OHL CLUBS SELECT 23 PLAYERS IN 2020 CHL IMPORT DRAFT

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Toronto, Ont. – Ontario Hockey League member teams selected 23 players from across 10 different countries in the 29th annual CHL Import Draft held Tuesday online at CHL.ca.

Seventeen OHL clubs made selections, with the Kingston Frontenacs, Soo Greyhounds and Guelph Storm each passing on both of their picks. The Erie Otters, Barrie Colts, Sudbury Wolves, Peterborough Petes, Saginaw Spirit and Ottawa 67’s each made two selections.

The two-round draft took place online with the order of selection rotating through each of the CHL’s three leagues using an inverse order of final regular season standings from each league from the 2019-20 season.

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The North Bay Battalion selected Russian-born 17-year-old winger Matvei Petrov with the first overall pick. He’s added to an up-and-coming Battalion depth chart after putting up nine points (5-4–9) over 21 games with MHK Krylia Sovetov of Russia’s top junior circuit. Petrov follows Andrei Svechnikov as the first Russian player to be selected first overall in the CHL Import Draft. Chosen first by the Barrie Colts in 2017, Svechnikov went on to earn OHL Rookie of the Year honours and was selected second overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2018 NHL Draft.

The Niagara IceDogs added another highly touted Russian forward with the fourth overall selection of Daniil Gushchin. The draft eligible 18-year-old spent the 2019-20 season with the USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks, recording 47 points (22-25–47) over 42 games after leading Russia to gold at last summer’s Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

The Sarnia Sting rounded out the OHL’s top ten selections with the addition of Slovakian centreman Alex Geci at seventh overall who split the 2019-20 season between the junior ranks in Slovakia and Finland. The 16-year-old registered 14 points (6-8–14) over 13 games with Finland’s Lukko U18 program before finishing things out with 17 points (8-9–17) over 27 contests with Slovakia’s HC Slovan Bratislava U20.

Other picks of intrigue include the Mississauga Steelheads’ addition of 6-foot-6, 231Ib. Danish defenceman Kasper Larsen at 19th overall. The Owen Sound Attack added a defenceman with prior CHL experience in draft eligible Swiss rearguard Noah Delemont who spent 2019-20 with the QMJHL’s Acadie-Bathurst Titan, registering 13 points (3-10–13) over 64 games. Chosen with the 28th pick, Delemont was the third overall pick of last summer’s 2019 CHL Import Draft. The Saginaw Spirit selected the OHL’s lone late 2003-born addition in 2022 NHL Draft eligible Russian defender Pavel Mintyukov at 52nd overall. The Spirit also nabbed a prospect of the nearby Detroit Red Wings in 2019 third round NHL Draft pick Albin Grewe of Sweden who they chose 112th overall. The London Knights selected a top 2020 NHL Draft prospect in German talent John Jason Peterka who they chose 55th overall. Peterka spent 2019-20 in the German Elite League and was the seventh-ranked European skater on NHL Central Scouting’s Final NHL Draft Rankings.

The Erie Otters picked up the first of two goaltenders selected by OHL clubs with the addition of Belarusian netminder Alexei Kolosov at 22nd overall. The Kitchener Rangers followed suit, adding Czech talent Pavel Cajan with the 49th overall pick.

OHL member teams selected a total of six players in their first year of eligibility for the upcoming 2020 NHL Draft in addition to 13 eligible for next year’s 2021 NHL Draft.

Each CHL team is permitted to dress a maximum of two import players each season who are selected annually through the CHL Import Draft.

