OHL THIS WEEK: DECEMBER 2 TO 5, 2021

Toronto, Ont. – December is here and it’s Teddy Bear Toss season! Get the latest on what’s happening across the Ontario Hockey League:

Nine OHL players crowned champions of Capital City Challenge with Canada Black:
Of the 25 players that competed at the 2021 Capital City Challenge in Ottawa this past week, nine are champions as members of Team Black following a 5-4 overtime win on Wednesday. Read more

Nine past and present OHL players named to Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp roster:
Nine past and present OHL players have been named to Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp Roster for the 2022 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. Read more

Dickinson, McDonnell and Pastujov named to U.S. National Junior Team preliminary roster:
Three OHL players have been named to the U.S. National Junior Team preliminary roster for the 2022 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. Read more

OHL announces Top Performers of the Month for November:
The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Top OHL Performers of the Month for regular season games played in November 2021 including North Bay Battalion teammates Kyle Jackson and Joe Vrbetic, Hamilton Bulldogs defenceman Nathan Staios and Mississauga Steelheads forward Owen Beck. Read more

OHL announces Academic Players of the Month for November:
The OHL announced Academic Players of the Month for November including Flint’s Ethan Hay, Erie’s Nolan Lalonde, Barrie’s Hunter Haight and Hamilton’s Cole Brown. Read more

OHL announces suspension of team activities for Sudbury Wolves Hockey Club:
In accordance with established protocols, the OHL on Tuesday announced that the Sudbury Wolves Hockey Club has suspended all team activities due to positive tests for Covid-19. Read more

Knights, Battalion and Bulldogs included in Week 9 edition of Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings:
The London Knights, North Bay Battalion and Hamilton Bulldogs are included in the Week 9 edition of the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings. Read more

Firebirds’ Othmann named OHL Player of the Week, recognized on CHL Team of the Week:
New York Rangers prospect Brennan Othmann of the Flint Firebirds is the OHL Player of the Week with seven points across three games. The crafty winger was also recognized on the CHL Team of the Week. Read more

Petes’ Austin named OHL Goaltender of the Week:
Tye Austin of the Peterborough Petes is the OHL Goaltender of the Week after winning a pair of games while posting a 2.50 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. Read more

Knights’ Evangelista leads OHL Plays of the Week:
Revisiting the top plays from across the Ontario Hockey League this week featuring Guelph’s Braeden Bowman, North Bay’s Brandon Coe, London’s Brett Brochu, Mississauga’s Ethan Del Mastro, and London’s Luke Evangelista. Watch

Behold brilliance between the pipes on the OHL Saves of the Week:
Behold brilliance between the pipes in the latest edition of the OHL Saves of the Week featuring London’s Brett Brochu, Mississauga’s Roman Basran, Oshawa’s Zach Paputsakis, Sudbury’s Mitchell Weeks, Barrie’s Mack Guzda, Peterborough’s Tye Austin and Sarnia’s Ben Gaudreau. Watch

Nine first goals and a shutout in OHL Milestone Moments:
Check out 9 first career OHL goals as well as Samuel Ivanov’s first career shutouts from the past week of action in the latest edition of OHL Milestone Moments! Watch

OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Top 10 Rankings – Week 1:
It’s time for the premiere edition of the OHL Cup powered by Under Armour Top 10 Rankings, with the Silver Stick champion Toronto Jr. Canadiens leading the way. Read more / Watch

#OHLDraft prospects on display at Whitby Silver Stick:
A total of 35 competitive U16 AAA teams converged on Whitby this past weekend for the Gloria Rints Memorial International Silver Stick. Watch

Storm’s Walker named Assistant Coach with Canada’s National Men’s Team:
Hockey Canada has named Guelph Storm president of hockey operations Scott Walker as an assistant coach of Canada’s National Men’s Team. Read more

Duncan Schneider commits to Frontenacs:
The Kingston Frontenacs have received a commitment from fifth round 2021 OHL Priority Selection choice Duncan Schneider who made his debut on Sunday. Read more

Marcus Vanderberg commits to Rangers:
The Kitchener Rangers have received a commitment from ninth round 2020 OHL Priority Selection choice Marcus Vandenberg. Read more

Tickets now on sale for 2022 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game:
The Kitchener Rangers are looking ahead to hosting the 2022 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game as the Canadian Hockey League’s top draft eligible talent converges on The Aud on February 2, 2022. More details at kitchenerrangers.com.

OHL Online Media Information Guide available for download:
The 2021-22 online edition of the Ontario Hockey League Media and Information Guide is now available for download. The Guide includes OHL team directories, statistics and standings from last season as well as historical seasons along with award winners. This year’s instalment includes a new layout featuring expanded franchise records as well as an additional section documenting historical 100-point and 50-goal seasons. Read more

COMMUNITY CORNER:

Teddy Bear Toss season gets underway: It’s Teddy Bear Toss time across the Ontario Hockey League! The fur takes flight in Peterborough on Thursday, in Kingston on Friday, in London and Niagara on Saturday and in Sarnia and Sault Ste. Marie on Sunday.

Spitfires host First Responders Night on Thursday: The Windsor Spitfires are all set for First Responders Night at the WFCU Centre on Thursday. They’ll take the opportunity to honour former video coach and volunteer firefighter Sean DeMuynck who tragically passed away in the line of duty this past July.

Spirit host Storm for Hometown Heroes Hockey Night on Saturday: The Saginaw Spirit will be decked out as superheroes on Saturday when the Guelph Storm visit the Dow Event Center. There’s a cape giveaway for kids attending the game, and the Spirit will be auctioning off their specially themed threads for charitable causes.

Otters raise $1,025 for men’s health through Movember campaign: The Erie Otters announced that they raised a total of $1,025 towards men’s health through their club Movember campaign.

Steelheads get visit from Indian superstar: The Mississauga Steelheads welcomed a special guest to the Paramount Fine Foods Centre on November 18. Indian superstar Dr. Satinder Sartaaj made his way to the arena to meet the Steelheads before their road trip to Niagara. Read more at mississaugasteelheads.com.

Sting set for “Season of Giving” throughout December: Christmas is a time for giving and each season the Sarnia Sting have dubbed December home games  as the “Season of Giving.” With the support of the loyal fans, the Sarnia Sting can give to those who need it most at this special time of year. For full details visit sarniasting.com.

Petes release Pink in the Rink campaign details: The Peterborough Petes have announced details around their 13th annual Pink in the Rink campaign, with Petes alumnus Doug Gibson and Global News sports anchor Meaghan Roy named honourary co-chairs. The Petes have raised a total of $812,099 in the past 12 years and prepare to build on that total on February 5th when they play host to the Niagara IceDogs. Proceeds are donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. Read more at gopetesgo.com.

ALUMNI NOTES:

OHL mourns the loss of Bob Kilger: The OHL is saddened by the loss of former Cornwall Royals head coach and one-time Oshawa General Bob Kilger who passed away on Nov. 29th at the age of 77. A former Mayor of Cornwall, Kilger coached the Royals to a Memorial Cup title during their QMJHL tenure in 1981 before remaining behind the bench during their first two seasons in the OHL. He is the father of OHL graduate and former long-time NHL forward Chad Kilger. Bob was inducted into the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame in 1992. Read more on the life and career of Bob Kilger at cornwallseawaynews.com.

Campbell, Kadri recognized as NHL Stars of the Month: A pair of OHL graduates earned monthly recognition in the NHL. Former Windsor Spitfires and Soo Greyhounds netminder Jack Campbell of the Toronto Maple Leafs was named the NHL’s second star for November, posting nine wins, a 1.27 goals-against average, .927 save percentage and three shutouts. Former Kitchener Rangers and London Knights forward Nazem Kadri of the Colorado Avalanche earned third star recognition with 21 points (4-17–21) over 10 games. He’s the first Avs player to post two points-per-game over a calendar month since Joe Sakic last did so in March of 2000.

