HOCKEY CANADA INVITES 28 CHL PLAYERS TO CANADA’S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM SPORT CHEK SELECTION CAMP

National Junior Team hopefuls look to represent Canada in Buffalo, N.Y. 

CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada moved one step closer to finding out who will wear the red-and-white at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, as 32 players earned an invitation to Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp in St. Catharines, Ont., Dec. 12-15. 

The selection camp roster includes four goaltenders, 10 defencemen and 18 forwards. The process of evaluating and selecting the players was led by Brad McEwen, Hockey Canada’s head scout, in consultation with Joël Bouchard from the Program of Excellence management group.

Among the 32 players are seven returnees from last year’s silver-medal team: goaltender Carter Hart (Sherwood Park, Alta./Everett, WHL); defencemen Jake Bean (Calgary/Calgary, WHL), Kale Clague (Lloydminster, Alta./Brandon, WHL), and Dante Fabbro (Coquitlam, B.C./Boston University, HE); and forwards Dillon Dubé (Cochrane, Alta./Kelowna, WHL), Michael McLeod (Mississauga, Ont./Mississauga, OHL), and Taylor Raddysh (Caledon, Ont./Erie, OHL).

CHL players invited to Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp:

Goaltenders:

Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)

Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)

Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)

Defencemen:

Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen)

Dennis Cholowski (Prince George Cougars)

Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)

Cal Foote (Kelowna Rockets)

Josh Mahura (Regina Pats)

Logan Stanley (Kitchener Rangers)

Conor Timmins (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

Forwards:

Jonathan Ang (Peterborough Petes)

Drake Batherson (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)

Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville Tigres)

Dillon Dube (Kelowna Rockets)

Alex Formenton (London Knights)

Jonah Gadjovich (Owen Sound Attack)

Cody Glass (Portland Winterhawks)

Brett Howden (Moose Jaw Warriors)

Tanner Kaspick (Brandon Wheat Kings)

Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)

Kole Lind (Kelowna Rockets)

Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)

Taylor Raddysh (Erie Otters)

Sam Steel (Regina Pats)

Tyler Steenbergen (Swift Current Broncos)

Nick Suzuki (Owen Sound Attack)

Robert Thomas (London Knights)

“Hockey at all levels across the country continues to produce talented and elite-level hockey players that makes our evaluation and selection process a difficult one,” said Shawn Bullock, Hockey Canada’s senior manager of hockey operations and men’s national teams. “With a talent pool as deep as we have in this country, we believe the 22 players eventually selected from camp will give us the best chance at bringing home a gold medal. We couldn’t be more excited for our staff and players to get together in St. Catharines and begin the journey.”

Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp will be held at the Meridian Centre, the home of the Ontario Hockey League’s Niagara Ice Dogs, and feature a trio of games – two against a U SPORTS team on Dec. 13 and 14, and a game against Denmark on Dec. 15.

Following the four-day camp, Canada will pare down its roster to the final group of 22 players that will proudly wear the Canadian jersey in Buffalo, Dec. 26-Jan. 5, as they seek to win the nation’s 16th World Juniors gold medal.

Pre-tournament game

Prior to the official puck drop on this year’s tournament, Canada will make its final preparations with a pair of pre-tournament games. On Dec. 20, Canada will face the Czech Republic in London, Ont., where a select number of tickets are available online, by phone at 1.866.455.2849, or in-person at the box office at Budweiser Gardens. On Dec. 22, the match-up features Canada taking on Switzerland at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton with tickets available for purchase at Ticketmaster.ca, by phone at 905.529.8500 and at the Dan Lawrie Insurance Box Office.

Canada’s quest for gold officially begins on Boxing Day against Finland at 4 p.m. ET. Canada will face its U.S. rivals when they take to the outdoors on Dec. 29 at the home of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, New Era Field in Orchard Park, N.Y., at 3 p.m. ET. 

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

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Czech Republic Announces Preliminary Roster For 2018 World Junior Championships

The Czech Republic announced it’s preliminary roster for the 2018 World Junior Championships. The lone Ontario Hockey League invite is Albert Michnac of the Mississauga Steelheads.

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Sweden Announces Preliminary Roster for World Junior Championships

Sweden announced this morning their preliminary roster for the 2018 World Junior Championships. Jacob Moverare of the Mississauga Steelheads is the lone Ontario Hockey League player to take part.

