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OHL All-Stars geared up for Michigan showdown

Dale Hunter has had a lot of experience with all-star teams in the past.​

The London Knights coach is making his second straight appearance behind the Western Conference bench in the OHL All-Star Classic and has also coached stars like Corey Perry, David Bolland and Rob Schremp with the Knights.​

Despite all of that experience, Hunter still admits that it can be a difficult decision on who to put out to start the game.​

“It’s definitely tough,” Hunter said during a conference call to announce the all-star teams earlier this week. “Most likely it would be the Saginaw boys to start and then toss a coin after that.”​

Hunter knows that whatever combination he puts out; there will be a lot of skill on the ice.​

“There are a lot of scouts there and they will have a full house in Saginaw so the boys on both sides will go out and show a lot of skill and really work hard to show why they made the all-star team,” said Hunter, a two-time OHL coach of the year. “They’re the top kids in the league and they are going to go out and prove it.”​

His counterpart in the game will be Marty Williamson of the Barrie Colts, who will be looking to guide the Eastern Conference to its second straight all-star win. They ended a three-year Western Conference streak with a 9-3 win in Belleville last January. Williamson doesn’t have any concerns about his line combinations either.​

“These guys are all all-stars so I don’t think it makes a lot of difference,” Williamson said. “When you pick a group like this, one of the reasons they are picked is that they are very competitive. I think when you put any 20 guys in a dressing room; it’s pretty easy to motivate them to win a game. This is a game for the players and they know that there is going to be scouts in the building.”​

Some would argue that the all-star coaches have the easy part of the job and after helping to pick the Western Conference roster, Owen Sound Attack GM Michael Futa would probably agree.​

“It’s a very difficult process,” said Futa, who selected the Western Conference roster with Mike Vellucci of the Plymouth Whalers, while Stan Butler of the Brampton Battalion and Dave Brown of the Mississauga IceDogs selected the Eastern Conference All-Stars. “Obviously there are some tremendous players that have been left off the rosters. I think it’s a credit to the quality of the players that are out there.”​

For the players, it’s an honour to be among the 40 that will play in the game. Saginaw Spirit captain Patrick McNeill played in the past two OHL All-Star Games – in Owen Sound in 2005 and Belleville in 2006. He was thrilled to be named to the team again this year.​

“I was fortunate enough to play in the two previous all-star games,” McNeill said. “They were both great experiences. I had an excellent time. It will definitely be nice to be playing in Saginaw this year in front of family and friends and the hometown fans. It doesn’t get much better than that.”​

This is the first time that the OHL All-Star Game is held in the United States.​

“The community of mid-Michigan is thrilled to be hosting the most talented junior hockey players in the world in this year’s OHL All-Star Classic,” said Craig Goslin, managing partner of the Spirit. “It will be special for people to see the raw talent and skills that these guys have. There will be many future NHLers on the ice. The fans here are going to be highly entertained by that.”​
 

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Broadcast Coverage Announced for 2007 OHL All Star Classic


Toronto – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that the 2007 OHL All-Star Classic, in Saginaw, Michigan will have the most extensive broadcast coverage in the history of the event. The game will be televised live in Ontario on Rogers Sportsnet on Wednesday, January 31, 2007, at 7:00 p.m.. The Rogers Sportsnet Ontario feed will be picked up by the local Saginaw CBS affiliate, WNEM TV5 and will be broadcast on the network’s local content provider MY5 throughout the Mid-Michigan area.

The regular CHL broadcast tandem of Peter Loubardias and Sam Cosentino will provide play-by-play and colour commentary while Rob Faulds will host the game on the Sportsnet and CBS broadcasts. The Ontario Hockey League, the Canadian Hockey League and Rogers Sportsnet are continuing their long standing partnership to bring exciting major junior hockey to fans across Canada. Rogers Sportsnet’s schedule of games annually includes regional and national regular season broadcasts as well as special events, playoffs and the MasterCard Memorial Cup.

A full broadcast of the 2007 OHL All Star Classic will also be carried on the Internet through OHL Livestream in partnership with the INSINC network. Fans wishing to watch on-line can do so through www.ontariohockeyleague.com.