Niemelainen makes NHL debut with Oilers: Former Saginaw Spirit defenceman Markus Niemelainen made his NHL debut with the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday. The 6-foot-6 Finnish defenceman has recorded three points (1-2–3) in 14 games with the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors this season, and got into Thursday’s game against Pittsburgh to see just over 10 minutes of ice. Niemelainen played two seasons in Saginaw from 2015-17 and was Edmonton’s third round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Brown scores in Blues debut: St. Louis native Logan Brown scored in his St. Louis Blues debut on Tuesday, helping them defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in a shootout. The 6-foot-6, 23-year-old Brown played four OHL seasons between Windsor and Kitchener from 2014-18, hoisting the Memorial Cup with the Spitfires in 2017. He was selected by the Ottawa Senators with the 11th overall pick of the 2016 NHL Draft, and joined the Blues organization earlier this season where he posted 17 points (6-11–17) over 19 games with the AHL’s Springfield Thunderbirds.

Damiani continuing to produce in year two: Kitchener Rangers graduate Riley Damiani is proving his sensational rookie season wasn’t a flash in the pan. The 21-year-old has 13 points (5-8–13) through 17 games in his second season with the AHL’s Texas Stars. The reigning AHL Rookie of the Year spoke with theahl.com‘s Patrick Williams on the progress of his game. Damiani played four seasons in Kitchener from 2016-20 and was Dallas’ fifth round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. Read more at theahl.com.

KEY MATCHUPS:

North Bay Battalion at Hamilton Bulldogs
Friday December 3rd – 7:00pm

The top two teams in the Eastern Conference standings meet in Hamilton on Friday night, with the CHL’s eighth-ranked North Bay Battalion battling the 10th-ranked Bulldogs. The Troops feature both the OHL’s Player of the Month in Kyle Jackson as well as Goaltender of the Month in Joe Vrbetic while OHL top scorer Brandon Coe enters the weekend with 39 points (11-28–39) over 22 games. The host Bulldogs have won four of their last five with offensive spark plug George Diaco carrying a nine-game point streak. Hamilton is bolstered down the middle by one of the League’s premier centremen in Montreal Canadiens prospect Jan Mysak who leads the club with 27 points (15-12–27). Overage blueliner Nathan Staios became the first defender in Bulldogs history to earn OHL Defenceman of the Month honours, doing so in the month of November with 12 points (3-9–12) over 10 games.

Mississauga Steelheads at Peterborough Petes
Saturday December 4th – 7:05pm

The Mississauga Steelheads come off consecutive losses last weekend, but remain a top tier club in the Eastern Conference big-time goal scorer James Hardie leading the way. Hardie’s 14 goals lead the Steelheads while first-year centreman Owen Beck was named the OHL’s Rookie of the Month for November. Former first round OHL Priority Selection choice Zakary Lavoie is heating up as well, scoring in four of his last six games while riding an eight-game point streak. The Trout visit the Peterborough Petes, who have turned a corner since receiving Mason McTavish back from the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks. The maroon and white have won three in a row, improving their record to 8-10-1-0 as they creep up the Eastern Conference standings. Veteran netminder Tye Austin earned OHL Goaltender of the Week recognition last week.

UPCOMING GAMES:

Thursday December 2nd:
Ottawa at Niagara – 7:00pm
Kingston at Peterborough – 7:05pm
Flint at Saginaw – 7:05pm
Hamilton at Barrie – 7:30pm
Erie at Windsor – 7:30pm

Friday December 3rd:
North Bay at Hamilton – 7:00pm
Oshawa at Kingston – 7:00pm
Ottawa at Mississauga – 7:00pm
Windsor at Sarnia – 7:05pm
Guelph at Sault Ste. Marie – 7:07pm
Owen Sound at Kitchener – 7:30pm
Erie at London – 7:30pm

Saturday December 4th:
Sarnia at London – 4:00pm
North Bay at Niagara – 7:00pm
Mississauga at Peterborough – 7:05pm
Guelph at Saginaw – 7:05pm
Flint at Owen Sound – 7:30pm

Sunday December 5th:
Erie at Hamilton – 2:00pm
Ottawa at Kingston – 2:00pm
Oshawa at Mississauga – 2:00pm
Flint at Owen Sound – 2:00pm
Kitchener at Sarnia – 2:05pm
Saginaw at Sault Ste. Marie – 2:07pm

OHL ANNOUNCES ACADEMIC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Cole Brown of the Hamilton Bulldogs, Hunter Haight of the Barrie Colts, Nolan Lalonde of the Erie Otters and Ethan Hay of the Flint Firebirds have been named Academic Players of the Month for November.

East Division: Rookie forward Cole Brown of the Hamilton Bulldogs is the East Division Academic Player of the Month for November with a 92.5 percent average in Grade 11 studies at Ancaster High School.

Currently studying Grade 11 University-level Functions and Health for Life, Brown’s teachers regularly comment on the amount of effort he puts into his homework and assignments.

“Cole enrolled in the maximum number of courses allowed in the new quadmester model and showed great resilience and perseverance in this accelerated format,” said Bulldogs academic advisor Sean Nicholson.

On the ice, the 16-year-old from Aurora, Ont. has four points (2-2–4) through his first nine games with the Bulldogs. He was selected with Hamilton’s third round (43rd overall) pick in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection from the York-Simcoe Express U16 program. He scored his first career OHL goal on Nov. 18th in Peterborough.

Central Division: Barrie Colts centreman and top 2022 NHL Draft prospect Hunter Haight is the OHL Central Division Academic Player of the Month for November.

Haight has yet to receive a grade below an ‘A’ to this point in his high school career. The Grade 12 student at Innisdale Secondary School recently completed a Personal Physical Fitness course while studying Advanced Functions, Personal Life Management and a High Performance Athlete Co-op program. By the end of the current semester, Haight will have completed all six of his University-level Grade 12 classes including Data Management, Calculus, Vectors, Advanced Functions and Physics.

“Hunter’s scholastic ability is matched on the ice where he takes on a leadership role,” said Colts academic advisor Chris Cudmore. “He’s clearly integral to his team’s success and continues to excel away from the rink as well.”

The 17-year-old Haight has posted 11 points (5-6–11) over 18 games in his rookie season, being assigned a ‘B’ rating on NHL Central Scouting’s Players to Watch List. The Strathroy, Ont. product was Barrie’s first round (9th overall) pick in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection from the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs U16 program.

Midwest Division: Erie Otters goaltender Nolan Lalonde is the Midwest Division Academic Player of the Month for November, excelling in his studies between Fairview High School and Blyth Academy.

Lalonde has taken on a heavy course-load that includes Grade 11 classes in English and Business in addition to Grade 12 Advanced Functions, English and Biology as well as Public Speaking.

“Nolan has a tremendous work ethic and has committed himself to being a true leader both in the classroom and on the ice,” said Otters academic advisor Jaime Cieszynski. “Nolan has adapted to the return to the classroom, his new home in Erie, and the pressures of his first OHL season while being a role model for his teammates.”

The 17-year-old from Kingston, Ont. has appeared in 15 games this season, going 5-8-1-0 with a 3.72 goals-against average and .884 save percentage. Lalonde was assigned a ‘C’ rating on NHL Central Scouting’s November Players to Watch List for the 2022 NHL Draft. He was Erie’s third round (49th overall) selection from the Kingston Jr. Gaels U16 program in 2020.

West Division: Flint Firebirds rookie forward Ethan Hay is the OHL West Division Academic Player of the Month for November, recording an 88.4 percent average in Grade 11 studies through Grand Blanc High School and Blyth Academy.

Hay achieved a 97.2 percent average in Sociology, a 93 percent in English and a 75 percent in Mathematics, drawing high praise from his academic advisor.

“What has impressed me most about Ethan is his work ethic on and off the ice,” said Kevin Keilitz. “When he comes to school he doesn’t waste any time getting to his studies. Ethan was also a huge advocate of bringing a math tutor in to help with players who are struggling. There is no doubt in my mind that by the end of the semester his math grade will rise at least 10 percent.”

A 16-year-old from Waterloo, Ont., Hay has four points (2-2–4) through his first 17 games with the Firebirds. He was chosen by Flint with their third round (46th overall) pick in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection from the Waterloo Wolves U16 program. Hay scored his first career OHL goal on Nov. 5th in Kitchener.

2021-22 OHL Academic Players of the Month:

East Division:
November – Cole Brown (Hamilton Bulldogs)
October – Sam Alfano (Peterborough Petes)

Central Division:
November – Hunter Haight (Barrie Colts)
October – Owen Beck (Mississauga Steelheads)

Midwest Division:
November – Nolan Lalonde (Erie Otters)
October – Cal Uens (Owen Sound Attack)

West Division:
November – Ethan Hay (Flint Firebirds)
October – Bronson Ride (Windsor Spitfires)

A total of 343 graduates utilized their OHL Scholarship at post-secondary institutions across North America during the 2020-21 academic year, with a total contribution by teams of over $3.1 million. Over the past 10 seasons, OHL Scholarship payments have totalled more than $25 million.

