OHL This Week for May 28 to June 5, 2017

Toronto, ON – It’s the final edition of ‘OHL This Week’ for the 2016-17 season!  All of the champions have been crowned, the action on-ice is complete, but  another season is just around the corner.

Here’s a look at what’s been happening around the league:
WINDSOR SPITFIRES ARE 2017 MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP CHAMPIONS:

For the third time in franchise history the Windsor Spitfires are Mastercard Memorial Cup champions. Fourth-year veteran Aaron Luchuk scored the game winner 5:07 into the third period as the host Spitfires defeated the OHL champion Erie Otters 4-3 before a capacity crowd of 6,519 at the WFCU Centre. Read more / Highlights / Photo Gallery

SPITFIRES CELEBRATE MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP TITLE:

Less than 72 hours after hoisting the Memorial Cup on home ice, the Windsor Spitfires took the streets to celebrate the franchise’s third championship with fans, parading the prestigious trophy down Ouellette Avenue. They couldn’t have asked for better weather either as the sun shone down on the lengthy caravan that greeted supporters down a stretch headed toward the banks of the Detroit River. Watch

LOTS OF #MCMEMORIALCUP LOVE FOR @SPITSHOCKEY:

Social media provides a platform to share moments and emotions with the world. The Windsor Spitfires 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup title flooded digital devices with content celebrating the team’s historic win on home ice. Read more

DiPIETRO DELIVERED FOR SPITFIRES:

2017 NHL Draft prospect Michael DiPietro led the Windsor Spitfires to the ultimate prize with a sensational Mastercard Memorial Cup performance. The native of nearby Amherstburg hoisted the Memorial Cup on home ice while also becoming one of the few 17-year-olds to earn the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the tournament’s most outstanding goaltender. Read more

SADNESS SHADOWS SUCCESS AS OTTERS REFLECT ON SEASON:

While the home team celebrated on the ice, the OHL champion Erie Otters reflected on a disappointing end to an otherwise successful season. The legacy this group of Otters players leaves behind is considerable. The much talked-about four 50-win campaigns, two OHL final appearances and one Robertson Cup speak for themselves. When the dust settles, as many as a half-dozen Otters are expected to one day suit up in the NHL. Read more

OHL TAKES CLEAN SWEEP OF MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP AWARDS & ALL-STARS:

Erie Otters teammates Dylan Strome and Anthony Cirelli along with Windsor Spitfires goaltender Michael DiPietro all received Mastercard Memorial Cup awards while DiPietro and five other OHL players were named to the tournament all-star team. Read more

DeBRINCAT, McNIVEN, SUZUKI, McGILL AND CHMELEVSKI EARN CHL AWARDS:

Erie Otters forward Alex DeBrincat, the Owen Sound Attack trio of Michael McNiven, Nick Suzuki and coach Ryan McGill as well as Ottawa 67’s forward Sasha Chmelevski all earned CHL Awards handed out at the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup in Windsor. Read more / Photo Gallery

22 OHL PLAYERS INVITED TO 2017 NHL SCOUTING COMBINE:

22 OHL players have been invited to the 2017 NHL Scouting Combine that is being held from Monday May 29th to Saturday June 3rd at First Niagara Center and the nearby Harbor Center in Buffalo, NY. The list of OHL invitees includes 16 forwards, five defencemen and one goaltender. OHL talent represents 21% of the 104 players invited to attend the event. Read more

ETHAN KEPPEN COMMITS TO FIREBIRDS:

The Flint Firebirds have received a commitment from 2017 first round (10th overall) selection Ethan Keppen. A native of Whitby, Ont., Keppen earned 35 points (14G, 21A) in 33 games played last season with the Toronto Nationals Minor Midget AAA Hockey Club. Read more

TOP PICKS ROWE AND PERROTT COMMIT TO KNIGHTS:

The London Knights have received commitments from 2017 first round (18th overall) selection Lucas Rowe and second round (34th overall) pick Andrew Perrott. Rowe helped lead the Mississauga Reps to an OHL Cup Championship when they defeated the Toronto Nationals by a 3-2 score.  Rowe will wear number 21 for the Knights this season. Perrott spent last season playing for his hometown Detroit HoneyBaked 16U, where the 6’0” 195-pound defenceman recorded 25 points in 46 games.  Perrott will wear number 24 for the Knights this season. Read more

CLARKE AND ANDREE COMMIT TO 67’s:

The Ottawa 67’s have received commitments from 2017 first round (6th overall) selection Graeme Clarke and 2016 12th round selection Cedrick Andree. An Ottawa native, Clarke was touted as the best pure goal scorer in the draft and prior to his first development camp with the hockey club, Clarke was on the gold medal-winning team at the OHL Gold Cup. Andree was a twelfth round selection in 2016 and spent the past year playing in the United States at The Gunnery Prep School and also practiced with the 67’s at various points throughout the year. Read more

ARTHUR KALIYEV COMMITS TO BULLDOGS:

