Hamilton Bulldogs owner pledges $30 million for mountain arena

The question of whether a new arena should be built at Limeridge Mall, or downtown as part of a larger entertainment venue, was back in front of Hamilton politicians on Wednesday.

Hamilton’s general issues committee has heard from Hamilton Bulldogs owner Michael Andlauer, who says he would pay up to $30 million toward the construction of a mountain arena for his Ontario Hockey League (OHL) team.

Full story from Global News.

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OHL’s Draft Eligible Statistical Leaders: September

Sure, most teams have yet to play a handful of games, but the calendar has switched from September to October (are you getting ready for winter yet?) so it’s time to look at the first time draft eligible player statistical leaders as we begin the journey towards the 2020 National Hockey League Draft.

Three things we know for sure: 1) the list of names today will not be the same in March. 2) Barring a catastrophe or major injury, expect to see Quinton Byfield to stay at or near the top of the lists. 3) Same goes for Jamie Drysdale among blueliners.

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Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves. Photo by OHL Images

Byfield leads the way in goals, points and tied for top spot in assists. Not only does he lead the league’s draft eligible players in points, but he leads the entire OHL. A sure fire top 5 pick in Montreal on June 26, 2020 but there are those (yours truly included) that believe that he could challenge for the number one spot at season’s end.

Here’s a look at the statistical leaders. As always, we take great care in compiling stats, but always refer to the OHL Website for official stats.

Points Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 5 6 6 12
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 4 4 4 8
Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters 5 2 6 8
Antonio Stranges London Knights 4 5 2 7
Jaromir Pytlik Soo Greyhounds 4 2 5 7
Oliver Suni Oshawa Generals 4 2 5 7
Cole Perfetti Saginaw Spirit 5 1 6 7
Jack Thompson Sudbury Wolves 5 3 3 6
Evan Vierling Flint Firebirds 4 1 5 6
Ty Tullio Oshawa Generals 4 2 3 5
Goal Scoring Leaders
Player Team GP G GPG
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 5 6 1.20
Antonio Stranges London Knights 4 5 1.25
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 4 4 1.00
Jack Thompson Sudbury Wolves 5 3 0.60
Hayden Fowler Erie Otters 3 3 1.00
Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters 5 2 0.40
Jaromir Pytlik Soo Greyhounds 4 2 0.50
Oliver Suni Oshawa Generals 4 2 0.50
Ty Tullio Oshawa Generals 4 2 0.50
Marco Rossi Ottawa 67’s 2 2 1.00
Assist Leaders
Player Team GP A APG
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 5 6 1.20
Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters 5 6 1.20
Cole Perfetti Saginaw Spirit 5 6 1.20
Luke Evangelista London Knights 4 5 1.25
Jaromir Pytlik Soo Greyhounds 4 5 1.25
Oliver Suni Oshawa Generals 4 5 1.25
Evan Vierling Flint Firebirds 4 5 1.25
Tanner Dickinson Soo Greyhounds 4 4 1.00
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 4 4 1.00
Ruben Rafkin Windsor Spitfires 4 4 1.00
Defencemen Point Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters 5 2 6 8
Jack Thompson Sudbury Wolves 5 3 3 6
Ruben Rafkin Windsor Spitfires 4 0 4 4
Ole Bjorgvik-Holm Mississauga Steelheads 4 0 3 3
Colton Kammerer Sarnia Sting 3 1 1 2
Plus/Minus Leaders
Player Team GP +/-
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 5 +8
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 4 +7
Tanner Dickinson Soo Greyhounds 4 +5
David Jesus Oshawa Generals 4 +5
Jaromir Pytlik Soo Greyhounds 4 +5
Oliver Suni Oshawa Generals 4 +5
Igor Chibrikov Owen Sound Attack 4 +4
Marcus Gretz Flint Firebirds 2 +3
Goaltenders Leaders – Goals Against Average
Player Team GP Min GA Avg
Xavier Medina Windsor Spitfires 1 60 1 1.00
Will Cranley Ottawa 67’s 1 60 2 2.00
Nick Chenard Owen Sound Attack 1 60 2 2.00
Marco Costantini Hamilton Bulldogs 1 60 2 2.00
Tucker Tynan Niagara Ice Dogs 5 225 9 2.40
Goaltending Leaders – Save Percentage
Player Team GP SH SVS SV%
Nick Chenard Owen Sound Attack 1 39 37 0.949
Xavier Medina Windsor Spitfires 1 19 18 0.947
Marco Costantini Hamilton Bulldogs 1 35 33 0.943
Owen Bennett Guelph Storm 1 42 39 0.929
Will Cranley Ottawa 67’s 1 24 22 0.917

Vaughn CHL Team of the Week

The Canadian Hockey League today announced the second edition of the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week for the 2019-20 season based on individual performances from September 23-29.

The forward ranks are headlined by London Knights centre Connor McMichael, who posted five goals and two assists for seven points to help guide his club to back-to-back victories over the Erie Otters and Hamilton Bulldogs. For his efforts, the Washington Capitals first-round pick was recognized as the OHL On the Run Player of the Week.

Drawing even with McMichael at seven points is Rimouski Oceanic left-wing Alexis Lafreniere, a projected top selection for the upcoming 2020 NHL Draft who picked up two goals and five assists as his squad downed the Sherbrooke Phoenix and Drummondville Voltigeurs to push their season-opening record to 3-0-0-1 for top spot in the QMJHL’s East Division.

