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OHL This Week: October 4 to 7, 2018

October is already here and Thanksgiving weekend is upon us! Here’s a look at what’s going on across the Ontario Hockey League.

 

44 OHL PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR 2019 NHL DRAFT:
44 players from the Ontario Hockey League have been listed among NHL Central Scouting’s October ‘Players to Watch’ list for the 2019 NHL Draft. The London Knights lead the way with five players included on the list while the Barrie Colts, Guelph Storm and Peterborough Petes trail close behind with four each. Full list

KNIGHTS, ICEDOGS AND RANGERS INCLUDED IN KIA CHL TOP 10:
For the third straight week the London Knights are the second-ranked team in the CHL. The Niagara IceDogs (7) and Kitchener Rangers (10) are also included in the KIA CHL Top 10 while the Sarnia Sting received an honourable mention. Full details

COLTS’ LUCAS CHIODO NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Lucas Chiodo of the Barrie Colts is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the regular season week ending September 30 after recording seven points in two games including three goals and four assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-6. Chiodo produced a pair of multi-point performances for the Colts who earned three of a possible four points last week in a home-and-home series against the Sudbury Wolves. Read more

RANGERS’ LUKE RICHARDSON NAMED VAUGHN CHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK:
Luke Richardson of the Kitchener Rangers is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending September 30 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .970. Richardson turned aside 64 shots last week in a pair of victories to keep the Rangers undefeated at 3-0-0-0 to start the 2018-19 season. Read more

WAWANESA OHL PLAYS OF THE WEEK:
The second edition of the Wawanesa OHL Plays of the Week for the 2018-19 season feature a collection of the league’s Top-5 plays during the week ending September 30. This week’s highlights start with a give-and-go between Windsor Spitfires Jean-Luc Foudy and Mathew MacDougall, a diving pass by Austen Keating to Quinn Yule who has a nice finish for the Ottawa 67’s, a stretch pass from Matej Pekar to spring Lucas Chiodo on the breakaway for the Barrie Colts, 67’s rookie Jack Quinn makes a spectacular move to score his first career goal, and Christian Purboo of the North Bay Battalion dives cross-crease with a blocker stop for an early season ‘save of the year’ candidate. Watch

PURBOO REPRESENTS OHL IN CIBC SHOWDOWN:
North Bay Battalion goaltender Christian Purboo is this week’s OHL representative in CIBC Showdown, a weekly feature that allows fans across the CHL to vote for their favourite play across all three leagues. Watch & Vote

19 MORE OHL NEWCOMERS ENJOY MILESTONE MOMENTS:
A total of 19 more new OHL faces have enjoyed career milestones in the past week, including 18 first goals and Kingston Frontenacs goaltender Ryan Dugas with his first OHL shutout. Watch

STUNNING STOPS IN FIRST EDITION OF JANES SAVES OF THE WEEK:
September ends with an assortment of stunning stops in our first OHL edition of #JanesSaves. Featured in this edition is Luke Richardson of the Kitchener Rangers, Colton Incze of the Niagara IceDogs, Matthew Villalta of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Christian Purboo of the North Bay Battalion, Cedrick Andree and Will Cranley of the Ottawa 67’s, Brendan Bonello and Ryan Dugas of the Kingston Frontenacs, Joseph Raaymakers of the London Knights, and Nick Donofrio of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Watch

OHL MOURNS THE LOSS OF GREG TERRION:
The Ontario Hockey League family is deeply saddened by the loss of former Hamilton Fincups and Brantford Alexanders forward Greg Terrion who passed away last week at the age of 58. A proud native of Marmora, Ont., Terrion played eight NHL seasons between Los Angeles and Toronto, recording 243 points (93-150–243) over 561 career regular season games between 1980-88. Read more

DENNIS, WRAY OVERSEE BATTALION IN BUTLER’S ABSENCE:
The North Bay Battalion look to reverse a four-game slide without the presence of head coach and director of hockey operations Stan Butler this week. Butler will take a medical leave for the foreseeable future, leaving Dennis overseeing the club’s managerial duties while Wray will take charge on the bench. Assistants Wray and Dennis ran the Battalion bench Sunday night in a 7-5 road loss to the Oshawa Generals in the first game without Butler. Read more

