BARLOW AND DROBAC NAMEDOHL 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, January 15, 2023.



Attack’s Colby Barlow Named Cogeco OHL Player of the Week

2023 NHL Draft prospect Colby Barlow of the Owen Sound Attack is the Cogeco OHL Player of the Week, recording four goals, three assists and seven points in three victories along with a plus/minus rating of plus-3.

Barlow helped the Attack gain ground in the Western Conference last week as they took wins over Niagara, Erie and Guelph. He found the back of the net as the Attack defeated the Niagara IceDogs 5-1 on Wednesday. Barlow’s scoring ways continued on Thursday as he netted a goal and added two primary assists in a 6-5 overtime win over the Erie Otters. He turned in a first star performance to close out the week on Saturday, scoring his 28th and 29th goals of the season while adding an assist in a 6-4 win over the Guelph Storm. Barlow’s second of the game was the third period game winner as he came away from Saturday’s action with goals in seven straight contests, pushing his current point streak to nine games.

A 17-year-old from Orillia, Ont., Barlow leads the Attack with 55 points (29-26–55) in 36 games this season, sitting tied for second in League goal-scoring with 29 on the campaign. Barlow’s eight game winners lead the League and his 172 shots on goal are currently the third-most in the OHL. His 10-game goal-scoring streak from Nov. 12 to Dec. 4 is the longest in the League this season, setting a new Attack franchise record. Selected in the first round (8th overall) by Owen Sound in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection from the Toronto Marlboros U16 program, the 6-foot-1, 187lb. winger scored 30 goals in 2021-22, a new Attack franchise record for a 16 or 17-year-old rookie. Barlow was listed as the OHL’s top-ranked skater on last week’s NHL Central Scouting Midseason Rankings, coming in at 10th in North America for the 2023 NHL Draft.

Also considered for the award this week, Boston Bruins prospect Brett Harrison put up seven points (4-3–7) in three victories for the Windsor Spitfires. North Bay Battalion overage forward Kyle McDonald also had success, recording five goals, one assist and six points for the Troops while also tacking on a shootout game winner.

2022-23 Cogeco OHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Colby Barlow (Owen Sound Attack)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Bryce McConnell-Barker (Soo Greyhounds)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Connor Lockhart (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Evan Vierling (Barrie Colts)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Ryan Gagnier (Oshawa Generals)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Quentin Musty (Sudbury Wolves)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Jorian Donovan (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Matthew Poitras (Guelph Storm)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Brody Crane (London Knights)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Matvey Petrov (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Deni Goure (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Owen Beck (Mississauga Steelheads)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Matthew Maggio (Windsor Spitfires)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Pavel Mintyukov (Saginaw Spirit)
Sept. 29 – Oct. 2: Tucker Robertson (Peterborough Petes)



Bulldogs’ Matteo Drobac Named OHL Goaltender of the Week

Matteo Drobac of the Hamilton Bulldogs is the OHL Goaltender of the Week with two wins, a goals-against average of 2.00 and a save percentage of .949.

Drobac backstopped the Bulldogs to back-to-back road wins, starting with a 35-save effort on Friday night in Ottawa as the Bulldogs handed the first place 67’s a second home loss in under a month in a 4-3 decision. Drobac was excellent again on Saturday, making 40 saves to earn second star recognition in a 4-1 victory over the Kingston Frontenacs.

A 19-year-old native of Oakville, Ont., Drobac owns a record of 10-12-2-0 on the season with a 3.28 goals-against average and an .893 save percentage. The 6-foot-2, 201lb. netminder helped the Bulldogs win an OHL championship last year, joining Marco Costantini in winning the Dave Pinkney Trophy for fewest team goals-against by going 19-2-1-0 during the regular season with a 2.57 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in 23 games. He was selected in the sixth round (110th overall) by the Bulldogs in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection from the Halton Hurricanes U16 program.

A pair of other candidates were given consideration for the award as Arizona Coyotes prospect Anson Thornton of the Barrie Colts went 2-0, posting a 1.00 goals-against average and .958 save percentage. Winnipeg Jets prospect Dom DiVincentiis of the North Bay Battalion also went 2-0, recording a 1.92 goals-against average and .948 save percentage.

2022-23 OHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:
Jan 9. – Jan. 15: Matteo Drobac (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Max Donoso (Ottawa 67’s)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Michael Simpson (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Marco Costantini (Kitchener Rangers)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Owen Flores (Niagara IceDogs)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Dom DiVincentiis (North Bay Battalion)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Brett Brochu (London Knights)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Michael Simpson (Peterborough Petes)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Joe Ranger (Sudbury Wolves)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Tristan Lennox (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Carter George (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Collin MacKenzie (Ottawa 67’s)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Ivan Zhigalov (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Alessio Beglieri (Mississauga Steelheads)
Sept. 29 – Oct. 2: Ben Gaudreau (Sarnia Sting)


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.

