NLL Cancels Regular Season
The National Lacrosse League officially cancelled the remainder of their regular season.
NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz confirmed the move
Sakiewicz remains positive and optimistic for a return to the floor in the appropriate time frame, however, he refused to guess at when that time would be.
Options for the NLL will be outlined in more detail as the situation becomes clearer across North America.
Ontario Junior B Draws Up 10 Game schedule
The Ontario Lacrosse Association previously suspended all sanctioned activities until May 15th
In the interim, OLA Junior B squads, including the Owen Sound Junior NorthStars have put together a 10 game schedule which would run from May 25th to June 28th.
There is no guarantee that a Jr B season will take place, but the possibility was examined yesterday during an on-line OLA Board of Governors Directors Meeting
A few member teams have been informed their arenas likely won't be re-opened until mid to late Summer.
The Canadian Lacrosse Association is scheduled to meet un early May with the near future of National Championships likely on the agenda.
NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings
The final National Hockey League Central Scouting list for Draft Eligible players was released yesterday.
Owen Sound Attack defender Igor Chibrikov is rated at # 188 among North American skaters.
Attack netminder Mack Guzda is ranked 31st among North American goalkeepers
Of note, Attack draft pick Artem Shlaine was listed 93rd amongst North American skaters.
Shlaine was selected 56th overall by the Attack in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection and reportedly is looking at attening and playing for Boston University.
Three members of the Barrie Colts made the list of North American skaters;
Alliston native Tyson Foerster was ranked 21st
Plus Evan Vierling, acquired in a deal with Flint, is rated # 66
And Ethan Cardwell who arrived in a deal with Saginaw, is slotted at # 70
Ontario Hockey League Release
57 OHL PLAYERS IN FINAL 2020 NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING DRAFT RANKINGS
The Ontario Hockey League is proud to announce that 57 OHL players have been included on NHL Central Scouting's Final Rankings for the 2020 NHL Draft.
OHL players account for five of the top 10 ranked North American skaters as well as the top-ranked goaltender on the list in Guelph Storm netminder Nico Daws. Former OHL Rookie of the Year Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves leads the OHL as the second-ranked skater on the list followed by fellow Canadian National Junior Team gold medalist Jamie Drysdale of the Erie Otters in third. Saginaw Spirit forward Cole Perfetti sits fifth on the list followed by Ottawa 67's teammates in OHL scoring champion Marco Rossi and 52-goal scorer Jack Quinn in sixth and seventh.
An additional nine OHL players made the list inside the top-40 including Sarnia Sting winger Jacob Perreault (17), Barrie Colts flank Tyson Foerster (21), Soo Greyhounds defenceman Ryan O'Rourke (27), Hamilton Bulldogs centreman Jan Mysak (28), Kingston Frontenacs forward Martin Chromiak (30), Windsor Spitfires teammates Jean-Luc Foudy (33) and Will Cuylle (34) as well as North Bay Battalion winger Brandon Coe (35) and London Knights sophomore Luke Evangelista (39).
Each of the OHL's 20 member teams have at least one player on the list, with the Soo Greyhounds (7) leading the way followed by the Erie Otters (6), Kitchener Rangers (4), London Knights (4) and Windsor Spitfires (4).
The list of OHL players includes 35 forwards, 14 defencemen and eight goaltenders.
A total of 57 OHL players were listed in NHL Central Scouting's Midterm Rankings released in January.
2020 NHL Central Scouting Final Draft Rankings
North American rank,
2 Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves C
3 Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters D
5 Cole Perfetti Saginaw Spirit C
6 Marco Rossi Ottawa 67's C
7 Jack Quinn Ottawa 67's RW
17 Jacob Perreault Sarnia Sting RW
21 Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts RW
27 Ryan O'Rourke Soo Greyhounds D
28 Jan Mysak Hamilton Bulldogs C
30 Martin Chromiak Kingston Frontenacs RW
33 Jean-Luc Foudy Windsor Spitfires C
34 Will Cuylle Windsor Spitfires LW
35 Brandon Coe North Bay Battalion RW
39 Luke Evangelista London Knights RW
46 Jaromir Pytlik Soo Greyhounds C
52 Ty Tullio Oshawa Generals RW
53 Oliver Suni Oshawa Generals RW
54 Zayde Wisdom Kingston Frontenacs RW
56 Antonio Stranges London Knights LW
59 Donovan Sebrango Kitchener Rangers D
60 Jack Thompson Sudbury Wolves D
66 Evan Vierling Barrie Colts C
67 Tanner Dickinson Soo Greyhounds C
70 Ethan Cardwell Barrie Colts RW
72 Rory Kerins Soo Greyhounds C
78 Robert Calisti Soo Greyhounds D
84 Ruben Rafkin Windsor Spitfires D
87 Hayden Fowler Erie Otters LW
106 Kirill Steklov London Knights D
107 Pavel Gogolev Guelph Storm LW
109 Evgeniy Oksentyuk Flint Firebirds LW
114 Isaak Phillips Sudbury Wolves D
116 Ole Bjorgvik-Holm Mississauga Steelheads D
129 Riley Piercey Flint Firebirds LW
137 Ville Ottavainen Kitchener Rangers D
138 Cameron Butler Niagara IceDogs RW
147 Jake Uberti Niagara IceDogs C
148 Reid Valade Kitchener Rangers RW
155 Declan McDonnell Kitchener Rangers RW
163 James Hardie Mississauga Steelheads LW
171 Louka Henault Windsor Spitfires D
188 Igor Chibrikov Owen Sound Attack D
190 Logan Morrison Hamilton Bulldogs C
192 Tye Kartye Soo Greyhounds LW
193 Jake Murray Kingston Frontenacs D
194 Lleyton Moore Oshawa Generals D
200 Austen Swankler Erie Otters C
213 Maxim Golod Erie Otters LW
217 Brendan Hoffmann Erie Otters RW
1 Nico Daws Guelph Storm G
4 Will Cranley Ottawa 67's G
10 Nick Malik Soo Greyhounds G
14 Tye Austin Peterborough Petes G
24 Owen Bennett Guelph Storm G
28 Aidan Campbell Erie Otters G
29 Brett Brochu London Knights G
31 Mack Guzda Owen Sound Attack G
For the complete list, visit nhl.com.