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OHL Academic Players of the Month for November

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Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the OHL Academic Players of the Month for November 2017, including Chad Denault of the Peterborough Petes, Isaac Walker of the Mississauga Steelheads, Aidan Dudas of the Owen Sound Attack and Chris Playfair of the Windsor Spitfires

East Division: Peterborough Petes forward Chad Denault is the OHL East Division Academic Player of the Month for November. A 17-year-old native of Iroquois Falls, Ont., Denault has attained an 80% average over his grade 12 studies at Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School. He is currently studying in English, International Business Fundamentals and Data Management courses. “Chad is a conscientious young man in the class room and on the ice,” said Petes academic advisor Kim Driscoll. “He is a disciplined student who shows good academic insight and is well liked by his teachers and fellow students.” A 6-foot-1, 186Ib., right-winger, Denault was a third round pick of the Petes in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection. He has one assist over 16 games this season.

Central Division: Mississauga Steelheads rookie defenceman Isaac Walker is the OHL Central Division Academic Player of the Month for November. A 17-year-old native of London, Ont., Walker holds an 88.3% average in his grade 12 studies at Philip Pocock Catholic Secondary School. He is currently taking university level Philosophy, Biology and Chemistry courses while competing in his first OHL season with the Steelheads. The 6-foot-1, 192Ib. defenceman helped guide the London Nationals Jr. B club to a GOJHL Western Conference championship last spring and has one assist in 19 games with the Steelheads this season. He was a ninth round pick by the club in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection.

Midwest Division: Draft eligible Owen Sound Attack sophomore forward Aidan Dudas is the OHL Midwest Division Academic Player of the Month for November. A 17-year-old native of Parry Sound, Ont., Dudas has achieved an overall overage of 86.5% in grade 12 university level courses at Owen Sound District Secondary School. “Aidan balances the demands of hockey and school with ease,” said Attack academic advisor Sarah Rowe. “He is an incredibly positive role model for his teammates both on and off the ice and always has something nice to say and is quick to lend a hand.” Dudas had a strong month of November, recording 14 points (5-9–14) over 11 games with the Attack for a season total of 31 points (14-17–31) through 27 contests. He was Owen Sound’s first round (10th overall) pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection.

West Division: Windsor Spitfires forward Chris Playfair is the OHL West Division Academic Player of the Month for November. The 17-year-old from Waterloo, Ont. has an 86% average in grade 12 university level Business, Data, and Biology courses at St. Anne Catholic Secondary School. “Chris is extremely well-liked by his teachers and fellow students,” said Spitfires academic advisor Danielle Chevalier. “He is a mature young man who recognizes the importance of an education and works diligently to achieve success in the classroom.” A former fourth round pick by the club in 2016, Playfair has two goals and an assist in 26 games this season.

2017-18 OHL Academic Players of the Month:

East Division:

November – Chad Denault (Peterborough Petes)
October – Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s)

Central Division:
November – Isaac Walker (Mississauga Steelheads)
October – Blake McConville (Sudbury Wolves)

Midwest Division:
November – Aidan Dudas (Owen Sound Attack)
October – Billy Moskal (London Knights)

West Division:
November – Chris Playfair (Windsor Spitfires)
October – Brett Jacklin (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

Last season, the OHL Centrally Administered Scholarship Program facilitated scholarships for 301 OHL Alumni with a total scholarship payment in excess of $3.17 million.  Since the 2007-08 season, OHL Scholarship payments have totaled more than $18.8 million.

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

OHL Top Performers of the Month for November

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Top OHL Performers of the Month for regular season games played in November 2017, including Sarnia Sting forward Jordan Kyrou, London Knights defenceman Evan Bouchard, Saginaw Spirit rookie Blade Jenkins and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds goaltender Matthew Villalta. 

OHL Player of the Month – Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)

For the second consecutive month, St. Louis Blues prospect Jordan Kyrou of the Sarnia Sting is the OHL Player of the Month. The 19-year-old led all players with 24 points including six goals, 18 assists in 11 games. Kyrou’s November included points in 10 of his 11 games headlined by a six point effort to start the month on Nov. 2nd in Peterborough. Kyrou’s six points (2-4–6) are the most by a Sting player in a single game since Charles Sarault registered six in February 2013. Other prominent performances included a four point output (1-3–4) on Nov. 17th against Windsor. In total, Kyrou received star of the game recognition four times including one first star nomination, two second star nominations as well as one third star nomination. His continued excellence has helped the Sting hold down top spot in the weekly CHL Top 10 Rankings throughout the month as Sarnia holds an overall record of 21-4-1-0. 

