OHL THIS WEEK: NOVEMBER 1 TO 3, 2019

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2019

OHL This Week

Toronto, Ont. – Halloween is behind us and a new month lies ahead! Here’s everything you need to know as the OHL schedule roars into the month of November.

OHL ANNOUNCES TOP PERFORMERS OF THE MONTH FOR OCTOBER:
The Ontario Hockey League announced the Top OHL Performers of the Month for regular season games played in October 2019, including Hamilton Bulldogs forward Arthur Kaliyev, Ottawa 67’s defenceman Noel Hoefenmayer and Peterborough Petes teammates Mason McTavish and Hunter Jones.
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OHL ANNOUNCES ACADEMIC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH FOR OCTOBER:
The Ontario Hockey League announced the OHL Academic Players of the Month for October 2019, including Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs, Pacey Schlueting of the North Bay Battalion, Zack Terry of the Guelph Storm and Cole Perfetti of the Saginaw Spirit.
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GENERALS, ATTACK AND FIREBIRDS INCLUDED IN KIA CHL TOP 10:
The Oshawa Generals, Owen Sound Attack and Flint Firebirds are in the latest edition of the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings. The Firebirds make their season debut, qualifying for the first time in franchise history while honourable mentions include the Peterborough Petes and Windsor Spitfires.
FULL RANKINGS

TEAM OHL LEADERSHIP GROUP NAMED FOR 2019 CIBC CANADA RUSSIA SERIES:
Owen Sound Attack forward Aidan Dudas will lead Team OHL, wearing the ‘C’ for both Games 3 and 4 set for Thursday November 7 in Kitchener and Monday November 11 in London. He’ll be joined by assistant captains Kevin Bahl of the Ottawa 67’s and Ty Dellandrea of the Flint Firebirds. All three players were invited to Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Showcase.
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SPIRIT’S GIROUX NAMED TO TEAM OHL ROSTER:
Saginaw Spirit forward Damien Giroux has been added to Team OHL’s roster for the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series. Giroux replaces injured Ottawa 67’s forward Graeme Clarke on the roster and will compete in Game 3 of the series on Thursday November 7 in Kitchener.
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RUSSIAN ROSTER ANNOUNCED FOR 2019 CIBC CANADA RUSSIA SERIES:
A team of 24 Russian players including three goaltenders, eight defencemen, and 13 forwards will travel across Canada as part of the 17th annual CIBC Canada Russia Series with six games against CHL competition in preparation for the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship.
FULL ROSTER

WORLD UNDER-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE SET TO GET UNDERWAY IN MEDICINE HAT AND SWIFT CURRENT:
The 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge is set to get underway this weekend in Medicine Hat, Alta. and Swift Current, Sask., with 24 OHL players competing across Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red and Team Canada White. Stay tuned to ontariohockeyleague.com throughout the event for full coverage or visit hockeycanada.ca.
READ MORE • CANADIAN ROSTERS

STORM’S DAWS NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Guelph Storm goaltender Nico Daws is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the week of regular season action ending October 27 with a 3-0-0-0 record, 1.95 goals-against average, .949 save percentage and one shutout. Daws helped the defending OHL champion Storm win three straight as they improved to 6-4-1-2 in a highly competitive Midwest Division.
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DAWS, HOEFENMAYER AND MCMICHAEL NAMED TO VAUGHN CHL TEAM OF THE WEEK:
The Vaughn CHL Team of the Week features three OHL representatives as Ottawa’s Noel Hoefenmayer, Guelph’s Nico Daws and London’s Connor McMichael all made the cut.
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OHL WEEKEND NOTEBOOK – OCT. 29, 2019:
The OHL Weekend Notebook recaps the weekend that was with news, information and interesting facts from both on and off the ice. Here are 10 of the leading stories from this past weekend.
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WAWANESA OHL PLAYS OF THE WEEK – OCT. 30, 2019:
The latest edition of the Wawanesa OHL Plays of the Week for the 2019-20 season feature a collection of the league’s Top-5 plays during the week ending October 27th. This week’s highlights include Saginaw’s Cole Perfetti notching career point 100 with a nifty pass from his knees, Mississauga’s Thomas Harley going on an end-to-end rush with a little help from a teammate, Erie’s Emmett Sproule showing us his breakaway moves, Niagara’s Philip Tomasino with a soft touch off the rush and Sarnia’s Jamieson Rees turning an opposing defender inside out.
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VAUGHN SAVES OF THE WEEK – OCT. 29, 2019:
There’s no denying it, OHL goaltenders were dynamite in the latest edition of #VaughnSaves. Featured this week are a pair of breakaway saves from Owen Sound Attack goaltender Mack Guzda along with other stops out of fellow Attack netminder Nick Chenard, Sarnia’s Ethan Langevin, Ottawa’s Cedrick Andree, London’s Brett Brochu, Sarnia’s Ben Gaudreau, Hamilton’s Zach Roy, Kitchener’s Jacob Ingham and Peterborough’s Hunter Jones.
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STING’S REES REPRESENTS OHL IN CHL SHOWDOWN:
Sarnia Sting forward Jamieson Rees is the OHL’s representative in this week’s CHL Showdown featuring one great play from all three leagues.
WATCH & VOTE

NOVEMBER IS SPECIAL OLYMPICS GAME MONTH IN THE OHL:
The Ontario Hockey League has announced that it is teaming up with The Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics Ontario to raise awareness around the Special Olympics movement for a 12th straight season. November is Special Olympics Game Month in the OHL as fans will have the opportunity to learn more about Special Olympics Ontario and can help the movement by contributing funds through the annual ‘Pass the Bucket’ and other fundraising initiatives at select games across the League. New this season, the Ontario Hockey League is partnering with Ascend Fundraising Solutions to donate the proceeds of a league-wide online 50-50 raffle that runs throughout the month of November to Special Olympics Ontario.
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#PLAYERSFIRST: BEST DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE IN THE WORLD:
The Ontario Hockey League has a long-standing history of developing some of the world’s best hockey players. Did you know that, statistically, the OHL is the best development league in the world?
FACT OF THE WEEK • ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

