Get ready for a jam-packed Family Day long weekend of OHL action with 29 games on the schedule between Thursday and Monday. We’ve got some fan favourites on the calendar including Flint Tropics Night, an appearance from Spirit alum Paul Bissonnette in Saginaw and lots of great matchups coming up on the schedule.
OHL THIS WEEK PODCAST WITH FLINT FIREBIRDS CAPTAIN TY DELLANDREA:
Captain Ty Dellandrea and his Flint Firebirds are riding a franchise record 10-game winning streak entering a Family Day long weekend of OHL action. The Dallas Stars first round pick joins the show and discusses his World Junior gold in the Czech Republic, hometown connections in the Flint dressing room and the immense success the franchise has enjoyed of late.
THOMAS ON HIS GOLDEN MOMENT, HIS SEASON, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF REPRESENTATION:
Peterborough Petes forward Akil Thomas visited the NHL’s Black Hockey History Tour in Scarborough this past weekend. He discusses his World Junior heroics, transitioning into the Peterborough Petes lineup, as well as the importance of representation as part of Black History Month celebrations.
67’s, RANGERS AND KNIGHTS IN KIA CHL TOP 10:
The Ottawa 67’s remain the top-ranked team in the CHL for a sixth straight week while the Kitchener Rangers and London Knights are also included. The West Division-leading Saginaw Spirit earned an honourable mention.
FIREBIRDS’ OKSENTYUK NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK, NAMED TO VAUGHN CHL TEAM OF THE WEEK:
Flint Firebirds forward Evgeniy Oksentyuk is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week with eight points including two goals and six assists in three games along with a plus/minus rating of plus-3. This marks the fourth different time a Firebirds player has received the award this season as Oksentyuk helped the club extend it’s franchise-best winning streak to 10 games with road wins in Erie, Hamilton and Oshawa.
WAWANESA OHL PLAYS OF THE WEEK – FEB. 12, 2020:
Sensational scorers grace the highlight reel as the newest edition of Wawanesa OHL Plays of the Week will have you on the edge of your seat! Mississauga’s Cole Schwindt continues his strong play with a sweet deke, Flint rookie Brennan Othmann makes a smooth move to the backhand, London defenceman Kirill Steklov steals and scores, Sudbury’s David Levin goes top shelf on the backhand and Soo’s Joe Carroll gives us a lacrosse lesson.
VAUGHN SAVES OF THE WEEK – FEB. 11, 2020:
Flashing the leather and kicking out the pads, OHL goaltenders put their best on display for Vaughn Saves of the Week. See big stops from Flint’s Anthony Popovich, Saginaw’s Marshall Frappier, Sudbury’s Christian Purboo, Hamilton’s Marco Costantini, Ottawa’s Will Cranley, Sarnia’s Ethan Langevin, Oshawa’s Jordan Kooy, Ottawa’s Cedrick Andree and Sault Ste. Marie’s Nick Malik.
OHL WEEKEND NOTEBOOK – FEBRUARY 10, 2020:
The OHL Weekend Notebook recaps the weekend that was with news, information and interesting facts from both on and off the ice. Here are 10 of the leading stories from this past weekend.
GREYHOUNDS’ CARROLL REPRESENTS OHL IN CHL SHOWDOWN:
Soo Greyhounds forward Joe Carroll is the OHL’s representative in this week’s CHL Showdown featuring one great play from all three leagues.
WATCH & VOTE AT CHLSHOWDOWN.CA
OHL CUP POWERED BY UNDER ARMOUR MINOR MIDGET TOP-10 RANKINGS:
The 11th edition of the weekly Top-10 Rankings got interesting as the Toronto Titans became the top-ranked team for the first time this season, unseating the Quinte Red Devils after nine consecutive weeks in the lead. The Titans lead the eighth-ranked Vaughan Kings 2-0 (pts.) in their first round GTHL Playoff series while the Toronto Jr. Canadiens, who climb one spot up to second, lead the Markham Majors by a similar tally. The formerly first-ranked Red Devils sunk down to number three on the list. The Toronto Marlboros are back up into sixth as they’re off to a winning start in their playoff series against the Mississauga Senators. The Hamilton Huskies rose two spots from ninth to seventh after taking a 4-0 (pts.) series lead over the 10th ranked Waterloo Wolves in their ALLIANCE semi-final clash.