Jordan Kyrou of the Sarnia Sting. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Jordan Kyrou of the Sarnia Sting. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

A 6-foot, 185Ib. right-winger from Toronto, Ont., Kyrou currently leads OHL scoring by a 10-point margin, registering 52 points including a league-leading 34 assists along with 18 goals in 24 games. His 2.17 points-per-game and 21 power play points are also league highs. The second round pick of the St. Louis Blues in the 2016 NHL Draft is currently in his fourth OHL season, producing a career regular season stat line of 78 goals, 155 assists and 233 points over 218 games. Last season, Kyrou recorded the OHL’s longest point streak since 2008 when he recorded points in 30 straight contests from Jan. 1st to Mar. 12th, four games shy of a Sting club record. He attended Hockey Canada’s Summer Showcase this past summer in Plymouth, Mich. and represented the OHL in the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series. 

OHL Defenceman of the Month – Evan Bouchard (London Knights):

Draft eligible London Knights rearguard Evan Bouchard is the OHL Defenceman of the Month for November. The 18-year-old third-year blueliner led all defencemen with 18 points including five goals, 13 assists and a plus/minus rating of plus-11 over 10 contests. Bouchard recorded points in eight of his 10 November outings, headlining the month with a career-high four point (1-3–4) showing on Nov. 3rd against Saginaw. He also registered a pair of three point efforts, collecting three assists on Nov. 10th against Flint as well as a goal and two assists on Nov. 26th in Guelph. Bouchard helped the Knights play to a record of 7-2-1-0 in November. 

Evan Bouchard of the London Knights. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Evan Bouchard of the London Knights. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

A 6-foot-2, 191Ib. native of Oakville, Ont., Bouchard sits fourth in scoring among OHL defencemen with 30 points (8-22–30) in 25 games while his 95 shots on goal rank second among blueliners. A veteran of 136 OHL regular season games, Bouchard has 91 points (21-70–91) in his OHL career. He was London’s first round pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection and was an ‘A’ rated prospect on NHL Central Scouting’s November ‘Players to Watch’ List. Bouchard represented the OHL in the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series this past month. 

OHL Rookie of the Month – Blade Jenkins (Saginaw Spirit):

Draft eligible Saginaw Spirit forward Blade Jenkins is the OHL Rookie of the Month for November. The 17-year-old led all rookies with 14 points including nine goals, five assists and a plus/minus rating of plus-10 in 12 games. Jenkins had points in eight of his 12 November outings, with a pair of three-point performances headlining his stat line. He recorded his first career OHL hat-trick on Nov. 4th against North Bay before scoring twice and adding an assist on Nov. 22nd in Flint. Jenkins, whose 14 points all came at even strength, helped the Spirit to a 9-2-1-0 month of November. 

Blade Jenkins of the Saginaw Spirit. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Blade Jenkins of the Saginaw Spirit. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

A 6-foot-1, 195Ib. left-winger from Jackson, Mich., Jenkins sits second in OHL rookie scoring with 18 points (11-7–18) in 25 games. Formerly Saginaw’s first round (4th overall) pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection, Jenkins was included on NHL Central Scouting’s November ‘Players to Watch’ List. 

 

Vaughn OHL Goaltender of the Month – Matthew Villalta (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds):

Los Angeles Kings prospect Matthew Villalta of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds is the OHL Goaltender of the Month for November. The 18-year-old played to a perfect 9-0-0-0 record with an OHL-best 2.22 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage with one shutout over nine November appearances, helping the Greyhounds climb into the West Division lead on a 12-game winning streak. Villalta backstopped the Hounds to a perfect month, putting together back-to-back one-goal performances on Nov. 4th against Niagara and Nov. 5th against North Bay. He registered his first shutout of the season on Nov. 17th with a 16-save showing in Sudbury. 

Matthew Villalta of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Matthew Villalta of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

A 6-foot-3, 183Ib. native of Godfrey, Ont. outside of Kingston, Villalta is second among OHL goaltenders with a 2.53 goals-against average along with a 16-2-1-0 record, a .907 save percentage and one shutout. He holds an impressive career record of 41-5-1-0 over 52 career regular season games to go with a 2.45 goals-against average, a .914 save percentage and two shutouts. A free agent addition by the Greyhounds out of Training Camp in 2016, Villalta was a third round pick by the Los Angeles Kings this past summer.

2017-18 OHL Performers of the Month:

Player of the Month:
November – Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)
October – Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)

Defenceman of the Month:
November – Evan Bouchard (London Knights)
October – Sean Durzi (Owen Sound Attack)

Rookie of the Month:
November – Blade Jenkins (Saginaw Spirit)
October – Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie Colts)

Vaughn Goaltender of the Month:
November – Matthew Villalta (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
October – Justin Fazio (Sarnia Sting)

OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Minor Midget Top-10 Rankings

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the second edition of the weekly minor midget rankings for the 2018 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament powered by Under Armour and hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League.

