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Eight OMHA grads capture OHL Championship

By Ontario Minor Hockey Association, 05/14/18, 11:00AM EDT


Richmond Hill native Robert Thomas awarded OHL Playoff MVP

Photo Credit: CHL Images

Eight grads of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association played a crucial role in the Hamilton Bulldogs’ OHL Championship victory over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

Richmond Hill native Robert Thomas was named Most Valuable Player of the playoffs, earning the Wayne Gretzky ‘99’ Award. He led all Bulldogs skaters with 32 points and 20 assists. Thomas was acquired in a midseason deal and is the second player in franchise history to win the award.

Other grads on the Bulldogs include Jack Hanley, Justin Lemcke, Riley Stillman, Connor Walters, Owen Burnell, Nick Caamano and Brandon Saigeon.

The six-game series win is the city’s first OHL Championship since 1976. The Bulldogs now move on to the Memorial Cup in Regina which begins on Friday. The Memorial Cup is a four-team tournament comprised of the champions from the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League as well as the host city.

Grads on the Bulldogs

Name OMHA Team
Jack Hanley Whitby Wildcats
Justin Lemcke Whitby Wildcats
Riley Stillman Peterborough Minor Petes
Connor Walters Southern Tier Admirals
Owen Burnell Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs
Nick Caamano Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs
Brandon Saigeon Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs
Robert Thomas York-Simcoe Express

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