OHL CLUBS SELECT 24 PLAYERS IN 2022 CHL IMPORT DRAFT

Toronto, Ont. – Ontario Hockey League member teams selected a total of 24 players from across 10 different countries in the 2022 CHL Import Draft held on Friday, July 1. The OHL selections consisted of 15 forwards, seven defencemen and two goaltenders.

The Saginaw Spirit led the OHL portion of the proceedings by selecting 2023 NHL Draft prospect Martin Misiak out of Slovakia with the second overall pick, the highest in franchise history. The Erie Otters followed with another 2023 eligible Slovakian player in forward Ondrej Molnar at fifth overall before the Sudbury Wolves made it three straight, taking 2024 NHL Draft eligible defender Jakub Chromiak, the younger brother of Kingston Frontenacs 44-goal scorer Martin Chromiak.

A total of 12 players chosen are eligible for next week’s 2022 NHL Draft, led by Ottawa 67’s first round selection Marco Kasper, following Marco Rossi and Vinzenz Rohrer as another Austrian selection. Kasper finished as the fifth-ranked skater on NHL Central Scouting’s European Rankings. The Kitchener Rangers selected 21st-ranked Czech defender Tomas Hamara with their first round choice and 19th-ranked blueliner Mattias Havelid out of Sweden with their second. The Sarnia Sting scooped up 39th-ranked forward Sandis Vilmanis out of Latvia with the 14th pick of the first round while the OHL champion Hamilton Bulldogs picked Slovakian forward Alex Sotek, who came in as the 45th-ranked European skater. Other players ranked by NHL Central Scouting included Saginaw Spirit second round choice Petr Hauser (100th), Windsor Spitfires first selection Tomas Hebek (113th) and Kingston Frontenacs second choice Linus Hemstrom (119th)

An additional 11 players chosen by OHL teams will be eligible for the 2023 NHL Draft while one, Chromiak, isn’t eligible until 2024.

Other selections of note include Peterborough Petes first round choice Tommy Purdeller, who became the first Italian player chosen by an OHL club since the Niagara IceDogs took Marco Insam in the 2008 CHL Import Draft. Swiss product Alessio Belgieri was the first goaltender chosen when the Mississauga Steelheads took him 38th overall. The Kingston Frontenacs took the next netminder, selecting Ivan Zhigalov in the 47th slot. Zhigalov spent the 2021-22 season with the QMJHL’s Sherbrooke Phoenix, and played in the 2022 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Kitchener.

The Niagara IceDogs (Rodwin Dionicio, Vsevolod Gaidamak) and North Bay Battalion (Matvey Petrov, Alexander Lukin) were the only OHL clubs that did not make a selection. The Kingston Frontenacs, Kitchener Rangers, Mississauga Steelheads, Saginaw Spirit, Sarnia Sting and Sudbury Wolves each made two.

All non-overage import players that were previously drafted in the CHL Import Draft but were deleted by a CHL member team before the 2022 cut-down date were eligible to be re-drafted by another CHL club in the 2022 Import Draft.

Visit CHL.ca/draft for complete results from the 2022 CHL Import Draft.



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 2021-22 ALL-STAR& ALL-ROOKIE TEAMS

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the first, second and third all-star team selections, in addition to the first and second all-rookie team designations for the 2021-22 season.

OHL all-star and all-rookie teams were selected by the OHL’s General Managers, with voting conducted in two stages beginning with a Conference ballot followed by a final ballot that integrated the top selections from both the Eastern and Western Conference results.

A total of 16 of the League’s 20 member teams are represented on this year’s all-star and all-rookie team selections, with the Hamilton Spectator Trophy recipient Hamilton Bulldogs leading the way with five, all named to all-star teams. The Flint Firebirds trail with four representatives while the North Bay Battalion and Soo Greyhounds each feature three.

Historical results of note include Flint’s Brennan Othmann becoming the first Firebirds player to ever receive a first all-star team designation as he joins second team members in goaltender Luke Cavallin and coach Ted Dent who are the franchise’s first at their positions. Hamilton Bulldogs blueliner and OHL Defenceman of the Year Nathan Staios is the first rearguard in Bulldogs history to earn first all-star team distinction. James Richmond becomes the first Mississauga Steelheads coach to ever be included on the League’s first all-star team while Hamilton’s Jay McKee and Marco Costantini are the first in Bulldogs history to be named to an all-star team at their respective positions.

On the all-rookie team front, Coulson Pitre gives the Flint Firebirds a third straight season with a member on the OHL’s first all-rookie team, following Othmann (2019-20) and Vladislav Kolyachonok (2018-19). Guelph Storm teammates Cam Allen and Michael Buchinger become the first teammates to make up the defence pairing on the League’s first all-rookie team since Rory Fitzpatrick and Mike Wilson of the 1992-93 Sudbury Wolves. In goal, Nolan Lalonde becomes the first netminder in Erie Otters history to be voted to the OHL’s first all-rookie team. First overall selections in the 2020 and 2021 OHL Priority Selection Ty Nelson of the North Bay Battalion and Quentin Musty of the Sudbury Wolves were both voted to the second all-rookie team.

