Nine Firebirds’ Prospects Listed on OHL Gold Cup Rosters

One hundred sixty players have been selected to represent eight teams at the upcoming 2017 OHL Gold Cup May 3-7 in Kitchener, ON.

Of the 20 team Ontario Hockey League (OHL), the Firebirds have the third most prospects listed with 9 of the 14 eligible players that were drafted by Flint Saturday scheduled to compete in the OHL Gold Cup: Jeff Burridge, Luke Cavallin, Kyle Harris, Josh Houston, Ethan Keppen, Tanner McEachern, Aidan Pitre, Zachary Uens and Jacob Winterton. As part of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, the OHL Cup is only open to under-16 players with Canadian citizenship resulting in recently drafted Marcus Gretz and Zack Pilon not being eligible to play.

“This is a terrific opportunity and honor for nine of our recently drafted players to experience the early stages of the Program of Excellence,” said Flint Firebirds General Manager George Burnett.

Members of the Steering Committee, along with Joe Birch, Senior Director of Hockey Development and Special Events with the Ontario Hockey League, were at Activa Sportsplex Tuesday afternoon, to make the announcement.

“Every year, the players selected to participate in the OHL Gold Cup put on such a display of skill and the ability to adapt to a new team, it is so fun to see,” said OHL Gold Cup Co-Chair, Tony Martindale. “Today, the countdown to puck drop really begins.”

“The Ontario Hockey League is pleased to once again partner with the OHF and Hockey Canada for the 2017 OHL Gold Cup. This great partnership has, and will continue to, develop some of the very best players from across Ontario who will compete for a spot on Team Canada’s Under-17 selection camp in July,” said Joe Birch.

About the OHL Gold Cup
The OHL Gold Cup is an annual showcase event featuring top under-16 talent in Ontario. As part of the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence, select players from the OHL Gold Cup will be invited to attend the National Under-17 Selection Camp, where they will have a chance to compete with other top talent from across Canada, to earn a spot at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Highlights from the OHL Gold Cup Rosters:

  • 19 of the 21 players selected in the first round of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection are on OHL Gold Cup rosters.
  • 132 of 160 OHL Gold Cup players were picked in the OHL Priority Selection
  • Top minor midget teams represented: Thunder Bay Kings (8), Quinte Red Devils (8), Sudbury Wolves (8), Mississauga Reps (7), North Bay Trappers (7), London Jr. Knights (6), Whitby Wildcats (6), Mississauga Rebels (6), Vaughan Kings (6)
  • From the 2016 event, 28 OHL Gold Cup alumni were selected to play for Hockey Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (the largest Ontario contingent since the inception of the three Canadian team system)

OHL Drafted Players on 2017 OHL Gold Cup Rosters:

Barrie Colts (5):
Nate Allensen (ALLIANCE)
Alexandre Charlebois (HEO)
Jet Greaves (ALLIANCE)
Mathew Hill (GTHL Blue)
Ryan Suzuki (ALLIANCE)*

Erie Otters (2):
Josh Shimizu (HEO)
Emmett Sproule (OMHA Black)*

Flint Firebirds (9):
Jeff Burridge (ALLIANCE)

Luke Cavallin (HEO)
Kyle Harris (GTHL Red)
Josh Houston (OMHA Black)
Ethan Keppen (GTHL Blue)*
Tanner McEachern (OMHA Black)
Aidan Pitre (ALLIANCE)
Zachary Uens (OMHA White)
Jacob Winterton (OMHA White)

Guelph Storm (11):
Anthony Aguanno (GTHL Red)
Tag Bertuzzi (HNO)* **
Cole Brady (OMHA White)
Eric Ciccolini (GTHL Blue)
Ethan Eliopulos (OMHA White)
Dennis Golovatchev (GTHL Blue)
Clark Hiebert (OMHA Black)
Dylan Jackson (GTHL Red)
Ty Jackson (GTHL Red)
Mason Primeau (GTHL Red)
Mark Woolley (ALLIANCE)

Hamilton Bulldogs (7):
Xavier Henry (GTHL Red)
Connor McMichael (OMHA White)*
Navrin Mutter (ALLIANCE)
Ford Ondrovic (HEO)
Zach Roy (GTHL Blue)
Jordan Stock (ALLIANCE)
Liam Van Loon (ALLIANCE)

