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Friday, April 21, 2017

11 Barrie Colts graduates playing for Calder Cup. #AHL

8:28:00 AM
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The AHL Calder Cup Playoffs started last night and the Ontario Hockey League website has listed all the OHL graduates who are participating in the 2017 Playoffs.
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The tournament is full of former OHL talent with 103 graduated players taking part this year. All 20 teams across the OHL have at least 2 former players playing and the Barrie Colts have the most participating with 11. The Soo, Guelph and North Bay are all tied for 2nd most with 8.

Here is the complete list of former Barrie Colts players. 

Mackenzie Balckwood Albany Devils
Joseph Blandisi Albany Devils
Reid McNeill Chicago Wolves
Dylan Sadowy Grand Rapids Griffins
Zac Rinaldo Providence Bruins
Kevin Labanc San Jose Barracuda
Anthony Camara St. John’s IceCaps
Rasmus Andersson Stockton Heat
Andrew Mangiapane Stockton Heat
Jake Dotchin Syracuse Crunch
Richard Clune Toronto Marlies

Congratulations to all the former Colts and best of luck! For the complete list of OHL alumni you can view it here at the OHL site.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

2017 OHL U-18 Priority Selection: Barrie Colts.

7:31:00 AM

Last night the Ontario Hockey League held its first Under 18 Priority Selection Draft. The draft was 4 rounds with each team selecting one player each round. Teams who selected a goalie in one of those rounds was extended the opportunity to select another skater in a 5th round if they wanted. Barrie had the 1st overall pick, as well as the 1st pick in the following rounds. Barrie picked a goaltender in the 2nd round, allowing them to select a player in the 5th round. Here is a look at the Colts selections.

Image result for vic hadfield1st Round: (1st overall) Victor Hadfield.
Team: Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Midget AAA
Position: Defence
Handedness: L
Hometown: Oakville, ON.
Height: 5’10.5
Weight: ?


Note: Victor is the grandson of Vic Hadfield, who played in the NHL for the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers. His career lasted from 1959-77.

2nd Round: (21st overall) Pierce Charleson.
Team: Barrie Colts Major Midget AAA
Position: Goalie
Glove: L
Hometown: Aurora, ON.
Height:6'2
Weight: 168 lbs.


3rd Round: (41st overallJosiah Degazon.
Team: Mississauga Rebels Major Midget AAA
Position: Right Wing
Handedness: R
Hometown: Mississauga, ON.
Height:6'0
Weight: 168 lbs.


4th Round: (61st overall) Massimo Petricca.
Team: Mississauga Rebels Major Midget AAA
Position: Centre
Handedness: R
Hometown: Woodbridge, ON.
Height:5'9
Weight: 163 lbs.


5th Round: (81st overall) Jacob Breckles.
Team: Richmond Hill Coyotes Major Midget AAA
Position: Defence
Handedness: L
Hometown: Stouffville, ON.
Height:5'10
Weight: 132 lbs.


Congratulations to all the players selected at the draft and we would like to welcome the new guys to Barrie! You can see the new guys at rookie camp which is set for April 22 and 23 at Barrie Molson Centre.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A quick look at the OHL U-18 Priority Selection Draft. #OHL

7:23:00 AM

This Wednesday the OHL is set to host its Under 18 Priority Selection Draft.

Image result for barrie coltsWhat is the U-18 Priority Selection? Basically, it is a second chance for players to make the OHL. The leagues idea is that some players take more time to develop their game. For the players a year, or two after their OHL Draft year, this allows them to continue to continue to develop their game at other Ontario hockey federations (OHF, HEO, HNO) and extend another opportunity at cracking a spot in the OHL.

Who is eligible? Canadian and American midget players (1999/2000 birth year for 2017 draft) not playing on an OHL member team protected list who were carded with an Ontario based Midget AAA Hockey Club within the OHF, HEO, or HNO in the current season.

