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Posted: May 5th, 2013

Veteran D Spencer Abraham figures Dane Fox and Jimmy McDowell are locks for two of the Erie Otters’ three overager spots for the 2013-14 OHL season. The departure of D Jack Kuzmyk, who recently informed club officials he has chosen to enroll in school instead of trying to play his final season in major juniors, leaves as Abraham as the only other OA on the current roster.
Yet Abraham doesn’t think he’s a sure thing right now. “I’m going to have to earn my spot,” he said. OAs need to be among the best players on the team. So where doe Abraham feel he fits in?
“I can be a depth guy,” he said, who can serve as a mentor to younger Ds like returnees Justin Felker and Darren Raddysh, soon-to-be signed 2013 second-round pick Jesse Saban and highly-touted 2012 pick Travis Dermott.
“They’re young guys coming into the league,” said Abraham, who heads into his fourth year in the OHL. “It’s a tough league. I can show them the way they need to work and the way they need to act.”
* Taking the next step: Defense prospect Patrick Murphy needed to get thinner, faster and stronger to have a chance to play for the Otters next season. He’s spending the offseason doing just that.
A more streamlined version of the Otters’ fifth-round pick in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection looked impressive during the club’s rookie development camp this weekend at Mercyhurst Ice Center.
“I wasn’t fast enough and too soft in the corners. That’s where I needed to step up to stick around,” said Murphy, who spent brief stints with the club the past two seasons.
* Hitting his mark: First-round pick Dylan Strome tossed a strike Friday night at Jerry Uht Park, when he threw the ceremonial first pitch before the Erie SeaWolves game. Strome wishes he was more accurate with his shots in Saturday’s scrimmages at MIC. He scored in the first scrimmage featuring mainly players with 1996 and 1997 birth years.
Yet he was stopped on a few quality chances in the second scrimmage.
Yet on the plus side, he quickly learned how much of a jump he will face from minor midgets to the OHL. Besides being a faster game, he said, “you’ve got to brace yourself for every hit.”
* A weekend off: C Connor McDavid enjoyed a leisurely weekend at MIC. He didn’t skate because he’s only a week removed from winning a gold medal at the IIHF U18 World Championship in Sochi, Russia. Besides, he’s still savoring the memorable experience, and not because he led all players in the tournament with eight goals and 14 points.
He enjoyed playing some of the best players in the world in that age group. McDavid also appreciated what he saw on the ice at MIC this weekend.
“It looks good out there,” he said. “I’m looking forward to training camp.”
* Getting offensive: C Kyle Pettit developed into a reliable defensive forward for the Otters last season as a 16-year-old rookie. Yet he focused on his offensive game this offseason. He has worked strictly on offense four days a week.
“It’s nice to get an offensive approach to my game,” he said.

Posted: June 12th, 2010

Chris Marchese (Contributed/Aaron Bell, OHL Images)

All veteran players, 2010 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection picks and prospects are scheduled to arrive in Erie Friday night for the Erie Otters‘ 15th Annual Summer Awards Banquet and Fitness Testing Weekend.

Registration for the weekend begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Tullio Arena. Saturday morning all players will take part in Fitness Testing at Gannon University‘s Carneval Athletic Pavillion, beginning at 7 a.m., followed by dry land training on the Gannon University Field, starting at 1 p.m. The dry land training session is open to the general public.

On Saturday night, Otters first-round draft pick Chris Marchese will throw out the first pitch before the Erie SeaWolves play the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Jerry Uht Park, which start at 7:05 p.m.. Marchese will then sign autographs for fans in the concourse.

The annual Summer Awards Banquet, which is sold out, takes place Sunday in the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel starting at 12 p.m.

- From Erie Otters news release

Posted: June 7th, 2010

The Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League have announced that 2010 first round draft pick Chris Marchese will throw out the first pitch before the Erie SeaWolves‘ baseball game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Jerry Uht Park Saturday night.

Marchese, a native of Woodbridge, Ontario, collected 39 goals and 56 assists in 72 games playing left wing for the Toronto Marlboros last season. He was teammates with Adam Pelech and Connor Brown, both selected by the Otters in May. Marchese will be available for autographs in the concourse during the start of the game.

Marchese and the rest of the Otters will be in town for the 15th Annual Summer Awards Banquet, which takes place Sunday in the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel starting at 12:00 p.m. The banquet is sold out.

Season tickets for the 2010-11 season are available at one of the most affordable prices in the OHL. Reserve your seat for all 34 Otters home games and receive a number of outstanding season ticket holder benefits including personalized season ticket books, free tickets to Otters preseason games played at the Tullio Arena, unused ticket redemption opportunities, merchandise discounts and more. Also ask about our new VIP Hat Trick Club!

The eighth annual Erie Otters Champions for Education Golf Tournament will be held August 30th at Lake Shore Country Club. The noon shotgun tournament offers golfers an opportunity to play a round with a member of the Otters (current or alumni) on one of Erie’s most challenging and picturesque 18-hole courses.

The benefactor of the Tournament is the Erie Otters Education Fund, which supports The Brad Boyes Scholarship, awarded annually to a local male high school athlete who excels on and off the playing field. The Fund also assists in the educational needs of former members of the Otters following their OHL careers. The tournament also supports numerous charities.

Registration for the tourney is $150 per player and includes golf with cart, lunch, snacks and beverages on the course, dinner following golf, prizes and much, much more. Space is limited so register today by calling the Otters’ office at 455-7779.

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

- From Erie Otters news release

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