SIX OHL PLAYERS SELECTED IN FIRST ROUND OF 2021 NHL DRAFT

Toronto, Ont. – A total of six OHL players were selected in Friday’s first round of the 2021 NHL Draft that was held virtually online and aired across the globe.

The six OHL players were among the 15 CHL players chosen in the draft’s opening round.

Peterborough Petes centreman Mason McTavish led the way for the OHL, being selected third overall by the Anaheim Ducks. The 18-year-old from Carp, Ont. is the highest-drafted Petes player since Nick Ritchie was selected by the Ducks with the 10th overall pick in 2014. McTavish joins a Ducks franchise currently coached by Petes alumnus Dallas Eakins (1984-88) and is the highest-drafted OHL player by the Ducks franchise since Owen Sound’s Bobby Ryan went second overall in 2005.

“We talked two or three times and to be honest I didn’t really know where I was going to end up,” said McTavish. “I’m super fortunate that they took me and I’m really looking forward to the future.”

Offensively gifted Barrie Colts blueliner Brandt Clarke followed McTavish on the journey to Southern California, being selected by the Los Angeles Kings at eighth overall. Joined by older brother and New Jersey Devils prospect Graeme, Brandt was overwhelmed with excitement upon hearing his name called by the Kings.

“I have a really good support system, a lot of people there supporting me and it was amazing,” Clarke described. “It was just raw emotion. I was just really excited and it’s the best day of my life.”

Clarke, who posted 38 points (6-32–38) in 57 games with the Colts as a rookie in 2019-20, becomes the fourth Barrie player in the past decade to be chosen in the top-10 selections at the NHL Draft, joining Andrei Svechnikov (2nd overall, 2018), Aaron Ekblad (1st overall, 2014) and Mark Scheifele (7th overall, 2011).

Fellow 2019 OHL Cup champion and past Don Mills Flyers teammate Brennan Othmann followed Clarke at 16th overall, being selected by the New York Rangers. Othmann, who set Flint Firebirds rookie records with 17 goals and 33 points in 2019-20, expressed excitement about his new destination.

“I think I fit in great. Kakko and Lafreniere – they’re two studs, two great players,” he said. “I think if I’m able to play with those guys, those guys are playmakers and if I’m able to find the right spots on the ice, I think they’d feed me and I’d put the puck in the back of the net all the time.”

Othmann becomes the second Firebirds player to be selected in the first round of the NHL Draft, following former captain and Dallas Stars prospect Ty Dellandrea (13th overall, 2018).

Dallas added dependable two-way Windsor Spitfires centreman Wyatt Johnston with the 23rd overall selection, giving the Stars first round picks out of the OHL in three of the past four years. Johnston recorded 30 points (12-18–30) as a Spits rookie in 2019-20 and played a key role on Canada’s gold medal-winning National Under-18 team this past spring.

“Jamie Benn called me and that was an amazing moment,” Johnston described. “I was pretty star-struck just hearing him on the other side of the phone. That was a special experience.”

The New Jersey Devils nabbed a competitor with the 29th overall selection, taking third generation OHL talent Chase Stillman of the Sudbury Wolves. The son of two-time Stanley Cup champion Cory Stillman and younger brother of Chicago Blackhawks blueliner Riley Stillman, Chase put up 13 goals and 34 points as a Wolves rookie in 2019-20. Following second overall pick Quinton Byfield (Los Angeles) in 2020, Stillman’s selection gives the Sudbury franchise first rounders in back-to-back years for the first time since 2005 & 2006.

“It was a remarkable moment, it’s a huge relief and I’m beyond excited,” said Stillman. “I talked to multiple people in the organization and I had a good feeling. New Jersey is a great organization that has done very well. To throw on a Devils jersey will be an awesome experience.”

The Montreal Canadiens rounded-out OHL selections in the first round by picking London Knights blueliner Logan Mailloux at 31st overall.

The 2021 NHL Draft resumes with Rounds 2-7 on Saturday, beginning at 11:00am ET.

OHL Players Selected in the First Round of the 2021 NHL Draft:

Click on player name below to watch pick announcement and media availability

3. Mason McTavish (Peterborough Petes) – Anaheim Ducks
8. Brandt Clarke (Barrie Colts) – Los Angeles Kings
16. Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds) – New York Rangers
23. Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires) – Dallas Stars
29. Chase Stillman (Sudbury Wolves) – New Jersey Devils
31. Logan Mailloux (London Knights) – Montreal Canadiens

For more information on the 2021 NHL Draft including full results 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.

CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUE ANNOUNCES NEW MULTI-YEAR BROADCAST PARTNERSHIPS

Toronto, Ont.  – The Canadian Hockey League announced today new multi-platform, multi-year broadcast rights partnerships that will make TSN, RDS, and CBC the home of the CHL.

