Canadian rosters unveiled for 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

Black, Red and White are set, and the 66 Canadians know which colour they’ll wear on the Prairies.

Source: Canadian rosters unveiled for 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

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24 OHL PLAYERS TO REPRESENT CANADA AT 2019 WORLD UNDER-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE

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Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is pleased to announce that Hockey Canada has selected 24 OHL players to represent Canada at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, set for Nov. 2-9 in Medicine Hat, Alta., and Swift Current, Sask.

A grand total of 66 players will be divided into three teams – Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red and Team Canada White – and will compete against the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the United States in their quest for a gold medal.

The 24 OHL players selected by Hockey Canada consist of 18 forwards, five defencemen and one goaltender. The figure includes a total of 18 players chosen in the first round of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection.

Each of the OHL’s 20 member teams are represented on the list led by the Flint Firebirds, Owen Sound Attack, Peterborough Petes and Sudbury Wolves each with two players selected.

OHL Players on Canadian Teams:

Goaltenders:
Benjamin Gaudreau (Sarnia Sting)*

Defencemen:
Brandt Clarke (Barrie Colts)*
Ethan Del Mastro (Mississauga Steelheads)*
Isaac Enright (Niagara IceDogs)*
Jacob Holmes (Soo Greyhounds)*
Connor Punnett (Saginaw Spirit)*

Forwards:
Liam Arnsby (North Bay Battalion)*
J.R. Avon (Peterborough Petes)*
Jack Beck (Ottawa 67’s)
Ethan Burroughs (Owen Sound Attack)
Brett Harrison (Oshawa Generals)*
Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires)*
Braeden Kressler (Flint Firebirds)
Kaleb Lawrence (Owen Sound Attack)
Connor Lockhart (Erie Otters)*
Landon McCallum (Sudbury Wolves)*
Max McCue (London Knights)
Mason McTavish (Peterborough Petes)*
Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds)*
Francesco Pinelli (Kitchener Rangers)*
Chase Stillman (Sudbury Wolves)
Ryan Winterton (Hamilton Bulldogs)*
Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs)*
Danny Zhilkin (Guelph Storm)*

* – first round 2019 OHL Priority Selection choice

In July, 46 OHL players were invited to participate in Canada’s national under-17 development camp and introduced to the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence. The players chosen to represent Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge were selected by Brad McEwen (Whitewood, Sask.), head scout for Hockey Canada, with assistance from U17 Program of Excellence management group lead Martin Mondou (Grand-Mère, Que./Shawinigan, QMJHL), as well as regional scouts Rob Simpson (Ontario), Jason Smart (West), Darren Sutherland (Atlantic), Shaun Sutter (West) and Darrell Woodley (Ontario).

“After a successful development camp with the top young players in the country, there were many difficult decisions made to select the 66 players that will compete at this year’s World Under-17 Hockey Challenge,” said McEwen. “We feel this group exemplifies the values of the Program of Excellence and will represent Canada with pride as we compete for a gold medal this November.”

The tournament opens with all three Canadian teams in action Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. MT; Team Canada Red takes on Russia at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex in Swift Current and Team Canada Black faces off against Team Canada White at the Canalta Centre in Medicine Hat.

TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will air the semifinal in Medicine Hat on Friday, Nov. 8, as well as the bronze and gold medal games on Saturday, Nov. 9; please check local listings for details. Media accreditation for the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge can be requested online.

Prior to the start of play, the teams will take to the ice for pre-tournament games Thursday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. MT. Team Canada Black will match up against Finland at the Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre in Shaunavon, Sask., Sweden will play the Czech Republic at the Centennial Regional Arena in Brooks, Alta., Team Canada White will face off against Russia at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex in Swift Current and Team Canada Red will meet the United States at the Canalta Centre in Medicine Hat.

After a successful ticket launch, event organizers have announced that single-game tickets will be available for purchase starting at $10 for youth and $15 for adults on Oct. 16, and can be purchased online at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets.

Medicine Hat and Swift Current will receive the net proceeds from all ticket sales as a legacy of the event to support grassroots hockey within their communities. Additionally, recent editions of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge have resulted in as much as $6 million in economic impact within the host communities.

More than 1,800 NHL draft picks have suited up since the inception of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (previously known as the Quebec Esso Cup) in 1986, including 14 first-overall draft picks since 2001 (Ilya Kovalchuk, 2001; Rick Nash, 2002; Marc-André Fleury, 2003; Alexander Ovechkin, 2004; Erik Johnson, 2006; Patrick Kane, 2007; John Tavares, 2009; Taylor Hall, 2010, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 2011; Nathan MacKinnon, 2013; Aaron Ekblad, 2014; Connor McDavid, 2015; Auston Matthews, 2016; Jack Hughes, 2019).

For more information on the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter.