The Hamilton Bulldogs have received a commitment from 2017 second round (26th overall) selection Arthur Kaliyev. The Russian-born Kaliyev played last season for the Detroit Compuware U16 where he scored 13 goals and 5 assists, for 18 points in 19 games. He then went on to lead the team to the USA Hockey Youth Tier 1 U16 National championship where he led the tournament in scoring. Read more

IAN MARTIN COMMITS TO ICEDOGS:

The Niagara IceDogs have received a commitment from 2017 third round (51st overall) selection Ian Martin. The 5-foot-10 forward shined in Minor Midget this past season, posting 15 goals in just 22 games as a member of the Ajax-Pickering Raiders. Read more

OTTERS PROSPECT DEVELOPMENT CAMP JUNE 3-4:

The OHL champions welcome prospects to the city this weekend for the club’s annual Development Camp which includes fitness testing, on-ice sessions, and scrimmages at Mercyhurst Ice Center.  All on-ice activities are open to the public.  For more information visit ottershockey.com.


OHL COACHES CONFERENCE SET FOR JUNE 3RD:

The 2017 OHL Coaches Conference is under a month away, taking place on Saturday June 3rd on the campus of UOIT in Oshawa. Many of the guest speakers for the 4th annual installment of the day-long conference have been confirmed and will provide minor hockey coaches the opportunity to learn from OHL, AHL, and NHL personnel in an interactive professional development day. Read more

OHL ALUMNI GOLF TOURNAMENT FAST APPROACHING:

The 2017 OHL Alumni Association Golf Tournament is fast approaching! The 2nd annual event is set to take place on Monday June 5th at the Devil’s Pulpit, one of Canada’s most acclaimed private golf clubs located in Caledon, Ont. This event is one of several networking events focused on bringing together former players from all generations.  Proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the Gudbranson Stem Cell Research Grant, which helps fund research for Stem Cell Treatments. Space is limited! Read more

BIG FATHER’S DAY SAVINGS AT OHLSHOP.COM

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2017-18 OHL REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE:

The 2017-18 Ontario Hockey League regular season schedule will be announced the week of June 5 beginning with home opener details published on Monday afternoon, followed by a full schedule release on Tuesday morning.  Keep track of the action online using #OHLOpeningWeek.

ALUMNI NOTES:

14 OHL graduates competing in Stanley Cup Final: A total of 14 OHL graduates, eight from the Pittsburgh Penguins and six from the Nashville Predators, will battle in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final of the NHL Playoffs. The Western Conference champion Predators advanced to their ever first Stanley Cup Final following a series win over the Anaheim Ducks. Nashville has had strong OHL alumni contributions from defencemen Ryan Ellis (Windsor Spitfires) and P.K. Subban (Belleville Bulls) while forwards James Neal (Plymouth Whalers) and Austin Watson (London Knights) have also factored into the team’s success. Predators captain Mike Fisher (Sudbury Wolves) has been limited by injuries of late while defenceman Yannick Weber (Kitchener Rangers) has skated in all 16 of the club’s playoff contests. Read more

22 OHL graduates competing in Calder Cup Final: A total of 22 OHL graduates, 12 from the Grand Rapids Griffins and 10 from the Syracuse Crunch, will battle in the 2017 Calder Cup Final of the AHL Playoffs. The Western Conference champion Griffins advanced to their first Calder Cup Final since 2013 with a 4-1 series victory over the San Jose Barracuda. Graduate Eric Tangradi (Belleville Bulls) is tied for the Grand Rapids team lead in playoff scoring with 15 points (2-13–15) while Tyler Bertuzzi (Guelph Storm) has also been impressive with 13 points (6-7–13). The Eastern Conference crunch advanced to their first Final since 2013 with a 4-1 series victory over the Providence Bruins. Graduates Slater Koekkoek (Windsor Spitfires), Jake Dotchin (Barrie Colts) and Dominik Masin (Peterborough Petes) have been regulars on the Syracuse blue line. Read more

4 Former OHL officials working 2017 Stanley Cup Final: Four former OHL officials have been assigned to work the Stanley Cup Final of the 2017 NHL Playoffs. Referees Dan O’Halloran and Kevin Pollock are joined by OHL playing and officiating graduate Scott Cherrey and Brad Kovachik on the lines.

2017 MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP FINAL:

Sunday May 28th:
Windsor Spitfires 4 vs. Erie Otters 3 – Highlights

2017 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament Powered by Under Armour – Day 4 Summary

OHL Cup

40 Game Round-Robin Complete
Quarter-Final Matchups set for Saturday
Livestreams available
at https://ohlcup.gameonstream.com.
Free access for Media and Fans for duration of OHL Cup

Toronto, ON – Round-Robin action wrapped up on Friday at the 2017 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament powered by Under Armour, hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League, with 12 games that solidified final divisional standings.

Eight teams have advanced to Saturday’s Quarter-Finals including six GTHL, one ALLIANCE, and one OMHA club.  The top ranked ALLIANCE champion London Jr. Knights advance atop the Subban Division with a perfect 4-0 record, while the pre-tournament’s third ranked GTHL champion Mississauga Rebels also completed round-robin action with a perfect 4-0 record in the Nash Division.  Other first place finishers include the Mississauga Reps atop the Shanahan Division with an undefeated 3-0-1 record after qualifying as a Wild Card entry, and the OMHA champion Whitby Wildcats who top the Lindros Division standings with a 2-0-2 record edging the Vaughan Kings through the Tiebreak formula.

