A look at what’s happening in the Ontario Hockey League this week.
OHL ANNOUNCES 2018-19 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE:
The Ontario Hockey League has announced the regular season schedule of games for 2018-19. #OHLOpeningWeek begins on Wednesday September 19 when the Saginaw Spirit host the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, and continues with a trio of games on Thursday September 20, seven games on Friday September 21, five games on Saturday September 22, and two games on Sunday September 23 featuring a total of 14 home openers to launch the new campaign. Read more
TEN DATES TO CIRCLE FOR 2018-19:
The 2018-19 regular season schedule was unveiled on Tuesday with 681 games leading up to the 2019 OHL Playoffs. While the weather is warm and sunny and hockey might not be the first thing on your mind, there’s a number of dates to circle and look forward to for next season. Read more
OHL ANNOUNCES 2018 EXHIBITION GAME SCHEDULE:
The Ontario Hockey League has announced the Exhibition Game Schedule for the 2018-19 season. The schedule includes 46 games from Friday August 31 through Sunday September 16 and features a pair of showcase events in Buffalo and Kitchener taking place during the opening weekend of exhibition play August 31 to September 2. Read more
2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILE: ANDREI SVECHNIKOV:
Andrei Svechnikov of the Barrie Colts is the top skater in North America as listed by NHL Central Scouting in their Final Rankings for the 2018 NHL Draft. He earned OHL Rookie of the Year honours and the CHL Top Prospect of the Year Award following a 72 point campaign that included 40 goals and 32 assists in just 44 games. Watch
2018 NHL DRAFT PROFILE: EVAN BOUCHARD:
Evan Bouchard of the London Knights is the top-ranked defenceman in North America on NHL Central Scouting’s Final Draft Rankings. The fourth-ranked skater on the list, Bouchard scored 25 goals and led the London Knights with 87 points this season. He earned Jim Gregory Player of the Game honours for Team Cherry at the 2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, recording four assists in a 7-4 win. Watch
54 OHL PROSPECTS INVITED TO CANADA’S NATIONAL UNDER-17 DEVELOPMENT CAMP:
Hockey Canada has invited 54 OHL prospects to participate in Canada’s national under-17 development camp, set to take place July 21-27 in Calgary, Alta. Following the development camp, players will continue to be evaluated through the early season before 66 are named to one of three Canadian national teams – Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red, and Team Canada White – who will compete at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge scheduled for Nov. 3-10 in Saint John and Quispamsis, N.B. Read more
FIREBIRDS’ OULAHEN NAMED TO CANADA’S NATIONAL SUMMER UNDER-18 TEAM COACHING STAFF:
Flint Firebirds head coach Ryan Oulahen has been named an assistant coach with Canada’s National Summer Under-18 Team. Oulahen just completed his second season with the Firebirds. He previously spent six seasons as an assistant coach with the Brampton/North Bay Battalion. Read more
GENERALS NAME GREG WALTERS HEAD COACH:
The Oshawa Generals have named former long-time Sarnia Sting assistant Greg Walters as their head coach in advance of the 2018-19 season. Walters served as the head coach of the Georgetown Raiders of the Ontario Junior Hockey League for the past eight years, leading the team to its first league title in 2017 and being named the league coach of the year for the second time. Read more
TOP PICKS TOLNAI, CRANLEY AND BELANGER COMMIT TO 67’s:
The Ottawa 67’s have announced that the club’s top three selections in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection Draft have committed to the organization. Officially coming to Ottawa are centre Cameron Tolnai (first round, sixth overall), goalie Will Cranley (second round, 35th overall) and defenceman Alec Belanger (third round, 44th overall). Read more
BUTLER, AUSTIN AND SPEARING COMMIT TO PETES:
The Peterborough Petes have received commitments from 2018 selections Cameron Butler, Tye Austin and Shawn Spearing. Butler was the club’s second round (27th overall) pick, recording 57 points (27-30–57) with the OMHA champion York-Simcoe Express. Austin was chosen in the third round (43rd overall), registering a 2.67 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage in 20 games with the Kanata Lasers Midget AAA. The captain of the OHL Cup champion Toronto Jr. Canadiens, Spearing was a fourth round (75th overall) pick, recording eight goals, 11 assists and 19 points in 58 games. Read more
COLE PERFETTI COMMITS TO SPIRIT:
The Saginaw Spirit have received a commitment from 2018 first round (5th overall) selection Cole Perfetti. The native of Whitby, Ont. led the entire Greater Toronto Hockey League in Goals (52), Assists (73), and Points (125) in 64 games during the 2017-18 season and is a top prospect eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft. Read more
RILEY PIERCEY COMMITS TO COLTS:
The Barrie Colts have received a commitment from 2018 first round (16th overall) selection Riley Piercey. Piercey, 16, played last season in the GTHL with the Toronto Marlboros, where he appeared in 59 games, recording 26 goals and 56 points. The Barrie Colts selected the Mississauga, Ontario native in the first round (16th overall) in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection. Riley will attend Innisdale Secondary School next year when he joins the Colts. Read more
RYAN O’ROURKE COMMITS TO GREYHOUNDS:
The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds have received a commitment from 2018 first round (20th overall) selection Ryan O’Rourke. The 6-foot-1, 175-lb defenceman played last season with the Vaughn Kings Minor Midget AAA Hockey Club, where he was an assistant captain. In 55 regular season games, O’Rourke tallied 12 goals and 32 assists, good for 44 points. Read more