OHL U18 Draft
The Ontario Hockey League Under 18 Priority Selection was staged yesterday.
The Owen Sound Attack selected Defenceman Anthony Bax of the Oakville Rangers 10th overall with their first choice.
The Attack utilized two more picks in the annual draft of graduating Midget aged players taking Goalkeeper Benjamin
Bates from the Kitchener Junior Rangers & Left Winger Chet Hudson from the Huron Perth Lakers.
The Barrie Colts made 3 selections in the OHL Under 18 Priority Selection.
With the 9th overall pick, Barrie took Goalkeeper Benjamin Bonisteel from the Niagara North Stars
In the 2nd round, the Colts chose left winner Jordan Fuller from the York-Simcoe Express with the 29th pick
And with their final selection, # 48 overall, Jack Sparkes, Jack a defenceman from the Don Mills Flyers was drafted by Barrie
The Ontario Hockey League today conducted the fourth annual OHL Under-18 Priority Selection for Midget AAA hockey players in Ontario.
The annual Under-18 Priority Selection was held entirely online, adhering to all government and public health COVID-19 physical distancing guidelines at both the League and member team levels. This year’s unique approach to a very special day was conducted in the interest of ensuring the health and safety of prospects, their families as well as OHL member team and League personnel.
Eligibility for the 2020 OHL Under-18 Priority Selection included all Midget players (2002 and 2003 birth years) not currently on an OHL Member Team Protected List who were carded with an Ontario based Midget AAA Hockey Club within the Ontario Hockey Federation, Hockey Eastern Ontario or Hockey Northwestern Ontario in the current season.
A total of 56 players were selected from 34 different teams and included 30 forwards, 16 goaltenders and 10 defencemen. 55 of the 56 players selected were born in 2003 including 45 with birthdays before September.
“Congratulations to all 56 players selected today,” said OHL Director of Player Recruitment Kyle Pereira. “It’s an exciting day for players, family members, coaches and teammates to celebrate continued hard work and high performance throughout the Ontario Midget AAA hockey ranks. We’ve seen several players propel themselves into the Ontario Hockey League through the OHL Under-18 Priority Selection and for those players selected, this is just another opportunity to get better every single day, showcase yourself and further your development.”
For the first time in the four years of the annual event a forward was selected with the first overall pick as Oakville Rangers winger Kevin Henstock was taken by the North Bay Battalion. Netminders then accounted for the next three consecutive picks as the Niagara IceDogs selected Jacob Osborne of the Ottawa Senators U18 second overall, the Sarnia Sting took Anson Thornton of the Toronto Titans third overall and the Soo Greyhounds picked up Samuel Ivanov of the Vaughan Kings fourth overall.
All OHL member teams were required to draft a minimum of two players, however to enhance opportunities specifically for goaltenders, clubs selecting a goaltender with one of their selections had the option to select another player (skater only) in a third round.
The Ontario Minor Hockey Association had the most players selected with 26 chosen from 13 different teams led by the Whitby Wildcats with four followed by the Ajax-Pickering Raiders, Guelph Gryphons, North Central Predators and Oakville Rangers each with three. Hockey Eastern Ontario produced 13 selections from nine different teams led by the Brockville Braves with three. The ALLIANCE featured 10 different selections from six different clubs led by the Windsor Jr. Spitfires with four players selected. The Greater Toronto Hockey League had six players chosen from five different teams led by two from the Toronto Titans. The North Bay Trappers developed the NOHA's lone player chosen in the Priority Selection.
