A great day for golf and annual awards handed out at the Hockey Hall of Fame have the Ontario Hockey league off and running into the month of June.
2018-19 OHL AWARDS CEREMONY RECAP:
The Ontario Hockey League hosted the 2018-19 OHL Awards Ceremony on Wednesday afternoon in the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Great Hall in Toronto. Fifteen different players were honoured for exceptional seasons both on and off the ice. Full recap / Photo Gallery / Livestream archive.
67’S AND GENERALS RECEIVE LEAGUE HONOURS:
The OHL proudly introduced a pair of awards and the inaugural recipients at the commencement of the league’s annual meetings on Thursday. The Ottawa 67’s were presented with the Community Involvement Award, while the Oshawa Generals received the Franchise Development Award. Awards were presented by OHL Vice-President, Development, Joe Birch, and Director of Marketing, Kyle Ferguson, to staff members from both organizations in attendance. Read more
4TH ANNUAL OHL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION GOLF CLASSIC RAISES $14,500 FOR STEVE LUDZIK FOUNDATION:
A tremendous turnout of 139 OHL graduates and various League supporters came together for a fun-filled day of golf at one of Ontario’s premier courses on Monday, all for a good cause. Sunny skies and windy conditions set the stage for the 4th Annual OHL Alumni Association Golf Classic at the Devil’s Pulpit Golf Association in Caledon, Ont. As they have in years past, OHL graduates once again rallied together to help one of their own, raising a grand total of $14,500 in support of the Steve Ludzik Foundation. Read more / Watch Steve Ludzik feature / Watch Sights and Sounds highlights.
STORM’S JAKE GRIMES NAMED HEAD COACH OF QMJHL’S CAPE BRETON SCREAMING EAGLES:
OHL graduate, League champion and long-time assistant coach Jake Grimes has accepted the role of head coach of the QMJHL’s Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Grimes originally joined the Storm prior to the 2017-18 season and spent two seasons as Associate Coach with the club. This past season, he helped lead the Storm to an OHL Championship title and an appearance in the 2019 Memorial Cup presented by Kia. During his two seasons with the Storm, the team compiled a record of 70-47-11-8. Read more
OHL PROSPECTS PUT BEST FOOT FORWARD AT 2019 NHL SCOUTING COMBINE:
A total of 14 draft eligible OHL prospects attended the 2019 NHL Scouting Combine this past weekend in Buffalo, NY. The event was the latest opportunity for NHL clubs to evaluate up-and-comers ahead of the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver. Here’s a look at some of the OHL’s top physical testing performers. Read more
OHL NETMINDERS INVITED TO CANADA’S PROGRAM OF EXCELLENCE GOALTENDING CAMP:
Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence and National Women’s Program are preparing for the 2019-20 season with a pair of four-day goaltending camps at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. OHL goaltenders invited include Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes) and Jet Greaves (Barrie Colts) attending the Under-20 segment while Will Cranley (Ottawa 67’s) and Tristan Lennox (Saginaw Spirit) will be in the Under-18 category. Read more
STEELHEADS’ JACOB INGHAM NAMED INAUGURAL RECIPIENT OF THE DAYNA BRONS HONORARY AWARD:
Mississauga Steelheads goaltender Jacob Ingham is the inaugural recipient of the Dayna Brons Honorary Award created by Hockey Gives Blood in partnership with Canadian Blood Services. On Friday March 8th 2019, the Mississauga Steelheads hosted their Inaugural Bleed Blue game in support of Hockey Gives Blood. Jacob Ingham donated $4 for every save made during his first 50 games of the season. His 1,393 saves totaled a donation of $5,572 to Hockey Gives Blood. Read more
JOSH ROSENZWEIG COMMITS TO ICEDOGS:
The Niagara IceDogs have received a commitment from 2019 sixth round selection goaltender Josh Rosenzweig. Posting a 2.44 goals against average and.883 save percentage with the Toronto Red Wings at the OHL Cup, Rosenzweig was considered one of the GTHL’s top goaltenders last season. Rosenzweig recently represented team GTHL Red at the OHL Gold Cup where his team finished second, recording a shutout in the tournament. Read more
ANTHONY COSTANTINI COMMITS TO 67’s:
The Ottawa 67’s have received a commitment from 2018 sixth round selection Anthony Costantini. A Hamilton, Ontario native, Costantini played for the Oakville Rangers Midget AAA last season, putting up six goals and 16 assists for 22 points in 31 games. The right-hand shot blueliner was a 67’s sixth-round pick, 106th overall, in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection. Anthony is the second member of his family to sign on in the OHL, as his twin brother, Marco, is a goalie in the Hamilton Bulldogs system. Read more
ATTACK HOST BBQ & AWARDS BANQUET:
An Attack tradition that allows Owen Sound fans the opportunity to celebrate the past season while meeting new and returning players. Sunday’s events began with the team’s annual softball tournament out on the diamond before shifting to the floor of the Bayshore for lunch and the annual awards ceremony. Recap
OHL JOINS THE SUDBURY WOLVES IN MOURNING THE LOSS OF LIFE COACH JEREMY MAHOOD:
