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OHL This Week: May 16 to 19, 2019

 

The OHL champion Guelph Storm are off to the 2019 Memorial Cup Presented by Kia in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Learn about that and more in the latest edition of the OHL This Week.

STORM COMES UP SHORT IN 4-2 LOSS TO HALIFAX:
Sean Durzi scored twice but the host Halifax Mooseheads came prepared on Sunday, skating to a 4-2 win over the Guelph Storm to stay undefeated. The speed of forwards Antoine Morand, Maxim Trépanier and Samuel Asselin was evident once again while top 2019 NHL Draft prospect Raphaël Lavoie scored arguably the goal of the tournament, finding the back of the net shorthanded to put his team ahead for good. Full recap / Five takeaways

TOROPCHENKO’S HAT-TRICK GETS STORM GOING IN HALIFAX:
Alexey Toropchenko’s first career hat-trick gave the Guelph Storm the start they needed at the 2019 Memorial Cup Presented by Kia. Toropchenko stayed hot, scoring three times in a first period span of 7:23 to lift the Guelph Storm to a 5-2 win over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Saturday. Full recap / Five takeaways

COMEBACK KIDS: STORM HAVE BEEN UNBEATABLE WHEN SEASON ON THE LINE:
Whatever obstacles the Guelph Storm may face in Halifax, it’s difficult to imagine they will be bigger than the ones faced to get to the Memorial Cup presented by Kia. The OHL Champions overcame series deficits of three-games-to-none against the London Knights, and then came back from two games on three different occasions against the Saginaw Spirit (twice) and Ottawa 67’s to win the Robertson Cup. Read more

FAIST, HERRINGTON NAMED TO 2019 MEMORIAL CUP PRESENTED BY KIA OFFICIATING TEAM:
Ontario Hockey League officials Jason Faist and Justin Herrington are among nine CHL representatives working the 2019 Memorial Cup Presented by Kia. Read more

STORM COME FROM BEHIND TO WIN 2019 OHL CHAMPIONSHIP:
The Guelph Storm are 2019 OHL Champions, overcoming a third straight 2-0 series deficit with an 8-3 comeback win over the Ottawa 67’s in Game 6. Recap / Photo Gallery

STORM’S SUZUKI EARNS WAYNE GRETZKY ’99’ AWARD AS OHL PLAYOFF MVP:
Montreal Canadiens prospect Nick Suzuki of the Guelph Storm received the Wayne Gretzky ’99’ Award as MVP of the 2019 OHL Playoffs. Read more

STORM’S SUZUKI NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ AND CHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Montreal Canadiens prospect Nick Suzuki of the Guelph Storm is both the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week as well as the CHL Player of the Week for the final week of playoff action ending May 12 with 10 points in four games scoring twice with eight assists and a plus-minus rating of plus-8. Suzuki cemented his post-season MVP status with points in four straight Storm victories last week to receive the Wayne Gretzky ‘99’ Award following Guelph’s fourth Robertson Cup title defeating the Ottawa 67’s in the 2019 Rogers OHL Championship Series. Read more

GOALTENDERS FINISH STRONG IN #OHLCHAMPIONSHIP EDITION OF #JANESSAVES:
The eye of the Storm surged from between-the-pipes in the final OHL Championship edition of #JanesSaves. Watch

HUNTER, TOURIGNY AND DUHAMEL CHOSEN TO LEAD CANADA ON WORLD STAGE:
Three OHL coaches have been selected to lead Canada’s National Junior Team and Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship and 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, respectively. London Knights head coach Dale Hunter will join Ottawa 67’s bench boss Andre Tourigny in overseeing the National Junior Team while 67’s assistant Mario Duhamel will serve in a similar role with Canada’s National Under-18 Team. Read more

STORM’S ISAAC RATCLIFFE AWARDED MICKEY RENAUD CAPTAIN’S TROPHY:
Philadelphia Flyers prospect Isaac Ratcliffe of the Guelph Storm is the 2018-19 Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy recipient. Ratcliffe was chosen for the award by a media selection committee as the OHL team captain that best exemplifies leadership on and off the ice, with a passion and dedication to the game of hockey and community that Mickey demonstrated. Read more

