OHL THIS WEEK: FEBRUARY 20 TO 23, 2020

OHL This Week

Toronto, Ont. – The Flint Firebirds are red hot on a 13-game winning streak and we’ve got lots to cover in and outside of the rinks this week. Get primed for another weekend with the latest edition of OHL This Week.

OSHAWA GENERALS AND SOO GREYHOUNDS BID TO HOST 2021 MEMORIAL CUP PRESENTED BY KIA:
The Oshawa Generals and Soo Greyhounds will each have the opportunity to make formal bid presentations to host the 2021 Memorial Cup presented by Kia.
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GENERALS AND BULLDOGS CLASH SATURDAY ON SPORTSNET:
East Division opponents the Oshawa Generals and host Hamilton Bulldogs hit the ice Saturday afternoon at 4:00pm on Sportsnet. The Generals currently sit third in the East Division with a 28-18-4-4 record while Hamilton hovers in the fourth place spot, carrying a season record of 23-25-6-1.

WOLVES GRADUATE SHANDOR ALPHONSO SHARES JOURNEY INTO NHL’S OFFICIATING RANKS:
Sudbury Wolves graduate Shandor Alphonso takes tremendous pride in being an official of colour in the National Hockey League. The 35-year-old shares his journey into the NHL’s officiating ranks.
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67’s, KNIGHTS AND FIREBIRDS IN KIA CHL TOP 10:
The Ottawa 67’s remain the top-ranked team in the CHL while the London Knights rise to eighth and the Flint Firebirds return for the second time this season.
FULL RANKINGS

SPIRIT’S PERFETTI NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Draft eligible Saginaw Spirit forward Cole Perfetti is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week with 10 points in three games including four goals and six assists along with a plus/minus rating of plus-6.
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OHL WEEKEND NOTEBOOK: FEBRUARY 19, 2020:
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 this past weekend.
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WAWANESA OHL PLAYS OF THE WEEK – FEB. 19, 2020:
Wawanesa OHL Plays of the Week is back with another mashup of magnificent moves! North Bay’s Simon Rose comes up big in overtime, Sault Ste. Marie’s Nick Malik keeps things going with a massive save off the left skate, Hamilton’s Jan Mysak skates through his opponents for another highlight reel marker, Kingston’s Christian Propp makes a desperation dive for the books and Oshawa’s Phil Tomasino creates opportunity with a nifty spin.
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VAUGHN SAVES OF THE WEEK – FEB. 18, 2020:
Double toe saves and a whole whack of highlight reel stops are featured in another exciting Vaughn Saves segment. Check out the moves from North Bay’s Joe Vrbetic, Hamilton’s Zachary Roy, Oshawa’s Zachary Paputsakis, Windsor’s Kari Piiroinen, Peterborough’s Tye Austin, Oshawa’s Jordan Kooy, Kingston’s Ryan Dugas, Barrie’s Arturs Silovs, Kingston’s Christian Propp, and Sault Ste. Marie’s Nick Malik.
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GOALTENDERS CAMPBELL, VRBETIC FEATURED IN OHL MILESTONE MOMENTS:
Rookie netminders Aidan Campbell of the Erie Otters and Joe Vrbetic of the North Bay Battalion each posted their first career OHL shutout last week. See all of those saves in OHL Milestone Moments.
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GENERALS’ TOMASINO REPRESENTS OHL IN CHL SHOWDOWN:
Oshawa Generals forward Philip Tomasino is the OHL’s representative in this week’s CHL Showdown featuring one great play from all three leagues.
WATCH & VOTE AT CHLSHOWDOWN.CA

OHL CUP POWERED BY UNDER ARMOUR WEEK 12 TOP-10 RANKINGS:
The Toronto Jr. Canadiens are the new number one team in the OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Minor Midget Top-10, returning to where they began back in late November.
FULL RANKINGS

PETES ARE PLAYOFF BOUND:
A Niagara IceDogs loss on Sunday vaulted the Peterborough Petes into the 2020 OHL Playoffs. They’d solidify their standing with a 5-2 win over the Sudbury Wolves on Family Day.
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SPITFIRES HONOUR THE MEMORY OF MICKEY RENAUD:
The Windsor Spitfires honoured late captain Mickey Renaud prior to puck drop on Tuesday. Parents Mark and Jane Renaud joined Spitfires billet families in a special Family Day Weekend celebration of the former Calgary Flames draft pick who tragically passed away on February 18, 2008.
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FORMER TEAMMATES PERFETTI AND O’ROURKE ENJOY COMPETITIVE FRIENDSHIP:
Saginaw Spirit forward Cole Perfetti and Soo Greyhounds defenceman Ryan O’Rourke were two-time OHL Cup teammates but now square off several times a year. They share all about their competitive friendship.
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DRESSING ROOM DJ’S OF THE OHL: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE ONES YOU DIDN’T EXPECT:
Who runs the tunes in the room? Rap or country? Who’s got it figured out, and who needs some work? Find out here!
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PETES’ THOMAS RECORDS 300TH CAREER POINT:
Los Angeles Kings prospect Akil Thomas of the Peterborough Petes recorded his 300th career point and 200th career assist on Saturday.
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FIREBIRDS’ OTHMANN ENTERS CLUB RECORD BOOK FOR ROOKIE GOALS, POINTS:
One of several records set in Monday’s 12-7 win over the Sarnia Sting, Flint Firebirds forward Brennan Othmann set a new marks for both points and goals by a rookie in a single season. The second overall pick of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection had a goal and two assists on Monday to reach the 30-point mark, surpassing teammate Vladislav Kolyachonok‘s 29 points in a Firebirds uniform last season. His 14th goal put him ahead of Ty Dellandrea‘s mark set during the 2016-17 campaign.
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FIVE QUESTIONS WITH SHANE WRIGHT:
Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs leads all CHL rookies in scoring and is showing exactly why he was granted exceptional player status.
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MITCHELL MARTIN COMMITS TO RANGERS:
The Kitchener Rangers have announced that left-winger Mitchell Martin has committed to an Ontario Hockey League standard player agreement with the club. The 17-year-old from Sudbury, Ont. was a fourth round pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection and is currently playing with the NOJHL’s Rayside-Balfour Canadians.
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2020 OHL GOLD CUP HIGH PERFORMANCE OFFICIATING CAMP APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED:
Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 OHL Gold Cup High Performance Officiating Camp that runs May 6-10 at the Activa Sportsplex in Kitchener, ON.
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BEYOND THE BOARDS:

CMHA Talk Today 50-50 Raffle: A reminder that the Talk Today 50-50 Raffle in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and Teachers Life will run until Feb. 29. A winner will be drawn on Mar. 2, and all proceeds will go toward support mental health awareness and the Talk Today program in partnership with CMHA and Teachers Life. The Talk Today games continue with North Bay hosting theirs tonight.

Kingston’s Salute to Military Families: Friday will see another classic division rivalry matchup between the Oshawa Generals and Kingston Frontenacs, with the Fronts decked out in their CAPDAT jerseys as a salute to Military Families.

Frontenacs raising money for Prostate Cancer Research: The Kingston Frontenacs players are seeking donations toward prostate cancer research. You can donate to the individual players’ campaigns HERE.

Crossover Week in Sudbury: The Sudbury Wolves and local basketball team Sudbury FIVE of the National Basketball League of Canada are switching jerseys for a cause. The FIVE sported jerseys with the Wolves’ logo during their Wednesday matchup, and this Friday when the Saginaw Spirit come to play, the Wolves will be doing the same: wearing Sudbury FIVE-themed jerseys. Jerseys from both of those games are up for auction and will benefit Jumpstart, where proceeds will go towards youth participation in minor sports.
FULL DETAILS AT SUDBURYWOLVES.COM

Mississauga Helps Fight the Cold: The Mississauga Steelheads are teaming up with A1 Air Conditioning and Heating for their first annual “Fight the Cold Coat Drive” on Friday as they take on the flint Firebirds. The Fight the Cold Coat Drive ensures that everyone in Mississauga has a coat to keep them warm throughout the winter and also aims to ensure that coats stay out of landfills. Fans are encouraged to bring a gently used or new coat for donation, and will receive a voucher for a complimentary ticket to the Steelheads game on Friday, Feb. 28.
LEARN MORE AT MISSISSAUGASTEELHEADS.COM

Making Local Issues #UNIGNORABLE: United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin have teamed up with the Storm for their #UNIGNORABLE game on Feb. 21. The purpose of the #UNIGNORABLE campaign is to make local issues like poverty, hunger and mental health just that: unignorable. Information about these local issues, as well as the work United Way and other community partners to in striving for solutions, will be highlighted during the game. Fans are encouraged to bring or purchase a pair of mittens that can then be donated to community members in need.
MORE INFORMATION AT GUELPHSTORM.COM

United Auto Workers/United Way Night in Flint: The Flint Firebirds are proud to be hosting their fifth annual United Auto Workers/United Way Night. Fans can use promo code UAW on ticketmaster.com to have $5 from their tickets donated to a local United Way branch, and, ahead of the game’s 7pm puck drop, Team United Auto Workers will face off against Team United Way in a pre-game matchup that fans who’ve purchased can also attend. There will also be a silent auction for both teams’ special jerseys, along with some other items.
READ MORE AT FLINTFIREBIRDS.COM

Pride Night in Oshawa: On Sunday, Feb. 23, the Oshawa Generals will be hosting their first ever Pride Night in partnership with You Can Play, PFLAG Canada Durham Region, and Pride Durham. There will be LGBTQ organizations will be onsite, rainbow Gens T-shirts will be for sold, and there will be a Pride Flag flown outside the Tribute Communities Centre.
LEARN MORE AT OSHAWAGENERALS.COM

Battalion host School Bus Safety Day on Sunday, play three home games in seven days:
The Troops host the Saginaw Spirit for I Stop, You Stop School Bus Safety Day. This season’s school bus safety day is in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the accident that killed 5 year old Adam Ranger when a transport truck failed to stop for his school bus’ flashing lights.
READ MORE AT BATTALIONHOCKEY.COM

ALUMNI NOTES:

Vilardi recalled by Kings: Kingston Frontenacs graduate and former Windsor Spitfires Memorial Cup champion Gabriel Vilardi has been summoned by the Los Angeles Kings. The 20-year-old forward, who has overcame injury obstacles dating back to his final OHL season in 2017-18, put up 25 points (9-16–25) over 32 games with the AHL’s Ontario Reign prior to the call-up. Vilardi was Los Angeles’ first round (11th overall) pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. The former second overall OHL Priority Selection choice recorded 157 points (68-89–157) over 143 career regular season contests between Kingston and Windsor from 2015-18. He’s expected to make his NHL debut on Thursday.

Toffoli named NHL’s third star of the week, dealt to Canucks: Ottawa 67’s graduate and back-to-back 50-goal OHL scorer Tyler Toffoli had an eventful week, becoming the first player in NHL history to notch a hat-trick in an outdoor game before being named the league’s third star of the week. Toffoli was then dealt from the Los Angeles Kings to the Vancouver Canucks, making his debut with his new team on Wednesday. Originally a second round pick by LA in the 2010 NHL Draft, Toffoli spent parts of eight seasons with the Kings, registering 34 points (18-16–34) over 58 games prior to the trade this season. A 27-year-old product of Scarborough, Ont., Toffoli was a career 333-point scorer over four seasons in Ottawa from 2008-12, recording 163 goals and 170 assists over 252 career regular season contests.

DeMelo joins Jets: Mississauga Steelheads graduate Dylan DeMelo joined the Winnipeg Jets in a trade from the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday. The 26-year-old from London, Ont. had posted 10 assists over 49 games with the Sens this season and joins his third NHL club after breaking in with the San Jose Sharks who selected him in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Draft. The 6-foot defenceman played four OHL seasons in Mississauga, recording 125 points (25-100–125) over 218 career regular season outings.