The FAN radio network will have an audio broadcast of the 2007 All Star Classic available on the Internet. Veteran CHL announcer Mel Raskin will be doing the play-by-play for the FAN. The FAN broadcast will be accessible through either www.ontariohockeyleague.com or www.fan590.com.

The All Star Classic will also be broadcast locally in the Saginaw area on WMJO 97.3 JOE FM, the home of Saginaw Spirit hockey. Greg Brady, part of the morning show team of Jamie and Brady in the morning on Sports Radio1130 WDFN The Fan, Detroit will be doing play-by-play of the game. Brady will be joined by colour commentator Terry Doyle of CHEX TV and TV Cogeco (Peterborough). Doyle is also the host of OHL News Radio Edition, a weekly syndicated feature heard on numerous radio stations across Ontario.

The 2007 OHL All-Star Classic will be played on Wednesday January 31, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. at the Dow Event Center in Saginaw, Michigan. There will also be a special All Star skills competition and three-on-three game on Tuesday January 30, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the both events can be purchased at the Saginaw Spirit box office or by calling (989) 497-7747. Tickets start as low as $15 for either the skills competition or the All Star Classic. All fans who purchase a ticket will also receive a special commemorative OHL All-Star souvenir program.

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For more information:
Ontario Hockey League
Ian Ellis
Director of Marketing and Special Events
Tel: (416) 299-8700 ext. 228
Fax: (416) 299-8787
Email: [email protected]
www.ontariohockeyleague.com
 

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Honourary Captains Named for the 2007 OHL All Star Classic


Saginaw - The Saginaw Spirit hockey club and the Ontario Hockey League have announced the honourary captains for the 2007 OHL All-Star Classic. Detroit Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland will be the honourary captain for the Eastern Conference All Stars and former NHL’er Pat Stapleton will be the honourary captain for the Western Conference.

Holland spent time in the NHL as a goalie before joining the Detroit Red Wings organization as a scout in 1983; He became the team’s general manager in 1997. The Wings have finished with over 100 points in all but one season and have yet to miss a playoff appearance under Holland’s leadership.

Stapleton played for the Spirit franchise when it was known as the St. Catharines Teepees. He began his NHL career in 1961 and saw action with the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks. Stapleton also helped Canada seize victory in the 1972 Summit Series against the USSR.

Spirit Operations Consultant Wren Blair has also been named the honorary general manager for the event. Blair was instrumental in assisting Spirit owner Dick Garber in bringing the Spirit franchise to Saginaw in 2002. He founded the Saginaw Gears franchise in 1972 and managed them to two Turner Cup Championships. He has also served as the General manger of the Minnesota North Stars and as an owner and governor in the Ontario Hockey League.

The 2007 OHL All-Star Classic will be held in Saginaw this week, January 30th and 31st. For more information or to purchase tickets to the All Star skills competition or the game itself, visit www.saginawspirit.com or call (989) 497-7747.
 

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Ward Named to Play in OHL All Star Classic


Toronto - The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Plymouth Whalers’ defenceman Steve Ward has been added to the Western Conference roster for the 2007 OHL All-Star Classic in Saginaw on January 31.

Ward was added to replace Patrick McNeill of the Saginaw Spirit, who is not able to participate in the game due to injury.

Ward, a 20-year-old native of Scarborough, has 11 goals and 21 assists and has a plus/minus rating of plus-10 in 47 games this season.

Tickets for the 2007 OHL All-Star Classic, which will be held on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at the Dow Event Center in Saginaw, can be purchased at the Dow Event Center Box Office or at the Saginaw Spirit Business Office. You can also call 989-497-7747 to reserve your seat for the All-Star Classic. Tickets for the OHL skills competition are also available and start at just $15.

The game will be broadcast in Ontario on Rogers Sportsnet Television as well the FAN will carry an audio broadcast of the game through www.ontariohockeyleague.com and www.fan590.com.
 

