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OHL This Week: October 17 to 20, 2019

 

We’re midway through October and teams are picking up the pace! Here’s a hard-hitting edition of the OHL This Week, bringing you up to date on everything happening across the league.

OHL ANNOUNCES ROSTER FOR 2019 CIBC CANADA RUSSIA SERIES:
Twenty-five players have been selected to represent Team OHL in the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series on November 7th and 11th. Team OHL rosters were assembled by a Selection Committee that includes Hockey Canada Program of Excellence National Junior Team manager Mark Hunter of the London Knights, Owen Sound Attack general manager Dale DeGray and Ottawa 67’s general manager James Boyd in consultation with Hockey Canada head scout Brad McEwen. In 16 years of competition against the Russian National Junior Team, the OHL has played to a record of 25-6-1 following a 3-1 win in Sarnia and a 4-0 loss in Oshawa last season.
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24 OHL PLAYERS TO REPRESENT CANADA AT 2019 WORLD UNDER-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE:
Hockey Canada announced Wednesday the 24 OHL players selected to represent Canada at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, set for Nov. 2-9 in Medicine Hat, Alta., and Swift Current, Sask. Each of the OHL’s 20 member teams are represented on the list led by the Flint Firebirds, Owen Sound Attack, Peterborough Petes and Sudbury Wolves each with two players selected.
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GENERALS, ATTACK AND 67’s INCLUDED IN KIA CHL TOP 10:
The Oshawa Generals remain the top-ranked team in the CHL for a second straight week, improving to 9-0 for their best start in franchise history. The Owen Sound Attack climb into the Top-10, taking the eighth spot as they enter the weekend on a four-game winning streak. The Ottawa 67’s hold steady at tenth on the list while the Kitchener Rangers and Flint Firebirds each received an honourable mention.
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CHL AND KUBOTA CANADA ANNOUNCE EXPANDED PARTNERSHIP:
The Canadian Hockey League announced Tuesday an expanded partnership with Kubota Canada, title partner of the Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game set to take place on January 16th in Hamilton, Ont. The 25th annual showcase will feature 40 of the CHL’s top NHL Draft eligible players competing best-on-best before hundreds of NHL scouts in attendance and a nationwide audience on Sportsnet, TVA Sports, and the NHL Network.
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ATTACK’S GUZDA NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Goaltender Mack Guzda of the Owen Sound Attack is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the week of regular season action ending October 13 with a 3-0 record, 2.59 goals-against average and .927 save percentage. Guzda becomes the first goaltender to receive the honour this season, guiding the Attack to three wins in a span of four days.
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KNIGHTS’ REGULA NAMED TO VAUGHN CHL TEAM OF THE WEEK FOR OCT. 7-13:
Detroit Red Wings prospect Alec Regula of the London Knights has been named to the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week for Oct. 7-13. Regula impressed with five points counting three goals and two assists in two games. Facing the Saginaw Spirit on Saturday, Regula posted a season-high three points as he notched two goals plus one assist. The budding blue-liner sits second in team scoring with 10 points counting four goals and six assists in five outings.
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OHL WEEKEND NOTEBOOK – OCT. 15, 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 Thanksgiving long weekend.
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WAWANESA OHL PLAYS OF THE WEEK – OCT. 16, 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 14th. This week’s highlights include Windsor Spitfires forward Jean-Luc Foudy turning on the spin-cycle, Flint Firebirds forward Ty Dellandrea turning a mess into a masterpiece, Ottawa 67’s forward Mitchell Hoelscher out-doing three defenders, Windsor Spitfires goaltender Xavier Medina getting a little help from the post and Hamilton Bulldogs forward Arthur Kaliyev showing us how to play lacrosse.