OHL grads Archibald, Bourque swap AHL clubs: A pair of OHL graduates in Niagara IceDogs alumnus Darren Archibald and Owen Sound Attack blue line grad Trent Bourque were involved in a one-for-one swap on Wednesday. Archibald was dealt from the Toronto Marlies to the Belleville Senators in exchange for Bourque. A 30-year-old native of Newmarket, Ont., Archibald played four OHL seasons between Barrie and Niagara from 2008-11. He recorded 12 points (5-7–12) in 34 games with the Marlies this season. Bourque, 21, played five OHL seasons between Sudbury and Owen Sound from 2014-19 and was a sixth round pick of the St. Louis Blues in 2017. Bourque has spent most of the season with the ECHL’s Brampton Beast, recording 20 points (3-17–20) over 42 games while appearing in five games with the Belleville Senators.

Marchment dealt to Panthers: Mississauga Steelheads graduate Mason Marchment was dealt to the Florida Panthers on Wednesday. The Toronto Maple Leafs received forward Denis Malgin in exchange. Marchment, 24, is in his fourth pro season in 2019-20 and has 13 goals and five assists for 18 points in 24 games with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies this year. The winger won a Calder Cup title with the Marlies in 2018. He played two OHL seasons between Erie, Hamilton and Mississauga, recording 77 points (28-49–77) over 115 career regular season contests.

Williams named ECHL Goaltender of the Week: Erie Otters graduate Devin Williams of the Tulsa Oilers has been named the ECHL Goaltender of the Week. The 24-year-old went 3-0-0 with a 2.01 goals-against average and a save percentage of .935 in three appearances last week. A native of Saginaw, Michigan, Williams is 15-11-1 in 28 appearances with the Oilers this season with a 2.63 goals-against average and a save percentage of .909. Williams played parts of five seasons in Erie from 2011-16, winning a franchise record 106 career contests while posting a career goals-against average of 3.03 and a save percentage of .900.

Rangers grad Maaskant earns AUS Community Service Award: Kitchener Rangers graduate Liam Maaskant has earned The AUS’ Godfrey Award and been nominated for the prestigious Dr. Randy Gregg Award. The Acadia Axemen defenceman claims the award given annually to the player who best represents the spirit of intercollegiate hockey by his leadership both on and off the ice by his conduct throughout the season. A fifth-year engineering student from Clinton, Ont., Maaskant has served as team captain for two consecutive seasons. He played in 28 games this season, anchoring the Acadia defence and scoring 15 points (4-11–15). The 25-year-old played four OHL seasons between Erie, Barrie and Kitchener from 2011-15.

KEY MATCHUPS:

Windsor Spitfires at Barrie Colts
Saturday, February 22nd

Both the Windsor Spitfires (33-16-5-0) and Barrie Colts (25-23-3-2) have put on respectable performances as of late, and since they only face off twice a year, we’re anticipating a big game on Saturday.

The Spits skated away from last weekend’s three-game roadie with all six points in the bank before falling at home to the Sarnia Sting. It’s worth mentioning they were able to edge the top seeded Ottawa 67’s in a 3-2 decision thanks to Will Cuylle’s shootout winner, handing the Barber Poles their first loss at home since early November as well as their season’s only loss past regulation.

The Colts’ recent accolades include surpassing the Mississauga Steelheads for second in the Central Division. They’re now seated just four points behind the leading Sudbury Wolves. The squad took home six out of a possible eight points over last week’s four-game stint, and have a 7-2-1-0 tally to their names over their last 10 matchups. NHL Draft prospect Tyson Foerster continues to lead the charge, landing his 70th point with a respectable 30 goals and 40 assists on the season. Evan Vierling, a deadline addition from the Flint Firebirds, will suit up fresh off his first career hat-trick that has helped vault him to 10 goals and 22 points in the 18 games he’s played with the Colts.

Looking toward Windsor, Nashville Predators pick Egor Afanasyev and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Tyler Angle have both put up 12 points each in their last six games.

Saturday’s visit will be the Spits’ one and only trip to Barrie. It comes at the forefront of back-to-back road games that will see them land in Oshawa the following evening. Windsor claimed their first tangle with the Colts in a 3-2 shootout.

Owen Sound Attack at Erie Otters
Saturday, February 22nd / Sunday, February 23rd

We’re no stranger to seeing the Owen Sound Attack (26-21-4-3) and Erie Otters (23-20-4-7) square off in a classic Midwest matchup, but as the Western Conference playoff cushion continues to tighten with both squads vying for that coveted eighth place spot, we’re sure to keep our eyes on these back-to-back contests.

The Attack are currently holding on to eighth place, but the Otters currently sit only two points behind. Both have played an even 54 games up to this point, keeping the race as tight as can be.

The Attack are led by top scorers Sergey Popov (16-46—62) and league veteran Brady Lyle (18-39—57). Netminder Mack Guzda posts a 21-17-4-2 with a 3.05 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage.

Maxim Golod leads the charge in Erie, boasting 67 points (21-46—67), followed by teammate Chad Yetman’s 33 goals and 58 points.

Owen Sound will skate in with the 3-1-0-0 season series advantage over the host Erie Otters. Following Saturday’s tilt, both clubs will be right back at it the following afternoon.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

Thursday February 20th:
Flint at Niagara – 7:00pm
Ottawa at North Bay – 7:00pm
Hamilton at Peterborough – 7:05pm
London at Windsor – 7:05pm
Saginaw at Barrie – 7:30pm

Friday February 21st:
Oshawa at Kingston – 7:00pm
Flint at Mississauga – 7:00pm
Saginaw at Sudbury – 7:05pm
Ottawa at Soo – 7:07pm
London at Guelph – 7:30pm
Erie at Kitchener – 7:30pm

Saturday February 22nd:
Oshawa at Hamilton – 4:00pm (Live on Sportsnet)
Kitchener at Flint – 7:00pm
Windsor at Barrie – 7:30pm
Erie at Owen Sound – 7:30pm

Sunday February 23rd:
Niagara at Guelph – 2:00pm
Barrie at Mississauga – 2:00pm
Saginaw at North Bay – 2:00pm
Erie at Owen Sound – 2:00pm
Ottawa at Sudbury – 2:05pm
Sarnia at Soo – 2:07pm
Windsor at Oshawa – 6:05pm

OHL THIS WEEK: FEBRUARY 6 TO 9, 2020

Press Release

OHL This Week

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020

Toronto, Ont. – We’re into February and there’s lots happening in rinks across the League this weekend. We’ll also tell you about the CMHA Talk Today Online 50-50 Raffle raising funds for mental health awareness as well as a number of records and milestones from the past week of action.

OHL THIS WEEK PODCAST WITH OSHAWA’S PHILIP TOMASINO:
Nashville Predators first round pick and OHL Player of the Month for January Philip Tomasino joins the show this week, shedding some light on his incredible 34-point performance over 13 games. Tomasino expresses his thanks to the Niagara IceDogs organization and looks ahead to an exciting stretch run with the Oshawa Generals. He details his draft day experience when he was selected 24th overall by the Nashville Predators last summer.
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OHL, CMHA ONTARIO PARTNER TO RAISE FUNDS FOR MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS, SUICIDE PREVENTION:
The Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario Division have teamed up this month for a 50-50 raffle to raise funds that will go toward mental health awareness and suicide prevention training for athletes in Ontario. Running now through Feb. 29, tickets for the raffle cost $10 for five, $20 for 30 and $50 for 100 and can be purchased at www.talktoday5050.com All proceeds will support the OHL and CMHA Ontario’s Talk Today program. The winning ticket will be drawn March 2.
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KNIGHTS’ MCMICHAEL AND MERKLEY NAMED TO VAUGHN CHL TEAM OF THE WEEK:
London Knights teammates Connor McMichael and Ryan Merkley have been named to the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week for Jan. 27 to Feb. 2. McMichael racked up seven points (4-3–7) over two games while Merkley finished with six points (1-5–6) in that span.
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KNIGHTS’ MCMICHAEL NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Washington Capitals prospect Connor McMichael of the Washington Capitals is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the week ending February 2nd. McMichael claims the honour for the third time this season, helping the Knights stretch their current winning streak to eight with multi-point efforts in a pair of victories.
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67’s AND KNIGHTS IN KIA CHL TOP 10:
The Ottawa 67’s remain atop the weekly rankings for the fifth straight week as they continue to roll on a nine-game winning streak. Ottawa has won 26 of the past 27 as 2020 NHL Draft prospect Marco Rossi leads the OHL in scoring with 88 points (30-58–88). A nine-game winning streak has carried the London Knights back into the Kia CHL Top 10 as they sit atop the Midwest Division with a 33-13-1-1 record.
FULL RANKINGS

67’s BECOME OHL’S FIRST TEAM TO CLINCH A PLAYOFF BERTH:
The defending Eastern Conference champion Ottawa 67’s are playoff bound once again. The 67’s defeated the Soo Greyhounds 5-2 on Sunday and in doing so, punched their ticket to the 2020 OHL Playoffs. They sit atop the OHL standings with a 39-7-0-0 record.

OHL TOP PERFORMERS OF THE MONTH FOR JANUARY:
The OHL on Monday announced Top OHL Performers of the Month for regular season games played in January 2020, including Oshawa Generals forward Philip Tomasino, Ottawa 67’s defenceman Noel Hoefenmayer and London Knights goaltender Brett Brochu.
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OHL WEEKEND NOTEBOOK – FEB. 3, 2020:
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 this past weekend.
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WAWANESA OHL PLAYS OF THE WEEK – FEB. 5, 2020:
We’ve got forwards, defencemen and goaltenders all contributing to the latest edition of the Wawanesa OHL Plays of the Week. Flint Firebirds defenceman Riley McCourt starts us off, finishing off his first hat-trick in overtime on a record-setting night in Flint. Windsor Spitfires netminder Xavier Medina flashes the leather for some post-to-post larceny. London’s Ryan Merkley makes a save at the blue line before Connor McMichael does what he does best. Saginaw’s Cole Coskey goes coast-to-coast and Oshawa’s Jordan Kooy stretches out for a Superman save.
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VAUGHN SAVES OF THE WEEK – FEB. 4, 2020:
It’s all acrobatics and entertainment in the latest instalment of Vaughn Saves, highlighting the best stops across the OHL this week. Get a look at these saves from Kingston’s Christian Propp, Saginaw’s Tristan Lennox, Soo’s Nick Malik, Kingston’s Ryan Dugas, Oshawa’s Jordan Kooy, Flint’s Anthony Popovich, Ottawa’s Cedrick Andree, Kitchener’s Jacob Ingham, Sudbury’s Mitchell Weeks and Windsor’s Xavier Medina.
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SEVEN PLAYERS SCORE FIRST GOALS FOR OHL MILESTONE MOMENTS:
A total of seven players scored their first career OHL goal this past week including Peterborough’s Curtis Trolley, Kingston’s Ethan Ritchie, Guelph’s Jacob Maillet, Owen Sound’s Logan LeSage, Niagara’s Isaac Enright, Hamilton’s Mark Duarte and North Bay’s David Campbell.
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OHL CUP POWERED BY UNDER ARMOUR MINOR MIDGET TOP-10 RANKINGS:
The OMHA’s Quinte Red Devils are the top-ranked team in the OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Top-10 Rankings for a ninth consecutive week while three GTHL clubs in the Toronto Titans, Toronto Jr. Canadiens and Toronto Nationals occupy the following three slots. The Vaughan Kings are up one spot to number six on the this week’s list while the Toronto Marlboros climb to eighth and the ALLIANCE’s Waterloo Wolves are back in the Top-10 for the first time since Week 4. The Wolves join two other ALLIANCE teams in the fifth-ranked Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs and ninth-ranked Hamilton Huskies in embarking on semi-final play this coming weekend.
FULL RANKINGS

