OHL Announces Academic Players of the Month for November

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the OHL Academic Players of the Month for November 2018, including goaltender Will Cranley of the Ottawa 67’s, defencemen Peter Stratis of the Sudbury Wolves and Gerard Keane of the London Knights, and forward Cole MacKay of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.


East Division: 
Ottawa 67’s rookie netminder Will Cranley is the OHL East Division Academic Player of the Month for November. The 16-year-old from Peterborough, Ont. holds an 88% average in Grade 11 university level courses at Blyth Academy in Ottawa. Cranley is currently studying Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics. “Will is viewed by his teachers as a dedicated student who is able to balance the demands of hockey and education with his perseverance, respectful behaviour and positive outlook,” said 67’s academic advisor Eileen Duffin. Cranley currently leads the league in minutes played by a 16-year-old goaltender. He’s played to a 3-1-2-0 record with a 3.32 goals-against average and .883 save percentage over seven games. Cranley recently represented Team Canada Red at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. He was Ottawa’s second round pick this past spring from the Peterborough Petes Minor Midgets.


Central Division: 
Sudbury Wolves defenceman Peter Stratis is the OHL Central Division Academic Player of the Month for November. The 18-year-old from Scarborough, Ont. holds an 80% average in Psychology and Exercise Science courses at Laurentian University. The former first round OHL Priority Selection choice has seven points (3-4–7) over 27 games in his third OHL season. Stratis was acquired by the Wolves from the Ottawa 67’s last season. He is a graduate of the Mississauga Rebels Minor Midget program.


Midwest Division: 
London Knights rookie defenceman Gerard Keane is the OHL Midwest Division Academic Player of the Month for November. The 16-year-old from Homer Glen, Ill. is excelling in his Grade 11 studies at Blyth Academy in London. “Gerard has found a great balance between playing elite level hockey and maintaining excellent grades,” said Knights academic advisor Annemarie Pedersen. “He is frequently done his in class work in advance and is given additional work to practice on. He has been a positive influence in the classroom.” London’s third round pick this past spring, Keane has one goal over 12 games this season.


West Division: 
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds sophomore forward Cole MacKay is the OHL West Division Academic Player of the Month for November. The 17-year-old Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. product carries an average above 90% in Grade 12 studies at St. Mary’s College. “Cole has successfully balanced a difficult academic schedule with the rigors of OHL hockey,” said Greyhounds academic advisor Jerry Bumbacco. “He is extremely well liked by his teachers as well as his peers.” Studying Mathematics, English and Sciences in the classroom, MacKay has also excelled on the ice, recording 28 points (10-18–28) over 29 games this season. He was Sault Ste. Marie’s fifth round pick in 2017 from the Kitchener Rangers Minor Midgets.

2018-19 OHL Academic Players of the Month:


East Division:

November – Will Cranley (Ottawa 67’s)
October – Nick Wong (Oshawa Generals)

Central Division:
November – Peter Stratis (Sudbury Wolves)
October – Jonah De Simone (Niagara IceDogs)


Midwest Division:

November – Gerard Keane (London Knights)
October – Isaac Langdon (Kitchener Rangers)


West Division:

November – Cole MacKay (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
October – Colton Kammerer (Sarnia Sting)

Last season, the OHL Centrally Administered Scholarship Program facilitated scholarships for 321 OHL Alumni at 66 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 totaled more than $22 million.

