Ontario Junior A Hockey League

    2011 PLAYOFFS REVISITED: WELLINGTON’S MAGICAL RUN TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Date:02/22/2021   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    BY RON VALENTINE It was 10 years ago that the Ontario Junior Hockey League East Division regular season champions, the Dukes of Wellington, took the Buckland Cup with a 4-1 series victory over the Oakville Blades, who finished the regular season second in the West with 74 points, six behind the Burlington Cougars. The Dukes ran roughshod over their opponents in the post-season as they ...


    2006 PLAYOFFS REVISITED: FUTURE NHLERS SHONE DURING OJHL CAMPAIGN

    Date:02/17/2021   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

      New York Ranger Brendan Smith (left) was a member of the OJHL champion St. Michael's Buzzers in 2005-06. Cam Talbot of the Minnesota Wild played 14 postseason games for the Hamilton Red Wings who reached the third round. (NHL photos) BY RON VALENTINE Fifteen years ago, the Ontario Junior Hockey League had 35 teams, compared to the current 22 clubs. That meant the champions of t...


    TRENTON’S WYATT GEORGE COMMITS TO BABSON COLLEGE BEAVERS

    Date:02/16/2021   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Wyatt George of the Trenton Golden Hawks (photo credit – Shawn Muir / OJHL Images) has confirmed his commitment to join the NCAA Division 3 Babson College Beavers in Wellesley, Massachusetts beginning with the 2021-22 season. The Mt. Lebanon, PA native had 38 points in 54 OJHL games with Trenton in 2019-20.  He also had nine points during 11 2020-21 exhibition games against Wellin...


    OJHL GRADS SWEEP NCHA WEEKLY HONOURS

    Date:02/13/2021   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    A pair of Ontario Junior Hockey League grads won player-of-the-week honours in their NCAA Division III conference. Adrian College junior Rex Moe (Grand Rapids, Mich.) is the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Men’s Offensive Player of the Week and senior teammate Cameron Gray (Austin, Texas) is the NCHA Men’s Defensive Player of the Week, the league office anno...


    OAKVILLE'S HARRIS COMMITS TO SUNY GENESEO

    Date:02/08/2021   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Goaltender Adam Harris of the Oakville Blades (photo credit – Spencer Smye / OJHL Images) has confirmed his commitment to join the NCAA Division 3 SUNY Geneseo Knights in Geneseo, NY, beginning with the 2021-22 season. Harris joined the Blades for the 2019-20 OJHL season, going 17-5-1 with a 2.08 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage. The 20-year-old Burlington native playe...


    EX-OJHLERS NAMED TO SUNYAC ALL-DECADE TEAM

    Date:02/06/2021   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    CORTLAND, N.Y. - The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) announces its Decade Men’s Hockey Team as nominated and voted on by the institution's sports information directors this week. This list is peppered with graduates of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. To be eligible for the All-Decade Team, athletes must have competed in the SUNYAC at least one season du...


    THREE OJHL ALUMS NOMINATED FOR HOBEY BAKER

    Date:02/05/2021   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    By Ron Valentine Three Ontario Junior Hockey League alumni have been nominated for the prestigious Hobey Baker Award for 2021. The award is given to the top NCAA player. Previous winners include Neal Broten (the first winner in 1981), Tom Kurvers (1984), Paul Kariya (1993), Brendan Morrison (1997), Chris Drury (1998), Ryan Miller (2001), Jordan Leopold (2002), Johnny Gaudreau (2014), J...


    2021 CENTENNIAL CUP CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

    Date:02/05/2021   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    CALGARY, Alta. -- Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the decision has been made to cancel all spring 2021 national championships, including the Centennial Cup, presented by Tim Hortons, Jr. A championships, Esso Cup, TELUS Cup and Allan Cup, Hockey Canada announced today. The Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) were to play host to four regional champions...


    WELLINGTON’S WHITE COMMITS TO ONTARIO TECH

    Date:02/04/2021   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    James White of the Wellington Dukes (photo credit – Amy Deroche / OJHL Images) has confirmed his commitment to join U SPORTS’ Ontario Tech Ridgebacks in Oshawa beginning with the 2021-22 season. The 6-foot-4 Peterborough native joined the Dukes last season after spending a season and a half in the QMJHL with the Saint John Sea Dogs. White became a big part of the Dukes offence, ...


    CJHL COACH’S PERSPECTIVE: MARK JOORIS OF OUR BURLINGTON COUGARS

    Date:02/01/2021   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    CALGARY, Alta. – Set to celebrate a birthday tomorrow, Mark Jooris has experienced a lot as a player, coach and manager in the Canadian Junior Hockey League. Currently the head coach and general manager of the Burlington Cougars (OJHL), Jooris has stood behind the bench with teams in the Ontario Junior Hockey League for close to a decade. This would be his sixth season at the helm of the C...