2021-22 OHL All-Star & All-Rookie Teams:

Representatives with major positional awards in brackets are default first team members, all other designations are determined by votes cast by OHL General Managers

First All-Star Team:
Centre – Wyatt Johnston, Windsor Spitfires (OHL’s Most Outstanding Player)
Left Wing – Brennan Othmann, Flint Firebirds – voted 1st all-rookie team in 2019-20
Right Wing – Brandon Coe, North Bay Battalion
Defence – Nathan Staios, Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL’s Defenceman of the Year)
Defence – Ryan O’Rourke, Soo Greyhounds – voted 2nd all-rookie team in 2018-19
Goaltender – Brett Brochu, London Knights (OHL’s Goaltender of the Year) – voted 1st all-rookie team in 2019-20
Coach – James Richmond, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL’s Coach of the Year)

Second All-Star Team:
Centre – Mason McTavish, Hamilton Bulldogs – voted 2nd all-rookie team in 2019-20
Left Wing – Will Cuylle, Windsor Spitfires – voted 2nd all-rookie team in 2018-19
Right Wing – Luke Evangelista, London Knights
Defence – Jack Thompson, Soo Greyhounds
Defence – Brandt Clarke, Barrie Colts – voted 1st all-rookie team in 2019-20
Goaltender – Luke Cavallin, Flint Firebirds
Coach – Ted Dent, Flint Firebirds

Third All-Star Team:
Centre – Shane Wright, Kingston Frontenacs – voted 1st all-rookie team in 2019-20
Left Wing – Tye Kartye, Soo Greyhounds
Right Wing – Lucas Edmonds, Kingston Frontenacs
Defence – Arber Xhekaj, Hamilton Bulldogs
Defence – Pavel Mintyukov, Saginaw Spirit
Goaltender – Marco Costantini, Hamilton Bulldogs
Coach – Jay McKee, Hamilton Bulldogs

First All-Rookie Team:
Centre – Calum Ritchie, Oshawa Generals
Left Wing – Colby Barlow, Owen Sound Attack
Right Wing – Coulson Pitre, Flint Firebirds
Defence – Cam Allen, Guelph Storm (OHL’s Rookie of the Year)
Defence – Michael Buchinger, Guelph Storm
Goaltender – Nolan Lalonde, Erie Otters

Second All-Rookie Team:
Centre – Owen Beck, Mississauga Steelheads
Left Wing – Quentin Musty, Sudbury Wolves
Right Wing – Vinzenz Rohrer, Ottawa 67’s
Defence – Ty Nelson, North Bay Battalion
Defence – Beau Akey, Barrie Colts
Goaltender – Dom DiVincentiis, North Bay Battalion


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 PLAYERS AND STAFF TABBED FOR HOCKEY CANADA NATIONAL TEAMS INVOLVEMENT

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is pleased to announce that 30 players and 10 hockey operations staff members from across the OHL have been invited to upcoming Hockey Canada functions throughout the summer and into the fall months, including the National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team Selection Camp, the National Junior Team Summer Camp and the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

17 OHL PLAYERS INVITED TO CANADA’S NATIONAL MEN’S SUMMER UNDER-18 TEAM SELECTION CAMP

Hockey Canada has invited 44 players, including 17 from the Ontario Hockey League, to participate in Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp, set to take place this July at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

As part of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp, 44 players – four goaltenders, 14 defencemen and 26 forwards – will compete for an opportunity to wear the Maple Leaf at the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Red Deer, Alta. The selection camp, which takes place July 20-23, will include a variety of on- and off-ice sessions. Following the selection of the final roster on July 24, Team Canada will play a pair of games against Red and White teams from Canada’s National Junior Team summer camp.

Alan Millar (Tottenham, Ont.) , Hockey Canada’s director of player personnel, led the player selection process with assistance from Tyler Dietrich (Vancouver, B.C.), senior manager of hockey operations, and Byron Bonora (Brooks, Alta.), manager of hockey operations and U17 head scout.

The player selection process also included Peter Anholt (Prince Albert, Sask./Lethbridge, WHL) and James Boyd (Mississauga, Ont./Ottawa, OHL) of the Program of Excellence management group, and the Canadian Hockey League general managers committee, made up of Pierre Cloutier (Rouyn-Noranda, Que./Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL), Kirt Hill (Winnipeg, Man./Edmonton, WHL), Jim Hulton (Wolfe Island, Ont./Charlottetown, QMJHL), John Paddock (Oak River, Man./Regina, WHL), Barclay Parneta (Saskatoon, Sask./Vancouver, WHL), Cam Russell (Halifax, N.S./Halifax, QMJHL) and Steve Staios (Hamilton, Ont./Hamilton, OHL).

“We are excited to bring together a group of 44 athletes with a solid foundation of junior and international experience for selection camp,” said Millar. “As our players are preparing to compete in short-term competition, we know all 44 players will come to camp ready to compete for a spot on the team and the opportunity to wear the Maple Leaf in international competition.”

OHL Players Invited to Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team Selection Camp:

Goaltenders:
Mason Vaccari (Kingston Frontenacs)

Defencemen:
Beau Akey (Barrie Colts)
Cam Allen (Guelph Storm)
Oliver Bonk (London Knights)
Alexis Daviault (Sarnia Sting)

Forwards:
Denver Barkey (London Knights)
Colby Barlow (Owen Sound Attack)
Cole Brown (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Nick Lardis (Peterborough Petes)
Ethan Miedema (Windsor Spitfires)
Marco Mignosa (Soo Greyhounds)
Luke Misa (Mississauga Steelheads)
Luca Pinelli (Ottawa 67’s)
Carson Rehkopf (Kitchener Rangers)
Calum Ritchie (Oshawa Generals)
Matthew Soto (Kingston Frontenacs)
Angus MacDonell (Sarnia Sting)

Hockey Operations:
Assistant Coach – Alan Letang (Sarnia Sting)
Athletic Therapist – Andrew Sachkiw (North Bay Battalion)
Equipment Manager – Dan Buckland (Sudbury Wolves)

13 OHL PLAYERS INVITED TO CANADA’S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM SUMMER CAMP

44 players – 4 goaltenders, 14 defenseman and 26 forwards, including 13 OHL players, will also be on the ice in Calgary for Canada’s National Junior Team summer camp, set for July 23-27.