REFEREE SCOTT OAKMAN RETIRES AFTER 20 OHL SEASONS:
OHL officiating veteran Scott Oakman skated his final game on Sunday, capping off 20 years of work in the league. The Mount Albert, Ont. resident worked alongside fellow referee Mike Cairns and linesmen Kevin Hastings and Dave Pfohl before family and friends in attendance as the Oshawa Generals hosted the North Bay Battalion. Read more

BULLDOGS COMMEMORATE BANNER YEAR IN HAMILTON:
The Hamilton Bulldogs raised their 2018 East Division, Eastern Conference and OHL Championship banners to the heights of FirstOntario Centre on Sunday. The J. Ross Robertson Cup was on hand for the ceremony as Bulldogs owner Michael Andlauer joined president and general manager Steve Staios in ushering the trophy out to centre ice. Read more

STING OFF TO PERFECT START IN 25TH SEASON:
The Sarnia Sting have embarked on their 25th season of OHL hockey and the quarter-century salute has seen big success thus far, with the club skating to a 3-0 record.. The Sting ushered in its 25th season in style, bringing back graduates in the club’s first ever draft pick Jeff Brown, rugged winger Mike Hanson, goaltender and current radio voice Patrick DesRochers as well as 1995 OHL scoring champion Aaron Brand before Friday’s home opener. Read more

RANGERS REMEMBER LONG-TIME VOICE DON CAMERON:
The Kitchener Rangers paid tribute to long-time play-by-play voice Don Cameron, who passed away at the age of 82 this past summer. Cameron called Rangers games over a span of 55 years beginning in the team’s inaugural season back in 1963, bringing Kitchener over 4,000 broadcasts. In a touching pre-game ceremony on Friday, the Rangers raised Cameron’s banner to the rafters as testimonials from long-time friends and broadcast partners Mike Farwell and Gary Doyle. Read more

PETES NAME ZACH GALLANT 60TH CAPTAIN IN FRANCHISE HISTORY:
The Peterborough Petes have named Detroit Red Wings prospect Zach Gallant the 60th captain in franchise history. The 6-foot-2, 192lb. centre has suited up in 169 OHL games, totalling 37 goals and 47 assists for 84 points. The Oakville, Ontario native is well known for his two-way play, and is among the league-leaders in faceoff winning percentage every season. He currently sits second in the OHL of all players who have taken more than 75 faceoffs. Read more

BULLDOGS NAME MacKENZIE ENTWISTLE CAPTAIN:
The Hamilton Bulldogs have named Chicago Blackhawks prospect MacKenzie Entwistle captain. Entwistle scored 38 points (13 goals, 25 assists) in 49 regular-season games for the Bulldogs last season. He added 10 goals in 21 playoff games as the team won the OHL championship. Read more

ATTACK NAMES NICK SUZUKI 23RD CAPTAIN IN FRANCHISE HISTORY:
The Owen Sound Attack are proud to announce the naming of Nick Suzuki as the 23rd captain in franchise history with Sean Durzi, Kevin Hancock and Aidan Dudas serving as assistant captains. Entering his fourth year with the Attack, the Montreal Canadiens prospect has put up a total of 110 goals in 194 career regular season games played with Owen Sound.  He’s landed a total of 237 points in his three seasons with the Bears. Read more

CHRISTIAN SBARAGLIA COMMITS TO ICEDOGS:
The Niagara IceDogs have received a commitment from 2017 sixth round selection Christian Sbaraglia. The Mississauga native was drafted in the sixth round by the IceDogs in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection from the Vaughan Kings Minor Midget team. He appeared in seven contests with the USHL’s Omaha Lancers last season and had previously agreed to attend Penn State University before committing to join the IceDogs. Read more

MARCO COSTANTINI COMMITS TO BULLDOGS:
The Hamilton Bulldogs have received a commitment from 2018 fifth round pick Marco Costantini. A 5-foot-11, 155-pounds native of Stoney Creek, Costantini played last season for the Vaughan Kings AAA Minor Midgets. He led the team to the finals of the 2018 OHL Cup where he was named the tournament’s top goaltender with 5-1-1 record, a 1.83 goals-against-average and a .930 save-percentage. Read more