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


About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

OHL ANNOUNCES TOP PERFORMERS OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Top OHL Performers of the Month for regular season games played in November 2021, including North Bay Battalion teammates Kyle Jackson and Joe Vrbetic, Hamilton Bulldogs defenceman Nathan Staios and Mississauga Steelheads forward Owen Beck.

OHL Player of the Month – Kyle Jackson (North Bay Battalion):
North Bay Battalion forward Kyle Jackson is the OHL Player of the Month for November, recording 22 points including 11 goals and 11 assists over 11 games along with a plus/minus rating of plus-7. Jackson recorded points in 10 of his 11 outings to help the Battalion ascend to the top of the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 7-2-1-1 over the course of the month. The 6-foot-2, 191Ib. centreman scored his first career hat trick on Nov. 5th in Kingston, finishing with four points (3-1–4) in a 5-4 road win. He took centre stage with a first star performance on Nov. 18th against Ottawa, scoring a pair of goals to go with an assist in a 3-0 win over the 67’s. Jackson struck for the game winner and earned second star honours a night later in Oshawa as the Battalion doubled-up the Generals 4-2. He posted his third four-point performance of the season (2-2–4) on Nov. 26th in Kingston, garnering first star recognition as the Troops skated to a 5-2 win. Jackson is the Battalion’s first OHL Player of the Month recipient since Justin Brazeau earned the distinction in October 2018.

A 19-year-old from Ottawa, Ont., Jackson is enjoying a breakout season in his third tour of duty with the Battalion, sitting tied for second in OHL scoring with 35 points (14-21–35) across 22 games. Jackson’s 27.5 percent shooting percentage is currently second-best in the OHL among players with at least 50 shots on goal. He’s recorded 60 career points (24-36–60) over 96 career regular season games with North Bay since being the club’s third round (49th overall) pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection.

OHL Defenceman of the Month – Nathan Staios (Hamilton Bulldogs):
Hamilton Bulldogs blueliner Nathan Staios is the OHL Defenceman of the Month for November, posting 12 points including three goals and nine assists over 10 games with a plus/minus rating of plus-9. The overage defenceman logged big minutes, helping push the Bulldogs to the top of the East Division standings with a November record of 6-2-1-1. Staios picked up a pair of assists in a 6-3 win over the Sudbury Wolves on Nov. 6th, found the back of the net as Hamilton fell to the Barrie Colts 4-3 a night later, and collected two more helpers on Nov. 12th as the Bulldogs defeated the Peterborough Petes 4-2. Staios matched a career-high on Nov. 18th with four points (0-4–4) in a 10-6 road win over the Petes. He struck for the game winner on Nov. 25th in Niagara as the Bulldogs beat the IceDogs 6-3, crossing the 100 career point threshold in the process. Staios becomes the first rearguard in Bulldogs history to earn Defenceman of the Month honours.

A 20-year-old product of Oakville, Ont., Staios sits tied for third in scoring among OHL defencemen with 19 points (4-15–19) over 20 games this season. The fourth-year defender’s 70 shots on goal are the second-most at his position Leaguewide. The son of long-time NHL defenceman, OHL graduate and Bulldogs president and general manager Steve Staios, he’s put up 101 points (22-79–101) over 198 career OHL regular season games between Hamilton and Windsor. Staios, who made his pro debut in six games with the AHL’s Utica Comets last season, was Windsor’s first round (17th overall) pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection. He represented the St. Louis Blues at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament this past fall.

OHL Rookie of the Month – Owen Beck (Mississauga Steelheads):
Mississauga Steelheads centreman Owen Beck has been named OHL Rookie of the Month for November, producing 11 points including five goals and six assists over 11 games to go with a plus/minus rating of plus-5. Beck found the scoresheet in nine of his 11 November contests as the Steelheads played to a record of 8-2-0-1, holding down second place in the Central Division. The 6-foot, 180Ib. Beck earned second star honours on Nov. 5th, scoring while adding an assist in a 3-0 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs. He recorded another multi-point effort on Nov. 21st, chipping in a goal and an assist as the Steelheads defeated the Sudbury Wolves 7-2. Beck was excellent in the faceoff circle with a 57.5 percent rate at the dot in November. He’s the first Steelheads player to receive Rookie of the Month honours since Alexander Nylander earned the award three times during the 2015-16 season.

A 17-year-old native of Port Hope, Ont., Beck sits third in Steelheads scoring with 16 points (7-9–16) across 19 games. His 59 percent success rate in the faceoff circle is the League’s second-highest among centremen who have attempted at least 200 draws this season. Beck was assigned a ‘B’ rating on NHL Central Scouting’s November Players to Watch List released on Nov. 19th. He was Mississauga’s second round (29th overall) pick in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection.

OHL Goaltender of the Month – Joe Vrbetic (North Bay Battalion):
Montreal Canadiens prospect Joe Vrbetic of the North Bay Battalion is the OHL Goaltender of the Month for November after posting a 6-0-1-1 record, 2.09 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and two shutouts across eight games. The 6-foot-6 Vrbetic went undefeated in regulation to help the Battalion surge to the top of the Central Division standings in a month of November that saw him string together 203 minutes and four seconds of consecutive shutout hockey. Vrbetic recorded back-to-back shutouts, making 14 saves on Nov. 14th in a 4-0 win over the Sudbury Wolves and an additional 23 in a 3-0 blanking of the Ottawa 67’s on Nov. 18th. He proceeded to pickup victories with a 23-save performance on Nov. 21st, defeating the Niagara IceDogs 7-3 and 24 stops on Nov. 26th as the Troops beat the Kingston Frontenacs 5-2. Vrbetic is the first Battalion netminder to claim the monthly honour since Patrick Killeen last did so as a member of the Brampton Battalion in February 2010.

A 19-year-old from Dunvegan, Ont., Vrbetic owns a record of 11-2-1-1 on the season with a 2.59 goals-against average, .907 save percentage and two shutouts over 15 games. Now in his second full season with the Battalion, he’s compiled an overall record of 25-27-2-1 with a 3.78 goals-against average and .887 save percentage in 58 regular season games since being a second round (31st overall) pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection. The Montreal Canadiens selected Vrbetic with their seventh round (214th overall) pick this past summer.

2021-22 OHL Performers of the Month:

Player of the Month:
November – Kyle Jackson (North Bay Battalion)
October – Sasha Pastujov (Guelph Storm)

Defenceman of the Month:
November – Nathan Staios (Hamilton Bulldogs)
October – Jack Thompson (Sudbury Wolves)

Rookie of the Month:
November – Owen Beck (Mississauga Steelheads)
October – Calum Ritchie (Oshawa Generals)

Goaltender of the Month:
November – Joe Vrbetic (North Bay Battalion)
October – Brett Brochu (London Knights)

About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

OHL THIS WEEK: NOVEMBER 25 TO 28, 2021

Toronto, Ont. – Just like that, we enter the last weekend of November approximately a quarter of the way through the season. The inaugural Under-17 Capital City Challenge sees many of the OHL’s top 16-year-old talents out of the lineup this weekend, and we’re getting geared up for lots of community-driven activity in OHL arenas as the holiday season draws nearer. Here’s a look at what’s happening across the League.