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

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Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings

Top 10

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week ten edition of the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2018-19 season.  The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 10:

Rank: Team: Last Week Rank: Number of Weeks Ranked:
1 Prince Albert Raiders (21-1-0-0) 1 8
2 Ottawa 67’s (19-3-3-0) 2 7
3 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (19-4-0-0) 3 7
4 Halifax Mooseheads (17-4-1-0) 4 10
5 Moncton Wildcats (19-4-2-0) 5 5
6 London Knights (15-4-2-0) 8 6
7 Red Deer Rebels (15-5-1-0) 9 4
8 Baie-Comeau Drakkar (17-6-0-1) 7 8
9 Everett Silvertips (17-7-1-0) 1
10 Vancouver Giants (14-6-2-0) 6 8
Honourable Mention:
Drummondville Voltigeurs (15-6-1-0) 10 5
Mississauga Steelheads (14-6-2-0) 1
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (13-6-3-1) 3

Kia CHL Top 10

CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

Top teams get top performances with Huskies’ Abbandonato and Raiders’ Scott

Huskies’ Peter Abbandonato named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that QMJHL top scorer Peter Abbandonato of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending November 18 recording 10 points in two games including six goals and four assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-4.

Abbandonato delivered back-to-back five-point performances last week for the Huskies who extended their winning-streak to seven games to maintain a shared hold on first place in the QMJHL standings with a 19-4-0-0 record.  He scored his first career hat-trick and added two assists on Friday night earning second star honours in a big 11-1 win over the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, then repeated his efforts on Saturday but was named first star of a 6-4 victory against the Victoriaville Tigres.

A 20-year-old from Laval, QC, Abbandonato is playing in his fourth season with the Huskies after joining the club as a second round pick in the 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft.  So far this season he’s produced 12 goals and 33 assists for 45 points in 23 games to lead all QMJHL scorers.  This past week he eclipsed the 200-point milestone with his totals now standing at 201 generated by 65 goals and 136 assists in 219 games.

Also considered for the award this week was Florida Panthers prospect Owen Tippett of the Mississauga Steelheads who scored five goals and three assists for eight points in three games, and Tristin Langan of the Moose Jaw Warriors who scored three goals with five assists for eight points in three games.

2018-19 CHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:

Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Peter Abbandonato (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joachim Blichfeld (Portland Winterhawks)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Dawson Davidson (Saskatoon Blades)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luka Burzan (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades)

Raiders’ Ian Scott named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Ian Scott of the Prince Albert Raiders is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending November 18 posting a 3-0-0-0 record with two shutout victories for a goals-against-average of 0.33 and save percentage of .989.

Scott turned aside 92 shots in a trio of wins to extend the Raiders impressive streak to 13 continuing their dominance atop the national rankings with a 20-1-0-0 record.  Last Wednesday he stopped a season-high 43 shots earning first star honours in a 2-0 shutout victory against the Medicine Hat Tigers, then stopped 23 of 24 on Friday as first star of a 3-1 win against the Tri-City Americans.  That game was extra special for Scott who scored an empty-net goal becoming the first WHL netminder since Stuart Skinner in March, 2016, to find the back of the net.  Scott’s week wrapped up Saturday with a 26-save performance to blank the Brandon Wheat Kings by a 6-0 score for his league leading fourth shutout of the season.

A 19-year-old from Calgary, Alta., Scott is playing in his fourth career season with the Raiders who chose him ninth overall in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.  This season he’s leading the league in all major statistical categories including 17 wins with a goals-against-average of 1.39 and save percentage of .950.  Scott recently competed in the CIBC Canada Russia Series where he represented Team WHL between-the-pipes in Game 1 in Kamloops where he made 27 saves in a 2-1 triumph.

Also considered for the award this week was 2019 NHL Draft prospect Colten Ellis of the Rimouski Oceanic who posted a 2-0-0-0 record including one shutout victory making a total of 49 saves for a goals-against-average of 0.50 and save percentage of .980.  In the OHL, Los Angeles Kings prospect Jacob Ingham of the Mississauga Steelheads went 3-0-0-0 turning aside 75 shots with a goals-against-average of 1.67 and save percentage of .938.

2018-19 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:

Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joseph Raaymakers (London Knights)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Émile Samson (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Alexis Gravel (Halifax Mooseheads)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Trent Miner (Vancouver Giants)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luke Richardson (Kitchener Rangers)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)

CHL Leagues

Statement from the Ontario Hockey League

ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE COMMENDS GOVERNMENT FOR TAKING STEPS TO PROTECT AMATEUR ATHLETES

 

Press Release

Toronto – The Ontario Hockey League (OHL) commends the Ford Government for their decision to confirm the status of League players in Ontario. This follows seven provinces and two states that have passed similar clarifications to confirm that players are not covered by employment legislation.

