OHL THIS WEEK: NOVEMBER 12 TO 14, 2021

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMMUNITY CORNER:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ALUMNI NOTES:

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

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

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

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

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

KEY MATCHUPS:

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

BASRAN AND WRIGHT NAMED OHL TOP PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK

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

Frontenacs’ Shane Wright Named OHL Player of the Week

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

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

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

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

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

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


Steelheads’ Roman Basran Named OHL Goaltender of the Week

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24 OHL Players Named to 2021 Capital City Challenge:

*player committed to Ontario Hockey League club

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

OHL THIS WEEK: NOVEMBER 4 TO 7, 2021

Toronto, Ont. – November has arrived and we’ve got cross-border play in the Ontario Hockey League! Here’s your rundown of what’s taking place across the League this week.

November is Special Olympics Game Month in the OHL
For the 13th consecutive season, the Ontario Hockey League is teaming up with The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) and Special Olympics Ontario to raise awareness around the Special Olympics movement. Read more

OHL Top Performers of the Month for October:
The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Top OHL Performers of the Month for regular season games played in October 2021, including Guelph Storm forward Sasha Pastujov, Sudbury Wolves defenceman Jack Thompson, Oshawa Generals rookie Calum Ritchie and London Knights goaltender Brett Brochu. Read more

OHL Academic Players of the Month for October:
The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Sam Alfano of the Peterborough Petes, Owen Beck of the Mississauga Steelheads, Cal Uens of the Owen Sound Attack and Bronson Ride of the Windsor Spitfires have been named the OHL Academic Players of the Month for October. Read more

Knights and Frontenacs included in Week 5 edition of Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings:
The London Knights are up another two spots this week, climbing to second in the Canadian Hockey League as the only remaining undefeated squad. The Kingston Frontenacs are in the Top 10 for the sixth straight edition, rising one spot to number nine in the CHL. Read more

Petes’ Robertson named OHL Player of the Week:
Tucker Robertson of the Peterborough Petes is the OHL Player of the Week with five points including three goals and two assists in a pair of victories. Read more

Generals’ Leaver named OHL Goaltender of the Week:
Patrick Leaver of the Oshawa Generals is the OHL Goaltender of the Week with two wins, a 1.00 goals-against average, .976 save percentage and one shutout. Read more

Robertson, Clarke and Leaver named to CHL Team of the Week:
Peterborough’s Tucker Robertson, Barrie’s Brandt Clarke and Oshawa’s Patrick Leaver have been named to the CHL Team of the Week for Oct. 25-31, 2021. Read more

Hockey Canada Announces Capital City Challenge
The nation’s capital will serve as the backdrop for the Capital City Challenge, a four-team tournament featuring Canada’s National Women’s Team and three national men’s under-17 teams starting November 26. Read more

Chromiak’s lacrosse-inspired special leads OHL Plays of the Week:
Surveying the OHL Plays of the Week for action ending Sunday, October 31st featuring Niagara’s Cameron Peters, Sarnia’s Justin O’Donnell, Guelph’s Sasha Pastujov, Mississauga’s combo of Ty Collins and Luca Del Bel Belluz as well as Kingston’s Martin Chromiak. Watch

Kicking-off November with terrific turnaways in the OHL Saves of the Week:
Kicking-off the month of November with terrific turnaways by OHL puckstoppers including Saginaw’s Andrew Oke, Kitchener’s Pavel Cajan, Barrie’s Matthew Sbrocca, Windsor’s Kyle Downey, Oshawa’s Patrick Leaver, Sault Ste. Marie’s Samuel Ivanov, Kingston’s Aidan Spooner and North Bay’s Joe Vrbetic. Watch

Twelve first goals and a shutout in OHL Milestone Moments:
Check out 12 first career OHL goals and Patrick Leaver’s first career shutout from the past week of action in the latest edition of OHL Milestone Moments! Watch

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

Rodion Tatarenko commits to Battalion:
The North Bay Battalion have received a commitment from ninth round 2020 OHL Priority Selection choice Rodion Tatarenko who has started his season with the NOJHL affilaite Powassan Voodoos. Read more

Matthew Mania commits to Wolves:
The Sudbury Wolves have received a commitment from fourth round 2021 OHL Priority Selection choice Matthew Mania who began his season with the USHL’s Fargo Force. Read more

Betts and Gushchin added to IceDogs’ leadership group:
Niagara IceDogs head coach Billy Burke has named overage defenceman Dakota Betts and first-year San Jose Sharks prospect Danil Gushchin as alternate captains. Read more

COMMUNITY CORNER:

Otters fire up ‘Movember’ with team campaign:
The Erie Otters are growing their ‘Mo’s’ in support of men’s health this month. Visit the club’s donation page at movember.com.