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VAUGHN SAVES OF THE WEEK – OCT. 15, 2019:
OHL goaltenders provide us a medley of marvellous stops in the latest edition of #VaughnSaves. Featured this week are a pair of saves from Windsor’s Xavier Medina, a quick trio from Saginaw’s Tristan Lennox along with additional denials by Peterborough’s Tye Austin, Erie’s Aidan Campbell, Mississauga’s Kai Edmonds, Hamilton’s Marco Costantini, Soo’s Christian Propp and Barrie’s Arturs Silovs.
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OHL NEWS – RADIO EDITION – OCT. 17, 2019:
OHL News Radio Edition with host Terry Doyle and presented by Bauer features Flint Firebirds Director of Broadcasting & Communications Dominic Hennig. Doyle and Hennig discuss Flint’s best start in the club’s five-year history, earning them an honourable mention in the latest edition of the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings.
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BULLDOGS’ KALIYEV REPRESENTS OHL IN CHL SHOWDOWN:
Hamilton Bulldogs forward Arthur Kaliyev is the OHL’s representative in this week’s CHL Showdown featuring one great play from all three leagues. The Los Angeles Kings prospect shows us his best lacrosse skills, scooping up the game winner in Monday’s win over the Barrie Colts.
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GREYHOUNDS’ HAYTON RECORDS ASSIST IN NHL DEBUT:
It was a successful NHL debut for Barrett Hayton last Thursday as the 19-year-old registered an assist in a 4-1 Arizona Coyotes victory over visiting Vegas. Hayton saw 11:24 of ice, helping set up Nick Schmaltz with 39 seconds remaining in the first period as fellow OHL graduate Christian Dvorak (London Knights) was also in on the goal.
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WILD PROSPECT LODNIA RETURNS TO ICEDOGS:
The Minnesota Wild announced Sunday that they’ve returned forward Ivan Lodnia to the Niagara IceDogs for an overage season. Lodnia comes off a 45-point (17-28–45) season with the IceDogs over just 41 games in 2018-19, giving him an even 200 points (79-121–200) over 231 career regular season games between Niagara and Erie. The 20-year-old from Novi, Mich. was Minnesota’s third round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft before signing an entry-level contract with the Wild in December 2017. He appeared in six games with the AHL’s Iowa Wild following Niagara’s second round exit from the OHL Playoffs last spring.
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ETHAN RITCHIE COMMITS TO FRONTENACS:
The Kingston Frontenacs have received a commitment from 17-year-old defenceman Ethan Ritchie. The 6-foot, 205Ib. defenceman was acquired via waivers from the Erie Otters earlier this month. Ritchie was the 81st overall pick of the 2018 OHL Priority Selection from the Oakville Rangers Minor Midgets where he played alongside current Frontenacs blueliner Jake Murray. Ritchie started the season with the OJHL’s Georgetown Raiders.
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OHL MOURNS THE LOSS OF DANNY GRANT:
The Ontario Hockey League family is deeply saddened by the loss of Peterborough Petes graduate and long-time NHL forward Danny Grant who passed away on Monday at the age of 73. A native of Fredericton, NB, Grant played four seasons in Peterborough from 1962-66 before embarking on a 13-year NHL career spent with the Montreal Canadiens, Minnesota North Stars, Detroit Red Wings and Los Angeles Kings.
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OHL MOURNS THE LOSS OF WAYNE BURNS:
The OHL family is mourning the loss of long-time Kingston Frontenacs timekeeper Wayne Burns who passed away on Sunday, October 6th at the age of 70. Wayne served as the Frontenacs’ timekeeper over a span of 46 years, getting his start with the Kingston Canadians at the old Kingston Memorial Centre in 1973.
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OHL COMMISSIONER DAVID BRANCH FEATURED ON FIRST EDITION OF JUNIOR HOCKEY MAGAZINE:
The 29th season of Junior Hockey Magazine kicked-off this past week with special guest Commissioner David Branch joining Gino Reda to discuss some of the OHL’s early-season storylines.
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COMMUNITY CORNER:

