OHL This Week for Feb. 15-19, 2018

Toronto, ON – The Family Day long weekend is upon us which means an extra full day of Ontario Hockey League action this coming Monday.

Here’s a look at what’s been happening around the league this week.

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OHL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – HOCKEY DEVELOPMENT INTERN:

The Ontario Hockey League is now accepting applications for the position of Hockey Development Intern. This is an eight month paid internship under the Bill Hay Future Leaders Internship Program. Full Details

U SPORTS EDUCATING OHL PLAYERS ON LIFE AS STUDENT ATHLETES:

Throughout the 2017-18 season, OHL overage players have had the opportunity participate in a number of information sessions, better familiarizing them with their options as they pursue their career and academic goals. All graduates are able to compete for U SPORTS’ 35 men’s hockey programs spread across three conferences and receive their education paid for by utilizing the leagues’ Scholarship Programs, funded by OHL member clubs. 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. Learn more about the great opportunities awaiting OHL graduates in the U SPORTS Men’s Hockey circuit over at USPORTS.ca.

OHL MOURNS THE LOSS OF EARL MONTAGANO:

The Ontario Hockey League family is deeply saddened by the loss of Mr. Earl Montagano who passed away Monday after a battle with cancer at the age of 91. Montagano was a former owner of the Ottawa 67’s Hockey Club for 23 years alongside partner Howard Darwin. During his tenure in the OHL, Montagano served as Chairman of the Board and was a longtime member of the league’s Executive Council.  In 1989 his contributions to the game and to the league were recognized through the presentation of the prestigious Bill Long Award for distinguished service. Read more

GREYHOUNDS, STING, RANGERS AND BULLDOGS IN CHL TOP 10 RANKINGS:  

The Kitchener Rangers rise two spots in the 21st edition of the weekly CHL Top 10 Rankings. The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds hold steady in top spot while the Sarnia Sting remain at four and the Hamilton Bulldogs are the ninth-ranked team in the CHL. Kitchener and Hamilton both clinched spots in the 2018 OHL Playoffs this past week. Full Rankings

KNIGHTS’ LIAM FOUDY NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK:

Liam Foudy of the London Knights is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the week ending February 11 after scoring five goals and two assists for seven points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-9. Foudy produced a trio of multi-point performances that helped the Knights win three straight games to maintain their hold on fourth place in the Western Conference standings with a 29-20-2-2 record. Read more

WAWANESA OHL PLAYS OF THE WEEK:

The 20th edition of the Wawanesa OHL Plays of the Week for the 2017-18 season feature another collection of the league’s Top-5 goals scored in the week ending February 11. This week’s segment begins with a trio of players completing their hat-tricks in dramatic highlight reel fashion.  Dmitry Sokolov of the Barrie Colts tucks one under the bar, Mathew MacDougall of the Windsor Spitfires caps off the comeback he started with the overtime winner, and Gabriel Vilardi of the Kingston Frontenacs circles the zone and rips home his third.  Also featured in this week’s highlights are Riley Damiani of the Kitchener Rangers who steals one shorthanded, and Nikita Korostelev of the Peterborough Petes who lets his skill take over. Watch

VOTE NIKITA KOROSTELEV IN #CIBCSHOWDOWN:

Peterborough Petes forward Nikita Korostelev not only headlines the Wawanesa OHL Plays of the Week, but is also the OHL representative featured in this week’s #CIBCShowdown which showcases one great play from all three leagues allowing fans the opportunity to choose their favourite play. See all the plays and vote at chlshowdown.ca.

OHL GOALTENDERS BREAK HEARTS IN LATEST EDITION OF JANES SAVES:

Valentine’s Day love is in the air but OHL goaltenders are breaking hearts in the latest edition of #JanesSaves. This week features Mario Culina of the Kitchener Rangers, Christian Propp of the North Bay Battalion, Kaden Fulcher of the Hamilton Bulldogs, Colton Incze of the Niagara IceDogs, Jacob Ingham of the Mississauga Steelheads, Kyle Keyser of the Oshawa Generals, Olivier Lafreniere of the Owen Sound Attack, Michael DiPietro of the Windsor Spitfires, and Anand Oberoi of the Erie Otters. Watch

BABER, HENRY AND DUFF SCORE FIRST HIT CAREER MILESTONES:

Rookie forward Camaryn Baber of the Saginaw Spirit and Erie Otters defencemen Kurtis Henry and Jack Duff all scored their first career OHL goal this past week. Revisit those milestone moments here! Watch

OHL CUP POWERED BY UNDER ARMOUR TOP 10 RANKINGS RELEASED:

The 13th edition of the weekly Top 10 rankings sees the OMHA’s York-Simcoe Express and Barrie Colts both on the rise after winning their respective first round playoff series. The Express eliminated the Richmond Hill Coyotes in three straight games while the Colts prevailed in a sweep of the North Central Predators. The Toronto Marlboros remain the top-ranked team in the province this week. Full Rankings

This week’s Road to the OHL Cup instalment takes a closer look at what’s happening in the ALLIANCE circuit. Read more at ohlcup.ca.

STING’S FAZIO SETS NEW FRANCHISE SINGLE-SEASON WINS RECORD:

With his 30th win of the season on Saturday, Sarnia Sting netminder Justin Fazio set a new franchise mark for most single-season victories by a goaltender. Fazio turned aside 37 shots to backstop the Sting to a 5-4 overtime win over the visiting Niagara IceDogs at Progressive Auto Sales Arena. His 30th wins surpasses the previous mark of 29 set by Dan Spence during the 2008-09 season. Read more

MITCH ELIOT COMMITS TO STING:

The Sarnia Sting have received a commitment from 20-year-old former 11th round pick Mitch Eliot. Eliot was in the midst of his sophomore season with the Michigan State Spartans and played two seasons with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL prior to that. He has also played on the International stage serving as the Team USA Captain at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Read more

GREYHOUNDS’ HAYTON FEATURED ON LATEST EDITION OF JUNIOR HOCKEY MAGAZINE:

2018 NHL Draft prospect Barrett Hayton of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds is featured on the latest edition of Mastercard Junior Hockey Magazine with Adam Scully. A solid two-way forward drawing comparisons to Patrice Bergeron, Hayton shares his experience with the CHL’s top-ranked Greyhounds this season. Listen

GREYHOUNDS, FROST, NYMAN INCLUDED IN TOP STREAKS FROM ACROSS CHL:

Sportsnet’s Sam Cosentino took the opportunity to get a closer look at some of the top streaks from across the CHL this season. Included are Morgan Frost’s 20-game point streak, Linus Nyman’s 18-game road point streak and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds’ 29-game point streak. Get the full read at sportsnet.ca.

SPORTSNET CHL ACTION FEATURES MOOSE JAW AT REGINA ON SUNDAY:

The 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup host Regina Pats take on the CHL’s second-ranked Moose Jaw Warriors for a special Sunday edition of the CHL on Sportsnet. The Pats continue to hold down top spot in the Eastern Conference Wild Card race while the Warriors continue to lead the East Division on a current four-game winning streak. RJ Broadhead and Sam Cosentino provide the call at 3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT on Sportsnet.