67’s’ KEATING LOGS 300TH CAREER OHL POINT:
Ottawa 67’s forward Austen Keating recorded the 300th point of his OHL career on Sunday, becoming the 13th player in franchise history to do so. Keating had a goal and an assist to help the 67’s become the League’s first team to clinch a playoff spot, winning their ninth straight game in a 5-2 decision over visiting Sault Ste. Marie.
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BULLDOGS’ KALIYEV BECOMES CLUB’S CAREER GOAL-SCORING LEADER:
It was another day at the office for Arthur Kaliyev, who scored twice and added two assists in a 9-4 Hamilton Bulldogs win over the visiting Niagara IceDogs on Saturday. With his 33rd and 34th goals of the season, Kaliyev surpassed Matthew Strome as Hamilton’s all-time goal-scoring leader with 116 to his name over the course of 177 regular season games.
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CHASE COSTANTINO COMMITS TO FRONTENACS:
The Kingston Frontenacs have received a commitment from 2019 seventh round selection Chase Costantino. The 6-foot-2, 165Ib. defenceman from Burlington, Ont. has 28 points (6-22–28) over 53 games with Compuware U16 of the HPHL this season.
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GREYHOUNDS TO SUBMIT BID TO HOST 2021 MEMORIAL CUP PRESENTED BY KIA:
The Soo Greyhounds announced Thursday that the club will be submitting an expression of interest to host the 2021 Memorial Cup Presented by Kia.
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ROGERS HOMETOWN HOCKEY TOUR COMES TO OTTAWA:
The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour stops in the nation’s capital this weekend as hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone tell the top stories from Ottawa, Ontario! Be sure to hear about the 67’s and their impact on Ottawa’s hockey community throughout the weekend.
FOR MORE VISIT HOMETOWNHOCKEY.COM

BEYOND THE BOARDS:

Canadian Mental Health Month Underway with slew of #TalkToday Games this week: In partnership with CMHA and Teachers Life, the OHL and its member clubs continue to raise awareness around mental health and suicide prevention.
CLICK HERE FOR FULL CMHA AND OHL GAME NIGHT SCHEDULE

Petes raise over $88,000 in 11th Annual Pink in the Rink Game: The eleventh annual Pink in the Rink game took place at the Peterborough Memorial Centre on Saturday night. The Peterborough Petes, in association with the Canadian Cancer Society, are pleased to announce that the campaign raised $88,194.72, bringing the eleven-year total to nearly $790,000 with more donations expected in the coming days. The Petes ended a five-game skid with a 4-1 victory over the rival Oshawa Generals in front of 3,816 fans.
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Let’s Make Hockey For Everyone Night in Peterborough: The Petes are hosting their first ever Let’s Make Hockey For Everyone Night in partnership with local charity Heads Up For Inclusion. Let’s Make Hockey For Everyone is aimed at encouraging inclusiveness in hockey regardless of race, colour, religion, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, or socioeconomic status. Also involved in tonight’s game are the Kawartha Komets, a charitable organization that provides people of all ages with physical, emotional, and/or neurodevelopmental challenges an opportunity to play hockey, as well as the Electric City Maroon and White Special Needs Hockey Team. And lastly, the team will be recognizing the achievements of local immigration consultant Carmela Valles.
FIND OUT MORE AT GOPETESGO.COM

Goodwill Collection Night in Erie: The Erie Otters are inviting fans to bring new or gently used goods to donate at Goodwill’s collection point outside the Erie Insurance Arena on Friday when they play host to the Flint Firebirds. Fans who donate will be entered to win an autographed Otters jersey.

Country Night in Hamilton: The Bulldogs are celebrating Country Night as Presented by Budweiser this Friday when the Ottawa 67’s come to town. Cowboy hats and plaid shirts are welcome. There will be an acoustic performance, country-themed giveaways, and more.
FULL DETAILS AT HAMILTONBULLDOGS.COM

Ingham encourages fans to join him in giving blood: Kitchener Rangers goaltender Jacob Ingham is encouraging members of the community to join him for a blood donation on Wednesday February 12th from 6-7pm at the Canadian Blood Services branch in Waterloo. He’ll be meeting with supporters to highlight his initatives Hockey Gives Blood and Canadian Blood Services. Earlier this week, the Jake’s Saves Campaign reached $10,000.
MORE INFO AT KITCHENERRANGERS.COM

Hockey Fights Cancer in Sault Ste. Marie: The Soo Greyhounds are hosting their 10th annual Hockey Fights Cancer Night this Saturday, with the Niagara IceDogs visiting for an evening tilt. Funds will be donated to the Sault Area Hospital Foundation Pharmacy  IV Room Upgrade and the Elks Oncology Van. Game worn jerseys are available for auction both in the arena and online. Hockey Fights Cancer T-shirts are also now available for purchase, with $5 from each purchase going toward fundraising.
VISIT SOOGREYHOUNDS.COM FOR MORE

Lodnia honours Kobe and Gianna Bryant with special giveaway: The sports world was shaken by the death of Kobe Bryant and 13-year-old daughter Gianna, along with the seven others who lost their lives that day. Niagara IceDogs overager Ivan Lodnia is a native of California who grew up admiring Kobe and, like the rest of us, was devastated by the tragic news. In honour of both Kobe and Gianna, Lodnia is giving away a pair of tickets to all remaining Niagara IceDogs home games to father and daughter pairs throughout the rest of the season. Please visit the IceDogs’ social media channels for more info on how to enter.
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ALUMNI NOTES:

Thornton records 1,500th career NHL point: Soo Greyhounds graduate Joe Thornton recorded his 1,500th career NHL point on Wednesday. The 40-year-old long-time NHL veteran had a pair of assists in a 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames to reach the impressive milestone. Thornton is a veteran of 1,620 career regular season contests and got his start with the Boston Bruins after being the first overall pick of the 1997 NHL Draft. The St. Thomas, Ont. native played two seasons with the Greyhounds from 1995-97, earning OHL Rookie of the Year honours in 1996 before winning World Junior gold as a member of Team Canada a year later. Thornton is currently playing in his 22nd NHL season.

Campbell, Clifford dealt to Maple Leafs: A pair of OHL grads in Jack Campbell and Kyle Clifford are on their way to the Toronto Maple Leafs as part of a trade with the Los Angeles Kings announced on Wednesday. Campbell, a former Soo Greyhounds and Windsor Spitfires netminder, had appeared in 20 games with the Kings this season and played to an 8-10-2 record with a 2.85 goals-against average and .900 save percentage. Clifford, who skated with the Barrie Colts from 2007-09 and hoisted the Stanley Cup with the Kings on 2012 and 2014.

Tippett named AHL Rookie of the Month: Saginaw Spirit graduate Owen Tippett has been named the AHL Rookie of the Month for January. The Florida Panthers prospect had 15 points (7-8–15) over 10 January contests as a member of the Springfield Thunderbirds, contributing to an overall total of 40 points (19-21–40) over 46 games in his first pro campaign. Tippett played four seasons in the OHL between Mississauga and Saginaw from 2015-19, recording 244 points (128-116–244) over 213 career regular season games. He was selected by Florida with the 10th overall pick of the 2017 NHL Draft.

Studnicka named AHL Player of the Week: Niagara IceDogs graduate and long-time Oshawa Generals forward Jack Studnicka is the AHL Player of the Week. The 20-year-old from Tecumseh, Ont. had five points (3-2–5) over two games with the Providence Bruins, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Boston Bruins. Studnicka, who made his NHL debut with Boston, recording an assist earlier this season, played four OHL seasons between Oshawa and Niagara from 2015-19, recording 233 points (80-153–233) over 252 regular season games along the way. He was Boston’s second round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Headrick named AUS Male Athlete of the Week: Erie Otters graduate Owen Headrick of the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers has been named the AUS Male Athlete of the Week. Headrick, who won an OHL Championship with Erie in 2017, scored four goals in three games last week as the Panthers clinched the final AUS playoff spot. The Garden River, Ont. native has 32 points (13-19–32) over 29 games as an AUS sophomore this season. Headrick played two OHL seasons in Erie from 2016-18, recording 54 points (17-37–54) over 90 regular season games.

KEY MATCHUPS:

Mississauga Steelheads at Kitchener Rangers
Friday, February 5th

The Mississauga Steelheads’ (23-23-2-1) explosive performance of late coupled with the Kitchener Rangers’ (30-12-5-2) ongoing hot streak makes Friday’s tilt, the second and final meetup of both clubs, one to look forward to.

The two met for the first time this season on Jan. 26 in a game the Rangers would likely prefer to forget. You’ll recall the Steelheads crawling back from a 4-1 deficit to come out victorious 5-4 in overtime, largely on account of Cole Schwindt’s late natural hat-trick that concluded with the OT winner. You’ll also recall that the Fish are one of only a handful of teams to defeat the Rangers since their turn of season in late November.

Kitchener’s 16-game point streak ended in a 5-3 loss to Flint last weekend, helping them drop below the unstoppable-as-of-late London Knights and into second in the Midwest Division. Forward Mike Petizian has put up points in his last 12 straight games, and the veteran trio of Riley DamianiJonathan YantsisGreg Meireles, and Liam Hawel continue to be an offensive threat.

The Fish, who will first hope to jump above .500 tonight against the Barrie Colts, are on a hot streak of their own, having claimed victory in their last four matchups and eight of their last 10. They put on a vigorous 10-3 display against the Sudbury Wolves last Sunday to pull within two points of them as they continue to lead the Central Division. Nods to St. Louis Blues pick Keean Washkurak for a career-high six points (2-4—6) as well as overager Calvin Martin for a career-first hat-trick in a four-point afternoon. A seven-game point streak from Schwindt, a Florida Panthers pick, has seen multi-point showings in his last five games, including four assists in Saturday’s 6-2 win over the North Bay Battalion and that natural hat-trick in his team’s aforementioned comeback win over the Rangers. NHL Draft eligible James Hardie rides an eight-game point streak heading into Friday’s tilt, half of which have been three-point games. Kai Edmonds, who owns the highest amount of ice time among all OHL goaltenders, holds a 2.92 goals-against average and .906 save percentage in a league-leading 43 starts.

Saginaw Spirit at London Knights
Friday, February 5th

The London Knights (33-13-1-1) and Saginaw Spirit (31-14-2-2) will square off for the fourth and final time this season on Friday, both looking to keep up their winning ways.

The Western Conference-leading Knights will be looking for their 10th straight win. Washington Capitals prospect Connor McMichael boasts a third-best 83 points in just 38 games with three hat-tricks in his last 10 games, contributing to a league-leading six hat-tricks this season. He’s also coming off 12-game point streak that was halted in Tuesday’s 5-2 win over the Niagara IceDogs. Teammate Ryan Merkley, a San Jose Sharks draftee, has put up nine points in his last three games, while Ottawa Senators pick Jonathan Gruden is coming off a career-high four-point night in his eighth straight game on the scoresheet.

Between the pipes sits a hot commodity in rookie Brett Brochu, standing tall on a 12-game winning streak.

The Spirit boast an 8-2-0-0 tally in their last 10 games and sit at the top of the West Division with a five-point margin beneath them, where the Windsor Spitfires sit second. Cole Perfetti continues to lead the way, owning 13 points (5-8—13) in his last six games.

UPCOMING GAMES:

Thursday February 6th:
Owen Sound at Niagara – 7:00pm
North Bay at Peterborough – 7:05pm
Hamilton at Windsor – 7:05pm
Mississauga at Barrie – 7:30pm

Friday February 7th:
Flint at Erie – 7:00pm
Ottawa at Hamilton – 7:00pm
North Bay at Kingston – 7:00pm
Windsor at Sarnia – 7:05pm
Guelph at Soo – 7:07pm
Mississauga at Kitchener – 7:30pm
Saginaw at London – 7:30pm
Sudbury at Oshawa – 7:35pm

Saturday February 8th:
Flint at Hamilton – 4:00pm
Owen Sound at Erie – 7:00pm
Ottawa at Peterborough – 7:05pm
Guelph at Saginaw – 7:05pm
Sarnia at Windsor – 7:05pm
Niagara at Soo – 7:07pm
Sudbury at Barrie – 7:30pm

Sunday February 9th:
Mississauga at Kingston – 2:00pm
North Bay at Ottawa – 2:00pm
Kitchener at Sarnia – 4:05pm
Flint at Oshawa – 6:05pm
Niagara at Sudbury – 7:05pm

OHL ANNOUNCES TOP PERFORMERS OF THE MONTH FOR JANUARY

Top Performers January

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Top OHL Performers of the Month for regular season games played in January 2020, including Oshawa Generals forward Philip Tomasino, Ottawa 67’s defenceman Noel Hoefenmayer and London Knights goaltender Brett Brochu.

