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Posted: February 26th, 2014

The Erie Otters slipped another spot in the CHL top 10, as they stand fifth in the latest poll that was released today. The WHL’s Kelowna Rockets (49-9-0-4) remain No. 1, with Guelph (46-10-2-) at No. 2. London (42-12-1-4) rose to sixth from eighth, while Oshawa (39-16-0-5) moved onto the honorable-mention list.

CHL top 10 ranking
Club (league) Record

1. Kelowna (WHL) 49-9-0-4
2. Guelph (OHL) 46-10-2-1
3. Portland (WHL) 46-12-2-3
4. Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) 42-15-1-3
5. Erie (OHL) 44-13-2-0
6. London (OHL) 42-12-1-4
7. Edmonton (WHL) 44-15-1-1
8. Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) 37-14-4-5
9. Victoria (WHL) 43-17-1-3
9. Rimouski (QMJHL) 37-15-3-4

strong>Honorable mention: Calgary (WHL) 41-15-3-4, Oshawa (OHL) 39-16-0-5, Halifax (QMJHL) 39-18-0-3

Posted: February 19th, 2014

The Erie Otters dropped to 4th to 3rd in the latest CHL top 10 ranking, which was released today. Portland (43-12-2-3 in the WHL) moved ahead of the Otters, while Kelowna (46-8-0-4 in the WHL) and Guelph (44-9-2-1) remain Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. London (40-12-1-4) is still 8th, while Sault Ste. Marie (37-15-1-4) are on the honorable-mention list.

CHL top 10 ranking
Club (league) Record

1. Kelowna (WHL) 46-8-0-4
2. Guelph (OHL) 44-9-2-1
3. Portland (WHL) 43-12-2-3
4. Erie (OHL) 43-11-2-0
5. Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) 37-11-4-5
6. Edmonton (WHL) 41-14-1-1
7. Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) 39-14-1-3
8. London (OHL) 40-12-1-4
9. Quebec (QMJHL) 34-15-3-6
10. Victoria (WHL) 41-16-1-3
strong>Honorable mention: Calgary (WHL) 39-15-3-3, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 37-15-1-4, Halifax (QMJHL) 37-18-0-3

Posted: February 12th, 2014

The top three in the CHL top 10 ranking remains the same this week, as the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets (44-8-0-4) and OHL rival Guelph Storm (41-9-2-1) and Erie Otters (41-10-2-0) remain 1-2-3. However, the rest of the list changed somewhat, with the London Knights (36-12-3-6) moving up one spot to eighth and Sault Ste. Marie (36-14-1-4) slipping out of the top 10 and onto the honorable-mention list.

CHL top 10 ranking
Club (league) Record

1. Kelowna (WHL) 44-8-0-4
2. Guelph (OHL) 41-9-2-1
3. Erie (OHL) 41-10-2-0
4. Portland (WHL) 39-12-2-3
5. Edmonton (WHL) 40-13-0-1
6. Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) 35-10-4-5
7. Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) 37-14-1-3
8. London (OHL) 36-12-1-4
9. Quebec (QMJHL) 32-14-3-6
10. Victoria (WHL) 38-16-1-3
strong>Honorable mention: Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 36-14-1-4, Halifax (QMJHL) 34-18-0-3, Calgary (WHL) 36-15-3-3

In other news, Otters rookie D Travis Dermott has

Travis Dermott

been named the Midwest Division’s academic player of the month for January. He has posted As and Bs in a challenging course load at McDowell High School, while posting 23 points in 52 games this season.

Posted: January 15th, 2014

The Erie Otters (34-7-2-0) remain second in the latest CHL top 10 ranking, while the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets (36-5-0-2) hold onto the top spot. The Otters headline four OHL clubs on the list, followed by Guelph (32-8-2-1) at No. 3, London at No. 6 (28-9-1-4) and Sault Ste. Marie (29-10-1-4) at No. 10. Sudbury (24-10-3-4) moved onto the honorable-mention list for the first time this season.

