OHL This Week: July 6, 2018
Get caught up on more than a week’s worth of news and notes from around the Ontario Hockey League from before and after the Canada Day long weekend.
OHL PLAYERS ATTENDING NHL DEVELOPMENT CAMPS:
The 2018 NHL Draft is officially in the books and NHL clubs are getting a look at some of their newest prospects as Development Camps get underway this week. Members of the 2018 draft class as well as returning prospects visit their respective NHL cities for a time of on and off-ice development both at the rink and in the community. Read more
OHL CLUBS SELECT 27 PLAYERS IN 2018 CHL IMPORT DRAFT:
The 27th annual CHL Import Draft included a total of 77 players consisting of 47 forwards and 23 defencemen while seven goaltenders were selected, marking the first time since 2013 that they have been eligible. The 77 players were chosen from across 12 different countries featuring a draft-high 16 players from the Czech Republic. Of the 77 players selected, 27 were chosen by 18 different Ontario Hockey League teams. Read more | 27 player profiles
STORM AND STING PASS IN IMPORT DRAFT:
The Storm and Sting were idle in the annual Import Draft selection process with returning stars that include Alexey Toropchenko and Dmitri Samorukov in Guelph, and Adam Ruzicka and Hugo Leufvenius returning to Sarnia. Read more
35 OHL PLAYERS SELECTED IN 2018 NHL DRAFT:
35 OHL players were selected in the seven rounds of the 2018 NHL Draft held this weekend at American Airlines Center representing over 16% of all 217 players picked by all 31 NHL clubs. The 35 OHL players includes seven selected in the first round with three picks in the top-10 led by Andrei Svechnikov of the Barrie Colts chosen second overall by the Carolina Hurricanes. Read more | Post-Draft Interviews| Photo Gallery | Social Media Recap
16 OHL PLAYERS INVITED TO CANADA’S WORLD JUNIOR SHOWCASE:
For 40 of Canada’s top junior hockey players, including 16 OHL talents, the quest to fulfill their dream to represent Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship – being hosted on Canadian ice beginning this December – is well underway as they have received official invites to wear the red-and-white at this summer’s Sport Chek World Junior Showcase in Kamloops, B.C., July 28-Aug. 4. Read more
14 OHL PLAYERS NAMED TO CANADA’S NATIONAL UNDER-18 TEAM CAMP:
Fourteen OHL players have been named to Canada’s National Under-18 Team Selection Camp set to take place in Calgary, Alta. at the end of July. Players will be competing for roster spots on Canada’s National Summer Under-18 Team that will compete in the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup this August in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta. Read more
ANDRE TOURIGNY NAMED HEAD COACH FOR CANADA’S SUMMER UNDER-18 TEAM:
Ottawa 67’s head coach Andre Tourigny has been appointed Canada’s new head coach for August’s Hlinka Gretzky Cup replacing Gilles Bouchard. He’ll join fellow OHL bench boss Ryan Oulahen of the Flint Firebirds in the red and white when the annual Under-18 event makes its Canadian debut in Edmonton and Red Deer. Read more
KALIYEV AND ROBERTSON TO REPRESENT TEAM USA:
Hamilton Bulldogs rookie standout Arthur Kaliyev and Peterborough Petes 2017 first round pick Nick Robertson have been named to the U.S. National Summer Under-18 Team that will compete in August’s Hlinka Gretzky Cup. Read more
TRIO OF OHL COACHES NAMED TO CANADIAN UNDER-17 TEAMS:
Saginaw Spirit head coach Troy Smith, Hamilton Bulldogs assistant coach David Matsos, and London Knights assistant coach Dylan Hunter will represent the OHL behind the bench on each of Canada’s three teams that will compete at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in November. All three coaches will attend the U17 Development Camp later this month in Calgary. Read more
COLTS’ SVECHNIKOV SIGNS WITH HURRICANES:
OHL Rookie of the Year Andrei Svechnikov, the first OHL player selected in the 2018 NHL Draft, has signed his NHL entry-level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes who picked him second overall in Dallas. Read more