    OJHL AWAITING NEWS FROM PROVINCE ON RETURN TO PLAY, PODCAST TOLD

    Date:01/30/2021   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    “Right now, what’s important is to get kids on the ice,” Ontario Junior Hockey League commissioner Marty Savoy told host Gino Reda in this week’s edition of 7/11 Junior Hockey Magazine. “Like everyone one else, we’re just trying to get by, waiting for lockdowns (to end) and direction to come through,” Savoy told the CJHL podcast. “Just trying to get...


    PICKERING DEFENCEMAN COMMITTED TO D1 UCONN HUSKIES

    Date:01/28/2021   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Defenceman Owen Simpson of the Pickering Panthers (photo credit – Tim Bates / OJHL Images) has confirmed his commitment to join the NCAA Division 1 University of Connecticut Huskies in Storrs, Connecticut beginning with the 2022-23 season. Simpson was a fourth-round pick of the Hamilton Bulldogs from the Toronto Red Wings U16 team in the 2019 Ontario Hockey League draft. The Toronto r...


    MARKHAM WINGER IS 4TH OJHLER ON NHL DRAFT WATCH LIST

    Date:01/26/2021   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Make that four players from the Ontario Junior Hockey League on the National Hockey League Central Scouting ‘Players to Watch List’ released last week. The fourth player is Markham Royals left winger Johnny Ulicny (photo by Spencer Smye / OJHL Images), who is currently on loan to the New England-based Islanders Hockey Club of the United States Premier Hockey League, with the OJHL not ...


    59 OJHL GRADUATES ON 2021 NHL ROSTERS

    Date:01/26/2021   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    There are 132 alumni from the Canadian Junior Hockey League currently on NHL team or taxi squad rosters – including 59 who played in the Ontario Junior Hockey League. Each of the 10 leagues that comprise the CJHL have at least one of their alumnus on an NHL squad, the CJHL said in a media release. The list includes players who played full time in a Jr. A league or as affiliates. All 31 NHL ...


    OJHL LEADS NATION IN PLAYERS RANKED FOR NHL DRAFT

    Date:01/22/2021   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Declan Ride (Oakville Blades), Luke Strickland (Stouffville Spirit) and Nolan Dann (Georgetown Raiders) are on the updated version of the Players to Watch List National Hockey League’s Central Scouting released Friday afternoon. (Photos by Tim Bates / OJHL Images) The Ontario Junior Hockey League leads the country in players ranked for the 2021 NHL Draft. Three OJHLers are on the...


    $2.8 MILLION IN UPGRADES FOR NORTH YORK RANGERS RINK

    Date:01/22/2021   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Renovations to the Herbert H. Carnegie Centennial Centre will include a new rink slab and benches, an elevator and upgrades to washrooms and dressing rooms. (Jim Mason / OJHL photo) The home of the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s North York Rangers is getting a $2.8-million facelift. The governments of Canada, Ontario and the City of Toronto announced Jan. 21 they will chip into the project...


    HEALTH PROS: 'HELPING ELITE ATHLETES GET TO THE NEXT LEVEL'

    Date:01/21/2021   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Chiropractor Brittany Boot of the Georgetown Raiders has worked with teams in the Ontario Junior Hockey League since 2014. (File photo by Dave Fryer / OJHL Images) Health professionals across the Ontario Junior Hockey League are the backbone of our league and its 22 teams. That’s been especially true during COVID-19. We’re profiling our own frontline heroes, division by division, thi...


    FUNDRAISER LAUNCHED IN MEMORY OF OJHL PLAYER’S MOTHER

    Date:01/19/2021   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    The Ontario Junior Hockey League community is rallying behind a player whose mother passed away from COVID-19 Jan. 3. A GoFundMe campaign has been launched in the wake of the death of Judi LePage, the mother of Burlington Cougars forward Connor LePage. The appeal – CLICK HERE to view the GoFundMe page – includes the following message: “Judi was a highly active member in the Ge...


    HEALTH PROS: SOUTH DIVISION STAFF 'RELISH BEING PART OF TEAM'

    Date:01/18/2021   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Athletic therapists Ryan Topping of the North York Rangers and Christine Zentai of the Toronto Jr. Canadiens. (File photos by Amy Deroche and Ryan McCullough / OJHL Images) Health professionals across the Ontario Junior Hockey League are the backbone of our league and its 22 teams. That’s been especially true during COVID-19. We’re profiling our own frontline heroes, division by...


    THE CAPTAINS: PANTHERS LEEKING ‘NATURAL-BORN LEADER’

    Date:01/15/2021   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Ontario Junior Hockey League resident reporter Ron Valentine is profiling the 2020-21 team captains of The OJ. BY RON VALENTINE BRAYDON LEEKING has been named Captain of this year's version of the Pickering Panthers. Wearing the 'C' is not new to Braydon as he had that role with the Lindsay Muskies for their 2018-19 campaign.  Look up Braydon and you'll find his birthp...


