Two long-standing OHL Cup American entries make their return to the annual showcase this week as Elite Hockey Group and TPH Hockey take to the ice with a mix of talent from across the United States.
Both clubs played to competitive 2-2-0-0 records at last year’s event with Elite Hockey Group being led by London Knights rookie Dalton Duhart (5-0–5) while TPH featured Guelph Storm rookie Tag Bertuzzi (1-2–3).
“I anticipate we’ll see a couple of competitive teams from south of the border,” commented OHL Director of Central Scouting Darrell Woodley. “It always takes some time to get the rosters finalized but both of these teams are set now and raring to go.”
Elite Hockey Group features a number of capable forwards up front including Isaac Novak of Detroit Belle Tire, Dane Dowiak of the Pittsburgh Jr. Penguins, Michael Cameron of the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers and Kyle Smolen of the Chicago Young Americans.
EHG also includes a familiar name in forward Matthew DeBoer, the son of former OHL head coach and current San Jose Sharks bench boss Peter DeBoer.
“This team might be a smaller group but there’s definitely some skill there,” noted Woodley. “They’ll be a quick team and like always, it’ll be interesting to see what kind of chemistry they form with a lot of these guys playing together for the first time.”
EHG will compete in the Nash Division alongside the GTHL Champion Toronto Marlboros, OMHA Silver Medalist Guelph Gryphons, ALLIANCE Wild Card Series winner Cambridge Hawks and the winner of a Wild Card Play-In Game between the Sun County Panthers and the Toronto Titans.
In the Shanahan Division, TPH Hockey will go up against the OMHA Champion York-Simcoe Express, GTHL Finalist Mississauga Reps and a pair of Wild Card Play-In entries.
Consisting of talent brought in largely from the Michigan and Illinois regions, TPH will look for stability from the back end as dependable defenders in Noah Marino of the Chicago Fury and Frank Jenkins of Detroit Honeybaked’s U15 team patrol the blue line.
Up front, big 6-foot-6, 195Ib. forward Kyle Van Compernolle has recorded 24 points (13-11–24) in 26 games with the Fox Motors U15 team this season and brings an intriguing blend of size and skill to the roster.
“TPH has featured some pretty good players in recent years,” said Woodley. “Guys like Jack Studnicka, Blade Jenkins and Tag Bertuzzi have all worn the sweater so it will be interesting to see if there’s another big name or two that will assert themselves this week.”
Elite Hockey Group is in action on Tuesday night with a big challenge, squaring off with the Toronto Marlboros to begin the tournament. TPH hits the ice on Wednesday afternoon to take on the GTHL Finalist Mississauga Reps.
Now that we’ve looked at the American teams, let’s take a glance at how things wrapped up in playoff action across Ontario these past few weeks.
***The four teams that reach the GTHL semi-finals earn a 2018 OHL Cup berth. (Toronto Marlboros, Mississauga Reps, Toronto Jr. Canadiens, Vaughan Kings). The winners of the GTHL Wild Card Play-In Series will earn a Wild Card Play-In game opportunity at the OHL Cup (Mississauga Rebels, Mississauga Senators). The Don Mills Flyers and Toronto Titans were chosen by the OHL Cup Wild Card Selection Committee and will compete in Play-In games on Tuesday March 13th.
(1) Toronto Marlboros vs. (2) Mississauga Reps
Marlboros win series 9-5 in points
GTHL WILD CARD SERIES A
(5) Don Mills Flyers vs. (8) Mississauga Senators
Senators win series 9-5 in points
GTHL WILD CARD SERIES B
(6) Mississauga Rebels vs. (7) Toronto Titans
Rebels win series 9-5 in points
*** The champion, finalist (London Jr. Knights, Brantford 99’ers) and third place team qualify for the 2017 OHL Cup
(2) London Jr. Knights vs. (4) Brantford 99’ers
Brantford wins series 6-4 in points
ALLIANCE WILD CARD SERIES
(1) Cambridge Hawks vs. (3) Sun County Panthers
Cambridge wins series 6-0 in points
***The OMHA champion York-Simcoe Express, Guelph Gryphons, Oakville Rangers and Barrie Jr. Colts have clinched at spot at the 2018 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour. The fifth place Quinte Red Devils and SCTA’s Grey-Bruce Highlanders will play a Wild Card Play-In Game. The Peterborough Petes and Niagara North Stars were chosen by the OHL Cup Wild Card Selection Committee to also compete in a Wild Card Play-In game.
