We’ve spent some time covering the Championship celebrations of both the St. Louis Blues and Guelph Storm, but another prominent trophy in the hockey world has been on display across North America this summer.
Several OHL graduates enjoyed a day with the Calder Cup over the course of the past two months, revelling in the experience after winning it all with the Charlotte Checkers, top affiliate of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes.
A total of nine OHL grads in addition to head coach Mike Vellucci helped bring Charlotte its first Calder Cup title as the Checkers rolled past the Providence Bruins, Hershey Bears, Toronto Marlies and Chicago Wolves to capture the AHL crown.
The Calder Cup took a tour across North America, making stops with Zach Nastasiuk (Barrie, Ont.), Trevor Carrick (Stouffville, Ont.), Bobby Sanguinetti (Wilmington, NC), Mike Vellucci (Plymouth, MI) and Alex Nedeljkovic (Cleveland, OH).
Other OHL alumni that were members of the 2018-19 Checkers include Jeremy Helvig, Janne Kuokkanen, Steven Lorentz, Roland McKeown and Zack Stortini.
Several members of the team are going different directions to begin 2019-20, with Nastasiuk signing a two-way deal with the St. Louis Blues, Carrick dealt to the San Jose Sharks, Vellucci taking over a head coaching role with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins and Stortini retiring to join the Sudbury Wolves as an assistant coach under Cory Stillman.
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