Windsor - Jun. 25, 2015: Windsor Spitfires General Manager Warren Rychel is pleased to announce the club has reached an agreement on a standard OHL player agreement and education package with forward
Gabriel Vilardi. The 15-year-old native of Kingston was the club's first round pick, 2nd overall, in the 2015 OHL
Priority Selection back in April. FULL STORY
Windsor - Jun. 24, 2015: At a news conference in Oshawa this morning, owner Rocco Tullio introduced Spitfires Associate Coach Bob Jones as the new head coach of the Oshawa Generals.
Jones replaces another former Spitfires coach, DJ Smith, who was hired as an assistant coach
with the Toronto Maple Leafs last week. FULL STORY
Burlington - Jun. 22, 2015: At this point, the only concerns about Mitch Marner are his size and the concussion he suffered at the end of the year. His late season injury seems to have raised some questions about his durability, given his tenacious style of play. Let me remind people. This is a guy who has missed only 9 games the last two years, and some of those were not from injury. FULL STORY
Burlington - Jun. 20, 2015: Matt Spencer - Defence - Peterborough Petes
Originally talked about as the top defender available from the OHL this year, but several factors have caused Spencer to slip. Firstly, he didn't have a terrific year, which highlighted some current holes in his game. Secondly, some of the other defenders available from the 'O' had fantastic years and leapfrogged him. FULL STORY
Oshawa - Jun. 19, 2015: Oshawa Generals General Manager and Vice-President Roger Hunt, announced today that the team has traded the rights of over age Bradley Latour to the Windsor Spitfires. The Generals will get the rights to Anthony Kotsovos and a draft pick, in return for the 1995 born forward. FULL STORY
Burlington - Jun. 19, 2015: Hayden McCool - Forward - Windsor Spitfires
Came out gangbusters after the trade from Niagara to Windsor. Finally started using his size more effectively to get to the net and to track down loose pucks to set up scoring chances for his linemates. But as the season went on, he really seemed to wear down. In his final 18 games he went goalless. That type of production to close out the season probably cost him a chance to represent Canada at the Under 18's and it certainly dropped him a bit on my list. FULL STORY
Burlington - Jun. 18, 2015: The Under 18's have wrapped up (and Canada earned its 4th straight medal). The CHL playoffs are nearing completion (the Memorial Cup begins May 22). The race to the draft is on. We're about a week away from the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, so that means it's time for me to release my rankings.
The top 50 will be released in four parts: Part 1 - Honorable Mentions, Part 2 - Prospects 50-31, Part 3 - Prospects 30-11, and Part 4 - Prospects 10-1. FULL STORY
Windsor - Jun. 18, 2015: The Ontario Hockey League released its 2015-16 schedule today. The Spitfires will open the season Thursday, September 24th, hosting the defending Western Conference Champion Erie Otters. Single game tickets go on sale August 12th. Summer Box Office Hours are Wed to Fri 10am to 4pm. FULL STORY
Windsor - May. 20, 2015: Windsor Spitfires General Manager Warren Rychel is pleased to announce the club has agreed to terms on a standard Ontario Hockey League player agreement and education package with local product Michael DiPietro. The Amherstburg native was the club's 2nd Round choice (#23 overall) in April's Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection. FULL STORY
Burlington - May. 18, 2015: With the OHL season technically done (Memorial Cup starts May 22), it's time to shift our focus to the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. My final rankings are complete and I'll start releasing my top 50 after the Victoria Day weekend. As a precursor to that, I thought it would be fun to take a look at the players who have made the biggest jump in the rankings this year. Whether it be a strong finish to the regular season, a great push in the playoffs, or a big performance at the Under 18's, these guys completed their seasons the right way. And there's no question that scouts take notice of that. FULL STORY
Burlington - May. 8, 2015: We've reached the end. The 2015 season is winding down and only two teams remain. The Oshawa Generals will battle the Erie Otters in a hard fought, offensively dynamic OHL Championship. The series starts on Friday and it's bound to be a good one. t this point in time, I just can't go against Connor McDavid and the Otters. I think the teams line up fairly evenly, which tips the scales in his favour. FULL STORY
