The NHL season is getting underway but don’t forget about all of the big things planned for another week in the Ontario Hockey League. Here’s another edition of the OHL This Week.
162 OHL ALUMNI ON 2019-20 NHL OPENING NIGHT ROSTERS:
The Ontario Hockey League is proud to announce that 162 graduates will begin the 2019-20 season on NHL Opening Night rosters. The 162 names represent active players which comprises over 20% of the NHL’s 31 teams. An additional 17 players were listed on injured reserve to start the new campaign. The London Knights have produced the most graduates on NHL Opening Night rosters with a total of 24. The Soo Greyhounds boast the second-most with 17 graduates on the list while the Barrie Colts trail close behind with 13.
HUNTER AND TOURIGNY TO LEAD TEAM OHL AT 2019 CIBC CANADA RUSSIA SERIES:
Canadian National Junior Team head coaches Dale Hunter and Andre Tourigny will oversee Team OHL in next month’s 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series. Games 3 and 4 of the annual clash with Russian National Junior Team hopefuls will take place in Kitchener on Thursday November 7th and London on Monday November 11th. Rangers head coach Jay McKee will join Hunter and Tourigny on the bench in Kitchener while Knights assistant Dylan Hunter will do in London.
KNIGHTS’ MCMICHAEL NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Washington Capitals prospect Connor McMichael of the London Knights is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week with five goals and seven points over two games. McMichael recorded a pair of multi-point performances as the Knights recovered from a slow start to win both of their weekend matchups.
67’s, GREYHOUNDS, GENERALS AND KNIGHTS INCLUDED IN KIA CHL TOP 10:
The Ottawa 67’s remain the top-ranked team in the CHL this week while the Soo Greyhounds, Oshawa Generals and London Knights are also inside the Top 10. Get the full rundown and a look ahead to what these four teams face in the coming weekend.
OHL WEEKEND NOTEBOOK: SEPTEMBER 30, 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 second weekend of 2019-20 OHL action.
WAWANESA OHL PLAYS OF THE WEEK: OCTOBER 2, 2019:
The second 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 September 29th. This week’s highlights include Soo Greyhounds forward Zack Trott driving to the net for a quick move to the backhand, Oshawa Generals star Allan McShane getting it done shorthanded, Saginaw Spirit winger Nick Porco showing shades of Peter Forsberg, Flint captain Ty Dellandrea outdoing three opposing defenders and Sudbury Wolves rookie Chase Stillman with a toe-drag for the memory books.
OHL GOALTENDERS PULL OUT ALL THE STOPS IN LATEST EDITION OF #VAUGHNSAVES:
This week’s edition of the Vaughn Saves of the Week features a pair of big saves from Brett Brochu of the London Knights along with others from Matteo Drobac of the Hamilton Bulldogs, Marshall Frappier of the Saginaw Spirit, Brendan Bonello of the Kingston Frontenacs, Christian Propp of the Soo Greyhounds, Aidan Campbell of the Erie Otters and Joe Ranger of the Mississauga Steelheads.
FIVE QUESTIONS WITH PETES’ SEMYON DER-ARGUCHINTSEV:
Semyon Der-Arguchintsev had a week to remember. The Peterborough Petes forward and Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick led all Canadian Hockey League scorers after coming away with seven points – all assists – in the first two games of the 2019-20 campaign. A natural playmaker, Der-Arguchintsev returns to the Petes for his fourth season in 2019-20 where he will once again be one of the team’s main offensive drivers. Der-Arguchintsev spoke with the Canadian Hockey League about his early success to begin the new season.
PANTHERS PROSPECT MEIRELES ON HIS WAY BACK TO RANGERS:
The Florida Panthers have returned overage forward Greg Meireles to the Kitchener Rangers. The team’s leading scorer with 97 points last season, Meireles was Florida’s sixth round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. He re-joins the Rangers after they dropped three straight decisions on a northern road swing with stops in North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury this past weekend. Kitchener pushed things beyond regulation in North Bay and Sudbury to return home with a pair of points.
STARS PROSPECT HARLEY REJOINS STEELHEADS:
Dallas Stars prospect Thomas Harley returned to the Mississauga Steelheads on Friday, recording a pair of assists in his season debut. The 18-year-old Harley impressed the Dallas Stars throughout Training Camp and into the pre-season, setting up a goal in a 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild in Dallas on Thursday. The club’s first round (18th overall) pick in the 2019 NHL Draft got into five pre-season games and was paired up with highly touted rearguard Miro Heiskanen on Thursday.
MERKLEY, REGULA PROVIDE BIG BOOST TO LONDON BLUE LINE:
Detroit Red Wings prospect Alec Regula and San Jose Sharks first round pick Ryan Merkley slotted into the London Knights lineup on Friday, making an immediate impact.
Spits collect Cans for a Cause on Thursday: The Windsor Spitfires are asking fans to bring non-perishable food items to Thursday’s clash with the Ottawa 67’s. Items collected will be donated to local food banks.
Battalion host Community Living North Bay Night: The North Bay Battalion will be giving away a bunch of great prizes on Community Living North Bay Night at the Gardens on Thursday when they take on the Peterborough Petes. Fans are encouraged to visit the Community Living North Bay Employment Services booth to enter into a draw for a gift basket that includes a framed Connor McDavid wall piece. There will also be a t-shirt cannon at the game on Thursday blasting out Community Living North Bay t-shirts.
Storm welcome Canadian women’s hockey star Renata Fast on Friday: The Guelph Storm will celebrate IIHF World Girls Ice Hockey Weekend with special guest Renata Fast on Friday night when they play host to the Flint Firebirds. Fans can meet and greet Renata in the first intermission and get an autograph and photo with her when they wear their hockey jersey to the game.