2021-22 OHL Online Media Information Guide available for download:
The 2021-22 online edition of the Ontario Hockey League Media and Information Guide is now available for download. The Guide includes OHL team directories, statistics and standings from last season as well as historical seasons along with award winners. This year’s instalment includes a new layout featuring expanded franchise records as well as an additional section documenting historical 100-point and 50-goal seasons. Read more

Knights, Steelheads and Battalion included in Week 8 edition of Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings:
The London Knights remain on the Kia CHL Top 10 while the Mississauga Steelheads and North Bay Battalion make their first appearance of the season. Read more

Petes’ McTavish returns from Anaheim Ducks:
Third overall 2021 NHL Draft pick Mason McTavish will make his OHL season debut on Thursday when the Peterborough Petes play host to the North Bay Battalion. McTavish played in nine NHL contests with the Anaheim Ducks this season, scoring a pair of goals. Read more

63 OHL players included on NHL Central Scouting ‘Players to Watch’ List for November:
63 OHL players have been included on NHL Central Scouting’s November ‘Players to Watch’ List for the 2022 NHL Draft scheduled to take place July 7-8 in Montreal, Quebec. Read more

Mic’d Up with Shane Wright:
Take a few laps through warmups with Kingston Frontenacs star and top 2022 NHL Draft prospect Shane Wright. Watch

Battalion’s Brandon Coe named OHL Player of the Week:
San Jose Sharks prospect Brandon Coe of the North Bay Battalion is the OHL Player of the Week, recording three goals, five assists and eight points over three consecutive Battalion victories. Read more

Sting’s Ben Gaudreau named OHL Goaltender of the Week:
San Jose Sharks prospect Ben Gaudreau of the Sarnia Sting is the OHL Goaltender of the Week with a record of 2-0-1-0, a 1.97 goals-against average, .942 save percentage and one shutout. Read more

Coe, McDonald and Robertson named to CHL Team of the Week for Nov. 15-21:
North Bay’s Brandon Coe, Windsor’s Kyle McDonald and Peterborough’s Tucker Robertson have been named to the CHL Team of the Week. Read more

Battalion’s Coe leads OHL Plays of the Week:
Reviewing the best plays in the OHL this week, featuring Guelph’s Sasha Pastujov, Flint’s Zacharie Giroux, Saginaw’s Calem Mangone, Peterborough’s Joe Carroll and North Bay’s Brandon Coe. Watch

Big-time banditry in OHL Saves of the Week:
Check out highlight reel saves from Sault Ste. Marie’s Samuel Ivanov, Erie’s Nolan Lalonde, Sarnia’s Ben Gaudreau, Mississauga’s Roman Basran, Ottawa’s Will Cranley, Guelph’s Owen Bennett, Barrie’s Mack Guzda, Windsor’s Matt Tovell, and the London duo of Brett Brochu and Owen Flores. Watch

OHL Milestone Moments:
Check out 14 more first career OHL markers along with first shutouts from Matt Tovell and Ben Gaudreau in the latest edition of OHL Milestone Moments. Watch

OHL Weekend Notebook:
The OHL Weekend Notebook recaps the weekend that was with news, information and interesting facts from both on and off the ice. Read more

67’s’ Robinson suspended for eight games:
Following review of a checking to the head infraction assessed on the 19th of November in Sudbury, the OHL has suspended Ottawa 67’s forward Dylan Robinson for eight games. Watch

Frontenacs’ Burns added to Team Red roster for Under-17 Capital City Challenge:
Hockey Canada has added Kingston Frontenacs rookie blueliner Quinton Burns to its roster for the upcoming Under-17 Capital City Challenge set to begin Friday, November 26th in Ottawa. Read more

Slovakian forward Dominik Jendek joins Wolves:
The Sudbury Wolves have added overage Slovakian forward Dominik Jendek to their lineup. The club’s second round (91st overall) selection in the 2020 CHL Import Draft joins Liam Ross, Mitchell Weeks and injured forward Kosta Manikis as an overager in Sudbury. Read more

Gavin Grundner commits to Storm:
The Guelph Storm have received a commitment from ninth round 2020 OHL Priority Selection choice Gavin Grundner. Grundner has had a great start to his first season of Junior hockey for the GOJHL’s Leamington Flyers, recording nine goals and eight assists for 17 points in 17 games to start the 2021-22 season. Read more

Noah Roberts commits to Bulldogs:
The Hamilton Bulldogs have received a commitment from third round 2021 OHL Priority Selection choice Noah Roberts, the son of former Ottawa 67’s forward and long-time NHL winger Gary Roberts. Read more

Jordyn Ertel commits to Generals:
The Oshawa Generals have received a commitment from 10th round 2021 OHL Priority Selection choice Jordyn Ertel, a graduate of the Waterloo Wolves U16 program. Read more

Wolves add Gary Ricciardi to scouting staff:
The Sudbury Wolves have added to their scouting staff, adding Gary Ricciardi whose focus will be in identify talent south of the border. Read more
 

COMMUNITY CORNER:

Special Olympics Month continues this weekend: Special Olympics Month wraps up across the OHL this weekend with awareness nights on Thursday in Peterborough, Saturday in Barrie and Ottawa and Sunday in Sarnia. Read more

Bulldogs team up with Hamilton Police for RIDE Program: The Hamilton Bulldogs and Hamilton Police Service have combined forces once again this holiday season to combat Drinking & Driving. From now through January, the Bulldogs are giving sober drivers stopped at a RIDE stop the chance to be rewarded with tickets to a Bulldogs home game. Watch at hamiltonbulldogs.com.

Frontenacs enjoy team outing at CFB Kingston: On Saturday, November 20, the Kingston Frontenacs visited CFB Kingston for a team building exercise. Players set up tents, did a spider web team obstacle, and conducted an observation exercise along with other activities. Watch at kingstonfrontenacs.com.

Colts salute Canadian Armed Forces on Thursday: The Barrie Colts salute the Canadian Armed Forces on Thursday when they play host to the Owen Sound Attack at Sadlon Arena.

Bears take flight on Saturday in Erie: The Erie Otters host their annual Thanksgiving Game on Thursday at home to the Soo Greyhounds before Teddy Bear Toss Night at Erie Insurance Arena on Saturday. All bears will be donated to the Salvation Army.

Spirit support Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on Saturday: The Saginaw Spirit have partnered with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for Light the Night on Saturday at home to the Windsor Spitfires.

Storm collecting books for kids on Sunday: Guelph Storm fans generously donated over 1,000 books for kids at last year’s Books for Kids Night, and this year they’re raising the bar! Fans are asked to donate new, unwrapped books at Sunday’s game against the Erie Otters to put a smile on a kid’s face.

Steelheads collect toys for tots on Sunday: With the holiday season just around the corner, the Mississauga Steelheads will be hosting their annual Toys For Tots game on Sunday when they take on Shane Wright and the Kingston Frontenacs at 2:00pm. Last season, fans showed their generosity when over 375 toys were donated to the cause. Read more at mississaugasteelheads.com.

Petes host ‘Next Gen’ Game on Sunday: Attention fans! Do you have a kid in your life that has always wanted to coach the Peterborough Petes or has wanted to get on the mic at the Memorial Centre? Well, this and many more opportunities will also be possible during the club’s Next Gen game this Sunday against the Ottawa 67’s. Read more at gopetesgo.com.

Wolves collecting hats and mittens this weekend: The Sudbury Wolves have partnered with All Nations Church to keep Sudbury children warm this winter. Their 6th annual Mountain of Mittens campaign collects donations of warm winter wear to be distributed throughout the local community.

ALUMNI NOTES:

Durzi scores in NHL debut: Former Owen Sound Attack and Guelph Storm defenceman Sean Durzi had an NHL debut to remember on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, finding the back of the net against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Kings blueliner made his NHL debut at the age of 23 following a hot start to the season with the AHL’s Ontario Reign. A former 12th round OHL Priority Selection choice, Durzi put up 140 points over 180 regular season games between Owen Sound and Guelph, winning an OHL championship with the Storm in 2019.

Landeskog plays 700th NHL game: Kitchener Rangers graduate Gabriel Landeskog became the sixth player in Colorado Avalanche franchise history to appear in 700 games earlier this week. He joins Joe Sakic, Milan Hedjuk, Adam Foote, Michel Goulet and Peter Stastny in that category. The 29-year-old winger has 17 points (6-11–17) through 14 games this, his 11th season with the Avalanche who selected him second overall in the 2011 NHL Draft. The Swedish flank played two seasons in Kitchener from 2009-11.

Gaunce named AHL Player of the Week: Erie Otters graduate Brendan Gaunce of the Cleveland Monsters is the AHL Player of the Week after recording six points (3-3–6) in three games. Gaunce matched an AHL career high with three points on Friday as the Monsters defeated the Syracuse Crunch 5-1. He tacked on another three in a 6-5 overtime win over the Toronto Marlies on Sunday. The 27-year-old is in his eighth pro season, one that has included 118 career NHL contests after he was chosen by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. Gaunce played four OHL seasons between Belleville and Erie from 2010-14.

