OHL Announces Disciplinary Action

Game of Sunday, April 21st, 2019 – Ottawa at Oshawa

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 21st of April, 2019, involving the Generals and the visiting Ottawa 67’s Hockey Club.

The incident reviewed was a roughing infraction involving contact to the head of an opponent which was assessed to player Anthony Salinitri of the Oshawa Generals Hockey Club.

Based on a review of the incident, it is the position of the League that player Anthony Salinitri shall be suspended for six (6) games effective immediately.

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OHL Announces Disciplinary Action

Game of Saturday, April 20th, 2019 – Guelph at Saginaw

The Ontario Hockey League today announced the results of a review of two separate incidents which took place in a playoff game played in Saginaw on the 20th of April, 2019, involving the Spirit and the visiting Guelph Storm Hockey Club.

The first incident reviewed was an automatic game misconduct assessed to goaltender Ivan Prosvetov of the Saginaw Spirit Hockey Club for batting a puck into the spectator area at a stoppage of play.

Based on a review of the incident, it is the position of the League that player Ivan Prosvetov shall be suspended, as per League policy, the minimum five (5) games effective immediately.

The second incident reviewed was a game misconduct for checking to the head assessed to player Justin Murray of the Saginaw Spirit Hockey Club.

Based on a review of the incident, it is the position of the League that player Justin Murray shall be suspended for four (4) games effective immediately.

Ontario Hockey Federation Announces Exceptional Player Status for Shane Wright

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Cambridge, ON – The Ontario Hockey Federation today announced the results of the review by Hockey Canada in consideration of the application by Shane Wright, determining that the player is to be granted “exceptional player” status and therefore is eligible for the Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection on Saturday April 6, 2019.

The process was administered by the Ontario Hockey Federation with a Hockey Canada Special Evaluation Panel assembled to evaluate Wright’s hockey and academic documentation and to assess his level of maturity in reaching their decision. 

“Having administered this process since 2005 with John Tavares, Aaron Ekblad, Connor McDavid and Sean Day, I am continuously amazed by the well-rounded nature of those granted exceptional status,” said OHF Executive Director Phillip McKee. “His constant success both in the classroom and on the ice has demonstrated that Shane Wright is well deserving to be among those who have been granted status in the past.”

Born January 5, 2004, the 15-year-old Wright is a 6’, 183-pound forward who plays for the Don Mills Flyers Minor Midget AAA team, where he scored 66 goals and 84 assists for 150 points in 72 games with the GTHL team.  The Flyers currently sit atop the Minor Midget Rankings for the 2019 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour, securing their position in the tournament scheduled for March 12-18. Wright also captained Team Ontario to a silver medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games, scoring 6 goals and 6 assists for 12 points in six games.

“This has been a goal of mine for quite some time and I am excited to take on this challenge,” said Wright. “There are many people that I would like to thank including my parents, my sister, my extended family, coaches, teachers and most importantly my teammates.”

Wright becomes just the fifth player to be granted “exceptional player” status in the Ontario Hockey League, following John Tavares (Toronto Marlboros, 2005), whose application formed the modern Exceptional Player process, defenceman Aaron Ekblad (Sun County Panthers, 2011), forward Connor McDavid (Toronto Marlboros, 2012), and defenceman Sean Day (Detroit Compuware, 2013).  The trio of Tavares, Ekblad, and McDavid were all chosen first overall in the OHL Priority Selection and later first overall in the NHL Draft.

Wright will continue his exciting season with the 2019 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour and the U16 OHL Gold Cup which is the evaluation event for the National Under 17 Development Camp.

Hamilton Bulldogs to host 2020 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

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Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League in association with the Ontario Hockey League and the Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club today announced that the 2020 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game will be hosted by the Bulldogs on Thursday January 16, 2020.

For the 25th straight year this event will showcase top NHL Draft eligible talent featuring players from across the OHL, as well as the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League competing before hundreds of NHL scouts in attendance.

“In 1996 this event began in partnership with the National Hockey League and with the support of builders Don Cherry and Bobby Orr,” said CHL President David Branch. “The CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game truly is one of the great hockey events circled annually on the calendar and it has been rewarding to experience its evolution over the last quarter of a century. We look forward to creating another special experience for our players, NHL scouts, and CHL fans in the City of Hamilton next season.”

The 2020 event will be played in Ontario for the 13th time with Hamilton becoming the 17th different Canadian city to host.  The list of past event hosts include 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), St. Catharines (2015), Guelph (2018), and Red Deer (2019).

