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OHL This Week: March 30 to April 2, 2017

Get caught up on the latest news and notes from around the Ontario Hockey League and a preview of what’s in store for the weekend.

REVIEWING THE RECORDS: A LOOK AT NEW BENCHMARKS SET IN 2016-17:

The 2017 OHL Playoffs are well underway, but it’s always fun to take a look back at the season that was. Look through the numerous new team and individual records set during the 2016-17 season. Explore record-breaking seasons from the Erie Otters, Owen Sound Attack and much, much more. Read more

FRONTENACS AND BULLDOGS ON SPORTSNET 360:

The CHL on Sportsnet continues Thursday night as OHL Playoff action between the Hamilton Bulldogs and visiting Kingston Frontenacs comes to Sportsnet 360. The Bulldogs carry a 2-1 series lead into Thursday night’s Game 4 after the Frontenacs charged back to victory in Game 3 on Tuesday. Catch 2017 NHL Draft prospects Matthew Strome (Hamilton) and Jason Robertson (Kingston) go head-to-head Thursday night at 7:00pm Eastern.

MAKE PICKS AND WIN GREAT PRIZES WITH #CHLPREDICTOR:

First round picks are already in, but fans can get prepared to make their second round picks with brand new #CHLPredictor. With #CHLPredictor, fans sign up for a CHL Fan Base account at CHLFANBASE.ca and make their picks before the start of each playoff round. Pick right to earn points and win great prizes including the grand prize trip to the Mastercard Memorial Cup. Register today at CHLFANBASE.ca.

A LOOK AT TOP 2017 #OHLDRAFT PROSPECTS:

With the 2017 OHL Priority Selection fast approaching on Saturday April 8th, ontariohockeyleague.com takes a look at some of the top draft eligible talent for the upcoming #OHLDraft. We’ve taken a closer look at Nicholas Porco (Vaughan Kings), Jamieson Rees (Mississauga Reps) and Jack Hughes (Toronto Marlboros) this past week with many more profiles to come!

2017 OHL COMBINE SET TO GET UNDERWAY IN OSHAWA THIS WEEKEND:

The 2017 OHL Combine offers OHL Priority Selection prospects a chance to put their best foot forward in both on and off-ice testing environments. The annual event is set to take place this weekend at the Tribute Communities Centre in Oshawa and will feature prospects from across the province looking to make a final impression on OHL member teams ahead of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection on Saturday April 8th. Sportsnet.ca’s David Singh has documented how this year’s version of the OHL Combine will be different than those past due to some exciting new technology and a greater emphasis on data. Get the full story at Sportsnet.ca.

OTTERS’ CIRELLI NAMED PIONEER ENERGY OHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:

Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Anthony Cirelli of the Erie Otters is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the first week of post-season action ending March 26 recording three goals and two assists for five points in two games with a plus-minus rating of plus-2. Cirelli’s two multi-point performances helped the top ranked Otters open the 2017 OHL Western Conference Quarter-Finals with a pair of victories over the Sarnia Sting. Read more

KNIGHTS’ METE SIGNS WITH CANADIENS:

The Montreal Canadiens have signed 2016 fourth round draft pick Victor Mete of the London Knights to a three-year, entry level NHL contract. The 18-year-old defenceman had 44 points (15-29–44) over 50 regular season games with the Knights this season, leading the team in scoring from the blue line. The 2016 Mastercard Memorial Cup Champion hails from Toronto, Ont. and is currently closing out his third season in the OHL. Read more

KNIGHTS’ KUOKKANEN SIGNS WITH HURRICANES:

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed London Knights forward Janne Kuokkanen to a three-year, entry level NHL contract. The 18-year-old native of Oulusalo, Finland had 62 points (26-36–62) in 60 games with the Knights this season after being Carolina’s second round (43rd overall) pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. Kuokkanen represented Finland at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. Read more

SPITFIRES’ ADDISON SIGNS WITH CANADIENS:

The Montreal Canadiens have signed Windsor Spitfires co-captain Jeremiah Addison to a three-year, entry level NHL contract. The 20-year-old winger had 43 points (24-19–43) over 51 games with the Spitfires this season, finishing his OHL career with 309 regular season games played. The Brampton, Ont. native was Montreal’s seventh round (207th overall) pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. Read more

STEELHEADS’ HAGUE FEATURED ON JUNIOR HOCKEY MAGAZINE WITH GINO REDA:

2017 NHL Draft prospect Nicolas Hague of the Mississauga Steelheads is featured on this week’s edition of Mastercard Junior Hockey Magazine with Gino Reda. The big blueliner finished the season with 46 points (18-28–46) in 65 games, helping the Steelheads secure their first Central Division title. Listen

ROGERS HOMETOWN HOCKEY TOUR STOPS IN GUELPH:

The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour stops in Guelph this weekend as hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone dig into the city’s hockey roots. Guelph Storm graduate and former NHL forward Brian Willsie will be on hand signing autographs on Sunday before the weekend culminates in a Sunday night NHL matchup between the San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks at 7:00pm. For full details, visit hometownhockey.com.