The camp roster features 26 players that have been selected in the NHL Draft, including eight first-round picks: Nolan Allan (CHI), Brandt Clarke (LAK), Corson Ceulemans (CBJ), Zach Dean (VGK), Wyatt Johnston (DAL), Zachary L’Heureux (NSH), Brennan Othmann (NYR) and Chase Stillman (NJD).

“This is an exciting first step as we begin preparations for the upcoming season and the opportunity to compete at the 2023 World Juniors on home ice in Halifax and Moncton this December,” Millar added“We are excited about this group of players, and we look forward to returning to the ice for a highly-competitive camp to kick off a new season.”

Canada’s National Junior Team summer camp staff will feature six experienced coaches from across the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), including Shaun Clouston (Viking, Alta./Kamloops, WHL), Steve Hartley (Hawkesbury, Ont./Drummondville, QMJHL) , Jim Hulton (Kingston, Ont./Charlottetown, QMJHL), Brent Kisio (Calgary, Alta./Lethbridge, WHL), Brad Lauer (Humboldt, Sask./Edmonton, WHL) and Ryan Oulahen (Newmarket, Ont./North Bay, OHL).

13 OHL Players Invited to Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Camp:

Goaltenders:
Ben Gaudreau (Sarnia Sting)

Defencemen:
Brandt Clarke (Barrie Colts)
Ethan Del Mastro (Mississauga Steelheads)
Christian Kyrou (Erie Otters)
Jack Matier (Ottawa 67’s)

Forwards:
Jack Beck (Ottawa 67’s)
Josh Bloom (Saginaw Spirit)
Luca Del Bel Belluz (Mississauga Steelheads)
Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires)
Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds)
Tucker Robertson (Peterborough Petes)
Chase Stillman (Peterborough Petes)
Ryan Winterton (Hamilton Bulldogs)

Hockey Operations:
Camp Coach – Ryan Oulahen (North Bay Battalion)

Hockey Canada announced in May that the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship will be held in Halifax, N.S., and Moncton, N.B., Dec. 26, 2022 to Jan. 5, 2023.

OHL HOCKEY OPERATIONS STAFF TO LEAD NATIONAL UNDER-17 TEAMS

Hockey Canada announced Wednesday that 15 hockey operations staff members, including seven from the OHL, will guide their three National Under-17 Teams at the 2022 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Langley and Delta, BC from November 5-12.

“The under-17 program is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, and we are excited to welcome 15 coaches from across the CHL to help introduce the country’s top young players to our program,” said Millar, director of player personnel with Hockey Canada. “All 15 coaches bring a unique skill set, combining international and junior hockey experience, and we look forward to the coaching staff helping deliver a world-class camp for all participants.”

Six OHL Hockey Operations Staff Members to lead National Under-17 Teams:

Coaching staffs to be finalized in coming months

Head Coach – Greg Walters (Owen Sound Attack)
Assistant Coach – Jordan Smith (Soo Greyhounds)
Assistant Coach – Rick Steadman (London Knights)
Assistant Coach – Chad Wiseman (Guelph Storm)
Goaltending Coach – Franky Palazzese (Sarnia Sting)
Video Coach – Nick Biamonte (Guelph Storm)

The coaching staff will oversee and lead 100 players at Canada’s national under-17 development camp, set for July 10-16 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. The staffs will also lead Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red and Team Canada White at the 2022 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Langley and Delta, B.C., Nov. 5-12.

For more information on Hockey Canada and the Program of Excellence, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow through social media on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


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 2022-23 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

Toronto, Ont. – On the heels of the Hamilton Bulldogs being crowned 2022 OHL Champions, the Ontario Hockey League today announced the regular season schedule of games for the 2022-23 season.

Following a season predominately consisting of intra-conference play, the Ontario Hockey League will return to its conventional crossover interlock schedule for 2022-23, with the puck dropping on a 680-game regular season on Thursday, September 29th in Barrie, Niagara and Peterborough. Opening Week continues on Friday, September 30th as the reigning OHL champion Hamilton Bulldogs visit the 2019 champion Guelph Storm, headlining a seven-game schedule.

The OHL continues the tradition of being primarily a weekend League in order to accommodate families and the student athlete with over 86% (587 games) of the schedule played between Thursday and Sunday. Friday night remains an OHL fixture with 204 games scheduled, followed by 167 games on Saturdays and 131 on Sundays.

Key dates on the schedule include the lone 10-game night with all 20 member teams in action on Friday, November 18th. There are a total of eight other nine-game Friday nights throughout the regular season, plus nine games on Family Day – Monday, February 20th. There are a total of six School Day games on the schedule including two hosted by the Hamilton Bulldogs and one each by the Erie Otters, Kingston Frontenacs, Mississauga Steelheads and Ottawa 67’s. Additionally, the Ottawa 67’s and QMJHL’s Gatineau Olympiques will face each other twice during the regular season including once on February 9th in Ottawa an again on February 11th in Gatineau. The final date of the regular season schedule is Sunday, March 26th.

