We’ve got a special Thanksgiving long weekend edition of the OHL This Week with all your favourite stuff including game day activities, alumni notes and much, much more.
INTRODUCING OHL #PLAYERSFIRST:
Introducing OHL #PlayersFirst, a weekly segment with Director of Recruitment Kyle Pereira and other OHL Alumni as they explore frequently asked questions and how the OHL equips players for success both on the ice and in the classroom.
GENERALS, KNIGHTS AND 67’s IN KIA CHL TOP 10 RANKINGS:
The Oshawa Generals are the new number one team in the Canadian Hockey League this week, standing alone as the only undefeated team remaining. The 7-0 Generals got a boost last weekend with the return of Florida Panthers prospect Serron Noel along with overage captain Kyle MacLean. Recently acquired netminder Andrew MacLean is 6-0 since joining the Generals.
FULL RANKINGS • KIA CHL TOP 10 SPOTLIGHT – OSHAWA GENERALS
41 OHL PLAYERS NAMED TO NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING ‘PLAYERS TO WATCH’ LIST:
The Ontario Hockey League is proud to announce that 41 OHL players have been included on NHL Central Scouting’s October ‘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 25 OHL forwards, 14 defenceman and a pair of goaltenders. Eight OHL players were assigned an ‘A’ rating indicating a potential first round candidate.
191 OHL ALUMNI ON 2019-20 U SPORTS MEN’S HOCKEY ROSTERS:
The Ontario Hockey League is pleased to announce that a total of 191 OHL Alumni are currently competing on U SPORTS Men’s Hockey rosters for the 2019-20 season, pursuing their goals on the ice and in the classroom. Graduates from each of the OHL’s 20 member teams are represented on the list with the Sudbury Wolves leading all clubs with 16 graduates competing for U SPORTS Men’s Hockey programs. The North Bay Battalion trail close behind with 13 while the Guelph Storm and Ottawa 67’s each have 12 graduates on the list.
ICEDOGS’ TOMASINO NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Nashville Predators prospect Philip Tomasino of the Niagara IceDogs is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week with seven points in two games. Tomasino tied an IceDogs franchise record with six points including his first career OHL hat-trick in Friday’s 8-4 win over the Kingston Frontenacs. He scored once in each period, recording seven shots on goal while capping his hat-trick 7:25 into the third frame. His three assists helped linemate Kyen Sopa score his first career trio in the decisive home ice victory.
GENERALS’ GROSS NAMED TO VAUGHN CHL TEAM OF THE WEEK FOR OCT. 3-6:
New York Rangers prospect Nico Gross of the Oshawa Generals has been named to the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week for Oct. 3-6. Gross registered four goals and one assist in three games to help his club remain the lone undefeated CHL squad with a perfect 7-0 record. A Swiss import, Gross is skating in his third year with the Generals, while his four-goal total already matches his previous career high set in 2017-18.
OHL WEEKEND NOTEBOOK – OCTOBER 7, 2019:
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 the third weekend of 2019-20 OHL action.
WAWANESA OHL PLAYS OF THE WEEK – OCTOBER 9, 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 goals during the week ending October 6th. This week’s highlights include Oshawa Generals forward Ty Tullio finishing-off a sweet passing play, Niagara IceDogs forward Philip Tomasino scoring a shorthanded dazzler, Owen Sound Attack forward Aidan Dudas executing an electrifying pass through his own legs, Kingston Frontenacs rookie Vitali Pinchuk driving down the wing for his first goal and Hamilton Bulldogs forward Tag Bertuzzi overcoming the odds.
VAUGHN SAVES OF THE WEEK – OCTOBER 8, 2019:
OHL goaltenders dug deep for desperation saves in the latest edition of #VaughnSaves. Featured this week are a pair of saves by Kitchener Rangers goaltender Jacob Ingham along with a trio from Ottawa 67’s netminder Cedrick Andree. Ottawa’s Will Cranley, Saginaw’s Tristan Lennox, Hamilton’s Zach Roy, Flint’s Luke Cavallin, Mississauga’s Kai Edmonds, Oshawa’s Zachary Paputsakis and Niagara’s Tucker Tynan rounded out this week’s series of saves.
14 OHL NEWCOMERS ACHIEVE MILESTONE MOMENTS:
Another week, more milestones across the Ontario Hockey League. Thirteen players scored their first career OHL goal while London Knights goaltender Brett Brochu captured his first OHL shutout. See all those highlights in our weekly OHL Milestone Moments recap.
