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OHL This Week: Jan. 11 to 14, 2018

 

Another action-packed weekend of OHL action is here! Here’s a look at what’s happening around the league.

OHL MAKES ITS MARK AT WORLD JUNIORS:

A total of 20 current OHL players competed in the 2018 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship with 11 bringing home medals from Buffalo, NY. OHL players left their mark, with eight contributing to Canada’s gold medal finish that wrapped up with a 3-1 win over Sweden that didn’t disappoint. Read more

World Junior Hockey Championship Recaps: Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6Quarter-FinalsSemi-FinalsChampionship

CHERRY AND LINDROS TO COACH 2018 SHERWIN-WILLIAMS CHL/NHL TOP PROSPECTS GAME:

CHL alumni including Canadian hockey icon Don Cherry and 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Eric Lindros will serve as head coaches for the 23rd annual Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game that features 40 of the top CHL prospects eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft.  Team Cherry will also include the legendary Ottawa 67’s coaching pair of Brian Kilrea and Bert O’Brien along with Mississauga Steelheads head coach and general manager James Richmond.  Lindros, who will lead Team Orr, is joined behind the bench by members of the Storm coaching staff that include head coach and general manager George Burnett, associate coach Jake Grimes, and assistant coach Luca Caputi. Read more

OHL TRADE DEADLINE PASSES:

The final trade deadline for the 2017-18 season was Wednesday January 10, 2018, at noon.  The trading period will resume for draft selections only on Monday April 2 until Friday April 6 at 3:00 pm in advance of the 2018 OHL Priority Selection which takes place on Saturday April 7.  Transactions | Rosters

GREYHOUNDS, BULLDOGS AND STING IN CHL TOP 10 RANKINGS:  

The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds remain the top ranked team in the CHL this week, continuing a string of 26 games unbeaten in regulation entering Wednesday. The Hamilton Bulldogs have also climbed to fifth in the rankings while the Sarnia Sting hold steady at number nine. Full Rankings

STEELHEADS’ OWEN TIPPETT NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK AND CHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:

Florida Panthers prospect Owen Tippett of the Mississauga Steelheads is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the week ending January 7 with seven goals and three assists for 10 points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-3. Tippett, who also received CHL Player of the Week honours, welcomed 2018 with three multi-point performances leading the Steelheads to three straight victories to start the new year improving their Central Division record to 17-22-0-1. Read more

WAWANESA OHL PLAYS OF THE WEEK:

The 15th edition of the Wawanesa OHL Plays of the Week for the 2017-18 season feature another collection of the league’s Top-5 goals scored in the week ending January 7. This week’s highlights include speed and skill by the Mississauga Steelheads as Owen Tippett feeds Mathieu Foget for a shorthanded goal, Connor Schlichting of the Sarnia Sting goes end-to-end, Morgan Frost and Boris Katchouk connect for a Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds shorthanded tally, Greg Meireles of the Kitchener Rangers scores from his knees, and Jackson Doherty of the Owen Sound Attack with an incredible move for his second career goal. Watch

VOTE JACKSON DOHERTY IN #CIBCSHOWDOWN:

Owen Sound Attack forward Jackson Doherty not only headlines the Wawanesa OHL Plays of the Week, but is also the OHL representative featured in this week’s #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.

NEW YEAR, SAME GREAT GOALTENDING ON JANES SAVES OF THE WEEK:

It’s a new year but the same story for OHL goaltenders who welcome 2018 with a radiant rendition of #JanesSaves. This week features Colton Incze and Stephen Dhillon of the Niagara IceDogs, Leo Lazarev of the Barrie Colts, Michael DiPietro of the Windsor Spitfires, Jordan Kooy of the London Knights, Jacob Ingham of the Mississauga Steelheads, Christian Propp of the North Bay Battalion, Kyle Keyser of the Oshawa Generals, and Matthew Villalta of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Watch

