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OHL This Week: April 25 to 28, 2019

 

May is nearly upon us as the Bobby Orr Trophy recipient Ottawa 67’s await the winner of the Western Conference Championship Series to determine who they’ll face in the 2019 Rogers OHL Championship Series. Here’s what’s happening across the OHL This Week.

OTTAWA 67’s ARE 2019 EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS:
Tye Felhaber forced overtime, scoring on the power play with 34 seconds to spare in the third period before striking for the game winner 20 seconds into the extra frame as the Ottawa 67’s won 2-1 and claimed the Bobby Orr Trophy as Eastern Conference Champions for the first time since 2005. Felhaber’s second-straight two-goal contest helped the 67’s snatch victory from the clutches of defeat as they completed a four-game sweep of the Oshawa Generals to capture their fourth Bobby Orr Trophy (2001, 2003, 2005, 2019). Recap / Highlights / Post-Game Press Conference / Photo Gallery

SPIRIT REBOUND ON THE ROAD IN GAME 4:
A pair of 2002-born talents shone brightly for the Saginaw Spirit on Wednesday as Cole Perfetti (7, 8) found the back of the net twice and rookie netminder Tristan Lennox turned aside 36 of 37 in a 4-1 road win over the Guelph Storm in Game 4. Shorthanded on the blue line, the Spirit leaned on overage rearguard Reagan O’Grady for a big performance as he scored once and added an assist while Florida Panthers prospect Owen Tippett (11) also lit the lamp, helping Saginaw take a 3-1 series lead before a crowd of 4,698 at the Sleeman Centre. Recap / Highlights / Post-Game Press Conference / Photo Gallery

WOLVES’ LUUKKONEN NAMED OHL GOALTENDER OF THE YEAR:
Buffalo Sabres prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen of the Sudbury Wolves has unanimously been voted the OHL’s 2018-19 Goaltender of the Year. Luukkonen becomes the first member of the Wolves to earn the award after tying for the league lead with 38 wins and six shutouts, while posting the OHL’s third best goals-against-average with a mark of 2.50 and the best save percentage at .920.  His GAA, SV%, and shutout total established new franchise records backstopping the Wolves to their most successful season since 1994-95. Read more

KNIGHTS’ BOUCHARD NAMED OHL DEFENCEMAN OF THE YEAR:
Edmonton Oilers prospect Evan Bouchard of the London Knights has been named the 2018-19 recipient of the Max Kaminsky Trophy for OHL Defenceman of the Year. Bouchard recorded 53 points in just 45 games scoring 16 goals and 37 assists while carrying a plus-28 rating.  His 1.18 points-per-game mark was the second highest in the OHL this season and he was the only defenceman in the league to average more than four shots on goal per game. The Oakville, Ont. native enjoyed a successful AHL debut with the Bakersfield Condors on Tuesday, recording a goal and two assists in a 5-2 playoff win over the Colorado Eagles. Read more

BATTALION’S BRAZEAU NAMED OHL OVERAGE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
 Justin Brazeau of the North Bay Battalion is the 2018-19 recipient of the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy awarded annually to the OHL’s Overage Player of the Year. Brazeau led the league with 61 goals and finished second overall with 113 points in 68 games played.  He becomes the first member of the Battalion to earn this award after establishing a new franchise record for goals in a season while becoming just the second Battalion player following Wojtek Wolski to surpass the century mark for points in a season. Read more

KEYSER, LOCHEAD, REGULA JOIN AHL CLUBS FOR PLAYOFF STRETCH:
With the Oshawa Generals and London Knights eliminated from the OHL Playoffs, three players have joined American Hockey League clubs for the postseason. Oshawa Generals netminder and Boston Bruins prospect Kyle Keyser has joined the Providence Bruins while London Knights defenders William Lochead (Cleveland Monsters) and Detroit Red Wings draftee Alec Regula (Grand Rapids Griffins) have also signed ATO’s.

