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Posted: July 2nd, 2014

OTTERS EXTRA: Otters’ history in CHL Import Draft

A look back The past selections in the CHL Import Draft: Year Pos. Name (pick) Home country Career statistics 1996 D Arvid Rekis (21st) Latvia 25 G, 138 Pts, 337 PIM – 242 GP (1996-2000) 1996 RW Vadim Sharapov (50th) Russia 34 G, 77 Pts, 220 PIM – 118 GP (1996-98) 1998 RW Nikita Alexeev [...]

Posted: June 29th, 2014

NHL DRAFT EXTRA: 41 OHL players taken in NHL Entry Draft

Here’s a list of the 41 OHL players selected in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft this weekend at Wells Fargo Center in Phiadelphia… No. Pos. Name (OHL club) – NHL club First round 1. D Aaron Ekblad (Barrie) – Florida 4. C Sam Bennett (Kingston) – Calgary 5. LW Michael Dal Colle (Oshawa) – N.Y. [...]

Posted: June 26th, 2014

NHL DRAFT EXTRA: Barrie’s Ekblad should be No. 1 pick

The 2014 NHL Entry Draft has been described as wide open with several players capable of being the No. 1 pick. That may be true, yet the player that should be picked first overall tonight at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia seems simple to me – Barrie D Aaron Ekblad. Why? Because I’ve always believed you [...]

Posted: June 25th, 2014

OTTERS UPDATE: Strome heading to Canada’s U-18 Camp

Erie Otters C Dylan Strome joins 42 other CHL players that are invited to attend Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Selection Camp, which runs from Aug. 2-5 at Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, Alberta. The camp will help determine the 22-player team that will represent Canada at the 2014 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup from [...]

Posted: June 24th, 2014

OTTERS EXTRA: Otters open 2014-15 season Sept. 24 in Saginaw

The Erie Otters will headline opening night of the 2014-15 OHL season, when they visit Saginaw Sept. 24 at Dow Event Center in a rematch of a Western Conference first-round series won by the Otters in five games this past season. The other game features Kitchener traveling to Owen Sound for a Midwest Division matchup. [...]

Posted: May 17th, 2014

OTTERS EXTRA: Bily still undecided, young D vying for spots and other camp notes

Shaun Bily is experiencing life in the OHL this weekend during the Erie Otters’ rookie development at Mercyhurst Ice Center. But it could be Otters’ main camp in August before he chooses between the OHL and the NCAA. “I’m undecided,” said Bily, the Otters’ third-round pick in last month’s Priority Selection who last October committed [...]

Posted: May 15th, 2014

OTTERS EXTRA: Check out the Memorial Cup schedule

Mastercard Memorial Cup schedule at Budweiser Gardens – London, Ontario  Friday – Val d’Or (QMJHL champion) vs. London (Host club), 7 p.m. Saturday – Guelph (OHL champion) vs. Edmonton (WHL champion), 4 p.m. Sunday – London vs. Edmonton, 7 p.m. Monday – Guelph vs. Val d’Or, 7 p.m. Tuesday – Edmonton vs. Val d’Or, 7 [...]

Posted: May 14th, 2014

OTTERS EXTRA: Otters top OHL with 6 all-star selections

OHL All-Star Team First team (voting points in parentheses) C – Scott Laughton, Oshawa (62) LW – Dane Fox, Erie (83) RW – Connor Brown, Erie (88) D – Aaron Ekblad, Barrie (93) D – Slater Koekkoek, Windsor (55) G – Alex Nedeljkovic, Plymouth (67) Coach – D.J. Smith, Oshawa (48) Second Team C – Connor [...]

Posted: May 9th, 2014

OTTERS EXTRA: Otters’ Brown, McDavid up for CHL awards

Erie Otters Fs Connor Brown and Connor McDavid captured OHL awards. Now they have a chance to add CHL honors to their resume. The CHL announced today the finalists for 10 major awards that will be presented at the league’s annual Awards Ceremony on May 24 in London, Ontario. Brown, the OHL’s reigning Red Tilson [...]

Posted: May 7th, 2014

OTTERS EXTRA: Schedule for Otters’ Prospect Development Camp

Erie Otters Prospect Development Camp May 16-18 at Mercyhurst Ice Center May 17 11am-Noon — Team Blue practice Noon-1pm — Team Red practice 6:30-8:30pm — Inter-squad game May 18 7:45-9:45am — Inter-squad game Note: On-ice sessions are open to the public   Edited with BlogPad Pro