52 OHL PLAYERS INCLUDED ON NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING PLAYERS TO WATCH LIST FOR JANUARY

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is proud to announce that 52 players with OHL ties have been included on NHL Central Scouting’s January ‘Players to Watch’ List for the 2021 NHL Draft.

A total of four skaters received ‘A’ ratings indicating a potential first round NHL Draft selection. Guelph Storm defenceman Daniil Chayka, Barrie Colts blueliner Brandt Clarke, Peterborough Petes forward Mason McTavish and Kitchener Rangers centreman Francesco Pinelli all maintained the ‘A’ rank assigned to them back on October’s Players to Watch List.

A total of four skaters climbed from ‘C’ ratings back in October to ‘B’ in January including Owen Sound Attack forward Deni Goure, Hamilton Bulldogs forward Ryan Winterton, first overall CHL Import Draft Selection Matvei Petrov of the North Bay Battalion as well as London Knights defenceman Logan Mailloux. Other ‘B’ rated skaters include Brett Harrison (Oshawa Generals), Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires), Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds), Chase Stillman (Sudbury Wolves), Nick DeGrazia (Sudbury Wolves) and 2020 CHL Import Draft Selections Artyom Grushnikov (Hamilton Bulldogs) and Daniil Sobolev (Windsor Spitfires). Goaltenders Benjamin Gaudreau (Sarnia Sting), Tristan Lennox (Saginaw Spirit), Joe Vrbetic (North Bay Battalion) and CHL Import Draft Selection Alexei Kolosov (Erie Otters) were assigned ‘B’ ratings.

An additional 30 skaters and three netminders received ‘C’ ratings indicating a potential fourth, fifth or sixth round candidate.

All 20 OHL member teams were represented on the list led by the London Knights and Ottawa 67’s with five each. The Erie Otters, Hamilton Bulldogs and Sarnia Sting each trailed with four players assigned rankings.

The list includes 26 OHL forwards, 19 defencemen and seven goaltenders. Eleven of the players listed (denoted by an asterisk) have yet to play a game in the Ontario Hockey League but have committed to their respective member team for the 2020-21 season.

2021 NHL Central Scouting January ‘Players to Watch List – OHL Skaters

RANKPLAYERTEAMPOSITION
ADaniil ChaykaGuelph StormD
ABrandt ClarkeBarrie ColtsD
AMason McTavishPeterborough PetesC
AFrancesco PinelliKitchener RangersC
BNick DeGraziaSudbury WolvesC
BDeni GoureOwen Sound AttackC
BArtyom Grushnikov*Hamilton BulldogsD
BBrett HarrisonOshawa GeneralsC
BWyatt JohnstonWindsor SpitfiresC
BLogan MaillouxLondon KnightsD
BBrennan OthmannFlint FirebirdsLW
BMatvei Petrov*North Bay BattalionRW
BDaniil Sobolev*Windsor SpitfiresD
BChase StillmanSudbury WolvesC
BRyan WintertonHamilton BulldogsRW
CFrancesco ArcuriKingston FrontenacsC
CJack BeckOttawa 67’sRW
CJosh BloomSaginaw SpiritLW
CEthan BurroughsOwen Sound AttackRW
CEthan CardwellBarrie ColtsRW
CNolan DannSarnia StingRW
CEthan Del MastroMississauga SteelheadsD
CIsaac EnrightNiagara IceDogsD
CVsevolod Gaidamak*Ottawa 67’sC
CRanvir Gill-ShaneOttawa 67’sD
CAvery HayesHamilton BulldogsRW
CJacob HolmesSoo GreyhoundsD
CBraeden KresslerFlint FirebirdsC
CArtyom Kulakov*Erie OttersD
CDmitry Kuzmin*Flint FirebirdsD
CKasper Larsen*Mississauga SteelheadsD
CConnor LockhartErie OttersC
CRyan MastSarnia StingD
CJack MatierOttawa 67’sD
CBryce MontgomeryLondon KnightsD
CConnor PunnettBarrie ColtsD
CBen RogerLondon KnightsD
CColby Saganiuk*Erie OttersRW
CLawson SherkHamilton BulldogsC
CBrenden SirizzottiOttawa 67’sRW
CMatthew SopKitchener RangersLW
CKirill SteklovLondon KnightsD
COliver SuniOshawa GeneralsLW
CTy VoitSarnia StingRW
CBrian Zanetti*Peterborough PetesD

