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Posted: April 29th, 2012

Erie Otters defenseman Adam Pelech headlined the winners as the sole owner of three awards at the team’s annual Awards Banquet held Sunday afternoon at the Bayfront Convention Center.

The second-year defenseman rebounded after an early-season injury and was a steady influence on the blue line, collecting 20 points in 44 games. Pelech took home Player of the Year and Defenseman of the Year honors, joining Chris
as the only defensemen to be named as Player of the Year.

Pelech also won the Sertz Family Scholastic Award as the team’s top student-athlete for the second straight season. Earlier in the week, Pelech became the first player in OHL history to win the Ivan Tennant Memorial Award and the Bobby Smith Trophy and he also was part of a Team Canada squad that captured the bronze medal at the IIHF World Under-18 Championships.

Pelech’s Toronto Marlboros teammate Connor Brown won a pair of trophies after an excellent first season in the OHL with 53 points, second best among league rookies. Brown won the Most Sportsmanlike Player award and shared Rookie of the Year honors with Stephen Harper, who led 1995-born players with 24 goals this season.

For the first time in team history, five players were joint-winners of the Most Valuable Player award. In addition to Pelech, Brown and Harper, forwards Dane Fox and Luke Cairns also shared the trophy.

Other award winners from the Otters 17th Annual Awards Banquet included Fox (Leading Scorer), Cairns (Most Improved Player), Ramis Sadikov (Locastro-Bonini Three Star Award), Connor Crisp (Bassin Award for Dedication), Travis Wood and Jake Evans (co-winners of the Vince Scott Award for Determination) and Mac McDonnell (Steve Nimigon Humanitarian Award).

- From Erie Otters news release

Posted: April 29th, 2012

Erie Otters defenseman Adam Pelech will undergo what he called minor surgery Wednesday to remove the screw in his surgically repaired wrist.
“The screw really doesn’t need to be in there anymore,” he said during the club’s annual awards banquet Sunday at the Bayfront Convention Center. “(Doctors are) just going to take it out, and I can go back to rehabbing and get back to full strength.”
Pelech fractured his wrist in September, which led to a 10-week layoff. Pelech said the screw didn’t affect his play on the ice after he rejoined the lineup in December. Yet it limited his off-ice training.
He won’t be able to do upper-body training while recovering from his latest surgery.
“But it’s still early,” he said. “I’ll also be able to go the gym and do all types of stuff. It’s good that I’m getting (the screw removed). (His wrist is) probably going to get back to 100 percent quicker.”

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: April 29th, 2012

Erie Otters goaltender Devin Williams still suffers from the effects of a concussion suffered March 2 against Saginaw. He has the “same symptoms that I was having before,” he said during the club’s annual awards banquet Sunday at the Bayfront Convention Center.
Williams failed to pass several concussion tests in the past two months. He underwent his latest test earlier this weekend, but hadn’t learned the results yet. He can’t begin preparing for the 2012-13 OHL season until he passes a test. “Sitting on the couch right now; that’s about it,” he said.
Yet Williams isn’t concerned about being ready for the season. “I’m getting better,” he said. “I’ve already got (training) planned out for after I get healthy. I’ll be ready to go.”

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: April 6th, 2012

Sherry Bassin expected to make the Erie Otters’ two-year Tullio Arena lease extension official Friday.
Bassin, Otters managing partner and general manager, said Friday he planned to sign the paperwork that night and present it to Casey Wells, the Erie County Convention Center Authority’s executive director. On March 19, Bassin announced they had reached an agreement in principle that would keep the OHL franchise in Erie through the 2013-14 season. The current three-year lease expires at the end of June.
“There’s no dramatic moment because I believe it was going to be done anyway,” Bassin said Friday at the Bayfront Convention Center, where he introduced center Connor McDavid as the No. 1 pick in today’s OHL Priority Selection.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: March 27th, 2012

The Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League have announced the details of the 2012 Erie Otters Draft Weekend presented by Springhill Suites by Marriott and Colony Pub and Grille in cooperation with the Erie County Convention Center Authority, which will take place Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7.

The centerpiece of the weekend will take place April 6 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. when the Bayfront Convention Center hosts the unveiling of the first overall choice made by the Otters in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection. The first overall selection will be announced live from the event at 5:00 p.m.

Corporate partners are invited to the event, and it also provides an opportunity for Season Ticket Holders to renew their tickets for the 2012-2013 OHL season at Tullio Arena. Those who place a $50 deposit on their 2012-2013 Season Tickets will have an opportunity to meet the first overall draft pick and enjoy light refreshments.

Season Ticket Holder renewal information for the 2012-2013 season will be mailed to homes by the end of the week.

The 2012 OHL Priority Selection will begin at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, April 7 when the Otters will begin the 15-round process. They will hold 15 choices in the draft, including five of the first 55 selections.

For further information contact the Erie Otters at 814-455-7779 or e-mail the Otters at

- From Erie Otters news release

Erie Otters’ 2012 draft picks

1st round – 1st overall
2nd round (from WSR) – 27th overall
2nd round (from SBY) – 35th overall
3rd round – 44th overall
3rd round (from SAR) – 55th overall
5th round – 84th overall
6th round – 104th overall
6th round (from SAR) – 115th overall
8th round – 144th overall
9th round – 164th overall
10th round – 184th overall
11th round – 204th overall
13th round – 244th overall
14th round – 264th overall
15th round (from OTT) – 300th overall

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