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.
OTTERS AND STEELHEADS CLASH IN 2017 ROGERS OHL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES:
The Erie Otters and Mississauga Steelheads meet in the 2017 Rogers OHL Championship Series for the J. Ross Robertson Cup. Get a look at both teams, how they got here, and how this very intriguing matchup is shaping up. Read more
WAWANESA INSURANCE TOP-10 PLAYS FROM THE CONFERENCE FINALS:
The Western and Eastern Conference Championship Series featured the league’s top four teams battling for the Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Orr Trophies. They also featured some of the league’s brightest stars showcasing their skills with dazzling highlight-reel plays. Watch
WATCH EVERY PLAYOFF GAME WITH OHL LIVE PLAYOFF PACKAGES:
Don’t miss a game! Follow your team throughout the #OHLPlayoffs with new OHL LIVE Playoff Packages including the flexibility of single game, team pass and all access options. Visit OHLLIVE.com for full details.
LIFTMASTER ROAD TO THE MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP:
Get caught up on what’s going on around the entire CHL Playoffs in the fourth edition of LiftMaster Road to the Mastercard Memorial Cup. Six teams remain in the hunt to join the Windsor Spitfires in May as Championship Series action commences. LiftMaster is the Official Garage Door Opener of the Canadian Hockey League. Watch
ATTACK’S MICHAEL MCNIVEN NAMED OHL GOALTENDER OF THE YEAR:
Montreal Canadiens prospect Michael McNiven of the Owen Sound Attack is the 2016-17 recipient of the OHL’s Goaltender of the Year award. McNiven played in 54 games this season carrying a record of 41-9-2-2 including six shutout victories that tied for a league-high, while also posting a league-low goals-against-average of 2.30 and a save percentage of .915 that ranked sixth overall. His 41 wins not only led the OHL this season but established a new Attack single season record surpassing Jordan Binnington’s previous mark of 32 set during his award winning 2012-13 season. Read more
OTTERS’ DARREN RADDYSH NAMED OHL DEFENCEMAN OF THE YEAR:
Darren Raddysh of the Erie Otters is the 2016-17 recipient of the Max Kaminsky Trophy awarded annually to the OHL’s Most Outstanding Defenceman of the Year. Raddysh becomes the first Otter to ever win the award after leading all OHL defencemen in scoring this season with 81 points including 16 goals and 65 assists in 62 games while establishing new team single season records for assists and points from the blue line surpassing Chris Campoli’s marks of 46 and 66 set in 2003-04. Read more
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 and earned CHL Player of the Week honours for the playoff week ending April 30 after recording nine points in four games scoring four goals and five assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-6. Cirelli earns the award for a second time this post-season after producing three straight multi-point performances in three wins for the Otters who captured the Wayne Gretzky Trophy with a 4-2 series win against the Owen Sound Attack in the Western Conference Championship Series. Read more
STEELHEADS’ MANCINA EARNS BACK-TO-BACK VAUGHN CHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK HONOURS:
Matthew Mancina of the Mississauga Steelheads is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the playoff week ending April 30 after posting a 2-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 0.40 and save percentage of .981. Mancina earns the award for a second straight week after backstopping the Steelheads to an OHL Eastern Conference title earning the Bobby Orr Trophy following a 4-0 series sweep of the Peterborough Petes. Read more
BATTALION’S DINEEN SIGNS WITH COYOTES:
The Arizona Coyotes have signed North Bay Battalion defenceman Cam Dineen to a three-year, entry-level NHL contract. The 18-year-old Dineen played in 29 games with North Bay this past season, registering 14 points. The native of Toms River, New Jersey collected 59 points in 68 games in 2015-16 with the Battalion, which was the second-most points by an OHL defenceman. Read more
ONTARIO’S TOP PROSPECTS HIT THE ICE AT U16 OHL GOLD CUP:
130 prospects chosen in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection are competing in the 2017 OHL Gold Cup this week at the Activa Sportsplex in Kitchener, ON. Of the 160 players competing at the event, 130 were chosen in April’s OHL Priority Selection, representing approximately 81% of the young athletes taking the ice at the annual event that runs from Thursday through Sunday. 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. Tag Bertuzzi (Guelph Storm), Brandon Coe (North Bay Battalion), Nicholas Porco (Saginaw Spirit), Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads), Brayden Guy (Sarnia Sting) and Jacob Gravelle (Mississauga Steelheads) committed to their respective clubs this past week.