Rounding out the forward ranks is Lethbridge Hurricanes centre Dylan Cozens who made an immediate impact upon returning from NHL training camp with the Buffalo Sabres to notch three goals and three assists as the Hurricanes came away with a split against the Red Deer Rebels and Edmonton Oil Kings. Cozens’ six-point production also helped him earn WHL On the Run Player of the Week honours.

On the back end, the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week includes Saginaw Spirit first-year import blue-liner Ilya Solovyov, who amassed eight points across three games counting one goal and seven assists. That stretch included a five-point night against the Sarnia Sting in which Solovyov was later recognized as the CHL Player of the Night.

Sharing the blue line is Vancouver Giants defenceman Bowen Byram, who returned to the club this week after auditioning with the Colorado Avalanche. The 18-year-old rearguard evidently needed little time to ready for game action wrapping up the week with five points – all coming as assists – in a trio of games.

Between the pipes, Tri-City Americans netminder Beck Warm was nearly unbeatable across two appearances as he came away with two victories while turning aside a combined 69 of 70 shots. He finished the week with a 0.50 goals-against-average and .986 save percentage with a top performance that featured a 38-save shutout against the Spokane Chiefs.

 

KNIGHTS’ CONNOR MCMICHAEL NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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Toronto, Ont.  – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Washington Capitals prospect Connor McMichael of the London Knights is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the week of regular season action ending September 29 with five goals, two assists and seven points over two games with a plus/minus rating of plus-3.

HIGHLIGHTS: McMichael scores twice in win over Otters
HIGHLIGHTS: McMichael’s five point night fuels Knights

McMichael recorded a pair of multi-point performances as the Knights recovered from a slow start to win both of their weekend matchups. The 6-foot, 181Ib. centre produced a two-goal effort on Friday as the Knights scored their first victory of the season in a 6-2 triumph over the visiting Erie Otters. McMichael recorded five shots on goal in the game and went 10-for-14 in the faceoff circle, book-ending London’s scoring with goals in the first and third periods. He proceeded to register a career-high five points in Saturday’s 7-3 road win over his former club, the Hamilton Bulldogs. McMichael recorded his second career OHL hat-trick along with two assists, capping his trio with a shorthanded goal beyond the midway point of the third period.

An 18-year-old from Ajax, Ont., McMichael receives Player of the Week honours for the first time in his OHL career. The first round (25th overall) pick of the Washington Capitals in this past summer’s NHL Draft currently leads the league with seven goals to go with 10 points through four contests. He put up 72 points (36-36–72) over 67 games with the Knights last season and was originally a first round (11th overall) pick of the Hamilton Bulldogs in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection from the Ajax-Pickering Raiders Minor Midgets.

Also considered for the award this week was Saginaw Spirit 19-year-old defenceman Ilya Solovyov. The first-year blueliner from Belarus recorded an impressive five points (1-4–5) in Friday’s 9-3 road win over the Sarnia Sting, finishing the weekend with eight points (1-7–8) over three contests as the Spirit went 2-1. Owen Sound Attack winger Sergey Popov also received consideration, recording six points (1-5–6) in a 10-0 win over the Barrie Colts on Thursday before finishing the weekend with seven points (1-6–7) as the Bears went 2-1.

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2019-20 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Sept. 26 – Sept. 29: Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 22: Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (Peterborough Petes)

OHL THIS WEEK: SEPTEMBER 26 TO 29, 2019

OHL This Week

Toronto, Ont. – Now that #OHLOpeningWeek is in the books and we’re all warmed up, here’s another jam-packed edition of the OHL This Week. Get the latest details on news from across the league.

67’s TAKE TOP SPOT IN KIA CHL TOP 10 RANKINGS:
The Ottawa 67’s are the new number one team in the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings after a pair of road wins last weekend. They’re joined by the seventh-ranked Barrie Colts, eight-ranked Saginaw Spirit and ninth-ranked London Knights while the Kitchener Rangers earned an honourable mention.
FULL RANKINGS

