OHL This Week: Apr. 26 to 29, 2018
Eastern and Western Conference Championship Series matchups continue as we take a look at what’s happening across the league this week.
EASTERN AND WESTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES MATCHUPS CONTINUE:
The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Kitchener Rangers enter the weekend tied up at two in their Western Conference Championship Series matchup while the Eastern Conference sees the Hamilton Bulldogs carry a 3-1 series lead into action on Thursday against the Kingston Frontenacs. Playoff brackets
SECOND CHANCE: GREYHOUNDS GETTINGER AND VERBEEK RETURN FOR A SHOT AT WEST TITLE:
Soo Greyhounds veterans Tim Gettinger and Hayden Verbeek are playing in their second Western Conference Championship Series following their 2015 rookie season. Read more
BLEEDING BLUE: MASCHERIN AND BUNNAMAN REFLECT ON THEIR FOUR YEAR ROAD AS RANGERS:
Adam Mascherin and Connor Bunnaman have been key pieces to Kitchener Rangers success since joining the club as top picks in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection. Read more
KID BROTHER: YOUNGEST STROME WRITING HIS OWN PLAYOFF STORY WITH BULLDOGS:
The youngest of the Strome clan, Matthew has paid big dividends after being the first ever draft pick of the Hamilton Bulldogs back in 2015. Read more
NOT OVER YET: FRONTENACS HAVE BEEN DOWN BEFORE:
The Kingston Frontenacs have salvaged series deficits before and they look to do it again as they attempt to turn around a 3-0 series deficit against Hamilton. Read more
WATCH #OHLPLAYOFFS ON OHL LIVE:
The Ontario Hockey League, in association with its digital media partner NeuLion, are proud to offer special packages and rates for OHL Live coverage of the 2018 OHL Playoffs. All Access subscriptions can be purchased for $49.99, and third round team packages are available for $25.99. Details.
MEDIA PANEL CAST VOTES FOR CHL TEAM OF THE CENTURY:
In celebration of the 100th edition of the Mastercard Memorial Cup, the Canadian Hockey League is asking fans to cast their vote for the Team of the Century. With 99 Mastercard Memorial Cup champions eligible for the prestigious honour, we asked media from across the province to help identify some of the top candidates with rationale for their selections. Read more
COLTS’ ANDREI SVECHNIKOV NAMED OHL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:
Forward Andrei Svechnikov of the Barrie Colts is the 2017-18 recipient of the Emms Family Award presented to the OHL’s Rookie of the Year. Svechnikov led all OHL rookies with 40 goals and 32 assists in just 44 games for a point total of 72 that ranked 25th overall in league scoring and a points-per-game mark of 1.64 that was fifth best. Read more
COLTS’ AARON LUCHUK NAMED OHL OVERAGE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Ottawa Senators prospect Aaron Luchuk of the Barrie Colts is the 2017-18 recipient of the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy awarded annually to the OHL’s Overage Player of the Year. Luchuk led the league in scoring with 115 points including 50 goals and 65 assists in 68 games played helping the Colts clinch their third Central Division title in four years. Read more
ATTACK’S NICK SUZUKI NAMED OHL’S MOST SPORTSMANLIKE PLAYER:
Vegas Golden Knights prospect Nick Suzuki of the Owen Sound Attack is the 2017-18 recipient of the William Hanley Trophy awarded to the OHL’s Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year. Suzuki earns the award a second straight season after finishing fourth in league scoring with 100 points including 42 goals and 58 assists along with a plus-minus rating of plus-30 in 64 games. Read more
GREYHOUNDS’ BORIS KATCHOUK NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ AND CHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Boris Katchouk of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds is both the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week as well as the CHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 22. Katchouk scored five goals and three assists for eight points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-8. His performance last week helped the Greyhounds eliminate the Owen Sound Attack in second round playoff action and take a 2-0 series lead against the Kitchener Rangers in the Western Conference Championship Series. Read more
VOTE CONOR TIMMINS IN #CIBCSHOWDOWN:
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defenceman Conor Timmins is this week’s OHL representative featured in #CIBCShowdown which showcases one great play from all three leagues allowing fans the opportunity to choose their favourite play. See all the plays and vote at chlshowdown.ca.