Petes host Battalion for Remembrance Day game on Thursday:
The Peterborough Petes will be saluting veterans and active military service members on Thursday when they host the North Bay Battalion in their annual Remembrance Day game. The Petes will welcome, recognize and honour the men and women who have and continue to put their lives on the line for our great country. More info at gopetesgo.com

Rangers unveil 16th annual Remembrance Day jersey for Friday:
The Kitchener Rangers are excited about their fast approaching Remembrance Day game on Friday. They recently unveiled their 16th annual Remembrance Day jersey that will be auctioned off to raise funds for local military charities. Read more

Spirit host First Responders Night on Saturday: The Saginaw Spirit hold their annual 4:00pm Team Police vs. Team Fire charity game prior to pcuk drop against the Sarnia Sting on Saturday. A long-standing Spirit tradition, the charity matchup will take place for a 14th season.

Spitfires hand out limited edition Remembrance Day poster on Saturday:
Fans attending Saturday’s Windsor Spitfires game at home to the Erie Otters will receive a free, limited edition team Remembrance Day poster while supplies last. The Spits will salute past and present military service members at Saturday’s game.

ALUMNI NOTES:

Pezzetta makes NHL debut: Former Sudbury Wolves and Sarnia Sting forward Michael Pezzetta made his NHL debut with the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday at the age of 23. The former sixth round pick by Montreal in 2016 broke into the NHL after spending 115 games in the American Hockey League. A former Wolves captain, Pezzetta played in the OHL from 2014-18, recording 111 points (48-63–111) over 241 regular season games. He had six points (3-3–6) through his first eight games of the season with the AHL’s Laval Rocket before being recalled.

Harley skates in first NHL regular season matchup: Thomas Harley had the opportunity to make his NHL debut during the Dallas Stars’ 2020 Stanley Cup playoff run, but on Tuesday saw his first regular season action in the NHL as the Stars fell to the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 in a shootout. The 20-year-old Mississauga Steelheads graduate has one assist through six games with the AHL’s Texas Stars this season. He played 38 AHL games last year, putting up 25 points (8-17–25). Harley, who played in Mississauga over three seasons from 2017-20, was Dallas’ first round (18th overall) pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

Merkley lights the lamp with Sharks: Former first overall OHL Priority Selection choice and OHL Rookie of the Year Ryan Merkley scored his first NHL goal on Tuesday as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Buffalo Sabres 5-3. Merkley was skating in his second career NHL contest after making his debut on Oct. 30th. The 21-year-old registered four assists through his first four games of the season with the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda. Merkley played four OHL seasons between Guelph, Peterborough and London from 2016-20, graduating with 269 points (54-215–269), the sixth-most by a defenceman in OHL history.

Brodie plays in 700th NHL contest: Toronto Maple Leafs blueliner T.J. Brodie suited up in his 700th career regular season game on Tuesday. The 31-year-old product of Chatham, Ont. is in the midst of his 11th NHL season and second in Toronto after starting out with the Calgary Flames as a fourth round pick in the 2008 NHL Draft. Brodie played four OHL seasons between the Saginaw Spirit and Barrie Colts from 2006-10. He has two assists through 10 games with the Maple Leafs this season.

Monahan suits up for 600th NHL game: Calgary Flames centreman Sean Monahan played in his 600th career NHL game on Tuesday, recording an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators. The 27-year-old from Brampton, Ont. has spent the entirety of his nine-year career with Calgary after being selected by the Flames with the sixth overall pick of the 2013 NHL Draft. Monahan played three OHL seasons for the Ottawa 67’s from 2010-13. He has 205 goals, 238 assists and 443 points over his 600-game NHL tenure.

Landeskog notches 300th assist: Former Kitchener Rangers captain Gabriel Landeskog recorded career assist number 300 on Wednesday. The 28-year-old Colorado Avalanche captain picked up two helpers to reach 300 as the Avs fell to the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 in overtime. Landeskog has 10 points (4-6–10) through his first seven games of the season and joins Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, Milan Hejduk, Nathan MacKinnon and Alex Tanguay as one of six Avs players to record 300 assists with the club. Landeskog played two seasons in Kitchener from 2009-11 before being selected by the Avs with the second overall pick of the 2011 NHL Draft.

Quinn named AHL Rookie of Month: Ottawa 67’s grad Jack Quinn is the AHL Rookie of the Month for October. The Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick tallied five goals and five assists for 10 points over six games with the Rochester Americans. The Cobden, Ont. native was limited to just 15 games with the Amerks last season after undergoing a hernia surgery in April. The 20-year-old scored 52 goals for the 67’s during the 2019-20 season before being selected by the Sabres with the eighth overall pick in 2020. Quinn played parts of three seasons in Ottawa under head coach Andre Tourigny from 2017-20.