Beginning with the 2021-22 season, the new partnerships include approximately 30 regular-season games each year delivered by TSN, in addition to select playoff coverage and the comprehensive suite of CHL national events. Additionally, the agreement includes approximately 20 French-language broadcasted games on RDS, early-season weekend games broadcasted by CBC Sports, as well as digital streaming rights featuring a CHL TV broadcast each week during the regular season on TSN, RDS, and the free CBC Gem streaming service.

“The CHL is committed to continuing to connect with our fans and engaging our growing audience in new ways and these broadcast partners are the ideal solution to help us accomplish this goal,” said Canadian Hockey League President Dan MacKenzie. “We are excited to get back on the ice alongside our new partners, with our season kicking off on CBC and TSN/RDS being the home of our biggest national events including the Memorial Cup presented by Kia.”

The CHL drops the puck for the 2021-22 season this fall as part of an exciting new year that includes the stars of tomorrow in Connor Bedard of the Regina Pats, Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs, and Antonin Verreault of the Gatineau Olympiques. The coming season also sees the return of the Memorial Cup presented by Kia, with both Quebec City, Que., and Saint John, N.B., currently under consideration as host markets.

About the Canadian Hockey League
The Canadian Hockey League is the world’s largest development hockey league with 52 Canadian and eight American teams participating in the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

OHL ANNOUNCES 2021 EXHIBITION GAME SCHEDULE

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Exhibition Game Schedule for the 2021-22 season that includes 54 games from Friday September 3 through Sunday October 3. All OHL clubs are scheduled to play between three and six pre-season contests.

OHL Training Camps open on Thursday September 2 and the Regular Season Schedule gets underway on Thursday October 7.

2021 OHL Exhibition Game Schedule:

Fri. Sept 3        Sarnia at London, 7:30pm

Sat. Sept 4       Saginaw at Erie, 2:00pm
Sat. Sept 4       Mississauga at Guelph, 7:00pm
Sat. Sept. 4      Oshawa at Hamilton, 7:00pm
Sat. Sept. 4      London at Sarnia, 7:05pm

Sun. Sept 5      Guelph at Mississauga, 2:00pm
Sun. Sept 5      Sudbury at Sault Ste. Marie, 2:07pm
Sun. Sept 5      Hamilton at Oshawa, 6:05pm

Mon. Sept 6     Ottawa at Peterborough, 2:05pm
Mon. Sept 6     Owen Sound at Barrie, 6:00pm

Thur. Sept 16   Flint at Erie, 7:00pm
Thur. Sept 16   Kingston at Peterborough, 7:05pm

Fri. Sept 17      Flint vs. Saginaw, 7:00pm (at Erie)
Fri. Sept 17      London at Hamilton, 7:00pm
Fri. Sept 17      Guelph at Mississauga, 7:00pm
Fri. Sept 17      Windsor at Sarnia, 7:05pm
Fri. Sept 17      Peterborough at Sudbury, 7:05pm
Fri. Sept 17      Barrie at Kitchener, 7:30pm
Fri. Sept 17      Niagara at Oshawa, 7:35pm

Sat. Sept 18     Owen Sound at North Bay, 2:00pm
Sat. Sept 18     Saginaw at Erie, 7:00pm
Sat. Sept 18     Ottawa at Kingston, 7:00pm
Sat. Sept 18     Oshawa at Niagara, 7:00pm
Sat. Sept 18     Kitchener at Barrie, 7:30pm

Sun. Sept 19    Sarnia at Windsor, 4:05pm

Thur. Sept 23   Sarnia at Peterborough, 7:05pm

Fri. Sept 24      Windsor at Hamilton, 7:00pm
Fri. Sept 24      North Bay at Ottawa, 7:00pm
Fri. Sept 24      Owen Sound at Sudbury, 7:05pm
Fri. Sept 24      Mississauga at Kitchener, 7:30pm
Fri. Sept 24      Barrie at London, 7:30pm
Fri. Sept 24      Niagara at Guelph, 7:30pm

Sat. Sept 25     Ottawa at North Bay, 4:00pm
Sat. Sept 25     Peterborough at Kingston, 7:00pm
Sat. Sept 25     Guelph at Niagara, 7:00pm
Sat. Sept 25     Barrie at Owen Sound, 7:00pm
Sat. Sept 25     Sudbury at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07pm

Sun. Sept 26    Kitchener at Mississauga, 2:00pm
Sun. Sept 26    Hamilton at Windsor, 4:05pm

Wed. Sept 29  Kingston at Ottawa, 7:00pm

Thur. Sept 30  London at Barrie, 7:30pm

Fri. Oct 1         Erie vs. Saginaw, 7:05pm (at Flint)
Fri. Oct 1         Peterborough at Sarnia, 7:05pm
Fri. Oct 1         Sault Ste. Marie at Sudbury, 7:05pm
Fri. Oct 1         Mississauga at Guelph, 7:30pm
Fri. Oct 1         Niagara at Kitchener, 7:30pm
Fri. Oct 1         Hamilton at London, 7:30pm
Fri. Oct 1         Windsor at Oshawa, 7:35pm

