#OHLOpeningWeek is in the books and the 2017-18 OHL season is in full swing. Here’s a look at what’s happening around the league this week.
21 RETURNING ELIGIBLE OHL PLAYERS REMAIN AT NHL TRAINING CAMPS:
The second weekend of the 2017-18 OHL season is about to get underway and 21 returning eligible players are still working hard to earn a spot in the National Hockey League. Of those 22 players, 13 are 1998 or 1999-born competitors. A total of 160 players were invited to NHL training camps earlier this month with 122 receiving an extended look beyond the initial Rookie Camp and Prospect Tournament phase. Full list
ATTACK, GENERALS AND GREYHOUNDS IN CHL TOP 10 RANKINGS:
The Owen Sound Attack (3) and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (10) remain in the CHL Top 10 Rankings this week while the Oshawa Generals (6) jump onto the list after a successful northern road trip. The undefeated Windsor Spitfires also received an honourable mention in this week’s rankings. Full Rankings
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 2, 2017. Powered by NeuLion, OHL Live provides coverage of all 20 teams in the OHL and will deliver all 681 games throughout the regular season which opens Thursday, September 21, as well as coverage throughout the 2018 OHL Playoffs.
SPITIFRES’ MICHAEL DiPIETRO NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK & VAUGHN CHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK:
Vancouver Canucks prospect Michael DiPietro of the Windsor Spitfires is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week following the first week of 2017-18 regular season action ending September 24. DiPietro backstopped the defending Mastercard Memorial Cup champions to a perfect 3-0 record making 86 saves and earning one shutout victory along with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .966. The 18-year-old’s strong performance also earned him Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week honours. Read more
WAWANESA OHL PLAYS OF THE WEEK:
The first edition of the Wawanesa Plays of the Week for the 2017-18 season features a collection of the league’s Top-5 goals scored during #OHLOpeningWeek. See elite displays of offence from the Ottawa 67’s North Bay Battalion, Oshawa Generals and Barrie Colts to start the season. Watch
VOTE ANDREI SVECHNIKOV IN #CIBCSHOWDOWN:
2018 NHL Draft top prospect Andrei Svechnikov of the Barrie Colts not only helps headline the Wawanesa OHL Plays of the Week, but is also OHL representative featured in this week’s #CIBShowdown 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.
21 PLAYERS SCORE FIRST OHL GOAL DURING #OHLOPENINGWEEK:
A total of 21 players scored the first goal of their OHL career over the course of #OHLOpeningWeek. Six of those players were 2017 OHL Priority Selection choices including first round picks Ryan Suzuki (Barrie Colts), Graeme Clarke (Ottawa 67’s), Ethan Keppen (Flint Firebirds) and Cody Morgan (Kingston Frontenacs) while second round choices Nathan Allensen (Barrie Colts) and Nick Wong (Oshawa Generals) also found the back of the net. A pair of 2017 OHL Under-18 Priority Selection picks also tallied including first round pick Cameron Gaylor (Mississauga Steelheads) and third round choice Seva Losev (Ottawa 67’s). Two 2017 CHL Import Draft selections in Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie Colts) and Alexey Toropchenko (Guelph Storm) also scored milestone markers. Watch
RANGERS’ MASCHERIN FEATURED ON FIRST EDITION OF OHL NEWS RADIO:
OHL News – Radio Edition with host Terry Doyle and presented by Warrior Hockey features Florida Panthers prospect Adam Mascherin of the Kitchener Rangers. The 19-year-old from Maple, Ont., joined the Rangers back in 2014 after being chosen second overall in the Priority Selection. Two years later he was a second round pick of the Panthers in the 2016 NHL Draft. The power forward entered #OHLOpeningWeek without seeing any pre-season action following his recovery from off-season shoulder surgery. Listen
KNIGHTS’ ROBERT THOMAS SIGNS WITH BLUES:
The St. Louis Blues announced Thursday that the club has signed 2017 first round (20th overall) draft selection Robert Thomas, to a three-year entry-level contract. The 18-year-old from Aurora, Ont. played in four preseason games for the Blues this season, scoring two goals. One of the goals was a game-winner. The former Mastercard Memorial Cup champion spent his second OHL season with the London Knights last year, recording 16 goals and 50 assists (66 points) in 66 games.
GENERALS’ JACK STUDNICKA SIGNS WITH BRUINS:
The Boston Bruins announced Tuesday that they’ve signed Oshawa Generals captain Jack Studnicka to a three-year, entry level NHL contract. The Bruins’ second round pick this past summer turned heads at training camp before returning to Oshawa where he recorded five points (2-3–5) in two games last weekend.
COLTS’ ALEXEY LIPANOV SIGNS WITH LIGHTNING:
The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed 2017 third round (76th overall) pick Alexey Lipanov to a three-year, entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. The Moscow, Russia native skated in one preseason game with the Lightning on September 19 when the Bolts took on the Carolina Hurricanes. Lipanov recorded two shots on goal in the game. He also played in three games during the Lightning’s rookie tournament in Nashville. Read more
KNIGHTS’ SAM MILETIC SIGNS WITH PENGUINS:
The Pittsburgh Penguins announced Monday that they’ve signed London Knights overage candidate Sam Miletic to a three-year, entry level NHL contract. The native of Bloomfield Township, Michigan scored 37 goals for the Knights last season and had a strong pre-season showing with the Penguins. Miletic was assigned to the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins this week.
ATTACK NAME KINGS PROSPECT JACOB FRIEND CAPTAIN:
The Owen Sound Attack has named Los Angeles Kings prospect Jacob Friend the 22nd captain in franchise history. Teammates Nick Suzuki, Jonah Gadjovich and Ethan Szypula will serve as assistant captains. Entering his third full season with the Attack, Friend has suited up in 105 career regular season games, contributing six goals and 27 assists while playing a variety of roles on Owen Sound’s blueline. Read more
RANGERS NAME FLYERS PROSPECT CONNOR BUNNAMAN CAPTAIN:
The Kitchener Rangers have named 19-year-old Philadelphia Flyers prospect Connor Bunnaman the 53rd captain in franchise history. Bunnaman has tallied 63 goals and 105 points in 199 career regular season games played, along with seven goals and 10 points in 18 career postseason games. He was previously acknowledged as the recipient of the Blueline Club Trophy as Most Gentlemanly Player at the Rangers Awards Ceremony following the 2016-17 season. Read more
FRONTENACS NAME TED NICHOL CAPTAIN:
The Kingston Frontenacs have named fourth-year overage centreman Ted Nichol captain for the 2017-18 season. Joining Nichol with letters this season include a rotating group of four assistants including third-year talents Jacob Paquette and Jason Robertson on home ice and Finnish defenceman Eemeli Rasanen and overage rearguard Liam Murray on the road. A 20-year-old native of Listowel, Ont., Nichol recorded career-highs across the board in Kingston last season, registering 38 points (18-20–38) over 68 regular season games before helping the Frontenacs reach the second round of the playoffs with six points (2-4–6) in 11 matchups. Read more
FIRST ROUND U18 DRAFT PICK CAMERON GAYLOR COMMITS TO STEELHEADS:
The Mississauga Steelheads have received a commitment from 2017 first round (13th overall) OHL Under-18 Priority Selection Cameron Gaylor. A 5-foot-11, 170Ib. left-winger who doesn’t turn 18 until November 19th, Gaylor spent the 2016-17 season with the Don Mills Flyers Midget AAA team, recording seven goals, 16 assists and 23 points. In four pre-season games, the Toronto native scored twice and added an assist as the Trout went 2-0-2. Read more
JUKKA SCHOTTER COMMITS TO ICEDOGS:
The Niagara IceDogs have received a commitment from 16-year-old free agent goaltender Jukka Schotter. The London, Ont. native played his minor midget season with the London Jr. Knights in 2015-2016 before heading south to spend the 2016-17 campaign with the North Jersey Avalanche 16U of the Tier 1 Elite circuit. In 18 games last season, he recorded a 1.60 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage in addition to a 0.80 goals-against average and a .966 save percentage in AYHL play. Read more
CENTRAL ONTARIO WOLVES CROWNED TITANS MIDGET TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS:
The Central Ontario Wolves won a 1-0 overtime thriller over the Mississauga Rebels to capture the Toronto Titans Midget Tournament championship this past weekend. Bennett Britton scored the overtime winner as the Central Ontario Wolves were crowned champions of the 42-team Toronto Titans Midget Tournament this past weekend at the Scotiabank Pond. Central Ontario defeated the Mississauga Rebels 1-0 in the championship final to finish with an overall record of 7-0-1 in the tournament, outscoring opponents 16-7 in the process. Players competing in the tournament are eligible for the 2018 OHL Under-18 Priority Selection that takes place on Wednesday April 11th. Read more
67’s unveil Brian Kilrea Legacy Wall, will honour Brian Campbell Nov. 3rd: The Ottawa 67’s kicked off their 50th season on Thursday, unveiling a portion of the Brian Kilrea Legacy Wall, a 300-foot mural in The Arena at TD Place. The team also announced plans to honour one of their all-time greatest players, defenseman Brian Campbell, by retiring #44 which he wore during his four seasons with the 67’s in the 1990’s. Read more
Colts host Overdrive Night: The Barrie Colts will host Overdrive Night at home to the Soo Greyhounds on Thursday, saluting former Colt Bryan Hayes of TSN 1050’s Overdrive. Hayes played with the Colts from 2000-02 and now hosts the daily radio show alongside former OHL graduate and NHL standout Jeff O’Neill as well as ex-NHL goaltender Jamie McLennan. For the full back story on how the event came to fruition, visit barriecolts.com.
Otters give away mini Robertson Cup trophies ahead of home opener: The defending OHL champion Erie Otters open the home portion of their 2017-18 schedule on Saturday and they’ll be giving away mini Robertson Cup trophies ahead of puck drop. The Otters will celebrate their 2017 OHL Championship with a special pre-game ceremony.
IceDogs host Country Night on Saturday: The Niagara IceDogs will host their first ever Country Night on Saturday when they play host to the Peterborough Petes. The festivities begin at 3:30pm in the Meridian Centre parking lot with music from The Reklaws, Kris Barclay and Brad Battle. For full details visit niagaraicedogs.net.
Sarah Cowan wins Cubs for Cancer Jersey Design Contest: The Owen Sound Attack announced Monday that 10-year-old Sarah Cowan has been announced as the winner of the Cubs For Cancer Jersey Design Contest. The club received 30 entries and narrowed down their selection to Cowan’s design, one they will wear on November 25th against the Guelph Storm to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. For full details visit attackhockey.com.
OHL graduate Dave Andreychuk highlights the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017: This November the eyes of the hockey world be focused on downtown Toronto as seven new members will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Among them, former Oshawa Generals forward Dave Andreychuk will enter the hall. The Hamilton, Ont. native scored 57 goals in 67 games during the 1981-82 season. His prodigious output drew the attention of the Buffalo Sabres who made the sniper a first round draft pick the following spring. Andreychuk would go to an NHL career that span over two decades. His 640 goals are 14th-best in NHL history and his 274 powerplay markers are an NHL record. In 2004, he accomplished hockey’s ultimate feat, captaining the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup. Read more
Fabbri to miss entire 2017-18 season: Guelph Storm graduate Robby Fabbri received some unfortunate news this past week as the St. Louis Blues forward learned he’ll be sidelined for the entire 2017-18 season with a knee injury. The 21-year-old has had past surgery on the same left knee that he injured on Feb. 4, 2017 before undergoing rehab. He was cleared to play on July 31, but has since re-injured himself. Fabbri has appeared in 123 career regular season games, recording 66 points (29-37–66) in the process. The Mississauga native was the MVP of the 2014 OHL Playoffs, helping the Guelph Storm hoist the J. Ross Robertson Cup and reach the Mastercard Memorial Cup Final.
Oshawa Generals (2-0-0-0) at Peterborough Petes (0-1-0-0)
Thursday September 28th at Peterborough – 7:05pm
With both clubs looking as though they’ll be contending in 2017-18, the Petes/Generals rivalry is back at its peak. The first instalment of an eight game season series hits the ice in Peterborough on Thursday as the defending East Division champion Petes look to rebound from a home opening loss to Erie.
A three-game weekend sees the Petes host Oshawa Thursday, visit Niagara Saturday and host the IceDogs back on home ice Sunday afternoon. The Peterborough blue line suffered a recent setback with the loss of veteran Matt Timms to a broken foot that will sideline him for 3-6 weeks. Alex Black, Cole Fraser and sophomore Declan Chisholm will step up to fill some bigger minutes in Timms’ absence.
The Generals come off a successful northern road trip last weekend as they went 2-0 in wins over Sudbury and Sault. Ste Marie, outscoring them 15-6 as Nick Wong and Serron Noel both had hat-tricks. The Generals also see three games this weekend, visiting Peterborough on Thursday and Guelph on Friday before hosting the London Knights in their home opener on Sunday evening.
Mississauga Steelheads (0-2-0-0) at Owen Sound Attack (0-0-0-1)
Saturday September 30th at Owen Sound – 7:30pm
A pair of early season favourites both enter the weekend looking for their first win as the Mississauga Steelheads visit the Owen Sound Attack on Saturday.
The Trout remain without star forwards Michael McLeod (New Jersey) and Owen Tippett (Florida) off at NHL training camps as they enter a weekend that sees them host Hamilton on Friday and visit Owen Sound on Saturday. Top 2018 NHL Draft pick Ryan McLeod was a bright spot last weekend, recording two goals and an assist over two games.
The Attack suffered a shootout loss to visiting Flint in their lone game during Opening Week. The Bears carried the play, outshooting the Firebirds 46-27 to earn a point as Kevin Hancock led the way with a goal and two assists. The Attack visit Kitchener on Friday before a home date with the Steelheads on Saturday.
Thursday September 28:
Oshawa at Peterborough – 7:05pm
Kitchener at Windsor – 7:05pm
Sault Ste. Marie at Barrie – 7:30pm
Friday September 29:
Hamilton at Mississauga – 7:00pm
Erie at Niagara – 7:00pm
Sault Ste. Marie at North Bay – 7:00pm
Ottawa at Saginaw – 7:05pm
Barrie at Sudbury – 7:05pm
Oshawa at Guelph – 7:30pm
Owen Sound at Kitchener – 7:30pm
Kingston at London – 7:30pm
Saturday September 30:
Kitchener at Erie – 7:00pm
Ottawa at Flint – 7:00pm
Peterborough at Niagara – 7:00pm
Guelph at Saginaw – 7:05pm
Kingston at Sarnia – 7:05pm
Hamilton at Barrie – 7:30pm
Mississauga at Owen Sound – 7:30pm
Sunday October 1:
Kingston at Hamilton – 2:00pm
Sault Ste. Marie at Sudbury – 2:00pm
Niagara at Peterborough – 2:05pm
Ottawa at Sarnia – 2:05pm
London at Oshawa – 6:05pm
Be sure to catch all of this weekend’s action at ohllive.com.