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55 OHL PLAYERS INCLUDED IN NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING’S MIDSEASON RANKINGS

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is proud to announce that 55 OHL players have been included on NHL Central Scouting’s Midseason Rankings for the 2023 NHL Draft scheduled to take place June 28-29 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The list includes a total of eight OHL skaters included in the top-32 North American prospects, indicating a potential first round selection. A pair of left-wingers lead the way in Colby Barlow of the Owen Sound Attack and Quentin Musty of the Sudbury Wolves at 10th and 11th respectively, followed by the OHL’s highest-ranked centreman in Calum Ritchie of the Oshawa Generals at 17. London Knights rearguard Oliver Bonk leads the way for OHL defencemen at 18th on the list. In goal, Charlie Robertson of the North Bay Battalion is the first of four OHL netminders ranked, coming in at 12.

Eighteen OHL member teams are represented on the list, led by the Flint Firebirds, Ottawa 67’s and Saginaw Spirit with five players each.

Of the 55 players listed, 15 of them are competing in the 2023 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game set for Wednesday, January 25 in Langley, British Columbia. The game can be seen live from coast-to-coast on TSN.

The list includes 30 OHL forwards, 21 defencemen and four goaltenders.

2023 NHL Central Scouting Midseason Rankings – OHL

*- competing in 2023 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

SKATERS

RANKPLAYERPOS.TEAM
10Colby Barlow*LWOwen Sound Attack
11Quentin Musty*LWSudbury Wolves
17Calum Ritchie*COshawa Generals
18Oliver Bonk*DLondon Knights
25Beau Akey*DBarrie Colts
29Cam Allen*DGuelph Storm
31Carson Rehkopf*LWKitchener Rangers
32Andrew Gibson*DSoo Greyhounds
33Hunter Brzustewicz*DKitchener Rangers
37Quinton BurnsDKingston Frontenacs
41Coulson Pitre*RWFlint Firebirds
43Brad GardinerCOttawa 67’s
45Ethan Miedema*LWKingston Frontenacs
48Ondrej MolnarLWErie Otters
49Luca Pinelli*LWOttawa 67’s
50Carey Terrance*CErie Otters
51Tristan BertucciDFlint Firebirds
54Alex PharandCSudbury Wolves
62Matthew ManiaDSudbury Wolves
74Cooper FosterCOttawa 67’s
75Easton CowanRWLondon Knights
76Owen OutwaterCKingston Frontenacs
84Denver BarkeyCLondon Knights
87Konnor SmithDPeterborough Petes
88Matthew SotoRWKingston Frontenacs
90Ethan HayCFlint Firebirds
92Luke McNamaraCSaginaw Spirit
96Nick Lardis*LWHamilton Bulldogs
103Florian XhekajLWHamilton Bulldogs
105Cole BrownLWHamilton Bulldogs
115Matthew AndonovskiDKitchener Rangers
116James PetrovskiDOwen Sound Attack
122Matthew MayichDOttawa 67’s
123Blake SmithDFlint Firebirds
133Nic SimaRWSaginaw Spirit
136Spencer SovaDErie Otters
156Djibril ToureDSudbury Wolves
169Alexis DaviaultDErie Otters
170Anthony RomaniCNorth Bay Battalion
171Chris BarlasCOttawa 67’s
172Angus MacDonellCMississauga Steelheads
174Joey WillisCSaginaw Spirit
176Calem MangoneRWSaginaw Spirit
191Marco MignosaRWSoo Greyhounds
192Donovan McCoyDPeterborough Petes
207Lucas MooreDHamilton Bulldogs
210Bronson RideDNiagara IceDogs
214PJ ForgioneDSaginaw Spirit
216Wyatt KennedyDNorth Bay Battalion
219Valentin ZhuginLWGuelph Storm
220Adam ZidlickyLWMississauga Steelheads

GOALTENDERS

RANKGOALTENDERTEAM
12Charlie Robertson*North Bay Battalion
14Nathan DayFlint Firebirds
23Charlie SchenkelSoo Greyhounds
29Zach BowenLondon Knights

For the full NHL Central Scouting Midseason Rankings, 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.

OHL Cup U16 AAA Top 10 Rankings – Week 6

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Week 6 edition of the weekly U16 AAA rankings for the 2023 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League.