Sat. Oct 2        North Bay at Owen Sound, 2:00pm
Sat. Oct 2        Erie at Flint, 7:00pm
Sat. Oct 2        Kitchener at Niagara, 7:00pm

Sun. Oct 3       Ottawa at Sudbury, 3:00pm
Sun. Oct 3       Oshawa at Windsor, 4:05pm
Sun. Oct 3       Saginaw at Flint, 7:00pm

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 CANADA’S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM SUMMER DEVELOPMENT CAMP

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is pleased to recognize the 18 OHL players invited to Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Development Camp scheduled to take place from July 28 to August 4 at the Seven Chiefs Sportsplex on the Tsuut’ina Nation near Calgary, Alta.

Two OHL goaltenders, four defencemen and 10 forwards will attend the eight-day camp that consists of a total of 51 players, taking part in a variety of on and off-ice sessions. The camp will also feature combined practices and intrasquad games with players attending Canada’s National Men’s Under 18 Team Summer Development Camp on August 2-3.

The roster includes three OHL players who won a silver medal at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship (Byfield, Drysdale, Perfetti). Of the 18 invited, 11 were selected in the 2020 NHL Draft while six hope to hear their names called at this coming weekend’s 2021 NHL Draft and one, Shane Wright, is eligible in 2022.

Hockey Canada also announced it will work with an experienced coaching staff to guide Canada’s National Junior Team through the 2021-22 season, culminating with the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta., in December and January.

Newly named Ottawa 67’s head coach Dave Cameron will lead Canada’s National Junior Team behind the bench, replacing André Tourigny after he was named head coach of the Arizona Coyotes on July 1. In addition, Michael Dyck (Vancouver Giants) will return as an assistant coach; he will be joined by assistants Louis Robitaille (Gatineau Olympiques) and Dennis Williams (Everett Silvertips), and goaltending consultant Olivier Michaud (Drummondville Voltigeurs).

Cameron was named head coach of the Ottawa 67’s earlier on Wednesday. He spent the last three seasons as head coach of the Vienna Capitals of ICE Hockey League, and previously spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the NHL’s Calgary Flames (2016-18) and five seasons with the Ottawa Senators (2011-16) as head coach and assistant. Cameron was also the head coach and general manager of the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (1997-99) and Toronto St. Michael’s Majors (2000-04, 2009-10), and was an assistant coach with the St. John’s Maple Leafs (1999-2000) and head coach of the Binghamton Senators (2004-07) of the American Hockey League (AHL). Internationally, he has won three medals at the IIHF World Junior Championship, winning silver as head coach in 2011, and gold and silver as an assistant coach in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Cameron also won gold medals as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Men’s Team at the 2016 IIHF World Championship and as head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2004 Junior World Cup.

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

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

Defencemen:
Brandt Clarke (Barrie Colts)
Ryan O’Rourke (Soo Greyhounds)
Donovan Sebrango (Kitchener Rangers)
Jack Thompson (Sudbury Wolves)

Forwards:
Luke Evangelista (London Knights)
Tyson Foerster (Barrie Colts)
Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires)
Rory Kerins (Soo Greyhounds)
Mason McTavish (Peterborough Petes)
Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds)
Cole Perfetti (Saginaw Spirit)
Ty Tullio (Oshawa Generals)
Zayde Wisdom (Kingston Frontenacs)
Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs)

Invited, but not attending:
Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves/Los Angeles Kings)
Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters/Anaheim Ducks)

Hockey Operations:
Management Group – James Boyd (Ottawa 67’s)
Head Coach – Dave Cameron (Ottawa 67’s)
Equipment Manager – Chris Hamilton (Ottawa 67’s)
Security Liaison – Bob Martin (London Knights)

The 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship returns to Canadian ice this winter, with Edmonton and Red Deer set to co-host the annual holiday tradition from Dec. 26, 2021 to Jan. 5, 2022. Games will be played at Rogers Place, the home of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers and the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings, and at the Peavey Mart Centrium, home of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels.

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

HOCKEY CANADA RECOGNIZES 13 OHL PLAYERS INVITED TO 2021 NATIONAL SUMMER UNDER-18 TEAM DEVELOPMENT CAMP

CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada has recognized 13 Ontario Hockey League players as part of a group of 45 players invited to attend Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team Development Camp at Seven Chiefs Sportsplex on the Tsuut’ina Nation near Calgary from July 25th to Aug 4th. Sarnia Sting head coach Alan Letang, Ottawa 67’s goaltending coach Charles McTavish and Kingston Frontenacs equipment manager Chris Cook have also been recognized, along with Owen Sound Attack therapist Andy Brown, North Bay Battalion therapist Andrew Sachkiw and Guelph Storm mental performance consultant Dr. Ashwin Patel.

