Jake Murray, Mitch Hoelscher among 15 Alliance Alumni named to GOJHL Top Prospect Game

The Alliance crop of players from the 2000 age group is really making its mark on the Junior B circuit.

On Wednesday, the rosters for the 2016/17 GOJHL Top Prospects game were released and the Alliance association was well represented. 15 players with Alliance roots were selected to represent their Junior B clubs with another four former Alliance members being named as alternates.

While some names were probably expected, it is also great to see five undrafted players from last season named to the squad.

Here is the full list of former Alliance players selected to the squad.

Mason Hardy – Stratford Warriors (Waterloo Wolves)

Spencer Lapointe – St. Thomas Stars (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs)

Luke Bignell – Kitchener Dutchmen (Kitchener Jr. Rangers)

Jake Murray – St. Thomas Stars (Elgin-MIddlesex Chiefs)

Richard Little – Brantford 99ers (Brantford 99ers)

Holden Wale – Cambridge Winterhawks (Brantford 99ers)

Tyler McBay – Elmira Sugar Kings (Waterloo Wolves)

Parker Jacques – Leamington Flyers (Sun County Panthers)

Brady MacDonald – Strathroy Rockets (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs)

Brett Fisher – Lambton Shores Predators (London Jr. Knights)

Mitch Hoelscher – Elmira Sugar Kings (Waterloo Wolves)

Spencer Kersten – Waterloo Siskins (Waterloo Wolves)

Jack Bowler – LaSalle Vipers (Sun County Panthers)

Kyle Fisher – Lambton Shores Predators (London Jr. Knights)

Wes Dobbin – Lambton Shores Predators (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs)

*Tristan DeJong – Cambridge Winterhawks (Waterloo Wolves)

*Issac Walker – London Nationals (London Jr. Knights)

*John Parker-Jones – Brampton Bombers (Brantford 99ers)

*Ty Glover – Strathroy Rockets (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs)

*Indicates alternate selection

A big congratulations goes out to all the players who were selected to appear in the event.

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2016 OHL Priority Selection Draft Results

The day that so many players and families have been waiting for has finally arrived. The OHL Draft has arrived and with plenty of anticipation.

For the live blog today, we will go through with you every single round and discuss every Alliance player selected in the draft. Historically, the Alliance has produced approximately 42 players into the OHL Draft on a yearly basis. Not a lot considering that there are over 200 players combined in the league.

Just remember, if your name gets called to savour the moment. Do not dwell if it is lower than you were expecting as your draft position is just a number and your future play will determine everything. Those players who will not be as fortunate to hear their name, hard work can still present that opportunity to you. Mike Hoffman of the Ottawa Senators knows that first hand and he is a story that should give motivation for any undrafted players still looking to make that jump to major junior hockey.

With everything said, sit back and relax if that’s possible. The draft begins at 9am and we will be here with you for its entirety.

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3 Thoughts From Sun County at Kitchener (Sept. 19, 2015)

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The site of this one was the Activa Sportsplex and those in attendance saw the first regular season action for the Sun County Panthers as they took on a Kitchener team still searching for their first win of the season. It was a game that shifted period to period as the Panthers came out strong with lots of pressure in the first period. The second period saw the Rangers battle back and shore up some of their weaknesses on defense while the third period was complete domination for Kitchener en route to a 6-1 victory.

For Kitchener, it was a much needed win while for Sun County it was a learning experience early in the season.

Thought 1:

Giveaways, Giveaways, Giveaways

The story of the first period for both teams, and the entire game for Sun County was the excessive amount of turnovers in the defensive zone. The first period saw Kitchener with an abnormal amount. Outlet passes that were picked off or attempts to clear that didn’t have enough steam on them led to a few chances and the Jake Nimmo goal for Sun County.

While Kitchener improved on their lapses in defense, Sun County’s continued throughout the game. Catalin Morin, who was the only goalie dressed for the Panthers with Kody Williams out, was hung out to dry on several occasions and a few big saves made this score closer than it could have been.

The Panthers defense really struggled with the forechecking of the Jr. Rangers and saw many of their passes intercepted or just completely fanned on. Puck control in their own zone definitely one of the more important things the Panthers will be working on in upcoming practices.

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