The OHL has joined SW Sports and Entertainment in mourning the loss of Sudbury Wolves Life Coach Jeremy Mahood. Jeremy joined the Wolves organization two years ago as the team’s life coach and was the lead pastor at All Nations Church. He would have turned 70 this Sunday. Read more
Nine OHL grads steer Charlotte Checkers to first Calder Cup title: The Charlotte Checkers are Calder Cup champions for the first time in their American Hockey League franchise history and nine OHL graduates helped them pull it off. AHL Goaltender of the Year Alex Nedeljkovic (Niagara IceDogs) was a difference-maker, turning aside 26 shots in Saturday’s series-clinching 5-3 road win over the Chicago Wolves to finish the playoffs with a 2.34 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and a 10-4 record. The top affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes, the Checkers were led from behind the bench by two-time OHL Coach of the Year Mike Vellucci and had notable contributions from other OHL products in defencemen Trevor Carrick (Sudbury Wolves) and Bobby Sanguinetti (Brampton Battalion). Read more
Binnington’s storybook season could soon have fairytale ending: Owen Sound Attack graduate Jordan Binnington has gone from an afterthought to a Conn Smythe Trophy candidate with the St. Louis Blues. Binnington appeared in 32 games this past season, coming away with a remarkable 24-5-1 record, coupled with a league-best 1.89 goals-against average as well as a .927 save rate that also ranked within the top five, earning him a nomination for the Calder Memorial Trophy. Much like his regular season performance, Binnington has been a key reason for the Blues’ postseason success, shutting the door and emerging as a serious candidate for the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs should the Blues win the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history. Read more
Determined Dunn returns from injury to boost Blues in Stanley Cup Final: A former sixth round OHL draft pick whose swift development helped lead the Niagara IceDogs to an Eastern Conference title in 2016, Vince Dunn‘s ascent to NHL prominence has been equally rapid. The 22-year-old from Lindsay, Ont. battled through a serious facial injury to make his Stanley Cup Final debut in Monday’s Game 4, drawing an assist in a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins. Dunn was back in action on Thursday, logging 11:27 of ice as the Blues defeated the Bruins 2-1 to climb within one win of the historic franchise’s first-ever Stanley Cup title. Read more
OHL alumni Brunette, Kitchen, MacKenzie named to Panthers coaching staff: OHL graduates Andrew Brunette (Owen Sound Platers), Mike Kitchen (Toronto Marlboros) and Derek MacKenzie (Sudbury Wolves) have been named assistant coaches with the Florida Panthers. The trio will work alongside fellow OHL graduate and four-time Stanley Cup champion Joel Quenneville in south Florida. Get the full scoop at nhl.com.
Three OHL grads win Kelly Cup title with Newfoundland Growlers: Peterborough Petes forward Semyon-Der Arguchintsev has joined OHL graduates J.J. Piccinich (London Knights) and Alex Gudbranson (Soo Greyhounds) as 2019 ECHL Champions, helping the Newfoundland Growlers win an ECHL title in their first year of existence. An affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Growlers won the ECHL’s North Division with a 43-21-4-4 regular season record before eliminating the Fort Wayne Komets, Cincinnati Cyclones and Tulsa Oilers to reach the ECHL Championship Series. Read more
Bowman fulfills mom’s high school prom wish for her disabled daughter: Owen Sound Attack graduate Zack Bowman is at the centre of a touching story out of the Niagara region. The 21-year-old from St. Catharines, Ont. took Gabby Horner-Shepherd to her high school prom. Horner-Shepherd, who has a chromosomal abnormality that doctors deemed was “incompatible with life” in her infancy, is unable to communicate and has developmental physical disabilities, but is now a high school graduate. Bowman, who is a goaltender for the Brock Badgers Men’s Hockey program, came across a video of Gabby and her mother Shannon on Facebook sharing Gabby’s story in her search for a prom date. Bowman obliged, flying back from a training session in Florida for the big day. For more on the touching story visit stcatharinesstandard.ca.
McFadden’s Movement Raises $20,000: Former Guelph Storm captain and two-time OHL Humanitarian of the Year Garrett McFadden continues to raise funds and awareness for mental health. At the 3rd annual MM27 Road Hockey Tournament on Saturday a grand total of $20,000 was donated between WES For Youth Online and the Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo-Wellington branch. In less than three years since the program was launched, McFadden has helped raise over $46,000 for mental health programs in Guelph. Read more
Former Otters nominated for Best Bromance: Chicago Blackhawks star forwards Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome represent the most noteworthy OHL representatives in this year’s NHL Fan Choice Awards. The pair played together for three seasons in Erie from 2014-17 and graduated from the league as OHL champions before initially going their separate ways. DeBrincat, who was a second round pick by Chicago in 2016, was reunited with Strome who joined the Blackhawks in a November trade with the Arizona Coyotes where he was a first round pick in 2015. ‘Best Bromance’ is one of 20 categories that fans can vote for online.