia Stings’ Jordan Kyrou had himself a 30-game point streak during the 2016-2017 season.

Jenik’s 26 games have him one shy of the next with three National Hockey League superstars, Connor McDavid, John Tavares and Alex DeBrincat.

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That’s not to say that Jenik will end up in the same class as those players. MacLean only went on to play 18 games in the NHL but was forced to retire after suffering cardiac arrest while playing in a pick up game in July of 2012. He had just come off of three 20-goal and a 30-goal season in the American Hockey League and was hoping to make his mark.

Kyrou is still trying to carve himself a niche. The second-round pick, 35th overall by the St Louis Blues has had to battle some injuries but has been clipping along at a near point-per-game pace in the AHL and has recently been called up to the Blues.

But as you go through the list of those with the longest point streaks since the 2001-2001 season, you’ll find that there can be a transition in offence from the OHL to the NHL.

In terms of points per game during their respective streaks, Jenik is no Sergei Kostityn, who led the way with a remarkable 2.84 points-per-game during his run in 2006-2007 with the London Knights. Jenik is no slouch, having put up 2.15 points per game during his drive, good for tenth spot.

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However, what is most impressive is the percentage of team’s offense the players provided while they were on their respective rosters. And if you look near the top, you’ll find Jenik’s name. It’s not an exact representations as Jenik hasn’t even played half the season yet, but it does represent how important he is to the Bulldogs offence.

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Despite the offensive prowess, Jenik’s defensive game sometimes gets overshadowed. He is a smart player without the puck, knowing how to take away passing lanes and almost always has his stick in an excellent defensive posture. Coaches aren’t afraid to use him on the PK, and yes even down two men. He takes important faceoffs and is usually one of the first over the boards in the last minute to defend a one-goal lead or to try and even things up. In his last game against Mississauga where the streak ended, he was the guy in front of his empty net blocking a sure goal to give his team a chance. Oh, and a premature whistle by the referee in which Jenik scored to tie the game, caused his point streak to come to an end.

 

FIREBIRDS’ TY DELLANDREA NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Dallas Stars prospect Ty Dellandrea of the Flint Firebirds is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week with 11 points including six goals and five assists over three contests.

Dellandrea helped the Firebirds take four of a possible six points on a three game weekend road trip with stops in Barrie, Sudbury and North Bay, recording a pair of four-point performances along with a three-point effort. The fourth-year centreman recorded his second hat-trick of the season, tacking on an assist for four points in Flint’s 5-2 win over the Barrie Colts on Thursday. He chipped in with a goal and two assists, earning third star honours as the Firebirds fell 8-5 to the Sudbury Wolves on Friday, a game that saw him take an incredible 46 faceoffs while winning 29 of them. Dellandrea scored twice and added two assists in Sunday’s 5-3 win over the North Bay Battalion, scoring the game winner 5:50 into the third period. He won 62.7 percent of his faceoffs over the course of the three games, earning star of the game recognition in each.

A 19-year-old from Port Perry, Ont., Dellandrea recently became the all-time leading scorer in Flint Firebirds history. The 6-foot-1, 190Ib. pivot has 37 points (17-20–37) over 27 games this season and will attend Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp this week in Oakville, Ont. Originally a first round (5th overall) pick of the Firebirds in 2016, Dellandrea was selected by the Dallas Stars with the 13th overall pick of the 2018 NHL Draft. He made his pro debut last spring, recording three points (2-1–3) over 11 games with the AHL’s Texas Stars.

A pair of goaltenders were also considered for the award this week including Cedrick Andree of the Ottawa 67’s who played to a 2-0 record, registering a shutout along with a 0.50 goals-against average and .981 save percentage. Peterborough Petes netminder Hunter Jones was also solid, going 2-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average and a .951 save percentage.

• HIGHLIGHTS: Dellandrea’s four-point night in Barrie
• HIGHLIGHTS: Dellandrea records three points against Wolves
• HIGHLIGHTS: Dellandrea scores twice, adds two assists in North Bay

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2019-20 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Dec. 4 – Dec. 8: Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds)
Nov. 27 – Dec. 1: Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 24: Riley McCourt (Flint Firebirds)
Nov. 13 – Nov. 17: Jan Jenik (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 10: Cam Hillis (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 30 – Nov. 3: Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Oct. 23 – Oct. 27: Nico Daws (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 14 – Oct. 20: Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)
Oct. 9 – Oct. 13: Mack Guzda (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 6: Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs)
Sept. 26 – Sept. 29: Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 22: Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (Peterborough Petes)

Jaromir Pytlik – Soo Greyhounds – Player Profile

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 192 pounds

Date of birth: September 25, 2001

Hometown: Dacice, Czech Republic

Position: Center/Wing

Shoots: Right

OHL Draft: Round 2, 118th overall, 2018 CHL Import Draft

NHL Central Scouting Rankings

Pre-season November Mid-term Final
B B N/A N/A
Jaromir Pytlik of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Jaromir Pytlik of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

The Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds selected Jaromir Pytlik with the 118th pick at the 2018 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft following an impressive early career in his native Czech Republic. But even more impressive is Pytlik’s international experience.