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NHL prospects set for OHL All-Star Game


All eyes will be on Saginaw for Wednesday’s OHL All-Star Classic, which promises to be a thrilling affair showcasing 40 of the league’s top players in an exciting format. The game will be played at the Dow Event Center, home to the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit.

Originally, the Spirit were supposed to have three representatives in the game, but defenseman Patrick O’Neill, slated to make his third OHL All-Star experience, is out with an injury. He was replaced by Plymouth defenseman Steve Ward. Still, the Spirit boasts talented forwards Ryan O’Marra and Tom Pyatt on the Western Conference roster, which will be coached by London’s Dale Hunter.

O’Marra and Pyatt both played for Team Canada at the World Junior Championships and are just two of the eight gold-medal winning members of Team Canada on the two rosters. Kitchener’s Steve Downie, London’s Sam Gagner, Plymouth’s James Neal and Guelph’s Ryan Parent join O’Marra and Pyatt on the Western Conference team. Barrie’s Bryan Little and Sudbury’s Marc Staal, meanwhile are on the Eastern Conference team, to be coached by Barrie’s Marty Williamson.

The Western Conference also has a pair of Americans who appeared in the WJC. London’s Patrick Kane and Owen Sound’s Trevor Lewis will play for the Western Conference.

All told, 18 of the players in the 2007 OHL All-Star Classic have already been selected by NHL teams. Eleven of those 18 players were taken in 2005.

Wednesday’s game will also give scouts another look at some top-end talent available for the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. London’s dynamic duo of Gagner and Kane are ranked No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, in the mid-term draft rankings recently released by Central Scouting. Ottawa’s Logan Couture is ranked No. 11 and Erie’s Zack Torquato sits at No. 36. Peterborough goalie Trevor Cann is the top-ranked North American keeper in this year’s draft. Torquato and Cann will play For the East, while Couture suits up for the West.

The OHL All-Star Classic also features some young talent that will dominate draft headlines in the near future. Oshawa’s John Tavares, Sarnia’s Steven Stamkos and Oshawa’s Mike Del Zotto are all blue-chip prospects going forward.

“The player’s who were named today to represent the Ontario Hockey League in our All-Star Game demonstrate the high level of talent that we have playing in our league,” said David Branch, commissioner of the OHL. “The player selection process for this event is always difficult as there are so many gifted and deserving players in the Ontario Hockey League. Being chosen to play in the All-Star Classic speaks volumes about the skill level of the 40 young men who have been selected today, to represent their respective conferences.

“We are very proud to have such talented players in our league and to be represented by these fine young men. We are also looking forward to hosting the All-Star Game in the city of Saginaw. The support that the entire Mid-Michigan region has shown for the OHL and the Spirit is nothing short of outstanding and we are very proud to bring this showcase event to the hockey fans of this community.”
 

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Belleville's Pelech helps Eastern Conference to OHL skills competition win

Belleville's Pelech helps Eastern Conference to OHL skills competition win
Canadian Press
Jan 30, 2007, 10:03 PM EST


SAGINAW, Mich. (CP) - The Ontario Hockey League's all-star skills competition went right down to the wire on Tuesday night and Belleville Bulls forward Matt Pellech made sure the Eastern Conference left with a win.

Pellech, a first round pick of the Calgary Flames in 2005, scored a late winning goal in the three-on-three game to help the East get the decisive point in a 15-13 victory over the Western Conference.

Still, it wasn't all bad for the West.

Josh Godfrey of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds turned some heads when he ripped a shot of 99.3 miles per hour to win the hardest shot competition.

To put that in perspective, Dustin Byfuglien won the American Hockey League's hardest shot contest with a blast of 98.7 m.p.h. earlier this week.

"I just leaned into it and got it all," Godfrey was quoted as saying on the OHL's website.

The all-star game goes Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET.