Frost getting his development back on track: Soo Greyhounds graduate Morgan Frost is getting back on track after losing a year to injury in 2020-21. The former Philadelphia Flyers first round draft pick was limited to just two games last season before undergoing shoulder surgery. The AHL’s Bob Rotruck documents his road back to full health and positive start to the season with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Frost was a Greyhound from 2015-19, helping the club win a Western Conference championship in 2018. Read more at theahl.com

Appleby named ECHL Goaltender of the Week: Oshawa Generals graduate and former Memorial Cup champion Ken Appleby of the Worcester Railers is the ECHL Goaltender of the Week, going 2-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average and .965 save percentage. Under an NHL contract with the New York Islanders, Appleby has appeared in seven games for the Railers going 3-3-1 with a 2.40 goals-against average and a save percentage of .927 this season. The 26-year-old from North Bay, Ont. has appeared in three career NHL games since graduating as a Memorial Cup champion in 2015. He played three seasons with the Generals from 2012-15 before signing an NHL contract with the New Jersey Devils.

Eight OHL grads to represent Canada at 2021 FISU Winter Universiade: Eight former OHL players have been selected from U SPORTS men’s hockey rosters across the country to represent Canada at the 2021 FISU Winter Universiade, held from December 11-21 in Lucerne, Switzerland. Read more

KEY MATCHUPS:

North Bay Battalion at Peterborough Petes
Thursday November 25th – 7:05pm

Mason McTavish makes his season debut with the Peterborough Petes, returning from an NHL stint with the Anaheim Ducks to start the season. The third overall pick of the 2021 NHL Draft recorded three points (2-1–3) in nine NHL games, tacking on two more (1-1–2) over three games with the AHL’s San Diego Gulls on an injury rehab assignment. McTavish joins one of the OHL’s hottest forwards in Tucker Robertson who racked up 10 points last week and leads the OHL with 34 points (15-19–34) in 17 games. The Petes will have a tall task in front of them on Thursday as the CHL’s ninth-ranked North Bay Battalion pay a visit to the PMC. OHL Player of the Week Brandon Coe is one of three Battalion players inside the top-10 OHL scoring leaders while 6-foot-6 Montreal Canadiens prospect Joe Vrbetic as been among the League’s best in goal.

Kingston Frontenacs at Mississauga Steelheads
Sunday November 28th – 2:00pm

Fresh off being bumped out of the Kia CHL Top 10, the Kingston Frontenacs embark on a three-in-three weekend against a trio of tough Eastern Conference opponents. The Fronts host North Bay on Friday before visits to Hamilton on Saturday and Mississauga on Sunday. Their Sunday date with the Trout pits them against the eighth-ranked team in the CHL this week. Fronts head coach Luca Caputi will have a new option on the back end with the addition of Ottawa Senators prosect Ben Roger from the London Knights on Thursday. Shane Wright and the Frontenacs will be tasked with reeling in a Steelheads club that has won eight of nine entering the weekend. Mississauga overage netminder Roman Basran leads the OHL with a 2.25 goals-against average.

UPCOMING GAMES:

Thursday November 25th:
Sault Ste. Marie at Erie – 7:00pm
Hamilton at Niagara – 7:00pm
North Bay at Peterborough – 7:05pm
Mississauga at Sudbury – 7:05pm
Owen Sound at Barrie – 7:30pm

Friday November 26th:
North Bay at Kingston – 7:00pm
Flint at Sarnia – 7:05pm
Mississauga at Sudbury – 7:05pm
London at Guelph – 7:30pm
Sault Ste. Marie at Kitchener – 7:30pm
Saginaw at Windsor – 7:30pm
Ottawa at Oshawa – 7:35pm

Saturday November 27th:
North Bay at Ottawa – 2:00pm
Kingston at Hamilton – 4:00pm
Guelph at Erie – 7:00pm
Sarnia at Flint – 7:00pm
Windsor at Saginaw – 7:05pm
Niagara at Barrie – 7:30pm
London at Owen Sound – 7:30pm

Sunday November 28th:
Erie at Guelph – 2:00pm
Kingston at Mississauga – 2:00pm
Ottawa at Peterborough – 2:05pm
Sault Ste. Marie at Sarnia – 2:05pm
Barrie at Sudbury – 2:05pm
Hamilton at Oshawa – 6:05pm

COE AND GAUDREAU NAMED OHL TOP PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced Top Performers of the Week for the week of regular season games ending Sunday, November 21, 2021.

Battalion’s Brandon Coe Named OHL Player of the Week

San Jose Sharks prospect Brandon Coe of the North Bay Battalion is the OHL Player of the Week, recording three goals, five assists and eight points over three consecutive Battalion victories.

Coe strung together three multi-point efforts, continuing an eight game point streak as the Battalion sit atop the Eastern Conference standings. The big 6-foot-5, 203Ib. winger put together a second star performance on Thursday at home to the Ottawa 67’s, registering a goal and two assists in a 3-0 win. Coe picked up an assist on Kyle Jackson’s game winning goal in Oshawa on Friday night, finishing with a pair of helpers as the Battalion defeated the Generals 4-2. He rounded out the weekend with two goals and an assist in Sunday’s 7-3 win over visiting Niagara, earning first star honours while collecting his 150th career OHL point.

A 20-year-old native of Ajax, Ont. and an alternate captain with the Battalion this season, Coe leads the OHL with 24 assists and sits one point back of the League scoring lead with 33 points (9-24–33) through 19 contests. His plus-14 plus/minus rating has him tied for fifth in the OHL. Coe made his professional debut last season, recording five points (1-4–5) in 17 games with the San Jose Barracuda, AHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks who selected him in the fourth round (98th overall) of the 2020 NHL Draft. Coe was originally North Bay’s first round (3rd overall) pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection from the OHL Cup finalist Toronto Nationals U16 program.

Coe is the first Battalion player to earn the weekly honour since Justin Brazeau last did so in October 2018.

Also considered for the award this week, Peterborough Petes forward Tucker Robertson led all players with 10 points (4-6–10) in three games to climb into the League scoring lead as the Petes went 1-2 on a high-scoring weekend. Windsor Spitfires winger Kyle McDonald was also highly productive, putting up eight points (5-3–8) and three consecutive multi-point efforts as the Spitfires won a pair.

2021-22 OHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Nov. 15 – Nov. 21: Brandon Coe (North Bay Battalion)
Nov. 8 – Nov. 14: Antonio Stranges (London Knights)
Nov. 1 – Nov. 7: Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 25 – Oct. 31: Tucker Robertson (Peterborough Petes)
Oct. 18 – Oct. 24: Rory Kerins (Soo Greyhounds)
Oct. 11 – Oct. 17: Calum Ritchie (Oshawa Generals)
Oct. 4 – Oct. 10: Jack Thompson (Sudbury Wolves)

Sting’s Ben Gaudreau Named OHL Goaltender of the Week

San Jose Sharks prospect Ben Gaudreau of the Sarnia Sting is the OHL Goaltender of the Week with a record of 2-0-1-0, a 1.97 goals-against average, .942 save percentage and one shutout.

Gaudreau stopped 97 of the 103 shots he faced to help the Sting continue to reverse a slow start to the season. He earned first star honours with 36 saves on Tuesday as Sarnia defeated the CHL’s third-ranked London Knights 4-2 on home ice. Gaudreau was back in the crease on Saturday in Guelph, helping the Sting earn a point despite being outshot with 35 saves in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Storm. He logged another first star performance on Sunday, earning his first career OHL shutout with 26 saves as the Sting blanked the visiting Owen Sound Attack 4-0.

An 18-year-old native of Corbeil, Ont., Gaudreau owns a 5-2-3-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and one shutout through 10 games this season. The 6-foot-2, 172Ib. third round (81st overall) pick of the San Jose Sharks this past summer starred for Canada’s gold medal-winning National Under-18 Team this past May in Frisco, Texas. He was Sarnia’s first round (7th overall) pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, the highest-selected goaltender in Sting franchise history.

Also considered for the award this week were a pair of recent award recipients in Roman Basran of the Mississauga Steelheads and Montreal Canadiens prospect Joe Vrbetic of the North Bay Battalion. Basran went 2-0-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and .964 save percentage including a shutout as the Steelheads continued their hot streak. Last week’s Goaltender of the Week, Vrbetic was also 2-0-0-0, posting a 1.50 goals-against average and .939 save percentage with one shutout, carrying over a shutout streak that concluded at a length of 203 minutes and four seconds in a win on Sunday.