KIA CHL TOP 10 SPOTLIGHT: OTTAWA 67’s:
Following a perfect 2-0 start to the season, the Ottawa 67’s shift to No. 1 in this week’s Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings. The fourth ranked team in the pre-season list pieced together back-to-back shootout victories Friday night in an OHL championship rematch against the Guelph Storm, and Saturday against the always competitive Owen Sound Attack to grab an early lead atop the OHL’s East Division just one season removed from finishing first overall with a franchise record 106 points.
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PETES’ DER-ARGUCHINTSEV NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Semyon Der-Arguchintsev of the Peterborough Petes is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week with seven assists over two games. Often referred to as ‘SDA’, the Russian-born centreman picked up three assists in Peterborough’s season-opening win in London and added another four in a 9-6 loss to the Windsor Spitfires.
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DER-ARGUCHINTSEV AND DRYSDALE NAMED TO VAUGHN CHL TEAM OF THE WEEK:
Peterborough Petes forward Semyon Der-Arguchintsev and Erie Otters defenceman Jamie Drysdale have been named to the inaugural edition of the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week. Learn all about their solid performances along with who else led the CHL out of the gate in 2019-20.
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FIRST EDITION OF WAWANESA OHL PLAYS OF THE WEEK:
The first edition of the Wawanesa OHL Plays of the Week for the 2019-20 season feature a collection of the league’s Top-5 goals during the week ending September 22nd. Catch top plays from Barrie’s Luke Bignell, Sudbury’s Quinton Byfield, Kitchener’s Liam Hawel, Ottawa’s Cedrick Andree and Barrie’s Matej Pekar.
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SCINTILLATING DEBUT EDITION OF VAUGHN SAVES OF THE WEEK:
We start the season with a scintillating debut edition of #VaughnSaves. Featured this week are a pair of big saves from Cedrick Andree of the Ottawa 67’s and singles from Jet Greaves of the Barrie Colts, Jacob Ingham of the Kitchener Rangers, Jordan Kooy of the London Knights and Mack Guzda of the Owen Sound Attack.
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COLTS’ PEKAR REPRESENTS OHL IN FIRST EDITION OF CHL SHOWDOWN:
Barrie Colts forward Matej Pekar is the OHL’s representative in the first edition of CHL Showdown, a weekly contest that has fans from coast-to-coast vote on the best play in the Canadian Hockey League. The Buffalo Sabres prospect helped the Colts start the season with a 2-0 record, scoring five times in the opening week of the season.
VOTE FOR PEKAR

OHL NEWS – RADIO EDITION FEATURING SOO GREYHOUNDS HEAD COACH JOHN DEAN:
OHL News – Radio Edition with host Terry Doyle and presented by Bauer features Soo Greyhounds head coach John Dean. He revisits last weekend’s victories over the Flint Firebirds and North Bay Battalion on home ice. Dean discusses the Hounds’ strong start and commitment to long-term development within the organization. He sheds light on new opportunities for a number of returning Greyhounds in light of the departure of several long-time veterans.
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OHL WEEKEND NOTEBOOK – SEPTEMBER 23, 2019:
The OHL Weekend Notebook recaps the weekend that was with news, information and interesting facts from both on and off the ice. Here are 10 of the leading stories from #OHLOpeningWeek.
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DELLANDREA RETURNING TO FIREBIRDS:
The Dallas Stars announced Wednesday that 2018 first round pick Ty Dellandrea will return to the Flint Firebirds for the 2019-20 season. Dellandrea appeared in three pre-season games with the Stars and joins the 1-1 Firebirds as they host their home opener on Saturday night against the Niagara IceDogs before taking on the Sarnia Sting on Sunday afternoon.
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SUZUKI RETURNING TO COLTS:
The Carolina Hurricanes have returned 2019 first round pick Ryan Suzuki to the Barrie Colts for the 2019-20 season. The 18-year-old London, Ont. native comes off a 75-point (25-50–75) season in 2018-19 and now enters his third OHL campaign. The former first overall pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection has represented Canada at a number of international events, winning gold at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup and silver at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
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STORM RAISE 2019 OHL CHAMPIONSHIP BANNER:
The Guelph Storm celebrated their historic playoff run last spring, raising a 2019 OHL Championship banner to the rafters at the Sleeman Centre. Storm governor Rick Gaetz was on hand prior to puckdrop to introduce a championship montage shown on the Sleeman Centre’s video board, thanking players, coaches and fans for their contributions to the franchise’s fourth OHL title.
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NHL TRAINING CAMP TRACKER:
Of the 144 OHL players to attend NHL Training Camps this past month, several big names have remained with NHL clubs into the pre-season including Mississauga’s Thomas Harley (Dallas), Soo’s Barrett Hayton (Arizona) and Saginaw’s Bode Wilde (NY Islanders) among others.
FULL LIST