OHL Player of the Month – Philip Tomasino (Oshawa Generals):
Nashville Predators prospect Philip Tomasino of the Oshawa Generals is the OHL Player of the Month for January, posting a league-leading 34 points including 15 goals and 19 assists over just 13 games.  Tomasino recorded three points or more on seven different occasions and earned star of the game recognition in nine of his 13 outings, 10 of which came as a member of the Oshawa Generals following a trade from the Niagara IceDogs. He wrapped up his tenure in Niagara with 10 points over his final three contests including a five-point showing (1-4–5) in a 9-8 win over North Bay on Jan. 2nd. He followed that up two nights later with four points (2-2–4), setting up the OT winner as the IceDogs defeated the Kitchener Rangers 7-6 on Jan. 4th. Tomasino started his time as an Oshawa General with a bang on Jan. 9th in Windsor, registering five points (2-3–5) in a 6-3 triumph over the Spitfires. That performance was followed by back-to-back two-goal outings on Jan. 10th in Sarnia and Jan. 12th back on home ice against the Peterborough Petes, helping Tomasino earn OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week honours. Other outstanding January performances included another four-point effort (2-2–4) on Jan. 20th in Owen Sound as he set up the winning goal in a 5-4 victory over the Attack. He wrapped up January with three consecutive multi-point outings headlined by a goal and three assists on Jan. 25th in a 7-4 win over the Kingston Frontenacs on Sportsnet.

An 18-year-old native of Mississauga, Ont., Tomasino leads the Generals in scoring this season with 83 points (34-49–83) over 48 games, good for the league’s fourth-highest total. Now in his third OHL season, the former fifth overall pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection has amassed 179 points (73-106–179) over 176 career regular season games. He was the highest-drafted OHL forward at last summer’s 2019 NHL Draft, going 24th overall to the Nashville Predators who signed him to a three-year entry level NHL contract on October 21st.

OHL Defenceman of the Month – Noel Hoefenmayer (Ottawa 67’s):
Ottawa 67’s overage defenceman Noel Hoefenmayer has been named OHL Defenceman of the Month for the third time this season. The fifth-year veteran led all rearguards with 18 points including three goals and 15 assists over 13 games to go with a plus/minus rating of plus-13. Hoefenmayer recorded points in 11 of his 13 January outings including three assists on Jan. 18th against the Hamilton Bulldogs, a two-goal showing on Jan. 25th against the Niagara IceDogs and a goal and one helper on Jan. 30th on the road against the same IceDogs. Hoefenmayer helped the 67’s rise to the top of the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings with wins in 13 of 14 January contests. He wrapped up the month on an eight-game point streak.

A 21-year-old native of North York, Ont., Hoefenmayer leads OHL defenders with 67 points including 19 goals and 48 assists along with a plus/minus rating of plus-44 over 46 games. The 6-foot-1 rearguard has been a big contributor on Ottawa’s top-ranked 30.6% power play this season, registering 32 points on the man advantage. A fifth-year veteran, Hoefenmayer is currently inside the franchise top-8 for both career points by a defenceman (207) and career games played (286). His 19 goals from the back end are the most in a single season by a 67’s defenceman since Jon Zion in 2000-01. Hoefenmayer was a fourth round pick of the Arizona Coyotes in the 2017 NHL Draft before going unsigned and attended rookie camp with the Carolina Hurricanes in September. Hoefenmayer was a second round pick of the 67’s in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.

OHL Goaltender & Rookie of the Month – Brett Brochu (London Knights):
London Knights netminder Brett Brochu is both the OHL Goaltender and OHL Rookie of the Month for January after posting an impressive 9-0-0-0 record along with a 1.89 goals-against average and .940 save percentage in nine games. Brochu made at least 30 saves on four different occasions highlighted by a 40-save effort on Jan. 3rd as the Knights defeated the Mississauga Steelheads 3-1. He surrendered just one goal in back-to-back games on Jan. 12th in Sault Ste. Marie and Jan. 17th at home to the Sudbury Wolves before turning in another fine performance with 35 saves in a 4-1 defeat of the Hamilton Bulldogs on Jan. 24th. Brochu closed out January on an 11-game winning streak.

A 17-year-old native of Tilbury, Ont., Brochu leads OHL rookie goaltenders with a 2.52 goals-against average, a .916 save percentage and a record of 21-5-0-0, becoming the first Knights rookie to win 20 games in a season since Ryan MacDonald back in 2003-04. The 5-foot-11, 156Ib. puckstopper was London’s sixth round pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection. He spent last season with the Dresden Kings Jr. C club, earning PJHL Stobbs Division Rookie of the Year honours.

2019-20 OHL Performers of the Month:

Player of the Month:
January – Philip Tomasino (Oshawa Generals)
December – Cole Schwindt (Mississauga Steelheads)
November – Jan Jenik (Hamilton Bulldogs)
October – Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)

Defenceman of the Month:
January – Noel Hoefenmayer (Ottawa 67’s)
December – Noel Hoefenmayer (Ottawa 67’s)
November – Connor Corcoran (Windsor Spitfires)
October – Noel Hoefenmayer (Ottawa 67’s)

Rookie of the Month:
January – Brett Brochu (London Knights)
December – Mason McTavish (Peterborough Petes)
November – Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs)
October – Mason McTavish (Peterborough Petes)

Goaltender of the Month:
January – Brett Brochu (London Knights)
December – Jacob Ingham (Kitchener Rangers)
November – Nico Daws (Guelph Storm)
October – Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)

OHL ANNOUNCES ACADEMIC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH FOR JANUARY

Academic players for January

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Tye Austin of the Peterborough Petes, Ethan Del Mastro of the Mississauga Steelheads, Logan LeSage of the Owen Sound Attack and Will Cuylle of the Windsor Spitfires have been named OHL Academic Players of the Month for January.

East Division: Peterborough’s Tye Austin is January’s East Division Academic Player of the Month. The 17-year-old netminder is taking grade 12 university-level courses in English, Functions, and Biology, and boasts a 100% mark in his Math class.

“Tye is extremely worthy of the Academic Player of the Month tribute,” wrote Kim Driscoll, Co-operative Education Teacher at Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School. “He works diligently on his school work whether that means staying up late after practice or a game, working on a bus during a road trip or working through lunch while at school.” Austin has future plans to pursue biochemistry and medical school.

In his second year in net for the Petes, Austin holds a 4.16 goals-against average and an .868 save percentage through his first 14 appearances. The Pembroke, Ont. native was a third round pick of the Petes in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection.

Central Division: Ethan Del Mastro has been recognized as January’s Central Division Academic Player of the Month. The Mississauga Steelheads rookie holds an 86% grade in his Accounting class, 80% in Biology, 88% in Data Management and an 84% in his Co-op program.

Head coach James Richmond praised Del Mastro’s performance. “Ethan has played in our top four all year against the other team’s best players night in and night out,” said Richmond. “To do that as a 16-year-old is very impressive.”

The 17-year-old defender is described as “quiet” and “diligent” by Philip Pocock Secondary School’s Guidance Councillor, Genevieve Wong.

Del Mastro has recorded five assists in his first 43 games with the Steelheads. He was drafted 12th overall in last year’s OHL Priority Selection following a 44-point season (8-36-44) with the Toronto Marlboros Minor Midgets.

Midwest Division: Logan LeSage of the Owen Sound Attack is January’s Midwest Division Academic Player of the Month. The 18-year-old centreman is a student at Owen Sound District Secondary School and has maintained a 100% grade in his International Business class. He also holds a 99% in Organizational Business, 97% in Leadership, and a 99% through two periods of Co-op.

His teachers commented that his assignments always exceed the stated expectations, and are completed with extensive research and extreme attention to detail. He’s described as an “absolute joy to teach” and a “leader among his peers.”

“Logan has demonstrated an outstanding effort this semester,” wrote Academic Advisor Sarah Rowe. “He always has a positive attitude and is the first to help other students who have difficulty.”

Through the first 10 games of his rookie season, LeSage has recorded one assist. He was a second round pick of the Attack at the 2019 OHL Under-18 Priority Selection, and spent the 2018-19 season with the Carleton Place Canadians where he amassed 35 points (15-20-35) in 39 games.

West Division: Will Cuylle has been named the West Division’s Academic Player of the Month for January. The Windsor Spitfires sophomore’s studies at St. Anne Catholic High School include Grade 12 Data Management, Grade 12 Business Leadership, and an online Accounting Class. He maintains an overall 80% average.

“Will’s academic achievement is a direct reflection of his work ethic and commitment to being the best student athlete that he can be,” wrote Windsor’s Academic Advisors. “He sets goals to improve and he applies the work to achieve that goal.” He’s described by his teachers as “an overall good character person” who shows respect.

The 17-year-old winger, eligible for this summer’s NHL Draft, has 16 goals and 32 points in 43 games. He was recently ranked 21st in NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings among all North American Skaters.

2019-20 OHL Academic Players of the Month:

East Division:
January – Tye Austin (Peterborough Petes)
December – Cameron Tolnai (Ottawa 67’s)
November – Lleyton Moore (Oshawa Generals)
October – Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs)

Central Division:
January – Ethan Del Mastro (Mississauga Steelheads)
December – Giordano Biondi (Sudbury Wolves)
November – Jonah De Simone (Niagara IceDogs)
October – Pacey Schlueting (North Bay Battalion)

Midwest Division:
January – Logan LeSage (Owen Sound Attack)
December – Stuart Rolofs (London Knights)
November – Michael Vukojevic (Kitchener Rangers)
October – Zack Terry (Guelph Storm)

West Division:
January – Will Cuylle (Windsor Spitfires)
December – Jacob Holmes (Soo Greyhounds)
November – Ryan Mast (Sarnia Sting)
October – Cole Perfetti (Saginaw Spirit)

Last season, the OHL Centrally Administered Scholarship Program facilitated scholarships for 340 OHL Alumni at 69 different academic institutions across North America with a total scholarship payment in excess of $3.2 million. Since the 2007-08 season, OHL Scholarship payments have totalled more than $25 million.

Click here for more information about ‘OHL Players First’ programs.

2020 Memorial Cup Presented by Kia Schedule and Game Times

2020 Memorial Cup

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League in association with the 2020 Memorial Cup Presented by Kia Host Committee have confirmed the schedule and start times for the 102nd edition of the league’s prestigious national championship which takes place May 21-31 in Kelowna, British Columbia.

The host Kelowna Rockets open action against the Ontario Hockey League champions on Friday May 22 at 7:00 pm, followed by a Saturday afternoon battle between the Western Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champions at 5:00 pm.  Round-robin competition continues through Wednesday May 27, with a Tie-Breaker Game slated for Thursday May 28 if needed, a Semi-Final to be played on Friday May 29, followed by the Championship Final set for Sunday May 31.  All game times following the tournament opener will be at 5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time.