COMMUNITY CORNER:

CMHA Talk Today Night in three OHL cities: The OHL, in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association and Teachers Life are teaming up to raise awareness about the importance of mental health during games throughout the month of February. All 20 OHL teams are hosting a Talk Today awareness game with the support of their local CMHA Ontario Branch. This week, the CMHA visits Windsor on Thursday, Sudbury on Friday and Sault Ste. Marie on Saturday. Full details

Grain Farmers of Ontario visiting four OHL venues: Grain Farmers of Ontario are coming to four OHL rinks this week, making stops in North Bay on Thursday, Guelph and Kingston on Friday and Owen Sound on Saturday. The Good in Every Grain team has a surprise for kids in attendance. Keep an eye out for them this weekend! For more details visit goodineverygrain.ca.

Generals get a visit from Animal Guardian Society: For Valentine’s Day 2018, the Gens decided to show some love to our furry friends from Animal Guardian Society. Animal Guardian visited the Tribute Communities Centre with newly rescued puppies from a reserve in Manitoba who are all up for adoption or who will be up for adoption soon. For a closer look at the visit with Generals players, visit oshawagenerals.com.

Firebirds host Flint Tropics Night on Saturday: It’s Flint Tropics Night on Saturday. Inspired by the movie “Semi-Pro” starring Will Ferrell, the Firebirds will be wearing special themed jerseys, pants and socks throughout the game that are sure to impress everyone in attendance. Immediately following the game, there will be a live jersey auction, giving fans an opportunity to take home the game-worn Flint Tropics jersey of their choice. Proceeds will be donated to the Firebirds Charitable Foundation which benefits local youth organizations throughout Flint, Genesee County and Mid-Michigan. Read more at flintfirebirds.com.

Wolves host Superhero Night on Saturday: The Sudbury Wolves will don special Superhero themed jerseys for the third season in a row in support of local children’s charities. Saturday February 17th when the Wolves host the Hamilton Bulldogs at 7:05pm, the Wolves will wear Incredible Hulk themed jerseys which will be auctioned off throughout the game with proceeds going to Camp Quality Northern Ontario. Visit sudburywolves.com for more details.

Spitfires host Mickey Renaud Night on Sunday: The Windsor Spitfires salute former captain Mickey Renaud on Sunday afternoon against the Flint Firebirds. The game marks the 10th anniversary of Renaud’s sudden passing on February 18, 2008. The Spitfires will be donating $5 from each ticket sold to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Skate with the Storm on Family Day: The Guelph Storm host their annual Family Day tradition, inviting fans to skate with the team following Monday’s matinee against the Erie Otters. For full details visit guelphstorm.com.

Steelheads host ‘Family Day for United Way’: The Mississauga Steelheads are raising money for United Way of Peel at their Family Day Game on Monday. For just $15, fans will receive a ticket to the Family Day game on Monday February 19, and a limited-edition Steelheads t-shirt! Thanks to the generosity of our partners, the entire $15 will benefit United Way of Peel Region. Get more info at mississaugasteelheads.com.

Frontenacs fight cancer on Family Day: The Kingston Frontenac are teaming up with the Canadian Cancer Society on Family Day to host a Hockey Fights Cancer Game at home to the Barrie Colts.

ALUMNI NOTES:

31 OHL grads in action at 2018 Winter Olympics: A total of 31 OHL graduates are representing their respective countries at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Eleven of the twelve nations competing include at least one OHL graduate on their roster with Canada leading the way with six. Read more

Tavares records 600th NHL point: Scoring the lone goal in Tuesday’s 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, OHL graduate John Tavares recorded his 600th career NHL point. The 27-year-old has 29 goals, 34 assists and 63 points in 58 games with the New York Islanders this season and a total of 264 goals and 336 assists over 645 career regular season contests. The first overall pick of the 2009 NHL Draft, Tavares is currently in his ninth NHL season after a standout four-year OHL career between the Oshawa Generals and London Knights from 2005-09.

Chappell, Ling, Peroff, Van Laren featured as OHL Alumni of the Month: The OHL Alumni Association is pleased to continue the OHL Alumni of the Month program again this season. This five part web series is designed to recognize former players from all 20 member clubs achieving success in the corporate, business, or professional world. The first edition for the 2017-18 season includes Chris Chappell (Saginaw Spirit), Chris Van Laren (Guelph Storm), David Ling (Kingston Frontenacs), and Ken Peroff (Brampton Battalion). Read more

Peterborough products Swift and Young representing South Korea at Olympics: OHL graduates Michael Swift (Mississauga IceDogs), Bryan Young (Peterborough Petes) and Eric Regan (Oshawa Generals) are representing South Korea at the 2018 Winter Olympics now underway in PyeongChang. The two second cousins played minor hockey together throughout childhood. Visit gopetesgo.com for a closer look at the two liftlock lads.

Cramarossa dealt to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: OHL graduate Joseph Cramarossa is on the move after the AHL’s Stockton Heat dealt him the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Wednesday. A fifth-year pro, Cramarossa has 10 points (3-7–10) in 37 games with Stockton this season and is a 201-game AHL veteran. The 25-year-old Toronto native played in 59 NHL games with Anaheim and Vancouver last season. He played four OHL seasons between Mississauga and Belleville from 2009-13, recording 138 points (51-87–138) over 235 regular season games.

U SPORTS Men’s Hockey Playoffs get underway: OHL grads in both the OUA and AUS Men’s Hockey ranks are embarking on postseason play this week. In the OUA, Cody Thompson (Mississauga Steelheads) and Scott Simmonds (Belleville Bulls) helped guide the Guelph Gryphons to a first place finish in the West Division while Michael Cramarossa (Hamilton Bulldogs) and Nathan Chiarlitti (Owen Sound Attack) guided the McGill Redmen to the top of the East Division. Moving eastward, Niagara IceDogs graduate Stephen Harper led the AUS in scoring with 46 points (14-32–46). Kris Bennett (Saginaw Spirit) and the UNB Varsity Reds finished in first place with a record of 24-2-4.

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Mississauga Steelheads (24-27-0-2) vs. Peterborough Petes (19-29-3-3) Thursday February 15th at Peterborough

The battle for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference heats up on Thursday in Peterborough as the Petes look to make good on a golden opportunity to bring themselves closer to contention.

Entering action six points back of eighth place Mississauga, the Petes have an opportunity to go head-to-head with the Steelheads and reverse a run of recent struggles.

Leading scorer Nikita Korostelev has produced steadily for Peterborough while Logan DeNoble and Pavel Gogolev join him in the 20+ goal category.

The Steelheads have received an offensive boost from Mathieu Foget, who has 22 points in 16 games since joining Mississauga. Blueliner Nicolas Hague leads the team in scoring with 28 goals, 31 assists and 59 points in 58 games.

Niagara IceDogs (26-19-5-3) vs. Barrie Colts (32-19-2-1) Saturday February 17th at Barrie

The Barrie Colts are widening the gap on their Central Division lead, but the Niagara IceDogs have a chance to trim that down on Saturday in Barrie.

The Colts have won seven of their last 10 with Aaron Luchuk and Andrei Svechnikov both on lengthy point streaks. The Eastern Conference’s leading offence has benefitted from the addition of Russian shooter Dmitry Sokolov who has 15 goals in 15 games as a Colt.