OHL NEWS – RADIO EDITION WITH OWEN SOUND ATTACK CAPTAIN AIDAN DUDAS:
This week’s OHL News Radio segment features Owen Sound Attack captain Aidan Dudas, a fourth round pick of the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round of the 2018 NHL Draft. Dudas leads the CHL’s eighth-ranked Attack offensively with 21 points (6-15–21) through 13 games this season. The former 10th overall OHL Priority Selection choice comes off back-to-back three-point contests as the Attack enter the weekend preparing to face the Kitchener Rangers and Sarnia Sting.
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5 QUESTIONS WITH SAGINAW’S COLE PERFETTI:
A projected early selection in the coming 2020 NHL Draft, Saginaw Spirit forward Cole Perfetti drew the attention of talent evaluators in 2018-19 when as a freshman he led all Ontario Hockey League first-years in goals and points. At year end, he then shined under the national spotlight as part of Team Canada at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, an opportunity that allowed him to put his shootout skills on display.
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OHL MOURNS THE LOSS OF JIM GREGORY:
The Ontario Hockey League family is mourning the loss of one of hockey’s great builders. Long-time NHL executive, former OHL general manager and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Jim Gregory passed away on Wednesday morning at the age of 83. Gregory got his managerial start with the OHA’s St. Michael’s College School and Toronto Marlboros, guiding both teams to great success. He won both the J. Ross Robertson Cup and Memorial Cup in a managerial capacity alongside Father David Bauer at St. Michael’s in 1961, again as coach of the Marlboros in 1964 and then assumed a managerial role with the Marlboros to hoist them a third time in 1967.
READ MORE • JIM GREGORY GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR AWARD

FRONTENACS’ GILMOUR STEPS DOWN TO JOIN MAPLE LEAFS:
The Kingston Frontenacs announced on Friday that Doug Gilmour has stepped down as President of Hockey Operations to join the Toronto Maple Leafs. Gilmour, who spent more than a decade with his hometown team as Head Coach, General Manager, and President of Hockey Operations, will join the Leafs as a Community Representative.
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FOUNTAIN TIRE AND OHL LAUNCH SEARCH FOR 3 STARS IN THE COMMUNITY:
Fountain Tire has once again teamed up with the OHL to honour local difference makers. Fountain Tire 3 Stars is a collaboration that recognizes ‘stars’ in 21 cities across Canada who go above and beyond to make their community a better place. Canadians can nominate their local heroes until November 30, 2019.
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OHL, BRUCE POWER PARTNER IN SUPPORT OF BRAIN TUMOUR FOUNDATION OF CANADA AND THE PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGY GROUP OF ONTARIO:
The Ontario Hockey League and Bruce Power have partnered in support of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario. Through its partnership, Bruce Power will sponsor games in 16 OHL communities during the regular season to raise awareness around Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and POGO. Both organizations will have an opportunity – through splitting the 16 games – to set up information/awareness kiosks inside the arenas on their respective game nights while the teams will promote POGO, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and Bruce Power on its social media channels and through their in-game promotions.
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IN CONVERSATION WITH CHL PRESIDENT DAN MACKENZIE:
Dan MacKenzie joined the Canadian Hockey League tasked with expanding the league brand, growing the game, and further enhancing the player and fan experience. The longtime sports executive and first full-time president of the CHL chatted with Junior Hockey Magazine about his first few months on the job.
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ROGERS HOMETOWN HOCKEY TOUR STOPS IN STRATHROY:
The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour comes to Ontario this weekend with a stop in Strathroy-Caradoc, a community located between London and Sarnia. Ottawa 67’s graduate Brian Campbell will be featured in this weekend’s coverage as Ron MacLean and Tara Slone share everything you need to know.
VISIT HOMETOWNHOCKEY.COM

COMMUNITY CORNER:

Rangers, Wolves and IceDogs host Special Olympics Ontario Night: The Kitchener Rangers, Sudbury Wolves and Niagara IceDogs will host Special Olympics Night in their respective facilities this coming weekend. November is Special Olympics Game Month in the OHL as fans will have the opportunity to learn more about Special Olympics Ontario and can help the movement by contributing funds through the annual ‘Pass the Bucket’ and other fundraising initiatives at select games across the League. Special Olympics games in OHL rinks may also include ceremonial puck drops with Special Olympics Ontario athletes and staff along with members of local law enforcement.
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Rangers supporting the “Jake Saves Campaign” benefitting Hockey Gives Blood: The Kitchener Rangers announced Thursday that they’ll be supporting goaltender Jacob Ingham’s “Jake Saves Campaign” with proceeds benefiting Hockey Gives Blood. The Rangers will match the Ingham family’s $5 donation for each save Jacob makes this season.
FULL DETAILS AT KITCHENERRANGERS.COM

Sting stick it to domestic violence on Friday: The Sarnia Sting are once again proud to partner with the local Women’s interval home to help raise awareness and curb domestic violence in the Sarnia-Lambton Area. Fans will notice a purple theme in the arena as the players tape up with purple tape and the coaches donning purple ties for the contest. The game will also consist of a ceremonial puck drop, public address and videoboard messaging promoting all local services available. Proceeds from the evenings Chuck-A-Puck will also go to support the local Women’s Interval Home.
READ MORE AT SARNIASTING.COM

Spirit host Trunk or Treat, Military Appreciation Night this weekend: The Saginaw Spirit host a pair of home games this weekend, with plans in line for both. The Spirit will host a ‘Trunk or Treat’ event on Friday when the Barrie Colts visit the Dow Event Center.Kids and Adults are encouraged to wear their Halloween costume to the game and trick or treat in the Budweiser Red Room beginning at 5:30 p.m.. The Spirit will honour military service members on Saturday, wearing specially-themed Military jerseys when they play host to the Guelph Storm. Current military service members and veterans will receive a complementary ticket to the game before the Spirit’s game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off for charity post-game.

Otters host Military Appreciation Night, Family Funday this weekend: The Erie Otters have big plans for back-to-back home dates this coming Saturday and Sunday when they play host to the Ottawa 67’s and Niagara IceDogs. The Otters will host Military Appreciation Night on Saturday before welcoming the IceDogs for a special Family Funday event on Sunday.
FULL DETAILS AT OTTERSHOCKEY.COM

Battalion host Redpath Shift Change Night, salute veterans this weekend: The North Bay Battalion host a pair of home games this weekend, welcoming the Sudbury Wolves for Redpath Shift Change Night on Friday before the Peterborough Petes visit for a Remembrance Day salute on Sunday. Fans at Friday’s game will receive a flashing safety light courtesy of Redpath. The Battalion honour veterans prior to Sunday’s contest.
MORE INFO AT BATTALIONHOCKEY.COM

Wolves feature special guest River Town Saints at Saturday’s game: The Sudbury Wolves battle the Peterborough Petes on Saturday and will welcome special musical guest River Town Saints who will perform prior to puck drop. River Town Saints are a Canadian country band with frequent radio play and well-known hits such as Cherry Bomb, Bonfire and Woke Up Like This. Fans are encouraged to come down early as they will take the stage pre-game from 6-6:30pm and 6:50-7:00pm.
FULL DETAILS AT SUDBURYWOLVES.COM

Arthur Kaliyev bobblehead giveaway in Hamilton on Sunday: Get to the Hamilton Bulldogs game on Sunday and take home an Arthur Kaliyev bobblehead! The Dogs are kicking off the Bulldogs Bobblehead Series with their highest-ever NHL draft pick. Fans should arrive early to ensure they’re one of the the first 1000 fans in attendance that will be going home with a little Artie. See if you can collect all three! Hamilton Public Works will be bringing in the artillery for a touch-a-truck event on the concourse!