Luchuk named ECHL Player of Month: Former OHL top scorer Aaron Luchuk is the ECHL Player of the Month, putting up four goals, four assists and eight points in three games for the Orlando Solar Bears, an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The 24-year-old tallied at least two points in each of his three games, and had a four-point game (3-1–4) in a 5-4 overtime win over Jacksonville on Oct. 31, which included the fastest hat trick in Solar Bears’ history (12:07). Luchuk played four full seasons in the OHL, winning a Memorial Cup with the Windsor Spitfires in 2017 before winning the Eddie Powers Trophy as the League’s top scorer between Windsor and Barrie with 115 points in 2017-18.

Oksentyuk named ECHL Rookie of the Month: Flint Firebirds graduate Evgeniy Oksentyuk (Yauheni Aksiantsiuk) of the Idaho Steelheads is the ECHL Rookie of the Month for October, recording four goals, five assists and a plus-6 rating in five games during the opening month of the season. A sixth round pick of the Dallas Stars in 2020, Oksentyuk recorded 78 points (33-45–78) in his lone season in Flint, the 2019-20 campaign. The Belarusian forward is under an NHL contract with Dallas.

KEY MATCHUPS:

Barrie Colts at Oshawa Generals
Friday November 5th – 7:35pm

Brandt Clarke and the Barrie Colts visit Oshawa to kick-off their weekend on Friday, entering play with a 4-5-0-1 record through their first 10 games. It’s been a mixed bag to start the season for the Colts, who have Clarke coming off a six-point week that saw them take wins in two of three. Clarke leads the Colts offensively with 12 points (3-9–12) through eight games while Colorado Avalanche first round pick Oskar Olausson also has 12 points (7-5–12) to his credit. The Generals featured Edmonton Oilers prospect and captain Ty Tullio who owns the OHL’s longest point streak this season. He’s put up a point in each of his 10 games thus far. Oshawa enters play with points in each of their last four games as Generals netminder Patrick Leaver comes off OHL Goaltender of the Week honours.

Guelph Storm at Soo Greyhounds
Friday November 5th and Saturday November 6th – 7:07pm

Winners of three straight, the Guelph Storm are in Sault Ste. Marie for two this weekend as the OHL’s four top scorers will share the same ice surface. Anaheim Ducks prospect Sasha Pastujov (10-9–19) was the OHL Player of the Month for October and sits tied with Sault Ste. Marie’s Tye Kartye (11-8–19) for the League lead in points. The Hounds feature an offensive triple thread, with Calgary Flames prospect Rory Kerins (7-11–18) and overage winger Cole MacKay (6-11–17) joining Kartye while St. Louis Blues prospect Tanner Dickinson (4-12–16) trails close behind. The 8-4-0-0 Greyhounds currently sit first in the West Division. The Storm, who feature top 2022 NHL Draft prospect Matthew Poitras (4-7–11) are 6-4-1-0.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

Thursday November 4th:
Erie at Niagara – 7:00pm
North Bay at Peterborough – 7:05pm

Friday November 5th:
North Bay at Kingston – 7:00pm
Hamilton at Mississauga – 7:00pm
Peterborough at Ottawa – 7:00pm
Saginaw at Sarnia – 7:05pm
Niagara at Sudbury – 7:05pm
Guelph at Sault Ste. Marie – 7:07pm
Flint at Kitchener – 7:30pm
Owen Sound at London – 7:30pm
Barrie at Oshawa – 7:35pm

Saturday November 6th:
Sudbury at Hamilton – 4:00pm
London at Flint – 7:00pm
Sarnia at Saginaw – 7:05pm
Erie at Windsor – 7:05pm
Guelph at Sault Ste. Marie – 7:07pm
Kitchener at Owen Sound – 7:30pm

Sunday November 7th:
Barrie at Hamilton – 2:00pm
Peterborough at Kingston – 2:00pm
Niagara at Mississauga – 2:00pm
North Bay at Ottawa – 2:00pm
Erie at Sarnia – 2:05pm
Sudbury at Oshawa – 6:05pm

KNIGHTS AND FRONTENACS INCLUDED IN WEEK 5 EDITION OF KIA CHL TOP 10 RANKINGS

Toronto, Ont. – The Canadian Hockey League announced today the Week 5 edition of the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2021-22 season.

The London Knights are up another two spots this week, climbing to second in the Canadian Hockey League as the only remaining undefeated squad. The 8-0 Knights rattled off two more wins last week, defeating the Owen Sound Attack for a fourth time this season on Wednesday as OHL Goaltender of the Month Brett Brochu earned first star honours in a 4-1 decision. The Knights were at home on Friday, defeating their 402 rival the Sarnia Sting by a score of 5-2 thanks to a hat-trick from captain Luke Evangelista. The Knights own the League’s top power play, one currently operating at 33 percent while sitting second in OHL penalty killing metrics with a 91.4 percent efficiency rate shorthanded. The Knights return to the ice on Friday at home to Owen Sound before crossing the border to visit the Flint Firebirds on Saturday night.