2020 Memorial Cup presented by Kia Schedule:
Round-Robin Game 1 – OHL vs. Kelowna on Friday May 22 at 7:00 pm
Round-Robin Game 2 – WHL vs. QMJHL on Saturday May 23 at 5:00 pm
Round-Robin Game 3 – Kelowna vs. QMJHL on Sunday May 24 at 5:00 pm
Round-Robin Game 4 – WHL vs. OHL on Monday May 25 at 5:00 pm
Round-Robin Game 5 – QMJHL vs. OHL on Tuesday May 26 at 5:00 pm
Round-Robin Game 6 – Kelowna vs. WHL on Wednesday May 27 at 5:00 pm
Tie-Breaker (if necessary) – Thursday May 28 at 5:00 pm
Semi-Final – Friday May 29 at 5:00 pm
Championship Final – Sunday May 31 at 5:00pm

Start times listed for all nine games represent local Pacific Standard Time.

Since the round-robin format of the event was introduced in 1972, the WHL has won a total of 19 Memorial Cup championships beginning with the 1974 Regina Pats and most recently the 2014 Edmonton Oil Kings.  OHL teams have won 17 times under the current model including the 2017 Windsor Spitfires, while QMJHL clubs have celebrated 12 titles including the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at the historic centennial celebration in 2018 and last year’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.  During that time a total of 10 teams have hoisted the Memorial Cup on home ice including the 2004 Rockets.

The Memorial Cup has a rich tradition that has shaped the way junior hockey is played in North America.  The trophy was originally known as the OHA Memorial Cup and was donated by the Ontario Hockey Association in March, 1919, in remembrance of the many soldiers who paid the supreme sacrifice for Canada in the First Wold War.  In 2010 the Memorial Cup was rededicated to the memory of all fallen Canadian Military Personnel.

The 2020 Memorial Cup presented by Kia is supported by Kia Canada and associate sponsors which include CIBC, Real Canadian Superstore, Cooper Tires, and Kubota Canada.

Ticket packages for the 2020 CHL Memorial Cup Presented by Kia are on sale to the general public at the Select Your Tickets Box Office, by phone at 250-762-5050 or online at selectyourtickets.com.

For more information please visit chlmemorialcup.ca.

OHL RE-LAUNCHES PERFORMANCE DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

OHL PDL

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Re-Launch of the OHL Performance Development League (PDL).

The OHL PDL is an off-season development initiative targeted at young players incorporating Small Area 3-on-3 Games with weekly skill specific development sessions over an 11 week program. Enhancements to this program include on ice skills with Power Edge Pro (PEP) and information seminars for players and parents. The concept of the OHL PDL has developed with full support from Hockey Canada and the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF). All parties are excited to introduce a progressive and engaging development platform that creates an opportunity for minor hockey players to be exposed to OHL quality teaching methods, technical skill development, and new skill acquisition.

“The Ontario Hockey League is proud to re-launch the Performance Development League for Minor Hockey players to enhance their skills through the growing popularity of small area games,” said Joe Birch, OHL Vice President of Development. “The program has been designed to engage young athletes in a fun, fast paced, skills focused environment, as they grow their love of the game in preparation for the season.”

The OHL’s introduction of the first Small Area 3 on 3 Games league facilitates a practical setting for players to hone the execution of skills that are learned during drill and video work sessions by guest coaches creating a premier and unparalleled off-season development experience for Minor Hockey players in Ontario.

“We are excited for this opportunity for OHF players, coaches and staff to enhance their areas of skill development through the exposure of OHL quality teaching methods. The experience gained during their participation in this program will assist our players and coaches in reaching their goals for the upcoming season,” said Tony Foresi, OHF President.

The program will be offered at Whitby’s Iroquois Park Sports Centre, Oakville’s Sixteen Mile Sports Complex and Kitchener’s Activa Sports Complex. Only 44 participants will be accepted at each location divided into four teams each comprised of 11 skaters and one goaltender. Eligible players must be registered with the OHF, entering Bantam (2006) or Minor Bantam (2007) programs for the 2020-21 season. Each team will be coached by an OHL Alumnus and every ice session will have a Goaltending Coach.

The PDL season will be played from Sunday, April 26, 2020 through Sunday, July 5, 2020, with a total of 11 weekly Sunday evening sessions excluding long weekends. Sessions will be 75 minutes long beginning with 50 minutes of skills development, succeeded by 25 minutes of Small Area 3-on-3 Games. Skill sessions will be led by an OHL Assistant Coach or a PEP certified coach.

“Power Edge Pro Hockey is excited to partner with the OHL’s Performance Development League to bring PEP’s Reactive Countering TrainingTM  to the next wave of outstanding hockey players in Ontario. We look forward to seeing these players follow in the footsteps of PEP Ambassador Connor McDavid and current OHL PEP Athletes Cole Perfetti and Shane Wright,” said Nick Quinn of Power Edge Pro.

NEW THIS SEASON:

– Three Ice Sessions led by Power Edge Pro (PEP)

– Three Information Sessions will be held to focus on the OHL Player Experience, High Performance Nutrition, and Mental Skills.

Registration is now open online: Click Here

Sample Schedule: Click Here

WATCH: Ottawa Senators head coach and former OHL Coach of the Year DJ Smith discusses the value in players utilizing small area games

OHL’ers finish 1 through 5 at the Top Prospects Sport Testing Combine

Top Prospects Skills
Top Prospects compete at the Sports Testing Combine prior to the Top Prospects Game. Photo by Brandon Taylor / CHL Images

On-Ice Tests:

30M Forward Skate:
1 – Jacob Perreault (Sarnia Sting)
2 – Jean-Luc Foudy (Windsor Spitfires)
3 – Thimo Nickl (Drummondville Voltigeurs)

30M Forward Skate with Puck:
1 – Jacob Perreault (Sarnia Sting)
2 – Jean-Luc Foudy (Windsor Spitfires)
3 – Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters)

30M Backward Skate:
1 – Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters)
2 – Seth Jarvis (Portland Winterhawks)
3 – Dawson Mercer (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)

30M Backward Skate with Puck:
1 – Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters)
2 – Dawson Mercer (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)
3 – Ridly Greig (Brandon Wheat Kings)

Reaction:
1 – Jacob Perreault (Sarnia Sting)
2 – Vasily Ponomarev (Shawinigan Cataractes)
3 – Seth Jarvis (Portland Winterhawks)

Reaction with Puck:
1 – Jean-Luc Foudy (Windsor Spitfires)
2 – Jaromir Pytlik (Soo Greyhounds)
3 – Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves)

Weave Agility:
1 – Dawson Mercer (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)
2 – Jacob Perreault (Sarnia Sting)
3 – Jean-Luc Foudy (Windsor Spitfires)

Weave Agility with Puck:
1 – Jacob Perreault (Sarnia Sting)
2 – Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves)
3 – Jean-Luc Foudy (Windsor Spitfires)

Transition Agility:
1 – Jean-Luc Foudy (Windsor Spitfires)
2 – Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves)
3 – Kaiden Guhle (Prince Albert Raiders)

Transition Agility with Puck:
1 – Jean-Luc Foudy (Windsor Spitfires)
2 – Dawson Mercer (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)
3 – Jacob Perreault (Sarnia Sting)

Off-Ice Tests:

Vertical Jump:
1 – Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters)
2 – Jack Quinn (Ottawa 67’s)
3 – Jean-Luc Foudy (Windsor Spitfires)

Broad Jump:
1 – Thimo Nickl (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
2 –Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves)
3 – Jack Quinn (Ottawa 67’s)

Medicine Ball Toss:
1 – Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves)
1 – Jack Finley (Spokane Chiefs)
3 – Vasily Ponomarev (Shawinigan Cataractes)

Grip Left:
1 – Samuel Hlavaj (Sherbrooke Phoenix)
2 – Thimo Nickl (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
3 – Brock Gould (Moose Jaw Warriors)

Grip Right:
1 – Jack Finley (Spokane Chiefs)
2 – Will Cuylle (Windsor Spitfires)
3 – Jacob Perreault (Sarnia Sting)

Pro-Agility Left:
1 – Antonio Stranges (London Knights)
2 – Dylan Garand (Kamloops Blazers)
3 – Ridly Greig (Brandon Wheat Kings)

Pro-Agility Right:
1 – Antonio Stranges (London Knights)
2 – Jack Finley (Spokane Chiefs)
3 – Dylan Garand (Kamloops Blazers)

Sport Testing scores provide valuable performance benchmarks to coaches and players at all levels of hockey with data collected at the Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game shared with NHL Central Scouting and distributed to all 31 NHL teams.

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CHL player suspended eight games for inadvertent violation of anti-doping rule

(Toronto, Ontario – January 16, 2020) – The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) today announced that Dylan Myskiw a goaltender with the London Knights has been suspended for eight games following a violation of the CHL Drug Education & Anti-Doping Policy. This was the result of a urine sample during in-competition doping control which revealed the presence of a prohibited substance found within a post-workout supplement. The supplement was purchased from a reliable commercial vendor and unbeknownst to the player contained the prohibited substances.

The player and the team cooperated thoroughly throughout the investigative process.

The CHL in conjunction with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) is committed to the ongoing education of all our players relative to drug-free sport and look forward to continuing to work with CCES and our teams to support the health and welfare of all players.

OHL THIS WEEK: JANUARY 16 TO 19, 2020

OHL This Week

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020

Toronto, Ont. – It’s a special Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game edition of the OHL This Week. Here’s the scoop on what’s happening Thursday in Hamilton into a full weekend of OHL action with nine games on both Friday and Saturday.

KUBOTA CHL/NHL TOP PROSPECTS GAME SET FOR THURSDAY IN HAMILTON:
The 2020 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game returns to Ontario on Thursday January 16th in Hamilton as 40 of the Canadian Hockey League’s top draft eligible players bring fans and scouts out to see a best-on-best competition.
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THE BOOK ON THE OHL’S TOP PROSPECTS WITH NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING DIRECTOR DAN MARR:
NHL Central Scouting Director Dan Marr provides his insights on four of the OHL’s top prospects ahead of the Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. He takes a closer look at Sudbury’s Quinton Byfield, Erie’s Jamie Drysdale, Saginaw’s Cole Perfetti and Ottawa’s Marco Rossi.
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RISING STARS BYFIELD AND DRYSDALE ENJOYING THE RIDE TOGETHER:
NHL Central Scouting’s second and third ranked North American skaters Quinton Byfield and Jamie Drysdale are enjoying the journey to the 2020 NHL Draft together. The two Canadian National Junior Team gold medalists are competing in the Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
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STING’S PERREAULT DRAWING FROM PRO INFLUENCES:
It’s amazing what kind of wisdom can be drawn from a combined 43 years of National Hockey League experience, just ask Sarnia Sting forward Jacob Perreault, who continues to benefit from a well-travelled trifecta of hockey influencers.
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PERFETTI DOING BIG THINGS IN SAGINAW:
Coming off a tremendous rookie campaign, Saginaw Spirit sophomore Cole Perfetti has an opportunity to be the first player in club history to go top-10 at the NHL Draft.
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57 OHL PLAYERS INCLUDED ON NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING’S MIDTERM DRAFT RANKINGS:
Sudbury’s Quinton Byfield, Erie’s Jamie Drysdale, Saginaw’s Cole Perfetti and Ottawa’s Marco Rossi account for four of the top five ranked North American skaters on the NHL Central Scouting Midterms.All 20 of the OHL’s member teams feature at least one player included on the list, with the Soo Greyhounds (7), Windsor Spitfires (6), Erie Otters (5) and Guelph Storm (5) leading the way.
FULL RANKINGS

67’s, SPITFIRES AND PETES IN KIA CHL TOP 10 RANKINGS:
The Ottawa 67’s remain the top-ranked team in the CHL this week while the Windsor Spitfires and Peterborough Petes round out the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings. The Kitchener Rangers and Saginaw Spirit remain honourable mentions for a second straight week.
FULL RANKINGS

