PeterboroughGreg Betzold and Stephen Nosad are facing discipline from the team as a result of being heavily intoxicated while at a game they were both not participating in. The incident occurred on Saturday November 15th when their Peterborough Petes hosted the Niagara IceDogs, a game they won 5-1. Read the rest of this entry »

Having a coach who also acts as GM is kind of like having a CEO who is also the chairman of the board. There are so many ethical issues with structuring any organization like that. Relative to the Steelheads, coach/GM James Boyd needs to make it past the first round of the playoffs in order to ensure his job for next year. Read the rest of this entry »

The Guelph Storm have acquired overage forward Chris Marchese and a 10th round pick inGuelph 2017 from the Windsor Spitfires. In exchange, the Storm send a 2017 3rd round pick to Windsor.

The Spitfires recoup their 3rd round pick as it is the same pick Guelph acquired from Sarnia yesterday in exchange for Stephen Pierog, The pick originally belonged to Windsor.

 

 

The Kitchener Rangers have acquired 1995 born Defender Thomas Welsh from the Mississauga Steelheads.

To Kitchener:Kitchener-Rangers

- Thomas Welsh

To Mississauga:

- 9th Round Pick (2016)

The Guelph Storm have begun the unloading process by trading overage center Stephen Pierog to the Guelph Storm. The deal leaves the Storm with 1 overage player and the Sting at their max of 3. Sarnia

To Sarnia:

- Stephen Pierog

To Guelph:

- 3rd Round Pick (Windsor, 2017)
- 10th Round Pick (Sarnia, 2016)

Pierog, a native of Guelph, has appeared in 20 games this season for the Storm notching 8 points consisting of 3 goals and 5 assists.

It’s well documented all of the current lawsuits involving the CHL but now one of the most well respected and honourable owners in CHL history is facing a $4.5 million lawsuit. A lawsuit was filed in an Erie court on Wednesday by the Ontario Major Junior Hockey Corp, a subsidiary company of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers. The lawsuit is a result of an aborted sale.

The Ontario Major Junior Hockey Corporation loaned Bassin a total of $4.2 million as part of a deal that would have resulted in the sale of the OHL franchise by December 26, 2013, that deal was never completed. The corporation had plans to move the team to Hamilton.

The lawsuit seeks repayment plus interest.

 

The Niagara IceDogs have acquired New York Islanders first rounder Josh Ho-Sang from the Windsor Spitfires.

To Windsor:

- Hayden McCool
- 2016 2nd Round Selection
- 2018 2nd Round Selection
- 2019 2nd Round Selection

To Niagara:

- Josh Ho-Sang

The deal was said to be in the works for the first time on Thursday night but it appeared talks cooled down as a result of Ho-Sang using his no trade clause. It’s no secret the talented forward wanted to be closer to home, in the Toronto area. This is when the NHL’s New York Islanders stepped in and convinced their first rounder that Niagara is probably a good fit for him. Don’t forget, one of the Islanders top prospects in Ryan Strome was a Niagara IceDogs not too long ago.

Ho-Sang has notched 19 points in his first 11 games with the Spitfires this season while McCool, a former 6th overall selection by the IceDogs in 2013, has struggled so far in his OHL career and could benefit from a fresh start in a new city,

Ho-Sang’s name first came across the OHL’s trade wire last month.

The Erie Otters are poised to make a serious run, one issue they will face is lack of experience. While they are currently tied with Ottawa for title of oldest D core in the league with an average age of 1995.56, they have the youngest forward group in the league with an average age of 1996.43. There are only 14 out of 25 Erie Otters roster players with playoff experience and most of those have not exceeded 10 playoff games played. How do you fix this?

You go out and acquire that experience and what could be better than going right to the defending OHL cup champions.

I’m told that the Erie Otters have had discussions with Mike Kelly regarding a few Guelph Storm skaters. Conversations primarily regarding LW Tyler Bertuzzi as well as what we’ll call less significant conversations regarding Ben Harpur & Jason Dickinson. I’m told said discussions are nothing more than Mike Kelly guaging interest in his assets and the Erie Otters have little to no interest at this time. All 3 of those players are drafted and signed with an NHL club. Bertuzzi, nephew of NHLer Todd Bertuzzi is signed with the Detroit Redwings while Dickinson is signed with the Dallas Stars and Harpur just signed his entry level deal last week with the Ottawa Senators.

The Guelph Storm cleared an overage spot by waiving forward Justin Auger, this allows them the sufficient space to acquire an overage in any trade with the Erie Otters who have stated they are looking to solve their overage problem sooner rather than later. The Otters are currently one overager over the OHL’s limit of 3 and between Kurtis MacDermid, Cory Genovese, Joel Wigle and Troy Donnay, one of them will need to go.

Add the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds into the mix for Tyler Bertuzzi. Reports have surfaced that the Greyhounds may have an interest in the left winger. We know the Greyhounds and Storm have a history of making deals and the Greyhounds could certainly use a player like Bertuzzi to load up for a run at the OHL title.

The Storm do not want a return centered around picks, they already have boat loads. They want a good, serviceable young player as the main part of any deal. Guelph is a one-stop-shop so to speak and Mike Kelly knows his club holds many of the necessary cards to build an OHL champion. It’s this reason that none of his assets will move for anything less than what will originally be seen as an overpayment.

 

Justin Auger was placed on OHL waivers today by the Guelph Storm. The 6’7 left winger who spent the last 4 seasons with the OHL’s Storm is currently playing in the Los Angeles Kings system with the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs.

It has long been known that Auger will not be back in the OHL, so while somebody could claim him, the move would do nothing except burn up an overage spot – which is exactly what the Storm were trying to clear with the move.

Cole Cassels, Mitch Vande Sompel, and Ken Appleby have been named to the Subway Super Series roster for the game in Peterborough vs Team Russia.  Vande Sompel was also added to the second game in Kingston.  This is not surprising as Cassels is currently 2nd in Eastern Conference scoring with 30 points in 17 games, Vande Sompel is 2nd in OHL defenceman with 20 points and Appleby leads OHL goalies in wins (13), goals against average (1.85), shutouts (3) and save percentage (.930).

 

The games are Thursday, November 13th in Peterborough and Monday, November 17th in Kingston.

Vande Sompel is eligible for the 2015 NHL draft, so these two games could go a long way in helping him climb the ranks in the draft lists.

Michael Dal Colle will also play in both games.