Niagara has cooled off of late, losing seven straight games entering the weekend. Overage addition Sam Miletic leads the team in scoring and has 22 points (12-10–22) in 15 games since being acquired from the London Knights. Edmonton Oilers prospect Kirill Maksimov has points in nine of his last 10 games.

SCHEDULE:

Thursday February 15: Oshawa at North Bay – 7:00pm

Mississauga at Peterborough – 7:05pm

Barrie at Windsor – 7:05pm

Friday February 16:

Peterborough at Kingston – 7:00pm

Owen Sound at Niagara – 7:00pm

Sarnia at Saginaw – 7:05pm

Oshawa at Sudbury – 7:05pm

Hamilton at Sault Ste. Marie – 7:07pm

Ottawa at Guelph – 7:30pm

Kitchener at London – 7:30pm

Saturday February 17:

London at Erie – 7:00pm Saginaw at Flint – 7:00pm

Hamilton at Sudbury – 7:05pm

Sarnia at Sault Ste. Marie – 7:07pm

Niagara at Barrie – 7:30pm

Ottawa at Owen Sound – 7:30pm

Sunday February 18:

Kitchener at Kingston – 2:00pm

Mississauga at North Bay – 2:00pm

Flint at Windsor – 2:05pm

Guelph at Erie – 5:00pm

Moose Jaw at Regina – 3:00pm (CHL on Sportsnet)

Monday February 19:

Erie at Guelph – 2:00pm

Owen Sound at Hamilton – 2:00pm

Barrie at Kingston – 2:00pm

Windsor at London – 2:00pm

Flint at Mississauga – 2:00pm

Kitchener at Ottawa – 2:00pm

North Bay at Oshawa – 2:05pm

Niagara at Peterborough – 2:05pm

Saginaw at Sarnia – 2:05pm

Be sure to catch all of this weekend’s action at ohllive.com.

 

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OHL This Week for Feb. 8-11, 2018

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Toronto, ON – February continues with only six more weekends left to play in the Ontario Hockey League regular season.

Here’s a look at what’s been happening around the league this week.

31 OHL GRADUATES PREPARE FOR 2018 WINTER OLYMPICS: 

31 OHL graduates from across the globe will represent their respective countries at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea when men’s hockey action gets underway on Wednesday February 14th. Team Canada leads the way with six OHL grads on the roster. Read more

GREYHOUNDS, STING, RANGERS AND BULLDOGS IN CHL TOP 10 RANKINGS:  

The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds continue to hold down top spot in the 20th edition of the CHL Top 10 Rankings. The fourth-ranked Sarnia Sting, eight-ranked Kitchener Rangers and ninth-ranked Hamilton Bulldogs are also included. Full Rankings

GENERALS’ KENNY HUETHER NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK:

Kenny Huether of the Oshawa Generals is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the week ending February 4 after scoring three goals and four assists for seven points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-5. Huether produced a pair of multi-point performances that helped the Generals finish the weekend with two straight victories climbing into a tie for fifth in the Eastern Conference standings with a 25-23-3-0 record. Read more

WAWANESA OHL PLAYS OF THE WEEK:

The 19th edition of the Wawanesa OHL Plays of the Week for the 2017-18 season feature another collection of the league’s Top-5 goals scored in the week ending February 4. This week’s highlights include some slick passing by Oshawa Generals Domenico Commisso and Kenny Huether to Matt Brassard, the Mississauga Steelheads duo of Albert Michnac to Cole Carter, and a pair of Kingston Frontenacs connect with Gabriel Vilardi to Linus Nyman.  Aidan Dudas of the Owen Sound Attack makes the highlights a second straight week with another filthy toe-drag, and top NHL Draft prospect Andrei Svechnikov of the Barrie Colts drives the net and puts it under the bar to headline the list. Watch

VOTE ANDREI SVECHNIKOV IN #CIBCSHOWDOWN:

Barrie Colts forward Andrei Svechnikov not only headlines the Wawanesa OHL Plays of the Week, but is also the OHL representative featured in this week’s #CIBCShowdown which showcases one great play from all three leagues allowing fans the opportunity to choose their favourite play. See all the plays and vote at chlshowdown.ca.

GOALTENDERS IN FINE FORM IN FEBRUARY’S FIRST EDITION OF JANES SAVES:

OHL goaltenders in fine form featured inside February’s first edition of #JanesSaves. This week features Christian Propp of the North Bay Battalion, Leo Lazarev of the Barrie Colts, Aidan Hughes and Justin Fazio of the Sarnia Sting, Jacob Ingham of the Mississauga Steelheads, Michael DiPietro of the Windsor Spitfires, Joseph Raaymakers of the London Knights, Luke Cavallin of the Flint Firebirds, Mario Culina of the Kitchener Rangers, Colton Incze of the Niagara IceDogs, and Evan Cormier of the Saginaw Spirit. Watch

CHIBRIKOV AND GOLDEN ENJOY MILESTONE MOMENTS:

Defencemen Igor Chibrikov of the Owen Sound Attack and Jacob Golden of the London Knights both scored their first career OHL goals this past weekend. Revisit those milestone moments here! Watch

OHL CUP POWERED BY UNDER ARMOUR TOP 10 RANKINGS RELEASED:

Two more teams have clinched spots at the 2018 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour as the Mississauga Reps and Vaughan Kings advanced to the final four of the GTHL’s playoffs. The Reps rise one spot this week, taking a 4-2 series lead in points over the fifth-ranked Toronto Jr. Canadiens in their second round series. The OMHA’s Barrie Colts return to the Top-10 in the ninth spot, holding a 4-0 series lead in points on the North Central Predators in their first round playoff series. Full Rankings

The 2018 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour is a little over a month away. With playoffs underway across the province, we begin our weekly look at teams on their journey to secure their spot at the annual showcase. This week we take a look at the GTHL. Read more at ohlcup.ca.

STING CLINCHES PLAYOFF SPOT:

The Sarnia Sting became the OHL’s second team to clinch a playoff spot, doing so before a national audience on Sportsnet Saturday afternoon. The Sting defeated the London Knights 5-1 in the CHL Saturday Showcase and joined the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in punching their ticket to the 2018 OHL Playoffs. Full standings

8 OHL PLAYERS ON FEBRUARY SPORTSNET NHL DRAFT RANKINGS:

A total of eight OHL players are included in the latest NHL Draft Rankings from Sportsnet’s Sam Cosentino. Included in the top 31 are Andrei Svechnikov (3, Barrie Colts), Evan Bouchard (8, London Knights), Barrett Hayton (10, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds), Serron Noel (20, Oshawa Generals), Ryan McLeod (23, Mississauga Steelheads), Rasmus Sandin (24, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds), Akil Thomas (28, Niagara IceDogs) and Ryan Merkley (30, Guelph Storm). Additionally, Allan McShane (Oshawa Generals), Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s) and Sean Durzi (Owen Sound Attack) were considered honourable mentions for the list. Get the full list at sportsnet.ca.