NOLAN BURKE COMMITS TO STING:
The Sarnia Sting have received a commitment from 2018 fourth round selection Nolan Burke. A 6-foot-1 185lb. native of Peterborough, Burke played last season for his hometown Jr. Petes AAA Minor Midget team. He led the Petes in scoring with 22 goals and 25 assists in 35 games.  Burke, a late birthdate does not turn 16-years-old until December 9th. Read more

BEN ROGER COMMITS TO KNIGHTS:
The London Knights have received a commitment from 2018 fourth round selection Ben Roger. The Brighton, Ont. native, who skated with the Quinte Red Devils Minor Midgets last season, will report to the Wellington Dukes of the OJHL for 2018-19. Read more

OHL LIVE EARLY BIRD PRICING NOW AVAILABLE:
The Ontario Hockey League, in association with its digital media partner NeuLion, is proud to offer Early Bird pricing for OHL Live up until October 31, 2018. Powered by NeuLion, OHL Live provides unparalleled online broadcast coverage of all 20 teams in the OHL delivering regular season action which opens Wednesday, September 19, as well as the 2019 OHL Playoffs. Full Details

ROGERS HOMETOWN HOCKEY TOUR KICKS OFF IN KITCHENER:
The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour kicks off in Kitchener this weekend as hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone hit the road and head cross-country. The weekend gets started with a Twitter takeover at @hometownhockey_ by Kitchener native, OHL graduate and Winnipeg Jets star Mark Scheifele. The event also coincides with the launch of Kitchener’s annual Oktoberfest celebrations. For stories and more throughout the weekend, visit hometownhockey.com.

 

COMMUNITY CORNER:

Tye Austin and Petes raise $700 for Dunrobin tornado relief efforts: A fundraising chuck-a-puck spearheaded by Peterborough Petes rookie goaltender Tye Austin has raised $700 for tornado relief efforts in his hometown of Dunrobin. Austin, who saw his first OHL action this past Saturday night, stepped up to initiate the charitable cause after witnessing the damage done by a storm in the Ottawa region on September 21st.

Rangers celebrate 50 years of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest: The Kitchener Rangers will be celebrating a local tradition this coming Friday when the Saginaw Spirit visit The Aud. The Rangers will be suiting up in K-W Oktoberfest commemorative jerseys that will be auctioned off post-game, with proceeds going to K-W Oktoberfest’s beneficiaries as well as the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. For more details visit kitchenerrangers.com.

67’s partner with Ottawa Food Bank for Thanksgiving Food Drive: The Ottawa 67’s and the Ottawa Food Bank have partnered together to help feed those in need this Thanksgiving. At this weekend’s 67’s games the Ottawa Food Bank will be at each gate collecting non-perishable food items. The Food Bank helps to feed over 38,400 people every single month, with 35% of  their clients being children. Anything fans are able to provide is greatly appreciated. For more details visit ottawa67s.com.

 

ALUMNI NOTES:

Murray to donate $15 per save to Thunder Bay charities: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds graduate and two-time Stanley Cup champion Matt Murray will be supporting charities in his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ont. this season. The Pittsburgh Penguins netminder will be donating $15 per save to Thunder Bay-based charities Dilico and the Children’s Aid Society through his newly unveiled ‘Saves MaTTer’ program. For more on the story visit CBC.ca.

Amadio looking to make an impact in Los Angeles: North Bay Battalion graduate Mike Amadio is ready for full-time duty in Los Angeles. The 22-year-old Kings forward put in a summer of hard work, making impressive progress in both his speed and faceoff skills. The Sault Ste. Marie native was profiled by LAKings.com this past week. Read more

Korostelev signs AHL contract with Cleveland: Peterborough Petes graduate Nikita Korostelev has signed an AHL contract with the Cleveland Monsters, the top affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The former seventh round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2015 played five OHL seasons between Sarnia and Peterborough, finishing with 272 career regular season points (123-149–272). He suited up in 10 AHL contests with the Laval Rocket at the end of last season. Read more at clevelandmonsters.com.

Boomhower joins ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones: Ottawa 67’s grad Shaw Boomhower has signed an ECHL contract with the Cincinnati Cyclones, an affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres. Boomhower, who attended training camp with the Chicago Blackhawks, put up 16 points (9-7–16) over 39 games between Mississauga and Ottawa last season. He played parts of the past two OHL seasons after being signed as a free agent by the Steelheads in 2016.