BULLDOGS’ BERTUZZI REPRESENTS OHL IN CHL SHOWDOWN:
Hamilton Bulldogs forward Tag Bertuzzi is this week’s representative in CHL Showdown, a weekly fan vote that features one great play from all three leagues.
WATCH & VOTE
STEELHEADS’ RICHMOND EARNS 100TH OHL WIN, INKS THREE-YEAR EXTENSION:
Mississauga Steelheads head coach and general manager James Richmond earned his 100th career OHL coaching victory on Friday before signing a three-year extension with the club on Thursday. Richmond has embarked on his fourth season as head coach in Mississauga after previous posts as an assistant with the Steelheads as well as head coach of the OJHL’s Aurora Tigers and Georgetown Raiders. He owns an overall record of 100-86-12-11 over 209 regular season games, steering the Trout to a Central Division title and Eastern Conference championship in 2017.
FOUDY AND REGULA NAMED KNIGHTS’ CO-CAPTAINS:
The London Knights have named Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Liam Foudy and Detroit Red Wings prospect Alec Regula co-captains. Foudy is entering his fourth season with the Knights after debuting with the team as a 16-year old in 2016. Last season, Foudy was also a member of the Knights’ leadership group as an assistant captain. He is first round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets, being selected 18th overall in 2018. Regula joined the Knights in 2017 after being selected in the fourth round of the 2016 OHL Priority Selection. Entering his third year with the club, Regula is the longest tenured member of the Knights’ blueline. He was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 3rd round, 67th overall in 2018.
OHL GRAD COREY LOCKE TO ASSIST STORM COACHING STAFF:
The Guelph Storm announced this past week that former two-time Red Tilson Trophy recipient Corey Locke will join the organization as a coaching assistant. The Ottawa 67’s graduate was drafted in the third round by the Montreal Canadiens in 2003 and went on to play fifteen years of professional hockey split between the NHL, AHL and Europe. Locke won the Calder Cup in 2007 with the Hamilton Bulldogs and again in 2011 with the Binghamton Senators, was a two-time All-Star in the league and was named the AHL Player of the Year in 2011.
ICEDOGS ALUMNUS MATT GILLARD JOINS SCOUTING STAFF:
The Niagara IceDogs have added graduate Matt Gillard to the team’s scouting staff in the area of prospect development. Gillard, 23, played parts of four seasons with the IceDogs from 2012-16, recording 40 points (16-24–40) 0ver 110 career regular season games. He was the club’s fourth round pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection.
JUSTIN NOLET COMMITS TO STING:
The Sarnia Sting announced last week that they’ve received a commitment from 2017 14th round selection Justin Nolet. Nolet’s commitment to the Sting comes as he has been skating with the Toronto Patriots of the OJHL, where he is enjoying a fine start to his season with nine points in as many games. In the 2018-19 season with the Patriots, The Mississauga, ON. native recorded nine goals and 15 assists for 24 points in 49 games, and was named to the All Prospect Second Team in the OJHL.
Storm, Steelheads and Bulldogs celebrate World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend: The Guelph Storm, Mississauga Steelheads and Hamilton Bulldogs all welcomed members of Canada’s National Women’s Hockey Team to their facilities last weekend in recognition of IIHF World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend. The Storm had defenceman Renata Fast in to drop the puck on Friday before the Bulldogs welcomed Sarah Nurse and Laura Fortino to FirstOntario Centre on Sunday. Natalie Spooner was in Mississauga on Sunday to conduct the ceremonial faceoff.
Wolves add Chaplain in addition to Security/Safety Advisor: The Sudbury Wolves announced Tuesday that they’ve added two personnel to the support staff of the hockey operations department. In an effort to give each player the tools to succeed on and off the ice, the Wolves are pleased to add Rick Waugh as Security/Safety Advisor and Amanda Robichaud as Team Chaplain.
READ MORE AT SUDBURYWOLVES.COM
Battalion host Pink in the Rink Night on Thursday: The North Bay Battalion will host their annual Pink in the Rink Night on Thursday when they play host to the Oshawa Generals. The Troops will be raising funds and awareness for the Canadian Cancer Society as fans can win several prizes at the game including a suite rental for 14 persons. The Battalion will be suiting up in specially-themed pink jerseys for the occasion.