ALUMNI NOTES:

Carlson named NHL’s first star of the month: London Knights graduate John Carlson of the Washington Capitals has been named the NHL’s first star of the month for October. Carlson paced NHL defencemen in goals (7), assists (16) and points (23). Only one defenceman in NHL history (Al MacInnis) has recorded more points in a single month of October. Carlson spent the 2008-09 season with the Knights, recording 76 points (16-60–76) over 59 games. He helped the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in 2018.

Fowler surpasses Niedermayer for most goals by a Ducks defenceman: Windsor Spitfires graduate and former Memorial Cup champion Cam Fowler surpassed legendary defenceman Scott Niedermayer for the most goals by a defenceman in Anaheim Ducks franchise history on Tuesday. Fowler’s 61st career regular season goal came in a 7-4 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Now in his 10th season on the Anaheim blue line, Fowler has seven points (3-4–7) through 14 contests in 2019-20. The 27-year-old defenceman spent the 2009-10 season in Windsor, recording 55 points (8-47–55) in as many games before being selected 12th overall by the Ducks in the 2010 NHL Draft.

Boqvist recalled by Blackhawks: After starting the season in the AHL, the Chicago Blackhawks have called up 2018 first round NHL Draft pick Adam Boqvist. The 19-year-old, who recorded 60 points (20-40–60) in 54 games with the London Knights last season, scored his first professional goal in a six-game stint with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs to start the season. Boqvist was the eighth overall pick of the 2018 NHL Draft and could potentially make his NHL debut this weekend.

Boucher named AHL Player of the Month: Sarnia Sting graduate and former OHL goal-scoring leader Reid Boucher has been named AHL Player of the Month, putting up 13 points (10-3–13) in eight games with the Utica Comets. Boucher led the way in steering the Comets to a perfect 8-0 month of October to kick-off his seventh season of pro hockey. The 26-year-old product of Grand Ledge, Mich. played two OHL seasons in Sarnia from 2011-13, graduating with 62 goals and 95 points over 68 games in 2012-13. The former fourth round pick of the New Jersey Devils in 2011 has played a total of 133 career NHL games, appearing in one last season with the Vancouver Canucks.

Prosvetov off to a hot start in Tucson: Saginaw Spirit graduate Ivan Prosvetov has drawn praise for his strong start to the AHL season, going 2-1 with a 1.64 goals-against average and .951 save percentage through his first three stars with the Tucson Roadrunners. The Arizona Coyotes prospect earned first star honours in his AHL debut and has been solid ever since after starting the season uncertain where he may land out of the gate. Prosvetov had a great deal to do with Saginaw’s West Division title last season, going with 36-11-2-1 with a 2.94 goals-against average and .910 save percentage over 53 games. Tucson.com’s Brett Fera has more on the story.
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Luukkonen nearing return to the crease: Reigning OHL MVP and Goaltender of the Year Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen looks to be nearing a return to the crease after undergoing hip surgery this past offseason. The 6-foot-5, 220Ib Sudbury Wolves graduate has been working out with Buffalo’s AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans. ‘UPL’ was Buffalo’s second round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft and helped Finland win gold at the World Juniors last January. He posted a Wolves franchise record 2.50 goals-against average last season, helping the team reach the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2013. The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle’s Leo Roth has the story.
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Quine still working to be everyday NHL-er: OHL graduate Alan Quine, a former second overall OHL Priority Selection choice who was drafted to the NHL two different times, is still working hard to stick in ‘The Show’ on a full-time basis. Quine recently played his 100th career NHL contest, doing so at 26 years of age. The Ottawa, Ont. product has been up and down between the NHL and AHL over the past five seasons and was called up by the Calgary Flames after putting up five points in four contests with AHL Stockton to start the season. Quine played four OHL seasons between Kingston, Peterborough and Belleville from 2009-13. He was a third round pick of the Detroit Red Wings in 2011 before being chosen by the New York Islanders in the sixth round of the 2013 NHL Draft. The Calgary Sun’s Wes Gilbertson provides Quine’s story.
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Team Russia Roster Announced for 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League in association with the Russian Ice Hockey Federation today announced the roster for Team Russia that will compete in the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series which takes place November 4-14.

A team of 24 Russian players including three goaltenders, eight defencemen, and 13 forwards will travel across Canada as part of the 17th annual series with six games against CHL competition in preparation for the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Team Russia includes 21 players born in 2000, three born in 2001, and features a total of three players with NHL affiliations. That group is headlined by Vancouver Canucks prospect Vasili Podkolzin, the tenth overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. Sixth round Arizona Coyotes pick Danil Savunov and 2018 second round Vegas Golden Knights pick Ivan Morozov will also play in all six games. In addition to the NHL affiliated talent, two of the 2001 born players are top prospects for the 2020 NHL Draft including Rodion Amirov who was given an ‘A’ rating by NHL Central Scouting in their October Players to Watch list, and Maxim Groshev who was given a ‘B’ rating. While all 24 players will be competing in this event for the first time, Podkolzin, Morozov, and goaltender Amir Miftakhov were all members of Russia’s bronze medal entry at the 2019 World Juniors in Vancouver and Victoria.

An additional seven CHL players will join Team Russia throughout the series competing within their regional league. That list includes QMJHL talents like St. Louis Blues prospect Nikita Alexandrov of the Charlottetown Islanders, Minnesota Wild prospect Alexander Khovanov of the Moncton Wildcats, Egor Sokolov of the Cape Breton Eagles, and Calgary Flames prospect Dmitry Zavgorodniy of the Rimouski Oceanic. Nashville Predators prospect Egor Afanasyev of the Windsor Spitfires and New Jersey Devils prospect Nikita Okhotyuk of the Ottawa 67’s will play in OHL games, while Philadelphia Flyers prospect Egor Zamula of the Calgary Hitmen will play in the WHL.

Behind the bench for Team Russia is head coach Valery Bragin who is making his eighth series appearance and sixth straight. His time with the Russian National Junior Team has led to six World Junior medals including 2011 gold in Buffalo, silver in Calgary (2012), Toronto (2015), and Finland (2016), along with bronze in Montreal (2017) and Vancouver (2019).

Team Russia has captured four series victories including 2010, 2012, and 2018, bringing their overall record to 33-60-0-3.