OHL at the 2020 CHL Import Draft Summary:

Draft Picks by Position:
Forwards – 12
Defencemen – 9
Goaltenders – 2

Draft Picks by Country:
Russia – 7 (ER, HAM, NIAG, NB, OTT, SAG, WSR)
Belarus – 3 (BAR, ER, FLNT)
Slovakia – 3 (OSH, SAR, SBY)
Czech Republic – 2 (BAR, KIT)
Finland – 2 (OTT, SBY)
Switzerland – 2 (PBO, OS)
Denmark – 1 (MISS)
Germany – 1 (LDN)
Latvia – 1 (PBO)
Sweden – 1 (SAG)

Draft picks by Birthdate and NHL Status:
2003-born late and 2022 NHL Draft eligible – 1
2003-born early and 2021 NHL Draft eligible – 9
2002-born late and 2021 NHL Draft eligible – 4
2002-born early and 2020 NHL Draft eligible – 6
2001-born late and 2020 NHL Draft eligible – 0
2001-born early and 2019 NHL Drafted – 1
2001-born early and NHL Undrafted – 2

NHL Draft picks by OHL teams in the CHL Import Draft:
112. Albin Grewe (LW) (Saginaw – 3rd round to Detroit in 2019)

Last summer OHL teams selected a total of 28 players from 12 different countries led by five players from both the Czech Republic and Finland consisting of 13 forwards, 12 defencemen and three goaltenders.

For full coverage of the 2020 CHL Import Draft, visit chl.ca.

About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league. For more information visit http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/.

STATEMENT FROM THE CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUE

Press Release

Toronto, Ont. – Every year the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), which includes the Western Hockey League (WHL), Ontario Hockey League (OHL), and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), are charged with the care and safety of the 1,400 young men who play in our league. The CHL is committed to ensuring them an environment that is Players First and free of hazing, abuse, harassment and bullying, and that provides zero tolerance for any of these behaviours.

We are deeply troubled by the allegations in the recently announced class action, many of which are historic in nature and we believe are not indicative of the leading experience our players receive in the CHL today. Regardless of the timing, we are taking the claims very seriously as the protection of our players has been and will always be our primary concern.

The CHL and its member leagues have made a number of advancements to enhance our player experience programs over the past 20 years. We have been working with organizations such as the Canadian Mental Health Association, Canadian Red Cross and Respect in Sport, to develop extensive policies and practices to educate players and team staff on the importance of respect and prevention of hazing, abuse, harassment and bullying. Throughout the leagues we have worked to ensure there is a zero tolerance for violations of our rules and policies for both the team and players. We believe these programs protect our players and ensure that everyone associated with our teams understand that the type of misconduct alleged is not tolerated.

We want to ensure that we provide the safest environment to protect our players. Yesterday, the CHL Board of Directors unanimously agreed to the appointment of an Independent Review Panel to thoroughly review the current policies and practices in our leagues that relate to hazing, abuse, harassment and bullying and the allegation that players do not feel comfortable reporting behaviours that contravene these policies. A chair of this panel will be announced in the coming weeks and our goal is to have the review process completed in time for the start of the 2020-21 season. We welcome the findings of the Independent Review Panel to ensure we are providing the safest player experience in hockey and amateur sport.

We want to remind players of the training provided on player conduct and safety and encourage them to access established complaint procedures related to hazing, abuse, harassment and bullying. The existing procedures to raise a complaint without fear of reprisal include advising your Coach, General Manager, Police Liaison, Player Liaison or Governor/Member or league officials.

To the extent that the allegations relate to criminal conduct we encourage those involved to contact the police.

About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league. For more information visit http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/.

2020 CHL IMPORT DRAFT SET FOR TUESDAY JUNE 30

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Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced details for the 29th annual CHL Import Draft which will take place next Tuesday June 30, 2020, beginning at 11:00 am Eastern.

The two-round draft will take place online with the order of selection rotating through each of the CHL’s three leagues using an inverse order of final regular season standings within each league from the 2019-20 season.  The Ontario Hockey League’s North Bay Battalion hold the number one pick, followed by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Acadie-Bathurst Titan at number two, and the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos who will select third overall.

Each team in the CHL is permitted to dress and play a maximum of two import players each season who are selected annually through the CHL Import Draft process.  The deadline for teams to submit their Import player protected list for the 2020-21 season is Thursday June 25 at 1:00 pm ET which will then determine how many of the maximum 120 selections will be made in the 2020 CHL Import Draft.

