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The Future of Hockey Shines Bright this Weekend

By Ontario Minor Hockey Association, 12/06/19, 2:00PM EST


OMHA Minor Midget AAA Showcase powered by Under Armour

The great ones that grew up playing Ontario Minor Hockey Association have taken their places at the next level of hockey. Now, the next wave of talent will take to the ice at the Ontario Minor Hockey Association’s Minor Midget AAA Showcase powered by Under Armour in Oakville on December 6-8.

There will be 23 Ontario Minor Hockey Association Minor Midget AAA teams battling head-to-head in a series of games in front of hundreds of pro, junior and university scouts at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex. This is one of the few times a year that all of the OMHA teams will be under one roof competing at the same time. This will be an action-packed weekend with high quality Minor Midget hockey. These players are some of the best that the OMHA has to offer.

There will be live-streaming of each game on the OMHA website brought to you by GameOn. A list of players to watch from each team as well as the rosters for the ETA vs. SCTA Midget All-Star Game are listed below.

Miss any of the action? View the earlier games on-demand thanks to GameOn Stream.



Time Away Home Pad Final
2:00 Brampton 45's Halton Hurricanes 1 0-1
3:30 Guelph Jr. Gryphons Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs 2 8-1
4:00 Niagara North Stars Oakville Rangers 1 2-5
5:30 Grey-Bruce Highlanders Southern Tier Admirals 2 1-2
6:00 Burlington Eagles Buffalo Regals 1 3-3


Time Away Home Pad Final
8:00 Peterborough Minor Petes York-Simcoe Express 1 3-6
8:30 Ajax-Pickering Raiders Whitby Wildcats 2 2-2
10:00 Kingston Jr. Gaels Barrie Jr. Colts 1 4-3
10:30 Quinte Red Devils North Central Predators 2 6-0
12:00 ETA Midget All-Stars SCTA Midget All-Stars 1 3-2
12:30 Central Ontario Wolves Richmond Hill Coyotes 2 1-3
2:30 Clarington Toros Markham Waxers 2 8-1
3:00 Burlington Eagles Guelph Jr. Gryphons 1 5-5
4:30 Halton Hurricanes Grey-Bruce Highlanders 2 3-3
5:00 Oshawa Generals Ajax-Pickering Raiders 1 0-1
6:30 Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Buffalo Regals 2 3-6
7:00 Niagara North Stars Southern Tier Admirals 1 2-2
8:30 Oakville Rangers Brampton 45’s 2 3-0


Time Away Home Pad Final
8:00 Markham Waxers Central Ontario Wolves 1 4-4
8:30 North Central Predators Kingston Jr. Gaels 2 1-6
10:00 Ajax-Pickering Raiders Clarington Toros 1 4-1
10:30 Barrie Jr. Colts Quinte Red Devils 2 2-7
12:00 Richmond Hill Coyotes Peterborough Minor Petes 1 7-3
12:30 Whitby Wildcats Oshawa Generals 2 4-3
2:00 Buffalo Regals Grey-Bruce Highlanders 1 3-2
2:30 York-Simcoe Express Central Ontario Wolves 2 4-1
4:00 Brampton 45’s Guelph Jr. Gryphons 1 0-4
4:30 Southern Tier Admirals Burlington Eagles 2 8-6
6:00 Oakville Rangers Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs 1 5-3
6:30 Halton Hurricanes Niagara North Stars 2 4-2

The event is a preview of the top picks in next spring’s Ontario Hockey League draft and, in a few short years, the National Hockey League draft. The OMHA is a premier development league with 74 players drafted from 21 different teams at the 2019 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection, including four first round picks.

"The Ontario Minor Hockey Association has consistently developed bonafide prospects for the OHL year in and year out,” said Jason Ford, Barrie Colts General Manager and Head Scout. “This type of setting with all of the teams in the league playing in one place allows us to evaluate the league as a whole, and saves us a lot of time moving forward. This Showcase provides us with more information on players we are interesting in pursuing, and helps us pinpoint who we want to pay more attention to as the season goes on."

The participating clubs are the Ajax-Pickering Raiders, Barrie Jr. Colts, Brampton 45's, Buffalo Regals, Burlington Eagles, Central Ontario Wolves, Clarington Toros, Grey-Bruce Highlanders, Guelph Jr. Gryphons, Halton Hurricanes, Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs, Kingston Jr. Gaels, Markham Waxers, Niagara North Stars, North Central Predators, Oakville Rangers, Oshawa Generals, Peterborough Minor Petes, Quinte Red Devils, Richmond Hill Coyotes, Southern Tier Admirals, Whitby Wildcats and the York-Simcoe Express.