OMHA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
York-Simcoe Express defeat Guelph Gryphons 3-1
OMHA CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS
- York-Simcoe Express
- Guelph Gryphons
- Oakville Rangers
- Barrie Jr . Colts
- Quinte Red Devils (OHL Cup Wild Card Play-In Game)
OMHA SCTA WILD CARD PLAY-IN QUALIFIER
Grey-Bruce Highlanders defeat Brampton 45’s 5-2
For more information on the 2018 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament Powered by Under Armour, visit ohlcup.ca.
Josh Wilkins Named Hockey East Co-Player of the Week
Wilkins recorded both game-winning goals in the Friars’ two-game sweep over Maine last weekend.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It was announced on Monday (March 12) that Providence College sophomore forward Josh Wilkins was named Hockey East Co-Player of the Week. Wilkins shared the honor with Northeastern’s Dylan Sikura.
The Raleigh, North Carolina native broke a 3-3 tie with 3:10 remaining in Providence’s 4-3 win over Maine in Game One of the Hockey East Quarterfinals on Friday night. On Saturday, Wilkins’ goal in the first period gave the Friars a 3-0 lead and was the eventual game-winner in a 3-2 Providence win to sweep the series.
Through 36 games in 2017-18, Wilkins has tallied a career-high 15 goals and has also added in 15 assists for his second-consecutive campaign of at least 30 points. Wilkins is tied for first in the Hockey East in game-winning goals (5) alongside Northeastern’s Adam Gaudette and tied for second nationally in that category.
The Friars will battle Northeastern in the Hockey East Semifinals on Friday night at TD Garden in Boston, Mass., seeking their first Hockey East Championship appearance since 2001. Puck drop is slated for 8 p.m. on NESN Plus and ESPN3.
For more updates on the Providence College men’s hockey program, follow the team on Twitter @FriarsHockey.
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Five OHL graduates are 2018 OUA Queen’s Cup Champions with the McGill Redmen following a 5-1 win over the Brock Badgers in a one-game championship matchup on Saturday in St. Catharines.
Samuel Tremblay (Gatineau Olympiques) scored a pair of goals while OHL grad Jan Kaminsky (Belleville Bulls) picked up an assist in the win as the Redmen outshot the Badgers 32-25 and went 3-for-8 on the power play.
McGill played to a first place record of 24-2-2 during the regular season and hoists the Queen’s Cup for the 18th time in the event’s 107-year history.
Veteran defenceman Nathan Chiarlitti (Owen Sound Attack), who had 16 points (3-13–16) in 28 regular season games for the Redmen, was nominated as the OUA East Division’s frontrunner for the Dr. Randy Gregg Award. Chiarlitti, who is in his second year at McGill after three seasons with the StFX X-Men, was the 2016 recipient of the award that rewards players who exhibit excellence on the ice, in the classroom and in the community.
McGill, Brock and the OUA bronze medalist Concordia Stingers advance to the 2018 U SPORTS University Cup set to take place from March 14-18 in Fredericton, NB. The eight-team national championship also features’ Canada West’s Alberta Golden Bears and Saskatchewan Huskies as well as the AUS’ UNB Varsity Reds, StFX X-Men and Acadia Axemen.
For more coverage of McGill’s Queen’s Cup victory visit oua.ca.
McGILL REDMEN – OHL GRADUATES:
Nathan Chiarlitti (Sarnia Sting/Owen Sound Attack, 2008-13)
Michael Cramarossa (Belleville Bulls/Hamilton Bulldogs, 2012-17)
Gianluca Curcuruto (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds/Plymouth Whalers, 2010-15)
Jan Kaminsky (Belleville Bulls, 2009-11)
Alexandre Renaud (Sarnia Sting/Oshawa Generals, 2012-16)
Total Package Hockey is pleased to announce that it will relocate its Detroit Center of Excellence to a state-of-the-art campus-style setup in Bloomfield Township, MI, for the 2018-2019 school year and beyond. TPH’s Bloomfield campus includes permanent, secure classroom space within the Bloomfield Tennis and Fitness Club, a partnership with 2SP Sports Performance, which is also housed inside the Bloomfield Tennis and Fitness Club, and ample ice time at the adjacent Detroit Skating Club.
TPH Chief Executive Officer Nathan Bowen calls this relocation “a long-term commitment” to the company’s mission, vision and values, which center around exceeding expectations of student-athletes, families and the entire hockey world.
