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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

News from around the OHL

The Ontario Hockey League today announced that 154 returning eligible players that competed in the league last season have attended or are currently attending NHL training camps for the 2010-11 season.
Of the 154 OHL Players, 108 were selected in the NHL Entry Draft while 46 are free agent invites.  50 of the players at camp have been signed to NHL entry-level contracts.
While each of the 20 OHL member clubs sent at least one player to an NHL Training Camp, the back-to-back MasterCard Memorial Cup and OHL Champion Windsor Spitfires lead the way with 15 players.
All 30 NHL teams had at least one OHL player attend their camp, with the St. Louis Blues hosting 10 OHL Players in total followed by the Anaheim Ducks and the Atlanta Thrashers each with nine.
The OHL total of 154 players combined with the Western Hockey League’s 146 players, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s 91 players, brings the Canadian Hockey League total to 391 players that were invited to NHL Training Camps this season.

The Ontario Hockey League is proud today to announce that 56 overage players that competed in the league as 1989-born athletes during the 2009-10 OHL season will be continuing their hockey careers in the 2010-11 season. 
29 graduated players have signed professional contracts including 10 NHL entry-level contracts.  Those 29 players will compete in various professional leagues including the American Hockey League and the East Coast Hockey League, while 27 graduated players will be accessing their academic scholarships.  26 of those players intend to play Canadian Interuniversity Sport hockey in various programs across the country this season. 
Last season the OHL awarded a record total of 355 academic scholarships including 191 to graduated players. 

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed center Jeff Skinner to a three-year, entry-level contract. Beginning with his first full professional season, the contract will pay Skinner $810,000 per season at the NHL level or $67,500 per season at the minor-league level. Skinner receives a $270,000 signing bonus as a part of the contract.

The Knights finally secured Bobkov’s International Ice Hockey Federation transfer Tuesday so the massive Russian goalie is eligible to fit his big frame into OHL nets this season.

The London Knights and Labatt, along with Jackson Promotions welcome Wendel Clark as special guest for the London Knights Home Opener on Friday, September 24, 2010. 

IceDogs Head Coach and General Manager Marty Williamson announced today that the IceDogs have acquired forward Steven Shipley from the Owen Sound Attack in exchange for Matt Petgrave, Andrew Shaw, a 3rd round choice in 2011, a 2nd round choice in 2012 and a 3rd round choice in 2013.

The Colorado Avalanche have sent top pick Joey Hishon back to the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League.
Hishon, the 17th-overall selection in June, hurt his hand in training camp and will be out at least a week.
With that, the Avs elected Tuesday to return the centre to the Attack, the squad Hishon skated for last season.
Hishon was attempting to make the roster just like 18-year-olds Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly did in 2009-10. The youngsters helped fuel Colorado's revival last season as the team made the post-season a year after finishing last in the Western Conference

Twenty-four hours after reducing their roster to 24 players, the Soo Greyhounds have announced a trade involving one of the players released by the club on Monday.

GM Dave Torrie announced this afternoon that 19-year old defenseman MIKE MACINTYRE has been traded to the Windsor Spitfires.  In exchange the Greyhounds receive Windsor’s 10th Round selection in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection.

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