In his young career, Pytlik has represented the Czech Republic in 76 games that include the Hlinka/Gretzky, World Hockey Challenge Under-17, World Junior Championships Under-18 as well as several other international competitions. In total, Pytlik has scored 20 goals and added 23 helpers.

Last season, Pytlik joined the Greyhounds on January 11, 2019 and although it took him a few games to get accustomed, he never looked back. He would finish the season playing in 26 games scoring 11 goals and assisting on 8 others while finishing with a plus-14. He showed no drop off in the playoffs with the same .73 points-per-game on 4 goals and 4 assists in 11 games. Despite playing just one-third of the season, Pytlik finished ninth in goals by a rookie.

To date this season, Pytlik has 12 goals and 18 assists in 28 games.

Pytlik has good size and skates extremely well – he’s shown an improvement from last season, and I’m not so sure it needed improving as much as he needed to use the smaller ice surface differently then the European ice. He knows how to use his body and strength. He is a force down low, along the walls and in front of the goal and with his quick smooth hands, is dangerous in the goal area. He understands how to use his frame to protect the puck which makes him effective on the cycle and coming off the wall.

Pytlik is also a very intelligent player and one of the most complete players in his draft class. His attention to detail on defence is as important to him as offence. The coaching staff can trust him with big defensive responsibilities and is usually the first player over the boards in the last minute whether down a goal or up a goal. He can kill penalties and is a threat offensively on the PK.

Pytlik can play both center and wing, which is something NHL scouts covet. Here’s the thing: While he’s smart enough and more then capable of handling the defensive responsibilities to play in the middle, he needs some serious work on the faceoff dot. Not a big worry as it is something that can be improved, especially knowing he is willing to put in the work. And on the wing, I would like him to add another gear to is speed. Again, he’s worked on that and has shown improvement and if he continues to put the effort into improving, then it’s a no brainer.

NHL Central Scouting had him listed as a B-prospect on both their preseason and November lists – which means a second to third round pick. If things keep going as they are, and he continues to show improvement, he could be a very early second rounder and possibly garner some attention as a late first.

Fans either like him because of his physical, power game or don’t because he isn’t a flashy bring them out of their seat’s kind of player. But scouts do because of his all-around complete game.

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Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 12

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Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week twelve edition of the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2019-20 season.  The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 12

Rank: Team: Last Week Ranked: Total Weeks Ranked:
1 Sherbrooke Phoenix (22-4-2-0) 1 12
2 Moncton Wildcats (21-6-0-0) 2 6
3 Ottawa 67’s (20-6-0-0) 7 10
4 Prince Albert Raiders (18-5-3-1) 6 9
5 Chicoutimi Sagueneens (20-5-3-0) 5 12
6 Everett Silvertips (17-6-1-0) 4 6
7 London Knights (17-5-1-1) 5
8 Windsor Spitfires (15-5-3-0) 3 5
9 Medicine Hat Tigers (19-7-1-0) 2
10 Peterborough Petes (19-6-1-1) 4
Honourable Mention:
Portland Winterhawks (17-6-1-2) 9 2
Rimouski Oceanic (17-6-2-3) 1
Edmonton Oil Kings (18-6-4-2) 10

OHL CUP POWERED BY UNDER ARMOUR MINOR MIDGET TOP-10 RANKINGS

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Quinte Red Devils climb into top spot after a strong showing in this past weekend’s Whitby Silver Stick Tournament

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the second edition of the weekly minor midget rankings for the 2020 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament powered by Under Armour and hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League.

The 2020 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour and hosted by the GTHL is scheduled for March 17-23 and will feature 20 teams from across Ontario and the United States showcasing many of the top players eligible for the 2020 OHL Priority Selection.  All games will be played at Scotiabank Pond in Toronto until the Championship Final moves to the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Monday, March 23.

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.