COSKEY, TOMASINO AND MERKLEY NAMED TO VAUGHN CHL TEAM OF THE WEEK:
Saginaw’s Cole Coskey, Oshawa’s Philip Tomasino and London’s Ryan Merkley have been named to the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week.
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GENERALS’ TOMASINO NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Nashville Predators prospect Philip Tomasino of the Oshawa Generals is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the week ending January 12th. Tomasino earns the award for the second time this season after making his mark in his first weekend as a General. He put up three consecutive two-goal performances in wins over Windsor, Sarnia and Peterborough.
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WAWANESA OHL PLAYS OF THE WEEK – JANUARY 15, 2020:
Without further ado, we present a red hot edition of Wawanesa OHL Plays of the Week, featuring some of the nicest goals scored across the League this season. The newest Oshawa General Philip Tomasino gets things started shorthanded on the back hand before Sudbury Wolves addition Matej Pekar shows off the eyes in the back of his head. Erie’s Jamie Drysdale puts his best moves on display with a nifty centering feed for Austen Swankler and London Knights star Connor McMichael wows us with a between the legs beauty. Flint’s Ty Dellandrea finishes things off with an unassisted, shorthanded overtime game winner.
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VAUGHN SAVES OF THE WEEK – JANUARY 14, 2020:
It’s that time again. Let’s roll back the tape for Vaughn Saves, featuring the best saves across the Ontario Hockey League. Press play and check out the fine work of Owen Sound’s Mack Guzda, Windsor’s Kari Piiroinen, Ottawa’s Cedrick Andree, Soo’s Bailey Brkin, Hamilton’s Zachary Roy, Oshawa’s Jordan Kooy, Sudbury’s Mitchell Weeks, Mississauga’s Kai Edmonds, Windsor’s Xavier Medina and Niagara’s Andrew MacLean.
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CHL SHOWDOWN – WEEK ENDING JANUARY 12, 2020:
Flint Firebirds forward Ty Dellandrea is the OHL’s representative in this week’s CHL Showdown featuring one great play from all three leagues.
WATCH & VOTE AT CHLSHOWDOWN.CA

FOUR PLAYERS SCORE FIRST OHL GOALS:
Sudbury’s Adam Samuelsson, Hamilton’s Gavin White, Niagara’s A.J. Cook and Mississauga’s Rylan Bowers all scored first career OHL goals this past week.
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OHL WEEKEND NOTEBOOK – JANUARY 13, 2020:
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 this past weekend.
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OHL CUP POWERED BY UNDER ARMOUR MINOR MIDGET TOP 10 RANKINGS:
The Quinte Red Devils are on top of the rankings for a sixth consecutive week while the Toronto Jr. Canadiens, Toronto Titans, Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs and Toronto Nationals continue to trail in spots two through five. The Southern Tier Admirals are up one slot to sixth  while the Vaughan Kings continue to trend in the right direction, rising to ninth ahead of the Toronto Marlboros who round out the Top 10.
FULL RANKINGS

#PLAYERSFIRST – OHL SUPPORT AND PLAYER WELFARE:
The OHL takes extreme pride in the player environment and fostering a safe place for young men to develop both as hockey players and as people. Saginaw Spirit graduate Kris Bennett, who now plays U SPORTS Men’s Hockey at the University of New Brunswick, shares how the OHL #TalkToday program positively impacted his time in the League.
FACT OF THE WEEK / ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

5 QUESTIONS WITH OTTAWA 67’s FORWARD MARCO ROSSI:
Ever since joining the Canadian Hockey League last season as the 18th overall pick in the 2018 Import Draft, Austrian forward Marco Rossi has been one to watch for the Ottawa 67’s. He quickly developed into one of the league’s elite offensive playmakers and not only leads the Ontario Hockey League in scoring but has solidified himself as a top prospect for the 2020 NHL Draft.
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PETES HONOUR COLIN CAMPBELL WITH BANNER RAISING CEREMONY:
The Peterborough Petes paid tribute to former defenceman, long-time NHL player and executive Colin Campbell on Saturday night prior to a 4-0 shutout win over the Ottawa 67’s. A native of Tillsonburg, Ont., Campbell was a part of Peterborough’s 1972 Robertson Cup championship squad alongside familiar names in Bob Gainey, Stan Jonathan and Doug Jarvis.
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TOP 2020 NHL DRAFT PROSPECT JAN MYSAK COMMITS TO BULLDOGS:
The Hamilton Bulldogs have received a commitment from top 2020 NHL Draft prospect Jan Mysak, who comes off representing his native Czech Republic at the 2020 World Juniors. The 17-year-old had registered nine points (5-4–9) through 26 games with the HC Litvinov Czech Extraliga squad this season and was the ninth-ranked skater on NHL Central Scouting’s International Midterm Rankings.
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NHL DRAFT PROSPECT NICK MALIK COMMITS TO GREYHOUNDS:
The Soo Greyhounds have received a commitment from 17-year-old Czech netminder Nick Malik who they selected in the first round of the 2019 CHL Import Draft. Malik represented the Czech Republic this past Christmas at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship along with fellow Greyhound Jaromir Pytlik. One year ago he was a member of his home country’s entry at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
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RYLAN BOWERS COMMITS TO STEELHEADS:
The Mississauga Steelheads have received a commitment from 2018 12th round OHL Priority Selection choice Rylan Bowers. The 17-year-old has appeared in 33 games with the Listowel Cyclones (GOJHL) this season and registered 30 points (14 goals, 16 assists). The Komoka, Ontario native was selected to represent his minor hockey association at the OHL Gold Cup in 2018, where he recorded 1 point (1 goal) over 4 games.
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WOLVES ADD BYFIELD TO LEADERSHIP GROUP:
The Sudbury Wolves announced prior to Sunday’s game against Mississauga that Quinton Byfield will serve as an alternate captain with the club. Byfield recently returned from the World Junior Championship where he won gold with Team Canada. The 17-year-old Newmarket, Ont. native leads the Wolves in scoring with 63 points in 32 games this season including 25 goals. The highly ranked NHL prospect has already surpassed his point totals from his rookie season in half the number of games.
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SPITFIRES GRAD SLATER DOGGETT NAMED U SPORTS TOP 8 ACADEMIC ALL-CANADIAN:
U SPORTS announced Thursday the student-athletes selected as Top 8 Academic All-Canadians for the 2018-19 season. Among them, Queen’s Gaels men’s hockey star Slater Doggett was recognized with the honour. Doggett played three OHL seasons between the Kingston Frontenacs and Windsor Spitfires from 2012-15.
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RANGERS CHIEF OPERATION OFFICER STEVE BIENKOWSKI TO RETIRE IN JUNE 2020:
After 18 years as the Kitchener Rangers Chief Operating Officer & Governor, Steve Bienkowski has announced his plan to retire in June 2020. Bienkowski became the Rangers first Chief Operating Officer in addition to its permanent OHL Governor in 2002 after serving six years on the Rangers Executive Committee. Synonymous with professionalism on and off the ice, he has been essential to the Rangers success for nearly 40 years.
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DATES UNVEILED FOR 13TH ANNUAL OHF/OHL U15 PROGRAM OF EXCELLENCE CAMPS:
The dates are set for the 13th annual OHF/OHL U15 Program of Excellence Camps. Held in April and May of this year across Ontario, the camps will focus on a variety of on and off-ice sessions, helping to ensure players are provided with the most up-to-date development strategies.  
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ROGERS HOMETOWN HOCKEY TOUR COMES TO HAMILTON:
The Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is in Hamilton on Thursday, followed by the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour as hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone share Steeltown’s best hockey stories. OHL grads Shayne Corson and Steve Thomas will be on hand for the weekend.
FULL SCHEDULE AT HOMETOWNHOCKEY.COM

COMMUNITY CORNER:

Quinton Byfield launches Q’s Kids: Top NHL Draft prospect Quinton Byfield has partnered with NEO Kids Foundation for his new Q’s Kids initiative. Ahead of his gold medal performance with the Canada’s National Junior Team, Quinton invited three NEO kids and their families to a Sudbury Wolves game as his special guests, and has plans to host many more families over the course of the second half of the season. As part of the program, Byfield will continue to invite families to games, providing tickets, popcorn, and special shirts for the kids. Byfield will meet with the families, sign autographs, and join them on a tour of the dressing room following the game.
READ MORE AT SUDBURYWOLVES.COM

Firebirds tour Ottawa Senators facility: During their day off on Thursday ahead of Friday’s tilt with the Ottawa 67’s, the Firebirds were welcomed to the Canadian Tire Centre for a behind-the-scenes look at the Ottawa Senators’ digs as former OHL Coach of the Year D.J. Smith provided a tour.
PHOTO GALLERY AT FLINTFIREBIRDS.COM

Knights to honour Patrick Kane with jersey retirement on Friday: The London Knights will retire Patrick Kane’s number 88 prior to puck drop on Friday when they play host to the Sudbury Wolves. Kane, who was named CHL Rookie of the Year following a 145-point season in 2006-07, has gone on to put up nearly 1,000 points over 951 career NHL contests over 13 seasons, hoisting the Stanley Cup three different times.
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Toonie Hot Dog Day in Ottawa: Fans coming out to Saturday afternoon’s tilt with the visiting Hamilton Bulldogs at TD Place will be able to purchase hot dogs for a toonie. The 67’s examined five reasons to attend Saturday’s game.
FULL INFO AT OTTAWA67s.COM

Bell Let’s Talk Night, SickKids Night in Peterborough: Saturday’s clash with the Flint Firebirds will be the Peterborough Petes’ Bell Let’s Talk Game, aimed at recognizing the initiative’s tenth anniversary and continuing to encourage meaningful conversation around mental health. The first 2,000 fans will receive toques courtesy of Bell Let’s Talk, and clappers will be available at their booth during the game. The Niagara IceDogs will be visiting the Petes this Sunday in a makeup game for the previously scheduled Dec. 14. matchup. SickKids night will see a pre-game ceremony featuring Oliver, a local boy who has been treated at SickKids for Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or brittle bone disease. There will also be a chuck-a-puck during the second intermission where proceeds from all pucks purchased will support SickKids. Fans will also be able to attend a post-game skate where Petes players will be signing autographs and have availability for photos.
MORE DETAILS AT GOPETESGO.COM

IceDogs host Blood Drive in honour of Tucker Tynan: On Jan. 28, the Niagara IceDogs will be hosting a Blood Drive at the St. Catharines Blood Donor Clinic with goaltender Tucker Tynan in mind. People are welcome to attend between 3-7 pm, and attendees will receive a $2 voucher to any upcoming IceDogs home game.
READ MORE AT NIAGARAICEDOGS.NET

Rangers join goaltender Jacob Ingham for ’68’ Blood Drive: Join Kitchener Rangers goaltender #68, Jacob Ingham, and support Hockey Gives Blood and Canadian Blood Services by making a donation during the Rangers’ 68 Blood Drive. Starting January 24th and running until March 31st, fans can sign up under the Kitchener Rangers team ID to make a donation on behalf of Ingham.
FULL INFORMATION AT KITCHENERRANGERS.COM

ALUMNI NOTES:

DeBoer takes over as head coach in Vegas: The Vegas Golden Knights hired former two-time OHL Coach of the Year Peter DeBoer as their new head coach on Wednesday, replacing Gerard Gallant behind the bench. DeBoer, who began the season as head coach of the San Jose Sharks, takes over at the helm in Vegas with a Golden Knights club that is currently 24-19-6 for fifth in the Pacific Division. The 51-year-old native of Dunnville, Ont. coached in the OHL from 1993-2008, winning three OHL Championships and a Memorial Cup along the way. He’s worked in the NHL since 2008-09, holding down jobs with Florida, New Jersey, San Jose and now Vegas.

Spezza plays in 1100th NHL contest: OHL graduate Jason Spezza suited up in his 1,100th career NHL game on Tuesday, recording an assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the New Jersey Devils 7-4. The 36-year-old Spezza has played parts of 17 NHL seasons since he was the second overall pick by the Ottawa Senators in the 2001 NHL Draft. Spezza, who played in the OHL as an underage player, played five seasons between Brampton, Mississauga, Windsor and Belleville from 1998-2002. He’s accumulated 933 points (338-595–933) over his 1,100 game NHL regular season career.