SURPRISE TURNS TO UNFORGETTABLE NHL DEBUT FOR KNIGHTS’ FOUDY:
The call that every young hockey player dreams about can sometimes be the one they’re most surprised to get. This was the case for London Knights co-captain Liam Foudy who found out Sunday night that on Monday he would be making his National Hockey League debut with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
SPIRIT’S WILDE RETURNS FROM ISLANDERS ORGANIZATION:
The New York Islanders announced via Twitter (@NYIslanders) on Monday that they’ve reassigned 20-year-old defenceman Bode Wilde to the Saginaw Spirit for the remainder of the 2019-20 season. Wilde, who was selected by the Islanders in the second round (41st overall) of the 2018 NHL Draft, has skated in 20 games with the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers this season, registering a pair of assists. The 6-foot-3, 190Ib. rearguard missed time to an ankle injury to begin the season and didn’t appear in game action until Nov. 16th.
OHL TALENT TRENDING UPWARD ON SPORTSNET’S 2020 NHL DRAFT PROSPECT RANKINGS:
Sportsnet’s Sam Cosentino has unveiled his 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Rankings for February with seven OHL players on the list. Sudbury Wolves centreman Quinton Byfield held steady at number two on the list while Erie’s Jamie Drysdale, Saginaw’s Cole Perfetti, Ottawa’s Jack Quinn, Sarnia’s Jacob Perreault and Kingston’s Martin Chromiak all climbed the list, with each gaining ground since’s January’s list was released.
MEN IN STRIPES MIC’D UP – OHL OFFICIALS BEHIND THE SCENES:
Get a behind the scenes look at the sights and sounds of the game through the eyes of an OHL official.
IN CONVERSATION – OTTERS DEFENCEMAN JAMIE DRYSDALE:
Erie Otters defenceman Jamie Drysdale chatted with Junior Hockey Magazine about his eventful season, one that included a World Junior gold medal as part of Canada’s National Junior Team.
IN CONVERSATION – STORM GOALTENDER NICO DAWS:
Guelph Storm goaltender Nico Daws recently chatted with Junior Hockey Magazine about his offseason efforts, his experiences on the international stage, as well as his thoughts ahead of the 2020 NHL Draft in Montreal.
CBC SPORTS TO PROVIDE LIVE COVERAGE OF 2020 CAVENDISH FARMS UNIVERSITY CUP:
CBC Sports and U SPORTS announced Thursday an agreement that will see live English-language streaming coverage of four 2020 winter national championship events available across Canada on the free CBC Gem streaming service and to audiences worldwide via CBC Sports digital platforms. A total of 191 OHL graduates began the 2019-20 season on U SPORTS Men’s Hockey rosters, and this agreement with CBC Sports will serve to raise the profile of U SPORTS Men’s Hockey across the country.
BEYOND THE BOARDS:
Talk Today games well underway: OHL teams’ Talk Today games in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and Teachers Life continue this weekend. The Niagara IceDogs host their Talk Today Game on Thursday before events are held in London on Friday and Ottawa on Sunday.
CMHA 50-50 Raffle underway: The OHL and CMHA’s 50-50 raffle in support of mental health is also well underway. All funds raised will go toward mental health awareness and suicide prevention training for athletes in Ontario as part of the Talk Today program. The raffle runs until Feb. 29 and tickets can be purchased at talktoday5050.com. The winning ticket will be drawn March 2.
Troops host The Gathering Place Night on Thursday: The North Bay Battalion is encouraging fans to bring a non-perishable food item to Thursday’s home game against the Sarnia Sting, donations that will be used to help the less fortunate in North Bay. The Gathering Place, a non-governmental, donation dependent agency that serves over 13 hundred meals a week will be on hand and fans will have the opportunity to win great prizes.
MORE DETAILS AT BATTALIONHOCKEY.COM
Pevs Protects: It’s division rivalry night when the Owen Sound Attack head to Guelph on Friday, but it’s also the Storm’s fifth annual Pevs Protects Night. Former NHLer and Stanley Cup champion Rich Peverley, who grew up and played minor hockey in Guelph, teamed up with the Storm years ago to launch the Pevs Protects Fundraiser in partnership with the Heart and Stroke foundation. The partnership aims to raise awareness and funds for AED purchase sand CPR training. In March of 2014, Peverley suffered a cardiac incident and collapsed on the ice during a game. At the event, there will be volunteers collecting donations, a chuck-a-puck fundraiser with some great prizes, and a meet and greet with Peverley himself.
