Ontario Junior A Hockey League

    OJDL PLAYERS OF INTEREST: WATSON OFF TO QUICK START WITH COLLINGWOOD

    Date:05/20/2019   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Players of Interest is a weekly feature highlighting some of the fine young prospects in the OJHL's Ontario Junior Development League during the 2019 season. Kylar Watson, Collngwood Colts Watson began his OJDL season with a bang, scoring twice and assisting three times in Collingwood’s 8-4 win over Georgetown 1. The 16-year-old followed that two days later with two goals and two assis...


    HOST BROOKS BANDITS HOIST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY

    Date:05/19/2019   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    The hometown Bandits celebrate their National Junior A Championship win in Brooks, Alta. (Hockey Canada photo) By Ron Valentine The National Junior A Championship final today in Brooks, Alta between the hometown Bandits and British Columbia’s Prince George Spruce Kings. Both clubs were victorious by one goal in the semifinals with Brooks edging the Ottawa Jr. Senators 4-3 and the Spruce Ki...


    BRANTFORD DEFENCEMAN COMMITS TO CORTLAND

    Date:05/19/2019   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Nicholas Grupp of the Brantford 99ers (photo credit – Ray MacAloney/OJHL Images) has confirmed his commitment to join the SUNY Cortland Red Dragons beginning with the 2019-20 season. The 20-year-old from Depew, NY was traded to Brantford from the Buffalo Jr. Sabres midway through the 2018-19 season. He joined the Jr. Sabres from the Lockport Express of the NAJHL in 2017. “Nick ...


    OAKVILLE EDGED 2-1 IN NATIONAL SEMIFINAL

    Date:05/18/2019   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    The Oakville Blades’ season ended with a 2-1 loss to Prince George, BC in the semifinals at the National Junior A Championship in Brooks, Alta Saturday night. (Hockey Canada photo) By Ron Valentine PRE-GAME In 2007, the Prince George Spruce Kings lost in the final of the RBC Cup in their own rink to the Ontario Junior Hockey League's Aurora Tigers 3-1. The Oakville Blades got to the R...


    HOST BROOKS AWAITS DANCE PARTNER IN NATIONAL FINAL

    Date:05/18/2019   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    By Ron Valentine PRE-GAME Could Ottawa Junior Senators Head Coach Martin Dagenais reach into his box of magic tricks Saturday afternoon and pull out something to defeat the host Brooks Bandits, who went undefeated through the preliminary round of the National Junior A Championship? Following a shutout of the Portage Terriers (3-0) in Game 1, the Senators dropped their remaining three roun...


    ALBANO COMMITS TO VERMONT’S NORWICH UNIVERSITY

    Date:05/18/2019   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Goaltender Andrew Albano of the Markham Royals (photo credit – Shawn Muir/OJHL Images) has confirmed his commitment to join the NCAA Division III Norwich University Cadets in Northfield, VT beginning with the 2019-20 season. A graduate of his hometown Hamilton Huskies AAA minor midgets, Albano began his junior hockey journey with the Dundas Blues Jr. C team in 2015-16 before playing Jr...


    OAKVILLE GETS PRINCE GEORGE IN NATIONAL SEMIFINALS

    Date:05/17/2019   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    The Oakville Blades finished the round-robin portion of the National Junior A Championship in Brooks, Alta. with a 7-4 win over the Ottawa Jr. Senators Thursday. The Blades (2-2) meet Prince George (3-1) in the semifinals Saturday night. (Photo: Hockey Canada) By Ron Valentine Thursday marked the last day of round-robin play at the National Junior Championship in Brooks, Alta. Game 1 between th...


    OJHL DOMINATES OHA TOP PROSPECTS TEAM

    Date:05/16/2019   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    This week the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) is announcing the recipients of the 2018-19 OHA Awards and today they announced the OHA Top Prospects for 2018-19 as selected by the OHA Awards Committee. The following players have been selected as the OHA’s Top Prospects for 2018-19: Ty Glover (Forward - Buffalo Jr. Sabres), Kosta Manikis (Forward - Toronto Jr. Canadiens),...


    SEMIFINAL OPPONENTS TO BE DETERMINED AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP THURSDAY

    Date:05/16/2019   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    The Oakville Blades enjoy dinner at the Brooks Golf Club Wednesday during an off-day at the National Junior A Championship in Alberta. (Photo courtesy Brooks Golf Club) By Ron Valentine PRE-GAME: The jig was already up for the Portage Terriers at this year’s National Junior A Championship so they were playing for pride when they met the Prince George Spruce Kings (2-0) in the only ga...