2021 NHL Central Scouting January ‘Players to Watch List – OHL Goalies

RANKGOALTENDERTEAM
BBenjamin GaudreauSarnia Sting
BAlexei Kolosov*Erie Otters
BTristan LennoxSaginaw Spirit
BJoe VrbeticNorth Bay Battalion
CBrett BrochuLondon Knights
CPavel Cajan*Kitchener Rangers
CNick MalikSoo Greyhounds

*– indicates player committed to OHL for 2020-21

Players have been identified using the following criteria:

• A Rating – Indicates a first round candidate
• B Rating – Indicates a second or third round candidate
• C Rating – Indicates a fourth/fifth/sixth round candidate

For the complete list, visit NHL.com.

OHL ANNOUNCES ACADEMIC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH FOR DECEMBER

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs, Tnias Mathurin of the North Bay Battalion, Eric Uba of the Guelph Storm and Davis “T-Bone” Codd of the Saginaw Spirit have been named OHL Academic Players of the Month for December.

Though the puck has yet to drop on the 2020-21 OHL Regular Season, players are striving for excellence in the classroom through their studies. The League continues to work with government and public health agencies to prepare a safe return to play. Academic players of the month are listed in correspondence with their 2019-20 divisions. Details concerning the structure of 2020-21 team alignment will be made available upon release of the OHL Regular Season schedule.

Here’s a closer look at the OHL’s Academic Players of the Month for December:

East Division: Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs is being recognized as December’s East Division Academic Player of the Month. He completed two grade 11 courses heading into the school year and currently carries an 89% average.

“Shane continues to be an exceptional role model both on and off the ice. The staff at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School can always count on Shane’s commitment to his academic studies, his maturity, and his leadership as a student,” said Kim Hulton, Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School academic advisor for the Frontenacs.

The newly-turned 17-year-old exceptional talent led the Frontenacs with a record-breaking 39 goals and 66 points in 58 games as a rookie over the 2019-20 season. He was the recipient of the Emms Family Award, was named CHL Rookie of the Year and, at 16-years-old, was recently one of 18 OHL players invited to Canada’s National Junior Team Development Camp.

Central Division: North Bay’s Tnias Mathurin is December’s Central Division Academic Player of the Month. He boasts a 93% in English and as well as a 94% in Mathematics at Chippewa Secondary School and is described as a “very strong, diligent student with strong marks since grade 9.”

The 17-year-old defenceman was selected by the Battalion in the third round, 41st overall at the 2020 OHL Priority Selection. The Ajax, Ont. native scored seven goals and earned 12 assists for 19 points in 35 games with the Ajax-Pickering Raiders U16 squad in 2019-20.

Midwest Division: Eric Uba of the Guelph Storm has been named the Midwest Division’s Academic Player of the Month for December.

Uba is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Guelph where he has maintained an 88% grade in Business Math, an 86% in Life and Well-Being and a 76% in Macroeconomics. At the same time, he is also maintaining his on and off ice training regiments in preparation for the start of the 2021 season. He is described as a “very focused, determined and self-motivated student” and “an excellent role model for his teammates, exemplifying what it means to ‘embrace the best of both worlds.’’

Through 63 games over the 2019-20 campaign, the 20-year-old winger recorded a career-high 29 goals and 29 assists for 58 points.

West Division: The Saginaw Spirit’s Davis “T-Bone” Codd is the West Division’s Academic Player of the Month for December. Codd earned an 87% in his International Baccalaurette Math Studies, a 92% in International Baccalaurette Language and Literature, 91% in his U.S. Government course and 88% in Economics for a 90% overall average at Heritage High School.

Saginaw Spirit academic advisor Pamela K. Moretuzzo described Codd as an “outstanding, conscientious individual with an excellent work ethic.”

“T-Bone’s personality and attitude are infectious, and he truly leads through example while focusing on his many scholastic, athletic and community service commitments. He volunteers at numerous events in his hometown of Brighton, Michigan as well as Saginaw, Michigan. He is well liked and respected by his peers and adults alike,” Moretuzzo continued. “T-Bone is an exceptional young man. He is polite, responsible, honest, hard-working, and a role model for others. T-Bone’s work ethic and perseverance are second to none and he will undoubtedly achieve any goals he sets.”