How does the U-18 Selection work? The Draft is 4 rounds long and will follow the same draft order of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection from this past weekend. Order is as follows.

1. Barrie                                                                                                              
2. Guelph                                                                                                           
3. North Bay                                                                                                      
4. Saginaw                                                                                                         
5. Niagara                                                                                                           
6. Sudbury                                                                                                         
7. Ottawa                                                                                                           
8. Sarnia                                                                                                              
9. Flint                                                                                                 
10. Hamilton                                                                                                     
11. Kingston                                                                                                      
12. Kitchener                                                                                                    
13. Mississauga                                                                                                
14. Oshawa                                                                                                       
15. Peterborough                                                                                                           
16. Windsor                                                                                                       
17. London                                                                                                        
18. S.S. Marie                                                                                                    
19. Owen Sound                                                                                                              
20. Erie

All 4 rounds will follow the exact same order. To help see more goalies get drafted, the OHL has included a rule where any team who selects a goalie with one of their 4 picks will be added to a 5th round at the end where they will get the chance to draft another player. The order of that round will follow the same structure of the previous rounds, including only teams who selected a goaltender. The final selection in that 5th round can only be a skater.

After selecting 14 players at Priority Selection on Saturday, including Ryan Suzuki, this will give the Colts a chance to bring in 4 (or 5) new players. 


The 2017 U-18 Priority Selection is set to take place on Wednesday, April 12th at 7:00 pm over the official OHL website. You can follow the draft on the site, as well as on social media. 


Sunday, April 9, 2017

2017 OHL Priority Selection: Barrie Colts.

10:34:00 AM

The 2017 OHL Priority Selection Draft has come and gone and the Barrie Colts were able to bring in 14 new guys.

The draft started with the Barrie Colts selecting Ryan Suzuki of the London Jr Knights with the 1st overall pick. The team would finish the day selecting 3 centres, 3 right wingers, 6 defenceman and 2 goalies.

Here is the complete list of players the Barrie Colts selected. For a deeper look of the first 5 Colts picks with Twitter reactions, click here.

Round 1 #1 Ryan Suzuki – C (London Jr Knights Minor Midget AAA)
Round 2 #32 Nate Allensen – D (Waterloo Wolves Minor Midget AAA)
Round 3 #56 Calvin Greaves – G (Cambridge Hawks Minor Midget AAA)
Round 4 #61 Mathew Hill – D (Toronto Jr Canadiens Minor Midget AAA)
Round 5 #81 Connor LePage – RW (Toronto Titans Minor Midget AAA)
Round 6 #101 Peter Fleming – RW (London Jr Knights Minor Midget AAA)
Round 9 #161 Alexandre Charlebois – D (Cumberland Grads Midget AAA)
Round 10 #198 Liam Fedak – C (Brampton 45's Minor Midget AAA)
Round 11 #201 Joe Howe – G (Toronto Jr. Canadiens Minor Midget AAA)
Round 11 #202 Evan Pringle – C (Markham Majors Minor Midget AAA)
Round 13 #241 Greg Japchen – D (Philadelphia Jr Flyers 16U)
Round 13 #244 Jeffrey Johnson – D (Barrie Jr Colts Minor Midget AAA)
Round 14 #261 Payton Schaly – RW (Barrie Jr Colts Minor Midget AAA)
Round 15 #281 Noah Arsenault – D (Halton Hills Hurricanes Minor Midget AAA)

We would like to congratulate all the selections on being drafted and welcome them to the Barrie Colts!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Barrie Colts through 5 Rounds at the OHL Priority Selection Draft. #OHL

12:38:00 PM
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Happy OHL Draft Day! There was no big surprises this morning since the Barrie Colts announced yesterday that they had selected Ryan Suzuki from London.

