108 OHL grads competing in Calder Cup Playoffs

Ontario Hockey League

The 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs get underway tonight and 108 OHL graduates will be competing for the American Hockey League’s prestigious championship trophy.

Included in that figure are 13 players who competed in the OHL this past season while an additional 15 graduated following the conclusion of the 2016-17 campaign.

The Tucson Roadrunners, the AHL affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes, leads the way with 13 OHL graduates on the roster while the Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes) and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins) trail close behind with 12 and 11 respectively.

AHL award winners in Most Valuable Player Phil Varone (Lehigh Valley Phantoms/Erie Otters) and Top Goaltender Garret Sparks (Toronto Marlies/Guelph Storm) helped guide their respective clubs to playoff berths while long-time AHL veteran Tom Kostopoulos (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins/London Knights) will suit up in his final Calder Cup Playoff run at the age of 39.

Each of the 16 teams competing in the AHL Playoffs feature at least two OHL grads while each of the league’s member teams feature at least one graduate on the list. The Erie Otters lead the way with 10 alumni on the road to the Calder Cup Championship while the London Knights trail with nine followed by the Guelph Storm and Oshawa Generals with eight each.

OHL Graduates in the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs:

* – competed in the OHL during the 2016-17 season
^ – competed in the OHL during the 2017-18 season

Charlotte Checkers [CAR] (12):
Trevor Carrick (Sudbury Wolves)
Matt Finn (Guelph Storm)
Warren Foegele (Erie Otters)*
Tyler Ganly (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Janne Kuokkanen (London Knights)*
Greg McKegg (London Knights)
Roland McKeown (Kingston Frontenacs)
Alex Nedeljkovic (Niagara IceDogs)
Jeremy Smith (Niagara IceDogs)
Zack Stortini (Sudbury Wolves)
Sergey Tolchinsky (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Josh Wesley (Niagara IceDogs)

Chicago Wolves [STL/VGK] (5):
Oscar Dansk (Erie Otters)
Nicolas Hague (Mississauga Steelheads)^
Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)^
Zac Leslie (Sarnia Sting)
Tobias Lindberg (Oshawa Generals)

Grand Rapids Griffins [DET] (9):
Marcus Crawford (Saginaw Spirit)^
Justin Fazio (Sarnia Sting)^
Filip Hronek (Saginaw Spirit)*
Brian Lashoff (Kingston Frontenacs)
Tom McCollum (Brampton Battalion)
Zach Nastasiuk (Owen Sound Attack)
Matt Puempel (Kitchener Rangers)
Vili Saarijarvi (Mississauga Steelheads)*
Eric Tangradi (Belleville Bulls)

Lehigh Valley Phantoms [PHI] (3):
Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm)^

Anthony Stolarz (London Knights)
Phil Varone (Erie Otters)

Manitoba Moose [WPG] (4):
Michael Hutchinson (London Knights)
Brendan Lemieux (Windsor Spitfires)
Julian Melchiori (Oshawa Generals)
Michael Sgarbossa (Sudbury Wolves)

Ontario Reign [LA] (10):
Mike Amadio (North Bay Battalion)
Justin Auger (Guelph Storm)
Andrew Crescenzi (Kitchener Rangers)
Jamie Devane (Plymouth Whalers)
Stepan Falkovsky (Ottawa 67’s)
Alex Lintuniemi (Ottawa 67’s)
Matt Luff (Hamilton Bulldogs)*
Kurtis MacDermid (Erie Otters)
Jordan Subban (Belleville Bulls)
Scott Wedgewood (Plymouth Whalers)

Providence Bruins [BOS] (7):
Jordan Binnington (Owen Sound Attack)
Chris Breen (Peterborough Petes)
Kyle Keyser (Oshawa Generals)^
Adam Payerl (Belleville Bulls)
Zach Senyshyn (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)*
Jack Studnicka (Oshawa Generals)^
Jordan Szwarz (Saginaw Spirit)

Rochester Americans [BUF] (8):
Justin Bailey (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nick Baptiste (Erie Otters)
Eric Cornel (Peterborough Petes)
Seth Griffith (London Knights)
Alexander Nylander (Mississauga Steelheads)
Stuart Percy (Mississauga Steelheads)
Garret Ross (Saginaw Spirit)
Dalton Smith (Ottawa 67’s)

Rockford IceHogs [CHI] (3):
Graham Knott (Windsor Spitfires)*
Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)^
Darren Raddysh (Erie Otters)*

San Jose Barracuda [SJ] (5):
Julius Bergman (London Knights)
Sasha Chmelevski (Ottawa 67’s)^
Emerson Clark (Windsor Spitfires)
Brandon Mashinter (Belleville Bulls)
Jacob Middleton (Ottawa 67’s)

Syracuse Crunch [TB] (9):
Erik Cernak (Erie Otters)*
Alexey Lipanov (Sudbury Wolves)^
Dominik Masin (Peterborough Petes)
Reid McNeill (Barrie Colts)
Eddie Pasquale (Saginaw Spirit)
Matt Petgrave (Oshawa Generals)
Mitchell Stephens (London Knights)*
Jonne Tammela (Peterborough Petes)
Carter Verhaeghe (Niagara IceDogs)

Texas Stars [DAL] (2):
Jason Dickinson (Guelph Storm)

Remi Elie (Erie Otters)

Toronto Marlies [TOR] (4):
Jeremy Bracco (Windsor Spitfires)*
Richard Clune (Barrie Colts)
Mason Marchment (Mississauga Steelheads)
Garret Sparks (Guelph Storm)

Tucson Roadrunners [ARI] (13):
Michael Bunting (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Andrew Campbell (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Kyle Capobianco (Subury Wolves)*
Lawson Crouse (Kingston Frontenacs)
Noel Hoefenmayer (Ottawa 67’s)^
Ryan MacInnis (Kitchener Rangers)
Jordan Maletta (Niagara IceDogs)
Dakota Mermis (Oshawa Generals)
Trevor Murphy (Windsor Spitfires)
Nate Schnarr (Guelph Storm)^
Jalen Smereck (Flint Firebirds)^
Dylan Strome (Erie Otters)*
Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion)

Utica Comets [VAN] (6):
Dylan Blujus (North Bay Battalion)
Cole Cassels (Oshawa Generals)
Jalen Chatfield (Windsor Spitfires)*
Adam Comrie (Guelph Storm)
Nikolay Goldobin (Sarnia Sting)
Evan McEneny (Kingston Frontenacs)

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins [PIT] (11):
Frank Corrado (Kitchener Rangers)
Joseph Cramarossa (Belleville Bulls)
Tom Kostopoulos (London Knights)
Michael Leighton (Windsor Spitfires)
Andrey Pedan (Guelph Storm)
Anthony Peters (Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors)
Tom Sestito (Plymouth Whalers)
Kevin Spinozzi (Sarnia Sting)*
Christian Thomas (Oshawa Generals)
Jarred Tinordi (London Knights)
Garrett Wilson (Owen Sound Attack)

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