OHL ANNOUNCES ROSTER FOR 2019 CIBC CANADA RUSSIA SERIE

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Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League, in collaboration with the Canadian Hockey League and Hockey Canada, today announced the Team OHL rosters for the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series.

Team OHL will compete against the Russian National Junior Team in Game 3 of the six-game cross Canada series in Kitchener on Thursday November 7 and in Game 4 in London on Monday November 11. The series will begin with two games in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and will wrap up with two games played in the Western Hockey League.

A total of 25 players have been selected to represent the OHL in the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series including 15 players who will compete in both Ontario games. The rosters feature 20 players who have been selected in the NHL Draft including first round picks Ty Dellandrea (Dallas Stars, 13th in 2018) of the Flint Firebirds, Liam Foudy (Columbus Blue Jackets, 18th in 2018) of the London Knights, Thomas Harley (Dallas Stars, 18th in 2019) of the Mississauga Steelheads, Ryan Merkley (San Jose Sharks, 21st in 2018) of the London Knights, Philip Tomasino (Nashville Predators, 24th in 2019) of the Niagara IceDogs, Connor McMichael (Washington Capitals, 25th in 2019) of the London Knights and Ryan Suzuki (Carolina Hurricanes, 28th in 2019) of the Barrie Colts. Four players who are first time eligible for the NHL Draft in 2020 have also been named to the roster including forwards Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves and Cole Perfetti of the Saginaw Spirit along with defencemen Jamie Drysdale of the Erie Otters and Ryan O’Rourke of the Soo Greyhounds.

Kitchener Rangers teammates Jacob Ingham, a sixth-round pick of the Los Angeles Kings in 2018 and Riley Damiani, a fifth-round pick of the Dallas Stars in 2018, will have a chance to compete before a home crowd at The Aud on November 7. The London Knights quartet of NHL prospects Foudy (Columbus Blue Jackets), McMichael (Washington Capitals), Merkley (San Jose Sharks) and goaltender Jordan Kooy (Vegas Golden Knights) will suit up before a London crowd on November 11.

Team OHL rosters were assembled by a Selection Committee that includes Hockey Canada Program of Excellence National Junior Team manager Mark Hunter of the London Knights, Owen Sound Attack general manager Dale DeGray and Ottawa 67’s general manager James Boyd in consultation with Hockey Canada head scout Brad McEwen.

In 16 years of competition against the Russian National Junior Team, the OHL has played to a record of 25-6-1 following a 3-1 win in Sarnia and a 4-0 loss in Oshawa last season.

Team OHL Roster:

Game 3 – Thursday November 7 – Kitchener

Goaltenders:
Jacob Ingham (Kitchener Rangers)*
Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)*

Defencemen:
Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s)
Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters)
Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads)
Ryan Merkley (London Knights)
Ryan O’Rourke (Soo Greyhounds)*
Tyler Tucker (Barrie Colts)

Forwards:
Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves)
Graeme Clarke (Ottawa 67’s)*
Riley Damiani (Kitchener Rangers)*
Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds)
Aidan Dudas (Owen Sound Attack)
Liam Foudy (London Knights)
Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Serron Noel (Oshawa Generals)
Cole Perfetti (Saginaw Spirit)
Ryan Suzuki (Barrie Colts)
Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)
Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs)

Staff:
Head Coach: Dale Hunter (London Knights)
Assistant Coach: Andre Tourigny (Ottawa 67’s)
Assistant Coach: Jay McKee (Kitchener Rangers)
Trainer & Equipment Manager: Dan LeBold (Kitchener Rangers)
Athletic Therapist: Cory Birk (Kitchener Rangers)
Assistant Equipment Manager: Barry Hoch (Kitchener Rangers)

*- denotes players competing in one game only
Game 4 – Monday November 11 – London

Goaltenders:
Cedrick Andree (Ottawa 67’s)*
Jordan Kooy (London Knights)*

Defencemen:
Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s)
Declan Chisholm (Peterborough Petes)*
Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters)
Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads)
Ryan Merkley (London Knights)
Tyler Tucker (Barrie Colts)

Forwards:
Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves)
Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds)
Aidan Dudas (Owen Sound Attack)
Liam Foudy (London Knights)
Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Allan McShane (Oshawa Generals)*
Serron Noel (Oshawa Generals)
Cole Perfetti (Saginaw Spirit)
Jamieson Rees (Sarnia Sting)*
Ryan Suzuki (Barrie Colts)
Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)
Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs)

Staff:
Head Coach: Dale Hunter (London Knights)
Assistant Coach: Andre Tourigny (Ottawa 67’s)
Assistant Coach: Dylan Hunter (London Knights)
Equipment Manager: Chris Maton (London Knights)
Trainer/Physiotherapist: Doug Stacey (London Knights)

