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Posted: October 30th, 2013

Erie Otters forwards Connor Brown and Connor McDavid and defenseman Adam Pelech were selected to play for Team OHL in the two-game Subway Super Series. The games against the Russian National Junior Team will be played Nov. 21 at General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Ontario, and Nov. 25 at Sudbury Community Arena in Sudbury, Ontario.
Brown entered Thursday’s schedule leading the league with 31 points (11 goals, 20 assists), while McDavid was tied for third with 28 points and stands atop the list with 23 assists. Pelech ranks among the top 10 defensemen with 13 points (five goals, eight assists).
The Russian team also will face Team QMJHL on Nov. 18 in Gatineau, Quebec, and Nov. 20 in Sherbrooke, Quebec. The annual event concludes with games against Team WHL on Nov. 27 in Red Deer, Alberta, and Nov. 28 in Lethbridge, Alberta.
Check out rosters for both games by clicking here

Posted: October 31st, 2012

Erie Otters rookie Connor McDavid has been chosen to play for Team OHL against Team Russia in the first of two games in the Subway Super Series. McDavid, 15, who will play Nov. 8 at Sleeman Centre in Guelph, Ontario, is the youngest player to ever play in this 10-year-old event, which helps determine Canada’s roster for the IIHF World Junior Championship this coming winter.
McDavid and Barrie center Zach Hall are replacing Oshawa winger Lucas Lessio and Belleville center Brendan Gaunce, who can’t play because of injuries. McDavid joins teammate Adam Pelech in the event. The veteran defenseman will play in the OHL’s second game Nov. 12 at RBC Centre in Sarnia, Ontario. Team OHL has an 18-0 overall record.

Posted: May 8th, 2012

Toronto – The Canadian Hockey League in association with SUBWAY® restaurant chain and the Ontario Hockey League today announced that the OHL’s Guelph Storm and Sarnia Sting will host Game 3 and Game 4 of the 2012 SUBWAY® Super Series.

Game 3 of the series will be played on Thursday November 7 in Guelph, Ontario, who last hosted the event in 2008. The series then returns to Sarnia, Ontario, for Game 4 to be played on Monday November 12, 2012. This will mark the third time that the Sting have hosted a Canada-Russia contest with previous games played in 2006 and 2003 when the event first began.

The 2012 SUBWAY® Super Series marks the tenth straight year that regional teams of CHL All-Stars will compete against the Russian National Junior Team as part of a six-game series. The series takes place November 5-15 and begins with two games in the QMJHL hosted by the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and Val-d’Or Foreurs, and wraps up with two games in the WHL hosted by the Victoria Royals and the Vancouver Giants.

The SUBWAY® Super Series is an integral part of the identification process for Team Canada prior to the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship which will be played in Russia next season. Last season the CHL edged Team Russia with a 3-2-1 record to win the series by a 10-8 margin in points, just one year following Russia’s first ever series victory in 2010. Canada and Russia would later meet at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship hosted by Calgary and Edmonton, AB, with Russia winning the semifinal contest with a roster that included 16 players from this event. 19 CHL players from the 2011 event competed on the bronze medal winning Team Canada.

All six games of the SUBWAY ® Super Series will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet with TVA Sports televising both games from the QMJHL. The 2012 SUBWAY® Super Series is supported by CHL associate sponsors, Bank of Montreal and CCM.

2012 SUBWAY® Super Series Schedule of Games:
Game 1 – Monday November 5 at Blainville-Boisbriand, QC
Game 2 – Wednesday November 7 at Val-d’Or, QC
Game 3 – Thursday November 8 at Guelph, ON
Game 4 – Monday November 12 at Sarnia, ON
Game 5 – Wednesday November 14 at Victoria, BC
Game 6 – Thursday November 15 at Vancouver, BC

For more information please

- From CHL news release

Posted: October 25th, 2011

Team OHL Roster – Ottawa, ON – Nov. 10, 2011

*Players competing in both games


Goal (2):

Andrew D’Agostini (Peterborough Petes)

Mark Visentin (Niagara IceDogs)

Defence (6):

Cody Ceci (Ottawa 67’s)

Nathan Chiarlitti (Sarnia Sting)

Dougie Hamilton (Niagara IceDogs)*

Scott Harrington (London Knights)

Slater Koekkoek (Peterborough Petes)

Stephen Silas (Belleville Bulls)


Forwards (13):

