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OHL This Week: December 8 to 11, 2022

 

A five game Thursday night carries us into another busy weekend of OHL action. Here’s the latest from across the League.

Seven OHL players invited to Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp:
NHL talents in Barrie Colts captain Brandt Clarke of the LA Kings and Kingston Frontenacs captain Shane Wright of the Seattle Kraken have been added to a group of five other OHL players invited to Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp. That list includes Peterborough Petes forward Brennan Othmann, Mississauga Steelheads defenceman Ethan Del Mastro, Mississauga Steelheads forward Owen Beck, Ottawa 67’s blueliner Jack Matier and Sarnia Sting netminder Ben Gaudreau. Selection Camp takes place from December 9-12 at the Avenir Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick.

67’s, Knights and Spirit make Week 10 edition of Kia CHL Top 10:
The Ottawa 67’s, London Knights and Saginaw Spirit are included in the Week 10 edition of the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings while the North Bay Battalion received an honourable mention. Watch

Wolves’ Musty named Cogeco OHL Player of the Week:
2023 NHL Draft prospect Quentin Musty of the Sudbury Wolves is the Cogeco OHL Player of the Week, recording two goals, seven assists and nine points in two games along with a plus/minus rating of plus-4. Read More

Battalion’s DiVincentiis named OHL Goaltender of the Week:
Winnipeg Jets prospect Dom DiVincentiis of the North Bay Battalion is the OHL Goaltender of the Week with two wins, a goals-against average of 1.00 and a save percentage of .967. Read more

OHL Weekend Notebook:
The OHL Weekend Notebook recaps the weekend that was with news, information and interesting facts from both on and off the ice. Read more

Attack’s Papais dazzles in OHL Plays of the Week:
Let’s roll the OHL Plays of the Week, featuring appearances from Sudbury’s Quentin Musty, Windsor’s Ethan Miedema, Sarnia’s Porter Martone, Windsor’s Noah Morneau and Owen Sound’s Matthew Papais. Watch

Knights’ Bowen headlines OHL Saves of the Week:
Goaltenders are flashing the leather in the latest edition of OHL Saves of the Week, featuring appearances from London’s Zach Bowen, Sudbury’s Joe Ranger, Niagara’s Josh Rosenzweig, Mississauga’s Ryerson Leenders and Erie’s Kyle Downey.. Watch

Boucher and Oke named to U.S. National Junior Team preliminary roster:
Ottawa 67’s forward Tyler Boucher and Saginaw Spirit goaltender Andrew Oke will both attend the U.S. National Junior Team Training Camp that takes place at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich. from December 12-17. Players are auditioning for a spot on the final 23-player roster that will represent the United States in the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2022 – Jan. 5, 2023, in Moncton, New Brunswick, and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Read more

OHL trio named to Switzerland’s preliminary roster for 2023 World Juniors:
Mississauga Steelheads goaltender Alessio Beglieri joins blueliners Brian Zanetti of the Peterborough Petes and Rodwin Dionicio of the Niagara IceDogs on Switzerland’s pre-tournament roster. The Swiss will take on Canada in pre-tournament action on December 19th, Czechia on December 22nd and Sweden on December 23rd.  Read more

67’s Rohrer named  to Austria’s preliminary roster for 2023 World Juniors:
Austria has unveiled its 27-player preliminary roster for the 2023 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, with Ottawa 67’s forward Vinzenz Rohrer projected as a prominent player in the lineup. He was named to Austria’s World Junior squad last December prior to the tournament’s cancellation due to Covid-19. Read more

Alfano proud to carry on Otters’ Cayuga connection
The nephew of Marty McSorley, one of the toughest customers to ever play the game, Sam Alfano wears the number 33 on his back, but it’s not entirely for the reason you might think. Read more

Jacob Julien commits to Knights:
The London Knights announced the signing of Jacob Julien. Julien was the Knights third round selection the 2021 OHL U18 Draft and signs with the Knights after recording 19 goals, 22 assists, and 41 points over 22 games in the GOJHL with the London Nationals this season. Read more

Luca DiFelice commits to Rangers:
The Kitchener Rangers announced the signing of Luca DiFelice. DiFelice was selected by the Rangers in the fourth round, 72nd overall, of the 2022 OHL Priority Selection. He is the second-highest goaltender selected by the Rangers in the past eight years. Read more

Jacob Brown commits to Firebirds:
The Flint Firebirds have received a commitment from fourth round 2022 OHL Priority Selection choice Jacob Brown, who is currently playing for the Timmins Rock of the NOJHL. Read more