2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series – Team Russia:

Goaltenders:
Amir Miftakhov (Ak Bars Kazan)
Daniil Isayev (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl)
Gleb Nosov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)

Defencemen:
Gleb Babintsev (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)
Mikhail Gordeyev (HC Sochi, Sochi)
Anton Malyshev (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl)
Stepan Ostrovsky (Admiral Vladivostok)
Daniil Pylenkov (Vityaz Podolsk)
Sergei Telegin (Ugra Khanty-Mansiysk)
Daniil Valitov ( Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg)
Nikita Zorkin (SKA St. Peterburg)

Forwards:
Rodion Amirov (Salavat Yulaev Ufa)
Maxim Groshev (Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk )
Lev Komissarov (CSKA Moscow)
Ilya Kruglov (Dynamo Moscow)
Vladislav Mikhailov (Dynamo Moscow)
Ivan Morozov (SKA St. Peterburg)
Vasili Podkolzin (SKA St. Peterburg)
Nikita Rtishchev ( CSKA Moscow)
Pavel Rotenberg (Dynamo St. Peterburg)
Danil Savunov (SKA St. Peterburg)
Zakhar Shablovskii (Spartak Moscow)
Maxim Sorkin (CSKA Moscow)
Yegor Stepanov (Traktor Chelyabinsk)

QMJHL players on Team Russia:
Nikita Alexandrov (Charlottetown Islanders)
Alexander Khovanov (Moncton Wildcats)
Egor Sokolov (Cape Breton Eagles)
Dmitry Zavgorodniy (Rimouski Oceanic)

OHL players on Team Russia:
Egor Afanasyev (Windsor Spitfires) – Game 3 only
Nikita Okhotyuk (Ottawa 67’s)

WHL players on Team Russia:
Egor Zamula (Calgary Hitmen)

Staff:
Head Coach – Valery Bragin
Assistant Coach – Alexander Boikov
Goalie Coach – Vladimir Kulikov
Strength and Conditioning Coach – Philipp Arzamazov
Team Manager – Oleg Shulya
Analyst – Roman Barinov
Analyst – Aleksey Khomchenkov
Physician – Valery Egorov
Massage Therapist – Artem Timofeev
Equipment Manager – Alexander Rezepov
Media Manager – Artur Kovtunenko

The 2019 CIBC Canada Russia series is proudly supported by title partner CIBC, and associate sponsors Kia Canada, Cooper Tires, and Kubota Canada. All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series Schedule:
Game 1 – Monday November 4 at Saint John, NB
Game 2 – Tuesday November 5 at Moncton, NB
Game 3 – Thursday November 7 at Kitchener, ON
Game 4 – Monday November 11 at London, ON
Game 5 – Wednesday November 13 at Saskatoon, SK
Game 6 – Thursday November 14 at Prince Albert, SK

For event information please visit http://chlcanadarussia.ca.

OHL Writers’ Draft Eligible Player of the Month for October

The Ontario Hockey League has completed its first full month of the season and as we have done for several years now, it is time to select the Draft Eligible Player of the Month for October from the group of players eligible for the 2020 National Hockey League Draft for the first time.

And for the month of October our pick is Cole Perfetti of the Saginaw Spirit.

Perfetti appeared in 11 games through the month of October and scored 4 goals while assisting on 16 others. He recorded points in 9 of his 11 contests with 6 multi-point games. He was held off the score sheet just twice.

Cole Perfetti of the Saginaw Spirit. Photo by Luke Durda/OHL Images
Cole Perfetti of the Saginaw Spirit. Photo by Luke Durda/OHL Images

Perfetti’ s performance was one of the quietest in recent memory, receiving first star honors in just one contest, second star in another and getting two third star mentions in the month.

Perfetti sits second among draft eligible players with points (27), first in assists (22) and first in shots on goal (61). He leads the Spirit in points and assists.

Also considered was Tyson Foerster of the Barrie Colts. Foerster notched 9 goals and assisted on 6 others in 10 games. Foerster is third among draft eligible players in points (23), first in goals (13), tenth in assists (10), ninth in plus/minus (+7) and fifth in shots on goal (47).

In goal, Tucker Tynan of the Niagara IceDogs has drawn our attention on multiple occasions. Despite having just, a 3-3-1-0 record for the month of October, no goaltender has faced more rubber then Tynan. He has faced 70 more shots then the next busiest netminder Jacob Ingham of Mississauga while only playing in one more game.

Tucker had a .902 save percentage for the month of October

OHL ANNOUNCES ACADEMIC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH FOR OCTOBER

Academic Players for October

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the OHL Academic Players of the Month for October 2019, including Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs, Pacey Schlueting of the North Bay Battalion, Zack Terry of the Guelph Storm and Cole Perfetti of the Saginaw Spirit.

East Division: Kingston Frontenacs rookie and 2019 OHL Priority Selection first overall pick Shane Wright is the OHL East Division Academic Player of the Month for October. The 15-year-old from Burlington, Ont. is off to a great start in his Grade 10 studies at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School, achieving a 95% average in his academic math, business, computer technology and high performance athlete courses.

“Shane’s exceptional work ethic and dedication to his academic studies have been every apparent right from the first week of school,” said Frontenacs academic advisor Kim Hulton. “The staff at Holy Cross are exceptionally impressed with his maturity, commitment to his studies and his ability to act as a role model in his new school.”

On the ice, the exceptional status rookie has 11 points (5-6–11) through his first 14 contests, leading OHL rookies with 48 shots on goal.  He’ll be representing Canada Black at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge starting this weekend in Medicine Hat, Alta. and Swift Current, Sask. He’s a graduate of the Don Mills Flyers Minor Midget program.

Central Division: North Bay Battalion defenceman Pacey Schlueting is the OHL Central Division Academic Player of the Month. The sophomore defenceman owns an 84% average in Grade 12 chemistry, philosophy and functions courses at Chippewa Secondary School. This marks the second time Schlueting has received the honour after doing so in February 2019.

“Pacey is very self-directed and has shown himself to be a very motivated learner,” said Battalion academic advisor Colleen Point.

The 17-year-old hometown product of North Bay, Ont. has three assists over 14 games in his second OHL season after suiting up in 60 regular season contests as a rookie. Schlueting was North Bay’s first round (9th overall) pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection from the North Bay Trappers Minor Midgets.

Midwest Division: Guelph Storm defenceman Zack Terry is the OHL Midwest Division Academic Player of the Month. The second-year blueliner and reigning Ivan Tennant Memorial Award winner as the OHL’s top academic secondary school student owns an A+ average in his Grade 12 studies at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School, managing a course load that includes english, chemistry and advanced functions. This marks the second time Terry has received the honour after doing so in February 2019.

“Zack is the consummate student-athlete,” said Storm academic advisor Colleen Driscoll. He has continued to excel in the classroom maintaining his high academic standards as evidenced in his A+ average. His teachers describe him as hard working; conscientious; possessing great potential and skills. His strong academic achievement is a direct reflection of his strong work ethic and commitment to excellence.”

The 17-year-old Oakville, Ont. native has two assists through his first 12 games of the season after hoisting the Robertson Cup as an OHL champion with the Storm last spring. The 6-foot-2, 189Ib. defenceman was Guelph’s second round (36th overall) pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection from the Oakville Rangers Minor Midgets.