The 2023 OHL Cup will feature 20 teams consisting of talent eligible for the 2023 OHL Priority Selection. Starting with Wild Card Play-In matchups on Tuesday, March 28, all games will be played at the Scotiabank Pond in Toronto until the Championship Final moves to the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Monday, April 3.

The weekly rankings are determined by a panel of OHL Central Scouting staff and represent the top teams that are competing to play in the annual year-end championship tournament.

U16 AAA Rankings for the 2023 OHL Cup – Week 6

Rank:Team:LAST WEEKWEEKS RANKED
1Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)16
2York-Simcoe Express (OMHA)26
3Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)36
4Halton Hurricanes (OMHA)46
5London Jr. Knights (ALLIANCE)56
6Peterborough Petes (OMHA)66
7Toronto Nationals (GTHL)76
8Mississauga Senators (GTHL)105
9Vaughan Kings (GTHL)86
10Waterloo Wolves (ALLIANCE)1
    
 Honourable Mention:  
 Mississauga Rebels (GTHL)93
 Don Mills Flyers (GTHL)
 Southern Tier Admirals (OMHA)2

The Mississauga Senators are on the rise, climbing two spots to eighth this week following consecutive wins over the Toronto Nationals, Toronto Titans and Toronto Red Wings last week. The Sens sit tied for fourth in the GTHL regular season standings, owning a record of 14-5-4. The Waterloo Wolves make their first top-10 appearance of 2022-23, riding a four-game winning streak following a recent 4-1 win over the Lambton Jr. Sting. Waterloo sits tied for third in the ALLIANCE standings with a record of 12-4-1.

For more information, visit OHLCup.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.

MCCONNELL-BARKER AND DONOSO NAMEDOHL 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, January 8, 2023.



Greyhounds’ Bryce McConnell-Barker Named Cogeco OHL Player of the Week

New York Rangers prospect Bryce McConnell-Barker of the Soo Greyhounds is the Cogeco OHL Player of the Week, recording four goals, four assists and eight points in three games along with a plus/minus rating of plus-4.

McConnell-Barker started his week off strong on Wednesday, recording two goals including the game-winner as the Greyhounds defeated the visiting Kitchener Rangers 5-4. He found the scoresheet again on Friday in Flint, recording a goal an an assist as the Greyhounds fell short to the Firebirds 6-5 in overtime. McConnell-Barker helped the Greyhounds bounce back at home on Sunday as the forward earned first star honours, finishing with a goal and three helpers in a 6-3 victory over the London Knights to close out the weekend.

An 18-year-old native of London, Ont., McConnell-Barker leads the Greyhounds with 47 points (21-26–47) in 37 games this season. He was a third round (97th overall) pick of the New York Rangers this past summer following 23 goals, 26 assists and 49 points in 68 games as a rookie with the Greyhounds last season. The 6-foot-2, 196lb. forward was originally Sault Ste. Marie’s first round (4th overall) pick in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection from the London Jr. Knights U16 program.

Also given consideration for the award this week were Anaheim Ducks prospect Sasha Pastujov of the Sarnia Sting, who recorded two goals and four assists in a pair of victories. Overage forward James Hardie of the Mississauga Steelheads was also a standout, recording two goals and four helpers (2-4-6) over three games, pulling into a tie for the most goals (114) and points (207) in Mississauga Steelheads franchise history.

2022-23 Cogeco OHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Bryce McConnell-Barker (Soo Greyhounds)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Connor Lockhart (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Evan Vierling (Barrie Colts)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Ryan Gagnier (Oshawa Generals)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Quentin Musty (Sudbury Wolves)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Jorian Donovan (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Matthew Poitras (Guelph Storm)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Brody Crane (London Knights)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Matvey Petrov (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Deni Goure (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Owen Beck (Mississauga Steelheads)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Matthew Maggio (Windsor Spitfires)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Pavel Mintyukov (Saginaw Spirit)
Sept. 29 – Oct. 2: Tucker Robertson (Peterborough Petes)



67’s’ Max Donoso Named OHL Goaltender of the Week

Max Donoso of the Ottawa 67’s is the OHL Goaltender of the Week, posting a 2-0 record with a 1.00 goals-against average and .951 save percentage.

Defending the crease in back-to-back victories, Donoso turned aside 26 of the 27 shots that came his way on Friday as Ottawa defeated the Niagara IceDogs 4-1. The 6-foot-1, 182lb. netminder returned to the crease on Sunday, stopping 13 of the 14 shots he faced as the 67’s closed out the weekend with a 5-1 win over the Owen Sound Attack.

A 19-year-old from Windsor, Ont., Donoso owns a 19-5-0-1 record with a 2.62 goals-against average and .901 save percentage in 27 games this year. Donoso ranks third among OHL goaltenders in goals-against average this season as the 67’s remain atop the OHL standings. The former fifth round (98th overall) pick by the 67’s in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection currently holds a 30-14-1-6 record in 54 regular season OHL appearances.