2021-22 OHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:
Nov. 15 – Nov. 21: Ben Gaudreau (Sarnia Sting)
Nov. 8 – Nov. 14: Joe Vrbetic (North Bay Battalion
Nov. 1 – Nov. 7: Roman Basran (Mississauga Steelheads)
Oct. 25 – Oct. 31: Patrick Leaver (Oshawa Generals)
Oct. 18 – Oct. 24: Jacob Oster (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 11 – Oct. 17: Brett Brochu (London Knights)
Oct. 4 – Oct. 10: Tucker Tynan (Niagara IceDogs)


About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

KNIGHTS, 67’s AND FRONTENACS INCLUDED IN WEEK 7 EDITION OF KIA CHL TOP 10 RANKINGS

Toronto, Ont. – The Canadian Hockey League announced today the Week 7 edition of the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings for the 2021-22 season.

The London Knights are down one spot to number three this week, trailing the WHL’s Winnipeg ICE and Everett Silvertips in the weekly rankings. London scored consecutive 7-4 wins over the Soo Greyhounds and Erie Otters last Friday and Saturday before dropping a 4-2 decision on the road in Sarnia on Tuesday night. Dallas Stars prospect Antonio Stranges was recognized with OHL Player of the Week honours for his seven points (3-4–7) last week. Captain Luke Evangelista is on a 12-game point streak dating back to October 8th, one that has yielded 19 points (12-7–19). London returns to action on Friday night at home to Sarnia.

The Ottawa 67’s are into the Top 10 for the first time this season, coming in at eighth as back-to-back wins have them seated first in the East Division with a 10-5-0-1 record. The 67’s managed to knock off both Hamilton and Oshawa on the road last weekend, doing so without Calgary Flames prospect Jack Beck in their lineup. Nineteen-year-old winger Dylan Robinson has been a steady producer for the Barber Poles with 10 points (6-4–10) through 11 games. Cameron Tolnai (5-14–19) and Vsevolod Gaidamak (11-7–18) lead Ottawa offensively headed into a Thursday night road date with the North Bay Battalion.

The Kingston Frontenacs are back into the Top 10 after missing the cut last week. Kingston shook-off a 6-4 loss to the Oshawa Generals on Friday, defeating the Mississauga Steelheads 5-4 in a shootout Saturday afternoon on CBC as Shane Wright emerged as the hero on Larry Mavety Night. Overage winger Lucas Edmonds continues to lead Kingston in scoring with 24 points (9-15–24) over 14 games while rookie Matthew Soto has been a nice addition to the club, recording 14 points (4-10–14) in as many contests.

The Soo Greyhounds dropped from 10th in last week’s rankings to an honourable mention in Week 7. The Greyhounds lost 7-4 to the London Knights on Friday before rebounding to defeat the Windsor Spitfires 4-3 on Saturday as Tye Kartye‘s league-leading 15th of the season was the difference maker. The Hounds finish off three straight on the road tonight in Saginaw before returning home for the weekend, taking on the Erie Otters on Sunday afternoon.

For further analysis on the Week 7 edition of the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings, visit CHL.ca.


About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

OHL THIS WEEK: NOVEMBER 12 TO 14, 2021

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2021

Toronto, Ont. – We had Wednesday and Thursday off, but we’re back at it with all 20 teams in action on Friday! Here’s what you need to know entering the weekend.

Welsh to make OHL history in Kitchener on Friday:
She’s already worked an OHL pre-season game, but Kirsten Welsh will become the OHL’s first-ever woman linesperson during regular season action on Friday in Kitchener as the Rangers play host to the Owen Sound Attack. Get to know Welsh, who is a former blueliner and captain of Robert Morris University’s women’s hockey program here.

Frontenacs honour Larry Mavety on CBC this Saturday:
The Kingston Frontenacs host the Mississauga Steelheads in this week’s CHL on CBC instalment Saturday at 3:00pm ET. It’s Larry Mavety Night at the Leon’s Centre as the Fronts pay tribute to one of the League’s best-known all-time builders in the late Larry Mavety. Top 2022 NHL Draft prospect Shane Wright takes to the ice against a Steelheads club that enters the weekend as winners of four in a row. The Frontenacs are led in scoring by overage winger Lucas Edmonds, whose unconventional path to the OHL has taken him from North Bay, to the GTHL, to Sweden and finally to Kingston. You can learn more about Edmonds’ journey here.

B.J Adams named new Head Coach of Otters:
After a 3-7-1-0 start to the season, the Erie Otters have made a change behind the bench, relieving Chris Hartsburg of his duties while promoting long-time associate coach B.J. Adams to the club’s lead role. Read more

Rosters revealed for 2021 Capital City Challenge:
Hockey Canada’s 66-player National Under-17 roster consists of 24 OHL players spread out across three rosters entering the four-team Capital City Challenge that gets underway on November 26th in Ottawa. Read more

Knights and Greyhounds included in Week 6 edition of Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings:
The London Knights hold steady at number two in the CHL this week behind the WHL’s Winnipeg ICE despite dropping consecutive decisions. The Soo Greyhounds make their season debut on the list, coming in at 10th in the country. Read more

Frontenacs’ Wright named OHL Player of the Week, receives national honours:
Kingston Frontenacs captain Shane Wright is the OHL Player of the Week with eight points over three games last week. He also earned CHL Team of the Week recognition for his performance. Read more

Steelheads’ Basran named OHL Goaltender of the Week:
Roman Basran of the Mississauga Steelheads is the OHL Goaltender of the Week with three wins, a 0.97 goals-against average, .952 save percentage and his first career OHL shutout. Read more

OHL Weekend Notebook:
The OHL Weekend Notebook recaps the weekend that was with news, information and interesting facts from both on and off the ice. Read more

Spitfire teammates Maggio, Johnston featured in OHL Plays of the Week:
It’s time for the OHL Plays of the Week! Check out offensive brilliance from Sudbury’s Chase Stillman, Windsor’s Matt Maggio, Sault Ste. Marie’s Tyler Savard, Owen Sound’s Mark Woolley and Windsor’s Wyatt Johnston. Watch

Petes’ Simpson stymies shooters in OHL Saves of the Week:
Rolling out the red carpet for ridiculous OHL refusals headlined by Peterborough Petes netminder Michael Simpson in the latest edition of the OHL Saves of the Week. Watch

Check out 23 career firsts and a pair of shutouts in OHL Milestone Moments:
The latest instalment of OHL Milestone Moments includes 23 first career goals along with a pair of milestone shutouts. Watch

OHL News – Radio Edition with Oshawa’s Ty Tullio:
Entering the weekend on a 12-game point streak, Edmonton Oilers prospect Ty Tullio of the Oshawa Generals joins OHL News Radio. Listen

Battalion’s Petrov signs with Oilers:
The Edmonton Oilers have signed North Bay Battalion forward Matvey Petrov to a three-year entry-level NHL contract. The Russian winger has started his season with 10 goals and eight assists in 14 games for the Troops. Read more

Carson Lloyd commits to Knights:
The London Knights have received a commitment from third round 2021 OHL Priority Selection choice Carson Lloyd who has started his season with the OJHL’s Georgetown Raiders. Read more

COMMUNITY CORNER:

OHL supporting Special Olympics Ontario at six games this weekend: Special Olympics Month continues across the OHL this weekend, with six games supporting athletes across the province. Keep an eye out for ceremonial puck drops and awareness campaigns on Friday in Guelph, Niagara, Kingston and Kitchener, on Saturday in Windsor and on Sunday in Oshawa. Read more

67’s honour Canadian Armed Forces on Friday: The Ottawa 67’s will be decked out in special military themed jerseys on Friday when they play host to the Mississauga Steelheads. The 67’s will be honouring men and women in uniform throughout the evening.

Otters host Military Appreciation Night on Saturday: With Remembrance Day and Veterans Day this past week, the Erie Otters will be saluting the troops on Saturday at Erie Insurance Arena. The Otters will be wearing special camouflaged military themed uniforms to be auctioned off post-game in section 220 as well as online next week. Proceeds will go to the Veterans Miracle Center of Erie.