The 2018 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour and hosted by the GTHL is scheduled for March 13-19 and will feature 20 teams from across Ontario and the United States showcasing many of the top players eligible for the 2018 OHL Priority Selection.  All games will be played at Scotiabank Pond in Toronto until the Championship Final moves to the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Monday March 19 where it will be broadcasted nationally on Sportsnet.

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The weekly rankings are determined by a panel of OHL Central Scouting staff and represent the top teams that are competing to play in the annual year-end championship tournament.

Minor Midget Rankings for the 2018 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour – Week 2

RANK TEAM LEAGUE LAST WEEK WEEKS RANKED
1 Toronto Marlboros GTHL 1 2
2 Oakville Rangers OMHA 2 2
3 Vaughan Kings GTHL 3 2
4 Barrie Colts OMHA 6 2
5 Mississauga Reps GTHL 5 2
6 Don Mills Flyers GTHL 7 2
7 Cambridge Hawks ALLIANCE 10 2
8 Guelph Gryphons OMHA 1
9 York-Simcoe Express OMHA 4 2
10 Detroit Little Caesars U15 USA 8 2
   
  Honourable Mention  
  Peterborough Petes OMHA
  Toronto Jr. Canadiens GTHL
  Niagara North Stars OMHA 9 1

The top ranked Toronto Marlboros were crowned 2017 Minor Midget AAA Silver Stick Champions erasing a 3-0 deficit on Sunday to defeat the number two ranked Oakville Rangers by a 4-3 score.  The Marlboros defeated the Guelph Gryphons 4-0 while the Rangers beat the Cambridge Hawks 2-1 in Semi-Final action.  Also performing well in Whitby were the Barrie Colts, Detroit Little Caesars, Don Mills Flyers, and Mississauga Rebels who all qualified for Quarter-Final games, and the Mississauga Reps, Niagara North Stars, and Vaughan Kings each finishing divisional play with six points in four games.  Video recap.

Tournament Structure:

16 of the 20 spots in the 2018 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour are guaranteed through league competition.  The 16 guaranteed spots continue to include all four GTHL Semi-Finalists, and the top four teams that place at the OMHA Championship.  Three teams from the ALLIANCE will still be guaranteed a spot in the tournament including the Champion and Finalist, along with the winner of a best-of-three Semi-Final Wild Card Series to be played between the losers of the two league Semi-Finals.  Also as in past years, two tournament entries are reserved for United States competition, while both an HNO and NOHA representative will also compete.  For the second straight season the final guaranteed spot will be awarded to HEO but represented by their previous year Bantam Championship team who will be reassembled for tournament competition.  This season, HEO’s entry will be members of the 2017 Bantam Champion Ottawa Jr. 67’s.

Wild Card Games:

The final four entries at the 2018 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour will be Wild Cards determined among eight teams that will play a one game ‘win and in’ scenario.  The eight competing teams aiming for the final four tournament spots will continue to include the fifth place team at the OMHA Championship, and the loser of the ALLIANCE Semi-Final Wild Card Series.  As introduced in 2016, two spots in Wild Card games will be reserved for GTHL teams.  The two competing GTHL teams will be determined through a pair of Wild Card Play-In Series matchups involving the four GTHL teams who qualified for the playoffs but lost in the first round.  As introduced in 2017, one spot in a Wild Card will also be reserved for the winner of an OMHA SCTA Consolation Game that features both teams who lost in the SCTA Tournament Semi-Final.  The OMHA teams eligible for this matchup will be determined annually based on the league not hosting the OMHA Championship.  Finally, the three remaining teams who will compete in the Wild Card matchups will be named by the Tournament Selection Committee.  The Committee will evaluate and review a team’s post-season success as the first criteria for selection, with additional criteria to include regular season play and tournament play.  All four Wild Card games will take place on Tuesday March 13 with specific matchups and times of play to be determined by random draw among the eight competing teams on Tuesday March 6.

History:

Last season the Mississauga Reps captured their first OHL Cup title, defeating the Toronto Nationals 3-2 on Dennis Golovatchev’s late game winner with nine seconds remaining in the third period.  Current Kitchener Rangers forward Mike Petizian led the showcase with 13 points (5-8—13) in seven games to earn the Tim Adams Memorial Trophy as tournament MVP.