*- denotes players competing in one game only

2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series Schedule:
Game 1 – Monday November 4 at Saint John, NB
Game 2 – Tuesday November 5 at Moncton, NB
Game 3 – Thursday November 7 at Kitchener, ON
Game 4 – Monday November 11 at London, ON
Game 5 – Wednesday November 13 at Saskatoon, SK
Game 6 – Thursday November 14 at Prince Albert, SK

The 2019 CIBC Canada Russia series is proudly supported by title partner CIBC, and associate sponsors Kia Canada, Cooper Tires, and Kubota Canada.  All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

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

ATTACK’S MACK GUZDA NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that goaltender Mack Guzda of the Owen Sound Attack is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the week of regular season action ending October 13 with a 3-0 record, 2.59 goals-against average and .927 save percentage.

• HIGHLIGHTS: Guzda named first star in win over Soo
• HIGHLIGHTS: Guzda stops 47 in road win over London
• HIGHLIGHTS: Guzda denies 5 of 6 shootout opponents in win

Guzda becomes the first goaltender to receive the honour this season, guiding the Attack to three wins in a span of four days. The 6-foot-5, 210Ib netminder turned aside 26 shots and stopped five of six shootout opponents in Wednesday’s 4-3 shootout win over visiting Kitchener. He followed that effort up with a career-high 47-save showing on Friday night in London, helping the heavily outshot Attack get past the Knights 5-4 in overtime, earning third star honours in the process. Guzda was the first star of Saturday’s 4-1 win over the visiting Soo Greyhounds, making 28 saves as the Attack were outshot once again.

An 18-year-old from Knoxville, Tenn., Guzda has embarked on his third season in Owen Sound after originally being the club’s second round (31st overall) pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection. He’s played to a 5-2-0-1 record to go with a 2.94 goals-against average and .906 save percentage with one shutout through eight games this season. He owns a career OHL regular season record of 39-27-6-4 with a 3.42 goals-against average and .881 save percentage over 87 contests. After going undrafted in 2019, Guzda is eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft.

Additionally, Guzda is a back-to-back recipient of the OHL’s Ivan Tennant Memorial Award presented to the league’s top academic secondary school student.

Also considered for the award this week was Peterborough Petes defenceman Declan Chisholm. The Winnipeg Jets prospect recorded a goal and four assists over three road games as the Petes played to a 2-1 record. Guzda’s Attack teammate Barret Kirwin was also in the running after putting up five points (3-2–5) along with a plus-6 rating over three victories, scoring the overtime winner in Friday’s victory over London.

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2019-20 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Oct. 9 – Oct. 13: Mack Guzda (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 6: Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs)
Sept. 26 – Sept. 29: Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 22: Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (Peterborough Petes)

ICEDOGS’ PHILIP TOMASINO NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Tomosino

Toronto, Ont.  – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Nashville Predators prospect Philip Tomasino of the Niagara IceDogs is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the week of regular season action ending October 6 with three goals, four assists and seven points in two games.

HIGHLIGHTS: Tomasino records career-high six points in victory

Tomasino recorded an assist in Niagara’s 5-4 loss to visiting Saginaw on Thursday before tying an IceDogs franchise record with six points including his first career OHL hat-trick in Friday’s 8-4 win over the Kingston Frontenacs. Tomasino scored once in each period, recording seven shots on goal while capping his hat-trick 7:25 into the third frame. His three assists helped linemate Kyen Sopa score his first career trio in the decisive home ice victory.

Tomasino joins David Pacan as just the second Niagara IceDogs player to ever put up six points in a single game, doing so for the first time since March 5, 2011.

An 18-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., Tomasino is off to a strong start with 15 points (5-10–15) spread out over six of his seven contests. The former fifth overall pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection was chosen 24th overall by the Nashville Predators this past summer after he registered 72 points (34-38–72) over 67 games in 2018-19. The Mississauga Rebels Minor Midget graduate also represented Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship in Sweden, recording five points (1-4–5) over six contests.

Also considered for the award this week was Sudbury Wolves forward David Levin whose seven points (1-6–7) helped his team win a pair of games this past weekend. Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Nick Robertson of the Peterborough Petes also had a productive week, recording seven points (4-3–7) over three contests as the Petes went 2-1 on the road.

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2019-20 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Oct. 3 – Oct. 6: Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs)
Sept. 26 – Sept. 29: Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 22: Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (Peterborough Petes)

Hamilton Bulldogs owner pledges $30 million for mountain arena

The question of whether a new arena should be built at Limeridge Mall, or downtown as part of a larger entertainment venue, was back in front of Hamilton politicians on Wednesday.

Hamilton’s general issues committee has heard from Hamilton Bulldogs owner Michael Andlauer, who says he would pay up to $30 million toward the construction of a mountain arena for his Ontario Hockey League (OHL) team.

Full story from Global News.