“On behalf of the Ontario Hockey League, I want to thank the government for its leadership in ensuring that our 17 Ontario teams can continue to be leaders in the community and contribute to the economic development of the communities in which we play,” said David Branch, OHL Commissioner. “This also allows our teams to continue to focus on our most important role and that is providing our 425 players with the best on and off-ice experience, the hallmark of which is our Scholarship Program.”

In the 2017-18 academic year there were 321 OHL graduates using their scholarship at a cost to our teams of $3.125M. Of these 321 graduates 206 are playing on U SPORTS hockey teams. In addition, this academic year our teams spent $475,000 on the Scholarship Program for current players.

OHL teams are proud members of the communities in which they play. During the 2017-18 season, through the generosity of OHL fans and with the support and cooperation of our teams, charitable groups and community organizations have raised over $4M to help support hundreds of different programs and bring awareness to critical issues.

Frontenacs’ Jason Robertson named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Dallas Stars prospect Jason Robertson of the Kingston Frontenacs is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the regular season week ending November 11 after leading the league with nine points in three games scoring six goals and three assists.

Robertson has been the league’s most prolific goal scorer to start the 2018-19 campaign and continued his torrid pace with a pair of hat-tricks last week.  He scored three and added an assist on Wednesday morning in School Day action against the Ottawa 67’s earning second star honours despite the 6-4 loss.  He also lit the lamp for three on Saturday night while adding an assist as first star of a 5-1 win over the Oshawa Generals.  In between he contributed an assist on the Frontenacs’ lone goal against the Hamilton Bulldogs in a 2-1 loss on Friday.  Robertson has averaged exactly a goal-per-game in 22 contests and has four hat-tricks this season bringing his career total to eight.

A 19-year-old from Northville, Michigan, Robertson is playing in his fourth season with the Frontenacs who made him a fourth round choice in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.  He’s currently sixth in league scoring with 33 points and has accounted for nearly 40% of his team’s goals while contributing to almost 58% of their total offense.  In 212 career games he’s scored 123 times with 110 assists collecting 233 points.  Robertson was selected by the Stars in the second round of the 2017 NHL Draft.

Watch video highlights of Robertson and the Frontenacs against the 67’s, Bulldogs, and Generals.

Also considered for the award this week was Jake Durham of the Flint Firebirds who scored six goals and two assists for eight points in three games including a School Day hat-trick of his own to lead the Firebirds to their first win of the season on Wednesday morning against the Sarnia Sting.  Montreal Canadiens prospect Nick Suzuki also had a strong week for the Owen Sound Attack chipping in three goals and two assists for five points in a pair of wins against the Erie Otters after captaining Team OHL to a 3-1 victory in Sarnia at the CIBC Canada Russia Series.  In goal, Vancouver Canucks prospect Michael DiPietro of the Windsor Spitfires stopped 62 shots in a pair of victories posting a goals-against-average of 0.96 and save percentage of .969 after also representing the league in victory between-the-pipes for Team OHL with an 18-save performance Thursday night.

2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:

Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Kevin Hancock (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Lucas Chiodo (Barrie Colts)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)

Strome and Kooy added to Team OHL for the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League, in collaboration with the Canadian Hockey League and Hockey Canada, announced today that Hamilton Bulldogs forward Matthew Strome and London Knights goaltender Jordan Kooy have been added to Team OHL’s roster for the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series.

Strome will compete for Team OHL in Game 3 of the series in Sarnia set for Thursday November 8 dressing in place of Niagara IceDogs forward Akil Thomas who is unable to participate due to injury.  Kooy is slated for Game 4 in Oshawa on Monday November 12 in place of Matthew Villalta of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds who is also unable to play due to injury.