Codd put up five goals and nine assists for 14 points through 53 games as a rookie in 2019-20. A fourth round pick of the Spirit at the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, the 17-year-old forward scored 16 goals and added 33 assists for 49 points with the Little Caesars 16U team during the 2018-19 season.

2020-21 OHL Academic Players of the Month:

Players listed in correspondence with 2019-20 divisions. Details concerning the structure of 2020-21 team alignment will be made available upon release of the OHL Regular Season schedule.

East Division:
December – Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs)
November – Lawson Sherk (Hamilton Bulldogs)

Central Division:
December – Tnias Mathurin (North Bay Battalion)
November – Hunter Haight (Barrie Colts)

Midwest Division:
December – Eric Uba (Guelph Storm)
November – Connor Lockhart (Erie Otters)

West Division:
December – Davis “T-Bone” Codd (Saginaw Spirit)
November – Gavin Hayes (Flint Firebirds)

A total of 334 graduates utilized their OHL Scholarship at post-secondary institutions across North America during the 2019-20 academic year, with a total contribution by teams of over $3 million.  Over the past 10 seasons, OHL Scholarship payments have totalled more than $25 million.

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

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

EIGHT OHL PLAYERS TO REPRESENT CANADA AT 2021 WORLD JUNIORS

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is pleased to congratulate eight OHL players on being named to Canada’s National Junior Team that will compete in the 2021 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship from December 25, 2020 to January 5, 2021 in Edmonton, Alta.

Following a 26-day selection camp that was interrupted by a mandatory two-week quarantine, 25 players have been named to the final roster including three goaltenders, eight defencemen and 14 forwards.

Three returning OHL players won gold at the 2020 World Juniors including Quinton Byfield (Newmarket, Ont./Sudbury Wolves), Jamie Drysdale (Toronto, Ont./Erie Otters) and Connor McMichael (Ajax, Ont./London Knights).

Joining the three OHL returnees on the roster are defenceman Thomas Harley (Jamesville, N.Y., Mississauga Steelheads) and forwards Cole Perfetti (Pickering, Ont./Saginaw Spirit), Jack Quinn (Cobden, Ont./Ottawa 67’s), Ryan Suzuki (London, Ont./Saginaw Spirit) and Philip Tomasino (Mississauga, Ont./Oshawa Generals).

Back-to-back OHL Coach of the Year Andre Tourigny (Nicolet, Que./Ottawa 67’s) will serve as head coach of Team Canada. He’s joined on staff by 67’s equipment manager Chris Hamilton (Ottawa, Ont./Ottawa 67’s).

The final roster was selected by Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), senior vice-president of national teams for Hockey Canada, with assistance from Alan Millar (Tottenham, Ont./Moose Jaw, WHL), the U20 lead for the Program of Excellence management group, and Ben Shutron (Orleans, Ont.), manager of national teams for Hockey Canada. Tourigny and assistant coaches Tyler Dietrich (West Vancouver, B.C./Saskatoon, WHL), Michael Dyck (Lethbridge, Alta./Vancouver, WHL) and Mitch Love (Quesnel, B.C./Saskatoon, WHL) also provided input into the final roster selections.

“This camp has been unconventional from the outset with the number of players invited and the length of camp, along with the schedule adjustment due to our two-week shutdown, but we feel we have selected a group that will give us the best chance to defend our gold medal on home ice,” said Millar. “It is never easy making decisions to trim down a roster, especially when every player handled adversity, faced challenges head on and remained committed to the process through our off-ice workouts and Zoom sessions. We have a lot of people to thank, including the people of Red Deer, the Red Deer Rebels (WHL) and Alberta Health Services, who worked with us to always ensure the health and safety of our athletes, staff and the community at large, and we look forward to representing Canada in Edmonton.”

The 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship begins on Christmas Day with three games before Canada kicks off its tournament schedule on Dec. 26 against Germany at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will broadcast all 28 tournament games and the 10 pre-tournament games that begin Dec. 20. TSN Radio will also provide comprehensive tournament coverage, including all Team Canada pre-tournament and tournament games through to the gold medal game.