West Division: Saginaw Spirit forward and top 2020 NHL Draft prospect Cole Perfetti is the OHL West Division Academic Player of the Month for October. Perfetti owns an overall average of 95% in his Grade 12 studies at Heritage High School, learning about subjects such as algebra as well as elite athlete and leadership courses. This marks the second time Perfetti has received the honour after doing so in February 2019.

“Cole is an outstanding, conscientious individual with an excellent work ethic,” said Spirit academic advisor Pam Moretuzzo. “He welcomes academic and personal challenges and works diligently which is evident in his high achievements. Cole’s grade 11 average was 93% which included university-level and international baccalaureate courses. He is a very strong student and has assumed the role of peer tutor in numerous study sessions. He is well-liked and respected by his peers and adults alike and has proven himself to be a true leader in and out of school.”

After setting a Spirit franchise record with 37 goals as a rookie in 2018-19, Perfetti has continued his production, leading the team with 27 points (5-22–27) through 16 games this season. He’ll be representing Team OHL in next week’s CIBC Canada Russia Series. Perfetti was Saginaw’s first round (5th overall) pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection from the Vaughan Kings Minor Midgets.

2019-20 OHL Academic Players of the Month:

East Division:
October – Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs)

Central Division:
October – Pacey Schlueting (North Bay Battalion)

Midwest Division:
October – Zack Terry (Guelph Storm)

West Division:
October – Cole Perfetti (Saginaw Spirit)

Last season, the OHL Centrally Administered Scholarship Program facilitated scholarships for 340 OHL Alumni at 69 different academic institutions across North America with a total scholarship payment in excess of $3.2 million. Since the 2007-08 season, OHL Scholarship payments have totalled more than $25 million.

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

OHL’s Draft Eligible Statistical Leaders for October

The Ontario Hockey League took last night off as fans and players alike braved the weather (depending on where you are) to attend costume parties, head to work dressed up and yes, even go trick or treating. Thus, the OHL completed its first full month of the season a day early and we here at OHL Writers can update you on the statistical leaders among players eligible for the 2020 National Hockey League Draft.

Rossi, Marco
Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67’s. Photo by OHL Images

If you look at the point leaders, you’ll see projected top 5 pick Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves leading the way with 31 points in 16 games. And for the better part of the season, Byfield has led the entire league in the scoring race.

But, focus your attention three spots lower to Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67’s. Rossi has 19 points in just 8 games played. He missed five games due to suspension but is averaging 2.38 points per game while Byfield is averaging 1.94 points per game. That’s almost half a point per game better then Byfield.

It doesn’t end there. Cole Perfetti leads the list in assists with 22 in 16 games, or 1.38 assists per game. Rossi is just two spots below with Byfield sandwiched in between with 15 helpers in 8 games or 1.88 assists per game, exactly .50 assists per game better then the leader.

But with 4 goals in eight games, Rossi doesn’t make our top ten, yet. He is averaging .50 goals per game and based on that, would be seventh on the list. Barrie Colts’ Tyson Foerster tops the list with 13 goals in 14 games, or .93 goals per game.

Wait. We’re not finished just yet. Despite playing in only eight games, Rossi has taken more faceoffs then anyone in the top 10 in faceoff percentage and has won a whopping 62.6 per cent of his draws. Not only is that good enough to top draft eligible players, but tops in the entire league among players with 60 or more faceoff attempts.

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Among goaltenders, no OHL goaltender has faced as much rubber as Niagara IceDogs’ puck stopper Tucker Tynan. And we’re not talking just draft eligible goaltenders. Tynan has faced 70 more shots then the next closest goaltender, Jacob Ingham of the Mississauga Steelheads who has faced 419. To put that into context, Tynan has played in just one more game then Ingham.

Yet Tynan is fourth among draft eligible goaltenders with a 3.60 goals-against-average and tops in save percentage at .920. Let’s put that into perspective as well: That’s second among all goalies who have played in 3 or more games, tied with Hunter Jones of the Peterborough Petes, the top OHL goaltender drafted in 2019.

Here’s a look at the leader board. While we take great care in compiling stats, always refer to the OHL website for official stats.