So far this season Strome is third in team scoring with six goals and 13 assists for 19 points in 17 games.  The 19-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., helped the Bulldogs win their first OHL championship three years after becoming the club’s first ever pick in the OHL Priority Selection going eighth overall in 2015.  During that time he’s amassed 187 points over 209 regular season games including 93 goals and 94 assists.  Strome is a Philadelphia Flyers prospect chosen in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL Draft.

Kooy currently ranks second in the league in both goals-against-average and save percentage with marks of 2.27 and .926 respectively.  The 18-year-old from Bradford, Ont., carries a 6-1-0-0 record playing in his third season with the Knights since joining the club as an eighth round pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection.  Kooy is a Vegas Golden Knights prospect after hearing his name called in the seventh round of the 2018 NHL Draft.

Both players will have teammates in the games as Strome joins fellow Bulldog MacKenzie Entwistle in Sarnia and Kooy joins fellow Knights Alex Formenton and Liam Foudy in Oshawa.

2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series Schedule and Results:
Game 1 – Monday November 5 at Kamloops, BC – WHL (2) vs RUS (1) – Stats | Highlights
Game 2 – Tuesday November 6 at Vancouver, BC – RUS (3) vs WHL (1) – Stats | Highlights
Game 3 – Thursday November 8 at Sarnia, ON (Sportsnet East & Ontario, Sportsnet 360, TVA Sports)
Game 4 – Monday November 12 at Oshawa, ON (Sportsnet East, Ontario, West, TVA Sports)

Game 5 – Tuesday November 13 at Sherbrooke, QC (Sportsnet East & Ontario, Sportsnet ONE, TVA Sports)
Game 6 – Thursday November 15 at Drummondville, QC (Sportsnet East & Ontario, Sportsnet 360, TVA Sports)

All games of the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series will be available online through NeuLion’s CHL streaming platform at http://chl.neulion.com/chl/.

The 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series is supported by title sponsor CIBC, the Official Bank of the CHL, along with associate sponsors Kia Canada, Sherwin-Williams, Cooper Tires, and Kubota Canada.

For event information including how to purchase tickets please visit http://chlcanadarussia.ca.

Open Letter to Premier Ford and Minister Tibollo

Press Release

November 6, 2018

Honourable Doug Ford

Premier of Ontario

Legislative Building,

Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON

M7A 1A1

 

Honourable Michael Tibollo

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Hearst Block 9th Flr.,

900 Bay St, Toronto, ON

M7A 2E1

Dear Premier Ford and Minister Tibollo,

The Ontario Hockey League (OHL) is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) which is the world’s largest development hockey league and the number one development league for U SPORTS, Canada’s national amateur teams and the NHL. Our system of development is admired and imitated by foreign hockey organizations around the world. Almost all Canadian hockey legends are graduates of the CHL.  Founded in 1934, the OHL is comprised of 20 teams, 17 in Ontario, two in Michigan and one in Pennsylvania. There are currently 425 players in the OHL. The OHL’s role in the community is unquestionable, both in terms of economic development, and charitable and community involvement.

The OHL’s primary goals are player protection, providing competition and coaching to advance our players in hockey as far as their talent and commitment allow, teaching players leadership skills and supporting their education to ensure success in life. Our teams are proud to provide our players with the top player experience both on and off the ice.

The hallmark of the player experience in the OHL is our Scholarship Program, which provides those players who have completed their time in the OHL a minimum of one year’s tuition, books and compulsory fees at a recognized university, college, trade school or career-enhancing program, for each year played in the league. The Program further provides that teams will pay for post-secondary tuition, books and compulsory fees for those players who are still playing in the league.

In the 2017-18 academic year, there were 321 OHL graduates using their scholarship at a cost to our teams of $3.125M. Of these 321 graduates 206 are playing on U SPORTS hockey teams. In addition this academic year our teams spent $475,000 on the Scholarship Program for current players.