The 2017 OHL Priority Selection featured 15 players chosen in the first round who competed for the OHL Cup including Ryan Suzuki (London Jr. Knights – 1st overall Barrie Colts), Tag Bertuzzi (TPH Hockey – 2nd overall Guelph Storm), Brandon Coe (Toronto Nationals – 3rd overall North Bay Battalion), Nicholas Porco (Vaughan Kings – 4th overall Saginaw Spirit), Philip Tomasino (Mississauga Rebels – 5th overall Niagara IceDogs), Graeme Clarke (Toronto Marlboros – 6th overall Ottawa 67’s), Blake Murray (Whitby Wildcats – 7th overall Sudbury Wolves), Jack Hughes (Toronto Marlboros – 8th overall Mississauga Steelheads), Jamieson Rees (Mississauga Reps – 9th overall Sarnia Sting), Ethan Keppen (Toronto Nationals – 10th overall Flint Firebirds), Connor McMichael (Ajax-Pickering Raiders – 11th overall Hamilton Bulldogs), Cody Morgan (Toronto Jr. Canadiens – 12th overall Kingston Frontenacs), Thomas Harley (Vaughan Kings – 14th overall Mississauga Steelheads), Nathan Staios (Vaughan Kings – 17th overall Windsor Spitfires) and Lucas Rowe (Mississauga Reps – 18th overall London Knights).

Notable OHL Cup graduates currently playing in the NHL include Travis Konecny (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs/Philadelphia Flyers), Mitch Marner (Vaughan Kings/Toronto Maple Leafs), Connor McDavid (Toronto Marlboros/Edmonton Oilers), Max Domi (Don Mills Flyers/Arizona Coyotes), Sean Monahan (Mississauga Rebels/Calgary Flames), Taylor Hall (Greater Kingston Frontenacs/New Jersey Devils), Tyler Seguin (Toronto Nationals/Dallas Stars), John Tavares (Toronto Marlboros/New York Islanders), P.K Subban (Markham Islanders/Nashville Predators), and Steven Stamkos (Markham Waxers/Tampa Bay Lightning).

2018 marks the second season of a three-year partnership between the OHL and GTHL with Under Armour that includes title sponsorship of the OHL Cup Showcase Tournament.  The OHL and GTHL are also in the second season of a five-year partnership extension announced in 2017 that ensures the event will continue to be hosted by the GTHL through 2021.

For more information, please visit ohlcup.ca.

Storm’s Ryan Merkley named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that 2018 NHL Draft prospect Ryan Merkley of the Guelph Storm is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the week ending November 12 after scoring one goal with five assists for six points in two games with a plus-minus rating of plus-4.

Ryan Merkley of the Guelph Storm. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL  Images.
Ryan Merkley of the Guelph Storm. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Merkley becomes the first defenceman to earn the award this season after recording two multi-point performances last week helping the Storm to a pair of victories.  On Friday night he scored once and added an assist as part of a 6-2 win over the North Bay Battalion, then collected a career-high four assists on Sunday as first star of a 5-1 win over the Sudbury Wolves.  The two weekend wins give the Storm three straight lifting them into a second place tie in the OHL’s Midwest Division with 22 points from a 10-7-0-2 record.

A 17-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., Merkley is playing in his second season with the Storm after being chosen first overall in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection and earning OHL Rookie of the Year honours.  The first round candidate in NHL Central Scouting’s October ‘Players to Watch’ list leads the Storm in scoring and is currently second among OHL defencemen with 24 points in 19 games including six goals and 18 assists.

Watch video highlights of Merkley and the Storm against the Battalion and Wolves.

Also considered for the award this week were a pair of Philadelphia Flyers prospects including Matthew Strome of the Hamilton Bulldogs who scored three goals and three assists for six points in two games, and Morgan Frost of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds with three goals and two assists for five points in two games.  In goal, Justin Fazio of the Sarnia Sting posted a 1-0-1-0 record including a shutout victory making 72 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.98 and save percentage of .926.

2017-18 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week:

Nov. 6 – Nov. 12: Ryan Merkley (Guelph Storm)

Oct. 30 – Nov. 5: Albert Michnac (Mississauga Steelheads)

Oct. 23 – Oct. 29: Aaron Luchuk (Windsor Spitfires)

Oct. 16 – Oct. 22: Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)

Oct. 9 – Oct. 15: Brady Hinz (Sarnia Sting)

Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Nick Suzuki (Owen Sound Attack)

Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Jonathan Ang (Peterborough Petes)

Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)

 

Don Cherry named Honourary Chairman of CHL’s 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup Celebration

Memorial Cup to visit 17 CHL communities beginning November 18 in Barrie – Schedule Below

Commemorative Coin unveiled, on sale November 22 – Attached

CHL launches first video in Champions series – Watch

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced details regarding several of the league’s 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup initiatives including the appointment of Canadian hockey icon Don Cherry as Honourary Chairman of the CHL’s 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup celebrations.

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“This is a very special season in Canadian Hockey League history as we commemorate the 100th presentation of the Memorial Cup,” said CHL President David Branch. “As we aim to fulfill our goals to capture, preserve, and enhance the legacy of this prestigious trophy while honouring the brave men and women who served and continue to serve our country, it is only fitting that Don Cherry be at the forefront of our celebrations.”