Points Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 16 11 20 31
Cole Perfetti Saginaw Spirit 16 5 22 27
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 14 13 10 23
Marco Rossi Ottawa 67’s 8 4 15 19
Jaromir Pytlik Soo Greyhounds 15 6 13 19
Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters 14 5 14 19
Rory Kerins Soo Greyhounds 15 10 7 17
Luke Evangelista London Knights 12 5 11 16
Ty Tullio Oshawa Generals 14 8 8 16
Oliver Suni Oshawa Generals 14 5 10 15
Goal Scoring Leaders
Player Team GP G GPG
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 14 13 0.93
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 16 11 0.69
Rory Kerins Soo Greyhounds 15 10 0.67
Ty Tullio Oshawa Generals 14 8 0.57
Antonio Stranges London Knights 12 7 0.58
Jack Quinn Ottawa 67’s 13 7 0.54
Zayde Wisdom Kingston Frontenacs 14 7 0.50
Hayden Fowler Erie Otters 12 6 0.50
Logan Morrison Hamilton Bulldogs 13 6 0.46
Jaromir Pytlik Soo Greyhounds 15 6 0.40
Assist Leaders
Player Team GP A APG
Cole Perfetti Saginaw Spirit 16 22 1.38
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 16 20 1.25
Marco Rossi Ottawa 67’s 8 15 1.88
Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters 14 14 1.00
Jaromir Pytlik Soo Greyhounds 15 13 0.87
Tanner Dickinson Soo Greyhounds 15 12 0.80
Luke Evangelista London Knights 12 11 0.92
Ruben Rafkin Windsor Spitfires 13 11 0.85
Jacob Perrault Sarnia Sting 10 10 1.00
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 14 10 0.71
Defencemen Point Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters 14 5 14 19
Jack Thompson Sudbury Wolves 16 6 7 13
Ruben Rafkin Windsor Spitfires 13 1 11 12
Ryan O’Rourke Soo Greyhounds 13 5 6 11
Ville Ottavainen Kitchener Rangers 13 3 5 8
Donavan Sebrango Kitchener Rangers 10 1 7 8
Ole Bjorgvik-Holm Mississauga Steelheads 13 0 6 6
Dylan Robinson Windsor Spitfires 13 1 4 5
Plus/Minus Leaders
Player Team GP +/-
Ryan O’Rourke Soo Greyhounds 13 +13
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 16 +12
Marco Rossi Ottawa 67’s 8 +11
Igor Chibrikov Owen Sound Attack 13 +8
Ville Ottavainen Kitchener Rangers 13 +8
Mark Woolley Owen Sound Attack 9 +7
Luke Evangelista London Knights 12 +7
Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters 14 +7
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 14 +7
Kirill Steklov London Knights 12 +6
Penalty Minutes Leaders
Player Team GP PIM M/G
Ryan O’Rourke Soo Greyhounds 13 21 1.62
Reid Valade Kitchener Rangers 8 19 2.38
Ruben Rafkin Windsor Spitfires 13 18 1.38
Mark Woolley Owen Sound Attack 9 17 1.89
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 16 16 1.00
Faceoff Leaders (Minimum 30 faceoffs)
Player Team GP FOA FOW %
Marco Rossi Ottawa 67’s 8 179 112 62.6
Isaac Langdon Kitchener Rangers 10 78 48 61.5
Nick Wong Kingston Frontenacs 14 39 23 59.0
Jacob Perrault Sarnia Sting 10 33 19 57.6
Luke Drewitt Kingston Frontenacs 12 110 63 57.3
Hayden Fowler Erie Otters 12 35 20 57.1
Ethan Cardwell Saginaw Spirit 16 76 43 56.6
Longest Goal Scoring Streak
Player Team From To Gms Goals
Rory Kerins Soo Greyhounds 10/19 10/24 3 4
Longest Assist Streak
Player Team From To Gms Assts
Jabob Perreault Sarnia Sting 9/20 10/18 9 10
Longest Point Streak
Player Team From To Gms Pts
Jacob Perrault Sarnia Sting 9/20 10/20 10 14
Shots On Goal Leaders
Player Team GP SOG
Cole Perfetti Saginaw Spirit 16 61
Jaromir Pytlik Soo Greyhounds 15 60
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 16 52
Ty Tullio Oshawa Generals 14 48
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 14 47
Goaltenders Leaders – Goals Against Average (Min 300 minutes)
Player Team GP Min GA Avg
Brett Brochu London Knights 8 427 19 2.67
Aiden Campbell Erie Otters 7 370 19 3.08
Marco Costantini Hamilton Bulldogs 8 486 27 3.33
Tucker Tynan Niagara IceDogs 12 650 39 3.60
Goaltending Leaders – Save Percentage (Min 300 minutes)
Player Team GP SH SVS SV%
Tucker Tynan Niagara IceDogs 12 489 450 0.920
Marco Costantini Hamilton Bulldogs 8 276 249 0.902
Brett Brochu London Knights 8 187 168 0.898
Aiden Campbell Erie Otters 7 162 143 0.883
Xavier Medina Windsor Spitfires 5 135 118 0.874
Goaltending Leaders – Wins
Player Team GP W L OL
Brett Brochu London Knights 8 6 1 0
Aiden Campbell Erie Otters 7 5 1 0
Tucker Tynan Niagara IceDogs 12 5 4 3
Xavier Medina Windsor Spitfires 5 3 1 1
Marco Costantini Hamilton Bulldogs 8 3 4 2
Goaltending Leaders – Shutouts
Player Team GP SO
Brett Brochu London Knights 8 1

NOVEMBER IS SPECIAL OLYMPICS GAME MONTH IN THE OHL

Special Olympics

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League announced today that it is teaming up with The Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics Ontario to raise awareness around the Special Olympics movement for a 12th straight season.

November is Special Olympics Game Month in the OHL as fans will have the opportunity to learn more about Special Olympics Ontario and can help the movement by contributing funds through the annual ‘Pass the Bucket’ and other fundraising initiatives at select games across the League.

“The Ontario Hockey League has enjoyed a long-standing relationship in support of Special Olympics Ontario,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch. “We look forward to spending the month of November raising funds and awareness for this most important organization at work in our OHL communities.”

New this season, the Ontario Hockey League is partnering with Ascend Fundraising Solutions to donate the proceeds of a league-wide online 50-50 raffle that runs throughout the month of November to Special Olympics Ontario. Fans in Ontario can visit specialolympics5050.com to purchase a ticket for the chance to win a guaranteed minimum prize of $5,000. All additional proceeds raised through the 50-50 raffle will be donated to Special Olympics Ontario. The winning ticket will be drawn on Monday, December 2nd at 11:00am.

Special Olympics games in OHL rinks may also include ceremonial puck drops with Special Olympics Ontario athletes and staff along with members of local law enforcement.

“The partnership between Special Olympics Ontario and the OHL has grown over the course of 12 years and we are proud with the affiliation,” said President & CEO of Special Olympics Ontario Glenn MacDonnell. “Special Olympics has benefitted from the awareness and support of all OHL teams and fans. The visibility and heartwarming welcome the OHL teams and players provide to Special Olympics athletes proves the positive impact of athletes supporting athletes.”

The 2019 campaign comes on the heels of Special Olympics’ 50-year anniversary celebrated across the OHL last season, recognizing the half-century mark of the movement first pioneered by Dr. Frank Hayden in 1968.

Ontario Hockey League member teams and their fans raised over $34,000 for Special Olympics Ontario during the 2018-19 season.

Special Olympics Game Month Schedule:

Friday, November 1 at Kitchener Rangers (vs. Owen Sound Attack)
Saturday, November 2 at Niagara IceDogs (vs. Mississauga Steelheads)
Saturday, November 2 at Sudbury Wolves (vs. Peterborough Petes)
Saturday, November 9 at Barrie Colts (vs. Erie Otters)
Saturday, November 9 at Windsor Spitfires (vs. North Bay Battalion)
Sunday, November 10 at Hamilton Bulldogs (vs. Niagara IceDogs)
Thursday, November 14 at Peterborough Petes (vs. Niagara IceDogs)
Friday, November 15 at Mississauga Steelheads (vs. Sarnia Sting)
Saturday, November 16 at Guelph Storm (vs. Saginaw Spirit)
Saturday, November 16 at Owen Sound Attack (vs. Kingston Frontenacs)
Sunday, November 17 at London Knights (vs. Kitchener Rangers)
Saturday, November 23 at Ottawa 67’s (vs. Mississauga Steelheads)
Sunday, November 24 at Kingston Frontenacs (vs. Mississauga Steelheads)
Sunday, November 24 at Sarnia Sting (vs. Soo Greyhounds)
Sunday, November 24 at North Bay Battalion (vs. Niagara IceDogs)
Thursday, November 28 at Oshawa Generals (vs. Mississauga Steelheads)

Additional games this season:

January 17 at Soo Greyhounds (vs. Saginaw Spirit)

The OHL is proud to support the nearly 26,000 Special Olympics Ontario participants – a figure that has grown by close to 60% during the league’s 12-year provincial partnership since 2008.

For more information or to make a donation visit specialolympicsontario.com.

About Special Olympics Ontario
Special Olympics Ontario is part of a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports.  We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all.  Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance.  Special Olympics encourages sports and fun, bringing people together and breaks down stereotypes about people with intellectual disabilities through a unified sports approach.

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 five American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. Last season, more than nine million fans attended CHL games in the regular season, playoffs and at the MasterCard Memorial Cup. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League than any other league. Last season, 527 graduates attended Canadian Universities on scholarships from CHL teams.