    OHA NAMES CICCOLINI AS B.J. MONRO MEMORIAL AWARD RECIPIENT FOR 2018-19

    Date:05/15/2019   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    This week the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) has been announcing the recipients of the 2018-19 OHA Awards and today the OHA announced that the recipient of the 2018-19 B.J. Monro Memorial Award is Eric Ciccolini of the Toronto Jr. Canadiens from the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL). (Photo: Ray MacAloney/OJHL Images) B.J. MONRO MEMORIAL AWARD – Eric Ciccolini, Toronto Jr. Can...


    GUIDANCE FROM GRANDPA: PAUL HENDERSON AND OAKVILLE'S ALTON MCDERMOTT

    Date:05/15/2019   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    By Jason La Rose/Hockey Canada Alton McDermott was around nine years old when he realized just how important his grandfather is. “It was probably my fourth-grade class,” he says. “I walked in on the first day and my teacher was a huge hockey fan, and there was a picture of him and [Yvon] Cournoyer above our whiteboard. That was the first time I noticed he was global and he wasn...


    PLAYOFF-BOUND OAKVILLE ENJOYING DAY OFF AT NATIONALS

    Date:05/15/2019   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    By Ron Valentine The Oakville Blades qualified for the semifinals at the National Junior A Championship in Brooks, Alta with a 5-4 win over Manitoba’s Portage Terriers Tuesday. They’ll complete the round-robin against the Ottawa Jr. Senators Thursday at 4 p.m. EDT. First some comments from the Blades players and staff on the big win over Portage. Coach Mike Tarantino: "We'...


    OAKVILLE ‘TAKES CARE OF BUSINESS’ TO SECURE PLAYOFF SPOT AT NATIONALS

    Date:05/14/2019   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Ryan Nicholson of the Oakville Blades guards the net during his team’s 5-4 win over the Portage Terriers at the National Jr. A Championships in Brooks, Alberta on Tuesday (Hockey Canada photo) By Ron Valentine A ‘must-win situation' is perhaps an over-worked phrase in sports but it must surely apply to today's matinee at the National Junior A Championships in Brooks, Alta. ...


    JETT ALEXANDER NAMED CANADIAN GOALTENDER OF YEAR

    Date:05/14/2019   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

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    TARANTINO ADDS OHA COACH OF YEAR HONOURS

    Date:05/14/2019   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

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    PRINCE GEORGE REMAINS PERFECT AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Date:05/14/2019   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    The Prince George Spruce Kings celebrate a goal against the Ottawa Junior Senators at the National Jr. A Championships in Brooks, Alta. on Monday. (Matthew Murnaghan/Hockey Canada Images) By Ron Valentine Two teams with 1-0 records lined up against each other on Monday night at the National Jr. A Championship in Brooks, Alta as the Ottawa Junior Senators took on the Prince George Spruce Kings in...


    2018-19 OHA OFFICIALS AWARDS ANNOUNCED

    Date:05/13/2019   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    This week the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) is announcing the recipients of the 2018-19 OHA Awards and we are pleased to get things started by announcing the winners of the 2018-19 OHA Officials Awards. The OHA Top Referee Prospect is Chris Long, the OHA Top Linesman Prospect is Dean Willmott, and Brad Moore is this year’s recipient of the OHA Officiating Award of Excellence. TOP REFERE...


    MARKHAM'S ESPOSITO COMMITS TO CORTLAND

    Date:05/13/2019   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Luca Esposito of the Markham Royals (photo credit – Shawn Muir/OJHL Images) has confirmed his commitment to join the SUNY Cortland Red Dragons beginning with the 2019-20 season. In his final season of junior hockey, Esposito had 17 goals and 21 assists in 51 games to help the Royals win the OJHL North Division regular season and playoff titles. The 20-year-old from Toronto also played...


    HOST BROOKS GOES TO 2-0 at NATIONALS

    Date:05/12/2019   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    The Brooks Bandits defeated the Portage Terriers at the National Jr. A Championships in Brooks, Alberta on Sunday. (Hockey Canada photo) By Ron Valentine The Sunday evening game at the National Jr. A Championship tournament it was the host Brooks Bandits with the opposition being the Portage Terriers, who fell 3-0 to the Ottawa Junior Senators on Saturday. Brooks' Head Coach Ryan Papaioanno...


