Steelheads’ Tippett and McLeod added to Team OHL for Game 3 of 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League, in association with the Canadian Hockey League, today announced that forwards Owen Tippett and Ryan McLeod of the Mississauga Steelheads have been added to Team OHL’s roster for Game 3 of the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series, scheduled for Thursday November 9 in Owen Sound. 

The Steelheads pair replace forwards Jonah Gadjovich of the Owen Sound Attack and Givani Smith of the Guelph Storm both unable to compete due to injury.

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Thursday will mark Tippett’s first game in an OHL sweater this season since returning from the NHL’s Florida Panthers on Monday.  The 18-year-old from Peterborough skated in seven NHL contests with the Panthers who selected him 10th overall in the 2017 NHL Draft.  He made his NHL debut on October 17th in Philadelphia and scored his first career NHL goal on October 26th against the Anaheim Ducks.  Last season in Mississauga he scored 44 goals, the most in all-time franchise history since 2006, adding 31 assists for 75 points in 60 games.  As a member of Team OHL last November, Tippett earned Player of the Game honours in North Bay recording two assists in a 4-3 loss to Team Russia. 

McLeod, an 18-year-old from Mississauga, is a top rated prospect for the 2018 NHL Draft competing in his first CIBC Canada Russia Series for Team OHL.  He is currently second on the Steelheads in scoring with six goals and 16 assists for 22 points through 17 games.  Ryan’s older brother Michael McLeod was a member of Canada’s National Junior Team last season and represented Team OHL in both 2016 and 2015 events.  Along with Tippett, McLeod joins fellow Steelheads in goaltender Jacob Ingham and defenceman Nicolas Hague competing Thursday night in Owen Sound.  

The 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series shifts to Ontario tied 3-3 in points following a pair of games in the Western Hockey League.  Team WHL won the opener by a 7-0 score in Moose Jaw on Monday, with Team Russia evening the series Tuesday with a 4-3 triumph in Swift Current.  Team OHL carries an all-time record of 23-4-1 in Canada Russia Series action. 

2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series Schedule:
Game 1 – Monday November 6 at Moose Jaw, SK: WHL 7, Russia 0 – Game Summary | Highlights
Game 2 – Tuesday November 7 at Swift Current, SK: Russia 4, WHL 3 – Game Summary | Highlights
Game 3 – Thursday November 9 at Owen Sound, ON (Sportsnet East, Ont, Pacific, 360, TVA Sports 2)
Game 4 – Monday November 13 at Sudbury, ON (Sportsnet East, Ontario, Pacific, TVA Sports 2)
Game 5 – Tuesday November 14 at Charlottetown, PE (Sportsnet East, Ontario, Pacific, TVA Sports 2)
Game 6 – Thursday November 16 at Moncton, NB (Sportsnet East, Ontario, Pacific, TVA Sports 2)

All games of the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series will be available online through NeuLion’s CHL streaming platform at  

All games of the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series will also be broadcast on the NHL Network U.S the following day at 10:00 am Eastern. 

The 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series is supported by title sponsor CIBC, the Official Bank of the CHL, along with associate sponsors Cooper Tires and Sherwin-Williams.

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OHL Writer’s Draft Eligible Player of the Month for October: Brady Hinz

Sarnia Sting forward Brady Hinz has been selected our draft eligible player of the month for October. The 5’8” native of Stratford Ontario notched 10 goals while adding 6 assists in 12 games and helping the Sting to the top of the Canadian Hockey League rankings at the end of October.  

Brady Hinz of the Sarnia Sting. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Brady Hinz of the Sarnia Sting. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Hinz recorded 3 multi-goal games and 5 multi-point games. Among players eligible for the 2018 National Hockey League Draft, Hinz is tied for top spot in goals, second in points, leads in the plus/minus department, owns the longest goal scoring streak of the season, the second longest assist an point streak of the season, and leads all OHL players in shooting percentage.

Hinz was named the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the week for October 9 to October 15 and runner up for CHL Player of the Week for the same period.

Also considered were: Mississauga Steelheads forward Ryan McLeod who had 4 goals and 9 assists in 10 games. Akil Thomas of the Niagara IceDogs notched 3 goals while adding 10 assists in 11 games.

Previous Winners

Matthew Struthers – Owen Sound Attack (September)

Canada Announces Roster for the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

Hockey Canada announced the 22 man roster that will go for a ninth straight gold medal at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial set to begin August 8 and run thru to August 13, 2016.

The Ontario Hockey League is well represented, making up half the roster led by Windsor Spitfires goaltender Michael DiPietro. To no surprise from this writer, three players not eligible until the 2018 National Hockey League Draft made the final cut. They are: London Knights’ defenceman Evan Bouchard, Mississauga Steelheads’ forward Ryan McLeod and from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Joseph Veleno of the Saint John Sea Dogs

Player Pos Club Draft
Michael DiPietro G Windsor (OHL) 2017
Ian Scott G Prince Albert (WHL) 2017
Evan Bouchard D London (OHL) 2018
Antoine Crête-Belzile D Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) 2017
Ian Mitchell D Spruce Grove (AJHL) 2017
Jacob Paquette D Kingston (OHL) 2017
Markus Phillips D Owen Sound (OHL) 2017
Elijah Roberts D Kitchener (OHL) 2017
Jonathan Smart D Kelowna (WHL) 2017
Jordy Bellerive F Lethbridge (WHL) 2017
Shane Bowers F Waterloo (USHL) 2017
Maxime Comtois F Victoriaville (QMJHL) 2017
MacKenzie Entwistle F Hamilton (OHL) 2017
Stelio Mattheos F Brandon (WHL) 2017
Ryan McLeod F Mississauga (OHL) 2018
Greg Meireles F Ottawa (CCHL) 2017
Michael Rasmussen F Tri-City (WHL) 2017
Matthew Strome F Hamilton (OHL) 2017
Jack Studnicka F Oshawa (OHL) 2017
Nick Suzuki F Owen Sound (OHL) 2017
Owen Tippett F Mississauga (OHL) 2017
Joseph Veleno F Saint John (QMJHL) 2018

Hlinka Schedule