The Kingston Frontenacs are in the Top 10 for the sixth straight edition, rising one spot to number nine in the CHL. The Fronts fell 3-2 in overtime to the Ottawa 67’s at home on Friday before exacting vengeance on the Barber Poles Saturday afternoon in the nation’s capital. Los Angeles Kings prospect Martin Chromiak enjoyed a career performance with his first OHL hat-trick that was capped off by a lacrosse-style third period game winner in a 4-3 decision. Saturday’s win was goaltender Aidan Spooner‘s first in the OHL. Top 2022 NHL Draft prospect Shane Wright and the Frontenacs are at home for three straight this week, hitting the ice on Wednesday against the Mississauga Steelheads, hosting the North Bay Battalion on Friday and taking on the Peterborough Petes on Sunday afternoon.

The ascending Saginaw Spirit and Soo Greyhounds are both honourable mention teams this week, with the Spirit having earned a point in five consecutive games, entering a fresh week off a 4-1 triumph over the Flint Firebirds last Wednesday. The 7-4-0-0 Greyhounds currently hold down top spot in the West Division. The Spirit make their first trip to Ontario on Wednesday to take on the Greyhounds in a game fans won’t want to miss.

For further analysis on the Week 5 edition of the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings, visit CHL.ca.


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

OHL ANNOUNCES TOP PERFORMERS OF THE MONTH FOR OCTOBER

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Top OHL Performers of the Month for regular season games played in October 2021, including Guelph Storm forward Sasha Pastujov, Sudbury Wolves defenceman Jack Thompson, Oshawa Generals rookie Calum Ritchie and London Knights goaltender Brett Brochu.

OHL Player of the Month – Sasha Pastujov (Guelph Storm):
Anaheim Ducks prospect Sasha Pastujov of the Guelph Storm is the OHL Player of the Month for October, sitting tied for the League-lead in both goals (10) and points (17) through 10 games this season. Pastujov is tied for the OHL’s second-most shots on goal with 44 and also scored a pair of game winners as the Storm played to a mark of 5-4-1-0. Pastujov wasted little time scoring his first career hat-trick, lighting the lamp three times on Oct. 9th as Guelph fell to visiting Kitchener 5-4. He proceeded to record points in eight consecutive games from Oct. 9th to 29th, headlined by three points (2-1–3) on Oct. 28th as the Storm fell to the Windsor Spitfires 6-3 before posting a season-high four points (3-1–4) on Oct. 29th in a 9-4 win over Owen Sound. Pastujov earned star of the game recognition four times, including a pair of first star and second star designations. He’s the first Storm player to earn OHL Player of the Month honours since Robby Fabbri last did so in February 2014.

An 18-year-old product of Bradenton, Fla., Pastujov has embarked on his first OHL season after being selected in the third round (66th overall) by the Anaheim Ducks out of the U.S. National Development Program last summer. A former World Under-17 Hockey Challenge silver medalist and IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship standout representing the United States, Pastujov was originally Guelph’s 14th round (276th overall) pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection.

OHL Defenceman of the Month – Jack Thompson (Sudbury Wolves):
Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Jack Thompson of the Sudbury Wolves is the OHL Defenceman of the Month for October, leading all blueliners with 16 points including four goals and 12 assists over 11 games. The League’s inaugural Player of the Week to start the season, Thompson leads the OHL with 50 shots on goal, is one of three defenders to score twice on the power play and is the lone rearguard to score a shorthanded goal this season. The Wolves captain registered three points (1-2–3) in his opening game of the season as Sudbury defeated visiting Peterborough 6-3. He followed that up with a career-high four points (1-3–4) as the Wolves skated to a 6-3 win in Sault Ste. Marie on Oct. 9th. He scored the deciding goal in Sunday’s 3-1 victory over North Bay. Thompson has recorded points in nine of his 11 games this season and earned star of the game recognition four times throughout October, twice being named first star along with one second and one third star designation. Thompson is the first Wolves defender to earn the honour since Frank Corrado in October 2013.

A 19-year-old native of Courtice, Ont., Thompson is in his third season with the Wolves having put up 64 points (23-41–64) over 126 career regular season contests with the franchise. He was a third round (93rd overall) pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2020 NHL Draft before spending part of the 2020-21 season with Surahammars IF of Sweden’s HockeyEttan circuit. Thompson made his pro debut with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch last season, recording an assist in his lone contest. He signed an entry-level NHL contract with the Lightning on May 19, 2021. The right-shot rearguard was originally Sudbury’s second round (30th overall) pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection from the Clarington Toros U16 program.