There is a critical issue facing not just major junior hockey but all amateur and collegiate sports leagues, teams and players in Ontario and that is the status of amateur athletes. The CHL has been working with provincial governments across Canada and state governments in the US to confirm that our players are amateur athletes and not employees regulated by employment standards legislation.

Our players, together with their parents and with the support of player agents, enter and continue to play in the OHL clearly understanding that they are participating in amateur athletics.  Virtually all other jurisdictions in which CHL teams play have reviewed this issue and have already passed exemptions/clarifications. These jurisdictions include; Québec, New Brunswick, BC, Saskatchewan, Washington, Nova Scotia, Michigan, Manitoba and PEI.

The Commissioner and the Board of Governors of the OHL is calling on the Ontario Government to, as soon as possible, provide a clarification similar to those in the nine other jurisdictions.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact David Branch, OHL Commissioner.

Sincerely,

David Branch, Commissioner

Board of Governors, Ontario Hockey League

OHL Announces Academic Players of the Month for October

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the OHL Academic Players of the Month for October 2018, including Nick Wong of the Oshawa Generals, Jonah De Simone of the Niagara IceDogs, Isaac Langdon of the Kitchener Rangers and Colton Kammerer of the Sarnia Sting.

East Division: Oshawa Generals sophomore forward Nick Wong is the OHL East Division Academic Player of the Month for October. The 17-year-old native of Erin, Ont. has excelled in his studies at Maxwell Heights Secondary School, maintaining an 89% average in grade 12 University-level courses. “Nick is a very personable and dedicated individual,” said Generals academic advisor Tom Buchanan. “He’s very respectful and puts in a full effort for himself, his teachers, coaches and teammates.” Oshawa’s second round (38th overall) pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection, Wong has followed-up a 17-goal rookie campaign with five points (3-2–5) over 15 October contests. He is a graduate of the Mississauga Senators Minor Midget program.

Central Division: Niagara IceDogs rookie forward Jonah De Simone is the OHL Central Division Academic Player of the Month for October. The 16-year-old native of Richmond Hill, Ont. maintains a 94% average in grade 11 University-level Chemistry, American History and Accounting courses at Governor Simcoe Secondary School. “Jonah is an exceptional student who is focused on his academic studies,” said IceDogs academic advisor Tim Tope. “His teachers have been impressed with his maturity and insight during class discussions.” The fourth round (70th overall) pick of the 2018 OHL Priority Selection from the Mississauga Reps Minor Midgets, De Simone recently scored his first OHL goal on Oct. 24th against Peterborough. He has two goals through the first 13 games of his OHL career.

Midwest Division: Kitchener Rangers rookie centreman Isaac Langdon is the OHL Midwest Division Academic Player of the Month for October. The 16-year-old native of Belleville, Ont. is achieving high grades in his grade 11 studies at Grand River Collegiate in Kitchener. He’s currently studying University-level Math, Physics, Anthropology and Leadership. “Isaac’s teachers describe him as well-spoken, hard-working and diligent,” said Rangers academic advisor Dave Tennant. A second round (32nd overall) pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection from the Quinte Red Devils Minor Midgets, Langdon has four assists through his first 15 games of the season.

West Division: Sarnia Sting sophomore blueliner Colton Kammerer is the OHL West Division Academic Player of the Month for October. The recently-turned 17-year-old native of Brooklin, Ont. holds an 89% average in grade 12 University-level Math, Business Leadership and Accounting courses at Northern Collegiate in Sarnia. “Colton demonstrates a strong work ethic both on the ice and in the classroom,” stated Sting academic advisor Mark Scott. “He takes a lot of pride in his studies.” Kammerer has a pair of assists through 14 games this season. He had eight points (1-7–8) over 39 games last season after being Sarnia’s third round (52nd overall) pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection from the Whitby Wildcats Minor Midgets. Kammerer was also the West Division Academic Player of the Month in February 2018.