CANADA ADVANCES TO SEMI-FINALS AT U18 WORLDS:
With a 3-1 quarter-final win over Latvia on Thursday, Canada has advanced to face host Sweden in Saturday’s semi-final in Ornskoldsvik. A total of seven OHL players are on the Canadian squad including Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters), Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads), Michael Vukojevic (Kitchener Rangers), Jamieson Rees (Sarnia Sting), Ryan Suzuki (Barrie Colts), Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs) and Keean Washkurak (Mississauga Steelheads). Read more

67’s’ ROSSI NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ AND CHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Rookie Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67’s is both the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week as well as the CHL Player of the Week after recording eight points in three games of the Eastern Conference Final. Rossi extended his personal point-streak to eight games with a trio of multi-point performances last week that helped the Ottawa 67’s stay perfect in post-season play taking a 3-0 series lead against the Oshawa Generals for the Eastern Conference Championship. Read more

67’s’ ROSSI REPRESENTS OHL IN CIBC SHOWDOWN:
Ottawa 67’s forward Marco Rossi is the OHL’s representative in this week’s CIBC Showdown featuring one great play from all three leagues. Watch & Vote

TERRIFIC WORK FROM THIRD ROUND TENDIES IN JANES SAVES OF THE WEEK:
Treat yourself to the terrific work of the OHL’s third round tendies in the latest edition of #JanesSaves. Featured this week is Michael DiPietro of the Ottawa 67’s, Tristan Lennox and Ivan Prosvetov of the Saginaw Spirit, Kyle Keyser of the Oshawa Generals, and Anthony Popovich of the Guelph Storm. Watch

OHL MOURNS THE LOSS OF KELLY THOMSON:
The Ontario Hockey League family is deeply saddened by the loss of former London Knights and Oshawa Generals forward Kelly Thomson who passed away on Sunday. Once a member of what was recently voted the greatest junior hockey team in history, Thomson hoisted the Memorial Cup as a member of the 2005 London Knights before joining John Tavares and the Oshawa Generals a year later. Read more

PETES’ KIRK NAMED TO GREAT BRITAIN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ROSTER:
Arizona Coyotes prospect Liam Kirk of the Peterborough Petes will represent Great Britain at the World Hockey Championship for a second straight year. Kirk, who had 26 goals and 21 assists in 63 games with the Petes last season, was a member of last year’s Great Britain squad that earned promotion to the top division after winning the Division I Championship. The 25-man team will compete in the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia from May 11 through May 20. Read more

BEN GAUDREAU COMMITS TO STING:
The Sarnia Sting has received a commitment from 2019 first round (7th overall) selection Ben Gaudreau. The 6-foot-2 goaltender joins the Sting as the highest drafted Ontario Hockey League goaltender since 2002. This past season, Gaudreau suited up for the North Bay Trappers Midget AAA, a team which was comprised of 2002 born players. The Corbeil, Ont. native posted an impressive 1.13 goals-against average in 21 games played, helping his Trappers capture the Great North Midget League. Read more

ETHAN DEL MASTRO COMMITS TO STEELHEADS:
The Mississauga Steelheads have received a commitment from 2019 first round (12th overall) selection Ethan Del Mastro. The Waterdown, Ontario native recorded 44 points (8 goals, 36 assists) in 73 regular season games in his Minor Midget season in the GTHL this year. Del Mastro is described as a big left shot D-Man that likes to play physical, is a smooth skater, moves the puck well and plays with a competitive edge. Read more

ISAAC ENRIGHT COMMITS TO ICEDOGS:
The Niagara IceDogs have received a commitment from 2019 first round (17th overall) selection Isaac Enright. A 16-year-old, 6-foot, 170-pound defenceman, Enright showed his offensive capabilities with 28 points over 41 games while steadily defending his team to an HEO Championship. He also represented Ontario at the Canada Winter Games this past February. Read more

JACOB MAILLET COMMITS TO STORM:
The Guelph Storm has received a commitment from 2019 second round selection Jacob Maillet. The Dundas, Ont. native spent the 2018-19 season with the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Minor Midget AAA program, posting 37 points (14 goals, 23 assists) in 32 games.  Maillet added seven points (2G, 5A) in eight games in the postseason. Read more