FIVE PLAYERS FEATURED IN OHL MILESTONE MOMENTS THIS WEEK:

Keegan Stevenson (Guelph Storm), Ryan Martin (Erie Otters) and Emmett Sproule (Erie Otters) each scored their first OHL goal while the netminding duo of Olivier Lafreniere (Owen Sound Attack) and Luke Richardson (Kitchener Rangers) enjoyed career firsts as well in the latest wave of OHL Milestone Moments. Watch

OHL CUP POWERED BY UNDER ARMOUR TOP 10 RANKINGS RELEASED:

The Toronto Marlboros remain atop the OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Top 10 Rankings for the eighth straight week while the Oakville Rangers and Mississauga Reps climb one spot to number three and four respectively. The Detroit Little Caesars U15 jump one spot to number seven while the Peterborough Petes make their return to the list at tenth. Full Rankings

STEELHEADS’ HAGUE SETS FRANCHISE RECORD FOR SINGLE-SEASON GOALS BY A DEFENCEMAN:

Vegas Golden Knights prospect Nicolas Hague set a new Mississauga Steelheads all-time franchise record with his 21st goal of the season on Friday. Hague’s 21st goal of the season surpasses the formerly held record of 20 set by Brandon Devlin during the 2014-15 campaign. The mark of 21 goals by a defenceman is the most of any blueliner in the all-time history of the franchise dating back to the 1997-98 season. Hague’s 53 career goals also give him the most by any rearguard in all-time franchise history. Read more

STING’S HATCHER, ATTACK’S GILL BOTH EARN 100TH OHL VICTORY:

A pair of OHL head coaches hit career milestones this past weekend including Derian Hatcher of the Sarnia Sting and Todd Gill of the Owen Sound Attack both winning their 100th career OHL contest.  Hatcher hit the century mark on Saturday as the Sting defeated the Saginaw Spirit 5-2 on the road, with Gill doing so in a 7-0 win over the Kitchener Rangers on SaturdayRead more

MICHAEL VUKOJEVIC COMMITS TO RANGERS:

The Kitchener Rangers have received a commitment from 2017 secondkround selection Michael Vukojevic. A 16-year-old native of Oakville, Ont., the 6-foot-3, 212Ib. rearguard spent the start of the season with the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers, recording two assists over 12 games. The Mississauga Rebels grad was the 33rd overall pick of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection. Read more

MASON MILLMAN COMMITS TO SPIRIT: 

The Saginaw Spirit have received a commitment from 2017 seventh round choice Mason Millman. The 16-year-old defenceman from London, Ont. has spent this season with the St. Thomas Stars Jr. B club, recording six goals, 11 assists and 17 points over 33 games. The Spirit took Millman with the 124th overall pick of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection from the London Jr. Knights Minor Midgets. Read more

7 OHL PLAYERS INCLUDED IN SPORTSNET’S NHL DRAFT PROSPECT RANKINGS FOR JANUARY:

A total of seven OHL players are included in the latest edition of Sportsnet’s 2018 NHL Draft Prospect Rankings. The January list includes Barrie Colts forward Andrei Svechnikov coming in at number two while London Knights defenceman Evan Bouchard (10), Soo Greyhounds forward Barrett Hayton (11), Mississauga Steelheads centre Ryan McLeod (25), Oshawa Generals winger Serron Noel (26), Guelph Storm defenceman Ryan Merkley (27) and Niagara IceDogs forward Akil Thomas (31) are also featured. For the full list visit sportsnet.ca.