Before establishing his legacy as the star of Hockey Night in Canada, Cherry was a Memorial Cup champion as a member of the 1953 Barrie Flyers.  The Kingston, Ont., native’s longstanding and unwavering support of Canadians in uniform have earned him Honourary Lifetime Membership into the Royal Canadian Legion and the appointment as an Honourary Patricia by the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.  Cherry was also instrumental in bringing the CHL to the Greater Toronto Area as part of the Mississauga IceDogs ownership group in 1998, and is recognized with Bobby Orr as a builder of the Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game which began as an annual showcase in 1996.

As part of the CHL’s 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup celebrations, the league has also announced the 17 CHL communities that will comprise the Memorial Cup Tour which begins November 18 in Barrie.  The Memorial Cup will visit various military bases and legions and provide fans the opportunity to see major junior hockey’s top prize as part of a unique game day experience.

The 17 CHL communities are spread across eight provinces with 13 of the stops coinciding with Sportsnet’s new CHL Saturday Showcase national broadcasts.

2017-18 Mastercard Memorial Cup Tour Schedule:

November 18 – Barrie, ON: Barrie Colts vs Kitchener Rangers*

November 25 – Calgary, AB: Calgary Hitmen vs Red Deer Rebels*

December 2 – Ottawa, ON: Ottawa 67’s vs Barrie Colts*

December 9 – Vancouver, BC: Vancouver Giants vs Kootenay Ice

December 16 – Moncton, NB: Moncton Wildcats vs Acadie-Bathurst Titan*

December 30 – Brandon, MB: Brandon Wheat Kings vs Moose Jaw Warriors*

January 6 – Quebec, QC: Quebec Remparts vs Sherbrooke Phoenix

January 13 – Kingston, ON: Kingston Frontenacs vs Oshawa Generals*

January 20 – Chicoutimi, QC: Chicoutimi Sagueneens vs Gatineau Olympiques

January 27 – Swift Current, SK: Swift Current Broncos vs Regina Pats*

February 3 – Sarnia, ON: Sarnia Sting vs London Knights*

February 10 – Edmonton, AB: Edmonton Oil Kings vs Red Deer Rebels*

February 18 – Regina, SK: Regina Pats vs. Moose Jaw Warriors**

February 24 – Halifax, NS: Halifax Mooseheads vs Gatineau Olympiques*

March 3 – Owen Sound, ON: Owen Sound Attack vs Guelph Storm*

March 10 – Bathurst, NB: Acadie-Bathurst Titan vs Halifax Mooseheads*

March 17 – St. Catharines, ON: Niagara IceDogs vs Mississauga Steelheads*

*Sportsnet Saturday Showcase Broadcast

A number of the CHL’s additional 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup celebration initiatives are taking shape.

To mark this special anniversary the CHL has partnered with CIBC, Official Bank of the CHL, to create a commemorative coin in remembrance of all those who have served.  Coins will go on sale November 22 available online at www.cibc.com/preciousmetals and beginning November 23 can be purchased at CHL club stores.

While the 100th celebration logo has been proudly displayed on rink boards across the country since the launch of the 2017-18 campaign, the logo has been converted to a sweater patch that will be worn by all clubs as well as on-ice officials for the duration of the season beginning with today’s Remembrance Day games.

The league has also launched the first segment of the champions video series designed to highlight past winners.  Get to know some of the names engraved on the cup and enjoy the moments of glory from some of history’s most memorable victories beginning with the 2010 Windsor Spitfires.  The weekly videos will debut online and play on video boards in arenas across the CHL.

The centennial celebration at the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup will take place May 17-27, 2018, and will feature the host Regina Pats who competed in the very first Memorial Cup championship in 1919, along with the 2018 champions from the Western Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The Memorial Cup has a rich tradition that has shaped the way junior hockey is played in North America.  The trophy was original 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 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup is proudly supported by Mastercard, title sponsor of this event for 20 straight years.  Associate sponsors include CIBC and Cooper Tires.  All games will be broadcast by Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

For more information please visit www.mmc100.ca or join the conversation on social media using #MMC100.

 

Where Greatness Begins: CHL 2017-18 Broadcast Schedule on Sportsnet

Where Greatness Begins: CHL 2017-18 Broadcast Schedule on Sportsnet

– Coverage features weekly Saturday games, plus marquee CHL events including the 100th annual Mastercard Memorial Cup in Regina –

Action gets underway Monday with Game 1 of the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series 

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TORONTO (November 2, 2017) Shining the spotlight on hockey’s future stars, Sportsnet is set to deliver exclusive national coverage of the 2017-18 Canadian Hockey League season, beginning Monday, Nov. 6. In addition to weekly CHL Saturday Showcase broadcasts from across the league, CHL coverage on Sportsnet features three marquee events – the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series, the 2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, and the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup.