2020 CHL IMPORT DRAFT ORDER AND RESULTS

This past season Marco Rossi, an 18-year-old from Feldkirch, Austria, led the entire CHL in scoring with 120 points including 39 goals and 81 assists in 56 games during his second OHL season as a member of the Ottawa 67’s.  The 18th overall pick in the 2018 CHL Import Draft is now a top ranked prospect for the 2020 NHL Draft listed sixth among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.  Other past Import Draft picks that were among CHL league leaders in 2019-20 include Minnesota Wild prospect Alexander Khovanov, a 20-year-old from Kazan, Russia, who finished second in QMJHL scoring with 99 points in 51 games during his third season since being chosen second overall by the Moncton Wildcats in 2017, and Egor Sokolov, a 20-year-old from Yekatarinburg, Russia, who was third in QMJHL scoring with 92 points in 52 games, also in his third season, after being taken 35th by the Cape Breton Eagles in 2017.  In the WHL, Washington Capitals prospect Aliaksei Protas, a 19-year-old from Vitebsk, Belarus, chosen 26th by the Prince Albert Raiders in 2018 finished ninth in league scoring during his second season with 80 points in 58 games.

Last season a total of 81 players were selected from 14 different countries led by 17 players from the Czech Republic and consisting of 48 forwards, 27 defencemen, and six goaltenders.  The Broncos used the first overall pick to select Finnish defenceman Kasper Puutio who now competes for the Everett Silvertips and is a prospect for the 2020 NHL Draft.  Rounding out the top three picks were Slovakian forward Martin Chromiak chosen by the Kingston Frontenacs followed by Swiss defenceman Noah Delemont of the Titan.

About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league. For more information visit http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/.

49 OHL PROSPECTS INVITED TO CANADA’S VIRTUAL NATIONAL UNDER-17 DEVELOPMENT CAMP

 

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Toronto, Ont. – Hockey Canada has announced a roster of 113 players invited to its virtual national under-17 development camp, set for July 19-25, as well as the coaching staffs that will lead Canada’s national men’s under-17 teams at the 2020 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, presented by TELUS.

12 goaltenders, 37 defencemen and 64 forwards will be split into six teams for the week-long virtual camp, participating in a variety of sessions with a focus on player development through online education.

The list of players invited includes 49 OHL prospects consisting of 30 forwards, 16 defencemen and three goaltenders. All 17 eligible first round 2020 OHL Priority Selection choices received invitations while a total of 35 prospects on the list have committed to OHL member teams for the 2020-21 season.

Nineteen of the OHL’s 20 member teams have prospects attending the virtual camp led by the London Knights with six 2020 OHL Priority Selection choices. The Guelph Storm, Kitchener Rangers, North Bay Battalion and Peterborough Petes trail with four each.

Additionally, a number of OHL coaches and hockey operations support staff have been assigned roles with Teams Black, Red and White ahead of the annual showcase. Most prominently, Saginaw Spirit head coach Chris Lazary will lead Team Red behind the bench as head coach. Guelph Storm associate coach Chad Wiseman will serve as an assistant coach with Team White and Flint Firebirds associate coach Ryan Kuwabara will be an assistant with Team Black. 

“The national under-17 development camp is the first stage in introducing these athletes to the Program of Excellence, and it is a great opportunity for them to develop as players and learn what it takes to wear the Maple Leaf,” said Scott Salmond, senior vice-president of national teams with Hockey Canada. “Our three under-17 teams are very fortunate to have these nine experienced coaches, and we know our coaching and support staffs will embrace the opportunity to guide the development of the top young players in Canada.” 

Lazary was promoted to head coach of the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in November 2018 after more than two seasons (2016-18) as an associate coach with Saginaw and two seasons (2014-16) as an assistant coach with the Sarnia Sting (OHL). Prior to his Canadian Hockey League (CHL) coaching career, he spent two seasons (2010-12) as an assistant coach with the St. Michael’s Buzzers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) and one season (2012-13) as an assistant with York University.