2017 MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP TICKET PACKAGES NOW ON SALE:

The Canadian Hockey League has released tickets to the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup Host Organizing Committee. As a result, fans now have the chance to purchase full tournament ticket packages online while quantities last. To purchase, visit WFCU-Centre.com, click ‘Buy Tickets’, then click ‘Mastercard Memorial Cup Packages’ for full information.

COMMUNITY CORNER:

Battalion 50/50 winnings hit half a million for KidSport: Over the past four seasons at North Bay Battalion home games, 50/50 proceeds have exceeded $500,000 in funds donated to KidSport North Bay, an organization that helps fund children to compete in sports their families couldn’t afford to put them in. The initiative covers 18 different activities including hockey, baseball, soccer, horseback riding, dance, gymnastics and more. For more on the story, visit BayToday.ca.

Storm fans raise over $2,500 for Guelph Giants: The Guelph Storm have raised over $2,500 for the Guelph Giants Special Hockey Foundation through online auction sales of their 2016-17 warmup jerseys. The Guelph Giants Special Hockey Foundation is dedicated to encourage, empower and enable athletes with an intellectual disability to participate in an inclusive hockey program. For more on the story, visit guelphstorm.com.

Otters announce partnership with Erie Youth Hockey Association: The Erie Otters Hockey Club has announced a new partnership with the Erie Youth Hockey Association in the creation of the Junior Otters hockey program and the continued support of growing the game of hockey in the Erie region. Since 2015 the Otters have partnered with EYHA to use 50/50 raffle proceeds to benefit their wide range of hockey programs. This agreement will continue to benefit EYHA through the Otters game night 50/50 raffle, while also bolstering the team’s support of youth hockey in the region. The Erie Otters coaching staff and players will participate in multiple on-ice functions with EYHA teams throughout each season, including practices, coaches clinics, skills sessions, and a yearly summer camp. For more on the story, visit ottershockey.com.

ALUMNI NOTES:

Clune named Marlies Man of the Year: Barrie Colts graduate Rich Clune has been named the Toronto Marlies’ Man of the Year and is one of 30 AHL finalists for the 2016-17 Yanic Dupre Memorial Award. Clune’s off-ice engagement in the community has included extensive time with charitable organizations focused on mental health, bullying prevention and addiction recovery. Clune is an ambassador for YouthSpeak, an organization sharing stories on positive mental health and bullying prevention, Rich has often talked about the responsibility he feels to share his own compelling story. Rich also works with SickNotWeak, helping people understand that mental health is a sickness not a weakness as well as Renascent Addiction Center and other addiction recovery initiatives. Clune has played 34 games with the Marlies this season, recording three goals, six assists and nine points. He played with Sarnia and Barrie from 2003-07, recording 76 goals, 104 assists and 180 points in 254 career regular season games. Clune was Dallas’ third round pick in 2005. For the full story visit marlies.ca.

Anderson plays 500th NHL game: Guelph Storm graduate Craig Anderson played his 500th career NHL contest on Saturday as the Ottawa Senators fell 3-1 to the Montreal Canadiens. Having played in parts of 14 NHL seasons dating back to 2002-03, the 35-year-old native of Park Ridge, Ill. has had a lengthy career that features an overall record of 235-181-54 with a 2.70 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage with 37 shutouts. Anderson played three seasons with Guelph from 1998-2001, going 54-37-4 with a 2.99 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage in 118 regular season games. He was the 2001 OHL Goaltender of the Year, posting a 2.63 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage in 59 games with the Storm.

Kadri plays 400th NHL game: London Knights graduate Nazem Kadri played his 400th career NHL game with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. The 26-year-old is in his seventh NHL season and has recorded 111 goals, 142 assists and 253 points in his career with the Leafs after being a first round (7th overall) pick by the club in 2009. Kadri was a 2008 OHL Champion with the Kitchener Rangers. He split his four year OHL career between Kitchener and London, recording 92 goals, 166 assists and 258 points over 242 regular season games.

SCHEDULE:

Thursday March 30:
Peterborough at Niagara (Game 4) – 7:00pm
Kingston at Hamilton (Game 4) – 7:00pm – CHL on Sportsnet
Mississauga at Ottawa (Game 4) – 7:00pm
Oshawa at Sudbury (Game 4) – 7:00pm
London at Windsor (Game 4) – 7:05pm

Friday March 31:
Hamilton at Kingston (Game 5) – 7:00pm
Ottawa at Mississauga (Game 5) – 7:00pm
Flint at Sault Ste. Marie (Game 5) – 7:07pm
Kitchener at Owen Sound (Game 5) – 7:30pm
Windsor at London (Game 5) – 7:30pm
Sudbury at Oshawa (Game 5) – 7:35pm

Saturday April 1:
Niagara at Peterborough (Game 5) – 7:05pm*

Sunday April 2:
Kingston at Hamilton (Game 6) – 2:00pm*
London at Windsor (Game 6) – 2:00pm*
Mississauga at Ottawa (Game 6) – 2:00pm*
Sault Ste. Marie at Flint (Game 6) – 4:00pm*
Owen Sound at Kitchener (Game 6) – 7:00pm*
Oshawa at Sudbury – Game 6) – 7:00pm*

*- if necessary

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

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