OHL THIS WEEK: SEPTEMBER 26 TO 29, 2019

OHL This Week

Toronto, Ont. – Now that #OHLOpeningWeek is in the books and we’re all warmed up, here’s another jam-packed edition of the OHL This Week. Get the latest details on news from across the league.

67’s TAKE TOP SPOT IN KIA CHL TOP 10 RANKINGS:
The Ottawa 67’s are the new number one team in the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings after a pair of road wins last weekend. They’re joined by the seventh-ranked Barrie Colts, eight-ranked Saginaw Spirit and ninth-ranked London Knights while the Kitchener Rangers earned an honourable mention.
FULL RANKINGS

KIA CHL TOP 10 SPOTLIGHT: OTTAWA 67’s:
Following a perfect 2-0 start to the season, the Ottawa 67’s shift to No. 1 in this week’s Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings. The fourth ranked team in the pre-season list pieced together back-to-back shootout victories Friday night in an OHL championship rematch against the Guelph Storm, and Saturday against the always competitive Owen Sound Attack to grab an early lead atop the OHL’s East Division just one season removed from finishing first overall with a franchise record 106 points.
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PETES’ DER-ARGUCHINTSEV NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Semyon Der-Arguchintsev of the Peterborough Petes is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week with seven assists over two games. Often referred to as ‘SDA’, the Russian-born centreman picked up three assists in Peterborough’s season-opening win in London and added another four in a 9-6 loss to the Windsor Spitfires.
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DER-ARGUCHINTSEV AND DRYSDALE NAMED TO VAUGHN CHL TEAM OF THE WEEK:
Peterborough Petes forward Semyon Der-Arguchintsev and Erie Otters defenceman Jamie Drysdale have been named to the inaugural edition of the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week. Learn all about their solid performances along with who else led the CHL out of the gate in 2019-20.
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FIRST EDITION OF WAWANESA OHL PLAYS OF THE WEEK:
The first edition of the Wawanesa OHL Plays of the Week for the 2019-20 season feature a collection of the league’s Top-5 goals during the week ending September 22nd. Catch top plays from Barrie’s Luke Bignell, Sudbury’s Quinton Byfield, Kitchener’s Liam Hawel, Ottawa’s Cedrick Andree and Barrie’s Matej Pekar.
WATCH

SCINTILLATING DEBUT EDITION OF VAUGHN SAVES OF THE WEEK:
We start the season with a scintillating debut edition of #VaughnSaves. Featured this week are a pair of big saves from Cedrick Andree of the Ottawa 67’s and singles from Jet Greaves of the Barrie Colts, Jacob Ingham of the Kitchener Rangers, Jordan Kooy of the London Knights and Mack Guzda of the Owen Sound Attack.
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COLTS’ PEKAR REPRESENTS OHL IN FIRST EDITION OF CHL SHOWDOWN:
Barrie Colts forward Matej Pekar is the OHL’s representative in the first edition of CHL Showdown, a weekly contest that has fans from coast-to-coast vote on the best play in the Canadian Hockey League. The Buffalo Sabres prospect helped the Colts start the season with a 2-0 record, scoring five times in the opening week of the season.
VOTE FOR PEKAR

OHL NEWS – RADIO EDITION FEATURING SOO GREYHOUNDS HEAD COACH JOHN DEAN:
OHL News – Radio Edition with host Terry Doyle and presented by Bauer features Soo Greyhounds head coach John Dean. He revisits last weekend’s victories over the Flint Firebirds and North Bay Battalion on home ice. Dean discusses the Hounds’ strong start and commitment to long-term development within the organization. He sheds light on new opportunities for a number of returning Greyhounds in light of the departure of several long-time veterans.
LISTEN

OHL WEEKEND NOTEBOOK – SEPTEMBER 23, 2019:
The OHL Weekend Notebook recaps the weekend that was with news, information and interesting facts from both on and off the ice. Here are 10 of the leading stories from #OHLOpeningWeek.
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DELLANDREA RETURNING TO FIREBIRDS:
The Dallas Stars announced Wednesday that 2018 first round pick Ty Dellandrea will return to the Flint Firebirds for the 2019-20 season. Dellandrea appeared in three pre-season games with the Stars and joins the 1-1 Firebirds as they host their home opener on Saturday night against the Niagara IceDogs before taking on the Sarnia Sting on Sunday afternoon.
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SUZUKI RETURNING TO COLTS:
The Carolina Hurricanes have returned 2019 first round pick Ryan Suzuki to the Barrie Colts for the 2019-20 season. The 18-year-old London, Ont. native comes off a 75-point (25-50–75) season in 2018-19 and now enters his third OHL campaign. The former first overall pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection has represented Canada at a number of international events, winning gold at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup and silver at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
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STORM RAISE 2019 OHL CHAMPIONSHIP BANNER:
The Guelph Storm celebrated their historic playoff run last spring, raising a 2019 OHL Championship banner to the rafters at the Sleeman Centre. Storm governor Rick Gaetz was on hand prior to puckdrop to introduce a championship montage shown on the Sleeman Centre’s video board, thanking players, coaches and fans for their contributions to the franchise’s fourth OHL title.
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NHL TRAINING CAMP TRACKER:
Of the 144 OHL players to attend NHL Training Camps this past month, several big names have remained with NHL clubs into the pre-season including Mississauga’s Thomas Harley (Dallas), Soo’s Barrett Hayton (Arizona) and Saginaw’s Bode Wilde (NY Islanders) among others.
FULL LIST

