Ontario Junior A Hockey League

    JR. CANADIENS’ RECRUIT COMMITS TO NCAA D1 NOTRE DAME

    Date:09/16/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Toronto Jr. Canadiens’ recruit Matthew Jovanovic has confirmed his commitment to join the NCAA Division 1 University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish in South Bend, Indiana beginning with the 2022-23 season. “The Toronto Jr. A Canadiens are truly excited to have the Matthew Jovanovic and family on board with our organization and look forward to watching his development in the OJHL,”...


    COSTANTINI COMMITS TO DI NORTH DAKOTA

    Date:09/15/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Matteo Costantini of the Buffalo Jr. Sabres (photo credit – Owen Mertens / OJHL Images) has confirmed his commitment to join the NCAA Division 1 University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks in Grand Forks, ND beginning with the 2021-22 season. “The Buffalo Jr. Sabres organization is incredibly proud to congratulate” Matteo, the team announced on its website. “Time and t...


    OJHL GRAD GIORDANO WINS NHL'S MESSIER LEADERSHIP AWARD

    Date:09/14/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Former Ontario Junior Hockey League defenceman Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames won the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award on Sunday, presented to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities on and off the ice and who plays a leading role in his community growing the game of hockey. Giordano played for Brampton and North York of the OJHL from 2000-02. A team in the 2019 OJHL all-...


    OPEN LETTER TO ALL SUPPORTERS OF THE ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

    Date:09/05/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    September 5, 2020 Open letter to All Supporters of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (the “OJHL”) Hockey is an integral part of the Canadian fabric.  Ontario has always been and remains today right at the epicentre of all things hockey in this country.  Without any hesitation whatsoever, hockey is the greatest game in sport.  It is the source of inspiration to so many &...


    OJHL 2020-2021 SEASON UPDATE

    Date:09/05/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    September 5, 2020, Mississauga, ON – The Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) released an update today on the league’s plan for the start of the 2020-21 OJHL season.  The league has developed season schedules with start dates as early as October or November, 2020 with various other operational start dates dependent on governmental authorizations to fully commence.  ...


    HOCKEY CANADA STATEMENT ANNOUNCING FALL 2020 EVENT RESCHEDULING

    Date:09/03/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    CALGARY, Alta. – Following the cancellation of the 2019-20 hockey season and all national championships in March, Hockey Canada has worked tirelessly with its host organizing committees for 2020 and beyond. While a tremendous amount of work has gone into planning the fall 2020 events, the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created a position where there is no further option ot...


    FORMER OJHLER HUTCHINSON EARNS SPOT IN NHL RECORD BOOKS WITH GAME 6 VICTORY

    Date:09/03/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    EDMONTON, Alta. - The Colorado Avalanche won Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals 4-1 Wednesday night to force Game 7 in the series. Former Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) goaltender Michael Hutchinson, who made his first Stanley Cup Playoff start earlier this week, turned aside 23 of 24 shots in Colorado's 4-1 win. Hutchinson's win earned him a spot in the National Hock...


    THE CAPTAINS: HEBERT ‘WANTS TO BE THE C THAT RIGHTS THE SHIP IN LINDSAY’

    Date:08/31/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Ontario Junior Hockey League resident reporter Ron Valentine is profiling the 2020-21 team captains of The OJ this fall. BY RON VALENTINE It's been hard times for the Lindsay Muskies in the Ontario Junior Hockey League with only 16 points last season for a fifth-place finish in the East Division and just 20 points in 2018-19. Blueliner MATHIEU HEBERT has been through those two tough ca...


    COLLINGWOOD RECRUIT COMMITS TO NCAA D1 ST. LAWRENCE

    Date:08/28/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Collingwood Blues signee Isaac ‘Oakley’ MacLeod has confirmed his commitment to join the NCAA Division 1 St. Lawrence University Skating Saints in Canton, NY beginning with the 2021-22 season. The 18-year-old from Caledonia had 65 points, including 39 goals, in 35 games as an alternate captain with New Hampton School, a prep academy in New Hampshire, last season. He had 40 points at N...


    ST. MIKE’S GOALTENDER COMMITS TO MCGILL

    Date:08/27/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Oscar Carsley of Toronto’s St. Michael’s Buzzers (photo credit – Amy Deroche / OJHL Images) has confirmed his commitment to join the McGill University team in Montreal beginning with the 2020-21 season. In his lone season in the OJHL, Carsley played in 11 games and sported a 3.38 GAA and a .890 save percentage. The 18-year-old from Toronto played a U18 season with the Miss...