CHL top 10 ranking
Club (league) Record

1. Kelowna (WHL) 36-5-0-2
2. Erie (OHL) 34-7-2-0
3. Guelph (OHL) 32-8-2-1
4. Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) 28-9-4-3
5. Calgary (WHL) 29-10-2-3
6. London (OHL) 28-9-1-4
7. Portland (WHL) 28-12-2-3
8. Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) 28-12-1-3
9. Rimouski (QMJHL) 26-12-3-4
10. Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 29-10-1-4
Honorable mention: Victoria (WHL) 29-15-0-2, Quebec (25-12-3-5), Sudbury (OHL) 24-10-3-4

Posted: November 13th, 2013

The Erie Otters (16-3-1-0) rose to fifth from fourth in the latest CHL top 10 ranking, which was released today. They are one of three OHL clubs in the top five, along with Guelph (15-3-1-0) and Sault Ste. Marie (15-2-0-2). The Otters face both teams in key Western Conference matchups this weekend. Here’s the complete top 10:

No. Club (league) Record
1. Blainville-Broisbriand (QMJHL) 17-2-2-0
2. Guelph (OHL) 15-3-1-1
3. Kelowna (WHL) 14-2-0-2
4. Erie (OHL) 16-3-1-0
5. Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 15-2-0-2
6. Portland (WHL) 16-4-1-1
7. Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) 15-5-0-3
8. Oshawa (OHL) 16-4-0-1
9. Medicine Hat (WHL) 14-3-3-0
10. Halifax (QMJHL) 16-8-0-0
Honorable mention: Everett (WHL) 14-3-3-0, Gatineau (QMJHL) 16-8-0-0, Swift Current (WHL) 14-8-0-1

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 16th, 2013

The Erie Otters (7-2-1-0) aren’t in the CHL’s top 10 yet, but here’s who is…

1. Blaineville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) — 10-0-1-0
2. London (OHL) — 7-1-1-0
3. Spokane (WHL) — 8-2-0-0
4. Kingston (OHL) — 7-1-0-1
5. Medicine Hat (WHL) — 7-1-1-0
6. Seattle (WHL) — 8-2-0-0
7. Charlottetown (QMJHL) — 8-2-0-1
8. Guelph (OHL) — 6-3-0-0
9. Kelowna (WHL) — 5-1-0-2
10. Rimouski (QMJHL) — 7-3-0-1

Honorable mention: Victoriaville (QMJHL) — 8-3-1-0, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) — 6-1-0-1, Prince Albert (WHL) — 7-4-1-0

Posted: May 14th, 2013

The city of London, Ontario, and the OHL’s London Knights will host the 2014 Mastercard Memorial Cup, the league announced Tuesday.
The Knights earned the right to hold the CHL’s annual tournament, which includes champions of the OHL, WHL and QMJHL and the host club, over the Barrie Colts and Windsor Spitfires. Officials from all three clubs made formal bid presentations to the site selection committee this past April 17.
The Knights’ potential roster, which has more than 22 players eligible to return from a team that won a second straight league championship Monday, proved to be in the Knights’ favor. “The site selection committee determined that while all three clubs possess sufficient elements for a suitable host city,” OHL legal counsel Gord Kirke, a committee members, said in a statement, “it is the projected quality of the London Knights Hockey Club next season that is the decisive factor.” The 96th annual tournament will be held at Budweiser Gardens in London May 16-25, 2014. The Knights begin play in the 2013 Memorial Cup Friday in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, against the host Saskatoon Blades.

Posted: May 2nd, 2013

The Erie Otters have hired Chris Hartsburg and Vince Laise as the new assistant coaches on coach Kris Knoblauch‘s staff. They were introduced, along with first-round pick Dylan Strome, to the media and a group of season-ticket holders and fans during a welcome reception Thursday at Erie Insurance Arena.
Hartsburg, 33, whose father, Craig Hartsburg, was a defenseman in the NHL and now is associate coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets, spent the past four seasons as an assistant with the WHL’s Everett Silvertips. Hartsburg, a native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, will focus on the defense and penalty kill.
Laise, 30, a native of Bramalea, Ontario, will handle off-ice training, video breakdown and assist Knoblauch with the power-play units. He has worked with many professional athletes at the Athletic Training Center, a hockey training facility in Mississauga, Ontario. He also has worked with Strome.
He was an assistant coach this season with the Brampton Bombers, a Junior B club in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. He spent the 2011-12 season, his first in coaching, with the Oakville Blades of the Ontario Junior A Hockey League.
Knoblauch said he has someone in mind for the club’s part-time goaltending coach. But he planned to wait until the OHL releases the schedule for the 2013-14 season before making a decision. Knoblauch said the team’s schedule would need to fit into that undisclosed candidate’s plans.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: May 2nd, 2013

Here’s the latest speculation surrounding at least one of the newest members of Erie Otters coach Kris Knoblauch‘s staff … Chris Hartsburg, son of former NHL defenseman and current Columbus Blue Jackets associate coach Craig Hartsburg. The younger Hartsburg spent this season as an assistant coach with the WHL’s Everett Silvertips.
No official confirmation from the Otters. The staff will be announced at tonight’s welcome reception for first-round pick Dylan Strome at Erie Insurance Arena.

- Victor Fernandes

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