A Weekly Peek at the OHL

By Brad Coccimiglio

In what I hope to make a regular feature here at
Hockey’s Future, here’s a look at the news and notes
from the past week in the Ontario Hockey League.

Player Of The Week
–Plymouth Whaler defenceman James
Wisniewski has been named the player of the week for
the week ending Nov 3rd. The 18-year-old Canton,
Michigan native posted 5 goals and 8 points in three
games last week. Wisniewski was also named the NHL’s
player of the week.

CHL Top 10
–After spending last week as the top team
in Canadian junior hockey the Sarnia Sting dropped one
spot in the weekly CHL rankings to the #2 spot. The
Western Hockey Leagues Red Deer Rebels took over the
top spot after spending last week at #3. Other OHL
teams in the top 10 include the Ottawa 67’s at #4, the
Toronto St. Michael’s Majors at #8 and the Belleville
Bulls at #10.

Players of the Month For October
–On Friday the OHL
announced the players of the month for October. The
Player of the month is Corey Locke of the Ottawa 67’s.
Locke scored 11 goals and chipped in with 16 assists
for 27 points in 10 games in October. He
was named OHL Player of the Week for the week ending
October 20th. The 18-year-old, Newmarket, Ontario
native helped lead Ottawa to a 7-2-1 record during the

The Goaltender of the Month is Barrie’s Paulo
Colaiacovo. Colaiacovo, a 19-year-old native of
Mississauga, Ontario posted a 7-2-1 record in October
to go along with a 1.71 goals against average and a
.938 save percentage.

The Rookie of the Month is John Vigilante of
Plymouth. The 17-year-old, Dearborn, Michigan native
scored 7 goals and 15 points in 11 games in October.
Vigilante recorded points in 9 of 11 games last month
including a 4-point game against Owen Sound on October

The Defenceman of the month was Kingston’s Bryan
Rodney. The 18-year-old London, Ontario native scored
2 goals and 18 points in 10 games with the Fronts last
month. The 3rd year defenceman had 7 multiple point
games including three 3-point games (against Toronto
on Oct. 13th, Mississauga on Oct. 23rd and
Peterborough on Oct. 25th).

Dmytruk Sent Down
–With the return of defenceman Ryan
MacKa to the Greyhound lineup, the Greyhounds sent
defenceman Rob Dmytruk down to the Rayside Balfour
Sabrecats of the NOJHL. Dmytruk was acquired from the
Sudbury Wolves for a 7th round draft pick that could
become a 5th round pick if Dmytruk were to play 30
games with the Hounds.

Hot Stuff
–The Kitchener Rangers have been one of the
OHL’s hottest teams of late. They have won 7 straight
games and find themselves sitting atop the Midwest
division standings with a 10-3-2-1 record, good for 23

Hot Stuff 2
–The Belleville Bulls are also on a hot
streak having won 5 games in a row and 8 of their last
10 games. The Bulls are 11-3-0-1 and trail the East
Division leading Ottawa 67’s by one point with a game
in hand.

All-Star Teams Announced
–The OHL All-Star teams were
announced for the Hershey Cup CHL All-Star Series
which will be coming up soon. The Eastern Conference
team consists of goaltenders Andy Chiodo of Toronto
St. Michael’s and Michael Mole of Belleville;
defencemen Brendan Bell of Ottawa, Kevin Klein of
Toronto St. Mike’s, Lukas Krajicek of Peterborough,
Shane O’Brien of Kingston as well as Jan Platil and
Jeremy Swanson of the Barie Colts; and forwards Tim
Brent of Toronto, Ben Eager, Nathan Horton and Brandon
Nolan of Oshawa, Matthew Foy and Corey Locke of
Ottawa, Eric Himelfarb of Barrie, Jay McClement of
Brampton, Patrick O’Sullivan of Mississauga, Eric
Staal of Peterborough, Matthew Stajan of Belleville
and Anthony Stewart of Kingston. The Eastern
Conference team will compete against the Western
Hockey League’s Western Conference All-Stars on
November 19th in Vancouver.

The Western Conference team is as follows:
goaltenders Robert Gherson of Sarnia and Tyson
Kellerman fo Saginaw; defencemen David Bowman and Tim
Gleason of Windsor, Carlo Colaiacovo of Erie, Trevor
Daley of Sault Ste. Marie, Steve Eminger of Kitchener
and Dennis Wideman of London; the forwards will be
Dustin Brown and Daniel Paile of Guelph, Gregory
Campbell, Petr Kanko and Derek Roy of Kitchener,
Miguel Delisle of Owen Sound, Chad Larose and Stephen
Weiss of Plymouth, Rick Nash and Corey Perry of
London, Kris Newbury of Sarnia and Kyle Wellwood of
Windsor. The Western conference team will meet the
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Dillio Conference
All-Stars on Nov. 27th in Kitchener, Ontario. As a
sidenote, if Rick Nash, Carlo Colaiacovo, Stephen
Weiss and Steve Eminger are not sent back to junior by
their respective NHL club’s by November 20th the OHL
will name alternate players to take their places on
the Western Conference roster.

Aquino Ruled Ineligible, for now–Oshawa General
overage forward Anthony Aquino has been ruled
ineligible to compete with the Oshawa Generals, for
now anyway. A U.S. court has ruled that, until another
U.S. court hears an ontario Hockey League appeal of
the situation, the Dallas Stars prospect can’t compete
for the Generals.

The situation is whether an NHL drafted 20-year-old
player that leaves college hockey to compete in the
CHL for an overage season is eligible to become an
unrestricted free agent if he remains unsigned.

A rule was instituted by the OHL that prevented
college players from competing in an overage season if
they have never played a season in the OHL before.

Aquino, with the help of the NHLPA, filed suit
against the OHL and was granted an injunction in U.S.
court which allowed him to join the Generals, the team
that owned his OHL rights, after leaving Merrimack

There is no word as to when the OHL’s appeal will be
heard, but until further notice Aquino is ineligible
to play.