    THE CAPTAINS: BLUELINER BEN TO LEAD WELLINGTON NEXT SEASON

    Date:08/26/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Ontario Junior Hockey League resident reporter Ron Valentine is profiling the 2020-21 team captains of The OJ this fall. BY RON VALENTINE The Wellington Dukes, winners of the East Division of the OJHL last season, have named blueliner BEN ADDISON as their captain for the 2020-21 campaign. It will be the Uxbridge native's third season in a Dukes uniform and the last in the OJHL for the 20-yea...


    OJHL ALUM RODRIGUES TRADED TO TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

    Date:08/25/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Former Ontario Junior Hockey League forward Evan Rodrigues is now a Toronto Maple Leaf. The Leafs announced today they had completed a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins, acquiring the Penguins' first round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft (15th overall), Rodrigues, forward Filip Hallander and defenceman David Warsofsky in exchange for forward Kasperi Kapanen, forward Pontus Aberg and def...


    FORMER OJHL ROOKIE OF YEAR SIGNS WITH CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

    Date:08/25/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Former Ontario Junior Hockey League forward Cam Morrison has signed a two-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks that runs through the 2021-22 season ($925,000 AAV). A highly recruited minor midget prospect in 2013-14, the 16-year old chose the OJHL route and NCAA option in joining his hometown Aurora Tigers for his rookie junior season.   Morrison did not disappoint and the big, strong ...


    WELLINGTON’S HUMBERSTONE COMMITS TO NCAA DI LONG ISLAND

    Date:08/24/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Brett Humberstone of the Wellington Dukes (photo credit – Ray MacAloney / OJHL Images) has confirmed his commitment to join the NCAA Division 1 Long Island University Sharks in Brookville, NY.  beginning with the 2020-21 season – the first in school history. LIU announced the addition of men's ice hockey to its athletics department April 30. "I chose to commit to L...


    TALBOT HELPED SAVE COLLEGE HOCKEY PROGRAM

    Date:08/21/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Ontario Junior Hockey League graduate Cam Talbot is more than an NHL goalie. He’s a bit of a saviour. The University of Alabama-Huntsville’s hockey program was scheduled to shut down until Talbot and other alumni of the NCAA Division 1 team stepped in. The program will now continue after supporters raised more than $535,000 to save it, those fundraising efforts aided this spring by ...


    NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED ONTARIO OFFICIAL ‘RESPECTED ON AND OFF ICE’

    Date:08/20/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    A very familiar and respected face in Ontario Junior Hockey League arenas for decades received a prestigious national award this summer. Long-time Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) Officiating Manager and 2017 OHA Gold Stick Award recipient Rick Morphew is the 2020 recipient of Hockey Canada's Officiating Award.  The Whitby resident began officiating minor hockey in his ho...


    FORMER OJHL PLAYER, COACH CHRIS PANEK HELPED DEVELOP NHLERS IN BUFFALO

    Date:08/19/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    From the Buffalo News: Chris Panek, longtime local hockey figure, dies at 53 Aug 18, 2020 Chris Panek looks on from the bench at the Pepsi Center in Amherst as Timon plays Canisius in 2002. John Hickey Facebook Twitter Email Print Chris Panek, the most recent winner of the J. Michael Duffett Award presented by the Buffalo Sabres, has died suddenly. He was 53. In February,...


    OJHL MOURNING PASSING OF DALE HAWERCHUK

    Date:08/18/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

      The hockey world is mourning the loss of Dale Hawerchuk – including the Ontario Junior Hockey League. The hockey phenom who became the face of the  Winnipeg   Winnipeg Jets en route to the Hall of Fame, has died at the age of 57 after a battle with cancer.   Hawerchuk was with the OJHL’s Orangeville franchise (now the Brampton Admirals) fr...


    THE CAPTAINS: MCDERMOTT SET TO LEAD OAKVILLE AFTER SEASON OF MISADVENTURES

    Date:08/18/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Ontario Junior Hockey League resident reporter Ron Valentine is profiling the 2020-21 team captains of The OJ this fall. BY RON VALENTINE Third-year Oakville Blade Alton McDermott has been named team captain for the upcoming 2020-21 season. Last season, Alton had 37 points in only 41 games and missed the first round of the playoffs entirely. "It was a tough season for me,” the Oakvi...


    STOUFFVILLE GRAD LAKOS, 39, RE-SIGNS FOR 18TH SEASON IN AUSTRIA

    Date:08/17/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Phil Lakos played for the Stouffville Spirit during the franchise’s third season, 1997-98. He’d play in the Ontario Hockey League the next two seasons then spend five seasons in the ECHL with six franchises. Lakos then signed in his native Austria where he has remained since 2003. Now 39, he re-signed with his hometown Vienna Capitals where he is scheduled to play his 18th season. ...