Canada has captured 18 gold medals at the IIHF World Junior Championship (1982, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2015, 2018, 2020), in addition to 11 silver (1975, 1976, 1977, 1986, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2017) and six bronze (1974, 1978, 1983, 2000, 2001, 2012).

For more information from the International Ice Hockey Federation, please visit the official tournament website at 2021.worldjuniors.hockey.

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Junior Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along through social media on FacebookTwitter and Twitter.com/HC_WJC.

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.

18 OHL PLAYERS INVITED TO HOCKEY CANADA’S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM SELECTION CAMP

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is proud to announce that 18 OHL players have been invited to Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp scheduled to take place from November 16 to December 13 in Red Deer, Alta.

The roster selection was led by Scott Salmond, senior vice-president of national teams for Hockey Canada, with assistance from Ben Shutron, manager of national teams for Hockey Canada, and Alan Millar, the U20 lead for the Program of Excellence management group. Head coach Andre Tourigny (Ottawa 67’s) and assistant coaches Michael Dyck (Vancouver Giants) and Mitch Love (Saskatoon Blades) provided input, along with coaches and general managers from across the Canadian Hockey League.

The 46-man camp roster includes 11 OHL forwards, five defenders and a pair of goaltenders as attendees compete for a chance to represent Canada at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship from December 25 to January 5 in Edmonton, Alta.

Among the 18 OHL players attending are three returnees who won gold at the 2020 World Juniors including Sudbury Wolves forward Quinton Byfield, London Knights forward Connor McMichael and Erie Otters defenceman Jamie Drysdale.

“Although this has been a difficult year for our athletes and staff, we are excited to unveil the 46 players who will compete for a spot on Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship,” said Salmond. “We know our athletes are excited for the opportunity to defend gold on home ice this year, and we expect a highly competitive selection camp with a number of difficult decisions to be made when it comes time to select the players who will wear the Maple Leaf in Edmonton in December.”

The selection camp will be held at the Westerner Park Centrium, home of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels. To ensure the health and safety of all participants and the community at large, Hockey Canada will be closely following enhanced measures around testing and team protocols.

The selection camp will include practices and three intrasquad games, as well as six games against a team of U SPORTS all-stars, between November 28 and December 13 before the team enters the bubble in Edmonton in preparation for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship. The camp will take place in a cohort bubble and will be closed to the public and media. Details about media availability throughout selection camp will be announced at a later date.

“As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, Hockey Canada has taken important steps to maintain the health and safety of our National Junior Team athletes and staff, as well as the community at large, during selection camp and throughout the World Juniors,” said Tom Renney, chief executive officer of Hockey Canada. “As much as we would enjoy allowing fans into the building to support Team Canada throughout the camp, we need to be responsible as we look to keep all parties safe before teams enter the bubble in Edmonton.”

The 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship begins on Christmas Day with three games before Canada kicks off its tournament schedule on December 26 against Germany at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will broadcast all 28 tournament games and the 10 pre-tournament games that begins December 20. TSN Radio will also provide comprehensive tournament coverage, including all Team Canada pre-tournament and tournament games through to the gold medal game.

18 OHL PLAYERS INVITED TO CANADA’S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM SELECTION CAMP:

GOALTENDERS:
Brett Brochu (London Knights)
Tristan Lennox (Saginaw Spirit)

DEFENCEMEN:
Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters)
Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads)
Mason Millman (Saginaw Spirit)
Ryan O’Rourke (Soo Greyhounds)
Donovan Sebrango (Kitchener Rangers)

FORWARDS:
Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves)
Graeme Clarke (Ottawa 67’s)
Tyson Foerster (Barrie Colts)
Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Cole Perfetti (Saginaw Spirit)
Jack Quinn (Ottawa 67’s)
Jamieson Rees (Sarnia Sting)
Cole Schwindt (Mississauga Steelheads)
Ryan Suzuki (Saginaw Spirit)
Philip Tomasino (Oshawa Generals)
Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs)

HOCKEY OPERATIONS STAFF:
Head Coach – Andre Tourigny (Ottawa 67’s)
Equipment Manager – Chris Hamilton (Ottawa 67’s)
Security Liaison – Bob Martin (London Knights)

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Junior Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along through social media on FacebookTwitter and Twitter.com/HC_WJC.

