The Rogers OHL Championship Series between the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Hamilton Bulldogs continues this week. Here’s a look at what’s happening across the league.
STING’S JORDAN KYROU WINS RED TILSON TROPHY AS OHL’S MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER:
St. Louis Blues prospect Jordan Kyrou of the Sarnia Sting is the 2017-18 recipient of the Red Tilson Trophy awarded to the OHL’s Most Outstanding Player of the Year as voted by the writers and broadcasters that cover the league. Kyrou becomes the Sting’s first Red Tilson Trophy recipient after finishing third in OHL scoring with 109 points in 56 games including 39 goals while tying for the league lead with 70 assists. Read more
STORM’S GARRETT McFADDEN NAMED OHL HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR:
Garrett McFadden of the Guelph Storm is the 2017-18 recipient of the Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy awarded annually to the OHL’s Humanitarian of the Year. McFadden becomes the league’s first two-time award recipient winning for a second straight season with the continuation of his program ‘McFadden’s Movement’ in support of youth mental health awareness. Read more
WATCH #OHLCHAMPIONSHIP 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 Rogers OHL Championship Series. All Access subscriptions can be purchased for $29.99 with single games available for purchase for $8.99. Details.
FORGED IN STEELTOWN: HOMEGROWN BULLDOGS PROUD TO REPRESENT HAMILTON:
Homegrown talents Isaac Nurse, Nicholas Caamano and Brandon Saigeon are all proud of their Hamilton heritage and are eager to bring a championship to Steeltown. The three Bulldogs share their experience playing in front of friends and family in Hamilton. Read more
THE BIG DOG: TAYLOR RADDYSH ON PACE FOR OHL PLAYOFF RECORD IN RUN WITH GREYHOUNDS:
2017 OHL Champion Taylor Raddysh of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds is closing in on an OHL record for most career playoff games. The Tampa Bay Lightning prospect has been a key contributor for the Hounds in their playoff run. Read more
GREYHOUNDS’ MORGAN FROST NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ AND CHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Philadelphia Flyers prospect Morgan Frost 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 May 6 recording seven points in three games including three goals and four assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-1. Frost’s week included key contributions in two different playoff rounds for the Greyhounds including a Game 7 victory over the Kitchener Rangers in the OHL’s Western Conference Final plus the opening two games of the Rogers OHL Championship Series against the Hamilton Bulldogs. Read more
VOTE WILL BITTEN IN #CIBCSHOWDOWN:
Hamilton Bulldogs forward Will Bitten 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.
GTHL BLUE REIGNS SUPREME AT 2018 OHL GOLD CUP:
Team GTHL Blue defeated Team GTHL Red by a score of 8-2 to be crowned 2018 OHL Gold Cup Champions at the Activa Sportsplex in Kitchener on Sunday. A total of 130 players chosen in April’s OHL Priority Selection represented their respective minor hockey associations in the annual showcase event. Read more
FRONTENACS’ ROBERTSON SIGNS WITH STARS:
The Dallas Stars announced Friday that they’ve signed Kingston Frontenacs forward Jason Robertson to a three-year entry level NHL contract. The 18-year-old skated in 68 regular-season games, registering a team-leading 87 points for the Frontenacs this season. The Northville, Mich. native has recorded 200 points (101-99–200) over three seasons with the Frontenacs. Read more
DANIIL CHAYKA COMMITS TO STORM:
The Guelph Storm has received a commitment from 2018 first round (seventh overall) selection Daniil Chayka. The 6-foot-2, 185Ib. defenceman originally from Moscow, Russia won an OHL Cup title with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens this past season after recording 33 points (15-18–33) in 45 games. Read more
STANLEY CALLED UP BY AHL’S MANITOBA MOOSE:
Kitchener Rangers defenceman Logan Stanley has joined the AHL’s Manitoba Moose in their Calder Cup playoff run. The Winnipeg Jets first round pick reached the OHL Western Conference Championship Series with the Rangers before a Game 7 exit. Stanley had 16 points (4-12–16) in 19 playoff games with the Rangers and spent four OHL seasons between Windsor and Kitchener. The 19-year-old from Waterloo, Ont. joins the Moose in the second round of the AHL Playoffs as they take on the Rockford IceHogs.
BAHL’S SIZE, SKATING ABILITY STAND OUT AMONG DRAFT PROSPECTS:
Ottawa 67’s defenceman Kevin Bahl is featured over at NHL.com this week as Mike Morreale takes a look at top prospects eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft. A 17-year-old from Toronto, Ont., Bahl had a goal and 17 assists in 58 games with the 67’s this season and comes in as the 29th-ranked North American skater on NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings for the 2018 NHL Draft. The left-shot defender starred at the 2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Guelph this past January. Read more at NHL.com.
ICEDOGS DONATE $19,030 TO CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY:
The Niagara IceDogs are proud to announce that they have donated $19,030 to the Canadian Cancer Society through the proceeds of their annual Pink in the Rink Game. Michelle Begin, Community Fundraising Specialist with the Canadian Cancer Society joined Niagara IceDogs Owners Bill and Denise Burke for a cheque presentation on Wednesday afternoon. Read more
SEVERAL TEAMS HOLD SPRING DEVELOPMENT CAMPS THIS WEEKEND:
While eleven OHL member teams have already hosted prospects and families, the Niagara IceDogs, Erie Otters, Saginaw Spirit, Sarnia Sting and Hamilton Bulldogs will hold their annual Spring Development Camps this weekend. The camps give coaches and staff an opportunity to meet new prospects and get players prepared for on and off-ice training throughout the offseason.