Toronto Marlboros headline Week 3 OHL Cup U16 AAA Top 10 Rankings:
The Ontario Hockey League has released the Week 2 edition of the U16 AAA Top 10 Rankings for the 2023 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League. The 2023 OHL Cup will feature 20 teams consisting of talent eligible for the 2023 OHL Priority Selection. Read More

 

COMMUNITY CORNER:

Teddy Bear Toss season across the League:
It’s officially Teddy Bear Toss season in the OHL! Don’t miss the Teddy Bear Toss in your city as teams collect stuffed toys to be distributed to charitable organizations in their communities. Fans can let bears fly on Thursday in North Bay, Hamilton on Saturday, followed by Oshawa on Sunday. Read more

IceDogs to host 60’s night on Thursday:
The Niagara IceDogs are set to host their 60’s night on Thursday. The IceDogs encourage fans to sport their favourite 60’s outfit to the game. The IceDogs will be donating their second specialty jersey of the season as proceeds from the post-game jersey auction will support the region’s SPCA.

Storm to host toy drive on Friday:
The Guelph Storm are set to host their fifth annual Holiday Toy Drive on Saturday. New toys can be donated inside Gate 6. Prizes for the puck toss in support of the Salvation Army include four $100 gift cards from Zehrs and a team autographed collector’s stick. Read more

Wolves to host Shoresy night on Friday:
The Sudbury Wolves are excited to partner with both NEO Kids and New Metric Media as they gear up to host their Shoresy themed night on Friday. The Sudbury Wolves have large ties to the show including, a majority of Shoresy being filmed at the Sudbury Arena, and some of the staff and players even being involved in the first season. In Shoresy fashion, the Wolves have also partnered with Chapman’s Ice Cream who have provided “sticks” for lucky fans throughout the game. The Wolves and New Metric Media have also teamed up to create a Wolves and Shoresy t-shirt which is available during the game. Additional Shoresy merchandise will also be available for sale. Read more

Attack to host Attack Hunger night on Saturday:
The Owen Sound Attack are set to host their Attack Hunger game on Saturday. The Attack will be handing out donation bags following the game. Food and monetary donations will then be accepted at the Owen Sound Attack’s last Saturday home game before the Christmas break,  Saturday, December 17th.  This year’s event goal is to see fans donate thousands of pounds non-perishable food items and raising valuable funds for the Salvation Army Food Bank in Owen Sound. Read more

Firebirds to host toy drive on Saturday:
The Flint Firebirds are set to host their Old Newsboys Toy Drive on Saturday. The Firebirds encourage fans to bring a new toy (minimum $10 value) to the Firebirds game as a donation and receive a free ticket to the game. The Firebirds will also be wearing specialty-themed Christmas jerseys during the game with a live jersey auction that will benefit the Old Newsboys of Flint.

Otters to host night of champions on Saturday:
The Erie Otters are set to host their Night of Champions on Saturday night, a long-awaited celebration of the 20-year and five-year anniversaries of the Otters’ J. Ross Robertson Cup victories. To commemorate the team’s two OHL championships, members of the 2002 Otters team will be in attendance for meet-and-greets, photo opportunities, and to talk about their fond memories. In an even more exclusive memento, the first 1000 fans through the door will receive a championship captain Brad Boyes & Dylan Strome Dual Bobblehead holding the J. Ross Robertson Cups.

 

ALUMNI NOTES:

OHL mourns the loss of Ray McKelvie:
The Ontario Hockey League is mourning the loss of a builder and tremendous contributor to the game and his community. Long-time Owen Sound Attack Business Manager Ray McKelvie passed away last Thursday following a battle with cancer. McKelvie helped bring the Guelph Platers franchise to Owen Sound in 1989 and served as a comptroller and minority owner with the Holody family, eventually taking on the responsibility of hockey operations as the club’s General Manager from 1994 to 2000. Read more

U SPORTS Report – 10 OHL alumni named to U SPORTS All-Stars:
The U SPORTS Report keeps tabs on former OHL names doing great things in the OUA, AUS and Canada West ranks on the road to the 2023 U SPORTS University Cup. In this week’s edition U SPORTS has selected 10 OHL alumni exclusively from the Atlantic University Sport conference to represent the All-Star team and face Team Canada’s hopefuls in a pair of games in Moncton, NB. on Dec. 11 and Dec. 12. Read more

Marner makes Maple Leafs history:
Mitch Marner’s 20-game point streak is a new Toronto Maple Leafs franchise record, vaulting him past previous record holders Darryl Sittler and Eddie Olczyk. Marner goes for consecutive game #21 on Thursday as the Leafs take on the visiting Los Angeles Kings. The 25-year-old has 32 points (10-22–32) in 27 games for the Leafs this season. He’s currently in his seventh NHL campaign and is 23 points shy of 500 on his career. Marner hoisted the Memorial Cup as a member of the London Knights in 2016, wrapping up a 301-point OHL career in green.