IceDogs to honour OHA Champion St. Catharines Blackhawks on Saturday: The Niagara IceDogs will be honouring the championship-winning St. Catharines Blackhawks teams on Saturday October 12th prior to the start of their home game against the North Bay Battalion. Two banners will be unveiled at the rafters of the Meridian Centre to honour the 1970-1971 and 1973-1974 St. Catharines Blackhawks, who were crowned the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) Major Junior “A” Championship winning teams, capturing the J. Ross Robertson Cup. The Blackhawks were a junior hockey affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks through the Professional-Amateur agreement.
FULL DETAILS AT NIAGARAICEDOGS.NET
Firebirds home for Pink Out The Rink Night on Saturday: The Flint Firebirds take on the Peterborough Petes in their annual Pink Out The Rink Night on Saturday. For the fifth-straight year, the Firebirds are teaming up with the McLaren Flint Foundation to raise money to help in the fight against breast cancer. Because the pink ribbon is an international symbol of breast cancer awareness, the Firebirds are asking all fans to wear pink to the game. Fans can bid on game worn Flint Firebirds’ player jerseys in a live auction that will take place immediately following the game.
FULL DETAILS AT FLINTFIREBIRDS.COM
Bulldogs host Ticats Day on holiday Monday: The Hamilton Bulldogs will have a different look on Monday afternoon, suiting up in Hamilton Tiger-Cats themed uniforms for a matinee clash against the Barrie Colts. Monday’s game will feature special guest appearances from Tiger-Cats players.
FULL DETAILS AT HAMILTONBULLDOGS.COM
OHL graduates enjoy NHL debuts as 2019-20 season gets underway: Nine OHL graduates both recent and a few after some time in the minor pro ranks have made their NHL debuts as the 2019-20 season has gotten underway. Learn more about debuts from Connor Bunnaman, Nicholas Caamano, Nicolas Hague, Dominik Kubalik, Scott Sabourin, Rasmus Sandin, Nick Suzuki, Conor Timmins and Carter Verhaeghe.
Knights graduate Horvat named captain in Vancouver: Former two-time OHL champion and 2013 OHL Playoff MVP Bo Horvat is the 14th captain in Vancouver Canucks franchise history. The 24-year-old from Rodney, Ont. has embarked on his sixth NHL season after originally being the ninth overall pick of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Canucks. After a 165-point (74-91–165) OHL career, Horvat has gone on to put up 223 points (98-125–223) over 380 career regular season games with the Canucks. As captain, he follows in the footsteps of past Canucks greats such as Henrik Sedin, Markus Naslund, Mark Messier and Trevor Linden.
Caamano scores first NHL goal: Hamilton Bulldogs graduate Nicholas Caamano scored his first career NHL goal on Tuesday as the Dallas Stars defeated the Washington Capitals 4-3 in overtime. Caamano found the back of the net in his third career NHL contest after making his debut on Saturday against St. Louis. The 21-year-old from Ancaster, Ont. was a fifth round pick by the Stars in 2016 and recorded 24 points (12-12–24) in 73 AHL games last season. Caamano won an OHL Championship with the Bulldogs in 2018, capping a four-year OHL career spent between Plymouth, Flint and Hamilton where he recorded 167 points (83-84–167) over 259 career regular season games.
Namestnikov, Ebert swap NHL clubs: A pair of OHL graduates were involved in a recent NHL trade as London Knights alumnus Vladislav Namestnikov was dealt from the New York Rangers to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for fellow OHL grad Nick Ebert and a fourth round pick. Namestnikov recorded 31 points (11-20–31) over 78 games with the New York Rangers last season before being held pointless through his first two games of 2019-20. Originally the 27th overall pick of the 2011 NHL Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning, Namestnikov helped the Knights win an OHL Championship in 2012. Ebert played four OHL seasons between Windsor and Guelph from 2010-14. The 25-year-old played last season with Orebro in the Swedish Elite League, recording 33 points (11-22–33) over 49 games.
146 OHL Alumni on AHL Opening Weekend Rosters: The 2019-20 American Hockey League season got underway this past weekend with 146 OHL alumni on Opening Night rosters. The list of OHL graduates includes a total of 27 players that competed in the league during the 2018-19 season including such prominent names as former OHL Defenceman of the Year Evan Bouchard (Bakersfield Condors/London Knights), reigning OHL scoring champion Jason Robertson (Texas Stars/Niagara IceDogs) and the OHL’s all-time shutouts leader Michael DiPietro (Utica Comets/Ottawa 67’s).