Kingston Frontenacs (5):
Evan Brand (GTHL Red)
Jacob Campbell (OMHA Black)
Ryan Dugas (GTHL Red)
Curtis Fabbro (HEO)
Cody Morgan (GTHL Blue)*

Kitchener Rangers (6):
Grayson Ladd (ALLIANCE)*
Matthew Gordon (OMHA Black)
Simon Mack (HEO)
Mike Petizian (GTHL Red)
Carter Tresoor (HNO)
Michael Vukojevic (GTHL Red)

London Knights (7):
Nicolas Chartrand (HEO)
Dalton Duhart (HNO)**
Keighan Gerrie (HNO)
Lucas Rowe (GTHL Red)*
Andrew Perrott (HNO)**
Emmet Pierce (OMHA White)
Liam Whittaker (OMHA Black)

Mississauga Steelheads (4):
Matthew Dunsmoor (OMHA Black)
Thomas Harley (GTHL Red)*
Cole Schwindt (ALLIANCE)
Keean Washkurak (ALLIANCE)

Niagara IceDogs (6):
Ryan Campbell (ALLIANCE)
Billy Constantinou (GTHL Blue)
Mason Howard (ALLIANCE)
Ian Martin (OMHA White)
Christian Sbaraglia (GTHL Red)
Philip Tomasino (GTHL Blue)*

North Bay Battalion (10):
Owen Belisle (HNO)
Christian Cicigoi (HNO)
Brandon Coe (GTHL Blue)*
David Cunti (GTHL Blue)
Kurtis Evans (OMHA White)
Mathew Hardwick (NOHA)
Ryan Mills (NOHA)
Nathan Porter (OMHA White)
Simon Rose (HEO)
Payton Vescio (NOHA)

Oshawa Generals (5):
Mitchell Brewer (OMHA White)*
Danyk Drouin (HEO)
Zach Paputsakis (HEO)
Cole Spencer (OMHA White)
Nick Wong (GTHL Red)

Ottawa 67’s (5):
Graeme Clarke (GTHL Red)*
Bruce Coltart (HEO)
Jacob DiDanieli (OMHA White)
Lucas Peric (OMHA White)
Jack Quinn (HEO)

Owen Sound Attack (5):
Mack Guzda (HNO)**
Spencer Hazell (OMHA Black)
Alec Lovisek (GTHL Blue)
Mitchell Russell (OMHA Black)*
Aaron Shaw (ALLIANCE)

Peterborough Petes (5):
Andrew Horsley (OMHA Black)
Jagger O’Toole (ALLIANCE)
Daniel Panetta (OMHA White)
Ryan Richardson (HEO)
Cameron Supryka (OMHA Black)

Saginaw Spirit (9):
Camaryn Baber (NOHA)
Dalton Bancroft (OMHA White)
Stephane Crevier (ALLIANCE)
Joe Kennedy (GTHL Blue)
Mason Millman (ALLIANCE)
Duncan Penman (ALLIANCE)
Nicholas Porco (GTHL Blue)*
Aidan Prueter (ALLIANCE)
Ryan Stepien (OMHA White)

Sarnia Sting (8):
Cole Craft (NOHA)
Brayden Guy (OMHA Black)
Alexandre Hogue (HEO)
Ethan Langevin (OMHA Black)
Colton Kammerer (OMHA Black)
Justin McCombs (ALLIANCE)
Jamieson Rees (GTHL Red)*
Ashton Reesor (GTHL Red)

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (9):
Robert Calisti (GTHL Blue)
Joe Carroll (HEO)
Hayden Fowler (OMHA Black)*
Alex Johnston (HEO)
Tye Kartye (OMHA White)
Cole MacKay (NOHA)
Zackery McMahon (OMHA White)
Ethan Taylor (OMHA White)
Kobe Seguin (NOHA)

Sudbury Wolves (9):
Kosta Manikis (GTHL Blue)
Joe Mazur (NOHA)
Brodie McDougall (GTHL Red)
Blake Murray (OMHA Black)*
Isaak Phillips (OMHA Black)
Liam Ross (GTHL Blue)
Levi Siau (HNO)
Anthony Tabak (GTHL Red)
Drew Wawrow (OMHA Black)

Windsor Spitfires (5):
Michael Andrews (OMHA White)
Daniel D’Amico (GTHL Blue)
Jordan Frasca (GTHL Blue)
Look Henault (GTHL Red)
Nathan Staios (GTHL Blue)*

*first round pick

**played for American minor midget teams in 2016-17

Complete rosters and the schedule are available at


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