Wilson becomes youngest forward in Caps franchise history to play 500 games: OHL graduate Tom Wilson suited up in his 500th career NHL contest on Monday, becoming the youngest forward in Capitals franchise history to do so. The 25-year-old Toronto, Ont. native had an assist as the Caps defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0. Wilson was Washington’s first round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. The big power winger played three OHL seasons with the Plymouth Whalers from 2010-13, recording 91 points (35-56–91) over 125 regular season games. Wilson has 31 points (13-18–31) over 46 games in Washington this season.

Bunnaman scores first NHL goal: Former Kitchener Rangers captain Connor Bunnaman scored his first career NHL goal with the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday. The 21-year-old from Guelph, Ont. has appeared in six games with the Flyers this season after registering five points (4-1–5) through 21 games with the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Bunnaman, who was Philadelphia’s fourth round pick in 2016, played four seasons in Kitchener from 2014-18.

Smith scores first NHL goal: Kitchener Rangers graduate Givani Smith scored his first career NHL goal on Tuesday. The Detroit Red Wings forward found the back of the net in a loss to the New York Islanders. Smith has played in 11 games and recorded a pair of points in the process. The former second round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft spent last season and the beginning of this season with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins. He played four OHL seasons between the Barrie Colts, Guelph Storm and Kitchener Rangers from 2014-18.

Griffith taking his best shots in AHL: London Knights graduate Seth Griffith got some good advice from his dad Brian over the offseason, getting to work on improving his shot. The 27-year-old Wallaceburg, Ont. native has racked up 32 points, including 18 goals over 39 games with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose this season, affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets. Griffith, who won back-to-back OHL Championships in London in 2012 and 2013, has now spent seven seasons in the pro ranks, appearing in 79 NHL contests along the way. He was originally a fifth round pick of the Boston Bruins in 2012 in the midst of a four-year career in London. The Winnipeg Free Press’ Mike Sawatzky has more.
READ MORE AT WINNIPEGFREEPRESS.COM

 

KEY MATCHUPS:

Sudbury Wolves at London Knights
Friday, January 17th

The Central Division leaders are heading to London on Friday, with Sudbury hungry for what could be their first win over the London Knights in five years.

Newest member of the Wolves, Matej Pekar, has proven to be a strong addition. His welcome party last weekend included seven points in three games, notably five assists in Friday’s 8-2 blowout of the North Bay Battalion.

Since rejoining the lineup following his gold medal performance at the World Juniors, newly appointed alternate captain Quinton Byfield put up six points of his own last weekend, and also put forth a five-point showing in front of the Troops that saw two goals and three assists, earning him OHL first star honours on the night.

With regards to the guys in green, Connor McMichael will look to follow up on last weekend’s flashy performance. His seven point total over the course of a three-in-three included a hat trick in Saturday’s tilt against Saginaw, as well as a flashy between-the-legs display in one of two goals he put past the Soo Greyhounds as part of a 7-1 victory. Columbus Blue Jackets draftee Liam Foudy and San Jose Sharks first rounder Ryan Merkley both put up six points.

The Knights, who tie the Kitchener Rangers at 54 points and just one point back of the Western Conference leading Windsor Spitfires, hold a 9-0-0-0 record over the course of the last five seasons against the Wolves. This will be the second and final meetup of the two clubs this season.

Saginaw Spirit at Windsor Spitfires
Sunday, January 19th

It’s a tilt we’re familiar with. The battle of the top of the West Division will see the visiting Saginaw Spirit face off against the conference-leading Windsor Spitfires Sunday afternoon.

The Spits took lead of the conference once again following their overtime win over the Kitchener Rangers, who trail just one point back of first in the Midwest. Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Tyler Angle continues to lead all Windsor skaters with 46 points (21-25-46) to his name, and Nashville Predators pick Egor Afanasyev, last Sunday’s overtime hero, sits directly behind with 45 points (18-27-45).

Over on Saginaw’s side, New York Islanders prospect Cole Coskey will be skating in off a five-goal weekend, and top NHL Draft prospect Cole Perfetti will look to see his point streak reach a 12th game.

The sixth of eight matchups on the season, both clubs are no stranger to the depth on either side. The Spits will, however, see a new opponent in Carolina Hurricanes prospect Ryan Suzuki, who joined the Spirit last week and registered three assists in two games.

The Spirit currently hold a 3-2-0-0 tally against the Spits. Last season’s eight-game regular season series between the two proved to be an even one, with a 4-4-0-0 record on Windsor’s side and a 4-3-1-0 record in favour of Saginaw.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

Thursday January 16th:
Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, Hamilton, Ont. – 7:00pm on Sportsnet and NHL Network

Friday January 17th:
Hamilton at Kingston – 7:00pm
Barrie at Niagara – 7:00pm
Flint at Ottawa – 7:00pm
Erie at Sarnia – 7:05pm
Saginaw at Soo – 7:07pm
Owen Sound at Guelph – 7:30pm
North Bay at Kitchener – 7:30pm
Sudbury at London – 7:30pm
Mississauga at Oshawa – 7:35pm

Saturday January 18th:
Hamilton at Ottawa – 2:00pm
Sudbury at Sarnia – 4:05pm
Kitchener at Guelph – 7:00pm
North Bay at Niagara – 7:00pm
Flint at Peterborough – 7:05pm
Soo at Saginaw – 7:05pm
Erie at Windsor – 7:05pm
Mississauga at Barrie – 7:30pm
Oshawa at Owen Sound – 7:30pm

Sunday January 19th:
Flint at Kingston – 2:00pm
Guelph at Kitchener – 2:00pm
Erie at London – 2:00pm
Saginaw at Windsor – 2:05pm
Niagara at Peterborough – 2:05pm
Ottawa at Oshawa – 6:05pm

OHL THIS WEEK: JANUARY 3 TO 5, 2020

Press Release

 

OHL This Week

Toronto, Ont. – Welcome back, it’s 2020! Here’s a look at what’s happening across the Ontario Hockey League this week.

HAPPY NEW YEAR – A DECADE OF OHL CHAMPIONS:
There’s lots to look back on from the past decade. The OHL spent the days leading up to New Year’s Eve recounting past champions and some of the greatest moments of the past 10 years.
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HAYTON’S PAIR PROPELS CANADA PAST SLOVAKIA IN QUARTERFINALS:
Soo Greyhounds graduate Barrett Hayton scored a pair of goals to lead Canada past Slovakia 6-1 and into the semi-finals at the 2020 World Juniors. Canada will now face off against Finland in Saturday’s semi-final game with a 1pm ET puck drop.
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OHL TOP PERFORMERS OF THE MONTH FOR DECEMBER:
Mississauga’s Cole Schwindt, Ottawa’s Noel Hoefenmayer, Peterborough’s Mason McTavish and Kitchener’s Jacob Ingham are OHL Top Performers for November 2019.
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KNIGHTS’ EVANGELISTA ADDED TO KUBOTA CHL/NHL TOP PROSPECTS GAME:
London Knights forward Luke Evangelista has been added to the 2020 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. He’ll replace injured Oshawa Generals forward Oliver Suni. Evangelista has 33 points (14-19–33) over 35 games with the Knights this season after being the club’s first round pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection.
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ROOKIE PHENOM WRIGHT TAKING THE LEAD IN KINGSTON:
At 15-years-old, Kingston Frontenacs rookie star Shane Wright has been entrusted with an ‘A’ on his jersey. The OHL’s Sarah Jean Maher caught up with Wright and his Frontenacs teammates this past week.
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67’s, PETES AND STORM IN KIA CHL TOP 10 RANKINGS:
The Ottawa 67’s remain the second-ranked team in the CHL this week while the Peterborough Petes and Guelph Storm are also inside the Top 10. The Windsor Spitfires and Saginaw Spirit both received honourable mentions.
FULL RANKINGS

KIA CHL TOP 10 SPOTLIGHT – SAGINAW SPIRIT:
As the season enters its second half, the Saginaw Spirit are recognized as an honourable mention in the latest Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings. The Spirit are currently riding a six-game winning streak and sit tied atop the West Division.
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67’s’ GARREFFA NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Joseph Garreffa of the Ottawa 67’s is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week of games spanning December 18-29 with 10 points over three contests.
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GARREFFA, HOEFENMAYER AND SCHWINDT NAMED TO VAUGHN CHL TEAM OF THE WEEK:
Ottawa 67’s teammates Joseph Garreffa and Noel Hoefenmayer join Mississauga Steelheads forward Cole Schwindt on the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week.
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VAUGHN SAVES OF THE WEEK – JAN. 1, 2020:
The first 2020 edition of Vaughn Saves will have you coming back for more! Check out big stops from the Oshawa Generals duo of Zachary Paputsakis and Andrew MacLean, Hamilton’s Zachary Roy, Sault Ste. Marie’s Bailey Brkin, Peterborough’s Hunter Jones, Barrie’s Jet Greaves, Ottawa’s Cedrick Andree, Windsor’s Xavier Medina and Kitchener’s Jacob Ingham.
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OHL WEEKEND NOTEBOOK: DEC. 30, 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 this past weekend.
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CHROMIAK, MCGURN SCORE FIRST OHL GOALS:
The latest instalment of OHL Milestone Moments features two young forwards who scored their first OHL goals this past week. Kingston Frontenacs forward Martin Chromiak scored in his OHL debut on Thursday after London’s Sean McGurn found the back of the net on New Year’s Eve.
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SPIRIT’S DUHART REPRESENTS OHL IN CHL SHOWDOWN:
Saginaw Spirit forward Dalton Duhart is this week’s OHL representative in CHL Showdown, a weekly contest that features one great play from all three leagues.
WATCH & VOTE AT CHLSHOWDOWN.CA

#PLAYERSFIRST – HOLISTIC APPROACH TO PLAYER DEVELOPMENT:
The OHL’s holistic approach to player development allows it to produce great hockey players as well as well-rounded young men. The League and its member teams strive to develop the whole person through education, awareness and community involvement.
FACT OF THE WEEK • ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

OHL CUP POWERED BY UNDER ARMOUR MINOR MIDGET TOP-10 RANKINGS:
The Quinte Red Devils remain on top of the OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Minor Midget Top-10 Rankings after finishing in the final four of last weekend’s Toronto Marlboros Holiday Classic. The Toronto Titans, Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs and Toronto Nationals are also on the rise inside the Top-5.
FULL RANKINGS

67’s EARN FRANCHISE RECORD 15TH CONSECUTIVE WIN:
The Ottawa 67’s set a new franchise record on Thursday, defeating the Kingston Frontenacs 8-4 for their 15th consecutive win. Ottawa’s 15-game winning streak surpasses the franchise’s prior mark set during the 1998-99 season.
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STORM’S PHILLIPS RETURNS FROM KINGS ORGANIZATION:
The Los Angeles Kings have reassigned overage defenceman Markus Phillips back to the Guelph Storm where he won an OHL Championship last spring. The 20-year-old defenceman has spent the majority of this season with the ECHL’s Fort Wayne Komets, recording six assists over 20 games.
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67’s’ OKHOTYUK SIGNS WITH DEVILS:
The New Jersey Devils have signed Ottawa 67’s defenceman Nikita Okhtoyuk to a three-year entry level NHL contract. The 19-year-old defenceman has six assists in an injury-shortened 12 game season to this point after being New Jersey’s second round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. The 6-foot-1 defenceman recorded 17 points (2-15–17) with the 67’s last season.
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ATTACK’S DUDAS SIGNS WITH KINGS:
The Los Angeles Kings have signed Owen Sound Attack captain Aidan Dudas to a three-year entry level NHL contract. The Owen Sound Attack captain is currently representing Canada at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The Parry Sound, Ont. native has 30 points (11-19–30) in Owen Sound this season.
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TOP CHL IMPORT DRAFT SELECTION MARTIN CHROMIAK COMMITS TO FRONTENACS:
The Kingston Frontenacs have received a commitment from 2019 second overall CHL Import Draft selection Martin Chromiak. Chromiak spent the beginning of this season with HK Dukla Trencin of the Slovakian Tipsport Liga. While playing against men in a professional league he scored five goals and an assist in 32 games.
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5 QUESTIONS WITH JAMIE DRYSDALE:
Defenceman Jamie Drysdale of the Erie Otters shares his thoughts about being named to Canada’s National Junior Team and playing in his NHL Draft season.
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HOW OWEN BRADY’S CANCER DIAGNOSIS DIDN’T STOP HIS NHL DREAM:
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman spoke with Oshawa Generals prospect Owen Brady as part of the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour’s coverage this past weekend in Whitby, Ont. Friedman chats with Brady about his journey through an osteosarcoma diagnosis followed by a brave fight and current recovery as he looks to make a return to the ice.
WATCH AT SPORTSNET.CA

ROGERS HOMETOWN HOCKEY TOUR VISITS COBOURG:
The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour shifts to Cobourg, Ont. this weekend after last weekend’s stop in Whitby covered such stars as OHL graduate James Neal. Cobourg is the home of OHL graduate and three-time Stanley Cup champion Justin Williams. Visit hometownhockey.com for all of this weekend’s coverage.