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Hasn't been a bad game so far. East leading 6-4

1st Period Summary:

EAST Stewart, (1) (Donati, Hughes), 3:39
EAST Legein, (1) (McGinn, Couture), 7:19
WEST Bailey, (1) (Lewis, Stamkos), 8:25
EAST Tavares, (1) (Foligno, MacLean), 11:10
WEST Kane, (1) (Gagner), 11:28
EAST Couture, (1) (Staal, Legein), 12:42
WEST Stamkos, (1) (Bailey, Lewis), 13:02
EAST Little, (1) (Tremblay, Caria), 14:11
EAST Donati, (1) (Hughes, Pelech), 17:15

WEST Stamkos, (2) (Gagner, Ward), 19:18
 

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Stamkos has been doing awesome... just had a great chance for a hat trick!

Foligno's goal was pretty cool too, mid air goal!:thumbsup:
 

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East leads 9-7 after the 2nd period.

West, S. Gagner (1) (R. Wilson, P. Kane) 3:01
East, N. Foligno (1) (B. MacLean, J. Tavares) 6:29
East, S. Legein (2) (M. Del Zotto) 7:26

West, P. Kane (2) (S. Gagner) 8:27
East, H. Tremblay (1) (B. Little, D. Joslin) 10:25
West, J. Neal (1) (S. Gagner, P. Kane) 14:37

Trevor Cann appeared to be injured with less then 40 seconds left in the 2nd period but stayed in net for the rest of the game.
He is named one of the top goalie prospects for this years entry draft.
 

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Trevor Cann has left the game to go to the hospital to get his knee checked out.
He got injured at the end of the 2nd period after making a save.
Current score 11-8 for the East. With 13 minutes to go in the 3rd period.
 

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East wins the All Star Game 13-9 And has set a new record for most goals scored in an OHL All star game. Previous record was 19 goals!!


3rd period Summary:
WEST Ryder, (1) (Downie, Brophey), 3:25
EAST Tremblay, (2) (Del Zotto, Little), 6:32
EAST Caria, (1) (Tremblay, Little), 6:58
WEST Bailey, (2) (Stamkos), 17:30
EAST Tremblay, (3) (Caria, Pelech), 17:53
EAST McGinn, (1) (Couture, de Gray), 19:47



Players of the Game:

East - Hunter Tremblay (3 Goals and 2 Assists)
West - Steve Stamkos (2 Goals and 2 Assists)
 

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As usual Amanda, another great Game Thread!!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Thank you!!! :D
 

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As usual Amanda, another great Game Thread!!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Thank you!!! :D
Oh no problem I was just doing updates and I was watching the game anyways:D
 

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Tremblay shines in OHL All-Star game


Canadian Press
1/31/2007 11:44:42 PM

SAGINAW, Mich. (CP) - Hunter Tremblay of the Barrie Colts scored three goals and assisted on two others to lead the Eastern Conference to a 13-9 win over the Western representative in a record-breaking Ontario Hockey League all-star game Wednesday night.

The 22 goals broke the old record of 19 set back in 1999 in Sarnia.

Tremblay of the Barrie Colts won the East player of the game, while Sarnia Sting rookie Steve Stamkos won West player of the game, notching two goals and two assist.

Chris Stewart of the Kingston Frontenacs put the East on the board first.

The East extended their lead by two goals when Stefan Legein of the Mississauga Ice Dogs scored on a rebound after Kitchener goaltender John Murray stopped the initial shot.

Forward Josh Bailey of the Windsor Spitfires countered first for the West.

In the first period, the East scored singles from: John Tavares (Oshawa Generals), Logan Couture (Ottawa 67's), Bryan Little (Barrie Colts), and Tyler Donati (Belleville Bulls).

Rounding out the first-period scoring for the West was Patrick Kane, Sam Gagner (London Knights), and a pair from Stamkos.

The pace slowed in the second period as the two teams combined for six goals total.

Scoring for the East was Nick Foligno (Sudbury Wolves), Legein with his second and Tremblay with one, while Sam Gagner, Patrick Kane and Trevor Lewis (Owen Sound Attack) each had single tallies for the West.

A combination of five third-period goals put the finishing touches on the record breaking evening. Scoring for the East was Matt Caria (St. Michael's Majors), and a pair from Tremblay to finish off his hat trick.

Dan Ryder (Plymouth Whalers) and Josh Bailey, with his second of the game, wrapped up the scoring for the West.

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