KNIGHTS’ BOUCHARD FEATURED ON LATEST EDITION OF JUNIOR HOCKEY MAGAZINE:

Draft eligible London Knights defenceman Evan Bouchard is the featured guest on the latest edition of Mastercard Junior Hockey Magazine with Gino Reda. The MVP of the 2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game sits down and shares about his season. Listen

SPORTSNET CHL SATURDAY SHOWCASE FEATURES WHL BATTLE IN ALBERTA:

The CHL Saturday Showcase heads west this weekend as the Red Deer Rebels visit the Edmonton Oil Kings on Sportsnet at 3:30pm ET/12:30 pm PT. RJ Broadhead and Sam Cosentino bring fans all of the action from coast-to-coast. Preview

2018 MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP TICKETS ON SALE TO PUBLIC:

The 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup Host Organizing Committee, together with the Canadian Hockey League, is pleased to announce that ticket packages for the 100th anniversary Mastercard Memorial Cup championship are now available to the public. For more information visit mastercardmemorialcup.ca.

OHL MOURNS THE LOSS OF DOUG ANDERSON:

Long time Rogers TV volunteer Doug Anderson, best known for calling play-by-play for the Battalion during their 15-year tenure in Brampton, sadly passed away last week.  Doug was dedicated to broadcasting and served as a mentor for many aspiring in the field and had a love and passion for the OHL.  More

COMMUNITY CORNER:

CMHA Talk Today Night in five OHL cities: The OHL, in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association and Teachers Life are teaming up to raise awareness about the importance of mental health during games throughout the month of February. All 20 OHL teams are hosting a Talk Today awareness game with the support of their local CMHA Ontario Branch. This week, the CMHA visits  Oshawa on Wednesday, North Bay on Thursday, Barrie and Saginaw on Saturday and Sarnia on Sunday. Full details

Grain Farmers of Ontario visiting four OHL venues: Grain Farmers of Ontario are coming to four OHL rinks this week, making stops in Peterborough and Niagara on Thursday, Kitchener on Friday and Windsor on Sunday. The Good in Every Grain team has a surprise for kids in attendance. Keep an eye out for them this weekend! For more details visit goodineverygrain.ca.

Petes raise $83,578 at ninth annual Pink in the Rink Game: The Peterborough Petes, in association with the Canadian Cancer Society, are pleased to announce that the 2018 Pink in the Rink campaign raised $83,578.64, bringing the nine-year total to over $611,000. Read more

Wolves spend weekend in the community: The Sudbury Wolves enjoyed an eventful weekend in the community, lacing up the skates for some pond hockey, a Meet the Wolves autograph session, cooking demonstration and some practice time with a local minor hockey team. Get the full story at sudburywolves.com.

Battalion salute Centennials on Thursday: The North Bay Battalion will don Centennials black and gold this coming Thursday when they play host to the Flint Firebirds. The game is also CMHA Talk Today Night at the Memorial Gardens.

Fronts host Pink Shirt Day Game on Friday: The Kingston Frontenacs are teaming up with the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston. The Frontenacs are helping spread the word on bullying awareness and are encouraging everyone to #BEKINDer.

London goes green on Friday: The Spectra Venue Management team at Budweiser Gardens will launch its first ‘Green’ event when the London Knights face off against the Sudbury Wolves on Friday. A number of green initiatives will be implemented on Friday including free transit on city buses with the presentation of a game ticket as well as Knights goaltenders contributing to a ‘Saves for Trees’ program. For full details visit londonknights.com.

67’s honour fifth decade on Saturday: The Ottawa 67’s celebrate the fifth and most recent decade of franchise history this coming Saturday when they play host to the Oshawa Generals. The 67’s will welcome various alumni from 2007-17 back to TD Place and unveil the final piece of the Brian Kilrea Legacy Wall. For more details visit ottawa67s.com.

Bulldogs host You Can Play Game on Saturday: The Hamilton Bulldogs host the Kitchener Rangers in a game supporting You Can Play on Saturday. $2 from every ticket purchased will be donated to the You Can Play Project, an initiative working to improve equality in sport.

100th Mastercard Memorial Cup Tour visits Sarnia: The CHL’s 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup celebrations continued this past week in Sarnia, the eleventh stop on a season long tour visiting 17 CHL communities in eight different provinces. The trophy visited some of the city’s finest at Sarnia Police and Fire Departments, and also spent time at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 62, Pathways Health Centre for Children, and Bluewater Health where the cup was reunited with 1990 champion Dr Jean-Paul Davis who won as a player with the Oshawa Generals. Read more at mastercardmemorialcup.ca.

ALUMNI NOTES:

McDavid enjoys four-goal night: Erie Otters graduate Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers netted four goals and an assist on Monday, helping the Oilers defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2. McDavid becomes the third NHL player to score four goals in a game this season, becoming the second-youngest player in Oilers history to do it after all-time great Wayne Gretzky. His five points against the Lightning now give him at least one point against all 30 NHL clubs. He becomes the first Oiler to have multiple hat-tricks in one season Ryan Smyth back in 2000-01. McDavid spent three seasons in an Otters uniform from 2012-15, earning both OHL Rookie of the Year as well as CHL  Player of the Year honours during his tenure.

Abraham sets Queen’s scoring record for defencemen: Queen’s University defenceman Spencer Abraham made history on Saturday, recording his 98th career point, the most ever by a defenceman in the history of the program. Abraham had two assists, feeding fellow OHL graduate Slater Doggett on the game-tying goal with one second left in regulation before the Gaels went on to win 4-3 in overtime. A fourth-year veteran, Abraham has 21 goals and 77 assists over 98 career games. He has represented U SPORTS against Canadian National Junior Team hopefuls and attended Development Camp with the Florida Panthers last summer. He played four seasons between Brampton and Erie from 2010-14.

Doggett named OUA and U SPORTS Male Athlete of the Week: Queen’s University forward Slater Doggett has been named the OUA and U SPORTS Male Athlete of the Week after he recorded four goals over two games. Doggett helped Queen’s defeat RMC in the Carr-Harris Cup with a pair of goals before playing the hero on Saturday in a 4-3 victory over Carleton. Doggett tied the score at three with one second left in regulation before netting the overtime winner. The Windsor Spitfires graduate has 17 goals, 15 assists and 32 points in 26 games with the Gaels this season. He played three OHL seasons with the Kingston Frontenacs and Spitfires from 2012-15.

Parsons earns first AHL win: London Knights graduate Tyler Parsons earned his first career AHL win with the Stockton Heat on Saturday, making 32 saves against the San Jose Barracuda. A 20-year-old native of Chesterfield, Mich., Parsons was a 2016 Mastercard Memorial Cup champion with the London Knights, playing three seasons in green and gold from 2014-17 while being chosen by Calgary in the second round of the 2016 NHL Draft. He’s 11-9-0 with a 2.97 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage in 22 games with the ECHL’s Kansas City Mavericks this season.

Pasquale dealt to Lightning: Saginaw Spirit graduate Edward Pasquale was dealt by the Edmonton Oilers to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday and will join the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch. In 16 games with the Bakersfield Condors this season, Pasquale played to a 6-5-0 mark with a 2.60 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. The 27-year-old from Toronto, Ont. is in his seventh professional season after a four-year OHL tenure between Belleville and Saginaw from 2006-10.