Tyler Graovac (Ottawa 67’s)

Seth Griffith (London Knights)

Boone Jenner (Oshawa Generals)

Lucas Lessio (Oshawa Generals)

Sean Monahan (Ottawa 67’s)

Tanner Pearson (Barrie Colts)*

Matt Puempel (Peterborough Petes)

Brett Ritchie (Sarnia Sting)*

Mark Scheifele (Barrie Colts)

Ryan Spooner (Kingston Frontenacs)*

Ryan Strome (Niagara IceDogs)*

Christian Thomas (Oshawa Generals)

Tyler Toffoli (Ottawa 67’s)



Scott Walker, Head Coach (Guelph Storm)

George Burnett, Assistant Coach (Belleville Bulls)

Chris Byrne, Assistant Coach (Ottawa 67’s)

Neil Hoch, Trainer (Ottawa 67’s)


Team OHL Roster – Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Nov. 14, 2011

*Players competing in both games

Goal (2):

JP Anderson (Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors)

Scott Wedgewood (Plymouth Whalers)

Defence (6):

Dougie Hamilton (Niagara IceDogs)*

Ryan Murphy (Kitchener Rangers)

Jamie Oleksiak (Saginaw Spirit)

Stuart Percy (Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors)

Matt Petgrave (Owen Sound Attack)

Ryan Sproul (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)


Forwards (13):

Riley Brace (Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors)

Sam Carrick (Brampton Battalion)

Daniel Catenacci (Owen Sound Attack)

Nick Cousins (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

Andrew Fritsch (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

Freddie Hamilton (Niagara IceDogs)

Mitchell Heard (Plymouth Whalers)

Greg McKegg (Erie Otters)

Tanner Pearson (Barrie Colts)*

Brett Ritchie (Sarnia Sting)*

Michael Sgarbossa (Sudbury Wolves)

Ryan Spooner (Kingston Frontenacs)*

Ryan Strome (Niagara IceDogs)*



Scott Walker, Head Coach (Guelph Storm)

Mike Stapleton, Assistant Coach (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

Richard Rotenberg, Athletic Therapist (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

Spanky Robinson, Equipment Manager (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)


For more information about the event please visit


2011 SUBWAY® Super Series Schedule of Games:

Game 1 – Monday November 7 at Victoriaville, QC

Game 2 – Wednesday November 9 at Quebec City, QC

Game 3 – Thursday November 10 at Ottawa, ON

Game 4 – Monday November 14 at Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Game 5 – Wednesday November 16 at Regina, SK

Game 6 – Thursday November 17 at Moose Jaw, SK

Posted: November 16th, 2010

Erie Otters forward Greg McKegg didn’t record a point in Team OHL‘s 2-1 shootout win against Team Russia in the Subway Super Series at Sudbury Community Arena in Sudbury, Ontario, on Monday. Check out the game’s boxscore by clicking the link.

Posted: October 22nd, 2010

Erie Otters captain Greg McKegg won’t play in the OHL’s first Subway Super Series game against Russia at London’s John Labatt Centre.

Find out why by clicking the link.

Posted: October 21st, 2010

Toronto – The Canadian Hockey League in association with the Ontario Hockey League, London Knights and Sudbury Wolves announced on Thursday the rosters for Team OHL that will compete against Team Russia in the 2010 SUBWAY® Super Series.

Following two games hosted in the QMJHL, the OHL leg of the six-game series begins in London on Nov. 11 at the John Labatt Centre before moving north to the Sudbury Community Arena on Nov. 15.  Erie Otters captain Greg McKegg will play in the Nov. 15 game.

The series then shifts west for two games hosted in the WHL.

“The SUBWAY® Super Series provides these players with a tremendous opportunity to demonstrate that they can compete amongst the best players eligible for the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship,” said Dave Cameron of the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors, who will serve as head voach of both Team OHL and Team Canada.  “The OHL has had a lot of success against the Russians in this event and I am confident that we have assembled another strong group of players in all positions that will make us competitive in these games, and with players who will make a strong push to represent the OHL on Team Canada in Buffalo this December.”

A total of 36 players in total were selected for Team OHL rosters, including 2010 Team Canada members Calvin de Haan of the Oshawa Generals and Ryan Ellis of the Windsor Spitfires who won silver last year at the IIHF World Junior Championship.

The rosters are also highlighted by three first round picks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, including Erik Gudbranson of the Kingston Frontenacs, Joey Hishon of the Owen Sound Attack and Mark Visentin of the Niagara IceDogs.

