The CHL has claimed the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series crown and we’ve got another jam-packed weekend of OHL action fast approaching. Get the low-down on what’s happening across the league with your one-stop shop at the OHL This Week.
OHL ANNOUNCES IMPLEMENTATION OF EXPANDED VIDEO REVIEW MEASURES:
The Ontario Hockey League today announced that newly expanded video review measures will go into effect league-wide beginning with regular season games scheduled for tonight – Friday, November 15, 2019. Technology enhancements introduced in all 20 OHL member team facilities include overhead cameras placed above each blue line in addition to the installation of new video tablets accessible to on-ice officials at the penalty box area.
10 OHL TAKEAWAYS FROM THE CIBC CANADA RUSSIA SERIES:
Following a dominant 4-1 win in Kitchener on Nov. 7, the OHL’s best concluded their run in the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series with a 3-2 shootout loss in London on Monday night. Here are 10 takeaways following Team OHL’s performance in both games.
GENERALS, SPITFIRES, 67’s AND PETES INCLUDED IN KIA CHL TOP 10:
The Oshawa Generals are the second-ranked team in the ninth edition of the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings while the Windsor Spitfires, Ottawa 67’s and Peterborough Petes trail them.
STORM’S HILLIS NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Montreal Canadiens prospect Cam Hillis of the Guelph Storm is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week with seven points including two goals and five assists over two weekend contests. Hillis becomes the second Storm player to win the award in the past three weeks after goaltender Nico Daws recently received the honours. The third-year centreman helped the Storm win back-to-back games, extending their current winning streak to six.
44 OHL PLAYERS NAMED TO NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING’S NOVEMBER ‘PLAYERS TO WATCH’ LIST:
The Ontario Hockey League is proud to announce that 44 OHL players have been included on NHL Central Scouting’s November ‘Players to Watch’ List for the 2020 NHL Draft that takes place June 26-27 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC. The list includes 24 OHL forwards, 15 defenceman and five goaltenders.
WU17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE OVERVIEW: OHL’S TOP YOUNG TALENT CAME TO PLAY:
It may not have been the finish they had hoped for, but OHL talent was on full display at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge this past week in Medicine Hat, Alta. and Swift Current, Sask. The OHL was well represented with a total of 24 players competing. In case you missed it, here’s a quick recap of the OHL action throughout the tournament.
UNITED STATES TAKES NARROW VICTORY AT 2019 BATTLE OF THE BORDER:
It was a close one, but the United States skated away with a 54-51 point victory at the 2019 Battle of the Border, winning the event for the sixth consecutive year. The 35-game event held this past weekend at Windsor’s WFCU Centre featured a total of 24 teams from across Ontario, Detroit and Illinois competing in two divisions with Under-15 talent eligible for the 2020 OHL Priority Selection as well as Under-14 Major Bantam players that will be eligible for the 2021 OHL Priority Selection.
WAWANESA OHL PLAYS OF THE WEEK – NOV. 13, 2019:
The latest edition of the Wawanesa OHL Plays of the Week for the 2019-20 season feature a collection of the league’s Top-5 plays during the week ending November 10th. This week’s highlights include Windsor’s Egor Afanasyev with the puck on a string, North Bay’s Matthew Struthers sidestepping the competition, Sarnia’s Jamieson Rees overcoming the odds shorthanded, London’s Connor McMichael making the most of a miscue and Ottawa’s Jack Quinn going all-out in overtime.
VAUGHN SAVES OF THE WEEK – NOV. 12, 2019:
OHL goalies were showing off in the latest edition of Vaughn Saves, with pads, gloves and blockers all delivering denials throughout the week. Featured this week are a pair of stops from Sudbury Wolves netminder Christian Purboo along with others from Barrie’s Arturs Silovs, Guelph’s Nico Daws, Niagara’s Tucker Tynan, Owen Sound’s Mack Guzda, Kitchener’s Lucas Pfeil, Peterborough’s Hunter Jones and Sarnia’s Jordan Kooy.