Leslie traded to Golden Knights: Guelph Storm graduate Zac Leslie has been traded by the Los Angeles Kings to the Vegas Golden Knights. The 24-year-old Leslie had five points (1-4–5) in 24 games with the AHL’s Ontario Reign this season. Now in his third pro season, Leslie hoisted the J. Ross Robertson Cup as an OHL Champion with the Guelph Storm in 2014. He played four seasons in Guelph from 2011-15.

Carkner moves into coaching role: Peterborough Petes graduate Matt Carkner has moved behind the bench with the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers after retiring from the game as a member of the club in 2016. An assistant coach, Carkner is handling analytics, video prep, doing individual work with players, and is providing support on the defensive side. A 237-game NHL veteran, Carkner was an imposing presence on the Peterborough Petes blue line from 1997-2001. His pro playing career spanned 15 years. Learn more about his transition to coaching at theahl.com.

KEY MATCHUPS:

Saginaw Spirit (25-19-6-0) at Guelph Storm (25-21-1-3) Friday February 9th at Guelph

Two Western Conference teams separated by just two points meet in Guelph on Friday as the Storm and visiting Saginaw Spirit jockey for playoff positions.

The Spirit hold a two-point edge on the Storm entering weekend action. Guelph has won the prior two meetings between the two clubs, with a pair of encounters left on the schedule.

Saginaw has been without the services of injured Brady Gilmour the past few weeks, but continued production from overage blueliner Marcus Crawford, 24-goal scorer Cole Coskey and veteran forward Mason Kohn have helped keep the momentum going forward. The Spirit have won four of their last 10 but have managed at least a point in seven of those games.

The Storm will be without suspended blueliner Ryan Merkley this weekend and will look to other defencemen in Owen Lalonde and Dmitri Samorukov for increased minutes. Draft eligible forward Cam Hills has points in five of the last six games while Philadelphia Flyers prospect Isaac Ratcliffe leads the team with 28 goals.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (43-5-2-1) at Hamilton Bulldogs (33-12-3-3) Sunday February 11th at Hamilton

It’s a best-on-best showdown as the Western Conference leading Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds visit the Eastern Conference leading Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon.

The Hounds have shown no sign of slowing down, entering a weekend road trip as winners of six straight. Top scorer Morgan Frost enters action with points in seven straight games as the Greyhounds and their contingent of eight different 40+ point scorers continue to come at opponents from all angles.

The Bulldogs are led in scoring by 30-goal man Brandon Saigeon followed closely by Montreal Canadiens prospect Will Bitten. They’ll be without the services of suspended forward Robert Thomas this weekend.

This marks the first meeting between the two clubs this season. Regardless of the outcome there’ll be a quick turnaround as the Bulldogs head north to Sault Ste. Marie next Friday.

SCHEDULE:

Thursday February 8: Barrie 5 at Hamilton 1 – Highlights Sault Ste. Marie at Niagara – 7:00pm Flint at North Bay – 7:00pm Owen Sound at Peterborough – 7:05pm Guelph at Windsor – 7:05pm

Friday February 9: Owen Sound at Kingston – 7:00pm Barrie at Mississauga – 7:00pm Flint at Sudbury – 7:05pm Saginaw at Guelph – 7:30pm Sarnia at Kitchener – 7:30pm Erie at London – 7:30pm

Saturday February 10: Oshawa at Ottawa – 2:00pm Kitchener at Hamilton – 4:00pm Sault Ste. Marie at Erie – 7:00pm Sudbury at London – 7:00pm North Bay at Peterborough – 7:05pm Windsor at Saginaw – 7:05pm Niagara at Sarnia – 7:05pm Flint at Barrie – 7:30pm Red Deer at Edmonton – 3:30pm (Sportsnet CHL Saturday Showcase)

Sunday February 11: Mississauga at Erie – 2:00pm London at Guelph – 2:00pm Sault Ste. Marie at Hamilton – 2:00pm North Bay at Kingston – 2:00pm Owen Sound at Ottawa – 2:00pm Sudbury at Sarnia – 2:05pm Niagara at Windsor – 2:05pm Peterborough at Oshawa – 6:05pm

Be sure to catch all of this weekend’s action at ohllive.com.

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

Mississauga Reps and Vaughan Kings next to officially qualify

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the twelfth 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.

OHL Cup

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.

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 12

RANK TEAM LEAGUE LAST WEEK WEEKS RANKED
1 Toronto Marlboros* GTHL 1 12
2 Oakville Rangers OMHA 2 12
3 Mississauga Reps* GTHL 4 12
4 Vaughan Kings* GTHL 3 12
5 Toronto Jr. Canadiens* GTHL 5 6
6 Detroit Little Caesars U15 USA 6 12
7 Don Mills Flyers GTHL 7 12
8 York-Simcoe Express OMHA 8 10
9 Barrie Colts OMHA 8
10 Cambridge Hawks ALLIANCE 9 9
   
  Honourable Mention:  
  Peterborough Petes OMHA 4
  Guelph Gryphons OMHA 1
  Niagara North Stars OMHA 10 10

Two more teams have clinched spots at the 2018 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour as the Mississauga Reps and Vaughan Kings advanced to the final four of the GTHL’s playoffs. The Reps rise one spot this week, taking a 4-0 series lead in points over the fifth-ranked Toronto Jr. Canadiens in their second round series. The OMHA’s Barrie Colts return to the Top-10 in the ninth spot, holding a 4-0 series lead in points on the North Central Predators in their first round playoff series. 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.

OHL Writers Draft Eligible Player of the Month for January

Barrie Colts’ Andrei Svechnikov is our draft eligible player of the month for January.

Svechnikov had a dominant offensive performance for the Colts posting 9 goals and 8 assists in 11 games in January. He was held off the score sheet just once, on January 13 versus the North Bay Battalion. Seven of his remaining ten games were multi-point games. He was named the OHL Rookie of the Month for January.

Andrei Svechnikovof the Barrie Colts. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Andrei Svechnikov of the Barrie Colts. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Heading into the season, Svechnikov was a consensus top-two pick for the 2018 National Hockey League draft. More recently, it’s almost assured that Sweden’s Rasmus Dahlin will be the first player selected, while Filip Zadina (Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL) is challenging Svechnikov to go second.

Svechnikov missed almost two months with a wrist injury. Prior to his injury, he was second in the Ontario Hockey League with 10 goals in 10 games. Despite playing in 20 fewer games, he still leads all draft eligible players in goals with 23 at the end of January (27 games played) and is among the top 10 in points. He sits second next to fellow draft eligible Serron Noel of the Oshawa Generals in shooting percentage at 22.3% on 23 goals on 103 shots.

Also considered was Mississauga Steelheads’ Ryan McLeod who had 7 goals and 8 assists in 10 games. Evan Bouchard of the London Knights was also given consideration after posting 3 goals and 11 assists in 11 OHL games and tying the NHL/CHL Top Prospects Game record with 4 assists and being named player of the game. Akil Thomas was also considered after posting 3 goals and 14 assists in 12 games.

Player of the Month

Andrei Svechnikov – Barrie Colts (January)

Evan Bouchard – London Knights (December)

Evan Bouchard – London Knights (November)

Brady Hinz – Sarnia Sting (October)

Matthew Struthers – Owen Sound Attack (September)

OHL Academic Players of the Month for January

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the OHL Academic Players of the Month for January 2018, including Jakob Brahaney of the Kingston Frontenacs, Travis Mailhot of the North Bay Battalion, Tag Bertuzzi of the Guelph Storm, and Damien Giroux of the Saginaw Spirit.

