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OHL This Week: May 17 to 21, 2017

Get caught up on the latest OHL news and notes from the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup and beyond.

ERIE OTTERS CROWNED 2017 OHL CHAMPIONS:

The Erie Otters are 2017 OHL Champions, hoisting the J. Ross Robertson Cup for the second time in franchise history following a 4-3 overtime win over the Mississauga Steelheads in Game 5 of the Rogers OHL Championship Series. Read more / Foegele named OHL Playoff MVPWatch Sights & Sounds / Photo Gallery / Highlights

MEMORIAL CUP ARRIVES IN WINDSOR:

The 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup festivities are officially underway following a day full of celebration highlighted by the Memorial Cup’s arrival to the City of Windsor. Watch

TWO OHL REFEREES, FOUR LINESMEN NAMED TO MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP OFFICIATING TEAM:

OHL referees in the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup include Darcy Burchell of Etobicoke, ON, and Mike Cairns of Scarborough, ON, who each received their second championship assignment. Linesmen selected to work the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup include Geoff Rutherford from nearby Lasalle, ON, along with Adam Harris (Hamilton), Andrew Jackson (Caledon), Justin Knaggs (Whitby), Dustin McCrank (Guelph), and Andrew Smith (Kitchener).  Read more

OTTERS START STRONG WITH 4-2 WIN OVER SEATTLE:

OHL scoring champion Alex DeBrincat had a goal and an assist to lead the Erie Otters to a 4-2 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds in the Mastercard Memorial Cup. Read more / Highlights

SPITFIRES HOLD OFF SAINT JOHN FOR 3-2 WIN IN OPENER:

Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Jeremy Bracco had a standout performance as the Windsor Spitfires opened the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup with a win on home ice. Read more / Highlights

McDAVID ELATED TO SEE OTTERS CONQUER GOALS:

After leading the NHL in scoring this season, Erie Otters graduate Connor McDavid is thrilled to see his former club achieve success and reach the Mastercard Memorial Cup. Read more

STAR MAKERS: TALENTED OTTERS KEEP RECORD RUN ALIVE:

The Erie Otters are a cohesive group whose individual accomplishments all add up to an Ontario Hockey League championship. Read more

REPEAT REFLECTIONS: NEMISZ, WELLWOOD ENJOYED THE RIDE WITH SPITFIRES:

Now assistant coaches in the OHL, good friends Greg Nemisz (Oshawa Generals) and Eric Wellwood (Flint Firebirds) reflect on their experience as back-to-back Mastercard Memorial Cup Champions in Windsor. Read more

REDEMPTION SONG: SPITFIRES AIM TO CHANGE THE LAST CHAPTER:

The Windsor Spitfires are smarting after an early exit from the Ontario Hockey League playoffs but now have an opportunity to make amends. Read more

LIFTMASTER ROAD TO THE MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP:

Get caught up on what’s going on around the entire CHL Playoffs in the sixth and final edition of LiftMaster Road to the Mastercard Memorial Cup. Watch

OHL ANNOUNCES ALL-STAR TEAMS:

The Ontario Hockey League has announced All-Star teams for the 2016-17 OHL season as selected by the league’s General Managers. Players were voted on by position and received five points for a first place vote, three for a second place vote, and one for a third place vote.  In the case of defencemen, the top two selections received five points, the third and fourth selections received three points, and the fifth and sixth selections each received a single point. Read more

FIREBIRDS’ PETERS AWARDED MICKEY RENAUD CAPTAIN’S TROPHY:

Flint Firebirds defenceman Alex Peters is the 2016-17 recipient of the Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy. Peters 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’ STROME NAMED PIONEER ENERGY OHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK & CHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:

Arizona Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome of the Erie Otters is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the final playoff week ending May 14 scoring twice with five assists for seven points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-3. Strome captained the Otters to their first Robertson Cup title since 2002 defeating the Mississauga Steelheads in five games to clinch the Rogers OHL Championship Series delivering a trio of multi-point performances down the stretch. Read more

OTTERS’ CIRELLI REPRESENTING OHL IN #CIBCSHOWDOWN:

Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Anthony Cirelli of the Erie Otters is the OHL’s representative in this week’s edition of CIBC Showdown, a weekly contest that features one great play from all three leagues. Cirelli’s Game 5 overtime winner gave the Erie Otters their second OHL title in franchise history Watch his play and vote at chlshowdown.ca.

OTTERS’ TAYLOR RADDYSH SIGNS WITH LIGHTNING:

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Taylor Raddysh to a three-year, entry-level contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced on Monday. Raddysh played in 58 regular season games with the Otters this season, recording 42 goals and 109 points with a plus-67 rating. He led the OHL for assists with 67, ranked second for points and tied for sixth for goals. Read more

PETES’ WELLS SIGNS WITH OILERS:

The Edmonton Oilers have signed Peterborough Petes goaltender Dylan Wells to a three-year, entry-level NHL contract. Wells helped the Petes reach the Eastern Conference Final after posting a 3.07 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage over a career high 52 regular season contests. He tied for third in the OHL with 33 wins. Read more

FOUR OHL COACHES SELECTED FOR HOCKEY CANADA UNDER-18, UNDER-17 ASSIGNMENTS:

Kingston Frontenacs head coach Paul McFarland returns to lead Canada’s National Under-18 Team while three other coaches from across the OHL take on international assignments with Hockey Canada. Ryan Oulahen (Flint Firebirds), Spencer Carbery (Saginaw Spirit) and B.J. Adams (Erie Otters) will take on roles with Hockey Canada’s National Under-17 Teams. Read more

OHL PRIORITY SELECTION PROSPECTS COMMIT TO OHL:

A number of highly touted players chosen in the OHL Priority Selection have made commitments to the Ontario Hockey League. Connor McMichael (Hamilton Bulldogs), Grayson Ladd (Kitchener Rangers)Mason Primeau (Guelph Storm)Jack Quinn (Ottawa 67’s)Simon Rose and Kurtis Evans (North Bay Battalion), Aidan Prueter and Duncan Penman (Saginaw Spirit)Billy Constantinou (Niagara IceDogs), Nick Wong (Oshawa Generals) committed to their respective clubs this past week.

STING GM SINCLAIR SIGNS MULTI-YEAR EXTENSION:

The Sarnia Sting have signed General Manager Nick Sinclair to a multi-year extension. Read more

PETES GM OKE SIGNS EXTENSION THROUGH 2019-20:

The Peterborough Petes have signed General Manager Mike Oke to a contract extension through the conclusion of the 2019-20 season. Read more

STORM NAME PHIL GOLDING ASSISTANT GM:

The Guelph Storm have appointed Phil Golding as the club’s Assistant General Manager and solidified the coaching staff for the 2017-18 season. Read more

PETES HOST DEVELOPMENT CAMP:

The Peterborough Petes held their annual Spring Orientation Camp at the Peterborough Memorial Centre this past weekend. They’re the latest in a long line of teams to host their OHL Priority Selection prospects for a weekend of getting familiarized with the organization. Read more

OHL COACHES CONFERENCE SET FOR JUNE 3RD:

The 2017 OHL Coaches Conference is under a month away, taking place on Saturday June 3rd on the campus of UOIT in Oshawa. Many of the guest speakers for the 4th annual installment of the day-long conference have been confirmed and will provide minor hockey coaches the opportunity to learn from OHL, AHL, and NHL personnel in an interactive professional development day. Programs are open to any coach registered within the OHF, OHA, OWHA, HEO, or HNO, coaching Pee-Wee ‘AAA’, Minor Bantam and Major Bantam ‘AE to AAA’, Minor Midget and Midget ‘AE to AAA’. Read more

OHL ALUMNI GOLF TOURNAMENT FAST APPROACHING:

The 2017 OHL Alumni Association Golf Tournament is fast approaching! The 2nd annual event is set to take place on Monday June 5th at the Devil’s Pulpit, one of Canada’s most acclaimed private golf clubs located in Caledon, Ont. This event is one of several networking events focused on bringing together former players from all generations.  Proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the Gudbranson Stem Cell Research Grant, which helps fund research for Stem Cell Treatments. Space is limited! Be sure to sign up before Friday June 2nd. Read more

OHL COMMISSIONER DAVID BRANCH, STEELHEADS GM JAMES BOYD FEATURED ON MASTERCARD JUNIOR HOCKEY MAGAZINE:

The season finale of Junior Hockey Magazine features OHL Commissioner and CHL President David Branch previewing the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup and discussing the CHL Scholarship Program. Mississauga Steelheads GM James Boyd shares his story as an OHL graduate. Listen

CELEBRATE THE 2017 MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP WITH OHL SHOP:

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ALUMNI NOTES:

8 OHL graduates earn IIHF World Championship Silver with Canada: 8 OHL graduates are IIHF World Championship silver medalists with Team Canada following a 2-1 shootout loss to Sweden on Sunday. Read more

36 OHL graduates competing in NHL Conference Finals: A total of 36 OHL graduates have reached the Conference Finals of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins go head-to-head in the Eastern Conference Final while the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators battle for the West. Read more

31 OHL graduates competing in AHL Conference Finals: A total of 31 OHL graduates have reached the Conference Finals of the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs. The Providence Bruins (BOS) and Syracuse Crunch (TB) square off in the East Final while the San Jose Barracuda (SJ) and Grand Rapids Griffins (DET) meet in the West. Read more

MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP SCHEDULE:

Friday May 19th:
Saint John Sea Dogs 2 at Windsor Spitfires 3 (Game 1) – Highlights

Saturday May 20th:
Erie Otters 4 at Seattle Thunderbirds 2 (Game 2) – Highlights

Sunday May 21st:
Windsor Spitfires 7 at Seattle Thunderbirds 1 (Game 3) – Highlights

Monday May 22nd:
Erie Otters at Saint John Sea Dogs (Game 4) – 7:00pm (Sportsnet, TVA Sports, NHL Network, CHLLive.com)

Tuesday May 23rd:
Seattle Thunderbirds at Saint John Sea Dogs (Game 5) – 7:00pm (Sportsnet, TVA Sports, NHL Network, CHLLive.com)

Wednesday May 24th:
Windsor Spitfires at Erie Otters (Game 6) – 7:00pm (Sportsnet, TVA Sports, NHL Network, CHLLive.com)

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