LUCA DEL BEL BELLUZ COMMITS TO STEELHEADS:
The Mississauga Steelheads have received a commitment from 2019 third round selection Luca Del Bel Belluz. Del Bel Belluz, 15, appeared in 30 games with the Toronto Red Wings (GTHL) during the 2018-2019 season and registered 32 points (20 goals, 12 assists). Over seven OHL Cup games he recorded 8 points (6 goals, 2 assists) supporting his team to a second-place finish. Read more 

SIMON MOTEW COMMITS TO RANGERS:
The Kitchener Rangers have received a commitment from 2019 fourth round selection Simon Motew. Motew was the fourth round, 75th overall pick by the Rangers in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. The Highland Park, Ill. native was a member of the Chicago Mission 15’s during the 2018-19 season where he tallied 3 goals, 10 assists for 13 points in 20 games played. Read more

AVERY WINSLOW COMMITS TO KNIGHTS:
The London Knights have received a commitment from 2018 fifth round selection Avery Winslow. A native of Clearwater, Florida, Winslow was drafted in the fifth round, 94th overall of the 2018 OHL Priority Selection. Last season Winslow played in the BCHL as a member of the Wenatchee Wild where he accumulated two goals, four assists in 35 games played. Read more

FREE AGENT JACOB ROACH COMMITS TO STORM:
The Guelph Storm has received a commitment from 18-year-old free agent forward Jacob Roach. A 5-foot-11, 190 lb forward from Brooklin, Ont., Roach was originally drafted by the Sudbury Wolves in the eighth round of the 2016 OHL Priority Selection. Attending three training camps with the team, he was the final cut of the Wolves camp at the start of the 2018-19 season. He put up 93 points (29-64–93) over 47 games with the St. Catharines Jr. B Falcons this past season. Read more

WOLVES’ LUUKKONEN UNDERGOES SUCCESSFUL HIP SURGERY:
Sudbury Wolves netminder Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen won his American Hockey League debut with the Rochester Americans before undergoing season-ending hip surgery. The big Finnish netminder is expected to make a full recovery in the next six months to be ready for the 2019-20 season as a member of the Buffalo Sabres organization. Luukkonen comes off a tremendous season that saw him win 38 games and post a Wolves franchise record 2.50 goals-against average along with six shutouts. The 6-foot-5 goaltender from Espoo, Finland was Buffalo’s second round pick in 2017. Full details at amerks.com.

U15 POE CAMPS ARE UNDERWAY:
Toronto and Kitchener are currently playing host to two of the five OHF/OHL U15 Program of Excellence Camps this spring.  The goal of the program is to introduce players, families and staff to high performance hockey,  Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence and the Ontario Hockey League by creating a unique and special life and hockey experience for all players and staff involved. Three more camps will take place in Windsor, Oshawa, and Sudbury in May. Details

CHL COMMENCES SEARCH FOR FIRST FULL-TIME PRESIDENT:
The CHL’s three Commissioners and Board of Directors have developed and approved a plan to enhance the continuing evolution of the Canadian Hockey League including hiring the League’s first full-time president. The President will report to the commissioners of the three member leagues. The search, which is being conducted by an outside firm, is expected to be completed prior to the 2019/20 hockey season. Read more

ALUMNI NOTES:

50 OHL Alumni advance in Stanley Cup Playoffs: The eight remaining teams in second round NHL action are loaded with former OHL talents as the Boston Bruins (1), Carolina Hurricanes (9), Colorado Avalanche (4), Columbus Blue Jackets (6), Dallas Stars (7), New York Islanders (7), San Jose Sharks (6), and St. Louis Blues (10) continue their Stanley Cup quest. Full list

McDavid, Kane named Ted Lindsay Award finalists: Erie Otters graduate Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and London Knights graduate Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks have been named finalists for the NHL’s Ted Lindsay Award given to the League’s Most Valuable Player as judged by members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. McDavid finished second in NHL scoring with 116 points (41-75–116) over 78 games while Kane finished with 110 points (44-66–110) for third. Both former first overall NHL Draft picks, McDavid was named CHL Player of the Year with the Erie Otters in 2015 while also earning the Wayne Gretzky ’99’ Award as Playoff MVP. Kane was the CHL’s Rookie of the Year in 2007 while also winning the OHL’s Eddie Powers Trophy as leading scorer with 145 points. McDavid and Kane are joined as finalists by Rouyn-Noranda Huskies graduate and Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov. More details at NHLPA.com.

