Nine past and present OHL players are competing in the 2019 Kelly Cup Final for the ECHL Championship.
The Newfoundland Growlers, ECHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Toledo Walleye, affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings in a Championship series that gets underway on Saturday night in St. John’s, Nfld.
Completing their first season in operation, the Growlers won the ECHL’s North Division with a 43-21-4-4 regular season record before marching through the playoffs to reach the Championship Series. They feature Peterborough Petes forward and Leafs third round pick Semyon Der-Arguchintsev on the roster along with former Memorial Cup champion and London Knights graduate JJ Piccinich up front.
Across the ice, the Toledo Walleye are into their first-ever Kelly Cup Final after eliminating the Tulsa Oilers to win the ECHL’s Western Conference title in seven games. The first ECHL Championship action in Toledo since 1994 features a Walleye club led by OHL grads in Dylan Sadowy and Bryan Moore while Peterborough Petes captain Zach Gallant has made a successful jump to professional hockey, putting up 11 points (5-6–11) over 18 playoff contests. Detroit’s third round pick in 2017, Gallant is looking to make an impression on the big club in an effort to sign an entry level deal.
The Walleye are coached by a pair of OHL grads in head coach Dan Watson (Sarnia Sting 1996-2000) and assistant Andy Delmore (North Bay/Sarnia 1993-97).
OHL GRADS COMPETING IN 2019 KELLY CUP FINAL:
Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (Peterborough Petes 2016-19)
Alex Gudbranson (Soo Greyhounds/Kingston Frontenacs 2010-14)
J.J. Piccinich (London Knights 2015-17)
Kaden Fulcher (Hamilton Bulldogs/Sarnia Sting 2015-18)
Zach Gallant (Peterborough Petes 2015-19)
A.J. Jenks (Plymouth Whalers 2006-10)
Bryan Moore (Soo Greyhounds/Sarnia Sting 2012-15)
Dylan Sadowy (Barrie Colts/Saginaw Spirit 2012-16)
Hunter Smith (Oshawa Generals/Windsor Spitfires 2011-15)
For full coverage of the 2019 ECHL Playoffs visit echl.com.