Wiseman is entering his third season with the Guelph Storm (OHL), second as associate coach, having helped the team to the OHL championship in 2019. He began his coaching career as head coach of the New York Riveters of the National Women’s Hockey League in 2015, winning the Isobel Cup with the team (renamed the Metropolitan Riveters) in 2018. 

Kuwabara recently completed his first season as an associate coach with the Flint Firebirds (OHL) after two seasons (2017-19) as an assistant with the Saginaw Spirit (OHL). He served as a video coach with Team Canada White at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and was a guest coach at U17 camp in 2019. As a player, Kuwabara competed in the 1998 Olympic Winter Games and five IIHF World Championships with Japan.

49 OHL Prospects Invited to Canada’s Virtual National Under-17 Development Camp

^ – indicates first round 2020 OHL Priority Selection choice
* – indicates player committed to OHL member team for 2020-21 season

Goaltenders (3):
Domenic DiVincentiis (North Bay Battalion)
Nolan Lalonde (Erie Otters)*
Jackson Parsons (Kitchener Rangers)*

Defencemen (16):
Aaron Brown (Flint Firebirds)
Michael Buchinger (Guelph Storm)*
Jorian Donovan (Hamilton Bulldogs)^*
Jackson Edward (London Knights)*
George Fegaras (Kitchener Rangers)
Isaiah George (London Knights)
Matthew Jovanovic (Saginaw Spirit)
Jacob LeBlanc (Kitchener Rangers)*
Alec Leonard (Niagara IceDogs)*
Tnias Mathurin (North Bay Battalion)*
Donovan McCoy (Peterborough Petes)^*
Matthew Morden (Sarnia Sting)
Ty Nelson (North Bay Battalion)^*
Shawn Ramsey (Peterborough Petes)
Spencer Sova (Erie Otters)^*
Madden Steen (Owen Sound Attack)

Forwards (30):
Sam Alfano (Peterborough Petes)*
Owen Beck (Mississauga Steelheads)*
Gavin Bryant (Owen Sound Attack)*
Ben Bujold (London Knights)^*
Aidan Castle (Oshawa Generals)^
Carson Christy (Mississauga Steelheads)*
Brody Crane (London Knights)*
Kocha Delic (Sudbury Wolves)*
Justin DeZoete (Peterborough Petes)*
Adam Fantilli (Saginaw Spirit)^
Pano Fimis (Niagara IceDogs)^*
David Goyette (Sudbury Wolves)^*
Cedrick Guindon (Owen Sound Attack)^*
Hunter Haight (Barrie Colts)^*
Beau Jelsma (Barrie Colts)
Jake Karabela (Guelph Storm)*
Zakary Lavoie (Mississauga Steelheads)^*
Andrew LeBlanc (Kitchener Rangers)^*
Paul Ludwinski (Kingston Frontenacs)^*
Cooper Matthews (Barrie Colts)
Bryce McConnell-Barker (Soo Greyhounds)^*
Ryan McGuire (Guelph Storm)*
Ryder McIntyre (Sarnia Sting)*
Nicholas Moldenhauer (Ottawa 67’s)^
Matthew Poitras (Guelph Storm)^*
Lucas Ross (Erie Otters)*
Landon Sim (London Knights)*
Colton Smith (London Knights)*
Brady Stonehouse (Ottawa 67’s)
Dalyn Wakely (North Bay Battalion)*

Hockey Operations Staff:
Management Group – James Boyd (Ottawa 67’s)
Scout (Ontario) – Rob Simpson (London Knights)
Scout (Ontario) – Darrell Woodley (OHL Central Scouting)
Team Black Assistant Coach – Ryan Kuwabara (Flint Firebirds)
Team Black Equipment Manager – Clayton Johns (Barrie Colts)
Team Red Head Coach – Chris Lazary (Saginaw Spirit)
Team Red Goaltending Consultant – Charlie McTavish (Ottawa 67’s)
Team Red Athletic Therapist – Chris Trivieri (Niagara IceDogs)
Team Red Physician – Dr. Wanda Millard (London Knights)
Team White Assistant Coach – Chad Wiseman (Guelph Storm)
Team White Mental Performance Consultant – Ashwin Patel (Guelph Storm)
Team White Athletic Therapist – Andrew Sachkiw (North Bay Battalion)

For more information on Hockey Canada and the Program of Excellence, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league. For more information visit http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/.