One OHL goaltender, four defencemen and eight forwards were recognized as invitees to the 11-day camp. Players will be split into two teams, Red and White, and participate in practices and intrasquad games, including combined practices and intrasquad games with Canada’s National Junior Team on Aug. 2nd and 3rd.

“This stage of our Summer Showcase is about bringing together the top under-18 players in Canada to work and learn from an elite-level coaching staff, giving them the necessary skills for their hockey development to grow and succeed,” said Alan Millar, director of player personnel for Hockey Canada. “We have an opportunity to connect with the players through on- and off-ice sessions to give them the tools that will only enhance their skill set as they advance through our program and prepare for the upcoming season.”

Letang, who was appointed head coach of the Sting late last month after serving behind the Attack bench, will return to Canada’s coaching staff. Letang won a gold medal as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship and, as a player, helped Canada’s National Men’s Team to a 1998 Spengler Cup championship and won a bronze medal at the 2006 Deutschland Cup.

The camp is typically a stepping stone in evaluating and selecting Canada’s roster for the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, but Canada will not participate this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The focus will now turn to the 2022 IIHF U18 World Championship next spring, where Canada will look to defend their gold medal after claiming the top prize at this year’s tournament in Texas.

OHL Players Invited to Canada’s National Summer Under-18 Team Development Camp

Goaltenders:
Domenic DiVincentiis (North Bay Battalion)

Defencemen:
Jorian Donovan (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Donovan McCoy (Sudbury Wolves)
Ty Nelson (North Bay Battalion)
Spencer Sova (Erie Otters)

Forwards:
Sam Alfano (Peterborough Petes)
Pano Fimis (Niagara IceDogs)
David Goyette (Sudbury Wolves)
Cedrick Guindon (Owen Sound Attack)
Hunter Haight (Barrie Colts)
Paul Ludwinski (Kingston Frontenacs)
Bryce McConnell-Barker (Soo Greyhounds)
Matthew Poitras (Guelph Storm)

Coaches:
Assistant Coach – Alan Letang (Sarnia Sting)
Goaltending Coach – Charles McTavish (Ottawa 67’s)
Equipment Manager – Chris Cook (Kingston Frontenacs)
Therapist – Andy Brown (Owen Sound Attack)
Therapist – Andrew Sachkiw (North Bay Battalion)
Mental Performance Consultant – Dr. Ashwin Patel (Guelph Storm)

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 CLUBS SELECT 27 PLAYERS IN 2021 CHL IMPORT DRAFT

Toronto, Ont. – Ontario Hockey League member teams selected 27 players from across 12 different countries in the 30th annual CHL Import Draft held Wednesday online at CHL.ca.

Eighteen OHL clubs made selections with the Hamilton Bulldogs and Mississauga Steelheads passing on both of their picks. The Barrie Colts, Erie Otters, Guelph Storm, Kitchener Rangers, Niagara IceDogs, Oshawa Generals, Sarnia Sting, Soo Greyhounds and Sudbury Wolves each made two selections.

The two-round draft took place online with the order of selection rotating through each of the CHL’s three regional leagues. The OHL’s order of selection was determined through a draft lottery process held back in May. OHL clubs selected in inverse order of their positioning for the 2021 OHL Priority Selection, and conducted the 2021 CHL Import Draft in a serpentine format.

CLICK HERE TO SEE COMPLETE 2021 CHL IMPORT DRAFT RESULTS

The Barrie Colts led the way for the OHL, selecting Ukrainian-born 18-year-old defenceman Artur Cholach with the third overall pick. Cholach, who spent the 2020-21 season with Sokol Kiev of Ukraine’s top circuit, is the highest-chosen Colt in the CHL Import Draft since Barrie selected eventual OHL Rookie of the Year Andrei Svechnikov with the top choice in 2017. The last OHL player to be chosen third was 2020 Red Tilson Trophy recipient and OHL Goaltender of the Year Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen of the Sudbury Wolves who was the OHL’s top pick in 2018.

The Soo Greyhounds followed at sixth overall, adding Russian defender Kirill Kudryavtsev with their highest pick since 2002. The 6-foot, 176Ib. rearguard spent the 2020-21 season with Loko Yaroslavl of Russia’s top junior circuit, posting seven points (2-5–7) in 20 games. Kudryavtsev isn’t NHL Draft eligible until 2022.

The Kitchener Rangers rounded out the OHL’s top ten selections with the addition of Slovakian winger Filip Mesar at ninth overall. The 17-year-old played in Slovakia’s pro circuit in 2020-21, posting 14 points (4-10–14) in 36 games with HK Poprad before adding four more points (2-2–4) in 15 playoff games. Mesar is a 2022 NHL Draft prospect.

