The OJHL’s developmental league has grown once again. The Ontario Junior Development League (OJDL), which is entering its third season of operations, will feature 15 entrants this year.
Should he continue to progress, Jack McBain is expected to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a professional hockey player. During his 13-year pro career, Andrew McBain appeared in 632 National Hockey League contests. He played for four NHL franchises: the Winnipeg Jets, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators.
Early on in this year’s playoffs, it appeared a new Ontario Junior Hockey League champion would be crowned. Not so fast. The Trenton Golden Hawks, the 2016 champs, have come back to life following a slow postseason star
Stefano Durante has already enjoyed a rather successful junior hockey career. But the 20-year-old Cobourg Cougars goalie is still seeking some accolades prior to concluding his junior days this May.
It may appear there is a potential huge upset in the making in the opening round of the Ontario Junior Hockey League playoffs. The Stouffville Spirit, seeded seventh in the league’s North-East Conference, currently find themselves enjoying a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven series against the second-ranked Markham Royals.
Paul Dyck has had his share of successes since taking over the Steinbach Pistons’ head coaching and managerial duties in 2012. Dyck led the Pistons to a Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) championship in 2013. And his squad advanced to the league finals in each of the past two seasons.
For the sixth consecutive year, members of the public will be allowed to have their say in who wins an OJHL award. Followers of the league are able to go online and select the one individual they would like to see capture this year’s OJHL Fan Favourite Award.
Though he’s one of the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s smallest players, Jack Jacome has managed to put up some big numbers this season.
A mid-season trade from a year ago has proven to be a win-win situation for both Ryan Casselman and the Cobourg Cougars. After playing about a season and a half with the Central Canada Hockey League’s Pembroke Lumber Kings, Casselman admits he was homesick and requested a trade to a club closer to his home in Napanee, Ont.
Josh Astorino has known for a couple of years now that he was capable of being a Junior A hockey goalie. But it has taken until his final season of junior eligibility for the 20-year-old to make the jump up to that level.
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.
Connor Ryckman is once again a workhorse goaltender this season. But the Wellington Dukes’ 20-year-old puckstopper is certainly accustomed to this role at this point of his junior career.
The stars were out in Cornwall on Jan. 25. That would be many of the top Junior A hockey stars. They came to the eastern Ontario city to participate in the annual Canadian Junior Hockey League’s Prospects Game.
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