In addition to de Haan and Ellis, 2009 first-round picks Peter Holland of the Guelph Storm and Zack Kassian of the Spitfires will compete in the series.  London’s Scott Harrington is one of seven players competing that are eligible for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.  He will represent the host Knights in London alongside forward Michael MacDonald, while Wolves forwards Marcus Foligno and John McFarland will represent the host team in Sudbury.

The Team OHL rosters were assembled by a selection committee that includes Brampton Battalion general manager and coach Stan Butler and London general manager Mark Hunter.  They worked in conjunction with Hockey Canada head scout Kevin Prendergast.

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Posted: September 1st, 2010

Robbie Ftorek (Contributed/Erie Otters)

Sherry Bassin wants to keep coach Robbie Ftorek and assistant coach Peter Sidorkiewicz with the Erie Otters in the future.

So Bassin, managing partner and general manager, plans to restructure their contracts, he said Wednesday at Tullio Arena. Bassin either will add to their existing deals or finalize a new contract.

Either way, their new deals will last a minimum of three years apiece. Ftorek has two years left on his current deal. Sidorkiewicz has one year remaining. “They’re good,” Bassin said of Ftorek and Sidorkiewicz. “It’s good for the continuity of the team. It’s good for the new players that are coming in.”

* Camp cuts: Club officials cut 11 prospects on Wednesday to reduce the roster to 40 players.

The list includes five 2010 OHL draft picks – goaltender Hunter Johnson (10th round), defenseman Liam Maaskant (eighth) and forwards Eric Kimmerly (11th round), Brent Hambly (14th round) and Liam Walker (15th round) and a pair of 2009 picks – defensemen Mikhel Poldma (fifth round) and Matt Halloran (14th round). Bassin originally planned to keep Maaskant in camp. But he wasn’t able to practice because of a case of shingles, a painful skin rash triggered by the same virus that causes chicken pox, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“That’s too bad because he deserves to stay longer,” Bassin said of Maaskant.

Harborcreek Township native Billy Wager, a goaltender, and Harbor Creek High School defenseman Hunter Conboy headlined a list of free-agent invites cut that included defenseman Tyler Mayea and forward Jack Pirie.

* Ailing Luciani: Right wing Anthony Luciani had wisdom teeth removed a few days before training camp began. That should keep him from practicing all week. Bassin said Luciani developed a throat infection stemming from the procedure. Club officials also removed Luciani from the team’s cabins at Camp Sherwin in Fairview over concerns that other players could be infected.

“We’ve been very careful with that,” Bassin said. “We’re not upset (that Luciani can’t practice) because we don’t have to evaluate him.” Luciani led the team with 38 goals last season.

In other injury news, goaltender Ramis Sadikov (foot) missed Wednesday’s practice. He was struck with a shot on Tuesday. Center Connor Crisp (groin), a 2010 second-round pick, and free-agent winger Macaulay McDonnell (charley horse) also sat out practice.

Billy Wager (Contributed/Bill Wager)

* Wager chooses NCAA: Wager approached Ftorek after the second scrimmage on Wednesday. Wager informed Ftorek that NCAA hockey is in his future. “I just realized I really want to focus on education,” said Wager, 16, who will play for Plymouth, Mich.-based Victory Honda‘s U16 team this season.

He pointed to the Otters’ annual seminar on Tuesday night, which featured Mercyhurst College men’s coach Rick Gotkin.

“It cleared things up for me,” Wager said.

Wager’s collegiate list includes NCAA Division I Boston University (his favorite), Boston College, Canisius, Denver, Maine, Mercyhurst, Michigan State, Ohio State (his father Bill‘s alma mater) and Wisconsin. He has made unofficial visits to BC, BU and Ohio State. “I’m still trying to find out what school is right for me,” said Wager, who wants to earn degrees in business and film. “I’ve looked at hockey programs. Now it’s time to look at education programs.”

* News and notes: Veteran winger Matthew Paton has added eight pounds of muscle to his 208-pound frame. That will help his physical style of play. But he has still focused on his speed and skill. Without that, he said, “I’m useless.” … John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario, and Sudbury Arena in Sudbury, Ontario, will host the OHL’s two games in the Subway Super Series, which features a six-game series between OHL, QMJHL and WHL all-star teams against a Russian club.

- Victor Fernandes