“We are excited to host this first class hockey event,” said Hamilton Bulldogs President and General Manager Steve Staios. “This is another proud moment for Hamilton to showcase junior hockey to the country. We’ve had great success hosting the CIBC Canada Russia Series and World Juniors pre-tournament events and we know the City of Hamilton and our passionate Bulldogs fans will rally behind this.”

In four seasons since the Bulldogs began OHL competition in Hamilton the club has been represented by three players in this event including MacKenzie Entwistle and Matthew Strome in 2017 and projected first round pick Arthur Kaliyev in 2019.  Kaliyev scored twice with one assist for Team Cherry on January 23 in Red Deer despite a 5-4 loss in a game that featured a total of 20 CHL players listed inside NHL Central Scouting’s top-31 ranked North American skaters for the 2019 NHL Draft.

Since the event was first introduced in 1996 the game has featured 14 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), Connor McDavid (2015), and Nico Hischier (2017). 

The Bulldogs will offer competitive pricing structures for this game with tickets starting at just $22.  Season ticket holders will have access to an immediate pre-sale with the general public having access later this spring.

The 2020 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is proudly supported by CHL associate sponsors CIBC, Kia Canada, Cooper Tiers, and Kubota Canada.  The game will be broadcast live on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

For more event information please visit http://chl.ca.

2005 London Knights voted Canadian Hockey League Team of the Century

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that the 2005 Mastercard Memorial Cup champion London Knights have been appointed the CHL Team of the Century following a fan vote in celebration of the 100th edition of the Mastercard Memorial Cup.

After thousands of votes for history’s 99 Memorial Cup champions, a final four ballot consisting of representatives from each league plus a wildcard was formed and included the Knights, the 1995 Kamloops Blazers, the 2000 Rimouski Oceanic, and the 2013 Halifax Mooseheads.

The 2005 London Knights began their 40th season with a CHL record 31-game unbeaten streak compiling an OHL record 59 wins and 120 points.  The tournament hosts entered through the front door winning their first OHL title with a 16-2 record before sweeping the national competition including two wins over the Rimouski Oceanic led by Sidney Crosby.  Coached by Dale Hunter, the Knights featured tournament MVP Corey Perry and future NHL talent like David Bolland, Dan Girardi, Marc Methot, and Brandon Prust.

The online voting platform hosted at http://chlteamofthecentury.ca featured photos, rosters, and tournament recaps for all 99 Memorial Cup champions.

The CHL Team of the Century vote is the latest initiative to commemorate the historic 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup celebration.  Other initiatives this season have included the creation and sale of a Commemorative Coin in partnership with CIBC, a Memorial Cup Trophy Tour that visited 17 CHL communities in eight different provinces from November 18 through March 17, and a Champions Video Series to share stories and highlight moments of glory from some of history’s most memorable victories.

The Memorial Cup has a rich tradition that has shaped the way junior hockey is played in North America.  The trophy was original known as the OHA Memorial Cup and was donated by the Ontario Hockey Association in March, 1919, in remembrance of the many soldiers who paid the supreme sacrifice for Canada in the First Wold War.  In 2010 the Memorial Cup was rededicated to the memory of all fallen Canadian Military Personnel.

The 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup is proudly supported by Mastercard, title sponsor of this event for 20 straight years.  Associate sponsors include CIBC, Cooper Tires, and Real Canadian Superstore.

For more information please visit www.mmc100.ca or join the conversation on social media using #MMC100.

Halifax Mooseheads to host 2019 Memorial Cup

Brossard, Québec – The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League today announced, on behalf of the 2019 Memorial Cup Site Selection Committee, that the Halifax Mooseheads will host the 2019 Memorial Cup.

The Mooseheads were considered following a formal bid presentation made on March 2nd, 2018, to the Site Selection Committee which was comprised of Scott Smith (President and COO of Hockey Canada), Glenn Stanford (President of Stanford Communications), Nancy K. Orr (Chief Provincial Judge of PEI Provincial Court) and Tom Cullen (President of Purity Dairy LTD).

“The organizing committee did an outstanding job in their bid presentation and proved that they are able to meet the expectations to host this prestigious event,” said QMJHL Commissioner Gilles Courteau. “We are extremely excited to have the Memorial Cup tournament back in the QMJHL. The City of Halifax has proven in the past that they have all the resources to host world-class events and we are looking forward to seeing some of the best CHL teams and players go head-to-head next year.”