A pair of other candidates were given consideration for the award as Guelph Storm netminder Brayden Gillespie went 2-0-0-1 with a 2.65 goals-against average and .910 save percentage, helping the Storm collect five of a possible six points. Sarnia Sting goaltender Nicholas Surzycia went 2-0 on the weekend, recording a 1.50 goals-against average and .942 save percentage.

2022-23 OHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Max Donoso (Ottawa 67’s)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Michael Simpson (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Marco Costantini (Kitchener Rangers)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Owen Flores (Niagara IceDogs)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Dom DiVincentiis (North Bay Battalion)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Brett Brochu (London Knights)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Michael Simpson (Peterborough Petes)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Joe Ranger (Sudbury Wolves)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Tristan Lennox (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Carter George (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Collin MacKenzie (Ottawa 67’s)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Ivan Zhigalov (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Alessio Beglieri (Mississauga Steelheads)
Sept. 29 – Oct. 2: Ben Gaudreau (Sarnia Sting)


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.

Cam Allen – Guelph Storm – Player Profile

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Cam Allen of the Guelph Storm. Photo by Natalie Shaver/OHL Images

Coming out of the 2021-2022 season, most hockey pundits had Cam Allen of the Guelph Storm as one of the best defencemen available for the 2023 National Hockey League Entry Draft, if not the best available. He was named the OHL Rookie of the year and to the OHL First All-Rookie squad.

That assertion was reinforced at the Hlinka-Gretzky in August as he captained and led Team Canada to a gold medal.

Right shot defencemen with Allen’s tools don’t grow on trees. He’s a very good skater, smart, can quarterback a powerplay, is offensively gifted while strong defensively, he can rush the puck and make excellent passes – he just did it all.

The truth is, things have gone south quickly for Allen this season as it has for his team. While you see glimpses of the talent he possesses, it has become more of a rarity than regular. And his team was supposed to be a young team challenging and instead are fighting for their playoff lives.

There has been discussions in hockey circles wondering how much of Allen’s slide is due to the Storm being a disappointment and vice versa. Some claim that he is doing too much to get his team on track, and if you watch him on a nightly basis, there is some truth to that. His competitive spirit won’t allow him to be any different.

That said, you don’t just lose that talent overnight. It’s still there and at this point I think simple is better for Allen. He needs to stop forcing things and get back to the basics. Once he realizes that he can’t do it on his own, no matter how talented, he and his team will be better off.

He’s out with an injury at this time, and that may just be what he needs. A chance to sit back, watch the game and learn that he can’t do it on his own. The Storm have come on a bit lately in his absence and if he ingests that “simple is better” mentality, he should get back to where he belongs near the top of the rankings among blueliners.

I expect him to do just that with a very strong second half of the season.

OHL ANNOUNCES ACADEMIC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH FOR DECEMBER

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced Academic Players of the Month for December including Callum Cheynowski of the Hamilton Bulldogs, Grayson Tiller of the Barrie Colts, Nathan Sauder of the Erie Otters and Tristan Bertucci of the Flint Firebirds.

East Division: Hamilton Bulldogs rookie defenceman Callum Cheynowski is the OHL East Division Academic Player of the Month for December.

Cheynowski is achieving a 93 percent average in grade 12 university-level French, a 98 percent average in Accounting and a 96 percent average in university-level Functions at Ancaster High School.

“Callum has demonstrated impressive academic achievement across a breadth of specialties,” said Bulldogs academic advisor Sean Nicholson. “Callum’s teachers regularly note the diligent attention he pays to his studies, and how he’s always on time with his assignments, even after a long road trip. Callum is a role model for other students and has managed to achieve the perfect balance between academic and on-ice commitments.”

The 16-year-old from Welland, Ont. has played nine games this season, recording one assist for the Bulldogs. He’s recorded an additional six points (4-2–6) in 10 games with the Thorold Blackhawks of the GOJHL. The 6-foot, 187Ib. blueliner was selected in the third round (63rd overall) by Hamilton in the 2022 OHL Priority Selection.

Central Division: Barrie Colts defenceman Grayson Tiller is the OHL Central Division Academic Player of the Month for December.

Tiller is currently achieving academic excellence in grade 12 university-level Chemistry, university-level Advanced Functions and is currently enrolled in the High Performance Athlete Co-op Program at Innisdale Secondary School.

“Grayson is a straight-A student,” said Colts academic advisor Chris Cudmore. “Just like his on-ice preparation, he his very dedicated, responsible and teachable in the classroom.”