The 2023 Memorial Cup presented by Kia will take place in May/June, 2023 at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops, BC, home of the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers.

Divisional alignment remains the same for 2022-23 with a 68-game unbalanced schedule. Teams will play out of conference opponents a minimum of two times (one home, one away) while the majority of teams play intra-conference teams a minimum of four times including two games at home and two on the road. Intra-divisional teams will play each other up to six times and in a number of cases, closest rivals will play each other up to eight times.

Milestones in 2022-23 include the 60th year for the Kitchener Rangers along with the 55th for the Ottawa 67’s and the 50th for the Kingston Frontenacs franchise. The Sudbury Wolves will celebrate their 50th season of play while the Niagara IceDogs prepare for their 15th and the Mississauga Steelheads are set to play their 10th.

Day – No. of Games (Percentage)
Monday: 11 games (1.6%)
Tuesday: 20 games (2.9%)
Wednesday: 61 games (9.0%)
Thursday: 85 games (12.52%)
Friday: 204 games (30.04%)
Saturday: 167 games (24.59%)
Sunday: 131 games (19.29%)

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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 2022-23 HOME OPENERS

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced 2022-23 regular season home openers for all 20 member teams.

The 680-game OHL regular season opens on Thursday, September 29 with action in Niagara (vs. Mississauga, 7:00pm), Peterborough (vs. Erie, 7:05pm) and Barrie (vs. Oshawa, 7:30pm). Opening Week action continues on Friday, September 30 with seven home openers followed by an additional four on Saturday, October 1 and two more on Sunday, October 2.

The entire 2022-23 Ontario Hockey League regular season schedule will be released on Thursday, June 16 at 3:00pm.

FULL LIST OF HOME OPENERS, 2022-23 SEASON:

Barrie Colts: Thursday Sept. 29 vs. Oshawa at 7:30pm

Erie Otters: Saturday Oct. 8 vs. London at 7:00pm

Flint Firebirds: Saturday Oct. 1 vs. Niagara at 7:00pm

Guelph Storm: Friday Sept. 30 vs. Hamilton at 7:30pm

Hamilton Bulldogs: Saturday Oct. 8 vs. Oshawa at 7:00pm

Kingston Frontenacs: Friday Sept. 30 vs. Erie at 7:00pm

Kitchener Rangers: Friday Sept. 30 vs. Sarnia at 7:30pm

London Knights: Friday Sept. 30 vs. Owen Sound at 7:00pm

Mississauga Steelheads: Sunday Oct. 2 vs. Sudbury at 2:00pm

Niagara IceDogs: Thursday Sept. 29 vs. Mississauga at 7:00pm

North Bay Battalion: Thursday Oct. 13 vs. Peterborough at 7:00pm

Oshawa Generals: Friday Sept. 30 vs. Ottawa at 7:35pm

Ottawa 67’s: Sunday Oct. 2 vs. Erie at 2:00pm

Owen Sound Attack: Saturday Oct. 1 vs. Kitchener at 7:30pm

Peterborough Petes: Thursday Sept. 29 vs. Erie at 7:05pm

Soo Greyhounds: Friday Sept. 30 vs. North Bay at 7:07pm

Saginaw Spirit: Saturday Oct. 1 vs. Guelph at 7:05pm

Sarnia Sting: Friday Oct. 7 vs. Saginaw at 7:05pm

Sudbury Wolves: Friday Sept. 30 vs. Barrie at 7:05pm

Windsor Spitfires: Saturday Oct. 1 vs. Sarnia at 7:05pm


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.

ATTACK’S MARK WOOLLEY NAMED MICKEY RENAUD CAPTAIN’S TROPHY RECIPIENT

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Mark Woolley of the Owen Sound Attack is the 2021-22 recipient of the Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy.

Woolley was chosen for the award by a media selection committee as the OHL team captain that best exemplifies leadership on and off the ice, with a passion and dedication to the game of hockey and community that Mickey demonstrated.

“As the proud parents of Mickey Renaud, we are pleased and honoured to congratulate Mark Woolley as this year’s recipient of the Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy,” said Mark and Jane Renaud. “Mark’s leadership with a young Owen Sound Attack team, and his tremendous work raising money for diabetes through Woolley’s Warriors, make him a very worthy recipient of this year’s award.”

Receiving the Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy as OHL Humanitarian of the Year, Woolley’s well-documented charitable work off the ice this past season resulted in $25,000 donated to Diabetes Canada. Diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic as a teenager, Woolley has raised upwards of $60,000 for Diabetes Canada throughout his time in the OHL, enabling children to attend camps facilitated through the organization.

“The Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy is an award that exemplifies the attributes that OHL Captains should always convey: the example of how hard work on the ice and good works in the community go hand-in-hand to inspire others to do the same,” the Renauds continued. “Mickey understood this responsibility. It’s what made him such a fine captain and it is what made him such a remarkable person.

“Mark is also a remarkable person. He leads his teammates each and every day with his hard work on the ice and his exemplary efforts off the ice. His work within his community inspires not only his teammates, but so many in the community as he gives of himself and his time to help children with diabetes enjoy a camp experience. He is the personification of leadership. The Renaud family congratulates Mark!”