The 101st edition of the Memorial Cup will take place from May 16 to 26, 2019, and includes the host Mooseheads along with the champions of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League, and the Western Hockey League.

“We’re very pleased for our hockey team, for our players and for our fans. Everyone is extremely excited. The city is ready, the downtown has become a beautiful place, the province has been behind us the whole way and it is going to be a great Memorial Cup in Halifax”, said the Governor and President of the Mooseheads, Bobby Smith.

The prestigious national championship returns to the City of Halifax for the first time since 2000, which also included the champion Rimouski Océanic (QMJHL), the Barrie Colts (OHL), and the Kootenay Ice (WHL).

“Nineteen years ago has been a long time, but the people still talk about the Memorial Cup. I guarantee it’ll be a Memorial Cup that fans enjoy. The story will be a full arena and a great experience for the players”, added Mr. Smith.

Since the round-robin format was introduced in 1972, QMJHL teams have won a total of 10 Memorial Cup Championships, including the 2013 Halifax Mooseheads. During the event, Mooseheads forward Jonathan Drouin set a Memorial Cup record by collecting five assists in a single game.

The Regina Pats will play host to the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup. It will be the 100th edition of the event. From May 17th to 27th, the best teams from throughout the CHL will compete in Regina, SK, for a shot at hockey’s most difficult trophy to win.

Information regarding ticket packages and other local initiatives for the 2019 Memorial Cup will be announced by the Host Committee in the upcoming weeks. The best opportunity to secure priority access event tickets is to become a Halifax Mooseheads season ticket holder. For details, please visit http://halifaxmooseheads.ca.

For more information, visit http://mastercardmemorialcup.ca.

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OHL Announces Disciplinary Action

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Game of Tuesday, March 27, 2018 – Kingston at North Bay 

The Ontario Hockey League today announced the results of a review of an incident which took place in a game played in Sudbury on the 27th of March, 2018, involving the host North Bay Battalion and the visiting Kingston Frontenacs Hockey Club. 

The incident reviewed was a cross checking infraction involving player Liam Murray of the Kingston Frontenacs Hockey Club. 

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

Game of Tuesday, March 27, 2018- Niagara at Oshawa 

The Ontario Hockey League today announced the results of a review of an incident which took place in a game played in Oshawa on the 27th of March, 2018, involving the Generals and the visiting Niagara IceDogs Hockey Club. 

The incident reviewed was a cross checking incident involving player Renars Krastenbergs of the Oshawa Generals Hockey Club. 

Based on a review of the incident, it is the position of the League that player Renars Krastenbergs shall be suspended for three (3) games effective immediately.

OHL Announces Disciplinary Action

Game of Friday, March 23rd, 2018 – Oshawa at Niagara

The  Ontario Hockey League today announced the results of a review of an incident which took place in a playoff game played in Niagara on the 23rd of March, 2018, involving the IceDogs and the visiting Oshawa Generals Hockey Club. 

The incident reviewed was a blindsiding penalty assessed to player Kyle Langdon of the Niagara IceDogs Hockey Club. 

Based on a review of the incident, it is the position of the League that player Kyle Langdon shall be suspended for six (6) games dating from but not including the game of Friday, March 23rd.

OHL Announces Disciplinary Action

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Game of Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – Kingston at Ottawa 

The Ontario Hockey League today announced the results of a review of an incident which took place in a game played in Ottawa on the 14th of February, 2018, involving the 67’s and the visiting Kingston Frontenacs Hockey Club. 

The incident reviewed was a match penalty for checking to the head assessed to player Shaw Boomhower of the Ottawa 67’s Hockey Club.

Based on a review of the incident, it is the position of the League that player Shaw Boomhower shall be suspended for twelve (12) games, dating from but not including the game of Wednesday, February 14, 2018. 

Click here to watch video and rationale of the Shaw Boomhower suspension.

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 game played in Mississauga on the 19th of November, 2017, involving the Steelheads and the visiting Niagara IceDogs Hockey Club. 

The incident reviewed was a game misconduct for checking to the head assessed to player Adrian Carbonara of the Niagara IceDogs Hockey Club

Based on a review of the incident, it is the position of the League that player Adrian Carbonara shall be suspended for eight (8) games effective immediately. 

CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO AND RATIONALE FOR THE CARBONARA SUSPENSION.