67’s’ QUINN REPRESENTS OHL IN THIS WEEK’S CHL SHOWDOWN:
Ottawa 67’s forward Jack Quinn is the OHL’s representative in this week’s CHL Showdown featuring one great play from all three leagues.
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MORE OHL MILESTONE MOMENTS TO ENJOY:
A total of five OHL players hit career milestones this past week, with Kingston’s Maddox Callens, Hamilton’s George Diaco, Erie’s Brett Bressette and Barrie’s Ryan Del Monte all scoring first career OHL goals while Sudbury netminder Christian Purboo locked down his first shutout.
#PLAYERSFIRST: WORLD CLASS DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES:
Ontario Hockey League alumni represented a staggering 26% of the NHL’s Opening Day rosters between 2013-18 and leads the world in players drafted, but how? The OHL and its member teams have state of the art facilities and world class staff. OHL Director of Recruitment Kyle Pereira has lays out the details.
FACT OF THE WEEK / ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
5 QUESTIONS WITH ATTACK’S AIDAN DUDAS:
Owen Sound Attack and Team OHL captain Aidan Dudas chatted with the CHL ahead of Game 4 of the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series. Back with the Attack for his fourth season, the Los Angeles Kings prospect has had a strong start to 2019-20, already with 23 points counting eight goals and 15 assists through 16 appearances.
KNIGHTS’ REGULA SIGNS WITH BLACKHAWKS:
London Knights defenceman Alec Regula has signed a three-year entry level NHL contract with the Chicago Blackhawks. Regula was acquired by the Blackhawks on Oct. 28 from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for forward Brendan Perlini. The 19-year-old is a co-captain for the Knights and has 15 points (7-8–15) in 14 games this season. His 15 points are 10th among Ontario Hockey League defencemen.
FIREBIRDS’ DURHAM SETS CLUB GAMES PLAYED RECORD:
Flint Firebirds overage forward Jake Durham set the club’s career games played mark last Friday, suiting up in his 218th regular season contest. Durham and the Firebirds overcame a 3-0 deficit, scoring five unanswered to defeat the Mississauga Steelheads and improve to 11-5-0-0 atop the West Division.
Five OHL clubs host Special Olympics Ontario Night this weekend: The Peterborough Petes, Mississauga Steelheads, Guelph Storm, Owen Sound Attack and London Knights will host Special Olympics Ontario Night in their respective facilities this weekend. November is Special Olympics Game Month in the OHL as fans will have the opportunity to learn more about Special Olympics Ontario and can help the movement by contributing funds through the annual ‘Pass the Bucket’ and other fundraising initiatives at select games across the League. Special Olympics games in OHL rinks may also include ceremonial puck drops with Special Olympics Ontario athletes and staff along with members of local law enforcement.
IceDogs’ Turkeys for Tickets event collects 175 turkeys donated to Community Care: The Niagara IceDogs first Turkey’s for Tickets turkey drive has officially come to a successful end. In partnership with the Real Canadian Superstore, and Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold, the Niagara IceDogs are proud to announce that 175 turkeys have been donated to those in need for the upcoming holiday season.
FULL DETAILS AT NIAGARAICEDOGS.NET
Petes welcome new Canadians on ‘Try Hockey’ Night at the PMC: The Peterborough Petes welcomed more than 60 new Canadians to the Memorial Centre prior to Thursday’s game against the Niagara IceDogs, giving them a chance to try out Canada’s national pastime. The Petes and the PGHA Peewee AA Ice Kats ran hockey skill and info sessions for the new Canadians ranging in age from six-years-old to 60, mostly healing from Sudan, Syria and the Philippines.