On the ice, Woolley recorded 12 points (3-9–12) over 54 games while drawing high praise on the OHL Coaches Poll, being voted the top Body Checker and top Shot Blocker in the Western Conference. The 6-foot-3, 226Ib. native of St. Thomas, Ont. played four OHL seasons between Owen Sound and Guelph, recording 41 points (9-32–41) over 225 regular season games while adding four assists in 18 postseason matchups. Woolley was originally a third round (54th overall) pick by the Guelph Storm in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.

“I think it goes without saying how much of a rollercoaster ride this season was,” said Woolley. “From the cancelled games, playing in empty buildings for an extended period of time and back to playing in front of a sold out Bayshore. I don’t know the numbers exactly but I’m pretty sure we were one of the youngest teams in the league this year so for more than half of our team to come into the league this year with so much adversity right in their face, was really special to see. The young guys really made my job as one of the leaders in the room easier than you would think. To see their growth and development throughout the year was really special and I’m glad I was able to be a part of such a special group and do my part to help show them the ropes in the OHL. I’m very honoured to receive such a prestigious award, but that locker room is full of leaders and I had tons of help paving the way for our young squad this past season.”

Attack General Manager Dale DeGray commended Woolley for his work as a leader throughout his time in Owen Sound.

“Mark Woolley has been a tremendous leader from the first moments he arrived from Guelph. His dedication to the game both on and off the ice was evident especially coming out of Covid with such a young team this year. Being acknowledged with the Mickey Renaud Award is certainly fitting to the person and player that Mark has become.”

Woolley becomes the first Attack player win the Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy. He follows past recipients that include Ty Dellandrea (Flint 2020), Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph 2019), Justin Lemcke (Hamilton 2018), Michael Webster (Barrie 2016), Max Domi (London 2015), Matt Finn (Guelph 2014), Colin Miller (Sault Ste. Marie 2013), Andrew Agozzino (Niagara 2012), Ryan Ellis (Windsor 2011), John Kurtz (Sudbury 2010) and Chris Terry (Plymouth 2009).

Nomination forms are submitted annually by OHL General Managers on behalf of their individual team captains. The selection committee consists of a panel of four, representing media from each OHL division.


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.

ONUSKA AND MORRISON NAMED OHLTOP PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced Top Performers of the Week for the week of playoff games ending Sunday, June 12, 2022.

Bulldogs’ Logan Morrison Named OHL Player of the Week

Logan Morrison of the Hamilton Bulldogs is the OHL Player of the Week, scoring twice while adding three assists for five points in three contests.

Morrison continued his 17-game playoff point streak, the longest in League history since London’s Corey Perry (18) in 2005, helping Hamilton take a 3-2 lead in the OHL Championship Series. He found the back of the net in a 6-3 loss in Game 3 on Monday, returning for Friday’s Game 4 in Windsor with a goal and an assist as the Bulldogs won 3-2 in overtime. Morrison’s two points in the win gave him 33 points in the postseason, a new franchise record that surpasses Robert Thomas (32) in 2018. Morrison tacked on two assists as the Bulldogs won Game 5 by a score of 3-2. This marks the third time this season that Morrison has earned OHL Player of the Week honours.

A 19-year-old from Guelph, Ont., Morrison sits second in OHL playoff scoring with 35 points (15-20–35) in 17 contests. His 2.06 points-per-game are the second-most in the League. He recorded a club-leading 100 points (34-66–100) in 60 regular season games, becoming the second player in Bulldogs history to reach the century mark while setting a new club record for assists with 66. Morrison has amassed 179 points (71-108–179) in 166 career regular season games since he was Hamilton’s first round (18th overall) pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection. He attended training camp with the Los Angeles Kings last fall.

Also considered for the award this week, Windsor Spitfires winger Will Cuylle also had two goals, three assists and five points in three games while Morrison’s Bulldogs teammate Mason McTavish scored three times and added an assist for four points in three outings.

2021-22 OHL Players of the Week – Playoffs:
June 6 – June 12: Logan Morrison (Hamilton Bulldogs)
May 30 – June 5: Daniel D’Amico (Windsor Spitfires)
May 23 – May 29: Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds)
May 16 – May 22: Avery Hayes (Hamilton Bulldogs) 
May 9 – May 15: Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires)
May 2 – May 8: Joseph Serpa (Kitchener Rangers)
Apr. 25 – May 1: Zayde Wisdom (Kingston Frontenacs)
Apr. 19 – Apr. 24: Antonio Stranges (London Knights)

2021-22 OHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Apr. 11 – Apr. 18: Robert Calisti (Soo Greyhounds)
Apr. 4 – Apr. 10: Martin Chromiak (Kingston Frontenacs)
Mar. 28 – Apr. 3: Mason McTavish (Hamilton Bulldogs) 
Mar. 21 – Mar. 27: Dalton Duhart (Saginaw Spirit)
Mar. 14 – Mar. 20: Matthew Maggio (Windsor Spitfires)
Mar. 7 – Mar. 13: Lucas Edmonds (Kingston Frontenacs)
Feb. 28 – Mar. 6: Theo Hill (Sarnia Sting)
Feb. 21 – Feb. 27: Logan Morrison (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Feb. 14 – Feb. 20: Antonio Stranges (London Knights)
Feb. 7 – Feb. 13: Logan Morrison (Hamilton Bulldogs).
Jan. 31 – Feb. 6: Luke Evangelista (London Knights)
Jan. 24 – Jan. 30: Brandt Clarke (Barrie Colts)
Jan. 17 – Jan. 23: Riley Piercey (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 10 – Jan. 16: David Goyette (Sudbury Wolves)
Jan. 3 – Jan 9: Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires)
Dec. 27 – Jan. 2: James Hardie (Mississauga Steelheads)
Dec. 13 – Dec. 19: Ty Tullio (Oshawa Generals)
Dec. 6 – Dec. 12: Lucas Edmonds (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 29 – Dec. 5: Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 22 – Nov. 28: Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds)
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)



Spitfires’ Matt Onuska Named OHL Goaltender of the Week

Matt Onuska of the Windsor Spitfires is the OHL Goaltender of the Week, going 1-1-1 with a 2.92 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.

