FRONTENACS, COLTS AND SPITFIRES IN PRE-SEASON EDITION OF KIA CHL TOP 10 RANKINGS

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

The rankings were selected with input from NHL Central Scouting and come prior to the 2021-22 season opening Thursday as the defending President Cup champion Victoriaville Tigres host the Shawinigan Cataractes. The WHL opens its season Friday while the OHL begins play October 7. Rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams will resume on a weekly basis.

The Kingston Frontenacs lead OHL clubs at number four on the first instalment of 2021-22, boasting top 2022 NHL Draft prospect and former CHL Rookie of the Year Shane Wright down the middle. Kingston features added offensive firepower in overage veteran Jordan Frasca, 20-year-old newcomer Lucas Edmonds, Dallas Stars prospect Francesco Arcuri and Philadelphia Flyers draftee Zayde Wisdom who is currently sidelined following offseason surgery. In the crease, the Fronts boast one of the League’s most intriguing netminders in Ottawa Senators third round pick Leevi Merilainen coming out of Finland. Kingston played to a perfect 4-0 pre-season record under first-year head coach Luca Caputi.

The Barrie Colts follow close behind at number five, headlined by Los Angeles Kings first round pick Brandt Clarke, a creative puck-moving defenceman who will be heavily utilized by Colts head coach Marty Williamson. Barrie brings a range of weapons up front in Colorado Avalanche first round selection Oskar Olausson, San Jose Sharks prospect Ethan Cardwell, New York Rangers draftee Evan Vierling and the potential return of Philadelphia Flyers hopeful Tyson Foerster who enjoyed a strong showing in the American Hockey League last season.

The Windsor Spitfires lead OHL Western Conference clubs at eighth on the list as newly named head coach Marc Savard will have plenty to work with in his first OHL assignment. Big 6-foot-4, 210Ib. power winger Will Cuylle leads an offensive cast that also includes newly-signed Dallas Stars first round pick Wyatt Johnston alongside overage shooter Daniel D’Amico and 6-foot-5 winger Kyle McDonald. Colorado Avalanche prospect Jean-Luc Foudy made a good impression with the AHL’s Colorado Eagles last season and would give the Spits one of the League’s fastest skaters should he return.

The ever-competitive London Knights earned an honourable mention on the pre-season edition. The traditionally high-scoring Knights will look to Nashville Predators prospect Luke Evangelista and Dallas Stars selection Antonio Stranges to carry-on that legacy while San Jose Sharks picks Max McCueLiam Gilmartin and 6-foot-2, 204Ib. Stuart Rolofs provide some muscle up front. The Knights are anchored by Brett Brochu in the crease, who enjoyed an outstanding rookie season with London in 2019-20. Expect Ottawa Senators second round choice Ben Roger to see lots of ice on a defence corps that currently features five bodies at 6-foot-2 or taller.

For further analysis on the pre-season edition of the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings, visit CHL.ca.

OHL UNVEILS 2021-22 REGIONAL TELEVISION BROADCAST SCHEDULE DETAILS

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today unveiled details surrounding its 2021-22 regional television broadcast schedule, with over 600 games being carried across the province on the OHL Action Pak.

Rogers tv will broadcast over 400 games throughout the season on its local stations that serve Barrie, Guelph, Kitchener, London, Oshawa, Ottawa and Owen Sound.

YourTV stations will air over 350 games and continue to produce all home games in local markets including Kingston, Niagara, North Bay, Peterborough, Sarnia and Windsor. YourTV subscribers in OHL markets can also watch all of the away broadcasts involving the local team. YourTV is exclusively available to Cogeco television customers.

Additionally, Cable 14 will carry all home and away action of the Hamilton Bulldogs, Eastlink will broadcast 27 Wolves home games in Sudbury and Shaw Spotlight will air 23 Greyhounds home games along with 26 road games in Sault Ste. Marie. The Erie Otters, Flint Firebirds and Saginaw Spirit will see each of their 34 home games aired on the OHL Action Pak.