Minor Midget Rankings for the 2020 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour – Week 2

RK. TEAM LEAGUE LAST WEEK WEEKS RANKED
1 Quinte Red Devils OMHA 2 2
2 Toronto Jr. Canadiens GTHL 1 2
3 Toronto Marlboros GTHL 3 2
4 Toronto Titans GTHL 4 2
5 Southern Tier Admirals OMHA 5 2
6 Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs ALLIANCE 7 2
7 Toronto Nationals GTHL 3 2
8 Waterloo Wolves ALLIANCE 8 2
9 York-Simcoe Express OMHA 9 2
10 London Jr. Knights ALLIANCE 1
Honourable Mention:
Hamilton Huskies ALLIANCE
Mississauga Senators GTHL
Mississauga Reps GTHL 10 1

The Quinte Red Devils rise to the top spot in the second edition of the weekly rankings after reaching the semi-final of the Gloria Rints Memorial International Silver Stick Tournament held this past weekend in Whitby, Ont. Quinte was the last Ontario-based team standing in the annual showcase as Detroit Honeybaked went on to win Sunday’s championship final. Also on the rise are the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs who climb one spot to sixth along with the cross-town ALLIANCE rival London Jr. Knights who take the 10th spot after making the quarter-final in Whitby this past weekend.

History:
Last season the Don Mills Flyers overcame a 4-1 deficit to defeat the Toronto Red Wings 6-5 as Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs) set 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 Dylan Strome (Toronto Marlboros/Chicago Blackhawks), Travis Konecny (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs/Philadelphia Flyers), Mitch Marner (Vaughan Kings/Toronto Maple Leafs), Connor McDavid (Toronto Marlboros/Edmonton Oilers), Max Domi (Don Mills Flyers/Montreal Canadiens), Sean Monahan (Mississauga Rebels/Calgary Flames), Taylor Hall (Greater Kingston Frontenacs/New Jersey Devils), Tyler Seguin (Toronto Nationals/Dallas Stars), John Tavares (Toronto Marlboros/Toronto Maple Leafs), P.K Subban (Markham Islanders/New Jersey Devils), and Steven Stamkos (Markham Waxers/Tampa Bay Lightning).

For more information, please visit ohlcup.ca.

Vaughn CHL Team of the Week

The Canadian Hockey League today announced the 11th edition of the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week for the 2019-20 season based on individual performances from Nov. 25 – Dec. 1.

Leading the forward ranks is Ottawa 67’s centre and 2020 NHL Draft hopeful Marco Rossi who wrapped up the week with 11 points counting six goals and five assists across a trio of appearances. Rossi’s top showing came in a season-high six-point night against the Kingston Frontenacs on Wednesday in which he finished with his first career hat-trick plus three assists en route to an 11-6 victory that saw him claim second-star recognition. For his efforts, Rossi was named the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week.

Joining Rossi up front is his 67’s teammate in left-wing Austen Keating who also finished the week with 11 points after notching four goals and seven assists in three appearances. Alongside Rossi, Keating shined against the Frontenacs as he lit the lamp three times to record his fourth career hat-trick before adding four assists to finish with seven points on the night, helping him claim recognition as the game’s first star.

Rounding out the forward ranks is Brandon Wheat Kings left-wing Cole Reinhardt who impressed over a pair of appearances this week in registering eight points counting four goals and four assists. Reinhardt’s best billing came against the rival Winnipeg ICE on Saturday as he finished with a season-high five points that included his second career hat-trick alongside two assists as he guided his club to a 7-4 decision in which he was recognized with first-star honours. For his efforts, Reinhardt also earned WHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week recognition.

The back end is led by another member of the 67’s in rearguard Noel Hoefenmayer who across three appearances this week collected three goals and three assists for six points. Against the Frontenacs on Wednesday, the budding blue-liner tied a season-high as he finished with one goal and three assists for four points in an 11-6 victory that earned him third-star recognition. In all, Hoefenmayer’s performance helped him earn a spot on the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week for the third team this season.

Rounding out the defensive end is Chicoutimi Sagueneens blue-liner and San Jose Sharks prospect Artemi Kniazev whose week included one goal and five assists across a trio of contests. Against the defending Memorial Cup champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Saturday, Kniazev shined as he put up a season-high three-point performance in tallying one goal and two assists en route to a 7-3 victory.

Between the pipes, Kelowna Rockets netminder Roman Basran was superb across two showings and 125 minutes of action as turned aside a combined 46 shots to finish the week unbeaten in regulation with a 1-0-0-1 showing. Basran’s top performance came against the Edmonton Oil Kings on Tuesday where despite a 1-0 shootout loss he recorded 27 saves to earn second-star honours and his fourth career shutout. In all, Basran wrapped up the week with a miniscule 0.96 goals-against average and a dominant .958 save percentage. For his efforts, Basran was recognized as the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week.