East Division: Kingston Frontenacs blueliner Jakob Brahaney is the OHL East Division Academic Player of the Month for January. The 18-year-old native of Campbellford, Ont. has maintained high academic standing in the Bachelor of Business Administration program at St. Lawrence College. “Jakob’s dedication to academics mirrors his success on the ice,” said Frontenacs academic advisor Mike Hamilton. “He has a reputation with coaches and teachers as being a committed, hard-working individual on and off the ice.” Kingston’s second round pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection, Brahaney leads the Frontenacs with a plus-minus rating of plus-30 this season, collecting 20 points (4-16–20) in 47 games.


Central Division: 
North Bay Battalion defenceman Travis Mailhot is the OHL Central Division Academic Player of the Month for January. The 18-year-old native of Caledon East, Ont. holds an 86% average in Grade 12 university-level Law, International Business and Co-op courses at Chippewa Secondary School. “Travis is a very consciencious student who is a hard worker and good role model in class,” noted Battalion academic advisor Colleen Point. The 6-foot-5, 210Ib. former fifth round pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection has appeared in 15 games with the Troops this season. 


Midwest Division: 
Guelph Storm rookie forward Tag Bertuzzi is the OHL Midwest Division Academic Player of the Month for January. The 16-year-old native of Vancouver, BC has maintained an 80% average in Grade 11 university-level English and Accounting courses at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School. “Tag’s respectful and positive attitude make him a pleasure to teach,” said Storm academic advisor Colleen Driscoll. “His ability to balance his academic and hockey commitments is a direct result of his work ethic and determination.” The second overall pick of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection, Bertuzzi has eight points (3-5–8) in 33 games this season. He represented Team Canada Black at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.


West Division: 
Saginaw Spirit sophomore forward Damien Giroux is the OHL West Division Academic Player of the Month for January. The 17-year-old native of Hanmer, Ont. holds a 96% average in Grade 12 Mathematics, Chemistry, English and French courses at Heritage High School. “Damien is an exceptional young man and a pleasure to know,” said Spirit academic advisor Pam Moretuzzo. “He is polite, responsible, honest, hard-working and a role model for others.” Saginaw’s third round pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection, Giroux has 33 points (15-18–33) in 48 games this season.


2017-18 OHL Academic Players of the Month:


East Division:

January – Jakob Brahaney (Kingston Frontenacs)
December – Jake Murray (Hamilton Bulldogs)
November – Chad Denault (Peterborough Petes)
October – Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s)


Central Division:
January – Travis Mailhot (North Bay Battalion)
December – Kai Edmonds (Barrie Colts)
November – Isaac Walker (Mississauga Steelheads)
October – Blake McConville (Sudbury Wolves)


Midwest Division:
January – Tag Bertuzzi (Guelph Storm)
December – Alex Gritz (Erie Otters)
November – Aidan Dudas (Owen Sound Attack)
October – Billy Moskal (London Knights)


West Division:
January – Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
December – Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds)
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 January

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Top OHL Performers of the Month for regular season games played in January 2018, including Niagara IceDogs forward Sam Miletic, Mississauga Steelheads defenceman Nicolas Hague, Barrie Colts rookie Andrei Svechnikov and Kitchener Rangers netminder Mario Culina.

OHL Player of the Month – Sam Miletic (Niagara IceDogs):

Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Sam Miletic of the Niagara IceDogs is the OHL Player of the Month for January after leading all players with 25 points including 12 goals, 13 assists over 13 games with a plus/minus rating of plus-7. Acquired by the IceDogs early in the month, Miletic recorded 15 of his 25 points with his new club including a four-point effort on Jan. 26th against Sarnia, completing a hat-trick on the overtime winner. He had a total of seven multi-point efforts including two-goal outings on Jan. 7th with the London Knights against the North Bay Battalion as well as on Jan. 12th with the IceDogs against the Barrie Colts. Miletic earned first star of the game honours three different times, helping the IceDogs play to a 5-2-1-1 record since acquiring him as they lead the Central Division.

A 20-year-old native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Miletic sits fourth in OHL scoring with 69 points and tied for third in league assists with 45. Signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a three-year entry level NHL contract this past fall, Miletic was originally a 15th round pick of the London Knights in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection. He’s recorded 138 points (64-74–138) over his 144-game OHL career.

OHL Defenceman of the Month – Nicolas Hague (Mississauga Steelheads):

Vegas Golden Knights prospect Nicolas Hague of the Mississauga Steelheads is the OHL Defenceman of the Month for January, leading all blueliners with 16 points including five goals and 11 assists over 10 games. The 6-foot-5, 216Ib. Hague registered five multi-point outings last month including three assists on Jan. 3rd at Erie. He ended January with back-to-back three point efforts that both included a goal and two assists on Jan. 26th against Peterborough and again on Jan. 28th against Sudbury. Hague enters February on a three-game goal-scoring streak after helping the Steelheads play to an 8-2-0-0 record in the month of January.

A 19-year-old native of Kitchener, Ont., Hague leads the Steelheads in scoring with 56 points including 25 goals and 31 assists in 46 games. Mississauga’s all-time leader in points by a defenceman, Hague set a single-season franchise record for goals by a blueliner when he scored his 21st back on Jan. 5th against Kitchener. His 25 goals are the most by an OHL defenceman since Anthony DeAngelo and Jordan Subban both reached the mark during the 2014-15 season. Hague represented Team OHL in the 2017 CIBC Canada-Russia Series back in November and was a second round pick of the Vegas Golden Knights this past summer. He was Mississauga’s second round pick in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.

OHL Rookie of the Month – Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie Colts):

For the second time this season, Barrie Colts forward Andrei Svechnikov is the OHL Rookie of the Month. The top-ranked North American skater in NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings released earlier this month, Svechnikov led OHL rookies with 17 points including nine goals and eight assists over 11 games in January. Svechnikov returned from the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship where he represented Russia to register points in 10 of 11 games, entering the month of February on a six-game run of multi-point performances. He had a pair of two-goal games including Jan. 19th at Mississauga as well as Jan. 31st at Owen Sound.

A 17-year-old native of Barnaul, Russia, Svechnikov leads OHL rookies with 23 goals to go with 15 assists for 38 points in just 27 games after missing time with an injury. The 6-foot-3, 184Ib. left-handed shot was the first overall pick of the 2017 CHL Import Draft and represented Team Orr in the recent 2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

Vaughn OHL Goaltender of the Month – Mario Culina (Kitchener Rangers):

Overage netminder Mario Culina of the Kitchener Rangers is the Vaughn OHL Goaltender of the Month for January. Suiting up for both the Rangers and Sudbury Wolves this month, Culina played to an overall record of 6-1-1-0, posting a 1.74 goals-against average, a .946 save percentage and two shutouts over eight games. He is a perfect 6-0-0-0 since joining the Rangers on Jan. 8th. His month was headlined by back-to-back shutout efforts including a 34-save performance on Jan. 17th at Niagara followed by a 36-save showing at home to the Erie Otters on Jan. 19th. He enters the month of February on a six-game winning streak, making over 30 saves in three of his last four games.