FULL DETAILS AT GOPETESGO.COM
Wolves set for Superhero Night on Friday: The Sudbury Wolves welcome the Oshawa Generals for Superhero Night in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation on Friday. The Wolves will wear THOR themed jerseys which will be auctioned off throughout the game as well as online at auction.chl.ca. Kids 12 and under who are dressed up as a superhero will receive admission at the door for $10. Thor themed t-shirts will be available for sale at the Official Team Shop with $5 going to the Children’s Wish Foundation.
FULL DETAILS AT SUDBURYWOLVES.COM
Otters to host Erie SeaWolves Night, Goodwill Collection on Saturday: The Erie Otters will be throwing some support behind their next door neighbours, celebrating the Erie SeaWolves ‘AA’ Baseball Club on Saturday. The SeaWolves are the ‘AA’ affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Detroit Tigers. The evening comes following the passing of Chace Numata, the beloved Erie SeaWolves catcher who tragically lost his life in September. Various fundraising efforts will be held throughout the night to benefit the Chace Numata Scholarship. Saturday is also Goodwill Collection Night at Erie Insurance Arena as the Otters will collect donations prior to game time at the Goodwill truck parked in front of the arena.
FULL DETAILS AT OTTERSHOCKEY.COM
Storm salute First Responders, honour Rusty Hammond on Saturday: The Guelph Storm will be hosting their 2nd annual First Responders Night when they play host to the Saginaw Spirit on Saturday. The Storm will recognize and honour all First Responders with the Chief of Police Gordon Cobey, the Fire Chief John Osborne and EMS Chief Stephen Dewar participating in the ceremonial faceoff. In addition, public service announcements / commercials will be broadcast during the game and the Storm are proud to welcome members of all three services and their families. The Storm will also honour long-time equipment manager Russ Hammond for his years of service to the franchise. Hammond was a part of the Storm organization over a span of 25 years, hoisting the Robertson Cup as an OHL champion four different times.
FULL DETAILS AT GUELPHSTORM.COM
Troops to hold post-game skate for season ticket holders on Sunday: After spending a large portion of their recent schedule on the road, the North Bay Battalion return home for three straight. They’ll be holding a season-ticket holder post-game skate on Sunday evening following their home date with the Barrie Colts. Everyone is asked to wear a helmet.
FULL DETAILS AT BATTALIONHOCKEY.COM
Brodie suffers scary collapse at Flames practice: Barrie Colts graduate T.J. Brodie is recovering after what’s been described as a sudden collapse as Calgary Flames practice on Thursday. The 29-year-old defenceman has been discharged from hospital and has returned home to be with his family. Flames general manager Brad Treliving issued an update on Thursday morning as team physician Dr. Ian Auld described the episode as a fainting incident as opposed to something more serious. Brodie has registered eight assists through 21 games in this, his ninth NHL season. The Chatham, Ont. native spent four seasons in the OHL between Saginaw and Barrie from 2006-10. The OHL sends its thoughts and prayers to TJ and the Brodie family at this most difficult time.
McDavid posts two hat-tricks in one week: Erie Otters graduate Connor McDavid is on fire, racking up six goals, four assists and 10 points over his last three games as the Edmonton Oilers sit atop the Pacific Division with a 13-6-2 record. McDavid sits second in NHL scoring behind teammate Leon Draisaitl, amassing 37 points (14-23–37) over 21 games this season. The 22-year-old is in the midst of his fifth NHL season, coming off three consecutive 100+ point campaigns. McDavid skated with the Otters from 2012-15, recording 285 points (97-188–285) over 166 career regular season games while helping the club win a Western Conference title in 2015. McDavid was named CHL Player of the Year in his final season while also being named MVP of the 2015 OHL Playoffs. He was the first overall pick of the 2015 NHL Draft.
