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You May Be Playing Against the Next Great Olympian

By Mitchell Machtinger, 02/07/18, 10:15AM EST


Cheer on OMHA alumni going for gold in PyeongChang

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It occurs once every four years but is perhaps the most important tournament in hockey: the Olympics.

Canada is looking to win gold for the third straight time, although this year’s edition will feature a team void of NHLers but still an impressive group nonetheless.

With the opening ceremonies of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics just days away, it’s fun to look back and remember some of the great performances of OMHA grads in the international competition. We’ve also included a list below of some of the OMHA alumni competing in the coming weeks.

Corey Perry (Peterborough)

A staple of the Canadian Olympic lineup, Perry's offensive contributions were crucial in the team's gold medal run in 2010 in Vancouver. He chipped in five points in seven games, including a goal in the final game.

Fred Etcher (Oshawa)

Etcher still holds the record for the most points (9 goals, 12 assists) in a single Olympic tournament, accomplishing the feat in a silver medal performance in 1960. He is also tied for the record of the most assists in a single Olympic tournament.

Joe Nieuwendyk (Oshawa)

Part of the first contingent of NHLers to play in the Olympics, Nieuwendyk tied for the team lead in scoring. Despite the team’s disappointing fourth place finish, Nieuwendyk would be a part of the redemption team in 2002.

Danny O'Shea (Ajax)

One of the top scorers on a bronze medal squad of 1968, O'Shea would go on to enjoy a five year NHL career and was a two-time All-Star with the Minnesota North Stars.

Kirk Muller (Kingston)

Finishing in fourth place was not the ideal finish for Muller, who chipped in a pair of goals and an assist. He would go on to be chosen second overall in the NHL Draft that year and enjoyed a 19-year NHL career, including a Stanley Cup.

Cheer on OMHA at the 2018 Olympics

There are a handful of OMHA alumni that are part the Team Canada delegation at the PyeongChang Olympics kicking off this weekend. Keep track of their progress and cheer them on as they go for gold!

Chris Lee (Parry Sound)

Helping to man a blueline that won silver at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, Lee will be looking to upgrade his medal at the Olympics. He has played five seasons with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL, winning the Gagarin Cup in 2014 and 2016.

First event: Canada vs. Switzerland (Thursday Feb. 15, 7:10 AM)

Ben Donnelly (Oshawa)

Donnelly played minor hockey for four years. He was recently named Speed Skating Canada’s Rising Star of the Year for long track. He is the holder of several junior national records and is coming off a World Cup gold medal win in the team pursuit in December.

First event: 1500m (Tuesday Feb. 13, 6:00 AM)

Cam Stones (Whitby)

Stones started off as a rugby player before transitioning over to bobsleigh at 22 years old. He had three top-10 finishes during the World Cup season. Stones graduated from McMaster University in 2015 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

First event: 4-Man Official Training Heat 1 (Tuesday Feb. 20, 8:00 PM)

Dave Greszczyszyn (Brampton)

Previously a minor hockey Official in the Brampton area, Greszczyszyn first tried skeleton in the 2007 at 27 years old. He left his job as a teacher to train full-time in the sport and was Canada’s top-ranked man at the 2015, 2016 and 2017 World Championships.

First event: Men's Official Training Heat 1 (Sunday Feb. 11, 9:50 PM)


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Mitchell Machtinger is the Coordinator of Communications at the OMHA. He's worked with various sport organizations and is an avid fan of all sports.

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