CANADA’S WORLD JUNIOR GOLD FEATURED ON MASTERCARD JUNIOR HOCKEY MAGAZINE:

Gino Reda recounts Canada’s journey to gold in the latest edition of Mastercard Junior Hockey Magazine, documenting the second gold medal in the past four years. The National Junior Team featured eight current OHL players. Listen

CHL SATURDAY SHOWCASE AND MEMORIAL CUP TOUR VISIT KINGSTON:

OHL East Division action comes to Sportsnet this weekend as the CHL Saturday Showcase features the Kingston Frontenacs playing host to the Oshawa Generals. Separated by just five points in the division, the host Frontenacs and new additions Cliff Pu, Max Jones, Sean Day and Gabriel Vilardi try and fend off a hungry Generals club featuring NHL Draft prospects in Serron Noel and Allan McShane. RJ Broadhead and Sam Cosentino have all the action from coast-to-coast on Sportsnet on Saturday at 3:30pm ET.  Fans in attendance will be treated to a special game day experience with the Memorial Cup on display at K-Rock Centre as part of the CHL’s 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup Celebration.

 

COMMUNITY CORNER:

Greyhounds, 67’s, Wolves host Grain Farmers of Ontario this weekend: Grain Farmers of Ontario is coming to an OHL city near you over the course of the next two months! Great partners of the OHL, Grain Farmers come to Sault Ste. Marie on Saturday before visiting Ottawa and Sudbury on Sunday, bringing with them trading cards and a love for OHL hockey. Be on the look out for Grain Farmers of Ontario this weekend. Details.

Petes host Girls Night on Thursday: More than 300 Peterborough Girls Hockey Association players will be in attendance on Thursday when the Peterborough Petes play host to the Guelph Storm. PGHA representatives will take part in a pre-game ceremonial puck drop. Fans are invited to participate in the second intermission chuck-a-puck, the proceeds from which will directed to the PGHA, supporting women in sport. For more details visit gopetesgo.com.

Sting to retire Stamkos’ number 91 on Friday: It’s a big night in Sarnia on Friday as the Sting raise franchise great Steven Stamkos’ number 91 to the rafters. Doors will open for the sold out game at 5:30pm before the ceremony begins at 7:00pm. The Sting will be playing host to the rival Windsor Spitfires. Don’t miss this special night! Full details at sarniasting.com.

Frontenacs host Maple Leafs Night on Saturday: The Toronto Maple Leafs game night crew will be in Kingston on Saturday afternoon as the Frontenacs play host to the Oshawa Generals on Sportsnet. There will be jersey giveaways, intermission games and much, much more!

Generals make donation to Grandview Children’s Foundation: The Oshawa Generals, in partnership with Meridian Credit Union made a $3,145 donation to Grandview Children’s Foundation on Sunday prior to a matchup against the Owen Sound Attack. The funds were raised through a Generals warmup jersey auction featuring warmup jerseys worn over the course of the past two seasons. A total of 750 local minor hockey players were in attendance for the special occasion. Read more about Sunday’s event at oshawagenerals.com.

 

ALUMNI NOTES:

6 OHL grads named to Canada’s Men’s Olympic Hockey Team: OHL graduates Justin Peters (Plymouth Whalers), Chris Kelly (Sudbury Wolves), Eric O’Dell (Sudbury Wolves), Derek Roy (Kitchener Rangers), Christian Thomas (Oshawa Generals) and Wojtek Wolski (Brampton Battalion) will represent Canada at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games from February 9-25 in PyeongChang, South Korea. A total of 16 CHL grads were included on the 25-man roster. Read more

Maxwell added to United States Men’s Olympic Hockey Team: OHL graduate Brandon Maxwell (Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors) has been added to Team USA’s roster for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The 26-year-old goaltender from Cambridge, Ont. by way of Winter Park, Fla. is currently playing with BK Mlada Boleslav in the Czech Elite League. He played three OHL seasons between Kitchener, Sarnia and Mississauga from 2009-12, going 78-51-7-7 with a 3.25 goals-against average, a .906 save percentage and eight shutouts.