Perry plays 1,000th NHL game: It was a big night for Corey Perry on Wednesday as the London Knights graduate became the 340th player in NHL history to suit up in his 1,000th career regular season NHL game. A 34-year-old native of Peterborough, Ont., Perry played the first 988 games of his NHL career with the Anaheim Ducks who selected him in the first round (28th overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft. He joined the Dallas Stars as a free agent this past summer, lacing them up with his new club for the past 12 contests to reach the millennium. A former Red Tilson Trophy winner as OHL MVP in 2004-05, Perry racked up a Knights franchise record 380 points (140-240–380) over his 253 career OHL regular season contests. He guided the team to an OHL Championship and Memorial Cup crown in 2005 as the centrepiece of the team recently voted the best in CHL history.
Windsor named ECHL Goaltender of the Week: Ottawa 67’s graduate Clint Windsor has been named ECHL Goaltender of the Week. The Orlando Solar Bears netminder played to a 1-1-1 mark with a 1.95 goals-against average and .946 save percentage in three appearances last week. The 26-year-old Hamilton, Ont. native is in his second pro season after having spent four years at Brock University playing U SPORTS Men’s Hockey. Prior to that, Windsor spent three seasons in the OHL between Barrie, Saginaw, Mississauga and Ottawa from 2010-13.
Forrest named OUA Male Athlete of the Week: Flint Firebirds graduate Garrett Forrest is the OUA Male Athlete of the Week. Currently playing U SPORTS Men’s Hockey with the Ryerson Rams, Forrest earned a pair of victories turning aside 49 of 52 shots last week as the Rams defeated Nipissing and defending champion Queen’s. The Ashburn, Va. native has won four straight and owns a 1.85 goals-against average this season. Forrest played two OHL seasons in Flint from 2016-18.
Oshawa Generals at Sudbury Wolves
Friday, November 15th
In their first of two games at home this weekend, the Central Division-leading Sudbury Wolves host the Oshawa Generals, who will be looking to reclaim their spot at the top of the OHL from the Peterborough Petes. The Generals boast a 9-0-1 road record and will be hungry for their third straight win, while the Wolves will be looking to bounce back from a 6-2 loss on Wednesday. All eyes continue to be on leading Sudbury scorer Quinton Byfield who currently sits third in OHL scoring with 39 points. The 2020 NHL draft hopeful picked up two assists last time both teams met on Oct. 11, a 5-4 win for Oshawa, whereas the Generals’ Brett Neumann totaled three points (2-1–3).
Owen Sound Attack at Guelph Storm
Friday, November 15th
The Storm and Attack meet for a classic Midwest Division rivalry tonight at the Sleeman Centre, both looking to disrupt their even 1-1 series record after trading wins in back-to-back games early in the season. The Attack are tied for 22 points with the Erie Otters and division-leading London Knights, while Guelph is hot on their tails, just one point behind. The Storm’s Nico Daws leads all OHL goaltenders with a .932 save percentage and saved all 28 shots in net during the two teams’ first matchup, a 4-0 blanking for Guelph. Both teams’ leading scorers, Aidan Dudas (Owen Sound) and Pavel Gogolev (Guelph), have yet to earn a point against each other.
Friday, November 15th:
Windsor at Erie – 7:00pm
Sarnia at Mississauga – 7:00pm
Oshawa at Sudbury – 7:05pm
Hamilton at Soo – 7:07pm
Owen Sound at Guelph – 7:30pm
Kingston at Kitchener – 7:30pm
Flint at London – 7:30pm
Saturday, November 16th:
Saginaw at Guelph – 4:00pm
Mississauga at Erie – 7:00pm
Ottawa at Flint – 7:00pm
Windsor at Niagara – 7:00pm
Oshawa at Soo – 7:07pm
Peterborough at Barrie – 7:30pm
Kingston at Owen Sound – 7:30pm
Sunday, November 17th:
Kitchener at London – 2:00pm
Erie at Mississauga – 2:00pm
Hamilton at Sudbury – 2:05pm
Barrie at North Bay – 3:00pm
Ottawa at Sarnia – 4:05pm