OHL Announces 2017 Exhibition Game Schedule

Press Release

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the exhibition game schedule for the 2017-18 season.

The schedule includes 45 games from Friday September 1 through Sunday September 17 and also features a six-team Pre-Season Showcase in partnership with Buffalo’s HarborCenter.

The HarborCenter OHL Showcase features the host Erie Otters along with the Flint Firebirds, Kitchener Rangers, North Bay Battalion, Peterborough Petes, and Windsor Spitfires each playing three games from September 1-3 to help open the exhibition season.  The HarborCenter has been the three-year host of the NHL Scouting Combine and will also host the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The showcase schedule at HarborCenter will also coincide with an elite eight-team U15 AAA Invitational Tournament featuring the Buffalo Jr. Sabres and some of the best competition from across North America giving hockey fans the opportunity to see the next wave of OHL Priority Selection talent.

All OHL clubs will play between two and six exhibition games with at least one game on home ice with the exception of five teams who will host off-site contests in community rinks including the Erie Otters (Komoka), Flint Firebirds (Iceland), Hamilton Bulldogs (Ancaster and Stoney Creek), Mississauga Steelheads (Hershey Centre 2 and Westwood), and Oshawa Generals (Pickering and Bowmanville).

The 681-game OHL regular season opens on Thursday September 21, 2017.

The complete exhibition schedule is listed below and attached and is also available at www.ontariohockeyleague.com.

2017 OHL Exhibition Game Schedule:

Fri. Sept 1 Flint vs Windsor 12:30 (OHL Showcase at Buffalo’s HarborCenter)

Fri. Sept 1 Kitchener vs North Bay 4:00 (OHL Showcase at Buffalo’s HarborCenter)

Fri. Sept 1 Erie vs Peterborough (OHL Showcase at Buffalo’s HarborCenter)

Fri. Sept 1 Guelph at Hamilton 7:00 (Ancaster’s Firestone Arena)

Fri. Sept 1 Oshawa at Kingston 7:00

Fri. Sept 1 Barrie at Niagara 7:00

Fri. Sept 1 Sarnia at London 7:30

Sat. Sept 2 North Bay vs Windsor 12:30 (OHL Showcase at Buffalo’s HarborCenter)

Sat. Sept 2 Peterborough vs Kitchener 4:00 (OHL Showcase at Buffalo’s HarborCenter)

Sat. Sept 2 Erie vs Flint 7:30 (OHL Showcase at Buffalo’s HarborCenter)

Set. Sept 2 Guelph at Mississauga 7:00 (Hershey Centre 2)

Sat. Sept 2 Sault Ste. Marie at Saginaw 7:00

Sat. Sept 2 London at Sarnia 7:05

Sun. Sept 3 Flint vs North Bay 12:30 (OHL Showcase at Buffalo’s HarborCenter)

Sun. Sept 3 Windsor vs Peterborough 4:00 (OHL Showcase at Buffalo’s HarborCenter)

Sun. Sept 3 Kitchener vs Erie 7:30 (OHL Showcase at Buffalo’s HarborCenter)

Sun. Sept 3 Ottawa at Kingston 2:00

Sun. Sept 3 Barrie at Owen Sound 2:00

Sun. Sept 3 Saginaw at Sault Ste. Marie 4:07

Mon. Sept 4 Mississauga at Guelph 2:00

Mon. Sept 4 Owen Sound at Barrie 6:00

Tues. Sept 5 Mississauga at Sudbury 7:05

Wed. Sept 13 Kitchener at Mississauga 7:00 (Westwood Arena)

Wed. Sept 13 Owen Sound at Oshawa 7:05 (Pickering Rec Complex)

Wed. Sept 13 North Bay at Sudbury 7:05

Thurs. Sept 14 Hamilton at Guelph 7:00

Thurs. Sept 14 Oshawa at Peterborough 7:05

Thurs. Sept 14 Niagara at Barrie 7:30

Fri. Sept 15 Kitchener at Niagara 7:00

Fri. Sept 15 Kingston at Ottawa 7:00

Fri. Sept 15 Flint at Saginaw 7:00

Fri. Sept 15 Sault Ste. Marie at Sudbury 7:05

Fri. Sept 15 Sarnia at Windsor 7:05

Fri. Sept 15 Erie at London 7:30

Sat. Sept 16 Niagara at Kitchener 2:00

Sat. Sept 16 North Bay at Owen Sound 2:00

Sat. Sept 16 Peterborough at Guelph 7:00

Sat. Sept 16 Saginaw at Flint 7:00 (Iceland Arena)