OTTERS UNVEIL NEW LOOK FOR 2019-20:
The Erie Otters introduced their updated team identity by unveiling new logos and uniforms to fans and media at their annual awards banquet. The reveal sees the team return to the original otter character logo with a more modernized look, updating its primary emblem to the organization’s current gold, navy, and white color scheme. This updated primary logo will be featured on the team’s new navy jersey and their current white jersey. Full details

CONNOR LOCKHART COMMITS TO OTTERS:
The Erie Otters have received a commitment from 2019 first round (3rd overall) pick Connor Lockhart. Lockhart, a 5’9”, 161-pound forward, appeared in 41 games for the Kanata Lasers of Hockey Eastern Ontario where he produced 79 points (30G-49A) to tie for the league scoring title. The 16-year-old recorded 49 assists during the 2018-19 campaign to lead HEO and help earn Lockhart HEO Midget AAA Top Rookie honors for the season. Read more

BRANDT CLARKE COMMITS TO COLTS:
The Barrie Colts have received a commitment from 2019 first round (4th overall) selection Brandt Clarke. The 2019 GTHL and OHL Cup champion with the Don Mills Flyers posted 113 points (35-78–113) in the regular season. He proceeded to set a new OHL Cup record for points by a defenceman, recording 11 (2-9–11) over seven games with a plus/minus rating of plus-13. Read more

TREY ZAGRZEBSKI COMMITS TO COLTS:
The Barrie Colts have received a commitment from Wisconsin native and 2019 sixth round pick Trey Zagrzebski. A native of Stevens Point, WI, Zagrzebski was the Colts’ sixth round (107th overall) pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. The 5-foot-9, 174Ib. forward recorded 46 points (19-27–46) in 24 games with Stevens Point Area High School. Read more

SECOND ROUND PICKS STILLMAN AND LARMAND COMMIT TO WOLVES:
The Sudbury Wolves have received commitments from 2019 second round, 25th and 26th overall picks Chase Stillman and Ethan Larmand. A 5-foot-11, 162 lbs. centre, Stillman spent last season with the Sudbury Wolves Minor Midgets. He was selected by the club with the 25th overall pick of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection after recording 55 points (19-36–55) in just 24 games to earn GNML Rookie of the Year honours. Selected one pick later at 26th overall, Midland, Ont. native Ethan Larmand has also committed to the Wolves. The 5-foot-10 centre registered 51 points (27-24–51) in 34 games with the North Central Predators Minor Midgets last season, good for fifth in OMHA ETA scoring. Read more

DAVIS ‘T-BONE’ CODD COMMITS TO SPIRIT:
The Saginaw Spirit have received a commitment from 2019 fourth round pick Davis ‘T-Bone’ Codd. Codd, 15, played the 2018-19 season under head coach Kris Draper, and the Little Caesars 16U team. The 5’9, 160-pound right winger scored 16 goals and added 33 assists for 49 points. Read more

LUCAS THERIAULT COMMITS TO ICEDOGS:
The Niagara IceDogs have received a commitment from 19-year-old former 12th round pick Lucas Theriault. The 5-foot-8 centreman played the 2018-2019 season with the Soo Thunderbirds in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL). In 51 regular season games with the Thunderbirds, Theriault collected 76 points (40 goals, 36 assists). Read more

CHAS SHARPE COMMITS TO STEELHEADS:
The Mississauga Steelheads have received a commitment from 2019 third round pick Chas Sharpe. Sharpe, 15, appeared in 34 games with the North Central Predators (OMHA) during the 2018-2019 season and registered 19 points (5 goals, 14 assists). Read more

JAMES JODOIN COMMITS TO SPITFIRES:
The Windsor Spitfires have received a commitment from 2019 fourth round pick James Jodoin. The 2003-born, 6’3, 190-pound Oakville native was impressive during the 2018-19 season with his hometown Oakville Rangers Minor Midget club. In 31 regular season games, he posted four goals and 17 assists, along with another four goals and an assist in eight playoff games. Read more

TWO OHL CLUBS HOST SPRING DEVELOPMENT CAMPS:
Spring Development Camps give teams an opportunity to meet the newest members of their organization, and offer prospects and their families the opportunity to visit team facilities and the community. Check out information on weekend camps in Erie and Flint.