Cornwall - Apr. 29, 2015: Marc Crawford won back to back Memorial Cups as a player with the Cornwall Royals in 1979-80 and 1980-81. In 1989, after his playing days he moved behind the bench. His first coaching gig was with those same Cornwall Royals who had moved to the OHL. Last night, he was back where it all began - behind the bench of the Cornwall Royals. FULL STORY
Burlington - Apr. 20, 2015: It's that time of the year for my annual list of the top second and third year eligible OHL players for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft. This is always one of the most read articles I put out each year. Just to clarify yet again, for those with limited understanding of the NHL draft system; North American players have either two or three years to get drafted, depending on their birth date. For those born from January 1 to September 15, they will go through three NHL drafts. For those born from September 16 to December 31, they will go through two NHL drafts. The players on this list are a mix of those having been passed over once or twice already. FULL STORY
Burlington - Apr. 7, 2015: We're on to the second round of the OHL playoffs, as action in the Conference semi finals kicks off on Wednesday. The opening round didn't really provide us with a ton of drama as every series but two wrapped up in 5 games or under. And none went the distance (7 games). Quite frankly, I'm not sure I see any of the series' being incredibly close this round either. I think we've got a clear hierarchy in the league this year (in terms of teams built for the playoffs) and I'm very excited for the following round; the Conference finals. FULL STORY
Burlington - Mar. 29, 2015: Leadership can be defined by the behaviour that brings the future to the present, by envisioning the possible, and persuading others to help you make it a reality. Peterborough Petes defenceman Matt Spencer has assumed this role with nearly every team he's ever suited up for. He served as the captain for the OHL Cup winning Oakville Rangers in his minor midget season. He wore an "A" for Team Ontario at the 2014 Under 17's. And he's recently been acting as an alternate for Peterborough since former captain Connor Boland was dealt to Sault Ste. Marie. This responsibility is something Spencer relishes. FULL STORY
Syracuse - Mar. 27, 2015: The Syracuse Crunch have signed forward Cristiano DiGiacinto to an amateur tryout contract, Crunch general manager Julien BriseBois announced today. DiGiacinto, 19, was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the sixth round, 170th overall, at the 2014 NHL Draft. The Hamilton, Ontario native stands 5 feet 11 inches, weighs 196 pounds and shoots left. FULL STORY
Burlington - Mar. 26, 2015: The OHL is a well documented family affair. Fathers and sons. Brothers and cousins. There are numerous examples of each of these every year in the league. In Owen Sound, the name Schemitsch has been an integral component to the success of the Attack over the last few years. Geoffrey Schemitsch played a total of two and a half years for the Attack, highlighted by the 2011 OHL Championship (where he was a key cog). Now his younger brother Thomas is fulfilling the same role. FULL STORY
Burlington - Mar. 26, 2015: As is the annual practice, it's time for my playoff previews to begin. The OHL regular season wrapped up yesterday and the match-ups are set. Round one is set to kick off Thursday. As you might have expected, the Generals largely dominated the season series between the two. With their stockpiling at the trade deadline, the Generals are such a deep team offensively. The Petes, a talented young team in their own right, just aren't ready or equipped for this type of test. FULL STORY
Oshawa - Mar. 23, 2015: Hockey Canada , in collaboration with the Canadian Hockey League and Hockey Canada Program of Excellence management group today announced that Oshawa Generals Head Coach, DJ Smith has been selected as an Assistant Coach of Canada’s National Junior Team. The Oshawa Generals would like to congratulate DJ on this accomplishment and wish him and Team Canada all the best in their quest for gold. FULL STORY
Belleville - Mar. 12, 2015: Over the past few months the ownership group of the Belleville Bulls Hockey Club have faced some very difficult decisions, ones that were not made lightly and took into consideration the important role the team plays in the community. With that in mind, earlier today, the OHL Board of Governors approved the transfer of ownership of the Belleville Bulls Hockey Club to a new majority owner and a location transfer of our franchise to Hamilton, Ontario, beginning next season. FULL STORY
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