“The goal of Total Package Hockey is to positively impact the lives of student-athletes, one choice at a time,” Bowen said. “The choice to house our Detroit Center of Excellence in Bloomfield Township is one that will allow us to develop each and every student-athlete to his or her athletic, academic and life potential. Strong partnerships with quality, like-minded people who share our vision, among them, developer Steve Mazur, owner of Bloomfield Tennis and Fitness, Jerod Swallow, Managing Director of the Detroit Skating Club and Joe Neal, Owner of 2SP Sports Performance. This partnership has allowed us to expand our space, resources and environment to make the greatest possible impact on our student-athletes.”
The motto of TPH’s Center of Excellence is study, train, play. The study, or academic component, will occur in a roughly 4,000 square foot learning space, capable of housing up to 75 students. Featuring a large classroom, separate independent study areas, a dining/common area and staff offices, students will be afforded the opportunity to study in different learning environments, tailored specifically to each individual.
“The CoE academic model is about creating a selective learning environment where student-athletes can balance their studies with the demands of being an aspiring, elite athlete,” said Bill Simms, Chief Academic Officer for TPH. “The space in Bloomfield Township gives us the ability to be strategic in designing work spaces that meet individual needs, while fostering a disciplined, structured atmosphere that all students must have in order to be successful, not just in the classroom, but in the real world.”
Accommodating 75 students is just the beginning. TPH and its Bloomfield campus partners have already entered into plans to build a 9,500 square foot field house for the 2019-2020 school year. This addition will accommodate in excess of 300 student-athletes, and allows TPH to expand its CoE model to multiple sports, including figure skating, tennis, lacrosse, soccer, and baseball.
Steve Mazur, believes this campus-style setup will unite a variety of shared visions- visions that extend far beyond hockey.
“Our goal is turn the entire Bloomfield Township campus into a training ground for athletes at all levels. Linking the Detroit Skating Club’s reputation for developing world-class Olympic figure skaters, with the athletic opportunities provided in the tennis club, and now, TPH’s track record of training future junior, collegiate and professional hockey players, the opportunities for impact are endless,” Mazur said. “2018 is only the beginning in our quest to make this campus the go-to training destination for the very best athletes in the metro Detroit area and beyond.”
Detroit Skating Club Managing Director Jerod Swallow echoes Mazur’s sentiments.
“The Detroit Skating Club is very pleased to be providing training time for Total Package Hockey at our club beginning fall 2018,” Swallow said. “We share a common mission for youth sports development, to provide safe and healthy training environments for developing athletes. We feel this relationship with TPH strengthens our goal to further develop our sports campus in Bloomfield Township. TPH is bringing impactful resources to the campus through their CoE academic model and hockey skills training methods. Their presence on the campus is an enhancement to the athletes’ experience.”
Brandon Naurato wears the dual hat of Director of Hockey for the Detroit CoE and Director of Player Development for all of TPH. He is the person most responsible for the train and play components of the Center of Excellence. The Detroit native is quick to point out that while hockey has always been TPH’s game, the CoE model has far-reaching possibilities.
“While we certainly take pride in the hockey knowledge and hockey reach of TPH, we have a strong desire to take our core values and beliefs and expand to multiple sports,” Naurato said. “Now that we are in Bloomfield Township, we have the setup and capabilities to teach all athletes, not just hockey players, how to study, how to train and how to play. Bloomfield will truly be an all-encompassing academic and athletic learning factory.”
Strength, speed and overall athleticism are the hallmarks of what Naurato calls “The TPH Hockey Athlete.” The fact is, these qualities are necessary in just about every sport. Joe Neal, Owner of 2SP Sports Performance will lead Center of Excellence attendees in developing the athletic skills they need to be successful in competition. Neal’s 2SP group has been training the student-athletes at TPH’s CoE in Hazel Park. He looks forward to enhancing the partnership with TPH and hopes to be a major factor in the recruitment and retention of student-athletes to the Bloomfield campus.
“Through working with TPH over the last two years, it is clear that they are leading the development of youth players not only in the Detroit area, but across the country,” Neal said. “Their push to be that leader helps to drive our training innovations, and we look forward to being a part of that development through year round training programs.”
While Total Package Hockey and its partners on this project are excited about the amenities it will collectively offer, Bowen says, “cosmetics without culture is a failed investment,” and the commitment being made by today’s announcement runs much deeper.
“Whether it’s relocating or opening a new a Center of Excellence, starting a learn to play hockey program, or crafting the vision to expand our reach to other sports, Total Package Hockey will always be about people and relationships. What’s most gratifying for TPH is to be working alongside such great partners who share in our desire to become world-leaders. Student-athletes go where they believe will develop and improve the most. We are confident that the collective efforts of everyone involved in today’s announcement will once and for all, make the TPH Center of Excellence the destination for the most dedicated student-athletes to study, train and play to their fullest potential.”
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