OHL Rookie of the Month – Calum Ritchie (Oshawa Generals):
Calum Ritchie of the Oshawa Generals is the OHL Rookie of the Month for October, leading the field with 12 points including seven goals and five assists in 10 games. Ritchie also led rookies with 44 shots on goal and is tied for the most game winning goals with two. He opened his OHL career with goals in five consecutive games from Oct. 8th to 17th, recording a season-high four points (2-2–4) in a 6-3 win over the Peterborough Petes on Oct. 17th. The four-point performance made Ritchie the youngest General to accomplish the feat since Michael Dal Colle back on Nov. 4, 2012. His five-game goal-scoring streak brought him in line with John Tavares, who had a similar run during his exceptional status rookie season in the month of January 2006. Ritchie rounded-out the month by scoring the third period game winner on Oct. 28th in North Bay as the Generals skated to a 3-2 win.  He becomes the first General to earn OHL Rookie of the Month honours since Allan McShane last did so in January 2017.

A 16-year-old native of Oakville, Ont., Ritchie is a graduate of the Oakville Rangers U16 program, a team he captained before being chosen second overall in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection this past June.

OHL Goaltender of the Month – Brett Brochu (London Knights):
Brett Brochu of the London Knights is the OHL Goaltender of the Month after leading OHL netminders with a 2.07 goals-against average, .935 save percentage and an undefeated 8-0-0-0 record in the month of October. He also stopped 11 of 12 shootout attempts. Brochu put forth three different first star performances against the Owen Sound Attack including an Oct. 8th opening night 3-2 shootout victory that included 28 saves and four shootout denials. He was sharp against the Attack once again on Oct. 22nd, making 36 saves in a 2-1 win on home ice. Brochu turned back Owen Sound a fourth time in the month on Oct. 27th, making 32 saves in a 4-1 road win. The OHL Goaltender of the Month honour is Brochu’s third in a row dating back to January and February of 2020 prior to the season being halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A 19-year-old from Tilbury, Ont., Brochu has won 17 consecutive regular season games dating back to Feb. 14, 2020, part of a stretch in which he’s won 30 of 31 decisions since Dec. 29, 2019. The 6-foot, 176Ib. Brochu was a member of the OHL’s first all-rookie team during the 2019-20 season, leading the League with a 2.40 goals-against average to win the F.W. Dinty Moore Trophy. His 32 wins that season set a new OHL record for a 16 or 17-year-old first year goaltender. The former sixth round (114th overall) pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection made his professional debut with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2020-21, appearing in one game on May 16, 2021.

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.

LEAVER AND ROBERTSON NAMED OHL TOP PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced Top Performers of the Week for the week of regular season games ending Sunday, October 31, 2021

Petes’ Tucker Robertson Named OHL Player of the Week

Tucker Robertson of the Peterborough Petes is the OHL Player of the Week with five points including three goals and two assists in a pair of victories.

Robertson got the Petes going on Thursday, scoring before recording two primary assists in a 4-3 home win over the Hamilton Bulldogs. He earned first star honours, going 21-for-29 in the faceoff circle as the Petes got back in the win column. Robertson was excellent again on Saturday in Niagara, scoring second period goals three-and-a-half minutes apart as the Petes nipped the IceDogs 5-4. Robertson was once again the game’s first star, going 16-for-30 at the dot while recording four shots on goal.

An 18-year-old product of Toronto, Ont., Robertson is second among OHL skaters producing 1.78 points-per-game this season. His 16 points (6-10–16) over nine contests pace the Peterborough offence while his 238 faceoffs are the third-most in the League as he currently boasts a 58.8 percent success rate. Robertson recorded 18 points (8-10–18) over 55 games in 2019-20 after being a fourth round (72nd overall) pick from the Toronto Marlboros U16 program in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. He attended rookie camp with the Carolina Hurricanes this past September.

Also considered for the award this week was Anaheim Ducks prospect Sasha Pastujov of the Guelph Storm who recorded a league-leading seven points (5-2–7) over three games as the Storm went 2-1. Los Angeles Kings prospect Brandt Clarke of the Barrie Colts was also impressive, posting six points (3-3–6) over three games as the Colts won a pair.

2021-22 OHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:
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)


Generals’ Patrick Leaver Named OHL Goaltender of the Week

Patrick Leaver of the Oshawa Generals is the OHL Goaltender of the Week with two wins, a 1.00 goals-against average, .976 save percentage and his first career OHL shutout.

Leaver helped the Generals take road wins in North Bay and Sudbury, stopping 82 of the 84 shots he faced. The first-year goaltender carried a shutout into the third period of Thursday’s matchup against the Battalion, turning aside 44 shots in a 3-2 win. Leaver was flawless in Sudbury on Friday, posting a 38-save shutout as the Generals prevailed by a score of 4-0.

