Dynamic defenceman Ryan Merkley has the Guelph Storm on the rise again as a number of exciting new additions join a deep roster of talent under new head coach and GM George Burnett.
2016-17 Record: 21-40-5-2 (5th Midwest Division)
Head Coach: George Burnett (1st season/21st OHL season)
Key additions: Tag Bertuzzi, Owen Lalonde, Alexey Toropchenko, Cam Hillis, Zach Poirier, Mark Shoemaker
Notable graduates: Liam Herbst, Austin Hall
Leading scorer: Ryan Merkley (62 GP, 12-43–55)
Leading scorer (defencemen): Ryan Merkley (62 GP, 12-43–55)
Leading scorer (rookie): Ryan Merkley (62 GP, 12-43–55)
Leading goaltender: Anthony Popovich* (30 GP, 7-17-1-1, 4.61 GAA, .876 SV%)
Quick Hit: Ryan Merkley is the first OHL defenceman since London’s Rick Corriveau in 1987-88 to lead all rookies in scoring.
#OHLOpeningWeek schedule: Fri. Sept. 22 vs. SAR, Sun. Sept. 24 at WSR
This month ontariohockeyleague.com will feature one team each day in advance of the 2017-18 season which begins Thursday September 21. See more from the OHL 20 in 20 series.