Allow me to introduce myself. My name's Iain Colpitts and being a "Good ol' Canadian boy," I've been a lifelong fan of the frozen game, I'm honoured to be writing for Hockey Now Magazine.
I started playing hockey at a young age and it quickly became evident that I wasn't going to make a career out of playing hockey, so I thought why not make a career writing about it instead.
I've been doing that since 2010 as sports writer for the Mississauga News and have been focusing on the OHL along with minor hockey and other endeavours since then.
Some other things to know about me: I still play hockey today, I dance and sing terribly and I own a Ninja Turtles onesie.
Enjoy my blog and feel free to come say hi if you spot me at the rink.
If Ryan Suzuki has as good of a junior hockey career as his older brother is currently enjoying, the Barrie Colts will be ecstatic. The Colts selected the younger brother of Owen Sound Attack star Nick Suzuki with the first overall pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection Draft on April 8.
There are four teams remaining in the OHL playoffs as the Peterborough Petes, Mississauga Steelheads, Owen Sound Attack and Erie Otters have all earned their spot.
Time will tell if the Mississauga Steelheads’ gamble in the OHL Draft will eventually pay off. With the eighth overall pick, they chose Jack Hughes, who would have easily been selected with the first overall pick had he not declared his intentions of playing with the US National Team Development Program next year.
The Kingston Frontenacs went the distance – and then some – with the Hamilton Bulldogs to move on to the second round of the OHL playoffs Tuesday night.
As always, there’s a star-studded cast up for consideration for this season’s Red Tilson Trophy, presented each year to the OHL’s most outstanding player.
It took until the final game of the OHL season to solidify the playoff picture. While the regular season was supposed to conclude on March 19, there was a rescheduled game that still had to be played between the Mississauga Steelheads and Sudbury Wolves two days later.
The Erie Otters receive tons of kudos in the OHL, and deservingly so. Since Connor McDavid came along in 2012, they’ve built a solid foundation and they continue to produce some of junior hockey’s biggest stars two years after McDavid moved on to the Edmonton Oilers.
As far as the Eastern Conference, there’s a pretty good idea of how the top half of the standings are going to shape up. The Peterborough Petes have a comfortable lead atop the conference, the Mississauga Steelheads have already clinched the Central Division and the number two spot at least with two weeks left in the regular season.
The Peterborough Petes will go into the OHL playoffs with a sense of relief, and not just because they’ll be in good standing in the Eastern Conference
Even with a 15-game winning streak through December and January, a stretch that makes up for almost a quarter of the OHL regular season, the best the Owen Sound Attack have been able to do is climb up to fourth in the Western Conference.
The Oshawa Generals could very well have their cake and eat it too. Approaching the trade deadline, general manager Roger Hunt faced the dilemma of whether to sacrifice some of its young players and draft picks for star power – knowing they were atop the Eastern Conference – in order to contend for a spot in the 2017 Memorial Cup, or sell off some veterans in the hopes of spicing up their line up for next year, when they’re bidding to host the Memorial Cup.
Dylan Strome has had a remarkable OHL career. For those who follow junior hockey, that’s already well known, but it’s worth stating again after he set an Erie Otters franchise record in all-time points.
Captains are expected to make an impact, and Garrett McFadden is trying to do so in more ways than one. The Guelph Storm captain and last player remaining from Guelph’s 2014 OHL championship team has taken mental health seriously ever since his friend, Wes Cameron, died by suicide five years ago.
The recent announcement of a new OHL major midget draft has been met with mixed emotions and time will tell how beneficial it will be. In an effort to bring more prominence to midget hockey, the OHL has instituted an under-18 draft that’s separate from its annual Priority Selection Draft for players who have just graduated minor midget.
It’s only a matter of time before the big four stars acquired right before the OHL trade deadline start making an impact with the Western Conference heavyweights.
The disparity between the OHL’s Western and Eastern conferences is even greater now that the London Knights and other powerhouses in the west loaded up around this year’s trade deadline.
The power in the OHL may be in the West, but the hottest team entering the Christmas break is in the East. With eight straight wins, the Peterborough Petes have soared up the Eastern Conference standings and must be in a buying mentality come the trade deadline in January as they look to contend in the East.
The Canadians appeared unstoppable at the World Juniors. That was until the Americans put on a shot-blocking clinic to claim first place in Group B with a 3-1 win Saturday in their final preliminary-round game at the Air Canada Centre.
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2) John Dahlstrom Pulls Out All The Stops in Medicine Hat’s Final Days of the Season
3) Cobourg Cougars Prepare for RBC Cup after OJHL Elimination
4) Well-Traveled Junior Player Hoping To Conclude Career With Championship
5) The Modern Age of Minor Hockey