162 OHL Alumni on NHL Opening Night Rosters


Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is proud to announce that 162 graduates will begin the 2019-20 season on NHL Opening Night rosters.

The 162 names represent active players which comprises over 20% of the NHL’s 31 teams.  An additional 17 players were listed on injured reserve to start the new campaign.

The impressive list includes a pair of players that skated in the Ontario Hockey League during the 2018-19 season. Guelph Storm graduate and 2019 OHL Playoff MVP Nick Suzuki will begin the campaign with the Montreal Canadiens while 19-year-0ld Soo Greyhounds product Barrett Hayton will start with the Arizona Coyotes who selected him fifth overall in the 2018 NHL Draft. Saginaw Spirit defenceman Bode Wilde (NY Islanders) and London Knights forward Liam Foudy (Columbus) will begin the season on injured reserve with their respective NHL clubs.

At least one OHL graduate is included on the roster of all 31 NHL clubs. The Chicago Blackhawks lead the way with 12 OHL alumni followed by the Los Angeles Kings with nine and the Calgary Flames with eight.

The London Knights have produced the most graduates on NHL Opening Night rosters with a total of 24. The Soo Greyhounds boast the second-most with 17 graduates on the list while the Barrie Colts trail close behind with 13.

In addition to Suzuki and Hayton, the list also includes recent OHL names in 2018 graduate, defending NHL champion and former OHL champion Robert Thomas (Hamilton Bulldogs) of the St. Louis Blues. Joining him from the 2017-18 season are former second overall NHL Draft pick Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie Colts) of the Carolina Hurricanes and emerging blueliner Rasmus Sandin (Soo Greyhounds) of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

OHL graduates played a key role in bringing the St. Louis Blues their first Stanley Cup in their 52-year history this past spring as NHL Playoff MVP Ryan O’Reilly (Erie Otters) joined forces with other prominent former OHL names in goaltender Jordan Binnington (Owen Sound Attack) and captain Alex Pietrangelo (Barrie Colts). Vince Dunn (Niagara IceDogs), Pat Maroon (London Knights) and the aforementioned Thomas also played key parts in helping the Blues hoist the Stanley Cup.

Now the chase begins anew as the puck drops on the 2019-20 season with four games in the NHL tonight.

The OHL continues to be a leading supplier of talent to the NHL.

OHL Alumni on NHL Rosters:

Most recent OHL club listed in brackets.
*denotes 2018-19 grads.
^on injured reserve and not counted in totals

Anaheim Ducks (7):
Michael Del Zotto (London Knights)
Cam Fowler (Windsor Spitfires)
John Gibson (Kitchener Rangers)
Adam Henrique (Windsor Spitfires)
Max Jones (London Knights)
Rickard Rakell (Plymouth Whalers)
Nick Ritchie (Soo Greyhounds)

Arizona Coyotes (5):
Jakob Chychrun (Sarnia Sting)
Lawson Crouse (Kingston Frontenacs)
Christian Dvorak (London Knights)
Barrett Hayton (Soo Greyhounds)*
Brad Richardson (Owen Sound Attack)

Boston Bruins (1):
Brett Ritchie (Niagara IceDogs)
John Moore (Kitchener Rangers)^

Buffalo Sabres (2):
Zach Bogosian (Peterborough Petes)^
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)*^
Colin Miller (Soo Greyhounds)
Jeff Skinner (Kitchener Rangers)

Calgary Flames (8):
Rasmus Andersson (Barrie Colts)
Sam Bennett (Kingston Frontenacs)
TJ Brodie (Barrie Colts)
Mark Giordano (Owen Sound Attack)
Andrew Mangiapane (Barrie Colts)
Sean Monahan (Ottawa 67’s)
Tobias Rieder (Kitchener Rangers)
Matthew Tkachuk (London Knights)

Carolina Hurricanes (6):
Warren Foegele (Erie Otters)
Dougie Hamilton (Niagara IceDogs)
Brock McGinn (Guelph Storm)
Petr Mrazek (Ottawa 67’s)
Jordan Staal (Peterborough Petes)
Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie Colts)

Chicago Blackhawks (12):
Calvin de Haan (Oshawa Generals)
Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Patrick Kane (London Knights)
Slater Koekkoek (Windsor Spitfires)
Dominik Kubalik (Kitchener Rangers)
Robin Lehner (Soo Greyhounds)
Olli Maatta (London Knights)
Connor Murphy (Sarnia Sting)^
Alexander Nylander (Mississauga Steelheads)
Brendan Perlini (Niagara IceDogs)
Brandon Saad (Saginaw Spirit)
Andrew Shaw (Owen Sound Attack)
Dylan Strome (Erie Otters)

Colorado Avalanche (6):
Andre Burakovsky (Erie Otters)
Philipp Grubauer (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nazem Kadri (London Knights)
Gabriel Landeskog (Kitchener Rangers)
Conor Timmins (Soo Greyhounds)
Nikita Zadorov (London Knights)

Columbus Blue Jackets (5):
Josh Anderson (London Knights)
Nick Foligno (Sudbury Wolves)
Liam Foudy (London Knights)*^
Scott Harrington (London Knights)
Boone Jenner (Oshawa Generals)
Sonny Milano (Plymouth Whalers)

Dallas Stars (6):
Jason Dickinson (Guelph Storm)
Radek Faksa (Sudbury Wolves)
Jamie Oleksiak (Niagara IceDogs)
Corey Perry (London Knights)
Tyler Seguin (Plymouth Whalers)
Andrej Sekera (Owen Sound Attack)

Detroit Red Wings (4):
Andreas Athanasiou (Barrie Colts)
Tyler Bertuzzi (Guelph Storm)
Trevor Daley (Soo Greyhounds)
Filip Hronek (Saginaw Spirit)