Other picks of intrigue included the Niagara IceDogs going to Switzerland for the third time in the past four years to select defenceman Rodwin Dionicio with the 18th overall selection. He follows countrymen Giancarlo Chanton (2019) and Kyen Sopa (2018) as an IceDogs first round Import Draft selection. The Ottawa 67’s also went to familiar territory, going back to the country they found reigning Red Tilson Trophy recipient Marco Rossi in 2018 with the addition of forward Vinzenz Rohrer from Austria at 27th overall. The North Bay Battalion followed the first overall choice of Matvei Petrov last year with another Russian addition in 6-foot-1 defender Aleksander Lukin at 30th overall. The Kingston Frontenacs nabbed the lone goaltender and NHL prospect selected by OHL teams, taking recently signed Ottawa Senators 2020 third round pick Leevi Merilainen out of Finland at 48th overall. The 18-year-old Merilainen comes off a tremendous season with Karpat of Finland’s top junior league.

In the second round, the Guelph Storm charted new territory with the selection of Belgian-born defender Leo Hafenrichter, making him the first Belgian selected in the CHL Import Draft since the Val-d’Or Foreurs took Mitch Morgan 71st overall in 2008. The Niagara IceDogs picked up British talent Alex Graham with the 105th overall choice. He follows in the footsteps of fellow Brit and Sheffield Steelers forward Liam Kirk who recently signed an entry-level NHL contract with the Arizona Coyotes following a two-year stint with the Peterborough Petes from 2018-20.

OHL member teams selected a total of seven players in their first year of eligibility for the upcoming 2021 NHL Draft in addition to 19 eligible for next year’s 2022 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 2021 CHL Import Draft Summary:

Draft Picks by Position:
Forwards – 15
Defencemen – 11
Goaltenders – 1

Draft Picks by Country:
Russia – 6 (SOO, LDN, SAR, NB, WSR, GUE)
Czech Republic – 5 (SAG, ER, OS, FLNT, SBY)
Germany – 3 (PBO, OSH, SOO)
Sweden – 3 (SAR, KIT, BAR)
Finland – 2 (KGN, SBY)
Slovakia – 2 (KIT, ER)
Austria – 1 (OTT)
Belarus – 1 (OSH)
Belgium – 1 (GUE)
Great Britain – 1 (NIAG)
Switzerland – 1 (NIAG)
Ukraine – 1 (BAR)

Draft Picks by Birthdate and NHL Status:
2004-born late and 2023 NHL Draft eligible – 2
2004-born early and 2022 NHL Draft eligible – 16
2003-born late and 2022 NHL Draft eligible – 1
2003-born early and 2021 NHL Draft eligible – 6
2002-born late and 2021 NHL Draft eligible – 1
2002-born early and 2020 NHL Drafted – 1

NHL Draft picks by OHL teams in the CHL Import Draft:
48. Leevi Merilainen (G) (Kingston – 3rd round to Ottawa in 2020)

2021 NHL Draft Prospects Ranked by NHL Central Scouting:

33. Jiri Tichacek (Erie – 104th ranked European skater)
118. Oskar Olausson (Barrie – 13th ranked European skater)

Last summer OHL teams selected a total of 23 players from 10 different countries led by seven players from Russia consisting of 12 forwards, nine defencemen and two goaltenders.

For full coverage of the 2021 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.

OHL ANNOUNCES 2021-22 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the regular season schedule of games for 2021-22, kicking-off a brand new #GameON campaign in celebration of the League’s return to the ice.

The 2021-22 regular season gets underway on Thursday, October 7 with a three-game opening night schedule featuring action in North Bay (vs. Peterborough, 7:00pm), Windsor (vs. Sarnia, 7:30pm) and Barrie (vs. Niagara, 7:30pm). This marks the first of 16 home openers scheduled on an #OHLOpeningWeek Thanksgiving long weekend.

“It’s an exciting time of new beginnings for our League,” said Commissioner David Branch. “The OHL continues its tradition of developing the world’s best young student athletes and we’re very much looking forward to having players back in OHL communities as they pursue both their hockey and academic-related goals.

“We’re also looking ahead to the safe return of our great fans to OHL arenas this season,” Branch added. “The OHL benefits from a long and storied past on the ice, but the fans, billets and community partners have always played an integral role in making our League so special.”

Divisional alignment remains the same in 2021-22, with each of the League’s 20 member teams playing a 68-game unbalanced schedule predominantly consisting of intra-conference play. Cross-conference matchups will occur in select instances between opponents of close geographical proximity. The OHL’s three American-based teams – the Erie Otters, Flint Firebirds and Saginaw Spirit – will open the season facing each other exclusively through the end of October.

The OHL continues the tradition of being primarily a weekend league in order to accommodate families and the student athlete with close to 82% (586 games) of the schedule played between Thursday and Sunday. Friday night remains an OHL fixture with 206 games scheduled followed by 164 games on Saturdays and 126 on Sundays.