The 17-year-old from St. Catharines, Ont. has played 28 games this season, recording five assists for the Colts. The 5-foot-10, 189Ib. blueliner was selected in the third round (44th overall) by Barrie in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection.

Midwest Division: Erie Otters defenceman Nathan Sauder is the OHL Midwest Division Academic Player of the Month for December.

Sauder has recently completed Kinesiology with a 93 percent average at Blyth Academy and is currently achieving a 96 percent average in Art History, a 74 percent average in Functions and an 87 percent average in English at Fairview High School.

“All his current and former teachers, both in person and online report that Nathan is an excellent student dedicated to his studies,” said Otters academic advisor Leigh Kostis. “He works well independently and maintains high academic standards with a very demanding on and off-ice schedule.”

The Mississauga, Ont. native has played 30 games this season, recording one goal and four assists for the Otters. Erie selected Sauder in the third round (54th overall) of the 2021 OHL Priority Selection.

West Division: Flint Firebirds blueliner Tristan Bertucci is the OHL West Division Academic Player of the Month for December.

Bertucci is currently achieving academic excellence in grade 12 Nutrition, Leadership, Modern Business, Physical Education, English and Chemistry.

“Tristan works hard on and off the ice and is a valuable player,” said Firebirds academic advisor Elizabeth Hoffman. “He has been working with the Business team at Dort Financial to help organize activities in his Leadership course. On top of managing his own academic and on-ice balance, Tristan also helps get players to school daily as well as to the rink for practice.”

The 17-year-old from Vaughan, Ont. has appeared in 30 games this season, recording three goals and 16 assists. Bertucci was selected in the first round (7th overall) by the Firebirds in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection. NHL Central Scouting listed Bertucci as a ‘C’ rated skater for the 2023 NHL Draft on their Players to Watch List issued earlier this season.

2022-23 OHL Academic Players of the Month:

East Division:
December – Callum Cheynowski (Hamilton Bulldogs)
November – James Guo (Peterborough Petes)
October – Brad Gardiner (Ottawa 67’s)

Central Division:
December – Grayson Tiller (Barrie Colts)
November – Finn Harding (Mississauga Steelheads)
October – Kieron Walton (Sudbury Wolves)

Midwest Division:
December – Nathan Sauder (Erie Otters)
November – Braedyn Rogers (Owen Sound Attack)
October – Denver Barkey (London Knights)

West Division:
December – Tristan Bertucci (Flint Firebirds)
November – Bronson Ride (Windsor Spitfires)
October – Alex Kostov (Soo Greyhounds)

The OHL continues to produce student-athletes that move on to both professional and U SPORTS men’s hockey endeavours.

A total of 349 graduates utilized their OHL Scholarship at post-secondary institutions across North America during the 2021-22 academic year, with a total contribution by teams of over $3.5 million. Over the past 10 seasons, OHL Scholarship payments have totalled more than $25 million.

A total of 217 OHL Alumni were included on U SPORTS men’s hockey rosters to open the 2022-23 season.

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 CUP U16 AAA TOP 10 RANKINGS – WEEK 5

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Week 5 edition of the weekly U16 AAA rankings for the 2023 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League.

The 2023 OHL Cup will feature 20 teams consisting of talent eligible for the 2023 OHL Priority Selection. Starting with Wild Card Play-In matchups on Tuesday, March 28, all games will be played at the Scotiabank Pond in Toronto until the Championship Final moves to the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Monday, April 3.

The weekly rankings are determined by a panel of OHL Central Scouting staff and represent the top teams that are competing to play in the annual year-end championship tournament.

U16 AAA Rankings for the 2023 OHL Cup – Week 5

Rank:Team:LAST WEEKWEEKS RANKED
1Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)15
2York-Simcoe Express (OMHA)45
3Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)25
4Halton Hurricanes (OMHA)55
5London Jr. Knights (ALLIANCE)35
6Peterborough Petes (OMHA)65
7Toronto Nationals (GTHL)85
8Vaughan Kings (GTHL)75
9Mississauga Rebels (GTHL)3
10Mississauga Senators (GTHL)94
 Honourable Mention:  
 Waterloo Wolves (ALLIANCE)
 Don Mills Flyers (GTHL)
 Southern Tier Admirals (OMHA)2

The OHL Cup Top 10 returns with the first edition of the new year that features the Toronto Marlboros Holiday Classic champion Marlies holding down top spot for a fifth straight week. The York-Simcoe Express are up two spots to number two on the list, boasting a regular season record of 17-0-3 as they continue a seven-game winning streak in the OMHA’s ETA circuit. The Marlboros Holiday Classic finalist Halton Hurricanes are up one spot to number four on the list while the Mississauga Rebels make their return, coming in at ninth.