Sat. Sept 16 London at Erie 7:00 (Komoka Arena)

Sat. Sept 16 Windsor at Sarnia 7:05

Sat. Sept 16 Hamilton at Barrie 7:30

Sun. Sept 17 Owen Sound at North Bay 2:00

Sun. Sept 17 Sudbury at Sault Ste. Marie 2:07

Sun. Sept 17 Barrie at Hamilton 5:00 (Stoney Creek’s Valley Park Arena)

Sun. Sept 17 Peterborough at Oshawa 6:05 (Bowmanville’s Garnet Rickard Rec Complex)

The 2017 OHL Exhibition Game Schedule is subject to change including the potential for additional games to be added at a later date.  All games will once again be scored online and will appear in the digital schedule closer to the commencement of the pre-season.

OHL Announces Academic Player of the Year Award Winners for 2016-17

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67’s Sasha Chmelevski, Steelheads’ Stephen Gibson, Storm’s Quinn Hanna earn Academic Honours

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the recipients of the league’s three Academic Player of the Year awards for the 2016-17 season.

Sasha Chmelevski of the Ottawa 67’s is the recipient of the Bobby Smith Trophy as Scholastic Player of the Year, with Stephen Gibson of the Mississauga Steelheads earning the Roger Neilson Memorial Award as the Top Post-Secondary School Student, and Quinn Hanna of the Guelph Storm named the Ivan Tennant Memorial Award recipient for Top High School Student.

All three players will be formally presented with their awards at the annual OHL Awards Ceremony on Thursday June 8.  Chmelevski will be the OHL’s nominee for CHL Scholastic Player of the Year which will be announced on Saturday May 27 as part of the events at the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup in Windsor.

Bobby Smith Trophy (OHL Scholastic Player of the Year) – Sasha Chmelevski, Ottawa 67’s:

Sasha Chmelevski earns OHL Scholastic Player of the Year honours achieving a 98% average across his six Grade 12 courses.  The 67’s forward studied British Literature, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Anatomy and Physiology, Probability and Statistics, Psychology, and Physical Education through Michigan’s Virtual Charter Academy.

“I’m very humbled and honoured to win the Bobby Smith Award,” said Chmelevski. “I would like to thank my family, my school and teachers, our academic advisor and the Ottawa 67’s organization for allowing me to receive an education while playing hockey.”

The 17-year-old from Northville, Michigan, scored 21 goals and 22 assists for 43 points in 58 games played during his first full season in the nation’s capital.  The first round pick of the Sarnia Sting in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection joined the 67’s midway through last season and is now among the top OHL players eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft listed 43rd among North American players by NHL Central Scouting.  Last season he was a finalist for the Ivan Tennant Award for Top High School Student.

“Sasha embodies the true meaning of dedication to hockey and academics,” said 67’s Academic Advisor Eileen Duffin. “He approaches his studies as a mature, disciplined and self-motivated student. An American player who wanted to complete his high school studies with a Michigan State Diploma, Sasha took advantage of the opportunity to take online university level courses and completed his Diploma almost a term earlier than his peers. Few players can manage to work as independently as Sasha does with a regular daily schedule at home or on the road. His post-secondary goals are lofty, as he investigates studying medicine or optometry, all dependent on his equally lofty hockey goals.”