COMMUNITY CORNER:

Quinton Byfield Bobblehead Night in Sudbury: He won’t be in the lineup, but there’ll be plenty of his bobbleheads at the Sudbury Community Arena on Friday as the Wolves host Quinton Byfield Bobblehead Night at home to the Barrie Colts. The first 1,000 fans into the arena on Friday will received a free Quinton Byfield Bobblehead!
READ MORE AT SUDBURYWOLVES.COM

Firebirds Fight Hunger: The Flint Firebirds have partnered with the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan for the team’s fifth annual “Firebirds Fight Hunger” campaign. Fans are encouraged to bring in a minimum of five non-perishable food items to be donated during Friday’s game against the visiting Oshawa Generals, as well as Saturday’s tilt against the London Knights.
MORE DETAILS AT FLINTFIREBIRDS.COM

Storm presents “Angels in the Stands”: As the Storm host the Peterborough Petes on Friday, January 3rd, they’ll be presenting their first annual “Angels in the Stands” game in support of Michael House. Michael House provides pregnancy and parenting support services to pregnant and parenting women in the community. There will be contests held and “Holiday Hoopla” Fan Bags containing Guelph Storm baseball caps and other fun items available for purchase. All donations will go toward Michael House.
READ MORE AT GUELPHSTORM.COM

Ted Lindsay Night in Saginaw: The Saginaw Spirit pay homage to a Detroit Red Wings all-time great on Saturday on Ted Lindsay Night at the Dow Event Center. Fans will have the opportunity to have their photo taken alongside the Ted Lindsay MVP Trophy in the Red Room prior to game time.
FULL DETAILS AT SAGINAWSPIRIT.COM

67’s host Teddy Bear Toss: Sunday’s tilt against the visiting Erie Otters is the Ottawa 67’s Teddy Bear Toss game, where fans are welcome to bring new or gently used stuffed animals to be launched onto the ice following the first Ottawa goal, where they will then be collected and later donated. Bears will also be available for purchase.
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Isaac Nurse Bobblehead Night in Hamilton: The first 1000 fans to arrive for Sunday’s matchup between the host Hamilton Bulldogs and the Niagara IceDogs will receive an exclusive Isaac Nurse Bobblehead, one of three different bobbleheads available at Bulldogs games this season.

ALUMNI NOTES:

3 OHL grads win Spengler Cup with Canada: Three OHL graduates are Spengler Cup champions after representing Canada at the annual clash in Davos, Switzerland. Canada returned to the top of the podium after settling for second place last year, winning their 16th event title and fourth in the past five years. OHL graduates Brendan Burke (Univ. of Alberta/London Knights), Dustin Jeffrey (Lausanne HC/Soo Greyhounds) and Mathew Maione (Dinamo Riga/Niagara IceDogs) were part of the Canadian squad.

Stephens scores first NHL goal: Former Saginaw Spirit and London Knights forward Mitchell Stephens scored his first career NHL goal on Saturday. The 22-year-old helped the Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the Montreal Canadiens 5-4, scoring in his eighth career contest. A second round pick of the Lightning in the 2015 NHL Draft, Stephens had registered 10 points (5-5–10) in 24 games with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch to start the season and now has a goal through 11 contests with the Lightning. Stephens played in the OHL from 2013-17, spending three and a half seasons in Saginaw before finishing his career in London. The Peterborough, Ont. native put up 160 points (73-87–160) over 209 career regular season contests.

Marchment makes NHL debut: Mississauga Steelheads graduate Mason Marchment made his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday. The 24-year-old from Uxbridge, Ont. was called up by the Leafs earlier this week after recording four points (2-2–4) in 11 games with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies to start the season. Marchment, who was a Calder Cup champion with the Marlies in 2018, played two OHL seasons between Erie, Hamilton and Mississauga from 2014-16. He is the son of OHL graduate and long-time NHL defenceman Bryan Marchment.

Smith makes NHL debut: It was a long time coming for Dalton Smith, but the Ottawa 67’s graduate made his NHL debut at 27-years-old on New Year’s Eve as the Buffalo Sabres fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-4. Smith, who has spent parts of eight seasons in the minors since graduating from the 67’s in 2011-12, was sent back to the the AHL’s Rochester Americans following the game, but will always have the memory of his first NHL contest. The 6-foot-2, 217Ib. winger spent four seasons in Ottawa from 2008-12, recording 105 points (50-55–105) over 196 career regular season contests. He was a second round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2010.

11 OHL grads named to AHL All-Star rosters: A total of 11 OHL grads have been named to AHL All-Star Game rosters including Andrew Aggozzino (WBS Penguins/Niagara IceDogs), Reid Boucher (Utica Comets/Sarnia Sting), Kyle Capobianco (Tucson Roadrunners/Sudbury Wolves), Morgan Frost (Lehigh Valley Phantoms/Soo Greyhounds), Joey Keane (Hartford Wolf Pack/London Knights), Rasmus Sandin (Toronto Marlies/Soo Greyhounds), Michael Sgarbossa (Hershey Bears/Sudbury Wolves), Anthony Stolarz (San Diego Gulls/London Knights), Jack Studnicka (Providence Bruins/Niagara IceDogs), Chris Terry (Grand Rapids Griffins/Plymouth Whalers), Owen Tippett (Springfield Thunderbirds/Saginaw Spirit). Former OHL coaches behind the bench will include Kris Knoblauch (Hartford Wolf Pack/Erie Otters) and Jay Varady (Tucson Roadrunners/Kingston Frontenacs) as well as OHL playing graduate Chris Taylor (Rochester Americans/London Knights). The 2020 AHL All-Star Classic is set for January 26-27 in Ontario, California.
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Dansk named AHL Goaltender of the Month: Erie Otters graduate Oscar Dansk is the AHL Goaltender of the Month for December, going 7-0 with a 1.57 goals-against average and .943 save percentage with the Chicago Wolves, top affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights. Dansk is 11-6 with a 2.75 goals-against average and .903 save percentage in Chicago this season. The 25-year-old played two seasons in Erie from 2012-14, going 40-32-4-3 with a 3.25 goals-against average and .897 save percentage. He was a second round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2012.

Timmins’ game continuing to come around: Soo Greyhounds graduate Conor Timmins has battled injury since graduating from the OHL in 2018. The 21-year-old Colorado Avalanche prospect is finding success in 2019-20 though, recording 13 points (3-10–13) in 22 games with the AHL’s Colorado Eagles. TheAHL.com’s Demitri Herrera takes a closer look at where Timmins fits into Colorado’s plans as he continues to develop in their farm system.
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Parsons named ECHL Goaltender of the Week: London Knights graduate Tyler Parsons is the ECHL Goaltender of the Week, going 2-0 with a shutout and a 1.00 goals-against average for the Kansas City Mavericks. The 22-year-old is 6-3 with a 2.76 goals-against average and .916 save percentage in 10 games with Kansas City this season. The Chesterfield, Mich. native is a Calgary Flames prospect who was selected in the second round of the 2016 NHL Draft. Parsons, who won a Memorial Cup with London in 2016, played three OHL seasons with the Knights from 2014-17, going 75-25-4-6 with a 2.65 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.

Maletta makes return to ice with Brock Badgers: It’s been a long road back for OHL graduate Jordan Maletta, but the 24-year-old, who once signed a three-year entry level deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets, has returned to the ice with the Brock Badgers Men’s Hockey program. Maletta suits up under former Niagara IceDogs head coach Marty Williamson in St. Catharines after missing out on the entire 2018-19 season. The 6-foot-3, 215Ib. centreman played two pro seasons in the Columbus organization before being sidelined with an injury. The former first round pick in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection played five OHL seasons between Windsor and Niagara, recording 191 points (82-109–191) over 314 regular season games.

KEY MATCHUPS:

Peterborough Petes at Guelph Storm
Friday, January 3rd

Coming off a 5-0 loss, their third defeat in four games since returning from the holiday break, and trailing two points behind the league-leading Ottawa 67’s, the Peterborough Petes will be as hungry as ever for victory when they head to Guelph Friday evening for their second game of the New Year.

This will be the second meeting of the two clubs, with Guelph having claimed victory in their first tilt just recently on Dec. 28 by a 3-2 OT tally. Former Pete Pavel Gogolev notched the overtime winner against his previous team just 12 seconds in.

Rookie Mason McTavish continues to impress, skating in with 32 points to his name through just as many games atop the rookie scoring list. He netted his first career hat trick and career-high five point showing last weekend in his club’s 7-3 trampling over the Niagara IceDogs.

Guelph skates into the match having won six of their last 10 games. Gogolev leads the team with 57 points (27-30-57) and goals in his last nine games. He’s followed by Montreal draft pick Cam Hillis and then Eric Uba, who’s picked up seven points (2-5-7) in his last four games.

Saginaw Spirit at Kitchener Rangers
Friday, January 3rd

Two must-see Western Conference teams in Saginaw and Kitchener will go head-to-head on Friday evening at the Aud, looking to build on their win streaks and kick off the New Year in the win column.

The Rangers have won 11 of their last 12 games and are heading into Friday’s tilt on a three-game win skid that has seen multi-point performances from their leading trio of Riley Damiani, Jonathan Yantsis, and Greg Meireles. In fact, Meireles, a sixth round draft pick of the Florida Panthers last June, has picked up points in his last seven games. Jacob Ingham has continued to stand tall between the pipes with 11 wins in his last 13 starts and two shutouts within the last month.

Saginaw rolls in with six straight wins under their belt. In the absence of many of the league’s top scorers to their respective World Junior squads, top NHL Draft hopeful Cole Perfetti has seamlessly continued to soar among the league’s point leaders, heading into Friday’s game with an eighth-best 55 (20-35-55) to his name. He’s amassed points in his last five games.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

Friday January 3rd:
Oshawa at Flint – 7:00pm
Erie at Kingston – 7:00pm
Owen Sound at Sarnia – 7:05pm
Barrie at Sudbury – 7:05pm
Windsor at Soo – 7:07pm
Peterborough at Guelph – 7:30pm
Saginaw at Kitchener – 7:30pm
Mississauga at London – 7:30pm

Saturday January 4th:
Kingston at Hamilton – 4:00pm
London at Flint – 7:00pm
Kitchener at Niagara – 7:00pm
Oshawa at Saginaw – 7:05pm
Windsor at Sudbury – 7:05pm
Sarnia at Soo – 7:07pm
North Bay at Barrie – 7:30pm
Guelph at Owen Sound – 7:30pm

Sunday January 5th:
Kitchener at Guelph – 2:00pm
Niagara at Hamilton – 2:00pm
Peterborough at Mississauga – 2:00pm
Windsor at North Bay – 2:00pm
Erie at Ottawa – 2:00pm
Sarnia at Saginaw – 5:30pm