Edmonton Oilers (5):
Zack Kassian (Windsor Spitfires)
Ryan Mantha (Niagara IceDogs)^
Connor McDavid (Erie Otters)
James Neal (Plymouth Whalers)
Darnell Nurse (Soo Greyhounds)
Mike Smith (Sudbury Wolves)

Florida Panthers (3):
Josh Brown (Oshawa Generals)
Aaron Ekblad (Barrie Colts)
Vincent Trocheck (Plymouth Whalers)

Los Angeles Kings (9):
Mike Amadio (North Bay Battalion)
Dustin Brown (Guelph Storm)
Jack Campbell (Soo Greyhounds)
Jeff Carter (Soo Greyhounds)
Kyle Clifford (Barrie Colts)
Drew Doughty (Guelph Storm)
Trevor Lewis (Owen Sound Attack)
Kurtis MacDermid (Erie Otters)
Tyler Toffoli (Ottawa 67’s)
Gabriel Vilardi (Kingston Frontenacs)^

Minnesota Wild (3):
Marcus Foligno (Sudbury Wolves)
Ryan Hartman (Plymouth Whalers)
Eric Staal (Peterborough Petes)

Montreal Canadiens (5):
Ben Chiarot (Saginaw Spirit)
Nick Cousins (Soo Greyhounds)
Max Domi (London Knights)
Michael McCarron (Oshawa Generals)^
Victor Mete (London Knights)
Nick Suzuki (Guelph Storm)*

Nashville Predators (4):
Matt Duchene (Brampton Battalion)
Ryan Ellis (Windsor Spitfires)
Austin Watson (London Knights)
Yannick Weber (Kitchener Rangers)

New Jersey Devils (6):
Mackenzie Blackwood (Barrie Colts)
Connor Carrick (Plymouth Whalers)
Taylor Hall (Windsor Spitfires)
Wayne Simmonds (Soo Greyhounds)
P.K. Subban (Belleville Bulls)
Pavel Zacha (Sarnia Sting)

New York Islanders (7):
Josh Bailey (Windsor Spitfires)
Casey Cizikas (Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors)
Cal Clutterbuck (Oshawa Generals)
Michael Dal Colle (Kingston Frontenacs)
Tom Kuhnhackl (Niagara IceDogs)
Matt Martin (Sarnia Sting)
Adam Pelech (Erie Otters)
Mitchell Vande Sompel (London Knights)^
Bode Wilde (Saginaw Spirit)*^

New York Rangers (6):
Tony DeAngelo (Soo Greyhounds)
Brendan Lemieux (Windsor Spitfires)
Greg McKegg (London Knights)
Vladislav Namestnikov (London Knights)
Marc Staal (Sudbury Wolves)
Ryan Strome (Niagara IceDogs)

Ottawa Senators (7):
Craig Anderson (Guelph Storm)
Mikkel Boedker (Kitchener Rangers)
Connor Brown (Erie Otters)
Ryan Callahan (Guelph Storm)^
Dylan DeMelo (Mississauga Steelheads)
Bobby Ryan (Owen Sound Attack)
Scott Sabourin (Oshawa Generals)
Chris Tierney (London Knights)

Philadelphia Flyers (3):
Connor Bunnaman (Kitchener Rangers)
Travis Konecny (Sarnia Sting)
Scott Laughton (Oshawa Generals)

Pittsburgh Penguins (5):
Alex Galchenyuk (Sarnia Sting)
Erik Gudbranson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Dominik Kahun (Sudbury Wolves)
Jared McCann (Soo Greyhounds)
Matt Murray (Soo Greyhounds)

San Jose Sharks (6):
Brent Burns (Brampton Battalion)
Logan Couture (Ottawa 67’s)
Barclay Goodrow (North Bay Battalion)
Kevin Labanc (Barrie Colts)
Dalton Prout (Saginaw Spirit)
Joe Thornton (Soo Greyhounds)

St. Louis Blues (7):
Jordan Binnington (Owen Sound Attack)
Robert Bortuzzo (Kitchener Rangers)
Vince Dunn (Niagara IceDogs)
Robby Fabbri (Guelph Storm)
Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)^
Ryan O’Reilly (Erie Otters)
Alex Pietrangelo (Barrie Colts)
Robert Thomas (Hamilton Bulldogs)

Tampa Bay Lightning (7):
Erik Cernak (Erie Otters)
Anthony Cirelli (Erie Otters)
Pat Maroon (London Knights)
Mikhail Sergachev (Windsor Spitfires)
Gemel Smith (London Knights)
Steven Stamkos (Sarnia Sting)
Carter Verhaeghe (Niagara IceDogs)

Toronto Maple Leafs (7):
Cody Ceci (Owen Sound Attack)
David Clarkson (Kitchener Rangers)^
Travis Dermott (Erie Otters)^
Nathan Horton (Oshawa Generals)^
Michael Hutchinson (London Knights)
Mason Marchment (Mississauga Steelheads)^
Mitchell Marner (London Knights)
Jake Muzzin (Soo Greyhounds)
Rasmus Sandin (Soo Greyhounds)
Jason Spezza (Belleville Bulls)
John Tavares (London Knights)

Vancouver Canucks (4):
Bo Horvat (London Knights)
Josh Leivo (Kitchener Rangers)
J.T. Miller (Plymouth Whalers)
Tanner Pearson (Barrie Colts)

Vegas Golden Knights (1):
Malcom Subban (Belleville Bulls)

Washington Capitals (3):
John Carlson (London Knights)
Kody Clark (Ottawa 67’s)*^
Richard Panik (Guelph Storm)
Tom Wilson (Plymouth Whalers)

Winnipeg Jets (2):
Bryan Little (Barrie Colts)
Mark Scheifele (Barrie Colts)

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