U18 HEO: Smiths Falls, Renfrew, Brockville, Kemptville, Navan, Rockland

Posted on March 10, 2021

The HEO U-18 AAA league recently wrapped up its first of four mini-series this past weekend. With all twelve teams in action, it provided Neutral Zone with an excellent opportunity to watch these young prospects in live game action. Over the next couple of months, each team will square off against a different opponent in a…

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FREE: OHL Parents Send Letter Urging Return to Play

Posted on February 10, 2021

Paul Constantini has twin sons playing in the OHL. Marco is a goaltender with the Hamilton Bulldogs and Anthony is a defenseman with the Ottawa 67’s. Last week, Constantini, along with Dave D’Ammizio, sent a letter to Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Minister of Health Christine Elliott and OHL commissioner David Branch urging the start of…

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WHL: Seattle and Edmonton Trade Import Players

Posted on January 25, 2021

The on-ice season in the WHL still hasn’t started yet but the off-ice season is in full swing. The Seattle Thunderbirds and Edmonton Oil Kings completed a trade on Monday, swapping import players. The Oil Kings acquired defenseman Simon Kubicek from the Thunderbirds as well as a conditional pick in the 2023 WHL Draft, in…

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Modifications to Schedules Across the CHL

Posted on December 23, 2020

Earlier this week, the QMJHL announced that the schedule has been paused until the middle of January, when it’s possible the league returns in a pod format. Four cities will likely host games from Jan. 22-24. There will be more pod games beginning on Jan. 29. Additionally, the OHL announced this week that their regular-season…

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Shoot for Success Showcase Tournament: Top 15

Posted on December 1, 2020

Neutral Zone watched a two game tournament in Stratford, Ontario, consisting of a showcase of top prospect players from all different teams and leagues. Players in this tournament ranged in age from 16-20 years old playing in the OHL, OJHL, and GOJHL. The two teams were broken down into Team White and Team Black, with…

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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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