Each year the Bobby Smith Trophy is presented to the OHL Scholastic Player of the year who best combines high standards of play and academic excellence.  The trophy is in honour of Bobby Smith, a former Ottawa 67’s star who exhibited a standard of excellence in both of these areas.  First presented in 1980, Chmelevski is the fourth member of the 67’s following Doug Smith (1980-81), Ryan Kuwabara (1989-90), and Danny Battochio (2005-06) to claim the award named after one of their own.  Past winners also include three-time winner Dustin Brown (Guelph 2001-03), Steven Stamkos (Sarnia 2007), Matt Duchene (Brampton 2009), Dougie Hamilton (Niagara 2011), Darnell Nurse (Sault Ste. Marie 2013), back-to-back recipient Connor McDavid (Erie 2014-15), and Nicolas Hague (Mississauga 2016).

Finalists for the award include fellow 2017 NHL Draft prospects Alex Formenton of the London Knights and Nick Suzuki of the Owen Sound Attack.

Sasha Chmelevski of the Ottawa 67's. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Sasha Chmelevski of the Ottawa 67’s. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Roger Neilson Memorial Award (Top Post-Secondary Student) – Stephen Gibson, Mississauga Steelheads:

Stephen Gibson is a Ryerson University student excelling in Business courses that include Human Resources Management, Intro to Financial Accounting, Principles of Marketing, and Microeconomics.  This marks the second straight season the Top Post-Secondary Student is also a member of the Steelheads as Gibson follows former teammate Damian Bourne who earned the award in 2015-16.

“I am honoured to be this year’s recipient of the Roger Neilson Award,” said Gibson. “I value the importance of education, and the Ontario Hockey League allows me to achieve this, while pursuing my goal of playing pro hockey. I’d like to thank the Steelheads organization and academic support staff, including academic advisor Lauren Wilson, for helping me coordinate my classes and exams in consideration of my rigorous hockey schedule.”

The 20-year-old from Kitchener, Ont., is playing in his third full season with the Steelheads who chose him in the seventh round of the 2013 OHL Priority Selection.  On the ice the defenceman contributed three goals and seven assists for 10 points in 65 games for the Central Division champions.

“Awards like these reflect positively on the strides that our academic program has taken over the past few seasons,” said Steelheads Assistant General Manager Jan Egert. “It’s a great honour for players like Stephen Gibson and Damian Bourne to be rewarded for their academic achievements, and for players who take education while playing in the OHL very seriously to be recognized. There is no shortage of candidates on our hockey club that deserve recognition for their post-secondary academic achievements this season, including players like Jacob Ramalho, Austin Osmanski, Marcus Dickerson, and Nicolas Hague.”

The Roger Neilson Memorial Award is named in honour of the Hall of Fame Coach who served behind the Peterborough Petes bench in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.  Neilson, a former high school teacher, was a pioneer in stressing the importance of education to all of his players.  First presented in 2005, past recipients include two-time winners Danny Battochio (Ottawa 2005-06) and Derek Lanoue (Windsor 2010-11), followed by Kyle Pereira (Guelph 2012), Daniel Altshuller (Oshawa 2013), Patrick Watling (Sault Ste. Marie 2014), and Justin Nichols (Guelph 2015).

Finalists for the award include Jacob Golden of the London Knights, and Austin Hall of the Guelph Storm for the second straight season.

Ivan Tennant Memorial Award (Top Academic High School Student) – Quinn Hanna, Guelph Storm:

Guelph Storm rookie Quinn Hanna achieved a 96% average during the 2016-17 academic year with a full six-course Grade 12 workload at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School where he studied University English, University Physics, University Biology, Religious Education, University Calculus and Vectors, and University Chemistry.

“It’s a huge honour to win this year’s Ivan Tennant Academic Award,” said Hanna. “I was very fortunate to have such a supportive group of people surrounding me this year with the Guelph Storm including Mike Kelly and academic advisor Coleen Driscoll. The list goes on and includes my teammates, coaches, billets and teachers. I can’t thank them enough for the time and energy they put into helping me pursue my academic goals this year.”

The 18-year-old from Peterborough, Ont., was chosen by the Storm in the fifth round of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.  The defenceman played in 37 games this season with four points including his first career goal scored on February 10 against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

“Quinn is simply an exceptional student athlete,” said Storm Academic Advisor Coleen Driscoll. “He is conscientious, dedicated and a very bright young man. This commitment to his academics has enabled him to continue to achieve incredible success in the classroom carrying one of the most demanding course loads for any high school student. Quinn has dedicated himself to his studies, holding himself to an extremely high standard, while effectively balancing his hockey commitments. He is currently considering post-secondary studies in Biomedical Engineering but is also entertaining studies in Astrophysics in the future.  Regardless of his program of study, I have no doubt his level of excellence will be maintained.”