Rangers fans show incredible support for The Food Bank of Waterloo Region: This past Thanksgiving Monday, the Kitchener Rangers once again partnered with The Food Bank of Waterloo Region for its Food Bank Kitchener Rangers Game Day. Altogether, 1,762 pounds of non-perishable food items and $2,570.55 in cash donations was collected from fans upon entry to The Aud. This equates to 9,088 total meals for those in need throughout Waterloo Region – which is a significant increase from last year’s collection.
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Petes ready for home opener on Thursday: The day has finally arrived! The Peterborough Petes host their home opener on Thursday when the Hamilton Bulldogs visit the newly renovated Memorial Centre. Fans can get their first glimpse of the 6-3 Petes who just completed nine straight on the road to start the season.
FULL DETAILS AT GOPETESGO.COM

Spitfires prepare for Pink in the Rink Night on Thursday: The Windsor Spitfires suit up in pink tonight as they welcome the Flint Firebirds on Pink in the Rink Night. The Spits will be playing in support of the Canadian Cancer Society as special pink-themed hats and other merchandise will be available for purchase.
FULL DETAILS AT WINDSORSPITFIRES.COM

67’s host much-anticipated Friends Night on Friday: Known for their all-out approach to theme nights, the Ottawa 67’s are preparing for Friday night fun, putting on Friends Night when the Peterborough Petes visit the nation’s capital on Friday. There’s all kinds of reasons not to miss this one as fans can step into the world of Ross, Rachel, Monica, Joey, Phoebe and Chandler this coming Friday.
FULL DETAILS AT OTTAWA67s.COM

Firebirds host First Responders Night on Saturday: The Flint Firebirds are set to host their 5th annual First Responders Night on Saturday when they take on the Barrie Colts. The Firebirds ask fans to join them in thanking all first responders for their dedication to the community. First responders with valid identification will receive a complimentary ticket at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center box office. Admission to the Firebirds’ game earns fans a ticket to the ‘Battle of the Badges’ game between the Police & Firefighters that takes place beginning at 4 p.m. with doors set to open at 3:30 p.m.
FULL DETAILS AT FLINTFIREBIRDS.COM

Knights host Country Night on Saturday: The London Knights welcome the Kingston Frontenacs for Country Night on Saturday at Budweiser Gardens. Get ready for a night of country music in London as fans are welcome to wear their western-themed outfits for the Saturday afternoon clash.

 

ALUMNI NOTES:

McDavid records 17 points through first seven games: Erie Otters graduate Connor McDavid is off to a historic start with the Edmonton Oilers. The 22-year-old has a league-leading 17 points (5-12–17) through his first seven games of the 2019-20 season, becoming the second player in Oilers franchise history alongside Wayne Gretzky to accomplish the feat. Gretzky, a Soo Greyhounds graduate, did so five different times as an Oiler. McDavid has embarked on his fifth NHL season, having registered 389 points (133-256–389) over 294 career regular season games. The first overall pick of the 2015 NHL Draft played three seasons in Erie from 2012-15, being named the CHL Player of the Year in 2015.

DiPietro earns first AHL win: Ottawa 67’s graduate Michael DiPietro earned his first career AHL victory on Wednesday, making 16 saves as the Utica Comets defeated the Syracuse Crunch 6-2 on home ice. The Vancouver Canucks prospect graduated from the OHL as the league’s all-time shutouts leader with 19 over his four-year career between Windsor and Ottawa. DiPietro, who represented Canada at the World Juniors in Vancouver last December, was Vancouver’s third round pick in 2017. He made his NHL debut as an emergency call-up last season.

Sproul signs in China: Soo Greyhounds graduate and former OHL Defenceman of the Year Ryan Sproul has signed a one-year contract with China’s Kunlun Red Star of the KHL. Sproul spent last season between the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, Laval Rocket and Hershey Bears. The 26-year-old spent a number of seasons in the Detroit Red Wings system after being a second round pick in 2011. Sproul was the OHL and CHL Defenceman of the Year in 2013, his last of three seasons with the Soo Greyhounds.

Fanelli looking to help people with weekly podcast: Kitchener Rangers graduate Ben Fanelli is looking to ‘change the narrative’ with a new podcast endeavour. Fanelli, who suffered a severe brain injury in 2009 as a 16-year-old with the Blueshirts, made an incredible return to the lineup two years later. Fanelli is now “looking to find a way to help people, motivate, and inspire” through his weekly podcast Heroic Minds. The weekly show has aired more than 74 episodes with 77 different guests in the books. Learn all about it over at kitchenerrangers.com.

