by Doug Miller on 09/21/11 at 02:00 PM ET
The Ontario Hockey League held a special media conference call yesterday, to kick off the new season, which officially starts tonight at 7PM EST with a single game between the Plymouth Whalers and the defending OHL Champions, the Owen Sound Attack.
OHL Commissioner David Branch said a few interesting things, as taken from this article. Posted on the official OHL website.
“This is an exciting time of year and it is with great anticipation that we look forward to another season of OHL hockey,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch. “We have established ourselves as the number one supplier of talent to the NHL and to CIS which speaks volumes for the talented players and student athletes we have in our league. Players choose the OHL because of the tremendous coaches in our league and for the player environment we offer and we pride ourselves as being a leader both on and off the ice.”
Commissioner Branch highlighted that 156 OHL players attended NHL Training Camps this season following a successful 2011 NHL Entry Draft where 11 OHL players were selected in the first round. In addition, 231 graduate players are on scholarship for semester one of this school year including 36 players that were part of the overage class of last season that have committed to play hockey in various CIS programs. The OHL will continue to act in the interest of player safety with the directive that all players wear soft cap shoulder and elbow pads, and that the league will be more strict in the discipline of players who are repeat offenders for checking to the head.
The conference call also featured a few words from representatives of the Niagara Ice Dogs, as well as the Plymouth Whalers. I’d suggest checking out the link to the article if you are interested.
It is true that the OHL does have a better track record of NHL draft picks than the other two CHL leagues, the WHL and QMJHL. Personally, I feel that they are the most competitive of the three leagues, which is what breeds better players. Then again maybe it’s just a personal thing, because the OHL is more in my neck of the woods than the other leagues, so I tend to pay closer attention.
Although I’ll be doing my best to spread out my coverage of everything as evenly as I can. Keeping in mind that one of our other talented bloggers here at KK, Samantha, who writes Above the Glass has said over the summer that she plans to expand on her Portland Winterhawks coverage, and offer up some more general WHL coverage from time to time.
Personally, I’d probably be listening to tonight’s game via internet radio, but it just so happens to conflict with my the start of my hometown Detroit Red Wings preseason opener against Pittsburgh… which is where my attention will be come 7PM EST tonight.
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