For more information, visit OHLCup.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 Writers Draft Eligible Player of the Month for December

Draft Eligible Forward of the Month – Quentin Musty – Sudbury Wolves

For the second consecutive month, Quentin Musty is our draft eligible forward of the Month. The Sudbury Wolves star netted 3 goals and 17 assists in 10 games during the month of December. He was held pointless in just one game – December 30 against the North Bay Battalion. He had 5 multi point games including a 1 goal, 6 assist effort against the Niagara IceDogs on December 4.

Also considered was Colton Smith of the Windsor Spitfires. Smith appeared in 11 games during December, notching 7 goals to go along with 8 helpers. Smith was kept off the score sheet 3 times and 6 of his 8 other games were multi point games.

Draft Eligible Defenceman of the Month – Beau Akey – Barrie Colts

Among defencemen, Beau Akey got our nod. Akey posted 12 points in 10 games with points in 8 of those 10 games. He had 4 multi-point games including 2-point efforts against the Sarnia Sting on December 4, Oshawa Generals on December 11 and Sudbury Wolves on December 13. He posted a 3-point effort with a goal and 2 assists on December 30 against the Owen Sound Attack.

Also considered was Sudbury Wolves defender Matthew Mania. Mania appeared in 10 games for the Wolves in December scoring twice and assisting on 10 others. It’s his consistency that impressed the most with points in 7 of his 10 games including a 3-point night against the Niagara IceDogs on December 4 and 2-oint nights against the Barrie Colts on December 10 and Oshawa Generals on December 18.

Draft Eligible Goaltender of the Month – Joey Costanzo – Windsor Spitfires

Our choice for draft eligible goaltender of the month is Joey Costanzo of the Windsor Spitfires. Costanzo started 4 games for the Spits in December winning all 4 contests. He also came in relief for one game stopping all 6 shots he faced in a period. Altogether he stopped 132 of 142 shots he faced for a .930 save-percentage while posting a 2.33 goals-against-average.

Our previous choices were:

Forwards

Quentin Musty – Sudbury Wolves – December

Quentin Musty – Sudbury Wolves – November

Ryan Abraham – Windsor Spitfires – October

Defencemen

Beau Akey – Sudbury Wolves – December

Brody Crane – London Knights – November

Hunter Brzustewicz – Kitchener Rangers – October

Goaltenders

Joey Costanzo – Windsor Spitfires – December

Andrew Oke – Saginaw Spirit – November

Collin MacKenzie – Ottawa 67’s – October

OHL ANNOUNCES TOP PERFORMERS OF THE MONTH FOR DECEMBER

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Top OHL Performers of the Month for regular season games played in December 2022 including Kitchener Rangers forward Francesco Pinelli and Barrie Colts netminder Anson Thornton along with Saginaw Spirit teammates Pavel Mintyukov and Zayne Parekh.

OHL Player of the Month – Francesco Pinelli (Kitchener Rangers):
Los Angeles Kings prospect Francesco Pinelli of the Kitchener Rangers is the OHL Player of the Month for December, producing eight goals, 13 assists and 21 points in nine games along with a plus/minus rating of plus-12. The Rangers captain guided his team to a December mark of 6-2-2-0, registering points in eight of his nine outings, six of those yielding multiple points. The 6-foot-1, 185 Ib. centre logged three goals and an assist on Dec. 3rd in Guelph as the Rangers defeated the Storm 5-1. Pinelli’s high-scoring contributions continued in three consecutive mid-month contests, recording a goal and two helpers on Dec. 9th as the Rangers defeated the Niagara IceDogs 5-1. He posted a career-high five points with a goal and four assists at home on Dec. 16th as the Rangers shutout Sault Ste. Marie 9-0. His third consecutive multi-point showing came on Dec. 18th in Mississauga as Pinelli recorded a goal and two assists, helping Kitchener skate to a 5-1 win over the Steelheads. Pinelli becomes the first Rangers player to earn OHL Player of the Month honours since Greg Meireles in March 2019.

A 19-year-old native of Stoney Creek, Ont., Pinelli currently sits atop Rangers scoring with 43 points (21-22–43) in 27 games. His 1.59 points-per-game currently sit fourth in the OHL. Now in his third season with the Rangers, Pinelli has produced career totals that include 61 goals, 83 assists and 144 points in 141 regular season games. He was a second round (42nd overall) pick of the Los Angeles Kings in the 2021 NHL Draft, and signed a three-year entry level NHL contract with the club on Apr. 11, 2022. Pinelli was Kitchener’s first round (13th overall) pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection from the Toronto Red Wings U16 program.