16 OHL NEWCOMERS SCORE FIRST CAREER GOALS:
As we do every year, ontariohockeyleague.com documents every player’s first goal and #OHLOpeningWeek is always full of them. A total of 16 OHL newcomers lit the lamp for the first time. Watch those milestone markers!
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STEELHEADS’ HARLEY SIGNS WITH STARS:
Mississauga Steelheads defenceman Thomas Harley has signed a three-year entry-level NHL contract with the Dallas Stars. The 18-year-old from Syracuse, NY was a first round pick by the club this past summer after recording 58 points (11-47–58) in 68 games with the Steelheads last season. The 6-foot-3, 180Ib blueliner has remained with the Stars throughout the NHL pre-season.
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CANUCKS PROSPECT ARTURS SILOVS COMMITS TO COLTS:
The Barrie Colts have received a commitment from Vancouver Canucks prospect Arturs Silovs who they selected with the 11th overall pick of the 2019 CHL Import Draft. The Latvian netminder was selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the sixth round of the 2019 NHL Draft and recently attended Training Camp with the NHL club. The 18-year-old had a solid OHL debut on Saturday night, turning aside 37 of the 39 shots he faced to earn second star honours in a 6-2 win over the London Knights in Barrie’s home opener.
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RYAN HUMPHREY COMMITS TO BULLDOGS:
The Hamilton Bulldogs have received an OHL commitment from 2019 eighth round selection Ryan Humphrey. The 16-year-old from Northville, Mich. competed in the 2019 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour, leading TPH Hockey in scoring with seven points (4-3–7) over four contests. He spent the 2018-19 season with the Honeybaked U16 program, registering 24 goals, 40 assists and 66 points across 75 games playing at both the Midget and HPHL U16 levels.
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ATTACK NAME AIDAN DUDAS CAPTAIN:
The Owen Sound Attack have named Los Angeles Kings prospect Aidan Dudas captain. The fourth-year forward and former first round pick by the club is the 24th captain in Attack franchise history, being joined by alternates Brady Lyle, Mark Woolley, Carter Robertson and Matthew Philip. Dudas led the Attack with 62 points (26-36–62) over 68 games in 2018-19.
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CHENIER TO CAPTAIN BATTALION:
Fourth-year forward Brad Chenier has been named captain of the North Bay Battalion. Joining him as alternates are forwards Matthew Struthers, Mason Primeau and Luke Moncada. The 20-year-old Hanmer, Ont. native comes off a 30-goal, 65-point campaign in 2018-19. He was North Bay’s fourth round pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.
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FRONTENACS APPOINT JAKOB BRAHANEY CAPTAIN:
Overage defenceman Jakob Brahaney has been named captain of the 2019-20 Kingston Frontenacs. The 20-year-old Campbellford, Ont. native enters his fifth OHL season with the Fronts after registering 23 points (5-18–23) over 66 games in 2018-19. The 6-foot-1, 192Ib. defenceman has appeared in 202 career regular season games, recording 58 points (11-47–58) after being a second round pick by the Fronts in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.
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DAMIANI, MEIRELES NAMED RANGERS CO-CAPTAINS:
The Kitchener Rangers have identified two veteran leaders to wear the ‘C’ in 2019-20, naming Riley Damiani and Greg Meireles co-captains. Damiani heads into his fourth season as a Ranger, coming off career-highs in goals (30), assists (55) and points (85) in 2018-19. The Dallas Stars prospect is joined by Florida Panthers 2019 NHL Draft pick Greg Meireles who came just three points shy of the 100-point mark last season.
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OTTERS NAME JACK DUFF CAPTAIN:
The Erie Otters have appointed third-year defenceman Jack Duff as the 13th full-time captain in franchise history. The 6-foot-2, 221Ib blueliner served as an alternate captain last season, recording 21 points (4-17–21) over 66 games. He’ll be accompanied by alternate captains Chad Yetman, Hayden Fowler and Jamie Drysdale. Duff was Erie’s third round pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection.
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EYE ON #OHLU18DRAFT: NATIONALS WIN 7TH ANNUAL TITANS MIDGET AAA TOURNAMENT:
The Toronto Nationals have done it again. After their Minor Midget team won the Titans Prospect Tournament two weeks ago, the Major Midget squad followed suit, defeating the Mississauga Rebels 4-3 on an overtime winner from London Knights prospect Owen Forester.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – MARKETING AND SERVICING COORDINATOR:
The Ontario Hockey League is seeking to hire an enthusiastic team player to contribute in the role of Marketing & Servicing Coordinator.
• FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

OHL LIVE PACKAGES NOW AVAILABLE FOR 2019-20:
OHL Live packages for the 2019-20 season are now available at reduced prices, including a brand-new monthly subscription option for fans. Don’t miss a game! Learn more about new savings today.
• FULL DETAILS

COMMUNITY CORNER:

Erie Events and Otters announce ten-year lease agreement: The Erie County Convention Center Authority and Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters jointly announced last week that both parties have agreed to and signed a ten-year lease extension that will keep the Erie Otters in Northwestern Pennsylvania.
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Troops hand out magnet schedules Thursday: The North Bay Battalion will be handing out magnet schedules to fans at the Memorial Gardens on Thursday when they take on the Kitchener Rangers. On-air personalities will be handing out the schedules to fans as they depart from the game.

Firebirds plan fun-filled weekend at home: The Flint Firebirds open the home portion of their 2019-20 schedule on Saturday against the Niagara IceDogs and they have big things in store. In addition to handing out magnet schedules and having bounce houses for the kids, the Firebirds will be hosting their inaugural cornhole tournament before the game. The tournament will consist of two divisions, social and competitive, and teams consist of two players each. The grand prize winner for the competitive division wins $500. On Sunday, the Firebirds will hold a Hockey & Hot Rods Car Show prior to the team’s game against the Sarnia Sting at 2:00pm.
FIREBIRDS HOME OPENING WEEKEND DETAILS

Spirit host Opioid Awareness Night, United Way Night this weekend: Saturday and Sunday with special plans for each. The Spirit will host Opioid Awareness Night on Saturday against the Soo Greyhounds, raising awareness about a crucial issue that impacts families across the region. The Spirit will hold a ‘Medication Take Back’ Event where fans who turn in medications at the Dow Event Center will received a game voucher. The Spirit will host a post-game skate with fans following their Sunday contest against the Niagara IceDogs at 5:30pm. Sunday is United Way Night at the Dow Event Center.

Fronts host Fort Fright Night on Friday: The Kingston Frontenacs take on the division rival Ottawa 67’s Friday night in their annual Fort Fright Night event. Enjoy some spooky fun with the Fronts as they team up with Fort Henry to foreshadow what’s in store for this Halloween.