Following opening night action, key dates on the calendar include Sunday December 19, which marks the final day before the holiday break as well as Thursday December 28 when the schedule resumes. The final day of the regular season schedule is Sunday April 3 before teams embark on the 2021 OHL Playoffs for the J. Ross Robertson Cup.

The 2021-22 season includes a total of three Friday nights with all 20 member teams in action including November 12, December 17 and March 11. There are a total of four School Day games with special morning start times including February 8 in Mississauga, February 9 in Erie, February 23 in Ottawa and March 3 in Hamilton.

YourTV’s eighth annual Hockey Day in the OHL event is scheduled for Sunday February 6 with a broadcast tripleheader that features Kingston visiting North Bay at 1:00pm, Peterborough at Hamilton at 4:00pm and Sarnia visiting Windsor at 7:00pm.

Milestone seasons in 2021-22 include 65 years for the Peterborough Petes, the Soo Greyhounds celebrating 50 years, the 30th season for the Guelph Storm, the 25th season for the Erie Otters, the Saginaw Spirit celebrating 20 years as well as the Mississauga Steelheads saluting 10.

Day – No. of Games (Percentage)
Monday: 14 games (2.1%)
Tuesday: 20 games (2.9%)
Wednesday: 60 games (8.8%)
Thursday: 90 games (13.2%)
Friday: 206 games (30.3%)
Saturday: 164 games (24.1%)
Sunday: 126 games (18.5%)

SEE THE FULL SCHEDULE ONLINE

PRINTABLE 2021-22 SCHEDULE (PDF)

Help promote the return of OHL action and join the conversation using #GameON on TwitterFacebook and Instagram. Stay tuned for #GameON contests and great prizes throughout the summer with full details at ontariohockeyleague.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.

OHL ANNOUNCES 2021-22 HOME OPENERS

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced 2021-22 regular season home openers for all 20 member teams.

The 680-game OHL regular season opens on Thursday October 7 with action in North Bay (vs. Peterborough, 7:00pm), Windsor (vs. Sarnia, 7:30pm) and Barrie (vs. Niagara, 7:30pm). Opening Week action continues on Friday October 8 with seven home openers followed by an additional five on Saturday October 9 and another on Sunday October 10.

The entire 2021-22 Ontario Hockey League regular season schedule will be released on Tuesday June 29 at 3:00pm.

FULL LIST OF HOME OPENERS, 2021-22 SEASON:

Barrie Colts: Thursday Oct 7 vs. Niagara at 7:30pm

Erie Otters: Saturday Oct 23 vs. Saginaw at 7:00pm

Flint Firebirds: Saturday Oct 9 vs. Erie at 7:00pm

Guelph Storm: Saturday Oct 9 vs. Kitchener at 7:00pm

Hamilton Bulldogs: Saturday Oct 9 vs. Barrie at 7:00pm

Kingston Frontenacs: Friday Oct 8 vs. Ottawa at 7:00pm

Kitchener Rangers: Friday Oct 8 vs. Guelph at 7:30pm

London Knights: Friday Oct 8 vs. Owen Sound at 7:30pm

Mississauga Steelheads: Friday Oct 22 vs. Ottawa at 7:00pm

Niagara IceDogs: Saturday Oct 9 vs. Oshawa at 7:00pm

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

Oshawa Generals: Friday Oct 8 vs. Hamilton at 7:35pm

Ottawa 67’s: Sunday Oct 10 vs. Kingston at 2:00pm

Owen Sound Attack: Saturday Oct 9 vs. London at 7:30pm

Peterborough Petes: Thursday Oct 14 vs. Sudbury at 7:05pm

Saginaw Spirit: Saturday Oct 16 vs. Erie at 7:05pm

Sarnia Sting: Friday Oct 8 vs. Windsor at 7:05pm

Soo Greyhounds: Friday Oct 8 vs. North Bay at 7:07pm

Sudbury Wolves: Friday Oct 8 vs. Peterborough at 7:05pm

Windsor Spitfires: Thursday Oct 7 vs. Sarnia at 7:30pm

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.

67’s’ ADAM VARGA NAMED OHL’s TOP ACADEMIC POST-SECONDARY STUDENT

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is pleased to announce that Ottawa 67’s forward Adam Varga is the 2020-21 recipient of the Roger Neilson Memorial Award presented annually to the League’s Top Academic Post-Secondary Student.

Varga achieved an impressive 94% average over seven courses at the University of Maryland, excelling in Academic Writing II (100%), Marketing Principles (99%), Organizational Leadership (97%), Academic Writing I (95%), Principles of Macroeconomics (94%), Principles of Microeconomics (93%) and Principles of Accounting (84%).