2018-19 OHL Academic Players of the Month:

East Division:
October – Nick Wong (Oshawa Generals)

Central Division:
October – Jonah De Simone (Niagara IceDogs)

Midwest Division:
October – Isaac Langdon (Kitchener Rangers)

West Division:
October – Colton Kammerer (Sarnia Sting)

Last season, the OHL Centrally Administered Scholarship Program facilitated scholarships for 321 OHL Alumni at 66 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 totaled more than $22 million.

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

Team Russia Roster Announced for 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League in association with the Russian Ice Hockey Federation today announced the roster for Team Russia that will compete in the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series which takes place November 5-15.

Canada Russia

A team of 23 Russian players including two goaltenders, nine defencemen, and 12 forwards will travel across Canada as part of the 16th annual series playing six games against CHL competition in preparation for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship taking place this season in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.

This year’s Team Russia includes 20 players born in 1999 and three born in 2000 and features five players with NHL affiliations.  Among those players is goaltender Daniil Tarasov who was chosen by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third round of the 2017 NHL Draft.  An additional four were 2018 picks including second rounder Alexander Romanov (Montreal Canadiens) and fifth rounder Daniil Zhuravlev (Colorado Avalanche) on defence, along with forwards Bulat Shafigullin (Los Angeles Kings) chosen in the third round, and Pavel Shen (Boston Bruins) selected in the seventh round.

An additional 10 Russian-born CHL players, all with NHL affiliations, will compete against their respective leagues headlined by Western Hockey League defenceman Alexander Alexeyev of the Red Deer Rebels who was chosen in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft by the Washington Capitals.  He’ll play in both games against Team WHL beginning November 5 in Kamloops followed by Game 2 on November 6 in Vancouver.  Ontario Hockey League goaltender Ivan Prosvetov (Arizona Coyotes) of the Saginaw Spirit will suit up for his home country in Game 3 of the series November 8 in Sarnia along with forwards Alexey Lipanov (Tampa Bay Lightning) of the Kitchener Rangers and Alexey Toropchenko (St. Louis Blues) of the Guelph Storm.  Edmonton Oilers prospects Kirill Maksimov of the Niagara IceDogs and defenceman Dmitri Samorukov of the Storm will dress in Sarnia and in Game 4 set for Oshawa on November 12.  Four Quebec Major Junior Hockey League players will compete November 13 in Sherbrooke and November 15 in Drummondville including Ivan Chekhovich (San Jose Sharks) of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, Alexander Khovanov (Minnesota Wild) of the Moncton Wildcats, Pavel Koltygin (Nashville Predators) of the Drummondville Voltigeurs), and Dmitry Zavgorodniy (Calgary Flames) of the Rimouski Oceanic.

Behind the bench for Team Russia is head coach Valery Bragin who is making his seventh series appearance and fifth straight.  His time with the Russian National Junior Team has led to five World Junior medals including 2011 gold in Buffalo, silver in Calgary (2012), Toronto (2015), and Finland (2016), along with bronze in Montreal (2017). 

Team Russia has captured three series victories including 2010, 2012, and 2014.

2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series – Team Russia:

Most recent club team listed in brackets

Goaltenders:
Pyotr Kochetkov (HK Ryazan) – VHL
Daniil Tarasov (Toros Neftekamsk) – VHL

Defencemen:
Vaniamin Baranov (MHK Dynamo Moscow) – MHL
Danila Galenyuk (SKA-Varyagi im. Morozova) – MHL
Evgeny Kalabushkin (SKA-1946 St. Petersburg) – MHL
Alexander Lyakhov (Tolpar Ufa) – MHL
Saveliy Olshansky (Zauralie Kurgan) – VHL
Alexander Romanov (CSKA Moscow) – KHL
Mark Rubinchik (Toros Neftekamsk) – VHL
Artyom Volkov (MHK Spartak Moscow) – MHL
Daniil Zhuravlev (Bars Kazan) – VHL

