No Checking in the OHL This Season

Posted on October 30, 2020

The Ontario Hockey League will move forward with a shortened 40-game season beginning on Feb. 4, but the games will be played under modified rules, which includes no bodychecking. Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s minister of sport, announced the decision on Friday. “Removing purposeful physical contact from the game was a necessary step to preventing the spread…

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OHL, WHL Plan December Starts

Posted on August 6, 2020

The OHL and WHL have announced plans to restart their seasons this December. The WHL announced a start date of Dec. 4 and the OHL said it plans to return to action on Dec. 1. The WHL said it remains committed to playing a full Regular Season schedule of 68 games, followed by four rounds…

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Kitchener Signs Import Player

Posted on July 30, 2020

The Kitchener Rangers announced this week the signing of import goalie Pavel Cajan for this upcoming season. Cajan, who was selected with the No. 41 pick in the 2020 CHL Import Draft, was signed to a standard player agreement. Last season the 17-year-old appeared in 29 games for Liberec Bili Tygri Jr., a team in…

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Saginaw Spirit Sign Red Wings Prospect

Posted on July 15, 2020

The Saginaw Spirit inked Detroit Red Wings prospect Albin Grewe to an OHL contract. Grewe was selected in the third round (No. 66) in the 2019 NHL Draft and was taken by the Spirit in the second round of the CHL Import Draft last week. “I am so happy and excited to be a part…

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Pair of Russian Imports Sign CHL Deals in QMJHL, OHL

Posted on July 7, 2020

The Moncton Wildcats announced on Tuesday that they had signed Maxim Barbashev, a Russian forward with Atlant Mytishchi U17. Barbashev was selected with the 50th overall pick in the CHL Import Draft this past spring. tallied 19 points in 19 games with Atlant, while also serving as an assistant captain. He was called up to the…

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Merrimack Recruit LaForme Traded to Ottawa 67’s

Posted on June 18, 2020

Merrimack recruit Steven LaForme has been traded to the Ottawa 67’s in the OHL and according to a press release by the team, will enter training camp for the 2020-21 season. If he signs with the 67’s, LaForme would forgo his NCAA eligibility. It would seem likely that a signing is in the works, considering Ottawa’s willingness…

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McKenzie To Remain Kitchener Rangers Head Coach

Posted on June 11, 2020

Mike McKenzie, the GM of the Kitchener Rangers, had also been serving as the team’s interim head coach. On Thursday, the team removed that interim tag, as McKenzie will permanently take over the position. McKenzie assumed the interim role this past November. “This position was a priority for the organization to provide clarity to our…

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Colby Saganiuk goes the Otter Direction

Posted on May 21, 2020

Brian Murphy; Head of US Scouting’s Take: When Colby Saganiuk was taken at #37 in the 2019 OHL Draft by the Erie Otters, it turned some heads as he was on track to play for the U17 NTDP. Seemed high for a player that seemed to say all the right things as far as his…

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OHL: Soo Signs One Of Ontario’s Top Players

Posted on May 20, 2020

’04 F Bryce McConnell-Barker to Soo Greyhounds NZ Scouts: “Neutral Zone Ontario scouts believed McConnell-Barker was the top player playing in Ontario (behind Adam Fantilli) for most of the season. He was dominant in league play and raised his level of play in the major tournaments. His pace and elite space was noticeable every shift….

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OHL: Sarina Signs Power Forward Ryder McIntyre, More OHL Signings

Posted on May 13, 2020

Below you’ll find links to player profiles and scout comments on the latest OHL signings. The Sarina Sting added power forward Ryder McIntyre while the Flint Firebirds signed a pair of players, including goalie Chaz Nixon, Saginaw added goalie Andrew Oke and Niagara inked two forwards. Pos BY Player Team NZ Scouts F 2004 Ryder…

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