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.

46 OHL PLAYERS INCLUDED ON NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING PRELIMINARY PLAYERS TO WATCH LIST

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is proud to announce that 46 OHL players have been included on NHL Central Scouting’s Preliminary Players to Watch List for the 2021 NHL Draft.

The list includes 25 forwards, 16 defencemen and five goaltenders.

“At this point in the evaluation process and considering the lack of a summer scouting season, it’s much too early to identify a strength for the 2021 draft class other than to state that there are a number of good prospects at every position,” Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr said.

A total of five OHL players were assigned an ‘A’ rating indicating a potential first round NHL Draft candidate. Those names include a 2019-20 first all-rookie team member in Barrie Colts defenceman Brandt Clarke along with a second team member in Peterborough Petes centreman Mason McTavish. Guelph Storm defenceman Daniil Chayka joins a recently committed Hamilton Bulldogs prospect in Russian countryman Artyom Grushnikov in the ‘A’ column alongside Kitchener Rangers forward Francesco Pinelli.

An additional six OHL skaters along with three goaltenders were assigned ‘B’ rankings, indicating a potential second or third round candidate. Those include former first round 2019 OHL Priority Selection choices Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds), Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires), Brett Harrison (Oshawa Generals) and goaltender Ben Gaudreau (Sarnia Sting). Sudbury Wolves forwards Chase Stillman and Nick DeGrazia join recently committed Windsor Spitfires prospect Daniil Sobolev in receiving a ‘B’ listing along with goaltenders Tristan Lennox (Saginaw Spirit) and Joe Vrbetic (North Bay Battalion). An additional 30 skaters and two goaltenders were assigned a ‘C’ ranking, indicating a potential fourth, fifth or sixth round candidate.

All 20 of the OHL’s member teams are represented on the list led by the defending Hamilton Spectator Trophy recipient Ottawa 67’s with five players followed by the Hamilton Bulldogs with four and the Barrie Colts, Kitchener Rangers, London Knights, Peterborough Petes and Sarnia Sting each with three.

2021 NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Players to Watch List – OHL:

SKATERS:

RANKPLAYERTEAMPOSITION
ADaniil ChaykaGuelph StormD
ABrandt ClarkeBarrie ColtsD
AArtyom Grushnikov*Hamilton BulldogsD
AMason McTavishPeterborough PetesC
AFrancesco PinelliKitchener RangersC
BNick DeGraziaSudbury WolvesC
BBrett HarrisonOshawa GeneralsC
BWyatt JohnstonWindsor SpitfiresC
BBrennan OthmannFlint FirebirdsLW
BDaniil Sobolev*Windsor SpitfiresD
BChase StillmanSudbury WolvesC
CFrancesco ArcuriKingston FrontenacsC
CJack BeckOttawa 67’sRW
CEthan BurroughsOwen Sound AttackRW
CEthan CardwellBarrie ColtsRW
CNolan DannSarnia StingLW
CEthan Del MastroMississauga SteelheadsD
CIsaac EnrightNiagara IceDogsD
CVsevolod Gaidamak*Ottawa 67’sC
CRanvir Gill-ShaneOttawa 67’sD
CDeni GoureOwen Sound AttackC
CArtem GuryevPeterborough PetesD
CAvery HayesHamilton BulldogsRW
CJacob HolmesSoo GreyhoundsD
CBraeden KresslerFlint FirebirdsC
CKasper Larsen*Mississauga SteelheadsD
CConnor LockhartErie OttersC
CLogan MaillouxLondon KnightsD
CJack MatierOttawa 67’sD
CBryce MontgomeryLondon KnightsD
CMatvei Petrov*North Bay BattalionRW
CConnor PunnettBarrie ColtsD
CBen RogerLondon KnightsD
CColby Saganiuk*Erie OttersRW
CLawson SherkHamilton BulldogsC
CBrenden SirizzottiOttawa 67’sRW
CMatthew SopKitchener RangersLW
COliver SuniOshawa GeneralsRW
CTy VoitSarnia StingRW
CRyan WintertonHamilton BulldogsRW
CBrian Zanetti*Peterborough PetesD

GOALTENDERS:

RANKGOALTENDERTEAM
BBen GaudreauSarnia Sting
BTristan LennoxSaginaw Spirit
BJoe VrbeticNorth Bay Battalion
CPavel Cajan*Kitchener Rangers
CNick MalikSoo Greyhounds

*– indicates player committed to OHL for 2020-21

Players have been identified using the following criteria:

• A Rating – Indicates a first round candidate

• B Rating – Indicates a second or third round candidate

• C Rating – Indicates a fourth/fifth/sixth round candidate

For the complete list, visit NHL.com.
 