Forwards:
Aryom Galimov (Bars Kazan) – VHL
Evgeny Kanitsky (Metallurg Novokuznetsk) – VHL
Maxim Marushev (Bars Kazan) – VHL
Ivan Muranov (Dynamo Moscow) – KHL
Artyom Nikolaev (SKA-Neva St. Petersburg) – VHL
Bulat Shafigullin (Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk) – KHL
Nikita Shashkov (Sibir Novosibirsk) – KHL
Pavel Shen (Salavat Yulaev Ufa) – KHL
Kirill Slepets (Lada Togliatti) – VHL
Stepan Starkov (HK Sochi) – KHL
Vladislav Tsitsyura (SKA-1946 St. Petersburg) – MHL
Alexander Yaremchuk (Avangard Omsk) – KHL

WHL players on Team Russia:
Alexander Alexeyev (Red Deer Rebels)

OHL Players on Team Russia:
Alexey Lipanov (Kitchener Rangers) – playing in Sarnia only
Kirill Maksimov (Niagara IceDogs)
Ivan Prosvetov (Saginaw Spirit) – playing in Sarnia only
Dmitri Samorukov (Guelph Storm)
Alexey Toropchenko (Guelph Storm) – playing in Sarnia only

QMJHL Players on Team Russia:
Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Alexander Khovanov (Moncton Wildcats)
Pavel Koltygin (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
Dmitry Zavgorodniy (Rimouski Oceanic)

 

Staff:
Team Manager – Alexei Kochetkov
Head Coach – Valery Bragin
Assistant Coach – Yury Babenko
Assistant Coach – Alexander Boykov
Goalie Coach – Vladimir Kulikov
Strength and Conditioning Coach – Alexander Kofanov
Senior Manager – Oleg Shuliya
Video Coach – Vladislav Krutskikh
Video Coach  – Alexander Kadykov
Physician – Valery Egorov
Massage Therapist – Artem Timofeev
Equipment Manager – Alexander Rezepov
Media Manager – Petr Tereshchenkov

The 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series is supported by title sponsor CIBC, the Official Bank of the CHL, along with associate sponsors Kia Canada, Sherwin-Williams, Cooper Tires, and Kubota Canada.  All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series Schedule:
Game 1 – Monday November 5 at Kamloops, BC
Game 2 – Tuesday November 6 at Vancouver, BC
Game 3 – Thursday November 8 at Sarnia, ON
Game 4 – Monday November 12 at Oshawa, ON
Game 5 – Tuesday November 13 at Sherbrooke, QC
Game 6 – Thursday November 15 at Drummondville, QC

For event information including how to purchase tickets please visit http://chlcanadarussia.ca.

OHL Announces Top Performers of the Month for October

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Top OHL Performers of the Month for regular season games played in October 2018, including North Bay Battalion forward Justin Brazeau, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defenceman Mac Hollowell and Ottawa 67’s teammates Marco Rossi and Cedrick Andree.


OHL Player of the Month – Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion):


North Bay Battalion captain Justin Brazeau is the OHL Player of the Month for October after recording 26 points including 11 goals and 15 assists in 10 games. Brazeau’s month was headlined by a seven-point performance on Oct. 21st, helping the Battalion defeat the Kingston Frontenacs 8-3 on home ice with three goals and four assists. The seven points tied a franchise record set in 2006 and also helped Brazeau earn both CHL and OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week honours. The 6-foot-6 winger also had a five point outing with two goals and three assists in a 5-3 win over Flint on Oct. 12th. More recently he put up four points with a goal and three helpers in a 5-2 win over the Erie Otters on Oct. 27th. In total, Brazeau recorded points in eight of his 10 outings, coming away with multi-point totals in six of them. He earned first star honours three times, second star recognition twice and was named third star on one occasion.

