17 OHL Alumni earn medals at 2018 U SPORTS University Cup
Seventeen OHL graduates have earned medals at the 2018 U SPORTS University Cup that wrapped up this past weekend in Fredericton, NB.
London Knights graduate Brendan Burke claimed the lone gold medal as a member of the University of Alberta Golden Bears, helping guide them to their 16th National Championship and third in five years after winning back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015.
Fourth-year Golden Bear Stephane Legault (Edmonton Oil Kings) recorded a tournament-leading seven points, including the Bears first goal in the championship final on Sunday, earning tournament MVP honours. Luke Philp (Red Deer Rebels), Wil Tomchuk (Prince George Cougars) and Jamie Crooks (Victoria Royals) also scored for the Bears. Rookie goalie Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors) stopped 24 of the 26 shot he faced.
A total of 12 OHL grads return home with silver medals as members of the StFX X-Men as Daniel Robertson (Windsor Spitfires) and Michael Clarke (Peterborough Petes) had goals in the championship loss.
An additional four OHL grads earned bronze with the UNB Varsity Reds following a 5-4 overtime win over the Saskatchewan Huskies on Alexandre Goulet’s (Victoriaville Tigres) game winner.
Matt Murphy (Saint John Sea Dogs), Tyler Boland (Rimouski Oceanic) and Olivier Leblanc (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles) also scored for the Varsity Reds while Goulet found the back of the net twice.
Saskatchewan markers came from Levi Cable (Kootenay Ice), Jaimen Yakubowski (Moose Jaw Warriors), Mackenzie Johnston and Carson Stadnyk (Everett Silvertips) as the Huskies settled for fourth.
Peterborough Petes graduate Michael Clarke of the StFX X-Men was also named to the tournament all-star team after registering seven points (2-5–7) over three games.
Here’s a closer look at OHL graduates who earned medals in Fredericton.
U SPORTS University Cup Champion Alberta Golden Bears (1 OHL Grad):
Brendan Burke (London Knights 2016)
U SPORTS University Cup Silver Medalist StFX X-Men (12 OHL Grads):
Brandon Hope (Niagara IceDogs 2015)
Santino Centorame (Owen Sound Attack 2017)
Craig Duininck (Sudbury Wolves 2014)
Daniel Robertson (Windsor Spitfires 2017)
Bryson Cianfrone (Owen Sound Attack 2016)
Michael Clarke (Peterborough Petes 2015)
Holden Cook (Owen Sound Attack 2015)
Anthony DiFruscia (Niagara IceDogs 2016)
Kristoff Kontos (Saginaw Spirit 2014)
Adam Laishram (Windsor Spitfires 2017)
Nathan Pancel (Peterborough Petes 2015)
Sam Studnicka (Sarnia Sting 2016)
U SPORTS University Cup Bronze Medalist UNB Varsity Reds (4 OHL Grads):
Marcus McIvor (North Bay Battalion 2015)
Colin Suellentrop (Oshawa Generals 2014)
Kris Bennett (Saginaw Spirit 2017)
Cameron Brace (Belleville Bulls 2014)
U SPORTS UNIVERSITY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP AWARDS:
University Cup MVP (Major W.J. “Danny” McLeod Award):
Stephane Legault (Alberta / Edmonton Oil Kings 2013)
Championship All-Star Team:
G Zach Sawchenko (Alberta / Moose Jaw Warriors 2017)
D Kendall McFaull (Saskatchewan / Moose Jaw Warriors 2013)
D Jagger Dirk (StFX / Jagger Dirk (Kootenay Ice 2014)
F Mark Simpson (UNB / Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2016)
F Stephane Legault (Alberta / Edmonton Oil Kings 2013)
F Michael Clarke (StFX / Peterborough Petes 2015)
A total of 176 CHL graduates competed across eight teams at the 2018 U SPORTS University Cup Championship, representing over 80% of all players in the tournament.
CHL graduates are able to compete in U SPORTS hockey programs and receive their education paid for by taking advantage of the Scholarship Programs throughout the CHL which are funded by the member clubs of the Western Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
During the 2016-17 season more than 945 CHL alumni utilized their Scholarship Packages including over 550 graduates on U SPORTS rosters and representing a financial contribution of over $6.8 million by CHL teams.