Exclusive English-language Canadian coverage of the CHL kicks off on Sportsnet this coming Monday when the Canadian World Junior hopefuls of the Western Hockey League host Team Russia in the first game of the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series. Coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Sportsnet West, Sportsnet ONE and Sportsnet NOW.

Following the six-game series, Sportsnet’s weekly CHL Saturday Showcase afternoon broadcasts deliver coverage of must-see action from across the Ontario Hockey League, the Western Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League throughout the regular season. (Full broadcast details below)

TV – Sportsnet and Sportsnet NOW

Bringing CHL action to fans across the country, Sportsnet’s coverage of the 2017-18 season includes:

  • Veteran broadcast team of play-by-play announcer R.J. Broadhead, game analyst Sam Cosentino and host Rob Faulds
  • Regular editions of The Next Ones, Sportsnet’s new show that takes an in-depth look at the CHL’s top prospects. Hosted by Jeff Marek and Cosentino, The Next Ones is also available as a podcast and on Sportsnet 590 The FAN

In addition to regular season coverage, the CHL on Sportsnet season includes:

  • 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series (Nov. 6-16, 2017) – The 15th annual best-on-best showdown sees the CHL’s regional teams of Canadian World Junior candidates face off against the Russian National Junior Team
  • 2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospect Game (Jan. 25, 2018) The CHL’s top-40 NHL draft eligible players compete in front of scouts at the 23rd annual showcase live from Guelph, ON
  • 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup (May 18-27, 2018) – Marking a league and national milestone, the 100th edition of the celebrated championship will be hosted by the Regina Pats and feature champion teams from the OHL, WHL, QMJHL

 

Digital – Sportsnet.ca

The ultimate destination for Canadian fans, the Junior Hockey page on sportsnet.ca is home to exclusive CHL articles, videos and content throughout the season, including:

  • 2018 NHL Draft Prospect Rankings – monthly articles by Cosentino and Marek that rank the NHL Draft eligible players from across the CHL and the globe
  • 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship coverage – Wall-to-wall coverage from Buffalo, covering the players and teams that matter most to Canadian fans
  • Ongoing news, videos, features and profiles from Sportsnet’s roster of hockey experts, including monthly prospect reports and live coverage from marquee events

 

As Canada’s Home of Hockey, Sportsnet is now in its fourth season of a 12-year partnership with the Canadian Hockey League. Featuring a comprehensive suite of multimedia rights including television, online and mobile, Sportsnet is the exclusive English-language broadcaster of the CHL and Mastercard Memorial Cup in Canada. The deal also includes a 12-year sub-licensing agreement with TVA Sports for exclusive French-language multiplatform rights for CHL games

2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series Broadcast Schedule on Sportsnet

*All games available on Sportsnet NOW

  • Monday, Nov. 6, Russia @ WHL, 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT (Sportsnet East, West & Sportsnet ONE)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 7, Russia @ WHL, 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT (Sportsnet East, Ontario & Sportsnet ONE)
  • Thursday, Nov. 9, Russia @ OHL, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (Sportsnet East, Ontario, Pacific & Sportsnet 360)
  • Monday, Nov. 13, Russia @ OHL, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (Sportsnet East, Ontario & Pacific)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 14, Russia @ QMJHL, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (Sportsnet East, Ontario & Pacific)
  • Thursday, Nov. 16, Russia @ QMJHL, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (Sportsnet East, Ontario & Pacific)

2017-18 CHL Regular Season Broadcast Schedule on Sportsnet

*All games available on Sportsnet NOW

November 2017

  • Saturday, Nov. 18, CHL Saturday Showcase: Kitchener @ Barrie, 3:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)
  • Saturday, Nov. 25, CHL Saturday Showcase: Red Deer @ Calgary, 3:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)

December 2017

  • Saturday, Dec. 2, CHL Saturday Showcase: Barrie @ Ottawa, 3:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet & Sportsnet ONE)
  • Saturday, Dec. 9, CHL Saturday Showcase: Oshawa @ Barrie, 3:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)
  • Saturday, Dec. 16, CHL Saturday Showcase: Acadie-Bathurst @ Moncton, 3:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)
  • Saturday, Dec. 30, CHL Saturday Showcase: Moose Jaw @ Brandon, 3:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)