A 20-year-old native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Culina joined the Sudbury Wolves in late November after starting the season with the Ryerson University Ram’s Men’s Hockey team. A Mastercard Memorial Cup champion with Windsor last spring, Culina has posted a 2.61 goals-against average, .921 save percentage and 8-5-2-0 record in 16 games this season, improving to 31-18-4-1 in his OHL career. He was originally signed as a free agent by the Windsor Spitfires in September 2015.

2017-18 OHL Performers of the Month:

Player of the Month:

January – Sam Miletic (Niagara IceDogs)

December – Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

November – Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)

October – Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)

Defenceman of the Month:

January – Nicolas Hague (Mississauga Steelheads)

December – Evan Bouchard (London Knights)

November – Evan Bouchard (London Knights)

October – Sean Durzi (Owen Sound Attack)

Rookie of the Month:

January – Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie Colts)

December – Rasmus Sandin (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

November – Blade Jenkins (Saginaw Spirit)

October – Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie Colts)

Vaughn Goaltender of the Month:

January – Mario Culina (Kitchener Rangers)

December – Matthew Villalta (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

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 eighth 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.

OHL Cup

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.

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 8

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

The Toronto Marlboros remain atop the rankings for the eighth straight week while the Oakville Rangers and Mississauga Reps climb one spot to number three and four respectively. The Detroit Little Caesars U15 jump one spot to number seven while the Peterborough Petes make their return to the list at tenth.

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.ohlcup.ca

World Juniors Recap: Day 8

Scores

Denmark 3 Belarus 2 (Denmark wins relegation round)

Sweden 4 USA 2

Canada 7 Czech 2

Upcoming games

January 5, 2018

Czech vs USA (Bronze medal game)

Sweden vs Canada (Gold medal game)

Denmark survives for 2019

Denmark edged Belarus 3-2 in a shootout to sweep their best-of-three relegation series on Thursday at KeyBank Center.

Denmark will return to the elite division for the fifth consecutive year at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship in Canada (Vancouver and Victoria). Half the team is eligible to play there. “I’m happy about it and I’m also proud,” said Denmark’s Daniel Nielsen. “It’s good for my country. It’s so nice to see our country, when we are so little, that we can stay in the [elite division] and keep fighting with the other teams in the top 10. It’s awesome.” Battling through a spate of injuries and illness, the Danes blew a 2-0 third-period lead in Game Two, but Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup got the shootout winner, and Andreas Grundtvig and Jonas Rondbjerg, with the final shootout tally, also converted. “I tried that move a few times in practice and it worked out,” said Rondbjerg of his high backhand tally, which prompted a wild celebration. “So I just thought I’d do the same. Lucky it went in.” In regulation, team points leader Rondbjerg had a goal and an assist, and Nielsen also scored. Joachim Blichfeld, who left midway after being injured, added two assists. Shots favored Belarus 30-28. Captain Maxim Sushko led the way with a goal and an assist for Belarus, and Ilya Litvinov had the other goal. “It’s so hard right now,” said Sushko. “In my head there are only bad Russian words right now. It’s life and it’s really tough for us.”

The Danes heartstoppingly won Game One 5-4 on two third-period goals at 19:26 and 19:45.

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Swedes dethrone Americans

Sweden scored shorthanded twice in 38 seconds in a 4-2 semi-final win over the defending champion U.S. to advance to Friday’s World Junior gold medal game.

Sweden will face the winner of the Canada-Czech Republic semi-final in the final at 20:00 Buffalo time. The unbeaten Swedes, who finished fourth at the last three World Juniors, now have the opportunity to win gold for the first time since 2012 in Calgary. Their last medal was silver in Malmo in 2014. “We have a big chance, but we’re not going to forget how we got here,” said Elias Petersson. “It’s hard work and believing in ourselves.”

Amazingly, this was the first Swedish playoff win over the U.S. since a 3-0 quarter-final decision in 1996 — the same year the IIHF instituted the playoff system at the World Juniors.

It was a disappointing and anti-climatic ending for an American team that hoped to make history with its first World Junior gold ever on home ice. In the words of American poet T.S. Eliot: “This is how the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper.”

For head coach Bob Motzko and the seven returning players from 2017, the dream of winning two straight titles for the first time since Canada’s last five-peat (2005-09) is over. The four previous U.S. golds came in Finland (2004), Canada (2010, 2017), and Russia (2013). “We were all playing for each other, but we didn’t execute,” said U.S. defenceman Ryan Poehling. “Sweden did a better job at that than we did.”

Captain Lias Andersson led the way with a goal and an assist, and Pettersson scored the opening goal for Sweden. Oskar Steen and Axel Jonsson Fjallby had the shorthanded markers.

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Tips of hat to Drake

In the end, it was close for only a brief time. And then it wasn’t. Canada used its high-powered offense and fantastic power play to blast through the Czech defence and win decisively, 7-2.

Drake Batherson had three goals for the winners while Filip Zadina had both goals for the Czechs. Those two players are now tied for the goalscoring lead in the tournament, each with seven.

Canada has never lost to the Czechs in the playoff round since the format was introduced in 1996. The win puts Canada in the gold-medal game with Sweden tomorrow night. It’s the third time in four years the Canadians are in the finals.

“It’s good to celebrate now, but tomorrow we’ve got to get up and do it again,” said winning goalie Carter Hart. “This win is over with now. It’s time to prepare for the real deal. The thing that makes this win sweeter is if we win tomorrow. That’s the only thing that matters.”

“I think we need to be having our best game tomorrow,” said Canada’s coach, Dominique Ducharme. “It’s going to be quite a game.”

The Czechs will play the United States for bronze in the early game tomorrow.

“It was a tough loss,” said Zadina. “We tried to play how we wanted, and in the first period we did it. In the second and last period, it was so hard to play on the PK. We will do anything for the win tomorrow. We will die on the ice. We want to win a medal for the Czech Republic.”

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OHL Academic Players of the Month for December

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the OHL Academic Players of the Month for December 2017, including Jake Murray of the Hamilton Bulldogs, Kai Edmonds of the Barrie Colts, Alex Gritz of the Erie Otters and Ty Dellandrea of the Flint Firebirds.


East Division: 
Hamilton Bulldogs rookie forward Jake Murray is the OHL East Division Academic Player of the Month for December. The 17-year-old native of Komoka, Ont. has produced excellent grades in Grade 12 university level kinesiology and challenge and change in Society courses, serving as a good example to his classmates and other student athletes. “Jake prepares carefully in advance for missed classes due to road trips and he quickly gets caught up when he returns,” said Bulldogs academic advisor Sean Nicholson. “He sets high expectations for himself and is well liked by both teachers and peers at Ancaster High School.” A former fourth round pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection from the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Minor Midgets, Murray has a goal and an assist in 22 games with Hamilton this season.

Central Division: Barrie Colts rookie netminder Kai Edmonds is the OHL Central Division Academic Player of the Month for December. The 17-year-old native of Carlsbad Springs, Ont. has achieved an overall average of 87% in Grade 12 university level studies at Innisdale Secondary School. “Kai is currently taking four university level courses and has maintained high grades including a 92% average in advanced functions,” said Colts academic advisor Chris Cudmore. A 6-foot-2, 162Ib. goaltender, Edmonds was an 11th round pick by the Colts in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection from the Cumberland Grads Midgets. He’s posted a 5-1-0-0 record with a 3.24 goals-against average and an .892 save percentage in eight games with the Colts this season.