11 OHL PROSPECTS WIN TELUS CUP BRONZE WITH REBELS:
Eleven OHL prospects are Telus Cup Bronze Medalists with the Mississauga Rebels following a 4-1 win over the Regina Pat Canadians on Sunday in Prince George, BC. The Telus Cup is Hockey Canada’s national championship for Midget hockey. Of the 11 OHL prospects on the roster, seven were selected in the 2017 OHL Under-18 Priority Selection while the other four were products of the 2016 and 2017 OHL Priority Selections. Read more
JANES SAVES OF THE YEAR CONTEST CONTINUES:
Voting is now open for the #JanesSaves of the Year! Head to www.JanesSaves.ca and vote for the best OHL Save of the Year! Enter for your chance to win a trip for 4 to the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup and score a FREE box of Janes ultimates™
VOTE TROY TIMPANO IN #CIBCSHOWDOWN:
Goaltender Troy Timpano 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. Watch his play and vote at chlshowdown.ca.
JOURNALISTS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS AWARDED FROM ACROSS THE OHL:
A number of journalists and photographers providing coverage of member teams from across the Ontario Hockey League have been recognized for their outstanding work in the 63rd annual Ontario Newspaper Awards unveiled last week. Hamilton Bulldogs beat writer Teri Pecoskie of the Hamilton Spectator as well as photographers Ian MacAlpine of the Kingston Whig-Standard, Gino Donato of the Sudbury Star, Jason Kryk and Dan Janisse of the Windsor Star and Barry Gray of the Hamilton Spectator among others have been recognized for their work. Get the full details at torontosun.com.
SPITFIRES GM WARREN RYCHEL FEATURED ON MASTERCARD JUNIOR HOCKEY MAGAZINE:
Windsor Spitfires general manager Warren Rychel joins Gino Reda on this week’s edition of Mastercard Junior Hockey Magazine to discuss the club’s preparations for the upcoming Mastercard Memorial Cup in Windsor. Listen
2017 MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP SINGLE GAME TICKETS NOW ON SALE:
2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup single-game tickets are now on sale. Tickets for games featuring the host Windsor Spitfires are available at a cost of $90+HST while games featuring two of the other three participating teams are priced at $75+HST. Read more
6 OHL graduates nominated for NHL Awards: Six different OHL graduates have been nominated for 2016-17 NHL Awards. Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers/Erie Otters) has been nominated for both the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP and the Ted Lindsay Award as the Best Player as voted by the NHLPA. Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks/Brampton Battalion) is up for the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s Best Defenceman as well as the Ted Lindsay Award. Wayne Simmonds (Philadelphia Flyers/Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) has been nominated for the NHL Foundation Player Award given to the player who best demonstrates the core values of hockey. Nick Foligno (Columbus Blue Jackets/Sudbury Wolves) and Mark Giordano (Calgary Flames/Owen Sound Attack) have both been nominated for the Mark Messier Leadership Award. Goaltender Craig Anderson (Ottawa Senators/Guelph Storm) has been nominated for the Bill Masterson Trophy awarded to the player who exemplifies dedication to hockey.
Coffey, Gainey in 2017 Ontario Sports Hall of Fame Induction Class: Former OHL standouts and NHL greats Paul Coffey and Bob Gainey have been named to the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame’s 2017 Induction Class along with Bob Allan (lacrosse), John Campbell (harness racing), John Hiller (baseball) and Marnie McBean (rowing). The two will be inducted on October 2nd at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto. A three-time Norris Trophy winner, Coffey won four Stanley Cups over his 1,409 game NHL career between Edmonton, Detroit and Pittsburgh. Coffey played with the Kingston Canadians, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Kitchener Rangers over parts of three seasons from 1977-80. Gainey won a total of five Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens over the course of his 1,160 game NHL career that spanned from 1973-89. He played with his hometown Peterborough Petes from 1970-73 before being selected by Montreal in the first round of the 1973 NHL Draft. For more information on the 2017 induction class, please visit oshof.ca.
Chychrun playing beyond his years: Sarnia Sting graduate Jakob Chychrun is drawing high praise following a successful rookie season in the NHL. The 18-year-old played in 68 of 82 games with the Arizona Coyotes, recording seven goals, 13 assists and 20 points in the process. Chychrun became the youngest player in Coyotes history to score his first career NHL goal this past season. The native of Boca Raton, Florida played two seasons in Sarnia, recording 27 goals, 55 assists and 82 points in 104 career regular season games. Read more about his rookie season at NHL.com.
54 OHL graduates advance to second round of Calder Cup Playoffs: A total of 54 OHL graduates have advanced to the second round of the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs. The Chicago Wolves (STL), Grand Rapids Griffins (DET), San Jose Barracuda (SJ), San Diego Gulls (ANA), Providence Bruins (BOS), Hershey Bears (WSH), Syracuse Crunch (TB) and Toronto Marlies (TOR) prevailed in first round action. Read more
Thursday May 4th
Mississauga at Erie (Game 1) – 7:00pm
Sunday May 7th:
Mississauga at Erie (Game 2) – 4:00pm
Monday May 8th:
Erie at Mississauga (Game 3) – 7:00pm
Wednesday May 10th:
Erie at Mississauga (Game 4) – 7:00pm
Be sure to catch all of this weekend’s action at ohllive.com.