OHL Defenceman of the Month – Pavel Mintyukov (Saginaw Spirit):
For the third straight month, Anaheim Ducks prospect Pavel Mintyukov of the Saginaw Spirit is the OHL Defenceman of the Month, leading all defenders with 16 points including two goals and 14 assists in 10 games along with a plus/minus rating of plus-8. Mintyukov’s continued dominance on the blue line helped the Western Conference-leading Spirit play to a December record of 6-3-1-0 as they roll into the new year with four consecutive wins. His month included five consecutive multi-point showings, starting with a goal and an assist on Dec. 11th as the Spirit fell to the North Bay Battalion 4-2. He recorded four assists the following game at home as the Spirit defeated the Flint Firebirds 5-1 on Dec. 14th. Mintyukov went on to register a goal and two helpers on Dec. 29th against Sault Ste. Marie, scoring the overtime winner as the Spirit defeated the Greyhounds 5-4. He rounded-out December with a pair of assists in a 7-4 win over the Flint Firebirds on Dec. 30th, followed by another three helpers in a 5-3 win over the Birds on Dec. 31st as the Spirit took a 4-1 lead in the I-75 Divide Cup. Mintyukov becomes the League’s first blueliner on record to ever receive three consecutive OHL Defenceman of the Month honours.

A 19-year-old blueliner standing 6-foot-3 and 195Ibs., Mintyukov sits third in OHL scoring with 51 points (14-37–51) in 34 games this season, paired with the League’s second-best plus/minus rating of plus-27. He became the first defenceman to ever lead the Spirit in scoring last season, recording 62 points (17-45–62) in 67 games before being selected 10th overall by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2022 NHL Draft. The Spirit selected Mintyukov with the 52nd overall pick of the 2020 CHL Import Draft. He was voted to the OHL’s third all-star team last season.

OHL Goaltender of the Month – Anson Thornton (Barrie Colts):
Arizona Coyotes prospect Anson Thornton of the Barrie Colts is the OHL Goaltender of the Month for December, playing to a 5-0-0-1 record with a 2.25 goals-against average, .945 save percentage and one shutout. Thornton was busy, making at least 36 saves in all six of his December outings. He stopped 38 of the 40 shots that came his way on Dec. 4th as the Colts defeated his former Sarnia Sting teammates 3-2 in overtime. He turned aside 45 shots the following week at home as the Colts defeated the Saginaw Spirit by a score of 5-2 on Dec. 8th. Thornton registered another 40-plus save showing on Dec. 17th as Barrie defeated the Central Division-leading North Bay Battalion 6-3. He closed out December with his first shoutout of the campaign on Dec. 31st, making 38 saves as the Colts defeated the Guelph Storm 8-0. Thornton earned star of the game recognition five times in December, three times being named first star while being named second star twice.

A 19-year-old Oshawa, Ont. native, Thornton owns a 10-6-1-2 record with a 3.40 goals-against average and .906 save percentage through 19 games in his second OHL season. The 6-foot-4, 187lb. goaltender has played to a career mark of 18-22-1-2 with a 3.77 goals-against average and .893 save percentage in 45 regular season games between Barrie and Sarnia. Thornton signed an entry-level NHL contract as a free agent with the Arizona Coyotes after attending the team’s training camp in October 2021. He was originally Sarnia’s first round (3rd overall) pick in the 2020 OHL U18 Priority Selection. Thornton won an OHL Cup championship with the Don Mills Flyers U16 program in 2019.

OHL Rookie of the Month – Zayne Parekh (Saginaw Spirit):
Saginaw Spirit blueliner Zayne Parekh is the OHL Rookie of the Month for December, recording 10 points including six goals and four assists in 10 games along with a plus/minus rating of plus-7. Parekh recorded points in eight of his 10 December contests, finishing the month with points in four consecutive showings. He had a two-point night on Dec. 6th, recording a goal and an assist as the Spirit defeated the Erie Otters 8-3. He did the same on Dec. 30th as the Spirit defeated the rival Flint Firebirds 7-4. Parekh finished the month with his 11th goal of the season on Dec. 31st as the Spirit took another 5-3 win over Flint. Parekh becomes the first rookie defenceman in Saginaw Spirit history to earn OHL Rookie of the Month honours.

A 16-year-old from Nobleton, Ont., Parekh has been an offensive threat from the blue line with 20 points (11-9–20) in 24 games. His 11 goals this season lead all OHL rookie blueliners. Parekh was Saginaw’s first round (19th overall) pick in the 2022 OHL Priority Selection from the Markham Majors U16 program.