Attack launch Sticks for Soldiers initiative: The Owen Sound Attack are proud to announce a new program called Sticks for Soldiers.  At two home games this season the Attack will ask those in attendance to bring a new or gently used hockey stick to donate to soldiers stationed overseas.  The Attack will work with the 4th Canadian Division Training Centre’s Family Resource Centre in Meaford to collect the sticks at the games and have them packaged up to be sent overseas for the troops to use. This year’s collection games are this coming Saturday September 28th against the Guelph Storm and Saturday March 21st also against Guelph.
READ MORE AT ATTACKHOCKEY.COM

Bulldogs hand out trading cards on Saturday: The first 1000 fans into the building on Saturday to see the Hamilton Bulldogs take on the London Knights will get free Tim Horton’s Bulldogs trading cards. Great giveaways will be ongoing throughout the night including some exciting intermission activities.

Generals excited about Street Fest prior to home opener: The Oshawa Generals have big plans for Sunday afternoon, hosting a Street Fest prior to their home opener against the Kingston Frontenacs at 6:05pm. The Street Fest begins at 1:00pm and will host live entertainment and a beer garden. Guests will be able to have a tailgate-like experience before the big game. The Street Fest will include different activities like a hockey shoot-out game, a rock climbing wall and much more!
GENERALS STREET FEST DETAILS

ALUMNI NOTES:

Girardi announces retirement: London Knights graduate and former Memorial Cup champion Daniel Girardi has called it a career after 13 NHL seasons. The 35-year-old from Welland, Ont. made the announcement last week. He recorded 16 points (4-12–16) over 62 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning last season, capping an NHL career where he earned a reputation as a reliable two-way defenceman and capable shot blocker. Girardi spent 11 of his 13 campaigns with the New York Rangers after never being drafted to the NHL. He won a Memorial Cup with the Knights in 2005, putting the cherry on top of an OHL career that also included stops in Barrie and Guelph from 2000-05.
READ MORE AT SPORTSNET.CA

Knights graduate Hancock signs AHL contract with Tucson: London Knights graduate and former long-time Owen Sound Attack forward Kevin Hancock has signed a one-year AHL contract with the Tucson Roadrunners. The 21-year-old Hancock recorded a career-high 52 goals and 55 assists, totaling 107 points in 70 combined games with Owen Sound Attack and London last season. Hancock wrapped up an OHL career that spanned parts of five seasons with 120 goals, 171 assists and 291 points over 266 career regular season contests. The Roadrunners are the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes.
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Sandin sticking around with Leafs: Soo Greyhounds graduate Rasmus Sandin remains with the Toronto Maple Leafs as the 2019-20 season draws closer. The 19-year-old from Uppsala, Sweden played 44 games with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies in 2018-19, recording 28 points (6-22–28) in the process before notching 10 assists over 13 postseason appearances. Toronto’s first round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, Sandin spent the 2017-18 season with the Soo Greyhounds, helping guide them to a Western Conference title with 45 points (12-33–45) over 51 games. Chris Johnston has the full story.
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Rieder looking for fresh start with Flames: Kitchener Rangers graduate Tobias Rieder is currently looking to make the most of a professional tryout offer with the Calgary Flames. The 26-year-old German winger recorded 11 assists over 67 games with the Edmonton Oilers last season and is looking for a new opportunity in southern Alberta. The former fourth round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft played three OHL seasons in Kitchener from 2010-13, registering 190 points (92-98–190) over 177 regular season contests. Postmedia’s Kristen Anderson has more on his story.
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McClement joins Penguins as pro scout: The Pittsburgh Penguins have named OHL graduate and long-time NHL forward Jay McClement as a pro scout in the organization. McClement, who hails from Kingston, Ont., retired following the end of the 2017-18 season after spending it playing in Switzerland. The 36-year-old played 12 NHL seasons between 2005-17, recording 244 points over 906 regular season contests. He played four seasons with the Brampton Battalion from 1999-2003, registering 182 points over 235 regular season contests.

Goodwin named to Seattle’s scouting staff: The NHL’s Seattle expansion franchise has named former OHL scoring great John Goodwin to its scouting staff. Goodwin, who racked up 389 points over three seasons with the Soo Greyhounds from 1978-81 and is also a past OHL head coach and assistant coach in Oshawa, North Bay and Kingston, will work under Seattle general manager and former Greyhounds teammate Ron Francis. Goodwin never played in the NHL, but enjoyed a six-year pro career in the AHL and IHL.

Vaughn CHL Team of the Week

The 2019-20 Canadian Hockey League season is officially underway and early performances by six players from coast-to-coast have earned them a position in the debut edition of the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week.

This week’s forward group is headlined by Peterborough Petes centre Semyon Der-Arguchintsev, a Toronto Maple Leafs prospect who led the circuit with seven points, all coming as helpers, as he was dubbed the OHL On the Run Player of the Week. The Russian-born forward’s efforts guided the Petes to a 1-1-0-0 showing to begin the year.

Topping the charts in the WHL was Everett Silvertips captain Bryce Kindoff, who led all league scorers with six points counting three goals and three assists to help his club earn a split through the first two games of the new campaign. The veteran forward was recognized as the WHL On the Run Player of the Week.

Rounding out the forward ranks is Quebec Remparts right-wing Pierrick Dube, who potted a hat-trick Sunday to lead his club to a 6-4 victory over the Drummondville Voltigeurs. Across two contests, Dube has collected five points to come away as the Ultramar QMJHL Player of the Week.