TY COLLINS COMMITS TO STORM:
The Guelph Storm has received a commitment from 2018 second round selection Ty Collins. Collins posted 31 goals in 31 regular season games for the York-Simcoe Express, finishing third in scoring in the OMHA-ETA with 68 points. During the post-season, Collins tallied five points in six games (four goals, one assist) as the Express defeated the Richmond Hill Coyotes and the Peterborough Minor Petes on the way to the OMHA Championship Tournament. Collins played an integral role as the Express captured the OMHA Championship title on home ice. Read more
KYLE McDONALD COMMITS TO SPITFIRES:
The Windsor Spitfires have received a commitment from 2018 second round selection Kyle McDonald. The Ottawa native had a big 2017-18 season with the hometown Jr. Senators Midget AAA club, scoring 25 goals and adding 21 assists along with 50 penalty minutes in 40 games. Read more
JACOB WINTERTON COMMITS TO FIREBIRDS:
The Flint Firebirds have received a commitment from 2017 10th round selection Jacob Winterton. Winterton, a native of Brooklin, Ont., led the prominent 23-team Midget Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) with 33 goals scored during the 2017-18 regular season. In total, he recorded 52 points (33G, 19A) in 33 games with the Ajax/Pickering Raiders Midget AAA Hockey Club. Read more
67s’ BARRON WINS KELLY CUP TITLE WITH COLORADO EAGLES:
After spending the 2017-18 season in the Ontario Hockey League, Ottawa 67’s captain Travis Barron made the jump to the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles and hoisted the Kelly Cup as a league champion on Saturday in Estero, Florida. Barron scored the third period game-tying goal as the Eagles captured their second consecutive ECHL title, defeating the Florida Everblades by a score of 3-2 in Game 7 of the ECHL Championship Series. Read more
OHL OFFICIALS RIDE TO CONQUER CANCER:
The Ontario Hockey League was well represented out on the streets supporting a worthy cause over the weekend in the 11th annual Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. On June 9-10, members of the OHL’s officiating community including past and present staff, managers, referees, and linesmen, traded their whistles for wheels to cycle over 200km round-trip between Toronto and Niagara Falls after raising over $61,000 as a team for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Read more
ATTACK NAME ANDY PLAYTER STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH:
The Owen Sound Attack has named Andy Playter as the club’s strength & conditioning coach for the 2018-19 season. Previously the Head Athletic Therapist for the Owen Sound Attack from 2003-2005, Playter is a native of Owen Sound and has extensive experience as both a Certified Athletic Therapist and a Strength and Conditioning Coach. Read more at attackhockey.com.
STORM ANNOUNCE AFFILIATION WITH CAMBRIDGE REDHAWKS:
The Guelph Storm announced Wednesday that the club has reached an affiliation agreement with the GOJHL’s Cambridge RedHawks. The RedHawks will begin their inaugural season in Cambridge in 2018-19, having relocated from Guelph last month. Their arrival in Cambridge will bring junior hockey back to Galt Arena Gardens after a one-year hiatus. Read more
Seven OHL grads win Calder Cup with Toronto Marlboros: Seven OHL graduates helped power the Toronto Marlies to a Calder Cup title, being crowned AHL Champions with a decisive 6-1 victory over the Texas Stars in a deciding Game 7 at Ricoh Coliseum on Thursday. Read more
Wood dealt to Sharks: North Bay Battalion graduate Kyle Wood has been acquired by the San Jose Sharks. The 6-foot-5, 235Ib. blueliner was dealt by the Arizona Coyotes to San Jose in exchange for minor league forward Adam Helewka. The 22-year-old Wood had three goals, 16 assists and 19 points in 49 games in his second season with the AHL’s Tucson Roadrunners. He was originally Colorado’s third round pick in 2014 and had 93 points (27-66–93) over 165 regular season games with Brampton and North Bay from 2012-16.
Bowen to receive Foster Hewitt Award: Toronto Maple Leafs voice Joe Bowen will be honoured at the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 12th, receiving the Foster Hewitt Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster. Bowen, who got his broadcasting start with the Sudbury Wolves, has been the voice of the Maple Leafs for 36 years and now calls games on TSN 1050 and Sportsnet The Fan 590. Bowen was chosen for the award by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association.
Rank qualifies for U.S. Open: Former OHL official and current NHL referee Garrett Rank has qualified for the U.S. Open. The 30-year-old advanced through Monday’s 36-hole U.S. Open sectional qualifier, posting rounds of 71-71 at a demanding Ansley GC (Settindown) course. The Elmira, Ont. native began his OHL duty during the 2010-11 season and officiated in the 2014 Championship Series. The U.S. Open is scheduled for June 14-17 in Shinnecock Hills, New York. For more on the story visit pgatour.com.
Heelis entwines athletics and academics: Former Peterborough Petes and Owen Sound Attack forward Liam Heelis has proven throughout his OHL, U SPORTS and now, European hockey career that academics are a top priority. His innate desire to analyze relationships between teammates and coaching staff is just one of the unique features of the Georgetown, Ont. native’s career trajectory. A 2011 OHL champion with Owen Sound in 2011, Heelis earned a psychology degree and an AUS Championship with Acadia University before playing a season at McGill University where he
Kelly joins Dutchmen as assistant coach: Kitchener Rangers graduate Dan Kelly is back where he won an OHL Championship in 2008, joining the Kitchener Dutchmen Jr. B club as an assistant coach. The former Rangers captain played seven AHL seasons before retiring after the 2016-17 campaign. Kelly played 235 games with the Rangers from 2005-10, recording 11 goals, 71 assists and 82 points.