On Tuesday, the Ontario Hockey League announced the rosters for the two games against the Russian National Junior Team on the Ontario leg of the CIBC Canada Russia Super Series. The games will take place November 10th in North Bay and November 14th in Hamilton.
Traditionally, the Super Series offers Hockey Canada an extra look at players who are battling for a spot at Team Canada’s selection camp for the World Junior Championships. The rosters do go a little more in depth however, as not only are elite-level OHL players invited to take part, but typically a handful of second-year players are added to the roster in an effort to gauge them against higher competition (Michael McLeod and Nathan Bastian both played in the 2015 Super Series as draft eligibles). Continue reading
By: Bryan Thiel
This past weekend saw the dreams of 211 young men come to fruition at the 2016 NHL Draft. Among those 211 players, 48 were selected from the OHL, including nine in the first round.
The 48 players is tied for the most OHL’ers selected in a draft since 1999. Along with that, for just the second time since 1989 three players were selected from one OHL team in the first round (And it actually happened twice on Friday with the Windsor Spitfires and London Knights).
When it comes to those 48 players from the OHL and the 211 members of the draft class, they’re all winners. At the end of the day, they all took a step towards the ultimate goal of playing in the NHL and you can never take that away from them. But, just for fun, here are five players that came away with a little something more from draft weekend. Continue reading
London Knights: Eric Henderson, the Knights’ third-round pick (45th overall) has committed to the club. Henderson had 28 points in 32 games with the Sun County Panthers last year and added six points in five games with the Leamington Flyers of the GOJHL. He also had six points in 17 games for the Flyers in the playoffs (July 8th).
North Bay Battalion: Earlier this week the Battalion added to their coaching staff, naming John Dean as an assistant coach. Dean leaves the North York Rangers after six years with the organization, three as head coach (July 7th). There’s also an interesting piece up on the Battalion website after Nick Paul became part of the Senators/Stars trade that saw Jason Spezza go to Dallas. It details how a current member of the Battalion was traded for a former one (Spezza played for the Battalion, in Brampton, as a 15-year old).
Ottawa 67’s: The 67’s filled the role of assistant GM internally this past week, naming Misha Donskov to the role. Donskov has been an associate coach with Ottawa the past two years (a role he’ll still hold), as well as other OHL, NHL and International experience (July 6th).
Peterborough Petes: The Petes extended the key figureheads of their hockey team this past week in General Manager Mike Oke and Head Coach Jody Hull, handing both of them three-year contract extensions. The franchise has turned a corner under the two with their recent successes, while Hull has enjoyed personal success internationally as a coach (July 3rd). Petes (and Sens) fans can also check out a recap of Matt Puempel’s first AHL season, as he became just the third Binghamton Senators rookie to score 30 goals in a season.
Plymouth Whalers: The seventh overall pick of the OHL Priority Selection, William Bitten, committed to the Plymouth Whalers. Bitten had 54 points in 30 games for the Ottawa 67’s bantams (July 3rd).
Saginaw Spirit: The Spirit wasted no time announcing an agreement with 2014 Import selection Artem Artemov. Artemov already has experience playing in North America, as he’s one of a handful of players from the draft who had spent time in the USHL. The 28th overall selection spent last year with the Chicago Steel (July 3rd).
Sarnia Sting: Not quite Sting news, but Sarnia will host the World U-17 Hockey Challenge this year. The tournament will go from November 2nd to 8th this year, and features the debut of Canada’s three national teams, as opposed to the previous five-team format (Atlantic, Ontario, Quebec, Pacific and West).
Windsor Spitfires: Another commitment to report from this past week, as Windsor reached an agreement with defenceman Nick Gauvin. Gauvin was selected in the fourth round (72nd overall) by Windsor this year, and comes in a 6’3″ and 180lbs (July 3rd).
Other CHL News: On Monday it was reported that Unifor would be meeting on Wednesday to establish a board of directors and a legal entity in another effort to unionize junior hockey players. According to their website, Unifor is the largest private sector union in the country and has more than 305,000 members. In addition to this, they also have seven offices located in OHL cities.
Bryan Thiel is a freelance broadcaster who’s covered the OHL from rink side and the broadcast booth. He’s also filed feature reports on the OHL for the past three seasons. You can follow him on Twitter at BryanThiel_88.