The blue line begins with Erie Otters defenceman and 2020 NHL Draft prospect Jamie Drysdale, who matched a franchise record Saturday in recording five points counting one goal and four assists in an 8-5 triumph over the Hamilton Bulldogs. The high-water mark draws Drysdale even with Steve Montador and David Froh as the only Erie rearguards to have scored five points in one game. Drysdale’s five points lead all OHL defenders.

Partnering on the back end is 19-year-old defenceman Seth Bafaro of the Vancouver Giants whose five points including two goals and three assists lead all WHL blue-liners in the season’s early goings. Bafaro enters Friday’s contest against the Portland Winterhawks as his club’s leading scorer.

Between the pipes, the top performance came from Seattle Thunderbirds netminder Roddy Ross, whose lone appearance proved to be busy as he turned aside 50 shots in an eventual 4-1 decision versus the Kamloops Blazers, giving the Philadelphia Flyers sixth round pick a leading .980 save percentage.

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PETES’ SEMYON DER-ARGUCHINTSEV NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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SEMYON DER-ARGUCHINTSEV of the Peterborough Petes. Photo courtesy of the OHL

Toronto, Ont.  – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Semyon Der-Arguchintsev of the Peterborough Petes is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the opening week of regular season action ending September 22 with seven assists in two games along with a plus/minus rating of plus-2.

• HIGHLIGHTS: Der-Arguchintsev’s four assists against Windsor
• HIGHLIGHTS: Der-Arguchintsev’s three assists against London

Der-Arguchintsev delivered a pair of multi-point performances, starting his season with three assists in a 6-4 road win over the London Knights on Friday. Der-Arguchintsev was dynamic on a line alongside Nick Robertson and Liam Kirk, following-up his three-point effort with four assists in Saturday’s 9-6 road loss to the Windsor Spitfires. He earned second star of the game honours in both outings.

A 19-year-old from Moscow, Russia, Der-Arguchintsev receives Player of the Week honours for the first time in his OHL career. The third round pick of the Maple Leafs in 2018 comes off a 46-point (6-40–46) season with the Petes in 2018-19 before he suited up in a total of 12 contests with Toronto’s ECHL affiliate the Newfoundland Growlers who went on to hoist the Kelly Cup as league champions. Der-Arguchintsev has recorded 133 points (26-107–133) over 195 OHL regular season contests. He was Peterborough’s second round pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection.

Also considered for the award this week was Buffalo Sabres prospect Matej Pekar of the Barrie Colts who finished tied for the league-lead with five goals while adding an assist as the Colts got out of the gate 2-0. Draft eligible Soo Greyhounds forward Jaromir Pytlik was also given consideration after he recorded two goals, three assists and five points, being named first star of the game in a pair of victories.

OHL EXPANDED VIDEO REPLAY ENHANCEMENT

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Toronto, ON – OHL Opening Week is officially underway as the Niagara IceDogs defeated the visiting Sudbury Wolves by a score of 6-3 on Thursday night to kick-off the 2019-20 season.

With nine games on tonight’s Friday night schedule, the OHL is taking the opportunity to further outline the timelines surrounding the implementation of new expanded video replay measures coming into effect later this season.

New expanded video replay will not come into effect for any games until the necessary technological enhancements have been installed in each of the league’s 20 member team facilities.

The new measures will utilize enhanced technology including overhead cameras at both blue lines in addition to video tablets at the penalty box to provide on-ice officials with additional resources.

Once technology has been installed league-wide and new expanded video replay is in full effect, member teams will have the option of using a coach’s challenge for goaltender interference. Officials will also be automatically reviewing all major/match penalties assessed to validate the original call on the ice. In addition, the video tablets in the penalty box will be available to the on-ice officials to review potential offside plays. Current policy restricts such review to the video goal judge.

The Ontario Hockey League will provide more information at such time as all 20 of the league’s member team facilities have been equipped with the required technology enhancements.

#OHLOpeningWeek continues throughout the weekend with 16 games on the schedule through Sunday. Be sure to follow all of the league’s coverage at ontariohockeyleague.com or follow through social media on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

2019-2020 OHL Draft Eligible Players

The puck drops on the 2019-2020 Ontario Hockey League season on Thursday September 19 when the Sudbury Wolves visit the Niagara Ice Dogs as the only game on the docket. It gets into full swing Friday when 9 games will be contested.

While there are bound to be a few players sent to the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League or the Ontario Junior Hockey League (among other places), all 20 OHL teams have submitted their opening night rosters. Who will play and who will be a scratch however, is yet to be determined.

With the rosters now set, it’s time to look at the updated list of players available for the 2020 National Hockey League Draft that will be skating in the 20 OHL cities. As always, these are players eligible for the draft for the first time – those passed over in 2018 or 2019 are not included. And if you missed our players to watch list, you can find that here.

