4th Annual OHL/HPHL Battle of the Border Details

The Ontario Hockey League dropped the puck today at the fourth annual ‘Battle of the Border’ Showcase in partnership with the High Performance Hockey League.

This year’s event takes place November 10-12 at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ont., home of the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires and features a record 24 teams including both an under-16 and under-18 component with organizations from across Ontario, Detroit, and Illinois.  The 36-game showcase played before scouts and fans highlights talent eligible for the 2018 OHL Priority Selection and Under-18 Priority Selection.

Minor midget teams representing Ontario include the Mississauga Reps (GTHL), North York Rangers (GTHL), Sun County Panthers (ALLIANCE), Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL), Vaughan Kings (GTHL), and York Simcoe Express (OMHA-ETA).

Major midget teams representing Ontario include the Central Ontario Wolves (OMHA-SCTA), Clarington Toros (OMHA-ETA), Guelph Gryphons (OMHA-SCTA), Huron Perth Lakers (ALLIANCE), London Jr. Knights (ALLIANCE), and Waterloo Wolves (ALLIANCE).

HPHL teams in both U16 and U18 divisions include Chicago Mission, Chicago Young Americans, Detroit Compuware, Detroit Honeybaked, Oakland Grizzlies, and Team Illinois.

In addition to the action on the ice, the OHL will be hosting seminars and information sessions for players and their families focusing on areas such as the league’s scholarship program, professional support programs, development opportunities, benefits, player environment, and safety, health and welfare programs.

“Since the development of our inaugural event in Plymouth, 2014, our goal has been to continue building a strong partnership with the HPHL,” said Joe Birch, Senior Director of Hockey Development and Special Events. “We’re excited to host this year’s event in Windsor and expand the program to include our under-18 category providing even more players with a unique minor hockey experience.  The exhibition weekend will provide teams the opportunity to compete against new opponents, and the chance for players to learn more about our league and the OHL experience.”

Players will also have the opportunity to see an OHL game when the Spitfires host the Kitchener Rangers on Saturday November 11.

Eight players from last year’s event were chosen in the first round of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection including first overall pick Ryan Suzuki of the Barrie Colts (London Jr. Knights), third overall pick Brandon Coe of the North Bay Battalion (Toronto Young Nationals), fourth overall pick Nicholas Porco of the Saginaw Spirit (Vaughan Kings), sixth overall pick Graeme Clarke of the Ottawa 67’s (Toronto Marlboros), seventh overall pick Blake Murray of the Sudbury Wolves (Whitby Wildcats), 10th overall pick Ethan Keppen of the Flint Firebirds (Toronto Young Nationals), 14th overall pick Thomas Harley of the Mississauga Steelheads (Vaughan Kings), and 17th overall pick Nathan Staios of the Windsor Spitfires (Vaughan Kings).

All games will have three 17-minute periods with a flood occurring midway through the second period.  3-on-3 overtime will ensue should games be tied after regulation time, followed by a three-man shootout if there is no overtime goal.  Total points accumulated by each country will determine the ‘Battle of the Border’ champion.  Teams receive three points for a win, one point for each tie, and one extra point for an overtime or shootout win.  The United States have won all three events to date.

Minor Midget Under 16 Schedule:

Friday November 10:
3:00 pm – Mississauga Reps vs Detroit Honeybaked (Main Bowl)
3:30 pm – Vaughan Kings vs Oakland Grizzlies (Grenon)
5:15 pm – Sun County Panthers vs Detroit Compuware (Main Bowl)
5:45 pm – Toronto Jr. Canadiens vs Chicago Young Americans (Grenon)
7:30 pm – York Simcoe Express vs Chicago Mission (Main Bowl)
8:00 pm – North York Rangers vs Team Illinois (Grenon)

Saturday November 11:
9:30 am – Detroit Compuware vs Toronto Jr. Canadiens (Greenshield)
10:00 am – Oakland Grizzlies vs York Simcoe Express (AM 800)
11:45 am – Detroit Honeybaked vs Vaughan Kings (Greenshield)
12:15 pm – Chicago Young Americans vs North York Rangers (AM 800)
2:00 pm – Chicago Mission vs Mississauga Reps (Greenshield)
2:30 pm – Team Illinois vs Sun County Panthers (AM 800)

7:05 pm – OHL’s Kitchener Rangers vs Windsor Spitfires (Main Bowl)

Sunday November 12:
8:30 am – Vaughan Kings vs Team Illinois (Grenon)
9:00 am – Toronto Jr. Canadiens vs Chicago Mission (Main Bowl)
10:30 am – Sun County Panthers vs Chicago Young Americans (Grenon)
11:00 am – North York Rangers vs Detroit Compuware (Greenshield)
12:30 pm – Mississauga Reps vs Oakland Grizzlies (Grenon)
1:00 pm – York Simcoe Express vs Detroit Honeybaked (Main Bowl)

Major Midget Under-18 Schedule:

Friday November 10:
3:00 pm – London Jr. Knights vs Detroit Compuware (Greenshield)
3:30 pm – Guelph Jr. Gryphons vs Detroit Honeybaked (AM 800)
5:15 pm – Clarington Toros vs Team Illinois (Greenshield)
5:45 pm – Central Ontario Wolves vs Chicago Young Americans (AM 800)
7:30 pm – Huron Perth Lakers vs Chicago Mission (Greenshield)
8:00 pm – Waterloo Wolves vs Oakland Grizzlies (AM 800)

Saturday November 11:
9:00 am – Detroit Honeybaked vs Clarington Toros (Main Bowl)
10:00 am – Detroit Compuware vs Central Ontario Wolves (Grenon)
12:00 pm – Chicago Mission vs Guelph Jr. Gryphons (Main Bowl)
12:15 pm – Team Illinois vs Huron Perth Lakers (Grenon)
2:15 pm – Chicago Young Americans vs Waterloo Wolves (Main Bowl)
2:30 pm – Oakland Grizzlies vs London Jr. Knights (Grenon)

7:05 pm – OHL’s Kitchener Rangers vs Windsor Spitfires (Main Bowl)

Sunday November 12:
8:30 am – Huron Perth Lakers vs Detroit Honeybaked (AM 800)
9:00 am – Clarington Toros vs Chicago Mission (Greenshield)
10:30 am – London Jr. Knights vs Chicago Young Americans (AM 800)
11:00 am – Waterloo Wolves vs Detroit Compuware (Main Bowl)
12:30 pm – Central Ontario Wolves vs Oakland Grizzlies (AM 800)
1:00 pm – Guelph Jr. Gryphons vs Team Illinois (Greenshield)

Admission is free for all ‘Battle of the Border’ games.  The event will also be available online in partnership with


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