2018 OHL COACHES CONFERENCE SET FOR SATURDAY JUNE 2ND:
The 2018 OHL Coaches Conference is scheduled for Saturday June 2 at Oshawa’s UOIT campus featuring speakers and presenters with expertise in a broad range of areas. Read more
CANADA FALLS TO CZECH REPUBLIC IN U18 WORLDS QUARTER-FINAL MATCHUP:
Canada’s run at the 2018 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship has come to an end following a 2-1 quarter-final loss to the Czech Republic in Magnitogorsk, Russia. After going undefeated through preliminary play, Canada wasn’t able to overcome a 2-0 deficit as Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds) scored the lone goal in the loss. Finland, Sweden, the United States and the Czech Republic all advanced to semi-final play on Saturday. In addition to the nine OHL players representing Canada, other league talented in the tournament includes Stephane Patry (Switzerland/Erie Otters), Nikita Okhotyuk (Russia/Ottawa 67’s) and Zack Malik (Czech Republic/Sudbury Wolves). For more coverage of the U18 Worlds, visit IIHF.com.
FOUR TOP PROSPECTS COMMIT TO KNIGHTS:
The London Knights have received commitments from top 2018 selections Luke Evangelista, Antonio Stranges, Sahil Panwar and Gerard Keane. Evangelista was selected in the first round (14th overall) of the 2018 OHL Priority Selection, with Stranges (21st overall) and Panwar (23rd overall) being selected in the second round, with Keane (42nd overall) in the third round. Read more
TY TULLIO COMMITS TO GENERALS:
The Oshawa Generals have received a commitment from 2018 first round (11th overall) selection Ty Tullio. The 16-year-old, Lakeshore, ON native was a member of the GTHL Vaughan Kings during the 2017-18 season where he tallied 38 goals and 51 assists for 89 points in 50 games played. Read more
ISAAC LANGDON COMMITS TO RANGERS:
The Kitchener Rangers have received a commitment from 2018 second round selection Isaac Langdon. The 15-year-old, Belleville, ON native was the 32nd overall pick by the Rangers in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection. He was a member of the OMHA’s Quinte Red Devils during the 2017-18 season where he potted 21 goals and 33 points in 33 games played. Read more
WILLIAM PORTOKALIS COMMITS TO STEELHEADS:
The Mississauga Steelheads have received a commitment from 2018 second round selection William Portokalis. The 5-foot-10, 174-pound centreman recorded 81 points (34 goals, 47 assists) in 63 games for the Don Mills Flyers this season, adding four points in four games at the 2018 OHL Cup. Read more
JOE RANGER COMMITS TO STEELHEADS:
The Mississauga Steelheads have received a commitment from 2018 fourth round selection Joe Ranger. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound goaltender from Carp, Ont. recorded a 2.98 goals against average (GAA) and a 0.908 save percentage (SV%) for the Carleton Place Canadians Midget AAA team this season. Read more
VOTE FOR THE CHL’S TEAM OF THE CENTURY:
In celebration of the 100th edition of the Mastercard Memorial Cup, the Canadian Hockey League is asking fans to cast their vote for the Team of the Century. Check out the online voting platform at http://chlteamofthecentury.ca which features photos, rosters, and tournament recaps for the first 99 Memorial Cup champions who represent the candidates eligible for the distinction of CHL Team of the Century. Voters are eligible for great prizes including a trip for two to the 2019 Mastercard Memorial Cup.