Jamie Drysdale of the Erie Otters. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Jamie Drysdale of the Erie Otters. Photo by Terry Wilson, OHL Images
BARRIE COLTS
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
28 Riley Piercey RW 6’3 182 Mississauga, Ontario
57 Matthew Sredl D 6’0 190 Raleigh, N. Carolina
71 Tyson Foerster C 5’11 189 Alliston, Ontario
ERIE OTTERS
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
4 Jamie Drysdale D 5’11 165 Toronto, Ontario
13 Elias Cohen C 5’10 147 Toronto, Ontario
14 Hayden Fowler RW 5’10 185 Kingston, Ontario
25 Marcus Gillard D 6’2 185 Welland, Ontario
53 Cameron Morton D 6’1 192 Kingston, Ontario
74 Noah Sedore LW 5’8 160 Sharon, Ontario
91 Brendan Hoffman RW 6’2 200 Charlotte, N. Carolina
FLINT FIREBIRDS
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
4 Tyler Deline D 5’10 150 Peterborough, Ontario
8 Michael Bianconi D 5’11 161 Toronto, Ontario
22 Marcus Gretz D 6’3 215 Macomb, Michigan
41 Evan Vierling C 6′ 155 Aurora, Ontario
73 Jack Harper D 5’10 175 Guelph, Ontario
GUELPH STORM
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
11 Andrei Bakanov RW 6’2 219 Moscow, Russia
22 Ben McFarlane RW 5’9 160 Ayr, Ontario
21 Ty Collins RW 6’0 157 Newmarket, Ontario
24 Matthew Papais LW 5’10 170 Nobleton, Ontario
23 Zack Terry D 6’1 180 Oakville, Ontario
25 Clark Hiebert D 6’2 196 Oakville, Ontario
26 Luka Profaca D 6’1 170 Mississauga, Ontario
28 Cooper Walker C 6′ 170 Cambridge, Ontario
37 Owen Bennett G 6’3 202 Georgetown, Ontario
HAMILTON BULLDOGS
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
2 Micahel Renwick D 5’11 175 Mississauga, Ontario
9 Logan Morrison C 5’11 170 Guelph, Ontario
25 Davis Young C 6′ 175 Mississauga, Ontario
42 Cameron Supryka D 6’2 180 Belleville, Ontario
92 George Diaco LW 5’7 160 London, Ontario
KINGSTON FRONTENACS
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
12 Luke Drewitt LW 6’2 180 London, Ontario
17 Kallaway Mercer LW 5’10 164 Port Hope, Ontario
43 Jacob Murray D 6’3 188 Oakville, Ontario
67 Nick Wong RW 5’9 170 Erin, Ontario
74 Zade Wisdom C 5’10 199 Toronto, Ontario
KITCHENER RANGERS
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
19 Joseph Serpa C 5’8 180 Cambridge, Ontario
20 Isaac Langdon C 6′ 175 Oakville, Ontario
25 Declan McDonnell RW 5’10 171 Lake View, New York
26 Ville Ottavainen D 6’4 195 Oulu, Finland
37 Donavan Sebrango D 6′ 176 Kingston, Ontario
55 Reid Valade RW 5’10 155 Caledon, Ontario
61 Ryan Stepien RW 5’10 175 Stoney Creek, Ontario
LONDON KNIGHTS
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
4 Avery Winslow D 6′ 185 St Pete Beach, Florida
14 Luke Evangelista RW 5’11 165 Oakville, Ontario
16 Sean McGurn C 5’11 176 Ottawa, Ontario
27 Kirill Steklov D 6’4 185 Tallinn, Estonia
40 Antonio Stranges LW 5’10 178 Plymouth, Ontario
45 Gerard Keane D 5’10 167 Homer Glen, Illinois
62 Sahil Panwar LW 6′ 178 Mississauga, Ontario
30 Brett Brochu G 5’11 156 Tillbury, Ontario
84 Mathias Onuska G 6’3 180 Waterloo, Ontario
MISSISSAUGA STEELHEADS
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
7 Craig Spence D 6’2 170 Chatham, Ontario
14 James Hardie LW 5’11 183 Innisfil, Ontario
18 Michael Stubbs C 5’8 175 Thunder Bay, Ontario
21 William Portokalis C 5’10 178 Mississauga, Ontario
23 Callan Christner LW 6′ 178 New Hamburg, Ontario
37 Charlie Callaghan D 5’8 167 Toronto, Ontario
43 Max Dodig LW 5’11 175 Toronto, Ontario
88 Ole Bjorgvik-Holm D 6’1 180 Oslo, Norway
94 Aiden Prueter C 5’10 165 London, Ontario
NIAGARA ICEDOGS
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
11 Jonah De Simone RW 5’10 165 Richmond Hill, Ontario
13 Cameron Snow C 5’8 155 Thornton, Ontario
14 Giancarlo Chanton D 6′ 174 Busserach, Switzerland
21 Ethan Sims C 5’9 143 Hamilton, Ontario
27 AJ Cook D 6′ 180 St Catherines, Ontario
73 Jake Uberti C 6’1 185 Toronto, Ontario
1 Tucker Tynan G 6’1 159 Chicago, Illinois
NORTH BAY BATTALION
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
5 Pacey Schlueting D 6’1 180 North Bay, Ontario
8 Niki Korpialho LW 6’1 172 Aura, Finland
9 Josh Currie LW 6’2 164 Pickering, Ontario
12 David Campbell LW 6’1 181 Sault Ste Marie, Ont
21 Brandon Coe RW 6’4 185 Ajax, Ontario