OHL ANNOUNCES TOP PERFORMERS OF THE MONTH FOR OCTOBER

Top Performers October

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Top OHL Performers of the Month for regular season games played in October 2019, including Hamilton Bulldogs forward Arthur Kaliyev, Ottawa 67’s defenceman Noel Hoefenmayer and Peterborough Petes teammates Mason McTavish and Hunter Jones.

OHL Player of the Month – Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs):
Los Angeles Kings prospect Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs is the OHL Player of the Month for October after leading the league with 25 points, putting up 14 goals and 11 assists over 12 games to go with a plus/minus rating of plus-4. The 6-foot-2, 190Ib. winger recorded points in 11 of his 12 October outings including eight different multi-point performances. Kaliyev’s month was headlined by back-to-back four point performances on October 11th and 14th as he scored a career-high four goals in a 4-1 road win over the Erie Otters followed by two goals and two assists in a 7-5 win over visiting Barrie. He recorded two goals and an assist in a 4-2 road win over the Kingston Frontenacs on October 18th and ended the month with another three-point performance in Wednesday’s 5-4 win over Barrie that included a goal and two helpers. Kaliyev earned star of the game recognition on six different occasions, being named first star three times.

An 18-year-old native of Staten Island, NY, Kaliyev sits tied for the OHL lead in goals with 16, tacking on 15 assists for 31 points over 16 games. After finishing second in OHL shots on goal last season, Kaliyev is on top of the league with 88 to his credit thus far. Now in his third season, Kaliyev comes off a 102-point campaign in 2018-19 and has amassed 181 points (98-83–181) over 151 career regular season games, all spent in a Bulldogs uniform. He helped Hamilton hoist the J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL Champions in 2017-18, becoming the first rookie in Bulldogs all-time franchise history to score over 30 goals in a season. Kaliyev was a second round (33rd overall) pick of the Los Angeles Kings this past summer after originally being Hamilton’s second round (26th overall) pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection. He attended USA Hockey’s World Junior Summer Showcase this past August.

OHL Defenceman of the Month – Noel Hoefenmayer (Ottawa 67’s):
Ottawa 67’s overage defenceman Noel Hoefenmayer is the OHL Defenceman of the Month for October after leading all rearguards with 16 points including five goals and 11 assists along with a plus/minus rating of plus-12 over nine contests. Hoefenmayer recorded at least one point in eight of his nine October appearances, finishing the month strong with two game winning goals in his last three contests. The 6-foot-1, 196Ib. blueliner recorded a goal and an assist to help the 67’s charge back to defeat the Kingston Frontenacs 8-7 on October 14th. He potted his first career OHL hat-trick, capping it off with the overtime winner in a 5-4 win over visiting Hamilton on October 20th. Hoefenmayer followed that impressive performance with another three-point showing, recording a goal and two assists with the third period game winner in a 4-3 win over the Kitchener Rangers on October 25th. His latest outing yielded a season-high four points as he picked up four helpers in a 7-2 win over the Sarnia Sting on October 27th.

A 20-year-old native of North York, Ont., Hoefenmayer leads OHL defencemen with 21 points (6-15–21) over 13 games this season. His 253 career regular season games are fifth-most in 67’s franchise history as he’s collected 161 points (45-116–161) along the way. The fifth-year defender who helped the 67’s win an Eastern Conference title last spring was a fourth round (108th overall) pick of the Arizona Coyotes in the 2017 NHL Draft before going unsigned. Hoefenmayer attended rookie camp with the Carolina Hurricanes this past September. He was Ottawa’s second round (36th overall) pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.

OHL Rookie of the Month – Mason McTavish (Peterborough Petes):
Peterborough Petes forward Mason McTavish is the OHL Rookie of the Month for October after leading all rookies with eight goals along with a pair of assists for 10 points in 11 games. The 6-foot, 198Ib. centreman bookended the month with a pair of two-goal performances, helping the Petes take a 5-2 win in North Bay on October 3rd before recently lighting the lamp twice in a 10-3 win over the Mississauga Steelheads on October 26th. McTavish also scored the game winner in Peterborough’s 6-3 road win over the Sarnia Sting on October 11th and was an impressive 67.8% (38/56) in the faceoff circle over the course of the month.

A 16-year-old native of Pembroke, Ont., McTavish leads OHL rookies with 10 goals along with four assists for 14 points in as many games this season. He’s currently second among rookies in shots on goal with 39 and has helped the Petes to a 10-4-0-0 record on the season including an 8-3-0-0 away from home. The Pembroke Lumber Kings Midget AAA graduate was the fifth overall pick of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. His father, Dale McTavish played four seasons in Peterborough from 1989-93, helping the Petes hoist the Robertson Cup in 1993.

OHL Goaltender of the Month – Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes):
Minnesota Wild prospect Hunter Jones of the Peterborough Petes is the Vaughn OHL Goaltender of the Month for October after playing to an 8-1-0-0 record with a 2.34 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and one shutout over nine contests. The 6-foot-4, 198Ib. netminder ends the month on a four-game winning streak and provided 25 saves or more in six of his eight October victories. Jones locked down his first shutout of the season on October 9th in Saginaw, making 23 saves as the Petes blanked the Spirit 4-0. He turned in another first star performance on Oct. 18th in Ottawa, turning side 32 of 33 shots in a 3-1 win over the 67’s. Jones backstopped the Petes past the CHL’s top-ranked Oshawa Generals 2-1 on October 20th, turning side 28 of 29 shots.

A 19-year-old native of Brantford, Ont., Jones sits tied for the OHL lead with 10 wins accompanied by a 2.46 goals-against average and .920 save percentage over 11 games. The third-year veteran owns a career regular season record of 41-34-2-2 with a 3.54 goals-against average and .897 save percentage with four shutouts over 83 games. Jones was a second round (59th overall) pick of the Minnesota Wild this past summer and was originally Peterborough’s fifth round (89th overall) pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection. He attended Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Development Camp in August and will represent Team OHL in the upcoming 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series.

2019-20 OHL Performers of the Month:

Player of the Month:
October – Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)

Defenceman of the Month:
October – Noel Hoefenmayer (Ottawa 67’s)

Rookie of the Month:
October – Mason McTavish (Peterborough Petes)

Goaltender of the Month:
October – Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)

Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings

Top 10

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week seven edition of the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2019-20 season.  The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 

Rank: Team: Last Week Ranked: Total Weeks Ranked:
1 Sherbrooke Phoenix (13-1-2-0) 1 7
2 Edmonton Oil Kings (10-1-3-0) 3 7
3 Oshawa Generals (11-2-0-1) 2 5
4 Prince Albert Raiders (9-2-3-0) 4 4
5 Chicoutimi Sagueneens (10-3-2-0) 5 7
6 Moncton Wildcats (12-3-0-0) 1
7 Cape Breton Eagles (12-4-0-0) 7 4
8 Owen Sound Attack (8-3-0-1) 6 3
9 Everett Silvertips (9-3-0-0) 1
10 Flint Firebirds (9-3-0-0) 1
Honourable Mention:
Peterborough Petes (10-4-0-0) 9 1
Portland Winterhawks (8-3-0-1) 1
Windsor Spitfires (9-3-1-0) 0

 

TEAM OHL LEADERSHIP GROUP ANNOUNCED FOR 2019 CIBC CANADA RUSSIA SERIES

Captains

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League, in collaboration with the Canadian Hockey League and Hockey Canada, today announced the leadership group for Team OHL ahead of the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series.