Bitten makes NHL debut:
An energetic spark-plug in his days with the Plymouth Whalers, Flint Firebirds and Hamilton Bulldogs, Will Bitten‘s hard work has carried him into the National Hockey League. The 24-year-old Ottawa, Ont. native made his debut on Saturday, suiting up for the St. Louis Blues as they fell 6-2 in Pittsburgh. Originally the seventh overall pick of the Plymouth Whalers in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection, he was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the third round of the 2016 NHL Draft. He played his final two seasons with the Hamilton Bulldogs, helping guide them to an OHL championship in his final season as he recorded 11 points (4-7–11) in their march to the J. Ross Robertson Cup.  Read more

Der-Arguchintsev makes NHL debut:
Peterborough Petes graduate Semyon Der-Arguchintsev made his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday at the age of 22. The 5-foot-10, 160Ib. winger skated 7:16 in Toronto’s 4-0 road win over the Dallas Stars. Der-Arguchintsev played four seasons in Peterborough from 2016-20, racking up 201 points (38-163–201) over 248 career regular season games. Originally from Moscow, Russia, Der-Arguchintsev was Peterborough’s second round (27th overall) pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection out of CIH Academy. Read more

Raddysh among AHL scoring leaders:
Erie Otters graduate Darren Raddysh is the second-highest scorer in the American Hockey League entering Thursday’s action. The Syracuse Crunch defenceman has 28 points (8-20–28) in 20 games as his team sits fourth in the North Division with a 9-8-2-2 record. The Crunch are the AHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The 26-year-old from Caledon, Ont. was the OHL’s Defenceman of the Year and Overage Player of the Year in 2017 as the Otters won an OHL Championship and reached the Memorial Cup Final before falling to host Windsor. Raddysh is in the midst of his sixth pro season after playing in Erie from 2012-17.

Nelson named U SPORTS Athlete of the Week:
London Knights and Barrie Colts alumnus Josh Nelson was named U SPORTS Athlete of the Week after scoring five goals in two close STFX losses this week. In the X-Men’s 5-4 overtime loss to Acadia last Wednesday, he tallied two of the STFX goals and was named player of the game. He followed up with a hat trick on Friday, scoring all three X goals in their 4-3 loss at SMU. His 13 goals on the season are tied for second overall in U SPORTS and first in the AUS.

Hronek in Red Wings record books:
Saginaw Spirit graduate Filip Hronek entered his name in the Detroit Red Wings record book this week, becoming the second defenseman in NHL history and first player in Red Wings history to notch a point in each of the team’s first 11+ road games of a season. He joins Edmonton Oilers’ Paul Coffey who had a point in each of Edmonton’s first 12 contests as visitors in 1986-87. Hronek was selected by the Red Wings in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft.

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

– All games streaming on OHL Live
– Radio and TV broadcast information

Thursday December 8th
Sault Ste. Marie at North Bay – 7:00pm
Kingston at Niagara – 7:00pm
Kitchener at Peterborough – 7:05pm
Ottawa at Windsor – 7:05pm
Saginaw at Barrie – 7:30pm

Friday December 9th
North Bay at Mississauga – 7:00pm
Windsor at Erie – 7:00pm
Ottawa at London – 7:00pm
Saginaw at Sudbury – 7:05pm
Flint at Sarnia – 7:05pm
Niagara at Kitchener – 7:3opm
Owen Sound at Guelph – 7:30pm
Sault Ste. Marie at Oshawa – 7:35pm

Saturday December 10th
Windsor at Hamilton– 4:00pm – Free for TSN Digital subscribers
Mississauga at Niagara – 7:00pm
Sarnia at Flint – 7:00pm
Kingston at Erie – 7:00pm
Peterborough at London – 7:00pm
Sudbury at Barrie – 7:30pm
Guelph at Owen Sound – 7:30pm

Sunday December 11th
Kingston at Hamilton – 2:00pm
Saginaw at North Bay – 2:00pm
Ottawa at Guelph – 2:00pm
Sault Ste. Marie at Owen Sound – 2:00pm
Peterborough at Sarnia – 2:05pm
Barrie at Oshawa – 6:05pm

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