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Buffalo’s HarborCenter to showcase OHL stars and prospects

 

Ontario Hockey League players and prospects will help launch the 2017-18 season at Buffalo’s HarborCenter as part of a special pre-season showcase September 1-3.

The inaugural event offers fans and scouts the opportunity to see six OHL teams and eight Under-15 AAA programs compete in one place with a total of 26 games scheduled over three days.

“It’s always an exciting time when hockey is back, but to welcome a new season with an event of this magnitude will truly be a special experience for the players,” said Joe Birch, OHL Senior Director of Hockey Development and Special Events. “We look forward to showcasing OHL talent in Buffalo and introducing our league to the next wave of OHL Priority Selection prospects and their families.”

The OHL showcase features the host Erie Otters along with the Flint Firebirds, Kitchener Rangers, North Bay Battalion, Peterborough Petes, and Windsor Spitfires each playing three games as part of the league’s exhibition schedule.

Eight elite U15 AAA teams from across the United States have been invited and split into two pools for a round-robin tournament to coincide with the OHL’s showcase weekend.  The host Buffalo Jr. Sabres are grouped with the Chicago Young Americans, Detroit Belle Tire, and Ohio Blue Jackets, with the other group consisting of the Amherst Knights, North Jersey Avalanche, Pittsburgh Pens Elite, and St. Louis Jr. Blues.

HarborCenter has been the three-year host of the NHL Scouting Combine and will also host 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship games.

Tickets are now available and can be purchased online including full weekend passes for $40 or single day admission for $20.

All games of both the OHL and U15 showcase will be streamed live.

HarborCenter OHL Showcase Schedule:

All games to be played on Key Bank Rink at HarborCenter.

Friday September 1:
12:30 pm – Flint Firebirds vs Windsor Spitfires
4:00 pm – Kitchener Rangers vs North Bay Battalion
7:30 pm – Erie Otters vs Peterborough Petes

Saturday September 2:
12:30 pm – North Bay Battalion vs Windsor Spitfires
4:00 pm – Peterborough Petes vs Kitchener Rangers
7:30 pm – Erie Otters vs Flint Firebirds

Sunday September 3:
12:30 pm – Flint Firebirds vs North Bay Battalion
4:00 pm – Windsor Spitfires vs Peterborough Petes
7:30 pm – Kitchener Rangers vs Erie Otters

HarborCenter U15 AAA Showcase Schedule:

All games (except for Sunday’s Semi-Final 2) to be played at New Wave Energy Rink at HarborCenter.

Friday September 1:
11:45 am – Ohio Blue Jackets vs Buffalo Jr. Sabres
1:30 pm – Chicago Young Americans vs Detroit Belle Tire
3:15 pm – Amherst Knights vs St. Louis Jr. Blues
5:00 pm – Pittsburgh Pens Elite vs North Jersey Avalanche
6:45 pm – Ohio Blue Jackets vs Detroit Belle Tire
8:30 pm – Chicago Young Americans vs Buffalo Jr. Sabres

Saturday September 2:
10:00 am – Pittsburgh Pens Elite vs St. Louis Jr. Blues
11:45 am – Amherst Knights vs North Jersey Avalanche
1:30 pm – Detroit Belle Tire vs Buffalo Jr. Sabres
3:15 pm – Ohio Blue Jackets vs Chicago Young Americans
5:00 pm – St. Louis Jr. Blues vs North Jersey Avalanche
6:45 pm – Pittsburgh Pens Elite vs Amherst Knights

Sunday September 3:
9:00 am – Pool A #2 vs Pool B #1 (Semi-Final 1)
9:30 am – Pool B #2 vs Pool A #1 (Semi-Final 2) – Key Bank Rink
12:30 pm – Pool B #3 vs Pool A #3 (Consolation)
2:15 pm – Pool B #4 vs Pool A #4 (Consolation)
4:00 pm – Championship Final

For more information visit ontariohockeyleague.com and harborcenter.com or follow the events via social media @OHLHockey and @HARBORCTR.

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