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. For more information visit http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/.

OHL ANNOUNCES RETURN TO PLAY PLANS

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Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that it is planning to return to play on December 1, 2020, subject to ensuring that the players, fans, staff and community are able to play and attend games safely. Over the next four months the League will continue to work with government and health agencies to finalize outstanding issues such as safe attendance at venues and cross border travel for teams and players.

“We are looking forward to getting back to playing hockey, but are committed to ensuring that we do so in a manner that is safe and healthy for our players, officials, families, billets, teams, staff, fans and the community,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch. “Players will remain at home until the season resumes and teams will work closely with them on both their academic studies and overseeing their on and off-ice development. In addition, the League will liaise with our facilities to ensure that our venues are safe for our return to play.”

The season will include a 64-game schedule and a 16-team playoff format. The regular season is scheduled to end on Thursday April 29, 2021.  The 102nd Memorial Cup presented by Kia is scheduled to be played June 17-27, 2021 and will be hosted by either the Oshawa Generals or Soo Greyhounds.

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.

CHL APPOINTS INDEPENDENT REVIEW PANEL

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Toronto – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that it has appointed an Independent Review Panel to review the current policies and practices in the league that relate to hazing, abuse, harassment and bullying and the allegation that players do not feel comfortable reporting behaviors that contravene these policies.

The panel will be chaired by former Premier of New Brunswick Camille Thériault and will include Sheldon Kennedy and Danièle Sauvageau.

“The CHL is committed to the 1,400 young men who play in our league and the protection of our players has been and will always be our primary concern,” said CHL President Dan MacKenzie. “This is why we have assembled this Independent Review Panel to review the effectiveness of our current policies, player experience programs and procedures for reporting off-ice misconduct, to help ensure that we are providing the safest environment free of hazing, abuse, harassment and bullying.”

Over the last 20 years the CHL and its member leagues the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, have made a number of advancements to Players First programs including extensive policies and practices to educate players and team staff on respect in sport, prevention of hazing, abuse, harassment and bullying, along with introducing a leading mental health program, Talk Today, in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association.

“As a former member of the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus and lifelong hockey fan, I can attest to the fact that hockey, at all levels, is a key part of Canadian culture,” said Thériault. I look forward to working with my fellow panel members to review the CHL’s policies and practices to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all players.”

The goal is to have the report of the Independent Review Panel completed in time for the start of the 2020-21 season.

About the Panel:

Camille Thériault is the former Premier of New Brunswick, an Officer of the Order of Canada and the former chair of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB). He recently retired as the President and CEO of UNI Financial and has twice been named in the Top 50 Atlantic Business leaders by Atlantic Business magazine. He received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2012 and an honorary doctorate from the Université de Moncton.

Sheldon Kennedy is a former Memorial Cup champion and NHL player who is widely known for his role in bringing the attention of abuse in sport to the forefront. He has been instrumental in bringing governments, public and private sector partners together to work collaboratively to influence policy change and improve the way child abuse is handled. He co-founded the Calgary and Area Child Advocacy Centre and the Respect Group. He has received countless awards and honorary doctorates, including being named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2014 and the Order of Hockey in Canada in 2020.

Danièle Sauvageau is known for her extensive experience in investigation, public safety, high level sport, business and sports coaching. She has more than 33 years of service in policing where she has held strategic investigative and strategic development positions. She has participated in 10 Olympic Games (2002 Gold medalist for women’s hockey) and several Pan American Games and World Championships as head coach and general manager. She has received numerous awards over the years including Canada’s Meritorious Service Cross, an Officer of the Order of Canada, and has been named the Coach of Year in Quebec three times.