Owen Sound Attack forward Aidan Dudas will lead Team OHL, wearing the ‘C’ for both Games 3 and 4 set for Thursday November 7 in Kitchener and Monday November 11 in London. He’ll be joined by assistant captains Kevin Bahl of the Ottawa 67’s and Ty Dellandrea of the Flint Firebirds.

A 19-year-old from Parry Sound, Ont., Dudas leads the Attack in scoring with 18 points (4-14–18) through 12 games this season. The Owen Sound captain is in the midst of his fourth OHL season after being the club’s first round (10th overall) pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection. The 5-foot-8, 168Ib. centre was a fourth round (113th overall) pick of the Los Angeles Kings in 2018 and has amassed 166 points (69-97–166) over 204 career OHL regular season contests, tacking on an additional 15 career (9-6–15) postseason points over 33 contests. Known across the league as a fierce competitor, Dudas was voted the Western Conference’s hardest worker in the 2018-19 OHL Coaches Poll.

Dudas has represented Hockey Canada on the world stage three different times, winning silver with Canada Black at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge where he recorded five points (1-4–5) over six contests. He then won gold at the 2017 Hlinka Gretzky Cup before representing Canada at the 2018 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship in Chelyabinsk and Magnitogorsk, Russia.

Ottawa 67’s fourth-year defenceman Kevin Bahl will join Dudas as an assistant as he suits up for Team OHL in his third CIBC Canada Russia Series. The 6-foot-7, 240Ib. native of Mississauga, Ont. has four points (2-2–4) through 13 games this season after helping the 67’s win an Eastern Conference title last spring. Bahl has registered 60 points (10-50–60) over 196 career OHL regular season contests and was a second round (55th overall) pick of the Arizona Coyotes in 2018. The former second round (31st overall) OHL Priority Selection choice back in 2016 has appeared in 26 career OHL playoff contests, recording 11 points (1-10–11) along the way.

Bahl has represented Canada internationally three different times, competing for Canada Red at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge before winning gold at the 2017 Hlinka Gretzky Cup. He also represented Canada at the 2018 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship, putting up three points (1-2–3) over five games.

Nineteen-year-old Ty Dellandrea has tallied 14 points (6-8–14) over 10 games for the 9-3-0-0 Flint Firebirds who are off to their best start in club history. The Firebirds captain is in the midst of his fourth OHL season after being the club’s first round (5th overall) pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection. Dellandrea has amassed 160 points (68-92–160) over 194 career OHL regular season games and was a first round (13th overall) pick of the Dallas Stars in the 2018 NHL Draft. The 6-foot-1, 190Ib. native of Port Perry, Ont. made his professional debut following the end of last season, recording three points (2-1–3) over 11 games with the AHL’s Texas Stars. Dellandrea fared well in the 2018-19 OHL Coaches Poll, being voted the Western Conference’s best faceoff man as well as the conference’s second-best playmaker.

Dellandrea is a four-time representative of Hockey Canada, suiting up for Canada Red at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge before winning a gold medal at the 2017 Hlinka Gretzky Cup. He competed in both the 2017 and 2018 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championships, registering five points (2-3–5) over a combined total of 10 games.

All three players were invited to Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Showcase.

In 16 years of competition against the Russian National Junior Team, the OHL has played to a record of 25-6-1 following a 3-1 win in Sarnia and a 4-0 loss in Oshawa last season.

2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series Schedule:
Game 1 – Monday November 4 at Saint John, NB
Game 2 – Tuesday November 5 at Moncton, NB
Game 3 – Thursday November 7 at Kitchener, ON
Game 4 – Monday November 11 at London, ON
Game 5 – Wednesday November 13 at Saskatoon, SK
Game 6 – Thursday November 14 at Prince Albert, SK

The 2019 CIBC Canada Russia series is proudly supported by title partner CIBC, and associate sponsors Kia Canada, Cooper Tires, and Kubota Canada.  All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

For event information including how to purchase tickets please visit http://chlcanadarussia.ca.

Vaughn CHL Team of the Week

The Canadian Hockey League today announced the sixth edition of the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week for the 2019-20 season based on individual performances from Oct. 21-27.

Leading the way up front is Val-d’Or Foreurs right-wing Nicolas Ouellet, who wrapped up the week with eight points counting seven goals and one assist in three games. That stretch included back-to-back hat-tricks against Gatineau and Acadie-Bathurst, while Ouellet also added an assist in the latter contest to finish with four points and first-star recognition. For his efforts, the 20-year-old was named the Ultramar QMJHL Player of the Week.

Joining the forward ranks is London Knights centre and Washington Capitals first-round pick Connor McMichael, who finished the week with four goals and four assists for eight points across a trio of contests. McMichael, who is currently riding a five-game point streak, is coming off back-to-back three-point performances, including his three-assist showing versus Niagara on Sunday that earned him second-star honours.

Portland Winterhawks centre Jake Gricius rounds out the forward ranks following a week in which he amassed seven points counting three goals and four assists over two games. That stretch included an incredible five-point effort against Spokane on Friday in which Gricius finished with two goals and three assists to claim first-star honours. The overager was also later recognized as the WHL On the Run Player of the Week.

On the blue line, Ottawa 67’s overage rearguard Noel Hoefenmayer earns a spot on the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week for the second week running following a seven-point performance over two games. The budding blue-liner’s best showing came Sunday against Sarnia as he matched his career high for points in one game with four assists to guide his club to a 7-2 victory.

Partnering on the back end is Lethbridge Hurricanes overage defenceman Koletrane Wilson who tallied five points counting one goal and four assists across three appearances. Wilson was a key performer in Tuesday’s 4-3 decision over Red Deer in which he finished with two points, including a power play marker midway through the middle frame en route to second-star recognition.

Between the pipes, Guelph Storm netminder Nico Daws won all three of his appearances, turning aside a combined 111 shots for a .949 save percentage and 1.95 goals-against average. Daws’ top performance came in a 35-save outing against Mississauga on Sunday that guided the Storm to a 4-0 victory and his second shutout of the season. For his efforts, Daws was recognized as the OHL On the Run Player of the Week.