The back-to-back regular season champion Ottawa 67’s were nearly unstoppable yet again this season with elite overage talent on full display throughout.
The Barber Poles bid farewell to a trio of fifth year OHL veterans in Joseph Garreffa, Noel Hoefenmayer and Austen Keating.
Joseph Garreffa (Kitchener, Ottawa – 2015-2020)
In his final season and on a new team, Joseph Garreffa posted another explosive performance and was a key piece of Ottawa’s offensive success. Following an 87-point (32-55—87) total with Kitchener last year, his 90 points (36-54—90) placed him seventh among all OHLers as he capped off a 315 point production (108-207—315) over a total 297 appearances with both the Rangers and the 67’s. The Toronto native was drafted by the Rangers in the third round of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection and skated with the Los Angeles Kings at their development camp last summer.
Noel Hoefenmayer (Ottawa – 2015-2020)
Noel Hoefenmayer’s veteran experience went far from unnoticed over the course of his final OHL season. The fifth year vet’s career topping 82-point (26-56—82) production was the highest among OHL defencemen which made him the first 67’s defender to accomplish this feat since Brian Campbell did so during the 1998-99 season. He held a league-highest eight game winning goals and rounds out a full five seasons with the Barber Poles with a combined 222 points (65-157—222) over his 298 games. The native of North York, Ont. was also good for 19 points (8-11—19) over 19 appearances in last year’s deep playoff run to the OHL Championship Series. Hoefenmayer, 21, was picked up in the second round of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection. He was drafted by the Arizona Coyotes at the 2017 NHL Draft and signed with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies earlier this month.
Austen Keating (Ottawa – 2015-2020)
Overaged winger Austen Keating completes his five-year Ottawa stint with yet another impressive 89-point season and some franchise milestone marks along the way. He surpassed Lance Galbraith to become to become third in total 67’s games played when he suited up for his 298th contest in mid February and held the unique title of the first Ottawa skater to hit 300 games and 300 points later that month. The product of Guelph, Ont. finished ninth overall in OHL scoring, topping off a 325-point (113-212—325) career spanning 309 games. He helped guide his team to number one in the league standings for two straight seasons, and put forth 14 points (2-12—14) over 18 games in last year’s postseason. On Nov. 28, he also notably became the first Ottawa player in over 20 years to notch seven points in a single game. Keating, 21, was drafted 15th overall by the Barber Poles in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection and received an invitation to the St. Louis Blues’ rookie camp this past September.
The 67’s currently house seven 2000-born players that include Felix-Antoine Tourigny, Daylon Groulx, Merrick Rippon, netminder Cedrick Andree and a trio of New Jersey Devils prospects in Mitchell Hoelscher, Nikita Okhotyuk and Kevin Bahl.