The Stanley Cup has been awarded to the Tampa Bay Lightning, bringing an end to perhaps the most interesting season of hockey many of us will experience in our lifetimes.
Interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the hockey season spanned into the month of September. Though the Canadian Hockey League’s three regional outposts, the OHL, WHL and QMJHL weren’t able to crown a champion, the National Hockey League established ‘bubbles’ in Toronto and Edmonton, with the Lightning and their 10 OHL graduates emerging victorious.
A total of 228 OHL alumni appeared over the course of the 2019-20 NHL regular season and playoffs, accounting for approximately 21% of all players to set foot on the ice.
The Chicago Blackhawks led all NHL clubs, boasting 12 OHL graduates on their final roster while the Anaheim Ducks, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs each trailed with 11. The Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators and Vancouver Canucks each featured 10.
The London Knights led all OHL clubs with 34 graduates competing in the NHL this past season. The Soo Greyhounds featured the second-most with 22 while the Barrie Colts and Kitchener Rangers each produced 15.
A total of three players on the list in London Knights forward Liam Foudy, Peterborough Petes forward Nick Robertson and Mississauga Steelheads defenceman Thomas Harley managed to see NHL action while also putting in a full season of OHL play.
A pair of veterans in Philadelphia Flyers forward Chris Stewart (Kingston Frontenacs) and Detroit Red Wings defenceman Trevor Daley (Soo Greyhounds) announced their retirement at the conclusion of the season.
228 OHL Graduates in 2019-20 NHL Season/Playoffs:
Players listed under OHL club they graduated with. NHL team abbreviated in brackets.
Barrie Colts (15):
Rasmus Andersson (CGY), Andreas Athanasiou (EDM), Mackenzie Blackwood (NJ), Joseph Blandisi (PIT), T.J. Brodie (CGY), Kyle Clifford (TOR), Aaron Ekblad (FLA), Kevin Labanc (SJ), Bryan Little (WPG), Andrew Mangiapane (CGY), Tanner Pearson (VAN), Alex Pietrangelo (STL), Zac Rinaldo (CGY), Mark Scheifele (WPG), Andrei Svechnikov (CAR)
Erie Otters (14):
Connor Brown (OTT), Andre Burakovsky (COL), Erik Cernak (TB), Anthony Cirelli (TB), Oscar Dansk (VGK), Alex DeBrincat (CHI), Travis Dermott (TOR), Warren Foegele (CAR), Brendan Gaunce (BOS), Kurtis MacDermid (LA), Connor McDavid (EDM), Ryan O’Reilly (STL), Adam Pelech (NYI), Dylan Strome (CHI).
Flint Firebirds / Plymouth Whalers (11):
Connor Carrick (NJ), Ryan Hartman (MIN), Sonny Milano (ANA), J.T. Miller (VAN), James Neal (EDM), Stefan Noesen (SJ), Rickard Rakell (ANA), Tyler Seguin (DAL), Vincent Trocheck (CAR), Justin Williams (CAR), Tom Wilson (WSH)
Guelph Storm (10):
Craig Anderson (OTT), Tyler Bertuzzi (DET), Dustin Brown (LA), Jason Dickinson (DAL), Drew Doughty (LA), Robby Fabbri (DET), Brock McGinn (CAR), Richard Panik (WSH), Garret Sparks (VGK), Nick Suzuki (MTL)
Hamilton Bulldogs / Belleville Bulls (10):
Nicholas Caamano (DAL), Tyler Graovac (VAN), Matt Luff (LA), Alan Quine (CGY), Jason Spezza (TOR), Riley Stillman (FLA), Malcolm Subban (CHI), P.K. Subban (NJ), Eric Tangradi (NJ), Robert Thomas (STL)
Kingston Frontenacs (9):
Sam Bennett (CGY), Lawson Crouse (ARI), Michael Dal Colle (NYI), Philipp Grubauer (COL), Erik Gudbranson (ANA), Max Jones (ANA), Brian Lashoff (DET), Chris Stewart (PHI), Gabriel Vilardi (LA)
Kitchener Rangers (15):
