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To Hamilton:

  • Mason Marchment
  • 4th Round Selection

To Erie:

  • 3rd Round Selection (Sarnia)
  • 9th Round Selection (Saginaw)

The Mississauga Steelheads announced they’ve acquired overage goaltender, Jack Flinn from the Owen Sound Attack in exchange for forward Bryson Cianfrone and a 5th round pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.


August 6: London trades Zack Grzelewski to the Flint Firebirds in exchange for a 3rd Round Pick (London, 2016).

August 6: Erie trades Patrick Murphy to the Sudbury Wolves in exchange for a 15th Round Pick (Cond., 2018).

August 7: Windsor trades Graeme Brown to the Kingston Frontenacs in exchange for a 4th Round Pick (2017).

August 11: Kingston trades Jacob Graves to the Oshawa Generals in exchange for a 15th Round Pick (Cond., 2017).

LondonThe London Knights announced they’ve managed to acquire overage forward Joel Wigle from the Erie Otters today. Wigle had previously been sent home to Brantford, ON as a result of an overage problem in Erie. He’s been staying in game shape by skating and and attending Caledonia Corvairs Jr. B games and practices. He was going to join the Corvairs if he couldn’t find an OHL suitor.  (more…)

ErieThe Erie Otters had stated they were looking to add at least one more body to the mix before the OHL’s trade deadline. They did just that this morning in a trade with the Belleville Bulls.

The Otters have landed 1995 born forwards Remi Elie and Jake Marchment from the Bulls. Elie is a Dallas Stars NHL draft choice and Jake Marchment is an LA Kings NHL draft choice. Elie was a 2nd round pick in 2013 by the Stars while Marchment was a 6th round selection by the Kings in 2014.

Marchment was subject of a 15 game OHL suspension earlier this season and had since requested a trade from the Bulls after it was announced that he would no longer be wearing the “C”.


The Erie Otters have an overage problem to solve. With the league’s allowed limit of 3 overagers per roster, the Otters need to move one of either defensemen Troy Donnay, Cory Genovese, Kurtis MacDermid or forward Joel Wigle and they need to do so before the overage deadline on January 8, 2015.  (more…)

Everyone knew it was coming, it really was just a matter of when the trigger was pulled, and we all knew it was going to be sooner rather than later, but it doesn’t help the situation.


Today, Nick Baptiste, leaves behind the only club he has played in his four years in the OHL, and makes the move to the West, to the power house, Erie Otters. What do you even call the team? 2015 Memorial Cup Champs might be fitting. They have the key pieces. Connor McDavid is the run away, at least that’s the consensus, for the 1st overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, add in Dylan Strome, who is tied for first in league scoring, with none other than McDavid. Then you have the top rookie in Alex Debrincat, who as of today sits 5th in scoring having already notched 40 points in 23 games. For fun, we throw in Williams, who although does not have the best save percentage, has won 12 of 16 games he has started in. Now you add in Baptiste, game over. This leaves every other coaching staff in the OHL waiving the white towel in defeat. How do you even begin to develop a game plan to stop that? Erie Otters will not only be making a run for the Memorial Cup, they will be hoisting it come May. That’s a bold statement to make, but if everything goes the way it should, Erie will be having one hell of a party.

As for Nick, his season did not begin the way he wanted it to, after suffering a shoulder injury during pre season action, that kept him out for 6 weeks. He was being treated by Buffalo Sabres medical staff, as they were keeping a close eye on their 69th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Since his return though, the 6’1, 190 lbs, power forward has registered 11 points in 12 games. Put that in perspective as he played those 12 games on a losing team. A team who has struggled not only on the ice but off this season. So being almost a point a game player and going to Erie will make for a very interesting scenario.

The Otters are happy to have Nick and why wouldn’t they be after compiling two players and four top draft picks in order to land him. “Nick’s a high end player that you know wasn’t finishing the year in Sudbury. (It was) Kind of a no brainer targeting him.” said Otters assistant coach Jay McKee. The Otters knew obtaining Nick’s services would not be cheap and they did not expect to land a player such as Baptiste for anything less than they did. Erie

Otters GM Sherry Bassin stated that Connor McDavid’s injury did not force their hand and quicken trade discussions. The talks with Sudbury regarding Baptiste have now been going on steadily now for weeks. Bassin went on to say “I can’t wait to see them (McDavid, Debrincat, Baptiste) play together.” If you can I recommend taking a little road trip and watching this team play, because it will be worth every dollar.

There were a lot of teams interested in Baptiste’s services, Oshawa was in it to the last few seconds, Mississauga held talks with Blaine Smith, to name a few, but in the end, the opportunity to play in Erie was just too good to pass up. Nick waived his no trade, and now becomes the newest member of the Otters.

Nick has been a leader both on the ice and off, and has been actively involved in the community since he joined the Wolves. I don’t doubt he’ll continue to be heavily involved off the ice during his time as an Otter.

Baptiste and the McDavidless Otters are home to Mississauga on Thursday night then travel to London Friday night before returning home on Saturday in time to face the Belleville Bulls.



The Erie Otters announced they’ve acquired Buffalo Sabres prospect Nick Baptiste from the Sudbury Wolves. In exchange the Wolves receive two players as well as four draft picks.

To Sudbury:

– Cole Mayo (1997 born defender)
– Travis Wood (1995 born LW)
– Sault Ste. Marie 2nd Round Pick (2015)
– Belleville’s 3rd Round Pick (2015)
– Erie’s 3rd Round Pick (2018)
– Erie’s 2nd Round Pick (2020)

To Erie:

– Nick Baptiste (1995 born RW)

Erie Otters assistant coach Jay McKee had this to say of the acquisition, ” Baptiste is a high end player that you know wasn’t finishing the year in Sudbury.. Kind of a no brainer targeting him.” McKee was fully aware of the heavy price tag and didn’t expect to be able to land the player any cheaper than they did.

The line of Debrincat-McDavid-Baptiste will be a threat to say the least and the combination of Baptiste and McDavid may continue into the NHL at some time in the future as Baptiste is a Buffalo Sabres prospect.

Erie is now the a shoe-in for the Memorial Cup.

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.