An 18-year-old from Perth, Ont., Leaver owns a 5-2-0-1 record with a 2.49 goals-against average, .925 save percentage and one shutout through his first nine games of the season. The 6-foot-1, 180Ib. goaltender was Oshawa’s eighth round (158th overall) pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection from the Smiths Falls Bears U18 program. Leaver won a silver medal while representing Team Ontario at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta.

Also in the running for this week’s award was undefeated London Knights goaltender Brett Brochu who earned a pair of wins over Owen Sound and Sarnia, posting a 1.50 goals-against average and .950 save percentage to climb to 8-0-0-0.

2021-22 OHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:
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.

OHL ANNOUNCES ACADEMIC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH FOR OCTOBER

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Sam Alfano of the Peterborough Petes, Owen Beck of the Mississauga Steelheads, Cal Uens of the Owen Sound Attack and Bronson Ride of the Windsor Spitfires have been named the OHL Academic Players of the Month for October.

East Division: Sam Alfano of the Peterborough Petes is being recognized as October’s East Division Academic Player of the Month.

Alfano currently holds a 96% average in five Grade 12 U/M level courses at Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School and posted the highest grade in the class with a perfect 100% on his Grade 12 University Data Management midterm. He is described by his teacher as a hard worker, well-mannered and very interactive with the students while balancing a busy hockey schedule.

The 17-year-old forward was drafted by the Petes 23rd overall in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection out of the Southern Tier Admirals U16 program and has scored one goal over his first eight OHL games. The Cayuga, Ont. native was named OMHA-SCTA Player of the Year in 2019-20 season with 63 points over 32 games with the Admirals.

Central Division: Mississauga’s Owen Beck is October’s Central Division Academic Player of the Month. In his studies at Philip Pocock CSS, he’s achieved a 95% in Advanced Functions and a 90% in University Chemistry.

“Owen exemplifies responsibility. He is always on time, his work is extremely organized, thoughtfully executed and he is a joy to teach,” said Genevieve Wong, Philip Pocock CSS Guidance Counsellor. “We are very proud of his accomplishments and congratulate him on being a role model student-athlete.”

The second round 2020 OHL Priority Selection choice currently holds two goals and two assists for four points in his first six games with the Steelheads. The 17-year-old forward from Port Hope, Ont. is a product of the Quinte Red Devils U16 program.

Midwest Division: Cal Uens of the Owen Sound Attack has been named the Midwest Division Academic Player of the Month for October.

At Owen Sound District Secondary School, Uens earned a 98% in Grade 12 University English, an 87% in his Ontario Literacy Course, an 80% in Grade 11 University Math, a 99% through two periods of Co-op, an 87% in Grade 12 University/College Business and a 99% in his Grade 12 University Leadership course.

“Cal has a tremendous work ethic and unparalleled initiative. His teachers all point to the fact that he can focus on a given task until completion,” wrote Attack academic advisor, Sarah Rowe. “He is never distracted. He is always the first to finish his assignments and is more than happy to help others. As a result, he is an amazing asset in the classroom.”

The rookie defender from Napanee, Ont. was drafted in the third round of the 2021 OHL Priority Selection and has one assist over his first eight OHL appearances. Prior to joining the Attack, Uens suited up for the Quinte Red Devils U16 program.

West Division: Windsor Spitfires defenceman Bronson Ride is the West Division Academic Player of the Month for October. Ride has had an excellent start to his studies at St. Anne High School and is currently taking Grade 11 University Math, Grade 11 University English, High Performance Co-op and Phys-ed Leadership. Several of his teachers have commented on his excellent writing and perspective.

Drafted 20th overall by the Spitfires in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection out of the Oakville Rangers U16 program, the 16-year-old defenceman has two assists through seven OHL contests this season.

2021-22 OHL Academic Players of the Month:

East Division:
October – Sam Alfano (Peterborough Petes)

Central Division:
October – Owen Beck (Mississauga Steelheads)

Midwest Division:
October – Cal Uens (Owen Sound Attack)

West Division:
October – Bronson Ride (Windsor Spitfires)

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

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


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

OHL THIS WEEK: OCTOBER 28 TO 31, 2021

Toronto, Ont. – Prepare to be spooked in buildings across the League this weekend as Halloween is fast approaching! Here’s a look at what’s happening across the Ontario Hockey League this week.

67’s and Frontenacs streaming for TSN subscribers on Friday:
TSN subscribers can catch the Ottawa 67’s and Kingston Frontenacs streaming at TSN.ca as well as on the TSN App on Friday night. The game can also be viewed on OHL Live on CHL TV. Catch top 2022 NHL Draft prospect Shane Wright as he hits the ice against the 67’s, who received an honourable mention in this past week’s CHL Top 10 Rankings presented by Kia.