“The Ontario Hockey League is pleased to provide over 90% of all regular season games on television as well as 100% of our season and playoff streaming live and online with OHL Live on CHL TV,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch. “We’re all excited about the return of OHL hockey and fans have the opportunity to enjoy it in a variety of ways with the support of our great broadcast partners.”

Select pre-season games will be televised before the regular season gets underway on Thursday, October 7 with games in North Bay (vs. Peterborough), Barrie (vs. Niagara) and Windsor (vs. Sarnia).

The OHL Action Pak is part of the Rogers Super Sports Pak and is available through Rogers, Cogeco and Eastlink. Find more information at rogers.com/sports and a complete schedule at supersportspak.com.

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

OHL BOARD OF GOVERNORS APPROVE TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP OF GUELPH STORM HOCKEY CLUB

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Board of Governors’ approval for the Transfer of Ownership of the Guelph Storm Hockey Club from current owners Rick Gaetz, Scott Walker, Rick Hoyle and John Heeley to Toronto businessmen Joel Feldberg and Jeffrey Bly. The transfer of ownership is effective immediately.

The Storm franchise began as the Toronto Marlboros before a brief two-year stint as the Dukes of Hamilton, arriving in Guelph in 1991. The Storm have enjoyed great success, winning four OHL championships, two of which came under the guidance of the current ownership group as the club hoisted the J. Ross Robertson Cup in 2014 and 2019.

“On behalf of the Ontario Hockey League and our Board of Governors I would like to acknowledge the contributions made by Storm Governor Rick Gaetz and the rest of the Guelph ownership group consisting of Scott Walker, Rick Hoyle and John Heeley. Throughout their tenure, the Storm have remained a competitive force on the ice and done tremendous things in the Guelph community,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch. “We are excited to welcome Joel Feldberg and Jeffrey Bly to the OHL family.”

“This was an extremely difficult decision,” commented Rick Gaetz, who was named the OHL’s Executive of the Year in 2010. “I can speak for the entire ownership group when I say that we will miss the Storm very much. We are proud of what we have all achieved on the ice and in the great community of Guelph. It has been a sincere privilege to be a part of this great League and tremendous city.”

Incoming Storm Owners Joel Feldberg and Jeffrey Bly are the President/CEO and Senior Vice President respectively of The Global Furniture Group of companies.

“We are eager to get involved with the team, the League and the community of Guelph,” said Feldberg. “I want to thank the current ownership group for this opportunity. The Storm have always been an integral part of the community and we look forward to carrying out that legacy.”

The Storm return to the ice for pre-season action on Sunday in Mississauga at 2:00pm, squaring off against the Steelheads in a rescheduled matchup that was previously postponed last Sunday. Their next home action comes Friday, September 24th against the Niagara IceDogs at 7:30pm. The Storm open their 2021-22 regular season in Kitchener on Friday, October 8th before hosting the Rangers in their home opener at the Sleeman Centre on Saturday, October 9th at 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.

CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUE ANNOUNCES 2021-22 CBC BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Toronto, Ont. – The Canadian Hockey League announced today that six games from the upcoming 2021-22 regular season schedule will be televised by CBC as part of the CHL’s new multi-platform, multi-year broadcast rights partnership.
 
“We are very excited to drop the puck on Saturday afternoons during the 2021-22 season with the CBC,” said CHL President Dan MacKenzie. “Their iconic position in Canadian hockey combined with the CHL’s role as the top development league in the world will make for a winning partnership.”
 
The six games include representation from each of the CHL’s three member leagues with action beginning Saturday, Oct. 2 featuring the Regina Pats and 2023 NHL Draft favourite Connor Bedard hosting the Prince Albert Raiders. The schedule concludes with a matinee contest featuring the OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads taking on the Kingston Frontenacs and 2022 NHL Draft headliner Shane Wright.
 