“The Ontario Minor Hockey Association has a long and proud tradition of developing some of the top hockey talent in the world,” said OMHA Executive Director Ian Taylor. “This event will be a step in identifying and developing the next crop of elite players in Ontario.”

The OMHA’s Showcase is also used to promote a path to post-secondary education for the athletes. Many OMHA graduates move on to attend and play at Ontario universities.

The OHL and U Sports will host information seminars at the tournament to explain the pathways to junior hockey and university life.

Partners for the OMHA AAA Showcase include presenting sponsor Under Armour along with Gatorade, Dairy Farmers of Ontario, GameOn, Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and U Sports.

Players to Watch

Steady, consistent and intelligent are the best ways to describe this high end defender. Mathurin is a mature and strong leader for the Raiders who leads by example on the ice. He makes a very strong first pass and is not afraid to join the rush at any time. He has good size and he can play with a physical edge, he uses his body to defend and relies on his ability to win one on one battles all over the ice to help make his team successful.

This highly skilled offensive forward can break games open for Barrie, as he possesses a strong and powerful shot with a quick release that causes goaltenders problems. If he is not scoring on his initial shot, he generates many rebound opportunities for his teammates. Bellwood has a strong compete level and does not shy away from physical play. He is a constant contributor and defenders always need to be aware of where he is on the ice at all times.

Spurrell is a 200-foot forward who contributes in all zones and on both sides of the puck. He possess  great offensive upside, along with a work ethic and a shot that that gets pucks to the net. A key member of the 45's.

A goal scoring centreman. Jones has an elite release and can challenge to score from anywhere on the ice. He is able to roll off his defender with frequency in the offensive zone to create chances.

Rawson is a smart defencemen that plays the game with a lot of poise and control. He plays a lot of quality minutes for his team and is effective in every situation. He has good vision, anticipation and makes smart plays in all three zones. His good transition game is highlighted by his ability to join the play in the offensive zone.

This shifty, gritty playmaking centre possesses an extremely high hockey IQ and constantly generates offence from all areas of the ice. What he lacks in physical size, he makes up for with his drive and compete. He does not back down from anyone and is fearless in battles, and he is a tenacious forechecker who creates turnovers for his team and exposes defenders in transition. He has a strong playmaking ability, in which he effectively identifies seams in the offensive zone  to benefit his teammates. All the while, he shows a strong finishing ability around the net.

Littlejohn is a dynamic two-way defenceman who plays with a physical edge. He is an offensive driver with his team, and he will constantly jump into the rush and become a lethal option on all entries. A strong skater and utilizes his ability in all zones to be an effective defender who logs many minutes on his team.

A smooth skating centre who can push the defence back with his speed. Has the ability to beat opponents one on one. Lewis is at his best when he's using his great vision to find teammates for scoring opportunities.

Steen is a defenceman with good size and likes to play a physical style of game on the back end. He has a strong skill set and he likes to demonstrate those skills joining the rush into the offensive zone. He skates well for his size and shows he is able to make quick, smart decisions at a high pace of play.

A great skating two-way defenceman. Dunning uses his skating ability to rush the puck up ice and generate offence for the Hurricanes. In his own zone he battles every shift and makes life hard on the opposing team.

An offensively gifted centre, Cross makes excellent puck decisions. He has good hands and has the ability to analyze the situation a quick pace which allows him to make smart plays with the puck.

Lalonde is a big, mobile, positionally sound goaltender who has the capability to steal big games for Kingston. He shows strong rebound control and he is patient in playing big and square to shooters at all times. Therefore, not giving shooters many second chances as he tends to control many pucks. Lalonde is one of the most consistent goaltenders and shows poise well beyond his age.

Wells is an intelligent two-way centre who displays good offensive upside. He effectively plays in both ends of the rink and consistently plays in the heavy areas. He is an effective player in all special teams’ situations, and he is a constant contributor to his team. Wells shows a strong hockey IQ and makes others around him better.

York is a slightly undersized winger who plays the game with a fast pace, using his great acceleration to create offence. His speed and smart hockey decision making make him a slippery player with a great offensive upside.

Rutledge has a nose for the net and is not afraid to dig in and work around the net to finish; he is a strong shooter who possesses a deceptive release that can flat out beat goaltenders. He is a driving force behind North Central’s offence, and he is relied upon heavily to finish. Rutledge is a lanky forward who uses his size to help create space and protect the puck in all areas of the ice.

Henderson is a dynamic forward that makes plays with pace and has the ability to make something out of nothing. He thinks the game well and uses his speed to create offence. His shot and offensive instincts create offensive chances for his team. He works hard and wants to be a difference maker on the ice.