The Ivan Tennant Memorial Award is given to the Top Academic High School Player and is named in honour of Ivan Tennant, who spent a lifetime combining hockey and education.  He was the Kitchener Rangers’ Education Consultant for 20 years and a key figure on the OHL’s Education Consultant’s Committee.  First presented in 2005, Hanna is the second member of the Storm to receive the award following Adam Craievich in 2014.  Past recipients also include brothers Matt and Adam Pelech (Sarnia 2005 and Erie 2012), Freddie and Dougie Hamilton (Niagara 2009 and 2010), and recent winners Stephen Dhillon (Niagara 2015) and Kyle Keyser (Flint 2016).

Finalists for the award include Colton Incze of the Niagara IceDogs, along with Cade Robinson of the Erie Otters and Dennis Busby of the Flint Firebirds.

All 20 of the OHL’s member clubs provide nominees for each award with the Bobby Smith Trophy nominees representing the 2016-17 OHL Scholastic Team:

2016-17 OHL Scholastic Team:
Barrie Colts – Kyle Heitzner
Erie Otters – Alex DeBrincat
Flint Firebirds – Ty Dellandrea
Guelph Storm – Nate Schnarr
Hamilton Bulldogs – Matthew Strome*
Kingston Frontenacs – Brett Neumann
Kitchener Rangers – Riley Damiani
London Knights – Alex Formenton
Mississauga Steelheads – Nicolas Hague*
Niagara IceDogs – Ben Jones
North Bay Battalion – Adam McMaster
Oshawa Generals – Kyle Keyser*
Ottawa 67’s – Sasha Chmelevski
Owen Sound Attack – Nick Suzuki
Peterborough Petes – Zach Gallant*
Saginaw Spirit – Damien Giroux
Sarnia Sting – Ryan McGregor
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds – Conor Timmins*
Sudbury Wolves – Owen Lalonde
Windsor Spitfires – Michael DiPietro*

*member of 2015-16 OHL Scholastic Team

Best of Both Worlds

Flint Firebirds Hockey Operations Staff Announcement

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Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League is pleased to announce the appointment of Barclay Branch as Vice-President of Hockey Operations and General Manager of the Flint Firebirds.

The announcement comes one year following the league’s appointment of George Burnett as Firebirds General Manager, hired to work closely with the players, parents, and hockey operations staff to re-establish the team both on and off the ice.  Having done that, Mr. Burnett will be leaving the Firebirds to take on another role within the league.

“Over the last year George Burnett has provided the Flint Firebirds with a strong foundation on which to develop the team, the players, and continued success within the community of Flint and Genesee County,” said Joe Birch, OHL Senior Director of Hockey Development & Special Events. “On behalf of the OHL, I want to thank George for his commitment to the Firebirds and his hard work over the last year.  I’d also like to welcome Barclay Branch who we as the League feel will help continue strengthening this foundation backed by a strong team in the hockey operations department including assistant general manager Joe Stefan and head coach Ryan Oulahen.”

The 2016-17 campaign saw the Firebirds achieve success both on and off the ice during their second OHL season including the club’s first playoff appearance, and being embraced throughout Flint and Genesee County as the players and team actively expanded their presence with various charitable and community event initiatives.

“It has been an honour to work with the players, families, billets and staff of the Flint Firebirds,” said George Burnett, outgoing General Manager. “In a short time we have pulled together, worked hard and shown everyone in hockey what we are made of. I am very proud to be associated with the Firebirds’ players who show nothing but strength and determination.”