Here is a look at the Barrie Colts selections through the first 5 rounds at the Draft. We will give a little info on each player, as well as responses from Twitter.
Round 1, 1st Overall – Ryan Suzuki - C
The Barrie Colts used their top pick to get Ryan Suzuki of the London Knights. Ryan was born in London, ON. This season with the Knights, Ryan scored 18 goals and added 39 assists to total 57 points over 31 regular season games. During the Playoffs he managed to average 2 points a game, scoring 9 goals and adding 13 assists over 11 games.

Ryan is 6'0.5 and weighs 165 lbs.
Round 2, 32nd Overall – Nate Allensen – LD
The Colts used their 2nd pick to bring in blueliner Nate Allensen from the Waterloo Wolves. He had a strong season putting up 10 goals and adding 20 assists to his season. Though only 5’10, 173 lbs, scouts say that he plays like a bigger bodied guy. Aggressive but has a strong 2-way game.
Round 3, 56th Overall – Calvin Greaves – G
Colts used their 3rd pick to bring in a goaltender. Calvin played with the Cambridge Hawks where he would see 16 games and would put up a 2.57 GAA. Not the standard size you see in goaltenders standing at 5’9/149 lbs but he is young and that can change. Said to play a solid game and is very quick.
Round 4, 61st Overall – Mathew Hill – LD
The Ponies pick up their 2nd defenceman at the draft in Mathew Hill. Hill played with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens where he would score 1 goal and add 11 assists over 33 games. Big bodied kid, standing 6’3/176 lbs, he will add some size and physicality to the Colts blueline, while offering good speed and movement on the ice.

Round 5, 81st Overall – Connor LePage – RW
Colts select Connor LePage with their 5th pick in the draft. The right winger played with the Toronto Titans. 5’11.5/177 lbs, scouts say he is a tough player with some skill. Good at controlling play and has the ability to score goals.

 Congratulations to all players selected! We will add a full list later on today after the draft is finished.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Barrie Colts expected to select Ryan Suzuki 1st Overall at OHL Draft. #OHL

7:59:00 AM
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So, it looks like our reasons ‘Jack Hughes should want to be a Barrie Colt’ didn’t win him over. Luckily for the Barrie Colts there is lots of other talent. With Jack hitting the road to USNTDP, The Colts need to find a new number 1 pick at the upcoming OHL Draft this Saturday, and according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, they have already found their guy.
The Colts are expected to select forward Ryan Suzuki of the London Jr. Knights.

Image result for london jr knightsPerhaps you recognize the name? Well, Ryan's older brother, Nicholas Suzuki is a member of the Owen Sound Attack. Nicholas was selected by Owen Sound 14th overall in 2015.

Ryan had an outstanding season with the London Jr. Knights putting up 19 goals and 40 assists over 32 games played. He would go on to win the Alliance Hockey Player of the Year award, which his brother also won in the 2014-15 season. His 59 points this season has him in 52 all time in the AHMMPL for total all-time points leaders.

Here is what Tyler Parchem at Eliteprospects.com has to say about him on his player bio.

Suzuki is one of the smartest OHL prospects we have seen in years. He is a good skater, excellent passer and is very good at putting himself in scoring positions where he rarely fails to capitalize. He does not play overly physical, but is very good at avoiding contact as well. He has excellent hands and all around vision. The top player in the Alliance Loop this season, his name will be called very early in April's OHL Draft.

The London native will be a great addition to the Colts. His coaches and others around the league say that he is not only a great player but also an excellent leader that makes others around him want to be better. This is exactly the type of player the Barrie Colts need to bring in.

Ryan is eligible for the 2019 NHL entry draft.

With the Colts struggles this season, no doubt they are anxious to bring in some young talent. Not only do they have the 1st pick in Saturdays draft, but also 1st pick in the U-18 priority selection next Wednesday and 1st pick in June's CHL import draft.

The OHL draft is this Saturday, April 8th and starts at 9am. We will keep you posted on the Colts selections throughout the Draft as it happens.

@VeryBarrieColts

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