Leighton announces retirement after 18 seasons: Windsor Spitfires graduate Michael Leighton has announced his retirement following an 18-year career spent between the NHL and the AHL. The 38-year-old Petrolia, Ont. native finished as a five-time AHL All-Star, winning the league’s fifth-highest total of 250 games. His 50 shutouts are the most ever by an AHL goaltender. He appeared in 110 career NHL contests with Chicago, Nashville, Philadelphia and Carolina, also appearing in 16 Stanley Cup Playoff games including a trip to the Stanley Cup Final with Philadelphia in 2010. Leighton got his start with the Spitfires from 1998-2001, going 53-43-4-0 with a 3.30 goals-against average and .903 save percentage over 124 regular season games. He was a sixth round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in 1999.
Hawerchuk signs with Brampton Beast: Barrie Colts graduate Ben Hawerchuk has signed an ECHL contract with the Brampton Beast. The 21-year-old from King City, Ont. wrapped up a five-year OHL career last season with 50 points (27-23–50) over 62 contests. The son of long-time Colts head coach and Hockey Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk, Ben played 290 career OHL regular season games, putting up 136 points (67-69–136) in the process.
Cianfrone off to hot start for undefeated X-Men: Owen Sound Attack graduate Bryson Cianfrone and the StFX X-Men are off to a hot start in AUS Men’s Hockey action. Cianfrone has recorded 10 points (5-5–10) through his first three games as StFX is off to a 3-0 start. The 24-year-old played three seasons in the OHL between Mississauga and Owen Sound from 2013-16.
Oshawa Generals at Sudbury Wolves
Friday October 11th
They’ll have to get through the North Bay Battalion on Thursday night, but the CHL’s top-ranked Oshawa Generals head into a Friday night tilt with the red hot Sudbury Wolves flying high as one of the league’s hottest clubs.
The Generals enter Thursday’s contest with a 7-0 record, featuring newly returned key pieces in Serron Noel and Kyle MacLean. Oshawa comes off a 3-0 weekend with wins over North Bay, Hamilton and Saginaw.
The Wolves enter Friday’s action on a five-game winning streak, scoring weekend victories over Peterborough and Sault Ste. Marie. Draft eligible centreman Quinton Byfield leads the OHL in scoring with 16 points (7-9–16) over seven games while sophomore defenceman Jack Thompson is among the OHL’s leaders among defencemen with nine points (4-5–9) in seven contests.
Peterborough Petes at Flint Firebirds
Saturday October 12th
This week’s CHL Fanbase #OHL pick of the week pits the host Flint Firebirds against the Peterborough Petes on Saturday night.
The Firebirds recently strung together a franchise record four consecutive wins before falling to the Owen Sound Attack on Saturday. Flint has spread the scoring around with first-year Belarusian forward Evgeniy Oksentyuk leading with eight points (3-5–8). Connor Roberts, Evan Vierling, Jake Durham and Ty Dellandrea have also been big pieces offensively while blueliners Vladislav Kolyachonok and Riley McCourt have taken charge.
Peterborough wraps up a run of nine straight on the road to start the season following other weekend visits to Saginaw and Sarnia. Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Nick Robertson has scored in seven consecutive games, netting a league-leading nine goals along with 15 points. Fellow Leafs prospect Semyon Der-Arguchintsev is among the OHL assist leaders with 12 to his credit.
Thursday October 10th:
Oshawa at North Bay – 7:00pm
Friday October 11th:
Hamilton at Erie – 7:00pm
Niagara at Kingston – 7:00pm
Mississauga at Ottawa – 7:00pm
Peterborough at Sarnia – 7:05pm
Oshawa at Sudbury – 7:05pm
Soo at Guelph – 7:30pm
Windsor at Kitchener – 7:30pm
Owen Sound at London – 7:30pm
Saturday October 12th:
Guelph at Erie – 7:00pm
Peterborough at Flint – 7:00pm
North Bay at Niagara – 7:00pm
London at Saginaw – 7:05pm
Sarnia at Windsor – 7:05pm
Kingston at Barrie – 7:30pm
Soo at Owen Sound – 7:30pm
Sunday October 13th:
Sudbury at Mississauga – 2:00pm
Monday October 14th:
Barrie at Hamilton – 2:00pm
Sudbury at Kitchener – 2:00pm
Soo at North Bay – 2:00pm
Kingston at Ottawa – 2:00pm