Midwest Division: Sophomore Erie Otters forward Alex Gritz is the OHL Midwest Division Academic Player of the Month for December. The 17-year-old native of Cranberry Twp., Penn. holds a 91% average over six different Grade 12 courses at Seneca Valley High School including a 98% in psychology and a 96% in physical education. “Alex is an extremely focused and motivated student,” said Otters academic advisor Jaime Cieszynski. “He is a leader in the classroom and sets a great example for his teammates.” A former third round pick by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection, the Waterloo Wolves Minor Midget graduate has 10 goals, eight assists and 18 points in 36 games with the Otters this season.

Ty Dellandrea of the Flint Firebirds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Ty Dellandrea of the Flint Firebirds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

West Division: Sophomore Flint Firebirds centreman Ty Dellandrea has been named the OHL West Division Academic Player of the Month for December. The 17-year-old native of Port Perry, Ont. has achieved high grades in Grade 12 digital media arts, physical education, English and speech courses at Grand Blanc High School. “Ty is a hard-working and responsible student,” said Firebirds academic advisor Nathan Riek. “He is well respected by his teachers and classmates.” Flint’s first round pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection, Dellandrea has 13 goals, 14 assists and 27 points in 34 games for the Firebirds this season. He was a ‘B’ rated skater on NHL Central Scouting’s November ‘Players to Watch’ List for the 2018 NHL Draft.

2017-18 OHL Academic Players of the Month:
East Division:

December – Jake Murray (Hamilton Bulldogs)
November – Chad Denault (Peterborough Petes)
October – Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s)

Central Division:
December – Kai Edmonds (Barrie Colts)
November – Isaac Walker (Mississauga Steelheads)
October – Blake McConville (Sudbury Wolves)

Midwest Division:
December – Alex Gritz (Erie Otters)
November – Aidan Dudas (Owen Sound Attack)
October – Billy Moskal (London Knights)

West Division:
December – Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds)
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 December

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Top OHL Performers of the Month for regular season games played in December 2017, including the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds trio of Morgan Frost, Rasmus Sandin and Matthew Villalta along with London Knights defenceman Evan Bouchard.

OHL Player of the Month – Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds):


Philadelphia Flyers prospect Morgan Frost of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds is the OHL Player of the Month for December after leading the league with 20 points including eight goals, 12 assists and a plus/minus rating of plus-18 over 10 games. The third-year centreman continued a 14-game point streak through the end of the month, registering multi-point outputs in eight of the 10 games he played. Frost earned first star honours twice this past month, scoring twice on Dec. 13th against Flint before registering four points (2-2–4) on Dec. 16th in Guelph.  His most recent performance featured a goal and an assist against the Guelph Storm on Dec. 30th as the Greyhounds pushed their current winning streak to 23 games.

Morgan Frost of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Morgan Frost of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

An 18-year-old native of Aurora, Ont., Frost leads the OHL in scoring with 60 points (21-39–60) over 36 games while also leading all players with a plus-46 plus/minus rating. He has recorded at least one point in 20 games of the Greyhounds’ current 23-game winning streak that dates back to Oct. 28th. The. 6-foot, 180Ib. centreman represented Team OHL in the 2017 CIBC Canada-Russia Series earlier this season after being chosen in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers last summer. Frost was Sault Ste. Marie’s fourth round pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection from the Barrie Colts Minor Midgets.

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


For the second straight month, draft eligible London Knights blueliner Evan Bouchard is the OHL Defenceman of the Month. Bouchard led OHL rearguards with 16 points including five goals and 11 assists over 11 games along with a plus/minus rating of plus-7. The 6-foot-2, 191Ib. defender had points in nine of his 11 games, helping the Knights to a 7-3-0-1 month of December. Bouchard started the month by earning third star honours with a goal and an assist on Dec. 1st against Oshawa. A week later his goal and an assist on Dec. 8th against Peterborough earned him second star recognition. Bouchard earned first star honours on Dec. 12th in Erie, scoring the overtime winner while also recording an assist. He ended 2017 with a three-assist outing on Dec. 31st in Sarnia.

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

An 18-year-old product of Oakville, Ont., Bouchard currently leads OHL defencemen with 46 points including 13 goals and 33 assists along with a plus/minus rating of plus-14 in 37 games. The right-handed shooting blueliner has a total of 19 points on the power play this season. He represented the OHL in the 2017 CIBC Canada-Russia Series and has been named to the 2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game set for Jan. 25th in Guelph. Bouchard was an ‘A’ rated prospect on NHL Central Scouting’s November ‘Players to Watch’ List. Bouchard was London’s first round pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection from the Oakville Rangers Minor Midgets.

OHL Rookie of the Month – Rasmus Sandin (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds):


Draft eligible Swedish blueliner Rasmus Sandin of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds is the OHL Rookie of the Month for December. The 17-year-old had nine points including two goals and seven assists in 11 games from the back end this past month, helping the Greyhounds continue a 23-game winning streak. Sandin recorded two assists on Dec. 10th against Windsor before earning first star honours with a career-high three points (2-1–3) on Dec. 29th against Flint, setting up teammate Barrett Hayton for a late game-winning goal.

A 17-year-old native of Uppsala, Sweden, Sandin currently leads OHL rookie defencemen in scoring with 21 points (4-17–21) and a plus-19 rating in 24 games this season. After starting the season with Rogle BK of the Swedish Elite League, Sandin joined the Greyhounds in October and the team has proceeded to win 23 of their 24 games with him in the lineup. He has been named to the 2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Jan. 25th in Guelph and was an ‘A’ rated prospect on NHL Central Scouting’s November ‘Players to Watch’ List. Sandin was Sault Ste. Marie’s first round pick in the 2017 CHL Import Draft.

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


For the second straight month, Los Angeles Kings prospect Matthew Villalta of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds is the Vaughn OHL Goaltender of the Month. The 18-year-old played to a perfect 7-0-0-0 record with a 2.25 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage this past month, continuing the Hounds’ 23-game winning streak along with a 16-game winning streak of his own. Villalta stopped 25 of 26 shots on Dec. 16th in Guelph before returning from the holiday break to earn second star honours with 30 saves on Dec. 28th against Saginaw. His latest outing included 39 saves and three shootout denials as the Greyhounds won their 23rd straight contest, defeating the Guelph Storm on Dec. 30th.

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 leads OHL goaltenders with a 2.45 goals-against average along with a 23-2-1-0 record, a .912 save percentage and one shutout. He holds an impressive career record of 48-5-1-0 over 59 career regular season games to go with a 2.43 goals-against average, a .915 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:
December – Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
November – Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)
October – Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)

Defenceman of the Month:

December – Evan Bouchard (London Knights)
November – Evan Bouchard (London Knights)
October – Sean Durzi (Owen Sound Attack)

Rookie of the Month:
December – Rasmus Sandin (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
November – Blade Jenkins (Saginaw Spirit)
October – Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie Colts)

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