“It is a huge honour to receive the Roger Neilson Memorial Award,” said Varga. “My family is at the core of my academic success as they have taught me the importance of continuing my education. The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, James Boyd, Jan Egert, and Eileen Duffin have helped me tremendously with all of the support they have given me to succeed. My coaches and teammates have also contributed to this accomplishment as they push me to become a better version of myself on the ice and in the classroom. I am truly grateful to be a part of the Ottawa 67’s organization and look forward to seeing everyone back at TD Place.”

A 19-year-old native of Bel Air, Maryland, Varga appeared in 56 games between the 67’s and Mississauga Steelheads during the 2019-20 season, recording seven goals and four assists for 11 points. A former seventh round (121st overall) pick of the Steelheads in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection, Varga has played in 165 career OHL regular season games, registering 33 points (14-19–33) along the way.

“This year was extremely challenging and is unlike anything that I have ever experienced,” Varga continued. “Not being able to play a season this year was extremely heart-breaking. It has been over a year since our last game played in March of 2020. All of this extra time gave me an opportunity to focus on my education. With the support of OSEG and the 67’s, I was able to take more courses than I normally would during a demanding OHL season. I took advantage of this opportunity and received high marks. Although this year has been difficult, it helped me grow as a person.”

2020 Jim Gregory OHL General Manager of the Year Award recipient James Boyd had high praise for Varga, who persevered through a year of uncertainty.

“Adam is a conscientious student who has fully dedicated himself to the continuation of his studies at the University of Maryland while playing in the OHL,” Boyd stated. “His proactive and diligent approach over the past year has been admirable. The 67’s are extremely proud of Adam being awarded this most prestigious League honour.”

The Roger Neilson Memorial Award is named in honour of the Hall of Fame Coach who served behind the Peterborough Petes bench in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.  Neilson, a former high school teacher, was a pioneer in stressing the importance of education to all of his players. Varga becomes the third 67’s player to receive the honour following back-to-back recipient Danny Battochio (2005, 2006) while joining Sasha Chmelevski (2019) as the second American-born player to have his name engraved on the trophy.

Finalists for the Roger Neilson Memorial Award include Brendan Kischnick of the Erie Otters and Eric Uba of the Guelph Storm.

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.

61 OHL PLAYERS INCLUDED ON FINAL 2021 NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING DRAFT RANKINGS

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is pleased to recognize 61 players included on NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings for the 2021 NHL Draft to be held on July 23-24.

A total of 55 players on Central Scouting’s North American rankings in addition to six from the International list combine to include 37 forwards, 19 defencemen and five goaltenders, all of whom have played at least one game in the Ontario Hockey League. An additional 13 players who had committed for the 2020-21 season, but who have yet to play in an OHL game were also listed.

Peterborough Petes centre and recent IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship gold medalist Mason McTavish comes in as the second-ranked North American skater on the list. The 18-year-old from Carp, Ont. scored 29 goals and added 13 assists, finishing with 42 points in 57 games as a rookie with the Petes in 2019-20. McTavish wore an ‘A’ for Canada at the U18 Worlds, finishing with 11 points (5-6–11) over seven games.

“McTavish is that coveted skilled power centre who is capable of making a difference in any situation,” said NHL Central Scouting Director Dan Marr. “He’s big and plays a smart, competitive game. McTavish has deceptive speed and quickness. He utilizes his size to effectively protect pucks while driving to the net and can still make plays while being checked.”

Barrie Colts defenceman Brandt Clarke and Flint Firebirds forward Brennan Othmann, both members of the 2019 OHL Cup champion Don Mills Flyers, gave the OHL three players in the top-10, coming in at seventh and eighth respectively.

In goal, Canadian National Under-18 Team netminder Benjamin Gaudreau is North America’s second-ranked goaltender. The Sarnia Sting product from Corbeil, Ont. is followed at third on the list by late 2002-born Saginaw Spirit goaltender Tristan Lennox.

Guelph Storm defenceman Daniil Chayka, who hoisted the J. Ross Robertson Cup in 2019, ranks fifth on Central Scouting’s list of International skaters. The Russian blueliner spent the 2020-21 season with Russia’s CSKA Moscow organization after two seasons in Guelph.

The London Knights lead the League with seven players included on the rankings followed by the Barrie Colts, Kitchener Rangers, Ottawa 67’s, Peterborough Petes, Sarnia Sting, Soo Greyhounds and Windsor Spitfires all tied with four.

A total of 31 OHL players were taken in the 2020 NHL Draft including five chosen within the top-10 selections. Los Angeles Kings second overall choice Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves) and Anaheim Ducks sixth pick Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters) both made their NHL debuts this past season.