Christy has proven to be a lethal offensive player. He is tenacious on the puck and possesses one of the slickest set of hands in the league. He is currently producing at an over a goal a game pace, and he is the driving force behind Oshawa’s offence. A prime reason Oshawa has constantly been one of the toughest teams to play. Although, he is consistently facing top defensive matchups, he thrives under the challenge and tends to bring out some of his best hockey under pressure. He is an exciting player to watch and will burn any defenders that lose track of him or give him too much space.  

Roode possesses breakaway speed and is a shifty, hard working player who will not back down from a battle. He shows good finish in the offensive zone and he pushes back defenceman with his quick feet. Roode has shown to have a good ability to work within his teams structure and attacking teams in transition which helps to create turnovers.

As one of the most highly touted players, Wakely has earned this reputation by constantly exposing and beating defenders in numerous ways. He can expose you as a power forward by driving wide and pushing his way to the net and battling; he can beat you with his quick hands and strong release on his shot. He also reads the rush exceptionally well and utilizes all layers of attack which makes him extremely tough to defend. Wakely is a versatile forward who can play effective in the middle or on the wing.

Fegaras is an elite level defenceman who drives play from the back end for Richmond Hill. He is a smooth skating defender who possesses a high hockey IQ. He consistently and accurately creates clean exits out of his defensive zone, and he possesses one of the hardest shots when on the attack. He is a big threat when quarter backing his teams powerplay, whether it’s his utilization of his teammates or his shot when posted up. Fegaras is one of the most complete defenders and is polarizing to watch. 

Alfano has substantial size and plays as a big power-forward that skates well for his size. He is a dual threat with the puck with his great shot as well as a skilled playmaker. Alfano is a smart hockey player on the ice always finding ways to find ice and make smart decisions with and without the puck.

Poitras is purely an offensive playmaking centre who utilizes his skating ability and vision in the offensive zone to generate time and space for his linemates. He is a constant offensive threat every time he steps onto the ice; he makes defenders panic with his speed in transition and his slick puck handling ability. He is tenacious at driving the net in the offensive zone and he often provides his team time and space when doing so, ultimately creating havoc for defenders.

Edwards is the definition of an offensive defenceman, as he always jumps into the rush, and at times, he will lead it. He has great size and a strong skating ability, that grouped with his elite vision and puck skills, allows him to break away from teams. Jackson demands the puck and will create open space for his teammates as defenders are drawn to him, but he can also make them pay with his powerful shot and release. He is one of the best powerplay quarterbacks in the league, and he flourishes while on the man advantage.

Midget All-Star Game Rosters

ETA All-Stars (Black)

# Name Position 2019-20 Team
1 Mike Simpson G Peterborough Minor Petes
30 Sam Dingle G Kingston Jr. Gaels
2 Cameron Jackson D York-Simcoe Express
3 Josh Kavanagh D Peterborough Minor Petes
4 Nathan Oickle D Peterborough Minor Petes
5 Riley Rogers D Whitby Wildcats
6 Trent Scullion D Ajax-Pickering Raiders
7 Nathan Twohey D Central Ontario Wolves
8 Westin Bartlett F Oshawa Generals
9 Matthew Cato F Ajax-Pickering Raiders
10 Christos Chronis F Ajax-Pickering Raiders
11 Caleb Clarke F Richmond Hill Coyotes
12 Lucas Culhane F Quinte Red Devils
13 Nicholas Dowling F North Central Predators
14 Will Everson F Peterborough Minor Petes
15 Odaro Ewere F Markham Waxers
16 Jakob Leonard F Kingston Jr. Gaels
17 Cole Patey F Peterborough Minor Petes
18 Ethan Pegg F Barrie Jr. Colts
19 Evan Wright F Clarington Toros

SCTA All-Stars (Black)

# Name Position 2019-20 Team
1 Hayden Williamson G Brampton 45's
30 Ben Bonisteel G Niagara North Stars
2 Anthony Bax D Oakville Rangers
3 Ethan Judkowitz D Oakville Rangers
4 Jacob Bramwell D Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs
5 Samuel D'Amico D Niagara North Stars
6 Ethan Law D Buffalo Regals
7 William LePage D Southern Tier Admirals
8 Kevin Henstock F Oakville Rangers
9 Owen Sage F Oakville Rangers
10 Mark McIntosh F Guelph Jr. Gryphons
11 Jackson Phillips F Guelph Jr. Gryphons
12 Tyler Hunt F Halton Hurricanes
13 Kyle Glenney F Niagara North Stars
14 Nate Shirton F Niagara North Stars
15 Jackson Mowatt F Burlington Eagles
16 Joe Verspeeten F Burlington Eagles
17 Isaac Faccio F Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs
18 Andy Whitton F Brampton 45's
19 Aidan Yarde F Grey-Bruce Highlanders

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