A 20-year-old native of New Liskeard, Ont., Brazeau is currently in his fourth OHL season after being a 13th round pick by the Battalion in 2014. He enters November as the OHL’s scoring leader with 33 points (16-17–33) over 15 contests and is just six goals shy of becoming the Battalion’s new career goal-scoring leader during the franchise’s tenure in North Bay. Over 215 career regular season games he has found the back of the net 83 times, added 75 assists and put up 158 points. Brazeau attended training camp with the San Jose Sharks this past September.


OHL Defenceman of the Month – Mac Hollowell (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds):


Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Mac Hollowell of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds is the OHL Defenceman of the Month for October after leading all rearguards with 15 points over 13 games. Hollowell’s four goals and 11 assists helped the Greyhounds climb into the West Division lead, entering November with a record of 11-3-3-0. The overage blueliner had points in 11 of his 13 outings, wrapping up the month on a four-game trend. His October was headlined by a pair of three-point performances, first recording a goal and two assists in a 6-3 win over the Saginaw Spirit on Oct. 17th before picking up three assists two nights later in a 4-3 triumph over the Kingston Frontenacs. While Hollowell was effective offensively, he also played a big role in helping the Greyhounds rise to second on the OHL’s penalty killing rankings.

A 20-year-old native of Niagara Falls, Ont., Hollowell’s outstanding month of October came after he was returned to the OHL by the Toronto Maple Leafs, who selected him in the fourth round (118th overall) of the 2018 NHL Draft. The 5-foot-10, 163Ib. smooth-skating defender is in his fourth full OHL season and has appeared in 208 career regular season games, recording 22 goals, 99 assists and 121 points in the process. He was originally Sault Ste. Marie’s 12th round pick in 2014.


OHL Rookie of the Month – Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s):


After a sensational first month of his OHL career, Ottawa 67’s forward Marco Rossi is the OHL Rookie of the Month for October. The Austrian centreman recorded 16 points including nine goals and seven assists in 11 games to go with a league-high plus/minus rating of plus-18, helping the 67’s take the East Division lead with an overall record of 12-3-1-0. Rossi’s month included a pair of three-point performances, with the first including two goals and an assist in a 4-1 win over the Windsor Spitfires on Oct. 12th. He registered a goal and two assists in a 3-1 road win over the Mississauga Steelheads on Oct. 21st. Three of his nine goals were of the game-winning variety. Playing alongside veterans Tye Felhaber and Austen Keating, Rossi has been among the league’s top faceoff men, winning nearly 60% of his draws in the month of October.

A 17-year-old native of Feldkirch, Austria, Rossi has 18 points (9-9–18) through 16 games this season. The 18th overall pick of the 2018 CHL Import Draft, Rossi isn’t eligible for the NHL Draft until 2020. He spent last season with the Swiss Jr. A circuit’s GCK Lions where he put up 51 points (22-29–51) over 34 games.

 

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Vaughn OHL Goaltender of the Month – Cedrick Andree (Ottawa 67’s):


A perfect 8-0-0-0 month of October has earned Ottawa 67’s netminder Cedrick Andree Vaughn OHL Goaltender of the Month honours. Andree won all eight of his starts, recording a league-leading 1.72 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage in the process as the 67’s surged up the standings as well as the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings. The sophomore didn’t surrender more than three goals in any of his starts, with his best effort coming on Oct. 21st in Mississauga when he made 31 saves as the 67’s defeated the Steelheads 3-1. He limited the opposition to just one goal on three other occasions including a 4-1 win over Kingston on Oct. 10th, a 4-1 win over Windsor on Oct. 12th and a 2-1 overtime win over London on Oct. 26th.

An 18-year-old native of Orleans, Ont., Andree holds a 10-2-0-0 record, 2.59 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in this, his second OHL season. The 5-foot-10, 165Ib. goaltender appeared in 13 games with the 67’s last season after being the club’s 12th round pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection.


2018-19 OHL Performers of the Month:


Player of the Month:

October – Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)


Defenceman of the Month:

October – Mac Hollowell (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

Rookie of the Month:
October – Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s)


Vaughn Goaltender of the Month:

October – Cedrick Andree (Ottawa 67’s)