All six CBC games will air Saturdays in October and November at 3 p.m. Eastern time:
 
Sat., Oct. 2 – Prince Albert Raiders vs. Regina Pats (WHL) – 3 p.m. ET
Sat., Oct. 9 – Rouyn-Noranda Huskies vs. Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL) – 3 p.m. ET
Sat., Oct. 16 – Calgary Hitmen vs. Red Deer Rebels (WHL) – 3 p.m. ET
Sat., Oct. 23 – Ottawa 67’s vs. Barrie Colts (OHL) – 3 p.m. ET
Sat., Nov. 6 – Saint John Sea Dogs vs. Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL) – 3 p.m. ET
Sat., Nov. 13 – Mississauga Steelheads vs. Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) – 3 p.m. ET
 
“We’re proud to partner with the CHL and we’re looking forward to sharing the excitement of Canadian major junior hockey with fans across the country this fall,” said Chris Wilson, Executive Director, Sports & Olympics, CBC. “We’re committed to engaging our audiences on a regional and community level, and this partnership with the CHL helps to further that commitment by providing fans more opportunities to cheer on their local teams.”
 
In addition to being broadcast on CBC TV, all six games will also be available via CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports app and the free CBC Gem streaming service. Beginning in November, CBC Gem, CBCSports.ca and the CBC Sports app will offer live streaming coverage of one CHL game per week through the end of the regular season. The schedule for these games will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
 
The 2021-22 CHL regular season begins September 30 as part of an exciting new campaign that features the stars of tomorrow in Bedard and Wright in addition to the return of the CHL’s signature national events including the 2022 Memorial Cup presented by Kia.
 
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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.
 
About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Punjabi and Tagalog, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

Also of note: Many have asked me how the new TV deal affects the OHL Action Pak on the Rogers Sports Pak on cable. In an email I sent to Josh Sweetland, Director of Communications of the OHL, he replied it does not have any effect.

Hi Dominic,


The national TSN deal has no impact on the OHL Action Pak or regional coverage on Rogers, YourTV, Eastlink, Shaw or Cable 14 channels. The Action Pak will continue to carry upwards of 700 OHL games throughout the regular season and playoffs.


A complete television broadcast schedule is forthcoming.


Thanks,
Josh Sweetland

OHL’S DRAFT ELGIBLE PLAYERS

After a lost season to the COVID-19 Pandemic – It’s great to be back talking Ontario Hockey League hockey.

We begin our coverage of the 2022 National Hockey League Draft by looking at each OHL team and players eligible for that draft. Now, most teams have already made cuts so this isn’t a comprehensive list. As the season nears and teams announce their final rosters, we will provide a final list and include players that were passed over in the 2021 NHL Draft because- well, it wasn’t a normal draft year for the OHL.

First, lets look at some things from this class:

TALLEST PLAYER: Trent Swick (Kitchener); Sam Alfano (Peterborough); Matyas Sapovaliv (Saginaw); Landon Hookey (Sault Ste Marie) all stand 6 foot 4 inches.

SHORTEST PLAYER: Ty Nelson (North Bay); Max Namestnikov (Sarnia) listed at 5 foot 7 inches

HEAVIEST PLAYER: Ryder McIntyre (Sarnia) listed at 216 pounds

LIGHTEST PLAYER: Luca D’Amato (Flint) listed at 141 pounds

LONGEST BLOODLINES: Max Namestnikov (Sarnia) Grandfather, Father, Brother (Vladislav) and 3 uncles who have played or are playing hockey.

OLDEST PLAYER: Owain Johnston (Erie) born October 19, 2003

YOUNGEST PLAYER: Owen MacDonald (Sarnia) born August 28, 2004

BEST NAME: Luca Del-Bel-Belluz (Mississauga)

OHL ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR UPCOMING SEASON

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League (OHL) is announcing that effective October 7, 2021 with the commencement of the 2021-22 regular season, the League will be expanding its current vaccination policy which applies to members of the OHL Community. This expanded policy will cover all spectators and other attendees at all OHL events, including games and practices.
 
Those wishing to gain access to OHL facilities of the 17 Ontario-based teams will be required to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 and follow any other safety protocols while in the facility. Children under the age of 12 will be required to be accompanied and supervised by a fully vaccinated adult and will be required to follow all safety protocols.
 
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.

Oshawa Generals’ Brett Harrison Selected by the Boston Bruins

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 185 Pounds

Date of birth: June 7, 2003

Hometown: Dorchester, Ontario

Position: Center/Wing

Shoots: Left

OHL Draft: Round 1, 16th overall – 2019 Priority Selection

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The 2021 National Hockey League Entry Draft was unlike any other since the inception of the draft. Scout’s eyes weren’t allowed in the rinks most of the time and more dependency was placed on video and analytics.

