Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League in association with the Ontario Hockey League and the Oshawa Generals and Sudbury Wolves Hockey Clubs today announced the Team OHL rosters for the 2013 SUBWAY® Super Series.

 

Team OHL will compete against the Russian National Junior Team in Game 3 of the series in Oshawa on Thursday November 21 with Game 4 to be played in Sudbury on Monday November 25.  The series also includes two games in the QMJHL prior to both OHL games, and ends with the two games hosted by the WHL.

 

29 players have been selected to represent the OHL in the 2013 SUBWAY® Super Series including 12 players who attended Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Development Camp.  That group includes 2015 NHL Draft prospect Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters, along with Max Domi, Bo Horvat, and Ryan Rupert of the London Knights, Brendan Gaunce of the Belleville Bulls, Scott Laughton of the Oshawa Generals, and Kerby Rychel of the Windsor Spitfires.  Defenceman in that group include Matt Finn of the Guelph Storm, the Spitfires’ Slater Koekkoek, Darnell Nurse of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, and the Otters’ Adam Pelech.  Also included is goaltender Jake Paterson of the Saginaw Spirit who was a member of Team Canada in the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

 

Laughton is one of four Generals’ competing in the game in Oshawa alongside forward and 2014 NHL Draft prospect Michael Dal Colle, defenceman Josh Brown, and goaltender Daniel Altshuller.  Two members of the Sudbury Wolves will compete before the home crowd in Game 4 of the series including forwards Nicholas Baptiste and Mathew Campagna. 

 

The Team OHL rosters were assembled by a Selection Committee that includes Jeff Twohey of the Generals, and Owen Sound Attack General Manager Dale DeGray.  Both Twohey and DeGray worked in consultation with Hockey Canada Head Scout Ryan Jankowski. 

 

In 10 years of competition against the Russian National Junior Team, the OHL has a record of 19-1 in this series following a 2-1 loss last season in Guelph, and a 2-1 victory in Sarnia. 

 

Team OHL Roster – Oshawa – November 21

 

*players competing in both games

 

Goaltenders (2):

Daniel Altshuller (Oshawa Generals)

Matthew Murray (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)*

 

Defencemen (7):

Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack)*

Josh Brown (Oshawa Generals)*

Aaron Ekblad (Barrie Colts)*

Matt Finn (Guelph Storm)

Slater Koekkoek (Windsor Spitfires)

Darnell Nurse (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)*

Adam Pelech (Erie Otters)*

 

Forwards (12):

Josh Anderson (London Knights)*

Connor Brown (Erie Otters)*

Michael Dal Colle (Oshawa Generals)

Max Domi (London Knights)*

Brendan Gaunce (Belleville Bulls)*

Bo Horvat (London Knights)*

Scott Kosmachuk (Guelph Storm)

Scott Laughton (Oshawa Generals)*

Connor McDavid (Erie Otters)*

Brock McGinn (Guelph Storm)

Zach Nastasiuk (Owen Sound Attack)

Kerby Rychel (Windsor Spitfires)

 

Staff:

Head Coach – D.J Smith (Oshawa Generals)

Assistant Coach – Roger Hunt (Oshawa Generals)

Assistant Coach – Paul McFarland (Oshawa Generals)

Head Athletic Trainer – Bryan Boyes (Oshawa Generals)

 

Team OHL Roster – Sudbury – November 25

 

*players competing in both games

 

Goaltenders (2):

Matthew Murray (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)*

Jake Paterson (Saginaw Spirit)

 

Defencemen (6):

Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack)*

Josh Brown (Oshawa Generals)*

Trevor Carrick (Mississauga Steelheads)

Aaron Ekblad (Barrie Colts)*

Darnell Nurse (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)*

Adam Pelech (Erie Otters)*

 

Forwards (13):

Josh Anderson (London Knights)*

Nicholas Baptiste (Sudbury Wolves)

Sam Bennett (Kingston Frontenacs)

Connor Brown (Erie Otters)*

Mathew Campagna (Sudbury Wolves)

Max Domi (London Knights)*

Brendan Gaunce (Belleville Bulls)*

Bo Horvat (London Knights)*

Scott Laughton (Oshawa Generals)*

Connor McDavid (Erie Otters)*

Chris Tierney (London Knights)

Ryan Rupert (London Knights)

Carter Verhaeghe (Niagara IceDogs)

 

Staff:

Head Coach – Dale Hunter (London Knights)

Assistant Coach – Paul Fixter (Sudbury Wolves)

Assistant Coach – David Matsos (Sudbury Wolves)

Head Athletic Trainer – Dan Buckland (Sudbury Wolves)

 

The 2013 SUBWAY® Super Series is supported by CHL associate sponsors, Bank of Montreal, and Old Dutch.

 

All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet with the two QMJHL games shown on TVA Sports.

 

The schedule for the 2013 SUBWAY® Super Series is as follows:
Game 1 – Monday November 18 at Gatineau, QC
Game 2 – Wednesday November 20 at Sherbrooke, QC
Game 3 – Thursday November 21 at Oshawa, ON
Game 4 – Monday November 25 at Sudbury, ON
Game 5 – Wednesday November 27 at Red Deer, AB
Game 6 – Thursday November 28 at Lethbridge, AB

 

Twohey, DeGray and Jankowski were joined by players Mathew Campagna and Scott Laughton in a media conference call following the selection.

Twohey began by saying “It’s not an easy selection. There’s a lot of great players in this league and we could not get them all in because of the logistics and some of the scheduling demands.” He added “With this series there’s obviously two purposes. One is to evaluate for the World Juniors and two is to win. We are going to try and accomplish both.”

DeGray reiterated Twohey’s sentiments about the difficult decisions that had to be made. Jankowski called it “a very important time and event for out evaluations. It’s going to be our last viewing of these players heading into our selection process to pick the camp roster for the World Junior team. “He added, “We want to start that winning culture with this tournament for a world junior tournament with these games. It’s very important for a Hockey Canada standpoint and also the Ontario Hockey League standpoint. We meet all the requirements with this and we have the right players to compete for a spot with the world junior team.”

Scott Laughton called it “pretty special” to be playing in the event for the second straight year. “To play with this kind of talent kind of gives you the chills to look at the roster and see how much talent we have.” He went on to say “I’m very thankfully to be on this roster in both games and try and get two wins.”

Mathew Campagna said “To represent the OHL, the OHL is such a well known league it’s an honor to play for the OHL and also represent Hockey Canada. I feel special to represent Sudbury.”

Twohey was asked what makes Kirby Rychel a good choice for Team OHL. “Kirby is a premier winger in the league obviously. He’s a left winger who scores goals, he plays hard, and he’s a physical presence, He’s a typical world junior candidate.”

On Aaron Ekblad, Jankowski said “Aaron was a very key player for us at the Under 18 Ivan Hlinka Tournament this summer. He was the captain of the team, played a large amount of minutes and was a huge part of the success that we had. Obviously with the run they had last year with the Barrie Colts last year in the playoffs he really established himself as a premier defenseman in the Ontario Hockey League and he has certainly been rewarded again with an opportunity to try his stuff with Team OHL and we’ll see how his play goes towards having an opportunity to play for Canada’s world junior team.”

Jankowski added “without a doubt there are still some spots to fill for Team Canada and that’s why these games are so important.”