Knights, Rangers and Frontenacs included in Week 4 edition of Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings:
The undefeated London Knights, Kitchener Rangers and Kingston Frontenacs are included in the Week 4 edition of the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings. Read more

Sights & Sounds: Colts and 67’s bring #GameON buzz to CBC:
The Ottawa 67’s and host Barrie Colts brought the #GameON buzz to CBC for the first time this season. Feel the energy with a sights and sounds feature! Watch

Greyhounds’ Kerins named OHL Player of the Week:
Calgary Flames prospect Rory Kerins of the Soo Greyhounds is the OHL Player of the Week with a league-leading 10 points including five goals and five assists over three games. Read more

Storm’s Oster named OHL Goaltender of the Week:
Guelph Storm rookie Jacob Oster is the OHL Goaltender of the Week with a pair of wins, a 1.50 goals-against average and a .942 save percentage. Read more

Kerins, Gushchin and Betts named to CHL Team of the Week:
OHL Player of the Week Rory Kerins joins Niagara IceDogs teammates Danil Gushchin and Dakota Betts on the CHL Team of the Week. Read more

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

Spirit duo leads OHL Plays of the Week:
Comin’ at you with OHL Plays of the Week! Highlighting the stellar skills of Erie’s Brendan Sellan, Owen Sound’s Gavin Bryant, Niagara‘s Cameron Butler, and Saginaw Spirit teammates Calem Mangone and Nick Wong. Watch

Attack’s Guzda headlines OHL Saves of the Week:
The latest edition of the OHL Saves of the Week is bookended by big-time stops from Owen Sound Attack netminder Mack Guzda. You’ll also get a glimpse of North Bay’s Dom DiVincentiis, Guelph’s Owen Bennett, Sudbury’s Mitchell Weeks, Windsor’s Xavier Medina, Mississauga’s Roman Basran, Kitchener’s Pavel Cajan and Ottawa’s Will Cranley. Watch

OHL Milestone Moments:
Check out 22 first career OHL goals from the past week of action in the latest edition of OHL Milestone Moments! Watch

Ruslan Gazizov commits to Knights:
The London Knights have received a commitment from twelfth overall 2021 CHL Import Draft selection Ruslan Gazizov. Read more

Gavin Ewles commits to 67’s:
The Ottawa 67’s have received a commitment from fifth round 2021 OHL Priority Selection choice Gavin Ewles. Read more

Parfenyuk and Stewart commit to Generals:
The Oshawa Generals have received commitments from 2003-born defencemen Nikita Parfenyuk and Thomas Stewart. Read more

COMMUNITY CORNER:

OHL rinks get spooky for Halloween: Teams across the OHL are busily preparing for Halloween home dates this coming weekend. Fans are encouraged to wear their costumes to games across the League, and keep an eye out for contests and giveaways when you’re at the rink this weekend

Attack’s Perrott announces support for Canadian Blood Services: Hard-hitting Owen Sound Attack defenceman Andrew Perrott has announced that he’ll donate $5 for every point he records during the 2021-22 season to Canadian Blood Services. The total raised by Perrott will be matched by Owen Sound businesses. The 19-year-old defender currently leads the Attack in scoring with 12 points (1-11–12) over eight games.

Rangers raise over $33,000 for KidsAbility: The Kitchener Rangers recently donated over $33,000 to KidsAbility through their Rangers Reach 50/50 initiative. It also meant great news for winning ticket holders Glenn Sider and Terry Kempel of Kitchener! Read more

Petes host Scooby Doo Night on Thursday: In the Petes’ only home game this week, the team will be welcoming a special guest to help win a hockey game and to solve a mystery. Upon entry at the PMC on Thursday, October 28 against the Hamilton Bulldogs, fans will be welcomed by the Petes mascot Roger, and Scooby-Doo! More info at gopetesgo.com

Big weekend planned in Hamilton: The Hamilton Bulldogs will debut their black Stealth jerseys on Friday night at home to the Niagara IceDogs. Saturday’s home date with the Mississauga Steelheads at 4:00pm is ‘Zombie Night’ at FirstOntario Centre. Prepare to be spooked! Full details at hamiltonbulldogs.com

ALUMNI NOTES:

Daws wins NHL debut: Reigning OHL Goaltender of the Year Nico Daws was the big winner of his NHL debut last Saturday, making 24 saves in a 2-1 overtime win over the Buffalo Sabres. The 20-year-old claimed the Jim Rutherford Trophy with the Guelph Storm in 2019-20 before being selected by the Devils in the third round of the 2020 NHL Draft. Daws spent last season with Ingolstadt ERC of the German Elite League and claimed a win in his AHL debut with the Utica Comets to start this season before being called up. He hoisted the J. Ross Robertson Cup as an OHL champion with the Storm in 2019.