COLTS’ MAGWOOD SIGNS WITH PREDATORS:
Three-year OHL veteran forward Zach Magwood has signed his NHL entry-level contract with the Nashville Predators after receiving a free agent invite to the club’s Development Camp earlier this month. Read more
BULLDOGS’ MOORE SIGNS WITH MARLIES:
Recent OHL graduate and Robertson Cup champion Ryan Moore of the Hamilton Bulldogs has signed an American Hockey League deal with the Toronto Marlies for the 2018-19 season. Read more
BLACKHAWKS’ PROSPECT ADAM BOQVIST COMMITS TO KNIGHTS:
The London Knights received a boost to their 2018-19 roster with the recent commitment of Chicago Blackhawks first round pick Adam Boqvist. Originally selected by the Knights in the second round of the 2017 CHL Import Draft, the Swedish blue liner played last season for Brynäs IF J20 in the SuperElit League. Read more
MICHAEL RENWICK COMMITS TO BULLDOGS:
The Hamilton Bulldogs have announced the commitment of second round pick Michael Renwick, a defenceman chosen 34th overall from the Mississauga Reps. Read more
VARADY JOINS TUSCON ROADRUNNERS:
After just one season in the OHL, Kingston Frontenacs head coach Jay Varady has accepted a position within the Arizona Coyotes organization and will serve as head coach of the American Hockey League affiliate the Tuscon Roudrunners. Read more
CIRELLA JOINS STOCKTON HEAT:
Six-year Soo Greyhounds assistant coach Joe Cirella is moving on to the American Hockey League recently hired by Calgary Flames affiliate the Stockton Heat where he’ll serve as an assistant coach. Read more
JONES JOINS TEXAS STARS:
Former Oshawa Generals head coach Bob Jones is also moving on to the American Hockey League in an assistant coaching role hired by Dallas Stars affiliate the Texas Stars. Read more
STORM UNVEIL NEW PRIMARY LOGO:
The Guelph Storm are excited to unveil their new primary logo, replacing the funnel cloud character that has been the face of the team since the 1997-98 season. Read more
OHL ALUMNI GOLF CLASSIC RAISES MORE THAN $12,000
A record turnout at the third annual OHL Alumni Golf Classic helped support the Bryan and Amanda Bickell Foundation that provides fully trained service dogs to individuals living with MS with a donation of more than $12,000. Watch
TRIO OF OHL OFFICIALS TO JOIN NHL RANKS IN 2018-19:
Tyson Baker, Mitch Dunning, and Michael Markovic have all been hired by the National Hockey League and will work professionally next season after developing their skills in OHL rinks over the past few seasons. Read more
STORM RECEIVE COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD:
The Guelph Storm were recently honoured by the Guelph Chamber of Commerce as a community leader and community builder with efforts that include raising over $200,000 for local organizations in need. Read more
PACKWOOD JOINS SPITFIRES:
OHL alumnus Mark Packwood was recently hired by the Windsor Spitfires as the club’s new Athletic Therapist. The former goaltender played for Kitchener and Oshawa between 2004-08 before attending Brock University and Western. Read more
OHL 20 IN 20 FUTURES WATCH:
Throughout the month of July, ontariohockeyleague.com will take a look back at the 2018 OHL Priority Selection focusing on a different team over a 20-day period profiling top picks and highlighting those who have committed for the 2018-19 season. Follow
Tavares headlines Free Agent Frenzy: John Tavares, the first OHL player ever granted exceptional player status, headlined the start of the free agent off-season in the National Hockey League joining the Toronto Maple Leafs with a new seven-year deal announced on Canada Day. The Oshawa Generals star who joined the OHL as the first overall pick in 2005 then broke the all-time OHL goals record with the London Knights in 2009 had played the first nine years of his career with the New York Islanders who chose him first overall in 2009. Tavares was one of approximately 25 former OHL players to swap sweaters in what has been a busy week for NHL teams.