FULL DETAILS AT GUELPHSTORM.COM
BizNasty Night in Saginaw: Former Spirit captain, current Arizona Coyotes radio personality, and host of podcast Spittin’ Chiclets, Paul Bissonette, will make his return to the Saginaw this weekend. He’ll be signing autographs and taking photos ahead of puck drop with the rival Flint Firebirds. There will also be some kid-friendly elements, including a bouncy castle.
MORE INFO AT SAGINAWSPIRIT.COM
Firebirds host fifth annual Flint Topics night: The ‘Birds are paying homage to a movie classic that takes place right in their own backyard. Inspired by the movie ‘Semi-Pro’ starring Will Ferrell, they’ll be wearing Tropics themed jerseys, pants, and socks during the game. There will be also be themed giveaways and a jersey auction with proceeds going toward the Firebirds Charitable Organization that benefits local youth organizations in the area.
GET THE SCOOP AT FLINTFIREBIRDS.COM
‘Pucks and Paddles’ in Owen Sound: When the Attack play host to the Peterborough Petes this Saturday, they’ll be supporting Camp Presqu’ile, a not-for-profit camp located outside of Owen Sound. They’ll be sporting tie dyed jerseys, a nod to the tie dyed sweaters the camp counsellors wear all summer, and they’ll later be auctioned off to raise money for the camp. The Attack will welcome the Sutherland Family ahead of puck drop for an announcement, and there will be a variety of activities throughout the night.
MORE DETAILS AT ATTACKHOCKEY.COM
Spits’ Superhero Jerseys Available for Auction: The specialty Superhero jerseys worn by the Windsor Spitfires on Feb. 8 are now available for auction.
BID TODAY AT WINDSORSPITFIRES.COM
Family Day around the OHL: Monday will see eight afternoon games with a number of specialty themes around the league. The Ottawa 67’s are hosting their annual Weiner Dog Race, the Petes are recognizing children receiving treatment at Five Counties Children’s Centre, and the Sarnia Sting are hosting a family skate.
Suzuki first Habs rookie to surpass 35 points since 2005-06: As far as rookies go, Guelph Storm graduate Nick Suzuki is one of the more impressive ones in recent Montreal Canadiens history. He’s the first freshman to surpass the 35 point mark since Chris Higgins last did it back in 2005-06. A three-time OHL Sportsman of the Year and the league’s reigning Playoff MVP, Suzuki has 36 points (12-24–36) through 59 games in his first NHL season. The 20-year-old from London, Ont. had a prolific OHL career, hoisting the Robertson Cup as a league champion last spring after recording 328 points (141-187–328) over 251 career regular season games.
Robertson earns first NHL point in debut: Niagara IceDogs graduate Jason Robertson picked up an assist on Tyler Seguin’s game winner on Thursday in Toronto as the Stars beat the Maple Leafs 3-2. The 20-year-old had a successful NHL debut after being called up earlier in the day on Thursday. Robertson, who racked up 117 points (48-69–117) over 62 games last season, has 20 goals and 35 points through 49 games with the AHL’s Texas Stars in his first pro season. The native of Northville, Mich. was Dallas’ second round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. He finished his OHL career with 317 points (149-168–317) over 252 regular season games.
Keane called up by Rangers: The New York Rangers have called up London Knights graduate Joey Keane. The 20-year-old Chicago native has 28 points (8-20–28) through 48 games with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack this season. Keane played three OHL seasons between Barrie and London from 2016-19, recording 102 points (21-81–102) over 195 career regular season games. He was New York’s third round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
Studenic returns from injury: Hamilton Bulldogs graduate Marian Studenic is making his way back from an injury that sidelined him for 10 games. The Binghamton Devils forward and New Jersey prospect has seven points (3-4–7) through 25 games in his second pro season after recording 28 (13-15–28) through 64 contests last year. The 21-year-old native of Holic, Slovakia won an OHL Championship with Hamilton in 2018, rounding out his two-year OHL tenure on top. Studenic was New Jersey’s fifth round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. Read more on his road back to full health from BinghamtonDevils.com’s Addie Sejan.