4TH ANNUAL OHL ALUMNI GOLF CLASSIC FAST APPROACHING:
The OHL Alumni Association will be hosting its 4th annual OHL Alumni Golf Classic on Monday June 3, 2019, at Devil’s Pulpit. Nestled dramatically in the lush hills and rolling valleys of Caledon, Ontario, Devil’s Pulpit is one of Canada’s most acclaimed private golf clubs and has proudly hosted Canadian tour events as well as the Inaugural Greens & Dreams Junior Invitational, Toronto Star Amateur, and Canadian Skins Game. Proceeds from this year’s tournament will be donated to the Steve Ludzik Foundation, which helps patients in the Niagara Region living with Parkinson’s disease. Full details

JOB POSTING: CHL COORDINATOR, MOBILE AND DIGITAL ENGAGEMENT: 
The CHL’s Coordinator, Mobile & Fan Engagement will play an integral role in the day to day digital activities of the CHL.  The two main functions of this job will be managing the CHL’s new mobile app to be launched in August 2019 and acting as lead on the CHL’s fan engagement platform known as “CHL Fanbase”. Full details

JOB POSTING: OHL MANAGER OF MARKETING AND SPONSORSHIP:
The Ontario Hockey League is pleased to announce the opportunity for a Manager of Marketing & Sponsorship. The successful candidate will provide superior service to help our League and Member Teams with marketing and sponsorship programs, working as a part of an integrated team to support marketing operations. Full details

ALUMNI NOTES:

Bortuzzo, DeBoer share interesting Conference Final connection: When St. Louis Blues defender Robert Bortuzzo scored a second period goal in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final, it was his first in the playoffs since he was a member of the Kitchener Rangers back in 2007. His coach then? Current San Jose Sharks bench boss Peter DeBoer. The Mercury News‘ Curtis Pashelka has more on the Kitchener connection.

33 OHL grads in AHL final four: The American Hockey League is down to its final four teams as 33 OHL graduates remain in the hunt for the Calder Cup. The Charlotte Checkers square off with the defending champion Toronto Marlboros while the Chicago Wolves take on the San Diego Gulls. For a complete list of OHL grads competing in the 2019 AHL Playoffs, click here.

Hounds’ Hollowell making impression with Marlies: After a strong overage season with the Soo Greyhounds, defenceman Mac Hollowell has picked up where he left off with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. The 20-year-old from Niagara Falls, Ont. has suited up in six of the team’s Calder Cup playoff contests and drawn positive reviews from former OHL Coach of the Year Sheldon Keefe behind the bench. Hollowell put up 77 points (24-53–77) over 64 games from the Soo blue line this past season, rounding out his OHL career with 183 (42-141–183) career regular season points. Sportsnet’s Luke Fox has the full story.

Card on the ice for another Storm title: Ontario Hockey League linesman Ryan Card was up close and personal to witness a second Guelph Storm OHL Championship title. The former Storm defenceman hoisted the J. Ross Robertson Cup as a member of the 2004 league champion Storm and was on duty for Sunday’s Game 6 of the Rogers OHL Championship Series. The 35-year-old from Bancroft, Ont. played five OHL seasons between Peterborough and Guelph from 2000-05 before playing three seasons at St. Thomas University. He’s been an OHL linesman for seven seasons.

2019 Memorial Cup Presented by Kia Schedule:

All games televised on Sportsnet or watch live online at CHLLIVE.ca.

Monday May 20th:
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies vs. Prince Albert Raiders (7:00pm)

Tuesday May 21st:
Guelph Storm vs. Prince Albert Raiders (7:00pm)

Wednesday May 22nd:
Halifax Mooseheads vs. Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (7:00pm)

For full coverage of the 2019 Memorial Cup Presented by Kia, visit chlmemorialcup.ca.

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