From Connor McDavid to Andrei Svechnikov, Ontario Hockey League fans have been treated to some very high-end NHL Draft-eligible talent over the past few years.
GET READY for a sophomore surge. The Western Hockey League’s hottest second-year players are set to take the season by storm after leading Canada to a gold medal in a perfect run at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup last month. Here’s a breakdown of what a few of those rising stars have to offer their respective teams as they enter their NHL draft year:
AS THE PUCK DROPS on a newCanadian Sports School Hockey League season, Katie Greenway will be calling the shots for the Okanagan Hockey Academy (OHA) Female Prep team. An assistant coach with the club last season, Greenway steps up to the head coach’s role this year.
HONEY, I SHRUNK THE RINK. No, Rick Moranis hasn’t taken over minor hockey in Canada. But, the powers that be in Canadian community hockey have taken a page out of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids — the 1980s feature film in which Moranis starred as a residential inventor/scientist whose kids are unwittingly shrunk with a home-built shrink-ray.
Sting forward Drake Rymsha is being fitted for a new crown. Selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the fifth round (138th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, the Huntington Woods, Mich., product has signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the club.
When the Castlegar Rebels open their 2018-19 KIJHL season, Carter Duffin will be calling the shots at the team’s new head coach and general manager. He replaces the outgoing Bill Rotheisler.
Count HockeyNow 2016 Player of the Year for Alberta Bowen Byram as one of the elated Team Canada members celebrating gold at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup tournament in Edmonton earlier this month.
The Furies have named Courtney Kessel as the team’s new head coach, replacing the outgoing Jeff Flanagan. She takes the helm this fall. Joining the 29-year-old Kessel will be Ken Dufton in an advisory role for the upcoming 2018-19 Canadian Women’s Hockey League season.
Lumber Kings defenceman Jarrad Vroman is stepping up to NCAA Div. 3 play this season after committing to play for the Maryland-based Stevenson University Mustangs this autumn.
Jordan Kohlman will be mining gold in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) this fall. The Okanagan Hockey Academy (OHA) Edmonton defenceman has signed on with the NOJHL’s Kirkland Lake Gold Miners.
Toronto Patriots defenceman Graeme MacLean will be skating with the Laurier Golden Hawks beginning this fall. The Golden Hawks play in the U Sports OUA Division.
Okotoks Oilers goalie Riley Morris is suiting up for the Mount Royal University Cougars this fall, as the netminder has committed to play for the U Sports squad.
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