14 OHL grads on NHL All-Star Game rosters: A total of 14 OHL graduates have been named to the 2018 NHL All-Star Game on January 28th in Tampa Bay, Florida. A fan favourite from the host Tampa Bay Lightning, Steven Stamkos (Sarnia Sting) will represent the Atlantic Division. In the Metro Division, Taylor Hall (New Jersey Devils/Windsor Spitfires), John Tavares (New York Islanders/London Knights) and Josh Bailey (New York Islanders/Windsor Spitfires) will suit up. The Central Division features five graduates in P.K. Subban (Nashville Predators/Belleville Bulls), Alex Pietrangelo (St. Louis Blues/Barrie Colts), Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks/London Knights), Eric Staal (Minnesota Wild/Peterborough Petes) and Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars/Plymouth Whalers). The Pacific Division features Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers/Erie Otters), Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings/Guelph Storm), Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks/Brampton Battalion), James Neal (Vegas Golden Knights/Plymouth Whalers) and Rickard Rakell (Anaheim Ducks/Plymouth Whalers).

67’s unveil Top 50 players of all-time: As part of their 50th anniversary celebrations this season, the Ottawa 67’s have revealed the Top 50 players in franchise history in no particular order. Prominent names from the past including Jim Fox, Denis Potvin, Peter Lee, Doug Wilson, Corey Locke, Logan Couture and Tyler Toffoli made the cut. Check out the full list. Part 1, Part 2

Dermott makes NHL debut: Erie Otters graduate Travis Dermott made his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, recording an assist in a 3-2 shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks. The 21-year-old Dermott is a year removed from a three-year tenure with the Erie Otters that saw him record 116 points (17-99–116) over 179 regular season games. Toronto’s second round pick in 2015, Dermott recorded 24 points (5-19–24) with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies last season, following up that effort with 17 points (2-15–17) over 26 contests so far in 2017-18. The Newmarket, Ont. native represented Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.

9 OHL grads named to AHL All-Star rosters: Nine OHL graduates have been named to AHL All-Star Game rosters, set to compete in the annual event on January 28-29 in Utica, New York. Representing the Central Division is goaltender Jordan Binnington (Providence Bruins/Owen Sound Attack). A trio of OHL grads in Reid Boucher (Utica Comets/Sarnia Sting), Chris Terry (Laval Rocket/Plymouth Whalers) and Travis Dermott (Toronto Marlies/Erie Otters) will suit up for the North Division. Matt Puempel (Grand Rapids Griffins/Kitchener Rangers) and goaltender Michael Hutchinson (Manitoba Moose/London Knights) will play for the Central Division. Lastly, Andrew Mangiapane (Stockton Heat/Barrie Colts), Rasmus Andersson (Stockton Heat/Barrie Colts) and Dylan Strome (Tucson Roadrunners/Erie Otters) will represent the Pacific Division. Four teams will participate in a round-robin tournament featuring six games of 10 minutes each, played entirely at 3-on-3. The two teams with the best records at the end of the round-robin will face off for the championship, a six-minute game also played at 3-on-3.

Foegele thriving in Charlotte: Erie Otters graduate and 2017 OHL Playoff MVP Warren Foegele is having quite the rookie season with the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers. The Markham Ont. native has 17 goals, 10 assists and 27 points in 34 games this season as Charlotte holds a 21-14-0-1 in the Atlantic Division. Foegele recorded 111 points (40-71–111) over 113 career OHL regular season games between Kingston and Erie from 2015-17. Get more on the story at NHL.com.

Harper leading AUS ranks in scoring: Niagara IceDogs graduate Stephen Harper currently leads AUS Men’s Hockey in scoring with 36 points including 11 goals and 25 assists over 20 games. The Acadia Axemen forward is in his second season in the university ranks after a five-year OHL career spent between Erie, Belleville, Hamilton and Niagara. Harper appeared in 324 career regular season games, recording 96 goals, 132 assists and 228 points after being a first round pick of the Erie Otters in 2011.