Branch has spent his 17-year career in Major Junior Hockey in both management and scouting capacities, most recently as the General Manager of the Sudbury Wolves.  He spent 11 years with the Belleville Bulls as Assistant GM and Director of Player Personnel where he reported to Burnett, and directed the Bulls’ OHL Priority Selection, drafting players such as P.K., Malcolm, and Jordan Subban, Brendan Gaunce, Eric Tangradi, and Brandon Saigeon.  During that time the Bulls played in four Eastern Conference Finals highlighted by an appearance in the Mastercard Memorial Cup in 2008.  Branch started his career with the Oshawa Generals, and also served as Assistant GM and Director of Player Personnel with the Hamilton Bulldogs prior to joining the Wolves.  He is entering his fourth season as a regional Under-17 scout for Hockey Canada.

“I am excited to join the Flint Firebirds organization and work with the staff and the league to continue the team’s development and carry on the successes of this past season,” said Barclay Branch, incoming General Manager. “There is a real future for OHL hockey in Flint and I look forward to being part of it.”

The Firebirds will host a media availability on Tuesday April 18 beginning at 10:00 am at the Dort Federal Event Center.  Burnett and Branch will both be in attendance alongside other members of the club’s hockey operations department and OHL personnel.

OHL completes inaugural Under-18 Priority Selection

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Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today conducted the inaugural OHL Under-18 Priority Selection for Midget AAA hockey players in Ontario.

Eligibility for the 2017 OHL Under-18 Priority Selection included all Midget players (1999 and 2000 birth years) not currently on an OHL Member Team Protected List who were carded with an Ontario based Midget AAA Hockey Club within the Ontario Hockey Federation, Hockey Eastern Ontario, or Hockey Northwestern Ontario in the current season.

Victor Hadfield, a defenceman from the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs, was the first pick of the inaugural OHL Under-18 Priority Selection to the Barrie Colts, followed by goaltender James Walker of Windsor AAA chosen second overall to the Guelph Storm, and forward Ryland Mosley of the Carleton Place Canadians picked third overall by the North Bay Battalion.

A total of 96 players were selected in the five-round process from 46 different teams and included 49 forwards, 31 defencemen, and 16 goaltenders.  88 of the players selected are 2000-born, with eight born in 1999.

All OHL Member Teams were required to draft a minimum of four players, however to enhance opportunities specifically for goaltenders, clubs selecting a goaltender with one of their selections had the option to select another player (skater only) in an additional round.

“I’d like to congratulate all players and the families of all players, 96 of them in total, selected in the inaugural OHL Under-18 Priority Selection,” said Joe Birch, Senior Director of Player Development and Special Events. “What a great accomplishment for these players who have continued to work hard and improve over the past four or five years of their minor hockey careers.  This draft and the selected players are a great example of what this is about which is to raise the profile of Midget AAA hockey and to provide enhanced opportunities for players to develop.”


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The Ontario Minor Hockey Association led the way with 32 players selected from 16 different teams including 18 who compete among 11 ETA teams, and 14 from five different SCTA teams.  The Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs and the Niagara North Stars each led the way with five players selected followed by the Central Ontario Wolves with four.  The Greater Toronto Hockey League was represented by 20 players from eight different teams led by the Mississauga Rebels with seven players, followed by the Toronto Nationals and the Vaughan Kings each with three.  Hockey Eastern Ontario had a total of 19 players selected from 11 different teams led by four from the Kemptville 73’s.  The ALLIANCE had 14 players chosen from six different teams including five from Windsor.  The Northern Ontario Hockey Association had 10 players selected from four teams including four players from the Soo Midget Greyhounds, while one player was chosen from Hockey Northwestern Ontario’s Thunder Bay Kings.

Picks were submitted online by OHL member clubs and displayed in real-time at ontariohockeyleague.com accompanied by an audio stream.

Announced in January, the concept of the OHL Under-18 Priority Selection was developed with full support from Hockey Canada’s three Ontario Branches including the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF), Hockey Eastern Ontario (HEO), and Hockey Northwestern Ontario (HNO).

Guelph Storm to host 2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

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Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League in association with Sherwin-Williams, the Ontario Hockey League, and the Guelph Storm Hockey Club, today announced that the 2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game will be hosted by the Storm at Sleeman Centre on Thursday January 25, 2018.