Mikkel Boedker (OTT), Robert Bortuzzo (STL), Logan Brown (OTT), Connor Bunnaman (PHI), John Gibson (ANA), Dominik Kubalik (CHI), Gabriel Landeskog (COL), Josh Leivo (VAN), Ryan MacInnis (CBJ), John Moore (BOS), Tobias Rieder (CGY), Kole Sherwood (CBJ), Jeff Skinner (BUF), Givani Smith (DET), Yannick Weber (NSH)
London Knights (34):
Josh Anderson (CBJ), Adam Boqvist (CHI), Evan Bouchard (EDM), John Carlson (WSH), Michael Del Zotto (ANA), Max Domi (MTL), Christian Dvorak (ARI), Alex Formenton (OTT), Liam Foudy (CBJ), Sam Gagner (DET), Scott Harrington (CBJ), Bo Horvat (VAN), Michael Hutchinson (COL), Olli Juolevi (VAN), Nazem Kadri (COL), Patrick Kane (CHI), Janne Kuokkanen (CAR), Mitch Marner (TOR), Patrick Maroon (TB), Olli Maatta (PIT), Greg McKegg (NYR), Victor Mete (MTL), Marc Methot (DAL), Vladislav Namestnikov (COL), Corey Perry (DAL), Gemel Smith (TB), Mitchell Stephens (TB), Anthony Stolarz (ANA), John Tavares (TOR), Chris Tierney (OTT), Jarred Tinordi (NSH), Matthew Tkachuk (CGY), Austin Watson (NSH), Nikita Zadorov (COL)
Mississauga Steelheads / Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (9):
Casey Cizikas (NYI), Dylan DeMelo (WPG), Cameron Gaunce (TB), Nicolas Hague (VGK), Micheal Haley (NYR), Thomas Harley (DAL), Mason Marchment (TOR), Michael McLeod (NJ), Alexander Nylander (CHI)
Niagara IceDogs (12):
Andrew Agozzino (ANA), Vince Dunn (STL), Dougie Hamilton (CAR), Tom Kuhnhackl (NYI), Alex Nedeljkovic (CAR), Jamie Oleksiak (DAL), Brendan Perlini (DET), Brett Ritchie (BOS), Jason Robertson (DAL), Ryan Strome (NYR), Jack Studnicka (BOS), Carter Verhaeghe (TB)
North Bay Battalion / Brampton Battalion (6):
Mike Amadio (LA), Brent Burns (SJ), Sam Carrick (ANA), Matt Duchene (NSH), Barclay Goodrow (TB), Nick Paul (OTT)
Oshawa Generals (8):
Andy Andreoff (PHI), Josh Brown (FLA), Cal Clutterbuck (NYI), Calvin de Haan (CHI), Boone Jenner (CBJ), Scott Laughton (PHI), Dakota Mermis (NJ), Scott Sabourin (OTT)
Ottawa 67’s (7):
Logan Couture (SJ), Michael DiPietro (VAN), Jacob Middleton (SJ), Sean Monahan (CGY), Petr Mrazek (CAR), Dalton Smith (BUF), Tyler Toffoli (VAN)
Owen Sound Attack (8):
Jordan Binnington (STL), Cody Ceci (TOR), Mark Giordano (CGY), Trevor Lewis (LA), Brad Richardson (ARI), Bobby Ryan (OTT), Andrej Sekera (DAL), Andrew Shaw (CHI)
Peterborough Petes (4):
Zach Bogosian (TB), Nick Robertson (TOR), Eric Staal (MIN), Jordan Staal (CAR)
Saginaw Spirit (5):
Ben Chiarot (MTL), Filip Hronek (DET), Dalton Prout (SJ), Brandon Saad (CHI), Jordan Szwarz (OTT)
Sarnia Sting (10):
Jakob Chychrun (ARI), Alex Galchenyuk (MIN), Nikolay Goldobin (VAN), Josh Jacobs (NJ), Travis Konecny (PHI), Jordan Kyrou (STL), Matt Martin (NYI), Connor Murphy (CHI), Steven Stamkos (TB), Pavel Zacha (NJ)
Soo Greyhounds (22):
Justin Bailey (VAN), Jack Campbell (TOR), Jeff Carter (LA), Nick Cousins (VGK), Trevor Daley (DET), Anthony DeAngelo (NYR), Morgan Frost (PHI), Tim Gettinger (NYR), Barrett Hayton (ARI), Robin Lehner (VGK), Jared McCann (PIT), Colin Miller (BUF), Matt Murray (PIT), Jake Muzzin (TOR), Darnell Nurse (EDM), Nick Ritchie (BOS), Rasmus Sandin (TOR), Zach Senyshyn (BOS), Wayne Simmonds (NJ), Joe Thornton (SJ), Conor Timmins (COL), Colton White (NJ)
Sudbury Wolves (9):
Kyle Capobianco (ARI), Trevor Carrick (SJ), Radek Faksa (DAL), Marcus Foligno (MIN), Nick Foligno (CBJ), Dominik Kahun (BUF), Michael Sgarbossa (WSH), Mike Smith (EDM), Marc Staal (NYR)
Windsor Spitfires (10):
Josh Bailey (NYI), Ryan Ellis (NSH), Christian Fischer (ARI), Cam Fowler (ANA), Taylor Hall (ARI), Adam Henrique (ANA), Zack Kassian (EDM), Slater Koekkoek (CHI), Brendan Lemieux (NYR), Mikhail Sergachev (TB)