16 OHL NEWCOMERS SCORE FIRST CAREER GOALS:
As we do every year, ontariohockeyleague.com documents every player’s first goal and #OHLOpeningWeek is always full of them. A total of 16 OHL newcomers lit the lamp for the first time. Watch those milestone markers!
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STEELHEADS’ HARLEY SIGNS WITH STARS:
Mississauga Steelheads defenceman Thomas Harley has signed a three-year entry-level NHL contract with the Dallas Stars. The 18-year-old from Syracuse, NY was a first round pick by the club this past summer after recording 58 points (11-47–58) in 68 games with the Steelheads last season. The 6-foot-3, 180Ib blueliner has remained with the Stars throughout the NHL pre-season.
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CANUCKS PROSPECT ARTURS SILOVS COMMITS TO COLTS:
The Barrie Colts have received a commitment from Vancouver Canucks prospect Arturs Silovs who they selected with the 11th overall pick of the 2019 CHL Import Draft. The Latvian netminder was selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the sixth round of the 2019 NHL Draft and recently attended Training Camp with the NHL club. The 18-year-old had a solid OHL debut on Saturday night, turning aside 37 of the 39 shots he faced to earn second star honours in a 6-2 win over the London Knights in Barrie’s home opener.
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RYAN HUMPHREY COMMITS TO BULLDOGS:
The Hamilton Bulldogs have received an OHL commitment from 2019 eighth round selection Ryan Humphrey. The 16-year-old from Northville, Mich. competed in the 2019 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour, leading TPH Hockey in scoring with seven points (4-3–7) over four contests. He spent the 2018-19 season with the Honeybaked U16 program, registering 24 goals, 40 assists and 66 points across 75 games playing at both the Midget and HPHL U16 levels.
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ATTACK NAME AIDAN DUDAS CAPTAIN:
The Owen Sound Attack have named Los Angeles Kings prospect Aidan Dudas captain. The fourth-year forward and former first round pick by the club is the 24th captain in Attack franchise history, being joined by alternates Brady Lyle, Mark Woolley, Carter Robertson and Matthew Philip. Dudas led the Attack with 62 points (26-36–62) over 68 games in 2018-19.
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CHENIER TO CAPTAIN BATTALION:
Fourth-year forward Brad Chenier has been named captain of the North Bay Battalion. Joining him as alternates are forwards Matthew Struthers, Mason Primeau and Luke Moncada. The 20-year-old Hanmer, Ont. native comes off a 30-goal, 65-point campaign in 2018-19. He was North Bay’s fourth round pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.
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FRONTENACS APPOINT JAKOB BRAHANEY CAPTAIN:
Overage defenceman Jakob Brahaney has been named captain of the 2019-20 Kingston Frontenacs. The 20-year-old Campbellford, Ont. native enters his fifth OHL season with the Fronts after registering 23 points (5-18–23) over 66 games in 2018-19. The 6-foot-1, 192Ib. defenceman has appeared in 202 career regular season games, recording 58 points (11-47–58) after being a second round pick by the Fronts in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.
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DAMIANI, MEIRELES NAMED RANGERS CO-CAPTAINS:
The Kitchener Rangers have identified two veteran leaders to wear the ‘C’ in 2019-20, naming Riley Damiani and Greg Meireles co-captains. Damiani heads into his fourth season as a Ranger, coming off career-highs in goals (30), assists (55) and points (85) in 2018-19. The Dallas Stars prospect is joined by Florida Panthers 2019 NHL Draft pick Greg Meireles who came just three points shy of the 100-point mark last season.
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OTTERS NAME JACK DUFF CAPTAIN:
The Erie Otters have appointed third-year defenceman Jack Duff as the 13th full-time captain in franchise history. The 6-foot-2, 221Ib blueliner served as an alternate captain last season, recording 21 points (4-17–21) over 66 games. He’ll be accompanied by alternate captains Chad Yetman, Hayden Fowler and Jamie Drysdale. Duff was Erie’s third round pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection.
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EYE ON #OHLU18DRAFT: NATIONALS WIN 7TH ANNUAL TITANS MIDGET AAA TOURNAMENT:
The Toronto Nationals have done it again. After their Minor Midget team won the Titans Prospect Tournament two weeks ago, the Major Midget squad followed suit, defeating the Mississauga Rebels 4-3 on an overtime winner from London Knights prospect Owen Forester.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – MARKETING AND SERVICING COORDINATOR:
The Ontario Hockey League is seeking to hire an enthusiastic team player to contribute in the role of Marketing & Servicing Coordinator.
• FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