Onuska stopped 97 of the 106 shots that came his way in Games 3, 4 and 5 of the OHL Championship Series as the Spitfires trail 3-2 headed into Monday’s Game 6. He drew his first start of the series in Game 3 on Monday, stopping 35 of 38 as the Spitfires won 6-3 over Hamilton despite being outshot 38-32. Onuska did his part in Game 4 on Friday, making 41 saves the Windsor fell 3-2 in overtime on a game winner from defenceman Gavin White. He made 21 saves in Sunday’s 3-2 loss in Game 5 at FirstOntario Centre. Onuska follows Xavier Medina as the second straight Spitfires netminder to earn OHL Goaltender of the Week honours.

A 20-year-old from Waterloo, Ont., Onuska owns a playoff record of 11-5-2-0, posting a 2.75 goals-against average and .905 save percentage with one shutout in 20 games. He comes off a regular season that included a 19-5-1-1 record over 29 games between Windsor and London, registering a 3.31 goals-against average and .884 save percentage. Onsuka was originally Kingston’s seventh round (133rd overall) pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection.

2021-22 OHL Goaltenders of the Week – Playoffs:
June 6 – June 12: Matt Onuska (Windsor Spitfires)
May 30 – June 5: Xavier Medina (Windsor Spitfires)
May 23 – May 29: Marco Costantini (Hamilton Bulldogs)
May 16 – May 22: Marco Costantini (Hamilton Bulldogs)
May 9 – May 15: Marco Costantini (Hamilton Bulldogs)
May 2 – May 8: Luke Cavallin (Flint Firebirds)
Apr. 25 – May 1: Luke Cavallin (Flint Firebirds)
Apr. 18 – Apr. 24: Tucker Tynan (Soo Greyhounds)

2021-22 OHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:
Apr. 11 – Apr. 17: Max Donoso (Ottawa 67’s)
Apr. 4 – Apr. 10: Michael Simpson (Peterborough Petes)
Mar. 28 – Apr. 3: Patrick Leaver (Oshawa Generals)
Mar. 21 – Mar. 27: Joey Costanzo (Niagara IceDogs)
Mar. 14 – Mar. 20: Marco Costantini (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Mar. 7 – Mar. 13: Nick Chenard (Owen Sound Attack)
Feb. 28 – Mar. 6: Marco Costantini (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Feb. 21 – Feb. 27: Leevi Merilainen (Kingston Frontenacs)
Feb. 14 – Feb. 20: Mack Guzda (Barrie Colts)
Feb. 7 – Feb. 13: Pavel Cajan (Kitchener Rangers)
Jan. 31 – Feb. 6: Patrick Leaver (Oshawa Generals)
Jan. 24 – Jan. 30: Max Donoso (Ottawa 67’s)
Jan. 17 – Jan. 23: Mack Guzda (Barrie Colts)
Jan. 10 – Jan. 16: Mitchell Weeks (Sudbury Wolves)
Jan. 3 – Jan. 9: Nolan Lalonde (Erie Otters)
Dec. 27 – Jan. 2: Joe Ranger (Mississauga Steelheads)
Dec. 13 – Dec. 19: Owen Bennett (Guelph Storm)
Dec. 6 – Dec. 12: Mack Guzda (Barrie Colts)
Nov. 29 – Dec. 5: Leevi Merilainen (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 22 – Nov. 28: Tye Austin (Peterborough Petes)
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.

40 OHL PROSPECTS INVITED TO CANADA’S NATIONAL UNDER-17 DEVELOPMENT CAMP

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is proud to announce that 40 OHL prospects have been invited to Hockey Canada’s National Under-17 Development Camp, set to take place July 10-16 at the Markin McPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alta.

A total of five goaltenders, nine defencemen and 26 forwards will participate in the camp that includes 100 players invited from across Canada. Players in attendance will be split into five teams for on- and off-ice training, fitness testing, practices, intrasquad games and classroom sessions.

Alan Millar, director of player personnel for Hockey Canada, led the player selection process, with assistance from U17 head scout Byron Bonora and regional scouts Rob Simpson (London Knights/Ontario), Pierre Cholette (Quebec), Darren Sutherland (Atlantic) and Darrell Woodley (OHL/Ontario), as well as Member representatives.

“The national under-17 development camp is the first stage in introducing these athletes to the Program of Excellence, and it is a great opportunity for them to develop as players and learn what it takes to wear the Maple Leaf,” said Millar.  “We look forward to enhancing these young players’ ongoing development during this camp and starting the process of building our three national U17 teams for the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge this fall.”

Following the camp, players will continue to be evaluated through the early portion of the 2022-23 season before 66 are named to one of three Canadian national teams – Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red and Team Canada White – that will compete at the 2022 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, scheduled for Nov. 5-12 in Langley and Delta, B.C.