It was particularly tough when it came to Ontario Hockey League players who had to scramble to find a spot to get some games in when the OHL season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the players eligible for the draft sat out the season and the results were the worst performance by the OHL at the draft in its history. It also led to players falling in the draft.

Which leads us to Brett Harrison of the Oshawa Generals, selected in the third round, 85th overall by the Boston Bruins on the second day of the draft.

When scouts were allowed in rinks during the 2019-20 season where Harrison finished tied for third among rookies with 21 goals and seventh with 37 points, many believed he was on his way to a late first round selection in 2021. Once again, things changed.

Even Independent Scouting Services had some mixed results. Here’s a look at some of them:

RED LINE REPORT15
RECRUIT SCOUTING36
NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING50
DRAFT PROSPECTS52
FC HOCKEY53
BOB MCKENZIE57
DOBBER PROSPECTS59
MCKEENS HOCKEY84
ELITE PROSPECTS85
SMAHT HOCKEY95
AVERAGE RANK58.6

Harrison has a shoot-first mentality, but that’s not to say he isn’t capable of setting up teammates. He routinely finds the open ice and possesses a quick release on his shot that has made him successful to date in his playing career. But his bread and butter is in front of the net.  He is strong on his skates and a tough out in front of the blue paint. His ability to tip shots is very impressive as is his ability to pounce on rebounds for second chance opportunities.

Skating was and still is a concern for Harrison. While he has made some good strides in improving that aspect of his game, there is still work to be done. While he has decent top speed, achieving that top speed takes more time than it should. And he lacks a separation gear. His technique can also use some adjusting. But let’s give credit where credit is due. Harrison knows it is an area that he needs to work on and has put in the effort so far. He also said in his media availability that he is on the ice with his power skating coach 2 or 3 times a week this offseason. He has great lower body strength so it becomes a matter of using that in his technique.

Harrison doesn’t shy away from the physical game. He gets in on the forecheck and is willing to battle, but improving on his skating will enable him to get in there quicker for those 50-50 chances. He battles along the walls and has a long reach with his stick to dig in for those pucks.

Harrison has good anticipation. He’s capable of getting into lanes with his body or stick to disrupt the oppositions break out. He creates turnovers by doing just that. But he uses that same anticipation in the defensive zone. While he is very effective in his own zone, he can sometimes be caught losing his man.

Harrison has some flaws, but at this level, almost everyone does. But they aren’t anything good coaching and maturity can’t solve, if he’s willing to put in the work.

Drafting isn’t about what the player is today, but what you project him to be. Every indication is that this is a young man that is willing to put in the hard work necessary to improve. And that bodes well for Harrison and the Boston Bruins.

30 OHL PLAYERS SELECTED IN 2021 NHL DRAFT

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that 30 OHL players were selected in the seven rounds of the 2021 NHL Draft held virtually on July 23-24 representing approximately 13% of all 224 players picked by the NHL’s 32 teams.

The 30 OHL players have all played at least one game in the Ontario Hockey League, while an additional nine players selected in the 2021 NHL Draft have made commitments to join OHL clubs.

Peterborough Petes centreman Mason McTavish led the way, being selected third overall by the Anaheim Ducks in Friday’s first round. The OHL featured six players selected in the opening 32 picks, with Los Angeles Kings eighth overall selection Brandt Clarke giving the Barrie Colts the CHL’s longest active streak of four consecutive years producing a first round pick.

A total of 87 CHL players were chosen including 33 from the Western Hockey League, 30 from the Ontario Hockey League and 24 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

By position, a total of 15 OHL forwards were selected, as well as 12 defencemen and three goaltenders. Among the OHL’s drafted players, 23 are selections born in 2003, five are late 2002-born picks (Chayka, Roger, Lennox, Montgomery, Vrbetic) and two are 2002 birth years in their second year of eligibility (Ottavainen, Cardwell).