OHL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM INVESTMENT TOPS $3 MILLION IN 2019-20


Scholarship ProgramToronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League announced today that a total of 334 graduates utilized their OHL Scholarship at post-secondary institutions across North America during the 2019-20 academic year, with a total contribution by teams of over $3 million. Of these, 200 players competed on U SPORTS Men’s Hockey rosters.

Centrally administered through the OHL Office, OHL Scholarships are solely funded by OHL member teams. Every player who plays in the OHL is eligible to receive an OHL Scholarship. The OHL graduate can access their scholarship worldwide at any post-secondary institution or in any career-enhancing program of his choice, including trade schools or professional career training programs.

In addition to alumni accessing their OHL Scholarship following graduation from the League, all current OHL players are encouraged to enroll in post-secondary courses with costs fully covered by OHL member teams. This season, 134 players were enrolled in traditional post-secondary courses while playing in the OHL.

“The investment in the OHL Scholarship Program is an important piece of the player experience and one in which the OHL and its member teams are very proud,” said Commissioner David Branch. “The OHL continues to be a leading supplier of talent to both the National Hockey League as well as U SPORTS Men’s Hockey Programs.”

This year, 279 of the 334 OHL Scholarship recipients are furthering their education at Canadian Universities. A total of 219 graduates are attending Ontario-based Universities with Western University leading all post-secondary institutions with 29 OHL graduates enrolled in full-time studies, while 24 former OHL players enrolled at Ryerson University and 23 are studying at Queen’s University. A total of 58 graduates are attending Universities in Eastern Canada with the University of Prince Edward Island leading the way with 12 former players enrolled. Two graduates have accessed their OHL Scholarship at Universities in Western Canada.

A total of 28 OHL Scholarship recipients are attending Ontario-based Colleges with Conestoga College and Georgian College leading the way with four graduates respectively and 12 alumni are attending various trade schools pursuing knowledge in the fields of Real Estate, Fire Services and other apprenticeships.

A total of 16 OHL graduates are accessing their OHL Scholarship while studying at American-based post-secondary institutions.

OHL member teams have invested in excess of $25 million into the OHL Scholarship Program over the past 10 seasons.

About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league. For more information visit http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/.

67’s’ NOEL HOEFENMAYER WINS CHL DEFENCEMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD PRESENTED BY REAL CANADIAN SUPERSTORE

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Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League is proud to announce that Noel Hoefenmayer of the Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67’s is the 2019-20 recipient of the CHL Defenceman of the Year Award presented by Real Canadian Superstore.

Hoefenmayer led all CHL defencemen with 26 goals and 82 points over 58 games while his 56 assists and plus-52 rating each ranked second at the position.

“I want to thank the CHL for honouring me with the CHL Defenceman of the Year Award,” Hoefenmayer said. “I want to thank my family, friends, teammates, and coaches for supporting me and allowing me to be the player I am today. I also want to thank the Ottawa 67’s organization for being a first class organization as well as having the best fans in the league. Stay safe everyone!”

The 21-year-old from North York, Ontario, appeared on the scoresheet in 46 of his 58 games this season, produced 24 multi-point performances, and helped his 67’s earn a second straight OHL regular season crown tying a franchise record with 50 wins.  His 82 points are the highest by a 67’s defenceman since Brian Campbell had 87 back in 1998-99, and his 26 goals are the most by a Barber Poles blueliner since Bruce Cassidy had 27 back in 1983-84.  This award brings an end to an accomplished five-year career for Hoefenmayer who joined the 67’s as a second round pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.  Over 298 career games he amassed 65 goals which trails greats like Denis Potvin and Doug Wilson, while his 222 points rank sixth on the club’s all-time list.  A former fourth round pick of the Arizona Coyotes in the 2017 NHL Draft, Hoefenmayer signed an AHL contract with the Toronto Marlies upon season’s end.