So far, 77 of the 100 players invited have been drafted by Canadian Hockey League teams, including 40 from the Ontario Hockey League and 37 from the Western Hockey League, while the remaining 23 are prospects for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft, to be held July 4-5.

40 OHL Prospects Invited to Canada’s National Under-17 Development Camp:

2022 OHL Priority Selection position in brackets

Goaltenders (5):
David Egorov (Hamilton Bulldogs, 64th overall)
Carter George (Owen Sound Attack, 53rd overall)
Jacob Gibbons (Erie Otters, 38th overall)
Ryerson Leenders (Mississauga Steelheads, 32nd overall)
Landon Miller (Soo Greyhounds, 42nd overall)

Defencemen (9):
David Bedkowski (Oshawa Generals, 36th overall)
Anthony Cristoforo (Windsor Spitfires, 22nd overall)
Ben Danford (Oshawa Generals, 14th overall)
Sam Dickinson (Niagara IceDogs, 4th overall)
Frankie Marrelli (Ottawa 67’s, 21st overall)
Henry Mews (Ottawa 67’s, 7th overall)
Zayne Parekh (Saginaw Spirit, 19th overall)
Braedyn Rogers (Owen Sound Attack, 30th overall)
Nathan Schaap (Flint Firebirds, 100th overall)

Forwards (26):
Nathan Aspinall (Flint Firebirds, 33rd overall)
Jacob Battaglia (Kingston Frontenacs, 27th overall)
Cole Beaudoin (Barrie Colts, 10th overall)
Christopher Brown (Soo Greyhounds, 16th overall)
Ben Cormier (Owen Sound Attack, 11th overall)
Gabriel Frasca (Kingston Frontenacs, 17th overall)
Liam Greentree (Windsor Spitfires, 34th overall)
Michael Hage (Kitchener Rangers, 9th overall)
Kevin He (Niagara IceDogs, 25th overall)
Lucas Karmiris (Mississauga Steelheads, 13th overall)
Carter Lowe (Barrie Colts, 26th overall)
Jett Luchanko (Guelph Storm, 12th overall)
Porter Martone (Sarnia Sting, 5th overall)
Michael Misa (Saginaw Spirit, 1st overall)
Sam O’Reilly (London Knights, 37th overall)
Kaden Pitre (Flint Firebirds, 18th overall)
Ethan Procyszyn (North Bay Battalion, 20th overall)
Beckett Sennecke (Oshawa Generals, 8th overall)
Malcolm Spence (Erie Otters, 2nd overall)
Bode Stewart (Saginaw Spirit, 24th overall)
Antonio Tersigni (Owen Sound Attack, 35th overall)
Luca Testa (London Knights, 15th overall)
Jack Van Volsen (Peterborough Petes, 6th overall)
Marek Vanacker (Hamilton Bulldogs, 23rd overall)
Nathan Villeneuve (Sudbury Wolves, 3rd overall)
Kieron Walton (Sudbury Wolves, 28th overall)

For more information on Hockey Canada and the Program of Excellence, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow through social media on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


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.

BULLDOGS’ STEVE STAIOS VOTED JIM GREGORY OHL GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR AWARD RECIPIENT

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Steve Staios of the Hamilton Bulldogs is the 2021-22 recipient of the Jim Gregory OHL General Manager of the Year Award as voted by his peers.

First announced in August 2019, the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award is presented annually to the General Manager who best excelled in his role during the regular season. The award honours the memory of one of the game’s great builders in former long-time NHL executive Jim Gregory who passed away in October 2019 at the age of 83.

“My dad would be so proud to have a man of Steve’s character and hockey knowledge be the winner of this award,” said David Gregory, who serves as a Senior Manager with NHL Central Scouting. “Steve has had a great career in hockey, playing in over 1000 NHL games. This year Steve and his staff have their team competing for the OHL Championship. Congratulations Steve, the Gregory family is so proud to have your name alongside that of my father’s on his namesake trophy.”

Under the guidance of Head Coach Jay McKee, Staios’ Bulldogs captured the franchise’s first-ever Hamilton Spectator Trophy as regular season champions, boasting a record of 51-12-3-2. The East Division champion Bulldogs surrendered the League’s fewest goals (176), scored the second most (300), owned the best home record (27-4-1-2), put together the second-ranked power play (27.6%) and fifth-best penalty kill (80.9%). The Bulldogs scored 10 goals in a game four times during the regular season and featured seven different players on their roster that registered at least a point-per-game (Morrison, Hayes, Diaco, Staios, Mysak, McTavish, Winterton).

“It is a great honour to receive this award in the name of the late Mr. Jim Gregory who mentored and influenced many people so positively in our great game of hockey,” said Staios. “Mr. Gregory set a high standard of leadership and it is a proud moment for me to accept this award on behalf of the entire Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club.”

Hamilton’s roster benefitted from a pair of key mid-season acquisitions in Anaheim Ducks first round pick Mason McTavish and overage Montreal Canadiens blue line signee Arber Xhekaj. Big minute defenders in captain Colton Kammerer and OHL Defenceman of the Year Nathan Staios were also past additions by Staios, while other core elements of the club were identified through the OHL Priority Selection. Former first round picks Logan Morrison and Ryan Winterton join other players developed within the organization such as goaltender Marco Costantini, forwards Avery Hayes, George Diaco, Ryan Humphrey and Lawson Sherk, Under-18 Priority Selection pick Gavin White on the back end and CHL Import Draft find Jan Mysak down the middle.