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. For more information visit http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/.

SPIRIT’S MILLMAN ADDED TO CANADA’S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM SUMMER DEVELOPMENT CAMP

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Toronto, Ont. – Hockey Canada announced Wednesday the addition of Saginaw Spirit defenceman Mason Millman to its National Junior Team Summer Development Camp set to take place online from July 27 to 31.

Millman joins Spirit teammates Tristan Lennox, Cole Perfetti and Ryan Suzuki along with 13 other OHL players and Canadian National Junior Team head coach Andre Tourigny of the Ottawa 67’s in drawing invitations to the virtual camp.

A soon-to-be 19-year-old from London, Ont., Millman recorded 44 points (13-31–44) over 58 games in his sophomore season after being selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the fourth round (103rd overall) of the 2019 NHL Draft. The 6-foot-1, 180Ib. left-shot defender has collected 69 points (16-53–69) over 130 career regular season games and helped the Spirit reach the Western Conference Championship Series in 2019, recording five points (2-3–5) over 13 playoff outings. Millman was originally Saginaw’s seventh round (124th overall) pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.

The 2021 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship returns to Canadian ice this December, with Edmonton, Alta. and Red Deer, Alta. set to co-host the annual holiday tradition.

For more information on Hockey Canada or Canada’s National Junior Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on FacebookTwitter and Twitter.com/HC_WJC.

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. For more information visit http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/.

Press Release

ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE APPOINTS RICO PHILLIPS DIRECTOR, CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Press Release

Phillips was the 2019 recipient of the Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award

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Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that it has appointed Rico Phillips to the newly created role of Director of Cultural Diversity and Inclusion. In this role, reporting to the Commissioner, Phillips will establish and lead a committee to provide guidance and expertise to the League and teams to help ensure that the game is inclusive for all players, staff and fans.

“There is no question that the biggest challenge facing hockey and sports, at all levels, is how to ensure that the game is inclusive. I believe the key to doing this is to work hard to eradicate racism and ensure an environment that is free from any discrimination,” said Phillips. “I am looking forward to working with the League and the Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Committee on these very important, and I believe attainable, goals.”

The Committee on Cultural Diversity and Inclusion will make recommendations and build upon the League’s current policies and player and staff training.

“Rico Phillips has proven over the years that he not only understands hockey, but he understands the role that community plays in the sport and the challenges that face players and teams with regards to racism and inclusiveness,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch. “I am very pleased that he has agreed to join the OHL in this critical role and I look forward to his ongoing contributions in this important area.”

About Rico Phillips:
Rico Phillips is a change-maker in the sport of hockey, having begun his role in the game as a high school hockey referee in the 1980’s. In 2010 he founded the Flint Inner-City Youth Hockey Program in an effort to increase racial and socioeconomic inclusivity in minor hockey. In 2019 he was awarded the NHL’s prestigious Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award. He is a retired member of the City of Flint Fire Department.

From the OHL’s current Diversity policy:
The Ontario Hockey League cares about diversity within its environment.  The OHL values all of its players, staff, and officials and is committed to providing a place where all players and personnel are treated with respect.  Not only does this mean that the League strives for an environment that is free from unequal treatment on the basis of race, age, gender, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status or disability – it also means that we strive for an environment where we value and benefit from the distinctiveness of each other.

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. For more information visit http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/.

OHL CLUBS SELECT 23 PLAYERS IN 2020 CHL IMPORT DRAFT

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Toronto, Ont. – Ontario Hockey League member teams selected 23 players from across 10 different countries in the 29th annual CHL Import Draft held Tuesday online at CHL.ca.

Seventeen OHL clubs made selections, with the Kingston Frontenacs, Soo Greyhounds and Guelph Storm each passing on both of their picks. The Erie Otters, Barrie Colts, Sudbury Wolves, Peterborough Petes, Saginaw Spirit and Ottawa 67’s each made two selections.

The two-round draft took place online with the order of selection rotating through each of the CHL’s three leagues using an inverse order of final regular season standings from each league from the 2019-20 season.