OHL Players Included on NHL Central Scouting’s Final Draft Rankings

*-player committed for 2020-21 season, not included in overall total

North American Skaters:

RANKPLAYERTEAMPOS.HTWT
2McTavish, MasonPeterborough PetesC6.01207
7Clarke, BrandtBarrie ColtsD6.02185
8Othmann, BrennanFlint FirebirdsLW6.00175
15Pinelli, FrancescoKitchener RangersC6.00185
16Johnston, WyattWindsor SpitfiresC6.01178
23Mailloux, LoganLondon KnightsD6.03212
33Winterton, RyanHamilton BulldogsC6.02175
35Stillman, ChaseSudbury WolvesRW6.01180
50Harrison, BrettOshawa GeneralsC6.02188
57Del Mastro, EthanMississauga SteelheadsD6.04210
70Holmes, JacobSoo GreyhoundsD6.01205
74Roger, BenLondon KnightsD6.04200
79Matier, JackOttawa 67’sD6.04200
82Beck, JackOttawa 67’sRW5.11162
83Goure, DeniOwen Sound AttackC5.10182
85DeGrazia, NickSudbury WolvesLW6.00180
89Mast, RyanSarnia StingD6.04210
99Guryev, ArtemPeterborough PetesD6.04225
103Kressler, BraedenFlint FirebirdsC5.09165
104Lockhart, ConnorErie OttersRW5.09165
107Voit, TySarnia StingLW5.09160
113Bloom, JoshSaginaw SpiritLW6.02182
114McCue, MaxLondon KnightsC6.01175
120Frasca, JacobBarrie ColtsC6.04215
122Arcuri, FrancescoKingston FrontenacsC6.02193
127Hayes, AveryHamilton BulldogsRW5.10175
129Motew, SimonKitchener RangersD6.00185
131Enright, IsaacNiagara IceDogsD6.00190
135Zito, PasqualeWindsor SpitfiresLW6.00175
138Burroughs, EthanOwen Sound AttackRW5.10183
143Sirizzotti, BrendanOttawa 67’sRW6.00180
146Montgomery, BryceLondon KnightsD6.04220
148Punnett, ConnorBarrie ColtsD6.01202
153Sherk, LawsonHamilton BulldogsC6.02200
154Hardie, JamesMississauga SteelheadsLW6.00180
156Calisti, RobertSoo GreyhoundsD5.10190
158Jackson, KyleNorth Bay BattalionLW6.02187
159Cardwell, EthanBarrie ColtsRW5.11193
163Gill-Shane, RanvirOttawa 67’sD6.02185
169Romeo, Chandler*Hamilton BulldogsD6.05205
171Michaud, DanielOshawa GeneralsC6.02190
172Rolofs, StuartLondon KnightsLW6.02200
174Sop, MatthewKitchener RangersLW6.00175
175Maggio, MatthewWindsor SpitfiresRW5.11180
181Haché, BradenKingston FrontenacsD6.04200
182McCallum, LandonSudbury WolvesC5.11175
183Robertson, TuckerPeterborough PetesC5.11186
193Saganiuk, Colby*Erie OttersC5.07160
200Avon, J.R.Peterborough PetesC6.00180
206Boudreau, MarcSoo GreyhoundsLW6.02180
213Dann, NolanSarnia StingRW5.10180
215Lawrence, KalebOwen Sound AttackRW6.06225
221Maillet, JacobGuelph StormC6.00173
222Robinson, Payton*Sudbury WolvesD6.02194

North American Goaltenders:

RANKPLAYERTEAMPOS.HTWT
2Gaudreau, BenjaminSarnia StingG6.02175
3Lennox, TristanSaginaw SpiritG6.04190
6Vrbetic, JoeNorth Bay BattalionG6.06190
11Brochu, BrettLondon KnightsG5.11177

International Skaters:

RANKPLAYERTEAMPOS.HTWT
5Chayka, DaniilGuelph StormD6.03187
24Grushnikov, Artyom*Hamilton BulldogsD6.02198
32Sobolev, Daniil*Windsor SpitfiresD6.00210
35Petrov, Matvei*North Bay BattalionLW6.02178
64Kulakov, Artyom*Erie OttersD6.02202
70Rafkin, RubenWindsor SpitfiresD5.11190
72Kuzmin, Dmitry*Flint FirebirdsD5.09178
74Steklov, KirillLondon KnightsD6.04187
83Gaidamak, Vsevolod*Ottawa 67’sC5.11198
90Ottavainen, VilleKitchener RangersD6.05210
115Suni, OliverOshawa GeneralsLW6.02186
117Larsen, Kasper*Mississauga SteelheadsD6.06229
149Zanetti, Brian*Peterborough PetesD6.02181

International Goaltenders:

RANKPLAYERTEAMPOS.HTWT
2Kolosov, Alexei*Erie OttersG6.01185
10Malik, NickSoo GreyhoundsG6.01177
11Cajan, Pavel*Kitchener RangersG6.01177

For full 2021 NHL Central Scouting Final Draft Rankings, visit nhl.com.