Tuesday, November 10, 2009

OHL Cup Rankings

Press Release

Toronto, ON - The Ontario Hockey League today announced the second set of their weekly minor midget rankings for the 2010 Ontario Hockey League Showcase for the OHL Cup, hosted by the GTHL. The weekly rankings are determined by a panel of OHL Central Scouting staff and represent the top teams that are competing to play in the annual year-end championship tournament.

Minor Midget Rankings for the 2010 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament – Week 2

1 Toronto Young Nats GTHL 1 2
2 Toronto Marlies GTHL 2 2
3 London Jr Knights Gold ALLIANCE 3 2
4 Detroit Honeybaked U16 MWEHL- USA - 1
5 Compuware U16 MWEHL- USA 4 2
6 Mississauga Reps GTHL 5 2
7 Ottawa Valley Titans ODMHA 6 2
8 Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs ALLIANCE 7 2
9 Toronto Jr Canadiens GTHL - 1
10 Whitby Wildcats OMHA - 1

Honourable Mention
Ottawa Jr 67's ODMHA 9 1
Huron-Perth Lakers ALLIANCE 10 1
Clarington Toros OMHA - 0

The 2010 OHL Showcase for the OHL Cup will be played at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, from March 17, 2010 through March 21, 2010. The tournament will include 20 participating teams from across Ontario and the United States. The champions and finalists from minor hockey associations in Ontario, including the GTHL, OMHA, ODMHA, ALLIANCE, and an NOHA representative will participate in the tournament with additional teams identified by the Tournament Selection Committee.

Last March, the Toronto Marlboros defeated the Elgin Middlesex Chiefs 5-1 in the championship game to capture the OHL Cup. The title was their first since 2005 with a team that included current New York Islanders rookie John Tavares and Edmonton Oilers forward Sam Gagner. The Marlboros also led the way with a total of 13 players taken in the 2009 OHL Priority Selection.

First overall pick Daniel Catenacci of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds competed in the 2009 Showcase as captain of the York Simcoe Express, while his current Greyhounds rookie teammate Nick Cousins led the tournament in scoring with 13 points in six games as a member of the Quinte Red Devils. First round selections Boone Jenner (Oshawa Generals) of the Chiefs and Ryan Strome (Barrie Colts) of the Marlboros finished tied for second in tournament scoring with 11 points in seven games. Second and third overall picks Alan Quine (Kingston Frontenacs) and Ryan Murphy (Kitchener Rangers) also competed at the event last season with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens and York Simcoe Express respectively.

Several current OHL stars are graduates of the OHL Cup including Taylor Hall and Ryan Ellis of the Windsor Spitfires, Tyler Seguin of the Plymouth Whalers, Ethan Werek of the Kingston Frontenacs, and John McFarland of the Sudbury Wolves.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

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