The 2018 event will mark the 23rd annual showcase of the CHL’s top-40 NHL draft eligible players featuring talent from the Ontario Hockey League, the Western Hockey League, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League competing before hundreds of NHL scouts in attendance.

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“The Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is a true showcase of our league’s rising stars and the next wave of NHL talent,” said CHL President David Branch. “On behalf of the Canadian Hockey League, we are very pleased to bring this event to the City of Guelph and the Storm organization for what will surely be a special experience for the players and an exciting game for the fans.”

Guelph will become the 15th different Canadian city to host the event following the likes of Toronto (1996-98, 2000, 2011), Calgary (1999, 2001, 2014), Saskatoon (2002), Kitchener (2003), London (2004), Vancouver (2005, 2016), Ottawa (2006), Quebec City (2007, 2017), Edmonton (2008), Oshawa (2009), Windsor (2010), Kelowna (2012), Halifax (2013), and St. Catharines (2015).

“We are extremely excited to bring such a prestigious event to the city of Guelph,” said Storm Governor Rick Gaetz. “For our great fans, our partners and of course our players, we are thrilled to be the next world class host for this elite game.”

The Storm have had 18 players compete in this event including representation by forwards Isaac Ratcliffe and Nate Schnarr this season in Quebec.  Nine former Storm were chosen in the first round of the NHL Draft following event participation including Manny Malhotra (New York Rangers 1998), Daniel Paille (Buffalo 2002), Dustin Brown (Los Angeles 2003), Ryan Parent (Nashville 2005), Thomas McCollum (Detroit 2008), Drew Doughty (Los Angeles 2008), Peter Holland (Anaheim 2009), Jason Dickinson (Dallas 2013), and Robby Fabbri (St. Louis 2014).

“As the official paint sponsor of the CHL, the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is a highlight for Sherwin-Williams,” said Paul Clifford, President and General Manager, Sherwin-Williams. “We are honoured to continue our great partnership with the CHL, and we look forward to cheering on some great on-ice talent next year in Guelph.”

Since the event was first introduced in 1996 the game has featured 13 players that were selected with the first overall pick in the NHL Draft including Chris Phillips (1996), Joe Thornton (1997), Vincent Lecavalier (1998), Rick Nash (2002), Marc-Andre Fleury (2003), Patrick Kane (2007), Steven Stamkos (2008), John Tavares (2009), Taylor Hall (2010), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2011), Nathan MacKinnon (2013), Aaron Ekblad (2014), and Connor McDavid (2015).  This season, 33 of the top-62 ranked North American skaters eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft competed on January 30 in Quebec City.  Top ranked Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings captained Team Cherry to a 7-5 victory over Team Orr, captained by number two ranked Nico Hischier of the Halifax Mooseheads who was named Player of the Game with a goal and two assists.

The 2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is proudly supported by title partner Sherwin-Williams, and CHL associate sponsors CIBC, Cooper Tire, and autoTRADER.ca.  The game will be broadcast live on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

For more information please visit http://sherwin-williamstopprospects.ca.

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CANADA’S ROAD TO U18 WORLDS MAKES STOP IN ONTARIO

Players to hit the ice in Etobicoke before moving on to two pre-tournament games in Slovakia 

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ETOBICOKE, Ont. – Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team will begin to assemble in Etobicoke, Ont., this week before flying to Slovakia for two pre-competition games in preparation for the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship, April 13-23, in Poprad and Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia.

Hockey Canada has announced that Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Calgary/Spokane, WHL), Maxime Comtois (Longueuil, Que./Victoriaville, QMJHL), Stelio Mattheos (Winnipeg/Brandon, WHL), Ian Mitchell (Calahoo, Alta./Spruce Grove, AJHL), Isaac Ratcliffe (London, Ont./Guelph, OHL), and Ian Scott (Calgary/Prince Albert, WHL) are the first six players to join the team roster.

Joining them for the pre-competition training camp are six under-aged players who’ve been invited to take part in order to gain more international experience: Ty Dellandrea (Port Perry, Ont./Flint, OHL), Anderson MacDonald (Quispamsis, N.B./Sherbrooke, QMJHL);Jack McBain (Toronto/Toronto Jr. Canadiens, OJHL); Ryan Merkley (Mississauga, Ont./Guelph, OHL); Ty Smith (Lloydminster, Alta./Spokane, WHL); and Akil Thomas (Toronto/Niagara, OHL).