OHL Alumni Sign New Contracts: Calvin de Haan (Oshawa Generals) signed a four-year contract with Carolina (previously with NY Islanders), Kurtis Gabriel(Owen Sound Attack) signed a one-year contract with New Jersey (previously with Minnesota), Cameron Gaunce (Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors) signed a one-year contract with Tampa Bay (previously with Columbus), Tyler Graovac (Ottawa 67’s/Belleville Bulls) signed a one-year contract with Calgary (previously with Washington), Seth Griffith (London Knights) signed a one-year contract with Winnipeg (previously with Buffalo), Michael Hutchinson (Barrie Colts/London Knights) signed a one-year contract with Florida (previously with Winnipeg), Scott Kosmachuk (Guelph Storm) signed a one-year contract with Colorado (previously with NY Rangers), Tom Kuhnhackl (Windsor Spitfires/Niagara IceDogs) signed a one-year contract with NY Islanders (previously with Pittsburgh), Robin Lehner(Sault Ste. Marie) signed a one-year contract with NY Islanders (previously with Buffalo), Mike Liambas (Erie Otters) signed a two-year contract with Minnesota (previously with Anaheim), Matt Martin (Sarnia Sting) traded to NY Islanders (previously with Toronto), John Moore (Kitchener Rangers) signed a five-year contract with Boston (previously with New Jersey), Petr Mrazek (Ottawa 67’s) signed a one-year contract with Carolina (previously with Philadelphia), James Neal(Plymouth Whalers) signed a five-year contract with Calgary (previously with Vegas), Jordan Nolan (Erie Otters/Windsor Spitfires/Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) signed a one-year contract with St. Louis (previously with Buffalo), Ryan O’Reilly (Erie Otters) traded to St. Louis (previously with Buffalo), Alan Quine (Kingston Frontenacs/Peterborough Petes/Belleville Bulls) signed a one-year contract with Calgary (previously with NY Islanders), Tobias Rieder (Kitchener Rangers) signed a one-year contract with Edmonton (previously with Los Angeles), Zac Rinaldo(Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors/London Knights/Barrie Colts) signed a one-year contract with Nashville (previously with Arizona), Michael Sgarbossa (Barrie Colts/Saginaw Spirit/Sudbury Wolves) signed a one-year contract with Washington (previously with Winnipeg), Jordan Subban (Belleville Bulls) signed a one-year contract with Toronto (previously with Los Angeles), Chris Terry (Plymouth Whalers) signed a two-year contract with Detroit (previously with Montreal), Jarred Tinordi(London Knights) signed a one-year contract with Nashville (previously with Pittsburgh), Scott Wedgewood (Plymouth Whalers) signed a one-year contract with Buffalo (previously with Arizona),
Domi and Galchenyuk trade places: One of the biggest trades in the NHL this off-season featured a pair of OHL alumni in a one-for-one deal. Former London Knights star Max Domi is a new member of the Montreal Canadiens while former Sarnia Sting forward Alex Galchenyuk heads to the Arizona Coyotes. Domi played four OHL seasons winning back-to-back OHL titles in 2012 and 2013 while Galchenyuk joined the Sting as the first overall pick in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection and played parts of three seasons before joining the Habs full time in 2012-13.
Hamilton dealt to Carolina: Niagara IceDogs graduate Dougie Hamilton was the centrepiece of a significant trade announced at the 2018 NHL Draft last weekend. Hamilton was dealt by the Calgary Flames along with teammate Michael Ferland and prospect Adam Fox to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Elias Lindholm and defenceman Noah Hanifin. Hamilton finished tied for the NHL’s goal-scoring lead among blueliners with 17 last season, finishing the year with 44 points in 82 games. The 25-year-old played four seasons with the Niagara IceDogs from 2009-13, registering 187 points (40-147–187) over 213 career regular season games. He was the OHL’s Defenceman of the Year in 2012.
Angelidis announces retirement: Owen Sound Attack graduate Mike Angelidis has announced his retirement from professional hockey. The 33-year-old from Woodbridge, Ont. spent the 2017-18 season with Austria’s HC Bolzano, recording 28 points in 54 games. Angelidis played 12 professional seasons, skating in 14 career NHL contests with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the process. He played four seasons in Owen Sound from 2002-06, earning CHL Humanitarian of the Year honours while being named an OHL First Team All-Star in 2006. He registered 132 points (78-54–132) over 240 regular season games.
Chiodo joins Penguins organization: OHL graduate and Ottawa 67’s goaltending coach Andy Chiodo will be joining the Pittsburgh Penguins organization to begin the 2018-19 season. Chiodo was drafted by the Penguins in 2003 and spent several seasons with the organization. Chiodo will serve as the goaltending development coach with the AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The Toronto, Ont. native played three OHL seasons with the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors from 2000-03, going 58-37-3-0 with a 2.79 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage over 128 regular season games.
O’Ree named to Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2018: The man who broke hockey’s colour barrier will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this fall. Willie O’Ree, who played with the OHA’s Kitchener Canucks during the 1955-56 season, is included in an induction class along with CHL graduate Martin Brodeur and other prominent names in NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Martin St. Louis, Alexander Yakushev and Jayna Hefford. Learn more about O’Ree’s historic accomplishments at HHOF.com.