Appleby looking to prove himself in Manitoba: Oshawa Generals graduate and former Memorial Cup champion Ken Appleby is looking to make the most of an opportunity. The former New Jersey Devils prospect was released by the club following last season after making his NHL debut with three appearances in 2017-18. The North Bay, Ont. native signed a one-year AHL deal with the Manitoba Moose, the top affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets. He’s looking to make an impression with his new club. Get more on the story at winnipegfreepress.com.

Visentin announces retirement: 26-year-old former OHL Goaltender of the Year Mark Visentin has announced his retirement. The Niagara IceDogs graduate made his announcement on Twitter this past week, citing recurring injuries as part of the decision. A former first round pick of the Arizona Coyotes in 2010, Visentin is the winningest goalie in IceDogs franchise history, playing to an 89-55-4-12 record over four seasons with 14 shutouts along the way. He got into one NHL game with the Coyotes during the 2013-14 season while spending much of his time in the American Hockey League. The Waterdown, Ont. native will be moving on to study Business Commerce at the University of Guelph.

 

KEY MATCHUPS:

Kitchener Rangers (3-0-0-0) vs. Sarnia Sting (3-1-0-0)
Saturday October 5th at Sarnia

A rematch of last year’s Western Conference Semi-Final, the Kitchener Rangers and Sarnia Sting renew acquaintances on Saturday night in Sarnia.

Both clubs that started the season with 3-0 records, the Rangers and Sting are a little younger this season after each lost key players to graduation over the summer.

The Sting lost their undefeated record in Owen Sound on Wednesday but have spread the offence around in the success they’ve enjoyed this season, featuring four different players with two goals or more through four games in Adam Ruzicka, Anthony Salinitri, Ryan McGregor and rookie Jacob Perreault.

The Rangers have been led by the solid goaltending of reigning Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week Luke Richardson who holds a 1.33 goals-against average and .956 save percentage through three outings. Greg Meireles, Jonathan Yantsis and Rickard Hugg have paced the Rangers offensively with five points each.

Peterborough Petes (3-1-0-0) vs. North Bay Battalion (2-4-0-0)
Monday October 8th at North Bay

It’s a Thanksgiving special in North Bay on Monday as the Peterborough Petes head north to take on the Battalion.

The Petes took the Thanksgiving matinee by a score of 7-3 last year and look to repeat their success and continue a strong start to the 2018-19 season. Overage centreman Chris Paquette is off to a running start in his fifth campaign, recording seven points (5-2–7) through five games.

The Battalion are without the presence of head coach Stan Butler who has taken a temporary medical leave, handing over responsibilities to Adam Dennis and Scott Wray in his absence. The Troops came out on the winning end Wednesday night, defeating visiting Ottawa 4-3 on key performances from defenceman David Maier, forward Matthew Struthers and goaltender Christian Propp.

 

SCHEDULE:

Thursday October 4:
Sudbury at Niagara – 7:00pm
Sault Ste. Marie at Peterborough – 7:05pm
London at Windsor – 7:05pm
Mississauga at Barrie – 7:30pm

Friday October 5:
Sudbury at Erie – 7:00pm
Oshawa at Hamilton – 7:00pm
Sault Ste. Marie at Kingston – 7:00pm
Niagara at Mississauga – 7:00pm
Sarnia at Guelph – 7:30pm
Saginaw at Kitchener – 7:30pm
Owen Sound at London – 7:30pm

Saturday October 6:
Barrie at Ottawa – 2:00pm
Peterborough at Hamilton – 4:00pm
Saginaw at Erie – 7:00pm
Guelph at Flint – 7:00pm
Kitchener at Sarnia – 7:05pm
Oshawa at Owen Sound – 7:30pm

Sunday October 7:
Barrie at Kingston – 2:00pm
Sault Ste. Marie at Ottawa – 2:00pm
Hamilton at Windsor – 2:05pm
Sudbury at Kitchener – 4:00pm

Monday October 8:
Peterborough at North Bay – 2:00pm

Be sure to catch all of this weekend’s action at ohllive.com.

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