OHF/OHL U15 PROGRAM OF EXCELLENCE CAMPS UNDERWAY:
OHF/OHL U15 Program of Excellence Camps are underway across the province as players hit the ice in Kitchener and Toronto from April 27-29. Two more camps will be held this weekend in Windsor and Oshawa. This year saw the unveiling of the inaugural U14 Goaltending Development Camp that took place as part of the event in Kitchener. For more details visit ohf.on.ca.
2005 LONDON KNIGHTS VOTED INTO CHL TEAM OF THE CENTURY FINAL FOUR:
The 2005 London Knights are one of four teams along with the 1995 Kamloops Blazers, 2000 Rimouski Oceanic and 2013 Halifax Mooseheads voted as finalists to be crowned the CHL’s Team of the Century. Fans around the globe selected the four clubs from a field of 99 past Mastercard Memorial Cup champions as they’ll now enter a final round of voting to determine the CHL Team of the Century. In celebration of the 100th edition of the Mastercard Memorial Cup, the Canadian Hockey League has highlighted the 99 past Memorial Cup Champions at http://chlteamofthecentury.ca with features, photos, rosters and tournament recaps. Voters are eligible for great prizes including a trip for two to the 2019 Mastercard Memorial Cup.
SINGLE-GAME TICKETS ON SALE FOR 2018 MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP:
A limited number of single-game tickets for the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup championship will be released for sale to the general public at 10:00am, May 4th. The committee is offering a range of different round-robin single-game ticket options, all of which give purchasers the opportunity to choose their seat from the limited selection of remaining available seats at the Brandt Centre. For more details visit mastercardmemorialcup.ca.
37 past and present OHL players competing at IIHF World Championship: A total of 37 past and present OHL players are competing at the 2018 IIHF World Hockey Championship in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark. The list includes a total of seven OHL grads representing Canada as they look to return to the top of the podium after settling for silver last year in Cologne, Germany and Paris, France. Read more
7 OHL grads play in AHL’s longest game: The Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Charlotte Checkers played the longest game in American Hockey League history on Wednesday, one that spanned three periods of regulation in addition to five overtime frames before Lehigh Valley’s Alex Krushelynski scored the game winner in a 2-1 decision. Charlotte goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic (Niagara IceDogs) came out on the losing end, turning aside 51 shots in the process. Other OHL grads on the Checkers included Roland McKeown (Kingston Frontenacs), Trevor Carrick (Sudbury Wolves), Greg McKegg (London Knights), Warren Foegele (Erie Otters), Janne Kuokkanen (London Knights) and Jeremy Smith (Niagara IceDogs). Former Plymouth Whalers head coach Mike Vellucci was the head coach of Charlotte.
Duff featured on Mastercard Junior Hockey Magazine: OHL graduate Nick Duff is the latest alumni feature on Mastercard Junior Hockey Magazine with Gino Reda. A native of Novi, Mich., Duff played parts of four OHL seasons between the Kitchener Rangers and Brampton Battalion between 2002-06. The 32-year-old is now a spine consultant at Nicholas Ventures after getting his degree at the University of British Columbia. Duff played 216 career OHL regular season contests, recording seven goals and 17 assists. Listen
Bunting a key to Roadrunners’ success: Soo Greyhounds graduate Michael Bunting has played a big role in the success of the Tucson Roadrunners this season. During the regular season, Bunting co-led the Roadrunners with 23 goals in 67 games. He also ranked third on the team with 43 points. In three AHL seasons, he’s produced 47 goals and 49 assists. He and the Roadrunners are currently locked up in a second round AHL Playoff series with the Texas Stars. Bunting played two OHL seasons in Sault Ste. Marie from 2013-15, recording 116 points (52-64–116) over 105 regular season contests. He was Arizona’s fourth round pick in 2014. Read more on his story at nhl.com.
McRae leads class of 2018 into Brock Sports Hall of Fame: London Knights graduate Basil McRae led the Class of 2018 into the Brock Sports Hall of Fame. The Beaverton, Ont. native, who played 576 games in the NHL, was inducted on April 21st during the Breakfast of Champions event hosted by the Township of Brock at the Sunderland Town Hall. McRae played 15 NHL seasons, scoring 53 goals and tallying 83 assists after spending three seasons with the London Knights from 1978-81. McRae return to the Knights as general manager from 2014-16, leading the club to a Mastercard Memorial Cup title in 2016. Read more on the story at thebrockvoice.com.
Harrison, MacKellar, McKenzie inducted into Whitby Sports Hall of Fame: Three names with OHL connections were inducted into the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame on April 28th. OHL graduates Jay Harrison and Peter MacKellar joined TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie at the event that was held at Royal Ashburn Golf Club. Harrison played with the Brampton Battalion from 1998-2002 after being the club’s first ever draft choice, going first overall in the 1998 OHL Priority Selection. Harrison went on to play 372 career NHL contests before retiring at the conclusion of the 2016 season. MacKellar played parts of four OHL seasons between Sault Ste. Marie and Owen Sound from 1992-96 before a four-year CIS career at the University of New Brunswick. MacKellar would go on to star as the captain of the Whitby Dunlops Men’s Senior A club racking up 166 points (92-74–166) in 91 career contests. McKenzie is the father of Kitchener Rangers general manager Mike McKenzie and got his start in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. He’s provided continued coverage of the annual World Junior Hockey Championship and NHL Draft, serving as a prominent voice in the hockey community for decades.
Friday May 11th:
Hamilton at Sault Ste. Marie (Game 5) – 7:07pm (Shaw TV/Cable 14)
Sunday May 13th:
Sault Ste. Marie at Hamilton (Game 6) – 2:00pm (Sportsnet)
Monday May 14th:
Hamilton at Sault Ste. Marie (Game 7) – 7:07pm* (Shaw TV/Cable 14)
* if necessary
Be sure to catch all of this weekend’s action at ohllive.com.