Hockey Canada is grateful for the support of its junior hockey partners, led by the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), in helping provide this development opportunity and international experience for these young players.

“We felt it was important to start putting the pieces together and having the players on the ice as we assemble and start building a strong base for the group that will eventually be the one to wear the red-and-white at this year’s U18 world championship,” said Ryan Jankowski, Hockey Canada’s director of player personnel. Jankowski is responsible for leading the player selection process, with input from head coach Darren Rumble (Barrie, Ont./Moncton, QMJHL), assistant coaches Steve Hamilton (Edmonton/Edmonton, WHL) and Stéphane Julien (Shawinigan, Que./Sherbrooke, QMJHL), and goaltending consultant Fred Brathwaite (Ottawa/Hockey Canada).

“As players progress through the CHL playoffs, we will be making additions to our roster with the goal of playing for gold at worlds.”

Players will hit the ice for three practices at the MasterCard Centre’s Rink 1 during their time in Etobicoke – all practices are open to the public and free of charge:

  • Monday, April 3: 5 p.m. – 6:20 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, April 4: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, April 5: 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. ET

On April 5, the team departs for Slovakia to continue its training camp and play two pre-tournament games – April 9 in Bratislava versus Russia; and April 10 in Piestany versus Switzerland.

Canada opens the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship on April 13 against Latvia; it will also play Finland, Slovakia and Switzerland in preliminary-round action. TSN, the official broadcast partner of Hockey Canada, is broadcasting 12 games, including all of Team Canada’s match-ups at the IIHF U18 World Championship. RDS will broadcast 10 games, including Canada’s four preliminary-round games, two quarter-final games, both semifinals, and the bronze- and gold-medal games.

Canada has won seven medals at the IIHF U18 World Championship, including three gold medals (2003, 2008, 2013).

For more information on Hockey Canada and the Program of Excellence, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along via social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Twitter.com/HC_Men.

OHL Announces Disciplinary Action

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The Ontario Hockey League today announced the results of a review of an incident which took place in a playoff game played in Oshawa on the 31st of March, 2017, involving the Generals and the visiting Sudbury Wolves Hockey Club.

The incident reviewed was a 5 minute major and game misconduct for cross checking assessed to player Michael Pezzetta of the Sudbury Wolves Hockey Club.

Based on a review of the incident, it is the position of the League that player Michael Pezzetta shall be suspended for two (2) games effective immediately.

OHL Announces Disciplinary Action

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Game of Thursday, March 30th, 2017 – Mississauga at Ottawa

The Ontario Hockey League today announced the results of two reviews of incidents which took place in a game played in Ottawa on the 30th of March, 2017, involving the 67’s and the visiting Mississauga Steelheads Hockey Club.

The first incident reviewed was a game misconduct assessed to player Kyle Auger of the Ottawa 67’s Hockey Club as the result of leaving the player’s bench during an altercation for the purpose of starting an altercation.

Based on such review, and as per League policy, player Kyle Auger shall be automatically suspended two (2) games, Head Coach Jeff Brown shall be automatically suspended two (2) games, and the Ottawa 67’s Hockey Club is fined $1,000.00.

The second incident reviewed was an aggressor game misconduct penalty assessed to player Nicolas Hague of the Mississauga Steelheads Hockey Club.

Based on a preliminary review of the incident, it is the position of the League that player Nicolas Hague shall be suspended indefinitely pending a completion of the review by the League.

OHL Announces 2016-17 Awards Finalists

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Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the finalists for seven of the league’s major awards for the 2016-17 regular season.

Six of the seven awards are voted on by OHL Member Teams including Rookie of the Year, Overage Player of the Year, Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Goaltender of the Year, and Defenceman of the Year.

Teams were asked to submit one nominee from their club for consideration on the ballot and were not permitted to vote for the player from their own hockey club.  The first stage of voting was by conference only with the top three players from each conference making the final ballot which is voted on by all 20 OHL General Managers.

