OHLers Earn Leadership Roles on Top Prospect Teams
The leading point getter among OHL defenseman and member, Ryan Murphy of the Kitchner Rangers, was named one of two alternate captains for Team Cherry at this Wednesday’s CHL Top Prospects Game. Dougie Hamilton of the Niagara IceDogs was selected as an alternate captain for Team Orr.
Sean Couturier of the Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Red Deer Rebels (WHL) were named the captains for Team Cherry and Team Orr, respectively.
Tickets for the game can still be purchased at www.ticketmaster.ca. For more information on the Top Prospects game, including team rosters and news leading up to the event, visit www.homehardwaretopprospectsgame.com.
Central Scouting Draft Rankings
The NHL Central Scouting Bureau released their mid-term rankings on Monday, which included 133 players from the CHL and 57 from the OHL. Gabriel Landeskog of the Kitchener Rangers topped the charts as the number one ranked North American prospect. Twenty-three of the top thirty players representing the CHL will play in the Top Prospects game on Wednesday.
Top 10 CHL Rankings
The Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors were named the second best team in the entire CHL last week for the second straight week – behind the Saint John’s Sea Dogs – with a record of 30-7-0-1. The Saginaw Spirit paced themselves to a sixth place finish in the rankings, positing a 27-8-3-1 record this season.
Two Players Banned for Substance Abuse
Alexander Aleardi of the Plymouth Whalers and Ryan O’Connor of the Saginaw Spirit have each received an eight game suspension after violating the OHL’s substance abuse policy. The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports found the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine after conducting urine tests in November.
“These players and the teams concerned were extremely cooperative throughout the process,” said CHL President David Branch on OntarioHockeyLeague.com. “We are completely satisfied that the players used a supplement which they had purchased over the counter at a local retail outlet and had no knowledge that it contained a stimulant.”
Memorial Cup Tickets on Sale
The Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors will release ticket packages to the public on Monday, January 17th. The Majors announced that over 80% of the tickets have already been sold, so they are only releasing tickets located in the gold and red sections.
For ticket information, visit www.stmichaelsmajors.com or call 905-502-7788. The Memorial Cup begins on May 20 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.