Stephen Desrocher commits to Western: Kingston Frontenacs graduate Stephen Desrocher has made a commitment to Western University and will join the men’s hockey team for the second semester of the 2017-18 season. The 21-year-old Toronto native spent four seasons between Oshawa and Kingston, winning the 2015 Mastercard Memorial Cup with the Generals while also appearing in 243 career regular season games, producing 128 points (37-91–128). A sixth round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2015, Desrocher ended his OHL career as captain of the Frontenacs.

Ling returns to ECHL at 43: Kingston Frontenacs graduate and 1995 OHL and CHL Player of the Year David Ling has returned to pro hockey with the Brampton Beast. The 43-year-old has played a lengthy career after being a draft pick of the Quebec Nordiques all the way back in 1993. During his three seasons in Kingston from 1992-95, Ling recorded 115 goals, 160 assists and 275 points over 187 games and has the fourth-most points in Frontenacs history.

 

KEY MATCHUPS:

Barrie Colts (23-13-2-1) vs. Niagara IceDogs (21-12-3-2)
Friday January 12th at Niagara

Two teams battling for the Central Division meet in St. Catharines on Friday as the Barrie Colts visit the Niagara IceDogs.

Barrie looks to shake a three-game slide entering the weekend as the IceDogs have gained ground, now sitting just three points back of the division lead.

The Colts will have new addition Dmitry Sokolov in the lineup as he joins top draft eligible Russian prospect Andrei Svechnikov up front for the Colts.

The host IceDogs feature the new addition of Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Sam Miletic as he looks to help an up-and-coming team continue to turn heads in the Eastern Conference.

Oshawa Generals (19-18-3-0) vs. Kingston Frontenacs (20-13-3-3)
Saturday January 13th at Kingston – Sportsnet CHL Saturday Showcase

The Oshawa Generals visit the Kingston Frontenacs on Saturday, game aired across the country on Sportsnet at 3:30pm.

NHL Draft prospects Serron Noel and Allan McShane lead a young Generals team that has benefitted from the strong goaltending of Kyle Keyser of late. Oshawa is led in scoring by Boston Bruins second round pick Jack Studnicka who has 42 points including 11 goals and 31 assists over 40 games.

The host Frontenacs have revamped their roster following the addition of former Mastercard Memorial Cup champions Gabriel Vilardi, Sean Day, Cliff Pu and Max Jones.

The Fronts sit 10 points out of first place in the East Division entering the weekend.

 

SCHEDULE:

Thursday January 11:
Kitchener at London – 7:00pm
Erie at Niagara – 7:00pm
Owen Sound at North Bay – 7:00pm
Guelph at Peterborough – 7:05pm
Sarnia at Windsor – 7:05pm
Sudbury at Barrie – 7:30pm

Friday January 12:
Guelph at Kingston – 7:00pm
Barrie at Niagara – 7:00pm
Windsor at Sarnia – 7:05pm
Mississauga at Sudbury – 7:05pm
Owen Sound at Sault Ste. Marie – 7:07pm
Ottawa at Gatineau – 7:30pm (Interleague Play)
Hamilton at London – 7:30pm
Flint at Oshawa – 7:35pm

Saturday January 13:
Oshawa at Kingston – 3:30pm (Sportsnet CHL Saturday Showcase)
Niagara at Erie – 7:00pm
Flint at Hamilton – 7:00pm
Ottawa at Peterborough – 7:05pm
Kitchener at Saginaw – 7:05pm
Mississauga at Sault Ste. Marie – 7:07pm
North Bay at Barrie – 7:30pm

Sunday January 14:
Peterborough at North Bay – 2:00pm
Guelph at Ottawa – 2:00pm
Owen Sound at Sudbury – 2:00pm
Saginaw at Windsor – 2:05pm
Flint at Erie – 5:00pm
London at Kitchener – 6:00pm
Kingston at Oshawa – 6:05pm

Be sure to catch all of this weekend’s action at ohllive.com.

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