OHL graduates embark on U SPORTS Men’s Hockey Playoffs: Playoffs are underway across the U SPORTS Men’s Hockey ranks, with several OHL grads competing in both the OUA and AUS circuits. OHL products in Mikkel Aagaard (Guelph/Sudbury Wolves) and Justin Nichols (Carleton/Oshawa Generals) were OUA leaders statistically during the regular season. Aagaard led all players with 46 points (22-24–46) while Nicholas posted a league-leading 1.96 goals-against average. In the AUS, Saginaw Spirit graduate Kris Bennett (UNB) was the highest-scoring OHL product with 40 points (14-26–40) for fourth in the league. Follow the playoffs over at oua.ca and atlanticuniversitysport.com.
Owen Sound Attack at Oshawa Generals
Saturday, February 15th
Owen Sound’s only trip of the season to Oshawa could be a close one.
Boasting similar records, the Attack (26-19-3-3) and the Generals (27-18-4-2) sit in the middle of the Midwest and East Divisions, respectively. The Attack, however, are in a tighter spot, currently tied with the Guelph Storm at 58 points and maintaining the sixth place slot in the Western Conference.
The Attack have been on the upswing of late, having won their last four matchups. Sophomore skater Kaleb Pearson has been a forceful piece of his team’s success with 12 points in his last four games and seven goals in his last three. Sergey Popov continues to lead the Bears with 45 assists and 61 points, 11 of which have come in his last four games.
Zeroing in on the Gens, Allan McShane skates into the weekend on an eight-game point streak through which he’s amassed 15 (2-13—15). His team’s offensive threat boasts the talents of Philip Tomasino, Brett Neumann, and NHL Draft eligible Ty Tullio up front.
London Knights at Ottawa 67’s
Monday, February 17th
Both teams saw their win streaks hit road bumps over the course of the past week, and both will be hungry to start new ones as the Knights head to the capital city for the first and only time this regular season.
The Knights (34-14-1-1) saw their 10-game win streak come to a close in a 3-1 loss to the Guelph Storm on Tuesday, while Ottawa’s (41-8-0-0) hot streak came crashing down at the hands of the Peterborough Petes, who skated past them 4-1 last weekend.
Historically, the Knights have had the edge, boasting a 7-1-1-0 record against the Barber Poles over the last five years. They blanked the 67’s 3-0 in their first meetup of the year back in October.
The 67’s claim a slew of league leaders in Marco Rossi, who leads all skaters with 94 points to his name, as well as Jack Quinn and his leading 44 goal total. Noel Hoefenmayer continues to lead all blueliners at 71 points on the year, while netminder Cedrick Andree brings with him a .914 save percentage and 2.51 goals-against average.
London isn’t lacking as far as goaltending goes. The team is backed up by one of the league’s winningest netminders in Brett Brochu, who holds a 23-6-0-2 tally and a 13-1 record through his last 14 appearances. They boast a handful of consistent scorers in Connor McMichael, Ryan Merkley, Jonathan Gruden, and NHL Draft hopeful Luke Evangelista.
Thursday February 13th
Barrie at Niagara – 7:00pm
Sarnia at North Bay – 7:00pm
Windsor at Peterborough – 7:05pm
Friday February 14th
Windsor at Kingston – 7:00pm
Ottawa at Mississauga – 7:00pm
Hamilton at Niagara – 7:00pm
Flint at Saginaw – 7:05pm
Sarnia at Sudbury – 7:05pm
Owen Sound at Guelph – 7:30pm
Kitchener at London – 7:30pm
Soo at Oshawa – 7:35pm
Saturday February 15th
Soo at Hamilton – 4:00pm
Guelph at Flint – 7:00pm
London at Kingston – 7:00pm
Oshawa at Erie – 7:00pm
Kitchener at Saginaw – 7:05pm
Peterborough at Owen Sound – 7:30pm
North Bay at Barrie – 7:30pm
Sunday February 16th
Sudbury at Niagara – 2:00pm
Mississauga at North Bay – 2:00pm
Windsor at Ottawa – 2:00pm
Monday February 17th
Soo at Guelph – 2:00pm
Kitchener at Hamilton – 2:00pm
Barrie at Kingston – 2:00pm
Erie at Mississauga – 2:00pm
London at Ottawa – 2:00pm
Owen Sound at Oshawa – 2:05pm
Sudbury at Peterborough – 2:05pm
Flint at Sarnia – 2:05pm