CLICK HERE TO SEE COMPLETE 2020 CHL IMPORT DRAFT RESULTS

The North Bay Battalion selected Russian-born 17-year-old winger Matvei Petrov with the first overall pick. He’s added to an up-and-coming Battalion depth chart after putting up nine points (5-4–9) over 21 games with MHK Krylia Sovetov of Russia’s top junior circuit. Petrov follows Andrei Svechnikov as the first Russian player to be selected first overall in the CHL Import Draft. Chosen first by the Barrie Colts in 2017, Svechnikov went on to earn OHL Rookie of the Year honours and was selected second overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2018 NHL Draft.

The Niagara IceDogs added another highly touted Russian forward with the fourth overall selection of Daniil Gushchin. The draft eligible 18-year-old spent the 2019-20 season with the USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks, recording 47 points (22-25–47) over 42 games after leading Russia to gold at last summer’s Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

The Sarnia Sting rounded out the OHL’s top ten selections with the addition of Slovakian centreman Alex Geci at seventh overall who split the 2019-20 season between the junior ranks in Slovakia and Finland. The 16-year-old registered 14 points (6-8–14) over 13 games with Finland’s Lukko U18 program before finishing things out with 17 points (8-9–17) over 27 contests with Slovakia’s HC Slovan Bratislava U20.

Other picks of intrigue include the Mississauga Steelheads’ addition of 6-foot-6, 231Ib. Danish defenceman Kasper Larsen at 19th overall. The Owen Sound Attack added a defenceman with prior CHL experience in draft eligible Swiss rearguard Noah Delemont who spent 2019-20 with the QMJHL’s Acadie-Bathurst Titan, registering 13 points (3-10–13) over 64 games. Chosen with the 28th pick, Delemont was the third overall pick of last summer’s 2019 CHL Import Draft. The Saginaw Spirit selected the OHL’s lone late 2003-born addition in 2022 NHL Draft eligible Russian defender Pavel Mintyukov at 52nd overall. The Spirit also nabbed a prospect of the nearby Detroit Red Wings in 2019 third round NHL Draft pick Albin Grewe of Sweden who they chose 112th overall. The London Knights selected a top 2020 NHL Draft prospect in German talent John Jason Peterka who they chose 55th overall. Peterka spent 2019-20 in the German Elite League and was the seventh-ranked European skater on NHL Central Scouting’s Final NHL Draft Rankings.

The Erie Otters picked up the first of two goaltenders selected by OHL clubs with the addition of Belarusian netminder Alexei Kolosov at 22nd overall. The Kitchener Rangers followed suit, adding Czech talent Pavel Cajan with the 49th overall pick.

OHL member teams selected a total of six players in their first year of eligibility for the upcoming 2020 NHL Draft in addition to 13 eligible for next year’s 2021 NHL Draft.

Each CHL team is permitted to dress a maximum of two import players each season who are selected annually through the CHL Import Draft.

OHL at the 2020 CHL Import Draft Summary:

Draft Picks by Position:
Forwards – 12
Defencemen – 9
Goaltenders – 2

Draft Picks by Country:
Russia – 7 (ER, HAM, NIAG, NB, OTT, SAG, WSR)
Belarus – 3 (BAR, ER, FLNT)
Slovakia – 3 (OSH, SAR, SBY)
Czech Republic – 2 (BAR, KIT)
Finland – 2 (OTT, SBY)
Switzerland – 2 (PBO, OS)
Denmark – 1 (MISS)
Germany – 1 (LDN)
Latvia – 1 (PBO)
Sweden – 1 (SAG)

Draft picks by Birthdate and NHL Status:
2003-born late and 2022 NHL Draft eligible – 1
2003-born early and 2021 NHL Draft eligible – 9
2002-born late and 2021 NHL Draft eligible – 4
2002-born early and 2020 NHL Draft eligible – 6
2001-born late and 2020 NHL Draft eligible – 0
2001-born early and 2019 NHL Drafted – 1
2001-born early and NHL Undrafted – 2

NHL Draft picks by OHL teams in the CHL Import Draft:
112. Albin Grewe (LW) (Saginaw – 3rd round to Detroit in 2019)

Last summer OHL teams selected a total of 28 players from 12 different countries led by five players from both the Czech Republic and Finland consisting of 13 forwards, 12 defencemen and three goaltenders.

For full coverage of the 2020 CHL Import Draft, visit chl.ca.

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