    OAKVILLE FALLS TO PRINCE GEORGE AT NATIONALS

    Date:05/12/2019   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    The Oakville Blades fell to the Prince George Spruce Kings at the National Jr. A Championships in Brooks, Alberta on Sunday. (Hockey Canada photo) By Ron Valentine In the Mother's Day matinee at the National Junior A Championships in Brooks, Alberta, the Oakville Blades were looking for a better result as they lined up for Game 2 of the Cup. Their opponents in this one being the Prince Georg...


    OAKVILLE DROPS OPENER AT NATIONALS

    Date:05/11/2019   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Thomas Maia scored two goals for the Oakville Blades during their loss to the hosts at the National Jr. A Championships in Brooks, Alberta on Saturday night. (Photo by OJHL Images) By Ron Valentine The much-anticipated National Junior A championship got underway Saturday at 2 p.m. MDT in Brooks, Alberta with the representatives of the Central Canada Hockey League, the Ottawa Junior Senators, and...


    BLADES SAY THEY’RE READY TO ROLL AT NATIONALS

    Date:05/10/2019   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    The Oakville Blades enjoy a team dinner in Brooks, Alberta on Thursday night. (Photo courtesy Oakville Blades) By Ron Valentine At the start of the 2018-2019 season, all 132 Junior A teams across Canada had their collective eyes on the prize: carrying the national championship trophy around the 200 x 85 ice surface in Brooks, Alberta at the end of the final game on May 19. Now, five teams have...


    ROAD TO THE 2019 NATIONAL JUNIOR A CHAMPIONSHIP: OAKVILLE BLADES

    Date:05/09/2019   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Oakville Blades players celebrate winning the 2019 Dudley-Hewitt Cup Championship at the Tim Horton Events Centre in Cochrane, ON Saturday. (Photo by Tim Bates / OJHL Images) p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Helvetica; color: #232323; -webkit-text-stroke: #232323} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Helvetica; color: #232323; -webkit-text-stroke: #232323; min-hei...


    BROCK WELSH COMMITS TO USPORTS' NIPISSING

    Date:05/09/2019   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Brock Welsh of the Cobourg Cougars (photo credit – Tim Bates/OJHL Images) has confirmed his commitment to join the Nipissing University Lakers in North Bay beginning with the 2019-20 season. Welsh’s OJHL career includes parts of three years with the Whitby Fury and single seasons with the Aurora Tigers and Cobourg. He had 61 points (19 goals/42 assists) in 37 games with Cobourg,...


    JETT ALEXANDER FINALIST FOR CJHL MVP

    Date:05/08/2019   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

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    OAKVILLE OPENS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNEY AGAINST HOME TEAM

    Date:05/08/2019   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    The Oakville Blades open the 2019 National Jr. A Championship tourney with a big-time test. The Ontario Junior Hockey League and Central Canadian champion Blades face the hometown Brooks Bandits in the southeast Alberta town Saturday at 9 p.m. EDT Brooks went 57-3 during the regular season, including a 33-game winning streak and a perfect 30-0 in their home rink, the Centennial Regional Arena. O...


    MARKHAM'S AUBIN COMMITS TO NORWICH

    Date:05/08/2019   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Captain Braedyn Aubin of the Markham Royals (photo credit – Ryan McCullough/OJHL Images) has confirmed his commitment to join the Norwich University Cadets in Northfield, Vermont beginning with the 2019-20 season. In his second season with the Royals, the 20-year-old from Woodstock amassed 29 goals and 44 assists during 54 regular season games. His 73 points was second only to linemate...


    OAKVILLE'S TARANTINO FINALIST FOR CANADIAN JR. A COACH OF YEAR

    Date:05/07/2019   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    OJHL coach of the year Mike Tarantino is one of five finalists for national coach of the year. His Oakville Blades, who the OJHL and Central Canada championships, begin play in the national championship tournament Saturday.  (Photo by Tim Bates/OJHL Images) p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Arial; color: #323333; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px...


    NORTH YORK’S ALEXANDER FINALIST FOR NATIONAL GOALTENDER OF YEAR

    Date:05/06/2019   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

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    BLADES PREPPING FOR TRIP TO NATIONALS

    Date:05/05/2019   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Mike Tarantino, Head Coach of the Oakville Blades, delivers a pregame speech during the Dudley-Hewitt Cup at the Tim Horton Events Centre in Cochrane, Ont. (Photo by Christian Bender / OJHL Images) Don’t look now, but the Oakville Blades will need another gear. Already a slick 20-3 in the postseason, the Ontario Junior Hockey League champions are en route home from Cochrane where they capt...