“This is a Team Award,” Staios added. “It allows me to recognize our owner Michael Andlauer, players, coaches, scouts, front office staff and billet families for their tireless work, commitment and dedication that makes our Hamilton Bulldogs a best in class organization.”

A Hamilton product, Staios played three seasons on the blue line in the OHL between Niagara Falls and Sudbury from 1990-93. Selected in the second round of the 1991 NHL Draft by the St. Louis Blues, Staios went on to play a 19-year professional career that featured 1,001 regular season games in the NHL. Staios reached the 2006 Stanley Cup Final as a member of the Edmonton Oilers and enjoyed success on the international stage, winning World Championship gold with Canada in 2003 and 2004 along with a silver medal in 2008. He’s currently in his seventh year as President and General Manager of the Hamilton Bulldogs, having steered the club to its first OHL Championship in 2018. The Bulldogs have played to an overall regular season record of 205-156-29-12 in his time as GM.

A builder and good friend of the Ontario Hockey League along with countless people across the hockey world, Jim Gregory was a Hockey Hall of Fame inductee in 2007 who made significant contributions to the game throughout his lengthy career. Gregory got his managerial start by guiding St. Michael’s College School and the Toronto Marlboros to great success, winning a total of three Memorial Cup titles before becoming General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1969-79. He then transitioned into an executive role with the National Hockey League, one that spanned the course of four decades as he most recently served as the NHL’s Sr. Vice President of Hockey Operations.


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.

SPITFIRES’ WYATT JOHNSTON VOTEDOHL’S MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYERPRESENTED BY KIA

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League announced today that Dallas Stars prospect Wyatt Johnston of the Windsor Spitfires is the 2021-22 recipient of the Red Tilson Trophy, an award presented annually to the OHL’s Most Outstanding Player during the regular season as voted by the writers and broadcasters that cover the League. The OHL’s Most Outstanding Player Award is presented by Kia.

Johnston led the Canadian Hockey League with 124 points (46-78–124) in 68 games and follows past greats in Ryan Ellis (2011), Ernie Godden (1981) and Glenn Hall (1951) as the fourth player in Spitfires history to have his name etched on the Red Tilson Trophy.

“As a proud partner of the CHL and presenting sponsor of the Memorial Cup, Kia is excited to congratulate Wyatt Johnston of the Windsor Spitfires, winner of the Red Tilson Trophy as the OHL Most Outstanding Player,” said Michael Kopke, Director of Marketing for Kia Canada. “At Kia, we believe in movement that inspires, and Wyatt exemplifies this in his play. We can’t wait to see more of him on the ice for years to come.”

Johnston led the OHL, putting up 1.82 points-per-game during the regular season to finish with a total of 124, the fifth-highest single season total in Spitfires franchise history behind Ernie Godden (153, 1980-81), Bill Bowler (135, 1994-95), Kelly Cain (133, 1987-88) and Blair Barnes (130, 1979-80). His 46 goals were the most by a Spitfire since Steve Ott scored 50 in 2000-01.

“It is an amazing honour to be receiving the Red Tilson Trophy,” said Johnston. “There are countless people who have had massive contributions to helping me in this accomplishment. It is a huge privilege based on all the great players in this league. It is definitely a pretty cool feeling.”

The 19-year-old native of Toronto, Ont. finished with 42 multi-point performances on the campaign including four different games with at least four points. He becomes the first player since Jason Allison of the 1993-94 London Knights to claim each of the Red Tilson Trophy, the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy as the League’s top scorer, as well as the William Hanley Trophy as the OHL’s Most Sportsmanlike Player all in the same season.

“It’s obvious Wyatt is an elite talent,” said Spitfires General Manager Bill Bowler, “but he is a better teammate and person.  Speaking for the organization, we are so proud of him. He deserves this award and he will continue to get better and that is great for both the Spitfires and the Dallas Stars.”

Johnston follows current Stars forward Tyler Seguin, who claimed the honour as a member of the Plymouth Whalers during the 2009-10 season. The 6-foot-2, 181Ib. centreman who helped Canada’s National Under-18 Team win gold in 2021 has amassed 154 points (58-96–154) over 121 career regular season games since being selected by the Spitfires with the sixth overall pick of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. He was Dallas’ first round (23rd overall) choice in the 2021 NHL Draft.

The Red Tilson Trophy is the most prestigious individual award presented by the Ontario Hockey League.  First presented in 1945, the trophy is named in honour of Albert “Red” Tilson, who was killed in action in Europe during World War II. Tilson was the OHA scoring champion for the 1942-43 season after scoring 19 goals and 38 assists for 57 points in 22 games with the Oshawa Generals.

Accredited media were asked to select their top choice from separate ballots that featured a team-nominated representative from each of the League’s Eastern and Western Conference teams. Johnston emerged as the Western Conference frontrunner, receiving over 73 percent of the vote while North Bay Battalion forward Brandon Coe was voted as the Eastern Conference’s Most Outstanding Player. Johnston drew 80 percent of the vote on the final ballot to be named the Most Outstanding Player in the Ontario Hockey League.

The Red Tilson Trophy winner is the OHL’s nominee for Canadian Hockey League Player of the Year, an award that will be announced prior to the conclusion of the 2022 Memorial Cup presented by Kia that takes place in Saint John, New Brunswick from June 20-29.


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.