    DUKES RECRUIT COMMITS TO NCAA DI QUINNIPIAC

    Date:08/14/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Aaron Brown of the Wellington Dukes (photo credit – Wellington Dukes) has confirmed his commitment to join the NCAA Division 1 Quinnipiac University Bobcats in Hamden, Conn. The defenceman from Belleville committed to Wellington from the Quinte Red Devils AAA U16/minor midgets in June. Brown, who turned 16 on April 9, had 24 points (8 G/16 A) in 36 games for OMHA-champion Quinte last ...


    47 PLAYERS WHO SKATED IN OJHL PART OF NHL POSTSEASON

    Date:08/11/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    When the 2020 NHL postseason was launched last week, 47 players who saw action in the Ontario Junior Hockey League were on the rosters of the 24 participating teams. The OJHL graduates and their NHL teams include: Toronto Zach Hyman Travis Demott Cody Ceci* Nick Robertson* Mitch Marner* John Tavares* Montreal Jake Evans Max Domi* Pittsburgh Brandon Tanev Evan Rodrigues Vancouve...


    OJHL ANNOUNCES LEAGUE EXPANSION PROGRAM

    Date:08/07/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “OJHL to expand the league to 24 teams - Application process formally revealed” August 7, 2020, Mississauga, ON – The Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) announced today the league is conducting an expansion program to identify & award up to 2 (two) new franchise teams. On the announcement of the news, Commissioner Marty Savoy states: &ldquo...


    OJHL’S BUFFALO JR SABRES TAKE LEAVE OF ABSENCE

    Date:07/31/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    July 31, 2020, Mississauga, ON – The Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) and the Buffalo Jr Sabres Hockey Club jointly announced today that the club will be taking a one year leave of absence from the league due to issues related to border travel with COVID-19. “The Buffalo Jr Sabres are tremendous partners within the OJHL and have always put the interest of their players at...


    OJHL 2020-21 SEASON UPDATE

    Date:07/31/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 31 2020, Mississauga, ON – The Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) announced today the league’s plan for return to play for the 2020-21 season.  It is usual and customary for the OJHL and its clubs to commence their operations in the last half of August with regular season games typically commencing in early-September.  While the ongoin...


    BURLINGTON CAPTAIN TURNING PRO IN SWEDEN

    Date:07/29/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Captain Matt Hobbs of the Burlington Cougars (photo credit – Spencer Smye / OJHL Images) will play professional hockey in Sweden next season. Hobbs will join Osby IK in the HockeyTvaan Swedish Second Division in August.  Hobbs had been committed to NCAA Division 3 Marian University in Fond du Lac, WIS for this fall. “This was a tough decision to make … but a decisio...


    MARKHAM GOALTENDER COMMITS TO UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND

    Date:07/24/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Aidan Hosein of the Markham Royals (photo credit – Ray MacAloney / OJHL Images) has confirmed his commitment to join the NCAA Division III University of New England Nor’easters in Biddeford, Maine beginning with the 2020-21 season. The 21-year-old goaltender from Oakville joined the Royals from the Brockville Braves of the CCHL during the 2019-20 season. With Markham, he went 3-...


    JR. SABRES BERKE COMMITTED TO CORTLAND

    Date:07/21/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Nate Berke of the Buffalo Jr. Sabres (photo credit – Ray MacAloney / OJHL Images) has committed to join the NCAA Division III SUNY Cortland Red Dragons in Cortland, NY beginning with the 2020-21 season. “We're incredibly proud to announce forward @nate_berke's commitment to @CortlandMhky!,” the Jr. Sabres tweeted today. “Nate will be one of five #JrSabres alum...


    BUFFALO'S BENSON COMMITS TO RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE

    Date:07/16/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Seth Benson of the Buffalo Jr. Sabres (photo credit – Spencer Smye / OJHL Images) has confirmed his commitment to join the NCAA Division III Salve Regina University Seahawks in Newport, R.I.  beginning with the 2020-21 season. The 21-year-old from Moorhead, Minn joined the Sabres from the Topeka Pilots in the North American Hockey League partway through the 2019-20 season. Benson...


    PICKERING'S STILES COMMITS TO LAKEHEAD

    Date:07/15/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Kevin Stiles of the Pickering Panthers (photo credit – Shawn Muir / OJHL Images) has confirmed his commitment to join U SPORTS’ Lakehead University Thunderwolves in Thunder Bay, ON beginning with the 2020-21 season.  The 21-year-old from Ajax joined the Panthers early in the 2018-19 OJHL season following one season-plus with the Trenton Golden Hawks. He played minor hockey i...