OHL LIVE PACKAGES NOW AVAILABLE FOR 2019-20:
OHL Live packages for the 2019-20 season are now available at reduced prices, including a brand-new monthly subscription option for fans. Don’t miss a game! Learn more about new savings today.
• FULL DETAILS

COMMUNITY CORNER:

Erie Events and Otters announce ten-year lease agreement: The Erie County Convention Center Authority and Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters jointly announced last week that both parties have agreed to and signed a ten-year lease extension that will keep the Erie Otters in Northwestern Pennsylvania.
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Troops hand out magnet schedules Thursday: The North Bay Battalion will be handing out magnet schedules to fans at the Memorial Gardens on Thursday when they take on the Kitchener Rangers. On-air personalities will be handing out the schedules to fans as they depart from the game.

Firebirds plan fun-filled weekend at home: The Flint Firebirds open the home portion of their 2019-20 schedule on Saturday against the Niagara IceDogs and they have big things in store. In addition to handing out magnet schedules and having bounce houses for the kids, the Firebirds will be hosting their inaugural cornhole tournament before the game. The tournament will consist of two divisions, social and competitive, and teams consist of two players each. The grand prize winner for the competitive division wins $500. On Sunday, the Firebirds will hold a Hockey & Hot Rods Car Show prior to the team’s game against the Sarnia Sting at 2:00pm.
FIREBIRDS HOME OPENING WEEKEND DETAILS

Spirit host Opioid Awareness Night, United Way Night this weekend: Saturday and Sunday with special plans for each. The Spirit will host Opioid Awareness Night on Saturday against the Soo Greyhounds, raising awareness about a crucial issue that impacts families across the region. The Spirit will hold a ‘Medication Take Back’ Event where fans who turn in medications at the Dow Event Center will received a game voucher. The Spirit will host a post-game skate with fans following their Sunday contest against the Niagara IceDogs at 5:30pm. Sunday is United Way Night at the Dow Event Center.

Fronts host Fort Fright Night on Friday: The Kingston Frontenacs take on the division rival Ottawa 67’s Friday night in their annual Fort Fright Night event. Enjoy some spooky fun with the Fronts as they team up with Fort Henry to foreshadow what’s in store for this Halloween.

Attack launch Sticks for Soldiers initiative: The Owen Sound Attack are proud to announce a new program called Sticks for Soldiers.  At two home games this season the Attack will ask those in attendance to bring a new or gently used hockey stick to donate to soldiers stationed overseas.  The Attack will work with the 4th Canadian Division Training Centre’s Family Resource Centre in Meaford to collect the sticks at the games and have them packaged up to be sent overseas for the troops to use. This year’s collection games are this coming Saturday September 28th against the Guelph Storm and Saturday March 21st also against Guelph.
READ MORE AT ATTACKHOCKEY.COM

Bulldogs hand out trading cards on Saturday: The first 1000 fans into the building on Saturday to see the Hamilton Bulldogs take on the London Knights will get free Tim Horton’s Bulldogs trading cards. Great giveaways will be ongoing throughout the night including some exciting intermission activities.

Generals excited about Street Fest prior to home opener: The Oshawa Generals have big plans for Sunday afternoon, hosting a Street Fest prior to their home opener against the Kingston Frontenacs at 6:05pm. The Street Fest begins at 1:00pm and will host live entertainment and a beer garden. Guests will be able to have a tailgate-like experience before the big game. The Street Fest will include different activities like a hockey shoot-out game, a rock climbing wall and much more!
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ALUMNI NOTES:

