The Guelph Storm Hockey Club led the OHL with 12 prospects from the 2017 draft class participating in the OHL Gold Cup this past weekend at the Activia Sportsplex in Kitchener. 2001-born prospects Tag Bertuzzi (HNO), Anthony Aguanno, Dylan Jackson, Ty Jackson, Mason Primeau, (GTHL Red), Mark Woolley (ALLIANCE), Dennis Golovatchev, Eric Ciccolini (GTHL Blue), Cole Brady, Ethan Eliopulos, Jonah Burley (OMHA White) and Clark Hiebert (OMHA Black) were all selected to take part in the four-day tournament.
The conclusion of the weekend saw eight Storm prospects compete in the medal rounds as Team OMHA White faced Team HEO for Bronze, while Team GTHL Red competed against Team OMHA Black for Gold.
Four storm prospects, Mason Primeau, Anthony Aguanno, Ty Jackson, and Dylan Jackson captured Gold with Team GTHL Red; defeating Clark Hiebert and Team OMHA Black in the finals by a score of 3-1.
Team HEO would take bronze, after defeating Cole Brady, Jonah Burley, Ethan Elipulos and Team OMHA White 3-2.
For Team GTHL Red, Ty Jackson finished tied for third in tournament scoring with seven points in five games. Aguanno finished second in defenceman scoring and eighth overall with five points in as many games. While, teammates Dylan Jackson and Primeau finished with three and two points, respectively.
Third round pick Dennis Golovatchev recorded a goal and two assists for Team GTHL Blue, just one point ahead of teammate Eric Ciccolini.
One of the top goalies at the tournament was eighth round selection Cole Brady who posted a goals-against average of 1.86 and a save percentage of 0.933 in four games with a record of 1-2. Teammates Burley and Eliopulos were held without a point but were a big part of Team OMHA White’s strong defensive effort en route to a fourth place finish.
Third round selection Mark Woolley finished tied for third in team scoring with three assists for Team ALLIANCE.
Tag Bertuzzi finished the tournament with two assists for Team HNO.
Along with his Silver Medal, Clark Hiebert recorded two assists in five games.
The annual tournament, made up of eight teams and 160 players representing Ontario’s minor hockey governing bodies, aims to showcase Ontario’s top under-16 talent. Hockey Canada uses the 20-game event as an early assessment of eligible skaters for the upcoming World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in November. Current Storm players to have competed in both the OHL Gold Cup and World Under-17 Hockey Challenge include Garrett McFadden, Matt Hotchkiss, Givani Smith, Isaac Ratcliffe, and Ryan Merkley.