    CASEY SNOWBIRDS GAME BRINGS IN $15,000 FOR SUPPORT OUR TROOPS - SOLDIER ON

    Date:01/15/2021   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Courtesy the Trenton Golden Hawks: Battles between the Trenton Golden Hawks and Wellington Dukes always mean more than games against others in the Ontario Junior Hockey League. On November 27th, 2020 it held even more true, as the two clubs played, with the goal of supporting our military, and honouring a former Quinte West resident. The Dukes and the Trenton Golden Hawks played Game 7 of the H...


    OJHL GRAD DEVIN SHORE SIGNS WITH EDMONTON

    Date:01/13/2021   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    The Edmonton Oilers have signed former Ontario Junior Hockey League forward Devin Shore to a one-year, two-way contract with an annual value of $700,000 and also placed him on waivers. The 26-year-old signed a professional tryout agreement (PTO) with Edmonton on Dec. 29 and participated in Oilers Training Camp over the past 10 days at NAIT and Rogers Place. Shore appeared in 45 games last season...


    OJHL TO THE NHL: RAIDERS’ GRAD RODRIGUES READY FOR 200TH BIG-LEAGUE GAME

    Date:01/13/2021   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Ahead of the 2021 NHL season, Ontario Junior Hockey League writer Ron Valentine is profiling four graduates of the ‘League of Choice’ to watch this year. By Ron Valentine EVAN RODRIGUES played two seasons for the OJHL West Division Georgetown Raiders starting in 2009. He became a Boston University Terrier after graduating junior and was an assistant captain there in his fin...


    HEALTH PROS: SPIRIT, PANTHERS THERAPISTS PIVOTING THROUGH PANDEMIC

    Date:01/12/2021   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Athletic therapists Leslie Dias (left) of the Stouffville Spirit and Amanda Gilroy of the Pickering Panthers. (Photo by Tim Bates / OJHL Images) Health professionals across the Ontario Junior Hockey League are the backbone of our league and its 22 teams. That’s been especially true during COVID-19. We’re profiling our own frontline heroes, division by division, this month. Toda...


    OJHL TO THE NHL: HYMAN’S WORK ETHIC NO SURPRISE TO JUNIOR COACH

    Date:01/11/2021   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Ahead of the 2021 NHL season, Ontario Junior Hockey League writer Ron Valentine is profiling four graduates of the ‘League of Choice’ to watch this year. By Ron Valentine ZACH HYMAN won the OHA's B.J. Munro Memorial Trophy in 2011 for the top pro prospect as well as being named Canadian Junior A player of the year, two of the many awards he would win at the Junior level. He...


    HEALTH PROS: THERAPIST, TRAINER KEEP THE DUKES, MUSKIES SAFE, HEALTHY

    Date:01/06/2021   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Athletic Therapist Leah Toffelmire on the job with the Wellington Dukes. Always first to the rink and the last to leave, health professionals across the OJHL have been tested even further during the pandemic. (Photo by Jason Parks / The Picton Gazette) Health professionals across the Ontario Junior Hockey League are the backbone of our league and its 22 teams. That’s been especially true du...


    OJHL ALUM COGLIANO CHERISHES GOLDEN MOMENTS AT WORLD JUNIORS

    Date:01/05/2021   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Canada faces the United States in the gold medal game at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. Few know the feeling better than former Ontario Junior Hockey League star Andrew Cogliano. The speedster from Vaughan, who played two starry seasons (2003-05) with Toronto’s St. Michael’s Buzzers, won gold twice at the World Juniors. Cogliano became the 348th player in NHL h...


    OJHL TO THE NHL: SHORE DREW BIG-LEAGUE SCOUTS TO WHITBY

    Date:01/04/2021   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Ahead of the 2021 NHL season, Ontario Junior Hockey League writer Ron Valentine is profiling four graduates of the ‘League of Choice’ to watch this year. By Ron Valentine DEVIN SHORE could be wearing his fourth uniform when the NHL starts its 2021 season this month. He signed a professional tryout with the Edmonton Oilers Dec. 29, after suiting up for the Central Division's ...


    BRANTFORD 99ERS GRAD, GERMANS INTO WORLD JUNIORS PLAYOFF ROUND

    Date:12/31/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Former Brantford 99ers forward Josh Samanski and his German squad are into the playoff round at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship in Edmonton for the first time in the country’s 13 appearances at the tournament. The Cinderella Germans could dress nor more than 14 skaters until Wednesday after a series of positive COVID-19 tests had nine of their players isolating in their ho...


    OJHL LEADS NATION IN GRADS PLAYING IN EUROPE

    Date:12/29/2020   Source:Ontario Junior A Hockey League  

    Former OJHL and NHL defenceman Derek Joslin is playing for the Salzburg Red Bulls in Austria this season. Joslin played for the Aurora Tigers in 2003-04. While professional hockey in North America has been pretty much at a standstill so far this season, many leagues in Europe are currently competing.  Among those teams on the ice, club rosters feature a multitude of Canadian Junior Hockey L...