18 of the OHL’s 20 member clubs had a player selected in 2021 led by the London Knights with four. The Sarnia Sting trailed with three players chosen followed by the Barrie Colts, Kingston Frontenacs, Kitchener Rangers, Ottawa 67’s, Peterborough Petes, Saginaw Spirit and Windsor Spitfires who each produced two. The London Knights maintained their record streak of players chosen annually since 1969, climbing into sole possession of first place for the most players chosen all-time with 188 to their credit.

21 of the NHL’s 32 teams added at least one OHL player with the San Jose Sharks leading the way with four selected. The Dallas Stars trailed with three while the Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, Montreal Canadiens and Seattle Kraken each picked two.

Following the 2021 NHL Draft, a total of 2,440 OHL players have been selected since 1969, representing approximately 20% of all players chosen.

OHL Players Selected in the 2021 NHL Draft:

Click on player name below to watch pick announcement and media availability. More player interviews will be uploaded to ontariohockeyleague.com as they become available.

First Round (6 OHL Players):
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

Second Round (3 OHL Players):
38. Daniil Chayka (Guelph Storm) – Vegas Golden Knights
42. Francesco Pinelli (Kitchener Rangers) – Los Angeles Kings

49. Ben Roger (London Knights) – Ottawa Senators

Third Round (5 OHL Players):
67. Ryan Winterton (Hamilton Bulldogs) – Seattle Kraken
81. Ben Gaudreau (Sarnia Sting) – San Jose Sharks
85. Brett Harrison (Oshawa Generals) – Boston Bruins
93. Tristan Lennox (Saginaw Spirit) – New York Islanders
95. Josh Bloom (Saginaw Spirit) – Buffalo Sabres

Fourth Round (4 OHL Players):
99. Ville Ottavainen (Kitchener Rangers) – Seattle Kraken

105. Ethan Del Mastro (Mississauga Steelheads) – Chicago Blackhawks
121. Ethan Cardwell (Barrie Colts) – San Jose Sharks
124. Jack Matier (Ottawa 67’s) – Nashville Predators

Fifth Round (4 OHL Players):
135. Artem Guryev (Peterborough Petes) – San Jose Sharks
143. Jacob Holmes (Soo Greyhounds) – Dallas Stars
153. Ty Voit (Sarnia Sting) – Toronto Maple Leafs
156. Max McCue (London Knights) – San Jose Sharks

Sixth Round (6 OHL Players):
166. Pasquale Zito (Windsor Spitfires) – Detroit Red Wings
168. Jack Beck (Ottawa 67’s) – Calgary Flames

170. Bryce Montgomery (London Knights) – Carolina Hurricanes
175. Francesco Arcuri (Kingston Frontenacs) – Dallas Stars
178. Connor Lockhart (Erie Otters) – Vancouver Canucks
181. Ryan Mast (Sarnia Sting) – Boston Bruins

Seventh Round (2 OHL Players):
210. Braden Haché (Kingston Frontenacs) – Florida Panthers
214. Joe Vrbetic (North Bay Battalion) – Montreal Canadiens

Additional Players Committed to the OHL (9):
Rd. 2, 48 Ov. – Artyom Grushnikov (Hamilton Bulldogs) – Dallas Stars
Rd. 3, 78 Ov. – Alexei Kolosov (Erie Otters) – Philadelphia Flyers

Rd. 3, 82 Ov. – Dmitry Kuzmin (Flint Firebirds) – Winnipeg Jets
Rd. 3, 96 Ov. – Roman Schmidt (Kitchener Rangers) – Tampa Bay Lightning
Rd. 4, 110 Ov. – Brian Zanetti (Peterborough Petes) – Philadelphia Flyers
Rd. 5, 142 Ov. – Daniil Sobolev (Windsor Spitfires) – Montreal Canadiens
Rd. 6, 167 Ov. – Liam Gilmartin (London Knights) – San Jose Sharks
Rd. 6, 180 Ov. – Matvei Petrov (North Bay Battalion) – Edmonton Oilers
Rd. 7, 202 Ov. – Chandler Romeo (Hamilton Bulldogs) – Ottawa Senators

For more coverage of the 2021 NHL Draft, 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.

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.