2022-23 OHL Performers of the Month:

Player of the Month:
December – Francesco Pinelli (Kitchener Rangers)
November – Sean McGurn (London Knights)
October – Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds)

Defenceman of the Month:
December – Pavel Mintyukov (Saginaw Spirit)
November – Pavel Mintyukov (Saginaw Spirit)
October – Pavel Mintyukov (Saginaw Spirit)

Goaltender of the Month:
December – Anson Thornton (Barrie Colts)
November – Tristan Lennox (Saginaw Spirit)
October – Michael Simpson (Peterborough Petes)

Rookie of the Month:
December – Zayne Parekh (Saginaw Spirit)
November – Oliver Bonk (London Knights)
October – Michael Misa (Saginaw Spirit)


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.

LOCKHART AND SIMPSON NAMEDOHL 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, January 1, 2023.



Petes’ Connor Lockhart Named Cogeco OHL Player of the Week

Vancouver Canucks prospect Connor Lockhart of the Peterborough Petes is the Cogeco OHL Player of the Week, posting four goals, five assists and nine points in three games along with a plus/minus rating of plus-7.

Lockhart helped the Petes take three wins last week, extending their current winning streak to five games. He recorded a goal and an assist as the Petes defeated the Mississauga Steelheads 5-1 on Thursday. Lockhart’s success continued on Friday as he contributed four helpers in a 6-2 road win over the Kitchener Rangers. The Petes forward finished the weekend with a natural hat-trick in the second period on Sunday as Peterborough opened the new year with a 6-1 win over the rival Oshawa Generals.

A 19-year-old from Kanata, Ont., Lockhart has recorded 13 goals, 29 assists and 42 points in 32 games this season. He’s produced 117 points (45-72–117) over 153 career OHL regular season games between Peterborough and Erie since being selected by the Otters with the third overall pick of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. Lockhart was selected in the sixth round (178th overall) by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2021 NHL Draft.

Also considered for the award this week, Lockhart’s Petes linemates Tucker Robertson (4-5–9) and J.R. Avon (4-4–8) were also productive while Saginaw Spirit blueliner Pavel Mintyukov had eight points (1-7–8) in three victories including an overtime game winner.

2022-23 Cogeco OHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Connor Lockhart (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Evan Vierling (Barrie Colts)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Ryan Gagnier (Oshawa Generals)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Quentin Musty (Sudbury Wolves)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Jorian Donovan (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Matthew Poitras (Guelph Storm)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Brody Crane (London Knights)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Matvey Petrov (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Deni Goure (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Owen Beck (Mississauga Steelheads)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Matthew Maggio (Windsor Spitfires)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Pavel Mintyukov (Saginaw Spirit) 
Sept. 29 – Oct. 2: Tucker Robertson (Peterborough Petes)
 



Petes’ Michael Simpson Named OHL Goaltender of the Week

Michael Simpson of the Peterborough Petes is the OHL Goaltender of the Week for the second time this season, posting a 2-0 record with a 1.00 goals-against average and .973 save percentage.

Helping Peterborough close out the 2022 calendar year with a pair of victories, Simpson turned aside 40 of the 41 shots he faced in a first star performance as the Petes defeated the Mississauga Steelheads 5-1 on Thursday. The six-foot-one, 198 lb. goaltender was back between the pipes on Sunday, backstopping the Petes to a 6-1 road victory over the Oshawa Generals where he made 33 saves for the win.

A 19-year-old from London, Ont., Simpson leads the OHL with a 2.57 goals-against average, .919 save percentage and two shutouts through 27 games, posting a record of 14-9-1-2. The second-year netminder played to a 20-18-3-1 mark in 2021-22, registering a 3.56 goals-against average and .891 save percentage. Simpson was a 10th round (193rd overall) pick of the Petes in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection from the London Jr. Knights U16 program.

Also in the running for the award this week, London Knights netminder Brett Brochu turned aside 61 shots, going 2-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average and .953 save percentage. Arizona Coyotes prospect Anson Thornton of the Barrie Colts also went 2-0 with a 1.93 goals-against average, .949 save percentage and a shoutout victory.

2022-23 OHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Michael Simpson (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Marco Costantini (Kitchener Rangers)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Owen Flores (Niagara IceDogs)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Dom DiVincentiis (North Bay Battalion)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Brett Brochu (London Knights)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Michael Simpson (Peterborough Petes)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Joe Ranger (Sudbury Wolves)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Tristan Lennox (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Carter George (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Collin MacKenzie (Ottawa 67’s)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Ivan Zhigalov (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Alessio Beglieri (Mississauga Steelheads)
Sept. 29 – Oct. 2: Ben Gaudreau (Sarnia Sting)


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.