Ekblad plays 500th NHL contest: Barrie Colts graduate Aaron Ekblad skated in his 500th career NHL contest on Wednesday as his Florida Panthers defeated the Boston Bruins 4-1. The 25-year-old Ekblad has seven points (3-4–7) through his first seven games of the season on a Panthers club that has played well out of the gate. The first overall pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, Ekblad entered the OHL as an exceptional status rookie in 2011 and played three seasons in Barrie, winning an Eastern Conference championship with the Colts in 2013.

Mangiapane lighting the lamp for Flames: Barrie Colts grad Andrew Mangiapane has seven goals through his first six games of the season. The 25-year-old from Bolton, Ont. was a two-time 100-point scorer during his three-year tenure in Barrie after making the Colts as a free agent walk-on. The 5-foot-10 winger was drafted by the Flames in the sixth round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

Phillips called up by Blackhawks: Sudbury Wolves alumnus Isaak Phillips earned his first NHL call-up on Thursday. The 20-year-old from Barrie, Ont. played two seasons in Sudbury from 2018-20, registering 26 points (9-17–26) during the 2019-20 campaign. Phillips had a strong showing with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs last season, posting nine points (2-7–9) over 27 outings. The 6-foot-3 defender was Chicago’s fifth round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Dineen, Hayton and Prosvetov recalled by Coyotes: A trio of OHL grads has been recalled by the Arizona Coyotes, with former North Bay Battalion and Sarnia Sting blueliner Cam Dineen looking to make his NHL debut. Joining Dineen on the road from Tucson to Phoenix are Soo Greyhounds grad Barrett Hayton and Saginaw Spirit goaltending graduate Ivan Prosvetov. Hayton was the fifth overall pick of the 2018 NHL Draft and played three seasons in Sault Ste. Marie from 2016-19. Prosvetov spent one season in Saginaw, helping the Spirit make their first-ever appearance in the Western Conference Championship Series in 2019.

Quinn off to hot start in Rochester: Ottawa 67’s graduate and Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick Jack Quinn is off to a hot start with the AHL’s Rochester Americans, recording seven points (4-3–7) through four games this season. The 20-year-old made his pro debut last season, recording nine points (2-7–9) through 15 appearances with the Amerks. Quinn scored 52 goals with the 67’s during the 2019-20 season before being selected eighth overall in the 2020 NHL Draft.

KEY MATCHUPS:

Ottawa 67’s at Kingston Frontenacs
Friday October 29th, 7:00pm

The front end of an East Division home-and-home clash between the Ottawa 67’s and host Kingston Frontenacs will be streaming live for TSN subscribers over at TSN.ca as well as over on CHL TV as the two clubs meet for the third time in the young season. Kingston partied hard against the 67’s with an 8-1 win on opening night before the Barber Poles settled the score, defeating the Fronts 3-2 at home on Oct. 10th. Ottawa made it as an honourable mention in this past week’s Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings after defeating the Barrie Colts and Oshawa Generals to close out last weekend. Kingston is the 10th-ranked team in the country, having won three in a row with victories over Sudbury and Peterborough.

Kitchener Rangers at Windsor Spitfires
Saturday October 30th, 7:05pm

Based off last weekend’s 3-2 shootout finish in favour of the Rangers in Kitchener, this Saturday’s Rangers/Spitfires sequel in Windsor is shaping up to be a good one. The Rangers have suffered consecutive road losses entering a Friday night matchup with the Soo Greyhounds. Kitchener makes the trip to Windsor on Saturday to face a Spitfires squad that will first welcome the Guelph Storm on Thursday. Two up and coming coaches in Kitchener’s Mike McKenzie and Windsor’s Marc Savard will have their teams ready for action.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

Thursday October 28th:
Oshawa at North Bay – 7:00pm
Hamilton at Peterborough – 7:05pm
Sudbury at Barrie – 7:30pm
Guelph at Windsor – 7:30pm

Friday October 29th:
Flint at Erie – 7:00pm
Niagara at Hamilton – 7:00pm
Ottawa at Kingston – 7:00pm – Streaming at TSN.ca
Barrie at Mississauga – 7:00pm
Oshawa at Sudbury – 7:05pm
Owen Sound at Guelph – 7:30pm
Sault Ste. Marie at Kitchener – 7:30pm
Sarnia at London – 7:30pm

Saturday October 30th:
Kingston at Ottawa – 2:00pm
Mississauga at Hamilton – 4:00pm
Flint at Erie – 7:00pm
Sault Ste. Marie at Guelph – 7:00pm
Peterborough at Niagara – 7:00pm
Kitchener at Windsor – 7:05pm
North Bay at Barrie – 7:30pm
Sarnia at Owen Sound – 7:30pm

Sunday October 31st:
North Bay at Sudbury – 2:05pm