The Hamilton Bulldogs have been crowned OHL Champions and advanced to the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup in Regina where they’ll compete in the 100th anniversary of the prestigious national championship. Here’s a look at what’s happening across the league.
HAMILTON BULLDOGS ARE 2018 OHL CHAMPIONS:
The Hamilton Bulldogs are 2018 OHL Champions following a 5-4 win over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in Game 6 of the Rogers OHL Championship Series. Down 3-2 after two periods on Sunday, Hamilton struck for three in the third as Riley Stillman (5), Robert Thomas (12) and an empty netter from Nicholas Caamano (10) put the Bulldogs in the lead for good. Read more
BULLDOGS’ ROBERT THOMAS VOTED OHL PLAYOFF MVP:
Hamilton Bulldogs forward Robert Thomas received the Wayne Gretzky ’99’ Award as OHL Playoff MVP, finishing with 32 points in 21 games. Thomas was a central figure in Hamilton’s playoff run. The Aurora, Ont. native finished third in OHL playoff scoring and collected seven points in the Rogers OHL Championship Series. Read more
BULLDOGS’ JUSTIN LEMCKE AWARDED MICKEY RENAUD CAPTAIN’S TROPHY:
Hamilton Bulldogs captain and 2018 OHL Champion Justin has been named the 2017-18 recipient of the Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy. Lemcke 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
BULLDOGS’ BRANDON SAIGEON NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Hamilton Bulldogs forward Brandon Saigeon is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week after capturing an OHL title with six points in four games. Saigeon helped the Bulldogs capture their first OHL title in the franchise’s three-year history in Hamilton bringing the Robertson Cup to the Steel City for the first time in 42 years since the 1976 champion Fincups. Read more
VOTE BRANDON SAIGEON IN #CIBCSHOWDOWN:
Hamilton Bulldogs forward Brandon Saigeon 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.
GREYHOUNDS’ RADDYSH COMPETES IN RECORD 77TH CAREER PLAYOFF GAME:
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward Taylor Raddysh made OHL history last Friday, playing in his 77th career playoff contest to top the league’s all-time list. Raddysh surpassed former record holder Bryan Cameron (Belleville/Barrie, 76 GP) to top a list that also includes such names as Lance Galbraith (Ottawa, 75 GP), Marc Cantin (Belleville/Mississauga, 75 GP) and Wade Gibson (Ottawa/North Bay/Sault Ste. Marie, 74 GP). Read more
JAMIE DRYSDALE COMMITS TO OTTERS:
The Erie Otters have received a commitment from 2018 first round (fourth overall) selection Jamie Drysdale. The 15-year-old defenceman appeared in 57 games with the Toronto Marlboros of the Greater Toronto Hockey League, tallying eight goals and 50 points in the 2017-18 season. He highlighted 2018 by captaining his team to a GTHL Championship and being the GTHL’s Player of the Year. Read more
PACEY SCHLUETING COMMITS TO BATTALION:
The North Bay Battalion has received a commitment from 2018 first round (ninth overall) selection Pacey Schlueting. A local product from North Bay, Ont., Schlueting had 34 points in 24 games for the North Bay Trappers Minor Midgets this season, adding four points for Team NOHA at the 2018 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour. Read more
JAKE MURRAY COMMITS TO FRONTENACS:
The Kingston Frontenacs have received a commitment from 2018 first round (13th overall) selection Jake Murray. The 6-foot-1, 188 lbs. Oakville, Ontario native, was a member of the Oakville Rangers Minor Midget AAA team and posted 40 points (11 goals, 29 assists) in 38 games this past season. Murray most-recently played at the 2018 OHL Gold Cup as a member of the bronze medal winning team. Read more
DYLAN ROBINSON COMMITS TO GENERALS:
The Oshawa Generals have received a commitment from 2018 second round (28th overall) selection Dylan Robinson. The 6-foot-1, 165-pound centre participated in the OHL Cup in March where he notched six goals and five assists in seven games with the Jr. Canadiens, leading his team in scoring. The Jr. Canadiens took home the championship title, and Robinson was named tournament MVP. Read more
ZACK TERRY COMMITS TO STORM:
The Guelph Storm has received a commitment from 2018 second round (36th overall) selection Zack Terry. The 6-foot-1, 185Ib. defenceman played for the Oakville Rangers Minor Midgets this season, collecting 43 points in 35 games. Read more
FORMER GREYHOUNDS GM KYLE DUBAS TAKES LEAD ROLE WITH MAPLE LEAFS:
Former Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds general manager Kyle Dubas has taken a lead role with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Dubas takes over as GM in Toronto at the young age of 32, being promoted from the position of assistant general manager to Lou Lamoriello. During his tenure in Sault Ste. Marie from 2011-14, his teams finished with an overall record of 109-76-7-12, which included two post-season berths and a West Division title in 2013-14. Read more
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.
McDavid providing Canada with scoring, leadership at World Championship: Erie Otters graduate Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers is fourth in IIHF World Hockey Championship scoring with 13 points (five goals, eight assists) heading into the quarterfinal round on Thursday, when Canada will play Russia. The reigning Hart Trophy winner has been a difference-maker for Canada as they carry a 5-2 record into action on Thursday. Read more on McDavid’s World Championship at NHL.com.
Yzerman among NHL General Manager of the Year finalists: OHL graduate Steve Yzerman is among the NHL’s General Manager of the Year Award finalists. The Tampa Bay Lightning building is joined by Winnipeg’s Kevin Cheveldayoff and Vegas’ George McPhee in the running. The Lightning (54-23-5) set their records for wins (54) and points (113) and won their first division title (Atlantic) since 2004. They are in the Eastern Conference Final for the third time in four seasons. Yzerman is a finalist for the third time. He won the award in 2014-15 after finishing second in 2010-11, his first season as Lightning GM. Yzerman played two OHL seasons with the Peterborough Petes from 1981-83 before a prestigious Hall of Fame career in the NHL.
Mastercard Junior Hockey Magazine checks in with Ben Shutron: Former Mastercard Memorial Cup champion Ben Shutron is this week’s featured alumnus on Mastercard Junior Hockey Magazine with Gino Reda. An OHL graduate of the Windsor Spitfires, Shutron is now the Manager of Hockey Operations at Hockey Canada after getting his degree at the University of New Brunswick. Listen
2018 MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP SCHEDULE:
Friday May 18th:
Hamilton vs. Regina – 8:00pm MT/10:00pm ET (Sportsnet)
Saturday May 19th:
Swift Current vs. Acadie-Bathurst – 2:00pm MT/4:00pm ET (Sportsnet)
Sunday May 20th:
Regina vs. Acadie-Bathurst – 5:00pm MT/7:00pm ET (Sportsnet)
Monday May 21st:
Swift Current vs. Hamilton – 6:00pm MT/8:00pm ET (Sportsnet)