Girardi announces retirement: London Knights graduate and former Memorial Cup champion Daniel Girardi has called it a career after 13 NHL seasons. The 35-year-old from Welland, Ont. made the announcement last week. He recorded 16 points (4-12–16) over 62 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning last season, capping an NHL career where he earned a reputation as a reliable two-way defenceman and capable shot blocker. Girardi spent 11 of his 13 campaigns with the New York Rangers after never being drafted to the NHL. He won a Memorial Cup with the Knights in 2005, putting the cherry on top of an OHL career that also included stops in Barrie and Guelph from 2000-05.
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Knights graduate Hancock signs AHL contract with Tucson: London Knights graduate and former long-time Owen Sound Attack forward Kevin Hancock has signed a one-year AHL contract with the Tucson Roadrunners. The 21-year-old Hancock recorded a career-high 52 goals and 55 assists, totaling 107 points in 70 combined games with Owen Sound Attack and London last season. Hancock wrapped up an OHL career that spanned parts of five seasons with 120 goals, 171 assists and 291 points over 266 career regular season contests. The Roadrunners are the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes.
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Sandin sticking around with Leafs: Soo Greyhounds graduate Rasmus Sandin remains with the Toronto Maple Leafs as the 2019-20 season draws closer. The 19-year-old from Uppsala, Sweden played 44 games with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies in 2018-19, recording 28 points (6-22–28) in the process before notching 10 assists over 13 postseason appearances. Toronto’s first round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, Sandin spent the 2017-18 season with the Soo Greyhounds, helping guide them to a Western Conference title with 45 points (12-33–45) over 51 games. Chris Johnston has the full story.
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Rieder looking for fresh start with Flames: Kitchener Rangers graduate Tobias Rieder is currently looking to make the most of a professional tryout offer with the Calgary Flames. The 26-year-old German winger recorded 11 assists over 67 games with the Edmonton Oilers last season and is looking for a new opportunity in southern Alberta. The former fourth round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft played three OHL seasons in Kitchener from 2010-13, registering 190 points (92-98–190) over 177 regular season contests. Postmedia’s Kristen Anderson has more on his story.
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McClement joins Penguins as pro scout: The Pittsburgh Penguins have named OHL graduate and long-time NHL forward Jay McClement as a pro scout in the organization. McClement, who hails from Kingston, Ont., retired following the end of the 2017-18 season after spending it playing in Switzerland. The 36-year-old played 12 NHL seasons between 2005-17, recording 244 points over 906 regular season contests. He played four seasons with the Brampton Battalion from 1999-2003, registering 182 points over 235 regular season contests.

Goodwin named to Seattle’s scouting staff: The NHL’s Seattle expansion franchise has named former OHL scoring great John Goodwin to its scouting staff. Goodwin, who racked up 389 points over three seasons with the Soo Greyhounds from 1978-81 and is also a past OHL head coach and assistant coach in Oshawa, North Bay and Kingston, will work under Seattle general manager and former Greyhounds teammate Ron Francis. Goodwin never played in the NHL, but enjoyed a six-year pro career in the AHL and IHL.

OHL EXPANDED VIDEO REPLAY ENHANCEMENT

Press Release

Toronto, ON – OHL Opening Week is officially underway as the Niagara IceDogs defeated the visiting Sudbury Wolves by a score of 6-3 on Thursday night to kick-off the 2019-20 season.

With nine games on tonight’s Friday night schedule, the OHL is taking the opportunity to further outline the timelines surrounding the implementation of new expanded video replay measures coming into effect later this season.

New expanded video replay will not come into effect for any games until the necessary technological enhancements have been installed in each of the league’s 20 member team facilities.

The new measures will utilize enhanced technology including overhead cameras at both blue lines in addition to video tablets at the penalty box to provide on-ice officials with additional resources.

Once technology has been installed league-wide and new expanded video replay is in full effect, member teams will have the option of using a coach’s challenge for goaltender interference. Officials will also be automatically reviewing all major/match penalties assessed to validate the original call on the ice. In addition, the video tablets in the penalty box will be available to the on-ice officials to review potential offside plays. Current policy restricts such review to the video goal judge.

The Ontario Hockey League will provide more information at such time as all 20 of the league’s member team facilities have been equipped with the required technology enhancements.

#OHLOpeningWeek continues throughout the weekend with 16 games on the schedule through Sunday. Be sure to follow all of the league’s coverage at ontariohockeyleague.com or follow through social media on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

46 OHL Prospects Invited to Canada’s National Under-17 Camp

Hockey season may be over for fans, but for the players, the quest for their dreams continues through the summer months and that goes for 46 Ontario Hockey League players who get the opportunity to strut their stuff at Canada’s National Under-17 Development Camp.

The list of OHL prospects invited include 5 goaltenders, 12 defencemen and 29 forwards. They will participate in the event along with along with 66 other prospects beginning July 19 and ending July 26 at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary Alberta.