Vaughan (GTHL Semi-Finalist), ranked fifth pre-tournament, advances as the second place team in the Lindros Division along with second place finishers the Toronto Nationals (Wild Card entry) with a 3-1-0 record in the Nash Division, the Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL Semi-Finalist ranked 10th pre-tournament) with a 2-1-1 record in the Subban Division, and the Toronto Marlboros (GTHL Finalist ranked fourth pre-tournament) with a 3-1-0 record in the Shanahan Division.

Here’s a quick look at today’s action:

2017 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour Round-Robin Results:

Friday March 17, 2017:

Game 29: Whitby Wildcats 3 vs. Toronto Titans 1
Wildcats MVP – Brett Benham (1G)
Titans MVP – Xavier Henry
Recap – Stats

Game 30: TPH Thunder 5 vs. Mississauga Senators 1
TPH MVP: Max Klanow (1G, 2A)
Senators MVP: Nicholas Wong (1G)
Recap – Stats

Game 31: Toronto Marlboros 4 vs. Thunder Bay Kings 2
Marlboros MVP: Jack Hughes (2A)
Kings MVP: Jonathon Kilby (1G, 1A)
Recap – Stats

Game 32: Vaughan Kings 4 vs. Waterloo Wolves 0
Kings MVP: Christian Sbaraglia (13 SV)
Wolves MVP: Kurtis Goodwin
Recap – Stats

Game 33: Mississauga Rebels 3 vs. Elite Hockey Group 1
Rebels MVP: Dylan Jackson (2G, 1A)
Elite Hockey Group MVP: Elijah Devereaux
Recap – Stats

Game 34: Brampton 45’s 2 vs. Toronto Jr. Canadiens 2
45’s MVP: Brayden Guy (1G)
Jr. Canadiens MVP: Justin Randhawa (2G)
Recap – Stats

Game 35: Toronto Nationals 4 vs. Quinte Red Devils 0
Nationals MVP: Zach Roy (28 SV)
Red Devils MVP: Michael Andrews
Recap – Stats

Game 36: Mississauga Reps 5 vs. Eastern Ontario Wild 3
Reps MVP: Mike Petizian
Wild MVP: Danyk Drouin (1G)
Recap – Stats

Game 37: Team NOHA 3 vs. Toronto Titans 1
NOHA MVP: Jake McGuire (22 SV)
Titans MVP: Eli Shiller (25 SV)
Recap – Stats

Game 38: Ajax-Pickering 3 vs. Thunder Bay Kings 2
Raiders MVP: Ian Martin (2G)
Kings MVP: Owen Belisle (1G,1A)
Recap – Stats

Game 39: London Jr. Knights 4 vs. TPH Thunder 1
Jr. Knights MVP: Bryce Lewis (1A)
Thunder MVP: Brendan Kischnick (1G)
Recap – Stats

Game 40: Mississauga Rebels 8 vs. Cambridge Hawks 1
Rebels MVP: Austin Brimmer (2G, 1A)
Hawks MVP: Robert Colton
Recap – Stats

All tournament games feature live scoring complete with the OHL’s Game Centre module that includes individual shots on goal and face-off results.

Cole Perfetti of the Whitby Wildcats and Dylan Wendt of TPH Thunder finished the round-robin leading the tournament scoring race each with three goals and five assists for eight points in four games.

2017 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour Playoff Schedule:


Saturday March 18, 2017

Scotiabank Pond 1
10:30 am Quarter-Final 2 – Toronto Jr. Canadiens (2ND Place Subban Division) vs. Mississauga Reps (1ST Place Shanahan Division)
12:15 pm Quarter-Final 4 – Toronto Nationals (2ND Place Nash Division) vs. Whitby Wildcats (1ST Place Lindros Division)

Scotiabank Pond 2
10:00 am Quarter-Final 1 – Toronto Marlboros (2ND Place Shanahan Division) vs. London Jr. Knights (1ST Place Subban Division)
11:45 am Quarter-Final 3 – Vaughan Kings (2ND Place Lindros Division) vs. Mississauga Rebels (1ST Place Nash Division)

Scotiabank Pond 1
6:00 pm Semi-Final 1 – Winner Quarter-Final 2 vs. Winner Quarter-Final 1
8:00 pm Semi-Final 2 – Winner Quarter-Final 4 vs. Winner Quarter-Final 3

Monday March 20, 2017

Mattamy Athletic Centre

6:30 pm Championship Final – Winner Semi-Final 2 vs. Winner Semi-Final 1

Monday’s Championship Final will be broadcast live on Sportsnet Ontario.

All other games of the 2017 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament powered by Under Armour will be streamed online athttps://ohlcup.gameonstream.com.

The showcase provides fans and scouts one last opportunity to see many of the top minor midget aged players from across Ontario and parts of the United States compete for the OHL Cup performing against the best competition prior to the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.

For more information, please visit ohlcup.ca.