January 2018

  • Saturday, Jan. 6, CHL Saturday Showcase: Kitchener @ Owen Sound, 3:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet East, Ontario, Pacific & Sportsnet ONE)
  • Saturday, Jan. 13, CHL Saturday Showcase: Oshawa @ Kingston, 3:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet & Sportsnet ONE)
  • Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospect: Team Cherry vs. Team Orr, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT (Sportsnet East, Ontario, Pacific & Sportsnet 360)
  • Saturday, Jan. 27, CHL Saturday Showcase: Regina @ Swift Current, 3:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)

 

February 2018

  • Saturday, Feb. 3, CHL Saturday Showcase: London @ Sarnia, 3:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)
  • Saturday, Feb. 10, CHL Saturday Showcase: Red Deer @ Edmonton, 3:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)
  • Sunday, Feb. 18, Moose Jaw @ Regina, 3 p.m. ET / Noon PT (Sportsnet East, Ontario, Pacific & Sportsnet 360)
  • Saturday, Feb. 24, CHL Saturday Showcase: Gatineau @ Halifax, 3:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet East, Ontario, Pacific & Sportsnet ONE)

March 2018

  • Saturday, March 3, CHL Saturday Showcase: Guelph @ Owen Sound, 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT (Sportsnet)
  • Saturday, March 10, CHL Saturday Showcase: Halifax @ Acadie-Bathurst, 3:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)
  • Saturday, March 17, CHL Saturday Showcase: Mississauga @ Niagara, 3:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. PT (Sportsnet)

*schedule subject to change

Broadcast details for the CHL Playoffs and the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup will be announced at a later date

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OHL Academic Players of the Month for October

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the OHL Academic Players of the Month for October 2017, including Kevin Bahl of the Ottawa 67’s, Blake McConville of the Sudbury Wolves, Billy Moskal of the London Knights, and Brett Jacklin of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

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East Division: 
Sophomore defenceman Kevin Bahl of the Ottawa 67’s is the OHL East Division Academic Player of the Month for October. The 17-year-old from Mississauga, Ont. carries an 86% average in his grade 12 University level coursework in English, World History, and Elite Athletics. “Kevin has had to work hard to balance his course load, on-ice commitments and physical training this season,” said 67’s Academic Advisor Eileen Duffin. A 6-foot-6, 231Ib. defenceman eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft, Bahl has recorded eight assists through his first 17 games of the season and was recently named to Team OHL’s roster for the upcoming 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series. Bahl helped Canada win gold at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament this past summer. He was Ottawa’s second round pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection.


Central Division: 
Rookie forward Blake McConville of the Sudbury Wolves is the OHL Central Division Academic Player of the Month for October after he maintained an 87% average over grade 12 University level Chemistry, Advanced Functions, Data Management and Online Sports Management courses. The 6-foot-2, 205Ib. right-winger has played in 11 games this season. “As a 17-year-old rookie, Blake is a respected player and student,” said Wolves Academic Advisor Gord Ewin. “He is a very positive and polite young man.” The LaSalle, Ont. native was a fifth round pick of the Wolves in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection.


Midwest Division: 
Seventeen year-old London Knights forward Billy Moskal has been named the OHL Midwest Division Academic Player of the Month for October, maintaining a 97% average in his University level courses at Blyth Academy London. “Billy exemplifies the OHL policy of providing ‘the best of both worlds’ with regards to academics and hockey,” said Knights Academic Advisor Trish Hurley. “He has participated in a number of school activities in the past year, including a fundraiser for Youth Mental Health.” Moskal has a goal and an assist through 13 games this season and recently scored his first career OHL goal on Oct. 27 against Flint. The 6-foot, 185Ib. centreman from Sudbury, Ont. was London’s second round pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection.


West Division: 
Rookie forward Brett Jacklin of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds is the OHL West Division Academic Player of the Month for October after he maintained an 88% average over University level Math Advanced Functions, Accounting and Chemistry courses at Superior Heights Secondary School. The Sudbury, Ont. native has two assists through his first 10 games of the season. “Brett is extremely well liked by his teachers and fellow students,” said Greyhounds Academic Advisor Jerry Bumbacco. “He is a mature young man who recognizes the importance of an education and works diligently on achieving success in the classroom as well as on the ice.” The 6-foot-1, 171Ib. right-winger was Sault Ste. Marie’s 10th round pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection.


2017-18 OHL Academic Players of the Month:


East Division:

October – Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s)


Central Division:
October – Blake McConville (Sudbury Wolves)


Midwest Division:
October – Billy Moskal (London Knights)


West Division:
October – Brett Jacklin (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)


Last season, the OHL Centrally Administered Scholarship Program facilitated scholarships for 301 OHL Alumni with a total scholarship payment in excess of $3.17 million.  Since the 2007-08 season, OHL Scholarship payments have totaled more than $18.8 million. 


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