Spirit honour Military on Saturday: Much like the Otters, the Saginaw Spirit will be honouring Military service-people and veterans on Saturday at home to the Kitchener Rangers at the Dow Event Center. The Spirit will be wearing limited edition military uniforms to be auctioned off in support of the Bay City Elks for local veteran initiatives.

Battalion prepare for Tim Horton’s Day on Sunday: Timbits make their return to the Memorial Gardens on Sunday afternoon with the Sudbury Wolves in town. Fans will have a chance to win major prizes from Tim Horton’s including free coffee for a year for one lucky winner.

Steelheads raising funds for men’s health with Movember campaign: The Mississauga Steelheads are growing their mo’s for men’s health this month. The Trout have started a team Movember campaign as they look to change the face of men’s health. Learn more about their initiative and make a donation here.

Wolves launch Movember campaign: The Sudbury Wolves are working on their moustaches this month, launching a Movember campaign to raise funds for men’s health. Check out their progress at movember.com.

ALUMNI NOTES:

Nash’s #61 to be retired by Blue Jackets: The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced that all-time leading scorer Rick Nash’s number 61 will be retired by the club prior to a game on March 5, 2022. The Brampton, Ont. native who played two seasons for the London Knights from 2000-02 put up 547 points (289-258–547) over a 674-game tenure in Columbus after being selected by the club with the first overall pick of the 2002 NHL Draft. The 37-year-old Nash retired following the 2017-18 season after a 1,060-game NHL career resulting in 805 points between the Jackets, New York Rangers and Boston Bruins.

Cotter makes NHL debut: London Knights graduate Paul Cotter got into his first NHL game on Tuesday as the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Seattle Kraken 4-2. The 21-year-old Cotter picked up his first NHL goal two nights later against the Minnesota Wild. A product of Canton, Michigan, Cotter played one season in London, recording 26 points (9-17–26) in 48 games during the 2018-19 campaign. He was Vegas’ fourth round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

Gagner plays 900th career NHL contest: London Knights graduate Sam Gagner played in his 900th career NHL contest on Tuesday, picking up an assist as his Detroit Red Wings beat his former club, the Edmonton Oilers by a score of 4-2. The 32-year-old Gagner has six points (2-4–6) through 15 games with the Red Wings in this, his 15th NHL season. Gagner played one season with the London Knights in 2006-07 before being selected by the Oilers with the sixth overall pick of the 2007 NHL Draft. Sam and his father Dave Gagner, who is also an OHL graduate, are one of six father-son combos in NHL history to have each played 900 games.

Sparks, Villalta make for inseparable goaltending tandem in AHL: Los Angeles Kings farmhands Garret Sparks and Matthew Villalta as thick as thieves. The two OHL graduates have paced the Ontario Reign to their best-ever start to a season with a 9-0-1 mark in the standings. The two goaltenders are an inseparable duo both on and off the ice as Sparks, who is a former Guelph Storm puckstopper and Villalta, a former Soo Greyhound, have quite the friendship. Jared Shafran has more in the LA Kings Insider.

Knights grad Marietti to be inducted into ECHL Hall of Fame: London Knights graduate Brett Marietti has been announced as a member of the ECHL’s 2022 Hall of Fame Class. The Haileybury, Ont. product was a South Carolina Stingrays star for nine seasons between 1994-2003, winning Kelly Cup titles in 1997 and 2001. He scored at least 20 goals seven times over his nine seasons while his 30 career playoff goals are tied for 13th in ECHL history. Marietti played for the Knights from 1990-93.

KEY MATCHUPS:

Soo Greyhounds at London Knights 
Friday November 12th – 7:30pm

The OHL’s two representatives in this week’s edition of the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings square off at Budweiser Gardens on Friday as the CHL’s second-ranked Knights try and reverse consecutive losses against the high-scoring 10th ranked Soo Greyhounds. The Knights were without captain Luke Evangelista in their last two contests but the Nashville Predators prospect is expected to make his return against the Greyhounds. The Hounds feature two of the League’s top three scorers in Calgary Flames prospect Rory Kerins and overage winger Tye Kartye. Veteran flank Cole MacKay and St. Louis Blues prospect Tanner Dickinson are also big producers in the Soo lineup. This is the first of four meetings between the two clubs this season.

Mississauga Steelheads at Kingston Frontenacs
Saturday November 13th – 3:00pm on CBC

Top 2022 NHL Draft prospect and reigning OHL Player of the Week Shane Wright comes to CBC this weekend as his Kingston Frontenacs host the Mississauga Steelheads before a national audience. While Wright is a staple down the middle, the Fronts have been led in scoring by overage winger Lucas Edmonds and Los Angeles Kings prospect Martin Chromiak, each with 18 points. Rookie standout Matthew Soto has also registered over a point-per-game with 13 through his first 12 OHL matchups. The Steelheads enter the weekend as winners of four in a row. Overage netminder Roman Basran is the League’s reigning Goaltender of the Week. The Trout also lead the OHL in shots-on-goal per-game, while also surrendering a league low.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

Friday, November 12th:
Saginaw at Flint – 7:00pm
Peterborough at Hamilton – 7:00pm
Oshawa at Kingston – 7:00pm
Barrie at Niagara – 7:00pm
Mississauga at Ottawa – 7:00pm
Windsor at Sarnia – 7:05pm
North Bay at Sudbury – 7:05pm
Erie at Guelph – 7:30pm
Owen Sound at Kitchener – 7:30pm
Sault Ste. Marie at London – 7:30pm

Saturday, November 13th:
Mississauga at Kingston – 3:00pm – CHL on CBC
Ottawa at Hamilton – 4:00pm
London at Erie – 7:00pm
Kitchener at Flint – 7:00pm
Oshawa at Niagara – 7:00pm
Sarnia at Saginaw – 7:05pm
Sault Ste. Marie at Windsor – 7:05pm
Peterborough at Barrie – 7:30pm
Guelph at Owen Sound – 7:30pm

Sunday, November 14th:
Sudbury at North Bay – 2:00pm
Kitchener at Saginaw – 5:30pm
Ottawa at Oshawa – 6:05pm

KNIGHTS AND GREYHOUNDS INCLUDED IN WEEK 6 EDITION OF KIA CHL TOP 10 RANKINGS

Toronto, Ont. – The Canadian Hockey League announced today the Week 6 edition of the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2021-22 season.

The London Knights hold steady at number two in the CHL this week behind the WHL’s Winnipeg ICE despite dropping consecutive decisions, first seeing their nine-game season-opening winning streak snapped at the hands of the Flint Firebirds on Saturday. The Knights picked up a point but fell 4-3 in overtime to the Guelph Storm on Tuesday night. London continues to hold the OHL’s best winning percentage of .864, outscoring opponents 39-25. The Knights have been without captain and leading scorer Luke Evangelista in each of their losses and they try and return to the win column on Friday at home to the Soo Greyhounds, who we’ll cover next.

The Hounds enter the Top-10 for the first time all season, sitting 10th on the rankings with a 9-5-0-0 record. The highest-scoring team in the OHL with 65 goals scored, the Greyhounds feature two of the League’s top three scorers with Calgary Flames prospect Rory Kerins (9-14–23) and winger Tye Kartye (13-8–21) leading the way. They opened last week with an 8-4 home ice victory over the Saginaw Spirit before splitting a pair of high-scoring home dates against the Guelph Storm. The Greyhounds are on the road this coming weekend, making stops in London and Windsor.

The Flint Firebirds are an honourable mention in this week’s rankings after defeating the Kitchener Rangers behind a Brennan Othmann hat-trick on Friday before returning home to hand the London Knights their first loss of the season on Saturday. The Firebirds have won four of their last five games and own a 6-3-0-0 record, preparing to face the rival Saginaw Spirit at home on Friday.

The Ottawa 67’s have earned themselves an honourable mention, leading the East Division with an 8-4-0-1 record, gathering at least a point in three straight. Prior to Tuesday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Kingston Frontenacs, the 67’s had scored consecutive victories over the Peterborough Petes and North Bay Battalion. Calgary Flames prospect Jack Beck, who missed Tuesday’s contest, leads the club in scoring with 17 points (11-6–17) in 12 games.

For further analysis on the Week 6 edition of the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings, visit CHL.ca.


