As OHL teams assemble their depth charts and confirm staff behind the bench for the fast approaching 2017-18 season, several of the league’s recent graduates are finding new homes on U SPORTS men’s university hockey teams.
Utilizing their OHL education packages, 22 players who skated during the 2016-17 season will join U SPORTS programs across the country this fall while an additional five who graduated from the league in past seasons will do so as well.
A total of 197 OHL graduates started the 2016-17 season on U SPORTS men’s hockey rosters, with 148 of those competing within Ontario University Sport and representing approximately 25% of the players in the 20-team conference.
Seven OHL graduates helped the York Lions claim their first OUA Queen’s Cup title in 13 years last spring, defeating the Queen’s Gaels 4-3 on a winning goal by Steven Janes (Ottawa 67’s/Owen Sound Attack/Windsor Spitfires, 2009-14).
Both York and Queen’s advanced to the U SPORTS University Cup Championship in Fredericton, New Brunswick as five OHL grads helped the host UNB Varsity Reds win a national title with a 5-3 victory over the Saskatchewan Huskies.
Last season, the OHL Central Administered Scholarship Program facilitated scholarships for 301 OHL graduates with a total scholarship payment in excess of $3.1M.
OHL graduates committed to U SPORTS programs for 2017-18:
Kris Bennett (Saginaw Spirit, 2012-17) – UNB
Nathan Billitier (Kingston Frontenacs, 2014-17) – Queen’s
Damian Bourne (Mississauga Steelheads, 2012-17) – Queen’s
Justin Brack (Owen Sound Attack/Niagara IceDogs, 2013-17) – Brock
Cody Caron (Niagara IceDogs/Kingston Frontenacs, 2013-17) – Carleton
Dawson Carty (Mississauga Steelheads/Kitchener Rangers/Hamilton Bulldogs, 2013-17) – Acadia
Santino Centorame (London Knights/Owen Sound Attack, 2012-17) – StFX
Michael Cramarossa (Belleville Bulls/Hamilton Bulldogs, 2012-17) – McGill
Dylan Di Perna (Kingston Frontenacs/Kitchener Rangers, 2012-17) – Saint Mary’s
Brett Hargrave (Sarnia Sting/Owen Sound Attack/North Bay Battalion, 2012-17) – Nipissing
Steve Harland (North Bay Battalion, 2015-17) – Ryerson
Kyle Jenkins (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds/Peterborough Petes, 2012-17) – Laurier
Jaden Lindo (Owen Sound Attack/Sarnia Sting, 2012-17) – Queen’s
Owen MacDonald (London Knights, 2012-17) – Acadia
David Miller (Kitchener Rangers/Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, 2012-17) – Ryerson
Brent Moran (Niagara IceDogs/Flint Firebirds/North Bay Battalion, 2012-17) – Nipissing
Alex Peters (Plymouth Whalers/Flint Firebirds) – Saint Mary’s
Brandon Prophet (Saginaw Spirit/Barrie Colts/Peterborough Petes, 2012-17) – Queen’s
Patrick Sanvido (Windsor Spitfires/Sudbury Wolves, 2012-17) – Queen’s
Jared Steege (North Bay Battalion/Kingston Frontenacs/Ottawa 67’s, 2013-17) – Carleton
Anthony Stefano (Peterborough Petes/Windsor Spitfires/Barrie Colts) – Western
Patrick White (Sarnia Sting/Ottawa 67’s, 2013-17) – Ottawa
OHL players who graduated prior to 2016-17 committing to U SPORTS programs for 2017-18:
Connor Brown (Ottawa 67’s/Saginaw Spirit, 2012-16) – Brock
Greg DiTomaso (Mississauga Steelheads/Saginaw Spirit/Barrie Colts, 2013-16) – Ryerson
*Eric Locke (Windsor Spitfires/Barrie Colts/Saginaw Spirit, 2010-14) – transfer from StFX to Ottawa
Josh Maguire (Peterborough Petes, 2012-16) – UOIT
Mathew Santos (Brampton/North Bay Battalion, 2012-16) – Ryerson
CHL Scholarship Program and U Sports Partnership: