With year one of a rebuilding process complete, a hungry Niagara IceDogs team looks to take a step forward under new head coach Billy Burke this season.
2016-17 Record: 23-35-6-4 (3rd Central Division)
Head Coach: Billy Burke (1st season)
Key additions: Philip Tomasino, Elijah Roberts, Zach Shankar, Billy Constantinou, Ian Martin
Notable graduates: Ryan Mantha, Aaron Haydon, Justin Brack
Leading scorer: Johnny Corneil (67 GP, 31-31–62)
Leading scorer (defencemen): Elijah Roberts* ** (65 GP, 4-14–18)
Leading scorer (rookie): Akil Thomas (61 GP, 21-27–48)
Leading goaltender: Stephen Dhillon (59 GP, 21-29-4-4, 3.46 GAA, .914 SV%, 1 SO)
Quick Hit: Akil Thomas’ 48 points last season set a new Niagara IceDogs rookie record.
#OHLOpeningWeek schedule: Sat. Sept. 23 at HAM
* – among returning players
** – with Kitchener
^ – possible graduate
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.