Giordano, Simmonds, Williams named Mark Messier Leadership Trophy finalists: Three OHL graduates have been named finalists for the NHL’s Mark Messier Leadership Award. Owen Sound Attack graduate Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames, Soo Greyhounds graduate Wayne Simmonds of the Nashville Predators and Plymouth Whalers graduate Justin Williams of the Carolina Hurricanes are being considered for the annual honour given to the player deemed to best lead by positive example through on-ice performance along with a commitment to charitable causes in the community. Giordano skated in 78 games with Calgary this past season, putting up 74 points (17-57–74) from the back end. Simmonds split the season between Nashville and Philadelphia, recording 30 points (17-13–30) over 79 games. Williams recorded 53 points (23-30–53) over 82 games in Carolina. More details at NHL.com.

Burns, Giordano named Norris Trophy finalists: Brampton Battalion graduate Brent Burns and Owen Sound Attack alumnus Mark Giordano have been named finalists for the NHL’s Defenceman of the Year Award. A Norris Trophy recipient in 2017, Burns registered a career-high 83 points (16-67–83) over 82 games with the San Jose Sharks this past season. The 34-year-old Barrie, Ont. native spent the 2002-03 season in Brampton. Giordano also had a career year with the Calgary Flames, registering 74 points (17-57–74) over 78 contests. Never drafted to the OHL or the NHL, the 35-year-old Giordano played with the Attack from 2002-04. Full details at NHL.com.

Goodrow emerges as overtime hero for Sharks: North Bay Battalion graduate Barclay Goodrow stepped up with the Game 7 overtime winner to send the San Jose Sharks into the second round, defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4 on Tuesday. Goodrow’s goal came with 1:41 remaining in overtime as he took a feed from Erik Karlsson to tuck the puck past Marc-Andre Fleury. The 26-year-old has two goals over seven playoff contests after putting up 16 points (7-9–16) over 82 regular season matchups. Goodrow played five years with the Battalion franchise between North Bay and Brampton, recording 229 points (127-102–229) over 313 regular season matchups from 2009-14.

Williams finds McGinn for double OT winner as Canes advance: Plymouth Whalers graduate Justin Williams fed Guelph Storm alumnus Brock McGinn in the slot for the Game 7 double-overtime winner as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the defending champion Washington Capitals 4-3. The Hurricanes win their first playoff round since 2009 as McGinn, who won an OHL Championship with the Guelph Storm in 2014, scored the decisive goal. Known as ‘Mr. Game 7’ for his historic success in Game 7 scenarios, the 37-year-old Williams had four points (1-3–4) in the seven game series. Williams played with the Plymouth Whalers from 1998-2000, helping them win a Western Conference title in his final season.

King named head coach of Rockford IceHogs: Oshawa Generals graduate Derek King has been named head coach of the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs for the 2019-20 season. The 52-year-old Hamilton, Ont. native and father of current Bulldogs defenceman D.J. King has spent the past three seasons as an assistant in Rockford. King enjoyed a 13-year NHL career spanning 830 regular season games from 1986-2000. He played three OHL seasons between Sault Ste. Marie and Oshawa from 1984-87 and was a first round (13th overall) pick of the New York Islanders in 1985. Full details at theahl.com.

Murray named ECHL General Manager of the Year: Peterborough Petes graduate Rob Murray has been named the ECHL’s General Manager of the Year. The Tulsa Oilers Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations steered his team to a Mountain Division title. The Oilers qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2015 with a 16-point improvement over the 2017-18 season. Murray’s time in Tulsa followed six seasons with the Alaska Aces as well as four as the head coach of the AHL’s Providence Bruins. Murray played three seasons in Peterborough from 1984-87, before a lengthy pro career that included 107 NHL games spent large with the Winnipeg Jets. Full details at ECHL.com.

SCHEDULE:

Friday April 26th:
Guelph at Saginaw – 7:05pm (Game 5)

Sunday April 28th:
Saginaw at Guelph – 2:00pm (Game 6)*

Monday April 29th:
Guelph at Saginaw – 7:05pm (Game 7)*

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