Bulldogs celebrate World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend on Saturday and Sunday: The Hamilton Bulldogs will celebrate IIHF World Girls’ Hockey Weekend this coming Saturday and Sunday when they play host to the Oshawa Generals and Kingston Frontenacs at FirstOntario Centre. The Dogs will welcome Sarah Nurse, Renata Fast and Laura Fortino from Canada’s National Women’s Team and will devote time to highlighting some of the top women’s hockey organizations in Ontario.
Steelheads to welcome Canadian Women’s Hockey star Natalie Spooner: The Mississauga Steelheads will be celebrating IIHF World Girls Hockey Day this coming weekend and Canadian Women’s Hockey star Natalie Spooner will be in attendance. The Trout will take on the Windsor Spitfires on Sunday at 2:00pm and Spooner will be conducting the pre-game ceremonial face-off.
Tavares named Leafs captain: The OHL’s all-time goal-scoring leader, John Tavares is the newest captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 29-year-old wore the ‘C’ for Toronto in Wednesday’s 5-3 Opening Night win over the Ottawa Senators that saw him record an assist. Tavares becomes the first Maple Leafs captain in three seasons, with defenceman Dion Phaneuf the most recent name to serve in that capacity. Tavares grew up a Leafs fan in Mississauga, Ont. and had an NHL career-high 88 points (47-41–88) in 82 games last season. The former first overall NHL Draft pick played four seasons in the OHL between Oshawa and London, scoring a league record 215 goals along with 218 assists for 433 points over 247 regular season games.
Staal named captain of Hurricanes: Peterborough Petes graduate Jordan Staal has been named captain of the Carolina Hurricanes. The 30-year-old native of Thunder Bay, Ont. comes off a 28-point season with the Canes in 2018-19 and now enters his 14th career NHL season. The second overall pick of the 2006 NHL Draft, Staal won a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009 before signing a 10-year deal in Carolina to begin the 2012-13 season. The former OHL champion with Peterborough played two OHL seasons from 2004-06, recording 96 points (37-59–96) over 134 regular season games.
Sabourin scores in NHL debut: At 27 years-old, Scott Sabourin became the oldest player in Ottawa Senators history on Wednesday to score in his NHL debut. The Oshawa Generals graduate who earned a spot with the Sens out of Training Camp scored in Ottawa’s 5-3 Opening Night loss to Toronto, getting on the board 5:51 into the second period. The Orleans, Ont. native spent last season with the AHL’s Stockton Heat, recording eight points (4-4–8) over 43 games. Sabourin played three OHL seasons in Oshawa from 2010-13, scoring 30 goals in his final season.
Verhaeghe cracks opening night roster with Lightning: Niagara IceDogs graduate Carter Verhaeghe is starting the season in the NHL. The 24-year-old Toronto, Ont. native has yet to play an NHL contest through four seasons of action spent largely in the AHL. The former third round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2013 earned the John B. Sollenberger Trophy as the AHL’s leading scorer last season. He put up 82 points (34-48–82) with the Lightning’s affiliate in Syracuse. Verhaeghe played four OHL seasons in Niagara from 2011-15, recording 224 points (83-141–224) over 262 career regular season games with the IceDogs.
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Bunnaman ‘the best player’ in Flyers camp: A recent OHL graduate is being praised for his performance at Philadelphia Flyers Training Camp. Former Kitchener Rangers forward Connor Bunnaman has been cited as the “best player in Camp” by Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher. Bunnaman made the recent trip to Lausanne, Switzerland with the team, scoring in a 4-3 loss to HC Lausanne. Bunnaman remains on Philadelphia’s roster ahead of NHL Opening Night on Wednesday. The 21-year-old native of Guelph, Ont. played four OHL seasons in Kitchener from 2014-18, recording 155 points (90-65–155) over 265 regular season games. He was Philadelphia’s fourth round pick in 2016.
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OHL grads Rieder, Rinaldo, Sabourin turn tryouts into NHL contracts: A trio of OHL graduates have made the most of pro tryout opportunities. Kitchener Rangers grad Tobias Rieder, Barrie Colts grad Zac Rinaldo and Oshawa Generals grad Scott Sabourin have each signed NHL contracts to start the season. After 11 assists over 67 games with the Edmonton Oilers last season, Rieder has moved to southern Alberta to join the Calgary Flames following an impressive pre-season. Rinaldo has also inked with Calgary after appearing in just 23 NHL contests with the Nashville Predators in 2018-19. Scott Sabourin has cracked the Ottawa Senators’ opening night roster following an eight point (4-4–8) season with the AHL’s Stockton Heat, top affiliate of the Calgary Flames.
Thursday October 3rd
Saginaw at Niagara – 7:00pm
Peterborough at North Bay – 7:00pm
Ottawa at Windsor – 7:05pm
Friday October 4th
Saginaw at Erie – 7:00pm
Hamilton at Mississauga – 7:00pm
Kingston at Niagara – 7:00pm
Barrie at Sarnia – 7:05pm
Peterborough at Sudbury – 7:05pm
Flint at Guelph – 7:30pm
Owen Sound at Kitchener – 7:30pm
Ottawa at London – 7:30pm
North Bay at Oshawa – 7:35pm
Saturday October 5th
Kingston at Erie – 7:00pm
Oshawa at Hamilton – 7:00pm
Barrie at Windsor – 7:05pm
Sudbury at Soo – 7:07pm
Flint at Owen Sound – 7:30pm
Sunday October 6th
Kingston at Hamilton – 2:00pm
Ottawa at Kitchener – 2:00pm
Windsor at Mississauga – 2:00pm
Peterborough at Soo – 2:07pm
Guelph at Sarnia – 4:05pm
Saginaw at Oshawa – 6:05pm