In addition to the Western Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League will get their season underway this week as well. Unlike the WHL, they are no Southwest Players because of the League's residency rules that limit the options for players from different parts of North America. However, they is still plenty of reasons to follow the OHL as several Dallas Stars Prospects will look to make an impression here this season.
Beginning with the team's 1st Round Draft Pick from this year in Jack Campbell, Campbell joins a Windsor Spitfire Team that is looking to rebound after the back-to-back OHL & Memorial Cup Championships the team has won the last two years. But with Campbell, the Spitfires will still be a tough team to beat with a strong net minder and some strong experience as well.
Even though the number of Dallas Stars Prospects in the OHL is low, Campbell alone will be a big reason to for Stars fans to follow the OHL this season as it gets underway on Thursday Night.
The OHL has 20 teams divided into 2 Conferences of 10 teams as well. Within the Conference 2 Divisions of 5 teams each.
Central Division: Barrie Colts, Brampton Battalion, Mississauga St. Michael's Majors, Niagara Icedogs, Sudbury Wolves
East Division: Belleville Bulls, Kingston Frontenacs, Peterborough Petes, Oshawa Generals, Ottawa 67s
Midwest Division: Erie Otters, Guelph Storm, Kitchener Rangers, London Knights, Owen Sound Attack
West Division: Plymouth Whalers, Saginaw Spirit, Sault St. Marie Greyhounds, Sarnia Sting, Windsor Spitfires
Here's a look at the opening weekend schedule which starts on Thursday Night.
Oshawa Generals VS. Peterborough Petes 6:00 PM
Plymouth Whalers VS. Windsor Spitfires 6:05 PM
Windsor Spitfires VS. Sarnia Sting 6:00 PM
Erie Otters VS. Brampton Battalion 6:30 PM
Owen Sound Attack VS. Guelph Storm 6:30 PM
Mississauga St. Michaels Majors VS. Kingston Frontenacs 6:30 PM
Saginaw Spirit VS. Kitchener Rangers 6:30 PM
Plymouth Whalers VS. London Knights 6:30 PM
Ottawa 67s VS. Sault St. Marie Greyhounds 6:30 PM
Niagara Icedogs VS. Sudbury Wolves 6:30 PM
Saginaw Spirit VS. Erie Otters 6:00 PM
Sarnia Sting VS. London Knights 6:00 PM
Ottawa 67s VS. Sudbury Wolves 6:00 PM
Kingston Frontenacs VS. Belleville Bulls 6:05 PM
Barrie Colts VS. Plymouth Whalers 6:05 PM
Guelph Storm VS. Owen Sound Attack 6:30 PM
Niagara Icedogs VS. Sault St. Marie Greyhounds 6:30 PM
Kitchener Rangers VS. Guelph Storm 1:00 PM
Barrie Colts VS. Windsor Spitfires 1:00 PM
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