Here are the OHL prospects invited to participate:

Name S/C Ht. Wt. Hometown 2018-19 Team OHL Team
Goaltenders
Matteo Drobac L 6’0″ 179 Oakville, Ont. Halton (OMHA-SCTA) Hamilton
Carter Garvie L 6’2″ 150 Owen Sound, Ont. Grey-Bruce (OMHA-SCTA) Saginaw
Benjamin Gaudreau L 6’1″ 160 Corbeil, Ont. North Bay (GNML) Sarnia
Patrick Leaver L 5’11” 159 Perth, Ont. Smiths Falls (HEOMAAA) Oshawa
Josh Rosenzweig R 6’0″ 158 Toronto, Ont. Toronto Red Wings (GTHL) Niagara
Defence
Paul Christopolous R 5’11” 181 Richmond Hill, Ont. Don Mills (GTHL) North Bay
Brandt Clarke R 6’2″ 185 Ottawa, Ont. Don Mills (GTHL) Barrie
Ethan Del Mastro L 6’3″ 180 Freelton, Ont. Toronto Marlboros (GTHL) Mississauga
Isaac Enright R 6’0″ 170 Cobden, Ont. Pembroke (HEO) Niagara
Connor Federkow L 5’9″ 148 St. Catharines, Ont. Niagara North (OMHA-SCTA) London
Braden Hache L 6’2″ 185 Newmarket, Ont. York-Simcoe (OMHA-ETA) Kingston
Jacob Holmes L 6’1″ 176 Alliston, Ont. York Simcoe (OMHA-ETA) Sault Ste Marie
Logan Mailloux R 6’3″ 214 Belle River, Ont. Toronto Marlboros (GTHL) London
Jack Matier R 6’2″ 174 Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Soo (NOHA) Ottawa
Connor Punnett L 6’1″ 177 Powassan, Ont. North Central (OMHA-ETA) Saginaw
Ranvir Gill R 6’3″ 190 Ottawa, Ont. Ottawa (HEO) Ottawa
Ty Hollett R 6’2″ 196 Orleans, Ont. Navan (HEO) North Bay
Forwards
Liam Arnsby R 5’10” 175 Ajax, Ont. Don Mills (GTHL) North Bay
Jon-Randall Avon L 5’10” 172 Selwyn, Ont. Peterborough (OMHA-ETA) Peterborough
Jack Beck L 5’11” 152 Richmond Hill, Ont. Toronto Marlboros (GTHL) Ottawa
Josh Bloom L 6’1″ 165 Oakville, Ont. Toronto Young Nationals (GTHL) Saginaw
Ethan Burroughs R 5’10” 165 Georgetown, Ont. Halton (OMHA-SCTA) Owen Sound
Ryan Del Monte R 5’11” 161 Mississauga, Ont. Toronto Young Nationals (GTHL) Barrie
Deni Goure R 5’10” 159 Grande Pointe, Ont. Chatham-Kent (MHAO) Owen Sound
Brett Harrison L 6’1″ 157 London, Ont. London (MHAO) Oshawa
Thomas Johnston L 5’8″ 154 Oshawa, Ont. Whitby (OMHA-ETA) Ottawa
Wyatt Johnston R 5’11” 152 Toronto, Ont. Toronto Marlboros (GTHL) Windsor
Braeden Kressler R 5’9″ 154 Kitchener, Ont. Mississauga Senators (GTHL) Flint
Ethan Larmand L 5’11” 160 Midland, Ont. North Central (OMHA-ETA) Sudbury
Kaleb Lawrence L 6’5″ 205 Orleans, Ont. Ontario Hockey Academy (HEO) Owen Sound
Connor Lockhart R 5’9″ 162 Kanata, Ont. Kanata (HEO) Erie
Jacob Maillet R 6’0″ 172 Dundas, Ont. Hamilton (OMHA-SCTA) Guelph
Landon McCallum R 5’10” 154 Simcoe, Ont. Brantford (MHAO) Sudbury
Max McCue L 6’0″ 154 Sudbury, Ont. Sudbury (NOHA) London
Mason McTavish L 6’1″ 195 Pembroke, Ont. Pembroke (HEO) Peterborough
Daniel Michaud L 6’2″ 176 Belleville, Que. Quinte (OMHA-ETA) Oshawa
Justin O’Donnell R 6’1″ 170 Oakville, Ont. Toronto Marlboros (GTHL) Sarnia
Brennan Othmann L 6’0″ 168 Pickering, Ont. Don Mills (GTHL) Flint
Francesco Pinelli L 6’0″ 177 Stoney Creek, Ont. Toronto Red Wings (GTHL) Kitchener
Stuart Rolofs L 6’2″ 187 Carp, Ont. Kanata (HEO) London
Lawson Sherk L 6’1″ 181 Georgetown, Ont. Halton (OMHA-SCTA) Hamilton
Brendan Sirizzotti R 5’11” 170 Whitby, Ont. Whitby (OMHA-ETA) Ottawa
Chase Stillman R 5’10” 160 Peterborough, Ont. Sudbury (NOHA) Sudbury
Ryan Winterton R 6’0″ 161 Whitby, Ont. Whitby (OMHA-ETA) Hamilton
Shane Wright R 6’0″ 180 Burlington, Ont. Don Mills (GTHL) Kingston
Danny Zhilkin L 6’1″ 185 Mississauga, Ont. Toronto Marlboros (GTHL) Guelph