Falkovsky named ECHL Player of the Week: Ottawa 67’s graduate Stepan Falkovsky has been named ECHL Player of the Week, recording a goal and three assists in two games with the Allen Americans. The 22-year-old from Minsk, Belarus helped Allen defeat the Rapid City Rush and the Tulsa Oilers last weekend. A seventh round pick of the Calgary Flames in 2016, Falkovsky recorded 32 points (9-23–32) over 58 games with the Ottawa 67’s in the 2015-16 season.

Watling named AUS Male Athlete of the Week: Soo Greyhounds graduate Patrick Watling has been named the AUS Male Athlete of the Week, putting up a pair of goals including the shorthanded game winner along with an assist in UNB’s 4-0 victory over Moncton on Friday. The fifth-year Chemical Engineering student from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. helped UNB win a U SPORTS National Championship last season. The 26-year-old played three OHL seasons between Guelph and Sault Ste. Marie from 2011-14 and was the OHL’s Roger Neilson Award recipient as Top Academic University student in 2014.

 

KEY MATCHUPS:

Sudbury Wolves at Owen Sound Attack
Saturday October 19th

The Central Division leading Sudbury Wolves pay a visit to the Midwest Division leading Owen Sound Attack on Saturday night as two clubs off to solid starts go head-to-head.

The host Attack enter the weekend as the CHL’s eighth-ranked team, hitting the ice on a four-game winning streak. The Bears feature reigning OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week Mack Guzda between the pipes while veteran blueliner Brady Lyle sits tied for second in points among OHL defencemen with 12 (2-10–12).

OHL scoring leader Quinton Byfield (8-12–20) and the Wolves take on Barrie, Owen Sound and Guelph in a weekend three-in-three. The Wolves haven’t had any trouble generating offence this season, but are working on keeping pucks out following a 7-3 road loss to the Kitchener Rangers on Thanksgiving Monday.

Peterborough Petes at Oshawa Generals
Sunday October 20th

An age-old East Division rivalry hits the ice on Sunday evening in Oshawa as the CHL’s top-ranked Generals host the Peterborough Petes.

Oshawa enters the weekend with a perfect 9-0 record, their best in modern franchise history. Players young and old have contributed to the team’s success so far this season with overage forward Brett Neumann (6-8–14) leading the way on the scoresheet.

Peterborough comes off nine straight on the road to start the season, heading into a weekend with other matchups against Hamilton and Ottawa. Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Nick Robertson (11-7–18) is riding a nine-game point streak while fellow Leafs pick Semyon Der-Arguchintsev is among the league’s assists leaders with 16.

 

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Thursday October 17th:
Erie at Niagara – 7:00pm
Hamilton at Peterborough – 7:05pm
Flint at Windsor – 7:05pm
Sarnia at Barrie – 7:30pm

Friday October 18th:
Hamilton at Kingston – 7:00pm
Niagara at Mississauga – 7:00pm
Peterborough at Ottawa – 7:00pm
North Bay at Saginaw – 7:05pm
Barrie at Sudbury – 7:05pm
Erie at Guelph – 7:30pm
Flint at Kitchener – 7:30pm
Windsor at London – 7:30pm
Sarnia at Oshawa – 7:35pm

Saturday October 19th:
Kingston at London – 4:00pm
Mississauga at Erie – 7:00pm
North Bay at Flint – 7:00pm
Guelph at Niagara – 7:00pm
Kitchener at Saginaw – 7:05pm
Barrie at Soo – 7:07pm
Sudbury at Owen Sound – 7:30pm

Sunday October 20th:
Sudbury at Guelph – 2:00pm
Hamilton at Ottawa – 2:00pm
North Bay at Soo – 2:07pm
Kingston at Sarnia – 4:05pm
Peterborough at Oshawa – 6:05pm

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