Hoefenmayer is the third member of the 67’s to win the national award since it was first presented in 1987-88.  The club’s past winners include Sean Blanchard (1996-97) and Brendan Bell (2002-03), while both Chris Snell (1990-91) and Brian Campbell (1998-99) each received final consideration.  He’s also just the third player in history to win the award during his overage season following Steve Gosselin of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens (1993-94) and Marc-Andre Bergeron of the Shawinigan Cataractes (2000-01).

Finalists for the award were Los Angeles Kings prospect Jordan Spence of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Moncton Wildcats, and last year’s award recipient in New Jersey Devils prospect Ty Smith of the Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs.

About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league. For more information visit http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/.

OHL NETMINDERS INVITED TO HOCKEY CANADA’S VIRTUAL PROGRAM OF EXCELLENCE GOALTENDING CAMP

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CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada continues preparations for the 2020-21 season with a virtual four-day Program of Excellence goaltending camp from June 9-12.

Typically serving as the initial evaluation stage for summer development and selection camps for Canada’s national men’s teams, the online camp will focus on goaltender development and evaluation through online education.

Twenty-three of the top goaltenders in Canada will participate in camp, as well as 11 elite-level instructors. The list of goaltenders includes five at the under-20 levelsix at the under-18 level and 12 at the under-17 level.

“The Program of Excellence goaltending camp is a great opportunity to bring together the top young goaltenders in the country and assist with the development process for these athletes,” said Scott Salmond, senior vice-president of national teams for Hockey Canada. “Despite the unique nature of this year’s camp and the switch to an online delivery for our programs, we believe all 23 goalies will benefit from world-class instruction as we continue to prepare for a new season.”

Online sessions will include goaltender development, mental and physical performance, planning for short-term competition, environments for success, embracing the role of a back-up goaltender and more.

OHL Goaltenders Invited to Program of Excellence Goaltending Camp

Under-20 Goaltenders:
Brett Brochu (London Knights)
Tristan Lennox (Saginaw Spirit)

Under-18 Goaltenders:
Matteo Drobac (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Benjamin Gaudreau (Sarnia Sting)

Under-17 Goaltenders:
Nolan Lalonde (Kingston Jr. Gaels U16/Erie Otters)*
Jackson Parsons (Cornwall Colts U18/Kitchener Rangers)*

*- committed to OHL member team for 2020-21 season

For more information on Hockey Canada and the Program of Excellence, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on FacebookTwitter and Twitter.com/HC_Men.

Shane Wright wins CHL Rookie of the Year Award presented by Wawanesa Insurance

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League is proud to announce that forward Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs is the 2019-20 recipient of the CHL Rookie of the Year Award presented by Wawanesa Insurance.

Wright led all CHL rookies in scoring with 66 points including 39 goals and 27 assists in 58 games competing as the league’s youngest and only full-time 2004-born player after being granted exceptional status by Hockey Canada.

“Wawanesa Insurance is proud to present the 2019-20 CHL Rookie of the Year Award to Frontenacs forward Shane Wright,” said Selena Hinds, Vice President of Brand, Communications and Community for Wawanesa Insurance. “We’re all missing hockey right now, but players like Shane remind us the future is bright, and we’re looking forward to cheering Shane on next season.”

Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

The 16-year-old from Burlington, Ontario, was selected first overall by the Frontenacs in the 2019 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.  His 39 goals set a franchise rookie record surpassing the mark of 36 set by Bernie Nicholls back in 1979-80, while his 66 points equal what past exceptional status star forward Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters produced in 63 games back in 2012-13.  In total, Wright put together 17 multi-point performances including his first career hat-trick and four-point effort on February 29 against the Flint Firebirds, and tied for the CHL lead in scoring three overtime winners.  Upon his return from the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge where he served as captain of Team Canada Black, Wright was appointed an alternate captain for the Frontenacs making him the youngest player to wear an ‘A’ in CHL history.  He will be a top prospect for the 2022 NHL Draft.

“Thank you for selecting me as the CHL Rookie of the Year,” Wright said. “It’s a huge honour for me and I know both Dylan (Guenther) and Zachary (Bolduc) are both more than deserving of being granted this award and I’m just truly honoured to be selected for it. I want to thank my parents for always supporting me. The amount they sacrificed for me throughout my entire career to get to this point, all the love they gave as well, they turned me into the person I am today. I’d like to thank my coaching staff for always pushing me, always trying to make me better, and learning so much from them with their advice. And finally, I’d like to thank my teammates. Coming to the rink every day is the best time of the world being with those guys and I wouldn’t be able to get this award without them.”

Wright becomes the first member of the Frontenacs to win the national award since it was first presented in 1988.  The only other Kingston player to receive consideration was Chris Gratton back in 1991-92.  He’s now among just seven players to win this award after joining the CHL as a number one pick following Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves (2018-19), Alexis Lafreniere of the Rimouski Oceanic (2017-18), John Tavares of the Oshawa Generals (2005-06), Sidney Crosby of the Oceanic (2003-04), Patrick O’Sullivan of the Mississauga IceDogs (2001-02), and Alexandre Daigle of the Victoriaville Tigres (1991-92).  Tavares, born September 20, 1990, was the very first player to be granted exceptional status by Hockey Canada and is the only past recipient who was younger than Wright at the time of his recognition.

Finalists for the award were Dylan Guenther of the Western Hockey League’s Edmonton Oil Kings and Zachary Bolduc of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Rimouski Oceanic.

PETES’ NICK ROBERTSON WINS CHL SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD PRESENTED BY CAVENDISH FARMS

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Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League is proud to announce that Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Nick Robertson of the Peterborough Petes is the 2019-20 recipient of the CHL Sportsman of the Year Award presented by Cavendish Farms.

Robertson led the entire CHL with 55 goals in just 46 games played while adding 31 assists for a total of 86 points along with 40 penalty minutes.

“Cavendish Farms proudly congratulates Nick Robertson of the Peterborough Petes on receiving the CHL Sportsman of the Year Award presented by Cavendish Farms. Nick set a positive example for his fellow teammates, opponents, fans and the Peterborough community, both on and off the ice. We look forward to watching Nick continue his hockey career in the near future.”

The 18-year-old from Northville, Michigan, finished tenth in Ontario Hockey League scoring during his third career season after being chosen by the Leafs in the second round of the 2019 NHL Draft and signing his entry-level contract in September.  He was held without a goal just nine times over the course of the season and went on a 14-game goal-scoring streak from January 9 to February 8 upon his return from the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship where he played for Team USA.  His impressive 1.20 goals-per-game pace is the highest the CHL has seen since Rene Corbet of the Drummondville Voltigeurs and Pat Peake of the Detroit Junior Red Wings back in 1992-93 when considering players with more than 20 goals scored and over 30 games to their credit in a single season.  The 1992-93 campaign is also the last time a Petes player has reached the 50-goal milestone.

“I want to thank the CHL for awarding me the most sportsmanlike player of the year,” Robertson said. “I just want to thank my organization the Peterborough Petes as well as the GM Mike Oke, head coach Rob Wilson, and my teammates. And finally I’d like to thank the fans in Peterborough for all of their support and making it an electrifying building every night. I hope everyone stays safe and healthy.”

Robertson is the first member of the Petes to win the national award since presentation began in 1990 following previous team nominees Ryan Spooner (2010) and Mike Ricci (1990).  The OHL’s most recent recipient is Nick Suzuki, now a member of the Montreal Canadiens, who was recognized in 2017 while starring for the Owen Sound Attack.  This is the second straight season a Robertson has been recognized on the national stage with Nick following in the footsteps of older brother Jason who led the CHL in scoring with 117 points as a member of the Niagara IceDogs one year ago.