About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

BASRAN AND WRIGHT NAMED OHL TOP PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced Top Performers of the Week for the week of regular season games ending Sunday, November 7, 2021

Frontenacs’ Shane Wright Named OHL Player of the Week

Top 2022 NHL Draft prospect Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs is the OHL Player of the Week, leading the League with eight points including three goals and five assists over three contests.

Wright put up three multi-point showings on home ice, beginning with a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Mississauga Steelheads on Wednesday. The Frontenacs came up short again on Friday, but Wright scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season while going 20-for-32 in the faceoff circle as the North Bay Battalion took a 5-4 decision. Wright’s Frontenacs battled back into the win column on Sunday as he recorded a career-high four assists in a 6-5 overtime win against the Peterborough Petes. Wright gathered an assist on Lucas Edmonds’ OT winner, extending his current point streak to five games.

A 17-year-old native of Burlington, Ont., Wright sits third in Frontenacs scoring with 16 points (6-10–16) through 11 games. Named both OHL and CHL Rookie of the Year as an exceptional status talent in 2019-20, Wright helped guide Canada to IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship gold this past May in Frisco, Texas. He was selected by the Frontenacs with the first overall pick of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection after leading the Don Mills Flyers to an OHL Cup championship.

Wright becomes the first Frontenacs player to win the weekly honour since Brett Neumann last did so in December 2018.

Also considered for the award this week, Guelph Storm forward and reigning Player of the Month Sasha Pastujov helped his club play to a 2-1-0-0 mark, climbing to the top of OHL scoring with seven points (2-5–7) over three games. Soo Greyhounds forward Rory Kerins also recorded seven points (2-5–7) as the Hounds went 2-1-0-0 on the week.

2021-22 OHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Nov. 1 – Nov. 7: Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 25 – Oct. 31: Tucker Robertson (Peterborough Petes)
Oct. 18 – Oct. 24: Rory Kerins (Soo Greyhounds)
Oct. 11 – Oct. 17: Calum Ritchie (Oshawa Generals)
Oct. 4 – Oct. 10: Jack Thompson (Sudbury Wolves)


Steelheads’ Roman Basran Named OHL Goaltender of the Week

Roman Basran of the Mississauga Steelheads is the OHL Goaltender of the Week with three wins, a 0.97 goals-against average, .952 save percentage and his first career OHL shutout.

Basran backstopped the Steelheads to a perfect 3-0 week on the ice, first turning aside 18 shots in a 3-2 overtime road win over the Kingston Frontenacs on Wednesday. He provided a clean sheet on Friday, making 20 saves for his first OHL shutout as the Trout beat the Hamilton Bulldogs 3-0 on home ice. Basran wrapped up the weekend on Sunday, making 21 saves in a 4-1 victory over the visiting Niagara IceDogs.

A 20-year-old product of Vancouver, BC, Basran was acquired by the Steelheads via OHL entry waivers on October 4. He played four seasons with the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets, going 52-41-7-4 with a 2.90 goals-against average, .905 save percentage and five shutouts after originally being selected in the third round of the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft. The 6-foot-2, 192Ib. netminder represented Canada Black at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, BC. Basran owns the League’s second-lowest goals-against average of 2.37, going 5-3-0-0 with an .894 save percentage with the Steelheads so far this season.

Other goaltenders considered for the award this week include Xavier Medina of the Windsor Spitfires who went 2-0 with a 1.99 goals-against average and .933 save percentage. London Knights goaltender Brett Brochu also played well, going 1-1 with a 1.98 goals-against average and .909 save percentage.

2021-22 OHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:
Nov. 1 – Nov. 7: Roman Basran (Mississauga Steelheads)
Oct. 25 – Oct. 31: Patrick Leaver (Oshawa Generals)
Oct. 18 – Oct. 24: Jacob Oster (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 11 – Oct. 17: Brett Brochu (London Knights)
Oct. 4 – Oct. 10: Tucker Tynan (Niagara IceDogs)


About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

24 OHL PLAYERS NAMED TO HOCKEY CANADA UNDER-17 ROSTER FOR INAUGURAL CAPITAL CITY CHALLENGE

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is pleased to congratulate 24 OHL players named by Hockey Canada to the Under-17 roster set to participate at the inaugural Capital City Challenge, a four-team tournament featuring three men’s under-17 teams and Canada’s National Women’s Team to take place November 26 to December 1 at TD Place in Ottawa.

The 66 players named to compete in the event will be divided into three teams – Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red and Team Canada White – and will compete against Canada’s National Women’s Team as part of its centralization schedule. The rosters for Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red and Team Canada White will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

The under-17 roster was selected by Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), senior vice-president of hockey operations, Alan Millar (Tottenham, Ont.), director of player personnel, and Byron Bonora (Brooks, Alta.), head scout for the U17 program. U17 Program of Excellence management group lead Philippe Boucher (Saint-Apollinaire, Que./Drummondville, QMJHL) and manager of hockey operations Benoit Roy (Sudbury, Ont.), as well as regional scouts Pierre Cholette (Quebec), Rob Simpson (Ontario), Darren Sutherland (Atlantic) and Darrell Woodley (Ontario), also provided input with support from Hockey Canada’s 13 Members.

“We are excited to unveil the 66 players that will suit up for our three men’s under-17 teams at the Capital City Challenge and have the unique opportunity to compete against Canada’s National Women’s Team in Ottawa,” said Salmond. “Although this has not been a traditional year for our Program of Excellence and the under-17 group, we are excited to introduce these athletes to an event that replicates short-term, international competition.”

In addition to the 24 OHL players selected, a total of nine OHL hockey operations personnel have been named to the staffs of the three Canadian squads including Team Red director of operations Kyle Raftis (Soo Greyhounds), Team White head coach Rob Wilson (Peterborough Petes), assistant Chad Wiseman (Guelph Storm) and Team Black assistant coach Jordan Smith (Soo Greyhounds).

24 OHL Players Named to 2021 Capital City Challenge:

*player committed to Ontario Hockey League club

Goaltenders (3):
Joseph Costanzo (Niagara IceDogs)
Nathaniel Day (Flint Firebirds)
Mason Vaccari (Kingston Frontenacs)*

Defencemen (6):
Beau Akey (Barrie Colts)
Cam Allen (Guelph Storm)
Tristan Bertucci (Flint Firebirds)
Oliver Bonk (London Knights)*
Alexis Daviault (Sarnia Sting)
Olivier Savard (Saginaw Spirit

Forwards (15):
Denver Barkey (London Knights)
Chris Barlas (Ottawa 67’s)
Colby Barlow (Owen Sound Attack)
Easton Cowan (London Knights)*
Nick Lardis (Peterborough Petes)
Luke McNamara (Saginaw Spirit)
Ethan Miedema (Windsor Spitfires)
Luke Misa (Mississauga Steelheads)
Owen Outwater (North Bay Battalion)
Alex Pharand (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Luca Pinelli (Ottawa 67’s)
Carson Rehkopf (Kitchener Rangers)
Calum Ritchie (Oshawa Generals)
Matthew Soto (Kingston Frontenacs)
Carey Terrance (Erie Otters)

Team Staff (Canada Black):
Assistant Coach – Jordan Smith (Soo Greyhounds)
Athletic Therapist – Marie-Pierre Néron (Ottawa 67’s)

Team Staff (Canada Red):
Director of Operations – Kyle Raftis (Soo Greyhounds)
Goaltending Coach – Franky Palazzese (Sarnia Sting)
Video Coach – Nick Biamonte (Guelph Storm)
Equipment Manager – Spencer Stehouwer (Sarnia Sting)
Team Physician – Dr. Wanda Millard (London Knights)

Team Staff (Canada White):
Head Coach – Rob Wilson (Peterborough Petes)
Assistant Coach – Chad Wiseman (Guelph Storm)

The Capital City Challenge opens on Nov. 26 at TD Place Arena, home of the Ottawa 67’s. Canada’s centralization roster will face Team Canada White in the tournament opener at 12 p.m. ET, followed by Team Canada Black taking on Team Canada Red at 7 p.m. ET.

Full-event ticket packages can be purchased for $80 (plus applicable fees) starting Monday, Nov. 8, while single-game tickets will be available starting as low as $5 at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets.

For more information on Hockey Canada and the Capital City Challenge, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, and by using #OurGameIsBack.


About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.