All finalists for the Red Tilson Trophy were also nominated by the Member Teams of the Ontario Hockey League as their Most Outstanding Player for the 2016-17 regular season.  The Red Tilson Trophy is voted on by the sports writers and broadcasters in the OHL.

2016-17 OHL Awards Finalists:

Rookie of the Year / Emms Family Award Finalists:

Allan McShane (Oshawa Generals)
Ryan Merkley (Guelph Storm)
Linus Nyman (Kingston Frontenacs)
Adam Ruzicka (Sarnia Sting)
Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)
Matthew Villalta (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

Overage Player of the Year / Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy Finalists:

Jeremy Brodeur (Oshawa Generals)
Santino Centorame (Owen Sound Attack)
Steven Lorentz (Peterborough Petes)
Bobby MacIntyre (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Ryan Mantha (Niagara IceDogs)
Darren Raddysh (Erie Otters)

Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year / William Hanley Trophy Finalists:

Lucas Chiodo (Barrie Colts)
Joseph Garreffa (Kitchener Rangers)
Nikita Korostelev (Peterborough Petes)
Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nick Suzuki (Owen Sound Attack)
Robert Thomas (London Knights)

Coach of the Year / Matt Leyden Trophy Finalists:

Drew Bannister (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
David Bell (Niagara IceDogs)
Jody Hull (Peterborough Petes)
Bob Jones (Oshawa Generals)
Kris Knoblauch (Erie Otters)
Ryan McGill (Owen Sound Attack)

Goaltender of the Year Award Finalists:

Jeremy Brodeur (Oshawa Generals)
Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Michael McNiven (Owen Sound Attack)
Tyler Parsons (London Knights)
Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)

Defenceman of the Year / Max Kaminsky Trophy Finalists:

Santino Centorame (Owen Sound Attack)
Ryan Mantha (Niagara IceDogs)
Darren Raddysh (Erie Otters)
Vili Saarijarvi (Mississauga Steelheads)
Mikhail Sergachev (Windsor Spitfires)
Matthew Timms (Peterborough Petes)

Most Outstanding Player of the Year / Red Tilson Trophy Finalists:

Barrie – Anthony Stefano
Erie – Alex DeBrincat
Flint – Ryan Moore
Guelph – Isaac Ratcliffe
Hamilton – Matthew Strome
Kingston – Jason Robertson
Kitchener – Adam Mascherin
London – Tyler Parsons
Mississauga – Owen Tippett
Niagara – Stephen Dhillon
North Bay – Brett McKenzie
Oshawa – Jeremy Brodeur
Ottawa – Artur Tyanulin
Owen Sound – Michael McNiven
Peterborough – Dylan Wells
Saginaw – Filip Hronek
Sarnia – Jordan Kyrou
Sault Ste. Marie – Zach Senyshyn
Sudbury – Dmitry Sokolov
Windsor – Michael DiPietro

The 2017 OHL Awards Ceremony takes place on Thursday June 8 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, however award recipients will be announced periodically throughout the remainder of the 2017 OHL Playoffs.  Additional player awards to be announced include Humanitarian of the Year, Academic Players of the Year, and the 2016-17 Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy recipient.

OHL Announces Disciplinary Action

Press Release

Game of Sunday, March 26th, 2017 – Windsor at London

The Ontario Hockey League today announced the results of a further review of incidents which took place as part of the playoff game played in London on the 26th of March, 2017, involving the Knights and the visiting Windsor Spitfires Hockey Club.

It is the position of the League that the post-game media comments made by Windsor Spitfires Head Coach Rocky Thompson were most inappropriate and detrimental to the welfare of the League.  As a result of his comments, and the Spitfires Twitter post including such comments which is not consistent with the League’s Social Media Policy, the Windsor Spitfires Hockey Club is fined $7,500.

In addition, Windsor Spitfires General Manager Warren Rychel has been sanctioned by the League for certain actions including violating League policy concerning interaction with on-ice officials before, during, and after the game.  The League reserves finalizing any further disciplinary action against Mr. Rychel and the Spitfires pending a hearing to be held on Friday, March 31, 2017.