Finalists for the award were 2020 NHL Draft prospect Seth Jarvis of the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks and Calgary Flames prospect Jakob Pelletier of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Moncton Wildcats.

About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league. For more information visit http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/.

SPIRIT’S COLE PERFETTI WINS CHL SCHOLASTIC PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD PRESENTED BY CIBC

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Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League is proud to announce that 2020 NHL Draft prospect Cole Perfetti of the Saginaw Spirit is the 2019-20 recipient of the CHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year Award presented by CIBC.

Perfetti combined success on the ice with success in school by setting a Spirit single season scoring record of 111 points including 37 goals and 74 assists over 61 games while achieving an overall academic average of 93%.

“CIBC proudly congratulates Saginaw Spirit forward Cole Perfetti on receiving the CIBC Scholastic Player of the Year Award. Cole’s demonstrated excellence both on the ice in hockey and off the ice in academics has set a positive example for his fellow teammates and those in the community, and we look forward to seeing him continue to flourish back on the ice in the near future.”

The 18-year-old born January 1, 2002, is the fifth ranked North American skater for the 2020 NHL Draft after finishing second in Ontario Hockey League scoring.  The sophomore forward chosen fifth overall by the Spirit in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection was highly regarded by OHL Western Conference coaches in the league’s annual poll where he received top marks in the Smartest Player, Best Playmaker, Best Stickhandler, and Best Shootout Shooter categories.  In the classroom between Heritage High School in Saginaw and All Saints Catholic Secondary School in his hometown of Whitby, Ontario, Perfetti was enrolled in an impressive seven University level courses including Algebra, Analyzing Current Economic Issues, Elite Athletics, Healthy & Active Living, Leadership, Organizational Studies in Behaviour and Human Resources, and World Religions.

“Thank you for choosing me to be the CHL Scholastic Player of the Year award winner,” Perfetti said. “It’s a big honour for me and something that I worked for all season. To be able to be a part of this trophy, and a group of all the prior recipients, it means a lot to me. There are a lot of great players to have won in the past and even better people. I want to say thank you to my family and my billets. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today. They give me the support and the love that I need to excel both on and off the ice and in the classroom and without them I wouldn’t be in the spot that I am now. I also want to say thank you to the Spirit organization and to Pam Moretuzzo especially. Everyone in the organization is trying to make each player a better student, a better hockey player, but most importantly a better person. Pam is our high school advisor and day in, day out, she’s always taking care of me and making sure that each player is set up for greatness. I can’t thank her enough and I can’t thank the Spirit organization enough for providing me with all the resources and help I need to thrive both on and off the ice.”

Perfetti is the first member of the Spirit to win the award since it was introduced at the national level in 1988.  A number of top prospects have been recognized with this award ahead of their NHL Draft selection including back-to-back recipient Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters who won in 2014 and then again in 2015 before being chosen first overall by the Edmonton Oilers.  Other first round picks to win include Josh Morrissey of the Prince Albert Raiders (2013), Dougie Hamilton of the Niagara IceDogs (2011), Gilbert Brule of the Vancouver Giants (2005), Devan Dubnyk of the Kamloops Blazers (2004), Dustin Brown of the Guelph Storm (2003), Brad Boyes of the Otters (2000), Stefan Cherneski of the Brandon Wheat Kings (1997), Boyd Devereaux of the Kitchener Rangers (1996), Scott Niedermayer of the Blazers (1991), and Darrin Shannon of the Windsor Spitfires (1988).

Finalists for the award were fellow 2020 NHL Draft prospect Dylan Garand of the Western Hockey League’s Kamloops Blazers and Montreal Canadiens prospect Rafael Harvey-Pinard of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Chicoutimi Sagueneens.

About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league. For more information visit http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/.