The OHL Under-18 Priority Selection was conducted in partnership with HockeyTech as picks were submitted online by OHL member clubs and displayed in real time at ontariohockeyleague.com. The selections were also streamed live on the OHL's YouTube channel along with accompanying audio.
Announced in January 2017, the concept of the OHL Under-18 Priority Selection was developed with full support from Hockey Canada's three Ontario Branches including the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF), Hockey Eastern Ontario (HEO), and Hockey Northwestern Ontario (HNO).
1 North Bay Henstock, Kevin LW Oakville Rangers
2 Niagara Osborne, Jacob G Ottawa Senators
3 Sarnia Thornton, Anson G Toronto Titans
4 Soo Ivanov, Samuel G Vaughan Kings
5 Kingston Hughes, Paul RW Kanata Lasers
6 Hamilton Fournier, Brody RW Smiths Falls Bears
7 Mississauga Moore, Cole G Markham Majors
8 Erie Broderick, Ethan RD Guelph Gryphons
9 Barrie Bonisteel, Benjamin G Niagara North Stars
10 Owen Sound Bax, Anthony LD Oakville Rangers
11 Sudbury Parker, Jack C Nepean Raiders
12 Guelph McIntosh, Braedyn G Burlington Eagles
13 Oshawa Whitton, Andrew RW Brampton '45s
14 Windsor Park, Alexander RD Windsor AAA Zn Jr. Spitfires
15 Peterborough Mayer, Samuel RD Hawkesbury Hawks
16 Flint Couvillon, Kale RW Windsor AAA Zn Jr. Spitfires
17 Kitchener Cato, Matthew C Ajax-Pickering Raiders
18 Saginaw Primomo, Nicholas RW Toronto Marlboros
19 London Muller, Chad RW Kingston Jr. Gaels
20 Ottawa Disipio, Matteo RW Brockville Braves
21 North Bay Monague, Wade G North Central Predators
22 Niagara Mihalik, Andras LW Toronto Titans
23 Sarnia Gourgouvelis, William LD Ajax-Pickering Raiders
24 Soo Williamson, Cole LD Whitby Wildcats
25 Kingston Leblanc, Bradley RD Rockland Nationals
26 Hamilton Hage, Omar G London Jr. Knights
27 Mississauga Dowling, Nicholas RW North Central Predators
28 Erie Nicholls, Marshall G Waterloo Wolves
29 Barrie Fuller, Jordan LW York-Simcoe Express
30 Owen Sound Bates, Benjamin G Kitchener Jr. Rangers
31 Sudbury McCarthy, Gavin G Brockville Braves
32 Guelph Webb, Mark C Carleton Place Canadiens
33 Oshawa Resar, Sebastian G Whitby Wildcats
34 Windsor Dobrich, Luka G Windsor AAA Zn Jr. Spitfires
35 Peterborough Lapalm, Lucas RW Peterborough Petes
36 Flint Fraser, Ethan G Quinte Red Devils
37 Kitchener Hunt, Tyler C Halton Hills Hurricanes
38 Saginaw Pak, Noah G Oakville Rangers M
39 London Lucarelli, Anthony C Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs
40 Ottawa Shibley, Connor G Nepean Raiders
41 North Bay Little, Alex RD North Bay Trappers
42 Niagara Shwedyk, Liam RW Niagara North Stars
43 Sarnia Ingram, James RW Whitby Wildcats
44 Soo Brock, Henry C Ajax-Pickering Raiders
45 Hamilton Mowatt, Jackson RW Burlington Eagles
46 Mississauga Barkley, Adam RD Kemptville 73s
47 Erie Yetman, Blake RW Whitby Wildcats
48 Barrie Sparkes, Jack RD Don Mills Flyers
49 Owen Sound Hudson, Chet LW Huron-Perth Lakers
50 Sudbury Hardy, Owen LW Brockville Braves
51 Guelph Turner, Henry LW Guelph Gryphons
52 Oshawa Piccolo, Gabriel C Windsor AAA Zn Jr. Spitfires
53 Windsor McLlwain, Jackson LW Huron-Perth Lakers
54 Flint Phillips, Jackson C Guelph Gryphons
55 Saginaw Phillips, Ian LW North Central Predators
56 Ottawa Touliopoulos, Costa C Ottawa Senators
The National Football League is turning the 2020 draft into a three-day fundraiser to help 6 charities
The " Draft-A-Thon " announced Wednesday will benefit COVID-19 relief efforts and pay tribute to healthcare workers and first responders.
The fundraiser will be featured during the draft April 23rd-25th to raise money for non-profits selected by the NFL Foundation
Former Major League Baseball ;player Josh Hamilton has been indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child after his teenage daughter accused him of beating her.
Hamilton remains free on bond after he turned himself in to authorities in October
If convicted, he faces a prison sentence of 2 to 10 years in prison.
Hamilton's career included 5 straight All Star selections and two trips to the World Series with Texas, but was nearly destroyed by cocaine and alcohol addiction.