23 Cameron Peters C 6’3 179 Toronto, Ontario
26 Kyle Jackson LW 6’2 187 Ottawa, Ontario
2 James Mayotte D 6’1 190 Mallorytown, Ontario
OSHAWA GENERALS
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
8 Dawson McKinney RW 5’11 170 Caistorville, Ontario
12 Lleyton Moore D 5’9 165 Woodbridge, Ontario
19 Oliver Suni RW 6’2 183 Kempele, Finland
67 Ryan Gagner LW 5’11 181 Tecumseh, Ontario
71 Ty Tullio RW 5’11 162 Lakeshore, Ontario
33 Zachary Paputsakis G 6’3 186 Rockland, Ontario
OTTAWA 67’S
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
10 Cameron Tolnai C 6’2 178 Oakville, Ontario
13 Dylan Robinson LW 6’1 171 Pickering, Ontario
21 Yanic Crete C 6’1 178 L’Original, Ontario
22 Jack Quinn RW 6’1 174 Cobden, Ontario
23 Marco Rossi C 5’9 174 Feldkirch, Austria
12 Anthony Costantini D 6’1 161 Hamilton, Ontario
26 Alec Belanger D 6′ 179 Barrie, Ontario
31 Will Cranley G 6’3 172 Peterborough, Ontario
OWEN SOUND ATTACK
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
4 Igor Chibrikov D 6’7 181 Toronto, Ontario
6 Nolan Seed D 6’0 171 Newboro, Ontario
10 Jashua Samanski C 6’3 164 Germany
16 Logan LeSage C 6′ 183 Nepean, Ontario
28 Mark Woolley D 6’2 202 St Thomas, Ontario
31 Nick Chenard G 6’4 189 Tecumseh, Ontario
PETERBOROUGH PETES
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
7 Shawn Spearing D 6’0 183 Toronto, Ontario
15 Keegan McMullen LW 6′ 163 Cambridge, Ontario
21 Cameron Butler RW 6’4 197 Ottawa, Ontario
23 Dustin Hutton LW 5’9 145 Etobicoke, Ontario
30 Tye Austin G 6’4 199 Pembroke, Ontario
SAGINAW SPIRIT
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
7 Ian Lemieux D 6’0 180 Midland, Ontario
8 Sabastian Bulovs LW 6′ 180 Brampton, Ontario
11 Ethan Cardwell RW 5’10 175 Courtice, Ontario
22 Mitchell Smith D 5’10 175 Saginaw, Michigan
91 Cole Perfetti LW 5’10 180 Whitby, Ontario
32 Carter Tahk G 6’0 180 Mississauga, Ontario
SARNIA STING
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
12 Nolan DeGurse LW 6’1 185 Peterborough, Ontario
16 Theo Hill C 6’0 175 Hagersville, Ontario
17 Owen Saye RW 5’11 170 Toronto, Ontario
18 Nolan Dillingham D 6’1 185 Mississauga, Ontario
44 Jacob Perreault RW 5’11 198 Hinsdale, Illinois
61 Anthony Tabak LW 6’5 204 Oakville, Ontario
77 Colton Kammerer D 6’1 180 Brooklin, Ontario
SAULT STE MARIE GREYHOUNDS
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
15 Alex Johnston C 6′ 172 Stittsville, Ontario
17 Matthew Hallushak D 6’3 197 Thunder Bay, Ontario
21 Ryan O’Rourke D 6’1 169 Pickering, Ontario
23 Rory Kerins LW 5’10 173 Caledon, Ontario
25 Dominic Muffareh RW 5’10 168 Livonia, Michigan
26 Jaromir Pytlik RW 6’2 192 Dacice, Czech Republic
28 Calvin Watson RW 5’10 166 Peterborough, Ontario
71 Tanner Dickinson LW 5’11 148 Perrysburg, Ohio
SUDBURY WOLVES
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
4 Nathan Ribau D 6’1 185 Oakville, Ontario
7 Isaak Phillips D 6’3 174 Barrie, Ontario
22 Jack Thompson D 6’1 172 Courtice, Ontario
55 Quinton Byfield C 6’5 214 Newmarket, Ontario
74 Giordano Biondi C 5’10 166 Sudbury, Ontario
WINDSOR SPITFIRES
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
5 Dylan Robinson D 6’3 183 Simcoe, Ontario
13 Will Cuylle LW 6’2 200 Toronto, Ontario
25 Kyle McDonald RW 6’4 186 Ottawa, Ontario
88 Ruben Rafkin D 5’11 188 Turku, Finland
93 Jean-Luc Foudy C 5’11 163 Scarborough, Ontario
30 Xavier Medina G 6’0 181 Detroit, Michigan

Wolves off to fast start at training camp

Quinton Byfield is entering a pivotal season in his hockey career, but the Sudbury Wolves star centreman is taking things in stride.

And what a long, powerful stride it is.

The skilled 6-foot-5, 215-pound Newmarket, Ont. native, a top-rated prospect for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, credits his parents, Clinton Byfield and Nicole Kasper, as well as his agent, Jeff Jackson, for keeping him grounded.

“They have been talking to me all summer about it,” said Byfield, who only turned 17 on Aug. 19. “They said I haven’t thought about my draft any other season, so why should this one be so different? They told me there’s going to be a lot of ups and downs, so just keep a level head and keep going.”

Story by Ben Leeson of the Sudbury Star. Continue reading