10 of 31 King Clancy Memorial Trophy nominees are OHL grads: OHL graduates are being recognized for their contributions both on and off the ice in the NHL. Ten of the 31 players nominated for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy are OHL alumni. The award is given to a player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution in his community. OHL grads nominated include Zach Bogosian (Buffalo Sabres/Peterborough Petes), Gabriel Landeskog (Colorado Avalanche/Kitchener Rangers), Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars/Plymouth Whalers), Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings/Guelph Storm), P.K. Subban (Nashville Predators/Belleville Bulls), Matt Murray (Pittsburgh Penguins/Soo Greyhounds), Chris Tierney (San Jose Sharks/London Knights), Alex Pietrangelo (St. Louis Blues/Barrie Colts), Ryan Callahan (Tampa Bay Lightning/Guelph Storm), Matt Martin (Toronto Maple Leafs/Sarnia Sting).
McDavid, Hall named Ted Lindsay Award finalists: OHL graduates Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers/Erie Otters) and Taylor Hall (New Jersey Devils/Windsor Spitfires) have been named finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award. The annual honour is awarded to the most outstanding player in the regular season as judged by the members of the NHLPA. McDavid earned the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer, recording 108 points (41-67–108) in 82 games. A recipient of the Ted Lindsay Award last year, McDavid is a former CHL Player of the Year Award recipient in 2015. Hall registered 93 points (39-54–93) in 76 games with New Jersey and was named to the NHL All-Star Game for a third time. The former back-to-back Mastercard Memorial Cup champion played three seasons with the Windsor Spitfires from 2007-10.
Simmonds named Mark Messier Leadership Award finalist: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds graduate Wayne Simmonds has been nominated for the Mark Messier Leadership Award. The Philadelphia Flyers forward had 46 points (24-22–46) in 75 games this season. This is an award that recognizes an individual as a superior leader within their sport, and as a contributing member of society. The award is given to a player selected by Hockey Hall of Fame center Mark Messier to honor an individual who leads by positive example through on-ice performance, motivation of team members and a dedication to community activities and charitable causes. Simmonds played two OHL seasons with Owen Sound and Sault Ste. Marie from 2006-08, recording 124 points (56-68–124) in 126 regular season games.
Staal named Bill Masterton Trophy nominee: Peterborough Petes graduate Jordan Staal has been nominated for the Bill Masterton Trophy. The Carolina Hurricanes captain had 46 points (19-27–46) in 79 games this season. The Masterton Trophy is awarded to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. Staal who won a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009, also won an OHL title with the Peterborough Petes in 2006. The Thunder Bay, Ont. native is one of four brothers to have played in the OHL as he spent two seasons with the Petes from 2004-06, recording 96 points (37-59–96) in 134 regular season games.
O’Reilly named Lady Byng Trophy finalist: Erie Otters graduate Ryan O’Reilly has been named a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy. The Buffalo Sabres forward had 61 points (24-37–61) in 81 games this season while taking just two penalty minutes. The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy is awarded to the NHL player judged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability. The Clinton, Ont. native played two seasons in Erie from 2007-09 after being the first overall pick of the 2007 OHL Priority Selection. In 129 regular season games he recorded 118 points (35-83–118).
Cassidy named Jack Adams Award finalist: Former Kingston Frontenacs head coach and OHL graduate Bruce Cassidy has been named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award, an honour given to the coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success. The head coach of the Boston Bruins, Cassidy led his club to a 50-20-12 record during the regular season before eliminating the Toronto Maple Leafs in a seven game first round series. Cassidy coached Kingston for parts of two seasons from 2006-08. He patrolled the blue line for the Ottawa 67’s from 1982-85, winning a Mastercard Memorial Cup title with them in 1984.
Thursday April 26th:
Kingston at Hamilton (Game 5) – 7:00pm
Friday April 27th:
Kitchener at Sault Ste. Marie (Game 5) – 7:07pm
Saturday April 28th:
Hamilton at Kingston (Game 6) – 7:00pm*
Sunday April 29th:
Sault Ste. Marie at Kitchener (Game 6) – 2:00pm
Monday April 30th:
Kingston at Hamilton (Game 7) – 7:00pm*
Kitchener at Sault Ste. Marie (Game 7) – 7:07pm*
* if necessary
Be sure to catch all of this weekend’s action at ohllive.com.